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June 19, 2016 Vol. 8, No. 38
REASONABLE GUN CONTROL AND RESPONSIBLE FIREARM OWNERSHIP
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Our condolences to all those impacted by what happened in Orlando last week. We followed the story, kept you posted on FaceBook and ameliorated its impact among community, family and friends. There is nothing more we can add to the coverage provided by our media peers. Prayers will help but so will other measures which do not require Divine intervention.
Gun control does not mean disarming the population at large. First, it presupposes that an automatic weapon is not necessary to hunt for food, defend one’s self against creatures of the wild or for dispatching cop-threatening rodents.
Think of it this way. If you can squeeze the trigger and hold it until all your bullets are gone, you have, in fact, a submachine gun. It may not look like a tommy gun or a Sten gun or an Uzi. But it does the same job. Where is it legal to hunt anything except human beings with one of those?
Gun control also means keeping any firearm out of the hands of those deemed most likely to use it in a criminal act. That’s why there needs to be background checks and sales of any gun denied potential killers.
I also favor an added protocol involving the National Rifleman’s Association, of which I was a member when I was a kid. In our family, firearms were part of the hunter’s ritual. So before I was allowed to shoot my first firearm alone, I went through the NRA’s fire safety course.
Guns in my house were kept in locked racks except for my father’s duty weapon and his personal home defense weapon of choice. Everybody knew where those were in case it was necessary to use them. But we all also knew they were not toys and we would no more have thought of playing with Merritt’s guns than we would borrowing his toothbrush to polish our shoes.
We need to take the glamour out of guns and those who use them to kill people in any capacity. They are tools put to an evil purpose or a good one, depending on who uses them. The more media coverage this act receives, the more likely that it will be repeated.
Perhaps most importantly, we need to curb that in ourselves which triggers a fascination for bloodlust and blood letting. Deny the perpetrators of these heinous crimes the humanity they blasted from others.
Give them due process and strip the convicted of all identity save a number. Execute them with a single bullet, cremate them and use their ashes to grow vegetables for the prison kitchen. Perhaps the ignobility of such end will erode the motivation for it.
And on that admittedly grim note, have a great week, gang.
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HI FROM ODESSA
Hi Mishka, from the shore of Black sea.
Thank you and everyone for all the birthday wishes, I do really appreciate it. It was amazing to meet that new day listening to the waves and admiring the celestial blue sea and Odessa’s sandy beach. If you look on the map, it is situated on the same altitude as South of France so Odessa has a potential of Côte de Azur for Ukrainians and guests of the country.
The city itself has the ambience of a metropolis that was once the pride of an empire. Different Colossus figures holding the arcs of buildings, nymphs and other intricate features make the architecture quite unique. Unfortunately much of the construction is showing its age but many of us are hoping that investors in historical preservation will help rescue and restore many of these centuries old buildings.
Odessa’s long history of settlement dates back to Greeks who left their cultural influence on future generations. For example Snake Island ~ located not far from Odessa ~ is mentioned in the lost Trojan War epic of Arctinus of Miletus, as the final resting place of the remains of Achilles and Patroclus, brought to this island by Thetis, to be put in a sanctuary. Ruins there are believed to be of a square temple dedicated to Achilles.
Also Odessa is a port city so with dusk coming, one can see from a distance all these lights of transoceanic cargo vessels. Their twinkling and that of the lighthouse built in 1842 add their own magic to this Black Sea resort’s big city life.
That’s it for this week. Stay safe, my cousin Mishka.
June 18, 2016
IT’S BEEN A YEAR SINCE SHE PASSED AWAY
My wife of many years, Denise Fischer, died suddenly on June 5, 2015. We’d shared many ups and downs over the years, but we always had each other’s backs. A true partner in life, Denise felt she was too busy for an extended vacation so in May of 2015, she booked us to the mountain resort of Helen GA. It was lovely, particularly visiting the many waterfalls in the area. The town, like a Bavarian old fashion village, was charming. She loved being there, and the trip was during the last month of her life. I hope you enjoy the photos. To view them, please go here.
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is incredible. The world’s oldest computer is still revealing its secrets
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I thought this was a little unsettling until I read about how basically gentle ~ albeit big ~ these creatures actually are. Apparently, one of the world’s largest and most elusive predatory sharks ~ the Sixgill ~ has suddenly appeared in Seattle’s waters. Since we have those in the Seattle Aquarium, I am wondering if there is not some kind of shark mind connection at work here. To Learn More About These Amazing Creatures, Read PBS’s Interview With Biologists From The Seattle Aquarium at KCTS9.org.
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