THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND THE MOST HUMANE “WEAPON” IN OUR ARSENAL

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April 21, 2019 Volume 11 Number 35

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INSIDE: The Most Effective And The Most Humane “Weapon” In Our Arsenal; Easter, Earth Day And Our Prayers For Fukushima; Good News; Not So Good News; Today’s News From Our Sources; Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged: Earth/Climate Change, Space, Technology; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Sissel, Wrath of the Testament; Rocky the Rocket, All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND THE MOST HUMANE “WEAPON” IN OUR ARSENAL

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

Quite interesting times in Ukraine as on last Friday an epic Presidential debate took place.  For the first time in our history at Olympic Stadium Comedian faces president in Ukrainian pre-election stadium debate

Already on Sunday the final round of elections will take place and as in a democratic country citizens are free to choose the candidate with whom they empathize most.

Still, for some people, words like “comedian” and “clown” carry a negative connotation. However, the Athenian democracy of ancient Greece was influenced by political satire.  It would seem then, that even as a young democracy, we here in Ukraine naturally and unintentionally followed the original template.

A subgenre of comedy, satire has a long history.  A great example of its importance was described by Matthew Hodgart in his work “Satire“.  He noted that when going to war, the ancient Arabs would send a satirist from both sides into battle to see which satirist could be the cleverer. The morale of two armies would be determined by the skill of their satirists, and occasionally a humiliated army would simply give up and retreat. Not a bad solution for a conflict, indeed.

Its power to serve as a medium of social influence should never be underestimated.  More importantly, it should never be abused.  Edgar Johnson in his “The Anatomy of Satire” writes, “If we ever become civilized, it will probably be satire almost as much as poetry that will have accomplished it”.

The elections in Ukraine unexpectedly have shown how powerful satire still is in inspiring reform and positive change.  This genre is uniquely human among all creatures great and small.  IT simply does not exist out of human society and is the result of human activity.

Despite satire being a double-edged literary sword, it is also a gift to humankind.  It allows us to see ourselves not in a mirror which knows better than to always be honest, but instead as a fellow adventurers visiting a strange civilization along with, say, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver.

Laughter is good when it comes from seeing something that reminds us of us.  In the long crusade against corruption, hypocrisy and inhumanity in general, that double-edged sword of satire is the most effective and the most humane “weapon” in our arsenal.

This time I have chosen the picture for the column from old times when I joined an amateur theater. From my own experience, it an indescribable feeling of freedom one gets while putting on some clowns make-up.

Olya

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.

Sadako Sasaki Shrine in Seattle. Photo by Merritt Scott Miller ©1996

EASTER, EARTH DAY AND OUR PRAYERS FOR FUKUSHIMA

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We received an update on a local disabled man who was mugged outside a popular supermarket here.  He’s doing much better now and thanks all for the prayers and best wishes which have made his recovery possible.  I know that some of you were among them so “finest kind,” guys and our personal gratitude.  We may not have the biggest circulation on the Net but we’ve got one of the classiest.

We would also like to wish our Christian readers a Happy Easter and to remind all of you that Monday, April 21st is Earth Day,  The former celebrates both the life, death and resurrection of one of the most extraordinary human beings ever born.  The latter is a global celebration of all life, including us, on the planet.  Both, in my mind, are worth observing.

Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters across the Pacific Ocean as those of them in Fukushima, Japan Begin Removal Of Nuclear Fuel From Damaged Reactor   We must, of personal necessity, hope that this venerable islands nation will continue to devote its efforts to finding alternative energy sources which will not only preclude another Fukushima, but will not evoke memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the latter of whose Ground Zero I have visited.

There is also a statue and simple shrine to Sadako Sasaki that I visit occasionally.  She was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She developed leukemia and at the age of 12, began creating origami cranes.  According to an ancient Japanese legend, a thousand origami cranes strung together will grant the creator of those birds one wish.

Unfortunately, and with all due respect, they didn’t work for her.  But they inspired the birth of an anti-nuclear ethic which has precluded the use of atomic and/or hydrogen bombs in the 74 years since.  In short, only two were ever used and America used both of them.

Those thousand cranes may not have saved Sadako’s life but they have saved the lives of millions of others.  If her sacrifice and the sacrifices of those like her are to mean anything at all, please, Almighty God, let this remain so.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is an award winning journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here

GOOD NEWS

World’s Best Teacher Peter Tabichi On How He Reached The Top

Five Countries Saving The Planet

Mohamed Salah: ‘We Need To Change The Way We Treat Women In Our Culture’

Feds Agree To Expand Habitat Protections For Northwest Orcas

This Star-Studded Anthem About Climate Change Is Breaking The Internet

New York City Passes Historic Climate Legislation

Jay Inslee’s Pitch For All-Climate Change Debate Gains Traction

NOT SO GOOD NEWS

Five Numbers That Explain US Border Crisis

Here’s How To Read The Redacted Mueller Report

Measles Cases Are Still Rising In The U.S. But They’re Even Higher Globally

Notre Dame Fire Put Priceless Art And Artifacts At Risk. Here’s What Survived — And What Didn’t

Peru’s Former President Dies After Shooting Himself During Corruption Arrest

Stalin’s Approval Rating Among Russians Hits Record High – Poll

What Was The Biggest Political Scandal In American History? 7 Historians Make Their Picks

TODAY’S NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES

Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, when you do someone a favor without asking them first, you’re doing it for yourself, not for them.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Can Major World Events Be Predicted?

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is incredibleStonehenge: DNA Reveals Origin Of Builders

This week’s “That’s Reassuring Award” goes to Another Asteroid Disintegrates Over Russia

I’d be willing to give this a shot.  This Sci-Fi Plan To Beat Rising Seas Could Change The Way We Live – If It Works

EARTH & CLIMATE CHANGE

An Ancient Route The World Forgot

Ancient ‘Texas Serengeti’ Had Rhinos, Alligators, 12 Kinds Of Horses

David Attenborough Climate Change TV Show A ‘Call To Arms’

Independent Satellite Confirms The Planet Is Warming—And Fast

New Climate Models Predict A Warming Surge

Notre Dame Isn’t The First Historic Building To Be Rebuilt After Burning Down. Here Are 6 Others

Race To Rescue Ancient Ice

U.K. Construction Finds Neolithic Skeletons That May Have Been Victims Of Human SacrificeHow Libraries Of Things Fight Climate Change, Bring Communities Together

What Do We Really Know About Neanderthals?

SPACE

What Does It Take To Become A Cosmonaut? RT’s Documentary Finds Out

NASA Celebrates Earth Day With Social Media, Public Events

Christina Koch Is Scheduled To Spend 328 Days In Space—A Record For Women Astronauts

NASA Prepares To Build Spacecraft Bound For A Metal Asteroid

TECHNOLOGY

Robot Dogs Pull Truck And Other News

Robot That Tidies Up Bedrooms

‘World’s Largest Plane’ Takes To The Air

Robot Supermarket Shelf Scanner

Robot News Presenter Causes A Stir On Russian Tv

Motorized Scooter Boom That Hit A Century Before Dockless Scooters

THE GREEN BEAT 

The Cities That Need A Warning Label?

Microplastics Found In Remote Region Of France’s Pyrenees

Indigenous Activists Lead Environmental Protests To 44 Chase Bank Branches

HEALTH

This Is The Longest Flu Season In A Decade Due To Surprising Second Viral Wave

Want To Live Longer? Science Says To Do These 5 Things

New York County Bans People With Measles From Visiting Public Places

Why Spicy Food Makes Your Nose Run—And Why It’s Great For You

Is Honey Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

9 Common Myths About Exercise

Indianapolis-Based Company Recalls Melon Products In 16 States After Salmonella Outbreak

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, GARDEN, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

The Secret Lives of Saudi Women

How And Why Did Religion Evolve?

Carl’s Jr.’s First CBD Burger Hits on 4/20 in Denver

How Super-Commuter Couples Make It Work

You Asked: Do Religious People Live Longer?

10 New Fruit Trees And Edible Vines For Your Garden This Spring

Gardeners Were Right: Marigolds Do Help Prevent Tomato Pests

BEST OF THE NET

Smithsonian Magazine Online.  This is one of the most engagingly informative sites I’ve ever visited and it certainly reflects the quality of the brick and mortar museum in Washington, DC.  Here’s a sample:  What Was The World’s First Currency And More Questions From Our Readers

TRAVEL

Reel: The Tiny Village Hidden Inside The Grand Canyon  

The Camino De Santiago’s Ancient Secret

World Of Wonder

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.

Meet the global singing sensation Sissel (Cecelia) from Kyrkjebo, a small town in Norway.  A clear voiced soprano with a classical background, she has crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. She is also multi-lingual and has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her looks are as international as her music and when this statuesque Scandinavian takes the stage, she does so modestly, sincerely but with quiet command that comes from the support of every member of the production.  She has also collaborated with a number of the finest performers in music today.  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.

Amazing Grace, with the Oslo Gospel Choir

Auld Lyne Syne, Live On Swedish TV4

Bridge Over Troubled Water, with Russell Watson

Going Home

The Prayer, with Josh Groban

ONLINE WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIRE

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This is one of Olya’s children’s books and it is an absolute delight.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This needs to happen more often.  It’s part of an approach with which I totally agree.  Researchers Protect One Of The Grizzly Bear’s Favorite Snacks, The Huckleberry

Here’s a Kodak Moment.  Panda Doesn’t Realise She’s Had Twins! | BBC Earth

Amazing.  Owl Stuck In Fishing Line Freed By Snorkeler Who Came ‘Out Of Nowhere’

SHORTS

3 Captivating Bald Eagle Co-Parents Are Raising A Family Together

How A Tiny Endangered Species Put A Man In Prison >

The Disease Devastating Deer Herds May Also Threaten Human Health >

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This Library In Anchorage Lends Out Taxidermic Specimens

‘Giant Lion’ Fossil Found In Kenya Museum Drawer

‘I Was Boiling.’ Woman Wears All Of Her Clothes To Avoid An Extra Baggage Fee

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an idea, information, and resource  platform in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them, please go here.  No contribution too large or too small.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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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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