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1 Can the mighty American consumer wage peace in North Korea?

Brenda Flinn, December 1, 2017

We can make a choice this holiday season. Buy consumer goods made in China or keep our money and our men and women in uniform home.

China provides North Korea with 90 percent of the rogue missile testing nation's imports.1 And China maintains a 56 year old treaty of mutual defense with North Korea.2

If China's economy went south because Americans boycotted their products, China might have less to prop up North Korea.

And this year, it is an easy choice to make. Send gift cards to folks rebuilding after weather events. Eat out at local restaurants. Visit family and friends. Play the piano and sing. Just don't send one dollar to a Chinese made product.

1 Council on Foreign Relations
2 Wikipedia

2 Tuque, how are you?

K's Riivera, rescued manatee at Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center (Source:, K's Riivera video

After 5 years of rehabilitation, Tuque the manatee returns to the southern coast of Puerto Rico

Isolation of Puerto Rico's manatees affects survival odds

Manatee Center hurricane recovery (Go Fund Me)
Columbus Zoo's Conservation Fund approved $5,000 Emergency Grant
Georgia Aquarium gave $15,000
Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife donated $17,000 for manatee lettuce walk-in refrigerator
Pentair Pool Systems just gave 9 Intelliflo VS pumps for the manatees' filter system

Posts about Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center

Centro de Conservación de Manatíes de Puerto Rico

3 Buffalo Bayou: Key to Houston's Flooding

To grasp the magnitude of flooding in America's 4th largest city, you need to know what the Buffalo Bayou is.

Houston from the banks of the Buffalo Bayou (Source: Harris County Flood Control District).

The City of Houston was founded along a waterway called the Buffalo Bayou (Source: University of Houston Digital Library Special Collections).

Map of Buffalo Bayou watershed (Source: Harris County Flood Control District).

The Buffalo Bayou watershed contains 106 miles of open waterways running through Harris and Fort Bend counties. After draining from many residential areas into downtown Houston, it opens up into the Houston Ship Channel.

Now you have a quick understanding of the terrain that makes the Houston area prosperous and precarious.

4 Check car prices

Be twice amused checking new, used truck and car values with Edmunds.

5 What that wordTM

deluge - heavy rain. Online Etymology says from Latin "diluvium" meaning flood, inundation.

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