INSIDE: Alive and Thankful In America;; World Headlines At A Glance; The Blood of Martyrs Created A Seed; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
ALIVE AND THANKFUL IN AMERICA
By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor
As American Thanksgiving approaches, I find that I am grateful to my fellow citizens for turning out in such numbers for America’s mid-term elections. Our form of government – a democratic republic – belongs to all of us and is only as strong, as honest, as compassionate, brave, free, etc. as we make it. The “voice of the people” has spoken and it is as truly American as it ever has been.
In California, because of a combination of prolonged droughts and dramatic overpopulation in high risk areas, wildfires have destroyed much of what I knew before I left that state in 1979. I mourn for the victims and pray for the survivors. I also devoutly hope that those where I live now have learned from the tragic lessons of a state which had the same opportunity but chose not to endorse it.
As alarmed as I am about the rise of hate crimes in America and that they have doubled in the last year in Seattle; that the primary targets are Jews and Muslims and where it seems like at least one person a day is victimized by violence here, I am thankful that it is not happening as much now to other minorities and that they are, in fact, standing up against hate.
Considering the fate of so much of the others on this planet, I am very grateful to be alive and thankful in America.
THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS CREATED A SEED
By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor
Last week was not easy for the Prosecutor General of Ukraine as civil society of Ukraine strived to find answers from him to the question of why the majority of crimes against journalists and civil activists are not investigated, indicating that civic activism in Ukraine is now at perhaps its most dangerous.
According to the Kyiv Post article Martyrs for Truth with reference to Human Rights Watch, there were about 93 violent attacks including at least 6 murders since the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014, 31 activists were involved in exposing corruption, 23 protected the environment, 15 defended human rights.
One of the more brutal cases of corruption pushing back happened when Ukraine civil rights activist Katerina Gandzyuk, tried to clean up Kherson. She was, as you know, attacked with sulphuric acid. The words she said during three months of fighting for life after became iconic
“I look bad now, but at least I’m being treated by good Ukrainian doctors. And I know for sure I look better than justice and the rule of law in Ukraine, because they’re not being treated by anyone”.
There is a list of fatal cases prepared by Kyiv Post Getting away with murder: Law enforcement fails to identify, prosecute murderers of activists, journalists in Ukraine.
Definitely there is the rise of awareness and civil society in Ukraine. More and more journalists and activists are daring to speak up and their voices are being heard. The hardest is to fight the “corruption of man’s heart” and maybe only God can deal with it.
But the blood of the martyrs of truth created a seed of change, that will grow, countless men and women have changed and renewed. “Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now:”
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED
This may seem familiar but it’s because we ran one of these during the previous events this depicts. Here’s What Smoke From The Deadly California Wildfires Looks Like From Space
This is good news. Researchers Walk Back Major Ocean Warming Result
This is a perennial favorite of ours. The 50 Best Inventions Of 2018
Apple Stores To Employ Human Trafficking Victims – Receives Stop Slavery Award
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is certainly good news. Hope For Mountain Gorilla And Fin Whale
We endorse the recommendations of this report in their entirety. Today, instead of buying salmon, I bought tuna instead. Orca Recovery Task Force Urges Partial Ban On Whale Watching, Study Of Dam Removal
This is fascinating. Mystery Monkey: History Of Unique Xenothrix Fossil Revealed
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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