INSIDE: Walking Freedom Road With The Statue Of Liberty And Lady Justice; News In Review; From Olya – Losing The Trust Of Ordinary People ; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & 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
WALKING FREEDOM ROAD WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND LADY JUSTICE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been a fun week for President Trump and the American people as they both continue to struggle through a morass for which both of them are responsible.
Trump and a host of other elected and appointed officials have proven they do not belong in positions of trust, responsibility, truth or justice. We have an American public which seems incapable of cutting through the Twitter barrage and removing these individuals from the equation.
Why have we not done that? Is it because there is some of Donald Trump in all of us and we’re afraid that whatever measures we take against him will also be applied to us? Is it because we yet hope for a saviour, a contemporary white knight, a 21st Century Paladin to rescue us from the world we created when we granted a sociopathic egomaniac with pull ascension to the highest lay office in the land?
More questions yet beg. How much of our invective against Trump really belongs to the person in the mirror? Do we have the courage to look that image in the face and admit that we haven’t exercised our democratic mandate because we would rather wallow in the sty with Trump than walk Freedom Road with the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice?
Do we love one another and this nation enough to fix what WE – not Trump – broke in the first place?
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty
LOSING THE TRUST OF ORDINARY PEOPLE
As I noticed in social media this TED talk became shared TED 2018: Ukrainian journalist fights fake news
We live in strange times when the most powerful weapons are actually mass media and opinion making. To justify any deed, all that is necessary is manipulation of public opinion.
Technologies such as Photoshop have made it far easier to ‘create’ the tools for managing one’s social media and public opinion. In an information saturated age, so much user information is out there that it becomes not a creative issue but a moral and ethical one. To what uses do we put this? And do we protect ourselves from those who would use it immorally, unethically or lethally?
What I hear from people around me here in Ukraine, as well as my international friends is that mass media is loosing the trust of ordinary peple. We are all tired of trying toe valuation information to determine if it is real or fake. So more and more people just switch off TV, stop reading newspapers and try to stay far away from politics.
Is it fear based behaviour? Maybe. Or possibly it is a conscious choice.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
Beggin’ your pardon, Your Grace, but that flippin’ sod is so full of it, he piddles when he fiddles.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is really cool. Little Inventors – Inventions For Space — Develop Your Space Inventions! The 2018 Edition Of Little Inventors Is Focused On Space. Little Inventors Are Invited To Explore The Challenges Of Travel And Life In Space.
Ambiguities abound in this one. World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Also Happens To Be Part Of “The World’s Biggest System Of Surveillance”
The implications of this should terrify us. A Global Arms Race For Killer Robots Is Transforming The Battlefield
Incredible Images From Our Friends At NASA’s Earth Observatory (Refreshed Weekly)
One very important factor for sustaining hope is to have an optimistic attitude. Optimism doesn’t mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. It means that you remain motivated to seek a solution to whatever problems arise. Optimism involves looking at a situation not only in relation to problems that arise, but also seeking out some benefit—looking at it in terms of its potential positive outcome.
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I would have given a small fortune to have been there when this happened. ‘Very Angry Badger’ Invades Scottish Castle
India’s ‘sugarcane leopards’ prowl close to humans Yeah, for the same reason bear and puma ‘prowl’ Seattle’s suburbs. It has something to do with their ancestors being there before ours.
In my house, we celebrate moments like this. Rare Cat Sighting In The Mountains Of Mongolia Is Cause For Celebration Among Conservationists
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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