The Great Pacific Northwest, the place where the trees are green and the water is high and blue. You can travel from Vancouver B.C. to Seattle and onto Portland in a few hours and observe that the three cities have a lot in common. These cities have more in common with each other than they do with many of east coast or southern cities that they share a federal boundaries with. The people of all three are socially conscious, environmentally aware, progressive and love their land.
The area of North America dubbed Cascadia consists of the northwest Cascade mountain range stretching into what is now British Colombia and over to the Pacific Ocean. If this area of the world were a country alone it would have the 19th highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world. An independence movement is fun to think about especially when the federal government doesn't always reflect our northwest values of acceptance and progressive thought. Northwest independence does come up from time to time among friends while enjoying one of the world famous micro brews or overlooking our beautiful mountain vistas. Celebrate the Cascadia independence movement and show your northwest pride with this throw-back ringer t-shirt depicting the "Doug" fir tree with majestic blue mountains and skunky green hops.
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of going it's own way. We could probably do it alone.
Killer Whales have always captivated our interest! Many of us have early childhood memories of getting splashed by orcas on family vacations to aquatic parks. Always smiling as the freezing cold salt water drenches us and the whale follows directions from it's trainer. Amazing times back then, but we didn't know what went on behind the curtain at those aquatic parks.
With the release of the film Blackfish and similar coverage on orca treatment, capture and captivity many people's views on aquatic parks having orca shows have changed. Seeing footage of orcas being captured in the Puget Sound circa 1970's have turned up. Seeing the orca families broken up and the young kidnapped as the adults scream is pretty intense footage. Learning that orcas have very aggressive behaviors towards their trainers show they aren't happy in captivity. Analyzing the life cycle differences between orcas in the wild and those in captivity provides an obvious example of how orca captivity needs to stop.
Orcas and other whales are best viewed where they live naturally. In the Pacific Northwest, whale tours can be booked and the experience is very gratifying! Hearing orcas blow air out of their blowholes next to your boat is one of the neatest experiences on earth. They do indeed like to jump into the air at times, but not to splash crowds because they were commanded or forced to.
Our Pool World: Captivity Sucks shirt arrives with that action in mind! Make a statement on how you feel about the captivity of Orcas!
Electric Cars are all the buzz! Tesla
has finally produced one that will change the auto industry for years to come! New Jersey and a few other states have opted to ban the direct sale of Tesla, relying on old world car dealers. It appears in some old fashioned states like New Jersey, they aren't ready to adapt to the modern world where the internet assists industry. Governor Christie must be helping out some of his old car dealership friends. We hope they see that industry development assists our ability to function as a society. Typewriter or laptop Mr. Christie? Uber Car service or crummy Yellow Cabs?