TO NATASHA, WHO HEARS VOICES

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 31, 2019 Volume 11 Number 32

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: To Natasha, Who Hears Voices; The Enduring and Damning Legacy of Chernobyl; World Headlines At A Glance; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Funzone: Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Sissel, Wrath of the Testament; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

TO NATASHA, WHO HEARS VOICES

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

In some societies, hearing voices is considered a symptom of mental illness.  In others, it is considered a gift, even when what is “channeled” or “relayed” defies the imagination of even Rod Serling.

Historically, if we believe the Christian Scriptures ~ and I do, just as I believe what is written in other such books as the Koran and the Torah ~ Moses heard the voice of God, talked to God and spoke on the Divine’s behalf.  Job certainly had some interesting conversations and Noah, undeniably. So did Jesus.  Secularly and more recently, so did Joan of Arc.

In every case cited here, the exchanges were followed by action; history-making and history-changing action.  It’s been going on a long time and continues today, often under the tragic guise of terrorism..

Closer to home, what about each of us and “that little voice inside”?  What about those who converse with the “deceased” through what is often described as a very thin veil? How about those of us who communicate with many creatures great and small?

Seems to me we’re talking about a pretty common phenomenon here.  The problem is not the voices but what the voices want us to do.

I take people who hear voices as seriously as I do anyone whose who does not.  If they propose violent behavior, I do what is necessary to neutralize that threat.  I do not, however, treat them as deranged, nor do I deny them their humanity.  If I were to do that to all those who hear voices, I’d be denying humanity to most of the people on the planet.

Including you guys and myself.

And from Olya:  I think you will find interesting this article In The Shamanic View, Mental Illness Signals “The Birth Of A Healer,”

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

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

THE LINGERING AND DAMNING LEGACY OF CHERNOBYL

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

A few days ago, I watched a  trailer on HBO a film about Chernobyl became available  about the tragedy that happened on 26 April 1986 when Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that is situated in Kyiv region of Ukraine had a massive explosion. It was emotionally hard to watch the trailer, the same “emotionally hard” as once visiting the Ukrainian National Chornoby Museum in Kyiv.

We shall never forget the heroism and drama of those who tried to limit the consequences of explosion.  It is also incredibly sad that this catastrophe was not enough halt construction new nuclear plants. Nuclear energy remains one of the principle sources of electricity in Ukraine and even more generators are under consideration, according to the article Nuclear energy in Ukraine

While gas and coal are deemed to be unsustainable, obviously we need  new sources of energy. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources are not given enough attention. For example, I’ve never seen a wind plant in Ukraine. The better situation is with solar energy, but still it’s not the needed scale.

Do people need to be so shortsighted? This article Why nuclear power will never supply the world’s energy needs answers that question.   Nuclear technology is too  dangerous for humans and the global environment.

Even to run nuclear plants, we need rare materials with foreseen shortage.  And as far as closing them safely, we have not yet even found a way to dispose of the waste from them.

In the several decades since the atom was split with intention of deriving electrical energy from that fission, scientists sincerely believed that the risks could be mediated.  They have not.

With the lifespan of a plant about 60 years, I consider it is simply unfair to still rely on this technology and making future generations hostages to it.

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

TODAY’S NEWS FROM OUR SOURCES:  Australian Broadcasting Corporation;  British Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting Corporation;  Moscow TimesReutersSightline DailyTIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, as short as you might be, you can always be too tall to sweat the small stuff.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Scientists Gather To Contemplate The Great Silence

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is absolutely fascinating.  Scientists Gather To Contemplate The Great Silence

And in the “This Is Reassuring” category, this week’s winner is Great Images Of Fireball Over Bering Sea

Incredible.  The First Ever Non-Stop Balloon Flight Across The Globe

EARTH

How Can US Adapt To Threat Of Water Shortages?

One Of The Earliest Human Symbols

California Tests Earthquake Alerts

SPACE

India Space: Has The Country Become A Superpower In The Stars?

A Return To The Moon In 5 Years?

Here’s A Solar System Being Born

TECHNOLOGY

Say Hello To Particle Robots

How Pope Francis Could Shape The Future Of Robotics

Boeing Ethiopia Crash Probe ‘Finds Anti-Stall Device Activated’

PRAISE

The Young Minds Solving Climate Change

CENSURE

What To Know About Presidents Who’ve Been Impeached

‘At 11 Years Old, My Dad Sold Me For Sex’

THE GREEN BEAT  

Mastering The Long Haul Of Sustainability

Green New Deal Vote Sets Ups Climate Change As Key 2020 Issue

California Already Has A Green New Deal. Here’s What The Rest Of America Can Learn From It

‘Coal Is On The Way Out’

Coal Plants Emitted More Than Ever In 2018

30 Years After Exxon Valdez, The Response To Oil Spills Is Still All Wrong

Your Food Choices Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

HEALTH

Avocados Are Being Recalled In 6 States Over Listeria Concerns

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Gut Health

What Green Spaces Can Do To Your Mood

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Views: Owning A Car Will Soon Be As Quaint As Owning A Horse

Can Rent Control Protect Communities?

In Mozambique, Parents Yearn For Children Torn Away By Cyclone

BEST OF THE NET

Chicxulub Asteroid Impact: Stunning Fossils Record Dinosaurs’ Demise

Children’s Joy At Seeing Dolls That Look Like Them

Rivers On Mars Raged For More Than A Billion Years, New Study Says

TRAVEL

The Train Station That Changed A Nation

A Marble World Submerged In A Lake

Where Gandhi Learned To Protest

 

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

Meet Sissel, a  clear voiced Norwegian soprano with a classical background, who made her debut in the early 1990s.  She then crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. Multi-lingual, she has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her presence is 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  Hers was, as well, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.  For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.

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

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.

Outstanding. The Ex-Poachers Saving Big Cats In Russia

Oookay.  Wild Cat Becomes Social Media Star In Russia Thanks To Hyperactive Ears

Doesn’t it seem like the more of these we find, the larger they get?  World’s Biggest T. Rex

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘World’s Longest Salt Cave’ Discovered In Israel

Naked Russian Man Tries To Board Plane, Claiming To Be More ‘Aerodynamic’

The Mystery Of Garfield Phones Washing Up On French Beaches Since The ’80s Has Been Solved

ABOUT US

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

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BREXIT AND THE UKRAINE ELECTIONS

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 24, 2019 Volume 11 Number 31

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: Brexit and the Ukraine Elections; No Bird Flies With Just One Wing; World Headlines At A Glance; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Funzone; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

BREXIT AND THE UKRAINE ELECTIONS

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

The end of March and the beginning of April are going to be quite interesting time to observe political life of two countries, the United Kingdom (UK) and Ukraine. While the first is on its thorny way to Brexit , the Ukraine is holding presidential elections on March 31, with a high probability of a second round on 21 April and the next President of country will either continue the current course to EU and NATO or in case of opposition victory choose more neutral status.

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a bar drinking cider with some British acquaintances and it was interesting to hear their worries with uncertainties of the soon transit.  Accordingly, here are  10 ways you could be affected by a no-deal Brexit.

One of the important questions arising is what complications it could it bring.  One of the most critical is how to avoid rebuilding the physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when if it becomes the frontier between the UK and the EU.  It took literally decades to  to finally reach peace in that part of the world when no border needed. It was quite educational for me to hear about the Good Friday Agreement .

Hopefully, some of its provisions could be useful for learning and implementing future deals for those who try to bring peace to East of Ukraine. Obviously it is the main task the people of Ukraine expecting to be solved by the next President.

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.

NO BIRD FLIES WITH JUST ONE WING

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shore of the Salish Sea.  I don’t know about you folks, but for me, when all the world seems a bit mad, it’s sometimes a good idea to take a break from the asylum for more than a pause for reflection.

One of the questions I’m occasionally asks lends itself, it seems to me, to such meditation.  Why is it that this magazine draws so strongly on Ukraine and America both for its perspective.  The simplest explanation would be that Olya lives in the former nation and I live in the latter.

It is more than that.  Ukraine is almost ancient, historically, and comprised of many ethnic groups.  It is however but an infant democracy struggling to survive despite the looming shadow of one of the global giants in the eastern part of its nation and recent invaders of the Crimea, Ukraine’s southern peninsula.

America, a much older democracy comprised of many ethnic groups, has had in its history several looming shadows, empires with a vested interest in a “new world” in many ways far more civilized than those who came to conquer.  Americans also fought one of the bloodiest civil wars in the history of humankind and the toll of that conflict continues today.  It saved the nation economically but left most of the socio-political reasons for it to be resolved by future generations.

Americans and Ukrainians both have not been as well-served by those they have elected as their passion for freedom deserves.  It is difficult when their wishes are not respected because those involved care more about “winning” or “being right” than they do truly serving their constituency.

It is not at all about either.  It is not competition but cooperation.  It is not conquest but consensus.  Perhaps most of all, it is not assuming that your party is always right and the other is always wrong.

No bird, including the American eagle, flies with just one wing.

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

WORLD NEWS AT A GLANCE

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, a smart man never asks people to read his lips.  He just finishes some of his sentences silently.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The Flaw At The Heart Of Democracy

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

Okay, this admittedly tweaked my Weird Scale.  These Bacteria Eat And Breathe Electricity

Stuff like this is always so reassuring.  Sigh.  US Detects Huge Meteor Explosion

So is this.  Small Asteroid To Sweep Closer Than Moon’s Distance

EARTH

Are Dams Outmatched By Climate Change?

Do You Have A Magnetic Compass In Your Head?

BBC Reel: The Border That Disappears For A Day Every Year  

SPACE

Mining The Moon

Goldilocks Stars: Just Right For Habitable Planets

The Space Race’s Most Important Room

How Aspen Leaves Could Save Mars Rovers

TECHNOLOGY

Apple’s Week Of Surprises Continues With Updated Airpods

An App That Could Save Your Life

Machines Treating Patients? It’s Already Happening

PRAISE

Christchurch Mosque Reopens After Attacks

Judge Rules Drilling Plans Must Include Effect On Climate

Finland Tops Global Happiness Index For Second Straight Year

BBC Reel: Meet Nepal’s Blind Female Cricket Team

Ex Political Prisoner: This Iranian Lawyer Saved My Life. Now We Must Save Hers

CENSURE

‘It Was As If We Weren’t Human.’ Inside The Modern Slave Trade Trapping African Migrants

The New Zealand Attack Exposed How White Supremacy Has Long Flourished Online

Trump’s EPA Head Said Climate Change Is Not A Top Threat Because It’s ’50 To 75 Years Out’

THE GREEN BEAT  

Banks Gave Fossil Fuels $1.9 Trillion

A Future Without Fossil Fuels

What Pesticide Monitoring Misses

JPMorgan Report: Carbon Reduction Needs To Happen Faster

When Kids Fought Plastics–And Won!

What’s My Carbon Footprint?

From ‘Used Water’ To Valuable Resource

The Indonesian Paradise Island Drowning In Plastic

HEALTH

‘You Don’t Mess Around With Thunderclap Headaches’: The Sign A Brain Aneurysm Has Burst

Kale Is One Of The Most Contaminated Vegetables You Can Buy. Here’s Why

The FDA Just Approved The First Drug For Postpartum Depression

Just 10 Minutes Of Exercise A Week May Be Enough To Extend Your Life, Study Says

8 Science-Backed Ways To Prevent Heart Attacks, According To New Guidelines

Here’s Why You’re More Likely To Get Sick When The Seasons Change

The Foraged Green That Can Kill

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Are Arrests The Answer To Homelessness?

The Problem With ‘Expensive City’ Lists

How Social Media Makes Us Spend More

It’s Time For Holi In India

How To Help Victims Of The Christchurch Terrorist Attacks

People Don’t Become ‘Adults’ Until Their 30s, Say Scientists

Views: We Buy Too Much Stuff 

BEST OF THE NET

A Chinese Perspective On Spring

TRAVEL

Why Some People Have A Crippling Fear Of Flying—And How To Overcome It

Is This The Safest City In The World?

Africa’s Most Exciting City For Tech?

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.  Hers was, as well, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

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

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. 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller © 2016

It seems like the more we learn about these little dudes, the more valuable they become.  Honeybees Can Help Monitor Pollution In Cities

Wildlife managers?  If they can do this, why can’t we?  This Indian Community Welcomes Leopards

Here’s the answer to a question I’m sure has been asked many times.  Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has An Answer

SHORTS

Trump Deals A Blow To Sage Grouse

Climate Change Alters Habitat For Migratory Birds In CA, Idaho

The Humble Mollusk

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Giant fish washes up on Australian beach

Man Shells Out $1.4 Million For A Pigeon Because It’s Simply The ‘Lionel Messi’ Of Racing Birds

Is This The World’s Last Paradise?

ABOUT US

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

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FOR CHRISTCHURCH, TEARS, PRAYERS AND TIME

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 17, 2019 Volume 11 Number 30

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: For Christchurch, Tears, Prayers and Time; ;Winter Arguing Spring For Domain; World Headlines At A Glance; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, 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

FOR CHRISTCHURCH, TEARS, PRAYERS AND TIME

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Our hearts and our prayers go out to all those impacted by the mosque killings in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I estimate that is most of us.  Like it or not, we are members of the same species and as John Donne so eloquently expressed it in Meditations 17:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

We know that all that can be done is being done to prevent this from occurring again.  There is an outpouring of sympathy, support and a resolution with which I am very familiar, never again.  I have also reported enough of these to know that words are never enough.

For me, tears, prayers and time, tools of a working man with a conscience, who wishes he could do more.

Take care, stay well and have a good week.

Rusty

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

WINTER ARGUING SPRING FOR DOMAIN

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Hi Rusty;

I always loved train journeys, maybe for that feeling of serenity which accompanies them.

There’s something nice in being cut off from a world, that seems to be in constant
hustle, while in the train, the only screen to watch is a window to nature and the only time is now.

It’s almost a meditation, sitting there and watching the ever-changing movie of never-ending fields, villages and towns that are on the program 🙂

In an open carriage, where people sit across from one another, you find yourself with dozens of life topics circling around as overheard pieces of conversations in the background. It is not a deliberate desire to listen. The words just surround you and you cannot help but be drawn into and become a part of those narratives.  Somebody is going to work, somebody is going to study, someone is going to buy a car.  Usual people’s stories. But it’s still a backdrop and not always as important as the view from the window.

It is so easy and ‘real’ to imagine going through the fields that smell of the grass flavored with wormwood, an aroma known from childhood. Sometimes I envision myself on the meadow lying in fragrant herbs, watching bees busy with violet blooming thistle. Maybe I am just missing summer while spring is still not in rush to give its warmth. In Ukraine everything in still a bit grey and gloomy while winter is arguing with spring for domain.

When I was small I played a  game to myself called “remember a moment”. These moments of feeling “oneness” with nature were so beautiful that I wanted to keep them in my memory to come back there to that happiness again.

One of the moments is from the woods when the green crowns looked almost golden in the rays of midday sun. Sunlight and wind were playing with leaves making the experience of being in the forest quite magical.

Another memory is the song of the green sea of cornfields in the wind. I remember sitting in the tree house that we made with cousins in an old acacia, gazing down upon those slender ranks of young pale yellow kerneled cobs, flexing their leaves muscles in sunlight. It felt like an anthem of youth, summer and penetrating beauty.

These moments of uniting with the glory of nature I will always keep.

And they revive on this long 18 hours train ride from East to West 🙂

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

 WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, just because I am polite does not mean I like you.  It means I was raised by two parents, neither of whom barked.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The World Wide Web Turns 30 Today. Here’s How Its Inventor Thinks We Can Fix It

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is one reason why I still feel safer looking out my kitchen window at a volcano.  ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Triggers Biblical Flooding In Midwest

Dinosaurs Thrived Before Fatal Asteroid Impact  Yep, but they’re a lot smaller now.  Wonder if we will be.

This is certainly good newsCalifornia Is Drought-Free For The First Time In 7 Years

EARTH

Why Are Some Icebergs Green?

Thousands Of Tiny Ice Quakes Shake Antarctica At Night

In Century Ahead, Glaciers May ‘Cling To The Landscape’ Or Vanish

SPACE

Small Asteroid To Sweep Closer Than Moon’s Distance

Soyuz Breakdown Astronauts On Way To ISS

TECHNOLOGY

US Seeks To Allay Fears Over Killer Robots

Timely And Effective Disaster Management With RADARSAT Data

Could Electric Vehicles Be The Future For Kenyan Travel?

The Hot New Thing In Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks

PRAISE

Defying Threats, Afghan Singer Aryana Comes Home For Women

Saving Lives In One Of The World’s Most Dangerous Cities

All This Potential Gone Forever.’ Colleagues Remember The Humanitarians Killed In The Ethiopian Airlines Crash

CENSURE

Sex Abuse Cardinal’s ‘Staggering Arrogance’

THE GREEN BEAT

The Ocean Absorbs Billions Of Tons Of Carbon, And The Process Is Accelerating

New State Joining On To 100% Clean Energy Movement

Viral Trashtag Challenge Inspires Mass Garbage Cleanup Efforts

HEALTH

Cardiologist Eric Topol On How AI Can Bring Humanity Back To Medicinea Measles

Diagnosis Is Confirmed In New Hampshire. Now, 12 States Have Cases Of The

DiseaseEvery Little Move You Make Can Help Your Health, Study SaysExperts Are Calling

For A Ban On Gene Editing Of Human Embryos. Here’s Why They’re Worried

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Inside Brazil’s Hidden Daycare Economy

Can Modular Housing Reduce Homeless Populations?

Why It’s Important To Stay Emotionally Detached When Looking To Buy Property

BEST OF THE NET

Watch Right Whale And Calf Interact With Dolphins

TRAVEL

Norway’s Wild Isle: Population Of 1

The Smallest Place In New York

An Island Of Colossal Stone Columns 

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  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

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

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.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

All we need to find out now is that his name is Jonah.  Man Escapes Whale’s Mouth After Being Swept Inside While Snorkeling

Good.  Let’s hope they fare better than some of their predecessors.  New Species Of Killer Whale?

This should be interesting to watch.  Tropical Species Moving Hundreds Of Miles North

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s March 2019 newsletter is now online.

Project FeederWatch eNews March 2019 is now online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The World’s First Vegetable Orchestra

A Barefoot Village Scared Of A Curse

This Soccer Dad May Have Pulled Off The Most Hilarious Parenting Hack Of All Time

ABOUT US

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

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THE ART OF GIFTING

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 10, 2019 Volume 11 Number 29

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: The Art of Gifting; A Proud But Often Anguished Legacy; World Headlines At A Glance; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, 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

THE ART OF GIFTING

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’d like to wish all our female readers Happy International Women’s Day and to remind everyone that March is also Women’s History Month.  We’ve salted this edition with quite a few links to what your gender has contributed and continues to contribute to our species.  On behalf of my gender, ladies, thank you very much.

Just a quick reminder that Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins today, Sunday, March 10 in the Western Hemisphere.  So it’s now an hour later than it was this time yesterday morning.  Yes, I know that’s about as lucid as milk water.  I’m not a fan of DST.  Here’s why.

March, for some reason, is also a heavy month for gifting in my house.  So when I was asked for my advice on what one of us would like for their birthday, I dodged the bullet with these several suggestions.

Buy for them, not what you would like.  If you’re thinking of a book, video or other media, casually ask who their favorites are and what (fill in the blank) of that particular artist, etc. they would really like to have but do not.

When in doubt, Gift Card Out (GCO).  Again, you need to know what their general field(s) of interest are and then purchase for them a GC which offers the best inventory.  And can be used for online purchases as well as in-person visits if the mercantile is local.

Perhaps most importantly, find out how your potential giftee feels about the anniversary they are celebrating.  If they prefer to minimize the attention or avoid it entirely, disengaged amiably and without question.

That’s it for this week, gang, thanks for the ear and have a good week ahead.

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

A PROUD BUT OFTEN ANGUISHED LEGACY

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Happy International Women’s Day from Ukraine, where we are still celebrating according to our own customs.  We all took the day off and the men presented women with tulips.  Because we are an old people but a young nation, many also see this as a reminder of our Soviet Union heritage and others see it as a time to focus on the rights of women everywhere.  See hash tag #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019 for more on this.

This is where I saw a great quote  “Every generation’s job is to make the next generation better” by iconic tennis player  Billie Jean King who won the Battle of the Sexes, a legendary tennis match between King and Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973

Women rights marches took place in Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv and Lviv in Ukraine as well as in other countries in this part of the world like Russia and Kyrgyzstan. International Women’s Day 2019: How the day began and why the fight for women’s rights is still necessary

I have also subscribed to a interesting news portal newsmavens.com that “finds, chooses and explains the news from the  perspective of women journalists on the latest stories in Europe”. One of their more recent their stories Women Refugees In Germany Struggle To Get The Help They Need and there they make a good point that then we speak of refugees stereotype – young men while rather big part are actually women.

So this is definitely a special day on the calendar, regardless of whether it is celebrated with tulips or slogans.  It is not only about making world a better place for future generations.  It is also very profoundly about the sacrifices made by those who came before us so we could continue that proud but often anguished legacy.

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 WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, sometimes it is easier to make new friends than to renew old acquaintances.  The former are unburdened by images of who you have been in the past but instead, see you only for the person you are now.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How Election Meddling Threatens Democracy Even If Hackers Never Change A Single Vote

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

What will the climate be like where you live in 60 years?  Find out here.

This is reassuring.  Asteroids Are Harder To Destroy Than We Thought

This should be fun to watch.  Wish we were there to see it.  Can Russia Beat The U.S. And China In The Moon Race?

EARTH

What Is Earthshine?

Exploring Earth:  A Map Of Our Planet

Video Captures Massive Avalanche Blanketing An Entire Stretch Of Highway

SPACE

Hayabusa2 To Attempt Landing On Distant Asteroid

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Is Safely Back On Earth. Now It’s The Astronauts’ Turn

Hubble Solves Puzzle Of Neptune Mystery Moon

TECHNOLOGY

‘Clumsy Or Inept Or Too Small’: How Women Are Hurt By Technology Built For Men

Security Holes Found In Big Brand Car Alarms

These Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence To Make A Better Flu Vaccine

PRAISE

Meghan Markle Raised Her Voice Against Inequality On International Women’s Day

March Is Women’s History Month – Celebrate Those Who Served

The Vatican Will Unseal Records About Holocaust-Era Pope Pius Xii. Here’s What We Already Know

On International Women’s Day, Sudan’s Bashir Orders Release Of Female Detainees

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes For Mistreatment Of Inuit With TB In 1940s Through 1960s

CENSURE

Maine Mayor Resigns After Racist Text Message Leaked By Alleged Mistress

White Supremacist Propaganda Efforts Increased 182% In 2018, New Anti-Defamation League Report Says

Phillipe Barbarin: French Cardinal Guilty Of Abuse Cover-Up

THE GREEN BEAT  

Cattle Grazing Gives Way To Big Solar Farm Leases In Central WA

9 Ways To Stop Using So Much Plastic

Norway’s Sovereign Fund To Drop Oil And Gas Investments

HEALTH

London Man Seems To Be Free Of HIV In Second Such Case

1 In 3 Seniors Is Lonely. Here’s How It’s Hurting Their Health

More Seniors Should Be Getting Brain Health Screenings, Experts Say

Can You Really Catch Up On Lost Sleep? Here’s What The Science Says

Yet Another Study Shows There’s No Link Between The Measles Vaccine And Autism

This Ketamine-Like Drug Has Been Approved To Treat Depression

Better Late Than Never: Exercising Helps You Live Longer No Matter When You Start

Monthly Shots Of HIV Drugs Are As Effective As Daily Pills, 2 Big Studies Show

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

‘Where Was The Laundry?’: Top Things People Miss When Buying A House

FDA Announces Crackdown On Walgreens, 14 Other National Retailers Selling E-Cigarettes To Kids

Daylight Saving Time Is This Weekend. Here’s What Losing An Hour Of Sleep Really Does To Your Body

‘Lucy Stone, If You Please.’ The Unsung Suffragist Who Fought For Women To Keep Their Maiden Names

March is Women’s History Month – All You Need To Know 

Pope Francis Says Secret Archives On Holocaust-Era Pope Pius Xii Will Be Opened Early

BEST OF THE NET

Breaking The Ice Ceiling: The Women Working In Antarctica Today

TRAVEL

‘Several’ Cruise Passengers Injured After ‘Sudden, Extreme’ 115-Mph Wind Causes Ship To Tilt

The Tiny Village That Banned Shoes

Would You Stay In A Space Hotel?

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.

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  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

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

 

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. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo courtesy of: Peter Kovalyov / TASS 

I really don’t think you need to love these creatures as much as I do to totally rock out, as I did, on this.  FELINE FRENZY: A Day To Consider Russian Cats

This is good news.  First Photos In 100 Years Of Black Panther In Africa

So is this.  Ospreys’ Recovery Is Global Conservation Success Story

SHORTS

Bees Change Scent As They Age

Views: Lummi’s Sacred Obligation Is To Feed Orcas

Great White Shark Genome Decoded

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Guinness World Records Honours 116-Year-Old Japanese Woman As World’s Oldest Person

When It’s Okay (or Not) to Feed Birds

Leia And Caroline Carrico: How Lost Sisters Survived In Woodland 

ABOUT US

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

 

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WHY READ THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL?

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 3, 2019 Volume 11 Number 28

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: Why Read The Northstar Journal?; World Headlines At A Glance; Maruv: In Pursuit Of Peace Through Music; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Elliott Bay, an inlet of the Salish Sea, taken from Capitol Hill looking west to the Olympic Peninsula. Photo by MS(R)M

WHY READ THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL?

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s not very often I talk about the magazine but we’ve been asked why we should be your first pick for news and information.

Our News Page features headlines of the past week, both by geography and topic, but for your convenience, listed alphabetically.  It’s a way to stay on top of things without having to absorb an entire publication.

Back to back solid article writing.  I’ve been doing it a long time and Olya, who also provides an “on the scene” look at places she visits in conjunction with marketing and servicing an online shopping application, is no slouch either.  We’re not a yell and stomp publication and we can be whimsical, satirical and insufferably folksy, depending on the mood.

Nowhere else will you find the wit and wisdom of Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus.

We provide very useful and reader-friendly information on science, aerospace, technology, health, and community from impeccable sources..

We have a praise feature and one for censure.

Our Funzone features a cartoon which at last count has received over 3-billion hits on YouTube.  We also have outstanding links to travel that will definitely take you off the proverbial beaten path. The same section also features free links to Sissel, one of the most beautiful voices God ever created.  We have a great kindle book for sale and we’ll be adding more.

Our All Creatures Great and Small is an animal lovers dream and You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up has three weird news items a week.

And finally, About Us explains who we are, why we do what we do and offers you the opportunity to contribute by Paypal, to advertise with us or to contribute in your own special way.

We are also like any other weekly.  You can read part of us now and part of us later.  And when you go to our link, you’ll also be able to read every edition we’ve put out since we joined wordpress.com several years ago.

Nowhere on the Net will you find that much in a package so simply accessed and so modestly promoted.  In 11 years, this is the most I’ve written about the magazine and it will very likely be another 11 before I do again.

Unless I am asked, “Why read The Northstar Journal?”

Thanks for the ear, gang, and have a great week. 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 WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

MARUV: IN PURSUIT OF PEACE THROUGH MUSIC

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

All the last week it seems the Eurovision cast in Ukraine took over the minds of many, even overshadowing the upcoming presidential elections. Taking my part as I watched the final of the show online and voted by text message for the band I liked (Brunettes shoot Blondes song “Houston” was my choice).

All the contestants were quite interesting but one of the favorites of the show was Maruv, a Ukrainian singer from Kharkiv. So her victory in the Ukrainian contest to take part in Eurovision from Ukraine didn’t surprise me much. What surprised me was the attitude of organizers.

This singer reveals on her page on FaceBook that she was offered conditions she could not possibly accept like a 2 million hryvnia ($74.341 USD) fine for any improvisation on the scene or not attending the events organizers wanted her to attend. A two million hryvnias fine for a girl who, according to words of my acquaintance who knows her personally, even last year was choosing whether to buy a ticket to underground or buy some food This amounts to discrimination and is totally unrealistic, especially considering she attends Eurovision on her own cost anyway.

Yes on the social media there were people who did not like her look. But was she really that shocking. It’s show business and looking like Madonna or Lady Gaga will only bring more votes to the contestants. Again yes some were not happy she had concerts in Russia, but it is not against the law and also Jamala, the singer who won Eurovision two years ago, did have at least two concerts there too in 2014 according to her Director.  Following the same logic, she would not participate and would not bring victory to Ukraine. In 2019, Maruv followed her example.

I like what Martin Gore from Depeche Mode said in a recent interview about being called a “weirdo.”  “Absolutely,” he replied. “I don’t think I’ve ever tried to be anything other than a weirdo. That’s the sad thing today. Most people who get involved in music are so normal. It’s supposed to be full of weirdoes.”

So the sad thing is that Ukraine is losing this chance to win this year just because the Eurovision contest is taken so seriously when it should be a contest of creativity.

In conclusion, I just want to add that, as Maruv said, Eurovision was created after the Second World War to unite a shattered, bloodied and ravaged continent in peace.  That goal has not yet been fully realized.

Some 74 years later, Maruv and others like her have picked up the torch and are using their talents in pursuit of peace.  That is what it was about then.  That is what it remains.

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.

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, if God had wanted us to think with our butts, She would not have put our brains at the other end.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

I’ve heard several versions of what has become this nation’s unofficial national anthem.  What I love most is that what defines an Australian could, with little difficulty, define an American, an Asian, a Briton, a Canadian, an Ethiopian, a French person, a German, an Italian, a New Zealander, a Zulu, etc.  Check these out and see if you do not agree.  The first one has some incredible scenes of Australia and her people. I am Australian – The Seekers     “I am Australian” — Andre Riel and sung by Mirusia Louwerse

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

Under the “What Is Good News To Some Is Not Always Good News To Some Others” category, this week’s winner is  Spain Tops Italy As World’s Healthiest Country While U.S. Falls: Report

Considering I live near this town, this is NOT reassuring.  Russia TV Lists Naval Radio Station Near Arlington As Nuclear Target

We agree with this totally.  ‘You Can’t Push The Land Too Hard.’ Mapping The Grand Canyon Shaped A Vision Of Climate Trouble To Come

EARTH

New NASA Consortium To Study How Life Began

When And Where Did Earth Get Its Oxygen?

Could Artificial Clouds Save The World?

Countdown To Calving At Antarctic Ice Shelf

A Way To Tackle Wildfires

These Ice-Covered Chilean Volcanoes Could Erupt Soon

SPACE

Astronomers Predict Planet Nine Has 5x The Earth’s Mass

Help Name 5 New Moons Of Jupiter

HPE Computers Stranded In Space

March Guide To The Bright Planets

TECHNOLOGY

Hololens 2: Rory Goes Hands-On

Scientists Gene-Hacked Yeast to Make THC Instead of Booze

Y Combinator CEO: AI Will Replace Jobs, But Life Will Be Awesome

The Phone-Makers Bringing Buttons Back

A Seed Planter That Could Save Forests

PRAISE

‘He Did A Heroic Thing Today.’ Wounded Doctor Subdues Gunman In Wheelchair At Florida VA Hospital

Russia Orders Firms To Release Captive Whales After Outcry

YouTube Bans Comments On All Videos Of Children

CENSURE

Allegations Against The Maker Of Oxycontin Are Piling Up

Kazakh Teens Enslaved In Russia As Sisters, Leave As Mothers

George Pell: Cardinal Found Guilty Of Sexual Offences In Australia

Argentina’s Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich Attacked

FTC Slams Tiktok With Record Fine For Spying On Pre-Teens

Extreme Weather Can Feel ‘Normal’ Pretty Quickly

THE GREEN BEAT  

Study: Growing Up Around Green Space Halves Mental Health Risk

Does Heat Help Or Hinder Solar Panels?

Want Cleaner Roadside Air? Plant Hedges

HEALTH

How To Kick Your Caffeine Dependence For Good

The Real Reason ‘You Are What You Eat’

Ingenious New Ways To Beat Disease

Is Peanut Butter Good For You? This Is What The Science Says

A Simple Blood Test Is As Effective As A Biopsy In Detecting Lung Cancer Mutations

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Confused By Expiration Dates? You’re Not Alone. Here’s What They Really Mean

Scooter Fault Leaves Lime Riders Injured

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

The Paint That Can Kill ‘Superbugs’

Senegal: The Life Of A 17-Year-Old In Dakar — Video

The ‘Caravans Of Love’ Visiting Spain’s Empty Villages

Life On Each Side Of The Kashmir Conflict — Video

Baby Boomers Are Gluttons For Power, Twice As Much As Millennials

BEST OF THE NET

“George Washington” Epic Historical 1984 Mini-Series – YouTube  Starring Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke Austin, Trevor Howard, Kelsey Grammer, James Mason, Jaclyn Smith, Lloyd Bridges, Jose Ferrer, Hal Holbrook and an illustrious and immediately recognizable supporting cast, this six-part historical “bio pic” is thoroughly engrossing.  Historically accurate, profoundly authentic and at times – particularly during battle scenes – terrifyingly realistic, I’ve already emailed this to Olya, who grew up in the Soviet Union, where almost all accurate information on America was banned and blocked.  Rusty

TRAVEL

Athens’ Bizarre Underground Phenomenon

The Spanish Village Living In The Past

Where The US Film Industry Really Began

A 2,000-Year-Old Biblical Treasure

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.

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  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

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

Gift of Love

Going Home

In Concert

In Concert – All Good Things

The Prayer, with Josh Groban 

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. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is great.  These Dogs Scare Bears Away—To Protect Them

Now that we know this, our lives are infinitely enriched, eh?  Why Zebras Have Stripes

Bison vs Buffalo: What’s The Difference?  Hint.  There are none of the other where one lives.

SHORTS

How To Choose A Livestock Guard Dog

Mountain Lion Killed By Colorado Jogger Was Orphaned ‘Kitten,’ Officials Reveal

Like Humans, Dogs Have Personalities That Change Over Time, Study Finds

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Astronomers Find A Nearby River Of Stars

The Seamstress Who Sews With Her Feet — Video

Meet “Ripley,” The Dummy Spacex Is Sending To The Space Station

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

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IF IT’S THAT IMPORTANT, WHY DO WE KEEP FORGETTING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 24, 2019 Volume 11 Number 27

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: If It’s That Important, Why Do We Keep Forgetting It In The First Place?; World Headlines At A Glance; The Imprisoned Monarch of Carisbrooke Castle; According to Rusty’s Infamous Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, 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

IF IT’S THAT IMPORTANT, WHY DO WE KEEP FORGETTING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The BBC recently carried a very interesting article on the lifespan of the various empires which evolved and flourish in the history of our species.  They defined an empire as a civilization which also militarily dominated their region.

I’ve studied some of those empires from several perspectives, including the scientific, which fascinates me because I think that in some ways, engineering in particular, those ancient civilizations were more advanced than our own.  I also believe that Stonehenge and other monoliths which can be seen from earth’s orbit, were built as observatories, celestial calendars and for interstellar visitors, some of whom went swimming in our gene pool.

I appreciate the BBC’s news of things like that because we’re learning from the past and applying those lessons to the future.  It suggests that perhaps our attitudes towards antiquity itself are changing and that we, as a civilization, empire and society, may not be quite as “advanced” as our self-perceptions suggest.  According to one religious source I could cite, we were not created to conquer the planet.  We were created to take care of it.

What still rankles me about this is why the past is so lost to us that several dozen disciplines are involved in digging it up, dusting it off, trying to understand it and seeing if it could work for us today.

If it’s that important, why do we keep forgetting it in the first place?

Okay, gang, that’s it for this week.  Have a good one ahead and 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 WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

THE IMPRISONED MONARCH OF CARISBROOKE CASTLE

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

This week I happened to visit Carisbrooke Castle,  on the Isle of Wight. It fascinated me because, at one point in English history, as a prison for that nation’s King Charles I.

A sad story I first learned in my teens reading “Three Musketeers: Twenty Years After” by Alexander Dumas.  It tells of Athos and Aramis leaving France and going to England to help King Charles I.

The novel made me empathize with the unfortunate king, even remembering the scene when Athos convinces D’Artagnan that a true gentleman can only fight on the king’s side.

It seems as though that the course of history is just moving its way without sentiments. Charles was against limiting his royal rights and implementing a constitutional monarchy in which nothing, not even the Divine Right of Kings, can resist a changing world.

As with the Russian tsar, Nicholas II, Charles I were good monarchs and decent men, victimized far more by those who opposed freedom than those who shared their dream of it.  The grist mill of history tends to grind such men to a fine flour which the gentle winds of time spread throughout the land. These men may have been lost to history but they have not been lost to humankind.

On a lighter note, perhaps, the castle is a really nice place to visit.  From its battlements, one has a lovely view of the evergreen fields of England.  Inside is the oldest beautifully carved organ in England dated 1602. So for those of you interested in history, Carisbrooke Castle is highly recommended.

Take care, Mishka, and remember, spring comes even to Seattle.  LOL  Olya

P.S. Interesting detail that in translation to Russian/Ukrainian history books is how we have Charles spelled as Karl. Just thought that this can be a field of misunderstanding as Charles and Karl are different names Карл I (король Англії)

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.

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, it’s amazing how much his friend Donald’s weight dropped after his wife removed the batteries from their bathroom scale.  Donald said it was the best diet he’d ever been on.  I agree.  When reality challenges you, challenge it back.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Aren’t We Using More Nature-Based Solutions To Fight Climate Change?

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

This is absolutely fascinating.  Stonehenge Mystery Solved?

Incredible.  US Hiker Rescued From Quicksand After 12 Hours — Video

This is good news.  The Ozone Hole Is Recovering

EARTH

The Lifespans Of Ancient Civilisations

Is Civilisation About To Collapse?

Firefall At Yosemite National Park

SPACE

NASA Clears SpaceX Test Flight To Space Station

Virgin’s Unity Plane Rockets Skyward

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Lands On Distant Asteroid

A Solar Flare 10 Billion Times More Powerful Than Sun’s

Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Beyond Moon

Rosetta’s Comet Sculpted By Stress

Weird Hexagonal Dune Field Seen On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

6 Remarkable Soviet Cars For Disabled Drivers

The App That Can Turn You Into A Fashion Model

After California’s Destructive Camp Fire, Tiny Homes Get Go-Ahead

PRAISE

Women Vent Their Anger At Vatican Child Abuse Conference

Pope Francis: Concrete Action Needed Against Child Abuse At Church

Meet The Women Helping Fill Russia’s Rural Healthcare Gap — Video

Tribes Use Western And Indigenous Science To Prepare For Climate Change

Maheshwori Didn’t Realise She Was Being Sold. Then An ‘Angel’ Stepped In

CENSURE

American Segregation, Mapped At Day And Night

R. Kelly Charged With Sexually Abusing 3 Underage Girls

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Solicited Prostitution At Florida Spa, Police Say

California Couple Who Kept Their 13 Children Captive Plead Guilty To Child Abuse

Time’s Up Leader Resigned After Sexual Allegation Against Son

THE GREEN BEAT  

How Corporate Cash Corrupted One Of America’s Greenest States

Washington State Lawmakers Seek To Approve Nation’s First Carbon Fee

California Fights To Keep Fuel Efficiency Standards

Eastern Oregon May Get First-Of-A-Kind Energy Project

Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

Polluting Mines Release 50M Gallons Of Fouled Wastewater Daily

Views: Bring On The Green New Deal Vote

Tips For Talking About The Green New Deal

Washington State Tests Find Toxic Lead In Water At 97 Percent Of Schools

Washington State Gov. Inslee Urged To Denounce Fracked Natural Gas

HEALTH

More Young Women Are Having Heart Attacks, Study Says. This Could Be Why

Why Food Could Be The Best Medicine Of All

Are Raisins Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

Doing Physical And Mental Exercise When You’re Younger May Help Ward Off Dementia

Can Eating Dessert Be Good For Your Diet?

Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

No Backyard, No Problem. You Can Still Recycle Your Food Waste

7 People Share What Got Them Out Of Homelessness

How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities

BEST OF THE NET

Watch: Aurora Borealis Over HAARP

‘Super Snow Moon’ Lights Up The Skies

A Visual Journey Through Heaven

TRAVEL

Bali’s Remarkable ‘Deaf Village’

The Secret To Danish Happiness?

A Language Based On Ancient Aramaic 

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.

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  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

HomepageYouTube Videos:  Amazing Grace, with the Oslo Gospel ChoirAuld Lyne Syne, Live On Swedish TV4Bridge Over Troubled Water, with Russell WatsonDon’t Cry For Me, ArgentinaGoing HomeIn ConcertIn Concert – All Good ThingsThe Prayer, with Josh Groban

 

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.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This animal was brought in worse for wear, but has since made a full recovery. (Supplied: Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals)

I’ll bet this was kind of a surprise.  Good Samaritans Rescue A Dog From Freezing River — And Then Realise It’s A Wolf

This is certainly tragic but not surprising.  Massive Loss Of Beehives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

How incredibly true this is. ‘If The Insects Go, Then We Go‘ — Video

SHORTS

Ancient Spider Fossils Have Reflective Eyes

In The Company Of An Inland Taipan, The World’s Most Venomous Snake 

World’s Biggest Bee Found Alive 

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Florida Mayor Jailed, ‘Lucky He’s Not Dead’ After Allegedly Shooting At Deputies

Singapore’s (Unlikely) Secret Weapon

Ex-Cyclone Oma Draws Pro Surfers To Big Waves But Wannabes Warned It’s Not Worth The Risk 

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

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 17, 2019 Volume 11 Number 26

Supported by Readers Like You.  To Contribute, Please Go Here.  Thank You.

INSIDE: Good-Bye, Frosty; World Headlines At A Glance; Masha & the Bear, From Russia With Love; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, 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

GOOD-BYE, FROSTY

By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea, post Snowmageddon.  One of the sweetest sounds I’ve heard in a long time is that of water gurgling down a drain spout.  It means the snow and ice are thawing and that the reverse polar vortex (RPV and my term for it, not a scientific one) is moving on to other turf to turn into tundra.

I am very proud of the way we all handled this, from the governor on down to members with whom I share a large but aging house with a vista which includes Mt. Rainier, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport tower and the Olympic Mountains.  I am particularly grateful for the friendship of three of my housemates.  Thank you, Brenda, Edward and Thomas.  I am honored by your society.

Next up, Monday is Presidents Day in America.  Formerly known as George Washington’s Birthday, it evolved to include Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February, and then to embrace all the nation’s chief executives.

When I was younger, I could name them all.  It is a little tougher now that there are more to remember.  Since I’m not so much a political partisan as I am a shepherd of the rules of engagement, my choice of favorites is purely subjective and listed in chronological order:

Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama.

There’s one thing that weather and politics seem to have in common.  How swiftly chaos becomes the new norm.  And how quickly, we adapt.

Take care, all, and have a good week ahead.  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 WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

MASHA & THE BEAR: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Hi Rusty:

Don’t you find it amazing how fast the modern world is changing?

Like my kids don’t even ever watch TV, thinking it is something from the past where you can’t control what’s on timetable program, with tons of unwanted advertising. What they prefer is YouTube channels following a few bloggers, watching them and listening to their every word.  It is a loyalty TV Channels would envy.

The same with adults.  It seems like getting personalised news from a blogger of choice is becoming the media of choice.  Perhaps it is something in people’s psychology that personalised information usually works better then almost anonymous reports often not attributed to the journalist responsible.

That evolution in communications, if you will, is happened before our very eyes.  I can remember how intrigued I was when I read that first article about YouTube saying that soon, everyone could have their own channel..

I thought you might be curious to see some statistics:  46 Fascinating and Incredible YouTube Statistics  I was pleased to note that our own favorite Masha and the Bear Episode, Recipe For Disaster got over 3.5-billion views, more than any other non-music video.

It is definitely amazing how technology changes everyday life. And what I like about YouTube is that one can always put it on a pause while having a cup of white tea. Empowering, eh?

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

Editor’s Note:  Masha & the Bear have been running in our Funzone now for about three years.

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.

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, not all of us look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Some of us just like rainbows.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

We Traveled The Length Of The Border. The People We Met There Fear More Government, Not More Immigrants

OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED

Just For Fun: Tour Alien Worlds   This is even more fun than it looks.  It includes fantastic free posters to download.

We definitely do not want to miss this.  Heads Up! 2019’s Biggest Supermoon

This reminds me of a couple of “machines take over the planet films I am certain we have all seen.  Call To Ban Killer Robots In Wars

EARTH

Another Huge Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice?

Vessel Discovers Wreck Of World War II Carrier Hornet

Today In Science: The Chelyabinsk Meteor

SPACE

See China’s Chang’e 4 On Moon’s Far Side

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Declared Dead After Record-Breaking 15 Years On Mars

New Hubble Images Show Storms On Uranus And Neptune

Scientists Fire Harpoon On Mission To Eradicate Space Junk

TECHNOLOGY

The Biggest Solar Farms On Earth

Could This Flying Robot Save Lives?

The Robot That Learned To Skate

PRAISE

Greta Thunberg: The Swedish Teen Inspiring Climate Strikes — Video

Edmonton Bus Driver Saves Man’s Life –  — Video

CENSURE

What Happens Inside Sudan’s Secret Detention Centres?

THE GREEN BEAT  

You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

EPA Inspections Fall To A 10-Year Low

Prefabricated Housing An Option For Affordable Housing

The Green New Deal Wants America To Invest In High-Speed Rail

EPA Vows National Action On Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

‘We Saved Our Town From Your Plastic Rubbish’ — Video

HEALTH

8 Scientifically Backed Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

4 Important Steps to Take After a Cancer Diagnosis

Five Global Health Issues That Surprised Bill And Melinda Gates Last Year

Is Kombucha Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise If You’re Feeling Sick

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Helping A 70yo Mate Find Love Again

Professor: Tax Refunds Are More Than A Boost To Your Bank Account — They’re Good For The Country, Too

Reduce Food Waste, Save Money

Listen: Walk To Know Your Community

Aging In Place–With A Younger Roommate

The Anti-Plastic Movement Is Coming For Your Bathroom

You Can Track Almost Everything Your Kids Do Online. Here’s Why That May Not Be A Good Idea

BEST OF THE NET

If you want to know war from your armchair and you have a passion for drama and outstanding production values, I highly commend a 1985 Australian television mini-series, ANZAC.  This is another five-star Northstar recommendation.

TRAVEL

A 500-Year-Old Town Carved In A Cliff

Food In The ‘Detroit Of India’

The Mysterious Town Obsessed With ‘11’

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.

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  Hers was, as vell, the voice in the theme of the most recent version of the epic film, Titanic.

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

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

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.

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I absolutely loved this.  State Of Emergency Declared As Dozens Of Polar Bears Invade Russian Town

And how about this?  Deer Breaks Into Ontario Bar

And finally, and perhaps ultimately?  Flying Squirrels Go Pink In Ultraviolet

SHORTS

New ‘Mysterious’ Frog Species Discovered In India’s Western Ghats

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

How Animals Love

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornel Lab Enews February 2019 newsletter is now online.  See how birds survive the winter.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Scientists Tracked Down The Owner Of A USB Stick Found In Frozen Seal Feces

The Afghan Village Built From Missiles — Video

Eagle Rescued After Huge Ice Ball Grows On Its Tail — Video

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

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