WE WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO TRUMP’S GOOD NIGHT
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Despite a strong desire to do so, it has been difficult to ignore the battles raging between the present American presidential administration, and the arraying forces of the American judicial system and the self-determination of its individual states and cities, including the ones in which I live.
I’m a simple man so as I understand it, if we don’t need the federal government’s money, there is nothing compelling us to accept their jurisdiction. So one of the most important things being done now is finding those funds.
As just one example, in Washington state and several others, taxes from the sale of marijuana are a source of new revenue. In Washington, since legalization in 2014, $401-million has come from that source. This will continue to increase as the market for the product itself does.
We also need to re-examine our state and local budgets to trim and to utilize less money more efficiently. Even if Olympia and our communities were not already good at this, they would be compelled to become so now.
Our attitude toward cultural diversity and the defense of our immigrant community comes from not only appreciating our own history but in remembering how badly we treated some ethnic minorities in the past. We have vowed that we will never again intern or permit the internment of any segment of our population which has violated no laws.
I hope Donald Trump is listening to what my state and city, and others like us, are saying to him and all those who think as he does. We are a nation of immigrants and to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, “we will not go gently into that good night; we will not go without a fight.” We are Americans and we will live and die as Americans.
All of us.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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OCEANA & POLYNESIA
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER
ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR
TRUMP & COMPANY
MEANWHILE IN CANADA
UKRAINE AND TESLA
Spring has now officially come to Ukraine with first night outdoors for restaurants and coffee shops. There is an exciting buzz on the streets of big cities where young and creative, mature and elderly dwellers enjoy warm evenings, walks in parks or maybe a glass of wine somewhere nice.
Yesterday I saw a couple practicing a waltz in the rotunda in the middle of Lviv Park, giving classical aspiration to learn more dancing which will definitely do in the future.
Just as the sun is about to give so much energy to start all this spring bloom of nature, it can be also used as a cleaner energy source. While recently participating in a charity ball, I had an interesting talk with the co-founder of the Tesla Club in Ukraine. According to him, the most important thing is infrastructure. Due to their efforts already. 800 electrical charging stations have been installed throughout major cities of Ukraine. Of course, it is just a beginning. But it was great to learn that Ukraine is among the five most dynamically developing countries for this market in 2016. Top ten countries in the global EV Revolution
While the greatest sales volume is still used cars, some four thousand motorists have gone electric, with Tesla picking up about 400 – 500 of that share. With more tax incentives being offered, sales of electric vehicles (EV) are increasing abroad, with the greatest number in the US.
I wondered if there were any drawbacks to EVs and apparently, according to my Tesla Club acquaintance, there are none. And they are generally more durable because they have fewer moving parts.
Ukraine has a long way to go yet before we reach the share of electric cars in some countries of Europe but we are on the way. Also, I would like to share an interesting comment, from the Netherlands, to my previous column about government stimulating the EV market.
In the Netherlands, we have stimulated the purchase of more environmental friendly cars for years already. At first hybrid cars were stimulated, but now ~ with more 100% electrical cars on the market ~ the stimulation program is focused on zero emission, meaning 100% electrical and 100% hydrogen cars. These government programs were very successful. We have a relative large number of Tesla and other electrical cars in our roads. We even have a 100% Tesla only taxi company in Amsterdam area 🙂
Tesla is planning to build three new factories, in addition to the two they have in America. The Dutch want to build one in my country and our foreign minister strongly supports them. As a citizen of Ukraine and an environmentalist, it would be so cool to have such a production facility here!
I think it just a matter of time. More and more car manufacturers are now introducing 100% electrical cars on the market. Even the big brands like BMW and Mercedes are entering this field. Tesla is leading the rollout of charging stations and other infrastructure required for these vehicles. Some experts say that in ten years, our roads will be much quieter and our environment considerably cleaner.
I am so looking forward to that time.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, cousin mine,
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is important and good to see. Chinese Court Rules In Favor Of Apple In Design Patent Disputes
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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.
The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.
Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB