The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

October 23, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 7

Photo courtesy of economictimes.indiatimes.com

Photo courtesy of economictimes.indiatimes.com

This Week’s Theme Music:  In Her Own Words


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I happen to be a devout fan of America’s first lady so I was especially moved by this story from the New York Times headlined To The First Lady, With Love: Four Thank-You Notes To Michelle Obama, Who Has Spent The Past Eight Years Quietly And Confidently Changing The Course Of American History ~ By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham And Rashida Jones  

I first “met” Michelle Obama on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when her husband was campaigning against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.  I was impressed with the ease with which she related to not only the show’s stellar celebrity host but to members of the audience during a question and answer segment.

I have also studied some on the First Lady’s background and it ranks right up there with, ironically, both the Clintons and certainly her husband Barack.  In some ways, she is more intelligent, more astute and more certain of her role than her mate, a man born of two races and who struggled for the first two and a half decades of his life trying to figure out where he belonged.

According to a biography of President Obama I just finished, Barack Obama: Our 44th President, it was Michelle, while mentoring her future husband at the law firm for which they both worked, who recognized those qualities in him which made where he belonged not a demographic or a church or even a nation.  He belonged in politics, making things better for everyone.  As he finishes his second term in America’s highest office, he has proven just how astute her assessment was.

I have watched Mrs. Obama as First Lady on other television shows and I have supported several of her campaigns, among them the war on childhood obesity.  She had proven to be a viable and enduring role model whose sincerity is seldom questioned and whose integrity is beyond reproach.

Yes, if I did have a third choice for president on November 8, it would be her.

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


This Week’s Theme Music:  In Her Own Words


Washington, DC is America’s third most rat-infested city in America.  Seattle, where I live, is the 11thSee If Your City Made The Top 50.

I found this so incredibly ironic I just could not resist putting it near the top this week.  Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, But They Don’t Use Them

Since they are the only ones on the planet who understand North Korea, this is probably a very good thing.  China Joins Search For Alien Life


What In The World: A Traveler’s Guide To Customs: When To Shake Hands, Hug Or Kiss

So Far, Cooperation In The Arctic Not Affected By Geopolitics

Over 170 Nations Reach Landmark Deal To Fight Global Warming


Police Van Rams Manila Anti-Us Protesters

Indonesia Castration ‘To End Pedophilia’

Astronauts Enter China’s Space Station

Explosions In Japanese Park Kill One, Cause Not Known-NHK

Galaxy Note 7 Recall Dismays South Korea, The ‘Republic Of Samsung’

China’s Antigraft Enforcers Take On A New Role: Policing Loyalty


Egyptian Army Officer Killed Outside Home; Militant Group Is Suspected

South Africa To Exit War Crimes Court

Kigeli V, The Last King In Rwanda Dynasty, Dies At 80

26 Asian Sailors Released After Ransom, Somali Pirate Says


Video: ‘Ladies First’: Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates

Iraqi PM Upbeat On Mosul Offensive

Russian Carrier Is Bound For Syria, Flexing Muscle But Risking Malfunction


What Patriarch Kirill’s Visit To London Means For Russia-UK Relations

Nothing Stops The BRICS

Thousands of Men to Be Pardoned for Gay Sex, Once a Crime in Britain

Scotland Embraces Gay Politicians In A Profound Cultural Shift

Spain ‘Aiming For 100pc Renewable Energy’


CMHC To Issue First ‘Red’ Warning For Canada’s Housing Market

Advisory Group Offers Blueprint For Canada’s Economic Future

Ottawa Plans To Target Home Energy In Renewables Push

Bombardier Cutting 7,500 Jobs; Rail Unit To Be Hit Hardest


US Journalist Faces Riot Charge

Reported Cases Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are On Rise

Hackers Used New Weapons To Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S.

Man Who Took Trove Of N.S.A. Data Has Court Date

Tracking The Growth Of The ‘Gig Economy’ In US Cities


Ecuador Cuts Internet of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ Founder

Yes, Ford Is Building Plants in Mexico. No, It’s Not Cutting U.S. Jobs.

Colombian Airline Halts Some Flights After Brush With Venezuelan Jet

After Hurricane, Haiti Confronts Scars From 2010 Earthquake Recovery

Tulum Journal: Evictions By Armed Men Rattle A Mexican Tourist Paradise

Rodrigo Duterte’s Most Contentious Quotations


Why The Great Barrier Reef’s ‘Obituary’ Is Premature

Australian Graziers Outbid Rinehart For Kidman Cattle Empire

‘Mates Protecting Mates’: Claims Of Police Aggression And Cover-Ups



The Sound Of Climate Change

Nine Cities To Live In If You’re Worried About Climate Change

Show This Cartoon To Anyone Who Doubts We Need Huge Action On Climate Change


Canada Providing Crucial Support In Battle To Recapture Mosul

A Guide To The Battle Of Mosul, And Why It Matters In The War Against Islamic State

After Losses In Syria And Iraq, ISIS Moves The Goal Posts

Kurds, Heading Into The Teeth Of ISIS, Open A New Front

ISIS Strikes Back In Northern Iraq

Battle For Aleppo Intensifies After Ceasefire Ends

Carter In Irbil To Get Closer Assessment Of Mosul Fight

Iraqi Kurds Launch New Advance Northeast Of Mosul

Pentagon Expects Mosul Push To Unlock Trove Of ISIS Intelligence

The Battle For Mosul, In One Image

Iraqi Forces Push Forward In Fight To Take Back Mosul From Isis


VIDEO: ‘Jungle’ Children Try To Reach The UK

They Took In One Refugee Family. But Families Don’t Have Borders.

Refugees Encounter A Foreign Word: Welcome




Hi Rusty:

November 8 is coming and to say that the outcome of the American presidential election does not worry the international community and Europe it particular simply would not be true. As one stand-up comedian here said, every nation in the world should participate in the elections of America’s chief executive because that individual does affect everyone in the world.  That is also why such comments as Mrs. Clinton’s to nuclear response time during the debates do not engender confidence in the outcome.

Recently I watched “Thirteen Days” film, a 2000 American historical thriller directed by Roger Donaldson, dramatizing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Decades later, President John F. Kennedy remains a golden standard of political leadership. His attitude and ability to stay calm and make tough decisions in such a difficult situation is admirable and a perfect example. After the loss of him, America also lost the chance to end the Vietnam War by 1965 as Kennedy intended.  In retrospect, and from an historic prospective, many of his decisions seen to be well-grounded and humanistic.

In Ukraine in 2004, when it was unclear who would win the our president election, the current president ~ Leonid Kuchma ~  supported the transition from a presidential republic system to a parliamentary-presidential republic in order to restrict the power of future Ukraine chief executives.

Critics have contended that while it may have been a proverbial step in the right direction, it did not actually place more power in the hands of the people.  It essentially distributed critical decision making among more top elected officials.  At a time when missiles can now fly 13,000 km to anyplace in the world, I think we, the people of Ukraine, deserve a little more direct control than that.

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

Olya Bereza – European Editor


New Putin-Erdogan Meeting Paves The Way For Big Changes

Moscow’s Theater Season Takes Off

New Political Landscape In Germany Looks Promising For Russia


Official Apologizes for Police Role in Mistrust by Minorities

Fort Ross forum: Fostering a new dialogue between Russia and the US

Puppies and Patriarchs: Russian Orthodoxy’s Kirill Lights Up London


From The Dakotas To The Desert: Energy Companies Threaten Native Culture

E.P.A. Waited Too Long To Warn Of Flint Water Danger, Report Says

Outrage Follows 60-Day Sentence In Incest Case Against Father Of Girl, 12


Here is an interesting idea.  Asgardia, The Nation State Of Space: Russian Businessman Igor Ashurbeyli Believes That An Orbiting Space Station Has The Potential To Become A Sovereign Nation In Space

This is amazing.  Archaeologists Discover Shocking Mystery About Easter Island Heads

I watched the launch of this one on NASA TV and it was an incredible quarter hour or so.  Russia’s Soyuz Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station


Where Did the First Farmers Live? Looking for Answers in DNA

What Did Dinosaurs Sound Like?

Meet The New Titanosaur. You Can Call It Wade.


Hubble Reveals 10 Times More Galaxies

VIDEO: Chinese Space Mission Blasts Off

The Surprisingly Easy Way To Visit Mars  

Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

The Cloud Cities For Life On Venus


How Dangerous Are Phones On Planes?

The Pothole-Riddled Road To Self-Driving Cars

What Precious Metals Sit In Your Phone?


How Much Federal Coal Do These Companies Mine? It’s A Secret

Tech + DNA = New Revolution In Environmental Monitoring

China Focuses On Robust Enforcement Of Clean Marine Fuels


Walking To A Longer Life

Easy Tricks To Unwind: Millions Of People Don’t Sleep Enough—Do You? Try These

The Worst Fruits & Veggies:  We’re Sorry To Say It, But Some Fruits And Veggies Aren’t As Healthy As You Might Think. Find Out Which Ho-Hum Foods You May Want To Swap Out.


The Perils Of ‘Sudden Wealth Syndrome’

A Traveler’s Guide To Customs: When To Shake Hands, Hug Or Kiss

Ancient Faith, Modern Market: Siberian Shamanism Takes On the 21st Century



Masha And the Bear:  Cleanliness (Laundry Day)

Photographer Captures Stunning Images of Milky Way Arching Over Volcanoes

Video: Young Bear Sniffs Around Leavenworth Burger Restaurant



Today I realized that philanthropy literally means “love of humanity.”  It does not involve money.  A penniless woman who smiles at everyone is a bonafide philanthropist.  ~ Sparrow

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Even Cats Would Love This One.  The Dogs That Saved An Entire Town

Here’s A Chance To Make A Difference.  Save Gorillas: Stop The Nigerian Superhighway

This Happens Every Year Around This Time.  Flying Owl Warnings Posted At Puget Sound Parks After Attacks


Crafty Cuttlefish Change Color To Outwit Mating Rivals

The Birds That Came From Nowhere

Lifeform Of The Week: Tiny Tarsier Is Our Distant Cousin


The Cornell University Ornithology Lab’s October newsletter is now online.  And yep, it’s a good one this month.


The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Eating

Why Billionaires Have More Sons

Skeleton With Mouth Agape Found In Australia In 2014 Believed To Be Earliest Known Victim Of A Boomerang


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