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August 7, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 47
OUR SPECIES IS PRONE TO SURPRISES
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We’ve just finished disaster drills for “the Big One,” meaning a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that reshapes the topography of the greater Puget Sound considerably every 500 years or so. Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a smaller tremblor and a major volcanic eruption. Now the question being asked?
Our species seems prone to surprises and to that extent, we are rather inept at predicting which quiet and brooding neighbor down the block will one day show up at the most popular fast food restaurant in town with a bad attitude and instruments of slaughter.
Our reaction is always the same. We pretend to be shocked. There is mass mourning of the survivors. Every elected official in the nation goes on record as opposing such violence and promising to do all they can to prevent it. We bury the dead, eulogize them, then go about business as usual until the next time some moron commits mass mayhem.
No species on the planet can predict natural disasters with any accuracy but most can insure that they do not wantonly slaughter one another. Until we devote ourselves to creating the kind of society in which violence is simply not an option, we have more to fear from the dark and morbid excesses of our own psyches than we do another Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. St. Helens.
That’s it for this week, gang. We’ll keep you posted and when we get settled in, we’ll share that in words and photos. Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves.
I found this, coming from a law enforcement family, very interesting and informative. Video: Preparing For An Active Shooter Scenario
This may not be headline news but it’s also not something we read about every day. Obama Daughter Lands Restaurant Job
I am glad this question is being asked. Can You Engineer A Happy Country?
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Turkish Raid Captures Fugitive Commando Unit Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Or Kill Erdogan During Coup
Canada’s Economy Is Growing At The Slowest Pace In 60 Years And The Only Thing Holding Us Up Is Housing
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
SOLAR COMES TO CHERNOBYL
I just read about plans to construct solar panel plant in Chernobyl at the site of the nuclear plant tragedy of 1986, in an article entitled “World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Planned For Chernobyl Nuclear Wasteland”
”It would be among the modern world’s greatest technical ironies if one of the worst industrial accidents ever would be replaced with a solar power plant, one of the world’s safest energy technologies”, a commentator stated in the mentioned above article.
I’m not sure how safe this would be for builders and workers. Definitely the better choice is to make the process automated, using robotics, but in general sounds as good idea. At the moment there exists a tourist route for those unafraid of consequences of radiation. Actually one of my friends been there with a radiation meter and said mostly it’s near norm. The only place where level was skyrocketing is so called “Red Forest“
The solar energy has a great potential and another interesting recent article to read is this one headlined Half a Trillion Dollars to Build Huge Desertec Plan? The picture above shows what territory in highly solar friendly territory of dessert needed to feed world, EU and MENA with energy.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Take care, my cousin, and be safe.
Бог любит тебя.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Zip Line In Banos, Ecuador
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
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