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Volume 5, No. 18
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, as I’m writing this, it is Wednesday, May 2, 2012 and I am watching the Seattle local news. What dominates the headlines THIS morning is the damage done yesterday, during May Day celebrations, to downtown businesses and public buildings. KING 5 is showing me people who don’t live here smash windows, destroy storefronts, disrupt traffic, intimidate pedestrians and shoppers, confront police and otherwise pretty much destroy any sympathy I had for the causes these flipping loons represent.
I mean, maybe where you live (although I seriously doubt it) but not where I do, the following works as a sure prescription for positive change.
Go in a group to one of the safest and most amiable cities in the world. Make sure it is also one of the greenest and one of the most ardent supporters of local manufacturing and agriculture for a local consumer base. Especially rejoice if its police department is under fire because that is another opportunity for mayhem and to destroy the credibility of another symbol of monolithic industrial totalitarianism.
Once you get there, blend into the local demonstrators and then at a strategic moment, change into black clothing and ski masks (in a public place with lots of cameras, by the way) and, with clubs and other implements of destruction, start punishing local businesses and citizens for supporting monolithic industrial totalitarianism. Then go back to the same public place and change back into civilian clothes so the cameras can make sure they got you in both costumes. Then leave before arrests are made based on the video footage.
Think of all the friends you’ll make among locals like me. Imagine the donations that will come pouring in. See in your mind being so totally cool that people across the nation will even want to know where you got your very rad tattoos.
And next May Day? Do us all the supremest of favors?
IN OTHER NEWS
The US economy experienced modest gains in April. This apparently has some experts worried but it has been our experience that as long as more jobs are being added than lost, progress ~ however like that of an uphill garden snail ~ is still being made. For details, please go here.
The bad news is that Greenland’s glaciers are indeed losing ice. The good news is that the rate is much slower than previously thought. The in-between news is that the planet’s oceans are still expected to rise four inches by the end of this century. Yep, for more, please go here.
If the income gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” does not narrow, British socio-economist Richard Wilkinson contends, Canadawill become a much ruder and mean-spirited place to live. This is what he told the editorial board of Huffington Post Canada in a recent interview.
Affordable housing is as intrinsic a concern in Vancouveras it is any other major city in the nation. It has become particularly important to one former elected official and for perhaps the most poignant and personal of reasons.
The student strike against rising educational costs in Quebec’s provincially funded post secondary schools went ultra-visual last week when protestors marched in little more than their birthday suits and undergarments. I’m almost embarrassed to suggest this, but for more and an interesting slideshow, please go here.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, a personal hero and role model of ours, recently held a roundtable discussion at The Huffington Post’s offices to address water contamination challenges, the upcoming documentary “Last Call At The Oasis,” and her newest endeavor to combat health concerns around the world. For a fascinating look at true dedication in action, we more than invite you to go here.
Goats doing good works seems to be this ubiquitous and occasionally disconcerting subtext of my life. Here is yet another example of what I’m talking about.
Whoever said the good die young or that nice people finish last was probably speaking more from personal experience than objective observation. At 102, Bea Cohen has been giving all her life and she shows no signs of slowing down now. This lady has more “go for it” than the Eveready Battery bunny. Meet Ms. Cohen here.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE & EXPLORATION
Which nations have the fastest average Internet access? The answer might surprise you.
Would you like to know how scientists predict the impacts of global warming and how they model them? Check this out, then. This is a definite Northstar Recommends.
What do all of the blue-eyed people in the world have in common besides that? According to new research, we could all be related.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
Each of us, I suspect, handles stress in a slightly different way. Some people meditate. Some take prescription drugs. I clean house (and yeah, I’m a dude). And unfortunately, some of us who really shouldn’t, eat. Check out Tricks to Avoid Emotional Eating
Are you proud of your hair and want to keep it healthy? Try these 8 foods, then.
If you knew, God forbid, that your death was imminent? What would you like to do before the crossing comes? Duncan Penn discusses.RESOURCE LINKS: Center For Disease Control Disease FAQs Index Tips and Tools For Staying Young Weight Watchers: Calculate Your Body Mass Index
ON THE CANCER FRONTRESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
With the Eurozone’s unemployment rate at a record 10.9 percent, Neil MacDonald Examines Why Europe Is Broken.
FROM YOU GUYS
The good news is that after a trans-Pacific voyage, a semi-crated Harley Davidson motorcycle found landfall on a remote British Columbia, Canada beach. The even better news is that the owner of said vehicle has been found. Yep, for more, go here. And our thanks to Serena and David in Nanaimo for this one.
Yet another study seems to confirm that if human beings do not reach a happy median with material lifestyle expectations, sooner than later, the haves and the have nots will definitely have one profound thing in common. Neither of them will be here. Yep, for more, go here. And our thanks to Diane and Carin in Queens, for catching this one for us.
BEST NET VIDEOES THIS WEEK
TAKE A BREAK ON NORTHSTAR
Animal Tracks is msnbc.com’s Critter Stuff. They feature stories of every facet of the creature kingdom from the domestic to the primordial. This is a great stress buster for me and a profound pick-me-up if I’m having a “poor me” day.
Daily Crossword: This one from Universal has two levels. It is extremely easy to use and it has some features like music and clues that we thought were pretty cool.
Foundation For A Better Life produces 15 – 90 second inspirational videos equaling ~ if not surpassing ~ the video vignettes produced by Hallmark, Folgers Coffee and Campbell Soup. Three I’d recommend right off the top are Concert, The Class Room and Spirit of America.
National Geographic Kids Page: If you enjoy learning about the places, people and things which make life on this planet such a unique experience?
National Geographic Video Page is the diversion the doctor ordered If you’re looking for a video experience that will definitely take you out of wherever you are and you don’t mind your reality coming at you in relatively short bursts (about long enough to keep a fussing child occupied).
Tank Hunter – This puts you behind the controls of a tank on a vast battlefield in which everything from small tanks to big ones to invisible ones is shooting at you. Definitely the best game play of its type I have personally encountered.
Word Games: Merriam Webster has a totally creative menu, including a daily vocabulary quiz where you can see how you rank with people your age, younger and older.
It is well-documented that I am not a fan of sharks. In the days when I still skindove, I was coming out of a grotto and encountered a Devonian about as big as I was coming in. I zoomed out with the speed of a Mark IV torpedo, hit the surface and proved that our beloved Jesus was not the only person in history ever to have walked on water. I did the 100 yard surf dash and didn’t stop until I got to some small town in Arizona. So I envy people who can do this stuff with sharks.
Ever dream of a home where the buffalo roam? Move to Montana. The bison are back.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
We meant to bring this one to you when it first broke but some other even stupider things came to our attention first. This is about a Taliban “commander” who, after learning there was a $100.00 (that’s right, one hundred dollars) reward for his capture, turned himself in. That was weird. What I thought was even stranger? Before they took him into custody? They PAID this guy the reward. Yep, here’s where we got this one.
Well, that’s about it for this week. As a final word, The Northstar Journal is supported by contributions from readers like yourselves so if you enjoyed what you read here and would like to toss a dollar or two in the pot, as it were, please go here.
Take care, stay well and God Bless.