MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 25,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 16

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 25,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 16 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

Hello, Mishka:

I am really enjoying the opportunity to enjoy an opportunity to celebrate two Christmases, first on 25 Dec and the other, Orthodox, awaits on 7th Jan. I think it is a nice way to find out more about different cultures just by adding another holiday to a calendar.

As you know, this is my first time in the United Kingdom.  People here are very friendly and polite. England met me with foggy weather and atmospherically-dimmed streetlights taking imagination to Harry Potter’s world of J. K. Rowling. I do appreciate the humanistic size of neat two-three storey buildings here, in contrast to the usual five-nine storeys of towns in Ukraine, that makes one feel small.

A few days ago had a short trip to Chester in Cheshire, which history starts from Roman times. It has wonderful medieval Chester Cathedral. I was moved to little 2-minute pray of a bishop, that happen to hear during our visit. It was so simple and in the way so deep, reminding us about basic values. The bishop sent his prayers to Syria and all other countries suffering from war. Prayers to Germany. He also asked Lord to take care about children whenever they are.

We always just one generation away from idyllic world if manage to rise children in safety and educate them to human values that mostly are shared independent of country of origin.

A great part of education is storytelling that teaches to be kind, generous, caring in very subtle way. Christmas is a wonderful time for bedtime stories. So let me present my little one called “Mysterious Disappearance Of the Christmas Director”

Take care, Mishka and have nice and peaceful Christmas Eve

Your Cousin Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NORTHSTAR

Whether it is Hanukah, Christmas or Kwanza that you are celebrating, or even if you are not engaged in any of this, this is a season of giving and we have some stocking stuffers for you.  .  Happy holidays, then, the Northstar Journal, Your Magazine With Heart..

ENTERTAINMENT

Celtic Woman: Tribute to Broadway – I am an unabashed fan of these extremely talented young women and I am also a devout fan of Broadway.

Celtic Woman:  Christmas Celebration – Second only, perhaps, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and much more eclectic, for emotional catharsis around Christmas, the is without par.

David Letterman And The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – These three brothers from New Jersey will absolutely amaze you.  They sure did Dave.  And YouTube has several of their other performances in sequence, including Dueling Banjos from the American film Deliverance.

Dick Van Dyke, His Wife And The Dustbowl Revival – If You Like To Dance And If you are a fan of one of the nicest men in show business, you will totally love this video.

It’s A Wonderful Life – This is the American classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

Masha And The Bear Best Cartoon Selections For Kids

Memory Games – Simon – I had one of these when I was a kid and I’m glad they still make them.  This builds on a repetitive sequence of sounds and colors and has as many levels as the Tower of Babel.  You can also play this with your kids, friends and probably even some smart pets.  Don’t play this for money with raccoons, though.

DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATORS

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus and Word Games & Quizzes  – Both functional and entertaining, this site and the Encyclopedia Britannica are our basic research and mind-stretching batteries.

Google Translate  https://translate.google.com/ – This is great for chatting with someone who does not speak your language.  I’ve tested its semantic accuracy for better than two years and it works fantastically.

Google Website Translator  https://translate.google.com/ – This tool translates entire web pages and links from those. It is what many of you use to read us.

AROUND THE WORLD

Currency Converter – I like this because it is very easy to use and updated daily.

World Air Distances Calculator – This is in terms of air miles and very easy to use.

Times Around The World – If you are as international as we are, you will find this an invaluable way to NOT wake someone up before the rooster does.

If you would like to give us a small gift in return, you can do that here

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Theme:  Paddy Mulligan, the Man From Mullingar

THE REAL MAN FROM MULLINGAR

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Philosopher and poet Khalil Gibran contends that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand.  We agree and with that respect for diversity in mind, we would like to share with you another Uncle Seamus story.

Uncle Seamus is the crime de plume of an Irish rogue, pickpocket, burglar and auto thief on whom some say the character of 20th Century Irish folk hero Paddy Mulligan, the Man From Mullingar is, in fact, based.

Patrick’s full name was actually Patrick Solomon Mulligan and he was the only son of a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother.  Unlike the poor lad in the Irish Rovers’ Orange and the Green, however, Paddy’s theological life was extremely simple because his rabbi and his priest were fishing buddies.  As Patrick explained it, he could eat bacon for breakfast on Monday as long as he ate fish for supper on Friday and went to Confession after Temple.

He was best described as a small, polite, reserved man of no particular distinction.  Certainly nothing about him even hinted at Rogue of the Empire. He was an equal opportunity criminal who appreciated, respected and enjoyed religious diversity.  The fact that he also profited from it made it even sweeter.

He was the rogue, then, who once sold a Menorah to a young priest in Armagh by telling him that it was a devotional arrangement to the first eight of the Apostles.  And that is what the cleric told his bishop, who was not amused and removed the worthy young father to a remote island in the Irish Sea whose Druid population had resisted conversion since the Bronze Age.

Uncle Seamus ranged the Isle wide under various aliases and guises and many of the exploits attributed to other Rogues of Gallery actually belonged to Patrick Solomon Mulligan.  He never hurt anyone but quite a few of his victims claimed they nearly died of shame. The Crown considered it largely a local problem and Fleet Street had a ball with it.

Apprehension and arrest never did happen to Uncle Seamus.  He just awoke one morning incredibly bored and decided it was time to seek his pot of gold in the New World.  To raise his passage, he went to his family’s farm, taught their mule how to dance and hit the Irish vaudeville circuit.  It took him two seasons but while most Irish immigrants came to North America in steerage, Seamus and his dancing mule each had their own stateroom.

Their passengers loved them and so it was on Ellis Island.  They went to the Catskills, the Poconos and finally became famous on the Borscht Belt.  When the mule finally died, the reporter writing its obituary phoned a bereaved Patrick Solomon Mulligan and asked, respectfully, how in Heaven he ever came up with the idea of teaching the mule to dance.  My Uncle Seamus’ response was immortal.

“I tried teachin’ it to sing.  But it didn’t take.”

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

Rusty 

THE NEWS

What kind of nation and people allow this to happen?  Little Rock Boy, 3, Dies In Road Rage Shooting

This is heart-breaking.  I have a feeling now that America has elected a monumental moron president, quite a few of us will feel like this, including me.  Aleppo Evacuations: ‘I’ve Left My Country, I’ve Left My Soul There’

Why does this not surprise me?  Why US Liberals Are Now Buying Guns Too

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

ASIA

Amnesty Accuses Myanmar Military Of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

China Finds New Love For Wildlife Films

Fire Engulfs 140 Buildings In Niigata Prefecture, Japan

AFRICA

Joseph Kabila: The DR Congo President Who Won’t Step Down

Abimbola Alale: The Woman Taking Nigeria To Space

Libya hijack: Malta forces surround plane carrying 118

MIDDLE EAST

Russia, Iran And Turkey Meet For Syria Talks, Excluding U.S.

Rebuffing Israel, U.S. Allows Censure Over Settlements  

Aleppo Evacuation: Orphans Among Thousands To Leave Syria City

Evacuated From Aleppo: Activists’ Stories

EUROPE

Berlin Christmas Market A Terror Attack: Merkel

Germany Releases Berlin Attack Suspect As ISIS Claims Involvement

Berlin Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed In Milan Ireland’s Myths And Legends

Hollande, Merkel Vow “Merciless War” On Terrorism

French Think Tank Proposes Putin For Nobel Peace Prize

European Officials Accuse Facebook Of Misleading Them On Whatsapp Deal

RUSSIA

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Slain By Assassin

Russia Urges Canada Keep NATO Soldiers Out Of Latvia

Real Income In Russia Falls By Over 12% In 2 Years

CANADA

Trudeau Secures A Deal For A National Carbon Price

In Montreal, An Ungainly And Unloved Christmas Tree

Canada Today: Energy Project Clash, Christmas Tree Scorn And Rules On Marijuana

UNITED STATES

All This Talk Of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next To None

Heroin Deaths Soar In Comparison To Other Opioids, New Study Shows

Obama Bans Oil Drilling ‘Permanently’ In Millions Of Acres Of Ocean

2 Former Flint Emergency Managers Charged Over Tainted Water

After Neo-Nazi Posting, Police In Whitefish, Montana, Step Up Patrols

At The Southern Border, A Do-It-Yourself Tack On Security  

This City Now Leads The Nation In Refusing Dirty Energy

It’s Not Just Flint, All American Cities Are Tackling Aging Water Systems

Mapping Tool Helps New York Communities Take Back Public Spaces

Why Philly’s Residents Are Taking Up Litter Patrol

CASCADIA

Three Cheers For Triple Climate Action In Portland

Could Your Empty Bedroom Help With King County’s Housing Shortage?

Metro Vancouver Is Getting Even Better

Incentive Zoning Nets $32 Million To Help Fund Affordable Homes

Washington State Joins International Alliance To Combat Ocean Acidification

What’s Happening With Seattle’s Microhousing?

Logging Of Oregon State Forest Halted

Seattle And Portland’s People-Powered Future Elections

Seattle And Portland’s People-Powered Future Elections

Childless In Vancouver: How Can Cities Keep Families From Fleeing?

LATIN AMERICA

A ‘Stonehenge’ In Brazil’s Jungle

Mexico Fireworks Blast: Dozens Killed In Tultepec Explosion

Chapecoense Plane Crash: Bolivia Blames Pilot And Airline

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Evacuations As Christmas Typhoon Threatens Millions

Western Sydney And Most Of NSW To Swelter Through Christmas Day

How A Superhero Toy Could Save Australian Retail

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Trump Told China To “Keep The Drone.” China’s Response Is Chilling

Trump Appoints China Critic Peter Navarro To Trade Post

Obama, Trump And The Turf War That Has Come To Define The Transition

CLIMATE CHANGE

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

Visualizing The Invisible Drivers Of Climate Change

Climate Change News That Stuck With Us In 2016

Zombie Christmas Trees Fight Climate Change

Photos: 11 Cities Show Us What Bold Climate Action Looks Like

Class Is In Session: Washington State Youth Will Educate The State On Climate

TNorth Pole Jumped To Freak 32 Degrees This Week

Three Cheers For Triple Climate Action In Portland, Oregon

Indigenous Alaskans Try To Adapt With The Sea Changes

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

A Creative Plea From Immigrants, And A Ticking Clock For Obama

ISIS, ETC.

Hungry, Thirsty And Bloodied In Battle To Retake Mosul From ISIS

Afghan Hostage Couple Decry ‘Kafkaesque Nightmare’

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

DAPL: Misleading The Court, The Public…Or Both?

7 Things The Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far

FOR CONSIDERATION

IT IS NOT A VIOLIN

I was standing in our supermarket’s checkout line the other day with a friend of mine named Sammy Stein.  Behind us were a couple of guys who saw Sammy’s yarmulke and one of them said, “Now all he needs is a violin case.”

“Excuse me?” Sammy responded, looking over the top of his spectacles.

The guy grinned. “No offense, Hymie, but back home, a lot of Jewish kids carried violin cases.”

“They did where I came from too,”Sammy agreed. “Except where I grew up, there weren’t violins in those cases.”

The guy laughed.  “Your name ain’t Siegel, is it?  You ain’t packin’ tommy guns in them cases.”

“Nope, it’s Stein,” Sammy said.  Then he paused.  “Siegel is my mother’s last name, Billy Bob.  Shalom and have a real nice day.”

GOOD EXAMPLES

Muslims In Great Britain Donate 10 Tons of Food For Christmas Needy

Cops Building Relationships, One Slice At A Time

Oregon Fisherman Founds Nonprofit To Encourage River Cleanup

BAD EXAMPLES

10 States With The Worst Health Care

Noise Pollution And The Impact On British Columbia’s Killer Whales

Where Post-Fire Forests Fail To Regrow

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Time apparently does march on.  Ten things that will soon disappear forever.

To some people, this really is true“Science Is Everything”

Good for this little dude.  Rover Hits Jackpot Of Mars Evidence

OUR PLANET

Earth’s Best Stories Of 2016

Scientists Find Jet Stream In Earth’s Core

The Hottest Geothermal Well On Earth

SPACE

This Ancient Babylonian Map Of Jupiter Just Changed History As We Know It

The Jet That Flew Higher Than Any Plane

Spacecraft To Search For Trojan Asteroids

TECHNOLOGY

In A Retreat, Uber Ends Its Self-Driving Car Experiment In San Francisco

A Roadmap For The Overhaul Of The American Electrical Grid

Indigenous Science: Knowledge From The Native Community For The Environment

The Scientist ‘Mining’ Mobile Phones

THE GREEN BEAT

It’s Official:  Solar Is Becoming The World’s Cheapest Form Of New Electricity

The Energy Department Helped Start A Revolution

2016’s Biggest Environmental Justice Wins

Why Is Corporate America Picking Wind Power Over Solar?

TRAVEL

Friday FAQ: Was The Christmas Star Real?

Where To Find The Rare White Rainbow

The Country Full Of Contradictions

HEALTH

Get Sugar Out Of Your Life

Successful Ebola Vaccine Will Be Fast-Tracked For Use

The 12 Worst Foods You Can Eat

The 10 Best Foods You Cat Eat

LIFESTYLE

The Strange Origins Of Greek Myths

You Are Where You Eat

Recipe For A Healthy Food System

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Snow, Lit By Full Moon, From Space

2016 In Review – 15 Highlights For Space, Science And The CSA!

Lest We ForgetTHOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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MASHA & THE BEAR

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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Backcountry Gallery’s December wallpaper is available online and it is beautiful.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Reindeer in natural environment, Tromso region, Northern Norway.   Photo courtesy of mentalfloss.com

Reindeer in natural environment, Tromso region, Northern Norway. Photo courtesy of mentalfloss.com 

Good for these guys and good for us that they do this.  Reindeer Eat To Beat Climate Change

This was extremely enlightening.  11 Things I Did Not Know About Reindeer

And of course, who is the most famous reindeer of all?

SHORTS

The Fire Salamander’s Magical Powers

The Water Whorls Of Baby Starfish

Why Pine Trees Smell So Good

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

When This Dove Chose a Police Cruiser for a Nest, Officers Decided to Help Out

ABOUT 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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