March 20, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 197 442nd Consecutive
HAPPY SPRING, NORTHERN HEMISPHERE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s only Monday and I’m already working on the lead so I predict one of those very interesting weeks we sometimes have around here.
First, I want to thank everybody who wished me a happy birthday. The magazine is in a production run on Friday and Saturday so I didn’t have the chance to respond in full measure to each of you but I did manage to thank all of you. I was particularly moved by those of you who included the magazine in the greeting. I work with some very outstanding people and I know they appreciate it when you guys do that.
As I write, our end of the Salish Sea fka the Puget Sound, is recovering from a rain and wind storm that came with 65 mph/105 kph blasts, left 100,000 (out of about 650,000) without power and resulted in the tragic death of a man who was driving through Stewart Park when a tall evergreen tree lost its rooting and smashed down on his car.
I lived in the impacted area for almost twenty years and only left two months ago for higher ground across Lake Washington in East Renton Highlands. When it storms, the rain here all runs down hill and the winds are generally some tired by the time they get here. I feel bad for my former neighbors, but as frustrating as adapting to some aspects of a more rural lifestyle have been for me here, I think I understand now why I’m on higher ground. Yep, a quiet man’s humble epiphany.
I also want to thank those of you who took that International Women’s Day test Meade found, where we were asked to identify 10 iconic women of the 20th Century by their photograph. I appreciated the email response from India suggesting that perhaps he needed to learn more about these women and another from an American Rustbelt high school history teacher who gave that test to her senior students.
Oh, and as a final thought, we’d be remiss in not wishing all of you north of the equator a happy Spring. It started today where we live. To chart the seasons around the world, check this out.
Have a great week, all.
It looks like it might be really possible to have a clean climate and a prospering economy after all. The Economy Is Growing, But Carbon Emissions Aren’t. That’s A Really Big Deal
This could explain a great deal of contemporary human behavior. Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins, Study Finds
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Trump Presidency On Top 10 Risk List — Donald Trump Winning The US Presidency Is Considered One Of The Top 10 Risks Facing The World, According To The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, The History-Making Olympian Who Called Out SXSW For Telling Her To Remove Her Hijab
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
HAPPY SPRING FROM SNOWY UKRAINE
Happy spring Rusti, from snowy today Ukraine:
It’s been a hard week. On circumstances, I spent some days in a children’s hospital. But it was here that I met a very young and positive mother, who, in response to her four-year-old blond son, “Am I ill?” responded with a confident smile and then a hug. “We’ll cure you”.
Unfortunately, at present, there is no cure for diabetes, but as she said to me, they follow all the recent researches. Somewhere in England, one professor proved this process can be reversed back to normal state. Also she read that now the scientists try to create artificial pancreas.
Looking at this blue-eyed blond boy child, my heart melted. Hopefully with his mother’s attitude and scientific progress the cure will be found. My fingers are crossed and my admiration to all whose works are intended to help others.
On a note of irony here. When I asked the little boy what he wanted to become, instead of one of the usual professions, he said, “an innovator.” And I thought maybe if we have more innovators, scientists, and researchers, this will be of more benefit to society then just a money makers.
That’s it for this week. Have a nice spring Sunday, Mishka.
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.
If this does not bring tears to your heart, you haven’t gone one. Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Police Reward
These ladies should inspire us all. Inspirational Women In Conservation
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This dude is a real flipping prince, isn’t he? Breivik Back In Court With Nazi Salute
We need to get this kid out of there and home. And we definitely need to teach fundamental common sense and good manners in our schools again. US Student Jailed In North Korea
Well, thank Allah and God both then, that there was a rational explanation for this. Sigh. Suspect Said ‘Allah Told Me To Do This’ During Double Stabbing At Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre, Police Say
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
Off they go, into the wild blue yonder. Newest Mars Mission Blasts Off!
I know why Caesar had to do this. But not the rest of us. Why beware the Ides of March?
I don’t want to say I’ve told you so. But I have. Often. Google Car Crash ‘Not A Surprise’
Everything You Need To Know About the Vernal Equinox But Were Too Embarrassed To Ask, Including Why This Is The Earliest Spring Since 1896
THE GREEN AGENDA
On Average, How Far Do Fruits And Vegetables Travel Before Reaching A Plate In North America? The Answer Just Might Surprise You.
Whereas a generation of hackers grew up tinkering with iPhones and Androids for fun, today’s up-and-comers — thwarted by the security that has been added to smartphones — are shifting their focus to virtual-reality headsets, self-driving cars, the cloud, mobile apps and other systems with less-tested locks.
Mushers pressed their dog sled teams closer to the finish line in Alaska’s famous Iditarod on Sunday after a snowmobiler intentionally rammed into two top competitors at speeds up to 100 mph, killing one dog and injuring others.
REI reached a new peak in sales and member dividends in 2015, the outdoor gear co-op says. The growth was fueled in part by more than a million new members.
Get a little culture. This is not just regular butter. Make your own cultured butter — with depth and complexity, and some real character. (Mmmm, butter.) And this type is a revelation.
All lanes of Interstate 405 will be toll-free on nights and weekends, beginning Friday, the state Transportation Commission decided yesterday. Here are the details on how and when you can use the restricted lanes for free. The move is a reaction to driver fury over the tolling and ensuing congestion.
Three students injured in the Ride the Ducks crash want to sue the city and the state. They say the governments were partly to blame for ignoring safety hazards on the Aurora Bridge.
Ride the Ducks has admitted to 463 safety violations and agreed to pay $222,000 in penalties over a deadly crash last fall on the Aurora Bridge.
Growing Seattle software startup Usermind has snagged $14.5 million from prominent Silicon Valley investors.
Coloring books for adults — a genre once considered little more than a novelty — are suddenly a big business, a bright spot in the financial results of publishers and retailers alike.
Nonstop chef: Twitch — Amazon’s video-streaming service known for airing live matches between gamers — is consecutively streaming all 201 episodes of Julia Child’s “The French Chef” in a bid to widen its audience.
First, the Nooksack tribal council gave itself the power to disbar attorneys. Seemed a curious move — until the council disbarred its biggest foe, Gabriel Galanda, who has been fighting for three years to prevent the tribe from kicking out 306 members.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I really think especially those of us who live here in the American Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada need to take a look at this. The source is impeccable and affiliated with the University of California. They live in the environment they seek to protect and the research they do is then used by government and private agencies and associations to proactively mediate and mitigate. This study is entitled Canadian / US Failure Of Collaboration Puts Salish Sea (fka Puget Sound) At Risk
We have these little dudes (and dudettes) where I live and they are absolutely awesome. Hummingbirds’ Extraordinary Migratory Marathons
This is absolutely good news. SeaWorld announced today it is ending its practice of killer-whale breeding after years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. It is also ending its theatrical shows, and will partner with the Humane Society. What happens next for the orcas.
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s March 2016 newsletter is now online. This one has an outstanding video of a golden eagle doing aerial acrobatics and a discussion of how many species of birds there are and why.
If you’re feeling generous and want to spend some money making yourself feel good, instead of a trip to the mall or the deli, check out one of the outfits on this list and consider joining it. You’ll be contributing to something really important and each month, you’ll be reminded of what your contribution is doing. Some of them even have cool things like sweatshirts with their name on it or coffee mugs with lids. As the King of Kitsch, that kind of appeals to me. And if you want to throw a couple of bucks or Euros in our sugar can, here’s now to do that. Thank you very much, guys. Rusty
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