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Sunday, July 6, 2014
FROM YOU GUYS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I hope it has been a good week for you and that our Canadian and American readers had a good First and Fourth respectively. We appreciated the Happy Independence Day wishes we received from a dear friend in the Ukraine. There was enough irony in it to mine for a millennium.
The emails and Instant Messages we receive from you folks are always gratifying and as real an experience as connecting over a handshake or a hug. For reasons as fundamental as a respect for your privacy, we don’t publish them very often. But sometimes we do talk about them and yep, this is one of those times.
To the several of you who wondered how we managed to slide past Canada Day and America’s Independence Day without significant comment, we realized that there are 13 other countries on our mailing list who also have an annual celebration of national birth. We’re an English language weekly magazine sited in North America but you guys are an international readership.
I also made a conscious decision some years ago not to over-celebrate those events orchestrated by “bombs bursting in air,” which is also why we’ve made so little mention of the anniversaries of great wars or history-turning battles. The simple fact is that I hate war as much as I love peace and for reasons not entirely philosophical.
When two of the young people in my life were serving in Operation Desert Storm, I was working at a major aircraft company on a military project. I cannot remember a single night when I did not pray and have nightmares nonetheless. My days were spent cringing every time the telephone rang and for days on end, I refused to look at my postal mail.
Millions of parents around the world have been going through this since the dawn of recorded history and I think it’s time it stopped. If there’s nothing this modest magazine can do to end this insane practice, the least we here at the Northstar Journal can do is stop enabling it. And that’s a decision we reaffirmed recently as a team.
And finally, I really do need to turn you onto something cool. I’m not a Smartphone type person but everybody I know is. A small Ukrainian online start up has invented an application which makes online shopping almost as easy as changing channels with the remote and as interactive as social media allows. Check it out here and let me know what you think.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Check out America’s most and least walkable cities. This is the source report in .pdf format.
Where are the hardest places in America to live? The answer just might surprise you.
It is very interesting to me watching the price of a human life fluctuate with the ebb and flow of the economy and corporate ineptitude. G.M. to Offer at Least $1 Million for Each Ignition Switch Death
Video: Hong Kong Challenges Beijing
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
WAR ON TERROR
I can think of few who deserve this more. Chris Hadfield named to Order of Canada, will release Canada Day song
This was a lot of fun this past Canada Day. Interactive quiz! How Canadian are you?
I thought this was interesting. Canadian Anti Spam Law Whips Up a Storm of Last-Minute Messages
Sam: Hi, Sweetheart, Happy Breakfast. What are you looking at on the Tablet?
Felina: Good morning, love of my three life times. The Lox Person just made a delivery. It is in Amana.
Sam: And if memory serves, our refrigerator loves smoked Chinook.
Felina: She actually prefers sockeye.
Sam: She’ll eat tuna in a pinch, Felina.
Felina: Quite so. The Lox Person billed our card for King salmon, however.
Sam: Good choice. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Wild Willy Rooster and the Calamity Jean of digression. And the Louise Lamour of the smooth segue.
Sam: Which brings us back to “do,” a deer, a female deer.
Felina: Delightful, Samuel. Darling, what are polls and why are they so important?
Sam: You mean like the ones that rate a national leader at any given point in time?
Felina: Yes, my love. There are so many and often they do not agree. Yet they all claim to represent the voice of the people.
Sam: Which might suggest that the people have many voices, not unlike the choirs in their places of worship.
Felina: If this is true, Harmony. thy name is Cacophony, Samuel.
Sam: Sometimes it just depends on who they talk to, Sweetheart.
Felina: And apparently what time of day, what day of the week, in what kind of weather and how their favourite professional sports team did most recently.
Sam: That would definitely be the cumulative voice of their species, when asked, yep.
Felina: I seem to recall something in their theological literature that mentions an attempt to build a stairway to where they believe the After Life begins. Apparently they did speak in one voice then.
Sam: Yep, but it was a very whiney, needy, “please love me despite the fact that I sleep with my neighbor’s wife, covet his cow and sass my parents” kind of voice.
Felina: So the Creator decided She didn’t want them up there until they acquired the resonance of puberty.
Sam: Yep. I figure that’s why She named it “the Hereafter” and not the “Here and Now.”
Felina: So these polls are pretty much babel?
Sam: If their President Obama didn’t think so, he’d probably have lemming’d off a cliff by now.
Felina: He does seem to understand something that eludes so many of his species.
Sam: Yep. The Hereafter is not a destination. It’s a dimension and you’re not going to be invited into it until you’re housebroken.
Felina: Which does not quite explain why all dogs go to Heaven. But it certainly would explain why all humans do not, at least on the first attempt.
Sam: Yep. The Hereafter’s not perfect but dogs are a lot easier to housebreak than humans.
Felina: And there are none of these poll things in the Hereafter either.
Sam: Nope, Sweetheart, there are not. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
We agree with this, totally. First Nations, First Dibs, Says Canada’s Supreme Court
Say what you want about her, we definitely admire her style. Merkel Heads to China to Keep Alive ‘Golden Decade’ of Deals
This is encouraging. As Numbers Grow, Single Women Emerge as Political Powerhouse
This person belongs in a jar of formaldehyde on a dusty shelf, sentient and aware of being totally and eternally alone. Broadcaster and entertainer Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault
If every Californian in the state is not profoundly ashamed of this, they should be. I only lived there for awhile and I am. The Town Where Immigrants Hit a Human Wall
I am glad my mother is not alive to see this. She would say that when one makes war on children, one becomes what one most adamantly protests. And that would have been saying it very nicely. Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Teenager Was Burned to Death After Abduction
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is good news. NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon
This guy sounds like just what NASA needs. Meet The Brazen Scientist Who’s Taking Over NASA’s High-Powered Climate Lab
This could just provide an important piece of one of the most puzzling mysteries in aviation history. 1937 photograph could help solve mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s disappearance
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
We agree with this in principle but please check with your health care provider to make sure it works for you. Going Vegetarian Can Cut Your Diet’s Carbon Footprint In Half
Are you a “workaholic,” or simply hard working? Yep, the answer just might surprise you.
Not only is it not that good for you, but apparently it really does not taste very good. Sorry, Ronald. If it’s any consolation, Burger King and Jack in the Box did not fare (pun intended) much better in this latest Consumer Report.
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
This is reassuring. Emperor penguins can relocate to beat global warming
HERE’S THE SEADOC SOCIETY’S JULY 2004 NEWSLETTER. Articles this time include:
This is another excellent edition by a group of scientists, office folks, and interns living on a small island in Washington’s SalishSea fka the Puget Sound.
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help one of America’s greatest symbols, the bison, re-establish itself on that nation’s northern plains. This is a petition from our good friends at the World Wildlife Fund. Please go here.
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty