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News & Commentary, From Olya ~ Steve Jobs Reviewed, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Northstar Interactive, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health & Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Thought Of The Week, Sara’s Fulbright Year in Taiwan, Best Of The Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up, About Us
December 6, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 12 426th Consecutive
RUSTY MILLER’S THEATRE OF THE ABSURD
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it was another fun week, was it not, gang? Sigh. I honestly thought it was just me when it seemed like a mass shooting or bombing was happening every day on this planet. The good news is that it was not my imagination. The bad news is also that it was not my imagination. How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show
Sometimes ~ and I think it is a coping mechanism with me ~ I go into this Rusty Miller’s Theatre of the Absurd mode thinking that maybe what we really need is this national Adopt A Violent Personality program. Reduce the taxes paid for law enforcement and make those funds available to people whose only alternative is gun violence.
I’m sure that would be well received by street gangs, the drug community, the “families’ of several ethnic groups, and the mental health community in general.
We get the gangs involved in community activities. We provide free drugs to the narcotic addicts. We arrange athletic contests among the “families” to settle disputes. And we give our mental health patients other options which would also remove them from mainstream society as long as their behavior poses a threat to the welfare of others.
Then we pay money for turning in weapons of local mass destruction and keep a few of those on hand to give the psychotics something to act out with. We just don’t also give them ammunition or opportunity. We could give them a stage with people who enjoy the adrenaline rush of bloodshed. We institute some production values, get a good advertising campaign going, set an admission price and then let the inmates run the production, as a source of their own room, board, meds, therapy and spending money.
“Uh huh,” I hear you saying, shaking your head sadly. “Like those will all work.”
Probably not, I grant you. And I’m willing to open up a dialogue on this if you folks have any ideas that don’t sound like you also have been imbibing too much green tea. They cannot possibly be any more unrealistic than those I’ve also heard proposed by those who purport to lead us.
Okay, that’s it for this week’s commentary. Oh, except that since it is a season of giving in many parts of the world, we just wanted to remind everybody that the Northstar Journal is supported entirely by you guys. This keeps us free to provide what you want, rather than what an advertiser or a grant may prefer or require. That $5.00 or $10.00 you contribute every year makes that possible. If you’d like to do that now, please go here. Thank you.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang
What are the five happiest states in America? The answers just might surprise you.
I really appreciate the way this man thinks. And I agree with him on this. Obama: Saving the planet is an ‘act of defiance’ against terrorism
This is more than a little disconcerting. The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
RUSSIA V. TURKEY
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
STEVE JOBS, REVIEWED
The other day this week I watched this new American film “Steve Jobs,” with Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. Great acting, but it was not a film about a legend. It was more about a person and his relations with others, what is called, I believe, a “bio pic.”
The well-known rhetorical question of “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” was raised and made very contemporary. “Did the man make a company or did a company make the man?”
Whatever the answer may be and despite the protagonist refusing to say a few grateful words to those upon whom he relied, the film did an excellent job of showing how his ideas and visions opened new opportunities for millions of ordinary people. It was an amazing example how technology can serve the public good.
The other line of the story made it intimate for every unhappy family where, for some reason, a child faces personality failures of those closest to him. Watchng how a little child strived for parental love in the movie gave me a flashback of a child rushing towards father after first long time apart. Some wounds never heals.
I am hoping the film will make people think twice. Those people around us are important.
And also there is a music video worth the listening “Dear Future Generations: Sorry”
That’s it for this week, my cousin. Stay warm, Mish.
Here is good news for elephants and those of us who love them. How These Communities Reduced Poaching By 35 Percent
The rumor is now a fact. Bill Gates To Create Billion-Dollar Fund For Clean Energy
I’m not totally sure I understand why he’s doing this but it is his money. Zuckerberg To Give Away 99% Of Shares
I hope we are as effective at saving these magnificent creatures as we have been at killing them off. Extinction Milestone: 25% of World’s Northern White Rhino Population Lost Overnight
As much as I respect Japan and its culture, this really needs to stop. A Japanese vessel is set to kill 333 whales for ‘research’ — but is science really behind the hunt?
This should NOT be happening to these people. Muslims In America Condemn Extremists And Fear Anew For Their Lives
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This I have suspected for some while. Brains aren’t actually ‘male’ or ‘female,’ new study suggests
Good luck with this one, guys. Let’s hope it doesn’t complicate the equation. Idaho trying to squeeze more snow out of clouds
Good luck with this one. It sounds just a bit too much like a fish bowl for my tastes, no offense. Plans Revealed For World’s First True Underwater Hotel
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.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
How about this for something a little bit different?!
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SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
Sunday, November 29, 2015
I have now been in Taiwan for 4 months! Contemplating this specific milestone over the past few weeks has been an interesting process. I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to travel internationally before this year: Israel in 11th grade and the Czech Republic and Namibia during my junior year of college. All were for one semester – 4 months. Right now is the period during which, in the past, I was getting ready to come home.
At times, the realization that I will be here for many more months is daunting. At the same time though, I believe very strongly in making cross-cultural awareness a part of my life, and here I can do that EVERY DAY. I am committed to continuing to learn how to teach the value of open-mindedness, and this year is an amazing opportunity to dive head-first into that process.
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
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is certainly good news. Endangered critters to be reintroduced to Washington’s Cascades
This should definitely inspire. The world’s oldest bird is ready to do the unthinkable – have yet another baby
This is not good news. Hong Kong’s majestic ‘pink’ dolphins may be in grave danger
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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