This August, Washington state's Fish and Wildlife Commission banned
giant Pacific octopus hunting (recreational harvesting) across seven popular scuba sites in the Puget Sound -- not because the species is endangered, but simply because the sea creature is revered by the Seattle community. The law went into effect on October 6. What triggered the ban? Therein lies a story
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posted by zarq
on Oct 17, 2013 -
The Washington State Senate has approved SB 6239, a bill granting marriage equality
, in a 28-21 vote. It now moves on to the House, where its passage is all but assured, then to the desk of Governor Gregoire, who started the process earlier this year
and has promised to sign it.
But, then what?
As in 2009, when citizens voted 53-47 in favor of Referendum 71 to reject overturning the legislature's domestic partnership bill
, the bill will likely be subject to a citizen referendum, rendering it temporarily inactive until approved by popular vote. A recent poll found that 55% of voters would approve that measure
. If that holds true, same-sex marriages could begin in Washington State starting December 7th, 2012.
posted by 0xFCAF
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Historical currents in American pop music, where nonsense syllables have always held a special place: Blind Blake, in 1929, recorded Diddie Wa Diddie
, which Ry Cooder covered
in 1974, and which Leon Redbone also covered
in 1977. Now, folks, that tune is not to be confused with Bo Diddley's 1956 recording Diddy Wah Diddy
, which a young Captain Beefheart covered
in 1966, and which was also covered
by Aussie garage rockers the Missing Links. Likewise, that
tune is not to be confused with a little ditty recorded in 1963 by the Exciters, called Do Wah Diddy Diddy
, which was covered
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posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 27, 2011 -
Researching the Way of Wa
The 1400 year-old Japanese concept of "Wa
" is derived from the ancient meaning of peace and harmony.
When applied to business practices, it incorporates mutual trust between management and labor, harmonious... relations among employees on all levels...
I continued forward to learn of Wa Shin Ryu
, "the system that harmonizes the spirit," which I followed onward to Toki no Wa
. Only then did I know that "I will see you again where the loops of time touch together."
posted by mcgraw
on May 11, 2004 -