THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE PREDATOR ON THE PLANET

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 25, 2018 Volume 10 Number 25

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE:  The Most Unpredictable Predator On The Planet; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Coco Made Me Laugh & Cry At The Same Time; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Way To Go, You Guys; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE PREDATOR ON THE PLANET

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been a soul-searching week in America for anyone involved with or impacted by the school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Our hearts and our prayers are with you.  We had not intended to discuss gun control but since some of you have emailed or texted, asking us to weigh in on the issue, I’ll give you what I’ve got, which isn’t much.

I’m also not prepared to speak for Olya, nor to really discuss the philosophical, ethical, moral or theological aspects of this either.  It guts me – as I hope it does you – whenever one human being takes the life of another human being.  I did not enjoy my part in the process even though, in the military, killing another human being or being part of a team which does is “legal,” as long as your side wins.

I grew up in Northern California back when the frontier tradition was almost as alive as it was when my forbearers took the 2,170-mile (3,490 km)[ Oregon Trail west from Independence, Missouri, then took off south into Northern California and settled in the mountains around 200 miles/322 km north of the state capital in Sacramento.

Ranchers, small townsfolk and close to the land, we also fished, hunted, gathered and raised our own vegetables, hay and oats.  Our mountains were too high to farm but good for horses for the army and big city people; enough Hereford beef cattle to help feed us and trade; Holstein dairy cows for our own milk and cheese; and, above treeline lived Basque shepherds and their flocks.

We had guns but for us, firearms were not part of a gun culture.  They were part of a tool culture.  We augmented our diet with venison, sometimes bear.  We protected what we had from hungry predators, including members of our own species.  Our relative isolation meant not depending on those trained to protect us, just like we fished rather than driving four hours for a can of tuna.  By circumstance, certainly, rather than choice, we became good with guns and, for the most part, handled them as responsibly as we did any other tool on which our lives depended.

The cultural overlay was also a part of a culture which included the Boy Scouts of America, which was all about personal responsibility and pride in doing for one’s self.  The National Riflemens Association taught courses on firearms safety and responsible ownership at local indoor and outdoor gun ranges, for those who did not pick that up at home.  The YMCA even offered courses in archery.

By the time I got to Navy boot camp, at 19, I was proficient with a dozen domestic firearms.  I was also a very good shot.  The only reason I did not demonstrate that to the Navy was because in the Navy, if you were good at something, you got to do it a lot.  I figured that with a war across the Pacific, that probably did not mean staying in San Diego and working on a gun range.  I’d never had any experience with targets that shot back and was not particularly anxious to gain any.

Now, I do not own any firearms because I live in a city of 700,000 with a good police department, several of whose members I know professionally.  I also have cool housemates and I live in a neighborhood in which the sounds of war – except low flying jet aircraft – are relatively unobtrusive.  I’ve stopped, as well, giving the bad guys a chance by taking the bus to Starbucks at midnight doing my Bill Gates impersonation.

I also have a best friend who, depending on where she travels in her native land, hears the sounds of war.  The infrequent noise like that here is usually the product of arrested development, boredom, access to fireworks and no respect for city laws which clearly ban home pyrotechnics.  I have noticed something about people who engage in this behavior.  They seldom escape this life with all the body parts they came into it with.  I call that, “the Mark of Moron.”

But in two or three years, I will become a gun owner again because I will be moving back into an environment where such tools will be appropriate.  I’ve investigated compressed air weapons and I’m sold on these.

I’m not looking for enough firepower to stop a mother grizzly whose cub I kidnapped and sold to the circus.  I’m not strapping on my Colt Peacemakers (ironic name for a gun, I’ve always thought) to face down some bad guys I got mad at me.  I’m not going to start hanging out with gun-toters and nobody except God and my cousin Olya will know whether I’m packing heat or not.  I don’t have a Death Wish and I’m not going to dress to kill.  I’m not a knight without armor in a savage land and I’m not taking the law into my own hands.  I’ll just be another quiet gentle man protecting himself and his from the most unpredictable predator on the planet.

Us.

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

Merritt Scott “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

BAFTA Ceremony. Photo by Olya Bereza

COCO MADE ME LAUGH & CRY AT THE SAME TIME

Hi Rusty and All Our Northstar Readers:

I was lucky to be in London on the day of the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) 2018 awards held in Albert Hall last Sunday.

It is always intriguing to see the crowd in bows and long dresses even on a bit chilly weather, but what can’t be sacrificed for an opportunity to walk on the red carpet. Yes it’s not all only Hollywood, British film industry is thriving too. The difference is in more complex stories that are usually appreciated by English, nothing is straightforward, everything has deeper connotation. So the list of those who got lucky to get their awards http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/ee-british-academy-film-awards-in-2018

Gary Oldman’s portrayal of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill took top honors for best leading actor.  “Churchill” is a good film and a dramatic look back over seven decades and so much history.  I was so inspired by Churchill that I’m reading his biographical history, “The Gathering Storm.”  Winston Churchill message is clear: “In war: resolution. in defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity.  In peace: goodwill”.

Phantom Thread” leading actor Daniel Day Lewis unfortunately did not win the leading actor award despite a magnificent and one hundred percent believable performance.  The Americans have a saying, “He was a tough act to follow,” and Gary Oldman in Churchill definitely was.  Phantom did, however, win for best costume design.  Considering it is about renowned dressmaker Woodcock  and set in 1950s in London, this did not come as a surprise to me.

Among the other winners, two drew my special attention; Shape of Water, a brilliant, romantic, very arty film about love of beauty and beast both, took Production Design, while the animated film Coco, a tale about the importance of remember, made me smile and cry at the same time.

That’s all for now.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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

Quote of the Week:  “Contrary to popular belief, God did not rest on Sunday.  She potty trained what She created on Saturday, after making everything of any consequence.” – Rusty’s Uncle Fergus Finbar McCool

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  Amnesty International Report Makes Scathing Assessment Of Human Rights

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I totally love this little dude.  5,000 Days On Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn

Let’s hope they move on this before their skies look like the ones over a very large neighbor of theirs.  Coal India Report Finds Renewables Will ‘Substantially Decrease’ Coal Demand

Comprehensive Study Suggests Big Potential For Urban Farming On A Global Scale.  If so adopted, it could put a big dent in starvation and infant mortality rates.  In some places, it would also be an economic bootstrap.

Our Planet

Neanderthals Were Capable Of Making Art

How Would You Feel If Your Ancestor Lived In A Lunatic Asylum?

Pulsating Aurora Spotted In Canada Helps Explain Northern Lights’ Origin

Outer Space

This Asteroid Swept Closer Than Our Moon Today

Mars Rover Finds Possible Rock Stripes

Copernicus’ Revolution And Galileo’s Vision: In Pictures

Technology

Electric Minis To Be Built In China

Human-Computer Interaction – HCI Research Added A New Video: Robot With Facial Expression.

World’s Fishing Fleets Mapped From Orbit

WAY TO GO, GUYS

George And Amal Clooney Just Gave $500,000 To Fund Florida Students’ Anti-Gun March

Trump Directs Justice Dept To Ban Gun Modifications Like Bump Stocks Used In Las Vegas Shooting

The Queen Declares War On Plastic

Billionaire Bill Gates Says He Should Pay ‘Significantly Higher’ Taxes

In Baltimore, More Employers Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

Patrick Anderson: ‘Others Need To Know About These Simple Acts Of Kindness’

After Parkland Shooting, A Florida Gun Owner Gives Up His AR-57

Scottish Town Devastated By Gun Violence Has Advice For America: Say ‘No More’

DALAI LAMA

Everybody appreciates kindness, but unfortunately our modern education system, with its materialistic goals, doesn’t have much room for inner values. We need to make people more aware of such inner values on the basis of scientific findings, common sense and common experience.

TRAVEL

Airbnb Aims To Woo Wealthier Travellers

11 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Washington State

Where A Bowl Of Soup Will Age You

THE GREEN BEAT 

Former UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon To Lead Global ‘Green Growth’ Push

 What Psychology Can Teach Us About Promoting Green Behaviors

Closing And Opening Big Pollution Loopholes

Maps: How Urban Sprawl Will Clash With Biodiversity

Off The Green And Into The Blue

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

Study: Drinking Alcohol More Important Than Exercise To Living Past 90

Anti-Depressants: Major Study Finds They Work

Can Alcohol Increase Lifespan? Here’s What The Science Says

TIME – Health: The Surprising Secrets To Living Longer — And Better

15 Stunning Photos That Prove We Have No Clue How Food Is Grown

‘Big Cultural Change’ Needed To Prevent Campus Suicides

FAMILY, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round In Shipping Containers

High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History Of Teen Resistance

How And Why People Of BC Use Their Parks

The Creeping Criminalization Of Walking

This Chart Shows The Number Of School Shooting Victims Since Sandy Hook

BEST OF THE NET

Sissel Kyrkjebe – Going Home

National Geographic’s Top 20 Photos Of 2015

‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Turns 50 

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Where Narwhals Like To Hang Out  Now watch.  Everybody will want to go there

This will move you to tears and then make you want to stand up and cheer.  Stranded Whale Cries In Terror And Pain – Then An Angel Makes Everything Okay Again

Face To Face With A Crocodile While Collecting Its Eggs  Nope.  Not even for God and my cousin Olya, who would not ask me to do this in the first place.

SHORTS

Researchers Observe Ants Giving Medical Assistance To Their Injured Comrades

Adorable Hermit Crab Is On The Hunt For A More Spacious Home

Watch: Saved By Salmon

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Audubon Society’s February 2018 newsletter is now online and it’s a beaut.  If you’ve ever wondered if woodpeckers give themselves a headache, they tell you.  Laughing.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Degas Painting Stolen In 2009 Found In Suitcase On Bus

Moment Policeman Catches Falling Child

The Breakfast That Ended A War

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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DECORATION DAY WILL REAFFIRM YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 18, 2018 Volume 10 Number 24

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

 INSIDE:  Decoration Day Will Reaffirm Your Faith In Humanity; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Kyiv, A City Of And For the Arts; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

DECORATION DAY WILL REAFFIRM YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  After a week of watching Donald Trump trash America like an angry bull at a glass-blower’s convention and having a profound “What were they thinking?” moment after see the official Obama portraits, it is nice to be able to share with you something that will take you, as it did me, away from all that.

It is a film I “discovered” that I am certain will warm your heart, bring tears to your cheeks, make you want to stand up and cheer and which will affirm your faith in humanity regardless the flag that flies over your post office.

Decoration Day is a 1990 Hallmark Hall of Fame television production that should made it to the Big Screen but did not.  Set in a small town in Georgia in the 1970s, it brings together two World War II veterans who grew up together, became estranged by the death of a mutual best friend, and are brought together again when one of them is awarded, thirty years late, the Medal of Honor but refuses to accept it.

Hallmark has a tradition of producing fine dramas which focus on the best that is in us as we face challenges and tragedies common to most people throughout the world.  The universality works very well in this case too.

Hallmark also has a tradition of outstanding casting and this one is no exception.  The troupe includes James Garner, Ruby Dee, Bill Cobb, Lawrence Fishburne and Judith Ivey, with an outstanding supporting cast of which a golden retriever is also a member.

I found it on YouTube at this site.

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

Merritt Scott “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

Photo by Olya Bereza

KYIV, A CITY OF AND FOR THE ARTS

Hi Rusty and All Our Northstar Readers:

This photo is a view from Kyiv’s Arts Sky Cafe, above the art gallery at the Pinchuk Art Centre.  I enjoy such a free gallery, where one can become acquainted with modern artists.  It closely resembles another gallery I have visited, the Serpentile Galleries in London’s Hyde Park.  Whenever I have free time in the capital of Ukraine, I come here to enjoy both the art and the coffee.

Kyiv often makes me wonder about need for and the challenges facing major city architects as the future, the present and the past all seem to either blend together or compete with one another. It sometimes feels like a big mess, but then on a sunny day you start to appreciate some parts of it like one near the Golden Gate railway station, with its international crowd of diplomats and expats, converging on and convening in funky coffee shops and brilliant restaurants, all seeming to really enjoy this part of town too.

Here are two articles which address Ukraine’s capital and the changes and the challenges Kyiv faces.  The first is headlined Projects That Will Change Kyiv In 2018 and the second, Foreign Plan Investments In Ukraine

That’s it for this week.  Cheers, take care, Mishka and stay warm. Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Our hearts go out to those victimized by the latest school shooting in Florida.  There’s really not much more that we can add or do than that.  These happen, in part, because we choose to ignore, enable and/or tolerate pathological anti-social behavior.  Even when it is reported, it is often not given the attention it deserves by those responsible for protecting us from acts like this.  Until all of this changes, these mass shootings will continue.  To comment, please go here

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

“It’s A Big Deal”: Melting Ice Sheets Are Accelerating Sea Level Rise.  Yep, we’re looking at two feet/.6 meter by the end of the current century.

This is very hard for me to argue with.  Have An Unhealthy Relationship With Your Phone? It Might Be Time You Broke Up

This is reassuring.  The Designers Making Robots Friendly

Our Planet

How Humans Are Going To Evolve In 100 Years

Future Cities Built With Volcanic Ash?

Is A Major California Earthquake Overdue?

Outer Space

Russian Resupply Ship Delivers Three Tons Of Cargo – Space Station

10 Ways That Satellites Helped You Today

New Farthest-From-Earth Spacecraft Images

Technology

The Science Behind The Perfect Chip

A Tale Of Two Indian Tech Cities

The Bus That Could Change Your Life

GOOD EXAMPLES

Now that he’s entered the fray, this could be a real game changer.  How Bill Gates Is Taking On President Trump

Since I live here, I sure hope this works.  King County Teens Hold Peers Accountable Through Unique Crime Mediation Program

This is another reason why I think “Down Under” rocks.  Australia Could Double Its Solar Capacity By The End Of 2018

This is inspirational.  How Adam Rippon Found His Voice And Became America’s New Winter Olympics Star

This is another reason I am such a profound fan of the Australians.  Meet The Landlord Keeping Rent Low To Help Struggling Tenants

BAD EXAMPLES

This, I suspect, speaks for itself.  FBI Admits It Failed to Investigate Tip About Accused Florida School Shooter in January

Our tax dollars at work.  Sigh.  Ice Attorney In Seattle Pleads Guilty To Stealing Immigrants’ Ids,…

Satan’s got a suite reserved for these two.  Seattle Foster Children Fed ‘Dog Food Burritos’ Get $6M From State

This has not been a good week for where I live.  Edmonds Bar Employee Arrested After Yelling Racial Slurs At Teens

This certainly needs to change.  Drinking Water Violations Affect 45 Million Americans Annually

DALAI LAMA

Anger and aggression sometimes seem to be protective because they bring energy to bear on a particular situation, but what needs to be acknowledged is that that energy is blind. It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view.

TRAVEL

A Little Corner Of Brazil That Is Forever Okinawa

The Things You Should Never Do Abroad, According To The U.S. State Department

The True ‘Granddaddy’ Of The Alps

THE GREEN BEAT  

Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—And Practical

The US Added 38% More Oil And Gas Rigs Last Year

The Carbon Footprint Of The US EPA Administrator Just Got Larger

Sizeism: Why Small Homes Belong City-Wide

Critics Call Proposed Cuts To Hanford Cleanup Budget ‘Downright Dangerous’

As Bad As Transportation Emissions

Luring Commuters From Cars

A Budget That Undoes Conservation Gains

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

Secrets For Getting Plenty Of Protein—Without Meat

Why Eating Slowly Is Better For Your Health

3 Make-Ahead Breakfasts For Easy Morning Meals

5 Ways Love Has Surprising Benefits For Your Health

FAMILY, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Gun Violence Has Dropped Dramatically in 3 States With Very Different Gun Laws

Why It’s So Important To Make Friends As An Adult — And How To Do It

Five Myths About Loneliness

How Paris Changed How We Think

There’s A New Irs Scam Targeting Tax Refunds. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Kirill, Esports Commentator, Novosibirsk. Generation P

BEST OF THE NET

[Decoration Day] Hallmark Movies 2017 New Hallmark Release Drama Movies – YouTube 

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Oookay.  We Raced Winter Olympic Athletes Against a Snow Leopard. Here’s Who Won

This is certainly good news.  Sperm Whale Spotted In B.C. Strait For 1st Time In Decades

Welcome to the ‘hood, folks.  Snapping Shrimp Lure Gray Whales In Oregon

SHORTS

Scientists Have Been Blind To This For Years: A Lichen Is Much More Than We Thought

Deer Hunters Help Combat Food Insecurity In Iowa

‘100,000 Orangutans’ Killed In 16 Years

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Feederwatch February newsletter is now online.

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Chinese Woman Joins Handbag In X-Ray Machine

A Woman Says She Went To Sleep With A Headache And Woke Up With A British Accent

Russian Police Summon Priests To Exorcise ‘Poltergeist’

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT FOSSIL FUEL V. SUNSHINE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 11, 2018 Volume 10 Number 23

Quote of the Week:  “If Donald Trump’s life passed before his eyes, I wonder if he’d have the attention span to sit through it?” – Rusty’s Uncle Seamus

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

 INSIDE:  It Is Not Just About Fossil Fuel; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Mriya’s Reach For The Stars; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

On Interstate Five headed north into Seattle at about three pm seven years ago. Now, this is a fond memory. Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT FOSSIL FUEL V. SUNSHINE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The Pacific Northwest is my Ysroel and I love where I live, even though Seattle has become among the top ten most traffic congested cities in the United States, according to the latest INRIX Global Traffic Congestion Report.

While that does not please me, neither does it surprise me.  I live about 300 feet above the major north-south Pacific Coast highway, Interstate 5, and its multitude of feeder routes, etc.  I’ve also driven this four to eight lane concrete road the 1,270 miles/2,043 km from Long Beach, California to the Canadian border at Blaine, Washington.  LA is the most congested city in America, according to this report.

Congestion here is less than it is in Los Angeles but unless our personal priorities change, this will not remain so.  Seattle continues to grow and the idea that electric buses, Metro Transit itself, electric vehicles, car-pooling, bicycling, electric bicycling and walking are healthier alternatives has not kept pace.

We have all the technology for clean transportation but we lack the ability, the will or the desire to exercise these more environmentally appropriate options.  Our sense of perspective also needs fine tuning.  For example, biking to work is a dynamite idea.  It turns deadly when it is done at the same time as internal combustion engine commuting.  It is also done on “bike lanes” that are too narrow, not nearly visible enough and woefully lacking in signage.

Biking also works better in neighborhoods where places of employment and places of residence are integrated.  It’s the idea of the “factory town” updated last by Ernest Callenbach in Ecotopia.  Our population is around 700,000 and some of our neighborhoods are large enough to support that option.  Telecommuting is an alternative for those that are not.

We also need Internal Combustion Engine Free Zones and neighborhoods, places where businesses, employers and residents have embraced the New Electric Age and opted for a quieter and healthier pace of life as well.

Our skies are not as friendly as they were when I moved here 27 years ago from a very small place in Oregon.  Traffic fumes meet aircraft engine exhaust and there are weeks when there is no wind or rain and an inversion layer traps that toxic material like a glass lid on a cooking pan.  Air advisory warnings go out, and burn bans, but these alter lifestyle patterns very little.  Electric aircraft are evolving, however, but more emphasis needs to be placed on this option, as well.

And since a community is only as healthy as those who live there, personal lifestyle modifications may also be appropriate.  Mine have included: not driving in favor of some of those alternatives I mentioned above; putting both my bicycles on racks until they are more neighborhood-appropriate options; and regularly riding Metro on a line where most of the buses are electric.  When I grocery shop, I walk to the bus stop, use my backpack and knapsack instead of paper or plastic, take the bus back to the neighborhood and walk home from where it drops me off.

It is not, then, just about fossil fuel versus sunshine.  It is about the people who make the choice.  And the difference.

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

That stream of lights in the left foreground is Interstate 5 North at 10 p.m. I-5 is also visible in the left background. This was taken from 370 feet above.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

MRIYA’S REACH FOR THE STARS

Hi Rusty:

It’s been an interesting week especially for ones who still have space aspirations as Elon Musk & Co. made another step towards the dream of stars. News about launching Falcon Heavy that put into space journey a Starman (dummy cosmonaut) sitting in Tesla car was difficult to avoid even if one wanted.

Some people even compared the event with New Year as it was celebrated throughout the world by the many fans. People were gathering in pubs and clubs to watch the launch and share the cheer. Probably the world needs such events so human beings of different origin can feel united in a joint dream.

I could imagine the same happened in times of a first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and first man on Moon, Neil Armstrong. Elon Musk, according to what I read in “The Times,” welcomes the space race and is very excited about coming back to space explorations.

Following the experience of the previous generations of rocket scientists in this part of the world before the space industry saw a collapse due to socio-economic reasons, the latest dream was to make launches of spacecrafts from big airplane called Mriya, which means “dream” in Ukrainian. Due to enormous wearing of rocket material on a launch, they withdrew from the idea of reusable crafts like Shuttle but started to develop another way to put crafts in Space via airplane. This is a video how it supposed to work when Mriya puts Buran (a spacecraft) on board https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP7qhvj9QXs

Decades later Mriya, even without a space mission, is still the largest air transport, with a load capacity of 250 tonnes/275 tons.  The world’s biggest plane may have a new mission:

Cheers, take care, Mishka and stay warm. Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The Sharing Economy’s Love-Hate Relationship With Cities

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible.  Humans Witnessed Fire-Covered Earth At End Of Ice Age

This is more like itHow Lyft And Uber Can Fix, Not Cause, Congestion

Great.  Porsche, Audi To Develop Joint Electric Car Platform To Save Costs

Our Planet

The Place Where The Human Era Begins

‘A Great Day For Elephants:’ Hong Kong Votes To Ban All Ivory Sales

Lonely Planet’s Top U.S. Destination Of 2018 Is An Underrated Treasure

Outer Space

James Webb Telescope Arrives In California

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Was Nearly Perfect. But the Main Core Didn’t Make It Home

NASA Hosts News Conference, Interviews With New Space Station Crew

TRAPPIST-1 Worlds Likely Terrestrial And Water-Rich

Technology

Boeing Unveils First 737 MAX 7 At Its Renton Plant

BBC Launches First Augmented Reality App For Civilisations

What If The Internet Stops Working?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Tragic but necessary.  Reuters Report On Myanmar Massacre Brings Calls For Independent Probe

Great example.  First US City To Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap For Others

If this works, we needed to start yesterday.  The Plastic Bottle Scheme That Could Help Clean The Oceans

BAD EXAMPLES

Is it just me or is this a profoundly “excuse me?” moment?  Climate Change Might Be Good, Trump’s Environment Chief Says

How an entire state can be this stupid is, quite frankly, beyond me.  Idaho Lawmakers Are Trying Again To Scrub Climate Change From Education Standards

Solar Jobs Fell For The First Time In 7 Years In 2017. Now Trump Could Make It Worse.  And if he does, we’ll all pay.

DALAI LAMA

Instead of trying to resolve our differences by force, we must talk and enter into dialogue. This is not a sign of weakness, but of wisdom—a realistic approach. This is why we have to discuss how to impress on those who are young today the importance of cultivating a compassionate mind in conjunction with a more realistic view.

TRAVEL

The Jagged Beauty Of The Faroe Islands

The Strange Beauty Of Greece’s Weirdest Town

American Northwest Museums Revive Native Artifacts To Tell Richer Stories

THE GREEN BEAT 

New Effort To Bring Vintage Trolleys Back To Seattle Streets

Event: Environmental Justice In The Pacific Northwest

Trump’s EPA Chief Is Reshaping Food And Farming: What You Need To Know

First Nations Launching Call For Mass Demonstration To Protest Trans Mountain

To Save Our Oceans, Let’s Start With Our Rivers

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

Harvard Study Links Breast Cancer To Light At Night

How Cancer Immunotherapy Is Getting Even Better

How To Lose Weight Without Eating Less

Should People Stop Eating Seafood?

FAMILY, COMMUNITY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Access Denied: The Trouble With Going Cashless

I Tried A Four-Day Workweek For A Month And Ended Up More Stressed

Addressing Hunger, Building Community Through Rooftop Gardens

19 Discounts Seniors Didn’t Know They Could Get (#10 Has Cable Companies Angry)

BEST OF THE NET

Nina, Student, Moscow. Generation P ~ A Profile

These Are The Best Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

The Story Of Elon Musk Rocket Launch

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

How Does Noise Pollution Impact Whales?  Not well and they don’t deserve it any more than we do.

This is awesome.  Ferry Workers Rescue Wallaby Swimming In Sydney Harbour

They are not exaggerating.  The World’s Most Extreme Dog Patrol

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The white sign reads ROAD CLOSED. What about that, I wonder, eluded this driver?

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES OF SEATTLE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 4, 2018 Volume 10 Number 22

Quote of the Week:  “If Donald Trump’s life passed before his eyes, I wonder if he’d have the attention span to sit through it?” – Rusty’s Uncle Seamus

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE:  Flying the Friendly Skies of Seattle; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Lviv, Ukraine’s Cultural Capital; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES OF SEATTLE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, this was a good week to be retired from the Fourth Estate.  I missed two major headline stories.  I slept through apparently one of the longest American State of the Union addresses in that nation’s history.  The media hasn’t said as much about it as I thought so I really still don’t have a clue about what he said.  For some reason, I’m disinclined to pursue the subject.

In anticipation of the lunar eclipse, I spent most of Tuesday putting together one workable tripod out of two broken ones and managed to do it, with the help of garden twine.  So the weather obliged by making this astral event invisible from where I live.  My favorite morning news station’s meteorologist is an old hand so they had the NASA feed.

I still got to spend an hour or so off and on drinking hot chocolate and sitting behind the camera hoping for a miracle that didn’t happen.  When I told my best friend about it, she wondered why I would take up a hobby like astronomy in a place so obviously ill-suited for it.  That helped a lot too.

However, after my military pension kicks in, I have a plan.  Think drone with a good video cam.  Aviation is also a hobby of mine and I’ll bet they sell remote controlled video camera platforms that could capture a lot of stuff people would pay to publish.  Or not publish, if times got really hard.

Given the history of my ideas, however, I’m running this past both Olya and God first.  They’re both pretty busy so I don’t imagine I’ll be flying the friendly skies of Seattle for some while.

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

Lviv, Photo by Olya Bereza

LVIV, UKRAINE’S CULTURAL CAPITAL

Hi Rusty and all our Northstar Readers, from the beautiful snowy cultural capital of Ukraine, Lviv. The history that dates back to the 13th Century still charms visitors with its magical blend of old European and the beauty of nature.

For me it was love at first sight, with sunshine bathing the centre of the old city and its medieval beauty. Unrestored buildings with their falling plaster are its charm.

For those who see the potential of a country which had not yet been invaded by mainstream tourism I would recommend reading Lviv Today Magazine to learn more.

Cheers, take care, Mishka and stay warm. Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Tech Workers Use LSD To Help Expand Creativity

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I do NOT want to hear this.  Elon Musk Sells 17,000 $500 Flamethrowers in First Week

This, on the other hand, is good news.  Scientists Can Now Predict Deadly Hailstorms Weeks In Advance

This is absolutely awesome.  How An “Impossible” Flight Could Inspire The World To Go Green.  Two filmmakers spent more than a year chronicling the solar impulse 2 as it flew around the world with no fuel. Their nova film takes us inside the cockpit.

Our Planet

Science Explains Why The Snow Is Turning Rosy Red At This National Park

Oldest Modern Human Fossil Outside Africa

Egypt Unveils 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Of Ancient Priestess

Outer Space

60 Years Ago: Explorer 1 Becomes America’s First Satellite

Why Space Radiation Won’t Stop Human Space Exploration

Mars Mountain Photobombs Rover Selfie

View Of Mars Rover’s Journey So Far 

Technology

As EVs Increase In Popularity, BP Invests $5 Million In Rapid Charging Stations

Microsoft Disables ‘Buggy’ Intel Patch

Five Tips To Keep Your App Data Safe Online

GOOD EXAMPLES

Nice going, folks.  Vancouver Is ‘Car-Sharing Capital Of North America,’ Report Says

Also good news.  Nice going, folks.  Eurozone Growth Hit 10-Year High In 2017

And yet more good news.  I belong to this group and they are fantastic.  Bonjour la France

Today is an exciting day for nextdoor. We have launched in France! Over the past six years, we have seen Nextdoor be quickly adopted in the US, Netherlands, UK, Germany, and now France with over 250 neighborhoods already on Nextdoor.

BAD EXAMPLES

I hate reading headlines like this, especially in the place where I live.  City Of Seattle Workers Speak Out About Harassment In The Workplace

These “challenges” continue to get dumber and more deadly. We could not agree more.

I’m getting the distinct impression she isn’t the brightest bulb in the marquee.  CDC Director Resigns After Report Says She Invested In Tobacco Stocks

DALAI LAMA

We can change our minds. We don’t have to give in to anger and hatred. Since compassion and anger cannot co-exist, the more we cultivate compassion the more our anger will be reduced. Compassion brings peace of mind and if we have that we won’t be deflected when negative events occur.

TRAVEL

Welcome To Monowi, Nebraska: Population 1

China’s Spectacular Ice Phenomenon

Europe’s Earliest Written Language

THE GREEN BEAT  

California Is Taking The Great Plastic Straw Battle To A New Level

In Seattle: Two Fast-Charging Stations Now Open For Electric Cars With 18 More To Come

Failure For Giant Oil Train Scheme

Keep Clam And Carry On Fighting Climate Change

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

4 Apps To Fight Food Waste With Your Phone

Fear Of This Is Why People Buy Bottled Water

16 Reasons You Have Serious Brain Fog

Can You Eat Fish If You Care About Climate Change?

More Lights, More Diseases

TIME Magazine Weekly Health Page

Experts: Global Pandemic Will Happen

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

The Real Trick To Aging May Just Be To Ignore It

All The Secrets To Living A Happier Life, In One Helpful Chart

If These 16 Tweets Sound Familiar, You’re Probably An Introvert

Seattle Survivor Of Sexual Assault Telling Congress To Solve…

Police Want To Give Heroin Addicts Power To Save Themselves If…

This State Is Step Closer To Preparing For Nuclear Attack

BEST OF THE NET

Is A Major California Earthquake Overdue?

Fast-Moving Asteroid To Buzz Us Today

When Is The Next Supermoon?

 

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of the BBC

US Hunter Knocked Unconscious By Canada Goose.  He’s lucky.  By this time next year, the Canadian Forces, in conjunction with the Canadian Audubon and Humane societies, will be arming these birds with air to air and air to surface missilettes made entirely of Alberta wheat byproducts.  Totally undetectable by radar, these magnificent sky creatures will join other species answering Canada’s quiet call to arms.

This is good news. Wildlife Officials Seek To Bring Weasel-Like Fisher Back To Washington State.  A few years ago, one group released 70 of the animals in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains.

Here’s a chance to die of cute.  Worker Saves Deer And Rubs His Belly. His Reaction When He Releases Him Has Internet In Stitches

SHORTS

10+ Animals That Adapt For Survival In Unbelievable Ways

Could Farming Rhinos Save Them From Extinction?

An Octopus’s Garden In The Sea

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

SleepCinemaHotel: Where They Want You To Fall Asleep

See Two Kayakers Get Surrounded By A Killer Whale Feeding Frenzy

Police Arrested A Family In Spain And Found 8,000 Pounds Of Oranges Stuffed In Their Cars

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate 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 help us help them, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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WHEN A GOOD INVENTION SOMETIMES REALLY ISN’T ONE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 28, 2018 Vol. 10 No. 22 

Quote of the Week:   “Where, under our Declaration of Independence, does the Saxon man get his power to deprive all women and Negroes of their inalienable rights?”  Susan B. Anthony

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE:  When A Good Invention Sometimes Really Isn’t One; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Shall We Recall Esmeralda?; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

WHEN A GOOD INVENTION SOMETIMES REALLY ISN’T ONE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As much as I like to believe in my own multi-cultural appreciation and tolerance, I find there are customs even within the context of a city known for its rain and its ability to assimilate the refuse of teeming shores, which, a generation later, graduates from the University of Washington and goes to work in every calling, profession or passion available to everyone else.

My cultural conundrum, however, does not involve the international community, per se. Why do people in general pour a small amount of some liquids in a glass that is still almost half empty when they are finished drinking?  Conversely, why do people drink some liquids from a one swallow glass?

Does it not make more sense to just use one size for all?  I see clearly, in my mind, a 10-ounce/.3-liter, all temperature mug with a thermostat that identifies the liquid involved and keeps it at an idea temperature.  That way, you could drink everything from apple juice to coffee to tea and whole milk and stuff.

Thank you.  I have a lot of good ideas like that.  However, I have also observed that good ideas can have downsides, as this TIME article on the 50 worst inventions points out.  For instance, think of the thousands of people employed to make all those different sized drinking vessels?  And the truckers and air-freighters who transport them.  And the men and women who go to night school to learn to use them.  And the night school people who teach them.  Unless these individuals can be retrained and returned to the workforce, my good idea is anything but that.

I found a couple of excellent glass mugs at a digital restaurant’s “going into another business” sale.  One of them has more bells and whistles on it than a Hong Kong Harbor tug on Chinese New Year.  The other one just has a good tight lid and considerably less pretence.

Both, however, are an example of a solution that works for one person without hurting others.  And yes, I really will sleep better tonight after doing that.

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

SHALL WE RECALL ESMERALDA?

Hi Rusty and all our Northstar Readers:

Recently, I stumbled onto an article that I think is worth of sharing. It is called “How Your Insecurity Is Bought and Sold“. The interesting example from it includes how the rise of feminism was used by tobacco companies to attract young female customers in 1920s, which became unbelievable precedent before and works till now. The article does not attack marketers or capitalism itself but makes clever observations of human nature.  When people are insecure, it will surely be used.

We are all vulnerable in our own way and the only way not to be caught in this vicious circle is in finding internal strength and consciousness. It is easy to fall into this vortex without realizing whether there’s any truth in it or if it really helps.

For some reason, this article reminded me of a verse from the Bible, Mathew 7:13.  “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.”

What also grabbed my attention this week is a letter signed by one hundred French women, among them actress Catherine Deneuve, Here is full translation. I understand what incentive moved them to write it and their opposition to “men hate”, and what appears to have turned into a modern day male witch hunt.

They are essentially saying that not all men are like Harvey Weinstein and other sexual predators and that we need to be very careful about gender stereotyping.  Gender bashing is wrong, regardless who the victim is.

Just like in Dark Ages the only “guilt” of witches was a feminine nature that Puritans deemed too seductive. Shall we recall Esmeralda from Victor Hugo’s immortal “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”?  Are we, like those moralizers, blaming a gender for being true to its nature?

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

This is reassuring.  Asteroid to fly safely past Earth February 4 — At its closest, it will be 2.6 million miles (4.2 million km) away – about 10 times the distance between Earth and the moon

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

How has climate change affected extreme weather patterns on the East Coast this winter? Test your knowledge!

Researchers Will Soon Predict The Snowpack Before The Snow Even Falls  Good luck with that in a land with several microclimes within the county limits.

And in my long-suffering campaign to avoid sharing the road with R2D2 (think Star Wars, gang) and his little rolling stock family, friends and associates, I submit thisWhy Driverless Cars May Mean Jams Tomorrow

Our Planet

Alaska Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Alert

The Philippines’ Most Active Volcano Mount Mayon Erupts

Ingredients For Life In Meteors That Fell To Earth

Outer Space

January 31 Lunar Eclipse: What Scientists Can Learn

2018’s 2nd Supermoon On January 31

Spacewalkers Preparing For Monday’s Spacewalk With Updated Plan – Space Station

Technology

Apple’s Iphone Battery ‘Slowdown’ To Be Optional

Views: When Will Science Get Its #Metoo Moment?

UK PM Seeks ‘Safe And Ethical’ Artificial Intelligence

GOOD EXAMPLES

She’s from the state in which I live and we are all very proud of her.  Spokane, Washington Astronaut Anne McClain Selected For Space Mission

She did inspire millions and by so doing, saved millions as well.  Thank you, Rosie.  Woman, Called Inspiration For Rosie The Riveter, Dies At 96

This should inspire us all.  Why One Woman Quit Her Job To Advocate For Sexual Assault Survivors

BAD EXAMPLES

Seldom in my lifetime has a sentence been more deserved nor more eloquently rendered.  I watched this and Her Honor was awesome.  Nassar Judge: ‘I’ve Just Signed Your Death Warrant’

I’m sorry, but if she did not know, she should have.  She can consider herself lucky she is not being charged as an accessory after the fact.  Larry Nassar: MSU President Resigns Amid Gymnast Abuse Row

There is absolutely no excuse for this and that it happened where I live does not make it easier to take.  Everett Company Tells Vietnamese Man: ‘If You No Speak English, I Will…

DALAI LAMA

Knowledge of the mind is relevant to all 7 billion human beings alive today because we achieve peace of mind by tackling our destructive emotions on the basis of understanding the whole system of our emotions. We experience happiness on a sensory level that is relatively short-lived. But lasting happiness is related to our state of mind.  Dalai Lama

TRAVEL

Athens, Greece:  A City Which Loves Strangers

Route E69: Norway’s Icy Marvel Of Engineering

The Sweetest Country In The World?

THE GREEN BEAT  

Reconciliation In Mining

Meet The Man Bringing Cheap Renewable Energy To His Hometown

Who Wins And Loses From Tariff Placed On Solar Imports

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

Vegan Poké, Almond-Based Cheese: Vancouver’s Sustainable Menus

Watch: Commuting And The Impact On Your Health

What The Worst Flu Outbreak Of The 20th Century Can Teach Us Today

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Juice

The Drug-Like Effect Of Screen Time On The Teenage Brain

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

One U.S. City Will Give Its Poorest People $500 a Month, No Strings Attached

KFC Just Announced Its First Female Colonel Sanders

Olympic Committee Demands USA Gymnastics Board Resign

Shannon Miller On How To Protect Gymnasts From Abuse: Change Starts With Accountability, Education

How The Children Of Nazi Germany Remember World War Two

BEST OF THE NET

Rare Species Of Killer Whale Puts On Show For Divers

Watching A Ridge Slide In Slow Motion

Nassar Judge: ‘I’ve Just Signed Your Death Warrant’

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Views: Wild Horses Aren’t Overrunning The West  Agreed.  Like all of us whose ancestors came here as immigrants, they are Americans and have as much right to be here as we do.

Endangered Orcas Are Starving. Should We Start Feeding Them?  What would they do for us if the situation was reversed?

Okay, even for us, this is weird.  Orphaned Orangutans Are Going To School To Learn How To Orangutan!

SHORTS

Fish Skin Bandages Help Burned Bears And Cougar Heal

Analysis Reveals Tiny Dino With Rainbow Feathers

Ethiopia’s Dangerous Art Of Beekeeping

FOLKS WE FOLLOW:  Nestwatch’s January 2018 newsletter is now online with a challenge for each of us to find a bird species we’ve never seen before.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This Fast Food Job Pays Way More Than You Think

Hunting Dog Shoots Owner In Southern Russia

Morocco’s Ingenious Take On Pizza

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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WITH BOTH THANKS AND APOLOGIES TO EMMA LAZARUS

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 21, 2018 Vol. 10 No. 21

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

Inside:  With Both Thanks And Apologies To Emma Lazarus;; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Kharkiv In The 21st Century; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

WITH BOTH THANKS AND APOLOGIES TO  EMMA LAZARUS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been a fun-packed week here and I imagine where you live too.  There’s been enough to make me lapse into Darwinian speculation and some considerable reflection upon this incredible notion that our species is at the top of the food chain.

As I understand it, being at the top means that nobody eats you for lunch in return.  How can that be possible when everything from  microbes to man-eating plants to all that creepeth, crawleth or wingeth on this little bluegreen marble has had one of us for a meal or several?  Without burping, pardon my language.  We’ve even eaten one another, as dietarily unreasonable as that sounds to a person addicted to lasagna and pizza with everything except porcelain on it.

That’s also why this notion that quarreling is more appropriate than cooperating makes even less sense than its sheer intrinsic stupidity would already suggest.  We are clearly outnumbered on this planet and we have laid waste to a good portion of the other life forms on it.  As horrific as that is, it pales in contrast to what we have done and or allowed to be done to one another.

And most damning of all to our children and to ~ to paraphrase the poem on the Stature of Liberty ~ the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of teeming shores; these, the homeless and the tempest-tost.  If we cannot protect these, by what right do we ask the Mother of Us All for the same?

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

Merritt Scott “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

Scenery from the Kharkiv observation wheel largest in Ukraine 55 meters high. Photo by Olya Bereza

KHARKIV IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Hi Rusty, from Kharkiv, second largest city in Ukraine after Kyiv:

From the start of a journey if one comes here by train – the Grand railway station reminds us of the city’s historical role in the Bolshevik Revolution.  For almost a year (1917 – 1918) Kharkiv was the capital of Ukrainian People’s Republic of Soviets.

The history is immortalized in every intricate detail of the hall decorations, from plaster stars to huge pictures of workers with big red flags on the ceilings. After Czar Nicholas the Second dragged 11 millions peasants into the trenches of in the First World War, those who remained witnessed the incredible carnage as more and more of them did not return or who came back crippled in mind or body, and all of them forever changed by the carnage they had witnessed in the name of the Czar and Mother Russia.

These were their sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, husbands, fiancees, best friends, fellow citizens and neighbors, Ukrainian neighbors.  They reacted with shock, grief, anger, outrage, a thirst for revenge and justice, in equal measure.  A revolution born in Russia for many of the same reasons ignited the Ukraine and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Nowadays Kharkiv is very dynamic city. It is quite young in spirit with at least 300,000 of its citizens students enrolled in about 40 higher educational institutions. There are all sorts of clubs and cultural societies to satisfy tastes of a creative youth. There is a lot to engage them.  They can join amateur theaters, music, dancing, and art classes with wide range of pricing.  Many of the clubs are even free.

This influx of youth has created a great demand for rental property and, which makes local rental business thrive but also pushes prices up. This is a typical big cities situation.

The underground (so called Metro) is again second largest public transportation system in Ukraine, second only to Kyiv.  It effectively allows people to work in an area that might be expensive to live in, while living in an affordable neighborhoods.  That is good in theory but, like in many other cities, 40 minutes in Metro and another 40 out is typical for a Kharkiv local.

The big industry in Kharkiv is intelligence technology (IT).  Again with so many young people trying to find decent income, this professional field provides the opportunity for a good stable salary.  If one’s creativity is above average, the startup is an option.  Kharkiv is seen as a promising startup scene in Eastern Ukraine.

What personally surprised me is how clean the city is. Usually metropoli struggle with that but here, all the spacious squares, parks and centers are free of litter and reasonably well maintained.

Shall I also mention the AlLey of Stars there which even includes handprints of famous French actor Alain Delon or American B. J. Worth, stunt coordinator and filmmaker?

Locals with endearment call their city simply HA (for short as it sounds like Hakiv)

So it is an interesting city just 50km/31 miles from the Russian border and definitely well worth visiting.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Could Washington State Save American Democracy?

Non-Violence In A Violent World

Trumplomacy: Has Trump Made The World More Dangerous?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

And if they can do it, rightA 3,000-Year-Old City That Runs On AI

This one made me stand up and cheer.  International Satellites Supporting Disaster Management

Considering the Ice Age weather we have had all winter, this is very surprising.  2017 Was Record-Setting For Warmth

Our Planet

Pilcomayo River: ‘Without Water, We Have No Life’
The Philippines’ Most Active Volcano Is Spewing Lava

Windswept, Remote, And Wonderful

Outer Space

We’re Hosting A State Of NASA Event At An Agency Location Nearest You

Supercomputer Insights On Mysterious Black Hole Jets

A 3D Journey Through The Orion Nebula

NASA Test Proves Pulsars Can Function As A Celestial GPS

Technology

Drone Saves Two Australian Swimmers In World First

Drone Recon Finds Ancient Silk Road Irrigation System

Nintendo Labo: The DIY Cardboard Accessory For Switch

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  From Cattle To Peanut Butter Cakes, Women In Niger Pool Resources To Build Businesses

Nice going!  US-Ukrainian Medtech Startup Cardiomo Wins Techstars Pitch Competition

This is one of the reasons I admire this individual so much.  Pope Sends Gift To Woman Thrown From Horse

BAD EXAMPLES

He out-trumped Harvey Weinstein and he broke the Hippocratic Oath.  His victims were children.  Dozens Of Women Describe Abuse By Ex-Doctor Larry Nassar

If these parents live to stand trial, they will not survive the final verdict.  I strongly suspect the end will not come quickly enough for them.  California Captivity Case: Turpin Children Faced ‘Torture’

Why are we letting this happen?  She Fights For Immigrant Rights. Now ICE Wants To Deport Her

DALAI LAMA

In a world where people easily fall under the sway of anger and hatred, we need love, patience, tolerance and contentment. You may have all the physical amenities you need to be comfortable, but it you have no peace of mind, they won’t make you happy. On the other hand if you have peace of mind, you’ll be happy whether you have those amenities or not. The important goal is to achieve peace of mind.

TRAVEL

The Town The World Tried To Erase

The European City That Loves Strangers

An Entire Village Built On Rooftops

Secrets Of Getting To Sleep On A Plane

THE GREEN BEAT 

Food Justice Requires Land Justice

When Biodiesel Costs Us Billions

Owning An Electric Car Is Twice As Cheap As Owning A Gas Vehicle

Ford To Boost Investment In Electric Cars By 2022

HEALTH, HEALING, MEDICINE & NUTRITION

Cancer Blood Test ‘Enormously Exciting’

Here’s The Secret To Eating Less Sugar

‘He Wasn’t Happy Until He Had Me All To Himself’

Can Listening To Classical Music Improve Your Life?

How Feeling Bad Changes Your Brain

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Meet The Man Who Lives In A Sandcastle

Why Not Me?’ More Women Are Running For Public Office To Change Politics In Washington State And Across The US

The Rubaiyat: History’s Most Luxurious Book Of Poetry?

BEST OF THE NET

Coral Comes Alive at Night

Mongolia’s Surprising Snack Food

The Birthplace Of The Illuminati

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS. It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier. So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out. You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I am betting there is some St. Francis of Assisi in this individual’s gene pool.  The Man Risking His Life To Save Pink Dolphins

This is getting very interesting again.  ‘Fouling’ creatures are new suspects in great Atlantic salmon escape – Washington state officials are looking at some new suspects in the collapse of an Atlantic salmon farm: sea creatures clogging the floating structure.  Story courtesy of KUOW.ORG

Orca Whales Spotted Near The Space Needle  This is J pod and they are residents.  They do not usually come into Elliott Bay, which is Seattle’s waterfront, so this was a real treat for us.

FOLKS WE FOLLOW:  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s January 2018 newsletter is now online.  Help them celebrate “the year of the bird.”

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Cocaine Found In Fresh Pineapples

Belgium ‘Abduction’: Woman Uses Phone Map To Provide Her Location

The Sites Where Death Happened

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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THIS WEEK, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BULLIES

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 14, 2018 Vol. 10 No. 20

INSIDE: This Week, I Want To Talk About Bullies; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Theft On A Journey; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

THIS WEEK, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BULLIES

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This week I want to talk about bullies, large and small and what is triggering this topic is this.

Trump ‘In Crude Oval Office Outburst About Migrants’

First, Donald Trump is not MY president.  I didn’t vote for him and like my Congressional delegation, governor, state attorney general and mayor, I’ve opposed this particular individual from the start.  I didn’t serve two tours of Hell as a young man and leave 55,000 of my brothers and sisters in arms at cemeteries across America to let the most enjoyable years of my life be compromised by a national chief executive whose vocabulary, across the board, would embarrass Lenny Bruce.

Trump is a bully.  Alone, he is nothing.  With family money and friends to back up that irresponsible mouth and arrogant attitude, he is a coward with influence.  When Americans cast their votes for him not in support but in protest of the alternatives, he became a bully with one of the most powerful governments in the world allegedly backing his play.

Like most bullies, though, when people stand up to him, refuse to submit to his edicts, deny him the right to change the Constitution, oppose his attempts to affirm the rights and privileges of citizenship to some who live here and deny it to others, form their own alliances with nations he has insulted and sanctioned, and protect their own constituencies, Trump is rendered impotent and society is once again safe from a bully who would be king.

I think that’s something we all need to remember when dealing with our own bullies, whether they be an abusive spouse, a landlord who thinks he owns the tenants who rent from him or a boss whose role model is Simon Legree.  These people only have the power we give them.  Without it, they are less than nothing.

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

Merritt Scott “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

View from a Ukrainian Train

THEFT ON A JOURNEY

Hi Rusty and all our Northstar Readers:

As Rusty knows, I recently had an unpleasant situation when my bag was stolen with everything in it. That was a surprise as usually I am quite conscious but I guess could happen to everyone.  Or maybe when surrounded by good people you get used to that safety net.

Ironically on my hundreds of train journeys, never has it happened that anyone stole something.  But this time, being at a comfort of a restaurant, I let myself relax and voila! as magicians do in circus: little trick and mass inconvenience for the outperformed. Can you imagine traveling and then all of a sudden being without your money, phone or identification?  Yes, I know some of you have experienced that.  I hope not so many.

The Kyiv police nicely surprised me with their quick response and politeness. And it was not so difficult for them because there was not much to declare stolen.  Imagine the disappointment of the opportunists also at how little they found in the bag of a Ukrainian girl. Not even a fancy phone because — for convenience sake I don’t use Smartphones. The reason is simple. When on train on about 20 hours journey, without possibility to charge by next morning, all these expensive shiny phones are simply out of charge and useless. So that’s a rule: phones are for making calls, all other features are unnecessary.

Frankly saying, “simple phones” that look frugal but work for a week without recharge are on my favourites list. Plus I would never be worried if lost one. Funny enough, in other circumstances, usually it is quite difficult to lose such a phone as whenever my simple phone was forgotten at a cinema or restaurant, it always reemerged thanks to its non Iphone styling, lack of desirability and obvious limited functionality. People mostly are nice and friendly and help in such situations returning it back. Once even worst the phone was literally run over by a car when it accidentally fell out of my jeans pocket. And again, nothing happened except a few scratches.

Wise men say that everything is a lesson. So to re-examine one’s habits is a good thing.  Mine has been to be more attentive.  But my adherence to simple things is not a lesson I need to learn because it works.  Why have expensive toys just to show off as all that money they cost could be spend on more interesting things, like journeys and coffee?

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Views: Civil-Rights Progress Still Requires Fighting Lies, Promoting Truth

Cheating And Manipulation: Confessions Of A Gaslighter

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Is your city on this list?  Want To Live In A Well-Run Country?

I’ll bet they’re kind of curious too.  What Was That Bright Flash Over Russia?

I’ve been wondering about this too.  Is Arctic Warming Behind Year’s Crazy Winter Weather?

Our Planet

The 50 Best Places To Travel In 2018

California Mudslides: Family Rescued By Helicopter

The Sinful City Swallowed By The Earth

Outer Space

Mars Life Clues From Methane And ‘Sticks’

Dragon Release Training And Astronaut Health Studies On Station Today – Space Station

NASA Spacecraft Spies Electric-Blue Clouds Over Antarctica

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News:  What Was That Bright Flash Over Russia?  A Flash Seen Over A Wide Swath Of Russia On January 7 At First Caused Fears Of A U.S. Air Strike On North Korea.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Canadian Teen Creating App To Help Preserve Indigenous Language

Robotics And Automation Are Transforming Food System Labor

These 9 Airplanes Transformed Flight Over The Last Century

GOOD EXAMPLES

Boston Trains Women To Negotiate In An Effort To Close The Wage Gap

You guys rock.  Minnesota neighbors help rescue lost dogs from subzero weather

It looks like someone got the message.  Citing New Tax Law, Walmart To Raise Starting Wages, Expand Parental Leave

BAD EXAMPLES

This obviously needs to change, doesn’t it?  Equal Wage Laws Have Been On The Books In The U.S. Since The 1960s, But Women Still Earn About 80 Cents For Every Dollar That Men Earn, With Black And Hispanic…

What can you really say about a nation which cannot protect is most vulnerable?  U.S. Babies Are More Likely to Die in Their First Year Than Infants Abroad  And this should sear the conscience of the world.  Zainab’s Last Moments Before Her Rape And Murder

So many are trying so hard to change this.  Poverty, Segregation Persist In U.S. Schools, Report Says

DALAI LAMA

The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ it brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently.

TRAVEL

U.S. Issues Highest Travel Warning For Parts Of Mexico

Polar Explorer Ben Saunders Shares His Top Tips

2017 World’s Best Hotels

THE GREEN BEAT 

A Greener, More Healthful Place To Work

This Startup Will Pay You To Use Less Electricity

Washington State’s Governor Inslee Proposes Carbon Tax

Crucial Solar Energy Decision Nears As ‘Energy Dominance’ Plan Falters

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

Best Way To Lose Weight With The Most Minimal Effort

‘I Don’t Believe It Myself’: Ohio Breast Cancer Survivor, Former Teacher Turns 104

Here’s What To Eat For Lunch If You’re Trying To Slim Down

The Top 5 Diets To Try In 2018, According To Experts

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Chili Recipes

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

The Safe Way To Ride Your Bike In Winter

2018 Garden Trends

What Your Resume Should Look Like In 2018

101 Ways To Earn An Extra $1,000 In 2018

How To Have A More Lucrative And Successful 2018

BEST OF THE NET

The World’s Unusual War Museums

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz – And His Secret Love

Here’s What it Actually Looks Like to Take Off and Land on the World’s Shortest Commercial Runway (Video)

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

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo of Pacific Northwest L Pod courtesy of earthjustice.org

This is awesome. Stunning Video From Victoria, B.C. Shows Orca Encounter

Well, I’m glad this mystery has finally been solved.  Genetics Reveals Secrets Of Extinct Tasmanian Tigers

Here’s another chance to die of cute.  This Polar Bear Is Basically A Real-Life Ninja

SHORTS

VIDEO: Adorable Dog Takes Self Sledding

If Birds Left Tracks, Here’s What They’d Look Like

Baboon Troops Clash In Epic Battle

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Greatest Dad In The Animal World Isn’t Human

Body Unnoticed In Atlanta Mall For Weeks? Woman’s Body Found In Vacant Subway Space

Halo Left In The Sky After Putin’s Visit, Baffling Locals

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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