FARMED SALMON ESCAPE

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 27, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 52

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FARMED SALMON ESCAPE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I love it when local headlines eclipse the world or national news and with the sole exception of those in the path of Hurricane Harvey, to whom our hearts go out, it has been that kind of week here.  Check this out.

Farmed Salmon Escaped

Just for orientation, we are in the Pacific Northwest corner of America.  This took place in the Salish Sea aka the Puget Sound close to Bellingham, the last city of any consequence enroute to the Canadian border.

These salmon were part of a tribal business and it has proven more of an embarrassment and a financial loss than it has a threat to the salmon involved, local or East Coast.  Nature very seldom duplicates the circumstances but these two fish species can and very likely will interbreed and in a cleaner environment, it is likely the descendants of Atlantic salmon will grow stronger.  And it’s not like they’re going to mate with every one of the several species of “Pacific salmon”.

The Lummi Tribe and our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife are, however, treating this like an invasion and asking all licensed anglers in the area to report on scene to take as many of these “escaped” salmon as possible.  They also want photos and locations of the catches so they can map the dispersal.

We assume that a quiet but full investigation of how this happened is underway, as well.  Aquaculture is an appropriate and viable industry for Washington state and our coastal First Nations are the best practitioners of it.

What appeals most to me ~ and I suspect to many others ~ is that this is a problem of some impact and it is being addressed with good-natured amusement even as corrections for course are being made.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Beauty, American sculptor from Texas, creating a tree even while Olya asked him, “What’s it gonna be?” Photo courtesy of Olya Bereza 

UKRAINE’S FESTIVAL OF LAND ART

Hi Rusty, from the Festival of Land Art taking place in Lviv, West Ukraine, this weekend.

There is an interesting trend in modern art which bases itself on premises from a previous epoch; like renovating solid, if not occasionally crumbling, old industrial plant buildings with funky graphics.

That is what IFest, the local festival organizer headquarters’ looks like. It is a newsly renovated office building neighboring some ruined warehouses awaiting a builder and artist’s touch.

IFEST is surrounded by a park once called Kazerwald (in Austro-Hungarian times) and now translates from Ukrainian as “Ascension”. Situated on high hill, it is more like a natural wild forest but a clean one with all roads are convenient for a visitors. So this weekend, there are situated 13 art objects of Ukrainian artists from Uzhgorod, Kiev, Kharkiv as well as special guest from Texas, in America. To find of them visitors are provided a map.

Volunteer guards tell about the field on the hill with its great view of the valley.  It is here that the first settlement of pre- Lvivanians.  The site shows sandstones of the Palaeog-ocean Tethys of the Mesozoic era (plates with reflections of ancient clams can be viewed in a separate zone) and relate what is known of these ancient peoplel about temples of pagan gods, etc.

History is an interesting adventure and it is always exciting to know what people believed centuries or thousands years ago, imagining their lifestyle on that stage. Definitely closer to nature that a life of modern day person.

Walking down surrounded by huge green trees with all that hundreds shades of green makes one really appreciate Mother Nature. The best way out of stress indeed. We all part of nature and nature is in us.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

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Interior Secretary Won’t Recommend Eliminating Any National Monuments After Trump Review

How Princes William And Harry Are Carrying On Causes Close To Princess Diana’s Heart

The Little East Coast City That Plays A Big Role In Democracy Reform

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A Trump Fan Who Threatened To Mow Down Protestors Just Got What He Deserves

What Exxon Knew Vs. What They Told Us

Resurgent Hate Groups Have A Long History In The Northwest

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Hurricane Harvey Is So Scary

How Cities And Tribes Work Together

Views: Don’t Abandon Visions For A Denser City

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I think we all knew this was coming.  Killer Robots: Experts Warn Of ‘Third Revolution In Warfare’

Darwin contends the answer is yes.  Will Only The Flexible Survive?

This is reassuring, especially if you love it.  Small Ocean “Hot Spots” Could Provide All The Seafood We Need

This Earth

The Deep Seas Are Alive With Light

Wreckage Of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost For 72 Years, Is Found In The Pacific

Just How Deep Is The World’s Biggest Sinkhole?

Space

A Really Big Asteroid Is About To Pass Earth

A Reverie For The Voyager Probes, Humanity’s Calling Cards

Can You Recycle Solar Eclipse Glasses?

Technology

Why Are Ship Collisions Still Possible?

Here’s How The First Fact-Checkers Were Able To Do Their Jobs Before The Internet

Why Your Dishwasher Is Talking To Your Energy Company

THE GREEN BEAT

For The Love Of Earth

Quietly Going Solar

What Are “Negative” Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

What Is A Tree Worth To A City?

California’s Carbon Market Roars Back To Life

TRAVEL

The Secret World Of An Opulent Palace

This Gorgeous Island Is The Least-Visited Country In The World

You Asked: Are Airport Body Scanners Safe?

36 Hours In Brussels

3 Surprisingly Easy Jet Lag Cures To Try On Your Next Trip

HEALTH

Why Sunlight Is So Good For You

The Case For A Breakfast Feast

Can You Sweat Out Toxins?

This Week’s New York Times Wellness Page Is About Eye Care & Vision

8 Start-Up Ceos On How They Unwind And Beat Stress

How A Short Meditation Can Help People Drink Less

Your Phone Is Dirtier Than A Toilet. Here’s What To Do About It

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Why Comedy Is Not Universal

Professor: Young Americans Are Actually Not Becoming More Progressive

The Pay Gap Is Widening For Millennial Women

Here’s What Worries Parents As Kids Head Back To School

In the ’90s, We Had ‘Friends.’ Now They Call It Co-Living.

Can We All Agree That Plastic Straws Are Totally Unnecessary

BEST OF THE NET

The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time

We Went Through One Of The Most Infamous — And Narrow — Straits Of The Northwest Passage 

The Shepherd of the Hills (1941, John Wayne, Harry Carey, Betty Fields 

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I absolutely loved this.  Beavers: Kings of the Dam

I wonder what they thought.  Eavesdropping On Penguins

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SHORTS

Revisiting How Forest Roads Connect To Grizzlies

Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species

Reintroduced Fishers Are Reproducing In The Cascades

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Former CIA Agent Wants To Buy Twitter To Keep President Trump From Using It

Confused Sunflowers During Eclipse

Watch: Can We Have A Different Kind Of Burial?

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UNCLE SEAMUS AND HEATHER HEYERS’ MOM

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 20, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 51

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

UNCLE SEAMUS AND HEATHER HEYERS’ MOM

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Whenever the world becomes a bit much to handle, I take a break and remember my notorious Uncle Seamus aka The Real Man From Mullingar.  I admire and like thinking about successful people who live long and prosper, especially when they swim in my gene pool.

Uncle Seamus, who was from the west of Ireland, met his demise shortly after hot wiring his parish priest’s vintage Renault so he and his fellow fishermen mates could make the Atlantic salmon run out of Sligo.  In his late eighties by then, he had already led what could best be described with generous euphemisms, as a very colorful life.  It even included a tour of America with a vaudeville act featuring a dancing mule.

I know Uncle Seamus would have been impressed with Donald Trump.  He believed that politicians should be entertaining.  He always voted for the one who could dance as well as sing.  He also said that truth often was not a matter of having the most facts but having the best imagination.

Having said that, it certainly takes neither a preponderance of evidence nor a vivid imagination to mourn the loss of Heather Heyers and to be forever changed by the words of a defiantly grieving mother, spoken with quiet courage at a vigil held in her child’s honor.  “They tried to kill my daughter to shut her up.  Well guess what?  They magnified her.”  To experience this yourself, go here.

We just want to remind everybody to be very careful with this eclipse watching tomorrow (Monday).  I personally think that there’s an alien mother ship hiding on the other side, waiting for millions of us to all be standing out in the open so they can zap us with a Sweep Ray or vacuum us up when we’ve been blinded by the sun.

I’m watching it on NASA television on my computer in a big stone and wood house facing away from the sun.  Ain’t no foreign life form zappin’ me with no Sweep Ray or sucking me into some giant Hoover.  My mama didn’t raise no children so foolish as that.

And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Shevchenko grove, a museum village of 18-19 century near Lviv city, west Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza. 

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Hi Rusty:

Ukraine is to celebrate its main state holiday this week, Independence Day.  This year, it will be the 26 years since Ukraine’s parliament passed Declaration of State Sovereignty, confirmed by referendum in 1991. The country was officially born by peaceful and historically objective processes following the fall of the Soviet Union.

For a nation, 26 years old is quite a young age, but the one when adulthood already brings challenges. I think the quote of one of my favorite writers John Galsworthy from his novel “Swan Song” (A Modern Comedy Trilogy) will be very suitable.

“That happens to most of us, before we’re thirty. Some spring or other goes; but presently we get our second winds. It’s what happened to the Age – something broke and it hasn’t yet got it second wind. But it’s getting it, and so will she.”

Ukraine, to my opinion is now getting it gradually overcoming all the insurgencies of recent years. Hopefully we all are getting wiser and appreciate our beautiful land and people.

I would like to share this wonderful video dedicated to our Independence Day and the beauty of our nation.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”

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She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met At The Gym.

Province To End Controversial Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt In British Columbia

Apple’s CEO Will Donate $2 Million to Anti-Hate Groups

Visa, PayPal and More Are Banning Hate Groups. Will It Work?

The Salvation Army And American Red Cross Cancel Events At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort

BAD EXAMPLES

49 States Legally Allow Employers To Discriminate Based On Weight

See How Trump’s Approval Rating Stacks Up Against Past Presidents

Holocaust Memorial In Boston Damaged For Second Time This Summer

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Trump Said Versus What I Saw

Charlottesville: Heather Heyer’s Mother Pays Tribute At Vigil

Are We Really Protesting, Or Are We Standing Up For What’s Right?

The Power Of Compassion

Turning The Tide On Plastic Litter

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I am so hoping this works.  Smog-Eating Bikes Are About To Take On Beijing

Yep, you saw this last weekHow To Watch A Solar Eclipse

Are your fears among these?  What Are Humanity’s Greatest Threats?

This Earth

10+ Badass Trees That Refuse To Die No Matter What

An Algae Explosion 650 Million Years Ago ‘Is Why We’re Here Today’

Dino Brains, CRISPR And New Earths — 10 Times Science Amazed Us

Space

Big Asteroid To Sweep Close September 1

Cassini’s Final 5 Started Last Week

Science Balloons Soaring On New Missions

Solar Eclipse

How the Solar Eclipse Will Look From Anywhere in the U.S.

Moon That’ll Eclipse Sun Is Called A Black Moon

Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse For The Next 50 Years

How to Make Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

Technology

The Atomic Bomb Too Big To Use

How Can Google Bridge The Gender Gap?

DND Uncertain How Best To Defend Satellites Read

THE GREEN BEAT

Turning The Tide On Plastic Litter

30 Coal Cars Derail In Northwest Montana

Pull Together: Keep Tar Sands Oil Out Of Our Water

What Does The Future Hold For Fish Farming?

Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision Pushed Back. Again

Renewable Energy Isn’t Just Cutting Costs, It’s Saving Lives

TRAVEL

The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants In America, According To Open Table

Traveling Together? Apps To Help Split (And Pay) The Bills

Bornholm: Crafts And Sunshine On The Danish Isle

Explore New Zealand

HEALTH

What Green Spaces Can Do To Your Mood

Which Type Of Exercise Is Best For The Brain?

People Age Better If They Have A Purpose In Life

Death Rates From Colon Cancer Are Increasing For White Americans Under 55

7 Causes Of Lung Cancer In Non-Smokers

Foods That Help With Nausea

Why Getting Angry Can Make You Happier In The Long Run

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Italy Teenager’s Harassment Account Goes Viral

Back-To-School Clothes, Back In The U.S.S.R.

Life On Guam, The Island Caught Between Trump And Kim

BEST OF THE NET

An Otterly Adorable Reunion Between A Mother And Her Lost Pup

Watch The Trailer For Firsts, TIME’s New Video Series On 45 Groundbreaking Women

Battle Hymn of the Republic:  A Historical Narrative By Orson Welles

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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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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If you’d like to make a real difference to your favorite species, check this out.  I did and I loved it.

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The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Dog And Cat Food

Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology August 2017 Newsletter

The Audubon Society August 2017 Newsletter

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

5 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Millionaires

The Agency That Wants You To Play With Your Neighbors

Golden Retriever Unearths $100,000 Worth Of Heroin While Digging

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively green readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty, at minstrel312@aol.com  Take care now, then, and thanks for the ear.  RM/OB

 

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HISTORY IS ALSO SOMETIMES ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 13 2017 Vol. 9 No. 50 

Robert E. Lee 

HISTORY IS ALSO SOMETIMES ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it was not a good week for tolerance in America.  Charlottesville is a symbol of this nation’s attempt to decide what to remember and what to forget.  It was Skokie, Illinois for black Americans.  I wish, however, that the subject of the statue could have been judged on his own merits.  Despite leading the army of a nation which practiced slavery and was defeated and restored to the Union, Robert E. Lee was a great American who contributed perhaps more in peace than he ever did in war.  Sometimes history is not about choosing what to love and what to hate.  Sometimes history is about understanding.

It was not a good week, either, for Donald Trump’s approval rating, which sank to 36%.  I did some research and in the last 37 years, two Democratic and two Republican presidents have received lower marks.  Yep, check that out here.

North Korea has apparently decided to test American’s gunboat diplomacy by targeting the waters off Guam, a West Pacific island of some 160,000, seven thousand of whom are American military personnel.

The 210 sq mi (544 km²) island was settled 4,000 years ago and then colonized by, successively, the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and then the Americans, who own it now.  It is about 2,000 miles/3218 km from North Korea.

The Pentagon has said that the US can shoot those missiles down.  One Guamanian interviewed on National Public Radio was philosophical about it.  Citing her land’s colonial history, she said she and her neighbors refuse to get upset by things they can do nothing about.  Apparently many of them are turning a deaf ear to the saber rattling.

I hope all those impacted do not turn one to diplomacy.  There is very little margin for error in this kind of brinksmanship and wars have been started with far less provocation.

On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Azov Sea. Photo by Olya Bereza 

FROM THE SHORES OF THE AZOV SEA

Hi Rusty from the shores of the most gentle and warm sea of Ukraine, the Azov Sea:

Whatever time of day or night, the water greets with its pleasant temperature.  It is a real treasure for Ukraine to have this little, locked in land and so very obedient little sea.

Another addition is a medical clays of the neighboring on Arabat Arrow. Which is also a so-called “salt lake.”  A favorite recreation site, it is a fun place for kids especially to get dirty, when at last they are allowed to do so.  Smiling.

Several kilometers away, the Crimean Peninsula seems quiet. Lots of seagulls remind me of the famous American novel by Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

GOOD EXAMPLES

Ed Sheeran Will Be Playing a Gig in Someone’s Living Room to Aid Refugees

Countries Where People Live The Longest

Meathead Movers Helps Women Literally Move Out Of Abusive Relationships — For Free

Eye Donations From Man Who Died On Mount Rainier Restores Vision For 2 People

BAD EXAMPLES

These Are The Highest Calorie Chain Restaurant Meals

Hackers Who Stole and Posted Files From HBO Demand Millions of Dollars in Ransom

After Alleged Rape, Investigation Reveals Sexualized Culture At Washington Fish & Wildlife

Upskirting – How One Victim Is Fighting Back

The More Education, The Wider The Gender Pay Gap—Wait, What?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Can Poland Teach Us About Freedom?

Nobel Laureate: Please Put Your Disease on Hold as Congress Decides Whether to Cure It

Can This US City Go 72 Hours Without A Murder?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If you see this next week too, it won’t be your imagination.  Even though I am, seriously, watching this one on NASA TV, I realize many of you here in the States will want t watch it live.  How to Watch a Solar Eclipse

This was interesting.  But I think I’ll pass on the real thing.  Experience a Zero-Gravity Flight

This Earth

Of All The Cascade Volcanoes

Largest-Ever Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone

When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Mammals Took To The Skies

Space

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

4 Earth-Sized Planets Found At Nearest Sunlike Star

Chasing Shadows For A Glimpse Of A Tiny World Beyond Pluto

Solar Eclipse

Best Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse

How Much Traffic On Eclipse Day?

Solar Eclipse Glasses: Why Everyone Needs Them and Best Places to Buy Them

Technology

Could ‘Solar Roads’ Help Generate Electricity?

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

If We Keep Subsidizing It, Will The Cost Of Wind Go Down?

THE GREEN BEAT

A Manual For The New Era Of Activist

Conscious Consumerism Is A Lie. Here Is What You Can Really Do To Save The Environment

The Not-So-Secret Trick To Cutting Solo Car Commutes

TRAVEL

How to Take a Perfect Vacation

36 Hours In Granada, Spain

How to Travel Better

HEALTH

4 Ways to Become Stress-Free Just About Anywhere

Why Loneliness Is a Public Health Threat

Dying From an Opioid Overdose Is More Common Than You Think

4 Ways Seeing Your Doctor Is Getting Easier

Eggs Containing Fipronil Found In 15 EU Countries And Hong Kong

HOME & LIFESTYLE

5 Ways To Stop Your Phone Addiction

Twenty-Five Amazing Culture Podcasts

The True Importance Of Good Spelling

Why Jane Austen Is A Modern Dating Guru

Your Boss Knows Exactly What You’re Doing Online

BEST OF THE NET

This Lion’s Happiness is Infectious! You Will Melt When You See His Paws Touch Grass

This Never Before Seen Whale Was Finally Caught On Camera!

How The British Army Is Tackling Elephant Poaching 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com 

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

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No offense but I’m glad I don’t live here.  Hungry Bears Scavenge For Food In Romanian Town

I have long assumed these neighbors are sentient.  Crows In The Urban Community

Shorts

The Life That Thrives In Pure Acid

New Studies Cite A New Culprit Behind Bee Population Decline

The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Dog And Cat Food

Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead

Folks We Follow

National Wildlife Federation:  Garden For Wildlife

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The 13 Strangest Beers On Earth

Kidnapped Model Who Was Almost Sold In Online Auction Details ‘Terrifying’ Experience

My Wild Car Ride With An African King

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1926

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 6 2017 Vol. 9 No. 49 

Bertha Landes, Seattle’s First Woman Mayor 

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1926

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, for the first time since 1926, Seattle will have a woman mayor.  In a field which included a former city chief executive and more men than women, the top three finishers were female.  Two of them will face one another in November.

The media’s making a big deal out of this but the fact is that despite the 91-year historical gap, women in government, elected and appointed, are hardly new here and they’re all around.  They include a police chief, two governors, most of our Congressional delegation, a reckonable number of state legislators and community leaders at all levels all over the state of Washington.

I think I finally figured out something about Donald Trump and his rather acute fondness for Tweeting.  What’s embarrassing for me about this is that I do the same thing.  He thinks out loud and so do I.

Both of us sometimes do it in front of people and while mine tends to be a way of exorcising demons, his is targeted for effect.  Even though with both of us, it can be a running monologue, mine means less than Shakespeare’s sound and fury.  His impacts every human being on the planet.

I’m glad that finally dawned on me and so are the people I live with.  It has been a lot quieter around my house as a result.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

The Kharkiv Troupe performing “The Egg.” Photo credit: : ievsiukova.com

MOLOKO

Hi Rusty:

Again as another aspect of cultural life of Ukraine I find very interesting is the 10th annual theatrical festival Moloko, which is “milk” in English.  It is held August 1 – 5 in Odessa, on the Black Sea, which is also known as “the south pearl of Ukraine.”

It features 25 of the most prominent and thought provoking performances from the whole Ukraine with a few foreign guests like the Tbilisi, Georgia troupe.  Some of them are presented in the open air.

According to festival founder Mikhail Zhuravel, the main goal of the festival is to contribute to the development of a modern theater in Ukraine.

The winner of the festival traditionally receives a cash prize.  Also MOLOKO organizers will provide the theater-winner with professional PR-support.

As you know, Mishka, I participated in amateur theater so for me it’s quite a resonating experience. My vote is for Kharkiv troupe with their mistic play “The Egg”.

Despite of the hot weather of Odessa, it seems both the spectators and actors enjoyed communication with each other and of course in free time on the golden beaches of the city.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay cool.  Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Girl Scouts Who Visit Their Moms In Prison

Berlin Street Artist Group Cleverly Undo Swastika Graffiti

The Top 15 Cities in the United States

BAD EXAMPLES

Italy Has A New Plan To Stop Migrants Crossing The Mediterranean

NAACP Backs Travel Advisory For Missouri

Climate Inaction Will Leave Our Kids A Trillion Dollar Debt

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How U.S. Sanctions Are Working (Or Not) In 5 Countries

Al Gore And Bill Maher Talk Climate Change And ‘Losing Florida’ (Video)

The 5 Countries Preparing to Fill a Big Vacancy at the Top

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is awesome.  I hope we do not regret learning how to do this.  Scientists Fix Defects In Human Embryos With Gene Editing Tool In Scientific First

This, if true, is certainly not good news.  Temperatures in South Asia to Hit Unlivable Levels by 2100

If there is one thing in this world our genius has created which represents the best that is in us, I nominate this little dude.  After 40 years, Voyager still reaching for stars

THIS EARTH

Fate Of Ancient Canaanites Seen In DNA Analysis: They Survived

Scientists Take To The Sea To Study A Lost Land: Zealandia

To Restore Soils, Feed The Microbes

SPACE

August Guide To The Bright Planets

Lots Of Water Inside The Moon?

It’s The Nearest Exoplanet And Orbits In Its Star’s Habitable Zone.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

The Cheapest Last-Minute Ways to Catch the Total Solar Eclipse

See NASA’s Most Detailed Map Of Where The Total Solar Eclipse Will Be

Stages Of A Total Eclipse

How To Know Your Eclipse Glasses Are Safe

TECHNOLOGY

Inside Facebook’s Plan To Take Virtual Reality Mainstream

The Truth About Microchip Implants

Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminum Alloy

THE GREEN BEAT

BC First Nation To Battle Taseko Mines In Court

Watch: Alaska Couple Turns Kelp Into Cash

The Navajo Nation Is Transitioning From Coal To Solar

Can The World Thrive On 100% Renewable Energy?

This Site Calculates Your Carbon Footprint, Then Helps You Offset It

It’s Official: Nuclear Power Can’t Compete With Renewables

TRAVEL

These Are the 10 Airports Where You Have the Best Chance to Score Flight Deals

Could A Bus With Sleep Pods Replace Airplanes?

A Perilous Walkway Fit For Kings

HEALTH

The 19 Best Foods For Health And Happiness

Avoid The 5 Worst Foods For Arthritis & Joint Pain

WSU Study Suggests Regular Pot Users More Relaxed In Stressful Situations

Here’s What Causes Leg Cramps—And How To Stop Them

It’s Mosquito Season. Here’s How To Prepare.

Brain Mechanism Behind Successful Multitasking Discovered

HOME & LIFESTYLE

What Adam & Eve Can Teach Us About Love

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders

Aziz Ansari on What Happened to His Brain After He Deleted the Internet From His Phone

BEST OF THE NET

Peril On Wings: 6 Of America’s Most Dangerous Mosquitoes

The Eclipse That Revealed The Universe

Earth’s Eclipses Are Special 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com 

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s a total heart-melter.  This Baby Orangutan Was Found Orphaned in the Forest — Watch His Must-See Story!

After seeing this, how dare we consider ourselves superior to these incredible creatures.  After Seeing A Woman Point At Her Belly This Orangutan Moved Closer And Brought Her To Tears!

We’re certainly glad to read this.  Elephants In Malawi Relocated As Part Of Conservation Project

SHORTS

How Do Jellyfish Swim?

When This Baby Hippo Took His First Swim And Wiggled His Ears…

The Species That Thrive Alongside Us

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Garden For Wildlife’s Newsletter Is Now Online And It’s A Beaut!

The SeaDoc Society’s August Newsletter Is Now Online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Alabama Inmates Escape After Tricking Guard With Peanut Butter

Survivors of the Atomic Blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Share Their Stories

Why It Took So Long to Make a Dark Tower Movie

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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A PLACE TO JUST BE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 30, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 48 

Seattle Skyline Looking South From Wallingford Across Lake Union.  Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

  A PLACE TO JUST BE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  One of the reasons I love living in Seattle has to do with weather forecasters who tell us “there’s a big bunch of clouds moving in from the Coast…”

And y’all know what that means, right?  If they make it over them O-limm-pick Mountains, it’ll probably rain some on us before it dies tryin’ to climb the other mountains.  Wind won’t amount to much so umbrellas are cool. Two layers today, though.  It’s a mite cold out there.  We got more of the same tomorrow and I’ll have an update for you in the morning.  Have a good day and drive safe.  God loves you and so do we.

No, I am absolutely NOT making fun of this.  I apprenticed with ABC News Radio in Los Angeles and I appreciate that style.  Our network affiliates deliver it over a high bar.  Weather is also a hobby of mine.  But this is not Los Angeles and I like being talked to like a neighbor I meet when I go out on the walk in my bathrobe and slippers for the paper before another neighbor’s dog swipes it.

Seattle has all the prerequisites of sophistication but few of the pretensions.  It is almost embarrassingly liberal.  With its incredible ethnic diversity, it is dramatically pro-immigration.  It has a strong sense of its own identity and like most of the Pacific Northwest, it is actively anti-Trump.

We are also a collection of neighborhoods still looking for City Hall.  We are united by several characterstics, most prominently, a strong sense of self-reliance.  We grow our own food.  We have our own neighborhood associations, including Nextdoor.com.  We are socially and politically active.  We are generous and we are not reluctant to protect and defend what we have here.

For all of that, Seattle is not for every one.  It is not for those who come here to improve things.  That’s presumptuous in most cultures and particularly offensive here because it assumes what we have doesn’t work well enough.  Talking about things like that is a good way to become professionally and socially ostracized by the very people necessary for success here, locals with home ground advantage.

Seattle is also not for those who assume that because we are polite or nice to someone means we like them.  To strangers, “Hi, how you doing?” is not a request for a health report and it is certainly not an invitation to intimacy.  It’s just being polite.  We don’t need to ask one another.  Body language, facial expressions and gestures are eloquent if you know the language.  They’re also non-intrusive.  It’s comfort offered with no details necessary.

Perhaps most important of all, it is a good place for new starts and for reaping the harvest of lessons learned.  It is a place where it is okay, if not even cool, to just be.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

 WHAT DO YOU DO?

Hi Rusty:

It’s not often one hears a voice from the past which seems to resonate so strongly today.  But that happened when I read a recent article entitled ‘Embrace’ The AI Revolution that mentioned Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov.

Kasparov, you will remember, was beaten by artificial intelligence, specifically a supercomputer in 1996/97.  In this articles, he contends that computers just make life easier so there is no to be afraid.

I agree.  In my opinion, there is so much for human beings to do that sometimes it seems filled with nothing but routine work that neither soul nor body appreciates. That’s why we should all have a basic income as this World Economic Forum article suggests

With guaranteed incomes, the sometimes crippling challenge of essential survival can be met and the additional time, energy and talent can go toward helping all of the bees in our great hive enjoy what they produce.

On that philosophical note (smiling), Olya  — Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

The impulse to try to solve problems by use of force is out of date and old-fashioned. Since we are now all so interdependent, the appropriate solution is to engage in dialogue—it’s something to which we can all contribute.

GOOD EXAMPLES

The Writers Who Defied Soviet Censors

Synagogue Volunteers Join U.S. Vets To Help Refugees

BAD EXAMPLES

8 Found Dead In Walmart Lot In Human Trafficking Case

Notre Dame Cathedral Is Crumbling. Who Will Help Save It?

Former Navy Secretary: Trump’s Transgender Ban Threatens America

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

There Are Thousands Of Human Trafficking Victims Each Year. Here’s How You Can Help

Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

Amazon Has 50,000 Openings. Here’s How to Get Hired

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This definitely had to be an adventure.  Two weeks on ice in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

This is not reassuring, guys.  Close shave from an undetected asteroid

Same as above, different perspective, and it still sounds like something out of a science fiction movie I would not watch because I don’t like nightmares.  A test of NASA’s asteroid defense system

THIS EARTH

Would A Supervolcano Wipe Out Humanity?

Gauging Arctic’s Summer Sea Ice Melt

Watch: 5 Ways To Seriously Battle Traffic

SPACE

The Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ Beamed Back A New Look At The Red Planet

What A Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like From Space

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Astronaut Randy Bresnik

TECHNOLOGY

Using Cheap Magnet, Hacker Beats Protections On A “Smart” Handgun.

Prowler Protection: Your Car Isn’t As Safe As You Thought

Tesla’s Model 3 Breaks 300-Mile Range Barrier

THE GREEN BEAT

Could This Plastic-Eating Caterpillar Be The Answer To Our Waste?

City Halls, Bridges Across America Glow Green To Show Continued Support For Paris Accord

U.S. Lashed As ‘Main Threat’ To Environment At UN Ocean Conference

TRAVEL

Why Tourists Are Blacking Out In Mexico

In Southeast England, White Cliffs, Fish And Chips, And Deals

36 Hours In The Upper Peninsula Of Michigan

HEALTH

Drug-Resistant HIV Is On The Rise

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas

Want To Know What’s In Your Drinking Water?

Don’t Get Burnt On Sunscreen Safety

A Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Health

Men’s Sperm Counts Are Down Worldwide

How To Boost Your Immune System:  Tips For Staying Healthy Throughout The Year

How Much Protein Do We Need?

HOME & LIFESTYLE

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Became the Richest Person in the World

Millennials Are Buying Homes Because Of Their Dogs

‘I Will Never Quit.’ See The Transgender Troops And Veterans President Trump Wants To Ban

BEST OF THE NET

Go Inside A 1967 Tour Bus As It Visits San Francisco During The Summer Of Love

Why Do Fireflies Light Up?

Top Tips For Binocular Stargazing

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today. 

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

ADVERTISE WITH US:  50 words for $5.00  

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

You will definitely want to bookmark this site.  We sure did.  National Wildlife Federation Photos of the Week

It’s always nice when “science” validates what most of us have known forever, including this. More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You

I love this.  These often problematic little dudes and dudette have been favorites of mine since forever.  The Year of the Goat

SHORTS

Incredible Footage of The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Recorded!

WATCH: World’s First Footage Of A Newly Discovered Monkey

The Hidden Danger Of Keeping Turtles As Pets

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

2 Men Climbed A 382-Foot Bridge And Got Stuck Overnight

The USS Constitution Is Back In The Water

Stubbs, The Honorary Cat Mayor Of A Small Alaskan Town, Has Died

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

 

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THE GARDEN IS OUR FRIEND

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 47 

THE GARDEN IS OUR FRIEND

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after reading about a president whose staff is researching whether he can pardon himself or not, the last thing in the world I want to talk about this week is front page news.  Besides, it’s summer in Seattle.

And contrary to popular myth, we do have one here.  I’m not going to bore you with weather statistics.  I’ve lived here for 26 years and while it has warmed some and the winters tend to be wetter, this sprawling megalopolis of 700,000 in a county the size of the American states of Rhode Island and Delaware, despite its eight microclimes, always has had a summer.

Hitchin’ up my overalls and scratchin’ my head for a second.  I can recall the one of two thousand and ought six.  By golly, there was one to remember.  It got up to 106F / 41C.  The mayor declared a Sun Day so we all knocked off and went swimming.  A great time was had by all but the City spent a week and a couple million dollars scrubbing the ring off the Puget Sound nka the Salish Sea.

So far, we’ve been 33 days or so without rain.  But that’s good for the garden.  It just means trucking water down in plastic watering “cans” instead of using the rain buckets.  It’s good exercise though and a reminder not to take what rain does fall for granted.  It’s also a measure of the dedication of those involved.  The secret is that it really doesn’t take that much.

This land, despite its soggy reputation, will grow anything including pod people.  (Walmart’s Greeter Division has a big greenhouse over in Magnolia where they grow them organically.  Turns out, they’re almost as polite as Canadians.)  Like the rest of the planet, our three acres is a living organism in its own right.

Like most other life forms on the planet, it responds to recognition, acknowledgement, respect and nurturing.  You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat their land.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Drawing painted on Bitcoin Community office in Kyiv saying “Bitcoin is freedom”. Photo by Olya Bereza. 

IN UKRAINE, BITCOIN IS FREEDOM

Hello, Rusty:

For the last few days, the news and social media has been full of speculation about the so-called “Bitcoin’s Existential Crisis”. Bitcoin swings as civil war looms over problems that faced miners and actual owners of this cryptocurrency

Based on built-in constrains, the ledger of past transactions, known as the blockchain, can have only 1MB of data added to it every 10 minutes. But luckily in the virtual world, people are more sensible than sometimes in real life so no “civil war” is going to happen.

Already miners and owners have reached an agreement led by Bitcoin on markets.  So Bitcoin won’t lose its leading ranking on CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations

I can understand people fearing on something new and not feasible like electronic equivalent of money, but progress couldn’t be stopped and there will be no surprise if in few years crypto currencies whether it be Bitcoin lightcoin or any other will be in common use.

As for myself, I cannot make investments in popular cryptocoins as they already are a bit expensive.  But I enjoy the possibility of earning by my writing. That is a win- win situation, having of hobby and being paid for it, as provided by the SteemIt community.

I also enjoy its network of open minded people. From all social networks at the moment, my first ranking is for SteemIt that gives opportunity to be paid with Steem crypto currency. So yes I will agree with the words on mural in general that crypto is freedom for future generations.

Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

DALAI LAMA

From birth, we all want to live a happy life and that is our right. However, many share the view that our existing education systems are inadequate when it comes to preparing people to be more compassionate—one of the conditions for being happy. As a human brother I’m committed to letting people know that we all possess the seeds of love and compassion. Having a smart brain is not enough; we also need a warm heart.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Vancouver Residents Rally To Save 70-Year-Old Trees

‘My Heart Stopped For 40 Minutes’; Man Alive Thanks to Dedicated First Responders

This Cancer Survivor Turned His Wedding Into A Fundraiser For Lymphoma Research

BAD EXAMPLES

Duterte Made Another Rape Joke. But Filipinos ‘Really Get Him,’ An Aide Says

VIDEO: Seattle Sidewalk Settlement To Cost Millions

Justine Damond’s Fiancé ‘Heartbroken’ Over Police Shooting

Most Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Husbands Or Other Intimate Partners, New Report Shows

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Here’s How Much Americans Pay In Taxes Vs. The Rest Of The World

Six Months: Has Trump Kept His Promises?

Views: The Great Minimum Wage Debate

Lipstick Under My Burkha: The Film That Was Banned In India

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This sort of puts a whole new spin on “Oh give me a home, where the buffalo…and stuff”… When Dinosaurs Roamed North Dakota

I wonder how long it will be before real estate prices go up there.  Island Rises Up Off Cape Hatteras

This, I thought, was a little creepy.  But then again, I am an optimist.  Arks Of The Apocalypse

THIS EARTH

Boy Trips Over Rock In Mountains in Australia And Finds Million-Year-Old Fossil

Going Inside These Caves In Washington Is Unlike Anything You’ve Seen

Ancient Underwater Forest Found In US

 SPACE

Astronomers Find Smallest Star Yet

Have You Seen The Mayak Satellite?

Impossible Physics: Meet NASA’s Design For A Warp Drive Ship

TECHNOLOGY

The Road Ahead For Electric Vehicles To Create A Sustainable, Equitable Future

‘Beam Me Up, Scotty’ — Are Scientists Getting Closer To Teleporting Humans?

Ewquay Is Go! — Supersonic Car Is Set For Low-Speed Runs

THE GREEN BEAT

Despite Steady Opposition, Trans Mountain Pipeline Forges Ahead

Coal Ash: Coming To A Town Near You?

How Human Noise Pollution Is Disrupting Wild Places

See How Much Of A City’s Land Is Used For Parking Spaces

TRAVEL

The Ultimate Washington Waterfalls Road Trip Is Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

15 Places In Washington You Must See Before You Die

10 Of Australia’s Best Beaches For Swimming

HEALTH

Here’s Why You Get Brain Freeze

Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier

Doctors Say A Third Of Dementia Cases Could Be Prevented

HOME & LIFESTYLE

Five Household Items That Keep Pests Away

The Trick To Getting What You Want: Negotiating Tips From The Experts

How to Stop Breaking Up

You’re More Likely To Retire Wealthy If You Do This One Thing

The Kids Are All Right (And These Surprising Statistics Prove It)

BEST OF THE NET

This Fantastic View Will Change Your Perspective On Our Planet

The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America

The Greatest Wolverine Video, Ever 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com

A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is an online editing, writing and tutoring and service located in Seattle, Washington.  We handle everything from general editing, to ghost writing, to online tutoring in English composition.  Please contact us at minstel312@aol.com or visit our website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

ADVERTISE WITH US:  50 words for $5.00 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

 

This will absolutely move you.  A Tiger’s Return to the Wild

I’m almost tempted to say, “Only in Canada,” except I know better.  Hatching Peacocks Halts Construction At Victoria Condo Site

SHORTS

Ants, Dutiful Escape Artists, Build Towers In Constant Flux

Clever Humpbacks Move In For A Meal At Salmon Hatcheries

Elephant Seals ‘Recognize Vocal Rhythm’

ANIMAL RESCUES

Beached Octopus Thanks Rescuer

After 20 Years Locked In Chains This Mountain Lion Finally Tasted Freedom

Dog Jumps Into The Water To Rescue Drowning Baby Deer

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s July newsletter is now online.  And it is a beaut.  Check it out here.

Their NestWatch July newsletter is also now online. They’re a bird lover’s matched bookends.  Check this one out here.

This is turning out to be a very good week for bird lovers.  The Audubon Society announced their annual photo contest winners in their July newsletter.  Check them out here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The World’s Largest Burger Costs $8,000

Speeding Car Lands On Roof Of House In Missouri

Americans Spend at Least $900,000 a Month on Avocado Toast

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

 

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THE LEGACY OF DEAD RELATIVES

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 16, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 46 

THE LEGACY OF DEAD RELATIVES

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Every once in awhile, I read a headline which makes me wonder why the story was written in the first place.  It hasn’t happened in several years but it did today, Monday, 10 July.  Here it is.

‘COMFORT WOMEN’: RESEARCHERS CLAIM FIRST KNOWN FILM

Comfort women date back to the Japanese occupation of Korea during the Second World War.  Attractive females were forced into sexual slavery and used to “comfort” members of the Japanese military.  Their existence is hardly a secret and has been covered in the media before.

It also happened almost a century ago and both nations have changed.  Its leaders and most of its citizens weren’t even alive when this chapter of history was written.  I had a Native American housemate who hated white people because of what happened at places like Sand Creek and the Trail of Tears.  Excuse me?  My ancestors weren’t even in this country back then.

Can someone tell me then, the point in resurrecting historical events which risk fueling the fires of contemporary bigotry and prejudicial national policy?  Do we punish a nation and its people for what their dead relatives did in order to remind ourselves not to do it again?  That trip is totally unnecessary in my house.  Hopefully it is in yours too.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Odessa National Theatre Of Opera And Ballet That Hosted Opening Ceremony Of The Film Festival. Red Carpet Entrance 

FROM THE ODESSA FILM FESTIVAL

Hello, Rusty, from the shores of the Black Sea:

This weekend in Odessa marks the start of it Eighth International Film Festival. The nice part of actually being here as opposed to seeing it on television is watching one of the participants movies open air at Potemkin Steppes.

During next week, 12 films from China, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium and Spain will be presented to compete for the “Golden Duke”. The award is named after the famous 19th Century Odessa governor, Duke de Richelieu, under whose wise rule Odessa flourished as a port, international and cultural center.

Founded in 2010, Odessa Film Festival is now one of the prominent events in Eastern Europe. This nine-day festival continues to promote the city as a creative and multicultural gathering place for the interested artistic public.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and have a great week.

Olya

Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments on this please go here.

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