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INSIDE: Immigration, An Experience Shared By All; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Could Genoa Happen Here?; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; 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
IMMIGRATION, AN EXPERIENCE SHARED BY ALL
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Most contemporary discussions of immigration seem to emphasize their rights. Given the abuse of the system, I think that is totally appropriate and I approve. However, I also believe we need balance.
I’ve lived from one end of the American Pacific Coast to the other and in communities almost as ethnically diverse as the one in which I am living now in South Seattle. I have had mostly good experiences with ethnic diversity and have always respected what respects me and mine.
My good will comes from the way these “new Americans” choose to live. While total assimilation is neither their goal nor mine, to learn not only what is, but why it is certainly should be. So should a cultural inventory in terms of what the new can contribute to the “established”.
It also means avoiding drawing unfavorable attention to one’s self or group by being loud, overly gregarious and exclusionary to the point where it looks like rather than coming to a new land for a new life, the goal is a beach-head for an invasion.
The Russian blonde is reading over my shoulder and is pointing out that at some point in time, most people have been “immigrants”. If you’ve moved to a new city or state, you’re an immigrant. If you’ve switched schools or a job, you’re an immigrant.
When you look at it that way, immigration and assimilation are both American experiences, shared by all.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
COULD GENOA HAPPEN HERE?
Seems like rain was leading the headlines this week. While most people — when thinking of rain — imagine its poetic side, as we all also know, on some unfortunate occasions it can lead to disaster. And even though we do, we can’t blame the weather itself.
It is neither good nor bad but in combination with human mistakes it often lkeadscould lead to irremediable circumstances like in Genoa, when heavy rains caused that city’s main connecting bridge to the Italian mainland to collapse.
“It is not acceptable that such an important bridge was not built to avoid this kind of collapse,” deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi told the world recently.
Could such tragedy have been avoided? And could it happen where I live? That made me immediately think about bridges across Dnipro River in Kyiv and Dnipro City. All of them are pretty old and according to famous words of Kyiv’s mayor about one in the capital- the Shuliavskiy Overbridge – “tired”.
This is also what he said when that structure collapsed last year, fortunately without victims. The recent rains in Kyiv also put the mayor under critics of the locals who experienced the consequences of flooding and one of the main reasons is the poor drainage problem which has not been tackled yet: The weather in Kiev storm flooded streets and washed cars. flooding many underground passages and road networks and even, as evidenced by the videos in that article, the underground tube and shopping centers were full of water.
But for as much inclement weather as Ukraine got, the Most Rain Fury Award this week goes to India, with “state’s worst monsoon in almost a century”. Kerala Floods Live Updates: Public Transport System Collapses In Many Parts Of Central Keral.
Prayers to this nation.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay dry, my cousin.
Editor’s Note: Sometimes Olya’s sense of humour runs a bit to the bizarre. Where I live has not seen measurable rainfall in several months, despite its reputation for being one of the soggiest places on the planet.
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.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
Good for these folks. There’s plenty of room out there and this could solve a lot of problems for the subject nation. Narendra Modi Says India Will Send A Manned Flight Into Space By 2022
These photos are as dramatic as they are descriptive. Dust, Smoke And North America’s Sunsets
Disaster defined. We’re Putting More Homes In The Path Of Wildfires
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
If this does not motivate us to put more money into our infrastructures, we will die foolish and beyond redemption. Genoa Bridge: ‘I Was Under The Bridge When It Collapsed’
Heaven just got itself another angel. I am so looking forward to listening to her forever. Aretha Franklin: In Her Own Words
If this does not tug your heartstrings, you need to ask God for a new one. Kids Battling Illnesses Become ‘Chief’ For A Day – Youtube
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
We promise you won’t be eaten by a megalodon Uh huh. How much of the planet is covered with water? And how much of that has been explored? And you can guarantee there’s not one of these blood-thirsty carnivores as big as an ICBM down there somewhere? Riiight.
Whale Rescued From Fishing Net In Chile Outstanding and way to go, guys.
My apologies to the species and the little country involved but I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this. The Unexpected Animals Roaming Cuba
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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