FOR THE FALLEN OF NICE, JUSTICE, NOT REVENGE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 17, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 42

liberty island and statue of liberty

FOR THE FALLEN OF NICE, JUSTICE, NOT REVENGE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has definitely not been a fun week and our hearts and prayers go out to Nice and to France herself.  We have friends and readers in the Land of Saint Joan.

The news hit us hard too, then.  I spent most of two days and nights on Facebook and in the two America Online chatrooms I frequent as virtual coffeehouses.  Reactions ran the gamut from total support of the nation which underwrote our own courtesy of Lafayette and others to feeling that since France had once been a colonial power and subjugated Muslim nations, this was a justified payback.

I find such thinking both popular and dangerous.  I ask myself why did the people in Nice deserve to die for something that happened in the past and with which they had nothing to do?

I mean, if we follow that logic, war will be with us forever because once upon a million years ago, one of my primordial ancestors got mad and killed one of yours.  So now you get to kill one of mine to even the score.  Only now it’s not one on one.  We are avenging each other down through history by the billions.

I took a break today to ride my bike a few miles and work off some angst.  Then I went out by our fishpond and talked to an Old Friend and probably the only one besides my cousin Olya who always listens when I need to talk.

I still believe that everything happens for a reason and I accept that like a lot of mortal things, the Divine Plan is simply beyond my comprehension.  I have never been taught to hate and for the first time in my life, I am experiencing that emotion.  It makes me sick to my stomach.

I have been in a war and I have been part of a killing machine.  I didn’t hate those people because I figured they were pretty much like me.  I did what I did because I didn’t want to go to prison or be stood up against a wall and shot for not doing it.  My “enemy” faced the same rather limited options.

I will not ask God to avenge those killed by ISIS because that’s asking God to take sides and I love God too much to ask the Divine One to do that.  Our species is responsible for the creation of ISIS and if we created this Medusa-headed monster, we can bloody flipping well un-create it.

The killing needs to stop and if ISIS refuses to do that, we need to destroy their capacity to wage this kind of war and their motivation for doing it.  I know this is being done already and that it will take time.

I am certain that if we do this with revenge in mind, we will steep our own arms up to the elbows in the blood of the innocent and of the guilty both.  The day we finally, as a species say, “enough of this” and simply put an end to the option is the day the dove will fly forever.

I think we owe it to the people of Nice to do at least that much.

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

Rusty

NOTE:  As we went to press, it was reported that this was the act of a single individual not connected with organized terrorism.  ISIS is now claiming responsibility for it so both this editorial and Olya’s column stand as published.

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So do we.  World Pays Tribute To Nice Victims

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ASIA

Philippines Wins South China Sea Case

China Claims Right To Air Defense Zone

An Unfinished Bridge, And Partnership, Between Russia And China

North Korean Defector Surfaces In Pyongyang, Saying He Tried To Abduct Orphans

South Korean Villagers Pelt Premier With Eggs Over Missile Site

Hong Kong Says Legislative Candidates Must Endorse Chinese Rule

When The Planets Align, Delhi Drowns In A Chorus Of ‘I Do’

China Cites Negligence as Cause of Landslide That Killed 73

Japanese Emperor ‘Plans To Abdicate’

AFRICA

Ceasefire Holding In South Sudan

Video: Fighting Threatens Peace in South Sudan

African Leaders Meet Amid South Sudan Violence, ICC Concerns

MIDDLE EAST

A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called For A More Liberal Islam. Then The Death Threats Began.

Pro-Government Forces Advance In Syria Amid Talk Of U.S.-Russia Cooperation

John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin To Discuss New Syria Plan

Egypt’s Latest Tactic Against Critics: Block Their Movements, Or Deport Them

‘We Live In A Society Where The Word “Liberal” Is Considered An Insult’

For Palestinians, Raising Arabian Horses Is ‘The Hobby Of The Poor’

Iran Sticks To Terms Of Nuclear Deal, But Defies The U.S. In Other Ways

Egyptian Minister Visits Israel In Push For Peace With Palestinians

Iranian Lawmakers’ Car Ambushed By Gunmen In Kurdish Region

Iran, Once Quiet About Its Casualties In Syria And Iraq, Now Glorifies Them

EUROPE

Boeing Signs £3bn Deal For Patrol Planes

‘Two Lost Decades’ For Italy’s Economy

Glacier-Covered Volcano In Russia Is Erupting

Video: The Queen And Her Prime Ministers

UK Interest Rates Held At 0.5%

German Police In ‘Hate Speech’ Raids

CANADA

Ontario Reaches Tentative Four-Year Deal With Doctors

7 Teenage Deaths, But No Answers For Aboriginal Canadians

A Mayor Fluent In Twitter Embodies A New Canadian Diversity

UNITED STATES

Fatal Tesla Crash Draws In Transportation Safety Board

‘Market Risk’ Stopped Us Action On HSBC

Microsoft Wins Us Data Access Case

LATIN AMERICA

Salvadoran Court Overturns Wartime Amnesty, Paving Way For Prosecutions

Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear A Return To Darker Times

Classmate Of Students Who Disappeared In Mexico Was Tortured, Panel Says

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

In New Zealand, Lands And Rivers Can Be People (Legally Speaking)

Chinese Tourists Spend Record Amounts In Australia

Brother Of Isis Jihadist To Be Released From New South Wales Jail

Housing Market Has Softened But Remains Positive; Victoria, Queensland Strong

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra To Play With Circus Acrobats Soaring Over Them

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Bishop Confirms Three Australians Injured In ‘Horrific’ Attack

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Hot, Wet And Wild’ 2016 Weather As Us Has Warmest June

Pacific Islands Nations Consider World’s First Treaty To Ban Fossil Fuels

Alaska’s Heat Wave Goes From Noteworthy To Ridiculous

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. And Russia Agree On Steps To Combat ISIS In Syria

U.S. Will Deploy 560 More Troops To Iraq To Help Retake Mosul From ISIS

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

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NICE

A Surly Misfit With No Terror Links Turned A Truck Into A Tank

Latest Updates On France Lorry Attack

Video: Hollande Condemns Lorry Terror Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Nice Attack As Police Make More Arrests

TURKEY

Over 2,800 Arrested, 265 Killed, 1,440 Injured In Turkish Coup Attempt

Turkish President Returns to Istanbul in Sign Military Coup Is Faltering

FROM THE OLYA

olyacolumn

HYMN TO THE FALLEN OF NICE

Hi Mishka:

In the wake of the ISIS lorry attack on Nice, I would like to share with you the United Nations Human Right message:

“We are appalled by the horrendous  Nice Attack yesterday evening. This latest murderous assault on ordinary people, using a simple truck as a deadly weapon, is yet another blow aimed at the heart of humanity by extremists. There are now so many deadly attacks – in Baghdad, Brussels, Dhaka, Istanbul, Medina, Orlando – to name just a fraction of those that have occurred in recent months, that words of condemnation sound like damp leaves fluttering to the ground after another violent storm.

“While the motives driving yesterday’s killer in Nice are still to be established, in general we are confronted by an ideology that seems to be creating an endless supply of fanatics prepared to kill for the sake of killing. When one means of murder – hijacking planes, planting bombs, getting hold of assault rifles – becomes more difficult, they simply find another. And our response needs to be carefully calculated and highly sophisticated. It is not simply about heightened security, it is about deflating the ideology itself until it dwindles back to where it belongs — which is nowhere”.

The media is justifiably praising that person among the Bastille Day crowd who stopped the terrorist from driving further into the crowd by leaping into lorry and wrestling with him

This reminded a case during series of terrorist attacks of apartment bombings in Russia in 1999. Few buildings were saved by alarm of dwellers who noticed suspicious people coming to basements with sacks of white sand. that appeared to be the explosive RDX.

When special services fail their job to protect and defend, sometimes it’s in the hands of ordinary people.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO REDUCE POLICE RACISM AND VIOLENCE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 10, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 41

Rockwell cops and kids

WE ALREADY KNOW HOW TO REDUCE POLICE RACISM AND VIOLENCE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it certainly has not been a fun week for America.  Many of you seem to feel this is the worst it has ever been.  As one of you expressed it, ““We’ve got men and women dying overseas for us and we’re killing ourselves here at home

Unfortunately, this is not the worst it has ever been.  During the Sixties and Seventies, it was a lot worse than this.  American servicemen were returning to a nation in conflagration from Newark to Watts during one particularly long hot summer.

It was no picnic either during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent engagements in that theater.  Remember Rodney King?  How about the WTO Riots in Seattle, which I experienced personally because I worked downtown back then?

The ironic thing about it is that, according to YES magazine,  We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence   if we have not done that and choose not to do that, then we have accepted violence as a way of life.  If that’s the case, then what is the point of decrying it in the first place?

Have a great week, gang, and be nice to one another.  And thank you!

Rusty

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This may be tough to take but I think we all need to read it.  What White America Fails To See

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A South Korean Copy Of Snapchat Takes Off In Asia

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Returns Home After Heart Surgery In London

Raid On Indonesian Food Stall Prompts Fears Of Fundamentalism

Inside China’s Secret 23-Day Detention Of A Foreign Nonprofit Chief

US Expert: China’s Economic Transformation Breathtaking

China Consumer Prices Up 1.9 Pct In June

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Indian Forces Kill 10 During Kashmir Protests Over Separatist’s Death

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Dozens Reported Dead In South Sudan Capital After Rival Forces Battle

‘This Has Pushed A Button’: Killings In Kenya Ignite National Outcry

In Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu Looks For Friends, And U.N. Votes, For Israel

Strikes And Protests Bring Zimbabwe’s Capital To A Halt

MIDDLE EAST

Baghdad Bomb Blast Toll Reaches 165

Family Of Marie Colvin, Slain U.S. Journalist, Sues Syria

If A Carrot For Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put

EUROPE

Short Circuit To Blame For Moscow Metro Fire

Bridge Linking Crimea To Russia Pushed Back Another Year

Contest For British Premier Flares Over Claims On Motherhood

‘I Will Be With You, Whatever’: Read Blair’s 2002 Note To Bush

CANADA

Unemployment’s Curse To Linger In Canada, OECD Warns

A Mayor Fluent In Twitter Embodies A New Canadian Diversity

UNITED STATES

Video: F.B.I. Recommends No Charges for Clinton

Video ‘Shows Black Man Shot By US Police’

Video: Pinned Down And Shot In Louisiana

5 Dallas Officers Killed At Protest Against Police Shootings

After Philando Castile’s Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings ‘an American Issue’

Video: Deadly Police Shooting in Minnesota

Video: Police Shoot Man In Baton Rouge

A Struggle for Common Ground, Amid Fears of a National Fracture  

LATIN AMERICA

Eduardo Cunha, Who Helped Oust Dilma Rousseff, Resigns Brazil House Post

Brazil Is Confronting An Epidemic Of Anti-Gay Violence

15 Killed, Including 11 Members Of A Family, In North Mexico
Argentina’s Macri Defends Energy Rate Hikes After Court Injunction
Gunmen Kill 14 In Gang-Plagued Mexican State On U.S. Border
Daughter Of Chile’s Allende Eyes Presidential Bid In 2017
Venezuela Detains Suspect Linked To Panama Papers Law Firm

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Malcolm Turnbull Claims Victory In Australia Election After Rival Concedes

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

BREXIT

Despite Brexit Vote, Key EU Powers Vow To Ratify CETA Deal

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

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Typhoon Nepartak Batters China’s Coast, Killing At Least 2

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

ISIS Has Lost Many Of The Key Places It Once Controlled

ISIS Shoots Down Helicopter In Syria, Killing 2 Russians

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FROM THE OLYA

These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities.  Photo

These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities. Photo courtesy of The Moscow Times

 NORTH MEETS SOUTH IN MOSCOW

Hi Mishka:

This week I would like to share with all of you a conversation I recently had with a young man from Seoul, South Korea.  He’s studying now in Moscow, Russia, and becoming acquainted there with students from North Korea with whom he is becoming good friends.

It was interesting to observe that whenever their conversation turned to politics neither could see the world from point of view of their counterpart  I had the feeling that there is still a possibility that even after completing education, they will still meet on opposite sides of frontline. But at least they saw people in each other, not just enemies.

That has me wondering how much every person is influenced by local narration or in other words propaganda.  It’s very hard and requires a wide worldview and experience to make a step back from the usual for respective region templates and stereotypes in mind that everyone has due to their own background and established beliefs and try to see bigger picture.  It’s like national pride is maybe a good thing but to a certain extent.

There is great ironic quote by English writer Terry Pratchett:

“It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t the people the people who made up the phrase “people are people everywhere” had traditionally thought of as people.”

Education and communication are first steps ahead to come towards each other so I’d like to share this article, Working Together, We Have A Real Chance Making Global Education Reality”

From the European news this week, the scandalous Chilcot Report got the most attention.  It dealt with, of course, the United Kingdom’s former prime minister Tony Blair’s decision to support US invasion of Iraq.    Key points stated there included: flawed information,  invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted and no  post-invasion strategy.

In commentary Mr. Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour party says his party has learned lessons and that he wants a “different” type of foreign policy, where war is the absolute last resort.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes.  For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes. For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

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FOURTH OF JULY WITH DOLLY PARTON

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The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary; From Olya ~ EU Signs Pacts With Ukraine, Georgia And Moldova; Meade Fischer— Marin is Magic;  Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 3, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 40

 dolly-parton

FOURTH OF JULY WITH DOLLY PARTON

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. In the past, we have devoted this space to the comparison and contrasts of two nations who share a border and a birthday weekend and who are one another’s biggest trading partners.

In view of recent developments in Europe and Turkey, we feel it is time to remind all concerned that while we may, as Ms Parton suggests, send our soldiers out there knowing many of them will not return or return unscarred, the one thing our two nations do in fact, share in common, is the willingness to die for all those who seek to be free.

I hope ISIS has picked up on this by now.  I know Allah is weeping.

Enjoy both a late Canada Day and America’s Birthday with Dolly Parton When Johnny Comes Marching Home on A Capital 4th – YouTube

Have a great week, gang.  And thank you!

Rusty

THE NEWS

I personally mourn the passing of this individual.  Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87

This is why I keep telling everybody this is not making a home in my garage.  Self-Driving Tesla Was Involved in Fatal Crash, U.S. Says

The Oregon State Supreme Court very recently ruled that dogs are sentient human beings.  I’ve lived and worked in that state and I love dogs, so this really works.  I also happen to believe that all living creatures are sentient, including spiders, but I’m not greedy.  I’ll settle for dogs for now.  Yep, For More, Please Go Here.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Mob Burns Down Mosque In Myanmar; U.N Urges Action On Attacks

How China Took Center Stage In Bitcoin’s Civil War

In China, Cheese Is Strange, But Pizza Is Hot

China Braces For Severe Floods On Yangtze River

Citing Safety, Bookseller Pulls Out Of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy March

Terrorists Kill 20 In Dhaka, Bangladesh Restaurant

Thailand, Japan Share Mutual Affection That Is Rare In Asia

Coal Mine Floods In North China, 12 Miners Trapped

AFRICA

From Boko Haram’s Birthplace, Instagram Posts Beyond ‘Death And Despair’

China Is To Construct $ 19.4 Billion Railway In Nigeria, Says Media

3 Kenyans Last Seen At Police Station Are Found Dead

Roadside Attack Near Somali Capital Leaves At Least 14 Dead

MIDDLE EAST

Cockpit Recordings Retrieved In EgyptAir Flight 804 Investigation

Faulting Both Israelis And Palestinians, Report Aims To Revive Peace Talks

Chemical Weapons In Iraq: Revealing The Pentagon’s Long-Held Secrets

Officials: Bombings in Baghdad Kill at Least 23

EUROPE

Inside The UK’s Secret Weapons Research Facility

Wassyl Slipak, Who Left Paris Opera for Ukraine War, Dies at 41

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine

Turkey Offers House To Family Of Deceased Russian Pilot

Russia’s Culture Ministry Orders Russophobia Study

UN Passes Russian Resolution On Citizenship

Kremlin: Children Ombudsman Astakhov ‘Still Working’

How Do You Say ‘Welcome To Europe’ In Maltese? Check An Arabic Dictionary

CANADA

Real Estate Reform In B.C.: Everything You Need To Know

Chinese Investors Canada’s Top Commercial-Property Buyers

Signs of Change: Canada’s New Economic Reality 

UNITED STATES

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

Supreme Court Vacates Ex-Virginia Governor’s Graft Conviction

Pro-Choice Advocates Win Biggest Supreme Court Victory In Decades

California Governor Signs Legislation Limiting Assault Weapons

LATIN AMERICA

The Secrets In Guatemala’s Bones

Lorida Jury Finds Former Chilean Officer Liable In ’73 Killing

Clashes Draw Support For Teachers’ Protest In Mexico

Panama Celebrates Expanded Canal’s Successful First Passage

The Saturday Profile: Writer Looks To Soccer Field For Peaks And Valleys Of Argentine Life

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened By Rising Seas

Losses In Australia Election Could Threaten Governing Coalition

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

BREXIT

EU Leaders Meet Without UK PM Cameron

UK Shares And Pound Continue To Recover

‘Brexit’ Vote Gave Me a Harsh, Belated Wake-Up Call

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Mexico Looks To Canada, U.S. For Help Meeting Greenhouse Gas Targets

Wildfires Engulfing The West Coast Are Fueled By Climate Change

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Graphic: Does More Security At Airports Make Us Safer Or Just Move The Targets?

10 Isis-Funding Timber Dealers Detained In Central Russia, Suicide Belt & Weapons Seized – Report

A Slow, Steady Siege on an ISIS Stronghold in Libya

Appealing To Its Base, ISIS Tempers Its Violence In Muslim Countries

Bangladesh Attack Is New Evidence That ISIS Has Shifted Its Focus Beyond The Mideast

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Speak Up Or Stay Hidden? Undocumented Immigrants Cautious After Court Ruling

Refugee System Reform At Risk As Asylum Numbers Keep Climbing: Report

ISTANBUL

Deaths Rise In Istanbul Airport Attack

Video: CCTV Footage Shows Istanbul Blast

Turkey, A Conduit For Fighters Joining ISIS, Begins To Feel Its Wrath

Airport Attack Hits Symbol Of Turkey’s Global Aspirations

FROM THE OLYA

Pagoda under construction in a city center park in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Pagoda under construction in a city center park in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. Photo by Olya Bereza

EU Signs Pacts With Ukraine, Georgia And Moldova

Hi Mishka:

One of the major news items this week was the signing of the Association Agreement to provide a free trade area among three Black sea region countries:

While much attention has recently been paid to the first two of these states (Ukraine and Georgia), Moldova remains very quiet in terms of media coverage. That is actually a good sign meaning the stability of a region on the border with Ukraine called  Transdniester, which has been seeking its independence.  This has been a source of controversy for Moldova in the past.

After spending a week recently in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, I came to conclusion that despite its relatively poor standard of living, bad roads, strange cityscapes with beautiful old white limestone buildings mixed in with decayed multi-storied ones of Soviet times, my impression is still very favorable because of the calm and friendly way of communication of people there.

They still are close to nature, many living by own households productions.  Their beautiful little wild parks are real relief from routine city madness. Lacul Valea Marilor, situated near the center of the city is a wonderful place for walks or meditation in a pine forest. nearby.

The region is famous for its wineries and I had an excursion to one of them.  It was about nine miles from Chisinau in a town called Cricova.  Apparently both Vladimir Putin and John Kerry have wines there, on racks directly opposite one another.

That’s it for this week.  Happy birthday to both your countries, Mishka.  Stay safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

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A National Park That Lies Below The Sea

The Bali Village With A Magic Tree

Dean Karnazes Runs The Silk Road

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for you guys!   US, Canada, And Mexico Vow To Get Half Their Electricity From Clean Power By 2025

Bravo and high five.  Ottawa’s Approval Of Northern Gateway Pipeline Overturned

I am very, very proud of these folks.  I hope you are too.  Refugees Encounter A Foreign Word: Welcome  How Canadian Hockey Moms, Poker Buddies And Neighbors Are Adopting Syrians, A Family At A Time.

BAD EXAMPLES

Shame on them for trying to protect us.  F.D.A. Ruins Raw Cookie Dough For Everybody

I would not recommend trying this without adult supervision.  The Coffee And Cigarette Diet

If this is true, we’re poisoning ourselves.  Could Environmental Chemicals Shape Our Exercise Habits?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is certainly good news.  Wonder what we’re doing right?  Antarctic Ozone Shows Signs Of Healing

This is incredible.  Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found at Holocaust Massacre Site

And if they can do it, what is our excuse for NOT doing it?  Lacking Brains, Plants Can Still Make Good Judgments About Risks

EARTH

A New Type Of Ichthyosaur

Don’t Get On The Wrong Side Of This New Tarantula

How To Talk To Fireflies

SPACE

Can We Grow Food On Mars?

Watch Cygnus Spacecraft’s Fiery Re-Entry

Pluto Spacecraft Gets New Mission

TECHNOLOGY

Watch: Off-The-Grid Water Wheel Generator In Kentucky

Israeli Company Purifies Greywater Using Plants

Bottles That Could Make Every Drop of Shampoo Count

THE GREEN AGENDA

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Canada Overturns Approval Of Oil Pipeline To Northwest

Court Ruling: Washington State Cities Must Make Roads Safe For Bicycles  

Why Exxon Mobil Is Now Lobbying For A Carbon Tax

Meat: Maybe Not The Best Food Choice For The Environment  

7 Questions About The North American Energy Deal

HEALTH

What Causes Bad Breath?

Study Links 6.5 Million Deaths Each Year To Air Pollution

Five Signs Of A Silent Heart Attack

Ten Russian Home Remedies To Stop The Itch Of Mosquito Bites

Milk and Other Surprising Ways to Stay Hydrated

LIFESTYLE

How To Win Workplace Equality? Invest In Neighborhoods Where Women Need It Most

Transgender People Will Be Allowed To Serve Openly In Military

Russians Choose Dr. House, Sherlock Holmes As Ideal Bosses

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Friends~ILY reminder

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BEST OF THE NET

New Delhi To Mumbai By Rail: Train Travel Gives Glimpses Of India’s People And Places

Moments Of Life Of Herdsmen On Kalajun Prairie

Michelle Obama Stresses Girls’ Education In Visit To Liberia

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“Americanization” of International Websites

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A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes.  For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes. For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

One of these was spotted In my neighborhood recently.  This is one Jeanne Hannah, who lives on Cottage Lake Creek in King County, sent the State fish and wildlife folks

One of these was spotted In my neighborhood recently. This is one Jeanne Hannah, who lives on Cottage Lake Creek in King County, sent the State fish and wildlife folks

 

This is absolutely beautiful.  Rare Footage Of Bryde’s Whales Feeding

This is awesome.  Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With REAL Animals

If you want to die of cute, here’s another opportunity.  Audubon Osprey Nest Camera

SHORTS

Keeping Spiders Out Of The House With Natural Oils

An Alaskan Village Where Grizzlies Roam and Canada Rules (if Anyone Does)

Mosha, Thai Elephant Wounded By Land Mine, Gets New Prosthetic Limb

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Dawn Of The Virtual Assistant — One Man’s Experience With “Amy,” A Computerized Girl Friday.

France’s Latest American Import: Mermaid Schools

Man In Russia’s Perm Fined For ‘Nazism Rehabilitation’

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The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

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BREXIT

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary; From the Shores of the Salish Sea ` Go Solar Impulse; Meade Fischer— Elephant Seals;  Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 26, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 39

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BREXIT

And so it is.  Surprising for the European Union, shocking and devastating for 48% of the British who voted to stay in with turnout out of 72%.  The Prime Minister David Cameron resigns whilst triumph of his opponents like Nigel Farage, leader of United Kingdom Independence party 

The United Kingdom joined European Union in 1967. The country applied to be part a Union earlier in 1960 after Suez crisis but on that stage France as a member of the European Union and one of six the European Union founding countries vetoed as Charles de Gaulle considered UK to be provider of United States policy to the Union.

1993 was another important year of the Maastricht Treaty that established the European Union under its current name and introduced European citizenship.  In 1993, as well, complete single market was achieved, known as the internal market, which allowed for the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people within the European Economic Community.

At the moment the procedure of actually exiting from the European Union is unclear so different speculations take place.  According to media, it will take about two years.  Immigration fears were among top decision makers for the Leave vote.

Surely all economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union are very strong and the percentage who voted for leaving is barely enough to consider the voting actually valid. Interesting that Britain’s youth voted to remain

 To me, this suggests that as many young people fear opportunities could be taken from them like working in the other 27 countries of the European Union.  The question of freedom of movement is, then, also very important.

But perhaps it is time for another perspective.  There are about 196 countries in the world where such considerations are unthinkable.  If they were to talk about what freedoms the majority of them have, it would be a sad discussion.

That was a world refugee day this week:  Kenya: Ending Refugee Hosting, Closing Camps

I hope we are learning that in order to make the world a better place for all, it must be made a better place for each.  We always are just one generation before it can possibly happen.  When the majority of children in 196 countries die before they reach puberty, would it be so inappropriate to explore trade which might sacrifice inflated profits for a humanitarian relationship meant to last for generations to come?

It just takes a child to grow up in a civilized and safe environment to become educated and cultural and believe there is a future.  Perhaps Britain will help some of these.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

THE NEWS

Off she goes, into the wild blue yonder.  (This is so cool.)  VIDEO: Solar Impulse takes to the skies

The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

This is reassuring.  China Has World’s Most Powerful Computer

Since I’m doing this and several friends are, as well, I can relate to this.  I’m sure many of you can, as well.  Why Are So Many Of Us Choosing To ‘Live Clean’?

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

How Britain’s Breakup With the E.U. Could Reshape World Markets

Populist Anger Upends Politics on Both Sides of the Atlantic

ASIA

Why North Korea Is A Safe Haven For Birds

Video Shows China Bank Staff Spanking

Story Of India Told Through A Samosa

India’s ‘Brexit’ Took More Than A Referendum

AFRICA

Congo Warlord Jailed For War Crimes

Africa’s Charcoal Economy Is Cooking. The Trees Are Paying.

Islamist Militants Storm Hotel In Somalia, Killing At Least 6

Will Ersatz Dollars Satisfy Cash-Starved Zimbabweans?

MIDDLE EAST

Jordan Announces ‘Closed Military Zones’ After Troops Killed

Israel’s BioBee To Ship 500 Million ‘Predatory Bugs’ To Russia

Marijuana Use Rises In Iran, With Little Interference

EUROPE

Scots Independence Vote ‘Highly Likely’

Graphic: Fallout From Britain’s Exit: Markets, Immigration And Trade

How Far Is Europe Swinging To The Right?

Russian State Duma Bans Import And Production Of GMOs

Controversial Anti-Terrorism Laws Approved By Russian Duma

Putin Signs Law Limiting Russia’s Beer Sales

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis To Armenians: Seek Peace, But Never Forget Genocide

CANADA

Canadian Executives Back TPP, Stronger Ties With China

Toronto Employees Drop Opposition To Bombardier Outsourcing

Are UFOs A Government Cover-Up? Ontario Enthusiasts Out To Prove It

Norwegian War Hero Gets Care At Halifax Veterans’ Hospital After Months Of Struggle

Countess Of Wessex Tours Neighborhood Devastated In Fort McMurray Fire Video

UNITED STATES

As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming’s Fortunes, Coal Miners Are Left In The Dust

Michigan Attorney General Sues 2 Companies Over Flint Water Crisis

Raging Wildfires In The Southwest Stretch Resources

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program At University Of Texas

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carriers To Philippine Sea Amid Concerns Of Nearby Chinese Expansion

Trader Joe’s Is Forced To Fix Refrigerators, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

US Giving $48 Million To Help Western Farms Handle Drought

West Virginia Floods Cause 23 Deaths And Vast Wreckage

LATIN AMERICA

A New Verb In Mexico: Trumpear (From ‘To Punch’)

Venezuelans Ransack Stores As Hunger Grips The Nation

Police In Brazil Seek Charges Against 7 In Gang Rape Of Girl

Brazil’s Tourism Minister Resigns Amid Corruption Accusations

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Greens Spruik Climate, Education Policy At Campaign Launch

Concerns Fantasy Sports Could Create New Generation Of Gamblers

Labor Pledges Budget Balance Despite $16.4b Deeper Deficit

Turnbull Urges Voters To Back Coalition’s ‘Calm Heads’

Reece Harding Becomes ‘Symbol Of Kurdistan’

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

BREXIT

Britain Votes to Leave E.U.; Cameron Says He Plans to Step Down

Brexit Fallout: Stocks, Currencies Bloodied, Central Banks On Alert

The Future For Britain, The Political Fallout, And What About The EU?

EU Says UK Must Not Delay Leaving

How Brexit Could Hit Your Wallet

‘Brexit’ Aftershocks: More Rifts In Europe, And In Britain, Too

Kremlin Eyes Better U.K.-Russia Ties After Brexit Referendum

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Climate Scientists Predict More Blazing Heat, Drought, Fires And Scores Of Dead Trees In The West

As Greenland Melts, One Of Its Most Famous Glaciers Is Creating Terrifying Tsunamis

Is Drought Causing A Health Crisis In California?

Unable To Endure Rising Seas, Alaskan Villages Stuck In Limbo

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

How Do You Stop A Future Terrorist When The Only Evidence Is A Thought?

Bioterror Experiment In The NYC Subway?

What The Islamic State Has Won And Lost

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Refugees At Highest Ever Level – Un

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up In Net Of Deportation

Seattle Mayor: City’s Policy On Immigrants — We Don’t Ask And We Won’t Tell

Migrant Death Toll On The Rise Again

FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA

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GO, SOLAR IMPULSE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, first, we want to congratulate the Solar Impulse on a successful transatlantic flight.  She’s been all over the globe in the last several years, quietly being the best lobbyist for solar power on the planet.  She and her team have proven what is possible and have paved the way for those whose job it is to take breakthroughs like this and maximize them.

It reminds me, in some ways, of the Greek “myth” of Icarus and his father Daedalus.  They were the ones who made wings of wax and bird feathers and proved that “man” could fly, in imitation of the birds.  The fact that Icarus flew too close to the sun I think was a warning.

He flew higher than eagles and that had to have been a shock to his system.  Once he got up there, he might have just truly wanted to push the envelope, something test pilots can tell you a lot about.  Among others.

So the lesson I take from this is that humankind wasn’t ready for flight.  But gradually, at first in balloons and then in other aircraft, our minds adapted to the new element.  Now we go parasailing, skydiving, etc. and enjoy the adrenalin rush with absolutely no fear of the elements.

Technology generally follows the same evolution, I’ve noticed.  So I look forward to seeing solar powered flight take its place among the greener transport options we now have as a species.

Nice going, guys.

Have a great week, gang.  And thank you!

Rusty Miller – Editor

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Elephant Seals Popular With Visitors

YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO CHECK THESE OUT

VIDEO: A patriotic tour of the South China Sea

Devices That Deserve to Go Along on Vacation  

GOOD EXAMPLES

These folks could use some help.  Video: The Tribe Standing Up To Amazon Loggers

The world needs more like him.  Ex-Hunter Saves His Former Victims

This is truly inspirational.  How A Street Child Became A Leading Artist

BAD EXAMPLES

I hope God forgives them for doing this.  I certainly will not.  US Senate Rejects Gun Control Bills

Why am I somehow not surprised?  Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident

This dude’s a real class act, isn’t he?  Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty in Campus Rape

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Can you imagine what their table manners must have been like?  Ancient Peoples Feasted On Giant Meals

This is interesting.  Virgin Atlantic Just Used Behavioral Science To ‘Nudge’ Its Pilots Into Using Less Fuel. It Worked

And it does, too.  This Chart Perfectly Explains What’s At Stake In The Quest To Stop Climate Change

EARTH

Could Bringing Back Camels “Rewild” The American West?

A Hero In A Harsh, High-Desert World

Obama On The Power Of National Parks

SPACE

Meet A Tiny Asteroid That Has Followed Earth For 100 Years

China On Schedule For Launch Of Second Space Station

Short Answers To Your Good Questions About Black Holes

TECHNOLOGY

Europe’s Emergency Workers Turn to Drones to Save Lives

Video: Rolls-Royce Shows ‘Floating’ Future Car

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential In The Keyboard Age

THE GREEN AGENDA

It’s The First New US Nuclear Reactor In Decades. And Climate Change Has Made That A Very Big Deal

Who Will Fund Clean Energy For The World’s Poorest?

Trees Are Very, Very Good For Our Health. But In Many Cities, They’re Struggling

California Utility To Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Reactors By 2025

HEALTH

Beating the Heat: How To Avoid HeatstrokeDrink A SlushieCool Your NeckDouse Your Head In Cold WaterYou Need Water, But Not Too Much

Remember That Heat Clouds Your Judgment

Small Increases In Air Pollution Can Put Kids At Risk Of Mental Illness

Zika Breakthrough: First Vaccine Ready For Human Trials, Scientists Announce

Avoid Summer Bummers

Easy Chair Workouts

LIFESTYLE

Amazon, Microsoft, Other Titans Team Up For Transgender Rights

Orlando Massacre Inspires Some To Come Out As Gay

Talking to Younger Men About Growing Old

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

1Try~Rose

Individuality is enhanced, not obliterated, by true love.

Menachem Mendel Shneerson

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BEST OF THE NET

This Famous Pianist Performed While Floating In The Arctic, And It’s Haunting

Togetherness – Dreyers Ice Cream, Among America’s Best Commercials Ever Made

One Robot Spacecraft Spies Another  

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A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes.  For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes. For a $4.00 adventure, please go here. 

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NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display
Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
Ghost writing
Speeches
Editing ~ General and International
“Americanization” of International Websites
Online English Tutoring
Special Projects

Northstar Media Serviceshttp://nstarmed.wordpress.comemail: minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It is certainly good to see these little dudes (and dudettes) out and about, considering how close we came to losing them.  Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

It is certainly good to see these little dudes (and dudettes) out and about, considering how close we came to losing them. Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

You do not want to read this too close to bed time.  The Monsters Hidden Beneath The Sea

This is fascinating.  Professor Green: Dangerous Dogs

This is a good reason to visit Australia.  VIDEO: Massive python invades Queensland home

SHORTS

The Monkeys Like Us

Where Condors Learn To Soar

Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Pirate Queen Of County Mayo

The Species That Lives In Isolation

London’s Secret Underground River

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IT’S NOT ABOUT WINNING OR LOSING. IT IS ABOUT MAKING IT WORK.

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News & Commentary; From Olya – Euro 2016: Viva La France; Meade Fischer– AdventureTourism  and Other Travel News; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 12, 2016  No. 453

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IT’S NOT ABOUT WINNING OR LOSING.  IT IS ABOUT MAKING IT WORK.

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As most of you know, this magazine does not ~ as a rule ~ discuss politics because if we started with one country, to be fair, we would need to discuss the politics of the 22 countries you all are from.

However, like most rules, has an occasional exception.  Unless Americans are stupid enough to vote for one of the most outrageous individuals in the history of the species, the United States will, in January of next year, swear in its first lady chief executive.

In that regard, America is late in joining the international community.  There are 18 women world leaders now and the historical pantheon of them is a long parade.  Closer to home, in Washington state, where I live, we have been well served by two lady governors, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, and certainly by our two senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

In response to one of our state legislators running for re-election, I would say, find some good things to say about your opponent.  Maintain the moral high ground you defend so well.  Run a clean, simple and honest campaign.

I think you will find that this is what the constituency really wants.  It’s not about winning or losing.  It is about making it work.  If that costs you an election, it will enhance your reputation in other ways and make it possible for you to be of even greater value and service to the constituencies you obviously love so much.  Go for it, Tina.

Have a great week, gang.  And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.

Rusty

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THE NEWS

I can’t help wondering how much longer this is going to go on.  Toyota Names Vehicles That Still Have Faulty Airbags

This is not real thrilling news.  Volkswagen Not Alone in Flouting Pollution Limits

Every time I think I’ve seen or heard everything, Monkey In Kenya Survives After Setting Off Nationwide Blackout

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

A Carnival of Life Flourishes in Kabul’s Field of the Dead

President Obama and India’s Modi Forge an Unlikely Friendship

Bangladesh Says It Now Knows Who’s Killing The Bloggers

The Cleanest Village In Asia

The Spellbinding Streets Of Tokyo

India Holds Suspect In Killing Of Narendra Dabholkar, An Anti-Mystic Activist

5 Get Life Sentences In India For Rape Of Danish Woman In 2014

Tibet Stands Out In China’s Entries At Shanghai International Film Festival

AFRICA

Japanese Plant Seeds Of Baseball Throughout Africa

Shabab Attack In Somalia Sets Off Predawn Gun Battle

U.N. Accuses Eritrea’s Leaders Of Crimes Against Humanity

Eritrean Accused Of Trafficking Migrants Is Captured In Sudan, Italy Says

U.N. To Investigate Peacekeepers Suspected Of Killing Women And Children In Africa

Kenya Bans ‘Unlawful’ Demonstrations

Kenya’s Collective ‘Uh-Oh’: Another Election Is Coming

Political Violence Roils The Republic Of Congo

Shabab Attack On Hotel In Mogadishu, Somalia, Kills Over A Dozen

MIDDLE EAST

Microsoft Opens Third Research And Development Center In Israel

Video: On Front Line In Battle For Falluja

Video: Multiple People Shot In Tel Aviv

Huge Monument Found Under Sands In Petra

Israelis Find Rare Moment Of Solidarity In Aftermath Of Tel Aviv Shootings

Palestinian Gunmen Open Fire In Tel Aviv, Leaving Four Dead

Three Hospitals Attacked In Rebel Side Of Aleppo, Syria

Jordan Bars News Media Coverage Of Shooting At Intelligence Office

Defiant Bashar Al-Assad Vows To Retake ‘Every Inch’ Of Syria

Jewish Woman Detained For Taking Torah Scroll To Western Wall In Jerusalem

Arrest Made In Killing Of Jordanian Intelligence Officers

Graft Fighter In Egypt Finds Himself A Defendant In Court

EUROPE

Video: French Police Hold Euro 2016 Security Drills

How Does Britain Compare To The World?

Crossing Into The Alien North… Of Paris

Eurozone Banks Hit By Bad Debts

An All-Purpose Maze Deep Beneath A London Suburb

A Road Through The Ages

Peony Paradise At Moscow’s Aptekarsky Ogorod

Shashlyk, Anyone? Lighting Fires Legally In Moscow

Cheers! Moscow’s Best Sports Pubs For Watching Euro 2016

CANADA

Video Shows RCMP Trying To Subdue Hatchet-Wielding Man With Taser, Pepper Spray And Taser Once Again

One Of Canada’s ‘Hidden Gems’: New Use Found For Old Sugar Maple Tree Growing In Niagara Region

Tests Reveal Toxic Levels Of Contaminants In Fort Mac Soil And Ash

GM Canada To Hire 1,000 Engineers As It Looks To Boost R&D

Sinkhole Opens Under Busy Street In Downtown Ottawa

UNITED STATES

Panama Papers Show How Rich United States Clients Hid Millions Abroad

Young, Rich, Chinese In Rural America

M5.2 Earthquake Shakes California

Boycotts Won’t Change Mississippi—But Civil Rights History Shows Us How We Can

Zuni Tribe Returns To Sacred Ceremony To Strengthen Community

Pressure To Sack Stanford Case Judge Grows

LATIN AMERICA

U.S. Approves 6 Airlines For Direct Flights To Cuba

Keiko Fujimori Concedes In Peru’s Presidential Election

Drug That Killed Prince Is Making Mexican Cartels Richer, U.S. Says

Pall Hangs Over Brazil’s Presidential Palace As Dilma Rousseff Prepares For Trial

Report Accuses Mexico Of Crimes Against Humanity In Drug War

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Battered By Deadly Storms

Australia Reconsiders How Far Flight 370 May Have Flown

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

These Elephant Seals Just Taught Scientists Why Antarctica Is Melting So Fast

Climate Change Could Force Huge Migrations For People And Animals Living Near The Equator

‘We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Arctic Sea Ice Hit A Stunning New Low In May

This Is The Obama Administration’s New Plan To Stop Devastating Ocean Noise Pollution

Quick Analysis Finds Effect Of Climate Change In French Floods

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

France Releases Terror Alert Phone App

The War Of The Future? Picture Big Armies And Many Fronts

U.N.-Backed Libyan Fighters Push Toward ISIS Stronghold Of Surt

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Olympians Without Nations: First-Ever Team Of Refugees Heads To Summer Games

Video: Migrants In Athens Turn To Prostitution

British Judge Orders Proper Pay For Exploited Migrant Workers

FROM OLYA

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EURO 2016: VIVA LA FRANCE

Hi Mishka:

Thousands, if not millions of people are now in the midst of a football craze that embraces Europe in a good way whilst the spirit of competition among nations brings people to their television sets or has them socializing in sports bars supporting their respective teams. The luckiest will be there in person and, of course, enjoy it for real. The European Football Championship started on 10 June in France and will most certainly provide unforgettable memories to all those who are not indifferent to this kind of sports.

But there is another side, for France holding championship is quite a challenge as the dissatisfaction of working people with current labor policy grows which spiraled into mass strikes and street demonstrations.

According to an article by Fran Blandy on Ultrasurf headlined Strike-Hit France Scrambles To Ensure Smooth Euro 2016, “while striking workers have varying demands, they are united against labor reforms which the government forced through Parliament without a vote, which prompted a bitter standoff with the unions.”

Our prayers are with The Third Republic and here is wishing all participants safe and enjoyable games. Viva La France

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

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Without King Arthur, This Castle May Never Have Been Built

The Most Dazzling Ancient City

A Park Where You Can Walk Among 1,500-Year-Old Bears And Birds

Staying Healthy While Traveling the Globe

GOOD EXAMPLES

I have been a fan of hers for about nine years now.  And Oprah from the start.  First lady Michelle Obama teams up with Oprah to host ‘United State of Women’ summit at White House

This lady deserves all the praise she receives.  First she heard the screams. Then she saved a life — by holding a boy’s neck for half an hour.

This is a compromise I might be able to live with.  ‘Press The Big Red Button’: Computer Experts Want Kill Switch To Stop Robots From Going Rogue

BAD EXAMPLES

The savagery of people who make me feel ashamed of being American never ceases to amaze me.  ‘Oh And I’m Undocumented’: Tex. Valedictorian’s Tweet Draws Deportation Threats

I’ve lived in Orange County, California and this does not surprise me.  Calif. Judge Who Had Sex With Intern, Attorney In His Chambers Wins Reelection

This had to have been a little embarrassing.  Shepherd Sleeps As More Than 1,000 Sheep Run Amok In Spanish Town

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I found this a little unsettling.  This Funny-Looking Ancient Fish Is Actually Your Great-Great-Great-Great (You Get The Idea) Granduncle

This could be trouble.  After Secret Harvard Meeting, Scientists Announce Plans For Synthetic Human Genomes

This is fascinating.  The Monkeys That Live In The Stone Age

EARTH

Did Humans Evolve With Grasslands?

Moss Is A Master Of Mechanical Engineering

How Did The First People Migrate To The Americas? Bison Fossils Could Help Settle The Debate.

SPACE

Pluto’s Heart: Icy And Alive

Ice Ages, And Ice At Mars’ Polar Cap

The Weird ‘Lasers’ Coming From Space

TECHNOLOGY

Will We Ever Pilot Giant Robots?

The Chinese Hackers In The Back Office

A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the ‘Dark Ages’ of the Internet

THE GREEN AGENDA

How The World’s Most Popular Foods Have Traveled All Over The Planet

This Is Why The World Can’t Stop Wasting So Much Food

How Much Does Sprawl Cost American Commuters?

What Indigenous Communities Are Teaching Scientists About Nature

HEALTH

Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know

Six Everyday Eating Mistakes

Best & Worst Heart Foods

‘Wholesome, Fresh And Easy’: Pati Jinich On The Joys Of Making Mexican Food At Home

Thriving At Age 70 And Beyond

Research Traces Link Between Combat Blasts and PTSD

LIFESTYLE

To Beat Anti-Semitic Trolls Online, Some Co-Opt Their Weapons and Mock Them

The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

The People Who Live With Tigers

When Bullets Hit Bystanders

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is amazing.  ‘You Are Now Not Dinner’: Vegan Goes To Great Lengths To Save Lobster From Dire Fate

I loved this.  Epic Bird Migration Mystery Solved

What are the ten fastest life forms on the planet?  The answers just might surprise you.

SHORTS

One Lion Changed The Course Of History

Cuba’s Endangered Leaping Crocodile

Fish Can Recognize Human Faces (And We Know Because They Keep Spitting At Us)

Humans Domesticated Dogs Twice, Says Study

Scientists Find Genes That Let These Bees Reproduce Without Males

Monkey In Kenya Survives After Setting Off Nationwide Blackout

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Turkey Sinks An Airbus Jumbo Jet In Aegean Sea To Attract Fish & Tourists — Turkish Officials Anticipate 250,000 Divers Will Visit The Airbus Each Year

Mystery Girl In Calif. Gets Second Funeral, 145 Years After She Was First Buried

Forget Oil. This Summer, A Two-Mile Pipeline That Carries Beer Will Open In A Belgian City.

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

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

 

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ROSETTA’S COMET HAS THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR LIFE

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News & Commentary; From Olya – Octopuses and the Age of Outrage; Meade Fischer – The Summer Travel Season  and Other Travel News; Sara’s Fulbright Year in Taichun; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 5 2016  No. 453

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ROSETTA’S COMET HAS THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR LIFE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Sometimes headlines like the one above tend to freak me out a little. I mean, what if there is life on one of these things and since the best survivors on our planet are cockroaches, let’s assume this lifeform is as well?  And capable of space travel, in rocketships about the size of a matchbook?

What if they had overcome their instinct to war among one another but, in so doing, over populated their comet or asteroid or whatever?  What if they needed more room and had these teensy orbiters and landers sampling our solar system.

Mercury, because of its proximity to the sun, is too hot and too small to have an atmosphere.  Venus has one but it’s mostly carbon dioxide (CO2).  Atmosphere pressure is also about 95 times greater than earth.

On the other side of us, Mars has a thin atmosphere of mostly CO2.  It is really dusty and really cold, with temperatures ranging from -51F/-41C – -225F/-142C.  Jupiter is intensely radioactive, with spewing volcanoes and winds in excess of 315 mph/620 kph.  Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are gas giants with no solid surface.

And then there is us.  We have atmosphere, climate, a variety of environmental options, a host of life forms substance, sport and other pleasures.  Granted, the dominant species looms over these little extraterrestrial cockroaches like a 17 story building.  But observation has shown that the most deadly creatures on earth are the smallest.

What if we woke up one morning with tiny interplanetary cockroaches calmly dismantling our world in order to make it theirs.  What would be our fate when at last we were reduced to naked and shivering millions?  Hint:  cockroaches, like us, also eat meat.

It is precisely because of this risk that I think NASA and all the other space agencies of the world, as well as private enterprise needs to build five kilometer long cannons out in the desert someplace with atomic, hydrogen and nitrogen warheads and as soon as an asteroid of a comet or a meteor enters our atmosphere, it’s like slam, bam, thank you Uncle Sam.

God made earth for earthlings, not for extraterrestrial cockroaches.  If God had wanted extraterrestrial cockroaches here, She would have had them earthlings.

This land is our land, after all, from California to the New York island and  from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.  Not for extraterrestrial cockroaches.

Have a great week, gang.  And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.

Rusty

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THE NEWS

You guys in Australia who surf the Great Barrier Reef with these guys are going to love hearing about this.  Expert warns 2016 could see a record number of shark attacks, but remember, accidental drownings are way more common

If they also learn to skate, Copenhagen will never be the same.  Wild elephants could soon roam Denmark

This is amazing.  The Village With No Locks Or Doors

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

United National Global Update

Macarthur Foundation Will Award $100 Million For Solution To A Global Problem

ASIA

In Hong Kong, Protest Over ‘Pokemon’ Name Change Reflects Fears Of Chinese Encroachment

Court Convicts 24 Over Gujarat Massacre

Japan Officials Raid Suzuki Headquarters

Kidney Racket At Top Delhi Hospital

Thai Tiger Temple Operation ‘Completed’

Okinawa Murder Case Heightens Outcry Over U.S. Military’s Presence

Governor Of Jakarta Bucks Indonesia’s Party Politics

Thousands Rally In Hong Kong To Mark Tiananmen Anniversary

AFRICA

Boko Haram Attack Kills 32 In Niger

When West Africans Dress, The Fabric Is The Message

Political Violence Roils The Republic Of Congo

Uganda Halts Military Cooperation With North Korea

Hissène Habré, Ex-President Of Chad, Is Convicted Of War Crimes

Power Struggles Stall South Sudan’s Recovery From War

Dakar Journal: A Mission To Bring Stem Skills, And Robots, To Children In West Africa

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s Supreme Leader On America: Don’t Trust, Don’t Cooperate

Palestinians Elect A New President (On A Reality TV Show)

Saudi Oil Chief Khalid Al-Falih Tells OPEC Changes Are Coming

U.N. Plans No Imminent Airdrops Of Aid In Syria, Despite Expired Deadline

King Tut’s Dagger Made Of ‘Iron From The Sky,’ Researchers Say

Top Aide To Assad Takes Syria’s Case To A U.S. Audience

20,000 Iraqi Children Are Trapped By Falluja Battle, U.N. Warns

EUROPE

Germany Defies Turkey Over ‘Genocide’

Paris River ‘To Peak At Six Meters’

Lightning Hurts Dozens At Rock Festival

In Turkey, A Syrian Child ‘Has To Work To Survive’

Moldova Is Rattled As Washington Welcomes A Feared Tycoon

Trying To Fill Void, France Holds Talks On Mideast Peace Process

THE VATICAN

Scapegoat Or Spy? Vatican Consultant Commands Attention At Leaks Trial

CANADA

First Residents Return To Fort McMurray After Wildfire

He’s A Pastor And A Firefighter And Fort McMurray Made Him Question God

How Internet Detectives Tracked A Child Porn Trail From Idaho To Red Deer

3 Slain Mounties ‘Ran Toward Danger’ To Protect Community: Moncton Unveils Memorial

UNITED STATES

Death Rate For Americans Ticks Upward, Reversing Long-Term Trend

Cuomo, Fighting Boycott Against Israel, Will Halt State Business With Groups That Back It

A Weekend In Chicago: Where Gunfire Is A Terrifying Norm

America Is Hitting The Road Again

LATIN AMERICA

Firebombs And Accusations Fly In ‘Ruthless’ Election Campaigns In Mexico

Argentine President Mauricio Macri Will Repatriate Savings From Bahamas

Recording Spurs Anticorruption Minister To Resign In Brazil

Grass-Roots Anticorruption Drive Puts Heat On Mexican Lawmakers

Argentine Court Confirms A Deadly Legacy Of Dictatorships

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Surfer Dies After Shark Attack

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

The Winter Was Wet, But California Could Get Thirsty Again

The Trillion-Dollar Climate Threat

Climate Change Film Tells Us “How to Let Go of the World”

Tired Of Running From The River: Adapting To Climate Change On India’s Disappearing Islands

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

3 Somali-Americans Found Guilty Of Trying To Join Islamic State

Militias In Libya Advance On ISIS Stronghold Of Surt With Separate Agendas

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Three Days, 700 Deaths On Mediterranean As Migrant Crisis Flares

Migrant Boat Rescue Under Way Off Crete

Graphic: Migrant Death Toll On The Rise Again

FROM OLYA

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OCTOPUSES AND THE AGE OF OUTRAGE

Hi Mishka:

It was informative to read an article Living In The Age Of Outrage highlighting the problems we encounter being people of a digital age.

Besides, being positive, connecting with the Internet apparently does also have a negative side.   While we stop communicating face to face, it is common now just to stereotype people with whom there is a disagreement and fall into unconscious behaviour seeking and demonizing enemies. With the power of the Internet it is easier than ever to find information that already confirms pre-existing beliefs, without even trying to understand others.

Also it would be not excessive to point out that health and food choices are first to affect mental state. Compromised liver, for example, leads to agitation and outrage too. The only way to control emotions is to be conscious of their grounds.

Of course it is a matter of choice to find a common language with each other. If not, Mother Nature has always Plan B, in case homo sapiens as a species opt to be irresponsible.

Also, since I too also love All Creatures Great and Small, I wanted to share this with everybody.  Check Out Eight Reasons Why Octopuses Are The Geniuses Of The Ocean

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

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The Road That Defies Gravity

SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN

This is a fascinating little report about trash collection in this country. So interesting … and gives us something to think about in terms of the sheer volume of trash we generate in our own country (especially in comparison to Taiwan). Please listen: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/separation-anxiety/

This is the newly updated Fulbright ETA website: http://taiwan-etaprogram.org/

Here is the “Teaching in Taichung” page:  http://taiwan-etaprogram.org/teaching-7

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GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for us!  U.S. Bans Commercial Trade of African Elephant Ivory

Given some of the bizarre behavior I’ve seen in Seattle recently, I think this is an excellent concept.  What If Mental Health First Aid Were as Widespread as CPR? New York City’s Planning to Do It

I thought this was pretty inspiring.  Longevity Pose: Teaching Yoga At Age 97

BAD EXAMPLES

This is a kind of big “Ooops.”  Spy agency accidentally shared Canadians’ data with allies for years

We are certainly glad papal justice is prevailing.  Bishops Face Sack For Mishandling Abuse

This needs to be corrected.  Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

After almost two decades of construction, World’s longest rail tunnel opens

This is fascinating.  How rockets are catching up to sci-fi

So Is This.  Ancient Civilization Of Microbes, Not Greeks, Built ‘Lost City’

EARTH

Madagascar’s First Settlers Came From 3,000 Miles Away

Where Two Continents Are Breaking Apart

Scientists Announce HGP-Write Project to Synthesize Human Genome

SPACE

Watch International Space Station’s Newest Module Expand

Life Ingredients In Rosetta’s Comet

Asteroids Splashed Into The Young Moon – And They May Be The Source Of Its Water

TECHNOLOGY

Five Cities Beloved By Digital Nomads

How To Save A Billion Gallons Of Petrol

Walmart Looks To Drones To Speed Distribution

THE GREEN AGENDA

Washington to force state’s biggest carbon polluters to cut emissions

Scientists From Around The World Call On Trudeau To Reject Pacific Northwest LNG

Why Did The US Let Highways Ruin Its Cities? How Can We Fix It?

US Congress Aims To Cut Climate Science

How To Not Love The National Parks To Death

HEALTH

The Invention That Stops Girls Missing School Every Month

Foods That Steal Sleep

After A Stroke At Age 30, Making Our Own Luck

Yoga May Be Good For The Brain

Using Meditation To Help Close The Achievement Gap

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Migraines Tied To Increased Risk Of Heart Problems

‘New Era’ Of Personalised Cancer Drugs

LIFESTYLE

Immigrant Moms Were Told They Can’t Have Jobs—So They Started Their Own Tamale Co-op

Who Is To Blame When A Child Wanders At The Zoo?

Moscow’s Chief Architect Envisions The City’s Future

In Istanbul’s Taxis, Buckling Up Is An Insult

The Y’s And Wherefores Of How Cubans Name Their Children

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Important things

Another person it’s hard not to be drawn to.  Krista Tippet’s books and interviews are consistently insightful and not what one might imagine.

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How Did That Missing Japanese Boy Survive?

Music In Moscow On Sunday: The A

Adventures Of Foreigners In Russia

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FROM NORTHSTAR

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion/dp/1511900660/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

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Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

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Ghost writing

Speeches

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“Americanization” of International Websites

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This does not surprise me.  It is also why I don’t go swimming with them.  Octopuses are the geniuses of the ocean

Since I’m a fan of these little dudes (and dudettes), I thought this was really cool.  Bees’ secret superpower explained: How they sense flowers’ electric fields

Weird, even for us, this one is.  Scientists crack mystery of shrimp packing such a punch it can split your thumb

SHORTS

Officials Seize Tigers From Thai Temple

Top 10 New Species Of 2016

Deciphering Mysterious Honey Bee Decline

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s June 2016 newsletter is now available online and it is one of the best they have yet published.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

VIDEO: Arnie vs. Elephant — Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Chased By An Elephant While On A Trip To South Africa.

Village Completely Relocated Because Of Elephants

A Weekend In Chicago: Where Gunfire Is A Terrifying Norm

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you would like to receive a graphically enhanced version delivered to your email, yearly subscriptions are now available for a limited time at the reduced price of $12.00 US. To do so,  please go here.  Then send us your email address at minstrel312@aol.com and bingo.  International currencies accepted.

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MEMORIAL DAY NOW BELONGS TO THE WORLD

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary; From Olya  To The Class Of 2016 And Beyond; Meade Fischer – California’s Mother Lode and Other Travel News; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone;  From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

May 29 2016  No. 452

clip_image009MA28168148-0083MEMORIAL DAY NOW BELONGS TO THE  WORLD

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We would like to wish all of you a happy Memorial Day.  As most of you know, this celebration originated in America after their Civil War.  Called Decoration Day, then, it was to honor the fallen winners, those victorious soldiers who had given, to quote President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “their last full measure of devotion.”

War has evolved right along with those to whom it has been an option.  So to me, at least, this is no longer a holiday for the victors of one of America’s several wars.  I don’t believe it’s any longer the province of any single nation with the possible exception of Switzerland.

It does not even any longer belong exclusively to those who served in the military because wars themselves do not choose sides.  There is no collateral damage because war has no conscience, nor the need for one.  War serves those who would use war to serve their own ends.  It does not select the targets.

My own experience was with the Vietnam War.  I believed then and still believe that American involvement was geopolitically appropriate within the context of the Cold War.

That notwithstanding, nobody I served with or have talked to since took any joy in the havoc and hell we helped bring to that nation and others nearby.  Especially after the Chinese, the French, the Japanese and the French again, Vietnam did not need white boots marching in a yellow land.  What is remarkable to me is that I know so many other veterans from other wars and from other nations who feel exactly as I feel.

I am recalled now of something I learned from a (then) North Vietnamese university student whose father had served with the North Vietnamese Army at about the same time I was over there.  I had an opportunity to meet him when he came to visit her in Seattle, where she lived while attending the University of Washington.

He turned out to be a real nice guy, in a quietly strong and dignified way.  It was easy to imagine him as a combat major leading by personal example.  As we sat down to supper, Lin Vinh raised her glass and said to me in faintly French accented English,

“Let us remember that soldiers do not start wars.  They only fight them.”

Memorial Day belongs to all of us now.  So we dedicate this edition to all those whose ultimate sacrifices were made in the unshakable belief that eventually, those would not have been made in vain and that it would not be necessary to die to know a land of peace.

We invite you to attend with us the 2004 Memorial Day celebration in Washington, DC., narrated by Gary Senise.  It does not come any better than this.  You folks have a great week.  And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.

Rusty

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com  To contribute to the next edition, please go here.

THE NEWS

This marks a new low in human behavior and strongly suggests castration in this life to save Satan the expense.  ‘Mass Rape’ Video Shocks Brazil

We certainly hope that the First Lady’s speaking at their commencement exercises helps this venerable American education institution find the funding it apparently now desperately needs.  Dreams Stall As CUNY, New York City’s Engine Of Mobility, Sputters

Join us, please, in congratulating these folks.  Video: The Winning Words

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Map: There Are 5 Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Floating In Our Oceans

United Nations: Air And Water Problems Are Worsening On A Global Scale

Oil Hits $50 For First Time This Year

Rise Of Donald Trump Tracks Growing Debate Over Global Fascism  

W.H.O. Dismisses Call To Move Olympics Over Zika Virus In Brazil

ASIA

Traveling Couple Bring Their Unique World View To China In Online Show

Arriving In Vietnam, Obama Aims To Lure It Away From China

Obama Lifts Arms Embargo On Vietnam

Super-Sizing Science — Five Ways China Is Leaping Ahead

SONY Profit Growth Hit By April Japanese Earthquake

President Obama Makes History At Hiroshima

China Promoting Tourism For Disputed Paracel Islands

AFRICA

He Survived Ebola. Now He’s Fighting To Keep It From Spreading.

U.S. Increases Antiterrorism Exercises With African Militaries

Last Liberia Sanctions, Vestige Of Civil War, Are Lifted

South Africa, One Nation United By The Grill

Tunisian Islamic Party Re-Elects Moderate Leader

MIDDLE EAST

U.S. Urges No Bail For Reza Zarrab In Iran Sanctions Case

Egypt Expels French Journalist In A Rare Move Against Foreign Media

Egyptair Enlists European Companies To Look For Black Boxes From Flight 804

Powerful Council In Iran Selects Hard-Liner As Chairman

West Bank Journal: A Window Into The West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ Areas

EUROPE

Harper Will Step Down As MP Before Parliament’s Fall Session

Labour Protesters Step Up French Action

Spain’s Wine Industry Is Hiccuping From Its Excesses

Lightning Injures Several People In France And Germany

Lesbos, A Greek Refuge For The War Weary And Vacationers

Behind The Barricades Of Turkey’s Hidden War

A Soviet-Era Mind-Set At The Market

How One Berliner Battles Hate: With Conscience And A Sharp Scraper

French Unions Clamor For Workers’ Rights, And Relevance

U.N. Suspends Torture Inquiry In Ukraine

CANADA

Canadian Director Xavier Dolan Scores Polarizing Grand Prix Win At Cannes

Canadian Killed In Eqyptair Crash Remembered As Devoted Mother

Trudeau Chooses Two Women To Fill Top Diplomatic Positions

Toronto on the Lookout for 2 Escapees — Rodents From a Zoo

Dozens of Women Vanish on Canada’s Highway of Tears, and Most Cases Are Unsolved

Canadian Ambassador, A Hero At Home, Tussles With Protester In Ireland

UNITED STATES

Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted Of All Charges

Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias In Jury Selection For Death Penalty Case

Pleading For Peace In Chicago: ‘We Could Be Looking At A Blood Bath’

Autopsies Of San Bernardino Victims Reveal Details Of Carnage

Mark Salling, ‘Glee’ Actor, Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

LATIN AMERICA

First Arrest Made In Gang Rape Case In Brazil

Grass-Roots Anticorruption Drive Puts Heat on Mexican Lawmakers

Argentine Court Confirms a Deadly Legacy of Dictatorships

Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

Q. and A.: How Venezuela Fell Into Crisis, and What Could Happen Next

Mexican Military Runs Up Body Count in Drug War

Luis Álvarez, Leading Figure in Mexico’s National Action Party, Dies at 96

Michel Temer Aims to Restore Confidence in Brazil’s Economy

Transcript Suggests a Plot Behind Effort to Oust Brazilian President

Mexico Prepares to Counter ‘the Trump Emergency’

Galápagos Islands Gain a New Guardian as Ecuador Moves to Protect the Park

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

‘How Can The People Of Australia Trust Either Of You?’

Adam Whittington Says Channel Nine Using Him As ‘Scapegoat’

GPS ‘At Breaking Point’ Over Medicare Rebate Freeze

Man Charged With Murder Of Melbourne Teen Found In Mineshaft

Items Belonging To Missing Man Rye Hunt Found In Brazil

Thousands Protest Against Baird Government, Westconnex In Sydney

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER

Report Warns Of Climate Change Disasters That Rival Hollywood’s

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Deadly Blasts Rock Assad Strongholds

Video: Is ‘Destroyed Syria Airbase’ Used By Russia

Afghan Taliban Announce New Leader

U.S. Says Its Strikes Are Hitting More Significant ISIS Targets

IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

From Cuba To Miami By Providence And A Homemade Boat

Video: Footage Of Migrant Boat Capsize Released

Italian Navy Saves 135 Migrants On Sinking Boat

At Venice Biennale, Germany Makes A Case For Welcoming Refugees

FROM OLYA

kikoriki

TO THE CLASS OF 2016 AND BEYOND

Hi Mishka:

It is the end of May which means the end of school and more inspiring messages for youngsters.  Quoting Obama words at Rutgers University: “Ignorance is not a virtue”.  I read more graduation speeches in a recent article in the Guardian article featuring J K Rowling, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other prominent personalities sharing their experience.

But while for the University Class Of  2016 graduates the time is now to decide future careers, behind them some ten to fifteen years is a new digital generation preparing for the world they will inherit.

They always delight me, these young people, with their profound knowledge in many areas one would not expect from people so young.  How did they become so wise so early in life?

Designed in the mid 1960s by the American government as a secure communications system, academia acquired it by the mid 1980s and a decade later ~ about the time the Class of 2016 was born ~ so was the Internet, in basically the form we know it now.

Since then, it has in grown one-hundred fold.  While about 15 years ago it was mainly games youngsters were interested in, now we witness more cognitive aspects of their activities evolving using tech devices.

Curiosity is a very human trait and one necessary for its survival.  As Darwin pointed out, survival belongs to the most adaptable.  Adaptability is about appropriate choices and appropriate choices are about knowledge.

So of course, children are eager to learn about the entire world around them.  Thanks to the exponential growth of the information gathering and storage technology, it has become easier than ever before to satisfy this Darwinian predicate.  Here is an example of what happens when you turn a kid with sweet tooth curiosity loose in a candy store of information.  How a 15-year-old discovered an ancient Mayan city

I recently watched a funny video which illustrated how thoroughly the Internet has become a part of the entire human experience.  It was a one-year-old child trying to press a photograph on a paper magazine cover, assuming it was a big tablet.

Here are some “Tips For Exploring Science With Children” helping parents become part of their child’s digital learning experience.  Definitely such cartoons as kikoriki explaining science in a simple way will also help kids on their way to knowledge.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting.  Try Northern California’s Mother Lode.

AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT:

A Medieval Castle – That Floats?

Tiger Cave: Asia’s Secret World Heritage Site

GOOD EXAMPLES

I think this is fantastic.  Galápagos Islands Gain a New Guardian as Ecuador Moves to Protect the Park

We’ve had personal experience with this confederation so while this pleases us, we are not surprised.  Where Dentists Are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care

This kind of behavior is one of the reasons I admire this man so much.  Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 

BAD EXAMPLES

I mourn for these people but this did not need to happen.  Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among three dead on Everest. Two more missing and thirty sick or frostbitten.

There’s a suite in Hell reserved for those who did this to this innocent creature.  Bubba, a puppy found high on meth and heroin, goes to rehab in Orange County

I hope he is found innocent of these allegations.  Judge Orders Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sexual Assault

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I think the mountain is trying to tell us something.  The gruesome reality of Mt Everest

This, I thought, was stunning.  I’ve been here.  Yellowstone In 1871 And Today

This Is Absolutely Incredible.  China’s ‘Air Bus’ Rides Above The Traffic

EARTH

Mars Closest To Earth On May 30

A Spat Over The Search For Killer Asteroids

How Stone Age People Buried Their Dead

SPACE

Solar Storms Key To Life On Earth?

Could This ‘Mars Base Camp’ Really Send Astronauts To The Red Planet In 2028?

On Its Second Try, NASA Adds Space To Station

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Tiny Robot Can Fly And, Amazingly, Rest

Video: China’s New Deep Sea Submarine

Dutch Firm Trains Eagles To Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones

THE GREEN AGENDA

Better Public Transit = Better Health

In Oregon, Diesel Exhaust Kills 460, Costs The State $3.5 Billion

The Cost Of Solar Power Keeps Falling—But It’s Not All About Price

More Muscle Added To National Equity Mapping Tool

10 Lessons From Bike-Friendly Cities Around The World

HEALTH

The Incredible Walking Wheelchair

Baby Boxes Cut Infant Mortality In Finland—U.S. Cities Give Them A Try

What If Mental Health First Aid Were As Widespread As CPR? New York City’s Planning To Do It

Vitamin C Super Fruit

LIFESTYLE

It’s No Accident: Advocates Want To Speak Of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead

Remembering Harriet, The Famous Bald Eagle Who Healed Veterans Wounded Like Her

As Boomers Retire, Mom-And-Pop Businesses Convert To Co-Ops To Save Jobs

FUNZONE

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Be yourself

All buried feelings are buried alive.

Daniel Gottlieb

http://whyy.org/cms/voicesinthefamily/

To subscribe and experience Thoughts in their original, please contact Ame at SpringggRain@aol.com

BEST OF THE NET

There are two singers who have had a profound impact on my life.  Both of them are named Barbara.  One of them, of course, is the immortal Ms Streisand.  Here is the other.

Some will associate Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For the Common Man with the Olympics.  This rendition takes it another direction and powerfully so.  This will leave you trembling.  Yep, please go here.

This clip is from my all time favorite movie and I love it because it’s true.  What Will You Do, Jeff Smith?

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MASHA & THE BEAR

kikoriki

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

FROM NORTHSTAR

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion/dp/1511900660/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

A super power 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing

Speeches

Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

Northstar Media Services

http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

email: minstrel312@aol.com

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

There are, I have recently learned, actually only 35 kinds (phyla) of animals in the world.  But the range they cover?  Incredible.

For New York City’s feral felines, Video: It’s a Cat’s Life

No offense to the people who live here but after reading this?  I’m glad I live 3,000 continental miles northwest.  Man-eating crocodiles captured in Florida

SHORTS

The 27-Metre-Long Giant Sea Monster

Squids And Octopuses — The ‘Weeds Of The Sea’ — Are On The Rise

Island Rattlesnake Colony Gives Small-Town Massachusetts Jitters

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s May 2016 NestWatch newsletter is now available and this is one of their most interesting yet.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: When 70 Tiger Sharks Surround Your Dinghy

Bizarre Sea Monster Shows How Strange Life Gets After An Apocalypse 

After 70 Years Of Waiting, WWII B-17 Gunner, 94, Revisits Britain. And Dies Quietly There.

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

We are a reader-supported international news, commentary and general interest Internet weekly magazine reaching readers in 22 countries.  They range in age from 12 – 93 and cross all demographics. If you would like to receive a graphically enhanced version delivered to your email, yearly subscriptions are now available for a limited time at the reduced price of $12.00 US. To do so,  please go here.  Then send us your email address at minstrel312@aol.com and bingo.  International currencies accepted.

 

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