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April 19 2015 Vol. 8 No. 30
HAPPY EARTH DAY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea . This Wednesday, April 22, a great many people on this planet celebrate Earth Day. For a comprehensive overview of this international holiday, please go here.
Earth Day was first observed in 1970. I was overseas then and until I left Southern California, I didn’t experience this holiday personally. But when I returned to Sacramento after an absence of nearly eight years, Jerry Brown was in office, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia had been on the New York Times bestseller list and the entire community was in the midst of the “green revolution” the founders of Earth Day hoped it would inspire.
That Green Movement was not as violent as those that sought the true freedom of all Americans over the same period in history. But it was not without its casualties, particularly when well intentioned young idealists with few actual land skills decided to immigrate to places like Oregon and rural Washington and pioneer, as it was.
One thing that the Greens and their descendants in the Pacific Northwest seem to have learned is that you don’t move into a place and expect it to conform to your idea of how things should be done.
You learn the lay of the land, as it were. Sometimes generations-old ways of doing things are done that way because they work. Even rocket scientists do not usually try to fix something that is not broken. You join the community and help it improve itself along lines that everyone ~ or most of those who live there ~ agree with.
Implicit in this too is recognizing that like it or not ~ right or wrong ~ some places will not change because they do not want to change. As sad or as tragic as the results may be, it is their decision, not ours. Our Constitution guarantees us the freedom to choose. It does not say those choices need to be wise ones.
I am proud that the Green Movement was able to get beyond the rhetoric and successfully court the scientific, technological and industrial communities, without whose assistance, the tools necessary to repair the damage we have done ~ as a species ~ to this planet would not have evolved.
We could have done better at convincing our elected officials not to use the salvation of the planet (and us along with it) as a political football. But then sometimes it is easier to teach a jackass to sing than to dance, I have absolutely no issues with my own Congressional delegation, governor state legislature, mayor or anyone else in that realm.
But then I live in Washington State and these folks have had about 45 years of making mostly the right decisions, coal trains, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the over-industrialization of Tacoma notwithstanding. I sincerely wish that was true everywhere on the planet. Perhaps in time it will be. I hope it does not take another 45 years. I sincerely doubt we have that much time left.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
This gets a Northstar Standing Ovation. Young, Female, Succeeding In Gaza
This does not surprise me but now that I know it, it is no longer a dog eat dog world. Our ancestors were cannibals
This is awesome. WATCH LIVE: Global Citizen Earth Day Takes Over National Mall
Lost In Translation: The Strange Tale Of Two Chinese Investors, Their Friends And A Disappearing Fortune
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM THE UKRAINE:
TWO YOUNG WOMEN WALK ACROSS A WARTORN NATION, CAMERAS RUNNING
In about three weeks, two young lady photographers will be walking across their war-torn nation capturing not the ravages of conflict, but of a people embracing peace. Their project is called Inside of Living. The Northstar Journal’s European associate editor, Olya Bereza, reports.
Hi, Rusty, from Dnipropetrovsk:
I am this week sending you a wonderful picture of the project Inside-Of-Living
At this time I think constructive news and positive ideas here are as much if not more important than political life for people to come back to peace in their minds. Here is an example. Inside of Living is this project by two brave east Ukrainian girls from Dnipropetrovsk walking through the country from border to border (1.500-1.800 km) taking pictures of villages and towns on the way to show beauty and culture of Ukraine.
They will start this Saturday and they are also going to make videoblogs in English as well. More information can be found on the page of their Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289052912/inside-of-living
Stay warm, Mishka.
This might be taking political correctness a tad too far. Which country has the least sexist banknotes?
This is one of those symbolic gestures that in a cynical world means nothing. But positive change does not come from a world which has given up on itself. It comes from a world in which gestures like this mean everything. Get Inspired To Hugatree! See Photos Of 10 Species That Hug Trees.
The city in which I live has the same problem so I can definitely get behind this. The Haida’s War On Rats: After three centuries of infestation, locals reclaim idyllic island from rodent invaders
This needs to change. With Driver’s License Suspensions, a Cycle of Debt
If this starts happening in the two nations in which my heart and mind reside, it’s time for this little E.T. to call home. VIDEO: Prison for insulting a president?
Probably not the best idea in the world, eh? VIDEO: Gyrocopter lands on US Capitol lawn
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Here’s an offer I found impossible to refuse. Find a Tree. Hug It Out.
This is cool. ~ Netflix is teaming up with the World Wildlife Foundation and Silverback Films on an ambitious four-year project. It is an eight-part series that explores never-before-filmed wilderness areas in stunning 4K HD entitled Our Planet
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Take the Habit Personality Quiz ~ What’s your habit personality? Take a quiz to find out the factors that influence how you form habits, both good and bad.
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
BEST OF THE NET
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
This is beautiful. Strange new whale song heard
This is really cool. Trees have traits many of us aspire to: strength, resilience, the ability to branch out and more. Answer seven simple questions about your habits, personality and interests to discover the tree you relate to most. Find out which tree you are
I am not sure this is the best news for the creature kingdom. We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
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