TWO SUCH DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURS

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 5, 2015                                                                   Vol. 8 No. 41

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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TWO SUCH DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, now that the pyrotechnics and the other cacophony of national pride have resided for another year, we would like to wish both Canada (July 1) and America (July 4) a happy birthday.

It was quiet in Seattle and I am grateful for that.  I am not a fan of noisy holidays.  Too many of the home fireworks associated especially with the Fourth of July remind me of stuff I heard, saw and felt in a way.

A string of firecrackers, for instance, can sound like an AK-47 assault rifle.  The ubiquitous nature of that single weapon makes its memory the key to a lot of doors best remained closed.

On the other hand, I love watching ~ albeit from a distance ~ the big fireworks displays Seattle and other places put on.  There is an incredible artistry to these that is absolutely awesome.

These two holidays are a time of reflection for me on things like how these two countries came into being.  One rebelled against the Crown.  The other bided its time and essentially evolved into independence, while still retaining strong cultural, economic and military ties to not only Mother England but France, as well.

I marvel at how two nations with such dichotomous national characters can coexist so peacefully when in Europe, they would have invaded each other a half dozen times or so by now.

Part of the answer, I suspect, lies in America’s appreciation of the quiet strength and extreme diplomatic circumspection of a people who are as durable as any God ever created.

A Canadian can call you the offspring of a border collie and make you think you are being complimented on your pedigree.  Canadians tend to do things on a smaller scale, with less fanfare and they are great ones for joining other nations in economic ventures often colorful to say the least.

Canadians make good allies but they are the kind of enemy that can slit a throat with a smile, after tea, and be back in bivouac refreshed by the exercise, in time for supper.  It is chilling to face an opponent who is not angry but simply there to facilitate your total destruction.

Finally, Canada seldom does anything to get anyone mad at her.  She doesn’t try to tell other cultures how to live.  She doesn’t impose military tactics on the acquisition of economic markets and she is not out to replace the Union Jack with the Maple Leaf.

This, I think, is why America gets along with Canada as well as it does.  It speaks well of both nations, don’t you think?

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

This is not good news.  Ebola back in Liberia with new case

This is, however.  US and Cuba ‘to announce embassies’

To know that such a man walked among us and also lived long and prospered should end forever any further debate on the intrinsic value of virtue.  Nicholas Winton Is Dead at 106; Saved Children From the Holocaust

GLOBAL

Stock Markets Slide On Greek Crisis.

AFRICA

Lions To Be Reintroduced To Akagera National Park in Rwanda

Multimedia Feature: How Boko Haram Courted And Joined The Islamic State

The Saturday Profile: U.N. Envoy Draws on Her Past in Sierra Leone to Help Abused Women

Weak Power Grids In Africa Stunt Economies And Fire Up Tempers

Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes

ASIA

Deadly Plane Crash In Indonesia City

MH17 Disaster: Malaysia Pushes For Tribunal

Multimedia Feature: Illuminating North Korea

U.S. Soldiers Used ‘Restraint’ in Kabul Confrontation, Inquiry Finds

CHINA

China Moves to Stabilize Stock Markets; Initial Offerings Halted

Security Law Suggests a Broadening of China’s ‘Core Interests’

U.S.-China Adventure Film Already Creating Buzz

INDIA

Militants and Soldier Are Killed in Kashmir Gun Battle, Indian Official Says

MIDDLE EAST

Syria Forces and Hezbollah Attack Insurgents Near Lebanon

U.N. Nuclear Chief Is Optimistic About Iranian Cooperation on Review

RUSSIA

From The Archive, 23 June 1941: Hitler’s Invasion Of Russia

Putin Wishes Obama Happy July Fourth

EUROPE

Greece Debt Crisis: Live Coverage

Data Roaming Charges To End In EU

Paris’s Voiceless Find a Megaphone Online

How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep Freeze

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis’ Visit to Latin America Will Test His Ability to Keep Catholics in the Fold

UNITED KINGDOM

Report Backs Third Heathrow Runway

Baby Boost For Devon Beavers »

UK’s First Dedicated Marine Life Gallery Set To Open

CANADA

Universities Will Help Reset Relations Between Indigenous And Non-Indigenous People

The F/A-18 Super Hornet — A Better Fighter Jet

Canoe Sex, Marijuana Use And Other Statistical Maps Of Canada

Canada’s Economy Shrinks For Fourth Month, Raising Spectre Of Recession

Quebec Anti-Corruption Squad Heading To Panama To Get Evidence Of Porter Death

UNITED STATES

The Deep Racial Division In American Churches

Supreme Court Allows Use Of Execution Drug

Colorado Court Rules Use Of Public Funds For Private Schools Is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

US Makes FIFA Extradition Request

US Airlines Investigated Over Prices

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

Anonymous Donors Give Over $3 Million for Charleston Scholarship Fund

LATIN AMERICA

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

And Now, What Mexico Thinks Of Donald Trump

Argentine Judges Allowed to Resign After Child Abuse Ruling

Colombia Peace Process Now At Lowest Ebb: Government

Calls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers In Rare Public Appearance

OCEANA

Venture Into The Outback Of Australia And Find A Spiritual Oasis In The Country’s Only Monastic Town

Political And Indigenous Leaders Sound Off On Constitutional Recognition

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Fight ‘Struggle Of Our Generation’

Taliban Ambush ‘Kills 11 Soldiers’

The Road To Closing Guantánamo Is Still Being Paved

New Cold War has the subtlety of professional wrestling: Thomas Friedman

Graphic: Where ISIS Has Directed And Inspired Attacks Around The World

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Staying Human In A Time Of Climate Change: New Author On Science, Grief, And Hope

Pope Revving Up Climate Action In LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood

Video: Record Breaking Heat Across The Globe

Video: ‘Irreversible Change’ To Sea Life From Co2

Photos: Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Europe

FROM THE UKRAINE

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Hi, Rusty:

I would like to share a photo and fantastic emotions after a performance of George Benson, a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American jazzman.  Mr. Benson was invited for celebrations of the Ukraine’s Constitution Day. His music is just so gentle and light, so people of Lviv city I’m sure enjoyed and appreciated a lot his coming.

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Partisans’ Arrest Divides Opinion On Role Of Unofficial Fighters

FROM YOU GUYS

I love your opening remarks RE: Rainbow Celebration.

Be well,

Amy

Amy, high praise, source considered.  We are honoured by your society, as well. 

Dear Rusty….

I hope this e mail finds you in great health and spirits.

I was very saddened to learn that three Rangers had died trying to save endangered species from extinction and from poachers.

In the next month I am aiming to send the J-Ten village project on my FB a bit of donation to buy some seeds and agriculture things needed to keep the village of orphans and widows alive.  I do not normally partake in this but I feel a strong need to help.

I wish in some way I could help the Rangers families that are now without fathers…so sad indeed to read world happenings…

But thank you for the Northstar Journal…….

Be safe

Jeanelle

Jeanelle, thank you very much for sharing this with us.  And thank you for going above and beyond what you already do as an artist of nature and for your friends, family and community in Colorado.  This is so cool, Lass.  And with all due respect, Lady J, you rock.

To contact either of these individuals, email us at minstrel312@aol.com and we will forward.

NORTHSTAR INTERACTIVE

One of our local newscasters posted this on Facebook and I like it a lot.  I am also betting that some of you in other countries may know more about America than many of us who live here.  It’s a 21-question test to determine how much you know about American government 

I’d love to share scores from places beyond the pale, as it were, so if you do take this, shoot me the results at minstrel312@aol.com with a first name, a country and your score.

What is also cool about this site is that on it, you can create your own quiz and post it on Facebook.  You could make up one for your country; we could all take it and learn that way.

GOOD EXAMPLES

These people sound awesome.  Borneo’s tribe of eco-warriors

We totally agree with this.  Pets may be a comfort, but that doesn’t mean they’re service animals

With all due respect, welcome back to the Union, folks.  After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Southern States Fall in Line

BAD EXAMPLES

Good.  British Petroleum to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

A legacy as shameful as any nation ever born.  Wave Of U.S. Church Fires All Too Familiar To South

I guess when you’re as rich as this jackass, it does not matter which end the bray comes from.  Panama Also Drops Out Of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Here we go again.  Solar plane makes second Pacific bid.  And guess who made it?  Solar-powered plane crosses the Pacific without a drop of fuel

Here is an interactive from our esteemed colleagues at the BBC.  Show us what ‘unbreakable’ means: Submit photos of the people, places and moments that will stand the test of time

And for those of you who have not had your pint of weird this week, try this.  According to our esteemed colleagues at the New York Times, In a leap of the imagination, researchers managed to use bacterial spores to tap the power of evaporationVideo: The Spore Machine

HERE ON EARTH

Is There Such A Thing As A Yeti?

The Stormy Sea Beneath Our Feet

The Continents Emerged Way Earlier Than We Thought

OUTER SPACE

Black Hole Caught Burping

Black Hole Hunters

Introducing Summer of Science: Explore mysterious solar snapshots, new findings about left-handedness and other intriguing bits of science.

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

England’s Very Own Jurassic Park

How The Bomb Changed Everything

The World’s Most Beautiful House?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

‘X-Test’ Trains Mice To Detect Explosives At Airports

How To Secure Kayaks And Ladders To Roof Racks

Check Out These Four Cool Gizmos That Run On Rays.

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

US And Brazil Set Big Energy Goals

Canada Reverses Stance On Asbestos In ‘Landmark Shift’

IUCN Red List Update Shows Conservation Successes And Failures »

How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Live Tiny, Save Big

Life In A Town Called Mongo

New System Tells People Which Deadly Diseases They Are Most Likely To Contract

‘A Conversation With White People on Race’

Doctors Remotely Control Microchips That Will Disperse Medicine Inside Your Body

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk Of Childhood Leukemia, Study Shows

First US Measles Death In 12 Years

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BEST OF THE NET

WWF Film Tiger Release Back To The Wild

Video: Replica 18th Century Ship Due In US

Video: The Life Of Holocaust Hero Winton

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What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here

My name’s Rusty Miller.  I look forward to hearing from you.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Okay, but I still think they are creepy looking.  The truth about tarantulas

I wonder what else we are going to find if we keep walking around in this particular back yard.  Glowing deep-sea corals found

I think the results of this are probably going to change forever how we look at the entire creature kingdom.  Anyone want a quid of that action?  Decoding the ‘internet of ants’

SHORTS

New RSPB Reserve For Scotland »

Scientists Solve How Parrots Mimic Humans »

How Tiny Saharan Silver Ants Stay Alive In 70 Degrees Centigrade »

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

RELATED LINKS:

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BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Year As A Nudist

Man Crushed To Death By Robot

A Church of Cannabis Tests Limits of Religious Law in Indiana

Southern Resident orca J2, or "Granny" (left), with L87, or "Onyx," in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014.  Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures

Southern Resident orca J2, or “Granny” (left), with L87, or “Onyx,” in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014. Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures

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RAINBOW CELEBRATION

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Olya Updates Us On the Inside of Living project; Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 28, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 40

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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RAINBOW CELEBRATION

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  There is an old saying with which I would like to take some issue.  Contrary to this rusty saw, I believe there is so such a thing as a stupid question.

Someone asked me last night why it was I was celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision regarding same sex marriage when I am not a member of any of the categories involved.

Oh, I don’t know.  Why have I been pushing women’s rights ever since I took a punch intended for a female relative?  Why did I start getting a lot more interested in black culture after being told I could not have any playmates of that color?  Why did I become such an advocate for Reasonable Green after seeing much of the state in which I was raised ruined by agribusiness?  Et cetera.

English cleric, poet and essayist John Donne knew why.  He recognized that we are all connected, or as he put it, “part of the Main,” and that what affects a single individual impacts all of society.

American president Harry Truman addressed civil rights from a practical standpoint when he wrote that ~ and I paraphrase here ~ it was not how many people it took to put a black man in the gutter but rather how many it took to keep him there.

As contentious as this species of ours has proven to be since it acquired legs and walked out of the ocean; and as lopsided as its evolution has been, it has nonetheless become one global family.  Maybe it is just me, but I figure that the happier that family is, the better my own day is going to be.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

This is reassuring.  World ‘Largely Favors’ US And Obama

We were very sorry to hear this.  Leading Conservationist Dr Mar Cano Has Died

This is certainly good for the rainbow.  Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide

GLOBAL

AFRICA

Poachers Kill 3 Men In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

South Africa May Leave ICC Over Bashir Row

Militants Storm Somalia Military Base

ASIA

Myanmar Votes To Keep Military Veto

Taiwan Water Park Blast Leaves Hundreds Injured

After MERS, South Korea Authorizes Prison for Quarantine Scofflaws

CHINA

In China, Illegal Drugs Are Sold Online In An Unbridled Market

Saved By The City — How One Woman Was Liberated By The Destruction Of Rural China

An Insider’s Guide To Better Eating In Chinese Detention Centers

VIDEO: China’s Farmers-Turned-Millionaires

INDIA

How India Changed English

The Sikhs Who Saved Parmesan

In Hindi Films, Strong Women Are a Formula That Works

MIDDLE EAST

Afghan Parliament Attackers Killed

VCs, Angels, Crowd Funds: Who Rules The Israeli Investment Landscape?

Tel Aviv’s Norman Hotel Is Voted World’s Best Boutique Hotel

Saudi Bombing Only Fans Yemen’s Flames

Kerry, in Vienna, Begins Effort to Complete Nuclear Accord With Iran

RUSSIA

Yevgeny Primakov, Former Premier of Russia, Dies at 85

Putin Breaks Silence With Call to Obama Touching on Ukraine and ISIS

Russia: Diplomat Rejects U.N. Tribunal on Malaysian Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

EUROPE

Netherlands Ordered To Cut Emissions

VIDEO: Flares And Fires At French Uber Protest

EU Agrees To Relocate Migrants

France Cracks Down On Uber Service

Suspect in Attack in France Had Ties to Radical Islamist

Once a Beloved French Symbol, Cousteau’s Ship Now Rusts Into Oblivion

French Authorities Hold Suspect in Beheading and Explosion at Chemical Plant

Kosovo: Parliament Votes Against Court to Prosecute Crimes in ’90s War

Clashes Erupt Across France as Taxi Drivers Protest Uber

Armenia: Impasse Over a Price Increase

Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S.

Businesses Worry About Shouldering Burden of Greek Debt

Debt Talks May Be Defining Moment for Greece, and for Angela Merkel

UNITED KINGDOM

Bittern Populations Back From The Brink Of Extinction In The UK

Thousands Celebrate In London Buoyed By US Court Decision

CNN Mistakes Flag Covered In Dildos For ISIS Banner At London Pride

CANADA

Executives Urge Canada To Diversify Beyond Natural Resources

Housing Affordability Declines In Toronto And Vancouver, Improves In Alberta: Report

U.S. Short Sellers Betting On Canadian Housing Crash: ‘An Accident Waiting To Happen’

Pacific Rim Trade Talks Target Canada’s Dairy Sector

Vancouver Votes To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Want More Female Cabinet Ministers? Elect More Women

Ottawa Plans Compensation For Farmers

UNITED STATES

Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide

Breaking Silence, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing

Federal Hate Crime Charges Likely In South Carolina Church Shooting

VIDEO: Wildfire Tears Through Los Angeles Hills

President Obama Eulogizes Charleston Pastor as One Who Understood Grace

Video: Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Long Taught to Use Force, Police Warily Learn to De-escalate

LATIN AMERICA

Five New National Parks For The Bahamas

Mother And Baby Survive Plane Crash

Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Caribbean Facing Worst Drought In 5 Years

Venezuelan Vet Arrested For Allegedly Implanting Heroin In Puppies

OCEANA

Timeless Utopia At The World’s Edge

David V Goliath Down Under

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

France Summons US Envoy Over ‘Spying’

ISIS Re-Enters Syrian City Of Kobane

China ‘Top Suspect’ In US Cyber Hack

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Satellites Allow Scientists To Monitor Health Of Coral Reefs

VIDEO: Sir David Tells Obama How To Save Planet

VIDEO: 1,000 Dead In Pakistan Heatwave

California Regulators Tell San Francisco To Stop Taking River Water

FROM THE UKRAINE

Night sky over Ukraine

Night sky over Ukraine

Hi, Mishka:

Catching up with the Inside of Living project.

The travelers have already walked two thirds of the way to the West Ukraine. So beautiful are the Carpathian Mountains where they are now and more adventures and another inspiring month lie ahead before they come to the border point with Slovakia.

The girl initiators of the project are being joined on the way by the people also interested in seeing the country that way and not from the window of a car or train. Some of them join for months, others for a few days, making an adventure even more unique. I’m sending the photo of stars made by one of the project participants Yaha from Kharkov.

Following his blog posts of their adventures, there were not only cheerful sites along the way but one very haunted one, as well.  Where the map showed a village, there were only a few fields and an isolated area of asphalt roads.

On the page of Wikipedia about this place village there is only one line. “Village extinct since 2010.”  This small down was the victim of an economic depression but was still as dead as though it had been bombed out of existence.

Sad too, another traveler blogger, Nastya, mentioned in her blog that when they visited Korotych village, “we found out that half of village men received notices to join army. We were sitting on a grass near school, tears in our eyes, and as thought our hearts had stopped.  And all we could think to say was, ‘Why this war? Stop!”

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Crumbling Ukraine Ceasefire To Form Backdrop Of Canada’s Military Mission

Open Source: Rebels in Ukraine Cleansing Donetsk of ‘Perverted’ Art

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for the Lone Star State.  Texas bans shark fin trade.

Let us hope Ottawa and the provinces respond.  Cancer society makes first ever public pitch to federal parties

Nice going guys (and guy-ettes).  ‘Elaho Giant’ — 1,000-year-old Douglas fir — saved by quick action of B.C. fire crews

BAD EXAMPLES

Shame on you guys!  Jewelry Company Caught Selling Tiger Claw Pendants

This we have suspected for over a decade.  Like American cartoonist Walt Kelly said through his character Pogo, “We have met the enemy.  And he is us.”  Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11

This is just a little disgusting.  In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This is so cool.  Meet The Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working To Save The Pollinators)

I do this too, with things like my keys, cell or the book I am reading at the time.  So far, I have never overlooked anything as big as a monster truck.  Dino Species Found Hiding In Plain Sight

This is too weird for a lot of words.  WATCH: Freaky Vortex Opens Up In Flooded Lake

HERE ON EARTH

Can Anything Live Forever?

The Day The Oceans Died

The Largest Crystals On Earth

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s Bold Plan For Killer Asteroids

SpaceX Capsule To Deliver New Parking Spot For Space Station

Did NASA Find A Pyramid On Mars?

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Israel Launches Its First-Ever Natural Gas Powered Truck

This Week in Science: Video From Pluto, Yeti Crabs and Skinny Jean Dangers

This Weird Alien World Has A Comet-Like Tail

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed

Hoverboard, By Lexus

Men Are Totally Wrong About Their Math Skills

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Can Vertical Gardens End World Hunger?

Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015: Winner Announced

B.C. City’s Tsunami Warning Test Sound Is Now A Didgeridoo

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Why Marriage Equality Is So Good For Mental Health

Video: The World’s Deadliest Place for Kids

The Mystery Of The Female Orgasm: Have Scientists Found The Fabled G-Spot?

6 Ways To Get More Love In Your Life

Video: How a Love Story Triumphed in Court

How A White Supremacist Became A Civil Rights Activist

Do You Really Know The Difference Between Fruits & Vegetables?

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning Night Sky Photos

Pet Cat Faces Down A Large Puma

Photo Contest: Finalists Revealed

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WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Most kids, including me and those in my life, would absolutely love to be doing what these are.  More Than 7 Million School Children Asked To Count Insects

This lived up to its promise.  This Video Of A Cuttlefish Changing Color Will Blow Your Mind

Ummm, okay.  But it also sounds like a prescription for a complicated puberty. Wild Goat Chills With Kangaroos, Thinks He’s Part Of The Family

SHORTS

African Vultures More Critically Endangered Than Previously Realized

Wolverine Triplets Born In The Cotswolds

12 Photographs That Capture The True Beauty Of Derwentwater

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

RELATED LINKS:

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National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

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Outside Magazine

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Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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TOO MANY OF US WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS

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

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The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Special Olympics, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 21, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 39

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others

TOO MANY OF US WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been an unusually interesting week, has it not?  A Spokane, Washington woman with a strong sense of humanity and emotional and cultural identification with Afro-Americans has been passing herself off for years as black.  According to her white parents, she is not.

Several of you have asked my opinion about this ~ including readers under my own roof ~ so I will be very candid with you.  I think this is the dumbest controversy to hit the media in a long time.  It is grist for the self-righteous, an embarrassment to the NAACP and it does not make Seattle’s sister city east of the (Cascade) mountains look like the most enlightened place on the planet.

I think this whole idea of racial profiling is silly. I am of the “you are what you eat” persuasion.  I figure that if you would like to be something you are not, study up on the food the group you want to belong to consumes.  And then, yep, pig out on it.  Just make sure you do not eat it too close to bed time because you can have some very strange dreams as a result.

Imagine, for instance, being a Christian but having lots of Muslim food an hour before retiring.  It’s like you’d be back in the Crusades and not know which side to send where as a blessed infidel.  We will not even go into being German and having matzo ball soup.  Or being from Leeds and having kidney pie and a pint of Guinness.  Or in the States, a Big Mac and the wings off a buffalo.

We need to do more studying on this.  I have, for instance, being a flaming flipping liberal, wondered what conservatives eat when they have to pay for it?  What does a Republican sit down to for breakfast?  How about United States Marines?  Do they really have baby sailors for lunch?

At a point in our history when we should be pulling together as a species and celebrating those differences which enable survival for us all, castigating and censuring a human being of pale persuasion for feeling obsidian is an extremely strong indication that way too many of us have entirely too much time on our hands.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

We join the members of the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and all the others impacted.  Last Wednesday, a lone gunman entered this venerable Charleston, South Carolina house of worship and slaughtered nine people, seven of who died at the scene.  John Donne’s Meditations XVII doth here apply.  We all lost a good minister but God gained another angel.  I will pray for swift justice in these regards and will restrain myself from the extremes of passion which might motivate me to advocate sterner measures and less regard for the rights of the accused.

We want to wish the Magna Carta a late 800th birthday.  British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at “a ceremony attended by the Queen and other English royalty.  It was held at the site where King John, whose abuses this monumental document was aimed at stopping, signed and sealed it in 1215.”  For more:  The BBC reports.

I tend toward the minimalist side when it comes to personal possessions so this did not guilt-trip me.  And it is a very fair and relevant question to ask.  How many Earths do we need? – Is it true we’d need four Earths if everyone lived like Americans?

GLOBAL

World’s Displaced ‘Hits Record High’

Boosting the Ocean Economy

AFRICA

South Africa’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol Of Urban Revitalization

Can Thulisile Madonsela Save South Africa From Itself?

Assailants Target Police in Burundi

Genome Studies Show How Ebola Spread Initially

ASIA

North Korea Hit By ‘Worst Drought’

Suit Has South Korea Looking Anew at Its Hard Line on Prostitution

South Korean Official Says MERS Outbreak Seems to Be Easing

Red Tape Untangled, Young Nepalese Monks Find Ride to Safety

In Myanmar, Cash Remains King, and It Had Better Be Clean

Taliban Strike Crucial District in Afghanistan

Thailand: First MERS Case Confirmed

CHINA

China’s New Glass-Bottomed Bridge

13 Arrested In China After Clashes With Police

Chinese Stocks Stagger To End Of Rough Week

INDIA

India Yoga: Pm Narendra Modi Leads Thousands In Celebration

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

Letter To A Young Boy In Small Town India

Toxic Liquor In India Kills At Least 84

MIDDLE EAST

UN And Israel Sign Agreement To Apply Israeli Space Tech To Disaster Zones

Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife And Reopening Of Border With Egypt

Cables Released By Wikileaks Reveal Saudis’ Checkbook Diplomacy

RUSSIA

The Monument To A Russian Warlord Called Vladimir

Amur Tigers On The Rise

Russia And Greece Flaunt Solidarity At Business Forum, But Deals Are Scarce

EUROPE

US To Store Heavy Weapons In Poland

Hollande Sounds Alarm On Greek Exit

Italy Warns EU Over Migrant Talks

Escaped Lion ‘Killed Georgian Man’

The Great Moldovan Bank Robbery

Germany Arrests Al-Jazeera Reporter

Germany To Turn 62 Military Bases Into Nature Sanctuaries

THE VATICAN

Two Bishops Resign in Minnesota Over Sexual Abuse Scandal

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Invites U.S. Official To Join Review Of Its Military

In English, French Paper Urges Britain to Heed Waterloo and Stay in E.U.

David Attenborough Opens New Stretch Of Norfolk Reserve And Education Centre At Cley

CANADA

Canada Government Websites Hacked

Canadian Senator Expelled From Party’s Caucus Over Claims of Affair With Teenager

UNITED STATES

California’s Water Czar, Part Empathetic Confessor And Part Friendly Scold

After An Era Of Ups And Downs, Home Prices Return To Sanity

One Dead And 16 Injured After Block Party Shootings In Detroit And Philadelphia

Texas Law Decriminalizes School Truancy

Graphic: Gay Marriage State By State: A Trickle Became A Torrent

Graphic: A Portrait Of The Sandtown Neighborhood In Baltimore

LATIN AMERICA

Video: 36 Hours In Lima

To Soften Image, Brazilian Police Ride In Atop Horned Beasts

Mexico: Ex-Governor Charged

Venezuela: President Highlights Work To Restore Full Ties With The U.S.

With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access To Internet

OCEANA

Alice’s Australian Wonderland

Paramedics Issue Warning On ‘Violent, Paranoid’ Ice Users

Woman Missing In Outback NT Relied On ‘Survival Techniques': Husband

Man Racially Abused, Bashed In ‘Sickening’ Melbourne Attack: Police

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Top Islamist ‘Killed’ In US Strike

Video: Refugees Flee As Kurds ‘Take Is Town’

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops

When The Sea Swallows Countries – How Climate Change Claims Nations

Smoke Jumping And Climate Change

CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING

Church Massacre Suspect Held As Charleston Grieves

Dylann Roof, Suspect In Charleston Shooting, Flew The Flags Of White Power

Killings Add Painful Page To Storied History Of Charleston Church

Court Hearing For Charleston Suspect

Video: In Charleston, ‘Good Triumphs Over Evil’

FROM THE UKRAINE

olympicsphotoTwo Frostig student-athletes will soon be famous! The girls are featured on Bank of America‘s campaign to promote the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.‪#‎passtheflame  This image below will be shown at B of A ATMs.

Hello Mishka

I would like to share how proud I am of two girls originally from Ukraine adopted by the American family. I met them a few years ago when they visited the country and now was delighted and happy for them to hear they actively participate in Special Olympics.  Their mother Rita shared her attitude towards upcoming event

“Special Olympics has done so much for so many families including our own. Because of Special Olympics, the girls are building lifetime friendships, sportsmanship and the feeling of acceptance and inclusion. The yes, can attitude!

“Special Olympics allows athletes like Alina and Lilia to participate in sports and feel successful no matter how great or little that success is. We thank you for your prayers and support.

“That being said, the girls and I, are registering a TEAM for the Bank of America Unified Relay across America to support athletes like Alina and Lilia. We would like to invite others in this lifetime event, by showing our support for inclusion, respect and dignity to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“We plan to carry the flame of hope on Friday, July 10th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm from North Hollywood to Hollywood. Will you join us? Together we can move mountains!

“Thank you for being part of our journey. If you are unable to do the walk with us, you will also, be able to donate to the cause. Details for donations will follow.

“We thank you!!!”

Stay cool, Mishka:

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Russia And US Agree To Set Up Karasin-Nuland Channel To Coordinate Steps On Ukraine

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is good to see.  University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute

So is thisF.C.C. Votes To Move Forward With Plan To Subsidize Broadband For Poor Americans

And here I thought being a green newspaper editor in a timber town was a dicey job.  Death defying day jobs

BAD EXAMPLES

This reminds me of the Black Sox ScandalUS baseball team accused of hacking

This is apparently hurting profits.  No Time to Be Nice at Work

Here’s an interesting look at someone who probably never should have been born.  Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Now that summer is here, many of us will be hitting the highways and byways of our respective countries on bicycles.  A firm in Denmark is now marketing a camper trailer that a bike can tow.  I am saving up for one of these, they are that cool.  Check them out here.  A caravan for the cycling set

This kind of reminded me of the American silent film Modern Times.  The largest shipyard in the world

I have actually long suspected this.  New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American

HERE ON EARTH

The Giant Cow That Swam The Ocean

The Biggest Flies In The World

New Rewilding Area To Be Launched In Europe

OUTER SPACE

Where Did The Moon Come From?

Traces of Earliest Stars That Enriched Cosmos Are Spied

Israel Finds Neighboring Galaxy With One Million ‘Young’ Stars

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Inside The Mind Of A Burglar

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

Video: Love And Roller Coasters

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Video: How Drones Are Helping Hunt For Sharks

Video: The Family (Robot) Dog

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Proposed Scottish Wind Farm Could Put Special Breeding Birds At Risk

1,600 Corals Planted At Florida Keys Plantapalooza

This Clean Water Device Creates A Tap From A Backpack, And It’s Saving Lives

Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The call no one wants to get — When an older family member suddenly falls ill, you drop everything. Here’s how to cope when a crisis hits.

Can hallucinogens cut smoking? A surprising use for psychedelic drugs

Tips for setting (and achieving) realistic weight loss goalsWatch video

Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks

Israeli Researchers Discover Flower That Can Treat Diabetes

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Hippo, Lions And Bears Loose In Georgia And Video: Volunteers Search For Animals At Flooded Zoo

Video: Sinabung Eruption: Thousands Flee

Who Is Your Disney Doppelganger?

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

   

Small Testament CoverWRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

 THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

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Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I love goats, especially the small mountain variety, so of course I tripped on this.  Daredevil goats defy gravity

If we had a “Must Read” list, this would be on it.  The truth about bees

This is certainly good news.  Record number of humpbacks spotted around UK

SHORTS

Large Number Of Painted Lady Expected In UK

Panthera’s Vice President Dr. George Schaller Receives National Geographic Society’s Prestigious Hubbard Medal

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Britain’s Most Bizarre Customs

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The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  We occasionally accept classified advertising but we are mostly supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to donate to the next, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Children’s Day, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 14, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 38

Rusty Miller – Editor; Denny Steussy – Associate Editor; Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

TO THE CLASS OF 2015

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  June in America is known for several things and the most important of them to me is not the start of summer or all the weddings.  It is graduation from high school and from university.  It is to the latter Class of 2015 that I wish to address these remarks.

Hi, guys and guy-ettes and congratulations.  Sixteen years on the job is a fair stretch of the road, is it not?  And now, according to all you have been told, it is time to get out there in the “real world” and use what you have all been learning since the first grade.  Here is what I hope for you.

I pray, first of all, that you be patient with the advice-givers of the world.  We are a well-meaning lot, for the most part, but we deal with fallacious premises, the chief of which is that the way we experience and deal with life should be a “one size fits all” proposition.  It is not.  How could it be when you are not us and we are not you?

We are all blind people touching an elephant and describing what we experience, all several billion of us.  There is no single individual among us who sees life and the human experience in total.  Having said that, intrinsic in all of us is a sense of right and wrong or, as the late Twentieth Century philosopher and motorcycle devotee Arthur Fonzarelli was wont to put it, “what’s cool and what is definitely un-cool, yanno?”

Whatever decisions you make, let them be guided by the voice of this internal moral compass.  Use not only what your mind has taught you about life and the human experience, but your heart as well.  Respect history but do not feel obligated to it.  Almost everything which precipitated both the good and the bad we face today started a very long time ago.  You do not own it so do not pay for it.  And if you do not like it, at the very least, do not emulate it.

I will tell you the most important thing that I, Mikhail Sean Patric McGuire aka Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller have learned so far.  Dying for something is easy.  Living for something is a lot harder but in the end, it is usually a lot more productive than a cross in a field of crosses.  Go forth daring to dream big and dedicated to becoming all you were meant to be.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

Here’s a question we all need to probably ask ourselves at some point in time or another.  Could one of these robots save you in a climate disaster?

This is refreshing.  (pun intended)  This is crazy, but we actually have good news about climate change

This will probably explain a great deal.  DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

GLOBAL

UN Troops ‘Barter Goods For Sex’

The UN Surprises Everyone With A Breakthrough Deal To Slow Deforestation

The Global Struggle To Respond To The Worst Refugee Crisis In Generations

AFRICA

Tunisian Consular Workers Are Seized By Libyan Militia

Talks To Begin On Creating A Trade Zone Within Africa

As Supplies Dwindle, World Food Program Cutting Rations To Refugees In Kenya

Embattled Burundi President Sets New Dates For Elections

Making Herself Heard, Before And After Tunisia’s Uprising

Illuminating A Central African Crisis, Photo By Photo

ASIA

The Wild Wonders Of Japan

Second Snow Leopard Successfully Collared In Nepal

Japan’s Mysterious Glowing Squid

Naked Photo Climbers Admit Offence

Myanmar’s Missing Rohingya

CHINA

China’s Pressure-Cooker Schools

Chinese Premier Urges Officials To Fight Events That Led 4 Children To Drink Pesticide

Q. and A.: Zhang Weiwei on Why China Will Succeed Under the Communist Party

Soil Contamination Found Near Huge Mine in Western China

INDIA

Emotional Ad Starring Lesbian Couple Challenges India’s Anti-Gay Laws

Planned Celebrations For International Yoga Day Stir Controversy In India

Indian Pm Says Bangladeshi Pm Fights Terror Pretty Well, For A Girl

New Website Aims To Find Thousands Of Indian Kids Forced Into Labor, Sexual Exploitation

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Syria: Brides of Peace

Israel ‘Struck Gaza Beach In Error’

Play Set In Israeli Prison Imperils Arab Theater

Iranian President Expects Sanctions To Lift Within Months Of Deal

Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site In Yemen Capital

RUSSIA

‎Harper Renews Attack On Putin Over Ukraine

Russia Wields Aid and Ideology Against West to Fight Sanctions

Russian Groups Crowdfund The War In Ukraine

EUROPE

Iceland ‘To End Capital Controls’

Turkey’s Ruling Party Loses Parliamentary Majority

VIDEO: Med Migrants Crammed In Wooden Vessel

Once Common European Birds At Risk Of Extinction »

Merkel Phone Tapping Probe Dropped

Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Acquitted In Pimping Trial

THE VATICAN

Pope Creates Tribunal For Bishop Negligence In Child Sexual Abuse Cases

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Most Bizarre Village?

Devon Bats Future To Be Decided At High Court »

6 Species From The Shark Family To Spot Around Cornwall »

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction »

Scientist Resigns Over Girls Comment

CANADA

Canada Commits To G7 Plan To End Use Of Fossil Fuels

Quebec To Give Police, Courts New Tools To Fight Extremism

Governor-General To Unveil Awards Spotlighting Canadian Innovation

Supreme Court To Rule On Definition Of Medical Marijuana

Canadians Plead Guilty To Obscenity In Malaysia After Stripping On Mountain

Two Canadians who stripped on Malaysian mountain get 3 days time served, to be deported

UNITED STATES

States Confront Wide Budget Gaps Even After Years of Recovery

Farms Are Growing More Vegetables, But Americans Still Want To Skip Straight To Dessert

Ex-South Carolina Officer Is Indicted In Shooting Death Of Black Man

US Man Freed After 43 Years’ Solitary

VIDEO: How Did Prisoners Escape From US Jail?

The Wild West Of Drought, Crazy Water Rules, And Cattle Ranchers

13 Cities That Have Priced Out Millennials From Buying A Home

Court Upholds Texas Limits On Abortions

Police Officer In McKinney, Tex., Resigns Over Incident Caught On Video

No Evidence That Amtrak Engineer Used Phone During Crash, Safety Board Says

Dallas Gunman Killed After Attack on Police Headquarters

LATIN AMERICA

Seven New Species Of Tiny Frog Discovered In Brazil

Wave Of Protests Spreads To Scandal-Weary Honduras And Guatemala

Cuba’s Web Entrepreneurs Search For U.S. Clients, And Reliable Wi-Fi

Inaugural Poet Launches Cuba Writing Project

Mexico’s Midterm Elections Results See Ruling Party Lead, First Independent Wins

Specially Trained Clowns Are Helping Treat Kids At Argentinian Hospitals

How One Pregnant Teen’s Murder Brought Argentina Together Against ‘Femicide’

OCEANA

High-Risk Patients Cut Back On Statins After ABC Story: Research

Abbott Dodges More Questions On Boat Turn-Back Payment Claims

Lions, Tigers, Bears And Hippos Escape Flooded Georgian Zoo

Woman Dies In Motorbike Sidecar Accident In Sydney

Family Of Darwin Man Shot Dead While Driving Car Plead For Information

Laws To Strip Citizenship May Face High Court Challenge: Abbott

Mother Charged After Leading Police On Pursuit With Two Infants In Car In Sydney

Man Charged After Throwing Shoes At Immigration Minister

Renowned NT Cattleman Dies In Helicopter Crash

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. Embracing A New Approach On Battling Isis In Iraq

Australian Pm Tony Abbott Urges Regional Anti-Is Action

Second Data Breach Exposed Personal Details Of U.S. Military And Intelligence Staff

Taliban Attack Police Base In Afghanistan, Killing 17

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Texans Should Brace For More Rainstorms, More Drought, And More Headaches

Could Pesky Children Be The Solution To Climate Change?

Think Detroit Has It Rough Now? Just Wait ‘Til Climate Change Gets Ahold Of It

Polar Bears Are Now Eating Dolphins Thanks To Climate Change

Pope Francis To Explore Effect Of Climate On World’s Poor

FROM THE UKRAINE

____ 2015-06-12 _ 9.50. 57

Hello Mishka:

Very busy week here so just these few short lines.  The little girl in the photograph was enjoying is Julia, whom we had met on Children’s Day in Sviatogorsk.  Her name is Julia and she is confident that peace now will be always.

Stay cool, Mishka

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Battle Huge Fire At Ukraine Oil Depot

Ukraine Derogation From European Convention On Human Rights 

Ukraine Police Hurt At Kiev Gay Pride Rally

Rescuers Evacuate Two-Kilometer Zone Around Burning Fuel Depot Near Kyiv

GOOD EXAMPLES

How could we not be glad to hear this?  Some Big, Important Countries Are Promising To Cut Out Fossil Fuels By 2100

Good for her.  She is articulate and she knows what she is talking about.  Michelle Obama Talks About Race and Success, and Makes It Personal

This is very encouraging.  What’s Next For The World’s Largest Federation Of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?

BAD EXAMPLES

At least this was acted upon.  Police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen, pulling out gun

We need to do something about this.  And not tomorrow.  World Oceans Day: 10 Endangered And At-Risk Marine Animals

Stupid, irreverent, boorish and possibly a national disgrace.  Canadians Who Allegedly Posed Naked On ‘Sacred Mountain’ Barred From Leaving Malaysia

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

We knew you guys could not live without knowing this.  The 12 smelliest animals

This is a step in the right direction.  U.S. Will Call All Chimps ‘Endangered’

Sometimes the things done in the quest of knowledge totally stagger the mind.  Scientists Emerge From ‘Martian’ Dome On Hawaiian Volcano

HERE ON EARTH

‘LA Has A River?’

Was Darwin Really a Genius?

Ancient Byzantine Church Discovered During Highway Construction

OUTER SPACE

Secrets Of The Smallest Planet

Black Hole Hunters

‘Hello Earth': Space Probe Philae Wakes Up0

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Ever Heard Of A Self-Healing Building? Just Wait

Up Close With A Flying Giant

‘Sleeping Beauty’ Grave Discovered

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

South Koreans Win Robotics Challenge

Tesla, Solaredge Launching Revolutionary Solar-Powered Home Battery

World’s Tiniest Spirals May Take Big Bite Out Of Crime

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

How This Library Paid $1 to Install Its Solar Panels – In West Virginia, Solar Holler helps nonprofits install solar panels for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Read More

Scientists Confirm That Americans Suck At Not Wasting Food

Farmers Spray Insect Sex Chemicals As A Green Alternative To Pesticides

Israeli Tech Harbo Cuts Down Response Time To Oil Spills To 20 Minutes

Your Drawer Of Old Phones Is Bad For The Environment

Remember That Bulldozed Rainforest? We Have Pretty Good News!

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Eight Ways To Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning

Five Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard

Soda Ads With Health Warnings? That’s About To Be A Real Thing

Federal Panel Backs Approval Of New Drug To Fight Heart Attacks

Can Money Help Shrink Prison Populations? The Macarthur Foundation Is Betting $75M On It

150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder’s Role in the Sand Creek Massacre

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Spectacular Video Lets You Fly Around Ceres

These Scientific Women Are So Distractingly Sexy, We Can’t Concentrate

Sunlight-Powered Airplane Is About To Make History

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

   

Small Testament Cover

 

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Online, from my computer to yours

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is incredible.  Superpowers Of The Deepest Divers

So is this.  The Loneliest Whale In The World

I do not care if this is true.  It still sounds like Bella Lugosi and Forks, Washington.  Vampire plants are a good thing

SHORTS

How Jaws Misrepresented The Great White

New American Website Can Identify Birds From Photographs

The Atlantic’s Largest Turtle Breeding Colony Has Been Discovered

A Ladybird’s Colour Reveal Its Level Of Toxicity

World Land Trust Launches Appeal For Wildlife After Nepal’s Earthquakes

Take An Interactive Tour Of The World’s (Cutest) Vanishing Species

Ten Animals That Could Be Ghosts

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

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SAVING THE PLANET IS NOT “US AGAINST THEM”

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The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 7, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 37

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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SAVING THE PLANET IS NOT “US AGAINST THEM”

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am very glad to hear this about where I live.  In The Battle Against Climate Change, Seattle Is On The Front Lines

The rhetoric of the headline does not do a lot for me, nor does radical environmentalism, in general.  I’ve been to war.  Environmentalism is not an “us against them” scenario.

It is about all of us trying to figure out the best way to keep ourselves alive, now that we have rather belatedly realized we cannot do that and continue to poison the source of our very survival.

But now that this is the operational reality, it is just a matter of working on the multiplicity of ways this can be done.  That has, in fact, been happening for the last three decades or so in the Pacific Northwest, which I define as Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach did; Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon and Washington.

Historically, it has been a give and take process.  Sometimes it has been a violent one, like when the Greens started spiking trees and loggers got injured when their saws hit big steel nails.  It hurt in some other ways, too.

When old growth forest was closed to protect a bird practically no one ever saw, entire communities lost their livelihood.  Oregon plunged to the bottom of the American national employment rate, with Washington State not far behind.

The irony is that the timber community was not opposed to the Green agenda.  They just needed the time to look at other options and some help from the government to retool their local industry.

Everyone has pretty much learned to work together and to cooperate, rather than compete.  So as a result, certainly, we have some of the bluest skies, cleanest air and sweetest water in the world.

But it did not happen by wishing for it or ~ with all due respect to the Deity ~ praying for it.  It did not take raising armies or storming Bastilles, getting cut to ribbons on some faraway exotic battlefield, sinking the Bismarck or getting half your parts blown off by rocket propelled grenade flying a chopper over Mogadishu.

We just more or less made up our mind that we wanted to live long AND prosper.  Then people just started turning off lights in rooms they weren’t using, started walking a little more and driving a little less.  It became fashionable to be green.  Behind that mandate, legislation was enacted to institutionalize healthy living.  And viola!  More or less.

That’s pretty much how it is done all over the world, from what I understand.  No marching bands.  No bugles.  No Thin Red Line.  Just folks like you and me and us and ours, wanting nice place to live.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

I am very glad to hear this.  Report Calls For Concrete Steps To Improve Lives Of First Nations

This was kind of spooky to me.  Video: Is This The Tree Where Ebola Started?

I believe that true leaders are gifts from a loving god.  Not just Quebec or even all of Canada but the world itself will be mourning the loss of this one.  Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau Dead At 84

GLOBAL

International Effort Rescues Over 5,000 Mediterranean Migrants

OECD Paints Grim Picture For Global Growth

Interpol Issues Wanted-Person Alerts For Six In U.S. FIFA Probe

Ever Which Wonder Country Is Directly Across The Ocean? This Awesome Map Will Show You

AFRICA

Libyan State Oil Company To Send Fuel To Western Region Opposing Tripoli

A Music-Sharing Network for the Unconnected

Burundi Postpones Elections Amid Violence

Gas Station Explosion in Ghana’s Capital Kills Around 100

Third Trial Is Set for Mubarak in Killing of Egyptian Protesters

Moroccan Film About Prostitution Creates Uproar

U.N. Creating Panel to Review Handling of African Children Sex Abuse Inquiry

Abuses by Nigeria’s Military Found to Be Rampant in War Against Boko Haram

Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks in Northeast Nigeria, Killing Scores

South Sudan: U.N. Dismayed by Decline

African Countries Are Urged to Investigate Reports of Abuse by Peacekeepers

Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

Western Officials Alarmed as ISIS Expands Territory in Libya

Women in Tunisia Tell of Decades of Police Cruelty, Violence and Rape

ASIA

Malaysia Airlines Is ‘Bankrupt’

Video: Brick By Brick, Nepal Fights To Rebuild

A New Role for Japan’s Military

13 Dead After Quake Strikes Malaysian Peak

South Korea Reports Nine New Cases in MERS Virus Outbreak

Cambodia: Refugee Resettlement Begins

South Korea Says It Tested Missile That Can Strike Anywhere in North

CHINA

Video: Beijing Smokers On City’s Smoking Ban

How To Be A Rock Star In Beijing

How Deng Xiaoping Helped Create A Corrupt China

Pressure From Chinese Authorities Forces Ex-Detained Feminist To Shutter Organization

INDIA

India’s IT Party Is Over. Reinvent Yourself Or Suffer

Letter From India: In Hindi Films, Strong Women Are a Formula That Works

20 Indian Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Manipur

India, Bangladesh Sign Historic Land Boundary Agreement

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Outcry Over Egypt’s Death Penalties

Video: ‘Fight’ For Kurdish Identity In Election

Surprising Saudi Rises As A Prince Among Princes

France Says It Opposes Boycotting Israel

Israel’s Allies In U.S. Challenge Boycott

Third Trial Is Set For Mubarak In Killing Of Egyptian Protesters

Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Officials Say

Saudi Arabia And Israel Share A Common Opposition

Two Egyptian Policemen Shot Dead Near Pyramids Of Giza

Trial In Iran Of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian To Resume Monday

Gaza: Militants Fire Rockets Into Israel

RUSSIA

Russians Looking For The Exit

Russian Hacker Drives Hard Bargain

Putin Tells West Not To Fear Russia

UKRAINE

OSCE Chairperson-In-Office Calls For Restraint Following Recent Escalation In Violence In Eastern Ukraine

Saakashvili Ukraine’s New Governor In Odessa Splits Opinion

Ukraine’s Parliament Allows Foreign Peacekeepers Into Country

EUROPE

Drips, Leaks And Blocked Drains In Chic Paris

Court Backs France Over Right To Die

Young, Seeking Change Over Ideology, Power Right Wing In Poland

Czech Reality TV Show Makes A Game Of Life Under Nazi Rule

Berlin Memo: German Stance on Russia Complicates Long-Cultivated Tie as G-7 Meets

Romanian President Calls for Premier to Resign Amid Graft Inquiry

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis’ Message of Healing to a Divided Bosnia

UNITED KINGDOM

London Calling

The Monster Under London Streets

Do Brits Really Have Bad Teeth?

UK’s Cameron To Vent Dismay Over EU-U.S. Trade Deal Delay At G7

Over 50 Of UK Cameron’s Lawmakers Will Join EU Exit Campaign: Paper

68 Migrants Are Found Locked Inside Trucks At British Port

First Photos Of Prince George And Princess Charlotte Released

CANADA

Canada Tobacco Firms To Pay Damages

Harper Kicks Off Pre-Election Trip To Europe With Harsh Words For Vladimir Putin

UNITED STATES

Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins In Supreme Court

Two World War I Soldiers Posthumously Receive Medal Of Honor

A Race To Alaska: No Motors, But No Limits On Imagination

News Guide: Guam Is First US Territory With Gay Marriage

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia: Truth Commission Planned

Argentina: Rallies To Protect Women

Video of Mexican Prison Riot Highlights a Crisis as Elections Near

Free TVs in Mexico Are Seen as Having Political Strings Attached

Push for Colombians to Stop Farming Coca Falls Short

Mexico: Teachers Union Members Damage Election Offices in Protest

Suriname: Despite Checkered Past, President Seems Set for New Term

Brazil: After 30-Year Search, Police Arrest Italian Mob Boss

Mexico: Michoacán Killings Prompt Human Rights Inquiry

OCEANA

Australia: 10 Crucial Films

Abolishing negative gearing could save $3b in four years: Greens

Stranded Australian hiker slams rescue effort after Malaysia quake

Claims seriously ill children being turned away from Brisbane’s Lady Cilento hospital

Australian ambassador’s Roman villa renovated at cost of $2.7m

Dame Edna makes rare appearance at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 

Flying fox orphans benefit from newly expanded Sydney rehab shelter

TOPICAL

CHINESE CRUISE SHIP SINKING

Hundreds Missing After Chinese Cruise Ship Sinks On Yangtze

China Vows Investigation Into Cruise Ship Sinking As Rescuers Pull Out More Bodies

Hopes fade in Yangtze boat rescue

331 Bodies Found After Capsized Chinese Cruise Ship Raised

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Warnings Over ISIS Cyber-Threats

22 Hours After Seeing The Social Media Post, U.S. Warplanes Went In For The Kill

Data Breach Linked To China Exposes Millions Of U.S. Workers

U.S. Was Warned of System Open to Cyberattacks

The Secret History Of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings And Blurred Lines

Obama To Meet With Iraqi Prime Minister To Discuss ISIS’ Advance

News Analysis: Using Violence And Persuasion, ISIS Makes Political Gains

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

These freaky maps show what extreme sea-level rise will do to China

Weather Forces Solar Impulse Landing

Climate Model Suggests Everest Glaciers Could Nearly Disappear

GOOD EXAMPLES

When they are not pillaging and burning and committing acts too despicable for a g-rated readership, Vikings rock.  Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change

Slowly but surely, they are adapting.  Californians Are Encouraged by Sharp Drop in Water Use

Here is another step in the right direction.  E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions

BAD EXAMPLES

There can be no more heinous a crime than killing children.  For decades, residential schools for First Nation (native Canadian) kids did exactly that.  The media has termed it “cultural genocide”.  The nation’s reconciliation commissioner this week in Ottawa revealed it was far more than that.  Our thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for this.  A New Chapter Is Written In History Of Residential Schools

Thank God they still face a Higher Court.  Malala Suspects ‘Secretly Acquitted’

This needs to change.  And not just here.  Profits of Drug Trade Drive Economic Boom in Myanmar

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

From the beginning The land that gave us dinosaurs

To the conclusion How will the universe end?

This too is incredible.  Change how you view the world

HERE ON EARTH

The World’s Most Stunning Volcanoes

Take A Tour Through One Of Canada’s Most Automated Homes

Time To Make The World Wild Again

OUTER SPACE

How Do You Make Meals In Space?

Lightsail, A Private Spacecraft, Goes Unexpectedly Quiet

Five Of Messenger’s Discoveries About Mercury

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Move Over, Cotton. This Smart Fabric Could Change Our Lives

‘The Batmobile Bus’

The Men Who Discovered Monsters

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Sets Date For Windows 10

Hadron Collider Turns On Data Tap

Disaster Robots Face Off For Glory

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Dutch Teen’s Ocean-Cleaning Invention To Launch Next Year

Scottishpower Spends £2bn On Wind Farm

Climate Deal Badly Needs a Big Stick

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

  1. And A.: What You Need To Know About MERS

Video: The Bear

Medicine’s Hidden Roots In An Ancient Manuscript

Quantity Versus Quality

Every Virus a Person Has Had Can Be Seen in a Drop of Blood, Researchers Find

Nearly Third Of Teens Changed Health Habits Based On Online Search

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

How Laziness Leads To Productivity

Are You A Hoarder? Check These 5 Signs

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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BEST OF THE NET

Pilgrimage To The Mountains — Photographer Timothy Allen Climbs High Into The Peruvian Andes For Qoyllur Rit’i – The Snow Star Festival.

Video: Night Footage Of Galapagos Eruption

Victory! Ontario Bans Orca Captivity

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is fascinating.  The Truth About Elephants

Now here’s a question to rock the ages.  Video: Could Chimps Cook?

This was a good reminder that evolution has not stopped.  Monkey Invents Odd Tool

SHORTS

Four Baby Orca Calves Beating The Odds

Video: Cinder The Bear Released Back Into The Wild

12 Month’s After Release ‘Putin’s Tigers’ Are Reported As Thriving

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This Giant Sperm Bank In Colorado Will Save Our Hamburgers

Jellyfish Use Stingers For Sex

Video: Pentagon Sent Live Anthrax By Mistake

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NOT (AMERICAN) ENOUGH

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The Magazine With Heart

 

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Olya Reports on a Revitalizing Kiev & Nation, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

May 31, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 36

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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NOT (AMERICAN) ENOUGH

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I reviewed the news of the past week, I somehow felt compelled to share this with you.  It is about how discrimination against immigrants is not just about those lost at sea.  It is about how it can infect the highest levels of any and all governments.  This is also about why such bigotry profits no one.

Yes, I will respond to my esteemed colleague, since I understand this issue has been raised in committee.

He is right.  I was not born in this country.  He is also correct in noting that my parents were not citizens of the nation in which I was born.

And as I am sure this esteemed body is aware, this and information like it could be used to support the contention that the immigrant population is not a stable one. 

Despite his being as powerful as I am small, I still do not think that is going to work for the senator.  And I will tell you why.

From the streets of my neighborhood to the hallowed halls we are in now, I see many people like me and mine.  America continues to be a melting pot.

As I look around this room at the faces of my fellow senators, I see lots of people who were not born here or who are first generation here.  Despite my esteemed colleague and his anti-immigration legislation, America continues to be a melting pot.

I do not define people by traditional lines but I do respect those other cultures who respect mine.  I am the sum of two people, and all those who came before them.  They were good people.  I am good people.

Now, the senator can make a career out of hating people like me.  He can get downright creative about it and he probably will.  He can call me anything he wants.  He can start another Holocaust. 

And if the members of this august body allow him, he might possibly get away with it.  It certainly would not be unprecedented and America is no more invulnerable to that than any other nation has been, despite our conceits to the contrary.

I am an American now and still from where I was born.  I am also a member of the world community and that voice, too, will be heard.

In the end, if he persists, all the senator is going to do is hurt a lot of people, including his own family.  He will most certainly lose his constituency because people where he lives do not put up with this.  That is what his hate is going to buy him. 

And in the end, he will have accomplished nothing, for there is one thing my esteemed colleague and all his hate cannot change, about me or any others like me and mine.  He cannot change who we are.  Even I could not do that and I will admit there are times when I have wished I could.

I do not begrudge the senator his feelings.  Where I am from, you do not kick a man when he is down.  And you do not judge a man’s soul because that is not up to you, it is up to God. 

If this august body does not want me here, it better tell me real soon.  If it does, then please protect me from esteemed colleagues like this one.

Thank you, Gentlemen.  I now call for the vote

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

Here’s a call to action I’m looking forward to being able to afford.  Join The Robot Revolution

This is getting very interesting.  It would be a significant advancement in international relations, I suspect, if Beijing could broker peace in these regards.  Taliban And Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks In China

With respect to demographics and the web of life, something tells me this is not getting the attention it deserves.  Saigas, an Endangered Antelope, Dying of Mystery Disease

GLOBAL

AFRICA

How Female Mountain Gorillas In Rwanda Avoid Inbreeding With Their Fathers

Women In Tunisia Tell Of Decades Of Police Cruelty, Violence And Rape

Video: On The Ground With Libyan Forces

Memo From Abuja: Former Strongman, Taking Over Presidency, Raises Hope In Nigeria 

Peacekeepers Highlight Obstacles In Addressing Abuse

Soldier In Tunis Fires On Colleagues In Deadly Attack

Mali: Rebels Say They Have Captured 19 Soldiers

Burundi Opposition Leader Is Killed

Kenya: Thousands Attend Italian Nun’s Beatification

Egyptian Court Acquits 17 In Case Arising From Poet’s Death At March

Political Unrest Pushes Burundi Closer To Economic Collapse

Burundi: Legislative Elections Delayed

Stone Tools From Kenya Are Oldest Yet Discovered

Algeria: Extremists Are Killed

Torture Claims In Tunisia Await Truth Commission

ASIA

Malaysia Finds 139 ‘Migrant Graves’

Video: First Look In Japan’s Sendai Nuclear Plant

Japan Shares At 15-Year High On Data

Migrants Flooding Into Malaysia And Indonesia Trade One Nightmare For Another

Migrant Crisis in Southeast Asia Shows Signs of Ebbing

Malaysia Denies Entry to Joshua Wong, Hong Kong Democracy Activist

Video: Could Nepal Learn Lessons From India?

Video: Can SE Asia migrant summit save lives?

CHINA

Chinese Navy To Focus On ‘Open Seas’

Chinese Theme Parks: Eerie Images

Video: China’s New Law-Enforcement Gadgets

Battle To Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade Taken Online By China’s Leading ISP

China Executes Teacher For Abuse

US Charges Chinese In Testing Scam

Chinese Weapons Spotted On Disputed Island, U.S. Says

US Calls For Immediate End To China’s Island-Building

INDIA

After A Year To Try It Out, Narendra Modi Adjusts His Plan For India

Scorching Heat Kills More Than 1,800 In India

This Indian City Set An Example Of How To Protect Vulnerable Citizens Amid Heat Wave

MIDDLE EAST

Ehud Olmert, Israeli Ex-Premier, Is Sentenced To 8 Months In Jail

Jason Rezaian Of Washington Post Goes On Trial In Iran

Water Revolution In Israel Overcomes Any Threat Of Drought

RUSSIA

How Much Could Russia Lose From FIFA Scandal?  

Putin Declares Soldiers’ Deaths And Wounds Secret, In War And Peace

Russian Warplanes Ward Off US Warship Acting ‘Aggressively’

EUROPE

Where Is Europe’s Next Cheap Holiday Destination?

Muslim Frenchwomen Struggle With Discrimination As Bans On Veils Expand

FIFA Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges; Blatter Isn’t Among Them

WW2 Bomb Prompts Cologne Evacuation

In Europe, Fake Jobs Can Have Real Benefits

Photographer Gets Prison Sentence For Swindling L’Oréal Heiress

UNITED KINGDOM

No Referendum Vote For EU Citizens

In Britain, Libor-Rigging Conspiracy Case Is Also A Test For Regulators

Video: What Is The Queen’s Speech?

Cameron Sets Course For Britain Amid Pageantry Of Queen’s Speech

Cameron Presses E.U. for ‘Better Deal for Britain’

CANADA

Canada To See A 40% Rise In Cancer Patients By 2030

Deaf Canadians Fear Loss Of Televised, Captioned Election Debates

Amnesty Wants Ottawa To Reveal Details Of $15-Billion Saudi Arms Deal

UNITED STATES

Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct

After Indicting 14, U.S. Vows To End Graft In FIFA

Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying A Veto

Teva Settles Cephalon Case With F.T.C. For $1.2 Billion Over Sleep Drug

LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent Of Its Water—Can It Change That By Gathering Rain?

Nashville Debates How to Prevent Another Devastating Flood

LATIN AMERICA

Pilgrimage To The Peruvian Andes

El Bronco: Blunt, Frequently Vulgar, And Aiming To Run Nuevo León

Salvadorans Flock To Honor Beloved Archbishop On Path To Sainthood

Honor Comes Late To Óscar Romero, A Martyr For The Poor

U.S. And Cuban Negotiators Can’t Quite Seal A Deal

Honduras: Ex-President’s Son Arrested

Colombia Rebels End Truce After A Government Attack

40 Are Killed In Gun Battle In Mexico

U.S. And Cuba Extend Talks On Reopening Embassies

6-Year-Old’s Murder Has Mexicans Seeking Answers To Youth Violence 

Despair, And Grim Acceptance, Over Killings By Brazil’s Police

OCEANA

Same-Sex Marriage ‘Inevitable’, Says PM’s Sister (Video)

Islamic State Destroy Syrian Regime Prison In Palmyra

Leaks, Cabinet Dissent Over Plan To Strip Terror Suspects’ Citizenship

Migrants Found Off Myanmar To Be Taken To Rakhine

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is Messing With Gravity Again

At Least 5 Are Killed and 12 Are Missing as Storms Ravage Texas and Oklahoma –

Get Me Off This Planet, Because We Have Climate Change Zombies Now

How One N.Y. Museum Is Already Prepping For The Next Big Flood

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

As Taliban Advance, Afghanistan Reluctantly Recruits Militias

Four Military Options In Fight Against Islamic State In Iraq

US Jets Escort NYC-Bound Flight

With ISIS In Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back To Protect Civilians

ISIS Alternates Stick And Carrot To Control Palmyra

North Korean Hackers ‘Could Kill’

U.S. Removes Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List

France Says Troops Killed Qaeda Commander In Mali

FROM THE UKRAINE

Hello Mishka:

Recently Vitaliy Klitchko, mayor of Kiev, appealed to foreigners and investors with a letter Welcome Back to Kiev 

Few days ago young women travelers from the project Inside-Of-Living stepped into to this beautiful city, capital of Ukraine, after walking for a month from the eastern border (Kharkov region).for  Maybe there is no direct link between these two events, especially if we were to compare two gentle young women to an ex-boxing champion and now politician.  But what is important is that both represent a positive attitude throughout the nation and a benevolent attitude for newcomers.

And not the least, Kiev is a comfortable city not only for Ukrainians but for people from other countries too. A growing number of expats (expatriates) are choosing this city for living or for working.  The number of new businesses is proof enough that Kiev is indeed a commerce and cultural center both.

While the European Union is still debating liberalizing the visa process with Ukraine, the country is surely becoming open for international opportunities and not waiting for bureaucratic machine to follow.  And Kiev has definitely become a networking community for cosmopolitan professionals.

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Video: Where War Still Rages In Eastern Ukraine

Video: Women Recruits Get Tough In Ukraine

Exclusive Interview: Andy Hunder, President Of American Chamber Of Commerce, On Promoting Ukraine As Attractive Investment Destination  

Europa League Final: Everything You Need To Know About Dnipro 

Frank-Walter Steinmeier Will Meet With The Ukrainian Leadership And Visit The East Of The Country.

Video: Near Donetsk, A Rift Frozen In Time

GOOD EXAMPLES

I love stories like this.  One Man’s Millions Turn A Community Around In Florida

Now this is more like it.  Saving Sea Turtles From Soup

This is more like it: Part II – U.S. To Limit Petroleum Drilling On Habitat Of Greater Sage Grouse

BAD EXAMPLES

We need to do something about this, together and quickly, or we are going to lose these little dudes and dudettes.  ‘Loud Wakeup Call’ Over Rare Dolphin

This does not look good for him.  Payments By Hastert Linked To Report Of Sexual Abuse

This hardly comes as a surprise.  Sigh.  Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Behind Mass Dolphin Deaths

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Here is an example of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul that could backfire on us big time.  Sending Swiss Alps Ice To Antarctica

And under the general heading of Beating Swords (and Scimitars) Into Plowshares,  War Machines For Sale

Great perspective in this one.  ‘Space Changed My View Of Earth’

HERE ON EARTH

How You And The World Have Changed Since You Were Born

In Search of the Amazons

Sun-Powered Plane Begins Marathon Pacific Ocean Journey

OUTER SPACE

What’s It Like In A Black Hole?

See Inside The Sun’s Atmosphere

Diamonds Fall From The Sky

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Rebuilding The Future

Google Wants To Turn Your Clothes Into A Computer

Dolphin Reality TV Show Ordered To Stop Filming

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Trouble With Space Toilets

A Primer On Android Pay And Google Wallet

Keeping Your Classic Tech Devices Running

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Should I Cut Down My Tree To Save Water In The Drought?

Two Cool Maps That Show How Wind Power Is Poised To Go Big

Can One of America’s Most Environmentally Progressive Cities Deliver For All?

Constructing Offshore Wind Turbines Put Seals’ Hearing At Risk

Challenge To Save Wildlife And Eliminate One-Use Plastic For The Whole Of June

The Santa Barbara oil spill is already killing a lot of animals

What Do We Do With All These Dead Coal-Fired Power Plants?

EPA’s New Rules On River Pollution Outrage The Usual Suspects

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

How The Eyes Betray Your Thoughts

What’s The Prime Of Your Life?

New Class Of Drugs Shows More Promise In Treating Cancer

Doctoring, Without the Doctor

Why Small Is The New Big Thing

Trust In Police Is At A Low Ebb. Here’s One Way To Fix It

Biracial Beauty Queen Strives For Change In Mono-Ethnic Japan

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Adventure In The Outer Atmosphere: Experience Zero Gravity In North Bay: Watch Video

Students Measure Space Dust As New Horizons Heads For Pluto

The Most Extreme Fish On Earth

The Secrets Of An Ant’s Brain

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Online, from my computer to yours

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is totally cool.  The Falcon Hospital Of Qatar

Taken within the context of a reptile who seduced the first woman of our species in a paradise created for her and her mate, this is kind of spooky.  Snake Ancestors Found To Have Ankles And Toes

Since I firmly believe that the survival of our species depends on these dudes (and dude-ettes), I am very glad to read this.  Video: Why the Common Dolphin is becoming more common

SHORTS

Video: Sciencetake | The Great Ant Escape

Mass Sudden Deaths Of 120,000 Kazakhstan Antelopes Causes Alarm

Top 10 New Species For 2015 Announced

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Nature’s Waste Management Crews (And What We Could Learn From Them)

The Strongest Whale In The World

The Island Overrun By Blind Toads

2013 Face shot with glasses 

  ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  We started out in 1999 as a monthly and a year later, added a Canadian edition.  We had people on the ground in Bosnia and the Nisqually Earthquake and won awards for our coverage of a war and a major geologic event.  When our Canadian editor, Shannon Goddard, passed away from cancer, we ceased publication and resumed again in 2007 in our present incarnation.  We do accept advertising but remain largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you, personally, enjoyed this edition and would like to drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY

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

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Olya Shares With Us Eurovision’s 40-Nation Song Contest, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

May 24, 2015 … Vol. 8  No. 35

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

From the American motion picture Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

From the American motion picture Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Occasionally, as most of you know, I drop into chatrooms on America Online to sample public opinion and get a sense of America and Americans beyond what I curate from the media and absorb from daily living in Seattle, Washington.

For those of you unfamiliar with a chatroom, just imagine a big round table with as many as 36 people sitting at it talking to one another.  Or yep, imagine a crowded restaurant or pub.  Only in this case, it is people typing to one another in a rolling script that kind of reminds me of a player piano at times.  In this modality, it is possible to read all the conversations and to me, that is one of the appeals of such a venue.

It is also ~ at least to my satisfaction ~ been validated that there is very little difference between the way people behave on the Net and off the Net.  Granted, while the anonymity empowers the meek and angry and gives a voice to the seriously mentally disturbed, the medium also facilitates some outstanding communication and lifestyle sharing.

It is election season in America, just as it is in many other places on the planet.  So I dropped into a Democrat/Liberal chatroom and a Republican/Conservative chatroom.  I am disappointed to report that not unlike Congress here in the States, the people in these rooms were so busy bashing the other party that nothing within the context of solutions was ever proposed.

I have not lived a real long time but I have studied some on the history of a species that American humorist Mark Twain placed somewhere between the Great Apes and the French.

It is not competition which builds enduring nations.  It is cooperation and consensus building.  It is identifying goals common to all of us ~ and most of those are pretty fundamental and universal ~ and accepting no alternative but cooperative measures and programs to achieve those goals.

Have you ever noticed how the people with whom we agree are right up there next to whatever deity we hold dear while those with whom we do not agree are beneath even the Devil’s contempt?

Someone very close to me, God Rest Her Soul, occasionally found it prudent to remind me that there are generally three sides to every story; his, hers and the truth.  That woman was not only the most beautiful creature God ever created, she was among the wisest.  And I agree with her totally.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

I sincerely hope whoever ordered this up can tread water for a very, very, very long time.  Fishermen ‘should not save migrants’

That Murphy’s Law which contends that there is never time to do it right but always time to do it over is apparently (and sadly) alive and well in Nippon.  Recalls Over Takata Airbag Defects Grow to 34 Million

This certainly does not bode well.  Ebola Cases Rise in Guinea and Sierra Leone After Steep Drop

GLOBAL

Monsanto Targeted In Worldwide Protests

AFRICA

Video: A Rare Look Inside Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Record Rhino Horn Seizure Reported In Mozambique »

Political Unrest Pushes Burundi Closer To Economic Collapse

Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Go On Hunger Strike

The R&B Star Akon And An Emirates Foundation Invest In A Solar Energy Work Force For Africa

ASIA

Kerry Calls For More Pressure On North Korea Over ‘Horrendous’ Acts

Trial Begins Of Thai Ex-Pm Yingluck

Boat Rescued As Migrant Deal Reached

On The Trail Of Thailand’s Human Traffickers

South Korea ‘Nut Rage’ Woman Freed

Mass Graves Of Suspected Trafficking Victims Found In Malaysia

Women Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Dividing North And South Korea

CHINA

China Making Some Missiles More Powerful

China’s Housing Market Shows Signs of Hope

6 Chinese Men Indicted in Theft of Code From U.S. Tech Companies

INDIA

India’s Bizarre Border Ritual

Indian Subcontinent’s Quake-Causing Collision Course

MIDDLE EAST

Hezbollah Deploys Weapon, A Press Tour, On The Syrian Front

With Fall Of Ramadi, Plight Of Iraq Sunnis Worsens

Afghan Police Jailed Over Mob Death

‘Surge’ In Egypt Forces’ Sex Attacks

Video: US Joins Jordan In Military War Games

Video: How Farkhunda Has Changed Afghanistan

Israel Halts Bus ‘Segregation’ Trial

At Synagogue, Obama Restates His Support for Israel

Egyptian Court Acquits 17 In Case Arising From Poet’s Death At March

Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company

RUSSIA

Fighting HIV Where No-One Admits It’s A Problem

Putin Signs Law To Shut Down ‘Undesirable’ Foreign Organizations

EUROPE

Cannes ‘Turned Away Amputee In Flats’

Video: Paris Stained-Glass Windows Restored

EU To Develop A Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan

Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow Narrowly Beats Russia To Win Eurovision 2015

THE VATICAN

Vatican Seeks to Quiet Uproar Over Pope’s ‘Angel of Peace’ Remark

Pope’s Focus On Poor Revives Scorned Theology

Honor Comes Late to Oscar Romero, a Martyr for the Poor

UNITED KINGDOM

JCB Boss: UK Should Not Fear Brexit

UK Inflation Rate Turns Negative

IRELAND

Ireland Votes To Approve Gay Marriage, Putting Country In Vanguard

CANADA

Critics Call For Changes To ‘Rent-A-Cop’ Programs That Bring Millions To Police Coffers Across Canada

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Named After Gordie Howe

Kijiji, a Flop in the U.S., Rules Online Classifieds in Canada

UNITED STATES

Up To 170 Face Murder-Related Charges In Biker Melee

Obama Limits Military-Style Equipment For Police Forces

US President Obama Joins Twitter

U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California

LATIN AMERICA

U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

Despair, and Grim Acceptance, Over Killings by Brazil’s Police

Salvadorans Flock To Honor Beloved Archbishop On Path To Sainthood

Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Go On Hunger Strike

OCEANA

Low-Income Families To Suffer From Federal Budget Reforms: Labor

Leaders Dismiss Same-Sex Marriage Referendum In Australia

A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John Nash Killed In Car Accident

Female Gorilla At Melbourne Zoo Killed By Male In Show Of ‘Unexpected Aggression’

Senior Police Officer To Lead Welfare Fraud Taskforce

Incentive Scheme For Bush Doctors Failing: Minister

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Arctic Ice Reaches A Low Winter Maximum

Study Finds Sun Belt Population Growth And Warming Climate Could Quadruple Exposure To Extreme Heat

Obama Recasts Climate Change As A Peril With Far-Reaching Effects

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Militias ‘Ordered To ISIS-Held Ramadi’

Video: Ramadi ‘Shocked And Fearful’ Under ISIS

Video: On A Mission To Destroy ISIS Targets

Islamic State seizes Syria’s Palmyra

U.S. to Send Rockets to Iraq for ISIS Fight

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Bombing At Saudi Mosque

With Victories, ISIS Dispels Hope of a Swift Decline

FROM THE UKRAINE

Eurovision

Hello Mishka:

Eurovision has always been of interest especially for people in this part of the world. And this year’s conception – “Building Bridges” as official slogan for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest – is so timely. With about 40 countries participating, including Australia making its debut, it is a good place for singers and countries to leave a message to others and indeed great way to communicate internationally. One of the messages is tolerance. Another one is striving for peace. My personal gratitude to Hungary and its representative, Boggie, for her touching song and video.  

There are, of course, many wonderful and cheerful performances to put dancing shoes on.

I asked my friend Theodora, who lives in Vienna, to share her impressions about the contest taking place in this city and her words: ” Well, I would say that most people have a positive attitude towards the ESC. People are proud that we’re hosting it, of course. There’s a big Eurovision village (I think that is what they call it) in front of Vienna’s city hall. People have been partying there for a couple of days now. Overall, the event appears to be well-organized. Personally, I won’t be able to attend the event itself but I did of course watch the semifinals on TV and I will most probably watch the finals too.”

Theodora is an acting president of the Austrian Biologist Association.  They celebrate this week with the slightly different Song Contest,  The European Song Contest of Animals: As she said, “We build bridges with the wild world!”

She also told me that some scientists even work in the field of plant bioacoustics/ As turns out, plants react to sound and may even be able to communicate using acoustic signals.  Assuming next song in ABA contest will be dedicated to plants world.

We all belong to one Universe so let us build bridges.

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

The Guardian View On Eastern Europe And The EU: Get It Right In Riga

Ukraine Rada Gives Green Light To Tax Free Import Of Electric

Ukraine Has Officially Banned Communist Symbols And Propaganda  

US Holocaust Museum Censures Ukraine Over Decision To Honor Nazi Collaborators 

Ukraine’s Smaller Bondholders Unfazed By Moratorium Threat 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for this folks.  Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents for the Digital Age

If these two can do this, there is hope for world peace.  Nice going, guys.  Prince Charles and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein Shake Hands

Now this, in my opinion, is the penultimate value of any new technology.  Way to go, folks.  Bringing the Personal Internet of Things to the Poor

BAD EXAMPLES

Prospective employers around the world are going to be very glad to read about this.  So is Global Academia, I imagine.  Sigh.  Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions

If Hell isn’t real, I’m going to be extremely disappointed because that is where these people belong.  Boko Haram Militants Raped Hundreds of Female Captives in Nigeria

Bust these (word deleted by censor)! Pakistani Investigators Raid Offices of Axact, Fake Diploma Company

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

You cannot imagine how many times I have asked myself this very same question.  Where is my solar car?

Is it just me or does personal motorized transportation seem to keep getting weirder and weirder?   Meet the shape-shifting city car

This is totally cool.  Futuristic “Exosuit” Helps Explore Ancient Computer Shipwreck and find art devices

HERE ON EARTH

The Quiet Zone: Where Mobile Phones Are Banned

Around The World In Five Cars

When It Rained For Millennia

OUTER SPACE

Is Our Solar System A Freak?

U.S. Military Space Plane Begins A Fourth (Mostly) Secret Mission

Rosetta Is Tailing A Warming Comet

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Video: The Bionic Man

Scientists Sample The Ocean And Find Tiny Additions To The Tree Of Life

A New Approach for Moving Robotic Arms With the Brain

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

How Hot Computers Are Being Used To Warm Homes

Why Robots Will Always Need Us

New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Environment Trumps Potential Billions, Grand Chief Says

How Shame Could Help California Conserve Water

Graphic: Your Contribution to the California Drought

Less Than 1 Percent Of Sweden’s Garbage Ends Up At The Dump

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

What Coffee Says About Your Mind

Why A Weak Handshake Is Bad News For Your Heart

Five Words You Should Stop Using When You Talk About Food

Why You Should Skip The Pavement And Hit The Trail

His Ancestors Were Slave Traders And Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing From A Road trip

Some People Do More Than Text While Driving

The Same-Sex Couple Who Got A Marriage License In 1971

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Older Lady Kills It With Her Dance Moves To A Street Performer’s Beatboxing

An Incredible Photo Series Captures The Cambodians Who Remove Unexploded Bombs

Stunning Views Of Earth From Space

Stone Tools From Kenya Are Oldest Yet Discovered

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

 THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Online, from my computer to yours

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I found this absolutely fascinating.  The secret history of rhinos

I’ve seen this in action and I think most of you have too, if you’ve spent any time at all in the woods or the jungle.  When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

I am very glad I do not live where they do.  The Most Extreme Fish On Earth

SHORTS

The Truth About Giant Tortoises

Huge New Rodent Discovered

Horror Wasps Rule The World

EXTRAS

Science Take: Monkeys Provide Clues to How Tool Use Developed

Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought

Matter: For an Octopus, Seeing the Light Doesn’t Require Eyes

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The New Axis Of Evil — Canada: One Third Of American 8th Graders Think Canadians Live In A Dictatorship

You Have To See These Pictures Of Seattle’s Kayaking Climate Protesters

We Show You How To Eat In Bed In Our Videos Of The Week

111714ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  We started out in 1999 as a monthly and a year later, added a Canadian edition.  We had people on the ground in Bosnia and the Nisqually Earthquake and won awards for our coverage of a war and a major geologic event.  When our Canadian editor, Shannon Goddard, passed away from cancer, we ceased publication and resumed again in 2007 in our present incarnation.  We do accept advertising but remain largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you, personally, enjoyed this edition and would like to drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

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