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March 27, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 198 443rd Consecutive
THE HEART TO LOVE A RADISH
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. First, of course, I’d like to wish all our Christian readers a Happy Easter. As long as Jesus is remembered, He lives. And as long as He lives, there is a chance we might become worthy of sharing the same Father. Thank you, Jesus. And thank you, those of His brothers and sisters who love Him without hating anyone.
I came across this article about robotic gardening that I want to talk about for a second or several. This Robot Is A Better Gardener Than You By its definition, it is, particularly since I am a subsistence gardener who is not into trying to grow stuff faster, or grafting to make better fruit.
I came of age watching agribusiness take over small farms in Northern California’s San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. It ultimately poisoned the environment to such an extent that Sacramento itself is now one of the unhealthiest places in America to live.
Gardening is also something very spiritual to me, without the chanting or the symbols, but certainly the heart and mind set. I’m bringing another life form into the world for the specific purpose of eating it when it either dies or reproduces.
During that time, I’m responsible for it and it behooves me to be as physically and emotionally nurturing as I would hope to be with any of God’s creatures, including puppies and children.
As sophomoric and as anthropomorphic as that might sound, it works in my house. When potatoes, corn, tomatoes, garlic, etc start loving you back, you have a harvest fit for the Divine and a feast worthy of the love you invested.
Not everyone can grow stuff, just like not everyone SHOULD be able to reproduce. So there’s definitely the Hand of the Deity in a green thumb. We created that robotic gardener but only God can give it the heart to love a radish.
Have a great week, all.
Sometimes I think headline writers like to cruise a little over the top. This one, for instance, made it sound like we’re about to get mugged by some very very bad dudes. The Hubble Space Telescope Just Spotted A Gang Of ‘Monster’ Stars
Considering its place in the web of life, this cannot bode well, if it is permitted to happen. Ash Tree Set For Extinction In Europe
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
‘Father Cody Is Dangerous’: Seattle Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case For $9.1 Million After Damning Letters Surface
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
EASTER REFLECTIONS FROM UKRAINE
Easter is one of the oldest of Christian traditions. For some, it is just a celebration with exchanging of gifts and cards and I think that is good. For others, however, Easter is a reminder of the love nature of Jesus and what he faced from people on his own will.
Mishka, wishing you and yours happy Easter. I know you are one of those who do understand the meaning of this celebration. and good luck with gardening 😉
Stay well, my cousin.
MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS –The Pacific Crest Trail.
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.
Outstanding. Now if the powers that be will only listen. Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call For Halt To Arctic Drilling
Outstanding Part II. Video: Prince Speaks Out For Nepalese Girls
I believe them and good show! Amazon.Com Says That There Is No Gender Or Ethnic Imbalance In What It Pays Its Employees
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This absolutely must stop and if that means going to sea in a small swift boat to do it, tell me where I sign on. Minkies are among the largest but gentlest creatures on a planet that is mostly water. And they certainly do not deserve this. A Japanese Fleet Killed 333 Whales For ‘Research’
And this is the same state which gave us one of the most enlightened chief executives this nation has ever had. It is, indeed, a rainy night in this place. Parents in America’s state of Georgia were offended by the ‘Far East religion’ of yoga, so they got ‘Namaste’ banned from school
Under the “What Were They THINKING?” category and this really browns me off because I live in this state and I am normally very proud of it. Hollow Columns Holding Up I-5, I-405 Bridges Could Implode In Major Quake
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This will never happen in my house. Welcome To Your Driverless Life
I honestly do not know whether to laugh or cry about this one. Microsoft’s tay.ai chabot was a fast learner. Unfortunately the artificial intelligence bot, designed to converse with millennials on twitter and messaging services, quickly learned to parrot racist and other offensive comments. Microsoft took tay offline for adjustments.
I thought this was amazing. Video: Century-Old Missing Ship Mystery Solved
THE GREEN AGENDA
Ridership on Seattle’s light rail, after the openings of stations at UW and Capitol Hill, is higher than expected. Sound Transit is adding bigger trains to keep up with the crowds. $50 billion is the tally of Sound Transit’s proposal to increase light rail, buses and commuter trains from Tacoma to Everett. The plan, which could be on the ballot this fall, would result in a network of 108 miles of light rail.
Hey, millennials: Microsoft’s snarky bot wants to talk to you. The bot — tay.ai, which is fluent at teenage Web speak — was built using machine-learning technology and some input from improvisational comedians.
Females in farming: “We’ve all been sort of conditioned to assume this farmer is with the hat, and he’s a man, and he’s white,” says Audra Mulkern, who takes photos for The Female Farmer Project. Her portraits of agricultural women at work — and the statistics — show that this is not the case in Washington.
Record-breaking restaurant: For the first time, our critic Providence Cicero is giving a four-star review: Renee Erickson’s steakhouse Bateau. Bar Melusine next door, also owned by Erickson, is great for oysters and little dishes.
Up for hiking, paddling, birding? How about heading to the South Sound? The stunning area around Olympia has a lot more options than you’d think for a great weekend, and none of them involves the Legislature.
Another tech powerhouse is coming to South Lake Union. Google is working with Paul Allen’s Vulcan to move into 607,000 square feet of office space in Amazon’s neighborhood. Between 3,000 and 4,000 employees could fit in the space.
Amazon is adding Uwajimaya and PCC Natural Markets to its Prime Now fast-delivery service in Seattle. The two grocers say the arrangement makes them like neighborhood stores for area households.
Dance dance revolution. Think ballet is all Tchaikovsky? Think again. This year’s “Director’s Choice” program (Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual grab bag of short works) includes performances set to Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens and Philip Glass — plus dancers stuck to a wall with Velcro.
BEST OF THE NET
The Brussels Philharmonic and Vlaams Radio Koor performed Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at a memorial for the victims of this week’s attacks.
Mason Wells, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary in Belgium, describes how he survived the terrorist attack at the Brussels Airport.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
The little things?
The little moments?
They aren’t little.
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NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES
Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display
Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
Editing ~ General and International
“Americanization” of International Websites
Online English Tutoring
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Okay, so is this like something every subway should have? London Underground Has Its Own Mosquito
I think if I saw this small fish on my front porch, I might get a little tweaked. This Weird Little Fish Can Walk Up Waterfalls
I wonder how the father in this family handles this. How Do These Beetle Moms Make Time For Their Kids? Very Unsexy Perfume.
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. Their Project FeederWatch eNews is now, as well.
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