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Volume 5, No. 23
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As most of you know, this publication does not make a habit of covering politics in America, Canada or any of the other flags we reach. First, we don’t have the person power to do it well. Second, other publications do it much better than we could even if we did have a larger staff. Third, if there’s one thing sure to alienate and polarize an international readership, it is to suggest that one candidate or political party has all the answers and to assume an advocacy position in these regards.
But we’ve been getting a great deal of mail around this subject so with your indulgence, I’d like to make a couple of things real clear.
We’ve never seen an American president or Canadian prime minister the country could not survive. We have never seen a political party or faction that set out to destroy a nation. In a democracy or a democratic republic, it is the consensus builders who seem to accomplish the most.
We’ve also learned that ridiculing an individual, party or position is not the way to win the hearts and minds of the constituency. When I worked for the Yamhill County, Oregon Board of Commissioners as their public information officer, I was asked to put together a campaign for a road improvement levy.
Then, like now, money was scarce. But that winter, we’d seen a family home destroyed by fire and a beloved matriarch killed because emergency services could not reach the structure in time. Bad roads were cited as the cause.
So what we did was simply present to the constituency the basic facts of what the proposed levy would cover, what it would cost and how it was to be amortized over several years. We further broke it down into what it would cost each citizen ~ man, woman and child ~ in the county.
We set up a pie chart and graph in the lobby of the County Courthouse, issued three press releases to the McMinnville News-Register, the Salem Statesman-Journal and the Portland Oregonian. And that’s all we did.
Simplistic? Perhaps. Successful? Imminently. We trusted you folks, the voters, to make up your own mind in these regards and for the first time in 75 years, Yamhill Countypassed a road improvement levy.
History suggests that human beings get the kind of government they’re willing to pay for and that they really want. They cannot ~ in the long run ~ be bullied, flim-flammed or coerced into accepting something they do not feel is in their best interests.
So thank you for the mail but no, The Northstar Journal does not intend to engage. American coins bear the motto “In God We Trust.” With no disrespect to the Almighty, we place our trust in you.
IN OTHER NEWS
One thing we’re learning about climate change is that it does not impact uniformly. To see what individual states in Americacan expect in the years to come, please go here. See also: Climate Change Will Boost Wildfires Across North America and Human-Induced Ocean Warming Study Addresses The ‘Dominant Role’ Of People
Which nations among the G20 are best and worst for women? The results might surprise you.
Our congratulations to China for a successful launch of their Long March Rocket yesterday, Saturday, June 16. Welcome to the Space Age, guys, and nice going.
In honor of Father’s Day, we thought you’d like to learn about six inventors who worked with their own children.
Two weeks ago, we shared the economic rankings of some 366 metropolitan and 576 micropolitan areas in the United States. Here is a list of 11 states with the strongest economies and why they were ranked that way.
During World War II, in NAZI concentration camps, the place where inmates sorted out the possessions of those gassed and at great personal peril diverted some to camp undergrounds, was called Canada House. At that to the 25 reasons why I think Canada rocks.
Canada’s already improving economy got another great boost earlier this month. Aerospace manufacturer Bombardier inked a contract with Warren Buffet’s private jet company, NetJets, Inc. for 275 Challenger business jets. The deal is apparently worth almost $10-billion. Nice going, guys.
The some 12,500 owners of Canadian built 2012 Honda Civics might want to start watching their mailboxes. The auto manufacturer wants to inspect each one of them for a potential problem with the left driveshaft. It apparently may not have been pressed into the CV assembly properly. Yep, for more on this one, please go here.
In order to further reduce greenhouse emissions, the California Department of Water Resources will, next year. stop purchasing electricity from a coal-fired electrical generating facility in Nevada. For more on this one, yep, go here.
Liu Yang this weekend became China’s first female astronaut and even as we “go to press,” she’s orbiting the planet. Wave to her as she passes over your village, town or city.
We were extremely gratified to learn that one of our personal heroines, Myanmar’s champion of democracy, Aung San Suii Kyi, is now making a European tour. This is the first time in 24 years she’s visited Europe and we understand she’s getting a tremendous reception.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE & EXPLORATION
I have very ambiguous feelings about genetic engineering because I don’t think we know nearly enough about inter-species reactions and the role even malevolent creatures play in the planetary web of life. So it will be very interesting to see what happens now that scientists at the University of California Irvine have created a mosquito which could stop those insects from spreading malaria.
A popular American insurance commercial uses the phrase, “so simple even a cave man could do it.” Apparently when it comes to the arts, they were so engaged far earlier than previously thought and that 45,000 years ago, there were Rembrandts, Picassos, Matisses and Van Goghs among both Neanderthals and Cro Magnons. I found this New York Times article absolutely fascinating.
One of the things we find absolutely fascinating is the history of technology. It provides an appreciation for how far we’ve come and suggests what might be possible as we evolve. Therefore, we’re delighted to share with you Huff Post Science’s This Week in Science History.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
Here’s one that ought to shatter another stereotype. Recent research reveals that women actually use more technology than men.
There is probably not a person on the planet who, at one time or another, does not enjoy snacking. Here are five tips for healthy snacks that won’t add extra inches to the waistline.
Here’s another reason to walk at least a half hour a day, guys. It helps prevent erectile dysfunction.
Short Takes:Center For Disease Control Disease FAQs Index Tips and Tools For Staying Young Weight Watchers: Calculate Your Body Mass Index
ON THE CANCER FRONT
This is not going to come as real good news to the truck drivers among you but it’s probably best shared nonetheless. The World Health Organization has determined that diesel fumes pose a greater cancer risk than second-hand nicotine smoke.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
One of the ways we sample public opinion on a variety of subjects is by dropping in on Internet chatrooms and watching the interaction. We have noticed lately that there seems to be an increasing fear of growing older, despite advances in medical science and the proliferation of life-sustaining health information. We were, therefore, amazed, delighted and inspired to learn that American actor Kirk Douglas, 95, has just published another book and is also a blogger. If you’re looking for inspiration in these regards, we invite you to read Mr. Douglas’ latest posting, We Are Spartacus.
BEST NET VIDEOS 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.
We should probably preface this with a small warning. If you are bat-phobic, you probably will not want to see this video of one of these creatures whose tongue is longer than its body. For those of you, however, who live for weird, this is a trip.
Millions of years ago, when Earth was richer in oxygen than it is now, life was on a much grander scale. There were flying insects as large as hawks and fleas the size of giant cockroaches. What happened to them? The answer just might surprise you.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Well, that’s about it for this week. As a final word, The Northstar Journal is one hundred percent supported by readers like you. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute ~ however modestly ~ to the next, please go here and with our thanks.
Take care, stay well and God Bless.
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