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Sunday, April 13, 2014
ODE TO A SACRAMENTO VALLEY TRAGEDY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Our hearts go out to those impacted by that horrendous motor vehicle accident on Interstate Five in Northern California.
For those of you unfamiliar with the topography, I-5 is the major south – north highway on the American West Coast and links Mexico and Canada. The accident took place in the SacramentoValley near a farming community not far from the river which gives the valley its name.
I am very familiar with the setting and as a former newspaper reporter, I have covered tragedies almost as horrific as this one. Those involving kids are the most haunting and this one even more so because these adolescents were on their way in a bus to visit a college to which they had all been accepted.
It also involved fire and circumstances no one on that bus could have predicted. It s doubtful we will ever really know what caused the Federal Express truck and trailer traveling in the opposite direction to cross the grassy median and slam into those kids.
In a world raging and roaring with violence ~ where slaughter is like a bloody perpetual motion machine ~ there may be no rational reason for singling this particular tragedy out.
However, grief does not need justification. It only needs a reason. This is a good one.
IN OTHER NEWS
This will come as good news to millions. Breast Cancer Drug Shows ‘Groundbreaking’ Results
Which countries have the youngest and oldest first marriages? The answer just might surprise you. See where your country ranks.
MIDEAST PEACE TALKS
10 things you should never do at a road check: A Victoria cop’s naughty list. Some of these are so incredibly dumb they’re also hilarious.
With world economy on edge, Finance Minister Joe Oliver faces huge challenges at G20 meeting On the other hand, who better to handle it, eh?
This should make our beef a lot more attractive to the “green marketplace.” Canada phasing out antibiotic use in livestock
FROM THE UKRAINE: A DIALOGUE
Olya, a Ukrainian writer and marketing manager, shared with us in our April 6, 2014 edition, a brief account of what it is like to live in that country now. After we published it, she wrote to thank us. Editor’s Note: Olya does not object to her last name being used or her email address. Until things settle down there, the Northstar Journal is not publishing either.
Happy Friday, Mishka.
Your letter was touching. Must have been hard for you to first acknowledge that things are not like you perceived before. Having Russian roots hoping you don’t share world hysteria of Russians as for me quite strange thing. But maybe because of having many international friends and at the same time Russian connections all I see the people mostly the same and there is no need to fear each other and continue cold wars. Hoping somehow mentality it will change and Russians will stop perceive West as trying to destroy the nation itself (maybe you heard about Thatcher and Brzezinsky quotations that cannot stand for humanity). And hoping West stop consider Russians as uncontrolled barbarians. Maybe that is a mission of Ukraine – to associate West and East- to find compromise accepting to all. To find ways how to show the Western world view to Russians and how to show the worldview of Russians to the Europeans and Americans. Of course there have been lots of mistakes and bad examples of failed friendship in the past but there is always second chance- it’s only be possible if grounded on sincere actions, trust and human values first of all. If the world is ready for this…
Happy Friday, Olya:
Thank you very much for such an eloquent response. No, it was not hard at all for me to acknowledge that things are not like I perceived before. I am a journalist and I do not assume or presume. I discover. And while I respect my European roots (Russian and Irish), I am North American and I too consider myself a member of the International Community. I believe in a world with flags but not borders. I agree that it is time that nations stopped quarreling and it is long past time for all of us to see one another as who we are and not as history has portrayed us or as the media casts us today. I believe the Ukraine could provide this opportunity. I think the world is watching to see if democracy and self-determination are more important than influence. I pray that it is. Mishka
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. Beautiful day out there
Felina: Good morning to you, mate of my three lifetimes. It is indeed a beautiful day. The sky is blue like the high mountain lakes and there is still snow on the higher peaks.
Sam: And the air is so clear we could see Russia and China in one direction.
Felina: And the rest of Canada and France in the other, quite so.
Sam: If we were inclined to look in those directions instead of south to the Land of Eternal Contradictions.
Felina: This is their Rite of Spring and I find it absolutely charming that they should call it Earth Day.
Sam: Earth is easier to pronounce than Gaia, who is also female and offensive yet to so many of them.
Felina: On Earth Day, the ones who come up here to celebrate remind me of what my mother and father told me about the earliest of them.
Sam: Way back when they first started walking on two legs and before their arms shrank so their knuckles would not drag the ground, yep.
Felina: They were apparently much more a part of the natural order than the one they have created and tried to impose. Mother told me that they spoke one language as different from ours as ours is from theirs, but which all understood.
Sam: The humans call that “telepathy,” Felina.
Felina: Telepathy, quite so. Thank you. And arpothetic.
Sam: They could feel the joy and sadness of the rest of us, yep. Very empathetic, sounds like.
Felina: They could speak to the Wind and sometimes the Wind listened.
Sam: Ultra—empathetic, yep.
Felina: They walked with the wallaby and boxed with the kangaroo.
Sam: And roamed with the bison and knew the color of every bird’s eggs.
Felina: They took only what they needed and when they died, they returned it.
Felina: Then you do understand why I so love watching them down in the meadow, dancing and singing and celebrating their one-ness with Gaia and the life She provides?
Sam: Baby, I am definitely down with it.
Felina: Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?
Sam: Felina, I think it is fantastic that they celebrate and I love it that you enjoy watching them.
Felina: Thank you, Dear. That is what I thought you said the first time.
Sam: If it wasn’t, it should have been.
Felina: Your gracious apology is accepted, my rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: Cool, whew and thank you, Lass. So on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Earth Day. 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.
Cinderella rode to the ball in a pumpkin so this works for me. This beautiful tiny house looks like an orange and was built for less than $9,000
This is yet another reason for admiring this elected official. Vancouver Mayor: “End whale and dolphin captivity”
This is what it’s all about. Dear Tooth Fairy: B.C. principal writes a happy ending for little girl who lost her tooth — twice
Why does this not surprise us? Sigh. Mayor ‘belligerent’ at Air Canada Centre (again)
The karmic payback for this one is going to be monumental. Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods
I’m beginning to wonder if there is a city in America where this is not going on to some degree. The List of Shame seems to be growing longer all the time. Justice Dept. Accuses Albuquerque Police of Excessive Force
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
For some reason, this kind of freaked me out a little. Scientists grow noses, ears and other body parts in laboratory
This one did too, but for a different reason. I appreciate automation as an extension of the species. I get really nervous when I think we might be giving them sentience. We are not the most stable creatures on the planet and if we transfer our neuroses to “beings” made of steel and re-entry proof polymers, we better have a whole new field of psychology to deal with them. And when I read about a robot with ‘soul,” I think that tomorrow is here.
I found this kind of ironic. EVs are getting fake engine sounds, because they’re so quiet it’s dangerous
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang, how much do you know about earth?
Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.
THE GREEN AGENDA
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
Ingredient of the week: Eggs — This week’s collection of recipes includes Croque Madame Muffins, Green Tarts and more
Parenting the Non-Girlie Girl — Girls who dress as pirates for Halloween are spunky. Girls who dress as Darth Vader make people uncomfortable.
BEST OF THE NET
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
I can tell you from personal experience that the more scientists learn, the smarter this particular bird will appear. Like an expanding galaxy, there literally are no limits to their intelligence. Video: ScienceTake: Those Clever Crows
Even for where I live, this is weird. Alligator evicted from Ocean Shores apartment
This is certainly good news. ‘Threatened’ Steelhead trout filling Hood Canal River in Washington State.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
For some reason, this freaked me out a little. Robots Teach Robots to Beat Them at Pac-Man
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty