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The Weekend Off – The News You Missed

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Alaska

KNOM – Lacking Sea Ice, Seal Pups Populate Local Beaches

Baby seals are appearing on local beaches in greater numbers this year, with over 20 reported sightings in Nome, and a few others recorded in Wales, Teller and Shaktoolik.

Anchorage Daily News – Oddball rivers flow north through Alaska Range. Why?

Alaska’s landscape has an unusual feature that allows us to enjoy cheap bananas in the Interior and other things that make life possible in the subarctic. The Nenana River, born on the south side of the Alaska Range, makes a U-turn and flows north through the mountains. With it comes a wide, low corridor that has favored builders of both the Alaska Railroad and Parks Highway.

Juneau Empire – From Sea2Sea

Tom von Keanel’s trip to Juneau was 120 days and 5,800 bicycle miles in the making.

The 59-year-old Army veteran peddled from Key West, Fla., to Juneau, Alaska, stopping at the capital of each state in between to honor fallen service members of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His mission came to an end Thursday at the Capitol where a ceremony was held honoring Alaska’s fallen.

National

Medium – Our Drone Wars Are Just Beginning

After 13 years, robot attacks are still escalating

NY Times – Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint

In November 2010, three combatants gathered in a sleek office here to build a carbon emissions policy that they hoped to sell to the Obama administration.

One was a lawyer who had been wielding the Clean Air Act since his days at the University of California, Berkeley.

LA Times – Protesters gather at Murrieta to await buses of immigrants

Protesters have gathered near the entrance to a Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, Calif., on Friday to await buses of undocumented immigrants, but whether those buses will arrive is unknown.

Unlike Tuesday when shouting, flag-waving protesters blocked three busloads of immigrants, Murrieta police Friday morning cleared the entry road.

International

Al Jazeera – Pope calls destruction of nature a modern sin

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America’s rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

In an address at the university of Molise, an agricultural and industrial region in southern Italy, Francis said the Earth should be allowed to give her fruits without being exploited.

Vice – First Nation Elders Are being Shoved into Boarding Houses by Health Canada

Jake Metallic has taken care of his 81-year-old grandfather Louis Metallic for years. The two live together on the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec, but over the years they’ve had to travel to Montreal so Louis can see a kidney and thyroid specialist. “I usually go with him every six months and I’ve been doing this for years,” says Jake Metallic. “He has bi-annual check-ups.”

Global Post – Ramadan in Pictures

Ramadan is a holy, spiritual time: a month of fasting and feast, prayer and purification. It’s considered the most sacred time of year for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims.

The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus – Surging Violence Against Women in Iraq

Shortly after their conquest of Mosul, young men armed with assault rifles went door to door in Iraq’s second-largest city, taking “women who are not owned” for jihad al-nikah, or sex jihad.

From June 9-12, women’s rights activists documented thirteen cases of women who were kidnapped and raped by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or DAIISH, the Arabic shorthand for the group’s name.

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8 Responses to “The Weekend Off – The News You Missed”
  1. mike from iowa says:

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/brahm-resnik/2014/07/15/arizona-politician-mistakes-campers-for-migrant-children/12701279/

    This asshat congressvarmint wannabe was tipped off by the local co sheriff that immigrant kids was on the way. Oops!!

  2. mike from iowa says:

    http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/two-motions-for-partial-summary-judgment-in-oglala-sioux-tribe-v-van-hunnik/

    Ms Pi,this Judge Davis sounds like a real sweetheart-if you happen to be white.

  3. mike from iowa says:

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-demands-dems-health-care-plan-irony-reels

    Single cell organisms are more conscious that SOH Boner.

    Ms Pi,I can send you asparagus seeds for next Spring. They survive at least minus 35 degrees since we have hit that temp twice in the past two winters.You can scatter them through the forest like Johnny Asparagus Pi. 🙂 Be my contribution to making life “bearable” in your forest ridge with bears.

    • Alaska Pi says:

      Oh- that would be great fun mikey! Would have to find an asparagus green hat or something which goes with my spud Fairy cape…

      I’ve been talking to folks about what their parents grew here before so much was flown /barged in. Asparagus did do quite well here but folks quit growing so many, many things including asparagus.

      http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/why-does-alaska-produce-so-much-less-food-50-years-ago

      My folks grew everything they could, gathered what they could (sometimes the bears beat ya to the berries- dang! ) and with hunting, fishing, and raising chickens , they only bought dry goods.
      We were spoiled rotten as kids grazing our way through peas and strawberries, raiding the smokehouse for salmon or venison, and looping back through for razzies or currants.

  4. Alaska Pi says:

    Thank you Zach. I’m still pretty much ignoring any news outside my neighborhood for now.

    We are raining like we pretty much always do for a couple weeks after the 4th and people are sighing about summer being over which they pretty much always do when it rains for a couple weeks after the 4th.

    My asparagus finally came up. I so want it to take hold and grow here.

    And that is the news from the ridge… in the forest… next to the melting icefields.

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