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Sunday, December 21, 2014, Number 419
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
And in Dedication to Danny Quinn
To all of you ~ Agnostic, Atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim ~ Happy Holidays
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, we would like to wish all of you ~ Agnostic, Atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim ~ the best the holiday season has to offer. Lebanese prophet Khalil Girbran once wrote that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand. Here at the Northstar Journal, we concur.
Second of all, we would like to tell you about a new contributor. His name is David Grinberg. He’s a strategic communications advisor, writer/blogger/editor, former journalist and, from our telephone conversation with him, a pretty stand up guy. His blog, Pulse, this edition, deals with America’s dramatic need for a new dialogue on race. Welcome aboard, David. We are honoured by your society.
This has been an admittedly tough year and an undeniable learning experience for our species at large. Ironically, perhaps, I am currently reading a novel entitled Lucifer’s Hammer, by two of my favourite science fiction writers, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
Apocalyptic in nature, it premises Armageddon on a comet calving (splitting into several parts) and striking the earth. The technology is impeccable, particularly for the mid 1970s. Even more realistic is the reaction of the characters these two superb literary craftsmen have created.
As chaotic as 2014 has been, the problems we are facing are, to a comfortable extent, those we created. I believe what American president John F. Kennedy said when he contended that any problem created by human beings can be solved by them, as well.
We are not facing the end of the world. We are looking into the dawn of the most important realization we as a species will ever make. We are accepting responsibility for our actions and we are correcting for course.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
I totally agree with this. We Don’t Need Santa’s Magic When We Already Have Our Own
This is good news and certainly a long time in coming. Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations
Considering the friends we keep making, this should not surprise anyone. Secret Service, Stretched Too Thin, Needs More Agents, Report Says
Video: Fire & Ice: Mount Kenya‘s Lost Glaciers
European Parliament — MEPs ratify an EU-Georgia trade deal on the final day of the December plenary session.
Stockholm’s Strategic Cold War Stronghold
ISIS, SPYING & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
I worked with this stuff in the US Navy and while this upsets me, it does not, sadly, surprise me. Data reveal asbestos is Canada’s top source of workplace death
Lest we forget. Her name is Rehtaeh Parsons
If ever our courage and compassion was in question, it will not be after this. Canadian military and reservists leave Britain to join Ebola fight in Sierra Leone
When Academia commits, the stars shine just a little brighter. These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing In Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine
As the year winds down, the World Wildlife Foundations reminds us that we have cause to celebrate milestones made for wildlife and people over the past 12 months. 10 Success Stories of 2014
This is what happens when a good idea goes terribly wrong. Uber Driver in Boston Area Is Charged With Rape
This is totally unacceptable. Military Hospital Care Is Questioned; Next, Reprisals
He obviously needed a better script writer. In Real Life, ‘Rambo’ Ends Up as a Soldier of Misfortune, Behind Bars
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Avaaz, a 40-million member organization dedicated to positive world change, is taking up the cause of those Peshawar school children massacred and maimed when the Taliban attacked their school. They are not asking for donations but to sign a petition which will be delivered by a UN envoy to the prime minister of Pakistan. To sign and to learn more, please go here.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The answer to this question is a resounding “yes!” Can the umbrella be improved?
This creeped me out a little. An App, Memoir, Guesses Your Fondest Memories
When East and West walk down the street holding hands, lots of cool stuff happens. 5 Ways Modern Science Is Embracing Ancient Indian Wisdom
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
Video: Ask Well: What Fish Is Safe to Eat? ~ A New York Times reader asks whether farmed fish is better than no fish.
By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
USA NEEDS NEW DIALOGUE ON RACE ASAP
Let’s finally get real about racism in America and the devastating social impact it causes for everyone. Perhaps we can all benefit from a new national conversation on divisive racial issues due to the recent string of tragic and disturbing incidents from Ferguson, to Staten Island, to Cleveland and elsewhere. To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.
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
Video: Finding Their Voice
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
You will love this. Video of the Year: Meet Dennis the Raccoon
This was interesting but not necessarily for the nightmare prone. How Predators Changed The World
People have been studying the behavior of birds and animals for thousands of years in order to prepare for bad weather, good and landfalls. It is nice to see that Western science has finally gotten the drift. Birds ‘fled day before US tornadoes’
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