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Sunday, December 14, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
And in Dedication to
WRATH OF THE WEATHER GODS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has certainly been an interesting week now, has it not? Whatever we North Americans did to anger the weather gods, on behalf of one four hundred millionth of them, I, Rusty Miller, apologize. To err is human, after all, and is not forgiveness also the province of gods?
In the house of Northstar, we got to experience about 15 hours of no access to the Internet. Our portion of the continental meteorological rampage slammed into us pretty good and knocked out power to 116,000 customers in the neighborhood just east of us. Our internet service provider (ISP) lost power as well and couldn’t restore our service until theirs was back on line.
In the face of what the rest of the continent experienced, we got off extremely easily. I have friends and the magazine has readers from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, California. I grew up in that state. Droughts and floods are not unfamiliar to me.
In an AOL chatroom I frequent as an online coffee house, I made the joke that this is what happens when 38-million people pray for rain at the same time. The Californians loved it. In retrospect, I don’t imagine they are thrilled with what has been going on since that ironic jest.
Within global and historical contexts, I am certain that our species will adapt to such dramatic weather. We are accepting both our responsibility for some of it and the realization that climatic shifts have been occurring regularly since the planet was born.
I realize this will not comfort those made homeless nor the millions whose lives are forever changed. For that, I am truly sorry. On the other hand, it is really tough to make war in such weather. Storms are the great levelers of human pretension. And far less discriminating than bullets. We will never master them. But by working together, we can survive them.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Insulting public servants has become an American pastime second only to the Superbowl. Here is why it is a really dumb hobby. How (Not) To Talk About Politicians Our thanks to Anna Fahey and the good folks at the Sightline Institute for this one.
And the war between the sexes rages on. Men Really Are Idiots: Study
I don’t think even Olya, my multi-lingual cousin, has the vocabulary to express my utter contempt for these people. If we are looking for the 21st Century roots of ISIS, we may very well have found them here. CIA Created And Lied About Torture Chambers After 9/11, U.S. Report Says
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This cannot bode well. Canadian Embassy in Cairo closed due to security concerns
I have a feeling this will not work out too well for this individual in the end. ‘Prepare your explosive devices’: Ottawa man urges attacks on Canada
This certainly makes me proud to have been Made in Canada. Montreal Student’s Facebook Message Helps Vermont Police Save Woman
Nice going, folks! Greek Parliament Approves First Balanced Budget in Decades
Go, our Bonny Prince. Prince Charles Joined By Naturalist And Dragon In Tackling Deforestation
We totally loved this. “Forgiveness Is Liberating”: Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation’s Racist Past
This, obviously, must change and not tomorrow. 43 per cent of Canadian women have been sexually harassed at work: survey
This culture certainly is having a hard time smelling the coffee. Woman Accuses Uber Driver in India of Rape
Let’s hope this works for them. If it doesn’t, the next wave of riots will make those of the recent past seem like a romp in the park in comparison. Police Face a Long and Complex Task to Mend Distrust Deepened by Killings
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Now this seems to me to be a totally appropriate way to “employ” progress. How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality
This is probably good to know. Where You Can And Can’t Fly A Drone
It is gratifying to me that our species is capable of accomplishments this totally cool. Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs Listed
28 Months on Mars
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
Latest news, features and maps as West Africa battles world’s worst outbreak of killer disease
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
Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing
Humor: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This makes me feel real good about going on a tropical holiday. Huge crabs that munch on coconuts
This is probably good for everybody to know, just in case you wake up and there’s one in your backyard. How to scare off the biggest pest
This little dude was moving along. Chris the Cuckoo clocks up 60,000 miles
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The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine. Entirely readership supported, it was founded as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here For more information, contact Rusty Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org