TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 28, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 39
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TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MEMORIAL DAY 2013

To watch this speech on YouTube, please go here.  It is right after the Armed Forces Medley

I recently received a note from a mother whose daughter, a soldier, is buried at Arlington. She wanted to share some of the things she had learned at the loss of her daughter.  She learned that the grief never really goes away; at any instant, a smell, a color, a song, a date on the calendar can take you right back to that first raw moment when everything changed.

She learned that if there is any secret to grieving, it is that there can be room for sorrow and joy, sadness and hope, to exist in the same space at the same time.

And she learned grief is not a lack of faith nor a sign of weakness.   It is the price of love.  That love, she says, is yours to hold forever.

Memorial Day is foremost about remembrance of America’s sons and daughters from every corner of our country, in every branch of the service who gave their lives so that we might live free.

But it is also about love and about hope. It gives us, the living, a chance to cherish the freedom we may now hold dear and embrace the future we may now dare dream.

It gives us the opportunity, all citizens everywhere, to recommit to our national purpose to secure the blessings of liberty. Let is also renew a national commitment to usher home the men and women returning to our communities and firmly stand by those still supporting our missions around the globe.

Behind every one of them are their pillars of love and hope at home; A parent, a spouse, a son, a daughter, a community, all doing their part to take care of America.

On Behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a grateful nation, we thank you.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Park Geun-Hye: S Korea Trial Of Impeached President Begins

Video: China’s Ancient Circular Walled Homes

Marawi Fighting: Foreign Fighters ‘Among Militants’ In Philippine City

Killing Of Militant By Indian Forces Sets Off Protests In Kashmir

Is China Outsmarting America In A.I.?

AFRICA

Africa Highlights: DJ Leads Ghana Graft Protest, South Sudan Journalist Freed

Legal Victory For Kenya Hunter-Gatherers

Where Has All The Food Aid Gone?

Five Things You Might Not Know About Africa

The Women Saving Somalia’s Animals

MIDDLE EAST

Egypt Coptic Christians Killed In Bus Attack

Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike In Israel After 40 Days

EUROPE

Germany Cracks Europe-Wide Burglary Gang Of 500 Members

U.K. Looks Beyond Manchester

Video: Trump Tells NATO Members To Pay ‘Fair Share’

G7 Leaders Gather For ‘Robust’ Talks In Sicily

UK Terror Threat ‘Linked To Wars Abroad’

Europe “lobbying at all levels right now for US to remain in Paris agreement”

RUSSIA

Will The Russian Language Have A ‘Real Impact’ On The U.S. Government?

Why Didukraine Ban Russian Social Networks?

Why Russian Is Still Spoken In The Former Soviet Republics

Wannacry Hack: Why Has Russia Suffered More Than Other Countries?

The Whisperers: Meet The Snitches Making A Return To Russia

CANADA

Canada’s Conservatives Choose Andrew Scheer As Their New Leader

‘Box Of Miracles’: Museum Cracks Case Of Mysterious Negatives In Shoe-Polish Box

Caroline Mulroney Could Continue Political Dynasty Begun By Her Father

Conservative Leadership Candidates Stress Unity And Core Values In Final Speeches

‘Absolute Shock & Horror’ Expressed Over Alberta Students’ Cowboys & Indians- Grad Party

‘Most Dangerous Situation I’ve Ever Seen’: B.C. Hot Springs Closed Over Food-Habituated Bears

Trial Of The RCMP In Moncton: What We’ve Learned So Far

UNITED STATES

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs And The Weight Of History

Few In St. Louis Knew Confederate Memorial Existed. Now, Many Want It Gone.

Seattle Nation’s Fastest-Growing Big City

21 Across U.S. Are Indicted In ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat After Assault Charge

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Selling The Pacific Northwest Energy Grid

California Carbon Auction Rebounds

EPA Cuts Target Oregon Clean Air, Beach-Monitoring Programs

Timber Company Seeks $3.3m After Failed Elliott State Forest Sale

Oregon, California Governors Seek Salmon Disaster Aid

Meet Oregon’s 39 Newest B Corps

LATIN AMERICA

Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets In Brazil

The Silver Lining To Brazil’s Never-Ending Corruption Scandal

Brazil’s Crisis: How Fighting Corruption Could Imperil Political Stability

Their Government In Chaos, Brazilians Fear The Joke Is On Them

Mexico Band Fined Over ‘Narco Song’

Venezuelans Rally Around Violin Protester

President Moreno Takes Office In Ecuador

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

New Emoji Is A Meaningful Symbol For Indigenous Australians

Schapelle Corby: ‘Ganja Queen’ Trafficker Deported From Bali

Woman In Wheelchair Left Stranded On Brisbane Train

Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ Tell Their Stories

In Rural Australia, A Generation Gap Widens Over Climate Change

Our Australian Expansion

FROM OLYA

MANCHESTER

Hello, Rusty:

From England this time. You have heard about recent tragedy that happened in Manchester. In the coffee shop where I am writing this, at 11 o’clock there was a minute of silence to remember the victims. Faces were sad and reflected sorrow.

I was in Manchester earlier this year and under normal circumstances, it is a great, vibrant city. A lot of new modern development is going on but it is still a historically grand city which is reflected in its architecture. The city played major role in Industrial Revolution and as Disraeli once said, “Manchester is as great a human exploit as Athens.”

I recently found myself in London, staying just a doorstep from Kipling House. His words came back to me as I thought of Manchester.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too…”

Written in 1895, they seem profoundly relevant today. And I think Mr. Kipling would agree that while it is the work of authorities to provide safety on streets, it is up to us not to live in violence and fear.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Photos: Meet The People In The Path Of Trans Mountain

The World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Just Went Online In China

Film About Russia’s War In Ukraine Receives Standing Ovation In Cannes

BAD EXAMPLES

US Republican Greg Gianforte Charged Over Guardian Reporter ‘Body Slam’

The Sex Slaves Of Al-Shabab

Dozens Of Middlebury Students Are Disciplined For Charles Murray Protest

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

MANCHESTER ATTACK

Manchester Attack: 22 Dead And 59 Hurt In Suicide Bombing

Manchester Attack: Police ‘Not Sharing Information With US’

Manchester attack: Bataclan survivor’s message for Manchester

Why Preventing Terror Attacks Like Manchester Is So Difficult

Why The Manchester Attack Was An Attack On Girlhood

Hunt For Manchester Bombing Accomplices Extends To Libya

Images Of Manchester Bomber Released

BUSINESS & TRADE

Ford To Replace Chief Executive Mark Fields, Reports Say

Wheels For The People’

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Listen: Capitalism Fuels Climate Change, And We All Play A Part

Rising Seas Drowned Flood Insurance

Fig Leaves Are Out. What To Wear To Be Green?

Conversations On Climate Justice In Yakima Valley

Fighting Trump On Climate, California Becomes A Global Force

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

South China Sea: US Warship Sails Close To Disputed Mischief Reef

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Apple’s Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit On Number Of Refugees Allowed In

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump Softens Tone On Islam But Calls For Purge Of ‘Foot Soldiers Of Evil’

Notre Dame Students Walk Out Of Mike Pence Commencement Address

Trump Pushes Past Montenegro’s PM

White House Backs Down On Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

At Wellesley, Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump And Invokes Nixon Resignation

DALAI LAMA

I feel that compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. It is something that only we human beings can develop. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This is something that can also be experienced nation to nation, country to country, continent to continent

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible. Scientists Are Stunned When 2,000-Year-Old Seeds Grow Into Extinct, Biblical Tree

So is this. Check out this app from timeanddate.com that shows our solar system with four charts accessible by pressing a tab. They include: distance from the sun, distance from earth, the planets in terms of relative size, size in our sky, and brightness on any particular date. You can set the format by going to this site.

This is good news. Electric Cars More Popular As Grid Gets Greener

OUR PLANET

Your Guide To Earth’s Biggest Problems

How Did Humanity’s First Words Sound?

Lizards Benefit From Amazing Flower

SPACE

The Dark Side Of Another Moon

Boeing & DARPA Developing An Experimental Spaceplane With Aerojet Rocketdyne Engines

NASA Spacecraft Finds A Chaotic Dance Of Storms At Jupiter’s Poles

TECHNOLOGY

Bizarre Office Gadgets From The Past

The DJI Spark Is The First Drone I Actually Want To Buy

Reality Check: What Does, And Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone

THE GREEN BEAT

California Grid Sets Record, With 67% Of Power From Renewables

Relish The Refined Details Of This Container Home’s Open-Plan Kitchen

Why Your Power Company Wants to Sell You More Than Electricity

50 Years Of Spills

Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal

TRAVEL

Top 5 Scenic Drives In BC

25 Amazing Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Ukraine

On The Water: 10 Favorite Places On European Rivers, Lakes And Coastlines

HEALTH

A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times A Week, Has Benefits For Dementia

The Myths About Washing Your Hands

The Death Rate From Alzheimer’s Disease Is Climbing

LIFESTYLE

How To Raise Your Children To Be A Part Of The Universe, Not The Center Of It

Warm Weather Water Safety

Is This The Most Perfect Love Story?

See What Type Of House You Can Afford In Every City

The Surprisingly Popular Baby Names In Every State

Take A Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming.

15 Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

John Kerry: The Case For Optimism In These Strange Times

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Entries

Horses As Healers

God Bless America – Kate Smith 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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Thought of the Day: For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is an online editing, writing and tutoring and service located in Seattle, Washington. We handle everything from general editing, to ghost writing, to online tutoring in English composition. Please contact us at minstel312@aol.com or visit our website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service

If you love these creatures as much as we do, this will absolutely thrill you. Arctic Wolves Howling A Beautiful Song

And of course, we totally agree with this. Tolerance For Wolves

This is a little spooky. Snake Visits Underwater Caves: A female sea krait finds an amazing location for her eggs

SHORTS

The Spider That Lives In Snail Shells

The Bird That Is Like A Reptile

Top 10 New Species 2017

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How It Feels To Be Struck By Lightning

Dissolving The Dead: An Alternative To Burial Or Cremation

Video: Attending His Own Wake

ABOUT US

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB

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A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 21, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 38
DONATIONS ACCEPTED HERE

Friends and housemates Dac Coillins and Russell Babbitt working on our house garden.

A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another interesting week. Seattle has moved one step closer to Cascadia with a city income tax resolution. We support such measures and any others that reduce reliance on federal funding. Independence is not free. It is just usually not as expensive as the alternative.

The fiery rhetoric and apocalyptic wailings of some of the media around the latest antics of America’s current chief executive seems a bit melodramatic. In view of the rolling snowball of his inadequacies, ineptitude, arrogance, ignorance and flagrant chicanery, cussing him out is a little like getting out of a 737 at 30,000 feet so you can go around back and give it a good push.

And in the “we don’t just write about it, we do it” department, our own house garden is progressing. We cleared about 200 square feet and built the box portion of it, with tomato and jalapeno starts. One of our number is in Cuba on holiday now and when he returns, we’ll be building a rain barrel collection battery consisting of three barrels feeding one with several spigots on it.

Even though it will still probably be cheaper to buy our groceries at the supermarket, the processes involved in this project underwrite a growing sense of self-reliance clearly evident in our city and state’s resistance to the present presidential efforts to rewrite the Constitution under the spiritual mentorship of Prince Machiavelli. We’ll keep you posted and when Dac returns from his holiday, he’ll be filing a report on his experiences in this small island nation, post Castro.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Asia’s Most Multicultural City?

China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From Climate Change

The People Selling Canned Air To China

Princess Mako To Lose Japan Royal Status By Marrying Commoner

A Flight Over Hong Kong’s Secret Farms

The Biggest Threat To India’s Growth?

AFRICA

DR Congo Jail-Break: Bundu Dia Kongo Leader Flees Kinshasa Prison

Why Is Libya So Lawless?

Libya Airbase Death Toll ‘Rises To 140’

S Africa Men March Against Abuse Of Women

Sudan’s Bashir Declines Trump Summit

Africa Highlights: Africa’s Youth ‘Dangerous Powder Keg’, South Africa ‘Becoming Mafia State’

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli, Iranian Scientists Launch Region’s First Particle Accelerator

Video: What Saudis Get (Or Not) In $110 Billion Arms Deal With U.S.

Trump In Saudi Arabia: Us President To Address Islamic Leaders

Rouhani: Iran Said No To Extremism

EUROPE

Ukraine To Block Russian Social Media In Sweeping Sanctions

The London Man Making Globes By Hand

Forsaken Village On Italy’s Coast Tells Tale Of A Paradise Lost

RUSSIA

Hot Air, Cold War: How Russia Spooks Its Arctic Neighbors

Navalny Unmasks A Cartel Allegedly Earning Billions In Russian Defense Deals

Court Orders Russian Singer’s Parents To Return Unspent Charity Donations

CANADA

A Canadian Town Wanted A Transit System. It Hired Uber.

Five Amazing Stories From The Dude Who Mapped British Columbia For Google Earth

Silver Superman Coins Prove To Be Kryptonite To Royal Canadian Mint’s Bottom Line

‘It’s A Huge Issue’: Volunteer Firefighters Facing Recruitment Challenges

Court Document Reveals New Details About School Shooting In La Loche, Sask. 

Vegreville, Alta. Residents Urge Justin Trudeau To Keep Immigration Centre Open

UNITED STATES

Noise Pollution Is Pervasive In U.S. Protected Areas

For A Village In Demand, It’s Lights, Camera, Inconvenience

Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, A New Push For Statehood

20 U.S. Cities You Do Not Want To Live In

White Tulsa Officer Is Acquitted In Fatal Shooting Of Black Driver

Video: Confederate Monuments Come Down And Emotions Rise

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Oregon Pushes For Wooden Skyscrapers To Revive Timber Industry

Season’s First Copper River Salmon To Arrive In Seattle This Week

Tight Squeeze For New Industries In BC

Oregon Gets To Vote On LNG Export Facility

Long-Term Forecast For More Flooding In BC

The Mass Migration Of Seattle

Seattle To Build The Worlds First Light Rail On A Floating Bridge

Seattle Passes Resolution For An Income Tax

Can Seattle’s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Leader Seeks Probe Suspension

Video Brazil Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters

Temer’s Year In Office

Glossary Of Brazil’s Corruption Probe

Mexican Mob Attacks Russian Over Insults In Cancun

Venezuela Protests: Passport Of Opposition Leader Capriles ‘Seized’

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Young Woman Dies In Sydney’s West, Partner Charged With Breaching AVO

‘Game Is Up’ For ‘Fake Refugees’ Living In Australia, Dutton Says

Toddler Killed By Family Car During Roadside Toilet Break

FROM OLYA

Kiev at night. Photo by Olya Bereza.

VYSHIVANKA DAY IN UKRAINE

Hello, Rusty, from sunny Kiev:

It was interesting to watch the city in the wake of the celebration of diversity, the Eurovision song contest. As I write, I am sitting in a nice place on top of famous Pinchuk Art Center enjoying coffee and a good view.

With about 60 000 visitors who came to this contest, our capital city did not face much difficulties in accommodating and entertaining. Ironically, this year was at least three times less compared to Euro 2012’s “biggest tourist flow”.

Maybe it was not the same joyful atmosphere as before, but Ukraine successfully accomplished its host role. A few days after and cheer is still in the air, especially following news of a visa free-regime with the European Union and Vyshivanka Day, day of traditional Ukrainian costume.

The only thing that affected a generally positive attitude was the controversial decision to block access to Russian sites   Some organizations like the Human Rights Watch reacted very strongly

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Heidi Harmon: As A Mom And Mayor, I Am Committed To Improving The Environment

Brenda Milner, Eminent Brain Scientist, Is ‘Still Nosy’ at 98

Iran Election: Women Politicians Speak Out Ahead Of Poll

Tacoma, Washington Has Hired Its First Woman City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli

BAD EXAMPLES

12 Students Commit Suicide In Central India Over Exam Results

Remote Island Has ‘World’s Worst’ Plastic Rubbish Density

US Teen Died After Drinking Caffeine Too Quickly, Coroner Says

Indonesia’s Aceh: Two Gay Men Sentenced To 85 Lashes

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Ford ‘Set To Shed 10% Of Workforce’

Boeing Makes First 737 Max 8 Delivery (Photos)

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

The Deadly Diseases Being Released As Ice Thaws

Climate Change Is Shrinking The West’s Water Supply

Interactive Feature: Miles Of Ice Collapsing Into The Sea

Climate Change Alters The Start Of Springtime, And These Birds Can’t Keep Up

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Video: Inside An Abandoned Airport In Greece, A Refugee Camp

Immigration Arrests Rise Sharply As A Trump Mandate Is Carried Out

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Malware Case Is Major Blow For The N.S.A.

Chelsea Manning: Wikileaks Source Freed From Prison

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

TRUMP & COMPANY

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him To End Flynn Investigation

Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel For Russia Investigation

Trump, Citing ‘A Witch Hunt,’ Denies Any Collusion With Russia

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

The 25th Amendment Solution To Remove Trump

Video: A Times Exclusive: Trump, Comey And The Russia Investigation

DALAI LAMA

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face up to what challenges us. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has to undergo hardship, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome what troubles us.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Considering the aerodynamics, wildlife and weather involved, this is possibly the dumbest idea since lead flyswatters. Crossing Nevada? With New Speed Limit, One Part May Be Just A Blur

This sounds like a black and white, low budget, American science fiction film from the 1950s. ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From The Oil Sands Of Alberta

Here we go again, HAL. Listen: The Age Of Self-Driving Cars

OUR PLANET

20 Incredible Landmarks You’ve Never Heard Of

New Global Map Of Earth At Night

Did This Human Species Coexist With Our Ancestors?

SPACE

The Most Mysterious Star In The Galaxy

NASA to Trump: No, We Won’t Send Humans on Inaugural Rocket Launch Past the Moon

How Scientists Mapped The Path Of The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

TECHNOLOGY

BHS Robotics Team Wins World Championship

By 2020, Every Chinese Coal Plant Will Be More Efficient Than Every US Coal Plant

THE GREEN BEAT

EPA Clears Path For Alaska Mining Project

Forests Teach Us How To Manage Stormwater

The Most Amazing Shipping Container Homes From Around The World

Lego Group Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Target Three Years Ahead Of Schedule

TRAVEL

Condé Nast Traveler Votes Tel Aviv Best City,  

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in (and Around) Vancouver

17 Unforgettable Moments You’ll Have On A Trip To Finland

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Would You Compost Your Body?

Racial Health Disparities Of Geriatric Care

We Should Have Listened To The Broken Teenagers

How Shyness Can Be A Creative Force

10 Things That Are Cheaper Today

How Army Rations Helped Change Food

An Open Letter To Young Girls From Chelsea Clinton

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Wow! I Never Thought I’d See Elephants From THIS Point-Of-View

Extremely Rare Pink Dolphin Is Captured On Camera Swimming In A Louisiana Lake

30 Breathtaking Pictures That Put Our Entire Existence Into Perspective

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized. They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge. For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is an online editing, writing and tutoring and service located in Seattle, Washington. We handle everything from general editing, to ghost writing, to online tutoring in English composition. Please contact us at minstel312@aol.com or visit our website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

ADVERTISE WITH US: 50 words for $5.00

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We have long suspected this. Pandas Are Actually Quite Ferocious

I sincerely hope there is a suite in Hell reserved for whoever did this. ‘White Lady’ Wolf Shot Dead Prompts Yellowstone Reward

We should all have friends like this. Cat Offers Kitten Help With Life, And Dopey Dog Housemate

SHORTS

1st Wild Bison Calf Born On Wind River Reservation In More Than 130 Years

Video: How Bees Freshen Up

When Wolves Return To The Wild

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

After 45 Years In Captivity This Elephant Finally Found A Best Friend | The Ra

Wildlife Trust Rescues Antelope With Unique Abilities

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

When This Man Stopped To Take Pictures, He Never Expected To Find This! | T

Pastor Eaten By Crocodile While Demonstrating Walking On Water

Would You Drive A Car Made From Plants?

ABOUT US

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB

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I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 14, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 37
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) businessinsider.com –

I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, gang, this has not been an incredibly fun week where I live after the announcement that our mayor does not intend to seek a second term. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Will Not Seek Re-Election

Where I live, we tend to not complicate the description of a good man with a lot of labels which smack of stereotyping. Ed Murray is a very nice guy and a dedicated politician who has served both the state and my city. He was raised in the Alki Beach neighborhood of Seattle and used to dream of a career in politics.

Now, in the midst of an imminently successful one, moribund allegations which have already been investigated and found groundless have surfaced. Ed is afraid that sexual scandal will distract voters from the real issues. He is also worried about the pain it will cause his same-gender spouse, to whom he has been happily married for a reckonable stretch now.

I have been involved in politics in one way or another in California, Oregon and Washington since 1977, when this magazine’s offset monthly precursor was born. California governor Jerry Brown was one of its readers and I ran in Sacramento media circles. A lot of us hung out at David’s Brass Rail and at Maurice’s New American.

I do not agree with Ed Murray’s decision. I think he does not have enough faith in his constituency and in his domestic relationship. That is the way of some strong people who are also protective. Sometimes they assume when they should ask. I know that type too well. I am one.

But, God please forgive me, I find myself wishing Ed Murray had the guts and backbone of so many of his constituents who have manned or gone to the wall for their neighbors, regardless the risks involved, simply because it is always the right thing to do.

I hope Ed changes his mind and I hope others are not “inspired” by his example. Mayor Murray is exactly what Seattle needs now. His decision leaves a void that will not easily be filled.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Sworn In Vowing To Address North

How North Korea Managed To Defy Years Of Sanctions

A Robot Revolution, This Time In China

Boeing Breaks Ground On 737 Finishing Center In China

China To Invest Heavily In Belt And Road Countries

AFRICA

Ivory Coast: Soldiers Cut Off Second City Bouaké

Ebola Outbreak Declared In DR Congo

Africa Highlights: #Menaretrash Debate In South Africa, Reverse FGM Operations In Kenya

MIDDLE EAST

Fiery Exchanges In Iran Election Debate

Mosul Battle ‘Will Be Finished In Days’

Egypt Uncovers ‘Tomb Of Pharaoh’s Daughter’

EUROPE

Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen In French Presidential Race

Italian Coastguard: 3,000 Rescued In Mediterranean Sea

Ukraine Seeks Billion Dollar Investments To Fuel Fragile Economy

Dutch Fertility Clinic Owner Accused Of Using Own Sperm To Secretly Father 60 Children

Winner Of 62nd Eurovision Announced

RUSSIA

Police Discover Bomb In Home Of St. Petersburg Terror Suspect

U.S.-Russia Photo Scandal Highlights Mutually Assured Ineptitude

It’s Nearly Summer, And Maybe It’s Snowing In Moscow

THE VATICAN

Pope Declares Ukrainian Church Leader ‘Venerable’

World’s Mayors Head To Vatican, Vow To Tackle Climate Change, Poverty

CANADA

Montreal To Lift State Of Emergency On Sunday As Water Recedes

Can Canadians And Canada Geese Find Peace? Video

Ontario To Consider Boosting Minimum Wage To $15, Increasing Paid Sick Days

Toronto Police Kill Bear In Scarborough Backyard

Taxpayers Won’t Be On The Hook For Infrastructure Bank Risks, Sohi Says 

New Brunswick Hires Ex-U.S. Ambassador As Special Envoy In Softwood Tariff Dispute

UNITED STATES

Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ On An Insolvent Island

11 Satellite Cities Poised To Thrive In 2017

The Southern California Coast Is Swarming With Great White Sharks Right Now

Helicopter Crew’s Shark Warning To California Paddle-Boarders

Drought Is Gone From Much Of US

Washington State Attorney General Invites Trump To See Nature In Washington State, Threatens To Sue Again

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

SR 20/North Cascades Highway Reopening Planned For May 16 | WSDOT

Urban Lifestyles Help To Protect The Puget Sound Ecosystem

Fentanyl Deaths Double In Washington, Could Be Shift In Opiate Crisis

Tacoma Declares State Of Emergency Over Homeless Problem

No Drought Warnings In Northwest For First Time Since 2011

The Struggle For Oregon Timber Counties

Has Seattle Reached Peak Car?

One Million Petitions Delivered To Washington Governor Against Coal And Oil Terminals

What Happens After A Swarm Of Earthquakes Strikes The Seattle Region?

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protest Victim’s Parents Speak Of Ordeal

Colombia Farc: First Group Of Rebels Rejoin Civilian Life

Walking In A Minefield: The Falklands Penguins That Would Not Explode

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Budget 2017: Treasurer Unveils Big Banks Tax

Melbourne Dancefloor Evacuated After Capsicum Spray Released

Inmate Dies In Canberra’s Jail Overnight

FROM OLYA

Black Sea near Odessa. Photo by Olya Bereza

HELLO, FROM QUIET ODESSA

Hello, Rusty, from quiet Odessa:

I have never seen this Black sea city so quiet before but maybe the reason is that the majority of tourists went to capital of Ukraine to see the finals of Eurovision contest. It’s nice to have the entire beach to myself, meditating while watching the waves to lap against the shore. What can be more relaxing that a sound of the sea? Today I’m that philosopher Hedgehog character from childish story that I wrote on the shores of Odessa some time go Hedgehog the Fisher.

This week has definitely been good for Ukraine. First, the above-mentioned contest attracted some more attention and tourist money to the country. Second the European Union has finally approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians to visit all member states. So, next month the EU is to open its borders for Ukrainians wishing to come as tourists, ‘a giant step’ as it was called in this article Definitely, it will help for miy country to develop towards European standards.

Talking about Odessa, it is fantastic even if, in the last several decades, it has also become a bit of a derelict city. Ironically, however, as ancient as it is, it was designed for the future, which probably accounts ~ to a large extent ~ for why it has remained the best sea resort of Ukraine and probably Eastern Europe.

It is not, however, easiest of tourist destinations to reach. The airport is small and mostly for incountry flights. The trains going here are quite old and worn out. Odessa and the region really need more modern Intercity fast trains like the ones to Kyiv but also from Lviv to Odessa as Lviv is a major gateway of Western tourists, and maybe to other cities. Another point that kept tourists away from the city was the controversy surrounding cracks in the foundation of the Odessa Opera House.

But that is no longer in the media and the Opera House is enjoying a great season. Other changes, perhaps minor alone, but very good in total, are like the talk I have heard of more people renting apartments in Odessa and Belarus tourists who have been away for three years are now returning. Since property is still relatively undervalued there, Odessa also provides some beautiful investment opportunities.

And shall I mention Odessa Opera House  is one of the most beautiful in Europe? And this time, during my holiday here, I am going there to enjoy a performance.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Prosecutors Taking Tougher Stance In Fraternity Hazing Deaths

Every Day, Man Plants Trees In Same Spot. 37 Years Later, His Masterpiece Takes Our Breath Away

Supplying Safe Water To Homes In Laos

Amazon To Share New Building With Homeless Shelter In Seattle

Animals Are Stranded In Drought With Nothing To Drink, So Man Drives Hours To Bring Them Water Daily

BAD EXAMPLES

E.P.A. Dismisses Members Of Major Scientific Review Board

10 Most Expensive U.S. Cities To Live In

U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World

Anti-Gay Attacks Not Covered By West Virginia Hate Crime Law, Court Rules

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Toyota Suffers First Profit Fall In Five Years

Boeing Halts Test Flight Of New Plane

US And China Sign Trade Agreement

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

The Business Case For The Paris Climate Accord

As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open

States Turn To Carbon Pricing With A Renewed Sense Of Urgency

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Sanctuary Bills In Maryland Faced A Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

Texas Governor Signs A Ban On Sanctuary Cities

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

US Confirms Death Of ISIL Leader In Afghanistan

U.S. Efforts To Promote Women, Peace, And Security In Peacekeeping

Hackers Hit Dozens Of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool

UK Health System Recovers After ‘Unprecedented’ Global Cyberattack

TRUMP & COMPANY

Thousands Protest As Trump Makes First Hometown Visit

Video: Yates Calls Flynn’s Manner ‘Problematic’

Trump Muslim Ban Plan Erased From Website

In Trump’s Firing Of James Comey, Echoes Of Watergate

Students Boo Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy Devos

DALAI LAMA

A good life does not mean just good food, good clothes, good shelter. These are not sufficient. A good motivation is what is needed—compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy—just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their rights and human dignity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is reassuring. Stephen Hawking Predicts Humans Have 100 Years to Find a New Planet

Check out What Are CUBESATS And How To Build Your Own

This, to me, is a little scary. Locusts Are Being Used In Research By The Military To Do Some Very Unexpected Domestic Protection

OUR PLANET

Rare Dinosaur Species Discovered In Moroccan Mine

Amazing Haul Of Ancient Human Finds Unveiled

To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds

SPACE

Cassini Finds ‘Big Empty’ Near Saturn

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1’s 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding

NASA’s Retiring EO-1 Satellite Changed How We See Earth With These Stunning Photos

TECHNOLOGY

Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders To Speed Up Its Supercomputer

Boeing Suspends 737 Max Test Flights

How To Hunt And Gather In Amazon’s Urban Jungle

How A Computer Beat The Best Chess Player In The World

THE GREEN BEAT

Plant & Harvest Your Own Tomatoes Without Toxins & Space Using A Bottle Of 2 Liters Only!

Plant For The House To Never Again See Spiders, Fruit Flies And Bugs

India To Make Every Single Car Electric By 2030

The Company Behind DAPL Just Had 18 Leaks And A 2 Million Gallon Spill

TRAVEL

Tofino, The Canadian Surf Town Seafood Lovers Need To Visit

Is This Europe’s Most Exciting City?

It’s Impossible Not To Love This Breathtaking Wild Flower Trail In Washington

HEALTH

How To Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Oysters, Despite What You’ve Heard, Are Always In Season

Why Women Need To Be Part Of Healthcare Policy

Are Fresh Vegies Always Better Than Frozen?

LIFESTYLE

When The Wife Of A Soldier Hears A Knock At The Door

‘I Wanted To Die’: Gender Diverse Teen Talks Self-Harm And Support After Bullying

“Where Is My Generation Going To Live?”

Glitz, Glam And … A Gorilla? The Key Moments From Eurovision 2017

Celebrating Mother’s Day On A Military Base

Would You Squat For 15 Years To Own A Cheap Apartment?

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Watching This Otter Juggling Rocks Will Make Your Day Infinitely Better

Video: Where It’s Made: A Ford Car In China

Video: When A Manhattan Iguana Needs A Doctor  

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It is about time we got to the bottom of this. Skunks: Notorious—or Not? from National Wildlife Magazine

Yogi, Boo Boo and Ranger Rick are loving this. It Turns Out Bears Are Way Smarter Than We Thought

I know creatures like this. Scotland Is Home To Miniature ‘Tigers’

SHORTS

These Fish Risk Their Lives To Make Sure Their Children Are Born!

Extinct Parrot Caught On Video In Brazil In The Wild

The World’s Only Carnivorous Primate

The World’s Tiniest Wasps

Watch: World’s First Footage Of A Newly Discovered Monkey | The Rainforest Sit

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

When They Saw A Panda Clinging For His Life, They Immediately Knew What To Do!

A Man Rescued A Gosling From Drowning. 2 Years Later, She Still Refuses To Leave His Side

Man Thought Deer Had Totally Given Up On Life. Then, Something Remarkable Happened

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s May newsletter is now available online. They are always a bird lover’s delight but this month, they have really outdone themselves.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Day My Child Was Killed By An Elephant

Russian Pokemon Go Player Found Guilty

The Strange Story Of The Pig That Flew

ABOUT US

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB

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TRUMP AS MASTER CHESSMAN

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 7, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 36
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TRUMP AS MASTER CHESSMAN

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We make maybe too much fun of America’s president so to balance the scales ~ and the coverage ~ we also need to admit that while we are not Trump people, there is another way of looking at how he is behaving.

When he was running for office, he told his various prospective constituencies that he’d do things for them. In campaign language, “do” equals “try my gosh darned to do.” He gave it the old Trump U try on Immigration and got told, “Nope” by other “powers that are.” So he went like, “Okay. I tried. Time to move on to the next promise.”

Next was replacing the Affordable Care Act. We know how that worked out for him. And NAFTA after that. If this pattern continues, he might just emerge as “the Great Compromiser”. It would certainly be consistent with my idea of consensus building and it would not be inconsistent with his professional business style.

If it is true that our species ~ like all the others on this planet ~ is continuing to evolve, it stands to reason so are our social institutions. According to Sir Charles Darwin, survival belongs to the most adaptable.

I do not approve of Mr. Trump as a human being and he could not buy a place at my table. But if it turns out that he can do the job for which he campaigned and won, I will not oppose him just because he is a Republican and also very rude.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty Miller

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THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

GLOBAL

Achieving Continued Success Through The Global Peace Operations Initiative

ASIA

Japan Sends Biggest Warship To Protect Us Supply Vessel

India Assam Mob Kills Two Muslim Men Over ‘Cow Theft’

India Court Upholds 2012 Delhi Gang Rapists’ Death Penalty

A Tour Of China’s First Big Passenger Jet – The C919

Vatican, Myanmar Officially Establish Diplomatic Ties

AFRICA

More Than 80 Chibok Girls Freed In Nigeria

Durban’s ‘One Stop Shop’ DJ

The Women Trying To Keep Somalia Safe

Africa Highlights: Africans Aim For Sub-Two-Hour Marathon, Zuma ‘Subverting Will Of People’

Christians In Africa – Pope Francis’ May Prayer Intention

MIDDLE EAST

In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Moderates Talk On Israel

Trump And Putin Agree To Seek Syria Cease-Fire

Hamas Picks Ismail Haniya As Leader As Power Balance Shifts To Gaza

Coal Mine Blast In Iran Kills At Least 23 And Traps Dozens

Bishops To Peoples Of Middle East: You Are Not Forgotten

EUROPE

Brexit: UK And EU At Odds Over Size Of ‘Divorce Bill’

A Biblical Path Uniting The Middle East

Prince Philip To Step Down From Carrying Out Royal Engagements

A Former Drug Dealer’s Tips For Youths In France’s Banlieues

RUSSIA

After Metro Bombing, Russia Confronts New Terror Challenges

The Economic Plan For Putin’s Next Term Is Already Set

Putin Promises To Raise Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Crackdown With Law Enforcement

Alexei Navalny Is Now Russia’s Outlaw Presidential Candidate

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis: ‘The World Is At War,’ But Good Still Remains

Pope To Future Romanian Priests: Seminary Is Your ‘Gym’ For Ministry

Solanus Casey, Cardinal Van Thuan Among Those Advanced Toward Sainthood

Pope Urges Vatican Communications To Go Digital Amid Ongoing Reform

Pope Declares Ukrainian Church Leader ‘Venerable’

CANADA

Canada Is 200 Million Tonnes Away From Meeting International Emissions Promise

‘It Is Going To Be A Blast’: Calgary Family Plans Cross-Country Road Trip To Celebrate Canada

1st Creep Catcher Case Reported In Manitoba, RCMP Say May 06

Homes Evacuated And Highways Closed As Flooding Hits B.C. Interior

Canadian Startup Reebee Taking Retail Flyers Into The Digital Age

Travellers Stranded In Jasper After Rock Slide And Avalanche

UNITED STATES

15 Killed By Storms And Flooding In South, Midwest

River Flooding Smashes Records From Over 100 Years Ago

Key To Improving Subway Service In New York? Modern Signals

With Fox News In Tumult, Another Executive, Bill Shine, Is Ousted

2 Fatal Police Shootings Yield 2 Different Results

Obama Says His Presidential Library Will Be A ‘Hub For The Community’

Jobless Rate At 10-Year Low As Hiring Grows And Wages Rise

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

California Is About To Revolutionize Climate Policy…Again

Washington State Businesses Ready To Pay For 100% Clean Energy

Some Neighborhoods Losing Population, Despite Boom

BC’s Election Puts Focus On Threats To Salmon, Whales And Bears

Views: Seattle’s Sudden Turn Toward An Income Tax

Tweaking The Megafire Prevention Message

Nearly 4 Feet Of Rain Falls In Seattle Since October – Wettest On Record

Bremerton Earthquake ‘Promising’ Test For New Warning System

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protesters Block City Streets

Venezuela Is Starving

Francis Prays For Victims Of The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

Mexico’s President Vows To Step Up Protections For Journalists

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Eminem Sues New Zealand Governing Party Over Lose Yourself

New Zealand Wins Approval To Buy $1.4 Billion Worth Of Boeing Poseidon P-8a Sub-Hunters

Video: Sydney’s Wake-Up Swim. Pink Cap Included.

As Rising Seas Erode Shorelines, Tasmania Shows What Can Be Lost

Playboy Model Angers Maori With Nude Shoot On Sacred Mountain

TOPICAL

ANTLER BASHING

Japan Sends Biggest Warship To Protect US Supply Vessel

North Korea Claims CIA Plot To Kill Kim Jong-Un

BUSINESS & TRADE

7 Stocks To Hold Forever – Buy Them, Forget About Them, And Never Sell Them.

TV Station Owners Rush To Seize On Relaxed F.C.C. Rules

Airbnb Settles Lawsuit With Its Hometown, San Francisco

The Best Countries To Be An Entrepreneur

Volvic Water Recalled In Japan Amid Plastic Fear

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Marchers Use President Trump’s 100th Day To Protest Climate Policies

Why This Muslim Woman Marched And Fights For Climate Justice

Must-See Photos From The People’s Climate March

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

‘They Treated Us Like Criminals’: U.S. Border Crossers Report Severe Reception

‘No Asylum Here’: Some Say U.S. Border Agents Rejected Them

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Who Guards Nuclear Plants From Attacks?

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump’s ‘Very Friendly’ Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides And Critics Alike

Video: Guns, Ammo And Trump At N.R.A. Meeting

Trump Follows Instincts, Not Establishment, With Overtures To Kim And Duterte

Video: Trump Walks Out. Over And Over Again.

Video: Fact Check: What’s Real In Trump’s New Ad

Trump To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On May 24

FROM OLYA

As you see on the picture despite morning hours there are many people on the central streets of Lviv. Photo by Olya Bereza.  

SPRING HOLIDAY SEASON IN UKRAINE

Hello Rusty:

This time, I am coming to you from Lviv, West Ukraine. It is the season of holidays here starting on May 1, our Labour Day, and continuing to 9th of May, Victory Day, a commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

The national cheerful mood is underscored by ads for the annual Eurovision song contest to be held in Kiev in few days. Lviv is the western-most point on the European tourists’ route to Kiev to participate in the event. On the streets there is an interesting mix of nations: Japanese, Turkish, and German. You can hear Arabic “As-salāmu ʿalaykum”, Polish “Dziękuję” and, of course, English, representing quite a few Americans, too.

Ukrainians enjoy hosting Eurovision and this is one of the best qualities of the nation – to be very welcoming to foreigners. This video was prepared by one of the local channels to show greet the guests and tell more about country

I should also mention that the other major event that Ukrainians watched this past week was the WBA boxing match, Joshua vs. Klitschko, on the 29th of April for the title of Heavyweight Super Champion. Even though Klitschko lost ~ which could be the end of his career~ he did his best and this spectacular match did not left anyone in doubt of good professionalism of both boxers.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Peace be upon you.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Volunteers Help Renovate Homes Of Seattle Seniors

12-Year-Old Is Abducted And Beaten By Men, Then 3 Lions Save Her Life

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: ‘We Can End Hunger In This Country’

100 Ways To Keep Resisting After Trump’s 100th Day

Motorists Rescue Baby And Toddler After Car Overturns

True Value And Walmart To Drop Bee-Killing Pesticides

BAD EXAMPLES

Spread Of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties

Police Account Changes In Killing Of Texas 15-Year-Old

Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers

DALAI LAMA

Someone may be rich and powerful, but without trusted friends they will never be happy. Someone else may be poor, but if they are surrounded by steadfast friends they are sure to be happy. Therefore, taking care of others is the best way to fulfill our own interests. We are social animals-we need to be warm-hearted and to look after others. And if we are to do that we need a strong sense of the oneness of humanity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible. Canada And Europe Join Together For A Live Concert With The ISS

This is definitely worth reading. 50 Amazing Destinations That Might Soon Change Forever (Photos)

When I was growing up there, in the Siskiyous of Northern California, there were legends to this effect. Humans Lived In North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims

OUR PLANET

Scientists Recover Ancient Hominid DNA From Cave Dirt

Native Plants To Attract Birds To Your Own Backyard

Video: Filtering The Ocean

SPACE

Cubesat: A Cubesat Is A Square-Shaped Miniature Satellite

Cassini’s Images From Inside Saturn’s Rings

If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need To Ship In The Bricks

Astronaut Jeremy Hansen Describes Living In A Cave To Prepare For Mars

TECHNOLOGY

One Day, A Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

World’s Smallest ‘Cars’ Compete In A Race

Meet Sally, The Salad-Making Robot

The Biggest Plane That’s Ever Flown

THE GREEN BEAT

23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back In Trump’s First 100 Days

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Turning Shipping Containers Into Farms

US EPA, Clean Energy Spared The Ax In $1.1 Trillion Budget Deal

TRAVEL

When The Grand Canyon Transforms

The Side Of Palestine You Never See

The Nation That Hates To Be Late

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

This Is What Cloves Can Do For Your Health And You Weren’t Aware About It!

How Much Coffee Is Actually Safe To Drink? A New Review

The Diseases Hidden In Ice

Readers React: Dispute Over Gay Clergy

For Families Of Teens At Suicide Risk, ’13 Reasons’ Raises Concerns

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Niagara Falls At 13 Degrees Below Zero Is Shockingly Beautiful

15 Gorgeous Photos That You Won’t Be Able To Take Your Eyes Off Of

Rescued Baby Otters Enjoy Their Morning Meal – Just Watch Them Squeal And Squeak With Delight 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

 

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A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99:
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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Ever since I saw The Lion King, I’ve had a “thang” for these African prairie dogs. So naturally, this was a total trip for me.  All About Meerkats

This helps my fear of swimming in the ocean. Guys See Water Getting Violent And Suddenly Realize They’re Surrounded By Whales. And it’s about time. Hong Kong Bile Bear Campaigner Jill Robinson’s Story Told On Film

SHORTS

The New Threat to Wolves in and Around Yellowstone

Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Some Surprising Dog Breeds Have Ancient American Heritage

Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People

Elephant Just Gives Birth To Baby. Now Watch The Herd Welcome It Into The Family

Scotland Is Home To Miniature ‘Tigers’

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Happy Ending: 11 Ducklings Rescued From Storm Drain Unharmed

What An Incredible Rescue! These Firefighters Are Heroes

When She Saw A Baby Squirrel Struggling To Walk Straight, She Did The Greatest Thing Possible

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Garden For Wildlife

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Horse That Saved His Own Life By Painting

Why Did Tsavo Lions Eat People?

A Controversial Railway Run By Kids

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB

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ONCE THEY’VE TASTED SNAKE OIL

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 30, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 35
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ONCE THEY’VE TASTED SNAKE OIL

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been interesting to note the new American administration’s ongoing attempts to return the country to an era when the rich ruled and the poor revolted.  Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days

It does not appear to be working out very well for them.  I suspect that is because they dramatically underestimated the number of decent, conscience-driven legislators still on the Hill, including my own state’s bipartisan delegation.

I think a great many people are learning some fundamental lessons in participatory democracy.  I believe we are seeing the natural leaders among our law-makers and law-protectors step forward and take one for the team.

Crossing, as it does, so many demographic lines, this resistance may be as “American” as Betsy Ross and the Star Spangled Banner.  I strongly suspect there will not be another 100 days.  Americans, in their endearing idealism, may, in fact, be gullible to Medicine Show charlatans.  They are not, however, known for suffering their society once they’ve tasted snake oil.

And on that note, then, folks?  Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Huawei, Chinese Technology Giant, Is Focus Of Widening U.S. Investigation

Female Islamic Clerics In Indonesia Issue Rare Child Marriage Fatwa

Chinese Submersible Retrieves Seamount Sample In South China Sea

More World Efforts Needed To Achieve Denuclearization On Korean Peninsula

Thai Court Seeks Arrest Of Red Bull Heir

Top Indonesia Phone Company Site Defaced

Kashmir Social Media Ban Criticised

China Sentences Human Rights Lawyer

Searching For The Last Eagle Hunters In Western Mongolia

AFRICA 

Tanzania’s President Magufuli Sacks 10,000 Over Fake Certificates

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana And Malawi Get First Vaccine

Africa Highlights: Buhari Misses Friday Prayers, Ethiopia Invites UN Rights Chief For Visit

MIDDLE EAST

Syrian Government Made Sarin Used In Khan Sheikhoun, France Says

Iran Election: Six Candidates, Six Facts

Iran’s Exports To EU Jump Three Fold Following Nuclear Deal

EUROPE

After French Vote, Mainstream Europe Breathes A Sigh Of Relief  

Breakaway Ukrainian Territory Turns To Russia As Kiev Cuts Electricity

Turkey Arrests 1,000 In Raids Targeting Gulen Suspects

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel Warns UK On Scope Of Talks With EU

UK Economy Grows By 0.3% As Service Sector Slows

Who Will Be The Expert Jurors For Eurovision 2017?

Famous ‘Swiss Machine’ Climber Ueli Steck Dies Near Mount Everest

RUSSIA

State Russian Museum Knows No Limits As It Marks 120th Anniversary

Russian Foreign Ministry Warns Russians About How To Behave Abroad

Find 10 Differences: Photos Of Moscow Today And More Than A Century Ago

Russia Ramps Up Its Military In The Arctic

Eco-Friendly Food Still Too Expensive For Most Russians

In Color: Russia’s Great Patriotic War

Frozen Fragments Of The Early Soviet Union:  American Photographer’s View Of Leningrad (Current St. Petersburg) In 1930s.

THE VATICAN

Video: Pope Francis: We Are ‘Brothers And Sisters’  

Pope Urges Mediation Of N Korea Crisis

CANADA

15 Strange And Dangerous Places In Canada’s Northwest Territories

Globe & Mail Piece: Vancouver Island Is Where You Come To Get Away From Everywhere Else

Animal Services Rescues Chubby Beaver Trapped In Fence

Ex-CRTC Commissioner Claims Victory Following Federal Court Ruling

Defence Minister Sajjan Apologizes For Claiming He Was Architect Of Operation Medusa

Fort McMurray Fire: One Year Later, A Look At A City Working To Rebuild From Tragedy

Three Sentenced For Stealing $18-Million Worth Of Quebec Maple Syrup

Reforms An Option To Tackle Canada’s Court Delays: Justice Ministers

UNITED STATES

Spotlight: Huge Crowds Swarm Streets Across U.S. To Protest Trump’s Climate Policies

New Orleans Begins Removing Confederate Monuments, Under Police Guard

Road Rage Cases With Guns More Than Double In 3 Years, Report Says

G.D.P. Report Shows U.S. Economy Off To Slow Start In 2017

Risen From The Grave, Keystone XL Pipeline Again Divides Nebraska

A Hardware Renaissance Grows In Brooklyn – And Elsewhere

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Celebrating The Wildflower Across The West

The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, And Coal Won’t Cut It

Video: See How Fast Seattle Has Grown

Portland, Oregon-Based Utility, NW Natural, Charts A Green-Energy Path

Revealed: The 75 Most Generous Washington State Corporate Philanthropists

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protest Death Toll Rises As Injured Woman Dies

Bahamas Festival Organisers Promise Refunds

El Salvador Investigates Zoo Deaths

Venezuela’s Capriles Calls For Election

Woman, 116, ‘Too Old’ For Bank Card

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

British High Commission Helps Gay Couples Marry In Australia

Labor Backtracks On Support For Adani Coal Mine

Would Apartments ‘Ruin’ This Historic Sydney Site?

Affordability Crisis Forcing Families To Walk Away From Home Ownership

Alleged Elizabeth Shopping Centre Killer Tried To Change His Appearance, Police Say

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Broke Queensland’s Electoral Laws, Senator Says

Woman Lucky To Survive Fall After Balcony Collapsed On Melbourne Unit

TOPICAL

ANTLER BASHING

China Launches Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Military Presence

North Korea:: US Vows Sanctions And Will Activate Thaad System ‘Within Days’

North Korea Uses Live Fire Exercise To Display Military Might

BUSINESS & TRADE

Trump Tells Foreign Leaders That NAFTA Can Stay For Now

Google And Facebook Duped In Huge ‘Scam’

Time Inc. Decides Not To Sell Itself

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Fighting Climate Change Means Building Dense, Diverse, Walkable Cities

How Corporations Are Getting Into The Planet-Protecting Business

California Climate Fight Gains An Unlikely Ally: Republicans

Talking Climate Policy, Transit, And High-Speed Rail With Washington State’s Gov. Inslee

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Justices Alarmed By Government’s Hard-Line Stance In Citizenship Case

Video: At Home With Omar And Sarah, A Syrian Refugee Story

Too Scared To Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.

Vetting Delays Snarl Path To Citizenship For Thousands In Military

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Afghan Defence Chiefs Resign Over Deadly Taliban Attack

Denmark Says ‘Key Elements’ Of Russian Government Hacked Defense Ministry

St. Petersburg Metro Blown Up By ‘Extremists Back From Syria’

N.S.A. Halts Collection Of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Woman Shot In London Anti-Terror Operation

TRUMP & COMPANY

Flynn May Have Broken Law By Not Disclosing Russia Dealings, Lawmakers Say

Video: Ivanka Trump Jeered In Germany Defending Father’s Policies

Trump: I Miss My Old Life

How Trump Has Reshaped The Presidency, And How It’s Changed Him, Too

Persuasive Business Leaders Parade Through White House

FROM OLYA

Memorial commemorating the Chernobyl Disaster. Dnipro city, East Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza

CHERNOBYL, EUROPE’S NUCLEAR PHOENIX

Hi Rusty:

The 26th of April is a sad date for Ukraine, marking, as it does, the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. With Fukushima, younger sister of Chernobyl, they both remind us of the price of overconfidence.

I remember reading scientific magazines of last epoch with all these excited articles of peaceful use of the atom. But it’s like a wild animal as it could never be domesticated. Previous generations were so eager for cheap energy that they put off all thoughts of consequences like the radioactive waste produced.  They believed that by the time it became a problem, scientists would have found a solution.

Half a century later there is still no solution. There are rumors that in Chernobyl, the authorities are going to build storage facilities for waste from currently the currently operating Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizzhya.

Russia has been taking it from Ukraine and Chernobyl, a vast but sparsely populated region whose 130-million people are spread out over 17-million square kilometers or 6,563,736 square miles, it probably makes sense.

What cause concerns of construction of such facilities at Chernobyl is that the site is also in the heart of agricultural lands near our nation’s multimillion-populated capital, Kiev.   There is not much thrill in having a radioactive threat again, given the level of corruption permeating the nuclear power industry and the government to which it is responsible.

Chernobyl as a reaction site failed because of faulty construction.  We are hoping it does not fail as the waste storage facility for the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Paul Allen Gives Seattle $30M To House Homeless

Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies At 101

Peggy Whitson Breaks Another Record in Space

‘They Continue To Inspire Us’: Battle Of Coral Sea Bravery Remembered 75 Years On

BAD EXAMPLES

Donald Trump Attacks US Media At 100-Day Pennsylvania Rally

Ousted Over Sexual Misconduct Claims, And On To The Next Teaching Job

This Should Scare You More Than Terrorism: The Opioid Epidemic – Real Leaders

Views: Longview Coal Terminal Is A Road To Nowhere

DALAI LAMA

We all have the same desire to live happily free from sorrow. But we also face a multitude of problems, most of which are of our own making. Many of them derive from our giving in to our disturbing emotions. Even if we’re self-centered, to be motivated by compassion is good because it leads to self-confidence, less fear and greater trust. Whereas being motivated by disturbing emotions leads to distrust and suspicion

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is absolutely cool.  Canadian Cubesat Project: Teams Of Teachers And Students Can Take Part In A Real Space Mission!

This is a little scary.  Video: Uran-9 Combat Robot Undergoes Final Testing

This should definitely make a difference.  How To Pull Water Out Of Thin Air, Even In The Driest Parts Of The Globe

OUR PLANET

Centuries-Old Tombs Discovered Underneath Medieval London Church

9 Radical Changes That Are Coming To Transportation

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries To The Brink

SPACE

People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

This Asteroid And Comet Look Similar

TECHNOLOGY

The Next Era Of Drones

TED 2017: UK ‘Iron Man’ Demonstrates Flying Suit

Meet The People Who Train The Robots (To Do Their Own Jobs)  

Farhad’s And Superior Mike’s Week In Tech: There’s No Flying Car  

THE GREEN BEAT

Are Hydroponic Vegetables As Nutritious As Those Grown In Soil?

BC Scientists Invent More Accurate Way To Measure Oilsands Pollution

Reduce, Reuse… Repair? American Pacific Northwest Fix-It Movement Grows

A Sustainable Alternative To Beef, Pork, And Chicken?

TRAVEL

This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Washington Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

The Island With £100 Million Hidden

Europe’s Surprising Knife Capital

HEALTH

Don’t Catch What Ails Your House

Diet Sodas Tied To Dementia And Stroke

After Knee Or Hip Replacement, No Place Like Home

Where Did My Blood Donation Go? Red Cross Will Tell You

LIFESTYLE

Video: Genocide’s Legacy: Preserving Auschwitz  

The Holocaust: Hunt For A Million Missing Names

Women’s Friendships, In Sickness And In Health

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

A Camera Captures Something Unbelievable That Happens One Time In A Decade. Watch This.

Video: 36 Hours: Tokyo

Ice Cream Museum Opens In Los Angeles 

 

 

MASHA & THE BEAR

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

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ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

This is definitely an “awww” moment.  Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales ‘Whisper’ To Their Mothers

This is great news and they even called it by its right name.  First Bison Calves Born In Banff National Park In Over 140 Years

This is amazing.  See How These 10 Animals Survive The Most Brutal Desert Conditions With Ease

SHORTS

Why Leopards Eat In Trees

Dingo Relative Rediscovered In New Guinea Highlands

Why We Should Listen To Insects

The Animals That Survive Being Eaten

Fish Do Not Forget Things In Seconds

Mass Die-Off Of Whales In Atlantic Is Being Investigated

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

No One Around For Miles, What Would You Do If You Found This?

Meet The Woman Saving Earth’s Penguins

Rescuers Save Six Baby One-Horned Rhinos From Floodwaters In India!

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The April NestWatch newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Secret Tunnel To New York’s Best View

A Polar Bear Got A Grizzly Bear Pregnant, And The Results Are Fascinating.

When You Drop Your Drugs… In Court

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

 

 

 

 

 

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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 THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, sometimes all of us need to unplug or at least distance ourselves from headline news, especially the stuff we can do little or nothing about.  Which some weeks tends to be a lot.  Even for people who have been doing this every week for almost nine years now.

I’m lucky because I live in a cooperative living arrangement where I’m one of two “senior residents,” or as the landlord calls us, “his two anchors.”  I’m not going to go into detail about the house because that would be an invasion of privacy.  They read the magazine and enjoy it.  With that, however, comes the silent caveat.  What belongs to the house, stays in the house.

I can, however, talk about it as a concept, or as Marlon refers to it, “a work in progress.”  He bought the property about a year ago and it wasn’t in the best of shape since its construction in 1956.  It looks like lots of ideas were tried on these three acres and from that, our landlord and friend, got an idea.

He found tenants with the skill sets he needed to begin transforming this into a kind of “village” where people with trades working at home could set up on the property as part of the rent, but with the expectation that if the house needed something that does not require the skills of a licensed general contractor, certified electrician or plumber, we pretty much take care of things inhouse.

He invited us to make this our home, to share in his dream and to help him build it.  I signed on because it’s a good dream and because I sincerely believe Marlon has the chutzpah to pull it off.  With our help.

This is also a household of people who have seen some living, in some cases survived things of almost epic proportion and have, for the most part, come to a profound understanding of how to get along not just with cultural diversity, but with issues that make each of us distinctive but not really different.

We live in Seattle, in a city, state and region, which we call Cascadia, at an incredibly dramatic and critical time in history.  We are being forced to oppose a federal government whose policies we can no longer support because they are not good for us.  And “us” is everybody who lives here.

In order to effectively do that, we’re going to really need to have our proverbial act together.  We’re going to have to come up with the money to replace what we’ve been taking from “the other Washington”.

We’re going to need to hone our statecraft and our ties with sister cities and provinces.  We’re going to need to stay cool and loose doing it and most importantly, we’re going to need to remain focused not on what is wrong but on what we ~ as a family, a neighborhood, a city, county, state/province ~ are doing to fix it.

It’s interesting being an agent of change in the house where I live.  It’s been some while and I wish the circumstances were better.  On the other hand, I don’t need to look very far for greener pastures.  They’re right outside my window.

And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

It’s Like It Never Left: Another El Niño May Be On The Way

ASIA

A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis In Slow Motion’ In North Korea

The Asian Country That’s Drowning

Malaysia Airlines To Track Planes With Satellites

AFRICA

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

South Africa Bus Crash ‘Kills At Least 19 Children’

Nigeria charges 53 over ‘gay wedding’

MIDDLE EAST

American Aid Worker Is Cleared Of Child Abuse Charges In Egypt

Egyptian Soldiers Accused Of Killing Unarmed Sinai Men In Leaked Video

Macabre Rape Law Protest In Lebanon

Qatari Hunting Party Freed In Iraq

EUROPE

Erdogan Claims Vast New Powers After Narrow Victory In Turkish Referendum

Protesters Rally In Istanbul Over Referendum Result  

Fewer Children In Greece May Add To Its Financial Crisis

It’s France’s Turn To Worry About Election Meddling By Russia

Theresa May Calls For A General Election

Rescued Bears Settle In To New Life In Ukraine

RUSSIA

Ulan-Ude, Cradle Of Russian Buddhism

From Serfdom To Freedom: The Long And Winding Road

Shalom! Top 5 Jewish Sites In Moscow And Its Surroundings

CANADA

15 Ways To Celebrate Canada’s 150th

India Visit ‘Very Productive’ Despite Controversy, Says Sajjan

What’s Made Canada’s Slims River Disappear?

Video: Newfoundland Iceberg Looms 15 Stories Tall

UNITED STATES

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Executions

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard To Light

Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears

Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts As Justice Dept. Tightens Screws  

US Air Quality Improving

Maps Show Face Of Homelessness Across US

CASCADIA

Marijuana Goes Industrial In California

Berkeley Is Being Tested On 2 Fronts: Free Speech And Safety

Optimism Over Funding To Restore Washington State Forests, Coasts

Wolves Expected To Make Move To southwest Oregon

LATIN AMERICA

At Least 3 Die Amid Clashes As Protesters Swarm Venezuelan Cities

Brazil Goalkeeper Faces Re-Arrest

Colombia Landslide Kills At Least 17

Venezuela Gave Cash To Trump Inauguration

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Unveils Major Changes To Citizenship Process

US To Honour ‘Dumb’ Australia Migrant Deal

Beach Memorial Held For Teen Surfer Killed In Shark Attack

Youth Justice Boss Says She Visited Don Dale Between Inmate Escapes

AFL To Aid Police Over Racist Rant Aimed At Brisbane Lions Trainer

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

Lloyds Eyes Berlin For Post-Brexit Push

Pound Recovers After Theresa May’s Statement

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Climate Change Reroutes A Yukon River In A Geological Instant

Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight

More Permafrost Than Thought May Be Lost As Planet Warms

‘It Scares Me’: Permafrost Thaw In Canadian Arctic Threatens Homes And Land

How Does The West Coast Lead The Way On Fighting Climate Change?

The Religious Case For Caring About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Mexican Deportees, Once Ignored Back Home, Now Find ‘Open Arms’

Seattle City Council Establishes $1 Million Fund To Help Immigrants With Legal Expenses

Pope Likens Migrant Holding Centers To ‘Concentration Camps’

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Paris Shooting: Gunman Was ‘Focus Of Anti-Terror’ Probe

Borussia Dortmund Bombs: ‘Speculator’ Charged With Bus Attack

‘A Shortage Of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers

TRUMP & COMPANY

With Trump Appointees, A Raft Of Potential Conflicts And ‘No Transparency’

Trump’s Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise

Trump Voters In A Swing District Wonder When The ‘Winning’ Will Start

Comey Tried To Shield The F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped An Election.

Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing For Counsel

FROM OLYA

LANDFILLS INTO PARKS

Hi Rusty:

It was great to have Earth Day this week as a reminder of what each of us could do on daily basis to make our Blue Planet a nicer place to be. Little things just like sorting household rubbish could make a big difference.

This week I saw an outstanding example during a walk through a former landfill site at Cheshire County, UK.  The place was, not long ago, a facility for disposing of household waste.  But now, that picture is stunningly green.

As it said on an information board nearby, since the closure of the waste sit,e an amazing transformation has taken place.  Today, the site is managed for its wildlife value and as a place for appreciating nature whilst taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh air. The only thing they ask is not to smoke as waste still decomposing beneath the surface could still produce some flammable gases, for this special infrastructure is made.

What a great idea to give the former waste tipping landfill back to nature. For more information, visit the Cheshire County Ranger Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CECRangers/

It is certainly an example from which the Ukraine could benefit and in particularly Lviv, the city West Ukraine, that ~ at the moment ~is having a big problem with waste storage after its site caught  fire last summer. Having said that biomass energy recycling plants would also help. Hopefully local authorities will look for updating their waste polices to modern day standards.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

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GOOD EXAMPLES

Living By The Girl Scout Law, Even Without A Home

To These Pastors, Saving The Colorado River Is A Divine Command

Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns To Public Life Next Week

Watch: Metro’s New Vision Zero Video Is Brilliant

BAD EXAMPLES

Tesla Recalls 53,000 Cars Over Brake Issue

Russian Hacker Sentenced To 27 Years In Credit Card Case

Pesticide Maker Tries To Kill Risk Study

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside The Anti-Gay Pogrom In Chechnya

DALAI LAMA

Developing compassion for others brings inner strength contributing to our own inner peace. This automatically reduces fear. This is important because fear and stress can lead to frustration, which in turn can lead to anger and violence. It’s not enough to say that violence is destructive, to prevent it we must address its causes, which very often are fear and anger.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If this is successful, I will remember this place fondly.  Mayor Wants To Bring Self-Driving Vehicles To Portland, Oregon

This is incredible50 Reasons To Love The World

We need to listen to this person.  Neil DeGrasse Tyson says this new video may contain the ‘most important words’ he’s ever spoken – The famous astrophysicist argues that Americans need to stop using politics to squelch science, and instead build policy on science.

OUR PLANET

An Ice Scientist’s Worst Nightmare

The Black Islands Rising From The Sea

There Are More Trees Than Stars In Our Galaxy — But Can We Save Them?

SPACE

Ocean Worlds Beyond Earth

Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn And Its Rings

Empty Third Seat For ISS Launch

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Patched ‘NSA Hack’ Windows Flaws Before Leak

8 Amazing New Technologies That Will Make America’s Military Even Stronger

UW President Cauce: Skepticism Is Critical To Science, But Don’t Be Skeptical About Science Itself

THE GREEN BEAT

Views: Congress Must Lead On Carbon Pollution

Portland, Oregon Votes To Turn Sewage Into Vehicle Fuel

Air Quality:  Programs, Video And Downloads: Solutions To Air Pollution From Across The World

TRAVEL

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in (and Around) Vancouver

Saudi Arabia’s Silent Desert City

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

HEALTH

Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

‘Pacemaker’ For The Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds  

Kids Need Access To Nature For Mental Health

The Cost Of Not Taking Your Medicine

LIFESTYLE

Now You’re Cooking:  Recipes From The Web’s Best Foodies

Prince Harry On Diana Grief

My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s A Tomboy.

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings) Vs Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings)

Favorite Photos For Earth Day 2017

This Lion’s Happiness is Infectious! You Will Melt When You See His Paws Touch 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL  

 This is definitely going to change a few figures of speech.  Sheep Are Not Stupid After All

Whew.  April the Giraffe, an Internet Star, Gives Birth. Finally.

Here’s a chance for us to make a difference.  How To Save The Most Trafficked Mammal

SHORTS

An Invasion Of Hedgehogs

A Bat Ray Goes Hunting

Silver Fish Surf The Waves To Spawn On California Beaches

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like A Computer Simulation

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

After This Orphaned Elk Was Rescued She Gave Her Saviors An Amazing Showing Of Gratitude

Two Rare Predator Species Meet On Snowy Hillside

After 22 Years Of Separation These Former Circus Elephants Share The Most Emotional Reunion

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s April 2017 newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Chunk Of The Arctic Stops By For A Photo Shoot

How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions Of Years Before Humans

Crocodile Eats South African Hunter

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE  

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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Canada’s Easter Beaver

HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we would like to wish our Christian readers Happy Easter.  I got to explain to a three year old from another culture that the bunny of said holiday does not actually lay the eggs but delivers them for Easter chickens who prefer to donate anonymously.

In Australia, they have an Easter platypus that both lays and delivers the eggs.  But in North America, only delivery.  The US has the Easter bunny and in Canada, of course, the Easter beaver makes the rounds.

I think it is cool to have so many traditions behind one of the greatest miracles our species has ever witnessed.

Apparently the American commander in chief exercised a tactical prerogative with some historical precedence.  Apparently the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal was used against ISIS in Afghanistan with predictable results.  That’s what you do if you want to win a war.  Apparently that’s the goal here.  There’s a new sheriff in town and this one notches his six guns.

it was kind of a rough week for presidential spokesmen, wasn’t it?  In all fairness, I knew what Spicer meant with the comparison between Hitler and Assad.  Poison gas, so lethal in the First World War, was not used in combat during the Second.  Everybody knows what Hitler used it for.

Sometimes the press reminds me of a flock of vultures waiting for the mules of a July desert wagon train to drop.  Or hungry alligators in a Florida swamp waiting for a canoe to tip over.  I am absolutely not a Spicer fan but I am fond of fairness.  And when a pack jumps on a single individual for what was obviously a mistake and not a pronouncement, that’s bullying.  And it doesn’t matter who does it, it is just not cool.

And to wrap it up, Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet.  It falls on Saturday, April 22.  For more about how it got started and how people celebrate it around the world and in your community, go to the official Earth Day homepage at www.earthday.org

And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

The World’s Most Expensive City?

Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

To Curb Global Warming, Science Fiction May Become Fact

ASIA

Philippines Whistleblower Lascanas: I Killed My Own Brothers

North Korea ‘Ready For Nuclear Attack’

Bengali New Year Parade In Dhaka Stands Up To Militancy

China Fears N Korea ‘Conflict Any Moment’

AFRICA

The Ugandan Children Who Canoe To School

US Troops To Help Fight Against Al-Shabab

The Nigerian Woman Standing Up To Boko Haram

MIDDLE EAST

Syria War: G7 Rejects Sanctions On Russia After ‘Chemical Attack’

Canada Announces Sanctions On 27 Top Syrian Officials In Effort To Pressure Assad

Lula And Simba, Last Surviving Animals At Mosul Zoo, Have Been Rescued

Egypt’s Shaken Copts Mark Good Friday

EUROPE

Spain Mourns First Woman Defense Minister Carme Chacón

Turkey In Turmoil And Chaos Since Purge Aimed At Dissenters

Eurovision: Russia Will Not Broadcast Contest After Ukraine Ban

Russia

Baby Boom In Moscow Zoo: Welcome The Newborn Fluffy Dwellers!

Moscow: ‘Bringing Ultimatums To Russia Does Not Work’

New Upgraded Trains Added To Moscow’s Metro

From The Black Sea To The Baltic: Russia By Car

CANADA

Under Collective Vision, A Tiny BC First Nation Thrives On Its Path To Net Zero

B.C. Investment Adviser Missing For 528 Days Turns Himself In To Police

Justice Minister Says Upcoming Court Delay Meeting ‘Not About Appointing Blame’ 

Atlantic Fishermen Not Hooked On Idea Of Marine Protection Areas

Inquiry Into Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Postpones Edmonton, Thunder Bay Meetings

Weed Legalization Bill Gives Answers On Future Of Pot In Canada, But Questions Remain

UNITED STATES

Alabama ‘Luv Guv’ Robert Bentley Quits Over Relationship With Aide

Videos Of A Man Being Dragged Off A United Plane Ignites A Public Relations Crisis

Video: Video Shows Sacramento Officer Beating Pedestrian

Cascadia

Is Canadian Tar Sands Pipeline Pointing To Tacoma?

Study Links Puget Sound Residents’ Happiness To Their Interactions With Nature

Portland, Multnomah County Commit To Using 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

A Strange Encounter Near The Hoh River

Yet Another Fossil Fuel Project Heading For Tacoma’s Port

The Solution To Transit’s Last Mile Problem? Walking

LATIN AMERICA

Ecuador Orders Partial Recount Of Votes

Massive New Spider With Red Fangs Discovered

Teenage Protester Killed In Venezuela

Mexico Car Park Collapse Kills Seven

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Damage To Great Barrier Reef ‘Unprecedented’

Cyclone Cook: Evacuations As Huge Storm Lashes North New Zealand

50 Dishes That Define Australian Dining

Future Frigates Timeframe Could Be Too Tight, Defence Officials Say

Qantas Passengers Recall Scenes From ‘Stick Shaker’ Incident

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

How ‘Made In Russia’ Eco-Food Can Win Chinese Consumers Over

As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes A Draw  

New Tools Needed To Track Technology’s Impact On Jobs, Panel Says

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Already, Another El Niño May Be On The Way

Pruitt Calls For US To ‘Exit’ Paris Climate Agreement

What One Oak Tells Us About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Huge Fire Destroys Camp Housing 1,500 Migrants In France

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Why Are Russian Paratroopers Heading For Nicaragua?

Stockholm Suspect ‘Admits Truck Attack’

Egypt Churchgoers Defiant After ISIS Bomb

Borussia Dortmund Attack: Police Investigate Islamist Link

ISIS Death Toll From Afghan Bomb Reaches 90

Assad Denies Use Of Chemical Weapons

Video: Witnessing An ISIS Drone Attack

TRUMP & COMPANY

White House To Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret

FROM OLYA 

Paska, Orthodox Easter bread, as seen through the eyes of a child.

EAST AND WEST MEET FOR A COMMON EASTER

Hi Rusty:

Thank you, Mishka, for sharing quite interesting traditions of Western Easter. This year, as it rarely does, Orthodox/Eastern Easter is in on the same day.  For me, it is symbolic maybe as I mentioned before, once I got rescued on Easter when it was the same day in the east and the west.

The more I travel, the more think we all are more alike than different.

To talk about Orthodox Easter traditions many of us would fast for about 40 days before. On Thursday this week was the day for cooking Paskas, an Easter bread, as well as painting eggs.

The simplest recipe for the latter is just let eggs boil in onion skins.  This will give a nice, somewhat pinky color to the eggs. But of course creativity of all sorts could be expected, making Easter basket very bright, with colorful eggs and Paskas to take to church on Easter morning to be consecrated.

No fairy animals in Eastern tradition in my part of the world although I find very cute this children-friendly side of Western traditions including chocolate eggs hunt. Probably with time this will come to our celebrations too.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Mexican Government Stands In Solidarity With Sea Shepherd To Save Nearly Extinct Vaquita

Seattle Brainiacs Harness Sunshine For Clean Water

Portland, Oregon Votes To Divest From All Corporations

Credit Suisse Bosses Offer To Cut Their Own Bonuses By 40%

BAD EXAMPLES

Libor: Bank Of England Implicated In Secret Recording

U.N. Experts Condemn Killing And Torture Of Gay Men In Chechnya  

Sexual Abuse At Choate Went On For Decades, School Acknowledges

DALAI LAMA

Scientists have concluded that basic human nature is compassionate. This is a sign of hope. If it was otherwise and it was human nature to be angry, things would be hopeless. What’s important is that while we’re alive we shouldn’t create trouble, but, recognizing how other people are human like us, should cultivate concern for their well being. If we can do that there’ll be no basis for cheating, bullying or killing.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

We had this geranium that once tried to eat the cat.  This sort of reminds me of it.  The 10 Strangest Plants On Earth

I thought this is a good question.  Video: How Destructive Is The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’?

This is absolutely fascinatingThe World’s Most Underestimated People?

OUR PLANET

The Storm That Trashed A City

An Abandoned Fortress Beneath Russia

Volcanic Eruption Captured By Drones In Guatemala

SPACE

Photos Of Jupiter From NASA Spacecraft, Both Near And Far

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion A Year In Amazon Stock To Finance Race To Space

All You Wanted To Know About Russian Space Exploration

Europe’s Reusable Space Traveler

Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life

TECHNOLOGY

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

The Tiny Changes That Can Make AI Fail

A Lifesaving Invention Could Save Thousands Of Sea Creatures!

THE GREEN BEAT

What’s At Stake In Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook For City Lovers

Precedent-Setting Indigenous Environmental Review Rejects BC Mine

TRAVEL

15 Places In Washington You Must See Before You Die

Spokane’s Manito Park: Near Nature, Near Perfect

15 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures In Southern Utah

HEALTH

Video: Is This China’s Fountain Of Youth?

Grechka: Russia’s Ultimate Secret Weapon For Health And Success

Interactive Graphic: You Draw It: Just How Bad Is The Drug Overdose Epidemic?

LIFESTYLE

The Joy Of A Christian-Muslim Wedding Among Egypt’s Nubians

Do Actors Have To Be Human?

Meet Sesame Street’s First Autistic Character, Julia

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Spend A Day In The Yamal Tundra: On The Move With Deer Herders

Nature Doesn’t Need Us, We Need Nature. The Rain Forest Speaks Through Kevin Spacey.

Island Life In Vladivostok: Where To Swim, Sunbathe And Surf 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is an online editing, writing and tutoring and service located in Seattle, Washington.  We handle everything from general editing, to ghost writing, to online tutoring in English composition.  Please contact us at minstel312@aol.com or visit our website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Blue whale feeding. They love him at the “all you can eat for a dollar” buffets. Thanks to Kenny and Carl in Kensington for the photo.

This is staggering.  The Animal That Eats The Most Food

I think the allegory in this is really obvious, right?  Turns Out, Goats And Wolves CAN Live In Harmony!

This is one of the reasons I still believe in miracles.  Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!

QUIZZES

Quiz: Do You Know These Backyard Birds?

Can You Find The Perfect Wildlife Match For These 9 Native Trees?

SHORTS

The World’s Greatest Wildlife Hotspot

Ten Things You Can Do For Birds

Scientists To Canada: “Shhh”— For The Orcas

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Need Some Awww? A Tiny Yellow-Bellied Glider (And Her Mama!) Are Rescued. Yay!

They Saved This Koala’s Life 3 Years Ago. Now, She’s Back To Visit With A Rare Surprise

He Rescued A Baby Squirrel That Fell From A Tree. He Never Expected This Insane Bond To Form!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Man Making The World’s Tallest Bike

Is This France’s Strangest Cake?

Best Job In The World? Mars Will ‘Hire’ Cats And Dogs To Improve Nutrition

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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