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IT DOES NOT TAKE ANGST AND MELODRAMA TO SAVE THE PLANET
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Well, Seattle’s getting a temporary break from its own heat wave and I wish to Almighty God that was true in Australia, California, Japan, the UK and other places around the world.
If I was just a little truer to my paternal Druid roots, I’d suspect the Planet Herself (“Gaia,” she is called in my house) was very angry and like a flea-invested dog, was doing everything she could to rid herself of the source of her misery.
If that, in fact, turns out to be the case, I cannot say I blame her. These cyclic climactic extremes started long before human beings did. To what extent we made them more dramatic is a moot point. Does anyone honestly believe that a lifestyle fueled by removing what was also here and turning it into substances that kill us one way or another is GOOD for Mother Earth and those of us with whom she shares her hospitality? Looking at you guys over the top of my specs.
I appreciate all the rhetoric, promises, etc behind an awareness and an appreciation of our contribution to lethalizing the earth’s own growth and renewal. I’m also aware that there are a few simple things each and every single person on this environmentally benighted planet can do to mitigate that impact. They are not complicated things. They are not difficult to do and they are not difficult habits to acquire. In my family, we make a contest out of seeing how small we can make our respective carbon footprints.
Granted, some of our results are pretty extreme and occasionally “rolling on the floor” laughable. But then my family tends to reflect the species in general. That’s not always easy to live with or reconcile but it does make getting up in the morning generally the start of a very interesting day.
Perhaps more to the point, it is also fun and living proof that it does not take angst and melodrama to save the planet, only the desire to do so. If we, as a species, lack that desire, we will perish and the planet will prevail without us.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
LYIV, A FILM DESTINATION EMERGING
As you know, my country has a tradition of theatre dating back to the 16th Century and a film industry to the early 20th. While Kiev and Odessa have been primary film locations for not only domestic but foreign projects, this city, Lviv (Lyiv) through which I am now strolling is emerging as another primate location.
Why? Perhaps because of its medieval European architectural masterpieces dating back to the13th Century. I did, in fact, stumble onto shootings of what it seems to be a music video by international team from Middle East. That made me think about the great possibilities this little town could offer for those who would like to get European looking back ground but do not want to spend an enormous amount for it.
I read recently that one hour shooting in the city cost less then 15 dollars and city council is very welcoming of such projects. Last year, four films were set here. Of course it’s only the beginning but with time Lviv can become a destination for filming too. As for me one of my favorite Soviets movies were shot here called D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers after A. Dumas’ famous work.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay cool, beloved cousin mine.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
I stayed up late to watch this and it was well worth it. Parker Solar Probe: NASA Launches Mission To ‘Touch The Sun’
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
This is a glimpse of both the past and the future. Fire Cloud Over California, From Space
This is a trip. Want To Trick Your Ears?
This is a Special Feature from Time Magazine. This Photographer Spent The Year Since Charlottesville Documenting White Supremacists
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We certainly did not know this. Today, Sunday, 12 August, is World Elephant Day. The Unique Elephant Brain
This is incredible. A Galaxy Of Falcons: Witnessing The Amur Falcon’s Massive Migration Flocks
This is NOT good press for these guys. Video Shows The Moment A 12-Foot Great White Shark Jumped At A Researcher
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s August 2018 newsletter is now online and it is awesome.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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