THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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 THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, sometimes all of us need to unplug or at least distance ourselves from headline news, especially the stuff we can do little or nothing about.  Which some weeks tends to be a lot.  Even for people who have been doing this every week for almost nine years now.

I’m lucky because I live in a cooperative living arrangement where I’m one of two “senior residents,” or as the landlord calls us, “his two anchors.”  I’m not going to go into detail about the house because that would be an invasion of privacy.  They read the magazine and enjoy it.  With that, however, comes the silent caveat.  What belongs to the house, stays in the house.

I can, however, talk about it as a concept, or as Marlon refers to it, “a work in progress.”  He bought the property about a year ago and it wasn’t in the best of shape since its construction in 1956.  It looks like lots of ideas were tried on these three acres and from that, our landlord and friend, got an idea.

He found tenants with the skill sets he needed to begin transforming this into a kind of “village” where people with trades working at home could set up on the property as part of the rent, but with the expectation that if the house needed something that does not require the skills of a licensed general contractor, certified electrician or plumber, we pretty much take care of things inhouse.

He invited us to make this our home, to share in his dream and to help him build it.  I signed on because it’s a good dream and because I sincerely believe Marlon has the chutzpah to pull it off.  With our help.

This is also a household of people who have seen some living, in some cases survived things of almost epic proportion and have, for the most part, come to a profound understanding of how to get along not just with cultural diversity, but with issues that make each of us distinctive but not really different.

We live in Seattle, in a city, state and region, which we call Cascadia, at an incredibly dramatic and critical time in history.  We are being forced to oppose a federal government whose policies we can no longer support because they are not good for us.  And “us” is everybody who lives here.

In order to effectively do that, we’re going to really need to have our proverbial act together.  We’re going to have to come up with the money to replace what we’ve been taking from “the other Washington”.

We’re going to need to hone our statecraft and our ties with sister cities and provinces.  We’re going to need to stay cool and loose doing it and most importantly, we’re going to need to remain focused not on what is wrong but on what we ~ as a family, a neighborhood, a city, county, state/province ~ are doing to fix it.

It’s interesting being an agent of change in the house where I live.  It’s been some while and I wish the circumstances were better.  On the other hand, I don’t need to look very far for greener pastures.  They’re right outside my window.

And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

It’s Like It Never Left: Another El Niño May Be On The Way

ASIA

A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis In Slow Motion’ In North Korea

The Asian Country That’s Drowning

Malaysia Airlines To Track Planes With Satellites

AFRICA

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

South Africa Bus Crash ‘Kills At Least 19 Children’

Nigeria charges 53 over ‘gay wedding’

MIDDLE EAST

American Aid Worker Is Cleared Of Child Abuse Charges In Egypt

Egyptian Soldiers Accused Of Killing Unarmed Sinai Men In Leaked Video

Macabre Rape Law Protest In Lebanon

Qatari Hunting Party Freed In Iraq

EUROPE

Erdogan Claims Vast New Powers After Narrow Victory In Turkish Referendum

Protesters Rally In Istanbul Over Referendum Result  

Fewer Children In Greece May Add To Its Financial Crisis

It’s France’s Turn To Worry About Election Meddling By Russia

Theresa May Calls For A General Election

Rescued Bears Settle In To New Life In Ukraine

RUSSIA

Ulan-Ude, Cradle Of Russian Buddhism

From Serfdom To Freedom: The Long And Winding Road

Shalom! Top 5 Jewish Sites In Moscow And Its Surroundings

CANADA

15 Ways To Celebrate Canada’s 150th

India Visit ‘Very Productive’ Despite Controversy, Says Sajjan

What’s Made Canada’s Slims River Disappear?

Video: Newfoundland Iceberg Looms 15 Stories Tall

UNITED STATES

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Executions

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard To Light

Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears

Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts As Justice Dept. Tightens Screws  

US Air Quality Improving

Maps Show Face Of Homelessness Across US

CASCADIA

Marijuana Goes Industrial In California

Berkeley Is Being Tested On 2 Fronts: Free Speech And Safety

Optimism Over Funding To Restore Washington State Forests, Coasts

Wolves Expected To Make Move To southwest Oregon

LATIN AMERICA

At Least 3 Die Amid Clashes As Protesters Swarm Venezuelan Cities

Brazil Goalkeeper Faces Re-Arrest

Colombia Landslide Kills At Least 17

Venezuela Gave Cash To Trump Inauguration

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Unveils Major Changes To Citizenship Process

US To Honour ‘Dumb’ Australia Migrant Deal

Beach Memorial Held For Teen Surfer Killed In Shark Attack

Youth Justice Boss Says She Visited Don Dale Between Inmate Escapes

AFL To Aid Police Over Racist Rant Aimed At Brisbane Lions Trainer

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

Lloyds Eyes Berlin For Post-Brexit Push

Pound Recovers After Theresa May’s Statement

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Climate Change Reroutes A Yukon River In A Geological Instant

Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight

More Permafrost Than Thought May Be Lost As Planet Warms

‘It Scares Me’: Permafrost Thaw In Canadian Arctic Threatens Homes And Land

How Does The West Coast Lead The Way On Fighting Climate Change?

The Religious Case For Caring About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Mexican Deportees, Once Ignored Back Home, Now Find ‘Open Arms’

Seattle City Council Establishes $1 Million Fund To Help Immigrants With Legal Expenses

Pope Likens Migrant Holding Centers To ‘Concentration Camps’

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Paris Shooting: Gunman Was ‘Focus Of Anti-Terror’ Probe

Borussia Dortmund Bombs: ‘Speculator’ Charged With Bus Attack

‘A Shortage Of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers

TRUMP & COMPANY

With Trump Appointees, A Raft Of Potential Conflicts And ‘No Transparency’

Trump’s Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise

Trump Voters In A Swing District Wonder When The ‘Winning’ Will Start

Comey Tried To Shield The F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped An Election.

Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing For Counsel

FROM OLYA

LANDFILLS INTO PARKS

Hi Rusty:

It was great to have Earth Day this week as a reminder of what each of us could do on daily basis to make our Blue Planet a nicer place to be. Little things just like sorting household rubbish could make a big difference.

This week I saw an outstanding example during a walk through a former landfill site at Cheshire County, UK.  The place was, not long ago, a facility for disposing of household waste.  But now, that picture is stunningly green.

As it said on an information board nearby, since the closure of the waste sit,e an amazing transformation has taken place.  Today, the site is managed for its wildlife value and as a place for appreciating nature whilst taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh air. The only thing they ask is not to smoke as waste still decomposing beneath the surface could still produce some flammable gases, for this special infrastructure is made.

What a great idea to give the former waste tipping landfill back to nature. For more information, visit the Cheshire County Ranger Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CECRangers/

It is certainly an example from which the Ukraine could benefit and in particularly Lviv, the city West Ukraine, that ~ at the moment ~is having a big problem with waste storage after its site caught  fire last summer. Having said that biomass energy recycling plants would also help. Hopefully local authorities will look for updating their waste polices to modern day standards.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Living By The Girl Scout Law, Even Without A Home

To These Pastors, Saving The Colorado River Is A Divine Command

Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns To Public Life Next Week

Watch: Metro’s New Vision Zero Video Is Brilliant

BAD EXAMPLES

Tesla Recalls 53,000 Cars Over Brake Issue

Russian Hacker Sentenced To 27 Years In Credit Card Case

Pesticide Maker Tries To Kill Risk Study

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside The Anti-Gay Pogrom In Chechnya

DALAI LAMA

Developing compassion for others brings inner strength contributing to our own inner peace. This automatically reduces fear. This is important because fear and stress can lead to frustration, which in turn can lead to anger and violence. It’s not enough to say that violence is destructive, to prevent it we must address its causes, which very often are fear and anger.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If this is successful, I will remember this place fondly.  Mayor Wants To Bring Self-Driving Vehicles To Portland, Oregon

This is incredible50 Reasons To Love The World

We need to listen to this person.  Neil DeGrasse Tyson says this new video may contain the ‘most important words’ he’s ever spoken – The famous astrophysicist argues that Americans need to stop using politics to squelch science, and instead build policy on science.

OUR PLANET

An Ice Scientist’s Worst Nightmare

The Black Islands Rising From The Sea

There Are More Trees Than Stars In Our Galaxy — But Can We Save Them?

SPACE

Ocean Worlds Beyond Earth

Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn And Its Rings

Empty Third Seat For ISS Launch

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Patched ‘NSA Hack’ Windows Flaws Before Leak

8 Amazing New Technologies That Will Make America’s Military Even Stronger

UW President Cauce: Skepticism Is Critical To Science, But Don’t Be Skeptical About Science Itself

THE GREEN BEAT

Views: Congress Must Lead On Carbon Pollution

Portland, Oregon Votes To Turn Sewage Into Vehicle Fuel

Air Quality:  Programs, Video And Downloads: Solutions To Air Pollution From Across The World

TRAVEL

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in (and Around) Vancouver

Saudi Arabia’s Silent Desert City

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

HEALTH

Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

‘Pacemaker’ For The Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds  

Kids Need Access To Nature For Mental Health

The Cost Of Not Taking Your Medicine

LIFESTYLE

Now You’re Cooking:  Recipes From The Web’s Best Foodies

Prince Harry On Diana Grief

My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s A Tomboy.

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings) Vs Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings)

Favorite Photos For Earth Day 2017

This Lion’s Happiness is Infectious! You Will Melt When You See His Paws Touch 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

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

Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

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, writing and tutoring and service located in 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 is definitely going to change a few figures of speech.  Sheep Are Not Stupid After All

Whew.  April the Giraffe, an Internet Star, Gives Birth. Finally.

Here’s a chance for us to make a difference.  How To Save The Most Trafficked Mammal

SHORTS

An Invasion Of Hedgehogs

A Bat Ray Goes Hunting

Silver Fish Surf The Waves To Spawn On California Beaches

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like A Computer Simulation

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

After This Orphaned Elk Was Rescued She Gave Her Saviors An Amazing Showing Of Gratitude

Two Rare Predator Species Meet On Snowy Hillside

After 22 Years Of Separation These Former Circus Elephants Share The Most Emotional Reunion

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s April 2017 newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Chunk Of The Arctic Stops By For A Photo Shoot

How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions Of Years Before Humans

Crocodile Eats South African Hunter

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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Canada’s Easter Beaver

HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we would like to wish our Christian readers Happy Easter.  I got to explain to a three year old from another culture that the bunny of said holiday does not actually lay the eggs but delivers them for Easter chickens who prefer to donate anonymously.

In Australia, they have an Easter platypus that both lays and delivers the eggs.  But in North America, only delivery.  The US has the Easter bunny and in Canada, of course, the Easter beaver makes the rounds.

I think it is cool to have so many traditions behind one of the greatest miracles our species has ever witnessed.

Apparently the American commander in chief exercised a tactical prerogative with some historical precedence.  Apparently the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal was used against ISIS in Afghanistan with predictable results.  That’s what you do if you want to win a war.  Apparently that’s the goal here.  There’s a new sheriff in town and this one notches his six guns.

it was kind of a rough week for presidential spokesmen, wasn’t it?  In all fairness, I knew what Spicer meant with the comparison between Hitler and Assad.  Poison gas, so lethal in the First World War, was not used in combat during the Second.  Everybody knows what Hitler used it for.

Sometimes the press reminds me of a flock of vultures waiting for the mules of a July desert wagon train to drop.  Or hungry alligators in a Florida swamp waiting for a canoe to tip over.  I am absolutely not a Spicer fan but I am fond of fairness.  And when a pack jumps on a single individual for what was obviously a mistake and not a pronouncement, that’s bullying.  And it doesn’t matter who does it, it is just not cool.

And to wrap it up, Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet.  It falls on Saturday, April 22.  For more about how it got started and how people celebrate it around the world and in your community, go to the official Earth Day homepage at www.earthday.org

And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

The World’s Most Expensive City?

Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

To Curb Global Warming, Science Fiction May Become Fact

ASIA

Philippines Whistleblower Lascanas: I Killed My Own Brothers

North Korea ‘Ready For Nuclear Attack’

Bengali New Year Parade In Dhaka Stands Up To Militancy

China Fears N Korea ‘Conflict Any Moment’

AFRICA

The Ugandan Children Who Canoe To School

US Troops To Help Fight Against Al-Shabab

The Nigerian Woman Standing Up To Boko Haram

MIDDLE EAST

Syria War: G7 Rejects Sanctions On Russia After ‘Chemical Attack’

Canada Announces Sanctions On 27 Top Syrian Officials In Effort To Pressure Assad

Lula And Simba, Last Surviving Animals At Mosul Zoo, Have Been Rescued

Egypt’s Shaken Copts Mark Good Friday

EUROPE

Spain Mourns First Woman Defense Minister Carme Chacón

Turkey In Turmoil And Chaos Since Purge Aimed At Dissenters

Eurovision: Russia Will Not Broadcast Contest After Ukraine Ban

Russia

Baby Boom In Moscow Zoo: Welcome The Newborn Fluffy Dwellers!

Moscow: ‘Bringing Ultimatums To Russia Does Not Work’

New Upgraded Trains Added To Moscow’s Metro

From The Black Sea To The Baltic: Russia By Car

CANADA

Under Collective Vision, A Tiny BC First Nation Thrives On Its Path To Net Zero

B.C. Investment Adviser Missing For 528 Days Turns Himself In To Police

Justice Minister Says Upcoming Court Delay Meeting ‘Not About Appointing Blame’ 

Atlantic Fishermen Not Hooked On Idea Of Marine Protection Areas

Inquiry Into Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Postpones Edmonton, Thunder Bay Meetings

Weed Legalization Bill Gives Answers On Future Of Pot In Canada, But Questions Remain

UNITED STATES

Alabama ‘Luv Guv’ Robert Bentley Quits Over Relationship With Aide

Videos Of A Man Being Dragged Off A United Plane Ignites A Public Relations Crisis

Video: Video Shows Sacramento Officer Beating Pedestrian

Cascadia

Is Canadian Tar Sands Pipeline Pointing To Tacoma?

Study Links Puget Sound Residents’ Happiness To Their Interactions With Nature

Portland, Multnomah County Commit To Using 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

A Strange Encounter Near The Hoh River

Yet Another Fossil Fuel Project Heading For Tacoma’s Port

The Solution To Transit’s Last Mile Problem? Walking

LATIN AMERICA

Ecuador Orders Partial Recount Of Votes

Massive New Spider With Red Fangs Discovered

Teenage Protester Killed In Venezuela

Mexico Car Park Collapse Kills Seven

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Damage To Great Barrier Reef ‘Unprecedented’

Cyclone Cook: Evacuations As Huge Storm Lashes North New Zealand

50 Dishes That Define Australian Dining

Future Frigates Timeframe Could Be Too Tight, Defence Officials Say

Qantas Passengers Recall Scenes From ‘Stick Shaker’ Incident

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

How ‘Made In Russia’ Eco-Food Can Win Chinese Consumers Over

As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes A Draw  

New Tools Needed To Track Technology’s Impact On Jobs, Panel Says

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Already, Another El Niño May Be On The Way

Pruitt Calls For US To ‘Exit’ Paris Climate Agreement

What One Oak Tells Us About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Huge Fire Destroys Camp Housing 1,500 Migrants In France

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Why Are Russian Paratroopers Heading For Nicaragua?

Stockholm Suspect ‘Admits Truck Attack’

Egypt Churchgoers Defiant After ISIS Bomb

Borussia Dortmund Attack: Police Investigate Islamist Link

ISIS Death Toll From Afghan Bomb Reaches 90

Assad Denies Use Of Chemical Weapons

Video: Witnessing An ISIS Drone Attack

TRUMP & COMPANY

White House To Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret

FROM OLYA 

Paska, Orthodox Easter bread, as seen through the eyes of a child.

EAST AND WEST MEET FOR A COMMON EASTER

Hi Rusty:

Thank you, Mishka, for sharing quite interesting traditions of Western Easter. This year, as it rarely does, Orthodox/Eastern Easter is in on the same day.  For me, it is symbolic maybe as I mentioned before, once I got rescued on Easter when it was the same day in the east and the west.

The more I travel, the more think we all are more alike than different.

To talk about Orthodox Easter traditions many of us would fast for about 40 days before. On Thursday this week was the day for cooking Paskas, an Easter bread, as well as painting eggs.

The simplest recipe for the latter is just let eggs boil in onion skins.  This will give a nice, somewhat pinky color to the eggs. But of course creativity of all sorts could be expected, making Easter basket very bright, with colorful eggs and Paskas to take to church on Easter morning to be consecrated.

No fairy animals in Eastern tradition in my part of the world although I find very cute this children-friendly side of Western traditions including chocolate eggs hunt. Probably with time this will come to our celebrations too.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Mexican Government Stands In Solidarity With Sea Shepherd To Save Nearly Extinct Vaquita

Seattle Brainiacs Harness Sunshine For Clean Water

Portland, Oregon Votes To Divest From All Corporations

Credit Suisse Bosses Offer To Cut Their Own Bonuses By 40%

BAD EXAMPLES

Libor: Bank Of England Implicated In Secret Recording

U.N. Experts Condemn Killing And Torture Of Gay Men In Chechnya  

Sexual Abuse At Choate Went On For Decades, School Acknowledges

DALAI LAMA

Scientists have concluded that basic human nature is compassionate. This is a sign of hope. If it was otherwise and it was human nature to be angry, things would be hopeless. What’s important is that while we’re alive we shouldn’t create trouble, but, recognizing how other people are human like us, should cultivate concern for their well being. If we can do that there’ll be no basis for cheating, bullying or killing.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

We had this geranium that once tried to eat the cat.  This sort of reminds me of it.  The 10 Strangest Plants On Earth

I thought this is a good question.  Video: How Destructive Is The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’?

This is absolutely fascinatingThe World’s Most Underestimated People?

OUR PLANET

The Storm That Trashed A City

An Abandoned Fortress Beneath Russia

Volcanic Eruption Captured By Drones In Guatemala

SPACE

Photos Of Jupiter From NASA Spacecraft, Both Near And Far

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion A Year In Amazon Stock To Finance Race To Space

All You Wanted To Know About Russian Space Exploration

Europe’s Reusable Space Traveler

Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life

TECHNOLOGY

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

The Tiny Changes That Can Make AI Fail

A Lifesaving Invention Could Save Thousands Of Sea Creatures!

THE GREEN BEAT

What’s At Stake In Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook For City Lovers

Precedent-Setting Indigenous Environmental Review Rejects BC Mine

TRAVEL

15 Places In Washington You Must See Before You Die

Spokane’s Manito Park: Near Nature, Near Perfect

15 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures In Southern Utah

HEALTH

Video: Is This China’s Fountain Of Youth?

Grechka: Russia’s Ultimate Secret Weapon For Health And Success

Interactive Graphic: You Draw It: Just How Bad Is The Drug Overdose Epidemic?

LIFESTYLE

The Joy Of A Christian-Muslim Wedding Among Egypt’s Nubians

Do Actors Have To Be Human?

Meet Sesame Street’s First Autistic Character, Julia

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Spend A Day In The Yamal Tundra: On The Move With Deer Herders

Nature Doesn’t Need Us, We Need Nature. The Rain Forest Speaks Through Kevin Spacey.

Island Life In Vladivostok: Where To Swim, Sunbathe And Surf 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

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

Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

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, writing and tutoring and service located in 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 

Blue whale feeding. They love him at the “all you can eat for a dollar” buffets. Thanks to Kenny and Carl in Kensington for the photo.

This is staggering.  The Animal That Eats The Most Food

I think the allegory in this is really obvious, right?  Turns Out, Goats And Wolves CAN Live In Harmony!

This is one of the reasons I still believe in miracles.  Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!

QUIZZES

Quiz: Do You Know These Backyard Birds?

Can You Find The Perfect Wildlife Match For These 9 Native Trees?

SHORTS

The World’s Greatest Wildlife Hotspot

Ten Things You Can Do For Birds

Scientists To Canada: “Shhh”— For The Orcas

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Need Some Awww? A Tiny Yellow-Bellied Glider (And Her Mama!) Are Rescued. Yay!

They Saved This Koala’s Life 3 Years Ago. Now, She’s Back To Visit With A Rare Surprise

He Rescued A Baby Squirrel That Fell From A Tree. He Never Expected This Insane Bond To Form!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Man Making The World’s Tallest Bike

Is This France’s Strangest Cake?

Best Job In The World? Mars Will ‘Hire’ Cats And Dogs To Improve Nutrition

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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BYE BYE BERTHA

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April 9, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 32 $1.00
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Bertha, the World’s Largest Tunnel Boring Machine, photo courtesy of uncontrolledopposition.com

BYE BYE BERTHA

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not, gang?  We’d like to wish our Jewish readers a happy Passover and to express our appreciation to the powers that be for finally ending The Saga Of Bertha The Biggest Earth Boring Machine In The World.

She was built by the Japanese to dig mass transit tunnels under the city of Seattle in an attempt to improve traffic flow in this community of some 650,000.  There were several projects involved.  All ran over both time and budget and several times mechanical problems plagued the Godzilla-sized machine, giving many of us the impression she had a mind of her own, a mind that was not favorably predisposed to the job at hand, the city, the climate or the human beings with which it regrettably found itself interacting.

The media here has been asking listeners, viewers and readers what they think should be done with Bertha next.  One suggestion I thought was appropriate was to send her to a place we really don’t like, sort’ve like giving your rotten neighbor’s kid a drum for Christmas.

Another suggestion was to auction it off to a terrorist group.  Bertha is capable of doing much more damage to and in the hands of extremists than it did in the hands of well-meaning urban planners who felt that more tunnels in an earthquake zone already honey-combed with them would improve life as they have thus far known it.

But the best idea I saw was storing it at one of the Boeing plants so it can be used when the shores of the Salish Sea are hit with the monster earthquake local seismologists have been predicting for several years now.  Apparently it might be useful in digging out what few life forms might survive such a disaster.

And on that rather grim note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

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GLOBAL

ASIA

North Korean Ballistic Missile Fired Into The Sea Of Japan

A Former First Lady Presses On For A Tolerant, Feminist Islam

Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

AFRICA

Anti-Zuma Protests Across South Africa

Deadly Blasts Hit Two Egyptian Churches

Africa Highlights: Tanzania ‘Shocked’ Over Rapper’s Disappearance, SA Downgraded Again

MIDDLE EAST

World Health Day: Israel Ranked 9th Healthiest Country

Syria Conflict: ‘Chemical Attack’ In Idlib Kills 58

Political Solution Only Way Out For Syrian Issue: Chinese Envoy

EUROPE

Eurozone Unemployment Rate Drops To Near Eight-Year Low

UK Royals To Commemorate WW1 Battle

UK Blames Russia For Syria Deaths

Eta Caches ‘Had Tonnes Of Weapons’

Six Dead In Poland Building Collapse

Russia

How Will Russia’s Government Respond To The People’s Protests?

Russia’s Security Services Face A New Type Of Terrorism

Take Two Online Festival: The Russian Movies To Watch

5 Must-Read Books To Understand The Russian Revolution

CANADA

Canadian Aid Groups Bracing For More Syrian Refugees In Wake Of U.S. Airstrikes

‘I Will Not Be Silenced On This Issue’: Mountie Vows To Continue With Yellow Stripe Protest

Ontario Premier Declares Win After New York Drops Buy American Policy

Spring Flooding In Manitoba Changing Route Of Asylum Seekers 

Up In Smoke: Toronto’s Cannabis Culture Shops To Close This Weekend

UNITED STATES

An Idaho Town Bucks The Perception Of Rural Struggle

15 Worst States For Retirement

2 Years After Racial Turmoil, Ferguson Re-Elects White Mayor

Preparing For The Future Using Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

CASCADIA

SeaTac’s $15 Minimum Wage Isn’t Slowing Down Real Estate Projects (Map)

BC Matches $2.2-Billion For Metro Vancouver Transit

Portland Launches Adaptive Bike-Sharing For The Disabled

Interactive: What A Whale Hears In The Salish Sea

How Seattle Is Dismantling A NIMBY Power Structure

Vancouver’s Eco-Fashion Week Seeks Ways To Keep Clothing From Landfills

What Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill Does

California Towns Face Off Against Oil Companies — And Win

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Newspaper Stops Printing After Reporter Shot Dead

Colombian Town Mourns Victims Of Mudslide

Argentina Legalizes Medical Cannabis, Creates Research Program With Free Access

South American Village Changes Their Lives To Save One Of Earth’s Largest Freshwater Fish

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Autumn Snow In Victoria As Severe Storms Intensify

Refugees Not Accepted By US To Remain In PNG

Australian Team Works To Help Humans Walk On Mars

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

75 U.S. Mayors Won’t Enforce Climate Policy RollbackFor A List Of Cities, Please Go Here:

Portland Puts Climate Justice In The Classroom

Oregon’s Climate Test

Views: Our Choices On Climate Are Better Than You May Think

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Los Angeles Raids Target Investor Green Card Fraud

Listen: Refugees Find Same Economic Success As Other Canadians

Report: Migration Is Changing Diversity Of Counties

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

C.I.A. Had Evidence Of Russian Effort To Help Trump Earlier Than Believed

Video: Syria Chemical Attack: Here’s What Happened

Dozens Of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base In Syria

Experts Forecast Difficult Years Ahead As Terror Attacks Rise In Russia

Stockholm Suspect Was Refused Residency

Dutch Rallies After ‘Hand Holding Attack’

TRUMP & COMPANY

‘The Campaign Fog Is Lifted’: Russian Prime Minister Says Donald Trump Is Done

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice  

FROM OLYA

Charles Dickens lived here. Photo by Olya

Charles Dickens probably had lunch here. Photo by Olya

CHARLES DICKENS AND SPRING IN LONDON

Hi Rusty:

I have been in the UK, witnessing the bloom of spring in London.  Today, I passed by a historical site on a central street marked by a commemoration plate of Charles Dickens, who lived on the site from 1851 till 1860. It’s a real nice location and where Dickens wrote his best-known work of historical fiction, A Tale of Two Cities.

As most of you know, the novel was set in London and Paris and dated 1859.  It might even have been inspired by the author wandering the same streets of his neighborhood that I did and perhaps had lunch at the same little park nearby.

As you will remember, the preface to Mr. Dickens’ novel is very powerful.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.

It is stunning to me how ingenuous his work is today and how relevant his message.  He saw the masses as whirling water and the goal of elites not to let the water become a destructive force. And the aristocracy did this by treating the people well and not letting them reach the edge of despair, where the water fights back, smashing everything in its way.

From the news of this week the following is very promising: Basque Separatists Plan To Unilaterally Disarm On Saturday  Hoping this process will go smoothly and that the government will appreciate goodwill as nothing is more precious as step to peace.

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

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here. 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Homeless In One Camp Moving Into Tiny House Village

Dozens Of University Of Washington Programs Make Top 10 In New Global Ranking

Parkageddon: How Not To Create Traffic Jams, Pollution And Urban Sprawl

Dam Busters

Amid The Spanish Moss Of Florida, A Treasure Chest Of Chinese Literature

BAD EXAMPLES

Europe Becomes ‘Hub’ For Child Sexual Abuse Content

Muslim Man Falsely Accused Of Russian Subway Bombing Loses His Job

Uniting Against Bill O’Reilly, Women Share Stories Of Workplace Harassment

EPA Moves To Defund Protections From Lead-Based Paint

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good!  The March For Science Adds Two Women Of Color As National Co-Chairs

These people deserve our full support.  Special Ops With A Studious Bent Fight Destruction Of Brazil’s Amazon

We agree.  Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

OUR PLANET

Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas

California Desert Superbloom

Stratos, The Stratospheric Balloon Program

SPACE

Recycled Rockets Could Drop Costs, Speed Space Travel

A Mysterious Flash From Far, Far Away

It Takes A NASA Village To Train An Astronaut

TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Mobilise Against ‘Fear Of Facts’ In Age Of Trump

Tesla’s Market Value Overtakes Ford

Meet Elliq, The Robot Even Your Grandparents Will Love

THE GREEN BEAT

Two-Minute Takeaway: What Is A Rain Garden?

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Converts To Solar Power

Is 100% Renewable Energy Realistic?

Thousands Of Oil Train Safety Defects Across US

Opinion: Preserve Water Quality Gains

TRAVEL

Hiking Maps Go Mobile: Alaska Unveils Digital Backcountry Guides

Experience Anacortes – Your Island Getaway

Titanic Exhibition Visitors ‘Live Or Die’ Depending On Ticket

HEALTH

Advocacy Groups Ask For Ban On Common Pesticide

Close To Half Of American Adults Have Genital HPV

New York Times Wellness Page

Urban Planning For Long And Healthy Living

LIFESTYLE

The Professor And The Jihadi

I Survived A Sarin Gas Attack

A Blueprint For Better Housing Messages

Measuring How A County Tackles Homelessness

A Public Square For All Genders

Can Tiny Houses Help Alleviate Homelessness?

Video: In One Crime-Ridden City, Police Try A New Tactic: Patience

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

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

Singing Lemurs Have Their Own Rhythm

Thrilling A New Audience: 4 Of Modern Russian Animation’s Biggest Hits  

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

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The Audubon Society has a way you can make your yard bird friendly by zip code.  Check it out here.

I would love to visit this one.  Noah’s Ark-Shaped Museum To Curate 5 Million Specimens

SHORTS

How One Species Survived An Extinction

First Clear View Of A One-Celled Harpooner In Action

Male Emperor Penguins Are Good Dads

Protecting Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

Bald Eagles Make Big Comeback In San Francisco

Young Salmon Risk ‘Gas Bubble Trauma’ On Trip To Ocean

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

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

From Captivity To Freedom, This Lion Is Forever Grateful!

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

Rescuing 11 Elephants From A Mud Hole  

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Warren Buffett Appears On Cherry Coke Cans In China

The Man Who Owes His Life To Sardines

In Poland’s Crooked Forest, A Mystery With No Straight Answer

ABOUT US 

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.

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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WE WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO TRUMP’S GOOD NIGHT

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WE WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO TRUMP’S GOOD NIGHT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Despite a strong desire to do so, it has been difficult to ignore the battles raging between the present American presidential administration, and the arraying forces of the American judicial system and the self-determination of its individual states and cities, including the ones in which I live.

I’m a simple man so as I understand it, if we don’t need the federal government’s money, there is nothing compelling us to accept their jurisdiction.  So one of the most important things being done now is finding those funds.

As just one example, in Washington state and several others, taxes from the sale of marijuana are a source of new revenue.  In Washington, since legalization in 2014, $401-million has come from that source.  This will continue to increase as the market for the product itself does.

We also need to re-examine our state and local budgets to trim and to utilize less money more efficiently.  Even if Olympia and our communities were not already good at this, they would be compelled to become so now.

Our attitude toward cultural diversity and the defense of our immigrant community comes from not only appreciating our own history but in remembering how badly we treated some ethnic minorities in the past.  We have vowed that we will never again intern or permit the internment of any segment of our population which has violated no laws.

I hope Donald Trump is listening to what my state and city, and others like us, are saying to him and all those who think as he does.  We are a nation of immigrants and to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, “we will not go gently into that good night; we will not go without a fight.”  We are Americans and we will live and die as Americans.

All of us.

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

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

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GLOBAL

12 Grand Challenges That Matter In 2017

Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills At Home And Abroad

How To Save The Planet According To The World’s Greatest Minds

ASIA

Asia’s Most Misunderstood City?

Fighting Sexual Harassment On India’s Streets

Pakistan Shrine: 20 Murdered At Sufi Shrine In Punjab

AFRICA

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

UN To Scale Down DR Congo Peace Mission

Africa Highlights: Furious Reaction To Zuma’s ‘Midnight Massacre’ Of SA Ministers 

MIDDLE EAST

Happy Nation: Israel Ranked 11th Happiest Country For Fourth Year In A Row

Amazon To Buy Middle East Online Retailer Souq

Syrians See Signs Of Hope After Years Of War

EUROPE

London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse Deal Blocked By EU

Tusk To UK: ‘We Already Miss You’

Video: Puzzle In Poland: Who Bent The Trees?  

Russia

‘We Want Change. Not Promises!’: Mass Anti-Corruption Rallies Hit Russia

Russia Protests ‘Will Happen Again’

Alaska Can Play Leading Role In Bringing U.S.-Russian Ties Back To Normal

CANADA

Canada’s Cheapest And Most Expensive Cities To Rent In

3-Year-Old Boy Gets A Speeding Ticket In Fort Mcmurray

Red Lobster In Hot Water After ‘Inadvertently’ Charging Sask. Customers PST A Week Early

UNITED STATES

Michigan Allots $87 Million To Replace Flint’s Tainted Water Pipes

The World’s Strongest Coffee Is Now Available In The U.S.

50 Of The Craziest Laws In Every State

CASCADIA

Chinook Salmon Egg Nests Increasing Above Former Elwha River Dam Sites

Hundreds Of Millions From Pot Taxes, Where Does It Go?

“Granny Flats” Lead The Way In Affordable Housing In Vancouver And Beyond

A ‘Department Of Energy And Climate’ For Oregon Picks Up Support

Why The West Will Continue To Green Without The Clean Power Plan

Seattle Sues Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In

THE NATIONS

How BC First Nations Got Ahead Of The Curve On Clean Energy

Fracking, Pipelines, And Coal Projects Trample Indigenous Rights

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving Closer To One-Man Rule

Also Made In Mexico: Lifesaving Medical Devices

Colombia Landslide: Rescue Teams Race To Reach Survivors

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ Storm Batters Australia

The Haunting Heroes Of Aussie Art

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

China Poised To Take Lead On Climate After Trump’s Move To Undo Policies

Planned Rollback Of Climate Rules Unlikely To Achieve All Trump’s Goals

PBS Is The Only Network Reporting On Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

The Migrants ‘Trapped’ On The Greek Island Of Chios

Lacking E.M.T.S, An Aging Maine Turns To Immigrants

Block On Trump Travel Ban Extended

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Videos Of Force-Feeding At Guantánamo Will Stay Secret, Court Rules

TRUMP & COMPANY

House Democrats Ask Devin Nunes To Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry

Senate Committee To Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

Ivanka Trump To Be Assistant To US President

Trump Russia Dossier Key Claim ‘Verified’

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Still Benefiting From Business Empire, Filings Show

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA 

Photo courtesy of twitter.com›teslaclubua 

UKRAINE AND TESLA

Hi Rusty:

Spring has now officially come to Ukraine with first night outdoors for restaurants and coffee shops. There is an exciting buzz on the streets of big cities where young and creative, mature and elderly dwellers enjoy warm evenings, walks in parks or maybe a glass of wine somewhere nice.

Yesterday I saw a couple practicing a waltz in the rotunda in the middle of Lviv Park, giving classical aspiration to learn more dancing which will definitely do in the future.

Just as the sun is about to give so much energy to start all this spring bloom of nature, it can be also used as a cleaner energy source.  While recently participating in a charity ball, I had an interesting talk with the co-founder of the Tesla Club in Ukraine.  According to him, the most important thing is infrastructure.  Due to their efforts already. 800 electrical charging stations have been installed throughout major cities of Ukraine. Of course, it is just a beginning. But it was great to learn that Ukraine is among the five most dynamically developing countries for this market in 2016.  Top ten countries in the global EV Revolution

While the greatest sales volume is still used cars, some four thousand motorists have gone electric, with Tesla picking up about 400 – 500 of that share.  With more tax incentives being offered, sales of electric vehicles (EV) are increasing abroad, with the greatest number in the US.

I wondered if there were any drawbacks to EVs and apparently, according to my Tesla Club acquaintance, there are none.  And they are generally more durable because they have fewer moving parts.

Ukraine has a long way to go yet before we reach the share of electric cars in some countries of Europe but we are on the way. Also, I would like to share an interesting comment, from the Netherlands, to my previous column about government stimulating the EV market.

In the Netherlands, we have stimulated the purchase of more environmental friendly cars for years already. At first hybrid cars were stimulated, but now ~ with more 100% electrical cars on the market ~ the stimulation program is focused on zero emission, meaning 100% electrical and 100% hydrogen cars. These government programs were very successful.  We have a relative large number of Tesla and other electrical cars in our roads. We even have a 100% Tesla only taxi company in Amsterdam area 🙂

Tesla is planning to build three new factories, in addition to the two they have in America.  The Dutch want to build one in my country and our foreign minister strongly supports them.  As a citizen of Ukraine and an environmentalist, it would be so cool to have such a production facility here!

I think it just a matter of time.  More and more car manufacturers are now introducing 100% electrical cars on the market.  Even the big brands like BMW and Mercedes are entering this field.  Tesla is leading the rollout of charging stations and other infrastructure required for these vehicles.  Some experts say that in ten years, our roads will be much quieter and our environment considerably cleaner.

I am so looking forward to that time.

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

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here. 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Local Woman Shows Seattle’s Homeless More Love

Seattle Files Lawsuit Against President Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

Soda Or Bear Claw? Panera To Post Added Sugar In Drinks It Sells

BAD EXAMPLES

An Alabama Prison’s Unrelenting Descent Into Violence

Texas Used Wrong Standard In Death Penalty Cases, Justices Rule

Dying In Prison: Two Women’s Stories

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is important and good to see.  Chinese Court Rules In Favor Of Apple In Design Patent Disputes

Smart move.  Uber Suspends Self-Driving Cars After Arizona Crash

We certainly agree with this.  Whatsapp Must Not Be ‘Place For Terrorists To Hide’

OUR PLANET

SWOT Mission To Provide Valuable Water Data

So Long, Last North American Ice Sheet

The First People Who Came To America

SPACE

Team Indus: India’s Race To The Moon

Cyclone Debbie Seen From Space

SpaceX Launches A Satellite With A Partly Used Rocket

TECHNOLOGY

Push For Internet Privacy Rules Moves To Statehouses

In Wake Of Attack, U.K. Officials To Push Against Encryption Technology  

Most Americans Like Science—And Are Willing To Pay For It

THE GREEN BEAT

Environmental Groups Get Voice Over Coal Terminal Dispute

Washington Pushing Ahead With Carbon Limits

States Benefit From Capping Climate Pollution

TRAVEL

The Isle With Extraordinary Electricity

Winter, Bears And Danger: 3 Popular Myths About Siberia

Museum Of Naval Arctic Convoys To Open In St. Petersburg

HEA LTH

A Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Health

New York Times Wellness Page

Walk, Stretch Or Dance? Dancing May Be Best For The Brain

LIFESTYLE

Reading, Math And Sushi: Cooking As A Health Lesson

Therapists Offer Strategies For Post election Stress

Yummly Rainbow Snack & Treat Recipes

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Wonders Of The Deep

Video: SpaceX Makes A First With Second-Hand Rocket

10 Simple Habits That Make You More Attractive

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

MASHA & THE BEAR 

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

In the words of the famous French skunk philosopher, Rene DePew, “I stink. Therefore I am.”
Photo courtesy of The Rain Forest Site 

Because these woodland creatures have been getting negative press since the Paleolithic, we thought we’d set a few records straight by providing you with all you need to know about skunks and more.  You’re welcome.  Please go here.

This 49 minute documentary on Penguins of Antarctica is absolutely amazing.

This is also a splendid example of determination with a capital “D”.  This Video is Sure to Make You Laugh Out Loud

SHORTS

10 Tremendous Tidbits Regarding Hummingbirds

The Prickly Truth About Porcupines

How Nuclear Bombs Are Helping Fight Elephant Poachers

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

12 Eye-Opening Photos That Will Make You Think Twice About Going Swimming In The Ocean

Salamander’s Stunning Transformation

Indonesian Man’s Body Found Inside Python – Police

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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THOU SHALLT NOT GLOAT

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THOU SHALL NOT GLOAT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, perhaps the biggest headline in America is the preservation of the Affordable Care Act and I think all concerned deserve a standing ovation for that one.  No system created by human beings is perfect because we ourselves are not perfect.  But that one’s been working and in my house, when it’s working, you don’t fix it unless you know how to make it better.

I was also glad to read that America’s chief executive has decided to turn war-making over to the professionals.  There was some initial concern about relinquishing civilian oversight but since this president has no military training or experience, while the decision to send in the Marines remains his, how they get there and what they do when they arrive remains in the capable hands of the people in the Pentagon.

I caution both Democrats and Republicans to watch the language they use.  A two party system was not created for ideological competition.  It was designed to be a cooperative enterprise, blending the best of both sides.  It rightfully dismissed this absurd and historically unsupportable notion that one side is always correct and the other side is always in error.

What happened with the Affordable Care Act was not a victory for liberals and a defeat for conservatives.  It was a response to the national constituency and that’s what Congress is supposed to do in the first place.  It is what, among other things, we pay them to do.

While it is gratifying to see them once again doing this, in my house, you don’t get praised for simply doing your job.  You get recognized for going above and beyond.  It will be interesting to see if this administration is capable of that.

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

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE 

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

Record Low Sea Ice At Both Poles

ASIA

In Battle For Digital India, Vodafone Teams Up With Idea Cellular

China To Spend $15-Billion On Roads To Russia In 2017

Duterte’s Bloody Crackdown Drives Drug Users To Rehab

Printing The Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive In Tibet

Hong Kong Election: The Nanny, Mr. Pringles Or The Judge?

U.N. Rights Council To Investigate Reports Of Atrocities In Myanmar

Bill Gates Advice For China’s Students In A Speech At Peking University

AFRICA

Court Awards $1 Million For Victims Of Congolese Warlord 

5 Bodies Found Off Libya Amid Fears That 200 Migrants May Have Drowned

Egypt Roared As Mubarak Fell. It’s Mute As He’s Freed.

Time Short To Avert Starvation In Yemen And Somalia, Red Cross Says

 

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli City Stunned That Anti-Semitic Threats Came From Within

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

U.S. Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa, Syria

EUROPE

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO ‘Vast Sums’

Happiness Report: Norway Is The Happiest Place On Earth

Three Years Under Russian Control

Ukraine Formally Bans Russia’s 2017 Eurovision Contestant

Ukraine Munitions Blasts Prompt Mass Evacuations

London  Attack – See Under Topical News Below

Russia

New Friends: Russia And Japan Are Finding Common Ground

Russians Happier Than They Look, UN Study Shows

Russia, Thailand Look To Strengthen Transport, Logistics Links

Russia And The U.S. Hold Onto Top Spots For International Weapons Exports

Russia Bans Money Transfers To Ukraine Via U.S. Cash Transfer Systems

The Vatican

Pope Apologizes For Church’s Role In Rwanda Genocide

Young Girl Removes Pope Francis’s Skullcap

CANADA

Best Friends Become First To Co-Parent In Canada

Canadian Monks Go Above And Beyond For Lobsters On The Chopping Block!

Canada Won’t Be Rushed Into Military Peace Mission, Trudeau Says

Toronto Schools To Cease Field Trips To U.S.

UNITED STATES

FBI Director Will Testify In Congress Over Trump Russia Claims

Hope For Flint: EPA Allots $100M Grant To Fix Water Infrastructure

Video: Coming Out In Droves For Free Health Care

Kentucky Becomes 2nd State To Pass A Blue Lives Matter Bill

We Have Some Good News On The California Drought. Take A Look.

CASCADIA

Portland: No Freeway Expansions Without Equal Funding For Active Transportation

Toward A More Age-Friendly Seattle

Representation For Seattle Renters

Seattle Gets MHA Right In Downtown And SLU

How Seattle Killed Micro-Housing, Again

VR Is Changing The Game For Oregon Architecture

Seattle-Area Grew So Much Last Year, We Grew A Bellingham

Renewed Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Effort Draws Protest In OR

Will Oregon Sell This No-Longer-Profitable State Forest?

THE NATIONS

Northwest Tribes Say Salmon Recovery Is Requirement Based On Treaty Rights

Rethinking (And Rewriting) Indigenous Laws Into BC

BC Reports 64 LNG Pipeline Deals With 29 Northern First Nations

LATIN AMERICA

Renegotiate NAFTA? Mexicans Say Get On With It

Argentine Ex-President Faces Trial In $3.5 Billion Fraud Case 

Brazil Meat Scandal Is Called ‘A Punch In The Stomach’

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Cyclone Debbie Forces Coastal Evacuations In Whitsundays

Thai Hells Angel Bashed In Power Struggle With Australian Bikies

Australian Government Intervenes As Sydney Professor Detained In China

Grant Denyer In ‘Good Spirits’ After Rally Car Crash

Brave Brisbane Kids Honored For Fighting Off Murderous Stepfather

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

New Cloud Types Added For The First Time In 30 Years

How Americans Think About Climate Change, In Six Maps

Why There’s Still Hope For The Climate In 2017

Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops To Its Lowest Recorded Level

US Climate Concern Hits Record Highs

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

He Helped Deport Thousands. Now He Shelters Immigrants In His Church

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks To Avoid Big Ground Wars

Trump Shifting Authority Over Military Operations Back To Pentagon

Video: New Fighting Grips Outskirts Of Syrian Capital

Afghan Taliban Capture City Of Sangin

ISIS Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Syria’s Palmyra

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said To Have Killed Up To 200 Civilians

London Attack

London Attack: British-Born Attacker ‘Known To MI5’

Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims On Westminster Bridge

Toll Of London Attack Is Global For An Assailant Born In Britain

Video: Remembering The London Attack Victims

London Attack: Theresa May Evacuated From Westminster

TRUMP & COMPANY

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms

Ex-Trump Advisor Received $10 Million Annually To Assert Russian Interests In The U.S.

Trump Becomes Ensnared In Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

Paul Ryan Emerges From Health Care Defeat Badly Damaged

FROM OLYA 

HACKSAW RIDGE REVIEWED

Hi Rusty:

Recently I was asked about what film has made the most impression on me. It is the 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson. It is biographical story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier during WW II.  A  Seventh-day Adventist Christian, because of his religious beliefs, he refused to even handle weapons.

At first, no one in the army understood his attitude and many considered him simply a coward.  But as story unfolds and he helps those who treated him unfairly, Desmond gains the respect and then the admiration of his mates and commanders by saving 75 men under fire on Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa.  For this, he became the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.

Things that impressed me so much were like even in the tensest situations, he stayed loyal to his faith and his religion, summing it up with devastating simplicity. “I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.”

I was also very moved when it showed him helping Japanese wounded in addition to his own men.  It was a dramatic embracing of the idea that all men were his brothers and no man was his enemy.

The most stunning was to see documented a real hero as fortunately Mel Gibson shoot the film in time, while Desmond Doss and some of his comrades whom he helped to survive still were able to share this amazing story in person.

By highlighting courage and consciousness and the power of belief, this film definitely inspired a lot of people. I read recently an article about another American soldier who left the military last year upon influence of the film when he understood that the moral principles he believed in are incompatible with supporting war and the inevitable “collateral damage” of innocents.

While these moral questions are to be answered by persons individually, if we look into history, no one who started wars with weapons in hands thrived. Neither Hitler with the most proficient military for his time, nor Soviet Union that tried to prepare unexpected stroke to him in early 1941.

The Soviet government starved millions of her own people in the 1930s from the Urals to Ukraine, in order to exchange the grain they produced for weapons and the money to construct military plants in preparation for a big war. And all the sacrifices just led to a major disaster and all those superior weapons falling into German hands when Hitler broke his non-aggression treaty and invaded the Soviet Union.

In the second decade of the 21st Century, we have only to look at the wars in the Middle East to see the destruction, waves of immigration now flooding western countries and terrorists attacks.

It seems that humanity started to forget the lessons of WW I and WW II ~ that all wars are unjust and weapons could be easily captured and redirected; that what is needed instead is to be found non-aggressive solutions. The works of authors of so called after war “lost” generations are a reminder. Hoping this message of Ernest Hemingway “A Farewell to Arms” retold by Desmond Doss refusing taking weapons into his hands will be heard.

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

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this pleae go here. 

DALAI LAMA

All religions have the potential to create better human beings, but since 1 billion of the 7 billion human beings alive today have no interest in religion, and frequently even believers don’t take their faith that seriously, we need a more universal approach to developing inner values without relying on this or that religious tradition.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Fishermen Find Whale Struggling In Water, Then Realize She’s Trapped In Nets

Washington State Department Of Veterans Affairs Receives National Award Of Excellence

BAD EXAMPLES

The DAPL Is Nearly Complete

Compounding Pharmacy Owner Not Guilty Of Murder After 60 Meningitis Deaths

Former Penn State President Found Guilty In Sandusky Abuse Case

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is a “heads up” to our readers on the American Atlantic coast.  Atlantic Subtropical or Tropical Storm May Form Next Week For Just the Second Time In March Since Records Began

This definitely left us thinkingShaking Up The Dinosaur Family Tree

These little dudes are totally awesome.  How A Water Bear Survives, Even When It’s Dry

OUR PLANET

Why Scientists Are Worried About A Landslide No One Saw Or Heard

Alaska Volcano Erupts 36 Times In 4 Months, Triples In Size

Machiavelli’s Secret Tunnel To Fame

SPACE

Visualizing The Cosmic Streams That Spew Meteor Showers

How Comet 67P’s Face Changed During Its Trip Around The Sun

Trump On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

The Ingenious Way To Better The Button

Farhad’s And Mike’s Week In Tech: YouTube’s Problematic Advertising

Smartphones That Get Too Darn Hot

THE GREEN BEAT

Butchart Gardens Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles – Victoria Buzz

Solar Farming Brings Benefits—And Concerns—To The Land

The West Coast Will Determine The Fate Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Whatcom Council Approves Second 6-Month Ban On Crude Oil Exports

Keystone Foes Prepare Fight As Trump Issues Pipeline Permit

TRAVEL

5 BC Parks Campgrounds For Escaping The Crowds – Explore BC

Deep In The Amazon, A Remarkable Beach (And Ant-Eating) Experience

The Island Of Beautiful Waters

Video: What A Child Actually Sees On Vacation

HEALTH

In Major Defeat For Trump, Push To Repeal Health Law Fails  

Food Values: What We Choose To Eat And What We Throw Away

The Best Exercise For Aging Muscles

LIFESTYLE

New Crop Of Young Adult Novels Explores Race And Police Brutality

Travel Ban Dampens Persian New Year Celebration

India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look For Ms. Right Via Wrong Numbers

A Rare Glimpse Into The Bedouin Life

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Northern Lights Shine On Humpback Whales — Must See!

Under Rainier’s Crater, A Natural Laboratory Like No Other | Special Reports P

Appalachian Spring Performed Live By Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra At Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, Conductor Luke Gilmour

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

KIKORIKKI ~ 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. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Photo courtesy of BBC Earth 

Here’s a chance to let cute kill you.

This is extremely informative.  Marine Protected Areas Work — Here’s Why

Happy spring, everybody.  Waking From Hibernation, The Hard Work Of Spring Begins

SHORTS

The Animals With Air-Conditioned Homes

Florida Sharks Worth More Alive Than Dead, Study Finds

Are These The Ultimate Travelers?

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The monthly Cornel Elab newsletter is now online.  This excellent avian monthly is a ‘must read’ for the casual and the consecrated bird lover alike.  Please go here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Tasmania’s Coastline Glows In The Dark As Plankton Turn Blue

How A Venus Flytrap Knows To Snap Shut

Headed North, Sandhill Cranes Squeeze In Where They Can

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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.  Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

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IT HAS TO BE TOUGH BEING DONALD TRUMP THESE DAYS

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March 19, 2017     Vol. 9     No. 28
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IT HAS TO BE TOUGH BEING DONALD TRUMP THESE DAYS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I never thought I’d say this but I am actually beginning to feel sorry for America’s chief executive and a lot prouder of Americans in general than I have been in some while.

Donald Trump appears very confused and that would be expected from time to time.  That’s been the downfall of dictators but if you’ve got a good cabinet backing you up, your own humanity need not be limiting or compromising the integrity of the nation.

Except that Donald does not have that.  He has people who have long understood that the only way to underwrite wealth in this country is to control the government of said nation.  So they’ve been reweaving the fabric of American politics and their techniques are not those of the Constitution but of commerce.

Now they finally have a business person in the White House.  And he’s not some populist boot strapper who started out shining shoes and then worked his way to the top of the fashion footwear industry.  He was born into wealth and the ethics of commerce.  He knows how to sell stuff, including himself.

Donald’s ethics, tactics and strategy work very well in a consumer driven environment.  But when you are selling public policy, the first thing you need to know is whether you can deliver on a promise.  And it isn’t a matter of leveraging a manufacturer or a delivery system.  It is a question of legality.

Donald also seems to have underestimated the power and sway that law still holds for most Americans.  They may disagree with some legislation but they would never deny themselves either the protection or the process.  As individual citizens who vote, they are responsible for both.

Donald also apparently has missed an important point in even the name of this country.  We are not one nation with a single ethnicity and cultural heritage.  We are 50 individual “nations” with incredibly diverse demographics who have accepted national government to the extent that it serves our individual interests.

When that government fails, we resist.  The South may have “lost” the American Civil War militarily, but she immortalized the same spirit of independence which established this nation to begin with.  That spirit of state sovereignty is very much alive today.

From Olympia to Honolulu to Sacramento to Albany and beyond and back, Donald Trump is being told what he can and cannot do.  The representatives in Washington, DC who speak for these 50 individual entities are also assisting Donald Trump with his education.  They are thoughtfully instructing him in the difference between the ethics of government and those of commerce.

Perhaps most importantly and meaningful to him is that a lot of people he and his cohorts sell stuff to in the world of commerce are now marching on Washington, DC and demonstrating in the streets of their own hometowns.  They don’t like what he’s peddling now and that could well cost him the White House.  If and when they ever boycott him and his friends as consumers, Trump Towers is going to make a nice aviary.

It has to be tough being Donald Trump these days.  I do not envy him.

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

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

Islam: The World’s Fastest Growing Religion

Climate Change Is Already Making America’s Kids Sicker

ASIA

Boeing’s First Overseas Factory To Be Built In China’s Zhoushan

Russian Army Chief Arrives In Thailand For 3-Day Visit

How Does China’s Imperial Past Shape Its Foreign Policy Today?

How Russia Helped Rebuild A Newly Independent Bangladesh

North Korea Revs The Engine Of Its New High-Thrust Missile

AFRICA

A Landslide At An Ethiopia Garbage Dump Kills At Least 24

7 Congo Army Officers Charged With War Crimes In Massacre

Beneath Mask Of Normal Nigerian Life, Young Lives Scarred By Boko Haram

U.N. Officials Among 6 To Disappear In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Airstrike Kills Dozens Of Somali Migrants Off Yemen’s Coast

Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Tanker And Crew

MIDDLE EAST

Video: 6 Years Of Civil War In Syria

Israel’s Arrow Anti-Missile System ‘In First Hit’

Iranian Pilgrims Can Participate in Hajj This Year, Saudi Arabia Says

Pope Francis To Visit Egypt To Mend Ties With Muslims

EUROPE

Dutch Election: Wilders Defeat Celebrated By PM Rutte

Hackers Post Pro-Erdogan Messages In Attack On Twitter Accounts

Made In Ukraine: Ukraine Brand Value Hits $56 Billion In 2016, No. 4 In National Growth

Basque Separatist Group ETA Is Said to Promise to Disarm

Germany Reacts to Merkel-Trump Visit: ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’

Ex-VW Chief Looks to Sell $1.2 Billion Stake, Creating Uncertainty

Russia

Russia Reveals Eurovision 2017 Entry

Former Pro-Putin Activist Celebrates U.S. Green Card On Instagram

The Guy Who Plowed His Car Through A Russian Airport Terminal Gets His License Revoked

Russian Military Pilot In Fatal Black Sea Crash Was In ‘Full Control Of Plane’ — Reports

Foreign Ministry: EU’s Decision To Prolong Sanctions Regrettable

Bye-Bye, Lenin: The Craziest Stories Of Soviet Defectors

Inefficient Russia: Why The Russian Budget Performs Poorly

The Vatican

Pope Francis To Visit Egypt April 28-29

CANADA

Girl Guides Of Canada Canceling U.S. Trips Over Border Uncertainty’

Canadians With Cystic Fibrosis Survive Longer Than Americans With The Disease

Canadians Fear Trump’s Budget Will Devastate Great Lakes

Canada Today: Back Home, a Hidden Harvest and Water Worries

UNITED STATES

After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business

Trump Travel Ban: US Judge Blocks New Executive Order

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns

CASCADIA

Seattle Binge Drinking Communities Ranked

9 Things Washingtonians Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else

San Francisco Votes No On Dakota Access Pipeline

Oregon Looks To Add Paid Family Leave

As Water Levels Rise, So Does The Cost Of Living On The Coast

Protecting Pacific Northwest Land

The Comeback Of Coho

Countdown To The 670-Mile Oregon Timber Trail Launch

Clean Tech Worth $1.8 Billion To BC Economy

A Better Way To Meet Washington’s Needs: Invest In Nature

THE NATIONS

Quileute Member Creating A Smokin’ Hot New Business

Stillaguamish Plant Trees To Honor Billy Frank Jr. | Heraldnet.Com

A ‘Landmark’ For Tribal Sovereignty In Washington State

Native Nations Rise On DC

LATIN AMERICA

While Scolding Trump, Mexico Seeks To Curtail Citizens’ Rights

Cautious Optimism In Brazil As Appetite Returns For I.P.O.S  

Brazil Packers ‘Sold Bad Meat Worldwide’

‘Healthiest Hearts In The World’ Found

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

US Applications For New Zealand Citizenship Have Skyrocketed Since Trump’s Election

How Did Aboriginal Australians Arrive On The Continent? DNA Helps Solve A Mystery

Large Sections Of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

Severe Storm Bears Down On Flood-Hit Northern NSW

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Earth’s Temperatures Continue To Rise, And So Are Americans’ Worries

Climate Change Needs To Be Tackled For Better Health

If We Could Buy A Stable Climate, What Would It Be Worth?

Carbon Dioxide In The Atmosphere Is Rising At The Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Hawaii’s Attorney General: Religious Hostility ‘Violates Constitution’

‘I Am An American Because Of Him’: The Journey Of Pence’s Irish Grandfather

Yemen Migrant Boat Attack Killed 31, Says UN

Hungary To Put Migrants In Converted Shipping Containers

Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions In Offering Sanctuary To Immigrants

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Pirates Hijacked An Oil Tanker Off The Coast Of Somalia For The First Time Since 2012

Russian Agents Were Behind Yahoo Hack, U.S. Says

TRUMP

Trump Wrote Off $100 Million In Losses In 2005, Leaked Forms Show

Neil Gorsuch Has Web Of Ties To Secretive Billionaire

Yes, Trump Is Being Held Accountable

Donald Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Leak Reveals $38m Bill

Trump Digs In On Wiretap, No Matter Who Says Differently

Britain’s GCHQ Agency Denies Wiretapping Donald Trump

Michael Flynn Was Paid By Russian-Linked Firms, Letter Shows

Trump Offers No Apology For Claim On British Spying

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA IN EUROPE

TESLA’S 100 DAYS

Hello Rusty:

The world around us is quite interesting and changes drastically. Now even chat in Twitter can make big news especially if the dialog is led by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Elon Musk: Powerwall 2 Can Solve South Australia’s Energy Crisis in 100 days – Or It’s free

The fact is that Lyndon Rive,  vice president for Energy Products at Tesla, said that with the help of his Powerwall 2, the company can build a capacious industrial battery that will solve the power supply problems in South Australia. And it will take no more than 100 days.

First, Mike Canon-Brookes, the founder of a large Atlassian company, asked in Twitter how serious the company was about these words and then received reply they are, in fact, very serious.. After that the senator from South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, suggested to Mask to discuss his proposal.

This is how history is made. No less epic is the continuation when Musk says that Tesla is for open pricing and that these are prices for any customer, minus delivery, labor and local taxes, meaning a project of this scale with open prices.

It’s intersting to imagine how many energy company bosses might become nervous with such transparency. This seems like an early bird symbolizing a new era of candor and clear energy is on the threshold.

P.S. Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine prime minister, also became interested in this way to receive energy. Elon Musk replied they will consider launching a project of renewable energy for Ukraine. Hopefully one such projects will be introduced. With all the technology that exists, to still rely on hugely dangerous atom and polluting unecological hydro-energy is just unbelievable.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay save, cousin mine.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

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 DALAI LAMA

Peace is not brought about through conflict, but through compassion — creating peace of mind within ourselves. We all need compassion and women can take a lead role in encouraging others to let it flower within them. My own first teacher of kindness and compassion was my mother.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Kakapo Saved From Extinction Thanks To Intense Conservation Effort

Brave Siberian Girl, Age 4, Walked Miles Through Forest To Save Grandmother

Muslim Marine Hits The Streets Of America To Spread Positivity About His Faith

ADL Receives $100,000 Grant From Craig Newmark Foundation For Incident Response Center

Parents Create Drug To Save Daughters

How 9 Communities Are Making Homeownership Affordable

This Brewery Made One Big Change To Save Wildlife

BAD EXAMPLES

Trump’s Former Campaign Head Accused Of Playing Part In Ukraine Deaths

Tillerson Used Alias In Emails On Climate Change, New York Ag Says

Toppled Headstones In Brooklyn Jewish Cemetery Reportedly ‘Not Hate Crime’ – D

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is, in my opinion, a totally appropriate application of this technology.  What do you think?  High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa

This is frightening.  Moment BBC Crew Caught In Mount Etna Explosion

I guess after awhile, all these guys look alike.  So Many Pharaohs: A Possible Case of Mistaken Identity in Cairo

OUR PLANET

From Flight 370 Hunt, New Insight Into Indian Ocean’s Unknown Depths

The Dark Town With A Giant ‘Sun Mirror’

The World’s Trickiest Construction Site

SPACE

Russia’s Space Agency Announces A Casting Call For Tomorrow’s Cosmonauts

The Huge Impact If Earth’s Spin Flipped

Would You Stay In Bed For 70 Days Straight? NASA Will Pay You $18,000 If You Said Yes!

TECHNOLOGY

Intel Buys Mobileye In $15.3 Billion Bid To Lead Self-Driving Car Market

BC Researchers Break Ground On Microplastics

It’s Possible To Hack A Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

THE GREEN BEAT

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Nature Conservancy Outlines Land Protection Strategy In Oregon, Washington, Elsewhere

How Railroads Could Be Electricity Superhighways

What If We Could Deal With Landfills By Turning Them Into Clean Energy?

TRAVEL

Explore Port Stephens And The Central Coast Of NSW

In Maryland, Visitors Can Follow Harriet Tubman’s Footsteps At A New Underground

A Market For Car-Free Adventure

HEALTH

Is Having A Cry Good For Our Health?

Living Close To Nature May Help You Live Longer – Here’s How

Device Promises Injections Without Needles

What Are The Best Snacks Before Bedtime?

What Young People Need To Know About Colon Cancer

While Facing A Cancer Choice, Beethoven To The Rescue

LIFESTYLE

15 Privacy Screen Backyard Ideas That Will Amaze You – The ART In LIFE

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Sonnet Exchange: Russian Poetry In Shakespeare’s Language

The Invention Of ‘Heterosexuality’

Maps: The Geography Of Achievement

How The Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out Of Poverty

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Andy Griffith Show – 7 Fantastic Songs In A Row

Test Your Knowledge of English With This Simple Quiz

A Face In The Crowd:  A Dark Side of Andy Griffith

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

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MASHA & THE BEAR


 

KIKORIKKI ~ 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. 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

They take this stuff very seriously on the other side of the Pond.  British Police Net a Butterfly Killer, and Now He May Face Jail

This was/is fun.  Quiz: Are You Smart Enough To Name These Animals From A Close-Up?

I have honestly often wondered about this. How Do Birds Stay Warm On A Cold Winter’s Night?

SHORTS

Forget About Flying South for the Winter — These Storks Have It Figured Out

How Ice Melting In Canada Helped A Rescued Moon Bear In China Called Dick

This Tiger Spent Years In A Circus, Being Trained With Whips. Now, He Lives A Life Of Luxury!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

An Unidentified Sound Is Coming From The Arctic Ocean Floor — No One Knows Why

Radioactive Boars In Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans To Return Home

The Plant That Moves Around

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

 

 

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.

 

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WE CREATED DONALD TRUMP

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 12, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 27 $1.00 

 

 

 

 

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

WE CREATED DONALD

Hi Again, From The Shores Of The Salish Sea. I’ve spoken before about the chatrooms I frequent on America Online as a virtual coffeehouse and as another way of sampling public opinion on topics of the day.  And while it would be both unfair and unethical to detail the interaction I have there, addressing reflected concerns is not an invasion of privacy.

Criticism of Trump runs high in these two rooms and the specific concerns are reflected by the national media.  My chatroom friends were critical of Obama and Clinton as well but the hate speech was minimal.  This time, the language is much stronger and I sense the reason for this.

Sooner or later, we are going to need to confront the singular truth about Donald Trump and that is that we created him.  Those of us who watched him on television, stayed at his hotels or bought what he sold gave him the popularity, the power and the wealth.

So did those who professed an aversion to his personal style but supported sexism, disinformation, amorality and an ego the likes of which the universe has not seen since The Big Bang because he had something they wanted.

Those who refused to take his political ambitions seriously supported him.  So did opposition candidates who became so mired in their own political miasma that they engaged in the same behaviors they condemned in Donald Trump, leaving many Americans with little choice but a new face and a prayer.

Donald Trump did not take America away from us.  We gave it to him.  The sooner we accept responsibility for what we did to ourselves, the sooner we can go about correcting for course.

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

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Note:  In response to concerns about fake news and bias of one kind or another in the media, we are listing the sources for ours.  They include, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); Circa; EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

US News & World Report Publishes Best Countries List; Russia & US Slip in Ratings

WHO Chief: Air Pollution Link To 600,000 Deaths In Children

ASIA

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Malaysia And N Korea In Tit-For-Tat Exit Bans

North Korea: Four Ballistic Missiles Fired Into Sea

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Mystery Video Of Son Emerges

China Sees First Monthly Trade Deficit In Three Years

China’s Internet Has Overtaken The West

China’s Second Aircraft Carrier In Shape As Navy Sets Ambitious Goals

South Korea President Park Geun-Hye Ousted By Court

VW And Tata Agree Partnership To Boost Sales In India

AFRICA

‘My Sister Was Raped By Three Soldiers In South Sudan’

Ghana News: Three “Secession Movement” Leaders Arrested For Treason

Meet Kenya’s Podcasting ‘Sex Queens’

South Africa Reverses Withdrawal From International Criminal Court

U.N. Chief, Visiting Somalia, Pleads For Aid To Avert Famine

MIDDLE EAST

Watch: ‘I Want To Make Decisions’: The First Saudi Women Run For Office

Damascus Bombing Kills 40 Iraqis

‘Mass Grave Found’ At Prison Near Mosul

Former N.Y. Comic, Reporting From Aleppo

Statue Being Pulled From A Gritty Patch Of Cairo Could Be Of Ramses

EUROPE

25 Myths And Facts About Ukraine And Ukrainians

France Election: Juppe Will Not Replace Scandal-Hit Fillon

Inside The UK’s First School For Vloggers

The Truth About Malmo

Poland Threatens ‘Whole EU Summit’ Over Tusk Vote

The Worst Storm In British History?

How To Survive The British Workplace

Irish Women Strike In Latest Battle For Legal Abortion

Russia

8 Of Russia’s Most Influential And Successful Women

Aircraft Warned After Russian Volcano Throws Plumes Of Ash

Russian Pundits Praise Trump’s Pick For New Ambassador To Russia

The Vatican

Pope Francis Said He’s Open To Ordaining Married Men As Priests

CANADA

How To Visit Canada’s National Parks For Free

Judge Who Told Complainant To ‘Keep Your Knees Together’ Resigns

Canada Today: A Dead-End Road, Judging A Judge And Broadway

UNITED STATES

In Red-State Utah, A Surge Toward Obamacare

Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply If Bias Taints Deliberations, Justices Rule

Omaha’s Answer To Costly Potholes? Go Back To Gravel Roads

Black People More Likely To Be Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Study Shows

Threats To Jewish Centers ‘Are Not Isolated Incidents,’ Senators Say  

Video: Statue Of Courageous Girl Faces Wall Street Bull

Most US Wildfires Ignited By People

US Military Nude Photo Sharing Scandal Widens Beyond Marines

CASCADIA

Sir Richard Branson And His Virgin Atlantic Airline Bring The Party To Seattle

Tiny House Village For Homeless Women Approved In N. Portland

Seattle Gives Details On Homelessness Levy Spending

Mayor Murray Appoints Seattle’s First Chief Resilience Officer

Map: How Vancouver Is Turning ‘Single Family’ Lots Into Several Homes

THE NATIONS

Pawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies In Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage

Resilience Gardens’ Bring Traditional Native Agriculture Back

Native Nations March On DC To Continue Fight

First Nation-Led Environmental Review Panel Rejects Mining In BC

LATIN AMERICA

How Brazil’s ‘Valley Of Death’ Drastically Cut Pollution

For Brazil’s Zika Families, A Life Of Struggle And Scares

The Border Walls You’ve Never Seen

A Warning From Latin America: Trump Is Opening The Door To Military Rule

What Is Behind Latin America’s Big Efficiency Gap?

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Elon Musk Offers To Fix Australian Power Network In 100 Days

Arrest Of ISIS Suspect In Rural Town Puts Australia On Edge

 Lake Turned Pink In Australia. It’s Not The Only One.

Mark McGowan’s Labor Party Sweeps To Power In Western Australia

James Packer Wanted For Questioning Over Netanyahu Corruption Probe: Reports

Tesla’s Offer: How South Australia’s Power Network Could Benefit From Energy Storage

How The West Was Won — Defining Campaign Moments

ABC Refused Access To One Nation Western Australia Election Night Function

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

New NOAA Weather Satellite’s First Flashy Images

Trump’s Plan To Slash NOAA Budget Puts Lives, Climate Research At Risk, Scientists Say

Sydney’s Swelter Has A Climate Change Link, Scientists Say

Trump To Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming

Interactive Map: Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is A Culprit.

Mayors Reaffirm Commitment To Paris Climate Agreement

How To Push Climate Action Forward In This New Era

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

American Migrants Confront Judgment Day Over Old Deportation Orders

Deportation Arrest Highlights Tensions In Los Angeles On Immigration

Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq

Calgary Man Warning Others After ‘Humiliating’ Experience At U.S. Border Crossing

Since Trump, Quiet Upstate Road Becomes A Busy Exit From U.S.

Illegal Border Crossings Appear To Drop Under Trump

Washington State AG Wants Travel Ban Halted Even With New Executive Order

Worried About Trump Policies, Tacoma Won’t Let Immigrant Jail Grow

US Immigration: 50 Extra Judges To Help Tackle Backlog

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Trump Inherits A Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles

Russian Air Force Liquidates 20 Foreign Commanders Of CIA-Armed Terrorist Group

US Begins Deploying Missile Defense System In South Korea

Is The Russian Ambassador A Spy, As CNN Claims?

WikiLeaks Releases Trove Of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

WikiLeaks Dump Has Made US ‘Less Safe’, Says Ex-CIA Boss

WikiLeaks: We’ll Work With Tech Firms To Defeat CIA Hacking

C.I.A. Scrambles To Contain Damage From WikiLeaks Documents

ISIS Conflict: US Sends Marines To Support Raqqa Assault

Afghanistan: ISIS Gunmen Dressed As Medics Kill 30 At Kabul Military Hospital

Mosul Battle: Troops Retake Main Government Office

Mosul Is Offensive: Iraqi Forces Capture Second Bridge Over Tigris

NATIONAL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

House Republicans Unveil Plan To Replace Health Law

G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces

TRUMP

Munira Ahmed: Life As The Face Of The Trump Resistance

Trump Wiretap: FBI Chief Comey ‘Rejects’ Allegation

Trump Wire-Tap Claim Denied By Ex-Spy Chief Clapper

Trump Aides Address His Wiretap Claims: ‘That’s Above My Pay Grade’

Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii Files First Legal Challenge

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA IN EUROPE 

WE, THE LIVING

Hello Rusty:

It  was an International Women’s Day this last week and a lot was said about prominent women of all time. For some reason there was one woman in particular of whom I was thinking.

Her name was Kira and she lived in  post-Communist revolution Russia. It is easy to imagine how difficult it could be to live in a country that changed so dramatically in one swing:. when you are told what to believe and love; when you see all ridicule of fanatic faith making people acting like machines, forgetting about  human values and when you don’t know whom to trust and how to act.

That was the life of Kira Argounova, in playwrite and novelist Ayn Rand’s semi-autobiographical novel “We the Living“. And that was the lives of many whose stories were left untold.  The novel and Ms Rand’s actual life are different in that her life had a happy ending, while Kira Argounova’s did not.  But the tragic end in the novel itself shows that many who had “independent spirit” could not survive in such complete totalitarianism.

That how they said my  own aunty was. She survived all the madness of Revolution, the civil war which followed, a series of famines,  and the Second World War. On her 90th birthday, she was straight as a stick. Always in black dress, she used to sit at veranda with a long cigarette in a mouthpiece. The last quarter of her life was in peaceful, but even then, when it seemed the Soviet Union was in bloom, she would say very quietly, “If you just knew how we lived before Revolution”.  She was right.  Prosperity in the Soviet Union never did reach the level it was in 1913.

I read all novels of Ayn Rand and can understand her philosophy of objectivism.  I loved all her characters like Dagny Taggart from “Atlas Shrugged”. But also I perceive her philosophy as a swing of pendulum from something she escaped, collectivism. So probably the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  More than half a century after she wrote, we are still in search of paradigm.

In tribute to another Kira.  God Bless you.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

Thank you, beloved cousin mine.  Kira Sovanof is pleased and she is very proud of you.  Mishka

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DALAI LAMA

Peace in the world depends on peace within. If we have that we can approach problems in a spirit of compassion, dialogue and respect for the rights of others — always a better solution than resorting to a use of weapons and force. External disarmament depends on inner disarmament.

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Family That Wouldn’t Let PTSD Drive Them Apart

California Becomes First State To Pass Landmark Bill That Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding

International Women’s Day: Iran’s First Female Triathlete

BAD EXAMPLES

Thousands Of Undocumented Immigrants Said They Were Forced To Work For $1 A Day Or Less

Inquiry Opens Into How 30,000 Marines Shared Illicit Images Of Female Peers

White Supremacists Step Up Recruiting On Campus, Report Says

US Housing Boss Ben Carson Calls US Slaves ‘Immigrants’

Facebook Failed To Remove Sexualised Images Of Children

Seattle Synagogue Vandalized With Anti-Semitic, Holocaust-Denying Graffiti

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is an incredible feat of engineering, in my opinion.  Every Room With A View: Israeli Architect Designs Rotating Dubai Skyscraper

This is incredible.  The Tribe That Sees Like No One Else

Like this is going to happen anytime soon in our house.  But perhaps in yours, eh?  What To Do When You’re Given An Island

OUR PLANET

Yellow Taxis ‘Have Lower Accident Rate Than Blue Ones’

Volcanoes Could Soon Erupt Much More

The Ancient City Turned To Ash

Mount Etna, Europe’s Most Active Volcano, Puts On A Show

SPACE

Webb Telescope To Probe 7 Worlds 

Astronomers’ Respond To 7-Planets Discovery  

How Do Astronomers Discover Exoplanets?

Why The Sky Is Dark At Night

2017 Canadian Astronaut Candidate Profiles

TECHNOLOGY

Robot Helps You Grow Veggies At Home With Hydroponic Farming

AI’s Ethical Challenge

Advice & Inspiration From Leading Women In Science

With Claims Of C.I.A. Hacking, How To Protect Your Devices

FBI And CIA Launch Criminal Investigation Into ‘Malware Leaks’

THE GREEN BEAT

Chief Environmental Justice Official At EPA Resigns

E.P.A. Chief Doubts Consensus View Of Climate Change

A Victory For Coal Mine Cleanup

Slash Phantom Energy Usage

TRAVEL

My Bangkok: City Of Spirits

12 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Washington You’re Sure To Love

5 Common Fears Foreign Tourists Have When Coming To Russia

An Underground Boat To Islamic Glory

HEALTH

Six Tips For The Health Of Your Teen

Mediterranean Diet Vs. Statins To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke?

Night Owls Eat Less Healthfully Than Morning People Do

LIFESTYLE

What Biracial People Know

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Major Case On Transgender Rights

Yelp Starts Tracking Gender-Neutral Bathrooms For Transgender Users

‘Say My Name’: The Chinese Students Fighting Racism

The Last Things Unique To Humans

Early Exposure To Public Transit Leads To Lasting Choices

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Beautiful Video: Dolphin Stampede

Scientists Set Up A Camera, Capture Terrifying Footage Of A Massive Ice Glacier Calving

“I’m Not Leaving You, Mama!” This is What Love Looks Like.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Cool stuff, great ideas: Travel Hotels Build For Bees

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MASHA & THE BEAR 

  

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

We love pandas so this was real interesting.  Why Pandas Are Black And White

The last paragraph of this inadvertent obituary really resonates.  The Infamous Vet Who Hunted, Killed And Then Posed With A Dead Lion Just Died While Out Hunting

If this doesn’t warm you heart, you do not have one.  Lioness Reunited With Her Pride After Three Desperate Days

SHORTS

7 Tips For Helping Wildlife Where You Live

Why pandas are black and white

Oregon Wolf Population Passes Milestone

ANIMAL RESCUES

Incredible 1,000 Pound Stingray Saved By Beachgoers

Bear Rescued From Bile Farm Makes A Splash On His First Day Of Freedom

What An Incredible Rescue! These Firefighters Are Heroes

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Window Cleaner Who Fell From A Skyscraper And Lived

What Moves Death Valley’s Sliding Stones?

The Biggest Killer You May Not Know

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

 

 

 

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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