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A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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How the Swinomish tribe has pioneered the fight against climate change

Sorry for the paywall, but it's still a good story to share.
For 10,000 years, the Swinomish tribe has fished the waters of northwestern Washington, relying on the bounty of salmon and shellfish not only as a staple of its diet but as a centerpiece of its culture. At the beginning of the fishing season, the tribe gathers on the beach for a First Salmon ceremony, a feast honoring the return of the migratory fish that binds the generations of a tribe that calls itself the People of the Salmon.

At the ceremony’s conclusion, single salmon are ferried by boat in four directions — north to Padilla Bay, east to the Skagit River, south to Skagit Bay and west to Deception Pass — and eased into the water with a prayer that they will tell other salmon how well they were treated.
In recent years, though, the tribe’s harvest, diminished by vanishing habitat and warming waters fueled by climate change, hasn’t been sufficient to feed the hundreds of people who come to pay homage to their ancestors and to the fish that sustained them.

“We don't have that abundance anymore,” said Lorraine Loomis, an elder who has managed the tribal fishery for 40 years. “To get ceremonial fish, we buy it and freeze it.”

The article goes on to explain many innovative things that the tribe is doing to help restore the environment around them. Many other tribes are coming to visit and understand how they can adopt these solutions for their own worlds.

No Apple Cup this year

Too many Cougs have tested positive for Covid19. It was possibly canceled in sports discussions on Saturday, Confirmed by both sports programs on Sunday.
Sorry, I have no link. Saw it on KIRO7 news.
Possibly a replay could occur late in December.

Twitter goes after Instagram

According to an article in the San Jose Mercury, Twitter will now allow "Fleets", tweets that disappear after 24 hours.
Can this be used in a nefarious way by popular Twitter personalities, especially those in politics?
Can the "Way back engine" capture these forever?

The Health Dept is falling down

My daughter graduated 2 months ago from Olympic College and passed her state certification tests. She is now a medical assistant and should be in high demand. However, the state's Health Dept has not been able to complete her cert paperwork and get it to the clinic that wants to hire her.
As of this morning, 6 of the 7 MAs in her clinic have come down with Covid19, so she is needed even more. She finally got through to some minor twit at the Health Dept this afternoon who mentioned that Olympic College hasn't sent her transcripts yet. Grrrr. Such screw ups, really.
The good news is that she hasn't been able to get covid herself.
Apparently, all WA state health Dept certifications are 3 months behind, and that goes for all level of medical professionals. At this point they are allowed to keep working on expired licenses.

What bugs you the most?

Soon the Mango Mussolini will be out of the White House and the news cycles. I'm lookin forward to that, as are we all. I want to get back to the days when the most irritating things are trivial. For me, that includes:
* "Cars for Kids" radio jingle
* my county's obsession with traffic circles

What simple irritants are you looking forward to once again?
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