SEMANTICS: THE SWORD MEETS THE SCIMITAR

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 26, 2014

No. 411

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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SEMANTICS: THE SWORD MEETS THE SCIMITAR

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I came across an article I’d really recommend we all read. It is about the language of conflict and though the semantics can be traced back to the first hominid who picked up a club after the species of his mother’s ancestry was called into question, this piece focuses on our reaction to ISIS.

It seems that to engage in this interesting craft of war, we must demonize our enemy. I am personally not a fan of hate speech in any form, regardless its justification. I have never seen any real good of it and despite the childhood allegation that words cannot hurt us, horse manure. They can and we all know that. They strike the heart, as it were, in a way no other weapon can.

Wounds of the heart are injuries of the mind, as well, and ones which impair judgment and compromise one’s survival instinct. It is, for instance, difficult to be rational about someone who reminds us of those who have hurt us, our family, our nation. By comparing one’s enemy to the most horrific of these, we let self-preservation kick in. And then, sports fans, we are literally off and running down the road to Armageddon.

Those who use hate speech as a weapon understand this or they would not waste their time with it. It has been working for a very long time and apparently has a shelf life of reckonable antiquity. Diplomacy is Thursday’s child in comparison and apparently does have a long way to go.

Tomas Kapitan, ~ a writer of considerable expertise on this subject ~ in his New York Times essay entitled “Reign of Terror”, calls instead for the language of understanding, compromise and conflict resolution. He suggests that it might be far more profitable for all concerned if we used semantics to shape our world, rather than letting words define the extent of our species-hood.

I could not agree more. Thanks once again for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Since the associate editor of this publication drives a vehicle which uses these, this one is a little closer to home. There are words I could use to describe how I feel about news like this. I can cuss the bark off a birch at five klicks but I usually refrain out of consideration for the rest of the forest. It Looked Like a Stabbing, but Takata Air Bag Was the Killer

What are the five friendliest cities in the world? The answers just might surprise you.

For those who understand the web of life ~ which is probably all of you ~ this is very good news. Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars

WORLD

AFRICA

Emergency Food Deliveries In Sierra Leone To Fight Ebola Epidemic

In Home Of Nigeria’s Abducted Girls, Cautious Optimism Greets News Of Cease-Fire With Captors

In Homeland, Liberia Native Finds Resilience Amid Horror

Nigeria Declared Free Of Ebola

Boko Haram ‘Abducts More Women’

Tunisia’s Rival Revolutionaries

Tunisia Profile

Tunis ‘Militant Hideout’ Stormed

ASIA

Two Japan Ministers Quit Amid Rows

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

Japan’s Exports Jump In September

Vietnam Tycoon Arrested For ‘Fraud’

Vietnam Country Profile

First Transplant Of ‘Dead’ Heart

Daniel Pearl Murder Suspect Released

Hindu Activists ‘Attack India Cafe’

HK Protesters To Vote On Proposals

China ‘Punishes 17′ For Deadly Clash

US Firm Fined For Underpaying Indians

Quetta Mourns Attacks On Shias

US Command Of S Korea Troops To Stay

Japan Minister In Sex Bar Funds Row

Japan Court Backs Pregnant Woman

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Obama Asks Australia For Ebola Help

Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea opens

Brisbane Bees Fight ‘Hive Wars’

Australia’s Mosques Throw Open Their Doors

Shorten Takes Gay Marriage Message To Christian Group

Qantas Says It Has Returned To Profit

CHINA

Presumed Guilty In China’s War On Corruption, Targets Suffer Abuses

What China Means By ‘Rule Of Law’

Video: China’s Kazakhs Reverse Course

China Angry With Kenny G For Visiting Hong Kong Protest Site

EUROPE

Rome mayor defies Interior Ministry, registers 16 gay marriages amid thunderous applause

Historic Loss May Follow Rise Of Rents In Barcelona

Sweden Hunts For Source Of Underwater Signals

Submarine Search Near Stockholm Reminiscent Of A Cold War Thriller

New Commissioners Approved For E.U.’S Executive Branch

NATO Jets ‘Intercept Russian Plane’

EU Agrees To Emergency Budget Talks

Sweden Calls Off Search For Sub

In French Port City, ‘A Real Psychosis’

The Conflict Between Germany And The E.C.B. That Threatens Europe

About 25 Europe Banks Are Said To Have Failed Tests

INDIA

Indian Leader’s Party Gains Seats In Key State Elections

India Overhauls Fuel Regime In PM Modi’s Biggest Economic Reform Yet

Piracy Row Scot ‘Struggles’ In India

Indian PM’s Face Sells Fireworks

India Boss Distributes Cars As Gifts

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Votes In Presidential Run-Off

Elections Highlight Economic Divisions In Brazil

Brazil Election: Class Divides Voters

What Will Settle Brazil’s Presidential Election?

Uruguay Votes For New President

Uruguay Profile

Life Terms For Argentina Jail Crimes

Us Judge Sentences Farc Commander

Puffer Fish Poisons 11 In Brazil

Governor Quits Over Mexico Missing

Us Returns Ancient Artifacts To Peru

Honduras Drought Puts Many ‘At Risk’

Chile Marches Against Education Bill

Chile Country Profile

MIDDLE EAST

Turks To Let Kurds Join Kobane Fight

Thousands In Iran Protest Acid Attacks On Women

31 Egyptian Soldiers Are Killed As Militants Attack In Sinai

Rights Groups Condemn Execution Of Iranian Woman

Oil Gives Kurds A Path To Independence, And Conflict With Baghdad

RUSSIA

Russian Clocks Go Back For Last Time

The Bizarre World Of Time Zones

Later Sunsets ‘Make Kids More Active’

Heavy Snow Covers Poland And Russia

The Element That Redefined Time

UNITED KINGDOM

Kate’s Second Baby Due In April

UK Anger At £1.7bn EU Cash Demand

The Queen Sends Her First Tweet

‘Record Number’ Of Low-Paid Britons

Case Unfairly Politicised Says Adams

Masked Gang With Iron Bars Hit Man

RAF Pilot Training Boost Welcomed

Peer Condemns ‘Chronic Underfunding’

Planning Fee Increase Criticised

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies, Aged 71

Last Farewell For Cancer Blog Boy

‘Deliberate’ Blaze Killed Father

UNITED STATES

Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream Of Spires

K-9 ‘Agents’ Lift Spirits Of The Secret Service With Heroics At The White House

2 Die, Including Gunman, In Shooting At Washington State High School

2 California Officers Are Killed In Rampage

Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

THE VATICAN

Pope Beatifies Paul VI At Remarkable Synod’s End

Catholic Bishops Scrap Watered-Down Welcome To Gays In Document

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Are Rising Again In Afghanistan’s North

UK Base In Afghanistan Handed Over

Afghan Mullah Who Raped Girl In His Mosque Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence

CLIMATE CHANGE

Emissions Drive Oceans ‘Acid Trip’

How Climate Change Will Acidify The Oceans

EU Leaders Agree CO2 Emissions Cut

World Must End ‘Dirty’ Fuel Use – UN

Europe ‘Will Fail To Protect Climate’

EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

Pragmatism On Climate Change Trumps Politics At Local Level Across U.S.

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Nigeria Declared Free Of Ebola

WHO Set For Emergency Ebola Talks

In The Race To An Ebola Treatment, Israel’s Collplant Synthesizes Human Cells In Tobacco Plant

U.S. Plans 21-Day Watch Of Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations

Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali

Ebola Lands In New York City

Cuomo And Christie Order Strict Ebola Quarantines

Ebola Quarantines Seen As Barrier To Volunteers

Early New York Response: Polar Opposite Of Dallas’s

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Dutch Biker Gang Joins Fight Against ISIS

Coalition Syria Strikes ‘Kill 553′

OTTAWA ATTACK

Shooting Of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Strengthens Cadet’s Resolve To Serve His Country

Parliament Shootings: People Are Resilient To Trauma, Psychiatrist Says

Details About Ottawa Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau Uncovered

Matt Gurney: Ottawa Just Had Its Trial By Fire. Thank God, It Passed

Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was Work Of Lone Gunman

Canada Attack ‘Not Linked To IS’

Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened As Life Crumbled

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates

VIDEO: Ukraine Elections: ‘We’ve Had Enough Of Looking East’

OH CANADA

This could have turned out much worse than it actually did. Attack On Ottawa: A Brazen Assault On Canada’s Capital

I’ll just bet that sooner or later, there is a husband and wife team behind this. Citizens of the Maple Leaf, meet Dudley and Dottie Do-Right. RCMP sets ‘ambitious’ recruitment target: 50% women

Apparently, in Saskatchewan, a dog is not a man (or woman’s) only best friend. Saskatchewan couple fights to keep pet raccoon

FROM THE UKRAINE:

These are the thoughts, observations, wishes and dreams of a family woman in a war zone. We are well aware that on this planet, her numbers are legion. We believe, however, that she speaks for more than a few of them.  Her name is Olya Bereza and her email address is olya.bereza@mail.ru

A political party kiosk in Lviv.  Photo courtesy of Olya Bereza

A political party kiosk in Lviv. Photo courtesy of Olya Bereza

Hello, Расти:  I am in West Ukraine at the moment. The media is preparing us for voting in Parliament elections today, Sunday, the 26th of October. It is always hilarious to notice all these advertising tricks in politics. At that I found quite interesting, the Liberal Party with new faces and good slogans like “a person is of first value” which I totally agree.

But there are some other parties and other appeals which make me worried. Like this idea of nation too close to condemned one. They could at least choose another logo. I was about eight when the previous ideology (dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991) was fallen and I do not want to have to digest a new one like that. Freedom and liberty and human rights and peace are what I hopefully expect from the elections.

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya

P.S. The yellow tent in the photo is a campaign kiosk urging people to vote for this party at the parliamentary elections. Lviv is in West Ukraine. I love this city but radicalism is not the way, if you think about whole country prosperity which is a home for a few nations.

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. I smell pizza.

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three lifetimes, and how very astute of your nose. Would you care to join Arnold and me in the den? We are watching this programme on women who become terrorists for love.

Sam:        You and Arnie sure find some bizarre stuff out there in McLuhan’s Vast Frontier.

Felina:     Arnold has an insatiable appetite for knowledge, Dear. It would be a shame to limit his quest for it.

Sam:        Not to mention the Chicago Deep Dish you guys eat hanging out and stuff.

Felina:     To quote my mate of three lifetimes: “If there is no pizza in the Good Place, I am going to Hell for lunch.”

Sam:        This is very true and it is nice to be quoted verbatim like that. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Will and Hilarity of Digression. And the She’ll See of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that you are our sentient television set have been watching videos about ISIS recruiting female human beings.

Felina:     Very good, my love. And quite so. I know that female humans have been warriors since they had different shaped heads and slumped a lot.

Sam:        Since the species began, yep.

Felina:     But this does seem rather extreme, these OASIS people.

Sam:        Oh yeah, they’re a little out there, Lass.

Felina:     And the news tells us that some of them are mate hunting, Samuel?

Sam:        If that’s what the media’s telling you, that is probably how it is.

Felina:     Are these female humans so unattractive that they cannot find partners among the saner segments of their society?

Sam:        Sweetheart, my guess would be that there’s some twist in their road, yep.

Felina:     I mean, it is one thing to fall in love with a male in uniform. I did when you were serving with the United States Cougar Corp. You were actually quite dashing.

Sam:        Thank you, Lass. I also did not go around trying to chop anybody’s head off.

Felina:     You were the model of the osprey décor, my love. So these human females who want to take mates from males who cut off the heads of other human beings, you are suggesting perhaps a mental imbalance?

Sam:        Felina, they’re crazier than that Canadian duck you guys like so much.

Felina:     Ah, so simply an aberration of the norm.

Sam:        A speed bump down their evolution highway. And yes, Sweetheart, this too will pass.

Felina:     I think, then, that Arnold and I need no more to watch this tragic nonsense.

Sam:        That’s the way it looks from my side of the cave, 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

This is why it is not good policy to get Canada mad. Soldier’s death strengthens resolves of troops heading to Kuwait: defence minister reports

This is justice well served. Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Iraq Killings

So is this. Afghan Mullah Who Raped Girl in His Mosque Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence

SHORTS

Alberta city comes together to clean up vandalized mosque

Seattle bike-share program hits 4,000 rides in first week

Americans Don’t Live In Information Cocoons

BAD EXAMPLES

That this is still being done anywhere in the universe appalls me. That it is being done of earth makes me ashamed of being human. Video: To Kill a Sparrow ~ In Afghanistan, thousands of young women have been imprisoned for so-called moral crimes – including running away from unlawful forced marriages. This is one woman’s story.

This has got to hurt a little, eh, Ronald? Al-Qaeda magazine urges boycott of McDonald’s

Sometimes change comes more slowly to some places than it does to some others. Small Towns, Small Hearts

SHORTS

Malicious Ebola-Themed Emails Are On The Rise

10 Bizarre Ebola ‘Products’ People Are Actually Trying To Sell

Mother Wails Outside Iranian Prison As Young Daughter Is Hanged

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I would like to try one of these but when I went to buy a Mini Cooper, I was told they did not make one in my size. This is even smaller than that. Driving the world’s smallest car

This, however, is another story entirely. Your e-rickshaw has arrived

The American advertising copywriter who came up with the slogan, “So simple a cave man can do it,” might very well have been related to one. Check this out, gang. Man’s Genome From 45,000 Years Ago Is Reconstructed

INNER SPACE

Physics Reveals How Nature Sparkles

Gladiators Were ‘Mostly Vegetarian’

Sex Emerged In Ancient Scottish Lake

OUTER SPACE

Dawkins: What Are Aliens Like?

NASA Shares Free Sounds From Space

How To Put A Human On Mars

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Parachutist’s Record Fall: Over 25 Miles In 15 Minutes

Students Build Oculus Moon Robot

Hemispheres In Space

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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

Environment Is Grabbing Big Role In Ads For Campaigns

Wind Farms Outstrip Nuclear Power

African Solar Plan To Power UK Homes

HEALTH

I don’t eat this stuff but I know people who do and I’ve often wondered Are those super foods really so super?

Here is yet another good reason to get out in the sun, even or perhaps especially in winter. ‘Sunshine can slow weight gain’

I totally believe in this. 8 Ways Forgiveness Is Good For Your Health

LIFESTYLE

Need A Career Change? Here’s How To Reinvent Yourself

How To Build An Emergency Fund

‘Why I Want To Die At 75’

No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting To Rent

Want Success Here? Don’t Brag

‘San Quentin’s Giants’

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

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Dancing priests become Internet sensation (Photo Gallery)

Bear Cub Strolls Through Oregon Drug Store

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

For those of us who have known and loved these magnificent animals, this is so true. Two Horses, One Language

This is totally awesome except for the author’s use of the term “killer whale”. As we pointed out in our comments at the end, that’s like calling Canadians “Canucks.” In all of the True North, the only Canucks are professional hockey players and these big dudes and dudettes are orcas. Drones bring back killer pictures of killer whales

Putting an animal in a cage or even a glorified glass jar is like asking a human to spend its life in a space the size of a federal prison cell. We punish anthropoid miscreants and innocent animals alike when we do this. So The Northstar Journal totally supports this effort. Campaign For Temple Elephant Saama Gathers Momentum

SHORTS

Antelopes Win Best Wildlife Photo

Australian Birds That Mysteriously Chase Rain

Urgent Ban Needed For Wild Animals In Circuses

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HYSTERIA AND TWO OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 19, 2014

No. 410

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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HYSTERIA AND TWO OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Several of you have asked how I personally view the Ebola outbreak and ISIS, apparently the two greatest scourges on the planet. At the moment.

First, I totally accept that both are real. Now, I am learning as much as I can to help protect myself, my family, my household, my community, my readership, etc.

I am also keeping perspective and not going into a “fight or flight” mode. This article helped me from doing that around Ebola and I hope it does the same for you and yours. Experts Offer Steps For Avoiding Public Hysteria, A Different Contagious Threat

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center will be accepting Ebola patients and that raises some concern about contagion since we are apparently still so clueless about how it is transmitted. But that facility is not in my neighborhood and I do not know anyone who either works or is a patient there.

ISIS is easier for me to deal with because I am so far off terrorist radar it is actually a little embarrassing. I am like the country I in which I was born. Nobody’s mad at me. Nobody’s mad at Canada.

I am also on record for defending Muslims right along with the rights of all other living creatures on this planet, including Ralph, my geranium, who was a gift from an extraterrestrial botanist whose visit Steven Spielberg documented on film a couple three decades back.

As far as kidnapping? I have no one in spheres of either influence or proximity. So forget that, guys. If you want to steal me away, it will be a logistics nightmare. I do not go gently into any good night and I live with three other people, one of whom is as big as a Toyota short bed pickup truck. You guys are neither ignorant nor stupid. Why load a cannon for a camel when it is only a canary on the radar?

So, since you asked and stuff, right? Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

I found this absolutely fascinating. Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide

Here we go again, Toyota lovers. Toyota to recall 1.75 million cars

In a world which sometimes seems bent on competing itself into extinction, this is refreshing to read. Forming alliances to preserve habitats

WORLD

AFRICA

Specialist Nairobi Team Will Help Tackle Wildlife Crime

General Escalates Libya Attack

Report: Nigeria And Boko Haram Reach Cease-Fire

This Ray Of Hope From Nigeria Should Inspire Us To Provide Safe Schools For Every Girl

ASIA

Nepal To Establish Weather Warning System After Hiking Disaster

Cyclone Lashes India’s Eastern Seaboard, Killing At Least 2; Typhoon Pounds Japan

For Japan, Small Gesture Holds Great Importance

Philippine Militants Free 2 German Hostages

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Declining Wool Demand Forces Scramble To Adapt At New Zealand Farms

Asylum Baby Denied Australia Visa

Canada Backs New Zealand’s Bid For UN Security Council Seat

CHINA

China Said To Pull The Strings In Hong Kong Crackdown

China Media: Public Back Police

China’s Guide To Democracy

China Responds To N.B.A. Diplomacy

Crony Communism In China

Answering Four Key Questions About China’s Rise

EUROPE

Bosnian Mountain Horse Herd Grows In The Velebit Mountains »

Bloc In Europe Starts To Balk Over Austerity

Possible Disease Outbreak Kills Bison In Romania »

In Exodus From Israel To Germany, A Young Nation’s Fissures Show

Specter Of Renewed Crisis Polarizes Europe

Before A Bailout, E.C.B. Minutes Showed Doubts Over Keeping A Cyprus Bank Afloat

To Restore Confidence In Economy, A Test Of Europe’s Banks

INDIA

Cyclone Lashes India’s Eastern Seaboard, Killing At Least 2; Typhoon Pounds Japan

India’s Public Health Crisis

LATIN AMERICA

Ecuadorian Río Canandé Reserve Extended By Purchase Of 1,200 Acres

Rare Spectacled Bear Found In New Ecuador Reserve »

Venezuela Gets Security Council Seat; Turkey Fails

Mexico Finds Many Corpses, But Not Lost 43

MIDDLE EAST

Gaza Still Needs Rebuilding. Here’s What Lies Ahead

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Syria Conflict

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Middle East Crisis

RUSSIA

Meet ‘The Bob Dylan Of Russia’

Russia Cannot Replace Imports

Making Merkel Wait, Finding Time For Truffles

Space Dogs Were First Soviet ‘Pop Stars’

Canadian Coast Guard Tows Disabled Russian Ship Off…

Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew On Trees

UNITED KINGDOM

Fears Over UK Trekkers In Nepal

Thousands Attend Pay Protest Marches

Memorial Service For Aid Worker

UK Police To Probe Thailand Murders

UNITED STATES

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Stay Open

Obama Cancels Campaign Trip To Meet With Cabinet On Ebola

Atheist Wins $1.95M From Californian Government After He Was Forced Into Religiously Tinged Treatment Program

In Cities With West African Populations, Hospitals Take Extra Steps

Calm Returns To Wall St., But Europe Remains A Worry

Mysterious US Space Plane Returns

Despite Slumping Prices, No End In Sight For U.S. Oil Production Boom

THE VATICAN

The Catholic Church’s Welcome New Thinking On Family, Sex – And Homosexuality

What Is A Catholic Family?

Of Virtue And Vice, And A Vatican Priest

No Consensus At Vatican As Synod Ends

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Two Haqqani Militant Leaders Are Captured, Afghan Officials Say

CLIMATE CHANGE

Pentagon Signals Security Risks Of Climate Change

Nitty Gritty, Nuts-And-Bolts, Side Of Climate Change

What Makes Species Resilient—And Vulnerable—To Climate Change?

(Video) People’s Climate March Grabs The World’s Attention

The Living Planet Report: Alarming Trends Of Species’ Population Decline

Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change

Fish Moving To Avoid Warming Waters

Beating Climate Change By Retooling The Economy—The Story Begins In Navajo Country

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Video: The C.D.C.’s Shifting Ebola Strategy

In Layers Of Gear, U.S. Doctor Offers Healing Hand To Ebola Patients In Liberia

Video: Fighting Ebola Outbreak Street By Street

Video: Ebola Protection Gear Safety

As Ebola Fears Spread, Ohio And Texas Close Some Schools

Experts Oppose Ebola Travel Ban, Saying It Would Cut Off Worst-Hit Countries

Ron Klain, Chief Of Staff To 2 Vice Presidents, Is Named Ebola Czar

Rare Good News About Ebola

Ebola Does Not Need To Be A Death Sentence

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Protesters Strike Back

Symbols Of Protest

BBC Special Report: Hong Kong Protests

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Obama’s Top Military Adviser Warns Of Possible ISIS Attacks In Baghdad

‘Operation Bland And Inoffensive’ Is What The U.S. Military Pretty Much Named Its Mission Against ISIS

ISIS Militants In Syrian Border Town Begin To Retreat After A Month long Battle

ISIS Flying Warplanes In Syria

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Islamic State Crisis

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

OH CANADA

Time to start praying they all make it back. Canadian Military Transport Leaves For Kuwait

We were caught off guard here too but I am confident our medical community can handle it. And will. Nurses Reveal Gaps In Ebola Preparedness In Ontario Hospitals

Let’s hope we do not find something that wants us on the menu. I hear national guilty is the supreme royal payback. Canada Contributing To Telescope Involved In Search For Extraterrestrials

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:        Felina, I do believe you need to come out here on the porch. I do not remember ordering anything that needs to be delivered by Human Express. I’m sure glad you’ve got a good understanding with these folks.

Felina:     I shall be right there, loved of my three lifetimes. And no worries, darling. They too know that I am Queen of the Deep Reaches.

Sam:        Sweetheart, I’m really glad you’ve got the royalty thing working for you. We would be in big trouble if you did not.

Felina:     The Kingdom would be in bigger trouble, would it not, Sir Samuel?

Sam:        I am not going to win this one either, am I?

Felina:     No, my love. The prerogatives of the regally born are immutable.

Sam:        Okay, and like I really understood that. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Yorkshire Duke and Duchess of Digression. And the Queen Eleanor of the Smooth Segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that he’s leaving another mysterious box. This one says it’s from…Creatures R Us Robotics. Okay, Felina, what’s going on?

Felina:     Well, as you know, Arnold and I have been absolutely fascinated by this particular science.

Sam:        You and our talking television set have gone where no cougar or cathode ray Zenith have gone before, yep.

Felina:     And you do know that our research sometimes leaves me unable to do my share of the cave work?

Sam:        I really hadn’t noticed, but as you have occasionally pointed out I am not the neatest puma on the planet.

Felina:     Perhaps not, my rapacious rapscallion. But you are certainly the handsomest and most dashing.

Sam:        And that is a very good thing, I suspect. So what’s in the box, Lass?

Felina:     You will really like her, darling.

Sam:        We are getting a maid that looks and behaves like a cougar, aren’t we?

Felina:     Yes, my love. Is that not absolutely delightful, oh sun and moon of my life?

Sam:        Delightful is one word, yep. I just remember when my mother came to visit and offered to help out around here. That didn’t seem to work out two well. “Too many paws on the premises” was the phrase you used, if memory serves.

Felina:     Your mother is not programmable. Rosie is.

Sam:        Point well taken, 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

His Imminence keeps getting cooler and cooler all the time, does he not? Vatican Signals More Lenient Stance On Gays And Divorce

I wonder if the beavers are getting union scale for this. Pesky Beavers Put To Work In West

This rocks. New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—And These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up To Get Them

BAD EXAMPLES

This individual really needs to get a life. Kiss those public displays of affection goodbye, vows Burnaby mayoral candidate

This definitely does not bode well. New U.N. Ebola Trust Fund Falls Far Short of Goal

This needs to change, posthaste. Most B.C. Nursing Home Workers Experience Violence On The Job, Poll Finds

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This is something it would probably not hurt all of us to read again. The secret to staying safe online

This does not surprise me. I am certain another study will add the tone of voice in which words are delivered. Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

I found this just a little ironic. F.B.I. Director Calls ‘Dark’ Devices a Hindrance to Crime Solving

INNER SPACE

Two Dinosaur Toes Lead To Fossil Find In Alberta’s Badlands

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change The World

Learning The Secrets Of Lost Franklin Expedition Vessel HMS Erebus

OUTER SPACE

Apeman To Spaceman

Comet Landing Gets Green Light

New Form Of Space Weather Identified

ROBOTICS

The Odd Things Robots Do To Us

Asimo The Humanoid Robot Shows Off His New Tricks

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Venture Capitalists Return To Backing Science Start-Ups

Tech Jobs: No Degree Required?

Polaris Dagor, Ready For Action

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

Mopping Up A Sea Of Plastic

Video: Neil Young, Stephen Colbert Sing To Save Earth

LA School District Uses Its Spending Power To Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, And Kids’ Nutrition

After Years Without A Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

HEALTH

This is something from which we could all benefit, I suspect. How To Feel More Energized All Day Long

Here’s another reason to get up and move around occasionally. Why Exercise Boosts IQ

Slowly but surely, we are making this one history. Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells For Use In Alzheimer’s Research

SHORTS

How To Cope With The Scariest Health Info You Find Online

These 12 Childhood Art Techniques Can Help Adults Relieve Stress

Don’t Let Anyone Rent Space In Your Head For Free

LIFESTYLE

A Cure For Hyper-Parenting

Why Locals Should Embrace Expats

Cooking Real Food For Your Family Can Be Simple And Fun, Says Chef Michael Smith

How To Pickle Almost Anything

The Radical Homemaker’s Guide To Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive

Are Women Better Decision Makers?

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

Ambulance Chasers ~ The World’s Fastest Paramedics At 300km/H

13 Striking Images From ‘Humans Of New York’ Photographer’s World Tour

Momma Whale Takes Baby For A Piggyback Ride

FROM NORTHSTAR

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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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is certainly good news. Success Seen for Wild Tigers

We will all sleep better for this. Now We Know How Huge Ancient Roos Got Around

If this does not totally warm you heart, you do not have one. Endangered Monk Seals Are Making A Very Cute Comeback

SHORTS

Pacific Walruses Are In Trouble And Need Your Help

Rescue Of Orphaned Grizzly Cubs Turns Into A Saga Only Social Media Could Fix

Strange & Beautiful ~ Eight Ugly Animals We Should Save

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Only a Canadian could have come out of this alive. Man Survives Being Shot By Hunting Partner, Mauled By Grizzly Bear Near Fernie

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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 originally 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 about us, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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TO SHORT STUFF, IN MEMORIAM

 THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

No. 408

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 

Best Shannon in Canadian sweatshirt

TO SHORT STUFF, IN MEMORIAM

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Small publications like ours are modest history at best but as sustaining as the spirit of those who read them. We have been very honoured by your society. As difficult as it has been personally to sustain this operation during a near-fatal Recession, we have found often extraordinary means to do that.

This would not be possible without several individuals on the staff, one of whom is on a well-deserved holiday in Minnesota to attend a family wedding and to experience again life in the Red River Valley. His parents are aging and time is precious to him in this regard.

The Northstar Journal would also never have been possible without the dedication, talent, heart and chutzpah of a young Canadian woman who was dying of cancer when we met. Her passing occurred in October so this has been a difficult month for me, coinciding as it also does with my arrival in the killing fields of a long ago war.

She was a cowgirl from Manitoba and as untamed, even to the end, as the horses she loved so passionately. As a professional farrier, she fought sexism on the ranches of the North American prairies. She admired the characters Sharon Stone played because they resonated so much with her own nature. Had Sharon known Shannon, it might very well have been the other way around.

She was a slender slip of a lass everybody called “Short Stuff:” She loved karaoke and dancing atop the bar and when she took a cowboy to the hay loft, even the stud bulls blushed. If the west was a little wilder for it, so much the better and either get a flipping sense of humour or just bloody sod off.

Her last years were spent in controversy when she came west because she was accused of not only loving a married man but of convincing him to murder his wife and children. He got life in prison and she was totally exonerated of any persuasion in these regards.

The Court of Public Opinion even in Canada can be harsher than the Queen’s Bench. She became a pariah in Victoria and retaliated by designing cowboy clothes and selling them to the Canadian Forces and their families in Esquimalt. She apologized for nothing and fought back by making a good living for herself and her three kids, without help from her estranged husband and his new wife.

In the midst of the worst of it, she contracted cervical cancer and found out just how cruel people can be when many of them contended that this was how God punished Jezebels.

When her first round of chemotherapy failed, she knew she could not survive the pain of a second. She did not consult anyone. It was not her style to do that anyway about anything, so in this regard, she was consistent.

She gave the last 18 months of her life to making the monthly Northstar Journal the best magazine it could be. She believed in people, despite what some of them had done to her. When we came out, she used to walk outside late at night and imagine herself soaring over the earth, looking down on where “my readers live and stuff: She referred to all of you as her twinkling lights. You enriched her life beyond measure and for that, I am profoundly grateful. Thank you.

This edition is dedicated to her and to those of you who tap that donation request at the bottom. We thank you, then, for your support

Have a great week, eh? 

THE NEWS

When the Taliban attacked this Pakistani teenager for speaking out for education for all children, they almost killed her. She recovered, however, and took to the world stage to promote her cause. When asked if she feared the Taliban, she replied, “How can you be afraid of someone who is so afraid of you?” Please join me and most of the freedom loving people on the planet in congratulating the Nobel Prize Committee on their choice of the two they selected for this year’s Peace award. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of you impacted by this. Dozens Injured As Powerful Typhoon Hits Japan

I found this incredibly ironic. ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China

WORLD

AFRICA

UN Secretary-General In Libya Calls For End To Fighting, Militia To Withdraw From Airport

Dam Rising In Ethiopia Stirs Hope And Tension

ASIA

Warships Of Rival Koreas Exchange Warning Shots

S Korea Ferry Captain Was ‘Confused’

Asia Shares Slump After IMF Forecast

Japan Quake Spurs Innovation

Daphne Bramham: A Lesson From Hong Kong: It Matters Who Governs

Hong Kong Government Scraps Talks With Protesters

Kim Jong-Un’s Absence At Ritual Fires North Korea Rumors

Japan Prepares For Typhoon Vongfong

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Rare Photos Of Untouched Australia

Australian Lost In Bush For 17 Days

Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster

Putin Confirmed To Attend G20 In Brisbane

‘Booby Traps’ In NZ Earthquake Homes

CHINA

Germany And China Seal Meeting With Business Deals

Leader Taps Into Chinese Classics In Seeking To Cement Power

China ‘Will Not Change Mind’ On HK

China’s Guide To Democracy

Why Is Hong Kong Protesting?

China’s Disappearing Pro-HK Activists

Symbols Of Protest

Death Penalty For China Cult Killers

Chinese Hostages Freed In Cameroon

EUROPE

Why Are Spaniards Fleeing Home?

Strike To Cost Air France €500m

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

Belgium’s Youthful New PM Sworn In

Belgium’s Complex Web Of Democracy

Life Without Government, The Belgian Way

Belgium Profile

S&P Cuts France’s Credit Outlook

Spain Sets Up Ebola ‘Crisis’ Group

INDIA

Human Casualties Mount In Indian Tiger Corridor »

Tracking India’s Bureaucrats Becomes A Digital Dashboard Venture

Cyclone Hudhud Pounds Eastern India

LATIN AMERICA

New Tract Of Mexican Cloud Forest Is Now Protected »

Arrest Of Suspected Drug Lord In Mexico Is Seen As Symbolic Amid Police Scandal

MIDDLE EAST

In Golan, Imagined Risks Become All Too Real

Israel lets hundreds of Palestinians leave Gaza to mark Muslim holiday at Jerusalem’s holiest mosque

Canadian Forces Already Headed To Middle East

Traumatized Gaza Lions Are Given A New Home In Jordan »

US Pledges $212m In Aid To Gaza

New President of Afghanistan Welcomes Back Times Reporter

RUSSIA

Putin Wants Say In Moldova-EU Trade

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Rarest Freshwater Fish Could Be Making A Comeback »

Britons Seek ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

‘Robust’ Plans To Counter NHS Strike

UK Troops Training Kurdish Forces

Ebola Screening Not Perfect – Boris

Hunt Wants Public Oath For Teachers

UNITED STATES

Gay Marriage Is Upheld In Nevada And Idaho

Energy Industry Eyes U.S. East Coast For Offshore Drilling

Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In U.S.

THE VATICAN

Pope Brings In Catholics To Explain How Their Marriage Lasted 55 Years — And Their Answer Shocked The Church

Pope Says Thanksgiving Mass For 2 Saints Who Spread Faith In Canada

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

California Leads On Climate Change, Says 50-State Tool

The Blind Spot For Climate Research In Agriculture: Not All Climate Change Is Bad

Gop Congressman Says His Medical Background Qualifies Him To Deny Climate Change

Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

Evangelicals Urge Rick Scott To Act On Climate Change As A ‘Pro-Life’ Issue

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Ebola Help For Sierra Leone Is Nearby, But Delayed On The Docks

Ebola Reaches Europe – Spanish Nurse Tests Positive After Treating African Patient

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center volunteers to treat Ebola patients

Canada airlifts protective equipment to Ebola zone

Canada Places Quarantine Officers At Six Airports To Screen For Ebola Symptoms

Canadian Ebola Vaccine To Be Shipped To Geneva Next Week, WHO Says

Britain To Screen For Ebola Amid Possible New Cases In Europe

With Ebola’s Arrival At Nebraska Center, It’s No Longer A Drill

Ebola: 41 UN Staffers Now Under Observation In Liberia

GAZA

$4 Billion Plan To Rebuild Gaza Stalled Amid Political Wrangling

Israel Permits Hundreds Of Gazans To Pray At Jerusalem Mosque During Eid Al-Adha Holiday

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

How ISIS’ horrific reign of terror is rooted in the political culture of Iraq and Syria

UK Jihadist Prisoner Swap ‘Credible’

One Of The Only Remaining Christian Communities Makes Its ‘Last Stand In Iraq’

Syrian Kurds ‘Fight Back Against IS’

Canadian Parliament Votes To Join U.S.-Led Combat Mission In Iraq

Western Jihadist Explains Why He Fights In Syria

Iran’s Jailing Of Activist Offers Hint Of Liberty Under Rouhani

Four Bombings Kill Over 50 People Around Baghdad

French ‘Destroy’ Al-Qaeda Convoy

NOBEL PRIZES

French Author Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

Nobel Prize For Blue LED Invention

Microscope Work Wins Nobel Prize

Two Americans and a German Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

SPYING

Canadian Charged In Hacking Ring Involving U.S. Military Software And Xbox Games

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Putin Orders Russian Troops Away From Ukraine Border

OH CANADA

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador accuses Russia of kidnapping Christians in Ukraine

Harper Seeks Six-Month Military Mission To Iraq, With No Ground Troops

SHORTS

Canada contributing to telescope involved in search for extraterrestrials

Is Canada Losing Its Edge In Space?

Bank Of Canada Still Not Committed To Women On Currency: Petition

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.

Felina:     Hello, fair and gentle readers. It is nice to see you again.

Sam:        We enjoy “coming into your living rooms” each week with our form of animal vaudeville. You seem to enjoy it and we have a lot of fun with it too.

Felina:     There are, however, times when the simplest and most direct point works best to promote our personal agenda.

Sam:        Which is, believe it or not, helping you survive your own foolishness.

Felina:     Careful, mate of my three lifetimes. If you talk down to them, they will assume you think you are superior to them. Theirs is a species which truly believes in its own preeminence among all the Creator’s children.

Sam:        Yep, and defends to the death their right to be lethally stupid, rather than let wiser minds and wiser species prevail. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Damon & Diogenes of Digression and the Soccer T of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Nice, Sweetheart. Like watching a butterfly skate on thin ice.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. That is so sweet. But to the subject at hand, one of the ways your species survives is by recognizing the humanly sublime among you. You turn instinctively to good as well as evil and so far, the “angels” among you are winning the battle.

Sam:        You certainly have one among you now. We urge you to get to know her. She is one of your children and she stands for all that is compassionate, brave and noble among you.

Felina:     Her name is Malala Yousafzai and you can meet her here.and at Laureate Malala urges child rights

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 gave me another Proud to Be Made In Canada moment. Allies against depression: How a Canadian is driving science and business to find a cure

These folks definitely have the right idea. International Day Of The Girl A ‘Time To Recognise Challenges’

So do these people and what’s so cool is that they are my neighbors. Columbus Day in Seattle no longer: Now Indigenous Peoples’ Day

BAD EXAMPLES

This should strike shame in the heart of every one of us who calls themselves human. A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear

So should this. Unearthing a Barbarous Past in Poland

I really hope she is kidding. If she is not, this is scary. Shelley Moore Capito Says Climate Is Changing Because It’s ‘Raining’ Outside

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I found this fascinating. Is this Europe’s oldest city?

This too is an absolute must read. Don’t Say This — Or That — Abroad

Are we really ready for this? Coming soon: The 3-D printed car

INNER SPACE

Nevada’s Secret Underwater World

Coastal Cities Are Drowning, Thanks To Sea Level Rise

‘Titanic Of The Ancient World’ Gives Up Its Secrets

OUTER SPACE

Why Astronauts Get ‘Space Stupid’

NASA Spies Star That’s 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Here’s Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

ROBOTICS

The Biggest Test For Drones?

Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

Robot Learns How Snakes Climb Dunes

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

How Toys Will Shape The Future

How To Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

Israelis Use Gold Particles To Heal Heart Tissue Following Heart Attack

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

Watch CO2 Emissions Explode By Country

‘Green News Report’ – October 9, 2014

21 Numbers That Explain Why The Time To Address Climate Change Is Right Now, Or Maybe Yesterday

The $9.7 Trillion Problem: Cyclones And Climate Change

HEALTH

This should make some of us feel a lot better. How to save your memory

This is not easy to watch. Video: A 29-year-old cancer patient in PDX

I loved this. 12 Weird Health Tips That Really Work

SHORTS

Depression Myths And Fact

Living Longer In British Columbia And Washington State

This Week In Health: World Mental Health Day

LIFESTYLE

Standing Up To An Office Bully

Dealt A Victory In Court, Advocates For Gay Rights Focus On A New Frontier

Postcard From Tobacco Road: Bringing In The Harvest In Fields Of Death And Life

When it comes to nude leaks, women get blamed when focus should be on men’s behaviour

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

Preserving Tradition In Japan

From BBC Earth

See Our Planet From A ‘Truly Global Perspective’

Photo: Earth’s Strongest Storm Of 2014 Is A Terror To Behold

FROM NORTHSTAR

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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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206-478-9254

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

You will definitely want to share this. How wolves saved a famous park

Attention Oceana! You folks need to do something about this before it is too late.   Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster

If this does not warm your heart, you do not have one. WATCH: Elderly Man Makes Friends With A Hummingbird

SHORTS

Three Bears Rescued From Poachers Are Doing Well »

Crews Rescue Missing Seattle Hiker And Dogs

Watch: Fisherman Rescues Drowning Eagle

CORNELL LAB ENEWS — October 2014Features this edition include: Here’s How to Tell a Crow From a Raven, Blindfolded; Eight Migration Mysteries Explained by BirdCast and eBird; Which Species Is This? and Let Them Eat Berries. This one is a total lark and yep, pun intended.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Man tries to propose to girlfriend in sunset hot-air balloon ride — crash lands in Pacific

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Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

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Writing For Peace

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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

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HONG KONG: AN EPITAPH EVOLVING

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 5, 2014

No. 407

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong - December 1969

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong – December 1969

HONG KONG: AN EPITAPH EVOLVING

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. It was during a war which was termed “cold” by the media but was, of course, as hot as napalm and Nagasaki when an atomic bomb sent thousands to their deaths in a quick Kodak moment.

I had been to the killing fields and this port call was to re-energize for more of the same. I got as far away from the military as I could. I rented a room in a small hotel in the non-European sector; got a haircut in a Chinese barber shop, then turned around and decided to have an expensive drink in bar of one of the most expensive accommodations in the world, the Hong Kong Hilton.

There, I met an American Airlines stewardess from Kansas and we spent two totally g-rated romantic days together. We took the tram to Victoria Peak and our meals at a French café at the summit. From where we sat, we could see the Mainland, with its barbed wire and machine gun towers.

Hong Kong was still colonial then but more democratic than it was after the Communists from Beijing took it over. Now, thousands of people who were not even born when I visited are expressing their passion for freedom. Given the Mainland’s record for squelching such desires violently, I do not expect these demonstrations to last much longer. When Beijing tires of them, tanks will roll, machineguns will stammer, cannons will roar and the dream of democracy will go down, crushed and bloody.

Freedom may be popular but it is not necessarily contagious. More’s the pity, really.

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

THE NEWS

This is certainly good news, eh? Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Appears to Be Contained

I found the answers to this question extremely provocative. Is it time to leave planet Earth?

This is certainly good news and if they can do it, so can the rest of us. Drastic Drop in California’s Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Levels Found

WORLD

AFRICA

Video Claims To Show Boko Haram Leader, Contradicting Death Claims

Britain Says Libya Hostage David Bolam Released

Nobel Peace Laureates To Boycott Annual Meeting In South Africa

Nigerian Police: Boko Haram Releases A Kidnapped Schoolgirl

UN Troops Killed In Mali Ambush

Somali Militants ‘Leaving Key Base’

Ugandan Ebola Patient In Germany

Lesotho PM To Contest Early Poll

Boko Haram Video Shows Leader Alive

Libya Troops Die In Benghazi Attacks

ASIA

Sectarian Violence In Myanmar Threatens Livelihood Of Muslims

Hirohito: String Puller, Not Puppet

In Japan, Fear And Panic As A Revered Peak Explodes

Searchers Find 4 More Victims On Japanese Volcano After Surprise Eruption, Raising Toll To 51

Why Japan’s Beaches Are Deserted – Despite The Sunshine

U.S. Eases Embargo On Arms To Vietnam

North Korea’s No. 2 Official Visits South For Highest Level Face-To-Face Talks In 5 Years

Why North Korea’s Top-Level Talks With The South Happening Right-Now Are So Important

Satellite Shows North Korea Has Upgraded Launch Station

Hong Kong Protests: BBC Comprehensive

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Rare Photos Of Untouched Australia

Australia Inquiry Into Nauru ‘Abuse’

Australia Students Travel By Robotic Sofa (Watch)

CHINA

Mainland Chinese Don’t Know – Or Care – About Push For Democracy

China Throws Weight Behind HK Leader

Once A Draw, Restive Region In China Suffers After Unrest

EUROPE

One People, 1,200 Sausages ~ The Country With More Than 1,200 Sausages

Karadzic Takes Blame For Serb Crimes

How Bosnia Is Helping Cyprus Find Peace

France To Shrink Deficit By 2017

France Produces A ‘No Austerity’ Budget, Defying E.U. Rules

Air France Pilots End Two-Week Strike

EU Commissioner: Nude Celebs ‘Dumb’

As Fed Retreats From Stimulus, Central Banks Overseas Expand Theirs

Lawmakers Grill French Candidate For European Economic Post

E.C.B. Says Impact Of Asset-Buying Plan Will Be ‘Significant,’ But Does Not Detail Size

Why Are Spaniards Fleeing Home?

With Robust Economy, Poland Navigates Around Eastern Europe’s Strains

INDIA

Premier Outlines Goals For India On Eve Of A Visit With Obama

Indian Leader Modi Takes Star Turn At Madison Square Garden To Court Diaspora Community

Indians Join The Wave Of Investors In Condos And Homes In The U.S.

US And India Sign Space Agreement

Obama And Modi Call For ‘New Agenda’

India’s ‘Mother Politician’

Indian State In Mourning After Graft Conviction

LATIN AMERICA

Tour Panama’s New Gehry-Designed Museum Of Biodiversity In PICTURES

Clashing Visions Of Conservation Shake Brazil’s Presidential Vote

Venezuelans Seek Sainthood For Beloved Folk Hero

Brazil Pastor Wants To Know: ‘Why Can’t I Be Gay And Christian?’

MIDDLE EAST

10 Israeli Companies At The Cutting-Edge Of Life Saving Tech

Sweden To Recognize Palestinian State

Netanyahu Sees Arab Alliance Aiding Mideast Peace

In Golan, Imagined Risks Become All Too Real

RUSSIA

Russian-Flagged Vessel Played Key Role In Expedition That Found Franklin Ship

Putin Supports Project To ‘Secure’ Russia Internet

Russian Dissident Opens New Chapter In His Anti-Putin Movement

Russia: Russia needs 25 bln $ to substitute import :: Agriculture in the Black Sea Region

UNITED KINGDOM

Taking London’s Success Elsewhere In Britain

British Hostage Released By Militants

Britain First Protest Against Rotherham Abuse By Flogging Merchandise

British Muslims Lead Outcry Over ‘Despicable’ Beheading Of Alan Henning

UNITED STATES

Mostly Black Cities, Mostly White City Halls

Secret Service Director Resigns In Scandal Over Security Lapses

Hackers’ Attack On JPMorgan Chase Affects Millions

Hackers’ Attack Cracked 10 Companies In Major Assault

Ways To Protect Yourself After The JPMorgan Hacking

With Dry Taps And Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate

THE VATICAN

Francis: The Pope’s Calling

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Press For Advantage As Politicians Work On Maneuvers In Kabul

Afghanistan And U.S. Sign Bilateral Security Agreement

New Afghan Leader Reopens Bank Case

Afghan Troops Killed In Kabul Attack

CLIMATE CHANGE

Can We Do Without A Global Climate Treaty?

Antarctic Ice Loss Is Changing The Earth’s Gravity

Photos: 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In AK

Half The Planet’s Wildlife Has Died In The Last 40 Years

EBOLA OUTBREAK

As World Leaders Pledge Aid, Delays Mean Ebola Clinics Must Turn Sick Away

First Ebola Case Diagnosed In The US

Ebola Patient May Have Exposed 18 People In U.S. — Including Five Children

Scrutiny In Texas To Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread

Health Officials In Dallas Pinpoint 10 People Most At Risk For Ebola

Outracing Vows Of Aid, Ebola Swamps A City In Sierra Leone

U.S. To Increase Production Of The Ebola Drug Zmapp, But May Not Meet Demand

Liberia Officials To Prosecute Man Who Brought Ebola To U.S. For Lying On Health Form

Tracing Ebola Contacts Can Stop Virus ‘In Its Tracks,’ Experts Say

US Cameraman In Liberia Has Ebola

Ebola’s Cultural Casualty: Hugs In Hands-On Liberia

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Iraq Army Woos Deserters Back To War On ISIS

Fresh Strikes Around Key Syrian Town

VIDEO: RAF Release Video Of Iraq Attack

VIDEO: Kurdish Weapons ‘No Match’ For IS

How America Helped Isis

What Isis Could Teach The West

In New Front Against Islamic State, Dictionary Becomes A Weapon

IS Steps Up Attack On Key Syria Town

Coalition Leader Warns Of Long Fight In Iraq

Fisher: Grateful Residents Return To Kurdish Town After Islamic State Fighters Expelled

Video: Signs Of Heavy Fighting Remain In Makhmur, Iraq

Philippine Islamist Militants Threaten To Behead German Hostage

Australia Approves Strikes On IS

SPYING

Spy Agencies Urge Caution On Phone Deal

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Rebel Push To Take Donetsk Airport

In Ukraine, Civilians In Crossfire

OH CANADA

I love it when he makes us all look good. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s UN performance ends on high note

Yes! Anti-Bullying Curriculum Introduced In Winnipeg Will Help Save Lives:

This gives me another “proud to be Made in Canada” moment. Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions  

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. Beautiful dawn out there.

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. It is a red dawn and I find that somehow very appropriate.

Sam:        You and Arnie have been watching the news all night again, haven’t you?

Felina:     Arnold and I have indeed. And I am pondering.

Sam:        Pondering is cool.

Felina:     Samuel, why is it that human beings insist on going to places they do not live to give assistance that is often not requested and to impose a way of life or a standard of values totally alien to the people they are allegedly trying to help?

Sam:        It never ceases to amaze me how you can get all that out in one breath.

Felina:     I am the Queen of the Deep Reaches, remember?

Sam:        Yes, Your Royal Highness.

Felina:     And Queens can accomplish feats that dazzle the peasantry.

Sam:        This is also true. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Tony and Cleo of digression. And the Orange Julius of the smooth segue.

Sam:        And all night long, you and Arnie, our talking television set, have been watching do-gooder human beings go to places to render aid to other human beings who resent the intrusion and react rather dramatically.

Felina:     I would say that cutting one’s head off is rather extreme.

Sam:        Yep, it’s right up there with laying waste to entire populations to prove how serious one’s intent is to convert them to the one true god, the one true theology, economic and lifestyle.

Felina:     Yes, precisely. You are very good at this, my love.

Sam:        When inspired, Sweetheart. And you do inspire.

Felina:     Thank you so much, my rapacious rapscallion. So it is basically cultural conceit which drives them to do these insane things in the name of virtue?

Sam:        Felina, some species are born clueless, become more confused as they evolve and survive only because the Creator has compassion and a sense of humor beyond mortal comprehension.

Felina:     That would follow. She is, after all, the Greatest of Queens.

Sam:        And a reckonable force in the Universe. 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 is sincerely a step in the right direction, is it not? In the U.S., Georgia Colleges Prohibiting Tobacco, but Questions About Enforcement Linger

This makes me proud to have been partly raised in this state. California adopts sex crime rule

This is a good thing if it is enforced. U.S. Military Hospitals Are Ordered to Improve Care, Access and Safety

SHORTS

War Vets, Kids Who Survived Gang Violence Come Together To Help Each Other

One Program Lets Travelers Catch Sharks – In An Effort To Save Them

A Couple Gaining Independence, And Finding A Bond

BAD EXAMPLES

You guys know this is not cool. The idea is to be better than Occidentals at things like this, not to emulate them. China’s Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs

This could just put you off your bagel but better the enemy known, even if ~ as Walt Kelly said through Pogo ~ the enemy is us. Swimming Through Garbage

This makes me ashamed to be from the West. Welcome to E. coli creek: False Creek is Vancouver’s most contaminated body of water

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

A bike that also flies? How cool is that? Flying bike seeks sky-riders

This looks like a great idea. How to Get More Room in the Sock Drawer: Sell Your Cellphone

This will absolutely amaze you. ‘Thousands’ of new ocean mountains

INNER SPACE

UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed

Here’s The Ugly Truth About How People Use Facebook When In A Bad Mood

Ice Satellite Is ‘Powerful Tool’

OUTER SPACE

Water Seen On Neptune-Sized Planet

Indian Mars Probe Sends First Images

Space Probe Sees Absolutely Stupendous Stellar Flare

ROBOTICS

You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be The Judge

Big Robot Fleet Takes To UK Waters

Watch: Drone Captures Rare Footage Of An Erupting Volcano

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Turning Programming Into Child’s Play

Seatylock: This Bicycle Saddle That Turns Into A Lock Is Sure To Win Over Cyclists

10 Israeli Companies At The Cutting-Edge Of Life Saving Tech

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J.Lo’s Mite

 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

Inslee On Oil Trains: ‘Outdated, Inadequate, Dangerous’

Laws Of Nature ~ New European Union Team To Review Europe’s Green Policies

HEALTH

Parents enthusiastic about their kids to participating in sports where there is a risk of head injuries might want to read this. Brain injuries like concussion can alter teens’ behaviour, girls especially

I wish I’d had this to read when I had to do it. What To Tell Children About A Parent’s Cancer

This is not going to make my tooth guy happy at all, I suspect. How Often Must We See A Dentist?

LIFESTYLE

Nine Films To Watch In October

Ten Books To Read In October

Abandoned New York City

Ingredient Of The Week: Apples

How Scammers Trick Your Mind

Bicycle Built For Two: Are You Really In Tandem?

Muslims Celebrate Islam’s Biggest Holiday As 2 Million People Mark Near-End Of Hajj Pilgrimage

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 Pictures ~ The Transforming Power Of The Monsoon Rains

Video: Ask Well: An Ebola Q. and A. ` Donald G. McNeil Jr. answers reader questions about the Ebola virus.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Feud With Boston? Nevermore

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

BACKCOUNTRY GALLERY’S October wallpaper is here. Steve Perry’s nature photography in among the best you’ll find on the Net.

 NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This just might explain a lot. Feline view ~ How do domestic cats really see the world?

Share this with your children and grandchildren and they’ll love you forever. Museum handbook examines B.C.’s stunning variety of marine mammals

Thank God more is being done to reverse this trend, except, perhaps, being kinder to one another. World wildlife populations have declined by half since 1970

The SeaDoc Society’s October newsletter is now available. Features include: Annual subtidal dive monitoring yields early results; Power to the puffins!; October marine science lecture: oceanographer Paul Dayton; The people who make our lecture series possible; SeaDoc in the News

SHORTS

Video: Black Bear Scratches An Itch

A Photographer’s Guide To Nocturnal Life

Why Supersmart Animals Are Coming

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Jesus In Toast Study Among 2014 Ig Nobel Awards Winners

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

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership. If you would like to contribute, please go here

Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

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WHEN IN DOUBT, SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO KEEP SHOVELING

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No. 406

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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WHEN IN DOUBT, SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO KEEP SHOVELING

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, with all due respect to the news hounds among you, sometimes the more earth-shaking is left to those with bigger budgets and whose headlines we provide.

It is also nice ~ and sometimes necessary ~ to pull back and appreciate the geo-political ramifications of simpler, quieter and more peacefully cooperative interaction.

Like this past week with my neighbors here in North Seattle. One of us runs a green landscaping business out of here and acquired more gravel, rock and sand than necessary. The logistics of disposing of the surplus were a little on the staggering side and the cost, well, you know.

So we ran an ad on CraigsList and with Nextdoor, an interactive online bulletin board classified section.

We overestimated on a home yard project and now have free landscape construction materials to left over. It’s waiting for you out front. It includes sand, 5/8″ crushed minus rock, cobblestones, drain rock, and good quality fresh mulch.   We’re at 11721 17th Avenue NE. Cruise on by and help yourself. Please note: plants are not included.   Rusty

I made it a point to keep my office door open so I could hear people pulling up out front. I had the marvelous opportunity to interact with folks just like most of you. They loved that we essentially donated our mistake to other plant lovers. I enjoyed helping them shovel stuff into the back of their rigs and yep, turning them on to the magazine.

Sometimes, I think that in the search for information helpful to readers in 17 countries and a rainbow of cultures, it is easy to miss the best examples of what this publication is all about simply because they are out the front window. I am glad I did not do that this time.

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

THE NEWS

I think it is very important to understand this. How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

This is definitely an interesting question. On a warmer planet, which cities will be safest?

We applaud this decision with both hands. Federal Court Restores Protection to Wyoming Wolves.

WORLD

AFRICA

Yemen Rebels Gain Concessions From Government After Assault On Capital

French Hostage In Algeria Is Beheaded In Video Released By Militants

Why Boko Haram’s Leader Keeps Getting Killed, Only To Return

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At Un

ASIA

North Korea Reveals Leader Is ‘Not Feeling Well’

Pro-Democracy Group Shifts To Collaborate With Student Protesters In Hong Kong

Tear Gas And Clashes At HK Protest

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Isis Lieutenant Emerges From Australian Red-Light District

Melbourne Doctors Save East Timorese Boy’s Life

Australia Network Set To Go Off The Air

Meeting On Iraq Involvement Expected Within Days: Bishop

CHINA

China And Iran To Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Persian Gulf

Explosions Kill At Least 2 In Restive Region Of China

Jack Ma Heads China Rich List

In China, Trial Begins For Former Official Accused Of Taking Millions In Bribes

With China Set To Open Stock Trading, Investors Lay Groundwork

The Price Of China’s Uighur Repression

EUROPE

Eurozone Growth ‘Slows In September’

Lithuania Feels Squeeze In Sanctions War With Moscow

France Proposes Tough Antismoking Measures

Draghi Praises Lithuania As Economic Example To Europe

Air France Pilots Extend Strike After Request For Mediation Is Denied

INDIA

India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

Defying Expectations In India, Modi Begins Key Trip To U.S.

Indian Leader Narendra Modi, Once Unwelcome In U.S., Gets Rock Star Reception

LATIN AMERICA

How Uruguay Legalized Marijuana In Uncharted Territory

Mexican Cartels’ Illegal Taps Stealing Billions From Oil Industry As Pemex Hopes To Grow

In Chile, An Animal Whose Numbers Please No One

Dolphins receive protection from the Jamaican Government

MIDDLE EAST

China And Iran To Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Persian Gulf

Pakistani Military Names New Spy Agency Chief

Cyprus Rescue Mission For 300 At Sea

Facing Militants With Supplies Dwindling, Iraqi Soldiers Took to Phones

Iranian President Praises Cooperation In New York

RUSSIA

Soldiers’ Graves Bear Witness To Russia’s Role In Ukraine

Shares Of Russian Oil Tycoon Seized

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Seeks To Widen Law Against Rigging Of Financial Benchmarks

United Kingdom, Divided People

In London, Houseboats Offer Alternative to High Rent, but New Problems Emerge

RAF Drafted In For Alice Search

Prince Charles To Honour Fallen Police

UNITED STATES

In Colorado, A Student Counterprotest To An Anti-Protest Curriculum

Don’t Execute Those We Tortured

In A Mississippi Jail, Convictions And Counsel Appear Optional

LA Raises Minimum Hotel Wage To $15

Eric Holder Resigns, Setting Up Fight Over Successor

Pennsylvania Priest Accused Of Abuse Was Reported 5 Years Ago, Records Show

Today’s Police Put On A Gun And A Camera

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Fisher: Handful Of Canadian Forces Officers Still On Duty In Afghanistan

Taliban Seize Key Afghan District

In A Final Act, Karzai Orders Execution Of 5 Men In Rape Case

CLIMATE CHANGE

Global Rise Reported In 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Taking A Call For Climate Change To The Streets

Climate Realities

Wind Contributes To West Coast Warming

Tackling Climate Change For Public Health

U.S., China vow climate action

35 Years Of Shrinking Arctic Ice, In One Graphic

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

Marching Forward Against Climate Change

Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone

Largest Climate March in History Connects Crisis to Corporations

EBOLA

How Winnipeg Lab Became Ebola Research Powerhouse

Fresh Graves Point To Undercount Of Ebola Toll

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle Of Ebola Contagion

GAZA

Talk In Synagogue Of Israel And Gaza Goes From Debate To Wrath To Rage

Palestinian Leader Urges U.N. to Back a Deadline to End Israeli Occupation

Rival Palestinian Factions Agree To Resolve Differences, Leaders Say

BBC Special Report: Middle East Crisis

ISIS

ISIS Urges Jihadists To Attack Canadians…

Despite Airstrikes, ISIS Appears To Hold Its Ground In Iraq

Airstrikes By U.S. And Allies Hit ISIS Targets In Syria

The Ancestors Of ISIS

UN Security Council Backs Obama’s Fight Against Islamic State

Iran’s President Says West’s Blunders Helped ISIS Rise

3 Nations Offer Limited Support To Attack On ISIS

U.S. Vividly Rebuts ISIS Propaganda On Arab Social Media

SPYING

Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New Iphone Locks Out N.S.A.

SYRIA

Turkey Clamps Down On Syria Border

Over 130,000 Flee Syria For Turkey In Wake Of ISIS Raids

Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

Wrong Turn On Syria: Helping Assad?

Amid A Maze Of Alliances, Syrian Kurds Find A Thorny Refuge At The Border

U.S., Defending Kurds In Syria, Expands Strikes Against ISIS

TERRORISM

Abu Qatada Acquitted On 2nd Terrorism Charge

A Terror Cell That Avoided The Spotlight

Australian Terror Suspect Wasn’t Alone

The Myth Of The Unkillable Abubakar Shekau: Is The Feared Boko Haram Leader Dead, Or Was It A Double?

Narendra Modi, In U.N. Speech, Inserts India Into Terrorism Fight

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

NATO sees Russia pullback in Ukraine

Hungary Suspends Gas Flow To Ukraine

Deal Reached To Provide Ukraine With Russian Gas

OH CANADA

Someone’s going to make a movie out of this, I’ll just bet you. How Winnipeg lab became Ebola research powerhouse

Flip Side: Is it time to move on from Rob Ford? This is a trick question, right?

This works on sooo many levels. Vancouver Island fisherman rescues injured bald eagle, gets encounter on video

SHORTS

Stephen Harper Pushes Free Trade As Answer To World Poverty And Conflict

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

The Most Canadian Reason Not To Deliver A Package: ‘Bear At Door’

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. Did the Stork visit after I went to bed last night?

Felina:     Good morning, mate of my three life times. I fell asleep before I could ask Stanley to stay for breakfast.

Sam:        Stanley the Stork came to visit last night even though you are not with cub? The same Stanley who parachutes human babies down chimneys and wears a Gerber’s R Us leather flight jacket when he’s not actually winging his way across the friendly skies of Gaia?

Felina:     Yes, Dear, that Stanley the Stork. He now helps mothers all over the world with things they need but are sorely pressed to provide. He helps robinettes with extra crawly slimy things and brings moss blankets to polar bearettes at the North Pole.

Sam:        Stanley sounds like a real prince, Sweetheart. Just one thing, though, if you’ve got a sec?

Felina:     For you, my rapacious rapscallion, I have an eternity of “secs”.

Sam:        That works on a couple of levels, Lass. The second one made the cave spin.

Felina:     Indeed. It rather sent a torrent of tingles through me as well.

Sam:        However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Will and Hilarity of Digression. And the Marc Mezvinsky of the Smooth Segue.

Sam:        And I am guessing then that all this baby and cub stuff is going to a very special new arrival.

Felina:     You are so sexy when we are on the same page, Samuel.

Sam:        When inspired, Lass, and you do so inspire.

Felina:     You are such a delight, my love. Yes, we are sending a Kid Care Package to little Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, daughter of Chelsea and grand-daughter of William and Hillary Clinton.

Sam:        Truly. From Rusty, Dennis, Shannon (in spirit), Olya, Amy and the rest of us here at the Northstar Journal, nice going, folks. She is a beautiful new addition to the creature kingdom. 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 is why I, a poor man, have no prejudice against rich folks. Rockefellers, Heirs To An Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

There is a special place in Heaven reserved for these people. Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Begin to Step Forward  

We are sorry to see him go. A Champion of Civil Rights, if Not of Civil Liberties, Just Like His Hero

SHORTS

7 Practical Ideas For Compassionate Communities, From Free College To Debt Relief

Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands To Climate March, Call Global Warming A “Health Care Emergency”

Cosmonaut Slaps Down Reporters’ Silly Questions

BAD EXAMPLES

This sure makes me want to holiday on the other side of the Pond. Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows

Here we go again. G.M. Recalls Impalas and Cadillacs Over Risk of Brake Fires

This is what happens when stupid wears a badge. Police Behavior in Ferguson Draws Attention of Justice Department

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I found this absolutely fascinating. Inside spaceships of the future

And closer to home, B.C. underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation

This is a little beyond our budget for now but we suspect that as they prove themselves internationally, the price will go down. An e-bike that breaks the chain

INNER SPACE

Ants V Humans

How Lasers Revealed A Lost City In The Jungle

Multiple Fireballs Spotted In Midwest, Along Coast

OUTER SPACE

India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

So What Really Goes Down If We Find The Aliens?

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS

ROBOTICS

Drone Exemptions For Hollywood Pave The Way For Widespread Use

DHL To Begin Deliveries By Drone In Germany

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

2,800 Km Road Trip In An Electric Car? Peter Cheney Reviews The Tesla Model S

Tiny Implant Could Give People Self-Healing Powers

Will We Ever Read At Superspeed?

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J.Lo’s Mite

Are Nasty Comments Like These Keeping Women Out Of Science?

 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

In Alaska, A Battle To Keep Trees, Or An Industry, Standing

Female Farmers Make Nude Calendar to Raise Money For New Land

Our Planet Is Changing — So Must Our Global Food System

HEALTH

Check out these 15 Surefire Ways To Brighten Your Mood

Identifying signs of skin cancer could save your life or the live of someone you love.

Here is strong evidence that depression isn’t just ‘all in your head’

SHORTS

Outbreak Of A Respiratory Illness Escalates Among Children And Mystifies Scientists

The Link Between Multitasking And Brain Size

This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight

LIFESTYLE

Do Only The Ruthless Get Rich?

The Biggest Ally Of Gay Rights?

Secret To Make Your Mantras Work

12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning)

Daughter For Chelsea Clinton (And Granddaughter For A Certain Couple)

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

The Secret Towns The World Forgot

The End Of A Wandering Way Of Life?

World Records Set In Our Videos Of The Week

Our Favourite Images Of The Week

BBC’s The Best Science And Technology Pictures Of The Week

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

Humour: 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

These little dudes and dudettes still need our help. Are Bees Back Up on Their Knees?

Here’s another chance to die of cute. Watch 150 Tiny Sea Turtles Make Their First Run Into Ocean Waters

For some people, the best part of waking up is dolphins in their yard.

SHORTS

Migratory Shorebirds Could Face Extinction Within A Decade

Angelina Jolie To Direct New Film About Ivory Poaching »

Slowing Wind Speeds Could Affect Predator-Prey Balance »

Africa’s Safari Industry Suffering As A Result Of Ebola »

Tigers Recorded In Thailand’s Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary For The First Time »

Rhesus Macaques Find Darker Red Skin More Attractive »

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Donkeys reunited after zoo-exhibit sex scandal in Poland

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

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership. If you would like to contribute, please go here

Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

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MAY WE NOT BECOME WHAT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO VANQUISH

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 21, 2014

No. 404

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

CHILDREN OF A COMMON MOTHER -- Peace Arch, Peace Arch Park, Douglas, British Columbia and Blaine, Washington

CHILDREN OF A COMMON MOTHER — Peace Arch, Peace Arch Park, Douglas, British Columbia and Blaine, Washington

MAY WE NOT BECOME WHAT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO VANQUISH

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As we go to press, I’m looking at two nations I call home preparing for war on three fronts; ISIS, Ebola and the Ukraine. I see other nations so engaging and as much as I abhor war and as easy as it is to fall into the historical trap of hoping these wars really do end all wars, I am glad America and Canada are leading the proverbial charge on this one.

Patriotism is not a foreign feeling to me. I associate it more with rescue missions these days, being a veteran of one war and having people very close to me, American warriors of others. My family remembers and if lives are the cost, our preference is that they be consecrated to the building of things and the nurturing of people.

ISIS has given us no choice. They have declared war on the West and if we do not respond, ISIS will hasten Armageddon. We do not go to war for territory or economics. We march this time to defend ourselves from people who want to kill us and have demonstrated some talent and propensity for it.

The war on Ebola wears no flags nor worships at a single altar. War itself is perhaps a moral issue. Uniting to fight a disease like this is one of basic survival. All three, however, involve coming together for a better world.

We have faced worse in the past and we have survived as a species by doing exactly what we are doing now. It is always that way with us. My prayer now is that in our pursuit of peace?

We do not become that which we have sought to vanquish.

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

THE NEWS

The Meredith Vierra Show made its debut this past week. She has a feature entitled Lunch Box Heroes. Meet Claire, a six year old from Texas, who truly is one.

This is nice to know. Americans like Canada more than any other country, poll suggests

I am finding it very difficult to believe this. However, it might just be a semantic difference. North Korea Issues Its Own Human Rights Report, Says Citizens ‘Enjoy Genuine Human Rights’

WORLD

AFRICA

Amnesty International Reports Nigerian Police Routinely Use Torture

Heroic Efforts To Feed The Starving In South Sudan

Un: 250,000 Have Fled Militia Fighting In Libya

Hundreds Flee Nigerian City As Boko Haram Militants Advance

Deadly Bomb Blast In Central Cairo

Deadly Egypt Military Aircraft Crash

Yemen Clashes Cast Doubt On ‘Truce’

ASIA

Malaysia Risks Enraging China By Inviting U.S. Spy Flights

India And China Sign Landmark Deals

Philippines Storm Displaces 200,000

India, China Vow Cooperation As Troops Face Off

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Abbott Governs From Indigenous Area

Wary Of U.N. Action, Australia Unveils Plan To Aid Great Barrier Reef

‘Australia Is A Pacific Island – It Has A Responsibility’

New Zealand’s John Key Wins Third Term

CHINA

China Fines Glaxosmithkline Nearly $500 Million In Bribery Case

Xi: ‘Factory’ China And ‘Back Office’ India Can Drive Global Growth Together

WATCH: What Is China’s Leader Thinking?

Is China Finally Kicking Its Coal Addiction?

EUROPE

Sweden Takes A Left Turn After 8 Years Of Rightist Rule

European Finance Ministers Support Investment Program

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

Deadly Shooting At Copenhagen Court

Catalan Secessionists, Despite Scotland Independence Loss, Continue Push To Leave Spain

Air France Pilots Vote To Extend Strike

INDIA

Hospitals In Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening A Health Crisis

PM Modi: Al Qaeda ‘Delusional’ To Think India’s Muslims Will Follow

The Extraordinary Makers Of India’s Most Expensive Tea

LATIN AMERICA

Fallen Brazilian Mogul Eike Batista Accused Of Insider Trading

Mexico Celebrates Independence Day In Spectacular Fashion

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

Uruguayan Prez Explains Why Legalizing Weed Is A ‘Security Issue’

MIDDLE EAST

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides

RUSSIA

Russia: Sanctions Hit Poultry Trade: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Russian Rouble Falls To New Low

Secret Towns: Radioactive Ruins

US, EU Levy New Sanctions On Russia, Take Aim At Moscow’s Energy Future (With Video)

UNITED KINGDOM

Prince Harry At 30: Wild Rebel With A Big Heart Has Best Chance At Making Monarchy Relevant, Biographer Says

Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom

U.K. Government Plans Change After Scotland Votes To Remain In Union

New Nature Reserve To Open In London

Rare British Bird On The Rise

Very Rare Bees Found On New Cornish Bartinney Nature Reserve

UNITED STATES

In Suburban Seattle, New Nests For China’s Rich

Pope Sets Tone In U.S. By Naming Inclusive Prelate As Chicago Archbishop

Breach Prompts Review Of White House Security

Many Veterans Adapt To A Strange World, One With Walls

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Marries 20 Couple, Including Bride With Daughter From Previous Relationship

Pope Celebrates Mass In Albania

Pope Francis Marks One Year At Vatican

Large Crowds For Pope Mass

90 Secs: Pope Francis’s Style Watch

Profile: Pope Francis

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Court Confirms 5 Death Sentences In Afghan Rape Case

Afghan Contenders Sign Unity Deal

CLIMATE CHANGE

Unusual Species In Alaska Waters Indicate Warming Pacific

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs

Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge To Move Billions To Wind And Solar

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

EBOLA OUTBREAK

U.N. Leader Plans Stronger Presence In Ebola Zone

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Lockdown To Fight Ebola Outbreak

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

Video: How The U.S. Will Try To Stop Ebola

GAZA

Lost Homes And Dreams At Tower Israel Leveled

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Hostage Alan Henning Thought His Work For Muslim Charity Would Save Him From ISIS

British Mps Demand Immediate Military Action Against ISIS As Another Aid Volunteer Threatened With Death

Arab Nations Offer To Fight ISIS From Air

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

ISIS Draws A Steady Stream Of Recruits From Turkey

First US Strike Under New IS Plan

House Votes To Authorize Aid To Syrian Rebels In ISIS Fight

Australia In ‘Beheading Plot’ Raids

Turkey Obtains Release Of Hostages Held In Iraq

Suspicions Run Deep In Iraq That C.I.A. And The Islamic State Are United

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Ukraine Rebels To Get Self-Rule

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Thanks Canada For Support

In Ruins Of Ukrainian Town, Residents Crave Food, Water And Peace

FROM THE UKRAINE:

Hello, Rusty.

Thank you for interesting video. (Devils Brigade, Canadians Arrive) I have no doubts in Canadians being brave and nice to have your moral support.  But I consider decision of not to provide weapon and military help by EU and US wise.  I still believe in boomerang effect.

If your two brothers would fight by sticks, would you give one of them a knife?  Or is there another way?  Mishka, we still live on one Earth and no one knows where this weapon will appear next.  It can be used against someone who provides it eventually like SU planes now used against fighting on the side of the Russians.

You know me.  I am against such solving of problems.  In a world that is now on the edge of another great threat, who knows? Maybe US and Israel will need help of Russia tomorrow.

Glad that Scotland stayed with UK.  Being partners is much more favorable than being competitors.  The experience of fallen apart USSR shows that when previously joint countries go apart, the ground of conflicts based on national principle appears.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Grusia and Abkhazia, now Ukraine as well as in former Yugoslavia.  How one of my British acquaintances say? “My British and Scottish self happy that we stay united”.   Here, where I live, my Russian and Ukrainian self not that happy so I’m not going take sides.  I just hope peace be kept.

Have a nice weekend, dear cousin

Cheers

Oyla

OH CANADA

Too Many Canadians With Mild Hypertension Taking Drugs Without Any Proven Benefit: Study

This should be good, no offence to Ottawa intended. What to expect from Parliament’s fall session

I am very glad to read this. Canada set to strengthen Ukraine ties with loans, aid

Cougars Corner

Felina:     Samuel, would you mind joining Arnie and I for a moment? I believe we need some enlightenment on a particular subject.

Sam:        Not a problem, Sweetheart. And given the high noon hour, I am assuming you and our talking television set would not mind lunch served on our best silver, figuratively speaking?

Felina:     That would be absolutely delightful.

Sam:        There’s some fern and salmon casserole in the back of the ‘fridge that isn’t evolving into another life form yet.

Felina:     Food commentary is not your forte, love of my three lifetimes. However you are a culinary legend in your own time so that sounds absolutely delightful.

Sam:        And since fernsamcass is a dish best served cold and by the magic of the media, viola and here we are.

Felina:     You taught that Harry Hughdingey all he knows.

Sam:        I did indeed. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are deep sea divas of digression. And the short snorkel of the smooth segue.

Sam:        And I am also the bearer of enlightenment. So, ‘sup, Sister?

Felina:     Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?

Sam:        That doesn’t work for you, does it?

Felina:     Coming from a clearly middle-class, wheat-coloured country cougar, of course not. It is right there at the bottom of the cask with “me bad.” Such exercises in linguistic abuse are not worthy of an organ grinder’s monkey or a salty sailor’s parrot.

Sam:        That was pretty good, Felina.

Felina:     Thank you, Dear.

Sam:        Now, you and Arnie —

Felina:     Arnold.

Sam:        You and Arnold need some clarification?

Felina:     We have been keeping track of all the places America is sending troops and what they are doing. This is insane.

Sam:        Just to remind you, Sweetheart, we’re talking about homo sapiens here.

Felina:     I know, my love. We just do not see how wars on these ISIS persons, these Ebola creatures, the Russian sanctions, the peace keeping in the Ukraine, the deplorable conditions in veteran’s hospitals, climate change and corruption in government can be waged in concert or with the sustainability it takes to achieve victory.

Sam:        It never ceases to amaze me how you can say all that with one breath, Felina.

Felina:     By your own admission, I am Queen of the Peaks. And as we all know, a queen can do anything, including sustain a kingdom. However.

Sam:        I know. How can they win?

Felina:     Yes.

Sam:        A clue to that might lie in something a former American statesman said when he contended that all of the problems facing his species were created by them…

Felina:     And therefore could be solved from them, yes. That was John Fitzhugh Canardie, son of Joseph and father of Caroline and John the Second.

Sam:        Close enough for government work, Lass, and yep. It’s important, I think, to note that America is no longer alone in this. Other nations, including your own, have decided that decapitation is not acceptable diplomacy, that nations have the right to decide their futures for themselves and that Ebola is only the latest in the pantheon of silent killers humans have survived.

Felina:     So it is one of these uniquely human “one threat fits all” dynamics. That certainly would explain it. Do you think they will succeed, Samuel?

Sam:        I honestly don’t know, Felina. But even if they do not, the rest of us will.

Felina:     It would be sad if they did not succeed.

Sam:        Aye, Luv. But quieter perhaps. And on that note, then, 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 is a good idea whose time has clearly come. Toward a Childproof Internet

When one of the strongest and historically controversial nations in Europe gets on the “green bandwagon,” we definitely feel like grabbing a chair and watching the parade. Video: Germany’s Grass-Roots Energy Revolution

Good examples resound down history itself, do they not? The photographer who rejected racism

SHORTS

Radisson Halts Vikings Sponsorship

Video: Life With Hundreds Of Birds

White House Recruits Celebrities For Sexual Assault PSA

BAD EXAMPLES

This needs to change, quickly. Regulator Slow to Respond to Deadly Vehicle Defects

I honestly cannot believe this is happening in a suburb of the city where I live. These people have elevated silliness to an art form. New ordinance allows police to ban smelly people from city buildings

Is no sector of our society immune from this? Science’s Sexual Assault Problem

SHORTS

Judge Accused Of Assaulting Wife Is Urged To Resign

Holocaust Researchers Find Exact Location Of Gas Chambers At NAZI Death Camp In Poland

Women Allege Harassment And Abuse On Forest Service Firefighting Crews

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This would be enough to put me off calamari. Scientists defrost and dissect one of the sea’s rarest creatures: A colossal squid

For some reason, we honestly would not recommend trying this at home. Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?

Why am I not especially eager for this to happen? Winnipeg company hopes to make a commercial trail mix using bugs and worms

INNER SPACE

Aboard The Amundsen: Ship’s Scientists Probe The Future Of Western Arctic

How Elephants Create The Rain

Science Breakthrough: Extracting DNA From A Polar Bear’s Footprint

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

Archeologists Make Incredible Discovery In Mexican Jungle

OUTER SPACE

How Big Is Space? – Interactive

Boeing And SpaceX Will Share Duties For Ferrying U.S. Astronauts To Space

Mars Maven Mission Set For Arrival

ROBOTICS

Buildings That Make Themselves

Why Autopilots Are Dangerous

Soon We’ll All Be Having Sex With Robots, Maybe:

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

A Flying Car For Everyone

Whale-Shaped Giant Of The Skies

Back To The Future: Researchers Create Virtual Time-Travel To Treat Memory-Based Trauma

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

This Week In Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds And J.Lo’s Mite

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

What’s Holding Electrics Back?

Inspiring Ideas For A Hungry Planet

Electric Car Smashes World Speed Record

HEALTH

This is a little awesome. How to train a tougher mind

Too much silence is not, in fact, golden. How Extreme Isolation Warps Minds

Check out these nine ways to help you reduce your sugar intake

SHORTS

The Girls Who Never Age ~ Could They Unlock Immortality?

How Venom Can Help Tackle Cancer ~ Battling Tumours With A Deadly Sting

Death Rates Down, But World Lags In Meeting Goal Of Sharply Reducing Child Mortality By 2015

LIFESTYLE

Five Sins Of First-Time Bosses

Face-To-Face With Ancient Predators

Five Surreal Places To Live

Fall Baking: Recipe For Lemon Verbena Pear Tart

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Since we live not too far from there, this is especially good news. Chinook return to Upper Elwha after 102 years

This is not the best news in the world but it does explain a few things. Murder ‘comes naturally’ to chimps

I have a feeling they enjoy doing this too. Sniffer Dogs Help Stop Wildlife Crime

The World Wildlife Fund’s September newsletter is just out and it is as action packed as ever.

Wildlife Magazine’s features this week lead off with: Sea Shepherd activists arrive at Taiji Cove in Japan to document annual drive hunt dolphin killing As a total of 1,398 cetaceans are set to be slaughtered in Japan’s infamous Taiji cove this year, marine charity Sea Shepherd call for more volunteers to become Cove Guardians.

SHORTS

Archerfish Have Potent Aim And Brain

The Freedivers Who Swim With Whales

Five New Species Of Shark And Two Manta Ray Species Now Protected Under CITES

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Quirkiest Jobs In The World

Thai Woman In Crocodile Pit Suicide

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Outside Magazine

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Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

 

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GRUESOME

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No. 403

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GRUESOME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This has been a potpourri week and an eventful one, with the anniversary in America of 9/11; the evolving anti-terrorism alliance and a truce in the Ukraine, which seems to be holding and in which Olya Bereza, our window on that nation, comments favorably.

We have also initiated what we hope is a useful feature under WORLD NEWS. We have incorporated a map into each region or nation’s subhead. I am not exactly sure how to explain this but knowing where something is happening makes it more real to me.

We are also glad to report that Olya is back among the living. As she explains in FROM THE UKRAINE, she went on a trip to the western part of her country and totally unplugged from all media. The email she sent letting me know she was going on holiday did not reach me because of the latest Russian incursion.

It was for me a reminder of how close people can become even though they have not formally met. There is an entire generation bonding through, if you will, synthetic contact. That they are doing it successfully strongly suggests to me that they are either engaging extra senses or adapting the conventional ones to the technology.

Historically, people have become friends or fallen in love exchanging letters and then sometimes over the telephone. Love, like other emotions, seems to be where one finds it. A growing body of academic evidence strongly suggests that one’s Internet behaviour, from email protocols to chatroom behaviour, is what one is actually like, if not in fact, than certainly by intent.

Chatrooms themselves have become a marvelous laboratory for the study of human behaviour. The ones on America Online are like coffee shops seating 36 people, all capable of talking and listening at once. Typing and reading quickly replace the need to observe and listen but that is the only real difference. If you are interested, I can send you the links to the three I have nicknamed “the good, the bland and the gruesome,” just in time for Halloween.

Okay, that’s it for now. Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Welcome this little dude (or dudette) into the world. Puget Sound orca pod welcomes newborn calf

Well, this Ebola outbreak is certainly not good news. However, in my life time, we have won the war against worst diseases. We apparently just needed to reach the point where our survival depended on working together as a species regardless of flag. That time is clearly now for this. U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

Well, ISIS has executed someone else, this time a British aid worker. That, to me, is incontrovertible proof that these yahoos may be vicious and techno-savvy, but in the end, they are going to prove very self-destructive. Each one of these horrific acts of cruelty and cowardice persuades even more people that ISIS is no more Islamic than the Ku Klux Klan is patriotic Americana. So good luck with that one, you bloody flipping morons.

WORLD

AFRICA

Grieving Town Buries Brutally Murdered Italian Nuns Who Served Africa For Decades

Killing And Preaching, Boko Haram Carves Our ‘Caliphate’

Egypt And United Arab Emirates Said To Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes

Boko Haram: We’re Ruling Town By Islamic Law

The Lovely Way One College Campus Dealt With This Summer’s Tragedies

ASIA

Japanese Confidence Dips In August

Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Story And Fires Editor

Huge Change Could Be Coming To Tibet

Former South Korean Spy Chief Convicted In Online Campaign Against Liberals

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Man Dies In Australia Shark Attack

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

Indigenous Leaders To Push For Constitutional Recognition

Aurora Displays Tipped For South Island Skies

CHINA

Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

China’s Island Factory

Chinese Regulators Fine Volkswagen And Chrysler On Antitrust Charges

Guerrilla Theater: China’s Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

EUROPE

As Sweden Nears Vote, Center-Right Is Trailing

New EU Sanctions On Russia Begin

Sun And Wind Alter German Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

Merkel To Speak Out On Anti-Semitism

Sweden Votes In General Election

INDIA

33 Animals Rescued From Floods In India

Floods Kill Hundreds In India And Pakistan

Scale Of Flooding Stymies Relief Efforts In India And Pakistan

Embrace Of Social Media Aids Flood Victims In Kashmir

IRELAND

Ryanair To Buy Up To $22 Billion Worth Of Boeing Jets

LATIN AMERICA

Five new Amazonian Saki monkey species discovered

MIDDLE EAST

Israel rejects New Zealand ambassador because he’s also envoy to Palestinian Authority

Yemen Police Open Fire On Protesters

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides

RUSSIA

Despite Sanctions, Cash Keeps Flowing At Playground For Russia’s Rich

UNITED KINGDOM

Victory For Wildlife As Thames Estuary Airport Idea Rejected

Why Does Scotland Want Independence? It is Culture Vs. Economics

Scotland And Quebec: Which Is More Like A Country?

Bracing For Change On Scotland’s Border, Whatever The Referendum Result

Seal Numbers Increasing In Thames Estuary

UNITED STATES

An Energy Boom Lifts The Heartland

Mostly White Forces In Mostly Black Towns: Police Struggle For Racial Diversity

Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening A Public Gas Station

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome In California College Town

The Assault Weapon Myth

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Extreme Weather Is The Biggest Threat To Nesting Seabirds

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming

A Comic Book Look At Climate Change

CO2 Rises At Fastest Rate Since 1984

Climate Change To Wipe Out, Move Habitat For Hundreds Of Birds Species: Audubon

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

How Small Cities Can Fight Climate Change

Climate Change In Plain Language

EBOLA

Get The Facts: Ebola Virus Disease

Liberian President Pleads With Obama For Assistance In Combating Ebola

Back To The Slums Of His Youth, To Defuse The Ebola Time Bomb

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

For Jihad Recruits, A Pipeline From Minnesota To Militancy

The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

Obama, In Speech On ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort To Rout Militants

Video: Obama’s Full Speech About ISIS

Guilty Plea by American on Attempt to Help ISIS

Arab Nations Vow Help To Fight ISIS ‘As Appropriate’

Prospect Of U.S. Attacks Captivates Syrians

Canadians To School Kurds On ‘Art And Science’ Of Air Strikes

Nations Trying To Stop Their Citizens From Going To Middle East To Fight For ISIS

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

UK Will ‘Hunt Down’ Haines Killers

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Most Russian Forces Now Out Of Ukraine, Kiev Says

With Gas Cut Off, Ukraine Looks West

Ukraine President Says Truce Is Growing Stronger

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In one week, on Sunday September 21, we will be joining the People’s Climate March on the streets of New York City to demand world leaders turn talk into action when they meet at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

All of our country’s big social movements are amplified and then won largely by collective action and people getting out into the street to demand change: women’s voting rights and the civil rights movement are two great examples. Now it is time we create the same momentum for climate change.

Disruption is a fast-paced journey through climate science, impacts on the environment, solutions, and the stories that define this pivotal point in human history. And most importantly, it shows why this moment is so ripe for us to seize with an action like the People’s Climate March.

So this weekend, as you gather with friends and family, consider watching this film and hosting a discussion about why climate change action is so important.

Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Keya Chatterjee

Senior Director

Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach

World Wildlife Fund

FROM THE UKRAINE:

These are the thoughts, observations, wishes and dreams of a family woman in a war zone. We are well aware that on this planet, her numbers are legion. We believe, however, that she speaks for more than a few of them.

Rusty, maybe that is your prayers that helped too Sorry I should inform you that everything fine but I didn’t follow the recent news and media. I wrote in previous letter that I’m on a journey so didn’t expect you to worry. On the way I met a fantastic girl from Shahtersk. Pregnant on 6th month she experienced months of uncertainty and 10 days bombing and I was astonished of her being so positive and in good spirit. I felt myself a coward for all that worries and panic that felt from time to time. I believe in a disposition of Providence. If the peace continues everything will be fine here. Not worry as I am feel confident now all be good. Your friend Olya

OH CANADA

Lest anyone ever doubt Canadian courage, Canadian Ebola mobile laboratory team heads back to Sierra Leone

We will survive but this is still not good news. Canada’s fourth-quarter hiring outlook hits four-year low point

This is something in which the nation itself can take pride. Vogue declares Toronto’s West Queen West second hippest ‘hood in the world

SHORTS

Canadian Shortage Of Vital Bladder Cancer Drug Prompts Rationing

Canadian Army Advisers To Be Stationed In Iraq’s North

Russian Jets Buzz Canadian Frigate Near Ukraine

Cougars Corner

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three life times.   You look exceptionally well groomed this morning, my love. He will be very impressed with you.

Sam:        Thank you, Sweetheart. But don’t get your hopes up. He’s been the alpha of my family for three generations now.

Felina:     He sounds like a true mensch.

Sam:        Like your mother’s ancestors at the Masada, Felina. Only goy.

Felina:     I had no idea. He looks so gentle in his photographs.

Sam:        Cute, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion.   A little sugar helps the macaroni go down, so I am told.

Sam:        That’s what they say, Luv. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the General George Armstrong Patton and the Robert E. Lee Custer of digression. And the I Like Yike of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which would also all describe the Colonel.

Felina:     I have read the book about him and found it absolutely fascinating. He began as a private in the secret American Mountain Lion Forces ~ not to be confused with the Dolphin Brigade, by the way ~ and rose through the ranks as it were.

Sam:        He’s got more metal on his chest than the Tin Man, yep.

Felina:     When he retired, he joined the American Animal Protection Agency, supervising agents in the field.

Sam:        Them bears don’t knock those trash cans over and the cougars don’t play with clothes lines just to get on YouTube, nope.

Felina:     Since we are on the subject, Arnold told me something interesting about the Colonel.

Sam:        Arnie, our talking television set told you something about my grandfather?

Felina:     Brace yourself, mate of my three lifetimes. He has just taken a mate a third his age. She is accompanying him on his holiday to that Seattle place and then to the North American Cougar Conference in Stanley Park.

Sam:        That would also be Grandpa. His adrenalin gland is immortal and he has outlived two mates already. This one is younger than you are.

Felina:     Be careful, Samuel.

Sam:        You, however, are eternal.

Felina:     And capable of making your life a living Hades if that is what it takes to keep you humble.

Sam:        Yep, that too. The Colonel is no respecter of age. He’s still doing things that defy every self-preservation instinct ever bred into our species.

Felina:     As a result, he has lived a long, full and meaningful life. He has certainly been an inspiration to you.

Sam:        Excuse me? Me and the Colonel have about as much in common as an anteater does with an asteroid, with all due respect, Lass.

Felina:     Think about it, my love. He has courage; you have audacity. He is honest. You are realistic. He is analytical. You are devious.

Sam:        The longer this list gets, the better I’m looking, Felina.

Felina:     Then I will, as you Americans say, cut to the chaste. You are very much the Colonel’s offspring, Samuel Alexander. And I will remind you that if you are good enough for me, you are bloody well good for this outrageous brass hat with the chest full of tin. Break out the smoked Chinook, my love, and welcome him as one to another.

Sam:        When you put it like that, how could I possibly refuse?

Felina:     How incredibly astute of you, Samuel. I absolutely love it.

Sam:        Then 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

She makes me very proud to be from here. Seattle humanitarian heads to Syrian border

In the wake of a Department of Justice report on the SPD that was far from flattering, this is nice to read. Report: Seattle among ‘balanced’ police departments in US

We sure hope this catches on. CVS Stores In New York Stop Selling Tobacco

SHORTS

The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out Of Poverty Through Incubator Farms

BAD EXAMPLES

I went into the hop fields at 16, so I know this has to stop. Just 13, and Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts in the Tobacco Fields

Things like this and Fukishima are NOT helping Japan’s image in the Family of Nations. Sea Shepherd activists arrive at Taiji Cove in Japan to document annual drive hunt dolphin killing

There is absolutely no excuse for this. Racism is still a problem in the Great White North

SHORTS

The Internet Age Means Flights Are Longer And Airlines Are Greedier, Study Shows

Doug Ford Could Win: Pollster

Full Statement From Rob Ford About Withdrawal From Mayoral Race

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I would love to see this. A Nomad’s Find Helps Solve the Mystery of the Spinosaurus

This was a little eerie. I wonder what else we are going to discover like this. The women with super-human vision

I love anything which “de-mystifies” science and brings it back to the Mr. Wizard level I enjoyed as a lad. The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science

OUTER SPACE

Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

Rosetta Comet Chaser Takes ‘Selfie’

‘Signs Of Recovery’ In Ozone Layer

ROBOTICS

Robot Could Load Up Dishwasher

Meet Bob, The Robo-Security Guard Watch

Dyson To Make Robot Vacuum Cleaners

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Hands Off With Heathrow’s Pods

In A Study, Text Messages Add Up To A Balance Sheet Of Everyday Morality

12-Year-Old Cancer Patient Gets First-Ever Vertebra Made On A 3-D Printer

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

This Week In Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed

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

Greener Neighbourhoods Produce Bigger Babies

West Coast Leads Surge In Electric Cars

A Climate Movement That Cannot Be Ignored

HEALTH

Here is the kind of news we like to read. Crews raise sails to support breast cancer research (Photo Gallery) (Video)

We have long suspected this. Research finds low-carb, low-fat plans both work

Why is cancer so common? This fascinating article from the BBC explains.

LIFESTYLE

Seeking Support Early Key To Success For Students With Learning Disabilities

Beyond Salmon Burgers

90-Year-Old’s Dance Moves Stun Crowd

The Way To Beat Poverty

“Why I Stayed”: Actress Robin Givens Opens Up About Her Abuse

Today’s Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We have 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. Click either the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Watch and listen: Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur volcano eruption (Video)

Wildlife Magazine Reader photo of the week

Video: Bear Cub Uses Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Flag As Scratching Post

Gallery Of Winning Images From The British Wildlife Photography Collection 5

Geico Seattle Ferry – The Gecko’s Journey

Most stunning BBC images of the week

FROM NORTHSTAR

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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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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It looks like we are going to find out what is in their belfry. New study gets inside the brains of bats

Here is someone we have been following for quite awhile. Nice going, Big Buddy. Oregon Wolf OR-7: Lucky In Love

Here is another opportunity to oink out on cute. Adorable Baby Elephants Play With Tires, Ride Away With Our Hearts

SHORTS

New Shark And Ray Conservation Plan For Pacific

South African Energy Company Re-Routes Electricity Lines To Save Buzzard’s Nest

International Whaling Commission To Meet In Slovenia On 15 September

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Only in Canada. Sigh. Nine-year-old boy steals Saskatoon city bus, no charges laid

I wonder which of them was the more flattered. Ancient swamp pig named after Mick Jagger for its luscious lips

Rambunctious Kitten Wants To Play With Her Dalmatian Pal, Tries With All Her Tiny Might

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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

 

 

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