Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 19, 2020
Volume 12 Number 31
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Inside: The Edges of Time; To Gaia, With Profound Apologies; Beyond the Pale; Climate & Climate Change; Community, Culture & Lifestyle, Covid-19 Page Link; Ecology; Economics; Health & Wellbeing; History; Northstar Interactive; Good News & Good Examples; Not So Good News & Bad Examples; Our World and Beyond; Earth; Space; Technology; Funzone: Travel; Best of the Net; Movie of the Week; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us
THE EDGES OF TIME
Olya Bereza, Associate Editor
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the winter of despair, it was a Spring of Hope… those words, written almost one and half centuries ago by Charles Dickens in “A Tale of Two Cities” struck me with their appropriateness today, in our times.
To me, it feels like we are living on the edges of time. That has never been easy. As a child during the 1990s, I saw the edges of time when one of the biggest nations in the world, the USSR, collapsed.
When people are lost and their world is in ruins, recovery is slow and painful and often like building a house one brick at a time. If, instead, we attempted to build a digitalized world based on technological control of every aspect of it, we run the grave risk of losing the very freedoms which make it possible to do this. Even for the alleged “better good,” I find this unacceptable.
I prefer that world arise renewed as people realise what is of real value and has been for centuries. I am talking about clean air and uncontaminated water and food. I am talking about a real sense of helping one another. I am talking about a hierarchy of values which includes health, family, nature and living together in harmony. I’m not saying that I think technology per se is bad. It has no more intrinsic moral value than any other tool. The morality is the province of those who use the technology.
I was pleased, on the C-19 front, to hear about the first person healed with blood plasma from patients who recovered from this infectious disease. Last week, at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute for Emergency Medicine, Moscow, Russia, plasma from people already recovered with C-19 illnesses was transfused into those battling Covid-19. Doctors save from COVID-19 using plasma and look for donors – Russian newspaper
There are already first good results. One of the patients said he felt better the very next morning “Just like the disease was taken off with a hand,” was how he expressed it.
Institute director Sergey Petrikov explained, “Antibodies are those substances that neutralize the antigen, i.e. the virus, so when they inject plasma with antibodies from people that have recently been ill and recovered who have high enough titres, the antibodies begin to fight the virus and the person becomes feeling well”.
The first effectiveness of this treatment was confirmed by Chinese doctors. Now, the procedure has been adopted by South Korea. The German Regensburg Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene André Gessner tried it as well and after their first transfusions, feel positive about this method too.
There is more good news from America Plasma treatment being tested in New York may be coronavirus ‘game changer’. As blood transfusions have to be complying the medical guidelines, this week American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued Recommendations for Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.
In Ukraine, the work is on the way, as well. My country has become one of five which began producing its own tests for antibodies to C-19. We are adopting this protocol too, following the American experience with it.
Perhaps the most heart-warming part of this is the incredible willingness of the recovered to help, with their own blood, those in a critical state. Is that not what Jesus did for us?
God bless and help us to get through these times
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
TO GAIA, WITH PROFOUND APOLOGIES
Rusty Miller, Editor
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. This Wednesday, the 22, in what might be considered supreme irony, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We visited https://www.earthday.org/ and found this comprehensive and interactive website entertaining, informational and, well, just plain fun.
I’ve said before that I think C-19 is Gaia slapping her human children hard for making her sick. With the love and patience only a female parent could have for such pernicious children, there are times when she must surely wring her hands and wonder where she went wrong as the mother of all life.
We need to tell her that she didn’t do anything wrong. We did. She needs to know that we don’t blame her for spanking us; that we really are truly. We need to promise her we won’t do this again. And that yes, ma’am, we will clean up the mess we’ve made.
Then we need, each and every single one of us, to look at our own lives and see what we can do to take less and return more. We’re certainly being provided that opportunity, this magnificent chance to sort out value from price. And to embrace perhaps the greatest of all epochal truths.
The Industrial Revolution is over and we did not win it.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
Northstar editor Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. For comments, please go here
BEYOND THE PALE
China McDonald’s Apologises For Guangzhou Ban On Black People
Chernobyl Fire Under Control, Ukraine Officials Say
Philippine Project Fights Bias Against Dark Skin
Giant Pumpkin Rivalry Brings Growers Together In Australia
Domestic Violence Comes To A Head In Locked-Down India
As South Koreans Head For Polls, Moon Gains Currency With Coronavirus Crisis Handling
CLIMATE: CHANGE & WEATHER
China May Delay Submitting Climate Plans Amid Economic Slowdown
Citizens’ Assemblies On Climate Change Seek To Shape The Post-Covid Recovery
Climate Change: Us Megadrought ‘Already Under Way’
C-19 And Climate Change: “A Giant Wake-Up Call For Planetary Health”
C-19 Crisis Underscores Small Islands’ Climate Vulnerability
Kenyans Live With Shattered Hopes Of A Chinese Oil Boom
Renewable Energies Under Threat In 2020 From Coronavirus, Oil Price Slump
South Korea To Implement Green New Deal After Ruling Party Election Win
Tribal Nations Demand Response To Climate Action
Why Climate Advocates Should Welcome The Historic Opec++ Deal
Will Covid-19 Have A Lasting Impact On The Environment?
COMMUNITY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE
Berlin Artists Turn Their Balconies Into Mini Galleries
Handwritten Letters Are Making A Comeback
In The War On The Coronavirus, We Must Ensure That Women Do Not Become Collateral Damage
Pollsters Find Unexpected Boon: Americans Stuck At Home Willing To Talk
Secret Language Of Ships
She Watched Her Baby’s First Ultrasound From Her Car In A Parking Lot Across The Street
These Lucky Farmers Tend A Garden On An Isolated Georgia Island
Washington Farmers Markets Are Reopening, But Won’t Look The Same
Wave Goodbye To The Handshake
We Need To Rethink Our Food System To Prevent The Next Pandemic
Why Phone Calls Have Made A Comeback
Please visit The Northstar Journal Covic-19 Page It has an alphabetical index of links to stories from the BBC, High Country News, the Mother Nature Network, Sightline Daily, the Smithsonian, TIME magazine, YES magazine and other equally impeccable sources. It is updated when we publish the magazine, Saturday or Sunday, depending on where you live. Thanks, Rusty
Couple Starts School Where Students Pay Their Tuition By Collecting Plastic Waste
Feeling Powerless? Switch To Green Power
How The Laws Earth Day Inspired Have Benefited Us All
Roadmap For A Post-Coronavirus Green Recovery
To Silence Wind Turbines And Airplanes, Engineers Are Studying Owl Wings
Amazon Hiring Additional 75,000 Employees
Boeing To Restart Limited Operations In Puget Sound, Moses Lake
China’s Virus-Hit Economy Shrinks For First Time In Decades
EU Helps Protect Weak Firms From Foreign Takeovers
How Moon Mining Could Transform The Economy And Space Travel
What Independent Grocery Stores Bring To Rural Communities
What The States Need From Congress Now Is Cold, Hard Cash
HEALTH & WELLBEING
The Pandemic Is Forcing Teletherapy To Go Mainstream
Bad Mood? Studies Show Why That Can Be A Good Thing
Covid-19 Keeps Humans From Touching. Here’s Why That’s So Stressful
Getting Back Pain While Working From Home? An Ergonomics Expert Offers Advice
Hear Directly From Scientists About COVID-19
Plant-Based Recipes To Try During The Pandemic
Standing Too Close. Not Covering Coughs. If Someone Is Violating Social Distancing Rules, What Do You Do?
Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health And Everyone Else’s
Why Rolling Coronavirus Patients Onto Their Stomachs Is Saving Lives
Greater Idaho And The Ugly History Of Northwest Secession Movements
Weeks Where Decades Happen: Seattle Has Been A Ghost Town Before
This World War II Bomber Took More Enemy Fire Than Most Others And Always Came Home
What Made Emmett Ashford, Major League Baseball’s First Black Umpire, An American Hero
What We Can Learn From 1918 Influenza Diaries
These Ancient Stone Troughs Contained An Unlikely Beverage
Hares And Chickens Were Revered As Gods—Not Food—In Ancient Britain
Here’s Why This Smithsonian Scientist Studies Ancient Pathogens
No Wool, No Vikings
Treasure Trove Of Artifacts Illustrates Life In A Lost Viking Mountain Pass
Traces Of Millennia-Old Milk Help Date Pottery Fragments To Neolithic London
Words From Animals Quiz: Sick Of The News? Come Look At Pictures Of Baby Animals.
Become A Backyard Naturalist Right Now
Build An Herb Spiral
COVID-19 Images Wanted For History
J.K. Rowling Brings Magic To Quarantine With Launch Of Harry Potter Hub
Museum Of Modern Art Now Offers Free Online Classes
Saving A Prehistoric Fish
Staying In? Look Up Together For International Dark Sky Week
Take Action For The Planet By Volunteering On Earth Day
GOOD NEWS AND GOOD EXAMPLES
99 Year-Old British WWII Veteran Raises $10 Million For U.K. Health Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
California Governor Outlines How The State Will Decide To Open Again
King County Reserves Hotel Rooms For Health Care Workers On Front Lines
Meet The Medical Students Becoming Doctors In The Middle Of A Pandemic
Meet The Modern Farmer On The Frontlines Of The Pandemic
Seattle Giving $800 In Grocery Vouchers To 1,000 Recently-Displaced Workers
Seattle Joins 11 American Cities To Discuss Care Of City Forests
Tacoma Police Create Music Video To Teach Public How To Practice Social Distancing
This Nonprofit Helped Invent Cds And Barcodes. Now It Can Decontaminate Millions Of N95 Masks
Urban Farms Are Thriving Amid The Pandemic
We Thought The Tasmanian Tiger Went Extinct In 1936, But Several Recent Sightings Indicate Otherwise
Tiktok Donates £5m To Royal College Of Nursing Foundation
NOT SO GOOD NEWS AND BAD EXAMPLES
Amazon Fires 2 Tech Employees Who Raised Coronavirus, Climate Concerns
Congo Announces New Ebola Case Just Days Before Planned Declaration That Its Outbreak Had Ended
Converting Forests Into Farmland Could Increase Spread Of Zoonotic Disease
EPA Won’t Tighten Soot Rules, Even As Evidence Links Air Pollution And Coronavirus Risks
More Recovered Coronavirus Patients Are Testing Positive Again
Pastor Refused To Close Church Due To COVID. Then It Killed Him
Smithsonian Scientists Discover Six New Coronaviruses In Bats In Myanmar
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Artist’s concept of a rainforest in what’s now West Antarctica. Image via James McKay/ Alfred Wegener Institute
A Rainforest In Antarctica During The Age Of Dinosaurs
Why Science Needs Art
Powerful X-Ray Imaging Reveals New Details Of Dinosaur Embryos In Eggs
“Feeding Baby” Photo By Hongwei Wang and courtesy of The Smithsonian
10 Pioneer-Era Apple Types, Thought Extinct, Found In Forgotten Orchards Across Pacific Northwest
Earth Had Its 2nd-Hottest March On Record Last Month
Extreme Wildfires Are Changing Western Forests
How Rain Evolved Its Distinct Scent—And Why Animals And Humans Love It
Satellite Data Show 30% Drop In Air Pollution Over Northeast U.S.
Artist’s concept of a nearby civilization signaling Earth after observing an Earth transit in front of our sun. Scientists have looked for radio signals from at least 20 nearby stars, those situated so that they might see Earth transits. So far, no signal has been found. And so the search continues. Image via UC Berkeley/ Breakthrough Listen.
Astronauts Who Launched Before Pandemic Are Starting To Come Home
Astronomers Spy Brightest Supernova Ever Seen
Astronomers Spot Strongest Cosmic Storm In Known Universe
Human Elements: When Science Stations You In Space
Lyrids: All You Need To Know
NASA’s Plans For A Lunar Base Camp – Universe Today
Parasitic Spacecraft Docks With Dead Satellite, Brings It Back To Life
See That Huge Asteroid That’ll Safely Pass Earth Later This Month
Shocking Research Threatens Our Understanding Of Dark Matter
Space Travel Causes Astronauts’ Brains To Expand
SpaceX Is Officially Sending Astronauts To Space Next Month
Will SETI 2.0 Help Us Discover Intelligent Aliens?
Latest images from NASA’s Earth Observatory
Ditching Zoom? Here Are 10 Video Chat Alternatives To Use Instead
How Innovators Are Adapting Existing Technologies To Fight COVID-19
MIT Scientists Are Building Devices To Hack Your Dreams
The Long, Knotty, World-Spanning Story Of String
BEST OF THE NET
Hakai Magazine: All Creatures Great & Small At Its Best
Hikers Filmed Great Horned Owl Swimming In Lake Powell
Swing Girls – First & Last Concert
Find Your (Virtual) American National Park
A Photographic Tour Of The World’s Most Colorful Places
At A Kentucky Farm, Champion Thoroughbreds Live Out Their Retirements
Miniature Gecko Art Gallery Premieres On The Heels Of Viral London Gerbil Museum
Take A Free Virtual Tour Of Five Egyptian Heritage Sites
For You, Space Fans. A Grand Tour Of ISS
Take A Virtual Tour Of This Belgian Sourdough Library
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: FRANK VS. GOD — After his house is destroyed by a tornado (what his insurance company deems an “act of God”), former hotshot lawyer David Frank is determined that someone must pay. He decides to serve God…with a lawsuit. Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Ever Carradine, Natalya Oliver
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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.
Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here.
This little fairy-tale short story dedicated to a pet-friend gone chasing the rainbow. For kids their first lost and challenge in life is letting go of their pet friends that once became part of their world. This little story will help in times they have to say good-bye without falling into despair. Yep, go here.
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Tattooed Whale, 2016 by Tim Pitsiulak. Screen-print on Arches Cover Black. Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts and Hakai Magazine.
I can so relate to this. So can Olya. When Whales and Humans Talk
I love this. It’s a video. Yosemite wildlife taking advantage of people-free park as coronavirus keeps humans in hiding
These are neighbors. Video: A Window Into The Lives Of Resident Killer Whales
After A 240-Year Hiatus, White-Tailed Eagles Are Coming Back To Southern England
Clam Uses Its Foot To Dig Into The Sand In Absolutely Fascinating Video
Wild Dolphins Seem To Have A Range Of Personalities
Watch This Madlad Pick Up A Starbucks Coffee Using A Drone
Expert: Coronavirus Forcing Rats To Cannibalism, Infanticide
Fox Covered In Thick Mud Was Unrecognizable When Rescued From Hole At Construction Site
OUR THANKS THIS WEEK TO:
American Heritage Magazine
Earth Sky News: Updates On Your Cosmos And World
High Country News
Jewish Defense League
Moscow Times: Independent News From Russia
Mother Nature Network
National Public Radio
South China Morning Post – This Week In Asia
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