April 3, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 199 444th Consecutive
It has been a week of ironies. I have ties to Russia and enjoy a couple of their websites a great deal. I have two favorite singers and one of them is Russian. The magazine also gets most of its Russian news from the Moscow Times.
I enjoy the interaction. It’s like they post a photo of some of their army and I remind them we have one too so their point is? Or this morning, this jet fighter preparing to take off from an aircraft carrier. I told them I wanted one and asked them how much they cost.
But that’s about as far as that behavior goes. I respect their president and stay out of their politics. I do not criticize their lifestyle or the decisions they make until those decisions impact my world and frankly, most of them do not.
In some very important ways, I am a lot ~ both in person and therefore on the Net ~ like James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Except I’m not naïve.
So if I get into an argument with someone on that site, it’s the same as anywhere else. This one started because I wanted to see how bright a couple of these people were. So I asked them what other country’s flag had the same colors as theirs. Do you guys know?
And when it took them too long, I just sighed and muttered something about hoping their guns were as dumb as they were. Red, white and blue happen to be the colors of the flags of both Russia and the United States of America.
Here’s another irony. El Nino or his sister La Nina generally impact the weather almost to the point of temporarily altering the climate. Look up what those two names literally translate to. Since Spanish nouns are case sensitive, it means “child”, male (el) or (la) female.
So I am thinking, if those are kids doing that, we need to find their parents and make sure they’re not mad at us about anything. I suspect these are offspring of the planet herself and that as long as we’re stupid enough or self-destructive enough to defy nature, we’re headed ~ walking tall ~ down the road to our own extinction.
Mightier beasts than humans have walked this planet before. I suspect it was not a cataclysm which killed them. It was, I believe, their fatal arrogance.
Have a great week, all.
For our American readers especially, which state ~ based on the quality of its secondary (high school) education system ~ ranks first and which ranks 50th? The state in which I was educated came in second. The state in which I’ve lived now for about 30 years came in 15th. How did yours do?
This is probably the best reason we will ever have to stop poisoning the planet.. Even Before They Start Breathing, Babies Can Be Harmed By Air Pollution, Scientists Say
I live in the state where this happened and I am very proud to be where people do this. Our thanks to the Los Angeles Times for this one. When those guys pick a story up, the whole world reads it. Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Loses 2 Dams And Gains A Wild River – Plus A New Beach
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Large Fire At Industrial Bakery
Inquiry ‘Will Cover False Abuse Claims’
Man Bailed In Prison Murder Inquiry
Desert Dust Health Warning Issued
Three Hurt In ‘Suspicious’ Gas Blast
Most People In Scotland ‘Not Religious’
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
This’ has been a long week. Those who had chickenpox, a child’s disease, in adulthood would understand. In such circumstances, one needs something to distract their mind from painful symptoms.
I do not have ~ nor ever intend to own ~ a television set. So for me, it was the Internet and especially the short videos called TED Talks. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design) also hosts interactive global conferences on an equally impressive range of topics. It is amazing to have so many enthusiasts, researchers, dreamers in one place to share ideas.
Books and writing children stories were another entertainment of mine for relief.
Albert Einstein once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
During these days I reread again 6 books of Kir Bulychev’s children’s science fiction series about Alice – girl from future having lots of space and time adventures. It was interesting to compare the writer’s 30 years old view of development with current world. Interesting and sad sometimes as the author expected ours to be a much more humane era. Still there is a hope that by 2088 ~ year of described events ~ it will happen. Of course at least we have now videophones and screen TVs. That was a future back his days.
The last two decades of the last century are nostalgic for many people. There was some “promise for better life” in the air, reflected in the world pop culture. Feels like a paradigm flaw happened later. But who knows? Maybe “Like the legend of the phoenix, we too will Get Lucky”
On this philosophical note wishing you a great week ahead 🙂
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 moving. Video: The Doctors Helping India’s Acid Victims
We celebrate this with extreme applause. Landmark Presidential Shift In Myanmar
This is nice, except Jackie died in 1972. Philadelphia Apologizes To Jackie Robinson For The ‘Unconscionable Abuse’ He Once Suffered There
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Pray to Whoever you believe in that this never happens to you or anyone you love. My Life As A Sex-Trafficking Victim
I’ll take “Here We Go Again,” Alex, for a thousand. Boeing Commercial Airplanes is taking steps to eliminate 4,000 jobs by June — and that may be only halfway toward the total cuts this year. “We’re being pushed to the wall” by price competition from Airbus, CEO Ray Conner told employees in an internal message.
For the sake of a gentle readership, I will not express the utter contempt I have for this young man and the profound sympathy I have for the victim and her family. All-American Swimmer Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Woman On Stanford Campus
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
To me, this is flipping bloody amazing (pardon my English). Amateur Astronomers Captured Footage Of A Space Rock Crashing Into Jupiter
This is NOT good news. Three Electric Car Recalls In A Month
THE GREEN AGENDA
Some People May Be Genetically Programmed To Be Vegetarians, Cornell Study Finds
Mom’s And Dad’s Pre-Pregnancy Caffeine Intake May Affect Miscarriage Risk, Britain’s National Institute of Heath Study Warns
The number of foreign children adopted by American families fell to 5,648 last year, the lowest since 1981, over concerns about corruption and child trafficking in several nations. On the flip side, 93 American children were adopted by families in other nations.
Record crowds are expected at Sea-Tac airport the next couple of weeks as many school districts go on spring break. If you’re flying, here’s a survival guide. Hint: Avoid Thursdays and Fridays if you can.
The University of Washington is suing Seattle for control over historical buildings on campus. The university says it wants the issue settled by the courts, not raucous community meetings.
Google is giving $344,000 in grants to the city of Seattle to bring Wi-Fi to low-income residents and to parks and recreation centers across the city.
The new 520 bridge is opening, after 31 years of arguments, planning and construction. Check out the world’s longest floating bridge here first, then walk, run or bike across the new span this weekend. Drivers get their first ride on the bridge April 11.
BEST OF THE NET
This is absolutely the cutest cartoon video we have ever seen. It’s been popular in Russia and Eastern Europe for several years. So, gentle readers, meet Masha and the Bear.
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
What is the world’s loudest animal? The answer just might surprise you.
This is great news. Bison Coming “Home” To Montana Indian Reservation After 140 Years
They’re like some human parents I have met. Weird Frogs Have Even Weirder Tadpoles
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