MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HOSTING REFUGEES IN AUSTRIA

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February 19, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 23
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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE HOSTING REFUGEES IN AUSTRIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE INTERROGATION

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

THE STORY CONTINUES

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

POST SCRIPT

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

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

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

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HI AGAIN, FOLKS FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RAIN: A Story Of Love And War

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 12, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 23
$1.00 US or EquivalentIf You Can Afford It, Please Go Here  

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RAIN: A Story of Love & War

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

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

“I like it.”

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

“They’re beautiful.”

“I’m glad you’re home.”

“Me too.”

“How much do we owe the landlord?”

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

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

“What are you doing still up?”

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

“I missed you.  Go for a walk?”

“Like this?”

“You look fine.”

“OK.”

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

Then time and an era caught up with them.

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

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

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

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

Rain fell softly beyond her.

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Saving British Columbia’s Parks

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

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

UNITED STATES

Chicago Officer Who Shot Teenager And Bystander Will Not Be Charged

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

The Preacher And The Sheriff

Cascadia

Oregon’s Workforce Shines With Good News

Lead Is Spouting From Drinking Fountains In Portland Parks

Seattle’s Innovative Homeless Shelter Has A Home

When Pacific Northwest Wildfire Management Depends On Climate Science

An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root In Skagit

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

The Nations

About Washington State Tribes

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

LATIN AMERICA

Corruption Scandal Ensnares Leaders Of Peru And Colombia

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

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America

Unease In Colombia, As Old Enemies Become New Neighbors

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

Dominican Paper Apologizes For Using Baldwin Photo For Trump

Venezuela Now Leads US Asylum Requests As Crisis Deepens

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

Cartel Power Struggle Fueling Rising Violence In Mexico: Official

Panama Detains Mossack Fonseca Founders On Corruption Charges

Hundreds Of Police Back On Duty In Paralyzed Brazil State

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Ancient Undersea Landslide Discovered In Australia

Australian Man Trapped In Dam With Nose Just Above Water

Drone Captures Stunning View Of Uluru

Video: Hundreds Of Beached Whales Die In New Zealand

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

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

The Threats And Opportunities Of Climate Change

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

Video: Winter Storm Hits Northeast  

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

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

Trump Voters’ Views On Climate Change

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

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

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Seattle City Council Votes To Sever Ties To Wells Fargo

Army Approves Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

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

Fighting Fossil Fuels At The Local Level

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

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

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

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

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

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

Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants

Kenyan Closure Of Dadaab Refugee Camp Blocked By High Court

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

Video: Arizona Protests For Unauthorized Immigrants

How To Help Immigrant And Muslim Neighbors

French Farmer Who Aided Migrants Is Given Suspended Fine

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

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

Afghan Red Cross Workers Killed By IS

France Security: ‘Suicide Bomber Plot Foiled’ In Montpellier

TRUMP

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

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

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

Trump Clashes Early With Courts, Portending Years Of Legal Battles  

Trump And Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles

Tech Opposition To Trump Propelled By Employees, Not Executives

California Farmers Backed Trump, But Now Fear Losing Field Workers

Trump Named As Defendant In Landmark Federal Climate Suit | Colorl

 

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FROM OLYA

THERE WILL NOT BE ANOTHER JESUS

Hello Rusty:

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

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

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

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

It is time each of us was their own Jesus.

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

Olya Bereza  

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FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA.

Hi again, folks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encouragement – Foundation for a Better Life

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

Subway Commuters Scrub Anti-Semitic Graffiti

The Bosses Giving Time Off For Protests

San Francisco Just Made Community College Free For All Residents

Hunters Save Children Stricken With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

BAD EXAMPLES

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

People Want To Boycott Budweiser Over Its Super Bowl Immigration Ad

9 Shows And Movies That Perpetuate An Unfair Fear Of Animals

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

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

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

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

OUR PLANET

A Giant Prehistoric-Looking Bird

Whales’ Ingenious Fishing Technique

New Study Predicts Spread Of Wild Pigs

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

SPACE

Northern U.S. Meteor Dazzles Thousands

How Do You Stop Astronauts Going Mad?

Today In Science: Spacecraft Destroys Sundog

TECHNOLOGY

China’s Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

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

LG Monitor ‘Does Not Work Near Wi-Fi’

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

Surprising Ways Science Survives Travel Bans And Gag Orders

THE GREEN BEAT

How People Learn To Live With Nature

Cutting The Epa With A Scalpel, Not A Cleaver

Politics On The Plate

Republican Coalition Proposes A Carbon Tax To Fight Climate Change

The Food Bank Of The Future

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

The Eco-Friendly Tiny-House Village Coming To Portland

TRAVEL

10 Incredible Backpacking Trips You Should Do Next Summer

The Cave Filled With 9,000 Buddhas

A Pure Land Inspired By Treachery  

The 8 Most Breathtaking Mountain Towns

HEALTH

Turning The Tide Against Cholera

Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells

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

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

Swimming To Ease Back Pain

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

LIFESTYLE

The Rise Of The Asian Expat

The Most Generous People On Earth?

How To Close A Gender Gap

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Baby Ducks’ First Flight

The Woman Who Lives With Wolves

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

A Rhino Makes Friends

The Monkeys That Survive In Frigid Cold

A Diver Discovers a Candy-Colored Crab

ANIMAL RESCUES

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

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

Man Crawls Through Treacherous Black Mud After Noticing Helpless Trapped Anima

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Go Above And Beyond For Nature

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Owl Filmed On Camera Falling Asleep On A Tree

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

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

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  I’m an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.  Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

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

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WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO DO FOR THE RIGHT OF SANCTUARY

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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Interesting mix of things this week.  First, February is Black History month and the History Channel’s online newsletter is a great place to start the experience.  Even for those of us well versed in the contributions of these Americans, there’s a special resonance in realizing that in this country, Rainbow manns the wall.

And speaking of those who have made a difference, we ran across contributions Muslim Americans have made to this country and like those of African-Americans, theirs go back to the war which created America in the first place.  Our democracy seems to require blood to survive and grow.  Muslim Americans have “donated” more than their fair share.

I ran across several headlines this week that seem to contradict both the official attitude of my Congressional delegation, state government and city officials and the feelings of most of my neighbors from Blaine to the Columbia.  These include:

Trump Freezes EPA, Worrying Fans Of Puget Sound

NW Apple Growers Stressed Over Mexico-US Scuffle

Trump Tax Promise Is Already Affecting Affordable Housing

We’ve essentially told the Trump administration that they are not dictating policy to us so don’t try to use the “Big Stick” of another famous Republican president.  That also means we don’t take the carrot.

If our waters are dirty, we ~ those of us who live here ~ will clean them up.  If we are worried about cheap labor to harvest our crops and keep the price down at the other end, the unemployed and the school kids among us will pick apples.  Trump’s tax promise is NOT something you can take to the bank to finance a second mortgage or get capital to invest in a co-op.  Those resources are here, not back in Washington, DC.

If we’re going to reject Trump’s vision of America, our greatest challenge now ~ but one I am absolutely confident we can together meet ~ is weaning ourselves off federal financing as much as possible.

I think we also need to prepare for Trump to push back hard.  Then, the question will be, if Trump tells those of us who live here and either serve in the military or are employment by the federal government to start rounding up Muslims, will we do this like we did here in 1942 with Japanese Americans?

Or will we do, as King Christian of Denmark did when he told the occupying NAZIs that if Danish Jews were ordered to wear the stigmatizing yellow Star of David armband, he would don one himself?

Will we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, pray with them and, if necessary, die with them as Americans have died before, so that all those who live here can do so in peace and without fear?

Trump has billions behind his vision.  We have only blood.

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

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Visuals: Global Urban Map Of The Worlds Settlements

ASIA

The Cost Of Punjab’s Heroin ‘Epidemic’

Chinese Automaker JAC To Produce Cars In Mexico

Mattis Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Response To Nuclear Use

Lung Cancer Deadliest In China: Report

AFRICA

Cave Squeaker, Rare Frog Last Seen In 1962, Is Found In Zimbabwe

Are You From Gambia? The New York Times Wants To Hear From You

94 Psychiatric Patients In South Africa Died Of Negligence, Report Finds

For Stranded Somali Refugees, ‘Friend Of America’ Is A Deadly Label

Why Democracy Prevailed In Gambia

Global Health: In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly

Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, And Seeing Mars Stare Back

Shabab Militants Attack Kenyan Military Base In Somalia

His Predecessor Gone, Gambia’s New President Finally Comes Home

‘This Feels Like Being Born Again:’ Gambians Hope For Change And Long For Home

MIDDLE EAST

Report: Iran Launches Ballistic Missile Test In Violation Of Un Resolution

‘We Want The Same Thing’ – Saudi Oil Minister Welcomes Trump Era

Trump Embraces Pillars Of Obama’s Foreign Policy

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Test

EUROPE

Austria To Ban Full-Face Veil In Public Places

Deutsche Bank Fined By Regulators Over Money Laundering Claims

Eurozone Inflation Jumps In January

Marine Le Pen: Deadline Passes For National Front Leader To Repay EU Funds

Ukraine Conflict: ‘I Hide In The Basement’

Bank Of England Sharply Raises 2017 Growth Outlook

French Soldier Shoots Attacker Outside Louvre

Theresa May Presses EU Leaders On Defence Spending

Romania Reverses Decision To Weaken Corruption Law

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Explains Why Your Money Won’t Save You

Pope: Be More Than A Mannequin When It Comes To Helping Refugees

Pope Names Archbishop Becciu Personal Delegate To Order Of Malta

Pope Francis Encourages Successful Dialogue At Nobel Peace Summit

RUSSIA

McDonald’s To Use Only Local Products In Russian Outlets

What The Russian Orthodox Church Can Teach The West

New Belarus-Russian Border ‘Will Damage Relations,’ Says Belarusian President

Double Jeopardy: Why Kremlin Opponent Navalny Is Back In Court

CANADA

Quebec Mosque Attack: Student Alexandre Bissonnette Charged

Who Are Canada’s Astronaut Candidates?

Canada Today: Tragedy At A Mosque, And Welcoming A New Colleague

UNITED STATES

UC Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Talk As Students Protest

Amazon To Build $1.5bn US Cargo Hub

Delaware Prison Standoff Ends With Correction Officer Dead

Amid “Muslim Ban” Chaos, Van Jones Sends In His Love Army

Detroit’s Massive Muslim Community Looks For Allies In The Trump Era

CASCADIA

The High Cost Of Being Black In Oregon’s Multnomah County

Oregon Looks To Transportation Sector To Meet Carbon Emissions Goals

Jerry Brown And Warren Buffett Want To Rewire The West

Washington Legislators Mount Assault On Growth Management

Seattle Equips Its Trucks With Side Guards To Protect Cyclists

The Portland Aerial Tram: ‘Quality Infrastructure Can Impact Behavior’

Portland: Landlords Must Pay For No-Cause Evictions, Effective Immediately

THE NATIONS

10 Things You Should Know About The Quinault Nation

5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Seeks To Bolster Ties With China, Attract Investment

Huge Planes Help Fight Chile Forest Fires

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

How Australia Is Stubbing Out Smoking

Sydney On Way To Smashing 120-Year Heatwave Record

Labor Accuses Government Of ‘Appalling Failure’ Over Dilapidated Public Schools

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, What Happens If You Can’t Get Out Of The Kitchen?

Economists Say Action On Climate Is Vital, Or Say Nothing At All

Cyber Security, Immigration Moves To Be Scrutinised

Australia Says Trump Will Honor One-Time Deal To Accept Refugees

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

China Aims To Be The Climate Leader We Want And Need

Portland, Oregon, May Be America’s Most Winter-Fatigued City In 2016-17

Is California Climate Law Worsening Pollution In Communities Of Color?

History Of Global Temperature 1880-2016

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Dakota Pipeline: US Army To Allow Work On Final Section

Defund DAPL Spreads Across Indian Country As Tribes Divest

Winona Laduke On New Ways To Keep Pipelines Out Of The Great Lakes

The Youth That Launched A Movement At Standing Rock

DAPL Camp Raided, Several Dozen Arrested

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Prime Minister Trudeau Says Canada Will Take Refugees

Refugees Welcome. Volunteers Embrace Congolese Family In The Hudson Valley.

San Francisco Sues Trump Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order

More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming To The U.S.

US-Australia Refugee Deal: Trump In ‘Worst Call’ With Turnbull

‘I Am Ashamed Of The Country I Served’

Before Nordstrom Cut Ties With Ivanka, Its Three Presidents Sent This Memo About The Muslim Ban To Employees

In Finally Decriminalizing Street Vending, Los Angeles Preempts Trump’s Deportation Plans

California Blazes Trail With Idea To Become An Immigrant Sanctuary

Broad Challenge To Trump Order May Center On Cleveland Doctor

It Was A Long Week For Immigrants In Seattle

U.S. Expects To Resume Refugee Admissions On Monday

U.N. Leader Says Trump Visa Bans ‘Violate Our Basic Principles’

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Brussels Suspect Abrini Formally Investigated Over Paris Attacks

Russia Federal Agents Suspected of Treason Reportedly Passed Secrets to the CIA

Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How Isis Guides World’s Terror Plots From Afar

TRUMP

Trump Executive Order: Million Sign Petition To Stop UK Visit

Trump Travel Ban Attacked At Screen Actors Guild Awards

Trump Asked A Contractor To Build The Wall. His Response Is PERFECT

Twitter Donates $1m To Fight Trump Order

Anarchists Respond To Trump’s Inauguration, By Any Means Necessary

A 10-Point Plan To Stop Trump—And Make Gains In Justice And Equality

The Trump Era Is Al Franken’s Time To Shine

Pastor Goes National Urging Christians To Stop Calling Trump A Christian

Trust Records Show Trump Is Still Closely Tied To His Empire

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Hello Rusty:

As you know from the world news situation in the East of Ukraine again has fall into destructive scenario.  Germany’s Foreign Ministry called the security situation in the East Ukranie “terrible.”DW. The Foreign Ministry of Germany believe that the responsibility for ending the fighting lies on both sides of the conflict: Civilians on both sides need water, electricity and heating, not shells…”. And that was while temperature in the East dropped to -25 C/-13F.

But while all of this information you can find secondhand in the news, I’d like to share my impressions of recent meeting with a young woman living in Donetsk. This is why I love trains. The only place in the world you can meet a stranger, who will tell you her/his entire life knowing later we will never meet again.

Stereotypes. It is interesting how much they influence us. In the mainland Ukraine media, all “normal people” have fled Donetsk and the fighting in the East.  (see map at three o’clock)

Well, I would consider this brave young lady above normal then. She says that she doesn’t want to leave because it is her home. Her old mother lives there too (as is the usual for this part of the world) in a nine-story highrise.  Every time they hear shelling, they go down into the basement.

As this usually comes suddenly, they keep a pack with documents prepared. No time to take the phones with them. That made a few times nervous for her colleagues at work when they couldn’t reach her while they were hiding in the basement. Yes she is still working and the company still pays taxes to mainland Ukraine.

She said she’s lucky. Somehow the part of the town in which she lives never was hit too much. The local taxi drivers even call it Manhattan. Many people from other parts of city are trying to move in this vicinity.

Now they are in better situation with produce to eat. She recalled four months on only potatoes, salo and produce of local farms, like dairy. At the moment, after the addition to their markets of Belarus produce of very good quality, they feel luxurious to have actually food choice. According to her, humanitarian help from Russia was of a much poorer quality compared to Belarus one.

A few times my eyes were wet listening to her. But I was astonished by how all these shellings, fear, adversities didn’t affect her personality. Such people who stay human beings despite all odds are in a way heroes to me. We didn’t talk about politics, because I don’t care.  Our views could be different, all I want is for her and hers to be safe.  If that requires some compromise by government than it should be found.

You know Rusty I am not much of a fan of FaceBook and other social media as I can’t stand the hatred spread sometimes via them. That is what I really appreciated about this lady.  Her speech wasn’t speech of hate, but speech of hope. So this article I would like to share, “Contributing love or hate”

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

Olya Bereza  

Tell her what you think

COMMENTARY

A 10 Point Plan For Justice And Equality

Experiments In Democracy

The Secret To Living A Meaningful Life

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Starbucks Has Pledged To Hire 10,000 Refugees During The Next 5 Years

Burned Texas Mosque Gets $1m From Donors

US Teacher Greets Each Pupil With Personalised Handshakes

How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings Into A Thriving Community Hub

Changing Hearts And Opening Minds—It Happens When We Listen

An 86-Year-Old Woman Is Getting Recognition For Working The Same Job Since The 60s

BAD EXAMPLES

Quebec City Mosque Shooting: Six Killed, Eight Wounded

Mother ‘Told To Prove Lactation’ At Frankfurt Airport

Afghan Woman’s Ears Cut Off By Husband

Dump Coal Ash In Streams? Sure, Votes GOP

Norwegian Ex-Premier Is Stopped At Dulles Airport Over Iran Visit

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This does not come as a surprise.  Despite Sigma Six, Workplace Depersonalization Is NOT A Good Idea.

Hello?  Meet The Scientists Suddenly Running For Political Office

The deeper we dig, the older we become.  Scientists Find ‘Oldest Human Ancestor’

OUR PLANET 

A Tiny Island’s Fight To Stay Alive 

Watch What Happens When Lava Flowing From Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Meets The OceanA Tiny Island’s Fight To Stay Alive 

British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Base On The Move

SPACE

British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Base On The Move

Astronomy Statement On US Travel Ban

Opportunity Rover Celebrates 13 Years On Mars

Saturn’s Rings: Up Close And Personal

TECHNOLOGY

Here Is How To Fend Off A Hijacking Of Home Devices

How Quickly Will Electric Vehicles Disrupt The Oil Market?

Scientists Blast Antimatter Atoms With A Laser For The First Time

THE GREEN BEAT

How the United States Postal Service Could Tackle Food Insecurity

The Lullaby Project: Hauntingly Beautiful

Environmental Rules Protecting Parks And Limiting Methane Targeted

4 Myths Americans Need To Know About Their Water

TRAVEL

The 30 Scariest Trails Around The World

The Deadliest Places On Earth

My Paris: Seduced By The Past

HEALTH

9 Pesticide-Filled Teas You Should Never Buy (And The Kind You Should)

Take Three Zucchinis And Call Me In The Morning

How The Affordable Care Act Improved Food Security

LIFESTYLE

The Year’s Best Coming-Of-Age Story?

Conservatives Alienated By Boy Scouts’ Shift On Transgender Policy

How Much Has The World Changed Since You Were Born

5 Tips For Getting (And Keeping!) Kids Excited About Art Museums

Why Did A US Veteran Give A Stranger His Purple Heart? 

Talks To Celebrate Black History Month

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning Photos Of Owls Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

VIDEO: Immigration Order Outrage

10 Moments From The Peruvian Amazon

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of Littlethings.com

Photo courtesy of Littlethings.com 

Here is something one definitely does not see every day, even in Trump’s America.  Extremely Rare Pink Dolphin Is Captured On Camera Swimming In A Louisiana Lake

This was a little intimidating.  An Archipelago Of Killer Cats

I already knew this.  Turns Out Cougars Are Affectionate, Playful Animals

SHORTS

Elephants Have An Unexpected Champion

Penguins Climb A Volcano

When Giant Tortoises Were Commonplace

A Rhino Makes Friends

ANIMAL RESCUES

Chimp Was Locked Up And Caged His Whole Life. Watch Him Experience Freedom For Very First Time

Baby Chimp Rescued From Ivory Coast Traffickers’ Ring

This Is The Beak-Inning Of A Beautiful Friendship

Five Endangered Species Recoveries We Never Heard About

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s February 2017 newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

English Has 3,000 Words For Being Drunk

Brits Vs Americans: Slang Wars

Jesus Christ Lizard Runs On Water

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  I’m an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.  Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

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

If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

 


ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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IN SEATTLE, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 29, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 21  $1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 29, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 21
$1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here 

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller 

IN SEATTLE, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

01-october-2016

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As America settles into its Trumpian vulgarity, I am ~ paradoxically ~ finding that I actually identify with this dystopian iconoclat in that I have a vision of my home that is much different than America under Donald Trump.

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, the darling of the Green Movement in its early years ~ has returned to champion it again.  Under its standard, he’s virtually declared war on the Trump administration and its plans for the country.  Oregon has remained quiet so far on this issue but in Washington State, where I have live, both our governor and the mayor of Seattle (Seattle To Trump: We Will Not Be Bullied)), among others (King County Sheriff Says Immigration Policy Won’t Change For Trump), have made it very clear that our part of the Republic will remain uncompromised.

The strategy is not one of armed resistance ~ at least not yet ~ but rather of shifting the funding for services federally provided from the other Washington to ours.  The way we look at it, as long as we’re taking the money, we are contractually obligated to play by the rules.  But the reverse is true.  If Trump’s not paying for it, the Dumpster has no say.  As a magazine, we’ll be covering that in the Cascadia section of Headline News At A Glance.

What is personally haunting about this latest chapter in history is that in the late 1980s, I wrote a technical future fiction thriller set in the Pacific Northwest but eventually encompassing a third of the planet.  It is a bleak, violent but ultimately redeeming novel which bears some unsettling similarities to the visions I’m seeing of Donald Trump’s America.  The very times themselves might increase sales of Wrath of the USS Testament but I am not the kind of person who enjoys profiting from the unhappiness of others.

I do not know Donald Trump but I have dealt with people like him all my life.  I do not like loud, profane, amoral, prejudiced, manipulative, desperate, egomaniacal and self-destructive individuals.  I do not trust them.  I certainly do not trust their judgment and I do not count on them to do anything except make my life more interesting if I even try to relate to them.  It stands to reason that if I would not invite a person like this home for supper, I am not exactly thrilled to find him leading a nation so many of us have given so much for to protect from those who would be our king.

For all of that, I refuse to let this man rain on my parade.  If God was like this individual, I would be an atheist.  If I honestly felt that he was capable of destroying this land I love, I would not be fighting with the pen.  I consider Donald Trump an unnatural disaster but one we will all survive.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRustyMiller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Photographs: Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

How Siberia Plays Its Songs: Musical Instruments Of The Indigenous Nations

700 Years Of Western Inequality, In One Chart

Shark Attacks Drop To Average In 2016  

15 Of The Best Journals By Reporters Around The World

ASIA

China Hits Back At US Over South China Sea Claims

Why China Will Remain Turkmenistan’s Main Gas Buyer

How China Is Remaking The Global Film Industry

Duterte’s Free Birth-Control Order Is Latest Skirmish With Catholic Church

At Hong Kong New Year Fair, Defiance Gives Way To Resignation

Toshiba, Desperate For Cash After Scandal, Will Sell Microchip Business

‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers In Sri Lanka Demand Answers

South Korea Can Keep Buddha Statue Stolen From Japan, Court Says

Chinese New Year: Inside The World’s Largest Trek

AFRICA

Western Sahara: Forty Years In A Refugee Camp

Shabab Militants Attack Kenyan Military Base In Somalia

‘This Feels Like Being Born Again:’ Gambians Hope For Change And Long For Home

As Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Entered Exile, Plane Stuffed With Riches Followed

Quandary In South Sudan: Should It Lose Its Hard-Won Independence?

Global Health: Malnutrition Wiping Out Children In Northern Nigeria, Aid Workers Say

MIDDLE EAST

Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends And Bolsters Enemies

In Iran, Shock And Bewilderment Over Trump Visa Crackdown

Kuwait Hangs 7 Convicts, Including A Prince

Iran, Russia And Turkey Agree To Enforce Syria Cease-Fire, But Don’t Explain How

Emboldened By Trump, Israel Approves A Wave Of West Bank Settlement Expansion

EUROPE

Supreme Court Says Britain Must Get Parliament’s Approval To Leave EU, Potentially Delaying Brexit 

BT European Chief To Resign Over Italian Scandal

Fine Firms For Sexist Dress Rules, Say Mps

Nikki Haley Puts U.N. On Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’

William And Harry To Build Statue To Honour Late Mother Princess Diana

THE VATICAN

Pope: Everyone Needs Help Living The Faith – No One Can Do It Alone

Holocaust Calls Us To Have ‘Respect For The Dignity Of Every Person’

For Irish Ambassador, Pope Francis’ Visit Is A Very Big Deal

Modern Martyrs Exemplify True Christian Unity, Pope Says

Young Baker With Down Syndrome An International Sensation

Devastating Wildfires In Chile Prompt Message From Pope Francis

RUSSIA

How Do Moscow’s 15,000 Rough Sleepers Cope In Winter?

Russians Charged With Treason Worked In Office Linked To Election Hacking

Russian Winter – The View From Outer Space

Second FSB Agent Arrested For Treason Revealed As Notorious Hacker

Sanctions Hopes; Soviet Jokes; Spicy Photos

CANADA

Canada Today: Trump Is A Blessing And A Curse For Trudeau

Canada Beckons International Students With A Path To Citizenship

HMV Canada To Close All Stores

Canadian Universities Pull Ads From Ultra-Right Wing U.S. News Site

UNITED STATES

States Vie To Be Part Of Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Spending Sprees

Experts No Longer List The US As A ‘Full Democracy’

Nearly 8 Decades Later, An Apology For A Lynching In Georgia

Storms Filled 37 Percent Of California Snow-Water Deficit

Love And Black Lives, In Pictures Found On A Brooklyn Street

CASCADIA

Seattleites Had Plenty To Say, And Spell, On Inauguration Weekend

Can Washington State End Youth Homelessness?

Vision Zero: Seattle’s Plan To End Traffic Deaths And Serious Injuries By 2030

In California, The Future Is Still Electric

Metro Vancouver Winning The War On Waste

Seattle Steps Up For Immigrants On Inauguration Day

In The Garden: How BC Gardeners Can Give Bees A Boost

Study: Seattle-Tacoma Region Has 5 Of Nation’s Top 21 Traffic Bottlenecks

The Pacific Northwest Is Still Woefully Unprepared For The ‘Big One’

THE NATIONS

Barely Two R’s Are Taught At School That Led Tribe To Sue U.S.

7 Native-Led Resistance Movements You Should Know About

Banks Agree To Talk With Tribe (While Handing Over Millions For Dakota Access)

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Wall: Trump Condemned Over Imports Tax Proposal

Eike Batista, Once Brazil’s Richest Man, Is Sought In Corruption Inquiry

Mexico’s President Cancels Meeting With Trump Over Wall

‘The Greatest Forest Disaster In Our History’: Wildfires Tear Through Chile

Mexicans Begin To Unite In Fight Against Trump’s Plans

Peru And Colombia Vow To Stand With Mexico After Row With Trump

Bolivia: 19 Miners Trapped Inside Mine Are Rescued

Trump Tussle Gives Unpopular Mexican Leader Much-Needed Shot In Arm

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia And New Zealand To Pursue ‘TPP 12 Minus One’

Turnbull And Trump Emphasize ‘Enduring’ Ties

Senior Ministers Axed In NSW Cabinet Reshuffle

Family, Friends ‘Distraught’ At Tasmanian Teen’s Cliff Fall Death

Year One Students May Undergo Compulsory Skills Tests

NT Communities Mourn Loss Of Three People Drowned At Crossing

Shock, Grief, Hope: One Family’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy Journey

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

At Least 18 Die As Tornadoes Sweep American Southeast

The Prince Of Wales’s New Ladybird Expert Book On Climate Change Is Released

10 Important Facts About Climate Change Worth Sharing

As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less Of A Pipe Dream

Can Curbing Gentrification Help Stop Climate Change?

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

4 Key Impacts Of The Keystone And Dakota Pipelines

Don’t Let Trump Distract You: Public Comment On DAPL Is Now Open

IMMIGRATION

The People Leaving Trump’s America

A City Built On Refugees Looks At Trump’s Plan With Fear

Trump Bars Refugees And Citizens Of 7 Muslim Countries

Seattle, Other ‘Sanctuary Cities’: We Will Protect Everyone

France, Germany Unite In Face Of Trump Refugee Ban

The Latest: First Would-Be Migrants To US Grounded In Cairo

Trump Says Immigration Ban ‘Working Nicely’ Amid Airport Panic

Federal Judge Issues Stay On Trump’s Anti-Muslim Ban

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Palmyra’s Obliterated Ancient Remains Can Now Only Be Seen From Space

Arrests Send Shock Waves Through Russia’s Cyber Community

US Libraries Hit By Ransomware Attack

A Times Photographer’s Inside Look At The War On ISIS In Mosul

TRUMP

Perhaps The Largest Protest In U.S. History Was Brought To You By Trump

Crowd Experts Say Women’s March In DC Had 3 Times As Many As Trump’s Inauguration

An Artist Went To The Women’s March And Sketched What She Saw

Solidarity—Plus 10 Other Reasons Women Showed Up To March

Trump’s Vision of ‘Carnage’ Misses Complex Reality of Many Cities 

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FROM OLYA  

View from a Farm Shop in England, UK.  Photo by Olya Bereza

View from a Farm Shop in England, UK. Photo by Olya Bereza 

A NATION IS ALSO WHAT IT EATS

Hi Rusty:

After my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I just would like to share some eating habits observations. I’m quite sensitive to foods so it was really interesting to compare with my Ukraine experience. Of course in my country, we are blessed with black soils, one of the best in the world, meaning the mineral content is very high. That is what I missed about food my first week in England and what I observed about the soil there.  It produces lots of greenery but it is just really lacking in many of essentials. I felt so tired that even walking, which I usually really enjoy, exhausted me.

The salvation was to exchange the city supermarkets shopping experience for the countryside farm shops that luckily are not very rare there. I liked the range of produce and also the sellers were very friendly. I also appreciated the trust they put into their clients. Once on weekend, when farmshop appeared to be closed? I could still purchase eggs and a little sign asked me to leave the money for them in a small box where the poultry was.

Having said people in England are very nice, after getting to know them better, I observed many are under such stress and I was really sorry to see that many wonderful personalities just worn down by life difficulties. To my opinion, that has a lot to do with the quality of their meals.

The good thing compared to Ukraine is that they have their iodine, which also quite important, as anywhere in Britain you never further than 70 miles from the sea.

There are very wise words said by famous chef Gordon Ramsey: “A man should know about the food as much as about mathematics or his native language”.

Demineralization leads to stress, anger and apathy, and when people don’t appreciate their own life, they do not appreciate others. Once very calm, my people too ~ with much food now coming from supermarkets ~ have started to feel negative results. Governments need to pay attention to this: if they would like their nations to be healthy and peaceful, their diet should be good.  Here is a great video that explains more about Beauty through mineralization by David Wolfe

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

Olya Bereza  ~ Tell her what you think

COMMENTARY

Why should this not surprise us?  George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly A Best-Seller

I agree with this.  Building A Wall Will Not Solve America’s Immigration Problems

Never again.  Holocaust Survivor Frank Bright Saw Mother Led To Gas Chamber

This was hardly unexpected.  Trump Impeachment Campaign Begins

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Snapchat Discover Takes A Hard Line On Misleading And Explicit Images

Building Bridges: Russia Encourages Traditional Islam To Combat Extremism

How 21 Kids Could Keep Climate Websites From Going Completely Dark  

BAD EXAMPLES

He Was Shot Witnessing The Death Of His Mom So They Could Steal Him & Sell Him As A Pet

Bats Are Worth One Billion Dollars, So Why Are We Destroying Them?

When Campus Rapists Are Repeat Offenders

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I’m kind of glad I was not around when these guys were.  6 Million Years Ago, Otters The Size Of Wolves Roamed China’s Wetlands

We love shows like this and here is one very good reason why.  Coming Soon To Your Skies

Here’s a connection that until now totally escaped me.  How To Make America’s Robots Great Again:  Why A Huge Government Investment In Robots May Be A Great Way To Help American Workers.

OUR PLANET

A Pioneering Woman Of Science Re-Emerges After 300 Years

The Writings Are On The Cave Walls: Paintings Show Concerns Of Ancient People Not That Different From Our Own

SPACE

A Metal Ball The Size Of Massachusetts That NASA Wants To Explore

Tim Peake’s Capsule Goes On Display At Science Museum

How NASA Satellites Are Helping To Protect Endangered Chimpanzees

OUR PLANET FROM SPACE

NASA’s Earth Observatory:  Where Every Day Is Earth Day

GOES-16 Satellite Sends 1st Images Of Earth

Looking At Your Home Planet From Mars

TECHNOLOGY

‘Where Does Cloud Storage Really Reside? And Is It Secure?’

Massive Networks Of Fake Accounts Found On Twitter

Robots And Drones Take Over Classrooms

THE GREEN BEAT

Protecting California’s Air And Water

Washington State Governor Inslee’s Carbon Tax: A Gift For King Coal

Carbon Tax Bill Calls For Higher Gas Prices In Washington State

It’s Sunny Enough In Oregon For Great Solar Policies

BC Food Stores Aim To Reduce Household Waste

What “World Leading” Oil Spill Response Means In British Columbia

Making Sense Of Trump’s Energy Plan

TRAVEL

The Town That Predicted The World’s End

The Happiest Countries For Expats

A Trail To An Ancient World

HEALTH

Cervical Cancer Taking Deadlier Toll In U.S. Than Had Been Thought

How Two Minutes Of Walking Per Hour Can Save Your Life

Foods For Better Digestion

Exercise Can Be A Boon To People With Parkinson’s Disease

Lives Saved And Lessons Learned: What Seattle’s Mayor Saw On His Visit To A Supervised Injection Site In Vancouver, Canada

Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, For Health Spending Increases  

LIFESTYLE

7 Young People On Their Views Of Gender

The Quiet Return Of Pen And Paper

How To Be Wiser

The Dangerous Deceit Of Euphemisms

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

What If We Knew The Afterlife Was Real?

The Surprising Power Of A Tiny Brain

10 Films To Keep You Inspired After The Women’s March

NORTHSTAR’S THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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  MASHA & THE BEAR 

kikorikiKIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

 

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

What Do Humans and Killer Whales Have in Common? More Than You Think  This was very reaffirming.

There’s a special place in Fish Heaven waiting for this aquanaut. Good Intentions Need No Words, As This Diver Demonstrates

Are Birds Cut Out For City Living?  My guess is, “yes”.  Especially with a little help from us.

SHORTS

America’s Delmarva Squirrels Go Nuts After Conservation Rescues Them From Extinction

12 Facts About Chinese Zodiac Animals To Celebrate The Lunar New Year

Frosty Facts Regarding Penguins!

Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

Animal Sanctuaries, Shelters And Zoos: What’s The Difference?

ANIMAL RESCUES

Bear Takes Her First Steps Of Freedom After Living Locked In A Cramped Cage For 10 Years

Villagers Heard Screaming Coming From A Deep Well And Knew They Had One Chance To Help

Seal Pup Found Emaciated Now Recovering At Vancouver Aquarium

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s January 2017 Project FeederWatch eNews is now available online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This Facility Is An Underground Compound Made Up Of Luxury Apartments

A Chinese Scientist Finds The World’s Longest Insect

The Dental Nurse Who Became An Alligator Catcher

ABOUT US:  Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO KYRGYZSTAN

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 22, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 20 $1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 22, 2017   Vol. 9 No. 20
$1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here

Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane at a residential area outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The cargo plane crashed Monday morning, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the Manas airport as well as those on the plane. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane at a residential area outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The cargo plane crashed Monday morning, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the Manas airport as well as those on the plane. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO KYRGYZSTAN

A SPECIAL FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK:

Hi Rusty:

This time I want to share verbatim a very moving post of my acquaintance from Kyrgyzstan about three days ago concerning the Kyrgyzstan freight plane which crashed into village near the capital Bishkek: 

Catharsis. Nation unites over victory or grief.  

7-year-old boy who went to school in the morning and came out of the ashes of his house and did not find anyone …

A woman once lost three children under the rubble of his home …

The man who went to work in Russia and lost a whole family of seven people …

The young father in whose bedroom flew parts of plane but with a daughter they miraculously survived …

Human sorrow, silent consternation, scream stuck in her throat.

I am often in this village where most of the dwellers- ethnic Kyrgyz from neighboring countries and internal migrants from different areas. This hard-working people with calloused hands who breed cattle and grow wheat.

But even in this sorrow I’m thankful to ordinary people who organized help people in need, provided food and mattresses. People helped silently, without unnecessary big words. After all, it is not about things and money …

Silent actions of people, a nation that can empathize with the human misery, that nation is able to open heart to the pain of ordinary people.”

Kyrgyz citizens living abroad can raise funds here.

Rusty, I totally respect this dedication to help co-citizens. Neighboring Kazakhstan provided their assistance too and that is a great example of co-operation.

Unfortunately on an almost daily basis, we hear about plane tragedies. Hopefully there is a way to change this.

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

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

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Earth Sets A Temperature Record For The Third Straight Year

ASIA

South Korea Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Of Samsung Group Leader In Bribery Case

Search For MH370 Ends After Nearly Three Years

Toshiba Shares Crash As Nuclear Writedown Crisis Deepens

AFRICA

Death Toll Escalates In Mistaken Bombing Of Nigerian Camp

Yahya Jammeh Agrees To Step Down, As 45,000 Flee Amid Gambia Standoff

Fishing For Clues To Solve Namibia’s Fairy Circle Mystery

MIDDLE EAST

World Leaders Push Israel And Trump To Forge A 2-State Deal

Tehran High-Rise Collapses After Being Engulfed By Fire

Villager and Israeli Police Officer Die in Clash at Bedouin Hamlet

EUROPE

Kyrgyzstan Plane Crash: Dozens Die As Turkish Cargo Jet Hits Homes

Quakes Hit Snow-Bound Central Italy

Avalanche Hits Central Italy Hotel, As Many As 30 Missing

Rigopiano Avalanche: Six Found Alive In Italy Hotel After Two Days

Thousands Warned They May Be Victims Of Rogue Webmaster

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Makes A Strong Call For Better Marriage Prep

Pope Prays For Trump On His Inauguration As US President

Pope Francis: The Christian Life Requires Fighting Against Satan

RUSSIA

Once A Superpower, How Strong Is Russia Now?

Russia And China Vow Action Against U.S. ABM Plans On Korean Peninsula

Russian TV Chief Labels US Intelligence Report ‘A Joke’

CANADA

RCMP Probe Prompts Canadian Forces Vice-Chief’s Removal

Vice-Admiral Norman’s Removal From Post Shocks Friends, Colleagues

Canada Given Advance Notice Of Trump’s NAFTA Demands

UNITED STATES

Efforts To Curb Police Abuses Have Mixed Record, And Uncertain Future

GM Announces $1 Billion Investment That Will Create Or Save 1,500 U.S. Jobs Amid Trump Pressure

On The Banks Of Two Majestic US Rivers

Maps: The Atlas Of Urban Expansion

CASCADIA

California Strikes A Bold Pose As Vanguard Of The Resistance

Portland, Oregon Leads Nation In Home-Price Increases, Second In Rent Hikes

THE NATIONS

Court Says Tribe’s Suit Against BNSF Can Proceed

LATIN AMERICA

Isidro Baldenegro, Mexican Environmental Activist, Is Shot To Death

Venezuela Issues New Bank Notes Because Of Hyperinflation

Riot Police Try To Quell Continuing Violence In Brazilian Prison

World Youth Day Panama Will Take Place January 22-27

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Three-Month-Old Baby Dies After Bourke Street Attack

Police Hit Out At No-Pursuit Policy In Wake Of Bourke Street Deaths

Doctors Push For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Cricket

Shark Attack Victim Waits Hours For Rescue Chopper

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Interactive Graphic: How Much Warmer Was Your City In 2016?

All About Freezing Rain

EPA Could Thwart West Coast Climate Action

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Iraqi Forces Take Eastern Mosul From Islamic State

Mosul Battle: Iraqi Army Prepares Offensive On West Of City

Syrian Conflict: What’s Left Of Aleppo’s Great Mosque?

Photos Show ‘Weaponized Commercial Drones’ In Iraq

CIA Releases 13 Million Declassified Documents Online

C.I.A. Torture Detailed In Newly Disclosed Documents

Obama Transfers 4 From Guantánamo, Leaving 41 There As Term Ends

U.S. Airstrike Kills More Than 100 Qaeda Fighters In Syria

ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Amphitheater In Palmyra, Syria

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

Video: Standing Rock Defenders Lead Stand Against Trump

01-october-2016  COMMENTARY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As is my peculiar custom since I first voted in a national election (No, Olya, it was not for Thomas Jefferson or the other guy), I totally tuned out Inauguration Day.

I want to make it perfectly clear, you see, however, that this is not because I have anything personal against imminent presidents.  It’s just that by the time they get where they’re going, they’ve said about all that can be said and I’ve already heard the rest.

I did listen to my mayor and I liked what he and the City of Seattle had to say.  We know how to be Americans out here.  Considering what some of our ancestors went through to get here ~ mine sailed in steerage ~ we tend to be a rather tough and self-sufficient lot, legal marijuana, a thriving LGBT community, hoodies and immigrants from every patch of land on the planet notwithstanding.

The challenges our region faces were not created by a bunch of people in Washington, DC trying to juggle “what’s best” for us and every other region in America (if not the world).  They are endemic to our specific social and economic evolution.  We are the last part of the continental US to be settled so our destiny is still pretty much in our own hands.

We know what we have here and we’ve demonstrated what we’re willing to do to nurture, defend and protect it.  We’re the populists Donald Trump thought voted for him.  While we’re not consciously trying to lead the nation, if the rest of the country likes the direction we’re headed, there’s always room in the boat for those who can pull their own weight.

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Unsurpassed Network Feeding Mumbai

Eleven Times When Americans Have Marched In Protest On Washington

The Original Women’s March On Washington And The Suffragists Who Paved The Way

BAD EXAMPLES

‘Justice Nightmare’: 32 Years In Texas Prisons After Conviction Voided

Man Shot On UW Campus During Protest, Suspected Shooter Arrested

In The Trump Era, All Climate Progress Will Be Local

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I admire those who can do this.  Life In Space: Liquid Spices And 16 Sunsets A Day

The Secrets Of Life Onboard The International Space Station

I’m glad to see this.  A Welcome Cold War: Russia And The U.S. Fight To Protect Polar Bears

As long as I keep hearing a car saying, as it locks me into the passenger seat, “Hello, Dave,” I am hoping the answer to this next question is “No.”  Will 2017 Be A Revolutionary Year For Driverless Technology?

OUR PLANET

India’s Ancient Engineering Marvel

The Places That ‘Don’t Exist’

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About The Roots Of Western Civilization

SPACE

SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion On Launch Pad

Earthsky’s Meteor Shower Guide For 2017

Telescope That ‘Ate Astronomy’ Is On Track To Surpass Hubble

TECHNOLOGY

What It Feels Like To Fly A Jetpack

Bloomberg Ranks Most Innovative Countries

Citizen Science May Shine In Trump’s Administration

THE GREEN BEAT

An Environmental Legacy That Cannot Be Undone

Retirement On The Horizon For MT Coal Plants

Tipping One Grass Fed Cow At A Time

TRAVEL

Get The Ultimate Antarctica Travel Guide

Traveling From China To London

Israel On Harper’s Bazaar “Best Places To Travel In 2017” List

HEALTH

Cold Does Not Increase Your Odds Of Catching Cold.

DNA-Testing SmartPhone Aims To Tackle Drugs Resistance

Sniffing Out Cancer: Diseases Can Be Detected By Smelling Breath

LIFESTYLE

Obama’s Secret To Surviving The White House Years: Books

The Next Best Thing To Teleportation

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

They Thought There Was A Burglar In Their Kitchen. Until They Saw Him Waddling Around

The History Of Britain In 11 Wacky Maps

Dolphins Line Up To Ride Some Waves  

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It does not get much better than this, does it?  Conservation Officers Free A Cougar Caught In A Trap

Or this.  This Wildlife Rescue Will Bring You To Tears

Or even possibly this.  163 Species Discovered In The Mekong

SHORTS

Sea Dragons In Beautiful Dance

One Of The World’s Rarest Hunters

How Irish Falconry Changed Language

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

“I’m Allergic To My Husband”

A Ghost Island Comes Back To Life

Amateur Jailhouse Broadcast Goes Viral On Russian Social Media Network

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

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I BELIEVE DR. KING WOULD SAY

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

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

I BELIEVE DR. KING WOULD SAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

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

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

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

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

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

ASIA

Pen Power: China Closer To Ballpoint Success

China Aircraft Carrier Crosses Taiwan Strait Amid Tension

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

Mumbai School Helps Young Roadside Sellers

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

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

AFRICA

United States To Lift Sudan Sanctions

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

MIDDLE EAST

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

Israeli Soldiers ‘Caught In Hamas Online Honey Trap’

Ottawa To Appoint First Resident Ambassador To Iraq In 26 Years

Militants Attack Police Checkpoint In Sinai, And ISIS Is Suspected

EUROPE

Europe Cold Weather Death Toll Rises

Kim Kardashian West: French Arrests Over Paris Robbery

This Is The Deadliest Path In Britain

Cyprus Leaders In Push For Peace Deal In Geneva

Searching For The Missing Dead Of Cyprus

Germany’s Economy Accelerates In 2016

THE VATICAN

Middle East Peace Center Of Meeting Between Francis, Abbas

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

Siblings Arrested In Cyberattack That Compromised Vatican Computers

Youth To Be Protagonists In Upcoming Synod Of Bishops

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

RUSSIA

Ankara Center For Modern Art Named After Assassinated Russian Ambassador

Russian Elite $29bln Richer After Trump Election Victory

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

Russian Officers Investigate Fatal Obstruction Of Medical Services

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

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

CANADA

Trudeau Prepares For The Trump Era With Cabinet Shuffle

Liberals Reverse Harper Cabinet Order To Unwind Chinese Takeover Deal

PMO Held Talks With Trump Team To Avert Trade War

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

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

UNITED STATES

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

Rights Battles Emerge In Cities Where Homelessness Can Be A Crime

Golden Globes 2017: La La Land Sweeps Awards

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

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

US Charges Three Foreign Exchange Traders

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

Senate Takes First Steps To Repeal Affordable Care Act

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

Baltimore Agrees To Broad Change For Troubled Police Dept.

CASCADIA

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

Battery-Powered Buses Signal New Day For Metro

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

Oregon’s $1.4 Billion Forest Lawsuit

Washington State Supreme Court Orders Review Of Coastal Oil Terminals

THE NATIONS

Video: Tribal Fishing 101

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

LATIN AMERICA

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

Brazil: Clash Of Cultures Over Amazon Dams

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

A Remarkable Event In El Salvador: A Day Without Murder

Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil Prompts A State Of Emergency

Codelco Chairman Suffers Minor Injuries After Package Explodes

Obama Ends Exemption For Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

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

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

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Rescue Bid As 20 Trapped On Australia Rollercoaster

Million-Dollar Reward Offered To Solve Easey Street Murders

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

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

New South Wales Government To Apologise Over Granville Train Disaster

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

More Rain Headed For Flooded Town Of Tennant Creek

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

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

Donald Trump Calls Meryl Streep ‘Overrated’ After Globes Speech

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Received Unsubstantiated Report That Russia Had Damaging Information About Him

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

Trump Organization Handover Plan Slammed By Ethics Chief

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

Ex-MI6 Officer Christopher Steele In Hiding After Trump Memo

Rex Tillerson: What Trump’s Top Diplomat Really Believes

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

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

Latest To Disagree With Donald Trump: His Cabinet Nominees

Donald Trump Promises Report On Election Hacking

As Trump Takes Power, Scientists Scramble To Secure Wildlife Data

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

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

Weak La Niña Follows Potent El Niño

Global Climate Change Threatens Alpine Areas With Increased Wildfires

Scientists Have A New Way To Calculate Global Warming Costs

Istanbul Covered In Snow

Icy Storm Lashes France And Germany Causing Hardship

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

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Airstrikes By Russia Buttress Turkey In Battle Vs. ISIS

4 Killed As Terrorist Plows Truck Into Troops In Jerusalem

Moscow Strongly Condemns Jerusalem Attack

Ukraine Power Cut ‘Was Cyber-Attack’

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

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

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

BC Backs Oil Pipeline That Will Put Tankers In Salish Sea

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

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

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

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

White Christmas in Ukraine.  Photo by Olya Bereza

White Christmas in Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza 

Hi Rusty:

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

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

CHOCOLATE

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

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

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

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

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

“A gift from me”.

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

Laughter.

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

In the background music and conversation started getting louder.

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

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

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

Chocolate felt happy watching all the people and beauty around.

She felt her mission in life was approaching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMENTARY

In Full: Obama Brings Biden To Tears

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

Nader Calls For A New 1 Percent

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

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

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

Tearful Barack Obama Pays Tribute To Michelle

10 Celebrities Advocating For A More Sustainable Food System

BAD EXAMPLES

Veterans Affairs Canada Still Understaffed Despite Liberal Pledge

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

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

3 Takata Executives Face Criminal Charges Over Exploding Airbags

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

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

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

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

OUR PLANET

The Secret Ingredient For Life

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

At the Bottom of the Ocean, A Super Toxic Lake

Huge Iceberg Set To Break Off Antarctic Shelf

Forensic Science Looks At Human Evolution

SPACE

Mars Spacecraft Spies Earth And Moon

Hubble Peers Along Voyagers’ Future Paths

Astro Festivals, Star Parties, Workshops In 2017

NASA Begins New Astronaut Sleep Study

See It! First Full Moon Of 2017

Israeli Scientist Prepares To ‘Live’ On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

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

Flying Ambulance Drone Heading For Takeoff

US Military Tests Swarm Of Mini-Drones Launched From Jets

Google Confirms End Of Internet Drone Project

These Roads Wirelessly Charge Your Car As You Drive

THE GREEN BEAT

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

Report: Benefits Of State Renewable Energy Policies Far Outweigh Costs

Map: Is My Neighborhood Toxic?

Dairy Industry Has A Cow Over Plant-Based Milks

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

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

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

Exxon Mobil Is Ordered To Hand Over Climate Change Research

Obama’s Food Legacy

TRAVEL

A Fairytale Island Frozen In Time

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

Top 10 Most Beautiful Russian Villages

HEALTH

Cancer Spread Cut By 75% In Tests

Check Out Our Awesome Tips To Live Longer.

Dodge The Number One GYN Cancer By Knowing These Risks.

7 Low-Calorie Snacks That Will Fill You Up

LIFESTYLE

Why Open Offices Are Bad For Us

Don’t Have A Side Job? You Need One

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

3 Ways Progressives Can Reconnect With Rural America

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

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

Witness One of Wildlife’s Most Awesome Sights

Hooked On Our Smartphones

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NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com  This is a Northstar Journal Personal Endorsement.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is an online editing, tutoring and writing service located in a home office in South Seattle, Washington.  We handle everything from general editing, to ghost writing, to online tutoring in English composition.  Please contact us at minstel312@aol.com or visit our website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

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

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

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

SHORTS

Most Southerly Bird Colony On Earth

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

Kakapo Saved From Extinction Thanks to Intense Conservation Effort

The Bumblebee Lands On The Endangered Species List

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

To Rate How Smart Dogs Are, Humans Learn New Tricks

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

Photos: This Man Is Skiing Every Glacier Before They Melt

ABOUT US

Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

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

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

rusty-saw

THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

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

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

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

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

ASIA

South Korea Scandal: Daughter Of Choi Soon-Sil Arrested

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

China Twitter Boss Leaves After Seven Months

India’s Double First In Climate Battle

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

Bangalore Sex Attacks: What Happened?

Actor Akshay Kumar Condemns Sex Attacks

AFRICA

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

In Zimbabwe, A First Lady Exerts Her Power

Accused Of Looting Millions, Son Of African Leader Stalls Trial

Africa Takes Its Turn On The Runway

Hymn Of Peace By Nigerian Leaders Strikes Some As Off Key

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

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

Assassination In Burundi Brings A Vow Of Vengeance

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

MIDDLE EAST

Yemen Conflict: The Front Line Battle For Capital Sanaa

Syria Conflict: Why British Surgeon Cannot Forget This Girl

Syria Conflict: Russia ‘Starts To Reduce Forces’

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

EUROPE

The Top European Stories To Look Out For In 2017

Eurozone Inflation Surges To 1.1% In December

UK Car Sales At Record High In 2016

Icy Weather Gripping Europe Turns Deadly

THE VATICAN

Pope Urges The Faithful To Help Youth Find Purpose

Pope Francis: The Magi Represent Everyone Who Seeks God

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

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

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

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

RUSSIA

Nine Lingering Myths About Russia

Russian War Fleet Heads Home After ‘Completing Syria Mission’

Highlights Of 2016 In The Moscow Times

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

CANADA

Ottawa Projects Decades Of Deficits As Federal Finances Worsen

Oil Producers Plan Spending Hikes As Hope Returns To Patch

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

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

UNITED STATES

Why Cities Matter In The Fight Against Food Waste

Colorado River Crisis: High Demand, Low Supply

Where Is America’s Heartland? Pick Your Map

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

4 Questioned After Video Shows Racially Charged Beating In Chicago

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

Tech Giants Seem Invincible. That Worries Lawmakers.

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

Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings On Russian Hacking

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

US Jobs Growth Slows To 156,000 During December

Beating Of Disabled Teenager Highlights A Crime That Often Goes Unpunished

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

CASCADIA

Opinion: Conservationist Must Listen To Oregon’s Rural Communities

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

Maps: Visualizing Seattle & Vancouver’s Urban Tree Canopy

The Debate Over Dams Is Culturally Complicated

Northwest Land Managers Roll Out Mining Limits

50 Safest Cities In Washington State

Seattle Residents Mailed First Democracy Vouchers

Obama Administration Aids Giant California Water Project

$15 Minimum Wage Officially Starts In Seattle

Here’s How Vancouver Became An Urban Transportation Success Story

THE NATIONS

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

Lummi Nation, Farmers Agree To Protect Portage Bay

For Tribes, Obama’s New Monuments Are Culturally Significant

LATIN AMERICA

Drugs Gang ‘Kills 33 Inmates’ In Brazilian Jail

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

For Mexican Leaders, A Turbulent Start To The New Year

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

Thousands Of Mexicans Protest Gasoline Price Hikes

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

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

Popular Melbourne Beaches Closed After Shark Sightings

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

New Rules To Protect Koalas In Victorian Timber Plantations

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

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Donald Trump Makes Top Republican Fear Environmental Future

To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From The Tea Party

Inside Trump Defense Secretary Pick’s Efforts To Halt Torture

Top Scientists Urge Trump To Abide By Iran Nuclear Deal

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

Earth 2 Trump

Why Rural America Voted For Trump

Will Trump Scuttle Obama’s Offshore Drilling Bans?

What Donald Trump Says He Will Do The First 100 Days

Trump Election: US ‘Identifies Agents Behind Russian Hack’

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

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

As Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die Of It

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Climate Change Sparked Climate Migration

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

Winter Is The Hottest Thing In Farming Right Now  

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

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

Migrants Storm Border Fence At Spanish Enclave

Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes On Mideast Refugees

Losing Hope In Mae La

Seattle Kicks Off Trump Era With Legal Help For Immigrants

TERRIORISM

Turkey Nightclub Attack: ISIS Says It Carried Out Shooting

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

ISIS Conflict: Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 35

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

North Dakota Pipeline Protesters Scale Stadium

Hitting The Dakota Access Pipeline In The Pocketbook

Denied: Longview Coal Export Terminal

Standing Rock And The Return Of The Nonviolent Campaign

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

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COMMENTARY

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

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

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

FaceBook’s Mark Zuckerberg Takes Up Challenge To Tour US 

How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

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

BAD EXAMPLES

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

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

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

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

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

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

And this is awesome.  Tesla Gigafactory Begins Battery Production

OUR PLANET

Some Dinosaur Eggs Took Six Months Or More To Hatch

An Alaskan Volcano Erupts, Largely Out Of View

For The Last Time, Warming Is Not Slowing Down!

SPACE

SpaceX Says It’s Ready To Launch Rockets Again

NASA Announces 2 New Asteroid Missions

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

TECHNOLOGY

Where To Go If You Forget Your Hotmail Password

CES 2017: Faraday Future Unveils Super Fast Electric Car

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

THE GREEN BEAT

The Best Ideas Of 2016

 Can An Entire Business District Go Zero Waste?

How To Predict Gentrification: Look For Falling Crime

Port Of Portland Sues Monsanto For ‘Widespread’ Contamination Costs

Northwest Coal Exports: The End Is Nigh

Oregon Program Pays To Replace Dirty Woodstoves

TRAVEL

12 Unique Travel Experiences In Ireland

52 Places To Go In 2017

Watch: Seattle Is America’s Next Top Transit City

HEALTH

How You’re Shortening Your Life Without Even Knowing It

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote

Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

LIFESTYLE

The Best Adventurous Places To Retire

BBC Culture’s Best Of 2016

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

How To Enjoy Urban Winters Like The Danes

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

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Chickens Are Intelligent, Caring, Complex

A Minute In The Day Of A Burrowing Owl

Dangling Skier Rescued From Utah Chair-Lift

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Women And Men Use Cities Very Differently

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 MASHA & THE BEAR

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

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

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

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

SHORTS

Fish Seek Cooler Waters, Leaving Some Nets Empty

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

The Animals That Live On Toxic Lakes

What’s Killing The World’s Shorebirds?  

Western Sagebrush Defense Plan Will Endure, Official Says

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The ‘Chinese Burger’ Scooping Awards

Welcome To Hell. It’s In Michigan.

Forceps Removed From Stomach After 18 Years

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