Good People Doing Good Things — Today’s Youth

Young people who are an inspiration to the rest of us to protect the environment. Good people doing good things.

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My friend rawgod had an idea for this week’s ‘good people’ post that I am pondering, but simply have not had time to pull it together yet, so perhaps next week.  No, I won’t give you a hint, for then you’ll pester me.  But what I do have for you today are some kids who are taking more than their share of responsibility for the wildlife on our planet.  These four have been hailed as ‘eco-heroes’ by the Sierra Club and I think you’ll see why.

Dessi-2Desmond Sieburth, nicknamed Dessi, lives in Pasadena, California.  Sieburth, a young bird conservationist, explains, “I got into birding when I was eight years old, after making a bird feeder.” Sieburth’s frequent birding expeditions soon led him to the unfortunate truth that populations of many types of birds are declining, thanks to factors including deforestation. So, he decided to help. To start, he made…

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Hmm… so, a new stage of grief maybe?

Kawanee is finally feeling anger as part of her grief.

The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.

Hmm, good to know. I was wondering about this. I know I had denial… that’s the first thing. Nope, this isn’t true, it’s a mistake… he’s still alive.

I’ve had depression… and anxiety.  Numbness…

Welcome to Anger..

I didn’t realize exactly how angry I am until today. I mean… I knew I was angry but I’ve mostly kept it under wraps, I’ve felt it there…. or maybe I knew it was there… but I never allowed myself to really feel it. Voice it… act on it.

I’m seriously pissed off…. deep down. Trouble is, I don’t know what to do…

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About the Recent Fire

Nicholas Rossis and his family are safe after the terrible fires in Greece.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Mati fires | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Express

Many of you have contacted me to ask about the recent fires. As you may have heard, we had two big forest fires raging not 30-40 minutes from our house. One from the North (Kalamos) and one from the East (Mati-Rafina). Different ones, too. I spent most of that evening talking to friends, making sure they were OK. We also had cousins and aunts who had to evacuate because of a third fire, this one away from us.

I only slept a little that night, with one eye glued to the phone in case the wind turned and brought the fire to us. Woke up tired and with a headache. They said it would rain yesterday afternoon, not a moment too soon, but so far it’s been one sunny day after another. Maybe today. We’ll see.

Thank God, both we and everyone we know is safe, but it…

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When the ball was over.

Another entertaining and humorous tale told by Tallis Steelyard and penned by Jim Webster.

Tallis Steelyard


Very few people realise exactly what being a poet entails. They assume that it’s all sipping wine and eating sugar pasties and dropping the occasional cultured quip into the conversation. Of course they realise that poems don’t write themselves but still, they seem to think that our lives are easy.

They don’t see half of it. Admittedly there are times when I am working where I can just sit back and let the event flow around me. This is a sign that I have everything in hand and that the apparently endless planning has at last paid off. Alas it is rare that this happens. I have to work with the tools I have and these are normally the household staff of my patron.

Ideally they would grasp the spirit of the occasion and come up with something witty and spontaneous. Alas, bitter experience has taught me that spontaneity needs…

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The President’s Latest Tantrum Is To Remove Security Clearances From His Critics

It seems President Trump wants to punish his critics. It just makes him look bad.

Gronda Morin

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The republican President Donald J. Trump keeps forgetting that he does not live in Russia where he can emulate how the Russian President handles his critics by just banishing them or better yet, vanquishing them from the face of the earth. He has come up with another outrage designed to deflect from the current negative news loop that has been upsetting to him.

There have been former Intelligence Agency heads who have stepped forward to openly criticize the president regarding his schizophrenic treatment of our allies in NATO, and our neighboring countries with tariffs among numerous other foreign policy faux pas incidents like his lack of courage to confront Russia over its US election interference in 2016.

The republican talking point is that these public servants have been making baseless charges against the president and that they have been making monies in the process.

Of course these are patriots with…

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Question: Are The GOP In The US Congress Covering For The President Or Themselves/ NRA

Who exactly are the GOP in the U.S. Congress covering for?

Gronda Morin

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During the week of July 16, 2018, “we the people” have been informed that Russia may very well have funneled monies to the NRA to curry favor; whereupon, the NRA used these monies to benefit republicans in the US Congress who were running for reelection in 2016.

See: The NRA Is Awfully Quiet About Maria Butina – Rolling Stone

See: Maria Butina, explained: accused Russian spy tried to sway US … – Vox

As per a 11/2017 New York Times report, “Below are the GOP top 10 US House career recipients of N.R.A. funding :

1.French Hill
“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”
2.Ken Buck
“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las…

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Wool gathering

A good bit about wool.

Jim Webster


Somebody was commenting about wool prices and how much wool was worth.

Well at the bottom end of the market a Herdwick fleece can weigh up to 2kg and is worth perhaps 25pence per kilo. So your hard won fleece could be worth a whole 50p

Jacobs, popular with smallholders and others have a better quality fleece, perhaps worth 45p a kilo. A nice fleece can weigh 2.5kg so you’re in the big money with a fleece worth perhaps £1.12.

If you look at a breed like the Romney, the wool is better again, I’ve seen Romney fleeces valued at £1.25 a kilo, and with a 3kg fleece this can bring in the magnificent sum of £3.75. Obviously the prices change year on year, but generally better wool is worth more.

The fly in this particular ointment is that paying somebody to shear your sheep is probably going to cost…

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Russia Has Executed The Espionage Coup Of The Century Without One Bomb On USA

How Russia executed the espionage coup of the century

Gronda Morin

Image result for photos of russia invading crimea Overnight, Russian troops were dispatched to seize control of Crimea’s airspace, ports and regional government (2014)

Dear America, “We the people” have to look at the forest instead of single trees.


Once upon a time there was this grand leader who ruled by fear, killed his critics and political opponents. He was clever at executing short term strategies to attain a goal without considering the long term consequences that could cost him, his country.

He became very upset at Western countries especially the USA for interfering with his plans to have access to a warm water port by force, like in Crimea, Ukraine in 2014 and in Georgia in 2008 or his adventurism in Syria in 2015 to insure access to Russia’s naval base in Tartus. Around 2014 is when the US plus the other NATO countries imposed sanctions on Russia. The Russian economy took a bad hit in…

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