ALIVE AND THANKFUL IN AMERICA

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November 18, 2018 Volume 11 Number 12

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INSIDE: Alive and Thankful In America;; World Headlines At A Glance; The Blood of Martyrs Created A Seed; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Norman Rockwell – Freedom From Want, from his Four Freedoms essay

ALIVE AND THANKFUL IN AMERICA

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

As American Thanksgiving approaches, I find that I am grateful to my fellow citizens for turning out in such numbers for America’s mid-term elections.  Our form of government – a democratic republic – belongs to all of us and is only as strong, as honest, as compassionate, brave, free, etc. as we make it.  The “voice of the people” has spoken and it is as truly American as it ever has been.

In California, because of a combination of prolonged droughts and dramatic overpopulation in high risk areas, wildfires have destroyed much of what I knew before I left that state in 1979.  I mourn for the victims and pray for the survivors.  I also devoutly hope that those where I live now have learned from the tragic lessons of a state which had the same opportunity but chose not to endorse it.

As alarmed as I am about the rise of hate crimes in America and that they have doubled in the last year in Seattle; that the primary targets are Jews and Muslims and where it seems like at least one person a day is victimized by violence here, I am thankful that it is not happening as much now to other minorities and that they are, in fact, standing up against hate.

Considering the fate of so much of the others on this planet, I am very grateful to be alive and thankful in America.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

Photo courtesy of Divine Intervention magazine

THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS CREATED A SEED

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Last week was not easy for the Prosecutor General of Ukraine as civil society of Ukraine strived to find answers from him to the question of why the majority of crimes against journalists and civil activists are not investigated, indicating that civic activism in Ukraine is now at perhaps its most dangerous.

According to the Kyiv Post article Martyrs for Truth  with reference to Human Rights Watch, there were about 93 violent attacks including at least 6 murders since the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014, 31 activists were involved in exposing corruption, 23 protected the environment, 15 defended human rights.

One of the more brutal cases of corruption pushing back happened when Ukraine civil rights activist Katerina Gandzyuk, tried to clean up Kherson.  She was, as you know, attacked with sulphuric acid. The words she said during three months of fighting for life after became iconic

“I look bad now, but at least I’m being treated by good Ukrainian doctors. And I know for sure I look better than justice and the rule of law in Ukraine, because they’re not being treated by anyone”.

There is a list of fatal cases prepared by Kyiv Post Getting away with murder: Law enforcement fails to identify, prosecute murderers of activists, journalists in Ukraine.

Definitely there is the rise of awareness and civil society in Ukraine. More and more journalists and activists are daring to speak up and their voices are being heard. The hardest is to fight the “corruption of man’s heart” and maybe only God can deal with it.

But the blood of the martyrs of truth created a seed of change, that will grow, countless men and women have changed and renewed. “Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now:

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, God gifted some men with small feet and a mouth large enough to accommodate both.

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This may seem familiar but it’s because we ran one of these during the previous events this depicts.  Here’s What Smoke From The Deadly California Wildfires Looks Like From Space

This is good news.  Researchers Walk Back Major Ocean Warming Result

This is a perennial favorite of ours.  The 50 Best Inventions Of 2018

EARTH

How Did Earth Get Its Water?

Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even In Winter

Today In Science: An Island Is Born

Greenland Ice Hides Huge ‘Impact Crater’

SPACE

New Study Reveals How Humans Could Accidentally Murder Life On Mars

What Is Space Weather?

Planet Found Circling Neighbouring Star

TECHNOLOGY

Google gives up on rescue robots

Hi-tech watches let children be spied on

Japan’s cyber-minister ‘never used computers’

PRAISE

Apple Stores To Employ Human Trafficking Victims – Receives Stop Slavery Award

Grocers, Innovators Work To Save $31B In Food From Being Trashed In Canada Each Year

US Judge Rules Government ‘Jumped The Gun’ And Orders Keystone XL Pipeline To Halt

Michelle Obama Tells Oprah Why She’s Hopeful About America

Fewer American Adults Are Smoking Than Ever Before

Somalia Journalists Risk Their Lives To Report The Truth

CENSURE

Column: I’ve Worked In Republican Politics. Voter Suppression In The Midterms Has Been A Disgrace

TRAVEL

The Dance That Roused A Nation To Fight

The Deadliest Place In Earth’s History?

Pine Island Glacier Drops Another Massive Iceberg

THE GREEN BEAT  

EPA To Weigh Tougher Pollution Standards For Trucks

What’s Next For The Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuit?

US Judge Rules Government ‘Jumped The Gun’ And Orders Keystone XL Pipeline To Halt

HEALTH

‘Cut Lamb And Beef’ To Fight Climate Change

You Asked: Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Real?

Here’s Why You Get More Acne In The Winter — And How To Fix It

New Physical Activity Guidelines: Move More, Sit Less

Does Taking Meat Off The Menu Add Up?

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

How Greece’s Millennials Pay The Bills

A Deadly Wildfire Engulfed Her Hometown. Here’s How One Woman Narrowly Escaped

Here’s How To Help The Victims As Wildfires Rage Across California

The Insides Of Veterans’ Cars Shed Light On Their Fight For Normalcy

American Millennials Unhappily Stuck In Their Parents’ Transportation System

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

What Life Is Like For Troops At The Border Who Are Waiting With No Enemy To Fight

Michelle Obama Busts Out Her Barack Obama Impression For Ellen

Victoriabuzz.Com — US Mayor Brings Terminally Ill Dog On Road Trip To Her Birthplace In Victoria

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Fin Whale. Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

This is certainly good news.  Hope For Mountain Gorilla And Fin Whale

We endorse the recommendations of this report in their entirety.  Today, instead of buying salmon, I bought tuna instead.  Orca Recovery Task Force Urges Partial Ban On Whale Watching, Study Of Dam Removal

This is fascinating.  Mystery Monkey: History Of Unique Xenothrix Fossil Revealed

SHORTS

Largest US Indoor Ocean Exhibit Has Good News

Orcas Thrive In A Land To The North.  Why Are Puget Sound’s Dying?

Facing Global Outcry, China Decides Not To Legalize Rhino Horn And Tiger Bone

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Hockney Painting Breaks Auction Record For Living Artist

Chinese Singles’ Day Shopper Buys Live Pig, Peacock And Salamander

Gaia Spots A Ghost Galaxy Near Next Door  

 

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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IF YOU MAKE IT BACK, MAKE IT COUNT

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 11, 2018 Volume 11 Number 11

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: If You Make It Back, Make It Count; World Headlines At A Glance; Forgotten And Abandoned, Here They Stay; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, DC

IF YOU MAKE IT BACK, MAKE IT COUNT

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

It is Veterans Day in America and in other parts of the world.  Since I am one and since I know others, this is a very personal, albeit profoundly reflective, holiday for me.  I recently watched, for the first time full through, Saving Private Ryan.

Before he died, Captain John Miller (played by Tom Hanks) whispered something into the ear of the sole surviving son he had been ordered to rescue and bring home.  Miller was dying and the words were hard to hear.  I have, however, my own words to remember.

“If you make it back, make it count.”

The man who said that did not make it back.  But because he made it count where we were then, I did.  We were friends and what he wanted most – his ‘make it count’ – was that, as hard as it would be to say and to hear, there was a very important truth he wanted to share with you.

Mishka, if you make it back, tell them there would be no veterans if there were no wars.  In programming our sons and daughters for war, we make them killers.  We take a natural and healthy regard for human life and convolute it by sanctioning the taking of some lives and not some others.  Then, as history so ably demonstrates, we further distort it more when a former enemy becomes an ally until they become an enemy again.

Exactly how does one deprogram a killer?  Is it done with memorials, parades and national concerts?  What about by visits to places where – two meters or so into the ground — are coffins bearing the ageless remains of the sons and daughters we prepared for war?  Is it done by thanking them for a service that destroyed so many of them and crippled so many others?

With all due respect, none of that seems to have accomplished very much.

Perhaps it would work better if we did not apparently love war more than we love our sons and daughters.” 

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

Nature reclaims dacha. Photo by Olya Bereza, Associate Editor

FORGOTTEN AND ABANDONED, HERE THEY STAY

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Forgotten.  Abandoned.  Here they stay, miserable and alone while once so desirable in the past.  So what happened?  Why did people abandon these so-called “dachas,” these summer dwellings with gardens on the outskirts of town?

Once they were the dream of every citizen of the USSR.  For the upwardly mobile, a dacha was a sign of prosperity and mark of position in society. Even small dachas would attest to and reaffirm one’s good citizenship, trustworthiness and hardworking nature as they were usually built by those who owned them, with their own hands and available materials.  People cherished their dachas and appreciated even what a poor harvest would provide.

So again, I wonder why so many are now not in use but instead are being reclaimed by nature?

The answer lies in economics and. modern style of living.  With utilities that cost virtually nothing, on one stage it was so easy to enjoy conveniences out of town. Once upon a time, the Ukrainian Republic’s economy ranked among the top five of the in the world due, primarily, to steelmaking, coal mining,  and wheat harvesting.  It compared favorable to Germany, the locomotive of the entire European Union. Its space program was unique and rivaled only by the US.

Then a change happened  that brought freedom as well as a chaos. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the transition to a capitalist democratic republic was inevitable.  Those most directly involved sought to see that it was done the right way and in the best interests of the entire nation – every citizen – not just special interests in both the private and government sectors.

It was the inability of the top leaders to stimulate continued economic growth under this new system of government that accounted for the abandonment of luxuries like summer homes.

The end result was a catastrophic decrease in the standard of living and millions of Ukranians fleeing the poverty that resulted.  Millions moved to neighboring countries in search of a better life.  They left everything behind including these little dachas that now keep in silence the stories of their owners.

From time to time, you could see some homeless people using them as shelters.  Like the dachas themselves, they are just trying to survive the present.

With Ukraine’s economy doing very well, the modern way of living suggests easy comfort in life in cities, with shiny things to buy in shops by day and nights full of entertainment.  A “summer house” is quaint but not really a dream of modern urbanists.  People still build private homes outside the city but they are for all year round, not just for summer.

As for the little dachas, they will return to nature’s domain.  One day, all that will remain will be secret gardens and tiny orchards and strangers who, out hiking, discover them.  And perhaps wonder how, in the wilderness, they came to be.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, there is a conspiracy between outer and under shirt makers. The former put labels in the collars so you have to buy the latter to avoid the itch.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION : E.T., We’re Home! — A new study from MIT suggests that existing laser technology could be used to signal alien astronomers on a distant world. But should it be used? Tell earth/sky magazine what you think.

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is certainly good news and we’re waiting to see who else joins them.  The US And Europe Take A Next Step Toward The Moon

Just in time for Thanksgiving in America.  Sigh.  CDC Confirms First Death Related To Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Raw Turkey

Amazing.  NASA Shares Close-Up Photos Of Big Berg

EARTH

Mummified Cats And Beetles Found In Ancient Egyptian Tombs

What Is A Fogbow?

A New Home For An Ancient King

SPACE

Best Comet Of 2018 Is Approaching

Lucy Mission To Jupiter’s Trojans Gets The Nod From NASA

Spaceport Project To Move To Next Stage

Space – Mars

Where Mars Insight Will Touch Down November 26

Curiosity On The Move Again

Mars Robot To Be Sent To Oxia Planum

TECHNOLOGY

China’s Brightest Children Recruited To Develop AI ‘Killer Bots’

Can These Bots One Day Swarm In To Rescue You?

China’s ‘AI Newsreader’: Which Of These Isn’t Real?

PRAISE

The First Year Every State Sent A Woman To Congress, In One Map

Ukraine Handzyuk Death: Acid Victim’s Defiant Message — Video

Pakistan Blasphemy Case: Asia Bibi Freed From Jail

The Woman Helping Farmers Prepare For An Uncertain Future

CENSURE

Jewish Germans Had Their Lives Destroyed By Nazis During Kristallnacht. Their Neighbors Let It Happen

Most Rape Victims Never Tell

TRAVEL

A New York Restaurant Unlike Any Other

A Nation Obsessed With Saying Sorry

To The Ends Of The Earth

THE GREEN BEAT  

US Judge Halts Controversial Pipeline

‘Bionic Mushroom’ Generates Clean Energy

National Parks At Risk From Federal Energy Agenda

Who Is An Environmentalist? Study Refutes Stereotypes

New Trans Mountain Pipeline Review Doomed To Fail: Vancouver Mayor-Elect

HEALTH

Here’s How Popular Yoga And Meditation Really Are

Should You Take Aspirin Every Day? Here’s What The Science Says

Here’s When Your Body Burns The Most Calories, According To A New Study

6 Expert-Backed Ways To Manage Your Stress

Nightmares Are Scary. But Are They Bad For Your Health?

Spanking Harms Children, According To The American Academy Of Pediatrics

More Women Are Using Marijuana During Pregnancy, Report Says

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

‘Remarkable’ Decline In Fertility Rates

The Musicians Of Moscow’s Metro, In Photos

What It Takes To Be A Newfoundlander

How Poppies Became A Symbol Of Remembrance After World War I

Remembrance Day: How Germans Remember The World Wars — Video

President Macron Salutes BBC Man’s ‘Beautiful’ WW1 Story — Video

The Youth Trend Spreading Among Boomers

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Watch A Clever Cockie Cut A Tool To Just The Right Length It Needs

How Likely Is War In Space And What Will It Look Like?

A Burrito Is Delivered To A Tuggeranong Residence As Part Of The Drone Delivery Trial.

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

The Northstar Journal supports this without reservation.  Suspending Whale-Watching Tours To Save The Orcas

This is probably long overdue, right?  First ‘Retirement Home’ For Showbiz Beluga Whales — Video

The Octopus Census Is On  I hope someone told them.

SHORTS

European Union Moves To Protect Big Beasts

‘Oldest Animal Painting’ Discovered

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Monrovia Plant Savvy’s November 2018 newsletter is now online and it is absolutely beautiful.

The Cornell Elab’s November 2018 newsletter is now online, for all our bird fans.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project November 2018 FeederWatch Enews is now online.  Even for those of you unfamiliar with this most informative monthly, this is worth a look.  They’ve got a bird photography contest starting up.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

He Survived The Las Vegas Shooting Only To Be Killed In The Borderline Bar A Year Later

This Dad Hilariously Recreated His Daughter’s Honeymoon Photos

Here’s The Truth About The Bizarre ‘Alien Spacecraft’ That Buzzed Our Solar

System

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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11 PEOPLE DIED IN PITTSBURGH LAST WEEK

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 4, 2018 Volume 11 Number 10

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: 11 People Died In Pittsburgh Last Week; World Headlines At A Glance; A Fashion Industry Fall From Grace; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

11 PEOPLE DIED IN PITTSBURGH LAST WEEK

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

In an American city last week, 11 people were murdered at one time.  The autopsies confirmed they died of gunshot wounds.  Bullets took their lives but bullets did not kill them.  Hate did.  They were Jewish but the crime would have been no less heinous if it had happened – as it has in the past – to Afro-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Irish Catholic Americans, Irish Italian Americans, LBGT Americans, Hispanic Americans, women and children.  That’s quite a legacy for a nation which claims to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, is it not?

So short yet so interesting a word, hate and how loosely used.  Consider, for a moment, the territory it covers from mild annoyance with to disdain and sincere dislike of to pathological (and lethal) and all consuming hatred of anything from flora and fauna; religion, race, weather, rush hour traffic, political parties, pets, figures of speech, hairstyles, music, people, places and things, et al infinitum.

What is so sad and incredibly ironic is that love is just as short a word and embraces just as much.  But love didn’t kill 11 people in Pittsburgh, did it?

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

A FASHION INDUSTRY FALL FROM GRACE

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Inspiration, where it comes from and does it go? For me, it is always a miracle, an act of God that puts words on a blank list.  It is amazing how a modern age gives one the opportunity to share views and ideas with others with just a click of mouse. It is also very ironic that this “magical power” is too often undervalued or even abused.

Instead of lifting people up, it is sometimes turned into hate speech and other language designed to put people down.  An interesting example is a recent scandal in fashion industry: Vogue Ukraine Editor Suspended Amid Plagiarism Allegations

Basically, a young editor used as — she claims in her apology – used a freelancer to research, find and copy portions of letters and articles from other publications to create her own column, Editor’s Letter.

What I found surprising was that she had this quite unique opportunity to actually talk to people but instead just used somebody else’s voice. Granted, sometimes lack of time makes this difficult.  Granted, as well, that the inspiration is not so easy to find.  I consider such talent, however, a Gift from God so perhaps the real problem is that it is sometimes difficult to stay connected to the Divine while all around are the vanity of vanities.

Hopefully that editor won’t be punished too much though. Obviously if she has nothing to say, she does not belong being the editor of a magazine which definitely has a famous “voice.”

As far as inspiration, I have never been without it even though I do not know where it really comes from.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, it is one thing to burn a cross on someone’s lawn. It is something else again when you put a man on that cross before you set it on fire.FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  The Only Way To Fight Hate, By Nancy Gibbs and Politicians Can’t Stop Hate — We Must Change America Ourselves, By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

I totally loved this.  People have been using fish for fertilizer for years.  And I certainly do not wonder why plants love this species so much.  How 600,000 Pounds Of Dead Salmon Nourished Alaskan Trees

The only thing that bothers me about this is what if they find us first?  Bold New Plan Announced To Explore Alien Ocean Worlds

This little dude is a perennial favorite so this is good news.  Gooo, Little Dude.  NASA To Continue Signaling Opportunity Rover On Mars

EARTH

5 Weird Ocean Phenomena

Check Out These 2 Rectangular Icebergs

A Village That Disappeared From The Map

The Bunkers That Cover A Country

SPACE

Did Scientists Confirm Earth’s Dust Cloud Satellites?

Top 5 Things To Know About Mars Insight

Quantum Encryption And Science Satellite (Qeyssat)

Parker Solar Probe Becomes Closest-Yet Spacecraft To Sun

Hiring Scramble For World’s Largest Telescope In Remote China

Kepler Planet-Hunter Retires

What Made These Weird Straight Lines On Dione?

Rare Blue Asteroid Sometimes Acts Like A Comet

TECHNOLOGY

Royole’s Bendy-Screen Flexpai Phone Unveiled In China

Robot Backpack: How This Fusion Bot Aids Collaboration

Pittsburgh Shooting: Gab Drops Offline After Attack

‘Hologram’ Lecturers To Teach Students At Imperial College London

PRAISE

Synagogue Shooting Victim Tried To ‘Heal The World’ With Work Treating Immigrants And Refugees

Pakistan Court Clears Condemned Christian

Inspired By Faith, Seattle Landlords Give Tenants A Month Free Of Rent

CENSURE

EPA: Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Crop Damage

Google Employees Walk Out To Protest Discrimination

Politicians Can’t Stop Hate — We Must Change America Ourselves, By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

U.S. Feds Embrace Tree-Fired Power That Scientists Call Worse Than Coal

TRAVEL

The World’s Largest Archaeology Museum

Ryanair Passengers Brace For New Bag Rules

The Indian Town With Major Attitude

Love At First Bite: Why Singapore Is The Land Of Good Food Souvenirs

THE GREEN BEAT

EPA: Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Crop Damage

U.S. Feds Embrace Tree-Fired Power That Scientists Call Worse Than Coal

Pushing Back Against The EPA’s New Plan

HEALTH

Should I Worry About Wi-Fi Radiation?

Dog Infected With Bacterial Disease Transferable To Humans, Public Health Investigating

Gun Violence Is A Leading Cause Of Stress For Young Americans

Is Granola Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time And Their Mental Health

Crew Studies How Space Impacts Brain And Perception

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Reality Check: How Healthy Is Your Commute?

For A More Walkable City, Replace Signals With All-Way Stops

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

This is beautiful.  First Snow Blankets Moscow, in Photos

Fasten your seatbelts, folks.  On Board The New Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Fast Train

If you want a “stand up and cheer” moment, it does not get much better than this.  Meet The 23-Year-Old Cambodian Woman Teaching Her Country About Consent 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo Courtesy of Will Harling/Mid Klamath Watershed Council

This  is probably an ultimate nature high.  Snorkeling With The Salmon In A Northern CA River

This is sooo NOT acceptable.  Scientists Use Sperm Whales To Run Secret Military Messages

If you ever watched a Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie, you would know this, right?  ‘Chimpanzees Are Just Like Us’

SHORTS

Tricks That Animals Play

Mass Loss Of Wildlife Caused By Human Consumption, WWF Says

New Species Of Missing Link Between Dinos And Birds

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

NestWatch October 2018 – “Where Birds Come To Life”

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Mass Loss Of Wildlife Caused By Human Consumption, WWF Says

60% Of World’s Wildlife Has Been Wiped Out Since 1970

The Bizarre Material Made From Sweat

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  Rusty & Olya

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OUR RACE TO ARMAGEDDON

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 28, 2018 Volume 11 Number 9

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Our Race To Armageddon; World Headlines At A Glance; Brexit From A Ukraine Perspective; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

OUR RACE TO ARMAGEDDON

by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Well, it looks like the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States is back on track, if, in fact, it was ever derailed in the first place.  Long after we’ve made enough fissionable bombs to blow every living thing on Earth to Perdition and back eight million times, we will still be out there, going for the gold, as it were.

At the rate this is going, it looks like pretty soon, everybody’s going to have the bomb.  Take a moment to listen to this song from the 1960s, by Tom Lehrer, entitled Who’s Next?

Nuclear proliferation is expensive and of the nine nations currently possessing atomic devices, only the citizens of five can vote on where (or if) that money comes from.  The others suffer as it is taken from social programs, infrastructure maintenance and replacement, business and trade, etc.

We have readers in those five democracies and we urge those of you in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and India to stop this race to Armageddon by refusing to fund it.

I find it somehow reassuring if not ironic that in the 73 years they have been around, nuclear weapons have only been used twice.  I have been to one of those Ground Zeros.  And wept.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

BREXIT FROM A UKRAINE PERSPECTIVE

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Last weekend, on October 20, in London, England, the United Kingdom witnessed the March for the Future People’s Vote, in protest of the Brexit referendum

Just to refresh, the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in EU took place on July 23, 2016.  It resulted in a minor victory 51.8% to 48.1% for those favoring leaving.

Obviously, a big part of society was frustrated with results. I have some acquaintances who supported the People’s Vote movement with their posts in social media or even joined the march.

Some of the media reflection of march is quite ambiguous DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Saboteurs endangering our nation But hopefully the people’s position will be at least heard.

The irony is this year UK government hosted summit on why other countries should join the EU. And as you know my home country, Ukraine, is among those countries who shares aspirations to join European Union on some stage too.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here. 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, they once tried to strip him of everything that meant something to him and when caught at it, were then surprised that he did not wish them a swift and merciful death.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  GUNS IN AMERICA:  A TIME and JR Project

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is reassuring, considering I can see one of them out my kitchen window. Government Ranks 18 US Volcanoes As ‘Very High Threat’; 2 In Washington State

This is NOT good newsFive Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change

Since I am still not a fan of these, good callCities Have Taken The Lead In Regulating Driverless Vehicles

EARTH

World’s Longest Sea Crossing: Hong Kong-Zhuhai Bridge Opens

The Bones Shaping Antarctica’s Fate

How Earth Feeds Volcanic Supereruptions

SPACE

3, 2, 1 … Space Up For Grabs On China’s Launch-And-Return Satellites

EVE And Wall-E Have Mars In Their Sights

Asteroid Pioneers: The Team Who Put Rovers On A Space Rock

Mars Express Eyes A Curious Cloud

TECHNOLOGY

Transforming The Future Of Space Robotics

A Solar Project In Rural Alaska Takes Aim At Sky-High Electric Bills

Terminator-Inspired Liquid Metal Robot Made By Chinese Scientists

PRAISE

Vatican Meeting Ends With Call For Greater Role For Women In Church

How A City Can Value Natural Assets Alongside Other Infrastructure

Gov. Kate Brown Bans Offshore Drilling In Oregon

Meghan’s Message Of Female Empowerment In Fiji

CENSURE

Fatal ‘Swatting’ Hoaxer Faces More Charges

TRAVEL

The Country That Sells Wishes

The Places That Escaped The Spanish Flu

Japan’s Unusual Way To View The World

THE GREEN BEAT  

This Site Makes It Easy To Put Your Money Into Clean Energy Investments

A Solar Project In Rural Alaska Takes Aim At Sky-High Electric Bills

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters

Will One State Go It Alone To Make Polluters Pay?

Gov. Kate Brown Bans Offshore Drilling In Oregon

An Awesome Solution For Diversifying The Environmental Movement

Surprise, Surprise: Divesting From Coal Saves Customers Money—A Lot Of It

HEALTH

Without Changing Human Diets, It’s Impossible To Halt Global Warming

The FDA Approved A New Flu Treatment, Just In Time For Flu Season

This Is The Absolute Best Way To Wash Your Fruits And Veggies

Researchers Have Found Microplastics In Human Waste For The First Time

The Surprising Cause Of Alzheimer’s

Philip Morris Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Anti-Smoking Ad

These Are The States With The Highest And Lowest Youth Obesity Rates

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

The 14th-Century Guide To Life

Utah State Senator Tries Marijuana On Camera To Show Why State Should Support Legalization

Give Merriam Webster The Year You Were Born And They’ll Give You The Hot New Words From Then

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

This is awesome.  Lighting Across The Solar System

This is incredible.  Shipwreck Found In Black Sea Is ‘World’s Oldest Intact’

So is this.  Undersea Volcanic Eruption Is Deepest Known

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Can Idaho Wolves Shed Their ‘Big Bad’ Reputation?  For their sake and ours, I hope so.  Let’s pray the ignorant surrender to wisdom just this once.

‘Hyperalarming’ Study Shows Massive Insect Loss  This is a cyclic occurrence and should not surprise us.

If this works, excellent.  New Ultrasonic Device Repels Pests (Rodents, Spiders, Roaches, Etc) Away From Your Home.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

China ‘Creates Two Billionaires A Week’

Children Give Sign Language Surprise To School Janitor — Video

China ‘Has World’s Strongest Fibre That Can Haul A Space Elevator’

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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A CANDLE FOR KERCH

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 21, 2018 Volume 11 Number 8

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: A Candle For Kerch; World Headlines At A Glance; Some Know The Cost of Freedom, Others, Its Worth; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

A CANDLE FOR KERCH

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

This time it was difficult to write this column. Sending payers to Crimea. On 17 October a mass shooting occurred at the Kerch Polytechnic College when a lone gunman opened up in an attack which left 19 dead.

As the investigation is ongoing and speculation is, as is so often the case, rampant, different versions can be found in the media.  The official one is that that psychological problems experienced by one of the students  led to the crime with about 50 victims ranging in age from 15 to 18.

At the moment, there are more questions than answers including an alleged bomb blast that occurred simultaneously and more than a single assailant.

My grief has no words, for no words could express the depth of it.  I will land a candle, pray and hope God too is mourning.

Olya

Please See:

Crimea Mourns After Fatal College Attack

Crimea Attack: Kerch Students Left With Horrific Bomb Injuries

Suspect In Crimean College Attack Shot Himself: TASS

Putin Blames Fatal College Attack In Crimea On Localization

Second Explosive Device Found At Crimea Attack Scene Disarmed: RIA

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE 

SOME KNOW THE COST OF FREEDOM, OTHERS, ITS WORTH

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

We wish to congratulate the people of Afghanistan who have turned out –- in record numbers —  to vote in parliamentary elections despite threats from both the Taliban and ISIS.

Anyone who knows the history of this nation knows how savage these tribal people can be in defense of their home.  This passion for democracy appears to be dwarfing even that and at a time when that very concept is being convoluted several continents and an ocean away.

Americans once cared for freedom as much as the Afghanis do today.  It is refreshing to see that someone still does.  Quite frankly, I feel that same way about Ukraine and other places which have known the iron yolk but never the harvest of the steel plow.

Our associate editor, Olya, was born in Soviet Russia, a nation then in chains.  Her family immigrated to Ukraine and has been involved in their adopted nation’s evolution to full statehood.  Olya continues in this regard promoting a family IT business which, in turn, will strengthen the Ukraine economy.

The windows she provides on her world are a reminder of how precious freedom is and the incredible and often bloody cost of it.  I have seen people die for freedom.

It would be nice to see more Americans truly live for it.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, it is interesting how we keep ‘discovering’ things the rest of life on this planet has known about forever. Where again does that place us on the evolutionary scale?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION12 Issues You Should Read Up On Before Voting In The Midterm Elections

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

Do they know something we do not?  Report Calls For NASA To Ramp Up Search For Alien Biosignatures

We totally endorse this idea.  And for very personal reasons.  Researchers Want Cancer Patients To Share Their Medical Information In Search of Cures

This is eloquent and totally deserved.  Bill Gates Remembers Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder And Friend

EARTH

How Earth Feeds Volcanic Supereruptions

New Technology May Help Solve Mystery Of Life’s Origins

New Species Of Giant Dinosaur Identified

SPACE

Small Asteroid Passes Closer Than TV Satellites

Earthsky’s Meteor Shower Guide

Joint Mission Blasts Skyward To Mercury

TECHNOLOGY

Watch: How The Electric Car Fantasy Will Become Reality

Why Gene Editing May Bring So Many Jobs

Sky’s The Limit As Calgary Opens Testing Area For Drones And New Technologies

PRAISE

50 People Transforming Health Care In 2018

Zinke Announces Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

‘Patients Deserve To Know’: Trump Administration Wants Drug Commercials To Show Prices

CENSURE

Crimea Attack: Kerch Students Left With Horrific Bomb Injuries

Yemen Air Strike: The School That’s Lost 42 Children — Video

Outrage As Trump Hails Body Slam On Reporter

Armed Looters Target Homes And Businesses Without Electricity After Hurricane Michael

Child Falls Under Train While Mum Is Glued To Her Smartphone

Land Mines: Will They Continue To Kill Thousands?

TRAVEL

A New Life For Italy’s Ghost Towns

The Venetians Trying To Reclaim Venice

The Bosnians Who Speak Medieval Spanish

THE GREEN BEAT

We Spent 2 Weeks Trying To Free Ourselves Of Single-Use Plastics

How To Turn A Car Town Into A Cycling City

Will West Coast Bases Be Used For Coal Exports?

HEALTH

10 Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy

The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared An International Public Health Emergency. Here’s What To Know

Zimbabwe’s Radical Cure For Depression

The Toxic Air Inside Your Office

This Kind Of Exercise Is Best For Helping You Live Longer, A New Study Says

The Number Of Children Without Vaccinations Has Skyrocketed Since 2001, New Reports Find

There’s Been A Huge Uptick In The Number Of Kids Diagnosed With A Rare, Polio-Like Illness

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

The Single Most Valuable Writing Skill

Too Broke To Stick With Our Principles?

Millions Could Be Identified Using Genetic Databases—Even If They Never Took A DNA Test

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

I found this totally fascinating.  Mercury: Learning From The Strangest Planet — Video

This is heart-breaking.  Gaia (the Greek name for our planet) deserves better than this.  Striking Photos Of Human Scars On Earth

This is a trip.  How To Boost Happiness In 10 Minutes 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

DO YOU SEE A DRAGON IN THESE CLOUDS? 

FOR A VERY FUN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH A LOT OF USEFUL FREE STUFF

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It will be very interesting to see if the solar solution factors into this solution.  Saving Orcas ‘May Be Impossible’ Without Taking These Dams Down

Here’s another chance to die of cute.  The Little Lion Cub Raised By A Dog — Video

I’m not really sure I want to know the answer to this one.  What Makes Giant Soldier Ants?

SHORTS

EPA Ordered To Protect Salmon From Warming Waters

Oregon Eyes Plan For Managing Wolves To Protect Livestock

How Do Dogs Process Words?

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October 2018 Feeder Watch Enews is now online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How Amazon Delivers In The Himalayas

The Tiny ‘Nation’ You’ve Never Heard Of

This It Totally Bizarre

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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WHEN SOMEONE GIVES YOU AN INCH? A CAUTIONARY RACCOON TALE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 14, 2018 Volume 11 Number 7

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: When Someone Gives You An Inch? A Cautionary Raccoon Tale ; World Headlines At A Glance; Since The Revolution Of Dignity; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Rocky (after Rachmaninoff) and sister Sasha. Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

WHEN SOMEONE GIVES YOU AN INCH? A CAUTIONARY RACCOON TALE

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

I have an admittedly Jewish son to mom relationship with God, whom I am convinced is a woman, for only a mother could love such errant children as we have turned out to be.  This friendship is a blend of respect, humour, strength and compassion.  We talk and sometimes I end up doing things that have Her Rolling On The Floor Laughing.  Here is one such example.

It began by feeding a young raccoon family in the neighborhood during a particularly cold and snowy winter.  Seattle has a Norwegian wharf rat problem.  Like human beings, raccoons will eat almost anything that grows on this planet and rodents are haute cuisine, second only to small fish, frogs and other aquatic life.  So it is not to our advantage to let them starve, even though preventing that is interfering with natural processes, something I usually avoid.

It has been exceptionally dry the last two years in Seattle and totally absent during the summer are the noise and fumes from lawn mowers.  I preserved a small patch of clover, with a bucket pond for the birds and birdseed and mint (rats hate that too) for a natural garden.  Since much of their natural food sources dried in the drought, I also began leaving dried catfood out for what began as just two of them.

I work from around midnight until noon so I’m up when they are and often in my outside office on the patio and below the upstairs deck.  So on my breaks, I see them and we sometimes hang out.  Strange but it’s been like that with me and animals all my life.  And around here, it’s not that unusual either.

It would have been really cool if it had just been a threesome.  But raccoons are not only extremely intelligent, clever and playful, they are also cunning, ruthless in pursuit of vested self-interest and capable of behaviour so bloody obnoxious Satan has forbid them Hell, as much as the little stinkers deserve it sometimes.

Two became four and the demand for food doubled.  They lost all fear of me and the cat both and if they didn’t get what they wanted, they retaliated by tipping stuff over, sneaking into the outside office and standing at the edge of the patio, peering at the window in the kitchen door, waiting for another klutz like me to come out for a good flipping mugging.  And more cat food.

When four became six, it was High Noon at Three A.M. and when the fog settled, the raccoons were watching from thick brush and the branches of two apple trees while I destroyed the micro-habitat I’d prepared for them and a clover-loving cat.

I have since learned that raccoons are also more gregarious than politicians at election time and that what began as an animal rescue operation became the biggest free lunch in town for these little hoodlums.  We had three families from three territories in this big backyard.

Things have returned to normal.  The natural garden is still growing and the pond still serves the birds, the cat and TWO – count ‘em, gang – TWO raccoons.  It appears they learned a lesson that should serve us all.

When someone gives you an inch?  Don’t yank for a bloody yard, eh?

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE 

SINCE THE REVOLUTION OF DIGNITY

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

This week — from October 8 to 14 —  is  Ukrainian Week in London to promote nation .  According to the executive chair of the Council of British Chambers in Europe, the conference is “incredibly timely” amidst UK Brexit negotiations, as he stated in the beginning of the event held in the luxurious Savoy hotel.

The opportunities for closer cooperation between businesses of the United Kingdom and Ukraine are very important to focus upon at this stage so that eventually, free trade will be possible without involvement of the third parties.

First of all was mentioned the food industry of Ukraine, with all its amazing black soils so called breadbasket of Europe.  Before Brexit, the United Kingdom needed to comply with European Union restrictions.  If Brexit becomes a reality, the UK could deal directly with Ukraine and other nations, essentially cutting their own deals without consideration of their impact on the EU membership.  The second major industry discussed was the Ukrainian IT sector and its potential for major outsourcing.

With this essential boost to both economies, another sector, private sector investment, becomes another income generator as this kind of business climate generates the highly successful  “rule of law” attitude Bate C. Toms from British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce cited.

We are all hoping that the interaction during this conference will lead to more contacts between businesses that will in – in the future — positively affect the economy of Ukraine. As one of the participants suggested, it would be great to have Ukrainian shops in the UK, with all its quality organic food and tasty chocolates of course.

The only concern is that even after the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014, also known as the Revolution of Dignity, we still face problems in the governmental sector.  In an article in the KyivPost, Mohammad Zahoor, chairman of the ISTIL Group and a British citizen, invested $400-million US in the Ukraine economy.  He feels “they (Government) are not taking care of the investors”: How corruption deters investors.

Ukraine also has incredible natural resources so another major issue is how they can be used for the prosperity of the nation. Such drastic cases as illegal deforestation of Carpathians is further evidence of government neglect, abuse and corruption, as cited in this report. Earthsight investigative report: EU mills complicit in corruption and illegal logging in Ukraine.

Here should be mentioned that our media is under a great deal of pressure to ignore government dysfunctionalism until after the upcoming elections.  Those in power simply prefer that the media portray only the positive development in the country.  Those who openly criticize are accused of being pro-Russian  British MP slams pressure on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne TV channels

But we, as citizens, don’t want to wear rose coloured glasses and appear in the State  when from all channels (especially that model we already experienced in Soviet Union) we hear only about how hugely successful our economy is when at the same time, we feel cold at winter with minimum wages.

As we have always known, one of the cornerstones of democracy is freedom of speech and it is the media who inform us about corrupt schemes and all of the other things that are wrong and that we should know about so we can do something about them.

Without a free press, there is no possibility of improvement

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here. 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, one of the good things about listening to bad news in the dark is that by the time that news really sets in? The sun’s back out.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Hellfire: This Is What Our Future Looks Like

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

Thank God this didn’t turn into a Russian ChallengerAstronauts Escape Malfunctioning Soyuz Rocket

This is NOT good news.  US Weapons Systems Can Be ‘Easily Hacked’

This, thank God, puts it in perspective.  Here’s What Today’s Soyuz Launch Failure Means For Space Station Astronauts

EARTH

Bees Stopped Buzzing During Total Solar Eclipse

A Lost City Is Found In Arkansas City, Kansas

New Technology May Help Solve Mystery Of Life’s Origins

SPACE

The Good News Buried In Thursday’s Soyuz Rocket Failure

Is Voyager 2 Nearing Interstellar Space?

Virgin Galactic To Reach Space In ‘Weeks Not Months’

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Rocket Lights Up California Sky — Video

TECHNOLOGY

Should You Ditch Your Smartphone For A ‘Dumb’ Phone?

Humanoid ‘Rescue Robot’ Learns Parkour

No ID Protection For Facebook Hack Victims

PRAISE

How #Metoo Is Taking On A Life Of Its Own In Asia

Climate Change Economists Win Nobel Prize

CENSURE

Feds: Self-Driving Car Makers Can Hide Safety Records

Why Modern Misogynists Love Ancient History, And What They Get Wrong About It, According To An Expert

TRAVEL

The City That Taught Children To Laugh

Countdown On For World’s Longest Non-Stop Flight

The Capital City Older Than Rome

THE GREEN BEAT  

How To Get Carbon-Free In 10 Years

HEALTH

Here’s How To Tell If You Have A Cold Or The Flu

Is Peanut Butter Good For You? This Is What The Science Says

Should You Be Taking Vitamin D?

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Take A Sleeping Pill Every Night

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

How To Register To Vote (And The Deadlines For Each State In The US)

5 Easy Ways To Make Any Marriage Better

Japan’s Ultimate Travel Food

Can Uber And Lyft Really Help Cities Toward A More Sustainable Future?

Understanding The Most Dangerous Cities

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Incredible.  Whale Songs Evolve, But Calls Persist For Generations 

So is this.  Watch 3 Whales Dive, Then Leap

This is as dramatic as it is graphic.  TIME does this better than anyone we know.  ‘Many Families Have Lost Everything.’ Photos Reveal Hurricane Michael’s Destruction In Florida Panhandle 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

FOR A VERY FUN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH A LOT OF USEFUL FREE STUFF

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is truly inspirational.  The Mushroom Dream Of A ‘Long-Haired Hippie’ Could Help Save The World’s Bees

Excellent!  Meet Europe’s New Koala Clan

Okay, even for us and where I live, this is weird.  Washington State’s First-Ever Moose Census

SHORTS

In The Kingdom Of The Bears

BBC Helps Bust Nepal Chimp Smuggling — Video

Fighting Fires With Goats

Baltic Ringed Seals Find A Champion

Emotional Support Squirrel A No-Go On Frontier Flight

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Ghost Town Vanishing Into Forest — Video

The World’s Last Lighthouse Keepers

The Man Who Delivers To Monks

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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THE SON OF A HOLOCAUST AND A POTATO FAMINE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 7, 2018 Volume 11 Number 6

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: The Son of a Holocaust and a Potato Famine; World Headlines At A Glance; Autumn in Ukraine; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Norman Rockwell – Freedom From Want, from his Four Freedoms essay

THE SON OF A HOLOCAUST AND A POTATO FAMINE

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

First, we wish our cousins north of the Boundary a Happy Thanksgiving.  Canada celebrates the second Monday of each month.  Although raised in California, there is strong reason to believe I was born in Canada so I am blessed with the opportunity to celebrate this holiday twice and each in its own way.  To see how the Canada goose and the American eagle observe, please go here

To no one’s surprise, including mine, the United States Senate Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the American Supreme Court.  As far as I’m concerned, that ends all discussion of his qualifications or his thus-far (Remember due process as opposed to execution by public opinion?) alleged sexually predatory behavior.  I offer this, however, with two caveats.

First, I think it is important that we remember that these women have as much right to an adjudication of their grievances as anyone else in this country.  Second, while I personally believe that – as a species – we can outgrow anti-social behaviors that are usually instilled in us by late adolescence, I do not believe that all of us do.

If we sanction criminal acts of any kind because they occurred between the ages of 12 and 20, we are essentially telling teenagers that no matter what they do as “kids,” they will not be held accountable once they become adults.

I also believe it is time to leave hate-based humor behind.  We had an incident of that in this big house I share with friends.  When the individual was confronted, they justified it with that classic line, “I was only joking,” as if that excused it.

It does not.  Jokes which demean are not jokes.  They are venues for hate based on a variety of factors which, individually and often in total, invariably have absolutely nothing to do with who a person really is.  And when you deny one of us our dignity, our respect, our freedom and our safety, you sanction the right of others to destroy us.

I am the son of a holocaust and a potato famine.  I am also an American and neither one are ever going to happen here.  And no, that is not a Stradivarius in my violin case.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

WORLD NEWS AT A GLANCE 

A central street in Lviv, a major tourist destination. Photo by Olya Bereza

AUTUMN IN UKRAINE

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

A sunny day this time of the year here in Ukraine makes everything quite cheerful in the autumn sky. Yellow is the colour, this is why we call this time of the year – golden.

More and more these days, English is heard on the streets of our cities like Kiev, Lviv, Odessa etc. Many American tourists seem to find Ukraine an interesting destination. With that in mind, I thought it might be appropriate to give you all a source for our weather conditions here Ukraine climate.  Like in America’s New England, this time of year definitely has its own charm even though it’s getting a bit chillier.

Talking about foreigners experience in the country, I really enjoyed the fourth episode of Travels With My Father, a Netflix Original playi starring British comedian Jack Whitehall.  You can enjoy it here Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: A Netflix Original Play.

You must some day come to Ukraine in early autumn, before the rains and snows of winter set in.  It is breath-taking here and you deserve the experience.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, if a species was advanced enough to cross the galaxy to visit us, would they necessarily even recognize us as an intelligent life form?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  Is Humanity Living The Longest Now?

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This, as far as we’re concerned, is one of the best possible uses of this technology.  Thank you, guys.  Monitoring And Protecting Our Ecosystems From Space

Outstanding and certainly well-deserved.  Landmark Cancer Therapy Wins Nobel Prize

Will China’s New Laser Satellite Become The ‘Death Star’ For Submarines?  I’m kind of hoping the answer to this particular question is “no”.  If it can do that to submarines, it can do that to underwater research and aqua colony facilities.  This is NOT, in my opinion, “a good plan”.

EARTH

Breakthrough Listen Brings ET Search To Africa

Microbes Catch A Ride On Fog

What We’ve Learned From 50 Years Of Ocean Drilling

SPACE

NASA Back In The Search For Alien Technosignatures

International Satellites Supporting Disaster Management

MASCOT Returns 1st Image From Asteroid Ryugu 

TECHNOLOGY

TIME Magazine’s 50 Genius Companies

Weak Passwords Banned In California From 2020

The Plane That Shrank The World

PRAISE

Nobel Peace Prize For Anti-Rape Activists Nadia Murad And Denis Mukwege

5 World Leaders Riding Waves Of Public Anger Over Corruption

First Woman Physics Nobel Winner In 55 Years

Chinese Street Cleaner Returns US$22,000 – Then Refuses Any Reward

CENSURE

Brett Kavanaugh: Hundreds Arrested In Supreme Court Protest

Kavanaugh And #Metoo: How US Teens Talk About Sexual Assault — Video

TRAVEL

The End Of London’s Red Phone Boxes?

4 Ways Autonomous Vehicles Will Influence Your Travel

The Town That Throws Wine In The Sea

THE GREEN BEAT

Officials Fear Oil Spills As Train Regulation Is Repealed

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Plastics Predicted To Rise

Oregon Gov Proposes Locking In Pre-Trump Environmental Regulations

Why Californians Care About The Trans Mountain Pipeline

HEALTH

Science Says You Should Embrace Hugging

Almost 40% Of Americans Eat Fast Food On Any Given Day, Report Says

Where Do You Go When You’re Afraid You’ll Kill Yourself?

My Girlfriend Told Me She Was Suicidal. Here’s What Happened Next

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

This Is The Best Way To Break Up With Someone, According To Experts

Why, Oh Why? Another Deadly Year For Pedestrians

Maps: How Neighborhoods Shape You For Life

Mothers and Daughters:  Russian Women Tell Their Stories

FUN ZONE

BEST OF THE NET

This is amazing.  I can imagine little aliens tagging along for the ride.  New Image Shows A Haunting Comet Landscape

TIME magazine does this extremely well.  These Satellite Photos Show Indonesia Before And After The Tsunami That Killed At Least 1,000

At a time of Thanksgiving, this song, by my favourite singer, a daughter of Norway and an international entertainer, seems totally appropriate.  Here then, is Sissel and Amazing Grace.

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

FOR A VERY FUN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH A LOT OF USEFUL FREE STUFF

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This will come as a real thrill to canine owners the world over.  Your Dog Is Probably Dumber Than You Think, A New Study Says

Now that I know this, my life is imminently enriched.  Baby Giraffes Inherit Spot Patterns From Mom

This is certainly good news.  New Hummingbird Species Spotted In Ecuador

SHORTS

What Do Orcas Do At Night?

Views: BC Is Protecting Orcas From Oil Spills. Why Isn’t Washington State?

Old Growth Could Be Key For Native Songbirds

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Project Feederwatch’s October 2018 Enews is now online

Cornell Lab eNews October 2018 is now online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The School Where Kids Need A Passport

Feely Finger Phone Crawls Across Desk

A Commuting Coral Reef

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