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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 19, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 12
INSIDE: With Tongue Planted Firmly in Cheek, Keeping Canadian Weather in Canadal; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – The Haunting Cries of the Birds of the River Mersey; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
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WITH TONGUE PLANTED FIRMLY IN CHEEK, KEEPING CANADIAN WEATHER IN CANADA

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after being slammed by another Polar Express coming down from the Arctic south through British Columbia, Canada’s Fraser River Valley, freezing everything from the Olympics in the west to the Cascades in the east and on past the Puget Sound toward Oregon, I have come up with an idea that would also really make me good friends with Donald Trump.

I’m writing Canada’s Prime Minister, registering my complaint about what is essentially Canadian weather invading my space.  Canadians were born with skates on so frozen roads are like a walk in the park for them.  What most Americans were born with is silver and wouldn’t even paddle a tea cup.

So there really is a need for a wall that has nothing to do with immigration.  We need it to keep Canadian weather in Canada.  And Canadians have the materials and technology and person power to build a wall across the Fraser River Valley.  What they do not have is the money.

Not a problem.  America’s President wants to build walls.  He promised in his campaign to do that so he really doesn’t have a choice if he wants to get re-elected.  So let the Canadians build it and America pay for it.

And I’m not worried about whether Donald Trump will figure out why we really need that wall.  All we need to do is point out to him that at one time, there were at least 20,000 Canadians living and working in Seattle.  And out of a total population of 38-million, 2.8 million Canadians live and work abroad, most notably in America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.

Then we blow a little more smoke up his sleeve about The Fraser River Wall being an outstanding example of hands across the border.  I mean, if the wind can’t get across, right?

If anyone wants to join me in this little escapade, line forms to the right.  And don’t worry if you can’t sign your name.  An X will work just fine.

Rusty

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

THE HAUNTING CRIES OF THE BIRDS OF THE RIVER MERSEY

Hi Rusty from Liverpool, the holy land for all Beatles fans:

‘Let It Be’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ all these classical songs came to mind as I strolled down the narrow lanes in the center of the city.  Now it is easy to find all their songs on YouTube. But it was not that easy years ago in the country where I was born, a country where despite being hugely popular, they never performed. But the rumors about the impenetrability of the “Iron Curtain” of the USSR are a bit exaggerated.

In official broadcasts of radio and television, maybe one would not hear their music in Sixties and Seventies. But young Soviets had informal communication. They knew and listened to all popular bands from the West like the Stones, Smokey, Pink Floyd, etc. etc.

Just to get an actual vinyl LP record, we had to network with people we didn’t know sometimes, like on the black market but not exactly.  And we made our own posters from photographs.  It was not easy but my point is that bands from the West were popular among the PEOPLE of the USSR, even while being censured by the Kremlin.

My stay here in Liverpool was too brief to visit the little underground club where the Beatles first performed.  It is called The Cavern Club  It is 300 years old and the energy of the place is felt from first steps inside..

But the other little thing that will now forever remind me of Liverpool is the cry of riverbirds and the seagulls. Literally it was first impression I had stepping off the train at the railway station in town.

The haunting cries of the birds of the River Mersey will also be my enduring impression.

Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

1st Intentional Radio Message To Space ~ Should We Be Advertising Our Presence In Space? 

Would The US Military Disobey Trump Nuclear Order?

Scientists Warn: Soon It Will Be Too Late To Save Earth

Helping The Poor Is A ‘Passport To Paradise,’ Pope Says

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Don’t read this one too close to bed time.  Genetically Modified Beetles Grew A Fully Functional Third Eye

This is awesomeNASA Launches Powerful Polar Weather Satellite

This is a great idea.  Grammar-Proofing Startup By Ukrainian Techies Helps Foreign Students

Our Planet

Site Of Texas Mass Shooting Turned Into A Beautiful Memorial

Scientists Measure How Glaciers Will Affect Cities

Scientists Find Teeth Of Early Human Ancestor

Outer Space

Cygnus Races To Station As Crew Studies Life Science And Space Crops – Space Station

From Space, Astronaut Peggy Whitson Tells Her Younger Self: “Ignore The Naysayers”

Newly Discovered Planet Could Harbor Life. It’s (Relatively) Close To Us

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Citizen Inventors: NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat ChallengeFuture Space Missions Won’t Be Able To Carry All Their Building Materials From Earth. Competitors Are Challenged To Fabricate Habitats Using Indigenous Materials. $2 Million Prize!

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory:  Incredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

A Regatta For Robot Sailing Boats

Another New Route For Tesla: Its First Electric Semi-Tractor-Trailer

Harnessing Ocean Power To Light Remote Towns

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good for him!  Bill Gates Announces $100 Million Investment In Alzheimer’s Disease

We mourn for this young man and agree with his father.  Penn State Hazing Victim’s Dad Says Frat Members Must Be Held Accountable

This is reassuring.  U.S. Nuclear General Says Would Resist ‘Illegal’ Trump Strike Order:

DALAI LAMA

We all want to live a happy life, so we have to learn to live together in trust and mutual respect. We do have differences of race, nationality, religious faith and so on, but these differences are secondary in comparison to our equality in being human.

BAD EXAMPLES

There’s a special place in Hell waiting for those who did this.  And yes, I’d gladly escort them there myself.  Girl Rescued From Trash And Feces-Filled House Receives $4 Million Settlement

This should be every American’s shame.  Hate Crimes—Especially Against Muslims—Went Up In 2016

So should this. Record High For Income Inequality

TRAVEL

The Island Where 81 Is Considered Young

The Australian Island No-One’s Heard Of

Places That Changed The World

THE GREEN BEAT  

Is Going Offgrid As Green As It Sounds?

Coal Exports: The Russian Connection

The Trump Administration Pitched Coal At A Climate Change Conference

Fall Update From The Thin Green Line

What’s Killing King Coal?

Coalition Opposes Alaska Oil Drilling

Keystone XL Sprung A Leak

Congress Wants To Stop Pipeline Protests By Prosecuting Activists As Terrorists

Carbon Pollution Levels Rose For The First Time In Four Years

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

5 Tips To Survive Holiday Parties When You Have Social Anxiety

Are You Younger Or Older Than Most People Where You Live?  Find out Here.

Almost Half Of Americans Have High Blood Pressure Under New Guidelines
Another Major Reason To Feel Good About Drinking Coffee

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

How To Save Money Without Really Trying

The Trouble With Growing Seaweed

Granny Flats And The Great Affordability Debate

Americans Are Embracing Communal Living. Here’s Why

Why Science Says You Should Be Reading Small Independent Media

Young Men, Frequent Drivers Most Likely To Get Distracted While Driving

BEST OF THE NET

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Finalists

NASA Time-Lapse Of Earth’s 20 Years Shows How The Planet Is Changing

Smashed Boab Nuts And A Tent Made Of Branches — Bush Survival Skills That Saved A Stranded Family

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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 

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Week/Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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 did.  So Many Baby Sloths In One Video Will Surely Give You A Cuteness Overload

This is inspiring.  Diver Notices Dark Shapes Tangled Up In Ocean And Sees They’re 2 Lost Elephants

This was ingenious.   Florida Opened A Fake Alligator Farm To Catch Poachers

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab’s Nestwatch November Newsletter is now online and, as always, it is an avian aficionado’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Incredible Photos Of Real-Life Wonder Women

Apology After Japanese Train Departs 20 Seconds Early

Anti-LGBT Politician Resigns After He’s ‘Caught Having Sex With A Man In His Office’

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

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THIS LETHAL INSANITY WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 12, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 11
INSIDE: This Lethal Insanity Will Eventually Kill Us All; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Remembering Also A Russian Revolution; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
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THIS LETHAL INSANITY WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I don’t know about you guys but I am starting to get a little irked at individuals who take lethal weapons and kill people in a bunch.  None of the remediation efforts we’ve been making seems to be stopping these people.  It is clearly time for some out of the box thinking.

Like requiring a basic mental health exam for people purchasing firearms and/or lots of ammunition.  Anyone failing this test would have their results sent to appropriate law enforcement, for review by a police behavioral specialist.

Re-channeling the homicidally inclined.  Those whose mental health exams indicated strong killer tendencies could be recruited into those branches of the armed forces that have lots of people to kill in the name of national defense and world peace.

Virtual Mass Destruction Games Arcades in which players are sealed into a chamber and all their real life sources of rage become the characters.  Make the game totally comprehensive, from planning to execution to feeling all the angst of the victims and their families.  Make sure all players remained confined to their game chambers from start to finish. Keep health care providers on hand for those who do not survive the experience.

Identify such individuals and find them homes and gainful employment in places we do not like.

Make it impossible to buy a bullet with someone else’s name on it.

Make universal firearm ownership and training a requirement of American citizenship and make sure all Americans can afford the arsenal it takes to protect life and property.

Hold our breaths and hope we evolve beyond such behavior.  And in the meantime, pray that nobody we know, including us, becomes either a perpetrator of a victim or friends or family of same.

It is patently clear that if we do not do something, this lethal insanity will eventually kill us all.

Rusty

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

REMEMBERING ALSO A RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Hi Rusty:

Last week was Remembrance Week in England and commemorates the end of hostilities in the First World War. Another memorable anniversary from the same period and around the same time of year, celebrates its centennial.  Yes, I am talking about the Russian Revolution.

Fueled by popular dissatisfaction with an unfair society; prolonged war; and an industrial revolution that brought masses of young force to cities; weak
short-sighted rule, the Revolution was on its way when an ambiguous but oratory-gifted figure whom we would, nowadays call a populist, arrived on the scene and essentially defined the Revolution itself.  His name was Lenin.

This anniversary is a great incentive to look back to the history and ask ourselves what we have learned from the experience, where masses rage and populism could lead; where everything promised by “leaders” either fails to appear or appears in a form we neither asked for nor want; where those who claim to govern, those bureaucratic elite, fail to provide basic rights and needs for commoners.

Like any historical event, it cannot be easily scaled “good”-“bad”. Most of the progressive ideas were put on the global table a century ago like equity, national liberalism, access to education for women, voting rights for everyone, social security and healthcare etc.  And they all definitely shaped the modern world.

The common people of Tsarist Russia knew none of these, however.  The knowledge was brutally repressed for centuries.  The human cost of transforming the Russian Empire, including the brutal  dekulakization, following a series of famines, was tremendous and counted by millions.

As for Ukraine, following World War I, the Austria-Hungarian and Russia empires faded away in the wake of revolution so Ukraine received its historical chance for “recognition”.  At that West and East Ukraine objectively went through different ways. West Ukrainian People’s Republic  existed 1918-1919 and then merged under tough Polish rule.

It was still an imperial mentality era when only “the strongest survives” so no one was really prepared to let a newly emerged state that was not strong enough on its own to go its way.  So the same happened to the Central and East territories of modern Ukraine became the Ukrainian People’s Republic, a partially recognized state 1918-1921.  Eventually, it fell under influence of Bolsheviks. In direct contravention of Poland’s policy of strict nationalism and assimilation, Vladimir Lenin was seeing an opportunity in national liberalism and was wise enough to use this card to attract people to his ideas.

“The proletariat cannot but fight against the forcible retention of the oppressed nations within the boundaries of a given state, and this is exactly what the struggle for the right of self-determination means. The proletariat must demand the right of political secession for the colonies and for the nations that ‘its own’ nation oppresses. Unless it does this, proletarian internationalism will remain a meaningless phrase; mutual confidence and class solidarity between the workers of the oppressing and oppressed nations will be impossible”.

In first following years, Ukrainian culture and language were revived. But the Ukrainian Republic was subject to all the flaws of the system of the Soviet Union that created a lot of grievances. Only in 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union, did Ukraine at last realize full independence and its own way by peaceful procedure.

Was the Revolution for Russian Empire inevitable as other countries like United Kingdom found the way without such drastic changes?  Perhaps that is a rhetoric question and the answer not needed as it is how it is.

Charles Dickens did his best in “Tales Of Two Cities” to warn about the dark side of what he called “whirling masses” and the dangers of social unrest.  As such, this work stands for me as an example of how powerful written word is.

As for me, personally, born in Russia when it was still the Soviet Union, Ayn Rand’s “We, The Living” takes its young Russian woman protagonist from the Revolution to times after and her own escape to the West.  Autobiographical in nature, it is also an authentic portrait of this revolution and, I suspect, all of them.

Here, I should also mention the writings considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature in the 20th century. The inevitable odious consequence of the Revolution, a Civil War, when neighbor rises against neighbor described in Quietly Flows The Don by Mikhail Sholohov

As for now, we could only have another minute of silence for all those on whom the Revolution fell, from Tsar Nicholas and his family to the last person sentenced to the Gulag.  I hope, in remembering, we reserve our conclusions and seek, instead, understanding.  History is not about ideas or governments.  History is about people and their story always needs to be told.

Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

These 5 Facts Explain Why China Is Pulling Ahead Of The West

How To Help The Victims Of The Texas Church Shooting

What To Know About The ‘Paradise Papers’ Leak

How To Spot Fake News

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

We need to know a lot more about this than we do.  Astronomers Complete 1st Global Asteroid Tracking Drill

I watched this on NASA TV and was amazed.  US Rocket Launch Aborted After Small Plane Enters Airspace.  And of course, I missed this.  Sigh. Orbital ATK Rocket Launches NASA Cargo To Space Station In Spectacular Morning Liftoff

And if they can do it… An island built by prehistoric people

Our Planet

Will Earth Undergo 15 Days Of Darkness In November 2017?

The Biggest Nuclear Bomb Ever Tested

A Mexican Town Embracing Islam

Outer Space

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 Eyes

Crew Studies Health Impacts Of Space Radiation And Station Atmosphere – Space Station

NASA, Houston Cinema Arts Society Count Down To ‘Cinespace Day’

What It’s Like Spending A Year In Space

Wow! Juno’s 8th Science Flyby Of Jupiter

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target ~ The Craft That Flew By Pluto In 2015 Is Heading For A Kuiper Belt Object Currently Designated 2014 MU69. The Mission Team Wants You To Help Nickname It.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Incredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Robot Scores High Result On National Doctor Qualification Test

How To Fix This Major Glitch On Your Updated Iphone

‘Iron Man’ Flight Sets First World Record

The Translator That Sits In Your Ear

GOOD EXAMPLES

This certainly puts a new spin on the expression hands across the sea, does it not?  This South African Poet Is Helping A Maryland Church Protect A Historic Black Cemetery

This is working in Seattle.  Using Social Media To Rescue Unused Food

Would you have them walk another 2,700 miles to make their pointVets Walk 2,700 Miles To Call Attention To Post-War Trauma

I absolutely and totally love this.  Preschool Inside Seattle Nursing Home Brings Together Old, Young

DALAI LAMA

A source of trouble is our unruly minds. We can counter that by developing a warm heart. We need to effect an inner transformation, to understand that love and affection are a real source of joy. As human beings we are social animals, dependent on each other. It’s important to be warm-hearted rather than selfish. We’ll be less sick, live longer and have more friends here and now.

BAD EXAMPLES

Sadly, I am not surprised.  This Is The Deadliest Year For Mass Shootings In Modern U.S. History  See also:  Gun-Related Deaths In America Keep Going Up

Nor does this surprise me.  President Trump’s Approval Rating Is Lower Than Any Modern President

Let the good times roll.  Sigh.  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ‘Lied’ About His Wealth To Make Richest Americans List, Says Forbes Magazine

SHORTS

A Black Student Wrote Those Racist Messages That Shook The Air Force Academy

A Mass. State Trooper Says Higher-Ups Doctored Arrest Report On Judge’s Daughter

TRAVEL

The 10 Most Extravagant Hotel Rooms In The World

A Town Split Between Two Countries

The Israeli City With A Hoard Of Gold

The World’s Most Visited City?

Sustainable Holiday Travel

THE GREEN BEAT

America Wins’ With Carbon Pricing

Congress Works With Big Oil On Letter Suggesting Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges

Solar Farm Powers Up North Of Medford, Oregon

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

Basic Painkillers Are Just As Effective As Opioids, Study Finds

Genetically Modified Skin Grown From Stem Cells Saved A 7-Year-Old Boy’s Life

5 Health Reasons To Eat More Seafood

Obesity Rate By Nation

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Facebook Admits At Least 12% Of Accounts Are Fakes Or Duplicates
Domestic Violence Is The ‘Canary In The Coal Mine’ For Mass Shootings

Sutherland Springs Pastor: ‘I Don’t Understand, But I Know My God Does’

Men Are Finally Waking Up To Sexual Harassment. But They Still Have A Lot To Learn

4 Reasons We Don’t Vote—And How To Change Them

BEST OF THE NET

Northern Lights Shine On Humpback Whales — Must See!

My Life As An Al-Qaeda Hostage

World Wildlife Magazine Winter 2017

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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 

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:

Thought of the Week/Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is absolutely inspirational.  Uporny’s Story ~ Captured after close encounters with humans, Uporny the tiger was rehabilitated and released, offering researchers an unprecedented look into the wild life of an elusive big cat.

And who, exactly, has been pulling the wool over whose eyes all these years?  Sheep Learned To Recognize Photos Of Obama And Other Celebrities, Neuroscientists Say

This is amazing.  Hummingbirds In Flight Photographed In Slow Motion

SHORTS

Lawsuit Says Steelhead And Salmon At Risk Of Extinction In Oregon

Stop Using Antibiotics In Healthy Animals, World Health Organization Says

When Mammals Switched From Nights To Days

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

What Would Dinosaurs Have Tasted Like?

Why Sweden Is Relocating An Entire Town

Town Drowned By Dam Returns From the Dead

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

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AN ORWELLIAN DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE ANSWER

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 5, 2017 Vol. 10 No.10
INSIDE: An Orwellian Dystopia Is Not The Answer; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Blade Runner 2049 Filmed In Budapest;; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
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AN ORWELLIAN DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE ANSWER

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I’ve mentioned before, there’s an online coffee house I go to for “first coffee”.  I’ve known some of these people on the Net for a decade and a half.  They’re a diversified bunch ranging from cooks to college professors and they are international in demography.  So for me, it’s even better a place to go to sample “public opinion.”

In the wake of that lone truck terrorist in Manhattan whose paint gun got him SBC’d (Suicide By Cop), the discussion naturally arose about what could or can be done to prevent these kinds of things from happening.

Greater surveillance was suggested but that won’t work because it will require a system that could easily turn America into an Orwellian dystopia.  We have the technology but we are not bureaucratically capable of organizing ourselves into a single ~ yet vast ~ surveillance and intelligence gathering/sharing organ or agency.

We need, I think, to focus on more ways we can protect ourselves.  One way that cities are doing it is to make their downtowns motor-vehicle free.  Delivery services are strictly monitored and work requiring government vehicles are done after most everyone has left city center.  Gated communities, of course, have long been a suburban solution.

Neighborhood Watch programs have also long been an American mainstay and with the present technology, drone surveillance of the streets is an option to in person patrols in high strife boroughs.

Such measures will not only protect us from terrorist but from the anti-social among us who would also do us harm.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.

Rusty

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.

Rusty

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Korda Studios. Photo courtesy of filminginhungary.com 

BLADE RUNNER 2049 FILMED IN BUDAPEST

Hi Rusty:

For me it was interesting to find out that Blade Runner 2049 with my favorite actors, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, was filmed not in Hollywood but Budapest studios

Budapest is becoming ‘the’ new filming destination after the introduction in the past year of a 25% tax reduction on film production.  That savings is passed along to American and other foreign studios in the form of lower production costs. That is along with great sceneries of the city that could be playing the role of Paris, Prague or Soviet decorations, made film crowd flocking to the place.

The Korda Studio is huge and lies 30km/18m from Budapest.  It is where a lot of Hollywood blockbusters were filmed and is considered one of the best studios in Europe.

Here they shot the last Hellboy, the Martian, the Witch Hunt, and the War of the Worlds Z.  The special effects in many of these productions were made from just foam and I found that amazing

I think for Ukraine, it is a great example of a national film industry evolving and we do have our own Budapest, Lviv. With our government announcing 500 million HRV (159,017 Euro/184,781 US$ allocated to development of a Ukrainian film production, the steps of tax lifting could be another way forward.  And one of requirements that worked for Hungary is using some native representatives for foreign studios during shooting films. That is definitely giving good experience to local companies.

Cheers and that’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

In America, it is known as Veterans Day and in Canada, Remembrance Day.  A global holiday, it has other names and is celebrated on dates other than November 11.  Its purpose, however, is universal.  It is the day we remember all those, living and dead, who serve our respective nations and continue to “mann the wall” for us.

I am one and I live with three others spanning several wars.  It’s not something we talk about, even with one another.  It was a part of our lives that, regardless of what the country may think, we do not want to remember.  As well intentioned as these celebrations are, they are also a result of war.  War is the taking of human lives and no one who has ever done that ~ under any circumstances ~ forgets it.  It is something you live with forever.

If you truly value our sacrifices and our services, make this day and all others like it, not a reminder of war but a celebration of peace.

Rusty

 

 

 

 

 

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is not good news.  Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits 800,000-Year High

If we are going to change this, we need to know how it happened in the first place.  How Cities Became A Major Evolutionary Force

We’ve known this for a long time.  We agree and support it totally.  Urbanists, Architects Say Backyard Cottages Are A Must In Affordable Housing Push

Our Planet

Twin Yellowstone Super-Eruptions Altered Climate

6 Ways Climate Change And Disease Helped Topple The Roman Empire

Could This Revolutionary Project Help Save The Environment?

Outer Space

Russia And U.S. Worst Litterers In Space

NASA Tests Ensure Astronaut, Ground Crew Safety Before Orion Launches

Station Crew Continues Prep For Eighth Orbital ATK Launch

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Is Telekinesis Real? ~ Possible, Or Total Sci-Fi? Plus A Second Video On The Existence Of Parallel Universes

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Incredible images of our world and far beyond

Technology

It’s Going To Be Expensive To Fix A Broken Iphone X

What Public Transit Can Learn From Uber And Lyft

Colorado Taking Steps To Get Its Own Hyperloop

GOOD EXAMPLES

We need to applaud, support and truly appreciate every one of these individuals.  The ‘Weinstein Effect’ Is Going Global, as British, French and Canadian Women Speak Up

These people are awesome.  The Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning

This is this generation’s youth at their best.  The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017

Right flipping on!  A Cyclist To A Terrorist: Your Fear mongering Has Failed

DALAI LAMA

We need to improve the current education system by introducing instructions on ways to cultivate positive emotions like warm-heartedness. Relying on religious tradition won’t appeal to everyone. We need a more universal approach based on common experience, common sense and scientific findings

BAD EXAMPLES

Why am I not surprised?  President Trump’s Approval Ratings Hit a New All-Time Low

And of course, Trump refuses to listen.  EPA Says Obama’s Climate Plan Would Save Thousands Of Lives

This needs to stop, does it not?  Video: Cruel Musical Chairs (Or Why Is Rent So High?)

TRAVEL

Everything You Need To Know About President Trump’s Grueling Asia Tour

The Wild West: Hiking Ghost Towns And Mines

The Boat Trip That Changed My Life

THE GREEN BEAT

Debate Over Drilling

The Changing Politics Of Timber

Coal Exports: The Finances Remain Gloomy

How To Give Back To The Earth In Death

HEALTH

One Simple Way To Make A New Healthy Habit Stick

This Is The Number-One Cause Of Stress For Americans

Can You Eat For $19/Week? Dozens In B.C. Set To Take On Welfare Food Challenge

What Doctors Facing The Opioid Crisis Need Next

10 Things Wrecking Your Sex Drive

Trump’s War On Opioids Won’t Work—But California Knows What Will

Hydroponic Veggies: Organic Or Not?

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

3 Underrated Skills That’ll Help Get You Ahead At Work

Could You Get Your Student Loans Forgiven? Here’s How To Find Out

Plant Savvy: (Quick And Easy!) Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas From The Garden

How To Build A 7-Day Survival Kit On A Budget

4 Ways to Give Your Body Back to Nature After You Die

Lovehacking, And Other Habits Of Happy Couples

“We Hope The Totem… Moves People To Action”

BEST OF THE NET

Deep-Sea Nightmares And Other Ocean Spookiness

10 Female Artists You Should Know About

Watch: “We Are Water”

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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 kind of owl are you?  Take this quiz to find out.

This is outstanding news.  New Era For Washington State Wolves

Has anyone asked them what they are looking for?  Octopuses ‘Walking Out Of The Sea’ On The Welsh Coast

SHORTS

New Great Ape Species Identified

Dinosaurs Suffered Catastrophic ‘Winter’

Chimpanzees Among 33 Species Selected For Special Protection

Watch: Mussels Of The Willamette

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s November 2017 newsletter is now online.  It’s the best window on wildlife conservation and species preservation in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea  you’ll find online anywhere.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Pakistani Bride Kills 17 People With Poison Milk In Effort To Escape Arranged Marriage
This Software Writes Its Own Bizarre Horror Stories

High-Speed Robbers Caught On CCTV

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

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IF DONALD TRUMP MOVED NEXT DOOR TO ME

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 29, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 9
INSIDE: If Donald Trump Moved Next Door To Me; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Halloween Gaining Popularity In Ukraine & Eastern Europe;
For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
Reader Supported: All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here    

IF DONALD TRUMP MOVED NEXT DOOR TO ME

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As my beloved cousin Olya can attest, my mind sometimes travels to interesting places.  Out here in the American Pacific Northwest stbka (soon to be known as) Cascadia, our elected officials are also our neighbors.

If Donald Trump was my neighbor, here are three things I would not do, based on what I have observed of him.

Donald needs to be noticed.  One way to do that is to borrow something important from a neighbor.  And then not return it when agreed.  So even though he has one for every day of the year, he would still want me to loan him my power mower.  I would not do that.  The machine is not top of the lawn but it sails under its own steam, which makes it ideal for the hilly terrain on which we live in South Seattle.  Donald knows this.  Once he has my machine, he has me.

Unless I have two of them.  I am, in fact, saving up for another one.  And I have a plan. I am also recording the sounds of this one, just in case he bribes me with something I cannot resist and gets me to loan it to him that way.  Once the lasagna’s all gone, I can make it sound like I bought another mower, this one a muscle job, and with the volume of those audios turned up, I can make it SOUND like I’m fighting The Lawn That Ate Seattle and I have to keep mowing it or it will eventually take over the planet.

Donald is insecure around people he doesn’t know.  So I would be invited to one of his backyard barbecues, out on this lawn as big as Luxembourg. I would not accept.  My mother raised me to be more than an extra in a megalomaniac’s motion picture.  These events are also never lightly attended, thanks to Flowers By Guido de Nostra, whose family you do not really want to get to know.

That lawn may be huge but it’s got a big wall around it and its guards are paid to kill.  My Uncle Seamus de Fernandez, the Irish bullfighter, said that Trump’s barbecues are gladiatorial blood sports with ultimate spectator participation.  The “bulls” are one another and a bounty per head, killed, maimed for life or scared insane.  Uncle Seamus, who changed his name and has since become famous for feats less esoteric, did admit that the food afterward was to die for.  But he does not recommend the Spring salami.

If Donald Trump moved in next door to me, I would not tell anyone ~ not even God or my cousin Olya.  I would invent a cover story to explain anything untoward, which would have to be very that word given the relative isolation of this evergreen urban oasis.  It would need to be a story authentic enough to explain helicopter landings and an increase in limousine traffic.  Not a problem.

I am blessed with neighbors who still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Leprechauns.

I would just tell them this was the set of an Albanian-Macedonian-Australian television series about Donald Trump being produced for Euro TV.  My neighbors are artistic in their own right and appreciate good product values in other media.  They would enjoy keeping a low profile about this.  It would be a secret kept by 700,000 people.  And I would be doing my patriotic duty by protecting the privacy of America’s chief executive and his entourage.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.  Rusty

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

HALLOWEEN GAINING POPULARITY IN UKRAINE & EASTERN EUROPE

Hi Rusty:

According to my observations Halloween in recent years has become more popular in this part of the world. I guess kids and teenagers as well as young adults like the idea of spicing their lives with another celebration that involves magic in a way.

Of course marketers are extremely fond of this idea as well for all sorts of promotions. While still most of us wouldn’t be able to answer what date exactly Halloween should be celebrated or the origin of it except it came to us from America, surely mostly everyone enjoys the pumpkins invasion.  (smiling)

In any event, pumpkins are good from both aesthetic and nutrition points of view. So with remnants of curved pumpkin easy to make a pumpkin soup. For entertainment there is funny article What Each Myers Briggs Type Does On Halloween  I wasn’t surprised to read about my type, ENTP, “Was too busy saving the world all month to get a costume in time.”  What does your type do on Halloween?

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Opioids Are Such An American Problem

How Trump Is Undoing American Government As We Know It

We Don’t Think Of Californians As Climate Refugees Yet, But We Should

The Essential Ingredient Of Democracy

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

How cool, no pun intended.  Google’s New Office Will Be Heated And Cooled By The Ground Underneath

I happen to agree.  One megalomaniacal moron will not bring thousand of years of this down.  Bill Nye Thinks Science Will Survive the Trump Administration

Let’s hope this isn’t something else in disguise.  Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Our Planet

Watch: Mapping A World Of Water Worlds

It Rained Fish In Mexico, Officials Say. No, It’s Not The End Times (We Think)

National Weather Service Adds New Colors So It Can Map Harvey’s Rains

Outer Space

A Newly Discovered Moon Tunnel Could Be The Perfect Place For A Colony, Scientists Say

How The Universe Creates Gold

How Do Human Genes Act In Space?

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Astronomers confirm Earth has an asteroid buddy:  It’s the best and most stable example to date of a near-Earth companion, or quasi-satellite.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Images of the Week

Technology

The Many Problems With Autonomous Vehicles

The Police Are Using Computer Algorithms To Tell If You’re A Threat

6 Clever Items To Simplify Your Life

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  This City Found A Way To Get Everyone Involved In Urban Planning

Mine, Seattle, is among the top five. Here Are The Cities Standing Up For Women’s Health

Congratulations and way to go, you guys!  Here Are The 2017 Macarthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

DALAI LAMA

Today we tend to think of education as if its only purpose was to make us more inventive and resourceful. Sometimes it even seems that those who are less educated are more honest and straightforward. Even though our society doesn’t emphasize it, the most crucial use of knowledge and education is to understand the importance of more wholesome action and disciplining the mind—essentially the development of a good heart

BAD EXAMPLES

I imagine this parade’s going to be a long one for awhile.  Director James Toback Accused Of Sexual Abuse By 38 Women  See also HARVEY WEINSTEIN, ET AL on our News Roundup Page

Nice going, Commander In Chief.  “It Made Me Cry’: Trump’s Condolence Call Gone Wrong

With all due respect, this has to be one of the dumbest laws of the new century.  Honolulu’s ‘Distracted Walking’ Law Takes Effect, Targeting Phone Users

Of course he does.  US Interior Secretary Denies Involvement With $300 Million Contract

We have GOT to stop doing this to ourselves.  The Hidden Tragedy of the Opioid Crisis

TRAVEL

The Filthiest Places To Avoid On Airplanes
This Tiny Island Now Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World
Traveling To The U.S.? Prepare For Even Longer Security Checks
We Asked The Experts: Is It Cheaper To Book A Flight Last Minute?

THE GREEN BEAT

Biochar, The Once And Future Agricultural Mainstay

Celebrating Sustainability This National Seafood Month

The Cost Of Solar Is Going To Plummet Again

Green Tip: Home Composting

HEALTH

Regular Walking May Help Older Adults Live Longer

Get Fit Like A Supreme Court Justice With ‘The RBG Workout’

Study: Pollution Kills 9 Million A Year, Costs $4.6 Trillion

One Of The Greatest Threats To Our Lifespans Is Loneliness

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Do You Eat Like A Republican Or A Democrat?
6 Careers Where You Can Earn $75,000 Without A Bachelor’s Degree

Why Does The US Have So Many Child Brides?

6 Jobs Everyone Will Want In 2040

What To Know About The History Of ‘Just Say No’

When A Culture Produces This Much Sexual Assault, It’s Not An Accident

The Lonely Lives Of Elders

BEST OF THE NET

A Healthier Halloween For Kids, Without Cutting Out Candy? Yes, Really.

How Trick-Or-Treating Became Part Of Halloween Tradition

Spectacular Images Show How Our View Of The Universe Has Evolved

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: 

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. 

ADVERTISE WITH US:  50 words for $5.00  

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I’ll bet Edgar Allan Poe knew this.  How To Tell A Raven From A Crow

Good question, Jane.  Jane Goodall: ‘How Is It Possible The Most Intellectual Species Is Destroying Its Own Home?’

Depending on the beast or the person, I could see how this could be a mixed blessing.  Dogs And People Have More In Common Than You Might Think

SHORTS

How Inmates, Scientists, and Government Workers Are Teaming Up to Save a Butterfly

Beth And Howard Stern Are Saving Hundreds Of Cats

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Runner Wins Marathon After Competitors Ran the Wrong Way

Alligators Eat Sharks

26 Hours To Race Up Mt. Everest? It’s Part Of A New Running Trend Of ‘Fastest Known Time.’

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

 

 

 

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THE LESSONS OF STORMS

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 22, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 8
INSIDE: Lessons Learned From Storms; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Discontent Feeds National Protests In Ukraine; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dala Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
Reader Supported: All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

A rainy day in Seattle. Photo by MS(R)M

THE LESSONS OF STORMS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after almost 85 days of no rain, the same storm that battered Victoria, BC to the north last week, bringing with it winds gusting to 55 kph circled to the southeast and slammed into Seattle a day later.  It wasn’t There was the expected flooding and other storm damage, including widespread power outages.

This house, with its three wings, two stories and approximately three sheltered and wooded acres, lost electricity at dusk of the first day.  We’re veterans of bad weather and we don’t rattle as easily as the shutters.  It was pretty much business as usual, albeit with flashlights and cold sandwiches.  We got to be quietly heroic for about an hour and a half before everything went back on and we returned to a relatively pampered existence.

It was certainly nothing like what most of the rest of the country’s been going through and I’m grateful for that.  For a species that is driven by the headlines it creates, adverse weather is a reminder that sometimes natural disasters can cause as much damage as those of our own authorship.

Yep, allegory rocks.  My housemates and I could not prevent the storm but we were prepared for it.  We didn’t question it.  We didn’t curse it.  We didn’t even try to understand it.  And we certainly did not communicate with it.  When it was over, we cleaned up, fixed up, and carried on.

Sometimes nations need to do that too.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, be well and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

People rally near the Verkhovna Rada building on Oct. 17 to demand that the Ukrainian parliament support reforms in Ukraine. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Photo courtesy of the Kyiv Post 

DISCONTENT FEEDS NATIONAL PROTESTS IN UKRAINE

Hi Rusty:

This week in Ukraine started with protests near Verkhovna Rada against Ukrainian parliament led by Michael Saakashvili and supported by a few Ukrainian politicians including the mayor of Lviv and Andriy Sadoviy, the head of political party Samopomich, which means self-help in English.  About two thousand people came to support the demands of lifting immunity of MPs and creating an effective anticorruption court”

It is not a secret that the level of corruption is one of the major problems that my country faces.  The e-declarations that were revealed a few months ago showed a big gap between officials and commoners

Top officials keep millions of dollars in hard cash  and own collections of luxurious watches and Faberge eggs, clothes, and even a church.  No further investigations of any of the most dissonant cases were made, making ordinary citizens outraged at being fooled and then not having their complaints taken seriously.

Altogether, this anger with the ethical climate of the government; frustration with a substandard economy and a widespread dissatisfaction with the standard of living, in concert with recent controversial education and pension reforms, helped Saakashvili to gather people to the Parliament.

Let’s hope there be the political will to implement those quite objective demands. 

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Hillary Clinton: ‘Anger And Resentment’ Are Underpinning Our National Conversation
There’s A $10 Million Reward For Information That Could Get Trump Impeached

Why Do So Many Powerful Men Behave Like Harvey Weinstein? This Psychologist Has Some Theories.

WAYS TO HELP

If you or anyone you know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, please inform the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.  Our thanks to our friends at Seattle’s KING 5 television news for this one.

Alyssa Milano: How We Can Help Women Come Forward

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

For some reason, I found this a little scary.  New Anatomy VR App Lets You Look Inside Your Own Body

We need to make sure this is also in our future.  How Deep Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power The World

Good morning, Dave?  Toyota Will Test Their AI-Powered Driverless Cars In 2020

Our Planet

Statues And Mysterious Disk Found In Ancient Greek Shipwreck

A Surprise From The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

Amazing Photos Of London’s Strange Sky

Outer Space

NASA Mission ‘Watches Earth Breathe’

The Place Spacecraft Go To Die

What Happens To Your Body In Space Without A Spacesuit?

Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2016: Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak

Dancing With Black Holes

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Traveling To Mars? Top 6 Health Challenges:  NASA Aims To Have Humans On Mars By The 2030s. People Making The Long Space Journey Will Experience Health Risks They’ve Never Faced Before.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Latest Images: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/

Technology

Hackers Have Found A New Way To Attack Your Gadgets. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Child Safety Smartwatches ‘Easy’ To Hack, Watchdog Says

This Calculator Tells You If It’s Cheaper To Use Uber Than Own A Car

1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ Rocket Car Fires Up

Nobel Laureates

Nobel Laureate: The Future Of DNA Sequencing Will Be In The Palm Of Your Hand

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  Tulane Offers Free Tuition to Puerto Rican College Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

I’m glad to see these people speaking out.  ‘Disrespectful Lie’: Anger Grows Over Trump’s Claims About Past Presidents And Fallen Troops

This is also what being a woman is all about.  Rep. Frederica Wilson Didn’t Flinch At Trump’s Attacks. Her Record Explains Why.

DALAI LAMA

It’s important to understand how our mind and emotions work. A cause and condition of anger is fear. Once it has erupted anger can lead to hatred, so we have to tackle it early. Anger tends to arise spontaneously, but we can develop compassion through training. Anger might bring energy, but the problem is that it’s blind. We observe physical hygiene to maintain our health, what we also need is emotional hygiene.

BAD EXAMPLES

We, as a nation, should be hanging our heads in shame.  When the savaged are forced to suffer in silence, Satan has taken the field and none of us is Heaven bound.  Thousands share stories of sexual abuse with #MeToo after Weinstein allegations. Also see Women Join Alyssa Milano’s ‘Me Too’ Protest Against Sexual Harassment and Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Next time you’re tempted to criticize the news media, give a thought to the sacrifices some of us make to bring it to you.  Malta Journalist Death: Caruana Galizia’s Son Denounces “Mafia State”

What amazes me is that he actually thinks he can get away with this.  Trump Denigrates Obama Over False Fallen Soldier Claim

Good!  United Airlines Dragging Incident That Went Viral Produces Firings, Suspensions Of Officers

TRAVEL

America’s Best Cities For Fall Travel

The Cheeky Gnomes Taking Over A City

The World’s Most Adventurous Countries

THE GREEN BEAT

The Benefits Of ‘Floating’ Solar Power

Old Banger V Diesel: Which Is The Most Toxic?

How Will The Clean Power Plan Repeal Change Carbon Emissions For Your State?

Sir David Attenborough Calls For Action Against Plastic Pollution

Stella McCartney Is Weaving A New Way Forward

Plastic Pollution Is A Thing Of The Past With These Tools

Is Uber Helping Or Hurting Mass Transit?

HEALTH

Here’s How Practicing Tai Chi Can Help The Heart

1 In 9 U.S. Men Have Oral HPV, Study Says

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The 19 Best Foods To Boost Your Memory, Energy And Mood

The FDA Just Approved A New Way To Fight Cancer

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

Attorney: Sexual Harassment Isn’t Just A Problem For The Rich And Famous

Literacy Builds Life Skills As Well As Language Skills

What’s It Like To Live In North Korea?

If You Drive Less Than 10,000 Miles A Year, You Probably Shouldn’t Own A Car

Women Speak Out On Harassment In California’s Capital

BEST OF THE NET

Watch A Wall Of Water Race Up A River

Whales And Dolphins Live ‘Human-Like’ Lives

Pictures Of America’s Happiest Cities 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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 

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring  service.  For a full list of my services, please visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com  To contact me directly, minstrel312@aol.com  I look forward to hearing from you.  Rusty Miller

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Do they also snack in between meals?  Solitary Pumas Turn Out to Be Mountain Lions Who Lunch

Some of these little dudes truly do seem to live for danger.  How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes

We might just be able to learn something from them.  When The Recent Hurricanes Hit, How Did Animals Seek Refuge?

SHORTS

California Becomes First State To Ban Sales From Puppy Mills

Why T. Rex’s Puny Arms Are A Sign Of Strength

Fish Depression Is Not A Joke

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October Nestwatch newsletter is now available.  As usual, it is chock full of really cool stuff for those of us who love birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October newsletter is now available.  Articles in this one include 7 Ways Your Messy Garden Helps Wildlife and Toughest Bird At The Feeder

The World Wildlife Foundation’s October 2017 newsletter is online and it is an animal lover’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘My Ride Or Die.’ Woman Flees California Wildfires On A Bike With Her 70-Pound Dog

They Created The Wildly Popular Hatchimals — And Now They’re Billionaires

The First Film Made From Oil Paintings

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WHEN DID WE GO TO WAR WITH COAL?

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 15, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 7

To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam

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WHEN DID WE GO TO WAR WITH COAL?

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Rhetoric ~ words ~ have long fascinated me, both as a user of them, personally and professionally; and as a consumer of them on both levels.  I’ve spoken a bit before about how I feel about assigning human traits to phenomena of nature and the most immediate example of that which comes to mind is the term “killer tornado”.  Here’s another example.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

As far as I know, we were never at war with coal to begin with.  For centuries, it was our chief source of fuel and commodities made from or involved with coal.  As our technology and environmental awareness evolved, we’ve realized that one thing we cannot do is burn coal and let the results into our atmosphere.

This itself is not the cause of climate change but it has contributed to it and it is one of the forces in this natural process over which we exercise some control.  As long as there is a need for coal for other purposes, there will be mines and miners.  If not using coal as fuel results in a reduction of force in the mining of it, those people can be trained to do something else.  This too is part of our technological evolution.

The root of much of what makes me leery of certain words and their uses lies in the notion of competition versus cooperation.  It makes me think that we somehow still believe that wars produce winners.  They do not.  They produce losers and new wars.

History has also proven, particularly since the 1960s, that helping other nations achieve a healthy lifestyle, produces peace and good neighbors.  That process requires cooperation and effective cooperation requires that everybody involved knows everyone else involved.  Familiarity may bred contempt among the cynical but more often, it produces love and a richer life for the exchanges involved.

There are no killer tornados and we are not at war with coal.  At least not this week.  Take care, stay well and thanks for the ear, gang.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Nearly 8 percent of boys and nearly 6 percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016. Image: REUTERS/Joe Tan

CHILDHOOD OBESITY A GLOBAL PROBLEM

Hi Rusty:

I read an article recently that troubled me because I love children and because now, worldwide, the obese ones have overtaken the underweight ones for the first time.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of dangerously overweight children has increased tenfold in the last 40 years.  What I found particularly interesting is that this growth appears connected ~ directly or indirectly ~ to food choices.  For instance, while so called organic food is relatively more expensive, it is still affordable if people just prioritize quality of goods over convenience. The WHO’s suggestion of taxing sugar also seems, under these circumstances, reasonable.

It always feels like an already failed fight of parents with all marketers in the world when they entering supermarkets with their little ones.  Also noticeable is that all of this sugary stuff aimed at children consumption is placed in the level of eyesight for kids. Of course those cheap sugars appear in the baskets of parents and only few of them, after long tiring da,y are prepared to argue with their sons or daughters in public.

Obesity is well known to be linked to many unpleasant consequences. This article gives hope for treating most severe of them with natural components.   While watching sugars is important, some of supplements based on botanical materials might be helpful for cleansing system. One of them also is Milk Thistle. Could be some other conscious person is making a hint drawing this plants on mural in the center of Kiev.

The other day, I also saw something in downtown Kiev that suggests another health-conscious person is becoming involved.  Someone painted milk thistle and other plants as a mural on one of our buildings.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Also please see:  New Maps Show Big Divide Between The World’s Overweight And Underweight Children

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Money Really Can Buy You Happiness. Here’s How

Washington Had a Busy Week. Catch Up in 5 Minutes

Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists

 WAYS TO HELP

How You Can Help The Wildfire Victims In California

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is an incredible video.  How We Can Build Cities That Literally Float

What happens when they find the other half?  Scientists Just Found Half Of The Missing Matter In Our Universe

This, I thought, was awesome.  Being an envelope pusher, I admire others of the same inclination.

Exclusive: Bjarke Ingels On Designing A Martian City

Our Planet

Today In Science: The Day Of 6 Billion

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Exactly Where Wildfires Will Strike

There Is A New Model For The Origins Of Life On Earth

Outer Space

NASA: The Moon Once Had An Atmosphere That Faded

SpaceX Just Launched Their 14th Falcon 9 Rocket Of 2017

This Region On Mars May Hold Clues To Earthly Life

Film Competition Seeks Creative Interpretations Of Martian Journey

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Latest Images:

Explosive Fires in Northern California:

Technology

Mattel Cancels AI-Powered Smart Speaker For Kids Over Privacy Concerns

Are Smartphones Dangerous? Here’s Why Experts Are Worried

A Camera That Sees Around Corners Could Help Improve Self-Driving Cars

The Origami-Inspired Bots That Could Perform Surgery

Google Disables Touch Function On Home Mini

Russia’s Next-Gen Combat Suit Is Getting Tech That’s Resistant To Nuclear Blasts

The Future Is Here: Six Of Today’s Most Advanced, Real-Life Cyborgs

GOOD EXAMPLES

If his karma gets much better, he’s going to need a bigger halo.  He Helped A Kidnapped Girl Return Home. Now He’s Giving Her His $7,000 Reward.

Hippocrates would be giving these people a thumbs up.  I’m giving them two of them.  How One Group Of Doctors Drastically Decreased Opioid Prescriptions

And if plants too are sentient?  How Modern Meadow Is Fabricating The Animal-Free Leather Of The Future

There’s a special place in Heaven waiting for this one.  This 18-Year-Old Makes Innovative Prosthetics From Recycled Plastic

This is, I suspect, long overdue.  General Accounting Office To Probe Whether Trump Administration Is Protecting Agencies’ Scientific Integrity

DALAI LAMA

Helping others brings deep satisfaction. No matter how strong we may feel, our survival depends on others. Clearly the community is crucial to individual happiness, so if we make others happy, we too derive benefit. We need to act, but if we act out of self-centredness, it’s difficult to be transparent, to earn others’ trust and friendship. By learning to be more warm-hearted we can create a more compassionate world.

BAD EXAMPLES

This clearly needs to change.   While Moms Do Housework On Weekends, What Do Dads Do? Not Much, Study Finds

So does this.  Around The World, A New Survey Finds That Sexism Starts Early

Satan has a room waiting for this one.  White Restaurant Manager Enslaved Black Man For Years, Federal Prosecutors Say

This man is incredibly misinformed if he thinks it’s over.  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

This is totally unreal.  But it did happen.  Ohio School: Beware Of Talking Drone Trying To Lure Kids Off The Playground

TRAVEL

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic Will Start Conquering Space Tourism By Early Next Year

Delta Air Lines Will Now Automatically Check In Passengers

Moment Of Zen: Fall Colors Light Up Seattle

THE GREEN BEAT

Epa Announces Repeal Of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule

Energy Companies Don’t Like The Clean Power Plan — Or Trump’s Plan To Kill It

 Eco-Friendly, Quake-Resistant Concrete

Is Your Kid Hooked On Smartphones? 5 Tips For Parents

Hanford On Pace To Turn Radioactive Waste Into Glass By 2022

Washington State Fishermen Lead The Fight Against Proposed AK Mine

Environmental Groups Speak Out Against Drilling In Federal Arctic Waters

New EPA Document Reveals Sharply Lower Estimate Of The Cost Of Climate Change

HEALTH

The Surprising Reason You Should Stop Skipping Breakfast

“Executioner Protein” Causes Cancer Cells To Self-Destruct Without Hurting Healthy Cells

The Surprising Link Between Marriage And Heart Health

Penetrating The Mystery Of Why We Age

Antibiotics Dosed With Quantum Dots Are 1,000 Times Better At Killing Superbugs

Total Health Costs Of Industrial Food Systems Are “Staggering,” Says New Report

Worried About Trump’s Changes To Obamacare? Here’s What To Know

Do You Really Need To Eat 5 Fruits And Vegetables A Day?

Steps The U.S. Government Should Take Right Now Against The Opioid Epidemic

The Trump Administration’s New Birth Control Rule Has A Big Problem, This Chart Shows

Building Resiliency Through Self-Care

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

The Surprising Reason Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From The U.S. Version

Delilah, Radio Host To The Brokenhearted, Reveals Son’s Suicide

Using Science And History To Unlock The Secrets Of Bread

5 Tips For A Safe And Spooky Halloween

Students Keep Dying Because Of Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard To Stop?

How To Identify A Toxic Culture Before Accepting A Job Offer

The Boy Scouts Will Let Girls Join As Cub Scouts

5 Easy Ways to Make Any Marriage Better

BEST OF THE NET

These Chipmunks Are Nuts!

VR Masters Show Us What Astronaut Training Looks Like From The Inside

Secret Antarctic Ice Canyons Revealed 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

We’ve done this and it really makes a difference.  Make Your Gardens Bird Friendly

Hummingbirds are neighbors of ours and this is fantastic.

Apparently humans are not the only species which does this.  Queen Ants and Other Insects Bury Their Dead—Here’s Why

SHORTS

When Scientists Found This Deep Sea Pool They Couldn’t Believe What They Saw Inside

Why Do We Call Baby Deer Fawns?

Some Animals Don’t Actually Sleep for the Winter, and Other Surprises About Hibernation

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Australian Woman Lifts Shark To Safety

Meet The Quirky Hermit Who Lives On A Sacred Cliffside

What’s With World Leaders Giving Vladimir Putin Puppies As Gifts?

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UNTIL THEN, NONE OF US IS TRULY SAFE

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 8, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 6 

To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

UNTIL THEN, NONE OF US IS TRULY SAFE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  By the time you read this, almost a week will have passed since the massacre in Las Vegas. But today, a day that will surely live in infamy, to borrow a phrase from Franklin D. Roosevelt, the angst is fresh and profound.

The media of the 21st Century is often interactive and as I watched the coverage, I also responded to questions from friends and from some of you.

Many of you wondered how someone could do something like that.  No rational individual could.  Sane people do not behave that way.  Most of us function within a foundational set of precepts, principles, ethics, laws, etc that more or less establish boundaries and keep order.  This becomes our reality.  An insane individual’s “reality” is a funhouse mirror.  In short, how can we, as normal people, ever expect to understand a psychopath?

I agree with those experts I listened to on National Public Radio who said there are, however, certain things we can do to protect ourselves and one of them is to pay attention to anti-social behavior and speech.  If you feel personally uneasy, tell someone else about it.  If it is really vile and abusive, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

I don’t want us stampeded into an Orwellian world of absolutely no privacy and I am most certainly not advocating pacification or the abrogation of our Constitutional rights as people who live in America.

But I also adamantly refuse, as well, to live in fear or to take extreme measures to protect myself and my family and friends.  I’m qualified on a long list of firearms but I do not own one.  Having one has never made me feel safer because I know how I will feel if I shoot and kill someone, even if legally justified.  I have less lethal ways to accomplish the same thing and my conscience would not torture me for giving a good bashing, when appropriate.

Another way to protect ourselves is to pay attention to our own feelings and to not necessarily need to understand them to act on them, particularly if we’re talking about “fight or flight”.  That’s tough to do if you’re out with a bunch of friends but it might just be your doing it that saves your life and theirs as well.

No, there are no guarantees.  There never really has been.  Until we, as a species and as a society, come to grips with whatever it is inside us that makes the taking of a human life under any circumstances acceptable, not a soul on this planet is truly safe.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

CATALONIAN INDEPENDENCE

Hi Rusty:

This week a lot of attention was focused on Spain and the independence referendum of Catalonia, one of its most developed regions.  Barcelona, a pearl of Spain, is in Catalonia as well and Madrid is very reluctant to say goodbye.

The issues, like most in Europe, are historical in nature and, unfortunately, so are measures being taken by all concerned, at the expense of constructive negotiation.  Provocateurs and police involvement are two which come easily to mind.

It also has not helped that the officials concerned, elected and appointed, have not been forthcoming and the frustration of the constituencies has boiled over, as it often does in cases like this, to the streets.  Neither police nor soldiers are there to bring solutions and both tend to make things events more complicated.

There has been an interesting discussion on FaceBook these days: “What do you think the world’s newest country will be?  Could it be Catalonia, Kurdistan, or will Scotland give it another go and beat them both? “ Some people said that will be shocked if we don’t have a new sovereign state in the world by 2019.

If we look at history as an everchanging process, with nothing set in stone, what emerges as the common denominator is not idealism or the form the government takes.  What is most important is the safety and welfare of the people involved.

In 2014 in Donetsk I saw the same happy faces of people who believed in independence.  But as time went on, it became apparent that just a belief is not enough.  One can only hope that as European nations have, for the last several decades, learned to live with one another without tanks, perhaps they can negotiate domestically without them.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, 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.  For comments on this please go here.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Not Just Catalonia: 3 More Places With Dreams of Independence

Largest Study To Date Finds Powerful Evidence That Gun Control Actually Works

Gun Control: How Countries Around The World Introduced Restrictions

Maps: The Geography Of Mass Shootings

WAYS TO HELP

Former Navy Sec.: 3 Simple Ways We Can Help Puerto Rico

How You Can Help The Victims Of The Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

Help Identify Earth Features In Astronaut Photos

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible.  How Wind Can Power The World’s Mass Transit

Nice Going, Folks!  3 Americans Win Nobel For Circadian Rhythm Research

Moo!  Scientists May Have Found A Solution To The Atmosphere’s Methane Mystery

Our Planet

Drilling Reveals Secrets Of Lost Continent Zealandia

Oldest Signs Of Life On Earth May Be In 3.95 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

An Island Built By Prehistoric People

Outer Space

Is Elon Musk’s Fast Earth Travel Via Rocket Possible?

China Has A Radical New Plan To Get Rockets — And Humans — To Space

Scientists Just Found Water On Mars Where They Thought None Could Exist

Blue Origin Announces They’ll Take Tourists To Space By April 2019

From Our Friends At EarthSky News

5 Myths About The Moon:  Moon myths, take that!  Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.  And Marc Toso tried 3 times to capture a photo of an ancient and remote petro glyph known as a water glyph, on the Utah-Arizona border. The 3rd time was the charm.

Technology

Tesla: World’s Biggest Battery Half-Built

Washington Startup Aims To Make Airplanes Electric

A New Material Is Able To Create Hydrogen Fuel From Seawater

The U.S. Navy Is Developing Artificial Limbs That Are Intelligent

GOOD EXAMPLES

Seattle Officers Provide Beds For Kids In Need

How This Nevada Official Helped Raise Nearly $1 Million for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Former Snohomish County Firefighter Commandeered Ambulance To Save Las…

2017 Nobel Laureates

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Nobel Peace Prize Won By Anti-Nuclear Weapons Coalition

Nobel In Physiology, Medicine Awarded To Three Americans For Discovery Of ‘Clock Genes’

DALAI LAMA

Human beings are social animals and heavily interdependent. Climate change threatens us all. It’s one of those natural challenges that teach us that we must work together, making a common effort to reach a common goal. A more peaceful world and a more peaceful century require that we rely not on weapons but on developing a widespread inner peace.

BAD EXAMPLES

Customer Shames Waitress, Manager For Racism At Federal Way Denny’s

Alabama Pharmacy Tech Admits To Stealing Pain Medication From Cancer Patients

These Are the Women Accusing Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment

Georgia Sheriff, Deputies Indicted After Body Searches Of 900 High School Students

TRAVEL

The Town That Gave Russia Its Name

Why Armenians Love Strangers

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America

THE GREEN BEAT

British Columbia To Argue Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Not In National Interest

Four Clever Ways To Deal With Rubbish

Going Nuts For Solar

HEALTH

Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care

Breast Cancer Deaths Drop Nearly 40% In the U.S.

Measles Cases Are Rising. Here’s Where It’s Becoming More Common

Here’s How Little You Have To Exercise For A Happier Life

How Power Outages Can Affect Mental Health

40% Of Cancers Are Linked To Being Overweight

Failure To Vaccinate Is Likely Driver Of U.S. Measles Outbreaks, Report Says

Is It Possible To End Ageing?

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

The New Reality Of Old Age In America

10 Ways To Prepare For A Fall Full Of Healthy Eating

Seafood Snacks Minus The Fish

How To Recognize The Sound Of Gunshots

5 Things You Do That Annoy Restaurant Staff The Most

BEST OF THE NET

Top Hacker Shows Us How It’s Done

#Helpmalalapack: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Asks Twitter What To Bring To College

Author Jennifer Egan And Oceanographer Sylvia Earle On Discovering New Worlds

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This story has a happy ending.  Leopard That Shut Down India Suzuki Factory Is Caught

Good!  He Smuggled A Rhino Horn Artifact Out Of Miami, But The Feds Were Watching

We agree.  Jane Goodall: ‘We Don’t Have Unlimited Time’ To Save The Planet

SHORTS

DNA Tests Confirm Gray Wolf Is Roaming NW Washington

Diver Doesn’t Get What Whale Is Trying To Tell Him. Then The Whale Grabs His Hand

Why We Should Listen To Insects

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The World Wildlife Fund’s Travel newsletter is now online and it is beautiful.

The SeaDoc Society’s October 2017 newsletter is online and it is superb!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Biggest Myths About Bad Breath

Meanwhile In Canada: Moose Spotted On Calgary Transit | Metro Calgary

Diving With Earth’s Biggest Predator

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you. RM/OB

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