I BELIEVE DR. KING WOULD SAY

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 15, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 19 Theme:  I Have A Dream speech   $1.00 US – If You Can Afford It

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 15, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 19
Theme: I Have A Dream speech
$1.00 US – If You Can Afford It 

I BELIEVE DR. KING WOULD SAY

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Tomorrow, Monday, January 16, America celebrates perhaps one of the greatest individuals this troubled, controversial and often seemingly neurotic nation has ever produced.  Given the tidal wave of bigotry riding the skirts of a new and radically different presidential administration, this Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day has, to me, particular irony.

I do not wonder what he would say if he was here now because to me, he has never been gone.  He would certainly warn ethnic communities to prepare to defend themselves but he would certainly not propose a pre-emptive strike.  He would remind all of us that we are the government, we, the people, and that if we permit one voice to go unheard, we turn a deaf ear to all the voices.  And one day, all those voices will turn a deaf ear to our voice.

I hope he would remind us of the contributions all those born here and who come here to live have made to making this nation the largest democratic republic in the world.

I believe he would find the rhetoric of 21st Century haters to be preposterous but that it does little, if no, good to attempt to reason with a bigot or to attempt to change their mind.  Bigotry is based on a totally erroneous set of perceptions by which the person of prejudice (POP) experiences and interacts with at least human society.

Anything which contradicts what a POP experiences is ~ in their minds ~ clever deception and sometimes even entertaining.  But it is never convincing because it is untrue and that which is untrue should not be believed, regardless of what is used to support this false perception most of the rest of us call “reality”.  You cannot make him see a rainbow when the only two colors he acknowledges are black and white.

I believe Dr. King would remind us ~ as outgoing American president Barack Obama did ~ that what we do is change the world in which persons of prejudice live.  We do this in America by enacting legislation with teeth in it.  We do it by reflecting the best in our culture and the rest for what it is.  We do it by creating a user-friendly government and a neighbor-friendly society.

From the Declaration of Independence forward, we have been doing this.  In contrast to other nations during the same 241 years, our social evolution ~ as bloody as it has been ~ has nonetheless been far less violent and has ultimately influenced the planet a great deal more.

It is simply, I believe Dr. King would say, a matter of continuing to build on that progress as citizens of the greatest democratic republic in the world.  That’s what I intend to do and that’s what this magazine intends to do.

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

I think we all actually expected this, especially with all the news recently about drones.  Robots Will Take Jobs, But Not As Fast As Some Fear, New Report Says

We might all want to read this, wherever we live.  New Study Shows Alarming Cloud Behaviors

This is good news, especially for people in Seattle.  Amazon To Create More Than 100,000 Full-Time Jobs By Mid-2018

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

The United Nations Foundation January 2017 Global Update is now available online and we highly recommend it.

ASIA

Pen Power: China Closer To Ballpoint Success

China Aircraft Carrier Crosses Taiwan Strait Amid Tension

South Korea Scandal: Samsung Chief Lee Jae-Yong A Suspect

Mumbai School Helps Young Roadside Sellers

How A Sachin Tendulkar Fan Cycled Across India To Meet His Hero

Beijing Tells Trump ‘One-China Policy Non-Negotiable’

AFRICA

United States To Lift Sudan Sanctions

Morocco Said To Ban Sale Of Burqas, Citing Security Concerns
Scientists Map Vast Peat Swamps, A Storehouse Of Carbon, In Central Africa
Young Africans, Wrapped In Tradition

MIDDLE EAST

Jerusalem Lorry Attack: ‘I Fired Until My Magazine Was Empty’

Israeli Soldiers ‘Caught In Hamas Online Honey Trap’

Ottawa To Appoint First Resident Ambassador To Iraq In 26 Years

Militants Attack Police Checkpoint In Sinai, And ISIS Is Suspected

EUROPE

Europe Cold Weather Death Toll Rises

Kim Kardashian West: French Arrests Over Paris Robbery

This Is The Deadliest Path In Britain

Cyprus Leaders In Push For Peace Deal In Geneva

Searching For The Missing Dead Of Cyprus

Germany’s Economy Accelerates In 2016

THE VATICAN

Middle East Peace Center Of Meeting Between Francis, Abbas

Compassion Should Be Heart Of Financial, Political Decisions, Pope Says

Siblings Arrested In Cyberattack That Compromised Vatican Computers

Youth To Be Protagonists In Upcoming Synod Of Bishops

What’s Behind Pope Francis’ Meeting With The Palestinian President

RUSSIA

Ankara Center For Modern Art Named After Assassinated Russian Ambassador

Russian Elite $29bln Richer After Trump Election Victory

Trump’s Unflappable Texan Is In For A World Of Chaos (Op-Ed)

Russian Officers Investigate Fatal Obstruction Of Medical Services

Power Cut Off In Russian Defense Ministry Buildings Over $2.9M Unpaid Pills

Russia Says It Plans To Pivot From Nuclear Deterrence, Avoiding Trump’s Arms Race

CANADA

Trudeau Prepares For The Trump Era With Cabinet Shuffle

Liberals Reverse Harper Cabinet Order To Unwind Chinese Takeover Deal

PMO Held Talks With Trump Team To Avert Trade War

Shanna Desmond Remembered As Determined, Kind-Hearted At N.S. Funeral

Canada Today: Questioning A Writer’s Ancestry, Bologna Dogs And The Galloping Gourmet

UNITED STATES

Inside A Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look At America’s Opioid Crisis

Rights Battles Emerge In Cities Where Homelessness Can Be A Crime

Golden Globes 2017: La La Land Sweeps Awards

Anguish, Rage And Mercy As Dylann Roof Is Sentenced To Death

Obama’s Farewell Address: ‘Yes, We Did’

US Charges Three Foreign Exchange Traders

It’s Not Just Flint: Fighting Lead Poisoning In Cities

Senate Takes First Steps To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Comey Letter On Clinton Email Is Subject Of Justice Dept. Inquiry

Baltimore Agrees To Broad Change For Troubled Police Dept.

CASCADIA

Get Ready For Multiple Days Of Anti-Trump Protests In Seattle

Battery-Powered Buses Signal New Day For Metro

Seattle And Portland Make Top 11 US Cities With Best Job Accessibility Via Transit

Oregon’s $1.4 Billion Forest Lawsuit

Washington State Supreme Court Orders Review Of Coastal Oil Terminals

THE NATIONS

Video: Tribal Fishing 101

Washington State’s Lummi Clammers, Dairy Farmers Team Up To Clean Bacteria-Polluted Bay

LATIN AMERICA

Peña Nieto Faces Unrest In Mexico As Gas Prices Climb And Trump Ascends

Brazil: Clash Of Cultures Over Amazon Dams

Cubans Planning To Leave For U.S. Face A Bleak New Reality

A Remarkable Event In El Salvador: A Day Without Murder

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil Prompts A State Of Emergency

Codelco Chairman Suffers Minor Injuries After Package Explodes

Obama Ends Exemption For Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

Goiânia Journal: The Fading Art Deco Dreams Of Brazil’s Heartland

With Nearly 100 Dead In Prison Riots, Brazil’s Government Faces Crisis

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Rescue Bid As 20 Trapped On Australia Rollercoaster

Million-Dollar Reward Offered To Solve Easey Street Murders

Steve Dickson ‘Knocked Off’ Documents Before One Nation Defection, LNP Alleges

Police Fear Bad Batch Of MDMA Linked To Man’s Death, 20 Hospitalisations

New South Wales Government To Apologise Over Granville Train Disaster

Boating Accident Survivor Who Tried To Save Mates ‘Very Brave’

More Rain Headed For Flooded Town Of Tennant Creek

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Meryl Streep Slammed Donald Trump In Her Cecil B. DeMille Award Speech

Donald Trump Calls Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’ After Globes Speech

Trump Election: US Presidency Is Not A Family Business, Says Obama

Donald Trump Has ‘Great Meeting’ With Alibaba Boss Jack Ma

Donald Trump Said Something Rude To Meryl Streep, Leading Rosie O’Donnell To Respond In Kind On Twitter

Read Robert De Niro’s Sweet Letter To Meryl Streep About Her Trump Speech

Despite Anti-Nepotism Laws, Donald Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner To Take Senior White House Role

Jeff Sessions Says He Would Be Independent And Stand Up To Trump

Trump Received Unsubstantiated Report That Russia Had Damaging Information About Him

Trump Tells Congress To Repeal And Replace Health Care Law ‘Very Quickly’

Trump Organization Handover Plan Slammed By Ethics Chief

C.I.A. Nominee Says He Won’t Balk At Seeking Russian Intelligence

Ex-MI6 Officer Christopher Steele In Hiding After Trump Memo

Rex Tillerson: What Trump’s Top Diplomat Really Believes

Here’s What Donald Trump Had To Say At His Press Conference

What To Know: Multiple Days Protests In Seattle Around Inauguration Day

Latest To Disagree With Donald Trump: His Cabinet Nominees

Donald Trump Promises Report On Election Hacking

As Trump Takes Power, Scientists Scramble To Secure Wildlife Data

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Polar Bear Cam To Show Bears’ Response To Declining Sea Ice

Weak La Niña Follows Potent El Niño

Global Climate Change Threatens Alpine Areas With Increased Wildfires

Scientists Have A New Way To Calculate Global Warming Costs

Istanbul Covered In Snow

Icy Storm Lashes France And Germany Causing Hardship

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Airstrikes By Russia Buttress Turkey In Battle Vs. ISIS

4 Killed As Terrorist Plows Truck Into Troops In Jerusalem

Moscow Strongly Condemns Jerusalem Attack

Ukraine Power Cut ‘Was Cyber-Attack’

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude To Share Intercepted Communications

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

How American Northwest Communities Are Stopping Fossil Fuel Projects Before They Start

BC Backs Oil Pipeline That Will Put Tankers In Salish Sea

Dakota Access Battle In Deep Freeze. But For How Long?

Interior Cancels Oil, Gas Leases In MT’s Badger-Two Medicine  

Is This The Year The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Will Be Targeted For Oil Drilling?

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

White Christmas in Ukraine.  Photo by Olya Bereza

White Christmas in Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza 

Hi Rusty:

It’s been a magical week in Ukraine starting with Orthodox Christmas, always white, as in this popular song “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas“.

Also this weekend, we are having celebrations of a New Old Year. It sounds like an oxymoron but even after adopting the Gregorian calendar, the Julian calendar is still traditionally used for unofficial celebrations. That fairytale around inspired me to write a little story.

CHOCOLATE

It was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar no different from thousands that were born everyday in the mechanized stainless steel world. After birth it was efficiently dressed in a colourful package and sent with her sisters to a warehouse in a big box. Embracing each other in the darkness, feeling secure.

Suddenly bright light entered the box and everyone was lifted out and carefully placed on the top shelf of a supermarket. Christmas music played in the background and the chocolate bars chatting excitedly.

A few moments later a group of them were grabbed and dropped with a shopping basket before entering a plastic bag. A bump ride and coming to rest in a cool dark environment.

Our chocolate did not know exactly what she was waiting for, but knew something exciting could happen.

At last a clatter of heels and joyful voices. Lifted back into the warmth and light by a small woman’s hand, the chocolate noticed the glisten of a shiny bracelet.

“A gift from me”.

“Thank you. It looks delicious,” said a kind voice.

Laughter.

This time the chocolate bar was bathed in orange light from another plastic bag.

In the background music and conversation started getting louder.

Outside of a restaurant, an old man wearing shabby clothes was asking passersby for help. People hurried walked by, taking no notice of his plight, but he did not take offense. It was awkward for him to beg but circumstances were such he had no choice. Surviving day by day, hoping for better times ahead.

The small woman hand entered into orange bag again this time carefully taking chocolate bar and handed it to the old man who was say grateful. She also gave him packaged restaurant food.

They, the chocolate and old man, were on the “move again” this time a long slow going by feet. Lots to see though, in the dim lantern light. Snow started falling in big flakes coating the world in white.

Chocolate felt happy watching all the people and beauty around.

She felt her mission in life was approaching.

The old man turned into courtyard. It became very dark only the stars above were brighter.

“Grandpa,” cried an excited little girl’s voice.

The apartment was cold and damp but despite the obvious poverty, there was love. On a table sat a few pine tree branches wrapped in shiny ribbons. It was the only indication that it was Christmas.

The old man hugged his granddaughter. He then handed her the chocolate bar which caused a cry of surprise and laughter. The wrapping was immediately removed, foil gleamed in the lamp light.

It was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar, which became a great joy to a little girl.

Happy New Year, Mishka.  Stay warm, my cousin.  See you next week.

Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

COMMENTARY

In Full: Obama Brings Biden To Tears

Post-Fascist Europe Tells US Exactly How To Defend Our Democracy

Nader Calls For A New 1 Percent

Something Better To Offer Trump Voters Tired Of Waiting For Their Turn

The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing To Risk?

Love In The Time Of Trump (A Letter To My Beloved About His White Privilege)

Robert Reich: 12 Ways To Resist Trump That Only Take An Hour A Day

GOOD EXAMPLES

Bremerton Man Finds Wallet With Over $1,000, Returns It To 99-Year-Old Owner

Tearful Barack Obama Pays Tribute To Michelle

10 Celebrities Advocating For A More Sustainable Food System

BAD EXAMPLES

Veterans Affairs Canada Still Understaffed Despite Liberal Pledge

White Center Woman Charged With Hate-Crime After ‘Spanish Privilege’…

Chicago Police Routinely Trampled On Civil Rights, Justice Dept. Says

3 Takata Executives Face Criminal Charges Over Exploding Airbags

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I found this a bit disconcerting.  Will Your Voice Cost You A Job?

I think we know some of these.  The Plants That See, Hear And Smell

This reminds me very much of one of my favorite Robin Williams films, “Bicentennial Man”.  MEPs Vote On Robots’ Legal Status – And If A Kill Switch Is Required

OUR PLANET

The Secret Ingredient For Life

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

At the Bottom of the Ocean, A Super Toxic Lake

Huge Iceberg Set To Break Off Antarctic Shelf

Forensic Science Looks At Human Evolution

SPACE

Mars Spacecraft Spies Earth And Moon

Hubble Peers Along Voyagers’ Future Paths

Astro Festivals, Star Parties, Workshops In 2017

NASA Begins New Astronaut Sleep Study

See It! First Full Moon Of 2017

Israeli Scientist Prepares To ‘Live’ On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

Santa Delivered The Drone. But Not The Safety And Skill To Fly Them.

Flying Ambulance Drone Heading For Takeoff

US Military Tests Swarm Of Mini-Drones Launched From Jets

Google Confirms End Of Internet Drone Project

These Roads Wirelessly Charge Your Car As You Drive

THE GREEN BEAT

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA Nominee, Cleared By Ethics Committee

Report: Benefits Of State Renewable Energy Policies Far Outweigh Costs

Map: Is My Neighborhood Toxic?

Dairy Industry Has A Cow Over Plant-Based Milks

Short-Term Greenhouse Gases, Long-Term Impact: What This Means For Earth’s Oceans

Canada’s British Columbia First Nation Launches Legal Challenge Against Pacific Northwest LNG Project

Will New LNG-By-Rail Industry Repeat The Mistakes Of Oil Trains?

Exxon Mobil Is Ordered To Hand Over Climate Change Research

Obama’s Food Legacy

TRAVEL

A Fairytale Island Frozen In Time

Tips For First-Timers In NYC: Advice From A Native New Yorker And Big Apple Greeter

Top 10 Most Beautiful Russian Villages

HEALTH

Cancer Spread Cut By 75% In Tests

Check Out Our Awesome Tips To Live Longer.

Dodge The Number One GYN Cancer By Knowing These Risks.

7 Low-Calorie Snacks That Will Fill You Up

LIFESTYLE

Why Open Offices Are Bad For Us

Don’t Have A Side Job? You Need One

What It Takes To Get Women Out Of Prison—And Stay Out

3 Ways Progressives Can Reconnect With Rural America

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

4-Year-Old Who’s Read 1,000 Books Tours Library Of Congress

Witness One of Wildlife’s Most Awesome Sights

Hooked On Our Smartphones

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

This should make your day.  Quick-Thinking Teens Rescue Baby Beluga

This should be a reminder to us all to never underestimate the heart of ALL creatures great and small.  Man Dies Suddenly, Then His Grieving Horse Smells His Casket And Breaks Down At The Funeral

We’re certainly sad this happened.  I’ve driven through this tree.  Giant Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ In California Is Toppled By Storm

SHORTS

Most Southerly Bird Colony On Earth

Forget About Flying South For The Winter — These Storks Have It Figured Out

Kakapo Saved From Extinction Thanks to Intense Conservation Effort

The Bumblebee Lands On The Endangered Species List

FOLKS WE FOLLOW:  The Cornell University Ornithology Lab’s January 2017 newsletter is now available online, chock full of information and entertainment for bird lovers and avian enthusiasts alike.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

To Rate How Smart Dogs Are, Humans Learn New Tricks

Firefighter Reads Book To Trapped Skunk To Calm Him During Dangerous Rescue

Photos: This Man Is Skiing Every Glacier Before They Melt

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common 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.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 8, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 18

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 8, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 18  

rusty-saw

THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  There’s been a resurgence of hate crimes since the American presidential election outcome.  I hope the new chief executive can control the bigots among him.  If he cannot or if he turns them loose, none of us are safe.

History has proven this.  When dictators ascend, they target a single group to start with.  As they gain power, their purges reach beyond party, ethnic group or gender preference to include intellectuals, government administrators, corporate chief executives and/or anyone else who could possibly pose a threat to them.

Not since the election of another Republican who was extremely unpopular with a large portion of America has there been so much anger, so much bitterness, so much proactive hatred among the voting constituencies.  The South swore that if Lincoln was elected, they would secede.  He was and they did.

I am not for a moment suggesting that Donald Trump is another Hitler or Stalin.  I am not inferring that his election will precipitate a second civil war.  What I am stating, categorically, is that there are now thousands of newly empowered haters in America who are capable of violence and who feel that Donald Trump is their personal man in Washington.

We are a nation now not so much divided ideologically but rather by our behavior.  I think this is probably better than the theological and socio-political differences that have destroyed other nations from within.  Attitudes are a matter of personal choice.  If we have chosen to hate, we can choose ~ given appropriate motivation ~ to love.

I sometimes wish human beings came with operating instructions but we all know that we do not.  But if we ~ as individuals ~ refuse to hate, our behavior will change and the solutions we seek for our problems will not be predicated on violence or winning, but upon nonviolent cooperation.

That proverbial “buck” of rusty saw doesn’t really travel very far.  It starts and stops with us, does it not?

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

Our heart goes out to her and to all the other victims of yet another vicious display of brother against brother.  Canadian Slain In Istanbul Attack Was Young Ontario Mother

If we ever stop mourning the demise of creatures like this, it will be because God has finally stopped believing in us.  World’s Oldest Known Killer Whale Granny Dies

That our society could produce one such as this is chilling.  To know that we produce many of them is haunting.  Dylann Roof, Addressing Court, Offers No Apology or Explanation for Massacre

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

ASIA

South Korea Scandal: Daughter Of Choi Soon-Sil Arrested

As Scandal Roils South Korea, Fingers Point To Mixing Of Politics And Business

China Twitter Boss Leaves After Seven Months

India’s Double First In Climate Battle

Rodrigo Duterte Eyes Closer Ties With Moscow As Two Russian Naval Ships Arrive In Manila For Goodwill Visit

Bangalore Sex Attacks: What Happened?

Actor Akshay Kumar Condemns Sex Attacks

AFRICA

Ivory Coast President Says Government Reaches Deal With Soldiers To End Uprising

In Zimbabwe, A First Lady Exerts Her Power

Accused Of Looting Millions, Son Of African Leader Stalls Trial

Africa Takes Its Turn On The Runway

Hymn Of Peace By Nigerian Leaders Strikes Some As Off Key

Pact Would Force Out Joseph Kabila From Congo. If, Of Course, He Agrees.

Global Health: Easing The Toll Of Sickle Cell Disease In Childbirth

Assassination In Burundi Brings A Vow Of Vengeance

News Analysis: Closing China’s Ivory Market: Will It Save Elephants?

MIDDLE EAST

Yemen Conflict: The Front Line Battle For Capital Sanaa

Syria Conflict: Why British Surgeon Cannot Forget This Girl

Syria Conflict: Russia ‘Starts To Reduce Forces’

British Doctors Travel To Syria With ‘People’s Convoy’

EUROPE

The Top European Stories To Look Out For In 2017

Eurozone Inflation Surges To 1.1% In December

UK Car Sales At Record High In 2016

Icy Weather Gripping Europe Turns Deadly

THE VATICAN

Pope Urges The Faithful To Help Youth Find Purpose

Pope Francis: The Magi Represent Everyone Who Seeks God

We Need Hope – Not ‘Optimism,’ Pope Francis Tells Quake Victims

A New ‘Vocational Culture’ Is Needed In The Church, Pope Francis Says

Salesians In India Hold Prayer Vigil For Release Of Fr. Tom

There Are No Words For The Loss Of A Child, But There Is Still Hope, Pope Says

RUSSIA

Nine Lingering Myths About Russia

Russian War Fleet Heads Home After ‘Completing Syria Mission’

Highlights Of 2016 In The Moscow Times

Russia And The EU: Teaming Up To Save The Environment In 2017?

CANADA

Ottawa Projects Decades Of Deficits As Federal Finances Worsen

Oil Producers Plan Spending Hikes As Hope Returns To Patch

Canada Open To Global Economy Amid Rising Threat Of Protectionism: Freeland

Canada Today: 150 Years Ago, The No. 1 Destination And Lots Of Hockey

UNITED STATES

Why Cities Matter In The Fight Against Food Waste

Colorado River Crisis: High Demand, Low Supply

Where Is America’s Heartland? Pick Your Map

Ford, Criticized By Trump, Cancels Plans To Build Mexican Plant

4 Questioned After Video Shows Racially Charged Beating In Chicago

Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect U.S., Study Finds

Tech Giants Seem Invincible. That Worries Lawmakers.

Cat Food Recall Includes 9Lives, Special Kitty,  Everpet  Products

Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings On Russian Hacking

Ending Speculation, Black College Says Band Will Play At Inaugural Parade

US Jobs Growth Slows To 156,000 During December

Beating Of Disabled Teenager Highlights A Crime That Often Goes Unpunished

Nashville Teens Mapped Their Daily Routes—And Got A New Bike Lane As A Result

CASCADIA

Opinion: Conservationist Must Listen To Oregon’s Rural Communities

It’s Time To Confront The Exploitation Of BC’s Environment

Maps: Visualizing Seattle & Vancouver’s Urban Tree Canopy

The Debate Over Dams Is Culturally Complicated

Northwest Land Managers Roll Out Mining Limits

50 Safest Cities In Washington State

Seattle Residents Mailed First Democracy Vouchers

Obama Administration Aids Giant California Water Project

$15 Minimum Wage Officially Starts In Seattle

Here’s How Vancouver Became An Urban Transportation Success Story

THE NATIONS

Utah’s New National Monument Marks Big Win For The Protection Of Indigenous Cultural Sites

Lummi Nation, Farmers Agree To Protect Portage Bay

For Tribes, Obama’s New Monuments Are Culturally Significant

LATIN AMERICA

Drugs Gang ‘Kills 33 Inmates’ In Brazilian Jail

Brazilian Official Resigns After Celebrating Inmate Deathsu.S. Consulate Official Shot And Wounded In Mexico

For Mexican Leaders, A Turbulent Start To The New Year

The End Of The World? In Brazil, It’s Already Here

Thousands Of Mexicans Protest Gasoline Price Hikes

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Ley To Pay Back Cost Of Taxpayer-Funded Gold Coast Trips

Popular Melbourne Beaches Closed After Shark Sightings

Hollywood Biopic ‘Surreal’ For Aussie Subject Of Golden Globe-Nominated Film

New Rules To Protect Koalas In Victorian Timber Plantations

Youths Transferred To Adult Prison After More Riots At Parkville Justice Centre

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Donald Trump Makes Top Republican Fear Environmental Future

To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From The Tea Party

Inside Trump Defense Secretary Pick’s Efforts To Halt Torture

Top Scientists Urge Trump To Abide By Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump: North Korea Intercontinental Missile ‘Won’t Happen’

Earth 2 Trump

Why Rural America Voted For Trump

Will Trump Scuttle Obama’s Offshore Drilling Bans?

What Donald Trump Says He Will Do The First 100 Days

Trump Election: US ‘Identifies Agents Behind Russian Hack’

Russian Hacking Claims: Joe Biden Tells Trump To ‘Grow Up’

Putin Led A Complex Cyberattack Scheme To Aid Trump, Report Finds

As Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die Of It

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Climate Change Sparked Climate Migration

NOAA Did Not “Cook The Books” On Climbate Change, Study Finds

Winter Is The Hottest Thing In Farming Right Now  

Drought Doesn’t Just Mean Less Water — It Also Means More Pollution.

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

Migrants Storm Border Fence At Spanish Enclave

Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes On Mideast Refugees

Losing Hope In Mae La

Seattle Kicks Off Trump Era With Legal Help For Immigrants

TERRIORISM

Turkey Nightclub Attack: ISIS Says It Carried Out Shooting

Police Release Gunman’s Selfie Video As His Wife Tells Police She Did Not Know He Was An ISIS Sympathizer

ISIS Conflict: Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 35

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

North Dakota Pipeline Protesters Scale Stadium

Hitting The Dakota Access Pipeline In The Pocketbook

Denied: Longview Coal Export Terminal

Standing Rock And The Return Of The Nonviolent Campaign

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

It is Christmas in Ukraine and Olya is enjoying it with her family and friends.

Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

COMMENTARY

This is a reminder to me that sometimes we hate what we secretly know we are.  Kim Burrell: Gospel Star Defends Homophobic Comments

Here is a chance to make a difference.  10 Indigenous And Environmental Struggles—And How You Can Help In 2017

I suspect we’ll see a great deal more of this over the next four years.  He Helped Topple a Dictator. In New York, He’s Another Face in the Crowd.

GOOD EXAMPLES

FaceBook’s Mark Zuckerberg Takes Up Challenge To Tour US 

How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

This Small Town Refused To Settle For Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

BAD EXAMPLES

Wall Street Journal Editor Says His Newspaper Won’t Call Donald Trump’s Lies ‘Lies’

D.C. Homelessness Doubles National Average As Living Costs Soar

India’s Call-Center Talents Put To A Criminal Use: Swindling Americans

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I found this a little unnerving.  Dementia Rates ‘Higher Near Busy Roads’

This is incredible.  Celebrations Mark Opening Of Giant Floating Walkway In China

And this is awesome.  Tesla Gigafactory Begins Battery Production

OUR PLANET

Some Dinosaur Eggs Took Six Months Or More To Hatch

An Alaskan Volcano Erupts, Largely Out Of View

For The Last Time, Warming Is Not Slowing Down!

SPACE

SpaceX Says It’s Ready To Launch Rockets Again

NASA Announces 2 New Asteroid Missions

Light Pillars, A Million-Mirror Optical Illusion On Winter Nights

TECHNOLOGY

Where To Go If You Forget Your Hotmail Password

CES 2017: Faraday Future Unveils Super Fast Electric Car

CES 2017: Olly The Robot Aims To Be More Personal Than Amazon’s Echo

THE GREEN BEAT

The Best Ideas Of 2016

 Can An Entire Business District Go Zero Waste?

How To Predict Gentrification: Look For Falling Crime

Port Of Portland Sues Monsanto For ‘Widespread’ Contamination Costs

Northwest Coal Exports: The End Is Nigh

Oregon Program Pays To Replace Dirty Woodstoves

TRAVEL

12 Unique Travel Experiences In Ireland

52 Places To Go In 2017

Watch: Seattle Is America’s Next Top Transit City

HEALTH

How You’re Shortening Your Life Without Even Knowing It

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote

Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

LIFESTYLE

The Best Adventurous Places To Retire

BBC Culture’s Best Of 2016

Before Noon Today, A Top CEO In Canada Will Have Earned More Than Most Of Us Do All Year

How To Enjoy Urban Winters Like The Danes

Watching While White: How Movies Tackled Race And Class In 2016

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Chickens Are Intelligent, Caring, Complex

A Minute In The Day Of A Burrowing Owl

Dangling Skier Rescued From Utah Chair-Lift

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. 

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

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Meet one of Ireland’s most famous greeters, Fungie-Dingle

If this does not totally move you, you cannot be moved.  Freed Whale Delivers Thank You ‘Hug’ To Boat That Rescued Him

Are you ready to die of “cute”?  Elephant Makes A Splash In Thailand Swimming Pool

SHORTS

Fish Seek Cooler Waters, Leaving Some Nets Empty

How A Fish That Hatches In Coral Reefs Finds Its Way Home

The Animals That Live On Toxic Lakes

What’s Killing The World’s Shorebirds?  

Western Sagebrush Defense Plan Will Endure, Official Says

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s January 2017 newsletter is now online and it is an animal-lover’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The ‘Chinese Burger’ Scooping Awards

Welcome To Hell. It’s In Michigan.

Forceps Removed From Stomach After 18 Years

ABOUT US:  Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common 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.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

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2017: PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 1, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 17

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 1, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 17

2017:  PREDICTIONS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, of course, we want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.  For our Chinese friends, 2017 is the year of the Rooster.  For obvious reasons much closer to home, I find that a bit ironic.

My sense is that despite anxieties and concerns to the contrary, it will be a good year for all 22 nations this magazine reaches.  I believe that the international community will discover that it does not need America nearly as much as was thought and that true balance of trade is not the sole province of giants.

I predict that America will learn the harsh lesson of true populism and that is that one assumes responsibility for most areas of their lives and then elects individuals of courage, compassion, wisdom and integrity to handle the rest.

I believe that America will experience a type of regional balkanization in reaction to what happens at the federal level.  Some areas, such as the Deep South and the Rust Belt, will be impacted more than some other regions, with the West and the Pacific Northwest being in the best position to wean themselves off both federal funding and federal legislation.

I expect traditional entertainment from the new administration.  Magicians ~ those whose patter and gestures distract from what the hands are actually doing ~ will become vogue at all levels and for awhile, the people will be deceived.

But when the legislative legerdemain is discovered, it will be by his staunchest supporters and because they will have been its victims, reaction will be strong, vocal, violent and very apparent at Congressional mid-term elections.

The new president will be involved in legal proceedings of a personal nature that will further compromise his ability to fully actualize his on the job training.  This will keep him constantly in the media and his opposition will continue to exploit his ignorance, lack of statecraft and general boorish behavior.  He will likely receive more coverage than JFK.

I believe this will be an interesting year, but hardly an apocalyptic one.

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

We join Russia and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of humanist physician Elizaveta (“Dr. Liz”) Glinka.  She was among the passengers of Flight Tu-154, which crashed on Sunday, western Christmas Day with the loss of all aboard.

If this is true, we are owed one supersized explanation for it and damages of Trumpian proportions.  Cannabis Cures Cancer And The Government Has Known Since 1974

Once you have read this, you will never see hair the same again.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

ASIA

Why The Philippines Is Moving Into Russia’s Arms

Typhoon Nock-Ten Threatens Philippine Capital Manila

Evacuations In Philippines As Typhoon Strikes

Philippines Typhoon: Aerials Show Submerged Areas

Korean Air Crew To ‘Use More Force’ With Unruly Passengers

North Korean Diplomat Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Defection

A Maverick Former Japanese Prime Minister Goes Antinuclear

China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching

AFRICA

Congo President To Leave After 2017 Vote Under New Deal

Heat, Hunger And War Force Africans Onto A ‘Road On Fire

Cheetahs In Danger Of Extinction, Researchers Say

Hijacking Ends Peacefully After Libyan Airliner Lands In Malta

A Small African Nation Severs Ties With Taiwan, And Beijing Applauds

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

Nearly 300 Are Arrested In Congo As Protests Appear To Wane

At Least 20 Reported Dead As Congolese Security Forces Fire On Protesters

In Young Men’s African Exodus, Echoes Of An Indian Family’s Journey

MIDDLE EAST

Israel Postpones Vote On New Jerusalem Settlement Homes

Syria conflict: Ceasefire agreed for midnight, backed by Russia and Turkey

Mosul Battle: Iraqi Forces Launch ‘Second Phase’ Of Attack

Syria Conflict: Nationwide Truce Holding Despite ‘Clashes’

Along Mosul’s Front Line, Desperate Civilians And Dug-In Troops And Fighters

EUROPE

Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide

British Child Prodigy’s Cinderella Opera Thrills Vienna

François Hollande Pardons French Woman Who Killed Abusive Husband

Romania’s President Rejects First Female Candidate For Prime Minister

As U.K. Tightens Voting Rules, Critics Say Labour And The Poor Will Suffer

Senators Reassure Wary Baltic Nations That U.S. Won’t Abandon NATO

THE VATICAN

Pope Urges The Faithful To Help Youth Find Purpose

RUSSIA

Russia Plane Crash: Huge Search For Bodies In Black Sea

Recovery Operation After Russian Military Plane Crashes Into Black Sea

Russian Plane Crash: First ‘Black Box’ Brought To Moscow

Russians Support Raising Drinking Age To 21

Russian Officials No Longer Dispute Olympic Doping Operation

Russia Plane Crash: Flight Recorder ‘Reveals Faulty Wing Flaps To Blame’

CANADA

Trudeau’s Christmas Message Highlights Canadians’ Outpouring Of Support For Fort Mcmurray Fire Victims

Canada’s Economic Star Expected To Dim In 2017

How A Little-Known Patent Sparked Canada’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

Canada Today: Reporting That Stood Out In 2016

UNITED STATES

Alaskans’ Cost Of Staying Warm: A Thick Coat Of Dirty Air

Opioids Contribute To A Rising Death Toll: 28,647 In 2014

U.S. Sold $40 Billion In Weapons In 2015, Topping Global Market

Earthquakes In Nevada Wednesday Morning

Obama Designates New National Monuments

Coal Train Partially Derails In Vancouver, Washington

Obama Strikes Back At Russia For Election Hacking

U.S. Correctional Population At Lowest Level In Over A Decade

CASCADIA

California, At Forefront Of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down To Trump

A Model For Housing Equity In Seattle

Best Bike Infrastructure Of 2016 In Seattle: The Sidewalk

Seattle’s Housing Boom Is Ready To Explode

THE NATIONS

Coeur D’alene Tribe Receives Eagles For Their Aviary

Peabody Energy and Native Americans in Dispute Over Mining in Arizona

LATIN AMERICA

Wife And Her Lover Are Arrested In Killing Of Greek Envoy In Brazil

Venezuela Frees Jailed Activists, Ex-Presidential Candidate

In A Brutal Year In Venezuela, Even Crime Fighters Are Killers

Argentine Court Reopens Investigation Of Ex-President In ’94 Bomb Case

Ecatepec De Morelos Journal: Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic

Cristina Fernández De Kirchner Indicted Again On Corruption Charges

Rio De Janeiro Journal: Nearly In Ruins: The Church Where Sages Dreamed Of A Modern Brazil

No Food, No Medicine, No Respite: A Starving Boy’s Death In Venezuela

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

New Year Skies Explode In Colour As Australia Rings In 2017

New Year Celebrations From Around The World

Two Killed By Illegal NYE Fireworks In Victoria, New South Wales

Cabinet Papers Detail Post-Cold War Russian Spying Concerns

Keating Era Documents Offer Glimpse Into 1992 Australia

You’re The First To Escape In 50 Years — So What Do You Do?

‘It Was Horrific’: Up To 80 Injured In Falls Festival Crowd Crush

Wall Of Wheelie Bins Used In Attempt To Lead Rogue Croc Back To Water

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Denying Conflict, Trump Family Tries to Resolve Potential Problems

Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation’s Doctors Divided

Sorry, Liberals. Bigotry Didn’t Elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s Indonesia Projects, Still Moving Ahead, Create Potential Conflicts

CLIMATE CHANGE

Better Together: United Front Needed In The Fight Against Global Warming

Ontario, Canada Tackles Climate Change With Cap-And-Trade Launch Jan. 1

Five US Cities At The Forefront Of Climate Fight

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

A Joyful Bustle to Get Ready for Guests: Syrian Refugees

Germany Migrants: Record Number Opt To Leave – Most To Balkans

Two Irish Girls Who Made It To New York

Step Into A Refugee Camp

Refugees Welcome

TERRIORISM

ISIS Claims 2 Bombings In Baghdad, While Fighting To Hold On To Mosul

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

More Oil Pipelines? More Tribes Defend Clean Water

Will LNG Be Coming To BC In 2017?

20 Photos: My Seven Months of Living at Standing Rock

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Chernobyl Atomic Station as a tourist attraction. Photo courtesy of the U.K. Telegraph

Hello Rusty:

Happy New Year to you and our NorthStar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past two years.  Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2017 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet. 

On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl atomic station was fully stopped and now ~ 30 years after the catastrophe ~ it attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more

There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.

After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.

Disappointing to hear old destructive ideas still being in agenda like Donald Trump words on nuclear weapons

For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet http://playcrunchtime.com?

Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms.  The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.

I highly recommend it.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

COMMENTARY

It would appear we have more in common with Russia than many of us would like to think, including a “culture of paranoia.”  A Flashback to My Soviet Childhood

Hopefully we are all trying to do this.  Putting Words To Work For Good

We agree and we stand beside them and Sightline, neighbors and media peers, in this pledge to you, our readers.  New Year, New President, And Our Promise ~ We Represent Independent Journalism. Even In The Darkest Times, You Can Depend On Us To Find The Progressive Solutions That Will Heal The Planet And Improve The Lives Of The Many.

SHORTS

How Trump’s Extremism May Help Us Expose One Of History’s Greatest Political Deceptions

It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs Of Positive Change In 2016

The Science Of Creating A Compassionate World: 10 Best Books Of 2016

GOOD EXAMPLES

Michelle Obama’s Legacy Spans From Healthy Food To Girls’ Empowerment

Farmer Returns 700 Acres Of California Coast To Native American Tribe

Japan’s Abe Offers ‘Everlasting Condolences’ At Pearl Harbor

BAD EXAMPLES

Seller-Financed Deals Are Putting Poor People In Lead-Tainted Homes

An Oklahoma Newspaper Endorsed Clinton. It Hasn’t Been Forgiven.

Dentsu Chief Resigns After Overworked Employee Commits Suicide

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is outstanding.  Frenchman Sails Solo Around The World In Eight Days — Smashing The World Record After Five Attempts.

I think this is a very head’s up question that is also being asked other places besides where it is being asked here.  Alaska, Reliant On Air Transit, Faces Pilot Shortage. Are Drones An Answer?

Nature is speaking to us.  And She Sounds Amazingly Like American Film Star Julia Roberts.

OUR PLANET

Newly Discovered Prehistoric Bird Lived Near A Balmy North Pole

The Power Of Kindness Around The World

Science News That Stuck With Us In 2016

SPACE

Solid Evidence For A 9th Planet

The Biggest Digital Map Of The Cosmos Ever Made

The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

TECHNOLOGY

The Farmer Who Built Her Own Broadband

The World’s Most Extreme Power Plant

Drone-Based Blood Deliveries In Tanzania To Be Funded By UK

The Hoverboard: From Fiction To Fact

THE GREEN BEAT

How Would The Input Of Bike Couriers Shape Our Cities?

The Race Is On To Pull Carbon From The Air

British Columbia, Canada’s Top Environmental Stories Of 2016

Tech And Timber Are Innovating Together

Will Clean Water Bring Clean Seafood To Port Gamble Bay?

From Growing Edible Forests To Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions To Keeping Your Food Local

TRAVEL

10 Hidden Gems In Dublin

Discover Lewis County, Washington State

World’s Highest Bridge Opens To Traffic In China

HEALTH

BBC Medical And Health News Of 2016

Home Remedies That Work

You’re An Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

Savings, Longevity And The Year In Fitness

New York Times 10 Best Health Stories Of 2016

Tapping The Power Of Place To Keep Us Healthy

LIFESTYLE

Shift To Online Shopping Will Transform Retail In 2017

Why New Year’s Resolutions Often Fail

Six Ideas That Will Change City Driving

For Female Farmworkers, Work Never Stops

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Shakira Singing Imagine Live At The UN’s General Assembly 2015

The Queen’s Christmas Message

Rescuers Pull Dog From Frozen Lake In Michigan

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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

A Woman Was Driving Along A Road In Sweden When She Spotted A White Reindeer At The Edge Of A Forest

Best In Show Of 2016: Weird Animals

Koalas Always Hang Out In Trees, But This Mom Decided To Give Her Baby A Piggyback Ride Through Town

SHORTS

Huge Musk Oxen In Head On Clash

Smallest Primate In The World

Scientists Discover Massive Crab Migration On The Ocean Floor

Fingerprinting A Spotted Eagle Ray

Birds In The Suburbs

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

California Man Arrested For DUII Caffeine

Cat On A Cold Tiled Roof ~ How Twitter Helped To Save A Cat – And Its Owner’s Sanity.

Russia Biker Gang Gets 3-Million Ruple Grant From Kremlin

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common 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.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

 

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 25,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 16

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 25,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 16 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Hello, Mishka:

I am really enjoying the opportunity to enjoy an opportunity to celebrate two Christmases, first on 25 Dec and the other, Orthodox, awaits on 7th Jan. I think it is a nice way to find out more about different cultures just by adding another holiday to a calendar.

As you know, this is my first time in the United Kingdom.  People here are very friendly and polite. England met me with foggy weather and atmospherically-dimmed streetlights taking imagination to Harry Potter’s world of J. K. Rowling. I do appreciate the humanistic size of neat two-three storey buildings here, in contrast to the usual five-nine storeys of towns in Ukraine, that makes one feel small.

A few days ago had a short trip to Chester in Cheshire, which history starts from Roman times. It has wonderful medieval Chester Cathedral. I was moved to little 2-minute pray of a bishop, that happen to hear during our visit. It was so simple and in the way so deep, reminding us about basic values. The bishop sent his prayers to Syria and all other countries suffering from war. Prayers to Germany. He also asked Lord to take care about children whenever they are.

We always just one generation away from idyllic world if manage to rise children in safety and educate them to human values that mostly are shared independent of country of origin.

A great part of education is storytelling that teaches to be kind, generous, caring in very subtle way. Christmas is a wonderful time for bedtime stories. So let me present my little one called “Mysterious Disappearance Of the Christmas Director”

Take care, Mishka and have nice and peaceful Christmas Eve

Your Cousin Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NORTHSTAR

Whether it is Hanukah, Christmas or Kwanza that you are celebrating, or even if you are not engaged in any of this, this is a season of giving and we have some stocking stuffers for you.  .  Happy holidays, then, the Northstar Journal, Your Magazine With Heart..

ENTERTAINMENT

Celtic Woman: Tribute to Broadway – I am an unabashed fan of these extremely talented young women and I am also a devout fan of Broadway.

Celtic Woman:  Christmas Celebration – Second only, perhaps, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and much more eclectic, for emotional catharsis around Christmas, the is without par.

David Letterman And The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – These three brothers from New Jersey will absolutely amaze you.  They sure did Dave.  And YouTube has several of their other performances in sequence, including Dueling Banjos from the American film Deliverance.

Dick Van Dyke, His Wife And The Dustbowl Revival – If You Like To Dance And If you are a fan of one of the nicest men in show business, you will totally love this video.

It’s A Wonderful Life – This is the American classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

Masha And The Bear Best Cartoon Selections For Kids

Memory Games – Simon – I had one of these when I was a kid and I’m glad they still make them.  This builds on a repetitive sequence of sounds and colors and has as many levels as the Tower of Babel.  You can also play this with your kids, friends and probably even some smart pets.  Don’t play this for money with raccoons, though.

DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATORS

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus and Word Games & Quizzes  – Both functional and entertaining, this site and the Encyclopedia Britannica are our basic research and mind-stretching batteries.

Google Translate  https://translate.google.com/ – This is great for chatting with someone who does not speak your language.  I’ve tested its semantic accuracy for better than two years and it works fantastically.

Google Website Translator  https://translate.google.com/ – This tool translates entire web pages and links from those. It is what many of you use to read us.

AROUND THE WORLD

Currency Converter – I like this because it is very easy to use and updated daily.

World Air Distances Calculator – This is in terms of air miles and very easy to use.

Times Around The World – If you are as international as we are, you will find this an invaluable way to NOT wake someone up before the rooster does.

If you would like to give us a small gift in return, you can do that here

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Theme:  Paddy Mulligan, the Man From Mullingar

THE REAL MAN FROM MULLINGAR

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Philosopher and poet Khalil Gibran contends that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand.  We agree and with that respect for diversity in mind, we would like to share with you another Uncle Seamus story.

Uncle Seamus is the crime de plume of an Irish rogue, pickpocket, burglar and auto thief on whom some say the character of 20th Century Irish folk hero Paddy Mulligan, the Man From Mullingar is, in fact, based.

Patrick’s full name was actually Patrick Solomon Mulligan and he was the only son of a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother.  Unlike the poor lad in the Irish Rovers’ Orange and the Green, however, Paddy’s theological life was extremely simple because his rabbi and his priest were fishing buddies.  As Patrick explained it, he could eat bacon for breakfast on Monday as long as he ate fish for supper on Friday and went to Confession after Temple.

He was best described as a small, polite, reserved man of no particular distinction.  Certainly nothing about him even hinted at Rogue of the Empire. He was an equal opportunity criminal who appreciated, respected and enjoyed religious diversity.  The fact that he also profited from it made it even sweeter.

He was the rogue, then, who once sold a Menorah to a young priest in Armagh by telling him that it was a devotional arrangement to the first eight of the Apostles.  And that is what the cleric told his bishop, who was not amused and removed the worthy young father to a remote island in the Irish Sea whose Druid population had resisted conversion since the Bronze Age.

Uncle Seamus ranged the Isle wide under various aliases and guises and many of the exploits attributed to other Rogues of Gallery actually belonged to Patrick Solomon Mulligan.  He never hurt anyone but quite a few of his victims claimed they nearly died of shame. The Crown considered it largely a local problem and Fleet Street had a ball with it.

Apprehension and arrest never did happen to Uncle Seamus.  He just awoke one morning incredibly bored and decided it was time to seek his pot of gold in the New World.  To raise his passage, he went to his family’s farm, taught their mule how to dance and hit the Irish vaudeville circuit.  It took him two seasons but while most Irish immigrants came to North America in steerage, Seamus and his dancing mule each had their own stateroom.

Their passengers loved them and so it was on Ellis Island.  They went to the Catskills, the Poconos and finally became famous on the Borscht Belt.  When the mule finally died, the reporter writing its obituary phoned a bereaved Patrick Solomon Mulligan and asked, respectfully, how in Heaven he ever came up with the idea of teaching the mule to dance.  My Uncle Seamus’ response was immortal.

“I tried teachin’ it to sing.  But it didn’t take.”

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

Rusty 

THE NEWS

What kind of nation and people allow this to happen?  Little Rock Boy, 3, Dies In Road Rage Shooting

This is heart-breaking.  I have a feeling now that America has elected a monumental moron president, quite a few of us will feel like this, including me.  Aleppo Evacuations: ‘I’ve Left My Country, I’ve Left My Soul There’

Why does this not surprise me?  Why US Liberals Are Now Buying Guns Too

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Amnesty Accuses Myanmar Military Of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

China Finds New Love For Wildlife Films

Fire Engulfs 140 Buildings In Niigata Prefecture, Japan

AFRICA

Joseph Kabila: The DR Congo President Who Won’t Step Down

Abimbola Alale: The Woman Taking Nigeria To Space

Libya hijack: Malta forces surround plane carrying 118

MIDDLE EAST

Russia, Iran And Turkey Meet For Syria Talks, Excluding U.S.

Rebuffing Israel, U.S. Allows Censure Over Settlements  

Aleppo Evacuation: Orphans Among Thousands To Leave Syria City

Evacuated From Aleppo: Activists’ Stories

EUROPE

Berlin Christmas Market A Terror Attack: Merkel

Germany Releases Berlin Attack Suspect As ISIS Claims Involvement

Berlin Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed In Milan Ireland’s Myths And Legends

Hollande, Merkel Vow “Merciless War” On Terrorism

French Think Tank Proposes Putin For Nobel Peace Prize

European Officials Accuse Facebook Of Misleading Them On Whatsapp Deal

RUSSIA

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Slain By Assassin

Russia Urges Canada Keep NATO Soldiers Out Of Latvia

Real Income In Russia Falls By Over 12% In 2 Years

CANADA

Trudeau Secures A Deal For A National Carbon Price

In Montreal, An Ungainly And Unloved Christmas Tree

Canada Today: Energy Project Clash, Christmas Tree Scorn And Rules On Marijuana

UNITED STATES

All This Talk Of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next To None

Heroin Deaths Soar In Comparison To Other Opioids, New Study Shows

Obama Bans Oil Drilling ‘Permanently’ In Millions Of Acres Of Ocean

2 Former Flint Emergency Managers Charged Over Tainted Water

After Neo-Nazi Posting, Police In Whitefish, Montana, Step Up Patrols

At The Southern Border, A Do-It-Yourself Tack On Security  

This City Now Leads The Nation In Refusing Dirty Energy

It’s Not Just Flint, All American Cities Are Tackling Aging Water Systems

Mapping Tool Helps New York Communities Take Back Public Spaces

Why Philly’s Residents Are Taking Up Litter Patrol

CASCADIA

Three Cheers For Triple Climate Action In Portland

Could Your Empty Bedroom Help With King County’s Housing Shortage?

Metro Vancouver Is Getting Even Better

Incentive Zoning Nets $32 Million To Help Fund Affordable Homes

Washington State Joins International Alliance To Combat Ocean Acidification

What’s Happening With Seattle’s Microhousing?

Logging Of Oregon State Forest Halted

Seattle And Portland’s People-Powered Future Elections

Seattle And Portland’s People-Powered Future Elections

Childless In Vancouver: How Can Cities Keep Families From Fleeing?

LATIN AMERICA

A ‘Stonehenge’ In Brazil’s Jungle

Mexico Fireworks Blast: Dozens Killed In Tultepec Explosion

Chapecoense Plane Crash: Bolivia Blames Pilot And Airline

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Evacuations As Christmas Typhoon Threatens Millions

Western Sydney And Most Of NSW To Swelter Through Christmas Day

How A Superhero Toy Could Save Australian Retail

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Trump Told China To “Keep The Drone.” China’s Response Is Chilling

Trump Appoints China Critic Peter Navarro To Trade Post

Obama, Trump And The Turf War That Has Come To Define The Transition

CLIMATE CHANGE

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

Visualizing The Invisible Drivers Of Climate Change

Climate Change News That Stuck With Us In 2016

Zombie Christmas Trees Fight Climate Change

Photos: 11 Cities Show Us What Bold Climate Action Looks Like

Class Is In Session: Washington State Youth Will Educate The State On Climate

TNorth Pole Jumped To Freak 32 Degrees This Week

Three Cheers For Triple Climate Action In Portland, Oregon

Indigenous Alaskans Try To Adapt With The Sea Changes

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

A Creative Plea From Immigrants, And A Ticking Clock For Obama

ISIS, ETC.

Hungry, Thirsty And Bloodied In Battle To Retake Mosul From ISIS

Afghan Hostage Couple Decry ‘Kafkaesque Nightmare’

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

DAPL: Misleading The Court, The Public…Or Both?

7 Things The Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far

FOR CONSIDERATION

IT IS NOT A VIOLIN

I was standing in our supermarket’s checkout line the other day with a friend of mine named Sammy Stein.  Behind us were a couple of guys who saw Sammy’s yarmulke and one of them said, “Now all he needs is a violin case.”

“Excuse me?” Sammy responded, looking over the top of his spectacles.

The guy grinned. “No offense, Hymie, but back home, a lot of Jewish kids carried violin cases.”

“They did where I came from too,”Sammy agreed. “Except where I grew up, there weren’t violins in those cases.”

The guy laughed.  “Your name ain’t Siegel, is it?  You ain’t packin’ tommy guns in them cases.”

“Nope, it’s Stein,” Sammy said.  Then he paused.  “Siegel is my mother’s last name, Billy Bob.  Shalom and have a real nice day.”

GOOD EXAMPLES

Muslims In Great Britain Donate 10 Tons of Food For Christmas Needy

Cops Building Relationships, One Slice At A Time

Oregon Fisherman Founds Nonprofit To Encourage River Cleanup

BAD EXAMPLES

10 States With The Worst Health Care

Noise Pollution And The Impact On British Columbia’s Killer Whales

Where Post-Fire Forests Fail To Regrow

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Time apparently does march on.  Ten things that will soon disappear forever.

To some people, this really is true“Science Is Everything”

Good for this little dude.  Rover Hits Jackpot Of Mars Evidence

OUR PLANET

Earth’s Best Stories Of 2016

Scientists Find Jet Stream In Earth’s Core

The Hottest Geothermal Well On Earth

SPACE

This Ancient Babylonian Map Of Jupiter Just Changed History As We Know It

The Jet That Flew Higher Than Any Plane

Spacecraft To Search For Trojan Asteroids

TECHNOLOGY

In A Retreat, Uber Ends Its Self-Driving Car Experiment In San Francisco

A Roadmap For The Overhaul Of The American Electrical Grid

Indigenous Science: Knowledge From The Native Community For The Environment

The Scientist ‘Mining’ Mobile Phones

THE GREEN BEAT

It’s Official:  Solar Is Becoming The World’s Cheapest Form Of New Electricity

The Energy Department Helped Start A Revolution

2016’s Biggest Environmental Justice Wins

Why Is Corporate America Picking Wind Power Over Solar?

TRAVEL

Friday FAQ: Was The Christmas Star Real?

Where To Find The Rare White Rainbow

The Country Full Of Contradictions

HEALTH

Get Sugar Out Of Your Life

Successful Ebola Vaccine Will Be Fast-Tracked For Use

The 12 Worst Foods You Can Eat

The 10 Best Foods You Cat Eat

LIFESTYLE

The Strange Origins Of Greek Myths

You Are Where You Eat

Recipe For A Healthy Food System

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Snow, Lit By Full Moon, From Space

2016 In Review – 15 Highlights For Space, Science And The CSA!

Lest We ForgetTHOUGHT 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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Reindeer in natural environment, Tromso region, Northern Norway. Photo courtesy of mentalfloss.com 

Good for these guys and good for us that they do this.  Reindeer Eat To Beat Climate Change

This was extremely enlightening.  11 Things I Did Not Know About Reindeer

And of course, who is the most famous reindeer of all?

SHORTS

The Fire Salamander’s Magical Powers

The Water Whorls Of Baby Starfish

Why Pine Trees Smell So Good

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

When This Dove Chose a Police Cruiser for a Nest, Officers Decided to Help Out

ABOUT US

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AMERICA’S LITTLE BOY PRESIDENT-ELECT

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 18,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 15

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 18,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 15 

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AMERICA’S LITTLE BOY PRESIDENT-ELECT

 

Theme:  When The Ship Comes In ~ Peter, Paul & Mary

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I confess to succumbing this past week to a bit of Trump-o-mania this week as this most unpopular of president-elects continues to deny the credibility and efficacy of all the resistance to him.

I am a profound fan of FaceBook and I am seeing more anti-bigotry backlash, not only on the part of Muslims and other targets of Trump’s Klansmen but on the part of Americans from every segment and strata of society.

This suggests to me that the man a certain four-year-old in my life insists on calling “Donald Dumpster” will probably find the going much rougher than he anticipated.

The Republican Party has been around since 1854 and they’ve produced some fine presidents down the years.  They’re not going to let some billionaire megalomaniac destroy the party or the nation.   They love their fellow Americans just as much as the Democrats do.

The key to the next two years ~ when mid-term elections will either repudiate or validate Trump’s first 730 days in office ~ is to not over-react and give Trump the right to declare a state of emergency.

We also need to stop treating Trump like a healthy adult.  The fourth of five kids, he is a little boy trying to prove that he is as good as his father and siblings.  But he knows he is not the same caliber of human being.  No matter what he accomplishes, he cannot change this one damning fact of his life.  The victories he seeks offer some relief but the older he becomes and the greater his personal legacy of inadequacy grows, the more desperate he will become.

Such an individual can be ~ as Hitler and Stalin both were ~ manipulated by others to serve their ends.  These individuals are fully developed human beings of extreme intelligence and undeniable success records.

The next two years will be played on a Machiavellian stage and once Trump realizes that he is the puppet and not the puppet-master, we will see drama worthy of the best of the Bard.

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

Rusty

THE NEWS WITH COMMENTARY

This needs to be corrected.  Harbormaster Stood Down After Helping To Save Orca

I found this both informative and extremely timely.  What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

Only our species makes war with children.  Nigeria Maiduguri: Two ‘Young Girls’ Used As Human Bombs

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

Oil Hits Highest Since Mid-2015 As OPEC, Rivals Agree To Deal

Earth’s Wilderness Carved Into 600,000 Little Pieces

ASIA

China Takes Off Gloves Over Taiwan, Warns U.S. It Would Retaliate

Coast Guards Of Philippines, China Vow To Enhance Cooperation

10 Distinctive Features Of The Japanese Education System That Made This Nation The Envy Of The World

U.S. Demands Return Of Drone Seized By Chinese Warship

China Agrees To Return Seized Drone, Ending Standoff, Pentagon Says

In India, A Clash At The Top Of The Tata Empire Gets Ugly

Napping In Public? In Japan, That’s A Sign Of Diligence

AFRICA

The Boy, The Ambassador And The Deadly Encounter On The Road

Congo’s Leader Trapped In ‘Labyrinth Of His Own Making’

Heat, Hunger And War Force Africans Onto A ‘Road On Fire’

Niger Feels Ripple Effect Of Boko Haram As Fears Of Food Shortage Spread

MIDDLE EAST

Iran Seals Deal With Boeing To Buy 80 Planes Worth $16.6b

‘High’ Tech: Inside Israel’s Blooming Medical Cannabis Industry

Egypt Says Traces Of Explosives Were Found On Bodies From Paris Flight

Israel’s Parliament Draws A Line On Short Hemlines

Battle Over Aleppo Is Over, Russia Says, As Evacuation Deal Reached

U.S. Blocks Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia Amid Concerns Over Yemen War

EUROPE

Brexit: Theresa May Wants Early Deal On Britons In EU

How A Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda To Americans

Free Cash In Finland. Must Be Jobless.

Protesters Sing Polish National Anthem

E.U. Faces Its Next Big Test As France’s Election Looms

Not Even A Prosperous Slovakia Is Immune To Doubts About The E.U.

Germany Investigates If Boy, 12, Planted Bomb At Christmas Market

RUSSIA

Russia To Reach Self-Sufficiency In Agricultural Products By 2024

Europe’s Information War With The Kremlin, Fidel Castro’s Death And A Rebuke For Russia’s Bureaucrats

The Middle East Riddle And Russia’s Role In It

The Untold Story Of The Breakup Of The Soviet Union

CANADA

Trudeau’s National Climate Deal To Have Big Price Tag For Canadians

Ethics Commissioner To Question Trudeau On Fundraisers

Ontario Hiring More Jail Staff To Address Solitary-Confinement Issues

Recreational Marijuana? Yes, But Tightly Regulated, Canadian Panel Suggests

Nelson Journal: With Flood Of Urbanites, A Canadian Hippie Haven Tries To Keep Its Mellow

UNITED STATES

How The Twinkie Made The Superrich Even Richer

Senate And House Leaders Call For Inquiry Of Russian Hacking In Election

Us Hacking Claims: Russia Says ‘Indecent’ Without Evidence

Rise In Infant Drug Dependence Is Felt Most In Rural Areas

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded The U.S.  

Judge Orders Electors In Colorado To Vote For Hillary Clinton

Boeing Employees Give $100,000 Gift To Ronald McDonald House

Top Us Republican Senator Graham Accuses Russia Of Hacking His Email

Obama Says U.S. Will Retaliate For Russia’s Election Meddling

Mapping The Stark Rich-Poor Divide In Major Us Cities

CASCADIA

Seattle Takes Steps to Divest $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Standing Rock

Swarms Of 120 Earthquakes Reported At Mt. St. Helens In A Week’s Time

Watch: 30 Years Of Change In Western Washington’s Landscape

Vancouver Welcomes The Evergreen Extension To The Millennium Line

Portland’s Recycling Rate Gives Germany A Run For Its Money

Portland Council Unanimously Approves Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban

Seattle Launches Program To Promote Affordable Housing Near Transit

Vancouver Island First Nation Awarded $13.9 Million In Logging Dispute

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Extends Use Of 100-Bolivar Bill Following Protests

Calçoene Journal: A ‘Stonehenge,’ And A Mystery, In The Amazon

Trump Firm Quits Brazil Hotel Project That Was Named In Criminal Inquiry

Mexico Grapples With A Surge In Violence

Protests Erupt Across Brazil As Senate Approves Austerity Measure

Venezuela’s Government Plays Santa, After Seizing Millions Of Toys

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australian Court Increases Fine Over ‘Misleading’ Nurofen

Australia Expels Muslim Immigrants After They Filmed Yelling “F*Ck Australia”

PM’s ‘Keatingesque’ Support For Republic A ‘Political Death Wish’

Scientists Dig Up Dirt On Agricultural ‘Sweet Spots’ In Northern Australia

Heavy Rainfall, Large Hailstones Lash South-East Queensland

Government Prepares For Lackluster Economic Outlook

Severe Asthmatics To Benefit From Drug Subsidy

One Nation Announces At Least 36 Candidates For Next Queensland Election

Farmers Test Drones For Mustering

South Australia Photographer Travels 5,000km By Bike To Capture Extraordinary Images

TOPICAL

ALEPPO

In Aleppo, Displaced Returning To Rubble

Aleppo Battle: UN Says 82 Civilians Shot On The Spot

Aleppo’s Deserted Ancient City Filmed From Above

Battle Over Aleppo Is Over, Russia Says, As Evacuation Deal Reached

Medical Convoy Trying To Leave Aleppo Comes Under Fire

Aleppo Battle: Evacuation Of Rebel-Held East ‘Under Way’

Countries Showing Solidarity With Aleppo

Syria Suspends Aleppo Evacuations, Blaming Rebels

Aleppo Syria Battle: Aerial Footage Shows Evacuation

What Next For People Of Aleppo?

Aleppo Evacuation Effort Restarts, And Assad Calls It History In The Making

Amid Rain Of Shells, Aleppo’s Civilians Offer ‘Final Scream’

A Hotline For Americans And Russians To Avoid Catastrophe In Syrian Skies

Bana Al-Abed On Twitter: Proof Of Life In A War Zone

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, At Odds With G.O.P.

All The President’s Propaganda

Donald Trump: ‘No New Business Deals’ During Presidency

Is Donald Trump A Threat To Democracy?

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Trump’s EPA Could Undermine Environmental Justice

5 Big Environmental Wins In 2016

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

Migrant Disaster: ‘Skipper’ Guilty Over 700 Mediterranean Deaths

Wonder And Worry, As A Syrian Child Transforms

Croatia: 42 Migrants Hospitalized After Found Packed In Van

Italy Convicts Smuggler In Deaths Of 700 Migrants

ISIS, ETC.

We Don’t Talk About ‘Radicalization’ When An Attacker Isn’t Muslim. We Should.

For Women Under ISIS, A Tyranny Of Dress Code And Punishment

ISIS Leaders Who Planned Paris Attacks Killed In Coalition Airstrikes In Syria

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Egypt Church Bombing And Warns Of More To Come

3 ISIS Terrorism Planners Killed In Syria Airstrike, Pentagon Says

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

From Standing Rock To Trans Mountain, Dissent Is In The Pipeline

KINDER MORGAN TRANSMOUNTAIN PIPELINE

Stop the KMTP

STANDING ROCK

75% Of Pipeline Spill In North Dakota Entered Waterway

How Standing Rock’s Divest Campaign Can Stop Future Pipelines

At Standing Rock, No One Goes Hungry: The Kitchen That Serves Traditional Lakota Food and Values

Seattle Will Divest $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Standing Rock

FOR CONSIDERATION

Trump Played to Anger, but We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

A Healthier Democracy Starts Right Where You Live

Contrary To Popular Belief, There Are NOT 54-million Muslims in America

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

London, England.  Photo by OIya Bereza

London, England. Photo by OIya Bereza 

HELLO, MISHKA, FROM LONDON

Hello, Mishka, from London:

Festive mood in anticipation of Christmas is in full swing here too, in THE magical domain of Harry Porter, with just 8 sleeps before Christmas. As you see from photo, Santas, bike rally participants, are wishing Merry Christmas to everyone, cheering people around with their smiles. So I ‘m glad to pass congratulations to you and all NorthStar readers.

Interesting how cultures have different personages but they have something in common, bringing the quality of fairy tales to our lives. Ukraine has St. Nicolas and it was nice to read about the initiative to help children dreams come true.

Russian Father Frost and Finnish Joulupukki are seeing each other today at their traditional meeting at the border 

But the anticipation of miracles and celebrations has no borders.  So whether it will be Father Christmas in the UK, Santa Claus in USA or St. Nicolas in Ukraine to give presents and cheer up spirits, just hoping everyone will feel this touch of magic in their lives.

Take care, Rusty

Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник

GOOD EXAMPLES

Veteran Finds Forgiveness, Peace In Standing Rock Fight

Before He Was An Astronaut, David Saint-Jacques Was A Doctor In An Inuit Village

“This Is The Right Thing To Do”: Energy CEO On Ending Leases To Drill Near Blackfeet Nation

BAD EXAMPLES

An Alt-Right Makeover Shrouds The Swastikas

Libraries Become Unexpected Sites Of Hate Crimes

Top Ten Misconceptions About Islam 

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

There is a road in Scotland that traces the entire history of the planet.  Check it out here.

This is fascinating.  The Real Reason Humans Are Bipedal And Not Quadripedal

This is totally awesome.  Early Britons Made Islands 5,000 Years Ago

OUR PLANET

First Test Of New Theory Of Gravity   

Did Ice Age Hunters Burn Europe’s Forests?

Lascaux Caves, Paleolithic And New Again

SPACE

20-Sided Crystal, Once Thought Impossible, Found In Meteorite

The Enduring Mystery Of ‘Dark Stars’

How Would Aliens Change Religion?

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon Makes First Customer Delivery With Drone

Uber Told To Stop Self-Driving In California

Robot Eyes To See Asteroid Bennu

THE GREEN BEAT

Plans Falter For West Coast Coal Terminals

Review Of 9,000 Studies Finds We Know Very Little About Oil Spills In Ocean Environments

The Psychological Barriers To Reducing Food Waste

Salmon Will Love Your Old Christmas Tree

How Food, Forests, And People Are Connected, In 10 Charts

TRAVEL

The 350+ Islands Set To Disappear

The Country Full Of Contradictions

South America’s Most Underrated City?

HEALTH

Ten Aging Mistakes To Avoid

Scientists Say The Clock Of Aging May Be Reversible

12 Signals Our Body Sends To Tell Us We Are Too Stressed

One Weight-Loss Approach Fits All? No, Not Even Close

Your Top 10 Health Questions, Answered

Karate Kids Kick Cancer By Channeling Stress, Fear And Pain With Martial Arts

Key Foods To Cut Your Alzheimer’s Risk

LIFESTYLE

Rebuild Or Leave?

Ten Ways To Avoid Marrying The Wrong Person

15 Inspirational Images That Will Convince You To Make The World A Better Place

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Winners of 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (PHOTOS)

16 Stunning Images Of Earth From Space

The Best Architecture In New York Of 2016

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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Good for her!  World’s Oldest Sea Bird Lays Egg At 66

This is awesome.  Wolf Pack In Epic Hunt

This is great!  Sea World Will Open Its First Park Without Killer Whales

SHORTS

Stuck Skunk Meets Its Superhero

The World’s Largest Fish

Watch: Swarm Of Deep Sea Crabs Filmed Off The Coast Of Panama

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s December FeederWatch Enews is now online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Inside The World’s Longest Rail Tunnel 

Babies Made From Three People Approved In UK

The Most Extreme Weather Ever Recorded

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CASCADIA

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 11,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 14

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 11,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 14 

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CASCADIA

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  We’ve noted the appointments America’s president-elect has been making but not getting stressed by any of them yet.  This is a unique situation in many respects and like a growing number of those who live here, I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude.

I do not live in Camelot Northwest but I do live in a region and a state and city whose self-deterministic spirit rivals that of the Confederate States of America over a century and a half ago.

My “Dixie,” as it were is in the Pacific Northwest.  It extends south from the Canadian province of British Columbia south to the American states of Washington, Oregon and California down to San Francisco.  It draws its name from the Cascade Mountains.

Ernest Callenbach predicted Cascadia when he wrote the green futuristic bestselling novel Ecotopia and its companion pieces.  His nation was fully and conventionally constituted and won its independence by declaring itself and then defeating American military intervention with technology and the courage of its citizens.

Cascadia is not so easily defined.  Historically, we were a last frontier.  We were spared the violence of two major wars and because we were so far from civilization, self-reliance evolved as a way of life.  For most of our history, we have been on our own.  If our history is mostly without bloodshed, it is not, however, without suffering, much of it because of mistakes we made but from which we have learned.

The most important of these lessons was not to depend on any single industry, employer or market for the financial and quality of life success of our region.  That also includes the federal government and our need for its money.  We would perhaps not do it as well but we would do it as a community, as we have attempted to do with the homeless in our cities and towns.

Our weather is a challenge and the region is weather-charismatic and geologically moody.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, blizzards, monsoon rains and gale force windstorms all contribute to the need for cooperation, rather than competition.

It is also for that reason, perhaps, that federal military intervention would not work here despite the large presence of it in the Puget Sound.  First, these men and women in uniform are our neighbors and friends.  Second, they depend on us on a daily basis much more than we depend on them.  They man the wall and for that we are profoundly grateful.  We, however, own that wall and our citizens have served with distinction, valor and honor for well over a century.  Our veterans have not forgotten how to dance.

I hope that America’s president-elect is aware that though I have described where I live, America has many evolving Cascadias.  It would be sad if he needed to be reminded that he works for us, not the other way around.

We would also like to mark the passing of American astronaut, patriot and US senator John Glenn.  To echo the words from the International Space Station, in tribute, “Godspeed, John Glenn, on your Next Adventure.”

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Looks like our side won one.  Army Corps Blocks Route Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

We are praying for her.  Bana Alabed, Seven-Year-Old Tweeting From Aleppo, Goes Quiet

This is interesting.  As Trump Vows To Stop Flow Of Jobs Overseas, U.S. Plans To Make Fighter Jets In India

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say

The United National Global Update For December 2016 Is Now On Line – ***** Northstar Read

U.N. Says Nearly One In Four Children Live In Conflict Or Disaster Zones

ASIA

South Korean Firms Face Rare Corruption Hearing

Park Geun-Hye: South Korea Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Leader

After Park, Who? A Guide To Those Who Would Lead South Korea

Suicides Reported In India After Death Of Jayalalithaa Jayaram

Xinjiang, Tense Chinese Region, Adopts Strict Internet Controls

14 Countries Press Myanmar To Allow Aid In Rohingya Areas

Only A Rumbling Volcano Could Make North Korea And The West Play Nice

Strong Quake Strikes Indonesia

AFRICA

Yahya Jammeh, Gambian President, Now Refuses to Accept Election Defeat

Gambians Face Uncertainty After President Rejects His Defeat

More Than 30 Dead As Tanker Rams Into Vehicles On Kenya Road

Ghana Presidential Vote Hinges On Economic Perceptions

Dominic Ongwen, Ugandan Rebel Leader, Denies Charges At I.C.C. Trial

Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic In Africa Shows Gaps In Vaccine Pipeline

One Of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested In Morocco

Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Tunisia Seeks Foreign Investment To Cement Democratic Gains

A.N.C. Rejects Calls For Jacob Zuma To Quit South African Presidency

President Jacob Zuma Of South Africa Faces Leadership Challenge

MIDDLE EAST

The Ancient Place Where History Began

China Offers Unexpected Support To Russia On UN Syria Resolution

Aleppo Battle: UN Says Hundreds Of Men Missing

Inside Yemen: Saudi Air Strikes And Britain’s Role

ISIS Close To Recapturing Palmyra From Syrian Forces

‘We Are Dead Either Way’: Agonizing Choices For Syrians In Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Prime Minister’s Defeat Plunges EU Into Uncertainty

In Italy, Anguish on Both Sides of Asylum Pleas

Spain Floods: Man And Dog Rescued In Costa Del Sol

Austria Election: Van Der Bellen Promises To Be “Pro-European” President

Brexit: EU Negotiator Says ‘Time’s Short’ For Reaching Deal

Lego Appoints British Boss In Brand Expansion

Netherlands Trial: Geert Wilders Guilty Of Incitement

Cameron Defends Decision To Call Brexit Referendum

As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Wall Street Is Europe’s Landlord. And Tenants Are Fighting Back.

RUSSIA

Small Tornado Hits Russia’s Olympic City Sochi

Why Putin’s Federal Assembly Address Was Surprisingly Bland This Year

Think Tank Review: Trump’s Victory, Syrian Crisis And The Legacy Of Fidel Castro

Does Putin Really Intend To Restore The Soviet Union?

Russia Sells $11 Billion In Rosneft Shares To Glencore And Qatar

CANADA

Canadian Students Rank Fourth For Science Performance

Canada’s ‘Magic’ Cities

Cenovus Signals Renewed Optimism With Oil Sands Project Restart

Canada Zoo Probes Seven Penguin Deaths  

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests The Limits Of State Power

Canada Today: Emissions Policy, Bird-Hunting And Meat Pie

A Proposal For A Canadian National Bird Ruffles Feathers

UNITED STATES

Guantánamo Detainee Is Sent to Cape Verde in First Transfer Since Trump Victory

Gullah Geechee: Descendants Of Slaves Fight For Their Land

John Glenn, American Hero of Space Age, Dies at 95

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

The Electoral College Could Make Every Vote Really Count

Iowa Exports Soybeans To China, So Why Not A Whole Farm?

CASCADIA

Portland Tackles Lead Contamination In Local Water Supply

Dual Design: Seattle’s New Garbage Dump Is Also A Park

Video: How Vancouver Became North America’s Car-Free Capital

Washington State’s New ‘No Discharge Zone’ Aims To Protect Puget Sound

Portland Steps Up For Affordable Housing

BC’s Scott Islands Proposed As National Wildlife Area

British Columbia Opens Drug Injection Sites Amid Opioid Crisis

The Pacific Northwest Braces For Its Own Standing Rock

Interact: The Environmental Legacy Of The Military In The NW

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  We’ve noted the appointments America’s president-elect has been making but not getting stressed by any of them yet.  This is a unique situation in many respects and like a growing number of those who live here, I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude.

I do not live in Camelot Northwest but I do live in a region and a state and city whose self-deterministic spirit rivals that of the Confederate States of America over a century and a half ago.

My “Dixie,” as it were is in the Pacific Northwest.  It extends south from the Canadian province of British Columbia south to the American states of Washington, Oregon and California down to San Francisco.  It draws its name from the Cascade Mountains.

Ernest Callenbach predicted Cascadia when he wrote the green futuristic bestselling novel Ecotopia and its companion pieces.  His nation was fully and conventionally constituted and won its independence by declaring itself and then defeating American military intervention with technology and the courage of its citizens.

Cascadia is not so easily defined.  Historically, we were a last frontier.  We were spared the violence of two major wars and because we were so far from civilization, self-reliance evolved as a way of life.  For most of our history, we have been on our own.  If our history is mostly without bloodshed, it is not, however, without suffering, much of it because of mistakes we made but from which we have learned.

The most important of these lessons was not to depend on any single industry, employer or market for the financial and quality of life success of our region.  That also includes the federal government and our need for its money.  We would perhaps not do it as well but we would do it as a community, as we have attempted to do with the homeless in our cities and towns.

Our weather is a challenge and the region is weather-charismatic and geologically moody.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, blizzards, monsoon rains and gale force windstorms all contribute to the need for cooperation, rather than competition.

It is also for that reason, perhaps, that federal military intervention would not work here despite the large presence of it in the Puget Sound.  First, these men and women in uniform are our neighbors and friends.  Second, they depend on us on a daily basis much more than we depend on them.  They man the wall and for that we are profoundly grateful.  We, however, own that wall and our citizens have served with distinction, valor and honor for well over a century.  Our veterans have not forgotten how to dance.

I hope that America’s president-elect is aware that though I have described where I live, America has many evolving Cascadias.  It would be sad if he needed to be reminded that he works for us, not the other way around.

We would also like to mark the passing of American astronaut, patriot and US senator John Glenn.  To echo the words from the International Space Station, in tribute, “Godspeed, John Glenn, on your Next Adventure.”

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Looks like our side won one.  Army Corps Blocks Route Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

 

We are praying for her.  Bana Alabed, Seven-Year-Old Tweeting From Aleppo, Goes Quiet

This is interesting.  As Trump Vows To Stop Flow Of Jobs Overseas, U.S. Plans To Make Fighter Jets In India

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say

The United National Global Update For December 2016 Is Now On Line – ***** Northstar Read

U.N. Says Nearly One In Four Children Live In Conflict Or Disaster Zones

ASIA

South Korean Firms Face Rare Corruption Hearing

Interactive Feature: ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’

Park Geun-Hye: South Korea Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Leader

After Park, Who? A Guide To Those Who Would Lead South Korea

Suicides Reported In India After Death Of Jayalalithaa Jayaram

Xinjiang, Tense Chinese Region, Adopts Strict Internet Controls

14 Countries Press Myanmar To Allow Aid In Rohingya Areas

Only A Rumbling Volcano Could Make North Korea And The West Play Nice

Strong Quake Strikes Indonesia

AFRICA

Yahya Jammeh, Gambian President, Now Refuses to Accept Election Defeat

Gambians Face Uncertainty After President Rejects His Defeat

More Than 30 Dead As Tanker Rams Into Vehicles On Kenya Road

Ghana Presidential Vote Hinges On Economic Perceptions

Dominic Ongwen, Ugandan Rebel Leader, Denies Charges At I.C.C. Trial

Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic In Africa Shows Gaps In Vaccine Pipeline

One Of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested In Morocco

Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Tunisia Seeks Foreign Investment To Cement Democratic Gains

A.N.C. Rejects Calls For Jacob Zuma To Quit South African Presidency

President Jacob Zuma Of South Africa Faces Leadership Challenge

MIDDLE EAST

The Ancient Place Where History Began

China Offers Unexpected Support To Russia On UN Syria Resolution

Aleppo Battle: UN Says Hundreds Of Men Missing

Inside Yemen: Saudi Air Strikes And Britain’s Role

ISIS Close To Recapturing Palmyra From Syrian Forces

‘We Are Dead Either Way’: Agonizing Choices For Syrians In Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Prime Minister’s Defeat Plunges EU Into Uncertainty

In Italy, Anguish on Both Sides of Asylum Pleas

Spain Floods: Man And Dog Rescued In Costa Del Sol

Austria Election: Van Der Bellen Promises To Be “Pro-European” President

Brexit: EU Negotiator Says ‘Time’s Short’ For Reaching Deal

Lego Appoints British Boss In Brand Expansion

Netherlands Trial: Geert Wilders Guilty Of Incitement

Cameron Defends Decision To Call Brexit Referendum

As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Wall Street Is Europe’s Landlord. And Tenants Are Fighting Back.

RUSSIA

Small Tornado Hits Russia’s Olympic City Sochi

Why Putin’s Federal Assembly Address Was Surprisingly Bland This Year

Think Tank Review: Trump’s Victory, Syrian Crisis And The Legacy Of Fidel Castro

Does Putin Really Intend To Restore The Soviet Union?

Russia Sells $11 Billion In Rosneft Shares To Glencore And Qatar

CANADA

Canadian Students Rank Fourth For Science Performance

Canada’s ‘Magic’ Cities

Cenovus Signals Renewed Optimism With Oil Sands Project Restart

Canada Zoo Probes Seven Penguin Deaths  

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests The Limits Of State Power

Canada Today: Emissions Policy, Bird-Hunting And Meat Pie

A Proposal For A Canadian National Bird Ruffles Feathers

UNITED STATES

Guantánamo Detainee Is Sent to Cape Verde in First Transfer Since Trump Victory

Gullah Geechee: Descendants Of Slaves Fight For Their Land

John Glenn, American Hero of Space Age, Dies at 95

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

The Electoral College Could Make Every Vote Really Count

Iowa Exports Soybeans To China, So Why Not A Whole Farm?

CASCADIA

Portland Tackles Lead Contamination In Local Water Supply

Dual Design: Seattle’s New Garbage Dump Is Also A Park

Video: How Vancouver Became North America’s Car-Free Capital

Washington State’s New ‘No Discharge Zone’ Aims To Protect Puget Sound

Portland Steps Up For Affordable Housing

BC’s Scott Islands Proposed As National Wildlife Area

British Columbia Opens Drug Injection Sites Amid Opioid Crisis

The Pacific Northwest Braces For Its Own Standing Rock

Interact: The Environmental Legacy Of The Military In The NW

LATIN AMERICA

Cuba, Russia Sign Cooperation Deals

Bolivia Detains Chief Of Airline In Colombia Crash

In Compromise, Brazil’s Supreme Court Allows Senate Leader To Stay

Brazil’s Senate Leader Refuses Justice’s Order To Step Down

Supreme Court Justice Removes Brazil’s Senate Leader Amid Graft Case

Thousands In Brazil Protest Gutting Of Anticorruption Measures

Camilo Cienfuegos Journal: In Cuban Town That Hershey Built, Memories Both Bitter And Sweet

Itamatatuba Journal: A Floating Courthouse Takes The Rule Of Law To Brazil’s Frontier

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia’s Richest Woman Gina Rinehart To Buy Kidman Estate

The Remote Outpost That Changed History

New Zealand Quake Reveals New Land

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Vowing to Squeeze Businesses, Trump Has Tactics Challenged

Trump’s Threat to the Constitution

Trump Attacks China In Twitter Outburst

Donald Trump Is Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

How Does Trump’s Pledge To Destroy NAFTA Affect Agriculture?

Interactive: How Trump Can Influence Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Will Bring Wetter Storms In U.S., Study Says

As The Ice Melts, Young Polar Bears Must Learn To Adapt

Going Skiing? Take Some Climate Action With You

Tips For Talking To Kids About Climate Change

Portland, Oregon’s Answer To Climate Denial? Local Action

ISIS, ETC.

How ISIS Is Using Consumer Drones

Indonesian Police Arrest 4 Near Jakarta As Terrorist Plot Is Foiled

ISIS Remains Threat In Libya Despite Defeat In Surt, U.S. Officials Say

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

California Weights Protections for Immigrants Threatened by Trump Policies

Migrant Crisis: Europol To Investigate Egypt Mass Drowning

From Goat Farms To Parenting Classes: Immigrants Find Support Across U.S.

59 Rescues In 2016; Witness The Last

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

Takeaways From A Busy Year For Oil Pipelines

STANDING ROCK

A Timeline From Standing Rock

DAPL: What To Watch For Now

Views: Seattle Veteran Writes To His Son From Standing Rock

Watch In 360°: Standing Rock Celebrates Halted Pipeline

Water, Life, And Oil: The Battle At Standing Rock Isn’t Over

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

humanrightsday

If it is the right direction, even the long way is bearable.

Hello Rusty:

The calendar of this week had a very special date, a World Human Rights Day. After the dreadful World War II years, a dramatic change in world perception took place.  In 1948 the United Nations adopted a set of standards defining the rights of all human beings. That was really a milestone for our species. Decades later, it is still work in progress as the world around is slow to change. But if it is the right direction, even the long way is bearable

Also I would like to share an interesting article by an American expatriate living in Ukraine.  Entitled Svoi vs. Chuzhoi: Low-Trust Locals and High-Trust Expats, I found it very interesting even though I did not agree with all of the author’s points.  He did a good job, I thought, of contrasting the differences in West – East mentalities.

Mutual understanding is an important factor of collaboration as the world becomes more open and more people are given the freedom to change their lives by moving to another part of the planet.  It is good, I think, when beautiful scenery and beautiful people come together.

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

Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник

GOOD EXAMPLES

Pentagon Denies Suppressing Study On Ways To Save $125 Billion

Google Says It Will Run Entirely On Renewable Energy In 2017

India’s Model For Tolerance

BAD EXAMPLES

The Scourge Of Racial Bias In New York State’s Prisons

Rising Prices In Oakland Push Artists Into Risky Housing

Coastal Indigenous People Are Losing Their Fisheries — And Their Way Of Life

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is actually kind of cute.  It’s a bird, a plane, the tiniest asteroid!

This is a very heads-up question, in my opinion.  Will artificial intelligence judge us?

This is fantastic.  The Largest All-Female Antarctic Expedition Is Taking Place Now

OUR PLANET

Human Ancestor Lucy A Tree Climber

A 99-Million-Year-Old Piece Of Amber Definitively Proves That Dinosaurs Had Feathers

Giant Bird Weighed Half A Ton

SPACE

First Images From Exomars Mission

The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

NASA and FEMA Rehearse for the Unthinkable: An Asteroid Strike on Los Angeles

TECHNOLOGY

Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech

The Future Of High-Speed Passenger Trains In The US

New Form of Fire, Inspired by Bourbon, Might Help With Oil Spills

THE GREEN BEAT

No “Victories,” No “Defeats”: Watch Your Words If You Value Social Change

A Last Resort That Might Work: Small Town Votes In Community Bill Of Rights To Ban Fracking

Meet The Guy Corralling Billionaires To Fight Inequality

One City Finds A Way To End Disposable Coffee Cups

When Fighting Wildfires Does More Harm Than Good

Environmentalism Was Once A Social-Justice Movement

TRAVEL

373 Miles Of Secret Treasures

Top 10 Spots For Winter Escapes, According To Tripadvisor (PHOTOS)

Wildlife And The Strong Women Of Alaska

HEALTH

Many Kids’ Headphones Carry Risk Of Hearing Loss

Top Cancer Fighting Foods

6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter

LIFESTYLE

Six Straight Hours On Night Tube

The Reason Rich People Keep On Working

Cycle To Work? It’s Not Worth It Here

Why LGBTQ Owned Businesses Are Thriving

How Women And Men Use Cities Differently

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

From Mrs. Claus, With Love

These Svalbardian Polar Bears Are Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face!

20 Incredible Landmarks You’ve Never Heard Of

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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This gave me stranger dreams that a pepperoni pizza too close to bed time.  Why Were Prehistoric Insects So Huge?

This, to me, is a battle worth engaging.  Views: Fighting For Idaho’s Wild Salmon

This definitely hit the creepy scale big time.  The World’s Greatest Reptile Gathering

SHORTS

Singing Lemurs Have Their Own Rhythms

Poachers Beware:  Postcode Meerkat Is On The Job

Trapped Wild Sheep Meets Its ‘Guardian Angel”

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

North Korea ‘Hacks South’s Military Cyber Command’

1000 Deer Take Over Roads In Nara, Japan

Imagine Seeing One Of These In The Ocean

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STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 4,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 13

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 4, 2016    Vol. 9   No. 13  

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock.  He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail.  His name is Ernest Callenbach.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Callenbach

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock. He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail. His name is Ernest Callenbach

ISSUE THEME SONG:  Because All Men Are Brothers; Peter, Paul & Mary

STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Few controversies in the new century (or for that matter, the last half of the old one) have more impact than any national leadership change or referendum.  In the wake of the election of an individual considered opposed to the green agenda, indigent North Americans, environmentalists, veterans and civic and religious leaders from the Mexican border to the Arctic Circle are saying “No.”

This resistance has all the seeds of a deeper revolt in Canada and the US by people who are even wearier of the resistance of major fossil fuel companies to environmentally appropriate technology than they are traditional political agendas which promise much, cost even more and in many cases, accomplish absolutely nothing.

This quintessentially populist movement for a clean environment and energy which does not come from what were, at one time, living plants and animals is not one that Exxon or British Petroleum have the strategy and tactics to oppose because this is not a fixed piece battle.

It is not a fixed piece battle and it is not one David against a single Goliath.  It is a rejection of energy sources and it means that not only is every proposed pipeline or coal-fired project on the line but those already in place as well.

It is also about supporting the wind, solar, methane, tidal and low yield hydro available from Victoria to Halifax and from Juneau to Tallahassee. This movement is green technology savvy to the maximum.  It is one well versed in the industrial evolution of our species as well as the socio-political history in which this march from Prometheus to the stars.

It is very likely, however, that this “revolution” will have one thing in common with those of a violent nature.  More blood will be shed.  Martyrs will be made of people who do not deserve to die.  Sometimes it will seem like the bowels of Hell itself have opened up and there will be days, if not weeks, of violent news.

In the end, however, green will prevail because green is no longer just a party or a term.  Green now identifies who else we are besides Canadians and Americans willing to fight and die for their respective nations, abroad certainly.

And at home, if necessary.

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Our prayers go out to all those impacted by this tragedy.  Championship-Bound Brazilian Soccer Team Nearly Wiped Out As Plane Crashes In Colombia

I personally think every one in the world should read this.  What Not To Say To A Cancer Patient

These people never learn.  ISIS Group To Step Up Attacks On Europe – Europol

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

Arctic Ice Melt Poses A Risk Of Uncontrollable Climate Change, Scientists Say

Oil Prices Rise Further After OPEC Agrees Output Cut

ASIA

Chinese Firm Buys Stake In B.C.-Based Retirement Home Chain

China Looks To Clamp Down On Foreign Investments

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn To Be Proclaimed King

China Introduces 10% Extra Tax On ‘Super Cars’

Meitu Of China, Built On The Selfie, Could Be Worth $5.23 Billion In I.P.O.

Malaysian PM Leads Protest Against ‘Genocide’ of Rohingya

AFRICA

A Forgotten Step In Saving African Wildlife: Protecting The Rangers

Gambians Celebrate Defeat Of Longtime President

Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

A.N.C. Rejects Calls For Jacob Zuma To Quit South African Presidency

MIDDLE EAST

Video: Dying To Be Heard: Reporting Syria’s War

Video: A Risky Flight From Eastern Aleppo

Let Women Drive, A Prince In Saudi Arabia Urges

‘Unintentional’ Human Error Led To Airstrikes On Syrian Troops, Pentagon Says

Thousands Flee Parts Of Aleppo, Syria, As Assad’s Forces Gain Ground

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-Elected As Fatah Leader, Moves To Solidify Power

Alexandria Journal: Remembering My Mother’s Alexandria

Russia Begins New Offensive in Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Monastery Seeks Salvation In Beer After Devastating Quake

Europe’s Outdoor Cannabis Capital

Eurozone Jobless Rate Below 10% For First Time Since 2011

Italy’s Constitutional Referendum: What You Need to Know

Hollande Will Not Seek Re-election

Austrians Vote For President In Election Watched Europe-Wide

RUSSIA

Opinion: Anti-Americanism Or Russophobia – Which Will Win Central Asia’s Soul?

Russian International Affairs Council: Russia And The European Union In The Baltic Sea Region

Russia ‘Not Seeking Conflict’ – Putin Tells Nation

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis’ Race Against Time To Reshape The Church

CANADA

Ottawa Approves Two Pipelines; Rejects Northern Gateway

Web Archive Plans Trump-Proof Canada Back-Up

Boiling Mad Over Canada’s Water Crisis

Canada Today: Pipeline Expansion, Musical Comedy and Identity

UNITED STATES

Lawsuit Aims to Hold 2 Contractors Accountable for C.I.A. Torture

Suspect Is Killed in Attack at Ohio State University That Injured 11

Charlotte Officer ‘Justified’ In Fatal Shooting Of Keith Scott

President Obama Is Handing A Strong Economy To His Successor

Gatlinburg Residents Return Home To Wildfire Destruction

Bowe Bergdahl, Facing Desertion Trial, Asks Obama For Pardon

Californian Warehouse Building Where Fire Broke Out Was A ‘Death Trap’

LATIN AMERICA

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views Of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

Cubans Mourn Castro

Chapecoense Air Crash: Colombia Plane ‘Ran Out Of Fuel’

Who’s Taping Whom? Paranoia Infuses Brazil’s Scandal-Ridden Politics

U.N. Apologizes For Role In Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

President-Elect Jovenel Moïse Of Haiti Vows To Create Plan To Channel Aid

As A Distracted Brazil Mourns, Lawmakers Gut A Corruption Bill

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Adler Import A Step Closer As New South Wales Agrees On Reclassification

Port Adelaide Player ‘Disappeared For Hours’ After Car Crash

More Storms Expected In South-East After Night Of Destruction

‘Unprecedented’: Victoria To Boost Police Force By 20 Per Cent

Thunderstorm Asthma Advice Issued As Storms Loom

Woman Bitten By Spider At ‘Candyman’ Mansion Party

One Nation Trying To Register For Tasmanian Election

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Waterboarding

Donald Trump’s Threat to Close Door Reopens Old Wounds in Cuba

Trump Saved Jobs At Carrier, But More Midwest Jobs Are In Jeopardy

Why Trump Isn’t Bringing Coal Back

Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s Leader, An Affront To China

Graphic: How Trump’s Calls To World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades Of Diplomacy

The Interpreter: Trump, Taiwan and China: The Controversy, Explained

China Sees New Ambiguity With Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call

C.I.A. Chief Warns Donald Trump Against Tearing Up Iran Nuclear Deal

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

A Wrenching Choice For Alaska Towns In The Path Of Climate Change

Global Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain, With Unforeseeable Results

How Warming Is Threatening The Genetic Diversity Of Species

ISIS, ETC.

Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda To Include Shabab In Somalia

Another Mass Grave Dug By Isis In Iraq, And A Ghastly Ritual Renewed

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall For Years, Begin To Buckle

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

The Beginning Is Near: The Deep North, Evictions And Pipeline Deadlines

KINDER MORGAN

First Nations Vow To Stop Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline In BC

STANDING ROCK

Protesters Won’t Heed Evacuation Order

Standing Rock Braces For Eviction

“My Whole Heart Is With You Tonight”: A Letter To The Dakota Access Front Line

The Many Ways To Help Standing Rock

The Twisted Economics Of The Dakota Access Pipeline

TRANSMOUNTAIN

Video: Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Is ‘Standing Rock North’

Trudeau’s Favored Pipeline Company: Law-Breaking, Pollution, Cover-Ups

‘We’ll Do What It Takes To Stop It’: First Nations Reject Trans Mountain Pipeline

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Ukraine Winter Window.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Ukraine Winter Window. Photo by Olya Bereza

UKRAINE WINTER

Hello Rusty and Thank You:

And yes, happy snow landscapes are around while I look out the window of an intercity train to nature’s masterpiece. She is such a prolific artist, Mother Nature, to paint all these intricate details like frozen grass or trees into white.

Ukraine has changed her dress for winter and skiing and snowboarding season in the Carpathians has officially started. One of the best ski resorts is Bukovel which offers winter leisure with a nice traditional touch.

Shall I also mention advantages of national cuisine? Local people still mostly adhere to wholesome foods and traditional meals. The diet is the reason that common people are quite calm and friendly in general. In Ukraine, there are still villagers who provide high-quality produce, one of treasures of my country. Most western nations gave up their original eating habits in exchange for the convenience of packaged foods preserved with hydrogenated oils.  So sometimes being a step behind is a good thing.

That’s all for this week.  Stay warm, Mishka.  And btw, working from a train office is quite fun 🙂

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Понедельник, 14 ноября 2016, 7:59 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

GOOD EXAMPLES

B.C. Advocacy Group Calls For End To Solitary Confinement In Canada

Muslim Woman Sports Burkini And A Hijab With Her Gown At The Miss Minnesota USA Pageant

Singer Dolly Parton Sets Up Fund For Tennessee Fires Victims

This Organic Food Company Doesn’t Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders—It Seeks Them Out

Four Major United Kingdom Cities Move To Ban Diesel Vehicles By 2025

BAD EXAMPLES

‘Fatal’ Flaws Found In Medical Implant Software

‘Victimizing Me All Over Again’: San Bernardino Victims Fight For Treatment

Texas Again Places Obstacles In Front Of Those Seeking Abortions

Survey: Portland’s Livability Falls To Record Low

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good for these guys!  3 Months After Explosion, SpaceX Plans to Launch Rocket Bearing Satellites

This to me makes a strong case for cultural cross pollination.  3,800-Year-Old Statue Resembling ‘The Thinker’ Found in Israel

Even in Seattle, where we have forests, we agree and are planting more.  Cities Need Trees Now More Than Ever

OUR PLANET

What Would Earth Be Like With No Moon?

Watch For Earliest Sunsets Before Solstice

Earth, The Final Frontier

SPACE

Saturn Spacecraft Prepares To Ring-Graze

Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants The Job 

An Ice Sheet The Size Of New Mexico Hidden In Martian Crater

December Guide To The Bright Planets

TECHNOLOGY

James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute For Computing, Big Data

The Future Of Bridges

Salida, Colorado: National Leader In The Development Of Tiny Homes

Street Furniture That Fights Air Pollution

THE GREEN BEAT

How Northwest Tribes Joined Forces To Beat Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Voters Win More Solar Energy Options Despite Opposition From Big Energy

Is Your Bank Funding DAPL? Here’s How To Find One That Isn’t

7 Ways To Make An Even Bigger Impact When You Divest From DAPL

Biodiversity Data Gets A Makeover By US Forest Service

Cleaner Skies, Cleaner Fish

Obama Administration Will Keep Tough Fuel Standards In Place

ECOTOPIA EMERGING

In Dedication To Ernest ‘Chick’ Callenbach, Reader, Patron And, Most Of All, Friend

Going Postal In Cascadia

22 Million Gallons Of Raw Sewage Dumped In Oregon’s Willamette River

British Columbia, Canada & Alaska Experience Major Yellow Cedar Loss

Seattle Advocates: ’25 Years Is Too Long For ST3′

Energy Battle Ensues As Vancouver Phases Out Fossil Fuels

$2 Billion Boost For Vancouver Transit

King County, Washington, Expands Support To Low-Income Transit Riders

TRAVEL

Hidden Gem: See What Scientists Found In Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park

See Grizzly Bears Up Close

A Sense Of Place: Aquitaine Region Of France A Sophisticated Happy Mash Up Of Old And New

HEALTH

Six Simple Ways To Identify Skin Cancer

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Exercise to Extend Your Life

This Week’s New York Times Wellness Blog Is On “Mindfulness”

Hallucinogen Eases Depression In Cancer Patients, Studies Find  

LIFESTYLE

Reflect: How We Became ‘Consumers’

20 Ways To Take A Bigger, Louder Stand In The Post-Election World

6 Ways Cities Can Prepare For The Future Of Work

Alternative Voting Systems Can Save Democracy

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Night-Shining Clouds Over Antarctica

Amazing Homeless Man Plays Piano Beautifully.. – YouTube

Bluegrass Virtuosity From New Jersey

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Take a look at these special young people!  Judge Rules Kids Can Sue Feds for Climate Change Negligence | TakePart

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo by Rusty Miller © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller

Photo by Rusty Miller © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller 

This is amazing.  You’re a Bee. This Is What It Feels Like.

If this does not melt your heart, you need a new one.  Dogs who both lost their home won’t stop cuddling with each other at shelter, are inseparable

I see a blockbuster movie in this.  Giant Lizard Versus Buffalo

SHORTS

Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

Flamingo Mating Rules: 1. Learn the Funky Chicken

Rare Fish Swims Upside Down

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Solving A Mystery Behind The Deadly ‘Tsunami Of Molasses’ Of 1919

Million-Dollar Bucket Of Gold Stolen In NY

The Indian YouTube Channel With 6 Billion Views

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