THE LESSONS OF STORMS
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, after almost 85 days of no rain, the same storm that battered Victoria, BC to the north last week, bringing with it winds gusting to 55 kph circled to the southeast and slammed into Seattle a day later. It wasn’t There was the expected flooding and other storm damage, including widespread power outages.
This house, with its three wings, two stories and approximately three sheltered and wooded acres, lost electricity at dusk of the first day. We’re veterans of bad weather and we don’t rattle as easily as the shutters. It was pretty much business as usual, albeit with flashlights and cold sandwiches. We got to be quietly heroic for about an hour and a half before everything went back on and we returned to a relatively pampered existence.
It was certainly nothing like what most of the rest of the country’s been going through and I’m grateful for that. For a species that is driven by the headlines it creates, adverse weather is a reminder that sometimes natural disasters can cause as much damage as those of our own authorship.
Yep, allegory rocks. My housemates and I could not prevent the storm but we were prepared for it. We didn’t question it. We didn’t curse it. We didn’t even try to understand it. And we certainly did not communicate with it. When it was over, we cleaned up, fixed up, and carried on.
Sometimes nations need to do that too.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, be well and thanks for the ear.
DISCONTENT FEEDS NATIONAL PROTESTS IN UKRAINE
This week in Ukraine started with protests near Verkhovna Rada against Ukrainian parliament led by Michael Saakashvili and supported by a few Ukrainian politicians including the mayor of Lviv and Andriy Sadoviy, the head of political party Samopomich, which means self-help in English. About two thousand people came to support the demands of lifting immunity of MPs and creating an effective anticorruption court”
It is not a secret that the level of corruption is one of the major problems that my country faces. The e-declarations that were revealed a few months ago showed a big gap between officials and commoners
Top officials keep millions of dollars in hard cash and own collections of luxurious watches and Faberge eggs, clothes, and even a church. No further investigations of any of the most dissonant cases were made, making ordinary citizens outraged at being fooled and then not having their complaints taken seriously.
Altogether, this anger with the ethical climate of the government; frustration with a substandard economy and a widespread dissatisfaction with the standard of living, in concert with recent controversial education and pension reforms, helped Saakashvili to gather people to the Parliament.
Let’s hope there be the political will to implement those quite objective demands.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and stay safe, my cousin. Olya
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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