“The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it bends toward justice.” – Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
RONALD MCDONALD LEADING A CAVALRY CHARGE
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. This has been the kind of week when distanced reflection is not only necessary but a mental health survival prerequisite.
Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the London apartment house fire. And while we will certainly pray for you, we will not ply you with platitudes. Your own cleric, John Donne (1572 – 1631), said it best in Meditations XVII. America is part of England’s “main” and we, therefore, mourn as well.
I appreciated the spirit of the LGBT demonstrations which swept North America last week. I did not enjoy watching some Seattle demonstrators clash with police and destroy private property. When I see that kind of behavior, I wonder which of the parents of those demonstrators barked and had a thing for fire hydrants.
When I watched US Attorney General Jeff “Stonewall” Sessions alternative testifying before Congress, I was struck by his similarity to Henry Gibson on Laugh In. I also noticed that he had many of his responses typed up, which makes me wonder if he knew the questions before hand.
Later, when he issued a call for federal prosecution of the marijuana industry, I wondered if he really thought he could pull that off or if he was like the world’s most convincing Devil’s Advocate, dedicated to the fall of the Present Potomac Regime by saying things so dumb it makes him look like he’s about as qualified to be the United State Attorney General as Ronald McDonald is leading a cavalry charge.
And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty
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THE TRAIN IS A MODERN DAY HORSE
Just a thought that the train is a modern day horse. While riding today through vast green fields couldn’t help imagining my Cossack grandfather, who covered the same distance of about 3,000 km/1864 miles from East to West and back.
It is interesting to note how long this 17-hour train journey took would take riding by horses. Did he look at the same silver blue sky? And he probably was lying in the rye during rests looking to the stars. Ironically, though he could choose any place to spend birthday, he felt the call to go to Dnipropetrovs’k.
Here is good news for Ukrainians. Since the 11th of June, thanks to the new Visa Free Zone, we can visit most all of Europe and they can come to experience the beauty of my country. I am today enjoying the beauty of the wide Dnieper River.
That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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So long as we are human we need compassion. Compassion brings inner peace and whatever else is going on, that peace of mind allows us to see the whole picture more clearly. So, in our education we need lessons about developing warmheartedness and finding inner peace. I’m convinced that today’s young people can achieve a more peaceful world if they cultivate that as their vision and begin to work towards it now.
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Where no robot has gone before. ‘Little Sunfish’ Robot To Swim In To Fukushima Reactor
Yankee ingenuity on parade. G.E.’S History Of Innovation
This supports my theory that all we really need is here for us already. In The Hunt For New Antibiotics, Scientists Hit Pay Dirt
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This is in Seattle, where I live. VIDEO: Goats Clearing Hillsides In Belltown
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB