INSIDE: Our Race To Armageddon; World Headlines At A Glance; Brexit From A Ukraine Perspective; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
OUR RACE TO ARMAGEDDON
by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor
Well, it looks like the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States is back on track, if, in fact, it was ever derailed in the first place. Long after we’ve made enough fissionable bombs to blow every living thing on Earth to Perdition and back eight million times, we will still be out there, going for the gold, as it were.
At the rate this is going, it looks like pretty soon, everybody’s going to have the bomb. Take a moment to listen to this song from the 1960s, by Tom Lehrer, entitled Who’s Next?
Nuclear proliferation is expensive and of the nine nations currently possessing atomic devices, only the citizens of five can vote on where (or if) that money comes from. The others suffer as it is taken from social programs, infrastructure maintenance and replacement, business and trade, etc.
We have readers in those five democracies and we urge those of you in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and India to stop this race to Armageddon by refusing to fund it.
I find it somehow reassuring if not ironic that in the 73 years they have been around, nuclear weapons have only been used twice. I have been to one of those Ground Zeros. And wept.
BREXIT FROM A UKRAINE PERSPECTIVE
By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor
Last weekend, on October 20, in London, England, the United Kingdom witnessed the March for the Future People’s Vote, in protest of the Brexit referendum
Just to refresh, the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in EU took place on July 23, 2016. It resulted in a minor victory 51.8% to 48.1% for those favoring leaving.
Some of the media reflection of march is quite ambiguous DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Saboteurs endangering our nation But hopefully the people’s position will be at least heard.
The irony is this year UK government hosted summit on why other countries should join the EU. And as you know my home country, Ukraine, is among those countries who shares aspirations to join European Union on some stage too.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: GUNS IN AMERICA: A TIME and JR Project
OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED
This is reassuring, considering I can see one of them out my kitchen window. Government Ranks 18 US Volcanoes As ‘Very High Threat’; 2 In Washington State
This is NOT good news. Five Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change
Since I am still not a fan of these, good call. Cities Have Taken The Lead In Regulating Driverless Vehicles
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
This is awesome. Lighting Across The Solar System
This is incredible. Shipwreck Found In Black Sea Is ‘World’s Oldest Intact’
So is this. Undersea Volcanic Eruption Is Deepest Known
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Can Idaho Wolves Shed Their ‘Big Bad’ Reputation? For their sake and ours, I hope so. Let’s pray the ignorant surrender to wisdom just this once.
‘Hyperalarming’ Study Shows Massive Insect Loss This is a cyclic occurrence and should not surprise us.
If this works, excellent. New Ultrasonic Device Repels Pests (Rodents, Spiders, Roaches, Etc) Away From Your Home.
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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