We can save these bears

Stolen From Dave Winer

Something I wrote on Facebook three years ago

  • I am not a Muslim, so what Muslims believe and what I believe are not the same thing.#
  • I think the story of religion as told by the Qoran and the two versions of the Bible are nice stories, but have no basis in reality. They are bedtime stories our ancestors left for us so we wouldn’t have to live paralyzed with fear over what dying means.#
  • We are all searching for meaning in our lives. My guess is that if we actually knew the answer it would be horribly depressing to our egos. The answer isn’t to force your will on other people it’s rather to learn to live with uncertainty.#
  • We aren’t going to die so you can keep believing in the lies your religion tells you. Much better if you let your religion die and join the rest of us and develop a sense of humor about the fact that your life has no meaning.#
  • While I wrote this I developed hiccups.#
  • I think this is God telling me I’m on the right track.#

Once Upon A Time… Tom Engelhardt

Once upon a time — in October 2001, to be exact — Washington launched its war on terror. There was then just one country targeted… Now, the Costs of War Project identifies no less than 76 countries, 39% of those on the planet… by November 2017 the price tag on the war on terror … had already reached an astronomical $5.6 trillion… “future interest payments on borrowing for the wars will likely add more than $7.9 trillion to the national debt” by mid-century.

Meanwhile, great cities have been turned into rubble; tens of millions of human beings have been displaced from their homes; refugees by the millions continue to cross borders, unsettling ever more lands; terror groups have become brand names across significant parts of the planet; and our American world continues to be militarized…

American Special Operations forces were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone and the U.S. has so many troops on so many bases in so many places on Earth that the Pentagon can’t even account for the whereabouts of 44,000 of them. …

America’s leading military men and the president, while escalating the country’s conflicts from Niger to Yemen, Somalia to Afghanistan, seem eternally in search of yet more wars to launch.

Pointing to Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, for instance, Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller recently told U.S. troops in Norway to expect a “bigass fight” in the future, adding, “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming.”

by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com 01.06.2018•

read it all here….

DULUTH The Last Lift of the Season for the Aerial Lift Bridge

Hear the final salute at 0:56

The Lee A Tregurtha made its way under the Aerial Lift Bridge to close out the shipping season.

Watch the ship come in from all the harbor cams at bit.ly/LastShipHarborCams

Watch a WDIO report on the close of the shipping season at bit.ly/WDIOLastShip2016

Damn Big Stick To Throw

What’s the best Donald Trump joke you’ve heard?

When Trump met with Angela Merkel, he wanted to learn how she managed to run such a smart government. So he asked her, “What’s your secret?”

She replied, “I surround myself with smart people.”

“But how do you know if they’re smart?” Trump asked.

“It’s very simple,” Merkel said. “Take for example Wolfgang Schäuble, my finance minister. To determine if he was smart, I called him up and asked him a question. ‘Wolfgang, who is your father’s son but is not your brother?’ Wolfgang thought a moment before replying, ‘It’s me!'”

Trump took this great advice to his vice president. “Hey Pence, who is your father’s son but not your brother?”

Pence stroked his chin and said he’d have to get back to him about that. Then Pence went off to his office and tried to think who was a smart person he could ask this question. And he thought of Barack Obama.

So he rang up Obama and said, “Hey, who is your father’s son but not your brother?”

Obama thought about it a moment and then replied, “It’s me.”

“Thanks very much,” Pence said, and hung up. Then he went to tell Trump. “Mr President, I know the answer to your question. It’s Barack Obama.”

“No, you idiot!” Trump replied. “It’s Wolfgang Schäuble!”

Drought Map for Jan 4th 2018