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UNTIL TOMORROW, BELIEVE WHAT I SAY TODAY
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: It’s been a fun week for the man who would be king and his administration. He insults NATO and blackmails them into contributing more and when they comply, he has nothing but praise for them and assurances of American support.
Then on to the United Kingdom, where one day, he insults the prime minister and says that Brexit risks loss of American trade. He also opines that her staunchest opponent would make a good PM. Then the next day, after having dinner with Mrs. May and her husband and doing other exercises in enlightenment, he has nothing but praise for the leader of the UK and assurances that America will always be the UK’s strongest trade partner.
Now he’s bound for Helsinki for a summit with Vladimir Putin. He says that among other things, he intends to discuss Russian withdrawal from the Crimea and pulling troops back from that nation’s northeast border.
I see a pattern here and I can almost hear Trump justifying it.
“That’s what I said Monday. But since then, I have more information. Now it is Tuesday. So forget what I said yesterday and believe what I say today.”
Reality to him is “the world according to Trump.” The world in which most of us live exists and he recognizes that. But he’s in charge and if you’re going to deal with him, forget the facts as you know them and believe what he tells you. History has seen some magnificent liars who acquired power of demonic proportions and attempted to imprint their reality on the rest of us.
Our species continues to produce these monsters and continues to allow them to prey among us. What lends particular frustration and bitterness to the sadness I feel about this because whatever they have offered, we never needed from them in the first place.
Disengage. Boycott American goods and services and stop sending them your stuff. We’re an opulent nation capable of providing for ourselves. There might not be as many brands on the shelves and production might slow down in some industries. We are also, however, a nation of thrift stores, garage sales, free stuff ads, etc. Recycling is an industry with a great deal of room for growth and certainly using recycled material in ways the original was not intended is another imminent employment field.
I’m still proud to be an American and I am one of millions of us who is not responsible for the actions of a national chief executive who acts like a freeway full of runaway bus. I pray that the rest of the world understands the difference between, we, the citizens of this land, and those we sometimes mistakenly elect to represent us.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
WAVING FROM A PASSING TRAIN
Olya’s on assignment and on a train which has no Internet. They stopped long enough in a 2,000 km journey for her to send these to you, with apologies for not providing her usual full column. She will, however, be back next week. RM
This week I have to miss column unfortunately but I would like to share this photo of FOOTBALL WINNING TEAM 2018 and share this post about real hero who sacrificed everything to help the kids.
And also another example how “Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion In Victory“
Sorry for being brief this time is just have unexpected train ride where there is no internet for the next 2000 km
Cheers and see everybody next week. Waving from a passing train.
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.
Have you ever noticed that people who tell you the past doesn’t matter have either a dark history or nothing to brag about?
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
With all due respect, why does this not surprise us? Scientists Assessed The Options For Growing Nuclear Power. They Are Grim.
Why am I hearing the theme from the last Titanic film now? Huge Iceberg Drifts Close To Greenland Village, Causing Fears Of A Tsunami
This is outstanding journalism. Powering the Planet: US News & World Report
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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
It has been another exceptionally dry year in Seattle so four of these Rufuous hummingbirds share that feeder with bees bereft of the flowers they normally enjoy and from which they draw sustenance. That bamboo in the background gathers moisture from the air during the night and at first light, both birds and bees drink from the tiny droplets at the end of the bamboo’s slender leaves.
Can The Pacific Northwest’s Orcas Be Saved? With a little help from their friends, yes.
A Win For The Bears And another reason why Canada rocks.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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