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

 

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 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

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Double-crossing cat keeps a second family

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Outside Magazine

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Writing For Peace

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

 

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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

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: 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

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

Proofreading

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

minstrel312@aol.com

206-478-9254

http://minstrel312.tripod.com 

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.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Man fakes suicide to get out of wedding

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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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

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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

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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

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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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A PLACE FOR THOSE TOO GENTLE TO LIVE AMONG WOLVES

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 10, 2014

No. 397

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 LaConner

A PLACE FOR THOSE TOO GENTLE TO LIVE AMONG WOLVES

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, I sure hope it’s been cooler where you live than it has been and will be for awhile here in Seattle. When one is accustomed to milder temperatures, 87F/30.5C is uncomfortable. And both to save on utilities and because up until now, an air conditioner is a major expense used maybe 14 days out of 365, the house I live in does not have one.

At times like these, I get homesick and lonesome for a place not far from here that is smaller, quieter, greener and more temperate than Seattle has become. It is not an affluent community but it is quietly prospering. Employment is scarce for outsiders, as it is anywhere in Rural America. My income, though modest, is government protected and the result of working since the age of 16. What I earn above and beyond that does not depend on the local economy and takes nothing away from it.

This place not far from here is a place where a man who has become too gentle to live among wolves can leave the pack behind and exist simply and quietly among good neighbors. It is a quiet fishing village which attracts spring and summer tourists down a quaint Main Street of antique stores, import/export shops, ethnic restaurants, a legendary tavern and a place which serves seafood so succulent that if St. Peter ever walks among us again, he will surely dine here.

It is also a place where a man can pick up a few extra bucks or goods to barter by doing things like splitting firewood, helping a fisherman on his boat, filling in when one of the members of the Chamber of Commerce needs a temporary office person.

The land itself is good for subsistence gardening, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am not an expert at it but I can grow the things I like to eat. My diet is very simple and consists mostly of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, garlic, fish in any form except sushi, turkey and once in a great while ham and bacon. And still less often, red meat. When I can afford it, which is seldom, I oink out on pizza and Mexican food and in lieu of a good place to get either, I can make both. Someone very close to me won prizes at a state fair for her chili. I learned a lot in her kitchen.

In all, it is a good place for a man embarked on his fourth and final act; and for a man who has much to do to provide for his family in perpetuity. It is a good place, as well, for the reaffirmation of faith in the intrinsic and inherent goodness of our species. Most of all, it is a good place for a man weary of living among wolves.

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

THE NEWS

If you are at all inclined to over-worry, you should not read this. The Internet knows where your cat lives and you should be worried

Maybe it’s just me but if there are that many people the government considers a threat to the nation, maybe it is time to look at why so much discontent. This is starting to remind me of the days when a paranoid narcissist ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Secret Papers Describe Size of Terror Lists Kept by U.S.

Which American city is the friendliest, according to Conde Nast Traveler magazine? Congratulations, Charleston, South Carolina. Which is the unfriendliest? Sorry, Newark, New Jersey. For the other nine in each category, yep, go here.

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Slain General In Afghanistan Was Quietly Effective Leader, Known For Technical Skill

AFRICA

Libya’s Spectacular Democratic Failure

In Libya, Parliament Convenes Amid Battles

Nigeria Army ‘Atrocities’ Uncovered

Tunisia, In Political Transition, Fears Attacks By Citizens Radicalized Abroad

African Leaders Sit Down With American Investors

From Apartheid-Era Jail Cell To The Bench In Pistorius Case

Video: Boko Haram Kidnapping Tactics, Explained

ASIA

100 Passengers Feared Dead After Ferry Capsizes In Bangladesh

Divers Fail To Find Bangladesh Ferry That Capsized

Bangladesh Begins Manhunt For Owners Of Capsized Ferry

Sake With Your Burger? Japan Is Looking West To Save A Tradition

Historic Day’ For Cambodia As Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced To Life

Outrage Builds In South Korea In Deadly Abuse Of A Soldier

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

New Zealand Fishing Boat Hauls In Surprise Catch: Small Plane With A Body

Government Deserves Praise For Dropping 18C Changes: Pyne

Australia Offers US Help Aiding Iraqi Refugees

Australians To Help Fight Canadian Wildfires

CHINA

Video: Shadowy World For Chinese Surrogates

Race To Rescue China Quake Survivors

China Tells Microsoft Not To Interfere With Antitrust Inquiry

China To Ban Coal In Beijing By 2020 In Bid To Fight Pollution

In China, British Investigator Hired By Glaxo, And His Wife, Are Sentenced To Prison

A View From The Sea, As China Flexes Muscle

EUROPE

Germany Blocks Delivery Of Military Parts To Russia

In Portugal, Banco Espírito Santo Patriarch Humbled Amid Bailout

Calm After A Bank’s Collapse In Portugal Could Signal Eurozone Resiliency

Italy Falls Back Into Recession

Militant Jewish Group Confronts Protesters In A Tense France

Russia Bans Food Imports From EU

Turkey’s Premier Tries To Keep Power, As President

An Epicurean Village Is Too Rich For Some Paris Appetites

INDIA

India Shaken By Case Of Muslim Men Missing In Iraq

Cashew Juice, The Apple Of Pepsi’s Eye

ISRAEL

Israel Claims to Have The Mastermind Behind Jewish Teens’ Murders

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela To Close Border At Night

Colombian Rebels Attack Oil Field

MIDDLE EAST

A U.S. Journalist’s Arrest Points To A Power Struggle In The Leadership Of Iran

RUSSIA

Russian Gang Said To Amass More Than A Billion Stolen Internet Credentials

Putin Urges Economic Retaliation For Sanctions Over Ukraine Conflict

Russia Bans Food Imports From Canada, U.S., EU

The List: What Russia Has Banned

UNITED KINGDOM

In China, British Investigator Hired By Glaxo, And His Wife, Are Sentenced To Prison

Crime Writer Signs Deal To Advertise On Jerseys

Britain’s Drinking Problem

UK Aid Deliveries In Iraq ‘Imminent’

UNITED STATES

Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class To Inland Cities

Tap Water Ban For Toledo Residents

Why Is The Economy Still Weak? Blame These Five Sectors

Drones Outpacing Rules As Popularity Soars In New York

Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, A Long-Troubled Lake Erie

Guardsmen To Game Wardens, Texas Mobilizes To Patrol Border

Russia Bans Food Imports From U.S.

Hawaii Feels Iselle’s Force, With Another Big Storm Close Behind

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTAN

  1. S. General Is Killed In Attack At Afghan Base, Officials Say

Afghan Presidential Rivals Agree To Sign A Deal

CLIMATE CHANGE

As Oysters Die, Climate Policy Goes On The Stump

Euro Forest Disturbances Increasing

Climate Change Absolutely A Reality: Agricultural Giant

EBOLA OUTBREAK

Lax Quarantine Undercuts Ebola Fight In Africa

Sierra Leone, Liberia Deploy Troops As Ebola Toll Hits 887

‘Don’t Touch The Walls': Ebola Fears Infect An African Hospital

Ebola Outbreak Disrupts Business But Damage Unlikely To Be Widespread

Ebola Killed Death Toll Hits 932 As Doctors Struggle To Stop Virus’s Spread

U.S. And Global Efforts To Contain Ebola Draw Criticism At Congressional Hearing

Expert Panel To Consult On Ebola

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

FLIGHT MH17

Australian PM Warns Of Slow Process To Repatriate MH17 Victims

GAZA WAR

Israel Moving To Wind Down Gaza Conflict By Itself

In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into A Trauma Victim

Eight Days In Gaza: A Wartime Diary

Conflict Leaves Industry In Ashes And Gaza Reeling From Economic Toll

New Fighting A Bid For Leverage As A Gaza Cease-Fire Expires

Israelis And Gazans Clash, But Fighting Is More Subdued

IRAQ

Obama Allows Limited Airstrikes On ISIS

Jihadists Rout Kurds In North And Seize Strategic Iraqi Dam

President Says Airstrikes In Iraq Were Successful, Won’t Say How Long They Will Last

While Offering Support, Obama Warns That U.S. Won’t Be ‘Iraqi Air Force’

Iraq Airstrikes May Continue For Months, Obama Says

SYRIA

Syrian rebels cross into Lebanon, raiding town and capturing troops in most serious incursion

THE UKRAINE

Blast In Ukraine’s Capital Stirs Fears Of New Conflict

A Break From Bloodshed In Ukraine?

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Dirty power plants are America’s biggest source of carbon pollution. We need to move to clean, kid-safe, climate-safe energy now.

Tell the EPA to strengthen the Clean Power Plan!

Dear Rusty,

A plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time is being fiercely opposed by dirty fuel interests and their allies in Congress and statehouses across the country. But parents and other clean energy supporters are rising up to demand strong climate action for our kids and grandkids. 

The Environmental Protection Agency held hearings last week in four cities across the country on its Clean Power Plan. Big polluter representatives showed up to oppose limits on the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change. But thousands of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles spoke at the hearings and rallied outside at “Play-Ins for Climate Action” and a clean energy future. 

The Clean Power Plan is a step in the right direction in the fight against climate pollution, but it needs to be stronger to adequately protect our kids and communities. Our next step is to gather comments from all the Climate Parents who couldn’t attend the hearings to ask EPA to strengthen carbon pollution limits.

Sign the letter to tell EPA to strengthen proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants!

Power plants are currently allowed to spew unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. Power plant pollution is contributing to the growing rate of childhood asthma, as well as to the climate impacts harming so many communities across the country this summer, from droughts to wildfires to extreme storms. 

The Clean Power Plan can and should be stronger to respond to the scale of the problem.  Proposed cuts in carbon emissions need to be deeper, renewables and energy efficiency must be prioritized, and there must be strong enforcement to ensure the plan’s goals are realized. In the face of so much fossil fuel industry pressure to weaken the proposed rule, parents and families need to weigh in heavily to move the EPA to strengthen it to generate the clean energy economy our kids deserve. 

Tell EPA to action to strengthen its proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

Thank you for taking action for kid-safe, climate-safe energy. 

Sincerely,

Lisa and John

OH CANADA

This cannot possibly bode well. China Probes Two Canadians For Alleged Theft Of State Secrets

This is us at our best and most ennobling. Canadian Doctor Treating Ebola In Guinea Shares His Experience With The Challenging Work

I was born in this province and I didn’t know half the stuff on this list. B.C. Day Special: 50 Fun Facts About Our Fascinating Province

SHORTS

Russia Bans Food Imports From Canada See also: The List: What Russia Has Banned

Canadian Experts Respond After WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Threat

Canada Launches Arctic Seabed Quest

Cougars Corner

Sam:        Good morning and happy brunch, Felina. Here’s the pizza with salmonchovies.

Felina:     Thank you so much, love of my three lifetimes. Come, sit with me. Arnold is showing me this place our human Rusty describes in terms that make it sound like Heaven for Humans here on earth.

Sam:        Now that ~ to coin the cliché ~ is an offer I absolutely cannot refuse. You’re even more irresistible than the pizza.

Felina:     Samuel, I am flattered beyond belief. You make me smile. My father would be so glad to hear that I mated a mountain lion who considers me as attractive as South Chicago deep dish.

Sam:        We could probably keep your father out of the loop on this one. His opinion of me puts me somewhere on the evolutionary scale between an amoeba and a talking goldfish.

Felina:     Then it is fortunate that you mated me and not my father. I place you slightly higher than that.

Sam:        Thank you, ma’am. And thanks for another slice of salmonchovies. Now, you were asking about this magic place Rusty describes.

Felina:     I know it is in your part of America so you have been there.

Sam:        Yep.

Felina:     Is it as wonderful as he describes?

Sam:        Sweetheart, sometimes it’s not the land that is so special but the one who needs the land.

Felina:     Like a human who has become too gentle to live among wolves. His friend, the golden eagle in the Ukraine, describes him as a weary warrior. And she herself is a Cossack.

Sam:        Like those of his generation who fought to end a war and went on to join the civil rights and other equality movements, then learn the price of green in Oregon and the price of poverty in big cities it has been a long road. He started out with many. Now there are less than a handful.

Felina:     And he is taking them home, first to this rainbow land and then to his beloved Canada. It will be so nice to have him back among us.

Sam:        He’s looking forward to it too, Sweetheart. And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

There is a very special place in Heaven waiting for this man. Video: Helping homeless men become healthier

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Australia and those who live there. Here’s another reason why. Muslims ‘Should Not Feel Targeted By Anti-Terror Laws’

This is also the legacy of The Thin Red Line. Australians To Help Fight Canadian Wildfires

BAD EXAMPLES

This happens and yet America has the audacity to question the humanity of other nations. U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island

In one of the few places in the world which has not been savaged by the human species, this is absolutely unforgivable. B.C. allows cutting of bald eagle nests for development despite concerns of wildlife staff

I wonder how many others this incredibly bad example will inspire. ’Crazy, reckless’ pilot flies plane under Ottawa bridge

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This is sooo cool. Nice going, folks. Rosetta goes into orbit around comet

In a historic first, a European spacecraft arrives at a speeding comet after a 10-year chase.

This ought to re-ignite an old argument. Genetic ‘Adam & Eve’ Uncovered In Surprising New Study

LISTEN: Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?

INNER SPACE

Is Human Evolution Over? ‘Definitely Not,’ Scientist Says

Scientist Answers Key Question About Human Evolution

Cave Dig Brings Another Big Surprise About Neanderthal Life

Fossil Found In Coal Mine Points To Strange, Tiny Primate

What We Learned About Human Origins In 2013

Strange Pointy Skull Unearthed In Ancient Necropolis

OUTER SPACE

Video: Storm Chasing On Saturn

Best Space Images Of The Month

Watch: NASA ‘Saucer’ Flies Near Space

ROBOTICS

‘Origami’ Robots Fold Into Motion

Another News Outlet Is Using Robots To Write Stories

10 Robots To Watch In 2014 | Robin Raskin

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The 217mph Electric Lab

A Two-Step Plan To Stop Hackers

Watch: How To Spot A Cheater Using Science

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

Discarded Tires Tread Again

Reducing Carbon By Curbing Population

Bring It In For Smokey the Bear

HEALTH

How You Can Avoid A Common Form Of Cancer

Skin Cancer Rates Spike After Generation Of Sunbathing, Tanning Beds

Watch “Hospital Heroes: Stories from a neonatal intensive care unit,” and learn about the incredible impact hospital heroes are having every day.

SHORTS

Cancer Fight Puts Focus On Lack Of Minorities On Donor Lists

Man Who ‘Should Have Been Dead’ Meets Doctors Who Saved His Life

Nurses Less Prone To Errors If Left Alone While Dispensing Pills, Conference Hears

Doctors Left In ‘Untenable’ Position On Medical Marijuana, Says CMA President-Elect

Why Is It So Hard To Give Up Eating Meat?

LIFESTYLE

Quick Video Games ‘Benefit Children’

Ambition: Born or bred?

The ‘Memory’ Of Starvation Stays In Your Genes For Three Generations, New Study Shows

Active Role For Parents Needed Against Cyberbullying

Does penis size really matter?

 

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

Europe On The Pearl River

Snapshots From Israel

BBC’s Most Stunning Images Of The Week

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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My answer to this question is “nope.” Can we ever know what cats think?

In case you’ve ever wanted to communicate with a chimpanzee (And with you guys, there is most certain to be someone out there who does), this might help. LOOK: First-Ever Chimp ‘Dictionary’ Compiled By Scientists Overseas

Here’s a chance to die of cute. This Woodchuck Had A Bad Day, But It Got Better

This month’s SEADOC SOCIETY NEWSLETTER includes:

Learning More About Stranded Killer Whales

Marine Bird Declines Featured In The News

Thank You For Supporting SeaDoc

Salish Sea Book Is Coming Soon

Looking For Coastal Cutthroat Trout

SeaDoc Presents On Wildlife Diseases

SHORTS

1000s Of Jellyfish-Like Creatures Wash Up In Tofino

Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha

Underwater Gliders Could Solve Ecological Mystery About Right Whales 

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Pokemon-playing fish makes a splash

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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

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LET THESE DIE THAT GENERATIONS MIGHT LIVE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 3, 2014

No. 396

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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LET THESE DIE THAT GENERATIONS MIGHT LIVE

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, I had intended to take a break from the world-saving rhetoric by waxing poetic about a very special place I’m considering as a new home come next spring or summer. It looks like that will need to wait until next week though. Some of you have asked what I really think it will take to bring peace to Gaza.

I think it will take a major shift in attitude on the part of those who bear witness. The Hamas ~ in its strategy ~ is an echo of the Irgun. As dedicated to the creation of a nation for its people as the Israelis were to theirs, their tactics are at least as pragmatic. Their philosophy is as simple and hardly historically unprecedented. Their “human shields” die so that generations might live.

The irony here is rich. The war for Israeli independence was fought by teenagers because there were not enough adult Holocaust survivors or Sabras to do the job alone. Jewish “kids” and young adults from all over the world journeyed to Ysroel prepared to die for a land they had never seen and a dream that has eluded them since the Diaspora.

If any nation on the face of this earth should understand the passion for a homeland and all that such passion embraces, it is Israel. Hamas does not want peace. It wants victory at any cost. I doubt, however, that Hamas speaks for all it claims to represent. It is hard to argue with someone who also holds a gun or a bayonet, regardless of the uniform they wear or the doctrine they espouse.

I remember the surgical precision of Entebbe and more recently, the drone strikes in the War on Terrorism. The killing of civilians and Hamas soldiers will not stop the killing. Taking out the ones who order the killing will. Let THESE die that generations might live.

Since I was asked.

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

THE NEWS

If this isn’t the million dollar question of the week, it probably should be. How do you stop a disease like Ebola?

This week marks the American atomic bombing of two cities in Japan in order to end the War in the Pacific. It is worth noting that not since then has any nation exercised this option. I am glad because here is what it is like to be Ground Zero. When time stood still – a Hiroshima survivor’s story

In view of the spate of aerial disasters lately, this seems a fair question to ask. Which is the most deadly airline to fly with?

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Karzai Cousin Killed By Suicide Bomber In Afghanistan

AFRICA

Still Torn By Factional Fighting, Post-Revolt Libya Is Coming Undone

Canada Withdraws Consular Staff From Libya As Violence Plagues Country

Somali Woman Killed For Not Wearing Veil  

France Evacuates Expats From Libya

Rwanda’s Unfinished Miracle

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Africa’s Slide Toward Disaster

‘World Freedom Fighter’ Who Wouldn’t Recant Christian Faith While Facing Death Arrives In U.S.

UK Suspends Tripoli Embassy Services

ASIA

Philippine Rebel Group Opposed To Peace Deal Blamed For Bloody Attack On Villagers

Underground Gas Explosions Kill At Least 24 In Southwestern Taiwanese Port

Gas Suspected In Fatal Blasts That Jolted A City In Taiwan

Landslide In Nepal Kills At Least 8; Hundreds Are Missing

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Coalition Announces Training Organisations To Run The Green Army

Fears Of Surrogacy Ban As WA Couple Rejects Baby With Down Syndrome

CHINA

China Investigates Ex-Security Chief

Religious Leader Who Backed Party Policy In Xinjiang Is Stabbed To Death

Weak Links In China’s Food Chain

China Challenges Canada On Cyberattacks

Imam In China Who Defended Party’s Policies In Xinjiang Is Stabbed To Death

EUROPE

Germany’s Super-Shy Super-Rich

Ryanair Raises Profit Forecasts

Gaza Conflict Seen As Providing Cover For Anti-Semitic Attacks In France

German Group Sues To Block European Banking Union

EU Set To Widen Russia Sanctions

Eurozone Banks More Open To Lending, Survey Shows

Eurozone Inflation Falls To 0.4%

A Test For The European Union

Anti-Semitism Rises In Europe Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict

INDIA

‘Dozens Trapped’ By Indian Landslide

In India To Meet New Leader, Kerry Seeks Better Relations

ISRAEL

Birthright Trips To Israel Continue Despite Mideast Conflict

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil’s Unaffordable Homes

Argentina Defaults For Second Time

Hope Dwindles For Hondurans Living In Peril

RUSSIA

Russia Offers $110,000 Tor Bounty

Energy Companies Rethinking Russia After New Round Of Sanctions

Russia Bans Polish Fruit And Vegetables

UNITED KINGDOM

Lloyds Bank To Pay Over $380 Million To Resolve Rate Manipulation Inquiries

Migrant Benefits To Be Tightened

UK To Allow Driverless Cars On Roads

Britain’s Crime Of Complicity

Bank Of England Sets Tough Rules For Banker Bonuses

Cameron Urges Russia-NATO Rethink

UNITED STATES

Lawmakers Reach Deal On A Fix For V.A.’S Health Care System

Senate Confirms Obama’s Choice To Lead V.A.

Federal Court Blocks Closing Of Sole Mississippi Abortion Clinic

U.S. Economy Grew At 4% Rate In Second Quarter, Beating Expectations

Air Force Calls For Cheaper, Quicker Weapons Development

CIA Officers Improperly Read U.S. Senate Emails, Showed ‘Lack Of Candour’ When Investigated: Report

Reanimating Bertha, The Mechanical Behemoth Stuck Under Seattle

Congress Off For The Exits, But Few Cheer

U.S. Nuclear Deal With Russia Is Derailed As Tensions Rise

THE VATICAN

Inside The Pope’s Private Gardens

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Power Of Climate Change Fiction

Religious Conservatives Embrace Proposed E.P.A. Rules

California Drought Reaches A Terrifying Milestone

EBOLA OUTBREAK

S Leone Declares Ebola Emergency

Nations Intensify Efforts To Suppress Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

FLIGHT 17

Experts Reach Site Of MH17 Jet Crash

MH17 Crash Investigators Get To Work

GAZA WAR

Tunnels Lead Right To The Heart Of Israeli Fear

Loss Of Shelter And Electricity Worsens A Crisis For Fleeing Gazans

Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing Hamas As Worse Than Israel

Israel Calls Up Another 16,000 Reservists Amid Intensive Fighting

Adam: Gaza’s Children Need Our Help

IRAQ

Tears, And Anger, As Militants Destroy Iraq City’s Relics

SPYING

Chinese Hackers Break Into National Research Council Computers, Canadian Spy Agency Says

SYRIA

Banned Munitions Still In Use, Report Says

Photo Gallery: Syria’s Abandoned Children

THE UKRAINE

Enmity And Civilian Toll Rise In Ukraine While Attention Is Diverted

Coordinated Sanctions Aim At Russia’s Ability To Tap Its Oil Reserves

Banned Munitions Still In Use, Report Says

A Test For Ukraine In A City Retaken From Rebels

Ukraine Leaks Stalin’s ‘KGB Secrets’

Ukraine Rebel Admits ‘Executions’

WAR ON TERROR

Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror

OH CANADA

When is this kind of thing finally going to stop? Government hid report of mercury poisoning: First Nation

For the first time in 15 years, Canadian crime rates have not risen. For a list of the Dominion’s safest cities, yuppers, please go here. See also: Canada’s Most And Least Safe Cities

I guess if we really need to be good at something, this is as good as anything, right? Uh Huh. Canada Sets Oyster-Shucking Record

FROM YOU GUYS

We didn’t realize it, but our college buddy, the outdoor writer and political commentator Meade Fischer, has been creatively busy on YouTube. If you like a little satire and humour with an edge, you’ll totally love these. Meade Fischer on YouTube.

COUGARS CORNER

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

Sam:        Felina, you’ve either been up way too late or that insomniac rooster down in the valley is up before the bats and the owls punch out.

Felina:     Good morning, mate of my three lifetimes and I am sorry if I awakened you.

Sam:        Sweetheart, in the 175 years or so all told you and me have been hangin’ out together connubially, it’s not really sleep for me when you’re not there with me.

Felina:     Oh Samuel, that is so sweet. And I know, Dear.

Sam:        You’ve been watching what’s been going on beyond the valley, haven’t you, Lass?

Felina:     Yes. There are cats in Gaza too.

Sam:        Except it’s not the cats in Gaza you’re studying on.

Felina:     It is not the cats in Gaza who are fighting.

Sam:        No, Sweetheart. But your other favorite species is.

Felina:     They are killing themselves over a piece of hot, arid, parched land less than a tenth our hunting range and about the size of the American state of New Jersey.

Sam:        Aye, Felina, they are. And they have been doing it for a very, very, very long time. Doesn’t that suggest something to you?

Felina:     Be careful, Samuel. I am Canadian. I am not stupid.

Sam:        Sweetheart, I know that. But it’s also not going to help if you get so angry you can’t tell friend from foe either. Roughly translated, oh sun and moon of my life, I’m one of the good guys. So you might try backing off the hammer just a little.

Felina:     Samuel, I just wonder sometimes if at the root of all this violence is not something so primal that it is beyond human solution.

Sam:        When any species has been so up against it that the only time they are not afraid is when they are killing one another. Like the human soldier so terror-stricken so often that whenever he is afraid, he reaches for a weapon.

Felina:     Yes. Thank you.

Sam:        Not a problem. But if that is true, Sweetheart, then watching it happen is not going to do any good either. Let their own kind bear witness to this opera of slaughter and mayhem. Not all dogs go to Heaven and not all species survive. And the one sweet note in all that cacophony is that while they are busy annihilating each other, they are too busy to murder us.

Felina:     I could not have expressed it better myself, mate mine.

Sam:        Sure you could have, Lass. I just got there first. And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Deciding Whether Another Species Is Helping Or Hurting Human Being In The Area Is An Unenviably Tough Job. We Applaud This Decision.

This Is Why, When I Can Afford It, I Shop Here. At Patagonia, The Bottom Line Includes The Earth

Hopefully, both closure and justice will come of this. No Longer Ignored, Evidence Solves Rape Cases Years Later

BAD EXAMPLES

This is a chilling question. How many men are pedophiles?

I have lived in this community and I have a very, very difficult time understanding how this could have happened. Artistic director of White Rock Players’ Club was convicted of sexual assault in 2009 — and the theatre group knew about it

This should be a source of national shame. America’s ‘inexorably’ botched executions

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

It’s not bad enough that they drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road in Great Britain. Look what else the Crown is letting happen. UK to allow driverless cars on roads

We are profound proponents of electric bicycles and here is yet another reason why. Witness the birth of the Copenhagen Wheel.

This is a little scary. Mysterious Lake Appears In Middle Of Desert

INNER SPACE

In Church Attics, Clues To The Private Life Of Early America

8 Endangered Species Making Epic Comebacks

Here is a Map Showing the Richest Person in Each State in America

OUTER SPACE

Viewing Earth From Space

Moon DeformeEarly In Its History, Study Shows

NASA Rover To Make Oxygen On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

Don’t Blink: Drone Technology Shrinks Right Before Your Eyes

Recent Air Disasters Spur Call For Airlines To Live-Stream Aircraft Data

Broken Robots ‘Learn To Keep Going’

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

This Week in Science: Quantum Cheshire Cats, a Loving Octomom and a Lemon-Shaped Moon

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

Utility To Pay Coal Ash Spill Victims $27.8 Million

Senate Budget Chair: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High!

The Zoo of the Future Looks Amazing

Seized Greenpeace Ship Departs Russia

The Great Colorado Weed Experiment

HEALTH

I think every parent should read this. The truth about smart drugs

It’s about time to start taking a serious look at this, I suspect. How do you stop a disease like Ebola?

Sometimes the most salient news does not make the front page. Fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives

SHORTS

Fear Of Ebola Breeds A Terror Of Physicians

Preventing Injury Around The Campfire: Safety Tips For Summer Campers

Cutting Your Cancer Risk*

LIFESTYLE

Where Ancient Burmese Beauty Balm Competes With Modern Cosmetics

A Landlord’s Dos And Don’ts

Why Is All The News Bad?

A New Walk For Peace In Europe

Canada’s Greatest Hidden Rail Trip

Londoners Launch Campaign Urging People To Talk To Lonely Strangers

‘The Boreal Feast’ Celebrates The North’s Wild Ingredients With Recipes, Stories

The Future Of Driving Has No Driver

Cracking Your To-Do List

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

Aircraft Carriers, Wake Surfing And More In Our Videos Of The Week

50 Stunning Aerials That Will Make You See The World In New Ways (PHOTOS) Read More

Photos: 15 Places To See Before You Die

Oxford, Behind The Lens

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 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

One Of The Things I Truly Love About The BBC Is Their Fine Hand At Understatement. Dinosaurs’ Extinction ‘Bad Luck’ — Dinosaurs Might Have Survived If The Asteroid That Wiped Them Out Had Hit The Earth A Few Million Years Later Or Earlier, A New Study Suggests.

I am not a fan of insects but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this. A Bug’s Life: Extraordinary Images Capturing Nature At Its Freest

It kind of surprised me that people eat these things but apparently the practice needs to stop. Pangolins are being eaten into extinction

SHORTS

Florida Preserve Lets Visitors Hang Out With Wolves

Baby Deer Freaks Out When Belly Rub Stops

Bear Saves Drowning Crow — And Doesn’t Eat It

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Hitchhiking Robot Begins Cross-Country Trans-Canada Adventure, Today, Sunday

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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ALL GEOGRAPHY IS TEMPORAL

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 27, 2014

No. 395

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

ALL GEOGRAPHY IS TEMPORAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban Making Military Gains In Afghanistan  

AFRICA

Rival Militias In Libya Fight To Control Tripoli Airport

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

‘Apostasy’ Woman Flies Out Of Sudan

Record Sentence For Rhino Poacher

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

Death In Nigeria Shows Ebola Can Spread By Air Travel

ASIA

A Child Of The Slum Rises As President Of Indonesia

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

A Troubled Outlook For China-Japan Ties

In Ferry Deaths, A South Korean Tycoon’s Downfall

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Latest News In New Zealand’s War Against Invasive Rodents

Search And Work To Keep Dole

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

Victorian Couple Killed On Mh17 Remembered In Memorial Service

Grieving Australian Parents Visit Mh17 Crash Site

CHINA

Quarantine Over China Plague Death

China Detains Five Over Meat Scandal

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

In Scarred Chinese Tibetan City, Devotion To Sanctity Of Life

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

EUROPE

France Jails Pro-Palestinian Rioters

Is This The Best City For Expats?

Spanish Unemployment Below 25%

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

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

Ukraine Crisis Is Testing E.U.’S Resolve

EU Sets 30% Energy Savings Target

INDIA

Indian Tiger Conservation Receives A Boost From Frontline Support Training

Text And Ride In India

ISRAEL

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

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

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

Effort To Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters In Eastern Ukraine

LATIN AMERICA

US. Weighs Giving Refugee Status To Youths In Honduras

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

RUSSIA

Russia: Grain Yield Can Exceed A 100-Million Mark

UNITED KINGDOM

Antitrust Regulator To Examine British Banks

Reading The Future Of Scotland In The Stars

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

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

UNITED STATES

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

Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours To Execute Inmate

Violent Attacks On Homeless In Albuquerque Expose City’s Ills

Most Migrant Children Released Into Care Of Relatives

Bill To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Passes Congress

TOPICAL

AIR ALGERIE FLIGHT

Algerian Jet Missing On Sahara Route

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

French President Says No Survivors In Air Algerie Crash

Second Black Box Found

CLIMATE CHANGE

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

Mediterranean Fish Seen In North Sea

Fur Seals Feel Climate Impacts

FLIGHT 17

Kerry Says Russia Trained Separatists To Use Antiaircraft Missiles

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

Complete List Of Passengers And Crew On Flight MH17

More Bodies Possible At Ukraine Crash Site, Forensics Officials Say

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

Bodies Of MH17 Victims Leave Ukraine On Dutch, Australian Planes

New Satellite Imagery Shows MH17 Crash Site

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

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

Ukraine Disaster In Search Of An Investigation

Effort To Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters In Eastern Ukraine

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

GAZA WAR

In Hospitals Across Gaza, Scenes Of Chaos And Grief

Hamas Gambled On War As Its Woes Grew In Gaza

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

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

Turkey Can Teach Israel How To End Terror

Gaza Death Toll Climbs Amid Efforts To Reach Ceasefire Agreement

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

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

Huge Protests In West Bank Over Israeli Offensive In Gaza

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

Hamas Announces New Gaza Ceasefire

Hamas Confirms Ceasefire Watch

Israel: Truce Bid ‘An Opportunity’ Watch

Heavy Fire In Gaza Watch

Numbers Behind The Conflict

Women And The Conflict

Who Are Hamas?

IRAQ

Iraqi Leaders Elect Former Foe Of Hussein As President

Bound By Bridge, 2 Baghdad Enclaves Drift Far Apart

SYRIA

In A Syrian City, ISIS Puts Its Vision Into Practice

Isis ‘Overruns’ Syrian Military Base

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

THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Prime Minister Resigns, As Kiev Moves Toward Elections

Canada Imposes More Sanctions Against Ukrainian Rebels

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

Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

Ukraine Prepares Offensive In Hopes Of Retaking Rebel Stronghold Of Donetsk

OH CANADA

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

Why Is Canada’s Bee Population In Rapid Decline?

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

SHORTS

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

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

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

5 Canadians On Missing Air Algerie Flight

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

Portrait Of Aboriginal Leader Sells For $7.5 Million

FROM YOU GUYS

http://youtu.be/LRqawS8V4Uw

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

Meade Fischer

Pacifica, California

eclecticpress@baymoon.com

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

COUGARS CORNER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

One CEO’s Anti-Jerk Campaign

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

Peace Corps Volunteers In Their Own Words

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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

INNER SPACE

Odd Objects Reveal Ocean Secrets

The Atlantis Of The East

Four-Winged Dinosaur Found In China

Voyage To Unlock Arctic Secrets

‘Fluffy’ Dinosaurs Were Widespread

OUTER SPACE

A Record-Setting Alien World

The Five Greatest Space Hacks

Rosetta’s Comet Seen In Close-Up

NASA Seeks Aid With Earth-Mars Links

Inmarsat Delayed By Rocket Failure

Ukraine Crisis Sends A Chill Into Orbit

Gecko Sex Satellite ‘Not Responding’

TECHNOLOGY

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

A Smartwatch Of The Distant Future

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE

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

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

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

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

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

Carbon Concerns Over Wood Burning

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

The Future Of Robot Caregivers

Skin Care Products Backed By Science

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

LIFESTYLE

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

Calgary Fertility Centre Refuses To Help Create ‘Rainbow Families’

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

How To Learn While You Sleep

Living In… Istanbul

New Alternative To Nursing Home Living

A Celebrity’s Welcome In Italy For De Blasio

Solve One Problem, Create Another

7 Parenting Tips For A World That Harms Women

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

BEST OF THE NET

Lots Of Whales Out Of Moss Landing

  1. com Top Images From Around The World

UW Robotic Gliders Deploy For Arctic Ice Studyadd To Reading List

New Photos Of Wolf OR-7’s Pups, Mate

FROM NORTHSTAR 

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

SHORTS

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

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

Scotland’s Top Wildlife

Bats ‘Fly By Polarised Light’

Seals ‘Feed’ At Offshore Wind Farms

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

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

 

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ANOTHER ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR ISRAEL & UKRAINE

 

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, July 20, 2014

No. 394

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

 

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ANOTHER ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR ISRAEL & UKRAINE

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE NEWS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WORLD

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Anxious Moments For An Afghanistan On The Brink

 

Afghan Market Bomb Attack ‘Kills 89′

 

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

 

AFRICA

 

Transit Cards To Replace Cash On Kenyan Minibuses A Hard Sell

 

Questions Of Justice In Tunisia As Ousted Leaders Are Freed

 

Tunisian Soldiers Killed In Attack

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ASIA

 

Built For Speed: The Japanese Bullet Train

 

Storm Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Philippines

 

China Halts Oil Drilling Operations In Seas Claimed By Vietnam

 

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

 

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

 

Shake-Up On Opium Island

 

Double Tragedy For Australian Family

 

CHINA

 

In Inquiry In China, Police Detain Star Anchor

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

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

 

Inside A Beijing Interrogation Room

 

 

Egypt Sexual Assaults Draw Prison Terms

 

Egypt Cuts Tax Breaks For Fuel; Few Protest

 

EUROPE

 

European Union And US Trade Talks To Resume

 

Marilyn Monroe’s New Polish Home

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Needing Skilled Workers, A Booming Germany Woos Immigrants

 

INDIA

 

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

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

India Six-Year-Old ‘Raped In School’

 

India Aims To Make Forlorn City A Model For Revival

 

LATIN AMERICA

 

‘Kite Fight’

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin And Argentine Leader Agree On Nuclear Power Project

 

‘Twelve Dead’ In Moscow Metro Crash

 

A Tiny Wire, And A Big Train Wreck

 

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

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Britain Plans To Cap Charges On Payday Loans

 

The Invasion Of Britain

 

UNITED STATES

 

US And EU Trade Talks To Resume

 

Second Investigation Details Additional Lapses At CDC Lab After Anthrax Incident

 

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

 

Atlantic City Strives To Rise As Casinos Fall

 

US Loses Trade Spat To China, India

 

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

 

Calls For Resignation Mount For Minnesota Archbishop In Scandals

 

California Death Penalty Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Says

 

New Rule Permits Early Release For Thousands Of Drug Offenders

 

Appeals Court Overturns Oklahoma’s Ban On Gay Marriage

 

Influx Of South Americans Drives Miami’s Reinvention

 

THE VATICAN

 

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

 

TOPICAL

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Climate Change Is Flooding Out American Coastlines

 

White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives

 

Climate Change In Action: Forest Fires In Northwest Canada

 

FLIGHT 17

 

Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck By Missile, Officials Say

 

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

 

Separatists Claim To Have Found Flight MH17’s Black Boxes

 

Ukraine Rebels ‘Allow Crash Access’

 

BBC Malaysian Plane Crashes In Ukraine – Updates

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines

 

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

 

GAZA WAR

 

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

 

Israeli Military Invades Gaza, With Sights Set On Hamas Operations

 

From Gaza, An Array Of Makeshift Rockets Packs A Counterpunch

 

Netanyahu Warns Of Wider Israel Operation In Gaza

 

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

 

Despite Israeli Push In Gaza, Hamas Fighters Slip Through Tunnels

 

Palestinians Find Show Of Support Lacking From Arab Leaders Amid Offensive

 

Who’s Right And Wrong In The Middle East?

 

IRAN

 

Iran Outlines Nuclear Deal; Accepts Limit

 

THE UKRAINE

 

Ukrainian Forces Pound Rebel Stronghold

 

More Canadian Troops Head To Europe In Show Support For Ukraine

 

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

 

Shelling Cuts Power To Ukraine City

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

With Jet Strike, War In Ukraine Is Felt Globally

 

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

 

OH CANADA

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SHORTS

 

More Canadian Troops Head To Europe In Show Support For Ukraine

 

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

 

‘Suspicious Death’ Probed At Pemberton Music Festival

 

FROM YOU GUYS

 

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

 

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

 

 

Cougars Corner

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

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

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

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

Sam:        And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

SHORTS

Welcome To The Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit

Obama To Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias By Contractors

Frack Quietly, Please: Sage Grouse Is Nesting

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

This is so cool. A Robot With a Little Humanity

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

INNER SPACE

Flying Spies Of The 21st Century

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

Could A Child Sex Robot Treat Pedophilia?

OUTER SPACE

Lost And Found In Space

Boom In Satellite Ship Tracking

NASA To Celebrate 45th Anniversary Of First Moonwalk

TECHNOLOGY

Easier Ways To Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes

Night Vision Fighter Helmet Unveiled

Some Universities Crack Code In Drawing Women To Computer Science

HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE 

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

This Texas Solar Farm Uses Sheep For Its Landscaping Needs

In Iowa, Solar Is Fighting Back Against Utilities And Winning

Wasting Water In California Will Now Cost You $500

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

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

HEALTH

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

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

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

SHORTS

Doctors Use Immune Therapy Against Cervical Cancer

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

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

NORTHSTAR JOURNAL SUMMER HEALTH EXTRA

Stay Safe At The Pool And The Beach

Swimming: The Workout With Splash

Home, Safe Home

Summertime And Your Health

LIFESTYLE

Keeping Safe And Preventing Tragedy In The Water This Summer

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

Next Gold Rush: Legal Marijuana Feeds Entrepreneurs’ Dreams

Love People, Not Pleasure

BEST OF THE NET

BBC Photo Journeys – Top Travel Images 

Rare Whale Double-Jump Filmed In Newfoundland

Most Stunning Science Images Of The Week

BBC’s Week In Pictures

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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

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

For a preview: Go Here

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

 NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Business Correspondence

Campaigns

Consulting

Copy Writing

Editing

Feature Magazine Articles

Ghost Writing

Humor

Interviews

Jokes

Online Research

Profiles

Proofreading

Resumes

Reviews

Song Lyrics

Special Projects

Speeches

Travel Copy

minstrel312@aol.com

206-478-9254

http://minstrel312.tripod.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Researcher Finds That Fish Are Intelligent And Feel Pain Like Humans

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

Eighteen Baby Mountain Gorilla Given Names At 2014 Rwanda Ceremony

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Giant Rubber Duck Lost In China Flood

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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