AND ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU WILL BE “DEPORTEE”

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 25, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 3

Crash of United Airlines Flight 615, on January 28, 1948, near Fresno, California -- Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Crash of United Airlines Flight 615, on January 28, 1948, near Fresno, California — Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

AND ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU WILL BE “DEPORTEE”

This Week’s Theme Music:  Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, here is a headline which ~ like others I’ve read recently ~ reinforces what I’ve suspected all along.  Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds

This belief that immigrants ~ legal or otherwise ~ are depriving American citizens of rightful and gainful employment has been a cornerstone of a persistent fear many seem to have of outsiders, regardless of where we live.  So often, we just do not know how new people are going to impact our lives and we fill the information vacuum with an imagination flavored by fear.

I think this labor displacement myth is also rooted in something that may have once been true and perhaps still is to a certain extent.  That comes, however, with a caveat.  If there is some truth to the myth, it is not the fault of immigrants but of the local labor force  for refusing to do certain kinds of work at certain rates of pay.

I’ve done a little of that, including two seasons in hops and one in grapes; dishwasher and bus boy at a pizza parlor; door to door flyer distributor; and green chair puller in a lumber mill.  I worked with immigrants on all those jobs.

For me, it was filling in between preferred employment opportunities.  For them, however, it was a place to start a new life in a new land.  It was an opportunity not deliberately created for them and it was certainly not the result of any campaigns by an alien population to deprive anyone who wanted to work of the right or the opportunity to do so.

If we’re going to continue blame our nation’s problems on factors other than our own personal choices, it should come as some comfort to all concerned that we can at least take this one off the list.

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

Rusty

This Week’s Theme Music:  Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon

THE NEWS

This is good news.  Wildlife Park Offers New Home To “World’s Saddest” Polar Bear Trapped In Chinese Mall

No one who ever watched HAL talk to Dave in Space Odyssey 2001 wants to see this happen.  U.S. Signals Backing For Self-Driving Cars

If this is a normal American kid, we are a lot deeper in the Big Muddy than we thought.  Friends Say Minnesota Attacker Was ‘Normal American Kid’

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Crack Advances Across Antarctic Ice Shelf

Earth Smashes Yet Another Heat Record; 16th Month In A Row

Arctic Sea Ice 2nd-Lowest On Record

International Criminal Court: Environmental Destruction Is A Crime Against Humanity  

ASIA

N Korea Rocket Engine Test ‘A Success’

Japan Alters Policy To Spur Growth

Chinese Jews Of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams

The Saturday Profile: An Expert On Chinese Medicine, But No New Age Healer

AFRICA

Student Protests in South Africa Turn Violent

Allister Sparks, South African Journalist Who Challenged Apartheid, Dies At 83

Looming Transition Ignites Deadly Clashes In Congo

Kinshasa, Congo, Is Locked Down As Protests Erupt Against Joseph Kabila
Nigeria Describes 3 Failed Negotiations With Boko Haram On Kidnapped Girls
South Sudan Rejects Report On Leaders’ Wealth
Inspired By The U.S., West Africans Wield Smartphones To Fight Police Abuse

MIDDLE EAST

UN Suspends All Aid Convoys In Syria

Video: Postcards From The Hajj: The Wildlife

Fractured Lands: How The Arab World Came Apart

EUROPE

A Fresh Start For A New Version Of The KGB

Why A European Army Won’t Bring The EU Closer Together

Brendan Cox: Carrying On Jo’s Work Against Hate

6 Sites Recognized By Britain For Significance To Gay History

CANADA

Ottawa To Impose A National Carbon Price On The Provinces

Justin Trudeau Defends Extradition Treaty Talks With China

Canadian Universities Tumble In Rankings As China Rises

U.S. Steel Canada Receives $500-Million Lifeline

Chinese Premier Defends Death Penalty, Pushes Extradition Pact

Ottawa Did Not Warn Vancouver About Toxins In Retail Pot, Councillor Says

Canada Today: Taking The International Stage

UNITED STATES

US Bomb Squad Detonates Device

Video: Moment Of New York Blast Caught On CCTV

Flagged Two Times In 2014, Ahmad Rahami Passed Scrutiny

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data On 500 Million Users In 2014

Tulsa Officer Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Black Driver

4 Dead in Shooting at Mall in Washington State, Police Say

LATIN AMERICA

Haitians, After Perilous Journey, Find Door To U.S. Abruptly Shut

U.S. To Step Up Deportations Of Haitians Amid Surge At Border

Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s Leader, Opts Not To Deliver U.N. Speech

Police Sex Abuse Case Is Bad News For Mexico’s Leader

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Is Not As Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

Forbes Locals Warned Against Staying In ‘High Risk’ Flood Zone

Sydney Crane Collapse Leaves Workers Hanging Inside Dangling Boom

Charlotte Police Release Video Of Black Man’s Fatal Shooting

Changes To GST Carve-Up ‘Some Years’ Away: PM

TOPICAL

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Man Is Shot In Charlotte As Unrest Stretches To Second Night

In Cranes’ Shadow, Los Angeles Strains To See A Future With Less Sprawl

State Of Emergency Declared In US City

Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos Of His Killing, And Says The Public Should, Too

REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS

Flaws In Fingerprint Records Allowed Hundreds To Become U.S. Citizens

VIDEO: ‘Canada Is My Country Now’

Migrants Flee Burning Greek Camp Of Moria On Lesbos

Refugees, Migrants Top Agenda At Twin UN Summit Meetings

Survivor Recounts Struggle at Sea

STANDING ROCK

Climate Justice Meets Racism: Standing Rock Was Decades In The Making

Assembly Of First Nations Jumps Into The Site C Dam Fray  

Standing Rock’s Two-Front War—Big Oil And Big Banks

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK 

A 100 year old hut on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine.  Photo by Olya Bereza.

A 100 year old hut on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza. 

FARM FOLLOWS FICTION & FLAX HOUSES

Hi Mishka

Being on dacha the other day in the suburbs of Lviv inspired a few thoughts about architecture and contrasting the past with some of the modern monstrosities of today.

This trend towards monumentalism happened not only in the Soviet Union of my youth but in other countries with a trend to high rises of glass and metal, making people perceiving themselves small and irrelevant surrounded by grey gloomy walls.

I think these feelings of inhumanity  were reflected in many Hollywood films. In my opinion, people like superheroes such as Spiderman or Batman because they get human power back among dark towers. That idea came to me watching, recently, “Ghostbusters,” with the huge figure of Marshmallow Man again trying to be the same size as the buildings of New York City. Surely, one day, someone will make a psychological study of this.

In this line, “Farm Follows Fiction” winner of Architecture 2030 Challenge was doing a very good job making a New York icon a nicer place to be

Today, urbanization and globalization are changing our cities and the people who live in them. There is a dramatic need to begin to recognize these changes. Definitely modern architects have to step back and really decide, first, how to best use the rich inheritance of previous eras; and second, what priorities are for future generations.

The photo I took for my column this week is a century old hut and despite the age, it feels good to look at it and it is so easy to reuse this material for new built. Wood is my favorites but it’s nice to find out what also can be used for eco building:  The Unique Technology Of Eco Flax Houses Developed By Scientists From Brest (Belarus)

Looking through interior and design magazines, the most recognizable trend at the moment is “green pill,” which combines nature with urban life. Their design principles are oriented around basic human needs, including communal areas, humanistic scale of building, lots of greenery and good air.

Luckily you already live in a place like that, Mishka.  Enjoy my cousin.  That’s it for this week.

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   One Day In Newport, Rhode Island

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Five Thrilling Hikes For Those Who Love Heights

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FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

Until recently, we curated most of our hard news from the BBC, Canada.com, the New York Times, Sightline Daily and occasionally from the China Daily and the Moscow Times.  We subsequently visited several Russian news sites tracking down stories on FaceBook and found them to be remarkably uncensored, extremely well executed and refreshingly free of bias.  Our European editor, Olya Bereza, grew up in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  So for awhile, we want to present news about Russia and the world from a “Russian perspective.”  I firmly believe that while our governments may not get along, we ~ as Americans and Russians ~ could become quite good friends.  RM/EIC

The West Ignores The Ukraine Crisis At Its Own Peril 

Russia And The Four European Crises 

What Does The US-Russia Agreement Change In Syria?

GOOD EXAMPLES 

Modern Housing With Village Virtues

Alex, 6, Offers New Home To Syrian Boy

BioBee Ships Millions Of Wasps To Africa To Help Farmers Battle Pests

BAD EXAMPLES

Maternal Mortality Rate In U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds

Children Dying Of Starvation In Yemen’s Conflict

VW Hit By Flood Of New Lawsuits

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This, to me, is very creepy.  In A Lab In Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl

This is fascinating.  Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

As anxious as this might make us, this is information we really need to know.  Interactive Graphic: How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?

EARTH

Laser Scans Unveil A Network Of Ancient Cities In Cambodia

How To Go From 0 To 60

A Single Migration From Africa Populated The World, Studies Find

SPACE

NASA Set To Reveal ‘Surprising’ Activity On Jupiter’s Moon

NASA Aims At An Asteroid Holding Clues To The Solar System’s Roots

Meet New Glenn, The Blue Origin Rocket That May Someday Take You To Space

No Longer Missing: Rosetta’s Philae Spacecraft Located On Comet

Florida Company Gets Approval To Put Robotic Lander On Moon

Our Vast Solar System And Its Many Explorers

TECHNOLOGY

Cellphone Alerts Used In New York To Search For Bombing Suspect

A Lesson Of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can’t Do It All Yet

Can Tesla’s Autopilot Be Trusted? Not Always  

THE GREEN BEAT

Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone As 20 More Nations Sign On

50 First Nations And US Tribes Unite To Stop Oil Pipelines  

Views: Everyone Needs The Oceans To Be Well Protected  

US Military’s Climate Catch-22  

HEALTH

New York Times Weekly Wellness Page:  10 Insights For Love

Check Out America’s Healthiest Schools

Is This Hurting Your Heart?

Slimming Sandwiches

LIFESTYLE

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams

Video: First Thoughts After New York Explosion

How Money Gets Into Our Politicians’ Pockets

Making It Work When You Don’t Have a 9-to-5  

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

You’ve Never Seen Nature Quite Like This

The Voyages Issue: Remarkable Journeys With Six Photographers

What In The World? 10 Questions On Global Quirks

THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK

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Play is an activity enjoyed for its own sake.  It is our brain’s favorite way of learning.  ~ Diane Ackerman 

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Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of natureMichael Faraday  Contributed By Meade Fischer

To subscribe and experience Thoughts in their original, please contact Ame at SpringggRain@aol.com 

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Wildlife management is not just a science.  It is an art.

This is an interesting question, I thought.  What is a flower, anyway?

This is incredible.  Photographer Captures The Multi-Colored Magic Of Hummingbirds

SHORTS

The Changing Clock of Australia’s Little Penguins

Hawaiian Crows Join Tool-Users Club

Meet Australian’s Gliding Possums

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YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Kung Fu Nuns Of Nepal

US Army Builds ‘Ambidextrous’ Grenade

Chinese Space Station Expected To Plummet To Earth In 2017

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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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