FROM THE UKRAINE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

No. 378

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Maidan, Ukraine

Maidan, Ukraine

FROM THE UKRAINE

I have several associates in the Ukraine and, I suspect, Russian-Ukrainian cousins there, as well. I asked Olya, a writer and marketing manager, to share with us her observations. This, in her own words, unedited, is what she had to say.

Hello Mishka,

Thank you for writing. Very sorry to hear your story. Have read a sample of your novel, quite interesting.

Was in Kyiv on weekend, sending you a picture from Maidan. Not many people now but still tension in the air.

On one hand quite romantic in some sense place but not very safe especially on nights.

Sad things when one group of oligarchs change other but with high price for people. Have no desire to become second Russia but in the same time quite pity to have politicians serving West interests not Ukrainian.

The most issue I care are rumors of European atomic wastes to come to Ukraine by grey schemes to Chernobyl without proper precautions and money given to politicians hands- not country. Hoping it’s not true but of course have no pink glasses as for things in Ukraine.

Best regards,

Olya

Olya can be contacted care of The Northstar Journal at minstrel312@aol.com.

Have a good week, gang. Enjoy the edition, thanks for the ear and if you liked us, toss a quarter in the sugar can on your way out.

Rusty

IN OTHER NEWS

This kind of surprised us until we stopped to think about it. Apparently, people who are underweight have a slightly higher mortality factor than the obese.

We’ve known for a long time that the techno culture is one of the last domains of homo erectus chauvinisticus. The sooner this changes, the sooner more women will make their influence felt. Technology’s Man Problem

We also totally endorse this spin on the subject. Automation Alone Isn’t Killing Jobs

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Women See Hope In The Ballot Box

War And Unrest Provide For A Scarred Campaign Trail In Afghanistan

Foreign Journalist Is Killed By Afghan Police Officer

Afghan Turnout Is High As Voters Defy The Taliban

U.S. Eyes Afghan Vote, Seeking Amenable Ally

Video: One Afghan Woman’s Voice

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Praises Afghanistan After High Elections Turnout, Especially By Women Voters

AFRICA

Photographs: Portraits Of Reconciliation

AUSTRALIA   

Housing Affordability At All Time Low

Tony Abbott Arrives In Japan For Week-Long Asia Trade Mission

Armed Woman Wearing Clown Mask In Police Pursuit

Writer And Activist Mona Eltahawy On Egypt’s ‘Unfinished Revolution’

Swedish Retailer H&M Opens First Australian Store

CHINA

Leader Of China Aims At Military With Graft Case

A Muddy Tract Now, But By 2020, China’s Answer To Wall St.

China’s Cofco To Buy Majority Stake In Noble Agriculture Unit

China’s Poisonous Waterways

EUROPEAN UNION

Another Worrisome Drop In Euro Zone Inflation

European Finance Ministers Approve New Loans For Greece

E.U. Lawmakers Approve Tough ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

FRANCE

France Overhauls Its Government After Voters Rebuke Socialists

National Front Wins Support And Elections

French Leader Approves A Cabinet Of Mixed Messages

French Push U.N. To Seek War Crimes Case In Syria

GERMANY

For Many Germans, Pilots’ Walkout Crosses A Line

As Strike Winds Down, Lufthansa Plans A Return To Nearly Normal Service

HUNGARY

Election In Hungary Tests Nation’s Tilt To The Right

INDIA

3 Sentenced To Death In India For Gang Rape

JAPAN           

Japanese Rush To Buy Before Rise In Sales Tax

World Court Orders Temporary Halt To Japan’s Antarctic Whaling Program

Japan Ends Decades-Long Ban On Export Of Weapons

KOREA

North And South Korea Trade Fire Across Disputed Sea Border

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela: A Call For Peace

Five Dead As Powerful Earthquake Hits Off Chilean Coast

Responding To Quake, Chile Uses Lessons Of Past

MALTA

Citizenship-For-Cash Program In Malta Stirs Security Concerns In European Union

N.A.T.O.

NATO To Firm Up Its Presence In Eastern Europe As It Halts Cooperation With Russia

PAKISTAN

Pakistani Court Indicts Former Military Ruler Pervez Musharraf In Landmark Treason Case

THAILAND

In Thailand, Some Foresee A Coup By Legal Means

TURKEY

Turkey Lifts Twitter Ban After Court Calls It Illegal

UNITED KINGDOM

Britain Orders Inquiry Into Muslim Brotherhood In London

Pollution And Dust In Britain Bring Health Warnings

It Is Raining Sand In Southern England

UNITED STATES

Is This Man The Greenest Governor In America?

Police Confront Rising Number Of Mentally Ill Suspects

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap

A Union Aims At Pittsburgh’s Biggest Employer

Out Of Work, Out Of Benefits, And Running Out Of Options

Jobs Report Suggests A Modest But Durable Recovery

G.M. Turns To Experienced Crisis Experts

After Death Of Radical Mayor, Mississippi’s Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

Sign Of Spring On Pay: Real Wage Growth

Finding Fellowship After Deadly Washington Mudslide

VATICAN

Pope’s Example For Bishops: Opulent Is Out

TOPICAL NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE

U.N. Climate Report Offers Lots Of Bummer News Plus A Few Dollops Of Encouragement

What The U.N.’S New Climate Report Says About North America

Science Alone Can’t Save Us, Says Famous Climate Scientist (Gulp)

A Hotter World Means Less Food, Higher Costs, ‘Hotspots Of Hunger,’ Un Climate Panel Says

Rich Countries: Sure, Climate Change Will Screw Poor Countries, But What About Us?

Climate Signals, Growing Louder

Risk Game: What A Warmer Planet Means To The Bottom Line

In Climate Change Battle, It’s Time We Started Selling Sustainability

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Kerry Says It’s ‘Reality Check Time’ in Stalled Mideast Talks

Keeping Mideast Talks Going Has Become an End in Itself

SPYING

U.S. and Israel Discuss Releasing American Spy

Latest aerial imagery of the Oso mudslide

SYRIA

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Now Exceed One Million

French Push U.N. to Seek War Crimes Case in Syria

Break in Syrian War Brings Brittle Calm

THE UKRAINE

Yanukovych Says He Was ‘Wrong’ on Crimea

Ukraine Implicates Ousted President and Russia in Shooting of Protesters

U.S. Response to Crimea Worries Japan’s Leaders

OH CANADA

We are really glad to hear this. Investigation report clears Sen. Colin Kenny of harassment allegations

Something like this sometimes makes me wonder what British Columbians did to anger the bug gods. Alert issued over European fire-ant invasion in B.C.

This, while sad, does not surprise me a whole lot. 18% of young workers are ‘overqualified’ for their jobs

SHORTS

Five Days Of School Closures As Atlantic Canada Endures More Winter

Millions At Stake As Fallout From Native Occupation Ends In Tax Court

Canada Added 42,000 Jobs Last Month, Unemployment Rate Drops

St. Elias The Prophet Ukrainian Church Destroyed In Massive Toronto-Area Fire

Photos: Top Images From Around The World

Canadian nun Gilberte Bussiere among missionaries kidnapped in Cameroon; Pope praying for them

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Felina:     Samuel, mate of my three life times, would you mind so much joining Arnold and I in the den? There is something that is vexing me.

Sam:        Sure, Sweetheart. Is there something in the herb locker I can bring with me?

Felina:     You are so considerate, my handsome rapscallion. Vexed is not a medical condition, Dear. I am puzzled about something.

Sam:        So vexed is puzzled in Canadian?

Felina:     Yes, Samuel. In this cave, it is.

Sam:        Gotcha. And Arnie can’t apparently help you out with this.

Felina:     Arnold was made in America. His understanding of geopolitics is necessarily limited.

Sam:        That’s probably why our television set never went to work for the UN.

Felina:     Quite so. Or the EU.

Sam:        Or the CIA, the DEA or the NSA.

Felina:     Or the USB.

Sam:        Or any other port in a storm, yep. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Fred and Hillary of Digression. And the Bill McClinton of the smooth segue.

Sam:        That would definitely be us, on any vaudeville stage on Gaia herself. So what is it that you and our television set are vexed about. Cool word, by the way.

Felina:     We do not understand why the Russian Bear, the American Eagle and that human European Union conglomeration of creatures are insinuating themselves into a place where ~ very clearly ~ they are not wanted.

Sam:        That is a question being asked a lot these days, particularly by people like our friends Olya, Inna and Inga, our Three Wise Ladies of the Ukraine.

Felina:     It vexes them a great deal, does it?

Sam:        It’s baffling to anyone who knows the history of the region even. Like every square foot of land in that hemisphere, it has been settled and resettled so often that now, ironically, the humans who live there carry the genes of the conqueror and the vanquished both.

Felina:     Well, then, it would make what these other nations are doing even more preposterous.

Sam:        No argument there, Felina. And with all due respect to your perplexing passion for this particular life form, it would also make them human. A real bear does not bite something just to exercise its teeth and an eagle does not come screaming out of the blazing sun like Hark the Defending Angel simply to demonstrate its avian perfection.

Felina:     You don’t know why they behave that way either, do you, Samuel?

Sam:        No, Sweetheart. I do not. If I did, me and Pinky and the Brain would probably have put a stop to this nonsense back when Neanderthal debs still had coming out parties.

Felina:     And Arnold and I would have been right there at your side, my Charming Champion. What a grand crusade that would have been.

Sam:        It would indeed, Lass.

Felina:     Then you must promise me, Samuel Alexander, that if you are ever unvexed about this…

Sam:        Yep, you and our television set, one lab rat with a bad temper and a stellar IQ, one lab rat with absolutely no sense and the personality of a lovable mushroom and a middle-aged mountain lion with a slight paunch will sally forth and joust with this particular windmill until it begs for mercy.

Felina:     And then we’ll give it a good spanking.

Sam:        We will indeed, my love. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

This 92-year-old who got arrested for protesting coal is our new hero

His Holiness keeps getting cooler and cooler all the time, doesn’t he? Pope’s Example for Bishops: Opulent Is Out

Our answer to this question is, “It would not surprise us.” Video: Is this man the greenest governor?

SHORTS

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

WATCH: Hero Astronaut’s Speech Will Absolutely Inspire You

Video: One Afghan Woman’s Voice

BAD EXAMPLES

Tailgater gets hit with a heavy dose of Karma (with video) As the former owner and driver of three Ford Pintos, I had this bit of “revenge” with a side of potato salad and a poppy seed bagel for lunch.

American Airlines apologizes for ‘deaf and dumb’ note left on hearing impaired couple’s luggage And did they apologize to their own parents for making it look like they were born with a stupid spoon in their mouth?

And tell me again exactly what business this is of “management”? At Mozilla, a Chief’s Support of Gay Marriage Ban Causes Conflict

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I think this is sooo cool. Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

This will definitely impact our plans for exploring and possibly colonizing the solar system. Under Icy Surface of a Saturn Moon Lies a Sea of Water, Scientists Say

I found this extremely interesting. Five Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

INNER SPACE

Check out how close this meteor came to hitting a skydiver

Ultraprecise Clock May Open Up ‘Entirely New Applications’

Innovations That Will Change Your Life: A Conversation With Elon Musk

OUTER SPACE

Will Your Grandkids Live HERE?

New Data Suggest Theory About Black Holes Was All Wrong

Is ‘Flat’ The Future Of Planetary Exploration?

TECHNOLOGY

A Skype Founder And A Famous Smoothie Maker Swap Tales In London

This Fancy Fridge Makes Your Kale Even More Nutritious

Nest Labs Stops Selling Its Smoke Detector

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about Afghanistan?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Video: Is this man the greenest governor?

Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

California’s cap-and-trade program pays loggers to clearcut old-growth forests

Republicans Join Democrats In Trying To Revive Wind Energy Incentives

HEALTH

This is one of the best health round-ups I’ve found on the Net yet. Our thanks to the Vancouver, BC Province. This week in health: Foods to eat when you’re sick, donut-eating rats, and more

As anyone who has ever changed a diaper knows potty training requires patience, perseverance and sometimes a clothes pin for the nose of the caregiver.

My wife, GRHS, believed that healing was not just about diseases, conditions or wounds. She believed it was about consciences and sometimes the souls of nations. If she’s looking down from Heaven at this particular moment, I’m sure she is glad to see this. Civil Rights Sins, Curated by One of the Sinners

SHORTS

F.D.A. Approves Portable Drug Overdose Treatment

Five Common Misconceptions About Autism

US Autism Estimate Increases To 1 In 68 Children

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Foundation For A Better Life – This is Northstar’s Happy Spring Present To You

LIFESTYLE

Why kids are good for cities

Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis

Writer and activist Mona Eltahawy on Egypt’s ‘unfinished revolution’

I Had a Nice Time With You Tonight. On the App.

What Life in the Real World Costs

A Rationalist’s Mystical Moment

BEST OF THE NET

Canada.com’s Photos: Top images from around the world

Video: 50 Years of the Ford Mustang

Video: This Week’s Movies: April 4, 2014  

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

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 ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Check this out. Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

Here’s a chance to do what some of you do best. 20 percent of the tricolored blackbirds on Earth are in imminent danger — but you can help save them

As much as we respect the culture involved, we think it is time that this practice was stopped and we are gratified to see that we are not alone in these regards. International court rules Japanese whaling industry is illegal

SHORTS

New National Park For Afghanistan

European Bumblebee Species Face Extinction

A Zebra’s Stripes Stop Flies Biting

RELATED LINKS:
Living With Wildlife
BBC’s wildlife finder
National Geographic Daily News – Animals
 

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

With all due respect, I think sometimes otherwise very intelligent people have entirely too much time on their hands. World Record For Longest Man-Made Echo Shattered In Scotland (LISTEN)

2013 Face shot with glassesJUST A REMINDER

The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership.  If you would like to contribute, please go here.

The Northstar Journal endorses the following:

Amnesty International; Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region; Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery; Grittv With Laura Flaunders; Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org; No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News; Outside Magazine; The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea; Sierra Club; World Wildlife Fund; Writing For Peace

Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.

Rusty

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About minstrel312

MERRITT SCOTT MILLER Bio Wrath of the Testament Author and Northstar Journal editor Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his career in the alternative media of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly ~ Rapline ~ drew praise from Sacramento BEE metro columnist Herb Michelson in a column published that that newspaper; and from Berkeley Film Quarterly editor and author of the bestsellers Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, Ernest Callenbach. A Northern California native with roots in British Columbia, Mr. Miller has written for several Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the daily Portland Oregonian and for such Seattle publications as the Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald. As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register ~ and in conjunction with CBS News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona ~ Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley community. During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and as a special writer for the Portland, Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for a rural weekly earned him praise from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renowned abstract artist; a popular folksinger and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, include a state treasurer and governor. An accomplished travel book writer, Mr. Miller has penned demographic and feature copy for the “Best Choices” series on Eastern Washington, British Columbia, Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta. As either a contract or staff publicist, he has served a host of clients including the Olympia Music Festival, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell and Workers of Oregon Development. His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, the Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado’s Writers Forum, Clouds, The long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group. He has worked since the age of 13 and has been a hop harvester, professional musician, civil servant, forester, convenience market clerk, lumber mill worker, temporary word processor, technical writer and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience. His interests include astronomy, aviation, camping, Canada, communications, conversation, cooking, dancing, economic development, education, environmentalism, exploration, film/DVDs, fine dining, government, green technology, health. History, human rights, International community, Internet media, law, literature, marine engineering & design, medicine, music, nature, networking, outdoors, pets, photography, romance, science, sexuality, technology, travel, water, wildlife His honors and awards include: Letter of Appreciation - Amnesty International; US Senator Patti Murray Letter of Appreciation for The Northstar Journal Blog; Editors Choice, International Library of Poetry; Congressman Edward Murray Letter of Appreciation; Congressman Frank Chopp Letter of Appreciation; Hersch Best Read on the Net Award for The Northstar Journal; President Bill Clinton Letter of Appreciation; Workers Of Oregon Development Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Police Department Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Mayor’s Office Certificate of Appreciation; California Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird Letter of Appreciation; Northwest Magazine Editorial Board Letter of Appreciation for Rain; Editorial Award, Society of Professional Journalists; Sacramento Bee Metro Column; Honor Roll: California State University Long Beach; Deans List: Long Beach City; Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to edit and publish The Northstar Journal. He is working on two novels concurrently and a sequel to Wrath of the Testament.
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