THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON HAVE SPOKEN. MAY GOD GRANT THEY SPEAK FOR ALL.

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 29, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 27

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

1773 Boston Tea Party

1773 Boston Tea Party

THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON HAVE SPOKEN. MAY GOD GRANT THEY SPEAK FOR ALL.

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  I was very proud to read this last Tuesday morning.  Most Boston Residents Prefer Life Term Over Death Penalty in Marathon Case, Poll Shows

I think this makes a very important statement about the appropriate reaction to acts of terror, domestic or foreign.  It speaks to a contemporary code of conduct, rather than to an honorable but ancient one.

It will cost much more to keep these people incarcerated than it would to execute them.  Bostonians are not historically noted for embracing new taxes but this is one they have apparently agreed to pay.

Most importantly ~ and here’s the lesson for all of us in this, I think ~ it clearly demarks the line between revenge and justice and war and peace.

On the battlefield, the object is to kill more of them than they kill of you and do it more quickly.  In a global community, there are no civilians, no innocents, no immunity to the subhuman savagery which is war when it is waged as ISIS, et al are waging it now.  We may end up having to kill almost every one of these misguided fools before they yell “uncle,” and we need to be prepared to do exactly that.

Bostonians are reminding us that when it is over, it will become just as important to wage an effective peace.  In a global community, we need to understand the conditions which allow outfits and ideologies like ISIS to root and flourish in the first place.  We need to better understand the needs they fill and come up with much better solutions.

We are many families living in a very very large house.  If ever there was a nation born to carry the ball on this one, it is America, a land which would not be here without the teeming refuse of other shores and which almost destroyed itself learning that to deny freedom to any is to deny it to all.

The people of Boston have spoken.  May God grant they speak for all.

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

THE NEWS

Sometimes even the sincerest of us use the word “sacrifice” a little too often and a lot too glibly.  This, however, is not one of those times.  Our thanks to CBS This Morning.  Altruistic Donor And The Transplant Chain She Inspired

This is starting to take familiar shape and form in terms of an anti-tech backlash.  Two top US officials claim they do not have email.  Others say that they are abandoning it.  To me that’s a backward step of about 25 years.  Rather than scrap the technology, which not try upgrading user protocols?  I hate to break it to John McCain, et al but the earth’s not flat and the Internet is here to stay.  The Companies That Banned Email

Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the German airliner tragedy. As horrific as this is ~ and I live in an aircraft industry town ~ we need to rein in our emotions and focus on what we can do to minimize the risk of a subsequent occurrence.  A famous American president contended that problems caused by humans can be solved by them.  Pray it never happens again but please do not hate the very troubled man whose irrationality overruled his compassion.  He is a product of the world we have created and we need to take a look at this, as well.

WORLD

Ebola ‘Over By August’ Says UN

IMF To Co-Operate With China-Led Bank

Oil Prices Jump As Saudi And Yemen Fighting Escalates

As Dollar Heats Up Overseas, U.S. Manufacturers Feel A Chill

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

Suspected Cases Of Mass Homicide By Pilots Are Rare

First Global Review On The Status, Future Of Arctic Marine Mammals Published

AFRICA

Chad Strongman Says Nigeria Is Absent in Fight Against Boko Haram

Somali Troops End Siege At Hotel As Death Toll Rises To 15

How Nuns In Kenya Are Training Women To Be Peacemakers

During Economic Boom, Ethiopia Targets Specific Poverty Sectors

Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram Bravely Return To School

How ‘Dumb Phones’ Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa

How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image

ASIA

Singapore Mourns Founding Father

South Korea Says It Will Join Regional Development Bank Led by China

4,000 Fishermen Stranded On Indonesian Islands

Bio-Diversity Hotspot In Vietnam Saved As Part Of Forests Of Hope Program

North Korea U.N. Resolution: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

U.S. Troubled By Thai Prime Minister’s Threat To Execute Reporters

57 Canines Rescued From Dog Meat Farm Are Brought To US To Be ‘Treasured’ In Forever Homes

Buddhist, Muslim Leaders Push For Peace In Conflict Areas

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Queensland Premier Expels Labor MP Over Criminal Record

Banned Pesticide Used On Australian Strawberries

Baird Vows To Get On With Power Privatization Plan Immediately

WA Premier ‘Confident Road Safety Procedures Followed’ Before Fatal Crash

Tourist Fees Touted To Protect Kimberley Aboriginal Sites

Project Tackles Sharp Decline In Freshwater Turtle Population

CHINA

Amid Pollution Problems, China’s Health Food Industry Blossoms

The Far West of China

Wrath of Dancing Grandmothers Forces Chinese Government to Backtrack

EUROPE

The Beast Of The Danube ~ The Fish That Can Grow As Big As A Man

Turkish Parliament Expands Police Powers and Cracks Down on Demonstrations

Indiana Law Denounced as Invitation to Discriminate Against Gays

2 Czech Tourists Abducted in 2013 Have Been Freed in Pakistan

Poland Charges Russian Air Traffic Controllers in Crash

INDIA

Sashimani Devi, Last of India’s Jagannath Temple Dancers, Dies at 92

India Court Scraps Online Arrest Law

Working Elephants To Be Removed From Delhi’s Streets

Indian Women Take Down Their Country’s Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality

LATIN AMERICA

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

Lawmakers From 9 Nations Unite to Combat Children Slavery, Abuse

President Of Argentina Won’t Face Charges

Officials’ Involvement In A Bombing Buenos Aires In 1994.

Angry Protest Over New Bishop In Chile 

Brazil’s Slumping Economy And Bribery Scandal Eat Away At Dilma Rousseff’s Popularity

Mexico: Elite Police Officers Slain

Cuba: Split In Dissident Group

Ex-Promoter In Haiti Charged In Kidnapping Ring

MIDDLE EAST

Saudi Justice, Harsh But Able To Spare The Sword

Netanyahu Apologizes For Comments About Israeli Arabs

Pakistani Army Begins Offensive To Drive Militants From Tirah Valley

Israel Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue

Saudi Arabia Evacuates Diplomats From A Yemen City As Houthi Advance Continues

RUSSIA

Russian Superhighway Would Link London And New York

Russia: MPs Find Love Across The Political Divide

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Inflation Rate Falls To Zero

Richard III Gets A Kingly Burial, On Second Try

House Sparrow Rule Roost In Scotland

Britain’s National Bird Campaign shortlist announced

UNITED STATES

Kraft Foods To Merge With Heinz

Ghani Addresses Congress, Eager To Rebuild Afghan-U.S. Ties

Indiana Declares Health Emergency After H.I.V. Outbreak

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Watch This Adorable 6-Year-Old Make The Case For Climate Action

7 Ways To Talk About Climate Impacts With Just About Anyone

How Idealism, Expressed In Concrete Steps, Can Fight Climate Change

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS Reported In Tikrit For First Time

Guardsman Accused of Trying to Join ISIS in Libya

Europol Chief Warns On Encryption

Dark Web Spurs Spying ‘Arms Race’

Cybersecurity: The Insider Threat

ISIS Fighters Clash With Libyan Forces

Canada: Role Against ISIS To Grow

UKRAINE

A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis.  Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis. Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

BBC News In-Depth Ukraine Report

Ukraine Pleads For Quick Restructuring Of Debts 

Ukraine Governor Resigns After Row

A Ukraine Factory That Can’t Close, And Workers Who Won’t Quit

Monitoring A Ceasefire In Ukraine

OH CANADA

With all due respect to Canada.com, this headline sounds like the title of a Grade Zed “The Monster Moose That Ate Montreal” movie.  The Pest Causing Havoc In Vancouver

This is not good news.  Canada’s Anemic Job Growth Earns A Place In The Record Book

The results of this should prove very interesting.  Northwest Territories Hands Out MiPads To New Parents As Part Of Experiment To Boost Childhood Development

SHORTS

Oil Slump Weighs On Canadian Economy

Air Canada To Require Two People In Cockpit After Revelations About Germanwings Co-Pilot N.B. Ed Minister Angry After Learning French And English Students Have Been Sharing A School Bus

GOOD EXAMPLES

To me, this is how it should be done.  The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

Were that this nation was as strong as this tree.  Video: The Journey of a 9/11 Tree

She is possibly the nicest person in the American entertainment industry so this does not surprise us.  Dolly Parton Duets With Superfan Who Has Down Syndrome, Dazzles Him With Her Kindness

SHORTS

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

As His Wife Goes Blind, Loving Husband Secretly Does This Sweet Gesture Every Day

NYC Mayor Offers Cash Reward To Landlords For Hosting Homeless Families

BAD EXAMPLES

This cannot possibly bode well.  Oklahoma Inquiry Traces Racist Song to National Gathering of Fraternity

I found this very useful.  How To Catch A Liar

Even though I have never been there, I have a great deal of respect for America’s “City of Brotherly Love.”  I’ve often wondered why it has taken them so long to fix the crack in that big bell of theirs and when I can sneak one past the Nutrition Nazi in my family, I love their cheese steaks.  Therefore I am no more pleased to read about this than I was when it happened in New Orleans, Los Angeles and the city where I live, Seattle.  Justice Dept., Criticizing Philadelphia Police, Finds Shootings by Officers Are Common

PULSE:

By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

Memo to CEOs: Fire Monster Managers!

Attention CEOs in corporate America and around the world: whether you know it or not, there are “monster managers” lurking within the confines of your company. These mid-level managers and front-line supervisors can turn a productive workplace into a cesspool. However, you might not know it because monster managers aren’t always easy to spot from the C-Suite.

There are three important reasons why executive leadership and management should fire monster managers (as I call them):

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This was interesting, if not just a little grim for an optimist.  How long will life on Earth last?

This reminds me of the farmer who sold his neighbor a mule that kept bumping into stuff.  It turns out the animal was not blind.  It just had a real bad attitude.  Car slows when it sees speed signs

This makes a lot more sense.  And I want one.  If they come with ski attachments, I’ll take a pair.  The kick scooter for grownups

HERE ON EARTH

8 Bright Ideas For A Cleaner Future

How Much Earth Has Changed In 200 Million Years May Surprise You

My Quest for Atlantis

OUTER SPACE

Europa May Be Home To Alien Life

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About That Space Rock

Astronauts Blast Off On Super-Long Mission

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

Newly Discovered Fish Named After ‘Star Wars’ Character

The Truth About Black Holes, The Large Hadron Collider, And Finding Parallel Universes

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Drone Wings That Bounce Back

With New Nonstick Coating, The Wait, And Waste, Is Over

The Waves Of The Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

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

This Group Gives Refugees Toilets, Then Turns The Waste Into Charcoal For Cooking

Mexico ‘Sets The Pace’ For Paris Conference

Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care?

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

HEALTH

What Else Can We Add To A Smoothie?

Ebola Virus in Latest Outbreak Does Not Show Unusual Mutations, Study Finds

Indefinite Safe Sex Urged for Liberian Ebola Survivors

The Road To Cancer Treatment Through Clinical Trials

Better Sleep For A Better Sex Life

Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

The Weekly Health Quiz: Marriage, Memory And Sex

LIFESTYLE

Inside A Pilot’s Mind

Inside America’s Toughest Federal Prison

Students Who Take Engineering Have Best Chance Of Becoming Super Rich, Says Study Of World’s Billionaires

Egyptian Woman Reveals 42-Year Secret of Survival: Pretending to Be a Man

12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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All Animal Life In 35 Photos

The Great Wide Open: Incredible Photos of the World’s Wildest Places

Lion Opens Car Door At Safari Park; Family Loses It

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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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Has anyone asked any of the little honey-makers if they want one of these? Probably not, huh?  Sigh.  Bees get wearable tech trackers

I know a couple of people who were probably products of this kind of upbringing.  Wolves make great foster parents

This was a little weird but I totally loved it.  These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Have The Best Roles Ever

SHORTS

The Truth About Meerkats

Scaling Up the War on Elephant Poaching

15 animal species have the lowest chance for survival

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National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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‘Cat Litter Mix’ Closed Nuclear Site

Watch Florida Foodies Catch Venomous Fish And Make Goat Cheese

The Deepest Holes Dug By Hand

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I’M SORRY, BUT SKYDIVING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME

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

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 22, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 26

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

skydiver

I’M SORRY, BUT SKYDIVING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  Now that better weather is here, at least where I live, I am getting invitations to go outside and play.  I am totally cool with that but just so we’re all on the same page here, there are certain sports/recreational activities in which I will not engage because they make absolutely no sense to me.

Skydiving:  Okay, why in the world would I want to go zooming into the wild blue yonder and then hurl myself from a perfectly good airplane, trusting the rest of my life to a couple of big nylon tablecloths?  My system does not deserve that.  My body doesn’t know we are going to probably land safely on Mother Earth.  It sees its life flashing before its eyes and for a stomach especially, that can be a pretty intense experience.  So we can forget that one.

Bungee Jumping.  There’s another dumb one.  It’s like what sane/rational individual leaps off a bridge into this deep, steep, rock-walled chasm and at almost the last minute, has their life saved by this elastic rope that has been mass produced by machines?  And rigged by strangers whose motives for providing such an experience are at least as suspect as those of their clientele.  Yeah, that’ll work.

Mountain climbing.  You mean for fun?  The pioneers pushed Conestoga wagons over the Cascades to get here but they did not do it for the exercise.  You want exercise?  Take the stairs and walk to anything within a half mile radius of your home and workplace.  Only one good reason I can think of to climb a mountain and it is NOT to get to the top.  It is to get to the other side.  And the only possible reason for doing that is because you cannot go around it.  Give me a break here.

SCUBA diving.  As in going into this huge world which looks nothing like mine and where to breathe, I have to wear a facemask and a couple of pressurized canisters with some weird plumbing attached?  And all this so I can essentially swim the highways and byways and backyards of creatures so alien to my daily existence on dry land that they might as well be extraterrestrial?  And where some of them are far more lethal than even the cobra, the tiger or the human?  Where I might get lashed by a sting ray, brush up against a Portuguese man of war, or have a limb removed by a shark?  And we’re talking about doing this recreationally?  Right.

Downhill skiing.  As a voluntary activity instead of just because you need to get to the bottom fast?

Contact sports.  As in recreationally going out in 21st Century body armor to slam myself into other so-clad human beings?  And be slammed into myself.  By buff dudes (and/or dudettes) who have been brainwashed into thinking this is fun?  That’s like charging up a hill when the enemy is shooting at you instead of keeping your butt down and waiting until they run out of bullets and go home.

And last on this list of insane forms of recreation is skeet shooting.  In the first place, I do not own a gun.  And second, what on earth did a skeet ever do to me?  On a more profound level (since I believe in reincarnation), what if I come back as a skeet?  What if the skeet comes back as me?  In terms of karmic implications, that might be the most dangerous one on the list.

I sometimes wonder if extreme sports are not Nature’s way of culling out the truly-reality challenged from those of us who just want to have a good time without risking life, limb and future incarnations.

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

P.S.  As most of you know, I have lived in the mountains and on the coast of the greater Pacific Northwest part of my growing up years and most of my adult life.  I’ve fished, hunted, camped, worked as a ranch hand, pulled green chain in a lumber mill, fought two forest fires and lived in a cabin in the Cascades of Southern Oregon without electricity or running water.  I’ve never had a negative encounter with any form of wildlife except humans.  I still enjoy nature.  But I respect it enough to walk lightly in the woods.

THE NEWS

If he follows through with this, he may do more for his country than any emperor in its history.  Chinese Premier Vows Tougher Regulation on Air Pollution

I am a fan of these Royals so I’ll personally be following this.  Charles And Camilla Begin US Visit

If this ever breaks down…The End Of Traffic?

WORLD

U.N. Opens New Investigation Into Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

AFRICA

Tunis Gunman ‘Known To Authorities’

Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent in Town Taken From Boko Haram

Video Proof Of A Lion In Gabon For The First Time Since The 1950s

ASIA

Myanmar Is Issued Warning by Chinese Premier Over Bombing Deaths

Thai Ex-PM Yingluck To Stand Trial

Japan’s Recovery Is Complicated by a Decline in Household Savings

Bio-Diversity Hotspot In Vietnam Saved As Part Of Forests Of Hope Program

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

‘Australia Is Nothing Like This’

Australia Becomes First Country To Ban Import Of Lion Hunting Trophies

Damage ‘Worse’ On Vanuatu Islands

CHINA

China Is Third Largest Arms Exporter

A Frenchman Takes China Global

Yahoo Pulls The Plug On China Office

EUROPE

As Cyprus Recovers From Banking Crisis, Deep Scars Remain

Spain Finds Tomb Of Writer Cervantes

Lufthansa Pilots To Go On Strike

Riot In Frankfurt Targets New CB HQ

Record Numbers Of Griffon Vultures Reported In Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains

EU Pledges Greek Humanitarian Funds 

INDIA

Video: Why Girls Clothing Is An Issue In India

India Arrests Over School Cheating

LATIN AMERICA

Haitian President Tightens Grip As Scandal Engulfs Circle Of Friends

Cuba Approves First Public Wi-Fi Hub

Three Lions Rescued In Circus Raid In Peru

Hundreds Protest Over Chile Bishop

Mexican Man Freed After 23 Years 

MIDDLE EAST

Iranian Court Sentences Son Of Former President To 15 Years In Prison

Suicide Attacks on Churches in Pakistan Kill at Least 15

Pakistan Carries Out Mass Hangings

Netanyahu In Surprise Election Win

Powerful Afghan Police Chief Killed in Kabul

RUSSIA

Putin ‘Orders Arctic Alert’

Vladimir Putin Returns After Absence and Dismisses Rumors

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Unemployment Falls To 1.86m

Britain’s National Bird Campaign Shortlist Announced

UNITED STATES

Bar Exam, The Standard To Become A Lawyer, Comes Under Fire

A Real-Time Peek At Traffic To U.S. Government Websites

Police Shoot Attacker At US Airport  

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Does Climate Activism Differ In The U.S. And Germany?

Climate Change Is Baking Alaska

Here’s The Movie You Should Send Your Climate-Apathetic Friends To See

Global Warming’s Richest Victims

How Dry Is California? So Dry That Taps Might Actually Stop Running

Over-Pumping Groundwater Contributes To Rising Sea Levels

Obama Orders The Federal Government To Cut Carbon Emissions

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

The Kurds’ Heroic Stand Against ISIS

US Troops ‘Withdraw From Yemen’

US Airport Attacker ‘Had Molotovs’

UKRAINE

BBC NEWS INDEPTH REPORT

OH CANADA

This is good news.  Canada’s Rental Unit Landscape Witnessing A Resurgence

Good for you guys.  They deserve it, do they not?  Ottawa To Announce Better Benefits For Disabled Veterans

I’m not real sure I like what this says about our health care system.  More Canadians Go Beyond Border For Medical Treatment

SHORTS

Alberta Farmers Warn Of Destroyed Crops As Elk Population Grows Out Of Control

Historic NRU Reactor In Chalk River To Close In 2018

Huge Fire Destroys Montreal-Area Recycling Plant

GOOD EXAMPLES

A lot more needs to be done for these creatures.  I am firmly convinced that they and their larger cousins are our link to a web of life as incomprehensible to us as any extraterrestrial life we are soon to encounter.   Hope for Critically Endangered Porpoise

If this does not inspire you, you need to ask the Wiz for a heart.  ‘Life May Not Go As Planned': Triplets Battle Through Eye Cancer

Way to go!  NYC Climate Campaigners Follow Up Blockbuster March With Push For City Action

SHORTS

Louisiana Parish Fights Plan To Burn Tons Of Propellant No One Wants

A New Effort to Rescue Runaways in Chicago

De-Paving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage

BAD EXAMPLES

The behavior of these kids is starting to remind me of the novel Lord of the FliesUS Fraternity Ban Over Facebook Page

This just keeps getting better and better all the time, does it not?  Sigh.  Under Health Care Act, Tax Filers Find Costly Complications

This was a little scary.  11 Books About Obsessive Searches

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

I thought this was cool.  She’s a heroine of mine.  Now I can look up into the Heavens and go, “Well, ma’am, it looks like you flew a lot higher even than LIndy.”    New Lunar Crater Named After Earhart

This places us back in the Garden.  I hope we do better the second time than we apparently did the first.  I do not think we will get a third chance.  Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

I personally think this is total insanity; not the electric part but the computer driver aspect.  I think this is taking the slogan, “… and leave the driving to us,” just a bit too far.  Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer

HERE ON EARTH

Journey To The Center Of Earth

Now You Can Track Just How Crazy Spring Is In Your Region

Volcano Myths Are Often True

OUTER SPACE

‘Breathtaking’ Solar Eclipse Occurs

Will We Ever Speak Across Space?

Multimedia Feature: Rosetta Is Tailing A Warming Comet

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

My Quest for Atlantis

Newly Discovered Fish Named After ‘Star Wars’ Character

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Facebook Revamps Removal Rules

US Approves Amazon Drone Trial

Revealed: What Love Looks Like In The Brain

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

Wind Could Power A Third Of America’s Electricity By 2050

This Ecologist Wants To Plant A “Pop-Up” Forest In Times Square

What’s The Greenest Way To Travel?

HEALTH

The Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

The Most Painful Insect Sting

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

The Tales Our Bacteria Tell

LIFESTYLE

I Ran Away With The Circus

Where Dirty Dancing Was Born  (We don’t happen to consider it “dirty,” btw.)

Inspired Life: A Stanford Neurosurgeon’s Parting Wisdom About Life And Time

The Metro Areas With the Largest, and Smallest, Gay Populations

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

Eerie Photos of Town Transformed Into Frozen Wonderland

Solar Eclipse As It Happens

Find Your Inner Animal

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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 monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and/or professional. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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Here’s something really cuddly (not).  Amazing Giant Chinese Salamanders

Here’s a chance for our Salish Sea readers to make a real difference.  Rock Seattle with Panda Nation

Here’s something interactive that we should all enjoy.  Trust Asks Public To Guess Osprey Arrival Time To Win A VIP Experience

SHORTS

Here’s What May Have Turned Dogs Into Man’s Best Friend

Bats Are Harmed Rather Than Helped By Street Lights

This Big Guy Ruled Way Before Dinos

RELATED LINKS:

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National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Sierra Club

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World Wildlife Fund

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Buildings Hidden From The World

High Society’s Secret Tattoos

Animals That Use Mind Control

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 15, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 25

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring.  Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring. Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015

UKRAINE TRUCE HOLDS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday last week.  I had not intended to celebrate it but Facebook and Linked In both ratted me out.  Best wishes came from all over the planet, it seemed like.  Quite a few came from you guys.  If a shy man needed humbling, that certainly did it.  So again, thank you.

We’re glad to report that the truce in Ukraine seems to be holding.  Olya wrote us and her report is carried in her column From the Ukraine, along with another photos.  Thanks again to all of you who have expressed concern and said prayers for both her and her country.

We disappointed to again see partisan politics interfering with the appropriate operation of government.  Now, it seems, Congress and the Executive branch cannot even come together to wage war on terrorism.

I keep wondering what it is going to take before responsibility for such measure of international diplomacy once again returns to those trained to make it.  As much as I abhor war, it is not a game for amateurs and I do not hear the Joint Chiefs’ voices in any of this.

Must we lose a president, a chief justice or a member of Congress to ISIS or Al Qaeda before Capitol Hill comes out of that rosy fog it has been living it and gets down to the business of making our nation and other nations of the world safe from those totally mind-blown morons with their scimitars, their spears, their plastique and their AK-47s?

Who has to die next before President Obama and the Congress do the job they were elected to do and for which they are paid rather well by any standard of living on the planet?

On that rather grim but determined note, have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

When I read something like this, I have to wonder what kind of parenting these young savages are getting.  14 Students Are Accused in Los Angeles Sex Assaults

If this is not a call to action, we need a new bugler.  Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

Because I do this, I think this is great news.  Daydreaming Can Actually Help You Get Stuff Done, Study Finds

WORLD

U.N. Finds ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels Of Violence Against Women

Global Flood Toll To Triple By 2030

AFRICA

Ivory Coast Former First Lady Jailed

Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram Gets Help From South African Mercenaries

Americans Evacuated After Possible Ebola Contact

ASIA

Missing Malaysian Airliner’s Crew Behaved Normally, Report Says

Myanmar Students Clash With Police

Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea

Asia Rushes to Lower Rates, but Maybe Not Fast Enough

Extinct’ Jerdon’s Babbler Found Live And Well In Myanmar»

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia ‘Sick Of Lecturing By UN’

Cyclone Pam Ploughs Through Pacific

Australia’s Roving Retirees

Much-Needed Aid Arrives In Cyclone-Devastated Vanuatu

Unusual Odour Causes Diversion Of Tiger Airways Flight

13 People Rescued From Movie World Rollercoaster After Wheel Fault

Government Proposes Mandatory Jail Terms For Gun Traffickers

Victorian Prisons Most Violent In Australia, Data Shows

Panama Disease Confirmed At Queensland Banana Farm

CHINA

China Detains Women’s Rights Activists in Several Cities

China Exports Growth Near Five-Year High

In China, a Building Frenzy’s Fault Lines

For Chinese Economy, Strengths Are Now Weaknesses

EUROPE

O.E.C.D. Will Advise Greece On Economic Overhauls

Poles Steel For Battle, Fearing Russia Will March On Them Next

Paris Attack Supermarket Reopens

Yoplait Exposes French Yogurt Cartel

INDIA

22 Arrested in Beating Death of Rape Suspect in India

10 Things You Might Not Know About India

Hotel India

Welcome To India

Rick Stein’s India

LATIN AMERICA

Executives Are Jailed In Chile Finance Scandal

Obama Freezes Assets Of Seven Venezuelan Officials

Top EU Diplomat To Visit Cuba

Thousands Flee Chile Forest Fire

MIDDLE EAST

Islamist Websites In Turkey Manage To Evade Strict Internet Censorship

Syria’s Next Generation

Has The World Failed Syria’s Civilians?

What Does Assad Really Think?

Syria: The Story Of The Conflict

RUSSIA

Two Are Charged In Killing Of Boris Y. Nemtsov

Nemtsov Ally Skeptical Of Arrests

Russia Cuts Rates As Crisis Eases

Ikea Closes Russia Site Over Gay Law

UNITED KINGDOM

Pound At Seven Year High Against Euro

UK Trade Deficit Narrows Sharply

First Steps Taken In Lynx Reintroduction Into The UK

Devon Wild Beavers Cleared To Remain

First UK-Farmed Truffle Harvested

UNITED STATES

Defense in Marathon Bombing Has Echo of Clarence Darrow

Oil Company Lease Stirs Revolt in Green Seattle

New York Trio Denies ‘ISIS Aid Plot’

US Issues Alert For Riyadh Embassy

Dallas Police Rule Out Hate Crime

US Fraternity Gets Death Threats

White House Jumper Pleads Guilty

Apple’s Tim Cook Offered Liver To Jobs

Obama Condemns Ferguson Shootings

US Anchor Sorry For Obama Ape Remark

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Kids Are Smarter Than Senators On Climate Change, And This Poll Proves It

Florida Officials Banned From Talking About Climate Change

Global CO2 Emissions ‘Stalled’

‘Long Struggle’ Warning On Climate

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

Iraqi Forces ‘Push Into Tikrit’

Battered But Unbowed, Isis Is Still On Offensive

ISIS Sympathizer Planned To Bomb U.S. Consulate In Toronto

Vatican Backs Using Force Against ISIS

UKRAINE

BBC NEWS INDEPTH REPORT

OH CANADA

I loved this.  Crushing it! Toronto Fire’s coolest job

We’re lighting a candle for those impacted by this one.  Huge fire in Calgary’s southeast

This, we suspect, is unfortunately necessary.  Ottawa to give juries bigger role in determining life without parole

FROM THE UKRAINE

Charity marathon in Kiev.  Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Charity marathon in Kiev. Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Hello Mishka:

Spring is coming. And its feeling is in the air…have never waited for spring so eagerly before.  Jesus loves us as it was one of the mildest winters.

Sending you a few shots from Kyiv.  Came across some charity marathon on Khreshatyk (on the photo).  It was really nice to see at last smiles on people’s faces.   Street musicians also cheer mood with popular songs.

In the beginning of March we had a day off dedicated to the Women’s Day.  Not sure if many countries celebrate it but we call it International Women’s Day   Smiling.

I met a few soldiers coming home for holidays. One was looking forward to a bowl of borscht (traditional Ukrainian beetroot soup) made by his mother.

Another raised his glass for soldiers returning home and beloved waiting for them. 

 People are people everywhere. 

Hoping truce with the noble art of diplomacy to be hold.   Friends of mine are going to cross Ukraine by feet from one border to another to show its beauty and uniqueness so fingers cross for them to be safe.

Warm regards from Ukraine, a beautiful land of wheat fields and bright blue skies

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

GOOD EXAMPLES

Go for it, Mr. President.  Obama Kicks Off U.S. Effort to Fill High-Paying Tech Jobs

And how do we spell “courage,” Canadian style?  Driver Saved Other Canadian Soldiers, Kurd Commander Says

All of us, regardless of gender, need to read this one. 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

SHORTS

BBC In School Computer Giveaway

Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books To Beer

Kenya Destroys 15 Metric Tonnes Of Ivory In Continuing Campaign Against The Trade

BAD EXAMPLES

This is a national disgrace.  US Racist Student Chant Investigated

Can there be victims more innocent than these?  14 Million Children Suffering As Result Of War In Syria And Iraq, UNICEF Says

This makes me feel real good about who is manning their wall.  C.I.A. Cash Ends Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda

PULSE:

By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

“RESULTS-ONLY” IS BEST MILLENNIAL MANAGEMENT MODEL

It’s no secret that today’s leading employers are increasingly targeting the millennial generation for professional jobs. However, there’s been much debate about how companies should appeal to this sought-after demographic who will soon comprise the majority of the global workforce.

Old-school methods of recruitment and retention may prove stale to a new generation of young professionals.

Studies and anecdotal evidence show that many millennials want more autonomy in the workplace. This is important to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which often eludes Generation X and Baby Boomers in today’s hyper-paced Information Age.

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it, please go here

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This has been a long time coming and I’m personally thrilled.  Solar Airplane Sets New Record

How cool is this?  How The U.S. Embassy Used Twitter To Clear China’s Air

This is really interesting.  And interactive.  Which tiny house personality are YOU?!  (I am apparently “small house curious,” not that I have any clue as to what that really means.)

HERE ON EARTH

This Amazing Interactive Map Is Actually Saving Trees

Gone But Not Forgotten: Irish Elk

S Pacific Volcano Forms New Island

OUTER SPACE

Suddenly, It Seems, Water Is Everywhere in Solar System

‘Best Evidence’ For Ganymede Ocean

Dawn Probe Achieves Ceres Orbit

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

The Glove Turning Touch Into Talk

‘Giant Lobster’ Ate Like A Whale

The Age Of Man ‘Started In 1610′

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Millions At Risk From ‘Freak’ Bug

Brainsway’s Magnetic Pulses Helmet Relieves Depression, Obesity

R2D2 Is In Your Barn, Milking Your Cows

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 Just Had Its Best Year Ever

How Human Composting Will Change Death In The City

There’s A Local Flower Movement Blooming

3 Big Food System Problems Begging For Innovation

Which Is Worse, A K-Cup Or A Throw-Away Coffee Cup?

HEALTH

Ebola Vaccine Researchers Fight to Overcome Public Skepticism in West Africa

Do Men Lose Weight More Easily Than Women?

The Simple Words That Make Us Ill

Keeping Your Hair In Chemo

Untreated Dental Decay Is Falling Among Children

Peanuts May Be Good For Your Heart

Cutting Out The Meat With Mushrooms

LIFESTYLE

Commutes To The Ends Of The Earth

The Danger Of Online Anonymity

What The Face Betrays About You

7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked

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

Liberian Camera Trap Survey Captures Rare Footage Of Forest Elephants

Huge Grouper Fish Eats Shark In One Bite!

Top Images From Around The World

Eagle-Eye View Of Dubai Raises Awareness For Endangered Bird

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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:  Go Here      Go here for the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We are so sorry this happened but sometimes, it really pays not to get too close.  Jennifer Karren Identified As Calgary Woman Killed After Whale Crashed Into Tourist Boat Off Mexican Coast

This is certainly another reason for preserving this place, is it not, gang?  New Monkey Species Discovered In The Amazon Rainforest »

These creatures are more fascinating than any toy manufacturer could make them.  The Truth About Giant Pandas

The Cornel University Lab of Ornithology March Newsletter is now available.  Features include:  The Mystery of Male Birds Explained, What’s Really Going On At Your Bird Feeder and this month’s Name That Species.

SHORTS

Scientists Produce TB-Resistant Cows

Philippine Macaques – Masters Of The Mangroves

Burmese Python Versus Constrictor Boa

RELATED LINKS:

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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

Video: Tales From the World’s Longest Yard Sale 

Police In Taber Angry At Ridicule The Alberta Town Has Endured Over ‘No Swearing, No Spitting’ Bylaw

RCMP Video Shows Man Riding Motorcycle Through Shopping Mall In Surrey, B.C. While Officers Chase On Foot

 AboutUsjpgABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  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 of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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LIKE FLEAS ON A HOWLING HOUND

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

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 8, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 24

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early.   Photo by Rusty Miller

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early. Photo by Rusty Miller

LIKE FLEAS ON A HOWLING HOUND

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  While much of American and Canada continues to shiver and freeze, the Pacific Northwest experienced the warmest February on record.  So whether one calls it “climate change” or “global warming,” the evidence of its existence is pretty incontrovertible.

My personal theory is that the planet is much older than we believe it to be and that sentient life ~ albeit in different forms ~ evolved to an even higher degree of sentience than our species has thus far.  For humbling support of this hypothesis, we have only to look at ants and bees for examples of “societies” which function much more efficiently than ours and with considerably less damage to the planet.

I believe that human beings evolved during a relatively warm cycle in earth’s history and that what we are experiencing now is nothing more or less than a return to geophysical norm.

My sense is that we’ve contributed to the return of the status quo by essentially mugging a planet we have ~ for the most part ~ considered a garden created by a benevolent god for the pleasure and plunder of her children.  We’re like fleas on a dog which have become so thick and so greedy that the hound is clearly howling in pain.

We may not be able to restore said Blue Tick to full health but it seems to me that, at the very least, we can quit biting it.

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

THE NEWS

These people are persistent, if nothing else.  If someone close to me did not live in Alabama, I would be real tempted to say exactly how I feel about these Konstitutional Obstructionists.  For her sake, however, I will refrain from even alluding to the KKK and the state’s history of lynching blacks.  Alabama Court Orders A Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

We have had personal experience with this one and they are kind of awesome, at least here in Seattle, Washington.  Nextdoor Social Network Digs Deep Into Neighborhoods

Am I the only one having a “Jeez, ya think?” moment behind this one.  U.S. Calls On Ferguson To Overhaul Criminal Justice System

WORLD

U.N. Rights Chief Denounces World Powers Over Abuses

On This International Women’s Day, Let’s Recognize the Value of Investing in Women and Girls

AFRICA

Last Ebola Patient In Liberia Discharged From Treatment Center

Boko Haram pledge to Islamic State

Jim Muir: ‘A Global Franchise’watch

Dozens Killed In Nigeria Blasts

IS Shaping Boko Haram Media

Why Is Boko Haram So Strong?

S Sudan Talks Failure ‘Unacceptable’

Tanzania Rounds Up 32 Witchdoctors

Congo Officials ‘Similar To Rebels’

Burkina Orders Sankara Exhumation

‘Boko Haram’ Kill Dozens In Nigeria

S Sudan Peace Deal Deadline Missed

ASIA

Bangladesh Arrest Over Writer Murder

Canadian Pastor Being Held In North Korea, Family Says

Video: The ‘Alcatraz Of Indonesia’.

South Korea Says Attacker Of U.S. Envoy Acted Alone

Taiwan Train Stabber Gets Death

South Korea’s School Entrance Ceremonies Are Strange And Adorable

Bangladesh Seizes $1.4 Million In Gold From North Korean Diplomat

The Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

‘Twiggy’ Forrest Floats Ambitious Plan For A Droughtproof Australia

WA Introduces New Restraining Order For Family Violence Victims

More Women Encouraged To Be Tradies To Reduce Gender Pay Gap

Thousands Watch As Oldest Qantas Jumbo Lands In Wollongong

Captain Planet’s Planeteers Inspire Potential Names For ACT Electorates

Rat Of Tobruk Bill Robinson Receives Polish Honour

Skinny Dippers Bare All In Perth To Break World Record

CHINA

China’s Military Budget Increasing 10% for 2015, Official Says

VIDEO: The Greatest Threat To China’s Elephants

Chinese Premier Sketches a Lofty Vision for Private Enterprise but Warns of Obstacles

Move Over Mao: Beloved ‘Papa Xi’ Awes China

EUROPE

Germany to Bolster Investment in Cities and Towns

Deadly Blast Rocks Coal Mine In East Ukraine

Austria Advises Against Klimt Return

Baltic States Shiver Over Russia

Snowden Yearns For Switzerland Move

Alps Murders Motorcyclist Ruled Out

Berlusconi Ends Community Service

Germany Eurovision Entrant Withdraws

Tajik Opposition Leader Murdered

INDIA

India Minister Vows Rape Film Probe

Indian Mob Seizes Prisoner Accused Of Rape And Beats Him To Death

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil’s Nutrition Wisdom: No Junk Food, No Eating Alone

Video: Saving A River Giant, And A Livelihood

Chile’s Villarrica Volcano Erupts

Panama Bird Paradise Saved From Destruction »

Executives Are Jailed in Chile Finance Scandal

MIDDLE EAST

How Iran’s Feminist Genie Escaped

U.S. Strategy in Iraq Increasingly Relies on Iran

Facebook Rant Lands Man In UAE Jail

4 Nusra Front Leaders Said To Be Killed In Syria

BP Signs $12 Billion Deal To Develop Natural Gas In Egypt

RUSSIA

Russia Restricts Nemtsov Mourners

Thousands Honor Boris Nemtsov, Putin Critic Killed in Russia

Kremlin Critic Navalny Out Of Prison

2 Suspects Are Detained in Killing of Kremlin Critic

UNITED KINGDOM

Bank of England’s Chief Currency Dealer Fired for Rule Breaches

Whale Research Vessel Begins Porpoise Survey In The Thames Estuary

UK Government Sells Eurostar Stake

UK Gifts Military Kit To Ukraine

UK To Help Train Ukrainian Army

England Population ‘Up Half A Million’ 

UNITED STATES

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

Darren Wilson Is Cleared Of Rights Violations In Ferguson Shooting

US Banks Pass First ‘Stress Test’

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs In February, But Wages Continued To Lag

Menendez Is to Face Corruption Charges, U.S. Official Says

TOPICAL

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL

8 Men, 10 Women Jurors Chosen in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Opposing Portraits Of Tsarnaev

After Testifying, Boston Marathon Victim Writes Letter Dismissing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev As A Coward

CLIMATE CHANGE

Science Proves GOP Wrong On Climate Change And National Security

Putting the Focus on Climate Change

Call Them Climate Deniers, Not Skeptics

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

The Education of ‘Jihadi John’

Iraqi Forces Press Tikrit Offensive Against ISIS

NZ ‘Spying On Pacific Neighbours’

‘Watergate’ Leak At German Spy Agency

Two Outcomes, Similar Paths: Radical Muslim and Neo-Nazi

Outcry As ISIS Wrecks Assyrian Site

Briton Arrested Over Cyberattack on U.S. Defense Department

UKRAINE

Ukraine Crisis:  In-Depth Features And Background On Ukraine Conflict

Ukraine Rebels ‘Pull Heavy Weapons’

Minsk Ceasefire Deal

Ukraine’s Elderly Flee Conflict

Viewpoint: What West Must Do

OH CANADA

This may not be the best timing in the whole world.  Top soldier stepping down at critical time for Canadian Forces

It’s time to rent a dogsled, and read Nanook of the North again. Canada’s brutal winter set to stretch well into spring, Weather Network forecasts

Those who still consider Canada just another United States of America with more maple syrup, hockey sticks, better manners and funny accents might want to read this.  It will knock your flipping socks off.  Canadian Navy’s Arctic ambition revealed

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for you guys!  Change Is In The Air As China Bans Fireworks For ‘Green’ Agenda

This is probably long overdue.  Major Overhaul Set For C.I.A., With Thousands To Be Reassigned

Another “good for you guys.”  German Law Requires More Women on Corporate Boards

BAD EXAMPLES

Give me a break, John.  Emwazi tape: I’m no extremist

There is a bridal suite in Hell waiting for this insufferable twit.  Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back.  And if your stomach can handle it, see also Man Convicted in Brutal Delhi Gang Rape Blames Victim

This should never have happened, nor should it ever be allowed to happen again.  Federal inmate partly to blame for taking his life, government says

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t read this too close to bed time.  What it’s really like to die

Some great stuff in this round up.  This Week in Science: Music for Cats, Capturing Light’s Two Sides, and Smoking’s Death Sentence

This is absolutely inspirational.  How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing

HERE ON EARTH

UK To Pioneer Lagoon Power Plants

‘First Human’ Discovered In Ethiopia

5 Signs That Science Is Taking Over the World

OUTER SPACE

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres

What Sunset Would Look Like If The Sun Were Swapped With Other Stars

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

NASA’s Amazing Airport Simulator

New Words For The 21st Century

Breaking Physics ~ The World’s Biggest Machine Powers Up Again

ROBOTICS

Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

VIDEO: Software Designs Robotic Solutions

Lords Want Drone Owners Register

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Researchers Report Milestone In Developing Quantum Computer

To Bring Virtual Reality To Market, Furious Efforts To Solve Nausea

Is A Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?

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

Eiffel Tower’s Wind Turbines Prove Even Historic Landmarks Can Go Green

These Bizarre, Beautiful Cities Of The Future Are Also Super Green

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Canadians Favour Taxes To Curb Emissions, But Not At The Gas Pump

HEALTH

The Mystery Of Vanishing Cancer

What Foods Should I Take Camping?

Coffee Linked To ‘Cleaner’ Arteries

Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?

Israel’s Iconic Snack Bamba Prevents Peanut Allergies In Kids

Nanotech Drug Delivery Method For Cancer Could Replace Conventional Chemotherapy

LIFESTYLE

3 Ways We Can Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Nasty Email? Do This

How To Swear Around The World

Men More Narcissistic Than Women

A Boy In Her Class Called Her ‘Ugly,’ And Her Response Is Perfect

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Sciencetake | Hawk Cam Captures The Hunt

Dutch Virtual Sky Flood Is As Terrifying As It Is Beautiful

Video: Umbrella Cam’s View of Wintry New York

FROM NORTHSTAR

Testament Ad Graphic

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:  Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is probably why there are no divorce attorneys listed for this species.  Beavers don’t cheat on partners

If you’re here, you’re going to love this.  Extraordinary animal encounters

Read about these efforts to save an extraordinary creature.  The oddest crocodile of all?

SHORTS

Flawed Method May Be Over-Counting Numbers Of Some Endangered Species »

Study Finds Reasons For Coral Reef Collapse And Gives Pointers For The Future »

Mountain Birds Are Better Problem-Solvers Than Lowlanders »

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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 man who posted himself to Australia

A Retirement Home Exists For Cats, And It Looks Purrfectly Cozy

Sean Penn Has ‘No Apologies’ For Green Card Joke At Oscars

Rusty Oval May 2014 ABOUT US

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THESE TWO ARE NOT OREGON’S DETHRONED DESPOTS

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

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

A weekly news, commentary and general interest internet magazine

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

 Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 1, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 23

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

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THESE TWO ARE NOT OREGON’S DETHRONED DESPOTS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, here is a headline I did not need to wake up and read.  How Dirty Media Brought Down Oregon’s Clean-Energy Governor And His Activist Fiancée

This whole article smacks of the tabloids and Fleet Street.  My wife, GRHIS, occasionally reminded me that there are generally not one or even two sides to every story but at least three; his, hers and the truth.

This Grist magazine article talks about the Beaver State’s four-term governor ~ an emergency room physician, a Democrat and an environmentalist ~ and his live-in lobbyist girlfriend.  It weaves a tale worthy of Victor Hugo of how the powerful polluters ran him out of office and saved the state from those who would save it from itself.

I love horses.  I’ve ridden them.  I’ve marched behind them.  And I’ve cleaned up after them.  Never in such a parochially checkered career have I ever seen what comes out of their south end laid on this thick.

Dr. John Kitzhaber is a good man and he earned his reputation in a state full of them.  He is also a people person and a natural politician.  He looks like a Westerner so he appeals to the loggers, farmers and ranchers in his state.  He wants what is best for his constituency and he works the system to get it for them.

His girlfriend made some incredibly poor choices earlier in life but she did not seduce Oregon’s governor for evil purposes.  He’s a likable, accessible and attractive man and they do share an impressive interest level, part of which the “media” terms green.

They are also vulnerable idealists who are as susceptible to misreading the popular mandate as any of us who sometimes become so focused on the forest that we cannot see the trees.

In this case, what both of them forgot was that while Oregon may be politically liberal and geo-politically green, it is essentially conservative in its morality.  Despite the pre-eminence of the greater Portland SMSA, Oregon remains rural in character and very much sons and daughters of the Conestoga in their approach to life and its issues.

By Beaver State standards, John and Cylvia were too flamboyant for Salem.  They brought attention to their personal lives in ways that made some people think they were arrogant.  With both of them actively employed in power brokering professions which demand the utmost circumspection, that is simply not good form.

So Oregon political leaders across party lines essentially went, “Okay, everybody knows there are still smoke-filled rooms and they’ve accepted that.  But do they need to be reminded?  No.”

John didn’t get hounded out of office.  He resigned for the good of the constituency.  He and Cylvia will still remain the good people they are and they will continue to contribute to the state they both really love and care about.

Oregon’s got a new lady governor whom I feel confident will be elected to at least one term in office.  She may not be as exciting as her predecessor but it will probably be some quieter on the banks of the Willamette now.

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

THE NEWS

Please pray to whatever Deity in whom you believe that this is not true.  George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur

This looks like it might actually be working.  California Convicts Are Out of Prison After Third Strike, and Staying Out

I am rather surprised that Seattle did not make this list.  Tel Aviv, Austin, San Francisco Are World’s Most Tech-Friendly Cities

WORLD

Spy Agencies Are Snooping On Environmental Activists Around The Globe

AFRICA

Egypt Jails Activist For Five Years

As Tourism Sags on Kenyan Coast, Terrorists Could Lure the Unemployed

Video: Kenya’s Unemployed Face Terror’s Lure

S Leone Vice-President In Quarantine

ASIA

US-Bangladesh Writer Hacked To Death

Asian Songbird Migrants Under Threat

Thai Authorities Rescue 150 Pangolins Destined For Traditional Medicine

Prince William Meets Japan Tsunami Victims 

Hong Kong Woman Sentenced To 6 Years For Abusing Indonesian Maid

North, South Korea Military Officials Hold Rare Talks

State of Emergency Complicates the Peace Process in Myanmar

Fearing Ebola, North Korea Bars Tourists From Capital Marathon

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Abbott Will Never Convince Some Mps He Should Stay: Frydenberg

Mass Rescue After Sandbar Collapses On Gold Coast

Severe Weather Hits NSW, Sydney Records 100kph Winds

Underground Fire May Have Caused Gases Below Soil Surface: Environment Department

CHINA

Mutual Suspicion Mars Tech Trade With China

Beijing Courts Address The Right To Criticize Public Figures

‘Praying Pig’ Goes Viral In China

EUROPE

After Bailout Plan Approval, Greece Faces A Balancing Act

Drones Spotted Over Paris Landmarks For Second Night

What Will A Solar Eclipse Mean For Solar Power?

German Mps Back Greek Loan Extension

Mass Anti-Immigration Rally In Rome

Estonia Votes Amid Russia Fears

INDIA

China Protests India Leader’s Visit to Disputed Border Area

India’s New Budget Aims To Boost Growth

India’s Slum Children Push Politicians To Provide Clean Water, Toilets

India Air Pollution Cutting 660 Million Lives Short By 3 Years

LATIN AMERICA

As Cuba Shifts Toward Capitalism, Inequality Grows More Visible

Argentine Judge Rejects Criminal Case Against President

Servando Gómez, Mexican Drug Lord Known as La Tuta, Is Captured

Chilean Girl Appeals To President

Venezuela Limits US Diplomats

Mexico Moves To Save Endangered Porpoise

MIDDLE EAST

Talks End With Proposal to Limit Iran’s Nuclear Production for at Least 10 Years

Talk Toughens as U.S.-Israel Relations Fray

U.S. Envoy To United Nations And Obama Security Adviser Will Speak At American-Israeli Conference

Israelis Create Enhanced Strains Of Fruit And Vegetables

RUSSIA

The World’s Noisiest Spy Plane

Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead In Shadow Of Kremlin

Russia Mourns Murdered Opposition Leader

Official Investigation Lists Possible Motives, Leaves Off Major One

Putin Condemns Killing Of Opposition Leader

UNITED KINGDOM

Two British Lawmakers Deny Wrongdoing Amid Graft Allegations

Lawmaker Accused Of Influence Peddling Resigns Intelligence Panel Chair

Oil And Gas Industry In ‘Bleak’ 2014

BA Owner Reports Soaring Profits

Government Urged To Consider Important UK Seagrass Areas

Wheat Present In UK ‘For 8,000 Years’

UNITED STATES

St. Louis Shelter Resists Order to Stop Helping All It Can

‘American Sniper’ Jury Finds Ex-Marine Guilty Of Murder

U.S. Won’t File Charges In Trayvon Martin Killing

Obama Vetoes Keystone Xl Pipeline Bill

In Net Neutrality Victory, F.C.C. Classifies Broadband Internet Service as a Public Utility

Cyber Attacks Top US Threat List

On Nantucket, Surf’s Up, if You’re Part Penguin

After Scandal, Petraeus Stays Under Radar, But Not Out Of The Spotlight

US ‘To Deport Bosnian War Suspects’

US Sex Abuse Suspect Held In Brazil

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is The Ultimate Gentrifier

7 Out Of 10 Doctors Call Air Pollution Top Climatic Health Threat

Climate Oscillations And The Global Warming Faux Pause

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

Tony Abbott, Australian Leader, Outlines Crackdown On Terrorism

France Confiscates Passports To Stem Flow Of Fighters To Syria

Teenage Girl Leaves London For ISIS, And Others Follow

ISIS ‘Abducts 90 Syrian Christians’

Three Brooklyn Men Accused Of Plot To Aid ISIS’ Fight

For Brooklyn Men, Plans To Aid ISIS Were Recorded Online And In Private

‘Jihadi John’ In ISIS Videos Is Identified As Mohammed Emwazi Of London

Widow Wants ‘Jihadi John’ Alive

More Assyrian Christians Captured as ISIS Attacks Villages in Syria

UKRAINE

Ukraine Rebels Celebrate Victory At Strategic City With A Festive Rally

Moscow Was Urged to Annex Crimea Before Ukraine President’s Fall, Report Says

Ukraine Says It Will Pull Artillery From Separatist Territory

‘Ukraine’s Eastern Threat To Stay’

OH CANADA

But does it talk about the birds and the bees?  Ontario’s new sex ed covers homosexuality, masturbation — and consent

If this is true, eventually these misguided youngsters could face death at the hands of their Canadian countrymen.  Six Montreal students suspected of traveling to Middle East to join IS

It is nice to know that some good apparently came out of this.  Retailers reap rewards after Target’s failed Canadian expansion

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good show!  Notorious Nepalese Rhino Poacher Caught After Two Years On The Run

This needs to happen a lot more often.  An Embedded Photographer Empowers The Poor

This lady rocks.  Meet Amanda Cohen, the raddest vegetarian chef in the U.S.

SHORTS

19 Badass Little Free Libraries Spotted By Our Readers

California Communities Seize Control Of Their Energy Futures

China Bans Import Of Ivory Carvings For One Year

BAD EXAMPLES

This needs to stop, in a hurry.  Ocean debris found to have impacted a staggering 700 marine species

This is not good timing, except for ISIS.  Concerns Mount as Homeland Security Shutdown Looks Likely

Why can’t all men be as noble as they causes they serve?  IPCC Chief Pachauri Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This certainly ought to come as some relief to the species involved.  New Technology Counts Migrating Whales By Seeing The Warmth Of Their Breath

When the planet starts eating people, we apparently should be able to see it coming.  When the Earth swallows people

Here is a very interesting question.  Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?

HERE ON EARTH

Uncovering Caves Full Of Treasure

Three Reasons To Care About The Depths Of Our Oceans

The Secrets Of The Catacombs

OUTER SPACE

New Phase Of Space Travel Hopes To Set Sail On Sunlight

NASA Spacecraft Closing In On Dwarf Planets Pluto And Ceres

Photos Of Pluto By NASA’s New Horizons Mission

Europe Plans Space Science Future

Europe’s ‘Landsat’ Ready For Launch

Russia Extends Space Station Role

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Tesla Co-Founder Wants To Reinvent The … Garbage Truck?

First Head Transplants May Be Coming Sooner Than You Thought

Behavioral Science May Prove To Be Our Most Important Science

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Nfrnds And Microsoft Aim To Turn 5 Billion ‘Dumb’ Phones Into Smartphones

These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband.

Brain-Controlled Drone Shown Off

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

Replace The Gospel Of Money: An Interview With David Korten

What We Can Learn From British Columbia’s Carbon Tax

Tiny Apartments: The New Trend That’s Not Actually New

Here’s ONE Geo-engineering Scheme That Isn’t Crazy

The Windmill Could Get A Snazzy Green Facelift, Thanks To Dutch Architects

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

HEALTH

Married Sex Gets Better in the Golden Years

What Nutrition Experts Eat On Vacation

A Faster Way To Try Many Drugs On Many Cancers

Graphic: Ending the Ebola Outbreak

How To Beat A Bad Mood

LIFESTYLE

Health Care Opens Stable Career Path, Taken Mainly by Women

In France, A Baby Switch And A Test Of A Mother’s Love

Video: Smartphones on a Budget

How To Work Forever

Artist’s Muse: A Secret Life

Forget Dystopian Fiction: This New Novel Explores Being A Modern Teenager Waiting For The End Times

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning! Video Of Frozen Niagara Falls

Drop Everything And Watch This Video Of Our Gorgeous Planet

Top Images From Around The World

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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:  Go Here    For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Avian Enthusiasts Alert.  Cornell University’s School of Ornithology ~ publishers of a pretty incredible monthly newsletter dealing with all things bird          sent us another one they email and publish online.  It is called “Nest:Watch:  Where Birds Come to Life.  If your inoculations for Cute aren’t up to date, you should probably take care of that before you access their website.  Yep, I totally loved it.

St. Francis of Assisi would have loved this child.  The girl who gets gifts from birds

This, to me, is another reason for not going swimming where these dudes live.  Sharks are masters of memory

SHORTS

Wild Giant Panda Population On The Rise

Rare Leopard Is Making A Comeback

Research Reveals Crocodiles Enjoy Sliding, Surfing And Playing With Balls

Guidance On Spotting A European Otter Issued By Scottish Wildlife Trust

DNA Analysis Is Latest Weapon In Combating Illegal Ivory Trade

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

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Amnesty International

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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

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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

High School Students Perform Brain Surgery In Our Videos Of The Week

Your Pet Gerbil Is Plotting Your Death

Justices Overturn A Fisherman’s Conviction For Tossing Undersize Catch

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The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  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 of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

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IN THIS WEATHER, HALF THE BRONX IS SELLING SNOWCONES

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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 22

pacem, libertatem, iustitiam

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olha Bereza – European Associate Editor

 IN THIS WEATHER, HALF THE BRONX IS SELLING SNOWCONES

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has certainly been an interesting week, has it not?  The reason that I suspect this is that there are several online chatrooms we visit as virtual coffee houses to experience what people beyond the shores of the Salish Sea are going through.

After reading this headline, Record-breaking cold in US East we visited a chatroom heavily populated by those in the affected area.  When I commented on this Siberian weather, a New Yorker wrote:

“If it lasts much longer, one half of the Bronx will be selling snowcones to stranded tourists and the other half will be renting them dogsleds and German Shepherds.”

Our hearts go out to you folks east of the Mississippi and beyond.  Sometimes tough isn’t always about going to war and being brave.  Sometimes and mostly, it’s about taking the hits and carrying on.

We are sorry to hear about what you are going through.  But we are very proud of the way you are handling it.  Take care now.  You folks are very special and we can’t afford to lose any of you doing something dumb.

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

THE NEWS

This is good news but I thought ~ according to the Hippocratic Oath ~ that they were supposed to be doing this anyway. Doctors Strive to Do Less Harm by Inattentive Care

This is not particularly cheerful but it is informative.  12 Ways You And Everyone You Know Could Die

I happen to agree with this.  ISIS is no more representative of all Muslims than the Irish Republican Army is of all Catholics or the Ku Klux Klan, all Protestants.  Faulted for Avoiding ‘Islamic’ Labels to Describe Terrorism, White House Cites a Strategic Logic

WORLD

‘Cyber bank robbers’ steal $1bn

Are You in for Earth Hour?

AFRICA

Deadly Attack On Somalia Hotel

Make or Break Year Ahead for South Africa’s Rhinos

Mali Rebel Groups Sign Ceasefire

Egyptian Bronze Cat Sold For £52,000

Mauritanian Wants Chelsea Fans Punished

Libya Urges UN To Lift Arms Embargo

Qatar Recalls Envoy Over Egypt Row

ASIA

Japan’s Economy Exits Recession

How Nepal Got to Zero Poaching

Widodo Drops Police Chief After Row 

US Pays Philippines Over Reef Damage 

Japan Post To Buy Australia’s Toll 

Hong Kong Protests: In-Depth Features And Background On Hong Kong‘s Pro-Democracy Protests

Fresh Leak Detected At Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Great Barrier Reef under Threat

Cyclone Marcia: Queensland Towns Reel As Help Is Directed At Population Centers

PM To Announce Anti-Extremism Measures In National Security Address

CHINA

China Home Prices Continue To Slump

Turkey Favors China Missile Deal

Lunar New Year Celebrations Begin

China Sacking For Salamander Scandal

The Latest Chinese Status Symbol

EUROPE

Terror Attacks By A Native Son Rock Denmark

Men Charged Over Copenhagen Attacks

Danish Officials Warned About Gunman

French Inflation Turns Negative

Eurozone Set For Vital Greece Talks

INDIA

As Rivals Falter, India’s Economy Is Surging Ahead

India Arrests Over Document ‘Leaks’ 

Drug-Resistant Malaria ‘Huge Threat’ 

Hanged Girls’ Families Dispute Probe 

LATIN AMERICA

Working In Shadow Of The Andes

‘Coup Plot’ Charge For Caracas Mayor

Funding Query Over Rio Carnival Win

Argentines Rally Over Nisman Death

Mexico Tackles Pipeline Fuel Thefts

Storms Hit 1,500 Argentine Homes

Haiti Mourns Carnival Float Victims

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says He Doubts Nuclear Talks Will End Sanctions

Turkey Enters Syria To Evacuate Tomb

Fire Rips Through Dubai Skyscraper

Islamic State Crisis:  Background, Features And Analysis On Turmoil Over Extremist Group In Syria And Iraq

Syria Conflict

Israel And The Palestinians

PM Concern For ‘Syria-Bound’ Girls

Iraq-Kurdish Force ‘To Retake Mosul’

A Secret World In Iran’s Desert, Where A Harsh Life Is Tempered By Beauty

RUSSIA

At The Time Warner Center, An Enclave Of Powerful Russians

Putin Critic Detained for 15 Days

Court Upholds Activist’s Suspended Sentence

UNITED KINGDOM

RAF Scrambles After Russia Jet Sighting

UK Finances Show £8.8bn Surplus

Northern Ireland

Celtic Sea God Statue Is Discovered

Man In Court Over Wedding Killing

Wales Or Cymru

Search For Boy, 11, Enters Sixth Day

Man, 72, Goes Missing From Hospital

Scotland Or Alba

Police Raid Over Poisoned Peregrine

Greens To Field Record Candidates

England

Immigration Film ‘Should Be Shelved’

Boy ‘Played Dead’ In Taliban Massacre

UNITED STATES

In New York City, Jobs Come Back Without Wall Street

Man Indicted For Us Muslim Murders

West Virginia Train Derailment Dumps Oil Into River

Ashton Carter Sworn In as Secretary of Defense

The U.S. Has Actually Been Having An Unusually Warm Winter

President Obama Names 3 New National Monuments

Record-Breaking Cold In US East

Steady Improvement Expected In US Housing Market

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Britain’s Most Powerful Politicians Agree Fighting Climate Change Is A Jolly Good Idea

Unprecedented Sea Lion Strandings Linked To Warmer Pacific

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

Egypt Bombs ISIS Targets In Libya

ISIS Bomb Attack ‘Kills 40′ In Libya

U.S. Embedded Spyware Overseas, Report Claims

The Men Who Smuggle The Loot That Funds IS

From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria (With Video)

Obama Urges Global United Front Against Extremist Groups Like ISIS

U.S. Muslims Take On ISIS’ Recruiting Machine

US And UK ‘Hacked Sim Card Firm’

UKRAINE

Ukraine Crisis: In-Depth Features And Background On Ukraine Conflict

OH CANADA

Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.  But it’s still disgusting and we need to make it stop.  Ocean Waste Hits Home: Plastic-Filled Fish Guts Ruins Chilliwack Man’s Catch

Our hearts to go out to all those impacted by this.  Target To Close All 133 Canada Stores

When two nations who have cooperated as well as these in war and peace, take up the sword together, we can only pity the enemy involved. Obama Makes Appeal To Muslims, As Ottawa Calls Out Radical Islam

GOOD EXAMPLES

We consider this a very good thing.  The Pacific Northwest has had excellent luck with female governors.  Kate Brown Sworn In as Oregon Governor, Replacing John Kitzhaber

This is a raise to ten dollars an hour at a time when the minimum wage is increasing to fifteen dollars an hour.  But ~ proverbially ~ I suppose a half a loaf is better than no bread at all.  Walmart To Raise Wages For Workers

For our American readers, do you live in the happiest or saddest state?  Note:  This is a list of the worst places and it is in reverse order.  In other words, the lower your state is on the list, the healthier it is.  (I agree.  This is a dumb way to rank stuff)

BAD EXAMPLES

This is NOT a good idea, guys.  TransCanada To Seek U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

This just keeps getting better and better.  When Americans Lynched Mexicans

And these same people reclaimed much of their land from the Atlantic Ocean?  Earthquake Dangers in Dutch Gas Field Were Ignored for Years, Safety Board Says

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This should prove interesting.  Hotel With Robot Staff Set To Open In Japan

This is incredible.  The 14 Most Amazing Water Bodies

Just in case you did not already know this from personal experience.  This Cold Weather Pretty Much Freezes Everything

HERE ON EARTH

What Is A ‘Sky River,’ And Why Is Miss Piggy Flying In It?

The World’s Most Sensitive Eyes

Ka-boom.  Scientists Solve Mystery Of Earth’s Tectonic Plates

OUTER SPACE

Mars One Candidate Thinks She Has What It Takes

Space Elevators: A Lift Too Far?

ISS Spacewalk Prepares For Tourists

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Creating Cold

What A Man’s Hands Say About How He Treats Women

Constantly Checking Your Phone Could Be A Sign Of Depression

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

US Drone Rules Impact Amazon Plans

F.A.A. Rules Would Limit Commercial Drone Use

The Incredible True Tale Of “The Queen Of Neuroscience” And Her Nobel Prize

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

Oil Trains Are Blowing Up All Over The Place

Aerial Photos Show Just How Devastating An Oil Train Derailment Can Be

The Largest Chinese Bike Share Program Is 12 Times the Size of NYC’s

Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System

HEALTH

Eat Less Meat, More Plants And Drink in Moderation, New Diet Guidelines Suggest

US Panel Backs ‘Green’ Low-Meat Diet

UK Scientists Are Finding New Ways To ‘Starve’ Prostate Cancer Tumors To Death

How Smart Is Your Subconscious?

Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision

Fifteen-Minute Ebola Test Approved

LIFESTYLE

What’s the definition of a hate crime?

Which books will cure loneliness?

Gay marriage around the world

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

Michelle Obama Thinks Carrots Are Better Than Ariana Grande

Video: 36 Hours In Beijing

Rare Video Of A Tiger And Her Playful Cubs

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:  Go Here

For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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

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

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We’ve suspected this for a long time.  Dogs Know If You’re Untrustworthy

If this doesn’t include horses and the month of May, I am going to be just a tad disappointed.  Animals You Never Knew Could Fly

The World Wildlife Foundation’s latest newsletter is here and it is packed with stuff that will amuse, educate and ~ in some cases ~ strum the heartstrings of animal lovers from the amoeba to the zebra.  One of my favorite features is the contest for best caption of a cute or weird life form.  Yes, this is a Northstar Five Star Read.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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 Man Who Robbed A Bank For Love

Video: ScienceTake | The Physics of Popcorn

Boston Mayor Scolds Snow Jumpers

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The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  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 of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

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THE STUFF OF HOLLYWOOD

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

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

       Sunday, February 15, 2015                                   Vol. 8 No. 21

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olha Bereza – European Associate Editor

Nina Gualinga, Sarayaku resident and international activist on indigenous rights, traveling on the Bobonaza River, Sarayaku, Ecuador. Photo by Caroline Bennett.  Our thanks to YES magazine

Nina Gualinga, Sarayaku resident and international activist on indigenous rights, traveling on the Bobonaza River, Sarayaku, Ecuador. Photo by Caroline Bennett. Our thanks to YES magazine

THE STUFF OF HOLLYWOOD

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In bringing this modest weekly to you, we read headlines and summaries from over a dozen of the best media in the English-speaking world.

Every once in awhile, a story jumps out of this news panoply and grabs us, sometimes in a good way and sometimes, in a not so good way.  This is one of the former.

This story is about a small tribe of people on the Amazon River defeating attempts by an international fossil fuel company to drill for oil where they live.   And it is the stuff of Hollywood, this tale true.

It has all the essentials.  The hero ~ heroine in this case ~ is a small, beautiful, passionate international environmental and indigenous peoples activist who reminds me very much of someone very close to me who is no longer here.

The plot is as classic as America itself, for it is as much a struggle for the right of self-determination as the Revolutionary War.

The locale could not be more exotic for how many places are there, truly, with the lushness, ecological variety and sheer beauty of the Amazon?

This story is also journalism at its finest.  It takes you right there and weaves the action into a portrait of an unforgettable woman and her people.

Enjoy and experience  Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

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

THE NEWS

This means your car could be hijacked by hackers and to me, that is scary.  Report Sees Weak Security in Cars’ Wireless Systems

They just might finally have gotten the wrong people really mad at them.  It is one thing, I expect, to be threatened by a sword.  And another entirely to be promised the blade of the scimitar.  Jordanian Interior Minister Says Country Aims To ‘Wipe Out’ ISIS Militants

This is awesome.  Science in 2015:  The BBC’s science team looks at what lies ahead in 2015

WORLD

Cheaper Oil ‘Will Not Boost Growth’

Oil Prices Up 3% On News Of Economic Growth In Europe, But Supplies Rise

AFRICA

Egypt Halts Football After Deaths

Chad Government Enters Agreement To Assess New Area Of The Sahara For Protection »

Technology Solves Disappearance Mystery Of One Of Africa’s Famous Birds

Niger Sending Troops to Fight Boko Haram

Egypt Restricts News Coverage of Slain Activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh

ASIA

Indonesia Divers Recover More Bodies From AirAsia Crash, Raising Number Retrieved To 100

As Technology Entrepreneurs Multiply in Vietnam, So Do Regulations

S Korea ‘Nut Rage’ Executive Jailed

Taiwan Jail Siege Ends In Suicides 

Bali Executions Would Be ‘Unjust’ 

Transasia Pilots Fail Safety Tests 

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Australia In ‘Extinction Calamity’

3D-Printed Knuckle Dusters Seized

Hopes Are High’ To Save Remaining NZ Whales

CHINA

China Tells Schools to Suppress Western Ideas, With One Big Exception

Tesla Seeks a Stronger Foothold in China

China Hits Qualcomm With Fine

Sex, Bribes and Videotape: Scandal at China State TV

EUROPE

Strauss-Kahn Denies Pimping Charge

Germany, Greece Draw Battle Lines Ahead Of Meeting With Creditors

Migrant Sinking In Med Kills 200

Greece To Present Bailout Plan To EU

Captain Of Costa Concordia Is Convicted Of Manslaughter In Italy

Eurozone Economy Sees Growth Pick Up

Copenhagen Cafe Event Is Shattered By Gunfire

Gunman Believed To Be Behind Copenhagen Attacks Is Fatally Shot, Police Say

Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them

INDIA

India Anti-Corruption Party Routs BJP

India’s Aam Aadmi Party Sweeps Elections In Delhi

Amid Complaints In India, A Real Estate Deal In Manhattan

Indian Prime Minister Voices Concern About Targeting of Churches

Delhi Wakes Up to an Air Pollution Problem It Cannot Ignore

India Building Collapse Kills 13

Why People Live In Mumbai’s Dangerous Buildings

In Pictures: India Building Collapses

India Building Collapse Rescue Ends

LATIN AMERICA

The Case For Aid To Central America

Mexican Political Family Has Close PRI Ties, And Homes In The U.S.

MIDDLE EAST

In Yemen, Houthi Leader Pledges To Pursue Power-Sharing Accord

Western Powers Close Yemen Embassies

U.N. Envoy To Syria Says Assad Is Crucial To Hopes To End War

RUSSIA

Ruble’s Fall Tests Governor of Russia’s Central Bank

UNITED KINGDOM

Please Don’t Eat The Daffodils: UK Health Agency Asks Stores To Separate Flowers And Food

Ground-Breaking Agreement Keeps Scottish Prairie Dogs Under Control

UNITED STATES

Trial In Killing Of Chris Kyle, ‘American Sniper’ Model, Sets Town On Edge

The Muslims Of Early America

Chapel Hill Shooting Leaves 3 Muslim Students Dead; Neighbor Is Charged

U.S. Is Escalating a Secretive War in Afghanistan

Parts Of Louisiana’s Sunken Coast Are Resurfacing

Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon Resigns Amid Crisis

Federal Inquiry Begins Into Muslim Students’ Killings in North Carolina

Hundreds Protest Fatal Police Shooting in Washington

F.B.I. Director Speaks Out on Race and Police Bias

THE VATICAN

In Spanish Abuse Scandal, a More Open Vatican

Pope Appoints 20 New Cardinals

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is Of Growing Personal Concern To U.S. Hispanics, Poll Finds

We’ll Need More Vaccines In A Warming World

US ‘At Risk Of Mega-Drought Future’

EBOLA

16 Years Of Twists, Turns Lead To Ebola Vaccine Testing

Sierra Leone Loses Track of Millions in Ebola Funds

Red Cross Faces Attacks at Ebola Victims’ Funerals

Ebola Victims Still Infectious a Week After Death, Scientists Find

TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE

Drone ‘Kills Afghan IS Commander’

Obama, Meeting With Merkel On Ukraine Crisis, Keeps Military Aid Option Open

Death of Kayla Mueller, ISIS Hostage, Confirmed by Family and White House

Obama to Seek War Power Bill From Congress, to Fight ISIS

Belgium Jails Islamist Group Members

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base

UKRAINE

West Caused Ukraine Crisis – Putin

Ukraine ‘Quieter’ After Ceasefire

Poroshenko Orders Ceasefire To Begin

The Conflict In Maps

Why Is East Ukraine Hit By Conflict?

Who Benefits From Minsk?

OH CANADA

This is certainly not good news.  Toronto’s Measles Count Rises To Six With Report Of Infected Adult

This is a relief.  Halifax plot was not ‘culturally motivated’ and therefore not linked to terrorism, says Peter MacKay

These stories are not pretty but it is clearly time they were told.  Silent No More – the story of aboriginal women in Canada today

GOOD EXAMPLES

It’s about time.  Now BP And Shell Will Consider The Cost Of Climate Change When Doing Business

This, to me, is absolutely thrilling.  Apple Building Solar Farm to Power California Operations

This is really encouraging.  Israelis, Palestinians Join Forces To Explore Local Flowers To Combat Cancer, Diabetes

BAD EXAMPLES

Why does this somehow not surprise me?  Alabama State Chief Supreme Court Justice Defies Federal Gay Marriage Law  On the other hand, good show, Your Honors. U.S. Orders Alabama to License Gay Unions

This, I suspect, does not bode well.  Anti-oil sands activists in the U.S. are getting visits from the FBI

Lest America get just a little too self-righteous.  History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

SHORTS

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Defense: Lust Is No Crime

Jails Have Become Warehouses For The Poor, Ill And Addicted, A Report Says

B.C.’S Top Police Watchdog Faces Sex-Discrimination Suit In Denver

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

In view of recent revelations about how easy it is for a hacker to take control of a motor vehicle, is this really such a good idea?  UK Kickstarts Driverless Car Changes

This looks like a fun group.  The Invention Mob, Brought to You by Quirky

And this was totally intriguing.  More Evidence That Mammals Coexisted With Dinosaurs

HERE ON EARTH

See The Unknown Side Of Kilimanjaro

Which Life Form Dominates Earth?

Seven Of The World’s Riskiest Roads

OUTER SPACE

Europe’s Mini-Space Shuttle Returns

Doomed Stars Found At Nebula’s Heart

Planck Puts New Date On First Stars

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Biggest Myth About Phone Privacy

Net Pioneer Warns Of Data Dark Age

Drone To Scan For Ancient Amazonia

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Network That Runs The World

An Incubator For Innovation

IBM’s Watson Turns Japanese And Moves Into 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

Are there any eco-friendly credit card companies?

We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn’t add up

What’s In The Air You Breathe? BreezoMeter App Monitors Pollution Down To Your Specific Street

HEALTH

Can testosterone slow ageing?

Cancer and Chemotherapy

The Thought That Could Kill You

Doctor-Assisted Suicide: Who Does The Killing?

Alvio Treats Asthma The Natural Way With Kid-Friendly Mobile Games

Technion Discovery To Identify Cancerous Cells By Investigating Their Evolution

Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

PULSE:

By David B. Grinberg — Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

Brian Williams: Did Digital Kill TV News Star?

What caused esteemed NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to “conflate” and “misremember” his role in reporting and recounting lead national news stories ranging from the Iraq War to possibly Hurricane Katrina and others?

Perhaps NBC’s current investigation into the controversy will reveal the truth behind Williams’ personal and professional motives, or lack thereof. But regardless of whether Williams lied to millions of viewers inadvertently or intentionally, there’s a bigger issue at stake here than the veracity of one leading TV news star or the decline of broadcast news generally. That is:

The new rules of 21st century journalism are often plagued by unintended and detrimental consequences for reporters and news consumers alike.

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.

LIFESTYLE

Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending

Dating Dos And Don’ts In The Social Media Age

Monopoly’s Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

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

Please Look At These Beautiful Waves, Because The Ocean Is Awesome

From Warrior Cops To Community Police: A Former Chief On How We Can Turn Back The Tide Of Militarization

In A Desert Valley Not So Far From Los Angeles, Tonya Littlewolf Has Built A Refuge For Wolves Born In Captivity — And For Herself.

Angels Watching Over Me – Amy Grant

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:  Go Here  For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Now that this is common knowledge, we can all sleep a lot better.  Weird giant fish reveals secrets

I imagine she got quite a welcome.  Sona, The Lucky White-Tailed Eagle, Turns Up Unexpectedly In South West Scotland

We are sure the hunter who did this would undo it if he could but it is still sad news.  First wolf spotted in Grand Canyon in 70 years shot by hunter who mistook her for a coyote

THE CORNELL LAB OF ORTHINOLOGY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Features include Birds + Kids = Inspiration and Identify This Species.

SHORTS

New Yellow Frog Discovered In Peru

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 Is Now Open For Entries »

Urban Gulls Found To Favor Fast Food

Norwegian Lemmings Stand Out In A Crowd And Scream To Deter Predators

Global Marine Areas Receive £280,000 Boost From Birdfair 2014 Visitors »

Birdfair 2015 Funds Pledged To Reduce Illegal Killing Of Migrant Birds

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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

Watch: Car Tows Skier In Detroit

The Bull Whose Semen Is Worth $3,000 A Shot

One Woman, 17 British Accents

 111714ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  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 of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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