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November 22, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 10
A PERIL GREATER THAN ANY WE ARE FACING NOW
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been another interesting week, has it not, with terrorism and refugees taking center stage? I also came across a discussion on Facebook which unnerved me a bit.
I’m not going to embarrass those involved by going into personal details. The gist of it is that there is someone out there who thinks that we should use nuclear weapons to fight terrorism. I responded, albeit against my better judgment (sigh).
Nuclear weapons have been around for over 70 years now and have been used twice. Cloak it all the euphemisms you want, a nuclear device is not like a hand grenade or a conventional bomb.
A nuclear weapon does not kill just once. After it has wiped out everything in its blast zone, its radiation spreads like ripples from a stone tossed in a pond. It takes a very long time for this radiation to ebb to “habitable” levels again.
I think what bothers me most about that Facebook post, though, is the implied assumption that a single individual can come up with a “solution” which the finest minds on the planet have decided is not one.
If that kind of thinking catches on, we ~ as a species ~ are facing a peril greater than any with which we are dealing now.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
Here is something it might do us all well to remember. Muslims The Highest Victims Of Terrorism!
Here is irony at its richest. This Giant Saudi Arabian Tent Camp Is Empty
Just a reminder of our shared humanity. Russia Gifts France A New Puppy in Honor of Diesel – American Kennel Club
Trudeau Vows To ‘Keep Canadians Safe’ As He Rebuffs Concerns Over Plan To Accept 25,000 Syrian Refugees
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
New Rules Stall Migrants Headed For Northern Europe
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
It was interesting to read about the global migration ethics of Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley and I totally agree that migration is the human history. There is sometimes confusing interchangeability of such media terms as migrant, immigrant and refugee. They have become very different from their original meaning.
Partly because of this misuse, the perception of any of them has rather narrowed. Frankly, isn’t Russell Brand right in his humoresque of immigrants fears or the comedian who contends, “You know an immigrant is just someone who used to be somewhere else?”
Isn’t this an unavoidable phenomenon? People by their very nature are seeking better opportunities and especially when drama unfolds, they will try to find way out. In the story of almost every family, one can find examples of fleeing from unfortunate circumstances.
My own grandfather, after coming home from military service in Manchuria at the end of the Second World War, found his family starving in Voronezh (east European part of Russia geographically). There were three little girls under the age of five and a newborn son.
What he could possibly do? The only way he found was to take a job in Sahalin Island, some 10 000 km and almost half a globe away. For visual perception, Sahalin Island is just across the North Pacific Ocean from Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Back then, Sahalin Island was a fairytale land with rivers full of fish, forests with wild berries and seaside. But to get there, it took several weeks in cold uncomfortable freight trains and when they reached Russia’s Pacific Coast, it was by ferry to the island. In that harsh Russian winter, my grandfather’s baby son did not survive the trip.
Of course for migrants, it is always easier to get to places culturally close so the language or traditions will be easier to acquire. So as the chart above shows, the first to receive this new wave of immigrants/refugees were Syria’s neighbors.
In comparison to the number of immigrants taken in by the United States thus far is insignificant, according to this article, headlined: Syrian Refugees In America: Separating Fact From Fiction In The Debate
Of course there are different approaches to the problem but in seeking solutions, it might help to remember that all of our ancestors were immigrants once. They had no guarantee that their descendants or ourselves would not again be forced to move on. We are here now because of the compassion of those who took them in. Can we do no less now that others seek our help in these regards?
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mishka
NORTHSTAR JOURNAL MAIL BOX
Dear Mr. Miller,
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the Clean Power Plan. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, broad scientific consensus has determined that the ongoing buildup of greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, will cause the Earth’s climate to warm slowly over time, potentially leading to greater occurrences of drought, floods, and other catastrophic natural disasters and significant changes to our ecosystem. In Washington state, climate change is expected to alter the region’s historic water cycle, threatening drinking water supplies, wildlife and salmon habitat. In fact, since the 1950s, Washington state has seen a 20 percent decrease in snowpack from the Cascade Mountains. This year, a historically low snowpack has forced some farmers to produce crops with almost half the normal amount of water, while we simultaneously experience the most destructive year of wildfires we’ve ever seen. Considering these serious environmental and economic consequences, it is clear that that we must urgently address this matter.
This year President Obama worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power-sector carbon pollution as much as 32 percent by 2030. This historic step in the fight against climate change will put us on a realistic pathway to reducing carbon pollution.
Throughout my tenure in the U.S. Senate, I have pushed for legislation to promote the production of renewable energy, to incentivize energy efficiency, to develop clean technology industries, and to protect our environment. While these policies and laws provide critical tools necessary to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, they are no substitute for climate change legislation that establishes scientifically based limits on the amount of emitted carbon pollution and sets a price on carbon emissions.
By positioning the United States as a global leader in clean energy technology we can create jobs and recharge our economy at home. The longer we wait to tackle energy independence and carbon pollution, the greater the economic and social costs of adapting to climate change will be. We also risk falling behind other countries, which are aggressively pursuing the enormous clean energy market opportunity. Our time of renewal is now, and I plan to continue pushing the most effective policies to create a cleaner, more diverse and secure 21st century energy system.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
We also received mail from several of you and some links suggesting we need to come up with a different term than Isis, who is the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and wisdom. There are quite a few businesses around the world which use her name. The BBC uses simply IS, for Islamic State. So will we from here on out. Rusty
Thank you, Bill. Gates Foundation Cuts Fossil Fuel Investments
This cannot possibly bode well for ISIS. French Return To Cafes In A Show Of Defiance
I love it when cool stuff happens where I live. Studies show teens do better when school starts later, Seattle makes the change
God help you all if you pull this off. G.O.P. Governors Vow to Close Doors to Syrian Refugees
This man is about to become the biggest bigot money can buy. Donald Trump Sets Off A Furor With Call To Register Muslims In The U.S.
It bothers me when someone this woefully misinformed is responsible for the lives of other people. Roanoke Mayor Apologizes for Japanese Internment Remarks
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This was a little unsettling. Are aliens hiding behind starlight? Why blocking out stars could reveal extraterrestrials
Have you ever wondered why stars twinkle but planets do not?
Urban Algae Farm Amazingly Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution
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
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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
We absolutely applaud this decision. N.I.H. To End Backing For Invasive Research On Chimps
This is fascinating. Mysterious Blue Dragon Creature Found In Australia Is Stunning And 100% Real
Take a very deep breath before reading this one. Raju The Elephant Cries Real Tears Of Joy As Rescuers Save Him After 50-Years
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