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INSIDE: A Pestilence in Long Pants; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – From the Banks of a Quiet Dnipro River; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration – Immigration; 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
A PESTILENCE IN LONG PANTS
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Well, it looks like immigration continues to dominate the news, closely followed by the trade wars and see-sawing diplomatic relations with China, Mexico and North Korea.
There is nothing we can add to what we said last week about immigration. What we have done is to break out that topic from our News page and replicate it further on down in For Your Consideration. It’s a long list of headlines and a horrifying one. But since the issue is being decided on so many levels, including the neighborhood, this is also information we all need to make informed decisions.
The trade wars are like a ping pong ball game. You can watch it with your eyes closed and get a good idea of what’s going on. It’s what happens when a business tycoon runs a mighty nation and it is a clear demonstration of the need for more local and regional self-sufficiency. We do that by not acquiring a taste for food, for instance, that even crosses state lines to get here. Washington State is fortunate because we have our own agriculture and a population commensurate. But even for places that do not, hydroponics has come of age and so have community gardens.
As far as his diplomatic policies, Trump is addicted to the adrenalin rush of power plays and craves attention to a degree which suggests his mother did not breast feed him. That alone would explain other behavior. To expect him to enjoy consensus building more than the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” is about as realistic as expecting an emu and a kiwi to engage in aerial combat over Adelaide or Christchurch.
Sorry gang, it ain’t gonna happen. But eventually this pestilence in long pants will pass and we will all have learned to pay a lot more attention to those who would be king. In the meantime, to the greatest extent possible, we boycott this national disgrace and try not to feel profoundly ashamed that this nation we love and to which so many of us, living and dead, gave our last full measure of devotion also produced him.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
FROM THE BANKS OF A QUIET DNIPRO RIVER
Hi Rusty, from the banks of a quiet Dnipro River:
Long lazy days about 30C/88F while it is not even the midst of summer as in a month it will become even hotter. So the best way to enjoy the weekend is to spend time on the river watching willows reflecting in the water and listening to the sound of poplar leaves whispering with gentle wind.
This year seems like all fruits ripen three weeks earlier then scheduled due to very warm weather. All the grass is already dried out to a yellow colour. Also drought hit 25 percent of the Ukrainian territory and that might have impact on this year harvest as you know Ukraine’s is among of the principal grain exporting countries. Ukraine 2018/19 wheat, barley harvest and exports to fall on drought -UkrAgroConsult
It’s always nice to gaze out the window when on train that glides through never-ending yelllow wheat fields beneath blue skies which so represent the flag of my country.
It is a good way of meditating on the beauty of nature.
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.
The reason Canadians are so polite is that it is too much work to be rude in two languages.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
What makes this so fascinating for me is that these were discovered not in Africa, which I associate with the “cradle of all life,” but in Australia. Fossils Of 2 New Creatures From Dawn Of Animal Life
This is definitely a heads-up question for some of us. Will ‘Slow Earthquakes’ Along Central San Andreas Fault Trigger Larger Quakes?
This may help understand why it is so important to preserve this place. 3D View Of Amazon Rainforest Canopy
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
This sounds like something out of a really cheap sci-fi film. Except it’s real. A Giant Plant That Can Cause Blindness Was Spotted For The First Time In A New State
They and I have something in common, More Wildlife Now Working The Night Shift
Even for Rainforest, this is outstanding. A Great Turtle Rescue That Teaches a Great Turtle Lesson; They were looking for drugs, but ended up finding something much more important… Animals in need!
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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