WHEN IN DOUBT, SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO KEEP SHOVELING

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No. 406

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

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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WHEN IN DOUBT, SOMETIMES IT HELPS TO KEEP SHOVELING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

Yemen Rebels Gain Concessions From Government After Assault On Capital

French Hostage In Algeria Is Beheaded In Video Released By Militants

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

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At Un

ASIA

North Korea Reveals Leader Is ‘Not Feeling Well’

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

Tear Gas And Clashes At HK Protest

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Isis Lieutenant Emerges From Australian Red-Light District

Melbourne Doctors Save East Timorese Boy’s Life

Australia Network Set To Go Off The Air

Meeting On Iraq Involvement Expected Within Days: Bishop

CHINA

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

Explosions Kill At Least 2 In Restive Region Of China

Jack Ma Heads China Rich List

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

With China Set To Open Stock Trading, Investors Lay Groundwork

The Price Of China’s Uighur Repression

EUROPE

Eurozone Growth ‘Slows In September’

Lithuania Feels Squeeze In Sanctions War With Moscow

France Proposes Tough Antismoking Measures

Draghi Praises Lithuania As Economic Example To Europe

Air France Pilots Extend Strike After Request For Mediation Is Denied

INDIA

India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

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

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

LATIN AMERICA

How Uruguay Legalized Marijuana In Uncharted Territory

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

In Chile, An Animal Whose Numbers Please No One

Dolphins receive protection from the Jamaican Government

MIDDLE EAST

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

Pakistani Military Names New Spy Agency Chief

Cyprus Rescue Mission For 300 At Sea

Facing Militants With Supplies Dwindling, Iraqi Soldiers Took to Phones

Iranian President Praises Cooperation In New York

RUSSIA

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

Shares Of Russian Oil Tycoon Seized

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Seeks To Widen Law Against Rigging Of Financial Benchmarks

United Kingdom, Divided People

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

RAF Drafted In For Alice Search

Prince Charles To Honour Fallen Police

UNITED STATES

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

Don’t Execute Those We Tortured

In A Mississippi Jail, Convictions And Counsel Appear Optional

LA Raises Minimum Hotel Wage To $15

Eric Holder Resigns, Setting Up Fight Over Successor

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

Today’s Police Put On A Gun And A Camera

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

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

Taliban Seize Key Afghan District

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

CLIMATE CHANGE

Global Rise Reported In 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Taking A Call For Climate Change To The Streets

Climate Realities

Wind Contributes To West Coast Warming

Tackling Climate Change For Public Health

U.S., China vow climate action

35 Years Of Shrinking Arctic Ice, In One Graphic

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

Marching Forward Against Climate Change

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

Largest Climate March in History Connects Crisis to Corporations

EBOLA

How Winnipeg Lab Became Ebola Research Powerhouse

Fresh Graves Point To Undercount Of Ebola Toll

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle Of Ebola Contagion

GAZA

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

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

Rival Palestinian Factions Agree To Resolve Differences, Leaders Say

BBC Special Report: Middle East Crisis

ISIS

ISIS Urges Jihadists To Attack Canadians…

Despite Airstrikes, ISIS Appears To Hold Its Ground In Iraq

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

The Ancestors Of ISIS

UN Security Council Backs Obama’s Fight Against Islamic State

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

3 Nations Offer Limited Support To Attack On ISIS

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

SPYING

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

SYRIA

Turkey Clamps Down On Syria Border

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

Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

Wrong Turn On Syria: Helping Assad?

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

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

TERRORISM

Abu Qatada Acquitted On 2nd Terrorism Charge

A Terror Cell That Avoided The Spotlight

Australian Terror Suspect Wasn’t Alone

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

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

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

NATO sees Russia pullback in Ukraine

Hungary Suspends Gas Flow To Ukraine

Deal Reached To Provide Ukraine With Russian Gas

OH CANADA

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

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

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

SHORTS

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

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

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

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

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

Sam:        Good morning, Felina. Did the Stork visit after I went to bed last night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        However, we digress.

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        Truly. From Rusty, Dennis, Shannon (in spirit), Olya, Amy and the rest of us here at the Northstar Journal, nice going, folks. She is a beautiful new addition to the creature kingdom. And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is why I, a poor man, have no prejudice against rich folks. Rockefellers, Heirs To An Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

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

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

SHORTS

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

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

Cosmonaut Slaps Down Reporters’ Silly Questions

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I found this absolutely fascinating. Inside spaceships of the future

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

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

INNER SPACE

Ants V Humans

How Lasers Revealed A Lost City In The Jungle

Multiple Fireballs Spotted In Midwest, Along Coast

OUTER SPACE

India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

So What Really Goes Down If We Find The Aliens?

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS

ROBOTICS

Drone Exemptions For Hollywood Pave The Way For Widespread Use

DHL To Begin Deliveries By Drone In Germany

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

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

Tiny Implant Could Give People Self-Healing Powers

Will We Ever Read At Superspeed?

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

Are Nasty Comments Like These Keeping Women Out Of Science?

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

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

Female Farmers Make Nude Calendar to Raise Money For New Land

Our Planet Is Changing — So Must Our Global Food System

HEALTH

Check out these 15 Surefire Ways To Brighten Your Mood

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

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

SHORTS

Outbreak Of A Respiratory Illness Escalates Among Children And Mystifies Scientists

The Link Between Multitasking And Brain Size

This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight

LIFESTYLE

Do Only The Ruthless Get Rich?

The Biggest Ally Of Gay Rights?

Secret To Make Your Mantras Work

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

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

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

The Secret Towns The World Forgot

The End Of A Wandering Way Of Life?

World Records Set In Our Videos Of The Week

Our Favourite Images Of The Week

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Migratory Shorebirds Could Face Extinction Within A Decade

Angelina Jolie To Direct New Film About Ivory Poaching »

Slowing Wind Speeds Could Affect Predator-Prey Balance »

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

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

Rhesus Macaques Find Darker Red Skin More Attractive »

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Donkeys reunited after zoo-exhibit sex scandal in Poland

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

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MAY WE NOT BECOME WHAT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO VANQUISH

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 21, 2014

No. 404

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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

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

MAY WE NOT BECOME WHAT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO VANQUISH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

Amnesty International Reports Nigerian Police Routinely Use Torture

Heroic Efforts To Feed The Starving In South Sudan

Un: 250,000 Have Fled Militia Fighting In Libya

Hundreds Flee Nigerian City As Boko Haram Militants Advance

Deadly Bomb Blast In Central Cairo

Deadly Egypt Military Aircraft Crash

Yemen Clashes Cast Doubt On ‘Truce’

ASIA

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

India And China Sign Landmark Deals

Philippines Storm Displaces 200,000

India, China Vow Cooperation As Troops Face Off

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

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Abbott Governs From Indigenous Area

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

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

New Zealand’s John Key Wins Third Term

CHINA

China Fines Glaxosmithkline Nearly $500 Million In Bribery Case

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

WATCH: What Is China’s Leader Thinking?

Is China Finally Kicking Its Coal Addiction?

EUROPE

Sweden Takes A Left Turn After 8 Years Of Rightist Rule

European Finance Ministers Support Investment Program

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

Deadly Shooting At Copenhagen Court

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

Air France Pilots Vote To Extend Strike

INDIA

Hospitals In Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening A Health Crisis

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

The Extraordinary Makers Of India’s Most Expensive Tea

LATIN AMERICA

Fallen Brazilian Mogul Eike Batista Accused Of Insider Trading

Mexico Celebrates Independence Day In Spectacular Fashion

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

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

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

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

MIDDLE EAST

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides

RUSSIA

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

Russian Rouble Falls To New Low

Secret Towns: Radioactive Ruins

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

UNITED KINGDOM

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

Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom

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

New Nature Reserve To Open In London

Rare British Bird On The Rise

Very Rare Bees Found On New Cornish Bartinney Nature Reserve

UNITED STATES

In Suburban Seattle, New Nests For China’s Rich

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

Breach Prompts Review Of White House Security

Many Veterans Adapt To A Strange World, One With Walls

THE VATICAN

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

Pope Celebrates Mass In Albania

Pope Francis Marks One Year At Vatican

Large Crowds For Pope Mass

90 Secs: Pope Francis’s Style Watch

Profile: Pope Francis

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Court Confirms 5 Death Sentences In Afghan Rape Case

Afghan Contenders Sign Unity Deal

CLIMATE CHANGE

Unusual Species In Alaska Waters Indicate Warming Pacific

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs

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

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

EBOLA OUTBREAK

U.N. Leader Plans Stronger Presence In Ebola Zone

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Lockdown To Fight Ebola Outbreak

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

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

GAZA

Lost Homes And Dreams At Tower Israel Leveled

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

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

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

Arab Nations Offer To Fight ISIS From Air

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

ISIS Draws A Steady Stream Of Recruits From Turkey

First US Strike Under New IS Plan

House Votes To Authorize Aid To Syrian Rebels In ISIS Fight

Australia In ‘Beheading Plot’ Raids

Turkey Obtains Release Of Hostages Held In Iraq

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

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Ukraine Rebels To Get Self-Rule

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Thanks Canada For Support

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

FROM THE UKRAINE:

Hello, Rusty.

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

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

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

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

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

Have a nice weekend, dear cousin

Cheers

Oyla

OH CANADA

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

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

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

Cougars Corner

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

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

Felina:     That would be absolutely delightful.

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

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

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

Felina:     You taught that Harry Hughdingey all he knows.

Sam:        I did indeed. However, we digress.

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

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

Felina:     Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?

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

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

Sam:        That was pretty good, Felina.

Felina:     Thank you, Dear.

Sam:        Now, you and Arnie —

Felina:     Arnold.

Sam:        You and Arnold need some clarification?

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        I know. How can they win?

Felina:     Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        Aye, Luv. But quieter perhaps. And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is a good idea whose time has clearly come. Toward a Childproof Internet

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

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

SHORTS

Radisson Halts Vikings Sponsorship

Video: Life With Hundreds Of Birds

White House Recruits Celebrities For Sexual Assault PSA

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

Judge Accused Of Assaulting Wife Is Urged To Resign

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

Women Allege Harassment And Abuse On Forest Service Firefighting Crews

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

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

How Elephants Create The Rain

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

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

Archeologists Make Incredible Discovery In Mexican Jungle

OUTER SPACE

How Big Is Space? – Interactive

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

Mars Maven Mission Set For Arrival

ROBOTICS

Buildings That Make Themselves

Why Autopilots Are Dangerous

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

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

A Flying Car For Everyone

Whale-Shaped Giant Of The Skies

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

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

What’s Holding Electrics Back?

Inspiring Ideas For A Hungry Planet

Electric Car Smashes World Speed Record

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

The Girls Who Never Age ~ Could They Unlock Immortality?

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

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

LIFESTYLE

Five Sins Of First-Time Bosses

Face-To-Face With Ancient Predators

Five Surreal Places To Live

Fall Baking: Recipe For Lemon Verbena Pear Tart

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

These Photos Capture The Lives Of Others Like You’ve Never Seen

What Does This Penguin Have To Do To Get A Little Service?

The World’s Most Interesting Festivals

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

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

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

SHORTS

Archerfish Have Potent Aim And Brain

The Freedivers Who Swim With Whales

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

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Quirkiest Jobs In The World

Thai Woman In Crocodile Pit Suicide

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GRUESOME

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No. 403

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GRUESOME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFRICA

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

Killing And Preaching, Boko Haram Carves Our ‘Caliphate’

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

Boko Haram: We’re Ruling Town By Islamic Law

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

ASIA

Japanese Confidence Dips In August

Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Story And Fires Editor

Huge Change Could Be Coming To Tibet

Former South Korean Spy Chief Convicted In Online Campaign Against Liberals

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Man Dies In Australia Shark Attack

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

Indigenous Leaders To Push For Constitutional Recognition

Aurora Displays Tipped For South Island Skies

CHINA

Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

China’s Island Factory

Chinese Regulators Fine Volkswagen And Chrysler On Antitrust Charges

Guerrilla Theater: China’s Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

EUROPE

As Sweden Nears Vote, Center-Right Is Trailing

New EU Sanctions On Russia Begin

Sun And Wind Alter German Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

Merkel To Speak Out On Anti-Semitism

Sweden Votes In General Election

INDIA

33 Animals Rescued From Floods In India

Floods Kill Hundreds In India And Pakistan

Scale Of Flooding Stymies Relief Efforts In India And Pakistan

Embrace Of Social Media Aids Flood Victims In Kashmir

IRELAND

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

LATIN AMERICA

Five new Amazonian Saki monkey species discovered

MIDDLE EAST

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

Yemen Police Open Fire On Protesters

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides

RUSSIA

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

UNITED KINGDOM

Victory For Wildlife As Thames Estuary Airport Idea Rejected

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

Scotland And Quebec: Which Is More Like A Country?

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

Seal Numbers Increasing In Thames Estuary

UNITED STATES

An Energy Boom Lifts The Heartland

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

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

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome In California College Town

The Assault Weapon Myth

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Extreme Weather Is The Biggest Threat To Nesting Seabirds

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming

A Comic Book Look At Climate Change

CO2 Rises At Fastest Rate Since 1984

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

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

How Small Cities Can Fight Climate Change

Climate Change In Plain Language

EBOLA

Get The Facts: Ebola Virus Disease

Liberian President Pleads With Obama For Assistance In Combating Ebola

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

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

For Jihad Recruits, A Pipeline From Minnesota To Militancy

The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

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

Video: Obama’s Full Speech About ISIS

Guilty Plea by American on Attempt to Help ISIS

Arab Nations Vow Help To Fight ISIS ‘As Appropriate’

Prospect Of U.S. Attacks Captivates Syrians

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

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

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

UK Will ‘Hunt Down’ Haines Killers

THE UKRAINE

BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Most Russian Forces Now Out Of Ukraine, Kiev Says

With Gas Cut Off, Ukraine Looks West

Ukraine President Says Truce Is Growing Stronger

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

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

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

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

Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Keya Chatterjee

Senior Director

Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach

World Wildlife Fund

FROM THE UKRAINE:

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

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

OH CANADA

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

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

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

SHORTS

Canadian Shortage Of Vital Bladder Cancer Drug Prompts Rationing

Canadian Army Advisers To Be Stationed In Iraq’s North

Russian Jets Buzz Canadian Frigate Near Ukraine

Cougars Corner

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

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

Felina:     He sounds like a true mensch.

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

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

Sam:        Cute, Sweetheart.

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

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

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

Sam:        Which would also all describe the Colonel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felina:     Be careful, Samuel.

Sam:        You, however, are eternal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam:        Then on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out Of Poverty Through Incubator Farms

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

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

Doug Ford Could Win: Pollster

Full Statement From Rob Ford About Withdrawal From Mayoral Race

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

OUTER SPACE

Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

Rosetta Comet Chaser Takes ‘Selfie’

‘Signs Of Recovery’ In Ozone Layer

ROBOTICS

Robot Could Load Up Dishwasher

Meet Bob, The Robo-Security Guard Watch

Dyson To Make Robot Vacuum Cleaners

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Hands Off With Heathrow’s Pods

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

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

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Greener Neighbourhoods Produce Bigger Babies

West Coast Leads Surge In Electric Cars

A Climate Movement That Cannot Be Ignored

HEALTH

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

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

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

LIFESTYLE

Seeking Support Early Key To Success For Students With Learning Disabilities

Beyond Salmon Burgers

90-Year-Old’s Dance Moves Stun Crowd

The Way To Beat Poverty

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

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

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

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

Wildlife Magazine Reader photo of the week

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

Gallery Of Winning Images From The British Wildlife Photography Collection 5

Geico Seattle Ferry – The Gecko’s Journey

Most stunning BBC images of the week

FROM NORTHSTAR

 Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

 

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

New Shark And Ray Conservation Plan For Pacific

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

International Whaling Commission To Meet In Slovenia On 15 September

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

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

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

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Outside Magazine

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Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

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

 

 

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CELEBRATING THAT SHE WALKED AMONG US

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 7, 2014

No. 402

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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CELEBRATING THAT SHE WALKED AMONG US

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. We take profound note of the crossing over (to the next world) of American comedienne Joan Rivers. She gave her final curtain call this past week, at the age of 81.

I am pleased to see all the tributes to her and some absolutely lyric obituaries. I believe that immortality is the resonance of high mountain peaks and that as long as one person remembers, no one is ever gone. That, to me, is the purpose of respecting one’s ancestors. I am the sum total of all who came before me. They, in turn, live in me and all those I touch.

Sometimes that is an interesting legacy because it also means that the supremely heinous among us enjoy the same state of grace, as it were. The caveat is in what they feel. I suspect hatred is not something one would want for every meal. But then one simply does not slaughter without consequence, either in this life nor Ultimately.

In the beginning, like many young men of my generation raised in a male-dominated household, I found the humour of Ms Rivers offensive, unsettling and inexplicably threatening. I have always, however, been a pushover for a beautiful blonde (my mom was one) and Ms Rivers is definitely that. So as chauvinistic as that sounds or is, that is how I came to “experience” her.

Joan Rivers empowered me to take a good look at the girls and women in my world; and to ask myself the kinds of questions that help history turn a corner. As I entered high school, I began to make friends who also happened to be female. We talked about this stuff and I realized that as acidic as her observations were, Joan was speaking for women not only in America, but everywhere on the planet where males dominate the culture.

Joan and her sisters taught me that oppression of one ~ woman, gay, Hispanic, Asian, Jew, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Moslem, Agnostic or Atheist ~ is oppression of all. She also helped me understand that the contributions of all to the whole only make the feast that more movable.

She joins California Supreme Court Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird; San Francisco mayor Diane Feinstein, California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Washington governors Christine Gregoire and Dixie Lee Ray; Russian-American author Ayn Rand; former Republican first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush; Winnie Mandella, Rosa Parks and several others in my personal pantheon of positive female role models.

I am not grieving for Joan Rivers. I am celebrating that she walked among us and will likely live forever, where most of us are going, too

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

THE NEWS

This is absolutely good news. Eat up! Some fish make dramatic recovery on West Coast

Where to America’s 46 million immigrants come from? The answers just might surprise you.

Considering what we have personally observed as a sharp decline in good manners online in the last decade, this is certainly timely. Six Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet

WORLD

AFRICA

Libyans Overrun Compound Abandoned By U.S. Embassy In Tripoli

Libyan Militias Seize Control Of Capital As Chaos Rises

Nigeria Militants ‘Seize’ Major Town

Investigation Reveals A Highly Organised Ivory Trade Across Asia And Africa

ASIA

China Restricts Voting Reforms For Hong Kong

In Interviews, 3 Americans Held In North Korea Plead For U.S. Help

Hong Kong Newspaper Drops Democracy Advocate’s Column

Dalai Lama Cancels S Africa Trip

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Mining Tax Repealed By Australia

New Zealand Suspect Charged After 2 Killed At Unemployment Office

Prime Minister Abbott Marks One Year In Office

Australia, East Timor Postpone ICJ Spy Row Hearing

Ex-Supreme Court Judge Calls For Federal Corruption Body

CHINA

Chinese Islamist Fighter A Prisoner of Iraq

China Media: Journalism Ethics

‘Smart’ Chopsticks Unveiled In China

EUROPE

Russia: Consequences Of The Russian Ban For EU

Why Paris Is Forgetting Ernest Hemingway

Swiss Economy Stalls As EU Slows

Uber Banned Across Germany By Court

Monument Seeks To End Silence On Killings Of The Disabled By The Nazis

Bank Seizure Leaves Bulgarians Stranded

France Postpones Delivery Of Warship To Russia

Hit By Russian Boycott, European Union Increases Marketing Budget For Its Farm Goods

Shepherding In The New Kosovo

Greek Leader Promises Cuts In Oil And Income Taxes

INDIA

‘Humiliated’ Indian Girl Found Dead

India Pakistan Flood Toll Passes 200

India ‘Serial Killer’ To Be Executed

India On Alert After Al-Qaeda Video

The Angry Youth Of Kashmir Won’t Accept Al-Qaeda

IRAN

Iran Unfetters Cellphones, And The Pictures Start Flowing

Iran ‘Backs US Military Contacts’

ISRAEL

Israeli children go back to school after spending summer in bomb shelters

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Probes Mass Fish Death In Lake

Ecuador Volcano Increases Activity

NATO

NATO Members Vow To Reinvent The Alliance To Deal With Crises

NATO To Prepare Operating Bases, Fast Response For Hot Spots

PAKISTAN

Troops Return Pakistan TV To Air

RUSSIA

P.R. Firm For Putin’s Russia Now Walking A Fine Line

Russia’s Foreign Minister Calls For Ceasefire As New Round Of Ukraine Talks To Be Held In Belarus

Russia ‘To Alter Military Strategy’

Russian Stocks Rise From Peace Hope

UNITED KINGDOM

Years Of Rape And ‘Utter Contempt’ In Britain

UK Service Sector Sees Strong Growth

How Did Scotland Change So Much?

Thousands Turn Out To Protest Against Privatisation Of The Nhs

UNITED STATES

More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’

Decaying Guantánamo Defies Closing Plans

Seeing Discolored Lawns, California Businesses Apply Dab Of Green

Justice Dept. Inquiry To Focus On Practices Of Police In Ferguson

Florida Prosecutors Face Long Odds When Police Use Lethal Force

Hawaii Mayor Declares Emergency As Geologists Warn Lava Flows 800 Feet A Day

U.S. Job Growth Slips In August After Months Of Bigger Gains

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

NW Scientists Say Humans Causing Region To Grow Warmer

Climate Change Challenges A Pine Tree

United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change

Climate Change

United States Environmental Protection Agency

United Nations Environment Programme

Natural Resources Defense Council

Union Of Concerned Scientists Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

Climate Policy

EBOLA

MSF Call For Military Medical Help Shows Ebola Outbreak’s Severity

 Doctors Fear They’re Losing Battle Against Ebola

More Information: Ebola Virus Disease

Canadian Scientists Cure Monkeys Infected With Ebola

Ebola Outbreak Accelerating, Evolving In Alarming Ways, Researchers Say

Cuts At W.H.O. Hurt Response To Ebola Crisis

U.S. Sends Experimental Canadian Ebola Vaccine To Trial

The Other Ebola Toll: African Economies

IRAQ

U.S. And Iran Unlikely Allies In Iraq Battle

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERROR

Arab Writers Mock ISIS Terrorists In Cartoons And Comedy Programs Aimed At ‘Rejecting Extremism’

U.S. Forces Hit Islamic Extremists In Somalia In Attack That Targeted Leader

ISIS Says It Killed Steven Sotloff After U.S. Strikes In Northern Iraq

Steven Sotloff, U.S. Hostage Slain By ISIS, Was Also A Citizen Of Israel

Beheading ‘Will Not Intimidate US’

Waging Desperate Campaign, Iraqi Town Held Off ISIS Militants

Iran ‘Backs US Military Contacts’

At Summit, U.S. And Allies Form Coalition Against ISIS

Syrian Bombs Hit Isis-Held Territory

SYRIA

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Claims Capture Of UN Peacekeepers In Syria

THE UKRAINE

BBC LIVE UPDATES AS EVENTS UNFOLD IN THE ONGOING UKRAINE CRISIS.

As Ukraine Talks Resume, Putin And Poroshenko Trade Barbs

Putin Lays Out Proposal To End Ukraine Conflict

Shell-shocked Ukrainians Flee To New Lives In Russia

Fighting Tapers Off In Ukraine As Cease-Fire Takes Effect

THE WAR ON TERRORISM

NATO Set To Ratify Pledge On Joint Defense In Case Of Major Cyberattack

Leader Of Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Is Dead, U.S. Says

U.S. Targets Western Terrorist Recruits With Brutal Video

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Sierra Club is trying to stop the Monsanto Company from killing millions of Monarch butterflies. This is a request to sign a petition. For more, please go here.

OH CANADA

I’ve been to where this is happening and I totally love it. Canadians Eagerly Await Nation’s First Tea Harvest.

Come on you guys. Not everybody likes their humour maple flavoured. Canada screws up Russian geography while mocking Russians about geography

I don’t expect very many of us born under the Sign of the Crown are very happy about this. Canada leads world in forest decline, report says

SHORTS

Canadian Military Advisers Headed To Iraq To Help Push Back ISIL

Canada’s Full-Time Jobs Figure Stagnates In July

Ford: Going To Rehab Was My Choice

Cougars Corner

Sam:        Hi, Sweetheart. Pretty quiet down below and a beautiful night. Mind if I join you?

Felina:     I would be delighted, mate of my three lifetimes. The moon will soon be at her most glorious. I believe it is what humans call a full harvest moon.

Sam:        Yep, that’s what the farmers among them do.

Felina:     And yet in my country, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving until October and in yours, even later than that.

Sam:        Well, in America, it’s not quite the same thing. The Pilgrims were grateful that the Wampoag Indians fed them from the tribe’s own abundant harvest. They were so grateful they circulated word of the local generosity and in less than three generations, the Pilgrims and other English immigrants had pretty well displaced those who saved the first whites from starving.

Felina:     It does seem a rather quaint way to repay kindness.

Sam:        Quaint is certainly one word for it, Lass. Not necessarily the word I would use.

Felina:     There are certainly other, more colourful adjectives to describe the exploitation and genocide of the indigent population, Samuel. But what purpose would it serve when even our gentle readership is familiar with most of them, in a dozen language of their own tongue?

Sam:        Point well taken. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller of digression. And the Fanny Brice of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that by the time the harvest moon shines brightly, the farmers among humans know whether to feast or to prepare for a very long and lean winter.

Felina:     That is such sweet allegory, my rapacious rapscallion and I absolutely adore you for it.

Sam:        That harvest moon has been shining down on us for a lot longer than we’ve been looking up at her.

Felina:     She has such a beautiful smile

Sam:        She does indeed. And she is not the only one, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Thank you, oh passion of all my passions.

Sam:       My pleasure, Lass. And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

I so identify with this. Widower goes back to university to study the cancer that killed his wife

When I read something like this, I think seriously of getting MADE IN CANADA tattooed on my chest. Couple donates house to help cancer research

Our friends Down Under certainly know how to put a good plan together. House to be built in three weeks

BAD EXAMPLES

Aide: Putin’s statement about ability to take over Kyiv in 2 weeks quoted out of context. Uh huh.

Welcome to the 21st Century, Your Honor. Federal Judge, Bucking Trend, Affirms Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Louisiana

Lest we forget that as long as we sanction war as an “instrument” of diplomatic policy, we are all responsible for this. Israeli children go back to school after spending summer in bomb shelters

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I am so much of fan of these. Mud, asphalt, sand or snow? Working with French cycle-maker Moustache, the designer unveils electric bikes built for the rigors of mud, asphalt, sand and snow.

Can you imagine what would happen if this dude had ever gotten road rage? Argentine Dinosaur Was an Estimated 130,000 Pounds, and Still Growing

This must be reassuring to about 38 million people or so. California Rumbles

INNER SPACE

Discovery I Of Oldest Metal Object In Middle East Revises History By Centuries

How Fighting In Pakistan Affects War Against Polio

A Mission For Remote-Controlled Bugs

OUTER SPACE

SpaceL’s Mission To The Moon Says Chances Of Winning Lunar X Prize Are High

How To Put A Human On Mars

Dead Stars ‘Can Re-Ignite’ And Blow

ROBOTICS

Inside Google’s Secret Drone Lab

Drone Developers Consider Obstacles That Cannot Be Flown Around

Brainy, Yes, But Far From Handy

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Want That 3 am Text To Just Disappear?

5 Tips To Keep Your Passwords Safe

Low-Cost Fighter Jets Take Off

BBC TECHNOLOGY PICKS OF THE WEEK

Are e-cigarettes safe or not? — Our picks of the week from around the web, including Motorola’s decline, an electric car battle, and one of ‘the most disruptive technologies for decades’.

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

In a Tough Place to Farm, Discovering Much to Love

World Land Trust At 25

Urban Trees Cut Pollution, Save Money

Sowing The Seeds For Green Revolution

HEALTH

Now that the days are growing shorter and dimmer, we thought this was timely. Here are foods which will promote eye health. You’re probably eating most of them.

We Love It When Something Like This Happens. “Angelina Jolie Effect”: Breast Cancer Testing Soars After Jolie’s Double Mastectomy

This does not surprise us. Epileptic Okanagan girl fed illegal cannabis oil makes dramatic recovery

SHORTS

Taking The Pain Out Of Labour

Upping The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Study Of Ashkenazi Jewish Women Shows Link To Cancer Without Family History

LIFESTYLE

Is A Lateral Move Right For You?

Back-To-School Season Is Here But You Don’t Have To Blow The Bank

Ten Schools You Need To See To Believe

“Catfish” Creator Nev Schulman On Why So Many Deceive In Search For Love Online

The Antidote To Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit On Everyday Sexism And What We Can Do About It

Five Tips For Solving Your Own Crimes

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

Eight Films To Watch In September

Reader Photos: Your Colourful Life

The Elephant That Flew

FROM NORTHSTAR

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

 NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

My cousins in Australia are going to love this. They surf with these dudes. Field Guide To Whale Sharks

We are certainly glad to share this. Blue whale numbers bounce back

For those of us who love happy endings? Grizzly Orphan Returns To The Wild In British Columbia ››

SHORTS

Bear Season Arrives In Neighborhoods

My Family And Other Animals 

Are 75 Percent Of Australia’s Living Species Unknown?

The SeaDoc Society’s September newsletter is now available online. Features this month include:

How do you help a 2,000 pound wild animal that’s entangled?

Good news! Federal money for marine mammal stranding response

New light on eelgrass

Washington Tribes and salmon recovery

For more, please go here.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

I thought this was totally insane. Diver survives collision with massive shark

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Ireland Newsletter: Best email source of Irish news, culture and the arts

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

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A PRAYER FOR THE UKRAINE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

No. 401

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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A PRAYER FOR THE UKRAINE

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in America. In Seattle, there is a gentle rain falling and the city is quiet. I wish it were so where all of you live but it is not.

It has been over a week since we have heard from anyone in the Ukraine or Russia. I have learned from having gone through this before, not to push for contact. Things are very fluid in a war zone and I have given one of our eastern Ukrainian readers an opportunity to share with us what she is going through and how she feels about it.

I can only pray now that this has not put her even more in Harm’s Way than she already is. I ask that you join me in a moment of silent prayer for her and for all those seeking nothing more than most of us have and sometimes take for granted. Please pray that she survives and that her nation soon knows peace.

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

THE NEWS

To me, this is good news, both because of the event and because it means that not everyone in this camp is following the lead of ISIS. U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years

Closer to home, it turns out that the two states in which I have lived for the last 35 years have the most honest government servants and employees in the United States. Oregon topped the list of good guys, with Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa joining the posse. States at the bottom included Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The District of Columbia reported 336 federal convictions over that time period; New Jersey, 428 convictions; and Texas, 775 convictions. By contrast, Oregon reported 42. For more, please go here.

This is a question all of us should probably be asking ourselves. Is fast food making us depressed?

WORLD

AFRICA

Amid Attack On Libya Airport, Conflict Threatens To Become Prolonged Civil War

South Africa Economy Avoids Recession

ASIA

The Last Armenians Of Myanmar

Report: Kim Jong Un’s Banker Defects To Russia

Stunning Photos Of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Filipino Bishops Vow To Counter Islamic State

Thailand’s Edible Insect Industry Is Sustainable, Nutritious And Profitable

Thailand’s Junta Leader Assumes The Prime Minister Post

Seven Timeless Bits Of Japanese Wisdom

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Celebrating Lord Ganesha’s Birthday (Photos)

Japan Court Rules Fukushima Nuclear Operator Responsible For Woman’s Suicide

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Qantas Reports Record Annual Loss

Former Refugee About To Be Installed As Sa Governor

Abbott Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Russian ‘Invasion’ Of Ukraine

Ministers Desert Conference That ‘Incites Hatred’

Government Behaving In ‘Abusive Way’ Towards Children In Detention

CHINA

China’s Antigraft Campaign Expands To A Coal-Rich Northern Province

China’s Drug Crackdown Targets Celebs And Foreigners

China Vows To Respond To U.S. Surveillance Flights

Will China’s Nicaraguan Canal Shift Power In The Western Hemisphere?

What ‘Made In China’ Means For Your Furniture

EUROPE

Iceland Issues Aviation ‘Red Alert’ After Volcano Hit With 2 Quakes Over 5 Magnitude

French Cabinet Falls In Economy Row

New French Cabinet Ousts Prominent Leftists

Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation In France

Deutsche Bank In Mis-Reporting Fine

Divisions Grow As A Downturn Rocks Europe

Eurozone Inflation Dips Again To Increase Pressure On E.C.B.

Seeing Just One Way For Greece To Go: Up

Concerns Grow Over Iceland Volcano

INDIA

In India, An App For Chats And For Keeping Secrets

Indian Economy Grows 5.7%, Its Fastest Pace In More Than 2 Years

Campaign Will Help Millions Of Impoverished Indians Open Bank Accounts

10 Killed In Stampede At India Temple

Advocates ‘Appalled’ That Poor Indians Still Forced To Clean Human Waste With Bare Hands

LATIN AMERICA

Ecuador To Bring In Digital Currency

Brazil’s Economy Enters Recession

RUSSIA

Russian Rouble Falls To New Low

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Terror Threat Level Raised To ‘Severe’

Fresh Rotherham Horror Stories Emerge As Care Home Worker Lifts The Lid..

I’m Nervous But Confident The Silent Majority Will Save The Union, Cameron Says

Ebola Region Faces UK Travel Ban

UNITED STATES

Napa Mops Up Wine And Tallies Its Losses After Quake

Millions Knocked Offline In US

FBI Probe JP Morgan ‘Cyber-Attack’

Obama Urges Calm In Face Of Crises In Ukraine And Syria

THE VATICAN

For Nuncio Accused Of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice At Home, Not Abroad

China To Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ With Our Country’s Religion

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Unity Government Effort In Doubt As Candidate Boycotts Election Audit

CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientists Notice Extreme Change In Mountains

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord In Lieu Of Treaty

Humans The Biggest Force Driving Glacier Meltdown, New Study Says

Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into The International Arena

UN Seeks Climate Change ‘Malala’

EBOLA OUTBREAK

If They Survive In The Ebola Ward, They Work On

Video: Burial Boys Of Ebola

Nigeria Closes Schools Over Ebola

Canada To Pull Lab Team Helping Combat Ebola In Sierra Leone

Ebola Spreads To Nigeria Oil Hub

Ebola Outbreak Accelerating, Evolving In Alarming Ways, Researchers Say

Ebola Could Strike 20,000, World Health Agency Says

Leadership And Calm Are Urged In Ebola Outbreak

Test Ebola Drug ‘100% Effective’

GAZA

As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get Down To Business

With Gaza War, Movement To Boycott Israel Gains Momentum In Europe

ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Britain Said To Be ‘Close’ To Identifying Suspect In Journalist’s Beheading

US Sanctions Syria Air Surveillance

Arab Nations Strike In Libya, Surprising U.S.

U.S. Mobilizes Allies To Widen Assault On ISIS

American Fighting For ISIS Is Killed In Syria

Military Skill And Terrorist Technique Fuel Success Of ISIS

ISIS Said To Kill 150 Syrian Captives In 2 Days, Videotaping The Horror

Iraqi Kurds Expand Autonomy As ISIS Reorders The Landscape

To Defeat Terror, We Need The World’s Help

ISIS Displaying A Deft Command Of Varied Media

SPYING

U.S. Seeks To Extradite Canadian Accused Of Stealing Jet Secrets

SYRIA

Syrian Rebels Seize Crossing Point With Golan Heights

U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining Rebels In Syria, Including ISIS

U.N. Forces Are Caught In New Standoff

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion On A New Front

NATO Reveals Satellite Images As Proof That Russian Troops Have Invaded Ukraine With ‘Highly Sophisticated Weaponry’

Ukrainian Border Guards Retreat As Two Columns Of Tanks Cross Over From Russia, Ukraine Official Says

Canadian Troops Off To Europe As Part Of NATO Plan To Rein In Putin’s Ambitions

NATO Accuses Russia Over Ukraine

OH CANADA

This is definitely good news. A stunning rebound of the Campbell River

This should prove very interesting. Lady Bachelor Canada beauty eyes Victoria mayor’s chair

I sincerely wish I was going with these people. Canadian troops off to Europe as part of NATO plan to rein in Putin’s ambitions

 Cougars Corner

Sam:        Good morning, Felina. I’m in the kitchen. You might want to come out here.

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. I will be there momentarily. Do not worry, Dear. Everything is under control.

Sam:        It looks like a brown bag tornado hit this place. What are all these box lunches for? These human box lunches?

Felina:     Here I am, Samuel.

Sam:        And you look absolutely divine, Lass.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. You make me smile.

Sam:        And your smile lights up my life.

Felina:     Quite so.

Sam:        However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Mary Tyler Harper and the Valerie Moore of digression. And the Rob Petrie of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that the explanation for all this weird stuff in the kitchen is forthcoming.

Felina:     Quite forthcoming. I am making box lunches for some of our local boys marching off to invade Russia.

Sam:        Well, that’s got to have the Bear shaking in its cave.

Felina:     It should. The very idea that those Bolsheviks could invade that Ukraine place is totally outrageous. So we are going over there to give them a good spanking. And then take them home and make sure their parents explain to them why Stupid is never a good idea.

Sam:        This is also a dress rehearsal for the first Arctic War between you guys too, I’m guessing.

Felina:     Sometimes I really believe, mate mine, that you would make a good Canadian.

Sam:        I did the next best thing, Sweetheart. I mated one.

Felina:     That is absolutely delightful, Samuel. And so impeccably true.

Sam:        So you want a paw with these box lunches for the troops?

Felina:     Nothing would please me more, Dear. And thank you so much.

Sam:        Not a problem, Lass. 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 reminds me of my favourite film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Video: Devoted to Rural America

When our species does something like this for another species, my hope for the planet is renewed. I hope it works that way for you. Saving the world’s smallest bear

As if this man was not already one of our heroes, he has to go and do this. LOL WATCH: Stephen Hawking Takes Ice Bucket Challenge On His Own Terms

BAD EXAMPLES

We are glad this is being corrected. We are horrified that it was permitted to happen in the first place. Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates

This definitely needs to stop. Drugging Our Kids. Our thanks to Meade Fischer and the San Jose, California Mercury News for this one.

Who are we, as a species, that we cannot protect our young from this? Woman, 31, caught on camera sexually abusing her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter after he set up a secret camera

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

I totally love this. Of monsters and mud: Exploring the deep mysteries of Burns Bog (with video)

Why do I hear HAL’s voice now? Robotic brain ‘learns’ from internet

I thought this was fantastic. Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first

INNER SPACE

Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

DNA Tells Story Of Arctic Peopling

‘Pristine’ Mammoth Skeleton Discovered On Family’s Property

OUTER SPACE

Listen: Sounds Of Interstellar Space Captured By Far-Flung Space Probe

Astronomers Spot Aftermath Of Vast Cosmic Collision

Astronauts Baffled By Strange ‘Spikes’ Spotted In Siberia

New Study Yields Big Surprise About Earth’s Interior

Key Theory About Sun Finally Proved

Earth Dodges Another Big One

ROBOTICS

LASA Robotics Makes Awesome Tricked Out Wheelchair For Boy

The Robotics Frontline | Suzan Mazur

Vancouver Island The Latest Place Buzzed By ‘Creepy’ Drones

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Why Your Toilet Needs Reinvention

How A Fish Inspired A Supercar

This Map Shows Everything On The Internet At Once

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

 NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Growing, And Growing More Dangerous, Draft Of U.N. Report Says

Seattle’s New Bike Share Program Welcomes First Members

The Radical Homemaker On The First Step To Becoming A Farmer

HEALTH

This should be reassuring. If they can do it, so can the rest of us. Atlanta hospital deemed one of safest for Ebola care

This is a good 21st Century reminder. Proper computer work station positions

And this is certainly appropriate. Five steps to less stress.

LIFESTYLE

I’m going to try this. How to make your own natural soda pop

Photos from the real Winnie the Pooh’s 100th anniversary

America’s Best Cities For Food

Visiting A Kurdish Capital In The US

Guns A Part Of American Childhood

Proof That Chinese Grandparents Are More Athletic Than You

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

Flyboarding And Hamburgdogs Top Our Videos Of The Week

Achill: The Island the Irish Learn to Leave (our thanks to BBC Magazine)

Rome, Behind The Lens

Top Images From Around The Globe

FROM NORTHSTAR 

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

 

 NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Business Correspondence

Communications Consulting

Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing

Editing

Ghost Writing

Humour: Jokes & Monologues

Online Research

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Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

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206-478-9254

http://minstrel312.tripod.com

 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Now this we like to see. Klamath River salmon to get fresh water

Giant Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy To Receive Better Treatment Uh huh. And I’m Mary, Queen of Flipping Scots.

You really do have to see this to believe it. Paddleboarder Has No Clue What’s Coming

SHORTS

World’s Rarest Bird Needs New Home

A Sheepdog’s ‘Two Rules’ For Success

Retired Research Chimps Are All Settled Into New Home

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Double-crossing cat keeps a second family

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

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

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

 

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WITH THE FACES OF WAR SO STARKLY RENDERED

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No. 400

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine.  Source:  Olya Bereza

Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine. Source: Olya Bereza

 

 

WITH THE FACES OF WAR SO STARKLY RENDERED

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. With the face of war so starkly rendered this past week, perhaps we ~ as a species and as a society within that species ~ will finally accept that there are no innocents. There is no euphemistic “collateral damage”. There are no more civilians. And battlefields know no boundaries.

All institutions evolve, including the institution of warfare. We have tried to make it palatable in the past because we have never believed that we could stop it. So when young men and women of one country sailed off to kill young men and women of another country, we celebrated in song and film.

We cannot do that any longer. ISIS is tone deaf and committed to the ultimate goal of war. They are not the first to teach us a lesson in these regards. They are just the latest and the most powerful.

Now, if we are to survive as nations, we must come together as a world community. ISIS can be defeated by the very nations it seeks to destroy as symbols of all that is evil in the world.

This is no longer about geopolitics. It is about survival. It is not about parades. It is about preparation. And it is not about killing for the sake of killing. It is about destroying ISIS so thoroughly that not even ashes remain to foul the air or the option in the maddest of imaginations.

We have dreamed for so long of one final war to end all war. Now that such a war is here, we are engaged. May the same God Who guides us to peace counsel ISIS in the error of its perspective. Enough have died, on both sides.

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

THE NEWS

It is not enough that they drive on the wrong side of the flipping road. I really think the Crown should reconsider this move. Self-driven lorries (trucks) ‘to get Britain test’

Despite the fact that I don’t endorse this personally, I know a lot of you don’t mind living dangerously. So…The newest spot to swim with whales

I agree with this totally. Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

WORLD

ASIA

Rain Sparks Deadly Japan Landslides

Indonesian Court Rejects Election Challenge, Clearing Way For Joko Presidency

Junta Leader Is Named New Premier Of Thailand

North Korea May Soon Have More Powerful Rocket

Unorthodox Japanese Housewares Retailer Muji Launching In Toronto

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australian Scientist To Help NASA Single Out Mars Samples

Adelaide Freeway Descent ‘Among Nation’s Most Challenging’

Telstra Call Centre Jobs ‘Will Not Exist In Five Years’

CHINA

China Faces Buyer’s Remorse In Canada’s Oil Patch

5 Sect Members Go On Trial In Killing At Mcdonald’s In China

Pentagon Says Chinese Fighter Jet Confronted American Navy Plane

EUROPE

German Authors Join Protest Over Amazon’s Tactics In E-Book Dispute

Paris Raid On Saudi Prince’s Convoy

Why Paris Doesn’t Want A Scottish Yes

European Union Compensates Fruit And Vegetable Growers

Russia Tensions Hit Carlsberg Sales

France Acknowledges Economic Malaise, Blaming Austerity

German Broadcaster Fires Chinese Blogger

IRELAND

Case In Which Abortion Was Denied Reignites Controversy Over Irish Law

The Island That Kids Learn To Leave

RUSSIA

A Fast-Food Symbol Of America Falls In Moscow

UNITED KINGDOM

Video: 36 Hours In Glasgow

How Scottish Independence Relates To Larger Tax Fights

‘Growth drives UK flooding problems’

UNITED STATES

Alarming Images Emerge From CA Drought

How Much $100 Is Really Worth In Every State

U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread

THE VATICAN

For Chinese, Pope Seems Worlds Away In South Korea

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

Obama Holds To Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline

Afghanistan Orders Expulsion Of New York Times Correspondent

CLIMATE CHANGE

Canadian Government Puts Polar Briefings On Ice

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Liberia Troops Enforce Quarantine

Ebola Outbreak Has Killed More Than 1,200: WHO

Drug Used For Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise

Two U.S. Ebola Patients Are Released By Atlanta Hospital

GAZA WAR

In War Torn Gaza, If Roof Stands, It’s Now Home

Israeli Strike In Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders

SYRIA

Blamed For ISIS’ Rise In Syria, Assad Is Pushed To Escalate Fight

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Says Army Controls Center Of A Rebel City

As Its Forces Advance, Ukraine Says Poroshenko Will Meet With Putin

Annexation Of Crimea Divides An Artist Colony Founded On Tolerance

Rebels Falter, But Russian Border Buzzes With Military Activity

Russian Aid Convoy Leaves Ukraine

WAR ON TERRORISM

U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key To Halting ISIS

OH CANADA

I’ve been planning a trans-Canada from the west so I’m a little jealous of this little dude. Hitchhiking robot wraps up cross-country journey in Victoria

This, to me, is another example of the saying, “courage knows no flag.” I am, nonetheless, proud that it happened under this one. Listen: Ontario Man Turns The Tables On Would-Be Scammers

This is interesting and I hope it works out, Just what a subway car needs, eh? TTC Has Plans To Bring Wi-Fi To All Underground Toronto Subway Stations

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.

I have changed now a lot my attitude to history. It is interesting how words became to bear new. meanings. I look to this episode and see armed with guns soldiers and I see just cold weapon in hands of their enemies. But what side is right? Depending from where are you isn’t it? Because I bet fighters of both “armies” have the feeling they are right or if not how could they fight, without spirit of win?

My mom is working in church. She said sometimes the people from Donetsk and other East region came here.  A girl was crying there, she came with kid to Dnipro but her father and husband stayed to fight army as they think they protect their land. So who’s right in this war? Depending on the side one is, isn’t it?…

I remembered Germany in times of WW2. What could a young man do even if not sharing the Hitler views but if he was taken to the army? Feeling compassion to all innocents

Her name is Olya Bereza and her email address is olha.bereza@mail.ru

 COUGARS CORNER

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

Sam:        Hiya, Sweetheart. Kind of late but a beautiful night out here. Mind if I join you and the stars you’re talking to.

Felina:     Not at all, mate of my three lifetimes. I am honoured by your society, my love.

Sam:        You kind of move my world some too, Felina.

Felina:     And when you say things like that, my rapacious rapscallion, you make me smile.

Sam:        And when you smile, the stars dazzle back trying to match it, Lass.

Felina:     Thank you, Samuel.

Sam:        Not a problem, Luv. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Robin Williamshood and His Merry Men of Digression. And the St. Lauren of Bacall of the memorable segue.

Sam:        Yep, and stars and tears have something in common when the Creator is listening. You’re not out here on this ledge so high up the clouds pay their respects to do a happy dance.

Felina:     At this particular moment, mate of my three lifetimes, I am seriously wondering whether any of that species I have loved and prayed for so long deserves to live. Their cruelty seems to know no limit.

Sam:        If that’s the way you feel, Sweetheart, you’ve got a lot in common with ISIS. They figure that since this all has been going on for so long, it must be because secretly we all like it. They devote so much time and energy to it and the more dramatic, cruel, etc. it is, the more money ISIS makes.

Felina:     And the more powerful they become.

Sam:        If they are allowed, yep. But there is a lot of good going on out there still, that could use the time and energy they spend on the bad stuff.

Felina:     Samuel, please be very honest and straightforward with me and not try to be cute when I ask you this.

Sam:        Yes, Lass.

Felina:     Do you think they will survive this?

Sam:        Only if they want to survive, Sweetheart.

Felina:     And sometimes, no matter how much the other life on this planet tries to love them back, it is not enough.

Sam:        Felina, you have shed enough tears for them and the stars both this night. It’s time for cold morning pizza with me and our talking television set. Arnie found a classic, “Abbott & Costello Meet the Mushroom That Mooshed Milwaukee. So on that note, Felina?

Felina:     You so make me laugh, my darling. And yes, certainly, on that note, Gentle Readers, please try to love yourselves just a little more. And until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is the kind of news we like to read. How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty

I am glad to report that we have quite a few people who do this when necessary, including me and the guys I live with. Good Samaritan chases off muggers in West Seattle: ‘I don’t tolerate that’

I am proud this happed in the state where I live. Arlington, Washington Approves Ban On Smoking In Parks And On Trails

BAD EXAMPLES

I am ashamed that this happened in the city in which I live. Blind woman’s purse stolen at transit center

Sometimes words totally desert me. Teen Arrested After Video Of Him Beating Boy With Autism Goes Viral: Cops (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Check out these major inventions created by kids. This literally blew me away.

This is reassuring. Google driverless cars ‘designed to speed’

I am glad this is getting straightened out. How movie dinosaurs lied to us

INNER SPACE

Fossils of New Species of Dinosaur Found in Venezuela

Why The World Smells Different After It Rains

Neanderthals In Europe Died Out Thousands Of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says

Why We’re Not Driving The Friendly Skies

Iceland Issues Volcano Red Alert

Alarming Details Revealed About Fate Of The Earth

OUTER SPACE

EU Sentinel returns first images

Map illustrates ‘Russian GPS’ fault

Satellites have an electric future

ROBOTICS

Robot Ships: Poised To Set Sail?

Why The Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs After All: They Lack Common Sense

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics …

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Police Cameras Can Shed Light, But Raise Privacy Concerns

Aircraft to have ‘human-like skin’

Study Creates ‘Virtual Time Travel’

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

This Week in Science: Space Plankton, Life Under Ice, and Big City Spiders

More and more parents are refusing vitamin K shots for newborns due to anti-vaccination fears, placing babies at risk for severe brain and intestinal bleeding.

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

How The Lummi Nation Is Winning Against Coal

Arlington, Washington approves ban on smoking in parks and on trails 

Rise Of The Short-Haul Truckers

Turning Coffee Grounds Into Car Fuel

What A More Sustainable Food System Looks Like

HEALTH

If this does not inspire you, you cannot be inspired. ‘They Are So Much In Love’: Family, Friends, Businesses Throw Wedding For Young Woman With Fatal Cancer

Here’s a reminder we don’t mention often enough. Breast cancer in men; signs, symptoms and support.

How Safe Are Carnivores? Doctor Puts A High-Meat Diet To The Test

LIFESTYLE

Lost In Translation: Germany’s Fascination With The American Old West

Living In: The Most Visited Cities

Drowning In Water Bills

Americans Spend $1.8 Billion On Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

Video: Intersection | Casual Style In Glasgow

Flyboarding And Hamburgdogs Top Our Videos Of The Week

Achill: The Island the Irish Learn to Leave (our thanks to BBC Magazine)

FROM NORTHSTAR 

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I ignored this when I first read the headlines about it. But apparently, this mode of transporting salmon over hydroelectric dams actually work better than fish ladders, which, in one study of Atlantic salmon, got about three percent over the dam. Watch these fish “cannons” shoot salmon safely over dams

This is absolutely thrilling. Scientists Make Incredible Find In Antarctic Ice

I loved this and I am pretty certain you will too. Photo Gallery: Animals at the London Zoo getting their annual checkup.

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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Man fakes suicide to get out of wedding

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SOMETIMES, WHAT MAKES THIS JOB ESPECIALLY INTERESTING…

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 17, 2014

No. 398

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Ukraine Sky   Photo by Olya Bereza
Ukraine Sky Photo by Olya Bereza

SOMETIMES, WHAT MAKES THIS JOB ESPECIALLY INTERESTING…

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Sometimes what makes this job especially interesting is the email we get from you guys. No, I am not working for the LaConner, Washington Chamber of Commerce. No, the place is not Heaven. It’s just a lot more like my conception of it than say downtown gritty big city USA.

Our window on the Ukraine, Olya Bereza, reports that things in the eastern corner of her country remain tense for herself and those she loves. She lives in a city on the Dnieper River and can sometimes hear the heavy artillery slugging it out in Donetsk. She asked me to thank those of you who have written her letting her know that she is not alone. This magazine may not have the biggest readership in the whole world but none can top you guys in the “giving a darn” department. Thank you.

We are not going to say anything of substance about Ferguson, Missouri until due process has been observed. There is a fine line between providing information useful and sometimes necessary to know and trying an individual, government agency, etc. in the media. Twelve good people and a fair judge are how it is done in the America where I live.

I want to thank some real nice folks for an invitation to go swimming with dolphins up north. I am very fond of the species but they live where bigger marine mammals hang out. So about the only way that is going to happen is with a baby dolphin and a very, very large bathtub. In other words, sorry Charley, it ain’t gonna happen..

Once again, thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?

THE NEWS

Which are the most liberal and most conservative cities in America? The answers just might surprise you.

Our species has faced greater threats than this and survived. We will “conquer” this one too. Control Of Ebola ‘Six Months Away’

I’ve worked hops and grapes with these folks so this is good news. Latinos Move Up, From Picking Crops to Running the Farm

WORLD

AFRICA

Africa To Experience Population Boom

Condemned But Undeterred, Boko Haram Is Still Abducting Nigerian Youths

ASIA

China’s Sex And The City?

In Nepal, A Better Life With A Steep Price

With Eye On China, Japanese Premier Skips War Shrine

3 Days Of Flooding In Western Nepal Leaves 54 People Dead, 142 Missing

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australian Banks Face Class Action

Australian PM Comments ‘Offensive’

CHINA

China Puts Pressure On Foreign Carmakers

EGYPT

Human Rights Chief Barred From Egypt

EUROPE

Spanish Coastguards Pick Up Almost 700 African Migrants In Two Days

Ukraine Crisis Takes Toll On Germany’s Economy, Powerhouse Of The Eurozone

Eurozone Growth Slows To A Halt

Spain Suspects Morocco Allowed A Brief Flood Of Migrants

ISRAEL

Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need For Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.

LATIN AMERICA

‘Brazil Is In Mourning': Presidential Candidate Dead After Private Jet Crashes Into Residential Area

Mexico Looks For Canadian Collaboration In Energy Shift

PAKISTAN

Protest March Bears Down On The Leader Of Pakistan

RUSSIA

Half A Ton Of This, Half A Ton Of That: Russia Is Calm Over Food Import Bans

Russian Hacker Group Stole 1.2 Billion Passwords, Largest Trove Ever Uncovered

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Jobless Rate Nears Six-Year Low

Britain’s Recovery Gains Momentum But Wages Slip

As Europe Economy Stumbles, Britain Offers Hesitant Hope

Great White Shark Spotted In North London Boating Lake

UNITED STATES

How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out Of Poverty

As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

US Grand Jury Indicts Texas Governor

In China’s Shadow, U.S. Courts Old Foe Vietnam

Around St. Louis, A Circle Of Rage

THE VATICAN

In Pope’s Trip To South Korea, Church Envisions Growth

Pope Urges Dialogue Between Koreas

Pope Beatifies South Korea Martyrs

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Humans The Biggest Force Driving Glacier Meltdown, New Study Says

What Ecologists Are Most Worried About Right Now: 5 Emerging Trends In Climate Change Ecology

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Tracing Ebola’s Breakout To An African 2-Year-Old

At Heart Of Ebola Outbreak, A Village Frozen By Fear And Death

WHO Declares Untested Ebola Drugs ‘Can Be Used’

Using A Tactic Unseen In A Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas

Sierra Leone Again Loses A Top Doctor To Ebola

As Ebola’s Toll Rises, Drug Makers Race To Test Medicines

Guinea Declares Ebola Emergency

Control Of Ebola ‘Six Months Away’

Hospitals In The U.S. Get Ready For Ebola

GAZA WAR

Canadian On Gaza Probe Rejects Anti-Israel Charges

IRAQ

After First Airstrikes, Us Drops New Aid To Thousands Fleeing Militant Advance

U.S. Directly Providing Arms To Embattled Kurdish Forces In Iraq

Kurdish Forces Confront ISIS Fighters As U.S. Airstrikes Continue

A Cruel Night On The Mountain Among Iraq’s Exhausted, Starving And Dying Refugees

Iraq’s Al-Maliki Orders Security Forces Not To Interfere In Politics, But To Protect Nation Amid Power Struggle

France To Give Arms To Iraqi Kurds

Militants’ Siege On Mountain In Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says

Un Declares Major Emergency In Iraq

Maliki Agrees To Relinquish Power In Iraq

E.U. Foreign Ministers Back Military Support For Kurds In Northern Iraq

SYRIA

Islamic Militants In Syria Introduce Stoning As Latest Form Of Civilian Punishment

Dual Threat Has Mainstream Syrian Rebels Fearing Demise

THE UKRAINE

Donetsk Rebel Commander: We’re Surrounded By Ukrainian Forces

Ukraine Crisis Hardens Germany Against Russia, An Old Partner

Donetsk Shelled Amid Russia Aid Row

A Ukraine City Under Siege, ‘Just Terrified Of The Bombing’

Officials Inspecting Russian Aid Convoy At Border, Ukraine Says

Ukraine Says It Has Attacked, Destroyed Part Of Armed Convoy From Russia

OH CANADA

This should probably explain a few things, including a certain Toronto mayour. New report compiles 25 years of UFO sightings in Canada

I’m not real sure this is a good idea. Canada to help shuttle weapons into Iraq

This definitely is NOT a good idea. Police “militarization” is creeping into Canada

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

Sam:        Felina, could you come out here for a second. The young human in the FedEx truck just left a couple of big boxes on the front porch.

Felina:     Oh, how delightful, mate of my three lifetimes. I will be right there.

Sam:        I’ll drag this stuff on in here and you can explain this newest mystery to me by making room for it.

Felina:     That sounds like an excellent plan, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        Felina, when you start putting butter on the popcorn, I start getting a little nervous. Especially when the return address is “Wetsuits R Us”.

Felina:     Oh, I thought you got the memo.

Sam:        What memo?

Felina:     We have been invited by the SeaDoc Society to swim with dolphins.

Sam:        Uh huh. And since it’s too cold even for creatures in fur, we are going to put on rubber suits and all this other stuff.

Felina:     Yes, my love. You see the plan clearly.

Sam:        I see very clearly looking down into depths as deep as these mountains are tall and remembering the very big stuff that lives down there.

Felina:     The orcas are our friends too, Samuel.

Sam:        An orca in a bad mood or hungry or emotionally disturbed has been known to lunch on everything from sharks to small submarines. And to a deranged orca, we look like weird fish with tails. Sorry, but I am not putting myself on the menu.

Felina:     And where you goeth, I goeth.

Sam:        You said that, not me.

Felina:     It is in our contract, my beloved.

Sam:        I have no problem going up there and watching, from a boat. But it better be with the understanding that neither of us dips a paw in the water. And this silly flipping wetsuits go back.

Felina:     I believe that is an excellent plan, oh sun and moon of my life.

Sam:        You’re giving in way too easily, Lass. There’s nothing in those boxes, is there?

Felina:     Just another invitation to go dolphin watching on a boat. Sometimes to get you to visit Mars, it is best to aim for Saturn’s seventh moon.

Sam:        This is also true and we are going. So on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

You guys rock. Quebec to amend Civil Code to better protect animals from abuse

This makes me proud to have friends in the Lone Star State. Texas town opens its heart to ‘child refugees’

I am glad to live in a community which feels this way. Seattle wants family unity in immigration reform

BAD EXAMPLES

And this from the nation which gave America its Statue of Liberty. Jewish group shocked to discover French hamlet named ‘Death to the Jews’

There is no excuse for this and it must stop. Child labour: my life in a sweatshop

Let’s hope God believes them. North Korea Says Rocket Launches Had Nothing to Do With Pope’s Visit

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

It’s about time science settled this issue once and for all.  Magpies ‘Don’t Steal Shiny Objects

This is reassuring. Cosmic Rubble Just May Help Save Our Planet Someday

And this could explain a lot. Space Aliens Are Already Here

INNER SPACE

Researchers Rappel Into Ancient Sinkhole, Finding Remains Of Extinct Mammals Who Fell To Their Deaths During Ice Age

Who Was the First Named Human?

New To The Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone

OUTER SPACE

Rosetta: Comet Probe Starts Work

Cosmic Grains Pre-Date Solar System

Myths of Physics: 1. Einstein’s Speed Limit Is the Speed of Light

ROBOTICS

After Hours Robots To Explore Tate

A Robot That Folds Itself Up And Walks Away

Robot Swarm Shuffles Into Formation

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Google Builds Cable Under Pacific

Meet The Two-Faced Smartphone

Amazing App ‘Talkitt’ Allows People With Speech Impairments To Speak Clearly

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

This Week in Science: Stardust Hitchhikers, Butterfly-headed Pterosaurs, and a Robot Swarm

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

Tractors, Ritual Baths, And Dismantling Racism: Welcome To Black And Latino Farmers Immersion

The Leader Of Canada’s Green Party Is Marching For Climate Action—And She Wants You To Join Her In NYC

What Ecologists Are Most Worried About Right Now: 5 Emerging Trends In Climate Change Ecology

HEALTH

If this does not move you, your cynicism has metastasized. The bloom of cancer

As if we needed yet another reason to deal with this, obesity ‘linked to 10 cancers’

This is information all of us should have. The physical triggers of suicide

SHORTS

Can You Die From A Broken Heart?

Tiny Pieces Of Gold ‘Boost Chemo’

The Kitchen Cupboard Cure That Saved 50 Million People

LIFESTYLE

Not Marrying, Just Moving In

Pros And Cons Of “Normal” Jobs From The Radical Homemaker

Ancient India’s 5 Words For Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)

Vets coping with post-traumatic stress find solace in back-to-nature programs

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

Video: Huge humpback whale hangs with fishing charter boat off Prince Rupert for an hour

Video: Exotic Cars Preview For The Ultimate Car Show

Top images from around the world

FROM NORTHSTAR

Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

As far as I’m concerned, this is yet another reason for not swimming where these creatures hang out. One of world’s biggest sharks caught on film

We totally love stories like this. 800-Lb. Sea Creature Rescued Off NJ Coast

I am not a fan of these big dudes but I do not hate them either. However, this necessarily falls under the heading, “Know Thy Enemy”. (yes, I am joking…sort of) Great white shark project reveals surprising facts to NZ researchers

SHORTS

How Animals Deal With Infection

World’s Largest Partnership For Amphibian Conservation Formed

New Species Of Dolphin Discovered Near Australia

RELATED LINKS:

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BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Are we really ready for this? Sweat-powered ‘phone battery’ made

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

JUST A REMINDER

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

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

 

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