THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY

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 Shares With Us Eurovision’s 40-Nation Song Contest, 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

May 24, 2015 … Vol. 8  No. 35

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

From the American motion picture Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

From the American motion picture Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Occasionally, as most of you know, I drop into chatrooms on America Online to sample public opinion and get a sense of America and Americans beyond what I curate from the media and absorb from daily living in Seattle, Washington.

For those of you unfamiliar with a chatroom, just imagine a big round table with as many as 36 people sitting at it talking to one another.  Or yep, imagine a crowded restaurant or pub.  Only in this case, it is people typing to one another in a rolling script that kind of reminds me of a player piano at times.  In this modality, it is possible to read all the conversations and to me, that is one of the appeals of such a venue.

It is also ~ at least to my satisfaction ~ been validated that there is very little difference between the way people behave on the Net and off the Net.  Granted, while the anonymity empowers the meek and angry and gives a voice to the seriously mentally disturbed, the medium also facilitates some outstanding communication and lifestyle sharing.

It is election season in America, just as it is in many other places on the planet.  So I dropped into a Democrat/Liberal chatroom and a Republican/Conservative chatroom.  I am disappointed to report that not unlike Congress here in the States, the people in these rooms were so busy bashing the other party that nothing within the context of solutions was ever proposed.

I have not lived a real long time but I have studied some on the history of a species that American humorist Mark Twain placed somewhere between the Great Apes and the French.

It is not competition which builds enduring nations.  It is cooperation and consensus building.  It is identifying goals common to all of us ~ and most of those are pretty fundamental and universal ~ and accepting no alternative but cooperative measures and programs to achieve those goals.

Have you ever noticed how the people with whom we agree are right up there next to whatever deity we hold dear while those with whom we do not agree are beneath even the Devil’s contempt?

Someone very close to me, God Rest Her Soul, occasionally found it prudent to remind me that there are generally three sides to every story; his, hers and the truth.  That woman was not only the most beautiful creature God ever created, she was among the wisest.  And I agree with her totally.

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

I sincerely hope whoever ordered this up can tread water for a very, very, very long time.  Fishermen ‘should not save migrants’

That Murphy’s Law which contends that there is never time to do it right but always time to do it over is apparently (and sadly) alive and well in Nippon.  Recalls Over Takata Airbag Defects Grow to 34 Million

This certainly does not bode well.  Ebola Cases Rise in Guinea and Sierra Leone After Steep Drop

GLOBAL

Monsanto Targeted In Worldwide Protests

AFRICA

Video: A Rare Look Inside Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Record Rhino Horn Seizure Reported In Mozambique »

Political Unrest Pushes Burundi Closer To Economic Collapse

Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Go On Hunger Strike

The R&B Star Akon And An Emirates Foundation Invest In A Solar Energy Work Force For Africa

ASIA

Kerry Calls For More Pressure On North Korea Over ‘Horrendous’ Acts

Trial Begins Of Thai Ex-Pm Yingluck

Boat Rescued As Migrant Deal Reached

On The Trail Of Thailand’s Human Traffickers

South Korea ‘Nut Rage’ Woman Freed

Mass Graves Of Suspected Trafficking Victims Found In Malaysia

Women Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Dividing North And South Korea

CHINA

China Making Some Missiles More Powerful

China’s Housing Market Shows Signs of Hope

6 Chinese Men Indicted in Theft of Code From U.S. Tech Companies

INDIA

India’s Bizarre Border Ritual

Indian Subcontinent’s Quake-Causing Collision Course

MIDDLE EAST

Hezbollah Deploys Weapon, A Press Tour, On The Syrian Front

With Fall Of Ramadi, Plight Of Iraq Sunnis Worsens

Afghan Police Jailed Over Mob Death

‘Surge’ In Egypt Forces’ Sex Attacks

Video: US Joins Jordan In Military War Games

Video: How Farkhunda Has Changed Afghanistan

Israel Halts Bus ‘Segregation’ Trial

At Synagogue, Obama Restates His Support for Israel

Egyptian Court Acquits 17 In Case Arising From Poet’s Death At March

Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company

RUSSIA

Fighting HIV Where No-One Admits It’s A Problem

Putin Signs Law To Shut Down ‘Undesirable’ Foreign Organizations

EUROPE

Cannes ‘Turned Away Amputee In Flats’

Video: Paris Stained-Glass Windows Restored

EU To Develop A Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan

Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow Narrowly Beats Russia To Win Eurovision 2015

THE VATICAN

Vatican Seeks to Quiet Uproar Over Pope’s ‘Angel of Peace’ Remark

Pope’s Focus On Poor Revives Scorned Theology

Honor Comes Late to Oscar Romero, a Martyr for the Poor

UNITED KINGDOM

JCB Boss: UK Should Not Fear Brexit

UK Inflation Rate Turns Negative

IRELAND

Ireland Votes To Approve Gay Marriage, Putting Country In Vanguard

CANADA

Critics Call For Changes To ‘Rent-A-Cop’ Programs That Bring Millions To Police Coffers Across Canada

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Named After Gordie Howe

Kijiji, a Flop in the U.S., Rules Online Classifieds in Canada

UNITED STATES

Up To 170 Face Murder-Related Charges In Biker Melee

Obama Limits Military-Style Equipment For Police Forces

US President Obama Joins Twitter

U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California

LATIN AMERICA

U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties

Despair, and Grim Acceptance, Over Killings by Brazil’s Police

Salvadorans Flock To Honor Beloved Archbishop On Path To Sainthood

Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Go On Hunger Strike

OCEANA

Low-Income Families To Suffer From Federal Budget Reforms: Labor

Leaders Dismiss Same-Sex Marriage Referendum In Australia

A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John Nash Killed In Car Accident

Female Gorilla At Melbourne Zoo Killed By Male In Show Of ‘Unexpected Aggression’

Senior Police Officer To Lead Welfare Fraud Taskforce

Incentive Scheme For Bush Doctors Failing: Minister

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Arctic Ice Reaches A Low Winter Maximum

Study Finds Sun Belt Population Growth And Warming Climate Could Quadruple Exposure To Extreme Heat

Obama Recasts Climate Change As A Peril With Far-Reaching Effects

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Militias ‘Ordered To ISIS-Held Ramadi’

Video: Ramadi ‘Shocked And Fearful’ Under ISIS

Video: On A Mission To Destroy ISIS Targets

Islamic State seizes Syria’s Palmyra

U.S. to Send Rockets to Iraq for ISIS Fight

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Bombing At Saudi Mosque

With Victories, ISIS Dispels Hope of a Swift Decline

FROM THE UKRAINE

Eurovision

Hello Mishka:

Eurovision has always been of interest especially for people in this part of the world. And this year’s conception – “Building Bridges” as official slogan for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest – is so timely. With about 40 countries participating, including Australia making its debut, it is a good place for singers and countries to leave a message to others and indeed great way to communicate internationally. One of the messages is tolerance. Another one is striving for peace. My personal gratitude to Hungary and its representative, Boggie, for her touching song and video.  

There are, of course, many wonderful and cheerful performances to put dancing shoes on.

I asked my friend Theodora, who lives in Vienna, to share her impressions about the contest taking place in this city and her words: ” Well, I would say that most people have a positive attitude towards the ESC. People are proud that we’re hosting it, of course. There’s a big Eurovision village (I think that is what they call it) in front of Vienna’s city hall. People have been partying there for a couple of days now. Overall, the event appears to be well-organized. Personally, I won’t be able to attend the event itself but I did of course watch the semifinals on TV and I will most probably watch the finals too.”

Theodora is an acting president of the Austrian Biologist Association.  They celebrate this week with the slightly different Song Contest,  The European Song Contest of Animals: As she said, “We build bridges with the wild world!”

She also told me that some scientists even work in the field of plant bioacoustics/ As turns out, plants react to sound and may even be able to communicate using acoustic signals.  Assuming next song in ABA contest will be dedicated to plants world.

We all belong to one Universe so let us build bridges.

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

NEWS

The Guardian View On Eastern Europe And The EU: Get It Right In Riga

Ukraine Rada Gives Green Light To Tax Free Import Of Electric

Ukraine Has Officially Banned Communist Symbols And Propaganda  

US Holocaust Museum Censures Ukraine Over Decision To Honor Nazi Collaborators 

Ukraine’s Smaller Bondholders Unfazed By Moratorium Threat 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for this folks.  Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents for the Digital Age

If these two can do this, there is hope for world peace.  Nice going, guys.  Prince Charles and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein Shake Hands

Now this, in my opinion, is the penultimate value of any new technology.  Way to go, folks.  Bringing the Personal Internet of Things to the Poor

BAD EXAMPLES

Prospective employers around the world are going to be very glad to read about this.  So is Global Academia, I imagine.  Sigh.  Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions

If Hell isn’t real, I’m going to be extremely disappointed because that is where these people belong.  Boko Haram Militants Raped Hundreds of Female Captives in Nigeria

Bust these (word deleted by censor)! Pakistani Investigators Raid Offices of Axact, Fake Diploma Company

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

You cannot imagine how many times I have asked myself this very same question.  Where is my solar car?

Is it just me or does personal motorized transportation seem to keep getting weirder and weirder?   Meet the shape-shifting city car

This is totally cool.  Futuristic “Exosuit” Helps Explore Ancient Computer Shipwreck and find art devices

HERE ON EARTH

The Quiet Zone: Where Mobile Phones Are Banned

Around The World In Five Cars

When It Rained For Millennia

OUTER SPACE

Is Our Solar System A Freak?

U.S. Military Space Plane Begins A Fourth (Mostly) Secret Mission

Rosetta Is Tailing A Warming Comet

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Video: The Bionic Man

Scientists Sample The Ocean And Find Tiny Additions To The Tree Of Life

A New Approach for Moving Robotic Arms With the Brain

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

How Hot Computers Are Being Used To Warm Homes

Why Robots Will Always Need Us

New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed

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

Environment Trumps Potential Billions, Grand Chief Says

How Shame Could Help California Conserve Water

Graphic: Your Contribution to the California Drought

Less Than 1 Percent Of Sweden’s Garbage Ends Up At The Dump

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

What Coffee Says About Your Mind

Why A Weak Handshake Is Bad News For Your Heart

Five Words You Should Stop Using When You Talk About Food

Why You Should Skip The Pavement And Hit The Trail

His Ancestors Were Slave Traders And Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing From A Road trip

Some People Do More Than Text While Driving

The Same-Sex Couple Who Got A Marriage License In 1971

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

Older Lady Kills It With Her Dance Moves To A Street Performer’s Beatboxing

An Incredible Photo Series Captures The Cambodians Who Remove Unexploded Bombs

Stunning Views Of Earth From Space

Stone Tools From Kenya Are Oldest Yet Discovered

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here  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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Paypal or direct deposit to account

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I found this absolutely fascinating.  The secret history of rhinos

I’ve seen this in action and I think most of you have too, if you’ve spent any time at all in the woods or the jungle.  When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

I am very glad I do not live where they do.  The Most Extreme Fish On Earth

SHORTS

The Truth About Giant Tortoises

Huge New Rodent Discovered

Horror Wasps Rule The World

EXTRAS

Science Take: Monkeys Provide Clues to How Tool Use Developed

Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought

Matter: For an Octopus, Seeing the Light Doesn’t Require Eyes

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 New Axis Of Evil — Canada: One Third Of American 8th Graders Think Canadians Live In A Dictatorship

You Have To See These Pictures Of Seattle’s Kayaking Climate Protesters

We Show You How To Eat In Bed In Our Videos Of The Week

111714ABOUT US

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UNTIL THEN, PLEASE KINDLY SPARE HIM THE PARADES

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

May 17, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 34

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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UNTIL THEN, PLEASE KINDLY SPARE HIM THE PARADES

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The state where I live is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

On television the other day, I watched a story about an Air Force fighter crewman shot down over North Vietnam and imprisoned for six years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  At one point, this retired commercial pilot was a cellmate of Arizona Senator and naval aviator John McCain.

My best friend is a veteran of that war.  But he does not have good memories of it so he does not talk about it, read about it, or watch it on DVD, TV or any other media.  He is not a member of any organization which identifies with it nor does he socialize with other veterans.

His military service consumed about six percent of his life.  As horrific as it was, it was not the defining chapter of his existence.  He survived where so many did not and came home in one piece, mostly.

Unlike an estimated 54,000 veterans in the years following the fall of Saigon, he did not commit suicide.  He finished college on the GI Bill and went on to live a reasonably normal life.

While he feels bad for all the wounded warriors of the world, he does not want to ennoble war by celebrating it.  He does not want there to be any glory, angst, privileges or nostalgia.  He does not want it euphemized, patronized or editorialized.

He wants it totally stripped of romance and filled with the mourning of grieving parents, spouses, children and friends.  He does not want it presented in Technicolor but in the desolate sepia of dreams which will never be realized and lives that will never be fulfilled.

He wants it recognized for what it is, the largely premeditated systemic maiming and slaughter of human beings in ways so violent and painful as to freeze the blood of even Dante Alighieri himself.

He wants everyone to experience it that way.  Perhaps then it will finally stop.  Until then, with all due respect?  Please kindly spare him and all the others like him the bloody parades, then, eh?

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 we go again.  These poor folks just cannot catch a break.  Major earthquake strikes Nepal

Here we go again – part 2 – Japan Firms Recall 6.5 Million Cars

This is reassuring.  Your attention span is now less than that of goldfish, Microsoft says

GLOBAL

Mammoth Antarctic Ice Shelf A Few Years From Disintegration

AFRICA

Opposition Activists in Burundi Fear Crackdown After President’s Return

Burundi Government Says It Has Crushed Coup Attempt

Kenya Takes On Its Own Worst Enemy

Illuminating A Central African Crisis, Photo By Photo

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95

Girl Suicide Bomber Kills Seven In North-East Nigeria

ASIA

Migrants Land On Malaysian Island

Boat With Hundreds Of Migrants From Myanmar Heads Farther Out To Sea

How Myanmar and Its Neighbors Are Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

VIDEO: The Fight To Salvage Historic Kathmandu

North Korea Defense Chief ‘Executed’

Sinking Migrants Rescued Off Aceh

CHINA

Charged With Graft In China, Some Fugitives Are Finding Luxury In U.S.

Bus Goes Over Hillside in China, Killing at Least 35

Kerry Expected to Bring Up China’s Sea Claims During Visit

China Stands by Its Claims Over South China Sea Reefs

INDIA

Chinese Smartphone Makers Try To Make Inroads In India

Modi Calls On China To Rethink Stances That Strain Ties To India

India’s Twitter-Star Premier Brings China Leader Into Selfie Craze

Watch The Beautiful Moment People With Disabilities Finally Get To Touch The Ocean

India’s Modi Meets Xi On China Visit Amid Warming Ties

India’s Modi Meets Xi On China Visit Amid Warming Ties

How The World’s First Openly Gay Prince Is Fighting For LGBT Rights In India

MIDDLE EAST

Questions About Iran: Ask Our Man in Tehran

Village of Bedouins Faces Eviction as Israel Envisions a Village of Jews

Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi to Death

United Nations Internal Report On Gaza

Yemen: Aid Coordinator Asks Saudis To Simplify Restrictions

Netanyahu’s Coalition Gets Rocky Start With Discontent Over Leadership Posts

Gaza: Dozens Injured At Hamas Camp

EUROPE

VIDEO: France’s Hollande Meets Castros

Migrants in Rome Try to Recover After Ponte Mammolo Camp Is Destroyed

RUSSIA

Kerry, Seeking Answers On Conflict In Syria, To Meet With Putin

A Russian Smartphone Has to Overcome Rivals and Jokes About Origin

Russian Rocket Carrying Mexican Satellite Is Said to Crash in Siberia

UNITED KINGDOM

Church Of Scotland Allows Gay Clergy In Civil Partnerships

Northern England Wants To Join Scotland.. Farage Challenges Senior Figure To Quit

Dunkirk Little Ships Go On Display In London

The Decision Not To Charge Lord Janner Is To Be Reviewed By The Cps

THE VATICAN

Vatican To Recognize Palestinian State In New Treaty

In Vatican, Abbas Is Praised as ‘Angel of Peace’

CANADA

Canada’s Borrowing Binge: Looking Into Canada’s Household Debt

Canadian Man Among Dead In Amtrak Train Crash

Leftist Party’s Win In Alberta May Affect Future Of Oil Sands

UNITED STATES

Video: Hunt For Missing After Texas Floods

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced In Leak Case Tied To Times Reporter

Amtrak Train Was Going 100 M.P.H., Officials Say; 7 Killed

A Sharp Spike In Honeybee Deaths Deepens A Worrisome Trend

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing

Marine Veteran Held In Iranian Prison Ends Hunger Strike At Family’s Request

For the Highest-Paid C.E.O.s, the Party Goes On

LATIN AMERICA

Latin American Allies Resist U.S. Strategy in Drug Fight

Cuba Says Migrants Aboard Us Ship Allowed Back Into Country

Cuba Ready to Exchange Diplomats, Raúl Castro Says

President Of Chile Removes Five From Cabinet In A Shake-Up

Roxana Baldetti’s Resignation As Vice President Shadows Guatemala Politics

Mexico: Vaccinations Suspended After Infant Deaths

Ex-Police Chief In Mexico Known For Crackdowns Is Shot

More Land In Colombia Used To Grow Coca, U.S. Says

Venezuela’s Economy Suffers As Import Schemes Siphon Billions

OCEANA

Major Search Underway For Two Young Boys Missing In Townsville

NSW Community Still Cut Off After Bridge Lost In Super Storm

Melbourne Doctors Return After Treating Nepal Earthquake Victims

Gay Tasmanian Couple Seal Dying Wish With New Zealand Wedding

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Predicting the climate is hard. So one scientist wants to cut corners

Six Ways To Promote Economic Equality And Climate Action At The Same Time

Scientists Will Never Build A Perfect Climate Model, But That’s OK

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Fighters Seize Government Headquarters in Ramadi, Iraq

ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says

No. 2 Leader Of ISIS Killed In U.S.-Led Airstrike, Iraq Says

SECOND NEPAL QUAKE

Major Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Rescue Resumes After (Second) Nepal Quake

VIDEO: Nepali Parliament Hit By Quake

How to Rebuild After an Earthquake Like Nepal’s

Children In Nepal Are Laughing Again…

FROM THE UKRAINE

Video: Ukraine Crisis: ‘We Feel Abandoned’

Back To Childhood Without War

Nuclear Waste Stored 120 Miles From Ukraine Front Line

Chernobyl Songs Project: Living Culture From A Lost World 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good.  Now, how about making something else a lot safer a fashion trend?  Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons

It is a bloody shame it takes something like this to bring us closer, isn’t it?  Friendships Arising From Boston Marathon Horror Offer Solace

We are incredibly fortunate to have individuals such as this one among us.  And it sure looks like she could use our support.  Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing

BAD EXAMPLES

It will probably work out better for him if he stays in his own country and pouts a lot.  Saudi Arabia Says King Won’t Attend Meetings in U.S.

I found this incredibly ironic considering he’s the source of a lot of the conflict there.  I wonder if Vlad listens to his words BEFORE they come out of his mouth.  In Talks With Merkel, Putin Calls for Improving Relations With Europe

What is it about the ascendance to power that turns some people into such flipping bloody twits?  ‘Omar Khadr, You’ve Got More Class Than The Whole F—— Cabinet.’ Green Leader Regrets F-Bomb

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I once admired this man as much as I do the Pope and Moses. But when his apparent disregard for future generations manifests itself so blatantly, I hope never to hear his name spoken in my presence again.  Administration Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic

Here’s a cheery thought.  Drought ended the Maya empire. Is California next?

If they pull this off, I want to see Mr. Smith back in WashingtonCould Marilyn star in a new film?

HERE ON EARTH

Ten Lost Giants From Earth’s Past

Why We Should Electrify The Ocean

Video: Evolution’s Undulations

OUTER SPACE

How It Felt To Land On A Comet

How Weird Is Our Solar System?

Students’ Simulation Pokes Huge Holes In Plan To Colonize Mars

A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinces NASA To Do The Right Thing

NASA Spies Star That’s 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Trounced By A Brain-Training Octogenarian

Is Birdsong The First Language?

Welcome To Hell Valley

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

This Tiny Windowless Plane Is ‘Gorgeous And Instantly Addictive’

These 3D Maps Of Coral Reefs Are Totally Rad

Funds sought for tiny £6 computer

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

Alaska’s Tricky Intersection Of Obama’s Energy And Climate Legacies

Reality TV That Doesn’t Suck: Watch This Family Feed 10 Kids With An Awesome Farm

Canada: Pledge Sent To U.N. To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2030

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

How to Eat Healthy Meals at Restaurants

Best Places For Expats With Kids

Cured From Cancer, Almost

Ask Grover: A Muppet Answers Questions About Feeding Kids

Living With Cancer: Becoming a Caregiver

For an Aging Brain, Looking for Ways to Keep Memory Sharp

Amazing Moms: Mother Who Invented Harness To Allow Disabled Kids To Walk Tells Of International Success

Will Humans Keep Getting Taller?

Luxembourg Premier Is First E.U. Leader to Marry Same-Sex Partner

Home From Afghanistan, and Learning to Be a Couple Again

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

Watch These Incredible Rays Fly

Where Is The Seventh Celtic Nation?

In Flight ~ Enroute From London To Tokyo, A Pilot’s-Eye View Of Life In The Sky.

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

For a preview, please go here  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

We totally loved this.  I think Mr. Audubon himself would have, as well.  The ten sexiest male birds

This is fascinating.  Why did beautiful things evolve?

And if it can work for them…This weird plant might be the future of Alaskan agriculture

What Is Worth 24 Trillion American Dollars? If it had a gross domestic product, it would be the seventh-largest economy in the world. It is home to incredibly iconic species and produces half the oxygen we breathe. What is it? Read this month’s World Wildlife Foundation ENEWS to find out.

SHORTS

Nepal Rhino Population Increases By More Than 100

Animal Welfare Organisation Launches New Series Of Anti-Hunters Adverts

Florida Dolphins Use Their Own Forms Of Social Media To Choose Their Friends

Rock Guitarist SLASH Writes Song For The Elephants »

EXTRAS

Six Common Sea Shells To Spot On The Beach

6 Different Dolphin And Whale Species To Spot Off Cornwall Coast

7 Different Jellyfish To Look Out For In The Seas Around UK

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Ontario Teens Take Drugs In Forest, Get Lost In Daylight, Call Police To Rescue Them

Notorious Bank Robber, The ‘Flying Bandit,’ Crash Lands When Nabbed For Stealing $900 In Booze

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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AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, GANG

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, 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

May 10, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 33

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

These are springing up all over Seattle and other cities.  You trade with your neighbors a book you have read for one you have not.  I’ve always believed you can tell a lot about a person by the literature they consume.  I am learning that I live in a very Heights, in Seattle)  Photo by Rusty Miller interesting neighborhood (Victory Heights, Seattle, Washington, USA)

These are springing up all over Seattle and other cities. You trade with your neighbors a book you have read for one you have not. I’ve always believed you can tell a lot about a person by the literature they consume. I am learning that I live in a very Heights, in Seattle) Photo by Rusty Miller interesting neighborhood (Victory Heights, Seattle, Washington, USA)

AND AMONG OTHER THINGS, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, GANG

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As many of you know, I am not a fan of sharks.  My fear of them has very little basis in reality, which says a lot about my cultural programming in these regards.  I realize most of them are not interested in eating us.  They are essentially gentle creatures who kill to feed and to protect themselves and their families.  This, however, still freaked me out a little.  Epic great white hunt filmed

We also join the world in a late commemoration of Victory in Europe Day.  Olya Bereza, our European Associate Editor who was born in Russia when it was still part of the Soviet Union and now lives in the Ukraine said even those who weren’t even alive during the Second World War remember it with a mixture of joy and sadness.  My prayer is that sooner or later, it will be anniversaries of a lasting peace that we celebrate with such passion.

And finally, we would like to wish the female parents of the world a Happy Mothers Day.  Most of us wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for you.  Nurturing our youth is the most important job in the universe and the Good Lord knows it does not “pay” nearly enough.

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

I am sorry but when I saw this headline, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  What happened when an anti-Semite found he was Jewish?

As long as this can still happen somewhere on the planet, our species is not beyond salvation.  From farmworker to farm owner: One man’s story of the American dream

Let us pray that we never need to celebrate such a victory again.  Events mark end of WW2 in Europe

GLOBAL

AFRICA

Young African Migrants, Enticed by Smugglers, End Up Mired in Libya

Kenya Takes on Its Own Worst Enemy

Ranger Killed By Poachers In Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic Of Congo

The Republic Of Congo And United Arab Emirates Destroy Ivory Stocks Liberia, Ravaged by Ebola, Faces a Future Without It

After Ebola Outbreak, Liberian Churches Confront Crisis of Faith

SA Opposition Elects Black Leader

Egyptian Court Upholds Mubarak Verdict

ASIA

Taiwan And China In High-Level Talks

Shanghai Enacts Curbs on Business Dealings of Officials’ Relatives

Nepal, Before And After The Earthquake

Monsoons Near, Nepal Focuses on Sanitation to Stem Illness After Quake

Hundreds Of Rohingya Rescued At Sea

CHINA

China, Pursuing Strategic Interests, Builds Presence In Antarctica

Lenovo: ‘Massive Security Risk’ Found

Chinese Drone Maker DJI Gets Lift From Accel Investment

Russia And China Sign Cooperation Pacts

Chinese Debate the Meaning of Alan Mak’s Election to the British Parliament

Student Protest Derails Chinese Military Visit to Hong Kong Campus

China to Russia: Putin Is a Hunk. Now, About Those Gas Prices.

INDIA

Court Suspends Salman Khan Sentence

Reader Tips on Finding a Partner Using Indian Marriage Sites

PM’s ‘Emotional’ Trip To Belur Math He Wanted To Join As A Boy…. 

Modi Pitches For Cooperative Federalism…. Urges Chief Ministers To Join ‘Team India’…. Inaugurates IISCO Steel Plant At Burnpur..

Photos: The Beautiful Moment Shashi Kapoor Received His Award And Posed For Selfies

MIDDLE EAST

Benjamin Netanyahu Forms Israeli Government Minutes Before Deadline

Massacre Site in Iraq Becomes Monument to Suffering for Shiites

Israel: An Unblinking View

Saudi Arabia Announces Cease-Fire in Yemen

Map: Old, New and Unusual Alliances in the Middle East

EUROPE

Europe’s Economic Growth Forecast Is Raised

French Army Is Buying Fleet Of Ford Pickup Trucks

E.U. Commission Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into E-Commerce Sector

In Paris, Craft Cocktails Sidle Up To The Bar

U.N. Official Accuses France Of Delays In Child Sexual Abuse Case

Greece Will Make Next Debt Payment, Varoufakis Says

Siemens To Cut 4,500 Jobs, Half Of Them In Germany

French Nuclear Model Falters

Armenia Official Criticizes Turkey For Genocide Denial

France Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Charges Of Abuse By Peacekeepers In Africa

Dutch Activist Faces Trial Over Profanity-Laced Tirade Against King

Germany Limits Cooperation With U.S. Over Data Gathering

France: Claims Of Abuse By Troops Prompt An Inquiry

U.S. And European Scientists Sign Cooperation Pact 

News Analysis: Familiar Swing To Security Over Privacy After Attacks In France

RUSSIA

With Imports Banned, Russian Cheese Fills the Need for Brie

Rogue Spacecraft Burns Up On Re-Entry

Russia And China Sign Cooperation Pacts

Russia Shows Off Ordnance in Victory Day Parade

Russian Court Sentences Ex-Official To 5 Years In Prison In Corruption Case

UNITED KINGDOM

UK ‘Must Tackle Email Epidemic’

Photo Contest: Hidden Britain

Cameron Sweeps To Unexpected Triumph In British Election

Election 2015 Scotland

Scottish Nationalists Rejoice In Big British Election Win

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Canadian Planes Prevented From Landing In Nepal

Investigations Show Soldier’s Death Not Fault Of Canadians, General Says

Notley Eases Fears, Promises To Work With Energy Sector

UNITED STATES

An Atlas Of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out Of Poverty

A Flu Epidemic That Threatens Birds, Not Humans

Drone Use To Be Expanded In US

U.S. Economy Added 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%

Senate Easily Passes Bill For A Voice On Iran Nuclear Accord

Inquiry To Examine Racial Bias In The San Francisco Police

Justice Department Will Investigate Baltimore Police Practices

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela’s Economy Suffers as Import Schemes Siphon Billions

Young Guatemalan Farmers Fight For Land Rights, Local Food, and Sustainable Traditions Endangered by Global Trade Deals‏

‘Hermit of the Jungle’ Guards a Brazilian Ghost City Rich in History

OCEANA

Government Announces Major Changes To Childcare System

Police Call For Calm After Melbourne Teen Charged Over Terror Plot

Children Hit In WA Rally Car Crash Believed To Be Standing In Approved Area: Police

Sydney Pair Seriously Injured In Dog Attack

Osteoporosis Cases Going Undiagnosed And Untreated, Doctors Say

Australia Provides Further $10m Funding For Nepal Earthquake Recovery

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Drives New Era In Arctic Sea

New EPA Carbon Rules Would Save Thousands Of Lives, Science Says

Dear Climate Scientists: Just Tell It To Us Straight, Please

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Claims US Prophet Cartoon Attack

N.S.A. Collection of Bulk Call Data Is Ruled Illegal

Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn’t

FROM THE UKRAINE

A scene from the Ukrainian countryside. Tourist Resort in Opishnya village Photo credit:  Inside of Living Facebook group

A scene from the Ukrainian countryside. Tourist Resort in Opishnya village Photo credit: Inside of Living Facebook group

Hi again, Mishka:

Here is an update on the Inside of Living project.  Travelers of Inside of Living project already covered about 250 miles and in their Facebook group they share unique picturesque photos.

The people on the way are very friendly, helping with shelter and food. And most of them share their striving for peace.

If you want to give travelers advice, simply speak out with any questions about a project interesting you or just give regards from your city to cheer them up, please feel free to write to Nastya Evsiukova

Here is more news from the Ukraine.

A Candid Interview With Vladimir Putin On Ukraine

Ukrainian Artists Occupy Russian Pavilion At Venice Biennale 

No Visa Liberalization With EU For Ukraine And Georgia At Riga Summit

There Was Heroism And Cruelty On Both Sides

Battle Tested, Ukraine Troops Now Get U.S. Basic Training

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

GOOD EXAMPLES

We agree with this totally and it is what happens when one not only thinks outside the box but also totally ignores the box.  California has a real water market — but it’s not exactly liquid

I think it is very good for all concerned that she has done this.  Lynch Visits Baltimore in First Official Trip as Attorney General

Here’s another reason for admiring her.  Singer Shania Twain becomes a Leopard Ambassador »

BAD EXAMPLES

If our species has a shred of conscience, we will not allow this to continue.  ‘Unthinkable atrocities’ in Aleppo

Some people NEVER learn.  Sigh.  Syria Is Using Chemical Weapons Again, Rescue Workers Say

This needs to stop, wherever it is still going on.  Federal prisons must stop messing with inmates’ mental health

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

The answer to this one might surprise you.  The healthiest waters on Earth?

I love it when he does things like this.  Seattle’s mayor gums up Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

I hope this doesn’t happen to us.  Last mammoths spent final years on solitary island

HERE ON EARTH

Ten Lost Giants From Earth’s Past

Why We Should Electrify The Ocean

Making Sense of the Chemistry That Led to Life on Earth

OUTER SPACE

What You’d See In A Black Hole

The Underground Space Sleep Lab

Just Like You, NASA Wants To Send Your Kids To Mars — But For Different Reasons

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

How the Bombardier Beetle’s Bomb Goes Off

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

Trying to Stay Ahead of Earthquake Disasters

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Cycle For Sun-Lovers

Why Number 2,147,483,647 Matters

An App That Helps Drivers Earn the Most From Their Trips

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

Are The Leftovers From Home Remodeling Trash Or Treasure?

Grass-Roots Push In The Plains To Block The Keystone Pipeline’s Path

This Tool Could Help Montreal Cyclists Route Around Bad Air

In Germany, Elderly Bike Messengers Will Deliver Your Local Veggies

What Farm Cooperatives Can Do For The Food System — And Farmers

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Ovarian cancer blood test ‘boost’A 14-year UK trial of regular blood tests shows such success in early detection of ovarian cancer that it could lead to a national screening program

More Women Find Room For Babies And Advanced Degrees

Instead Of Feeling Bad About Being Single And Childless, This Woman Started An Awesome Farm

What Are The Most Eco-Friendly Nuts?

If You Could Photograph Motherly Love, This Is What It Would Look Like Around The World

African Diet May Lead Away From Colon Cancer

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

Amazing Video: The Moment The Nepal Earthquake Happened

Waterfalls in Northern Georgia – A MeadeFischer.com video

The Sensational World Of Sharks

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing, Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

Online, from my computer to yours,

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We totally loved this.  I think Mr. Audubon himself would have, as well.  The ten sexiest male birds

This is VERY moving.  Film footage show Cholita the abused ex-circus bear taking first steps to freedom

Good.  I hope this helpsBTO launches appeal to help farmland birds »

The SeaDoc Society’s monthly news letter is now available.  Articles include: Tufted Puffins get endangered species status and Track a rescued Steller sea lion

Bird lovers alert.  The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter is now available.  Dive Into The Sagebrush Sea—Airing May 20 on PBS Nature and Name That Species.  This issue is especially good, I thought.

SHORTS

Size Matters For The Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

These Mites Live On Your Face

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Doctor Who Cut Out His Own Appendix

VIDEO: Solider Hauled Into Air By Huge Flag

Cow Who Was Issued Admit Card Does Not Appear For Examination

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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WHILE THE UNIVERSE DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH US

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

May 3, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 32

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Rusty's Birkenstocks in bw

 WHILE THE UNIVERSE DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH US

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Once in awhile, someone asks me how I deal with the stresses that go with my particular job here at Northstar and I’m real honest with them.  I take time out to reflect profoundly on aspects of human existence seldom explored by even the brilliant.

I wonder, for instance, during the era of black and white movies, did stuff have to match?  Were redcoats really red?  What about socks and accessories for women?  Could they tell what it was going to look like in black and white before or as they filmed?

I lived and worked on the periphery of Hollywood for awhile and two of the angels watching over me were character actor and screenwriter True Boardman, Jr. and his wife, the silent screen actress Thelma Hubbard.  I learned a lot from these kind and gentle people but never once did the subject upon which I now reflect so profoundly ever come up.

How come they call something really dumb by a name that sounds scholarly?  Like oxymoron, which is basically just stupid, squared.

Why is it that the people we agree with are among the best of the species and those with whom we do not, the most ungodly?

Personally, I think these are issues which could well determine the evolution of society as we know it.  But priorities being what they seem to be, it is back to bringing you war, rebellion, megalomania, mayhem and all the other relatively pedestrian things we do to occupy our time while the universe itself decides what to do with us.  Since I was asked and stuff.

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

What were the ten most popular languages in the world 2014?  The answer just might surprise you.

Which American cities are the most polluted and the least?  This will not come as good news to Californians.   The answer just might surprise you.

We have not mentioned Baltimore Riots very much in this magazine for two reasons.  We do not want to encourage those who behave like this in the hopes of getting on television.  Second, we were waiting for someone who could discuss Baltimore a lot better than we could and our patience has been rewarded.  Our thanks once again to our across the Salish Sea bigger cousin, Yes magazine.

GLOBAL

Powerful Scenes As May Day Unites Protesters Around The World

The Path to Happiness: Lessons From the 2015 World Happiness Report

Why a Bipolar World Is More Likely Than a Unipolar or Multipolar One

AFRICA

Boko Haram: 300 Girls And Women Taken To Safety

Boko Haram ‘Captives’ Arrive At Camp

‘I Want To Know If My Brother Is Alive’

Burundi Links Protests To ‘Terror’

Hundreds Seek Refuge Near U.S. Embassy In Burundi As Unrest Spirals

Seychelles Rum: An Export Success

The ‘White Zulu’ Singing Maskandi

Boost For Seychelles Tuna Industry

Artists Sing For A United Africa

Exquisite Photos Of Egypt From Instagram Users Around The World

Kenyan Minister Admits Intelligence Warned Of Bloody College Attack

ASIA

Indonesia Executes 8, Including 7 Foreigners, Convicted on Drug Charges

Vietnam Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of War’s End With Enormous Parade

Shanghai Models Dress As Beggars To ‘Protest’ Ban And…

Maldives: Protest Leaders Arrested

Kim Jong-un Won’t Attend World War II Celebration in Moscow

North Korean Diplomats Disrupt Human Rights Panel

In Suicide, at Least, Farmers Win India’s Love

11th-Hour Deal Spared Philippine Woman From Indonesian Firing Squad

South Korea’s Governing Party Skates Through Elections Despite Scandal

Hue Journal: Economic Boom Poses a New Threat, Among Many, to a Vietnamese Heritage

North Korea Executed 15 Top Officials in 2015, South Korean Agency Says

CHINA

China’s Growing Middle Class Pushes Apple To New Heights

Wang Jianlin, A Billionaire At The Intersection Of Business And Power In China

Beijing Is Building The World’s Biggest Airport Terminal

Born In The USA: Why Chinese ‘Birth Tourism’ Is Booming In California

Chinese Police Raid Uber Office Over Alleged Black Cab Operations

China Rethinks Safety Net For Its Banking System

INDIA

Woman in Punjab Is Killed After Being Molested on Bus

India rejects US ‘freedoms’ report

10 Things You Might Not Know About India

India’s Tense Relationship With NGOs

Does Hollywood Pose A Threat To Bollywood In India?

India Girl Dies After Molestation Attempt On Bus

MIDDLE EAST

Iran Nuclear Deal A Triumph Of Hope Over Experience

Iran Takes Control Of Cargo Ship; U.S. Sends Destroyer To Persian Gulf

Afghan Troops Rush To Kunduz Amid Taliban Assault

Afghanistan Begins Trial in Killing of Woman

Saudi King Announces New Heirs

Song Of Lahore: Pakistan’s Musicians Affirm Their Place In A Country That Threatens To Forget Them

Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Tilt Middle East Power From Saudi Arabia Toward Iran, Turkey and Pakistan

EUROPE

France Increases Defense Spending

Nuns Intercede For Victims Of Sex Trafficking In Italy

Germany: Suspects’ Videos Found

Could Australia’s Tough Approach To Migrants Work In Europe?

RUSSIA

Russia beefs up anti-piracy laws

Russia Cuts Rates As Rouble Rallies

Ashurkov: Confronting regime in Russia is ‘not easy’

UNITED KINGDOM

British Public Vote In Favor Of Lynx Reintroduction »

Leaders face public on Question Time

Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth To Baby Girl

THE VATICAN

6 Things To Expect From Pope Francis’ Address To Congress

Can Pope Francis Help Avoid a ‘Third World War’?

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Canadian Plane Delivers Aid To Nepal, Picks Up Angry Passengers

Canadian Soldiers Unprepared For The Reality Of Killing, Retired Officer Warns

Harper Makes Surprise Visit To Baghdad, Meets Iraqi Prime Minister

UNITED STATES

Scenes Of Chaos In Baltimore As Thousands Protest Freddie Gray’s Death

It’s Unstoppable: Same-Sex Marriage Is Coming To The U.S.

US Interest Rates Kept At Record Low

LATIN AMERICA

Jailed Venezuelan Mayor Is Moved To Hospital For Surgery

Chile Volcano Remains Unstable

Union Condemns Federal Agency For Lending Volkswagen $526 Million To Expand Operations In U.S. And Mexico

New Kermit Look-Alike Frog Species Discovered In Costa Rica

Mexico Signs Historic Agreement To Protect Jaguars

VIDEO: Chile Volcano Erupts For Third Time

OCEANA

100 Deception Bay Homes ‘Totally Smashed’, Hardship Payments Announced

Surfer Injured In Shark Attack Near Taree In Northern NSW

Chris Bowen Moves To Support Same-Sex Marriage

Australia Not Equipped To Deal With Growing ‘Tsunami’ Of Dementia Cases: Advocates

Ruddock Calls For Death Penalty Abolition In Wake Of Bali Nine Executions

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Pope Francis Forces The Issue On Climate Change

Climate Change Is Melting Arctic Archaeological Sites

California Sets Fancy New Climate Goal, Makes Other States Look Bad

Study Finds Global Warming As Threat To 1 In 6 Species

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

Canadian Veteran Blogs As He Battles ISIL On The Front Lines: ‘Coalition Gunships Putting On A Fine Show’

Saudi Arabia Accuses 93 of Terrorist Links, Including to ISIS

Germans ‘Helped US Spy On France’

Afghanistan: Taliban Offensive Forces Thousands From Homes

Afghan and Taliban Representatives Meet in Qatar

NEPAL QUAKE

Video: Devastation in Katmandu

Perseverance And Grace As Nepal Is Turned Upside Down

Relief starts reaching Nepal villages

VIDEO: Tourist Captures Nepal Temple Collapse

Hints Of Normalcy In Katmandu, But Rebuilding Is Ahead

What Nepalese Culture Lost Forever In The Earthquake

FROM THE UKRAINE

EU-Ukraine Summit As Shelling Worsens

Camera Traps Reveal Chernobyl’s Wildlife

VIDEO: Fears In Odessa Over Fragile Ceasefire

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good!  Pakistan Jails 10 For Malala Attack

This will definitely make a difference. Meet The Ghana Man Making Bikes Out Of Bamboo

We do not, of course, recommend doing this at home alone. Man Punches Bear in the Face to Protect His Chihuahua

BAD EXAMPLES

This has bloody well got to stop.  Another white-tailed eagle poisoned in Ireland »

This needs to change.  Maimed Defending Afghanistan, Then Neglected

This is getting old.  South Korean N.Y.U. Student Is Reported Arrested in North Korea

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

Soon, the things that we depend on are going to be smarter than we are.  I wonder who is going to be walking the dog when that happens.  The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future

Do not eat a pizza too close to bed time and read this.  The Photographer Who Captures The Horrors Of The Sea

This is reassuring.  The Universe May Be A Giant Hologram…

HERE ON EARTH

The World’s Fastest Recreational Runners

Watch This Kansas Farm Beat The Market With The Honor System (And A Llama)

Inside The Slowly Disappearing Everglades

OUTER SPACE

When Will We Find Aliens?

Bubbling Lake Of Alien Lava Seen

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Views A Crescent Ceres

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

What Happens When Our iPhones Become More Intelligent Than Us?

Watch: Crazy Caterpillar With Erupting Tentacles

Trying to Save the Oceans, One Small Grant at a Time

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Video: Drones Help Aid Relief In Nepal

NASA Unveils Shape-Changing Plane Wing

Tesla Unveils Battery To Power Homes

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

Break-Up Of The Century: U.S. Emissions And Economic Growth Are Really, Finally Separating

The Future Looks A Lot Hotter And Wetter, Says Science

How American Consumption Drives Chinese Pollution

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home

For Teenagers, Potassium May Matter More Than Salt

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

Go Inside An Emergency Trauma Centre In Our Videos Of The Week

Fab Five: Spring Skin Care

College for the Masses

Emma Thompson, An Ant Biologist, And A Bodega Documentarian, Courtesy Of Grist Daily.

Daily Meditation: A Prayer For Travelers

‘It Was Never a Dress’ Campaign Will Change How You See Bathroom Signs

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

On The Water At Morro Bay – Youtube

Ten Amazing Real-Life Dragons

Bowhead Whales Heard Singing Unique New Songs

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing, Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

Online, from my computer to yours,

Paypal or direct deposit to account

Negotiable rates & payment plans

International clients welcome

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

One of the greatest friends of this planet is also one of its smaller creatures.  Over the last two decades, they died in such numbers that extinction loomed as a possibility.  They are the barometer species of the planet and if we ever lose them, there will be no one around to ask where all the flowers have gone.  I totally enjoyed this article.  When I eat honey, do I hurt bees? A Grist Daily reader wonders if she should avoid using beeswax, royal jelly, and honey. Umbra’s answer is sweet.  Ask Umbra®

I am very glad I did not share the planet with this dude.  Mystery of the giant terror shrew.  A large, flesh-eating shrew dominated Europe, then inexplicably vanished

SHORTS

Researchers Find Ants Have Their Own Highway Code In High Traffic Areas

Three Cheetah Cubs To Enjoy New Life After Rescue From Illegal Pet Trade

Bird Nests On Jersey’s Offshore Reefs Been Deliberately Damaged Says DOE

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This Is The Inside Of A Zebra Fish’s Ear. Here’s Why This Tiny Photo Won A Big Prize

Mystery Of The Man-Eating Snakes

Police Found a Stoner’s Hilarious To-Do List

ABOUT US:

 The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here.  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 26 2015  Vol. 8 No. 31

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Looks like there’s some controversy about the way America is waging war on terrorism, specifically the drone issue.  Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die   Drone Strikes On Al Qaeda Are Said To Take Toll On Leadership

Two hostages were killed in a recent strike and I am as sorry as anyone else to hear about that.  But I’ve been on the sending end of short rounds, etc.  Whether it is an entire village massacred out of sheer rage or the parents of a daughter or son killed in battle, there are no civilians.  Only shifting and fluid battlefields.

This is the way of war and all the parades and patriotic songs in the world will not change the nature of it.  Technology has not altered it since our species first raised its fists in anger.

Victory is not the answer and we will not achieve it.  But neither will terrorists.  It will stop when it is no longer profitable, when it no longer serves the purpose(s) for which it was intended.

To that extent, it is also an economic war and America is no more alone in that than she is in the military aspect.  Perhaps most importantly, it really is about the hearts and minds of the people.  When Arab nations join in the fight against such groups as Al Qaeda, that seems to me a pretty clear signal that the people themselves are rejecting this alternative.

I hope we do it right this time because if we do not, peace will not last and Armageddon might be uncomfortably closer than we think.

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

THE NEWS

A US federal judge recently ruled that the Navy’s sonar testing plan will injure or kill thousands of ocean creatures and that it must stop because there is a better way.  Nice going, folks.  For more information, please go here.

I’m glad this happened.  I just wonder why it took so long.  Senate Unanimously Passes Human Trafficking Bill After Long Delay

I am not sure that this sort of rhetoric works well in situations like these.  I have learned that the enemy to be feared most is the quiet one.  ‘Smash’ the Libyan gangs sending migrants to their death: UK prime minister urges Europe

GLOBAL

Arctic Council Meeting Nears in the Shadow of Tensions With Russia

Rural Housewives In Developing Countries Called On To Help Bring Clean Water To Communities

AFRICA

Zulu King Seeks To Calm SA Violence

Egypt’s Morsi Jailed For 20 Years

ASIA

Japan Train Sets New Speed Record

VIDEO: Thailand Seizes Four Tons Of Ivory

Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Killing More Than 1,200

CHINA

China’s Economy Puts New Pressure On A Changing Job Market

Uyghur-Canadians Say China Forcing Them To Act As Spies

INDIA

With Mi 4i Smartphone, Xiaomi Turns To India

Online Matchmaking Adds a Twist to Arranged Marriages in India

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

India Blocks Al Jazeera Broadcasts

Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

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

MIDDLE EAST

Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign

VIDEO: The Tribe Defending Saudi-Yemeni Border

RUSSIA

Russian Workers Take Aim at Putin as Economy Exacts Its Toll

Where Poles and Russians Meet, Ideals and Profits Clash

EUROPE

EU To Hold Emergency Migrant Summit

Sunk Migrants’ Boat Captain Charged

‘Bookkeeper Of Auschwitz’ Trial Begins

Europe ‘must do more’ for migrants

France Foils ‘Church Attack Plot’

European Leaders Urged to Strengthen ‘Minimalist’ Approach to Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Eurozone Economy Grows for 22nd Straight Month, Report Shows

Deutsche Bank to Pay $2.5 Billion Fine to Settle Rate-Rigging Case

THE VATICAN

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte Remembered As A Humanitarian

Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Arrest Over US ‘Flash Crash’

Video: UK Fugitive Arrested In Spain

UNITED STATES

Indiana Says H.I.V. Outbreak Is Worsening

Police Unions, Facing Public Anger, Rethink How To Address Shootings

Conflict Over Soil And Water Quality Puts ‘Iowa Nice’ To A Test

California Releases Revised Water Consumption Rules

Sexual Assaults On The Decline But Are Still Severely Under-Reported: U.S. Study

Judge Orders Hearing for 2 Chimps Said to Be ‘Unlawfully Detained’

Making Case for Execution, Prosecutor Calls Boston Bomber ‘Unrepentant’

Modest Gain for Market, and a Milestone for the NASDAQ

David Petraeus Is Sentenced to Probation in Leak Investigation

CANADA

‘Made In Canada’ Budget Aims To Help Manufacturers, Small Business

Seven Key Budget Targets And Why They Matter

In Defense Of Beavers: Why Naturalist Wants Canadians To Respect One Of The ‘Most Important Animals On The Planet’

LATIN AMERICA

Amid Mexico’s Drug Wars, Vigilante Groups Are Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands

Prosecutor Dismisses Accusations Against Argentine President

Perfectly Good Produce Discarded At U.S. Border Feeds People In Need

Hundreds Join Prayer Rally For 43 Students Who Vanished In Mexico

WATCH: Stunning Time-Lapse Of Chilean Volcano Erupting

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

NZ PM Apologises For Hair-Pulling

Dozens Of Australians Missing In Nepal After Earthquake

Australian-Trained Doctor Appears In IS Propaganda Video Urging Jihad In Syria

Sydney Hail Storm Pushes 1,000 New Jobs Onto Stretched SES

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change: Paris ‘Last Chance’

A Brief History Of Climate Change

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Six Minnesotans Held in Plot to Join ISIS

France ‘Foils Five Terror Attacks’

Two Qaeda Hostages Were Accidentally Killed in U.S. Strike, White House Says

Obama Apologizes After Drone Kills American and Italian Held by Al Qaeda

First Evidence of a Blunder in Drone Strike: 2 Extra Bodies

FROM THE UKRAINE

Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady.  Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady. Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Hello, Mishka, from Ukraine:

Here are the top headlines from Ukraine:

Miners Protest Or Wage Arrears Continues In Kiev

Ukraine Has IMF’s Full Support In Restructuring Debts, Lagarde Tells Poroshenko

Chernobyl Arch Faces € 265m Funding Gap Ahead Of Disasters 29th Anniversary

Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost And In Limbo

Video: ‘Constant Barrage Of Mortars’ In Ukraine

Ukraine’s DIY Drone Squadron Takes On Might Of Russia

And to keep a track of the Inside-of-Living project. they have already started from the border crossing in the village Strilche.  What they are finding is the progress, in measured steps, is spreading from the big cities to the countryside.

Thus, in the village of Zhovtneve, for example, most of the people know what selfies and You Tube are and enjoyed leaving their comments on camera.

Before they took to the trail again, I interviewed Olya Soloviova and Anastacia Evsiukova.

Q:  How did the idea of the project came?

A: Olya Soloviova (professional tourist) already wanted to walk through the whole Ukraine, once we walked together and found that both like to walk and both love our country, since that we have a common dream: to explore Ukraine, to walk it from border to border.

Q:  Do not you think that it could be dangerous?

A: First of all we think about safety, of course. To do this, we give publicity to our project and invite people to join us for whole or part of the way. We do not disclose the exact trail and dates except to those who are close to the project or participants. We also carefully select a safe place to sleep.

Q: What is your route?

A: Our route is from the Russian border to Slovakia: Kharkov- Poltava- Kiev-Vinnitsa-Belaya Tserkov- Kamenetz-Podolskiy- Ivano-Frankovsk- Mukachevo- Uzhgorod. Approximate distance – 1800 km/1080 miles, according to our calculations.  With rest days it would take about three months.

Q:  What things you take with yourself?

A: We take the most necessary things: tent, sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, tableware, sportswear, cameras, notebook for records, etc.

Q: How will you cover your campaign (blog, social network)?

A: We will have a channel on Youtube, which will contain all the video associated with the project and video blogs, as for social networks there is already the group http://www.facebook.com/groups/insideofliving/

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya

GOOD EXAMPLES

Go, Billy Joe.  Pop star and pianist Billy Joel sings out for elephants

And this week’s Humanitarian Award goes to… VIDEO: Greek residents aid migrant rescue

Way to go guys.  Alberta company not counting the cost to protect Canada goose pair nesting on construction site

BAD EXAMPLES

I strongly suspect we are not going to like the outcome of this.  Civil Rights Groups in South Carolina Ask U.S. to Investigate Killings by Police

We know someone who does this and we have already bought a sympathy card for their survivors.  Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs

Good! First convictions in Malta for illegal shooting of a Cuckoo and a Lapwing »

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

It seems to me this song has been played before.  Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers

This actually happens a lot more than we think.  It is just that people in this place are modest and the creatures involved are not about to ruin a good thing.  Montana Residents Help Guide Geese Out Of Downtown Missoula

Way to go, folks.  New LED Lights Could Play Huge Role In Ending Malaria

HERE ON EARTH

Turning Ethiopia’s Desert Green

‘Turbo Speed’ Of Sharks Explained

The Upside Of Living Underground

OUTER SPACE

Unforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

Just How Big Is The Sun?

NASA Gets Serious About Search For Aliens

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Weird And Wonderful Photo Quiz

Prehistoric ‘Sea Monster’ Found

Here’s Gruesome Proof That Ancient Brits Were Cannibals

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

Redeeming The Three-Wheeler

Google Introduces Wireless Service Called Project Fi

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

Why Small Is The New Big Thing

Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes

This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.

Ecological Footprint Calculator

U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

HEALTH

A Simple Solution For Depression Apparently Does Not Exist

Blood Test Shows Promise as Alternative to Cancer Biopsy

‘Game-Changer’ Protein Could Help Kill Off Cancer

Liver Transplants Give Twin Vietnamese Adoptees Second Chance At Life

Exercise ‘Not Key To Obesity Fight’

Virus Found in Sewage Can Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Shows

LIFESTYLE

Which Women Get Ahead In Dubai?

Hidden Armenians Of Turkey Seek To Reclaim Their Erased Identities

Bruce Jenner, Embracing Transgender Identity, Says ‘It’s Just Who I Am’

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

Black Hole Simulation Is Most Realistic Ever

Earth Day 2015: Tel Aviv Zookeeper Captures Hilarious Footage Of Animals Drinking

Walking New York

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing, Proofing

Book Projects

Jokes and Monologues

Online Writing Tutoring

Song Lyrics

Speeches

Special Projects

Online, from my computer to yours,

Paypal or direct deposit to account

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International clients welcome

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Frankly, I think this is poetic justice.  Professional Trophy Hunter Trampled To Death By Elephant

This was very informative, if not a little weird.  Video: How The Octopus Moves

This will give you real good dreams.  The Giant Plants That Eat Meat

SHORTS

Photo Proof Of Snow Leopards In Newly Created Refuge In Siberia

The Great Cuckoo Race Is Won – But Not By Dudley!

New Species Of Gecko Lizard Found At Indian World Heritage Site

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The World’s Most Charming Mailbox How 22 Letters Were Hand-Delivered Around The World

The Strangest Sounds In The World

Where Waterfalls Outnumber People

111714ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported, international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here.  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

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HAPPY EARTH DAY

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

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

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 19 2015  Vol. 8 No. 30

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

earthday

HAPPY EARTH DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

GLOBAL

‘Preventable Rabies Kills 160 Per Day’

AFRICA

Two Killed In Shooting At South Korean Embassy In Libya

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

VIDEO: The African Migrants Risking Everything

Mali: Suicide Bomber Attacks U.N. Base

Egypt: Blast Kills Military Cadets

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

Sierra Leone: Schools Reopen As Ebola Outbreak Subsides

Shabab Carry Out Deadly Attack On Ministry Building In Somalia

Egypt: Barring Of Gay Man Upheld

Chimps That Hunt Offer A New View On Evolution

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

Sierra Leone: Ebola Trial Begins

ASIA

Nuclear Reactors in Japan Remain Closed by Judge’s Order

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

One Killed In Kashmir Valley Protest

Tibetan Dies After Setting Himself On Fire In Protest

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

Japan: TV Executives Are Questioned

American Woman Wounded in Shooting in Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistani Justices Suspend Executions Ordered by Military Courts

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

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

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

25 Injured as Asiana Jet Skids Off Runway in Japan

CHINA

China Restricts Hong Kong Visits

China ‘Building Runway In Spratlys’

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

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

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

INDIA

In Historic Speech, Indian PM Modi Vows Closer Canadian Ties

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

Canada And India: The Nuclear Genie, 40 Years On

Delhi Bus Service Hires Its First Female Driver

India: Violent Protest in Kashmir

MIDDLE EAST

Israel and Palestinians Reach Tax Deal

Under Bombardment in Yemen, Civilians Voice Terror and Despair Online

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

Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance

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

Next Round of Nuclear Talks With Iran Set for Next Week

Palestinian Driver Suspected of Deliberately Hitting Jerusalem Bus Stop

Iraqi Premier Softens Tone About Saudis

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

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

RUSSIA

Putin Lifts Ban On Russian Missile Sales To Iran

Putin Defiant Over Russia Sanctions

VIDEO: What Russians Want To Ask Putin

Russia’s Most Daring Theatre Company

In Exile, But Ready To Save Russia

EUROPE

Video: Far-Right Jobbik Wins First Hungary Seat

Portugal’s Wheels Of Change

Memorial Service For Alps Crash Dead

Video: Greece Turning To Commune Life

The Danish Politician Who Accused Google of Antitrust Violations

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

THE VATICAN

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

UNITED KINGDOM

Her Majesty’s Jihadists

Jobless Total Lowest Since July 2008

UNITED STATES

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

Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege

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

Celebrating Boston Marathon, While Honoring Victims’ Memory

Federal Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Most Dangerous Drugs

CANADA

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

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

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

LATIN AMERICA

Video: Mass Protests Sweep Through Brazil

Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

Video: Dead Fish Problem In Rio Rowing Lake

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

Colombia To Resume Bombing FARC Rebels After Deadly Ambush

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Police ‘Foil Melbourne Terror Plot’

Australia’s Radicalised Muslims

Video Australia Arrests Over ‘Terror Plot’

Australians With IS ‘Serious Threat’

Timeline: Australia’s Terror Threat

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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

Record Low For Winter Sea Ice In The Arctic

Tired Of Bizarre Weather? Blame The North Pacific Mode

California’s Wet Era May Be Ending 

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

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

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

Iran Is Raising Sophistication And Frequency Of Cyberattacks, Study Says

FROM THE UKRAINE:

Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains.  Photo credit  olyasoloviova.com

Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. Photo credit olyasoloviova.com

TWO YOUNG WOMEN WALK ACROSS A WARTORN NATION, CAMERAS RUNNING

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

Hi, Rusty, from Dnipropetrovsk:

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

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

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

Stay warm, Mishka.

SHORTS

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

Two Major Orthodox Churches In Ukraine Mulling Merger

VIDEO: Inside Ukraine Plant Hit By Rockets

Video: Trapped in a Torn Country

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

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

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

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

HERE ON EARTH

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

The Truth About Wolves

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

OUTER SPACE

Astronauts Capture First-Person Perspective Of Space Walk Using Gopro

SpaceX Shipment Arrives at International Space Station

What You Need to Know About the International Space Station Launch

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Easy Solution for Shrimpers and Smelt Alike

Apes Reveal Secrets To Good Sleep

60 Facts About Our Awesome World

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Plane That Can Fly Backwards

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

A Rare Look Inside Chrysler’s Research Facility

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

4 Surprising Reasons Why Clean Energy Is Gaining On Fossil Fuels

‘I Rule My Own Ocean Micronation’

The 10 Best Housing Designs Of 2015, According To Architects

HEALTH

Being a Night Owl May Be Bad for Your Health

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

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities In America

LIFESTYLE

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

Finding Happiness In Family Life

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

The Worst Office Habits

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

Watch: A Woman’s Outback Odyssey

America’s 59 Amazing National Parks (PHOTOS) 

A Field Guide to the American Sandwich

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is beautiful.  Strange new whale song heard

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

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

SHORTS

Eye Contact Helps Strengthen The Bond Between Pooches And Their Owners

Truck Of BEES Overturns On Washington State Highway

Angry Gorilla Scares The Heck Out Of Zoo Visitors

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Ontario’s new beer strategy has already gone skunky

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

A Project to Turn Corpses Into Compost

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

April 12, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 29

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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MAY PEACE BE WITH KENYA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May peace be with Kenya.

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

THE NEWS

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

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

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

GLOBAL

AFRICA

Bomb Kills Police Officer And Injures Civilians In Cairo

In Nigeria, Beggar Students Vulnerable To Exploitation And Extremism

The Young Hopes Of Kenya, Laid In The Grave

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

ASIA

Chinese Women’s Rights Activists Fall Afoul of Officials

Malaysia Resurrects Detention Without Trial, Alarming Government Critics

Electoral Stakes High For Suu Kyi – And For Myanmar

Nun Sets Herself on Fire to Protest Chinese Rule in Tibet

CHINA

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

China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet

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

INDIA

India’s Private Equity Industry Shakes Off Its Doldrums

India Software Chief Guilty Of Fraud

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

MIDDLE EAST

Red Cross To Send Planes To Yemen

Video: Yemen Locals ‘Without Water For Days’

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

Saudis Seek Pakistani Troops For Yemen Campaign, Official Says

Un Demands Access To Damascus Camp

Video Shows Afghan Hostage Beheaded

Deadly Gun Battle In Afghan City

Pakistan Votes For Yemen Neutrality

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

Pakistani Court Releases Militant Leader Tied to Mumbai Attacks on Bail

RUSSIA

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

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

EUROPE

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

Sex Education In Europe Turns To Urging More Births

Explaining the Greek Debt Crisis

Turkey lifts Twitter block for image

UNITED KINGDOM

Future London: Lloyd’s Building

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

UNITED STATES

Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows

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

Rolling Stone Retracts Rape Article

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

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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

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

Legal Conflicts On Medical Marijuana Enter A New Phase

Capitol Locked Down After Shots Are Fired in Apparent Suicide

CANADA

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

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

Canada Ranked As Sixth Most Socially Advanced Country

Most Canadians Support Either Abolished Or Reformed Senate

LATIN AMERICA

US And Cuba Hold Historic Meeting

Engaging With Latin America

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australians’ Death Row Appeal Fails

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE

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

Kenya Bombs Somalia Al-Shabab Bases

Setbacks Press Shabab Fighters To Kill Inexpensively In Kenya

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

A Norway Town and Its Pipeline to Jihad in Syria

Winning Support Of Sunnis Critical For Iraq In Battle Against ISIL

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

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

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

UKRAINE

BBC INDEPTH; Ukraine Crisis

VIDEO: Ukraine Arrests ‘Corrupt’ Oligarchs

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good!  ‘Revenge Porn’ Site Owner Jailed

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

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

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

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

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

HERE ON EARTH

The Worst Place On Earth

‘Terror Bird’ Discovered

How Wasabi Could Pave Way For New Pain Meds

OUTER SPACE

Weird Green Objects Seen In Space

Inside A Movie Spaceship Factory

Can Science Explain The Universe?

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Moon’s Origin Story Gets Fine-Tuned

Psychedelic Brew Seen As Possible Remedy For Depression

Could Aliens Be Bigger Than We Ever Imagined?

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

20 Cars That Changed The World

This Startup Wants To Fight Deforestation … With Robots

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

This Affordable Housing Complex Has A Solar Farm On Its Roof

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

HEALTH

Tylenol for Pain No Better Than Placebo, Tests Reveal

Exercise Beats Vitamin D for Injury Prevention

6 Things No One Tells Women About Their Weight Loss Journey

LIFESTYLE

Back To School At 40

The 11 Greatest Children’s Books

The Trip That Transformed Me

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

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

FROM NORTHSTAR

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

minstrel312@aol.com

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This was a little spooky.  Tardigrades return from the dead

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

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

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Bad day at work? Top this

Divorce via Facebook? Yes!

Ghostly Faces Appear In Medieval ‘Black Book’

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported, international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  It goes out by direct email to readers in 18 countries.  It also has a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net” awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here.  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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