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October 14, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 3
AS LONG AS WE GLORIFY THE VIOLENT USE OF WEAPONS…
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Violence against the young reached out and grabbed America’s Pacific Northwest by the throat again. Oregon Shooting at Umpqua College Kills 10, Sheriff Says
I know where this latest massacre took place. It is a land of high peaks, forests and Native Americans in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Interstate Five ~ the major north – south arterial on the West Coast, runs through it. Commerce flows by 18-wheelers and there is a pronounced working class mindset to the region.
Blazing hot in summer, prone to massive forest fires in autumn, ravaged by savage blizzards in winter and given to springs that literally take one’s breath away for the beauty, it is also a land of loggers and lumber mills and the small businesses and government which orbit them.
There is nothing endemically violent about the region, no more than there was about Columbine, Colorado. Perhaps it is just that which prompted so much national attention and the rage of an American president tired of seeing gun control used as a political football.
There is a fatal assumption about gun control that makes the concept flawed. It is the belief that only criminals or mentally imbalanced people use them for violence and that keeping these individuals from owning them will solve the problem.
Ask any policeman who commits the majority of murders in America and you will discover that it is people like you and I, with weapons obtained illegally. That’s right, domestic violence.
That having been said, I approve of gun control for the same reason President Obama does. He knows it will not solve the problem but it will make it harder for these acts of mayhem to happen in the first place.
The root of this problem lies in our own nature and our own culture. As long as we allow ourselves to become angry enough to kill, there will be the means to do exactly that. As long as we glorify the violent use of weapons ~ even to the point of saturation coverage by the media ~ there will be those among us who will choose this alternative, rather than a rational approach to what outrages us.
Let’s hope a few more of us figure this out and act on it. Our hearts go out to those impacted by this latest incident and our prayers are with them. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
If these two superpowers and their allies all get behind this, ISIS does not stand a prayer. Russia Pushes For Anti-ISIS Co-Ordination
Sometimes it is not a matter of opposing anyone but simply pursuing the most appropriate course of action. A Pastoral Pope, Slipping Conservatives’ Grasp
This, I suspect, will have profound resonance on plans to colonize “the Red Planet.” NASA Confirms Signs Of Water Flowing On Mars, Possible Niches For Life
Ukrainian Officer On Trial In Russia For Deaths Of Two Journalists Says She Was Kidnapped By Russians
U.S. Launches Airstrike On Kunduz In Northern Afghanistan, The Day After A Taliban Assault On The Key City
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
POPE FRANCIS IN NORTH AMERICA
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
Reading about the United Kingdom study on consumption of junk food and its effects on mood reminded me of that Hippocrates saying “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Still, since in so many schools, the only drink available for children is a well-known sugary mix in a can, why are teachers and parents surprised by their kids’ misbehavior?
One of provisions of the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015–2020 is to ensure human rights and the right to food, to promote the gains of a healthy diet throughout life, especially for the most vulnerable groups. I agree. Children and adults have the right to eat healthy food and be well informed of their choices.
Despite the fact that so many people around the world are suffering from things like dehydration, lack of magnesium and lack of iodine, it might not be a matter of need, but of choice, given how relatively easy it is to purify drinking water and augment one’s diet with lots of salady stuff.
The truth is, the choice is in our hands. Enclosed is a picture of my fridge, reminding me of those I have made.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mishka.
On October 10, 2001, a young Canadian cowgirl, mother, writer, and clothing designer with a streak of independence about the size of her native Saskatchewan died of cancer. When we met, I knew she was approaching the final scene of her final act. For reasons I am still not sure I entirely understand or was necessarily meant to understand, that did not stop me from loving her, nor her from giving the last two years of her life to The Northstar Journal as its Canadian editor. When Olya suggested adding “the magazine with a heart,” to our masthead, it was in tribute to Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills. We were a monthly then and when we wrapped it up and sent it out, Shannon used to imagine being able to soar over the planet, looking down at the best reason for doing stuff. She referred to you guys as “her twinkling lights,” She’s Up Yonder now and sends her regards.
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This is not a good trend. Consumers Are Embracing Full-Fat Foods
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OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Dear Santa…Video: Tesla Unveils Model X Electric Car
I worked at Boeing’s Algona plant and at Plant II in Seattle so this brought back some good memories. Video: How To Build A Boeing Dreamliner Jet
I knew this would happen. IBM Scientists Find New Way To Shrink Transistors
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
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
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
What is the furriest animal in the world. The answer just might surprise you.
We are certainly glad they figured out how to tally these little dudes. A Novel Way Is Developed To Sniff Out How Many Harvest Mice Live In The UK
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