WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE WORLD

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam August 18, 2019 Volume 11 Number 51

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INSIDE: When Dinosaurs Ruled The World; Surviving The Train Ride We Don’t Enjoy; From Our Mailbox; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Science in General; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

 

WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE WORLD

Rusty Miller, Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  Incredible as it seems, I’ve suspected this for a long time:  The Atlantic: It’s Possible Dinosaurs Had A Whole Civilization  As most of you know, I’m a fan of Coast to Coast radio, which has some pretty ‘out there’ stuff.  But this time, we’re talking about one of the most respected media in the history of the printed word.

And I agree with the Atlantic that if dinosaurs did evolve a highly technological culture that long ago, chances of it surviving in any form we can currently detect is slim.  The more sophisticated our machines and gadgets become, the more fragile they tend to be and less amenable to carbon dating to establish age.

What evidence we do have of dinosaurs suggests that they have been around much longer than we have.  Several huge craters on earth’s surface make their relatively sudden extinction very likely something beyond their control and not something they precipitated.

In terms of awareness, I do believe that their legacy survives and has served as a foundation for our own relatively swift evolution from Prometheus to Paypal.  Depending on one’s definition of ‘modern’ or ‘state of the art,’ I also believe that some species on the planet have developed a civilization so marvelously adapted to the environment that it does not manifest itself at all in forms that will fossilize.  I cite dolphins, orcas and the indigenous human beings of several continents as examples which come most immediately to mind.

What all this means to me is that if we really want to get along, we need to spend much less time building things that will take an epoch to vanish and will not speak well of us until they are gone and instead, much more time appreciating all life on this planet, including one another.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Thanks for the ear and have a good one.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

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Ukraine, from the window of a train. Photo by Olya Bereza

SURVIVING THE TRAIN RIDE WE DON’T ENJOY

Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

Another 18-hour train journey in a hot overcrowded common train carriage made me philosophical.  Just thinking what an art it is be transient, not fixed at the moment, letting life happen but realizing that all will pass so not to dwell on negativity.

One could call it meditation.  This state of mind really helps to stay calm in the eye of the storm or like this time madness of train ride when I happened to be surrounded by noisy neighbors well known for being loud, as few gypsies with newborns joined us.  The lack of ventilation, the stuffiness of the air and the excessive heat of a non-air conditioned carriage did make this particular journey one of the hardest.

The problem in summer in Ukraine is that there are so many train travelers that if one really wants to go to visit tourist towns, there is the lack of tickets and not much of choice.   Keeping in mind that unbearable circumstances do not last makes any journey easier.  I have friends who suffer from depression and for them, I think, it is even more important to see ourselves as transient through life circumstances.

One just needs to be patient enough to wait for the next station to get off the train ride we don’t enjoy.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

FROM OUR MAILBOX

Several of you have asked why it is that we have not spent more time with Jeffrey Epstein and others of his ilk who are making global news.  There are three reasons.

First, these stories are personally disgusting and some of them to the extent that working on them makes me physically ill.  It happens when you’ve covered enough blood and guts to make four John Wayne movies and one starring Audie Murphy.

Second, we would hope that extreme coverage of stories like this discourages those who would star in them.  Professional and personal experience suggest that for some, such notoriety is the supreme motivator.

Third, there is only so much room in this magazine and I’m guessing that you all would prefer to read stuff that either makes you feel good or empowers you to change bad stories into good ones.  Reading about the extreme behavior of the lowest common denominators does not accomplish either.

I personally believe in reincarnation and in Purgatory.  To me, the latter is where you go to experience all the pain you have caused others.  You stay there until that’s done, then you get another chance, unaware of the details of that previous life, but almost compulsively compassionate because of them.

CLIMATE CHANGE

What Would Our Cities Look Like If We Took Our Climate Change Values Seriously?

Extreme Climate Change Has Arrived. Here Are The Fastest-Warming Places In The U.S.

Five Takeaways From The Post’s Analysis Of Warming Climates In The United States

22 States Sue Trump Administration Over Relaxed Coal Restrictions, Citing ‘Climate Crisis’

Views: State-Led Climate Goals — Like Washington’s — Will Lead The Way

Glasgow Named To Host 2020 UN Climate Summit

COMMUNITY

Turf Busters:  The Rise Of Riding Lawnmower Racing

Welsh Man Is First To Walk The Length Of The Yangtze River

How To Save A Sinking Nation

Seven Australians You Should Be Reading About

Veterans Get To Fly On Free Flights Aboard WW II Biplanes

The World’s Oldest Novel?

How Small-Dollar Donors Could Choose Next US President

EARTH

Increasing Humidity, Driven By Climate Change, Is Making Even Modest Heat Waves Unbearable

Lightning Struck Near The North Pole 48 Times On Saturday, As Rapid Arctic Warming Continues

Greece Wildfires Leave Blackened Forests In Their Wake

Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Pole

India Floods: More Than 140 Dead After Torrential Rain

Arctic Fires Fill The Skies With Soot

Greenland Ice Sheet Beats All-Time 1-Day Melt Record

Archaeologists Uncover Evidence Of An Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling

Fossil Trees Reveal The Oldest Known Forest In Asia

Argonaut Descendants: They Left Greece Around The 7th Century BC Seeking Silver& Gold

ECOLOGY

It’s Raining Plastic In The Rocky Mountains

Microplastics Found In Lake Tahoe

Why Is There Microplastic In Arctic Snow?

The Best Green Building And Development Materials In 2019

Regenerative Agriculture Is Key To Sustainable Climate And Food

HEALTH

Where Doctors ‘Prescribe’ Nature

An Ancient ‘Cure-All Wonder Drug’

Herring And Pumpernickel, Anyone? Introducing The Nordic Diet.

How To Be Stress Proof

How To Create A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom

How Exercise Lowers The Risk Of Alzheimer’s By Changing Your Brain
Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus Soared In 2018, According To CDC Data

Why Drinking Water All Day Long Is Not The Best Way To Stay Hydrated

These Are The Best Snacks For Eating Less Sugar

These Lenses Zoom With A Couple Blinks Of Your Eyes

Are Pistachios Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

GOOD NEWS

The World Responded To This Captive Elephant’s Plight. Now He Has A New Life.

2 Ebola Patients In Congo Treated With New Drugs Have Been Cured, Say Doctors

The Humpback Comeback

Views: AK’s Hatcheries Give Us Hope

Researchers Have Finally Found An Effective Treatment For Ebola

‘A Sacred Day’: Tribes Help Salmon Swim In Upper Columbia For First Time Since 1955

Salmon Are In The Upper Columbia River For The First Time In 80 Years

Meet The Modern Farmer: Jeanene Miller Of Abundant Greens

California’s Emissions Declined In 2017, Thanks To Renewable Energy

Two Male Penguins in Berlin Join Long Line of Same-Sex Pairs to Adopt an Egg

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

Soviet Nuclear Submarine Emitting Radiation ‘100,000 Times Normal Level’ Into Sea, Scientists Find

A Third Of Americans Avoid Certain Places Because They Fear Mass Shootings

States And Cities Sue EPA Over Rollback Of Climate Regulations Aimed At Coal Plants

Biostar Security Software ‘Leaked A Million Fingerprints’

Facebook Workers Listened To Messenger Conversations

Newark Begins Giving Residents Bottled Water Amid Ongoing Lead Problems

Trump’s New Endangered Species Act Rules Threaten Wildlife

Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up In Deadly Accident

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES:  Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

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Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus:  If Donald Trump will just be patient, Sir Richard Branson will eventually have an asteroid to sell him, one that was not previously owned by some of the biggest and fiercest people in the history of humankind.

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Moon Halo Over Magellan Telescope

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This should keep us humble.  On Geological Timescales, Human Civilization Is An Event, Not An Epoch

Incredible.  A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered In The Ashes Of Pompeii

Like millions on this planet, I was hoping this was not something we would need to worry about anymore.  I was wrong.  What A Deadly Nuclear Explosion In Russia Tells Us About The World’s New Arms Race

SPACE

Astronomers Detect Eight New Potential Alien Signals

Did These Tardigrades Survive Crash-Landing On The Moon?

Why The UAE’s Mars Mission Is The Arab World’s Moon Shot

Can Snowball Planets Support Life?

Latest Images From NASA’s Earth Observatory

TECHNOLOGY

This Tesla Surveillance Hack Can Tell You If You’re Being Followed

14 Fun Facts About Roller Coasters

The Brain That Can Move Objects

Here’s How That Internet-Famous ‘Fish Tube’ Works

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

The Actress Who Left The Stage To Become A Civil War Spy

Paul Hogan aka Crocodile Dundee:  Storyteller Extraordinaire

Watch Leaves Change Color In A Matter Of Seconds

TRAVEL

Space To Roam: A Tribute To North America’s Public Lands

London’s Biggest Mystery?

Places On Earth Where You Can Visit Mars

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DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively

Testament

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

BOOKS BY FRIENDS:  MEADE FISCHER

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Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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Giant goanna. Photo courtesy of http://www.cape-york-australia.com

Where is Crocodile Dundee when we need him?  Australia Couple Injured In ‘Freak’ Goanna Attack On Their Dog

Here’s an “oookayyy,” as he backs slowly out of the room moment.  In Fighting Deep Fakes, Mice May Be Great Listeners

Researchers Think They Know Why Cats Eat Grass  But only the cat still knows for sure.

SHORTS

The Humpback Comeback

Beavers On The Coast Are Helping Salmon Bounce Back. Here’s How.

This Is The Only Place On Earth Where Lions Live Alone

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STRANGE BUT TRUE

These Sharks Glow Underwater—Thanks To Tiny ‘Lightsabers’

French ‘Spiderman’ Scales Hong Kong Skyscraper With Banner Urging Peace

Welsh Man Is First To Walk The Length Of The Yangtze River

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ABOUT US: : The Northstar Journal is an international general interest online weekly reaching readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is also on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

 

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A REPORT CARD FOR PRESIDENTS

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August 11, 2019 Volume 11 Number 50

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INSIDE: A Report Card For Presidents; Siberia Is Burning; From Our Mailbox: A Public/Private Partnership To Reduce Gun Violence; Our Polarized Positions; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

A REPORT CARD FOR PRESIDENTS

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the gun smoke and urban carnage that seems to characterize America on an almost daily basis now.  You’ve all by now heard from voices far more eloquent than ours.  So with all due respect, this week, I’d like to share with you an idea that might have international applications.

I’d like to see America’s chief executive receive an annual performance evaluation and an annual physical that would include testing for illnesses of the brain and mind.

I’d like to see a report card put together by the Judiciary and the Congress, just like the ones many Americans ~ including me ~ had growing up.  Each year, on January 1, they would be distributed to Congress, who would then grade the president.  He would need to keep a certain score to remain in office and one allowing him to seek re-election.

I’m not an administration expert but my sense is that it would not take a rocket scientist to make this one fly.  And not just over the land of the free and the home of the brave, but perhaps even where you live.

Thanks for the ear, gang, and have a great week.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

SIBERIA IS BURNING

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

Unfortunately not good news for environment from Siberia, Russia, where burnt forests area could be compared to Greece. That is very informative article and pictures here “The World’s Largest Forest Has Been on Fire for Months” Initial inaction of authorities who hoped that like before the fire will die off itself led to drastic results. Expecting a good rain to help is not really a proactive position especially if the rain is not forecast. The delay caused hundred of people to sicken with smoke which has, at this writing, extended to the Urals.  Authorities described it as “Siberia is burning”. https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/blogs-trending-49196949  That has taken the social media by storm and is another example of how artists and writers can use the Net to such powerful effect.

Also the Prime Minister Medvedev appealed to the Prosecutor General, the Investigative Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request to verify the version of the deliberate arson of forests in Siberia in order to conceal illegal methods of logging.

Active phase of fighting with fire started only in the beginning of August. The forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and military are used. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation creates an aviation group to assist in extinguishing forest fires as areas are difficult to reach.

Usually firemen first seek to contain the fire by stopping its front from spreading, while others work to surround it and work toward the front.  Despite the adventure of aircraft firefighting, it is often not feasible and for a variety of reasons but primarily logistic.firemen on the ground extinguish the front of the fire and not the entire fire itself so the flame will go further, and besides, at the same time, ground firemen i.e. soldiers and emergency responders cut off this front.

Estimates on social media of what it would take to extinguish the fire by air included 30,000 flights of the aircraft IL-76 , which carries 42 tons of water over a range of 1,000 – 2,000 km/621 – 1,243 miles, in comparison to the more the  modern amphibious aircraft Be-200 which carries 12 tons.

To collect water and refuel, you need the appropriate airports so the aircraft will not need to fly long distances.  Seldom are these airports conveniently located in the wilderness.  Drought can also dry up sources even if they could be accessed by air.

Secondly, the topography of the rivers and lakes is such that it is difficult to find a platform where the amphibian could land on the water.  Collecting water by aircraft directly from a river requires two kilometers in a straight line.

The largest straight section of the river here is slightly more than half a kilometer. Only helicopters could help.  In the Krasnoyarsk Territory they have 10 IL-76 aircraft and 10 helicopters of the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces according to the source

We live on one planet so obviously heavy fires affect not only Russia  Smoke From Siberian Forest Fires Reached U.S., Canada” That esteemed  gesture of Donald Trump to call Putin and offer help. I’m sure in situation like that international support is very welcome.

Alaska and Siberian fires shown from the space in this Guardian video Unprecedented Wildfires Burn In The Arctic During Heatwave  where it is said that Arctic fires exacerbate global warming.

Military and civil operators in 38 countries have operated the IL-76 in large numbers so offering help could be a nice gesture of good will showing understanding that Blue Planet is our shared dormitory, even if we all used to think about our own separate private rooms (countries). Global calls as climate change shows how outdated is that attitude.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

FROM OUR MAILBOX

A PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

Laina Farhat-Holzman

A short letter to the San Francisco Chronicle proposed a brilliant solution to our national plague of gun violence. The writer proposed that we nation-wide mandate liability insurance for all gun owners, as we now do for automobiles, Both are capable of human injury, death and property damage,

All that is needed is for our Congress to mandate liability insurance for all gun owners. The private enterprise insurance companies might like this mandate (lucrative for them) and such policies could be priced according to the potential damage these weapons can cause.

Anybody who owns a military-style rifle, an instrument capable, as we have recently seen, of murdering hordes of people in less than one minute, would have to buy a very expensive policy, unlike a handgun owner who can only kill one person at a time. How many assault weapon owners who are law abiding would want to assume this expense? We give them a choice.

In addition, an insurer could increase the premium for anyone who used a gun in committing a crime, a convicted spousal abuser, or someone mentally unstable, as identified by family or coworkers. If we cannot get a Congress with enough decency to enact a real gun control law, we could at least make it so expensive that it might be out of reach of anyone but criminal cartels (who need to be pursued another way). Insurance can do what our feckless lawmakers cannot do, and this method does not run afoul of the 2nd amendment, an outdated law that should be cashiered by our legislators if they had the guts. Personal lethal armories are not the same as “a well-regulated militia.”

Our lawmakers do not seem to be able to defy the National Rifle Association, even though we now know from the Mueller Report that this organization has received Russian financing. Putin is delighted to have Americans killing each other with such ease, something not possible in his own authoritarian state. There, only the State can kill peaceful demonstrators, not armed White Nationalists.

Some sensible bipartisan legislation has already been passed by the House of Representatives. These bills have been passed on to the Senate, where Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to bring these bills up for a vote! Mr. McConnell has earned his new nickname of “Moscow Mitch.”

I cannot imagine why Congress (both House, Senate) and the President would oppose such a capitalistic solution that could be immediately enacted as mandating insurance coverage for all gun owners. Nobody is taking their weapon away. Nobody is weighing in on the comparative dangerousness of weapons. We would only demand the same sort of responsibility of lethal weapon owners as we do for automobile drivers.

If we need to wait for legislation requiring military-automatic weapons to be surrendered to the authorities (nobody needs one for hunting or self-defense), it will take decades. If we try buying back such weapons as Australia and New Zealand have done, it will again take decades. But if we levy insurance on such weapons, the number of owners will rapidly decline. This can work as a pocketbook issue.

The non-system we have now faces another problem that nobody seems to be recognizing. Who pays for the hospitalization, property damage, and funerals of gun-violence victims now? Can you imagine being shot, taken to a hospital, and then being billed for the care? Our current non-system depends on Internet money-raising, iffy at best.

If we leave this to the Insurance industry to sort out, we give them a chance to redeem themselves for their unsatisfactory public service in healthcare. People in the midst of chemotherapy for Cancer often have to fight Insurance Companies to pay for drugs that they need. People injured in highway accidents are sometimes faced by unexpected draconian bills if they need helicopter transport or are taken to an “out of network” hospital in an emergency. Not acceptable.

Hospitals, Insurance Companies, and those injured by uninsured drivers, along with the hundreds of victims of automatic rifle slaughters, could instead benefit from government-mandated insurance coverage that nobody is getting now. Agree? Send this column around.
Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer, and author of God’s Law or Man’s Law.  You may contact her at Lfarhat102@aol.com or www.globalthink.net

OUR POLARIZED POSITIONS

by

Meade Fischer

There’s a current tsunami of debate on several fronts. Among these are gun violence, right/ left politics, economic inequality, race relations, immigration, religion and gender issues. I’m sure I’ve left a few issues out. What they seem to have in common is that they’ve become polarized.  Issues should be discussed, debated and eventually resolved. Instead we have finger pointing, name calling and demonizing. The trend seems to boil down to “my side is completely right; the other side completely wrong.”  It’s a feel good position, but it solves nothing.

The reality is that every position has some truth and some falsehood. Some positions have only a grain of truth, such as “our immigration policy is broken.” However, you can have a grain of truth like this mixed with a basket of total nonsense.   Even the positions we agree with are a mix of truth and untruth. Once we really recognize this, we can actually start talking to other people as people rather than caricatures, either mindless puppets or devils.

At a very deep level we are all responsible for the truth and falsehood in the world. We are connected, and each action we take ripples out and touches others, who in turn touch people we will never meet.

As intelligent, responsible people we have a duty to weigh every issue and position and decide for ourselves the degree of truth and falsehood therein, likely the most serious activity we can undertake.

Meade Fischer is a widely-published travel writer, ocean-class kayaker, Northern California community activist and friend of 45 years.  He can be contacted at http://www.meadefischer.com

CLIMATE CHANGE

Buckle Up: Climate Change Is Already Contributing To Bumpier Trans-Atlantic Flights, Study Finds

Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves To Study Climate Change—They Need Your Help

IPCC: Urgent Action Needed To Tackle Hunger Alongside Climate Crisis

Changing Climate Imperils Global Food And Water Supplies, New U.N. Study Finds

Mapping The Strain On Our Water

UN Report Warns Global Heating Threatens Farming As We Know It

Agriculture, Land Misuse Also Driving Climate Change, U.N. Report Warns

Which News Outlets Committed To #Coveringclimatenow

Will Anything Survive Climate Change?

COMMUNITY

UK Economy Shrinks For The First Time Since 2012

Denied Asylum, Migrants In Europe Live In Limbo

ICE Agents Arrest 680 People Across Mississippi In Massive Raid

Siberia Arms Store Fire Triggers Huge Explosions

The Stories That Shaped Toni Morrison

The TV Show That Took China By Storm

The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet

EARTH

The Crazy Superstitions And Real-Life Science Of The Northern Lights

Rare Video Shows Glacial Outburst On Mount Rainier

Here’s How The Hottest Month In Recorded History Unfolded Around The World

An Ancient World Hidden Under A Sewer

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake In Taiwan Caught On Night Camera

Forests Are Essential For Food Security

A Big Earthquake In The US Pacific Northwest?

Do These Icebergs Produce The Worlds Purest Water?

ECOLOGY

Stinky Seaweed Chokes American Coast Due To Hotter Oceans And Deforestation

Are Tiny Houses Really Better For The Environment? (Yes)

San Francisco Airport Banning Sale Of Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

HEALTH

11 Best Foods For Your Immune System

11 Summer Health Hazards & How To Beat Them

7 Surprising Health Benefits Of Gratitude

Feeling The Heat? Here’s When Fans Can Help—And When They Don’t—According To Science

GOOD NEWS

Pro Gamers Say Guns, Not Games, Are To Blame For Shootings

VIDEO: Three New Wolf Pups Sighted In Northeast California

When Arizona Catches Fire, Prisoners Step Up

Smokey Bear: From Cute To Buff, And In Between

President Bill Clinton: Reinstate The Assault Weapons Ban Now

Medicare Will Cover Pioneering Cancer Treatment Nationwide

These Insects Are Helping Singapore Save The Planet

San Francisco Is Getting A Monument To Maya Angelou

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

A Trump Construction Crew Has Relied On Immigrants Without Legal Status

The Dangers Of Linking Gun Violence And Mental Illness

It Will Take New Zealand 50 Million Years To Recover Its Lost Bird Biodiversity

Maps: A Quarter Of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises

Politicians Keep Blaming Mass Shootings On Mental Health Issues. Doctors Say They’re Wrong

Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Insect ‘Apocalypse’ In The U.S., Study Warns

Where Are The Salmon And The Orcas?

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES:  Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus, there are lots of things to do with a dead horse besides beating it.  Robert E. Lee and Roy Rogers had theirs stuffed.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Our world is richer because she walked among us.  Toni Morrison, Seminal Author Who Stirringly Chronicled The Black American Experience, Dies At 88

No child on this planet deserves this.  This Is What It’s Like For El Paso Students Returning To School After Losing A Classmate In A Shooting

I am not a fan of these little dudes but they are a splendid example of how something so small can have such a resonant impact.  How Mosquitoes Helped Shape The Course Of Human History

SCIENCE IN GENERAL

Why Scientists Are Making Vodka In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge Of Magnetism

How Do Monarch Butterflies Know When It’s Time To Migrate?

SPACE

Skywatch: What’s Happening In The Heavens In August

Something Enormous Just Smashed Into Jupiter

A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms On The Moon

Check Out This Cool Video Map Of Known Exoplanets

A Mountain On Ceres

A Closer Look At Io’s Weird Volcanoes

Watch The Apollo 11 Anniversary Show That Was Projected Onto The Washington Monument

TECHNOLOGY

VIDEO: This Robot Is Tougher Than You, Stronger Than You, And Shaped Like A Cockroach

Russia Is Floating A Nuclear Power Plant Across The Arctic

These Guys Built A Flying Saucer That Actually Flies Pretty Well

The Patents Behind Seven Classic Back-To-School Supplies

Electric Scooters, Unicycles, Hoverboards … Why Can’t Singaporeans Just Walk?

New Cars ‘Can Be Broken Into In 10 Seconds

BEST OF THE NET

An Airport Fell Silent As A Vietnam Airman’s Remains Finally Came Home. The Pilot Was His Son.

Kidnapped As A Newborn, US Marine Meets FBI Agent Who Found Him

Baby Learning How To Gorilla | First Year On Earth | BBC Earth

TRAVEL

Where The Last Pristine Skies In America Are

Thailand: Hidden Temple Emerges From Drought-Hit Landscape

The Most Tranquil Library In The World?

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

BOOKS BY GOOD FRIENDS:  MEADE FISCHER

This is one of several delightful short books for the young of all ages. The author, Holley Dovetail, is ~ in fact ~ our own associate editor, Olya Bereza. Tap the cover for more information or go here.

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

These guys are always adorable.  14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas

I have a feeling there’s an object lesson for us in thisFossils Reveal Why Coyotes Outlived Saber-Toothed Cats

This should have a cuteness warning label on it.  Orangutan Jungle School: Discover A School Like No Other

SHORTS

Arctic Fox Cubs Emerge From The Den | First Year On Earth | BBC Earth

Stare At Gulls To Protect Your Snacks, Study Says

The Reason Sharks Attack Humans

STRANGE BUT TRUE

Mark Twain’s Quest To Bring Affordable Watches To The Masses

Woman Sent To Hospital After Posing With Octopus On Face

This Bread Was Made Using 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Yeast

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

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AUTHORS OF OUR OWN EXTINCTION

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 4, 2019 Volume 11 Number 50

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INSIDE: Authors of Our Own Extinction; It Will Come To You, This Love Of The Land; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

Hiroshima Ground Zero

AUTHORS OF OUR OWN EXTINCTION

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  This week marks the 74th anniversary of the first and last use of the atomic bomb.  On Tuesday, August 6, 1945 one was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and the following Friday, August 9, another on sister city Nagasaki.  The first one destroyed 90% of the city and killed 80,000 outright.  Some 40,000 were killed instantly in the second.

Allied strategists estimated that despite this horrendous loss of life, property, heritage and tradition, things would have been much worse if Japan was invaded, as surely she would need to be in order to end hostilities.  History tends to affirm this analysis and its basis as the justification for using the first ultimate Weapons Of Mass Destruction.

Japan survived.  Despite a parade of provocation, these expediters of genocide have not been used again.  And for almost a century, we thought we had mastered the atom and harnessed it for the good of all human kind.  Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have corrected that belief.  We now know our little buddy the atom can kill in peace as well as war and that nuclear energy is not our friend.

We are a precocious species whose curiosity leads us into places we clearly do not belong.  Our lethal ingenuity once we get there alters the very nature of reality itself, usually not for the good.  So far, as tragic as our history has been, we have gotten away with profoundly mistreating one another and everything else we touch.

When Alaska suffers a heat wave and earthquakes push even politics off the front page, it should be very clear that our days of abusing the planet are over.  If we do not exercise compassion, there will be nothing left to save and we will be the authors of our own extinction.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

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IT WILL COME TO YOU, THIS LOVE OF THE LAND

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts”. Gerald O’Hara, Gone With The Wind

You know Rusty, sometimes I think about us Ukrainians as very resembling the Irish, especially when it comes to the land. “Gone With The Wind” (GWTW) was my favorite book in my teens.  Now, I find in its pages, another equally compelling “love story,” and that is the attitude toward the land.  I totally agree with O’Hara, Scarlett’s father, whom you will remember immigrated from Ireland and by guts, guile and sheer determination, Tara, the plantation on which GWTW takes place.

I have my own little Tara, of sorts, a dacha (summerhouse with a garden) and when I take its black earth in my hands, it feels as though I am holding something alive.  I have it for second summer and it still amazes me how generous the soil is. It provides us with everything we need. On my little plot there are – pumpkins, carrots, onions, corn, gooseberries, blackberries and lots and lots of apples.

Once I was passenger in a train with a girl from our troubled Donetsk region who said that having land and living in a village really helped them in time of war. Without electricity, mobile connections or usual shops, what fed them came from what they could grow themselves.

In Slavic fairytales, whenever the Bogatyrs (heroes of epic poetry and Rus oral tradition who defended the land from all enemies) journeyed abroad, they always took with them a ball of earth wrapped in a handkerchief.  They believed it gave them strength.  It resonated profoundly during the Revolution of 1917 where the main slogan was “Land to the peasants”.

Today, the Ukraine Constitution guarantees every eligible citizen about two hectares (200 acres) of land but the process is difficult because of a recurrent problem with our government and that is the nature of the bureaucracy itself.  On the other hand, they also forbid the sale of Ukraine land to outsiders.  In times past, the greed of oligarchs kept the citizens poor and landless.  Old habits are hard to break and some traditions die a slow and agonizing death.

Now, after also winning the parliamentary elections, the team of President Zelenskiy probably feels strong enough to make possible the cherished dream of lifting moratorium on lands sale, despite quite a few radical people and parties  who will be opposing that.

My main concern is that fear of instability and another Maidan Revolution will compromise this effort.  With so many of us entitled but thus far denied, including soldiers fighting for our country, this could easily become as divisive as it would ultimately be nation healing.  So I pray that the government this time has the sense to explain and assure all of us that if we are patient, our landless days are over.

And to them, as well, what Gerald O’Hara said will be true.  “It will come to you, this love of the land.”

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Europe’s Heat Wave Is About To Bake The Arctic

The European Heat Wave Bears The Fingerprint Of Climate Change

Analysis | The Energy 202: Kamala Harris And Jay Inslee’s New Climate Plans Target ‘Environmental Injustice’

Earth’s Temperatures Are Skewed Hot. Expected Cool Weather In A Few Spots Doesn’t Change That.

July Was The Warmest Month On Record In Boston, Portland, Hartford, And Manchester

Climate Change Really Is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires

Birds Adapting Slowly To Climate Change

Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon To The Brink

Jay Inslee: Climate Change Is A Winning Campaign Issue

COMMUNITY

See-Saw Diplomacy Lets People Play Together Along U.S. Border Wall

An Overview Of Russian Opposition Figures Sentenced Over Mass Election Rally

Using Whatsapp And SMS, Refugee Behrouz Boochani Writes Book On Manus Island Suffering

In Philippine Slums, Meat Scavenged From Dumpsters Feeds Those Short Of Meals And Hope

Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees In 12 Hours—A New Record

Why Young Swedes Are Burning Out

EARTH

This Ancient Roman Souvenir Stylus Is Inscribed With A Corny Joke

Heat Wave Smashes Temperature Records Across Europe

Gigantic Dinosaur Bone Found In France

A New Species Of Duck-Billed Dinosaur

Scientists And Miners Team Up To Preserve Opalized Fossils

Siberian Wildfire Smog Could Sweep Into Moscow – Greenpeace

The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season On Record

Would You Like To Buy An Extinct Volcano?

ECOLOGY

Marseille Airport Expansion Stalled On Climate Grounds

Greta Thunberg To Sail To New York Climate Summit In Racing Yacht

UK Carbon Price To Plummet Under No-Deal Brexit

Court Blocks Polish Coal Plant, In Win For Climate Campaigners

Nine Solutions To The Food-Forests-Fuel Trilemma

Pacific Islands Criticise Australia’s Carbon Accounting Dodge

Ethiopia Bids To Plant Four Billion Trees In Green Push

164 Land Defenders Murdered In 2018, Global Witness Reports

Trudeau Announces Protected Marine Area In Canada’s Arctic

European Investment Bank Moots Fossil Fuel Lending Ban

Poland Faces Threat Of Water Crisis As Rivers Dry Up

Let’s Give Wooden Buildings A Chance

Canadian Cities Take Wooden Skyscrapers To New Heights & The World Is Following Suit

Plastic’s New Threat: Indestructible Rafts For Invasive Species

HEALTH

Racism Has Devastating Effects On Children’s Health, Pediatricians Warn

Are Eggs Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

Is Sugar As Bad For Kids As It Is For Adults?

10 Worst Foods For Your Heart

Ebola Continues To Intensify In The DRC. Here’s What To Know

Walk In The Park Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Poor Conditions At Migrant Facilities Increasing Spread Of Deadly Of Diseases, Especially Flu

GOOD NEWS

Modern Activism/ Developing Psychic Powers

New Alzheimer’s Blood Test Proved 94% Accurate In Finding Brain Changes Related To The Disease

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe, Sens. Murray, Cantwell Host News Conference On Equal Pay

At Age 101, This Woman Released Her First Collection Of Poems

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

INF Nuclear Treaty: US Pulls Out Of Cold War-Era Pact With Russia

Millennials May Be Drinking Less, But Binge Drinking Is On The Rise Among Older Adults

FDA Highlights 16 Fancy Dog Food Brands Associated With Heart Disease

Washington State Representatives Release Statements Supporting Impeachment Inquiry

Obscure Makers Of Generic Drugs Played Central Role In Opioid Crisis, Records Show  

Here Are The 10 ‘Most Urgent’ Violations Of Press Freedom Around The World

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES:  Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, if stupidity was a crime, that man would be doing life on the rock pile.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

NASA Scientists And Astronauts Practice For Space Missions On The Seafloor, much, no doubt, to the amusement of those who live there.

This is incredible.  Germany Unveils Zero-Emissions Train That Only Emits Steam

Absolutely fascinating.  Searching For The Key To Life’s Beginnings

SPACE

ESA And ESO Confirm Asteroid Will Miss Earth In September

See Never-Before-Seen Footage Of Armstrong And Aldrin On The Moon

Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Completes 3rd Orbit-Raising Maneuver

NASA’s Valkyrie Robot Could Help Build Mars Base

Latest Images From NASA’s Earth Observatory

Nevada Has A Massive New Dark Sky Sanctuary

TECHNOLOGY

Confidence In Scientists Has Actually Risen Since 2016 In The U.S.

Shifting Electric Cars And Buses Into High Gear

The Man Who Flies Himself To Work

BEST OF THE NET

12 Bizarre Animals You Have To See To Believe They Exist

‘I Get To Hug Them All The Time.’ Taking Care Of A Pair Of History-Making Panda Cubs

Bluey: The Australian Cartoon That’s Going Global

TRAVEL

Six Of Thailand’s Most Magnificent Temples

In Europe, The Movement To Give Up Air Travel Is Taking Off. Could The U.S. Be Next?

The City That Made Pasta Famous

80 Years Strong: Moscow’s VDNKH Experience

15 Endangered Travel Destinations To Visit In A Rapidly Changing World

This U.K. Hike Is Sublime. Just Avoid The Bombs, Tides And Quicksand.     

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

 

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

 

Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of Associated Press

This is certainly good news, is it not?  Census Finds Nearly 3,000 Tigers In India Doubling Restoration Goals

What these creatures could teach us about compassion could fill the universe.  Researchers Document First Known Case Of Dolphin Mom Adopting Whale Calf

This sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock film.  Swarms Of Grasshoppers Invading Las Vegas Are Visible On Radar

SHORTS

Motherly Instinct Trumps Hunting Instinct With This Lioness And Wildebeest Calf

Orphaned Bobcat Found Near Bothell Is Recovering At PAWS

Prehistoric Ocean Predator Resembles A Large And Vicious Horseshoe Crab

Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Locate And Catch Their Prey

Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope For Critically Endangered Cousin

There Are ‘At Most’ 19 Vaquitas Left In The Wild

STRANGE BUT TRUE

You Know Who Was Into Karl Marx? The First Republican President.

Snake-Like Ufos Have Been Seen In The Skies Across The United States.

This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found By Accident

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya 

 

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HUNTING NESSIE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 28, 2019 Volume 11 Number 49

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INSIDE: Hunting Nessie ;  ; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Kindle Books By Us; All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

Photo courtesy of the UK Daily Star

HUNTING NESSIE

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  Well, it looks like our species has found yet another way to be obnoxious.  Thousands Have Signed Up To ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Because ‘Nessie Can’t Hide From Us All’

This is absolutely preposterous.  That creature has eluded us for centuries and considering our lethally capricious nature, very probably with good reason.  She is also not alone in the world or even in Scotland.  There are “lake monsters” all over the planet

Evolution ~ the birth and death of life on this planet ~ is ongoing and a lot of it occurs where our species has not yet been.  While some life forms die out, new ones are “discovered.” Still others adapt to a changing environment so totally that they appear to be new.

In the case of Nessie and her relatives, such is the blend of fact and faction that we really do not know any more about them than we do the recipe for primordial soup.  We have no idea what the rules of engagement are or the consequences to her, us and the rest of the planet if we “miscommunicate” and try hunting her down like we have whales, dolphins and porpoises.

I sincerely hope we leave Nessie alone.  Perhaps if we do that, there might come a day when she is as curious about us but for much more benevolent reasons.  How cool it would be if they did a documentary on us.  I grant you, that doesn’t seem likely but evolution is also about miracles that happen to the other guy.  And one day, we might just get a clue.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

Onuka lead singer Nata Zhyzhchenko during a recent interview

THINKING OUTSIDE THE (PLASTIC) BAG

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

This time I would like to make you familiar with one of the best Ukrainian musicians, the band called Onuka (“Granddaughter” in from Ukrainian). They are popular in my country for their very creative use of folklore instruments in electronic music.

What personally attracts me is that they are ~ in a very important way ~ so much more than just a band.  Like others I admire and have shared with you, they use their talent and celebrity to convey some important messages, not the least of which is encouraging people to try to become involved in solving ecological issues and problems.

The lead singer, Nata Zhyzhchenko in a recent interview, (in Ukrainian) talked about launching an ecological initiative “ECOSTRUM” in support of urban sorting stations “Ukraine without garbage.” In support of the initiative, they made a music video for the song “Strum” in a landfill near Kyiv, where she walks the fields of not gold…but of plastic garbage.

She was amazed and profoundly gratified by how positively local and foreign people responded to their project, especially considering our country really has no recycling policy and therefore, no lifestyle precedent.  This is behavior people will need to learn here.

She also recalled that once, after visiting the North Pole on a scientific expedition aboard an ice breaker, she was shocked to see, in the icy waters off the Spitsbergen archipelago, a plastic bottle of the Ukrainian brand along with other garbage. It was obvious no one threw it there so it traveled a long way to get there.

But how could it be surprising when one just could read on the  web-site of one of the Ukrainian water bottling brand.  They boast that their total design capacity is more than a billion bottles a year.  If we do the math and put those bottles in a row, they will circle globe twice.

I’m not sure that is something to be proud of.  Actually, I’m absolutely certain it is not.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Views: Temperature-Wise, Boston Has Become New York

Small Towns Fear They Are Unprepared For Future Climate-Driven Flooding

We Don’t Really Know How Stressed Americans Are About Climate

Views: Black Women Are Leaders In The Climate Movement

Modern Climate Change Is The Only Worldwide Warming Event Of The Past 2,000 Years

The World’s Northernmost Permanent Settlement Set A Record High Temperature

COMMUNITY

Justice Department Will Begin Executing Death Row Inmates For The First Time Since 2003

Margaret Fulton Brought The World To The Australian Table

Meet the Man Who Wants to Convince Every Kid in America to Take Up Farming

EARTH

Glaciers Are Melting Underwater. It’s Worse Than Previously Thought

From Baked Dormouse To Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Ate

Hebrew Inscription Emerges From Ruins Of The Great Synagogue Of Vilna

ECOLOGY

Read About The Surprisingly Long History Of Air Pollution In The U.S.

Saving The Planet With Alternative Foods

Four Automakers Strike Emissions Deal With California, Defying Trump Admin.

The Brutal Reality Of Being The World’s ‘Best’ Recycler

HEALTH

Your Trip To The Beach Could Make You Sick. Here’s What You Need To Know

Daily E-Cigarette Use Can Help Smokers Quit, According To One Of The Most Comprehensive Studies Yet

Is Cold Brew As Healthy As Regular Coffee?

Feeling Blue? Oregon Students Can Take ‘Mental Health Days’

Why You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Here’s When Your Body Burns The Most Calories, According To A New Study

GOOD NEWS

How China Is Trying To Stem Its Massive Plastic Pollution Problem

London Signs Up As First ‘National Park City’

Sixteen Black Rhinos Successfully Relocated To Eswatini

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

Americans Are Not Getting The Message About Exercising More And Sitting Less

Another ‘Wolf Pack’ Rape Case Is Reigniting Debate Over Spain’s Controversial Sexual Assault Laws

Textured Breast Implants Recalled Because Of Link To Rare Cancer

Natural Gas Leaks Are A Much Bigger Problem Than We Thought

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES

Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, Plato Patrick Monahan McGee was the scientific mind of the family.  He is credited with discovering where our shadow goes when it gets dark.  And then respecting the privacy of shadows by not telling anyone.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

These are incredible.  Some of them can climb cliffs.  Meet A Family Of NASA Space Robots

It does not take being a member of this community to be absolutely outraged at this travesty of humanity.  Russian LGBT Activist Killed After Being Listed On ‘Saw’-Inspired Gay Hunting Site

No, it was not your imagination.  June 2019 Hottest On Record For Globe

SPACE

SpaceX Just Flew Its Starship Prototype Without A Tether

Breakthrough Listen’s New Search For Alien Lasers

Astronomers Probe A Mini-Neptune’s Atmosphere

TECHNOLOGY

New “Automated Following” Tech Lets One Driver Control Two Trucks

Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense Of Touch

Why We Should Live In Wooden Buildings

Police Drone Use Expanding Around Western Washington

Scientists Accidentally Created A Liquid Magnet

BEST OF THE NET

Amazing Photos Reveal The Hidden Light Of Undersea Life

Bear Attempts To Steal Trash Dumpster From Colorado Pot Dispensary

Empty-Nester Loons Adopt A Mallard Chick In Northern Wisconsin

TRAVEL

The Secret Seat Of The Knights Templar

Follow Herman Melville’s Footsteps Through Nantucket

South America’s Coolest Comeback City


DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

This is one of several delightful short books for the young of all ages. The author, Holley Dovetail, is ~ in fact ~ our own associate editor, Olya Bereza. Tap the cover for more information.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of the BBC. For the video, please go here.

Incredible.  Man-Sized Jellyfish Discovered Off The Coast Of Cornwall, UK

This New Shark Species Looks Like A Tiny Sperm Whale And the little dickens is darn cute to boot.

Wolves And Bears Are Being Returned To A Rare Patch Of Ancient Woodland In Britain  Outstanding.  We certainly hope this works out for them.

SHORTS

One Approach To Wildfire Risk Reduction: Goats

New Species Of Giant Flying Squirrel Discovered In China

Unhatched Bird Embryos Communicate With Siblings By Vibrating Their Shells

Why Do Birds Sing?

Sharks Have Few Places To Hide From Fishing

STRANGE BUT TRUE

Police Admit They Were Totally Just Joking About Those ‘Meth-Gators’

Mysterious Sculpture Unearthed In NC Stumps Experts

The Most Irish Town In America Was Built On Seaweed

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

 

 

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FLAT EARTH INSURANCE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 21, 2019 Volume 11 Number 48

Entirely Reader-Supported  Please Go Here. Thank You.

INSIDE: Flat Earth Insurance; Why The Child Never Cries In The Arms Of A Gypsy Beggar; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Kindle Books By Us; All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

FLAT EARTH INSURANCE

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  There’s an as yet unconfirmed rumor that a major motor vehicle manufacturer is coming out with an automobile which has two steering wheels.  It is allegedly for back seat drivers who want to sit up front, where there is more leg room.

As most of you know, I like to socialize online in a couple of Internet chatrooms.  Offline, I’m a pub and coffeehouse person but there are none conveniently located in my neighborhood.  That’s been the case a few times in my life so I’ve come to appreciate and enjoy virtual reality on several levels.  I have an international circle of family and friends so when most of the big house in which I live is sleeping, I’m up hanging out with friends on the Net.

And like in ‘real time,’ I enjoy kidding around, sometimes a little too much, which is where the fake news about the car with the two steering wheels was first used.  I was in the mood to be silly and curious to see how many people were gullible enough to believe that preposterous “rumor” in the first place.

The results were not encouraging.  People started pointing out how convenient a car with two steering wheels would be when driving from say the British Isles, where they drive on the wrong side of the road, to Europe, where it’s mostly the right side.  They also believed me when I told them that some countries now have a voter registration card which automatically changes your party affiliation to the one in charge, wherever you go abroad.  Great for the Frequent Flyers among us.  Totally untrue and about half the 45 people in this one chatroom believed it.

Can you imagine the life choices people like this make?  They’re reality deniers of the first order.  The moon landings never happened but Stonehenge was built to help ETs find their way back here.  Climate change isn’t occurring.  Just more people are talking about the weather.  It’s not hot.  It’s just not as cool as we remember it being.

Anyone know where I can get some flat earth insurance?  Someone might as well make some money off these morons.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

Anatoliy Shariy

WHY THE CHILD NEVER CRIES IN THE ARMS OF A GYPSY BEGGAR

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

It’s an interesting time in Ukraine as the country is on crossroads with elections of new Parliament. While the majority of votes (more then 40%) were predicted for the party of the new president, Sluga Narodu (Servant of People), in order to create the necessary coalition, they will need the support of the other parties.

The general policy of Parliament will depend on who dominates this partisan mix and will likely either continue the five-year policy of the previous president Poroshenko, whose party changed its name to “European Solidarity,” or find other options. As President Zelenskiy declared when he was elected, his government’s first responsibility is to stop the war in the East. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Ukrainian_parliamentary_election

The major players and parties in this political drama are well-known and familiar.  Perhaps most noticeable is former prime-minister Yulia Timoshenko, famous since Orange Revolution 2004; or Opposition party ZaGhittya (For Life) which stands for closer ties and renewal of friendship with Russia. There are a few newcomers to the scene.

One of them is the party Holos (The Voice), representing mostly the West of Ukraine. Another that worth mentioning is the party of Shariy , whose videos on YouTube already have two million subscribers.

That is one that made me curious.  All the other parties are favourites of the presidential elections.  They all have maximum media exposure.  Shariy has none of this.  Their only advertisers are their own followers and Internet, all the social media ads and obviously the blog of the leader of the party.  Anatoliy Shariy escaped to the European Union nation of Lithuania after persecution resulting from his investigative journalism into political corruption in Ukraine before our Revolution 2014.

I first encountered his work several years ago in an article entitled “Why The Child Never Cries In The Arms Of A Gypsy Beggar”.  It revealed the awful facts of poverty and that is how children of those who needed to do that were given alcohol or drugs so they didn’t interrupt begging process. Like his other work, it focused the attention of the authorities on the problem.  His spotlighting also made him many enemies and continues to do so.

That may very well account for why the media and the other parties have such a circumspect attitude about him.  He challenges authority almost compulsively and he is not appreciated by those who would prefer to rule rather than govern.

But “the party that doesn’t exist in the media uses the Internet very effectively and, in fact, generates the largest offline following for peaceful marches with their kids or cleaning garbage to show they do exist. Have a look to this little video in the YouTube blog of  Anatoli Shariy wife and number two in the party Olga Shariy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM-TSqSSEH8

I saw a long line of cars of their supporters in my hometown Dnipro so I know they do exist despite the silence about them by the conventional media .  To get into Parliament, they need about 800,000 votes.  I wish them success.  Theirs is a vision of a civil society and I would like to see that come to Ukraine.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

CLIMATE CHANGE

A Deadly Heat Wave After The Hottest June On Record: How The Climate Crisis Is Creating ‘A New Normal’

Here’s How Hot Your Hometown Will Feel By Mid-century

Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Make Dangerous Heat Waves Far More Common

Southerners Are Scared Of The Climate Crisis, And Their Politicians Are Ignoring Them

Views: Climate Change Is The Public-Health Challenge Of This Century

COMMUNITY

Women Run Third Of Idaho Farms, Ranches In Agriculture Census

How A Malaysian Fruit Transformed A Small Indian Village

How Rep. Ilhan Omar Rose From Refugee To Trump Target

EARTH

What Will Earth’s Next Supercontinent Look Like?

There’s A Chapel Located Inside A Volcano In Spain

Record Wettest 12 Months For US, Again

Did Stonehenge’s Builders Use Lard To Move Its Boulders Into Place?

Tiny Animals Trapped In Fossil Trees Help Reveal How Fauna Moved Onto Land

Why This Whale Ancestor Is An Evolutionary Surprise

140 Million Years Ago, A Bird-Like Dinosaur Swallowed A Lizard Whole. Here’s Why Its Final Meal Is Exciting Researchers

ECOLOGY

EPA Broke Rules In Shake-Up Of Science Panels, Federal Watchdog Says

EPA Rejects Challenge Of Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage

Drinking Responsibly Could Now Mean Drinking ‘Salmon-Safe’ Beer

HEALTH

The Hidden Dangers Of Your Summer Barbecue

Can Learning A Foreign Language Prevent Dementia?
Why Having Sex Makes You Feel Better The Next Day

A Heat Wave Is Hitting Much Of The U.S. Here’s How To Stay Safe

The Case Against Low-Fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

Everything You Need To Know About Ticks

Is It Bad To Exercise On An Empty Stomach?

Does Listening To Music Stimulate Creative Thinking, Or Stifle It?

Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation?

Turns Out Meat-Eaters Are Craving … Meatless Burgers?

GOOD NEWS

El Chapo, The Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Sentenced To Life In Prison In The U.S.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Goes Solar

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

Much Of Rural America Is Doomed To Decline

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up By Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

Ebola Has Been Confirmed In A New DRC City. Here’s What To Know

WHO Declares Ebola In Congo A Public-Health Emergency Nearly A Year After Outbreak

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES

Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s allegedly infamous Uncle Seamus, our cousin Clancy, who was not the brightest bulb on the tree, once bought a gun with a bent barrel so he could shoot around corners.  We were fortunate he forgot to buy bullets for it.  And that he never had occasion to use it.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

There has been way too much of this going around lately.  Big Earthquakes In Australia And Indonesia

Lest we ever forgetTwenty People Who Made Apollo Happen

You would have thought we’d have learned from our own history why these are NOT a good idea in the first placeImmigrant Detention Centers Grow As Services Lag Behind

SPACE

Enceladus’ Ocean Right Age To Support Life

First Moon-Forming Disk Detected Swirling Around An Exoplanet

Interactive Map Shows All 21 Successful Moon Landings

This Material May Make Human Habitation On Mars Possible

TECHNOLOGY

How Scientists Are Using Eggshells To Grow New Bone

Here Are The 25 Most Influential People On The Internet

This Poker-Playing A.I. Knows When To Hold ‘Em And When To Fold ‘Em

BEST OF THE NET

Audubon Photography Award Winners Show The Breathtaking Beauty Of Wild Birds

See The Past, Present And Future Of American Spaceflight In 4 Minutes

Eight Spots In The United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs

TRAVEL

Are Airport Body Scanners Safe?

Could Your Cell Phone Really Crash Your Flight? On 2 Popular Boeing Jets, There’s A Risk

South Dakota’s City Of Presidents Unveils Obama Statue

This Street In Wales Is Officially The World’s Steepest

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Eclipses Make Animals Do Strange Things  Including, apparently (shudder), acting human.

Swarms Of Flying Ants Overtaking Great Britain Show Up As Rain On Radar  Scary but not nearly as frightening as what once darkened the skies of Merry Olde.

Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’  Including, perhaps most of all, what it means to be true royalty.

SHORTS

One Of The Largest Subspecies Of Giraffes Is Declared Endangered

Study Finds Insects Can Experience Chronic Pain

Wait A Second. Plants Can Sneeze?

STRANGE BUT TRUE

The Man Who Started The Area 51 Raid Says Things Have Gotten A Little Spooky

Divers Encounter A Human-Size Jellyfish Off The Coast Of England

There’s A Massive Jester Floating On Austria’s Lake Constance

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

 

 

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GUN CONTROL AND THE DAWN OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 14, 2019 Volume 11 Number 47

Entirely Reader-Supported  Please Go Here. Thank You.

INSIDE:  Gun Control and the Dawn of Universal Peace; Gun Control and a Killer Species; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear,  All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

GUN CONTROL AND THE DAWN OF UNIVERSAL PEACE

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

My Column this time is inspired by the new video of Madonna Gun Control   I think that is the greatest purpose that artist could put themselves to, focusing the public’s attention on important issues in simple, universally understandable, emotive ways.

To be honest, I was shocked to see statistics at the end of Madonna’s video.  Apparently, 36,000 Americans are killed annual in acts of gun violence.  In contrast, our confict in the East of Ukraine has taken 13,000 lives.

I understand the historical roots of the question and, of course, it’s the choice of Americans as for implementing gun control or not.  My plight here is that from time to time I hear voices in my country about the liberalization of gun ownership.

A few young men of my acquaintance support such attitudes: “because there are cases where adequate people become victims of impunity for intruders, therefore, only for the sake of the fact that the attackers themselves will also be victims (in the case of self-defense) – we need to move toward the permission of guns”. They also say that statistics of gun violence in other countries are not as drastic as in America and cite Switzerland as one example perhaps worth emulation. Switzerland Has A Stunningly High Rate Of Gun Ownership — Here’s Why It Doesn’t Have Mass Shootings

But at the moment, Ukraine cannot be compared to Switzerland where the security of the people is of the same importance as their high standard of living. Ukraine cannot claim such prosperity.  Yet.  So what works for Switzerland might not work for us.  Here is an interesting chart of gun laws of other nations.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overview_of_gun_laws_by_nation

That chart shows just how differently gun laws are made and enforced; how gun ownership is legally defined.  There are many variables involved, including a stable economy and domestic environment where extreme violence is rare and the means of acquiring weapons of limited mass destruction, more comprehensive.  Ukraine simply is not there yet.  That is why, unfortunately, it is a “Supermarket” for Guns” https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/ukraine-a-supermarket-for-guns

As all humanity seeks and finds ways of settling conflicts without violence, I think hunting and target shooting will remain popular and rightfully so.  But as peace prevails, we will be using guns less often on one another.

One day, the sun will rise, set and rise again without us killing each other at all.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

Photo courtesy of Chinese Academy of Sciences

GUN CONTROL AND A KILLER SPECIES

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  As Olya suggests in her column above, our species has never been as good at controlling weapons as it has been at inventing and using them for everything from paper target practice to rodent control to the mass slaughter of other life forms, including our own.  We even use weapons to kill our children and people whose religious or political views differ from our own.

From an historical perspective, it does not seem to have made much difference what weapon we select.  When we first evolved on the veldt, we used whatever was handy and bashing someone’s skull in with a rock was probably the first truly homicidal act our ancestors committed.  The detonation of two atomic bombs in 1945 demonstrated dramatically just how far our passion for weapons has come.

Two things are glaringly consistent in an analysis of this particular industrial evolution.  We are brilliant at it and from the dawn of our existence, we have been the most vicious, predatory and unforgiving murderers the planet has ever known.

No form of weapons control will truly work until and unless we have learned to control our urge to kill.  Until then, we’ll just keep getting better at it.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change: How Hot Cities Could Be In 2050

Calls For A ‘Climate Emergency’ Declaration In The U.S. Congress

 The ‘Historical Jigsaw Of Climate Deception’

A Glacier The Size Of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications For Global Sea Levels

Farmers Need Each Other More Than Ever During Climate Crisis

Himalayan Glaciers Melting Double Fast Since 2000

Alaska Trapped In A Hot Feedback Loop

As World Heats Up, The Climate For News Is Changing, Too

Teaching Global Warming In A Charged Political Climate

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, GARDEN, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer A New Way To See The Holy Land

8 Charts On How Americans Use Air Conditioning

U.K. Lawmakers Just Voted To Back Same-Sex Marriage And Abortion Access In Northern Ireland

EARTH

Will Cities Of The Future Have Floating Farms?

Wildfire On Hawaiian Island Of Maui Forces Thousands To Evacuate

Remains Of Napoleonic General Believed To Have Been Found In Russian Park

The Mysterious Beauty Of Robert Frost’s New England

Scientists Say They’ve Identified The Earliest Sign Of Humans Outside Africa

This 210,000-Year-Old Skull May Be The Oldest Human Fossil Found In Europe

Toxic Algal Bloom Forces Mississippi To Close All Its Mainland Beaches

Discovery Of Raptor-Like Dinosaur Adds A New Wrinkle To The Origin Of Birds

This Prehistoric Bird Had Weirdly Long Toes

Rare Lava Lake Found On Top Of Sub-Antarctic Volcano

ECOLOGY

First Major US Insurance Company Moves Away From Coal

As Energy Market Changes, Another Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy

How We Got To Automobile Supremacy, And How We Walk It Back

HEALTH

Why It’s So Hard To Cure Your Hangover, According To Science

The 9 New Sleep Rules

These 5 Tips From Dietitians Will Make It Easier To Eat Healthy

Cbd Oil Is Everywhere, But Is It Really Safe And Healthy?

Want To Live Longer? For Just 30 Minutes A Day, Do Anything Else But Sit

How Many Steps Should I Take A Day?

This Is The Best Way To Treat Sore Muscles After A Workout

The Best Kind Of Breakfast To Eat, According To Metabolism Experts

The Best Workout For Women

Even Moderate Air Pollution May Lead To Lung Disease

GOOD NEWS

A Nellie Bly Memorial Is Coming To Roosevelt Island

Google Doodle Honors Heart Surgeon René Favaloro, Who Pioneered Coronary Bypass Surgery

‘You Will Not Silence Us’: Megan Rapinoe Talks Equal Pay, World Cup Celebrations And Presidential Tweets

The Delicious, Ancient History Of Chocolate And Vanilla

Inside Instagram’s Ambitious Plan To Fight Bullying

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

California’s Drought Killed Almost 150 Million Trees

‘Chicago Defender,’ An Iconic Black Newspaper, To Release Its Last Print Issue

One Climate Crisis Disaster Occurs Every Week, U.N. Official Warns

Russian Nuclear Sub Wreck’s Radiation 100k Higher Than Normal, Norway Says

The 10 Countries Most Vulnerable To Climate Change Will Experience Population Booms In The Coming Decades

Hate Crime On The Rise In Washington State, Study Finds

Pompeii Is Home To Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombs

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES

Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s allegedly infamous Uncle Seamus, Donald Trump and the American general George Armstrong Custer have one thing in common, a sense of invincibility.  Custer claimed there was no arrow with his name on it.  As we all know, there apparently turned out to be several of them, didn’t there?  He did not die in bed with his boots off.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

We need to watch this one.  Looks like Someone has special plans for him.  Man Survives Being Swept Over Niagara Falls

Auf Wiedersehen, little dude.  It was a distinct pleasure knowing you.  The Volkswagen Beetle Says Adios

Niksen Is The Dutch Lifestyle Concept Of Doing Nothing—And You’re About To See It Everywhere  Oookay…

SPACE

Astronomers Spot Asteroid With Shortest Year Known

‘They Can’t Stop All Of Us.’ Thousands Sign Petition To Invade Area 51 To Find Those Aliens

Spektr-RG: Powerful X-Ray Telescope Launches To Map Cosmos

Hayabusa-2: Japanese Spacecraft Makes Final Touchdown On Asteroid

TECHNOLOGY

Capturing A Photograph Of An Atomic Bomb Blast

Mussels’ Sticky Threads Could Inspire Ways To Clean Up Oil Spills, Purify Water And More

Researchers Develop Plant-Based, Eco-Friendly Method To Produce Tylenol

The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched A Cultural Revolution

From The Family Station Wagon To The Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits

How The Camera Introduced Americans To Their Heroines

Should You Ditch Your Smartphone For A ‘Dumb’ Phone?

We Rode Boosted’s New Rev Electric Scooter. Here’s What It’s Like

BEST OF THE NET

Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead To New Inventions

A Lost Work By Langston Hughes Examines The Harsh Life On The Chain Gang
The Spectacle And Drama Of Netflix’s New Glassblowing Show Will Shatter Your Expectations

TRAVEL

New National Marine Sanctuary Will Protect Maryland’s ‘Ghost Fleet’

Here’s What Nutritionists Eat At The Airport, And 4 Foods They Avoid

How A Voyage To French Polynesia Set Herman Melville On The Course To Write ‘Moby-Dick’

Take A Trip To America’s Hot Rod Heaven

This Florida Music Festival Takes Place Completely Underwater

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

This is one of several delightful short books for the young of all ages. The author, Holley Dovetail, is ~ in fact ~ our own associate editor, Olya Bereza. Tap the cover for more information.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Alongside the bald eagle and the Stars and Stripes, he is probably America’s most recognizable icon.  A Brief History Of Smokey Bear, The Forest Service ‘s Legendary Mascot

Okay, even for us, this is weird.  What This Head-Banging, Body-Rolling Cockatoo Teaches Us About The Evolution Of Dance

Incredible.  Little, Transparent Fish Show Sleep Is At Least 450 Million Years Old

SHORTS

As Ocean Temperature Rise, Corals Head For The Poles

The Snakes That Ate Florida

Coral Grows At About The Same Rate As Human Hair

STRANGE BUT TRUE

When Niagara Falls Ran Dry

This Alkaline African Lake Turns Animals Into Stone

See A Python Swallow A Crocodile Whole

ABOUT US: 

The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

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LEOPOLIS JAZZ FEST

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 7, 2019 Volume 11 Number 46

Entirely Reader-Supported  Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: Leopolis Jazz Fest; Bombs Bursting In Air Do Not Serve This Purpose; Climate Change; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Earth; Ecology; Health; Good News, Not So Good News; News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond; Space; Technology; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Kindle Books By Us; All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us

Leopolis Jazz Fest. Photo by Olya Bereza

LEOPOLIS JAZZ FEST

By Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

Hi Rusty, this time from Lviv, which became the capital of jazz in Ukraine the last week in June by hosting the annual Leopolis Jazz Fest.

That celebration unites people from different countries, of all ages and backgrounds. Young and old enjoy the cheerful atmosphere.  The festival is staged so that even those who cannot afford a ticket can enjoy it all in the relax zone, on big screens with lots of places to sit, eat and be entertained, making the event very family friendly.

I came back from Odessa only on Sunday but it seemed to be the most spectacular day, according to my acquaintances.  Everyone just fell in love with the American, Peter Cincotti. His “Long way from home” truly moved us all.

Another American, the legendary keyboard artist, composer and arranger, Kenny Barron, was awarded the Golden Leo. He received this highest honor for the contributions he has made not only to the history of jazz as an artist but as one of its greatest educators.

Since 2011 the best jazz musicians from various countries have performed on Leopolis Jazz Fest stages.  Those represented include the US, Great Britain, Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, and Luxembourg.

Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR DO NOT SERVE THIS PURPOSE

By Rusty Miller, editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  Well, like so many of my neighbors, I celebrated America’s birthday with mixed blessings.  I’m a traditionalist when it comes to fireworks but that was before the home variety became large enough and loud enough to defeat any efforts to mitigate, much less, defeat it.

My neighborhood is quiet most of the year and private fireworks ~ sale and lighting ~ is illegal and punishable by a $1,000 fine.  Enforcement has gradually increased but so has this defiance that seems predicated on the premise that liberty for all means the freedom to act like a selfish and destructive fool whose personal pleasure overrides all other concerns, including those of the welfare of his neighbors.

Freedom is not the right to disrupt the lives of one’s neighbors.  It is guaranteed because neighbors band together to make sure none of them are made to suffer such victimization.  We have an excellent Nextdoor.com network that this year came out stronger than ever against illegal fireworks and on video taping violators and informing the local Seattle Police Department precinct.

A housemate of mine who was fortunate enough to escape to the Cascades returned about two a.m. the next morning and said the streets were still choked with blue smoke and littered with the remains of fireworks.  For about six hours at its most intense, there was absolutely no escaping what sounded like people banging on our house with five pound sledge hammers.

With all due respect to Francis Scott Key and the Founding Fathers, I do not think this is the vision of America we want to see ourselves, much less export.  It is, instead, a time to reflect on the history of our nation and to thank, in our hearts, all those who have dedicated their lives so that all of us may remain safe, unafraid and free.

Bombs bursting in air do not serve this purpose.

Rusty

Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

CLIMATE CHANGE

EU Top Jobs Leave Big Climate Questions

African Ministers Lobby UK For Control Of Climate Aid

China Pledges To Strengthen Climate Plan

Finland Puts New Climate Target Top Of EU Leadership Agenda

It Was A Balmy 90 Degrees Yesterday In Anchorage — For The First Time On Record

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, GARDEN, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Diary Sheds Light On Deborah Sampson, Who Fought In The Revolutionary War

The Modern Farmer Guide To Small-Space Gardening

EARTH

California Shakes From 2nd Big Quake In 2 Days

Satellite Images Reveal The Extent Of Chennai’s Water Shortage

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light On The Biblical Philistines

Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence Of Early Skull Reshaping

ECOLOGY

This Local Solar-Popped Popcorn Was A Decade In The Making

U.S. Named One Of The World’s Worst Trash Offenders In Alarming Report

Canada Bucks Trump, Aligns Itself With California In Clean Car Standards

HEALTH

6 High-Protein Foods That Are Healthier Than Beef

The Filthiest Places To Avoid On Airplanes

5 Ways To Help A Friend Or Loved One Who Suffers From Migraines

GOOD NEWS

Hiring Rebounds In June As Employers Add 224,000 Jobs

The Event That ‘Allowed Us To Be Free’

Russia Creates Robot To Rescue Drowning People (Video)

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

U.S. Produces Far More Waste And Recycles Far Less Of It Than Other Developed Countries

Not Even Chemicals Can Stop The Indomitable Cockroach

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling In Its Home Waters

Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Year

Honey Bee Colony Losses Are Most In 13 Years

NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES

Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s allegedly infamous Uncle Seamus, some people who worry about being lost in a crowd should welcome the opportunity.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

The Truth About America’s Most Iconic Food.  Amazing.

A Cave That Could Fit A Skyscraper  Totally awesome.

Incredible.  A Town That Resembles The Moon

SPACE

Billionaires Are Dead Serious About Moving Factories To Space

NASA Just Took A Small (But Also Very Big) Step Closer To Returning To The Moon

Restored Apollo Mission Control Center Brings The Moon Landing Era To Life

Cool! Teegarden’s Star Has Earth-Sized Planets In Its Habitable Zone

SPECIAL – ASTEROIDS

Check Out This New Citizen-Science Project Called Hubble Asteroid Hunter.

NASA Has A Plan To Knock An Asteroid Off Course

ESA Will Head For The Double Asteroid, Too

No, Asteroid 2006 QV89 Won’t Strike Earth In September 

TECHNOLOGY

Five Countries On The Frontline Of Tech

A Monument To Maritime Engineering

How Russia Protects Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Attacks

BEST OF THE NET

The Latest Images from NASA’s Earth Observatory

How The Spanish Language Came To Be

Photos Capture The Great South American Eclipse

TRAVEL

The Vietnam Few Travellers Know

The Thailand Town That Drowned

The Magic Of Japan’s Convenience Stores

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of the BBC.

This is amazing.  The Panda Who Didn’t Know She Had Twins

The Man Who Lives With Hyenas.  Ah, but does he also dance with them?

This I really would have liked to see.  This Little Brazilian Dinosaur Ran Across The Desert On One Toe

SHORTS

Reflections On The New Fossil Hall From The Experts Who Created It

How Snub-Nosed Monkeys Adapted To Extreme Cold

BC Ferries Installs Infrared Cameras To Help Protect Whales

STRANGE BUT TRUE

This 33,000-Year-Old Man May Have Been Killed By A Left-Handed Murderer

A Summer Hailstorm Buried The Mexican City Of Guadalajara Under Ice

Attempting To Fry An Egg On The Sidewalk Has Been A Summer Pastime For Over 100 Years

ABOUT US: 

The Northstar Journal ~ now approaching its twelfth year ~ is an international general interest online weekly which, while flying no flag itself, reaches readers in 22 countries, where it is also shared with family, friends and associates.  The Northstar Journal is on FaceBook and Nextdoor.com. It is entirely reader supported. To contribute, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or participate in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you and thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.  Rusty and Olya

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