STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 4,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 13

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 4, 2016    Vol. 9   No. 13  

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock.  He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail.  His name is Ernest Callenbach.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Callenbach

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock. He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail. His name is Ernest Callenbach

ISSUE THEME SONG:  Because All Men Are Brothers; Peter, Paul & Mary

STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Few controversies in the new century (or for that matter, the last half of the old one) have more impact than any national leadership change or referendum.  In the wake of the election of an individual considered opposed to the green agenda, indigent North Americans, environmentalists, veterans and civic and religious leaders from the Mexican border to the Arctic Circle are saying “No.”

This resistance has all the seeds of a deeper revolt in Canada and the US by people who are even wearier of the resistance of major fossil fuel companies to environmentally appropriate technology than they are traditional political agendas which promise much, cost even more and in many cases, accomplish absolutely nothing.

This quintessentially populist movement for a clean environment and energy which does not come from what were, at one time, living plants and animals is not one that Exxon or British Petroleum have the strategy and tactics to oppose because this is not a fixed piece battle.

It is not a fixed piece battle and it is not one David against a single Goliath.  It is a rejection of energy sources and it means that not only is every proposed pipeline or coal-fired project on the line but those already in place as well.

It is also about supporting the wind, solar, methane, tidal and low yield hydro available from Victoria to Halifax and from Juneau to Tallahassee. This movement is green technology savvy to the maximum.  It is one well versed in the industrial evolution of our species as well as the socio-political history in which this march from Prometheus to the stars.

It is very likely, however, that this “revolution” will have one thing in common with those of a violent nature.  More blood will be shed.  Martyrs will be made of people who do not deserve to die.  Sometimes it will seem like the bowels of Hell itself have opened up and there will be days, if not weeks, of violent news.

In the end, however, green will prevail because green is no longer just a party or a term.  Green now identifies who else we are besides Canadians and Americans willing to fight and die for their respective nations, abroad certainly.

And at home, if necessary.

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Our prayers go out to all those impacted by this tragedy.  Championship-Bound Brazilian Soccer Team Nearly Wiped Out As Plane Crashes In Colombia

I personally think every one in the world should read this.  What Not To Say To A Cancer Patient

These people never learn.  ISIS Group To Step Up Attacks On Europe – Europol

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

Arctic Ice Melt Poses A Risk Of Uncontrollable Climate Change, Scientists Say

Oil Prices Rise Further After OPEC Agrees Output Cut

ASIA

Chinese Firm Buys Stake In B.C.-Based Retirement Home Chain

China Looks To Clamp Down On Foreign Investments

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn To Be Proclaimed King

China Introduces 10% Extra Tax On ‘Super Cars’

Meitu Of China, Built On The Selfie, Could Be Worth $5.23 Billion In I.P.O.

Malaysian PM Leads Protest Against ‘Genocide’ of Rohingya

AFRICA

A Forgotten Step In Saving African Wildlife: Protecting The Rangers

Gambians Celebrate Defeat Of Longtime President

Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

A.N.C. Rejects Calls For Jacob Zuma To Quit South African Presidency

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Dying To Be Heard: Reporting Syria’s War

Video: A Risky Flight From Eastern Aleppo

Let Women Drive, A Prince In Saudi Arabia Urges

‘Unintentional’ Human Error Led To Airstrikes On Syrian Troops, Pentagon Says

Thousands Flee Parts Of Aleppo, Syria, As Assad’s Forces Gain Ground

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-Elected As Fatah Leader, Moves To Solidify Power

Alexandria Journal: Remembering My Mother’s Alexandria

Russia Begins New Offensive in Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Monastery Seeks Salvation In Beer After Devastating Quake

Europe’s Outdoor Cannabis Capital

Eurozone Jobless Rate Below 10% For First Time Since 2011

Italy’s Constitutional Referendum: What You Need to Know

Hollande Will Not Seek Re-election

Austrians Vote For President In Election Watched Europe-Wide

RUSSIA

Opinion: Anti-Americanism Or Russophobia – Which Will Win Central Asia’s Soul?

Russian International Affairs Council: Russia And The European Union In The Baltic Sea Region

Russia ‘Not Seeking Conflict’ – Putin Tells Nation

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis’ Race Against Time To Reshape The Church

CANADA

Ottawa Approves Two Pipelines; Rejects Northern Gateway

Web Archive Plans Trump-Proof Canada Back-Up

Boiling Mad Over Canada’s Water Crisis

Canada Today: Pipeline Expansion, Musical Comedy and Identity

UNITED STATES

Lawsuit Aims to Hold 2 Contractors Accountable for C.I.A. Torture

Suspect Is Killed in Attack at Ohio State University That Injured 11

Charlotte Officer ‘Justified’ In Fatal Shooting Of Keith Scott

President Obama Is Handing A Strong Economy To His Successor

Gatlinburg Residents Return Home To Wildfire Destruction

Bowe Bergdahl, Facing Desertion Trial, Asks Obama For Pardon

Californian Warehouse Building Where Fire Broke Out Was A ‘Death Trap’

LATIN AMERICA

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views Of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

Cubans Mourn Castro

Chapecoense Air Crash: Colombia Plane ‘Ran Out Of Fuel’

Who’s Taping Whom? Paranoia Infuses Brazil’s Scandal-Ridden Politics

U.N. Apologizes For Role In Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

President-Elect Jovenel Moïse Of Haiti Vows To Create Plan To Channel Aid

As A Distracted Brazil Mourns, Lawmakers Gut A Corruption Bill

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Adler Import A Step Closer As New South Wales Agrees On Reclassification

Port Adelaide Player ‘Disappeared For Hours’ After Car Crash

More Storms Expected In South-East After Night Of Destruction

‘Unprecedented’: Victoria To Boost Police Force By 20 Per Cent

Thunderstorm Asthma Advice Issued As Storms Loom

Woman Bitten By Spider At ‘Candyman’ Mansion Party

One Nation Trying To Register For Tasmanian Election

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Waterboarding

Donald Trump’s Threat to Close Door Reopens Old Wounds in Cuba

Trump Saved Jobs At Carrier, But More Midwest Jobs Are In Jeopardy

Why Trump Isn’t Bringing Coal Back

Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s Leader, An Affront To China

Graphic: How Trump’s Calls To World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades Of Diplomacy

The Interpreter: Trump, Taiwan and China: The Controversy, Explained

China Sees New Ambiguity With Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call

C.I.A. Chief Warns Donald Trump Against Tearing Up Iran Nuclear Deal

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

A Wrenching Choice For Alaska Towns In The Path Of Climate Change

Global Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain, With Unforeseeable Results

How Warming Is Threatening The Genetic Diversity Of Species

ISIS, ETC.

Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda To Include Shabab In Somalia

Another Mass Grave Dug By Isis In Iraq, And A Ghastly Ritual Renewed

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall For Years, Begin To Buckle

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

The Beginning Is Near: The Deep North, Evictions And Pipeline Deadlines

KINDER MORGAN

First Nations Vow To Stop Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline In BC

STANDING ROCK

Protesters Won’t Heed Evacuation Order

Standing Rock Braces For Eviction

“My Whole Heart Is With You Tonight”: A Letter To The Dakota Access Front Line

The Many Ways To Help Standing Rock

The Twisted Economics Of The Dakota Access Pipeline

TRANSMOUNTAIN

Video: Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Is ‘Standing Rock North’

Trudeau’s Favored Pipeline Company: Law-Breaking, Pollution, Cover-Ups

‘We’ll Do What It Takes To Stop It’: First Nations Reject Trans Mountain Pipeline

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Ukraine Winter Window.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Ukraine Winter Window. Photo by Olya Bereza

UKRAINE WINTER

Hello Rusty and Thank You:

And yes, happy snow landscapes are around while I look out the window of an intercity train to nature’s masterpiece. She is such a prolific artist, Mother Nature, to paint all these intricate details like frozen grass or trees into white.

Ukraine has changed her dress for winter and skiing and snowboarding season in the Carpathians has officially started. One of the best ski resorts is Bukovel which offers winter leisure with a nice traditional touch.

Shall I also mention advantages of national cuisine? Local people still mostly adhere to wholesome foods and traditional meals. The diet is the reason that common people are quite calm and friendly in general. In Ukraine, there are still villagers who provide high-quality produce, one of treasures of my country. Most western nations gave up their original eating habits in exchange for the convenience of packaged foods preserved with hydrogenated oils.  So sometimes being a step behind is a good thing.

That’s all for this week.  Stay warm, Mishka.  And btw, working from a train office is quite fun🙂

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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GOOD EXAMPLES

B.C. Advocacy Group Calls For End To Solitary Confinement In Canada

Muslim Woman Sports Burkini And A Hijab With Her Gown At The Miss Minnesota USA Pageant

Singer Dolly Parton Sets Up Fund For Tennessee Fires Victims

This Organic Food Company Doesn’t Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders—It Seeks Them Out

Four Major United Kingdom Cities Move To Ban Diesel Vehicles By 2025

BAD EXAMPLES

‘Fatal’ Flaws Found In Medical Implant Software

‘Victimizing Me All Over Again’: San Bernardino Victims Fight For Treatment

Texas Again Places Obstacles In Front Of Those Seeking Abortions

Survey: Portland’s Livability Falls To Record Low

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good for these guys!  3 Months After Explosion, SpaceX Plans to Launch Rocket Bearing Satellites

This to me makes a strong case for cultural cross pollination.  3,800-Year-Old Statue Resembling ‘The Thinker’ Found in Israel

Even in Seattle, where we have forests, we agree and are planting more.  Cities Need Trees Now More Than Ever

OUR PLANET

What Would Earth Be Like With No Moon?

Watch For Earliest Sunsets Before Solstice

Earth, The Final Frontier

SPACE

Saturn Spacecraft Prepares To Ring-Graze

Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants The Job 

An Ice Sheet The Size Of New Mexico Hidden In Martian Crater

December Guide To The Bright Planets

TECHNOLOGY

James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute For Computing, Big Data

The Future Of Bridges

Salida, Colorado: National Leader In The Development Of Tiny Homes

Street Furniture That Fights Air Pollution

THE GREEN BEAT

How Northwest Tribes Joined Forces To Beat Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Voters Win More Solar Energy Options Despite Opposition From Big Energy

Is Your Bank Funding DAPL? Here’s How To Find One That Isn’t

7 Ways To Make An Even Bigger Impact When You Divest From DAPL

Biodiversity Data Gets A Makeover By US Forest Service

Cleaner Skies, Cleaner Fish

Obama Administration Will Keep Tough Fuel Standards In Place

ECOTOPIA EMERGING

In Dedication To Ernest ‘Chick’ Callenbach, Reader, Patron And, Most Of All, Friend

Going Postal In Cascadia

22 Million Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dumped In Oregon’s Willamette River

British Columbia, Canada & Alaska Experience Major Yellow Cedar Loss

Seattle Advocates: ’25 Years Is Too Long For ST3′

Energy Battle Ensues As Vancouver Phases Out Fossil Fuels

$2 Billion Boost For Vancouver Transit

King County, Washington, Expands Support To Low-Income Transit Riders

TRAVEL

Hidden Gem: See What Scientists Found In Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park

See Grizzly Bears Up Close

A Sense Of Place: Aquitaine Region Of France A Sophisticated Happy Mash Up Of Old And New

HEALTH

Six Simple Ways To Identify Skin Cancer

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Exercise to Extend Your Life

This Week’s New York Times Wellness Blog Is On “Mindfulness”

Hallucinogen Eases Depression In Cancer Patients, Studies Find  

LIFESTYLE

Reflect: How We Became ‘Consumers’

20 Ways To Take A Bigger, Louder Stand In The Post-Election World

6 Ways Cities Can Prepare For The Future Of Work

Alternative Voting Systems Can Save Democracy

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Night-Shining Clouds Over Antarctica

Amazing Homeless Man Plays Piano Beautifully.. – YouTube

Bluegrass Virtuosity From New Jersey

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo by Rusty Miller © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller

Photo by Rusty Miller © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller 

This is amazing.  You’re a Bee. This Is What It Feels Like.

If this does not melt your heart, you need a new one.  Dogs who both lost their home won’t stop cuddling with each other at shelter, are inseparable

I see a blockbuster movie in this.  Giant Lizard Versus Buffalo

SHORTS

Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

Flamingo Mating Rules: 1. Learn the Funky Chicken

Rare Fish Swims Upside Down

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Solving A Mystery Behind The Deadly ‘Tsunami Of Molasses’ Of 1919

Million-Dollar Bucket Of Gold Stolen In NY

The Indian YouTube Channel With 6 Billion Views

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THE COLOR OF GREED

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam November 27, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 12

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 27, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 12 

Greed, by the artist Procrust

THE COLOR OF GREED 

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Sometimes, I am amazed that our species has survived some of the figures of speech it has invented.  The most recent example of this for me is this apparently national holiday called ~ ominously to me ~ Black Friday.

I understand where the context comes from and I’ve never understood that either.  It seems to me that  is the color of growing stuff o to me, it only follows that if you’re talking about profit/capital gains, you’re in the green, not the black.

I have no problems with red, the color of blood which should stay inside the arteries and veins, being the color of loss because that’s what often happens when you can see blood.

It then further follows ~ according to admittedly baseline simple reasoning ~ that since a lot of people will be making money on the Friday following American Thanksgiving, it should be green.  But since millions of Americans are spending money and their disposable income is “bleeding out,” it should also be red.

Those colors go well together just like they do at Christmas but calling it Green and Red Friday in a texting-obsessed century is a bit impractical, if not just one more thing to remember.

I think, however, that since the participants and the celebrants have one thing in common, if we could come up with one color that fits both, we could come up with a two-word name for the holiday.

Now, if we could just find greed somewhere in the rainbow ~ and I have great faith in the professionals who engage in this research ~ both professionally and avocationally ~ I am sure we can come up with something we can all live with, remember and text with appropriate dexterity.  What color comes to your mind when you hear or read the word greed?  (email that one to minstrel312@aol.com)

And on that whimsical note, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THE NEWS

We would like to congratulate this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom winners.  For the White House press release naming all the recipients and providing a paragraph of identification, please go here.

I would not envy ISIS now.  These people do NOT mess around.  INTERPOL, Russia And The New Fight Against International Terrorism

This kind of cooperation speaks well of all involved.  Russian Amphibious Aircraft Fights Wildfires In Israel

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

Trump To Dump TPP Trade Deal: World Leaders React

ASIA

Afghanistan Kabul Mosque Suicide Attack Kills Dozens

Images Show ‘Villages Razed’ In Myanmar

Asia Leaders Defend Trade Deals Despite Trump Stance

Huge Pile-Up On China Motorway

Militants Kidnap Six Pakistanis Working for Polish Oil Firm

Protest Against South Korean President Estimated to Be Largest Yet

AFRICA

Monkey Attack On Girl Sparks Deadly Ethnic Clashes In Libya

Egypt Court Quashes Mohammed Morsi Life Sentence

Official: 19 Killed In Uganda Fighting Between Rebels, Army

Silenced For Decades, ‘Victims Of Despotism’ Air Torture Claims In Tunisia
Fuel Truck Explosion Kills At Least 73 In Mozambique
U.S., In Shift, Backs Arms Embargo For South Sudan As Genocide Risk Rises
Nairobi Journal: As Grasslands Dwindle, Kenya’s Shepherds Seek Urban Pastures
Windmills Or Reactor Cores? Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Military Kills 4 ISIS Militants in Syria After Ambush

Iran’s Head Of Railways Resigns Over Train Collision

Plight Of Houthi Rebels Is Clear In Visit To Yemen’s Capital

Half A Million Children Are Trapped In Syria, United Nations Says

EUROPE

Theresa May Backtracks Over Workers On Boards Pledge

Facebook To Increase UK Employees By 500 In 2017

France Qatar: Two Robbed Of $5m In Road Hold-Up Near Paris

NHS To Use Google AI To Treat Patients

Lufthansa Strike Starts After Failed Court Challenge

RUSSIA

Russia’s Relations With The West, Through A Neorealist Filter

Inside The Anti-Corruption Campaign Against Russia’s Liberals

Russia’s Frozen Beauty

Representing The Unimaginable: Gerhard Richter At The Jewish Museum

THE VATICAN

Talks to Heal Catholic Rift in China Gain Momentum Under Francis

CANADA

China Acknowledges Role In Canada’s Opioid Crisis

Alberta Strikes $1.36-Billion Deal With Power Companies To End Coal-Fired Electricity By 2030

At $11.2-Million, ‘Mountain Forms’ Most Expensive Work By A Canadian Artist Sold At Auction

Video: 5,000 March Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion In Vancouver

Canada Pushes Past Coal

UNITED STATES

Judges Find Wisconsin Redistricting Unfairly Favored Republicans

Drought Still Grips Southern California

Southeastern US Wildfires Still Blazing

Will Trump take on Wall Street – and if so, will Russia benefit? 

Video: Growing Cannabis Sustainably

Mining At The Doorstep Of Yellowstone? Blocked!

Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling Is Banned Through 2022

LATIN AMERICA

Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies At 90

Hungry Venezuelans Flee In Boats To Escape Economic Collapse

Hurricane Otto Death Toll Rises To Double Digits

In Havana, Castro’s Death Lays Bare A Generation Gap

Miami’s Cuban Exiles Celebrate Castro’s Death

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Women Pushed Onto Train Tracks In ‘Crazy’ Melbourne Knife Attack

Government Can’t Keep Using ‘Borrowed Money’, Abbott Says

‘It’s Disloyal To Our Country’: Barnett ‘Disappointed’ Over Fremantle’s Australia Day Axing

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Signs Of Climate Change At Arctic Tree Line

Perils Of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate

The Links Between TPP, Health, And Climate Change

Teaching An Old City New Tricks To Manage Flooding

ISIS, ETC.

On The Weapons Trail: How Does ISIS Arm Itself?

One By One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed As Result Of F.B.I. Program

MOSUL & ALEPPO

The Street-To-Street Battles For Mosul

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Oberhausen Overview: How The City Is Coping With Its Migrant Influx

STANDING ROCK

From Across The Country, Gifts Of Tiny Houses Arrive For Standing Rock

Sheriffs Refuse To Send Troops To Standing Rock As Public Outrage And Costs Mount

Four Ways To Look At Standing Rock: An Indigenous Perspective

Woman Injured At Standing Rock Protest Might Lose Arm, Family Says

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

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I, DANIEL BLAKE

Hello Rusty:

Just came back from watching “I, Daniel Blake“, a 2016 British-French social drama film directed by Ken Loach. The film is a winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  Its  storyline covers the struggling of the protagonists with the state system that is designed to help people on the edge but as it shown in the film, the system has flaws that could be overcome if its employees had a little bit more human approach. In the last lines of the film, in the speech of main hero it was said. ““My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog. I demand my rights. I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen; nothing more, nothing less.”

That makes me realize how vital such an easy thing as respect is in everyday life. The lack of it is a universal problem at the moment not only in the United Kingdom, as film showed, but elsewhere. All we need to do is recall recent events in America when police fired water cannons at the Standing Rock protestors for at least six hours in below freezing temperatures. Or this week in the Ukraine with the three-year anniversary of Dignity Revolution that was triggered by the beating of students while they came to protest against previous establishment.

Respect, nothing more, nothing less is something to be learned.

Gradually and slowly, there are some positive changes in Ukraine which are making the bureaucratic machine function more smoothly. Public service attitude is changing towards a more people-oriented approach.

Still it is up to a person by small deeds to make a change; to treat themselves and others in a way that makes the world around a little better. To stand for the rights of others in the face of injustice.  Even a on small scale it really makes a difference.

That’s all for this week.  Take care, Rusty

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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GOOD EXAMPLES

100 Women: Jeanette Winterson Helps Children Rewrite Cinderella

Seattle Youth Lead The Way In Environmental Justice

How Women Are Taking On Global Climate Leadership

BAD EXAMPLES

Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium

Russian Police Under Investigation For Ignoring Pleas Of Murder Victim

Obama Says He May Comment As Citizen On Trump’s Presidency

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible.  The Great Barrier Reef Just Mated

I do not think this is one of their better ideas.  Drilling Into The Chicxulub Crater, Ground Zero Of The Dinosaur Extinction

Since I love these, I of course found this fascinating.  Who First Farmed Potatoes? Archaeologists In Andes Find New Evidence

OUR PLANET

The Secrets Of Life Hidden Beneath Us

Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home In Mexico

How Indigenous Knowledge And Science Are Converging In Canada

SPACE

Telescope That ‘Ate Astronomy’ Is On Track To Surpass Hubble

Mercury Is Shrinking, A ‘Great Valley’ Shows

Saturn Spacecraft Prepares To Ring-Graze

Vast Underground Water Ice On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

Smartphone Designer Reinvents The Truck

Satellite To Help Planes Avoid Turbulence

British Phones Are So Smart They Are Ending Food Waste

THE GREEN BEAT

As Soda Taxes Gain Wider Acceptance, Your Bottle May Be Next

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage

DAPL: ‘The Fight Will Continue, And It Can Still Be Won’

 Could Pokémon Go Aid Conservation?

Your Christmas Tree’s Carbon Footprint

Are Public Spaces For Dialogue? Why Urban Design Matters.

EPA Chief: There’s No Stopping America’s Clean Energy Future

Imagining A National Indigenous Housing Strategy

Visuals: 24 Hours Of County-Wide Bus Service

ECOTOPIA EMERGING

Energy From Waste: Could Oregon Get Renewable Energy From Food Scraps?

Progress Report: Vision Zero In Seattle

Washington State’s Colville Tribes To Receive $8.3M Settlement Over Water Pollution

Debates Rekindle Around Snake River Dams

Vancouver Chinatown Residents Protest Gentrification

Seattle’s New Budget Supports Housing Affordability, Fights Homelessness, And More

TRAVEL

40 American Towns You Haven’t Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

How We Time-Travel In Our Minds

The World’s Most Giving Countries

HEALTH

U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even As Population Ages

Here’s A Unique Cure For An Overindulgence In Alcohol.  Go Jogging.

The Weekly Health Quiz: Fresh Vs. Frozen, Full-Fat Vs. Low-Fat

Buckwheat:  Russia’s Miracle Food

5 Ways Science Says To Handle Difficult Emotional Situations

How Do Green Spaces Impact Mental Health?

LIFESTYLE

Third Culture Kids: Citizens Of Nowhere

Sayings We Can’t Live With — Or Without

How To Attempt Racial Healing—Even During A Trump Presidency

6 Ways To Take Action In The Calm Before The Trump

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

We African Nations

Watch: The Great Barrier Reef Stayin’ Alive

Dueling Banjos – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – Revenge of the Guitar – YouTube

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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Considering that once the survival of these little folks was critical, this is a real romp.  Bee Heaven In Vancouver

This is a little weird.  But very cute.  How to Save a Donkey (It Helps to Have a Goat)

This little dude is a total trip.  Figaro, The Toolmaking Cockatoo

SHORTS

The Strongest Animal Alive

Cute Courtship Of Monster Reptiles

Baby Pygmy Marmoset Found Alive, Two Men Arrested

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The November 2016 NestWatch newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Mystery In The Clouds

Which Language Uses The Most Sounds? Click 5 Times For The Answer

In Scotland, Trump Built A Wall. Then He Sent Residents The Bill.

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ODE TO MY UNCLE SEAMUS

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November 20, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 11

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ODE TO MY UNCLE SEAMUS

THEME MEDIA:  Pat of Mullingar, Irish Rovers

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I have a notorious great uncle who lived and died by a nom de plume guaranteed to totally confuse and disorient anyone who tried to ascertain the actual facts of his undeniably colorful existence.

Uncle Seamus lived to be 110 and died when he mistook a bear in the woods for his son Jeremiah and invited it to share a jug of what he thought was pine mash whiskey but turned out instead to be hard cider which had fermented so long it had turned to vinegar.  The bear swallowed a mouthful of that and washed it down with Uncle Seamus.

At both the kaddish and the wake, people came from miles around.  They were of all faiths, all ages, professions and political parties.  Since Uncle Seamus was not renown for his amiability, a local newspaper reporter covering his demise asked one of the mourners and the black-banded gentleman explained,

“He owed us all money.”

It turned out that all those folks really were sad that Uncle Seamus died before he paid them back.  That was his secret to a long life.  His health and longevity were of a rather practical concern to the community.

I’ve often wondered if it might not have been his ticket to immortality if he hadn’t picked up the wrong jug that day he went for a walk in the woods.

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

Rusty

THEME MEDIA:  Pat of Mullingar, Irish Rovers

THE NEWS

This is reassuring.  NASA And FEMA Rehearse For The Unthinkable: An Asteroid Strike On Los Angeles

This is outstanding.  Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center awarded UNESCO prize

I found this extremely informative.  Have A Look At The ‘National Equity Atlas’

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

2016 Likely to Top 2015 as Hottest Year on Record

ASIA

Japan Economy: Exports Help Faster-Than-Expected Growth

A Lesson For India In A Fog So Thick It Could Kill A Cow

Train Derailment in India Kills More Than 100

Park Geun-hye Was Accomplice in Extortion, South Korean Prosecutors Say

Tools To Help Japanese Schoolchildren Find Balance: Unicycles

Tens Of Thousands Of Protesters Call For Najib Razak, Malaysian Leader, To Resign

AFRICA

Silenced For Decades, ‘Victims Of Despotism’ Air Torture Claims In Tunisia

Fuel Truck Explosion Kills At Least 73 In Mozambique

U.S., In Shift, Backs Arms Embargo For South Sudan As Genocide Risk Rises

As Grasslands Dwindle, Kenya’s Shepherds Seek Urban Pastures

Windmills Or Reactor Cores? Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash

MIDDLE EAST

Nimrud: Iraqi Troops Visit Destroyed Ancient City

Damascus Wants Trump To End Rebel Support: Syria Foreign Minister

Rights Groups Assail Iran Over Videos Of Condemned Prisoners

U.S. Investigates Deaths Of 3 Soldiers In Jordan As Possible Terrorism

Syrian President Calls Donald Trump A ‘Natural Ally’ In Fight Against Terrorism

A Call To Prayer, Or Noise Pollution? Israel Targets Mosque Loudspeakers

Images Of A Supermoon Spectacle

Tehran Journal: As A Noxious Smog Descends, Tehran Tries To Ignore It

Court In Egypt Overturns Mohamed Morsi’s Death Sentence

Yemeni Bankers Get In Trouble Over A Customer, Al Qaeda

EUROPE

Italy’s Zone Of Endless Shaking

The Olives Helping Greece Out Of Crisis

Vast and Pristine, Russia’s Lake Baikal Is Invaded by Toxic Algae

Barack Obama Seeks To Calm US Allies Over Trump Concerns

Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev Charged With $2m Bribe

Sweeping Raids Of Mosques, Apartments Across Germany Target Islamist Group True Religion

Volkswagen Plans 30,000 Job Cuts Worldwide

RUSSIA

The Key Concerns Of Russian Foreign Policy Heading Into 2017

Does Regime Change In Venezuela Threaten Russia’s Interests?

Pushkin Institute Opens In Paris To Teach Russian

Russia And Austria, Looking Beyond Sanctions

Trump’s Victory, Counter-Terrorism, And The Ildar Dadin Case

How Russian Society Reacts To Trump’s Victory

How Putin Is Reforming His Political Circle

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis, Inducting 17 Cardinals, Criticizes Polarization Over Race And Faith

Pope Closes Roman Catholic ‘Holy Year’ Marked By Lights And Shadows

CANADA

Trump Team Flags Canadian Livestock, Lumber In NAFTA

Canadian Military To Reassess Use Of Anti-Malaria Drug

As Demographics In Canada Change, Food Banks Are Struggling To Meet Users’ Diverse Tastes

Gray Jay Gets Nod For Canada’s National Bird

Power Up Vancouver: Infrastructure To Support Electric Vehicles

Reparations? Vancouver Island First Nation Accepts $50 Million Land Settlement

Video: Oil-Leaking Tug Is Lifted From BC Waters

UNITED STATES

Zika Infection In U.S. Is Still R

ED STATESare So Far, Blood Donations Indicate

‘Bluer Islands In A Redder Sea’: Urbanism In The New America

Will The Oregon Logging Industry Rise Up Under President Trump?

We The People Say: The Electoral College Is Not For Us

Over 70 Nations Have Been Led By Women. So Why Not The U.S.?

LATIN AMERICA

A New Souvenir From Cuba: Cancer Vaccine

A Year Of Sadness: Brazil’s Zika Crisis Marks Anniversary With More Questions Than Answers

Justin Trudeau Visits Cuba 40 Years After Father

Brazil: Protesters Storm Congress Seeking Military Rule

‘There’s No Law On The Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships By Night

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Quake And Aftershocks Rock New Zealand

Aerial Footage Of New Zealand Earthquake Damage

Antibacterial Soaps Ditch Some Chemicals Amid Superbug Scare

Is China Sending More Spies To Australia?

Sex Abuse Charges Spark SA Child Protection Employment Review

‘Best Weather Satellite Ever Built’ Rockets Into Space

Bank Attack An ‘Isolated Incident’, Premier Says (Photos)

Crowdfunding Push To Save Orange-Bellied Parrots

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

11 Ways Trump And A GOP Congress Could Impact Environmental Policy

1,300 Young Scientists Unite For The Future Of Canada’s Environment

Secretary Kerry: Us Will Fight Global Warming, With Or Without Trump

Snow Cover In The U.S. Reaches An All-Time Low

The North Pole Is An Insane 36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal

The West Has Some Of The ‘Most Endangered Ecosystems Worldwide’

ISIS, ETC.

Minnesota Court Jails Leader Of Islamic State Plot For 35 Years

MOSUL & ALEPPO

Mosul Soldier’s Chance Reunion With Mother On Bus

Syria Conflict: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Aleppo

Airstrikes On Aleppo Resume As Russia Begins New Offensive In Syria

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Refugees Discover 2 Americas: One That Hates, And One That Heals

How Immigrants Are Revitalizing Tucson’s Food Economy

Syrian Government Refuses UN Truce Terms For Aleppo

STANDING ROCK

Army Wants Further Study Of Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Squash, Rice and Roadkill: Feeding the Fighters of Standing Rock

Standing Rock: ‘It’s Not If A Pipeline Is Going To Spill Or Leak, It’s When’

The Rickety Finances Behind The Dakota Access Pipeline

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Kiev at night.  Photo by Olya Bereza – European Editor

Kiev at night. Photo by Olya Bereza – European Editor 

Hello Rusty from Kyiv;

The train got me here again to find more interesting places while wandering around the capital this time.  Kyiv is gloomy this time due to a cold-wet weather of its transition into winter.  It is always exciting to come and feel big city atmosphere and enjoy its lights both at streets and at more luxurous places.

During a cup of coffee in a Hyatt five star hotel, a harbour for business people and foreigners, the talks around I assume weren’t much different than in western countries with discussions of post-Brexit and post-Trump worlds.  As for the streets, it felt safe enough despite some gathering of mostly middle-aged people protesting against the policy regarding future of clients’ savings in a recently bankrupt financial institution.

In unstable economies, protecting such assets is a dilemma. When we had a range of such bankrupcies before which did not survive the turbulence of those several years, many of us began to wonder if it was not better to keep money under matrasses.

But even there, it would not be safe, as we learned from Soviet Union history when their economy collapsed and people had to stand in long chaotic queues to exchange banknotes. In this connection, a recent news story from India reminds of the situation: Indian Supreme Court refuses to stop currency change

The most interesting findings of that little journey to Kyiv was an abandoned about two century old building the windows of which were decorated with the pre-revolutionary photographs. They have taken three rows of windows of the former hotel “Star”.

That artistic initiative was started in 2013 by “Kyiv Charitable Society” – a public organization, that looked for interesting projects designed for the development of the city and attract sponsors to these projects. KCS did, in fact, exist in Kyiv from 1834 to 1917 and was re-established in 2013.

I am hoping that with their help and with the support of experts from different fields many good projects could be implemented in Kyiv.  On that positive note, that’s all for this week.

Cheers, Rusty

Olya Bereza – European Editor  Понедельник, 14 ноября 2016, 7:59 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

GOOD EXAMPLES

Thanks to Some Quick-Thinking Youngsters, Stranded Baby Beluga Whale Given a Second Chance!

Ottawa Moves On Plans For Apology To Those Wronged Over Sexuality

David Suzuki On The ‘Last Great Fight’ Of His Life: ‘I Know God Damn Well I’m In A Limited Period Of Time Now’

BAD EXAMPLES

50 Worst American Cities In Which To Live

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I certainly agree with this.  Why We Need More Rational Thinkers

Imagine yourself somehow watching this.  I did and the dreams I had were more vivid than my “pizza too close to bed time ones.”  What Would Happen If The Sun Disappeared?

This is definitely a step in an appropriate direction.  Biofuel Powers The First Commercial Flight From Seattle To DC

OUR PLANET

Where Paint Comes From Rocks

The Rise Of Miniature ‘Microfactories’

Watch: the Anthropocene

SPACE

‘Supermoon’ Views From Around The World

100 Scientists Say Yes To Asteroid Mission

A Hypersonic Plane For A New Space Race

TECHNOLOGY

The Truth About Mind-Control Technology

How We Built Machines That Can Think

Linked in Blocked By Russian Authorities

THE GREEN BEAT

A Second Chance For The Carbon Tax

For 3rd Year In A Row, Carbon Emissions Remain Flat

Cop22 Update: 6,201 Cities Have Already Slashed Emissions By 23%

An Agenda For Better Urban Planning

It Ain’t Easy Being Green If You’re A Methanol Plant

PG&E Outlines Plan For Replacing Coal, Reaching Renewables Targets

Oil And Gas Leases Cancelled On Blackfeet Tribe’s Sacred Grounds

Conservation, Clean Energy, And Transit Did Surprisingly Well In 2016

Take A Deep Breath And Don’t Freak Out About The Future Of Clean Energy

A Direct Link Between Fracking And Earthquakes

TRAVEL

15 Best National Parks To Visit In Winter

27 Tips For Safe Night Driving

What Is Your Travel IQ?  Take This Test To Find Out

HEALTH

Dementia Game ‘Shows Lifelong Navigational Decline’

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing 

Which Kind Of Milk Is More Nutritious: Almond, Soy, Coconut Or Cashew?

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased By Healthy Habits, Study Finds

LIFESTYLE

Can You Talk Someone Out Of Racist Thoughts?

15 Worst States For Retirees

14 American Things That Do Not Exist Abroad

Quiet: A Soldier’s Fight For The Most Silent Place In America

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: And Now For Some Dessert

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Wildlife Comedy Photography Winners

Baby Iguana Escapes Chase By Ferocious Snakes

Green Therapy: Oregon Waterfall Is A Rainy Season Treat

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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Baby Hedgehog.  Photo courtesy of Rainforest.com

Baby Hedgehog. Photo courtesy of Rainforest.com 

Here is another opportunity to die of cute.  Meet 10 Baby Animals That Make Us Smile From Ear to Ear

This needs to stop.  Misled By The Scent, Seabirds Eat A Bounty Of Plastic

This is awesome.  The ‘Dragon’ Lizard That Flies

SHORTS

Narwhals, Tusked Whales Of The Arctic, See With Sound. Really Well.

The Hidden Reindeer Nobody Noticed

The Cheetahs That Hunt Giants

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

For you avian lovers, Project FeederWatch eNews’ November 2016 edition is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

On Trial: The Man With HIV Who Says He Had Sex With 104 Women And Girls

How A Donkey Became My Running Partner

Snake Marriage Story Fake, Malaysian Fireman Says

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ODE TO A SUPERMOON

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 13, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 10

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Theme Media:  Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah – YouTube

ODE TO A SUPER MOON

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish SeaWell, the big event of this week takes place tomorrow, Monday, between midnight and dawn, depending on where in the world you live.  The moon will be “larger” than it has been since 1948 or will be again until 2034.

So here it is, folks, the opportunity to stand outside in the dark and gaze at a dazzling planetoid which appears larger than the mother ship in the movie Independence Day and which apparently has the ability to shrink or expand at will.

Of course we know that part is not true.  The moon remains the same size.  Conditions just make it appear to change.  That is true of many things in life, is it not?

I hope it does not rain on “my super moon.”  Now that I have perspective, I would rather fancy enjoying the show.

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

Rusty

Theme Media:  Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah – YouTube

THE NEWS

This should be spectacular.  5 Keys To Enjoying The Closest Supermoon  Also see What Is A Supermoon?

We join the world in celebrating the life of this man.  Leonard Cohen: Canadian singer dead aged 82

I have suspected this for a very long time.  We’ve Got Human Intelligence All Wrong  We Are Only Different From Animals In One Crucial Respect

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

International Readers On How A Trump Presidency Could Affect Them

ASIA

India Rupees: Chaos At Banks Continues After Atms Reopen

With a Cuckoo’s Journey From China, a Mystery Is Solved, and Cheers Go Up

South Koreans Rally in Largest Protest in Decades to Demand President’s Ouster

For Chinese Women, a Surname Is Her Name

AFRICA

Ezekiel’s Wheel Ties African Spiritual Traditions To Christianity

Painful Steps Help Egypt Secure $12 Billion I.M.F. Loan

MIDDLE EAST

A Pilgrim’s Progress: Checking Mecca Off My Bucket List

One More Middle East Conflict: What to Make of Donald Trump

U.S. Says It Has Killed 119 Civilians in Iraq and Syria Since 2014

Museum Explores Arafat’s Legacy but Leaves Unanswered Questions

Long Avoided by Tourists, Iran Is Suddenly a Hot Destination

Court in Israel Sentences Palestinian Teenager to 12 Years for Stabbings

Marine Veteran Held by Yemeni Rebels Since 2015 Is Freed

EUROPE

The Crisis Of European Identity And Rapprochement With Russia

UK Manufacturing Picks Up In September, ONS Figures Show

Theresa May Promises ‘Golden Era’ In UK-Chinese Relations

CANADA

Ottawa Offers To Renegotiate NAFTA In Effort To Warm Ties With Trump

Canada Today: Dams, Fiddles and That New Leader Next Door

Canada’s Big Dams Produce Clean Energy, and High Levels of Mercury

Canada Today: Espionage, and Newfoundland’s Hospitality Comes to the Stage

UNITED STATES

Video: Naturalization: Becoming An American

Russians In America: How To Find Success In Silicon Valley

U.S. Enforcing Insurance Law To Help Fight Opioid Abuse

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia Reaches New Peace Deal With Rebels

Fleeing Gangs, Central American Families Surge Toward U.S.

Mexico Braces For The Fallout Of A Trump Presidency

Haiti Opens a Drive to Vaccinate 820,000 as Cholera Flares

Colombia Reaches New Peace Deal With Rebels

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

U.S., In Deal With Australia, Agrees To Take Some Refugees

Bushland Search For Matthew Leveson Continues

Minister Blasts Legal Aid’s ‘Amazingly Stupid’ Move To Defend Paedophile Father 

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Ralph Cicerone, Scientist Who Sounded Climate Change Alarm, Dies At 73

Decline Of Arctic’s Thickest Sea Ice

Un Climate Change Conference Kicks Off Under Shadow Of Us Election

Fighting Climate Change With A New Financial System

ISIS, ETC.

The Rivalry Between Moscow And Washington For The Right To Defeat ISIS

German Police Arrest Five In Raid On ‘ISIS Network’

MOSUL & ALEPPO

Mosul Battle: Experts Probe Is Mass Grave At Hamam Al-Alil

ISIS Is Massacring Mosul Civilians as Troops Advance, U.N. Says

My Journey Into Aleppo: Watching a Moonscape of War Turn Into a Functioning City

POST ELECTION AMERICA

Seattle City Councilwoman Calls For ‘Nationwide Shutdown’ On Inauguration Day

‘Not Our President’ Protests Spread

Donald Trump’s Victory Is Met With Shock Across a Wide Political Divide

Donald Trump’s Victory Was Built on Unique Coalition of White Voters

Trump Rides a Wave of Fury That May Damage Global Prosperity

Americans Eye Move To Canada, But Immigration Not So Easy

Trump Wins US Election: How World Leaders Have Reacted

US Election: Can Trump Keep His Promises?

Market Rally Continues As Investors Shrug Off Trump Worries

Voter Revolt

Trump Presidency: Protests Turn Violent In Portland, Oregon

Trump And Obama: What They Said Then And Now

‘A Moment of Great Peril’: Foreign Observers on Trump’s Success

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Undocumented Migrants, Free Now To Visit Mexico, Face Iffy Future

US Election 2016: Becoming Citizens After Trump’s Win

Fleeing Gangs, Central American Families Surge Toward U.S.

STANDING ROCK

Environmentalists Backing Standing Rock Protesters Target Bankers Behind Pipeline

Maps: Socio-ecological views of the Dakota Access Pipeline  

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

AUTUMN IN UKRAINE

Hi Rusty:

It was an extremely warm week in Ukraine, up to +18C/64.4F degrees, which is quite an extraordinary and pleasant gift from Mother Nature.

This is the autumn that I love; warm, sunny, with golden leaves on still green grass. The trees are covered in all shades from ruby to golden brown. Just a pleasure to the eyes to ride in a train watching all this beauty and vast fields of Ukraine during my usual cross-country trip from West to East.

The fields, still yellowish after being harvested, meet the blue horizon and truly represent the colors of the country I love. From time to time out my train window, I see a herd of cows, or a lonely shacking horse. Villages, each  with their own church; people busy with domestic things; flocks of geese other poultry all enjoying the freedom of non-urban life. From time to time I even see a villager riding a little wagon pulled by a horse, going somewhere behind horizon.

Perhaps this idyllic picture from the last century doesn’t convey all the harshness of life of a common Ukrainian, as it definitely is not that simple and most of people are quite poor due to economic stagnation.

But it is precisely because life is so hard that rage and sorrow swept over the land after the exposure of vast financial scandal by government officials and workers. The ones who were supposed to serve people appeared to be unreachably wealthy compared to a commoner.  There is no sin in being rich but many in Ukraine wondered how a civil servant could possess such a wealth.

The U.S. expects Ukraine to investigate suspicious facts in e-declarations of MPs and other officials and while this will not take care of the problem entirely, any step that will provide more information is a step forward.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

RUSSIA AND RUSSIAN VOICES

Tiger Cub Found Prowling The Streets Of Vladivostok

The Atlantic: What Vladimir Putin Wants From America’s Elections

Dixon. Ice Borders — Life in Russia’s Far North

GOOD EXAMPLES

Beached Whale Rescued And Town Rallies For Rescue

2 Minority Candidates In Washington State Make National History

After Bill Cosby, States Shift on Statutes of Limitations in Sexual Assault Cases

BAD EXAMPLES

Is Your Bank Funding The Dakota Access Pipeline?

Portland Must Reduce Lead In Water Now, State Says

Prince Harry Condemns ‘Abuse’ Of Girlfriend

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I thought this was very ingenious.  Dead TV Signals Offer Broadband Hope In Rural Scotland

I wish I could have seen this.  Robot ‘Sets New Rubik’s Cube Record’

The answer to this question is easy.  No.  Would You Travel 700mph In A Tube?

OUR PLANET

An Ancient Fortress In The Sky

The Other Man Who Discovered Evolution

‘We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’: A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found

SPACE

When To Watch The Closest Supermoon

The Balloons That Soar To Space 

Our Vast Solar System and Its Many Explorers

TECHNOLOGY

Energy Giants Turn to Drones and Sensors in New Embrace of the Digital World

China’s Internet Controls Will Get Stricter, To Dismay Of Foreign Business

A Slow Ride Toward The Future Of Public Transportation

THE GREEN BEAT

Native Activism Blocks Union Pacific Railroad Expansion In Oregon  

Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Helps Your Community Go Solar

Dozens Of Energy Projects Referred To Doj

Travel

A Beach Made Of Gold?

Who Gets The Center Armrests?

Canada’s 50 Places Of A Lifetime

30 Fabulous Photos Of Utah

HEALTH

What Keeps Kids Up at Night? Cellphones and Tablets.

5 Lifestyle Changes That Can Save Your Life

This weeks NYT Wellness Issue Is About Prostate Cancer

Six Ways To Live Longer

LIFESTYLE

Heterosexual Rally Banned in Yekaterinburg

Five Pictures That Show How Social Media Can Be A Minefield

Canada Introducing Gender-Neutral Option On Visitor Border Document

When It Comes To Success, Age Really Is Just A Number

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

The Right Way To Visit Medieval Moscow

The Happiest Movie Ending Of My Childhood

Seattle Song Parody

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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They are absolutely beautiful.  Snow Leopards Filmed Like Never Before

As if we did not already know this?  10 Pics Showing That, No Matter What, Cats Will Always Be Cats

This is how to meditate with your feline.  How to Be Mindful With Your Cat

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Why Your Choice of Coffee Is Important to Conservation

For the Bird Enthusiasts Among You, FeederWatch Season Begins This Week

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The Sailors Who Sing To Penguins

The Sharks That Saved A Town

Incredible 1,000 Pound Stingray Saved By Beachgoers

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AMERICA’S ARMAGEDDON MIGHT BE A CENTURY OR TWO AWAY YET

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 9, 2016 Election Special

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell 

AMERICA’S ARMAGEDDON MIGHT BE A CENTURY OR TWO AWAY YET

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I awoke early on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to the news of America’s new president.  I was surprised but not stunned and had a mild anxiety attack that lasted about three seconds and until I remembered a few things.

First, presidential power is limited by a system of checks and balances which has worked so far in preventing chief executives from becoming potentates.  They have frustrated more than one president as they will no doubt frustrate this one.

Second, I do not believe a single individual or administration can destroy America.  This will be my 13th president.  I have survived six Democrats and six Republicans.  America is still here.  So is Rusty Miller.  The future I predicted in Wrath of the USS Testament has, thankfully, still not come to pass.

Third, this particular president-elect faces criminal prosecution for crimes against women and those are not going to go away.  Diplomatic immunity is not a domestic prerogative.  He’s going to have a lot to deal with outside the courtroom too in these regards.

The moment he fails to keep one of his outlandish promises, he’s going to lose credibility and support.  As long as his opponents do not play this up but simply pursue their own agendas, erosion at this level would be at his hands and mouth and not theirs.

In the meantime, I expect the rest of us will just keep on keeping on.  That’s also something Americans are pretty good at.

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

Rusty

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BEFORE A STRONG WIND BLOWS IT WEST

 

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 6, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 9

James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington 

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BEFORE A STRONG WIND BLOWS IT WEST 

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, in three more days, America will have a new chief executive and the complexion of power will have changed some, as it does every four years or so at this level and between two and six at most others.

I sincerely believe that history will not accord this election season America’s finest hour.  In retrospect, the blame for that and the responsibility for it, as well, will fall on all of us, to one degree or another.

I question whether that entire dynamic is either healthy or realistic.  All of us made some grievous errors in judgment.  As a member of the national constituency, I put too much faith in my elected officials and those who run the party with which I am officially affiliated, to make the decisions they are delegated to make for me.

And that’s a little hypocritical considering how interactive I am with my Congressional, state and city officials.  Several of them are FaceBook friends.  Several are subscribers of this publication.  Several are neighbors.  It’s a populist way of doing things in a city consisting of ~ to borrow a line from Pirandello ~ several neighborhoods in search of City Hall.

My lifestyle also enables me to talk to those I live with and around when I’m doing things like shopping, going on photo shoots, harvesting blackberries (when in season, of course) and sometimes just packing a lunch and getting on a bus I’ve never taken before, just to see some new scenery.

I trust Patty and Maria and Adam and Jay and Ed because they’re the kind of people I’d run into on a bus ride.  They’re accessible.  They’re trustworthy.  They know what they’re doing.  They take the job seriously but not themselves.  They’re the type of people who might need to borrow my lawnmower once in awhile but when I get it back, it will be clean, the tank topped off and the blades sharpened.

I’ve assumed for too many years that this is how it worked on the banks of the Potomac so I’ve tended to discount most of the scandalous news national politics seems to generate in such prodigious quantities.

But I’ve learned.  I know now that I need to pay more attention to what happens back there and to interact with it the same way I do with Olympia and Seattle.  It’s become a real mess, national American politics, and it needs to get cleaned up before a strong wind blows it west.

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

Rusty

Theme Media:  What Are You Going To Do, Mr. Smith – From Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

THE NEWS

This is awesome.  Rescuers Save Six Baby One-Horned Rhinos From Floodwaters in India!

This is not reassuring.  Asteroid, Discovered Yesterday, Swept Past

This must stop.  Young Adolescents As Likely To Die From Suicide As From Traffic Accidents

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

The United Nations Foundation’s November 2016 Global Update Is Now Available Online

ASIA

South Korea’s Park Denies Following Cult As Scandal Continues

Islamists March In Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Jailed

How Is Your Family Coping With Delhi’s Air Pollution?

Delhi Closes Over 1,800 Schools In Response To Dangerous Smog

China Plans To Intervene In Hong Kong Dispute

From Hong Kong Pencil Pusher To Political Firebrand

AFRICA

South Africa Drops Charges Against Finance Minister Gordhan

Egypt Will Allow Its Currency To Float Freely

Hack Attacks Cut Internet Access In Liberia

U.S. Diplomat Who Helped South Sudan Says He’s Appalled By Strife There

Three Kidnapped In Libya Are Released Unharmed And Flown To Italy

MIDDLE EAST

3 U.S. Military Trainers Killed At Jordan Air Base

‘I Dream In Fruit’: What Hunger Looks Like In Syria

Iraqis Fear ‘Bloodshed Will Continue’ After Mosul If Sectarian Tensions Aren’t Addressed

EUROPE

6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Italy

Russian Chocolate, Beer And Baby Food Companies Aim To Conquer Asia

UK To Increase National Cyber-Defense Efforts

UK Government Suffers Brexit Court Blow

Bank Raises 2017 UK Growth Forecasts

‘Brexit’ Will Require A Vote In Parliament, U.K. Court Rules

No Laptop, No Phone, No Desk: UBS Reinvents The Work Space

The Country That’s Famous For Tolerance

Alexis Tsipras Shakes Up Cabinet To Soothe Greece’s Creditors

CANADA

Ottawa Plans To Reduce Use Of Mandatory Prison Sentences

Ford, Union Reach Tentative Deal, Averting Strike

Canada Holds Its 2017 Immigration Target Despite Recommendations To Increase It To Spur Growth

TransCanada To Sell $3.5-Billion Of Shares, U.S. Power Business

Canadians Urged To Buy Into Infrastructure Plan’s Benefits, Fees

More Quebec Journalists Confirmed As Targets Of Police Surveillance

Pictures: Canada’s Magic Cities

Suicide Toll Reveals How System Failed Canada’s Soldiers And Veterans

UNITED STATES

‘It Is A Lot Of People Showing Their Support For Standing Rock’: Thousands Checking In

Gasoline Soars After Blast Shuts Largest Fuel Pipeline In U.S., Killing One, Injuring Five

US Election 2016: The View From Japan

US Election 2016: The View From The United Kingdom

Your Questions About The U.S. Election, Answered

Obama Faults F.B.I. On Emails, Citing ‘Incomplete Information’

Black Church Burned In Mississippi, With ‘Vote Trump’ Scrawled On Side

Iowa Police Ambush: What Happened?

No Kegs, No Liquor: College Crackdown Targets Drinking and Sexual Assault

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuelan Government Frees Five Opposition Politicians

Pope’s Envoy Warns Of Bloodshed If Venezuela Talks Fail: Paper

El Salvador Judge Orders Seizure Of Former President’s Assets

Dependent On Migrant Dollars, Rural Mexico Prays For Trump Defeat

Haitian President Defends Aid Effort As Anger Mounts

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Firefighters Working To Contain Bushfires Across NSW

Kalgoorlie’s Reputation On The Line After Riots And Racial Tensions

Australian Frog Species Found That ‘Flashes’ Enemies

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

First, A Global Climate Deal, Next, Pollution Monitoring

The Paris Agreement on climate change is official. Now what?

ISIS, ETC.

Cautious Optimism Over Efforts To Combat ISIS In Baghdad

MOSUL & ALEPPO

Mosul Battle: Moment Troops Enter Outskirts Of City

Mosul Residents: ‘We Want Liberation, Not Destruction’

‘I Saw My Father Dying’: A View From Aleppo’s Government-Held Side

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

‘Hundreds Dead’ In Migrant Shipwrecks

Afghanistan Itself Is Now Taking In The Most Afghan Migrants

Paris Is The New Calais, With Scores Of Migrants Arriving Daily

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Leshy

Leshy 

SAYING FAREWELL TO LESHY

Hello Rusty:

The Halloween tradition has gradually won this part of the world. Pumpkin season is in a full swing and carving funny faces is one of the cheerful activities for children. According to my acquaintance, this celebration came even to Kazakhstan, but with a strange difference.  Instead of make believe, some people wear traditional costumes to celebrations.

The downside to Halloween is all the creepy creations that make young humans scared at night. Here, though, it is still an imported foreign tradition.  One girl hilariously called it Happy Meal instead of Halloween, for instance.

Interesting to see some parallels also in old Slavonic and Celtic tradition that were associated with the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. In October, ancient Slavs bid farewell to farewelled to Leshy – a forest spirit who regulates and assigns prey to hunters. October ended with the worship of the goddess of wisdom Mokosh.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. That celebration is believed to be one of the roots of modern Halloween. They believed ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies‘, could more easily come into our world most and for that reason, many scholars see it as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits.

Anyway next season to come. What it will bring..

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

RUSSIA AND RUSSIAN VOICES

25 Years After Liberalization, Russians Are Cautious Of Democratic Reforms

Remembering Nord-Ost, 14 Years Later ~ Back In October 2002, A Brutal Terrorist Attack In The Center Of Moscow Reshaped The Way Russians Viewed The Threat Posed By Radical Islamic Terror.

What Should Putin Do Next? Valdai Experts Offer Suggestions

A ‘New’ National Holiday Serves To Unite 11 Time Zones

GOOD EXAMPLES

The American Student Who Gave Cambodian Children A Chance To Get Clean

Pashtana’s Lesson

‘Hands Off Our Children’ – Fighting Abuse In Pakistan

BAD EXAMPLES

Arrests and Violence at Pipeline Protest

N.S.A. Appears to Have Missed ‘Big Red Flags’ in Suspect’s Behavior

Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers  

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible, is it not?  Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

I am not sure this is really such a good idea.  Crypt Believed To Be Jesus’ Tomb Opened For First Time In Centuries

Not on my watch they won’t.  HAL 9000 was heads up enough.  Driverless Cars Could Empower Pedestrians

OUR PLANET

The Corals No One Knew Existed

Uncovering Secrets Of The Mississippi

Iceland’s Mount Hekla Was Called Gateway To Hell

SPACE

A Flying Wing For Mars

How To Catch An Asteroid

Why Did A Russian Airline Buy A Spaceport In California?

TECHNOLOGY

A Slow Ride Toward The Future Of Public Transportation

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

No Time To Stop: Check Out These UK Roads That Charge Electric Cars On-The-Go

THE GREEN BEAT

How Schools Can Teach Kids To Value Food  

How Planting Trees In Cities Can Save Thousands Of Lives

Germany Unveils Zero Emissions Train

25,000 Miles Soon To Be Electric-Vehicle Ready

“It’s Time To Move The Standing Rock Pipeline”

TRAVEL

What’s Special About This Copenhagen Park?

The UK’s Most Haunted Train Stations

Rainier Beach Through The Years In Photos  (Where We Live)

HEALTH

Love At Every Age: Want To Keep Sparks Flying? Use This Handy Guide For A Healthy, Satisfying Time In The Bedroom At Any Age.

Men’s Health:  Hate The Doctor? Try These 4 Quick Health Checks At Home

If You Eat Only Celery and Toast, Your Body Will Think It Is Starving And Hang On To Every Pound.  Eat These 11 Tasty Foods In Addition

The Truth About Email Anxiety

LIFESTYLE

For Melinda Gates, Birth Control Is Women’s Way Out Of Poverty

Why Foreigners Hate English Speakers

Seagal ‘Tremendously Grateful’ For Opportunity To Become Russian Citizen

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

See China’s New Fighter Jet In Action

Wild Panda Winched To Safety From China Dam

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, The Fear Of Being Unneeded

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

A neighbor.  Photo by Rusty Miller

A neighbor. Photo by Rusty Miller

We have been underestimating the intelligence and the sentience of these beautiful creatures forever.  I have a feeling this is about to change.  What do you think?  This Bonobo Starts Fires, Cooks His Own Food, And Knows 3,000 English Words [Watch]

This to me is incredible.  Chum Salmon ‘Beat The Odds,’ Return To Metro Vancouver Streams

I found this very intriguing.  The Secret Of How Life Began

SHORTS

Here Are 3 Amazing Spider Skills

Where’s The Love For Donkeys?

Science Fights To Control Fire Ants

What Really Happened To The Mammoths?

Amazing Detailed Fossil ‘Octopus’

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Bomb-Sniffing Plant

This Is A Shark With Two Heads

The Diseases That Fed The Vampire Myth

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KILLER JUNK

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October 30, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 8

KILLER JUNK 

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The following headline caught my eyes this week and while I am certainly dismayed, I am hardly surprised.  The middle road of the Realistic Optimist or the Optimist By Choice is not as well marked as the ones on either side.

Sex, Honour, Shame And Blackmail In An Online World

This article and others like it just reaffirm for me that while we are a species of tool inventors and tool users, our evolution in these regards has generally always been way out in front of the rules we make regarding how the wheel, gunpowder, atomic energy and cyberspace will be used.

And here’s one right out of Arnold Schwarzenegger In The 21st Century.  The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own  It also has a Scriptural spin.

As the creation of a Creator, we have created a creation and given it the power to kill.  Just like God did when She gave us free will.  She hoped we would use it for good, as I’m sure the Pentagon hopes its creation will only kill the bad guys.

But according to the Bible, the first murder in human history was committed on a good guy.  By a good guy whose perspective ~ and therefore his behavior ~ was modified by a toxin that has killed more human beings since Time began that the mosquito.  Cain was jealous of Abel.

I also think that the evolution of killing technology makes taking a human life far too easy.  We have aerial drones doing it for us now so robotic ground troops are a logical next step.  If it was just killer junk killing other killer junk, it might be like destruction derbies on a geopolitical scale.

But it’s not.  We are using killer junk to kill human beings and sometimes other life forms.  And our tax dollars are paying for it.  And now we are being told that these things might get out of control and decide who they want to eliminate?

We need a better game plan than that, folks.  Otherwise, we’re safer bashing each other with rocks and clubs until we evolve beyond this behavior.

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

I enjoy technology as much as most I know but I have long been concerned about our society becoming too dependent on it.  Apparently I am not alone in that regard.  A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices

We found this very interesting.  People Who Live the Longest Do This

We all need to feel what this person feels.  Then it will end.  ‘I Dream in Fruit’: What Hunger Looks Like in Syria

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Huge Marine Reserve Created Off Antarctica

ASIA

Video: Trying To Talk To China’s Ruling Party

India’s Newest Obsession

Second Massive Ice Avalanche In Tibet

Extremists Storm Pakistan Police Academy, Killing At Least 59, As Ferocious Gun Battle Erupts

Think You Know China? ‘Tales Of Our Time’ Will Make You Think Again

In Myanmar, Military Action Forces Some To Flee: ‘We Just Had To Run Away To Save Our Lives’

When China Wants Better Air Readings, Cotton Does The Trick

An Exiled Editor Traces The Roots Of Democratic Thought In China

Unrest In Kashmir Claims New Casualties: Schools

Chinese Vessels Leave Disputed Fishing Grounds In South China Sea

AFRICA

Jail Time For Using South Africa’s Worst Racial Slur?

As 3 African Nations Vow To Exit, International Court Faces Its Own Trial

Militants Bomb Kenya Hotel, Killing 12; Shabab Claim Responsibility

Freed Sailors Recount Years Of Torture At The Hands Of Somali Pirates

Kenya Spares The Lives Of Everyone On Its Death Row

South Africa To Withdraw From International Criminal Court

Ethiopia Arrests Hundreds Of ‘Ringleaders And Bandits’ In Effort To Quell Protests

Memo From Nairobi: ‘Africa Rising’? ‘Africa Reeling’ May Be More Fitting Now

MIDDLE EAST

‘I Live in a Lie’: Saudi Women Speak Up

Rival Palestinian Leaders Agree To Agree, But Not On The Details

2 Yazidi Women Who Fled ISIS Slavery Receive E.U.’S Sakharov Prize

Israeli Veterans Fight One Last Battle: Reclaim Their Legacy From ‘Profanity’

EUROPE

EU Sets Deadline For Belgium To Back CETA Deal With Canada

Germany’s ‘Boring’ City Is On The Rise

Russia Loses Seat On U.N. Human Rights Council

How Dairy Farmers In Belgium Held Up A Big E.U. Trade Deal

Franco Took Decades To Leave The World Stage. His Statue? Only Days.

Ukrainian Hackers Release Emails Tying Top Russian Official To Uprising

Despite Brexit, Nissan Will Build New Car Model In Britain

CANADA

Canadian Cities Ask For Nearly $13 Billion In Affordable Housing Help

Presbyterian Church Apologizes For Forced Assimilation Of Indigenous Populations

Vancouver Looks At Modular Housing To Boost Rentals

Canadians Leave 31 Million Vacation Days Unused Each Year

Ontario Leaders Knew About Capay’s Solitary Confinement For Months

Provincial Aboriginal And Enviro Groups Vs. Petronas LNG

UNITED STATES

AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

Russian Suspected Of Hacking U.S. Tech Companies Is Indicted

University of Wisconsin Student Arrested in Multiplying Sexual Assault Cases  

Bundy Brothers Acquitted in Takeover Of US Wildlife Refuge In Oregon

Tension Between Police and Standing Rock Protesters Reaches Boiling Point

Flint, And Michigan, Brace For More Charges In Water Inquiry

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuelans Take To Streets To Oppose President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan Lawmakers Vote To Put President Nicolás Maduro On Trial

U.N. Plans To Pay Victims Of Cholera Outbreak It Caused In Haiti

Vatican To Act As Mediator Between Venezuela’s Dueling Sides

Venezuelan Congress Accuses Maduro Government Of Staging Coup

Colombian Airline Halts Some Flights After Brush With Venezuelan Jet

After Hurricane, Haiti Confronts Scars From 2010 Earthquake Recovery

U.S. Abstains In U.N. Vote Condemning Cuba Embargo

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

The Land At Stake Is In Australia, But The Focus Is On China

Energy Security, Cashless Welfare Cards To Dominate Turnbull’s SA Visit

Bob Day Playing ‘Silly Politics’ And Should Quit, Say Labor, Greens

Accused Killer Of Brisbane Bus Driver ‘Numb’ In Court

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change This Week: Running Out Of Earth, Inspiring Students, And More!

ISIS, ETC.

ISIS Sent Four Car Bombs. The Last One Hit Me.

Once Devoted To Suicide Bombing, She Now Embraces A Peaceful Jihad

‘I’m Scared These Men Will Kill Everyone’: ISIS Takes A Somalia Town

MOSUL & ALEPPO

Mosul Battle: Inside Camp For People Fleeing ISIS Fighting

Mosul Battle: ‘All Those Who Have Died Are My Sons’

ISIS Kills More Than 200 As Battle For Mosul Intensifies

Syria Rebels ‘In Push To Break Aleppo Siege’

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

France Begins To Clear Calais Camp

Calais ‘Jungle’: Fires Rage Across Migrant Camp

About 90 Migrants Died After Boat Fell Apart In The Mediterranean

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

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French police in Viery-Chatillon. Photo Courtesy of Paris Match 

WHO PROTECTS THE PROTECTORS?

Hi Rusty:

For my column this week, I came across this article about the challenges that face French police in the wake of the recent attack on their colleagues in the Paris suburb of Viry-Chatillon, “Who Protects The Protectors?

The police are to serve and protect.  That is quite straightforward in case of terrorist attacks but in case of street protest, the mission and the mandate are not so well defined.  That makes their job even harder.  I think we need to remember this now more than ever and because of stories like this:

French Citizens Rise Up In Their Millions To Protest Ruling Elite

The sad irony is that while people rise against injustice, they far too often associate their police as ones who are on side of “the enemy,” not realizing that those who wear a badge are in the same boat, being just employees trying to pay the rent and feed their families.

This same dynamic took place in my country during Ukraine’s recent revolution.  Here, there were even calls to track in social networks families of policemen that outraged people.  Luckily most understood that it is not a way civilized societies do.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

Russian Oil Giant Rosneft To Restore Romanov Palace Near St. Petersburg

Are We Entering A ‘Post-Western World’?

Henry Kissinger Becomes Member Of Russian Academy Of Sciences

GOOD EXAMPLES

A Library That Brings Books By Sailboat

President Obama Signs Into Law The END Wildlife Trafficking Act, Following A Unanimous Passing In Both Houses Of Congress.

Poll: US Voters Positive About Democracy Fixes

BAD EXAMPLES

Video: ‘Chaotic’ Scenes At Calais Camp Clearance

Somalis Living an American Dream in Kansas Glimpse a Nightmare

Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife In Just 50 Years

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

None of the above.  Will Everyone Own A Self-Driving Car, Or Will We Share Them?

This tweaked me out a little.  The Town That Nearly Danced To Death

I totally agree.  Saving Mexico’s endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too

OUR PLANET

Science Lessons For The Next President

Living Planet Report Released

East Timor’s 12,000-Year-Old Cave Art

First Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Found

Prehistoric People Decorated With Cave Lion Pelts

SPACE

Earth-Sized Planets With Lots Of Water

 Wider-Eyed Watchdog Of The Clutter Surrounding Earth

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Company, Passes An In-Flight Escape Test

For Rosetta, A Landing And An Ending On A Comet

NASA Aims At An Asteroid Holding Clues To The Solar System’s Roots

TECHNOLOGY

The Drones To Fly Inside Reactors

Broadband Providers Will Need Permission To Collect Private Data

The Car That Runs On Brain Power

THE GREEN BEAT

Order From Interior Secretary Gives Tribes More Say In Management

The Awesome Economics Of Solar Energy Growth

Energy Poverty Is A Real Problem. Coal Is A Bogus Solution.

Can A Booming City Feed Its People Sustainably?

Residents Of New Microhousing Like The Fit, Even If It Is Snug

TRAVEL

10 Ideal Summits For First-Time Mountaineering

16 Best Hikes On The Washington Coast

Our Vast Solar System And Its Many Explorers

HEALTH

Bottled Water or Tap: How Much Does Your Choice Matter?

H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before ‘Patient Zero’

The Best Vitamin for Brain Health

Can A Spoonful From Pepsi Help The Medicine Go Down?

LIFESTYLE

How Do Race And Inequality Intersect With Space?

You’re Never Going To Retire — And Here’s Why

The Most Persuasive Time Of Day

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

The Eeriest Island In The World?

Simon Cowell Made Fun of This Gospel Singer – Then Everyone is Blown Away

Lighting Up the Night Skies

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 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Canada. Harp seal pup (Phoca groenlandica).

Canada. Harp seal pup (Phoca groenlandica).

Let us hope this continues.  Alaska Seal Is Now Protected Based On Future Climate Threat

I sure hope the rodent involved appreciated this.  Hairless Hamster Gets A Tiny Sweater Crocheted By Oregon Humane Worker

I sure am glad we are getting this cleared up.  Our Ideas About Swordfish Are All Wrong

SHORTS

Bees Can Learn To Pull Strings For Food

Meet One Of The Rarest Animals Alive

How The Brown Rat Conquered New York City (And Every Other One, Too)

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Ornithology Lab’s FeederWatch newsletter is now available online.

The Cornell Ornithology Lab’s NestWatch newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Alien Threat That Could Kill Us All

A Call From Outer Space, Or A Cosmic Wrong Number?

Man Arrested For Blocking Traffic Dressed As A Tree

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