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INSIDE: Johnny Five Alive; Kharkiv, Ancient City of Youth; Good News; Not So Good News; Today’s News From Our Sources; According to Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond, Unabridged: The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Kindle Books By Us; All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us
By Rusty Miller
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I watched a Chinese television news program with the sound off and discovered a couple of things. Donald Trump actually makes more sense. And it’s hard to see a nation as a global villain when it does things like this. Trafficked Baby Seals Released Into Wild In China And this. China’s National Panda Park Will Be Three Times The Size Of Yellowstone
Robotics are a central theme of a novel by Clive Cussler I’m reading now entitled, very descriptively, The Rising Sea. I’m also enjoying for the umpteeth time, the American film Short Circuit, in which a killer robot is struck by lightning and becomes both adorable and one of the good guys.
I enjoy entertainment like this because it doesn’t seem like that great a stretch to me, this notion that we – creations ourselves of a supremely sentient being and made essentially out of what remained after everything else was used up – could not create “life” in our image and imbue it with the full range of human feats and foibles.
This hybrid Tim Taylor the Tool Man and Mr. Rogers attitude might explain why nothing ever breaks down on me. I take care of stuff and let it die of old age. The clock radio I listen to was born before most of my neighbors. It is also very likely to outlive them.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
KHARKIV, ANCIENT CITY OF YOUTH
By Olya Bereza
Just returned from a short journey to Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. It is sometimes called “ city of youth” as it has a great number of Universities. That’s why it is also a very creative and dynamic city, so no wonder that singer Maruv who supposed to participate in Eurovision from Ukraine launched her singing career while studying there.
Historically, modern Kharkiv became the first Ukrainian city of the “new” Ukrainian Soviet Republic in December 1917. It became, as well, the nation’s capital and remained so until 1934.l 1934.
The city suffered heavily during the Second World War and when the rubble was cleared away, Kharkiv celebrated its survival with large public squares and stunningly grand buildings. It gives the city an incredible sense of space and freedom. Kharkiv is clearly proud of its history and you can feel it in the air.
Coming back, it is nice to relax from journey by watching the long list of Eurovision contestants. I didn’t have the chance to watch all of them, of course. But three I definitely liked included: watch them all but at the moment definitely liked three: North Macedonia Tamara Todevska “Proud” which could be a hymn for feminism;, Germany Sisters – Sister again reminding about sisterhood — and of course, Australia “Zero Gravity” performed by Kate Miller-Heidke. This one reminds us that we might be a bit too heavy to mother Earth.
Looking forward to seeing more of it.
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.
NOT SO GOOD NEWS
TODAY’S NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES
Australian Broadcasting Corporation; British Broadcasting Corporation; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Moscow Times; Reuters; Sightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazine; US News & World Report
According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, his pal Moses Murphy stopped feeling guilty when he learned that his favorite sandwich was named for a city in Germany and not the meat it sounded like.
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Amazing, particularly given what we’ve thought before. Arsenic-Breathing Life Discovered In Pacific
This is totally unreal. An Explorer Made The Deepest Ever Manned Sea Dive—And He Found A Plastic Bag
EARTH & CLIMATE CHANGE
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, GARDEN, 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.
KINDLE BOOKS BY US
A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is the kind of nightmares I have if I go to bed too soon after a good pepperoni pizza. This Prehistoric Fish Makes A Great White Look Like A Goldfish
This is reassuring. Bedbugs Scurried The Earth Alongside The Dinosaurs 100 Million Years Ago
In case you lost yours, this should be good news. Escaped Pet Parrots Are Doing Great In The Wild
STRANGE BUT TRUE
ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal has been called a 21st Century Readers Digest. Though modest in circulation, we reach people of 22 nations and we fly no flag ourselves. Our international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like yourself are out there helping make this a better world and we are honored to serve them as an idea and topical information resource in that regard. We are meant to be shared with family, friends and workmates as well and we are on FaceBook. If you would like to help us our readership, please go here. If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you and see you next week. Rusty and Olya