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A SMALL PERSON DRAMATICALLY OVER-COMPENSATING
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea. Sometimes when I have bad dreams, it has nothing to do with having pizza too close to bed time. Once in awhile, it is in reaction to something about which I can do nothing except go down for the record as being strongly for or against.
This dream I had was of an American government – not the people themselves – who were invading this country to get their kids back. In an administration which has seen some pretty consciousness raising moments, taking kids away from their parents as a penalty/alleged deterrent for illegal entry has definitely enlightened me about just how cruelly the government can treat even those who have done nothing to hurt this nation.
Since I also work on the intuitive level, US Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions, who seems to fall in and out of favor with Trump like an uptown hooker with fluctuating fees, strikes me as a small person dramatically overcompensating. That alone tells me that since he does not realize that size has very little to do with any of this, I’m convinced he was either born without the equipment to get a clue or does understand and chooses to disagree. In either event, he is not operating in the same dimension as those he would seek to serve.
My dream was apocalyptic and I hope it does not come to pass. But I leave it to you. If you and your family were fleeing for your lives, got caught trying to sneak into safe haven, and then had your kids taken away from you, how would you feel?
And what would you do about it?
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
Donald Trump may well go down as the ringmaster of the biggest dog and pony show since our species was created…on Saturday..with what was left over…mud.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
BEWARE OF PALM OIL
Here is one of the most heartbreaking stories you could find about decreasing of tropical forests and their inhabitants due to popularity of cheap and widely used palm oil “Orangutans Face Complete Extinction Within 10 Years, Animal Rescue Charity Warns”
From one side of course it is not much in our hands to help to survive ecoregion, but on other hand if it’s a business matter, then consumption rates are important. As described in the article Palm Oil: Good or Bad?, there is a lot of controversy about both its health value and second, the environmental impact of its use.
Palm oil in this part of the world as far as I know began as an industrial oil. Now, it is everywhere; in chocolates, kids cereals, buns, cookies etc. As I’m watching lots of kids produce before buying, sometimes it’s almost a lost fight to try to buy a product that does not contain it.
Ironically, when I worked for an agricultural information agency, I made a research calls to bakeries and other food manufactures to find out if they use it. Hastily, most of then said no but then in an any shop, you see the different situation.
So yes it is not easy to cut it off from own foods, but it is possible to reduce consumption to as possible lowest level. (For the sake of orangutans as well as our own.) If we want to prove that we are the next step in development of evolution here’s our chance.
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.
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
I have very mixed feelings about this. The most “infallible” machine is still the product of fallible human being. Tomorrow’s Cities: Dubai And China Roll Out Urban Robots
Anybody want to try this? Me either. I’d miss the trees. How We Could Survive On An Asteroid
I sincerely believe he’s going to love this. Physicist Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Broadcast Into Space In A Final Tribute
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.
THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”. The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Now, here’s the really cool part. Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you. You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
And why did it do this? Because it was there. Minnesota Raccoon Hailed As Hero After Skyscraper Climb
We need to make sure these gentle creatures do not perish from this earth. If any of you have connections to wild game preserves, now might be a good time to use them. Saiga Antelopes: The Ice Age Survivors Now In Peril
We have them in our neighborhood. Coyotes In The Park
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
Project FeederWatch eNews this month challenges you to think like a bird so that you can understand bird behaviour. Yep, please go here.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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