BYE BYE BERTHA
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not, gang? We’d like to wish our Jewish readers a happy Passover and to express our appreciation to the powers that be for finally ending The Saga Of Bertha The Biggest Earth Boring Machine In The World.
She was built by the Japanese to dig mass transit tunnels under the city of Seattle in an attempt to improve traffic flow in this community of some 650,000. There were several projects involved. All ran over both time and budget and several times mechanical problems plagued the Godzilla-sized machine, giving many of us the impression she had a mind of her own, a mind that was not favorably predisposed to the job at hand, the city, the climate or the human beings with which it regrettably found itself interacting.
The media here has been asking listeners, viewers and readers what they think should be done with Bertha next. One suggestion I thought was appropriate was to send her to a place we really don’t like, sort’ve like giving your rotten neighbor’s kid a drum for Christmas.
Another suggestion was to auction it off to a terrorist group. Bertha is capable of doing much more damage to and in the hands of extremists than it did in the hands of well-meaning urban planners who felt that more tunnels in an earthquake zone already honey-combed with them would improve life as they have thus far known it.
But the best idea I saw was storing it at one of the Boeing plants so it can be used when the shores of the Salish Sea are hit with the monster earthquake local seismologists have been predicting for several years now. Apparently it might be useful in digging out what few life forms might survive such a disaster.
And on that rather grim note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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OCEANA & POLYNESIA
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER
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ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR
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CHARLES DICKENS AND SPRING IN LONDON
I have been in the UK, witnessing the bloom of spring in London. Today, I passed by a historical site on a central street marked by a commemoration plate of Charles Dickens, who lived on the site from 1851 till 1860. It’s a real nice location and where Dickens wrote his best-known work of historical fiction, A Tale of Two Cities.
As most of you know, the novel was set in London and Paris and dated 1859. It might even have been inspired by the author wandering the same streets of his neighborhood that I did and perhaps had lunch at the same little park nearby.
As you will remember, the preface to Mr. Dickens’ novel is very powerful.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.
It is stunning to me how ingenuous his work is today and how relevant his message. He saw the masses as whirling water and the goal of elites not to let the water become a destructive force. And the aristocracy did this by treating the people well and not letting them reach the edge of despair, where the water fights back, smashing everything in its way.
From the news of this week the following is very promising: Basque Separatists Plan To Unilaterally Disarm On Saturday Hoping this process will go smoothly and that the government will appreciate goodwill as nothing is more precious as step to peace.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, cousin mine,
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
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I would love to visit this one. Noah’s Ark-Shaped Museum To Curate 5 Million Specimens
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB