INSIDE: What If They Really Are Out There:; World Headlines At A Glance; I Fell Into My Childhood; 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
WHAT IF THEY REALLY ARE OUT THERE?
By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor
Space exploration has been in the news a great deal lately and I’m glad because I’m a fan of it. We feature it in our science section in here. And it is a topic that comes up often on Coast to Coast AM, a very late night radio talk show I recently discovered.
I won’t bore you with the details of how and why space exploration became such a passion. I’m just pleased that after what seems like a long hiatus, we – as a species – are moving forward, individually, collaboratively, federally and privately in a concerted effort to establish ourselves as a presence in our own solar system and to let the galaxy and beyond know that we are coming.
It’s the last part of this that makes me uncomfortable. First, what if, as in that Twilight Zone Episode To Serve Man, we are not intergalactic neighbors but entrees?
Second, what if, after doing some exploration of their own with Roves designed as rocks and stuff, they determine that while human beings are certainly the most obnoxious species on the planet (next to crows), we are not the most intelligent.
Who could blame them for deferring to creatures so marvelously adapted to their environment that they had no desire to change it? And who were “civilized” long before our ancestors discovered “peace” is not just a time to gather more rocks to throw? And who have a capacity for mercy, forgiveness and interspecies compassion that has no rival on land or in the sea?
And what if, like all those invasion films, they came to do to us what we did to those whose land we wanted?
I think it’s all well and good to colonize close to home. Until we’ve become the best we can be, though, I’d just as soon not let anyone out there know we’re here.
I FELL INTO MY CHILDHOOD
By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor
In this part of the world, on 8th of December, we recognized a day of artists which was founded in 2007 by the international association The Art of Peoples of the World. Congratulations to all artists and people who are involved in the process of creation. We all are inspired by your works and creative process. Thanks to each of you for filling the world with new meanings, showing us beauty in the ordinary things.
Today I would like to present the work of the artist I really like -“Hello” by Roman Prokofyev who works in the genre of Multographics (Cartoonographics) – this way the artist determines the style of his work in which he displays ordinary people in various life situations by means of cartoons graphic.
“I fell into my childhood and found it right for myself,” he said in a recent interview.
Maybe it’s always helpful to rediscover the inner creative child in ourselves.
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.
God does not speak more to the Pope than to anyone else. The Pope just pays more attention.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED
This is a bit unsettling. Global Warming Today Mirrors Earth’s Largest Extinction Event
I’ve been an admirer of these since I was a kid so to me, this is absolutely amazing. Nice going, you guys! The Ferry Using Rolls-Royce Technology That Sails Itself — Video
Okay, this does not help my paranoia around Space Odyssey’s HAL. In the least. The Aircraft Designer Who’s Never Flown
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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.
THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”. The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Now, here’s the really cool part. Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you. You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I’ve had these little dudes as neighbors and they’re as cute as they look. Fishers Return To North Cascades
All of us should live so long and so well, eh? World’s Oldest-Known Wild Bird Expecting 37th Chick With Longtime Lover
As a lover of dog stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Dog Guards Fire-Ruined Home For A Month While Waiting For Owner
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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