Why Re-elect George Sirk As Regional Director?

By Roy L Hales

In my second interview with the candidates for Cortes Island’s Regional Director, I became aware that they have a very different vision of how the island should be governed. The current Director, Noba Anderson, portrays herself as an instigator, who “convenes conversations that would not otherwise happen.” Many of the island’s best known projects came about through her direct intervention. Though George Sirk chalked up a similar list of accomplishments during the nine years he represented the island (1996 – 2005), he stresses the idea that there should be more of a separation between the Regional Director and specific business projects. In this morning’s episode, I ask, why re-elect George Sirk as Regional Director? 

Continue reading Why Re-elect George Sirk As Regional Director?

Why Re-elect Noba Anderson As Cortes Island’s Regional Director?

By Roy L Hales

Cortes Islanders will choose their next regional Director on October 20, 2018. There is a sense in which both candidates are seeking re-election. George Sirk was our representative from 1996 until 2005. Our current director, Noba Anderson, has been in office since 2008. In the first of two interviews with the candidates, I ask why re-elect Noba Anderson as our Regional Director?
Continue reading Why Re-elect Noba Anderson As Cortes Island’s Regional Director?

Is Germany Abandoning The Fight Against Global Warming?

A disturbing report in Unearthed this morning suggests one of the world’s champions may joining the recalcitrant nations. Is Germany Abandoning The Fight Against Global Warming?

Originally Published in Unearthed.

By Zach Boren

The European Commission has reportedly given up on plans to raise the EU’s 2030 carbon emissions target — with critics blaming the German government for ‘torpedoing’ the move.
Continue reading Is Germany Abandoning The Fight Against Global Warming?

A Genealogist Looks At Autosomal DNA Testing

By Roy L Hales

How much faith can we put in elaborate DNA based family trees that stretch back to a long vanished epoch in Africa? Have these tests shown themselves to be accurate when checked against genealogies based on written records? What does it look like when a genealogist looks at autosomal DNA testing.

Continue reading A Genealogist Looks At Autosomal DNA Testing

What Works? What Doesn't? And What can we do about it?