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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

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

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

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

 

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