Let's do a few news pieces:
Gatestone Institute News: France- A report by Soeren Kern on 3/18..."Children and women are being raped by human traffickers inside Camp de Liniere, a migrant camp in the northern French City of Dunkirk; forced to have sex in return for blankets, food or the offer of passage to Britain."
Add-on to the above story: "The breakdown in law and order in Muslim neighborhoods in Paris is being fueled by impunity for criminals and a lenient judicial system," reported by Hughes Moutouh, former advisor to the French Interior Ministry.
Gatestone News: France- from a story first reported on 2/1/17- French Interior Ministry reported a 45% decline in attacks against Jews and Muslims, in France in 2016. But they did report a 17.5% increase in attacks against Christians. 1,125 attacks against Jews and Muslims in 2016 is down from 2,034 attacks in 2015. 949 attacks occurred against Christians in 2016, up from 808 such attacks in 2015. Also, attacks against Christians has jumped by 245% between 2008 and 2016. But numerous neighborhoods in some of the larger French cities are now considered "no-go zones" for police. Authorities may not enter these zones for they are feared to be too dangerous for the police to enter and investigate crimes. Still, recently the police have been dressing up in undercover roles, wearing Muslim attire to fight the drug trade in these "notorious no-go zones". Police called it "totally normal camouflage technique". However, some Muslim groups complain this sheds a poor light on the Muslim people. (I found it strange to read about these no-go zones, knowing how American police have entered such "notorious" neighborhoods across our country. It is part of the job. One reason earlier explained was the city authorities not wish to have the actual crime statistics reported for tourists to read about.)
Global Times: Russia and North Korea have signed a protocol on export of labor to each other's countries. (Will Russia be receiving North Korean slaves and prisoners? Maybe visa-versa?)
Global Times: Mexico- A human rights agency inside Mexico urges Mexican Government to find the 43 missing students, believed to have been taken prisoner by drug lords. To pursue, "...with the same determination" used to capture escape drug lord- "El Chapo", who is now being held somewhere in the US.
Global Times: (Yes the mainland Chinese just ran this story), United States- Report by the Xinhua News Service, "139 million voters cast ballots in 2016 US Elections."... "This is only 60.2% of eligible voters." (Not one of our proudest moments for a Presidential Election).
Global Times: European Union News- Has announced a new support of 165 million Euros to drought infected-affected countries in the Horn of Africa. ( This was pretty fast action since the well-needed funds was only reported a few days earlier.)
Russian Herald: Moscow- Russian Parliament has approved an investigation into the Russian Operations of the US Media. Russia's Lower House of Parliament announced the Probe.
(As you are aware, I copy down a lot of stories from the China Globe-Mainland China News Service written out in English- and a couple different Russian Papers. This is the same for some of the European Union news services, and South Pacific nations. I review what they are reporting on their own countries, but I also review the stories they carry from other countries and how they report on them. I hope that you bring up these news services in order to review the entire stories. I only give you a headline and a brief synopsis. I leave the rest up to you, otherwise this journal would be 10-times as long and I'd never get any writing done on my manuscripts.
My goal is to show how the earth is moving about, problem areas to help us pray, and keeping a close eye on certain problem children we might have to deal with at sometime with very large rulers. )
I am hoping to get some gardening in this summer and once we get the initial spring cleaning done, we can get some seedlings started. I'm moving over to a strong organic diet now, so growing some of our own veggies will hope. Still talking about goats, but the bear-proof enclosure is not cheap to construct. I told John Alex I'd put him up in a tree with a rifle...he can work the night shift and I'll handle the days. Bugs are worst at night.
Mona, who graduated her course to become a Master Gardner, love flowers and this year she hopes to put together several "magical mini-gardens". They're amazing to look at. Remind me of elf gardens.
As most locals who know me can tell you, I like to decorate our gardens with toys. From super-heroes 3 feet tall, very old full-sized Tonka vehicles, other figurines of all sizes, lots of animals and Disney characters. I goal is to provide a garden small children would enjoy checking out. Well, it is something to do on our long summer days. 95% of the items I place in the garden beds either come from thrift stores or trash dumpsters. People are often tossing away their kid's stuff as they out grow them. NO stuffed animals, rain is simply too tough on them. Only monsters I allow come from Disney. Come to think of it I might have more toys out there than plants.
But before we can begin again, 4 feet of packed snow has to melt away and that sure won't happen overnight. One of the things we use, for out potatoes, is growing them inside old washing machine spinners. Dryers don't work. We might have 5 of them this year since our own washer died. Great for potatoes, or very large weeds if you don't keep an eye on them. It's possible to get between 40-50 potatoes out of a bin per summer and out downstairs food pantry can keep them pool like any old fashion root cellar. We also keep our dry and can goods down there.
Yes, life in Alaska is unique. I once worked in Whittier, Alaska and their city motto was "Unique, even in Alaska". Yes, it was not your typical Alaskan town. Whittier, Alaska was built in early World War Two as a secret navy submarine boat base to fight off the invasion of Alaska. Then it was sold to the Alaska Railroad, who leased land for the City of Whittier to grow. It became well known as one of the main staging areas during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill- that was my time there. Beautiful bay and now spends it summers as a cruise ship docking location.
John Leroy Casselman works out of there, as I've mentioned before and doing a fine job as a police officer for the towns of Whittier and Girdwood, plus handling traffic problems for numerous miles of the Seward Highway. Alaska State Troopers handle 80% of this highway, John and his fellow officers handle about 8% and Anchorage Police cover the remaining 12% for this 125-mile stretch of busy roadway.
I guess I should close. So, God Bless you all and a very good night, BILL