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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

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

Tunisians Are Shaken as Young Women Turn to Extremism

Kenya Bus Gunmen ‘Want Religious War’

Tunisia In Landmark Presidency Poll

Madagascar Plague Outbreak Kills 40

France’s Hollande To Visit Guinea

DR Congo Axe Attackers Kill Dozens

Benghazi Report Clears US Response

Uganda Uproar Over Toddler’s Death

Zambia Leader Suspended By His Party

Mali Doctor Dies From Ebola Virus

Greste Family Appeal To Egypt’s Sisi

ASIA

Defying Expectations, Japan’s Economy Falls Into Recession

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

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

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

Protesters Attempt To Break Into The Hong Kong Legislature

Fracas Puts Hong Kong Protests In New Light

Sedition Fight In Malaysia

Indonesia Raises Fuel Prices By 30%

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

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test

Peace Talks In Myanmar Jeopardized By Killing Of Rebels

Japanese PM Dissolves Parliament

Yangon’s Hero, Wielding Power of Stop and Go

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

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

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

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

Government Setback Over Fofa Laws

Australia’s One Nation Re-Emerges

Sydney Beach Nets Great White Shark

ANZ Bank Suspends Seven Traders

Netflix In Australia By Next March

Lambie Demoted As Pup Split Deepens

Topless Sunbather Pictured By Drone

CHINA

China’s Factory Activity Stagnates

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

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

EUROPE

Dutch Investigators Collect Debris From Malaysian Plane Downed Over Ukraine

In Public Land Sale, Not All of Spain Is Buying

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

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

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

Europe’s Central Bank Defies Own Rules in Cyprus Bailout

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

Second Frenchman seen in IS video

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

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

An Ethnic Chinese Christian, Breaking Barriers in Indonesia

Albania Opens Huge Cold War Bunker

INDIA

India Guru Devotees In Police Clash

Bodies Found After India Guru Clash

Fugitive Guru Arrested After Standoff With Indian Police

LATIN AMERICA

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

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

Brazil’s Ambitious HIV Treatment Plan Based On Canadian Concept

Mass Protests In Mexico Over Missing

UK Criticises Argentina Falklands Signs

December Start For Nicaragua Canal

Colombia General ‘Released Soon’

Chilean Colonels Jailed For Torture

Chile Political Prisoners Get $7.5m

Cuban Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola

Bob Marley Cannabis Brand Launched

MIDDLE EAST

Israel Shaken by 5 Deaths in Synagogue Assault

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

The Pearl Fishers Of Arabia

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

Four Condemned For Pakistan Murder

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

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

RUSSIA

Russia Plans ‘Alternative Wikipedia’

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

West ‘Seeks Russia Regime Change’

UNITED KINGDOM

Female Voices Make History In Scottish Parliament

UKIP’s Recklessness Wins Rochester Seat

UK To Boost Web Data Police Powers

Call To Sanction Failing Universities

Foreign Office ‘Fails Bereaved Britons’

Fish And Chips ‘Harming’ Eider Ducks

Police And NHS Phone Lines Restored

UK ‘To Lead Moon Landing In 10 Years’

UNITED STATES

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

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

Secret Service Arrests Man Outside White House

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

Northern US Braced For More Snow

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

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

Flood Warnings For US Snowmelt

THE VATICAN

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

Priests As Husbands And Fathers?

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Lawmaker Survives Attack That Kills 3 People In Kabul

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

Hour’s Drive Outside Kabul, Taliban Reign

Afghan Mps Approve Security Pact NEW

CLIMATE CHANGE

India’s Obligation on Climate

Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park

Climate Fund Receives $9.3bn Pledge

Rich Countries To Meet On Green Fund

Green Cash Key To A New Global Deal?

Obama And Xi In Emissions Pledge

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Doctor Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Dies

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

UK NHS Staff Fly Out To Fight Ebola

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

‘Jihad Reporting’ Button For ISPs

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

Terror Deaths Rose Sharply In 2013

Among Pakistan Militants, Signs Of Affinity With Isis

Iraq Troops Battle IS In Ramadi

‘Nothing Left For Me In Anbar’

Battle For Iraq And Syria In Maps

What Is Islamic State?

ISIS Militants Carry Out Mass Killing

SPYING

Russian Site Lists Breached Webcams

Amnesty Releases Anti-Spying Program

THE UKRAINE

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

With Borscht And Rifle Scopes, Volunteers Power Ukraine Forces

OH CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felina:     Precisely, Dr. Whatson.

Sam:        Thank you, Shylock Harms.

Felina:     That rather sparkled, did it not?

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

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

Sam:        Just one quick question?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        Okay, now that I am thoroughly lost.

Felina:     His name is Theodore Oscar Madison.

Sam:        Let me guess.  Tom, for short.

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

These people are awesome.  The Ultimate Multi-Taskers

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

This is absolutely fascinating.  A painting that predates modern man

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

BEYOND THE PALE

An Unknown Corner Of The Serengeti

The Atlantis Of The East

Video: 36 Hours in Seattle

HERE ON EARTH

The Hottest Part Of Earth’s Crust

Scientists Eye Self-Cleaning Stream

Can We Turn A Chicken Into T-Rex?

OUTER SPACE

Is Traveling To Mars Physically Possible?

Russia Tests ‘Satellite Catcher’

Europe Signs On To Orion Venture

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

World’s Weirdest Science Studies

How To Create A Brain Implant

Watch: Drone Footage From Inside The Buffalo Snowstorm

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

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

Meet The Sustainable City Car

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

HEALTH

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

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

We knew this.  Obesity ‘costing same as smoking’

SHORTS

Smoking Cessation Drug More Harmful Than Previously Thought: Report

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

Female Bosses ‘More Depressed’

LIFESTYLE

Interactive Feature: Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Catching The Office Pervert

One Kiss ‘Shares 80 Million Bugs’

Planning a New Life, Free From Fear of Deportation

FOR WOMEN ESPECIALLY

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

Women in power positions at the UN

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

A mom rediscovers her bike

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

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

Gray Wolf Seen In Arizona For First Time In Decades

Discovery Of Vast Buried Canyon Has Scientists Buzzing

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

It’s about time.  Wildlife crime wanted list released

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

SHORTS

Video: ScienceTake | How Birds Count

A Positive Step For Polar Bears

Scottish Wildcat Benefits From Six New Protection Sites

$1 Million Raised To Save Snow Leopards

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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MY OWN EYES ON THE STARS

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No. 414

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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

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

MY OWN EYES ON THE STARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

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

Thousands Of Animal Skins Seized In Senegal Crackdown »

South Africa Police Scuffle With MPs

Oil Dispute Takes A Page From Congo’s Bloody Past

ASIA

Obama Arrives in China on Trip With Complex Agenda

Shanghai-HK Stock Connect approved

A Rare Form of Malaria Is Spreading in Malaysia

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

At APEC Meeting, Beijing Strengthens Ties To Its Neighbors

South Korea Ferry Captain Jailed

Mr. Obama’s Message To Myanmar

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

North Korea To Send Envoy To Russia

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia Challenges Use of Unpaid Internships

All Eyes On This Aussie City

Blue Mountains Bushfire Threat Eases

Bushfire Warning For South Australia

Australia Prepares For Bushfire Season

Rebuilding Lives After Australia Bushfires

CHINA

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

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

China’s Global Powerhouse

China’s Rise as Arms Supplier Is Put on Display

EUROPE

Catalonia Overwhelmingly Votes for Independence From Spain in Straw Poll

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

German Economy Avoids Recession

Europe Takes Aim at Deals Created to Escape Taxes

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

Eurozone Eked Out Growth in Third Quarter

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

INDIA

India And US Reach WTO Breakthrough

In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers

IRELAND

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

Video: 36 Hours In Dublin

LATIN AMERICA

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

Mexican President Faces Nation Tired Of Crime

Ugandan Priest Found In Mexico Grave

Obama Defends Immigration Pledge

Drones ‘Patrol Us-Mexico Border’

Escaped NZ Murderer Found In Brazil

Colombia Rebels ‘Sorry’ Over Murder

MIDDLE EAST

New hope in Syria war, says UN envoy

Queen Noor Of Jordan On Slavery

RUSSIA

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

Russia Plans Long-Range Air Patrols

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank Of England Officials Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Currency Manipulation

Crackdown On Prison Violence Pledged

BBC Apologises For Strictly Swearing

Town’s ‘Resilience’ Scoops It Award

UNITED STATES

States Listen As Parents Give Rampant Testing An F

Arctic Blast Hits Canada And US

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

US And India Reach WTO Breakthrough

THE VATICAN

U.S. Bishops Struggle To Follow Lead Of Francis

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

3 Explosions Rock Afghan Capital After Months Of Calm

Afghan Opium Cultivation Rises To Record Levels

In Shift, Pakistanis Fleeing War Flow Into Beleaguered Afghanistan

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

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path

What Climate Change Means For A Land Of Glaciers

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

Warmer World Might See More Lightning

President Obama Readies Series Of Climate Change Executive Orders

COMET EXPLORER

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

‘Time For Risks’ With Comet Lander

Philae Comet Lander Loses Power

Analysis: Sleep Well Little Probe

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Ebola’s Mystery: One Boy Lives, Another Dies

Mali Reports a Second, Larger Ebola Outbreak

Surgeon With Ebola Treated In US

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Militant Group In Egypt Vows Loyalty To Isis

Yazidi Girls Seized By Isis Speak Out After Escape

In Egypt, Jihadists Release Video Of An October Attack

Us Hostage Kassig ‘Killed By Is’

Battle Turning Against Is – Dempsey

SPYING

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Rebel Areas Lose Funding

OH CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        All of them speaking human, right?

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        And what their true intentions really are.

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

New Orleans Police Routinely Ignored Sex Crimes, Report Finds

Microsoft Patches ’19-Year-Old’ Bug

What Should Happen To A Released Rapist?

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

And this too.  Rare Footprints Discovered In Denmark

INNER SPACE

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication

Earth’s Magnetic Field Flips More

Skeleton Found In Alexander-Era Tomb

OUTER SPACE

Why Aliens Haven’t Called Yet

Movie Lessons On Life In Space

Planet Formation Captured In Photo

ROBOTICS

Weapons Directed By Robots, Not Humans, Raise Ethical Questions

Ebola Robots On White House Agenda

Sea Robots Seek Climate Change Data

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

A Revolution On Two Wheels?

Learning How Little We Know About The Brain

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

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet

Where have oceans acidified? Check this map

Why Low Oil Prices Can Be Good For The Environment

HEALTH

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

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

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

LIFESTYLE

Number one worst state for working women

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

Wading rhinos and wasp nests

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

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

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

Baby elephant fends off 14 lionesses

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview:  Go Here

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

This was definitely worth watching.  Wading rhinos and wasp nests

SHORTS

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

Sciencetake | Jellyfish Buffet

Sea Otter Pup Loves Snacks, Toys and Milk

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

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Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED

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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

No. 413

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

Deadly Blast At Nigeria Cash Machine

Inside The Vigilante Fight Against Boko Haram

Boko Haram Suspects Found Dead

Escape From Boko Haram

Nigerian Army’s Pride Wounded

Who Are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?

Nigerian Army’s Pride Wounded

Who Are Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists?

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

ASIA

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

Philippines Marks Haiyan Anniversary

‘Militants Dead’ In Khyber Fighting

Singapore ‘Fraud’ Hits Danish Fuel Firm

China And Japan Smooth Islands Row

Twitter Opening Office In Hong Kong

Japan Governor Backs Reactor Restart

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Disturbing Interview Takes A Shocking Turn

Bushfires Sweep South-East Australia

Rebuilding Lives After Australia Bushfires

Questions After Australia Bushfires

CHINA

Mexico Cancels China Bid For Train

China Police Trace Trafficked Babies

China Officials In ‘Ivory Spree

Australia Set For China Cattle Deal

EUROPE

Angela Merkel Threw Down A Huge Ultimatum To David Cameron

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

Berlin Wall Light Installation Lit Up

EU Surcharge ‘Halved’ For UK

German Union Cuts Short Rail Strike

Huge Raid Shuts 400 ‘Dark Net’ Sites

Tax Trial Confirmed For Spain Royal

Cameron Sees Progress On EU Migration

I Will Quit If I Fail, Says Hollande

Ukraine Crisis Update 

INDIA

Indian Army In Rare Kashmir Apology

India Media: Economic Reforms

India Plane Hits Buffalo On Take-Off

Narendra Modi Visits India Holy City

Sailor Dies In India Navy Accident

India Cabinet ‘Set For Expansion’

LATIN AMERICA

Keeping Mexico’s Revolutionary Fires Alive

Uruguay Leader Gets $1m Beetle Offer

Argentine Leader Fernandez ‘Stable’

Colombia Mayor Urges Plaque Removal

Mexicans March Over Missing Students

Brazil Probes ‘Revenge Attacks’

Venezuela To Raise Minimum Wage

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

Brazil Military Drills to Defend Amazon

MIDDLE EAST

Israel To Raze Homes Of Attackers

Palestinian PM Cancels Gaza Visit

Why Jerusalem Is Tensewatch

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy?

Palestinian Quest For Statehood

RUSSIA

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

Rouble Rises On Talk Of Urgent Action

Russia Opens Oil Price-Fixing Probe

UNITED KINGDOM

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

EU Surcharge ‘Halved’ For UK

Ex-Now News Editor Jailed Over Hacking

Ex-Head, 95, Faces Sex Abuse Charges

New RS GCSE To Include Two Religions

UNITED STATES

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

US Unemployment Falls In October

Row Over Who Shot Osama Bin Laden

Medal Of Honor For Civil War Soldier

Four State Gay Marriage Bans Upheld

Home Depot Lost 53m Emails In Hack

US Strikes Target Militants In Syria

Obama Sent ‘Secret Letter’ To Iran

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

US City Votes To Tax Sugary Drinks

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

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

How To Win The Climate Conversation

Bizarre Sea-Life Visitors Arrive With Pacific’s Warmth

Will We Ever Control The Weather?

Climate-change threatens Polar Bear communication

EBOLA OUTBREAK

U.N. Employee Under Treatment For Ebola In France

Ebola: Are Cases Leveling Off?

Facebook Adds ‘Ebola Button’ Newsbeat

‘This Disease Is Still A Crisis’

Inside Freetown Response Centre

African Ebola Crisis Fund Is Set Up

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Us Volunteers Fighting With Kurds

On The Is Front Line With Iraqi Army

The Rise Of Jihadists In Iraq And Syria

Battle For Iraq And Syria In Maps

What Is Islamic State?

Iraq Country Profile

U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq Target Isis Leaders

Jihadists ‘Using Cruise Ships’

Obama To Double US Forces In Iraq

Obama Sent ‘Secret Letter’ To Iran

US Strikes Target Militants In Syria

SPYING

Huge Raid Shuts 400 ‘Dark Net’ Sites

‘A Significant Blow’ For Dark-Net

Darknet Raid Nets Drugs And Cash

Facebook Sets Up ‘Dark Web’ Service

OH CANADA

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

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

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

SHORTS

Stephen Harper Pitches Closer Sino-Canadian Trade Ties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felina:     Do you know this work?

Sam:        Aye, Lass.

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

Sam:        In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

.We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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

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

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

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

Felina:     Indeed.

Sam:        And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

This is spectacular.  How America Would Look On Other Planets

INNER SPACE

Low Oxygen ‘Delayed Life On Earth’

How to Make Diamonds from Peanuts

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication

OUTER SPACE

Stunning Space Image Has Scientists Raving

History Beckons For Comet Mission

Comet Landing Site Named ‘Agilkia’

ROBOTICS

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

How Robo-Penguins Aid Research

Robot Ships: Poised To Set Sail?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Democratizing the Electric Car

Hoverbike Prototypes And Hitching Robots

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

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Erecting 40-Story High-rises Out Of Wood?

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

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

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World

7 Things You Should Never Apologize For

12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making

LIFESTYLE

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

Woman dies after farewell to horse

The Hairstyle That Will Make You Look 20 Years Younger

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

Baby Meercats Explore the World

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

Photos: Top images from around the globe

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview:  Go Here

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Despite this bad news, the little dudes (and dudettes) who hang out at the House of Northstar are doing fine, thank you very much.  NW hummingbirds dwindle with climate change

Here’s a chance to die of cute.  Baby Bears’ First Sight Of World

This lends a new perspective on an old expression.  Video: Wolves At The Door

SHORTS

Can Polar Bears Be Saved?

The Longest Migration In Africa—And How It Was Discovered

Wading Rhinos And Wasp Nests

Video: Gorillas In The Crossfire

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This freaked me ever since I saw this really strange sci-fi movie about a guy who had another head added to his body.  Limb cells ‘can turn into genitals’

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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

New Masthead

A weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, November 2, 2014

No. 412

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the real Islam:

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

According to the real Islam:

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

What Jihad means in Islam

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Infidels mean in Islam

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

Is Islam a religion of peace?

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

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

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

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

Dr. Ghada Gomaa A. Mohamed

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

THE NEWS

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

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

This is a chilling read. ISIS and Vietnam

WORLD

AFRICA

Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President In Harsh Light

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

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

Boko Haram Denies Ceasefire Claim

Kenyan Runner Jeptoo Fails Doping Test BBC Sport

Cows To Keep Kenyan Girls In School

Tunisia Secularists Win Elections

Ebola Aid Ship Docks In Sierra Leone

Nigerian President Seeks Re-Election

Libyan Rendition Case To Proceed

Hundreds Of Egyptians Barred From Libya

ASIA

North Korean Leader Was Sidelined By Foot Surgery, South Says

Bangladeshis ~ Enslaved Abroad, Oppressed At Home

Japan’s Central Bank Unexpectedly Moves To Stimulate Economy

Taiwan’s President Backs Hong Kong Protesters While Courting Beijing

Hong Kong Protesters Consider Taking Their Grievances To Beijing

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

Death For Bangladesh Islamist Tycoon

Bangladesh Power Back After Blackout

S Lanka Mudslide Toll Revised Down

Myanmar In Rare Multi-Party Talks

Lawsuit Over Malaysia Missing Plane

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Piece Of Australia Found In Vanuatu

Australia Urged To Send Ebola Medics

Australia Ends Sanctions On Fiji

ANZ Bank Announces Record Profit

No Impact Study For Wetlands Dumping

Peris Emails ‘Part Of Family Dispute’

Data Retention Bill Introduced

Australia Bank Plans UK Asset Sale

CHINA

Using Cash And Pressure, China Builds Its Chip Industry

China ‘To Protect Whistle-Blowers’

China Manufacturing Growth Slows

China Executes Toddler-Thrower

China Denies Shutting Foreign Sites

 

EUROPE

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

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

Internet Tax Prompts Hungary Protest

Russia-Ukraine Deal Secures EU Gas

Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan After Surge Of Protests

Eurozone Inflation Ticks Up In October

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

INDIA

India’s Pure, Wicked Wilderness

India Bans Official Luxury Travel

Three Held Over India Bank Heist

India’s Bangalore Changes Name

Kerala Court Upholds Alcohol Ban

India’s Gujarat Braces For Cyclone

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Stays With Rousseff As President After Turbulent Campaign

Brazil Vote Highlights A Rift Linked To Economics

Mexico Unearths ‘New Mass Grave’

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

Prince Charles Kicks Off Nine-Day Tour Of Latin America

Uruguay Registers Cannabis Growers

MIDDLE EAST

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

Israel Sets World Record For Largest Digital Printer

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

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

Egyptian Forces Demolish Homes For Buffer Zone Along Gaza Border

Reinforcements Enter Besieged Syrian Town Via Turkey, Raising Hopes

Troops To Be Checked For Chemical Exposure In Iraq

Israel To Reopen Contested Holy Site In Jerusalem

Netanyahu Urges Restraint In Row Over Sacred Site

Egypt Jails ‘Gay Wedding Video’ Men

UN Rebuke Over Jerusalem Settlements

RUSSIA

Russian Government Linked To More Cybersecurity Breaches

Online Security Experts Link More Breaches To Russian Government

Russia Backs Plan By Ukraine Separatists For An Early Election

Putin’s Friend Profits In Purge Of Schoolbooks

UNITED KINGDOM

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

London’s Housing Boom

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

Thousands Of Low Paid Set For Pay Rise

UNITED STATES

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

New Rules For Health Care Workers Returning From West Africa

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

Investigator In Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To Legalize

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

Prosecutors See Repeat Offenses On Wall Street

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

Maine Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine For Nurse

Parts Of South Carolina See Earliest Snowfall On Record

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Europe’s Ambitious Climate Goal

Inslee Climate Plans: Blowback Ahead

The Missing Campus Climate Debate

Fossil Fuels ‘Must Go By 2100′ Says IPCC

Q&A: Climate Change

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

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Wikipedia Is Emerging As Trusted Internet Source For Information On Ebola

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

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

Unapologetic, Christie Frees Nurse From Ebola Quarantine

Wish To Do More In Ebola Fight Meets Reality In Liberia

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

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

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Missiles Of ISIS May Pose Peril For Aircrews

IS Militants Carry Out Mass Killing

Iraqi Kurds ‘In Kobane To Fight IS’

IS ‘Frees Kidnapped Schoolchildren’

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine separatists hold elections

Separatist Leaders Cast Ballots Watch

Why Are Ukraine Separatist Elections Controversial?

Ukraine Rebels Dream Of New Russia

Poroshenko’s Balancing Act

OH CANADA

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

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

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

ELECTION RESULTS

John Tory Elected Toronto’s Next Mayor

Mayor’s Office Gets A Shakeup Across Ontario

Mandel And Prentice Sweep To Victory In Alberta Byelections

Winnipeg Reports Worst Syphilis Outbreak In City’s History

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson And Vision Party Unveil Election Platform 

OTHER SHORTS

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

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

Toronto Police Investigating 3 Assault Complaints Against Jian Ghomeshi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felina:     So was the other half, dear.

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

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

Two Genes Linked With Violent Crime

Are ‘Oceans’ Hiding Inside Earth?

60 Facts About Our Awesome World

OUTER SPACE

Five Steps To Colonising Mars

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

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

ROBOTICS

Strange Cars Of The Future

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

What If Machines Had Personality?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Jumps Into The Growing Market For Wearable Fitness Technology

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

Micro Rockets Neutralize Chemical Weapons’

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THE GREEN AGENDA

The Resurgence Of Hydroelectric Power?

Solar Power Keeps Up With The Joneses

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

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

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

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

Google Developing A Cancer Detector

LIFESTYLE

‘Sweeping Change’ Narrows Gender Gap

Keyless Cars ‘Targeted By Thieves’

A Guide To Sex At 50 — And Beyond

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

The Danger Of Silence

Which President Cut The Most Nukes?

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

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

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

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

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

SHORTS

Finding Europe’s Largest Predator

Tracking Sea Turtles As They Swim For Their Lives

Wild Red Pandas Filmed In Myanmar For First Time

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SEMANTICS: THE SWORD MEETS THE SCIMITAR

New Masthead

A weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 26, 2014

No. 411

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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SEMANTICS: THE SWORD MEETS THE SCIMITAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

Emergency Food Deliveries In Sierra Leone To Fight Ebola Epidemic

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

In Homeland, Liberia Native Finds Resilience Amid Horror

Nigeria Declared Free Of Ebola

Boko Haram ‘Abducts More Women’

Tunisia’s Rival Revolutionaries

Tunisia Profile

Tunis ‘Militant Hideout’ Stormed

ASIA

Two Japan Ministers Quit Amid Rows

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

Japan’s Exports Jump In September

Vietnam Tycoon Arrested For ‘Fraud’

Vietnam Country Profile

First Transplant Of ‘Dead’ Heart

Daniel Pearl Murder Suspect Released

Hindu Activists ‘Attack India Cafe’

HK Protesters To Vote On Proposals

China ‘Punishes 17′ For Deadly Clash

US Firm Fined For Underpaying Indians

Quetta Mourns Attacks On Shias

US Command Of S Korea Troops To Stay

Japan Minister In Sex Bar Funds Row

Japan Court Backs Pregnant Woman

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Obama Asks Australia For Ebola Help

Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea opens

Brisbane Bees Fight ‘Hive Wars’

Australia’s Mosques Throw Open Their Doors

Shorten Takes Gay Marriage Message To Christian Group

Qantas Says It Has Returned To Profit

CHINA

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

What China Means By ‘Rule Of Law’

Video: China’s Kazakhs Reverse Course

China Angry With Kenny G For Visiting Hong Kong Protest Site

EUROPE

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

Historic Loss May Follow Rise Of Rents In Barcelona

Sweden Hunts For Source Of Underwater Signals

Submarine Search Near Stockholm Reminiscent Of A Cold War Thriller

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

NATO Jets ‘Intercept Russian Plane’

EU Agrees To Emergency Budget Talks

Sweden Calls Off Search For Sub

In French Port City, ‘A Real Psychosis’

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

About 25 Europe Banks Are Said To Have Failed Tests

INDIA

Indian Leader’s Party Gains Seats In Key State Elections

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

Piracy Row Scot ‘Struggles’ In India

Indian PM’s Face Sells Fireworks

India Boss Distributes Cars As Gifts

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Votes In Presidential Run-Off

Elections Highlight Economic Divisions In Brazil

Brazil Election: Class Divides Voters

What Will Settle Brazil’s Presidential Election?

Uruguay Votes For New President

Uruguay Profile

Life Terms For Argentina Jail Crimes

Us Judge Sentences Farc Commander

Puffer Fish Poisons 11 In Brazil

Governor Quits Over Mexico Missing

Us Returns Ancient Artifacts To Peru

Honduras Drought Puts Many ‘At Risk’

Chile Marches Against Education Bill

Chile Country Profile

MIDDLE EAST

Turks To Let Kurds Join Kobane Fight

Thousands In Iran Protest Acid Attacks On Women

31 Egyptian Soldiers Are Killed As Militants Attack In Sinai

Rights Groups Condemn Execution Of Iranian Woman

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

RUSSIA

Russian Clocks Go Back For Last Time

The Bizarre World Of Time Zones

Later Sunsets ‘Make Kids More Active’

Heavy Snow Covers Poland And Russia

The Element That Redefined Time

UNITED KINGDOM

Kate’s Second Baby Due In April

UK Anger At £1.7bn EU Cash Demand

The Queen Sends Her First Tweet

‘Record Number’ Of Low-Paid Britons

Case Unfairly Politicised Says Adams

Masked Gang With Iron Bars Hit Man

RAF Pilot Training Boost Welcomed

Peer Condemns ‘Chronic Underfunding’

Planning Fee Increase Criticised

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies, Aged 71

Last Farewell For Cancer Blog Boy

‘Deliberate’ Blaze Killed Father

UNITED STATES

Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream Of Spires

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

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

2 California Officers Are Killed In Rampage

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

THE VATICAN

Pope Beatifies Paul VI At Remarkable Synod’s End

Catholic Bishops Scrap Watered-Down Welcome To Gays In Document

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Are Rising Again In Afghanistan’s North

UK Base In Afghanistan Handed Over

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

CLIMATE CHANGE

Emissions Drive Oceans ‘Acid Trip’

How Climate Change Will Acidify The Oceans

EU Leaders Agree CO2 Emissions Cut

World Must End ‘Dirty’ Fuel Use – UN

Europe ‘Will Fail To Protect Climate’

EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

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

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Nigeria Declared Free Of Ebola

WHO Set For Emergency Ebola Talks

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

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

Dozens monitored for Ebola in Mali

Ebola Lands In New York City

Cuomo And Christie Order Strict Ebola Quarantines

Ebola Quarantines Seen As Barrier To Volunteers

Early New York Response: Polar Opposite Of Dallas’s

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Dutch Biker Gang Joins Fight Against ISIS

Coalition Syria Strikes ‘Kill 553′

OTTAWA ATTACK

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

Parliament Shootings: People Are Resilient To Trauma, Psychiatrist Says

Details About Ottawa Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau Uncovered

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

Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was Work Of Lone Gunman

Canada Attack ‘Not Linked To IS’

Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened As Life Crumbled

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates

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

OH CANADA

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

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

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

FROM THE UKRAINE:

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

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

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

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

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

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya

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

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

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

Sam:        Good morning, Sweetheart. I smell pizza.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        Since the species began, yep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        That’s the way it looks from my side of the cave, Sweetheart. And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

Alberta city comes together to clean up vandalized mosque

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

Americans Don’t Live In Information Cocoons

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

Malicious Ebola-Themed Emails Are On The Rise

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

Mother Wails Outside Iranian Prison As Young Daughter Is Hanged

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

Physics Reveals How Nature Sparkles

Gladiators Were ‘Mostly Vegetarian’

Sex Emerged In Ancient Scottish Lake

OUTER SPACE

Dawkins: What Are Aliens Like?

NASA Shares Free Sounds From Space

How To Put A Human On Mars

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

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

Students Build Oculus Moon Robot

Hemispheres In Space

 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

Environment Is Grabbing Big Role In Ads For Campaigns

Wind Farms Outstrip Nuclear Power

African Solar Plan To Power UK Homes

HEALTH

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

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

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

LIFESTYLE

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

How To Build An Emergency Fund

‘Why I Want To Die At 75’

No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting To Rent

Want Success Here? Don’t Brag

‘San Quentin’s Giants’

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Antelopes Win Best Wildlife Photo

Australian Birds That Mysteriously Chase Rain

Urgent Ban Needed For Wild Animals In Circuses

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

UK man who faked coma to avoid fraud charges pleads guilty after he’s caught walking on camera

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

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Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

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Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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HYSTERIA AND TWO OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 19, 2014

No. 410

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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HYSTERIA AND TWO OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

I found this absolutely fascinating. Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

Specialist Nairobi Team Will Help Tackle Wildlife Crime

General Escalates Libya Attack

Report: Nigeria And Boko Haram Reach Cease-Fire

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

ASIA

Nepal To Establish Weather Warning System After Hiking Disaster

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

For Japan, Small Gesture Holds Great Importance

Philippine Militants Free 2 German Hostages

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Declining Wool Demand Forces Scramble To Adapt At New Zealand Farms

Asylum Baby Denied Australia Visa

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

CHINA

China Said To Pull The Strings In Hong Kong Crackdown

China Media: Public Back Police

China’s Guide To Democracy

China Responds To N.B.A. Diplomacy

Crony Communism In China

Answering Four Key Questions About China’s Rise

EUROPE

Bosnian Mountain Horse Herd Grows In The Velebit Mountains »

Bloc In Europe Starts To Balk Over Austerity

Possible Disease Outbreak Kills Bison In Romania »

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

Specter Of Renewed Crisis Polarizes Europe

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

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

INDIA

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

India’s Public Health Crisis

LATIN AMERICA

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

Rare Spectacled Bear Found In New Ecuador Reserve »

Venezuela Gets Security Council Seat; Turkey Fails

Mexico Finds Many Corpses, But Not Lost 43

MIDDLE EAST

Gaza Still Needs Rebuilding. Here’s What Lies Ahead

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Syria Conflict

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Middle East Crisis

RUSSIA

Meet ‘The Bob Dylan Of Russia’

Russia Cannot Replace Imports

Making Merkel Wait, Finding Time For Truffles

Space Dogs Were First Soviet ‘Pop Stars’

Canadian Coast Guard Tows Disabled Russian Ship Off…

Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew On Trees

UNITED KINGDOM

Fears Over UK Trekkers In Nepal

Thousands Attend Pay Protest Marches

Memorial Service For Aid Worker

UK Police To Probe Thailand Murders

UNITED STATES

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Stay Open

Obama Cancels Campaign Trip To Meet With Cabinet On Ebola

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

In Cities With West African Populations, Hospitals Take Extra Steps

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

Mysterious US Space Plane Returns

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

THE VATICAN

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

What Is A Catholic Family?

Of Virtue And Vice, And A Vatican Priest

No Consensus At Vatican As Synod Ends

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Two Haqqani Militant Leaders Are Captured, Afghan Officials Say

CLIMATE CHANGE

Pentagon Signals Security Risks Of Climate Change

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

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

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

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

Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change

Fish Moving To Avoid Warming Waters

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

EBOLA OUTBREAK

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

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

Video: Fighting Ebola Outbreak Street By Street

Video: Ebola Protection Gear Safety

As Ebola Fears Spread, Ohio And Texas Close Some Schools

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

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

Rare Good News About Ebola

Ebola Does Not Need To Be A Death Sentence

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Protesters Strike Back

Symbols Of Protest

BBC Special Report: Hong Kong Protests

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

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

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

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

ISIS Flying Warplanes In Syria

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Islamic State Crisis

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

OH CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felina:     You will really like her, darling.

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

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

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

Felina:     Your mother is not programmable. Rosie is.

Sam:        Point well taken, Sweetheart. And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

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

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change The World

Learning The Secrets Of Lost Franklin Expedition Vessel HMS Erebus

OUTER SPACE

Apeman To Spaceman

Comet Landing Gets Green Light

New Form Of Space Weather Identified

ROBOTICS

The Odd Things Robots Do To Us

Asimo The Humanoid Robot Shows Off His New Tricks

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Venture Capitalists Return To Backing Science Start-Ups

Tech Jobs: No Degree Required?

Polaris Dagor, Ready For Action

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Mopping Up A Sea Of Plastic

Video: Neil Young, Stephen Colbert Sing To Save Earth

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

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

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

How To Cope With The Scariest Health Info You Find Online

These 12 Childhood Art Techniques Can Help Adults Relieve Stress

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

LIFESTYLE

A Cure For Hyper-Parenting

Why Locals Should Embrace Expats

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

How To Pickle Almost Anything

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

Are Women Better Decision Makers?

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

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

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

Momma Whale Takes Baby For A Piggyback Ride

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is certainly good news. Success Seen for Wild Tigers

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

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

SHORTS

Pacific Walruses Are In Trouble And Need Your Help

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

Strange & Beautiful ~ Eight Ugly Animals We Should Save

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

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World Wildlife Fund

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ABOUT THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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TO SHORT STUFF, IN MEMORIAM

 THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

No. 408

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 

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TO SHORT STUFF, IN MEMORIAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week, eh? 

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

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

Dam Rising In Ethiopia Stirs Hope And Tension

ASIA

Warships Of Rival Koreas Exchange Warning Shots

S Korea Ferry Captain Was ‘Confused’

Asia Shares Slump After IMF Forecast

Japan Quake Spurs Innovation

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

Hong Kong Government Scraps Talks With Protesters

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

Japan Prepares For Typhoon Vongfong

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Rare Photos Of Untouched Australia

Australian Lost In Bush For 17 Days

Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster

Putin Confirmed To Attend G20 In Brisbane

‘Booby Traps’ In NZ Earthquake Homes

CHINA

Germany And China Seal Meeting With Business Deals

Leader Taps Into Chinese Classics In Seeking To Cement Power

China ‘Will Not Change Mind’ On HK

China’s Guide To Democracy

Why Is Hong Kong Protesting?

China’s Disappearing Pro-HK Activists

Symbols Of Protest

Death Penalty For China Cult Killers

Chinese Hostages Freed In Cameroon

EUROPE

Why Are Spaniards Fleeing Home?

Strike To Cost Air France €500m

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

Belgium’s Youthful New PM Sworn In

Belgium’s Complex Web Of Democracy

Life Without Government, The Belgian Way

Belgium Profile

S&P Cuts France’s Credit Outlook

Spain Sets Up Ebola ‘Crisis’ Group

INDIA

Human Casualties Mount In Indian Tiger Corridor »

Tracking India’s Bureaucrats Becomes A Digital Dashboard Venture

Cyclone Hudhud Pounds Eastern India

LATIN AMERICA

New Tract Of Mexican Cloud Forest Is Now Protected »

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

MIDDLE EAST

In Golan, Imagined Risks Become All Too Real

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

Canadian Forces Already Headed To Middle East

Traumatized Gaza Lions Are Given A New Home In Jordan »

US Pledges $212m In Aid To Gaza

New President of Afghanistan Welcomes Back Times Reporter

RUSSIA

Putin Wants Say In Moldova-EU Trade

UNITED KINGDOM

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

Britons Seek ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

‘Robust’ Plans To Counter NHS Strike

UK Troops Training Kurdish Forces

Ebola Screening Not Perfect – Boris

Hunt Wants Public Oath For Teachers

UNITED STATES

Gay Marriage Is Upheld In Nevada And Idaho

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

Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In U.S.

THE VATICAN

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

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

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

California Leads On Climate Change, Says 50-State Tool

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

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

Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

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

EBOLA OUTBREAK

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

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

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center volunteers to treat Ebola patients

Canada airlifts protective equipment to Ebola zone

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

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

Britain To Screen For Ebola Amid Possible New Cases In Europe

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

Ebola: 41 UN Staffers Now Under Observation In Liberia

GAZA

$4 Billion Plan To Rebuild Gaza Stalled Amid Political Wrangling

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

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

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

UK Jihadist Prisoner Swap ‘Credible’

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

Syrian Kurds ‘Fight Back Against IS’

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

Western Jihadist Explains Why He Fights In Syria

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

Four Bombings Kill Over 50 People Around Baghdad

French ‘Destroy’ Al-Qaeda Convoy

NOBEL PRIZES

French Author Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

Nobel Prize For Blue LED Invention

Microscope Work Wins Nobel Prize

Two Americans and a German Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

SPYING

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

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Putin Orders Russian Troops Away From Ukraine Border

OH CANADA

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

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

SHORTS

Canada contributing to telescope involved in search for extraterrestrials

Is Canada Losing Its Edge In Space?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

So should this. Unearthing a Barbarous Past in Poland

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

Nevada’s Secret Underwater World

Coastal Cities Are Drowning, Thanks To Sea Level Rise

‘Titanic Of The Ancient World’ Gives Up Its Secrets

OUTER SPACE

Why Astronauts Get ‘Space Stupid’

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

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

ROBOTICS

The Biggest Test For Drones?

Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

Robot Learns How Snakes Climb Dunes

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

How Toys Will Shape The Future

How To Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

Israelis Use Gold Particles To Heal Heart Tissue Following Heart Attack

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Watch CO2 Emissions Explode By Country

‘Green News Report’ – October 9, 2014

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

The $9.7 Trillion Problem: Cyclones And Climate Change

HEALTH

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

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

I loved this. 12 Weird Health Tips That Really Work

SHORTS

Depression Myths And Fact

Living Longer In British Columbia And Washington State

This Week In Health: World Mental Health Day

LIFESTYLE

Standing Up To An Office Bully

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

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

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

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

Preserving Tradition In Japan

From BBC Earth

See Our Planet From A ‘Truly Global Perspective’

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

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Three Bears Rescued From Poachers Are Doing Well »

Crews Rescue Missing Seattle Hiker And Dogs

Watch: Fisherman Rescues Drowning Eagle

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

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

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World Wildlife Fund

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

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