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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Volume 6, No. 45
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. We’re glad to see that the world community is responding. It is at times like this when our species almost seems to justify its reason for being.
We also extend our condolences to American President Obama in what has to be his most embarrassing hour. He championed a national care act with the dedication of an expectant mother. But instead of giving birth to a beautiful child, he created something closer to Dr. Frankenstein’s humanoid in Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel.
We wish America a Happy Thanksgiving. Being bi-national, I celebrate in October (Canada) and November both. It is usually a time of counting blessings and probably will be again.
But not for awhile. When the leadership of a nation goes as totally flipping nuts as the one under the Stars and Stripes did, it takes a while to be grateful for more than just still having a roof and three squares. And being horrified by the number of Americans still losing both.
Sometimes I think the problems with which we contend with global warming are far more preferable to those we ~ as citizens just trying to get along ~ face with a government more interested in self-perpetuation than service to the constituency; and a commercial sector more interested in profit than in the welfare of its customers.
As we sit down tonight for a traditional repast, there are millions of turkeys in mourning. Lord forgive me. I think the wrong birds are wearing black.
IN OTHER NEWS
As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s nice to know that the cost of the dinner has actually gone down since last year.
Well, this has been some while in coming. Denial dries up: Americans finally seeing the light on climate change
What’s the most traffic congested country in the world? The answer just might surprise you.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
WAR ON TERROR
Among the first members of the International Community to respond to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, Canada sends in more help
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Sam: Good morning, oh sun and moon of my life. Nice view, even this early in the day.
Felina: They are so beautiful at first light, Samuel.
Sam: Them shaggy giants with the snow on the roof.
Felina: Those majestic peaks rising almost to the the skirts of the Hereafter; cold yet not unfriendly; distant but not far away and mysterious only to those who have neither the time nor the desire to come to know them.
Sam: I so love it when you talk like that, Felina.
Felina: It inspires you, does it, my darling?
Sam: Quite frankly, Scarlett, it makes me glad I’m a mountain lion, a male mountain lion.
Felina: Oh mate of three lifetimes, you are definitely a mountain lion and most profoundly male.
Sam: Which is a good thing.
Felina: For the most part, yes. But ask any female of any species. If our roles were reversed and it was up to the male to give birth, the planet would be lifeless.
Sam: But still like those big buddies of yours out here, one of the blessings you count each year.
Felina: Yes, Samuel.
Sam: Sometimes, one does not need to look far from the mouth of the cave to find the real harvest of the season.
Felina: My love, you make me smile.
Sam: Thank you, Sweetheart. I have to admit, sometimes I amaze even me. That was so profound it was almost Zen-like.
Felina: Truly. And if you were not also such a rogue at heart, I would almost believe you meant it. But sometimes, my darling, you are sooo full of it.
Sam: This is also true, love of my life. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note then, Happy Thanksgiving, America. And to all of our gentle readers, wherever you are tonight, may the Creator bless and keep you safe in the palm of Her paw. Until next week then, eh?
In Russia, if you do 30 squats, you can ride the subway for free. I tried that with Metro here in Seattle and while the bus driver was amused, I still had to cough up $2.25 for the ride. Yep, after doing the flipping squats. Sigh.
If effort is its own reward, this individual is leaving us all far richer for her service. Obama’s departed climate chief pushed him toward action
My state prides itself ~ and for the most part justifiably ~ on its quality of life priorities. We are, after all the Evergreen State. Sometimes in our haste to provide for ourselves we lose sight of who we’re really doing this for in this first place. Then, we correct for course, as we need to do in this case. Officials in Olympia, D.C. ducked opportunities to protect students from traffic pollution
There’s an eight year old Chinese boy dying of cancer in Beijing. Rather than face the actual case of it ~ air pollution ~ local health officials are suggesting the lad smoked too much.
This is not good news. Walmart’s carbon emissions soar despite all that green talk
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
If you love technology but are not checking out No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News, (BLOGS WE FOLLOW) you’re really missing an incredible experience. Here’s a good example. Not only is it incredibly informing, the visuals are absolutely stunning. Check out 10 Tel Aviv Apps, Startups And Alternative Vehicles That Will Make Traveling So Much Easier!
Having fought three forest fires, this is good news. New Technology Enables Wildfire Forecasting
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NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Thanksgiving?
THE GREEN AGENDA
Well, it’s not like we didn’t know this but it never hurts to have additional proof that exercise is good for your brain
Afraid of needles? New Hebrew University Invention May Make That A Thing Of The Past
Here’s a question more than one parent might want to ask themselves. Could walking to school reduce childhood obesity?
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SEATTLE NAMED SMARTEST CITY IN NORTH AMERICA
According to the business magazine Fast Company, Seattle is the most intelligent metropolis on its continent. The “EmeraldCity” was third last year. Here are the other top nine:
Boston/San Francisco (tie)
Nice going to all concerned and for more on this one, yep, please go here.SEATTLE FACTS & FIGURES MAP OF SEATTLE 10-DAY WEATHER FORECAST SEATTLE CITY CAMS KOMO 4 NEWS (ABC) KIRO 7 (CBS) KING 5 NEWS (NBC) SEATTLE TIMES THE TODAY FILE: “THE LATEST NEWS FROM SEATTLE & AROUND THE NORTHWEST” EARTHQUAKE WATCH WHAT’S GOING ON IN SEATTLE? SEATTLE RESTAURANT GUIDE
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.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This Week in Animals Vs. People — A YouTube video uploaded by photographer Vince Camiolo on Tuesday proves that some animals just don’t like their pictures taken. In Tennessee’s Great Smoky
FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Here’s the November Great Backyard Bird Count newsletter. For those new to us, this is an avian conservation project undertaken by Cornell, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. The Northstar Journal participates personally in this programme.
The World Wildlife Fund’s winter quarterly magazine is now available and it is awesome. If you love animals, you will totally enjoy this. It is also a great way for adults and kids to spend time together. This comes with a five star endorsement and this is the second time in six years, we’ve awarded that rating. Yep, go here.
The World Wildlife Fund’s November newsletter is now available. Highlights include an update on the war against ivory poachers; a chance to help the polar bears; and the WWF’s monthly caption some totally cute wildlife photos contest. There are a lot of outstanding organizations out there doing good works for wildlife. This just happens to be my personal fav and yep, the panda got to me.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
I totally cannot believe this one REI has found a way to capitalize on the fear some people have of ~ get this ~ zombies. They’re giving classes in what to do in case of an invasion by the walking dead. And, of course, they’re selling a Zombie Survival Kit consisting of all ~ you guessed it ~ REI products. Just about the time I’m half-convinced the world and our species cannot possibly get any weirder…sigh.
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