News Week Round Up [June 2, 2017] - P.O.W. Report

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News Week Round Up [June 2, 2017]

Ketchikan teen, Petersburg woman first in Prince of Wales Marathon

KFSK by Joe Viechnicki

A Petersburg woman took first place in the Prince of Wales Island Marathon last Saturday. Teacher Jo Ann Day was the top woman finisher in the 26.2 mile race finishing in a time of four hours 22 minutes and 10 seconds.

The overall winner was 13-year-old Brent Capps of Ketchikan, coming in just under three hours and 40 minutes.

A four person team from Petersburg called “Limpet Along” took sixth place in that category with a time of four hours 43 minutes and 34 seconds. Team members were George and Mary Clemens, Marlene Cushing and Bridget Wittstock. [Source]

One Killed, Two Injured in Early Morning Hydaburg Highway Crash

Prince of Wales State Troopers reported a fatal early morning accident that occurred at mile 18 of the Hydaburg Highway that killed one and injured two others.

Troopers were notified of the accident on the southeast Alaska highway at 3:46 am and immediately responded to the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Gilbert Johnson, and two others were transported to the hospital for injuries. 53-year-old Rhonda Peratrovich succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The preliminary trooper investigation revealed that Johnson was driving a 1995 Chevy pickup, when he left the roadway and collided with a downed tree. [Source]


The Decline Of The US As A World Power

What Do I Know? by Steve

Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Instead of this being a triumph for the Climate Change Denial movement, I think it will be their last Hurrah. The shift from carbon based energy has too much momentum. The real impact will be the loss of power and prestige of the United States of America.

Back in December 2016 I wrote (in a post about change in general):
"My fear is that Trump will do a lot of damage both in the US and the world, before he leaves office. Things that will have to be undone before we can move on. And while he won't kill people Hitler style, if he does slow down climate change action, the result will be turmoil and human suffering and death around the world. Severe weather events will create havoc for farmers all over the world. Rising temperatures mean that crops that grow at a certain latitude now, or with a certain level of rainfall, won't in twenty years or less. This will disrupt food supplies and livelihoods everywhere."
But it appears that the US pulling out will not cause China and India and other significant players to pull out as well.

The rest of the world (not to mention many US businesses) understands that reducing carbon use is a long term common problem for all the peoples of the earth. While some may lose bigger if we keep on the carbon path, no one will win.

But what will keep them united in the short term is their recognition that switching away from carbon based energy will be good for their economies as well. They recognize that while the Koch brothers and their ilk who fund the climate change denial movement in the US exist, the world knows that most big businesses, including oil companies, and the US military, acknowledge that climate change is for real and they've already been planning to address it. They're switching to other energy sources, preparing their facilities, and planning for the new energy economy.

The real impact of the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement is that the US will be left behind. And the rest of the world will realize that they can do things on their own without the US.

Other great world powers have gone this route. Spain and Portugal are relatively modest nations today. England is a shadow of what it once was. All lost their power, in part, because they couldn't adjust their glorious self-images.

The US isn't finished as a nation. It's just that other nations are discovering that we don't matter as much as we convinced them (and ourselves) that we do. And we aren't all blind and backward either. Our previous president was an enthusiastic supporter of the Paris Agreement. More than half the voters cast their ballots for a candidate who would have kept us in the Paris Agreement. But it is up to us to prove to the rest of the world that Trump is a short term aberration. [Read the entire blog post here]

Perhaps we should consider the words of George Washington in his “Farewell Address” to the nation:

If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

Washington warned us against what are now referred to as “entangling alliances,” or treaties which bind us to action when other nations encounter certain situations. The classic example would be a treaty to go to war against any nation that attacks an ally; however, agreements to follow climate standards specified by foreign scientists and governments would also qualify.

In this sense, a nationalist sense, every nation must find its own path and through that independence, will determine its own future. That becomes difficult when we consider that human impact on the environment concerns resources that are shared worldwide. Then again, when a superpower acts, others will follow, without a treaty being required.

The world is denial of the cause of its environmental problems; “climate change” is a Leftist invention designed to disguise the real problem, which is population growth which is almost exclusively occurring in the third world. The Leftist “solution” is to transfer wealth from the first world to the third, which will then cause a further population boom.

A more sensible policy would be to end immigration, deport those foreign to the founding group in all nations, and then stop giving aid and economic trade to the third world. Let us take care of our own needs, and then world population will not explode on a boom created by Western economies, Western medicine, Western political stability and Western goodwill.

J.R.R. Tolkien proposed to his wife by mail, not knowing she was engaged to another man

The Vintage News by Ivana Andonovska

The famous writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith, were married for 55 years.

By all accounts, the couple had a close and happy marriage, with Edith following Tolkien wherever his life took him. The Tolkiens had four children: three sons and one daughter. Besides being the love of Tolkien’s life, she was his muse and inspired the characters of Arwen Undomiel and Luthien from his books The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.There’s an interesting story to be told about the way Tolkien proposed to Edith.

The two met in 1908 when J.R.R. Tolkien was only 16 years old. The writer and his brother moved into a boarding house in Edgbaston, where Edith already lived. Edith and Roland spent a lot of time together, visiting tea shops in Birmingham, taking walks and talking. Both being orphans, they could understand each other perfectly. One year later, the couple was officially in love. But this is when their problems began. With Tolkien failing his exams, his legal guardian, Father Morgan, saw Edith as the reason for his failure. He was not happy that his protege was seeing a Protestant woman who was three years older than him. With Tolkien being raised as a Catholic, Father Morgan forbade him to talk, meet, or have any kind of communication with her until he turned 21. The young student obeyed the order and ceased all contact with the woman he loved. He only sent her one letter, but his guardian found out and threatened Tolkien that he would put a stop to his university career.

For five years Tolkien had no communication with Edith. Meanwhile, the young woman moved to Cheltenham, where she lived with a family friend. But on the evening of his 21st birthday, Roland wrote a letter to Edith, declaring that his love towards her had never faltered and asked her to marry him.

He got a shocking reply: Edith was already engaged to the brother of one of her closest friends, a man named George Field. However, she also wrote that she only agreed to marry Field because she had doubts about Tolkien’s love for her, as she hadn’t heard from him in a long time. The letter changed everything, and Tolkien took the train to Cheltenham on January 8, 1913. Edith and Roland met at the train station and spent the entire day together. After a long walk into the countryside and a lot of talking, Edith accepted Tolkien’s marriage proposal. She wrote a letter to her previous fiancee in which she broke the engagement and returned her ring. The Field family and George himself were insulted and angry, but Edith was finally with the man she loved.

The marriage was followed by a week-long honeymoon in Clevedon, North Somerset. Very soon after the wedding, J.R.R. Tolkien applied for a course at the signal school of the British Army, based in Otley. His faithful wife moved as close as possible to the military camp and lived with her cousin for one year. Tolkien was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British Army and sent to France in June 1916 to take part in the First World War.

In 1920, Roland finally left the Army and began his work on the Oxford English Dictionary, and later in the same year, he became the youngest professor at the University of Leeds. Many years later, 1945, the Tolkien family moved to Oxford, where Roland became a professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College. The writer retired in 1959 and received literary fame. With his books becoming bestsellers, Roland regretted not retiring earlier.

Edith passed away on November 29, 1971. She was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery in Oxford. Her husband had the name Luthien engraved on her tombstone. The following year, the famous writer was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In the same year, he was honored by a Doctorate of Letters, given to him by the Oxford University. Tolkien died 21 months after his wife, on September 2, 1973. The writer of the iconic books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion was 82 years old. [Their full story]

U.S. ranked the 114th most peaceful nation on earth says annual global ranking

Iceland is at the top of the heap

Land of the free, home of the brave - but America may not be the most peaceful spot on earth according to the 11th annual “Global Peace Index,” which bases judgement calls on a complex gauge of social, economic and political factors, including rates of homicide and terrorism activities.

The U.S. is now at No. 114, falling 11 places in the last year, the analysis says. Armenia and Rwanda are just in front of America on the list, El Salvador and China follow.

“Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. 

It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark. There was also very little change at the bottom of the index. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen,” the report said. [Source]

Diversity + Proximity = War...Iceland is 92% Icelandic and Homogenious there are certain correlations one can find the lower on the list you go, but what do I know, i'm just a lowly reporter.

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