ALL GEOGRAPHY IS TEMPORAL

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 27, 2014

No. 395

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

ALL GEOGRAPHY IS TEMPORAL

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I have been informed by the people I live with that if I say, “It’s been another interesting week,” one more time, I can camp out in the backyard for the duration of this linguistic affliction.

We heard from Olha, our dear friend in the Ukraine and that is always good. She writes:

I always tried to be delicate in my replies to you as for Ukraine. It’s my land that my ancestor Cossacks defended from external enemies for centuries. My grandfathers protected the railway of my city.  And still love this country despite all that’s now happening here. I know good intentions were a basis for a change, but also we all know and now can witness where good intentions can actually lead. Yes you are right that geopolitics talks are not worth our attention as its all in vain.

What I can’t stand is that manipulating with patriotism that is now happening. Yes it’s quite useful to have free army of patriots defending interests of oligarchs. But sorry I pass. I think every person can decide how to love own country and any steps big or small are appreciated. But when young men who never took weapon in their arms are forced to participate in these games…sorry, Im so much tired of all speculations.

Politicians put all responsibilities to the shoulders of soldiers instead of do (ing) the work themselves. I respect those who dared for their ideals to fight. What I do not respect is the commanders who fight their own peaceful people making so called “indiscriminate bombing” no one even counts how many citizens became casualties.

 That’s so easy to put responsibilities on what’s happening here on somebody other shoulders. I’m as you half Russian so possibly that is why my perception of situation is much more complex and vision is much more deep. At that I’m not going to justify. We all are equal in the eyes of God no matter of our nationality, life experience, wealth or so called success. I don’t much believe in borders and flags maybe because I was born in the country that does not exist anymore so can witness that all geography is temporal.

What is important for me is human values that don’t have nationality either.

Many of you readers ~ particularly those from nations not in North America ~ know the truth and integrity of Olha’s words because they could easily be your words. As long as voices like hers (and yours) remain alive, even places which fly no flags will, as well. And as someone very very close to me and an Auschwitz survivor once wrote:

As long as there is life, there is hope. And as long as there is hope, there is life.

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

THE NEWS

We found this absolutely fascinating and I suspect most of you will, as well. Robot ‘Deleted’ Techie’s Cancerous Tumour

Our hearts go out to the town of La Prairie in Canada’s Quebec province. Her Honor died a week ago this Sunday after she stepped on a wasps nest while gardening and being stung to death.

Consumer Reports magazine slammed the fast food industry pretty hard earlier this month. We thought it only fair to present an opposing point of view. Hold the Regret? Fast Food Seeks Virtuous Side

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Making Military Gains In Afghanistan  

AFRICA

Rival Militias In Libya Fight To Control Tripoli Airport

Hometown Of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls Under Siege, At Least 11 Parents Dead

‘Apostasy’ Woman Flies Out Of Sudan

Record Sentence For Rhino Poacher

Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy In Libya

Death In Nigeria Shows Ebola Can Spread By Air Travel

ASIA

A Child Of The Slum Rises As President Of Indonesia

Wife Of Canadian Teacher Detained In Jakarta Pleads For Husband’s Release

A Troubled Outlook For China-Japan Ties

In Ferry Deaths, A South Korean Tycoon’s Downfall

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Latest News In New Zealand’s War Against Invasive Rodents

Search And Work To Keep Dole

Security Fears Force AFP Officers To Delay Mission To Mh17 Crash Site

Victorian Couple Killed On Mh17 Remembered In Memorial Service

Grieving Australian Parents Visit Mh17 Crash Site

CHINA

Quarantine Over China Plague Death

China Detains Five Over Meat Scandal

China’s Energy Plans Will Worsen Climate Change, Greenpeace Says

In Scarred Chinese Tibetan City, Devotion To Sanctity Of Life

Fisher: With China’s Rise, The Clock Is Ticking On America’s Unchallenged Supremacy Of The High Seas

EUROPE

France Jails Pro-Palestinian Rioters

Is This The Best City For Expats?

Spanish Unemployment Below 25%

European Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Rendition Program

E.C.B. Says It Has Been Hacked In Apparent Blackmail Attempt

Ukraine Crisis Is Testing E.U.’S Resolve

EU Sets 30% Energy Savings Target

INDIA

Indian Tiger Conservation Receives A Boost From Frontline Support Training

Text And Ride In India

ISRAEL

Three Israeli Women Nab Top Spots In ’22 Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World’ List

Israel’s Outspoken Envoy Is Wise To U.S. Ways

Amid Outcry Abroad, A Wealth Of Backing In Israel For Netanyahu

Effort To Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters In Eastern Ukraine

LATIN AMERICA

US. Weighs Giving Refugee Status To Youths In Honduras

Jailed Venezuela Opposition Leader Goes On Trial For Inciting Violence During Street Protests

RUSSIA

Russia: Grain Yield Can Exceed A 100-Million Mark

UNITED KINGDOM

Antitrust Regulator To Examine British Banks

Reading The Future Of Scotland In The Stars

Who, What, Why: Is It Worth Lightning-Proofing UK Homes?

Sorted Food, A Cooking Channel, Is A Youtube Hit in Britain

UNITED STATES

Mapping Waterworks Beneath Canada-U.S. Border May Help Avoid Water Woes

Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours To Execute Inmate

Violent Attacks On Homeless In Albuquerque Expose City’s Ills

Most Migrant Children Released Into Care Of Relatives

Bill To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Passes Congress

TOPICAL

AIR ALGERIE FLIGHT

Algerian Jet Missing On Sahara Route

Weather Suspected In Air Algérie Plane Wreck; 116 Are Feared Dead

French President Says No Survivors In Air Algerie Crash

Second Black Box Found

CLIMATE CHANGE

China’s Energy Plans Will Worsen Climate Change, Greenpeace Says

Mediterranean Fish Seen In North Sea

Fur Seals Feel Climate Impacts

FLIGHT 17

Kerry Says Russia Trained Separatists To Use Antiaircraft Missiles

As Anger Rises Over Crash, Malaysian Government Is Reluctant To Assign Blame

Complete List Of Passengers And Crew On Flight MH17

More Bodies Possible At Ukraine Crash Site, Forensics Officials Say

Despite Anger Over Downed Jetliner, Europe Shies Away From Sanctions On Russia

Bodies Of MH17 Victims Leave Ukraine On Dutch, Australian Planes

New Satellite Imagery Shows MH17 Crash Site

A Column Of 40 Hearses Meets The Victims Of The Malaysia Airlines Crash

More Bodies Of Flight 17 Victims Sent To Netherlands As Efforts To Secure Wreckage Stepped Up

Ukraine Disaster In Search Of An Investigation

Effort To Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters In Eastern Ukraine

Dutch Government: 1st Victim From Flight 17 Disaster Has Been Identified

GAZA WAR

In Hospitals Across Gaza, Scenes Of Chaos And Grief

Hamas Gambled On War As Its Woes Grew In Gaza

Globe In Gaza: Crossing No-Man’s Land, Dodging Fire On The Way Out

Un Warns Of Israel Gaza ‘War Crimes’ And Condemns Hamas Rocket Attacks

Turkey Can Teach Israel How To End Terror

Gaza Death Toll Climbs Amid Efforts To Reach Ceasefire Agreement

In Gaza, At Least 16 Die At U.N. School Used As Civilian Shelter

In West Bank, Hamas Is Hailed For Its Fight Against Israel

Huge Protests In West Bank Over Israeli Offensive In Gaza

Israel Extends Cease-Fire In Gaza, A U.N. Request Rejected By Hamas

Hamas Announces New Gaza Ceasefire

Hamas Confirms Ceasefire Watch

Israel: Truce Bid ‘An Opportunity’ Watch

Heavy Fire In Gaza Watch

Numbers Behind The Conflict

Women And The Conflict

Who Are Hamas?

IRAQ

Iraqi Leaders Elect Former Foe Of Hussein As President

Bound By Bridge, 2 Baghdad Enclaves Drift Far Apart

SYRIA

In A Syrian City, ISIS Puts Its Vision Into Practice

Isis ‘Overruns’ Syrian Military Base

A Syrian Rebel Advance Off The Battlefield: A Longer-Lasting Battery For Missiles

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Prime Minister Resigns, As Kiev Moves Toward Elections

Canada Imposes More Sanctions Against Ukrainian Rebels

As Ukraine Forces Make Headway, Russia Is Said To Step Up Role

Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

Ukraine Prepares Offensive In Hopes Of Retaking Rebel Stronghold Of Donetsk

OH CANADA

Canada Deports 20 Members Of Hungarian Human-Trafficking Syndicate. Right on, countrypersons mine. Did Hell take them back?

Why Is Canada’s Bee Population In Rapid Decline?

Given Our Aversion To Cages And Tanks, We Are Definitely Glad To Read This. Whales And Dolphins In Captivity At Vancouver Aquarium Being Debated At Park Board Meeting

SHORTS

Seven B.C. Jobs That Redefine What ‘Hard Work’ Really Is

Police Identify 21-Year-Old Regina Man Found Dead At Pemberton Music Festival

MH17: Foreign Affairs Minister Baird Discusses Airline Tragedy, Seeking Justice

5 Canadians On Missing Air Algerie Flight

Sweeping Report On Police Use Of Force Makes 84 Recommendations Following Sammy Yatim Shooting

Portrait Of Aboriginal Leader Sells For $7.5 Million

FROM YOU GUYS

http://youtu.be/LRqawS8V4Uw

Rusty, lots of whales out of Moss landing. I turned and saw one coming straight at me, and I managed to get a second or two video as he drove below me, inches from my kayak, his wake almost dumping me. Fun stuff.

Meade Fischer

Pacifica, California

eclecticpress@baymoon.com

Fun stuff for you, Fischer-san. I don’t go swimming with anything big enough to eat me for lunch if it’s in a bad mood. Rusty

COUGARS CORNER

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

Felina:     Samuel, would you mind so very much, love of my three lifetimes, joining Arnold and I in the den. He is showing me something very unusual.

Sam:        Not a problem, Sweetheart. And I’m assuming you and our talking television set a spot of brunch, as you folks say in Ottawa and stuff.

Felina:     Actually, my love, it is a spot of tea and I have not heard that expression since I was a kitten.

Sam:        So a lot’s probably changed in a couple, three years, right?

Felina:     Samuel Alexander, you are an absolute delight, my rapacious rapscallion. You know all the shortcuts to my heart.

Sam:        Well, with all due respect to that part of your anatomy, your heart’s not the part of you I was aiming at. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Simon & Worcester of Digression. And the John Deere of smooth segues.

Sam:        And through the miracle of digital legerdemain and with the rest of the anchovy and rainbow trout pizza we had for breakfast, viola! Okay, who’s the weird dude in the funny looking boat out in the middle of some ocean?

Felina:     His name is Meade Fischer and he is an outdoor writer in this Kingdom of California. That is the Pacific Ocean and he is paddling a kayak.

Sam:        Ah, the one our esteemed publisher calls, “He Who Swims With Big Fish.”

Felina:     Our esteemed publisher can be extremely hypocritical, considering the company of cutpurses, scoundrels and assorted ne’er do wells with whom he has allied himself since his god was wearing shirts and playing with a hoop and stick.

Sam:        Since I only understood half of that, I’m hoping it was the half that goes with trout and anchovies. A great pizza is a terrible thing to waste.

Felina:     It means that our Rusty is as crazy as this human who goes swimming with killer whales. Watch this. http://youtu.be/LRqawS8V4Uw

Sam:        Whoa. Okay, Felina, I agree. This is totally insane. Isn’t this the same university friend who is half Russian and was wont occasionally to imbibe deeply of the grape, walk along the beach at night, and sometimes yell at the Creator.

Felina:     While his friend Rusty was out in the desert shooting at defenseless jack rabbits from the back of a motorcycle.

Sam:        They were not defenseless. They shot back, as a matter of fact.

Felina:     Of course they did. We are just fortunate they were no better a shot than he was.

Sam:        There you go. If all human wars were waged by people who could not hit the broad side of a barn with a piece of heavy equipment, they might just get discouraged enough to give peace a chance.

Felina:     Peace, as a destination, can be approached on many roads.

Sam:        Now that was totally Zen. I love it when you talk profound.

Felina:     Then perhaps we should finish this conversation someplace other than the den?

Sam:        Totally no argument there, Sweetheart. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     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 our kind of elected official. Want a Word With the Mayor? You’ll Find Her in the Bike Convoy

Feeling a bit down and need a little inspiration to lift your spirits? Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir

Out of the mouth of babes, then. “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

SHORTS

One CEO’s Anti-Jerk Campaign

Empathy And Elephants: What I Learned From Talking To My Kids About Poaching

Peace Corps Volunteers In Their Own Words

BAD EXAMPLES

It’s not like this hasn’t been done before but it’s never a good idea. Senator’s Thesis Turns Out to Be Remix of Others’ Works, Uncited

I wonder what Tex Mex food tastes like in Hell. Swindlers Target Kin Of Migrants

Someone very wise once told me that even a bad example can be created to serve a good purpose. I sincerely hope Kira was right in the case of this Maple Leafed Moron. ‘His buffoonery is dangerous’

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I definitely want one of these. (Dear Santa…) The geek-chic folding bike

This makes sense. The next big thing in computer hardware? “Smart Garbage”

Sometimes I have the imagination of an 11-year-old. So this totally freaked me out. Terrifying New Tyrannosaurus Fact Revealed: They Hunted in Packs

INNER SPACE

Odd Objects Reveal Ocean Secrets

The Atlantis Of The East

Four-Winged Dinosaur Found In China

Voyage To Unlock Arctic Secrets

‘Fluffy’ Dinosaurs Were Widespread

OUTER SPACE

A Record-Setting Alien World

The Five Greatest Space Hacks

Rosetta’s Comet Seen In Close-Up

NASA Seeks Aid With Earth-Mars Links

Inmarsat Delayed By Rocket Failure

Ukraine Crisis Sends A Chill Into Orbit

Gecko Sex Satellite ‘Not Responding’

TECHNOLOGY

Mobileoct: The Incredible Social Startup That Uses Mobile Phones To Detect Cervical Cancer In Third-World Women

A Smartwatch Of The Distant Future

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

China’s Energy Plans Will Worsen Climate Change, Greenpeace Says

Canadian Activists To Lug Jugs Of Water To Detroit In H2O March

Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways To Repurpose Them

Carbon Concerns Over Wood Burning

HEALTH

This should make a lot of people either happy and/or hopeful. ‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV

We share this with poignant memories of just how good a sirloin, t-bone, rib-eye or Porterhouse can taste. Your Love Of Steak Is Hurting The Planet

If This Keeps Up ~ And We Hope It Does ~ Human Beings Won’t Need To Worry About Growing Old As Long As The Parts Store Stays Open. Scientists Develop Robotic Fingers

SHORTS

The Future Of Robot Caregivers

Skin Care Products Backed By Science

Seattle Children’s Garden Project Helping Kids Eat Their Vegetablesadd To Reading List

LIFESTYLE

Is The Future Of Tim Hortons Coffee-Flavoured Beer And Decadent Treats?

Calgary Fertility Centre Refuses To Help Create ‘Rainbow Families’

How To Make A $50,000 Potato Salad… For Real

How To Learn While You Sleep

Living In… Istanbul

New Alternative To Nursing Home Living

A Celebrity’s Welcome In Italy For De Blasio

Solve One Problem, Create Another

7 Parenting Tips For A World That Harms Women

Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable To Inevitable. Here’s What It Means For The Change You Want To See

BEST OF THE NET

Lots Of Whales Out Of Moss Landing

  1. com Top Images From Around The World

UW Robotic Gliders Deploy For Arctic Ice Studyadd To Reading List

New Photos Of Wolf OR-7′s Pups, Mate

FROM NORTHSTAR 

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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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

I love stuff like this. How Scottie dogs became a symbol of Scotland

This Is certainly promising. New Technology Could Save Blue Whales From Being Hit By Ships

Anecdotally, we’ve known this for years. It is still very uncomfortable to see the connection pretty well proven. Wildlife loss link to child slavery

SHORTS

It’s Time To Stop Your Cat From Being A Serial Bird Killer

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

Scotland’s Top Wildlife

Bats ‘Fly By Polarised Light’

Seals ‘Feed’ At Offshore Wind Farms

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This may possibly be the weirdest thing we’ve published in some while. But if it happened to one, as John Donne pointed out some while back, we’re all vulnerable. So best we know how this one survived it. Man who had stroke in his bathroom survived on toilet water for seven days

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

 

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ANOTHER ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR ISRAEL & UKRAINE

 

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 20, 2014

No. 394

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 

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ANOTHER ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR ISRAEL & UKRAINE

 

 

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another action-packed week for the world at large. One of our readers left to work in Israel just before the Gaza War escalated so now she’s having an interesting time in a land where bombs seldom burst just in the air anymore.

 

 

Olha, our friend in the eastern Ukraine, dropped off the scope as it were for a couple of days but we heard from her Saturday morning early.

 

Thank you Rusty. Nice to have you as a friend. Yes one day it will be something to remember all this uncertainty and sadness. But I don’t want anyone to be protected with gun. I don’t know how peace will return but believe that it will. Just hoping that humanity era and mercy come one day.

 

It is difficult to think about these two individuals, living in war zones where even in a satellite-sophisticated world, communications can be tentative. Ame’s daughter is in Israel by choice and she can come back to America if she chooses. Knowing this one, though, no matter how rough it gets, she will remain. The blood of the Masada and the Holocaust flow like fire in the veins of that one. Like the sabras, she is willing to die for a harsh land slightly smaller than New Jersey.

 

Olha’s home is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and demographically diverse. She lives in the eastern part, where Ukrainians who wish to be Russians are fighting for the annexation of that half of the country to Russia. It is also where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, most probably because some one mistook it for an “enemy” transport.

 

Ohla is as passionately Ukrainian as I am Canadian and American. But my parents came to North America because peace meant more to them than patriotism. I have offered Olha and her family the resources at my disposal should she and her family make the same decision my parents did.

 

No nation on earth is perfect because every nation on earth is the home of human beings. But I know that in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, her dreams of peace, humanity and mercy can be realized.

 

It is the promise of a small candle in the darkness. Its flame burns much brighter in the hand of Lady Liberty and in the hearts and minds of all true Americans. Let’s raise a glass then, to Olha and Ame’s daughter. Their numbers are legion. May they all find their way safely home.

 

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

 

THE NEWS

 

We join every freedom-loving human being on earth in marking the passing of anti-apartheid activist and author Nadine Gordimer. If she is unfamiliar to you, please go here for an outstanding tribute to her life.

 

The news about these folks keeps getting better and better all the time. But anyone who thinks this is just an American problem obviously does not drive a Toyota, do they? Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes

 

Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. For details, see under News – Topical below.

 

WORLD

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Anxious Moments For An Afghanistan On The Brink

 

Afghan Market Bomb Attack ‘Kills 89′

 

Struggling To Keep Afghan Girl Safe After A Mullah Is Accused Of Rape

 

AFRICA

 

Transit Cards To Replace Cash On Kenyan Minibuses A Hard Sell

 

Questions Of Justice In Tunisia As Ousted Leaders Are Freed

 

Tunisian Soldiers Killed In Attack

 

Boko Haram Kills More Than 100, Hoists Flag In Northeast Nigerian Town

 

East African Court Of Justice Rules Out Construction Of Serengeti Super Highway

 

Congo’s Wildlife Rangers Launch Offensive Against Armed Groups Trafficking Charcoal In Gorilla Zone Of Virunga

 

ASIA

 

Built For Speed: The Japanese Bullet Train

 

Storm Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Philippines

 

China Halts Oil Drilling Operations In Seas Claimed By Vietnam

 

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

 

Australia Repeals ‘Useless’ Carbon Tax As PM Fulfills Election Promise — But Opposition Decries ‘An Appalling Day’

 

Shake-Up On Opium Island

 

Double Tragedy For Australian Family

 

CHINA

 

In Inquiry In China, Police Detain Star Anchor

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

Secret Path Revealed For China’s Billions Buying Foreign Real Estate

 

Inside A Beijing Interrogation Room

 

 

Egypt Sexual Assaults Draw Prison Terms

 

Egypt Cuts Tax Breaks For Fuel; Few Protest

 

EUROPE

 

European Union And US Trade Talks To Resume

 

Marilyn Monroe’s New Polish Home

 

Carmakers Are Central Voice In U.S.-Europe Trade Talks

 

Back From The Brink, Portugal Still Has A Long Way To Go

 

In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Is Going To Own A Car

 

Needing Skilled Workers, A Booming Germany Woos Immigrants

 

INDIA

 

Poor Sanitation In India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

India Six-Year-Old ‘Raped In School’

 

India Aims To Make Forlorn City A Model For Revival

 

LATIN AMERICA

 

‘Kite Fight’

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin And Argentine Leader Agree On Nuclear Power Project

 

‘Twelve Dead’ In Moscow Metro Crash

 

A Tiny Wire, And A Big Train Wreck

 

Russian Reliance On Chinese Loans May Blunt The Impact Of U.S. Sanctions

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Britain Plans To Cap Charges On Payday Loans

 

The Invasion Of Britain

 

UNITED STATES

 

US And EU Trade Talks To Resume

 

Second Investigation Details Additional Lapses At CDC Lab After Anthrax Incident

 

Carmakers Are Central Voice In U.S.-Europe Trade Talks

 

Atlantic City Strives To Rise As Casinos Fall

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

America’s Largest Reservoir Is Hitting New Record Lows Every Day

 

Calls For Resignation Mount For Minnesota Archbishop In Scandals

 

California Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Says

 

New Rule Permits Early Release For Thousands Of Drug Offenders

 

Appeals Court Overturns Oklahoma’s Ban On Gay Marriage

 

Influx Of South Americans Drives Miami’s Reinvention

 

THE VATICAN

 

Pope Francis Says About 8,000 Pedophiles Are Members Of Catholic Clergy, Including Bishops And Cardinals

 

TOPICAL

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Climate Change Is Flooding Out American Coastlines

 

White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives

 

Climate Change In Action: Forest Fires In Northwest Canada

 

FLIGHT 17

 

Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck By Missile, Officials Say

 

Fallen Bodies, Jet Parts And A Child’s Pink Book

 

Separatists Claim To Have Found Flight MH17′s Black Boxes

 

Ukraine Rebels ‘Allow Crash Access’

 

BBC Malaysian Plane Crashes In Ukraine – Updates

 

Obama Points To Pro-Russia Separatists In Downing Of Malaysia Airlines Plane

 

World Leaders Match Anger With Calls For Inquiry Into Ukraine Plane Crash

 

World Leaders Match Anger With Calls For Inquiry Into Ukraine Plane Crash

 

Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines

 

U.S. President Barack Obama Demands Ceasefire In Ukraine; Blames Russia For Airliner Crash

 

GAZA WAR

 

Some 17,000 Palestinians Flee Homes After Israel Warns Of Plan To Bomb Gaza

 

Israeli Military Invades Gaza, With Sights Set On Hamas Operations

 

From Gaza, An Array Of Makeshift Rockets Packs A Counterpunch

 

Netanyahu Warns Of Wider Israel Operation In Gaza

 

This Young Man Lost 3 Family Members In Gaza. Here’s Why Their Stories Matter.

 

Despite Israeli Push In Gaza, Hamas Fighters Slip Through Tunnels

 

Palestinians Find Show Of Support Lacking From Arab Leaders Amid Offensive

 

Who’s Right And Wrong In The Middle East?

 

IRAN

 

Iran Outlines Nuclear Deal; Accepts Limit

 

THE UKRAINE

 

Ukrainian Forces Pound Rebel Stronghold

 

More Canadian Troops Head To Europe In Show Support For Ukraine

 

Ukrainian Fighter Jet Shot Down By Air-To-Air Missile From Russian Plane

 

Shelling Cuts Power To Ukraine City

 

Rebels In Ukraine Crowed Of Past Attacks, But Deny This One

 

U.S. President Barack Obama Demands Ceasefire In Ukraine; Blames Russia For Airliner Crash

 

Ukraine Says It Can Prove Russia Supplied Arms System That Felled Jet

 

With Jet Strike, War In Ukraine Is Felt Globally

 

Rebels Find Malaysian Plane’s Black Boxes, Promise To Hand Them Over To World Aviation Body

 

OH CANADA

 

When I read something like this, I’m tempted to get MADE IN CANADA tattooed on a place most people will never see. Federal government cracking down on abuse of domestic workers by foreign embassies

 

Most North Americans consume more sugar than is good for them but it is not always because of the desire for it. Sugar is all pervasive in our culinary culture and it flourishes in places we might not suspect. So I think this is a totally good idea. How much sugar is really in that? Ottawa proposes food label changes

 

I have a feeling this is NOT going to go over big in some circles. Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare

 

SHORTS

 

More Canadian Troops Head To Europe In Show Support For Ukraine

 

Navy Ship Ordered Back To B.C. After Misconduct By Sailors

 

‘Suspicious Death’ Probed At Pemberton Music Festival

 

FROM YOU GUYS

 

From a citizen of Ukraine condolences to all relatives of passengers of the plane crushed. Nothing can stand that grief and that silence. We have to restore peace here.

 

С уважением, Ольга Береза (Olya Bereza), olha.bereza@mail.ru

 

 

Cougars Corner

Sam:        Gentle readers, our household is wearing black as our way of acknowledging the passing of those poor humans killed in the crash of that Malaysian airliner over southern Ukraine last week.

Felina:     It is a tragedy of epic proportion and we can find not one gram ~ nay even one drop ~ of humour in any of this. Normally we enjoy entertaining you. Your emails tell us you appreciate that and we are gratified.

Sam:        We ask now, however, that you not desire to be entertained but that instead, you will join us in five minutes of silent prayer not only for the loved ones of those who died in the crash directly, but for all the others, Ukrainian and Russian alike, whose lives have been immeasurably complicated by what appears to be most certainly, an accident of war.

Felina:     Despite your protestations to the contrary, your species is far more a global family than ours at Cougars Corner. If you do not find a better way of resolving your issues, you will continue to delight the gods of folly and misery. Your skies will not be safe and your children will know terror in the night. If this is your choice, then so be it. We suspect it is not.

Sam:        And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     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

I totally love when something like this happens. With all due respect to my Asian cousins, it looks like the dragon does indeed have a heart, eh? China halts oil drilling operations in seas claimed by Vietnam

And here’s another victory for gay rights.Appeals Court Overturns Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage

To me, this is an example of Americans at their best. These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

SHORTS

Welcome To The Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit

Obama To Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias By Contractors

Frack Quietly, Please: Sage Grouse Is Nesting

BAD EXAMPLES

This is not going to make the Pope’s day. Calls For Resignation Mount For Minnesota Archbishop In Scandals

I hate running stories like this about a nation whose history, culture and people I otherwise hold in so high regard. But whether you’re a Sikh, a Punjab, high caste or Untouchable, this has clearly got to stop. In Remote Corners of India, Immunity for Soldiers Who Kill and Rape Civilians

Being victimized the first time was not enough for her? Reporting Rape, And Wishing She Hadn’t

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

We thought this was very interesting and encouraging both. Ten Inventions That Allow The Blind To ‘See’

This is so cool. A Robot With a Little Humanity

Here’s one solution to saving the planet. Scientist: Save Earth by shrinking humans — and making them hate hamburgers

INNER SPACE

Flying Spies Of The 21st Century

In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Is Going To Own A Car

Could A Child Sex Robot Treat Pedophilia?

OUTER SPACE

Lost And Found In Space

Boom In Satellite Ship Tracking

NASA To Celebrate 45th Anniversary Of First Moonwalk

TECHNOLOGY

Easier Ways To Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes

Night Vision Fighter Helmet Unveiled

Some Universities Crack Code In Drawing Women To Computer Science

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN 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

This Texas Solar Farm Uses Sheep For Its Landscaping Needs

In Iowa, Solar Is Fighting Back Against Utilities And Winning

Wasting Water In California Will Now Cost You $500

Another Reason Kelp Will Win Over Hipsters’ Hearts: Craft Beer

This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds Of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day

HEALTH

I do not do well with the sin of gluttony so this is encouraging. 5 Healthy Foods You Can Easily Overeat

This is something we could probably all do better. How To Talk About Pain

Sometimes life can be a little too intense and we take on things that really don’t belong to us in the first place. This article really helped me personally. 6 Ways To Lighten The Weight Of Guilt

SHORTS

Doctors Use Immune Therapy Against Cervical Cancer

How Much Sugar Is Really In That? Ottawa Proposes Food Label Changes

The Little-Known Side Effect Of Sleeping Pills Women Should Be Aware Of

NORTHSTAR JOURNAL SUMMER HEALTH EXTRA

Stay Safe At The Pool And The Beach

Swimming: The Workout With Splash

Home, Safe Home

Summertime And Your Health

LIFESTYLE

Keeping Safe And Preventing Tragedy In The Water This Summer

A Tesla For The Rest Of Us? Elon Musk Dishes On The New, Cheaper Model

Next Gold Rush: Legal Marijuana Feeds Entrepreneurs’ Dreams

Love People, Not Pleasure

BEST OF THE NET

BBC Photo Journeys – Top Travel Images 

Rare Whale Double-Jump Filmed In Newfoundland

Most Stunning Science Images Of The Week

BBC’s Week In Pictures

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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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

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If you love these big dudes (and dudettes), this will totally make your day. Rare Whale Double-Jump Filmed In Newfoundland

Here’s a chance to do something cool. This Cute Solar Puppy Needs A Name. Won’t You Help?

Now that marijuana is legal where I live, I found this especially interesting. I’m glad these pups are not out of work. Weed-Sniffing Dogs Join The Fight Against Invasive Species

SHORTS

Researcher Finds That Fish Are Intelligent And Feel Pain Like Humans

It’s A Boy! New European Bison Calf Thriving In The Southern Carpathians

Eighteen Baby Mountain Gorilla Given Names At 2014 Rwanda Ceremony

RELATED LINKS:

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Giant Rubber Duck Lost In China Flood

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LEGAL POT IN WASHINGTON: “The Real Story”

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 13, 2014

No. 392

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 Marijuana-leaf

LEGAL POT IN WASHINGTON: “The Real Story” 

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, here’s something I never expected. The start of the legal marijuana trade in my state is making national news and not just for one morning but for several. Most of those reporting this are not users of the herb itself and the mechanisms that worked well for Colorado were largely ignored here. So here’s a window from the inside looking out.

The State Liquor Control Board issued over 20 licenses statewide. The distribution was weird because Spokane, with a considerably smaller population and located on the other side of the Cascade Mountains, got four. Seattle got one. The LCB also issued 12 growers licenses, an absurdly insufficient number.

This was a dog and pony show for the hemp culture. Marijuana has been easier to obtain in this city for the last 22 years than hard liquor was when it was sold only in State stores. The quality varies but is generally good to excellent. The price of twenty dollars a gram has remained the same for two decades.

Marijuana is a benign and quietly ubiquitous part of the culture. There are no evil drug dealers trying to seduce kids with it, like there is in the narcotics trade. The economics involved are not pyramidal for the most part. Nobody becomes millionaire raising or selling marijuana. It’s just not that kind of orientation, at least not here and not in the Northwest in general.

It is also not, by and large, a law enforcement problem because unlike narcotics, very few users of marijuana become so addicted to it that it forces them to steal. It’s also not something you can binge out on like beer at a frat party. No matter how raunchy or regal, if you smoke enough of it, you’re just going to go to sleep. So it’s not like there are potheads on the street reeling around stoned, aggressive and looking for trouble. Again, it’s just not that kind of orientation.

In Seattle, as well, the police are a lot more understanding about some crimes than they are about some others. They’ve never clogged the courts busting pot “dealers” unless the behavior has been so outlandishly obvious that it assumes the characteristics of public menace. which is not good for the tourist trade.

Yes, they will land on it hard if it is involved in the commerce of methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, etc. As in most cities, those involved with these substances are not people you’d want camping in your backyard overnight. They traffic in human misery and getting kids addicted to their wares is part of the way they do business.

I’m neither a proponent nor an opponent of marijuana. I am dead set against narcotics. They do not belong in any community. But since I live here, in Seattle, they definitely do not belong in mine.

If you talk to most of us on the greener side of the fence, that’s pretty much the consensus of it. And the reason it has not become epidemic here is because while we are probably among the most polite people on the planet south of Canada, we are also close to the land. Sometimes we do not put axe blades on axe handles.

The decision to enable the retail sale of marijuana in this state really hasn’t changed very much. Once the novelty of being able to walk into a store and buy it wears off, it will be back to normal and most of those who use it will buy it from someone who sells enough to pay for his own with some extra for Friday night.

That, then, is the reality behind the headline news. Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Sometimes, it is the “little things” which catch our attention. I am not a tunnel person. I didn’t like them in San Francisco. I am not a fan of them in Seattle. And it will be a very cold day in a hot place before I will ever put myself in the place of these European commuters. Eurotunnel power fault stops train

It looks like the verdict is finally in on this one. As a subsistence gardener for years, I totally concur with the findings of this report. Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

According to a newly published report by the United Nations, only four of today’s 30 largest cities will be in wealthy nations by the year 2030. Yep, check it out here

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Ground Battles In Afghanistan Contribute To Surge In Civilian Casualties, U.N. Says

John Kerry Aims To Help Afghanistan Navigate Post-Election Crisis

Afghan Candidates Agree Vote Audit

AFRICA

Gruesome Attacks In Kenyan Villages Kill More Than 20

Gruesome Attacks In Kenyan Villages Heighten Fears Of A Nation On Edge

East African Court Of Justice Rules Out Construction Of Serengeti Super Highway
ASIA

VIDEO: Japan Typhoon Winds ‘Up To 175 Kmph’

Powerful Typhoon Lashes Japanese Islands Of Okinawa

Myanmar Court Sentences Journalists To 10 Years Of Hard Labor In Prison

Mandalay’s Chinese Muslims Chilled By Riots

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

‘Sexist’ Slogans On Campervans Spark Internet Backlash

Australian Islamist Preacher’s Wife Denies He Is A Terrorist

What We Know About The Tamil Asylum Seekers Detained At Sea

Islamic State Listed As Terrorist Organisation By Government

Brisbane Records Coldest Morning In 103 Years

CHINA

China Dismisses New Claim Of U.S. Computer Breach

China ‘Admits’ Trading In Tiger Skins

EUROPE

Sarkozy, Plagued By Accusations, Sees Left-Wing Plot To Destroy Him

German Industrial Production See Largest Drop In Two Years

In Bulgaria, Corruption And Mistrust Turn Promise Into Pain

Russia Urges Bulgaria To Resume Building Gas Pipeline

Stock Markets Fall Amid Trouble At Bank In Portugal

Video: Barcelona’s Cannabis Culture

Across Europe By Tractor

INDIA

An Epitaph For India’s ‘Appalling’ National Car

India Unveils ‘Budget For Growth’

LATIN AMERICA

In The Colombian Rainforest, An Experiment In Community-Driven Climate Protection

Fleeing Gangs, Children Head To U.S. Border

MIDDLE EAST

Suspects Arrested In Death Of Palestinian Youth, Israeli Police Say

Beating Of Palestinian-American Boy Caught On Video

6 Israelis Held Over The Killing Of Palestinian

Killing Of Palestinian Youth Puts An Israeli Focus On Extremism

U.S. President Barack Obama Calls Israel Revenge Killings ‘Dangerous Moment’

RUSSIA

Russia Urges Bulgaria To Resume Building Gas Pipeline

Snowden Asks Russia To Extend Asylum

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank Of England Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged

Former Head Of Church Of England George Carey Changes Mind On Legalizing Assisted Dying

Charity Seeks 10,000 Volunteers For ‘Great British Beach Clean’

Scotland Could Host UK Spaceport

UK Clean Air Goal Missed By 20 Years

UNITED STATES

Testing Ground For A New Detroit

Still-Divided Washington State Readies For Start Of Recreational Marijuana Sales

U.S. Banks Curtail International Money Transfers

US Airport Checks Target Electronics

Cooperative Organic Farming Takes Root In Kentucky

New T.S.A. Rules For Electronics On Flights Bound For U.S.

A California Oil Field Yields Another Prized Commodity

Court Blocks Arizona Policy Of Denying Driver’s Licenses To Some Immigrants

As New York Landlords Push Buyouts, Renters Resist

What’s Behind The Flight Of Children To The U.S.?

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Meet The One Creature That Isn’t Bothered By Climate Change

Changing Climate At Root Of ‘Utterly Unprecedented’ Summer Flood

Forget Potato Salad — Fund This Science Project And Help Cure The Climate

Toronto Will Feel Like North Miami By 2100: Climate Change Report

GAZA WAR

Israeli Strikes Kill Gaza Militants

Israel Calls Up 1,500 Troops As Tensions Mount With Hamas

Israel Steps Up Offensive With Deadly Gaza Bombings

By Phone And Leaflet, Israeli Attackers Warn Gazans

Israel And Hamas Trade Attacks As Tension Rises

Deaths Rise In Air Strikes On Gaza

Gaza Deaths Spike In Third Day Of Israel Air Assaults

Egypt Silent As Neighbors Wage Battles

Death Toll In Gaza ‘Reaches 100′

Means To An End: What Can Israel And Hamas Gain From Latest Fighting?

IRAQ

Water Supply Key To Outcome Of Conflicts In Iraq And Syria, Experts Warn

Kurdish Leader Calls For Iraqi Premier To Resign

Iraq Sending Some 4,000 Volunteers To Bolster Government Forces In City West Of Baghdad

SPYING

Germans Demand U.S. Response To Spy Allegation

Germany Demands Top U.S. Intelligence Officer Be Expelled

Second ‘Suspected Spy’ In Germany

Officials Defend N.S.A. After New Privacy Details Are Reported

N.S.A. Records Detail Surveillance Of American Muslim Leaders

Russian Arrested In Guam On Array Of U.S. Hacking Charges

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data On U.S. Workers

Ethical Concerns Raised By Workers At Canadian Spy Agency

Chinese Businessman Is Charged In Plot To Steal U.S. Military Data

SYRIA

Water Supply Key To Outcome Of Conflicts In Iraq And Syria, Experts Warn

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine President Hails ‘Turning Point’ As Troops Capture Pro-Russian Rebel Stronghold (With Video)

Ukraine Military Finds Its Footing Against Pro-Russian Rebels

Ukraine To Besiege Regional Capitals

Ukraine Rebels Are Retreating For Last Stand

VIDEO: Families Begin To Leave Donetsk

Shadowy Rebel Flexes Iron Fist In Ukraine Fight

Anticipating A Showdown, Ukraine City Empties Out

Gains Of Ukraine Forces Come At A Price For Civilians

WAR ON TERROR

Officials Defend N.S.A. After New Privacy Details Are Reported

Guilty Verdict In Misbahuddin Ahmed Terror Trial

OH CANADA

This is sure good news. Economists see grounds for optimism when jobs data unveiled

Under “It Is About Flipping Time,” Toronto Slipping Close To Open Rebellion Against Rob Ford

Let’s hope the Crown tanks this alleged human being. Former Canadian diplomat linked to pedophile ring in UK

SHORTS

Military Descends On Southern Manitoba To Fight Flooding

Canadian Senators, Mps In Israel Go To Bomb Shelter Amid Air Raid Sirens

Western Provinces Sign On To Provincial Free Trade Initiative

Life Is Most Expensive In Vancouver, But Canadian Cities Drop In Worldwide Ranking

Canadian Fighter Jets To Help Patrol Edge Of Russian Airspace

Pot Activist Jodie Emery To File For Liberal Candidacy

FROM YOU GUYS

FROM ONE OF OUR US SENATORS

Dear Mr. Miller:

 Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 2464, National Bison Legacy Act, which is currently pending in the United States Senate.  I appreciate knowing your views on this matter. 

In the Senate, this legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee. While I am not a member of that Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration.

 Again, thank you for contacting me.  I hope you will continue to keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Patty Murray

United States Senator

FROM THE UKRAINE

Hello, Mishka:

Thank you for sharing your experience. Unfortunately as we found out in Ukraine, the edge from peace to war is quite easily to be crossed and the way back is hard.

Living just 250 km away from East, unrest territory makes to become a philosopher and grateful for the quietly and routine of an ordinary day. I cannot blame people most of them have now a mess in thoughts I would rather say its politician mistakes led to this situation. Possibly a presence of a third party like ‘blue berets’ could save the situation. Or I don’t know hoping somehow it be solved

And yes neither soldiers no citizens need war. Hoping freedom of speech will be one day untouchable everywhere in the world.

Yours, Olya

Cougars Corner

Sam:        Happy lunch, Felina.

Felina:     Thank you, my love, for such a regal repast, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        Yep and not a problem, Lass. Catsup and love make any meal fit for the Queen of the Deep Reaches. I am glad Your Majesty approves.

Felina:     She does indeed.

Sam:        I think it’s kind of sexy when you talk about yourself in the third person like that. It’s like making love to two female cougars at the same time.

Felina:     And that has a certain appeal to you, does it, Samuel?

Sam:        All of a sudden, skating on this particular frozen pond is losing its appeal.

Felina:     I have been told it does that when the ice begins to thin. However, we digress.

Sam:        I was kind of hoping we had reached the intersection of that road and decided to turn left instead of right.

Felina:     Nice try, love of my three lifetimes. It might help to remember how often such a tactic has worked in the past.

Sam:        It might also make me want to throw myself off the top of Mount Rainier.

Felina:     And go to the Hereafter from America? Samuel, surely you jest. Their Pearl Gates make Ellis Island look like an express lane.

Sam:        Good point and back to your original.

Felina:     Thank you, Dear.

Sam:        I am a cougar who lives for superlatives, am I not?

Felina:     By your rather eclectic definition of the term, quite so.

Sam:        And am I not mated to the Queen of the Deep Reaches and the fairest feline in all the land?

Felina:     You are.

Sam:        Then would it not follow that since I have the best, that two of the best would be even better?

Felina:     That, my love, was slick.

Sam:        Thank you very much. I got lucky again, didn’t I?

Felina:     Ireland is the poorer for it, yes.

Sam:        Then on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     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

He keeps getting cooler all the time. Pope Francis Asks Victims of Sex Abuse for Forgiveness

Now THIS is the California for which I sometimes get nostalgic. A California Oil Field Yields Another Prized Commodity

I thought this was really cool and with all due respect, especially since it is Canadian. General Electric Wants To Clean Up Oil Sands, CEO Jeff Immelt Says

BAD EXAMPLES

This absolutely must stop. Oil sands pollutants contaminate traditional First Nations’ foods: report

We have to come up with a better alternative. Both of these options are lethal. Opioid Use Increases After Oxycodone Crackdown

Lords, what did we do to deserve this? Rob Ford’s sobriety coach kicked a protester, cop says

SHORTS

Cruel To Take Health Care Away From Refugee Claimants

Former Canadian Diplomat Linked To Pedophile Ring In UK

Psych Drug ER Visits Total Almost 90,000 Yearly In U.S.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I thought this was a little weird until I thought back in history some. Why Mars needs a bill of rights

As A Dedicated, Enthusiastic And Active Romantic, I’m Looking Forward To This.Get Ready For A Summer Full Of ‘Supermoons’

I’m glad to see this even though it gave me a “Duh, ya think?” moment. When did we just discover that when something gets really dirty, it takes paid professionals to clean it up? Envisioning Profit in Environmental Good Works

INNER SPACE

Seas That Glow Like Stars

Fossils Reveal Biggest Flying Sea Bird: ‘Creature From Fantasy Novel’ Had Wingspan Taller Than A Giraffe

Neighbors Transform Abandoned Mall Into A Giant Aquarium

OUTER SPACE

Russia’s Angara Rocket ‘Makes Debut’

Lift-Off For British Demo Satellites

Skylon ‘Spaceplane Economics Stack Up’

TECHNOLOGY

Sniffer Dog Finds Child Abuse Images

Need To Charge Your Phone While Herding? There’s A Donkey For That

IBM Wants To Invent The Chips Of The Future, Not Make Them

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

Photosynthesis Pics, Inconvenient Chickens, and Faraway Stars

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 Type Of Environmentalist Are You?

In The Colombian Rainforest, An Experiment In Community-Driven Climate Protection

Forget Potato Salad — Fund This Science Project And Help Cure The Climate

Cowboys, Hunters, And Enviros Team Up To Fight Natural Gas Drilling

Cooperative Organic Farming Takes Root In Kentucky

HEALTH

Read it and weep, folks. Worst Spring Allergy Cities of 2014

Here Is Something Which Could Dramatically Alter Human Sexual Relations: ‘Remote Control’ Contraceptive Chip

This Is A Fantastic Idea. Monkey Medicine: The Mother Whose Books Help Children Tackle Fear

SHORTS

Vegetarians Live Longer, Pollute Less and Live Longer

Desmond Tutu Backs Assisted Dying

Sweet Love: How Can I Cut Down On Sugar?

LIFESTYLE

Silencing The Office Oversharer

Best Way To Make Cycling Safe?

Want To Empower African American Kids? Give Them Bikes

Nine Films That Were Banned

Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’?

Seven Stages Of Movie Stardom

Esquire: 42-Year-Old Women Are Still Sexy

BEST OF THE NET

The BBC’s Most Stunning Images Of The Week

The BBC’s Week In Pictures

Rescuers Free Beached Whale Watch01:01

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I’ll bet this doesn’t happen a lot.Caiman Caught In Toronto Pond

I thought this was totally cute. WATCH: Here’s What Makes Little Seahorses Go ‘Grrr’

As most of you know, I am not a fan of bugs. But I thought this was really cool. Ben Gurion Researchers Find Scorpions To Be Master Architects

ACG&S EXTRA

How To Help A Stranded Whale Or Dolphin –Wildlife Magazine, to celebrate the arrival of summer, is running a four part series on cetaceans. In the first part, Sarah Dolman From Whale And Dolphin Conservation tells us what to do if we find a live dolphin or whale stranded on the shore. For more, please go here.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Sheer madness? Free solo climbers skip the ropes and safety gear to scale vertical walls of rock using nothing but nerves of steel (with video)

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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FROM YOU GUYS

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 6, 2014

No. 391

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

UN Peace Dove

FROM YOU GUYS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I hope it has been a good week for you and that our Canadian and American readers had a good First and Fourth respectively. We appreciated the Happy Independence Day wishes we received from a dear friend in the Ukraine. There was enough irony in it to mine for a millennium.

The emails and Instant Messages we receive from you folks are always gratifying and as real an experience as connecting over a handshake or a hug. For reasons as fundamental as a respect for your privacy, we don’t publish them very often. But sometimes we do talk about them and yep, this is one of those times.

To the several of you who wondered how we managed to slide past Canada Day and America’s Independence Day without significant comment, we realized that there are 13 other countries on our mailing list who also have an annual celebration of national birth. We’re an English language weekly magazine sited in North America but you guys are an international readership.

I also made a conscious decision some years ago not to over-celebrate those events orchestrated by “bombs bursting in air,” which is also why we’ve made so little mention of the anniversaries of great wars or history-turning battles. The simple fact is that I hate war as much as I love peace and for reasons not entirely philosophical.

When two of the young people in my life were serving in Operation Desert Storm, I was working at a major aircraft company on a military project. I cannot remember a single night when I did not pray and have nightmares nonetheless. My days were spent cringing every time the telephone rang and for days on end, I refused to look at my postal mail.

Millions of parents around the world have been going through this since the dawn of recorded history and I think it’s time it stopped. If there’s nothing this modest magazine can do to end this insane practice, the least we here at the Northstar Journal can do is stop enabling it. And that’s a decision we reaffirmed recently as a team.

And finally, I really do need to turn you onto something cool. I’m not a Smartphone type person but everybody I know is. A small Ukrainian online start up has invented an application which makes online shopping almost as easy as changing channels with the remote and as interactive as social media allows. Check it out here and let me know what you think.

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

THE NEWS

Check out America’s most and least walkable cities. This is the source report in .pdf format.

Where are the hardest places in America to live? The answer just might surprise you.

It is very interesting to me watching the price of a human life fluctuate with the ebb and flow of the economy and corporate ineptitude. G.M. to Offer at Least $1 Million for Each Ignition Switch Death

WORLD

AFRICA

Unarmed Drones Aid U.N. Peacekeepers In Africa

African States Agree Ebola Strategy

India To Provide Four Free Vaccines

Senegal Prime Minister Toure Sacked

ASIA

Rare Cranes Spotted In Northern Myanmar

Japan Announces A Military Shift To Thwart China

Video: Hong Kong Challenges Beijing

Presidents Of China And South Korea Reaffirm Push For North Korean Denuclearization

Buddhist-Muslim Mayhem Hits Myanmar’s No. 2 City

In Myanmar, The Euphoria Of Reform Loses Its Glow

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

The Racist Video That’s Shocked Australia

Morrison To Visit Sri Lanka Amid Silence On Fate Of Tamil Asylum Seekers

Rolf Harris Sentenced To More Than Five Years’ Jail

Tamil Asylum Seekers ‘Already Tortured’ By Sri Lanka (Video)

Australian Market Matches US Gains Amid Dearth Of Local News

Worst Mortgage Delinquencies Sit On Cities’ Outer Fringes

Digital Disruption Could Cost Australian Banks $27 Billion A Year

CHINA

China’s Hurdle To Fast Action On Climate Change

EUROPE

Video: The Bomb Collector Of Ypres

French Ex-Leader Questioned In Graft Inquiry, Imperiling Comeback Hopes

European Union Reduces Cellphone Roaming Charges

With Detention Of Sarkozy, France Laments Presidency’s Faded Grandeur

Poland’s Culture War Rages On

B.C. Ferries Awards Contracts For Three New Ships To Polish Yard

German Proposal Seeks To Sharply Curtail Fracking

Italy Accuses Germany Of Undermining Its Economic Efforts

Belarus: Restoration of waterway between Black Sea, Baltic Sea via…

UK Economy ‘To Beat France By 2020′

INDIA

5 Detained In India After At Least 22 Die In Building Collapses; Dozens Trapped

Rescuers Pull Out 6 Survivors From Rubble Of Collapsed Apartment Building In India

West Courts India In Hopes Of Arms Deals

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Turtle Conservation

Cybercrime Scheme Aims At Payments In Brazil

MIDDLE EAST

Israel Mobilizing Forces Around Gaza

Refugee Camp For Syrians In Jordan Evolves As A Do-It-Yourself City

Tensions High In Jerusalem As Palestinian Teenager Is Given A Martyr’s Burial

RUSSIA

Photographs: To Be A Russian

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Strange Identity Crisis

Google Alerts British News Outlets About Deleting Their Links

London Transport Regulator Says Uber Can Legally Operate

Ex-News Of The World Editor Sentenced To 18 Months For Phone Hacking

Google Reinstates European Links To Articles From The Guardian

Scottish Independence: A Layman’s Glossary

Rolf Harris Sentence To Be Reviewed Amid Claims It Is Too Lenient

UNITED STATES

Boom Meets Bust In Texas: Atop Sea Of Oil, Poverty Digs In

U.S. Accuses T-Mobile Of Overbilling

Map: Where Women Represent

Stephen Gaskin, Hippie Who Founded An Enduring Commune, Dies At 79

Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

U.S. Economy Added 288,000 Jobs In June; Unemployment Rate At 6.1%

Dow Closes Above 17,000 As Stock Rally Outpaces Economy

Prescription Overdose Deaths In Florida Plunge After Tougher Measures, Report Says

Still Further to Go on Land Mines

THE VATICAN

Vatican Won’t Give All Abuse Papers To Australian Royal Commission

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Hacking The Climate: The Search For Solutions To The World’s Greatest Challenge

China’s Hurdle To Fast Action On Climate Change

Arctic Birds Nesting Earlier To Catch Advancing Springs

IRAQ

Iraq Says Russian Experts Have Arrived To Help Prepare Jets For Fighting

Foreign Forces Ready To Defend Interests In Iraq

Kurdish Officials Seek More Autonomy In Any Deal With A New Government

SERGEANT BERGDAHL

Many Sharp Turns In Bergdahl’s Path To Army

SPYING

New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable

Privacy Board Backs N.S.A. Program That Taps Internet In U.S.

German Man Arrested As Spy Implicates U.S.

SYRIA

Refugee Camp For Syrians In Jordan Evolves As A Do-It-Yourself City

Britain Expands Syria Border Aid

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Rebels Abandon Key Cities

Ukraine Crisis: News Analysis By The BBC

WAR ON TERROR

Pakistan Army Begins Ground Assault On Militants

Pakistan Approves Sweeping Antiterror Bill, Prompting Warnings From Rights Groups

Obama’s Blueprint For Fighting Terrorism Collides With Reality In Iraq

OH CANADA

I can think of few who deserve this more. Chris Hadfield named to Order of Canada, will release Canada Day song

This was a lot of fun this past Canada Day. Interactive quiz! How Canadian are you?

I thought this was interesting. Canadian Anti Spam Law Whips Up a Storm of Last-Minute Messages

SHORTS

8 Canadian Stereotypes, Eh

Manitoba Declares State Of Emergency As Floodwater Surges, Seeks Help From Military

Lac-Megantic Mourns One Year Later

Cougars Corner

Sam:        Hi, Sweetheart, Happy Breakfast. What are you looking at on the Tablet?

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three life times. The Lox Person just made a delivery. It is in Amana.

Sam:        And if memory serves, our refrigerator loves smoked Chinook.

Felina:     She actually prefers sockeye.

Sam:        She’ll eat tuna in a pinch, Felina.

Felina:     Quite so. The Lox Person billed our card for King salmon, however.

Sam:       Good choice. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Wild Willy Rooster and the Calamity Jean of digression. And the Louise Lamour of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which brings us back to “do,” a deer, a female deer.

Felina:     Delightful, Samuel. Darling, what are polls and why are they so important?

Sam:       You mean like the ones that rate a national leader at any given point in time?

Felina:     Yes, my love. There are so many and often they do not agree. Yet they all claim to represent the voice of the people.

Sam:        Which might suggest that the people have many voices, not unlike the choirs in their places of worship.

Felina:     If this is true, Harmony. thy name is Cacophony, Samuel.

Sam:       Sometimes it just depends on who they talk to, Sweetheart.

Felina:     And apparently what time of day, what day of the week, in what kind of weather and how their favourite professional sports team did most recently.

Sam:        That would definitely be the cumulative voice of their species, when asked, yep.

Felina:     I seem to recall something in their theological literature that mentions an attempt to build a stairway to where they believe the After Life begins. Apparently they did speak in one voice then.

Sam:       Yep, but it was a very whiney, needy, “please love me despite the fact that I sleep with my neighbor’s wife, covet his cow and sass my parents” kind of voice.

Felina:     So the Creator decided She didn’t want them up there until they acquired the resonance of puberty.

Sam:        Yep. I figure that’s why She named it “the Hereafter” and not the “Here and Now.”

Felina:     So these polls are pretty much babel?

Sam:       If their President Obama didn’t think so, he’d probably have lemming’d off a cliff by now.

Felina:     He does seem to understand something that eludes so many of his species.

Sam:        Yep. The Hereafter is not a destination. It’s a dimension and you’re not going to be invited into it until you’re housebroken.

Felina:     Which does not quite explain why all dogs go to Heaven. But it certainly would explain why all humans do not, at least on the first attempt.

Sam:        Yep. The Hereafter’s not perfect but dogs are a lot easier to housebreak than humans.

Felina:     And there are none of these poll things in the Hereafter either.

Sam:        Nope, Sweetheart, there are not. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     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

We agree with this, totally. First Nations, First Dibs, Says Canada’s Supreme Court

Say what you want about her, we definitely admire her style. Merkel Heads to China to Keep Alive ‘Golden Decade’ of Deals

This is encouraging. As Numbers Grow, Single Women Emerge as Political Powerhouse

SHORTS

Olympian Clara Hughes Ends Cross-Canada Mental Health Ride On Parliament Hill

European Union Reduces Cellphone Roaming Charges

At Zingerman’s, Pastrami And Partnership To Go

BAD EXAMPLES

This person belongs in a jar of formaldehyde on a dusty shelf, sentient and aware of being totally and eternally alone. Broadcaster and entertainer Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault

If every Californian in the state is not profoundly ashamed of this, they should be. I only lived there for awhile and I am. The Town Where Immigrants Hit a Human Wall

I am glad my mother is not alive to see this. She would say that when one makes war on children, one becomes what one most adamantly protests. And that would have been saying it very nicely. Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Teenager Was Burned to Death After Abduction

SHORTS

Diocese Of Kansas City-St. Joseph To Pay For Failure To Report Abuse

U.S. Accuses T-Mobile Of Overbilling

Going Without Water In Detroit

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This is good news. NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon

This guy sounds like just what NASA needs. Meet The Brazen Scientist Who’s Taking Over NASA’s High-Powered Climate Lab

This could just provide an important piece of one of the most puzzling mysteries in aviation history. 1937 photograph could help solve mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s disappearance

INNER SPACE

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Called The ‘Chicken From Hell’

1,600 Year-Old Antarctic Moss Back From The Dead After Being Thawed

Scientists Discover Tiny Cousin Of T. Rex

OUTER SPACE

Smile! Satellites Can See Your Illegal Fishing From Space

Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit

‘Space’ Balloon Sets New World Record

TECHNOLOGY

Why Computers Won’t Be Replacing You Just Yet

Who’s The Greatest Mathematician Of Them All?

Web Users In Hawaii Hunt Invasive Plants

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

Neanderthal Poop, World Cup In Orbit, And Webcam Eaglets In Peril

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

Going vegetarian can cut your diet’s carbon footprint in half

Cool Roofs Offer A Salve For Hot Cities — And The Climate, Too

China’s Hurdle To Fast Action On Climate Change

Stephen Gaskin, Hippie Who Founded An Enduring Commune, Dies At 79

Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood

German Proposal Seeks To Sharply Curtail Fracking

How To Prevent Summer Blackouts

HEALTH

We agree with this in principle but please check with your health care provider to make sure it works for you. Going Vegetarian Can Cut Your Diet’s Carbon Footprint In Half

Are you a “workaholic,” or simply hard working? Yep, the answer just might surprise you.

Not only is it not that good for you, but apparently it really does not taste very good. Sorry, Ronald. If it’s any consolation, Burger King and Jack in the Box did not fare (pun intended) much better in this latest Consumer Report.

SHORTS

The Price Of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring

In Human Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Canadian Researchers Explore Best Practices In Treatment Of Childhood Obesity

LIFESTYLE

Eleven Untranslatable Words

Map: Where Women Represent

Public Transit Still Isn’t Safe For Women — But We Can Change That

Paying Employees To Stay, Not To Go

Children Of Same-Sex Parents Healthier And Happier New Australian Study Suggests

About Those Presidential Polls

BEST OF THE NET

Top Images From Around The World

The Wildebeest Migration

The World’s Most Stunning Bridges

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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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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This is reassuring. Emperor penguins can relocate to beat global warming

Kangaroos use their tail as a fifth leg, according to a Canadian – Australian study published recently in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters.

SHORTS

Studying What Lures Turtles to a Tarmac at Kennedy Airport

Four Ways To Build A Bee-Friendly Neighborhood

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HERE’S THE SEADOC SOCIETY’S JULY 2004 NEWSLETTER. Articles this time include:

Why do harbor seals swim upside down when foraging?

Scientists close in on sea star wasting disease

Marine mammal video for kids

Salish Sea Conservation in Focus trip

SeaDoc’s newest collaborator is 6 years old

Harbor porpoise stranding update

This is another excellent edition by a group of scientists, office folks, and interns living on a small island in Washington’s SalishSea fka the Puget Sound.

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Help one of America’s greatest symbols, the bison, re-establish itself on that nation’s northern plains. This is a petition from our good friends at the World Wildlife Fund. Please go here.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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A GLOBAL LEGACY WRAPPED IN A BOOM

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, June 29, 2014

No. 390

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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A GLOBAL LEGACY WRAPPED IN A BOOM

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Happy summer to those of you on top of the world and to our friends on the bottom of it, I hear Adelaide is awesome in autumn. It’s been raining some here and we’ve been busy preparing Northstar H2O CARE packages for friends and family in drought-stricken California. We’ve also got a rain barrel marked for Oceana and the fun fire season they face every summer.

The headline that caught my attention this week is a legacy of war in Europe that goes back almost a century now and it was a cause for which one of the role models in my life, Britain’s Princess Diana, devoted so much of her time and attention. Here it is. Video: World War I’s Iron Harvest

There are unexploded land mines, bombs and artillery shells on every global battlefield since they were sown in such prolific numbers in Europe. Each year, they continue to maim and kill hundreds of thousands. Children are particularly vulnerable because a lot of them like to play in the dirt and that’s where this lethal legacy lives.

I suppose that if we must have war, we must have instruments of limited destruction as well as those that could make vast regions of the planet unfit for organic habitation after they are used. So that’s probably not going to change.

But you’d think that with the green technology movement growing exponentially, there ought to be a way to make at least land mines biodegradable. And maybe fill them not with explosives that shred a human being but with stuff like super chamomile tea, warm milk and television test patterns from the last century. to supremely and most excellently pacify him. That way, when some seven-year-old Laotian kid prods one with a bamboo stick, it doesn’t wipe him and half his village out.

It probably won’t bring “peace in our time,” but it just might point us in the right direction.

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

THE NEWS

Under “Better Late Than Never,” this is nice to hear. U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by a creature once known as a killer whale. I’ve never met an orca “up close and personal” as they say in some parts of the States. But I figure that’s in the near future as well. Therefore, this new study out on them is a Northstar Journal Five Star Read.

Check out these 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables published in a study by William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Mount Major Assault In Afghanistan

AFRICA

60 More Girls And Women, 31 Boys Abducted By Nigerian Extremists

Extremists Abduct 91 Women, Girls, Boys From Villages In Nigeria

Nigeria Police Bust Suspected Kidnapping Ring, Arresting 37

Kenya’s Future Clouds As Tensions Rise And Tourists Flee

ASIA

Poll On Democracy Draws Big Turnout In Hong Kong

Don’t Use ‘Allah’ Unless You’re Muslim, Malaysian Top Court Rules

Students Who Survived South Korea Ferry Sinking Return To School

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Concern Over Banned Antibiotic Superbug Found In Chicken Meat

Fitzgerald Attacks Qld Govt’s ‘Disdain For Democracy’

2GB Dumps Shock Jock Over Mohammed Comments

Forum Targets Domestic Abuse In Migrant Population

Christmas Island Staff ‘On Standby’ For Arrival Of Asylum Seekers

CHINA

China Manufacturing Hits 7-Month High

EGYPT

Kerry Says U.S. Is Ready To Renew Ties With Egypt

Egypt Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists For 7 To 10 Years

Egyptian Leader Refuses To Intervene In Al Jazeera Case

EUROPE

Amazon Accused By Booksellers Of Antitrust Violation In Germany

Beating Of Roma Boy Exposes Tensions In France’s Underclass

Ukraine, European Union Ink Historic Trade Pact

INDIA

Tiger Leaps Onto Fishing Boat, Snatches Man In Eastern India

LATIN AMERICA

Coca Growing In Latin America ‘Down’

Venezuela Cities Including Capital Hit By Blackout – Witnesses

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Youth Dies In Attack Near Syrian Border

Fate Of 3 Kidnapped Israelis Raises Tensions On Many Fronts

UNITED KINGDOM

Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty In Phone Hacking Case

UK Population Grows By 400,000

UNITED STATES

Mayors Put Focus On How To Raise Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers In Cities

Supreme Court Backs EPA Jurisdiction Of Power Plant Emissions

Questions And Answers On Lost Emails In I.R.S. Scandal

Top Investigator Has Blistering Criticism For V.A. Response To Whistle-Blowers

Senior Veterans Affairs Officials To Step Down

Major Ruling Shields Privacy Of Cellphones

In A U.S. Court, Iraqis Accuse Blackwater Of Killings In 2007

Court Rejects Zone To Buffer Abortion Clinic

Creeping Up On Unsuspecting Shores: The Great Lakes, In A Welcome Turnaround

THE VATICAN

Vatican Defrocks Ambassador In Abuse Inquiry

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Five Main Problems That Are Pushing The World’s Fragile Oceans To The Point Of Collapse

What Climate Change Looks Like From Your Front Porch

Now Climate Hawks Have Their Own Super PAC

Thanks To Shrinking Sea Ice, National Geographic Puts Global Warming On The Map

How To Not Lose Your Shirt When The Climate Goes Bust

We Just Had The Hottest May On Record

I Got 99 Climate Change Problems — Don’t Make Sexual Harassment One

If You Think Climate Politics In The U.S. Are Crazy, Wait Till You See What Just Happened In Australia

To Motivate Climate Activists, Use Optimism

Climate Change Up Close

IRAQ

Sunni Militants Capture Major Iraqi Post At Syrian Border

Iraq’s Military Seen As Unlikely To Turn The Tide

Relief Over U.S. Exit From Iraq Fades As Reality Overtakes Hope

U.S. Forces Face Complex Task In Iraq

Sunni Woman Killed Taking Fight To ISIL

Kerry Implores Kurdish Leader To Join A Government And Not Break Away

Iran Secretly Sending Drones And Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

Questions Rebels Use To Tell Sunni From Shiite

Questions And Answers About The Crisis In Iraq

America And Iran Can Save Iraq

A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out In Huge Numbers

SERGEANT BERGDAHL

Bergdahl Begins Outpatient Treatment

SPYING

MI6 Chief Sawers To Step Down
SYRIA

Last Of Syria’s Known Chemical Arms Are Shipped Abroad For Destruction

After Opening Way To Rebels, Turkey Is Paying Heavy Price

Obama Seeks $500 Million To Train And Equip Syrian Opposition

THE UKRAINE

Putin Backs Ukraine Cease-Fire, Warns It Will Fail Without Peace Talks

Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Issue

Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine Agree To Cease-Fire

Russian Lawmakers Rescind Resolution Allowing Troops In Ukraine

Putin Presses Extension Of Cease-Fire In Ukraine

Ukraine, European Union Ink Historic Trade Pact

Defying Russia, Ukraine Signs E.U. Trade Pact

WAR ON TERROR

Use Of Drones For Killings Risks A War Without End, Panel Concludes In Report

U.S. Phasing Out Its Counterterrorism Unit In Philippines

OH CANADA

Something needs to be done about this. Pipes with asbestos still used in new Canadian buildings

This is impressive. 5 made-in-Canada medical discoveries

With all due respect to the Crown, this is long overdue. Supreme Court Offers Needed Clarity On Native Land Claims

SHORTS

Canadian Sentenced To 7 Years In Egyptian Prison

Story Of Alberta Journalist Held Hostage In Somalia Optioned By Hollywood Company

What Boat Sales Tell Us About Canada’s Economy

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Felina:     Samuel, could you join Arnold and I in the den for brunch, please, love of my three life times.

Sam:        Best invitation I’ve had since breakfast.

Felina:     Excellent, my darling. The pizza delivery goose should be here very soon.

Sam:        The Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose that takes off from LakeOkanogan, soars up over the Rockies and makes a perfect landing on our Canadian bacon pizza goose landing pad. That Canadian bacon pizza goose?

Felina:     You make me smile, my love and that was delightful. Yes, Samuel, that Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose.

Sam:        Sometimes I wish they used drones for that. It would be nice if one of those pizzas showed up without half the anchovies missing.

Felina:     Perhaps they could deliver by large bat. As I understand it, they are not so much into seafood.

Sam:        A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat that doesn’t like anchovies and delivers in the day time.

Felina:     A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat working its way through college and who needs to work the bat “night shift,” yes, my love. Quite so.

Sam:        But until then?

Felina:     I have spoken with the Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose’s supervisor. It seems that Flora has a chemical imbalance which only anchovies can restore.

Sam:        No other fish on planet will do, I take it?

Felina:     According to this study just published by the Canadian Medical Association, apparently not. However, we have arrived at an amicable solution.

Sam:        They’re feeding her a big bowl of swimming anchovies before she takes off into the wild blue yonder with our pizza.

Felina:     Your powers of deductive reasoning put you right up there with Sherlock House and Agatha Corpus Christi, my love. That is exactly what they are doing.

Sam:        And here all this while, I thought I was in a league of my own.

Felina:     Oh Samuel, my love of three life times, you so very much are. But would you prefer to be the only bird in outer space or would you settle for soaring with other eagles?

Sam:        You sort of like jerking my chain like this, don’t you, Felina?

Felina:     After two other things we do together, of course. Speaking of the second, Flora is on the approach. After brunch, I will show you what my favourite thing to do with you is.

Sam:        This day just keeps getting better and better all the time. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Canadian bacon pizza from Flora, the Canadian bacon (and anchovies) pizza delivery goose. 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

To me, this is a good example of the Supreme Court’s role in the 21st Century. Justices Uphold Emission Limits On Big Industry

We applaud this with both hands and both feet. Regulators In Europe Seek Tighter Flight Data Recorder Rules

This is good news, if not long overdue. Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

BAD EXAMPLES

G.M. Prepares To Count Cost Of Suffering I hate to beat the drum slowly on this one but I don’t hear collateral damage being addressed. If you guys didn’t know these ignition switches were defective, what else has slipped past you? How safe ~ really ~ are any your products? Are you going to pay for the cost of customer anxiety around that? Just how much responsibility do you intend to take, General Motors?

Sometime I think these people really don’t know when to quit winners. North Korea fires three short-range projectiles

As long as one child in the world goes to bed hungry, there is absolutely no excuse for this. Discarded fish cost about $2 billion

SHORTS

Playing God From A Prison Cell: How Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Is More Powerful Than Ever

China’s Threat To Wild Tigers

Argentina’s Vice President Charged In Corruption Case

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Smile! A Drone Is About To Take Your Picture   Sure it is. Pull! Swing. Blam!

Hi, I’m A Tablet. I’ll Be Your Waiter Tonight. Uh huh. They have those at Chez McDonald’s now, do they?

First we hear about Google’s robotic personal motorized conveyance (pmc). Now this comes to our attention. This Floating Magnetic Pod Is The Public Transit Of The Future (We Hope) I can remember when the saying “leave the driving to us,” was an invitation to take the bus.

INNER SPACE

Video: The Neanderthal Inside Us

A map of tribes you’ve never seen before

Androids Work Alongside Humans

OUTER SPACE

Tough Test For US Orion Spaceship

NASA’s Bold Shuttle Rescue Plan

NASA ‘Flying Saucer’ Tests Mars Tech

TECHNOLOGY

Workplace Surveillance And The ‘Transparency Paradox’

Regulators In Europe Seek Tighter Flight Data Recorder Rules

Eerily Human Japanese Robots Read The News, Recite Tongue Twisters

This Pop-Up Solar Station Looks Like Optimus Prime, Goes Anywhere, And Has Wifi

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

Nebraska Utility Is Phasing Out Some Coal Units, And It Won’t Cost That Much

Justices Uphold Emission Limits On Big Industry

Five Main Problems That Are Pushing The World’s Fragile Oceans To The Point Of Collapse

This Pop-Up Solar Station Looks Like Optimus Prime, Goes Anywhere, And Has Wifi

HEALTH

The pendulum appears to be swinging back on this one. Please consult your physician for her opinion. Mammogram may cut breast cancer deaths by 28%

To beat it is to understand it. ‘What Pollen Vortex?’ Gearing Up For Allergy Season

This is an example worth emulating. Ottawa To Help Working Caregivers Balance Responsibilities

SHORTS

3-D Mammography Test Appears To Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rate

Nova Scotia Fungus Breathes New Life Into Battle Against Superbugs

LIFESTYLE

Obama Quietly Extends Administration’s Advocacy To Transgender Rights

‘Shower Bus’ Gives San Francisco Homeless A Place To Clean Up

Women Quit Jobs In Peak Years, Setback For Them And Economy

Pediatrics Group To Recommend Reading Aloud To Children From Birth

Methodists Reinstate Pastor, Deepening Church’s Rift Over Gays

Goodbye, for Now, San Francisco

BEST OF THE NET

Watching Polar Bears Swim For Ice Will Make You Want To Hug Them (But Maybe Don’t)

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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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Jack London and I have known this for a long time Study: Wolves have a secret way of ‘talking’

I can definitely relate to this. Except I go skinny dipping in Lake Washington. Bear takes a dip in swimming pool

I Wonder What It Was About This Father That Made Him So Delicious. Man Says Tiger Snatched Dad From A Boat

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National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Video: The Man Who Took His Cabbage For A Walk

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Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

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Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

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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MY SECRET SHAME

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, June 22, 2014

No. 389

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Chevolet Impala

MY SECRET SHAME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.   Well, this is a little disconcerting.  In Another Blow, G.M. Recalls 3 Million More Defective Cars   And unfortunately for me, the spate of headlines like this has flicked the light switch on my Closet of Secret Shame.  Gentle readers, please don’t hate me.  I have owed several Chevrolets.

The best of them was an Impala that was built back before someone figured out that if you make something that lasts for a long time, you won’t sell as many.  Once the concept of planned obsolescence metastasized throughout the economy, recalls have been more the norm than the exception and GM, Toyota and others are not alone in these regards.

I still gravitate to stuff that lasts.  Recycling is one way that concept manifests itself in the House That Northstar Built.  We’re probably putting a dent in the Tupperware industry but so much of what food comes in makes perfectly good containers for other stuff.  What we don’t use, we wash and put out in the blue bin ~ which the City of Seattle empties once a week ~ so it can be used again in another incarnation.

I’m the same way with rainwater and my own private garden.  You wouldn’t think water would be in short supply in Seattle and it’s not, this spring.  But I was raised in a place where droughts were chronic so to me, it’s just not natural to watch rain falling and not into at least a bucket to wash sox in.

We also don’t use the clothes dryer as much as most households.  On good weather days, we have a place out back to hang the wash.  When it’s raining, there’s a place in the laundry room to do that.  You can wash a load the night before and by the time you get home from work the next afternoon, it’s ready to wear or stow away.

Yesterday, thanks to Super Glue, I resurrected two pair of shoes that would have cost me nearly $75.00 to replace.  We have sugar cans for things like that so when one is full but the money isn’t needed, it gets spent on something else.  My friend Anna is visiting next month so instead of shoes, this money is going into a picnic on Lake Washington, renting a canoe and going out for Mexican food after.

I’m looking for another vintage car to restore.  I have this dream of a copper 1964 Ford Mustang rag top with a mid-sized six in it.  I’m not real high on fossil fuels but until electrics can compete in aggressive traffic, I’m stuck with the best one I can find.  Like many of my friends in Seattle, car ownership does not mean the vehicle is in constant use.  Metro is still a cheaper and more relaxing way to get around the city.   And any errand within a mile of the house, like grocery shopping with knapsacks, is a good excuse for a nice walk.

I’m also saving up for a Nissan Leaf and 3,000 miles or so of extension cord.  I promised Anna a Travels With Mishka trip across Canada next summer and the True North doesn’t quite yet have charging stations from Vancouver to Halifax.

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

THE NEWS

Here’s headline news for sure.  It looks like the International Space Station is getting its first coffee making machine.

I thought this was absolutely priceless.  Hillary delightfully surprised by Glee star visitor at her book signing.  Mutual admiration since revealed.

Those Seeking Asylum In Australia Have An Interesting Choice And It Is An Option They Have Had For Over A Decade Now.  Paying Asylum Seekers To Return Home ‘Standard Practice’

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Candidate Alleges Voting Fraud By Karzai And Aides

AFRICA

Extremists Attack Hotels, Police Station In Kenyan Town; 48 Dead

Kenyan Leader Blames Domestic Foes, Not Shabab, For Attacks

ASIA

China, Trying To Bolster Its Claims, Plants Islands In Disputed Waters

Myanmar Wetland To Be Protected By The Country’s First Eco-Tourism Initiative ››

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Bishop Pushes For Greste Release Ahead Of Verdict

Former Hostages Urge Peter Greste To Keep Hope Alive

Mums Back At Work ‘For As Little As $3.50 An Hour’

Vandals Spray Swastikas On Ukrainian Church In Sydney

Little Chance Of Finding Missing Mt Isa Miner Alive

CHINA

China’s Clampdown On ‘Evil Cults’

Relatives Shed Assets As China’s Leader Fights Graft

China And Greece Sign Major Deals

EGYPT

Egyptian-Canadian Journalist Tells Cairo Judge TV Network Is Not To Blame For Turmoil In Egypt, Iraq

EUROPE UNION

UK PM To Urge Juncker Vote

GREECE

Greece And China Sign Major Deals

INDIA

Indian Factory Workers Kill CEO, Beat Manager With Iron Rods After Their Hours Are Increased

India Blames Environmental Activists For Its Economic Problems

ISRAEL

Netanyahu Says Three Were Taken By Hamas

JAPAN

Assessing Fukushima Damage Without Eyes On The Inside

LATIN AMERICA

Supreme Court Repels Argentina Over Defaulted Debt

As Demand For Education Rises In Brazil, For-Profit Colleges Fill The Gap

Brazil heads a host of countries significantly reducing rainforest destruction

MIDDLE EAST

Lebanon Detains 17 Said To Be Islamist Militants

RUSSIA

Russia Learned Nothing Of Value From Canadian Spy Jeffrey Delisle: Envoy

SPAIN

Spain’s New King Felipe VI Swears Oath As Head Of State

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Says It Is Ready To Reopen Embassy In Iran

Black-Winged Stilt Chicks Hatch In Southern England For First Time In 27 Years ››

UNITED STATES

Population Shifts Turning All Politics National

As Justice Department Scrutinizes Local Police, Cleveland Is Latest Focus

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

We’re Massively Underestimating Climate Costs, Experts Warn

This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

Icebergs Decimating Sea Life In Antarctic Shallows

Ponds ‘Predict Arctic Sea-Ice Melt’

IRAQ

Militants Claim Mass Execution Of Iraqi Forces

Obama Pushes Iraqis To Mend Sectarian Rifts

U.S. Plans To Evacuate Many Embassy Workers

Thousands Of Iraqi Christians Flee Homes As Terrorists Seize Land, Commit Atrocities; Many Say They’re Not Going Back

U.S. And Iran Signaling New Joint Effort In Iraq Crisis

Sunnis And Kurds On Sidelines Of Iraqi Leader’s Military Plans

Iraqi Militants Capture Northern Town Of Tal Afar Near Syrian Border

Iraq Insurgents Reaping Wealth As They Advance

Top Shiite Cleric In Iraq Urges Inclusive Government

The Danger Of Mission Creep In Iraq

SPYING

British Spy Agencies Are Said To Assert Power To Intercept Web Traffic

THE UKRAINE

Evacuating Children Along A Dangerous Ukraine Route

Gazprom Cuts Russia’s Natural Gas Supply To Ukraine

Putin ‘Supports’ Ukraine Peace Plan

WAR ON TERROR

In Drive Against Militants, Pakistani Airstrikes Hit Strongholds

U.S. Captures Top Suspect In Benghazi Siege, Pentagon Says

A Brazen Figure In Benghazi Holds An Attack’s Secrets

U.S. Defends Prosecuting Benghazi Suspect In Civilian Rather Than Military Court

17 Said To Be Islamist Militants Held In Beirut For Suspected Assassination Plot

OH CANADA

This is so cool.  Canadian Researchers Take Part In Global Project Exploring The ‘Little Engines’ Of The World’s Oceans

This is certainly something of which to be proud.  Stanley Park Named Best Park In The World By TripAdvisor (With Photos)

This, however, is not.  Rats Ride Green Wave Into Vancouver’s Downtown Core

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:     Samuel, this is a new photograph on our mantle.

Sam:        Yep, it came in this morning’s post, Lass.

Felina:     He looks very distinguished.  Is the other one his daughter?

Sam:        Nope.

Felina:     She looks intelligent despite the mane to her waist.  She is his assistant, then?

Sam:        In a manner of speaking, yep.  I’m gettin’ hungry for some salmon eggs on a fern.  Want some with me?

Felina:     She is his mate, is she not, Samuel Alexander?

Sam:        Well, since you asked.

Felina:     And this distinguished but elderly cougar is perhaps related to you?  I thought I have met or have been told about all of your very ‘interesting’ family.

Sam:        I sort of left him out until the time was right.

Felina:     I see.

Sam:        Because I knew how you’d react.

Felina:     So you decided to surprise me, thinking perhaps that my attitude would be mitigated by ambush?

Sam:        It was more like I was hoping and praying you wouldn’t totally lose that calm, cool, collected poise which makes you such an outstanding Canadian and also a role model for your gender and your species.

Felina:     You worked on that for awhile too, didn’t you?

Sam:        Yep, I did.

Felina:     I was just not prepared to discover that I have a salacious relative by marriage.

Sam:        Not everybody can be a solicitor or a saint, Felina.

Felina:     Which, precisely, is he?

Sam:        My Uncle Mishka for a long time was the Protector of his part of the forest, where he comes from.  He was mated to someone I believe he loved almost as much as I love you.  An avalanche sent her Home and for many years, he shared his cave with her memory.

Felina:     Ah, I see.  But sometimes, memories are not enough.

Sam:        No, Felina, sometimes they are not.

Felina:     She does not look that young, actually.  And he does not look so old after all.

Sam:        I expect they meet somewhere in the middle.

Felina:     When are they coming to visit?

Sam:        Whenever you tell them it’s cool.  You are, after all, the keeper of the cave.

Felina:     I think I would very much like to meet them.  So I will send forth the word.

Sam:        With drums, flags and flourishes of trumpets.

Felina:     Our woods shall resound with my regal invitation.

Sam:        The Queen has spoken.

Felina:     She has indeed.

Sam:        Cool and most excellent.  And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     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

I love it when a corporation goes totally cool.  Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers

Now THIS is what I expect from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Finest kind, guys.   Five Children Rescued, More Than 150 People Arrested In Nationwide Child-Porn Sting

We loved reading about this.  Clintons honoured by Wildlife Conservation Society

SHORTS

Presbyterians Vote To Allow Same-Sex Marriages

World’s Largest Marine Protected Area To Be Created In Pacific

Us Sets Up Honey Bee Task Force

BAD EXAMPLES

Let no one wonder why some of us say, “Never again.”  A Retiree, 89, Is Held in Deaths at Auschwitz

If I mess up big time and end up going to the Bad Place, I hope it’s not the same part of it these people are headed for.  V.A. Punished Critics on Staff, Doctors Assert

These folks are on a roll, a downhill roll.  In Another Blow, G.M. Recalls 3 Million More Defective Cars

SHORTS

India Blames Environmental Activists For Its Economic Problems

Vandals Spray Swastikas On Ukrainian Church In Sydney

General In Sex Case To Retire With A 2-Rank Demotion 

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s not like we didn’t expect this, right?  (Think HAL, Space Odyssey 2001)  As Robotics Advances, Worries of Killer Robots Rise

Considering the rough time these little dudes and dude-ettes have had in this century, this is an idea whose time has definitely come.  US Sets Up Honey Bee Task Force

This is a definite break in one tradition while establishing a new one which should sound the century.  Nice going, chopper guys.  Harley-Davidson Tests Electric Bike

INNER SPACE

Swarm Mission Makes Magnetic Maps

Mountain Blasted To Build Telescope

Rosetta: Icy Quarry Coming Into View 93

OUTER SPACE

How To Put A Human On Mars ~ Concept For Putting The First People On The Red Planet

Mars Mission Concept Explained

What Would First Person On Mars Say?

TECHNOLOGY

Pepper Spray Drones Put On Sale

New Emojis Developed For Smartphones

Camera Boat Maps Japan Tsunami Coast

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

India Blames Environmental Activists For Its Economic Problems

Demand The Right To Know About “Bomb Trains”

First Nations: ‘When We Say No, We Mean It’

HEALTH

Check out the Sierra Club’s earth-friendly, skin-saving sunscreen list.

I really enjoyed this one and sent it to family and friends when I found it.  Here are Five Signs That You Are Going To Make It.

This is one of those stories that makes me wonder if there is not a lemming in the human wood pile.  Humans Addicted To Sunlight, Despite Cancer Risk

SHORTS

Ride To Conquer Cancer Team Remembers The Young G-Man

Study Matches Lung Cancer Drugs To Patients’ Gene Profiles

Exercise Can Boost Memory In Young And Old

LIFESTYLE

Supermarket confusion: You got served

Breastfeeding: Good for babies, the environment, and justice, too

Map: Seattle Renters Go It Alone

Are You Suffering From Rushing Woman’s Syndrome? (With Video)

What Does It Mean to Be American? ~ Feel free to highlight a story or observation that clarifies what being American means to you in the comments section of this article.

New Offering For Job Seekers: Fewer Embarrassing Social Media Photos

BEST OF THE NET

Nine Amazing Lessons From Nature To Inspire Your Everyday Life

Top images from around the world

More Top Images From Around The World

Watch: Black bear gives joggers a scare near Fort McMurray

Video: Reasons To Fall In Love With Oregon

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We thought this was definitely cool, considering its proximity to the House of Northstar.  Beekeepers are breeding a race of super bees at the Seattle airport

This reminded us of a bad 1950s science fiction film.  Giant bullfrogs have invaded British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province.

It’s hard not to like this guy when he does stuff like this.  Obama doubles global marine reserves

SHORTS

Film Shows Amur Tiger Swimming Across Russia’s Border To China ››

Wild Yak Mothers Found To Be Higher Climbers Than Their Male Counterparts ››

Bird Flu ‘Danger Zones’ Mapped

World’s Oldest Cat Dies Aged 24

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: The Man Who Took His Cabbage For A Walk

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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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

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

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PEACE AND PROSPERITY APPARENTLY DO NOT MIX

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, June 15, 2014

No. 388

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Ralph, the Northstar Geranium

Ralph, the Northstar Geranium

PEACE AND PROSPERITY APPARENTLY DO NOT MIX

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it was another interesting week and it included this headline which I thought was ironic and which I am afraid might also be true.  The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth

Okay, let’s take a look at this assertion.  Who again profits the most from war again?

Mostly people who make stuff to kill other people, kind of like General Motors, but with intent.  And then there are the clothiers of the Apocalypse.  Outside of war and law enforcement, there’s not too much use for body armor.

Then there are the people who make the medicine to treat the wounded and the prosthetics to replace the parts war has a habit of ripping off a human being.

Let’s not forget all the ships, planes and trucks that deliver the supplies of death.  And the people who refine the fuel and machine the parts.

Then there are the doctors, therapists, hospital administrative staff and security guards to tend and care for our wounded warriors in such tributes to medical efficiency as the hospitals the Veterans Administration runs.

And finally, there are the soldiers themselves, some of whom would be in jail, on welfare or channeling their fighting spirit in ways our society has deemed inappropriate.  Without war to kill off these human beings who are not considered fit to live in our society but certainly qualified to die for it, there would be a lot more people nuzzling up to the public trough.

In a society which preaches humanitarian values but perpetuates practices which systematically destroy human beings for the sake of a Toyota or two in every teepee, war is apparently not an evil scourge of our species these bleeding hearts tell us it is.

War is simply a way of insuring the continued prosperity of those who survive it.

Now, having said that, it’s time to chat with Ralph, my geranium.  Flowers don’t even have a word for this insane practice.

THE NEWS

Two studies take a look at how much safer roads would be if robots drove.

We are certainly glad to read this and we concur with the findings that motivated it.  Health Officials Call for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women Even though climate change and over-fishing by some countries is reducing the piscatorial population, aqua-culture (fish farms) could supply the increasing need and put unemployed people in a lot of countries to work conserving and improving the two greatest natural resources our species has on the planet.

This saddens me but it does not surprise me.  A new study attributes 10,000 more suicides than originally thought.

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

‘Friendly Fire’ Strike Kills 5 Special Operations Soldiers In Afghanistan

Technocrat To Populist, An Afghan Transformed

Abdullah Abdullah Moves Toward Center Of Afghan Power

Afghans, Looking Ahead To U.S. Withdrawal, Vote With Guarded Optimism

AFRICA

Namibia Accused Of Allowing Elephant Hunting To Gain Local Political Support

A German Rebel In South Africa

ASIA

Borders A Source Of Tension In China-India Ties

China Accuses Japan Of Aggressive Airborne Acts

Wild Cattle Thought Extinct Discovered In Cambodia’s Siem Reap Province ››

15 People Arrested In Hong Kong Ivory Seizure

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Tasmanian Forests On Agenda At World Heritage Meeting

Calls To Vaccinate Against Meningococcal Ahead Of Winter

Abbott Reaffirms Support For US Actions On Iraq

Climatologist Warns El Nino Weather Pattern Looming

Army Chief Slams ‘Global Disgrace’ Of Gender Gap

CHINA

Campaign To Crack Down On Fringe Sects In China Worries Mainstream Churches

Banks Fear Missing Collateral In China

EGYPT

At Swearing-In, Sisi Vows To Lead An ‘Inclusive’ Egypt

Egyptian President Apologizes To Woman Sexually Assaulted During Inauguration Celebrations

EUROPEAN UNION

Traffic Snarls In Europe As Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber

Tax Breaks For Apple And Starbucks Investigated By E.U.

FRANCE

A Remark In France Is Assailed As Racist

France Rail Strike Halts Many Trains

GERMANY

Germany Storms Leave 6 Dead; Travel Delays Linger

Merkel Cites ‘Threats’ In Warning To Cameron

Germans Spend Vacations At Wind Farms And Solar Arrays Because, Duh, They’re Germans

GREECE

Greece Wars With Courts Over Ways To Slash Budget

ISRAEL

Peres, At 90, Is Ready To Leave The Israeli Presidency, But Not To Retire

LATIN AMERICA

Photo Gallery: Argentine Gaucho Is Self-Taught Horse Whisperer

MIDDLE EAST

Palestinian Premier Says New Government Lacks Power In Gaza

RUSSIA

Moscow Court Sentences 5 To Prison For Contract Killing Of Journalist

SOUTH KOREA

South Korean Police Raid Church Compound In Hunt For Owner Of Sunken Ferry

SPAIN

From Untended Farmland, Reserve Tries To Recreate Wilderness From Long Ago

UNITED KINGDOM

Rift Deepens Over Claims Of Infiltration By Islamic Extremists In British Schools

UK Tree Planting Falling Far Short Of Targets To Ensure Future Biodiversity

Rare European Butterfly Seems To Be Making A Home On UK’s Sunny South Coast

BBC Journalists Made OBEs By Queen

Storms Leave Hundreds Without Power

UNITED NATIONS

Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Controversial Foreign Minister, Elected President Of UN General Assembly

UNITED STATES

Eric Cantor Defeated By David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, In Primary Upset

Hurricane Cristina Just Set A Scary Record

Efforts By Colleges To Curb Assaults Focus On Fraternities

F.C.C. Begins Investigation Into Quality Of Internet Download Speeds

Fraternities Are Focus Of Measures To Reduce Assaults And Misconduct

VATICAN

At Vatican, Day Of Prayer With Focus On Uniting

U.S. Bishops Seek To Match Vatican In Shifting Tone

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Six Ways Climate Change Is Changing Your Seafood (And What To Do About It)

Canada ‘More Frank’ About Climate Change, Harper Says

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Lose Hope On Climate Change

Red States Pump Out More Carbon Pollution Than Blue Ones

So Much Artic Ice Has Melted, We Need A New Atlas

Climate Change Threatens America’s ‘King Corn’

IRAQ

Islamic Militants Seize Sections Of Iraq’s Second-Largest City

Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out Of Mosul

Exhausted And Bereft, Iraqi Soldiers Quit Fight

The Group That’s Building A Caliphate

Iraq Authorities Determined To Recapture City Overrun By Militants, Governor Says

Iraq Militants, Pushing South, Aim At Capital

Iraq Said To Seek U.S. Strikes On Militants

U.S. To Help Battle Iraqi Insurgents But Offer Little Support To Beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki

Iraqis Who Fled Mosul Say They Prefer Militants To Government

Iraqi Shiite Cleric Issues Call To Arms Against Sunni Militants

U.N. Warns Of Rights Abuses And Hundreds Dead In Iraq Fighting

Iraqi Shiite Cleric Issues Call To Arms

Seeing Their Gains At Risk, Shiites Flock To Join Militias

Beleaguered Iraqis Court Iranian Mastermind Of The Shiites Who Fought The U.S.

Video: Iraq’s Factions And Their Goals

Rebels’ Fast Strike In Iraq Was Years In The Making

SERGEANT BERGHDAL’S RELEASE

After Bergdahl Briefing, Senators Still Doubtful On Prisoner Swap

Bergdahl, Back In U.S., Is Treated At Army Medical Center

SPYING

Second Chinese Army Unit Implicated In Cyberattacks

Spying Heats Up In Melting Arctic As Countries Vie For Energy Wealth

SYRIA

Syrian President Bashar Assad Declares Amnesty For Prisoners As Civil War Rages

Syria Suicide Bombing Puts U.S. Face On Jihad Video

THE UKRAINE

Russia And Ukraine Meet On Natural Gas Pricing Dispute

Fisher: Stop The Charade About Russian Meddling In Ukraine

Ukrainians Find Jobs And A Slice Of Russia In Arctic Norway

Russia Sent Tanks To Ukrainian Separatists, U.S. Says

WAR ON TERROR

Terrorists Attack Airport In Pakistan, Killing 13

A Bold Counterpunch Shows Taliban’s Lasting Strength

Taliban Attack Pakistani Airport Again Amid Military Raids Taliban Attack Pakistani Airport Again Amid Military Raids

Second Drone Strike In Pakistan Suggests Freer Hand For U.S.

FROM YOU GUYS

In last week’s edition, we shared our thoughts on violence against our youth, in reaction to an incident at SeattlePacificUniversity earlier this month.  We invited you to respond and you did.

Rusty,:

Regards your column, yes it needs to stop. Now I’m considering the why of it, and here are my initial ideas. There are people among us who are near the tipping point, emotionally, financially, socially. We live in a world that is increasingly filled with pressures, to make more money, to have more things, to have meaningful relationships, to navigate an increasingly crowded and feverishly busy world. We have to pressures; we have the tools, and one by one those near the tipping point tip. Perhaps it’s time for society in general to stop, take a deep breath, sit down and simply think.  Based on what I saw on 60 Minutes last night. We don’t take care of the mentally ill any longer. They’re on the street, doing the best they can, and when the mess up, they end up in jail, which has become the de facto mental ward these days. Add to that, you can be crazy and still buy a gun. Perhaps our society really does have a problem.

Meade Fischer, Pacifica, California

Editor’s Note:

Meade Fischer is a professional educator, former municipal elected official, journalist and ocean-class kayaker who has authored several books on natural recreation opportunities in Northern California.  He is also the associate editor emeritus of The Northstar’s great-grandfather, Rapline, when we were an offset monthly publishing out of Sacramento, California in the late Seventies.

Rusty:

I think Meade has a point about people in our society who reach their pressure points.  Now, I would like to hear how he thinks we can recognize these people and get them the help they need before they explode.

I think the lack of a comprehensive plan on how to deal with people who are mentally ill in our society and having money to fund some program and not having some basic gun safety standards and ownership rules continue to set up the situations that happened at SPU and UC-Santa Barbara over the last few weeks.

People who have diagnosed mental issues, should not be allowed to have guns or buy guns.  People with diagnosed mental issues need to be able to get the support they need from our society.  No one, but our military personnel and some of our police force needs guns that shoot more than five rounds at a time.  Until we are willing to say enough is enough we will continue to see these tragic shoots continue in the United States.

There are lots of good reasons why the Brady Law worked and needs to be brought back and expanded.  The NRA and the gun lobby shouldn’t be able to hold hostage our society and government.  I’m hoping that the college students around the country will take up this issue and tell the established parties to get it together or give up, because this isn’t the type of society we want to have now or in the future.

Dennis William Steussy, Des Moines, Washington

Editor’s Note:

Dennis Steussy is a professional educator, civic leader and father.  He is also this publication’s associate editor and the editor of my novel, Wrath of the Testament.

OH CANADA

If it was not for the serious implications of this, it would almost seem like a Movie of the Week.  Military, Airports On Alert As Quebec Sees Second Jailbreak Involving Helicopter

The answer to this might surprise you.  Aging in Canada: How well are we treating our elders?

Who Are The Most Overrated And Underrated Canadians Of All Time?  You decide.

SHORTS

Canada ‘More Frank’ About Climate Change, Harper Says

B.C. Teachers’ Union Votes To Authorize Full-Scale Strike, Could Call One Next Week

Immigration Minister Defends Move To Strip Offending Dual Nationals Of Canadian Citizenship

Supreme Court Delivers Crucial Win For Online Privacy Rights

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:     Good morning, love of my three lifetimes.  Happy Father’s Day.

Sam:        I smell salmon.

Felina:     You do indeed.

Sam:        And I don’t hear any of our errant offspring in the kitchen, destroying it to fix me something as inedible as it is well-intentioned.

Felina:     You make me smile and of course not.  They only did that once quite a long time ago, actually.

Sam:        Some “only once’s” linger in the mind for the rest of one’s natural life.

Felina:     Then it is a good thing that your life is anything but natural, is it not, oh sun and moon of my life?

Sam:        Natural is a relative term.

Felina:     So are kittens, even when they are all grown up and living happy and productive lives away from a father who insults Quebec and a mother who forgives him for it.

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

Felina:     You have as much chance of that as a glacier does during global warming.

Sam:        In that case, I shall break my sword over my knee and fight no more forever.  So who is making the salmon?  You don’t cook.

Felina:     It is from Solomon’s Salmon Salon.

Sam:        Ah, the Triple S.  Gotcha.

Felina:     Our first daughter is dating one of their delivery persons.  He wants to get on your good side so this is a Father’s Day present.

Sam:        Salmon from a suck up.  Cool.  Not as cool as the veterinarian she was dating but for salmon, I would do almost everything.

Felina:     For salmon, you would sell out the planet and every life form on it to invading aliens with fins and a crafty smile.

Sam:        Not very flattering but alas, also very true.

Felina:     So enjoy your baked Chinook, my love.  The rest of the litter will be by this afternoon for pizza and the pleasure of your patronage.

Sam:        I can handle that.  And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Fathers Day.  And 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 so cool.  Detroit Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save City’s Art

Despite opposition by the taxi industry, we still think this is a good idea.  With Uber, Less Reason to Own a Car  I take a cab on special occasions and to impress people but I also take the bus and ride share because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to network in person.

Under “Better late than never,” Fraternities Are Focus Of Measures To Reduce Assaults And Misconduct

SHORTS

How Slain Mountie Saved Newborn’s Life

Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, And Vietnam Join Forces Over Illegal Turtle Trade ››

International Whaling Commission Challenges New Zealand Government To Save Maui’s Dolphins

BAD EXAMPLES

Lord, sit on my tongue now.  V.A. Audit Finds Long Waits for Care Are Widespread

This dude wasn’t just dangerous.  He was incredibly stupid.  Alleged Seattle campus shooter went off meds because he ‘wanted to feel the hate,’ prosecutor says

Here we go again, gang.  G.M. Recalls Camaros for an Ignition Switch Defect

SHORTS

Red States Pump Out More Carbon Pollution Than Blue Ones

Sex crimes increased at U.S. colleges, universities even as overall crime declined: report

Children in Irish care homes used as vaccine ‘guinea pigs’

14-year-olds hack BMO ATM using manual found online

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I thought this was cool but I still remember that meshuggeneh computer HAL in Space Odyssey 2001.  If one of these pups fails… Controlling Your Smart Home With One Hub

The British are preparing to break the world land speed record and they’re putting a 1,000 mph Norwegian rocket on wheels to do it.

If this is true, there might just be life of another form here.   Vast Hidden Ocean Discovered Deep Under Continent

INNER SPACE

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes May Help Wipe Out Malaria

Genetic ‘Adam & Eve’ Uncovered In Surprising New Study

Are Science & Religion Compatible? What Controversial New Survey Says

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ Mission Hopes To Launch By Late June

Beautiful ‘Beast’ Spotted In Amazing Detail

Will Extroverts Be Excluded From Mars Missions?

Calling Back A Zombie Ship From The Graveyard Of Space

TECHNOLOGY

Finally, An Electric Car That Crushes All The Others (Literally)

Cloud Computing: A Special Section

Former B.C. Mountie, Vancouver Doctor Invent Roadside Marijuana Breathalyzer

THE GREEN AGENDA

Four Reasons To Love Obama’s Power Plant Rules, And Three Reasons Not To

Your Clothes Dryer Is A Huge Energy Waster

Germans Spend Vacations At Wind Farms And Solar Arrays Because, Duh, They’re Germans

HEALTH

This is not good news.  Over 29 million Americans have diabetes: CDC

Here are nine health mistakes some of us make in the morning.

This is encouraging.  B.C. Study Tests Vitamin D Against Cancer

SHORTS

Highly Effective New Drugs For Hepatitis C Jostle For Market Share

Threat Grows From Liver Illness Tied To Obesity

When Mammograms Lie: How Cancer Can Sneak Past Our Greatest Screening Techniques

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – El Presidente

LIFESTYLE

Minimum Wage: Who Makes It?

Science: If you live near a park you’re more likely to be happy. 

Your Clothes Dryer Is A Huge Energy Waster

US teens smoking, drinking less, texting behind wheel more

Video: The Not-So-Smart Home

BEST OF THE NET

Startled Carriage Horse Runs Around Central Park Before Getting Corralled (With Video)

What’s In It: Domino’s Smart Slice

Dramatic Helicopter Rescue At Yosemite National Park Captured On Video

Stunning Light Displays at Vivid Sydney (PHOTOS)

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

You’ve got to love this.  Car detour helps baby toads cross busy road

Well, this might seem a little odd unless one remembers that their ancestors were there first.  Photos: Black bear found in NE Portland

Sometimes I think things like this could only happen where this did.  Video: roe deer rescued in East Sussex after scoring own goal

SHORTS

Game Of Thrones Author Unveils Unique Plan To Raise Money For Wolves

Rhino Horn Smuggling Ringleader Jailed For 70 Months

US, Not Just Mexico, Revealed As Responsible For Decline In Monarch Butterflies

Crustaceans Experience ‘Anxiety’

Frog’s Tongue Lifts Own Body Weight

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

 

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