Written by Mart Allen
Random thoughts on dogs
If you want to experience true love get a dog. No other living entity is capable of showing the loyalty, love and affection for humans that dogs do. And all they ask in return is board and room. Their capacity for devotion is unprecedented as a general rule in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately their owners do not always reciprocate with the same enthusiasm.
I am ashamed to admit I am one of those that are guilty of that sin, only arriving at that conclusion too late to do anything about past companions. Sure I took care of their every physical need but was too busy with my own pursuits to reward them with the same dedication they extended to me. The older I have become the more aware I am that it’s a universal fault that many people, men in particular share. The key word is, busy.
I have been here just a little over a year now and find myself in a familiar position – typing on the computer while watching the squirrels ravage my bird feeders. They are not particularly happy with me as I moved the easily spilled one, and replaced it with a tube feeder that they have to work at. Of course down on the ground is a smorgasbord from where they tipped the old feeder over yesterday.
The weather forecast on my phone says it will start to snow in 10 minutes, but the snow has been sifting down for a couple of hours now.It is really fine snow, falling straight down with nary a trace of wind. We are not expected to get more than a few inches, unlike the coastal areas which are expecting up to two feet. Walking home from the garage is the only bodily exercise I have had since Saturday when I cut, hauled and split firewood. Except for the mental stimulation of reading, and though the temperature was around 7 then, the walk home from the garage was pleasant, just uphill enough to keep me warm. Read more
Russian aggression in Ukraine is an attack on world order and order in Europe. All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany. That has to be avoided. And nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War. And that is exactly what Russia’s President Putin is trying to do.”
— Ukraine’s prime minister Yatsenyuk, January 7, 2015
“The Germans invaded the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, and looked poised to take Moscow by October that year . . . As the German armies swept further into the Russian heartland, one million Soviet troops were drafted to protect Kiev [the capital then, as now, of Ukraine] . . . Kiev fell and 600,000 Soviet soldiers were captured . . . Nazi rule over the territories they captured from Russia was draconian . . . In the Ukrainian town of Kharkov, which was administered by the German army, 100,000 people died of starvation and disease.”
— War of the Century – When Hitler Fought Stalin, by Laurence Rees (BBC Publications
Voutenay sur Cure, France. | The Ukrainian prime minister’s poisonous perversion of the facts of history is a gruesome joke but was not treated as such by the media in the west which almost without exception endorses and publicizes Ukrainian pronouncements with zeal. Statements by Russia’s leader, on the other hand, are either ignored or distorted.
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