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Sunday, January 19, 2014
2007 – 2014
IN MEMORY OF A LION KING
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. We’d like to start this edition by remembering the life and times of American cleric, civil rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My first memories of Dr. King were in front of a black and white television set, watching on the Six O’Clock News as police loosed dogs on him and the civil rights marchers he was leading.
I recall my father cheering and saying that they deserved that and much more. You can’t imagine how relieved I was to learn, after my mother died, that I was adopted. And how grateful I was for the good sense not to buy into that nonsense but to wait until I was old enough to punch back before I started debating the equality issue with him.
My point is that bigotry is not genetic. It is a learned behavior and it is basically defined as the belief that there is one perfect race or ethnic group and if you don’t belong to that one, you are inferior and deserve to be kept in your place.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that we are all children of the same family. In the pantheon of human emancipation, he was not the first to contend this, nor was he the first to be executed for it.
How many more martyrs will it take until every human being on this planet is free? I don’t think even God knows that.
But then it’s not up to God, is it? It’s up to us.
Have a great week, gang.
IN OTHER NEWS
We don’t usually do this but the House of Northstar has contracted a mild case of “Oscar fever” so we’re going to make three predictions:
Best Actor – Bruce Dern
Best Actress – Meryl Streep
Best Picture – Nebraska
Hollywood occasionally succumbs to sentimentality. Bruce Dern’s Oscar would essentially represent a lifetime achievement award for a film career which included killing John Wayne in “The Cowboys”.
Meryl Streep is to America what Dame Judith Dench is to the UK and Europe. Ms Streep’s Oscar, we sense, will reflect the profound admiration of her peers.
Nebraska is an “American Heartland” and “Father and Son Redemption” film. These are very popular when Americans are disillusioned with their government and need to be reminded of its roots.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
This could only happen under this flag. Blame it on the beavers: coal train derailed in Burnaby after heavy rain bursts dam See also Heavy rain led to CP train derailment in Burnaby (updated with video)
I refuse to believe this cannot be dealt with. Life and debt in B.C.: Many young people are thinking of fleeing the province to get out of hock
The discovered recently of a 400 year old English coin buried in clay along the coast of Vancouver Island lends additional weight to the contention that Sir Francis Drake actually sailed these waters two centuries before Captain James Cook or Spanish explorers. Yes, for more, please go here.
Felina: Samuel, it is late and I have missed you. Is everything okay, mate of my three lifetimes?
Sam: I’m fine, Sweetheart. I’m just looking south at the stars and remembering some.
Felina: It is a beautiful night, mate mine. And so many stars. Even the fallen ones have a beauty all their own, do they not, my love?
Sam: Aye, Lass. They do.
Felina: Tomorrow, “South” celebrates the life of one of those human celestial bodies, does it not? The one they call “King”.
Sam: Yes, Felina.
Felina: A “panther” who cared about lions of all colours.
Sam: Yep, pretty much.
Felina: And for that, he was persecuted, executed and became a martyr whose personal example will resonate and which continues to empower today.
Sam: That’s pretty much the way of it. While panthers continue to slaughter one another in Africa and lions of other hues cannibalize one enough over much of the planetary landmass.
Felina: Perhaps we should be grateful that true lions are not human?
Sam: And that not all stars fall from the sky? Yes, Sweetheart.
Felina: And on that note, then, oh sun and moon of my life?
Sam: On that note, gentle readers, Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Felina: And until next week, may the wind be always at your back. And may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
There is a power and majesty to a good example that transcends all demographics. What this woman is doing where she lives should resonate profoundly.
Every single individual who had anything to do with this is probably headed for a real cool harp in the Hereafter. Program to End Homelessness Among Veterans Hits Milestone in Arizona
We thought this was so cool. Portland, Oregon’s Food Truck Heaven: How a New Kind of Fast Food Brings Jobs, Flavor, and Walkability
This needs to be stopped before it even gets started. U.S. Navy Training Exercises Will Kill Hundreds of Marine Mammals
The karmic payback for this could very well send these dudes into exile on a distant planet. Nigerian president signs law banning gay marriage, groups, meetings; up to 14 years in jail
This needs to change. It is not only a provincial embarrassment, it is a national disgrace. B.C. has highest child poverty rate in Canada
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Here’s something that should give the green automobile industry a boost. An electric race car has made its debut on a race track on the Las Vegas strip
There is an old legend in my gene pool which suggests that a form of totally aquatic human being has also evolved. So I found this very interesting. Ancient fossil shows evolution of fins to feet on Ellesmere Island
HERE ON EARTH
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family?
THE GREEN AGENDA
As just a reminder, frostbite can do more than nip at fingers, toes and nose
Since we like these, this is good news. Study Shows Pomegranate Reduces Cholesterol And Prevents Heart Disease
We can ALL learn a lot from this, I suspect. Infographic: 13 Ways Europe Does Food Safer, Cleaner, and Kinder
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
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 which 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.
Well, by the time we come out on Sunday after church, the world’s biggest earth boring machine will have been down at the bottom of its own 60-foot tunnel for 44 days. However, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is on the case. They’re preparing to send workers down to take a look. First, they’re sealing Bertha off. Then they’re pumping air into the seal to create a bubble. Then they’ll be sending crews down in three shifts of four hours each. Once they get the blades cleaned off, they will be in a better position to decide how to get Bertha either going again or back to the surface for another attempt. Let’s hope it does not monsoon too much. If the ground water level rises enough, Bertha could also be at the bottom of a new underground lake.
If you’re thinking of heading out to Whistler or into the Canadian Rockies to hit the slopes ~ as so many of us “born to ski”-ers from the shores of the Salish Sea are prone to do ~ you might want to re-think your destination. An unusually heavy winter snowfall has heightened the avalanche risk across the province of British Columbia.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
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
Wolverines have been spotted for the first time on an island off the coast of British Columbia in an adaptation that also has them eating salmon for the first time. Yep, for more, please go here.
Our resident Canadian cougar is going to love this. A mama mountain lion and her two cubs were spotted out for a stroll along British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.
We’re sure glad this had a happy ending. A lost croc was found in Cardwell. Our thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
A FINAL WORD
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