How The Bounty Of Our National Parks Can Sustain Us In Coming Years

It felt like we’d reached the end of the world when we arrived at Olympic National Park on the Washington State peninsula on our cross-country drive from Florida. For the last few miles of the 3,000-mile trip we came through a rainforest of huge trees reaching to the sky. Sunshine filtering through them made dappled patterns on the road. We emerged into a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and I immediately ran to dip my feet in the water. A profusion of starfish, sea anemones and other marine life can be experienced close up in Olympic National Park, Washington State. To my surprise, there was a smorgasbord of marine creatures clinging to the rocks exposed by the receding tide – brightly colored starfish hanging out among sea anemones in the tide pools. It was all I could do to keep from touching them. Further offshore a family of sea otters interrupted their play to stare at us, as if they were as fascinated with the humans as we were with the wildlife. After an elegant lunch at nearby Kalaloch Lodge in their glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the ocean, with hummingbirds buzzing at feeders outside, we went and staked out our campgrounds on…

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Clinton played Pictionary, Trump played Risk

By Debilyn Molineaux I like to describe our country as “the big, raucous American family.” And there is hardly a better opportunity to build family connections than with games. Or a more revealing way to understand each other and ourselves, than by the tactics we use within the game. My dad used to slip Monopoly money to my sister, because he couldn’t stand to see anyone ‘lose’. Our neighbor was outraged that my dad wouldn’t follow the rules of the game. Another card game we played with friends, ‘Nertz’ has a shared playing field and a private one… I was outraged when one of our friends refused to play in the shared field because it would benefit our team. He was in it to win…no holds barred. As you may imagine, I am accustomed to more coopetition than winner-take-all. (Thanks, Dad!) I learned much about people from playing games with them…and also tapped into my own hyper-competitive side on occasion. How do you play games? And is there a connection to how you treat others in day-to-day life? What are your internal markers (or conscience) that allows for some actions but not others? And are the rules…

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Globalization Isn’t Doomed. It’s Evolving, With China As A Leader.

The worldwide debate about globalization has been upended by “the Trump phenomenon,” which has spread like wildfire across Europe and elsewhere. The two separate camps of “deglobalization” versus “reglobalization” are pitted against each other in a tug of war with no clear winner.
From a historical perspective, globalization has not been linear in its progress. There have been ups and downs and twists and turns. With several decades of fast growth of globalization, the world has reaped unprecedented benefits, but we have also seen a widening gap between the rich and the poor and a deeper division between capital and labor, as predicted by Karl Marx.
Globalization will continue but with a different paradigm or narrative, ushering in a new era of “reglobalization,” wherein China is called upon to play a key role of leadership. China’s President Xi Jinping is going to the Davos World Economic Forum this January, which again indicates that China attaches great importance to making globalization and global governance work again, even though now globalization is somewhat in shatters and in urgent need of change.
Although what anti-globalization measures President-elect Trump will take and what will happen in European politics in the next few years…

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The EPA Finally Has Something Legitimate It Could Do – So of Course It’s Not Doing It

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notorious for serially, consistently doing things the laws as written do not allow it to do.  Meanwhile, its bureaucrats are so unlawfully distracted –  they miss a mess they are actually supposed to address. Is the EPA constantly doing things it’s not supposed to do?  Absolutely. Supreme Court: EPA Unreasonably Interpreted the Clean Air Act Supreme Court Deals Blow | Read More »
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The Paul Ryan budget is a fiscal CATASTROPHE

So Paul Ryan’s new budget is out. While one hand is distracting us by promising an Obamacare repeal, we the people need to watch the other hand to see what he’s really doing. And it’s not good. Paul Ryan’s new budget is a ten year plan. They are using the previous spending as baseline for every year, as the Republicans have achieved no reforms of | Read More »
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Wednesday’s Morning Email: House Republicans Backtrack On Gutting Ethics Office

TOP STORIES HOUSE REPUBLICANS BACKTRACK ON GUTTING ETHICS OFFICE Following outcry from watchdogs, lawmakers and the president-elect, House Republicans dropped their plans to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. Here’s how the debacle started. [Paige Lavender and Matt Fuller, HuffPost]
MEGYN KELLY IS HEADING TO NBC The Fox News anchor is headed to NBC News, where she’ll “host a one-hour daytime talk show airing Monday through Friday and a Sunday evening news magazine show, and will contribute on breaking news stories and NBC’s coverage of major political and special events.” And here’s what this means for the future of Fox News. [Michael Calderone, HuffPost]
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DRILL FOR A NORTH KOREAN ATTACK And the subsequent South Korean evacuation. [CNN]
COULD THE WOMEN’S MARCH BE THE BIGGEST ‘INAUGURATION DEMONSTRATION?’ “More than 100,000 people have registered their plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington in what is expected to be the largest demonstration linked to Donald Trump’s inauguration and a focal point for activists on the left who have been energized in opposing his agenda.” [WaPo]
OVER 150 INMATES ESCAPE IN PHILIPPINE JAILBREAK Only 16 have been found so far. [Reuters]
PACK YOUR BAGS The U.S. Virgin Islands will PAY you to visit this year. Yes, you are reading this correctly. [Rebecca Shapiro, HuffPost] WHAT’S BREWING THE INTERNET CAN…

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