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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Russia, Crimea and Ukraine making news in 1784 that matters to US today

 It is not nice to mess with western business interests if you are Russian. The informed citizens newly created country of the United States clearly understood what was to be gained by having a foothold in the Ukraine, and the Crimea.

 By the Ship Active, Capt. Lyde, arrived at Boston 29 Days from London, we have the following fresh Advices, viz.

            In consequence of the threat thrown out in the House of Common, of withholding the supplies, it is expected that his Majesty will determine on the truly patriotic measure of taking the opinion of the public at large, by calling a new Parliament, since it appears otherwise impossible to reconcile the present jarring interests.
            The severe season in 1739, to which the present has been compared, blasted 15 weeks, from December 24 two April, and was succeeded by a fine spring, and the most plentiful harvest ever known in this country.

            Feb. 25. The letter from Munich says, "never did the Palette and eight behold so cruelly calamity as that which they now experience. The inhabitants of Mann behind, expiring through inanition [sic], exhibit a most disastrous spectacles; the To a lector, reduced to the melancholy necessity of seeing his subjects parish, without a possibility of affording them the least relief. The Neckar and the Rhine, diluting the streets to the first stories of the houses, are too much frozen to be navigable, and not sufficiently so for passengers to venture over [] moreover, the enormous bodies of ice that float on these two rivers would soon think the boats that might be sent to the assistance of the unfortunate victims."

            Feb. 27. Two years salt provisions are ordered to be got ready for nova-Scotia; the people there being in great distress.

The Providence Gazette And Country Journal  04-24-1784
News from Crimea 1784
            By the late agreement which has taken place between the Turks and the Russians, the whole Crimea is seated to the latter in full sovereignty, and the free navigation so long contended for. This is the real downfall of the Ottoman empire, and not the war, which will infallibly take place in four or five years, when Russia has fortified that peninsula so as to have nothing to fear.

            By the late treaty, Russia gains the entire sovereignty of one of the finest countries in the world, in a climate happy as the South of France, producing almost every luxury, and all the necessaries of life, and situated so fortunately that it communicates with the Mediterranean seaas [sic] readily as this situated on it. The conquest of this territory, which the Russian Court intends to improve to the highest pitch, will be a fatal blow to the interest in trade of friends. A great import at Petersburgh [Capital of Imperial Russia] from that kingdom, is wines and brandies; these will be made in Crimea to equal any in the world, and that vast empire thus supply itself with those objects for which it has hitherto paid such large sums to France.

            The climate, fertility, and population of the Crimea are such, that it will maintain an army of 60,000 men, without trespassing on the inhabitants; so great an accession of force has the Empress [Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great]  made by this piece; and, what is of yet more value, a decided and uninterrupted passage through the Hellespont to the Mediterranean, which will give a ready market to all sorts of productions, not only of the Crimea, but also of her old dominion of the Ukraine.[1]


[1] The Providence Gazette And Country Journal  04-24-1784.

Transcribed by John Peter Thompson. March 6th, 2014.

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