If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

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April 26 2015  Vol. 8 No. 31

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Looks like there’s some controversy about the way America is waging war on terrorism, specifically the drone issue.  Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die   Drone Strikes On Al Qaeda Are Said To Take Toll On Leadership

Two hostages were killed in a recent strike and I am as sorry as anyone else to hear about that.  But I’ve been on the sending end of short rounds, etc.  Whether it is an entire village massacred out of sheer rage or the parents of a daughter or son killed in battle, there are no civilians.  Only shifting and fluid battlefields.

This is the way of war and all the parades and patriotic songs in the world will not change the nature of it.  Technology has not altered it since our species first raised its fists in anger.

Victory is not the answer and we will not achieve it.  But neither will terrorists.  It will stop when it is no longer profitable, when it no longer serves the purpose(s) for which it was intended.

To that extent, it is also an economic war and America is no more alone in that than she is in the military aspect.  Perhaps most importantly, it really is about the hearts and minds of the people.  When Arab nations join in the fight against such groups as Al Qaeda, that seems to me a pretty clear signal that the people themselves are rejecting this alternative.

I hope we do it right this time because if we do not, peace will not last and Armageddon might be uncomfortably closer than we think.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.

THE NEWS

A US federal judge recently ruled that the Navy’s sonar testing plan will injure or kill thousands of ocean creatures and that it must stop because there is a better way.  Nice going, folks.  For more information, please go here.

I’m glad this happened.  I just wonder why it took so long.  Senate Unanimously Passes Human Trafficking Bill After Long Delay

I am not sure that this sort of rhetoric works well in situations like these.  I have learned that the enemy to be feared most is the quiet one.  ‘Smash’ the Libyan gangs sending migrants to their death: UK prime minister urges Europe

GLOBAL

Arctic Council Meeting Nears in the Shadow of Tensions With Russia

Rural Housewives In Developing Countries Called On To Help Bring Clean Water To Communities

AFRICA

Zulu King Seeks To Calm SA Violence

Egypt’s Morsi Jailed For 20 Years

ASIA

Japan Train Sets New Speed Record

VIDEO: Thailand Seizes Four Tons Of Ivory

Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Killing More Than 1,200

CHINA

China’s Economy Puts New Pressure On A Changing Job Market

Uyghur-Canadians Say China Forcing Them To Act As Spies

INDIA

With Mi 4i Smartphone, Xiaomi Turns To India

Online Matchmaking Adds a Twist to Arranged Marriages in India

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

India Blocks Al Jazeera Broadcasts

Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

Cities Need To Get Smarter — And India’s On It

MIDDLE EAST

Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign

VIDEO: The Tribe Defending Saudi-Yemeni Border

RUSSIA

Russian Workers Take Aim at Putin as Economy Exacts Its Toll

Where Poles and Russians Meet, Ideals and Profits Clash

EUROPE

EU To Hold Emergency Migrant Summit

Sunk Migrants’ Boat Captain Charged

‘Bookkeeper Of Auschwitz’ Trial Begins

Europe ‘must do more’ for migrants

France Foils ‘Church Attack Plot’

European Leaders Urged to Strengthen ‘Minimalist’ Approach to Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Eurozone Economy Grows for 22nd Straight Month, Report Shows

Deutsche Bank to Pay $2.5 Billion Fine to Settle Rate-Rigging Case

THE VATICAN

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte Remembered As A Humanitarian

Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Arrest Over US ‘Flash Crash’

Video: UK Fugitive Arrested In Spain

UNITED STATES

Indiana Says H.I.V. Outbreak Is Worsening

Police Unions, Facing Public Anger, Rethink How To Address Shootings

Conflict Over Soil And Water Quality Puts ‘Iowa Nice’ To A Test

California Releases Revised Water Consumption Rules

Sexual Assaults On The Decline But Are Still Severely Under-Reported: U.S. Study

Judge Orders Hearing for 2 Chimps Said to Be ‘Unlawfully Detained’

Making Case for Execution, Prosecutor Calls Boston Bomber ‘Unrepentant’

Modest Gain for Market, and a Milestone for the NASDAQ

David Petraeus Is Sentenced to Probation in Leak Investigation

CANADA

‘Made In Canada’ Budget Aims To Help Manufacturers, Small Business

Seven Key Budget Targets And Why They Matter

In Defense Of Beavers: Why Naturalist Wants Canadians To Respect One Of The ‘Most Important Animals On The Planet’

LATIN AMERICA

Amid Mexico’s Drug Wars, Vigilante Groups Are Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands

Prosecutor Dismisses Accusations Against Argentine President

Perfectly Good Produce Discarded At U.S. Border Feeds People In Need

Hundreds Join Prayer Rally For 43 Students Who Vanished In Mexico

WATCH: Stunning Time-Lapse Of Chilean Volcano Erupting

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

NZ PM Apologises For Hair-Pulling

Dozens Of Australians Missing In Nepal After Earthquake

Australian-Trained Doctor Appears In IS Propaganda Video Urging Jihad In Syria

Sydney Hail Storm Pushes 1,000 New Jobs Onto Stretched SES

TOPICAL

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change: Paris ‘Last Chance’

A Brief History Of Climate Change

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Six Minnesotans Held in Plot to Join ISIS

France ‘Foils Five Terror Attacks’

Two Qaeda Hostages Were Accidentally Killed in U.S. Strike, White House Says

Obama Apologizes After Drone Kills American and Italian Held by Al Qaeda

First Evidence of a Blunder in Drone Strike: 2 Extra Bodies

FROM THE UKRAINE

Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady.  Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Anastacia Evsiukova (one of two founders of the Inside of Living project) interviews an elderly Ukraine village lady. Source: Inside of Living group on Facebook

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Hello, Mishka, from Ukraine:

Here are the top headlines from Ukraine:

Miners Protest Or Wage Arrears Continues In Kiev

Ukraine Has IMF’s Full Support In Restructuring Debts, Lagarde Tells Poroshenko

Chernobyl Arch Faces € 265m Funding Gap Ahead Of Disasters 29th Anniversary

Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost And In Limbo

Video: ‘Constant Barrage Of Mortars’ In Ukraine

Ukraine’s DIY Drone Squadron Takes On Might Of Russia

And to keep a track of the Inside-of-Living project. they have already started from the border crossing in the village Strilche.  What they are finding is the progress, in measured steps, is spreading from the big cities to the countryside.

Thus, in the village of Zhovtneve, for example, most of the people know what selfies and You Tube are and enjoyed leaving their comments on camera.

Before they took to the trail again, I interviewed Olya Soloviova and Anastacia Evsiukova.

Q:  How did the idea of the project came?

A: Olya Soloviova (professional tourist) already wanted to walk through the whole Ukraine, once we walked together and found that both like to walk and both love our country, since that we have a common dream: to explore Ukraine, to walk it from border to border.

Q:  Do not you think that it could be dangerous?

A: First of all we think about safety, of course. To do this, we give publicity to our project and invite people to join us for whole or part of the way. We do not disclose the exact trail and dates except to those who are close to the project or participants. We also carefully select a safe place to sleep.

Q: What is your route?

A: Our route is from the Russian border to Slovakia: Kharkov- Poltava- Kiev-Vinnitsa-Belaya Tserkov- Kamenetz-Podolskiy- Ivano-Frankovsk- Mukachevo- Uzhgorod. Approximate distance – 1800 km/1080 miles, according to our calculations.  With rest days it would take about three months.

Q:  What things you take with yourself?

A: We take the most necessary things: tent, sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, tableware, sportswear, cameras, notebook for records, etc.

Q: How will you cover your campaign (blog, social network)?

A: We will have a channel on Youtube, which will contain all the video associated with the project and video blogs, as for social networks there is already the group http://www.facebook.com/groups/insideofliving/

Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya

GOOD EXAMPLES

Go, Billy Joe.  Pop star and pianist Billy Joel sings out for elephants

And this week’s Humanitarian Award goes to… VIDEO: Greek residents aid migrant rescue

Way to go guys.  Alberta company not counting the cost to protect Canada goose pair nesting on construction site

BAD EXAMPLES

I strongly suspect we are not going to like the outcome of this.  Civil Rights Groups in South Carolina Ask U.S. to Investigate Killings by Police

We know someone who does this and we have already bought a sympathy card for their survivors.  Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs

Good! First convictions in Malta for illegal shooting of a Cuckoo and a Lapwing »

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

It seems to me this song has been played before.  Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers

This actually happens a lot more than we think.  It is just that people in this place are modest and the creatures involved are not about to ruin a good thing.  Montana Residents Help Guide Geese Out Of Downtown Missoula

Way to go, folks.  New LED Lights Could Play Huge Role In Ending Malaria

HERE ON EARTH

Turning Ethiopia’s Desert Green

‘Turbo Speed’ Of Sharks Explained

The Upside Of Living Underground

OUTER SPACE

Unforgettable Hubble Space Telescope Photos

Just How Big Is The Sun?

NASA Gets Serious About Search For Aliens

FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Weird And Wonderful Photo Quiz

Prehistoric ‘Sea Monster’ Found

Here’s Gruesome Proof That Ancient Brits Were Cannibals

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Technology That Prods You to Take Action, Not Just Collect Data

Redeeming The Three-Wheeler

Google Introduces Wireless Service Called Project Fi

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

Why Small Is The New Big Thing

Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes

This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.

Ecological Footprint Calculator

U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

HEALTH

A Simple Solution For Depression Apparently Does Not Exist

Blood Test Shows Promise as Alternative to Cancer Biopsy

‘Game-Changer’ Protein Could Help Kill Off Cancer

Liver Transplants Give Twin Vietnamese Adoptees Second Chance At Life

Exercise ‘Not Key To Obesity Fight’

Virus Found in Sewage Can Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Shows

LIFESTYLE

Which Women Get Ahead In Dubai?

Hidden Armenians Of Turkey Seek To Reclaim Their Erased Identities

Bruce Jenner, Embracing Transgender Identity, Says ‘It’s Just Who I Am’

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

BEST OF THE NET

Black Hole Simulation Is Most Realistic Ever

Earth Day 2015: Tel Aviv Zookeeper Captures Hilarious Footage Of Animals Drinking

Walking New York

FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE USS 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 Bellingham Re-Education Center.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Frankly, I think this is poetic justice.  Professional Trophy Hunter Trampled To Death By Elephant

This was very informative, if not a little weird.  Video: How The Octopus Moves

This will give you real good dreams.  The Giant Plants That Eat Meat

SHORTS

Photo Proof Of Snow Leopards In Newly Created Refuge In Siberia

The Great Cuckoo Race Is Won – But Not By Dudley!

New Species Of Gecko Lizard Found At Indian World Heritage Site

RELATED LINKS:

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BBC’s Wildlife Finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL ENDORSES:

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Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The World’s Most Charming Mailbox How 22 Letters Were Hand-Delivered Around The World

The Strangest Sounds In The World

Where Waterfalls Outnumber People

111714ABOUT US

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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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