HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 2, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 44

American Flag flying over the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Pininterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226446687486634547/

Over One And A Half Hours Of Patriotic Music For Your July 4th Celebration 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Last week, we wished Canada a Happy Birthday. This week, it’s America’s turn. And since I’m not a bombs bursting in mid air person or fond of battlefields, and since I still believe that America is a great place to live because of Americans, I’m going to turn this over to Kate Smith and ask God to Bless Our Great Nation. This video is terrific and a reminder of who we really are. And on that note, gang, have a great week and for those to whom it applies, a safe and sane July 4th.

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

AROUND THE WORLD

World Food Security Risks Growing, Chatham House Says

The Best Food Found in the World’s 10 Happiest Countries

95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World

ASIA

China Launches New Warship Type To Boost Military Strength

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Tepco Executives On Trial

China To Launch 2nd Heavy-Lift Carrier Rocket

Bullet Trains To Travel From Beijing To Xiongan New Area

India GST: Sweeping Tax Reform Introduced

AFRICA

U.N. To Reduce Peacekeepers In Darfur Region Of Sudan

Ketumile Masire, Who Shaped And Led A Vibrant Botswana, Dies At 91

U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children

Corruption Crackdown Intensifies In Tunisia, And The People Cheer

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid In Africa

MIDDLE EAST

Israel’s ex-PM Olmert released from prison

Inside Mosul: Danger And Desperation

Suicide Bombers Hit Lebanon Camps

Syria War: Almost 500,000 Refugees Return In 2017 – UN

EUROPE

David Duckenfield Faces 95 Hillsborough Manslaughter Charges

Germany Gay Marriage Approved By Mps In Snap Vote

Pope Replaces Vatican’s Conservative Doctrinal Watchdog

UK To End International Fishing Agreement

UK To End International Fishing Agreement

Princes Attend Service At Diana’s Grave

RUSSIA

At Least 2 Dead In Biggest Storm To Hit Moscow In 90 Years

Lavrov: Trump-Putin Meeting Will Bring ‘Clarity’ On U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia Says Britain’s New Aircraft Carrier Is A ‘Convenient Target’ On The High Seas

Russian Life Expectancy Hits Record High

10% Of Russian Struggling To Buy Food — Poll

CANADA

The Quiet Life In Tilt Cove, Canada’s Smallest Town

Huge Crowds Celebrate Canada 150

Canada’s 2 Newest Astronauts Named During Parliament Hill Festivities

UNITED STATES

The U.S. Fertility Rate Just Hit A Historic Low

Maps: Fires Sweep The West

Arkansas Nightclub Shooting Leaves 28 Wounded

Doctors Work Furiously In Bid To Save Victims Of Hospital Rampage

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Tacoma Tackles Homelessness

Portland Has A Plan To Do For Buses What It Did For Cycling

California Supreme Court Upholds Cap-And-Trade Law

Slideshow: Seattle-Area Outdoor Movies For Summer 2017

Seattle’s Population Tops 700,000

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Arrests Notorious Drug Kingpin Luiz Carlos Da Rocha

Mexico Police Kill 19 Gunmen In Sinaloa

Mexican Politicians ‘Targeted By Spyware’

The First-Aiders Of Venezuela

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Deliveries ‘In Limbo’ With Fedex’s TNT ‘Significantly Affected’ By Cyber Attack

Could Tax Breaks And The Repair Movement Fix Our Throwaway Habit?

‘You Need To Lead For Everybody’: Rhiannon Slams Di Natale’s Leadership

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Google Hit With Record EU Fine Over Shopping Service

Rolls-Royce Safeguards 7,000 Jobs In East Midlands

New Study Finds Controversial Impacts Of Seattle’s Minimum Wage

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Hurricane Dora Becomes The First Hurricane Of The Eastern Pacific Season Off Mexico’s Coast

Worst Hurricanes In American History (Part I)

May Was Earth’s Second-Warmest In 137 Years

Carbon In Atmosphere Is Rising, Even As Emissions Stabilize

Too Hot To Fly? Climate Change May Take A Toll On Air Travel

Merkel: Hamburg G20 To Focus On Paris Climate Deal

1,400 Mayors: We Will Lead On Climate

It’s Time For Cities To Treat Climate Change Like A Public Health Crisis

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

How ISIS Tortured Prisoners In Mosul

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Spotlight: They Flee War In Middle East, Who Can Save Them?

Inside The Lives Of 4 Syrian Refugee Families

Trump Travel Ban: US Sets Out Visa Criteria

The Police Officers Helping Undocumented Immigrants Feel Safe

British Columbia, Canada’s Immigrants Giving Voice To Their Own Stories

TRUMP & COMPANY

I’m Modern Day Presidential, Says Trump

FROM OLYA

Mural Fest Dnipro. Mural by Illya Kudinenko. Photo by Olya Bereza

MURAL FEST DNIPRO

Hi Rusty:

Last week I discussed the architectural challenge facing modern builders seeking to renovate structures built during the Soviet era. One of the ways came from unexpected direction – art. As you see on the photo above, an artist can transform a bleak building’s sidewalls into a masterpiece.

In Dnipro City, (formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) in East Ukraine, starting on the 21st of June, this concept is celebrated by a street art festival called “Mural Fest Dnipro”. The main goal is to rethink the urban environment and attract public resonance. The artists from different parts of Ukraine are invited to participate. They expect communication and new acquaintances with young generation.

The one of the picture is performed by the artist from Donetsk region, Slovyansk city, Illya Kudinenko. His mural addresses environmental protection. The composite center of the drawing is a migratory bird – a stilt (himatopus), which is included in the Red Book of critically endangered species of Ukraine. Unfortunately,human anthropogenic influence by changing the physical condition and chemistry of reservoirs and biological contamination represents a direct threat to this beautiful bird.

The ideological beginning of Illya Kudinenko ‘s mural is the bird, which, being in a roundabout from the viewer, creates the effect of diving into outer space. Space symbolizes the riddle and the unknown. On the sketch, the outer space is bordered by a black and white ornament, which contrasts from the color drawing. This ornament symbolizes human activity, as a peculiar mythological prototype of the chess party of man with nature

Let us hope we, as humans, will understand that we could never win. Our aim should be finding harmony with our wonderful Mistress Nature.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

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

If something is worth doing, do it. If, in fact, you fail, there’ll be no cause for regret. You can try again. To die without even having tried, will be to die disappointed. We all have opportunities to contribute making a better world; we must seize them with far-sighted vision. I’m encouraged that so many people are becoming interested in the well-being of humanity. This is surely a sign of hope.

GOOD EXAMPLES

London Terror Hero: ‘I Wasn’t Backing Down’

Crowd Catches Girl After Ride Fall

£100m From West To Clean Up Russian Nuclear Base

Sheikh Helps Villagers Buy Chapel In Cornwall

BAD EXAMPLES

Trump Causes ‘Major’ Shift In Global View Of US

E.P.A. Official Pressured Scientist On Congressional Testimony, Emails Show

Doctor Who Over-Prescribed Painkillers Is Charged With Murdering Her Patients

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Kids Knew In 1867

The One Law Of Robotics: Humans Must Flourish

YES Magazine: How Can Our Economy Spark Joy? Send Them Your Ideas

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

The longer I live, the cooler these guys seem to get. The Robot That Can Pick Up Virtually Any Object

Let’s hope the answer to this question is, “not yet.” Are We Running Out Of Land?

I thought this was pretty cool. How Your Food Waste Could Eventually Power Your Home

OUR PLANET

Three Items That Helped Humanity Survive.

You Don’t Have To Be An Engineer To Appreciate The World’s Most Radical Bridges

An Upside Down Rainbow?

SPACE

High Above Mars, A NASA Orbiter Spies The Curiosity Rover

Sun Showers And The Science Behind This Weather Paradox

Top 10 Things To Know About Asteroids

TECHNOLOGY

Everything to Know About the Latest Worldwide Ransomware Attack

The Defibrillator Drone That Can Beat Ambulance Times

How To Read And Understand A Scientific Paper: A Guide For Non-Scientists

THE GREEN BEAT

Pipelines & Battle Lines

Vancouver Looks To Slash Single-Use Waste

Seeing The Light: Mining Companies Look To Solar Power, Wind For Fresh Revenue

Even As Emissions Stabilize, Carbon In The Atmosphere Is Rising

States Betting On Giant Batteries To Cut Carbon

Even ‘Safe’ Pollution Levels Can Be Deadly

TRAVEL

Most Amazing Hikes in Every State (PHOTOS)

The English Moor Where Wallabies Roam

Summer Vacation, Minus The Traffic: 5 Alternatives To Popular Trips

HEALTH

13 Foods That Could Be Affecting Your Sleep

10 Plants That Attract Positive Energies

The Hidden Dangers Of Shampoo And Makeup

Joe And Jill Biden: We’re Changing How We Fight Cancer

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish

Dr. Andrew Weil Says We’re Taking Too Many Medicines

How Walking In Nature Changes The Brain

Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Children’s Summer Skin Care

HOME & LIFESTYLE

10 Best No-Cook Recipes

Millennials Say GIFs and Emojis Communicate Their Thoughts Better Than English

Lavender For Health And Home

Grocer Trials Driverless Delivery Van

Where Millennials Can Actually Afford To Buy Homes

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds By Age 19

Masculinity And The Environment: A Double-Edged Sword

BEST OF THE NET

7-Year-Old Cancer Survivor To Be Seattle’s Superhero For A Day  

Watch A Beautiful Elephant Marvel At The Power Of Water Pressure! 

America’s Pets Are Getting Much Fatter, New Research Finds

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

Ralph. Photo by Rusty Miller

This takes a little set up. I live in a South Seattle, Washington neighborhood where wildlife and humans thrive together in close proximity. We are also on Nextdoor Neighbors and one of the longest threads has been about our raccoons.  The following is by one of us, Patricia Bauer, who lives north of St. Thomas Church. Rusty

Here is a little ditty I wrote several years ago about coyotes and think it could also apply to raccoons.

ODE FROM A COYOTE

Hello there folks

Here is my story that is no joke

I was fine, happy, and free

till you put the boot to me

Rabbits, mice, and birds did I thrive on

But all of a sudden all where gone

Along with my yard and trees

Nothing was left but me

You took my house you took my home

I had nothing left to do but roam

My search did continue till I found

That there were a lot of small animals around

When you let your kitty or small dog roam

I will be on them like foam

Don’t tell me to put them down

I will only laugh until you frown

It isn’t natural for me to want your pet

It is the only thing I have left

I didn’t plan it this way

But it wasn’t for me to say

This next one s as moving as the headline suggests. Elephant Was Rescued After His Mom Died. When He Gets To The Sanctuary, The Herd Runs To Greet Him

This is probably not good news to the humans who live here but I bet it is to the creature in question. Blue Shark Spotted On Holiday Resort In Majorca

SHORTS

These 9 Birds Are Some Of The Craziest You Will Ever See

9 Shows And Movies That Perpetuate An Unfair Fear Of Animals

Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look To The Wings

ANIMAL RESCUES

Monkey Business: Chimp Finds Love After Being Rescued From Animal Traffickers!

Smart Turtle Does Something Pretty Amazing When He Needs Some Help  

Two Men Develop Friendship With Rescued Lioness (Video) 

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab NestWatch monthly newsletter is now online. Features this time include their Home Tweet Home Contest (No I did NOT make that up. That’s what they call it.) and new birdhouse plan for western owls. Yep, check it out here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time

Hogs On Road Cause Texas Rush-Hour Chaos

The 7 Sustainable Wonders Of The World

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

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THANK YOU, CANADA, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 25, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 43 

Peace Arch at Blaine, Washington, America & Douglas, British Columbia, Canada 

THANK YOU, CANADA, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we’d like to wish our northern cousins a Happy Birthday.  Saturday, July 1, is Canada DayShe turns 150 and with all due respect, she is certainly holding her age well.

I have some familiarity with that nation, her history and her people.  I am, as well, acquainted with the stereotypes and some of them make me wince.  But then ignorance tends to have that effect on me.

We have shared the same continent since the first Europeans came to both shores and fought one another from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812.  With the permanent defeat of the British, both nations were free to pursue their individual “manifest destinies.”

Even after her own independence, Canada remained both a member of the British Commonwealth and a staunch ally of the United States.  When the need arose, Canadians defended that Commonwealth and protected America as well.  Canada was the first of the two nations to answer the call to God and Country in two world wars and they fought, bled and died in every theatre of operation in both those conflicts.

She was there with us during the Korean War and though formally neutral during the Vietnam War, many of her young men and women enlisted in the American armed forces, believing, as so many of us did at the time, that we were stopping the spread of something that would destroy us.  She has sent troops to Afghanistan and other places considerably less publicized.

There are many other reasons I like and appreciate Canada but these are the most important.  I owe my freedom and the freedom of my nation, to a larger extent than most of us realize, to our northern neighbor.

Thank you, Canada.  Happy birthday.

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

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

India Internet Shutdowns ‘Violate Human Rights’

As Asian Scorchers Multiply, Records Fall And Attention Rises

Tesla In Talks To Set Up Electric Car Factory In Shanghai

Is a Buddhist Group Changing China? Or Is China Changing It?

AFRICA

Tanzania Outrage At Pregnant Schoolgirl Ban

Botswana’s Former President Ketumile Masire Dies Aged 91

Africa Highlights: Nigeria ‘Foil EID Terror Attack Plan’, SA Woman Crashes Car Into Roof

MIDDLE EAST

Russia Warns U.S. After Downing Of Syrian Warplane

Saudi King’s Son Mohammed Bin Salman Is New Crown Prince

Syria Frees Hundreds Of Detainees Ahead Of Muslim Holiday

Saudis, At War In Yemen, Give Country $66.7 Million In Cholera Relief

Arab Nations Demand Qatar Shut Al Jazeera, Cut Islamist Ties And Detail Funding

EUROPE

Man Drives Van Into Pedestrians Near A London Mosque

Video: Fire Kills More Than 60 In Portugal

France Polls: Macron’s Party Wins Clear Parliamentary Majority

An Attack On Muslims Shakes Cosmopolitan London

Barclays Charged With Fraud In Qatar Case

Firms Brace As Brexit Talks Begin

Business Bodies Come Together In Call For Softer Brexit

After London Fire, 11 More High-Rises Found With Combustible Material

RUSSIA

Russian Security Chief Warns Officials Of Western ‘Information War’

Moscow Region’s Largest Landfill Closed After Complaints to Putin

Russia Blocks Google Temporarily in Tax Dispute

Russia To Face Further Sanctions For Doping At Sochi Olympics, Says IOC Head

Sleepless In St. Petersburg: Make The Most Of White Nights

CANADA

Sikhs Celebrate B.C. Woman’s ‘Inspiring’ Appointment As First Turbaned Judge

‘Unprecedented Event’: 6 North Atlantic Right Whales Found Dead In June

Road To Churchill Feasible, Says Engineer, After Rail Link To Manitoba Community Damaged

UNITED STATES

USS Fitzgerald: Sailors Killed In Collision Off Japan’s Coast Named

Justices To Hear Major Challenge To Partisan Gerrymandering

Justices Strike Down Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks

15 Foreign Customs That Don’t Make Sense To Americans

On The Mexican Border, A Case For Technology Over Concrete

Census Finds A More Diverse America

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Climate Change Cost: What Will Be BC’s Price Tag?

Secrets Of Ancient Glass Could Help Lock Away Hanford Waste

Seattle’s White Liberalism

Photos: Oregon Couple Tracks Illegal Dump Sites

Portland Non-Profit Pairs Inmates With Gardens

How To Get The City To Fix Your Darn Pothole

Portland’s Newest And Smallest Street Is Also Carfree

LATIN AMERICA

Five Charged Over Guatemala Shelter Fire

Venezuela Father Makes Plea To President

Colombia Conflict: ELN Rebels Free Dutch Journalists

Danger Map Reveals Health Threat Zone

US Suspends All Brazil Meat Imports

Mexican President Denies Hacking Claims

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Ministers Avoid Charges After Apologising For Slamming Courts

Politicians Under Fire For Pay Increases While Penalty Rates Cut

When Mum Goes To Prison

Student Outcomes On Turnbull’s Mind After Senate Unlocks Gonski Billions

Free Tampon Vending Machines Helping Restore Dignity To Homeless Women

‘I Saw The Knife Coming Down’: The Day A Melbourne Hospital Became A Battlefield

This Is How New Zealand Fixed Its Voting System

FROM OLYA

Beautiful Dnipro River. Photo by Olya Bereza 

COME FLY TO ME, MY GRAY-WINGED DOVES,

Hi Rusty

I would like to share with you this wonderful shot of Dnipro River. When I look at it famous Ukrainian poet Shevchenko verses appear in my mind dedicated to this river.

Thoughts of mine, thoughts of mine,

You are all that is left for me,

Don’t you desert me, too,

In this troubling time.

Come fly to me my gray-winged

Doves,

From beyond the wide Dnipro

I recently found an interesting old video almost of my age of former Dnipropetrovsk city that is now renamed after Dnipro River.

You could see in the video what was the architectural dream of the Soviet era in many of the older buildings.  Now the challenge facing modern builders is how to renovate those old structures.  Here is an interesting article on this subject

That’s all for this week, Mishka.  Take care and peace be with you.

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.

GOOD EXAMPLES

YouTube Sets New Policies To Curb Extremist Videos

Paul Allen Seeks To End Illegal Fishing With New Technology

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns As C.E.O.

Andrew Cuomo Just Granted Clemency To A Detained 9/11 Recovery Worker

BAD EXAMPLES

Using Texts As Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Activists And Their Families

Maritime Mystery: Why A U.S. Destroyer Failed To Dodge A Cargo Ship

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Surviving Power Outages During Storm

The Problem With Imam Tawhidi, The Media’s Favourite Muslim

Why It’s No Longer Possible For Any Country To Win A War

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is The Digital Currency Of The Moment.

Boeing Rival Airbus Unveils 100-Jet Deal At The Paris Air Show

This Tiny Town On The Washington Coast Has Become A Small Business Incubator  

Boeing Secures Jet Deal Commitments Worth $23 Billion At The Paris Air Show

Ford Chooses China, Not Mexico, To Build Its New Focus

What Crisis Experts Say Uber Needs To Do Next

22 Retailers That Are At Serious Risk Of Bankruptcy

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Climate Change Is Freeing Ancient Infections From Their Icy Prisons

Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving Is An Ancient Act Of Resilience

Hundreds Of Icebergs Have Clogged Shipping Routes In The North Atlantic

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

As U.S. Adds Troops In Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined

Mali Attack: Two Dead As Gunmen Storm Tourist Resort

After Terror Attacks, Britain Moves To Police The Web

Video: Inside An Iraqi Major’s Battle Against ISIS

Interactive Feature: Psychologists Open A Window On Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Commando Raids On ISIS Yield Vital Data In Shadowy War

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Why Migrants Keep Risking All On The ‘Deadliest Route’

Justices Side With Immigrant Who Got Bad Legal Advice

‘I Started At Zero’: How A Syrian Refugee Is Rebuilding His Life Through Education

To Make Sense Of American Politics, Immigrants Find Clues From Lands They Left

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump Says He Has Higher Approval Ratings Than Obama. That’s Not True

DALAI LAMA

What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Here is an excellent learning opportunity, courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency, of whom I am personally very proud.  Satellites In Our Everyday Lives: Learn More About The Satellites That Orbit The Earth And The Important Role They Play In Our Daily Lives.

Is this the same president who wants to build a barrier at the ends of the earth so ships don’t fall off?  Scientists Praise Energy Innovation Office Trump Wants To Shut Down

Getting a little warm now that summer is here?  Watch this, then.  It worked for me.  Video: How To Make An Igloo

OUR PLANET

Yellowstone Supervolcano Hit By A Swarm Of More Than 400 Earthquakes In One Week

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

North America Prepares For August Solar Eclipse

SPACE

Is Earth Alone? Kepler Finds 4,034 Possible Companions

Space Gardening

NASA’s Retiring EO-1 Satellite Changed How We See Earth With Stunning Photos

TECHNOLOGY

These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From The Air

A Cyberattack ‘The World Isn’t Ready For’

Farhad’s And Mike’s Week In Tech: Uber Isn’t Everything

THE GREEN BEAT

Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support To A Carbon Tax Proposal

Why This Métis Man Sees The Birchbark Canoe As A Symbol For Canada’s Future

A Bold Proposal To Unleash America’s Green Economy

Rocky Flats Made Nukes. Then It Made A Mess. Now It’s About To Become A Public Park.

TRAVEL

The MOST Beautiful Place On Earth Mount Rainier National Park

Cities That Are Cheaper Than Ever

Video: 52 Places To Go: Sikkim, India

HEALTH

The Most Popular Food In Every State

How Botox Became The Drug That Treats Everything

5 Foods For Healthy Eyes  

What Not To Say To Someone With Cancer, In One Comic

2 New Studies Differ Over Effects Of Marijuana On Drivers

LIFESTYLE

These Are The Richest People In The World

Six Signs You Have A Toxic Boss

50 Ways To Use All Of Your Vacation Days This Year

4 Myths About Slavery We Should Stop Believing Now

Youth Sentenced To Life In Prison Get A Second Chance

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

This Hauntingly Beautiful Loon Call Will Give You Chills

5 Ways To Take Your Love Of The Outdoors To The Next Level

Flying With The World’s Fastest Bird    

MASHA & THE BEAR
http://mashabear.com/video/#home-alone   

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

This is totally good news.  Return Of The Otters

This might be a fun place to visit.  The City Obsessed With Cats

‘Tis the season for these little dudes.  Top 10 Things About Brown Recluse Spiders

SHORTS

Native Scientists Provide Insight Into Salmon Habitat

Watched Chimps Change Their Hunting Habits

The Animals That Are Almost Invisible

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

UFO Spotted Near Sooke Basin – Sooke News Mirror

Hero Duck Races To Save His Chicken Friend From A Hawk And It Actually Works

15 Summer Destinations With The Worst Crowds

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  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

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

RONALD MCDONALD LEADING A CAVALRY CHARGE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 18, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 42

“The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it bends toward justice.” – Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

RONALD MCDONALD LEADING A CAVALRY CHARGE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. This has been the kind of week when distanced reflection is not only necessary but a mental health survival prerequisite.

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the London apartment house fire. And while we will certainly pray for you, we will not ply you with platitudes. Your own cleric, John Donne (1572 – 1631), said it best in Meditations XVII. America is part of England’s “main” and we, therefore, mourn as well.

I appreciated the spirit of the LGBT demonstrations which swept North America last week. I did not enjoy watching some Seattle demonstrators clash with police and destroy private property. When I see that kind of behavior, I wonder which of the parents of those demonstrators barked and had a thing for fire hydrants.

When I watched US Attorney General Jeff “Stonewall” Sessions alternative testifying before Congress, I was struck by his similarity to Henry Gibson on Laugh In. I also noticed that he had many of his responses typed up, which makes me wonder if he knew the questions before hand.

Later, when he issued a call for federal prosecution of the marijuana industry, I wondered if he really thought he could pull that off or if he was like the world’s most convincing Devil’s Advocate, dedicated to the fall of the Present Potomac Regime by saying things so dumb it makes him look like he’s about as qualified to be the United State Attorney General as Ronald McDonald is leading a cavalry charge.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, 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

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Dennis Rodman Returns To North Korea

In India, Slight Rise In Temperatures Is Tied To Heat Wave Deaths

Otto Warmbier: US Doctors Dispute N Korean Coma Story

Running For Adventure On Hong Kong’s Maclehose Trail

AFRICA

South Africa’s Helen Zille Makes Unreserved Apology For Tweets

Nairobi Building Collapse: People Missing As Residents Join Search

Niger Army Rescues 92 Migrants In Sahara Desert

MIDDLE EAST

Trump’s Business Ties In The Gulf Raise Questions About His Allegiances

Iran Bans Zumba, And Its Fans Fume

A Saudi Woman Who Got Behind the Wheel and Never Looked Back

Revealed In Israel, A 2,600-Year-Old Request For Wine

EUROPE

UK Inflation Rate At Near Four-Year High

What to Know About the Deadly Fire in a London Tower Block

London Fire Is Theresa May’s ‘Hurricane Katrina’ Moment

London Fire: Death Toll Rises To 17 But ‘No More Survivors’

EU Mobile Roaming Charges Scrapped

Eurozone Ministers Strike Deal To Release Funds To Greece

Duke Of York: UK Firms Should Make Best Of Brexit

Turkish President Assails U.S. Over Charges Against His Guards  

RUSSIA

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny ‘Detained’ Before Moscow Protest

‘Huge Police Presence’ At Russia Protests

Russia Day in Protests

Game On: Russia’s Cyber Athletes Have Asian Rivals In Their Sights

Russian Bank Launches Drone Delivery Scheme

Putin Accuses U.S. of Russian Election Meddling

CANADA

Victoria Mayor Encourages ‘Adopting’ A Homeless Person

Nova Scotia Man Extradited From Venezuela To Face Murder Charges

Child Porn Charges Brought Against Man Arrested For ‘Canadacreep’ Twitter Videos

Toronto Neighbourhood That Seceded From Canada Marks 50 Years Of Freedom 

Air Canada Passengers Demand Answers After Chaotic Journey In The Skies

UNITED STATES

How Americans Turned Democracy Into A TV Show

23% of Puerto Ricans Vote in Referendum, 97% of Them for Statehood

Senior US Prosecutor Bharara Fired ‘After Refusing Trump Call’

Thousands March In US For LGBT Rights Under Trump

Are Trump’s US Economy Boasts Correct?

Report: Trump Under Investigation for Possible Obstruction

Steve Scalise Shooting: The Moment Baseball Gunman Opens Fire

5 Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Flint Water Crisis

Guilty Verdict For Young Woman Who Urged Friend To Kill Himself

Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Seattle City Council Vows To Uphold Paris Agreement On Climate Change

A housing policy that created jobs

Listen: He dreams of revolution in Oregon

West Coast Shores Are Bathed In Ocean Acidification “Hot Spots”

Washington State’s Largest Solar Project Is In The Works

Seattle’s Proposed Income Tax On Wealthy Draws A Crowd

Columbia Gorge Commission Backs Denial Of Railroad Expansion

Regulators Delay Oil-By-Rail Terminal Expansion In Oregon

Oregon Protects Salmon Habitat From River Mining

LATIN AMERICA

Panama Cuts Ties With Taiwan In Favour Of China

Venezuela’s Child Malnutrition Crisis Grows

Cuban Ambassador to the U.S. Criticizes President Trump’s Policy Rollbacks

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Why Are Australians So Laid Back?

Australian PM Says Trump Impersonation Was ‘Light-Hearted’

Australia Announces National Gun Amnesty

FROM OLYA

Kiev’s Central Square. Photo by Olya Bereza 

 

 THE TRAIN IS A MODERN DAY HORSE

Hi Rusty:

Just a thought that the train is a modern day horse. While riding today through vast green fields couldn’t help imagining my Cossack grandfather, who covered the same distance of about 3,000 km/1864 miles from East to West and back.

It is interesting to note how long this 17-hour train journey took would take riding by horses. Did he look at the same silver blue sky? And he probably was lying in the rye during rests looking to the stars. Ironically, though he could choose any place to spend birthday, he felt the call to go to Dnipropetrovs’k.

Here is good news for Ukrainians. Since the 11th of June, thanks to the new Visa Free Zone, we can visit most all of Europe and they can come to experience the beauty of my country. I am today enjoying the beauty of the wide Dnieper River.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

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.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Puyallup Teen Baby Sitters Charge Into House Fire, Save 8 Kids Upstairs

How Bars Around The World Are Getting More Creative In Fight Against Sexual Harassment

Portland, Oregon’s Iftar Invites People Of All Faiths To Break Bread Together

Philadelphia’s Alternative To Gentrification Spreads Opportunity To All Corners

Meet The Real Bearded Santas Trying To Keep Christmas Alive All Year

BAD EXAMPLES

Justice Department: Donald Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments

Former Twitter CEO Compares Meeting With President Trump to Waterboarding

Opioid Dealers Embrace The Dark Web To Send Deadly Drugs By Mail

Trump Ditches Regulation To Protect Endangered Whales & Sea Turtles

Energy Department Closes Office Working On Climate Change Abroad

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Happens When You Ask 13 White People To Talk About Racism?

Why So Many Mass Shooters Have Domestic Violence In Their Past

Hong Kong Wants A 3rd Runway. Will Its Dolphins Pay The Price?

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Chipotle Is Giving Away Free Burritos To Nurses

Uber Loses Another Top Executive Emil Michael

Microsoft Buys Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Hexadite For $100m

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

It Didn’t Take Long For China To Fill America’s Shoes On Climate Change

How Much Do You Know About Solving Global Warming?

Climate Change Shrinking Colorado River

Climate Change Isn’t Just A Fact For The Dutch. It’s An Opportunity.

Seattle City Council Vows To Uphold Paris Agreement On Climate Change

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Long Before It Lost Turf, ISIS Was Already Targeting Britain

On A Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps An Eye On Russia

Trump Gives Mattis Authority To Send More Troops To Afghanistan

ISIS Has A Deadly New Front In Asia

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Europe’s Child Refugee Family Reunion System Is Failing

What Japanese Internment Taught Us About Standing Up For Our Neighbors

TRUMP & COMPANY

Friend Says Trump Is Considering Firing Mueller As Special Counsel

Jeff Sessions Denies Collusion, Deploring ‘Detestable Lie’ in Senate Testimony

Trump Stews, Staff Steps In, and Mueller Is Safe for Now

Trump Foreign Payments: Democrats In Congress File Lawsuit

Trump-Russia Inquiry: Vice-President Pence Hires Lawyer

Trump Attacks Rosenstein In Latest Rebuke Of Justice Department

DALAI LAMA

So long as we are human we need compassion. Compassion brings inner peace and whatever else is going on, that peace of mind allows us to see the whole picture more clearly. So, in our education we need lessons about developing warmheartedness and finding inner peace. I’m convinced that today’s young people can achieve a more peaceful world if they cultivate that as their vision and begin to work towards it now.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Where no robot has gone before. ‘Little Sunfish’ Robot To Swim In To Fukushima Reactor

Yankee ingenuity on parade. G.E.’S History Of Innovation

This supports my theory that all we really need is here for us already. In The Hunt For New Antibiotics, Scientists Hit Pay Dirt

OUR PLANET

Video: Greenland’s Thinning Ice

A Crack In An Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Creating An Iceberg The Size Of Delaware

The Impact If The World Went Meat-Free

SPACE

NASA’s Newest Class Of Astronauts Is Ready To Hit The Pool

10 Space Objects To See In Daytime

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Google Simulator Lets You See What The Eclipse Will Look Like Where You Live

TECHNOLOGY

The Internet Of The Future Will Be Powered By Light

Vayyar’s 3d Sensor Can See Through Any Surface

Envisioning The Car Of The Future As A Living Room On Wheels

THE GREEN BEAT

Renewable Energy Push Is Strongest In The Reddest States

Portland, Oregon Joins Effort To Publish Removed EPA Climate Change Website

Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

Pacific Northwest Climate Activists Fight Construction Of World’s Largest Methanol Refinery

(Electric) Ships That Pass In The Night

Greening Your Summer Vacation

TRAVEL

Top 24 Free Museums In London

BC City Secrets: Where The Locals Go

11 Trips You Need To Take As Soon As You Retire

HEALTH

6 Ways To Get A Better Sleep

Eating Eggs And Dairy Makes Kids Grow Faster

Social Interaction Is Critical For Mental And Physical Health

Hearing Aids At The Mall? Congress Could Make It Happen

Almost 30% Of People In The World Are Obese Or Overweight

Why Aspirin May Be More Dangerous For Older People

Environmental Watchdog Group Warns Of Lead In Baby Food

LIFESTYLE

The 109-Hour Work Week: Mapping What it Takes to Afford Rent in America

10 Industries Hiring Like Crazy This Summer

Trial Over Suicide and Texting Lays Bare Pain of 2 Teenagers

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

The World’s Most Beautiful House

These Grizzlies Have A Hilariously Unique Way To Fish for Salmon

Buzz Aldrin’s VR Plan To Colonize Mars Comes To Oculus

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

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 is in Seattle, where I live. VIDEO: Goats Clearing Hillsides In Belltown

How cool is this? Fawn Found Collapsed On Roadside Rescued By Seattle Homicide Detective

There IS a god. Industrial Mine Halted On The Doorstep Of Last Remaining Grizzly Bear Habitat

SHORTS

She Rushed In To Help A Desperate And Stranded Orca. His Reactions Says It All

These Hungry Goats Learned To Branch Out

Spawning Time, When Sockeye Salmon Change From Blue to Red

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The Cornell E Lab June Newsletter Has 18 Photos To Celebrate Father’s Day & Birds

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘Two-Headed’ Baby Porpoise Found In Net

The City Obsessed With Cats

The Town That Split The World In Two

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 donate to the next edition, 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

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 11, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 41

IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, the big news for me this week was former FBI Director James B. Comey’s public testimony before Congress. I watched the entire proceedings and I have my own observations.

They come from perspectives of growing up with law enforcement and working with police and the courts in three states. I’ve also run two small political campaigns and received a national award for editorial journalism. I say that because if you’re like me, an opinion is nice. An INFORMED opinion is worth the time.

Mr. Comey’s credentials are impeccable and he is definitely one species of “Washington Insider.” He has, for the most part, navigated the slippery (and sometimes slimy) slopes of Capitol Hill adroitly and with both his ethics and his patriotism intact. He served two presidents (one of each party) well before he ran afoul of the third.

Because Trump has proven to be both enigmatic, reality challenged and unpredictable, Mr. Comey’s behavior and the means he used to protect both himself and the public’s right to know was appropriate. Trump complains about leaks after putting an iron mask on the Potomac media when the most appropriate response would have been absolute candor.

I did not and do not see this as Comey v Trump. I see it as yet another example of the “raging bull in a glass shop” behavior that has characterized Trump as a human being for seven decades. That’s a long time to be obnoxiously megalomaniacal and habits that old are nearly impossible to break. So Former FBI Director James Comey joined the ranks of other senior Washington, DC officials in essentially saying, “Chill, Donald. You can’t legally do that, dude.”

I admire Mr. Comey, as I admire my mayor, my governor, my two US senators and my Congressman. It is precisely because of individuals like these that even the most maladroit hand on the helm of the Ship of State can’t sink the flipping boat.

I’ve also learned something pretty important, I think. When people speculate about the motives of others, it is usually a revelation about the options they themselves might entertain under similar circumstances.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, 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

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

South Korea Halts Thaad Anti-Missile System Rollout

Taliban Territory: Life In Afghanistan Under The Militants

Japan Growth Rate Revised Down But Business Spending Improves

Chinese Censors Have New Target: Celebrity News

Apple Customer Data In China Was Sold Illegally, Police Say

AFRICA

Qatar Row: Six Countries Cut Links With Doha

Qatar Row: Calls For Diplomatic Talks To End Gulf Crisis

Qatar Row: Saudi Revokes Qatar Airways’ License

Forced From Their Village By Violence

MIDDLE EAST

Raqqa: Syrian Kurdish-Led Forces Launch Offensive On ISIS ‘Capital’

Iran Attacks Leave 12 Dead At Parliament And Khomeini Mausoleum

Yemen Cholera Cases Pass 100,000 Amid ‘Unprecedented’ Epidemic

Nations Silent On Qatar Blockade Plea

Qatar Crisis: The Deep Diplomatic Tensions Behind The Row

EUROPE

Britain Will Overcome Terrorism The Same Way It Always Has

London Attack: Third London Bridge Attacker Named

The British Election That Somehow Made Brexit Even Harder

Emmanuel Macron’s Amateur Politicians Are Poised To Remake French Parliament

Merkel Says EU Is ‘Ready To Start Brexit Negotiations’

RUSSIA

Russia’s Oil Bargain With Iran Has Political Overtones

Stalin’s Shadow: How A Gulag Historian Fell Victim To Russia’s Dark Past

Foreign Minister Says Russia Won’t End Travel For Europeans

CANADA

Canada’s Climate Strategy: Work With US States

4 Dead In Northern Quebec Town After Series Of Stabbings

Cankerworm Infestation Bugging Ontario City 

Canada Hit With Another Flour Recall, More Illnesses Due To 2nd E. Coli Outbreak

All Sailors Rescued From Mid-Atlantic After Violent Storm 

Analysis Another Decade, Another Trudeau, Another Stab At Sovereignty In Alberta

UNITED STATES

Drug Deaths In America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

2 Men Charged With Manslaughter In Deadly Oakland Fire

The 25 Cities Where Millennials Are Moving

Over 1,000 US Cities, States, And Businesses Vow To Meet Paris Climate Commitments

Hawaii First State To Pass Law Committing To Paris Climate Accord

Kansas Man Indicted On Hate Crime Charges In Shooting Of Indian Immigrants

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

The Pacific Northwest Is Proving Grassroots Action Against Fossil Fuels Can Work

How Will Seattle’s New Soda Tax Impact Small Businesses And Customers?

We In The Pacific Northwest Have A Choice

Portland Prepares Kenton Village For Homeless Women

Portland Eyes Future Of Willamette River

More Evidence On Ridesharing’s Growth Surge

Tent Cities For Tacoma’s Homeless To Get $3.4 Million

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Do You Need To Live In Seattle?

LATIN AMERICA

Michel Temer: Court Rules In Favour Of Brazil Leader

Trump’s New Cuba Policy: What’s At Stake For The Island?

Guatemala Ex-Vice-President Wanted By US

Hugo Chávez’s Brother Becomes Governor Of Barinas State

Venezuela Musicians Rise Up After Violist, 18, Is Killed At Protest

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Muslim ‘Safe Space’ Plan Sparks Row In Australia

China Seeks News Influence Through Australian Media Deals

Investigation Into ‘National Shame’ Work-For-The-Dole Scheme Underway

Top Cop Probed For Alleged Misconduct At Time Of Daniel Morcombe Inquest

‘Questions’ Over Chinese Company Donation To Western Australia Liberals

‘It Was Like Rape’: Women In Japan Tricked Into Pornography

193 Nations Urge Action To Protect Oceans

FROM OLYA

A gloomy day in London. Photo by Olya Bereza

IN THE WAKE OF THE LONDON ATTACK

Hi Rusty:

Last week was gloomy for the capital of the UK, when just a few days before elections the London attack at Borough Market happened.

Like the recent drama in Manchester, this too seems only to have united people. London thrives because of its multiculturalism so it should be no surprise that the days following tragedy, people on streets were even more polite with each other.

The results of Parliamentary elections though were a surprise.  Labour leader Jeremy Corbin was very consistent in his election campaign, so no party could win a majority. This only means that more negotiation and cooperation will be needed but on the other hand ability to choose is a fundamental for democracy.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

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.   

Two guitarists and a hand drummer (hidden behind the man on the right) entertain inside a tiny bar in Havana. Photo by Emily DeCarlo

HOW TO SALSA

by Dac Collins

Around sunset, heavy clouds hang sweating over the ancient, living buildings of La Habana. With this sweat comes heat, an impressive sort — one that builds as the sun dips down over the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the rainy season and while the grey water-laden clouds continue to perspire, even heavier now that the light is fading, two Yanquis sit under the tin roof of a tiny bar sipping mojitos. They watch as a three-piece band plays Chan Chan, paying respect to the Buena Vista Social Club, a place as well as a group of musicians who, though now mostly absent from the physical realm, remain living legends on the island.

The two Americans are having a hard time keeping their eyes off of one another. They talk little, taking in the surreal scene unfolding around them. A drop of sweat dives off the tip of his nose and into the cocktail, falling somewhere between the hierba buena and the rim of the glass. She dabs at her forehead with a bandana.

Then it happens—somewhere in the middle of the song. The lead singer rakes a flat pick across six nylon strings and yells, “para macané”, his voice rising like an arrow towards the clouds rumbling overhead. His shot is true and they unleash their burden on the scene, thousands of water balloons bigger than ’52 Chevies all popping at once. The two waiters on shift jump into action.

One runs outside to bring in a vacant table. The other scrambles for the tarps that are rolled up and draped over the side of the roof. He tries to unfurl the tarp that shelters the side of the bar facing the Atlantic. He fumbles with a knot. The testy double-overhand tightens its grip while the rain attempts to drown him, but he keeps struggling, embattled with a stubborn four-inch piece of twine. His friend recognizes his plight and runs for a knife. The twine doesn’t stand a chance.

Meanwhile, the musicians scramble to the center of the bar. Moving, they never miss a beat. They play even louder to compete with the raucous sound of water crashing against weary metal.

Their tempo quickens, the bongo player’s pedal-driven cowbell intensifying with the rain. The man on the tres picks away while the singer on his left, eyes closed, looking upward, yells the name of another tiny town in the campo.

Then the three musicians, who have likely never had the opportunity to leave this bizarre landmass, finally get their chance. They slide out into the rain, leaving a melody in their wake as the storm picks them up and guides them upward by the smalls of their backs.

Now floating somewhere between Havana and the heavens, they all follow in perfect time. They mirror her thunderous hip shakes and her quick, torrential footsteps, dancing on the rupturing clouds underfoot.

Editor’s Note: Dac and his friend are both fluent in Spanish and she has visited Cuba before. This was Dac’s first experience and what you read is an excerpt from notes he took. We’re preparing a more journalistic treatment which will provide some windows on this Caribbean island nation, from a source I personally know. RM

GOOD EXAMPLES

Tackling Homelessness A Different Way

As Trump Steps Back, Jerry Brown Talks Climate Change In China

The 81-Year-Old Bin-Woman With A PhD

How The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon Is Still Running Marathons At 70 

Stop Making Excuses For Hateful White Men

BAD EXAMPLES

She’s Accused Of Texting Him To Suicide. Is That Enough To Convict?

Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Permits

Masquerading As Reporter, Assassin Hunted Putin Foes In Ukraine

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

UK Election 2017: The Impact On Asian Business

Delphi, The Auto Parts Supplier, Embarks On A High-Tech Overhaul

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Tribes Stand For Paris

As the World Turns, Temperatures Rise: NASA Predicts All-Time Temperature Highs for 2016

Americans ‘Under Siege’ From Climate Disinformation

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Terrorist Attacks In The Heart Of London Hit A Nation Still Reeling

Raqqa: US-Backed Forces Advance In ISIS ‘Capital’

Inside ‘Islamic State’: A Raqqa Diary

Marawi Siege: US Special Forces Aiding Philippine Army

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

The National Front Member Who Fell In Love With Calais Jungle Migrant

California’s ‘Green Rush’ Takes Hmong Back To Their Opium-Growing Roots

TRUMP & COMPANY

 

Comey Says Trump Pressured Him To ‘Lift The Cloud’ Of Inquiry

Calling Comey A Liar, Trump Says He Will Testify Under Oath

DALAI LAMA

We depend on each other for our survival. In terms of the threats we all face from climate change, national boundaries have no meaning. Looking at our small blue planet from space no such boundaries can be seen. This is the reality today. On this World Environment Day we have to think of the environment in terms of the welfare of the whole of humanity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Indeed. Robot Cars Can’t Count On Us In An Emergency  And here’s another “be still my beating heart” moment because I live here. Self-Driving Cars Could Soon Be Tested On Washington Roads

We totally agree with this. Why All Animal Lovers Should Care About Bumblebees Being Endangered

How do you say, “Good morning, Dave” in Japanese? Japan To Launch Self-Navigating Cargo Ships ‘By 2025’

OUR PLANET

Oldest Fossils Of Homo Sapiens Found In Morocco, Altering History Of Our Species

As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving Is An Ancient Act Of Resilience

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In The World

SPACE

SpaceX Makes History With Recycled Spacecraft Launch To International Space Station

A Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

Fruit Flies And Mice To Get New Home On Space Station, At Least Temporarily

TECHNOLOGY

The Best Apps Of The Year So Far

Ponzi Scheme Meets Ransomware For A Doubly Malicious Attack

10-Year-Old App Maker’s Plan: Change World, Become Turtle

THE GREEN BEAT

Map: The Future Is Carbon-Priced And The US Is Getting Left Behind

These Google Streetview Cars Are Now Mapping And Measuring Pollution

California Vows To Forge Ahead With Ozone Cutting Measures

All Dutch Trains Now Run On 100% Wind Power

Environmental Groups Try To Block Montana Mine Expansion

TRAVEL

These 8 Beaches Are Some Of The Best In The World

The Island That Forever Changed Science

London’s Secret Underground Mail Rail

HEALTH

15 Foods A Nutritionist Always Keeps In Her Fridge

Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back To Traditional Foods

Seattle Soda Tax To Fund Education, Nutrition Programs

LIFESTYLE

Four Ways to Crack Down on Fraternity Hazing

Why We Are Driven To Search For The Truth

In One Of The Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Africa’s Great Migration

New York Times Wellness Page Devoted To Pets

Life On Mars  

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 is absolutely heart-warming. Dolphins Rush To The Glass Once They Hear Incredible Violinist Playing Music For Them

If this doesn’t warm your heart, it’s because you don’t have one. After Losing Her Leg To A Landmine, This Elephant Got The Best Gift Ever From An Amazing Surgeon

I believe this because it makes sense. Extinction Of Larger, Fruit-Eating Animals May Hasten Deforestation And Climate Change

SHORTS

The Most Powerful Punch Of All

U.S. Government To Use Drones To Fire M&Ms At Endangered Ferret Habitat

Precarious Rescue For Runaway Lizard

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Here’s A Chance To Make A Difference With Your Yard By Bringing The Bees Home

No, Killing Coyotes Does Not Help Ranchers

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Canada Tornado: Alberta Lawn-Mowing Man Defies Twister

“Trump Or Merkel?” Ukraine Beer Depicts World Leaders

The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved

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 donate to the next edition, 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

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A LESSON FROM WHICH WE COULD ALL BENEFIT

 

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 4, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 40

Donations Accepted Here 

A LESSON FROM WHICH WE COULD ALL BENEFIT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It was another interesting week, was it not, gang? America’s president did something else that will, in the words of California Governor Jerry Brown, “further isolate him on the world stage,” referring, of course, to Trump’s decision to with drama from the Paris Accords.

There is no way I could endorse such a decision but I do see that this could benefit the rest of the signatories because it will force them to depend less on a nation being lead by a man with all the grace of a blind elephant in a glass shop.

Judging from reaction within the United States, I’m not sure this formal act of climate change denial will have as much relative impact as it would if America was truly one nation. It is not and individual states and regions are as onboard with the Accords as though they had signed in blood. Here, as well, are five reasons why Trump’s decision is not the end of the world.

Trump’s decision and his behavior lend credibility to the contention that this individual is so deep in his own imbroglio that he simply cannot extrapolate the consequences of the decisions he makes beyond the immediate reaction to them.

Sometimes it is easier to refrain from giving power away than it is to take it back. This, I suspect, is a lesson from which we could all benefit. Trump didn’t buy his way into office. He was elected.

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

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

India Launches Probe Into Boeing’s $11 Billion Air India Deal

India, Once A Coal Goliath, Is Fast Turning Green

China’s New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing

Explosions Rock Funeral In Kabul, Killing At Least 7 And Injuring Dozens

Video Of Manila Casino Attack Shows Robbery Was Goal, Police Say

AFRICA

Kenya Opens Nairobi-Mombassa Madaraka Express Railway

Ethiopia Blocks Mobile Internet Nigeria’s Afrobeat Music Scene Is Booming, But Profits Go To Pirates

Senior Congo Officials Linked To Kabila Face Sanctions For Rights Abuses

Young And Unemployed, Tunisians Agitate For A ‘Second Revolution’

Cuts To AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost A Million Lives

MIDDLE EAST

Desalination Nation: How Israel Is Helping The World Fight Water Shortage

‘Dozens Of Civilians Shot’ Fleeing Mosul

UNICEF Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 In Coming Weeks

US Won’t Move Embassy To Jerusalem, At Least For Now

EUROPE

The Future Of European Transit: Driverless And Utilitarian

With Italy No Longer In U.S. Focus, Russia Swoops To Fill The Void

Ireland Set To Sell 25% Of Allied Irish Banks

Ireland Set To Have First Gay PM

‘Van Hits Pedestrians’ On London Bridge: Live Latest Updates: London Bridge Incident

German Music Festival To Resume After Terrorist Scare

RUSSIA

River Floods Russian Town

The 5 Overlooked Countries Shaping Russia’s Future

Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses Meet In Defiance Of ‘Extremism’ Ban

Waiting For A Miracle: Muscovites Line Up To See The Remains Of St. Nicholas

CANADA

Canada Identifies Large Ocean Area Off The Coast Of British Columbia For Protection

A Moose Destroyed A Flowerbed Planted To Celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial

Measuring How Smog Hurts In Canada

UNITED STATES

Recipients Fear Cuts To Food Stamps And Disability Aid In Trump Budget

Ohio Sues Drug Makers, Saying They Aided Opioid Epidemic

Million Dollar Empire In Maine Threatened By Climate Change

Former Penn State President Gets Jail Time In Child Molestation Scandal

The Unlikely Uprising Of Progressive Politics In Alaska

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Hunting Down The Lost Apples Of The Pacific Northwest

Amazon Warehouse Workers In Kent Get Higher Starting Wage Than In Any Other U.S. City

Washington Moves Ahead On Pollution Limits

Seattle Booms On

LATIN AMERICA

Video: A Copacabana Protest To Oust Temer

106 Chilean Agents Sentenced To Prison

Nicaragua: Paris Accords Not Green Enough

In Santiago, A Regal Old Neighborhood Opens Its Doors

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Plans To Deny Passports To Convicted Pedophiles

‘Faceless’ Fish, Last Seen In 1873, Found Off Australia

First Home Buyers Need 40 Years’ Worth Of Savings For A Sydney Deposit: UBS

Tasmanian Farmers Call For Improved Flood Warning After 2016 Devastation

FROM OLYA

CRUNCH TIME

Hello, Rusty:

After the controversial news about the American decision this week, I just wanted to praise those countries that still support Paris Accords Agreements to reduce carbon pollution. Here is the list of them.

I think it would be logical to start ecology awareness learning by children at an early age so they will grow up with a sense of responsibility for our Blue Planet. We also need more people to inspire our children. One example of celebrities with this consciousness is Emma Watson being against using plastic bottles because so many of them then appear in the ocean creating Great Pacific garbage patch.

Another way is to make such education fun. So I would like to give a word about a board game called very appropriately “Crunch Time” meaning we have reached a critical point in the “game” to save the planet.  Players are given realistic alternatives and options in a variety of scenarios.  The winner is the one who has acquired the fewest “crunch” points and the greenest ones. Here is more about the game on FaceBook.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Humans And Computers Unite To End Traffic Fatalities

Washington, California, New York, Form U.S. Climate Alliance

Israelis Fight Hunger In Ethiopia By Helping Farmers Quintuple Crop Yields

An Unflappable Sixth-Grader Has Won The National Spelling Bee 

3 Fact Checkers We Need (And Love) Right Now

BAD EXAMPLES

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks In Social Media Posts

As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating

Los Angeles Homeless Numbers Jump 23% In A Year

Police: Employees Busted For Selling Cocaine At Papa John’s Pizza

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Here’s How A Chinese Tech Firm Borrowed $2.1 Billion In A Hurry

Why Is Business Angry Over US Climate Decision?

Dow Higher After US Climate Deal Withdrawal

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

An Effect Of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over

Mapping 50 Years Of Melting Ice In Glacier National Park

Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected To Be Busy

Hurricane Names 2017

Clouds That Look Like Ocean Waves

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States And Companies Commit To Paris Accord

Paris Climate Deal: Macron Pledges To ‘Make Planet Great Again’

Climate Action Never Depended On Trump

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Hundreds Of Casualties In Kabul Bombing

Manchester Attack: Abedi Bought Most Bomb Parts ‘Himself’

Don’t Mistake ISIS’s Ramadan Killing Spree For A Grand Strategy

Manchester Bomber Met With ISIS Unit In Libya, Officials Say

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Immigrants Keep An Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive And Growing

One Family’s Journey From A Greek Refugee Camp To A New Home

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump Budget Takes Aim At Shakealert Earthquake Early Warning System For The Pacific Northwest

DALAI LAMA

Cultivating a more compassionate attitude has the effect of opening the mind. Having a calm and compassionate mind enables us to use our natural intelligence more effectively. Without a more holistic perspective it’s difficult to appreciate the reality of a given situation and without that any action we take is likely to be unrealistic and therefore unsuccessful.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I will bet the Vatican is thrilled with this. Meet BlessU-2, the robotic priest

I could never do this. I get claustrophobic on the 40 yard line. Video: Life On Mars: At Home In The Habitat

I profoundly hope this is true. Amazon Exec Mike Clayville Sees The Cure For Cancer In The Cloud

OUR PLANET

Top 5 Questions About Tornadoes

Antarctic Ice Crack Takes Major Turn

Landslide Buries Scenic California Highway

SPACE

NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals The ‘Brand-New And Unexpected’

NASA Is Finally Sending A Mission To Touch The Sun

25 Exceptional Photos From Space By Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

TECHNOLOGY

LED Bike Lights Target Night Riders And ‘Burners’

Israeli Robots, Apps Aim To Make Aging Easier

For $499, A Drone For Beginners: DJI’s Spark

THE GREEN BEAT

Cornell’s Climate-Conscious Urban Campus Arises

The Looming Expansion Of The Trans Mountain Pipeline

DAPL Protesters Targeted With Surveillance

Electric Trains Everywhere: A Solution To Crumbling Roads And Climate Crisis

Greening Your Summer Vacation

30 Ways To Act In Solidarity With Marginalized People

Tech Leaders Defy Trump On Climate Deal

TRAVEL

20 Ways To Spot An American Abroad

Video: 52 Places To Go: A Bird’s Eye View In Laikipia

The Great American Bucket List: 50 Things To Do In The US Before You Die

HEALTH

Why Instagram Is The Worst Social Media For Mental Health

How To Make Yourself Love Exercise

Eat Less, Live Longer?

Cannabis Can Reverse Aging And Enhance Brain Performance

Washing Hands In Cold Water Works As Well As Hot Against Germs

How Household Chemicals Can Harm Young Girls’ Health

LIFESTYLE

Body Cameras, Long Distrusted, Now Help Show ‘Human Side Of The Badge’

Bill Gates: Your Summer Reading List Should Include These 5 Books

In Search Of The Right Type Of Juror When A Police Officer Is On Trial

Happy Couples Focus On Each Other’s Strengths

Paving The Pathway To College

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Clouds That Look Like Ocean Waves

25 Exceptional Photos From Space By Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

These Three Videos Will Have You Crying Tears of Joy! 

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 is awesome as long as your hacienda is not made of this stuff. These Bees Nest In Sandstone

This is just as cute as it sounds. Little Baby Falls In Love With His Keeper — And Chases Him Wherever He Goes

I totally loved this. Bear Cubs Are In Need Of A Bath – Watch The Surprising Way Their Caretaker Gets Them In The Water

SHORTS

Shetland Pony Grand National

Animal Rescues In The Wild Will Warm Your Heart!

The May 2017 edition of NestWatch, though late, is now online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Shark Injures Australian Fisherman On Board Boat

Kyrgyzstan President Shows Off His Musical Skills

Dramatic Ukraine Water Pipe Explosion Captured On CCTV

ABOUT US

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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

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 donate to the next edition, 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

Donations Accepted Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 28, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 39
DONATIONS ACCEPTED HERE

TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MEMORIAL DAY 2013

To watch this speech on YouTube, please go here.  It is right after the Armed Forces Medley

I recently received a note from a mother whose daughter, a soldier, is buried at Arlington. She wanted to share some of the things she had learned at the loss of her daughter.  She learned that the grief never really goes away; at any instant, a smell, a color, a song, a date on the calendar can take you right back to that first raw moment when everything changed.

She learned that if there is any secret to grieving, it is that there can be room for sorrow and joy, sadness and hope, to exist in the same space at the same time.

And she learned grief is not a lack of faith nor a sign of weakness.   It is the price of love.  That love, she says, is yours to hold forever.

Memorial Day is foremost about remembrance of America’s sons and daughters from every corner of our country, in every branch of the service who gave their lives so that we might live free.

But it is also about love and about hope. It gives us, the living, a chance to cherish the freedom we may now hold dear and embrace the future we may now dare dream.

It gives us the opportunity, all citizens everywhere, to recommit to our national purpose to secure the blessings of liberty. Let is also renew a national commitment to usher home the men and women returning to our communities and firmly stand by those still supporting our missions around the globe.

Behind every one of them are their pillars of love and hope at home; A parent, a spouse, a son, a daughter, a community, all doing their part to take care of America.

On Behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a grateful nation, we thank you.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Park Geun-Hye: S Korea Trial Of Impeached President Begins

Video: China’s Ancient Circular Walled Homes

Marawi Fighting: Foreign Fighters ‘Among Militants’ In Philippine City

Killing Of Militant By Indian Forces Sets Off Protests In Kashmir

Is China Outsmarting America In A.I.?

AFRICA

Africa Highlights: DJ Leads Ghana Graft Protest, South Sudan Journalist Freed

Legal Victory For Kenya Hunter-Gatherers

Where Has All The Food Aid Gone?

Five Things You Might Not Know About Africa

The Women Saving Somalia’s Animals

MIDDLE EAST

Egypt Coptic Christians Killed In Bus Attack

Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike In Israel After 40 Days

EUROPE

Germany Cracks Europe-Wide Burglary Gang Of 500 Members

U.K. Looks Beyond Manchester

Video: Trump Tells NATO Members To Pay ‘Fair Share’

G7 Leaders Gather For ‘Robust’ Talks In Sicily

UK Terror Threat ‘Linked To Wars Abroad’

Europe “lobbying at all levels right now for US to remain in Paris agreement”

RUSSIA

Will The Russian Language Have A ‘Real Impact’ On The U.S. Government?

Why Didukraine Ban Russian Social Networks?

Why Russian Is Still Spoken In The Former Soviet Republics

Wannacry Hack: Why Has Russia Suffered More Than Other Countries?

The Whisperers: Meet The Snitches Making A Return To Russia

CANADA

Canada’s Conservatives Choose Andrew Scheer As Their New Leader

‘Box Of Miracles’: Museum Cracks Case Of Mysterious Negatives In Shoe-Polish Box

Caroline Mulroney Could Continue Political Dynasty Begun By Her Father

Conservative Leadership Candidates Stress Unity And Core Values In Final Speeches

‘Absolute Shock & Horror’ Expressed Over Alberta Students’ Cowboys & Indians- Grad Party

‘Most Dangerous Situation I’ve Ever Seen’: B.C. Hot Springs Closed Over Food-Habituated Bears

Trial Of The RCMP In Moncton: What We’ve Learned So Far

UNITED STATES

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs And The Weight Of History

Few In St. Louis Knew Confederate Memorial Existed. Now, Many Want It Gone.

Seattle Nation’s Fastest-Growing Big City

21 Across U.S. Are Indicted In ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat After Assault Charge

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Selling The Pacific Northwest Energy Grid

California Carbon Auction Rebounds

EPA Cuts Target Oregon Clean Air, Beach-Monitoring Programs

Timber Company Seeks $3.3m After Failed Elliott State Forest Sale

Oregon, California Governors Seek Salmon Disaster Aid

Meet Oregon’s 39 Newest B Corps

LATIN AMERICA

Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets In Brazil

The Silver Lining To Brazil’s Never-Ending Corruption Scandal

Brazil’s Crisis: How Fighting Corruption Could Imperil Political Stability

Their Government In Chaos, Brazilians Fear The Joke Is On Them

Mexico Band Fined Over ‘Narco Song’

Venezuelans Rally Around Violin Protester

President Moreno Takes Office In Ecuador

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

New Emoji Is A Meaningful Symbol For Indigenous Australians

Schapelle Corby: ‘Ganja Queen’ Trafficker Deported From Bali

Woman In Wheelchair Left Stranded On Brisbane Train

Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ Tell Their Stories

In Rural Australia, A Generation Gap Widens Over Climate Change

Our Australian Expansion

FROM OLYA

MANCHESTER

Hello, Rusty:

From England this time. You have heard about recent tragedy that happened in Manchester. In the coffee shop where I am writing this, at 11 o’clock there was a minute of silence to remember the victims. Faces were sad and reflected sorrow.

I was in Manchester earlier this year and under normal circumstances, it is a great, vibrant city. A lot of new modern development is going on but it is still a historically grand city which is reflected in its architecture. The city played major role in Industrial Revolution and as Disraeli once said, “Manchester is as great a human exploit as Athens.”

I recently found myself in London, staying just a doorstep from Kipling House. His words came back to me as I thought of Manchester.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too…”

Written in 1895, they seem profoundly relevant today. And I think Mr. Kipling would agree that while it is the work of authorities to provide safety on streets, it is up to us not to live in violence and fear.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Photos: Meet The People In The Path Of Trans Mountain

The World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Just Went Online In China

Film About Russia’s War In Ukraine Receives Standing Ovation In Cannes

BAD EXAMPLES

US Republican Greg Gianforte Charged Over Guardian Reporter ‘Body Slam’

The Sex Slaves Of Al-Shabab

Dozens Of Middlebury Students Are Disciplined For Charles Murray Protest

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

MANCHESTER ATTACK

Manchester Attack: 22 Dead And 59 Hurt In Suicide Bombing

Manchester Attack: Police ‘Not Sharing Information With US’

Manchester attack: Bataclan survivor’s message for Manchester

Why Preventing Terror Attacks Like Manchester Is So Difficult

Why The Manchester Attack Was An Attack On Girlhood

Hunt For Manchester Bombing Accomplices Extends To Libya

Images Of Manchester Bomber Released

BUSINESS & TRADE

Ford To Replace Chief Executive Mark Fields, Reports Say

Wheels For The People’

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Listen: Capitalism Fuels Climate Change, And We All Play A Part

Rising Seas Drowned Flood Insurance

Fig Leaves Are Out. What To Wear To Be Green?

Conversations On Climate Justice In Yakima Valley

Fighting Trump On Climate, California Becomes A Global Force

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

South China Sea: US Warship Sails Close To Disputed Mischief Reef

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Apple’s Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit On Number Of Refugees Allowed In

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump Softens Tone On Islam But Calls For Purge Of ‘Foot Soldiers Of Evil’

Notre Dame Students Walk Out Of Mike Pence Commencement Address

Trump Pushes Past Montenegro’s PM

White House Backs Down On Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

At Wellesley, Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump And Invokes Nixon Resignation

DALAI LAMA

I feel that compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. It is something that only we human beings can develop. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This is something that can also be experienced nation to nation, country to country, continent to continent

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible. Scientists Are Stunned When 2,000-Year-Old Seeds Grow Into Extinct, Biblical Tree

So is this. Check out this app from timeanddate.com that shows our solar system with four charts accessible by pressing a tab. They include: distance from the sun, distance from earth, the planets in terms of relative size, size in our sky, and brightness on any particular date. You can set the format by going to this site.

This is good news. Electric Cars More Popular As Grid Gets Greener

OUR PLANET

Your Guide To Earth’s Biggest Problems

How Did Humanity’s First Words Sound?

Lizards Benefit From Amazing Flower

SPACE

The Dark Side Of Another Moon

Boeing & DARPA Developing An Experimental Spaceplane With Aerojet Rocketdyne Engines

NASA Spacecraft Finds A Chaotic Dance Of Storms At Jupiter’s Poles

TECHNOLOGY

Bizarre Office Gadgets From The Past

The DJI Spark Is The First Drone I Actually Want To Buy

Reality Check: What Does, And Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone

THE GREEN BEAT

California Grid Sets Record, With 67% Of Power From Renewables

Relish The Refined Details Of This Container Home’s Open-Plan Kitchen

Why Your Power Company Wants to Sell You More Than Electricity

50 Years Of Spills

Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal

TRAVEL

Top 5 Scenic Drives In BC

25 Amazing Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Ukraine

On The Water: 10 Favorite Places On European Rivers, Lakes And Coastlines

HEALTH

A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times A Week, Has Benefits For Dementia

The Myths About Washing Your Hands

The Death Rate From Alzheimer’s Disease Is Climbing

LIFESTYLE

How To Raise Your Children To Be A Part Of The Universe, Not The Center Of It

Warm Weather Water Safety

Is This The Most Perfect Love Story?

See What Type Of House You Can Afford In Every City

The Surprisingly Popular Baby Names In Every State

Take A Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming.

15 Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

John Kerry: The Case For Optimism In These Strange Times

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Stunning 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Entries

Horses As Healers

God Bless America – Kate Smith 

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.

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

Photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service

If you love these creatures as much as we do, this will absolutely thrill you. Arctic Wolves Howling A Beautiful Song

And of course, we totally agree with this. Tolerance For Wolves

This is a little spooky. Snake Visits Underwater Caves: A female sea krait finds an amazing location for her eggs

SHORTS

The Spider That Lives In Snail Shells

The Bird That Is Like A Reptile

Top 10 New Species 2017

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How It Feels To Be Struck By Lightning

Dissolving The Dead: An Alternative To Burial Or Cremation

Video: Attending His Own Wake

ABOUT US

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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

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 donate to the next edition, 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

Donations Accepted Here

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 21, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 38
DONATIONS ACCEPTED HERE

Friends and housemates Dac Coillins and Russell Babbitt working on our house garden.

A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another interesting week. Seattle has moved one step closer to Cascadia with a city income tax resolution. We support such measures and any others that reduce reliance on federal funding. Independence is not free. It is just usually not as expensive as the alternative.

The fiery rhetoric and apocalyptic wailings of some of the media around the latest antics of America’s current chief executive seems a bit melodramatic. In view of the rolling snowball of his inadequacies, ineptitude, arrogance, ignorance and flagrant chicanery, cussing him out is a little like getting out of a 737 at 30,000 feet so you can go around back and give it a good push.

And in the “we don’t just write about it, we do it” department, our own house garden is progressing. We cleared about 200 square feet and built the box portion of it, with tomato and jalapeno starts. One of our number is in Cuba on holiday now and when he returns, we’ll be building a rain barrel collection battery consisting of three barrels feeding one with several spigots on it.

Even though it will still probably be cheaper to buy our groceries at the supermarket, the processes involved in this project underwrite a growing sense of self-reliance clearly evident in our city and state’s resistance to the present presidential efforts to rewrite the Constitution under the spiritual mentorship of Prince Machiavelli. We’ll keep you posted and when Dac returns from his holiday, he’ll be filing a report on his experiences in this small island nation, post Castro.

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

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Asia’s Most Multicultural City?

China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From Climate Change

The People Selling Canned Air To China

Princess Mako To Lose Japan Royal Status By Marrying Commoner

A Flight Over Hong Kong’s Secret Farms

The Biggest Threat To India’s Growth?

AFRICA

DR Congo Jail-Break: Bundu Dia Kongo Leader Flees Kinshasa Prison

Why Is Libya So Lawless?

Libya Airbase Death Toll ‘Rises To 140’

S Africa Men March Against Abuse Of Women

Sudan’s Bashir Declines Trump Summit

Africa Highlights: Africa’s Youth ‘Dangerous Powder Keg’, South Africa ‘Becoming Mafia State’

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli, Iranian Scientists Launch Region’s First Particle Accelerator

Video: What Saudis Get (Or Not) In $110 Billion Arms Deal With U.S.

Trump In Saudi Arabia: Us President To Address Islamic Leaders

Rouhani: Iran Said No To Extremism

EUROPE

Ukraine To Block Russian Social Media In Sweeping Sanctions

The London Man Making Globes By Hand

Forsaken Village On Italy’s Coast Tells Tale Of A Paradise Lost

RUSSIA

Hot Air, Cold War: How Russia Spooks Its Arctic Neighbors

Navalny Unmasks A Cartel Allegedly Earning Billions In Russian Defense Deals

Court Orders Russian Singer’s Parents To Return Unspent Charity Donations

CANADA

A Canadian Town Wanted A Transit System. It Hired Uber.

Five Amazing Stories From The Dude Who Mapped British Columbia For Google Earth

Silver Superman Coins Prove To Be Kryptonite To Royal Canadian Mint’s Bottom Line

‘It’s A Huge Issue’: Volunteer Firefighters Facing Recruitment Challenges

Court Document Reveals New Details About School Shooting In La Loche, Sask. 

Vegreville, Alta. Residents Urge Justin Trudeau To Keep Immigration Centre Open

UNITED STATES

Noise Pollution Is Pervasive In U.S. Protected Areas

For A Village In Demand, It’s Lights, Camera, Inconvenience

Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, A New Push For Statehood

20 U.S. Cities You Do Not Want To Live In

White Tulsa Officer Is Acquitted In Fatal Shooting Of Black Driver

Video: Confederate Monuments Come Down And Emotions Rise

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

Oregon Pushes For Wooden Skyscrapers To Revive Timber Industry

Season’s First Copper River Salmon To Arrive In Seattle This Week

Tight Squeeze For New Industries In BC

Oregon Gets To Vote On LNG Export Facility

Long-Term Forecast For More Flooding In BC

The Mass Migration Of Seattle

Seattle To Build The Worlds First Light Rail On A Floating Bridge

Seattle Passes Resolution For An Income Tax

Can Seattle’s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil Leader Seeks Probe Suspension

Video Brazil Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters

Temer’s Year In Office

Glossary Of Brazil’s Corruption Probe

Mexican Mob Attacks Russian Over Insults In Cancun

Venezuela Protests: Passport Of Opposition Leader Capriles ‘Seized’

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Young Woman Dies In Sydney’s West, Partner Charged With Breaching AVO

‘Game Is Up’ For ‘Fake Refugees’ Living In Australia, Dutton Says

Toddler Killed By Family Car During Roadside Toilet Break

FROM OLYA

Kiev at night. Photo by Olya Bereza.

VYSHIVANKA DAY IN UKRAINE

Hello, Rusty, from sunny Kiev:

It was interesting to watch the city in the wake of the celebration of diversity, the Eurovision song contest. As I write, I am sitting in a nice place on top of famous Pinchuk Art Center enjoying coffee and a good view.

With about 60 000 visitors who came to this contest, our capital city did not face much difficulties in accommodating and entertaining. Ironically, this year was at least three times less compared to Euro 2012’s “biggest tourist flow”.

Maybe it was not the same joyful atmosphere as before, but Ukraine successfully accomplished its host role. A few days after and cheer is still in the air, especially following news of a visa free-regime with the European Union and Vyshivanka Day, day of traditional Ukrainian costume.

The only thing that affected a generally positive attitude was the controversial decision to block access to Russian sites   Some organizations like the Human Rights Watch reacted very strongly

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Heidi Harmon: As A Mom And Mayor, I Am Committed To Improving The Environment

Brenda Milner, Eminent Brain Scientist, Is ‘Still Nosy’ at 98

Iran Election: Women Politicians Speak Out Ahead Of Poll

Tacoma, Washington Has Hired Its First Woman City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli

BAD EXAMPLES

12 Students Commit Suicide In Central India Over Exam Results

Remote Island Has ‘World’s Worst’ Plastic Rubbish Density

US Teen Died After Drinking Caffeine Too Quickly, Coroner Says

Indonesia’s Aceh: Two Gay Men Sentenced To 85 Lashes

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Ford ‘Set To Shed 10% Of Workforce’

Boeing Makes First 737 Max 8 Delivery (Photos)

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

The Deadly Diseases Being Released As Ice Thaws

Climate Change Is Shrinking The West’s Water Supply

Interactive Feature: Miles Of Ice Collapsing Into The Sea

Climate Change Alters The Start Of Springtime, And These Birds Can’t Keep Up

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Video: Inside An Abandoned Airport In Greece, A Refugee Camp

Immigration Arrests Rise Sharply As A Trump Mandate Is Carried Out

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Malware Case Is Major Blow For The N.S.A.

Chelsea Manning: Wikileaks Source Freed From Prison

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

TRUMP & COMPANY

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him To End Flynn Investigation

Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel For Russia Investigation

Trump, Citing ‘A Witch Hunt,’ Denies Any Collusion With Russia

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

The 25th Amendment Solution To Remove Trump

Video: A Times Exclusive: Trump, Comey And The Russia Investigation

DALAI LAMA

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face up to what challenges us. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has to undergo hardship, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome what troubles us.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Considering the aerodynamics, wildlife and weather involved, this is possibly the dumbest idea since lead flyswatters. Crossing Nevada? With New Speed Limit, One Part May Be Just A Blur

This sounds like a black and white, low budget, American science fiction film from the 1950s. ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From The Oil Sands Of Alberta

Here we go again, HAL. Listen: The Age Of Self-Driving Cars

OUR PLANET

20 Incredible Landmarks You’ve Never Heard Of

New Global Map Of Earth At Night

Did This Human Species Coexist With Our Ancestors?

SPACE

The Most Mysterious Star In The Galaxy

NASA to Trump: No, We Won’t Send Humans on Inaugural Rocket Launch Past the Moon

How Scientists Mapped The Path Of The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

TECHNOLOGY

BHS Robotics Team Wins World Championship

By 2020, Every Chinese Coal Plant Will Be More Efficient Than Every US Coal Plant

THE GREEN BEAT

EPA Clears Path For Alaska Mining Project

Forests Teach Us How To Manage Stormwater

The Most Amazing Shipping Container Homes From Around The World

Lego Group Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Target Three Years Ahead Of Schedule

TRAVEL

Condé Nast Traveler Votes Tel Aviv Best City,  

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in (and Around) Vancouver

17 Unforgettable Moments You’ll Have On A Trip To Finland

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Would You Compost Your Body?

Racial Health Disparities Of Geriatric Care

We Should Have Listened To The Broken Teenagers

How Shyness Can Be A Creative Force

10 Things That Are Cheaper Today

How Army Rations Helped Change Food

An Open Letter To Young Girls From Chelsea Clinton

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Wow! I Never Thought I’d See Elephants From THIS Point-Of-View

Extremely Rare Pink Dolphin Is Captured On Camera Swimming In A Louisiana Lake

30 Breathtaking Pictures That Put Our Entire Existence Into Perspective

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

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.

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

We have long suspected this. Pandas Are Actually Quite Ferocious

I sincerely hope there is a suite in Hell reserved for whoever did this. ‘White Lady’ Wolf Shot Dead Prompts Yellowstone Reward

We should all have friends like this. Cat Offers Kitten Help With Life, And Dopey Dog Housemate

SHORTS

1st Wild Bison Calf Born On Wind River Reservation In More Than 130 Years

Video: How Bees Freshen Up

When Wolves Return To The Wild

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

After 45 Years In Captivity This Elephant Finally Found A Best Friend | The Ra

Wildlife Trust Rescues Antelope With Unique Abilities

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

When This Man Stopped To Take Pictures, He Never Expected To Find This! | T

Pastor Eaten By Crocodile While Demonstrating Walking On Water

Would You Drive A Car Made From Plants?

ABOUT US

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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

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 donate to the next edition, 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

Donations Accepted Here

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment