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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

October 16, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 6

Freedom of Speech – Normal Rockwell This Week’s Theme Music:  One Tin Soldier

Freedom of Speech – Normal Rockwell
This Week’s Theme Music: One Tin Soldier


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been the policy of this magazine not to endorse political candidates or, for the most part, to insinuate ourselves into the domestic affairs of the 22 nations we reach, including the one in which we live.  There are times, however, when exceptions need to be made and when news like the following makes headlines, that time is clearly now.

Trump Panics After Judge Sets December Start For Teen Rape Case

We are equally hesitant to engage in trial by media but from all we have researched, including reading what Trump himself has been quoted as saying, there is little doubt in our minds that this man is unfit for Dog Catcher In Hell, much less chief executive of a land so many have fought and died for.

Given the incredible viciousness of this campaign and the vilifying in which both candidates have engaged, it would be very tempting to either not vote or to vote for a candidate not in the running, simply to express one’s perhaps justifiable disgust with what American national politics have become.  But as First Lady Michelle Obama has pointed out, a protest vote is a vote for Donald Trump and all he stands for.

Is this man really the next one you want as America’s leader?  I pray to Almighty God your answer to that question is no.

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


This Week’s Theme Music:  One Tin Soldier 


This is certainly good news.  Our Future Doesn’t Have To Be Dismal

This is incredible.  A Lonely 600-Mile Walk Home

I’m glad we are taking a look at this.  The National Interest: America’s Russia Dilemma: A Big Problem Or Potential Partner?


Warm Ocean Currents Are Slowing Down

Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

U.N. Picks Powerful Feminist (Wonder Woman) For Visible Job (Mascot) 


How Indonesia’s Cinema Opened Up

Thais Mourn Loss Of King Bhumibol

Thailand Looks to Likely Future King With Apprehension

New Test Of North Korean Missile Fails, South Says

With Idols In Ranks, South Korean Army Steps To A K-Pop Beat

Stampede Kills At Least 24 At Hindu Ceremony In India 


Probe Revisits Mystery Of Assassination That Triggered Rwandan Genocide

Nigeria’s Freed Chibok Schoolgirls Appear Healthy, But Thin

In Somalia, U.S. Escalates A Shadow War 


Syria Rebels Set Up Camp For ISIS Defectors

Saudi Arabia, Where Even Milk Depends On Oil, Struggles To Remake Its Economy

Berlin, 1945; Grozny, 2000; Aleppo, 2016 


The West And Russia Clash In Election In Tiny MontenegroA New Weapon In Russia’s Arsenal, And It’s Inflatable

Killing Of Migrant Forces France To Confront Treatment Of Chinese

 Brookings: Dealing With A Simmering Ukraine-Russia Conflict


How The Food Industry Is Using Canadians’ Changing Eating Habits To Market To Different Generations

The Growing Movement To Boycott Indigenous Team Mascots

Canada Today: Economic Bright Spots, And Some Disquieting Mail 


Wildfires In US West Doubled In 30 Years  

Hurricane Plunges a North Carolina Town’s Future Into Doubt

This City Is 78% Latino, And The Face Of A New California

Case Accusing Bush Officials of 9/11 Abuses Heads to Supreme Court

Poor, Displaced And Anxious In North Carolina As Floods Climb After Hurricane

Death Sentences Require Unanimous Jury, Florida Supreme Court Rules

US Fossil-Fuel Emissions Lowest Since 1991   


Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane

Nicolás Maduro Flexes New Budgetary Muscles In Venezuela

El Salvador Wins Dispute Over Denying A Mining Permit

Colombia President Extends Truce In Hope Of Reviving Peace Deal

Venezuela’s Supreme Court Consolidates President Nicolás Maduro’s Power 


‘Australia Shaped Who We Are’: Family Fights To Stay In Queensland

Four Teens Stabbed During ‘Organised Brawl’ In Melbourne

Fears For Schoolies As Mystery Hallucinogenic Drugs Hospitalize 16

Brindabella Electorate Hangs In The Balance As Labor Claims 12 Seats

Car Strikes Father And Son After Crashing Through Fence 



Economists Win Nobel For Contract Theory

Bob Dylan Awarded Prize For Literature 


Another Thing Climate Change Threatens? Language

Powerful Greenhouse Gases In Focus At Global Climate Meeting

A Climate Explainer Who Stays Above The Storm 


Pentagon Confronts A New Threat From ISIS: Exploding Drones

Frontline:  Watch ~ Confronting ISIS 



Hi Rusty:

That was a very powerful talk during World Economic Forum Our future doesn’t have to be dismal | Earth | EarthSky

In two words,  Elena Bennett, from the School of the Environment presented the idea of “bright spots” – local success stories of people cooperating in sustainability projects. This positive visioning could change the whole approach.

Of course strategic governmental decisions are important, but even more important is people on their places doing the right thing and taking into account we are all have impact to nature. Every drop of water in the ocean counts, so this group of scientists gather information of all “bright spots” to analyze what worked for them. That could be good to learn at schools; learning not just to be a better consumer but also a human being aware of role and power in cooperating with Mother Nature.

From recent Ukrainian news in these regards is big “thumbs up” to activists who made local authorities in the Carpathians mountain to stop businesses from harvesting broken stones from small rivers as a building material, something which has led to the destruction of those precious waterways.

Another initiative of ecologists is to force authorities to protect Ukrainian virgin forests.  According to some sources, every day about 300 wagons of timber a day are carried out. Of course some  so-called “enterpreneurs” live just for the needs of the day without  thinking much about the consequences.  So, this time, government help is definitely needed.

Coming back to world news, was great to hear  Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature  No doubts, the author of such songs as “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door “, “Master of Wars”, and “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” fully deserves the award.

The BBC created a list of 12 more songwriters worthy of the Nobel Prize in literature  But that list was definitely missing John Lennon with his “Imagine” and ~ if to talk about Ukraine, Andriy Kuzmenko, who also promoted  “anti-war,” “peace” approaches.

There is an irony to such a pacifist as Bob Dylan receiving a prize named after the creator of dynamite.  But to me?  To me, that just means that there is always a possibility to change as Alfred Nobel, according to his biography, regretted profiting from the sales of arms and bequeathed his fortune to institute the Nobel Prize in an attempt to help bring about a world in which his creation did not kill people.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor


Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   Big Sur After The Fire


The Most Interesting Neighborhood In The World


Russia Outlines New Wartime Regime

Why Russia-US Cooperation In Syria Is Inevitable

The Results Of The US Election Will Greatly Influence Relations With Russia

Europe And Russia Must Confront The Problems Of Modern Integration


Lone Eco Warrior Single Handedly Plants Forest Larger Than Central Park In NYC, To Save His Home Island From Deforestation

‘Go Back To China’: Readers Respond To Racist Insults Shouted At A New York Times Editor

Justice Department to Track Use of Force by Police Across U.S.  


An Open Letter To The Woman Who Told My Family To Go Back To China

Europe’s No-Go Zones: Inside The Lawless Ghettos That Breed And Harbor Terrorists

The Women Fighting Daily Sexual Harassment


I love the story behind this.  Six Scientists, 1,000 Miles, One Prize: The Arctic Bumblebee

This is cute.  Let’s hope it’s built better than their cards and trucks.  Toyota Makes A Tiny Personal Companion

I so identify with this.  Always On — And Happy About It


Eurasia’s Largest Mammoth Burial Site Found In Siberia

BBC Documentary Claims Western Contact With China Came Much Earlier

Two Words Would Make Our Cities More Livable: Pedestrians First


Telescope To Seek Earthlike Planet In Alpha Centauri System

Russia’s Largest Private Airline Is Entering The Space Race.

Can The U.S. Really Get Astronauts To Mars By 2030?

US To Work With Private Firms On Mars Plan

Zenefits, A Rocket That Fell To Earth, Tries To Launch Again

How To Find Life On Mars

European Space Lander To Begin Descent To Mars


How Syrians Are Using Barrels To Create Electricity

One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat  

Rwanda Begins Commercial Drone Delivery

Why Apple And Google Are Going Solar


Americans Bought More Electric Vehicles Last Month Than Ever Before

Video: Pacific Northwest Activists Shut Down 5 Key Canada-US Oil Pipelines

Wildfires Spark Where Growth Is Sprawling


This Week’s NYT Well Column Is Devoted To Breast Cancer

How Can We Avoid Antibiotic Apocalypse? Time Is Running Out In The Hunt For New Ways To Fight Infection

3 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Better

Prostate Cancer Treatment Can Raise Dementia Risk


The Gaijin Complex

Are Big Cities Healthier? New Survey Says Yes

In Calais’ Refugee Slum, Teenagers Dream Of Britain



What Happens When a Baby Elephant Meets a Kitty? Watch to Find Out!

Terrible Beauty: The Microbes Of 10 Deadly Diseases

‘Sex traffickers put a gun to my head’



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Columbian White-Tailed Deer To Be Removed From Endangered List

The World’s Most Trafficked Mammal  Is Finally Receiving Some Protection


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