INSIDE: Meet Sissel; News In Review; From Olya – Another Case For Cryptocurrency; 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
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I started out life as a musician trained in bands and orchestras in Sacramento, California public schools and performed with the Sacramento Youth Band, a city-wide marching and concert band that toured the state and the Northern California DeMolay Show and Band, a masonic stage band that toured western Canada. I had my own professional group, The Jazzmen, for which I also fronted and booked. We were good enough to play at the same Class A clubs which headlined the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, both of whom I’ve met. I’ve also covered entertainment in Los Angeles and Hollywood as a writer.
I live for stellar performances. They reaffirm my faith in humanity. They uplift me and move me in more ways than even the passion of romantic love or the spiritual ecstasy of a high mountain dawn. I’ve survived a lot thanks to the folks who produce this stuff and I’ve grown as both an artist and a human being thanks to their creative genius.
This is Sissel (Cecelia) from Kyrkjebo, a small town in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of five million. I recently discovered her by accident and I am absolutely, totally and without reservation enjoying becoming a devout fan of perhaps the finest vocal performer the last of an old century and the first of a new has yet produced.
A clear voiced soprano with a classical background, she has crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. She is also multi-lingual and has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her looks are as international as her music and when this statuesque entertainer takes the stage, she does so quietly, sincerely and without command. She has also collaborated with a number of the finest performers in music today. And she was also the “voice” in the theme from the most recent version of the epic film, “Titanic.”For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.
Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington. For comments, please go here.
ANOTHER CASE FOR CRYPTOCURRENCY
Recent weeks have seen positive tendencies in the cryptocurrency market. Is it Spring optimism or a game of big players? One of the possible reasons for the upswing might be because cryptocurrency declared under Islamic law and market is now opened to1.6 billion Muslims
There are, perhaps, other reasons. We all remember the financial crisis of 2007-2008, which began in America and then spread worldwide, infecting the global economy. Has the system changed much since then so it is more stable?
That question is probably the one which drives cryptocurrency holders trying to find alternative financial ways. One of the reasons for that Banking Crisis of 2008 was the so-called moral hazard, which is when someone increases their exposure to risk when insured). Governments were paying for the risks (and then losses) the bankers were taking.
Can we say it will not happen again? Consider a recent Ukrainian example with PrivatBank when the government assumed all the debt of that institution to prevent it from failing. Could this not be encouraging bankers to take risks, knowing they will not be responsible for consequences?
The great advantage of cryptocurrency is that it is never borrowed money. That is why, even in volatile times, its stability could make it a new system for a changing world. Also should we mention libertarian sentiments about a decentralized financial system? Who knows? Maybe cryptocurrency will make the Lorenz curve (a graphical representation of the distribution of income or of wealth) work closer to a line of perfect equality.
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.
If you want to live a long and healthy life, run up big bills with medical people for stuff you don’t really need. They’ll have a vested interested in keeping you alive long enough to pay them off. And if you die before then, there really will be sad people at your funeral.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
Why I Like My Job-Share With Robots Say hi to HAL 9000 for us. (shudder)
These have been appearing in the astronomical news often these days so it is probably a good idea to refresh our memory. What is an exoplanet?
Incredible Images From Our Friends At NASA’s Earth Observatory (Refreshed Weekly)
A person’s underlying outlook and motivation can certainly affect how he or she responds to life’s adversities and dangers. An attitude of kindness and compassion brings a sense of self-confidence, an inner strength that reduces fear. In fact, an individual’s response to danger and ability to deal with fear can often depend more on their outlook and personal characteristics than on the nature of the situation itself.
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND 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
I totally love this and I’m betting you will too. Retired Couple Capturing A Treasure Trove Of Data On Australia’s Dolphins
Here is yet another study confirming that underwater noise pollution stresses aquatic animals
Amazing is the word for it. Amazing Photo Of Kenya’s ‘Mohawk’ Lion
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter is now online and, as usual, it is a bird lover’s delight.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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