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Sunday, January 12, 2014
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s been another of those “interesting weeks” about which we occasionally write. I’d like to start off this edition by wishing America’s First Lady a Happy 50th Birthday. Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964 in Chicago, where she was raised. (Two other First Ladies were born and raised in that city, Betty Ford and Hillary Clinton.) We searched several biographies to come up with one that would present the background and achievements of this exceptional American in an easy to read format. We thank people.com in these regards and direct you their most excellent biography of America’s preeminent.
We would also like to applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. for taking a proactive stance on Utah’s gay marriages. He said last week that regardless of what their governor says, as far as the federal government is concerned, those folks are legally wed. So will any other same gender couple married in that state. Pragmatically, it means that same sex couples are eligible for all of the same federal benefits, etc., as heterosexual married folks. Gay Rights 1: Homophobia 0
We join our readers in Israel and the International Jewish community in mourning the passing, Saturday, January 11, of Ariel Sharon. He was 85. A leader in both war and peace, Reb Sharon led his young nation through some of its most perilous times. Daring, controversial and unforgiving in battle, to many of us, he epitomized those Jews who survived the Holocaust and vowed, “NEVER AGAIN.” For an outstanding and detailed obituary, please go here.
We are aware, as I imagine much of the Western World is by now, that a certain American governor is under fire now for an incident last year which tied up traffic in a major city adjacent. We will comment when there is something truly substantial to report.
Have a great week, gang.
IN OTHER NEWS
Snagging sexually explicit images and distributing them on the Net is now against the law in Canada. Ottawa has decided that enough is enough. We could not agree more.
We are definitely glad to read about this. Ireland Stirs Homegrown Flavor Into Tech Scene — Irish officials are using grants and tax breaks to help small start-ups find room among the Silicon Valley giants that employ thousands in Dublin.
At the moment, I cannot think of anything that can top this in the Extremely Poor Form Department. Japanese wrestling win compared to Pearl Harbor in Alberta newspaper
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
WAR ON TERROR
We are both glad and proud to see this. Minister within rights to halt funding to Arab group over apparent anti-Semitic leanings: judge
We really need to fix this. Wrongfully dead taxpayers a ‘systemic issue,’ says ombudsman
We’re glad to see this too. Health Canada urges doctors to inoculate patients against H1N1 flu virus
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. What are you and Arnie doing up so early?
Felina: Good morning to you too, Dear. And that is Arnold, oh mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: Yeah, him too. And what’s with the cake and candles?
Felina: We are getting ready to celebrate a milestone in the life of a very impressive human being.
Sam: Okay so this is like I guess until you get tired and tell me.
Felina: Yes, Samuel. It will be good intellectual exercise for you.
Sam: Yeah, right. Felina. Okay, Lass, the first clue would be?
Felina: She is an American president’s wife.
Sam: Living, I’m assuming.
Felina: Oh yes, she is very much alive.
Sam: And she is obviously someone you admire a great deal, so she would have to resemble you in some ways.
Felina: You remind me of that Sherlock Watson person in those Irish detective novels by that human writer Doyle Conan.
Sam: Sweetheart, we really need to research some of this a bit better. Or fire whoever we’re paying to edit the script.
Felina: Except that he is related to you on your father’s side.
Sam: Gotcha. So she’s a living First Lady who is some like you.
Felina: And she was born in this human place, Chicago. She grew up there very not rich and one of two offspring. But she worked hard, got good grades and went on to show them that even a tall not wealthy female human being could go to those big rock wall places with the ivy on them.
Sam: She went on to become an attorney and met her future husband at the law firm. She actually mentored him, if memory serves.
Felina: It serves you very well, my love. You make me smile.
Sam: That is always the most important thing, to keep smiling.
Felina: Quite so. And this First Lady person has a nice smile and a way, it would seem, with all creatures great and small.
Sam: It kind of makes you wonder why she isn’t the president, doesn’t it?
Felina: It does indeed.
Sam: So on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Happy Birthday, Madam Mrs. President Michelle Obama. And gentle readers, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator forever keep you safe in the palm of Her paw.
We certainly think this is a good idea. Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot
We thought this was cool because it’s possible. But we do not recommend trying it unless you’re as smart as this guy. During a storm, this guy powered his TV with his Prius
Never underestimate the ferocity of a mother of any species, including ours. How A Chicago Mom Liberated A Foreclosure And Got A Home For Her Four Kids
This dishonors everyone ~ living and dead ~ who has so served. Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud Over Disability
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
HERE ON EARTH
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Michelle Obama.
THE GREEN AGENDA
How is this for inspiration? Cancer Survivor Travels the World with ‘Anti-Bucket List’
Yep, here’s another skirmish in our war on obesity. Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities
How necessary is a good night’s sleep? Considering that’s when your brain “clears the cache,” as it were, a good night’s sleep is very necessary.
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
Lest We Forget: Final Scene From The Alamo (1960) Movie – 13 Days of Glory
Video: Female Pastors on the Rise
Video: Chicken Stew With Sweet Plantains
BEST OF THE NET
Video: Polar Chicago
Video: This Week’s Movies: Jan. 10, 2014
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney. Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.
BACK COUNTRY GALLERY: BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.
BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union. How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.
CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years. They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam. Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.
GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.
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.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me. The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.
THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound. They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment. Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.
SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement. They are very reflective of the mountains for whom they are named.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet. They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy. They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative. Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.
WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror. Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often. Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.
We don’t usually comment on buffalo stampedes, rock concerts or professional sports but exceptions are occasionally made. I essentially got bribed with the mother of all corned beef sandwiches into watching the Seattle Seahawks play the New Orleans Saints here in the Emerald City this past Saturday. I have to admit that I haven’t seen a contest like that since I was a kid. Even when the Saints were down at the half, they never gave up and my hunch is that if the game had gone on even one quarter longer, my neighbors and I would probably not be still celebrating. For more on the game, yep, go here.
So far this flu season, 11 people in our state have died, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The WSDH is urging everyone above the age of six months to get vaccinated. Please consult your health care provider and for more information, please go here.SEATTLE DIRECTORY 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
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Even the most profound of the cat lovers among us (raising left hand) should read this, particularly in light of recent weather events. Keeping Cats Safe and Warm in Winter.
Okay, this was weird. Video: ScienceTake: Fluorescing Fish
We found this a very timely reminder. Seriously, don’t feed the wildlife
Where Orcas Roam — A satellite tag attached to one endangered Puget Sound killer whale on Dec. 26 is yielding some valuable new information about the migration of orcas.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Most people think I am exaggerating when I refer to some Seattle rain as a monsoon or use that noun as a verb; i.e. “It is really monsooning in this city today.” I am not exaggerating, as this video of the wind and rain knocking down a very tall tree will attest. Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. Our thanks to KING5 News for this one.
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