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February 16, 2020
Volume 12 Number 24
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Inside: In Gratitude To My Nation’s African Americans; To Boxcar Willie, With Love From Ukraine; Covid-19; Beyond the Pale; Business & Trade; Climate & Climate Change; Community & Lifestyle, Ecology; Health; History; News – Good; News – Not So Good; Our World and Beyond; Earth; Space; Technology; Funzone: Movie of the Week; Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us
Black Americans defending our country during WW II. Photo courtesy of the Military Times
IN GRATITUDE TO MY NATION’S AFRICAN AMERICANS
Rusty Miller, Editor
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Last week, as we mentioned in passing, February is black history month. We wanted to say much more about it then but the coronavirus pandemic demanded editorial comment. Now, I’ve got a couple three questions for you.
What do Crispus Attucks and Lemeul Haynes have in common? Both are African American. Crispus was the first casualty of the American Revolution and Mr. Haynes was the first Minuteman.
What do Cpl. Freddie Stowers, First Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker and Pfc. Milton Olive III have in common? All three are African American. All three won the Medal of Honor.
What do Toni Morrison, Ralph Bunche and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? All three are African American. All three are Nobel Prize winners.
What do Madame C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver and George Edward Alcorn, Jr. all have in common? All three are African American. All three inventors whose contributions altered forever the destiny of our species.
On behalf of a nation which glories in the athletes and entertainers among you, thank you all for being with America every step of the way. Considering how you’ve mostly been treated, I find your human remarkable.
And an inspiration to us all.
Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. For comments, please go here
TO BOXCAR WILLIE, WITH LOVE FROM UKRAINE
Olya Bereza, Associate Editor
This past week, many celebrated St Valentine’s Day and the social media feed was full of love confessions. Maybe I should follow. I listened to the music you sent me, Mishka, of Boxcar Willie’s rendition of “Life Is Like A Mountain Railway” And it brought me to tears. So my love confession goes to trains.
Probably it’s inherited love. As you know, my grandfather was a train driver; my mum was literally born on rails (as granny couldn’t make it to hospital). And my grand – few times grand- pa was engineering railroads in Ukraine in the19th Century.
My early days train rides from the Ural Mountains to steppes of Ukraine were always exciting journeys. Just to sit there looking out at the ever-changing landscape in awe was a meditation of its own. Especially wonderful were views going through Urals. Mishka, those lakes and forests are just amazing. Some even compare them to the Swiss Alps.
Those trips of my youth could take about three days, but if you had fellow passengers who were good company, it was fun. The daily routine would include some food, some sleep, and some gymnastics going up and down on seats that could be described as double-decker beds. Having tea in train is a “ceremony” as the whole social life there circles around having that proverbial cuppa. The look of faceted glasses with special railway branded holders is very original. Being an amateur writer, for me it is a great inspiration to have time for creativity while sipping tea.
Also trains could be one of the solutions to modern day challenge of reducing and keeping smaller the carbon footprint. As inexpensive airline transportation becomes more popular because of the shortened travel time, I nonetheless strongly contend that within the context of our responsibility for climate change mitigation, we need to take more than just another glance at trains.
Wouldn’t electric trains be a perfect means to travel if they will be comfortable enough and more affordable? As I mentioned before, Mishka, I do dream about trans-European trains. While Ukrainians are enjoying now their free visa regime to the Shengen Area (an area comprising 26 European states that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders), for me it would just make so much sense to be able to travel throughout Europe without changing trains. Maybe the Ukrainian government’s decision to take aboard Germans specialists could be a step closer to my dream Why Ukraine Wants Germany To Help Modernise Its Railways
Although they are not by nature altruistic, corporations eventually reflect the concerns and priorities of their end users. With the growing emphasis on environmentally appropriate technology in general, I believe it is only a matter of time before trains take their rightful place in the transportation matrix, not only here but all over the world.
Here’s something I hope you all love as much as I did. The 25 Greatest Train Journeys In The World
That’s it for this week. Stay dry, Mishka. Spring is coming.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
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Russians Escape Coronavirus Quarantine ‘Cages’
Us Military Issues Executive Order To Prevent Covid-19 Pandemic
This Cruise Ship Has The Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate In The World
Sharp Increase In Deaths And Cases In Hubei
‘Pariah’ Cruise Ship Rejected By Five Ports Docks At Last
What’s In A Name? Why WHO’s Formal Name For The New Disease Matters
Singapore Bank Evacuated After Worker Falls Ill
WHO Finally Gives The Coronavirus An Official Name
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News Coverage Of In 2020 Is Very Different Than It Was For Ebola In 2018
Outbreak Should Bring Out The Best In Humanity
Only 5% Of People Tested For In The U.S. Were Found Positive
First Signs Are Emerging That China’s Containment Could Be Working
Researchers Are Using High-Tech Methods To Predict Where The Virus Might Go Next
How To Fight The
China Launches ‘Close Contact Detector’ App
Senior Chinese Officials ‘Removed’ As Death Toll Hits 1,000
China Is Spraying Entire City Blocks To Contain Outbreak
BEYOND THE PALE
Honduras Violence: Gunmen Storm Court Building To Free MS-13 Leader
The Battle For Hong Kong: A Frontline Video Special
The Ongoing Struggle For Peace In Darfur
Landmark Islamic Funeral Held For Sex Worker In Bangladesh
Venezuela Crisis: Juan Guaidó Greeted With Abuse After Return From World Tour
Pope Francis Rules Against Ordaining Married Men In Amazon
Russian Former Prison Official Kills Himself In Court
Strange Russian Spacecraft Shadowing U.S. Spy Satellite, General Says
What’s Next For Ireland After Its Seismic Election Result
BUSINESS & TRADE
Amazon Wants Trump To Testify About Military Contract Awarded To Microsoft
Bank Of England Gold: Rare Look Inside The Vaults
Eurozone Economy Barely Growing At All
German Economy Barely Grows At End Of 2019
CLIMATE & CLIMATE CHANGE
Storm Ciara Kills At Least Seven In Europe
Time-Lapse As Snowstorm Hits Turkish Coast
UK Government Appoints Alok Sharma As Cop26 President
Don’t Shop Till You Drop: Advice To Uk Citizens On Net Zero Climate Goals
UK Climate Diplomacy ‘Already Happening’ For Cop26 Despite Leadership Vacuum
Locust Plague Destroys Livelihoods In Kenya But ‘Biggest Threat Yet To Come’
EU Parliament Urges ECB To Put Climate At Heart Of Strategy Review
Shipping Could Raise Ambition Of 2030 Climate Target, Study Shows
Campaigners Urge African Union To Stop Fossil Fuel Proliferation On Continent
Marshall Islands, Suriname Norway Upgrade Climate Plans Before Cop26
One Million Solar Panels! If Only We Knew Where They Were…
Carbon Taxes Are Key To Stop Deforestation
Bank 2030: Accelerating The Transition To A Low Carbon Economy
How A Program In Washington State Is Bringing Climate Change Into The Classroom
Climate Change Has Driven Serious Declines In World’s Bumblebees
In Pictures: Storm Ciara Batters North-Western Europe
COMMUNITY & LIFESTYLE
Photo courtesy of Mother Nature Network
You Can Take In A Concert 333 Feet Underground In Cumberland Caverns
India’s Forgotten Masterpieces
Oscars 2020: Highlights
Women Who Farm Are Finally Getting Counted
Plant Savvy: Planning The Spring Garden Of Your Dreams
How Mattresses Could Solve Hunger
Solving Seattle’s Violent Crime Begins With Mentorship, Not Fear And Punishment
‘Where The Millionaire Can Sit With The Homie’ And Have A Good Time. Chef Kristi Brown’s Welcoming Space
Refugee Resettlement Is A Yes Out West
Billionaires Are Changing Communities And The Wild In Wyoming
This Team Wants To Capture Unlimited Energy From Inside The Earth
Here’s How To Store Wind And Solar Energy Using Just Gravity
Canadian Pipeline Protest Forces Closure Of Major Rail Link
Two Countries, One Border And Their Shared Pollution
The Most Sustainable Way To Heat Homes
Global Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Flat In 2019
HEALTH & WELLBEING
It May Be Possible To Counter Some Of The Genetic Risk Of Alzheimer’s With These Lifestyle Changes
How Many Steps Should I Take A Day?
The Truth About Milk Alternatives
Editor’s Note: Please consult with your personal physician or health care provider before taking any medical advice you read in the media, including this one.
Swiss Machines ‘Used To Spy On Governments For Decades’
How Two 1950s Kids Playing On The Railroad Tracks Found A National Treasure
The Civil War Wasn’t Just About The Union And The Confederacy. Native Americans Played A Role Too
When A Women-Led Campaign Made It Illegal To Spit In Public In New York City
Charles Darwin’s Publisher Didn’t Believe In Evolution, But Sold His Revolutionary Book Anyway
18th-Century Log Cabin Discovered Beneath Condemned Pennsylvania Bar
George Washington Saw A Future For America: Mules
This Glass Gaming Piece May Hail From First Viking Raids In England
New Research Rewrites The Demise Of Easter Island
These 3-D Models Offer A Digital Glimpse Into 3,000 Years Of Athens’ History
Was This Cave An Ancient Lab For Preserving Human Bodies?
Newly Discovered Tyrannosaur Was Key To The Rise Of Giant Meat-Eaters
Gigantic Turtles Fought Epic Battles 10 Million Years Ago—And Have The Scars To Prove It
NEWS – GOOD
All Of The Fires In Australia’s Most Populous State Are ‘Now Contained,’ Authorities Say
Harrismith, South Africa: A Town Fixing Itself
How Companies Teach Their Employees First Aid For Mental Healthnews –
Passengers Disembark Cruise Ship In Cambodia After Being Denied Entry To 5 Countries Over COVID-19 Fears
Quick-Thinking Customer Knocks Shoplifter Off His Feet
What Makes This Country So Happy?
Why China’s Huge Increase In New COVID-19 Cases Is Actually A Step In The Right Direction
NEWS – NOT SO GOOD
By 2050, Our Destruction Of Nature Will Cost The US $83 Billion A Year
Chinese Military Hackers Charged With Stealing Millions Of Americans’ Info From Equifax
Huge Locust Swarms Decimating Crops In East Africa, Threatening Food For 13 Million People
New Study Shows That When It Comes To Pesticides And Kids, The EPA Has Looked The Other Way
Once Protected As National Monuments, These Utah Lands Now Face Drilling And Mining
Russian Anti-Fascists Jailed On Terror Charges Over Alleged Election, World Cup Attacks
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Incredible. Way to go, folks. Record-Setting British Airways Flight Crosses Atlantic In Under 5 Hours
Scientists Invent Device To Generate Electricity From Rain That would make Seattle bright enough to be seen from Andromeda.
We stand solidly behind this. Save The Giants, Save The Planet
Antarctic Island Hits Record Temperature Of 20.75C
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reintroduces Bighorn Sheep On Tribal Lands
World’s Largest Cave Fish Discovered In India
7 Bizarre And Fantastic Creatures From The Biodiversity Heritage Library
Meet Astronaut Jeanette Epps
Find Out How To #Beanastronaut
This Group Is Collecting Designs For A Martian City
Next NASA Mars Rover Will Sport A Rock-Vaporizing Laser
NASA Snaps Photo Of Epic Dust Devil On The Surface Of Mars
NASA: Next Moon Landing Will Cost About $35 Billion
Mysterious Fast Radio Burst Repeats In 16-Day Rhythm
In A Single Grain Of Moon Dust, ‘Millions Of Years’ Of Lunar History
What Does The Sun Really Sound Like?
Space Force General: Russian Satellite Is “Unusual And Disturbing”
SpaceX Hires Former NASA Chief Of Human Spaceflight
Latest Images From NASA’s Earth Observatory
Facebook Removes ‘Foreign Interference’ Operations From Iran And Russia
Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Going To Work On An Oil Rig
The Electric Plane Leading A Revolution
DARPA Is Using Gamers’ Brain Waves To Train Robot Swarms
BEST OF THE NET
Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winners Will Take Your Breath Away
Let’s Go Behind The Scenes With The Furry, Fluffy, Fabulous Stars Of The Westminster Dog Show
Here’s Where You Can Apply To Be A NASA Moon Astronaut
A Welsh Isle ‘Forgotten’ For Millennia
New York’s 101-Year-Old Pizzeria
Canada’s Little-Known Geological Wonder
Japan’s ‘Perfect’ National Treasure
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: THE RED BALL EXPRESS tells the story of black and white Americans fighting side by side trucking supplies to Patton’s Third Army during the Second World War. Starring Jeff Chandler and Alex Nicol, it also features African American actor Sidney Poitier in a strong performance as a soldier whose opinion of whites changes after serving with them..
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.
Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here.
This little fairy-tale short story dedicated to a pet-friend gone chasing the rainbow. For kids their first lost and challenge in life is letting go of their pet friends that once became part of their world. This little story will help in times they have to say good-bye without falling into despair. Yep, go here.
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Considering they are also natural competitors for the same food supply, this is also a lesson for the American Congress . Watch A Coyote And Badger Hunt Their Prey Together
Can Talking To Trees Promote Wellbeing? Of course it can. Hugging them helps too.
Ants Have A Brilliant Strategy For Determining Friend From Foe We should be this clever.
Chance Fossil Discovery Reveals Ancient Marine Reptile
Cheetah Changes His Hunting Strategy In A Surprising Way
Meet The Newest Dog Breed Of Westminster
Meet The Pangolin, An Adorable Endangered Creature
Spider’s Web Is Part Of Its Mind, New Research Suggests
Whale ‘Breach Party’ Stuns Travelers In Maui
Tesla Driver’s Autopilot Often Swerved Toward The Same Barrier. One Day, It Killed Him.
World’s Largest Honey Bee Makes Rare Hallucinogenic Honey
Orangutan Reaches Out To ‘Rescue’ Man
OUR THANKS THIS WEEK TO:
American Heritage Magazine
Earth Sky News: Updates On Your Cosmos And World
High Country News
Jewish Defense League
Moscow Times: Independent News From Russia
Mother Nature Network
National Public Radio
South China Morning Post – This Week In Asia
UBS Nobel Perspectives
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