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June 5 2016 No. 453
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Sometimes headlines like the one above tend to freak me out a little. I mean, what if there is life on one of these things and since the best survivors on our planet are cockroaches, let’s assume this lifeform is as well? And capable of space travel, in rocketships about the size of a matchbook?
What if they had overcome their instinct to war among one another but, in so doing, over populated their comet or asteroid or whatever? What if they needed more room and had these teensy orbiters and landers sampling our solar system.
Mercury, because of its proximity to the sun, is too hot and too small to have an atmosphere. Venus has one but it’s mostly carbon dioxide (CO2). Atmosphere pressure is also about 95 times greater than earth.
On the other side of us, Mars has a thin atmosphere of mostly CO2. It is really dusty and really cold, with temperatures ranging from -51F/-41C – -225F/-142C. Jupiter is intensely radioactive, with spewing volcanoes and winds in excess of 315 mph/620 kph. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are gas giants with no solid surface.
And then there is us. We have atmosphere, climate, a variety of environmental options, a host of life forms substance, sport and other pleasures. Granted, the dominant species looms over these little extraterrestrial cockroaches like a 17 story building. But observation has shown that the most deadly creatures on earth are the smallest.
What if we woke up one morning with tiny interplanetary cockroaches calmly dismantling our world in order to make it theirs. What would be our fate when at last we were reduced to naked and shivering millions? Hint: cockroaches, like us, also eat meat.
It is precisely because of this risk that I think NASA and all the other space agencies of the world, as well as private enterprise needs to build five kilometer long cannons out in the desert someplace with atomic, hydrogen and nitrogen warheads and as soon as an asteroid of a comet or a meteor enters our atmosphere, it’s like slam, bam, thank you Uncle Sam.
God made earth for earthlings, not for extraterrestrial cockroaches. If God had wanted extraterrestrial cockroaches here, She would have had them earthlings.
This land is our land, after all, from California to the New York island and from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me. Not for extraterrestrial cockroaches.
Have a great week, gang. And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.
You guys in Australia who surf the Great Barrier Reef with these guys are going to love hearing about this. Expert warns 2016 could see a record number of shark attacks, but remember, accidental drownings are way more common
If they also learn to skate, Copenhagen will never be the same. Wild elephants could soon roam Denmark
This is amazing. The Village With No Locks Or Doors
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Kidney Racket At Top Delhi Hospital
Thai Tiger Temple Operation ‘Completed’
Lightning Hurts Dozens At Rock Festival
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
OCTOPUSES AND THE AGE OF OUTRAGE
It was informative to read an article Living In The Age Of Outrage highlighting the problems we encounter being people of a digital age.
Besides, being positive, connecting with the Internet apparently does also have a negative side. While we stop communicating face to face, it is common now just to stereotype people with whom there is a disagreement and fall into unconscious behaviour seeking and demonizing enemies. With the power of the Internet it is easier than ever to find information that already confirms pre-existing beliefs, without even trying to understand others.
Also it would be not excessive to point out that health and food choices are first to affect mental state. Compromised liver, for example, leads to agitation and outrage too. The only way to control emotions is to be conscious of their grounds.
Of course it is a matter of choice to find a common language with each other. If not, Mother Nature has always Plan B, in case homo sapiens as a species opt to be irresponsible.
Also, since I too also love All Creatures Great and Small, I wanted to share this with everybody. Check Out Eight Reasons Why Octopuses Are The Geniuses Of The Ocean
That’s it for this week. Stay safe, my cousin Mishka.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting. Summer Travel Season
AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT:
SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
This is a fascinating little report about trash collection in this country. So interesting … and gives us something to think about in terms of the sheer volume of trash we generate in our own country (especially in comparison to Taiwan). Please listen: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/separation-anxiety/
This is the newly updated Fulbright ETA website: http://taiwan-etaprogram.org/
Here is the “Teaching in Taichung” page: http://taiwan-etaprogram.org/teaching-7
Good for us! U.S. Bans Commercial Trade of African Elephant Ivory
Given some of the bizarre behavior I’ve seen in Seattle recently, I think this is an excellent concept. What If Mental Health First Aid Were as Widespread as CPR? New York City’s Planning to Do It
I thought this was pretty inspiring. Longevity Pose: Teaching Yoga At Age 97
This is a kind of big “Ooops.” Spy agency accidentally shared Canadians’ data with allies for years
We are certainly glad papal justice is prevailing. Bishops Face Sack For Mishandling Abuse
This needs to be corrected. Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
After almost two decades of construction, World’s longest rail tunnel opens
This is fascinating. How rockets are catching up to sci-fi
THE GREEN AGENDA
‘New Era’ Of Personalised Cancer Drugs
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES
Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display
Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
Editing ~ General and International
“Americanization” of International Websites
Online English Tutoring
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This does not surprise me. It is also why I don’t go swimming with them. Octopuses are the geniuses of the ocean
Since I’m a fan of these little dudes (and dudettes), I thought this was really cool. Bees’ secret superpower explained: How they sense flowers’ electric fields
Weird, even for us, this one is. Scientists crack mystery of shrimp packing such a punch it can split your thumb
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The SeaDoc Society’s June 2016 newsletter is now available online and it is one of the best they have yet published.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
VIDEO: Arnie vs. Elephant — Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Chased By An Elephant While On A Trip To South Africa.
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