Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007Sunday, December 1, 2013 Volume 6, No. 49 Northstar Media Services Rusty Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
SABER RATTLING IN THE FAR WEST PACIFIC
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has certainly been an interesting week, has it not? Our congratulations to those who survived Black Friday here in America. As our resident cougars discuss in this edition, it is a rather quaint if not occasionally lethal custom.
And it has certainly been interesting in other parts of the world. We’ve got some muscle flexing going on in the far West Pacific. Three major powers are arguing about air space over islands claimed by Japan and ~ apparently by active proxy ~ the United States. China, for some reason, seems threatened by this.
As near as we can tell, it must be the air over there. North Korea’s scared the living daylights out of an American Korean War veteran who admitted to killing civilians during that conflict. Hello? This is war and there are no civilians anymore. As much as any nation should, North Korea knows this. Maybe when things reach that level of absurdity, it’s time to look for a deeper cause, like radiation from a certain Japanese nuclear energy facility.
I honestly cannot see anything dramatic happening from all this saber rattling but at a time when at least one national budget is strained to the max, the idea of sending some of the largest bombers in the world on a mission like this ~ even though it was scheduled in advance ~ seems to add fiscal stupidity to geopolitical insensitivity. Even a cursory study of history should suggest why that’s not good diplomatic mix.
For some reason, I’m reminded now of something someone named Anonymous once said.
“When it looks like the world is going to hell in a basket, it is time to switch baskets.”
Have a good week, all, and let’s hope it’s not quite as interesting as this one has been.
IN OTHER NEWS
This has got to come as good news. 2013 Hurricane Season Weakest Since 1982
In the wake of a federal monitor’s first report, the Seattle Police Department is once again in the headlines as two assistant chiefs were demoted and one voluntarily accepted a reduction in grade to captain. Like several other major cities in the United States, the SPD was the subject of an intensive Department of Justice investigation into inappropriate police practices and, in particular, racial profiling and excessive use of force.
If you’re an American reader or planning on visiting the States this month, this short, very entertaining winter forecast for the month is probably something you should watch.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
Bruce Molnia’s Repeat Photos of Alaska, and What He Says They Reveal About Our World
This is certainly good news, if it happens. Flaherty Predicts Balanced Budget In 14 Months, With Surpluses To Follow
Somebody really ought to get a good spanking before this is all over and done with. Ire in Canada Over Report N.S.A. Spied From Ottawa
Felina: Samuel, would you mind joining us in the den?
Sam: Sure, Sweetheart. Anything special you and Arnie have on your minds?
Felina: Arnold, Dear.
Sam: Yeah, him too.
Felina: And would you mind, so much, love of my three lives, bringing popcorn with you? A rather large bowl.
Sam: Yep, oh sun and moon of my elightened existence. I know you take yours with a pinch of sodium chloride. But I can’t remember how your one-eyed buddy takes his.
Felina: You make me smile, my love. You know Arnold does not eat popcorn.
Sam: Right. One Eskimo Pie coming up. For Arnold, the television set who does not eat popcorn.
Felina: Quite so and thank you, so much, my dearest.
Sam: Not a problem and — thanks to Norma the Nuker and Fred the Fridge – viola! And I am here too.
Felina: Isn’t progress simply grand, Samuel?
Sam: It is indeed, Felina. Now, to what do we owe the pleasure of my company, you and your Eskimo Pie-eating television set, there?
Felina: We have been watching this rather unsettling human ritual wherein they rise by starlight to stand in long lines in order to purchase things made from digging in the earth and cutting down big plants.
Sam: Ah, that pantheon to human greed and laissez faire commerce in future artifacts called “Black Friday”.
Felina: Rather. We were discussing the origin of the term. Arnold seems to think it has something to do with the time humans awake for it. I suspect it is the colour of their behaviour.
Sam: They do get a little rowdy, don’t they?
Felina: They are worse than humans after a South American football game. Another curious past time, this kicking and shoulder and head bumping an inflated pig’s stomach about a manicured pasture. However, I digress.
Sam: And you are so alluring when you do that, oh sun and moon of my life.
Felina: And you, Sir Mountain Lion, make a fair feline blush.
Sam: Which you have to admit, looks good on you.
Felina: It would look better on a St. Louis cardinal, I fear. However…
Sam: Gotcha. Felina, it is called “Black Friday” because all the businesses hope they finish on the side of the sheet which says it has been a good day for commerce in future artifacts.
Felina: If that side of the sheet is dark, how do they know it has been a good day or a bad day?
Sam: It’s in Braille, Felina.
Felina: Of course. And more creative than admitting that you do not know either.
Sam: One would hope, yep. Especially right now.
Felina: And as ludicrous at it is, it makes as much sense as any other aspect of this particular ritual.
Sam: Which is to say, probably not much, right, Sweetheart?
Felina: Which is to say, Samuel Alexander, this Black Friday sounds totally preposterous.
Sam: But not so out there, considering the species under discussion.
Felina: No, my love. They are, after all, only human.
Sam: Then on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator keep you safe in the palm of Her paw. Until next week then, eh?
Mark Twain once remarked that he knew someone most unusual, a lawyer who kept his hands in his own pockets. I think the imminent Mr. Clemmons might have revised his opinion had he seen this particular attorney in action. I fought the law and, actually, I won: How one lawyer helps protesters
We realize that the balance between humans and the rest of nature is difficult to maintain sometimes. Nonetheless when this first happened, it was totally unacceptable. We’re glad to see the Lady Justice apparently agrees. Wind energy company fined $1 million over bird deaths
As a former Northern Californian who lived not far from where this evolved, I am very proud to have once been from there. When neighbors tore down their fences
I don’t know about you guys, but I think this is totally out-flipping-rageous. These are the saddest school lunches we’ve ever seen
I found this somehow very ironic, considering the history of the United States of America and, in particular, South Carolina’s role in what is known to one side as the Civil War and by the other as the War Between the States. Slow Cleanup of Bomb Waste Pits South Carolina Against Washington
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Okay. This is extremely weird. Watch: Jellyfish-like Robot Flies
For some reason, this creeped me out a little too. When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face
HERE ON EARTH
THE GREEN AGENDA
Story of Stuff Project – With thanks to YES! magazine
The good folks at the Story of Stuff Project think we “use too much stuff, too much of it’s toxic, and we don’t share it very well.” They also believe we can change that. YES! recommends the Story of Stuff Project for its ingenious way of motivating people to build a more healthy and just planet. We are thrilled to share an exclusive preview exercise from Story of Stuff’s soon-to-be-released “Citizen Muscle Boot Camp.” You’ll also find a free download of the high school curriculum “Buy, Use, Toss?” as well as the recently released short film, Story of Solutions, and more. For more, please go here.
I’m sorry, but I cannot help wondering if this also works on bad hair days. And before anybody gets their dandruff up, yep, I have them. ‘Immunize’ Yourself Against Bad Moods? Scientists Say It’s Possible
We totally enjoyed this one because it applies to the most basic and necessary of all human relationships outside the blood line, friendship. How building a happy marriage can lead to healthier, longer life
In the interests of promoting healthy (and fun) meals, one of Seattle’s television stations is inviting its audience to send in their healthy recipes for stuff. I think it might be cool to see some of those recipes come from you folks in places like Australian, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Texas and the Ukraine. Yep, check it out here.
NOURISHMENT FOR BODY, MIND & SPIRITLeah Libow Wellness Coach, Nourishing Educator/Cook, Writer
I am always a bit surprised by two things this time of year – how quickly the light of Seattle turns to darkness and how, as soon as the light turns, the holidays are upon us!
As we continue to descend further into the darkness, I encourage you to truly feel and respond to that pull to rest and nourish yourselves. Sleep more, drink warming teas and begin reflect upon the love and whole-hearted effort you put into your life this year.
This week’s newsletter features my blog What is Wellness? – Giving Flowers to Your Minotaur(s) which reflects on how we can begin to practice bringing the heart to even the most difficult moments and situations in our lives.
I wish all of you a truly heartfelt week of giving thanks for all you have.
I am truly grateful for all of you out there working to make the world a more beautiful and loving place!
Thank you for joining me on the path of nourishment!
May you be nourished,
ON THE CANCER FRONTIn Loving Memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills “Short Stuff” 1962 – 2001
If you’re munching on French fries (potatoes fried at very high temperatures), you’re exposing yourself to cancer, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which has issued draft guidance for consumers and the food industry. For more on this, please go here.LINKS CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
BEST OF THE NET
BLOGS WE FOLLOW
GRITtv With Laura Flaunders is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post. I totally geek out when I read these folks.
SEATAC MINIMUM WAGE OF $15 PASSES BY 77 VOTES
SeaTac now has a minimum wage that is more than twice the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. For those unfamiliar with this community, it is south of Seattle on Interstate 5 and serves the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC). For more on this one, 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. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
It began with the lowly anchovy and now sea life has blossomed along the California coast.
And in a Sierra Nevada foothills California state park that was once a gold mining town of 10,000, life threatened by climate change is holding its own.
If only we were this compassionate with members of our own species. All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice.
FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCELiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
This has to be one of the dumbest things to come down the pike in some while. Despite Outlaw Image, Hells Angels Sue Often I met Sonny Barger when I was a kid and living with a cop and his family in California. This is just another expression of the contempt these gangs hold most of us in to begin with. You might also want to check this out while we’re on the subject. Video: Reporting on Motorcycle Clubs
A FINAL WORD
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