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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 19 2015  Vol. 8 No. 30

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

earthday

HAPPY EARTH DAY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  .  This Wednesday, April 22, a great many people on this planet celebrate Earth Day.  For a comprehensive overview of this international holiday, please go here.

Earth Day was first observed in 1970.  I was overseas then and until I left Southern California, I didn’t experience this holiday personally.  But when I returned to Sacramento after an absence of nearly eight years, Jerry Brown was in office, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia had been on the New York Times bestseller list and the entire community was in the midst of the “green revolution” the founders of Earth Day hoped it would inspire.

That Green Movement was not as violent as those that sought the true freedom of all Americans over the same period in history.  But it was not without its casualties, particularly when well intentioned young idealists with few actual land skills decided to immigrate to places like Oregon and rural Washington and pioneer, as it was.

One thing that the Greens and their descendants in the Pacific Northwest seem to have learned is that you don’t move into a place and expect it to conform to your idea of how things should be done.

You learn the lay of the land, as it were.  Sometimes generations-old ways of doing things are done that way because they work.  Even rocket scientists do not usually try to fix something that is not broken.  You join the community and help it improve itself along lines that everyone ~ or most of those who live there ~ agree with.

Implicit in this too is recognizing that like it or not ~ right or wrong ~ some places will not change because they do not want to change.  As sad or as tragic as the results may be, it is their decision, not ours.  Our Constitution guarantees us the freedom to choose.  It does not say those choices need to be wise ones.

I am proud that the Green Movement was able to get beyond the rhetoric and successfully court the scientific, technological and industrial communities, without whose assistance, the tools necessary to repair the damage we have done ~ as a species ~ to this planet would not have evolved.

We could have done better at convincing our elected officials not to use the salvation of the planet (and us along with it) as a political football.  But then sometimes it is easier to teach a jackass to sing than to dance,  I have absolutely no issues with my own Congressional delegation, governor state legislature, mayor or anyone else in that realm.

But then I live in Washington State and these folks have had about 45 years of making mostly the right decisions, coal trains, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the over-industrialization of Tacoma notwithstanding.  I sincerely wish that was true everywhere on the planet.  Perhaps in time it will be.  I hope it does not take another 45 years.  I sincerely doubt we have that much time left.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

This gets a Northstar Standing Ovation.  Young, Female, Succeeding In Gaza

This does not surprise me but now that I know it, it is no longer a dog eat dog world.  Our ancestors were cannibals

This is awesome.  WATCH LIVE: Global Citizen Earth Day Takes Over National Mall

GLOBAL

‘Preventable Rabies Kills 160 Per Day’

AFRICA

Two Killed In Shooting At South Korean Embassy In Libya

A Year After Girls’ Abduction By Boko Haram, Nigeria’s President-Elect Signals New Approach

VIDEO: The African Migrants Risking Everything

Mali: Suicide Bomber Attacks U.N. Base

Egypt: Blast Kills Military Cadets

U.N. Asks Kenya Not To Close Somali Refugee Camp In Wake Of Garissa Killings

Sierra Leone: Schools Reopen As Ebola Outbreak Subsides

Shabab Carry Out Deadly Attack On Ministry Building In Somalia

Egypt: Barring Of Gay Man Upheld

Chimps That Hunt Offer A New View On Evolution

Nigeria: Militants Have Displaced 800,000 Children, Unicef Reports

Sierra Leone: Ebola Trial Begins

ASIA

Nuclear Reactors in Japan Remain Closed by Judge’s Order

Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani, Blames ISIS For Deadly Suicide Bombing At Bank

One Killed In Kashmir Valley Protest

Tibetan Dies After Setting Himself On Fire In Protest

Doubling Of Search Zone Planned If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Isn’t Found Before June

Japan: TV Executives Are Questioned

American Woman Wounded in Shooting in Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistani Justices Suspend Executions Ordered by Military Courts

Japan: Tensions in the Region Keep Defense Forces’ Jets Busy

After 15 Years, Legal Victory for Family of Pastor Believed Abducted by North Korea

Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, to Be Honored by PEN

25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan

CHINA

China Restricts Hong Kong Visits

China ‘Building Runway In Spratlys’

Lost In Translation: The Strange Tale Of Two Chinese Investors, Their Friends And A Disappearing Fortune

Beijing Was Covered In A Massive Sandstorm, And Locals Freaked Out

Chinese Journalist Sentenced to 7 Years on Charges of Leaking State Secrets

INDIA

In Historic Speech, Indian PM Modi Vows Closer Canadian Ties

India And Canada, By The Numbers: A Look At The Mind-Boggling Differences Between The Two Countries

Canada And India: The Nuclear Genie, 40 Years On

Delhi Bus Service Hires Its First Female Driver

India: Violent Protest in Kashmir

MIDDLE EAST

Israel and Palestinians Reach Tax Deal

Under Bombardment in Yemen, Civilians Voice Terror and Despair Online

U.N. Calls on Western Nations to Shelter Syrian Refugees

Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance

Obama Urges ‘Creative’ Talks to Bridge Divide With Iran on Sanctions

Next Round of Nuclear Talks With Iran Set for Next Week

Palestinian Driver Suspected of Deliberately Hitting Jerusalem Bus Stop

Iraqi Premier Softens Tone About Saudis

On Holocaust Day in Israel, Strangers Answer the Call to a Funeral

U.N. Security Council Sees Video Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria

RUSSIA

Putin Lifts Ban On Russian Missile Sales To Iran

Putin Defiant Over Russia Sanctions

VIDEO: What Russians Want To Ask Putin

Russia’s Most Daring Theatre Company

In Exile, But Ready To Save Russia

EUROPE

Video: Far-Right Jobbik Wins First Hungary Seat

Portugal’s Wheels Of Change

Memorial Service For Alps Crash Dead

Video: Greece Turning To Commune Life

The Danish Politician Who Accused Google of Antitrust Violations

Planned Motorcycle Rally by the Night Wolves, a Putin Ally, Has Poland on Edge

THE VATICAN

Pope Calls Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide,’ Provoking Turkish Anger

UNITED KINGDOM

Her Majesty’s Jihadists

Jobless Total Lowest Since July 2008

UNITED STATES

Ex-Blackwater Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in 2007 Killings of Iraqi Civilians

Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege

Chicago Pays $5 Million to Family of Black Teenager Killed by Officer

Celebrating Boston Marathon, While Honoring Victims’ Memory

Federal Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Most Dangerous Drugs

CANADA

Cyberattackers Tried To Shut Down The Canadian Government Service That Synchronizes Clocks: Memo

India And Canada, By The Numbers: A Look At The Mind-Boggling Differences Between The Two Countries

Interest Rates, The Bank Of Canada, And The Trauma Of The Oil Shock

LATIN AMERICA

Video: Mass Protests Sweep Through Brazil

Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

Video: Dead Fish Problem In Rio Rowing Lake

Colombian President Says Peace Talks Will Continue Despite Fatal Attack Attributed to FARC Rebels

Colombia To Resume Bombing FARC Rebels After Deadly Ambush

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Police ‘Foil Melbourne Terror Plot’

Australia’s Radicalised Muslims

Video Australia Arrests Over ‘Terror Plot’

Australians With IS ‘Serious Threat’

Timeline: Australia’s Terror Threat

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Come On, People. We’re Going To Need A Lot Better Than This If We Want A Strong Paris Climate Treaty

Record Low For Winter Sea Ice In The Arctic

Tired Of Bizarre Weather? Blame The North Pacific Mode

California’s Wet Era May Be Ending 

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. Steps Up Bombing Raids In Anbar After Shiite Militias Withdraw

Why Western Girls Move To Middle East To Marry ISIL Fighters — And What Life’s Really Like When They Get There

Iran Is Raising Sophistication And Frequency Of Cyberattacks, Study Says

FROM THE UKRAINE:

Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains.  Photo credit  olyasoloviova.com

Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. Photo credit olyasoloviova.com

TWO YOUNG WOMEN WALK ACROSS A WARTORN NATION, CAMERAS RUNNING

In about three weeks, two young lady photographers will be walking across their war-torn nation capturing not the ravages of conflict, but of a people embracing peace.  Their project is called Inside of Living.  The Northstar Journal’s European associate editor, Olya Bereza, reports.

Hi, Rusty, from Dnipropetrovsk:

I am this week sending you a wonderful picture of the project Inside-Of-Living 

At this time I think constructive news and positive ideas here are as much if not more important than political life for people to come back to peace in their minds.    Here is an example.  Inside of Living is this project by two brave east Ukrainian girls from Dnipropetrovsk walking through the country from border to border (1.500-1.800 km) taking pictures of villages and towns on the way to show beauty and culture of Ukraine.

They will start this Saturday and they are also going to make videoblogs in English as well. More information can be found on the page of their Kickstarter campaign  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289052912/inside-of-living

Stay warm, Mishka.

SHORTS

What’s Behind The High-Profile Deaths In Ukraine?

Two Major Orthodox Churches In Ukraine Mulling Merger

VIDEO: Inside Ukraine Plant Hit By Rockets

Video: Trapped in a Torn Country

Kenney Says Canadian Troops Won’t Be Training Nazi Sympathizers In Ukraine

GOOD EXAMPLES

This might be taking political correctness a tad too far.  Which country has the least sexist banknotes?

This is one of those symbolic gestures that in a cynical world means nothing.  But positive change does not come from a world which has given up on itself.  It comes from a world in which gestures like this mean everything.  Get Inspired To Hugatree! See Photos Of 10 Species That Hug Trees.

The city in which I live has the same problem so I can definitely get behind this.  The Haida’s War On Rats: After three centuries of infestation, locals reclaim idyllic island from rodent invaders

BAD EXAMPLES

This needs to change.  With Driver’s License Suspensions, a Cycle of Debt

If this starts happening in the two nations in which my heart and mind reside, it’s time for this little E.T. to call home.  VIDEO: Prison for insulting a president?

Probably not the best idea in the world, eh?  VIDEO: Gyrocopter lands on US Capitol lawn

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Here’s an offer I found impossible to refuse.  Find a Tree. Hug It Out.

This is cool.  ~ Netflix is teaming up with the World Wildlife Foundation and Silverback Films on an ambitious four-year project.  It is an eight-part series that explores never-before-filmed wilderness areas in stunning 4K HD entitled Our Planet

I wrote about these in Wrath of the USS Testament in 1985.  VIDEO: US navy shows off ‘swarming’ drones

HERE ON EARTH

Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring

The Truth About Wolves

At Auschwitz-Birkenau, Preserving a Site and a Ghastly Inventory

OUTER SPACE

Astronauts Capture First-Person Perspective Of Space Walk Using Gopro

SpaceX Shipment Arrives at International Space Station

What You Need to Know About the International Space Station Launch

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Easy Solution for Shrimpers and Smelt Alike

Apes Reveal Secrets To Good Sleep

60 Facts About Our Awesome World

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Plane That Can Fly Backwards

The Robotics Inventors Who Are Trying to Take the ‘Hard’ Out of Hardware

A Rare Look Inside Chrysler’s Research Facility

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

4 Surprising Reasons Why Clean Energy Is Gaining On Fossil Fuels

‘I Rule My Own Ocean Micronation’

The 10 Best Housing Designs Of 2015, According To Architects

HEALTH

Being a Night Owl May Be Bad for Your Health

Take the Habit Personality Quiz ~ What’s your habit personality? Take a quiz to find out the factors that influence how you form habits, both good and bad.

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities In America

LIFESTYLE

After 50 Years of Smoking Marijuana, Her Life Turned Out Nicely

Finding Happiness In Family Life

Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!

The Worst Office Habits

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

Watch: A Woman’s Outback Odyssey

America’s 59 Amazing National Parks (PHOTOS) 

A Field Guide to the American Sandwich

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at amazon.com for $3.99, please go here.

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

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Special Projects

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is beautiful.  Strange new whale song heard

This is really cool.  Trees have traits many of us aspire to: strength, resilience, the ability to branch out and more. Answer seven simple questions about your habits, personality and interests to discover the tree you relate to most. Find out which tree you are

I am not sure this is the best news for the creature kingdom.  We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life

SHORTS

Eye Contact Helps Strengthen The Bond Between Pooches And Their Owners

Truck Of BEES Overturns On Washington State Highway

Angry Gorilla Scares The Heck Out Of Zoo Visitors

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Ontario’s new beer strategy has already gone skunky

At a Long Island Beach, Human Tempers Flare Over Claws and Feathers

A Project to Turn Corpses Into Compost

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported, international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  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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MAY PEACE BE WITH KENYAMAY PEACE BE WITH KENYA

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, Oh Canada, 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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 12, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 29

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

lion king

MAY PEACE BE WITH KENYA

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  I am very proud this week to share with you all an essay written by one of the students whose written English I am helping improve.  He is a young professional, husband and father, and here in America working with EarthCorps.

He is from Kenya and earlier this month, terrorists invaded a major university in his country and killed 147 Christian students.  Because I refuse to put him at risk, I will tell you that his name is Francis.  And this is what he has to say about what happened.

On an early, chilling and quiet Thursday morning in early April, the unexpected happened at Kenya’s Garissa University.  As some of the students were sleeping and others were preparing for classes, unknown masked gunmen found their way into the University’s dormitories and attacked them.  They started firing at them, leaving 147 students dead and many others injured in the confusion of escaping for their lives.

My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends and relative of those students killed in this terror attack.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone impacted by the incident.  It is extremely sad.  As a nation, we Kenyans fail to understand the reason behind the attack which ended the lives of students in pursuit of their future.  It is a great loss to our country and as left many in shock.

Terrorism in Kenya is violence-driven by politics, ideologies, corruption and radicalization of those youths who choose to join these terrorist groups.

Many young people in my country are jobless and therefore vulnerable to those who would recruit them into committing crimes like this in return for good money.

Politics in Kenya have taken a different angle, leaving the important national issues to be addressed.  First, politicians are campaigning for the coming next election and misusing public funds and resources allocated to security issues.  Some of these officials are believed to be close associates of the terrorist groups.  As an example, many of our top politicians run charcoal businesses in Somali.  Political ideologies are also a contributing factor.  There is no mutual agreement and national dialogue among the politicians.

All these factors have transformed the war into religious conflicts, diving Kenyans along theological lines, creating disunity among the major religious groups in Kenya such as Muslims and Christians.  As a result, many Kenyans live through the pain and sorrow associated wit indiscriminate acts perpetrated by the cowards and heartless human beings who call themselves AlShaBab, people who believe they can achieve their objectives by using threats, intimidation and murder of innocent people.  On that chilling morning earlier this month, Muslims were separated from Christians.  The former were spared.  The latter were not.

There is need for national dialogue to discuss the best strategies to counter terrorism in Kenya.  There must be proper coordination among politicians and great community involvement in handling the security issues at hand.  The government of Kenya needs to take strong action against corruption.  This too will improve security in our nation.

The tragedy in Kenya is that such heartbreaking acts of terrorism have become a major challenge.  Therefore, as a country, we should be united and not divided.  We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated in our own country.  As a famous American president once contented, together we stand and divided we fall.

May peace be with Kenya.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

This is certainly good to read.  2 New Ebola Vaccines Pass Important Early Test, Researchers Say

Here we go again.  Sigh.  Judge Refuses To Allow Obama’s Immigration Actions To Proceed

I am an unabashed tree hugger but this seems just a little extreme.  Indian Police Shoot and Kill 20 Said to Be Illegally Cutting Down Trees

GLOBAL

AFRICA

Bomb Kills Police Officer And Injures Civilians In Cairo

In Nigeria, Beggar Students Vulnerable To Exploitation And Extremism

The Young Hopes Of Kenya, Laid In The Grave

Egyptian Court Sentences U.S. Citizen to Life in Prison

ASIA

Chinese Women’s Rights Activists Fall Afoul of Officials

Malaysia Resurrects Detention Without Trial, Alarming Government Critics

Electoral Stakes High For Suu Kyi – And For Myanmar

Nun Sets Herself on Fire to Protest Chinese Rule in Tibet

CHINA

China’s Anhui Province Plans $5 Billion Debt Swap, State News Reports

China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet

China Is Rapidly Adding Coast Guard Ships, U.S. Navy Says

INDIA

India’s Private Equity Industry Shakes Off Its Doldrums

India Software Chief Guilty Of Fraud

Indian PM To Meet With Pension Funds, Banks During Visit To Canada

MIDDLE EAST

Red Cross To Send Planes To Yemen

Video: Yemen Locals ‘Without Water For Days’

Israel Suggests Ways To Make Iran Nuclear Deal ‘More Reasonable’

Saudis Seek Pakistani Troops For Yemen Campaign, Official Says

Un Demands Access To Damascus Camp

Video Shows Afghan Hostage Beheaded

Deadly Gun Battle In Afghan City

Pakistan Votes For Yemen Neutrality

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says Sanctions Must Lift When Nuclear Deal Is Signed

Pakistani Court Releases Militant Leader Tied to Mumbai Attacks on Bail

RUSSIA

Using Cash And Charm, Putin Targets Europe’s Weakest Links

Putin Meets With Alexis Tsipras of Greece, Raising Eyebrows in Europe

EUROPE

Marine Le Pen, Leader Of France’s National Front Party, Splits With Her Father, Its Founder

Sex Education In Europe Turns To Urging More Births

Explaining the Greek Debt Crisis

Turkey lifts Twitter block for image

UNITED KINGDOM

Future London: Lloyd’s Building

From A to Z (Asteroids to Zombies), the British Just Want the Facts

UNITED STATES

Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows

70 Years on, Crowd Gets Close to the Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

Rolling Stone Retracts Rape Article

Boeing And Delta Spend Millions In Fight Over Export-Import Bank’s Existence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Is Fired, And Police Chief Denounces Shooting

U.S. Deports Salvadoran General Accused in ’80s Killings

Legal Conflicts On Medical Marijuana Enter A New Phase

Capitol Locked Down After Shots Are Fired in Apparent Suicide

CANADA

Harper Pledges Funds For Latin America, Will Press For Better Human Rights

What Is Lyme Disease And Why Are We Suddenly Hearing More About It In Canada?

Canada Ranked As Sixth Most Socially Advanced Country

Most Canadians Support Either Abolished Or Reformed Senate

LATIN AMERICA

US And Cuba Hold Historic Meeting

Engaging With Latin America

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australians’ Death Row Appeal Fails

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Thawing Permafrost Could Be The Worst Climate Threat You Haven’t Heard Of

Jerry Brown Tells Climate Deniers To Wake Up And Smell The Drought

Wanna Change An Oil Exec’s Mind On Climate? Here’s How

GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE

Kenyan Authorities Say Son of Official Was Among Gunmen in University Attack

Kenya Bombs Somalia Al-Shabab Bases

Setbacks Press Shabab Fighters To Kill Inexpensively In Kenya

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

A Norway Town and Its Pipeline to Jihad in Syria

Winning Support Of Sunnis Critical For Iraq In Battle Against ISIL

Crisis In Palestinian Camp In Syria Has Worsened Since ISIS Invasion, U.N. Says

After Beating ISIS In Tikrit, Iraq And U.S. Seek Fighters For Next Front

Iraq Starts Emptying Mass Graves in Search for Cadets Killed by ISIS

UKRAINE

BBC INDEPTH; Ukraine Crisis

VIDEO: Ukraine Arrests ‘Corrupt’ Oligarchs

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good!  ‘Revenge Porn’ Site Owner Jailed

Our admiration for His Holiness continues to grow.  In Francis’ Vatican, The Homeless Get VIP Treatment

This is happening where I live.  Teens Create Tiny Home Village For Seattle’s Growing Homeless Population

BAD EXAMPLES

This is an outrage to an otherwise honorable profession.  Rolling Stone Article on Rape at University of Virginia Failed All Basics, Report Says

The Florida State Chamber of Commerce is going to love this one.  Video: Pets Gone Wild

This is not exactly reassuring.  Battling Crime and Calories at F.B.I. (Fit Bureau of Investigation)

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This puts a new spin on “green with envy.”  Do colors change our mood?

First cars and now airplanes?  I do not think so.  Planes Without Pilots

This doesn’t sound very refreshing to me.  For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

HERE ON EARTH

The Worst Place On Earth

‘Terror Bird’ Discovered

How Wasabi Could Pave Way For New Pain Meds

OUTER SPACE

Weird Green Objects Seen In Space

Inside A Movie Spaceship Factory

Can Science Explain The Universe?

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Moon’s Origin Story Gets Fine-Tuned

Psychedelic Brew Seen As Possible Remedy For Depression

Could Aliens Be Bigger Than We Ever Imagined?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

20 Cars That Changed The World

This Startup Wants To Fight Deforestation … 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

California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

This Affordable Housing Complex Has A Solar Farm On Its Roof

8 Striking Portraits Of People In The Path Of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline

HEALTH

Tylenol for Pain No Better Than Placebo, Tests Reveal

Exercise Beats Vitamin D for Injury Prevention

6 Things No One Tells Women About Their Weight Loss Journey

LIFESTYLE

Back To School At 40

The 11 Greatest Children’s Books

The Trip That Transformed Me

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

As far as we are concerned, there stands alone as the Best Read On The Net.  Malala Yousafzai Gets Her Own Asteroid

FROM NORTHSTAR

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at amazon.com for $3.99, please go here.

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Business Correspondence,  Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor  Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Online Writing Tutoring, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This was a little spooky.  Tardigrades return from the dead

This was oddly reassuring.  Apparently young sea turtles do not go with the flow.

The Cornell University School of Ornithology April newsletter is now available.  Another outstanding edition for amateur and scientific birdwatchers alike.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Bad day at work? Top this

Divorce via Facebook? Yes!

Ghostly Faces Appear In Medieval ‘Black Book’

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported, international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  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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FINGERS OF THE SAME HAND

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest


The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, Oh Canada, 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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 5, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 28

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

praying_hands_1_FINGERS OF THE SAME HAND

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  Well, I’d like to wish all of you the best of the spring holidays.  With a readership as theologically diverse as this one and with tensions being what they are now, I would prefer not to focus on a single one of them.  I am a passionate believer in what Kahlil Girbran contended, that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand.

I think, in that regard, that our species has been blessed, literally and figuratively.  We were given the gift of transcendence, of being made aware that we are part of something much greater than the world of our senses.  We were given instructions on how to conduct ourselves in this life and a good look at the Afterlife options.  We were, in my opinion, provided an outstanding set of tools.

What disappoints me is how those tools have been so often down through history, abused.  Instead of unifying us as a species, too often, they have divided us.  Instead of exalting human existence, too often they have made of it a profound mockery.

Entirely too often, instead of freeing us to explore the stars, too many of the users of these divine tools have chosen to keep the rest of us somewhere between Diogenes and Dante.

Perhaps saddest of all, is that in so doing, the users of these incredible tools, victimized the most vulnerable among us and with the ruthlessness of a holocaust.

I would hope, then, that these and all of the religious holidays we celebrate are also a process of unification, of realizing that the Divine might just possibly come to each of us as that deity knows we can best experience them.

I hope we are also increasingly more proactive in placing behavior above doctrine.  A corrupt cleric does not invalidate the doctrine or the other tool users.  Sometimes there are things even the Divine cannot fix.

 We might just need to become a little more reliant on ourselves and a little less dependent on religion for the wisdom to conduct ourselves honorably and with compassion in the 21st Century.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

Our heart goes out to those impacted by this tragedy.  Russian Trawler Sinks With 54 Dead

I wish individuals of this integrity lived forever.  Retired Japanese Fighter Pilot Sees an Old Danger on the Horizon

To those who contend that what happens to others several thousand miles away has no direct bearing on one’s own life do not have friends who live in some of those countries.  Francis, we are so sorry that the Somalis chose Easter to remind us all of this.  Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 148, Officials Say

WORLD

Global Population of Muslims Projected to Match Christians by 2070

Enough! The Attacks on Schools Must End

Pope Decries ‘Complicit Silence’ Over Christians Slain Around The World

AFRICA

Ivory Coast Primates Being Wiped Out Because Of World Demand For Chocolate

In Nigeria’s Election, Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan

Kenya’s College Massacre Indicates Growing Threat From Somalia’s Al-Shabab

ASIA

The Price of Damming Tibet’s Rivers

Japan, Sticking With U.S., Says It Won’t Join China-Led Bank

Defiant former political prisoner remains true to Mongolian cause

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Will Australians Work To 100?

Reclaim Australia Rallies ‘Would Have Distressed New Migrants’

Doctor Stable In Sydney Hospital After Being Cleared Of Ebola

CHINA

China Appears to Attack GitHub by Diverting Web Traffic

Stampede to Join China’s Development Bank Stuns Even Its Founder

The Chinese Billionaire Zhang Lei Spins Research Into Investment Gold

Chinese Taxi Drivers Drink Pesticide in Beijing Protest

EUROPE

Jet Crash Tests Germany’s Faith In Its Precision

Lufthansa Now Says It Knew of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz’s History of Depression

In Italy, Matteo Renzi Aims to Upend the Old World Order

INDIA

Indian Women Take Down Their Country’s Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality

LATIN AMERICA

Chile’s Affordable, Green Capital

Airbnb Adds Cuba To Destination List

MIDDLE EAST

Obama Lifts Arms Freeze Against Egypt

VIDEO: Iranians Celebrate Nuclear Agreement

No New Passport For Fahmy In Egypt Until He Is Cleared To Travel: Foreign Affairs Minister

Egyptian Court Begins Retrial Of Hosni Mubarak

Iran Will Allow Women in Sports Stadiums, Reversing a Much-Criticized Rule

RUSSIA

Russian Museum Seeks A Warmer Adjective For Ivan The Terrible

Death Toll in Sinking of Russian Ship Rises to at Least 56

Kamchatka, Home to Russian Version of Alaska Iditarod, Frets Over Growth

Russia Shuts Down TV Station Serving Crimean Tatars

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank of England Outlines Parameters of 2015 Stress Test

Devon Heathland Saved For Native Wildlife

UNITED STATES

2 Ex-Federal Agents In Silk Road Case Are Charged With Fraud

California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought

Obama Hails Iran Nuclear Agreement

Religion Laws Quickly Fall Into Retreat in Indiana and Arkansas

U.S. Economy Gained 126,000 Jobs in March, an Abrupt Slowdown in Hiring

Alabama Man Freed After Decades on Death Row

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Washington Governor Puts Focus on Climate Goals, and Less on Debate

California Drought Is Worsened by Global Warming, Scientists Say

GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE

Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 147, Officials Say

Shabab Lured Kenya Students to Deaths With Promise of Life

Kenya President Vows Tough Response

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

U.N. Leader Warns Iraq Not To Mistreat Civilians After Liberation From ISIS

Canadian Government Votes To Extend, Expand Military Mission Against Isis

Lawson Admits Allies Using Smart Bombs In Syria, Despite Kenney Claims

‘Sharp Rise’ In Foreign Fighters

Affiliate of Al Qaeda Seizes Major Yemeni City, Driving Out the Military

UKRAINE

BBC News In-Depth Ukraine Report

Video: On Patrol With Rebels In Ukraine

OH CANADA

But we’ll always have Robson Street, dah-link.  Vancouver has the worst traffic in Canada, new congestion study claims

You know I had to find this interesting.  Thanks once again, Canada.com  10 fresh ways to use maple syrup (that don’t involve pancakes and waffles)

This is sooo typically Canadian.  Passengers from crashed flight in Halifax getting financial help from airline

SHORTS

Canadian Cities Lobby Ottawa For Increase In Public Transit Funding

Economy A Higher Priority Than Terrorism For Canadians: Poll

Canadian Diplomat’s Son Killed In Miami Shootout Over Two Pounds Of Marijuana

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for you guys!  (finally) Japan’s whaling fleet abides by UN ruling and catches no whales

Yes!  Agribusiness giant tells suppliers to stop cutting down forests

We love it when an elected official displays this much integrity.  Arkansas Moves to Revise Legislation as Concerns of Religion and Gay Rights Intensify

BAD EXAMPLES

This makes us look real good in the eyes of the rest of the world, doesn’t it?  US Teachers Convicted Over Cheating

Issues like this need to be given much higher priority.  Report Details Flawed Law Enforcement Response to Marathon Bombings

This attitude needs to change.  A Struggle to Save the Scaly Pangolin

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Go Solar Impulse!  Solar Aeroplane Heads For China

This is pretty cool. Android Apps To Run On Windows, Macs

This is extremely interesting.  Modern Explorers Seek A Place In A GPS World

HERE ON EARTH

Genetically-Modified Mosquitoes Might Save Human Lives, But Is The Risk Too High?

14 Stunning Volcano Creations

How To Find Water In The Desert  

OUTER SPACE

Rover Spots Strange ‘Veins’ On Mars

Earth, the Marvelous Blue Orb

28 Months On Mars

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Take A Trip Down An Airport Conveyor Belt In Our Videos Of The Week

Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?

In ‘Life at the Limits,’ Extreme Creatures at American Museum of Natural History

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Best And Worse Anti-Virus Software For Windows In 2015

Bloodhound Diary: Building A ‘Bullet-Proof’ Car

Hidden Language

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

Where Nuclear Subs Go To Die

What’s The Most Energy-Efficient Kind Of Light?

As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

HEALTH

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records

12 Foods To Eat When You’re Totally Stressed Out

Sleep Well With This Bedtime Ritual

LIFESTYLE

How ‘You Do You’ Perfectly Captures Our Narcissistic Culture

Powerful Video Reminds Women That Their Life Choices Belong To Only Them

Can Women Get Away With Wearing The Same Thing to Work Every Day?

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

Primates Fight Off Huge Snake

Video: Stunning Views of Earth From Space

Video: The Last Ice Merchant

FROM NORTHSTAR

Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at amazon.com for $3.99, please go here.

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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is good news.  Congo’s wildlife rangers launch offensive against armed groups trafficking charcoal in gorilla zone of Virunga

Here’s an interesting test of how much we know about these two.  Reindeer vs elk Do you know which of these deer has the largest antlers and which survives in the coldest regions?

The SeaDoc Society’s April newsletter is now available.  Features include:  Can diseases really impede Salish Sea recovery?; Multiple impacts of energy transportation projects; SeaDoc recognized in new children’s book on ocean health; UC Davis Vet School is #1; Novel program to remove derelict crab pots featured in film; SeaDoc in the news; Upcoming Events

SHORTS

Wildlife Holidays, Vital To Conservation – The Where And How Guide

Wild Bactrian Camel – On The Brink Of Extinction

Extinct’ Jerdon’s babbler found live and well in Myanmar

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Skydiving Without The Plane

Sailor Rescued After 66 Days At Sea

The Longest Detour ` Why A Journey That Usually Takes Five Hours Took 306 Days

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported, international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  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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THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON HAVE SPOKEN. MAY GOD GRANT THEY SPEAK FOR ALL.

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, Oh Canada, Good Examples, Bad Examples, PULSE: by David Grinsberg, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Thoughts of the Week, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 29, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 27

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

1773 Boston Tea Party

1773 Boston Tea Party

THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON HAVE SPOKEN. MAY GOD GRANT THEY SPEAK FOR ALL.

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  I was very proud to read this last Tuesday morning.  Most Boston Residents Prefer Life Term Over Death Penalty in Marathon Case, Poll Shows

I think this makes a very important statement about the appropriate reaction to acts of terror, domestic or foreign.  It speaks to a contemporary code of conduct, rather than to an honorable but ancient one.

It will cost much more to keep these people incarcerated than it would to execute them.  Bostonians are not historically noted for embracing new taxes but this is one they have apparently agreed to pay.

Most importantly ~ and here’s the lesson for all of us in this, I think ~ it clearly demarks the line between revenge and justice and war and peace.

On the battlefield, the object is to kill more of them than they kill of you and do it more quickly.  In a global community, there are no civilians, no innocents, no immunity to the subhuman savagery which is war when it is waged as ISIS, et al are waging it now.  We may end up having to kill almost every one of these misguided fools before they yell “uncle,” and we need to be prepared to do exactly that.

Bostonians are reminding us that when it is over, it will become just as important to wage an effective peace.  In a global community, we need to understand the conditions which allow outfits and ideologies like ISIS to root and flourish in the first place.  We need to better understand the needs they fill and come up with much better solutions.

We are many families living in a very very large house.  If ever there was a nation born to carry the ball on this one, it is America, a land which would not be here without the teeming refuse of other shores and which almost destroyed itself learning that to deny freedom to any is to deny it to all.

The people of Boston have spoken.  May God grant they speak for all.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

Sometimes even the sincerest of us use the word “sacrifice” a little too often and a lot too glibly.  This, however, is not one of those times.  Our thanks to CBS This Morning.  Altruistic Donor And The Transplant Chain She Inspired

This is starting to take familiar shape and form in terms of an anti-tech backlash.  Two top US officials claim they do not have email.  Others say that they are abandoning it.  To me that’s a backward step of about 25 years.  Rather than scrap the technology, which not try upgrading user protocols?  I hate to break it to John McCain, et al but the earth’s not flat and the Internet is here to stay.  The Companies That Banned Email

Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the German airliner tragedy. As horrific as this is ~ and I live in an aircraft industry town ~ we need to rein in our emotions and focus on what we can do to minimize the risk of a subsequent occurrence.  A famous American president contended that problems caused by humans can be solved by them.  Pray it never happens again but please do not hate the very troubled man whose irrationality overruled his compassion.  He is a product of the world we have created and we need to take a look at this, as well.

WORLD

Ebola ‘Over By August’ Says UN

IMF To Co-Operate With China-Led Bank

Oil Prices Jump As Saudi And Yemen Fighting Escalates

As Dollar Heats Up Overseas, U.S. Manufacturers Feel A Chill

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

Suspected Cases Of Mass Homicide By Pilots Are Rare

First Global Review On The Status, Future Of Arctic Marine Mammals Published

AFRICA

Chad Strongman Says Nigeria Is Absent in Fight Against Boko Haram

Somali Troops End Siege At Hotel As Death Toll Rises To 15

How Nuns In Kenya Are Training Women To Be Peacemakers

During Economic Boom, Ethiopia Targets Specific Poverty Sectors

Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram Bravely Return To School

How ‘Dumb Phones’ Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa

How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image

ASIA

Singapore Mourns Founding Father

South Korea Says It Will Join Regional Development Bank Led by China

4,000 Fishermen Stranded On Indonesian Islands

Bio-Diversity Hotspot In Vietnam Saved As Part Of Forests Of Hope Program

North Korea U.N. Resolution: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

U.S. Troubled By Thai Prime Minister’s Threat To Execute Reporters

57 Canines Rescued From Dog Meat Farm Are Brought To US To Be ‘Treasured’ In Forever Homes

Buddhist, Muslim Leaders Push For Peace In Conflict Areas

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Queensland Premier Expels Labor MP Over Criminal Record

Banned Pesticide Used On Australian Strawberries

Baird Vows To Get On With Power Privatization Plan Immediately

WA Premier ‘Confident Road Safety Procedures Followed’ Before Fatal Crash

Tourist Fees Touted To Protect Kimberley Aboriginal Sites

Project Tackles Sharp Decline In Freshwater Turtle Population

CHINA

Amid Pollution Problems, China’s Health Food Industry Blossoms

The Far West of China

Wrath of Dancing Grandmothers Forces Chinese Government to Backtrack

EUROPE

The Beast Of The Danube ~ The Fish That Can Grow As Big As A Man

Turkish Parliament Expands Police Powers and Cracks Down on Demonstrations

Indiana Law Denounced as Invitation to Discriminate Against Gays

2 Czech Tourists Abducted in 2013 Have Been Freed in Pakistan

Poland Charges Russian Air Traffic Controllers in Crash

INDIA

Sashimani Devi, Last of India’s Jagannath Temple Dancers, Dies at 92

India Court Scraps Online Arrest Law

Working Elephants To Be Removed From Delhi’s Streets

Indian Women Take Down Their Country’s Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality

LATIN AMERICA

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

Lawmakers From 9 Nations Unite to Combat Children Slavery, Abuse

President Of Argentina Won’t Face Charges

Officials’ Involvement In A Bombing Buenos Aires In 1994.

Angry Protest Over New Bishop In Chile 

Brazil’s Slumping Economy And Bribery Scandal Eat Away At Dilma Rousseff’s Popularity

Mexico: Elite Police Officers Slain

Cuba: Split In Dissident Group

Ex-Promoter In Haiti Charged In Kidnapping Ring

MIDDLE EAST

Saudi Justice, Harsh But Able To Spare The Sword

Netanyahu Apologizes For Comments About Israeli Arabs

Pakistani Army Begins Offensive To Drive Militants From Tirah Valley

Israel Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue

Saudi Arabia Evacuates Diplomats From A Yemen City As Houthi Advance Continues

RUSSIA

Russian Superhighway Would Link London And New York

Russia: MPs Find Love Across The Political Divide

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Inflation Rate Falls To Zero

Richard III Gets A Kingly Burial, On Second Try

House Sparrow Rule Roost In Scotland

Britain’s National Bird Campaign shortlist announced

UNITED STATES

Kraft Foods To Merge With Heinz

Ghani Addresses Congress, Eager To Rebuild Afghan-U.S. Ties

Indiana Declares Health Emergency After H.I.V. Outbreak

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Watch This Adorable 6-Year-Old Make The Case For Climate Action

7 Ways To Talk About Climate Impacts With Just About Anyone

How Idealism, Expressed In Concrete Steps, Can Fight Climate Change

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS Reported In Tikrit For First Time

Guardsman Accused of Trying to Join ISIS in Libya

Europol Chief Warns On Encryption

Dark Web Spurs Spying ‘Arms Race’

Cybersecurity: The Insider Threat

ISIS Fighters Clash With Libyan Forces

Canada: Role Against ISIS To Grow

UKRAINE

A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis.  Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis. Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

BBC News In-Depth Ukraine Report

Ukraine Pleads For Quick Restructuring Of Debts 

Ukraine Governor Resigns After Row

A Ukraine Factory That Can’t Close, And Workers Who Won’t Quit

Monitoring A Ceasefire In Ukraine

OH CANADA

With all due respect to Canada.com, this headline sounds like the title of a Grade Zed “The Monster Moose That Ate Montreal” movie.  The Pest Causing Havoc In Vancouver

This is not good news.  Canada’s Anemic Job Growth Earns A Place In The Record Book

The results of this should prove very interesting.  Northwest Territories Hands Out MiPads To New Parents As Part Of Experiment To Boost Childhood Development

SHORTS

Oil Slump Weighs On Canadian Economy

Air Canada To Require Two People In Cockpit After Revelations About Germanwings Co-Pilot N.B. Ed Minister Angry After Learning French And English Students Have Been Sharing A School Bus

GOOD EXAMPLES

To me, this is how it should be done.  The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

Were that this nation was as strong as this tree.  Video: The Journey of a 9/11 Tree

She is possibly the nicest person in the American entertainment industry so this does not surprise us.  Dolly Parton Duets With Superfan Who Has Down Syndrome, Dazzles Him With Her Kindness

SHORTS

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

As His Wife Goes Blind, Loving Husband Secretly Does This Sweet Gesture Every Day

NYC Mayor Offers Cash Reward To Landlords For Hosting Homeless Families

BAD EXAMPLES

This cannot possibly bode well.  Oklahoma Inquiry Traces Racist Song to National Gathering of Fraternity

I found this very useful.  How To Catch A Liar

Even though I have never been there, I have a great deal of respect for America’s “City of Brotherly Love.”  I’ve often wondered why it has taken them so long to fix the crack in that big bell of theirs and when I can sneak one past the Nutrition Nazi in my family, I love their cheese steaks.  Therefore I am no more pleased to read about this than I was when it happened in New Orleans, Los Angeles and the city where I live, Seattle.  Justice Dept., Criticizing Philadelphia Police, Finds Shootings by Officers Are Common

PULSE:

By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

Memo to CEOs: Fire Monster Managers!

Attention CEOs in corporate America and around the world: whether you know it or not, there are “monster managers” lurking within the confines of your company. These mid-level managers and front-line supervisors can turn a productive workplace into a cesspool. However, you might not know it because monster managers aren’t always easy to spot from the C-Suite.

There are three important reasons why executive leadership and management should fire monster managers (as I call them):

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This was interesting, if not just a little grim for an optimist.  How long will life on Earth last?

This reminds me of the farmer who sold his neighbor a mule that kept bumping into stuff.  It turns out the animal was not blind.  It just had a real bad attitude.  Car slows when it sees speed signs

This makes a lot more sense.  And I want one.  If they come with ski attachments, I’ll take a pair.  The kick scooter for grownups

HERE ON EARTH

8 Bright Ideas For A Cleaner Future

How Much Earth Has Changed In 200 Million Years May Surprise You

My Quest for Atlantis

OUTER SPACE

Europa May Be Home To Alien Life

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About That Space Rock

Astronauts Blast Off On Super-Long Mission

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

Newly Discovered Fish Named After ‘Star Wars’ Character

The Truth About Black Holes, The Large Hadron Collider, And Finding Parallel Universes

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Drone Wings That Bounce Back

With New Nonstick Coating, The Wait, And Waste, Is Over

The Waves Of The Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

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

This Group Gives Refugees Toilets, Then Turns The Waste Into Charcoal For Cooking

Mexico ‘Sets The Pace’ For Paris Conference

Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care?

Cities Need To Get Smarter — And India’s On It

HEALTH

What Else Can We Add To A Smoothie?

Ebola Virus in Latest Outbreak Does Not Show Unusual Mutations, Study Finds

Indefinite Safe Sex Urged for Liberian Ebola Survivors

The Road To Cancer Treatment Through Clinical Trials

Better Sleep For A Better Sex Life

Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

The Weekly Health Quiz: Marriage, Memory And Sex

LIFESTYLE

Inside A Pilot’s Mind

Inside America’s Toughest Federal Prison

Students Who Take Engineering Have Best Chance Of Becoming Super Rich, Says Study Of World’s Billionaires

Egyptian Woman Reveals 42-Year Secret of Survival: Pretending to Be a Man

12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders

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 Animal Life In 35 Photos

The Great Wide Open: Incredible Photos of the World’s Wildest Places

Lion Opens Car Door At Safari Park; Family Loses It

FROM NORTHSTAR

Testament Ad Graphic

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at amazon.com for $3.99, please go here.

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Business Correspondence,  Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor  Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Online Writing Tutoring, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Has anyone asked any of the little honey-makers if they want one of these? Probably not, huh?  Sigh.  Bees get wearable tech trackers

I know a couple of people who were probably products of this kind of upbringing.  Wolves make great foster parents

This was a little weird but I totally loved it.  These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Have The Best Roles Ever

SHORTS

The Truth About Meerkats

Scaling Up the War on Elephant Poaching

15 animal species have the lowest chance for survival

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘Cat Litter Mix’ Closed Nuclear Site

Watch Florida Foodies Catch Venomous Fish And Make Goat Cheese

The Deepest Holes Dug By Hand

111714ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  Created in MS Word and copied into AOL’s Write mode, it goes out by direct email to its subscribers.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Link-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net Awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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I’M SORRY, BUT SKYDIVING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 22, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 26

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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I’M SORRY, BUT SKYDIVING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  Now that better weather is here, at least where I live, I am getting invitations to go outside and play.  I am totally cool with that but just so we’re all on the same page here, there are certain sports/recreational activities in which I will not engage because they make absolutely no sense to me.

Skydiving:  Okay, why in the world would I want to go zooming into the wild blue yonder and then hurl myself from a perfectly good airplane, trusting the rest of my life to a couple of big nylon tablecloths?  My system does not deserve that.  My body doesn’t know we are going to probably land safely on Mother Earth.  It sees its life flashing before its eyes and for a stomach especially, that can be a pretty intense experience.  So we can forget that one.

Bungee Jumping.  There’s another dumb one.  It’s like what sane/rational individual leaps off a bridge into this deep, steep, rock-walled chasm and at almost the last minute, has their life saved by this elastic rope that has been mass produced by machines?  And rigged by strangers whose motives for providing such an experience are at least as suspect as those of their clientele.  Yeah, that’ll work.

Mountain climbing.  You mean for fun?  The pioneers pushed Conestoga wagons over the Cascades to get here but they did not do it for the exercise.  You want exercise?  Take the stairs and walk to anything within a half mile radius of your home and workplace.  Only one good reason I can think of to climb a mountain and it is NOT to get to the top.  It is to get to the other side.  And the only possible reason for doing that is because you cannot go around it.  Give me a break here.

SCUBA diving.  As in going into this huge world which looks nothing like mine and where to breathe, I have to wear a facemask and a couple of pressurized canisters with some weird plumbing attached?  And all this so I can essentially swim the highways and byways and backyards of creatures so alien to my daily existence on dry land that they might as well be extraterrestrial?  And where some of them are far more lethal than even the cobra, the tiger or the human?  Where I might get lashed by a sting ray, brush up against a Portuguese man of war, or have a limb removed by a shark?  And we’re talking about doing this recreationally?  Right.

Downhill skiing.  As a voluntary activity instead of just because you need to get to the bottom fast?

Contact sports.  As in recreationally going out in 21st Century body armor to slam myself into other so-clad human beings?  And be slammed into myself.  By buff dudes (and/or dudettes) who have been brainwashed into thinking this is fun?  That’s like charging up a hill when the enemy is shooting at you instead of keeping your butt down and waiting until they run out of bullets and go home.

And last on this list of insane forms of recreation is skeet shooting.  In the first place, I do not own a gun.  And second, what on earth did a skeet ever do to me?  On a more profound level (since I believe in reincarnation), what if I come back as a skeet?  What if the skeet comes back as me?  In terms of karmic implications, that might be the most dangerous one on the list.

I sometimes wonder if extreme sports are not Nature’s way of culling out the truly-reality challenged from those of us who just want to have a good time without risking life, limb and future incarnations.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

P.S.  As most of you know, I have lived in the mountains and on the coast of the greater Pacific Northwest part of my growing up years and most of my adult life.  I’ve fished, hunted, camped, worked as a ranch hand, pulled green chain in a lumber mill, fought two forest fires and lived in a cabin in the Cascades of Southern Oregon without electricity or running water.  I’ve never had a negative encounter with any form of wildlife except humans.  I still enjoy nature.  But I respect it enough to walk lightly in the woods.

THE NEWS

If he follows through with this, he may do more for his country than any emperor in its history.  Chinese Premier Vows Tougher Regulation on Air Pollution

I am a fan of these Royals so I’ll personally be following this.  Charles And Camilla Begin US Visit

If this ever breaks down…The End Of Traffic?

WORLD

U.N. Opens New Investigation Into Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

AFRICA

Tunis Gunman ‘Known To Authorities’

Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent in Town Taken From Boko Haram

Video Proof Of A Lion In Gabon For The First Time Since The 1950s

ASIA

Myanmar Is Issued Warning by Chinese Premier Over Bombing Deaths

Thai Ex-PM Yingluck To Stand Trial

Japan’s Recovery Is Complicated by a Decline in Household Savings

Bio-Diversity Hotspot In Vietnam Saved As Part Of Forests Of Hope Program

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

‘Australia Is Nothing Like This’

Australia Becomes First Country To Ban Import Of Lion Hunting Trophies

Damage ‘Worse’ On Vanuatu Islands

CHINA

China Is Third Largest Arms Exporter

A Frenchman Takes China Global

Yahoo Pulls The Plug On China Office

EUROPE

As Cyprus Recovers From Banking Crisis, Deep Scars Remain

Spain Finds Tomb Of Writer Cervantes

Lufthansa Pilots To Go On Strike

Riot In Frankfurt Targets New CB HQ

Record Numbers Of Griffon Vultures Reported In Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains

EU Pledges Greek Humanitarian Funds 

INDIA

Video: Why Girls Clothing Is An Issue In India

India Arrests Over School Cheating

LATIN AMERICA

Haitian President Tightens Grip As Scandal Engulfs Circle Of Friends

Cuba Approves First Public Wi-Fi Hub

Three Lions Rescued In Circus Raid In Peru

Hundreds Protest Over Chile Bishop

Mexican Man Freed After 23 Years 

MIDDLE EAST

Iranian Court Sentences Son Of Former President To 15 Years In Prison

Suicide Attacks on Churches in Pakistan Kill at Least 15

Pakistan Carries Out Mass Hangings

Netanyahu In Surprise Election Win

Powerful Afghan Police Chief Killed in Kabul

RUSSIA

Putin ‘Orders Arctic Alert’

Vladimir Putin Returns After Absence and Dismisses Rumors

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Unemployment Falls To 1.86m

Britain’s National Bird Campaign Shortlist Announced

UNITED STATES

Bar Exam, The Standard To Become A Lawyer, Comes Under Fire

A Real-Time Peek At Traffic To U.S. Government Websites

Police Shoot Attacker At US Airport  

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Does Climate Activism Differ In The U.S. And Germany?

Climate Change Is Baking Alaska

Here’s The Movie You Should Send Your Climate-Apathetic Friends To See

Global Warming’s Richest Victims

How Dry Is California? So Dry That Taps Might Actually Stop Running

Over-Pumping Groundwater Contributes To Rising Sea Levels

Obama Orders The Federal Government To Cut Carbon Emissions

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

The Kurds’ Heroic Stand Against ISIS

US Troops ‘Withdraw From Yemen’

US Airport Attacker ‘Had Molotovs’

UKRAINE

BBC NEWS INDEPTH REPORT

OH CANADA

This is good news.  Canada’s Rental Unit Landscape Witnessing A Resurgence

Good for you guys.  They deserve it, do they not?  Ottawa To Announce Better Benefits For Disabled Veterans

I’m not real sure I like what this says about our health care system.  More Canadians Go Beyond Border For Medical Treatment

SHORTS

Alberta Farmers Warn Of Destroyed Crops As Elk Population Grows Out Of Control

Historic NRU Reactor In Chalk River To Close In 2018

Huge Fire Destroys Montreal-Area Recycling Plant

GOOD EXAMPLES

A lot more needs to be done for these creatures.  I am firmly convinced that they and their larger cousins are our link to a web of life as incomprehensible to us as any extraterrestrial life we are soon to encounter.   Hope for Critically Endangered Porpoise

If this does not inspire you, you need to ask the Wiz for a heart.  ‘Life May Not Go As Planned': Triplets Battle Through Eye Cancer

Way to go!  NYC Climate Campaigners Follow Up Blockbuster March With Push For City Action

SHORTS

Louisiana Parish Fights Plan To Burn Tons Of Propellant No One Wants

A New Effort to Rescue Runaways in Chicago

De-Paving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage

BAD EXAMPLES

The behavior of these kids is starting to remind me of the novel Lord of the FliesUS Fraternity Ban Over Facebook Page

This just keeps getting better and better all the time, does it not?  Sigh.  Under Health Care Act, Tax Filers Find Costly Complications

This was a little scary.  11 Books About Obsessive Searches

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I thought this was cool.  She’s a heroine of mine.  Now I can look up into the Heavens and go, “Well, ma’am, it looks like you flew a lot higher even than LIndy.”    New Lunar Crater Named After Earhart

This places us back in the Garden.  I hope we do better the second time than we apparently did the first.  I do not think we will get a third chance.  Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

I personally think this is total insanity; not the electric part but the computer driver aspect.  I think this is taking the slogan, “… and leave the driving to us,” just a bit too far.  Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer

HERE ON EARTH

Journey To The Center Of Earth

Now You Can Track Just How Crazy Spring Is In Your Region

Volcano Myths Are Often True

OUTER SPACE

‘Breathtaking’ Solar Eclipse Occurs

Will We Ever Speak Across Space?

Multimedia Feature: Rosetta Is Tailing A Warming Comet

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

My Quest for Atlantis

Newly Discovered Fish Named After ‘Star Wars’ Character

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Facebook Revamps Removal Rules

US Approves Amazon Drone Trial

Revealed: What Love Looks Like In The Brain

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

Wind Could Power A Third Of America’s Electricity By 2050

This Ecologist Wants To Plant A “Pop-Up” Forest In Times Square

What’s The Greenest Way To Travel?

HEALTH

The Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

The Most Painful Insect Sting

Faces of Breast Cancer: Find Your Story, Join the Conversation

The Tales Our Bacteria Tell

LIFESTYLE

I Ran Away With The Circus

Where Dirty Dancing Was Born  (We don’t happen to consider it “dirty,” btw.)

Inspired Life: A Stanford Neurosurgeon’s Parting Wisdom About Life And Time

The Metro Areas With the Largest, and Smallest, Gay Populations

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

Eerie Photos of Town Transformed Into Frozen Wonderland

Solar Eclipse As It Happens

Find Your Inner Animal

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at amazon.com for $3.99, please go here.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s something really cuddly (not).  Amazing Giant Chinese Salamanders

Here’s a chance for our Salish Sea readers to make a real difference.  Rock Seattle with Panda Nation

Here’s something interactive that we should all enjoy.  Trust Asks Public To Guess Osprey Arrival Time To Win A VIP Experience

SHORTS

Here’s What May Have Turned Dogs Into Man’s Best Friend

Bats Are Harmed Rather Than Helped By Street Lights

This Big Guy Ruled Way Before Dinos

RELATED LINKS:

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BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Buildings Hidden From The World

High Society’s Secret Tattoos

Animals That Use Mind Control

ABOUT US

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UKRAINE TRUCE HOLDS

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 15, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 25

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring.  Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring. Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015

UKRAINE TRUCE HOLDS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday last week.  I had not intended to celebrate it but Facebook and Linked In both ratted me out.  Best wishes came from all over the planet, it seemed like.  Quite a few came from you guys.  If a shy man needed humbling, that certainly did it.  So again, thank you.

We’re glad to report that the truce in Ukraine seems to be holding.  Olya wrote us and her report is carried in her column From the Ukraine, along with another photos.  Thanks again to all of you who have expressed concern and said prayers for both her and her country.

We disappointed to again see partisan politics interfering with the appropriate operation of government.  Now, it seems, Congress and the Executive branch cannot even come together to wage war on terrorism.

I keep wondering what it is going to take before responsibility for such measure of international diplomacy once again returns to those trained to make it.  As much as I abhor war, it is not a game for amateurs and I do not hear the Joint Chiefs’ voices in any of this.

Must we lose a president, a chief justice or a member of Congress to ISIS or Al Qaeda before Capitol Hill comes out of that rosy fog it has been living it and gets down to the business of making our nation and other nations of the world safe from those totally mind-blown morons with their scimitars, their spears, their plastique and their AK-47s?

Who has to die next before President Obama and the Congress do the job they were elected to do and for which they are paid rather well by any standard of living on the planet?

On that rather grim but determined note, have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

When I read something like this, I have to wonder what kind of parenting these young savages are getting.  14 Students Are Accused in Los Angeles Sex Assaults

If this is not a call to action, we need a new bugler.  Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

Because I do this, I think this is great news.  Daydreaming Can Actually Help You Get Stuff Done, Study Finds

WORLD

U.N. Finds ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels Of Violence Against Women

Global Flood Toll To Triple By 2030

AFRICA

Ivory Coast Former First Lady Jailed

Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram Gets Help From South African Mercenaries

Americans Evacuated After Possible Ebola Contact

ASIA

Missing Malaysian Airliner’s Crew Behaved Normally, Report Says

Myanmar Students Clash With Police

Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea

Asia Rushes to Lower Rates, but Maybe Not Fast Enough

Extinct’ Jerdon’s Babbler Found Live And Well In Myanmar»

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia ‘Sick Of Lecturing By UN’

Cyclone Pam Ploughs Through Pacific

Australia’s Roving Retirees

Much-Needed Aid Arrives In Cyclone-Devastated Vanuatu

Unusual Odour Causes Diversion Of Tiger Airways Flight

13 People Rescued From Movie World Rollercoaster After Wheel Fault

Government Proposes Mandatory Jail Terms For Gun Traffickers

Victorian Prisons Most Violent In Australia, Data Shows

Panama Disease Confirmed At Queensland Banana Farm

CHINA

China Detains Women’s Rights Activists in Several Cities

China Exports Growth Near Five-Year High

In China, a Building Frenzy’s Fault Lines

For Chinese Economy, Strengths Are Now Weaknesses

EUROPE

O.E.C.D. Will Advise Greece On Economic Overhauls

Poles Steel For Battle, Fearing Russia Will March On Them Next

Paris Attack Supermarket Reopens

Yoplait Exposes French Yogurt Cartel

INDIA

22 Arrested in Beating Death of Rape Suspect in India

10 Things You Might Not Know About India

Hotel India

Welcome To India

Rick Stein’s India

LATIN AMERICA

Executives Are Jailed In Chile Finance Scandal

Obama Freezes Assets Of Seven Venezuelan Officials

Top EU Diplomat To Visit Cuba

Thousands Flee Chile Forest Fire

MIDDLE EAST

Islamist Websites In Turkey Manage To Evade Strict Internet Censorship

Syria’s Next Generation

Has The World Failed Syria’s Civilians?

What Does Assad Really Think?

Syria: The Story Of The Conflict

RUSSIA

Two Are Charged In Killing Of Boris Y. Nemtsov

Nemtsov Ally Skeptical Of Arrests

Russia Cuts Rates As Crisis Eases

Ikea Closes Russia Site Over Gay Law

UNITED KINGDOM

Pound At Seven Year High Against Euro

UK Trade Deficit Narrows Sharply

First Steps Taken In Lynx Reintroduction Into The UK

Devon Wild Beavers Cleared To Remain

First UK-Farmed Truffle Harvested

UNITED STATES

Defense in Marathon Bombing Has Echo of Clarence Darrow

Oil Company Lease Stirs Revolt in Green Seattle

New York Trio Denies ‘ISIS Aid Plot’

US Issues Alert For Riyadh Embassy

Dallas Police Rule Out Hate Crime

US Fraternity Gets Death Threats

White House Jumper Pleads Guilty

Apple’s Tim Cook Offered Liver To Jobs

Obama Condemns Ferguson Shootings

US Anchor Sorry For Obama Ape Remark

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Kids Are Smarter Than Senators On Climate Change, And This Poll Proves It

Florida Officials Banned From Talking About Climate Change

Global CO2 Emissions ‘Stalled’

‘Long Struggle’ Warning On Climate

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

Iraqi Forces ‘Push Into Tikrit’

Battered But Unbowed, Isis Is Still On Offensive

ISIS Sympathizer Planned To Bomb U.S. Consulate In Toronto

Vatican Backs Using Force Against ISIS

UKRAINE

BBC NEWS INDEPTH REPORT

OH CANADA

I loved this.  Crushing it! Toronto Fire’s coolest job

We’re lighting a candle for those impacted by this one.  Huge fire in Calgary’s southeast

This, we suspect, is unfortunately necessary.  Ottawa to give juries bigger role in determining life without parole

FROM THE UKRAINE

Charity marathon in Kiev.  Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Charity marathon in Kiev. Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Hello Mishka:

Spring is coming. And its feeling is in the air…have never waited for spring so eagerly before.  Jesus loves us as it was one of the mildest winters.

Sending you a few shots from Kyiv.  Came across some charity marathon on Khreshatyk (on the photo).  It was really nice to see at last smiles on people’s faces.   Street musicians also cheer mood with popular songs.

In the beginning of March we had a day off dedicated to the Women’s Day.  Not sure if many countries celebrate it but we call it International Women’s Day   Smiling.

I met a few soldiers coming home for holidays. One was looking forward to a bowl of borscht (traditional Ukrainian beetroot soup) made by his mother.

Another raised his glass for soldiers returning home and beloved waiting for them. 

 People are people everywhere. 

Hoping truce with the noble art of diplomacy to be hold.   Friends of mine are going to cross Ukraine by feet from one border to another to show its beauty and uniqueness so fingers cross for them to be safe.

Warm regards from Ukraine, a beautiful land of wheat fields and bright blue skies

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

GOOD EXAMPLES

Go for it, Mr. President.  Obama Kicks Off U.S. Effort to Fill High-Paying Tech Jobs

And how do we spell “courage,” Canadian style?  Driver Saved Other Canadian Soldiers, Kurd Commander Says

All of us, regardless of gender, need to read this one. 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

SHORTS

BBC In School Computer Giveaway

Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books To Beer

Kenya Destroys 15 Metric Tonnes Of Ivory In Continuing Campaign Against The Trade

BAD EXAMPLES

This is a national disgrace.  US Racist Student Chant Investigated

Can there be victims more innocent than these?  14 Million Children Suffering As Result Of War In Syria And Iraq, UNICEF Says

This makes me feel real good about who is manning their wall.  C.I.A. Cash Ends Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda

PULSE:

By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

“RESULTS-ONLY” IS BEST MILLENNIAL MANAGEMENT MODEL

It’s no secret that today’s leading employers are increasingly targeting the millennial generation for professional jobs. However, there’s been much debate about how companies should appeal to this sought-after demographic who will soon comprise the majority of the global workforce.

Old-school methods of recruitment and retention may prove stale to a new generation of young professionals.

Studies and anecdotal evidence show that many millennials want more autonomy in the workplace. This is important to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which often eludes Generation X and Baby Boomers in today’s hyper-paced Information Age.

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it, please go here

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This has been a long time coming and I’m personally thrilled.  Solar Airplane Sets New Record

How cool is this?  How The U.S. Embassy Used Twitter To Clear China’s Air

This is really interesting.  And interactive.  Which tiny house personality are YOU?!  (I am apparently “small house curious,” not that I have any clue as to what that really means.)

HERE ON EARTH

This Amazing Interactive Map Is Actually Saving Trees

Gone But Not Forgotten: Irish Elk

S Pacific Volcano Forms New Island

OUTER SPACE

Suddenly, It Seems, Water Is Everywhere in Solar System

‘Best Evidence’ For Ganymede Ocean

Dawn Probe Achieves Ceres Orbit

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

The Glove Turning Touch Into Talk

‘Giant Lobster’ Ate Like A Whale

The Age Of Man ‘Started In 1610′

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Millions At Risk From ‘Freak’ Bug

Brainsway’s Magnetic Pulses Helmet Relieves Depression, Obesity

R2D2 Is In Your Barn, Milking Your Cows

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

Solar Power Just Had Its Best Year Ever

How Human Composting Will Change Death In The City

There’s A Local Flower Movement Blooming

3 Big Food System Problems Begging For Innovation

Which Is Worse, A K-Cup Or A Throw-Away Coffee Cup?

HEALTH

Ebola Vaccine Researchers Fight to Overcome Public Skepticism in West Africa

Do Men Lose Weight More Easily Than Women?

The Simple Words That Make Us Ill

Keeping Your Hair In Chemo

Untreated Dental Decay Is Falling Among Children

Peanuts May Be Good For Your Heart

Cutting Out The Meat With Mushrooms

LIFESTYLE

Commutes To The Ends Of The Earth

The Danger Of Online Anonymity

What The Face Betrays About You

7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked

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

Liberian Camera Trap Survey Captures Rare Footage Of Forest Elephants

Huge Grouper Fish Eats Shark In One Bite!

Top Images From Around The World

Eagle-Eye View Of Dubai Raises Awareness For Endangered Bird

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview:  Go Here      Go here for the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Business Correspondence,  Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor  Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Online Writing Tutoring, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We are so sorry this happened but sometimes, it really pays not to get too close.  Jennifer Karren Identified As Calgary Woman Killed After Whale Crashed Into Tourist Boat Off Mexican Coast

This is certainly another reason for preserving this place, is it not, gang?  New Monkey Species Discovered In The Amazon Rainforest »

These creatures are more fascinating than any toy manufacturer could make them.  The Truth About Giant Pandas

The Cornel University Lab of Ornithology March Newsletter is now available.  Features include:  The Mystery of Male Birds Explained, What’s Really Going On At Your Bird Feeder and this month’s Name That Species.

SHORTS

Scientists Produce TB-Resistant Cows

Philippine Macaques – Masters Of The Mangroves

Burmese Python Versus Constrictor Boa

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: Tales From the World’s Longest Yard Sale 

Police In Taber Angry At Ridicule The Alberta Town Has Endured Over ‘No Swearing, No Spitting’ Bylaw

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The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net Awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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LIKE FLEAS ON A HOWLING HOUND

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 8, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 24

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early.   Photo by Rusty Miller

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early. Photo by Rusty Miller

LIKE FLEAS ON A HOWLING HOUND

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  While much of American and Canada continues to shiver and freeze, the Pacific Northwest experienced the warmest February on record.  So whether one calls it “climate change” or “global warming,” the evidence of its existence is pretty incontrovertible.

My personal theory is that the planet is much older than we believe it to be and that sentient life ~ albeit in different forms ~ evolved to an even higher degree of sentience than our species has thus far.  For humbling support of this hypothesis, we have only to look at ants and bees for examples of “societies” which function much more efficiently than ours and with considerably less damage to the planet.

I believe that human beings evolved during a relatively warm cycle in earth’s history and that what we are experiencing now is nothing more or less than a return to geophysical norm.

My sense is that we’ve contributed to the return of the status quo by essentially mugging a planet we have ~ for the most part ~ considered a garden created by a benevolent god for the pleasure and plunder of her children.  We’re like fleas on a dog which have become so thick and so greedy that the hound is clearly howling in pain.

We may not be able to restore said Blue Tick to full health but it seems to me that, at the very least, we can quit biting it.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

These people are persistent, if nothing else.  If someone close to me did not live in Alabama, I would be real tempted to say exactly how I feel about these Konstitutional Obstructionists.  For her sake, however, I will refrain from even alluding to the KKK and the state’s history of lynching blacks.  Alabama Court Orders A Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

We have had personal experience with this one and they are kind of awesome, at least here in Seattle, Washington.  Nextdoor Social Network Digs Deep Into Neighborhoods

Am I the only one having a “Jeez, ya think?” moment behind this one.  U.S. Calls On Ferguson To Overhaul Criminal Justice System

WORLD

U.N. Rights Chief Denounces World Powers Over Abuses

On This International Women’s Day, Let’s Recognize the Value of Investing in Women and Girls

AFRICA

Last Ebola Patient In Liberia Discharged From Treatment Center

Boko Haram pledge to Islamic State

Jim Muir: ‘A Global Franchise’watch

Dozens Killed In Nigeria Blasts

IS Shaping Boko Haram Media

Why Is Boko Haram So Strong?

S Sudan Talks Failure ‘Unacceptable’

Tanzania Rounds Up 32 Witchdoctors

Congo Officials ‘Similar To Rebels’

Burkina Orders Sankara Exhumation

‘Boko Haram’ Kill Dozens In Nigeria

S Sudan Peace Deal Deadline Missed

ASIA

Bangladesh Arrest Over Writer Murder

Canadian Pastor Being Held In North Korea, Family Says

Video: The ‘Alcatraz Of Indonesia’.

South Korea Says Attacker Of U.S. Envoy Acted Alone

Taiwan Train Stabber Gets Death

South Korea’s School Entrance Ceremonies Are Strange And Adorable

Bangladesh Seizes $1.4 Million In Gold From North Korean Diplomat

The Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

‘Twiggy’ Forrest Floats Ambitious Plan For A Droughtproof Australia

WA Introduces New Restraining Order For Family Violence Victims

More Women Encouraged To Be Tradies To Reduce Gender Pay Gap

Thousands Watch As Oldest Qantas Jumbo Lands In Wollongong

Captain Planet’s Planeteers Inspire Potential Names For ACT Electorates

Rat Of Tobruk Bill Robinson Receives Polish Honour

Skinny Dippers Bare All In Perth To Break World Record

CHINA

China’s Military Budget Increasing 10% for 2015, Official Says

VIDEO: The Greatest Threat To China’s Elephants

Chinese Premier Sketches a Lofty Vision for Private Enterprise but Warns of Obstacles

Move Over Mao: Beloved ‘Papa Xi’ Awes China

EUROPE

Germany to Bolster Investment in Cities and Towns

Deadly Blast Rocks Coal Mine In East Ukraine

Austria Advises Against Klimt Return

Baltic States Shiver Over Russia

Snowden Yearns For Switzerland Move

Alps Murders Motorcyclist Ruled Out

Berlusconi Ends Community Service

Germany Eurovision Entrant Withdraws

Tajik Opposition Leader Murdered

INDIA

India Minister Vows Rape Film Probe

Indian Mob Seizes Prisoner Accused Of Rape And Beats Him To Death

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil’s Nutrition Wisdom: No Junk Food, No Eating Alone

Video: Saving A River Giant, And A Livelihood

Chile’s Villarrica Volcano Erupts

Panama Bird Paradise Saved From Destruction »

Executives Are Jailed in Chile Finance Scandal

MIDDLE EAST

How Iran’s Feminist Genie Escaped

U.S. Strategy in Iraq Increasingly Relies on Iran

Facebook Rant Lands Man In UAE Jail

4 Nusra Front Leaders Said To Be Killed In Syria

BP Signs $12 Billion Deal To Develop Natural Gas In Egypt

RUSSIA

Russia Restricts Nemtsov Mourners

Thousands Honor Boris Nemtsov, Putin Critic Killed in Russia

Kremlin Critic Navalny Out Of Prison

2 Suspects Are Detained in Killing of Kremlin Critic

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank of England’s Chief Currency Dealer Fired for Rule Breaches

Whale Research Vessel Begins Porpoise Survey In The Thames Estuary

UK Government Sells Eurostar Stake

UK Gifts Military Kit To Ukraine

UK To Help Train Ukrainian Army

England Population ‘Up Half A Million’ 

UNITED STATES

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

Darren Wilson Is Cleared Of Rights Violations In Ferguson Shooting

US Banks Pass First ‘Stress Test’

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs In February, But Wages Continued To Lag

Menendez Is to Face Corruption Charges, U.S. Official Says

TOPICAL

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL

8 Men, 10 Women Jurors Chosen in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Opposing Portraits Of Tsarnaev

After Testifying, Boston Marathon Victim Writes Letter Dismissing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev As A Coward

CLIMATE CHANGE

Science Proves GOP Wrong On Climate Change And National Security

Putting the Focus on Climate Change

Call Them Climate Deniers, Not Skeptics

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

The Education of ‘Jihadi John’

Iraqi Forces Press Tikrit Offensive Against ISIS

NZ ‘Spying On Pacific Neighbours’

‘Watergate’ Leak At German Spy Agency

Two Outcomes, Similar Paths: Radical Muslim and Neo-Nazi

Outcry As ISIS Wrecks Assyrian Site

Briton Arrested Over Cyberattack on U.S. Defense Department

UKRAINE

Ukraine Crisis:  In-Depth Features And Background On Ukraine Conflict

Ukraine Rebels ‘Pull Heavy Weapons’

Minsk Ceasefire Deal

Ukraine’s Elderly Flee Conflict

Viewpoint: What West Must Do

OH CANADA

This may not be the best timing in the whole world.  Top soldier stepping down at critical time for Canadian Forces

It’s time to rent a dogsled, and read Nanook of the North again. Canada’s brutal winter set to stretch well into spring, Weather Network forecasts

Those who still consider Canada just another United States of America with more maple syrup, hockey sticks, better manners and funny accents might want to read this.  It will knock your flipping socks off.  Canadian Navy’s Arctic ambition revealed

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for you guys!  Change Is In The Air As China Bans Fireworks For ‘Green’ Agenda

This is probably long overdue.  Major Overhaul Set For C.I.A., With Thousands To Be Reassigned

Another “good for you guys.”  German Law Requires More Women on Corporate Boards

BAD EXAMPLES

Give me a break, John.  Emwazi tape: I’m no extremist

There is a bridal suite in Hell waiting for this insufferable twit.  Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back.  And if your stomach can handle it, see also Man Convicted in Brutal Delhi Gang Rape Blames Victim

This should never have happened, nor should it ever be allowed to happen again.  Federal inmate partly to blame for taking his life, government says

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t read this too close to bed time.  What it’s really like to die

Some great stuff in this round up.  This Week in Science: Music for Cats, Capturing Light’s Two Sides, and Smoking’s Death Sentence

This is absolutely inspirational.  How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing

HERE ON EARTH

UK To Pioneer Lagoon Power Plants

‘First Human’ Discovered In Ethiopia

5 Signs That Science Is Taking Over the World

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres

What Sunset Would Look Like If The Sun Were Swapped With Other Stars

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

NASA’s Amazing Airport Simulator

New Words For The 21st Century

Breaking Physics ~ The World’s Biggest Machine Powers Up Again

ROBOTICS

Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

VIDEO: Software Designs Robotic Solutions

Lords Want Drone Owners Register

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Researchers Report Milestone In Developing Quantum Computer

To Bring Virtual Reality To Market, Furious Efforts To Solve Nausea

Is A Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?

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

Eiffel Tower’s Wind Turbines Prove Even Historic Landmarks Can Go Green

These Bizarre, Beautiful Cities Of The Future Are Also Super Green

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Canadians Favour Taxes To Curb Emissions, But Not At The Gas Pump

HEALTH

The Mystery Of Vanishing Cancer

What Foods Should I Take Camping?

Coffee Linked To ‘Cleaner’ Arteries

Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?

Israel’s Iconic Snack Bamba Prevents Peanut Allergies In Kids

Nanotech Drug Delivery Method For Cancer Could Replace Conventional Chemotherapy

LIFESTYLE

3 Ways We Can Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Nasty Email? Do This

How To Swear Around The World

Men More Narcissistic Than Women

A Boy In Her Class Called Her ‘Ugly,’ And Her Response Is Perfect

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: Sciencetake | Hawk Cam Captures The Hunt

Dutch Virtual Sky Flood Is As Terrifying As It Is Beautiful

Video: Umbrella Cam’s View of Wintry New York

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is probably why there are no divorce attorneys listed for this species.  Beavers don’t cheat on partners

If you’re here, you’re going to love this.  Extraordinary animal encounters

Read about these efforts to save an extraordinary creature.  The oddest crocodile of all?

SHORTS

Flawed Method May Be Over-Counting Numbers Of Some Endangered Species »

Study Finds Reasons For Coral Reef Collapse And Gives Pointers For The Future »

Mountain Birds Are Better Problem-Solvers Than Lowlanders »

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The man who posted himself to Australia

A Retirement Home Exists For Cats, And It Looks Purrfectly Cozy

Sean Penn Has ‘No Apologies’ For Green Card Joke At Oscars

Rusty Oval May 2014 ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net Awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

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