Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We’ve spoken from time to time in this column about a regional self-determinism movement in the American Pacific Northwest, which is also now known as Cascadia. In our HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE, we’ve broken it out as a region of the United States.
As we have also shared before, this movement toward separation from the federal government and into a self-governing entity which, geographically, included Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon, Western Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia began in the mid-1970s with the publication of a novel which hit the New York Times bestseller list and stayed on it long enough to influence an entire generation.
It has been an historical evolution, then, which began long before the present federal administration and exacerbated as national concerns have clashed with regional priorities. It is the Rust Belt versus the Green Belt and the greens want no part of the competition. Ours was the last region settled and we are as different ~ in attitude and lifestyle ~ from the Midwest, New England, the South or the Southwest as Ukraine is from Russia or Brazil from Argentina.
We’ve already declared as a sanctuary state and Seattle, a sanctuary city. This past week, we moved another step closer to the economic independence it is going to take to be free from federal regulation and jurisdiction. A Seattle Income Tax? Anti-Trump Groups Want To Take On Legal Challenges To Get One
There has also been talk in Olympia of a property tax increase on homes assessed at over $200,000 to fund what the present administration is threatening to deny should we reject their agenda. Popular consensus in the local media suggests more than a willingness to pay for this but, as well, some downsizing and expectation re-evaluation, making this a two-pronged thrust of raising the money and reducing expenses.
Since how we do this is an exportable, we urge you to follow our Cascadia news as well for an overview which will also lead you to other stories like these.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE
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OCEANA & POLYNESIA
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER
ESPIONAGE, & TERRIORISM
MEANWHILE IN CANADA
OUR RIGHTS SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED
This week, I want to share some thoughts about equality. Recently, after the flight from one of the European countries with a stopover in Kiev, I noticed the discontent of one of the foreigners who had to wait in a single queue common to everyone. As you probably know, usually at their airports, there is a queue for EU and another for everyone else. I don’t mind following the rules in other countries, but that person’s reaction gave me a little laugh. And I couldn’t help saying (maybe in a little louder voice than usual), “Because we all are equal in Ukraine.”
Then a thought flashed to me. How much do we appreciate what we have? It is easy to forget the achievements of previous generations. Recently in America was a march of women’s equality rights. For us in Ukraine, this is not such a hot topic. We inherited all these rights, without even thinking.
Once having a dinner with the Indians, it was interesting to learn about their caste system and how caste affects their fate. Which caste one belongs to is determined by surname, tattoos and even skin color. I respect their traditions but just realized how much more free in mind our society is. Yes, there are rich and poor in Ukraine, but this is temporary and transient-state. Most intelligent people are educated enough to keep the conversation at any level.
There is now a discussion in society about shall we continue the celebrations of Women’s Day that Ukraine and many other UN countries do on 8th March. They’ve been going on for a long time. The earliest one was held on February 28, 1909, in New York so I don’t see the point of argument saying it’s a reminder of when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. It is a commemoration of our birthright of equality and the dramatic reminder that these rights should never be taken for granted.
That’s all for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
So much for “live long and prosper,” eh? Few Americans Follow 4 Main Pillars Of Heart Health.
And they want us to lock ourselves into motor vehicles that drive themselves? That Cool Robot May Be A Security Risk
This almost sounds like a Grade B Sci Fi movie. Astronauts’ Brains Change Shape In Space
THE GREEN BEAT
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
There is, I suspect, a lesson for all of us in this. 2 Cats Approach A Lonely, Baby Monkey – They Teach Him The Meaning Of Love And Friendship
This is so cool, pardon the pun. No Humans Allowed: Photo Essay Of Unique Island Where Animals Rule
I wonder how the subjects of this experiment felt about it. Bumblebees Demonstrate The Power Of Insect Brains
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.
Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.
Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.
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