INSIDE: The Will Of The People Will Prevail; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal gift page; Headline News At A Glance; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal; From Olya: Orphanages Are Not The Answer; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s undeniably been an action-packed week, has it not, gang? America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to gag Net Neutrality. While many are contemplating the impacts, where I live, we’re insuring the FCC’s decision won’t affect Washington state, where 200,000 people making a living in this venue of net neutrality.
Our governor and other state leaders are making sure that only net neutral vendors can be licensed and have access to the infrastructure. Our attorney general has filed suit, just as he did to block several of Trump’s attempts to select who could come here and who could not. This story from the Spokane Spokesman-Review provides the details. Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won’t for the nation
And it appears that other states are already doing the same as this story from TIME magazine explains. What’s Next for Net Neutrality? Lawsuits Against the FCC. This is another example of the same kind of states vs. the federal government that, some 156 years ago, initiated the bloodiest war in American history and one fought on its own soil.
Could this eventually lead to the balkanization of America? I think we can look to the Soviet Union for an example of that. Few people doubted that would happen especially after the failure of Hungary’s revolt in 1956. But when Poland held free elections and voted Solidarity leader Lech Walensa its president in 1990, thus defying the Kremlin, the beginning of the end of the USSR began.
What seems to often elude leaders of nations like America, Russia and China is that they can enact all the legislation they want. In the end, the will of the people will prevail, as it will in this case, as well.
Have a great week, gang. Rusty
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ORPHANAGES ARE NOT THE ANSWER
Looking through shelves in a bookshop, I stumbled upon a J.K. Rowling book, ” The Tales of Beedle the Bard”. I was struck by the note in the end of it by The Lumos Fund. It said that money from the book’s sale will go to support children in crisis families and enable them to stay with their families instead of going to foster care or an institution.
Particularly in bad circumstances, there is nothing so important to a child as “family,” even if it’s not full, but instead, single parent or relatives taking care of them. Rowling’s Lumos Fund has also literally transformed the orphans care system in Zhytomyr. Read more here :
This really moved me, especially after a recent talk with a lady who had worked for social services in the West Ukraine city of Ivano-Frankivsk. She explained how difficult it was to provide all the children the care they need. She also said that even the best of attention cannot replace that of a family member. This woman also said that she left her job after a case that broke her heart.
In a village she preferred not to name, she found a little girl in a stroller. No one knew her. No one knew how she got there. This scared, crying child was not taken into loving arms of family. She was sent to an orphanage. That, this woman explained, was just too much suffering for her to take.
So, this woman stated firmly, whenever possible, kids should stay with someone who loves them. If financial support is necessary, it should be provided. Same with infrastructures like employment, housing and daycare. The government has some of these resources but in 2018’s annual budget, 38.5 percent more was dedicated to housing for orphans, rather than to support poor families on whom a child is a significant financial challenge.
I totally agree then, with Ms. Rowling’s assertion that more needs to come from the private sector and from individuals who care about kids. A dramatic result of what happens when this support is not forthcoming is Ukraine singer Ani Lorac, whose song “Shady Lady,” took second place at Eurovision in 2008.
Ani Lorac is her stage name. Her real one is Carolina and she grew upin poverty. Her mother separated from her father even before Carolina was born. Abandoned financially, as well, Carolina’s mom did not have enough money to feed her children so she gave up them up to a boarding school that was actually an orphanage, where they remained through seventh grade.
It is said that one of the things that draws people into the entertainment industry is the need for love from an audience that they did not receive as kids. That, of course, is not possible. When the truth of that hits, sometimes life is too much to bear.
Listen to Ani Lorac’s song, “Smile” and you will understand.
Olya Bereza, 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. For comments on this please go here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This Should Leave Us All A Little Speechless. Hurricane Harvey Rainfall ‘Weighed 127bn Tonnes’
And It’s A Cute One, Too. The World’s Youngest Island
Prehistoric Skye Meteorite Impact Found
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Solstice Coming Up December 21: Everything You Need To Know
Another reason why I live here. Seattle And King County Double Down On Sanctuary City Defiance
We knew this. Infographic: How giving makes you much happier
This is awesome. Gujarat’s Women Bikers On A Mission
Everybody appreciates kindness, but unfortunately our modern education system, with its materialistic goals, doesn’t have much room for inner values. We need to make people more aware of such inner values on the basis of scientific findings, common sense and common experience.
This will be remembered and they will not be forgotten, Mr. Trump. South Jersey Couple Deported to Mexico After 30 Years in US: In an emotional and religious goodbye Friday morning, the Campos parents said goodbye to their children, ages 24, 22, and 16, as they were forced onto a flight
This is absolutely horrific and I agree with the recommendations of this report. Report Details Gruesome Crimes Against Humanity At North Korean Prisons
When something like this lands in my backyard, I remind myself that being charged with a crime is not being convicted of one. Still… Washington State GOP Lawmaker Put On Paid Leave At University Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation
There is absolutely no excuse for this. And this company is the last one I thought would do this. But then again, before I started saving for an electric car, I almost bought a Toyota. HP Laptops Found To Have Hidden Keylogger
THE GREEN BEAT
HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING
HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is awesome. Bambi on ice: Deer rescued from frozen lake in Oregon
Absolutely absorbing. Photos: Marvel At The Diversity Of Western Marine Life
Here’s another chance to die of cute. This Adorable Bat Loves Bananas More Than Life Itself
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
This month’s Project FeederWatch eNews is now online.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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