WRATH OF THE WEATHER GODS

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, December 14, 2014

No. 418

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate

And in Dedication to

Danny Quinn

Weather+God

WRATH OF THE WEATHER GODS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it has certainly been an interesting week now, has it not?  Whatever we North Americans did to anger the weather gods, on behalf of one four hundred millionth of them, I, Rusty Miller, apologize.  To err is human, after all, and is not forgiveness also the province of gods?

In the house of Northstar, we got to experience about 15 hours of no access to the Internet.  Our portion of the continental meteorological rampage slammed into us pretty good and knocked out power to 116,000 customers in the neighborhood just east of us.  Our internet service provider (ISP) lost power as well and couldn’t restore our service until theirs was back on line.

In the face of what the rest of the continent experienced, we got off extremely easily.  I have friends and the magazine has readers from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, California.  I grew up in that state.  Droughts and floods are not unfamiliar to me.

In an AOL chatroom I frequent as an online coffee house, I made the joke that this is what happens when 38-million people pray for rain at the same time.  The Californians loved it.  In retrospect, I don’t imagine they are thrilled with what has been going on since that ironic jest.

Within global and historical contexts, I am certain that our species will adapt to such dramatic weather.  We are accepting both our responsibility for some of it and the realization that climatic shifts have been occurring regularly since the planet was born.

I realize this will not comfort those made homeless nor the millions whose lives are forever changed.  For that, I am truly sorry.  On the other hand, it is really tough to make war in such weather.  Storms are the great levelers of human pretension.  And far less discriminating than bullets.  We will never master them.  But by working together, we can survive them.

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Insulting public servants has become an American pastime second only to the Superbowl.  Here is why it is a really dumb hobby.  How (Not) To Talk About Politicians  Our thanks to Anna Fahey and the good folks at the Sightline Institute for this one.

And the war between the sexes rages on.  Men Really Are Idiots: Study

I don’t think even Olya, my multi-lingual cousin, has the vocabulary to express my utter contempt for these people.  If we are looking for the 21st Century roots of ISIS, we may very well have found them here.  CIA Created And Lied About Torture Chambers After 9/11, U.S. Report Says

WORLD

Steep Slide In Oil Prices Is Blessing For Most

Soaps And Cosmetics Found In Antarctic Waters »

Inequality Hurts Growth, Warns OECD

Uber Is Ordered By Spain And Thailand To Halt Operations

Chinese Stock Slump Contributes To Global Market Weakness

CIA Report Sparks Prosecution Calls

The Number Of People Dying From Malaria Has Halved

A Global Gauge Finds Progress Against Poverty

AFRICA

Bushmen Appeal To Be Allowed To Hunt And Not Be Regarded As Poachers »

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe alleges vice-president plotted with US embassy against him

After Barren Years in Somalia, Signs of Growth by the Bunch

Rangers Kill Three Poachers in South Africa

ASIA

Back to a Burmese Prison by Choice

Hong Kong Protester Ends Hunger Strike

As Typhoon Hagupit Hits Philippines, Evacuees Express Relief

North Korea Denies Role In Sony Pictures Hacking

Japan Recession Deeper Than Estimated

Korean Air Executive Resigns Post After Halting Flight Over Snack Service

Hong Kong Police Announce Plan to Clear Main Protest Site

Korean Air Chairman Strips Daughter’s Titles After Her ‘Foolish’ Behavior

Last Hong Kong Protest Camp to Be Cleared Monday, Police Say

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia ‘Worst Climate Performer’

Mid-Year Budget Update To See Foreign Aid Slashed Again

Choice Consumer Survey Points To Economic ‘Pessimism’

Bushfire In Perth’s North-East Controlled, No Homes Believed Lost

Coal Communities Trying To Survive The Mining Slowdown

Solarium Ban To Begin Within Weeks After Cancer Campaign

CHINA

China Announces Record Trade Surplus, Helped by Weak Oil Price

8 Sentenced to Death for Attacks in Western China

A Trip to California for China’s Internet Czar

Chinese Coal Imports Falling Fast

EUROPE

Eyeing Return, Ex-President in France Has Hurdles

Nurturing Start-Up Culture in the Lower-Cost Balkans

Heat Waves in Europe Will Increase, Study Finds

Eurozone’s Finance Ministers Extend Greek Bailout Program

Google News to Shut Down in Spain

Mayor of Latvian Capital Tries to Bridge Old Divide

Netherlands Asks Bankers to Swear to God

INDIA

Woman Accuses Uber Driver in India of Rape

Delhi Bans Uber Cabs After ‘Rape’

Online Trail Leads to Arrest of Indian as Man Behind Posts Backing the Islamic State

LATIN AMERICA

Vegetable Spawns Larceny And Luxury In Peru

Brazil To Indict Key Figures In Oil Company Graft Scandal

Rage And Sorrow Flow As Student In Mexico Is Declared Dead

In Latin America, Growth Trumps Climate

Mexico Faces Growing Gap Between Political Class And Calls For Change

Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Bolivia Targets ‘Unfit’ Officers

MIDDLE EAST

A Physical Therapist In Kabul, Providing More Than Exercise

Palestinian Official Dies During Demonstration In West Bank

Shia Pilgrims Mark Arbaeen Climax

OPEC Stresses No Oil Production Cut

‘Ransom Offer’ For Killed US Hostage

‘Hundreds’ Of UK Troops To Go To Iraq

Palestinian Minister’s Funeral Held

Three Journalists Killed In Syria

West To Accept More Syrian Refugees

RUSSIA

Russia Admits Action To Buoy Rouble

Russian Baltic Moves Unprecedented

Study Reveals Russia’s Near Misses In Europe

Putin Problem Gives NATO Headache

UNITED KINGDOM

Former Leader Of Scottish Government Seeks Return To Politics

British Principal Who Resigned Believes He Was Seen As A Threat

New UK Government Funding For Conservation In UK Overseas Territories

Bank of England Aims for More Timely Disclosure

Goals defined for UK’s Lunar mission

UK called on NATO help in sub search

UNITED STATES

U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees To Uruguay

Report Portrays A Broken C.I.A. Devoted To A Failed Approach

Amid Details On Torture, Data On 26 Who Were Held In Error

Ten Discoveries About The CIA Torture Program

Senate Report Rejects Claim On Hunt For Bin Laden

In Seattle, A Sinking Feeling About A Troubled Tunnel

House Narrowly Passes Bill To Avoid Shutdown; $1.1 Trillion In Spending

Rainstorm Turns The San Francisco Area From Arid To Soggy In Hours

Storm Pounds Northern California

Thousands March in Washington to Protest Deaths by Police

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Made Rich by U.S. Presence, Many in Kandahar Now Face an Uncertain Future

Taliban Ramp Up Fatal Attacks in Afghanistan

CLIMATE CHANGE

It’s Time To Start Ignoring The Climate Deniers

UN Climate Negotiators Drop Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? Seed Banks

World Faces ‘Climate Tragedy’ – Kerry

Canada Sticks To Its Line On The Oil Sands At UN Climate Summit

196 Nations Plod Forward on Climate Change Deal

Water Woes In Lima

What We Know About Climate Change

What Else Could We Do?

A Brief History Of Climate Change

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Pakistani Military Kills a Qaeda Leader

Swiss Hostage Escapes Rebels During Philippine Army Raid

Missile Strike On Suspected Qaeda Compound In Pakistan Kills At Least 4

Reversing radicalization through anti-terror ‘psychological warfare’

‘No Change’ To US Hostage Raid Policy

Panel Faults C.I.A. Over Brutality And Deceit In Interrogations

French Hostage, Abducted by Islamic Militants in North Africa in 2011, Is Freed

Islamic State Imposes Strict New Order in Mosul, and Deprivation Is a Result

OH CANADA

This cannot bode well.  Canadian Embassy in Cairo closed due to security concerns

I have a feeling this will not work out too well for this individual in the end.  ‘Prepare your explosive devices': Ottawa man urges attacks on Canada

This certainly makes me proud to have been Made in Canada.   Montreal Student’s Facebook Message Helps Vermont Police Save Woman

SHORTS

Photos: Santa Claus Parade brings Christmas cheer to Vancouver

Severe Weather, Laser Weapons And The End Of Ontario’s Bizarre Prohibition On 3-Litre Milk Containers

Canada Police ‘Can Search Phones’

Canadian Facing One Year In U.S. Prison For Reckless Ride Around NYC

GOOD EXAMPLES

Nice going, folks!  Greek Parliament Approves First Balanced Budget in Decades

Go, our Bonny Prince.  Prince Charles Joined By Naturalist And Dragon In Tackling Deforestation

We totally loved this.  “Forgiveness Is Liberating”: Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation’s Racist Past

BAD EXAMPLES

This, obviously, must change and not tomorrow.  43 per cent of Canadian women have been sexually harassed at work: survey

This culture certainly is having a hard time smelling the coffee.  Woman Accuses Uber Driver in India of Rape

Let’s hope this works for them.  If it doesn’t, the next wave of riots will make those of the recent past seem like a romp in the park in comparison.  Police Face a Long and Complex Task to Mend Distrust Deepened by Killings

SHORTS

CIA Created And Lied About Torture Chambers After 9/11, U.S. Report Says

CIA Director Who Defended Torture Program Fact-Checked By Tweeting Senator

CIA Director Calls U.S. Senate Torture Report Flawed; Concedes Some Techniques ‘Abhorrent’

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Now this seems to me to be a totally appropriate way to “employ” progress.  How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

This is probably good to know.  Where You Can And Can’t Fly A Drone

It is gratifying to me that our species is capable of accomplishments this totally cool.  Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs Listed

INNER SPACE

Shell Has ‘Earliest Human Engraving’

Scientists’ Greener Future Vision

Africa ‘Soil Crisis Threat’ To Future

OUTER SPACE

28 Months on Mars

Mars Rover ‘Solves Mountain Riddle’

Stargazing Made Simple

ROBOTICS

Amazon’s Robot Army: Exciting Or Terminator-Like Scary?

The ‘Food Robots’ We Never See

Drone In Your Pocket

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More

Scientists Focus On Urban Wellbeing

Weighing The Clouds

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

The Rise Of Carbon Pricing In One World Map

These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine

The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt

HEALTH

7 Ways To Be Just A Little Bit Healthier When You’re Vegging Out This Holiday Season

6 Lessons From Lives Well Lived

Patients Prescribed Narcotic Painkillers Use More of Them for Longer, Study Finds

Ebola crisis

Latest news, features and maps as West Africa battles world’s worst outbreak of killer disease

LIFESTYLE

Love, at Long Last

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind

A Wilderness Pop-Up Cafe Caters To Hikers

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Photos: Top Images From Around The Globe

Video: 90 Seconds In New York

This Giant Snowball Fight Tops Our Videos Of The Week!

GALLERY: Day One Of Will And Kate’s American Tour

Seals Filmed At Night For First Time

The Tiger Who Flew Halfway Across The World

FROM NORTHSTAR

 Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview:  Go Here 

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

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Communications Consulting

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Humor:  Jokes & Monologues

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This makes me feel real good about going on a tropical holiday.  Huge crabs that munch on coconuts

This is probably good for everybody to know, just in case you wake up and there’s one in your backyard.  How to scare off the biggest pest

This little dude was moving along.  Chris the Cuckoo clocks up 60,000 miles

The SeaDoc Society’s December newsletter is now available.  

SHORTS

Internationally Famous Dolphin Turns Up In Scotland

Orcas And Whales In Epic Battle

Watching Canada’s Killers At Work

Treasure Trove Of New Frogs Found

Mystery Of The Monster Squid

Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Men Do the Dumbest Things, According to Science

ABOUT THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Entirely readership supported, it was founded as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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SOMETIMES WE LEARN PAINFULLY, BUT WE DO LEARN

New Masthead

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, December 7, 2014

No. 417

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate

And in Dedication to Danny Quinn

Rockwell Figure of Speech

SOMETIMES WE LEARN PAINFULLY, BUT WE DO LEARN

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In America and much of the Western World, this is the season of good will to all.  Because the individual whose birthday the season celebrates was such a stand up kind of guy, we tend to celebrate the best that is in us, as a society, a nation and a species.

Therefore, it almost seems a contradiction in purpose to also address the issue of racially prejudiced police departments whose recent abuses of force have inflamed the entire nation and outraged an entire planet.

It would seem that many police departments ~ including the one in the city in which I live ~ have forgotten what the traditional role of community law enforcement is.

Police departments were formed to protect the community from those who would do it harm.  Every citizen ~ regardless of personal demographics ~ was considered important and profiling did not exist.

The relationship was one of stewardship and cooperation.  Citizens helped police find and arrest bad guys.  The police, in turn, made sure that nobody wearing blue got badge heavy.  People skills were more important than marksmanship; diplomacy more important than looking like a cereal box athlete.

Our society, yet in adolescence when compared with other life forms on terra firma, tends to stray like a teenager exploring boundaries.  We’ve wandered a bit far afield but people are rioting in protest and the federal Justice Department is pushing hard for law enforcement agencies in places like Cleveland, Ohio; Ferguson, Missouri; and New York City to essentially knock off the horse manure and do the job the way the job is done.

The human misery and suffering, the property damage and the resources diverted from other vital enterprises notwithstanding, sometimes we learn painfully.  But we do learn.

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Particularly in times as troubled as these seem to be, I find this very reassuring.  The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On

We wish we could have been there.  Funeral for ‘brave’ German woman

This is certainly good news.  More Jobs and Higher Wages: U.S. Recovery Starts to Hit Home

WORLD

‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies And Pose An Overseas Threat

AFRICA

Growing Up Fearful in Nigeria

Al-Shabab Massacres 36 In Kenya

International Court Ends Case Against Kenyan President in Election Unrest

South Africans Mark First Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Death

ASIA

Hong Kong Protesters Surround City Leader’s Office in Renewed Confrontation

Hong Kong Protest Group Calls for End of Demonstrations

Dozens Missing After South Korean Trawler Sinks in Bering Sea

Amnesty Report Condemns Police Torture in Philippines

3 Hong Kong Protest Leaders Turn Themselves In to Police

Asia Wage Rise Outpaces Rest Of World

Typhoon Sweeps Across Philippines

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Rare Spectacled Hare-Wallaby Sighted In Western Australia »

Fisher: Farmers in Australian Outback scorched by effects of global warming

‘Pest’ Australian Tourists Warned

CHINA

Leader Asserts China’s Growing Role On Global Stage

China’s Manufacturing Growth Slows

China Is Giving Two Pandas To Israel

China Arrests Ex-Chief Of Domestic Security In Graft Case

EUROPE

Swiss Voters Reject Move To Restrict Foreign Workers

Lufthansa Cancels Flights Over Strike

Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains Is Europe’s 7th Rewilding Area »

A Village Has What All Of Italy Wants: The Internet

A Gay Mayor In Poland? No Big Deal

A Fragmented, Confused Scramble To Fix Europe’s Banking Structure

Is Moldova Another Ukraine?

A French Town Reels After Teenage Girl Vanishes, Apparently To Join Jihadists

In Twist On French Tradition, Bosses Take To Streets In Protest

French Official Campaigns To Make ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Global

Missing Its Own Goals, Germany Renews Effort To Cut Carbon Emissions

Charity In France Is Accused Of Being A Front For Financing Terrorism In Syria

Funeral For ‘Brave’ German Woman

France To Pay Holocaust Survivors Over Deportations

INDIA

Women’s Fightback Video Goes Viral

Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Sweeps Away Environmental Rules

The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?

LATIN AMERICA

Restoring Justice and Security in Mexico

Brazil’s Middle Class Finds a Lifeline at the Pawnshop

Mexico’s President Vows To Reform Police

MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi Government and Kurds Reach Deal to Share Oil Revenues

Netanyahu Fires Ministers and Calls for Elections

Exonerated in Qatar, American Couple Head Home

RUSSIA

With Russia on Brink of Recession, Putin Faces ‘New Reality’

Once Celebrated in Russia, the Programmer Pavel Durov Chooses Exile

Putin’s Surprise Call to Scrap South Stream Gas Pipeline Leaves Europe Reeling

In Diplomatic Defeat, Putin Diverts Pipeline to Turkey

The New Cold War: Pro-Russian Influence Extends Beyond Ukraine

Putin Stresses Foreign Policy and Economic Goals After ‘Difficult Year’

Putin, Amid Stark Challenges, Says Russia’s Destiny Is in Hand

UNITED KINGDOM

Rare Whale Successfully Rescued After Stranding On Welsh Beach »

British Government Proposes A ‘Google Tax’

‘King Of Fish’ Returns To UK Rivers

British Regulator Urges Home Births Over Hospitals for Uncomplicated Pregnancies

British Treasury Targets Banks to Increase Tax Revenue

British Court Rules in Favor of Electronic Surveillance

UNITED STATES

Where Grass Is Greener, A Push To Share Drought’s Burden

In Midst Of California’s Drought, A Rainy Day Is A Welcome Sight

The Us Is Considering Lifting A Blood Donor Ban On Men Who Have Had Sex With Men

Protests After Grand Jury In Eric Garner Chokehold Case Doesn’t Indict Officer

Sony Pictures And F.B.I. Widen Inquiry Into Hackers’ Attack

17 States Suing On Immigration

Mayor De Blasio Announces Retraining Of New York Police

Cleveland Police Abuse Pattern Cited By Justice Department

Us Fast Food Worker Protests Expand

THE VATICAN

Pope, in Turkey, Issues Call to Protect Middle Eastern Christians

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

A Physical Therapist in Kabul, Providing More Than Exercise

Taliban Attack On Guesthouse Near Parliament In Afghan Capital Kills 2, Including Foreigner

CLIMATE CHANGE

Grim Reality Amid Optimism Ahead Of Climate Talks

US Sees Voluntary Emissions Cuts Key To Climate Accord

Rebecca Solnit: Rewriting The Climate Story

The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Huge Risk Of Ebola Spread, Warns UN

The Ethics of Fighting Ebola

As Ebola Rages, Poor Planning Thwarts Efforts

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Lebanon Detains Relatives of Islamic State Leader, One of Them His Daughter

U.S. and Iran Both Attack ISIS, but Try Not to Look Like Allies

Iraq’s Leader Requests More Aid in Fight Against ISIS

Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital

Iran Hits ISIS With Airstrikes In Iraq, Flexing Its Muscles Once Again

OH CANADA

Sometimes there is something to be said for being bland.  Canada’s epidemic of peace, order and lawfulness

It’s better to know and prepare.  The threat of homegrown terrorism

The excesses of our neighbour to the south notwithstanding, I trust those whose mission it is to defend the Maple Leaf.  Concerns raised about accountability as Canada’s spy agency takes on more overseas missions

SHORTS

After a record run of profits, Canada’s Big Six banks brace for shift

Canada’s homicide rate falls to lowest point since 1966

Fisher: Canada and Australia share similar challenges with homegrown terror

GOOD EXAMPLES

Sometimes, this is what it takes.  Where Grass Is Greener, a Push to Share Drought’s Burden

This definitely gave me an “Oh Canada” rush.  Energy East port must be away from belugas, Quebec and Alberta premiers say

This should inspire.  Cycling over the Pyrenees with one leg

SHORTS

Westjet Takes Its Christmas Miracles To A Destination In Need

UK Readies Child Abuse Search Tool

Radio-Free Syria

BAD EXAMPLES

This is not a good idea.  A Lesser Warning? Maybe

Is it just me or do these people seem slow to get the message? Takata Resists Midnight Deadline to Expand Airbag Recall

As long as we treat the most vulnerable among us like this, we have absolutely no right criticizing how other nations and other cultures treat theirs.  An Asylum’s Final Secrets

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This should not surprise us.  In 2015, Technology Shifts Accelerate and China Rules, IDC Predicts

This is astounding.  Lessons From an Ancient Time When Recyclers Walked the Earth

So is this.  Astounding.  B.C. researchers dive underwater caves to solve salmon mystery (with video)

INNER SPACE

Bushels and Bytes: The Data-Driven Farm

A Pacific Isle, Radioactive and Forgotten

The Netherlands’ Luminous Highway

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down In Pacific After Test Flight

Landing on a Comet, a European Space Agency Mission Aims to Unlock the Mysteries of Earth

New Images Refine View of Infant Universe

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

Glass Sub For The Deepest Depths

Snowflake Symmetry

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Lessons From An Ancient Time When Recyclers Walked The Earth

Green Energy Sector Jobs Surpass Total Oil Sands Employment

After Premier Clark’s Criticism, Young Pipeline Protester’s Dad Justifies His Daughter’s Actions (With Video)

Nature Conservancy To Restore Olympic Rainforest

Boeing Has First Green Diesel Flight

HEALTH

Battling Cancer’s Financial Ruin

Cancer Drugs That Free Brake on Immune System Show Promise for Hodgkin’s

Therapy Animals Promote Wellness, Ease Stress And Anxiety

Federal Study Finds 55 Percent Of Infants Sleep With Soft Bedding, Raising Risk Of Death

Therapy Prevents Repeat Suicide Attempts

Mediterranean Diet ‘Keeps Us Genetically Young’

LIFESTYLE

Ten Films To Watch In December

We Must Stop Police Abuse Of Black Men

Turn The Tables On Control Freaks

What Do Dictators Like To Eat?

Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Wreck Detectives Off A Coast Which ‘Sank” 1,000 Ships

Iconic Images Of The 20th Century

Fishing For Deadly Sea Snakes

FROM NORTHSTAR

Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview:  Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

206-478-9254

Business Correspondence

Communications Consulting

Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing

Editing

Ghost Writing

Humor:  Jokes & Monologues

Online Research

Proofreading

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

minstrel312@aol.com

206-478-9254

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This must have been one incredible journey.  Gray Wolf Travels 450 Miles To Grand Canyon »

We’re glad to see they figured this out.  Study: Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn’t work

Our answer to this is “yes.”  Should Grizzlies Be Restored To The North Cascades?

THE CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S ORNITHOLOGY NEWSLETTER IS NOW AVAILABLEFeatures include Make Your Yard Songbird Central With These Easy Dos and Don’ts and Make a Feeder From a Pinecone.  Yep, check it out here.

SHORTS

Leopards Live Closer To People Than Previously Thought

Secret Behind Hummingbird Aerobatic Feats Discovered

The Truth About Swans

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

In North Korea, No One Can Take the Leader’s Name, in Vain or Otherwise

ABOUT THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Entirely readership supported, it was founded as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, November 30, 2014

No. 416

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate

And in Dedication to

Danny Quinn

Preparing to leave Canyonville, Oregon in the wake of the 1989 Timber Recession

Preparing to leave Canyonville, Oregon in the wake of the 1989 Timber Recession

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been an interesting week here in the Puget Sound.  We had our first snowstorm of the season and considering the Ice Age Cometh Again weather other parts of America have been experiencing, I almost hate to mention it.

As wimpy as it was, it was definitely a harbinger (when’s the last time you heard that word, eh?) of things to come.  In anticipation of the rising heating costs, the rent’s going up and I’m looking for modest lodgings elsewhere by the end of the month.

Moving is never fun but one advantage to living minimally is that there really isn’t a lot of packing to do.  I also realized, long ago, that about the only creature in this world who doesn’t face the prospect at one time or another is the turtle.  That’s probably why they live so long.  I cannot imagine losing a house one has called home for a long time.  Most of my memories fit in a back pack.

I am also aware that as inconvenient as this is, this transition is not orchestrated by gunfire or sirens.  As anxious as this experience can be, it is short term.  I do not live in fear, or in a cage or a prison cell.  Although I lost practically everything in the Recession of 2007, I’ve got a government check coming now and some of the other amenities designed to help the income-challenged.  I’ve got the tools and the resources to handle something like this where so many people do not.

I also firmly believe that things like this happen for a reason.  The struggle for survival seems to either debase or ennoble people.  What it has done for me is to make me more spiritual and to accept that there are forces at play that we are not meant to understand with intellectually.  Faith is how we come to sense and understand.  That’s how I know that there are people out there waiting to welcome me to my new home.

It’ll happen so don’t worry about me.  If you want to drop a quarter in the sugar can, please go here.  Cougars Corner will also be on hiatus for the holiday season.  But they’ll be back with the New Year.

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Despite appearances to the contrary, the quality of life is actually improving on the planet.  That and other life affirming information is included in these 26 charts and maps to be thankful for

As saddened as I am to hear this, I still ask myself if irresponsible parenting was not ultimately responsible for this tragedy.  When someone pulls a weapon on you, you don’t have time to see if it was made by Glock or Mattel.  US police kill boy over replica gun

When these folks have their act together, they are a shadow short of awesome.  F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

WORLD

Oil Prices Plunge After OPEC Meeting

Airport Raids Tackle Cyberthieves

AFRICA

Bomb Blasts Rip Through Busy Mosque In Nigeria, At Least 100 Dead

Egypt Anger As Mubarak Cleared

ASIA

Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Japan; At Least 10 Homes Collapse, More Than 20 People Hurt

A Struggle for the Soul of Hong Kong’s Protest Movement

HK Policemen Arrested Over Beating

Japan to Ask Automakers to Recall Vehicles With Faulty Takata Airbags

CHINA

Video: Jailed, but Not Silenced

EUROPE

In France, New Review of 35-Hour Workweek

‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Should Apply Worldwide, E.U. Panel Says

Eurozone Inflation Rate Falls To 0.3%

E.U. Parliament Passes Measure to Break Up Google in Symbolic Vote

LATIN AMERICA

High Civilian Death Rate Puts Brazilian Police Under Scrutiny

MIDDLE EAST

Tel Aviv Awarded Title Of ‘World’s Smartest City’ At 2014 Smart City Expo

Three Arabs Are Arrested In Stabbings In Jerusalem

Polio Crisis Deepens in Pakistan, With New Cases and Killings

Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons

RUSSIA

Falling Oil Price Costs Russia $100bn

UNITED KINGDOM

London’s 200-Year-Old Hidden Canal

Panel Details Plan to Give Scotland More Powers

PM Tells EU: ‘Back Me On Migration’

Social Media Told To Simplify Terms

UNITED STATES

Protests Flare After Ferguson Officer Is Not Indicted

From Plains To Both Coasts, Fury Boils Over

The Meaning Of The Ferguson Riots

Hagel Resigns Under Pressure As Global Crises Test Pentagon

University Of Virginia Officials Vow To Combat Campus Rape Problem

When The City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents And Groups Delivered Help

THE VATICAN

At European Parliament, Pope Bluntly Critiques a Continent’s Malaise

Pope In Istanbul ‘Silent Adoration’ 

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

As Bombing Toll Rises, Afghan Villagers Direct Anger At Government

A Call to Save a 12th-Century Minaret, Heard Far and Wide

CLIMATE CHANGE

Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways climate views

Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Israel Sets Up ‘Hospitals Of Hope’ To Combat Ebola In Hardest-Hit African Countries

Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone

Ebola Test Results ‘In 15 Minutes’

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

U.S.-Led Raid Rescues Eight Held In Yemen

U.S. Adds Planes To Bolster Drive To Wipe Out Isis

Austria Arrests 13 Jihadi Suspects

THE UKRAINE

Nicholson Urges Russian President To Get Out Of Ukraine At Security Conference

On Ukraine Front Line, Sniper Fire And Shelling Leave Cease-Fire In Tatters

OH CANADA

Outstanding.  $200-million pledged for veterans’ mental health issues

This is one of the reasons I like these people.  RCMP help tend sacred fire

Nice going, lad.  Vancouver law student named Canada’s Smartest Person

SHORTS

Winnipeg’s First Métis Mayor Promises Change For The Better

Ontario To Ban Menthol Smokes, Regulate E-Cigs

4 Reasons Why Judge Lori Douglas Finally Resigned

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is one of the reasons I voted for Governor Jay.  Inslee: WA will act on oil trains

I hope this example in particular is emulated. Program Helps Landlords Rent To Homeless

This individual rocks.  74-year-old woman arrested for opposing Kinder Morgan

SHORTS

Rehtaeh Parsons Name To Live On Through Society Set To Launch Saturday

Contempt Charges Thrown Out In Burnaby Mountain Pipeline Protest

Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways A California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities

BAD EXAMPLES

This, obviously, needs to stop.  U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Child Trafficking

The fact that this is happening in Canada particularly browns me off.  Second man accused in Halifax child porn case pleads guilty

When the erratic behavior of a spouse can force the retirement of an innocent and outstanding public servant, the value system implicit really needs to be re-examined.  Manitoba judge in nude photos scandal agrees to retire

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Could Terminator actually happen?

We need to be aware of this.  ‘Sophisticated’ Regin spyware found

He too wants to go where no one has gone before.  Diving into the dark abyss

INNER SPACE

Nine Future Societies To Avoid

When Zeppelins Ruled The Skies

The Skeleton That Rewrote History

OUTER SPACE

OUR MOON

Readers’ Moon Memories

 Interactive: The Moon Mission

 1969 in Popular Culture

 Voices: Recalling 1969

 Photos: Moon Odyssey

Complete Coverage

ROBOTICS

Now, Anyone Can Buy A Drone. Heaven Help Us.

Video: Drones Misbehaving

New F.A.A. Report Tallies Drone Sightings, Highlighting Safety Issues

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Portable Solar Energy Backpack Kalipak Is The Ultimate Gadget For The Great Outdoors

The Mini, miniaturised

Tech Toys That Go Beyond The Screen

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Obama Builds Environmental Legacy With 1970 Law

Green neighborhoods = healthier babies?

Wind, solar power on the cheap

Pipeline protesters to get civil disobedience training

Urban Farmers Trade Goods and Stories at ‘Crop Swaps’

HEALTH

10 Good Reasons To Get A Flu Shot

The Reason Why People Fail To Reach Their Goals (And How To Fix It)

Depression: It’s Not Just in Your Head, It’s Also in Your Genes

LIFESTYLE

Due Tomorrow? I’ll Start Tonight

A Must-Have Toy For Grown-Ups

What Is Melbourne Reading?

Americans Relatively Sanguine About Online Privacy, Study Says

In Justices’ Calculations On Gay Marriage, A Legal Golden Ratio Looms

Don’t forget this on your CV

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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Video: Harnessing Gecko Power

Footage Of A Death-Defying Ride

Photo Essay: At A Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, And Volunteers Feed A Neighborhood For Free

FROM NORTHSTAR

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview:  Go Here

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It is about time these little dudes (and dude-ettes) got a break in the media.  The truth about lemmings

Cat lover alert:  Our Cats, Ourselves

This is good to know.  Before this, to me, all koalas looked alike.  Individual Koalas Can Be Told Apart By Their Noses »

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Four Animals That Lie Using Sound

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WHY MY HOUSE DOES NOT EAT TURKEY THE THIRD THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, November 23, 2014

No. 415

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate

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WHY MY HOUSE DOES NOT EAT TURKEY THE THIRD THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, this Thursday, most Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  In my house, not so much.  My significant other, GRHS, was a member of the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims.  Unlike many First Nations on the continent at that time, the Wampoags had an extremely liberal immigration policy.  Long before the Statue of Liberty, they were taking in the refuse of Europe’s teeming shores.

I don’t blame modern Americans for being wary of immigrants.  Look how it turned out for Natives.  Europe’s flotsam ended up owning practically every bloody hectare between two oceans, Canada and Mexico.

Consider, as well, how the ancestors of 21st Century Americans treated those who were here first.  Could it be that they now fear that these new immigrants will repeat history?  Karma is a gentle lass until roused so if I was a Son of the American Revolution or had blue blood in my veins, I’d probably be losing sleep these days too.

However, since I’m neither of those, I am free to enjoy the season for what it has come to mean to me and to most other Norte Americanos.  It is a time for counting one’s blessings, as it were, rather than caterwauling the Fates for what one does not have or has failed to accomplish.

I’m glad I live in a nation where even the most ridiculous opinions can make national television.  I am amused by a country whose citizens and national government do so truly reflect the growing dysfunctionalism of the American family.  Perhaps most of all, I like living in a land where I can say something like that and not end up in a gulag archipelago.

Happy Thanksgiving, America.  And thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

We join Israel, the World Jewish Community and every individual of conscience and good faith in mourning the loss of these.  Jewish Victims, All From One Jerusalem Street, Were a Congregation’s ‘Wise Scholars’

From as near as I can tell, this particular way of interacting is once again on the rise.  We hope this works where you live and that you’ll do something about it whether you are directly or indirectly involved.  Listen: Four experts offer tips for reporting sexual harassment

I agree with this.  Canadian who volunteered to fight with Kurds against ISIS says it’s the ‘right thing to do’

WORLD

AFRICA

Namibia’s New Fishing Regulations Could Save 30,000 Seabirds A Year

Tunisians Are Shaken as Young Women Turn to Extremism

Kenya Bus Gunmen ‘Want Religious War’

Tunisia In Landmark Presidency Poll

Madagascar Plague Outbreak Kills 40

France’s Hollande To Visit Guinea

DR Congo Axe Attackers Kill Dozens

Benghazi Report Clears US Response

Uganda Uproar Over Toddler’s Death

Zambia Leader Suspended By His Party

Mali Doctor Dies From Ebola Virus

Greste Family Appeal To Egypt’s Sisi

ASIA

Defying Expectations, Japan’s Economy Falls Into Recession

Okinawa Voters Replace Governor With Opponent of U.S. Base

Calling Early Elections In Japan, Abe Rolls The Dice On The Economy

A Sudden Schism Between Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan Governor

Protesters Attempt To Break Into The Hong Kong Legislature

Fracas Puts Hong Kong Protests In New Light

Sedition Fight In Malaysia

Indonesia Raises Fuel Prices By 30%

Chinese Interests Look to Malaysia for Cheap Iron Ore, and Profits

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test

Peace Talks In Myanmar Jeopardized By Killing Of Rebels

Japanese PM Dissolves Parliament

Yangon’s Hero, Wielding Power of Stop and Go

Hong Kong Moves to Refashion Itself as a Global Hub of Creativity

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Vindication at Last for a Woman Scorned by Australia’s News Outlets

Fisher: New Trade Deals With China, India Cement Australia’s Status As Key Indo-Pacific Power Player

Government Setback Over Fofa Laws

Australia’s One Nation Re-Emerges

Sydney Beach Nets Great White Shark

ANZ Bank Suspends Seven Traders

Netflix In Australia By Next March

Lambie Demoted As Pup Split Deepens

Topless Sunbather Pictured By Drone

CHINA

China’s Factory Activity Stagnates

China, In Surprise Move To Prop Up Economy, Cuts Interest Rates

Asia’s ‘Big Guy,’ Xi Jinping, Spreads Cash and Seeks Influence in Pacific Region

EUROPE

Dutch Investigators Collect Debris From Malaysian Plane Downed Over Ukraine

In Public Land Sale, Not All of Spain Is Buying

G-20 Leaders Hammer Out Final Details Of $2 Trillion Global Growth Plan As Summit Nears End

In Test for Premier, Italians Rally Against Plan to Relax Labor Rules

In Paris, A City Wary Of Skyscrapers, A New Tower May Rise

Europe’s Central Bank Defies Own Rules in Cyprus Bailout

Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World’s Chaotic Change

Second Frenchman seen in IS video

ThyssenKrupp, an Old European Conglomerate, Tries to Learn a New Business Style

Hong Kong Moves To Refashion Itself As A Global Hub Of Creativity

An Ethnic Chinese Christian, Breaking Barriers in Indonesia

Albania Opens Huge Cold War Bunker

INDIA

India Guru Devotees In Police Clash

Bodies Found After India Guru Clash

Fugitive Guru Arrested After Standoff With Indian Police

LATIN AMERICA

Eike Batista’s Insider Trading Case In Brazil To Test A Much-Criticized Justice System

Brazil’s Doomsday Economics: Living With The Ghost Of Hyperinflation

Brazil’s Ambitious HIV Treatment Plan Based On Canadian Concept

Mass Protests In Mexico Over Missing

UK Criticises Argentina Falklands Signs

December Start For Nicaragua Canal

Colombia General ‘Released Soon’

Chilean Colonels Jailed For Torture

Chile Political Prisoners Get $7.5m

Cuban Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola

Bob Marley Cannabis Brand Launched

MIDDLE EAST

Israel Shaken by 5 Deaths in Synagogue Assault

In Jerusalem’s ‘War Of Neighbors,’ The Differences Are Not Negotiable

The Pearl Fishers Of Arabia

Saudis Are Trying To Work Out What To Do When They Run Out Of Oil

Four Condemned For Pakistan Murder

Jordan’s Open Door Is Now Only Cracked, Leaving Syrians Stranded

Europe Takes Stronger Measures, Albeit Symbolic, To Condemn Israeli Policies

RUSSIA

Russia Plans ‘Alternative Wikipedia’

Russian ‘Buckwheat Panic’ Not Tied To Sanctions, But Is Causing Grocery Store Rushes All The Same

West ‘Seeks Russia Regime Change’

UNITED KINGDOM

Female Voices Make History In Scottish Parliament

UKIP’s Recklessness Wins Rochester Seat

UK To Boost Web Data Police Powers

Call To Sanction Failing Universities

Foreign Office ‘Fails Bereaved Britons’

Fish And Chips ‘Harming’ Eider Ducks

Police And NHS Phone Lines Restored

UK ‘To Lead Moon Landing In 10 Years’

UNITED STATES

U.S. Intelligence Chief Describes Mission To Free Detainees In North Korea

Cold Numbers on G.M. Crisis: A Peek Inside

Secret Service Arrests Man Outside White House

Nurses Urge Leniency Over Refusal to Force-Feed at Guantánamo Bay

Northern US Braced For More Snow

Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriages to Proceed in South Carolina

Admiral Fired As Second In Command Of U.S. Nuclear Forces Allegedly Made His Own Counterfeit $500 Poker Chips

Flood Warnings For US Snowmelt

THE VATICAN

Vatican’s New Tone Gains a Voice in Chicago as Blase Cupich Becomes Archbishop

Priests As Husbands And Fathers?

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Lawmaker Survives Attack That Kills 3 People In Kabul

In A Shift, Obama Extends U.S. Role In Afghan Combat

Hour’s Drive Outside Kabul, Taliban Reign

Afghan Mps Approve Security Pact NEW

CLIMATE CHANGE

India’s Obligation on Climate

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park

Climate Fund Receives $9.3bn Pledge

Rich Countries To Meet On Green Fund

Green Cash Key To A New Global Deal?

Obama And Xi In Emissions Pledge

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Doctor Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Dies

Officials Revise Goals On Containing Ebola After Signs Of Wider Exposure In Mali

UK NHS Staff Fly Out To Fight Ebola

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

‘Jihad Reporting’ Button For ISPs

Grisly Video Claims Islamic State Group Beheads A Dozen People, Including Us Aid Worker Kassig

Terror Deaths Rose Sharply In 2013

Among Pakistan Militants, Signs Of Affinity With Isis

Iraq Troops Battle IS In Ramadi

‘Nothing Left For Me In Anbar’

Battle For Iraq And Syria In Maps

What Is Islamic State?

ISIS Militants Carry Out Mass Killing

SPYING

Russian Site Lists Breached Webcams

Amnesty Releases Anti-Spying Program

THE UKRAINE

Rebel leader’s new solution to the Ukraine civil war: He wants to duel the Ukrainian president on live TV

With Borscht And Rifle Scopes, Volunteers Power Ukraine Forces

OH CANADA

This is always good to know.  Here’s how much you need to earn to live in a Canadian city

Their Chamber of Commerce is going to love this.  ‘The Party City Of Canada’

This is what happens when a pipeline becomes personal.  Police arrest 16 more protesters on Burnaby Mountain (with video)

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Good morning, Sweetheart.  It smells fantastic in here.  What’s with all the cool food and all four burners and the oven going?  And what’s Arnie doing in here?  I didn’t know his cord reached that far.

Felina:     Good morning to you too, love of my three life times.  Arnold and I have decided to help our southern neighbours celebrate their Thanksgiving.

Sam:        That’s cool and on behalf of that rather benighted nation, thank you, Felina Elizabeth Wellington-Fitzhugh St. Germaine, Queen of the Deep Reaches and all the realms appurtenant to.

Felina:     That was delightful, my love.  You really do that quite well, you know.

Sam:        I am truly honored by your society, Your Majesty.

Felina:     When you are not starting to wade in it, We should probably have added.

Sam:        Gotcha, Lass.  So you and our talking television set are cooking up a storm and making like these really excellent baskets for the less fortunate of your human subjects.

Felina:     Precisely, Dr. Whatson.

Sam:        Thank you, Shylock Harms.

Felina:     That rather sparkled, did it not?

Sam:        It did, indeed.  However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Pocabottomus and the Captain John Schwartz of Digression.  And the St. Cyrano of De Bergerac of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Just one quick question?

Felina:     Of course, my love.  For you, anything.

Sam:        You and our TV set do realize, right, that it’s traditional to serve turkey on that holiday.

Felina:     Of course.  I am Canadian, not ignorant.

Sam:        Yep.  However, Lass, if it wasn’t for the salmon that go to Heaven via your stomach, you’d be about the nearest thing to a herbivore.

Felina:     And this has what to do again with serving a turkey?

Sam:        I smell Chinook, Felina.  I do not smell a bird that gobbles.

Felina:     Why in the world would I want to prepare a cooked turkey for a dinner guest who is one?  That would be absolutely barbaric.

Sam:        Okay, now that I am thoroughly lost.

Felina:     His name is Theodore Oscar Madison.

Sam:        Let me guess.  Tom, for short.

Felina:     Yes, my love.  And such a distinguished bird he is.  Since turkeys have contributed so much to America, Arnold and I decided this should also be a day to celebrate the fowl which almost became America’s national bird.

Sam:        Sweetheart, once again, you show us all why you are Queen of the Deep Reaches. And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note, we would like to wish Americans wherever they may be and particularly a company of Marines fighting terrorism in Iraq, a sincerest Happy Thanksgiving.  Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

If this is true, cool.  Where is Sonny Barger when we need him now, eh?  European biker gangs say their members are fighting ISIS in the Middle East

These people are awesome.  The Ultimate Multi-Taskers

Now here’s how social media can also be used.  Nice going, folks.  Facebook donating internet access in West Africa to fight Ebola

BAD EXAMPLES

Hello?  This is what happens in an international marketplace.  Defective Takata Airbag Grows Into Global Problem for Manufacturer

I almost put this under You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up.  South Korea’s labour ministry told women they should tell potential employers they don’t mind “casual jokes about sex”

This is chilling.  City at war – where a police officer is killed every day

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Looks like volcanoes are very much in the news these days, doesn’t it?  A volcano in Iceland produced lava that could cover the entire island of Manhattan

This is absolutely fascinating.  A painting that predates modern man

Despite being a “small is beautiful” advocate, I was impressed by this.  World’s biggest crane ship sets sail

BEYOND THE PALE

An Unknown Corner Of The Serengeti

The Atlantis Of The East

Video: 36 Hours in Seattle

HERE ON EARTH

The Hottest Part Of Earth’s Crust

Scientists Eye Self-Cleaning Stream

Can We Turn A Chicken Into T-Rex?

OUTER SPACE

Is Traveling To Mars Physically Possible?

Russia Tests ‘Satellite Catcher’

Europe Signs On To Orion Venture

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

World’s Weirdest Science Studies

How To Create A Brain Implant

Watch: Drone Footage From Inside The Buffalo Snowstorm

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

U.S. urged to look to Canada and Mexico amid energy revolution

Meet The Sustainable City Car

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

HEALTH

We’ve long suspected this and if what it addresses was a personal issue, we’d certainly try it.  Mediterranean Diet ‘Combats Obesity’

We’re going to keep this posted in here for awhile to give all of Shannon’s twinkling lights the opportunity to become informed on this topic.  Get the facts: Ebola Virus Disease

We knew this.  Obesity ‘costing same as smoking’

SHORTS

Smoking Cessation Drug More Harmful Than Previously Thought: Report

Calling All Men: Here’s Your Chance To Experience Labour Pain

Female Bosses ‘More Depressed’

LIFESTYLE

Interactive Feature: Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Catching The Office Pervert

One Kiss ‘Shares 80 Million Bugs’

Planning a New Life, Free From Fear of Deportation

FOR WOMEN ESPECIALLY

Multimedia Feature: Executive Women, Finding (and Owning) Their Voice

Women in power positions at the UN

St Paul’s texts are examined to see what he thought about women

A mom rediscovers her bike

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

In Hong Kong, One-Bedroom Apartments That Could Fit in a Bedroom

Gray Wolf Seen In Arizona For First Time In Decades

Discovery Of Vast Buried Canyon Has Scientists Buzzing

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview:  Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This has altered my perception of reality a bit.  The biggest organism in the world

It’s about time.  Wildlife crime wanted list released

Which North American songbird do you think warbles the loudest?  Tell the good folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as that program heads into its centennial anniversary.

SHORTS

Video: ScienceTake | How Birds Count

A Positive Step For Polar Bears

Scottish Wildcat Benefits From Six New Protection Sites

$1 Million Raised To Save Snow Leopards

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

On World Toilet Day, no relief in sight

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

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MY OWN EYES ON THE STARS

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No. 414

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Kiev, Ukraine At Night, November 2014.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Kiev, Ukraine At Night, November 2014. Photo by Olya Bereza

MY OWN EYES ON THE STARS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we would like to express our appreciation to American president Barack Obama and his administration for putting the welfare of the constituency above politics.  Their list of climate change executive orders has been called “sweeping.”  I have no doubt we’ll hear much less complimentary terms for it from those who care little about the world their great-grandchildren will inherit.

I think that landing a rover put together by a conglomerate of lowest bidders is something in which our species can take a great deal of pride.  As sometimes happens, Hollywood beat them there.  Remember that Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thonrton film Armageddon?

And in view of how relatively close to our home planet some of these extraterrestrial flying objects (efo) come, it is gratifying to know that if we can land on one, we can blow it to smithereens to save all that St. Francis of Assisi valued so dear, including us.  Remember that Sean Connery and Brian Keith film Meteor?  It was made in 1979, so yep, Hollywood got there first again.

The human imagination has always been the vanguard for our noblest aspirations and our basest depravities.  It is appropriate, then, to look to the art our species produces.  It would not surprise me that every piece of culture is a window into a choice of futures and provided so that we, as individuals, can make choices based upon our own visions of Tomorrow.

We have daring and monumental epics of space on the one hand and situation comedies with walking and talking dead people on the other.  If one truly comes from graveyard mud and the other from a quest for a benevolent universe, I’ll keep my own eyes on the stars, thank you very much.

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Welcome home, guys.  Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, Released by North Korea, Are Back on U.S. Soil

This is more than a little scary.  Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems 

Nice going, gang.  ‘We are on the comet': Rosetta team says comet landing was a success

WORLD

AFRICA

Quarter Of A Million Pounds Worth Of Rhino Horn Seized At South African Airport »

Thousands Of Animal Skins Seized In Senegal Crackdown »

South Africa Police Scuffle With MPs

Oil Dispute Takes A Page From Congo’s Bloody Past

ASIA

Obama Arrives in China on Trip With Complex Agenda

Shanghai-HK Stock Connect approved

A Rare Form of Malaria Is Spreading in Malaysia

Frosty Meeting At APEC Could Be Start Of Thaw Between China And Japan

At APEC Meeting, Beijing Strengthens Ties To Its Neighbors

South Korea Ferry Captain Jailed

Mr. Obama’s Message To Myanmar

Obama To Meet Suu Kyi At Time Of Transition For Myanmar’s Democracy Icon Turned Politician

North Korea To Send Envoy To Russia

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia Challenges Use of Unpaid Internships

All Eyes On This Aussie City

Blue Mountains Bushfire Threat Eases

Bushfire Warning For South Australia

Australia Prepares For Bushfire Season

Rebuilding Lives After Australia Bushfires

CHINA

Canadian Couple Held In China For Spying Won’t Be Released

China And U.S. Agree To Cut Tariffs, But Vie For Trade Blocs

China’s Global Powerhouse

China’s Rise as Arms Supplier Is Put on Display

EUROPE

Catalonia Overwhelmingly Votes for Independence From Spain in Straw Poll

E.U. Members May Limit Welfare Benefits to Immigrants, Court Rules

German Economy Avoids Recession

Europe Takes Aim at Deals Created to Escape Taxes

E.U. Accuses Starbucks and Netherlands of Making Unfair Tax Deal

Eurozone Eked Out Growth in Third Quarter

G-20 Leaders Hammer Out Final Details Of $2 Trillion Global Growth Plan As Summit Nears End

INDIA

India And US Reach WTO Breakthrough

In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers

IRELAND

Ireland Vies To Remain Silicon Valley’s Low-Tax Home Away From Home

Video: 36 Hours In Dublin

LATIN AMERICA

Mexican Chief Prosecutor’s “Enough, I’m Tired” Comment Becomes Rallying Cry For Protesters

Mexican President Faces Nation Tired Of Crime

Ugandan Priest Found In Mexico Grave

Obama Defends Immigration Pledge

Drones ‘Patrol Us-Mexico Border’

Escaped NZ Murderer Found In Brazil

Colombia Rebels ‘Sorry’ Over Murder

MIDDLE EAST

New hope in Syria war, says UN envoy

Queen Noor Of Jordan On Slavery

RUSSIA

Fisher: Russian President Vladimir Putin steals spotlight at G20 summit in Australia

Russia Plans Long-Range Air Patrols

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank Of England Officials Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Currency Manipulation

Crackdown On Prison Violence Pledged

BBC Apologises For Strictly Swearing

Town’s ‘Resilience’ Scoops It Award

UNITED STATES

States Listen As Parents Give Rampant Testing An F

Arctic Blast Hits Canada And US

U.S. And China Agree To Cut Tariffs, But Vie For Trade Blocs

US And India Reach WTO Breakthrough

THE VATICAN

U.S. Bishops Struggle To Follow Lead Of Francis

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

3 Explosions Rock Afghan Capital After Months Of Calm

Afghan Opium Cultivation Rises To Record Levels

In Shift, Pakistanis Fleeing War Flow Into Beleaguered Afghanistan

Canada’s Work On Dahla Dam Project In Afghanistan Could Vanish, Report Concludes

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path

What Climate Change Means For A Land Of Glaciers

U.S. And China Reach Climate Deal After Months Of Talks

Warmer World Might See More Lightning

President Obama Readies Series Of Climate Change Executive Orders

COMET EXPLORER

Philae Had A Very Bumpy Landing As It Drifted Across The Comet’s Surface.

‘Time For Risks’ With Comet Lander

Philae Comet Lander Loses Power

Analysis: Sleep Well Little Probe

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Ebola’s Mystery: One Boy Lives, Another Dies

Mali Reports a Second, Larger Ebola Outbreak

Surgeon With Ebola Treated In US

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Militant Group In Egypt Vows Loyalty To Isis

Yazidi Girls Seized By Isis Speak Out After Escape

In Egypt, Jihadists Release Video Of An October Attack

Us Hostage Kassig ‘Killed By Is’

Battle Turning Against Is – Dempsey

SPYING

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Rebel Areas Lose Funding

OH CANADA

This would be cool in any country but I’m glad it’s taking place in this one. Chester, the false killer whale, thrives at aquarium’s rescue centre (with video)

I have a feeling this is not the last we have heard of this.  Judge orders pipeline protesters to clear out by 4 p.m. Monday

Since I am a fan of his, this came as good news. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson ‘humbled and honoured’ to win a third term

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Hi, Sweetheart.  Beautiful night.  Mind if I join you.  I have pizza.

Felina:     I would be delighted, love of my three lifetimes.  And you know how I so love salmon deep dish with anchovies.

Sam:        Yep.  It’s the only food group I’m jealous of.

Felina:     That was so sweet, Samuel.  But surely you know for whom my real passion is saved.

Sam:        I do, Lass.  And I am honored.  So, star gazing?

Felina:     I am looking for that little robot that landed on that comet.  I should like very much to applaud its spirit of adventure and its courage.

Sam:        Having much luck with that so far, Felina.

Felina:     His wee voice is growing louder.  I had no idea there are so many of these metal creatures out there, all with something to say.

Sam:        All of them speaking human, right?

Felina:     You do not really want to know that, do you?

Sam:        When you put it that way, no, probably not.  If any of those little metal weirdos are questing cougar cuisine, I’d just as soon go down their gullets ignorant of the fate which awaits us all.

Felina:     It is ironic, I think, that as the planet becomes a healthier place to live, those of us who dwell here become tastier to extra-foreign palates.

Sam:        It kind of makes me wonder if all those invasion science fiction movies are actually documentaries, thinly disguised.

Felina:     We might also wonder where the people who made them are really from.

Sam:        And what their true intentions really are.

Felina:     Precisely.  Space exploration is a bit like crying loudly in a rain forest.  One never knows who will answer.

Sam:        That’s enough to put a puma off its pizza, Sweetheart.  And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

It does not, in my opinion, get much better than this.  The family that saved 3000

Pete McMartin: David Suzuki wants you to save the world. First step: Vote

For those of us who can remember an earlier era, this is very validating.  The New Grassroots Heroes: They Fight Pollution—and Police Brutality—And They’re Changing How Social Movements Happen

BAD EXAMPLES

This just shows me how little one nation’s chief executive understands the Asian concept of “saving face.”  U.S. Gives North Korea the Silent Treatment

This cannot bode well.  The students who feel they have the right to cheat

This is absolutely reprehensible.  11 Years Later, Woman’s Death Is Tied to G.M. Ignition Defect

SHORTS

New Orleans Police Routinely Ignored Sex Crimes, Report Finds

Microsoft Patches ’19-Year-Old’ Bug

What Should Happen To A Released Rapist?

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This Week In Science: Rosetta Touches Down, Thought Control Made Easy, and Why You Cry When You’re Happy

This is why I always wanted to be an explorer.  Scientists Journey Inside Mysterious Crater

And this too.  Rare Footprints Discovered In Denmark

INNER SPACE

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication

Earth’s Magnetic Field Flips More

Skeleton Found In Alexander-Era Tomb

OUTER SPACE

Why Aliens Haven’t Called Yet

Movie Lessons On Life In Space

Planet Formation Captured In Photo

ROBOTICS

Weapons Directed By Robots, Not Humans, Raise Ethical Questions

Ebola Robots On White House Agenda

Sea Robots Seek Climate Change Data

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

A Revolution On Two Wheels?

Learning How Little We Know About The Brain

These 14 Teenage Inventors Built A Glove That Translates Sign Language—And Other Tech Solutions

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet

Where have oceans acidified? Check this map

Why Low Oil Prices Can Be Good For The Environment

HEALTH

This really needs to change.  US women put themselves at risk for cancer

Something needs to be done about this and NOT tomorrow.  Cancer-causing ingredient found in bread

The Weekly Health Quiz – In the news: Asthma, children’s coughs and colon cancer rates. Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

LIFESTYLE

Number one worst state for working women

Sex will soon be just for fun, not babies: father of the Pill

Wading rhinos and wasp nests

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A Captured Ice Moon — Neptune’s moon Triton was the last stop on Voyager II’s tour of the outer planets. It is one of the coldest objects in the solar system and a big brother of Pluto, which NASA will visit next year.

Graphic: Landing on a Comet, 317 Million Miles From Home

Baby elephant fends off 14 lionesses

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This is an experience most of us would probably pass on, methinks.  LOL.  Face To Face With A Man-Eating Tiger

This has Movie of the Week written all over it.  Mystery Of The Man-Eating Snakes

This was definitely worth watching.  Wading rhinos and wasp nests

SHORTS

Wild Mouse Lemurs Live Six Times Longer Than Similar-Sized Mammals »

Sciencetake | Jellyfish Buffet

Sea Otter Pup Loves Snacks, Toys and Milk

RELATED LINKS:

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BBC’s wildlife finder

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The people with the reddest hair in the world apparently live here.  So how come me and Cousin Olya are blond(e)s?

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Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

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ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, November 9, 2014

No. 413

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In Canada, it is called “Remembrance Day,” while in the States, it is known as “Veterans Day.”  It is celebrated under various other names by other nations around the world and its purpose is to honor all those who served and particularly those who gave what Abraham Lincoln termed, in his Gettysburg Address, “the last full measure of devotion.”

In that historic speech, Mr. Lincoln sought not only to memorialize the valiant but to galvanize the rest of us into committing America to peace and to finding solutions which did not involve compromising the greatest resource any species, including ours, has to offer, its youth.

Here is that speech, shared in the hopes that wherever you live and under whatever form of government, peace is your nation’s ultimate goal as well.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

This must have been something to see, eh, gang?  Whale makes a big splash off Skye

Here’s a question I’ve pondered more than once.  What would happen if human beings became extinct?

I have suggested, in jest, that small people are better for the planet because they take up less space, consume less oxygen, contribute just as much but without consuming nearly as much food and water to do it and are not as taxing on other resources as us tall (albeit slim) folks.  Sounds like I’m not the only one who feels that way.

WORLD

AFRICA

Deadly Blast At Nigeria Cash Machine

Inside The Vigilante Fight Against Boko Haram

Boko Haram Suspects Found Dead

Escape From Boko Haram

Nigerian Army’s Pride Wounded

Who Are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?

Nigerian Army’s Pride Wounded

Who Are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?

Divestment Helped to End Apartheid in South Africa—Can It Work for Fossil Fuels?

ASIA

North Korea Releases 2 Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller

Philippines Marks Haiyan Anniversary

‘Militants Dead’ In Khyber Fighting

Singapore ‘Fraud’ Hits Danish Fuel Firm

China And Japan Smooth Islands Row

Twitter Opening Office In Hong Kong

Japan Governor Backs Reactor Restart

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Disturbing Interview Takes A Shocking Turn

Bushfires Sweep South-East Australia

Rebuilding Lives After Australia Bushfires

Questions After Australia Bushfires

CHINA

Mexico Cancels China Bid For Train

China Police Trace Trafficked Babies

China Officials In ‘Ivory Spree

Australia Set For China Cattle Deal

EUROPE

Angela Merkel Threw Down A Huge Ultimatum To David Cameron

Seeing A New Future For French Nuclear Site, After The Toxic Dust Has Settled

Berlin Wall Light Installation Lit Up

EU Surcharge ‘Halved’ For UK

German Union Cuts Short Rail Strike

Huge Raid Shuts 400 ‘Dark Net’ Sites

Tax Trial Confirmed For Spain Royal

Cameron Sees Progress On EU Migration

I Will Quit If I Fail, Says Hollande

Ukraine Crisis Update 

INDIA

Indian Army In Rare Kashmir Apology

India Media: Economic Reforms

India Plane Hits Buffalo On Take-Off

Narendra Modi Visits India Holy City

Sailor Dies In India Navy Accident

India Cabinet ‘Set For Expansion’

LATIN AMERICA

Keeping Mexico’s Revolutionary Fires Alive

Uruguay Leader Gets $1m Beetle Offer

Argentine Leader Fernandez ‘Stable’

Colombia Mayor Urges Plaque Removal

Mexicans March Over Missing Students

Brazil Probes ‘Revenge Attacks’

Venezuela To Raise Minimum Wage

How Gondolas And Hip Hop Transformed The Most Dangerous City In The World

Brazil Military Drills to Defend Amazon

MIDDLE EAST

Israel To Raze Homes Of Attackers

Palestinian PM Cancels Gaza Visit

Why Jerusalem Is Tensewatch

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy?

Palestinian Quest For Statehood

RUSSIA

As Russia Draws Closer to China, U.S. Faces a New Challenge

Rouble Rises On Talk Of Urgent Action

Russia Opens Oil Price-Fixing Probe

UNITED KINGDOM

Princess Anne Opens Magna Carta Exhibit In Washington D.C.

EU Surcharge ‘Halved’ For UK

Ex-Now News Editor Jailed Over Hacking

Ex-Head, 95, Faces Sex Abuse Charges

New RS GCSE To Include Two Religions

UNITED STATES

Princess Anne Opens Magna Carta Exhibit In Washington D.C.

US Unemployment Falls In October

Row Over Who Shot Osama Bin Laden

Medal Of Honor For Civil War Soldier

Four State Gay Marriage Bans Upheld

Home Depot Lost 53m Emails In Hack

US Strikes Target Militants In Syria

Obama Sent ‘Secret Letter’ To Iran

Mid-Term Elections ~ All You Need To Know About The 2014 Elections

US City Votes To Tax Sugary Drinks

6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power In The Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

How To Win The Climate Conversation

Bizarre Sea-Life Visitors Arrive With Pacific’s Warmth

Will We Ever Control The Weather?

Climate-change threatens Polar Bear communication

EBOLA OUTBREAK

U.N. Employee Under Treatment For Ebola In France

Ebola: Are Cases Leveling Off?

Facebook Adds ‘Ebola Button’ Newsbeat

‘This Disease Is Still A Crisis’

Inside Freetown Response Centre

African Ebola Crisis Fund Is Set Up

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Us Volunteers Fighting With Kurds

On The Is Front Line With Iraqi Army

The Rise Of Jihadists In Iraq And Syria

Battle For Iraq And Syria In Maps

What Is Islamic State?

Iraq Country Profile

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Target Isis Leaders

Jihadists ‘Using Cruise Ships’

Obama To Double US Forces In Iraq

Obama Sent ‘Secret Letter’ To Iran

US Strikes Target Militants In Syria

SPYING

Huge Raid Shuts 400 ‘Dark Net’ Sites

‘A Significant Blow’ For Dark-Net

Darknet Raid Nets Drugs And Cash

Facebook Sets Up ‘Dark Web’ Service

OH CANADA

Here we go again, folks.  Fisher: Canadian CF-18 fighter jets launch first attack on Islamic State targets in Iraq

This is sure good news.  Canada’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.5 Per Cent, The Lowest Since 2008 Recession

Nice going, Mr. Harper.  Harper to ink currency deal with China that will boost Canadian businesses

SHORTS

Stephen Harper Pitches Closer Sino-Canadian Trade Ties

Alibaba’s Jack Ma, China’s Richest Man, Eyes Vancouver For New Office

Ground Stations Built By Canadian Firm Play Big Role In Historic Comet Visit

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Good morning, Sweetheart.  Happy Remembrance Day.  I totally love what you’ve done with the place.

Felina:     Good morning to you, love of my three lifetimes, and thank you so much, Dear.  You do not think it is perhaps a trifle overdone, though?  Arnold was suggesting the living room reminds me of this field in this place called Flanders.

Sam:        Felina, our talking television set is referring to a famous poem by a Canadian physician who served in the First World War.  His name was John McCrae.

Felina:     Do you know this work?

Sam:        Aye, Lass.

Felina:     I should like very much to hear it, Samuel.

Sam:        In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

.We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Felina:     Oh, my love, that is so beautiful and yet so sad.  How can a piece of art be so moving and yet so tragic?

Sam:        No disrespect to your passion for this species, Lass, but we are talking about human beings here, in all their glory and all their contradictions.

Felina:     Quite so, Samuel.  Perhaps I should be grateful they honour such passing so eloquently.

Sam:        And that the flower they have chosen speaks so lyrically as well.

Felina:     Indeed.

Sam:        And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

This itself is a triumph over terrorism.  Condé Nast Moves Into the World Trade Center as Lower Manhattan Is Remade

If you are looking for inspiration, you will find it here.  Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme

This is encouraging.  6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power in the Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever

BAD EXAMPLES

While I appreciate what he did, I think revealing that it was he who did the deed probably now makes him the target of every terrorist from Afghanistan to Zaire.  Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Identified

If we don’t move now on this, we will be the worst examples in the history of our species.  How our descendants will hate us

What goes up must come down so this is probably a solution in the offing.  Orbital Rubbish Collectors — Laser Experts Head An Australian Space Industry Boom 

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Next time it gets cold in Europe, get in touch with your gene pool.  You’ve apparently been through this before.  First Europeans ‘weathered Ice Age’

Considering the recent crisis facing bees all over the world, this sounds like an excellent idea.  Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail

This is spectacular.  How America Would Look On Other Planets

INNER SPACE

Low Oxygen ‘Delayed Life On Earth’

How to Make Diamonds from Peanuts

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication

OUTER SPACE

Stunning Space Image Has Scientists Raving

History Beckons For Comet Mission

Comet Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

ROBOTICS

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

How Robo-Penguins Aid Research

Robot Ships: Poised To Set Sail?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Democratizing the Electric Car

Hoverbike Prototypes And Hitching Robots

Astronauts Put A Camera Inside An Orb Of Water, And This Happened

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES — The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Erecting 40-Story High-rises Out Of Wood?

Land, Co-Ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges In Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods

Nepal: How a tiny, mountainous country became a conservation giant 

HEALTH

Every human being on the planet is somehow, in some way, affected by this disease.  For that reason, this is a Northstar “Must Read”.  What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer

Could meditation be useful in handling office stress?  After reading this, my guess is, “yep.”

Since I am one, I thought this was cool.  5 Benefits Of Being A Curious Person

SHORTS

10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For

12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making

LIFESTYLE

The Life Of A Busker: ‘You Only Have A Few Seconds’ To Make A Connection (With Video)

Woman dies after farewell to horse

The Hairstyle That Will Make You Look 20 Years Younger

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Baby Meercats Explore the World

Antarctica’s leaping penguins, and a photographer’s labors to capture them 

Photos: Top images from around the globe

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

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For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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I AM MUSLIM AND I DON’T CARE OF THOSE IDIOTS WHO HIJACKED MY RELIGION

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, November 2, 2014

No. 412

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Islam Peace

I AM MUSLIM AND I DON’T CARE OF THOSE IDIOTS WHO HIJACKED MY RELIGION

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Every once in awhile, I come across an article which speaks to an important subject far better than we could. This is one of those.

A Canadian friend asked me to describe my religion to her. This is how I simply described my simple religion.

Islam is a very simple religion. Islam includes only five simple letters: I S L A and M.

Islam means the submission to God (Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate).

The Muslim is the one who believes in Islam. Islam has been built on 5 – main pillars. As Muslim:

  1. I witness that Allah is one and only one; and Muhammad is Allah’s prophet and the last prophet.
  2. I pray five times a day.
  3. I fast the month of Ramadan (29 or 30 days/ year).
  4. I pay Zakat (Kind of alms).
  5. I perform Hajj (pilgrimage) if I can (in terms of health and wealth capabilities).

According to prophet Muhammad’s definition in different colloquies, a Muslim must be:

  1. Clean
  2. Honest
  3. Polite
  4. Peaceful
  5. Tidy and neat
  6. Smart and wise
  7. Not idiot. (Not like the ones we watch them on the CNN and the Fox news).
  8. Supportive to and peaceful with his/ her neighbors.
  9. Gracious with the weak, the young, and the elders.
  10. Generous.
  11. Strong and brave in the right.
  12. Fair and does not accept the injustice.
  13. Rich in terms of moral and wealth (or should seek to be wealthy via the good deed).

According to the real Islam:

  1. The Muslim believes in all divine religions with no exception.
  2. The Muslim believes in all God’s prophets with no distinctions.
  3. The Muslim believes in God’s angels.
  4. The Muslim believes in the destiny of God.
  5. The Muslim believes in the life, the death, and the life after death (the Heaven).

According to the real Islam:

  1. There are no differences between males and females in human rights and human duties within a dynamic cyclicality. In simple words: the long life duties = the long life rights in evenness.
  2. There are no differences between the rich and the poor in terms of the allocation of the endowments of life because God is just.
  3. There are no differences among people. All people have equal rights and equal opportunities in life.

What Jihad means in Islam

Jihad means “struggle for a good goal”. The Muslim parents struggle to pave the way to a better future for their children. When I study har, I struggle in life for a better future. When I work hard I struggle in life for a better future.

The defense when I get attacked to protect my soul, my people, and my homeland is recommended in Islam but attacking and killing peaceful people is considered a heinous crime in Islam and it’s impermissible by all means and cannot be justified under any circumstances.

What Halal (permissible) or Haram (impermissible/ forbidden) means in Islam

Everything is halal in Islam unless it’s said obviously in Quraan (The holy book in Islam) and the Sunnah (The prophet’s legacy) that it’s forbidden or it’s limited in numbers or boarders.

  1. Muslims don’t drink wine because it’s said obviously in Quraan that “Don’t touch wine”.
  2. Muslims don’t eat pork because it’s said obviously in Quraan that “Don’t eat pork”.
  3. Muslims cannot have sex outside the marriage wedlock because it’s said obviously in Quraan that ”Do not come near the adultery”. And so on.

Islam is a simple religion that draws a good path for people and they are free to follow that path or to divert from that path. If they follow the path of Islam they are called before God ”Muslims”. If they choose to not to follow that path they are called before God ”Non-Muslims” but no one can judge them but God.

What Infidels mean in Islam

Infidels in Islam mean ”the evils” (malefactors). The infidel in Islam doesn’t mean the atheist as it’s wrongly translated to different languages.

Is Islam a religion of peace?

To me Islam is a practical religion. It’s not for peace or for violence. It’s just a practical religion that helps the Muslim to have a systematic life from day 1 to the last day in life. A Muslim is not an angel or a devil. A Msulim is just a human-being who follows the path of Islam as much as he/she can.

I consider myself lucky that I have a system in life as a Muslim woman but I don’t feel that I am better or less than anyone else.

I am Muslim and I don’t care of those idiots who hijacked my religion. They don’t represent me or my religion.

I hope if I could describe Islam in simple words to my Canadian friend and I hope if she could perceive it also that simple.

Dr. Ghada Gomaa A. Mohamed

Founder: ECO-ENA: Economics & ECO-Engineering Associate, Inc., Canada

THE NEWS

This cannot come as the best of news. Keyless cars ‘targeted by thieves’

I think we should all read this. Children and the Risk of Ebola

This is a chilling read. ISIS and Vietnam

WORLD

AFRICA

Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President In Harsh Light

Blaise Compaoré Resigns As Burkina Faso’s President, And A General Assumes Power

Leader Of Nigeria’s Extremists Says Kidnapped Girls All Married Off, Threatens To Kill German

Boko Haram Denies Ceasefire Claim

Kenyan Runner Jeptoo Fails Doping Test BBC Sport

Cows To Keep Kenyan Girls In School

Tunisia Secularists Win Elections

Ebola Aid Ship Docks In Sierra Leone

Nigerian President Seeks Re-Election

Libyan Rendition Case To Proceed

Hundreds Of Egyptians Barred From Libya

ASIA

North Korean Leader Was Sidelined By Foot Surgery, South Says

Bangladeshis ~ Enslaved Abroad, Oppressed At Home

Japan’s Central Bank Unexpectedly Moves To Stimulate Economy

Taiwan’s President Backs Hong Kong Protesters While Courting Beijing

Hong Kong Protesters Consider Taking Their Grievances To Beijing

Dog Meat Trade In Thailand Is Under Pressure And May Be Banned

Death For Bangladesh Islamist Tycoon

Bangladesh Power Back After Blackout

S Lanka Mudslide Toll Revised Down

Myanmar In Rare Multi-Party Talks

Lawsuit Over Malaysia Missing Plane

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Piece Of Australia Found In Vanuatu

Australia Urged To Send Ebola Medics

Australia Ends Sanctions On Fiji

ANZ Bank Announces Record Profit

No Impact Study For Wetlands Dumping

Peris Emails ‘Part Of Family Dispute’

Data Retention Bill Introduced

Australia Bank Plans UK Asset Sale

CHINA

Using Cash And Pressure, China Builds Its Chip Industry

China ‘To Protect Whistle-Blowers’

China Manufacturing Growth Slows

China Executes Toddler-Thrower

China Denies Shutting Foreign Sites

 

EUROPE

Most European Banks Pass E.C.B. Stress Test

Italian Banks Are The Weakest Performers In E.C.B. Review

Internet Tax Prompts Hungary Protest

Russia-Ukraine Deal Secures EU Gas

Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan After Surge Of Protests

Eurozone Inflation Ticks Up In October

In France, Dam Is The Catalyst For A Flood Of Young People’s Anger

INDIA

India’s Pure, Wicked Wilderness

India Bans Official Luxury Travel

Three Held Over India Bank Heist

India’s Bangalore Changes Name

Kerala Court Upholds Alcohol Ban

India’s Gujarat Braces For Cyclone

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Stays With Rousseff As President After Turbulent Campaign

Brazil Vote Highlights A Rift Linked To Economics

Mexico Unearths ‘New Mass Grave’

Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant, Pemex, Is In Uncharted Waters

Prince Charles Kicks Off Nine-Day Tour Of Latin America

Uruguay Registers Cannabis Growers

MIDDLE EAST

Netanyahu Expedites Plan For More Than 1,000 New Apartments In East Jerusalem

Israel Sets World Record For Largest Digital Printer

For Israelis And Palestinians, Another Divide To Contend With: Time

Israel Police Kill Palestinian Suspected Of Shooting Hard-Line Jewish Activist

Egyptian Forces Demolish Homes For Buffer Zone Along Gaza Border

Reinforcements Enter Besieged Syrian Town Via Turkey, Raising Hopes

Troops To Be Checked For Chemical Exposure In Iraq

Israel To Reopen Contested Holy Site In Jerusalem

Netanyahu Urges Restraint In Row Over Sacred Site

Egypt Jails ‘Gay Wedding Video’ Men

UN Rebuke Over Jerusalem Settlements

RUSSIA

Russian Government Linked To More Cybersecurity Breaches

Online Security Experts Link More Breaches To Russian Government

Russia Backs Plan By Ukraine Separatists For An Early Election

Putin’s Friend Profits In Purge Of Schoolbooks

UNITED KINGDOM

In Wales, A Toast To Dylan Thomas On His 100th Birthday

London’s Housing Boom

In Torrent Of Rapes In Britain, An Uncomfortable Focus On Race And Ethnicity

Thousands Of Low Paid Set For Pay Rise

UNITED STATES

Letting The Water In – Could Boston Become A City Of Canals?

New Rules For Health Care Workers Returning From West Africa

Rare Survey Examines Sexual Assault At M.I.T.

Investigator In Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To Legalize

F.T.C. Accuses AT&T Of Deceiving Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans

Prosecutors See Repeat Offenses On Wall Street

Federal Reserve Caps Its Bond Purchases: Focus Turns To Interest Rates

Maine Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine For Nurse

Parts Of South Carolina See Earliest Snowfall On Record

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Europe’s Ambitious Climate Goal

Inslee Climate Plans: Blowback Ahead

The Missing Campus Climate Debate

Fossil Fuels ‘Must Go By 2100′ Says IPCC

Q&A: Climate Change

Climate Change This Week: Coal’s Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters And More!

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Wikipedia Is Emerging As Trusted Internet Source For Information On Ebola

Under Pressure, Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Can Be Spent At Home

The Flu, TB And Now Ebola: A Rare Legal Remedy Returns

Unapologetic, Christie Frees Nurse From Ebola Quarantine

Wish To Do More In Ebola Fight Meets Reality In Liberia

From Governors, A Mix Of Hard-Line Acts And Conciliation Over Ebola

Genes Influence How Mice React To Ebola, Study Says In ‘Significant Advance’

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Missiles Of ISIS May Pose Peril For Aircrews

IS Militants Carry Out Mass Killing

Iraqi Kurds ‘In Kobane To Fight IS’

IS ‘Frees Kidnapped Schoolchildren’

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine separatists hold elections

Separatist Leaders Cast Ballots Watch

Why Are Ukraine Separatist Elections Controversial?

Ukraine Rebels Dream Of New Russia

Poroshenko’s Balancing Act

OH CANADA

This is long overdue and we are glad to see it. New counterterrorism powers already coming in cyber-bullying bill

If this is what it takes to protect the country, I’m sorry, but I go along with it. We don’t have that many people to lose to this disease or any other. Canada will not issue visas to residents of countries with Ebola outbreaks

Lest we forget. Canada’s First Park Of Reflection For Wounded Veterans Opens In Ontario

ELECTION RESULTS

John Tory Elected Toronto’s Next Mayor

Mayor’s Office Gets A Shakeup Across Ontario

Mandel And Prentice Sweep To Victory In Alberta Byelections

Winnipeg Reports Worst Syphilis Outbreak In City’s History

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson And Vision Party Unveil Election Platform 

OTHER SHORTS

Majority Of Canadians Don’t Believe The Health Care System Will Improve: Poll

Hospitals In Five B.C. Regions To Assess, Treat Ebola Patients

Toronto Police Investigating 3 Assault Complaints Against Jian Ghomeshi

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Good morning, Felina. Aren’t you the vision out here on that new rug, looking all spiritual and stuff. Pretty cool, Lass.

Felina:     Thank you very much, love of my three lifetimes. You may join me, if you like. I am communing with this Allah that so many humans hold in such high esteem.

Sam:        Beautiful rug, Sweetheart. Feels nice under paw, out here watching the world wake up and talking to the Creator by a different name.

Felina:     Precisely, Samuel. It is very important to be comfortable with having tea with royalty.

Sam:        You’ve been studying up on this some, haven’t you, Felina?

Felina:     I have. I thought that I would need to become a member of the association in order to communicate with its chief executive. I find, instead, that all I need to do is share the same values. Then it does not apparently matter whether I worship at a mosque, a temple a cathedral or that little brown church in the wild wood.

Sam:        You are as wise as you are alluring, Sweetheart. And a credit to every thing that swimmeth, creepeth, flyeth and cavorteth on the planet.

Felina:     That is why I am Queen of the Deep Reaches. And thank you, my loyal subject, for a tribute as eloquently rendered as it is humbly deserved.

Sam:        Like I understood half of that. But the half I did understand sounded like a compliment.

Felina:     So was the other half, dear.

Sam:        Oh, okay. I was a little slow on that uptake.

Felina:     Some were meant for speed, Samuel. My mate was built for comfort. That is also worth thanking Allah, Buddha, God and Elvis for each day. And I do.

Sam:        It does not get any better in these mountains than that, folks. And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

If our species produced more individuals like this one, it would be a better world for us all. Malala donates Nobel prize money to build war-damaged Gaza school

But at least perhaps the most prestigious university in America is dealing with it. Handling of Sexual Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions at Yale

Under “better late than never?” Pompeii Relic Returned 50 Years On

BAD EXAMPLES

I hope this was really necessary. It sounds just a little Orwellian to me. It makes me wonder if J. Edgar’s ghost isn’t running the show at the Bureau. Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

Sometimes knowing the right way is also about learning from the wrong way. Postcard from San Francisco: How not to build a parklet

Sometimes I really do not miss being a motorized North American. Weak Oversight, Deadly Cars

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

If you are germ-a-phobic, reading this is probably not a good idea. If you want greater understanding, reading this is probably a good idea. Ebola and the Vast Viral Universe

And here is yet another chapter in the saga of the world’s biggest boring machine, still stuck in the Seattle “underground”. Shells near Bertha from settlers, not tribes

Will we continue to be masters of our machines or will they ~ like the plot of some sci-fi film ~ take over us? Our Machine Masters

INNER SPACE

Two Genes Linked With Violent Crime

Are ‘Oceans’ Hiding Inside Earth?

60 Facts About Our Awesome World

OUTER SPACE

Five Steps To Colonising Mars

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes In New Setback For Commercial Spaceflight

How Earth’s Extremes Could Help Hunt For Life On Mars

ROBOTICS

Strange Cars Of The Future

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

What If Machines Had Personality?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Jumps Into The Growing Market For Wearable Fitness Technology

HP Unveils Plan To Make 3-D Printing An Everyday Thing

Micro Rockets Neutralize Chemical Weapons’

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES  — The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

The Resurgence Of Hydroelectric Power?

Solar Power Keeps Up With The Joneses

Transforming Our Energy System: Making Progress, Much More Needs To Be Done

HEALTH

Here’s another good reason for indulging my favorite food group. To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate

We revisit this from time to time and will until there is no longer any need. Faces of Breast Cancer

I submit this with a profound prejudice for the substances in question. Video: What’s In It | Chocolate Candy

SHORTS

Expert Panel Urges Canadian Doctors To Stop Screening Men For Prostate Cancer

A Natural Fix For A.D.H.D.

Google Developing A Cancer Detector

LIFESTYLE

‘Sweeping Change’ Narrows Gender Gap

Keyless Cars ‘Targeted By Thieves’

A Guide To Sex At 50 — And Beyond

Getting To Know You: Home Visits Help Teachers And Parents Become Super Partners

The Danger Of Silence

Which President Cut The Most Nukes?

NORTHSTAR COMICS  ~ We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

BBC FUTURE: Discover the edges of the possible, from extreme nature to staggering human abilities, in this limit-busting infographic.

My Captivity ~ In 2012, Theo Padnos was kidnapped in Syria by the Nusra Front. After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed. Instead, he lived to tell this tale.

FROM NORTHSTAR

 Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

For a preview: Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Business Correspondence

Communications Consulting

Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing

Editing

Ghost Writing

Jokes & Monologues

Online Research

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Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

minstrel312@aol.com

206-478-9254

http://minstrel312.tripod.com 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I found this very moving and very sad. A Tale of Two Primates

Because of their place in the eco-system and also because I think they are very cool, this is good news. Giant Tortoise ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

This has got to thrill people who live in the Big Apple. New frog species found in the urban jungle of New York City

SHORTS

Finding Europe’s Largest Predator

Tracking Sea Turtles As They Swim For Their Lives

Wild Red Pandas Filmed In Myanmar For First Time

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How Could Empty Vancouver Apartment Call 911 When There Isn’t A Phone?

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

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GRIT TV With Laura Flaunders

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

AboutUsjpgABOUT THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine. Entirely readership supported, it was founded as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information about us, email us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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