News & Commentary; From Olya ~Northern Lights Over Iceland; Sara’s Fulbright Year In Taichung, Taiwan; Examples Good & Bad; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health & Lifestyle; Thought of the Week; Best Of The Net; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
January 17, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 188 433rd Consecutive
WE HAVE MOVED
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it is now official. The Northstar operation has moved from a small three-bedroom home shared with two other people and a floating cast of thousands, replete with pickups and yard maintenance equipment in North Seattle, into a smaller community on the southeast shores of Lake Washington known officially as Renton. Within the city limits there is East Renton Highlands and my new home is in the Maplewood Heights section of that neighborhood.
It’s a beautiful two-story, several bedroom home owned by a real nice guy who is also a US Navy vet, like me, university educated and working in the real estate industry and who has a teenaged son at home. They get along great and he’s a good dad. Since I’m old enough to be his dad, I kind of fill a grandfather role around here.
That’s cool with me. It doesn’t slow me down any more than the sable silver hair or a bit of dental work I’m getting taken care of this year. And I’m going to be getting plenty of exercise because even though where I now live is less than 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, it is not well served by mass transit and since my rig went south a few years ago, I haven’t driven much.
However, much of Washington state is like this, though, so it is a challenge to be met, rather than an obstacle to overcome. Mountain biking to a bus stop is like Easterners driving to a commuter train station and taking that transport in. We also have a very good online neighborhood association with ride sharing options and the people I live with also coordinate common errands.
We are on the lower western slopes of the Cascade Mountains with two national wildlife refuges within easy driving or biking distance. The shores of Lake Washington are waterfront. And for those who drive, the infrastructure is as reliable as can be expected of a county the size of Rhode Island and Delaware and whose population has grown like a warren of rabbits on steroids.
It’s a good move and after the last two years especially, a welcome one. I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who expressed understanding and emotional support for what was an admittedly interesting transition.
Take care, stay well and God Bless. I hope you like this week’s edition.
What are the best and worst state in America to make a living? The answers just might surprise you.
I knew this would happen. Drivers stopped Google cars crashing
Now here’s a question that will undoubtedly decide the fate of nations. Video: When Is It Not Ok To Use Lego?
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Taiwan’s Economic Woes And Relationship With Mainland China Are Top Of Mind For Unemployed Grads Before Election
Provinces Can’t Blame Ottawa For Red Ink: Transfer Payments Have Grown Rapidly Over Past Decade, Fraser Institute Finds
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER ICELAND
It has been a nice snowy week with aftertaste of holidays and all its magical carols in traditional way during Nativity plays just on the streets. With everything gone white and sparkling in the city lights, that is such a wonderful time of year!
I think for lovers of winter cold beauty, there are places which are nice to be visited. I highly recommend, for instance, this Northern Lights Holiday Guide.
And on the picture are Iceland lights, isn’t beautiful?
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
Olya Bereza, European Associate Editor
SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR IN TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Calligraphy Class: Recently I went to calligraphy class with our Grade 3 students! It was a wonderful experience to sit at a small desk amid the students, and to have them guide me through each stroke. They LOVED having the chance to teach Teacher Sara 🙂 The teacher, JiYen, is one of my favorite people at Chong Qing. She has been not only an interesting person who shares many of the same values, but also a great friend who is passionate about sharing culture and discussing new ideas. It was great to be a part of her class and see how she interacts with the students. It was a double period, so the students worked on their calligraphy for an hour and 20 minutes. After her introduction, which took about 20 minutes, we all got brushes and ink and set to work. The class was very free-form after that; JiYen sat at the front and students came up to her for help, and we all chatted, painted, and drank tea 🙂
EXAMPLES GOOD & BAD
I am glad I live in a state whose governor’s ethics are not as flexible as these. Alabama Governor’s Use of Oil Spill Funds for Mansion Draws Criticism
They did not deserve this and it needs to change. Quickly. Seventeen Canadian Soldiers Died By Suicide Last Year
This was a real enlightened move on their part, with all due respect, he sighed sarcastically. Anglican Church leaders suspend US Church over gay marriage
This has been a long time in coming. NIH’s big cancer database coming soon
Good. Now we’re getting somewhere. Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted
This cannot bode well. Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
There Are Now More Solar Jobs In America Than Oil Jobs. The down side is the oil jobs still pay more. And on the other hand, Solar Power Emerging As A Significant Job Creator
Video: Will Self-Drive Cars Become The Norm? If they do, I’m buying a horse.
Watch How Driverless Cars Will Change Cities If these things change mine, I’m moving again. Me and my horse.
HERE ON EARTH
OUT THERE UP YONDER
COOL APPS & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY
WHAT DIDN’T FIT IN ANY OF THE ABOVE
THE GREEN AGENDA
|Activists Take The Stand For Blocking Oil Train In Everett
Will Taxpayers Get Stuck With The Bill To Clean Up Strip Mining Coal Sites?
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Blue Light From Tech Gadgets And Digital Eye Strain: More Than 73 Percent Of Young Adults Suffer From Symptoms
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
The things we take for granted as Westerners . . . and the little things that can be done that make a huge impact: In Cambodia, ‘Lucky’ Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia : The Salt : NPR
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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
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
I’m kind of glad I did not live when this dude did. Terrifying ancient crocodile discovered in the Sahara was the size of a bus
This had me rolling on the floor laughing. Sunk — In the western Canadian Arctic, WCS researchers launched a buoy to listen to marine mammals – but a polar bear had other ideas.
I totally loved this. The animal that loves avalanches
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