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Sunday, April 27, 2014
ANOTHER VERY INTERESTING WEEK
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been another very interesting week, has it not, gang?
On the home front, the American state I live in had a visit from America’s chief executive. It was a great morale booster for the survivors of the mudslide in the small Cascade foothills community of Oso. Because of understandable time constraints, Mr. Obama was unable to visit with everyone who wanted to see him. However, consensus here seems to be that it was good he came. So on behalf of those of us here in “the other Washington,” Mr. President, thank you. Give our best to Michelle and the girls.
Our hearts go out, of course, to those impacted by the sinking of that Korean ferry. We are reserving in-depth comment until the investigation into this tragedy is finished. My hunch now is that the vessel was indeed overloaded. If that was the case, there’s not a great deal the captain and crew could have done as employees of the company which sold passage for passengers and freight in the first place. I hope all concerned continue to respect the difference between blame and responsibility.
It has been interesting watching how much attention that Nevada rancher is receiving. He has turned a simple use-permitting process into a media circus. It reminds me of something my infamous Uncle Seamus observed when he opined that it was often not the jackass which sang the sweetest which drew the biggest crowd, but the one who brayed the loudest. Here at Northstar ~ with occasional exceptions ~ we tend to ignore the dysfunctional rather than enable them.
We continue, as well, to pray for those of you and yours in both Russia and the Ukraine. The “politics” behind this are Byzantine, to say the least, and seem to be imprinted on the species in general. There has been neither a nation nor an empire in history whose “story” is not analogous. I think it is perhaps worth noting that long after the marble busts of leaders great and small have crumbled into dust, the people remain.
I believe there is a reason for this and I sincerely hope it remains so.
Well, this was not totally unexpected. Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year
Here’s something I doubt very many dairy farmers predicted. With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time
Thousands Stream To UN Base In South Sudan As Rebels Leave ‘Piles And Piles’ Of Bodies In Their Wake
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (N.A.T.O.)
U.S. President Barack Obama Calls For Peaceful Resolution To Dispute Over Islands Between Japan And China
MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS
WAR ON TERROR
Say good-bye to a Canadian who survived the American justice system. Former boxer and injustice fighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies in Toronto
We totally approve of this decision. Canada to phase out old rail tankers in 3 years in response to Quebec explosion that killed 47
Regardless of who wins, it’s still a good race. Canada outpaces US in phasing out oil train cars
FROM THE UKRAINE:
With our thanks to the Black Sea Agro Cooperative
The fundamental principle of the Eurasian Economic Union is a common market without exemptions and restrictions, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said following the meeting of the heads of government of the Customs Union member states in Moscow on 15 April.
Top on the agenda of the meeting was the draft Eurasian Economic Union Treaty. “We have made good progress on the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty today. The fundamental principle of the treaty is an absolutely common market without exemptions and restrictions. How and when it will happen has been discussed today. We have reached understanding on the majority of the matters,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.
“I do not see any insurmountable obstacles, although there are quite a number of sensitive positions that will be discussed in detail by the heads of state at the forthcoming meeting in Minsk on 29 April,” the Belarusian head of government said.
He emphasized that the Eurasian Economic Union should be able to ensure equal economic conditions and an equal competitive environment for its member states. According to the Belarusian Premier, the heads of government of the three member states agreed that the EEU Treaty and its supplements should mostly contain regulations that are subject to a direct effect, as well as fewer reference rules and no vaguely-worded regulations.
Besides, Mikhail Myasnikovich informed that during his meeting with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, the partners also discussed the Belarus-Russia cooperation. According to him, the conversation was sincere and the parties reached understanding on nearly all the matters.
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. Got any ideas for breakfast? My treat. Since it sort of looks like you and your buddy Arnie pulled an all-nighter? And pretty well wasted a gallon of popcorn together?
Felina: Good morning to you too, mate of my three lifetimes. Arnold says that lox and bagels with crème cheese would be absolutely delightful. (yawn) And I am reassured that you missed me.
Sam: Tell our talking television set I said “gotcha”. And yep, I did.
Felina: But apparently not enough to be jealous?
Sam: Felina, you knew when you met me I was a Cracker Jack wedding ring. If I’m going to get knocked out of the box by a talking TV set who happens to be your best buddy besides me, the Universe as we know it is a lot deeper in the Big Muddy than I am.
Felina: Oh, Samuel, that was absolutely stellar, my darling. And so incredibly true, my rapacious rapscallion. And I do apologise, Dear. But they are such a fascinating species.
Sam: Sweetheart, I think I know where this is headed. And no, it has not been a particularly good week for them.
Felina: Sometimes there are no words for the sadness.
Sam: At least none I’d use in front of your parents, nope.
Felina: I honestly do not know, sometimes, how they have survived so long and yet seemed to have learned so little.
Sam: It happens in the best of species, Felina. And even the Creator makes mistakes. Not every pie She puts in the oven comes out smelling like American apples.
Felina: Do you think human beings were a Divine Mistake, Samuel?
Sam: Felina, of all the mysteries and miracles in the universe that have landed in my lap, the only one I really know and understand is you. You are lethal in defense of the same living creatures who constantly break your heart. So as far as I’m concerned, if you love them that much, no, they are not a Divine Mistake.
Felina: Thank you, my love. I needed to hear that.
Sam: Sweetheart, with all due respect, I suspect you’re not the only one. So on that note, then, Lass?
Felina: Quite so, Dear. On that note, then, gentle readers, 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.
We totally applaud this. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Award $250,000 Grant to New PBS Series How We Got to Now
Here’s a filmmaker putting his career and his life on the line trying to stop the indiscriminate and illegal slaughter of birds on the island nation of Malta. His is an example worth emulating and he could certainly use our support.
When someone attempts to do something as fine and decent as this, better results should result. Fox Cable Exec Fired Over Flight MH370 Fund Raising
HNIC host Ron MacLean apologizes for French referee comments And you’re from what country with a prominent French-speaking minority again, Ron?
We totally agree with this. When your produce gets wasted, it’s really a cry for help
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This is reassuring. Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-sized explosions.
Conjuring Images of a Bionic Future This too.
This has to be a little humbling. Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang, how much do you know about cancer?
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
With the autism rate in the United States at 1 in 68, we highly recommend this. Know the Night: Author Maria Mutch explores the mysteries of autism
This needs to change. Infertility, Endured Through a Prism of Race
This is certainly an appropriate application of the technology involved. Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Here’s a chance for us to make a difference to a cousin from another species. Help Free Lolita.
In the three years we were a monthly and the seven we’ve been a weekly, you folks have sent me some cool stuff for this feature. This has to rank right up there at the top. Check out this eagle cam at Berry College.
Just in case you were wondering? Minke whales responsible for mysterious duck sound
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty