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Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism.

Earth’s self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity’s CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather

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This Week

The Gristle

Dirty Little Not-So-Secret

DIRTY LITTLE NOT-SO-SECRET: What if your partner who was not especially solvent and whose financial profile was headed in a terrible direction proposed a new business venture with considerable risk and downside? Sure, there’s potential for upside, and your initial entry costs appear low; but there’s also long-term liability and costs you’re on the hook for no matter what happens to the venture or partner. Does that sound like a deal to you?

RE Sources and Power Past Coal brought a

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The news that didn’t make the news

Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism.

Earth’s self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity’s CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather

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Outdoors

Mule Skinners and Misery Whips

Thank you, Wilderness Act

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“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
—President Lyndon Johnson, 1964

National parks might be one of America’s best ideas, but when it comes to extended trail-building forays deep in the backcountry, I’m inclined to say federally designated wilderness areas are an even

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Visual

Spotlight on Acrylics

Delightful surprises at the Scott Milo Gallery

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The spotlight is on Dianna Shyne at the Scott Milo Gallery this month. Shyne will paint any subject in nature: birds, landscapes, people at play, noble buildings and creaky, old wooden doors.

For November, she’s showing landscapes and paintings of boats, including the standout, “La Conner Waterfront.” This acrylic is in reds, blue ascending above the white. I enjoy a work like this for the characteristic, confident brush strokes, which create a design in themselves, especially where the

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Food

Anelia's Kitchen

Warming from the inside out

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Downtown La Conner can seem very quiet and dark on a rainy evening during the off season, but a row of brightly lit windows and the sound of music make it easy to be drawn in to Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage, which opened during the summer in an old bank building on First Street.

Named for the grandmother of owner Jennifer Ferry, the restaurant specializes in traditional Polish recipes, as well as an assortment of salads and sandwiches. The space is warm with natural wood and brightly colored

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Music

Making Merry at the MBT

No Christmas allowed*

Whatever your opinion about holiday creep—the phenomenon that sees store shelves stocked with lights, mistletoe and ornaments the day after Halloween—once the barrier of Thanksgiving is breached, the holiday season is upon us and the musical landscape begins to look a whole lot like Christmas. But before that happens, the Mount Baker Theatre will play host to an eclectic variety of shows that have nothing to do with Christmas.*

It’s possible I’ve mentioned this before, but I am an

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On Stage

A Christmas Story

A holiday tale, with guns

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Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker isn’t a typical holiday hero. In fact, when Christmas rolls around, it’s not peace on earth he’s hoping to find. Instead, the pint-sized protagonist wants a gun—specifically, a Red Rider Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Anybody who’s watched the iconic 1983 film A Christmas Story knows full well that the bespectacled Ralphie doesn’t give up on his gun-toting dream, despite everyone from his mom to his teacher to a department store Santa warning him

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Film

Penguins of Madagascar

This one’s for the birds

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Charming in small doses, the Penguins of Madagascar prove altogether less irresistible in their feature-length starring debut. The latest example of DreamWorks Animation’s franchise mania is a frantic, peppy, in-your-face slice of irreverent toon action, but the result is far more snoozy than Looney (as in Tunes).

DreamWorks practically patented the idea of conceiving and marketing animated films like live-action comedies intended to appeal equally to adults and kids, and while this latest

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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