THOU SHALLT NOT GLOAT

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March 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 29
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THOU SHALL NOT GLOAT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, perhaps the biggest headline in America is the preservation of the Affordable Care Act and I think all concerned deserve a standing ovation for that one.  No system created by human beings is perfect because we ourselves are not perfect.  But that one’s been working and in my house, when it’s working, you don’t fix it unless you know how to make it better.

I was also glad to read that America’s chief executive has decided to turn war-making over to the professionals.  There was some initial concern about relinquishing civilian oversight but since this president has no military training or experience, while the decision to send in the Marines remains his, how they get there and what they do when they arrive remains in the capable hands of the people in the Pentagon.

I caution both Democrats and Republicans to watch the language they use.  A two party system was not created for ideological competition.  It was designed to be a cooperative enterprise, blending the best of both sides.  It rightfully dismissed this absurd and historically unsupportable notion that one side is always correct and the other side is always in error.

What happened with the Affordable Care Act was not a victory for liberals and a defeat for conservatives.  It was a response to the national constituency and that’s what Congress is supposed to do in the first place.  It is what, among other things, we pay them to do.

While it is gratifying to see them once again doing this, in my house, you don’t get praised for simply doing your job.  You get recognized for going above and beyond.  It will be interesting to see if this administration is capable of that.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE 

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: 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

Record Low Sea Ice At Both Poles

ASIA

In Battle For Digital India, Vodafone Teams Up With Idea Cellular

China To Spend $15-Billion On Roads To Russia In 2017

Duterte’s Bloody Crackdown Drives Drug Users To Rehab

Printing The Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive In Tibet

Hong Kong Election: The Nanny, Mr. Pringles Or The Judge?

U.N. Rights Council To Investigate Reports Of Atrocities In Myanmar

Bill Gates Advice For China’s Students In A Speech At Peking University

AFRICA

Court Awards $1 Million For Victims Of Congolese Warlord 

5 Bodies Found Off Libya Amid Fears That 200 Migrants May Have Drowned

Egypt Roared As Mubarak Fell. It’s Mute As He’s Freed.

Time Short To Avert Starvation In Yemen And Somalia, Red Cross Says

 

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli City Stunned That Anti-Semitic Threats Came From Within

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

U.S. Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa, Syria

EUROPE

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO ‘Vast Sums’

Happiness Report: Norway Is The Happiest Place On Earth

Three Years Under Russian Control

Ukraine Formally Bans Russia’s 2017 Eurovision Contestant

Ukraine Munitions Blasts Prompt Mass Evacuations

London  Attack – See Under Topical News Below

Russia

New Friends: Russia And Japan Are Finding Common Ground

Russians Happier Than They Look, UN Study Shows

Russia, Thailand Look To Strengthen Transport, Logistics Links

Russia And The U.S. Hold Onto Top Spots For International Weapons Exports

Russia Bans Money Transfers To Ukraine Via U.S. Cash Transfer Systems

The Vatican

Pope Apologizes For Church’s Role In Rwanda Genocide

Young Girl Removes Pope Francis’s Skullcap

CANADA

Best Friends Become First To Co-Parent In Canada

Canadian Monks Go Above And Beyond For Lobsters On The Chopping Block!

Canada Won’t Be Rushed Into Military Peace Mission, Trudeau Says

Toronto Schools To Cease Field Trips To U.S.

UNITED STATES

FBI Director Will Testify In Congress Over Trump Russia Claims

Hope For Flint: EPA Allots $100M Grant To Fix Water Infrastructure

Video: Coming Out In Droves For Free Health Care

Kentucky Becomes 2nd State To Pass A Blue Lives Matter Bill

We Have Some Good News On The California Drought. Take A Look.

CASCADIA

Portland: No Freeway Expansions Without Equal Funding For Active Transportation

Toward A More Age-Friendly Seattle

Representation For Seattle Renters

Seattle Gets MHA Right In Downtown And SLU

How Seattle Killed Micro-Housing, Again

VR Is Changing The Game For Oregon Architecture

Seattle-Area Grew So Much Last Year, We Grew A Bellingham

Renewed Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Effort Draws Protest In OR

Will Oregon Sell This No-Longer-Profitable State Forest?

THE NATIONS

Northwest Tribes Say Salmon Recovery Is Requirement Based On Treaty Rights

Rethinking (And Rewriting) Indigenous Laws Into BC

BC Reports 64 LNG Pipeline Deals With 29 Northern First Nations

LATIN AMERICA

Renegotiate NAFTA? Mexicans Say Get On With It

Argentine Ex-President Faces Trial In $3.5 Billion Fraud Case 

Brazil Meat Scandal Is Called ‘A Punch In The Stomach’

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Cyclone Debbie Forces Coastal Evacuations In Whitsundays

Thai Hells Angel Bashed In Power Struggle With Australian Bikies

Australian Government Intervenes As Sydney Professor Detained In China

Grant Denyer In ‘Good Spirits’ After Rally Car Crash

Brave Brisbane Kids Honored For Fighting Off Murderous Stepfather

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

New Cloud Types Added For The First Time In 30 Years

How Americans Think About Climate Change, In Six Maps

Why There’s Still Hope For The Climate In 2017

Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops To Its Lowest Recorded Level

US Climate Concern Hits Record Highs

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

He Helped Deport Thousands. Now He Shelters Immigrants In His Church

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks To Avoid Big Ground Wars

Trump Shifting Authority Over Military Operations Back To Pentagon

Video: New Fighting Grips Outskirts Of Syrian Capital

Afghan Taliban Capture City Of Sangin

ISIS Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Syria’s Palmyra

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said To Have Killed Up To 200 Civilians

London Attack

London Attack: British-Born Attacker ‘Known To MI5’

Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims On Westminster Bridge

Toll Of London Attack Is Global For An Assailant Born In Britain

Video: Remembering The London Attack Victims

London Attack: Theresa May Evacuated From Westminster

TRUMP & COMPANY

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms

Ex-Trump Advisor Received $10 Million Annually To Assert Russian Interests In The U.S.

Trump Becomes Ensnared In Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

Paul Ryan Emerges From Health Care Defeat Badly Damaged

FROM OLYA 

HACKSAW RIDGE REVIEWED

Hi Rusty:

Recently I was asked about what film has made the most impression on me. It is the 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson. It is biographical story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier during WW II.  A  Seventh-day Adventist Christian, because of his religious beliefs, he refused to even handle weapons.

At first, no one in the army understood his attitude and many considered him simply a coward.  But as story unfolds and he helps those who treated him unfairly, Desmond gains the respect and then the admiration of his mates and commanders by saving 75 men under fire on Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa.  For this, he became the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.

Things that impressed me so much were like even in the tensest situations, he stayed loyal to his faith and his religion, summing it up with devastating simplicity. “I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.”

I was also very moved when it showed him helping Japanese wounded in addition to his own men.  It was a dramatic embracing of the idea that all men were his brothers and no man was his enemy.

The most stunning was to see documented a real hero as fortunately Mel Gibson shoot the film in time, while Desmond Doss and some of his comrades whom he helped to survive still were able to share this amazing story in person.

By highlighting courage and consciousness and the power of belief, this film definitely inspired a lot of people. I read recently an article about another American soldier who left the military last year upon influence of the film when he understood that the moral principles he believed in are incompatible with supporting war and the inevitable “collateral damage” of innocents.

While these moral questions are to be answered by persons individually, if we look into history, no one who started wars with weapons in hands thrived. Neither Hitler with the most proficient military for his time, nor Soviet Union that tried to prepare unexpected stroke to him in early 1941.

The Soviet government starved millions of her own people in the 1930s from the Urals to Ukraine, in order to exchange the grain they produced for weapons and the money to construct military plants in preparation for a big war. And all the sacrifices just led to a major disaster and all those superior weapons falling into German hands when Hitler broke his non-aggression treaty and invaded the Soviet Union.

In the second decade of the 21st Century, we have only to look at the wars in the Middle East to see the destruction, waves of immigration now flooding western countries and terrorists attacks.

It seems that humanity started to forget the lessons of WW I and WW II ~ that all wars are unjust and weapons could be easily captured and redirected; that what is needed instead is to be found non-aggressive solutions. The works of authors of so called after war “lost” generations are a reminder. Hoping this message of Ernest Hemingway “A Farewell to Arms” retold by Desmond Doss refusing taking weapons into his hands will be heard.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine,

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DALAI LAMA

All religions have the potential to create better human beings, but since 1 billion of the 7 billion human beings alive today have no interest in religion, and frequently even believers don’t take their faith that seriously, we need a more universal approach to developing inner values without relying on this or that religious tradition.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Fishermen Find Whale Struggling In Water, Then Realize She’s Trapped In Nets

Washington State Department Of Veterans Affairs Receives National Award Of Excellence

BAD EXAMPLES

The DAPL Is Nearly Complete

Compounding Pharmacy Owner Not Guilty Of Murder After 60 Meningitis Deaths

Former Penn State President Found Guilty In Sandusky Abuse Case

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is a “heads up” to our readers on the American Atlantic coast.  Atlantic Subtropical or Tropical Storm May Form Next Week For Just the Second Time In March Since Records Began

This definitely left us thinkingShaking Up The Dinosaur Family Tree

These little dudes are totally awesome.  How A Water Bear Survives, Even When It’s Dry

OUR PLANET

Why Scientists Are Worried About A Landslide No One Saw Or Heard

Alaska Volcano Erupts 36 Times In 4 Months, Triples In Size

Machiavelli’s Secret Tunnel To Fame

SPACE

Visualizing The Cosmic Streams That Spew Meteor Showers

How Comet 67P’s Face Changed During Its Trip Around The Sun

Trump On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

The Ingenious Way To Better The Button

Farhad’s And Mike’s Week In Tech: YouTube’s Problematic Advertising

Smartphones That Get Too Darn Hot

THE GREEN BEAT

Butchart Gardens Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles – Victoria Buzz

Solar Farming Brings Benefits—And Concerns—To The Land

The West Coast Will Determine The Fate Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Whatcom Council Approves Second 6-Month Ban On Crude Oil Exports

Keystone Foes Prepare Fight As Trump Issues Pipeline Permit

TRAVEL

5 BC Parks Campgrounds For Escaping The Crowds – Explore BC

Deep In The Amazon, A Remarkable Beach (And Ant-Eating) Experience

The Island Of Beautiful Waters

Video: What A Child Actually Sees On Vacation

HEALTH

In Major Defeat For Trump, Push To Repeal Health Law Fails  

Food Values: What We Choose To Eat And What We Throw Away

The Best Exercise For Aging Muscles

LIFESTYLE

New Crop Of Young Adult Novels Explores Race And Police Brutality

Travel Ban Dampens Persian New Year Celebration

India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look For Ms. Right Via Wrong Numbers

A Rare Glimpse Into The Bedouin Life

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Northern Lights Shine On Humpback Whales — Must See!

Under Rainier’s Crater, A Natural Laboratory Like No Other | Special Reports P

Appalachian Spring Performed Live By Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra At Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, Conductor Luke Gilmour

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Happy spring, everybody.  Waking From Hibernation, The Hard Work Of Spring Begins

SHORTS

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Florida Sharks Worth More Alive Than Dead, Study Finds

Are These The Ultimate Travelers?

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How A Venus Flytrap Knows To Snap Shut

Headed North, Sandhill Cranes Squeeze In Where They Can

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IT HAS TO BE TOUGH BEING DONALD TRUMP THESE DAYS

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March 19, 2017     Vol. 9     No. 28
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IT HAS TO BE TOUGH BEING DONALD TRUMP THESE DAYS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I never thought I’d say this but I am actually beginning to feel sorry for America’s chief executive and a lot prouder of Americans in general than I have been in some while.

Donald Trump appears very confused and that would be expected from time to time.  That’s been the downfall of dictators but if you’ve got a good cabinet backing you up, your own humanity need not be limiting or compromising the integrity of the nation.

Except that Donald does not have that.  He has people who have long understood that the only way to underwrite wealth in this country is to control the government of said nation.  So they’ve been reweaving the fabric of American politics and their techniques are not those of the Constitution but of commerce.

Now they finally have a business person in the White House.  And he’s not some populist boot strapper who started out shining shoes and then worked his way to the top of the fashion footwear industry.  He was born into wealth and the ethics of commerce.  He knows how to sell stuff, including himself.

Donald’s ethics, tactics and strategy work very well in a consumer driven environment.  But when you are selling public policy, the first thing you need to know is whether you can deliver on a promise.  And it isn’t a matter of leveraging a manufacturer or a delivery system.  It is a question of legality.

Donald also seems to have underestimated the power and sway that law still holds for most Americans.  They may disagree with some legislation but they would never deny themselves either the protection or the process.  As individual citizens who vote, they are responsible for both.

Donald also apparently has missed an important point in even the name of this country.  We are not one nation with a single ethnicity and cultural heritage.  We are 50 individual “nations” with incredibly diverse demographics who have accepted national government to the extent that it serves our individual interests.

When that government fails, we resist.  The South may have “lost” the American Civil War militarily, but she immortalized the same spirit of independence which established this nation to begin with.  That spirit of state sovereignty is very much alive today.

From Olympia to Honolulu to Sacramento to Albany and beyond and back, Donald Trump is being told what he can and cannot do.  The representatives in Washington, DC who speak for these 50 individual entities are also assisting Donald Trump with his education.  They are thoughtfully instructing him in the difference between the ethics of government and those of commerce.

Perhaps most importantly and meaningful to him is that a lot of people he and his cohorts sell stuff to in the world of commerce are now marching on Washington, DC and demonstrating in the streets of their own hometowns.  They don’t like what he’s peddling now and that could well cost him the White House.  If and when they ever boycott him and his friends as consumers, Trump Towers is going to make a nice aviary.

It has to be tough being Donald Trump these days.  I do not envy him.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: 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

Islam: The World’s Fastest Growing Religion

Climate Change Is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

ASIA

Boeing’s First Overseas Factory To Be Built In China’s Zhoushan

Russian Army Chief Arrives In Thailand For 3-Day Visit

How Does China’s Imperial Past Shape Its Foreign Policy Today?

How Russia Helped Rebuild A Newly Independent Bangladesh

North Korea Revs The Engine Of Its New High-Thrust Missile

AFRICA

A Landslide At An Ethiopia Garbage Dump Kills At Least 24

7 Congo Army Officers Charged With War Crimes In Massacre

Beneath Mask Of Normal Nigerian Life, Young Lives Scarred By Boko Haram

U.N. Officials Among 6 To Disappear In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Airstrike Kills Dozens Of Somali Migrants Off Yemen’s Coast

Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Tanker And Crew

MIDDLE EAST

Video: 6 Years Of Civil War In Syria

Israel’s Arrow Anti-Missile System ‘In First Hit’

Iranian Pilgrims Can Participate in Hajj This Year, Saudi Arabia Says

Pope Francis To Visit Egypt To Mend Ties With Muslims

EUROPE

Dutch Election: Wilders Defeat Celebrated By PM Rutte

Hackers Post Pro-Erdogan Messages In Attack On Twitter Accounts

Made In Ukraine: Ukraine Brand Value Hits $56 Billion In 2016, No. 4 In National Growth

Basque Separatist Group ETA Is Said to Promise to Disarm

Germany Reacts to Merkel-Trump Visit: ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’

Ex-VW Chief Looks to Sell $1.2 Billion Stake, Creating Uncertainty

Russia

Russia Reveals Eurovision 2017 Entry

Former Pro-Putin Activist Celebrates U.S. Green Card On Instagram

The Guy Who Plowed His Car Through A Russian Airport Terminal Gets His License Revoked

Russian Military Pilot In Fatal Black Sea Crash Was In ‘Full Control Of Plane’ — Reports

Foreign Ministry: EU’s Decision To Prolong Sanctions Regrettable

Bye-Bye, Lenin: The Craziest Stories Of Soviet Defectors

Inefficient Russia: Why The Russian Budget Performs Poorly

The Vatican

Pope Francis To Visit Egypt April 28-29

CANADA

Girl Guides Of Canada Canceling U.S. Trips Over Border Uncertainty’

Canadians With Cystic Fibrosis Survive Longer Than Americans With The Disease

Canadians Fear Trump’s Budget Will Devastate Great Lakes

Canada Today: Back Home, a Hidden Harvest and Water Worries

UNITED STATES

After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business

Trump Travel Ban: US Judge Blocks New Executive Order

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

CASCADIA

Seattle Binge Drinking Communities Ranked

9 Things Washingtonians Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else

San Francisco Votes No On Dakota Access Pipeline

Oregon Looks To Add Paid Family Leave

As Water Levels Rise, So Does The Cost Of Living On The Coast

Protecting Pacific Northwest Land

The Comeback Of Coho

Countdown To The 670-Mile Oregon Timber Trail Launch

Clean Tech Worth $1.8 Billion To BC Economy

A Better Way To Meet Washington’s Needs: Invest In Nature

THE NATIONS

Quileute Member Creating A Smokin’ Hot New Business

Stillaguamish Plant Trees To Honor Billy Frank Jr. | Heraldnet.Com

A ‘Landmark’ For Tribal Sovereignty In Washington State

Native Nations Rise On DC

LATIN AMERICA

While Scolding Trump, Mexico Seeks To Curtail Citizens’ Rights

Cautious Optimism In Brazil As Appetite Returns For I.P.O.S  

Brazil Packers ‘Sold Bad Meat Worldwide’

‘Healthiest Hearts In The World’ Found

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

US Applications For New Zealand Citizenship Have Skyrocketed Since Trump’s Election

How Did Aboriginal Australians Arrive On The Continent? DNA Helps Solve A Mystery

Large Sections Of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

Severe Storm Bears Down On Flood-Hit Northern NSW

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Earth’s Temperatures Continue To Rise, And So Are Americans’ Worries

Climate Change Needs To Be Tackled For Better Health

If We Could Buy A Stable Climate, What Would It Be Worth?

Carbon Dioxide In The Atmosphere Is Rising At The Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Hawaii’s Attorney General: Religious Hostility ‘Violates Constitution’

‘I Am An American Because Of Him’: The Journey Of Pence’s Irish Grandfather

Yemen Migrant Boat Attack Killed 31, Says UN

Hungary To Put Migrants In Converted Shipping Containers

Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions In Offering Sanctuary To Immigrants

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Pirates Hijacked An Oil Tanker Off The Coast Of Somalia For The First Time Since 2012

Russian Agents Were Behind Yahoo Hack, U.S. Says

TRUMP

Trump Wrote Off $100 Million In Losses In 2005, Leaked Forms Show

Neil Gorsuch Has Web Of Ties To Secretive Billionaire

Yes, Trump Is Being Held Accountable

Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Leak Reveals $38m Bill

Trump Digs In On Wiretap, No Matter Who Says Differently

Britain’s GCHQ Agency Denies Wiretapping Donald Trump

Michael Flynn Was Paid By Russian-Linked Firms, Letter Shows

Trump Offers No Apology For Claim On British Spying

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA IN EUROPE

TESLA’S 100 DAYS

Hello Rusty:

The world around us is quite interesting and changes drastically. Now even chat in Twitter can make big news especially if the dialog is led by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Elon Musk: Powerwall 2 Can Solve South Australia’s Energy Crisis in 100 days – Or It’s free

The fact is that Lyndon Rive,  vice president for Energy Products at Tesla, said that with the help of his Powerwall 2, the company can build a capacious industrial battery that will solve the power supply problems in South Australia. And it will take no more than 100 days.

First, Mike Canon-Brookes, the founder of a large Atlassian company, asked in Twitter how serious the company was about these words and then received reply they are, in fact, very serious.. After that the senator from South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, suggested to Mask to discuss his proposal.

This is how history is made. No less epic is the continuation when Musk says that Tesla is for open pricing and that these are prices for any customer, minus delivery, labor and local taxes, meaning a project of this scale with open prices.

It’s intersting to imagine how many energy company bosses might become nervous with such transparency. This seems like an early bird symbolizing a new era of candor and clear energy is on the threshold.

P.S. Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine prime minister, also became interested in this way to receive energy. Elon Musk replied they will consider launching a project of renewable energy for Ukraine. Hopefully one such projects will be introduced. With all the technology that exists, to still rely on hugely dangerous atom and polluting unecological hydro-energy is just unbelievable.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay save, cousin mine.

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

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 DALAI LAMA

Peace is not brought about through conflict, but through compassion — creating peace of mind within ourselves. We all need compassion and women can take a lead role in encouraging others to let it flower within them. My own first teacher of kindness and compassion was my mother.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Kakapo Saved From Extinction Thanks To Intense Conservation Effort

Brave Siberian Girl, Age 4, Walked Miles Through Forest To Save Grandmother

Muslim Marine Hits The Streets Of America To Spread Positivity About His Faith

ADL Receives $100,000 Grant From Craig Newmark Foundation For Incident Response Center

Parents Create Drug To Save Daughters

How 9 Communities Are Making Homeownership Affordable

This Brewery Made One Big Change To Save Wildlife

BAD EXAMPLES

Trump’s Former Campaign Head Accused Of Playing Part In Ukraine Deaths

Tillerson Used Alias In Emails On Climate Change, New York Ag Says

Toppled Headstones In Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery Reportedly ‘Not Hate Crime’ – D

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is, in my opinion, a totally appropriate application of this technology.  What do you think?  High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa

This is frightening.  Moment BBC Crew Caught In Mount Etna Explosion

I guess after awhile, all these guys look alike.  So Many Pharaohs: A Possible Case of Mistaken Identity in Cairo

OUR PLANET

From Flight 370 Hunt, New Insight Into Indian Ocean’s Unknown Depths

The Dark Town With A Giant ‘Sun Mirror’

The World’s Trickiest Construction Site

SPACE

Russia’s Space Agency Announces A Casting Call For Tomorrow’s Cosmonauts

The Huge Impact If Earth’s Spin Flipped

Would You Stay In Bed For 70 Days Straight? NASA Will Pay You $18,000 If You Said Yes!

TECHNOLOGY

Intel Buys Mobileye In $15.3 Billion Bid To Lead Self-Driving Car Market

BC Researchers Break Ground On Microplastics

It’s Possible To Hack A Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

THE GREEN BEAT

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Nature Conservancy Outlines Land Protection Strategy In Oregon, Washington, Elsewhere

How Railroads Could Be Electricity Superhighways

What If We Could Deal With Landfills By Turning Them Into Clean Energy?

TRAVEL

Explore Port Stephens And The Central Coast Of NSW

In Maryland, Visitors Can Follow Harriet Tubman’s Footsteps At A New Underground

A Market For Car-Free Adventure

HEALTH

Is Having A Cry Good For Our Health?

Living Close To Nature May Help You Live Longer – Here’s How

Device Promises Injections Without Needles

What Are The Best Snacks Before Bedtime?

What Young People Need To Know About Colon Cancer

While Facing A Cancer Choice, Beethoven To The Rescue

LIFESTYLE

15 Privacy Screen Backyard Ideas That Will Amaze You – The ART In LIFE

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Sonnet Exchange: Russian Poetry In Shakespeare’s Language

The Invention Of ‘Heterosexuality’

Maps: The Geography Of Achievement

How The Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out Of Poverty

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Andy Griffith Show – 7 Fantastic Songs In A Row

Test Your Knowledge of English With This Simple Quiz

A Face In The Crowd:  A Dark Side of Andy Griffith

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

They take this stuff very seriously on the other side of the Pond.  British Police Net a Butterfly Killer, and Now He May Face Jail

This was/is fun.  Quiz: Are You Smart Enough To Name These Animals From A Close-Up?

I have honestly often wondered about this. How Do Birds Stay Warm On A Cold Winter’s Night?

SHORTS

Forget About Flying South for the Winter — These Storks Have It Figured Out

How Ice Melting In Canada Helped A Rescued Moon Bear In China Called Dick

This Tiger Spent Years In A Circus, Being Trained With Whips. Now, He Lives A Life Of Luxury!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

An Unidentified Sound Is Coming From The Arctic Ocean Floor — No One Knows Why

Radioactive Boars In Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans To Return Home

The Plant That Moves Around

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, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

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

 

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WE CREATED DONALD TRUMP

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 12, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 27 $1.00 

 

 

 

 

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

WE CREATED DONALD

Hi Again, From The Shores Of The Salish Sea. I’ve spoken before about the chatrooms I frequent on America Online as a virtual coffeehouse and as another way of sampling public opinion on topics of the day.  And while it would be both unfair and unethical to detail the interaction I have there, addressing reflected concerns is not an invasion of privacy.

Criticism of Trump runs high in these two rooms and the specific concerns are reflected by the national media.  My chatroom friends were critical of Obama and Clinton as well but the hate speech was minimal.  This time, the language is much stronger and I sense the reason for this.

Sooner or later, we are going to need to confront the singular truth about Donald Trump and that is that we created him.  Those of us who watched him on television, stayed at his hotels or bought what he sold gave him the popularity, the power and the wealth.

So did those who professed an aversion to his personal style but supported sexism, disinformation, amorality and an ego the likes of which the universe has not seen since The Big Bang because he had something they wanted.

Those who refused to take his political ambitions seriously supported him.  So did opposition candidates who became so mired in their own political miasma that they engaged in the same behaviors they condemned in Donald Trump, leaving many Americans with little choice but a new face and a prayer.

Donald Trump did not take America away from us.  We gave it to him.  The sooner we accept responsibility for what we did to ourselves, the sooner we can go about correcting for course.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Note:  In response to concerns about fake news and bias of one kind or another in the media, we are listing the sources for ours.  They include, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); Circa; 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

US News & World Report Publishes Best Countries List; Russia & US Slip in Ratings

WHO Chief: Air Pollution Link To 600,000 Deaths In Children

ASIA

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Malaysia And N Korea In Tit-For-Tat Exit Bans

North Korea: Four Ballistic Missiles Fired Into Sea

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Mystery Video Of Son Emerges

China Sees First Monthly Trade Deficit In Three Years

China’s Internet Has Overtaken The West

China’s Second Aircraft Carrier In Shape As Navy Sets Ambitious Goals

South Korea President Park Geun-Hye Ousted By Court

VW And Tata Agree Partnership To Boost Sales In India

AFRICA

‘My Sister Was Raped By Three Soldiers In South Sudan’

Ghana News: Three “Secession Movement” Leaders Arrested For Treason

Meet Kenya’s Podcasting ‘Sex Queens’

South Africa Reverses Withdrawal From International Criminal Court

U.N. Chief, Visiting Somalia, Pleads For Aid To Avert Famine

MIDDLE EAST

Watch: ‘I Want To Make Decisions’: The First Saudi Women Run For Office

Damascus Bombing Kills 40 Iraqis

‘Mass Grave Found’ At Prison Near Mosul

Former N.Y. Comic, Reporting From Aleppo

Statue Being Pulled From A Gritty Patch Of Cairo Could Be Of Ramses

EUROPE

25 Myths And Facts About Ukraine And Ukrainians

France Election: Juppe Will Not Replace Scandal-Hit Fillon

Inside The UK’s First School For Vloggers

The Truth About Malmo

Poland Threatens ‘Whole EU Summit’ Over Tusk Vote

The Worst Storm In British History?

How To Survive The British Workplace

Irish Women Strike In Latest Battle For Legal Abortion

Russia

8 Of Russia’s Most Influential And Successful Women

Aircraft Warned After Russian Volcano Throws Plumes Of Ash

Russian Pundits Praise Trump’s Pick For New Ambassador To Russia

The Vatican

Pope Francis Said He’s Open To Ordaining Married Men As Priests

CANADA

How To Visit Canada’s National Parks For Free

Judge Who Told Complainant To ‘Keep Your Knees Together’ Resigns

Canada Today: A Dead-End Road, Judging A Judge And Broadway

UNITED STATES

In Red-State Utah, A Surge Toward Obamacare

Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply If Bias Taints Deliberations, Justices Rule

Omaha’s Answer To Costly Potholes? Go Back To Gravel Roads

Black People More Likely To Be Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Study Shows

Threats To Jewish Centers ‘Are Not Isolated Incidents,’ Senators Say  

Video: Statue Of Courageous Girl Faces Wall Street Bull

Most US Wildfires Ignited By People

US Military Nude Photo Sharing Scandal Widens Beyond Marines

CASCADIA

Sir Richard Branson And His Virgin Atlantic Airline Bring The Party To Seattle

Tiny House Village For Homeless Women Approved In N. Portland

Seattle Gives Details On Homelessness Levy Spending

Mayor Murray Appoints Seattle’s First Chief Resilience Officer

Map: How Vancouver Is Turning ‘Single Family’ Lots Into Several Homes

THE NATIONS

Pawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies In Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage

Resilience Gardens’ Bring Traditional Native Agriculture Back

Native Nations March On DC To Continue Fight

First Nation-Led Environmental Review Panel Rejects Mining In BC

LATIN AMERICA

How Brazil’s ‘Valley Of Death’ Drastically Cut Pollution

For Brazil’s Zika Families, A Life Of Struggle And Scares

The Border Walls You’ve Never Seen

A Warning From Latin America: Trump Is Opening The Door To Military Rule

What Is Behind Latin America’s Big Efficiency Gap?

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Elon Musk Offers To Fix Australian Power Network In 100 Days

Arrest Of ISIS Suspect In Rural Town Puts Australia On Edge

 Lake Turned Pink In Australia. It’s Not The Only One.

Mark McGowan’s Labor Party Sweeps To Power In Western Australia

James Packer Wanted For Questioning Over Netanyahu Corruption Probe: Reports

Tesla’s Offer: How South Australia’s Power Network Could Benefit From Energy Storage

How The West Was Won — Defining Campaign Moments

ABC Refused Access To One Nation Western Australia Election Night Function

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

New NOAA Weather Satellite’s First Flashy Images

Trump’s Plan To Slash NOAA Budget Puts Lives, Climate Research At Risk, Scientists Say

Sydney’s Swelter Has A Climate Change Link, Scientists Say

Trump To Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

Interactive Map: Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is A Culprit.

Mayors Reaffirm Commitment To Paris Climate Agreement

How To Push Climate Action Forward In This New Era

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

American Migrants Confront Judgment Day Over Old Deportation Orders

Deportation Arrest Highlights Tensions In Los Angeles On Immigration

Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq

Calgary Man Warning Others After ‘Humiliating’ Experience At U.S. Border Crossing

Since Trump, Quiet Upstate Road Becomes A Busy Exit From U.S.

Illegal Border Crossings Appear To Drop Under Trump

Washington State AG Wants Travel Ban Halted Even With New Executive Order

Worried About Trump Policies, Tacoma Won’t Let Immigrant Jail Grow

US Immigration: 50 Extra Judges To Help Tackle Backlog

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Trump Inherits A Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

Russian Air Force Liquidates 20 Foreign Commanders Of CIA-Armed Terrorist Group

US Begins Deploying Missile Defense System In South Korea

Is The Russian Ambassador A Spy, As CNN Claims?

WikiLeaks Releases Trove Of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

WikiLeaks Dump Has Made US ‘Less Safe’, Says Ex-CIA Boss

WikiLeaks: We’ll Work With Tech Firms To Defeat CIA Hacking

C.I.A. Scrambles To Contain Damage From WikiLeaks Documents

ISIS Conflict: US Sends Marines To Support Raqqa Assault

Afghanistan: ISIS Gunmen Dressed As Medics Kill 30 At Kabul Military Hospital

Mosul Battle: Troops Retake Main Government Office

Mosul Is Offensive: Iraqi Forces Capture Second Bridge Over Tigris

NATIONAL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

House Republicans Unveil Plan To Replace Health Law

G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces

TRUMP

Munira Ahmed: Life As The Face Of The Trump Resistance

Trump Wiretap: FBI Chief Comey ‘Rejects’ Allegation

Trump Wire-Tap Claim Denied By Ex-Spy Chief Clapper

Trump Aides Address His Wiretap Claims: ‘That’s Above My Pay Grade’

Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii Files First Legal Challenge

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA IN EUROPE 

WE, THE LIVING

Hello Rusty:

It  was an International Women’s Day this last week and a lot was said about prominent women of all time. For some reason there was one woman in particular of whom I was thinking.

Her name was Kira and she lived in  post-Communist revolution Russia. It is easy to imagine how difficult it could be to live in a country that changed so dramatically in one swing:. when you are told what to believe and love; when you see all ridicule of fanatic faith making people acting like machines, forgetting about  human values and when you don’t know whom to trust and how to act.

That was the life of Kira Argounova, in playwrite and novelist Ayn Rand’s semi-autobiographical novel “We the Living“. And that was the lives of many whose stories were left untold.  The novel and Ms Rand’s actual life are different in that her life had a happy ending, while Kira Argounova’s did not.  But the tragic end in the novel itself shows that many who had “independent spirit” could not survive in such complete totalitarianism.

That how they said my  own aunty was. She survived all the madness of Revolution, the civil war which followed, a series of famines,  and the Second World War. On her 90th birthday, she was straight as a stick. Always in black dress, she used to sit at veranda with a long cigarette in a mouthpiece. The last quarter of her life was in peaceful, but even then, when it seemed the Soviet Union was in bloom, she would say very quietly, “If you just knew how we lived before Revolution”.  She was right.  Prosperity in the Soviet Union never did reach the level it was in 1913.

I read all novels of Ayn Rand and can understand her philosophy of objectivism.  I loved all her characters like Dagny Taggart from “Atlas Shrugged”. But also I perceive her philosophy as a swing of pendulum from something she escaped, collectivism. So probably the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  More than half a century after she wrote, we are still in search of paradigm.

In tribute to another Kira.  God Bless you.

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

Thank you, beloved cousin mine.  Kira Sovanof is pleased and she is very proud of you.  Mishka

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DALAI LAMA

Peace in the world depends on peace within. If we have that we can approach problems in a spirit of compassion, dialogue and respect for the rights of others — always a better solution than resorting to a use of weapons and force. External disarmament depends on inner disarmament.

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Family That Wouldn’t Let PTSD Drive Them Apart

California Becomes First State To Pass Landmark Bill That Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding

International Women’s Day: Iran’s First Female Triathlete

BAD EXAMPLES

Thousands Of Undocumented Immigrants Said They Were Forced To Work For $1 A Day Or Less

Inquiry Opens Into How 30,000 Marines Shared Illicit Images Of Female Peers

White Supremacists Step Up Recruiting On Campus, Report Says

US Housing Boss Ben Carson Calls US Slaves ‘Immigrants’

Facebook Failed To Remove Sexualised Images Of Children

Seattle Synagogue Vandalized With Anti-Semitic, Holocaust-Denying Graffiti

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is an incredible feat of engineering, in my opinion.  Every Room With A View: Israeli Architect Designs Rotating Dubai Skyscraper

This is incredible.  The Tribe That Sees Like No One Else

Like this is going to happen anytime soon in our house.  But perhaps in yours, eh?  What To Do When You’re Given An Island

OUR PLANET

Yellow Taxis ‘Have Lower Accident Rate Than Blue Ones’

Volcanoes Could Soon Erupt Much More

The Ancient City Turned To Ash

Mount Etna, Europe’s Most Active Volcano, Puts On A Show

SPACE

Webb Telescope To Probe 7 Worlds 

Astronomers’ Respond To 7-Planets Discovery  

How Do Astronomers Discover Exoplanets?

Why The Sky Is Dark At Night

2017 Canadian Astronaut Candidate Profiles

TECHNOLOGY

Robot Helps You Grow Veggies At Home With Hydroponic Farming

AI’s Ethical Challenge

Advice & Inspiration From Leading Women In Science

With Claims Of C.I.A. Hacking, How To Protect Your Devices

FBI And CIA Launch Criminal Investigation Into ‘Malware Leaks’

THE GREEN BEAT

Chief Environmental Justice Official At EPA Resigns

E.P.A. Chief Doubts Consensus View Of Climate Change

A Victory For Coal Mine Cleanup

Slash Phantom Energy Usage

TRAVEL

My Bangkok: City Of Spirits

12 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Washington You’re Sure To Love

5 Common Fears Foreign Tourists Have When Coming To Russia

An Underground Boat To Islamic Glory

HEALTH

Six Tips For The Health Of Your Teen

Mediterranean Diet Vs. Statins To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke?

Night Owls Eat Less Healthfully Than Morning People Do

LIFESTYLE

What Biracial People Know

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Major Case On Transgender Rights

Yelp Starts Tracking Gender-Neutral Bathrooms For Transgender Users

‘Say My Name’: The Chinese Students Fighting Racism

The Last Things Unique To Humans

Early Exposure To Public Transit Leads To Lasting Choices

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Beautiful Video: Dolphin Stampede

Scientists Set Up A Camera, Capture Terrifying Footage Of A Massive Ice Glacier Calving

“I’m Not Leaving You, Mama!” This is What Love Looks Like.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Cool stuff, great ideas: Travel Hotels Build For Bees

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MASHA & THE BEAR 

  

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

We love pandas so this was real interesting.  Why Pandas Are Black And White

The last paragraph of this inadvertent obituary really resonates.  The Infamous Vet Who Hunted, Killed And Then Posed With A Dead Lion Just Died While Out Hunting

If this doesn’t warm you heart, you do not have one.  Lioness Reunited With Her Pride After Three Desperate Days

SHORTS

7 Tips For Helping Wildlife Where You Live

Why pandas are black and white

Oregon Wolf Population Passes Milestone

ANIMAL RESCUES

Incredible 1,000 Pound Stingray Saved By Beachgoers

Bear Rescued From Bile Farm Makes A Splash On His First Day Of Freedom

What An Incredible Rescue! These Firefighters Are Heroes

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Window Cleaner Who Fell From A Skyscraper And Lived

What Moves Death Valley’s Sliding Stones?

The Biggest Killer You May Not Know

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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CASCADIA REVISITED

 

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam March 5, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 26  $1.00

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 5, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 26 $1.00 

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

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Flag of Cascadia 

CASCADIA REVISITED 

01-october-2016

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve spoken from time to time in this column about a regional self-determinism movement in the American Pacific Northwest, which is also now known as Cascadia.  In our HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE, we’ve broken it out as a region of the United States.

As we have also shared before, this movement toward separation from the federal government and into a self-governing entity which, geographically, included Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon, Western Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia began in the mid-1970s with the publication of a novel which hit the New York Times bestseller list and stayed on it long enough to influence an entire generation.

It has been an historical evolution, then, which began long before the present federal administration and exacerbated as national concerns have clashed with regional priorities.  It is the Rust Belt versus the Green Belt and the greens want no part of the competition.  Ours was the last region settled and we are as different ~ in attitude and lifestyle ~ from the Midwest, New England, the South or the Southwest as Ukraine is from Russia or Brazil from Argentina.

We’ve already declared as a sanctuary state and Seattle, a sanctuary city.  This past week, we moved another step closer to the economic independence it is going to take to be free from federal regulation and jurisdiction.  A Seattle Income Tax? Anti-Trump Groups Want To Take On Legal Challenges To Get One

There has also been talk in Olympia of a property tax increase on homes assessed at over $200,000 to fund what the present administration is threatening to deny should we reject their agenda.  Popular consensus in the local media suggests more than a willingness to pay for this but, as well, some downsizing and expectation re-evaluation, making this a two-pronged thrust of raising the money and reducing expenses.

Since how we do this is an exportable, we urge you to follow our Cascadia news as well for an overview which will also lead you to other stories like these.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Note:  In response to concerns about fake news and bias of one kind or another in the media, we are listing the sources for ours.  They include, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); Circa; 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

ASIA

China’s Large Lakes Face Water Shortages

China Lifts 12.4 Million People Out Of Poverty In 2016

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Two Women To Face Murder Charges

Why Was North Korea’s Kim Jong-Nam Killed?

North Korea Warns Of “Toughest Counteraction” Against Ongoing U.S. – S. Korea Joint Drill

India Successfully Testfires Home-Made Supersonic Interceptor Missile

In India’s Tamil Nadu, Traders Ban Pepsi, Coca-Cola To Support Local Products

As H.I.V. Soars In Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan  

AFRICA

Why We’re Overdue To Know The Brilliance Of Africa’s Civilizations

Hunting Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Army Is Accused Of Massacring Civilians

Libya Exposed As An Epicenter For Migrant Child Abuse

Zambia’s Air Force Takes On ‘Armyworms’

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Forces Evacuate Illegal Settler Homes In West Bank

Russia And U.S. Clash Over Syria In Security Council Vote

Israeli Army Sets Sights On Recruits With Autism

EUROPE

Ukraine’s Breakaway Luhansk Republic Declares Ruble Official Currency

Crimean Bridge Construction Boosts Dolphin Population In Kerch Strait

Sweden Brings Back Military Conscription Amid Baltic Tensions

Russia

Moscow Commuters Treated To A Rendition Of The Barber Of Seville

Russian High Schooler Designs More Effective Arm Brace Using 3d Printing

Moscow’s New Housing Megaproject Confronts Soviet History

Russian Police Seize Urban Hallucinogen Plantation In Moscow

CANADA

Canada Is Getting A New Three-Dollar Coin For Its 150th Birthday

Canada Today: Border Anxiety, Homelessness And Prehistoric Life

Canada Judge’s ‘A Drunk Can Consent’ Ruling Stirs Debate

UNITED STATES

Kansas Supreme Court Says State Education Spending Is Too Low

California Snowpack Too Deep To Measure

Trump Team’s Links To Russia Crisscross In Washington

Arkansas Rushes To Execute 8 Men In The Space Of 10 Days

Cascadia

In California, A Move To Ease The Pressures On Aging Dams

Seattle Renters United

9 Things Washingtonians Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia: Baby Boom In Colombia’s FARC Rebel Army

The Fog Catchers

Chile Mudslides Cut Off Water To Millions

Connecting Cuba

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Pacific Island Rejects Plan For Tropical Russian Empire

Australia Goes 25 Years Without Recession

Australian Man Accused Over 3d-Printed Guns Is Sci-Fi Fan, Court Told

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Chicago Records No Snow In January And February For The First Time In 146 Years

‘Everything Was Dead’: Climate Change And Oregon Oysters

Maps Show Where Americans Care About Climate Change

Potent Change Coming To American Weather

Have We Underestimated The West’s Super-Floods?

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Despite Trump’s Speech, Immigrants Commit Far Fewer Crimes Than Native-Born Americans

Mexico Opens Legal Aid Centres In US

ESPIONAGE, & TERRIORISM

Philippine Abu Sayyaf Jihadists Behead German Hostage In Video

MEANWHILE IN CANADA 

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FROM OLYA 

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Hello Rusty:

This week, I want to share some thoughts about equality. Recently, after the flight from one of the European countries with a stopover in Kiev, I noticed the discontent of one of the foreigners who had to wait in a single queue common to everyone. As you probably know, usually at their airports, there is a queue for EU and another for everyone else. I don’t mind following the rules in other countries, but that person’s reaction gave me a little laugh. And I couldn’t help saying (maybe in a little louder voice than usual), “Because we all are equal in Ukraine.”

Then a thought flashed to me. How much do we appreciate what we have? It is easy to forget the achievements of previous generations. Recently in America was a march of women’s equality rights. For us in Ukraine, this is not such a hot topic. We inherited all these rights, without even thinking.

Once having a dinner with the Indians, it was interesting to learn about their caste system and how caste affects their fate. Which caste one belongs to is determined by surname, tattoos and even skin color. I respect their traditions but just realized how much more free in mind our society is. Yes, there are rich and poor in Ukraine, but this is temporary and transient-state.  Most intelligent people are educated enough to keep the conversation at any level.

There is now a discussion in society about shall we continue the celebrations of Women’s Day that Ukraine and many other UN countries do on 8th March.  They’ve been going on for a long time.  The earliest one was held on February 28, 1909, in New York so I don’t see the point of argument saying it’s a reminder of when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. It is a commemoration of our birthright of equality and the dramatic reminder that these rights should never be taken for granted.

That’s all for this week.  Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.

Olya    For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects A Black Woman President

Zimbabwe To Donate 2,000 Animals To Mozambique

Sacramento Synagogue Declares Itself A “Sanctuary” Congregation`

Seattle’s Newest Tiny-House Village Will Shelter 40 Homeless Families

BAD EXAMPLES

Two People Were Sentenced For A Confederate Flag Display That Disturbed A Child’s Party

Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers Reportedly Coordinated

Threats And Vandalism Leave American Jews On Edge In Trump Era

Tibet Women’s Football Team ‘Denied US Visas’

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

So much for “live long and prosper,” eh?  Few Americans Follow 4 Main Pillars Of Heart Health.

And they want us to lock ourselves into motor vehicles that drive themselves?  That Cool Robot May Be A Security Risk

This almost sounds like a Grade B Sci Fi movie.  Astronauts’ Brains Change Shape In Space

OUR PLANET

The Secret Of How Diamonds Are Made

The Disaster That Helped Stop Whaling 

For Some Arctic Plants, Spring Arrives Almost A Month Earlier

SPACE

SpaceX Plans To Send 2 Tourists Around Moon In 2018

 

Why We Cannot Go Faster Than Light

Life On Mars: Preparing For The Red Planet

At The Mouth Of A Mars Mega-Flood

Curiosity Rover Spies Mars Dust Devils

TECHNOLOGY

Six Stories of Citizen Science

The World’s Favourite Plane

A Rainbow View Of NASA’s RS-25 Engine Test

Robots Will Guard The Ocean

The Future Of Geoengineering

THE GREEN BEAT

Designing Resilient Forests To Withstand Climate Change

Do We Really Need To Double Food Production To Feed The World By 2050?

The Largest Coal Plant In The Western US Is Closing Decades Ahead Of Schedule

TRAVEL

An Eerie Place To Spend The Night?

Top 10 Best Beaches In The U.S., According To Tripadvisor

The Island Of Lost Explorers

HEALTH

7 Best Foods For Improving Your Immune System

Could You Survive On Just One Food?

The Most Nutrition For Your Nickel

Colon And Rectal Cancers Rising In Young People

Cancer:  Lessons Learned

A Pessimistic Attitude Increases The Risk For Death From Heart Disease.

Tricks To Deal With Hot Flashes Naturally

LIFESTYLE

Empathy Is Tough To Teach, But Is One Of The Most Important Life Lessons

How Tibetans’ Bodies Survive Altitude

18 Brutally Honest Illustrations About Struggling With Mental Illness

The US Poverty Challenge Facing Donald Trump

Bitcoin Value Tops Gold For First Time

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

15 Pieces Of Classical Music That Showed Up In Looney Tunes

Take A Peek At The Mesmerizing “Cosmic Jellyfish”

This Octopus Was Caught By A Fishing Boat… What It Did Next Is Absolutely Crazy!

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

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MASHA & THE BEAR

 

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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.

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, tutoring and writing service located in a home office in South 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:  $5.00 = 50 words.  minstrel312@aol.com 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Animal Kingdom

There is, I suspect, a lesson for all of us in this.  2 Cats Approach A Lonely, Baby Monkey – They Teach Him The Meaning Of Love And Friendship

This is so cool, pardon the pun.  No Humans Allowed: Photo Essay Of Unique Island Where Animals Rule

I wonder how the subjects of this experiment felt about it.  Bumblebees Demonstrate The Power Of Insect Brains

SHORTS

Galapagos Tortoise Back From The Brink

Not All Penguins Live In The Cold

Watch: The Beautiful and Endangered Okapi

ANIMAL RESCUES

This Is What Freedom Tastes Like After 20 Years Locked In A Circus Van

Freed Whale Delivers Thank You ‘Hug’ To Boat That Rescued Him

What Is This Magical Liquid!? Rescued Tigers Take A Swim For The Very First Time

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Man Jailed For Hitting Woman With Drone

Man Sets Up Sprinkler In His Backyard. Moments Later, A Baby Moose Comes To Play In It

KKK March Totally Disrupted By Tuba Player

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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HERE’S TO JAY, ED, PATTY & MARIA

 

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam February 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 24 $1.00

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 24
$1.00 

To read in your native language, please copy http://www.nsjour.wordpress.com. and go to this translator

Mount Rainier, from Red Square at the University of Washington. Photo by Merritt Scott Miller

Mount Rainier, from Red Square at the University of Washington. Photo by Merritt Scott Miller

HERE’S TO JAY, ED, PATTY & MARIA

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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  After spending as much time with the current American president as we have the past two, I’ve concluded that this one is just not real good for my digestion.  While the dictates of this job of bringing you guys information you can use to make your own lives better preclude totally ignoring this particular chief of the eagles, I am finding that less of Donald and more of Jay, Ed, Patty and Maria is much more appropriate and better for my health.

I am glad I have that alternative.  My governor, mayor and two US Senators are all in the Mr. Smith Goes To Washington mold.  They are nice, honest, decent and hard-working people who truly enjoy public service and have proven very good at it.  Our governor, Jay Inslee has also served in Congress and perhaps now more than at any other time in recent history, we need state leaders with that kind of experience.

Our happily married gay mayor, Ed Murray, has also served in both houses of the state legislature and has been active in local and state politics most of his professional life.  He has also been a leader of the alternative genders movement and has managed to empower that community without the homophobic backlash that often accompanies a more military approach.  He’s proven himself a capable administrator with integrity and courage.  He and the City Council have declared Seattle a sanctuary city and are prepared to go to the wall for everyone who lives here.

Patty Murray (no relation to Seattle’s mayor) and Maria Cantwell have been serving our state in the “other Washington” for over two decades.  Patty was elected in 1992, the first female from our state to hold that office, and has been re-elected ever since.  Maria, our junior senator, had experience in both Olympia and the US House of Representatives before being elected to her present office in 2001.

With individuals such as these manning our own walls, we ourselves are prepared to give the present national administration a chance.  We will not permit it, however, to compromise our way of life and what thousands of men and women in our state have fought and in some cases, died, to preserve.  Sorry, Donald.  It ain’t gonna happen.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Toxic Pollutants Persist In Deepest Ocean

UN Promises To Stamp Out Abuse After Child Rape Allegations

ASIA

Kim Jong-Nam Killing: ‘VX Nerve Agent’ Found On His Face

Hate Crime Is Feared As 2 Indian Engineers Are Shot In Kansas

Western China Region Aims To Track People By Requiring Car Navigation

AFRICA

South Sudan Declares Famine In Unity State

South Africa Clashes At Anti-Foreigner Protest In Pretoria

U.S. Wary Of Its New Neighbor In Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base

MIDDLE EAST

4,000 Russians Now Fighting In Syrian Insurgency, Says Putin

Saudi Foreign Minister Makes Landmark Visit To Iraq

Israel Denies A Work Visa To Human Rights Watch Researcher

EUROPE

Turkey Coup: 136 Diplomats And Relatives Seek Germany Asylum

Kyiv Hosts Opening Night Of First Ever Holodomor Movie.

France’s President Criticizes Trump Over Paris Remarks

Russia

Russia Looks To Be A Player In Bangladesh’s Rising Economy

Opposition Activist Dadin Finally Released From Prison, Vows To Continue Fight

Dancing Bears And Trump Pancakes: Russians Celebrate Maslenitsa

Nemtsov’s Night Watchmen

CANADA

The Tim Hortons, Popeyes Tie-Up Is Going To Happen — In A $1.8 Billion Cash Deal

Orcas In Vancouver Harbor

Canada Today: South Korean Hockey, Biking To The Border And Medicine Hat’s Money

UNITED STATES

CIA Analyst Resigns Post Because He ‘Cannot In Good Faith’ Serve Under President Trump

Trump Rescinds Rules On Bathrooms For Transgender Students

Alaska Wants A Slice Of The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Back

Map: I Spy Structurally Deficient Bridges In My County

Cascadia

BC Forests Receive $150 Million To Battle Climate Change

The Challenges Of A Seattle-Vancouver High Speed Rail

Less Nuclear Power For The Pacific Northwest, More Money For The People

A Levy To Fix Homelessness In Seattle

While Transit Use Declines Elsewhere, It’s Booming In Seattle

Seattle Micro-Housing Revisited

VIDEO: Grizzly Plan Too Close For Comfort?

The Nations

Kennewick Man Brought Home To His Final Resting Place

Bringing STEM And Navajo Culture Together

8 Reasons Why Feminism Matters In Indian Country

Governor Inslee Signs Bill To Improve Dental Care For Washington State Tribes

LATIN AMERICA

Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back

Mexico Warns Us Over Wall Funding

Guatemala Expels Abortion Boat Crew

‘Red Alert’ As Chile Wildfires Blaze

Who’s Hiding Beneath Us-Mexico Border?

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Workers In Australian Tax Office Balk At Proposal To Extend Their Day By Nine Minutes

‘Affordable Underground Furniture’: D.I.Y. Coffin Clubs Catch On In New Zealand

Three-Pronged Test That Puts 250,000 Children At Risk

Australian Babies Stranded Overseas After Crackdown

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Why The People’s Climate March Matters To People Of Color Like Me

Green Bloc Makes Vancouver Climate Goals All About Neighbors

Most Of California Is Out Of The Drought

Climate Change Is Shrinking The Colorado River And It Will Only Get Worse, Scientists Say

FOSSIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Women Of Standing Rock Make Their Last Plea

North Dakota Offered Meals, Lodging, Medical Exam, Bus Ticket To Protesters Who Left By The Wednesday Afternoon Deadline

Video: Keystone Xl, The Pipeline That Just Won’t Die

Study: Fracking Led To More Than 6,000 Spills In 10 Yrs

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Four ‘Everyday People’ Unfurled A ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner On The Statue Of Liberty

Washington’s Governor Signs Exec Order Protecting Rights, Services For State’s Immigrants

Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture On ‘Any Corner’

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Rejects Trump Deportation Policy

Senator Grassley Confronted By Afghanistan Interpreter Seeking Asylum

Trump Immigration Policies Pose Conflict for Police in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

ESPIONAGE, & TERRIORISM

New Russian Ballistic Missiles Can Penetrate US Missile Defense: Vice Premier

Multimedia Feature: My Visit To The ISIS Front Line

Iraqi Security Services Say They Have Arrested Over A Thousand Suspected IS Members.

Islamic State Battle: Fierce Gunfight Outside Mosul Airport

Tunisia Fears The Return Of Thousands Of Young Jihadists

Targeted By ISIS, Egyptian Christians Flee Violence

THE BATTLE FOR MOSUL

Iraq Starts Offensive To Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

Mosul Offensive: Iraqi Forces Recapture Airport In Bid To Retake City

‘You Can See Burning And Smoke From The Terminal Buildings’

Kurdish Reporter Killed In Mosul

MEANWHILE IN CANADA 

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FROM OLYA 

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ELECTRIC CARS IN UKRAINE

Hello Rusty:

This time I would like to share a very promising news story I found on investments in Ukraine in an area very important to ecology, electric cars. Unfortunately the source does not have an English version, so this is my translation.

BOOM IN THE SPHERE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES SOON TO HAPPEN IN UKRAINE

In Ukraine, the government is going to increase the investment attractiveness in the field of electric vehicles, introducing subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles, as well as initiating own production. By 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to increase the proportion of electric vehicles up to 15% in the total sales.

In addition, when buying a car with zero emissions, the Ukrainians will be able to recoup some of the costs for an electric car purchase.

 In 2017, the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure Vladimir Omeljan predicts the world’s three largest automobile producers to come to the local market. The general list of potential investors in the field of electric vehicles includes: Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, Suzuki, GM and Fiat.

From myself I will add that hopefully soon it will be just “not cool” to use “stinky” cars. I’m really looking forward to when those taking a walk near a motorway or in a city during busy hours will not be poisoned by emissions of hundreds cars.

That’s it for this week.  Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.

Olya

I totally agree, Olya.  I’m saving up for a Nissan Leaf and 4,800 km of extension cord.  RM

GOOD EXAMPLES

Muslims Raised Over $80,000 In 24 Hours To Repair A Damaged Jewish Cemetery

Norway Is The ‘World’s Best Democracy’ — We Asked Its People Why

Kenyan Farmer Delivers Water To Drought Stricken Wildlife

Volunteers Fill 500 Bags For Homeless In Seattle

Wash. Winemaker, Donating To Vineyard Workers Without Health Insurance,…

BAD EXAMPLES

200,000 Litres Of Oil Spill From Canadian Pipeline

Forests Are Moving Away From Americans

Car Buyers Should Have ‘Long, Hard Think’ About Diesel

A Secret Service Agent’s Path From Recruitment To Bias Lawsuit

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible, I thought.  NASA To Hold Major News Conference On Discovery Beyond Solar System

This is very inspiring.  The Man Who Rebuilt A Village

And you think YOU’RE old?  This Ancient Tree Has Seen The Bronze Age And Is Still Growing

OUR PLANET

‘Mind-Boggling’ Trove Of Historic Papers In Maryland Reveals The Tortuous Paths Out Of Slavery

Fastest Glacier On Earth

SPACE

SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo

What Causes The Aurora Borealis?

Watch Drone Video Of Falcon 9 Landing

7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA And European Astronomers Say

TECHNOLOGY

20 Years After Dolly

The Internet Loves This 7-Year-Old Talking About The Robot She Made

How New Genetic Technologies Are Reshaping Pregnancy And Parenting

THE GREEN BEAT

Solar Now Provides Twice As Many Jobs As The Coal Industry

Sprawl Is Not The Solution For Housing Affordability

Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established

TRAVEL

Step Into A Fairy Tale At This Washington Farm & Garden

Video: A Dutch Road System That’s Safe For Cyclists

The Country Tourism Took By Surprise

HEALTH

Congress’ New Cannabis Caucus Isn’t Just Blowing Smoke About Legalizing Pot

Fasting Diet ‘Regenerates Diabetic Pancreas’

Current And Former Smokers: Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables

Singing While Pregnant

This Plant Kills 98% of Cancer Cells in 16 Hours

Stem Cell Fillings Allow Teeth to Heal Themselves

LIFESTYLE

The Dream Of A World Without Borders

Kung Fu Grandma Is China’s New Internet Sensation

Jasvinder Sanghera: I Ran Away To Escape A Forced Marriage

The Jobs Americans Do

Teaching Children To Play With Fire

The Girl Who Hunts With Hawks

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Wow! Underwater Photo Winners

Pilot Captures Image Of Lightning Strike From The Sky Above Ecuador

Andre Rieu & 3 Year Old Violinist, Akim Camara 2005

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

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I’m Tibetan, I’m Buddhist and I’m the Dalai Lama, but if I emphasize these differences it sets me apart and raises barriers with other people. What we need to do is to pay more attention to the ways in which we are the same as other people. 

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MASHA & THE BEAR
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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.

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, tutoring and writing service located in a home office in South 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:  $5.00 = 50 words.  minstrel312@aol.com 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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Check out the largest creature that has ever lived (and still does) on our planet.    9 Cool Facts About the Blue Whale

This, from the same folks who brought us The Great Wall, is awesome.  China To Debut World’s First Bird ‘Airport’

Wolves and these guys invented “until death do us part.”  Albatrosses Spend 50 Years Together

SHORTS

How Did Horses Evolve?

A Rescued Baby Beaver Enjoying Pool Time Is So Dam Cute

The Girl Who Hunts With Hawks

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Project Feederwatch Enews is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Penguin Afraid Of The Water? You Have To See It To Believe It

Winston Churchill Wrote Of Alien Life In A Lost Essay

Canadian Inventor Of Hawaiian Pizza Defends Pineapple After Iceland’s President Disses Fruit Topping

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  I’m 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 weekly magazine she and I write and publish now reaches 22 nations.  As demographically diverse as they are, our readers share a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard.

If you like what you read and would like to contribute 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 Miller at minstrel312@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HOSTING REFUGEES IN AUSTRIA

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam February 19, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 23 $1.00

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 19, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 23
$1.00

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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HOSTING REFUGEES IN AUSTRIA

Rusty, this week, I would like to share the insights of my friend living in Austria who has helped many refugees.  Here is her story, which she wrote especially for the readers of the Northstar Journal.  Olya

Hello, readers of the Northstar Journal.  My name is Theodora Höger, I have been asked to write about my experience with refugees in Austria. I am a young woman and I share my home with refugees.  It is my story and the story of two Afghan boys whose names I would rather not mention to protect their privacy.

It’s been about a year and a half since I first got involved with refugees. In 2015, when so many of them came, I first brought some clothes and shoes. Help was needed, so a friend of mine and I decided to stay to distribute the donations to incoming refugees. We handed out so many clothes, and people kept coming in, that I didn’t even realize that I had been working from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. without even so much as taking a break.

So many people were truly thankful for our help. I saw little children arriving without their parents and without knowing where they were. It was heart- breaking. I remember telling one baby’s mother that she should take more winter clothes – I really had to convince her to take them because she was so modest. The baby hadn’t even had shoes on its feet. At 3 degrees Celsius (37 °F) outside.

I also met two men in their twenties, well-educated, and less happy about my choice of clothes for them – they had obviously been wealthy where they came from. Repeatedly, they asked me in fluent Spanish to give them nicer clothes. I couldn’t and it annoyed me that they kept coming back, but then I thought about it for a while and I realized we all want to be well dressed. I do as well. And getting yourself something nice or experiencing something pleasant, whatever it is, can sometimes really get you through a hard day.

And they’ve had their share of hard days on their way to Europe, walking thousands of miles, leaving their loved ones behind and risking their lives to find a safer place to live here and get their families to safe Europe. I couldn’t possibly imagine what they had been going through. I’d been spending my whole life, 30 years, in quiet Austria where one of the biggest issues is who Austria’s oldest It Guy is taking to the famous Viennese Opera Ball. I couldn’t really blame them.  Clothes are one thing, friendship another

I soon afterwards decided that just donating clothes or handing them out wasn’t enough, though. It was only logical: they weren’t just going to stay here for a few days or weeks. They were going to live here. There are wars going on where they come from. So I realized they would need a lot more than just some things to wear or a warm meal. They would have to learn German, which is said to be one of the most difficult languages, and they would need a lot of friends if they didn’t want to feel isolated and if they should ever really learn how our society here in Austria works.

So how was I going to do this? One night I was looking through my news feed on Facebook and I saw an ad by an NGO: They were offering free classes to become a (more or less) qualified support for a young refugee. I knew it was going to be tough at times and I had to be prepared for this. If that was possible at all. I wanted to know what exactly the challenges would be.

So they taught me and about 40 other people about legal issues and about the psychological challenges that refugees are facing. Also, they got us in touch with people who had already been supporting refugees at that time. One of the families had a refugee living with them too. I wasn’t quite sure if I would go as far as that, but found their attitude admirable. After the classes, I was more determined than ever to do what I had planned. A couple of weeks later I got an e-mail from an NGO that housed refugees asking me if I’d be the mentor of a boy from Afghanistan.

This would involve meeting at least twice a month. Their home was only a 10 minutes’ walk away from where I lived so I accepted immediately. A few days after that, I first met him: he was almost 17 years old, looked earnest and somehow old and young at the same time. He didn’t speak my language at all. And I didn’t speak his. We both were skeptical if this was going to work out. But we kept trying.

It took a lot of time for me to earn his trust. He had been going through terrible things with the Taliban. He’d had to look after himself for a long time, being better off not trusting anybody. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it: seeing how he gradually opened up was a wonderful experience. He soon met my family – my grandmother, who was in her early twenties when the Russian soldiers occupied Austria, and my father. We celebrated Easter together, looking for chocolate bunnies in the garden. The boy and his best friend, who lived in the same home for minors, had a lot of fun, although they probably thought that Austrians are crazy folk hiding chocolate in the grass.  We had to decide quickly.

When his best friend turned 18, he was now legally an adult and couldn’t stay at the home for minors any longer. After being passed on from one shelter to another within the past half year or so, he had to leave his home again. He was doing his German course and had only just settled in my town when they forced him to leave. When he arrived in the new “organized accommodation” (a euphemism used for refugee shelters), he was scared of all the other people who lived there: he saw how they abused alcohol as a result of having no perspective whatsoever.

The shelter was in a small village in the middle of the forest with little connection to the outside world and no German language course or other possibilities to spend time in a useful way. He was, once again, afraid for his life and ran away. I heard of this, of course, as I also knew him so I made a few calls and soon after, it was clear that my family was going to offer him a place to sleep. We had to decide quickly, as he was going to sleep on the streets rather than going back, as he told us. I could hear the fear in his voice.

So he stayed with us. I could neither bear thinking about how “my” boy was suffering, nor that a young adult, who was actually still a more of a child, had to sleep on the streets because he was afraid for his life. And I realized that “my” boy had really become a part of my family so I offered him to move into my flat when he was going to turn 18 too. I certainly did not want to let anyone tear the two boys apart. Nor take them away from their new family, where they were slowly starting to feel safe. They hadn’t been able to trust anyone for a long time and I was definitely going to do everything that they would get back to normal lives as fast as possible.  Going through tough times made us stronger.

My boy’s friend had returned from his interrogation. Only two weeks after (a relatively short time-span), the decision came: they didn’t want him to stay in Austria. The reasons were flimsy, to say the least. We made an appeal and the case is still not closed. The lawyer told us this would take another half year or maybe up to a year. A year without a status, in which he is not really allowed to get a job.

His German was already pretty decent at the time, he had some Austrian friends. The negative decision was completely unforeseen and came as a shock to all of us. Only two weeks after, one of my closest friends died in a terrible accident. He was only 28 years old. The boys were shocked as much as I was. They liked him a lot too and we all had to go through several weeks of pain and suffering. However, looking back at this now, my friend’s last good deed (he was always a very kind, helpful and warm-hearted person with a sensitive soul) was to bring me and the boys even closer together. If we hadn’t been a family before, we definitely were one now. We saw each other at our worst, yet we still managed to stick together and help each other go through hell and come back to life. Just when we had recovered, my boy was summoned to the interrogation for refugees. Every refugee here in Austria has to attend an interrogation, where he or she has to explain why and how they came here. They get a legal decision between two weeks and one year after the interview, telling them whether they can stay or have to leave the country. Now we had to face it too.

THE INTERROGATION

Needless to say, we both were nervous when the letter came. I was hoping that he would overcome the nervousness to not confuse facts. I thought a lot about how I sometimes forget to say things when I’m extremely nervous and then regret not saying them afterwards. He always seemed much more relaxed about it, but that’s just the way he is: he always appears very calm. So while I couldn’t sleep properly, he was taking German lessons and joking around with me. Then the day of the interrogation came. They made us wait, but they weren’t unfriendly at all. They were patient; almost kind. He told them his story calmly. I hadn’t fully understood his story up to then because he was still learning German (eagerly but slowly as he had never been to school before and sitting down to study was a whole new challenge for him). I was not allowed to say anything or touch him. I just sat there and listened to his story in Dari (his language, which I already understood a bit) and then in German in the interpreter’s voice. The words turned into a movie in front of my eyes – I saw the Taliban, the shootings, everything. After the interrogation was over, all I could do was hug him. Since we’re both not really the sentimental types, we decided to simply have a great rest of the day. A few months later, he was the first boy in the whole shelter who got a positive decision: he was allowed to stay in Austria for a year, with the possibility to prolong his “subsidiary protection”, as this system of making people go through a lot of paperwork regularly is called. It was still a great relief after this exceptionally weird summer.

THE STORY CONTINUES

Now, his German is improving daily. He already has plans for the future. In spring, he is going to move into my guest room. He has turned into a young man who enjoys good jokes, ice-skating, football (or soccer, as you would say in America), and Nintendo games (something I introduced him to). I know that I am particularly blessed with my boy. He is a good kid. And, yes, probability calculus tells me that not all refugees can be good people. But I have met many of them and none of them would have ever harmed me. Ever. They invited me to their flats, shared recipes, tea and good laughs with me, taught me their language, and I helped them learn mine. From my experience, I can only say that being open to others and moving out of my own comfort zone are the best decisions one can possibly make. Perhaps I’m only saying this because I’m a biologist, but we humans are ONE species. Homo sapiens. That’s “wise man” in Latin. Let’s all be a bit wise: let’s help each other and be patient with each other. Regardless of where we come from and who we are. Because all of us have got an interesting story to tell or a great joke to share, no matter where we are from. And because all of us need help every once in a while and we’re grateful, when somebody makes an effort to understand us and be there for us.

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For those of you who don’t know Austria, here’s an introduction to my home country, a small piece of land in Central Europe about the size of South Carolina: Whenever I talk to people from abroad and I mention that I’m from Austria, the first things that are thrown at me are The Sound of Music, Mozart, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hitler. However, Austria is so much more than its stereotypes. In fact, we have a pretty decent Better Life Index; all of us have access to health insurance, free education (yes, you can become a PhD for free here in Austria), and most of us enjoy voluntary work in various fields – even most of our firefighters do their job in their free time! I could go on and on about Austria, but this is not what you want to read here (maybe some other time) – so, in a nutshell: I think everyone who can live here in this tiny country is fortunate, if not privileged, in comparison to most of the world’s population.

Austria is a multi-national, multi-religious place. In 2015, we’ve experienced a refugee “crisis” (at least that’s how the media dubbed the people from mainly Syria and Afghanistan who came to Austria to save their lives). There have been a lot of rumors that turned out to be totally fake news.  So, it is probably about time that people like me, who actually spend time with refugees on a day-to-day basis and really see what’s happening on a grassroots level, make themselves heard”

Hopefully this will help us understand that Austria is definitely more than the country described in the viral video  Austria Second  Willkommen Österreich

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

ASIA

Samsung Chief In Second Grilling Over Corruption Claims

Toshiba Chairman Quits Over Nuclear Loss

Kim Jong-Nam: More Arrests Over Airport Poisoning

Softbank Of Japan Will Buy U.S. Private Equity Giant Fortress

AFRICA

UN Expert Calls On Cameroon To Restore Net Services

Where Is Nigeria’s President?

‘Look, They Are Dying’: Video Appears To Show Massacre By Congolese Soldiers

MIDDLE EAST

Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State

Stuck Without Water In Mosul, Neighbors Find A Way

The Ancient Syrian City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online  

EUROPE

Swiss Voters Reject Reform To Multinationals’ Tax Bills

Tony Blair Calls For People To ‘Rise Up’ Against Brexit

How Norway Avoided Becoming A Fascist State

A Push For Diesel Leaves London Gasping Amid Record Pollution

E.U. Parliament Votes To Ratify Canada Trade Deal And Send Trump A Message

The Vatican

Pope Greets U.S. Grass-Roots Groups, Saying They Help ‘Communities Thrive’

Russia

Russia To Settle Soviet Debt In 2017

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Sounding It Out

CANADA

Micro-Suites In Vancouver: Small-Time Living Or Living Small?

Canada’s Drugs Are Cheaper Than Ours. Bernie Sanders Wants To Bring Them Here.

Canada Today: Asylum Seekers, Conservative Choices And Your Thoughts

UNITED STATES

Michael Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser

Police Chiefs Say Trump’s Law Enforcement Priorities Are Out Of Step

KKK Leader Found Shot In The Head By Missouri River. Wife And Stepson Charged With Murder

Congress Goes Home, And Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting

Cascadia

Amazon’s Living Lab: Reimagining Retail On Seattle Streets

Modular’ One-Person Homes Fill A Need In British Columbia

The Nations

This Isn’t The First Time We’ve Divested To Protect Treaty Rights’

LATIN AMERICA

Severe Drought In Bolivia Leaves Thousands Short Of Water

Mexico City Climate

Mexico City, Parched And Sinking, Faces A Water Crisis

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Bushfires: ‘Most Buildings’ In Community Affected

Australian Artists Call For Ban On Fake Aboriginal Art

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

They Are Going Global With Their Solutions To Climate Change

No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say

NASA Launched An Unprecedented Study Of Greenland’s Melting

Oroville Is A Warning For California Dams, As Climate Change Adds Stress

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Wind Power Surpasses Hydroelectric In A Crucial Measure

The No DAPL Movement: New Shapes, New Fronts

Listen In: How To Resist America’s Dirty Energy Agenda

The “Indivisible” Movement’s Key Strategy: Focus On Your Own Members Of Congress

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Hundreds Of Migrants Storm Fence To Reach Spanish Enclave Of Ceuta

Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful Immigrants

America’s Lost Talent: Limiting Immigration Spells Economic Disaster

The Dutch City That Offered Refugees A Permanent Home

ESPIONAGE & TERRIORISM

ISIS Fighter’s Australian Citizenship Is Revoked Under Antiterror Laws

Pakistani Forces Kill Over 100 Terrorists Following Bombing Killing Nearly 90 People

TRUMP

Top Lawmakers Demand A Full Investigation Into Flynn And Trump Team

Oprah Just Spilled The Beans About One Of Trump’s Unconfirmed Nominees

Turmoil At The National Security Council, From The Top Down

Why These Librarians Are Protesting Trump’s Executive Orders

Trump Says Mnuchin Will Fight For Tax Cuts And Jobs

 MEANWHILE IN CANADA

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HI AGAIN, FOLKS FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA

Well, it’s been an interesting week on the national political scene.  I learned a long time ago that if I follow it too closely, I get motion sick.  Nope, not an image to frame and sit on the mantle.

I’m listening to a National Public Radio story about Democratic/Liberal Party activists going to town halls in New England and disrupting them using tactics they say they learned from the Tea Party.  They said that while it is admittedly interfering with the free commerce of government, it is important ~ they insist ~ to get the word out that Trump’s Way is not “the” way.

I have my own mixed reaction to that and since this is commentary, I’m not going to even try to be objective about it.  So, first of all, I am not a fan of loud noises, crowds or violence.  I marched in Seattle during the Rodney King protests and attended a mass prayer meeting in a black Baptist church.  That was cool.  When the Mounted Police showed up, we moved to the sidewalk.

The WTO riots were entirely different.  Outsiders came in with the express purpose of “getting the word out.”  They were very good and they interfaced with local protests groups.  As an aside, you can tell the difference quite easily.

The “outside agitator” and thank you J. Edgar Hoover for that quaint term, is better dressed and looks like REI’s image.  They’re cleaner, more articulate and they smoke pot right out in public.  They also have a distinctly academic manner about that that reminds me of those propaganda posters of Che Guevara with an AK-47 in one hand and the Communist Manifesto in the other.

Probably because marijuana has always been an omniscient as the weather in the shadow, our protestors tend to turn out in Birkenstocks or running shoes, sweat pants or Levis and, invariably, a hoodie.  They are also the ones who dress in layers and look like garage sale manikins.  We recycle clothes in Seattle until the thread itself dies and goes to Heaven.

They are also extremely fragrance conscious.  To outside agitators, tear gas often acts as an aphrodisiac.  Our local agitators, on the other hand, live in one of the most aromatic places in the world and the smell of teargas, mace, urine, sweat and blood does not ~ in anyway, shape or form ~ turn them on.  So they tend to avoid behaviors which produce this witches’ brew.

They also tend not to smash the windows of major department stores, restaurants or other businesses they patronize.  These, for the most part, endure regardless of what else is going on in human society.  There’s an avian expression involving littering one’s own nest and our local activists tend to not do that either.

But I think perhaps the biggest thing that distinguishes our local activists from outside agitators is that when the marching, the speeches, the praying, when all that concludes, they go home to their friends and families, eat lots of pizza, watch themselves on the evening new and then, go back to just being them and carrying on.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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GOOD EXAMPLES

Seattle Mayor Gives State Of City Address At Mosque

Two Countries As Close As Brothers

Sky Solution To Help Endangered Species

China Launches App To Aid To Stop Child Trafficking

Seattle Revolutionizes Community Outreach

GOP Governors As Clean Energy Leaders

BAD EXAMPLES

Trump Sons Forge Ahead Without Father, Expanding And Navigating Conflicts

Leaked Sex Tapes Provoked Woman’s Suicide

German Parents Told To Destroy Cayla Dolls Over Hacking Fears

America’s Traffic Death Toll Is A Disgrace’

Don’t Demonize Driving, Just Stop Subsidizing It

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good morning, Dave.  Ford Pledges $1bn For AI Start-Up

We suspected this and we’re glad to learn that it is true.  Long Before Making Enigmatic Earthworks, People Reshaped Brazil’s Rain Forest

We loved this.  The 10 Strangest Plants on Earth

OUR PLANET

A Secret Underground City

The World’s Oldest Restaurant?

Long Before Making Enigmatic Earthworks, People Reshaped Brazil’s Rain Forest

SPACE

India To Launch 104 Satellites In Single Space Mission

NASA Looks To Speed Timetable For Putting Astronauts In Deep Space

Magnetic Pole Reversal Ahead?

TECHNOLOGY

Dubai Announces Passenger Drone Plans

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

One Scientist’s Mission To Scan Every Fish On The Planet

THE GREEN BEAT

Jimmy Carter Makes A Stand For Solar, Decades After The Cardigan Sweater

Climate Disobedience In The New Era

Hay Bale Gardening: No Weeds, No Fertilizers And Less Watering!! What A Simple But Amazing Concept!!

The Environmental Consequences Of A Border Wall

TRAVEL

The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Lover’s Geography Of America’s Pacific Northwest

These Quirky Tiny Libraries Have Huge Appeal

HEALTH

Ebola ‘Super-Spreaders’ Cause Most Cases

New York Fashion Week: Breast Cancer Survivors Hit The Catwalk

How To Find Clinical Trials For Experimental Cancer Treatments

LIFESTYLE

Don’t Like Your Country? Try A New One

Leaving Urban Areas For The Political Homogeneity Of Rural Towns

Liberal Activists Join Forces Against A Common Foe: Trump

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Simon Cowell Cannot Believe His Eyes When He Sees Who’s Singing Like This

Giant Wolf Plops Down Beside Her, But Watch What Happens When They Make Eye Co

One Man’s Search For His Birth Parents Reunites High School Sweethearts 38 Yea

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Motherhood rocks.  Raccoon knocks on woman’s door every day, asks for food for her family

We loved this.  11 Totally Cool And Crazy Things You Never Knew About Panda Bears

This is so true, is it not?  Even the Smallest of Earth’s Creatures Need Rescuing and Tender Loving Care |

SHORTS

New Bird Species Discovered In Himalayan Mountains

10 Cuter-Than-Cute Animals From Primorsky Safari Park

Meet The World’s Most Beautiful Birds

Wolves Confront Bear Intruder

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

TOO CUTE TO LEAVE OUT

Earth’s Smallest Anteater Is Quite Possibly The Cutest Animal Ever

You Won’t Be Able To Handle The Cuteness Of These Otter Mamas With Their Pups

Seal Hitches Ride On Kayak In Firth Of Forth

Dolphins Join Surfers In Cornwall And Start Riding Waves With Them

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Thousands Of Blue Blubber Jellyfish Invade A Beach In Queensland, Australia

Local Man Feeds The Birds Every Day At 8 Am. Watch What Happens When He’s A Little Late!

A Huge Gathering Of Sting Rays

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RAIN: A Story Of Love And War

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RAIN: A Story of Love & War

They’d been married once.  Younger then, their lives had been a collage of rain dimpling a duck pond, wishing games in the high branches of the evergreens, intimate meals in the kitchen and nights that grew richer with familiarity.

Theirs was a strange, almost inarticulate love best captured in the mornings she’d fall asleep at her easel, exhausted over a night’s work, or the cold-coffee dawns he’d come home with a split lip and nothing to show for a week on the road with his combo.

“I like it.”

“You don’t think the trees are too green?”

“They’re beautiful.”

“I’m glad you’re home.”

“Me too.”

“How much do we owe the landlord?”

“I’m glad you’re home.  The landlord will keep.”

There were, as well, those funny/sad times when the edge cut so deep it blunted itself on midnight cornflake conversations.

“What are you doing still up?”

“Couldn’t sleep.  What’s your excuse?”

“I missed you.  Go for a walk?”

“Like this?”

“You look fine.”

“OK.”

And then they’d stroll the quiet streets, reaping a clear night star harvest, or stand alone on the levee, watching the moon play on the rolling glass river.  Sometimes it was back to the all-night coffee shop, where they would sit across from each other without talking, or needing to.  Theirs was the rule of no apology, and that gentle dictate blessed their lives for two years and a season.

Then time and an era caught up with them.

His best friend was killed in battle over Thanksgiving, and she sold two of her canvases, only to learn they’d been purchased for their frames.  She began her rage at one end of town, he his at the other, and they met in the heat of it all at the coffee shop.  She cursed him for something he said, and he slapped her.  In a moment of absolute terror, they told each other they were sorry.

He came back 18 months later with a limp and a double row of campaign ribbons.  They talked over coffee, and he whistled at the prices her paintings were bringing.  She reached out to touch the gaunt planes of his cheeks.  They dined together, then went walking.

Along dusty country lanes, they played in rainbow leaves, chased squirrels and waded in the Indian summer silt of bullfrog ponds.  They renamed the trees and called the southbound geese by the colors of the palette.  She memorized the gentle strength of his hands and heard the quiet joy of words a cordite-parched throat could barely speak.  Loves was theirs once more — and for an emerald instant — time and an era left them in peace.

When he returned to stay, she met him at the airport and saw him through the final mile home.  He never smiled or told her how glad he was to see her.  She never mentioned how much she had missed him.  When the final strains of epitaph faded into the eternal chill, she walked home and sat down on the living room couch.

Rain fell softly beyond her.

© 1990 Merritt Scott Miller

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Presidential Palaces: A Global Quiz

ASIA

Toyota Says Weakening Yen Will Help Profits

Dangerous Fruit: Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India Is Solved

Joyous Africans Take To The Rails, With China’s Help

Trump Tells Xi Jinping U.S. Will Honor ‘One China’ Policy

South India’s Most Fragrant Secret

Plan For $10 Billion Chip Plant Shows China’s Growing Pull

AFRICA

Fall Armyworm ‘Threatens African Farmers’ Livelihoods’

Fueled By Bribes, Somalia’s Election Seen As Milestone Of Corruption

African Nations Increasingly Silence Internet To Stem Protests

A Bilingual Cameroon Teeters After English Speakers Protest Treatment

MIDDLE EAST

Russian Airstrike Kills 3 Turkish Soldiers In Syria In ‘Friendly Fire’

Burn An American Flag? Some Iranians Are Saying No

Trump May Turn To Arab Allies For Help With Israeli-Palestinian Relations

Going Home To Falluja, A City Slipping Back Into Turmoil

Today In Mosul: Retaken Parts Of ISIS Stronghold Return To Life

Widening Crackdown, Egypt Shutters Group That Treats Torture Victims

EUROPE

Catalan Trial: Artur Mas Independence Vote Case Draws Crowds

Romanian Protesters Light Up Huge Rally With Phone Torches

The Shop On The Front Line Of Ukraine-Russia Conflict That’s Always Open

Brexit Vote Already Bad For Firms, Bosses Say

Nicolas Sarkozy: French Ex-President Ordered To Stand Trial

The Secret Messages Of UK Roads

French Carmaker Renault Reports Record Revenues

Dutch Get Creative To Solve A Prison Problem: Too Many Empty Cells

The Vatican

Homeless In Rome Attend The Circus

Pope Lauds Youth Preparing To Build ‘World Of Peace’

Bishops To Peoples Of Middle East: You Are Not Forgotten

Holy Door In Lampedusa Symbolizes Hope For Better Life

Without Women, There Is No Harmony In The World, Pope Francis Says

Pope Francis: In Healthcare, We Are Responsible To The Most Vulnerable

Russia

The Lower Depths: An Eyewitness Account Of Life On Moscow’s Meanest Streets

Russia Ranks Among The World’s Top Countries For International Students

Alexei Navalny: Russian Opposition Leader ‘Found Guilty’

6 Homegrown Superheroes Who Inspired The Kids Of The USSR

Snow Church For Russia Village

Navalny Promises To Run For President In 2018 Despite Conviction

CANADA

Saving British Columbia’s Parks

For The First Time In 100 Years, Canada’s Oldest Park Will Be Roamed By Wild Bison

Canada Today: An Isolated Lake And A Welcome Mat For Refugees

UNITED STATES

Chicago Officer Who Shot Teenager And Bystander Will Not Be Charged

How A Fractious Women’s Movement Came To Lead The Left

The Preacher And The Sheriff

Cascadia

Oregon’s Workforce Shines With Good News

Lead Is Spouting From Drinking Fountains In Portland Parks

Seattle’s Innovative Homeless Shelter Has A Home

When Pacific Northwest Wildfire Management Depends On Climate Science

An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root In Skagit

150,000 Unauthorized Immigrants Live In Seattle Area, Pew Study Finds

The Nations

About Washington State Tribes

Indian Tribesmen Catching South Florida Pythons Up To 16 Feet Long.

LATIN AMERICA

Corruption Scandal Ensnares Leaders Of Peru And Colombia

2nd Colombian Rebel Group Steps Up To The Table For Peace Talks

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America

Unease In Colombia, As Old Enemies Become New Neighbors

Mexico Takes First Step Before Talks With U.S. On Nafta

Dominican Paper Apologizes For Using Baldwin Photo For Trump

Venezuela Now Leads US Asylum Requests As Crisis Deepens

Peru Says U.S. Is Not Planning To Detain Wanted Ex-President

Cartel Power Struggle Fueling Rising Violence In Mexico: Official

Panama Detains Mossack Fonseca Founders On Corruption Charges

Hundreds Of Police Back On Duty In Paralyzed Brazil State

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Ancient Undersea Landslide Discovered In Australia

Australian Man Trapped In Dam With Nose Just Above Water

Drone Captures Stunning View Of Uluru

Video: Hundreds Of Beached Whales Die In New Zealand

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Powerful Atlantic Storm To Send Arctic Temperatures 50 Degrees Above Average – Again

The Threats And Opportunities Of Climate Change

Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf Crack, Close To Breaking Off, Grows 17 More Miles

Video: Winter Storm Hits Northeast  

To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth

Trump Has Choices To Make On Climate Policy. What Would You Do?

Trump Voters’ Views On Climate Change

A “Conservative Solution” To Climate Change: Is It For Real?

Despite Epic Rain And Snow, California Holds Firm On Drought Restrictions

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Seattle City Council Votes To Sever Ties To Wells Fargo

Army Approves Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

In Defense Of Standing Rock Reporter Jenni Monet—And All Journalists

Fighting Fossil Fuels At The Local Level

Keystone Debate: Is There Really A Need For So Many New Oil Pipelines?

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Lifting Of Travel Ban Sets Off Rush To Reach U.S.

Travelers Arrive In U.S. To Hugs And Tears After Ban Is Lifted

Trump’s Travel Ban, Aimed At Terrorists, Has Blocked Doctors

Mothers and Daughters Divided by Refugee Ban Encounter the Guilt of Good Fortune  

Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants

Kenyan Closure Of Dadaab Refugee Camp Blocked By High Court

Federal Appeals Court: Seattle Judge’s Halt On Travel Ban Remains

Video: Arizona Protests For Unauthorized Immigrants

How To Help Immigrant And Muslim Neighbors

French Farmer Who Aided Migrants Is Given Suspended Fine

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Yemen Withdraws Permission For U.S. Anti-Terror Ground Missions

Afghan Red Cross Workers Killed By IS

France Security: ‘Suicide Bomber Plot Foiled’ In Montpellier

TRUMP

Pope Francis Just Issued A Blistering Statement Against Christians Supporting Trump’s Muslim Ban

‘So-Called’ Judge Criticized By Trump Is Known As A Mainstream Republican

Coke’s Superbowl Ad Just Taught Trump A Huge Lesson About America

Trump Clashes Early With Courts, Portending Years Of Legal Battles  

Trump And Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles

Tech Opposition To Trump Propelled By Employees, Not Executives

California Farmers Backed Trump, But Now Fear Losing Field Workers

Trump Named As Defendant In Landmark Federal Climate Suit | Colorl

 

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FROM OLYA

THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER JESUS

Hello Rusty:

I recently saw the film “Jackie” with Natalie Portman and the discussion between her character and that of these priest inspired these thoughts on my part.

There will not be another Jesus, Gandhi, John Lennon, JFK or Mother Theresa. No one will come to answer the questions, to take responsibility from other people on their own fragile shoulders.  No one will be there suffering for others to save them.

Times have changed.  We have all the answers now if we have the courage to accept them.  Thanks to the Internet, anyone who really wants to find them can find them.  It is neither honest nor realistic for anyone to expect the government, a neighbor or any public figure to solve all our problems or lead the way.

Because they once lived among us, all of them ~ Jesus, Gandhii, Mother Theresa, et al are a part of us.  It is up to us, then, as individuals to be the provider of our own answers and to avoid the attempts of others to manipulate us by fear or intimidation.

It is time each of us was their own Jesus.

Stay warm, Mishka, my cousin.  See you next week.

Olya Bereza  

Tell her what you think 

01-october-2016

FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA.

Hi again, folks:

While we’re digging ourselves out of one slammer of a snowstorm, the American Northeast is getting plowed under by another one.  The dramatic weather ~ as inconvenient and in some cases as tragic as it has been ~ has also been a good diversion from other headline news.

California’s water table is slowly rising all over the state to pre-Big Drought levels and this time, people in Los Angeles have not taken this as tacit approval to start watering their driveways again.  They are the only members of our entire species who believe that if you irrigate concrete long enough, it will grow.  But then they also put stars with the names of Hollywood actors on the sidewalk so millions of people can walk on them.  They are a strange breed, these Southern Californians.

As many of you know, there is a chatroom on America Online that I frequent as a virtual coffeehouse especially in winter when the trips to the Starbucks 15 minutes from here by bus is too cold, windy or wet to make.

What I appreciate about this chatroom and others like it is that despite the relative anonymity, real personalities do emerge and sincere human commerce is conducted.  And nowhere in Seattle could I talk to as many as 35 people from all over the country or the world?  One of the people in that chatroom asked me where all the humanity in the world had gone.

I told her that I found a lot of it out there.  I pointed out, however, that unless one believed it still existed and sincerely wanted to find it, it would probably remain elusive for the same reason that happy people are not generally found in the company of miserable people.  I did not post specific sites on the Internet but I’m gong to share several with you folks now.  And from there, you can make more connections if necessary.  Otherwise, strap yourself in because you’re going to love these.

Simon Cowell Cannot Believe His Eyes When He Sees Who’s Singing Like This

Elephant Rushes Into River To Save The Man She Thinks Is Drowning

Encouragement – Foundation for a Better Life

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

Anything on YOUR mind that you’d care to share?

GOOD EXAMPLES

A Charity In Greece Is Turning Old Blankets Into Winter Coats For Refugees

Subway Commuters Scrub Anti-Semitic Graffiti

The Bosses Giving Time Off For Protests

San Francisco Just Made Community College Free For All Residents

Hunters Save Children Stricken With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

BAD EXAMPLES

An Ex-Convict Got 30 Years For Setting Fire To A Mosque Visited By The Orlando Shooter

People Want To Boycott Budweiser Over Its Super Bowl Immigration Ad

9 Shows And Movies That Perpetuate An Unfair Fear Of Animals

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Considering the Manhattan Project, I think this is a good thing and one we should encourage.  In Age of Trump, Scientists Show Signs of a Political Pulse

How many of these did you know they invented?  Russia’s 12 Top Inventions That Changed The World

Here’s something I hope we never need to find out.  What If The Internet Stopped For A Day?

OUR PLANET

A Giant Prehistoric-Looking Bird

Whales’ Ingenious Fishing Technique

New Study Predicts Spread Of Wild Pigs

Ancient Tunnels: A Ride On America’s First Subway Line

SPACE

Northern U.S. Meteor Dazzles Thousands

How Do You Stop Astronauts Going Mad?

Today In Science: Spacecraft Destroys Sundog

TECHNOLOGY

China’s Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Tel Aviv Among First Cities To Add Driverless Cars To Public Transit

LG Monitor ‘Does Not Work Near Wi-Fi’

Ford To Invest $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence Start-Up

Surprising Ways Science Survives Travel Bans And Gag Orders

THE GREEN BEAT

How People Learn To Live With Nature

Cutting The Epa With A Scalpel, Not A Cleaver

Politics On The Plate

Republican Coalition Proposes A Carbon Tax To Fight Climate Change

The Food Bank Of The Future

Panels To The People: ‘Community Solar’ Aims To Democratize The Sun

The Eco-Friendly Tiny-House Village Coming To Portland

TRAVEL

10 Incredible Backpacking Trips You Should Do Next Summer

The Cave Filled With 9,000 Buddhas

A Pure Land Inspired By Treachery  

The 8 Most Breathtaking Mountain Towns

HEALTH

Turning The Tide Against Cholera

Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells

Cannabis Drug Could Extend Lives Of Brain Cancer Patients, Study Finds

Confession Of A Doctor Who Drank Cannabis Oil: “I Had Cancer, Cannabis Oil Brought My Life Back

Swimming To Ease Back Pain

Lessons On Aging Well, From A 105-Year-Old Cyclist

LIFESTYLE

The Rise Of The Asian Expat

The Most Generous People On Earth?

How To Close A Gender Gap

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Baby Ducks’ First Flight

The Woman Who Lives With Wolves

A Young Shy Girl Walks On Stage, but within Seconds Everyone’s Jaw Hit The Floor

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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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

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This will absolutely bring good tears to your eyes.  Ecuadorian Police Officer Responds To Life Or Death Threat.

This is nothing short of awesome.  For Ice-Loving Narwhals, A Melting Arctic Presents Worrying Challenges

Ye, another tear-jerker.  A Gorilla Who Was Reintroduced Into The Wild Years Ago Is Reunited With A Conservationist

SHORTS

A Rhino Makes Friends

The Monkeys That Survive In Frigid Cold

A Diver Discovers a Candy-Colored Crab

ANIMAL RESCUES

WATCH: Goose Found On The Side Of The Freeway Makes A Full Recovery

When This Trapped Fawn Was Finally Reunited With His Mother, My Heart Almost Burst!

Man Crawls Through Treacherous Black Mud After Noticing Helpless Trapped Anima

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Go Above And Beyond For Nature

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s February FeederWatch newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Owl Filmed On Camera Falling Asleep On A Tree

Man Spends 4 Years Building A Church Using Only Living Trees. Take A Look Inside

Man finds a 700-year-old cave, spends $230,000 to convert it into a dream home

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  I’m 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 weekly magazine she and I write and publish now reaches 22 nations.  As demographically diverse as they are, our readers share a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard.

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