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Sunday, November 30, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
And in Dedication to
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s been an interesting week here in the Puget Sound. We had our first snowstorm of the season and considering the Ice Age Cometh Again weather other parts of America have been experiencing, I almost hate to mention it.
As wimpy as it was, it was definitely a harbinger (when’s the last time you heard that word, eh?) of things to come. In anticipation of the rising heating costs, the rent’s going up and I’m looking for modest lodgings elsewhere by the end of the month.
Moving is never fun but one advantage to living minimally is that there really isn’t a lot of packing to do. I also realized, long ago, that about the only creature in this world who doesn’t face the prospect at one time or another is the turtle. That’s probably why they live so long. I cannot imagine losing a house one has called home for a long time. Most of my memories fit in a back pack.
I am also aware that as inconvenient as this is, this transition is not orchestrated by gunfire or sirens. As anxious as this experience can be, it is short term. I do not live in fear, or in a cage or a prison cell. Although I lost practically everything in the Recession of 2007, I’ve got a government check coming now and some of the other amenities designed to help the income-challenged. I’ve got the tools and the resources to handle something like this where so many people do not.
I also firmly believe that things like this happen for a reason. The struggle for survival seems to either debase or ennoble people. What it has done for me is to make me more spiritual and to accept that there are forces at play that we are not meant to understand with intellectually. Faith is how we come to sense and understand. That’s how I know that there are people out there waiting to welcome me to my new home.
It’ll happen so don’t worry about me. If you want to drop a quarter in the sugar can, please go here. Cougars Corner will also be on hiatus for the holiday season. But they’ll be back with the New Year.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Despite appearances to the contrary, the quality of life is actually improving on the planet. That and other life affirming information is included in these 26 charts and maps to be thankful for
As saddened as I am to hear this, I still ask myself if irresponsible parenting was not ultimately responsible for this tragedy. When someone pulls a weapon on you, you don’t have time to see if it was made by Glock or Mattel. US police kill boy over replica gun
When these folks have their act together, they are a shadow short of awesome. F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This is one of the reasons I like these people. RCMP help tend sacred fire
Nice going, lad. Vancouver law student named Canada’s Smartest Person
This is one of the reasons I voted for Governor Jay. Inslee: WA will act on oil trains
I hope this example in particular is emulated. Program Helps Landlords Rent To Homeless
This individual rocks. 74-year-old woman arrested for opposing Kinder Morgan
This, obviously, needs to stop. U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Child Trafficking
The fact that this is happening in Canada particularly browns me off. Second man accused in Halifax child porn case pleads guilty
When the erratic behavior of a spouse can force the retirement of an innocent and outstanding public servant, the value system implicit really needs to be re-examined. Manitoba judge in nude photos scandal agrees to retire
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
We need to be aware of this. ‘Sophisticated’ Regin spyware found
He too wants to go where no one has gone before. Diving into the dark abyss
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
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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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
It is about time these little dudes (and dude-ettes) got a break in the media. The truth about lemmings
Cat lover alert: Our Cats, Ourselves
This is good to know. Before this, to me, all koalas looked alike. Individual Koalas Can Be Told Apart By Their Noses »
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