TO AN UNSUNG GOOD SAM

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 29, 2018 Volume 10 Number 34

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: To An Unsung Good Sam; News In Review; From Olya – May Day Remember & Olya’s Recipe For Shashlik; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

TO AN UNSUNG GOOD SAM

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In the 500 or so columns I’ve written for this magazine over the last ten years, I have very seldom singled out a single human being who was not already in the media.  There are reasons for this and there are, of course, exceptions to that rule, as well.

Putting an individual in the spotlight casts them in unnatural light and strips them of the right to be as fragile, as vulnerable and as foible as the rest of us.  I was privileged to know and to have loved and been loved by one of the most attractive women a sensual god ever created and her admonition resonates to me this day, even though she’s Up Yonder and has been for some while.

“Mishka, please do not put me on a pedestal.  There’s not much room up there to dance.”

This column is dedicated to that unsung hero who, by a simple act of kindness on a bus last week, kept me from having the kind of day you have when you lose your purse or wallet with everything in it except prayers from a pope.  Mine slipped out of my sweat pants as I was preparing to disembark from the 107 northbound from where I live to where I shop in Seattle’s Rainier Beach.

This man, who’d been sitting beside me, saw what happened and I suspect without even thinking, bent over, scooped said brown leather wallet up, tapped me on the hip with his cane and wordlessly handed me my life back.  There was just time enough to give him a business card and to get kidded by the bus driver a little.

So I hope wherever this now sung good Samaritan is, he is reading this.  It is the small acts of kindness like his which keep this planet from spinning off its axis and sending morons and messiahs alike to the Good Place ahead of schedule.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, stay well and God Bless.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Olya’s shashlik

MAY DAY REMEMBERED

Hi Rusty:

It is always interesting for me to look back in history and find out the causes of that or other event. It’s first of May. or as they call it, International Labour Day here.  This time that made me curious. Ironically the history of it started in your homeland although Labour Day celebrations there it seemed on some later date in September.

1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886  Haymarket Affair in Chicago. In that year, beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb.

I think I was too young for knowing the reason for 1 May while it was a Soviet paradigm.  I do these vague memories of long parades and lots of red flags around.  For me later on it was always not just ideological but an opportunity to spend an additional day off with family and celebrating traditionally for this part of the world,

Making shashlik and enjoying nature and the outdoors.

Now, here in Ukraine many years later, I am even able to do my own recipe: for a kilo/2 lbs of meat, squeeze juice of one lemon and put there also chopped one onion. Keep it one-three days in fridge before going to event where you then cook the meat on an open fire.

Interesting how celebrations just seem to be inherited without much knowing of the meaning. But I guess that is how these things are usually continued – by inertia. And in the beginning of May, it is just so nice to have a rest. Even if you support the Labour Party (wink and grin)

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay dry, my cousin.  Olya

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here. 

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS 

She had a voice so soft and warm, even the stars stopped to listen when she sang to them.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is more or less what we thought all along, having been through several in two states.  Earthquake Expert: We Can’t Predict Or Warn You About The ‘Big One’

Cool, if it lives up to its press.  Amazon’s New Echo For Kids Will Train Your Children To Say ‘Please’

And he knows this how, again?  Macron: ‘There Is No Planet B’

Earth

Giant Ichthyosaur One Of Largest Animals Ever

Mesmerising Lava Lake Overflow In Hawaii

 Fancy A French Farm For Free?

Outer Space

Gaia’s 2nd Data Release: 1.7 Billion Stars   

Mars Insight Mission Due To Launch

1st Deep-Space Cubesats Ready For Launch To Mars

Technology

The Robot Delivering Water In Rural India

Tracking Ships’ Dirty Fumes From Orbit

Video: Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Farming Industry

PRAISE

Fighter. Liberator. Ungovernable Woman. Mother Of A Nation. And A Wife Too.

Flint, Michigan Water Activist And 6 Others Win Environmental Prize

CENSURE

Russia’s Crackdown On Jehovah’s Witnesses Begins With A Foreigner

The Geography Of Health In America

Years After Oil Spills, Money Still Owed To Vancouver, Aquarium, And Heiltsuk Nation

TRAVEL

Moscow Airports Enact Strict New Code Of Conduct

Fewer Russian Tourists Traveling To U.K., U.S., Tour Operators Say

Spain’s Palma To Ban Holiday Rentals After Residents’ Complaints

THE GREEN BEAT  

‘We Need To Rethink The Entire Plastics Industry’: Why Banning Plastic Straws Isn’t Enough

The Clean Energy Revolution In The US Is Taking Off

Record Microplastic Found In Arctic Sea Ice

HEALTH

Portland, Oregon’s Vegan Movement Is 100 Years In The Making

The FDA Is Cracking Down On ‘Juuling’ And Youth E-Cigarette Use

10 Simple And Healthy Things You Should Do Every Day

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Searching For A Motherland As A Black Latina

When It Comes To America’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Mobile Homes Matter

Feature: Chinese, American College Students Discuss Eco-Civilization In California

Gerontopoly: Homeownership, Wealth, And Age

The Number Of Single Moms In America Is At A Record Low. Here’s Why

What The Handmaid’s Tale Gets Right—And Wrong—About The History Of Women And Resistance

Royal Baby: How The Day Unfolded

BEST OF THE NET

Trapped Swan Is Rescued. Hooray!

Cool Video! When Humans Stalked Giant Sloth

Orphan Chimp In Viral Video Broke Rescue Pilot’s Heart

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I’ve always wondered about this. (smiling)  Why Leopards Eat In Trees

This needs to go global.  Eu Member States Support Near-Total Neonicotinoids Ban

This is good news.  Oregon’s Wolf Population Continues To Grow

SHORTS

How Do Flocking Birds Move In Unison?

Watch The Mating Dance Of A New Bird Species

Why We Should Listen To Insects

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How Stories Have Shaped The World

Did Ancient Hindus Surf The Web?

An Ancient Curse Kept Nigerian Women Bound To Sex Slavery. Now, It’s Been Reversed

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please go here.  No contribution too large or too small. 

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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MEET SISSEL

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 22, 2018 Volume 10 Number 33

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Meet Sissel; News In Review; From Olya – Another Case For Cryptocurrency; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

MEET SISSEL

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I started out life as a musician trained in bands and orchestras in Sacramento, California public schools and performed with the Sacramento Youth Band, a city-wide marching and concert band that toured the state and the Northern California DeMolay Show and Band, a masonic stage band that toured western Canada.  I had my own professional group, The Jazzmen, for which I also fronted and booked.  We were good enough to play at the same Class A clubs which headlined the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, both of whom I’ve met.  I’ve also covered entertainment in Los Angeles and Hollywood as a writer.

I live for stellar performances.  They reaffirm my faith in humanity.  They uplift me and move me in more ways than even the passion of romantic love or the spiritual ecstasy of a high mountain dawn.  I’ve survived a lot thanks to the folks who produce this stuff and I’ve grown as both an artist and a human being thanks to their creative genius.

This is Sissel (Cecelia) from Kyrkjebo, a small town in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of five million. I recently discovered her by accident and I am absolutely, totally and without reservation enjoying becoming a devout fan of perhaps the finest vocal performer the last of an old century and the first of a new has yet produced.

A clear voiced soprano with a classical background, she has crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. She is also multi-lingual and has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her looks are as international as her music and when this statuesque entertainer takes the stage, she does so quietly, sincerely and without command. She has also collaborated with a number of the finest performers in music today.  And she was also the “voice” in the theme from the most recent version of the epic film, “Titanic.”For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.

Homepage

YouTube Videos

Amazing Grace, with the Oslo Gospel Choir

Auld Lyne Syne, Live On Swedish TV4

Bridge Over Troubled Water, with Russell Watson

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

Going Home

In Concert

In Concert – All Good Things

The Prayer, with Josh Groban

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

ANOTHER CASE FOR CRYPTOCURRENCY

Recent weeks have seen positive tendencies in the cryptocurrency market. Is it Spring optimism or a game of big players? One of the possible reasons for the upswing might be because cryptocurrency declared under Islamic law and market is now opened to1.6 billion Muslims  

There are, perhaps, other reasons. We all remember the financial crisis of 2007-2008, which began in America and then spread worldwide, infecting the global economy. Has the system changed much since then so it is more stable?

That question is probably the one which drives cryptocurrency holders trying to find alternative financial ways. One of the reasons for that Banking Crisis of 2008 was the so-called moral hazard, which is when someone increases their exposure to risk when insured).  Governments were paying for the risks (and then losses) the bankers were taking.

Can we say it will not happen again? Consider a recent Ukrainian example with PrivatBank when the government assumed all the debt of that institution to prevent it from failing.  Could this not be encouraging bankers to take risks, knowing they will not be responsible for consequences?

The great advantage of cryptocurrency is that it is never borrowed money.  That is why, even in volatile times, its stability could make it a new system for a changing world. Also should we mention libertarian sentiments about a decentralized financial system? Who knows?  Maybe cryptocurrency will make the Lorenz curve  (a graphical representation of the distribution of income or of wealth) work closer to a line of perfect equality.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

If you want to live a long and healthy life, run up big bills with medical people for stuff you don’t really need.  They’ll have a vested interested in keeping you alive long enough to pay them off.  And if you die before then, there really will be sad people at your funeral.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

Happy Earth Day, All

Why I Like My Job-Share With Robots  Say hi to HAL 9000 for us.  (shudder)

These have been appearing in the astronomical news often these days so it is probably a good idea to refresh our memory.  What is an exoplanet?

Earth

Was Another Civilization On Earth Before Humans? 

A British Rocket Base Returns To Life

Look What A Woman’s Love Can Do To An Abandoned Plane (PHOTOS)

Outer Space

NASA’s Tess: Planet-Hunting Satellite Lifts Off

Asteroid Buzzed Earth This Weekend

Europe’s Mars Rover Takes Shape

Incredible Images From Our Friends At NASA’s Earth Observatory (Refreshed Weekly)

Technology

When Robots Take Our Jobs, Platform Cooperatives Are A Solution

UK Joins Super X-Ray Laser Machine

Vera, The Russian Hr Robot, Is Ready To Start Hiring In The U.S. 

DALAI LAMA

A person’s underlying outlook and motivation can certainly affect how he or she responds to life’s adversities and dangers. An attitude of kindness and compassion brings a sense of self-confidence, an inner strength that reduces fear. In fact, an individual’s response to danger and ability to deal with fear can often depend more on their outlook and personal characteristics than on the nature of the situation itself.

PRAISE

One Mom’s Grief Turned To Action: ‘I Can’t Be Quiet About This’

TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2018

The Boston Marathon Winner Was Close To Quitting, But She Kept Going

NYT And New Yorker Win Joint Pulitzer For Weinstein Exposé

The Little Newspaper Helping Inmates Prepare For Reintegration

CENSURE

North Korea’s Secret Slave Gangs

Chemical Weapons Watchdog: Inspectors Have Samples From Douma

TRAVEL

The World’s Toughest Highway?

How Dutch Stations Help Blind Travelers

Art Exhibitions At Museums Across The USA

THE GREEN BEAT  

Your Lyft Ride Is Now Carbon-Neutral; Your Uber Isn’t

The Pokemon-Inspired Stream-Monitoring Citizen Science Project (Yes, Really)

Why The Kalama Methanol Project Would Be A Climate Disaster

The Staggering Environmental Footprint Of Wasted Food

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions?  Email TIME Magazine’s Health Editors.

E. Coli Outbreak: CDC Warns ‘Avoid All Types Of Romaine Lettuce’

These 12 Fruits And Vegetables Have The Most Pesticides

How To Spring Clean Your Health

5 Recipes That Will Fuel Your Entire Day

Should You Diagnose Yourself Online? Here’s What Doctors Really Think

Is Sushi Healthy? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

8 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Who Has Just Given Birth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 92 Years With Star-Studded Concert

Katya, Concert Photographer, Nizhny Novgorod. GENERATION P

BEST OF THE NET

The Greek Island Of Compassion

Scientists Had Their Jaws Drop When This Creature Swam Up To Their Boat

Kids Ask NASA Astronaut About Going To Space

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I totally love this and I’m betting you will too.  Retired Couple Capturing A Treasure Trove Of Data On Australia’s Dolphins

Here is yet another study confirming that underwater noise pollution stresses aquatic animals

Amazing is the word for it.  Amazing Photo Of Kenya’s ‘Mohawk’ Lion

SHORTS

Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted In Mysterious Gathering Off East Coast

Last Of Kazakhstan’s Wild Asses Back From The Brink

Puget Sound Salmon Are Ingesting Drugs. Here’s How That’s Hurting Them

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter is now online and, as usual, it is a bird lover’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

World’s ‘Oldest Person’ Dies In Japan Aged 117

The Strange History Of Bicycle Day

The Holiday Village Run By Spies

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small. 

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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WALKING FREEDOM ROAD WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND LADY JUSTICE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 15, 2018 Volume 10 Number 32

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Walking Freedom Road With The Statue Of Liberty And Lady Justice; News In Review; From Olya – Losing The Trust Of Ordinary People ; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

WALKING FREEDOM ROAD WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND LADY JUSTICE

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been a fun week for President Trump and the American people as they both continue to struggle through a morass for which both of them are responsible.

Trump and a host of other elected and appointed officials have proven they do not belong in positions of trust, responsibility, truth or justice.  We have an American public which seems incapable of cutting through the Twitter barrage and removing these individuals from the equation.

Why have we not done that?  Is it because there is some of Donald Trump in all of us and we’re afraid that whatever measures we take against him will also be applied to us?  Is it because we yet hope for a saviour, a contemporary white knight, a 21st Century Paladin to rescue us from the world we created when we granted a sociopathic egomaniac with pull ascension to the highest lay office in the land?

More questions yet beg.  How much of our invective against Trump really belongs to the person in the mirror?  Do we have the courage to look that image in the face and admit that we haven’t exercised our democratic mandate because we would rather wallow in the sty with Trump than walk Freedom Road with the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice?

Do we love one another and this nation enough to fix what WE – not Trump – broke in the first place?

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

LOSING THE TRUST OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

Hi Rusty:

As I noticed in social media this TED talk became shared TED 2018: Ukrainian journalist fights fake news

We live in strange times when the most powerful weapons are actually mass media and opinion making. To justify any deed, all that is necessary is manipulation of public opinion.

Technologies such as Photoshop have made it far easier to ‘create’ the tools for managing one’s social media and public opinion.  In an information saturated age, so much user information is out there that it becomes not a creative issue but a moral and ethical one.  To what uses do we put this?  And do we protect ourselves from those who would use it immorally, unethically or lethally?

What I hear from people around me here in Ukraine, as well as my international friends is that mass media is loosing the trust of ordinary peple.  We are all tired of trying toe valuation information to determine if it is real or fake.  So more and more people just switch off TV, stop reading newspapers and try to stay far away from politics.

Is it fear based behaviour? Maybe. Or possibly it is a conscious choice.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here. 

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

Beggin’ your pardon, Your Grace, but that flippin’ sod is so full of it, he piddles when he fiddles.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Walter Mondale On 50 Years Of The Fair Housing Act And The Problem With Purging A President’s Cabinet

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is really cool.  Little Inventors – Inventions For Space — Develop Your Space Inventions! The 2018 Edition Of Little Inventors Is Focused On Space. Little Inventors Are Invited To Explore The Challenges Of Travel And Life In Space.

Ambiguities abound in this one.  World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Also Happens To Be Part Of “The World’s Biggest System Of Surveillance”

The implications of this should terrify us.  A Global Arms Race For Killer Robots Is Transforming The Battlefield

Earth

Planet-Hunting TESS Mission Launches Tomorrow

Why Rainbows Are Curved

Earth’s Magnetosphere Envelops And Protects Us

European-Arab Team Of Women To Trek To The North Pole

Outer Space

Whoa! New And Giant Telescopes Ahead

Goodbye Kepler, Hello TESS: Passing The Baton In Exoplanet Search

Hubble Finds An Einstein Ring

Variety Of Life Studied To Benefit Humans On Earth And In Space – Space Station

Tour Earth’s Moon In 4K

In Infrared, Io Appears Alive With Volcanos

Incredible Images From Our Friends At NASA’s Earth Observatory (Refreshed Weekly)

Technology

Facebook Data: How It Was Used By Cambridge Analytica

Key Moments From Zuckerberg Hearing

The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis In Just Two Years

DALAI LAMA

One very important factor for sustaining hope is to have an optimistic attitude. Optimism doesn’t mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. It means that you remain motivated to seek a solution to whatever problems arise. Optimism involves looking at a situation not only in relation to problems that arise, but also seeking out some benefit—looking at it in terms of its potential positive outcome.

PRAISE

March For Science Seattle Returns To The Streets Saturday

The Man Who Hunts Radioactive Objects

The Woman Who Took On Uganda’s Legal System From The Inside

Mosul: Woman Risks Backlash To Care For ‘IS Orphans’

TED 2018: Ukrainian Journalist Fights Fake News

Seahawks Auction Items To Support Ben’s Fund, Helping Children With Autism

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Want Donations To These Charities Instead Of Wedding Gifts

Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round In Shipping Containers

CENSURE

TED 2018: Fake Obama Video Creator Defends Invention

Starbucks Chief Executive Apologizes For Arrests Of Two Black Men

TRAVEL

5 Places To View Pre-Colonial America

The World’s Most Extreme Museum?

A 2,000-Year-Old Engineering Marvel

THE GREEN BEAT  

Listen: The Fuel With A Dirty Secret

What Does The Trans Mountain Pipeline Announcement Mean?

Putting Taxes On Soda Can Actually Work, Study Says

Nuclear Is Scary

Kinder Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline On Ice Due To BC Opposition

Batteries Fit For A Clean Energy Future

Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem

HEALTH

Burning health questions?  Email TIME magazine’s health editors.

How Compassion Lowers Health Risks For Pregnant Women With Trauma

How Being A Night Owl Endangers Your Health

10 Foods Filled With Probiotics

Oysters And Illness

Brace Yourselves: Spring Allergy Season Is Coming. Here’s What To Expect And How To Handle It

A Delicious, Nutritionist-Approved Coffee Hack

Six “Healthy” Snacks You Should Cut From Your Diet

How Exercise Lowers Your Chances Of Getting Heart Disease Even If You’re Genetically At Risk

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

#Askcanadiansikhs Educates The Community Through Social Media

Weekend Recipe: Salmon Burgers With A Side Of Sweet Potato Fries

President Trump Signs Executive Order Pushing Work Requirements In Return For Welfare

A Tough Place To Be A Mother

How To Use Facebook’s New Privacy Tool In The Wake Of The Cambridge Analytica Breach

Ilya, Supply Factory Worker, Sergiyev Posad. GENERATION P

Vladimir, Student, Yekaterinburg. GENERATION P

BEST OF THE NET

Tourists Go Sightseeing On Cantilever Bridge In Chongqing, SW China

Explore An Interactive Aerial Map Of The Past

This Hauntingly Beautiful Loon Call Will Give You Chills

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I would have given a small fortune to have been there when this happened.  ‘Very Angry Badger’ Invades Scottish Castle

India’s ‘sugarcane leopards’ prowl close to humans  Yeah, for the same reason bear and puma ‘prowl’ Seattle’s suburbs.  It has something to do with their ancestors being there before ours.

In my house, we celebrate moments like this.  Rare Cat Sighting In The Mountains Of Mongolia Is Cause For Celebration Among Conservationists

Incredible.  Watch This Desperate Dolphin Approach A Nearby Diver And “Ask” For Help

SHORTS

You’ll Love These Penguins’ Reactions When They See A Robotic Newcomer!

PHOTOS: Orca Whales Spotted Near Seattle

College Student Uses Scene From “The Office” To Bring Drowned Squirrel Back To Life.

“The Deer Have Had A Crazy Impact … On All Levels Of Biodiversity”

The Strange Animal Roaming Australia

Washington State Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Puget Sound Salmon Are Ingesting Drugs. Here’s How That’s Hurting Them

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Temples That Had To Be Moved

The Key To Longevity For The World’s Oldest Man? Sumo Wrestling And Hot Springs

Bank Robber Identified Through Note She Gave The Teller

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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FAITH WITHOUT FEAR, PREJUDICE OR NEGATIVE SANCTION

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 8, 2018 Volume 10 Number 31

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE:  Faith Without Fear, Prejudice Or Negative Sanction; News In Review; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; The Best Among Us; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

From Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Essay; Freedom of Worship

FAITH WITHOUT FEAR, PREJUDICE OR NEGATIVE SANCTION

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In response to a request for my opinion of Michael Bennett’s new book,  I might possibly be one of the few people in the world who has no intention of reading it.  He joins a long line of abused celebrities going through what far too many non-celebrities also experience.  It’s an aspect of an imperfect republic hundreds of thousands of us have been working for over a century and a half to change.  Welcome aboard, Mr. Bennett.

Celebrities also make a great deal of money publishing their memoirs, as it were.  Since that is income on top of what their main talents provide, it is “discretionary” and I’d like to see what they spend it on, like I can with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It would also be nice if celebrities who share with us the intimate details of their life in order to make a better world also acknowledge those who came before and their prayers, etc. that the legacy continue to roll on down the centuries.

I have absolutely nothing against celebrities or the rich, neither of whom I have ever really wanted to be and certainly am not now.  It factors down to the same thing for me regardless the venue, the milieu, and/or all other the other social categories we heap on the basic human experience.

It is how one behaves that ultimately determines the outcome of any encounter.  That’s also why, despite both Christian and Jewish roots, I take no issue with other theologies as long as those who worship at any given altar respect the right of the rest of us to practice our faith without fear, prejudice or negative sanction.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Olya is celebrating Orthodox Easter with her family in Ukraine and will be back next week.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

 

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump is a watershed of American integrity.  He was elected in spite of major character flaws.  He remains in office despite conduct unbecoming a president of the Republic.  And he is empowered by those unable or unwilling to accept their own culpability, correct for course and move on.  Until this changes, America will be mired in mediocrity and prostituted to the lowest common denominators.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Watch 21 Americans Come Together To Discuss Gun Control

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

What’s more dangerous than a human driving a car? A bored human not driving an av.  I still take Metro, Greyhound and AMTRAK.  And leave the driving to them.

Here we go again.  Good luck, folks, and say hi to you-know-who when you get there.  Next Mars Mission Due To Launch

Ooookay.  What Monkeys Teach Us About Money

Earth

The Quest To Map The Ocean Floor

Antarctic Ice Grounding Lines Are Shifting

Sahara Desert Is Expanding

Outer Space

To Understand The Atmospheres Of Distant Exoplanets, Look To Your Car Engine

Researchers Say Venus’ Atmosphere Could Support Extraterrestrial Life

Fiery Death For Tiangong-1 And A Plunge Into The Pacific

Technology

Russia Seeks To Block Telegram Messaging App

South Korean University Boycotted Over ‘Killer Robots’

This Crazy Gadget Helps You “Talk” To Your Computer Without Words

Self-Driving Cars Need Better Maps

DALAI LAMA

It is only after they have spent time in the modern education system that children begin to develop a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’ — a stifling of their basic human nature. We need to learn how to keep our natural compassion alive and how to extend and develop it so it can encompass the whole of humanity. Modern life and modern education are focused on external goals — peace of mind concerns the mind within.

THE BEST AMONG US

Fighting Hunger Together In Phoenix, AZ

After Months In Jail For Doing Their Jobs. These 2 Reuters Reporters Are Not Losing Hope

How This Man Uses Design To Help The World’s Poorest Farmers

BC Parks Launches Student Ranger Program Funded By License Plate Sales

TRAVEL

Here’s Everything You Need To Travel The World

The Filipino Tribe That Hangs Its Dead From Cliffs

Ireland’s Secret To A Low Key Life

THE GREEN BEAT  

California Takes Up Ocean Wind Energy

How Environmental Review Laws Are Used To Stall Affordable Housing

Natural Gas Has A Dirty Secret

Why The Campaign To Force Scott Pruitt Out Of The EPA Could Backfire

The Great Unbundling

Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization And Environmentalism

Listen: Fighting Fire With Fire

An Opponent Of The ESA Now Oversees Fish And Wildlife

Listen: Life With Or Without A Car

Come Build An All-Ages Bike Network

HEALTH

Think You Have The Wrong Body For Outdoor Activity? Meet ‘Fat Girls Hiking’

Facebook Halts Medical Data Sharing Plan

The Doctor Who Really Feels His Patients’ Pain

The  US Surgeon General Urges Americans To Carry Opioid Overdose Antidote

Hidden Healing Power Of Sugar

The 7 Best Foods For Fighting Inflammation

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Poverty Is Moving To The Suburbs

Black Homeownership As Low As When Housing Discrimination Was Legal

Prepaid Postage Is A Big Deal

The ‘Transit-Oriented Teens’ Are Coming To Save Your City

Almost Nobody Can Write This Letter Of The Alphabet Correctly

What’s Changed In Most Segregated US City?

10 Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks

When Cops Become Robbers

Viktor Yushchenko: Ukraine’s Ex-President On Being Poisoned

Superintendent: Why Teachers Carry Guns In Fayetteville

BEST OF THE NET

Watch A Robot Fish Swim In The Ocean

Hand Of The Desert At Night

An Ancient Word No-One Can Translate

 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This sports fan was very subtle.  Bald Eagle Lands On Mariners Pitcher James Paxton During National Anthem

Incredible.  Indian woman Rupali Meshram fights off tiger with stick

They’re serious about this in India, thank God.  Bollywood Star Salman Khan Gets Five Years In Jail For Poaching

SHORTS

Locusts Used In Research By The Military To Do Some Very Unexpected Domestic Protection

Blackbirds In The City: Bad Health, Longer Life

The Pest Controller Of Kandahar

Overfishing Of Krill Is Disrupting Antarctic Food Chains

The Impact Of Underwater Noise Pollution

BC Strengthens Grizzly Bear Hunting Ban

Groups Call For A Ban On Trapping Rare Martens

Where Are The Pacific Northwest’s Gorge Pikas?

Top 10 Things About Brown Recluse Spiders

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Bird photographers, this is the last week t to enter the Audubon Society’s photo contest.  Yep, go here.

The SeaDoc Society’s March 2018 newsletter is now online.  This is a Northstar Five Star Recommendation.

Cornell Lab eNews April 2018 edition is now online.  And it has the sparrows in my yard chirping.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Burger Mcdonald’s Can’t Master

Meet The Ethiopian Man Who Walks On His Hands

China Family Find Lost Daughter After 24-Year Search

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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RUSSIA MOURNS VICTIMS OF SHOPPING MALL FIRE IN KEMEROVO

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 1, 2018 Volume 10 Number 30

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Russia Mourns Victims Of Shopping Mall Fire In Kemerovo ; News In Review; From The Shores Of The Salish Sea – With Heart In One Hand And Sword In The Other; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; The Best Among Us; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

RUSSIA MOURNS VICTIMS OF SHOPPING MALL FIRE IN KEMEROVO

Hi Rusty & Our Readers:

On a smaller scale, this same tragedy happened year ago in Ukraine too when simply not following fire precautions led to drama A Terrible Fire In Odessa Children’s Camp

Where greed leads, the price of corruption has horrible consequences. I would like to share that FaceBook “Cry From The Heart” message that is so true. I am praying the message will be heard.

“As long as you steal, we will perish. And no matter who you are: a small worker, a foreman, or an official. As long as you steal, we will die.

“While you are silent, we will perish. While you give bribes, do not notice violations, sign the papers without first reading, we will perish.

“While you do not know your own rights and do not want to become free, we will perish.

“We are your children and grandchildren, your parents, friends and acquaintances. And we will perish.

“We did everything we could” officials with short fingers on fat hands would answer. You keep silent. And we will perish.

“While you are afraid, while choosing the easy ways instead of the right ones, until you honestly look into your eyes, we will die.

“In the corridors of hospitals, police stations, foreign wars, our own homes and on our own neighborhood streets, we will perish.”

The history of Kemerovo can, at any time, be repeated anywhere but especially where the power of law and law itself is negligible.  And that is in the minds of the citizens temselves.

Do not you think that ruined lives are too expensive a catalyst for consciousness?

They say rules are written with blood.  Ironically, that is why those rules were written in the first place.

Simple rules exist to save lives.

That’s all for now.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

WITH HEART IN ONE HAND AND SWORD IN THE OTHER

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am one of the most gullible people I know and I’ve always been fairly easy to con, deceive, exploit, politic, proselytize, put down, swindle and use.  I also have a unique capacity for survival and adaptation and for retaining a firm belief in, passion for and dedication to a Frank Capra/Norman Rockwell world in which sentimentality is the salt of the earth and schmaltz is the staff of life.

My own life hasn’t been a whole lot like that but there have been enough times of no more wishes, no regrets and no more good byes.  And as I remind those around me occasionally, I didn’t get this old by being entirely foolish.  I’ve outlived most of those who have tried to hurt me, my family, my friends, my community and my country.  And I’ve not wasted time on revenge.

What I’ve sought to do, instead, is protect who and what I love from the predatory, at the same time trusting perhaps not so much in a higher power as in the forward momentum of destructive behavior carrying its source over the cliff.

I also have a firm, enduring and unshakeable belief in a god Who sometimes gives dispensation to those She finds intrinsically compassionate, if not often confused and who live with heart in one hand and sword in the other

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Rusty

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

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

“Cute” is one of the most abused words in any language, particularly when applied to human babies.  Put one up against a kitten, a puppy or even a baby skunk and the human infant will not, in fact, come in first.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

6 Real Ways To We Can Reduce Gun Violence In America

‘A Sense Of Hope And Urgency Not Felt In D.C. In A Long Time.’ A Look At March For Our Lives In Washington

Parkland Student: Kindness Won’t Stop School Shootings

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good thing it’s not up to me or they would not.  Who Decides If Robots Can Drive?

We would have attended this if we could.  Friends, Family, Public Flock To Funeral Of Physicist Stephen Hawking

Listen To The Close Encounter Pilots Had With A Possible UFO — I have absolutely no credibility issues with this.  With the Space Needle in Seattle, we get lots of tourists.  Most of the time, they’re nice.  They spend a lot of money.  Then they go home.  Welcome to Earth, Extraterrestrial Dudes.  Yep, we accept Mastercard and Visa both.

EARTH

The Volcano That Shaped Climate Science

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now 3 Times Size Of France

An Ancient Civilization Buried In The Amazon Has Been Found

OUTER SPACE

Astronomers Capture Video Of Tiangong-1, Before It Falls

Trappist-1 Planets Provide Clues To Habitable Worlds

10 Surprising Facts About Our Solar System

TECHNOLOGY

Uber Barred From Resuming Arizona Self-Drive Trial

Why Classrooms Are Apple, Google And Microsoft’s Next Big Battleground

A Headband For Working Smarter

DALAI LAMA

I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.

THE BEST AMONG US

Nobel Winner Malala Visits Hometown In Pakistan For First Time Since Shooting

An Illustrated Essay: Why I Love The Real Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Seattle Startup Creates Portable Chair That Converts Into Bulletproof Vest

How One Teen’s App Stops Cyberbullying

Donald Trump Underestimated Stormy Daniels. Don’t Make The Same Mistake

When They Couldn’t Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own

TRAVEL

Where Tokyo’s Grandmas Go To Shop

The Ancient Birthplace Of Skiing

A Father & Son Pilgrimage of Mount Blanc

THE GREEN BEAT  

Washington Ferries Look To Electric Conversion

Exxon Tries, And Fails, To Stop Climate Change Probe

It Is The No. 1 Power Source, But Natural Gas Faces Headwinds

HEALTH

Time’s Complete Health Coverage

10 Health Conditions Linked To Depression

Me And My Endometriosis: 12 Women Share Their Stories

Why Do I Sweat When I Sleep?

Here’s Why Tai Chi Works So Well For Pain Relief

A Simple Pasta Hack That Adds More Nutrients

How To Get Your Doctor To Actually Listen To You

Teens Are ‘Juuling’ At School. Here’s What That Means

Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet. Here’s Why You Could Get Sick (Again)

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Want To Know Everything Google Knows About You? (Spoiler Alert: It’s Even More Than You Think)

The Americans Becomes A Modern Russian Tragedy In Its Final Season

Answer These 8 Questions To Find Out How Private Your Personal Data Really Is

BEST OF THE NET

The Little Engine That Could – Original Full Length Film

Inside Kim Jong-Un’s Green Train

Sri Lankan Navy Refloats Ww2 Ship 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now  and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.  

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

This might possibly be getting just a little too close for comfort, eh, gang?  Mountain Lion Roams California Backyards

This is too close for comfort.  Moment Cheetah Enters Safari Vehicle

This is certainly good news.  India Finds More Rhinos In Kaziranga Park

SHORTS

The Park That Shoots People To Protect Rhinos

Baby Rhinos Rescued From India Floods

India Dalit Man Killed ‘For Owning Horse’

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Drone That Delivers Your Lunch

Flat-Earther Launches DIY Rocket

‘Pure Pain’: Medieval Combat Takes Competitors From Yukon Village To Battles Around The World

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

 

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RAISING MONEY BY NOT CLIMBING THE COLUMBIA CENTER’S 1356 STEPS

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 18, 2018 Volume 10 Number 28

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Raising Money By Not Climbing The Columbia Center’s 1356 Steps; News For Week Ending 11 March 2018; From Olya – Trains As Nation Builders in Ukraine ; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Way To Go, You Guys;  Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

RAISING MONEY BY NOT CLIMBING THE COLUMBIA CENTER’S 1356 STEPS

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.   One of the tallest buildings in Seattle is the Columbia Center, whose 76 stories have 1356 steps and elevators.  Several times a year, people like first responders, green groups or folks with a point to make voluntarily climb up those stairs to raise money for the fight against cancer and other causes of community concern.

I love watching stories like this on television or social media.  People who do this have my admiration and my respect.  But stylistically, in this regard, I feel like a field anthropologist in a time machine.  I’m Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver In The 21st Century and the flippin’ TM spit me out in another very weird place.

I believe totally in people holding events to raise money and/or bring attention to worthy causes, individuals, etc.  I am, however, a concert and barbecue in the park type person, with a fresh food fair and a neighborhood yard sale thrown in.

That way, I can really mingle with the sponsors and let them know, face to face/sapien to sapien, how much I appreciate what they do for us.  If I had to climb 1356 steps before I could do any of that, it might be some while before I even had the strength for one of Mom’s Organic Green Apple Pies.  (And we all know MOGAPs are the best pies)

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

TRAINS AS NATION BUILDERS IN UKRAINE

Hi Rusty:

As you know I have always loved trains. Sometimes they say that the genes have memory.  Maybe they are as one of my ancestors was involved in engineering of railways in 1870s when he moved to live to Yekaterinoslav (now Dnipro city in the Eastern Ukraine, founded in 1776). He was a German, Baron Von Beck if my spelling is corrrect.

I was recently asked to write a little history sketch on the so-called the European period in the development of this region so I’ll share some bits of it I found interesting.  The Germans, the French, the Belgians, the English and other Europeans cooperated with local authorities of Yekaterinoslav Governorate  , by organizing various societies and enterprises, investing and sharing knowledge.

The peculiarity of the industrial development of Yekaterinoslav province was its internationalism.  All this led to a boom in the region in the 1880s.  This region turned into the most important industrial center in the south of the country. In the 1980s, the ferrous metallurgy of the south was formed, represented by the extraction of iron and manganese ores and the production of pig iron, steel, and rolled metal.

As early as 1869, the territory of the province was crossed by the first railway – the Kursk-Kharkov-Azov.  Which, on November 15, 1873, was opened for the passenger and freight traffic section of the Lozovaya-Aleksandrovsk railway, with a branch to Yekaterinoslav stretching for over 208 kilometers/129 miles.  This site, which was part of the Lozovaya-Sevastopol line, laid the foundation for the Catherine (now Pridneprovskaya) Railway, the first line of which, with a total length of over 614 kilometers/381 miles, entered service in 1875.

In 1884, with the construction of a two-tiered metal bridge across the Dnieper near Yekaterinoslav, the railway connected the Krivoy Rog Ore and Donetsk Coal Basins.  Obviously construction of railways was one of the most important components for the development of the region.  The locomotive depot of Yekaterinoslav became the largest in the south of the Empire

The Germans in Yekaterinoslav province were quite a few, 3.83% of the total population.  Our region was one of the first places in the country on number of foreigners, with most of the Europeans coming from the German empire. In total, it was more than 10 thousand or 74.92%  of Germans in Russian Empire.  Therefore it was not surprising to see their names on pages of history, especially related to railways.

Thus, on May 5, 1867, the highest conditions were approved with Baron Ungern-Sternberg for the construction of a section of the line from Elisavetgrad to Kremenchug with a length of about 130 kilometers/81 miles. Also it should be mentioned that Karl von Mekk– was one of creators of railway transportation of the Russian Empire.

How exactly and at whose disposal my ancestor arrived with the family to the Empire I do not know.  Perhaps he was associated with these famous personalities.  One can only guess what prompted him to tie bind his fate with Yekaterinoslav, but apparently at that time this city was attractive enough for him to do so.

Near the city, there were a German colony known as Fischerdorf (or Rybalsky) – stretched below the railway bridge to the mouth of Samara River.  The book “On the Catherine Railroad”, published in 1903, reports the following information:

“The Rybalskoe colony is nothing but the settlement of the colony of Josefstal, founded almost simultaneously with the latter; currently in Rybalsky about 60 yards with a population of up to 800 souls; there is a school, a forging shop, a brick factory, quarries and two forest piers. Josefsta  was one of the richest German colonies, founded under the reign of Catherine II, that by 1903 had 1,800 souls.”

Nearby the Becks had a little mention where the Baron enjoyed spending time with his huntsman. Half a century later, after Revolution and Second War World, his house became a music school.

It is interesting to imagine the life of the international society of Yekaterinoslav during its heyday in the 80s of the 19th century. Now they would be called by modern word- “expats, with their balls in the English Club in the center of the city, ladies promenades with obligatory umbrellas along the avenue, or trips on trams, where each passenger was greeted by a conductor.  Certainly on Sundays as respectable believers Becks would go to service in the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine. This  Gothic building  was built in the middle of the 19th Century.

After all, not much time passed, all these historical buildings remained our heritage, and therefore it is quite possible to imagine the life of that period.  And apparently my ancestors were quite happy to live that city if they decided to stay and work.

Perhaps this period in the history of the development of our region is not sufficiently researched and remains little known to the public, but from our oral history, we know that the Dnipro (former Yekaterinoslav) has always been a dynamic city attractive for many nationalities, who invested their labor and capital in its formation.  And no wonder when people from many countries work together nothing then success could be expected. The end of 19 beginning of 20th century was the blooming time for this part of the world.

That’s all for now.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

RUSTY’S UNCLE SEAMUS

In the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, it is nice to think that on March 17, even Queen Liz herself drinks green tea. 

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City

A Bold, Divisive Plan To Wean Californians From Cars

What The US Can Learn From China When It Comes To The ‘War On Pollution’

 

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Canadian Amateurs Discovered A New Type Of Aurora. It’s Named Steve.  Oookie Dokie. Steve, huh?  Hi, Steve.

Okay, this weirded me out a little.  Is he still mutating?  Scott Kelly Spent A Year In Space And Now His DNA Is Different From His Identical Twin’s

This little dude is incredible.  Were any of us as reliable.  Stunning Mars Images, From Curiosity

EARTH

The Cliff That Revealed Earth’s History

Experimenting In The Forest

To The Ends Of The Earth

OUTER SPACE

Where Did Mars Get Its Organic Molecules?

While Launch Awaits, The Science Does Not – Space Station

Pluto Craft’s Next Target Is Ultima Thule

Station Orbiting Higher Ahead Of New Crew And Cargo Missions – Space Station

China’s FAST Identifies 11 Pulsars

Spacewalk And Cargo Preps Punctuated With Media Outreach – Space Station

TECHNOLOGY

Will Drones Protect Us In The Next Wildfire Season?

Rain Or Shine: New Solar Cell Captures Energy From Raindrops

Big Harpoon Is ‘Solution To Space Junk’

WAY TO GO, YOU GUYS

Legislators Respond To Women’s Activism

Seattle, Washington’s KIRO 7 Viewers Help Eliminate $5M In Medical Debt

Florida Shooting: Students Vow ‘Never Again’ In US Walkout

These Dreamers Were Deported To Mexico. Now, They’re Helping Others Start Again

When He Saw A Stranger Needed A Kidney, He Thought: ‘Why Not Me?’

TRAVEL

A Ghost Island In The Indian Ocean

Places That Changed The World

6 Reasons Sex Is Better On Vacation

THE GREEN BEAT

On The Potential For Offshore Drilling

Power Companies Need Climate Policy, Even If They Don’t Want It

Tribes Build A Watch House To Stop Trans Mountain

In The Recycling World, Why Are Some Cartons Such A Problem?

Thousands Of Marchers In BC Say No To Trans Mountain Pipeline

HEALTH

There’s No Such Thing As A Single ‘Best’ Diet

4 Of The Biggest Myths About Sugar

To Solve Opioid Epidemic, Governors Say There Need To Be Federal Dollars Behind Pledges

Why You Should Worry If You’re Sleepy During The Day

Why You Should Try To Sleep In Total Darkness

Eat This One Dish Every Week For A Healthy Heart

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

8 Students With Different Reasons For Stricter Gun Laws

Infographic: The Mean Musical Chairs Of Rising Rent And Home Prices

Student Walkouts Have Changed American History Before. Here’s How

Nikita, Student, Vladimir. GENERATION P

The Seven Places Where Women Earn More Than Men In US

Eureka: A Guide To Keeping Your Gear Waterproof

Video: The Case For Fare-Capping

BEST OF THE NET

Colorado Serenade Timelapse

Momma Raccoon Puts Babies To Bed

The Most Inspirational Space Video, Ever

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine. 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

 

 

 

 

This happens to be one of the “creatures” who lives in the house I do.  His name is Beamer and he’s a Maine coon cat.  He’s so well acclimated to the three acres outside and the mini-castle-sized inside that he pretty much plops down wherever desire, an open door and space conspire.  In this instance, my workspace was the beachhead of the invasion.

Eagle Found Hurt On 520 Bridge Released Into The Wild  And about 700,000 of us breathed a collective sigh of relief.

For their sake and ours, it’s time to move on this one, gang.  Not Too Late To Save Critically Endangered Orcas

A camera filmed a tree in a national park in Italy.  You’ll be amazed at what it saw.

Like I think stuff that could eat me for lunch is cute or beautiful.  Uh huh.  Gorgeous Pictures Of Sharks, Predators Of The Sea

SHORTS

Pesticides Put Wild Bees At Risk, Food Safety Watchdog Confirms

Penguins Find Their Moment In The Spotlight With A Video ‘Selfie’

8 Haunting Pictures Of Wild Animals At Night

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Audubon Society’s March 2018 newsletter is now online and it is amazing.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

2 Men Tried To Rob Girl Scouts, Tacoma Police Say

YouTube Prankster Jailed For Shooting Boyfriend Dead

Lawyer: Trump’s Pick For CIA Director Ran The Prison Where My Client Was Tortured. I Have Questions For Her

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A BUSY DAY FOR ALL CONCERNED

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 11, 2018 Volume 10 Number 27

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: A Busy Day For All Concerned; News For Week Ending 11 March 2018; From Olya – Raising Our Children.  Raising Ourselves; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Way To Go, You Guys; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

A BUSY DAY FOR ALL CONCERNED

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Looks like we got some mail last week and that’s always good.  In response to gun control, I favor a total ban on automatic weapons and the equipment which can turn a semi-automatic weapon into one.  Those guns – and particularly the Russian AK-47 – were designed for combat, not for sport.

I also oppose arming teachers.  The potential for a distraught student accessing a firearm that way is too great a risk.  The more guns in the vicinity, the greater this particular threat.  People kill law enforcement officers to obtain their firepower so they’d not be the least reluctant to disarm civilians “packing heat”.

Unless these school shootings stop and we learn to curb our hysteria and the intense media coverage in reaction to them, it will only be a matter of time before international terrorists become involved.  If the strategic objective is maximum disruption, our children and our schools are primary targets.  It’s been done elsewhere and we are foolish to believe it could not happen to us.

And to those who wished me an early happy birthday, thank you very much.  Tomorrow, Monday, March 12, I will have, to paraphrase Mark Twain, made my annual escape from the gallows.  As far as how old I am, since I have reason to believe I was adopted under nefarious circumstances, I honestly don’t know.  I asked God but She doesn’t remember either.  Apparently it was a busy day for all concerned.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

RAISING OUR CHILDREN, RAISING OURSELVES

Hi Rusty and All Our Northstar Readers:

This time I want to share my review of a book that, as a parent, I found very useful.  Written by Naomi Aldort, it is entitled Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves:

To me as a person with a psychological background, it was doubly interesting to read it, because it covered the psychological aspect.  This is not just a set of manipulative tools, soft methods of control, which are often described in such literature, but a profound explanation of the causes of behavior, psychological moments, which allows to make a conscious choice.

I think every parent asks themself the question of who they want to raise, what qualities in the modern world will be useful. The main message of the book is that control  is an old energy. If the child’s obedience is based on fear, then what is the price of such control in ten, twenty years, when a young man, whose will was broken in childhood, will come out with its complexes in this world. Or will he / she repeat the old unconscious parent program trying to control the environment and every time coming to a rage or a state of frustration, blaming everyone and everything when it comes to what can not be controlled surrounding and impose their will on others?

While the child serves your emotional boundaries, he learns to be afraid of manifestations of emotions in himself and others.  When parents transfer their worries to children, the child reflects their feelings by arranging drama. Our task is to give real information and listen to an emotional reaction.  Feeling our calm presence during the hysterics baby will conclude that experiencing strong emotions is part of human life. He will be comfortable with emotions, he will feel the inner peace, having learned to fully live his experience and responsibly resolve the situation on his own understanding.

Expressed feelings come and leave and then the person can make an  choice not based on fear or pain. All that is required of parents is a careful listening, without adding their own interpretations, fears and anxieties. When the kid himself finds the answers to his questions, he learns to cope with disappointment.  Only love can raise a strong personality with an inner core, which itself is able to find a way out of difficult situations and take reality, a person who is not afraid of emotions, but conducts not getting stuck inthem, capable to get connected to the present moment, free from mental noise.

This book is not so much about educating children as about educating us, parentsf.  Our expectations about children are based on ideas that we inherited from the past. But the changes will not happen if we repeat the past and listen to the old beliefs that have settled in our minds based on fear .  We ourselves must learn to pass from attempts to change reality to acceptance without denying it, to live in reality and to distinguish the remnants of the past from the present.

Our child is already a small person, who defends himself/herself. Once we remove the moment of control, and the child no longer needs to stand up for own will, when we recognize him / her feelings and emotions, we give the opportunity to raise. The child learns to reconcile with reality in the context of his right to choose.

The world is changing at our eyes. It does not need to be a cog in the system, because the old systems are gone. Individualism and initiative, creative abilities come to the forefront. If we will give the opportunity to manifest themselves now in childhood, so a young member of society will not be afraid to do it
in future. I am always fascinated by inner freedom and ingenuity, the lack of templates, which are naturally demonstrated by children. This light is important to support and develop. In our gentle palms, it can grow and we will grow together.

That’s it for this week, all.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.

RUSTY’S UNCLE SEAMUS

And then there was the farmer who needed more money but only had one mule.  It was, however, a very talented mule so he taught it to dance.  They were a hit at the harvest fair and eventually ended up in vaudeville on the Borscht Belt.  When asked once by a newspaper reporter where he ever came up with the idea of teaching the mule to dance, the farmer said that it was easier than teaching the mule to sing.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The Reasons For Hope — And Worry — Before Trump Meets Kim Jong Un

Trump Blames Video Games For School Shootings. Here’s What Science Says

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Be still my beating heart.  ‘Cryptocurrency’ And ‘Dumpster Fire’ Were Officially Added To The Dictionary

I am rather glad I did not know about this at the time.  I don’t wear rubber boxers.  See Asteroid 2017 VR12 As It Swept Past 

And under “Live long and prosper,” we offer 5 Things We Know About The People Who Live Longest

EARTH

Primitive Art: Neanderthals Were Europe’s First Painters

Views Of Home

Amelia Earhart: Island Bones ‘Likely’ Belonged To Famed Pilot

OUTER SPACE

Plant And Flame Studies Alongside Plumbing, Life Support Work – Space Station

China’s Tiangong-1 Due For Uncontrolled Re-Entry, Soon

Station Upkeep And Orbital Science As Ground Crew Trains – Space Station

New Crew Arrives At Launch Site Before March 21 Liftoff – Space Station

TECHNOLOGY

Watch: The Future Of Autonomous Vehicles

Burger-Flipping Robot Takes Short Break

4 Things To Know About The Gadget That Will Charge Devices In Seconds

From Our Friends At Earthsky.org:  See Mars Moon Phobos Drift In Front Of Saturn — Expand to full size to see this video from ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, which caught a close-up view of the little Mars moon Phobos, moving in front of distant Saturn.

WAY TO GO, YOU GUYS

They’re Walking Five Days Straight To Honor Harriet Tubman—And Black Women Everywhere

The Catholic Sisters Empowering Women Around The World

Washington State’s Gov. Inslee Signs Bump Stock Ban

Thai Prime Minister Announces End to Ivory Trade

These 2 Words In Frances McDormand’s Oscars Speech Could Change Hollywood

Meet The Soil Sisters

DALAI LAMA

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

THE GREEN BEAT  

A People Powered Carbon Initiative

When Polluters Pay, The Electricity Customer Profits

When Polluters Pay, Oregon’s Rural Residents Win

When Polluters Pay, The Policy Benefits Everyday People

Secretary Zinke Spent His First Year In Office Selling Off Rights To US Public Lands

Cities Emit More Emissions Than We Thought

Speeding Towards Oil Drilling In The Arctic

Another LNG Project Ends Before It Begins

America’s Oil Boom Is Fueled By A Tech Boom

A ‘Major Second Wave’ Of U.S. Fracking Is About To Be Unleashed Upon The World

HEALTH

Can Technology Really ‘Give Voice’ To Disabled People?

The Real Organic Project: Disappointed With The USDA, Farmers Make Their Own Organic Label

“When I’m Hungry, I Can’t Concentrate In Class”

Can We Make Heart Attacks Less Deadly?

Do This One Simple Thing To Fall Asleep Faster

The Ways Gratitude Can Also Make You Physically Healthier

3 Dinners You Can Make With $30 Worth Of Groceries

Ignoring Your Emotions Is Bad For Your Health. Here’s What To Do About It

5 Easy Nutrition Tweaks You Should Make, According To Dietitians

COMMUNITY

Parents Fear Social Media And Technology More Than Drugs, Alcohol Or Smoking

The 8 Biggest Internet Security Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

The World’s First Energy Bar?

Evidence Shows Minimum Wage Increases Helping

12 Signs You’re Dating A Psychopath (And What To Do About It)

TRAVEL

The 4 Best Smartphone Cameras For Travelers

You Could Get Paid To Travel Around Europe Taking Photos This Summer

Here’s What Food To Never Buy At An Airport

What It Means To Know When To Leave

BEST OF THE NET

Send Your Name To The Sun

Michelle Obama Dances With Parker The Portrait Girl

Six Pioneering Women You Need To Hear

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.

Quiz: Can You Identify More Car Parts Than 86% Of U.S. Men? 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I’ve been up close and personal with these magnificent creatures all my life.  This one displayed considerable restraint under the circumstances.  Nearly 200-Pound Cougar Captured By Washington State Biologists

If life on this planet is to survive, this must change.  Why The UN Goal Of Protecting 10% Of Oceans Won’t Be Met By 2020

If Hallmark does not make a Special out of this, they are missing a real deal here.  Old Dogs Who Guarded Elderly Owner’s Body Find New Home Together

SHORTS

Mission To Save Pets, The Hidden Victims Of Family Violence

“We’re Going Bug Hunting”

The Bird That’s Become Too Popular

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Elab March newsletter is now online.  I particularly enjoyed their article on A Yard With Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds 

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Russian Fugitive Psychic Arrested For Possession Of ‘Magic Salt’

Coca-Cola Plans To Launch Its First Alcoholic Drink

Jeff Bezos, The Richest Person On The Planet, Made $40 Billion In The Last Year

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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