A SAFE PLACE FOR THIS TO ALL COME TOGETHER

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

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine:  From East to West Ukraine: An Update; Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 26, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 44

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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A SAFE PLACE FOR THIS TO ALL COME TOGETHER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

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

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

So is this.  Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase

GLOBAL

Global Economy Begins Second Half Of 2015 On Shaky Note

AFRICA

Burundi Votes Amid Gunfire And Blasts

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

Obama Arrives In Kenya, On Personal And Official Journey

Tunisia Passes Antiterror Law After 2 Deadly Attacks

ASIA

Capitalist Soul Rises As Ho Chi Minh City Sheds Its Past

Toshiba Boss Resigns Over Scandal

A Bangladeshi Town in Human Trafficking’s Grip

Obama Administration Targets Trade In African Elephant Ivory

In Pakistan, Detainees Are Vanishing in Covert Jails

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

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

Malaysia Suspends 2 Newspapers Covering Scandal At State-Owned Fund

Mitsubishi To Stop Production At Only U.S. Plant

Pakistani Panel Rejects Fraud Accusations In 2013 Prime Minister Vote

Suicide Bombing At Afghan Market Kills Dozens

Afghan Security Forces Struggle Just To Maintain Stalemate

Maldives: Vice President Is Impeached In Absentia

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

CHINA

Huawei Reports 30% Jump In Revenue

Video: China Molds A Supercity Around Beijing

Where Buddha Was Born

China Targeting Rights Lawyers In A Crackdown

China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans And Strings Attached

Trial Of Chinese Rights Campaigners On Subversion Charges Continues

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

Top Chinese Official Is Ousted From Communist Party

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

INDIA

Indian Energy Institute Replaces Director Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The Kama Sutra As A Work Of Philosophy

Mending India’s Broken Down Bikes

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

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

Is This The End Of Christianity In The Middle East?

Israel Is Steadfast In Criticism Of Nuclear Deal

Saudi Forces Agree To Halt In Yemen War

EUROPE

Deadly Blast Hits Turkish Town

Seeking Sanctuary, More Migrants Confront Land Route’s Perils

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

France Clears Final Hurdle to Expand Spying Power

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

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

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

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

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

Denmark: Nazi Hunter Urges Inquiry of Dane, 90

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

Jewish Hideout Declared Polish Monument

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Video: Russia Using N Korean ‘Slave Labour’

MacArthur Foundation to Close Offices in Russia

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind

THE VATICAN

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

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

UNITED KINGDOM

Royal Mail Reports Flat Revenues

Puffin Colony Numbers Halves In 30 Years

English Pine Martin Spotted For First Time In Century »

Wildlife: Killer Plants In Derbyshire

‘Near Miss’ Prompts UK Drone Warning

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

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

Pearson In Talks To Sell Its Stake In The Economist Group

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

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

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

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

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

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

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

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

Canadian Tourism Gets A Boost From Sinking Loonie

Canada Bouncing Back, Further Rate Cuts Unlikely: Economists

UNITED STATES

Armed Guards Now Protect Denver Church

Court Overturns Some of Rod Blagojevich’s Convictions

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

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

Slain Soldiers In Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

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

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

LATIN AMERICA

In Cuba, Live With The Locals

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

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

Mexican Panel Criticizes Inquiry In Missing Students Case

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

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

Brazil: Three Executives Are Guilty Of Graft In Petrobras Scandal

U.S. And Cuba Reopen Long-Closed Embassies

Colombia: Rebels Free Captured Soldier

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

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

In Argentina, An Anguished Anniversary For Jewish Center Bombing

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

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

OCEANA

Video: NZ Boy’s Quest To Respect Maori Words

Bag Holding Nz$1m Missing In Airport

Full Article Shark Kills Diver Off Tasmania

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Leader Takes Steps to Ensure Group’s Survival

Russia Puts Ukrainian Film Director On Trial For Terrorism

Video: Child Soldiers Fighting The Taliban

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

Australia Arrests Nurse Who Says He Worked With ISIS Under Duress

Taliban Take Remote Afghan Police Base After Mass Surrender

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

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

Italy Arrests 2 Men Accused of Planning Terrorist Attacks

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

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

GREECE

Greek Banks Reopen Amid Tax Rise

Greece: A Look At The Scale Of Hardship

Video: Greece’s Entrepreneurs

Greek Mps Pass Crucial Reforms

Troika of Greek Creditors to Travel to Athens for Debt Talks

Greek Plan Stirs Memories in Germany

Greece Approves Second Set of Changes Needed for Bailout

Personalities Clashing Over How to Handle New Greek Bailout

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

PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS

More Mountains Found In Pluto Heart

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

Conditions On Pluto: Incredibly Hazy With Flowing Ice

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

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

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side

Unraveling The Relationship Between Climate Change And Health

FROM THE UKRAINE

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

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

Hello Rusty:

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

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

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

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

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

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

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

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

HERE ON EARTH

Video: What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change

‘Oldest’ Koran Found In Birmingham, UK

Weird Beasts Of The Ice Age

OUTER SPACE

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

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

Scientists Find Closest Thing Yet to Earth-Sun Twin System

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Scientists Trace an Ancient DNA Link Between Amazonians and Australasians

10 Astonishing Animal Parents

The Alien Desert Here On Earth

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Secret Card-Hacking Lab

The People Possessed” By Computers

NASA’s Cosmic Death Ray Spy

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Britain Plans to Cut Subsidies for Renewable Energy

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

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

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

How To End Sexism At Work

The Real Reason She’s A Bully

She Fled A War And Found Success

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

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

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

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

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

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

The 100 Greatest American Films

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

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

  Small Testament CoverWRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here

 Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

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

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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

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

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

What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Check out these 20 incredible microscope images

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

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

SHORTS

Giant Animals You’ve Never Seen

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

Observatory: Honeybees Show Evidence of Insecticide

NORTHSTAR ALL CREATURES FREE ONLINE LENDING LIBRARY:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

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

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

How To Look After An Orphaned Hippo

How To Create A Wood

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

Horn’s-Eye View From Rhino-Cam

Surfer Escapes Shark Attack Live On TV

ABOUT US

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

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

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

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

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 19, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 43

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Animal Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

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

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

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

GLOBAL

Oil Prices Tumble As Iran, Global Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

HIV: UN Meets Goal To Treat 15 Million

Lock bug prompts Range Rover recall

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

AFRICA

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

Travel: South Africa’s Eastern Cape

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

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

Another Ebola Fatality Is Reported in Liberia

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

Illuminating a Central African Crisis, Photo by Photo

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

ASIA

Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing

Video: Japanese Troops Set To Fight Overseas

Mourning and Seeking Answers Where Malaysia Airlines Jet Fell to Earth

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

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

CHINA

China’s 7% Growth Beats Expectations

Video: Tackling China’s Contaminated Farmland

China Releases 9 Tourists Accused of Watching Terrorist Video at Hotel

China: Scientists Unearth Winged Dinosaur Skeleton

INDIA

How India Makes Parsi Babies

MIDDLE EAST

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

Faith and Feasting Worldwide as Ramadan Draws to a Finish

The Iran Deal in 200 Words

Meet Our Man in Tehran

Stress and Hope in Tehran

Syria After Four Years of Mayhem

EUROPE

European Leaders Reach Deal to Resolve Greek Debt Crisis

Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

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

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

Route Of Migrants Into Europe Shifts Toward Balkans

Lives: An Italian Job

Power In Numbers

European Agency Proposes Tougher Medical And Psychological Oversight Of Pilots

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

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

Hungary: Inmates Help Prepare Fence To Bar Migrants

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

France Detains 3 Men In Alleged Plot To Attack Military Base

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

Putin Rejects U.N. Tribunal For Downed Malaysian Jet

THE VATICAN

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

UNITED KINGDOM

Humpback Whale Spotted In Western Scotland’s Firth Of Clyde

Big Cat Conservation Benefits Greatly From Sale Of Spitfire

Britain’s Liberal Democrats Pick Tim Farron As Leader

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

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Premiers Set To Fast-Track Oil Pipelines

Canada Trailing Peers In Meeting Land Preservation Goals

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

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

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

An Energy Strategy To Power The Country

UNITED STATES

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

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

New York To Pay Garner Family $5.9m

Gunman Kills 4 Marines At Military Site In Chattanooga

Guilty Verdict For James Holmes In Aurora Attack

Why Texans Fear Invasion

LATIN AMERICA

Intersection: Street Style Videos Across Latin America

Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

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

Video: Cuba’s Coral Garden

Video: Cycles Of Violence On Colombia’s Coast

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

OCEANA

Australia Set For Housing Oversupply By 2018: Bis Shrapnel

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

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

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

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

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

Saudis Cast Net for ISIS Sympathizers

ISIS Says It Carried Out Bombing That Killed 100 in Iraq

In Suicide Note, South Korea Hacking Expert Denies Domestic Spying

Egyptian Affiliate Of Islamic State Claims Attack On Checkpoints

PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS

Pluto Comes Into Focus

Video: Probe Near Pluto After 10-Year Journey

NASA Probe Survives Pluto Encounter

Images Reveal Ice Mountains On Pluto

Why Reaching Pluto Is So Amazing

Video: Pluto: Love at First Sight

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

After Years Of Drought, Wildfires Rage In California

Weird Ways The Weather Affects You

Sea Warming Leads To Ban On Fishing In The Arctic

FROM THE UKRAINE

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

Ukraine PM Calls On Canadian Investors To Help Displace Oligarchs

Right Sector Gunmen Take Boy Hostage In Western Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis Needs A Political Solution To Reinforce EU Aid Efforts

Video: Ukraine’s Explosive Youtube Stars

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

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

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

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

HERE ON EARTH

Clouds Like You’ve Seen Before

Stunning Images From Another World

Counting All The DNA On Earth

OUTER SPACE

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

A New Photo Of Charon, However You Pronounce It

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

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

My Digital Cemetery

Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds

50-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Sperm In Antarctica

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Can A Machine Ever Think?

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

Over-Unity Reaction-less Generator Invented In India

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Selling solar to the masses

Residents Sue Seattle, Saying New Trash Rules Violate Privacy

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

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

California’s Drought Changes Habits In The Kitchen

How Grounded Is Your Love Life?

Experts Urge Sparing Use Of Nonaspirin Painkillers

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

Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

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

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

The Secret World Of A Weasel

FROM NORTHSTAR 

  Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here  

Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

  

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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

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

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

What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

I totally loved this.  The Secret World Of A Weasel

SHORTS

How To Create A Nature Reserve

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

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

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

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

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: How To Catch A Russian Spy

Insider’s Guide To Rehabilitating An Ex-Circus Lion

The Weird And Wonderful Creatures Of The Irish Sea

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to donate to the next, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

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SEATLE HEAT WAVE

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Three Special Videos, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 12, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 42

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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

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

SEATTLE HEAT WAVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

“And are you wishing you were dry?”

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

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

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

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

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

Lest the world ever forget.  Srebrenica Revisited

GLOBAL

3 Ways To Get Involved With The Global Goals

10 Highlights From The Millennium Development Goals

Fighting Malaria On World Refugee Day

Progress For Children

AFRICA

Twin Nigeria Blasts Kill Scores

Video: How Liberia’s Ebola Hospital Was Transformed

A Homecoming For Rwanda’s Lions

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

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

Shabab Militants Strike 2 Hotels In Somalia

ASIA

Two On Trial Over Thai Beach Deaths

Obama Hosts Vietnam Communist Leader

Volcano Closes Indonesian Airports

Deadly Stampede In North Bangladesh

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

Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Asian Elephant Alliance Launched To Help The Indian Crisis

CHINA

China’s Latest Craze

China Bounce Ends Five-Day Losing Streak For Stocks

Video: Inside A Chinese ‘Ketamine Village’

Video: China’s Stock Crash – In 60 Seconds

Chinese Authorities Appear To Detain 4 Human Rights Lawyers

INDIA

A Moving Story Of Love And Promise

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

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

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

MIDDLE EAST

Four Million Have Fled Syria – UN

Iran Talks To Resume Past Deadline

Cairo Blast At Italian Consulate Kills At Least 1

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

EUROPE

Greece: Latest Updates

Greeks Heading to Brussels for Crucial Talks

7 Greeks Discuss Their Hopes And Fears For The Future

Angela Merkel Faces Monumental Test of Leadership After Greek Vote

The Friendliest Town In Europe?

Video   Single Mother On 10 Euros A Week

Several Killed In Germany Shooting

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

France: Extremist Leader Gets 9 Years For Terrorism

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

Research Points The Way To Salvation Of The European Eel

RUSSIA

Russia Profile

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

The Newsroom: Russia Vetoes Bosnia Genocide motion

Budget Airline Bans ‘Costly’ Chewing Gum

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

THE VATICAN

Former Vatican Ambassador Hospitalized Ahead Of Child Abuse Trial

My Travels With Pope Francis

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

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Dangerous New Tribalism

Meet The SNP Leader Who’s Showing His True Metal

Michael Gove Scraps Youth Mega Prison Plans

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

Britain’s Longest-Running Bird Survey Hits The Web

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Just Started: Ottawa Bluesfest

Pulitzer Winner Quits Toronto Star Over Story About Feds Silencing Experts

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

Chris Selley: Toronto Should Learn From Conrad The Raccoon

UNITED STATES

Oratory on Confederate Flag in South Carolina Legislature Shows Deep Divisions

Baltimore Fires Police Chief in Wake of Unrest and Crime Surge

San Francisco Murder Case Exposes Lapses in Immigration Enforcement

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

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

Era Ends As South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag

LATIN AMERICA

Video: Intersection | Santiago, Chile

Video: Catching Brazil’s Illegal Loggers

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

OCEANA

Abbott Orders Talk Show Boycott

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Video: How Spies Eavesdrop On Secret Talks

Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People

Turkey Arrests 21 Suspected Of Ties To ISIS

ISIS And The Lonely Young American

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

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Remnant Of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens To Outlast Summer

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

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

Study: American, European Bumblebees Feeling Climate Sting

FROM THE UKRAINE

Hi, Rusty:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Ukraine Crisis Indepth

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

EXTRAS

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

7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

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

On the other hand, What makes human beings unique?

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

HERE ON EARTH

The Coldest Place On Earth

How Triceratops Got Its Horn  

California Shark Attack Rates Plunge 90 Percent Since 1950s

OUTER SPACE

Video: Fast And Light To Pluto

Rare System Of Five Stars Discovered

17 Spectacular Images Of Space

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

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

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

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

Empathy Is Actually A Choice

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

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

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

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Finding a House That Fits Is About More Than Just Size

17 Ways You Can Work For Social Justice

Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Investing In Health For Women, Children, & Adolescents

Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age

Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll

Noise May Be Bad for the Heart

Keeping Blood Pressure Low in Those Under 50

More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Video: 36 Hours In Vilnius

The ‘Sea Women’ Of South Korea

A New Reason To Ride Canada’s Rails

FROM NORTHSTAR

  Small Testament CoverWRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here  

Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

RUSTY MILLER, WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

minstrel312@aol.com

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

Have something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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

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

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

What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Dr Elke Bojanowski To Run Shark Workshop With Oonasdivers »

Devon’s Nature Sound Recordist

Ben Osborne’s Photography Masterclass

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

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

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

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

VIDEO: Naked man steals US police car

How two mice conquered an island

Outstanding closeup 061115  ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  While we do occasionally accept classified advertising we are largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to donate to the next, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

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TWO SUCH DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURS

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: George Benson on Constitution Day, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 5, 2015                                                                   Vol. 8 No. 41

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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TWO SUCH DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, now that the pyrotechnics and the other cacophony of national pride have resided for another year, we would like to wish both Canada (July 1) and America (July 4) a happy birthday.

It was quiet in Seattle and I am grateful for that.  I am not a fan of noisy holidays.  Too many of the home fireworks associated especially with the Fourth of July remind me of stuff I heard, saw and felt in a way.

A string of firecrackers, for instance, can sound like an AK-47 assault rifle.  The ubiquitous nature of that single weapon makes its memory the key to a lot of doors best remained closed.

On the other hand, I love watching ~ albeit from a distance ~ the big fireworks displays Seattle and other places put on.  There is an incredible artistry to these that is absolutely awesome.

These two holidays are a time of reflection for me on things like how these two countries came into being.  One rebelled against the Crown.  The other bided its time and essentially evolved into independence, while still retaining strong cultural, economic and military ties to not only Mother England but France, as well.

I marvel at how two nations with such dichotomous national characters can coexist so peacefully when in Europe, they would have invaded each other a half dozen times or so by now.

Part of the answer, I suspect, lies in America’s appreciation of the quiet strength and extreme diplomatic circumspection of a people who are as durable as any God ever created.

A Canadian can call you the offspring of a border collie and make you think you are being complimented on your pedigree.  Canadians tend to do things on a smaller scale, with less fanfare and they are great ones for joining other nations in economic ventures often colorful to say the least.

Canadians make good allies but they are the kind of enemy that can slit a throat with a smile, after tea, and be back in bivouac refreshed by the exercise, in time for supper.  It is chilling to face an opponent who is not angry but simply there to facilitate your total destruction.

Finally, Canada seldom does anything to get anyone mad at her.  She doesn’t try to tell other cultures how to live.  She doesn’t impose military tactics on the acquisition of economic markets and she is not out to replace the Union Jack with the Maple Leaf.

This, I think, is why America gets along with Canada as well as it does.  It speaks well of both nations, don’t you think?

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

This is not good news.  Ebola back in Liberia with new case

This is, however.  US and Cuba ‘to announce embassies’

To know that such a man walked among us and also lived long and prospered should end forever any further debate on the intrinsic value of virtue.  Nicholas Winton Is Dead at 106; Saved Children From the Holocaust

GLOBAL

Stock Markets Slide On Greek Crisis.

AFRICA

Lions To Be Reintroduced To Akagera National Park in Rwanda

Multimedia Feature: How Boko Haram Courted And Joined The Islamic State

The Saturday Profile: U.N. Envoy Draws on Her Past in Sierra Leone to Help Abused Women

Weak Power Grids In Africa Stunt Economies And Fire Up Tempers

Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes

ASIA

Deadly Plane Crash In Indonesia City

MH17 Disaster: Malaysia Pushes For Tribunal

Multimedia Feature: Illuminating North Korea

U.S. Soldiers Used ‘Restraint’ in Kabul Confrontation, Inquiry Finds

CHINA

China Moves to Stabilize Stock Markets; Initial Offerings Halted

Security Law Suggests a Broadening of China’s ‘Core Interests’

U.S.-China Adventure Film Already Creating Buzz

INDIA

Militants and Soldier Are Killed in Kashmir Gun Battle, Indian Official Says

MIDDLE EAST

Syria Forces and Hezbollah Attack Insurgents Near Lebanon

U.N. Nuclear Chief Is Optimistic About Iranian Cooperation on Review

RUSSIA

From The Archive, 23 June 1941: Hitler’s Invasion Of Russia

Putin Wishes Obama Happy July Fourth

EUROPE

Greece Debt Crisis: Live Coverage

Data Roaming Charges To End In EU

Paris’s Voiceless Find a Megaphone Online

How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep Freeze

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis’ Visit to Latin America Will Test His Ability to Keep Catholics in the Fold

UNITED KINGDOM

Report Backs Third Heathrow Runway

Baby Boost For Devon Beavers »

UK’s First Dedicated Marine Life Gallery Set To Open

CANADA

Universities Will Help Reset Relations Between Indigenous And Non-Indigenous People

The F/A-18 Super Hornet — A Better Fighter Jet

Canoe Sex, Marijuana Use And Other Statistical Maps Of Canada

Canada’s Economy Shrinks For Fourth Month, Raising Spectre Of Recession

Quebec Anti-Corruption Squad Heading To Panama To Get Evidence Of Porter Death

UNITED STATES

The Deep Racial Division In American Churches

Supreme Court Allows Use Of Execution Drug

Colorado Court Rules Use Of Public Funds For Private Schools Is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

US Makes FIFA Extradition Request

US Airlines Investigated Over Prices

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

Anonymous Donors Give Over $3 Million for Charleston Scholarship Fund

LATIN AMERICA

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

And Now, What Mexico Thinks Of Donald Trump

Argentine Judges Allowed to Resign After Child Abuse Ruling

Colombia Peace Process Now At Lowest Ebb: Government

Calls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers In Rare Public Appearance

OCEANA

Venture Into The Outback Of Australia And Find A Spiritual Oasis In The Country’s Only Monastic Town

Political And Indigenous Leaders Sound Off On Constitutional Recognition

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Fight ‘Struggle Of Our Generation’

Taliban Ambush ‘Kills 11 Soldiers’

The Road To Closing Guantánamo Is Still Being Paved

New Cold War has the subtlety of professional wrestling: Thomas Friedman

Graphic: Where ISIS Has Directed And Inspired Attacks Around The World

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Staying Human In A Time Of Climate Change: New Author On Science, Grief, And Hope

Pope Revving Up Climate Action In LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood

Video: Record Breaking Heat Across The Globe

Video: ‘Irreversible Change’ To Sea Life From Co2

Photos: Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Europe

FROM THE UKRAINE

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Hi, Rusty:

I would like to share a photo and fantastic emotions after a performance of George Benson, a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American jazzman.  Mr. Benson was invited for celebrations of the Ukraine’s Constitution Day. His music is just so gentle and light, so people of Lviv city I’m sure enjoyed and appreciated a lot his coming.

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Partisans’ Arrest Divides Opinion On Role Of Unofficial Fighters

FROM YOU GUYS

I love your opening remarks RE: Rainbow Celebration.

Be well,

Amy

Amy, high praise, source considered.  We are honoured by your society, as well. 

Dear Rusty….

I hope this e mail finds you in great health and spirits.

I was very saddened to learn that three Rangers had died trying to save endangered species from extinction and from poachers.

In the next month I am aiming to send the J-Ten village project on my FB a bit of donation to buy some seeds and agriculture things needed to keep the village of orphans and widows alive.  I do not normally partake in this but I feel a strong need to help.

I wish in some way I could help the Rangers families that are now without fathers…so sad indeed to read world happenings…

But thank you for the Northstar Journal…….

Be safe

Jeanelle

Jeanelle, thank you very much for sharing this with us.  And thank you for going above and beyond what you already do as an artist of nature and for your friends, family and community in Colorado.  This is so cool, Lass.  And with all due respect, Lady J, you rock.

To contact either of these individuals, email us at minstrel312@aol.com and we will forward.

NORTHSTAR INTERACTIVE

One of our local newscasters posted this on Facebook and I like it a lot.  I am also betting that some of you in other countries may know more about America than many of us who live here.  It’s a 21-question test to determine how much you know about American government 

I’d love to share scores from places beyond the pale, as it were, so if you do take this, shoot me the results at minstrel312@aol.com with a first name, a country and your score.

What is also cool about this site is that on it, you can create your own quiz and post it on Facebook.  You could make up one for your country; we could all take it and learn that way.

GOOD EXAMPLES

These people sound awesome.  Borneo’s tribe of eco-warriors

We totally agree with this.  Pets may be a comfort, but that doesn’t mean they’re service animals

With all due respect, welcome back to the Union, folks.  After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Southern States Fall in Line

BAD EXAMPLES

Good.  British Petroleum to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

A legacy as shameful as any nation ever born.  Wave Of U.S. Church Fires All Too Familiar To South

I guess when you’re as rich as this jackass, it does not matter which end the bray comes from.  Panama Also Drops Out Of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Here we go again.  Solar plane makes second Pacific bid.  And guess who made it?  Solar-powered plane crosses the Pacific without a drop of fuel

Here is an interactive from our esteemed colleagues at the BBC.  Show us what ‘unbreakable’ means: Submit photos of the people, places and moments that will stand the test of time

And for those of you who have not had your pint of weird this week, try this.  According to our esteemed colleagues at the New York Times, In a leap of the imagination, researchers managed to use bacterial spores to tap the power of evaporationVideo: The Spore Machine

HERE ON EARTH

Is There Such A Thing As A Yeti?

The Stormy Sea Beneath Our Feet

The Continents Emerged Way Earlier Than We Thought

OUTER SPACE

Black Hole Caught Burping

Black Hole Hunters

Introducing Summer of Science: Explore mysterious solar snapshots, new findings about left-handedness and other intriguing bits of science.

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

England’s Very Own Jurassic Park

How The Bomb Changed Everything

The World’s Most Beautiful House?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

‘X-Test’ Trains Mice To Detect Explosives At Airports

How To Secure Kayaks And Ladders To Roof Racks

Check Out These Four Cool Gizmos That Run On Rays.

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

US And Brazil Set Big Energy Goals

Canada Reverses Stance On Asbestos In ‘Landmark Shift’

IUCN Red List Update Shows Conservation Successes And Failures »

How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Live Tiny, Save Big

Life In A Town Called Mongo

New System Tells People Which Deadly Diseases They Are Most Likely To Contract

‘A Conversation With White People on Race’

Doctors Remotely Control Microchips That Will Disperse Medicine Inside Your Body

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk Of Childhood Leukemia, Study Shows

First US Measles Death In 12 Years

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

WWF Film Tiger Release Back To The Wild

Video: Replica 18th Century Ship Due In US

Video: The Life Of Holocaust Hero Winton

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WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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

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

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

What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Okay, but I still think they are creepy looking.  The truth about tarantulas

I wonder what else we are going to find if we keep walking around in this particular back yard.  Glowing deep-sea corals found

I think the results of this are probably going to change forever how we look at the entire creature kingdom.  Anyone want a quid of that action?  Decoding the ‘internet of ants’

SHORTS

New RSPB Reserve For Scotland »

Scientists Solve How Parrots Mimic Humans »

How Tiny Saharan Silver Ants Stay Alive In 70 Degrees Centigrade »

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Year As A Nudist

Man Crushed To Death By Robot

A Church of Cannabis Tests Limits of Religious Law in Indiana

Southern Resident orca J2, or "Granny" (left), with L87, or "Onyx," in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014.  Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures

Southern Resident orca J2, or “Granny” (left), with L87, or “Onyx,” in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014. Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures

  ABOUT US

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RAINBOW CELEBRATION

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

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Olya Updates Us On the Inside of Living project; Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 28, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 40

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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RAINBOW CELEBRATION

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  There is an old saying with which I would like to take some issue.  Contrary to this rusty saw, I believe there is so such a thing as a stupid question.

Someone asked me last night why it was I was celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision regarding same sex marriage when I am not a member of any of the categories involved.

Oh, I don’t know.  Why have I been pushing women’s rights ever since I took a punch intended for a female relative?  Why did I start getting a lot more interested in black culture after being told I could not have any playmates of that color?  Why did I become such an advocate for Reasonable Green after seeing much of the state in which I was raised ruined by agribusiness?  Et cetera.

English cleric, poet and essayist John Donne knew why.  He recognized that we are all connected, or as he put it, “part of the Main,” and that what affects a single individual impacts all of society.

American president Harry Truman addressed civil rights from a practical standpoint when he wrote that ~ and I paraphrase here ~ it was not how many people it took to put a black man in the gutter but rather how many it took to keep him there.

As contentious as this species of ours has proven to be since it acquired legs and walked out of the ocean; and as lopsided as its evolution has been, it has nonetheless become one global family.  Maybe it is just me, but I figure that the happier that family is, the better my own day is going to be.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

This is reassuring.  World ‘Largely Favors’ US And Obama

We were very sorry to hear this.  Leading Conservationist Dr Mar Cano Has Died

This is certainly good for the rainbow.  Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide

GLOBAL

AFRICA

Poachers Kill 3 Men In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

South Africa May Leave ICC Over Bashir Row

Militants Storm Somalia Military Base

ASIA

Myanmar Votes To Keep Military Veto

Taiwan Water Park Blast Leaves Hundreds Injured

After MERS, South Korea Authorizes Prison for Quarantine Scofflaws

CHINA

In China, Illegal Drugs Are Sold Online In An Unbridled Market

Saved By The City — How One Woman Was Liberated By The Destruction Of Rural China

An Insider’s Guide To Better Eating In Chinese Detention Centers

VIDEO: China’s Farmers-Turned-Millionaires

INDIA

How India Changed English

The Sikhs Who Saved Parmesan

In Hindi Films, Strong Women Are a Formula That Works

MIDDLE EAST

Afghan Parliament Attackers Killed

VCs, Angels, Crowd Funds: Who Rules The Israeli Investment Landscape?

Tel Aviv’s Norman Hotel Is Voted World’s Best Boutique Hotel

Saudi Bombing Only Fans Yemen’s Flames

Kerry, in Vienna, Begins Effort to Complete Nuclear Accord With Iran

RUSSIA

Yevgeny Primakov, Former Premier of Russia, Dies at 85

Putin Breaks Silence With Call to Obama Touching on Ukraine and ISIS

Russia: Diplomat Rejects U.N. Tribunal on Malaysian Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

EUROPE

Netherlands Ordered To Cut Emissions

VIDEO: Flares And Fires At French Uber Protest

EU Agrees To Relocate Migrants

France Cracks Down On Uber Service

Suspect in Attack in France Had Ties to Radical Islamist

Once a Beloved French Symbol, Cousteau’s Ship Now Rusts Into Oblivion

French Authorities Hold Suspect in Beheading and Explosion at Chemical Plant

Kosovo: Parliament Votes Against Court to Prosecute Crimes in ’90s War

Clashes Erupt Across France as Taxi Drivers Protest Uber

Armenia: Impasse Over a Price Increase

Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S.

Businesses Worry About Shouldering Burden of Greek Debt

Debt Talks May Be Defining Moment for Greece, and for Angela Merkel

UNITED KINGDOM

Bittern Populations Back From The Brink Of Extinction In The UK

Thousands Celebrate In London Buoyed By US Court Decision

CNN Mistakes Flag Covered In Dildos For ISIS Banner At London Pride

CANADA

Executives Urge Canada To Diversify Beyond Natural Resources

Housing Affordability Declines In Toronto And Vancouver, Improves In Alberta: Report

U.S. Short Sellers Betting On Canadian Housing Crash: ‘An Accident Waiting To Happen’

Pacific Rim Trade Talks Target Canada’s Dairy Sector

Vancouver Votes To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Want More Female Cabinet Ministers? Elect More Women

Ottawa Plans Compensation For Farmers

UNITED STATES

Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide

Breaking Silence, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing

Federal Hate Crime Charges Likely In South Carolina Church Shooting

VIDEO: Wildfire Tears Through Los Angeles Hills

President Obama Eulogizes Charleston Pastor as One Who Understood Grace

Video: Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Long Taught to Use Force, Police Warily Learn to De-escalate

LATIN AMERICA

Five New National Parks For The Bahamas

Mother And Baby Survive Plane Crash

Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Caribbean Facing Worst Drought In 5 Years

Venezuelan Vet Arrested For Allegedly Implanting Heroin In Puppies

OCEANA

Timeless Utopia At The World’s Edge

David V Goliath Down Under

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

France Summons US Envoy Over ‘Spying’

ISIS Re-Enters Syrian City Of Kobane

China ‘Top Suspect’ In US Cyber Hack

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Satellites Allow Scientists To Monitor Health Of Coral Reefs

VIDEO: Sir David Tells Obama How To Save Planet

VIDEO: 1,000 Dead In Pakistan Heatwave

California Regulators Tell San Francisco To Stop Taking River Water

FROM THE UKRAINE

Night sky over Ukraine

Night sky over Ukraine

Hi, Mishka:

Catching up with the Inside of Living project.

The travelers have already walked two thirds of the way to the West Ukraine. So beautiful are the Carpathian Mountains where they are now and more adventures and another inspiring month lie ahead before they come to the border point with Slovakia.

The girl initiators of the project are being joined on the way by the people also interested in seeing the country that way and not from the window of a car or train. Some of them join for months, others for a few days, making an adventure even more unique. I’m sending the photo of stars made by one of the project participants Yaha from Kharkov.

Following his blog posts of their adventures, there were not only cheerful sites along the way but one very haunted one, as well.  Where the map showed a village, there were only a few fields and an isolated area of asphalt roads.

On the page of Wikipedia about this place village there is only one line. “Village extinct since 2010.”  This small down was the victim of an economic depression but was still as dead as though it had been bombed out of existence.

Sad too, another traveler blogger, Nastya, mentioned in her blog that when they visited Korotych village, “we found out that half of village men received notices to join army. We were sitting on a grass near school, tears in our eyes, and as thought our hearts had stopped.  And all we could think to say was, ‘Why this war? Stop!”

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Crumbling Ukraine Ceasefire To Form Backdrop Of Canada’s Military Mission

Open Source: Rebels in Ukraine Cleansing Donetsk of ‘Perverted’ Art

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for the Lone Star State.  Texas bans shark fin trade.

Let us hope Ottawa and the provinces respond.  Cancer society makes first ever public pitch to federal parties

Nice going guys (and guy-ettes).  ‘Elaho Giant’ — 1,000-year-old Douglas fir — saved by quick action of B.C. fire crews

BAD EXAMPLES

Shame on you guys!  Jewelry Company Caught Selling Tiger Claw Pendants

This we have suspected for over a decade.  Like American cartoonist Walt Kelly said through his character Pogo, “We have met the enemy.  And he is us.”  Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11

This is just a little disgusting.  In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This is so cool.  Meet The Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working To Save The Pollinators)

I do this too, with things like my keys, cell or the book I am reading at the time.  So far, I have never overlooked anything as big as a monster truck.  Dino Species Found Hiding In Plain Sight

This is too weird for a lot of words.  WATCH: Freaky Vortex Opens Up In Flooded Lake

HERE ON EARTH

Can Anything Live Forever?

The Day The Oceans Died

The Largest Crystals On Earth

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s Bold Plan For Killer Asteroids

SpaceX Capsule To Deliver New Parking Spot For Space Station

Did NASA Find A Pyramid On Mars?

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Israel Launches Its First-Ever Natural Gas Powered Truck

This Week in Science: Video From Pluto, Yeti Crabs and Skinny Jean Dangers

This Weird Alien World Has A Comet-Like Tail

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed

Hoverboard, By Lexus

Men Are Totally Wrong About Their Math Skills

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

Can Vertical Gardens End World Hunger?

Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015: Winner Announced

B.C. City’s Tsunami Warning Test Sound Is Now A Didgeridoo

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Why Marriage Equality Is So Good For Mental Health

Video: The World’s Deadliest Place for Kids

The Mystery Of The Female Orgasm: Have Scientists Found The Fabled G-Spot?

6 Ways To Get More Love In Your Life

Video: How a Love Story Triumphed in Court

How A White Supremacist Became A Civil Rights Activist

Do You Really Know The Difference Between Fruits & Vegetables?

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

Stunning Night Sky Photos

Pet Cat Faces Down A Large Puma

Photo Contest: Finalists Revealed

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WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Most kids, including me and those in my life, would absolutely love to be doing what these are.  More Than 7 Million School Children Asked To Count Insects

This lived up to its promise.  This Video Of A Cuttlefish Changing Color Will Blow Your Mind

Ummm, okay.  But it also sounds like a prescription for a complicated puberty. Wild Goat Chills With Kangaroos, Thinks He’s Part Of The Family

SHORTS

African Vultures More Critically Endangered Than Previously Realized

Wolverine Triplets Born In The Cotswolds

12 Photographs That Capture The True Beauty Of Derwentwater

EXTRAS

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Upside To Lions In The Backyard

Australian Woman Hospitalized For Four Days After Wearing Skinny Jeans And Squatting To Clean Out Cupboards

He Caught A Shark Where?

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TOO MANY OF US WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS

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The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Special Olympics, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 21, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 39

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others

TOO MANY OF US WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been an unusually interesting week, has it not?  A Spokane, Washington woman with a strong sense of humanity and emotional and cultural identification with Afro-Americans has been passing herself off for years as black.  According to her white parents, she is not.

Several of you have asked my opinion about this ~ including readers under my own roof ~ so I will be very candid with you.  I think this is the dumbest controversy to hit the media in a long time.  It is grist for the self-righteous, an embarrassment to the NAACP and it does not make Seattle’s sister city east of the (Cascade) mountains look like the most enlightened place on the planet.

I think this whole idea of racial profiling is silly. I am of the “you are what you eat” persuasion.  I figure that if you would like to be something you are not, study up on the food the group you want to belong to consumes.  And then, yep, pig out on it.  Just make sure you do not eat it too close to bed time because you can have some very strange dreams as a result.

Imagine, for instance, being a Christian but having lots of Muslim food an hour before retiring.  It’s like you’d be back in the Crusades and not know which side to send where as a blessed infidel.  We will not even go into being German and having matzo ball soup.  Or being from Leeds and having kidney pie and a pint of Guinness.  Or in the States, a Big Mac and the wings off a buffalo.

We need to do more studying on this.  I have, for instance, being a flaming flipping liberal, wondered what conservatives eat when they have to pay for it?  What does a Republican sit down to for breakfast?  How about United States Marines?  Do they really have baby sailors for lunch?

At a point in our history when we should be pulling together as a species and celebrating those differences which enable survival for us all, castigating and censuring a human being of pale persuasion for feeling obsidian is an extremely strong indication that way too many of us have entirely too much time on our hands.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

We join the members of the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and all the others impacted.  Last Wednesday, a lone gunman entered this venerable Charleston, South Carolina house of worship and slaughtered nine people, seven of who died at the scene.  John Donne’s Meditations XVII doth here apply.  We all lost a good minister but God gained another angel.  I will pray for swift justice in these regards and will restrain myself from the extremes of passion which might motivate me to advocate sterner measures and less regard for the rights of the accused.

We want to wish the Magna Carta a late 800th birthday.  British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at “a ceremony attended by the Queen and other English royalty.  It was held at the site where King John, whose abuses this monumental document was aimed at stopping, signed and sealed it in 1215.”  For more:  The BBC reports.

I tend toward the minimalist side when it comes to personal possessions so this did not guilt-trip me.  And it is a very fair and relevant question to ask.  How many Earths do we need? – Is it true we’d need four Earths if everyone lived like Americans?

GLOBAL

World’s Displaced ‘Hits Record High’

Boosting the Ocean Economy

AFRICA

South Africa’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol Of Urban Revitalization

Can Thulisile Madonsela Save South Africa From Itself?

Assailants Target Police in Burundi

Genome Studies Show How Ebola Spread Initially

ASIA

North Korea Hit By ‘Worst Drought’

Suit Has South Korea Looking Anew at Its Hard Line on Prostitution

South Korean Official Says MERS Outbreak Seems to Be Easing

Red Tape Untangled, Young Nepalese Monks Find Ride to Safety

In Myanmar, Cash Remains King, and It Had Better Be Clean

Taliban Strike Crucial District in Afghanistan

Thailand: First MERS Case Confirmed

CHINA

China’s New Glass-Bottomed Bridge

13 Arrested In China After Clashes With Police

Chinese Stocks Stagger To End Of Rough Week

INDIA

India Yoga: Pm Narendra Modi Leads Thousands In Celebration

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

Letter To A Young Boy In Small Town India

Toxic Liquor In India Kills At Least 84

MIDDLE EAST

UN And Israel Sign Agreement To Apply Israeli Space Tech To Disaster Zones

Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife And Reopening Of Border With Egypt

Cables Released By Wikileaks Reveal Saudis’ Checkbook Diplomacy

RUSSIA

The Monument To A Russian Warlord Called Vladimir

Amur Tigers On The Rise

Russia And Greece Flaunt Solidarity At Business Forum, But Deals Are Scarce

EUROPE

US To Store Heavy Weapons In Poland

Hollande Sounds Alarm On Greek Exit

Italy Warns EU Over Migrant Talks

Escaped Lion ‘Killed Georgian Man’

The Great Moldovan Bank Robbery

Germany Arrests Al-Jazeera Reporter

Germany To Turn 62 Military Bases Into Nature Sanctuaries

THE VATICAN

Two Bishops Resign in Minnesota Over Sexual Abuse Scandal

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Invites U.S. Official To Join Review Of Its Military

In English, French Paper Urges Britain to Heed Waterloo and Stay in E.U.

David Attenborough Opens New Stretch Of Norfolk Reserve And Education Centre At Cley

CANADA

Canada Government Websites Hacked

Canadian Senator Expelled From Party’s Caucus Over Claims of Affair With Teenager

UNITED STATES

California’s Water Czar, Part Empathetic Confessor And Part Friendly Scold

After An Era Of Ups And Downs, Home Prices Return To Sanity

One Dead And 16 Injured After Block Party Shootings In Detroit And Philadelphia

Texas Law Decriminalizes School Truancy

Graphic: Gay Marriage State By State: A Trickle Became A Torrent

Graphic: A Portrait Of The Sandtown Neighborhood In Baltimore

LATIN AMERICA

Video: 36 Hours In Lima

To Soften Image, Brazilian Police Ride In Atop Horned Beasts

Mexico: Ex-Governor Charged

Venezuela: President Highlights Work To Restore Full Ties With The U.S.

With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access To Internet

OCEANA

Alice’s Australian Wonderland

Paramedics Issue Warning On ‘Violent, Paranoid’ Ice Users

Woman Missing In Outback NT Relied On ‘Survival Techniques': Husband

Man Racially Abused, Bashed In ‘Sickening’ Melbourne Attack: Police

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Top Islamist ‘Killed’ In US Strike

Video: Refugees Flee As Kurds ‘Take Is Town’

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops

When The Sea Swallows Countries – How Climate Change Claims Nations

Smoke Jumping And Climate Change

CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING

Church Massacre Suspect Held As Charleston Grieves

Dylann Roof, Suspect In Charleston Shooting, Flew The Flags Of White Power

Killings Add Painful Page To Storied History Of Charleston Church

Court Hearing For Charleston Suspect

Video: In Charleston, ‘Good Triumphs Over Evil’

FROM THE UKRAINE

olympicsphotoTwo Frostig student-athletes will soon be famous! The girls are featured on Bank of America‘s campaign to promote the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.‪#‎passtheflame  This image below will be shown at B of A ATMs.

Hello Mishka

I would like to share how proud I am of two girls originally from Ukraine adopted by the American family. I met them a few years ago when they visited the country and now was delighted and happy for them to hear they actively participate in Special Olympics.  Their mother Rita shared her attitude towards upcoming event

“Special Olympics has done so much for so many families including our own. Because of Special Olympics, the girls are building lifetime friendships, sportsmanship and the feeling of acceptance and inclusion. The yes, can attitude!

“Special Olympics allows athletes like Alina and Lilia to participate in sports and feel successful no matter how great or little that success is. We thank you for your prayers and support.

“That being said, the girls and I, are registering a TEAM for the Bank of America Unified Relay across America to support athletes like Alina and Lilia. We would like to invite others in this lifetime event, by showing our support for inclusion, respect and dignity to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“We plan to carry the flame of hope on Friday, July 10th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm from North Hollywood to Hollywood. Will you join us? Together we can move mountains!

“Thank you for being part of our journey. If you are unable to do the walk with us, you will also, be able to donate to the cause. Details for donations will follow.

“We thank you!!!”

Stay cool, Mishka:

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Russia And US Agree To Set Up Karasin-Nuland Channel To Coordinate Steps On Ukraine

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is good to see.  University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute

So is thisF.C.C. Votes To Move Forward With Plan To Subsidize Broadband For Poor Americans

And here I thought being a green newspaper editor in a timber town was a dicey job.  Death defying day jobs

BAD EXAMPLES

This reminds me of the Black Sox ScandalUS baseball team accused of hacking

This is apparently hurting profits.  No Time to Be Nice at Work

Here’s an interesting look at someone who probably never should have been born.  Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Now that summer is here, many of us will be hitting the highways and byways of our respective countries on bicycles.  A firm in Denmark is now marketing a camper trailer that a bike can tow.  I am saving up for one of these, they are that cool.  Check them out here.  A caravan for the cycling set

This kind of reminded me of the American silent film Modern Times.  The largest shipyard in the world

I have actually long suspected this.  New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American

HERE ON EARTH

The Giant Cow That Swam The Ocean

The Biggest Flies In The World

New Rewilding Area To Be Launched In Europe

OUTER SPACE

Where Did The Moon Come From?

Traces of Earliest Stars That Enriched Cosmos Are Spied

Israel Finds Neighboring Galaxy With One Million ‘Young’ Stars

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Inside The Mind Of A Burglar

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

Video: Love And Roller Coasters

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Video: How Drones Are Helping Hunt For Sharks

Video: The Family (Robot) Dog

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality

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

Proposed Scottish Wind Farm Could Put Special Breeding Birds At Risk

1,600 Corals Planted At Florida Keys Plantapalooza

This Clean Water Device Creates A Tap From A Backpack, And It’s Saving Lives

Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

The call no one wants to get — When an older family member suddenly falls ill, you drop everything. Here’s how to cope when a crisis hits.

Can hallucinogens cut smoking? A surprising use for psychedelic drugs

Tips for setting (and achieving) realistic weight loss goalsWatch video

Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks

Israeli Researchers Discover Flower That Can Treat Diabetes

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: Hippo, Lions And Bears Loose In Georgia And Video: Volunteers Search For Animals At Flooded Zoo

Video: Sinabung Eruption: Thousands Flee

Who Is Your Disney Doppelganger?

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

   

Small Testament CoverWRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

 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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Online, from my computer to yours

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I love goats, especially the small mountain variety, so of course I tripped on this.  Daredevil goats defy gravity

If we had a “Must Read” list, this would be on it.  The truth about bees

This is certainly good news.  Record number of humpbacks spotted around UK

SHORTS

Large Number Of Painted Lady Expected In UK

Panthera’s Vice President Dr. George Schaller Receives National Geographic Society’s Prestigious Hubbard Medal

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Britain’s Most Bizarre Customs

Outstanding closeup 061115ABOUT US

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

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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Children’s Day, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 14, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 38

Rusty Miller – Editor; Denny Steussy – Associate Editor; Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

TO THE CLASS OF 2015

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  June in America is known for several things and the most important of them to me is not the start of summer or all the weddings.  It is graduation from high school and from university.  It is to the latter Class of 2015 that I wish to address these remarks.

Hi, guys and guy-ettes and congratulations.  Sixteen years on the job is a fair stretch of the road, is it not?  And now, according to all you have been told, it is time to get out there in the “real world” and use what you have all been learning since the first grade.  Here is what I hope for you.

I pray, first of all, that you be patient with the advice-givers of the world.  We are a well-meaning lot, for the most part, but we deal with fallacious premises, the chief of which is that the way we experience and deal with life should be a “one size fits all” proposition.  It is not.  How could it be when you are not us and we are not you?

We are all blind people touching an elephant and describing what we experience, all several billion of us.  There is no single individual among us who sees life and the human experience in total.  Having said that, intrinsic in all of us is a sense of right and wrong or, as the late Twentieth Century philosopher and motorcycle devotee Arthur Fonzarelli was wont to put it, “what’s cool and what is definitely un-cool, yanno?”

Whatever decisions you make, let them be guided by the voice of this internal moral compass.  Use not only what your mind has taught you about life and the human experience, but your heart as well.  Respect history but do not feel obligated to it.  Almost everything which precipitated both the good and the bad we face today started a very long time ago.  You do not own it so do not pay for it.  And if you do not like it, at the very least, do not emulate it.

I will tell you the most important thing that I, Mikhail Sean Patric McGuire aka Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller have learned so far.  Dying for something is easy.  Living for something is a lot harder but in the end, it is usually a lot more productive than a cross in a field of crosses.  Go forth daring to dream big and dedicated to becoming all you were meant to be.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here

THE NEWS

Here’s a question we all need to probably ask ourselves at some point in time or another.  Could one of these robots save you in a climate disaster?

This is refreshing.  (pun intended)  This is crazy, but we actually have good news about climate change

This will probably explain a great deal.  DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

GLOBAL

UN Troops ‘Barter Goods For Sex’

The UN Surprises Everyone With A Breakthrough Deal To Slow Deforestation

The Global Struggle To Respond To The Worst Refugee Crisis In Generations

AFRICA

Tunisian Consular Workers Are Seized By Libyan Militia

Talks To Begin On Creating A Trade Zone Within Africa

As Supplies Dwindle, World Food Program Cutting Rations To Refugees In Kenya

Embattled Burundi President Sets New Dates For Elections

Making Herself Heard, Before And After Tunisia’s Uprising

Illuminating A Central African Crisis, Photo By Photo

ASIA

The Wild Wonders Of Japan

Second Snow Leopard Successfully Collared In Nepal

Japan’s Mysterious Glowing Squid

Naked Photo Climbers Admit Offence

Myanmar’s Missing Rohingya

CHINA

China’s Pressure-Cooker Schools

Chinese Premier Urges Officials To Fight Events That Led 4 Children To Drink Pesticide

Q. and A.: Zhang Weiwei on Why China Will Succeed Under the Communist Party

Soil Contamination Found Near Huge Mine in Western China

INDIA

Emotional Ad Starring Lesbian Couple Challenges India’s Anti-Gay Laws

Planned Celebrations For International Yoga Day Stir Controversy In India

Indian Pm Says Bangladeshi Pm Fights Terror Pretty Well, For A Girl

New Website Aims To Find Thousands Of Indian Kids Forced Into Labor, Sexual Exploitation

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Syria: Brides of Peace

Israel ‘Struck Gaza Beach In Error’

Play Set In Israeli Prison Imperils Arab Theater

Iranian President Expects Sanctions To Lift Within Months Of Deal

Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site In Yemen Capital

RUSSIA

‎Harper Renews Attack On Putin Over Ukraine

Russia Wields Aid and Ideology Against West to Fight Sanctions

Russian Groups Crowdfund The War In Ukraine

EUROPE

Iceland ‘To End Capital Controls’

Turkey’s Ruling Party Loses Parliamentary Majority

VIDEO: Med Migrants Crammed In Wooden Vessel

Once Common European Birds At Risk Of Extinction »

Merkel Phone Tapping Probe Dropped

Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Acquitted In Pimping Trial

THE VATICAN

Pope Creates Tribunal For Bishop Negligence In Child Sexual Abuse Cases

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain’s Most Bizarre Village?

Devon Bats Future To Be Decided At High Court »

6 Species From The Shark Family To Spot Around Cornwall »

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction »

Scientist Resigns Over Girls Comment

CANADA

Canada Commits To G7 Plan To End Use Of Fossil Fuels

Quebec To Give Police, Courts New Tools To Fight Extremism

Governor-General To Unveil Awards Spotlighting Canadian Innovation

Supreme Court To Rule On Definition Of Medical Marijuana

Canadians Plead Guilty To Obscenity In Malaysia After Stripping On Mountain

Two Canadians who stripped on Malaysian mountain get 3 days time served, to be deported

UNITED STATES

States Confront Wide Budget Gaps Even After Years of Recovery

Farms Are Growing More Vegetables, But Americans Still Want To Skip Straight To Dessert

Ex-South Carolina Officer Is Indicted In Shooting Death Of Black Man

US Man Freed After 43 Years’ Solitary

VIDEO: How Did Prisoners Escape From US Jail?

The Wild West Of Drought, Crazy Water Rules, And Cattle Ranchers

13 Cities That Have Priced Out Millennials From Buying A Home

Court Upholds Texas Limits On Abortions

Police Officer In McKinney, Tex., Resigns Over Incident Caught On Video

No Evidence That Amtrak Engineer Used Phone During Crash, Safety Board Says

Dallas Gunman Killed After Attack on Police Headquarters

LATIN AMERICA

Seven New Species Of Tiny Frog Discovered In Brazil

Wave Of Protests Spreads To Scandal-Weary Honduras And Guatemala

Cuba’s Web Entrepreneurs Search For U.S. Clients, And Reliable Wi-Fi

Inaugural Poet Launches Cuba Writing Project

Mexico’s Midterm Elections Results See Ruling Party Lead, First Independent Wins

Specially Trained Clowns Are Helping Treat Kids At Argentinian Hospitals

How One Pregnant Teen’s Murder Brought Argentina Together Against ‘Femicide’

OCEANA

High-Risk Patients Cut Back On Statins After ABC Story: Research

Abbott Dodges More Questions On Boat Turn-Back Payment Claims

Lions, Tigers, Bears And Hippos Escape Flooded Georgian Zoo

Woman Dies In Motorbike Sidecar Accident In Sydney

Family Of Darwin Man Shot Dead While Driving Car Plead For Information

Laws To Strip Citizenship May Face High Court Challenge: Abbott

Mother Charged After Leading Police On Pursuit With Two Infants In Car In Sydney

Man Charged After Throwing Shoes At Immigration Minister

Renowned NT Cattleman Dies In Helicopter Crash

TOPICAL

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. Embracing A New Approach On Battling Isis In Iraq

Australian Pm Tony Abbott Urges Regional Anti-Is Action

Second Data Breach Exposed Personal Details Of U.S. Military And Intelligence Staff

Taliban Attack Police Base In Afghanistan, Killing 17

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Texans Should Brace For More Rainstorms, More Drought, And More Headaches

Could Pesky Children Be The Solution To Climate Change?

Think Detroit Has It Rough Now? Just Wait ‘Til Climate Change Gets Ahold Of It

Polar Bears Are Now Eating Dolphins Thanks To Climate Change

Pope Francis To Explore Effect Of Climate On World’s Poor

FROM THE UKRAINE

____ 2015-06-12 _ 9.50. 57

Hello Mishka:

Very busy week here so just these few short lines.  The little girl in the photograph was enjoying is Julia, whom we had met on Children’s Day in Sviatogorsk.  Her name is Julia and she is confident that peace now will be always.

Stay cool, Mishka

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

Battle Huge Fire At Ukraine Oil Depot

Ukraine Derogation From European Convention On Human Rights 

Ukraine Police Hurt At Kiev Gay Pride Rally

Rescuers Evacuate Two-Kilometer Zone Around Burning Fuel Depot Near Kyiv

GOOD EXAMPLES

How could we not be glad to hear this?  Some Big, Important Countries Are Promising To Cut Out Fossil Fuels By 2100

Good for her.  She is articulate and she knows what she is talking about.  Michelle Obama Talks About Race and Success, and Makes It Personal

This is very encouraging.  What’s Next For The World’s Largest Federation Of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?

BAD EXAMPLES

At least this was acted upon.  Police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen, pulling out gun

We need to do something about this.  And not tomorrow.  World Oceans Day: 10 Endangered And At-Risk Marine Animals

Stupid, irreverent, boorish and possibly a national disgrace.  Canadians Who Allegedly Posed Naked On ‘Sacred Mountain’ Barred From Leaving Malaysia

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

We knew you guys could not live without knowing this.  The 12 smelliest animals

This is a step in the right direction.  U.S. Will Call All Chimps ‘Endangered’

Sometimes the things done in the quest of knowledge totally stagger the mind.  Scientists Emerge From ‘Martian’ Dome On Hawaiian Volcano

HERE ON EARTH

‘LA Has A River?’

Was Darwin Really a Genius?

Ancient Byzantine Church Discovered During Highway Construction

OUTER SPACE

Secrets Of The Smallest Planet

Black Hole Hunters

‘Hello Earth': Space Probe Philae Wakes Up0

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Ever Heard Of A Self-Healing Building? Just Wait

Up Close With A Flying Giant

‘Sleeping Beauty’ Grave Discovered

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

South Koreans Win Robotics Challenge

Tesla, Solaredge Launching Revolutionary Solar-Powered Home Battery

World’s Tiniest Spirals May Take Big Bite Out Of Crime

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

How This Library Paid $1 to Install Its Solar Panels – In West Virginia, Solar Holler helps nonprofits install solar panels for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Read More

Scientists Confirm That Americans Suck At Not Wasting Food

Farmers Spray Insect Sex Chemicals As A Green Alternative To Pesticides

Israeli Tech Harbo Cuts Down Response Time To Oil Spills To 20 Minutes

Your Drawer Of Old Phones Is Bad For The Environment

Remember That Bulldozed Rainforest? We Have Pretty Good News!

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Eight Ways To Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning

Five Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard

Soda Ads With Health Warnings? That’s About To Be A Real Thing

Federal Panel Backs Approval Of New Drug To Fight Heart Attacks

Can Money Help Shrink Prison Populations? The Macarthur Foundation Is Betting $75M On It

150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder’s Role in the Sand Creek Massacre

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

Spectacular Video Lets You Fly Around Ceres

These Scientific Women Are So Distractingly Sexy, We Can’t Concentrate

Sunlight-Powered Airplane Is About To Make History

FROM NORTHSTAR

 

   

Small Testament Cover

 

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

For a preview, please go here  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Online, from my computer to yours

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing & Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is incredible.  Superpowers Of The Deepest Divers

So is this.  The Loneliest Whale In The World

I do not care if this is true.  It still sounds like Bella Lugosi and Forks, Washington.  Vampire plants are a good thing

SHORTS

How Jaws Misrepresented The Great White

New American Website Can Identify Birds From Photographs

The Atlantic’s Largest Turtle Breeding Colony Has Been Discovered

A Ladybird’s Colour Reveal Its Level Of Toxicity

World Land Trust Launches Appeal For Wildlife After Nepal’s Earthquakes

Take An Interactive Tour Of The World’s (Cutest) Vanishing Species

Ten Animals That Could Be Ghosts

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES & RECOMMENDS:

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Time To Awaken Your Primal Desire To Hang Out With A Puffin

It’s Raining Lampreys — Time To Leave This Terrifying Planet

Can Cannibalism Fight Brain Disease? Only Sort Of.

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  We started out in 1999 as a monthly and a year later, added a Canadian edition.  We had people on the ground in Bosnia and the Nisqually Earthquake and won awards for our coverage of a war and a major geologic event.  When our Canadian editor, Shannon Goddard, passed away from cancer, we ceased publication and resumed again in 2007 in our present incarnation.  We do accept advertising but remain largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you, personally, enjoyed this edition and would like to drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

 

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