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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 25, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 3

Crash of United Airlines Flight 615, on January 28, 1948, near Fresno, California -- Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Crash of United Airlines Flight 615, on January 28, 1948, near Fresno, California — Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

AND ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU WILL BE “DEPORTEE”

This Week’s Theme Music:  Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, here is a headline which ~ like others I’ve read recently ~ reinforces what I’ve suspected all along.  Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds

This belief that immigrants ~ legal or otherwise ~ are depriving American citizens of rightful and gainful employment has been a cornerstone of a persistent fear many seem to have of outsiders, regardless of where we live.  So often, we just do not know how new people are going to impact our lives and we fill the information vacuum with an imagination flavored by fear.

I think this labor displacement myth is also rooted in something that may have once been true and perhaps still is to a certain extent.  That comes, however, with a caveat.  If there is some truth to the myth, it is not the fault of immigrants but of the local labor force  for refusing to do certain kinds of work at certain rates of pay.

I’ve done a little of that, including two seasons in hops and one in grapes; dishwasher and bus boy at a pizza parlor; door to door flyer distributor; and green chair puller in a lumber mill.  I worked with immigrants on all those jobs.

For me, it was filling in between preferred employment opportunities.  For them, however, it was a place to start a new life in a new land.  It was an opportunity not deliberately created for them and it was certainly not the result of any campaigns by an alien population to deprive anyone who wanted to work of the right or the opportunity to do so.

If we’re going to continue blame our nation’s problems on factors other than our own personal choices, it should come as some comfort to all concerned that we can at least take this one off the list.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

This Week’s Theme Music:  Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon

THE NEWS

This is good news.  Wildlife Park Offers New Home To “World’s Saddest” Polar Bear Trapped In Chinese Mall

No one who ever watched HAL talk to Dave in Space Odyssey 2001 wants to see this happen.  U.S. Signals Backing For Self-Driving Cars

If this is a normal American kid, we are a lot deeper in the Big Muddy than we thought.  Friends Say Minnesota Attacker Was ‘Normal American Kid’

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Crack Advances Across Antarctic Ice Shelf

Earth Smashes Yet Another Heat Record; 16th Month In A Row

Arctic Sea Ice 2nd-Lowest On Record

International Criminal Court: Environmental Destruction Is A Crime Against Humanity  

ASIA

N Korea Rocket Engine Test ‘A Success’

Japan Alters Policy To Spur Growth

Chinese Jews Of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams

The Saturday Profile: An Expert On Chinese Medicine, But No New Age Healer

AFRICA

Student Protests in South Africa Turn Violent

Allister Sparks, South African Journalist Who Challenged Apartheid, Dies At 83

Looming Transition Ignites Deadly Clashes In Congo

Kinshasa, Congo, Is Locked Down As Protests Erupt Against Joseph Kabila
Nigeria Describes 3 Failed Negotiations With Boko Haram On Kidnapped Girls
South Sudan Rejects Report On Leaders’ Wealth
Inspired By The U.S., West Africans Wield Smartphones To Fight Police Abuse

MIDDLE EAST

UN Suspends All Aid Convoys In Syria

Video: Postcards From The Hajj: The Wildlife

Fractured Lands: How The Arab World Came Apart

EUROPE

A Fresh Start For A New Version Of The KGB

Why A European Army Won’t Bring The EU Closer Together

Brendan Cox: Carrying On Jo’s Work Against Hate

6 Sites Recognized By Britain For Significance To Gay History

CANADA

Ottawa To Impose A National Carbon Price On The Provinces

Justin Trudeau Defends Extradition Treaty Talks With China

Canadian Universities Tumble In Rankings As China Rises

U.S. Steel Canada Receives $500-Million Lifeline

Chinese Premier Defends Death Penalty, Pushes Extradition Pact

Ottawa Did Not Warn Vancouver About Toxins In Retail Pot, Councillor Says

Canada Today: Taking The International Stage

UNITED STATES

US Bomb Squad Detonates Device

Video: Moment Of New York Blast Caught On CCTV

Flagged Two Times In 2014, Ahmad Rahami Passed Scrutiny

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data On 500 Million Users In 2014

Tulsa Officer Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Black Driver

4 Dead in Shooting at Mall in Washington State, Police Say

LATIN AMERICA

Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door To U.S. Abruptly Shut

U.S. To Step Up Deportations Of Haitians Amid Surge At Border

Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s Leader, Opts Not To Deliver U.N. Speech

Police Sex Abuse Case Is Bad News For Mexico’s Leader

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Is Not As Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

Forbes Locals Warned Against Staying In ‘High Risk’ Flood Zone

Sydney Crane Collapse Leaves Workers Hanging Inside Dangling Boom

Charlotte Police Release Video Of Black Man’s Fatal Shooting

Changes To GST Carve-Up ‘Some Years’ Away: PM

TOPICAL

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Man Is Shot In Charlotte As Unrest Stretches To Second Night

In Cranes’ Shadow, Los Angeles Strains To See A Future With Less Sprawl

State Of Emergency Declared In US City

Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos Of His Killing, And Says The Public Should, Too

REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS

Flaws In Fingerprint Records Allowed Hundreds To Become U.S. Citizens

VIDEO: ‘Canada Is My Country Now’

Migrants Flee Burning Greek Camp Of Moria On Lesbos

Refugees, Migrants Top Agenda At Twin UN Summit Meetings

Survivor Recounts Struggle at Sea

STANDING ROCK

Climate Justice Meets Racism: Standing Rock Was Decades In The Making

Assembly Of First Nations Jumps Into The Site C Dam Fray  

Standing Rock’s Two-Front War—Big Oil And Big Banks

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK 

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A 100 year old hut on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza. 

FARM FOLLOWS FICTION & FLAX HOUSES

Hi Mishka

Being on dacha the other day in the suburbs of Lviv inspired a few thoughts about architecture and contrasting the past with some of the modern monstrosities of today.

This trend towards monumentalism happened not only in the Soviet Union of my youth but in other countries with a trend to high rises of glass and metal, making people perceiving themselves small and irrelevant surrounded by grey gloomy walls.

I think these feelings of inhumanity  were reflected in many Hollywood films. In my opinion, people like superheroes such as Spiderman or Batman because they get human power back among dark towers. That idea came to me watching, recently, “Ghostbusters,” with the huge figure of Marshmallow Man again trying to be the same size as the buildings of New York City. Surely, one day, someone will make a psychological study of this.

In this line, “Farm Follows Fiction” winner of Architecture 2030 Challenge was doing a very good job making a New York icon a nicer place to be

Today, urbanization and globalization are changing our cities and the people who live in them. There is a dramatic need to begin to recognize these changes. Definitely modern architects have to step back and really decide, first, how to best use the rich inheritance of previous eras; and second, what priorities are for future generations.

The photo I took for my column this week is a century old hut and despite the age, it feels good to look at it and it is so easy to reuse this material for new built. Wood is my favorites but it’s nice to find out what also can be used for eco building:  The Unique Technology Of Eco Flax Houses Developed By Scientists From Brest (Belarus)

Looking through interior and design magazines, the most recognizable trend at the moment is “green pill,” which combines nature with urban life. Their design principles are oriented around basic human needs, including communal areas, humanistic scale of building, lots of greenery and good air.

Luckily you already live in a place like that, Mishka.  Enjoy my cousin.  That’s it for this week.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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Five Thrilling Hikes For Those Who Love Heights

Where The Old West Comes Back To Life

Where To Find The World’s Longest Recreational Trail

20Hikes That Will Make You Feel Like A Badass

How To Use Google To Plan Your Trip

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

Until recently, we curated most of our hard news from the BBC, Canada.com, the New York Times, Sightline Daily and occasionally from the China Daily and the Moscow Times.  We subsequently visited several Russian news sites tracking down stories on FaceBook and found them to be remarkably uncensored, extremely well executed and refreshingly free of bias.  Our European editor, Olya Bereza, grew up in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  So for awhile, we want to present news about Russia and the world from a “Russian perspective.”  I firmly believe that while our governments may not get along, we ~ as Americans and Russians ~ could become quite good friends.  RM/EIC

The West Ignores The Ukraine Crisis At Its Own Peril 

Russia And The Four European Crises 

What Does The US-Russia Agreement Change In Syria?

GOOD EXAMPLES 

Modern Housing With Village Virtues

Alex, 6, Offers New Home To Syrian Boy

BioBee Ships Millions Of Wasps To Africa To Help Farmers Battle Pests

BAD EXAMPLES

Maternal Mortality Rate In U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds

Children Dying Of Starvation In Yemen’s Conflict

VW Hit By Flood Of New Lawsuits

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This, to me, is very creepy.  In A Lab In Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl

This is fascinating.  Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

As anxious as this might make us, this is information we really need to know.  Interactive Graphic: How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?

EARTH

Laser Scans Unveil A Network Of Ancient Cities In Cambodia

How To Go From 0 To 60

A Single Migration From Africa Populated The World, Studies Find

SPACE

NASA Set To Reveal ‘Surprising’ Activity On Jupiter’s Moon

NASA Aims At An Asteroid Holding Clues To The Solar System’s Roots

Meet New Glenn, The Blue Origin Rocket That May Someday Take You To Space

No Longer Missing: Rosetta’s Philae Spacecraft Located On Comet

Florida Company Gets Approval To Put Robotic Lander On Moon

Our Vast Solar System And Its Many Explorers

TECHNOLOGY

Cellphone Alerts Used In New York To Search For Bombing Suspect

A Lesson Of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can’t Do It All Yet

Can Tesla’s Autopilot Be Trusted? Not Always  

THE GREEN BEAT

Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone As 20 More Nations Sign On

50 First Nations And US Tribes Unite To Stop Oil Pipelines  

Views: Everyone Needs The Oceans To Be Well Protected  

US Military’s Climate Catch-22  

HEALTH

New York Times Weekly Wellness Page:  10 Insights For Love

Check Out America’s Healthiest Schools

Is This Hurting Your Heart?

Slimming Sandwiches

LIFESTYLE

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams

Video: First Thoughts After New York Explosion

How Money Gets Into Our Politicians’ Pockets

Making It Work When You Don’t Have a 9-to-5  

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

You’ve Never Seen Nature Quite Like This

The Voyages Issue: Remarkable Journeys With Six Photographers

What In The World? 10 Questions On Global Quirks

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(ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS and LIMITED EXTERNAL USES AUTHORIZED) White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn, also known as the Virginia deer or simply as the whitetail, in spring ferns at Mount Porte Crayon in West Virginia. PHOTO CREDIT: © Kent Mason

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Wildlife management is not just a science.  It is an art.

This is an interesting question, I thought.  What is a flower, anyway?

This is incredible.  Photographer Captures The Multi-Colored Magic Of Hummingbirds

SHORTS

The Changing Clock of Australia’s Little Penguins

Hawaiian Crows Join Tool-Users Club

Meet Australian’s Gliding Possums

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YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Kung Fu Nuns Of Nepal

US Army Builds ‘Ambidextrous’ Grenade

Chinese Space Station Expected To Plummet To Earth In 2017

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 18, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 2

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ONE HELLUVA PAYBACK FOR HEROES

This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Here’s a headline that personally impresses me and for several reasons.  Scuba, Parrots, Yoga: Veterans Embrace Alternative Therapies for PTSD

I like the creative approach because it involves activities in which people unafflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder engage.  One of the most devastating aspects of PTSD is the incredible emotional isolation one can feel at times.  It is the reaction of a creature so hurt that solitude and hibernation are its only trusted means of self-preservation.

It can also be, as in nature among all creatures that do this, a place of no return.  According to Veterans Administration records, America lost over 55,000 Vietnam War veterans to this place.  They were good men and women who returned to a world more savage in some respects, than the one they survived.

That is often the way of it with first responders and health care providers, as well.  Between automobile accidents and terrorism, far too much of it is our responsibility and if we created it, we can very well un-create it.  John F. Kennedy firmly and proactively believed that and so do I.

As long as we condone a violent society, we will have victims of it and if they cannot get the help that they need, they will become casualties themselves.  The ironic part is that the first to fall will be those we need the most.

That’s one helluva payback for heroes and I am very surprised we keep producing so many of them.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube

THE NEWS

We found this to be a pretty “heads up” question.  What’s Free In Your Country?

Here’s good news for some of us.  U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2 Percent In 2015, Breaking Pattern Of Stagnation

I found this extremely interesting. Graphic: For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them?

FOLLOW-UP:  As a follow-up to last week’s edition, which was dedicated to 9/11, we thought it would be interesting to share with you a Russian perspective.  15 Years After 9/11, What Has The West Learned?

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Probably No La Niña In Late 2016

With U.S. Election In Sight, Ban Ki-Moon Seeks Quick Action On Climate Accord

Watch The Arctic’s Ice Shrink To Its Near-Record Low

Yes, The Climate Has Always Changed. This Comic Shows Why That’s No Comfort.

ASIA

Marriage Falls In China, Transforming Finances And Families

Typhoon Meranti: Huge Storm Hits Taiwan

17 Soldiers Killed In Attack At Indian Army Base In Kashmir

Film Shines Light On South Korean Spy Agency’s Fabrication Of Enemies

Southeast Asia Replaces Africa As The World’s Hotbed Of Piracy

AFRICA

Clooney: South Sudan Corruption Report Is ‘Explosive Stuff’

Suicide Car Bomber Kills Somali General In Capital

Egypt Freezes Assets Of Several Human Rights Advocates

South Sudan Agrees To More U.N. Troops

MIDDLE EAST

VIDEO: Inside Jarablus As ISIS Militants Retreat

Syria Ceasefire: Devastation On Road Into West Aleppo

Video: Inside Aleppo’s Ruined Covered Market

U.S., Israel Sign $38 Billion Military Aid Deal Over 10 Years

U.S. Admits Airstrike In Syria, Meant To Hit ISIS, Killed Syrian Troops

EUROPE

UK ‘One Of The Most Unequal Countries’

Poland And China Drive Ikea Growth

Can Poland Build The Next ‘It’ Car?

Juncker Plans EU Military Headquarters

Turks See Purge As Witch Hunt Of ‘Medieval’ Darkness

Kremlin Says It Wants A Spotless Election, But Locally It Is Marred

Turkey’s Islamic Fashion Revolution

Germans And Austrians Protest E.U. Trade Talks With U.S. And Canada

CANADA

Canada Today: Searchers Find A Shipwreck, And Conservatives Seek A Leader

Canadian Kevin Garratt, Held 2 Years On Spy Charges In China, Is Released

Canada Today: A Surge In Interest, And Prices, For Toronto’s Film Scene

After 25 Years, Victoria Finally Approves A Sewage Treatment Plant  

UNITED STATES

A Glorified Sidewalk, And The Path To Transform Atlanta

In A Shift, U.S. Includes Families In Hostage Rescue Efforts

In Connecticut, A Wealth Gap Divides Neighboring Schools

In Historic Move, California Expands Overtime To Farmworkers

Oregon’s Automatic ‘Motor Voter’ Registration Yields Surge In Registered Voters

A Rebounding Economy Remains Fragile For Many

Powerful Blast Injures At Least 29 In Manhattan; Second Device Found

Hate Crimes Against American Muslims Most Since Post-9/11 Era

LATIN AMERICA

Huge Fire Rips Through Brazilian Favela In Sao Paulo

Lula,’ Brazil’s Ex-President, Is Charged With Corruption

Brazil’s Congress Expels Lawmaker Who Led Ouster Of President

Mexico City Journal: Mexico City’s Organ Grinders, Once Beloved, Feel Shunned

After Centuries Of Loss, Seeds Of Hope For Argentina’s Indigenous People

Justice Interrupted: The Secret History Of Colombia’s Paramilitaries And The U.S. War On Drugs

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australian Jets Involved In Botched Air Strike On Syrian Army

‘Risk Of Landslide’ At Wye River Brings Holiday Tourism To A Halt

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK 

Carpathian Mountains.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Carpathian Mountains. Photo by Olya Bereza 

WE ARE ALL TRIANGLES

Hi Rusty:

I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Carpathian Mountains.  It is nice change from civilization.  Great air with melted aroma of pines and of course, a picturesque view. These reminded me Ural Mountains of the place I was born. Even the smell of autumn coming to the scene is the same, a bit “mushroomy,” to explain in one word.

I’m now back at the usual coffee shop in the center of Lviv, enjoying a Carpathians tea made from herbs that surrounded me yesterday. A beautiful view of the Market Square shows the anxiety of town life, reminding me of how different are the worlds of nature and of people and how people really do need them both.

I found interesting article in the Wall Street Journal to share: Shaping Up In An Expat World: We Are All Triangles Now.  I couldn’t agree with the author more when she contends that living in places far away from one’s homeland affects mentality and opens the whole new world.  However, with new ways of thinking, things never be the same again.

Maybe this is why I enjoy my communication with expats from different countries as it is a great way to loosen stereotypes. Travel is probably the easiest way to broaden horizons.  Of course there are other ways like education.

And despite an increasingly more arrogant tone to it, the Internet has made information so much easier to acquire, particularly in contrast to just one generation ago and in places where, also just two decades ago, there were not even landline telephones, libraries or government archives with citizen access.

Before leaving you this week, I would like to share with you some great pieces of art from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, chosen to host Eurovision next summer in an article entitled . This Resilient Ukrainian City May Just Have The Most Beautiful Murals In Europe

That’s it for this week.  Take care, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

“LETTERS” TO THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

RE: Nine One One Lead Editorial

MF IN NORTHERN CALIFORNA:

Good commentary. You get it; most don’t, about why we seem to never tire of war.  The same applies to dysfunctional relationships and addictions. We do seem to get off on drama, even if it kills us.

Thank you.  It helps to have drawn down 32 months combat pay and to have lost a best friend from Vietnam to suicide four years after he returned to the world.  It also helps to have readers in five war zones and a staff member who travels frequently to several in Eastern Ukraine.  It never has been about armchair journalism with me and certainly not with this magazine. 

Yes, actual experience is better than simple reflection.

DS IN WASHINGTON STATE:

I wonder if we are bored as much as we are feeling overwhelmed and helpless at times.  The Four Horsemen of the 21st Century bombard us so much each day, we become numb to what is happening around us and we don’t feel we can do anything.  However Nine One One has also taught us that the four Angels of “Care, Mercy, Forgiveness and Tolerance” are all powerful actions as well and somehow people of the United States and around the world continue to find these attributes even as we grieve and support others throughout the world whether it is in the southern Sudan, Italy, Louisiana or Venezuela.  For myself, I keep believing in the 4 Angels!

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State Parks That Will Blow Your Mind

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Largest Nature Reserve On Earth

Norway Court Fines Hairdresser $2,000 For Refusing To Serve Woman In Hijab

BC Allocates $2 Million For First Nations Repatriation Efforts

BAD EXAMPLES

20 Marines Face Discipline After Muslim Recruit’s Death Is Ruled a Suicide

EpiPen Maker Mylan Quietly Steers Effort To Protect Its Price

Wells Fargo Warned Workers Against Sham Accounts, But ‘They Needed A Paycheck’

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This sounds like the title of a science fiction film.  Earthworm Invaders Alter Northern Forests

We thought this was just too cool not to include in this issue.  Passing Research Ship Saves Weather Station Staff From Polar Bear ‘Siege’

This is incredible.  ‘Fossilized’ Lightning Bolts Are Revealing Just How Powerful Storms Can Be

EARTH

What If All The Ice On Earth Melted?

Future Cities Will Be Great If We Figure Out How To Make Them Affordable

Photos Tell A Story Of Disappearing Coastal Land  

SPACE

Visions of Life on Mars in Earth’s Depths

Celestial Mapper Plots A Billion Stars

Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock

TECHNOLOGY

What It Feels Like To Ride In A Self-Driving Uber

How Did G.M. Create Tesla’s Dream Car First?

MIT Researchers Are Sending Robots Into Sewers To Help Predict Disease Outbreaks

THE GREEN BEAT

Photographs: From 280 Tribes, A Protest On The Plains

How The Dakota Pipeline Protest Is Spreading West

Wind Power Is Going To Get A Lot Cheaper As Wind Turbines Get Even More Enormous  

Washington Adopts New Carbon Rule  

An Environmental Activist Uses Comedy To Stop Oil Pipelines

HEALTH

The New York Times Examines The Sugar Controversy

Can You Get Fit Simply By Doing The Housework?

11 Natural Remedies To Lower High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure in Children

6 Low-Impact Workouts That Torch Calories

Surprising Heart Warnings

LIFESTYLE

VIDEO: ‘Why I Left Scotland To Fight ISIS’

Inside Former ISIS Stronghold Of Qayyarah

Sneaking A Taste Of North Korea’s Finest Beer

75 Percent Of Americans Are Worried About Losing Their Housing

You’re More Likely To Be Killed By Your Own Clothes Than By An Immigrant Terrorist

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

VIDEO: The Love Story That Shocked The World

The National Museum Of African American History And Culture

The Nature Conservancey’s 2016 Photo Contest Winners 

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.

 Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.

 Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.

 Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

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This is absolutely and totally good news.  Giant Panda No Longer Endangered

Let’s home his successor do the same.  Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine Monument  

Given their endangered species status elsewhere, we found this of some small comfort.  The Country With Too Many Elephants

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

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A Two-Mile Beer Pipeline Carries Belgium’s Lifeblood To Be Bottled

Men Everywhere Are Still Trying To Top This Wedding Surprise

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 11, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 1

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This Week’s Theme Music: Andre Rieu ~ Il Silenzio 2010 – Roger Diederen

NINE ONE ONE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We join America and a considerable portion of the rest of the world in somberly marking the 15th anniversary of what has become known simply by three numbers; Nine One One.

It was the first day that war ~ as most of the world has known it ~ came to American soil since its 19th century civil war.  The details are indelibly etched in the consciousness of millions so no purpose is served in repeating them here.

It has been a troubled decade and a half since.  Terrorism has increased globally and in North America and this applies to both foreign and domestic varieties.  We are a restive species, given to recycling of old hatreds and older emancipations.

We are an international community with an almost other-worldly fascination with the Four Horsemen of the 21st Century; Bedlam, Chaos, Disaster and Discord.  We enjoy the drama, the adventure, the intimation that our individual existences do have a meaning beyond the pale of Pittsburgh, Potsdam, Paris or Pleiku.

We seem to enjoy most of all the emotional intensity of war, as opposed to peace, which tends to be much quieter, a lot gentler, considerably less pyrotechnical and, let’s face it, pretty boring for the most part.

When we become as addicted to “boring,” as we are to the Four Horsemen of the 21st Century, there will be no more tragedies like this to remember.  Here or anywhere else on the planet.  God speed that day.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

This Week’s Theme Music: Andre Rieu ~ Il Silenzio 2010 – Roger Diederen

THE NEWS

We very proud of what these people are doing and they speak for us, as well.  ‘I Want To Win Someday’: Tribes Make Stand Against Pipeline

This was certainly long overdue.  A Female World War II Pilot Is Finally An Equal At Arlington

We found this extremely informative.  What Muslims Do On Hajj, And Why

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Oil Price Jumps After Russian/Saudi Deal

North Korea’s Largest Nuclear Test Draws Worldwide Rebuke

Russian Patriarch Kirill Prays For Peace Near The U.S. Border

Galaxy Note 7 Owners Are Urged To Stop Using Their Phones

FROM THE UNITED NATIONS

Global Daily: U.S., China Join Paris Climate Agreement

Global Moms Challenge: Taking Action For The Global Goals Now

Back to School For All: Girl Up Supports Refugee Education

A New Look At The Nothing But Nets Story

Replenishing The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

Ending Polio: Why We Have To Reach Every Child

Funding Global Family Planning

Host A Social Good Summit Meet-Up

ASIA

Kolkata Testifies To The Grace Of Mother Teresa, Its New Saint

Youth Protest Leaders Win Hong Kong Seats

China Warns On Hong Kong Independence

Preeti Rathi Murder: Death For India Acid Attack Convict

North Korea, Far From Crazy, Is All Too Rational

Married Off By The Khmer Rouge, And ‘Nobody Could Help Me’

AFRICA

Zimbabwe Follows Robert Mugabe’s Health by Following His Plane

A.N.C.’s Combative Response to Election Losses Startles South Africa

South Sudan to Allow More U.N. Peacekeepers, but Force Will Be No ‘Panacea’

African Elephant Population Dropped 30 Percent in 7 Years
Violence After Gabon Elections Leaves One Dead
Gabon’s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Is Re-Elected in Disputed Result
France’s Burkini Debate Reverberates Around the World

MIDDLE EAST

Russia and the United States Reach New Agreement on Syria Conflict   

At Least 45 Killed in Syria After US-Russia Agreement

Multimedia Feature: How One Of The Deadliest Hajj Accidents Unfolded

EUROPE

Calais Jungle Protest Causes Disruption

How Many Britons Are Entitled To An Irish Passport?

Business Live: Brexit Britain

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia

Work To Start On UK-Funded Calais Wall

Cause Of London Great Plague Confirmed

British Airways Computer Problems Cause Widespread Delays

German Exports See Sharp Fall In July

Can Poland Build The Next ‘It’ Car?

CANADA

Canadian-Owned Firm Sold Armored Vehicles To Sudan Despite Ban

CMHC Warns It Can’t Afford To Tackle Housing Market Problems

Judge’s Rape Comments ‘Made Me Hate Myself,’ Complainant Testifies

Canadian Utilities Buy Growth With Big Cross-Border Deals

Cost To Fix Payroll System Could Hit $50-Million, Ottawa Reveals

UNITED STATES

Air Force, Running Low On Drone Pilots, Turns To Contractors In Terror Fight

Drug Linked To Ohio Overdoses Can Kill In Doses Smaller Than A Snowflake

Judge, Citing Inequality, Orders Connecticut To Overhaul Its School System

North Dakota Tribe’s Request To Stop Work On Pipeline Denied

U.S. Suspends Construction On Part Of North Dakota Pipeline

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Major Climate Bill ‘

Supreme Court Allows ‘Straight-Ticket’ Voting In Michigan

LATIN AMERICA

The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries and the U.S. War on Drugs

With Pensions Like This ($315 a Month), Chileans Wonder How They’ll Ever Retire

Mexicans March Against President’s Proposal To Allow Gay Marriage

Dancing In Chile To Protest Dictatorship Disappearances

Brazil’s Ousted AG Says Government Tries To Stifle Graft Probe: Magazine

Venezuela Opposition Says Blocked From Meeting Near Summit

Earthquake Measuring 6.1 Hits Northern Peru-USGS

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Hidden Reef Behind Great Barrier Reef

Alleged Sydney Terror Attacker ‘Inspired By Islamic State’

Planes Collide At Airport North Of Adelaide

Regulations Making It ‘Too Expensive’ To Rebuild After Great Ocean Road Fires

PM Pledged To Fund Both Sides Of Plebiscite Debate, Archbishop Says

Police Probe Alleged Duckling Decapitation In Northern Tasmania

Fossil ‘Nesting Doll’ Shows Bug In Lizard In Snake

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

IMMIGRATION

Syrian Refugees Find an Unexpected U.S. Support Group: Christian Conservatives

UNA-USA Joins The UN To Welcome Resettled Refugees

For Refugees, Collecting Firewood Can Be Risky

Thousands Of Migrants Are Rescued Off The Libyan Coast

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

EDUCATION EVOLUTION IS FRUSTRATING IN UKRAINE

Hi Rusty:

Education is a very important part of society but sometimes its institutions seem to be very reluctant to respond to changes they need to make.  Now I find very hard how to explain to a child why school kids should be locked without fresh air for hours sitting on uncomfortable wooden seats being exposed to yelling of a strict teacher from a previous epoch.

The question of school arises to me very vividly, as I imagine it does to many other parents facing this problem of their child being horrified by the thought of returning to a regimen of classroom learning, homework and more classroom learning, especially after the freedom of summer vacation.

After brief research in local area, I have learned that the options for changing schools are few.  Either it is an expensive private school whose fees increase every year in geometric progression or a Waldorf School but in another district.  And that means every day commuting in public transportation.  At the moment the issue of modern schools moving in more liberal and progressive directions is quite frustrating in Ukraine.

It was interesting to learn how Great Britain has found a way to deal with this.  I found this article handles with problem to give parents more choice: “Theresa May Heralds Expansion In School Selection By Ability” extremely informative.

With regards to post-high school education, it was interesting to look at what Russia is doing now, as reported in a story headlined, “Russia Direct Report: ‘From University 1.0 to 4.0’   Definitely this country needs to develop intellectual industries rather than continuing to depend on raw oil/gas and a basically outdated approach to economics. Knowing how many talented youth from CIS countries work in Silicon Valley, the Russian variant of it, Skolkovo, the Russian Silicon Valley, is a good beginning and an appropriate one.

That’s it for this week.  Take care, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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GOOD EXAMPLES

A Very Special Mom

German Boy Rescues Brother From Pool

NASA Astronaut Sets New Days In Space Record

BAD EXAMPLES

‘Rolling Coal’ in Diesel Trucks, to Rebel and Provoke

Video: Yazidi Girl Forced By ISIS To Build Bombs

Video: The Lost Streets Of Chicago

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This does not sound like an incredibly good idea.  The Plan To Drill Into A Supervolcano

This should definitely inspire us all.  English Village Becomes Climate Leader By Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

Let’s Hope This Works For Them.  Japan’s $320 Million Gamble At Fukushima: An Underground Ice Wall

EARTH

A Surreal, Frozen Geothermal World

3.7-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Show Earliest Life

This Is Europe’s Oldest Living Tree

SPACE

SDO Sees A Double Eclipse

Update On Dawn Mission To Ceres

NASA Launches Rocket To Study Asteroid Bennu

TECHNOLOGY

UK Tech Firm Makes £6.6bn Software Swoop

In the Land of the Robot, Androids Are on the March

New IPhone, Less Buzz: Apple’s Latest Gadget Debuts To Tepid Response

THE GREEN BEAT

Showdown Over Oil Pipeline Becomes A National Movement For Native Americans

Climate Change Will Not Make The Earth Greener, Study Says

Inside Solar’s Secret Society

Americans Could Feed More People By Changing Diet, Study Says

HEALTH

VIDEO: Could Air Pollution Cause Brain Damage?

3 Household Staples That Can Make You Fat

Six Most Addictive Substances On Earth

Smoking And Drinking Rates Among U.S. Teenagers Fall To New Lows

Vitamin B12 As Protection For The Aging Brain

LIFESTYLE

Campuses Cautiously Train Freshmen Against Subtle Insults

Five Powerful Family Planning Stories From Young People

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Hindu

The Flavors That Unite Syrians

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Wow! Yellowstone Geysers Time-Lapse

Watch Bears Live in Katmai, National Park, Alaska

Masha and the Bear:  Laundry Day

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.

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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“Hang in there, little buddy.  Mom’s on her way.”  (We just couldn’t resist sharing this)  Photo courtesy of The Rainforest Site, https://www.facebook.com/therainforestsite

“Hang in there, little buddy. Mom’s on her way.” (We just couldn’t resist sharing this) Photo courtesy of The Rainforest Site  

This is awesome.  Drone Films White Southern Right Whale Calf Off Australia

This will absolutely warm your heart.  Disabled Dolphin Invents New Way To Breathe

This is certainly good news.  A Comeback For Humpback Whales

SHORTS

Video: ScienceTake: Bees Buzz for Their Supper

Man Rehabilitates Mysterious Baby Creature, Finds Lifelong Friend

Are Jellyfish Taking Over The Ocean?

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10 Creepy, Abandoned Theme Parks Left to the Elements (PHOTOS)

The Gruesome Secrets Of The Tube

Which Animal Do These Eyes Belong To?

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 4, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 52

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THIS WEEK’S THEME MUSIC ~ Forty Hours A Week, by Alabama

HERE’S TO 40 HOURS A WEEK

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This weekend, in America, we are celebrating Labor Day, a holiday which marks the end of several things and the beginning of several others.

Summer is over and school is starting, much to the relief of many parents and a few spouses of teachers with too much vacation time on their hands.  This holiday also sets the stage for the winter celebrations on this continent, among them, Canadian Thanksgiving in October, American Thanksgiving in November, along with Election Day, and of course the December festivals enjoyed by all the major religions of the world.

It is also The Northstar Journal’s eighth birthday, so on behalf of Olya Bereza, Denny Steussy, Meade Fisher, Sara G. and in memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard, Happy Birthday us.  Through the worst of a Recession and several questionable living situations generated by hard times, we hit the streets of 22 countries every Sunday here in the States.  It takes a good team and I am very proud of this one.

Labor Day itself honors American workers down through history.  From the linen mills of colonial New England to the coal mines of West Virginia, to the assembly lines in Detroit, across the prairies of Kansas and Nebraska to the Silicon Valley of California and the giant aircraft plants of Washington State, American muscle, the brains and brawn of our nation’s “working stiffs,” has made ours a land of enviable prosperity and international reckoning.

I have a red neck and my shirts have blue collars.  And I am proud to count myself among those anonymous millions whose “blood, sweat, toil and tears” ~ to borrow a phrase from Sir Winston Churchill ~ have made this country what it is today.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THIS WEEK’S THEME MUSIC ~ Forty Hours A Week, by Alabama

THE NEWS

This is not reassuring.  Hours After Discovery, Asteroid Swept By

Since I drink enough of this to have a street in Brazil named after me, I found this to be a very heads up question.  Will Coffee Become Extinct?

We suspected this was coming.  F.D.A. Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh Benefits

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

NASA: Earth Is Warming At A Pace ‘Unprecedented In 1,000 Years’

Why Fixing Democracy Matters  

A New Normal For Arctic Sea Ice?

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun  

ASIA

China Launches Own Aircraft Engine-Maker

Blast At Chinese Embassy In Bishkek

Rare Harmony As China And U.S. Commit To Climate Deal

New Afghan Attorney General Seeks Justice In System Rife With Graft

AFRICA

Bono And Africa’s Richest Man Visit Nigeria Camp

Nigerian Economy Slips Into Recession

Once A Bucknell Professor, Now The Commander Of An Ethiopian Rebel Army

Libya: Unified Against Isis, Fragmented After

Violence After Gabon Elections Leaves One Dead

African Elephant Population Dropped 30 Percent In 7 Years

MIDDLE EAST

Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts In The West Bank

Israel Seeking Police Recruits: Eager, And Arab

U.S. Strategy On Syria Is A Non-Issue In Washington And On Campaign Trail

Trapped In Homs, Architect Imagines A New Future For Syrian Cities

Israel Courts Foreign Money In Effort To Become Gas Exporter

Dam Project Threatens To Submerge Thousands Of Years Of Turkish History

EUROPE

Apple Faces 13bn-Euro Irish Tax Bill

How Europe Is Going After Apple, Google and Other U.S. Tech Giants

Eurozone Inflation Remains Weak

How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals The West’s Secrets

Islam Karimov Dies at 78, Ending A Long, Ruthless Rule of Uzbekistan

Why Expats Face An Uncertain Future In Russia

CANADA

Canadian Shot By Bangladesh Police Tied To Calgary Terrorists

Justin Trudeau On The Cover Of Marvel Comic Book Is Now A King Among Memes.

Chinese-Canadians Fear China’s Rising Clout Is Muzzling Them

UNITED STATES

Shooting Scares Show A Nation Quick To Fear The Worst

Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders

Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina From Restoring Strict Voting Law

David Brown, Dallas Police Chief, Announces Retirement

Emergency Ministry Chief Dies During Storm Rescue In Russia’s Far East

Russia Is Going To Deploy A Division Of Troops About 50 Miles From The Us

California Farmers Enlist Drones In Battle Against Drought

A Ranger, A Field Of Wildflowers And The Retelling Of Flight 93

LATIN AMERICA

Scheduled Flights To Cuba From U.S. Begin Again, Now With Jet Engines

Venezuelan President Is Chased By Angry Protesters

Peru Sentences Ex-Soldiers To Prison For Killing Villagers In 1985

With Impeachment Over, Brazil’s Next Challenge Is Its Flailing Economy

Thousands March In Venezuela To Demand President’s Ouster

Dilma Rousseff Is Ousted As Brazil’s President In Impeachment Vote

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Former Judge Offers Swap With Refugee

Free Trade Negotiations With EU To Begin Next Year, Steven Ciobo Says

China Respects Our Foreign Investment Stance, Turnbull Says

Adelaide Driver Caught Using Metal Pan Instead Of Steering Wheel

Gofundme For Paddington Residents Whose House Burnt Down Raises $25k

Namatjira Artworks Decaying In ‘Birthplace Of Modern Aboriginal Art’

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CANONIZATION OF MOTHER TERESA

Mother Teresa Is Made A Saint By Pope Francis

What Do You Know About Mother Teresa And Other Saints?

Timeline: Mother Teresa: The Life Of A Saint

IMMIGRATION

Migrant Crisis: ‘They Couldn’t Wait … They Threw Themselves Into The Water’

Where Seattle’s Refugees Come From

‘10,000 migrants saved off Libya coast’ – Italy coastguard

Angela Merkel’s Embrace Of Migrants Looms Over Elections In Her Home State

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

THE EAST-WEST SCHISM:  CATHOLIC OR EASTERN ORTHODOX

History is interesting thing. Sometimes it teaches us something.  Sometimes it shows us the consequences of previously made decisions, even if they were centuries ago.

Perhaps I already mentioned a town I love in West Ukraine, Lviv. Before the 13th Century fall Kievan Rus, a few parts of West Ukraine were still Eastern Orthodox.  But that ended when Ukraine Prince Danylo married a Catholic.  From that time forward, there was antagonism between the two religions.

Why write about something that happened several hundred years ago?  Well, for one thing, we are facing the same thing today. My better half, whom I once met in Lviv, is Christian but belongs to “the other” religion.

Here is how wikipedia.org describes the East-West Schism

“The East–West Schism, also called the Great Schism and the Schism of 1054, was the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, which has lasted since the 11th century.[1] It is not to be confused with the Western (which is also sometimes called the “Great” Schism).

But if my Orthodox church doctrine is based rather on intuitive experience of God (theoria), then my heart feels upset to follow the same pattern. If we have one God who taught Love why should there be the requirement that both partners be of the same religion?

There is no logic behind this.  They were rules made hundreds of years ago to fit people and times that no longer exist.  People made those rules and people can change them into something which works much better.

The time for that change, for the uniting of two religions or the acceptance of both, is clearly now and nearly a thousand years late in coming.

As a quick note on a slightly different subject, we were delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is to be canonized despite some apparent controversy regarding the details of her life and saintly acts.

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

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GOOD EXAMPLES

New Orleans Program Teaches Officers to Police One Another

Where the World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business

Meet The Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control In California’s Wine Country

BAD EXAMPLES

VIDEO: ‘I didn’t know drinking would harm my child’

Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes

Investigation Finds Phillips Andover Faculty Engaged in Sexual Misconduct With Students

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I’d really like to see this.  Video: This Robot Is Greeting Tourists In Japan

I’m curious about this too.  Hurricane Season Is Heating Up. So Is The Planet. Coincidence?

This was a little scary.  Watch One Of The World’s Largest Lakes Shrink Before Your Eyes

EARTH

Sagebrush Science Makes a Breakthrough with Soil Pasta

A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, And Startups

Experts Declare Anthropocene Has Begun

SPACE

NASA Team Ends 12-Month Mars Simulation

NASA Imagine Mars – Mars Survival Kit

Space X Explosion At Cape Canaveral

TECHNOLOGY

VIDEO: Driverless Racing Car Makes Track Debut

How Driverless Cars May Interact With People

Driverless Taxis’ Human Problem

THE GREEN BEAT

Native Americans Still Fighting For Voting Equality  

A Test Of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat The Standing Rock Sioux

Scientists Have Identified A Key Way The Amazon’s Forests May Adapt To Climate Change

How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem

 “Our Victories Are Preventing Decades Of Pollution”

Why Three-Day Weekends Could Help To Save The World

HEALTH

Are Smoothies Better for You Than Juices?

Should We Be Exercising During High Smog Alerts?

Unpredictable Weather Raises ‘Zombie’ Diseases From The Ground

Awesome Veggie To Keep You Young

LIFESTYLE

Video Games Allow Characters More Varied Sexual Identities

This Small Indiana County Sends More People To Prison Than San Francisco And Durham, N.C., Combined. Why?

How Americans Build Wealth In 10 Charts

‘The Way People Look at Us Has Changed’: Muslim Women on Life in Europe

FUNZONE

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Fantastic Views Of How Earth Looks From Space

Your Cosmic Suntan

A Megacity Girds for a Major Quake

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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. 

 

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Nobody knows cats.  Except other cats, of course. Think You Know Cats?

This is almost too cute.  Dog Groomer Gets Caught Dancing With His Client

This was a major ooops.  South Carolina Accidentally Kills Millions Of Honeybees

FOLKS WE FOLLOW ~ Cornell University’s August Project eFeeder newsletter is now available online.  Features in this issue include winners of their photo contest, Home Tweet Home (we did NOT make that up) and a very interesting article on the Western Scrub Jay.  Yes, check it out here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Strangest Storytellers In Fiction

Dog Has Identical Twin Puppies

Stuntman Rides Unicycle On Massive Chimney In Romania.

ABOUT US

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OUR APOLOGIES TO RUSSIA’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest  The Magazine With Heart

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary; Meade Fischer ~ A Bit More Utah; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 28, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 50

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OUR APOLOGIES TO RUSSIA’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This past week, politics in America reached a new low.  It began with Trump’s alleged relationship with Vladimir Putin and escalated when Mrs. Clinton criticized the Russian Federation’s chief executive for the way he’s running his country.

What I fail to understand is the unmitigated gall of both individuals when it seems to me that the focus of a nation’s chief executive ~ sitting or aspiring ~ should be to help their (his/hers = their) government and their people be the best that they can be.

By what right do any of us claim to know what is best for the Russian people or anyone else, for that matter?  How thick do the mists of hypocrisy need to become before even that shining beacon of Lady Liberty’s torch is obscured forever?

Who do we want representing us to the world, someone who presumes to play Cop and Conscience to the International Community or someone who is willing to focus on concerns which have been long neglected and are of far more consequence to every American household, family and institution than whether Vladimir Putin is the best or worst that Mother Russia has ever known?

At this point, I would prefer a candidate who minds their own business, which is the business of America.  Russia hardly needs the inspiration a Congress which cannot unite behind a common agenda or two presidential candidates who seem to have forgotten what it is this nation stands for and what once made it a fine and shining example of humanity, freedom and justice on Planet Earth.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THE NEWS

Even as I accept the reality that global warming/climate change is endemic to the planet herself, I also accept that our species is responsible for exacerbating the latest cycle of it.  So to me, this is still very much a “heads up” question.  Will The United States Lead, Follow Or Get Pushed Out Of The Way Of Climate Progress

I’m sure glad I listened to that little voice inside me that said, “This upgrade is NOT a good idea.”  Windows 10 Update Stops Webcams Working

Check out who decided to join the rest of us in the 21st Century.  North Korea ‘Netflix’ Device Unveiled

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Rebuilding Hong Kong’s 20p Time Machine

Why You Don’t Give Praise In Japan

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Celebrated Buddhist Temple Complex

Self-Driving Taxis Hit Singapore Roads

Japanese Prices Continue To Slide

AFRICA

‘No One Is Safe’: Zimbabwe Threatens To Seize Farms Of Party Defectors

Gabon’s Leader Gives Elephants Free Rein. Rural Voters Don’t Forget.

Police In Zimbabwe Hit Protesters With Batons, Tear Gas And Water Cannons

Prosecutors In Oscar Pistorius Case Lose Bid To Appeal 6-Year Sentence

At Least 7 Dead As Shabab Militants Attack Restaurant In Somali Capital

Kenya Disbands Olympic Committee, Citing Disorganization

John Kerry Warns Nigerian Military On Human Rights Abuses

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Moment Police Remove Boy’s Explosive Vest

Turkey’s Military Plunges Into Syria, Enabling Rebels To Capture Isis Stronghold

Syrians Ready To Evacuate Besieged Town

Syria’s Paradox: Why The War Only Ever Seems To Get Worse

EUROPE

‘It Had to Be Stopped’: Heroes Rise Amid France Terror Attacks

Russia Lose Paralympics Ban Appeal

Paris Hit As Tourists Stay Away

Video: Agony Over Turkey Wedding Bomb

CANADA

How Opioid Abuse Takes A Rising Financial Toll On Canada’s Health-Care System

Canadians Now Spend More On Taxes Than On Food, Clothing And Shelter Combined, Study Finds

Calgary Students Win Gold At China Robotics Challenge

Canada’s Mounties To Allow Hijabs

UNITED STATES

After Baton Rouge Flooding, Learning Lessons From New Orleans

Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

Washington State Ranked First In American Small Business Growth

The National Park Service Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

President Obama Just Created The World’s Largest Protected Region

LATIN AMERICA

Solar Power ‘Key To Peace’ In Rio Favela

Video: Colombia And FARC Make Peace

Brain Scans Of Brazilian Babies Show Array Of Zika Effects

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Russia And New Zealand On A Way To A Reset

Qantas Airline Soars To Record Profit

Hiker Describes ‘Harrowing’ 30-Day Ordeal

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER  ~ Editor’s Note:  After nearly a decade of my own research, I am convinced that the changes we have been contributing to something new and known by various names including “global warming” and “climate change” are a part of a natural and healthy planetary growth cycle.  That having been said, when we pollute the environment ~ and we have most certainly done that ~ we contribute to the unpleasant impacts of a natural phenomena.  We committed the ultimate evolutionary sin.  Now we need to clean up the nest we fouled.  We will no longer be breaking Climate Change and the Weather out in a separate category.  But we will continue to report extremes and to support a green agenda.  For the staff, Rusty Miller, Editor in Chief

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISMEditor’s Note:  We have also decided that terrorism receives enough media coverage to preclude our emphasis on it.  We think that too much publicity encourages those who commit it and discourages those victimized by it.  We will continue to curate it by point of destination but we will no longer be breaking Espionage and Terrorism out in a separate category.  For the staff, Rusty Miller, Editor in Chief

EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY

Italy Quake Death Toll Rises To 247

Emergency Declared After Italy Earthquake

Video: Drone Footage Of Destroyed Italian Town

Video: Italy Quake: 98 Aftershocks In 36 Hours

FROM OLYA

Olya is taking the first holiday she has had in over two years with us.  She will return next week.

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   A Bit More Utah

YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO CHECK THESE OUT

30 Terrifying Trails From Around The World

Best Hikes On The Colorado “Front Range”

16 Best Hikes On The Washington State Coast

The Coast That Welcomes The World

The Demise Of A Famed Food Mecca

90 Miles Around Mount Rainier

GOOD EXAMPLES

This is cool but I still have to ask “Why?” The First Family Of US Mountaineering

These ladies rock.  Moscow Grannies To Teach Russian To Foreign Students Via Skype

I am particularly pleased when something like this makes my local news.  Tacoma Teacher Gives Lessons To High School Students In Police De-Escalation

SHORTS

Hospitals Waive Orlando Victims’ Bills

California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts

The First Nurse Of The Space Race

BAD EXAMPLES

We’ve had very recent experience with an alleged real estate expert who turned out to have misread the market and had to rush to sell his own home while he still had equity in it.  Nine Ways To Earn A Fortune From Houses.. Or Not

As long as this kind of travesty of justice is permitted, the United States of America has no right nor precedent for criticizing any other nation for violations of an individual’s civil rights.  Abu Zubaydah, Tortured Guantánamo Detainee, Makes Case for Release

I think Satan just added a suite to Hotel Hell for whoever did this.  Leslie Jones Targeted In Cyber-Attack

SHORTS

No!  Seattle’s Potential Solution For Heroin Epidemic: Places For Legal Drug Use

Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.  Driver In Japan Playing Pokémon Go Kills Pedestrian

When a company puts profit before product safety, it is time to shop somewhere else.  A Cheaper Airbag, And Takata’s Road To A Deadly Crisis

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good for them.  You’ll still never see one of these cars in my garage.  Delphi And Mobileye To Produce System For Self-Driving Cars

Here’s A Story About One Of The Most Innovative Men In American History.  In Sacramento, California, Where I Grew Up, There Is A High School Named After Him.  His Name Is Luther Burbank.  The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle’s Blackberries

I’m not sure “coops” quite covers this one.  Lawnmower Prompts Northern Lights Alert

EARTH

The Mysterious Origins Of The Book

The Birthplace Of All Life?  A Common Substance Could Be The Key To Life

The Puzzle Of Ancient Brain Surgery

An 80 Million-Year-Old Secret

SPACE

NASA Prepares To Sample An Asteroid

One Star Over, A Planet That Might Be Another Earth

Where The Milky Way Unfolds

TECHNOLOGY

As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources

Cloud Computing Brings Sprawling Centers, But Few Jobs, To Small Towns

Are the Free Wi-Fi Kiosks on New York Streets Safe?  

THE GREEN BEAT

What I Learned From A Month Of Buying Nothing: It’s Surprisingly Easy

Silent Rooftop Wind Turbines Could Generate Half Of A Household’s Energy Needs…

Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal

Video: American Indians Vs. Dakota Pipeline

HEALTH

Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says

Six Foods For ‘Younger’ Skin

Pfizer To Buy Cancer Drug Firm For $14bn

New Clues In The Mystery Of Women’s Lagging Life Expectancy

All Donated Blood in U.S. Should Be Tested for Zika, F.D.A. Says  

LIFESTYLE

Inside Manila’s Drug War: Female Assassin’s Story

Why India’s Two Medal Olympic Success Is Significant

Hiker Describes 30-Day Ordeal Lost In New Zealand Mountains

Italy Quake: The Ancient Village Destroyed

The ‘Overtime Dogs’ Of China

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

A Surreal Time-Lapse Of An Exotic Sky

The Mysterious Power Of The Pyramid

How Sunflowers Follow The Sun

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FROM NORTHSTAR

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

Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

Northstar Media Services

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

NOW ACCEPTING ADVERTISING ~ The Northstar Journal is now accepting classified ads of a maximum of 50 words for the introductory per edition price of $5.00 US. For more information, minstrel312@aol.com

 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Our thanks to the New South Wales, Australia Office of Environment & Heritage for this photo of a feathertailed sugar glider

Our thanks to the New South Wales, Australia Office of Environment & Heritage for this photo of a feathertailed sugar glider

Awww, too cute does not begin to cover this one.  Even the Smallest of Earth’s Creatures Need Rescuing and Tender Loving Care

Okay, this is weird.  This Monkey Is Almost Invincible

Darwin was absolutely entranced by this place and I am too.  Here is yet another reason why.  Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!

SHORTS

This Rare White Gyrfalcon Tries to Stare Down a Camera and Wins Everything

The Highest Jumper On Earth

What Would Happen If Animals Were Smart

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Cornell University’s August NestWatch newsletter is now available online.  Features in this issue include winners of their photo contest, Home Tweet Home (we did NOT make that up) and a very interesting article on the Western Scrub Jay.  Yes, check it out here. 

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Russian Smugglers Secretly Repair Roads To Boost Business

Crocodiles Let Loose In Australian School By Vandals

Wind Blows American Boaters Into Canada

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The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  International currencies accepted. For more information and to receive us in your email if you currently view us on our website, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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HI ALL, FROM SOUTH BEACON HILL

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart 

News & Commentary; From Olya ~Civilization Happened Because Of All Of Us; Meade Fischer ~ In Nevada ; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 21, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 49

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view.  Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view. Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington 

HI ALL, FROM SOUTH BEACON HILL

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been a fun week and, personally, a monumental one.  Several weeks back, we told you Northstar was moving and that we were looking for a place.  Thanks to a Facebook reader of the magazine, we found one and moved in Wednesday.

It’s an appropriate place for a man who loves people and ethnic diversity.  It’s a big place in Seattle’s South Beacon Hill neighborhood and is just country enough to provide fresh blackberries for breakfast and outstanding vistas 24/7.

My housemates are a delightful mix of “foreign” exchange students and members of the owners’ extended family.  My new landlord, who prefers to consider himself my friend, and his wife are medical professionals and he’s a United States Army veteran.  They’re real nice folks and the other day, I got to hang out with their cute four-year-old niece, who is a real cuter.

The neighborhood itself is like a little United Nations so it too is consistent with Northstar’s “global village” philosophy.  Everything’s within a short bus ride or a leisurely pedal on Big Red One.

Our associate editor and my best friend/kid brother, Denny Steussy, helped me move and you’d be amazed at how much stuff you can wedge into a four-door Toyota with a bike rack on the rear bumper.

I want to thank those of you who emailed in with your concerns, prayers, etc.  We don’t get rich doing this but we have always felt that in the most important ways, we’re the best paid weekly magazine staff on the planet.  Like being a parent, the paycheck’s not real big but you absolutely cannot beat the perks.

We could not have done it without you guys.  Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THE NEWS

That our species is capable of inflicting this much horror on a child absolutely infuriates me.  Video: The Syrian Boy Pulled from the Rubble in Aleppo

ISIS is going to be so sorry they did this.  The people they attacked this time don’t play by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.  ISIS Claims First Attack On Russian Soil

Whenever something this cool happens where I live, I am justifiably proud.  Most Populous Washington State County Boosts Voter Outreach With Multi-Language Ballot Box

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes Who Global Ambassador For Noncommunicable Diseases

The U.N.’s Cholera Admission And What Comes Next

ASIA

Indonesian Airlines Cleared For Us Flights After A Nine-Year Ban

N Korean Envoy In UK Defects To South

Video: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Visits China

Indian Army Kills 3 Rebels In Kashmir Fighting

Valuing Culture Over Money In An Ancient Chinese City

AFRICA

Nigeria Is Freeing Children From Boko Haram, Then Locking Them Up

Motorcycle Suicide Bomber Kills Three In North Cameroon Market

Bribery Arrest May Expose African Mining Rights Scandal Tied To Och-Ziff

President Of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, Wins Narrow Victory As Rival Demands Recount

Vaccine Shortage Could Spread African Yellow Fever Outbreak Abroad, Charity Warns

Police In South Africa Struggle To Gain Trust After Apartheid

U.N. Bolsters Peacekeeping In South Sudan Despite Government’s Objections

‘A Generation Is Protesting’ In Ethiopia, Long A U.S. Ally

MIDDLE EAST

U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment To Iran Was Delayed As Prisoner ‘Leverage’

Video: Crowds Cheer A New Governing Council In Yemen

Doctors Without Borders Is Pulling Staff After Hospital Bombings In Yemen

No Easy Target: U.S. And Russia Take On Nusra Front Fighters In Syria

EUROPE

Brexit Visa Woes? Five Things To Do

UK Jobless Total Falls To 1.64 Million

Big Car Bombs Hit Two Turkish Cities

The Kremlin Opens To The World As Putin Orders Greater Access

CANADA

Beluga Whales Party In Canada

As Canada Moves To Legalize Marijuana, Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait?

Canadian Space Agency Says 3,772 Applied To Be Astronauts

UNITED STATES

America Is Now Much More Multi-Generational

15 Guantánamo Detainees Are Sent To Emirates In Largest Obama-Era Transfer

Video: Fact Check: Trump, Clinton’s Economic Plan

Fires Burn In Milwaukee After Police Fatally Shoot Man

Mass Evacuation Amid New California Fire

Cisco To Cut Up To 5,500 Jobs

LATIN AMERICA

The Lost Prince Of Brazil

Son Of El Chapo Is Kidnapped At Gunpoint From A Party In Mexico

Tulum Journal: Evictions By Armed Men Rattle A Mexican Tourist Paradise

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s Suspended President, Appeals For Reprieve

Rio ‘Has Never Felt So Safe.’ But What Happens After The Games?

Gunmen In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Kidnap Up To Dozen People

Earthquake In Peru Kills 4, Including An American Tourist

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australian Premier’s Handout Spurs Debate On Best Way To Help Homeless People

Groups With Strong Ties To China Are Major Political Donors

Chinese Donors To Australian Political Parties: Who Gave How Much?

Intruders Set Crocodiles Loose In School Office

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Monitoring the progress of ocean acidification

Climate Change Will Not Be Kind To Nations With Ethnic Divisions

Trees Stop Climate Change—Can We Pay People To Stop Cutting Them Down?

Scientists Make A Troubling Discovery About Climate Change By Examining Old Photos Of Earth

July Was Earth’s Hottest Month In Recorded History — The 10th Record Hot Month In A Row: NASA

A Changing Climate Is And Will Continue To Put People Out Of Their Homes’

Extreme Floods May Be The New Normal

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S.-Backed Forces Liberate Key City From ISIS, Freeing 2,000 Hostages

Afghan Troops Hold Off The Taliban In Kunduz

When Women Fight ISIS

3 Filipino Sympathizers Of IS Killed In Philippines

Iraq Executes 36 Men Convicted In Islamic State Massacre

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Video: Photos of Migrant Holding Cells Released

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers In Immigration Court

Syrian Refugees Support Each Other In Britain

FROM OLYA

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CIVILIZATION HAPPENED BECAUSE OF ALL OF US

Hi Rusty:

This week, surfing the Internet, it was interesting to run across a study entitled “Civilization Approach to Education in 21 Century” by Andrew Targowski, President of the International Society for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations (ISCSC).  In the attachments is a screenshot from this study with relations of eight current civilizations with each other, according to the author. (See above)

I think that is great to introduce this idea into learning.  Frankly, how much do we really know about each other?  Even us ~ you and me, Rusty ~ are representatives of different civilizations, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings in the way we perceive the world around us.  But we are still more alike than different.  But sometimes stereotypes and agendas dominate and prevent a mutual and deep understanding among people.

Were many students told that actually it was Muslims who saved for humanity scientific texts of ancient Greece? If they had not copied these works and had not made exact translations, many of those works would have been lost, especially after the  burning of Alexandria library.

Another interesting fact is that even in Middle Ages, both Muslim men and women received an education.  Many universities, observatories and schools appeared in Muslim countries earlier then in Europe.  House of Wisdom was founded in Baghdad in the Eighth Century.  Humankind should be grateful to Avicenna for the development of medicine.

Muslims and other merchants also were providers of Chinese discoveries to Western world. Many of them, like typography and paper money, are used nowadays.

I cannot help but mention an interesting chapter from the history of my own civilization.  In the 11th Century, the daughter of Kievan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise ~ after her marriage to French King Henry 1 ~ wrote to home a letter in which she expressed her surprise that people there were not educated and that ordinary people could neither read nor write.

It is sometimes amazing to see how the knowledge is interchangeable and to trace how every civilization influenced other civilizations through the ages.  Definitely in future, there will be more facts from history strongly suggesting that we should respect one another and communicate as equals. Maybe it’s the way out of confrontation  and into cooperation as the synergy of civilizations.

And one last note, I found an interesting article from the World Economic Forum to break stereotype of immigration entitled “Four Maps That Will Change How You See Immigration In Europe.”

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   The Nevada Desert

YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO CHECK THESE OUT

30 Must Do Adventures in California

70 Breathtaking Backcountry Campsites

The Ultimate Iceland Adventure

GOOD EXAMPLES

These guys rock.  How Rangers Are Saving Tigers

This too is great to see.  Fighting for Forests, Together

She rocks.  Muslim Girls In Mumbai Get A Kick Out Of Football

BAD EXAMPLES

I remember when America prided itself on an equal education for all.  Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought

When those charged with prosecuting crime become criminal themselves, something obviously needs to change. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Is Convicted on All Counts

As a species, we really ought to be ashamed of ourselves for this.  The World’s Largest Beach Cleanup Has Cleared More Than 4 Million Pounds Of Trash

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

How well I know this.  The Downside Of Having A Big Brain

This is incredible.  High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)

Good for them but you still don’t find one in my garage.  Ford Promises Fleets Of Driverless Cars Within Five Years

EARTH

An Alien Underwater Village

The Secret Libraries Of History

Atmospheric Scientists Say No Chemtrails

SPACE

At Home In Space: Making The International Space Station Feel Like Home

China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

Video: Moment World’s Longest Aircraft Takes Off

TECHNOLOGY

A Car Powered By Its Roof

The 1950s Air Battle Sparked By A Drone

Electric Cars Are Way More Practical Than You Might Think

THE GREEN AGENDA

How Bad Is Your Air-Conditioner For The Planet?

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

Watch: How To Stop Clothing From Polluting The Oceans

These Maps Show How Much Of The US Is Covered In Landfills  

Seattle Council Passes Historic Affordable Housing Legislation

HEALTH

McDonald’s Wearable May Cause Rash

Stop The Clock On Aging

A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

A Wish For My Daughters

We Never Actually Die:  Biocentrism Explained

LIFESTYLE

For Freshmen, Campus Life Poses New Risks

Mixed Income Neighborhoods: A Way To Lessen Poverty

How Does It Feel To Live In Darkness?

A Man Who Lives At The Top Of The World

Tibet’s Tribal Nomads Defying The Modern World

Five  Reasons To Vote Even When You Hate Everything On The Ballot

Twitter Suspends 235,000 More Accounts Over Extremism

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Questions For Couples

Watch: Largest Glacier Breakup Ever Recorded On Film!

List of Average IQ By Country and American States | BrandonGaille.com 

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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. 

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This was beautiful to watch.  Three Persian Leopards Released

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 14, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 48

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TRUMPING THE DUMPSTER

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, never in the eleven years we have been covering American politics have we seen a week quite like this one and the star of the show is a jackass someone taught to sing.

Donald Trump’s dog and pony show style of politics has not only lowered the bar on dignity, truth and justice, it has buried it.  His behavior is so erratic that I suspect he has brain damage in conjunction with a likely terminal case of hoof in mouth disease.

That having been said, there is something that disgusts me even more and that is the number of good people who have tried to out-Trump the Dumpster by crafting bigger and better insults.

My notorious Uncle Seamus had little patience for such rhetorical catapult slinging and reminded us each election year that when one gets in a perfume squirting contest with a skunk, nobody comes out smelling like French perfume.

When a man is rich enough to pay off the national debt and buy the flipping country, there can be only one reason for seeking to be its chief executive and that is for the attention it garners him.  Like sadists the world over, he thrives on hostility and the grief his behavior causes.

I’d like to wake up just one morning to see the world ignore this imbecile and focus on legitimate aspirants to America’s highest elected office.  At my house, we do not talk to what we scrape off on the welcome mat before opening the front door.  And that sludge is an evolutionary leap over this motor mouthed moron.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

THE NEWS

Moby Dick notwithstanding, these big dudes (and dudettes) are probably our best ocean-going friends on the planet.  Humpback Whales, Heroes Of The Sea?

This Is A Question On The Minds Of Millions Now.  Displacement: The Gnawing Injustice At The Heart Of Housing Crises  ~What Can We Actually Do About It?

To me, this is nothing short of sensational and proves that we do not need fuel sources which poison the planet.  Wind Generates 100% of Scotland’s Electricity Needs for Entire Day

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Japan’s Emperor Hints At Wish To Abdicate

Make-Up Firm Shiseido Cuts Forecast

Dozens Killed In Pakistan Hospital Bomb

Will China Create The First GM Baby?

Chinese Trade Drop Adds To Economic Woes

China Said It Would Not Militarize Disputed Islands In South China Sea — But …

Chinese Tech Firms Forced To Choose Market: Home Or Everywhere Else  

Curtain Falls On China’s Cinema Boom

Explosions Target Thai Tourist Towns

Indonesia’s Push To Execute Drug Convicts Underlines Flaws In Justice System

AFRICA

Police In South Africa Struggle To Gain Trust After Apartheid

U.N. Bolsters Peacekeeping In South Sudan Despite Government’s Objections

‘A Generation Is Protesting’ In Ethiopia, Long A U.S. Ally

Polio Response In Africa To Be Fast, Difficult And Possibly Dangerous

Zambia Votes Amid Economic Slowdown And Political Violence

2 Polio Paralysis Cases In Nigeria Set Back Eradication Effort

Safari Guide Accused Of Killing Tourist In Masai Mara Reserve In Kenya

MIDDLE EAST

How an Iranian’s Spy Saga Ends, 6 Years Later: He’s Executed

Water Cut ‘Threatens Aleppo Children’

Video: Footage Shows ‘Chlorine Attack’ Aftermath

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes In Yemen Kill At Least 19, Mostly Children

At The Front In A Scarred Falluja

EUROPE

Erdogan In Russia To ‘Reset’ Ties

Russia And Turkey’s Tricky Relationship

Spain And Portugal Avoid Budget Fines

Ten Maps That Will Help You Better Understand Russia

Italian Economic Growth Stagnates

A Tough Sell, Even In Russia: Ivan The Not-So-Terrible

CANADA

Signs Emerge That Canada’s Hottest Housing Markets May Be Cooling      

Mounties Cite ‘Race Against Time’ In Thwarting ISIS Supporter’s Attack

Four Tornadoes Touch Down In Manitoba, Leaving One First Nation Shaken, But Standing

UNITED STATES

Thousands Of Roaming Dogs Are Cited As Problem In Poor Areas Of Dallas

Ahmed Mohamed, Dallas, Texas Boy Handcuffed For Making Clock, Is Suing

Justice Department To Release Blistering Report Of Racial Bias By Baltimore Police

Justice Department To Streamline Tracking Of Police Killings  

Chicago Police Department Warns Of Gangs’ Threats To Attack Officers

U.S. Takes Aim At Blasphemy Laws, Religious Discrimination

LATIN AMERICA

Olympic Revelry Distracts Brazil (Momentarily) From Its Woes

Tens Of Thousands March In Peru Against Gender Violence

Fidel Castro Thanks Cuba, Criticizes Obama, On 90th Birthday

The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet

Landslides In Mexico Kill At Least 39 After Rains From Tropical Storm Earl

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

The Downsides Of Being An Aussie Expat

Australia Blocks Chinese Power Grid Sale

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Ice Melt May Release Cold War-Era Toxins

First Map Of Thawing Under Greenland Ice

Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity

Climate Change May Be Doubted By Some, But Now It’s The Law

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Canadian Police ‘Kill Terror Suspect’

German Plan To Thwart Islamist Militants

.U.S. Drones Record ISIS Fighters Fleeing Manbij In Northern Syria

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Save The Refugees On The Berm

Aid And Attention Dwindling, Migrant Crisis Intensifies In Greece

FROM OLYA

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THE OLYMPICS BEFORE STEROIDS

Hi Rusty:

I could not pass by the picture of Brazilian teens watching the opening of Rio Olympic games.

They remind me of our gang in childhood so much and of how we, dirty but enjoying the freedom of holidays, climbed the walls of the stadium to enjoy performances whatever they were: sports, concerts, etc. At a certain age, small things make children happy, like just sitting on a tree by the wall, eating seasonal fruits and being enchanted by big lights.

This picture saves a million words as at the moment Rio is not among most prosperous places in the worlds: Brazil’s politics, economy are huge messes as Olympics begin 

Another interesting article, “Abandoned Olympic Venues From Around the World,” serves to remind that when big lights are gone, what’s left

Not a secret to anyone, that to be able to stay in professional sports, atheletes cannot avoid using pharmacology to reach record results. As the following article speculates, the next step might be genetic modifying “Lilly King’s disdain is fine, but why not welcome our X-Olympian overlords?

I recently had a talk with a good friend who has a daughter with such a brilliant physical potential because of good genes of both parents who are former masters of sports.  But to the question if they consider sports career for their child, the answer was a categorical “no.” because contemporary professional sports  involves way too many risks to health.  Why do we need such sports then?

I personally would definitely prefer to watch unenhanced human beings competing in so called Olympic games, as they were when such contests began in ancient Greece.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   Now he is in  Boise, Idaho

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35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For

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25 Photos That Will Make You Want To Hike The Pacific Northwest Trail

GOOD EXAMPLES

I am a total fan of His Imminence and here is another reason why.  God Is Not A Magician’: Pope Says Christians Should Believe In Evolution And Big Bang

This is the America I know and love.  Township Saw a Zoning Issue. The Justice Dept. Saw Religious Discrimination.

There should be a special place in our hearts for these people.  Rio 2016: International Chefs Cooking Surplus Olympic Food For City’s Poorest

BAD EXAMPLES

Why does this remind me of Star ChambersJury Trials Vanish, and Justice Is Served Behind Closed Doors

And you wonder why I ‘fly AMTRAK’?  Delta Grounds Flights After Outage

This cannot bode well.  Android Bug Fear In 900 Million Phones

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Now Here’s An Intriguing Question.  Will Skyscrapers Outlast The Pyramids?

This Is Reassuring.  Here’s How The World Will Probably Endlive Science

Payback Time.  Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 Dead

EARTH

The Forgotten People Of The Arctic

The Volcanoes No One Has Ever Seen  ~ For The First Time We Can See Them Close-Up

The Saltiest Place On Earth

SPACE

Celebrating 100,000 Orbits For Iss

Time-Lapse Footage Of Perseid Meteor Shower

Russia’s Solar-Powered Satellite Monitors The Arctic

TECHNOLOGY

‘Millions’ Of VWs Accessible Via Hack

Can A Computer Write Like You?

Two Dads Hope to End Hot Car Deaths with Their Invention

THE GREEN AGENDA

How To Take An Oil Rig Apart

We’ve Used Up The World’s Resources For The Year & There Are Still 145 Days Left

We’re Trashing The Oceans — And They’re Returning The Favor By Making Us Sick  

Turns Out Wind And Solar Have A Secret Friend: Natural Gas  

First Us Offshore Wind Farm To Usher In New Era For Industry 

Retraining US Mine Workers For The Solar Industry

A Major NW Quake Looks Even Likelier, Thanks To Underwater Landslide Evidence  

EPA’s Science Advisers Challenge Agency Report On The Safety Of Fracking  

HEALTH

Ebola Survivors Visit Clinic Site Where Their Lives Were Saved

A 500-Square-Foot Area in Miami Is Ground Zero for the Zika Virus

Time-Delayed Eating Leads to Better Food Choices

Is Sugar Really Bad for You?

Are Avocados Good for You?

Minorities Suffer From Unequal Pain Treatment

Bad Habits That Age You

B Vitamin Benefits

6 Memory-Boosting Foods (And What To Avoid)

LIFESTYLE

The Secret To Paying Off Student Loans

Gay Students Suffer Violent Attacks More Than Straight Peers

Record number of American households are now multigenerational

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning Photos Of A Fragile World

Take An Aerial Tour Of Seattle

Researchers Sent An Automated Submarine To Study Sharks And This Is What They Found

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MASHA & THE BEAR

 

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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.  

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Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

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http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Sea-Otter-LeDent

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This was fun.  Find out which wild creature you most resemble.

If this does not move you to tears, you need to ask the Wizard for a heartThis Is What Freedom Tastes Like After 20 Years Locked In A Circus Van

SHORTS

Video: Where Crocodiles Are Sacred

Parakeet Takeover Ahead?

Greenland Shark May Live 400 Years, Smashing Longevity Record

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Bermuda Triangle: Ship Reappears 90 Years After Going Missing

Giant Underwater Crystal Pyramid Discovered In Bermuda Triangle

15 Crazy And Weird Real Animals 

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The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  International currencies accepted. For more information and to receive us in your email if you currently view us on our website, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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