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July 10, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 41
WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO REDUCE POLICE RACISM AND VIOLENCE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it certainly has not been a fun week for America. Many of you seem to feel this is the worst it has ever been. As one of you expressed it, ““We’ve got men and women dying overseas for us and we’re killing ourselves here at home
Unfortunately, this is not the worst it has ever been. During the Sixties and Seventies, it was a lot worse than this. American servicemen were returning to a nation in conflagration from Newark to Watts during one particularly long hot summer.
It was no picnic either during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent engagements in that theater. Remember Rodney King? How about the WTO Riots in Seattle, which I experienced personally because I worked downtown back then?
The ironic thing about it is that, according to YES magazine, We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence if we have not done that and choose not to do that, then we have accepted violence as a way of life. If that’s the case, then what is the point of decrying it in the first place?
Have a great week, gang, and be nice to one another. And thank you!
This was good news but it was not surprising news. F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email
This may be tough to take but I think we all need to read it. What White America Fails To See
This is sad and we need to do something about it. Like maybe giving peace another chance. Suicide Rate Among Veterans Has Risen Sharply Since 2001
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Short Circuit To Blame For Moscow Metro Fire
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
FROM THE OLYA
NORTH MEETS SOUTH IN MOSCOW
This week I would like to share with all of you a conversation I recently had with a young man from Seoul, South Korea. He’s studying now in Moscow, Russia, and becoming acquainted there with students from North Korea with whom he is becoming good friends.
It was interesting to observe that whenever their conversation turned to politics neither could see the world from point of view of their counterpart I had the feeling that there is still a possibility that even after completing education, they will still meet on opposite sides of frontline. But at least they saw people in each other, not just enemies.
That has me wondering how much every person is influenced by local narration or in other words propaganda. It’s very hard and requires a wide worldview and experience to make a step back from the usual for respective region templates and stereotypes in mind that everyone has due to their own background and established beliefs and try to see bigger picture. It’s like national pride is maybe a good thing but to a certain extent.
There is great ironic quote by English writer Terry Pratchett:
“It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t the people the people who made up the phrase “people are people everywhere” had traditionally thought of as people.”
Education and communication are first steps ahead to come towards each other so I’d like to share this article, Working Together, We Have A Real Chance Making Global Education Reality”
From the European news this week, the scandalous Chilcot Report got the most attention. It dealt with, of course, the United Kingdom’s former prime minister Tony Blair’s decision to support US invasion of Iraq. Key points stated there included: flawed information, invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted and no post-invasion strategy.
In commentary Mr. Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour party says his party has learned lessons and that he wants a “different” type of foreign policy, where war is the absolute last resort.
That’s it for this week. Stay safe, my cousin.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Everybody Loves Yosemite
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Sara’s Fulbright Year: Taichung, Taiwan
Friday, July 1, 2016 — It is July once again. Transitions have always been hard for me. As I sit here in the airport, suspended between two worlds, I am trying to come up with the words to express my thoughts in a meaningful way that isn’t cliché! It’s hard. And so, to follow in the pattern of my blog this year, I will let the pictures speak for themselves. For more of Sara’s farewell, please go here.
St. Francis is probably cheering like crazy. I am. A Man Who Saves Eagles By Helicopter
I admired and respected his father for feeling this way too. Trudeau Says Rainforest ‘Is No Place’ For Northern Gateway
The folks who made this dramatic rescue happen are Heaven bound. Lonely Bear Sat Alone In A Rusty Cage For 30 Years But Watch Her Reaction When They Set Her Free!
This needs to change. Why Tech Support Is (Purposely) Unbearable
Why am I somehow not surprised? A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
I don’t care what road they take as long as it does not end in my drive way. Tesla and Google Take Different Roads to Self-Driving Car
I hope they take a video of this. ESA To Capture Large Derelict Satellite
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Here’s a burning question of the ages. Are Goats Our New Best Friend?
Here’s another opportunity to die of cute. Devoted Mother and Baby Return to Wild After Two Months’ Rehab
This is why we need to do all we can to protect these creatures. You Won’t Believe the Size of This Turtle!
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