|KLA-HA-YA DAYS PARADE VIDEO Snohomish, WA July 18, 2009|
July 19, 2009
It was a great day for a parade in Snohomish. Gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatures; not too hot, hint of a breeze every now and then, dozens of vendor booths and the smell of hot kettle corn cooking in the open air at Mardini’s restaurant greeted the thousands of young and old who lined up the length of First Street in historic downtown Snohomish for the community’s annual parade.
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|IS U.S. ON SAME PATH TO COLLAPSE AS THE OLD SOVIET UNION?|
July 15, 2009
Is the United States headed down the same path as the old former USSR? One man with first hand knowledge of the collapse of the old Soviet Union thinks so.
In a recent seminar at the Long Now Foundation Dmitry Orlov, an engineer, linguistics expert and writer on subjects related to “Peak Oil”, presented his theory that the United States has for some time been on the same trajectory for collapse as the former Soviet Union.
What is rather freaky about his theory is that there truly are many similarities to the paths both superpowers have gone down.
With vintage Russian black humor, Orlov describes the social collapse he witnessed in Russia in the 1990s and spells out its practical lessons for the American social collapse he sees as inevitable. Orlov was born in Leningrad and moved to the United States at the age of 12.
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|SEX, POLITICS AND A VERY STRANGE CULT|
July 15, 2009
Ah, there’s nothing like a good unfolding Washington, DC sex scandal. You know the type -- where some formerly high & mighty, self-righteous ”family values” type gets caught with his noodle in the wrong soup pot.
It is a drill as old as dirt: one time high flying Congressman, good looking, a bible spoutin’ man, perfect family, all the right pedigrees, touted as future presidential material, blah, blah, blah and then one day comes crashing down to earth after getting caught schtooping some hot young babe on the side (or young man) or MANY hot young babes for months or years on end.
That is the garden-variety scandal everyone thought was unfolding with the recent sex scandal of Senator John Ensign (R) of Nevada.
That was until word started filtering out about Ensign being part of a strange, small and secretive religious group (cult?) called “The Family” that owns a joint called the "C Street House" in Washington, DC.
How odd is this group? Well, what would you think of a cult that believes that only godly, powerful and already rich men (notice the word MEN) should rule the world with an iron fist and under that rule there would be no unions allowed and no help for the poor?
A group that thinks politics should be about making more powerful the already powerful in a world where “the normal rules don’t apply” to such men.
A world where a powerful, righteous man could rape a child and it would be just fine because that powerful, righteous man would have been ordained by God to rule and therefore…the rules just don’t apply.
A group that thinks the way folks like Hitler, Lenin and Pol Pot ruled their subjects was something to be emulated.
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This piece should disturb the hell out of any normal, intelligent human being.
|SHINDIG 2009: THE PICTURE PAGE|
July 14, 2009
No videos here, just a collection of photos for posterity of Shindig 2009 in Sultan taken by Sky Valley Chronicle shooters. CLICK READ MORE to bring up the photos. All images © 2009 www.skyvalleychronicle.com.
|DUELING CHAIN SAWS FROM HELL! (AT SULTAN SHINDIG)|
July 12, 2009
(SULTAN, WA) -- Imagine if you will a chain saw from the cult hit slasher movie “Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Now imagine that same saw four times as big and ten times as deadly.
Now imagine one of those saws is powered by a fully tricked out, beefed up V-8 engine and the other is powered by a tricked out Toyota truck engine. Both of the saws are so heavy they take a team of two to lift and operate.
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