GOLDEN ALLEGORY IN THAT PRAYER

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September 17, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 3 

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Looking out across Seattle’s Ship Canal, southeast, to the University of Washington. Photo by MS(R)M.

GOLDEN ALLEGORY IN THAT PRAYER

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not?  In the midst of the bamboo saber rattling in North Korea, Canada learned that the United States is under no obligation to defend its northern neighbor.  My hunch is that this will be corrected in short order and I’m certain that the American position will revolve around the term “obligated”,  We may not be required by treaty or stated policy but in defending Canada, we do, in fact, protect our northern borders and Alaska, as well.

It was almost bitterly depressing to watch the resignation of Seattle mayor Ed Murray, in the wake of more allegations of sexual abuse.  Thus far, five accusers over a four-decade span of time have come forth, including a family member.  Murray also spent time in Ireland and is under investigation there now.  Murray is gay but there is no taint of homophobia in any of this.  His community has not turned against him and his domestic partner has not left him.  And I do not believe that his personal proclivities affected his ability to serve in the state legislature before he became mayor.  Yes, I voted for him.

If the charges against him are true, Ed Murray violated kids.  To me, there is no greater crime on the face of this earth than hurting a child and there is no excuse for it.  There is also no justification for it.  Nowhere on this planet has it ever been okay to rape children, gay or otherwise.  If the charges are true ~ and we will find out as due process is served ~ I want Ed Murray to be treated accordingly.

What bothers me most at this point is whether Ed Murray was vetted as thoroughly as he should have been or whether we were too sensitive to his gender-preference to do a thorough investigation that could have been misinterpreted by the LGBT community as persecution based on gender bias.

It looks like autumn is here now and I never in my life thought I’d be so glad to see rain again.  This three-month drought here cost us the corn and most of the pumpkins.  We also lost most of our wild spearmint and blackberry season ended early.  But Dac’s box planted tomatoes survived, along with Russell’s carrots and everybody’s sunflowers and potatoes planted in two gardens, along with the mint we transplanted to protect the house against rats.  We learned a lot and next year’s harvest will be richer as a result.

I truly hope there is golden allegory in that prayer.

On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Mikheil Saakashvili in Lviv, near Leopolis hotel. Rain just started. Photo by Olya Bereza

“SITTING” WITH MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI

Hello Rusty:

This week was quite interesting in terms of how personal paths sometimes intersect with the ones on close media attention. It started on the 10th of September at Przemyśl, Poland with a crowd of journalists who appeared to be interviewing Mikheil Saakashvili, who was about to sit with his supporters in the train to Ukraine. But that was only beginning of the story.

How the politician finally got into the country can be read here Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

On the opposite, the crossing the border for usual Ukrainians and guests of the country that day wasn’t easy from the other side. Foreign friends told me that they needed to stay in the queue a few hours longer then usual. Acquaintances from Ukraine who had a bus to Poland complained that their bus was stopped on the border for about 10 hours. As you know, that is a nightmare if you have kids aboard. Seems like additional delay was caused by aforementioned political events. As is quite often the case, politics following interests of elites quite often makes things more complicated for ordinary people.

In the morning 12th already in Lviv there was another gathering of journalists near the hotel Leopolis in the center of the town, where Mikheil Saakashvili stays. On that stage, some procedure was followed to legalize his stay as some representatives of border service were present and the politician signed protocol on realizing his rights and responsibilities on the territory of Ukraine. It was such a big crowd for such a sleepy little town where most of the time, all thoughts in the morning are about coffee.

Next time the place that I saw a politician was at The 24th Lviv International Book Fair and 12 International Literature Festival  

While it’s a big question how further events will unfold, it is interesting that the opposition parties mirroring the situation with the western border would like to bring former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich from the eastern border.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

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If we make an effort we can change the world. Those who are still young can make a difference and shape a better future. For my part, I try to encourage interest in inner values and I believe that if I influence ten people and each of them does the same, we’ve reached one hundred. And so it goes on. This is the way to educate people.

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The Time Oprah Refused To Work Until Her Female Producers Got Raises

Female Leaders Reflect On Becoming ‘Firsts’

Whidbey Island Man Saves Children From Drowning

Hurricane Irma: Chainsaw Nun Takes Internet By Storm

Former CDC Chief Launches $225 Million Global Health Initiative

BAD EXAMPLES

Does It Really Cost $2.7 Billion To Create A Cancer Drug?

‘A Horror Story.’ Outraged Families Demand Justice After 8 Die In Florida Nursing Home

Philippines’ Duterte Asks Head Of Human Rights Agency: ‘Are You A Pedophile?’

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Bioethicist: How Americans Could Have Cheap Health Care Almost Instantly

How To Fix American Stupidity

How To Feed Ourselves In A Time Of Climate Crisis

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

And Here’s Another “Good Morning, Dave” Moment.  Self-Driving Boats: The Next Tech Transportation Race

This will never happen in my house.  Electric Cars May Soon Rule The World’s Roads

I certainly hope this works.  How Can You Help Rehabilitate The Columbia Gorge? With Patience

Our Planet

The ‘Super Plants’ With Amazing Powers

Starting Fires To Unearth How Neanderthals Made Glue

A Female Viking Warrior? Tomb Study Yields Clues

Outer Space

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration Of Saturn

Minnesota Students To Speak With NASA Astronaut On International Space

Our Saturn Years:  A Tribute To Cassini

From Our Friends At EarthSky News

Does Organic Material In Comets Predate Our Solar System?“If cometary organic molecules were indeed produced in interstellar space—and if they played a role in the emergence of life on our planet—might they not also have seeded life on many other planets of our galaxy?”

Technology

Georgia Tech’s New Robotic Swarm For Hire

Everything New That Apple Just Unveiled

The Best Apps for Video Calling No Matter What Device You Own

THE GREEN BEAT

You Fix It: Can You Stay Within the World’s Carbon Budget?

New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly To Fossil Fuel Companies

Partners Pull Plug On Aurora LNG Project Near Prince Rupert For Economic Reasons

TRAVEL

Ryanair To Cancel 40-50 Flights Per Day For Six Weeks

A Strange Life At The End Of The World

Cycling Around The World In 80 Days

HEALTH

12 Easy Meal Prep Ideas For Eating Healthy All Week

Congress Rejects Trump Proposals To Cut Health Research Funds

Infectious Mosquitoes Are Turning Up in New Regions

Here’s Why Most Americans Prefer To Treat Pain Without Drugs

The 9 Qualities That Help You Thrive Under Pressure

You Asked: Can Using A Laptop Make You Infertile?

Do I Carry A Dangerous Amount Of Belly Fat?

Birthplace May Be Tied To Dementia Risk

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Was Your T-Shirt Made In North Korea?

How Much Money You Need to Make to Be in the Top 10%

New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly To Fossil Fuel Companies

10 Things That May Be Wrecking Your Sex Drive

Are You A Hair-Twirler, Nail-Biter Or Knuckle-Cracker?

2017 National Book Award Nominees Announced

BEST OF THE NET

Watching Hurricanes Irma, Jose And Katia From 22,000 Miles Above Earth

Six Days On The Road – Ride This Train – Johnny Cash – Youtube

Flying Into Eastern Syria With The Russian Army

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Stuff like this is always good to know.  OSU Study: Sperm Whales Road Trip Together, But Prefer To Eat Alone

I’m still not going swimming with them.  These Things Are More Likely To Kill You Than A SharkAlso please see Despite A Fearsome Reputation, Sharks Are One Of The Most Harmless…

I talk to plants so this comes as no surprise.  Pea Plants May Be More Intelligent Than We Think

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Don’t Drag Your Feet: 8 Things You Might Not Know About Komodo Dragons

381 Species Discovered in the Amazon

Rescues

Strangers See Beached Whale Gasping For Breath, Realize They Can Save It If They Work Together

A Trio Of Rescued Baby Monkeys Love To Cuddle

Folks We Follow

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch September 2017 newsletter is now online.  They’ve announced the winners of their (and I did NOT make this up) “Home Tweet Home” photo contest.  If you love birds, you really need to check this out.

The Cornell Lab’s own September 2017 newsletter is now online.  It talks about what happens to birds during a hurricane.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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Cats Invited On To Local Train

Edible Insects Are The Future Of Food, Says Israeli Startup Flying Spark

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SHIRTS OF MANY COLORS

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 10, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 2

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SHIRTS OF MANY COLORS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Now that Hurricane Harvey has blown itself into history, people in that part of Texas are experiencing another flood, but this is a good one.  From all over America and, indeed, the world, support is coming in.  Humanity is showing its best and it is something of which we should all be proud.  I sure am.

Our prayers certainly go out to those in the path of Hurricane Irma.  We’re told out here both that this is the largest Atlantic storm ever; and that because of its size, America is witnessing the largest evacuation in its own history.

The end of DACA did not come as any surprise.  It was a measure which should have become an Act of Congress instead of remaining an Executive Order.  The “wind down” gives Congress six months to do what DACA was intended to do.  Many states, including mine, are filing lawsuits to prevent total dissolution of DACA.

I am equally certain that other cities and states besides mine are prepared to defy the deportation of their own Dreamers.  There’s a pattern to this that makes it unlikely that Washington, DC will force the kind of show down they have not won in the past.  It is equally certain that whether they “win” or not, nobody’s laying a hand on an American Dreamer without that individual’s permission.

I’ve had a chance to think about Antifa, et al.  I’ve concluded it’s just the color of the shirt.  When the tactics are the same, no matter who outlasts the other, the results are the same.  More of the same.

It seems to me that if the object of war was really peace, for as long as we’ve been fighting, we’d have peace by now.  No matter who wins, we do not, as a species, stop making war on one another.

I’d like to see more creative approaches to violence than the perpetuation of it.  I’m apparently not alone in that regard.  I’ve got shirts of many colors in my closet.  I’d like to see us have as much in common as my shirts.  I personally think we do.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

The old opera theatre of Kharkiv where the first short movie was presented by Fedetsky. Source: https://ru.wikipedia.org 

PRAYERS, SURVIVAL PODS AND UKRAINIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Hi Rusty:

Very sorry to hear about hurricanes Harvey and Irma from whose effects so many suffer in your part of the world.  Prayers for everyone who was affected by these disasters that are much more severe in reality then any Hollywood film about nature hazards could project. For those who live on the coast a possible solution survival pods are suggested by Tech Insider UK.

The anniversary of Ukrainian cinematography was celebrated this weekend.  It began in 1896 with the premier of a short film in which photographer, first moviemaker, director and projectionist Alfred Fedetsky caught the St. Mary icon procession to Kharkiv. Fedetsky was considered a competitor to brothers Lumiere and even started the first small cinema in Kharkiv (now East Ukraine) while western film presenters were ready to buy his short films with only condition of withdrawal of credentials by Fedetsky.

The Ukrainian film making industry is recovering from the extended recession of previous decades.  Now, there are many independent filmmakers working along such establishments as the Odessa Film Studio (the first film studio established in Ukraine in 1919) and the Dovzhenko Film Studio in Kyiv.  Renewed government support has made a big difference, as well.  According to Ukraine president Peter Poroshenko’s recent speech to Parliament, from about 30 film premiers of the last year, 19 films were funded by our government.

There is, as well, a new and exciting spirit moving through our film industry.  It is the blend of Mainstream and Indie, large scale and small, that is encouraging anyone with a good idea and good organizing skills to try to be a filmmaker.  I think Alfred Fedetsky would approve.

This is a teaser for one of the Indie films about the trials of youth, creativity, poetry, friendship, and peer rejection by teenagers of people with limited physical abilities called Whalekid

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here. 

DALAI LAMA

The more compassionate our mind, the more we’ll be able to lead our lives transparently, honestly, truthfully, with nothing to hide. Compassion enhances our inner strength, reduces fear and causes friends to gather round us. As social animals we need friends and what attracts them is trust. And trust grows when we show real concern for others’ well-being.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Beyonce, George Clooney And Oprah Are Hosting A Telethon For Harvey Relief

HPV Researchers, Planned Parenthood Win Prestigious Lasker Medical Awards

Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and 44 Other Groundbreaking Women on Shattering the Glass Ceiling

BAD EXAMPLES

Chinese Man Jailed For Helping Net Users Evade State Blocks

Trump Just Skipped Town Without Signing The Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill

Human Antidepressants In Brains Of Great Lakes Fish

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Malala Calls On Suu Kyi To Condemn Rohingya Abuse

The Case For War Against North Korea Is Weaker Than Ever

How To Help Victims Of Hurricane Irma

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is one of the biggest reasons I do not believe we are alone.  Millions Of Stars

Happy landing, folks, and welcome home.  We’re real proud of you.  Space Station Crew Returns To Earth, Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Don’t read this too close to bedtime.  How Nuclear War Would Affect Earth’s Climate

This Earth

Hints Of Trigonometry On A 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

The Woman Who Helped Change How Hurricanes Are Named

Exclusive: Flying Into The Eye Of Hurricane Irma With U.S. ‘Hurricane Hunters’

Space

Cassini: Milestones Before The Final Plunge

Meteor Bursting Into Flames Caught On Camera.

Asteroid Spacecraft To Slingshot Past Earth

Technology

The Man Who Designs The Future

What Designing For The Homeless Can Teach Us About Designing For Anyone

Thanks to Paul Allen, Robots Go For A Deep Ocean Dive

THE GREEN BEAT

Comic: Activist Summer Camp

Grow Your Own Fish

Homes Of Hope In The Path Of A Pipeline

HEALTH

Opioids Aren’t The Only Pain Drugs To Fear

3 Science-Backed Ways To Relieve Pain And Stress

FDA Clears First Gene-Altering Therapy — ‘A Living Drug’ — For Childhood Leukemia

3-Day Meal Plan For Weight Loss

This Week’s New York Times Wellness Page Is About Getting Enough Rest

Stroke Deaths Are Rising In Some Parts Of America

This Pen Can Diagnose Cancer In 10 Seconds

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Why School Should Start Later

A Guy Read 50 Years Worth Of Relationship Studies. He Came Up With 17 Strategies

Madeleine Albright On Why Women Need To Speak Up In Meetings

Millions Of Social Security Numbers May Have Been Stolen. Here’s What To Do ASAP

Ellen DeGeneres On Overcoming Sexism And Homophobia In Comedy

TRAVEL

The New Way To Score A First Class Seat On Your Next Flight

26 Most Stylish Cities In The US Right Now, Ranked

Is This The Happiest Place In Britain?

BEST OF THE NET

All Hikers Safe After Being Trapped By Wildfires In Oregon

Hurricane Irma: View From Plane Flying Inside Storm

7 Ways To Keep Your Brain Sharp As You Age

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Shorts

Wild Macaques And The Art Of Snowballs

Here’s Some Of The Best Recorded Footage Of An Amazing Giant Sunfish

Stop And Smell The Ants

Folks We Follow

The SeaDoc Society’s latest newsletter is now online.  See how SCUBA diving contributes millions to some economies.

Garden For Wildlife’s latest newsletter is now online.  Schoolyard Habitat Conserves Water and Helps Wildlife; Make Gardening for Wildlife a Family Affair; and Plant Goldenrods for Wildlife are among the topics I found personally really interesting.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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Arkansas Electric Worker Finds Two-Headed Rattlesnake

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The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively green readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty, at minstrel312@aol.com  Y’all take care now and thanks for the ear.  RM/OB

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TO ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY HARVEY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORTHSTAR

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 3, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 1

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TO ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY HARVEY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORTHSTAR

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Our hearts continue to go out to all those touched by Hurricane Harvey.  We’ve watched both our local affiliates and read our own news sources for coverage.

I am gratified by how the entire nation is coming to the aid of several million of their fellow citizens.  I wish more of them had flood insurance; one report said only one in six does.  The media’s been outstanding about reminding us of aspects like this.  It may not be “good” news but it is information vitally needed.

It is the quiet professionalism and relative absence of melodrama (which to me is Hysteria with popcorn and an intermission) on the part of responsible officials and disaster personnel.  They are, for the most part, staying focused on the job at hand instead of engaging in bureaucratic slight of hand.  I think that’s easier to do when a crisis is an “act of God,” rather than one of Her children.

I like it, too, that while we may not be able to stop things like this from happening (nor do I believe we should), we can certainly be more realistic in preparing for it.

And more compassionate in the healing after.

Now, as the headline suggests, with this edition, we are officially a decade old…as a weekly.  From 1998 until the death of its associate editor, Shannon Goddard, of cancer in 2001, the Northstar Journal was a monthly whose news coverage brought you the first photos of the Kosovo Massacre and a special edition published from Seattle during the Nisqually Earthquake.

After my grief for Shannon passed, we started up again as a weekly.  Since then, we have renewed our dedication to serving as an example of the kind of journalism we ourselves admire and respect.  Our format is as traditional as Readers Digest and as useful as the Old Farmers Almanac.  We’ve even got a separate page for news you might have missed and sections on every aspect of life in America and the 21 other countries from which you folks come.

We come to you every Sunday and have for 520 straight weeks now, our own personal circumstances notwithstanding and there have been some tough and lean years involved here.  That’s the promise you were made and that’s the promise we’ve kept.  We’ve also been free for those who cannot afford us and we have not conducted pledge drives.

Instead, we’ve counted on the integrity of folks like you to eventually express your appreciation in ways that help us pay the rent and grocery bill.  If you’d like to do that now, as a birthday present to us, please go here.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

EXPATS

Hi Rusty:

This week we had friends from America here in Ukraine for a visit.  It was interesting to see their surprise at the prices in here. Of course if we were to compare average incomes, it would be a different story.

But for those who come from the West, the prices in the East are quite attractive. That is one of the reasons for the growth of Expatriate (“expat”) communities in such international cities as Kyiv, our capital.  Here, every school teacher in Europe could live like a king.

But of course economics and the relatively lower cost of living in Ukraine is not the only reason for the growth of expats.  In a modern world which becomes more open and more global every day, changing one’s place and style of living is much easier.

It is always interesting to hear their stories. There are a few of them  Why_I_shouldn’t_have_moved_abroad  The same site~ internations.org ~ is asking all expatriates to share their pioneering experiences.

In my experience communicating with expats, I should admit mostly they are interesting and open-minded people with good sense of humor. To these ones I would like to dedicate little writing experiment series. If you have a spare moment to find out about expats life and what’s in their minds have a look Expats. Introduction

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

Compassion brings us peace of mind. it brings a smile to our face and genuine smiles bring us closer together. Education today needs not only to develop our intelligence but also to support basic human values of warm-heartedness and compassion. These are not qualities confined to the religious, because as human beings we all want peace of mind.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Seattle Man Erases Seattle’s School Lunch Debt, Aims For Rest Of State

One Man’s March For Indigenous Rights

Catholic Bishop Protects 2,000 Muslim Refugees In CAR

BAD EXAMPLES

Maps: Here’s Everywhere In The US You Can Still Get Fired For Being Gay Or Trans

More Than 100 Arrested In Bellevue, Washington Prostitution Sting

Professor: How Humans Make Disasters Worse

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Houston Will Never Be Able To Stop Flooding For Good

How the Kindness of Strangers Became a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

Eid al-Adha: Muslims Around the World Celebrate Holy Festival

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This, I think, makes where I live exciting.  Why Seattle Is Poised To Be A Leader In ‘Smart City’ Technology And Regulations

ET phone home?  Alien Seekers Report 15 More Fast Radio Bursts

This Is Incredible.  Fell: Brilliant X-Ray Laser Comes Online

THIS EARTH

The Ocean Is A Strange Place After Dark

How Hurricane Harvey Became So Destructive

Permagardening In Chad Boosts Livelihoods For Refugees

SPACE

September Guide To The Bright Planets

Watch For September’s Full Moon

Cassini Plunges Into Saturn September 15

TECHNOLOGY

TEDGlobal: The Computer That Can Smell Explosives

Inside Apple’s Plan To Give You A New Way Of Experiencing The World

THE GREEN BEAT

Alaska’s Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back

Ships Voluntarily Slow Down For Underwater Noise Reduction

Al Gore And Jerry Brown On America’s Renewable Future

TRAVEL

Russian Tanker Completes Arctic Passage Without Aid Of Icebreakers

17 Things Successful People Do On Long Weekends

The US’ Little-Known Geographic Oddity

HEALTH

Coffee’s Health Perks May Be Strongest For People Over 45

New York Times Wellness Page:  Healthy Living As A Health Plan

The Climate Impacts Of Eating Meat

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

With A Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Here’s How Much Cheaper Amazon Made Whole Foods Groceries

Hurricane Harvey: Where The Money You Donate to the Red Cross Goes

7 Signs You’re Dealing With A Passive-Aggressive Person

BEST OF THE NET 

After Harvey, A Fire Ant Raft In Texas

Six Days On The Road – For America’s 18 Wheelers From Johnny Cash

‘They Tried To Kill My Child To Shut Her Up’ 

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This, to me, is a battle worth the engagement.  Fighting For The Whales Caught In Fishing Nets

This seems fairly obvious to me?  Does it to you?  Wildfires Make Hungry Bears

SHORTS

How Horses Got Their Hooves

Earliest Flying Mammals Discovered

Nature’s Gardeners: Arctic Foxes Create Verdant Oases in Tundra Wasteland

ANIMAL RESCUES

The Animals Rescued From War Zones

Miranda Lambert Rescues 72 Dogs After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey: Saving Displaced Pets

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s latest FeederWatch newsletter is now online.

The Audubon Society’s Latest Newsletter Is Now Online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Get The Thrill Of High-Flying Through The Mountains With None Of The Risk! 

First Hints Of Water On TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Meet The Man Who Turned His Furniture Stores Into Shelters For Harvey Victims

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FARMED SALMON ESCAPE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 27, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 52

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FARMED SALMON ESCAPE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I love it when local headlines eclipse the world or national news and with the sole exception of those in the path of Hurricane Harvey, to whom our hearts go out, it has been that kind of week here.  Check this out.

Farmed Salmon Escaped

Just for orientation, we are in the Pacific Northwest corner of America.  This took place in the Salish Sea aka the Puget Sound close to Bellingham, the last city of any consequence enroute to the Canadian border.

These salmon were part of a tribal business and it has proven more of an embarrassment and a financial loss than it has a threat to the salmon involved, local or East Coast.  Nature very seldom duplicates the circumstances but these two fish species can and very likely will interbreed and in a cleaner environment, it is likely the descendants of Atlantic salmon will grow stronger.  And it’s not like they’re going to mate with every one of the several species of “Pacific salmon”.

The Lummi Tribe and our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife are, however, treating this like an invasion and asking all licensed anglers in the area to report on scene to take as many of these “escaped” salmon as possible.  They also want photos and locations of the catches so they can map the dispersal.

We assume that a quiet but full investigation of how this happened is underway, as well.  Aquaculture is an appropriate and viable industry for Washington state and our coastal First Nations are the best practitioners of it.

What appeals most to me ~ and I suspect to many others ~ is that this is a problem of some impact and it is being addressed with good-natured amusement even as corrections for course are being made.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

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THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Beauty, American sculptor from Texas, creating a tree even while Olya asked him, “What’s it gonna be?” Photo courtesy of Olya Bereza 

UKRAINE’S FESTIVAL OF LAND ART

Hi Rusty, from the Festival of Land Art taking place in Lviv, West Ukraine, this weekend.

There is an interesting trend in modern art which bases itself on premises from a previous epoch; like renovating solid, if not occasionally crumbling, old industrial plant buildings with funky graphics.

That is what IFest, the local festival organizer headquarters’ looks like. It is a newsly renovated office building neighboring some ruined warehouses awaiting a builder and artist’s touch.

IFEST is surrounded by a park once called Kazerwald (in Austro-Hungarian times) and now translates from Ukrainian as “Ascension”. Situated on high hill, it is more like a natural wild forest but a clean one with all roads are convenient for a visitors. So this weekend, there are situated 13 art objects of Ukrainian artists from Uzhgorod, Kiev, Kharkiv as well as special guest from Texas, in America. To find of them visitors are provided a map.

Volunteer guards tell about the field on the hill with its great view of the valley.  It is here that the first settlement of pre- Lvivanians.  The site shows sandstones of the Palaeog-ocean Tethys of the Mesozoic era (plates with reflections of ancient clams can be viewed in a separate zone) and relate what is known of these ancient peoplel about temples of pagan gods, etc.

History is an interesting adventure and it is always exciting to know what people believed centuries or thousands years ago, imagining their lifestyle on that stage. Definitely closer to nature that a life of modern day person.

Walking down surrounded by huge green trees with all that hundreds shades of green makes one really appreciate Mother Nature. The best way out of stress indeed. We all part of nature and nature is in us.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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GOOD EXAMPLES

Interior Secretary Won’t Recommend Eliminating Any National Monuments After Trump Review

How Princes William And Harry Are Carrying On Causes Close To Princess Diana’s Heart

The Little East Coast City That Plays A Big Role In Democracy Reform

BAD EXAMPLES

A Trump Fan Who Threatened To Mow Down Protestors Just Got What He Deserves

What Exxon Knew Vs. What They Told Us

Resurgent Hate Groups Have A Long History In The Northwest

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Hurricane Harvey Is So Scary

How Cities And Tribes Work Together

Views: Don’t Abandon Visions For A Denser City

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I think we all knew this was coming.  Killer Robots: Experts Warn Of ‘Third Revolution In Warfare’

Darwin contends the answer is yes.  Will Only The Flexible Survive?

This is reassuring, especially if you love it.  Small Ocean “Hot Spots” Could Provide All The Seafood We Need

This Earth

The Deep Seas Are Alive With Light

Wreckage Of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost For 72 Years, Is Found In The Pacific

Just How Deep Is The World’s Biggest Sinkhole?

Space

A Really Big Asteroid Is About To Pass Earth

A Reverie For The Voyager Probes, Humanity’s Calling Cards

Can You Recycle Solar Eclipse Glasses?

Technology

Why Are Ship Collisions Still Possible?

Here’s How The First Fact-Checkers Were Able To Do Their Jobs Before The Internet

Why Your Dishwasher Is Talking To Your Energy Company

THE GREEN BEAT

For The Love Of Earth

Quietly Going Solar

What Are “Negative” Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

What Is A Tree Worth To A City?

California’s Carbon Market Roars Back To Life

TRAVEL

The Secret World Of An Opulent Palace

This Gorgeous Island Is The Least-Visited Country In The World

You Asked: Are Airport Body Scanners Safe?

36 Hours In Brussels

3 Surprisingly Easy Jet Lag Cures To Try On Your Next Trip

HEALTH

Why Sunlight Is So Good For You

The Case For A Breakfast Feast

Can You Sweat Out Toxins?

This Week’s New York Times Wellness Page Is About Eye Care & Vision

8 Start-Up Ceos On How They Unwind And Beat Stress

How A Short Meditation Can Help People Drink Less

Your Phone Is Dirtier Than A Toilet. Here’s What To Do About It

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Why Comedy Is Not Universal

Professor: Young Americans Are Actually Not Becoming More Progressive

The Pay Gap Is Widening For Millennial Women

Here’s What Worries Parents As Kids Head Back To School

In the ’90s, We Had ‘Friends.’ Now They Call It Co-Living.

Can We All Agree That Plastic Straws Are Totally Unnecessary

BEST OF THE NET

The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time

We Went Through One Of The Most Infamous — And Narrow — Straits Of The Northwest Passage 

The Shepherd of the Hills (1941, John Wayne, Harry Carey, Betty Fields 

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I wonder what they thought.  Eavesdropping On Penguins

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SHORTS

Revisiting How Forest Roads Connect To Grizzlies

Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species

Reintroduced Fishers Are Reproducing In The Cascades

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Former CIA Agent Wants To Buy Twitter To Keep President Trump From Using It

Confused Sunflowers During Eclipse

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UNCLE SEAMUS AND HEATHER HEYERS’ MOM

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 20, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 51

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UNCLE SEAMUS AND HEATHER HEYERS’ MOM

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Whenever the world becomes a bit much to handle, I take a break and remember my notorious Uncle Seamus aka The Real Man From Mullingar.  I admire and like thinking about successful people who live long and prosper, especially when they swim in my gene pool.

Uncle Seamus, who was from the west of Ireland, met his demise shortly after hot wiring his parish priest’s vintage Renault so he and his fellow fishermen mates could make the Atlantic salmon run out of Sligo.  In his late eighties by then, he had already led what could best be described with generous euphemisms, as a very colorful life.  It even included a tour of America with a vaudeville act featuring a dancing mule.

I know Uncle Seamus would have been impressed with Donald Trump.  He believed that politicians should be entertaining.  He always voted for the one who could dance as well as sing.  He also said that truth often was not a matter of having the most facts but having the best imagination.

Having said that, it certainly takes neither a preponderance of evidence nor a vivid imagination to mourn the loss of Heather Heyers and to be forever changed by the words of a defiantly grieving mother, spoken with quiet courage at a vigil held in her child’s honor.  “They tried to kill my daughter to shut her up.  Well guess what?  They magnified her.”  To experience this yourself, go here.

We just want to remind everybody to be very careful with this eclipse watching tomorrow (Monday).  I personally think that there’s an alien mother ship hiding on the other side, waiting for millions of us to all be standing out in the open so they can zap us with a Sweep Ray or vacuum us up when we’ve been blinded by the sun.

I’m watching it on NASA television on my computer in a big stone and wood house facing away from the sun.  Ain’t no foreign life form zappin’ me with no Sweep Ray or sucking me into some giant Hoover.  My mama didn’t raise no children so foolish as that.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Shevchenko grove, a museum village of 18-19 century near Lviv city, west Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza. 

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Hi Rusty:

Ukraine is to celebrate its main state holiday this week, Independence Day.  This year, it will be the 26 years since Ukraine’s parliament passed Declaration of State Sovereignty, confirmed by referendum in 1991. The country was officially born by peaceful and historically objective processes following the fall of the Soviet Union.

For a nation, 26 years old is quite a young age, but the one when adulthood already brings challenges. I think the quote of one of my favorite writers John Galsworthy from his novel “Swan Song” (A Modern Comedy Trilogy) will be very suitable.

“That happens to most of us, before we’re thirty. Some spring or other goes; but presently we get our second winds. It’s what happened to the Age – something broke and it hasn’t yet got it second wind. But it’s getting it, and so will she.”

Ukraine, to my opinion is now getting it gradually overcoming all the insurgencies of recent years. Hopefully we all are getting wiser and appreciate our beautiful land and people.

I would like to share this wonderful video dedicated to our Independence Day and the beauty of our nation.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”

GOOD EXAMPLES

She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met At The Gym.

Province To End Controversial Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt In British Columbia

Apple’s CEO Will Donate $2 Million to Anti-Hate Groups

Visa, PayPal and More Are Banning Hate Groups. Will It Work?

The Salvation Army And American Red Cross Cancel Events At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort

BAD EXAMPLES

49 States Legally Allow Employers To Discriminate Based On Weight

See How Trump’s Approval Rating Stacks Up Against Past Presidents

Holocaust Memorial In Boston Damaged For Second Time This Summer

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Trump Said Versus What I Saw

Charlottesville: Heather Heyer’s Mother Pays Tribute At Vigil

Are We Really Protesting, Or Are We Standing Up For What’s Right?

The Power Of Compassion

Turning The Tide On Plastic Litter

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I am so hoping this works.  Smog-Eating Bikes Are About To Take On Beijing

Yep, you saw this last weekHow To Watch A Solar Eclipse

Are your fears among these?  What Are Humanity’s Greatest Threats?

This Earth

10+ Badass Trees That Refuse To Die No Matter What

An Algae Explosion 650 Million Years Ago ‘Is Why We’re Here Today’

Dino Brains, CRISPR And New Earths — 10 Times Science Amazed Us

Space

Big Asteroid To Sweep Close September 1

Cassini’s Final 5 Started Last Week

Science Balloons Soaring On New Missions

Solar Eclipse

How the Solar Eclipse Will Look From Anywhere in the U.S.

Moon That’ll Eclipse Sun Is Called A Black Moon

Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse For The Next 50 Years

How to Make Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

Technology

The Atomic Bomb Too Big To Use

How Can Google Bridge The Gender Gap?

DND Uncertain How Best To Defend Satellites Read

THE GREEN BEAT

Turning The Tide On Plastic Litter

30 Coal Cars Derail In Northwest Montana

Pull Together: Keep Tar Sands Oil Out Of Our Water

What Does The Future Hold For Fish Farming?

Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision Pushed Back. Again

Renewable Energy Isn’t Just Cutting Costs, It’s Saving Lives

TRAVEL

The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants In America, According To Open Table

Traveling Together? Apps To Help Split (And Pay) The Bills

Bornholm: Crafts And Sunshine On The Danish Isle

Explore New Zealand

HEALTH

What Green Spaces Can Do To Your Mood

Which Type Of Exercise Is Best For The Brain?

People Age Better If They Have A Purpose In Life

Death Rates From Colon Cancer Are Increasing For White Americans Under 55

7 Causes Of Lung Cancer In Non-Smokers

Foods That Help With Nausea

Why Getting Angry Can Make You Happier In The Long Run

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Italy Teenager’s Harassment Account Goes Viral

Back-To-School Clothes, Back In The U.S.S.R.

Life On Guam, The Island Caught Between Trump And Kim

BEST OF THE NET

An Otterly Adorable Reunion Between A Mother And Her Lost Pup

Watch The Trailer For Firsts, TIME’s New Video Series On 45 Groundbreaking Women

Battle Hymn of the Republic:  A Historical Narrative By Orson Welles

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

If you’d like to make a real difference to your favorite species, check this out.  I did and I loved it.

I’m glad this is still being investigated. New Studies Cite A New Culprit Behind Bee Population Decline

This will absolutely melt your heart.  Vet Frees Chained Horse, Has No Idea He’s About To Get The Thank You Of A Lifetime

Shorts

The Life That Thrives In Pure Acid

The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Dog And Cat Food

Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead

Folks We Follow

National Wildlife Federation:  Garden For Wildlife

Cornell Lab of Ornithology August 2017 Newsletter

The Audubon Society August 2017 Newsletter

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

5 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Millionaires

The Agency That Wants You To Play With Your Neighbors

Golden Retriever Unearths $100,000 Worth Of Heroin While Digging

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HISTORY IS ALSO SOMETIMES ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 13 2017 Vol. 9 No. 50 

Robert E. Lee 

HISTORY IS ALSO SOMETIMES ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it was not a good week for tolerance in America.  Charlottesville is a symbol of this nation’s attempt to decide what to remember and what to forget.  It was Skokie, Illinois for black Americans.  I wish, however, that the subject of the statue could have been judged on his own merits.  Despite leading the army of a nation which practiced slavery and was defeated and restored to the Union, Robert E. Lee was a great American who contributed perhaps more in peace than he ever did in war.  Sometimes history is not about choosing what to love and what to hate.  Sometimes history is about understanding.

It was not a good week, either, for Donald Trump’s approval rating, which sank to 36%.  I did some research and in the last 37 years, two Democratic and two Republican presidents have received lower marks.  Yep, check that out here.

North Korea has apparently decided to test American’s gunboat diplomacy by targeting the waters off Guam, a West Pacific island of some 160,000, seven thousand of whom are American military personnel.

The 210 sq mi (544 km²) island was settled 4,000 years ago and then colonized by, successively, the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and then the Americans, who own it now.  It is about 2,000 miles/3218 km from North Korea.

The Pentagon has said that the US can shoot those missiles down.  One Guamanian interviewed on National Public Radio was philosophical about it.  Citing her land’s colonial history, she said she and her neighbors refuse to get upset by things they can do nothing about.  Apparently many of them are turning a deaf ear to the saber rattling.

I hope all those impacted do not turn one to diplomacy.  There is very little margin for error in this kind of brinksmanship and wars have been started with far less provocation.

On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Azov Sea. Photo by Olya Bereza 

FROM THE SHORES OF THE AZOV SEA

Hi Rusty from the shores of the most gentle and warm sea of Ukraine, the Azov Sea:

Whatever time of day or night, the water greets with its pleasant temperature.  It is a real treasure for Ukraine to have this little, locked in land and so very obedient little sea.

Another addition is a medical clays of the neighboring on Arabat Arrow. Which is also a so-called “salt lake.”  A favorite recreation site, it is a fun place for kids especially to get dirty, when at last they are allowed to do so.  Smiling.

Several kilometers away, the Crimean Peninsula seems quiet. Lots of seagulls remind me of the famous American novel by Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

GOOD EXAMPLES

Ed Sheeran Will Be Playing a Gig in Someone’s Living Room to Aid Refugees

Countries Where People Live The Longest

Meathead Movers Helps Women Literally Move Out Of Abusive Relationships — For Free

Eye Donations From Man Who Died On Mount Rainier Restores Vision For 2 People

BAD EXAMPLES

These Are The Highest Calorie Chain Restaurant Meals

Hackers Who Stole and Posted Files From HBO Demand Millions of Dollars in Ransom

After Alleged Rape, Investigation Reveals Sexualized Culture At Washington Fish & Wildlife

Upskirting – How One Victim Is Fighting Back

The More Education, The Wider The Gender Pay Gap—Wait, What?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Can Poland Teach Us About Freedom?

Nobel Laureate: Please Put Your Disease on Hold as Congress Decides Whether to Cure It

Can This US City Go 72 Hours Without A Murder?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If you see this next week too, it won’t be your imagination.  Even though I am, seriously, watching this one on NASA TV, I realize many of you here in the States will want t watch it live.  How to Watch a Solar Eclipse

This was interesting.  But I think I’ll pass on the real thing.  Experience a Zero-Gravity Flight

This Earth

Of All The Cascade Volcanoes

Largest-Ever Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone

When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Mammals Took To The Skies

Space

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

4 Earth-Sized Planets Found At Nearest Sunlike Star

Chasing Shadows For A Glimpse Of A Tiny World Beyond Pluto

Solar Eclipse

Best Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse

How Much Traffic On Eclipse Day?

Solar Eclipse Glasses: Why Everyone Needs Them and Best Places to Buy Them

Technology

Could ‘Solar Roads’ Help Generate Electricity?

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

If We Keep Subsidizing It, Will The Cost Of Wind Go Down?

THE GREEN BEAT

A Manual For The New Era Of Activist

Conscious Consumerism Is A Lie. Here Is What You Can Really Do To Save The Environment

The Not-So-Secret Trick To Cutting Solo Car Commutes

TRAVEL

How to Take a Perfect Vacation

36 Hours In Granada, Spain

How to Travel Better

HEALTH

4 Ways to Become Stress-Free Just About Anywhere

Why Loneliness Is a Public Health Threat

Dying From an Opioid Overdose Is More Common Than You Think

4 Ways Seeing Your Doctor Is Getting Easier

Eggs Containing Fipronil Found In 15 EU Countries And Hong Kong

HOME & LIFESTYLE

5 Ways To Stop Your Phone Addiction

Twenty-Five Amazing Culture Podcasts

The True Importance Of Good Spelling

Why Jane Austen Is A Modern Dating Guru

Your Boss Knows Exactly What You’re Doing Online

BEST OF THE NET

This Lion’s Happiness is Infectious! You Will Melt When You See His Paws Touch Grass

This Never Before Seen Whale Was Finally Caught On Camera!

How The British Army Is Tackling Elephant Poaching 

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Here’s something I’ve wondered about too.  Why Do Bees Buzz?

No offense but I’m glad I don’t live here.  Hungry Bears Scavenge For Food In Romanian Town

I have long assumed these neighbors are sentient.  Crows In The Urban Community

Shorts

The Life That Thrives In Pure Acid

New Studies Cite A New Culprit Behind Bee Population Decline

The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Dog And Cat Food

Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead

Folks We Follow

National Wildlife Federation:  Garden For Wildlife

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The 13 Strangest Beers On Earth

Kidnapped Model Who Was Almost Sold In Online Auction Details ‘Terrifying’ Experience

My Wild Car Ride With An African King

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FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1926

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 6 2017 Vol. 9 No. 49 

Bertha Landes, Seattle’s First Woman Mayor 

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1926

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, for the first time since 1926, Seattle will have a woman mayor.  In a field which included a former city chief executive and more men than women, the top three finishers were female.  Two of them will face one another in November.

The media’s making a big deal out of this but the fact is that despite the 91-year historical gap, women in government, elected and appointed, are hardly new here and they’re all around.  They include a police chief, two governors, most of our Congressional delegation, a reckonable number of state legislators and community leaders at all levels all over the state of Washington.

I think I finally figured out something about Donald Trump and his rather acute fondness for Tweeting.  What’s embarrassing for me about this is that I do the same thing.  He thinks out loud and so do I.

Both of us sometimes do it in front of people and while mine tends to be a way of exorcising demons, his is targeted for effect.  Even though with both of us, it can be a running monologue, mine means less than Shakespeare’s sound and fury.  His impacts every human being on the planet.

I’m glad that finally dawned on me and so are the people I live with.  It has been a lot quieter around my house as a result.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

The Kharkiv Troupe performing “The Egg.” Photo credit: : ievsiukova.com

MOLOKO

Hi Rusty:

Again as another aspect of cultural life of Ukraine I find very interesting is the 10th annual theatrical festival Moloko, which is “milk” in English.  It is held August 1 – 5 in Odessa, on the Black Sea, which is also known as “the south pearl of Ukraine.”

It features 25 of the most prominent and thought provoking performances from the whole Ukraine with a few foreign guests like the Tbilisi, Georgia troupe.  Some of them are presented in the open air.

According to festival founder Mikhail Zhuravel, the main goal of the festival is to contribute to the development of a modern theater in Ukraine.

The winner of the festival traditionally receives a cash prize.  Also MOLOKO organizers will provide the theater-winner with professional PR-support.

As you know, Mishka, I participated in amateur theater so for me it’s quite a resonating experience. My vote is for Kharkiv troupe with their mistic play “The Egg”.

Despite of the hot weather of Odessa, it seems both the spectators and actors enjoyed communication with each other and of course in free time on the golden beaches of the city.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay cool.  Olya

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DALAI LAMA

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GOOD EXAMPLES

The Girl Scouts Who Visit Their Moms In Prison

Berlin Street Artist Group Cleverly Undo Swastika Graffiti

The Top 15 Cities in the United States

BAD EXAMPLES

Italy Has A New Plan To Stop Migrants Crossing The Mediterranean

NAACP Backs Travel Advisory For Missouri

Climate Inaction Will Leave Our Kids A Trillion Dollar Debt

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How U.S. Sanctions Are Working (Or Not) In 5 Countries

Al Gore And Bill Maher Talk Climate Change And ‘Losing Florida’ (Video)

The 5 Countries Preparing to Fill a Big Vacancy at the Top

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is awesome.  I hope we do not regret learning how to do this.  Scientists Fix Defects In Human Embryos With Gene Editing Tool In Scientific First

This, if true, is certainly not good news.  Temperatures in South Asia to Hit Unlivable Levels by 2100

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THIS EARTH

Fate Of Ancient Canaanites Seen In DNA Analysis: They Survived

Scientists Take To The Sea To Study A Lost Land: Zealandia

To Restore Soils, Feed The Microbes

SPACE

August Guide To The Bright Planets

Lots Of Water Inside The Moon?

It’s The Nearest Exoplanet And Orbits In Its Star’s Habitable Zone.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

The Cheapest Last-Minute Ways to Catch the Total Solar Eclipse

See NASA’s Most Detailed Map Of Where The Total Solar Eclipse Will Be

Stages Of A Total Eclipse

How To Know Your Eclipse Glasses Are Safe

TECHNOLOGY

Inside Facebook’s Plan To Take Virtual Reality Mainstream

The Truth About Microchip Implants

Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminum Alloy

THE GREEN BEAT

BC First Nation To Battle Taseko Mines In Court

Watch: Alaska Couple Turns Kelp Into Cash

The Navajo Nation Is Transitioning From Coal To Solar

Can The World Thrive On 100% Renewable Energy?

This Site Calculates Your Carbon Footprint, Then Helps You Offset It

It’s Official: Nuclear Power Can’t Compete With Renewables

TRAVEL

These Are the 10 Airports Where You Have the Best Chance to Score Flight Deals

Could A Bus With Sleep Pods Replace Airplanes?

A Perilous Walkway Fit For Kings

HEALTH

The 19 Best Foods For Health And Happiness

Avoid The 5 Worst Foods For Arthritis & Joint Pain

WSU Study Suggests Regular Pot Users More Relaxed In Stressful Situations

Here’s What Causes Leg Cramps—And How To Stop Them

It’s Mosquito Season. Here’s How To Prepare.

Brain Mechanism Behind Successful Multitasking Discovered

HOME & LIFESTYLE

What Adam & Eve Can Teach Us About Love

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders

Aziz Ansari on What Happened to His Brain After He Deleted the Internet From His Phone

BEST OF THE NET

Peril On Wings: 6 Of America’s Most Dangerous Mosquitoes

The Eclipse That Revealed The Universe

Earth’s Eclipses Are Special 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s a total heart-melter.  This Baby Orangutan Was Found Orphaned in the Forest — Watch His Must-See Story!

After seeing this, how dare we consider ourselves superior to these incredible creatures.  After Seeing A Woman Point At Her Belly This Orangutan Moved Closer And Brought Her To Tears!

We’re certainly glad to read this.  Elephants In Malawi Relocated As Part Of Conservation Project

SHORTS

How Do Jellyfish Swim?

When This Baby Hippo Took His First Swim And Wiggled His Ears…

The Species That Thrive Alongside Us

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Garden For Wildlife’s Newsletter Is Now Online And It’s A Beaut!

The SeaDoc Society’s August Newsletter Is Now Online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Alabama Inmates Escape After Tricking Guard With Peanut Butter

Survivors of the Atomic Blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Share Their Stories

Why It Took So Long to Make a Dark Tower Movie

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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