HI ALL, FROM SOUTH BEACON HILL

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 21, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 49

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view.  Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view. Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington 

HI ALL, FROM SOUTH BEACON HILL

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been a fun week and, personally, a monumental one.  Several weeks back, we told you Northstar was moving and that we were looking for a place.  Thanks to a Facebook reader of the magazine, we found one and moved in Wednesday.

It’s an appropriate place for a man who loves people and ethnic diversity.  It’s a big place in Seattle’s South Beacon Hill neighborhood and is just country enough to provide fresh blackberries for breakfast and outstanding vistas 24/7.

My housemates are a delightful mix of “foreign” exchange students and members of the owners’ extended family.  My new landlord, who prefers to consider himself my friend, and his wife are medical professionals and he’s a United States Army veteran.  They’re real nice folks and the other day, I got to hang out with their cute four-year-old niece, who is a real cuter.

The neighborhood itself is like a little United Nations so it too is consistent with Northstar’s “global village” philosophy.  Everything’s within a short bus ride or a leisurely pedal on Big Red One.

Our associate editor and my best friend/kid brother, Denny Steussy, helped me move and you’d be amazed at how much stuff you can wedge into a four-door Toyota with a bike rack on the rear bumper.

I want to thank those of you who emailed in with your concerns, prayers, etc.  We don’t get rich doing this but we have always felt that in the most important ways, we’re the best paid weekly magazine staff on the planet.  Like being a parent, the paycheck’s not real big but you absolutely cannot beat the perks.

We could not have done it without you guys.  Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THE NEWS

That our species is capable of inflicting this much horror on a child absolutely infuriates me.  Video: The Syrian Boy Pulled from the Rubble in Aleppo

ISIS is going to be so sorry they did this.  The people they attacked this time don’t play by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.  ISIS Claims First Attack On Russian Soil

Whenever something this cool happens where I live, I am justifiably proud.  Most Populous Washington State County Boosts Voter Outreach With Multi-Language Ballot Box

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes Who Global Ambassador For Noncommunicable Diseases

The U.N.’s Cholera Admission And What Comes Next

ASIA

Indonesian Airlines Cleared For Us Flights After A Nine-Year Ban

N Korean Envoy In UK Defects To South

Video: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Visits China

Indian Army Kills 3 Rebels In Kashmir Fighting

Valuing Culture Over Money In An Ancient Chinese City

AFRICA

Nigeria Is Freeing Children From Boko Haram, Then Locking Them Up

Motorcycle Suicide Bomber Kills Three In North Cameroon Market

Bribery Arrest May Expose African Mining Rights Scandal Tied To Och-Ziff

President Of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, Wins Narrow Victory As Rival Demands Recount

Vaccine Shortage Could Spread African Yellow Fever Outbreak Abroad, Charity Warns

Police In South Africa Struggle To Gain Trust After Apartheid

U.N. Bolsters Peacekeeping In South Sudan Despite Government’s Objections

‘A Generation Is Protesting’ In Ethiopia, Long A U.S. Ally

MIDDLE EAST

U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment To Iran Was Delayed As Prisoner ‘Leverage’

Video: Crowds Cheer A New Governing Council In Yemen

Doctors Without Borders Is Pulling Staff After Hospital Bombings In Yemen

No Easy Target: U.S. And Russia Take On Nusra Front Fighters In Syria

EUROPE

Brexit Visa Woes? Five Things To Do

UK Jobless Total Falls To 1.64 Million

Big Car Bombs Hit Two Turkish Cities

The Kremlin Opens To The World As Putin Orders Greater Access

CANADA

Beluga Whales Party In Canada

As Canada Moves To Legalize Marijuana, Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait?

Canadian Space Agency Says 3,772 Applied To Be Astronauts

UNITED STATES

America Is Now Much More Multi-Generational

15 Guantánamo Detainees Are Sent To Emirates In Largest Obama-Era Transfer

Video: Fact Check: Trump, Clinton’s Economic Plan

Fires Burn In Milwaukee After Police Fatally Shoot Man

Mass Evacuation Amid New California Fire

Cisco To Cut Up To 5,500 Jobs

LATIN AMERICA

The Lost Prince Of Brazil

Son Of El Chapo Is Kidnapped At Gunpoint From A Party In Mexico

Tulum Journal: Evictions By Armed Men Rattle A Mexican Tourist Paradise

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s Suspended President, Appeals For Reprieve

Rio ‘Has Never Felt So Safe.’ But What Happens After The Games?

Gunmen In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Kidnap Up To Dozen People

Earthquake In Peru Kills 4, Including An American Tourist

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australian Premier’s Handout Spurs Debate On Best Way To Help Homeless People

Groups With Strong Ties To China Are Major Political Donors

Chinese Donors To Australian Political Parties: Who Gave How Much?

Intruders Set Crocodiles Loose In School Office

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Monitoring the progress of ocean acidification

Climate Change Will Not Be Kind To Nations With Ethnic Divisions

Trees Stop Climate Change—Can We Pay People To Stop Cutting Them Down?

Scientists Make A Troubling Discovery About Climate Change By Examining Old Photos Of Earth

July Was Earth’s Hottest Month In Recorded History — The 10th Record Hot Month In A Row: NASA

A Changing Climate Is And Will Continue To Put People Out Of Their Homes’

Extreme Floods May Be The New Normal

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S.-Backed Forces Liberate Key City From ISIS, Freeing 2,000 Hostages

Afghan Troops Hold Off The Taliban In Kunduz

When Women Fight ISIS

3 Filipino Sympathizers Of IS Killed In Philippines

Iraq Executes 36 Men Convicted In Islamic State Massacre

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Video: Photos of Migrant Holding Cells Released

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers In Immigration Court

Syrian Refugees Support Each Other In Britain

FROM OLYA

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CIVILIZATION HAPPENED BECAUSE OF ALL OF US

Hi Rusty:

This week, surfing the Internet, it was interesting to run across a study entitled “Civilization Approach to Education in 21 Century” by Andrew Targowski, President of the International Society for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations (ISCSC).  In the attachments is a screenshot from this study with relations of eight current civilizations with each other, according to the author. (See above)

I think that is great to introduce this idea into learning.  Frankly, how much do we really know about each other?  Even us ~ you and me, Rusty ~ are representatives of different civilizations, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings in the way we perceive the world around us.  But we are still more alike than different.  But sometimes stereotypes and agendas dominate and prevent a mutual and deep understanding among people.

Were many students told that actually it was Muslims who saved for humanity scientific texts of ancient Greece? If they had not copied these works and had not made exact translations, many of those works would have been lost, especially after the  burning of Alexandria library.

Another interesting fact is that even in Middle Ages, both Muslim men and women received an education.  Many universities, observatories and schools appeared in Muslim countries earlier then in Europe.  House of Wisdom was founded in Baghdad in the Eighth Century.  Humankind should be grateful to Avicenna for the development of medicine.

Muslims and other merchants also were providers of Chinese discoveries to Western world. Many of them, like typography and paper money, are used nowadays.

I cannot help but mention an interesting chapter from the history of my own civilization.  In the 11th Century, the daughter of Kievan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise ~ after her marriage to French King Henry 1 ~ wrote to home a letter in which she expressed her surprise that people there were not educated and that ordinary people could neither read nor write.

It is sometimes amazing to see how the knowledge is interchangeable and to trace how every civilization influenced other civilizations through the ages.  Definitely in future, there will be more facts from history strongly suggesting that we should respect one another and communicate as equals. Maybe it’s the way out of confrontation  and into cooperation as the synergy of civilizations.

And one last note, I found an interesting article from the World Economic Forum to break stereotype of immigration entitled “Four Maps That Will Change How You See Immigration In Europe.”

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   The Nevada Desert

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30 Must Do Adventures in California

70 Breathtaking Backcountry Campsites

The Ultimate Iceland Adventure

GOOD EXAMPLES

These guys rock.  How Rangers Are Saving Tigers

This too is great to see.  Fighting for Forests, Together

She rocks.  Muslim Girls In Mumbai Get A Kick Out Of Football

BAD EXAMPLES

I remember when America prided itself on an equal education for all.  Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought

When those charged with prosecuting crime become criminal themselves, something obviously needs to change. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Is Convicted on All Counts

As a species, we really ought to be ashamed of ourselves for this.  The World’s Largest Beach Cleanup Has Cleared More Than 4 Million Pounds Of Trash

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

How well I know this.  The Downside Of Having A Big Brain

This is incredible.  High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)

Good for them but you still don’t find one in my garage.  Ford Promises Fleets Of Driverless Cars Within Five Years

EARTH

An Alien Underwater Village

The Secret Libraries Of History

Atmospheric Scientists Say No Chemtrails

SPACE

At Home In Space: Making The International Space Station Feel Like Home

China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

Video: Moment World’s Longest Aircraft Takes Off

TECHNOLOGY

A Car Powered By Its Roof

The 1950s Air Battle Sparked By A Drone

Electric Cars Are Way More Practical Than You Might Think

THE GREEN AGENDA

How Bad Is Your Air-Conditioner For The Planet?

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

Watch: How To Stop Clothing From Polluting The Oceans

These Maps Show How Much Of The US Is Covered In Landfills  

Seattle Council Passes Historic Affordable Housing Legislation

HEALTH

McDonald’s Wearable May Cause Rash

Stop The Clock On Aging

A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

A Wish For My Daughters

We Never Actually Die:  Biocentrism Explained

LIFESTYLE

For Freshmen, Campus Life Poses New Risks

Mixed Income Neighborhoods: A Way To Lessen Poverty

How Does It Feel To Live In Darkness?

A Man Who Lives At The Top Of The World

Tibet’s Tribal Nomads Defying The Modern World

Five  Reasons To Vote Even When You Hate Everything On The Ballot

Twitter Suspends 235,000 More Accounts Over Extremism

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Questions For Couples

Watch: Largest Glacier Breakup Ever Recorded On Film!

List of Average IQ By Country and American States | BrandonGaille.com 

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MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

FROM NORTHSTAR

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.

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. 

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Online English Tutoring

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Persian Snow Leopard Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

Persian Snow Leopard Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty 

This was beautiful to watch.  Three Persian Leopards Released

This is Weird to the Tenth Power  ~ Evolutionary Wonder: This Caterpillar Transforms Its Body To Look Like A Snake

It helps to have a strong stomach when reading this one. The Worst Bite Of Any Animal

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Macabre Origin Of Felt

Drunk Driving Suspect Thanks Police Officer After Bad Crash

Egypt Suspends 8 Female TV Anchors, Saying They Are Overweight

ABOUT US

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest  The Magazine With Heart

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  International currencies accepted. For more information and to receive us in your email if you currently view us on our website, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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TRUMPING THE DUMPSTER

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News & Commentary; From Olya ~ The Olympics Before Steroids; Meade Fischer ~ In Boise, Idaho; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 14, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 48

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TRUMPING THE DUMPSTER

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, never in the eleven years we have been covering American politics have we seen a week quite like this one and the star of the show is a jackass someone taught to sing.

Donald Trump’s dog and pony show style of politics has not only lowered the bar on dignity, truth and justice, it has buried it.  His behavior is so erratic that I suspect he has brain damage in conjunction with a likely terminal case of hoof in mouth disease.

That having been said, there is something that disgusts me even more and that is the number of good people who have tried to out-Trump the Dumpster by crafting bigger and better insults.

My notorious Uncle Seamus had little patience for such rhetorical catapult slinging and reminded us each election year that when one gets in a perfume squirting contest with a skunk, nobody comes out smelling like French perfume.

When a man is rich enough to pay off the national debt and buy the flipping country, there can be only one reason for seeking to be its chief executive and that is for the attention it garners him.  Like sadists the world over, he thrives on hostility and the grief his behavior causes.

I’d like to wake up just one morning to see the world ignore this imbecile and focus on legitimate aspirants to America’s highest elected office.  At my house, we do not talk to what we scrape off on the welcome mat before opening the front door.  And that sludge is an evolutionary leap over this motor mouthed moron.

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Moby Dick notwithstanding, these big dudes (and dudettes) are probably our best ocean-going friends on the planet.  Humpback Whales, Heroes Of The Sea?

This Is A Question On The Minds Of Millions Now.  Displacement: The Gnawing Injustice At The Heart Of Housing Crises  ~What Can We Actually Do About It?

To me, this is nothing short of sensational and proves that we do not need fuel sources which poison the planet.  Wind Generates 100% of Scotland’s Electricity Needs for Entire Day

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Japan’s Emperor Hints At Wish To Abdicate

Make-Up Firm Shiseido Cuts Forecast

Dozens Killed In Pakistan Hospital Bomb

Will China Create The First GM Baby?

Chinese Trade Drop Adds To Economic Woes

China Said It Would Not Militarize Disputed Islands In South China Sea — But …

Chinese Tech Firms Forced To Choose Market: Home Or Everywhere Else  

Curtain Falls On China’s Cinema Boom

Explosions Target Thai Tourist Towns

Indonesia’s Push To Execute Drug Convicts Underlines Flaws In Justice System

AFRICA

Police In South Africa Struggle To Gain Trust After Apartheid

U.N. Bolsters Peacekeeping In South Sudan Despite Government’s Objections

‘A Generation Is Protesting’ In Ethiopia, Long A U.S. Ally

Polio Response In Africa To Be Fast, Difficult And Possibly Dangerous

Zambia Votes Amid Economic Slowdown And Political Violence

2 Polio Paralysis Cases In Nigeria Set Back Eradication Effort

Safari Guide Accused Of Killing Tourist In Masai Mara Reserve In Kenya

MIDDLE EAST

How an Iranian’s Spy Saga Ends, 6 Years Later: He’s Executed

Water Cut ‘Threatens Aleppo Children’

Video: Footage Shows ‘Chlorine Attack’ Aftermath

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes In Yemen Kill At Least 19, Mostly Children

At The Front In A Scarred Falluja

EUROPE

Erdogan In Russia To ‘Reset’ Ties

Russia And Turkey’s Tricky Relationship

Spain And Portugal Avoid Budget Fines

Ten Maps That Will Help You Better Understand Russia

Italian Economic Growth Stagnates

A Tough Sell, Even In Russia: Ivan The Not-So-Terrible

CANADA

Signs Emerge That Canada’s Hottest Housing Markets May Be Cooling      

Mounties Cite ‘Race Against Time’ In Thwarting ISIS Supporter’s Attack

Four Tornadoes Touch Down In Manitoba, Leaving One First Nation Shaken, But Standing

UNITED STATES

Thousands Of Roaming Dogs Are Cited As Problem In Poor Areas Of Dallas

Ahmed Mohamed, Dallas, Texas Boy Handcuffed For Making Clock, Is Suing

Justice Department To Release Blistering Report Of Racial Bias By Baltimore Police

Justice Department To Streamline Tracking Of Police Killings  

Chicago Police Department Warns Of Gangs’ Threats To Attack Officers

U.S. Takes Aim At Blasphemy Laws, Religious Discrimination

LATIN AMERICA

Olympic Revelry Distracts Brazil (Momentarily) From Its Woes

Tens Of Thousands March In Peru Against Gender Violence

Fidel Castro Thanks Cuba, Criticizes Obama, On 90th Birthday

The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet

Landslides In Mexico Kill At Least 39 After Rains From Tropical Storm Earl

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

The Downsides Of Being An Aussie Expat

Australia Blocks Chinese Power Grid Sale

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Ice Melt May Release Cold War-Era Toxins

First Map Of Thawing Under Greenland Ice

Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity

Climate Change May Be Doubted By Some, But Now It’s The Law

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Canadian Police ‘Kill Terror Suspect’

German Plan To Thwart Islamist Militants

.U.S. Drones Record ISIS Fighters Fleeing Manbij In Northern Syria

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Save The Refugees On The Berm

Aid And Attention Dwindling, Migrant Crisis Intensifies In Greece

FROM OLYA

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THE OLYMPICS BEFORE STEROIDS

Hi Rusty:

I could not pass by the picture of Brazilian teens watching the opening of Rio Olympic games.

They remind me of our gang in childhood so much and of how we, dirty but enjoying the freedom of holidays, climbed the walls of the stadium to enjoy performances whatever they were: sports, concerts, etc. At a certain age, small things make children happy, like just sitting on a tree by the wall, eating seasonal fruits and being enchanted by big lights.

This picture saves a million words as at the moment Rio is not among most prosperous places in the worlds: Brazil’s politics, economy are huge messes as Olympics begin 

Another interesting article, “Abandoned Olympic Venues From Around the World,” serves to remind that when big lights are gone, what’s left

Not a secret to anyone, that to be able to stay in professional sports, atheletes cannot avoid using pharmacology to reach record results. As the following article speculates, the next step might be genetic modifying “Lilly King’s disdain is fine, but why not welcome our X-Olympian overlords?

I recently had a talk with a good friend who has a daughter with such a brilliant physical potential because of good genes of both parents who are former masters of sports.  But to the question if they consider sports career for their child, the answer was a categorical “no.” because contemporary professional sports  involves way too many risks to health.  Why do we need such sports then?

I personally would definitely prefer to watch unenhanced human beings competing in so called Olympic games, as they were when such contests began in ancient Greece.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   Now he is in  Boise, Idaho

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GOOD EXAMPLES

I am a total fan of His Imminence and here is another reason why.  God Is Not A Magician’: Pope Says Christians Should Believe In Evolution And Big Bang

This is the America I know and love.  Township Saw a Zoning Issue. The Justice Dept. Saw Religious Discrimination.

There should be a special place in our hearts for these people.  Rio 2016: International Chefs Cooking Surplus Olympic Food For City’s Poorest

BAD EXAMPLES

Why does this remind me of Star ChambersJury Trials Vanish, and Justice Is Served Behind Closed Doors

And you wonder why I ‘fly AMTRAK’?  Delta Grounds Flights After Outage

This cannot bode well.  Android Bug Fear In 900 Million Phones

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Now Here’s An Intriguing Question.  Will Skyscrapers Outlast The Pyramids?

This Is Reassuring.  Here’s How The World Will Probably Endlive Science

Payback Time.  Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 Dead

EARTH

The Forgotten People Of The Arctic

The Volcanoes No One Has Ever Seen  ~ For The First Time We Can See Them Close-Up

The Saltiest Place On Earth

SPACE

Celebrating 100,000 Orbits For Iss

Time-Lapse Footage Of Perseid Meteor Shower

Russia’s Solar-Powered Satellite Monitors The Arctic

TECHNOLOGY

‘Millions’ Of VWs Accessible Via Hack

Can A Computer Write Like You?

Two Dads Hope to End Hot Car Deaths with Their Invention

THE GREEN AGENDA

How To Take An Oil Rig Apart

We’ve Used Up The World’s Resources For The Year & There Are Still 145 Days Left

We’re Trashing The Oceans — And They’re Returning The Favor By Making Us Sick  

Turns Out Wind And Solar Have A Secret Friend: Natural Gas  

First Us Offshore Wind Farm To Usher In New Era For Industry 

Retraining US Mine Workers For The Solar Industry

A Major NW Quake Looks Even Likelier, Thanks To Underwater Landslide Evidence  

EPA’s Science Advisers Challenge Agency Report On The Safety Of Fracking  

HEALTH

Ebola Survivors Visit Clinic Site Where Their Lives Were Saved

A 500-Square-Foot Area in Miami Is Ground Zero for the Zika Virus

Time-Delayed Eating Leads to Better Food Choices

Is Sugar Really Bad for You?

Are Avocados Good for You?

Minorities Suffer From Unequal Pain Treatment

Bad Habits That Age You

B Vitamin Benefits

6 Memory-Boosting Foods (And What To Avoid)

LIFESTYLE

The Secret To Paying Off Student Loans

Gay Students Suffer Violent Attacks More Than Straight Peers

Record number of American households are now multigenerational

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning Photos Of A Fragile World

Take An Aerial Tour Of Seattle

Researchers Sent An Automated Submarine To Study Sharks And This Is What They Found

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MASHA & THE BEAR

 

kikoriki

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

FROM NORTHSTAR

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.

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.  

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

Northstar Media Services

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

NOW ACCEPTING ADVERTISING ~ Small international news and general interest online magazine accepting classified ads of a maximum of 50 words for the introductory four-edition price of $5.00 US. The Northstar Journal, www.nsjournal.wordpress.com Email minstrel312@aol.com   

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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You will love this.  I sure did.  An Aquatic Rehabilitation Program Like No Otter Rescues an Adorable Sea Otter!

This was fun.  Find out which wild creature you most resemble.

If this does not move you to tears, you need to ask the Wizard for a heartThis Is What Freedom Tastes Like After 20 Years Locked In A Circus Van

SHORTS

Video: Where Crocodiles Are Sacred

Parakeet Takeover Ahead?

Greenland Shark May Live 400 Years, Smashing Longevity Record

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Bermuda Triangle: Ship Reappears 90 Years After Going Missing

Giant Underwater Crystal Pyramid Discovered In Bermuda Triangle

15 Crazy And Weird Real Animals 

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

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OUR SPECIES IS PRONE TO SURPRISES

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 7, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 47

OUR SPECIES IS PRONE TO SURPRISES

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve just finished disaster drills for “the Big One,” meaning a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that reshapes the topography of the greater Puget Sound considerably every 500 years or so.  Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a smaller tremblor and a major volcanic eruption.  Now the question being asked?

How Much Warning For Supervolcanos?

Our species seems prone to surprises and to that extent, we are rather inept at predicting which quiet and brooding neighbor down the block will one day show up at the most popular fast food restaurant in town with a bad attitude and instruments of slaughter.

Our reaction is always the same.  We pretend to be shocked.  There is mass mourning of the survivors.  Every elected official in the nation goes on record as opposing such violence and promising to do all they can to prevent it.  We bury the dead, eulogize them, then go about business as usual until the next time some moron commits mass mayhem.

No species on the planet can predict natural disasters with any accuracy but most can insure that they do not wantonly slaughter one another.  Until we devote ourselves to creating the kind of society in which violence is simply not an option, we have more to fear from the dark and morbid excesses of our own psyches than we do another Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. St. Helens.

That’s it for this week, gang.  We’ll keep you posted and when we get settled in, we’ll share that in words and photos.  Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves.

Rusty

THE NEWS

I found this, coming from a law enforcement family, very interesting and informative.  Video: Preparing For An Active Shooter Scenario

This may not be headline news but it’s also not something we read about every day.  Obama Daughter Lands Restaurant Job

I am glad this question is being asked.  Can You Engineer A Happy Country?

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

VIDEO: Fireball As Plane Crash-Lands In Dubai

Myanmar Measles Outbreak Kills 40 In Remote Villages

China Reins In Communist Youth League, And Its Alumni’s Prospects

The Face Of Taiwan’s Past Is Slowly Fading From View

British Royal History, And Intrigue, In A Quaint German Town

Mortal To Divine And Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses

AFRICA

A.N.C. Suffers Major Election Setback in South Africa

Jacob Zuma, Under Siege, Finds Political Refuge in Rural South Africa

Boko Haram Leader Speaks On YouTube, Deepening Signs Of Split

Wrenching Choice In South Sudan: Starve Or Risk Rape

MIDDLE EAST

Talks To End War In Yemen Are Suspended

Fatah Makes Incendiary Facebook Claim Of Killing 11,000 Israelis

Israel Charges Aid Group’s Gaza Branch Manager With Funneling Funds To Hamas

$400 Million To Iran Was Not A Ransom, Obama Says

$400 Million Cash Payment To Iran Fuels Latest Campaign Dispute

EUROPE

Turkish Raid Captures Fugitive Commando Unit Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Or Kill Erdogan During Coup

Bomb Wounds Russian-Backed Leader Of Ukraine Separatist Region

A Question Lingers On The Irish-British Border: What’s Next?

The Scale Of Turkey’s Purge Is Nearly Unprecedented

The Road to Rio: How Russia (Finally) Made It

CANADA

Canadian Company Sold Armored Vehicles To South Sudan: Report

Ontario Superjail Revamps Fire-Safety Plan After False Alarms

Why Canada Has A New Way To Choose Supreme Court Judges

Canada’s Economy Is Growing At The Slowest Pace In 60 Years And The Only Thing Holding Us Up Is Housing

UNITED STATES

Pacific Northwest Weighs Response To Risks Posed By Oil Trains

Flood Rips Through Historic Maryland Town, Killing At Least 2

Federal Judge Bars North Dakota From Enforcing Restrictive Voter Id Law

Delaware Supreme Court Rules State’s Death Penalty Unconstitutional  

US Jobs Growth Beats Forecasts In July

U.S. Releases Rules For Airstrike Killings Of Terror Suspects

New Medicare Law To Notify Patients Of Loophole In Nursing Home Coverage

Obama Arrives In Martha’s Vineyard For Two-Week Vacation

LATIN AMERICA

An Expat Exodus From Brazil

Olympic Spirit In Brazil? They Stoned The Torch Relay

Fathers Of 1994 Bombing Victims In Argentina Keep Pushing For Justice

Lula, Brazil’s Ex-President, Will Face Trial On Obstruction Charges

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Hunt For Woman After Australian’s Fatal Bangkok Hotel Fall

Another Victim Of SA Chemotherapy Bungle Dies

Wood Salvaged From Historic Sydney Trees Given New Life As Artworks

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

California Wildfire From Space

In Shift, Australia Pledges More Resources For Climate Research

From Now On, Every Government Agency Will Have To Consider Climate Change

Disagreements Among Climate Friends

Groundwater Contamination Poses Risk To American Northwest Ocean Waters, Study Says

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. Launches Air Strikes Against Islamic State Militants In Libya

Seeking Justice For ISIS’s Yazidi Victims

As ISIS Posts In Portuguese, U.S. And Brazil Bolster Olympics Security

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

A ‘Good Refugee,’ His Song Suffused With Sorrow, Hopes To Touch Germany’s Heart

A Young Syrian Torchbearer Highlights Brazil’s Embrace Of Refugees

U.N. Deadlocked Over Draft Agreement On Refugees And Migrants

FROM OLYA

___ 2016-08-06 _ 17.35 .06

SOLAR COMES TO CHERNOBYL

Hi, Mishka:

I just read about plans to construct solar panel plant in Chernobyl at the site of the nuclear plant tragedy of 1986, in an article entitled World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Planned For Chernobyl Nuclear Wasteland”

”It would be among the modern world’s greatest technical ironies if one of the worst industrial accidents ever would be replaced with a solar power plant, one of the world’s safest energy technologies”, a commentator stated in the mentioned above article.

I’m not sure how safe this would be for builders and workers. Definitely the better choice is to make the process automated, using robotics, but in general sounds as good idea. At the moment there exists a tourist route for those unafraid of consequences of radiation. Actually one of my friends been there with a radiation meter and said mostly it’s near norm.  The only place where level was skyrocketing is so called “Red Forest

The solar energy has a great potential and another interesting recent article to read is this one headlined Half a Trillion Dollars to Build Huge Desertec Plan? The picture above shows what territory in highly solar friendly territory of dessert needed to feed world, EU and MENA with energy.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Zip Line In Banos, Ecuador

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GOOD EXAMPLES

It should be very important to us that they be permitted to do this.  Nuclear Scientists Push For Freedom To Express Views Without Fear Of Reprisals

Lest we forget.  Muslims in the Military: The Few, the Proud, the Welcome

This is outstanding and one of the reasons we support these folks.  A New Road Map For Development In Myanmar—And Elsewhere—That Recognizes The Value Of Nature

BAD EXAMPLES

This really needs to change.  A Mother’s Love? Of Course. Her Citizenship? Not So Fast.

It becomes very personal when viewed from this perspective.  How Many People Have Been Killed in ISIS Attacks Around the World?

I didn’t know Hell was that big but since I know where these alleged human beings are going, it just might be larger than the Good Place.  Government Forces Responsible For South Sudan Killings And Rapes, U.N. Official Says

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is fascinating.  A Cave Of Secrets Beneath The Desert

Here is technology appropriately deployed.  The Cutting-Edge Thermal Cameras That Are Helping Kenyan Rangers Catch Poachers In The Dark

This Too Is Fascinating.  Scientific Evidence Of Flood May Give Credence To Legend Of China’s First Dynasty

EARTH

Smoke, Fire And Human Evolution

How Sunflowers Follow The Sun, Day After Day

An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues On Whale Evolution

SPACE

Solar Probe Plus Mission Now Closer To Studying The Sun Up Close

California Company Gets Approval To Put Robotic Lander On Moon

Our Vast Solar System And Its Many Explorers

TECHNOLOGY

China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech

Could Online Bug Hunting Make Me Rich?

Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator

THE GREEN AGENDA

A Fossil-Fuel-Free Future Is Possible

To Cut Down Poverty, Cut Down The Cost Of Living

We’re Starting To Understand Just How Zika And Climate Change Go Together

Global Warming Could ‘Unfreeze’ Waste Buried In Old Greenland Military Base

Political Battle Seeks To Weaken Clean Air Regulations In Ca

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Immunotherapy Offers Hope To A Cancer Patient, But No Certainty

How Nature Helps Us Overcome Trauma

Why Anthrax Is Everywhere

Horse-Drawn Carriages Are Here To Stay

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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FROM NORTHSTAR

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.

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. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is more like it!  Freedom! Dolphins Make Successful Move From Marine Park to Open Ocean

How do Monarch butterflies of North America migrate 2,000 miles/3,220 km?  Their secret is at last revealed.

I’ll bet they’re glad to hear this.  A Homecoming for Hellbenders, the Biggest Salamanders in North America

SHORTS

Giant Brazilian Bird Is Confounded By A Golf Ball

Baby Monkeys Smile In Their Sleep

An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues On Whale Evolution

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Our Neanderthal Cousins Made Art

How Human Were Neanderthals

The Big Questions About Life and the Universe…And How To Answer Them

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Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  International currencies accepted. For more information and to receive us in your email if you currently view us on our website, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 31, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 44

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, as some of you know by now, we are, to quote Willie Nelson, “On the road again.”  If that seems a familiar theme to some of you, you do not need to ask the Wizard for an attention span.

We moved out here from Seattle back in January, with expectations all around of living here for a couple of years.  Then the bottom dropped out of the housing market in the greater Puget Sound.  The owner of the house is a real estate professional caught in a double whammy.  He needed to sell the house and he needed to reduce his income because when this happens, his commission on what he sells drops as well.

I’ve got about two months to find another place and even though I’m low-income, I also travel light and don’t need much.  I’ve got an organized search going and help with transportation to look at places and for moving in expenses when I do find one.  I write good classified ads for other people and here’s the one I wrote for myself.

I don’t really have any profound wisdom to offer about an event that happens to probably far too many of us under circumstances and for reasons as complex as the economics involved.  For me, it’s like the ocean.  I’ll never understand the sea but I can be a good sailor.

It is also not something that needs to be feared as much as I have.  It does not need to be overwhelming and there’s a real simple game plan.  You inventory your resources and project your relocation expenses.

If you do not have enough, you scale back what you need and see if there’s any way you can raise more than just the rent you’ll be paying once you’re moved in.  That can range to having a garage sale to seeking appropriate government assistance.

Once you’ve got that done, you write an ad like the one I did, listing (realistically) what you can afford.  You post that on the CraigsList or its equivalent in your community and on other Internet bulletin boards in your area.  You keep a calendar that tells you when you need to renew the ad.  I’d also recommend running that ad past people whose opinions you respect.  I did.

Then, every morning, you check CraigsList, Roomster, etc. for people with rooms to rent or who need housemates for a shared home within your area and price range.  Also, email that ad to everyone in your own network but just be subtle about it.  Like  “Hi (so and so):  I just thought this might interest you.  Then you put in the link to your ad.

This gives them a chance to take a look at it, get over the shock and compose themselves for a response.  Just as you needed a little time to adjust to the need to move, so your friends and family will as well.

People will want to help and there’s one sure way your local area friends can do that.  You can have like a several family garage sale.  Those are fun to organize and fun to do.  And you’d be surprised at how much you can make.  That’s another way your friends can help.  They can buy some of the stuff at the garage sale.

It is usually inside the box reasons for why this happens so it should not be that surprising that it would take some outside the box thinking to make it right again.  And despite the platitudinous sound of this, it really is an opportunity to meet new people, improve on your physical surroundings and end up being more satisfied that you were at the place you need to live.

It doesn’t take a whole lot to satisfy me.  I hope that where I live next, they let me have a kitten and smoke pot in my room with the door shut, the window open and a fan on.  Where I live, it’s legal.

That’s it for this week, gang.  We’ll keep you posted and when we get settled in, we’ll share that in words and photos.  Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves.

Rusty

THE NEWS

This is incredible.  Solar Impulse Completes Historic Round-The-World Trip

Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of you.  Dozens Dead After Flash Floods And Landslides In Nepal

My answer to this question is a resounding yes.  A Glass Ceiling Now Broken, Is U.S. Ready for a Madam President?  Here is a list of Mrs. Clinton’s accomplishments.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

China’s Tibet Comes On Top Of Regional GDP Growth In H1

Malaysia’s Leader, Dogged By A Billion-Dollar Scandal, Proves Untouchable

Study Finds Chinese Students Excel In Critical Thinking. Until College.

China Detains Japanese For ‘Endangering State Security’

Thai Queen Improves After Lung Infection Treatment

Tokyo Votes For Governor As It Readies For 2020 Olympics

‘Friends’ Lives On In A Beijing Cafe

2 Arrested In Rape Of Israeli Tourist In India

AFRICA

Ten Killed In Mogadishu Airport Blasts In Somalia

In Debt To Turkey, Somalia Shuts Network Tied To Fethullah Gulen

In Africa, Birds And Humans Form A Unique Honey Hunting Party

Protesters Fume As Zimbabwe Vice President Runs Up A Hotel Bill

Shabab Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 12 In Somalia’s Capital

After Clashes In South Sudan, Conflict Over The Vice Presidency

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Baghdad Bomb Site Now A Shrine

At The Front In A Scarred Falluja

Tunisia Ousts Prime Minister Habib Essid

Syria Outlines Plans For Conquest Of Aleppo, Backed By Russian Power

Afghans Go To Syria To Fight For Its Government, And Anguish Results

Blast Kills Dozens In Kurdish-Held Syrian Town; Crisis In Aleppo Worsens

EUROPE

Syrian Blows Himself Up In Germany

VIDEO: Prince and sports stars on mental health

FSB Regional Deputy Killed In Stavropol — Reports

Second French Priest Attacker Named

The City Drawing London’s Best Away

Eurozone Growth Halves As France Stalls

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Makes A Solitary Walk Into Auschwitz Camp

CANADA

7 Teenage Deaths, But No Answers For Aboriginal Canadians

Canadian Banks Ordered To Undergo Mortgage Stress Tests

Alberta Set To See Most Stringent Carbon-Pricing Policy: Report

Dear Corporate Canada: It’s Time To Pay For Your Part In Climate Change

UNITED STATES

John Hinckley, Who Tried To Kill Reagan, Will Be Released

Challenges Of Getting A Product Made In The U.S.A.

Prosecutors Say Baltimore Police Mishandled Freddie Gray Case

Joe Biden And Loretta Lynch Mourn Officers At Service In Baton Rouge

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement

6 More State Workers Charged in Flint Water Crisis

4 Zika Cases in Florida Were Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes, C.D.C. Says

Secrets, Denial, And, Decades Later, A Medal Of Honor For A Vietnam Medic

LATIN AMERICA

Going Hungry In Venezuela

Zika Cases In Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

Keep Your Mouth Closed: Aquatic Olympians Face A Toxic Stew In Rio

La Ventosa Journal: Mexico’s Wind Farms Brought Prosperity, But Not For Everyone

Colombia Declares End To The Zika Epidemic

Peru Scrambles To Drive Out Illegal Gold Mining And Save Precious Land

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia ‘Relocates’ To Fix Sat-Nav Gap

We Hugged Up’: Little Girl Shares Overnight Bushland Ordeal

Herbert Result Could Be Headed To Court After Labor Wins Recount

Evidence Showing ‘Horrific Mistreatment’ Of Greyhound Released

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Next Item On Obama’s Climate Agenda: Airplane Pollution

In Alaska’s Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry  

Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

What We’re Doing To The Environment May Be Costing Us Our Drinking Water

Scientists Have Found A Perfect Illustration Of How The Climate Is Spiraling ‘Out Of Control’

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

French Faith Leaders In Security Call

Huge Is Blast Rocks Syrian Kurdish City

U.S. Wrestles With How To Fight Back Against Cyberattacks

U.S. Secures Vast New Trove Of Intelligence On Isis

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Merkel Rules Out Migrant Policy Change

FROM OLYA

Procession and Moleben near the monument to Vladimir air / Ukrainian News

Procession and Moleben near the monument to Vladimir air / Ukrainian News   

Procession and Moleben to Vladimir the Great, A Prayer For Peace

Hi Rusty:

This time I would like to share a beautiful religious Orthodox ceremony – Moleben to Vladimir the Great.  He introduced Christianity to Kievan Rus, the earliest Russia which then included Ukraine, 1028 years ago.  This is a video of such a procession and moleben.

The moleben followed the Cross Procession that started at the two highest ranking Ukraine Orthodox monasteries as two processions, one from the east and one from the west, made way towards each other.

The first part of procession went west from the Holy Assumption Sviatohirsk Laura (monastery) in the Donetsk region on July 3 and another procession went east from the Holy Assumption Pochaiv Laura (Ternopil region) to meet them in Kiev on July 9.

 The participants of procession range in age from the very young to the very old, with many children walking with icons different age walking a total about 500 km/310 miles before meeting each other at the Kiev Pechersk Laura on  July 27.  For more details, please read this article entitled “A Prayer For Peace.”

According to the article UOC Moleben on Vladimir Hill was watched by 4.5 million viewers.  The Moleben had the highest share of all the events on the Ukrainian TV that day and coverage was also the best-rated programme of the day on Ukrainian TV.

Ukraine is a nation of several religions and many atheists.  To me, that does not matter.  This is also a profound celebration praying for peace and that is probably why it is attended by so many of all faiths or who profess no faith at all.

When any ceremony of any faith is also a prayer for peace, that celebration belongs not to one religion.  It belongs to all of them.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe. Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Right now, he’s standing on the Equator.

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GOOD EXAMPLES

We happen to agree that this is an outstanding idea.  VIDEO: Prince and sports stars on mental health

This is a good idea.  The charging might be free but it will be interesting to see if parking there to do it is.  Seattle To Install Hundreds Of Charging Stations For Electric Cars

It is nice that he endorsed his own wife, eh?  Bill Clinton Backs ‘Best Friend’ Hillary

BAD EXAMPLES

This has obviously got to stop.  400,000 Coyotes Are Killed In The U.S. Each Year… The Reason Why Will Make You Livid

So does this.  I live in one of these places.  Rents In Seattle And Portland Are Fastest Growing In Nation

If my mom made me do this, I too might have a bad attitude toward women.  For Babies In India, A 30-Foot Plunge For Good Luck

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Dear Santa.  The Boat That Sinks On Purpose

I thought this was extremely interesting.  How An Airplane Offers Salvation

Whatever it is, even when you fit it, it’s not going in my garage.  Tesla Faults Brakes, But Not Autopilot, In Fatal Crash

EARTH

Living Where The Sea Turns To Ice

Adults Have Become Shorter In Many Countries

Transit Of The Future Needs Smarter Routes, Not More Gadgets

SPACE

A Year Of Earth From A Million Miles

Cloud Study Reveals Venus’ Surface

If It’s Not A UFO, What Is It?

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon Expands Drone Testing in Britain

Amazon Boss Becomes World’s Third Richest

How Air-Conditioning Made America — And How It Could Break Us All

THE GREEN AGENDA

Vancouver, Canada Plans To Go 100% Renewable — Here Are The Challenges It Faces

Walkability reaches a tipping point

Should Wildfires Factor Into Measuring Air Quality? Idaho Environmentalists Say Yes.  

Washington State Fines Volkswagen $176 Million Over False Emissions Reporting

Why Fuel Taxes Are The Best Way To Encourage Sales Of Greener Cars

HEALTH

Are Vitamins Risky?

Is Your Heart Stressed Out?

To Boost Memory: Study, Wait, Then Exercise

Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better

Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Connecting Health Services With Affordable Housing

LIFESTYLE

Vancouver BC Police Launch LGBTQ ‘Safe Place’ Program

Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better

The Human Toll Of Terror

The Gender Wage Gap Is Not Women’s Fault: Here Is The Report Tot Prove It

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Happiness is to appreciate what you have; unhappiness is to dwell on what you don’t have. ~~ Shimon ben Zoma

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Gorgeous Timelapse Of Dry Tortugas Night Skies

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  MASHA & THE BEAR

 

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

 

FROM NORTHSTAR

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.

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.

 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

Northstar Media Services

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

NOW ACCEPTING ADVERTISING ~ Small international news and general interest online magazine accepting classified ads of a maximum of 50 words for the introductory four-edition price of $5.00 US. The Northstar Journal, www.nsjournal.wordpress.com Email minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

These are Kokanee aka “Red” salmon.  They play a critical role in the ecology of the Pacific Northwest and where I live, human school children and these also very tasty fish are good neighbors.  See our first story below.  And for the video from which this still was taken, please go here.  You’ll love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c-PiB02niw

These are Kokanee aka “Red” salmon. They play a critical role in the ecology of the Pacific Northwest and where I live, human school children and these also very tasty fish are good neighbors. See our first story below. And for the video from which this still was taken, please go here. You’ll love it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c-PiB02niw

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THE PEN MAY BE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD BUT THE WASP GENERALLY TRIUMPHS OVER BOTH

 

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 24, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 43

The headline is literally true, as explained in the story below.  Photo © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller

The headline is literally true, as explained in the story below. Photo © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller

THE PEN MAY BE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD BUT THE WASP GENERALLY TRIUMPHS OVER BOTH

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, sometimes the pen might be mightier than the sword but the wasp generally triumphs over both, I have noticed.

The little dude in the photo decided to pay me a visit as I was decompressing after a morning with the teenager in the house to whom I am distantly related as cousin (same last name) and with whom I enjoy a grandson relationship.  God took his last grandfather a little early and because the boy’s father needed some extra income and I needed a change of environment from where I was living with some friends in North Seattle, viola.

It’s been a hard last couple of weeks for all of us in the international community and because we here at the magazine feel connected personally, it has been a difficult fortnight as a media person working at home and living with two other people, one of whom also has a home office, from which he runs a modestly successful business of his own, and the other, a student.

It works well most of the time because it’s a big house and we’re all responsible adults.  We work hours appropriate what we do and share basic household responsibilities. as a naturally shared responsibility.

The teenager in the house is special.  He’s extremely intelligent and has the awareness of an old soul in a young body.  He excels at most of the things to which he applies himself and handles his success with an equanimity more associated with continuing to push his own envelope than in showing other people how good he is.

He loves bikes, cars, music, books, sports, video games and now, I am finding out, photography.  He’s also curious and he’s got the mental equipment for the search.  He’s still a kid with a kid’s impetuousness, etc., and I pray God he never loses that.

The things he does with it sometimes make the hair on the back of my neck stand up but I’d be real hypercritical if I denied having been there and having done that.  It’s not done with malicious intent.

It’s just the envelope pushing part of being a kid, coming into new strengths and new insights.   I’m the adult and like his dad, a combat veteran, so it’s like, “Handle it, Rusty, and stop whining.”

He’s interested in what I do and likes the magazine so he’s in and out of the office whenever my door is open.  We’re on the second floor so it’s open most of the time, just like his dad’s office is downstairs.  So through the monitor, he gets a glimpse of a much larger world, as I experience it from the news/information gathering.

Sometimes what comes through that screen hits hard and I need to go off by myself and do whatever it takes, without letting my other two housemates, see me.  There’s nothing weird about it.  There’s a place out in the back yard at the end of the fishpond, where I have a director’s chair.

It’s private and it’s a place where I can pray, hit on the pipe, have a beer, talk to myself, write in my notebook and yes, sometimes, even shed some tears and stuff.  I always take the camera with me because something else generally happens to make me feel better.   Olya refers to them as “your new friends”.

This photo is the fourth of nine in which this “friend” landed on the table when I was taking a break from writing in the notebook.  I had the camera in my flannel shirt pocket and I just watched, even as the wind curled up the page like a big wave above this little Heavenly messenger with sting and an attitude to go with it.

It was a nice break from the concerns of the world and, I suspect, a necessary reminder that while nations are important, so are “friends” and “neighbors” like this.  When I shared those photos with the teenager in the house, yep, he got the message.  He’s working on spiders and he’s staying up late at night with his real expensive camera doing what a lot of his professional peers get paid big money for doing it.   The kid’s good.  And he’s still growing.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  And Zach, thank you for reminding me that you are also one of God’s creatures, great and small.  And a very special one at that.

Rusty

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Giant Quake May Lurk Under Bangladesh

Russia Offers Nuclear Aircraft Carrier To India

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Singapore To Act In 1mdb Corruption Case

How Kabali Mania Swept India

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Is There Any Hope For Peace In South Sudan?

Sentence For Oscar Pistorius Challenged By South African Prosecutors

Veterans Group In Zimbabwe Denounces Robert Mugabe

Mali Extends State Of Emergency After 17 Soldiers Are Killed

MIDDLE EAST

‘A Matter Of Pride’: Iran’s Foreign Minister Says The Country Looks Forward To Restoring Nuclear Program

Israeli Parliament Passes Law Enabling Ouster Of Legislators

Dozens Of Civilians Reported Dead In U.S.-Led Syria Airstrike

To France From Israel: Lessons On Living With Terror

In Egypt, Many Leaders Quietly Cheered Turkish Coup Plotters

Iran’s President Is Confronted By Scandal Over Inflated Government Wages

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Britain Sailing Into Uncharted Waters After Brexit

Dion Replaces More Than Two Dozen Tory-Appointed Ambassadors

UK To Give Up Planned Eu Presidency

Russian Military Begins Baltic Fleet Reinspection After Officer Purge

Moscow Police Report 86% Rise In Online Hate Crime

Google, Trying To Endear Itself To Europe, Spreads $450 Million Around

‘There’s No More Money:’ Medvedev Faces Russia’s Economic Woes With Austerity Plan

One Way To Get Around Brexit: Become An E-Resident Of Estonia

VW Takes €2.2bn Diesel Emissions Charge

Olympic Ban Remains For Russia Athletes

Brexit Causes ‘Dramatic Drop In UK Economy’

Gunman In Munich Kills 9, Then Himself, The Police Say

CANADA

Longest Post-War Recession Spawns ‘Lost Generation’ In Alberta As Energy Expertise Flees Province

Ontario First Nations Threaten To Disband Police Service Over Funding Issues

7 Teenage Deaths, But No Answers For Aboriginal Canadians

UNITED STATES

Videos Show Louisiana Gunman’s Anger

Sparkling and Blighted, Convention Cities Spotlight Ignored Urban Issues

Federal Court Rules Texas’ ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

LATIN AMERICA 

Brazil Arrests 10 In Terror Plot As Olympics Near, Officials Say

Mexican Journalist Who Exposed Scandal Says Lawsuit Is Meant As A Warning

Byron Lima Oliva, Bishop’s Killer, Dies In Attack At Guatemala Prison

Memo From Brazil: Leader’s Poems Grip Brazilians, But Not In A ‘Fiery Flames’ Way

Salvadoran Court Overturns Wartime Amnesty, Paving Way For Prosecutions

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia’s Vast Kelp Forests Devastated By Marine Heatwave, Study Reveals

Australians Not Moving Into Olympic Village Due To ‘Blocked Toilets, Exposed Wiring’

Push For New Laws To Detain ‘Serious Risk’ Terrorists Indefinitely

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How Are The Uk’s Butterflies And Birdlife Coping With Our Unpredictable Summer Weather?

Global Temperatures Are On Course For Another Record This Year

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, But Quietly Preparing To Comply

Climate change is making farm work more dangerous than it already is

The World Is Poised To Take Strongest Action This Year Against Climate Change

UN: Shorter Working Hours May Be Needed To Save Environment

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

German Train Axe Attacker ‘Had Is Flag’

Video: ‘You Killed My Sister, You’re Not A Muslim’

‘Islamist’ Gunman Caught After Deadly Shootings In Kazakhstan

Video: At The Gates Of ISIS Stronghold In Syria

Munich Killer Was Troubled, But Had No Terrorist Ties, Germany Says

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Migrants And Smugglers Won’t Be Stopped By Donald Trump’s Wall, Ranchers Say

TURKEY

Thousands Of Turkish Police Suspended

Turkish Shares Slide 5.2% After Coup

Erdogan Says He Escaped Death On Night Of Failed Turkish Coup By ‘10, 15 Minutes’ After Plotters Stormed Resort Town

Turkey Bans Academics From Going Abroad

FROM THE OLYA

blockchain

BLOCKCHAIN – A GLOBAL GAME CHANGER

Hi Mishka:

This time I’d like to put attention to blockchain ‘public ledger’ technology that started to come to use in 2015. That is claimed to be a change of paradigm for global digital data storage. To put it simply, all that can be written on paper can be written on blockchain, with only difference being that-in blockchain, it is simply impossible to forge or post fraudulent entries.

All financial information, from credits, transfers, property rights, etc. will be available so in the future, there will be no need for an army of middlemen like notaries and lawyers.  That is also a way to defeat bureaucratic obstacles and government corruption.

Companies will become transparent as they make financial data open for a public and via blockchain technology they simply will not be able to deceive or defraud because what they claim can be verified by other sources whose databases  also include them.  That may also eliminate the need for an audit of the books.

Leading banks and other commercial enterprises already are interested in this technology as it saves recourses to check financial data.  JP Morgan is one who urges its asset managers to adopt blockchain technology.  IBM launches blockchain cloud service on high security server

A recent article in the Irish Times said that blockchain public ledger technology has the potential to be a global game changer not just for crypto-currencies but for information storage and sharing among all industries to whom reliable records are important.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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FOR THE FALLEN OF NICE, JUSTICE, NOT REVENGE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 17, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 42

liberty island and statue of liberty

FOR THE FALLEN OF NICE, JUSTICE, NOT REVENGE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has definitely not been a fun week and our hearts and prayers go out to Nice and to France herself.  We have friends and readers in the Land of Saint Joan.

The news hit us hard too, then.  I spent most of two days and nights on Facebook and in the two America Online chatrooms I frequent as virtual coffeehouses.  Reactions ran the gamut from total support of the nation which underwrote our own courtesy of Lafayette and others to feeling that since France had once been a colonial power and subjugated Muslim nations, this was a justified payback.

I find such thinking both popular and dangerous.  I ask myself why did the people in Nice deserve to die for something that happened in the past and with which they had nothing to do?

I mean, if we follow that logic, war will be with us forever because once upon a million years ago, one of my primordial ancestors got mad and killed one of yours.  So now you get to kill one of mine to even the score.  Only now it’s not one on one.  We are avenging each other down through history by the billions.

I took a break today to ride my bike a few miles and work off some angst.  Then I went out by our fishpond and talked to an Old Friend and probably the only one besides my cousin Olya who always listens when I need to talk.

I still believe that everything happens for a reason and I accept that like a lot of mortal things, the Divine Plan is simply beyond my comprehension.  I have never been taught to hate and for the first time in my life, I am experiencing that emotion.  It makes me sick to my stomach.

I have been in a war and I have been part of a killing machine.  I didn’t hate those people because I figured they were pretty much like me.  I did what I did because I didn’t want to go to prison or be stood up against a wall and shot for not doing it.  My “enemy” faced the same rather limited options.

I will not ask God to avenge those killed by ISIS because that’s asking God to take sides and I love God too much to ask the Divine One to do that.  Our species is responsible for the creation of ISIS and if we created this Medusa-headed monster, we can bloody flipping well un-create it.

The killing needs to stop and if ISIS refuses to do that, we need to destroy their capacity to wage this kind of war and their motivation for doing it.  I know this is being done already and that it will take time.

I am certain that if we do this with revenge in mind, we will steep our own arms up to the elbows in the blood of the innocent and of the guilty both.  The day we finally, as a species say, “enough of this” and simply put an end to the option is the day the dove will fly forever.

I think we owe it to the people of Nice to do at least that much.

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

Rusty

NOTE:  As we went to press, it was reported that this was the act of a single individual not connected with organized terrorism.  ISIS is now claiming responsibility for it so both this editorial and Olya’s column stand as published.

THE NEWS

I read this headline and went, “Whoa.”  NASA To Search For Extraterrestrial Life With Sea Drone

This is reassuring, considering my comfort zone is about 20 degrees below that.  Oh, and so our metric readers don’t need to do the conversion, the temperature mentioned in this article is 37.7 C.  100-Degree Days Are More Common Than You Think

So do we.  World Pays Tribute To Nice Victims

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Tribunal Rejects Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

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ASIA

Philippines Wins South China Sea Case

China Claims Right To Air Defense Zone

An Unfinished Bridge, And Partnership, Between Russia And China

North Korean Defector Surfaces In Pyongyang, Saying He Tried To Abduct Orphans

South Korean Villagers Pelt Premier With Eggs Over Missile Site

Hong Kong Says Legislative Candidates Must Endorse Chinese Rule

When The Planets Align, Delhi Drowns In A Chorus Of ‘I Do’

China Cites Negligence as Cause of Landslide That Killed 73

Japanese Emperor ‘Plans To Abdicate’

AFRICA

Ceasefire Holding In South Sudan

Video: Fighting Threatens Peace in South Sudan

African Leaders Meet Amid South Sudan Violence, ICC Concerns

MIDDLE EAST

A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called For A More Liberal Islam. Then The Death Threats Began.

Pro-Government Forces Advance In Syria Amid Talk Of U.S.-Russia Cooperation

John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin To Discuss New Syria Plan

Egypt’s Latest Tactic Against Critics: Block Their Movements, Or Deport Them

‘We Live In A Society Where The Word “Liberal” Is Considered An Insult’

For Palestinians, Raising Arabian Horses Is ‘The Hobby Of The Poor’

Iran Sticks To Terms Of Nuclear Deal, But Defies The U.S. In Other Ways

Egyptian Minister Visits Israel In Push For Peace With Palestinians

Iranian Lawmakers’ Car Ambushed By Gunmen In Kurdish Region

Iran, Once Quiet About Its Casualties In Syria And Iraq, Now Glorifies Them

EUROPE

Boeing Signs £3bn Deal For Patrol Planes

‘Two Lost Decades’ For Italy’s Economy

Glacier-Covered Volcano In Russia Is Erupting

Video: The Queen And Her Prime Ministers

UK Interest Rates Held At 0.5%

German Police In ‘Hate Speech’ Raids

CANADA

Ontario Reaches Tentative Four-Year Deal With Doctors

7 Teenage Deaths, But No Answers For Aboriginal Canadians

A Mayor Fluent In Twitter Embodies A New Canadian Diversity

UNITED STATES

Fatal Tesla Crash Draws In Transportation Safety Board

‘Market Risk’ Stopped Us Action On HSBC

Microsoft Wins Us Data Access Case

LATIN AMERICA

Salvadoran Court Overturns Wartime Amnesty, Paving Way For Prosecutions

Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear A Return To Darker Times

Classmate Of Students Who Disappeared In Mexico Was Tortured, Panel Says

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

In New Zealand, Lands And Rivers Can Be People (Legally Speaking)

Chinese Tourists Spend Record Amounts In Australia

Brother Of Isis Jihadist To Be Released From New South Wales Jail

Housing Market Has Softened But Remains Positive; Victoria, Queensland Strong

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra To Play With Circus Acrobats Soaring Over Them

Symphony Orchestra (MSO) This Weekend In A Fusion Of The Two Art Forms.

Bishop Confirms Three Australians Injured In ‘Horrific’ Attack

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Hot, Wet And Wild’ 2016 Weather As Us Has Warmest June

Pacific Islands Nations Consider World’s First Treaty To Ban Fossil Fuels

Alaska’s Heat Wave Goes From Noteworthy To Ridiculous

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. And Russia Agree On Steps To Combat ISIS In Syria

U.S. Will Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq To Help Retake Mosul From ISIS

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

VIDEO: I trekked across Europe so I could go to school safely

As Refugee Family Resettles In Sweden, 9-Year-Old Nephew Dies

NICE

A Surly Misfit With No Terror Links Turned A Truck Into A Tank

Latest Updates On France Lorry Attack

Video: Hollande Condemns Lorry Terror Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Nice Attack As Police Make More Arrests

TURKEY

Over 2,800 Arrested, 265 Killed, 1,440 Injured In Turkish Coup Attempt

Turkish President Returns to Istanbul in Sign Military Coup Is Faltering

FROM THE OLYA

olyacolumn

HYMN TO THE FALLEN OF NICE

Hi Mishka:

In the wake of the ISIS lorry attack on Nice, I would like to share with you the United Nations Human Right message:

“We are appalled by the horrendous  Nice Attack yesterday evening. This latest murderous assault on ordinary people, using a simple truck as a deadly weapon, is yet another blow aimed at the heart of humanity by extremists. There are now so many deadly attacks – in Baghdad, Brussels, Dhaka, Istanbul, Medina, Orlando – to name just a fraction of those that have occurred in recent months, that words of condemnation sound like damp leaves fluttering to the ground after another violent storm.

“While the motives driving yesterday’s killer in Nice are still to be established, in general we are confronted by an ideology that seems to be creating an endless supply of fanatics prepared to kill for the sake of killing. When one means of murder – hijacking planes, planting bombs, getting hold of assault rifles – becomes more difficult, they simply find another. And our response needs to be carefully calculated and highly sophisticated. It is not simply about heightened security, it is about deflating the ideology itself until it dwindles back to where it belongs — which is nowhere”.

The media is justifiably praising that person among the Bastille Day crowd who stopped the terrorist from driving further into the crowd by leaping into lorry and wrestling with him

This reminded a case during series of terrorist attacks of apartment bombings in Russia in 1999. Few buildings were saved by alarm of dwellers who noticed suspicious people coming to basements with sacks of white sand. that appeared to be the explosive RDX.

When special services fail their job to protect and defend, sometimes it’s in the hands of ordinary people.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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This keeps getting better and better.  Tesla autopilot involved in new crash

I so totally agree with this.  Views: We must stop using fossil fuels now

May ISIS rot in Hell.  ‘We are in a war’: Terrorist truck attack kills 84 in Nice, France

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Story Of Philistines Could Be Reshaped By Ancient Cemetery

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SPACE

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The Biggest Explosions In The Universe

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BP Says Total Gulf Spill Bill $61.6bn

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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.

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.

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Meet a neighbor, Sasha the Snowshoe Hare, wife of Ivan (the Snowshoe Hare)

Meet a neighbor, Sasha the Snowshoe Hare, wife of Ivan (the Snowshoe Hare)

To me, this is absolutely incredible.  Antarctic Octopuses Discovered With Sub-Zero Venom

Here’s one of those, “why didn’t I think of that?” moments.  Little Furry Exterminators

This is almost too cute.  Duck Herding.

SHORTS

Hunting Butterflies In No-Man’s Land

Many Fish Evolved To Survive On Land

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The True Story Of Jaws

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The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Nestwatch newsletter is now available online.  Here’s a chance for we bird-loving shutter jockeys to show our favorite avian photos and maybe pick up enough to buy mom a new pair of shoes.

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WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO REDUCE POLICE RACISM AND VIOLENCE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 10, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 41

Rockwell cops and kids

WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO REDUCE POLICE RACISM AND VIOLENCE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it certainly has not been a fun week for America.  Many of you seem to feel this is the worst it has ever been.  As one of you expressed it, ““We’ve got men and women dying overseas for us and we’re killing ourselves here at home

Unfortunately, this is not the worst it has ever been.  During the Sixties and Seventies, it was a lot worse than this.  American servicemen were returning to a nation in conflagration from Newark to Watts during one particularly long hot summer.

It was no picnic either during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent engagements in that theater.  Remember Rodney King?  How about the WTO Riots in Seattle, which I experienced personally because I worked downtown back then?

The ironic thing about it is that, according to YES magazine,  We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence   if we have not done that and choose not to do that, then we have accepted violence as a way of life.  If that’s the case, then what is the point of decrying it in the first place?

Have a great week, gang, and be nice to one another.  And thank you!

Rusty

THE NEWS

This was good news but it was not surprising news.  F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email

This may be tough to take but I think we all need to read it.  What White America Fails To See

This is sad and we need to do something about it.  Like maybe giving peace another chance.   Suicide Rate Among Veterans Has Risen Sharply Since 2001

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

A South Korean Copy Of Snapchat Takes Off In Asia

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Returns Home After Heart Surgery In London

Raid On Indonesian Food Stall Prompts Fears Of Fundamentalism

Inside China’s Secret 23-Day Detention Of A Foreign Nonprofit Chief

US Expert: China’s Economic Transformation Breathtaking

China Consumer Prices Up 1.9 Pct In June

Tibet through the eyes of a western scholar

Indian Forces Kill 10 During Kashmir Protests Over Separatist’s Death

AFRICA

Dozens Reported Dead In South Sudan Capital After Rival Forces Battle

‘This Has Pushed A Button’: Killings In Kenya Ignite National Outcry

In Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu Looks For Friends, And U.N. Votes, For Israel

Strikes And Protests Bring Zimbabwe’s Capital To A Halt

MIDDLE EAST

Baghdad Bomb Blast Toll Reaches 165

Family Of Marie Colvin, Slain U.S. Journalist, Sues Syria

If A Carrot For Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put

EUROPE

Short Circuit To Blame For Moscow Metro Fire

Bridge Linking Crimea To Russia Pushed Back Another Year

Contest For British Premier Flares Over Claims On Motherhood

‘I Will Be With You, Whatever’: Read Blair’s 2002 Note To Bush

CANADA

Unemployment’s Curse To Linger In Canada, OECD Warns

A Mayor Fluent In Twitter Embodies A New Canadian Diversity

UNITED STATES

Video: F.B.I. Recommends No Charges for Clinton

Video ‘Shows Black Man Shot By US Police’

Video: Pinned Down And Shot In Louisiana

5 Dallas Officers Killed At Protest Against Police Shootings

After Philando Castile’s Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings ‘an American Issue’

Video: Deadly Police Shooting in Minnesota

Video: Police Shoot Man In Baton Rouge

A Struggle for Common Ground, Amid Fears of a National Fracture  

LATIN AMERICA

Eduardo Cunha, Who Helped Oust Dilma Rousseff, Resigns Brazil House Post

Brazil Is Confronting An Epidemic Of Anti-Gay Violence

15 Killed, Including 11 Members Of A Family, In North Mexico
Argentina’s Macri Defends Energy Rate Hikes After Court Injunction
Gunmen Kill 14 In Gang-Plagued Mexican State On U.S. Border
Daughter Of Chile’s Allende Eyes Presidential Bid In 2017
Venezuela Detains Suspect Linked To Panama Papers Law Firm

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Malcolm Turnbull Claims Victory In Australia Election After Rival Concedes

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

BREXIT

Despite Brexit Vote, Key EU Powers Vow To Ratify CETA Deal

What Will Happen To The UK’s European Farm Workers?

The Young People Hit Hardest By Brexit

How Britain Voted in the E.U. Referendum

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Climate Change Claims A Lake, And An Identity

Typhoon Nepartak Batters China’s Coast, Killing At Least 2

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Has Lost Many Of The Key Places It Once Controlled

ISIS Shoots Down Helicopter In Syria, Killing 2 Russians

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Video: From Refugee Chefs, A Taste Of Home

FROM THE OLYA

These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities.  Photo

These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities. Photo courtesy of The Moscow Times

 NORTH MEETS SOUTH IN MOSCOW

Hi Mishka:

This week I would like to share with all of you a conversation I recently had with a young man from Seoul, South Korea.  He’s studying now in Moscow, Russia, and becoming acquainted there with students from North Korea with whom he is becoming good friends.

It was interesting to observe that whenever their conversation turned to politics neither could see the world from point of view of their counterpart  I had the feeling that there is still a possibility that even after completing education, they will still meet on opposite sides of frontline. But at least they saw people in each other, not just enemies.

That has me wondering how much every person is influenced by local narration or in other words propaganda.  It’s very hard and requires a wide worldview and experience to make a step back from the usual for respective region templates and stereotypes in mind that everyone has due to their own background and established beliefs and try to see bigger picture.  It’s like national pride is maybe a good thing but to a certain extent.

There is great ironic quote by English writer Terry Pratchett:

“It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t the people the people who made up the phrase “people are people everywhere” had traditionally thought of as people.”

Education and communication are first steps ahead to come towards each other so I’d like to share this article, Working Together, We Have A Real Chance Making Global Education Reality”

From the European news this week, the scandalous Chilcot Report got the most attention.  It dealt with, of course, the United Kingdom’s former prime minister Tony Blair’s decision to support US invasion of Iraq.    Key points stated there included: flawed information,  invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted and no  post-invasion strategy.

In commentary Mr. Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour party says his party has learned lessons and that he wants a “different” type of foreign policy, where war is the absolute last resort.

That’s it for this week.  Stay safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Everybody Loves Yosemite

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Sara’s Fulbright Year: Taichung, Taiwan

Friday, July 1, 2016 — It is July once again.  Transitions have always been hard for me. As I sit here in the airport, suspended between two worlds, I am trying to come up with the words to express my thoughts in a meaningful way that isn’t cliché! It’s hard. And so, to follow in the pattern of my blog this year, I will let the pictures speak for themselves.  For more of Sara’s farewell, please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

St. Francis is probably cheering like crazy.  I am.  A Man Who Saves Eagles By Helicopter

I admired and respected his father for feeling this way too.  Trudeau Says Rainforest ‘Is No Place’ For Northern Gateway

The folks who made this dramatic rescue happen are Heaven bound.  Lonely Bear Sat Alone In A Rusty Cage For 30 Years But Watch Her Reaction When They Set Her Free!

BAD EXAMPLES

This needs to change.  Why Tech Support Is (Purposely) Unbearable

Why am I somehow not surprised?  A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks

Good!  Pistorius Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Girlfriend’s Murder

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I don’t care what road they take as long as it does not end in my drive way.  Tesla and Google Take Different Roads to Self-Driving Car

This is awesome.  University Of Washington Scientists Transform Books And Music Into DNA

I hope they take a video of this.  ESA To Capture Large Derelict Satellite

EARTH

The Explosion That Came From Nowhere

OceanOne, A Mer-Bot Dive Buddy With A ‘Friendly Face’

Piles Of Dirty Secrets Behind A Model ‘Clean Coal’ Project

SPACE

Ride With Juno Into Jupiter Orbit

Now Orbiting Jupiter, NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Is Poised For ‘Tantalizing’ Data

The Toughest Spaceship We’ve Ever Built

TECHNOLOGY

The Big Chinese Warehouse Run By Robots

You Can Build A Bionic Bicycle

A Tiny Robot That Can Fly and, Amazingly, Rest

THE GREEN AGENDA

Why Big Solar Is Now Cheaper Than Residential Rooftop Solar

These Animations Tell The Story Of The Noise Pollution That’s Killing Marine Life

The Surprising Health Benefits of an Electric Bike

HEALTH

Seven Foods A Nutritionist Would Never Eat

Colon Cancer Warning Signs

3 Healthy Snacks to Tame Hunger

Fight & Heal Autoimmune Diseases With These 5 Foods

LIFESTYLE

9 Things That Can Make You Less Attractive, According To Science

After Bitter Decades, a Wounded Vietnam Veteran Handcycles Back to Hope

In the Turmoil Over Race and Policing, Children Pay a Steep Emotional Price

FUNZONE

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Ten Reasons To Love A British Summer

Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary

The Dustbowl Revival – Featuring Dick Van Dyke – “Never Had To Go”

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A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes.  For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes. For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

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http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Busy day for this little dude.  Yep, I took this.

Busy day for this little dude. Yep, I took this.

Here’s a burning question of the ages.  Are Goats Our New Best Friend?

Here’s another opportunity to die of cute.  Devoted Mother and Baby Return to Wild After Two Months’ Rehab

This is why we need to do all we can to protect these creatures.  You Won’t Believe the Size of This Turtle!

SHORTS

16-Year-Old Spots Rare Bird In Brazil

How To Grow A Baby Dragon

The Most Dangerous Sharks

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s July 2016 newsletter is now online.  And it is a beaut!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Look Out! It’s a Stampede of Hungry Baby Elephants!

What Would YOU Do if One of These Gorgeous Creatures Swam Up to See You?

Leo Tolstoy’s 10 Hobbies That Prove He Was A Hipster

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