INSIDE: One Prediction For The New Year; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Happy New Year & Chernobyl Transformed; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
ONE PREDICTION FOR THE NEW YEAR
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. The year in review and predictions for the new one are traditional mainstays in journalism and a pair I’ve tried assiduously to avoid. The first is available on our website. The second suggests that there is a hidden reality out there discernible only to a very few. I was partly raised on a ranch so I know what that nonsense smells like and so do you guys, right?
That having been said, yep, I’m making an exception to the latter this year. I make no claim to a gift for prophecy. I’m basing all this on what I’ve studied, what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learned. As considerable as that is, yep, I’m still flying by the seat of my Levi Strauss.
My greatest concern for this nation has always been that it would succumb to the charms of a malevolent dictator with an insatiable lust for power and control. I predicted such a world in my novel Wrath of the USS Testament. I’ve watched it evolving since Donald Trump took office and I’ve experienced all of the emotions I’ve seen and felt around me.
What has kept me “on the Hit Parade,” is that I’ve also been watching the reactions to it closer to home. A movement which began with Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia in the 1970s has been evolving as well. Governors in all four western states (Hawaii included in this count), attorneys general and the federal judicial branch have defied White House edicts on Constitutional grounds and on those grounds, have refused to apply them. This is also happening in New England, with New York city and state leading the charge.
We have, then, the strength, the resources and the will to remain free and independent Americans. President Trump, on the other hand, has only coin of the realm and sycophants. If you were a gambling person, who would you put your money on?
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Love Rusty
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND CHERNOBYL TRANSFORMED
Happy New Year to you and our Northstar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past three years. Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2018 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet.
On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Plant was closed for good. Now, some 31 years after the catastrophe itself, the facility attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more
There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.
After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.
For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet http://playcrunchtime.com?
Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms. The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.
I highly recommend it.
Take care, Mishka and stay warm. Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами. Cheers, Olya
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
I think it’s very important to understand this now that dams are not our only means of generating electricity. The Linked Fate Of Salmon And Dams
Video: Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes Not to mention the oxygen they produce and the other wildlife to whom they are the world.
Life in Space
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Fossils Suggest A Universe Filled With Life —
Evidence Of Life Processes Found In Fossils In 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Rocks. Scientists Say This Work Suggests That Life In Our Universe Is Widespread.
Let’s hope this works. Seattle’s New Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks Takes Effect Jan. 1
I grew up around cops like these. Thoughtful Trooper Comforts Little Girl After Christmas Day Crash
YES Magazine’s punch on this one is positive. Our 10 Best Solutions Stories You Might Have Missed This Year
This absolutely must stop. UNICEF Says Scale Of Attacks On Children In Conflicts Is Shocking
I’d say this is poor form at best, wouldn’t you? Report: Amazon, Microsoft Workers Caught Hiring Sex Workers Using Company Email
This needs to change. Tourism And Orcas
In today’s world we face emotional crises, but technological developments alone cannot solve our emotional problems. We can only deal with them by training the mind. We can learn from the psychology of ancient India how to alleviate our emotional turmoil and find peace of mind. The existing system of modern education is largely oriented towards material growth, but we have to include inner values too.
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, at 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 one of National Geographic’s best. See Hundreds Of Beluga Whales Gathering In The Arctic
This is certainly good news. 9 Animals That Are Getting A Much-Needed Boost In Global Protection
We really cannot let this happen. Study: Bitumen Spill Would Harm Migrating BC Salmon
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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