North Korea

North Korea
The always bombastic and unpredictable North Koreans go hysterical again. This time the country is prepared to "go to war" with South Korea because that country is playing loudspeakers directed at North Korean territory. A headline from a UK paper reads, "More than 50 North Korea submarines 'leave their bases' as war talks with South continue "

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Meanwhile in Rio de Janeiro ... and Seattle

World unrest continues: the death toll in Syria after less than three years is now approximately the same as that of the Iraq war that stretched over eight; the Boko Haram take out another village in Nigeria, Ukraine remains divided, while Egypt simmers. US Secretary of State is in Indonesia, pleading for action on climate change, while garbling a message over the issue. As several articles note regarding his peptalk, "Kerry described those who do not accept that human activity causes global warming as "shoddy scientists" and "extreme ideologues", and said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to "hijack" the climate debate." One thought we were to accept that the science is settled, and what does he mean by using the term hijacking. Is this a new term synonymous with the arguments offered by other side of said debate? (Teatree wonders).

So, where should we look for a bright spot?

How about the blocao dog festival in Rio de Janeiro, which is one of several pre-Carnival celebrations. What is it? A chance for dogs to celebrate, or be celebrated. Brazil - what a country of extremes ...

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Brazil, population 200 million, and this major city with a population alone of 6.5 million - graphic by www.vacationstogo.com

The "blocao" dog festival (11th annual this year) is known to be the most pet-friendly event of the 500 "blocos", events known for their rapturously festive and drinking parties. Only pictures can suffice:

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Smartly dressed ... photo from www.dailymail.co.uk

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Friends forever ... photo from www.dailymail.co.uk

Note the hot dog on the daschund ... photo from www.imegin.com.br

Lots of excited looks, beady eyes, big teeth. Photo from http://hausofpaws.blogspot.com

Apparently, this is an inclusive event ... Photo from www.capitalfm.co.ke

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Happy ... AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

Not to be outdone - Seattle hosted its 2014 Cupid Undie Run on February 15. "The Cupid Undie Run is a 1 mile-ish fun run through the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Hundreds of participants stripped down to their underwear to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation."

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Only rain - hardly an event breaker in the US Pacific Northwest. Many questions arise: Are there hints here of an upcoming St Patrick's day run, or is this just Seattle green? Are there that many tutu's out there? ... photo by Jousha Lewis / KOMO News (Seattle)

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Nacho-loving man questions need for sunglasses carried by fellow runner. photo by Jousha Lewis / KOMO News (Seattle)

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Big marks for the guy to the right who de-haired a heart shape on his chest ... photo by Jousha Lewis / KOMO News (Seattle)

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Umbrella seems out of place (and does Teatree spot angel wings in the back?)... photo by Jousha Lewis / KOMO News (Seattle)

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