UKRANIAN SELF-DESTINY, REVISITED

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Rusty Miller – Editorukraine map

UKRANIAN SELF-DESTINY, REVISITED

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As I write, I have just finished reading a New York Times article slightly mis-headlined U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis But as the NYT is quick to add, The foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union reached an agreement in Geneva after more than five hours of talks.

I found the piece very informative and also realistic as I understand the diplomatic process. The first step is to get those involved to the table to talk about it and this is a promising first step. What I did not appreciate was President Obama’s observing, “I don’t think we can be sure of anything at this point,” he said, but there is a chance “that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation.”

With all due respect, Mr. President? Is that not the purpose of diplomacy in the first place? And if diplomacy does not “de-escalate the situation,” are you suggesting it is time to send in the Marines again? A chance, Mr. President? How about the best shot we’ve got at it?

The other thing that has bothered me about this is the vilification of Vladimir Putin. The entire power structure of Russia is still based on over a thousand years of autocratic rule. Putin is another tsar and he rules at the discetion of the power structure that put him there in the first place. All he has essentially belongs to the state and if the state chooses, they can strip him of it all and send him to the Gulag.

And Russia, for all its relatively recent Europeanization. remains true to the Tatars who first brought order to the steppes and the fertile plains of the Ukraine. Saving face is very important to Russian leaders. And being tough is the single most important trait a leader in Russia can have. If Putin appears to be backing down, he’d better be able to justify it as a geo-political chess move. The fact that he has lasted as long as he has in this often precarious office suggests that he knows the board.

I so totally wish outside intervention was not necessary but if it is, I am glad the European Union is also involved. Diplomats in many of those countries are not political appointees chosen for their campaign contributions but people who have risen through the ranks of the foreign service, know the culture of the country and are fluent in its language(s). They have also been doing it much longer than America has and often without gunboats the size of the USS Missouri to back them up.

I have said from the start that the Ukraine deserves to decide her own destiny. So it will be interesting to see if those involved in this pact of which she is also a member agree. And for some reason, I cannot help wondering what America would have been like if, instead of fighting for its freedom, the First Continental Congress let the super powers of that era ~ England, France, Spain and Portugal ~ decide how the people of this new nation should live.

If there is a conscience left at all alive in the world, the Ukraine will remain free to choose her own destiny. And if there is a god in Heaven, may She be listening now.

Editor’s Note: We would also like to take this opportunity to wish our readers of all faiths the fullest measure of the holiday(s) they are now celebrating.

THE NEWS

Sometimes this planet reminds me of what an Irish setter puppy does after a good bath. That having been said, our prayers are with those affected. Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital; no immediate word on damage or casualties

There is not a species on this planet which turns on its young like ours. Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd online blackmail case

For so many reasons, this did not need to happen. Vice principal rescued from sinking South Korean ferry found hanging from tree

WORLD

AFRICA

Nigeria Blast Kills Dozens As Militants Hit Capital

Death Toll In West Africa Ebola Outbreak Rises To 121

Kenya’s Wide Net Against Terror Sweeps Up Refugees

AUSTRALIA

Byron Bay Bluefest Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Everest Avalanche Won’t Deter Australian Teenager From Record Attempt

Father Bob Maguire Turns To Hip Hop In Bid To Tackle Homelessness

Former NSW Premier Neville Wran Dies

CHINA

In China, A Big Jet Becomes A Status Symbol

Lucrative Stardom In China, Using A Webcam And A Voice

EUROPEAN UNION

European Parliament Approves Laws On Banking Overhaul

European Car Sales Strengthen On Manufacturer Incentives

GERMANY

Twin Shocks Shake Foundation Of German Power

HUNGARY

Hungary’s Central Bank Seizes Bold Strategies

INDIA

India’s Top Court Passes Verdict Recognizing ‘Transgender’ As Third Gender

Video: India At A Crossroads

INTERNATIONAL

Most G-7 Nations Still Trying To Recoup Lost Jobs

U.N. Struggles To Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic

IRAQ

Iraq Shuts Down The Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns

KOREA

South Korean Government Says Nearly 300 Missing Hours After Ferry Sinks, At Least 3 Dead

Ferry Pilot Was Navigating Perilous Waterway For First Time, Prosecutors Say

LATIN AMERICA

Video: Brazil Tracks From Boom To Rust

After Fire, Picturesque Hills Of Chilean Port City Are Left In Ruin

String Of Earthquakes Keeping Nicaraguans On Edge, Sleeping On Streets

RUSSIA

Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

SLOVAKIA

In Slovakia, Real Lottery Prize Goes To Tax Man

TURKEY

Turkey Greets Twitter Delegation With List Of Demands

UNITED KINGDOM

Leaner And More Efficient, British Printers Push Forward In Digital Age

British Government Seeks Lift From Economic Data

SOPA Defeat Haunts Efforts To Rein In Illegal Copying, British Official Says

UNITED STATES

US Autism Estimate Increases To 1 In 68 Children

In Many Cities, Rent Grows Out Of Reach

Flooding Swamps Vermont, Maine, Upstate New York, Michigan And Eastern Canada

The Tornado East Texas Never Saw Coming ? And Why They May Not See The Next One

U.S. Goes To War On Global Illegal Fishing

U.S. Plans Military Drills In Eastern Europe

Leveled By Landslide, Towns Mull How To Rebuild

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Draws 150K To Easter Sunday Prayers For Peace In Ukraine, Syria And Nigeria

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says

U.N. Climate Panel Warns Speedier Action Is Needed

M. Sanjayan On What It’s Like To Live Dangerously In Search Of Climate Change

Nobel Laureates Condemn Keystone As Climate-Change Trigger

SYRIA

U.N. Rights Chief Condemns ‘Rampant’ Torture in Syria

After Delays, Syria Completes Another Shipment of Chemical Arms

U.N. Official Condemns Use of Torture in Syrian War

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine President Asks For Un Peacekeepers In East Of Country

Ukraine Forces And Pro-Russian Militants Battle Over Local Police Station

U.N. Cites Abuses In Crimea Before Russia Annexation Vote

Acting President Says Military Has Restored Control Over Airport In Eastern Ukraine

Nato Alliance Increases Military Presence On Eastern Border To Counter Russian Threat

Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments

Ukrainian Steel Baron Turned Governor Seeks Peaceful End To Revolt

OH CANADA

University of Calgary struggles to come to terms with tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

This is not good news. Canadians facing near-record gasoline prices

One of those responsible for Rehtaeh Parson’s suicide is being charged with a related crime. If I was this lad’s father, I would be mad at God for not giving me a human child.

SHORTS

BC Town Votes Against Pipeline And Terminal

Report Finds Over 60 Per Cent Of Female Inmates In Canada On Psychiatric Meds

Pet Alert: Metro Vancouver Coyotes Chasing Extra Food For Their Spring Pups

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Okay, Felina, it looks like this is another morning when I get to guess who is coming to breakfast? There is some weird stuff on the table today.

Felina:     Quite so, love of my three lifetimes. Have I ever told you about my cousin, Jeremiah, the Jewish Jaguar?

Sam:        Nope, Sweetheart. I think I would have remembered the biggest cat in this hemisphere, especially if it spoke with a Latin American accent and wore a yarmulke.

Felina:     That is probably because Jeremiah is not from down there. He was born in Florida.

Sam:        Where his folks went every winter on vacation.

Felina:     Precisely.

Sam:        And his parents were probably from a borough in New York City, like Brooklyn or the Bronx, where there are lots of other Jewish jaguars.

Felina:     Actually, I believe it was this place called Trampled Bush.

Sam:        Ah, of course. I should have remembered. There are lots of very large orange and black spotted cats of the Jewish faith in Trampled Bush.

Felina:     Yes, Dear.

Sam:        And nobody really notices that they aren’t exactly human Hebrews.

Felina:     After the Diaspora, those of the Jewish faith learned how to assimilate themselves into any culture which accepted them. They became quite good at it, as I understand.

Sam:        Apparently at least in Trampled Bush, a borough of New York City.

Felina:     The Big Orange is noted for its cultural diversity and for its tolerance of same.

Sam:        The ladle of the great melting pot, so to speak.

Felina:     Your eloquence makes me smile, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        Okay, that made the cave spin.

Felina:     You are my knight of a thousand delights, Samuel.

Sam:        And thank you also for reminding me I can still blush. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Thelma and St. Louis of digression. And the Samuel Pecking Paws of the smooth segue.

Sam:        And we await this huge leopard look-alike to eat food I’ve never seen before in honor of what essentially amounts to Jewish Independence Day.

Felina:     Yes, precisely. If the mate of my three lifetimes has no objections?

Sam:        Felina, not only do I have no objections, I would be honored to share our cave and our table with your cousin, Jeremiah the Jewish Jaguar. And on that note, then, Sweetheart?

Felina:     On that note, we would like to wish those of our readers of the Jewish faith a most excellent Passover. Until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

When it comes to standing up and being counted, the citizens of this Northwest Canadian town stand second to none.

This sounds like a real good idea. Huge New York Development Project Becomes a Data Science Lab

Here’s someone who makes a good role model. M. Sanjayan on what it’s like to live dangerously in search of climate change

SHORTS

Here’s A Wind Turbine You Can Toss In Your Purse

How A County (Shire) In California Produces More Power Than It Uses

Capitalism and the Dalai Lama

BAD EXAMPLES

By the Numbers: Should big-brained marine mammals be kept in captivity? Of course not. What have they done to deserve life in prison?

The various law enforcement and security agencies in the U.S. monitor the lives of millions of Americans who don’t even jaywalk. How in the world then, did they miss this guy? Bullets, Blood and Then Cry of ‘Heil Hitler’

The Devil’s got the bridal suite waiting for this one. Utah Garage Cleaning Turns Up Boxes of Suffocated Infants

SHORTS

New Western Outlaw: The Bee Rustler

OR Oil Train Shipments Jump 250 Percent In 2013

A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The more I read about this, the cooler it got. Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

Now this is ambitious. With Purchase of Drone Maker, Google Sees a Fleet of Satellites

Scientists Find ‘Just Right’ Planet and if we left today traveling at the speed of light, it would only take 500 years to get there.

INNER SPACE

Western Canada’s R & D Boom Aids A New Generation Of Archaeologists

Bikers, Walkers Make For Healthier Cities

Neanderthal Puzzle Finally Solved With Help From DNA

OUTER SPACE

Astronauts To Reveal Troubling Findings About Asteroid Strikes

Supply-Laden Rocket Finally On Its Way

Doomed Probe Bites The Dust

TECHNOLOGY

Ten Future Technologies Made In Israel

Weibo, a Chinese Answer to Twitter, Prices Its Offering at $17

A Swarm of Ant-Sized Robots, at Your Service

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about Passover.

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Wind Turbines, The New Icon Of Pacific Nw Landscape

Conventional Farmers Drop Their Plows In Favor Of Conservation

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 3.4% In 2012

Your Lawn Can Help Slow Climate Change

Here’s A Wind Turbine You Can Toss In Your Purse

Nobel laureates condemn Keystone as climate-change trigger

Obama Wants Private Companies To Use Solar

Ditching your electric company

HEALTH

Cancer: What do you know? ~~ Test your knowledge by taking our quiz.

Looking past calories: Approach to dieting evolves ~~ The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients.

Four of nine women who received transplanted wombs trying to get pregnant ~~ A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant

SHORTS

Obstacle course offers new twist to staying fit

Older fathers linked with many psychiatric troubles in kids

Disney movies unlocked autistic son’s emotions: dad

New Cancer Study Says E-Cigarettes Are Still Bad For You

Israeli Researcher Makes Important Brain Cancer Discovery After Mother Dies Of The Disease

For Diabetics, Health Risks Fall Sharply

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

One Tin Soldier – Coven – 1970s Cartoon version

LIFESTYLE

AARP’s Mission For Life Reimagined

Photos: Top Images From Around The Globe

Here Are Several Good Reasons For Being A Morning Person.

These Biologists Created A Gorgeous Film About African Glaciers

Think You Know What A Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

The Underground Railroad Was One Of America’s First Co-Ops: A Black History Tour Of Cooperative Economics

Work Less, Live More

BEST OF THE NET

For those of us who missed it, Photos of a Blood Moon: First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 Wows Stargazers

Female in Gaza

Raw footage captures ice moving at breakneck speeds on Quebec river

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s a chance to die of cute. Check out these three Bengal tigers born in the Buenos Aires Zoo.

Here’s another reason to be careful wading, swimming or SCUBA diving in the oceans of the world. Video: Killer Sponges

Here’s another splendid example of inter-species cooperate and makes me glad I’m one of them involved. Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

We now know what snow-kiting is. After watching this, so will you.

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ODE TO A SACRAMENTO VALLEY TRAGEDY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community

2007 – 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

No. 379

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

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ODE TO A SACRAMENTO VALLEY TRAGEDY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Our hearts go out to those impacted by that horrendous motor vehicle accident on Interstate Five in Northern California.

For those of you unfamiliar with the topography, I-5 is the major south – north highway on the American West Coast and links Mexico and Canada. The accident took place in the SacramentoValley near a farming community not far from the river which gives the valley its name.

I am very familiar with the setting and as a former newspaper reporter, I have covered tragedies almost as horrific as this one. Those involving kids are the most haunting and this one even more so because these adolescents were on their way in a bus to visit a college to which they had all been accepted.

It also involved fire and circumstances no one on that bus could have predicted. It s doubtful we will ever really know what caused the Federal Express truck and trailer traveling in the opposite direction to cross the grassy median and slam into those kids.

In a world raging and roaring with violence ~ where slaughter is like a bloody perpetual motion machine ~ there may be no rational reason for singling this particular tragedy out.

However, grief does not need justification. It only needs a reason. This is a good one.

IN OTHER NEWS

This will come as good news to millions. Breast Cancer Drug Shows ‘Groundbreaking’ Results

Which countries have the youngest and oldest first marriages? The answer just might surprise you. See where your country ranks.

Do You Live in the fattest city?

WORLD NEWS

AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan’s Vote

Number of Election Complaints ‘Almost Nothing,’ Afghanistan Says

For Afghan Journalists, Election Brings a Sense of National Duty

AFRICA

Nigeria, Africa’s Biggest Oil Producer, Dogged By Fuel Shortages

Rwanda Commemorates 20 Years Since Start Of Genocide

Rwanda School Helps Orphans Move Beyond Horror Of Genocide By Teaching Unity

Ebola Virus: A Grim, African Reality

A Green Revolution, This Time For Africa

AUSTRALIA

Royal Chat: Farewell New Zealand, Hello Australia

As It Happened: Warnings Over Flooding As Tropical Cyclone Ita Hits Cairns

Tony Abbott Meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Coke Shares Drop As Market Loses Its Fizz

Cyclone Ita Compared To Tracy, Larry And Yasi

As It Happened: Cyclone Ita Hits Far North Queensland

CHINA

U.S. Tries Candor To Assure China On Cyberattacks

China’s Embrace Of Foreign Cars

During U.S. Defense Secretary’s Visit, China Showed Military Might And Frustrations

China Takes On Big Risks In Its Push For Shale Gas

EUROPEAN UNION

Europe’s Many Jobless See Little Light Yet From Glimmers of a Recovery

After Slide, Rich Nations Now Lifting Growth, I.M.F. Reports

FRANCE

In French Premier’s Blend of Socialism, Conservative and Centrist Notes

In France, a Move to Limit Off-the-Clock Work Emails

GERMANY

Germans Loosen Their Purse Strings

UN Climate Report Balances Science And Politics

GREECE

Greece Dives Back Into the Bond Market

INDIA

Indians Start Voting In World’s Largest Election

Wish for Change Animates Voters in India Election

A Primer on India’s Parliamentary Elections

Bharatiya Janata Party Emphasizes Infrastructure and Jobs in Manifesto

Wish for Change Animates Voters in India Election

A New Source of Jobs for India’s Rural Women? (Hint: It’s in Your Shampoo)

Coalition-Building Season in India

INTERNATIONAL

The World Goes to the Polls

IRAN

Nuclear Talks With Iran Need ‘Intensive Work,’ Envoys Say

ISRAEL

Israel’s Latest Invention: The Heart-Shaped Cucumber!

LATIN AMERICA

New magnitude-6.6 quake shakes Nicaragua; buildings face demolition

From Boom to Rust, Lavish Projects Are Languishing in Brazil

RUSSIA

Xenophobic Chill Descends on Moscow

TURKEY

Turkey Keeps YouTube Block Despite Court Rulings

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens

UNITED STATES

More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show

Cities Are Fighting Income Inequality

Legal Settlement Aims at Ending ‘Segregation’ of Disabled Workers

Banks Ordered to Add Capital to Limit Risks

Report Finds a Los Angeles in Decline

Number of Bible Skeptics Rises in U.S.

G.M. Suspends 2 Engineers in Switch Inquiry

VATICAN

Pope Francis Gives Candid Sermon On Palm Sunday

TOPICAL NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE

Global Warming Scare Tactics

10 Places To Visit Before They’re Gone: A Bucket List For A Warming World

Can Celebrities And Prime-Time TV Make Americans Care About Climate Change?

UN Climate Report Balances Science And Politics

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Israel Warns Palestinians but Leaves Way Open for Talks

SPYING

Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway

Russia Didn’t Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says

U.S. Denies It Knew of Heartbleed Bug on the Web

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

SYRIA

Warily, Jordan Assists Rebels in Syrian War

In Jordan Town, Syria War Inspires Jihadist Dreams

THE UKRAINE

Pro-Russian Activists Declare Ukrainian Region Of Donetsk Independent, Call For Referendum

Ukraine’s Jews Dismiss Claims of Anti-Semitism

U.S. and NATO Warn Russia Against Further Intervention in Ukraine

In Eastern Ukraine, a One-Building, Pro-Russia Realm Persists Despite Criticism

Satellites Show Russia Mobilizing Near Ukraine, NATO Says

Mystery Surrounds Death of Fiery Ukrainian Activist

Pro-Russia Ukrainians Are Promised More Power, but Remain Dubious

Ukraine blames ‘Russian aggression’ for unrest in cities of Donetsk, Slovyansk

OH CANADA

10 things you should never do at a road check: A Victoria cop’s naughty list. Some of these are so incredibly dumb they’re also hilarious.

With world economy on edge, Finance Minister Joe Oliver faces huge challenges at G20 meeting On the other hand, who better to handle it, eh?

This should make our beef a lot more attractive to the “green marketplace.” Canada phasing out antibiotic use in livestock

SHORTS

Former Head Of Alberta Military Base Demoted, Added To Sex Offender Registry

Oil Industry Now Canada’s Biggest Source Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Did Canadian build faulty armoured trucks for U.S. military?

FROM THE UKRAINE: A DIALOGUE

Olya, a Ukrainian writer and marketing manager, shared with us in our April 6, 2014 edition, a brief account of what it is like to live in that country now. After we published it, she wrote to thank us. Editor’s Note: Olya does not object to her last name being used or her email address. Until things settle down there, the Northstar Journal is not publishing either.

APRIL 11

Happy Friday, Mishka.

Your letter was touching. Must have been hard for you to first acknowledge that things are not like you perceived before. Having Russian roots hoping you don’t share world hysteria of Russians as for me quite strange thing. But maybe because of having many international friends and at the same time Russian connections all I see the people mostly the same and there is no need to fear each other and continue cold wars. Hoping somehow mentality it will change and Russians will stop perceive West as trying to destroy the nation itself (maybe you heard about Thatcher and Brzezinsky quotations that cannot stand for humanity). And hoping West stop consider Russians as uncontrolled barbarians. Maybe that is a mission of Ukraine – to associate West and East- to find compromise accepting to all. To find ways how to show the Western world view to Russians and how to show the worldview of Russians to the Europeans and Americans. Of course there have been lots of mistakes and bad examples of failed friendship in the past but there is always second chance- it’s only be possible if grounded on sincere actions, trust and human values first of all. If the world is ready for this…

Happy Friday, Olya:

Thank you very much for such an eloquent response. No, it was not hard at all for me to acknowledge that things are not like I perceived before. I am a journalist and I do not assume or presume. I discover. And while I respect my European roots (Russian and Irish), I am North American and I too consider myself a member of the International Community. I believe in a world with flags but not borders. I agree that it is time that nations stopped quarreling and it is long past time for all of us to see one another as who we are and not as history has portrayed us or as the media casts us today. I believe the Ukraine could provide this opportunity. I think the world is watching to see if democracy and self-determination are more important than influence. I pray that it is. Mishka

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Good morning, Sweetheart. Beautiful day out there

Felina:     Good morning to you, mate of my three lifetimes. It is indeed a beautiful day. The sky is blue like the high mountain lakes and there is still snow on the higher peaks.

Sam:        And the air is so clear we could see Russia and China in one direction.

Felina:     And the rest of Canada and France in the other, quite so.

Sam:        If we were inclined to look in those directions instead of south to the Land of Eternal Contradictions.

Felina:     This is their Rite of Spring and I find it absolutely charming that they should call it Earth Day.

Sam:        Earth is easier to pronounce than Gaia, who is also female and offensive yet to so many of them.

Felina:     On Earth Day, the ones who come up here to celebrate remind me of what my mother and father told me about the earliest of them.

Sam:        Way back when they first started walking on two legs and before their arms shrank so their knuckles would not drag the ground, yep.

Felina:     They were apparently much more a part of the natural order than the one they have created and tried to impose. Mother told me that they spoke one language as different from ours as ours is from theirs, but which all understood.

Sam:        The humans call that “telepathy,” Felina.

Felina:     Telepathy, quite so. Thank you. And arpothetic.

Sam:        They could feel the joy and sadness of the rest of us, yep. Very empathetic, sounds like.

Felina:     They could speak to the Wind and sometimes the Wind listened.

Sam:        Ultra—empathetic, yep.

Felina:     They walked with the wallaby and boxed with the kangaroo.

Sam:        And roamed with the bison and knew the color of every bird’s eggs.

Felina:     They took only what they needed and when they died, they returned it.

Sam:        Perhaps even more remarkable, they have lived here 40,000 years and most of that time, at peace with one another.

Felina:     Then you do understand why I so love watching them down in the meadow, dancing and singing and celebrating their one-ness with Gaia and the life She provides?

Sam:        Baby, I am definitely down with it.

Felina:     Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?

Sam:        Felina, I think it is fantastic that they celebrate and I love it that you enjoy watching them.

Felina:     Thank you, Dear. That is what I thought you said the first time.

Sam:        If it wasn’t, it should have been.

Felina:     Your gracious apology is accepted, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        Cool, whew and thank you, Lass. So on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Earth Day. Until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Cinderella rode to the ball in a pumpkin so this works for me. This beautiful tiny house looks like an orange and was built for less than $9,000

This is yet another reason for admiring this elected official. Vancouver Mayor: “End whale and dolphin captivity

This is what it’s all about. Dear Tooth Fairy: B.C. principal writes a happy ending for little girl who lost her tooth — twice

SHORTS

$500 Tip Left For Spokane Business Owner Whose Wife Is Battling Cancer

Rwanda School Helps Orphans Move Beyond Horror Of Genocide By Teaching Unity

A Crack In The Laptop’s Screen (And In Customer Service)

In California, Saving a Language That Predates Spanish and English

The Toddler Who Survived, and a Cop Who Became Mom

Reclaiming the Words That Smear

BAD EXAMPLES

Why does this not surprise us? Sigh. Mayor ‘belligerent’ at Air Canada Centre (again)

The karmic payback for this one is going to be monumental. Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods

I’m beginning to wonder if there is a city in America where this is not going on to some degree. The List of Shame seems to be growing longer all the time. Justice Dept. Accuses Albuquerque Police of Excessive Force

SHORTS

G.M. Documents Reveal Years of Talks on Defect

Accusation in Montana of Treating Rape Lightly Stirs Unlikely Public Fight

Man sucks a woman’s toes at Walmart and goes to jail

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

For some reason, this kind of freaked me out a little. Scientists grow noses, ears and other body parts in laboratory

This one did too, but for a different reason. I appreciate automation as an extension of the species. I get really nervous when I think we might be giving them sentience. We are not the most stable creatures on the planet and if we transfer our neuroses to “beings” made of steel and re-entry proof polymers, we better have a whole new field of psychology to deal with them. And when I read about a robot with ‘soul,” I think that tomorrow is here.

I found this kind of ironic. EVs are getting fake engine sounds, because they’re so quiet it’s dangerous

INNER SPACE

How Would You Like Toilet Paper Made From Jellyfish?

Lab-Grown Vaginas And Nostrils Work, Doctors Report  

A Talk With Simon Head, Author of ‘Mindless: Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans’

OUTER SPACE

Space Station Computer Outage May Require Spacewalk, Delay Monday’s Supply Launch

As If The Ozone Hole Weren’t Enough, Now There’s A Hole In The Troposphere

This Astronaut Went to Space, Went Blind and Returned to Earth

TECHNOLOGY

Hackers Lurking In Vents And Soda Machines

Experts Find A Door Ajar In An Internet Security Method Thought Safe

Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about earth?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Washington State Senator Patty. Murray Seeks Oil Train Safety Assurances

Invest In The Sock Exchange—And Other Ways To Join The Sharing Revolution

10 Places To Visit Before They’re Gone: A Bucket List For A Warming World

HEALTH

World Health Day: 5 ways to guard against vector-borne illness

New website aims to help seniors recognize, combat and conquer depression

Sidestepping the Biopsy With New Tools to Spot Cancer

SHORTS

Vaccination and your child

Laughter – or massage?

This week in health: Oral Health Month, keeping feet happy, and more

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Celtic Woman – A New Journey

LIFESTYLE

The Capitalism of Catastrophe

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Ingredient of the week: Eggs — This week’s collection of recipes includes Croque Madame Muffins, Green Tarts and more

Parenting the Non-Girlie Girl – Girls who dress as pirates for Halloween are spunky. Girls who dress as Darth Vader make people uncomfortable.

Hillary Rodham Clinton stumped by six-year-old’s question: Is it Madam or Mrs President?

Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here’s How to Do it in Style 

Video: Quinoa Salad for a Crowd

Bookstores in Seattle Soar, and Embrace an Old Nemesis: Amazon.com

Who Are Hit Men?

Raising a Moral Child

BEST OF THE NET

Canada.Com’s Photos : Top Images From Around The World.

Adorable Sleeping Animals (PHOTOS)

Berry College Eagle Camera

Video: This Week’s New York Times Movies

FROM NORTHSTAR

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT 

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America. 

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center. 

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament 

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I can tell you from personal experience that the more scientists learn, the smarter this particular bird will appear. Like an expanding galaxy, there literally are no limits to their intelligence. Video: ScienceTake: Those Clever Crows

Even for where I live, this is weird. Alligator evicted from Ocean Shores apartment

This is certainly good news. ‘Threatened’ Steelhead trout filling Hood Canal River in Washington State.

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

For some reason, this freaked me out a little. Robots Teach Robots to Beat Them at Pac-Man

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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

 

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FROM THE UKRAINE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community

2007 – 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

No. 378

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Maidan, Ukraine

Maidan, Ukraine

FROM THE UKRAINE

I have several associates in the Ukraine and, I suspect, Russian-Ukrainian cousins there, as well. I asked Olya, a writer and marketing manager, to share with us her observations. This, in her own words, unedited, is what she had to say.

Hello Mishka,

Thank you for writing. Very sorry to hear your story. Have read a sample of your novel, quite interesting.

Was in Kyiv on weekend, sending you a picture from Maidan. Not many people now but still tension in the air.

On one hand quite romantic in some sense place but not very safe especially on nights.

Sad things when one group of oligarchs change other but with high price for people. Have no desire to become second Russia but in the same time quite pity to have politicians serving West interests not Ukrainian.

The most issue I care are rumors of European atomic wastes to come to Ukraine by grey schemes to Chernobyl without proper precautions and money given to politicians hands- not country. Hoping it’s not true but of course have no pink glasses as for things in Ukraine.

Best regards,

Olya

Olya can be contacted care of The Northstar Journal at minstrel312@aol.com.

Have a good week, gang. Enjoy the edition, thanks for the ear and if you liked us, toss a quarter in the sugar can on your way out.

Rusty

IN OTHER NEWS

This kind of surprised us until we stopped to think about it. Apparently, people who are underweight have a slightly higher mortality factor than the obese.

We’ve known for a long time that the techno culture is one of the last domains of homo erectus chauvinisticus. The sooner this changes, the sooner more women will make their influence felt. Technology’s Man Problem

We also totally endorse this spin on the subject. Automation Alone Isn’t Killing Jobs

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Women See Hope In The Ballot Box

War And Unrest Provide For A Scarred Campaign Trail In Afghanistan

Foreign Journalist Is Killed By Afghan Police Officer

Afghan Turnout Is High As Voters Defy The Taliban

U.S. Eyes Afghan Vote, Seeking Amenable Ally

Video: One Afghan Woman’s Voice

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Praises Afghanistan After High Elections Turnout, Especially By Women Voters

AFRICA

Photographs: Portraits Of Reconciliation

AUSTRALIA   

Housing Affordability At All Time Low

Tony Abbott Arrives In Japan For Week-Long Asia Trade Mission

Armed Woman Wearing Clown Mask In Police Pursuit

Writer And Activist Mona Eltahawy On Egypt’s ‘Unfinished Revolution’

Swedish Retailer H&M Opens First Australian Store

CHINA

Leader Of China Aims At Military With Graft Case

A Muddy Tract Now, But By 2020, China’s Answer To Wall St.

China’s Cofco To Buy Majority Stake In Noble Agriculture Unit

China’s Poisonous Waterways

EUROPEAN UNION

Another Worrisome Drop In Euro Zone Inflation

European Finance Ministers Approve New Loans For Greece

E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

FRANCE

France Overhauls Its Government After Voters Rebuke Socialists

National Front Wins Support And Elections

French Leader Approves A Cabinet Of Mixed Messages

French Push U.N. To Seek War Crimes Case In Syria

GERMANY

For Many Germans, Pilots’ Walkout Crosses A Line

As Strike Winds Down, Lufthansa Plans A Return To Nearly Normal Service

HUNGARY

Election In Hungary Tests Nation’s Tilt To The Right

INDIA

3 Sentenced To Death In India For Gang Rape

JAPAN           

Japanese Rush To Buy Before Rise In Sales Tax

World Court Orders Temporary Halt To Japan’s Antarctic Whaling Program

Japan Ends Decades-Long Ban On Export Of Weapons

KOREA

North And South Korea Trade Fire Across Disputed Sea Border

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela: A Call For Peace

Five Dead As Powerful Earthquake Hits Off Chilean Coast

Responding To Quake, Chile Uses Lessons Of Past

MALTA

Citizenship-For-Cash Program In Malta Stirs Security Concerns In European Union

N.A.T.O.

NATO To Firm Up Its Presence In Eastern Europe As It Halts Cooperation With Russia

PAKISTAN

Pakistani Court Indicts Former Military Ruler Pervez Musharraf In Landmark Treason Case

THAILAND

In Thailand, Some Foresee A Coup By Legal Means

TURKEY

Turkey Lifts Twitter Ban After Court Calls It Illegal

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Orders Inquiry Into Muslim Brotherhood In London

Pollution And Dust In Britain Bring Health Warnings

It Is Raining Sand In Southern England

UNITED STATES

Is This Man The Greenest Governor In America?

Police Confront Rising Number Of Mentally Ill Suspects

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap

A Union Aims At Pittsburgh’s Biggest Employer

Out Of Work, Out Of Benefits, And Running Out Of Options

Jobs Report Suggests A Modest But Durable Recovery

G.M. Turns To Experienced Crisis Experts

After Death Of Radical Mayor, Mississippi’s Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

Sign Of Spring On Pay: Real Wage Growth

Finding Fellowship After Deadly Washington Mudslide

VATICAN

Pope’s Example For Bishops: Opulent Is Out

TOPICAL NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE

U.N. Climate Report Offers Lots Of Bummer News Plus A Few Dollops Of Encouragement

What The U.N.’S New Climate Report Says About North America

Science Alone Can’t Save Us, Says Famous Climate Scientist (Gulp)

A Hotter World Means Less Food, Higher Costs, ‘Hotspots Of Hunger,’ Un Climate Panel Says

Rich Countries: Sure, Climate Change Will Screw Poor Countries, But What About Us?

Climate Signals, Growing Louder

Risk Game: What A Warmer Planet Means To The Bottom Line

In Climate Change Battle, It’s Time We Started Selling Sustainability

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Kerry Says It’s ‘Reality Check Time’ in Stalled Mideast Talks

Keeping Mideast Talks Going Has Become an End in Itself

SPYING

U.S. and Israel Discuss Releasing American Spy

Latest aerial imagery of the Oso mudslide

SYRIA

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Now Exceed One Million

French Push U.N. to Seek War Crimes Case in Syria

Break in Syrian War Brings Brittle Calm

THE UKRAINE

Yanukovych Says He Was ‘Wrong’ on Crimea

Ukraine Implicates Ousted President and Russia in Shooting of Protesters

U.S. Response to Crimea Worries Japan’s Leaders

OH CANADA

We are really glad to hear this. Investigation report clears Sen. Colin Kenny of harassment allegations

Something like this sometimes makes me wonder what British Columbians did to anger the bug gods. Alert issued over European fire-ant invasion in B.C.

This, while sad, does not surprise me a whole lot. 18% of young workers are ‘overqualified’ for their jobs

SHORTS

Five Days Of School Closures As Atlantic Canada Endures More Winter

Millions At Stake As Fallout From Native Occupation Ends In Tax Court

Canada Added 42,000 Jobs Last Month, Unemployment Rate Drops

St. Elias The Prophet Ukrainian Church Destroyed In Massive Toronto-Area Fire

Photos: Top Images From Around The World

Canadian nun Gilberte Bussiere among missionaries kidnapped in Cameroon; Pope praying for them

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Felina:     Samuel, mate of my three life times, would you mind so much joining Arnold and I in the den? There is something that is vexing me.

Sam:        Sure, Sweetheart. Is there something in the herb locker I can bring with me?

Felina:     You are so considerate, my handsome rapscallion. Vexed is not a medical condition, Dear. I am puzzled about something.

Sam:        So vexed is puzzled in Canadian?

Felina:     Yes, Samuel. In this cave, it is.

Sam:        Gotcha. And Arnie can’t apparently help you out with this.

Felina:     Arnold was made in America. His understanding of geopolitics is necessarily limited.

Sam:        That’s probably why our television set never went to work for the UN.

Felina:     Quite so. Or the EU.

Sam:        Or the CIA, the DEA or the NSA.

Felina:     Or the USB.

Sam:        Or any other port in a storm, yep. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Fred and Hillary of Digression. And the Bill McClinton of the smooth segue.

Sam:        That would definitely be us, on any vaudeville stage on Gaia herself. So what is it that you and our television set are vexed about. Cool word, by the way.

Felina:     We do not understand why the Russian Bear, the American Eagle and that human European Union conglomeration of creatures are insinuating themselves into a place where ~ very clearly ~ they are not wanted.

Sam:        That is a question being asked a lot these days, particularly by people like our friends Olya, Inna and Inga, our Three Wise Ladies of the Ukraine.

Felina:     It vexes them a great deal, does it?

Sam:        It’s baffling to anyone who knows the history of the region even. Like every square foot of land in that hemisphere, it has been settled and resettled so often that now, ironically, the humans who live there carry the genes of the conqueror and the vanquished both.

Felina:     Well, then, it would make what these other nations are doing even more preposterous.

Sam:        No argument there, Felina. And with all due respect to your perplexing passion for this particular life form, it would also make them human. A real bear does not bite something just to exercise its teeth and an eagle does not come screaming out of the blazing sun like Hark the Defending Angel simply to demonstrate its avian perfection.

Felina:     You don’t know why they behave that way either, do you, Samuel?

Sam:        No, Sweetheart. I do not. If I did, me and Pinky and the Brain would probably have put a stop to this nonsense back when Neanderthal debs still had coming out parties.

Felina:     And Arnold and I would have been right there at your side, my Charming Champion. What a grand crusade that would have been.

Sam:        It would indeed, Lass.

Felina:     Then you must promise me, Samuel Alexander, that if you are ever unvexed about this…

Sam:        Yep, you and our television set, one lab rat with a bad temper and a stellar IQ, one lab rat with absolutely no sense and the personality of a lovable mushroom and a middle-aged mountain lion with a slight paunch will sally forth and joust with this particular windmill until it begs for mercy.

Felina:     And then we’ll give it a good spanking.

Sam:        We will indeed, my love. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

This 92-year-old who got arrested for protesting coal is our new hero

His Holiness keeps getting cooler and cooler all the time, doesn’t he? Pope’s Example for Bishops: Opulent Is Out

Our answer to this question is, “It would not surprise us.” Video: Is this man the greenest governor?

SHORTS

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

WATCH: Hero Astronaut’s Speech Will Absolutely Inspire You

Video: One Afghan Woman’s Voice

BAD EXAMPLES

Tailgater gets hit with a heavy dose of Karma (with video) As the former owner and driver of three Ford Pintos, I had this bit of “revenge” with a side of potato salad and a poppy seed bagel for lunch.

American Airlines apologizes for ‘deaf and dumb’ note left on hearing impaired couple’s luggage And did they apologize to their own parents for making it look like they were born with a stupid spoon in their mouth?

And tell me again exactly what business this is of “management”? At Mozilla, a Chief’s Support of Gay Marriage Ban Causes Conflict

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I think this is sooo cool. Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

This will definitely impact our plans for exploring and possibly colonizing the solar system. Under Icy Surface of a Saturn Moon Lies a Sea of Water, Scientists Say

I found this extremely interesting. Five Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

INNER SPACE

Check out how close this meteor came to hitting a skydiver

Ultraprecise Clock May Open Up ‘Entirely New Applications’

Innovations That Will Change Your Life: A Conversation With Elon Musk

OUTER SPACE

Will Your Grandkids Live HERE?

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong

Is ‘Flat’ The Future Of Planetary Exploration?

TECHNOLOGY

A Skype Founder And A Famous Smoothie Maker Swap Tales In London

This Fancy Fridge Makes Your Kale Even More Nutritious

Nest Labs Stops Selling Its Smoke Detector

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about Afghanistan?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Video: Is this man the greenest governor?

Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

California’s cap-and-trade program pays loggers to clearcut old-growth forests

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

HEALTH

This is one of the best health round-ups I’ve found on the Net yet. Our thanks to the Vancouver, BC Province. This week in health: Foods to eat when you’re sick, donut-eating rats, and more

As anyone who has ever changed a diaper knows potty training requires patience, perseverance and sometimes a clothes pin for the nose of the caregiver.

My wife, GRHS, believed that healing was not just about diseases, conditions or wounds. She believed it was about consciences and sometimes the souls of nations. If she’s looking down from Heaven at this particular moment, I’m sure she is glad to see this. Civil Rights Sins, Curated by One of the Sinners

SHORTS

F.D.A. Approves Portable Drug Overdose Treatment

Five Common Misconceptions About Autism

US Autism Estimate Increases To 1 In 68 Children

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Foundation For A Better Life – This is Northstar’s Happy Spring Present To You

LIFESTYLE

Why kids are good for cities

Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis

Writer and activist Mona Eltahawy on Egypt’s ‘unfinished revolution’

I Had a Nice Time With You Tonight. On the App.

What Life in the Real World Costs

A Rationalist’s Mystical Moment

BEST OF THE NET

Canada.com’s Photos: Top images from around the world

Video: 50 Years of the Ford Mustang

Video: This Week’s Movies: April 4, 2014  

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

For a preview: Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com 

 

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Check this out. Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

Here’s a chance to do what some of you do best. 20 percent of the tricolored blackbirds on Earth are in imminent danger — but you can help save them

As much as we respect the culture involved, we think it is time that this practice was stopped and we are gratified to see that we are not alone in these regards. International court rules Japanese whaling industry is illegal

SHORTS

New National Park For Afghanistan

European Bumblebee Species Face Extinction

A Zebra’s Stripes Stop Flies Biting

RELATED LINKS:
Living With Wildlife
BBC’s wildlife finder
National Geographic Daily News – Animals
 

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

With all due respect, I think sometimes otherwise very intelligent people have entirely too much time on their hands. World Record For Longest Man-Made Echo Shattered In Scotland (LISTEN)

2013 Face shot with glassesJUST A REMINDER

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership.  If you would like to contribute, please go here.

The Northstar Journal endorses the following:

Amnesty International; Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region; Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery; Grittv With Laura Flaunders; Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org; No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News; Outside Magazine; The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea; Sierra Club; World Wildlife Fund; Writing For Peace

Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.

Rusty

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THE OSO MUDSLIDE: AN ACT OF NATURE, NOT OF HUMANKIND

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2007 – 2014

No. 377

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

oso mudslide

THE OSO MUDSLIDE: AN ACT OF NATURE, NOT OF HUMANKIND

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, last week it was the death by helicopter crash of a beloved television photographer and his pilot. This week, it is a mudslide which so far has claimed 18 and national attention.

When this first happened, on March 22, I was afraid it would unleash the Hounds of Mediaville which feed their readership’s appetite for hate by looking for scapegoats, straw dogs and other profound symbols of blame, packaging this garbage as journalism to be eagerly consumed by the metric flipping ton.

In the Pacific Northwest, we do not do that and it has not been done, for the most part. We are doing what we do. And what is that, exactly? First, we gather our information from several sources. Second, we suspend our cynicism and watch how people involved in such disasters handle themselves. Third, we familiarize ourselves with disaster mitigation and relief and when those steps are also being taken, as they are in the Oso Mudslide, we let our readers know that too.

We also reflect on that trait in some natures which compels those who know the risks involved to gamble. For 18 people in the North American Cascade Mountains, the hillside finally paid off. As tragic as that is, it certainly did not start with the people of Oso, Washington.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted. And most certainly, our prayers.

IN OTHER NEWS

We were not surprised to learn this. When you’ve got very little, sometimes your vices are all you have, regardless of how self-destructive those might be. Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor

Which airport in North America has ~ for the fifth consecutive year ~ been ranked the best on the continent by Skytrax World Airports Award? The answer just might surprise you.

General Motors has expanded its recall of vehicles with faulty ignition systems by another 971,000 world-wide and 824,000 in the United States.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Credibility Of Afghan Vote In Doubt As Observers Flee Violence

Taliban Attack Election Panel Headquarters Before Afghan Voting

AFRICA Rwanda Reaches For New Economic Model
AUSTRALIA Australia’s Guantánamo Problem

Andrews Announces $115m Extension To Homelessness Agreement

Airborne With The Raaf In The Search For Flight Mh370 Australian Lawyer Representing Asylum Seekers Forced To Leave Png

Annual Minimum Wage Battle Kicks Off

CHINA After Reports On N.S.A., China Urges End To Spying

China Export Restrictions On Metals Violate Global Trade Law, Panel Finds

China Export Restrictions On Metals Violate Global Trade Law, Panel Finds

Chinese Man Given Death For Serial Rapes Of Underage Girls

EGYPT Hundreds Of Egyptians Sentenced To Death In Killing Of A Police Officer

General Who Led Takeover Of Egypt Will Run For President

EUROPEAN UNION European Banks Feel Effects Of Crimea Crisis, With Austria Bearing Brunt
INDIA Judge In Mumbai Gang-Rape Case Slams Tests Used On Victims
JAPAN Japan To Let U.S. Assume Control Of Nuclear Cache

Japanese Death-Row Inmate Released After 48 Years In Jail

INDONESIA Indonesia Candidate Tied To Human Rights Abuses Stirs Unease
LATIN AMERICA Venezuela Takes Steps To Ease Curbs On Currency

Protesting In Venezuela, With Antipathy Toward Cuba’s Government

POLAND Poland Urges NATO To Beef Up Presence
RUSSIA
Three Presidents And A Riddle Named Putin

Russia Is Ousted From Group Of 8 By U.S. And Allies

Vote By U.N. General Assembly Isolates Russia

Putin Calls Obama To Discuss Ukraine, White House Says

UNITED KINGDOM Hurrah! UK ‘Warmer Than Spain’ This Week (Well, Some Of It)

Scottish Independence Means ‘Walking Out Of The UK Pound’

Michael Gove’s ‘Outrageous Waste Of Money’ Is Causing Quite A Stir

Clowntroversy: Clowns ‘Face Extinction’ In The UK

Angry Tailgater Abuses Driver, Karma Makes Him Crash

UNITED STATES Beneath Cities, A Decaying Tangle Of Gas Pipes

Amid Wave Of Pro-Gun Legislation, Georgia Proposes Sweeping Law

Drug Suspects In U.S. Eyes, But Free In Mexico

Christie’s New Woe: Court Rules He Illegally Dumped Climate Protections

U.S. Reports Modestly Better Economic Growth

Obama Meets With Saudi King In Effort To Mend Ties

Magnitude-5.1 Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles Area, Over A 100 Aftershocks Follow

VATICAN U.S. President Barack Obama And Pope Francis Hold Historic First Meeting

CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientist Makes Beautiful Little Video Of Climate Change On Washington State’s Olympic Coast

Climate Change May Make Mudslides More Common

FLIGHT 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Crashed In Indian Ocean: Malaysian Pm

U.S. Law Firm Plans To Sue Boeing, Malaysia Airlines Over Missing Plane

First Person Perspective: Sailing Through The South Indian Ocean Where Flight 370 Went Down

Search for Lost Jet Is Complicated by Geopolitics and Rivalries

OSO, WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE

Death Toll Rises to 16

In Ocean of Mud, a Plea: Leave Me and Find My Wife

After Mountain’s Collapse, Uncertainty and Loss

Deadly Mix of Loose Sediments and Heavy Rain in Washington

Mountain That Roared Down Turns Into a Tomb of Debris

SPYING

N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat

Revelations of N.S.A. Spying Cost U.S. Tech Companies

Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection

After Reports on N.S.A., China Urges End to Spying

SYRIA

Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say

THE UKRAINE

Obama Assures NATO but Says Force Won’t Be Used in Crimea

Malaysia Releases Details of Last Contact With Missing Plane

IMF agrees $14-18 billion bailout for Ukraine

Vote by U.N. General Assembly Isolates Russia

Tymoshenko Says She Will Run for President of Ukraine

Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, White House Says

Few Signs of War Plans in Russian Border Town

As Diplomacy Steps Up, Ukraine Candidates Narrow

OH CANADA

We could not agree with this more. Crimea crisis has shown Harper at his best

None of us REALLY expects this to be more than frustration for the canines and good exercise for the birds, right? Canadian government to hire dogs to scare geese away from experimental farm

Say hello to the Man From South of The Border. Bruce Heyman, new U.S. ambassador to Canada, sworn in, ready to move north

SHORTS

What a crummy day in Halifax

Harper meets with Merkel; Ukraine crisis to be key item on their agenda

RCMP descend on native community on central coast to keep the peace in herring fishery row

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Felina, would you mind a whole lot explaining to me, Sweetheart, what Arnie is doing out on the back porch?

Felina:     Arnold, Dear.

Sam:        Yeah, him too. Okay, to rephrase the question, what is our television set doing out on the back porch?

Felina:     It is so he can see better. He also said that he “needs the rays”.

Sam:        I thought we took care of that washing his one eye every day. And what exactly is so important to see that he needs to park out in the sunlight on the American side of our granite abode?

Felina:     He is looking at that mountain slide in that human place called Oso, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        Ah, gotcha. And I’m sorry, Princess. I should have known.

Felina:     The world is a busy place, mate mine. And I know you do not share my love of them.

Sam:        Felina, plain fact is that as much as I love you, there’s not enough room for them.

Felina:     Most of the time.

Sam:        Okay, most of the time. I didn’t wish that mud on them, Sweetheart. And I am sorry it happened.

Felina:     I am sure you have your opinions about this, though. You generally do, oh sun and moon of my life.

Sam:        We get paid to have opinions, Felina. But my self-preservation instincts are kicking in big time and I am not going there.

Felina:     You are as wise as you are rapacious sometimes, Samuel. But if you were the heroic type, instead of such a delightfully unmitigated scoundrel, what would you have to say about this?

Sam:        I’m sort of darned if I do and double darned if I don’t, this time, aren’t I?

Felina:     You are about to be hoisted by George Peppard.

Sam:        That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.

Felina:     Then your only recourse is quite clear, isn’t it, my dashing do-er of dubious deeds?

Sam:        Okay, here goes. Just remember, this time you flipping asked, Felina.

Felina:     I shall, Samuel Alexander.

Sam:        The whole hill was built on gravel and clay the receding glaciers left behind. At the bottom of the hill is a river that has been cutting into that big pile of Ice Age slag for a long time now. It has also been raining the French and frogs for several weeks.

Felina:     So this was clearly a disaster in evolution.

Sam:        Yes, Sweetheart. I feel real bad for the human beings who died. But the planet is a living creature herself and still growing. It was nobody’s fault this happened.

Felina:     But perhaps if more human beings understood that Gaia lives?

Sam:        It would not stop these acts of nature, Lass.

Felina:     Sometimes, it really seems like the only thing one can do is pray and light a candle.

Sam:        And maybe to accept that sometimes even the wisest fall to the weather, Lass.

Felina:     I think perhaps Arnold does not need the sun as much as he claims.

Sam:        Perhaps not, Sweetheart. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, to all those of you in Oso, we offer a candle and a prayer. Until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

If you’re looking for the inspiration of kid power, check this out. What Kids Can Do

We definitely approve of this. White House Unveils Plans to Cut Methane Emissions

This wins a “better late than not” award. B.C. hands over records of 4,900 First Nations children who died during residential school period

BAD EXAMPLES

We absolutely and totally agree with this. Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice

After this goes to court, GM could end up making go-carts. Carmaker Misled Grieving Families on a Lethal Flaw

This is what happens when punishment and rehabilitation are not balanced. U.S. Accuses Rikers Officer of Ignoring Dying Plea

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This was fun. Interactive Feature: Can You Spot the Liar?

This could set tourism back a bit. Guess what the white in Hawaii’s white sand beaches is made of? If you enjoy Diamond Head and vacationing on Oahu, you probably do NOT want to know so don’t go here.

This was just dumb enough to be really interesting. WATCH: Here’s What Happens When You Set Off 150 Mouse Traps

INNER SPACE

Pint-Sized Predator Unearthed Way Up North

Dino-Killing Asteroid Had Devastating Effect On Ancient Oceans, Study Suggests

Discoveries Challenge Beliefs On Arrival Of Humans In North America

OUTER SPACE

Secret Space Plane Shatters Record

Looks Like Pluto’s Got A Buddy Out There In Space.

Watch Live: Rocket To Launch International Crew To Space Station

TECHNOLOGY

Are Google Glass Wearers Just A Bunch Of Glassholes?

A New Facebook Lab Is Intent On Delivering Internet Access By Drone

Why Don’t Aircraft Black Boxes Upload Data In Real…?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, if a landslide was to occur in your neighborhood, would you know what to do?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Scientist Makes Beautiful Little Video Of Climate Change On Washington State’s Olympic Coast

Here’s how rooftop gardens can empower women and tame population growth

Recycling One Aluminum Can Will Power a Laptop for More Than Five Hours

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land

HEALTH

We sort of suspected these were not as healthy as they have been touted to be. Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

We certainly agree with the poignant commentary. Scare Tactics Over Foreign Drugs–Frightening people risks leaving them without the medicines they need

We found this very informative and very validating, too, since we’re already doing a lot of this. Down-to-earth advice about healthy eating

SHORTS

Tattoo Ink Can Camouflage Melanomas, Experts Warn

Morning-after pills work poorly in women weighing 165 pounds-plus:

Calculate Your BMI – Standard BMI Calculator

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Watch the ‘Encouragement’ Pass it On Commercial – Boy plays piano | Values.com

LIFESTYLE

Video: Tips for Women Asking for a Raise

Why Race Has Everything To Do With Who and How I Teach

Land on Go, Collect $400? Monopoly Invites New Rules

You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter

Soul Food That’s Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven

Video: Bill Cunningham | French Evolution

Hardy Divers in Korea Strait, ‘Sea Women’ Are Dwindling

BEST OF THE NET

Vancouver Sun’s Top Images From Around The Globe

Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and company sings for justice for those held at Guantanamo Bay. This is chilling.

Scientist Makes Beautiful Little Video Of Climate Change On Washington State’s Olympic Coast

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Don’t read this on an empty stomach, okay? Can we eat our way out of the invasive carp problem?

If this works out, we humans may be learning a lot more about ourselves than we can comfortably live with. Apparently there’s a computer that can translate one of the dialects of dolphin.

This couple raises sled dogs in Manhattan. Video: Vows: Leader of the Pack

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Street artist creates amazing 3D tribute to Space Invaders

A FINAL WORD

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership. If you would like to contribute, please go here.

If you are reading this on our blogsite and would like the graphically enhanced edition delivered to you by email, please so inform us at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.

Rusty

 

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IN MEMORIUM TO A SEATTLE TRAGEDY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2007 – 2014

No. 376

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

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IN MEMORIUM TO A SEATTLE TRAGEDY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  One of the things I’ve learned from life and certainly as a journalist is that tragedy has an unerring instinct for being relative.

This past week, a television news helicopter crashed, killing both occupants and critically injuring an occupant of a car the chopper landed on as it burst into flames.

The journalism community in Seattle is a small and non-competitive one.  As KING 5’s Joyce Taylor pointed out, there’s a very small turnover not only here but in the state in general.  Broadcast people in particular come for the lifestyle, often turning down positions in larger markets like New York, Chicago or Atlanta.

English cleric John Donne contended that what happened to a single individual “happened” to us all.  I happen to subscribe to that notion myself.  These two media people were good, decent people.  They were dedicated professionals who treated their viewers like family.

On a larger stage, they were good examples of what journalists and support staff can and should be.  They were good professional role models and you didn’t need to be from here to see and appreciate that.  These people would have been liked anywhere in the world where truth and gentility abide in the same pew.

They will certainly be missed.  They will never be forgotten.

Thanks for the ear once again and have a good week, gang.

Rusty

IN OTHER NEWS

This is the biggest travesty of justice I’ve seen in years.  General Is Reprimanded, but Spared Jail, in Misconduct Case

This may explain why it has been so difficult to identify wreckage that could be from Flight 370.  Rescue expert reveals challenges of search for possible MH370 debris

This actually explains a great deal too.  Cold Man in the Kremlin

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFRICA Nigerian Army Facing Questions as Death Toll Soars After Prison Attack
AUSTRALIA Rescue expert reveals challenges of search for possible MH370 debris

Queensland to introduce laws against fatal punches

Victoria urged to ditch law allowing shock therapy on children

CHINA China’s Rapid Growth Hits the Brakes
FRANCE Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution
IRAN Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.

In Iran, Hopes Fade for Surge in the Economy

JAPAN Warily Leading Japan’s Nuclear Reawakening
SWITZERLAND Swiss Confront the Costs of Curbing Foreign Labor
UNITED KINGDOM Wave of Sexual Abuse Allegations for Private Boys’ Schools in Britain   

 British Budget Outlines Higher Growth and Help for Savers and Retirees

Britain Fines Former Credit Suisse Trader Over Bond Manipulation

UNITED STATES Navy SEALs board, take control of tanker used to make oil sale from militia-controlled port

In Poland, Biden Promises Allies Protection

TV News Helicopter Crashes in Seattle, Killing at Least Two

Budding Liberal Protest Movements Begin to Take Root in South

Toyota Is Fined $1.2 Billion for Concealing Safety Defects

CLIMATE CHANGE

Please, scientists: Tell us how you really feel about climate change

Two-thirds of Republicans think the media exaggerates climate change

White House gets geeky on climate problem

SPYING

Leaked File Details U.S. Phone Monitoring Abroad

Revelations of N.S.A. Spying Cost U.S. Tech Companies

SYRIA

Syrian Government Forces Seize Town in a Deep Blow to Opposition

Israeli Strikes on Syrian Army Sites Raise Concern About Entanglement

THE UKRAINE

Crimea Votes Overwhelmingly To Join Russia

Putin Reclaims Crimea For Russia And Bitterly Denounces The West

Dependence On Russia Is Likely To Leave Region’s Economy In A Precarious State

Integrity For What’s Left Of Ukraine

Ukraine Bows To Russia’s Crimea Annexation, Announces Plans For Mass Troop Withdrawals

Separatist Movement In Eastern Ukraine Loses Its Mojo

OH CANADA

I could not help loving this.  Watch: Canadian doctor schools U.S. senator on health care

This is probably long overdue but I’m glad they’re doing it now.  Canada Explores G.M. Link to Accidents

This is also why Canadians believe in global warming.  Arctic shipping a balance of risk and reward

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Felina, I believe your attention is required at the front door.  There’s a Flowers R Us delivery snowcat chugging to a stop in the clearing.  And some humans in white fur are putting boxes on their backs.

Felina:     Ah then, very good.  My contest prize has arrived. 

Sam:        They liked your “Spring in a Box” slogan, then?  Hang on.  Apparently, six boxes worth.  Six very large boxes.  And just in time for spring, right?

Felina:     Quite so and absolutely.  Cesar Augustus had declared the date that all the flowers must show themselves and be counted.

Sam:        And all hail to this long dead Roman king.  And his census of flowers.

Felina:     Indulge me, mate of my three lifetimes.  It has been a long winter.

Sam:        And the meadow is still several paws deep in winter’s white mantle.

Felina:     Precisely, Samuel.

Sam:        It’s like, “Where have all my flowers gone?”

Felina:     Yes.

Sam:        That’s what’s in those boxes that those really athletic young humans are leaving on our front porch, isn’t it?  Spring in a Box.  And why there’s all those weird lights in the den.  Unless Arnie’s having problems with his one eye I have also not been told about.

Felina:     Arnold is fine, Dear.  He misses Spring too, my love.

Sam:        Our television set misses Spring.  And here all this time, I thought Arnold was really into all this abominable ice and snow.

Felina:     Well, actually, Arnold is a television for all seasons.

Sam:        He’s just partial to flowers, in any season.

Felina:     Oh Samuel, you do understand.

Sam:        Of course.  We probably have the only television set in history that also eats lox, bagels, pizza and salmon.  And lets you finish whatever this child of cathode ray tubes cannot.

Felina:     Precisely.

Sam:        Well, then bring on Spring in a Box..  And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

I don’t know of too many people who ride bicycles in the dark but for those who do, this sounds like another idea whose time has definitely arrived.  This bike glows in the dark when headlights hit it

It is definitely time for this one.  Inventor of World Wide Web calls for digital bill of rights to safeguard against surveillance

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Tell Us: Will You Turn Off Your Lights March 29?

Every year, people, companies, buildings and cities around the world participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights. This year millions of people, thousands of cities and hundreds of iconic buildings such as the EmpireStateBuilding and the Space Needle will participate by going dark for Earth Hour. With this simple act, we make a big statement: The world’s environmental issues don’t have to overwhelm us. We can tackle them, one hour at a time. Turn out your lights for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 pm and show your commitment to a better future. Sign up today to tell us you’re participating!

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

We’ve been watching this evolve and heartily approve.  Start-Ups Aim to Conquer Space Market

Scientists could clone the 34,000-year-old woolly mammoth  Okay, just one question?  Why would they want to do this again?

This will also help understand why Flight 370 has been so difficult to find, despite all the “eyes in the sky”.  ‘The Technology Is Out There,’ but Satellites Don’t Track Jets

SHORTS

Climate change could bring ancient moss back to life

Video: A Constellation of Satellites

Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang

THE GREEN AGENDA

Bill Maher says you aren’t an environmentalist unless you care about overpopulation

Please, scientists: Tell us how you really feel about climate change

Two-thirds of Republicans think the media exaggerates climate change

White House gets geeky on climate problem

HEALTH

This week in health: Your body on weed, health care smackdowns, and more

Can’t remember when your tetanus shot is due? Now your Smartphone can

The science of sneezing apparently actually is one.

LIFESTYLE

San Francisco’s Castro district is putting in rainbow crosswalks

Celebrity skiing: Sir Richard Branson indulges in B.C. heli-skiing (with video)

Surviving and Thriving in a One-Monitor World

Small Museums

BEST OF THE NET

Dolphins and orcas delight wildlife watchers in Vancouver and Squamish (with videos)

Photos: Top images from around the globe

Photos: Glorious spring arrives in Vancouver

NORTHSTAR RECOMMENDS

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney.  Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.

BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.

BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union.  How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.

CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years.   They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam.  Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.

GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.

HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.

NEW DICTIONARY:  We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try.  We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar.  M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia.  When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear.  That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence.  It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves.  Yep, check it out here.

NO CAMELS – WEEKLY ISRAELI INNOVATION NEWS is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  I totally geek out when I read these folks.

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me.  The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.

THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound.  They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment.  Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.

SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement.  They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet.  They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy.  They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative.  Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.

WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror.  Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often.  Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center. 

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview:  Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

 

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Travel Copy

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Dolphins and orcas delight wildlife watchers in Vancouver and Squamish (with videos)

Behold the immortal jellyfish.

Check out Canada.com’s cutest animal photos and yep, die of cute.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This could be developed into a pretty scary movie, in my opinion.  Robot takes on top-ranked ping pong player

A FINAL WORD

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership.  If you would like to contribute, please go here.

If you are reading this on our blogsite and would like the graphically enhanced edition delivered to you by email, please so inform us at minstrel312@aol.com 

We may be offline for a couple of weeks due to some technical difficulties at this end.  I can always be reached at 206-478-9254.

Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.  Rusty

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2007 – 2014

No. 375

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

StPatricksDayHappy

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In the United States alone, there are 43 million people of Irish ancestry.  Australia and Canada certainly have their share, as well.  Perhaps no other nationality in Europe has influenced history more than the transplanted sons and daughters of the shamrock.

There is, therefore, little or nothing I can add that is not already known, except perhaps this.

One of the most popular songs on St. Patrick’s Day is “Wearin’ of the Green”.  Read the lyrics and take them literally.  And remember that as savage and as brutal as her repression was, Erin was hardly alone in these regards.

I’m half Irish and I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a day of remembrance for all those nations who so valued freedom that they fought until they either got it or could fight no more.

With that in mind, then:

Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!
No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen
For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”
I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand
And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?”
“She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen
For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”
“So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red
Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed
And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod
But never fear, ’twill take root there, though underfoot ’tis trod.
When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow
And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show
Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen
But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.

And for your listening and viewing pleasure and Courtesy of Edison Records, we proudly present Ms Marie Naelle.

Thanks for the ear once again and have a good week, gang.

Rusty

IN OTHER NEWS

This could well be the economic and environmental salvation of Europe.  And anyone else who emulates it. Tech Incubators Focus on Keeping Europe Green

Bison who leave the grounds of Yellowstone National Park will no longer be subject to slaughter, the Montana State Supreme Court decided last week.  For more on this landmark victory for compassionate wildlife management, please go here.

I personally think this is a good idea.  Billionaires with big ideas are funding American science in the wake of dramatic government cutbacks of support of same.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN 2 Star-Crossed Afghans Cling to Love, Even at Risk of Death

Warlord Who Tamped Conflicts as Afghan Vice President Dies

Reflecting on wins, losses as Canadian troops prepare for Afghan pullout

Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan formally ends; army set to leave

AFRICA Nigerians Ask Why Oil Funds Are Missing

Islamist Militants Carry Out Deadly Raid on Nigerian Prison

AUSTRALIA HMAS Melbourne crew welcomed home after Middle East deployment

Tony Abbott not telling the full story on Alcoa and the carbon tax

Drone fleet to be based in Adelaide

BANGLADESH Safety Flaws Found in New Inspections of Factories in Bangladesh
CHINA China’s Disturbing Defense Budget
FRANCE High Levels of Pollution Spur Paris to Action
HONG KONG Hong Kong’s Shaky Democratic Future
INDIA Indian court confirms death sentence against four men in fatal gang rape
INTERNATIONAL International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is March 18, 2014
JAPAN After Fukushima, Utilities Prepare for Worst

Video: Lessons From Fukushima

LUXEMBOURG Out of the Shadows, a Tech Hub in Luxembourg
MYANMAR Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Myanmar Sect

For Myanmar Muslim Minority, No Escape From Brutality

UNITED STATES Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

Use Of Public Transit In U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report

Lac-Mégantic Mayor Demands U.S. Action On Oil Train Safety

Americans’ Support For Keystone Falling, Poll Finds

In 2 East Harlem Buildings Leveled By Explosion, Lives Entwined As In Bygone Era

Fracking Halted At Ohio Site Following Earthquakes

U.S. Inches Towards Canadian Values, But Big Gaps Remain

CLIMATE CHANGE

These artists will take you on a journey to the melting Arctic

Gold-medal skier Ted Ligety raps with a snowflake to save winter

Americans respond to climate change by yawning at it, poll finds

What these historical kings and marauders can teach our leaders about climate change

FLIGHT 370

When There Is Something to Report Besides Speculation, We Will

SPYING

Daunting Tests Await Admiral Named N.S.A. Chief

Snowden Urges Tech Industry to Protect Customers

N.S.A. Nominee Warns Cyberthreats Will Only Increase

Feinstein Publicly Accuses C.I.A. of Spying on Congress

Gillian Shaw: Cyberwarfare expert cancels Vancouver talk over fear of abetting terrorists

SYRIA

Report Cites ‘Devastating Toll’ on Health of Syria’s Children

THE UKRAINE

A Kiev Question: What Became of the Missing?

Why Poland Cares So Much About Ukraine

Night train to Sevastopol, crossing enemy lines into Crimea

Canadian Immigration Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Promise Ukraine’s Jews They Will Not Be Abandoned

Russian Oligarchs Fear Economic Casualties if Ukraine Crisis Escalates

Ukraine’s Ousted Leader Urges Military to Resist New Government

Russia rejects claims that Ukraine facing threat of ‘full-scale invasion’

Ukraine’s Interim Leader Seeks Aid in Washington

Leading Ukraine, a Technocrat Encircled by Problems

On Ukraine, Merkel Finds Limits of Her Rapport With Putin

Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine

In Ukraine, Many See Polish Economy as a Blueprint

Ukrainian Billionaire Arrested in Austria

Video: Crimean Tatars Face Uncertain Future

Mood in Crimea darkens after Russia announces snap military exercises

OH CANADA

I do not think I have ever been prouder of Canada than I am now.  Immigration and Foreign Affiars Ministers Promise Ukraine’s Jews Will Not Be Abandoned

It’s that time of year in Vancouver again.  Meet the wild neighbours: Critters causing urban uproar in Metro Vancouver

II live in Seattle but I can still get three Canadian channels on broadcast television (BTV)  At present, that’s less than five percent of the BVT spectrum here and about 15% of my viewing.  So I have no problem with the idea of having 35% Canadian content from which to choose.  Canada Challenges Erotic TV on Level of Domestic Content

SHORTS

Women’s Day In Canada: Much To Celebrate, Much More Work To Do

The Half-Million Dollar Club: See Who Ranks On The Public Sector’s Highest-Paid List

Survivors Of Childhood Cancer Call For Specialized B.C. Treatment Centre

Harper Announces Free Trade Agreement With South Korea

Reflecting On Wins, Losses As Canadian Troops Prepare For Afghan Pullout

Canada A Player In Project To Track Airliners By Satellite

Officers Move To Restrict Montreal Protest Against Police Brutality

Bulk Carrier Runs Aground Off Newfoundland, All 23 People Rescued

First Nations On Quebec Sovereignty Debate: We Decide Our Own Future

Operations Resume At Halifax Port After Short-Lived Radiation Scare

Cylinders Carrying Radioactive Material Dropped At Port, No Leak Detected

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Okay, little dude, what are you doing here and why are you dressed like that?

Felina:     Oh Samuel, it is quite all right.  This is Conar the Chipmunk From County Clare.

Sam:        Ummm, ooo-kay.  And his mom dressed him like that?

Felina:     Samuel, be nice.

Sam:        I’m sorry, Felina, he looks like he ate a Leprechaun and then stole the little elf’s clothes. 

Felina:     I will concede that he is not a fashion plate by our standards.

Sam:        But why do I have this feeling that where he’s from, especially among the other chipmunks from CountyClare, this is probably all the rage?

Felina:     Quite so.  You are very astute, my carling.  In Erin, our guest is actually the epitome of suavity and sophistication.

Sam:        How come the little pipsqueak can’t speak for himself then?  Not that I’d necessarily believe a word he said.

Felina:     He speaks only Irish.  He understands several languages but his tongue knows only the one.

Sam:        Irish Chipmunk.

Felina:     Yes, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        That would also explain the bowl of green acorn mush, sunflower seeds and horse chestnuts on the kitchen table then.

Felina:     Yes, my dearest one.

Sam:        So he’s here to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us? 

Felina:     Yes, Samuel.

Sam:        This little stripey faced rodent in elf clothes, who cannot speak English Chipmunk.  How, exactly, is this going to enhance the party?

Felina:     He is a fantastic dancer.  And his voice is like a lark’s song, Samuel.  When he sings, my heart soars to Ireland.

Sam:        Felina, your family has been Canadian since Hudson’s Bay.

Felina:     But my heart belongs to Ireland, my love.

Sam:        At least on St. Patrick’s Day.

Felina:     Yes, darling.  And the rest of the year it belongs to you.

Sam:        Well, when you look at it that way, maybe we should all belong to someplace else, once a year.

Felina:     Indeed and what a marvelous idea, my clever and rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:       I have no idea what half that meant but it sounded nice so thank you very much.

Felina:     It means I think you are so studly I cannot see straight sometimes

Sam:       I’m that good, huh?

Felina:     Good eats your dust and even The Best cannot keep up with you.  You are Felis Fantasticus.

Sam:        Well, that made the whole cave spin.  And so on that note, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, from Samuel, myself and Conar the Chipmunk From County Clare, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

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GOOD EXAMPLES

This had to have taken a lot of guts.  New Colorado State Prisons Director Spends 20 Hours in Solitary

This is good news.  More Americans ride public transit

Finest kind to Canada’s “thin red line”.  RCMP dog handler carries lost man on his back to safety

SHORTS

Seattle City Council urges stop to oil train permits

Un till: An Iowa farmer finds that less (plow) is more (profit)

This Couple’s Love Story Is One For The Ages

BAD EXAMPLES

This is sooo far beyond stupid.  U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil

Good luck selling this one to the world.  U.S., Rebuffing U.N., Maintains Stance That Rights Treaty Does Not Apply Abroad

This absolutely must change.  Why Black Women Die of Cancer

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s called “Dropcam” and apparently it is a way to communicate with one’s pet by remote control.  I hope it works.  If I was a dog and heard my “masters voices” coming out of something that looked like a rock, I would lift my leg and run away.  If I was a cat, I would not come within nine lives of one of it.  In my opinion, this is a sophisticated surveillance device more appropriate the nursery, the classroom or the penal system.  Check it out for yourself.   Video: You Talking to Me?

Milk lovers of the world, rejoice.  Dairy tale: New tech could turn small farms into the land of milk and money

We knew this was coming and we are delighted to see it.  Dutch architects use 3D printer to build Amsterdam canal house

INNER SPACE

Rare Diamond Reveals Earth’s Interior is All Wet

450-Million-Year-Old Marine Creatures ‘Babysat’ Their Young

Mini Arctic T. Rex Relative Discovered

New Clues to How Native Americans Colonized Americas

OUTER SPACE

Live From Space Is Reality TV At Its Best

Planned Probe To Become Fastest Spacecraft Ever

Sex In Space? It’s Complicated

After Looong Stint In Space, ISS Crew Returns Home

TECHNOLOGY

Here’s A Way To Prevent Gas Explosions And Help The Climate Too

New Robot Fish Swims Like the Real Thing

Why Your iPhone’s Battery Life May Be Worse Than Normal

Canadian Kids Can Navigate A Tablet Before They Can Tie Their Laces: Report

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about Malaysia?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary.  They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group.  These are also activities you can share with friends and family.  In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Video: Lessons From Fukushima

Use Of Public Transit In U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report

House Republicans Just Passed A Good Environmental Bill, Believe It Or Not

Thanks To These Sweet Posters, Green Habits Have Never Looked Cooler

Seattle City Council Urges Stop To Oil Train Permits

Why Green Change Is Hard: Lessons From The Front Lines Of Marriage Equality

HEALTH

Since we devour this stuff by the fin and gill, we thought this was pretty cool.  Fish can be fast, healthy and delicious

This comes as very good news to millions.  FDA approves first medical device to prevent migraines  See also:

Health Canada is definitely on top of this one.  Testosterone use growing amid new safety concerns

SHORTS

Many get it wrong when it comes to tooth-brushing technique

B.C. NDP backs call for cancer survivor clinic

Are You Orderly? Imaginative? How Personality Affects Health

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

‘Spirit of America’

LIFESTYLE

Savouring cinnamon — Recipes for Cinnamon Biscuits with Honey and Currants, Tomatoey Braised Lamb Shanks

To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

Should You Live In A Tiny House?

A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose?

The Best (and Worst!) Words to Put on Your Resume

BEST OF THE NET

Toronto’s Fashion Week to preview new cool-weather styles for fall and winter

Video: Crimean Tatars Face Uncertain Future

Video: This Week’s Movies: March 14, 2014

NORTHSTAR RECOMMENDS

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney.  Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.

BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.

BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union.  How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.

CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years.   They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam.  Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.

GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.

HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.

NEW DICTIONARY:  We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try.  We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar.  M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia.  When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear.  That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence.  It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves.  Yep, check it out here.

NO CAMELS – WEEKLY ISRAELI INNOVATION NEWS is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  I totally geek out when I read these folks.

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me.  The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.

THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound.  They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment.  Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.

SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement.  They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet.  They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy.  They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative.  Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.

WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror.  Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often.  Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.

SEATTLE SCENES

Photo by Matthew Brown – Associated Press

Photo by Matthew Brown – Associated Press

SEATTLE SAYS NO TO OIL TRAINS

People living in Seattle don’t want oil trains coming through town.  That’s the message sent this week by the City Council.  Spokane and Bellingham passed a similar resolution urging Governor Jay to stop issuing permits that permit this.  Nice going guys.  With a March monsoon and Bertha still stuck, a derailed oil train would just about cap the flipping madness.  Yep, for more, go here.

TUESDAY IS BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Tuesday, March 18.  For an opportunity to praise these mostly unsung heroes and heroines of mass transit, please go here.

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MAP OF SEATTLE
10-DAY WEATHER FORECAST
SEATTLE CITY CAMS
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THE TODAY FILE:  “THE LATEST NEWS FROM SEATTLE & AROUND THE NORTHWEST”
EARTHQUAKE WATCH
WHAT’S GOING ON IN SEATTLE?
SEATTLE RESTAURANT GUIDE
 

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Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.  

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center. 

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We totally enjoyed this one.  Meet the wild neighbours: Critters causing urban uproar in Metro Vancouver

And sort of in the same vein, all of us wildlife watchers are going to love this.  Map shows wide range of wolves in Washington

This is a great animal rescue story.  Tangled up in garbage, sea lions rescued near Vancouver

SHORTS

Watch A Pangolin Play In The Mud Like A Puppy

‘Hundreds’ Of Dolphins Play In Wake Of West Vancouver Search And Rescue Boat (With Video)

New Robot Fish Swims Like the Real Thing

FROM OUR FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter this month is fascinating.  One of the articles I especially enjoyed was how global warming is shifting the range of different species.

This month’s Great Backyard Bird Count newsletter features a global map of species distribution, photo contest winners, an article on how climate change affects distribution and an excellent essay on why counting birds is important.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

I thought this was a little extreme.  Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day.

2013 Face shot with glasses  A FINAL WORD

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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.  Rusty

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EPITAPH FOR A PROUD AND NOBLE LADY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

2007 – 2014

No. 374

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Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

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EPITAPH FOR A PROUD AND NOBLE LADY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As the fate of immigrants in America continues to ebb and flow, I offer this chapter of a novel in progress.  The setting is an American senator defending himself against charges of not being American enough.  Think just a little of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.”

Yes, I will respond to my esteemed colleague, since I understand this issue has been raised in committee.

He is right.  I was not born in this country.  He is also correct in noting that my parents were not citizens of the nation in which I was born.

And as I am sure this esteemed body is aware, if that data is fed into a demographic computer, it could be used to support the contention that the immigrant population is not a stable one.  And the conclusions of that could be used to profile for ethnicity, religion, political party, etc.

Despite his being as powerful as I am small, I still do not think that is going to work for the senator.  And I’ll tell you why.

First of all, I may not have been born here but I am not stupid.  America is a land of little guys like me and mine.

As I look around this room of American senators, I see lots of people who weren’t born here or who were just a couple of generations back.  We continue to be a melting pot, anti immigration legislation notwithstanding.

I don’t define people by traditional lines but I do respect those other cultures who respect mine.

In my case, to paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli, while my esteemed colleague’s ancestors were eating lichen and mushrooms in some primeval forest, mine were having lox and bagels with the priests in the Temples of Solomon.  And on Dad’s side, my folks have been fishing since before Moses sailed down a river in Egypt in a wee reed boat.

I am the sum of two people, and all those who came before them.  They were good people and I am too.

Now, the senator can make a career out of hate.  He can get downright creative about it and he probably will. 

But it’s not going to change the most important thing.  He can call me anything he wants.  He can start another Holocaust.  And if the members of this august body allow him, he might possibly get away with it.

It certainly would not be unprecedented and America is no more invulnerable to that than any other nation has been, despite our conceits to the contrary.

I’m an American now and still from where I was born.  I’m also a member of the world community and that voice, too, will be heard.

In the end, if he persists, all the senator’s going to do is hurt a lot of people, including his own family.  He will most certainly lose his constituency because people in his state do not put up with this.  That’s what his hate’s going to buy him. 

And what is that most important thing my esteemed colleague and all his hate cannot change?  He cannot change who I am.  Even I could not do that and I will admit there are times when I have wished I could.

I don’t begrudge the senator his feelings.  Where I’m from, you don’t kick a man when he’s down.  And you don’t judge a man’s soul because that’s not up to you, it’s up to God.  I suspect God probably does a lot better job of it than any of us, then, eh?

If this august body does not want me here, it better tell me real tell me real soon.  If it does, then please protect me from esteemed colleagues like this one.

Thank you, Gentlemen.  I now call for the vote

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

Rusty

IN OTHER NEWS

If you really want to understand what is going on in the Ukraine, go here.

Apparently viruses can survive 30,000 years in the permafrost.  A giant one was discovered in Siberia recently.  Scientists say that if this one could live under those conditions, a host of others ~ including those harmful to prehistoric humans and to us, their descendants ~ could, as well.  For more, please go here.

We hope this works.  EU’s 28 Leaders To Decide On Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Conflict

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFRICA U.S. Takes Training Role In Africa As Threats Grow And Budgets Shrink Tunisian President Decrees End To State Of Emergency In Place Since January 2011 Revolution

Niger Extradites A Son Of Qaddafi To Libya, Saying He Didn’t ‘Stay Quiet’

AUSTRALIA Thunderstorms Produce Fantastic Skies Over SydneyCyclones To Bring Heavy Rain To North Queensland

Sculpture At Sawmillers Opens On Sydney Foreshore

Lack Of Women In Parliament Impacts On Major Women’s Issues: Commissioner

CHINA China Calls Stabbing Rampage At Rail Station A Terrorist Act Train Station Rampage Further Strains Ethnic Relations In China

Families Left Vulnerable In China’s Housing Market, Study Finds

1 Dead, 12 Missing Following Blast At Chinese Chemical Plant That Makes Explosives

EUROPEAN UNION An E.U. Plan That Could Work For Cameron EU’s 28 Leaders To Decide On Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Conflict
INDIA World’s Biggest Arms Importer, India Wants To Buy Local
JAPAN Obama, Japanese PM Discuss Ukraine, Call Russian’s Actions A Threat To International Peace
LATIN AMERICA The Macho Cops Of Honduras
PAKISTAN Taliban Move Brings Halt To Airstrikes In Pakistan
RUSSIA For Russian TV Channels, Influence And Criticism Russia’s Move Into Ukraine Said To Be Born In Shadows

Why Russia Can’t Afford Another Cold War

Why The Crimea Matters So Much To Russia

UNITED STATES Hundreds Arrested At Anti-Keystone March At White HouseHolder And Republicans Unite To Soften Sentencing Laws

Suicidal Tendencies Are Evident Before Deployment, Study Finds

U.S. Job Gains Likely To Allay Anxiety After A Dismal 2 Months

California Town Scrambles To Save Its Water Supply

As General’s Sex Assault Trial Opens, Accuser Says She Was Bullied

CLIMATE CHANGE

El Niño Returns?

Current Events: Antarctic Climate Change Is Messing With The Motion Of The Ocean

America Could Soon Face More Days Of Extreme Rainfall

California Town Scrambles to Save Its Water Supply

SPYING

C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine In Maps

Ukraine Turns To Its Oligarchs For Political Help

At U.N., Russia Points To Ultranationalist Threats In Ukraine

Top Russians Face Sanctions By U.S. For Crimea Crisis

As Obama And Netanyahu Meet, Ukraine Becomes A Focus Of Conversation

The Myth Of A Divided Ukraine

As Prime Russian Trading Partner, Germany Appears Crucial To Ending Crisis

Markets Fall As Impasse In Ukraine Intensifies

World Markets Bounce Back On Hopes Ukraine Tensions Will Ease

In Kiev, Kerry Takes Russia To Task And Pledges Aid Package

A Rational Response To Ukraine’s Crisis

White House Slaps Visa Restrictions On Russian Foes Of Kyiv Gov’t In Reaction To Crisis

Canada To Send Observers To International Ukraine Mission For Crimea

Senior U.N. Envoy Threatened At Gunpoint In Crimea

U.S. Seeks To Reduce Ukraine’s Reliance On Russia For Natural Gas

Crimea Approves A Secession Vote As Tensions Rise

For First Time, Kremlin Signals It Is Prepared To Annex Crimea

Obama, Japanese Pm Discuss Ukraine, Call Russian’s Actions A Threat To International Peace

U.S. Declares Crimea Referendum Illegal, Imposes Visa Restrictions, Sanctions

Paris talks on Ukraine end with promises of more dialogue

OH CANADA

This is absolutely outrageous.  Former Mountie, minor hockey coach charged with sexually assaulting 8 boys in 3 provinces

Supreme Court upholds sexual assault conviction in condom sabotage case  Outstanding!

Our prayers are with all those onboard.  Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people, including 2 Canadians

SHORTS

Ukraine Faces Tories With Unprecedented Foreign Policy Challenge

Medical Pot Too Popular For Feds To Handle

In His First 100 Days, Montreal Mayor Surprises

Hillary Clinton Talks Ukraine, Women’s Rights In Vancouver Appearance

Vancouver Police Department to feds: We won’t enforce new pot law

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Felina:     Samuel, would you mind joining Arnold and I in the den?  I am sorely vexed.

Sam:        Gimme just a sec, Sweetheart.  I’m polishing off the last of the sacrificial salmon.

Felina:     Arnold says he would not mind so much if you brought him some too.

Sam:        Not a problem.  And what our television set doesn’t eat, you’ll finish, just to be tidy and stuff.

Felina:     Quite so.  You know me so well, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        Oookay.  Fixing a bagel with lox for a 30 year old television set named Arnie.

Felina:     Arnold, Dear.

Sam:        Yeah, him too.  And sauntering down the cave to the entertainment center and sitting down next to the most beautiful cougar in all of creation.

Felina:     Our respective mothers excepted, of course.

Sam:        Maggie Mountainlion and Felina Concolouris Elizabeth Regina, respectively.

Felina:     You are so handsome when you roll those names off your golden tongue.  It almost makes me forget I mated the most rapacious rogue in all of Christendom and the Cat World.

Sam:        I’m that good?

Felina:     You are a force with which to be reckoned, my handsome rapscallion.

Sam:        Cool.  Be nice if I understood both halves of what you just said but I can live with the fifty percent I did get.  However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Abbott and Hardy of Digression.  And the Laurel and Costello of the smooth segue.

Sam:        We have GOT to stop hiring relatives to check our scripts, Felina.

Felina:     In a more perfect world, my love, we could afford more than nepotism.  But at least there is an organic necessity for it sometimes.  This that Arnold and I are watching, makes no sense to me.  What in the world is “immigration reform”?

Sam:        It’s the herd mentality in action, Sweetheart.  The big herd in America is afraid of the other herds who want to come here and graze.

Felina:     When there is more than enough grass for everyone if everyone filled only their own stomach, that behaviour is utter nonsense.

Sam:        And then there’s the genetic guilt theory.

Felina:     Which suggests?

Sam:        These present herds weren’t the first here.  They came upon herds that had been here for thousands of years, living mostly in harmony, and certainly as one with the land.

Felina:     And in school, we learned that the new herds essentially destroyed the older ones, took their land, robbed the soil of its very soul and then moved westward, for new pastures to pillage and burn, figuratively speaking.

Sam:        That’s pretty much what happened, Lass.  Literally and figuratively.

Felina:     Somebody should give them a big spanking.  And they just better get over themselves because it does not look like these new herds will stop coming.  Perhaps it is time to strike for a better peace than has been made in the past.

Sam:        Before all the grass is gone.

Felina:     Yes, Samuel, before all the grass is gone.

Sam:       Then on that note, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

These are the US Senators in my Congressional delegation and I am very, very proud of both of them.  The power team of Cantwell and Murray

I think it is so cool when a large corporation does something like this.  Comcast Indefinitely Extends Low-Cost Broadband for Poor Families

This is one of the reasons I’m such a fan of hers.  Cantwell wants old tanker cars out fast

SHORTS

Beaverton, Oregon Now Runs All Of Its Municipal Operations On Wind Generated Electricity.

Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero

Meet the Ambassadors from Canada’s Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance

BAD EXAMPLES

As long as this flickers anywhere on the planet, from Bogalusa to Bangkok to Biafra, this will happen.  Rise in Bigotry Fuels Massacre inside Myanmar.

This cannot possibly bode well for a new generation.  Young Using E-Cigarettes Smoke Too, Study Finds

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I’m kind of surprised this wasn’t tried sooner.  Drought-plagued California tries to drink the ocean (hold the salt)

This should be interesting to followIron Maiden singer will fly around the world in a giant hybrid airship

I found this absolutely fascinating and I hope our readers in the UK take it in.  Rethinking the Vikings: New exhibit seeks to flesh out the raiders who redrew the map of the ancient world

SHORTS

The Rolling Robot Will Connect You Now

Video: Wearables: Beyond The Wrist

Photos: Wonders Of Wood — Winners Of The 2014 Wood Design Awards

Foreign Influx Gives Annual Tech Event An International Flavor

Remember That Famous Study About Obedience To Authority? Here’s How Stanley Milgram Got It Wrong

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about immigration to the United States?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary.  They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group.  These are also activities you can share with friends and family.  In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Living without plastic tests Victoria woman

How to make natural gas more climate-friendly

New York could turn its trash into giant floating compost islands

Here’s what to do with all that extra CO2 you’ve got hanging around

HEALTH

Here’s good news for millions around the world.  Rare Gene Found to Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

Here are five things you should know about your liver

There is an old principle in nature which certainly seems to apply in this case.  No matter how high you fly, you still have to land.   Study links teen energy drink use to depression, addiction

SHORTS

Is a high-protein diet really as bad as smoking?

Older fathers linked with many psychiatric troubles in kids

Mighty mushrooms — Mushrooms boast levels of heart-healthy potassium on par with a banana. 

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

The Irish Tenors Isle Of Hope Isle Of Tears Ellis Island – YouTube

LIFESTYLE

Missions Signal A Growing Role For Mormon Women

Troubles At Women’s Prison Test Alabama

Deal Would Allow Gays To March In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Cities Mobilize To Help Those Who Resist Gentrification

Cabin Fever: Are Tiny Houses The New American Dream?

It’s Official: People Around The World Really Are Eating More And More Alike

Perfecting The Potato Roll: Recipe From My Irish Table

Video: Curtain Call | Paris Fashion Week

It’s Unclearly Defined, but Telecommuting Is Fast on the Rise

The Radical Homemaker Turns 40

BEST OF THE NET

Photos: Top images from around the globe — View the best photographs from hot spots around the world. 

Thunderstorms Produce Fantastic Skies Over Sydney

Video: As Chic as Paris

Video: This Week’s Movies: March 7, 2014

NORTHSTAR RECOMMENDS

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney.  Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.

BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.

BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union.  How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.

CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years.   They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam.  Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.

GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.

HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.

NEW DICTIONARY:  We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try.  We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar.  M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia.  When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear.  That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence.  It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves.  Yep, check it out here.

NO CAMELS – WEEKLY ISRAELI INNOVATION NEWS is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  I totally geek out when I read these folks.

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me.  The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.

THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound.  They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment.  Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.

SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement.  They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet.  They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy.  They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative.  Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.

WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror.  Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often.  Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.

SEATTLE SCENES

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 BURKE MUSEUM’S DINO DAY STARS SEATTLE MAMMOTH TUSK

Well, that mammoth tusk uncovered during construction excavation downtown recently is getting its day in the sun.  Check it out here.

ROLL ON, MIGHTY SKAGIT, ROLL ON

As anyone who has lived on this side of the mountains knows, the Skagit River floods out several times a year, regardless of how wet the rest of the state has been.  The Washington Department of Transportation(WSDOT) has come up with a unique way to mitigate this recurrent “natural” disaster.  Yep, for more, please go here.

SEATTLE DIRECTORY

SEATTLE FACTS & FIGURES

MAP OF SEATTLE

10-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

SEATTLE CITY CAMS

KOMO 4 NEWS (ABC)

KIRO 7 (CBS)

KING 5 NEWS (NBC)

SEATTLE TIMES

THE TODAY FILE:  “THE LATEST NEWS FROM SEATTLE & AROUND THE NORTHWEST”

EARTHQUAKE WATCH

WHAT’S GOING ON IN SEATTLE?

SEATTLE RESTAURANT GUIDE

FROM NORTHSTAR

 WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center. 

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

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For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

These big hams have obviously seen a certain Coca Cola commercial.  Polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba pose for Google’s Street View

Here are words definitely to live by.  Please don’t knit a sweater for a penguin

If you take your wildlife as seriously as we do here, this site will absolutely make your day.  It has links to “critter cams” all over the world.  Our thanks to Wildlife Travel magazine, to whose newsletter we just subscribed.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

South Korea wants to put endangered species in gigantic bubbles 

 A FINAL WORD

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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.  Rusty

 

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