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March 13, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 196 441st Consecutive
LET THE IRISH THEN, THIS DAY, STAND FOR US ALL
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Two items of some significance this week. Today, Sunday, North American Daylight Savings Time began and we moved the clocks an hour forward. For more facts, please go here. http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/
With a window of just 60 minutes, DST does not have a real personal impact. Where I live, there is little except the weather and the skies themselves by which to judge time. Commuters are impacted but more by the climate than DST. A fair percentage of us work from home and our neighborhoods are built buffered from main thoroughfares.
What is, I suspect, of perhaps at least more interest to you folks and it certainly is to me is that on Thursday, everywhere a shamrock grows, a pint is raised for St. Patrick.
Even if I was not also of that gene pool, I would still be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day because I resonate with any peoples who have had to struggle to be free. Down history, that has been pretty much all the ancestors of everyone of us here now. I think that is the universal appeal of this holiday and what gives it the transcendental quality of an anthem to humankind itself.
There are three songs which to me symbolize that aspect of humanity, as experienced through the hearts and minds of the Irish.
Let the Irish then, this day, stand for us all. Have a great week, all.
Normally we try to keep it down to three articles in here but we’re making an exception for this list topper. This is absolutely outrageous. Indigenous Girl, 10, ‘Takes Own Life’
This is not good news. N Korea Has ‘Miniature Nuclear Warhead’
This is frightening. Video: Syria Conflict: A New Kind Of World War?
I apologize for not anticipating International Women’s Day last week. Perhaps this will, in part compensate. It is a quiz and Meade, Dennis, Olya and I got them all right. Let’s see how you do. Only 1 in 50 Can Identify The Most Iconic Women of the 20th Century.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Court Reform Targets More Justice: 2369 Defendants Declared Not Guilty By Chinese Courts Over Three Years
UN Tells Canada To Clean Up Its Act On Inequality, Social Rights
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Can Big Oil Be Part Of The Climate Change Solution?
What Did Trudeau Achieve At Climate Meet-Up With Premiers?
Espionage And Terrorism
Notes From Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq And Other Areas Of Conflict In The Post-9/11 Era.
URBAN RENEWAL VS. HISTORICAL PRESERVATION: A KIEVAN LEGACY SINCE 887 A.D.
This week I would like to share this article Urban Renewal in Kiev’s Center – Opportunities and Challenges on research on derelict historical buildings in Kiev. It was focused on my favorite historic part of Kiev called Podol. The first construction here started in 887 A.D., the earliest for Kiev..
In the times of Kievan Rus, Podol had the main trade and craft facilities. To our days on, Podol preserved many architectural and historical attractions that are replenished by new archaeological findings. Some of the buildings are in a poor state and the article highlights the problems with restoring rundown neighborhoods in a sustainable way.
Kiev-Mohyla Academy, a river port, Florovsky monastery, the churches of Elijah the Prophet and Dormition of the God Mother, the Samson fountain, and Gostiny Dvor are among the most famous historical attractions of Poldol. During the last few years with Gostiniy Dvor building, which was constructed in 1809, there was a conflict between the owners and activists who considered illegal the consent given for renovating a historical monument into a modern glass and steel trade center. The current mayor Klichko participated on the side of activists and probably his election of mayor in 2014 favored the final disapproval in court of the previous consent to allow reconstruction.
So on one hand, there is need for restoration of buildings but on the other, there should be ways to preserve their originality. I think we have enough glass shopping center boxes to construct another one. Enjoying morning coffee in the open cafe with a view to Podol I’d like to be still pleased with its architectural uniqueness.
And in line with that special gratitude to German community in Lviv who conducted and still do a great work in preserving middle aged look of that magical city. But that might be a theme for another article.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay warm, my cousin.
MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS – Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Yep, find out here. This is a Northstar Journal Five Star Recommendation.
Just a few hundred yards off Moss Landing whales feed above the edge of the deep Monterey Bay canyon. We’ve been having whales close and plentiful for the last few years, but from land they are hard to see. Being out on the water in either a whale watching boat or a kayak puts you up close and personal with these graceful behemoths.
Good. But as far as we are concerned, this is not nearly enough. US Reporter Wins $55m Over Nude Video
This is why I revere this man so much. Dalai Lama Urges Education Reform To End Human Cruelty
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And now again, Mr. Sanders, do we spell “compassion?” Mental Health Patients To Bernie Sanders: Don’t Compare Us To The GOP Candidates
This is totally incomprehensible to me. Woman ‘starved to death’ after being stranded for a month on an elevator in China
And we absolutely agree with this. Online Violence Against Women: A Global Issue
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is, I think, a very relevant question to begin asking now. – How Do Workers Organize When Their Boss Is An App?
Wouldn’t it be cool if this was like “The Little Germ That Could”? Could A New Plastic-Eating Bacteria Help Combat Waste?
THE GREEN AGENDA
Virtual Reality Therapy Is Coming. One Academic’s Predictions Of How This Will Transform Health Care.
‘I Couldn’t Be More Sorry’: Canadian Thief Turns Himself In After His Victim Friends Him On Facebook
Mayor Ed Murray’s nominee to head City Light is pretty green, as utility executives go. But some environmentalists say Larry Weis is not the clean-energy visionary Seattle needs. They’ve got the ear of Councilmember Kshama Sawant, whose committee will vote on his confirmation.
A “deep, resonant woof and then a sucking sound” are the last things a Seattle firefighter recalls hearing before the building he was next to disintegrated. Watch video of him and nearby business owners describing Wednesday morning’s explosion in Greenwood.
Gov. Inslee vetoed 27 bills late last night and called state lawmakers into a special session after they finished the last day of their regular session with no supplemental budget in sight. “There is no break and no rest, legislators need to balance the books,” he said.
BEST OF THE NET
Amazing Lightning Time-Lapse From Zimbabwe — Video Of 20 Spectacular Cloud-To-Ground Lightning Strikes That Took Place On A Single Afternoon In Mutare, Zimbabwe
NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES
Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display
Editing ~ General and International
Online English Tutoring
“Americanization” of International Websites
Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
If we are ever invaded by something like this, we will not stand a chance. Here’s how the hydra rips its own body open to eat a meal
The more we learn about them, the smarter they seem to become. These birds use a linguistic rule thought to be unique to humans
They are absolutely darling. R2D2 and C-3PO are the first ever grey seal pup twins found in the wild
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