DON'T EVER AGAIN DOUBT WHAT YOU CAN OVERCOME. EVER
It's been several months since Darlene Costner sent this video and I've waited too long to show it to you. It's a promo for the Rio Paralympics last year. Not the Olympics; the Paralympics.
This is one of the most awesome but even more important, joyful music videos you've seen. Most of us can probably do more than we think we can and I don't mean just physically. Enjoy. Be inspired.
COLORADO'S MOUNTAIN RESCUE DOGS
The YouTube page explains that the Breckenridge Resort in snowy Colorado has its own canine rescue team, the first line of defense for people when an avalanche or other disaster strikes.
32 PERCENT SAY REAL AMERICANS SHOULD BE CHRISTIAN
”Thirty-two percent of Americans said one should be Christian to really be American, compared to just 13 percent of Australians, 15 percent of Canadians and 15 percent of Europeans who felt the same way about belonging in their homelands,” reports the Washington Post.
“The same number of Americans — 32 percent — said that being born in the United States is key to being an American. More Americans — 45 percent — said that sharing 'national customs and traditions' was important, and many more — 70 percent — said being an American meant speaking English.”
One third of Americans says these things. I am so embarrassed. You can read more here.
AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS REJECTED IMMIGRANTS
A week ago, President Trump issued the now-infamous executive order banning Muslims from entering the U.S. For all the protests, many Americans agree with the president.
According to Pew Research last fall, a majority of Americans say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to accept Syrian refugees and there is a lot of additional evidence that America's xenophobia is nothing new.
Huffington Post reports:
In 1938, 65 percent of Americans told Gallup that the persecution of Jews in Europe was at least partially their own fault, and nearly three-quarters opposed allowing 'a larger number of Jewish exiles from Germany to come to the United States to live.'”
In 1939, according to HuffPost's research, 67 percent of Americans disapproved of taking in 10,000 refugee children from Germany.
In 1984, 62 percent of Americans said the number of refugees entering the U.S. should be lowered either “a little” or “a lot”:
There is much more such evidence through the years that you can see in more charts at Huffington Post.
LIVING OFF THE LAND IN NEW ZEALAND
According to the YouTube page, Warrick Mitchell lives with a small community of others in one of the world's most remote locations: a national forest in Fiordland, New Zealand.
His home is four day's walk from the nearest road and is otherwise accessible only by boat or small plane. But it is gorgeous, so gorgeous. Take a look.
HOW TO BUILD AN AUTOCRACY
If you watch cable news channels, you might have seen David Frum. He is a long time journalist, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine.
He has written a long cover story for the magazine's March print issue titled, “How to Build an Autocracy” in which he explains “how it can happen here.” This is a video lead-in to the story he recorded:
You don't need to be a subscriber to read the piece. The Atlantic released it early to everyone. You will find it here.
STRESS TESTING CALIFORNIA'S REDWOODS
The redwoods are Earth's oldest trees and due to California's years-long drought, they are stressed. As the YouTube page explains, to save them,
”Anthony Ambrose and his team of researchers climb several hundred feet into the canopy, braving (sic) life and limb in the name of conservation.”
That and the photography is breathtaking.
THE RELEVANCE OF DR. SEUSS TO OUR CURRENT POLITICAL TROUBLES
Did you know that Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, worked as a political cartoonist for a couple of years during World War II? I didn't. In particular, he opposed the “America First” movement.
The Atlantic (yes, again – you really should be reading this magazine; they do good work) recently published a story about that episode in Geisel's life and resurrected a few of those cartoons. Here is one:
Amazingly relevant now, don't you think? You can read more here where there are also a few more of Geisel's World War II cartoons.
FELINE RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
The resurrection of the word “resistance” is perfect for what is required of us in the times we are living through now. But cats don't need to be reminded; they are born knowing all about resistance.
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