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Sunday, September 28, 2014
If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife? Olga Bereza
WHEN IN DOUBT, SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO KEEP SHOVELING
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, with all due respect to the news hounds among you, sometimes the more earth-shaking is left to those with bigger budgets and whose headlines we provide.
It is also nice ~ and sometimes necessary ~ to pull back and appreciate the geo-political ramifications of simpler, quieter and more peacefully cooperative interaction.
Like this past week with my neighbors here in North Seattle. One of us runs a green landscaping business out of here and acquired more gravel, rock and sand than necessary. The logistics of disposing of the surplus were a little on the staggering side and the cost, well, you know.
So we ran an ad on CraigsList and with Nextdoor, an interactive online bulletin board classified section.
We overestimated on a home yard project and now have free landscape construction materials to left over. It’s waiting for you out front. It includes sand, 5/8″ crushed minus rock, cobblestones, drain rock, and good quality fresh mulch. We’re at 11721 17th Avenue NE. Cruise on by and help yourself. Please note: plants are not included. Rusty
I made it a point to keep my office door open so I could hear people pulling up out front. I had the marvelous opportunity to interact with folks just like most of you. They loved that we essentially donated our mistake to other plant lovers. I enjoyed helping them shovel stuff into the back of their rigs and yep, turning them on to the magazine.
Sometimes, I think that in the search for information helpful to readers in 17 countries and a rainbow of cultures, it is easy to miss the best examples of what this publication is all about simply because they are out the front window. I am glad I did not do that this time.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
I think it is very important to understand this. How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?
This is definitely an interesting question. On a warmer planet, which cities will be safest?
We applaud this decision with both hands. Federal Court Restores Protection to Wyoming Wolves.
Someone’s going to make a movie out of this, I’ll just bet you. How Winnipeg lab became Ebola research powerhouse
Flip Side: Is it time to move on from Rob Ford? This is a trick question, right?
This works on sooo many levels. Vancouver Island fisherman rescues injured bald eagle, gets encounter on video
Sam: Good morning, Felina. Did the Stork visit after I went to bed last night?
Felina: Good morning, mate of my three life times. I fell asleep before I could ask Stanley to stay for breakfast.
Sam: Stanley the Stork came to visit last night even though you are not with cub? The same Stanley who parachutes human babies down chimneys and wears a Gerber’s R Us leather flight jacket when he’s not actually winging his way across the friendly skies of Gaia?
Felina: Yes, Dear, that Stanley the Stork. He now helps mothers all over the world with things they need but are sorely pressed to provide. He helps robinettes with extra crawly slimy things and brings moss blankets to polar bearettes at the North Pole.
Sam: Stanley sounds like a real prince, Sweetheart. Just one thing, though, if you’ve got a sec?
Felina: For you, my rapacious rapscallion, I have an eternity of “secs”.
Sam: That works on a couple of levels, Lass. The second one made the cave spin.
Felina: Indeed. It rather sent a torrent of tingles through me as well.
Sam: However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Will and Hilarity of Digression. And the Marc Mezvinsky of the Smooth Segue.
Sam: And I am guessing then that all this baby and cub stuff is going to a very special new arrival.
Felina: You are so sexy when we are on the same page, Samuel.
Sam: When inspired, Lass, and you do so inspire.
Felina: You are such a delight, my love. Yes, we are sending a Kid Care Package to little Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, daughter of Chelsea and grand-daughter of William and Hillary Clinton.
Sam: Truly. From Rusty, Dennis, Shannon (in spirit), Olya, Amy and the rest of us here at the Northstar Journal, nice going, folks. She is a beautiful new addition to the creature kingdom. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And 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.
This is why I, a poor man, have no prejudice against rich folks. Rockefellers, Heirs To An Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels
There is a special place in Heaven reserved for these people. Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Begin to Step Forward
We are sorry to see him go. A Champion of Civil Rights, if Not of Civil Liberties, Just Like His Hero
This sure makes me want to holiday on the other side of the Pond. Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows
Here we go again. G.M. Recalls Impalas and Cadillacs Over Risk of Brake Fires
This is what happens when stupid wears a badge. Police Behavior in Ferguson Draws Attention of Justice Department
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I found this absolutely fascinating. Inside spaceships of the future
And closer to home, B.C. underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation
This is a little beyond our budget for now but we suspect that as they prove themselves internationally, the price will go down. An e-bike that breaks the chain
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
Check out these 15 Surefire Ways To Brighten Your Mood
Identifying signs of skin cancer could save your life or the live of someone you love.
Here is strong evidence that depression isn’t just ‘all in your head’
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
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
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Humour: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
These little dudes and dudettes still need our help. Are Bees Back Up on Their Knees?
Here’s another chance to die of cute. Watch 150 Tiny Sea Turtles Make Their First Run Into Ocean Waters
For some people, the best part of waking up is dolphins in their yard.
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty