"...The Washington Legislature is asserting that legislators have a previously unknown personal privilege to withhold from public disclosure the documents they use in their work for the people. No such “legislative privilege” applies to legislative records. Read more
This week's post is the true retelling of what happened one recent Christmas to me and my family. I was beginning to lose all hope for a joyful family Christmas. But then it happened. I like to think of it as a Christmas miracle.
Read what happened and decide for yourself. Do you believe in miracles?
"Forever chemicals or PFAS, can increase health risks for certain cancers and other diseases when present in drinking water in minuscule concentrations measured in parts per trillion. ....... Testing has found more than a dozen Washington public water systems with detections above levels defined by the state to be suitable for long-term consumption — and widespread testing is just ramping up" Read more
"Northwest SOIL promised to help students with serious disabilities. But when school districts urged action, the state let the private school stay open and receive millions in tax dollars..... For years, the complaints languished with Washington state education officials." ...."Northwest SOIL’s corporate owner, Universal Health Services, has for years skimped on staffing and basic resources while pressuring managers to enroll more students than the staff could handle..." Read more at ProPublica
"Let me make this crystal clear. I HATE SNAKES. With a passion. I cannot think of a single redeeming thing about them. Okay, well, maybe one thing. Apparently, some snakes actually like to eat other snakes. Why do I hate them so much? Well, they just creep me out. They don't have any fur, no legs, not even eyelids. What's that all about?" Read more
Just got the news that the world population has passed 8 billion of us humans. I remember fondly my sociology classes back in the 60’s where my professors absolutely forbid using The Population Bomb as a footnote or a reference. Paul Ehrlich was no scientist, my educators said, he was a dopey doomsday prophet. I think the world population at the time was maybe 4 billion. A lot of us, seemed like to me. 8 billion, well, I have trouble enough getting to know the neighbors now, sure don’t want many more.
One thing I never hear in the debates concerning global warming and climate change is that maybe, just maybe, there are too many of us. More mouths to feed, more houses to build, more cars to drive, more garbage in the landfills, more need for heating and air conditioning, small stuff like that. Sure, turn the thermostat down, but hey, what if there were 4 billion less of us wanting to stay warm? Oh, I know, we love our kids. We love our dozen grandkids. And we certainly love our 100 great grandkids. Although, to be honest, judging from my old man’s memory at 99 years of age, he couldn’t tell you any of their names. And he has a lot of trouble with his grandkids’s names. Which are only three of them. The fact that us 8 billion are living longer thanks to medical science and improved health care doesn’t really help either.
When I came to the South End, four cars drove off going north of our shack, four cars returned home at night. Better believe we knew our neighbors back then and, unfortunately for them, they knew us. Now it’s a constant parade of commuters and contractors and lawn service crews. I don’t recognize most folks at the local grocery. And with my memory, remembering their names wouldn’t be a likelihood.
So when we’re looking for solutions to overheating the planet, why not look at overpopulating it. You won’t miss an extra grandkid or twenty, all I’m saying.
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