NOT ONE OF RUSSIA’S BETTER IDEAS

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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 23, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 49

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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NOT ONE OF RUSSIA’S BETTER IDEAS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, not surprisingly, tourism is apparently way down at Black Sea resorts since the former Soviet Union took the Crimean Peninsula away from the Ukraine.

Their public relations people in the Kremlin came up with a rather unique pitch to turn this around.  They are appealing to the nationalism in their citizens.  Russia’s Pitch to Vacationers: Crimea Is for Patriots

With all due respect to Vlad and the rest of the commissars, good luck with that.  I have been to places where patriots gather to relax and partake of godly pleasures like a good swim and stuff.

For the most part, I have observed that they are not into communing with nature and are a rather boisterous lot.  Conversationally, they appear to be just a little multi-subject challenged.  It’s like there are just three colors in the rainbow; red, white and blue.  Their taste in music runs to songs that one can march to and/or sing along with, but you can’t dance to any of it.  And if you cannot dance, what is the point of any of it, right?

I have also noticed that many of them are so focused on their nationalistic vision that they know little or nothing about the rest of the world, which in their minds, is okay because America is a big country and there’s no need to live anywhere else than there.

Put walls around all of it with a big bridge from Fairbanks to Fargo.  Make it tougher to break in or out of than the legendary Siegfried Line.  Mann those walls with dedicated patriots of poor education but good dental hygiene.  And turn America into  the biggest and most diverse human reservation in the history of our species.

That’s your average super patriot’s wet dream, folks.  Keep the pure of heart on one side of that great wall and the unwashed infidels on the other.  And God or Allah forgive you if you forget who is which on what side of the wall.

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

FROM YOU GUYS

In a message dated 8/21/2015 4:30:52 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, PlatinmTabbyRose@aol.com writes:

Rusty…  I have been wanting to drop you a quick note… You have been on my mind all week… watching the news of all the horrible fires up there… I can’t even imagine the “Hell” all the residents are going through… Please know you have been in My Heart and Prayers… God’s Blessings   Serena  

Serena, thank you very much.  And I’ll pass that down the line.  Here in Seattle, we’re on the other side of the Cascades.  We refer to where Lake Chelan is as “east of the mountains”

As you know, we are a small state, population-wise, so nothing happens anywhere in Washington that does not impact us all.   Our first responders are among the best in the world and our legislature and local news media are proactive and responsible.

But I think sometimes we all need to be reminded that we also live here by choice, Serena.  What is true of us now is true of every part of not only America but everywhere else. 

Some handle it well.  Some handle it not so well.  But since the dawn of human history, this has always been the case.  If there were lessons to be learned from all of this, we would have learned them long ago.

For all of that, your intuition serves you well, Serena.  The rains always come eventually and the ground  after always breaks green.  Human hearts are often much slower to heal and I suspect that is not a bad thing. 

Your thoughts and prayers are part of that healing process, Serena. 

Thank you and God Bless You.

Rusty

THE NEWS

This may not be the most important thing happening in the world today, but its implications could be among the most profound.  Bedtime Stories For Young Brains

This might explain a great deal.  The Man Who Can’t Feel Emotions

The longer we hang out with these folks, the cooler they seem to become.  Saving 100,000 Acres/156 Square Miles/404 Square Kilometers

GLOBAL

After 70 Years Of Men, Some Say It Is ‘High Time’ A Woman Led The U.N.

AFRICA

VIDEO: Ugandan Troops On Patrol In South Sudan

Saving The Rarest Canids On Earth

Major Migrant Rescue Off Libya

Shabab Bombing Kills At Least 11 At Somali Army Camp

Crackdown In Niger Fails To Deter Migrant Smugglers

U.N. Details Sexual Abuse Claims Against Troops

2007 Case Against Kenyan Leader Is Under Scrutiny

South Sudan: Penalties Proposed

Mali: U.N. Warns Of Hunger Crisis

South Sudan: U.S. Threatens Sanctions Over Rejection Of Pact

Gabon’s President Offers Some Of His Wealth ‘To The People’

Nigeria: Boko Haram Is Said To Have A New Leader

22-Year Term For Nigerian Who Joined Al Qaeda And Then Denounced It

ASIA

Video: Plane Wreckage Found In Indonesia

Japan Hit By Weaker Economic Growth

Video: Western Band Plays To North Koreans

The Latest On Koreas: S. Korea Reports North Army Movements

Malaysia Finds 24 More Bodies Of Human Trafficking Victims

Rival Koreas Restart Talks, Pull Back From Brink _ For Now

Wild Tigers Counted for the First Time in Bhutan

CHINA

Tianjin Protests Demand Compensation

Fading Economy And Graft Crackdown Rattle China’s Leaders

One Killed In Explosion At China Chemical Site

Outstandingly Successful Breeding Year For Rare Chinese Crested Tern

INDIA

Video: India’s Collapsing Building Problem

Longtime Critic Of Modi Is Now A Target

Pakistan Cancels Talks With India, Citing Restrictions

MIDDLE EAST

Iran ‘To Work With Rivals For Peace’

Video: Inside An Iranian Technology Firm

British Embassy To Reopen In Tehran

Kabul Suicide Bombing Kills 12, Including 3 Americans

EUROPE

Video: Desperate For A Train Into The EU

Syriza Rebels Form New Greek Party

Migrants Rush Across Border in Macedonia

In A Twist, Europe May Find Itself Relying On Success Of Alexis Tsipras Of Greece

What Alexis Tsipras’s Announcement Means For Greece

President Erdogan Of Turkey To Call For New Election

Macedonian Police Clash With Migrants On Border With Greece

Britain And France To Announce Measures To Contain Migrant Crisis In Calais

Seven Die As Planes Carrying Parachutists Collide Over Slovakia

Migrant Influx Prompts Macedonia, Britain And France To Increase Security

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Calls For New Elections

Germany: Treason Charges For Spy

Greece Makes Payment To European Central Bank, Avoiding Default

Germany Announces Plan To Cope With Migrant Influx

Turkey: 2 Are Held In Palace Blast

Attacks, And Accusations, Escalate In Eastern Ukraine

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Head Of Russian Railways, Close To Putin, Resigns

Russia Sentences Estonian To 15 Years In Disputed Spy Case

Roy Jones Jr. Meets With Putin

Inflation Robs Russians Of Buying Power

THE VATICAN

Rogelio Livieres Plano, Bishop Ousted By Pope Francis, Dies At 69

UNITED KINGDOM

7 Dead As Fighter Jet Crashes Into Highway At British Airshow

A British House Overflowing With Lords Draws Scorn

What Is Being Done To Save The Wildlife Of The Irish Sea?

The Tale Of The Mysterious Girt Dog Of Ennerdale

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Prescriptions Of Opioid Drugs Skyrocketing In Canada

Markets, Not Government, Will Determine Canada’s Energy Future

Nine Of The Most Decadent Foods Available At This Year’s CNE

Canadian Maple Syrup ‘Rebels’ Clash With Law

UNITED STATES

Video: US Continues To Battle Wildfires

Justice Dept. Presses Civil Rights Agenda In Local Courts

Man held in Statue of Liberty hoax

Draft Rules Would Help Save Elephants

Carter Reveals Cancer Treatment

Three Killed In Washington Wildfire Are Mourned

LATIN AMERICA

Investigation Lifts A Cloud Over President Of Mexico

Guatemala: Former Official Is Arrested

Expanding Web Of Scandal In Brazil Threatens Further Upheaval

Trump Hotel Goes Up, And His Latino Views Barely Raise Eyebrows

Brazil: House Speaker Is Charged

Santiago Journal: Alongside A Doctor’s Care, A Dose Of Traditional Healing

Protests Across Brazil Raise Pressure On President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil: Police Suspected In Killings Of 18

Venezuela Releases Two Prominent Government Critics From Prison

As Drug Kingpins Fall In Mexico, Cartels Fracture And Violence Surges

Scandals In Brazil Prompt Fears Of A Return To Turmoil

El Salvador Cracks Down On Crime, But Gangs Remain Unbowed

OCEANA

Inmate Caught After Daring Escape

Qantas Returns To Full-Year Profit

TOPICAL

BANGKOK BOMBING

Video: Phone Footage Shows Bangkok Blast

Bangkok Video Shows ‘Bomb Suspect’

‘No foreign role’ in Bangkok bomb

Video: Bangkok Bomb: Voices From The Shrine

Thai TV Sorry For Bomb Re-Enactment

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating In U.S.

Egypt Imposes New Anti-Terror Laws

Religion Meets Rebellion: How Isis Lured 3 London Girls

Bangkok Bomber ‘Is Part Of Network’

Palmyra Archaeologist ‘Killed By ISIS’

Video: The Women Taking Up Arms Against Is

US Cinema Chain Starts Bag Searches

Al Qaeda Militants Deploy In Yemen’s Aden, Raise Flag Over Port

TRAIN ATTACK IN FRANCE

A Shot, A Glimpse Of An AK-47, And U.S. Servicemen Pounced On Gunman On Train To France

3 Who Stopped Train Attack Were Boyhood Friends

Train Attack in Europe Puts Focus on Vulnerability of U.S. Rail

Profile Emerges of Suspect in Attack on Train to Paris

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What Oysters Are Telling Us About Our Changing Oceans

How To Talk About Climate Change

OUR WINDOW ON EUROPE  — by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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Hello Rusty:

This week, I want to congratulate and celebrate United Nations World Humanitarian Day. My total admiration to all organizations like Unicef or Human Rights Watch working throughout the world and now Ukraine and to all people who are doing this very important work. And I really appreciate the Northstar Journal sharing these values. Please enjoy dedicated to this day this astonishing video of Beyonce  It is so very inspirational.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41qWJ6QjPI

And just to prove that in life there is always place for beauty  here is a picture of a Czech Grandma who paints her village

Stay cool, my cousin Mishka.

Olya

OUR WINDOW ON THE EAST by Sara Goldstein

Editor’s Note:  Sara is a Fullbright English Teaching Assistant embarking on a year in Taiwan.  She and her sister have been readers of this magazine since they were in high school and their mom, Amy, is the creator of Thoughts of the Day/Week.  Sara’s a fine writer in her own right and we are both proud and honoured to welcome her aboard the Goodship Northstar.  Rusty

Nĭ hăo (hello) from Taichung!

It has been quite an exciting first week here. We just completed our first week of training, which will continue through the rest of this month.  Training so far has included workshops about education in Taiwan, Chinese language, classroom management, teaching English as a foreign language, and Taiwanese culture.  Our coordinators have also helped us accomplish settling-in tasks such as getting Taiwanese SIM cards for our phones (we were in a tiny shop for two hours trying to figure out all of our phone plans!), buying bus passes (the bus here is free!), and opening local bank accounts.

There are 10 Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) Grantees in our group in Taichung.  There are about 60 ETAs in all of Taiwan; we are spread out in five locations around the island and will meet formally all together in a few weeks.  In our group, nearly everyone has just graduated this past May with their Bachelor’s degree, and I am the only one who has my Master’s.  This helps to balance things out because I am also the only one who has never been to Asia or studied Chinese! Everyone in my group has studied Chinese at the college level, studied abroad and/or traveled in Asia for an extended period of time, and/or has family who lives here.  So the nine other Taichung ETAs have the advantages of knowing the language and culture well, and I have the advantage of significant experience in the classroom.  It is a good balance and so far we have all been sharing and learning quite a bit from each other.  Not surprisingly, it is an extremely intelligent, well-traveled, and motivated group. I look forward to continuing to work, learn, and travel with the other Taichung ETAs!

Below are some pictures to illustrate a bit of what Taichung is like.

Everyday life in Taichung: Mopeds are called “scooters” here, and there are so many!!! It’s great to see parents riding with their kids, dogs balancing on scooters, baskets piled up by drivers’ feet … people here make anything and everything fit onto their scooters.

For those pictures and more of this exceptional narrative please go here

GOOD EXAMPLES

Way to go!  Angola Signs Historic Agreement To Protect Its Lions

Let us hope someone pays attention to this one.  Simple Solution Proposed To Save Blue Whales From Being Struck By Ships

It is going to take a lot of cool to beat this one, gang.  International Nobel Prize Winners Travel To Israel To Mentor Students

BAD EXAMPLES

I am sure even Shell will ultimately regret this.  As solar takes hold, consumers will remember that “Big Oil” had a chance to exercise a conscience and failed, utterly, to do so.  I, personally, am boycotting anything Shell has anything to do with.  Shell Gets Final Permit For Arctic

This needs to stop, Your Majesty.  Bottlenose Dolphins And Seals Are Being Harassed In Cornwall

Not at all cool.  Macedonia Fires Tear Gas At Migrants

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This is a good reminder that evolution is ongoing.  Chimps living in the Stone Age

Do not read this real close to bed time.  Earth’s most poisonous plants

Or This One.  Atlas, A Humanoid Robot, Takes A Walk In The Woods

HERE ON EARTH

Superheroes Of The Ancient World

Graphic: Tianjin Blasts Expose the Dangerous Proximity of Toxic Chemicals in China

5 Keystone Species Crucial To Balance Of The Ecosystem »

OUTER SPACE

A Glimpse Into The Center Of Our Galaxy

Science And Hollywood: When The Martian Met The Earthlings

NASA Spies Star That’s 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Who’s The First Person In History Whose Name We Know?

From Bacon-Flavored Seaweed To Crushing Rubik’s Records: This Week’s Curios

Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones: Study Shows

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Robot Weapons: What’s The Harm?

Scientists Figure Out Pendulum Clock Puzzle That Dates Back Centuries

Italian Cows Get Air-Conditioned Sheds To Beat The Heat

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

Landmark US Clean Power Plan Announced

‘Drinkable Book’ Cleans Murky Water

The End Of Oil?

Revolutionary Rooftop Farm Grows Organic Veggies Sans Soil In The Heart of Tel Aviv

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Coaxing Children With Selective Mutism to Find Their Voices

Work Policies May Be Kinder, But Brutal Competition Isn’t

What Eating 40 Teaspoons Of Sugar A Day Can Do To You

Another Approach To Raising Healthy Eaters

Daily Coffee May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

A Grief So Deep It Won’t Die

‘Female Viagra’ Gets US Approval

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.

THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK by Amy Goldstein

Hands together

Life is not something we go through or that happens to us; it’s something we create by our decisions. ~ Kathleen Dean Moore

How I love this man!Mister Rogers Talks About How Moms Feed Their Babies – YouTube

LAUGHING GIRL

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BEST OF THE NET

Whale Upstages TV Presenter

Three Western Myths About Japan

The Daring Flights Of Fire-Planes

FROM NORTHSTAR

  Small Testament Cover

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

To  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. 

 

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

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How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We need to help these little folks.  Red Pandas Are Adorable and in Trouble

This is fascinating.  Secrets Of Nature’s City-Dwellers

This is awesome. The Rarest Wolves On Earth

SHORTS

Celebrating World Elephant Day: What Will Really Make A Difference To Elephants

Scientists Discover Just How Surprisingly Complex Is An Octopus’ Genetic Code

Where The ‘Human Fish’ Lurks

NORTHSTAR ALL CREATURES LIBRARY

Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

Animal Daily News – National Geographic

Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden

Creating A Wood

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

Dive Sites In The World – 50 Best

Diving With Marine Wildlife

Identifying Birds And Mammals In The Field

Koala Facts

Looking After An Orphaned Hippo

A Spotter’s Guide To Mustelids

Red Panda Facts

 Rehabilitating An Ex-Circus Lion

Relocating Giraffes

Sumatran Rhinoceros

Whale Sharks – A Field Guide

White Rhino Facts

Wildlife Finder – BBC

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

VIDEO: Six Arrested Over Contraband Cheese

The Greatest Artworks Never Made

Risking Death At Sea To Escape Boredom

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

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

News & Commentary, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Thought of the Week, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 16, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 48

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

 Happy-Independence-Day-8

NICE GOING, INDIA

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it is a mixed bag this week, between headline news and email from you folks.  We’ll respond to the latter first.

In response to the sympathy expressed for how hard it is to let go of certain bad memories ~ in this case, the young Japanese waitress who attempted to show me where Ground Zero is in Nagasaki ~ I think that some events in life, however tragic, are not meant to be forgotten.

They serve, instead, to remind us of the tragic foolishness of some policies and courses of action, personal and as a nation.  In this case, it is my unswerving belief that we must stop using nuclear fission as both a fuel source and as a weapon.  When philosophy fails, it is time for the heart to assume command.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish India a 69th birthday, which that nation celebrated yesterday, Saturday, August 15.  We have quite a few readers in that country and we’ve followed especially the progress women have been making in a culture which appeared so male-dominated that rape on public transportation for decades went unmentioned in the media and absent from the crime and punishment dynamic.

We also realize that India is much older than her freedom from British domination.  Like many nations in the world, she is the sum of races, religions and cultures born in the flickering fires of prehistory.  We are honored by her presence in the International Community and proud of the progress she has made toward granting all of her citizens the same rights and protections under the law.

We were also very gratified to watch the re-opening of the American embassy in Cuba.  Fidel Castro’s acidic remarks notwithstanding, we see this as long overdue and congratulate all concerned on the progress made thus far.  May it, of course, continue.

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 and our prayers are with him.  Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer

I so totally agree with this.  How rude! Smartphone fury  What your phone behaviour says about your character (yes, even if you’re listening to someone unbearably boring).

Here we go again in this city it is beginning to look like God forgot.  Emergency Declared in Ferguson After Shooting

GLOBAL

China Blindsides Global Markets With Biggest Cut To Its Currency In Two Decades

AFRICA

For French-Algerians And Algerian-French, No Place To Truly Call Home

Suicide Bomber Kills 3 In Nigeria

Libya Seeks Airstrikes Against Isis Branch

ASIA

Japan Restarts Sendai Nuclear Plant

N Korea Vice-Premier ‘Executed’

Provincial Minister In Pakistan Is Killed In Apparent Suicide Bombing

A North Korean Defector’s Regret

Emperor Akihito Expresses ‘Deep Remorse’ For Japan’s Role In World War Ii

South Korean Leader Marks Anniversary Of War’s End With Warnings To North Korea

CHINA

Death Toll Rises After China Blasts

Fires Still Burn At China Blast Site

Video: Aerial Tour Of China Explosions Site

Video: Bacon, a Sign of the Times in China

Tianjin Officials Struggle To Contain Fallout As Angry Relatives Demand Answers

Graphic: Maps, Videos And Photos Of The Blasts

INDIA

India Sues Nestle Over Maggi Noodles

Deadly Gunfire Traded In Kashmir

What India Day Celebrations In The U.S. Say About The Indian-American Diaspora

5 Women Accused Of Being Witches Beaten To Death In India

Find The Real India: Dance In The Streets Of Gujarat

MIDDLE EAST

Pakistan Probes Child Abuse Scandal

Suicide Bomb Near Kabul Airport

Turkey Hit By Series Of Attacks

Red Cross Offers Workshops In International Law To Hamas

Yemeni Government Faces Choice Between A Truce And Fighting On

EUROPE

German Treason Inquiry Dropped

Greece Says Bailout Deal Agreed

Possible Surface-To-Air Missile System Found At MH17 Crash Site, Dutch Prosecutors Say

Greece Economy Returns To Growth

Eurozone Economy Grows By 0.3%

Amid Perilous Mediterranean Crossings, Migrants Find A Relatively Easy Path To Greece

40 Migrants Found Dead In Sea Rescue

Wolves, Resurgent And Protected, Vex Swedish Farmers

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Russia’s Moskva River Catches Fire,.

THE VATICAN

Pope Celebrates Assumption Angelus At St Peter’s Square

UNITED KINGDOM

Scottish Seabird Centre Launches 2015 Photography Competition

MPs Unite To Launch Cross-Party Group To Put Endangered Species On The Agenda

Ocean Film Festival Returns To The UK

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Harper Promises Travel Ban To Places That Are Hotbeds Of Terrorism

Low Crude Prices Not Flowing To North American Consumers At The Pump

Toronto Housing Market Faces High Risk Of Correction, CMHC Warns

UNITED STATES

Teacher Shortages Spur A Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)

Locked In Solitary At 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk

How California Is Winning The Drought

After Protests for Racial Justice, Activists Ask: What Next?

California Town, United By Drought, Is Split Over New Water Park

Why Starbucks Prices Went Up As Coffee Beans Got Cheaper

LATIN AMERICA

Pain of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Is Weighing on the Little Guy, Too

The Cars Of The Cuban Trade Embargo

Kerry Strikes Delicate Balance In Havana Trip For Embassy Flag-Raising

Ecuador Declares Emergency After Volcano Erupts Near Capital

OCEANA

Video: Will Australia Vote On Gay Marriage

Macbeth… In Maori

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Kurdish Role In Fighting ISIS In Syria Is Crucial To U.S., But Is Alarming Turkey

N.S.A. Used Phone Records Program To Seek Iran Operatives

ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

Young Mississippi Couple Linked To ISIS, Perplexing All

Taliban Present Gentler Face But Wield Iron Fist In Afghan District

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Video: Pakistan Monsoon Flood Toll Hits 170

Climate Change To Kill High-Altitude Cloud Forest Plants

Video: Europe And Egypt Swelter In Heatwave

GOOD EXAMPLES

If my home and native land had mail carriers like him, it would not take a fortnight for snail mail to get from the Sunshine Coast to the Newfoundland Banks.  Meeting Mali’s Most Dedicated Postman

This is ambitious and I bet they pull it off.  I mean, these are people who ride dog sleds to work and eat poutineCanadian Scientist’s Mission: Barcode Every Single Species On Earth

Good for you guys!  Zimbabwe Bans Hunting Of Lions, Leopards And Elephants

SHORTS

Housing For Homeless Veterans Is Planned For Ex-Walter Reed Site

Video: Cruise Ship To Ease Kos Migrant Crisis

With Clemency From Obama, Drug Offender Embraces Second Chance

BAD EXAMPLES

Ooops.  This had to be more than a little embarrassing.  Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine

Why does this irritate the living Harold out of me but does not surprise me in the least either?  Mississippi Ban On Adoptions By Same-Sex Couples Is Challenged

I don’t imagine Her Majesty is real thrilled about this.  Why do I see SAS and the Royal Marines in the future of these utter disgraces to motherhood?  Video: ‘British Smugglers’ Trafficking Migrants

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Once before I die, I want to experience this place.  The Most Electric Place On Earth — At One Lake In Venezuela, Lightning Flashes 28 Times Each Minute

 This question has been asked since the dawn of recorded history.  Since the dawn of mine, I have been wondering what the hurry is.  How Fast Can Humans Travel?

This is so cool.  The Car That Runs On Sunshine

HERE ON EARTH

Hunting The Blue Yeti Of Bhutan

The Coldest Place On Earth

What Is At The Centre Of Earth?

OUTER SPACE

The Moon Passed In Front Of The Earth. Why Wasn’t There An Eclipse?

After Pluto, What Should NASA Explore Next?

Multimedia Feature: Rosetta Follows A Comet Through Perihelion

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Miniature Cottages Prove The Ideal Nurseries For Rare Beetles

The Secrets Of Extreme Survivors

Enchroma’s Accidental Spectacles Find Niche Among The Colorblind

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars To Local Police

The Sports Car Of Submarines

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas In A Bruising Workplace

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

Scotland To Ban GM Crop Growing

Documentary Highlights Marine Debris Problem

The World’s Tiniest Homes

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Your House Or Mine?  A surprising number of couples live apart by choice or by necessity. Here’s how they handle the two-household tango.

High Tech Hope for Repelling Mosquitoes

Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life

Many Older Women Don’t Need Vitamin D Supplements

Answers About Campus Depression and Suicide Risk Among College Students

Alone and Ghosted Living With Cancer

Cut The Fat To Lose Weight

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

Seldom Seen Straited Or Hairy Frogfish Takes A Walk On Camera

Actress Virginia McKenna On 30 Years Of Born Free And The Battle To Save The Surrey Hills

The World’s Most Famous Whale?

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. 

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RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This reminds me of the film BuddyGorillas with human eyes

This kind of reminds me of a seagull named JonathanLittle Tern’s Air Miles Equal Two And A Half Times Round The World

If this doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you need to take the yellow brick road to Oz and ask that Wizard chap for a heart.  Dramatic Update On Douglas The Orphaned Hippo

SHORTS

New Golden Jackal Species Discovered

Do Animals Fight Wars?

The Weird Lives Of Chameleons

NORTHSTAR FREE LIBRARY

Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

Animal Daily News – National Geographic

Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden

Creating A Wood

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

Dive Sites In The World – 50 Best

Diving With Marine Wildlife

Identifying Birds And Mammals In The Field

Koala Facts

Looking After An Orphaned Hippo

Red Panda Facts

Relocating Giraffes

Whale Sharks – A Field Guide

White Rhino Facts

Wildlife Finder – BBC

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: A Chapel To Honor El Chapo?

Hunting A Himalayan Myth

The Flip Side Of Optimism About Life On Other Planets

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine reaching readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  While we occasionally accept classified advertising, we are otherwise entirely reader-supported. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute 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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HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI: 70TH ANNIVERSARY

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

News & Commentary, 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 We Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 9, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 48

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed.  She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion.  Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory.  I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected.  Photo by Rusty Miller.

Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed. She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion. Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory. I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected.  Photo by Rusty Miller.

HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI:  70TH ANNIVERSARY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Last week, Japan commemorated the Atomic Age with the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I’m not thinking of this, however, in an historical context, except perhaps on a personal level.  When I was in the United States Navy, shipmates and I started out to visit Ground Zero in Nagasaki.

In the city itself, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant which advertised in English.  We met a waitress who said that she would be delighted to be our guide, just so that we would be better informed.  She was young, a student and idealistic.

None of us knew that even as we spoke, an American atomic aircraft carrier was pulling into Tokyo Bay.  A nation uneasy to begin with witnessed its young people by the tens of thousands pour into the streets in protest.

We could hear it before we actually ran into it and it wasn’t until we saw the signs and Michiko translated for us that we understood.  By then, the rioters had spotted us in our uniforms and rocks and bottles began to fly through the air like incoming mortar rounds.

We turned to flee and with our longer legs, managed to escape.  She went down and when I stopped to help her, she shook her head violently and my buddies grabbed me.  The last look of her I had was a beautiful face bloodied by misunderstanding.

From Fukishima to Chernobyl to Three Mile Island, I have seen no good come from splitting the atom.  Some things in nature are better left alone.  For Michiko’s sake, I wish this one had been.

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 so cool.  A Kiss, Deferred: The True Story Of A Fifth-Grade Romance Interrupted By The Bosnian War

Well, so much for my fantasy of becoming a hobo and riding the rails.  Most Railroads Won’t Meet Deadline for Safety Controls, Report Says

I just became her newest fan.  German Journalist Wades Into Online War Over Refugees

GLOBAL

Dementia Is Striking Victims Earlier And Death Rates Are Soaring: International Study Shows

World Land Trust To Fund More Keepers Of The Wild

AFRICA

Milestone in Nigeria: One Year without Polio

4 Rescued In Mali Hotel Attack

Congolese See No End To President’s Final Term

Ebola Survivors Face Lingering Pain, Fatigue And Depression

The Saturday Profile: A Product Of Tunisia’s 1960s Resistance Continues To Protest

Hundreds Of Migrants Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Libya

Lions Released Into The Wild In Rwanda

African Parks Takes Over Liwonde NP And Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve In Malawi

ASIA

Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage

Subterranean Tourism Booming In Japan: Visit A Quarry Used As A Military Plant In Final Days Of Second World War

4 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Calamity, Japanese Divided On Whether To Return

Waves Of Suicide Attacks Shake Kabul On Its Deadliest Day Of 2015

On 70th Anniversary Of Nagasaki Bombing, Atomic Debate Yields Little Consensus

In Handling Barrage Of Attacks, Afghan Forces Show Training Is Paying Off

Typhoon Soudelor Kills 6 In Taiwan And Leaves Millions Without Power

Another Secular Blogger In Bangladesh Is Killed

Political Scandal Consumes Malaysia At Time Of Flight 370 Inquiry

Afghan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing All 17 Aboard

Pakistan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing 12

Malaysia’s Declarations on Flight 370 and Plane Debris Further Dent Its Credibility

News Analysis: Afghan War’s Convenient Myth: A Living Mullah Omar

Studies of Nepal Quake Raise Concern About Skyscrapers 

Money, Lust and Kung Fu: Shaolin’s ‘C.E.O. Monk’ Is Under Fire

CHINA

Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Is Unexpectedly Freed A Day After Being Detained

A Call To ‘Cry Out’ Against Cross Removals In China

As China Reduces Local Spending, Cities Woo Private Investors

INDIA

India Warns TV Stations Over Criticism Of Hanging

Trains Derail in India’s Madhya Pradesh, Killing Dozens

MIDDLE EAST

Rebels ‘Driven From Key Yemen Base’

Israeli Opposition Leader Calls On Country To Reject Extremism

Dozens Of Syrian Christians Missing From Town Attacked By ISIS

U.S. and Russia to Back U.N. Vote on Chemical Attacks in Syria

EUROPE

Italian Police Charge 5 In Shipwreck That Killed Migrants

Norwegian Youths Return To Camp On Utoya, The Site Of A 2011 Massacre

Poor E.U. Migrants Test Limits Of Swedish Tolerance

Letter From Europe: The Haves And The Have-Nots

Sordevolo Journal: Staging Passion Play For 200 Years, Italians Become More Than Merely Players

Departing German Prosecutor Defends Treason Inquiry Against Bloggers

Canceling Deal For 2 Warships, France Agrees To Repay Russia

Spain Says Banker’s Seized Picasso Will Head Back Home

On Island Of Lesbos, A Microcosm Of Greece’s Other Crisis: Migrants

Cossacks Face Grim Reprisals From Onetime Allies In Eastern Ukraine

Kosovo Parliament Votes To Allow War Crimes Court

Turkey: Jets Strike Kurdish Rebels

Catalonia Calls Election In New Bid For Secession From Spain

Merkel Aide Seeks Dismissal Of Prosecutor Who Opened Treason Inquiry

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

The Composer Who Was Almost Purged

Russia Destroys Piles Of Banned Western Food

Russia: Man Is Accused Of Killing And Dismembering His Six Children

Russia Stakes New Claim To Expanse In The Arctic

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Urges Priests To Welcome Remarried Catholics

New Bishop in China Signals Hope for Relations With Vatican

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Eerie Seaside Relics

Police Reopen Case After Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath Accused Of Pedophilia In 1990s

In Britain, Edward Heath Case Intensifies Debate Over Validity Of Sex Abuse Claims

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Tornado Hit Ontario Village With 220 Km/H Winds, Left 9-Km Trail Of Damage, Environment Canada Says

Employment Stuck In A Holding Pattern As Canada Ekes Out 6,600 More Jobs In July

‘In Canada, I Feel Like I’m Sucking Air’: Canadian Woman Returns After Fighting With Kurds Against ISIL

UNITED STATES

Thousands Flee California Fires

California Fire, Aided by Drought, Defies Tactics to Defeat It v

Father And Daughter Dead, 22 Others Hurt After Circus Tent Collapses In 96 Km/H Winds

A Belated Look at New York’s Cooling Towers, Prime Suspect in Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, Charged in Leak Case

U.S. Excludes Canada, Mexico From TPP Auto Negotiations

Life Sentence for James Holmes, Aurora Theater Gunman

LATIN AMERICA

Puerto Ricans Brace For Crisis In Health Care

Along The Bumpy Road To Rio 2016

A Glimpse at the Work of Haiti’s Health Agents

Murder Of Brazilian Journalist Furthers Alarming Trend

Brazil’s Vice President Sees Influence Grow As Scandal Engulfs Dilma Rousseff

Manuel Contreras, Chilean Spy Chief, Dies At 86

6 Wildlife To Spot In Argentina

OCEANA

Australia Admits Refugee Turn-Back

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Continue Off Australia

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS or Al Qaeda? American Officials Split Over Top Terror Threat

Macedonia Arrests 9 Suspected Of Having Ties To ISIS

Britain Charges Anjem Choudary, Radical Preacher, With Aiding ISIS

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

5 Top Climate Quotes From Mayors

How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action

Good for you guys!  Spain Emerges As Europe’s Economic Star After Years Of Austerity

I’m sorry, but I find this faintly ironic.  What We Learned From German Prisons

BAD EXAMPLES

I’ll just bet these kids are going to grow up to really respect the law and those who serve it.  What were the people who did this thinking?  A.C.L.U. Sues Over Handcuffing of Boy, 8, and Girl, 9, in Kentucky School

This doesn’t look like the smartest public relations move in the world.  Putin’s Aide Sparks Scandal By Wearing $600,000 Watch Despite $147,000 Yearly Salary

I wonder if this guy is related to that crime boss/folk hero in Mexico?  Top Italian Mobster Evades Police The Old-Fashioned Way: With Hand-Written Notes Hidden Under Rocks Or Soil

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I wonder how Charles Darwin would have answered this question.  How do we know evolution is real?

Here is a Northstar interactive.  The “us” in this case is the BBC.  Show us photos of hot v cold

I am still not sure this is such a good idea.  Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush

HERE ON EARTH

Explore The Earth’s Wildest Ocean

The Mystery Of Neanderthals’ Eyes

Swiss Identify Remains Of Japanese Climbers Missing For 45 Years

OUTER SPACE

The Most Extreme Objects In Space

NASA Photographs Moon’s ‘Dark Side”

Space Technology Could Be Valuable Tool In Conserving Global Wildlife And Biodiversity

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Study Links Teens Who Spend At Least Two Hours Per Day On Social Media To Suicidal Thoughts, Poor Mental Health

Infographic: 5 Ways to Grow Darn Good Dirt

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The World’s Most Amazing ATV

What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Being a Son and a Father

Lodenice Journal: Czech Company, Pressing Hits For Years On Vinyl, Finds It Has Become One

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

Obama unveils clean energy plan

Eco Footprint Calculator

Infographic: To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them

Cleaning Up A Legacy Of Pollution On An Alaskan Island  

New Energy Access Practitioner Network Website

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Lessons From The Ebola Crisis

Visual Learning Lesson: Heart and Sole

Need a Reason to Celebrate? Check Online, Where Social Media Fills the Calendar

A Silent Struggle For Workers

What The Office Does To Your Head

Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment Is Underused, Study Finds

Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men

SPENT: An Online Game to Understand Poverty

The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015

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: Inside US-Mexico Border ‘Drug Tunnel’

Rare Footage Of A Syrian Brown Bear Surprised By A Camera Trap In Armenia

Video: A Bear and Fox Show Why Empathy Brings Us Closer Than Sympathy

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. 

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I see a blockbuster film in this.  Africa’s great monkey mountain

I found this extremely informative.  Video: What’s the Buzz About Wild Bees?

Outstanding.  Call To US And EU Governments To Ban Trophy Hunting Following The Death Of Two Zimbabwean Lions

SHORTS

World’s Rarest Ape: New Family Group Found

Ban On Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Has Not Affected Rapeseed Crop Yields

Unique Opportunity To Celebrate International Bat Night

NORTHSTAR FREE LIBRARY

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

How To Look After An Orphaned Hippo

How To Create A Wood

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

How To Dive With Marine Wildlife

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Thailand: 2 Punished For Insulting King

North Korea To Move 30 Minutes Backward To Create Its Own Time Zone

In A First, A Sudanese Migrant Nearly Crosses The English Channel On Foot

            Outstanding closeup 061115ABOUT 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.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely 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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THE CULT OF STATUS SYMBOLS KILLED CECIL

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News & Commentary, From the Ukraine:  Let the Force Be With You – Olya Examines Her Nation’s Emerging IT Industry, 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 We Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 2, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 45

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

lion king

THE CULT OF STATUS SYMBOLS KILLED CECIL

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This past week, the death by trophy hunting of a lion named Cecil made headlines around the world.  The resounding message was clear.  Cecil’s murder is totally unacceptable.

I am familiar with the style of hunting that killed Cecil.  As a kid, my stepfather and his cop buddies went after deer in the Sierra Nevadas with radios, maps, dogs and high powered rifles with expensive scopes.

Planned like a military operation, there was absolutely nothing sportsmanlike about it.  Granted, they took the meat as well as the full head or antlers alone.  They sold most of the meat to pay to have the head mounted, then smoked or jerked the rest for home consumption.  And I don’t care what anyone says, venison does not taste like chicken or beef.  It’s not something, to paraphrase Dick Smothers, you’d want every day.

My rancher grandfather, however, hunted from horseback with an iron-sights Winchester 78, in the high mountains above tree line.  He went out alone and usually got back by supper time.  He did that three times a year.  We never saw anything except the meat, the hide and the antlers because we used all those.  The rest, my grandfather buried out of respect for the deer and gratitude for the subsistence it provided him and his own.

Cecil’s killer is being vilified around the globe and I do not think he deserves that.  Cecil was a lion, not a jackal, so I do not believe he would sanction this either, had he survived.

Cecil’s killer is as much a victim in some ways as the Cecil.  What both succumbed to was the trophy culture and that culture is hardly limited to the killing of wild animals.

How many of us married or purchased for status, rather than for love or value?  Are we any less guilty ~ albeit perhaps in principle alone ~ then, than Cecil’s killer?  I’m not.  None of us are.

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 certainly good news.  Water Use in California Down 27% in June, Beating Goal

This, however, is certainly not good news.  ‘Brain-eating amoeba’ in US tap water

I think we need to pay attention to this.  Here’s How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

GLOBAL

A Renegade Trawler, Hunted For 10,000 Miles By Vigilantes

Elon Musk And Stephen Hawking Among Hundreds To Urge Ban On Military Robots

Food Program Gets Emergency Cash

Key Ally Of Burundi’s President Assassinated By Gunmen

AFRICA

Obama Begins Key Talks In Ethiopia

Terror On The Beach

New Meningitis Strain in Africa Brings Call for More Vaccines

Egyptian Court Again Delays Verdict On Al Jazeera Journalists

Kenyans Ridicule CNN For Obama Visit Coverage

South Sudan’s Conflict Is Killing Women Far From The Battlefield

Life Inside A UN Base Where Thousands Shelter From South Sudan’s War

Why The Deadly Attacks Against Foreigners In South Africa Come As No Surprise

ASIA

Malaysia Sackings Over Money Scandal

North Korea’s New Growth Industry: Enormous Bronze Kim Jong Il Statues

MH370: Caution Urged On Debris Find

Video: Is Asia Facing A Tech Bubble?

Flooding Spurs Disaster Zones in Myanmar

Tibetan Who Called For Dalai Lama’s Return Is Said To Be Freed From Chinese Prison

A Voice From China’s Uighur Homeland, Reporting From the U.S.

CHINA

China Uses ‘Picking Quarrels’ Charge to Cast a Wider Net Online

China Shares Tumble More Than 8%

China Shares Continue To Slide

The Newest Chinese Obsession

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn To Smartphone Program

How A Chinese Billionaire Built Her Fortune

INDIA

Video: India And Bangladesh Enclave Exchange

MIDDLE EAST

Turkish Pm: No Troops Into Syria

Gaddafi’s Son Sentenced To Death

Stunning Hanging Garden Will Cover Israel’s Busiest Highway

Video: On The Banks Of The New Suez Canal

Palestinian Fury At Child Fire Death

Tribal Traditions In The UAE

After Deal, Europeans Are Eager To Do Business In Iran

120 Degrees And No Relief? ISIS Takes Back Seat For Iraqis

EUROPE

Man Dies As Hundreds Target Tunnel

How Germany Prevailed In The Greek Bailout

Video: One Night By The Calais Security Fence

Royal Dutch Shell To Cut 6,500 Jobs

Eurozone Inflation Holds Steady

Airbus Reports Profits Up By 34%

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Inquiry Into Litvinenko Poisoning Ends With a Nugget of Debris

France Will Compensate Russia for Canceling Arms Deal, Kremlin Aide Says

Bolshoi Is Not Renewing Acid Attack Victim’s Contract

THE VATICAN

Catholic Church Failing To Honor Royal Commission Compassion Pledge: Alleged Victim

UNITED KINGDOM

Litvinenko Witness ‘Will Not Testify’

UK Economic Growth Picks Up To 0.7%

Reversing Itself, Britain Grants Ai Weiwei A Six-Month Visa

Flooding Spurs Disaster Zones In Myanmar

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Canada Had Weak First 4 Months But Not In A Recession:

Canadian Dairy Farmers Head To Maui In Last Ditch Effort Against TPP

Huge Tornado Touches Down In Manitoba As Band Of Storms Hammer The Region

Abortion Pill Finally Receives Approval From Health Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Calls Federal Election

UNITED STATES

Problems Plague System To Check Gun Buyers

Los Angeles Council Passes Ban On High-Capacity Firearm Magazines

University Of Cincinnati Officer Indicted In Shooting Death Of Samuel Dubose

A Psychologist As Warden? Jail And Mental Illness Intersect In Chicago

Police End Icebreaker Bridge Protest

Key Voting Rights Test Now In Federal Judge’s Hands

Dylann Roof, Suspect In Charleston Killings, Indicates Desire To Plead Guilty

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges

LATIN AMERICA

Video: ‘Mass Grave’ At Colombia Landfill Site

Mexico: Runaway Truck Kills Pilgrims

Lawmakers On Azerbaijan Trip Cleared

Dominican Resort Is A Refuge Twice Abandoned

Deals Flow To Contractor Tied To Mexican President

Brazil Arrests Nuclear Chief In Widening Of Graft Case

Chile: 7 In Pinochet’s Military Charged In Death Of Protester

Mexican Panel Criticizes Inquiry In Missing Students Case

Officers Arrested In 1986 Burning Death Of U.S. Student In Chile

Suspicion Falls On The Police After Dozens Of Execution-Style Killings In Brazil

Brazil: Three Executives Are Guilty Of Graft In Petrobras Scandal

Colombia: Rebels Free Captured Soldier

OCEANA

Bronwyn Bishop Tenders Resignation As Speaker

Cilla Black Dies Aged 72

New ‘Metallic Debris’ Found On Reunion Island: Reports

Catholic Church Failing To Honor Royal Commission Compassion Pledge: Alleged Victim

IOOF Senior Executives To Front Senate Committee Amid Cover-Up Allegations

Blue Mountains Bushfire Being Treated As ‘Suspicious’

Chevron Workers To Vote On Strike Action Over Rosters

Police Find Body And Missing Trawler Off WA Coast

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Tech Experts Caution On Killer AI

Video: Turkey Bombs IS And PKK Positions

Goals Diverge And Perils Remain As U.S. And Turkey Take On ISIS

F.B.I. Emphasizes Speed As ISIS Exhorts Individuals To Attack

N.S.A. Will Not Be Allowed To Keep Old Phone Records

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar ‘Is Dead’

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013, Afghans Declare

Rivals of ISIS Attack U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group

Inquiry Into Litvinenko Poisoning Ends With a Nugget of Debris

U.S. Decides To Retaliate Against China’s Hacking

CECIL

US Hunter ‘Regrets’ Killing Cecil

Pair Due In Court Over Cecil The Lion

Killer Of Cecil The Lion Finds Out That He Is A Target Now, Of Internet Vigilantism

Video: Protesters Call For Hunter’s Extradition

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

How Climate Change Is Affecting Everything, Everyone, Everywhere—And How We Can Respond

Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season

FROM UKRAINE

Yodasmaller

Let the Force Be With You

YOUNG GLOBAL LEADERS ENVOY CHOOSES UKRAINE TO START NEW TECH BUSINESS

Hi Rusty:

Ukraine is among the top ten world leaders in export-oriented software development and despite all the recent  turbulence here, the IT industry showed a 120% increase in value last year. Even the fact that the first IT experts in the history of Ukraine won seats in Parliament is promising for future development.

The other promising fact is that venture capital comes to the country while more conservative investors are still weighing the risks. Another positive in this regard is that new tech start-ups are growing as mushrooms in the forest after rain, meaning more entrepreneurially-inclined people come with ideas on how they can satisfy people’s needs and then go directly to the clients globally with the suggested solutions via various crowd funding platforms. So eventually all are the winners as users receive a product making their life easier.

As an example, Branto Orb, developed in Dnipropetrovsk city, is a smart home keeper, the design of which was inspired by R2-D2 from the world famous “Star Wars”. And that is really not surprising when one sits down in Branto’s office and gazes at a poster of Yoda, also from Star Wars.

The product itself is a home-monitoring robot that can communicate with its master regardless of distance. It can rotate around to give a full 360 HD panoramic view in every room of the house.  It can warn about problems such as water or gas leaks, and can control all appliances while the building’s occupants are away.

IT, then, is one of the most promising emerging industries it Ukraine.  It has the potential to financially empower the country to overcome domestic problems and provide the international community with a worldwide benefit.  That is how it is done and that is how Ukraine intends to do it.

Now, as Yoda on Branto’s wall would tell you, “Let the Force be with you.”

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

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Video: On The Front Line With Ukraine Troops

GOOD EXAMPLES

I hope this makes a difference.  Fiat Chrysler hit with record US fine

This has been a long time in coming. Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church

This man has an unrivaled capacity for cool.  ‘Nobody Should Be President for Life,’ Obama Tells Africa

BAD EXAMPLES

This should sear the conscience of every human being on the planet.  Video: Drugged, Kidnapped And Enslaved

America has absolutely no right criticizing how well other nations protect their children when this is true of them.  Epidemic Of US Children Sold For Sex

This must be a fun place to live if you are black and young.  St. Louis County Biased Against Black Juveniles, Justice Department Finds

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This reads like something right out of Jack London.  ‘Freezing And Struggling’: Good Luck Finds Pilot Stranded On An Ice Floe For 32 Hours — And Down To His Last Flare

I learned a lot from this.  The strange properties of light

These people have been busy. Interactive Feature: What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea

HERE ON EARTH

The Reign Of The Terror Birds

Unearthing Jamestown’s Leaders, And A Mystery

Chimps Nearly Wiped Out Monkeys

OUTER SPACE

The Largest Thing In The Universe

Inside NASA’s Secret Control Room

Lessons From Spaceship Two’s Crash

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Bacteria That Breathe Electricity

Where The Cave Dwellers Once Lived

Terrafugia TF-X, Flying Supercar

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Most Beautiful Bikes Of 2015

Thousands Of Hackers Come Together To Reduce Computing Research Time By 37,000 Years

Meet Windows 10, A Throwback With Upgrades In Software And Security

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

Video: The ‘Smart’ Suit That Can Purify Air

A Romantic Escape, Above The Trees

Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The Limits Of Human Sight

What I Learned At The Weed Dispensary

Revolutionary: Israeli Researcher Says He Can ‘Erase’ Memory Of Addiction

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

Praluent Looks Cheap to Those With Extreme Cholesterol

When Cancer Triggers (or Hides) an Eating Disorder

Catching Up on Lost Sleep

Prison Worker Who Aided Escape Tells of Sex, Saw Blades and Deception

Forget Balance, It’s All Life

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

‘I Think I Can See A Galaxy!’

How Global Warming Burdens The World’s Women, And How They’re Finding Solutions: A Portrait Series

Video: DIY Astronomers Probe Pluto’s Secrets

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. 

 RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

The more we learn about them, the cooler these little dudes seem to get.  Video: ScienceTake | The Very, Very Clean Ant

It is good to see the truth coming out about these creatures.  The Truth About Rabbits

We thought this was pretty cool and certainly well deserved.  New lizard named for Attenborough

SHORTS

These Tips For Making Your Home, Your Commute, And Even Your Pet More Climate Friendly

Tiny Birds, Big Drama: Inside The World Of The Birdmen Of Queens

Laos, Destination in Illegal Ivory Trade, So Far Eludes Global Crackdown

NORTHSTAR ALL CREATURES FREE ONLINE LENDING LIBRARY:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

How To Look After An Orphaned Hippo

How To Create A Wood

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Sweden Spots a Russian Submarine, 99 Years Late

A Torture Survivor’s Drawings Show The Hell This Country Has Become

Through Your Lens: Tanzania’s Breathtaking Landscapes

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.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely 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 SAFE PLACE FOR THIS TO ALL COME TOGETHER

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:  From East to West Ukraine: An Update; 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

July 26, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 44

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Sooke

A SAFE PLACE FOR THIS TO ALL COME TOGETHER

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I write, it is first light in Seattle on a moderately tempered Sunday in one of the largest and quietest cities on the American West Coast.

I’ve looked at the headline news for the United States and America seems like such a violent place.  But in all honesty, there are places in Seattle and in Washington State which are just as dangerous.

If I’ve read the Script correctly, I’ve got another 25 or 30 good years left and lots of stuff to do to make sure my family and others I love are left well provided for.  Paramount is finding a safe place for this to all come together.

I have lived and worked in violent communities in California and I am not particularly fond of them.  To escape them, I sought the smaller towns of the rural Pacific Northwest and discovered that the climate had not really changed very much.  Per capita, the level was about the same.

I grew up in a National Riflemen’s Association household so firearms from a S&W snub-nosed .38 revolver to a Remington .30-06 ADL with a Bausch & Lomb 3x9x scope are not unfamiliar to me.

I am not an advocate of gun control not because I do not believe in the principle of it because I do, but rather because I know it will not work.  All it will do is create an even larger black market for weapons of individual and small mass destruction.

British General Sir Lord Wellington has written that war will not end until the lead toy soldiers are gone from the nursery.  As long as we continue to glamorize the use of firearms in any context, the climate of violence will not change.  As long as Sly and Bruce are punching holes the size of bean cans in the bad people, there’s going to be some moron with a Messiah complex, access to weapons of small mass destruction (WSMD) and a delusional license to kill.

There are places in Washington and southwestern Canada which police themselves and exercise responsible use of everything from fishing nets to chainsaws to their own collection of WSMD and even where people watch a John Wayne cavalry western and root for the indigents.

After I’ve settled me and mine in, I’ll invite you all to supper.  Dogs, cats and kids are welcome.  But if you know anyone named Ruby, please ask her not to bring her guns to town.

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

In several decades of covering and curating news, I do not think I have come across anything sillier, dumber or more potentially open to an epidemic of blackmail than this  Infidelity site customer data stolen – Ashley Madison, an online dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse, suffers a loss of customer data.

On the other hand, this is very encouraging.  Spam email levels at 12-year low.  Junk mail or spam has fallen to less than 50% of all the email scanned in June by security firm Symantec.

So is this.  Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase

GLOBAL

Global Economy Begins Second Half Of 2015 On Shaky Note

AFRICA

Burundi Votes Amid Gunfire And Blasts

Video: How Is KOT (Kenyans On Twitter) Changing A Country?

Obama Arrives In Kenya, On Personal And Official Journey

Tunisia Passes Antiterror Law After 2 Deadly Attacks

ASIA

Capitalist Soul Rises As Ho Chi Minh City Sheds Its Past

Toshiba Boss Resigns Over Scandal

A Bangladeshi Town in Human Trafficking’s Grip

Obama Administration Targets Trade In African Elephant Ivory

In Pakistan, Detainees Are Vanishing in Covert Jails

Small Plane Crashes In Tokyo Neighborhood; 3 Dead, 3 Survive

Thailand Charges 72 With Human Trafficking Crimes Ahead of U.S. Report

Malaysia Suspends 2 Newspapers Covering Scandal At State-Owned Fund

Mitsubishi To Stop Production At Only U.S. Plant

Pakistani Panel Rejects Fraud Accusations In 2013 Prime Minister Vote

Suicide Bombing At Afghan Market Kills Dozens

Afghan Security Forces Struggle Just To Maintain Stalemate

Maldives: Vice President Is Impeached In Absentia

Ho Chi Minh City Journal: Capitalist Soul Rises As Ho Chi Minh City Sheds Its Past

CHINA

Huawei Reports 30% Jump In Revenue

Video: China Molds A Supercity Around Beijing

Where Buddha Was Born

China Targeting Rights Lawyers In A Crackdown

China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans And Strings Attached

Trial Of Chinese Rights Campaigners On Subversion Charges Continues

Chinese Police Are Said To Seize Ashes Of Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Top Chinese Official Is Ousted From Communist Party

Ai Weiwei, Chinese Artist And Provocateur, Is Given Back His Passport

INDIA

Indian Energy Institute Replaces Director Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The Kama Sutra As A Work Of Philosophy

Mending India’s Broken Down Bikes

Assad, in Rare Admission, Says Syria’s Army Lacks Manpower

Spy’s Release Is Unlikely to Assuage Israel on Iran Nuclear Deal

Is This The End Of Christianity In The Middle East?

Israel Is Steadfast In Criticism Of Nuclear Deal

Saudi Forces Agree To Halt In Yemen War

EUROPE

Deadly Blast Hits Turkish Town

Seeking Sanctuary, More Migrants Confront Land Route’s Perils

Times Article on Rome’s Decay Draws a Surge of New Scrutiny

France Clears Final Hurdle to Expand Spying Power

French Lawmakers Visit Crimea, to the Dismay of Officials Back Home

Hamburg Journal: As German Church Becomes Mosque, Neighbors Start to Shed Unease

Rome Journal: Romans Put Little Faith in Mayor as Their Ancient City Degrades

Ventimiglia Journal: Migrants’ Journeys Stall in Italy, Near the French Border

Germany’s Top Court Strikes Down Federal Aid for Home Child Care

Denmark: Nazi Hunter Urges Inquiry of Dane, 90

Turkey Says Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 30 in Suruc, Near Syria

Jewish Hideout Declared Polish Monument

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Video: Russia Using N Korean ‘Slave Labour’

MacArthur Foundation to Close Offices in Russia

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind

THE VATICAN

De Blasio, Inspired by Francis, Describes an Evolving Relationship With Faith

De Blasio, at Vatican, Hails Pope’s ‘Urgency’ on Climate Change

UNITED KINGDOM

Royal Mail Reports Flat Revenues

Puffin Colony Numbers Halves In 30 Years

English Pine Martin Spotted For First Time In Century »

Wildlife: Killer Plants In Derbyshire

‘Near Miss’ Prompts UK Drone Warning

A Find In Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps As Old As Islam

 Terrorism Case In Britain Ends In Acquittal, But No One Can Say Why

Pearson In Talks To Sell Its Stake In The Economist Group

After Defeat, Britain’s Labour Party Argues Over Its New Leader

Man Charged With Plotting to Kill U.S. Serviceman in Britain

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

In Alberta, Farmers Fear Long-Lasting Effects From Brutal Drought

Miles Nadal resigns from MDC Partners, to return $12.5-million

Long-term Canadian expats denied right to vote, court rules

Ottawa Says It Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ By U.S. Over TPP Dairy Negotiations

As Oil Prices Plummet, Calgary’s Vacant Office Space Soars

Canadian Tourism Gets A Boost From Sinking Loonie

Canada Bouncing Back, Further Rate Cuts Unlikely: Economists

UNITED STATES

Armed Guards Now Protect Denver Church

Court Overturns Some of Rod Blagojevich’s Convictions

New York Plans $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

Dylann Roof, Charleston Shooting Suspect, Is Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges

Slain Soldiers In Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

Lafayette Shooting Adds Another Angry Face in the Gunmen’s Gallery

Autopsy of Sandra Bland Finds Injuries Consistent With Suicide, Prosecutor Says

LATIN AMERICA

In Cuba, Live With The Locals

Prison That Held ‘El Chapo’ Is Replica Of One He Broke Out Of Earlier

Chile: 7 In Pinochet’s Military Charged In Death Of Protester

Mexican Panel Criticizes Inquiry In Missing Students Case

Officers Arrested In 1986 Burning Death Of U.S. Student In Chile

Suspicion Falls On The Police After Dozens Of Execution-Style Killings In Brazil

Brazil: Three Executives Are Guilty Of Graft In Petrobras Scandal

U.S. And Cuba Reopen Long-Closed Embassies

Colombia: Rebels Free Captured Soldier

As U.S. And Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived

U.S. Sought ‘El Chapo’ Extradition Before Escape

In Argentina, An Anguished Anniversary For Jewish Center Bombing

$1 Million Price Tag Hinted At In El Chapo’s Escape

Brazil Adds To Tally Of Corruption Scandals With Investigation Of A Former President

OCEANA

Video: NZ Boy’s Quest To Respect Maori Words

Bag Holding Nz$1m Missing In Airport

Full Article Shark Kills Diver Off Tasmania

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Leader Takes Steps to Ensure Group’s Survival

Russia Puts Ukrainian Film Director On Trial For Terrorism

Video: Child Soldiers Fighting The Taliban

U.S. Jets to Use Turkish Bases in War on ISIS

Australia Arrests Nurse Who Says He Worked With ISIS Under Duress

Taliban Take Remote Afghan Police Base After Mass Surrender

World Briefing: Britain: Boy Says He Tried to Incite a Terrorist Attack

Suicide Bomber in Suruc Is Said to Be a Turk With Possible Ties to ISIS

Italy Arrests 2 Men Accused of Planning Terrorist Attacks

Al Qaeda’s Chief of Bombing Attacks Died in U.S. Strike, Pentagon Says

U.S.-Trained Iraqi Troops Deployed To Help Retake Ramadi From ISIS

GREECE

Greek Banks Reopen Amid Tax Rise

Greece: A Look At The Scale Of Hardship

Video: Greece’s Entrepreneurs

Greek Mps Pass Crucial Reforms

Troika of Greek Creditors to Travel to Athens for Debt Talks

Greek Plan Stirs Memories in Germany

Greece Approves Second Set of Changes Needed for Bailout

Personalities Clashing Over How to Handle New Greek Bailout

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Sheds His Identity as a Radical

PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS

More Mountains Found In Pluto Heart

Pluto’s Atmosphere Is Thinner Than Expected, But Still Looks Hazy

Conditions On Pluto: Incredibly Hazy With Flowing Ice

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

U.S. Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

Disasters, Both Natural And Weather-Related, Displaced 19 Million In 2014

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side

Unraveling The Relationship Between Climate Change And Health

FROM THE UKRAINE

Palanok Castle in Mukachevo town (West Ukraine) by Inside Of living project photo credit:   www.vk.com/insideofliving

Palanok Castle in Mukachevo town (West Ukraine) by Inside Of living project photo credit: http://www.vk.com/insideofliving

Hello Rusty:

Glad to share that “Inside of Living” project has successfully reached its goal of crossing Ukraine from east to west after 83 days of walking. I cannot convey how proud I am of the girls Anastacia Evsiukova and Olya Soloviova and their team.  I followed them day after day in this journey to show that  behind the news stories, there are real people.

I asked them what they feel, before the end of the project.  Olya said that she cannot imagine coming back from nature and people to ordinary post-Soviet design walls.  So she is planning new adventures. Anastacia plans a big sleep which is understandable after all those nights in a tent.

A few days before the end of their journey, they came to Mukachevo, a picturesque southwestern town in Zakarpattya region.  Even though the week before there was some insurgency, the participants of the project were brave enough to not change the planned route and step to this old town bearing historic charm. The place met them quietly and just one highway road was closed.

So despite the headlines, sometimes things are not the same as they are portrayed in the media.  Or maybe we write our own stories and let the world know how it really is.

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Ukraine: U.S. Expands Aid to Train Regular Army Troops

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  I hope it is accepted.  Mitsubishi makes key war apology

Outstanding II, for obvious reasons.  Canada’s top general vows more support for sexual assault victims

I am betting that this will work.  This is Riddle of the Sphinx thinking in action.  (What creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three in the evening?)  Egyptians Turn to Facebook to Highlight Decrepit Public Facilities

BAD EXAMPLES

I have found this euphemism bitterly ironic ever since Peg Mullen’s boy succumbed to it in Vietnam.  US ‘friendly fire’ kills Afghans

If we do not do something about this, that treaty really will have been paid for in blood.  Iran execution toll ‘staggering’

For these two perhaps most of all, a nation mourns.  Lost in Lafayette Gunfire, Two With Bright Futures

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Is it just me or is this like really a stretch?  Can cyborg cockroaches save lives?

I found this fascinating.  Utah’s ‘Grand Staircase’ Leads Back in Time to Dinosaur Shangri-La

This is definitely worth reading.  Profiles in Science: Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

HERE ON EARTH

Video: What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change

‘Oldest’ Koran Found In Birmingham, UK

Weird Beasts Of The Ice Age

OUTER SPACE

Video: Soyuz Successfully Docks At ISS  (Nice going, folks.)

NASA Says Data Reveals Kepler 452b, An Earth-Like Planet

Scientists Find Closest Thing Yet to Earth-Sun Twin System

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Scientists Trace an Ancient DNA Link Between Amazonians and Australasians

10 Astonishing Animal Parents

The Alien Desert Here On Earth

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Secret Card-Hacking Lab

The People Possessed” By Computers

NASA’s Cosmic Death Ray Spy

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

Britain Plans to Cut Subsidies for Renewable Energy

In Ischia, Italy, Cooking Is Done in the Sand, Not the Stove

Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

How To End Sexism At Work

The Real Reason She’s A Bully

She Fled A War And Found Success

‘Zombie Report’ On Health-Care Innovation In Canada Gets New Life

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

F.D.A. Wants Food Labels to Quantify Added Sugars

Fat Sense: Scientists Show We Have a Distinct Taste for Fat

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

The Beauty Of Small In 14 Photos – Take A Closer Look At The Little Things

The 100 Greatest American Films

Video: On Life, and Death, After 85:  A group of New Yorkers, 85 and older, share their experience of growing old, and the knowledge, joys and fears that come with it.

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

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Hi, I’m Rusty Miller.  I’ve got a couple three questions for you if you can spare a moment or five?  If you answer yes to even one of them, we should probably talk.  Okay, here goes.

Have you got something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

—————————————————————————–

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Check out these 20 incredible microscope images

Before you go swimming again where these guys live, maybe you should ask yourself this.  Why do crocodiles attack humans?

Despite my aversion to sharks, I think I could handle these dudes.  Meet the Pocket Shark: You’re Going to Need a Smaller Boat

SHORTS

Giant Animals You’ve Never Seen

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

Observatory: Honeybees Show Evidence of Insecticide

NORTHSTAR ALL CREATURES FREE ONLINE LENDING LIBRARY:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

How To Look After An Orphaned Hippo

How To Create A Wood

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘My Robot Bought Illegal Drugs’  Why Swiss Police ‘Arrested’ A Computer

Horn’s-Eye View From Rhino-Cam

Surfer Escapes Shark Attack Live On TV

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.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely 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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LET THE TEARS I SHED FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL BE HAPPY ONES FOR A CHANGE

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, 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

July 19, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 43

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Animal Kingdom

LET THE TEARS I SHED FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL BE HAPPY ONES FOR A CHANGE

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Okay, here’s a question for you.  Is it worth saving species? It will cost billions of dollars to save all the world’s threatened species. What’s in it for us?

I’m not the author of that, by the way.  And I find it a little insulting considering I’m one of those species.  I also object to its panoramic philosophical approach and its apocalyptic economics.

There might ultimately be global oversight but right now, saving other species is part of a general cleaning up of the mess our species has made.  It’s being done in some cases neighborhood by neighborhood and in others across tracts of nations, regions and continents.  It is being funded by a variety of sources and no single individual, class or entity ~ government or private ~ is bearing either the brunt or the glory.

Maybe it is just me but this reminds me of a certain humane society television commercial with one of my favourite singers showing several minutes of abused animals in cages.  I object to it because it seems to assume either that I do not know this goes on or that I do not care enough to contribute more.

I suggest a more positive approach and that would be like success stories.  And no before and after shots.  I want to see something like a nice lady sitting in a chair with a little dog in her lap, with cool music real soft in the background.

And as she’s stroking the dog’s hair, she’s looking at us and saying, “When we first got little Poncho here, his chances of making it were very slim.  But thanks to contributions from caring individuals like you, our little Mexican hairless is very much alive. “  Roll footage of Poncho playing with his new family and tag out with, “If you would like to make another success story like this happen, please go here.”

Show me thriving rain forests and reclaimed urban garden land.  Show me places where my money is making things grow, not just preventing them from dying.  Let the tears I shed for all creatures great and small be happy ones for a change.

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 took us by complete surprise but if ever there is a reason  or one more reason for this to stop, here it is.  Video: The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of

We felt real bad when American Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s son died.  Our prayers continue to be with him.  We know how he feels.  Grieving Joe Biden Focuses on the Job He Has Now, Not the Next One

This is certainly good news.  Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal

GLOBAL

Oil Prices Tumble As Iran, Global Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

HIV: UN Meets Goal To Treat 15 Million

Lock bug prompts Range Rover recall

Global Seabird Populations Have Dropped 70 Per Cent In Past 60 Years Say Researchers

AFRICA

EU Bans Import Of Elephant Tusks As Hunting Trophies From Tanzania And Mozambique

Travel: South Africa’s Eastern Cape

Surviving Grenade and Terror to Bring Chad’s Ex-Leader to Trial

Tunisia Hosts Security Meeting With Group of 7 to Discuss Terrorism Threat

Another Ebola Fatality Is Reported in Liberia

Somalia: Militants Said to Be Hit by U.S. Drone Strike
Nigeria: Deadly Blasts Strike a Northeastern Market
Cameroon: North Bans Burqas
South Africa: Tutu Is Hospitalized
Nigeria Military Leaders, Faulted in Fighting Militants, Are Fired
Tunisian Forces Kill 3 Senior Leaders of Insurgent Group
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds

Illuminating a Central African Crisis, Photo by Photo

Chad: Fighting Near Nigeria’s Border Kills At Least 21

ASIA

Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing

Video: Japanese Troops Set To Fight Overseas

Mourning and Seeking Answers Where Malaysia Airlines Jet Fell to Earth

Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Tibetan Monk Who Died in Jail, Are Detained

Andal Ampatuan Sr., Suspect in Philippine Massacre, Dies During Trial

CHINA

China’s 7% Growth Beats Expectations

Video: Tackling China’s Contaminated Farmland

China Releases 9 Tourists Accused of Watching Terrorist Video at Hotel

China: Scientists Unearth Winged Dinosaur Skeleton

INDIA

How India Makes Parsi Babies

MIDDLE EAST

German Minister Travels to Iran After Nuclear Deal to Re-establish Ties

Faith and Feasting Worldwide as Ramadan Draws to a Finish

The Iran Deal in 200 Words

Meet Our Man in Tehran

Stress and Hope in Tehran

Syria After Four Years of Mayhem

EUROPE

European Leaders Reach Deal to Resolve Greek Debt Crisis

Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

Building a Start-Up Culture in a Broken-Down Economy

As Germany Tries to Hold On to Its Art, Some Works Drop From View

Route Of Migrants Into Europe Shifts Toward Balkans

Lives: An Italian Job

Power In Numbers

European Agency Proposes Tougher Medical And Psychological Oversight Of Pilots

Norway: Mass Murderer Is Admitted To University, Though Not To Spend Time In Class Or On The Campus

Rozsypne Journal: Mourning And Seeking Answers Where Malaysia Airlines Jet Fell To Earth

Hungary: Inmates Help Prepare Fence To Bar Migrants

Angela Merkel’s Encounter With A Teary Young Refugee Draws Mixed Reactions

France Detains 3 Men In Alleged Plot To Attack Military Base

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Putin Rejects U.N. Tribunal For Downed Malaysian Jet

THE VATICAN

The Vatican: A New Use For The Pope’s Helipad

UNITED KINGDOM

Humpback Whale Spotted In Western Scotland’s Firth Of Clyde

Big Cat Conservation Benefits Greatly From Sale Of Spitfire

Britain’s Liberal Democrats Pick Tim Farron As Leader

British Pilots Have Been Conducting Airstrikes In Syria, Defense Ministry Confirms

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Premiers Set To Fast-Track Oil Pipelines

Canada Trailing Peers In Meeting Land Preservation Goals

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

Home Care For Ontario Seniors Affected By Move To Non-Profit Agencies

Iqaluit Grocery Shelves Left Bare As Ice And Fog Hinder Food Shipments

An Energy Strategy To Power The Country

UNITED STATES

Baltimore Mayor’s Challenge: Fighting Crime While Reining In Police

Pentagon Moves to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in the Military

New York To Pay Garner Family $5.9m

Gunman Kills 4 Marines At Military Site In Chattanooga

Guilty Verdict For James Holmes In Aurora Attack

Why Texans Fear Invasion

LATIN AMERICA

Intersection: Street Style Videos Across Latin America

Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

Public Enemy? At Home In Mexico, ‘El Chapo’ Is Folk Hero No. 1

Video: Cuba’s Coral Garden

Video: Cycles Of Violence On Colombia’s Coast

Jamaica’s Blue And John Crow Mountains Become The Country’s First World Heritage Site

OCEANA

Australia Set For Housing Oversupply By 2018: Bis Shrapnel

Mystery Surrounds Mcdonald’s ‘Coming Soon’ Sign In Simpson Desert

Indigenous Work For The Dole Scheme Collapsing As Funding From Sydney Company Dries Up

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

N.S.A. Summer Camp: More Hacking Than Hiking

U.S. Vs. Hackers: Still Lopsided Despite Years Of Warnings And A Recent Push

Saudis Cast Net for ISIS Sympathizers

ISIS Says It Carried Out Bombing That Killed 100 in Iraq

In Suicide Note, South Korea Hacking Expert Denies Domestic Spying

Egyptian Affiliate Of Islamic State Claims Attack On Checkpoints

PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS

Pluto Comes Into Focus

Video: Probe Near Pluto After 10-Year Journey

NASA Probe Survives Pluto Encounter

Images Reveal Ice Mountains On Pluto

Why Reaching Pluto Is So Amazing

Video: Pluto: Love at First Sight

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

On Parched Navajo Reservation, ‘Water Lady’ Brings Liquid Gold

After Years Of Drought, Wildfires Rage In California

Weird Ways The Weather Affects You

Sea Warming Leads To Ban On Fishing In The Arctic

FROM THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

Ukraine PM Calls On Canadian Investors To Help Displace Oligarchs

Right Sector Gunmen Take Boy Hostage In Western Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis Needs A Political Solution To Reinforce EU Aid Efforts

Video: Ukraine’s Explosive Youtube Stars

GOOD EXAMPLES

We are profound fans of hers so we really enjoyed this.  How Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code, Spends Her Sundays

This individual will no doubt be remembered in Maple Leaf history books.  And deservedly so, in my opinion.  Canadian Conservation Officer Defies Order To Kill Two Bear Cubs

I think someday in Fairbanks and Anchorage both, there is going to be a statue of this individual, a pigeon and seagull proof statue.  Over Objections of Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid by unilaterally accepting federal funds to cover more low-income residents under the program.

BAD EXAMPLES

This better not be any of my tax dollars at work.  Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try

The American penal system in the 21st Century is among the worst of any industrialized nation, both in its treatment of inmates and in its administrative excesses.  So this, in my opinion, is welcome and long overdue.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Obama, in Oklahoma, Takes Reform Message to the Prison Cell Block

I am so sorry to read this.  The characters Mr. Cosby portrayed were role models for millions over several generations, continents and ethnic and religions lines.  Those characters also reflected the lives of real role models and empowered them, as well.  I can no more sanction Mr. Cosby’s treatment of women than any other decent person on the planet could or would.  I will miss Bill Cosby but I will remember the espionage agent, the high school gym teacher and certainly the doctor and family man he brought to life.  Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Calculated Pursuit of Young Women, Using Fame, Drugs and Deceit

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I admit this tweaked me out a little. If these dudes ever get captured and reprogrammed we all better hope they cannot swim.  The Soldiers Who Never Sleep ~ South Korea’s Chilling Killer Robots

For the appliance enhanced/appliance reliant, this may not be the best news in the world.  Machines That Mess With Your Mind

This actually makes a lot of sense to me.  It would be like Destruction Derby without the cars.  Training robots to play football

HERE ON EARTH

Clouds Like You’ve Seen Before

Stunning Images From Another World

Counting All The DNA On Earth

OUTER SPACE

The Long, Strange Trip to Pluto, and How NASA Nearly Missed It

A New Photo Of Charon, However You Pronounce It

‘Beautiful Eye Candy’: Frozen Plains In Pluto’s Heart

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

My Digital Cemetery

Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds

50-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Sperm In Antarctica

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Can A Machine Ever Think?

The Ultimate Guide To AI ~ Truth About Our Future With Machines

Over-Unity Reaction-less Generator Invented In India

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

Selling solar to the masses

Residents Sue Seattle, Saying New Trash Rules Violate Privacy

U.S. Proposes New Rules to Protect Streams From Coal Pollution

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

California’s Drought Changes Habits In The Kitchen

How Grounded Is Your Love Life?

Experts Urge Sparing Use Of Nonaspirin Painkillers

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying

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

All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema

Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse

The Secret World Of A Weasel

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

  

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I totally love this and it did not surprise me.  Why Do Dolphins Hitch Rides On Whales?

I hope somehow they still learn.  Polar Bears Fail To Adapt To Warming

I totally loved this.  The Secret World Of A Weasel

SHORTS

How To Create A Nature Reserve

Polar Bears Don’t Go Into Hibernation-Like State in Summer, Researchers Say

Hunting Poll: Do You Agree With The Government’s Planned Amendments To The 2004 Hunting Ban?

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden »

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

Mother Nature Network

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 WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: How To Catch A Russian Spy

Insider’s Guide To Rehabilitating An Ex-Circus Lion

The Weird And Wonderful Creatures Of The Irish Sea

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.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely 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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SEATLE HEAT WAVE

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: Three Special Videos, 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

July 12, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 42

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Beating the heat on Seattle’s Lake Washington.   Photo by MS(R)M

Beating the heat on Seattle’s Lake Washington. Photo by MS(R)M

SEATTLE HEAT WAVE

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  With Seattle’s not entirely deserved reputation for excessive precipitation (This is the shadow of a northern rain forest and you expect palm trees, perhaps?), it is probably unusual to hear about a heat wave.

But 600,000 of us or so have just come out of one that lasted about two weeks so that’s what I’m going to talk about.  Those of you it does not admittedly bore to tears just might learn something, like that there are at least 43 other places in the continental US where it rains more than Seattle.

Normal high for this time of year is around 72F/22C and no rain.  It reached 96F/35C.  And no rain.  Many of us are air-conditioned challenged here because it usually only gets that way for a couple of weeks in August and especially for owners of multiple-residential units, it is often not considered worth the expense.  It would be a bit like putting a rain barrel in a Palm Beach back yard.

My household is luckier than most because all of us are either self-employed or on flex time.  I work from around 10:30 p.m. until noon and when it warms up, I sleep in a dark shady room with two small fans blowing on the quilted bed.  (Sorry but how I sleep in that bed is not fit fare for a G-rated publication.)

We get the outside stuff done early, like watering the 8 million plants in the backyard.  One of us is a master gardener with a very expensive but beautiful and health hobby.  Walking errands are also done then, along with any cooking.

We use the microwave more and eat sandwiches and salads a lot.  One recipe involves two cans of tuna fish and two tablespoons of salad dressing, blended.  We have three flavors of tuna sandwiches; French, Ranch and Bleu Cheese.  We also reuse a lot of beverage containers and the plastic bottles of Lucerne’s super milk are great for fruit juices as a vitamin boost to straight ice water.

Even though it is hot weather, it is still weather and we have four seasons here, each with its adaptation challenges, tricks, legends and lore.  None of those include complaining about it or invoking some scientific or naturalistic chants, demonizing meteorologists or using it as an excuse to do weird things.

And everybody ~ each and every single one of us ~ has one little secret thought that makes all the difference.  I’ll share mine with you because you’re like readers and stuff.

I went to American Navy boot camp during San Diego, California’s monsoon season.  Our company commander was an Irishman with a long history of railing at the gods and learning the futility of that form of exercise.  So as he marched us from place to place over the vastness of the recruit training center, he would ask us if we were wet, and we would reply in unison,

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

“And are you wishing you were dry?”

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

“Then wish harder lads.  It’s not workin’.”

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 would like to wish the United Nations a late happy birthday.  They turned 70 on June 26 in San Francisco, California.  Learn more about the 70th anniversary celebration.  See also:  Norman Rockwell’s United Nations

This is good news.  We’re lighting a candle and praying it works.  Greece’s Parliament Approves Prime Minister’s Bailout Plan

Lest the world ever forget.  Srebrenica Revisited

GLOBAL

3 Ways To Get Involved With The Global Goals

10 Highlights From The Millennium Development Goals

Fighting Malaria On World Refugee Day

Progress For Children

AFRICA

Twin Nigeria Blasts Kill Scores

Video: How Liberia’s Ebola Hospital Was Transformed

A Homecoming For Rwanda’s Lions

South Sudan Enemies Find Uneasy Refuge Together At A U.N. Base

South Sudan’s Conflict Is Killing Women Far From The Battlefield

Shabab Militants Strike 2 Hotels In Somalia

ASIA

Two On Trial Over Thai Beach Deaths

Obama Hosts Vietnam Communist Leader

Volcano Closes Indonesian Airports

Deadly Stampede In North Bangladesh

Malaysia’s Critics Fear U.S. May Ease Stance On Trafficking

Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Asian Elephant Alliance Launched To Help The Indian Crisis

CHINA

China’s Latest Craze

China Bounce Ends Five-Day Losing Streak For Stocks

Video: Inside A Chinese ‘Ketamine Village’

Video: China’s Stock Crash – In 60 Seconds

Chinese Authorities Appear To Detain 4 Human Rights Lawyers

INDIA

A Moving Story Of Love And Promise

Heavy Rains In Delhi And Other Parts Of The Country Bring Relief To Some, Chaos For Others

Another Witness In Asaram Rape Case Shot At In Up, The Ninth So Far

ISRO Successfully Powers Five British Satellites In Space, More Launches Planned

MIDDLE EAST

Four Million Have Fled Syria – UN

Iran Talks To Resume Past Deadline

Cairo Blast At Italian Consulate Kills At Least 1

A Final Hurdle In Iran Talks Deals With Conventional, Not Nuclear, Arms

EUROPE

Greece: Latest Updates

Greeks Heading to Brussels for Crucial Talks

7 Greeks Discuss Their Hopes And Fears For The Future

Angela Merkel Faces Monumental Test of Leadership After Greek Vote

The Friendliest Town In Europe?

Video   Single Mother On 10 Euros A Week

Several Killed In Germany Shooting

U.N., Warning Of Migrant Crisis In Greece, Urges Europe To Act

France: Extremist Leader Gets 9 Years For Terrorism

Open Source: Belgian Liberal Basks In Viral Fame For Scolding Greek Prime Minister

Research Points The Way To Salvation Of The European Eel

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Putin Calls For End To Use Of Sanctions And Criticizes U.S. In Afghanistan

The Newsroom: Russia Vetoes Bosnia Genocide motion

Budget Airline Bans ‘Costly’ Chewing Gum

Captive Amur Leopards To Be Released Into The Russian Far East »

THE VATICAN

Former Vatican Ambassador Hospitalized Ahead Of Child Abuse Trial

My Travels With Pope Francis

What ‘Scandalous’ Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Dangerous New Tribalism

Meet The SNP Leader Who’s Showing His True Metal

Michael Gove Scraps Youth Mega Prison Plans

Isle Of Man Post Office Release Stamps Showing Endangered Species To Mark The Island’s Wildlife Park’s 50th »

Britain’s Longest-Running Bird Survey Hits The Web

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Just Started: Ottawa Bluesfest

Pulitzer Winner Quits Toronto Star Over Story About Feds Silencing Experts

Meet The Canadian Rangers’ New Sako Rifle, Built To Defend …

Chris Selley: Toronto Should Learn From Conrad The Raccoon

UNITED STATES

Oratory on Confederate Flag in South Carolina Legislature Shows Deep Divisions

Baltimore Fires Police Chief in Wake of Unrest and Crime Surge

San Francisco Murder Case Exposes Lapses in Immigration Enforcement

Catholics Defy Boston Archdiocese With 11-Year Vigil to Keep Church

Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says

Era Ends As South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag

LATIN AMERICA

Video: Intersection | Santiago, Chile

Video: Catching Brazil’s Illegal Loggers

World Land Trust Helps Fundacion Proaves In Colombia Buy Vital Land For Rare Birds

OCEANA

Abbott Orders Talk Show Boycott

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Video: How Spies Eavesdrop On Secret Talks

Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People

Turkey Arrests 21 Suspected Of Ties To ISIS

ISIS And The Lonely Young American

Here’s The ISIS Recruitment Hub You Aren’t Hearing About

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Remnant Of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens To Outlast Summer

Dark Cloud Lifts Over Denver, But Experts Warn Of More To Come

Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope

Study: American, European Bumblebees Feeling Climate Sting

FROM THE UKRAINE

Hi, Rusty:

First, this week I want to share with you an excellent video produced by our Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.  As you know, I read a variety of sources to see how my country is seen by the world.  I like this video because it more accurately portrays us, as among other things, the fourth most educated nation in the international community.  So, for those interested seeing the Ukraine as Ukrainians themselves see themselves, please go here.

The second video I want to share is a few words from Olya Soloviova, Inside Of Living Project, before the project presentation in Ivano-Frankivsk, a beautiful historic city in West Ukraine.  It is aimed as last call to enthusiasts to join them on their way through Carpathians with beautiful Sinevir Lake.

There are only few weeks left until the travelers reach the border and so the finish of their trans-Ukrainian East-West feet walking journey.

When I asked her what is the most remembered site they have seen during the journey Olya mentioned Atlantis cave in Zavalna village (Khmelnitsky region). One of the project participants even left the others to stay with the spelunkers who showed them this incredible place.

I thought it was especially interesting to learn that the cave by itself was discovered by children expedition and later another expedition of young spelunkers discovered the church there.  So yes, go here.

Oh and this too.  Here’s a video of the Special Olympics flame arriving in downtown Los Angeles.  Two girls of Ukrainian origins passed the torch.

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

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels

GOOD EXAMPLES

Thank you, Mr. President.  Obama Unveils Stricter Rules Against Segregation in Housing

I personally think this is so cool.  Video: Tourists Help Refugees On Greek Island

I think some of us could learn from these big dudes (and dudettes).  Whales Never Forget Their Friends

EXTRAS

Truth and Reconciliation at Work: How These Commissions Help Heal Wounds From Racial Injustice

7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking

Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)

BAD EXAMPLES

I’ll bet this person is real fun to party with.  The Prosecutor Who Says Louisiana Should ‘Kill More People’

Where were this lad’s parents when he was doing all this illegal stuff?  Teen Convicted Of Over 50,000 Hacks

This reminds me of a famous Pete Seeger folksong called Waist Deep in the Big MuddyPsychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I loved this.  I am a humble man and this was a good reminder of why it is good to be that way.  Why Humans Are Not That Special

On the other hand, What makes human beings unique?

I was not aware that we were lost so this was really interesting.  Finding the Way Back – What happens when we say no to sat nav, Smartphones, and G.P.S. and embrace the old ways of orienting ourselves?

HERE ON EARTH

The Coldest Place On Earth

How Triceratops Got Its Horn  

California Shark Attack Rates Plunge 90 Percent Since 1950s

OUTER SPACE

Video: Fast And Light To Pluto

Rare System Of Five Stars Discovered

17 Spectacular Images Of Space

NASA’s New Commercial Crew Astronauts: Each Wants to Fly 1st

After 2 Weeks Of Silence, Philae Comet Lander Back In Touch

Japan’s New Satellite Captures An Image Of Earth Every 10 Minutes

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

Empathy Is Actually A Choice

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

High-Speed ‘Hyperloop’ Could Carry Passengers At 1,200 Km/H In Just A Few Years

‘Humans’ – One Step Closer To Love And Sex With Robots

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

Finding a House That Fits Is About More Than Just Size

17 Ways You Can Work For Social Justice

Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Investing In Health For Women, Children, & Adolescents

Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age

Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll

Noise May Be Bad for the Heart

Keeping Blood Pressure Low in Those Under 50

More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves

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: 36 Hours In Vilnius

The ‘Sea Women’ Of South Korea

A New Reason To Ride Canada’s Rails

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

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This species and I and I have this in common.  Dogs avoid unhelpful people

I will never ever make a joke about kilts again.  Video Of Scottish Kayaker Saving Dolphin Entangled In Seaweed

Whoever did this needs to eat a dish of crows who gave their lives voluntarily to God, Queen and Crown.  This is utterly and absolutely bloody flipping indefensible.  Red Kite Deliberately Shot In Northern Ireland

SHORTS

Dr Elke Bojanowski To Run Shark Workshop With Oonasdivers »

Devon’s Nature Sound Recordist

Ben Osborne’s Photography Masterclass

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

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden »

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

This dog walked 35 miles just to fall down at its sleeping owner’s door in California

VIDEO: Naked man steals US police car

How two mice conquered an island

Outstanding closeup 061115  ABOUT US

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