Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007Sunday, December 8, 2013 Volume 6, No. 50 Northstar Media Services Rusty Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. The Family of Humankind has lost a softspoken, gentle, articulate black Moses who literally led his people from bondage and into an internationally enlightened age.
Despite decades of incarceration, torture, conflicts within his own family and certainly those haunting doubts that rob sleep from any great person, he outlived most of those who opposed him and he did it without hating anyone.
He was fighting racists and bigots but he did not become one. He was, in that regard, not unlike another personal hero and roll model, America’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And he was also like someone in my own family.
There are few people, living or dead, whose lives and personal examples have inspired me more than Nelson Mandela. I have studied the history of his country and of that brutal and dehumanizing human institution called “apartheid.”
While I have never been incarcerated, I know that prison is especially rough in a place where you are one colour and your guards are of another and neither of you likes the other very much.
I have been beaten for my beliefs but never so terribly I couldn’t stand up after. I know that Nelson Mandela, in his struggle not only for the freedom of black South Africans but for the true emancipation of whites of that nation, as well, suffered all of this and more.
At times, I totally loathe a world in which people like Nelson Mandela suffer so much for what I consider the fundamental rights of every person on the planet. But since I do live in such a world, I am glad there are those with the courage, the integrity and the sense of social responsibility to step forward and truly make a difference.
Nelson, I will miss you.FOR MORE ON THE LIFE & TIMES OF NELSON MANDELA Mandela’s Death Leaves South Africa Without Its Moral Center Video: The Life of Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95 Mandela Taught a Continent to Forgive Mandela’s Death Stirs Sense of Loss Around the World Where Mandela Once Boxed, Men Fill Days Lifting Weights Generation Born After Apartheid Sees Mandela’s Fight as History
IN OTHER NEWS
Having served in this particular theatre of operations and with friends in Japan, this does not come as real good news. In the East China Sea, a Far Bigger Test of Power Looms
What state’s residents are most likely to curse and which, the least? The answers just might surprise you.
On the other hand, this is good news. Out of a Lull, Automakers Post Strong U.S. Sales in November
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
|CENTRALAFRICANREPUBLIC||Reports From the Central African Republic’s ‘Darkest Days’|
|CHINA||Chinese Leader’s Rise Came With New Attention to Dispute With Japan
Shanghai‘s Smog Problem
|EUROPEAN UNION||European Watchdog Warns of Possible Action Against Ratings Agencies|
|GREECE||Parliament Approves 2014 Budget in Greece|
|ITALY||Deadly Factory Fire Bares Racial Tensions in Italy|
|NORTH KOREA||Uncle of North Korean Leader Stripped Of Power, According To Reports|
|RUSSIA||Russia’s First Smartphone Goes On Sale|
|THAILAND||Thai Protests Enter Volatile New Phase After Fatal Shootings|
|UKRAINE||SEE SHORTS BELOW|
|UNITED KINGDOM||British Finance Chief Hails Austerity’s Benefits|
|UNITED STATES||4 Dead In Metro-North Train Derailment In The Bronx|
|VATICAN||Pope Setting Up Commission on Clerical Child Abuse|
Canada’s not having it any easier than the States with this premature onslaught of Ice Age weather. However, being further north, this might just work to good advantage. We have more experience with dog sled, for instance, than most of America beyond the border states. For more, yep, check this out. Bundle up — wintry blast gripping B.C.
I so wish I could join these folks. 3 former PMs to accompany Stephen Harper to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela
Felina: The human world is so quiet this morning, Samuel.
Sam: It is how they mourn the crossing over from this life to the next of the lion kings among them.
Felina: Yes, of course and quite so. Their Nelson Mandela was a giant even among our African cousins.
Sam: He also had several other distinctions that made him a creature worthy of the sweat of the Creator.
Felina: He was hunted, trapped and caged just as they do every living creature they encounter, including their own.
Sam: He suffered all of the indignities of a caged creature and much of the cruelty.
Felina: Never once did he attack his keepers, nor did he ever learn to hate them. He recognized that those who enslave are just as much in chains as those they claim to master.
Sam: Lass, you never cease to amaze me.
Felina: Nor will that ever change, mate of my three lifetimes. Their Nelson Mandela’s “roar” was heard far beyond his cage. His own large pride heard it. And then lions in other places, one by one, adding their voices until it became as Armageddon thunder.
Sam: And his keepers could not get a moment’s rest so they released him.
Felina: And in return, he brought the gift of freedom even to them.
Sam: That one is going to be a tough act to follow, oh sun and moon of my life.
Felina: Indeed, my love. But as long as there is one lion who remembers, he will not truly be gone.
Sam: Absolutely no argument there, Sweetheart. So on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator keep you safe in the palm of Her paw. Until next week then, eh?
Some editions, one Good Example outshines three bad ones. That is certainly the case this week. Pope Setting Up Commission on Clerical Child Abuse
Where is the most dangerous place on the planet for relief workers? Somehow, I doubt the answer will surprise very many of you.
We thought this was going to turn out like this. Arizona Agency Is Faulted in Deaths of Firefighters
This is a little unsettling. Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Ever since Adam and Eve covered themselves with some fig leafs destined for the stomach of another creature in the Garden, our species has been tinkering with the environment. That may not have been the brightest thing we’ve ever done. Air apparent: Once we start geoengineering, it may be hard to stop
Now that it’s freezing and raining, I found something totally cool for my bike. This nifty accessory turns your bike into a minibar
This looks encouraging. A Temporary Solution to Global WarmingHere On Earth Photos: 173-Square-Foot Micro-Apartments Baffling 400,000-Year-Old Clue To Human Origins How Long Have Humans Dominated the Planet? Technology Google Puts Money On Robots, Using The Man Behind Android Cargo Bikes The New Minivan For Cycling Families Mobile Banks Gaining Popularity With Young Consumers Outer Space Sun’s Magnetic Field Will Soon Flip, Presenting Us With A Light Show Video: Chris Hadfield on space travel and life on earth Video Trailer: Gravity – with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Nelson Mandela
THE GREEN AGENDA
There’s a new bra on the market now and its manufacturers say it can help women stop binge eating.
Espresso lovers should probably read this and be careful. Fancy espresso machines are leaching lead into your coffee
We thought this was fantastic. And we’re doing about 75% of the things on that list. Someone asked my infamous Uncle Seamus what the secret to his own considerable longevity was. He told them it was a healthy desire to bury his critics. I doubt very seriously if he ever read this. 37 Scientifically Proven Methods to Living a Happier Life
NOURISHMENT FOR BODY, MIND & SPIRITLeah Libow Wellness Coach, Nourishing Educator/Cook, Writer
|I love the dark and cold of winter because it calls us to gather together and to light up the night with candles and holiday lights in celebration of our bright spirits and our strength of purpose. And of course cuddling and snuggling are perks too!
In celebration of You and the holiday season, I am offering $50 off on 12-week coaching packages! Do you know someone who wants to reconnect with themselves? Do you want to gift yourself with 12 weeks of loving attention? If the answer is YES! then let’s set up a time to talk! And, by the way, the 12-week coaching package comes packaged with a red ribbon and loads of love!
This week I begin a conversation about how to reconnect with our bodies and food in a loving way – What is Wellness? – The Carrot Experiment. Tis the season to eat a lot things that may or may not support our wellness and also the season to renew our dedication and commitment to nourishing ourselves and the ones we love.
I’d like to also remind you that I am teaching a kraut making class on December 15 – Let’s Make Kraut! There’s only room for 6 people this time around, so sign up early to get a spot!!! We’ll be talking about all the great organisms that help to make kraut so awesome and also spending some time being present to the process of engaging with our food. You’ll leave with new information, a jar of kraut and an uplifted spirit! Join us for some great fun!
And…another reminder that I will be joining Dr. Annabeth Macy this Thursday, December 5, for a talk on Nourishing Ourselves. There’s still space to sign up for a hearty discussion about what nourishment is for you! And… leave with a better understanding of how you do what you do in the world and how to connect in with that juicy energy that makes you feel ALIVE!
Have a beautiful week!
May you be nourished,
ON THE CANCER FRONTIn Loving Memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills “Short Stuff” 1962 – 2001 CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
FROM YOU GUYS
US SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL (D. WASHINGTON) ON GENERIC ENGINEERING IN AGRICULTURE
Dear Mr. Miller,
Thank you for contacting me about genetic engineering in agriculture. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
The Senate passed the Agricultural Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.954), also known as the farm bill, on June 10, 2013, to reauthorize the federal government’s agriculture and food programs. I strongly supported passage of this legislation, which will strengthen investments in WashingtonState’s agriculture economy and research, sustain local and organic food programs, and save taxpayers more than $23 billion.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has filed amendments (S. Amdt. 1025 and S. Amdt. 1026) to express the sense of the Senate concerning the labeling of genetically modified foods and to require a report on the methods of labeling genetically modified food in nations that already label these foods and the potential effects of having differing state labeling laws in the absence of a federal labeling standard with respect to genetically modified food. However, these amendments were not voted on during the Senate debate.
It may interest you to know that the U.S. Senate did consider an amendment (S. Amdt. 965) introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to affirm the rights of states to label foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. If enacted, the amendment would have allowed states to require the labeling of foods produced with genetically engineered ingredients. I voted for this amendment on May 22, 20313; unfortunately it was not agreed to.
I believe that federal agencies should undertake comprehensive scientific reviews of genetically engineered crops, including considering any environmental, ecological and human health implications. Because the science surrounding certain types of genetically engineered crops is relatively new, the U.S. Senate has a responsibility to carefully examine all aspects of this issue based on the information that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other stakeholders provide.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/
AMNESTY INTERNATION – NELSON MANDELA
Dear Merritt Scott,
Thank you for sharing your feelings about Nelson Mandela on Amnesty’s memorial wall.
For me, Nelson Mandela is one of the reasons I began working for Amnesty International.
Mandela not only led the struggle to end apartheid and bring democracy to South Africa, but he also campaigned for other human rights struggles, such as treatment for people with HIV/AIDS. As Mandela said, “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”
Join me in committing yourself to human rights for everyone on the planet. And please share your Mandela post on Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends and family to post their own feelings about Mandela.
BEST OF THE NET
Video: On Stage in Seoul: Building on the phenomenal popularity of Korean pop music and soap operas among women in their 20s and 30s, Broadway and Korean producers are turning Seoul into a boomtown for American musicals.
BLOGS WE FOLLOW
GRITtv With Laura Flaunders is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
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.
Nope, you are not imagining it. Our own little Ice Age apparently hath cometh. KING5 News has an outstanding “winterizing” site and we direct you to it by going here.
METRO IN BIG TROUBLE
Unless alternative funding and/or other solutions are found soon, Metro bus service in KingCounty will be dramatically reduced in the autumn of 2014. Public meetings are being held this month so we, the “ridership” can become part of this process. For more on this one, 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
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
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We totally loved this because they are proliferate in Seattle. Wildlife friendly gardens really do enhance not only the natural aesthetics of the property but its market value.
FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
This is a little late for Thanksgiving but their photo of a greater sage grouse was just too outstanding not to share. Our thanks, as always, to the folks in two nations who bring us the Great Backyard Bird Hunt.
The SeaDoc Society’s December 2013 newsletter is available online. It is as impressive this month as it is each time it is published. Articles include: Unraveling the Mystery of Stranded Whales, an upcoming Salish Sea (fka Puget Sound) ecosystem conference, and an outing rescuing some Common Murrells, which for the uninformed (including me once), CMs are waterfowl.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
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