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Volume 4, Number 35
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Like millions west of the Mississippi and around the world, we continue to be awed by the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. We are, as well, intensely interested in how the affected areas are dealing with it. And we are extremely impressed by the quiet compassion, courage and coming together Americans are displaying, particularly at the community level. There is no looting, no hysteria and now that Glenn Beck has cooled his jets, nobody trying to turn an act of nature into a theological or political football.
And as headlines throughout the Northeast tell us, Days After the Storm, Many Are Still in the Dark. In New England, Vermont Officials Assess the Risks in Towns Lacking Water and Power. Covered Bridges, Beloved Remnants of Another Era, Were Casualties, Too. Storm Leaves Catskill Towns Little but Debris Irene: A State By State Look At Its Impact
Now the recovery commences, and, As Water Recedes, Cleanup Begins Across Northeast Millions Wait For Power To Come Back on After Irene
In those nations blessed with a free press and a responsible readership, history can be read in headlines. And in headlines, as well, a nation’s character is often defined. This will, I am certain, be archived as one ofAmerica’s finest hours.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, this will not come as real good news to the survivors of Irene. The main reason so many people were able to get out of that angry lady’s way is because there is a network of weather satellites orbiting the planet and some solid analyzing and putting their photos and other measurements out there for the media. Thanks to the Obama administration’s decision to dramatically reduce NASA’s budget, those satellites which die of old age up there are not going to be replaced. Yep, for the full story, go here. And if this prospect makes you as angry as it does us, tell your elected officials in that Camelot On The Potomac by going here.
The CEO of Starbucks is hosting a national telephone forum on Tuesday, Sept. 6. It sounds as though he’s as fed up with the behavior of both political parties as most Americans and he’s using some of his own considerable money and influence to change that. He’s called upon Corporate America to immediately stop contributing to politicians or campaigns and to create their own economic stimulus packages within their respective industries. For more, please go here. To learn more about Tuesday’s national forum, please go here.
Well, here’s one that sent some chills through me. Because they think it might be the same microbe responsible for the bubonic plague, scientists are attempting to retrieve the DNA of microbe which caused the Black Death plagues which decimated Europe and then the British Isles in the mid-1300s. They are excavating beneath the Royal Mint in London down to where 1,800 English Black Death victims are buried. Is it just me or do a few others of you also feel that this is a very, very bad idea?
On Wednesday, September 14, what could possibly be the biggest Internet media ever takes place. In 24 time zones, in 13 languages and using 24 presenters, it shows how people around the world are experiencing and dealing with climate change. You can elect to watch all of it or a portion of it, by time zone. For the trailer on this one and for more information, please go here. And yep, we’ve already RSVP’d so we’ll be there in birkies, camous and a green t-shirt. We’ll be the ones sneaking in our own popcorn and Seattle tap water.
One of the historical shames both Canada and the States share is their treatment of the several nations that were here in North America when Europeans “discovered” this continent. Canada’s history of making amends in these regards behind an unimpeachable sincerity is perhaps one of the other reasons she is regarded as highly as she is by the International Community. Assuming that all nations can learn from the good example of one, The Northstar Journal invites you to read this story headlined Report urges 100 fixes to stop native teen suicides. With thanks to Kira Sovanof and Micheal Sean-Patric McGuire.
A Mexican farm worker from Jalisco has earned the lifelong gratitude of an Eastern Washington family and the respect and admiration of a small farming community. Jesus Villanueva, who does not speak English, rescued two dogs who were drowning in the swiftly moving Roza Canal. He did it by borrowing a rope from a Yakima County deputy sheriff and lassoing both canines. Yep, this is one of those stand up and cheer stories definitely worth the read.
Much more, for perhaps understandable reasons, is publicized about the incredible scientific breakthroughs which not only prolong human life but enhance it as well than is shared about those dedicated ~ and largely unsung ~ individuals who make those breakthroughs possible in the first place. Our profound gratitude, then, to The New Generation of Microbe Hunters
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE & EXPLORATION
In a real tribute to the technology, cell phone networks proved largely immune to the ravages of Hurricane Irene. Yep, for more, go here.
Here’s a well intentioned application of technology with incredible abuse potential. As another wildlife management tool, scientists have developed a collar which can not only measure an animal’s vital signs but also, with a GPS link, tell where a creature ate, slept, etc. It is also ultimately less expensive than current methods of just going out where wildlife lives and keeping track of them that way. And getting to know some of these creatures personally. With all due respect but also speaking from experience, that will provide a lot more information than a collar that might also ~ in the wrong hands ~ be put on human beings. In other words, how would you, personally, feel about being forced to wear one?
If you’re an avid tea drinker (at least one cup a day), you’re probably healthier than many of those who do not indulge. And you’re likely to live longer. Why? For that answer, yep, go here.
And if you can cultivate a taste for it, as we have, green tea is even better because it also improves memory and the ability to focus. And with both black and green tea, you can also add stuff to it like honey and milk. Yep, flavor to taste. Here’s the link to this one, as well.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Each year, thousands of children in America die of a disease that is equally lethal to adults. September 2011 is ~ by proclamation of President Barack Obama ~ National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For more, yes, please go here.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Research Journal National Cancer Institute (American) Fighting Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer Survivor Stories Science Daily: Health & Medicine News
DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
For those of us who really want to understand this whole issue of job creation, we offer up this perspective by Yamhill County, Oregon native and twice-Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof entitled Did We Drop The Ball On Unemployment?
NEW ADDITION: USA.gov has a comprehensive email directory of American federal and state elected officials and government agencies. You fill in two or three blanks, hit Enter and you’ve got what you need to offer support or air a grievance.
Celtic Woman is The Northstar Journal’s favourite musical performance group. When it is inspiration in a song we seek, they invariably provide it and they look as good as they sound. The production values of their performances, whether at the Helix in Dublin or on a television stage in Adelaide, are flawless. Perhaps most endearing for me is that these Irish ladies are totally ingenuous, and totally free of pretense or posturing. They have a global following and for a sampling of why, please go here.
(The) Clearwater Marine Aquarium inFlorida is the home of Winter, the rescued dolphin who was fitted with a prosthetic fluke and continues to amaze marine lovers the world over by her recovery. The CMA is in the marine mammal rescue business for real, both as a public amusement site at which they also take care of a variety of species, and on the web as well. Their videos and other information also make for a nice “educational” experience to share with others.
Irish Newsletter is an outstanding pocket source of Irish life, politics and times. Particularly well written are their news snaps (shorts) which ~ according to friends of mine inErin ~ literally tell it like it is. While theRepublic ofIreland’s population is only about 4.5-million, there are an estimated 80 million people of Irish descent worldwide and email version of this reached 50,000 of them.
Sightline Daily is the bestPacific Northwest source of environmentally friendly news we’ve encountered yet. They draw from newspapers and National Public Radio sources throughout the American west, Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska.
Yes magazine is the editorial hammer of the Green Movement and the most deeply rooted, informative, insightful and magazine on the Net.
One of the more interesting aspects of publishing a magazine based in a city with a soggy reputation is the myth busting involved. I love it, then, when I come across somebody else also doing it, as in this outstanding article by Scott Sistek headlined September, the forgotten fourth month of Seattle’s three month summer.
FOR SEATTLE READERS ESPECIALLY
Because of the heavy concentration in Seattle of the technology addressed, we thought this opportunity to participate in one of the largest online free courses in artificial intelligence yet offered would especially appeal. It is being offered by Stanford University and for more information, yep, go here.SEATTLE FACTS Population: 612.000 GreaterSeattleArea 3,707,400 Area: 84 sq mi/217 sq km Density: 7,286 people per sq mi/2,821 per sq km Annual Rainfall: 36.2 inches/92 cm, ranking it 41st in rainy US cities More Seattle Facts & Figures Upcoming Events Seattle/Lake Washington Eagle Camera
Any media professionals interested in relocating to the Greater Seattle area? Microsoft is looking for a good PR person. For details, http://bit.ly/ostsPs
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Once it’s been tipped, the balance of nature is pretty tricky to restore. And how does one determine which is more important, a salmon or a seabird? That’s the focus of this very informative story by Seattle Times environmental reporter Craig Welch headlined Trouble in Sea Bird Paradise.RELATED LINKS: Oceana: The National Geographic of the World’s Oceans How to Behave Around Bears Seattle/Lake Washington Eagle Camera National Wildlife Magazine Go Northwest: Northwest Wildlife Websites BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
I imagine this is going to crack the lid of a Pandora’s Box or two. A guy in California got arrested for biting a python. Have fun with this one gang, and yep, we’ll take publishable comments on this one too at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care, stay well and God Bless.