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TRUMP AS MASTER CHESSMAN

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We make maybe too much fun of America’s president so to balance the scales ~ and the coverage ~ we also need to admit that while we are not Trump people, there is another way of looking at how he is behaving.

When he was running for office, he told his various prospective constituencies that he’d do things for them. In campaign language, “do” equals “try my gosh darned to do.” He gave it the old Trump U try on Immigration and got told, “Nope” by other “powers that are.” So he went like, “Okay. I tried. Time to move on to the next promise.”

Next was replacing the Affordable Care Act. We know how that worked out for him. And NAFTA after that. If this pattern continues, he might just emerge as “the Great Compromiser”. It would certainly be consistent with my idea of consensus building and it would not be inconsistent with his professional business style.

If it is true that our species ~ like all the others on this planet ~ is continuing to evolve, it stands to reason so are our social institutions. According to Sir Charles Darwin, survival belongs to the most adaptable.

I do not approve of Mr. Trump as a human being and he could not buy a place at my table. But if it turns out that he can do the job for which he campaigned and won, I will not oppose him just because he is a Republican and also very rude.

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

Rusty Miller

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THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

GLOBAL

Achieving Continued Success Through The Global Peace Operations Initiative

ASIA

Japan Sends Biggest Warship To Protect Us Supply Vessel

India Assam Mob Kills Two Muslim Men Over ‘Cow Theft’

India Court Upholds 2012 Delhi Gang Rapists’ Death Penalty

A Tour Of China’s First Big Passenger Jet – The C919

Vatican, Myanmar Officially Establish Diplomatic Ties

AFRICA

More Than 80 Chibok Girls Freed In Nigeria

Durban’s ‘One Stop Shop’ DJ

The Women Trying To Keep Somalia Safe

Africa Highlights: Africans Aim For Sub-Two-Hour Marathon, Zuma ‘Subverting Will Of People’

Christians In Africa – Pope Francis’ May Prayer Intention

MIDDLE EAST

In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Moderates Talk On Israel

Trump And Putin Agree To Seek Syria Cease-Fire

Hamas Picks Ismail Haniya As Leader As Power Balance Shifts To Gaza

Coal Mine Blast In Iran Kills At Least 23 And Traps Dozens

Bishops To Peoples Of Middle East: You Are Not Forgotten

EUROPE

Brexit: UK And EU At Odds Over Size Of ‘Divorce Bill’

A Biblical Path Uniting The Middle East

Prince Philip To Step Down From Carrying Out Royal Engagements

A Former Drug Dealer’s Tips For Youths In France’s Banlieues

RUSSIA

After Metro Bombing, Russia Confronts New Terror Challenges

The Economic Plan For Putin’s Next Term Is Already Set

Putin Promises To Raise Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Crackdown With Law Enforcement

Alexei Navalny Is Now Russia’s Outlaw Presidential Candidate

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis: ‘The World Is At War,’ But Good Still Remains

Pope To Future Romanian Priests: Seminary Is Your ‘Gym’ For Ministry

Solanus Casey, Cardinal Van Thuan Among Those Advanced Toward Sainthood

Pope Urges Vatican Communications To Go Digital Amid Ongoing Reform

Pope Declares Ukrainian Church Leader ‘Venerable’

CANADA

Canada Is 200 Million Tonnes Away From Meeting International Emissions Promise

‘It Is Going To Be A Blast’: Calgary Family Plans Cross-Country Road Trip To Celebrate Canada

1st Creep Catcher Case Reported In Manitoba, RCMP Say May 06

Homes Evacuated And Highways Closed As Flooding Hits B.C. Interior

Canadian Startup Reebee Taking Retail Flyers Into The Digital Age

Travellers Stranded In Jasper After Rock Slide And Avalanche

UNITED STATES

15 Killed By Storms And Flooding In South, Midwest

River Flooding Smashes Records From Over 100 Years Ago

Key To Improving Subway Service In New York? Modern Signals

With Fox News In Tumult, Another Executive, Bill Shine, Is Ousted

2 Fatal Police Shootings Yield 2 Different Results

Obama Says His Presidential Library Will Be A ‘Hub For The Community’

Jobless Rate At 10-Year Low As Hiring Grows And Wages Rise

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

California Is About To Revolutionize Climate Policy…Again

Washington State Businesses Ready To Pay For 100% Clean Energy

Some Neighborhoods Losing Population, Despite Boom

BC’s Election Puts Focus On Threats To Salmon, Whales And Bears

Views: Seattle’s Sudden Turn Toward An Income Tax

Tweaking The Megafire Prevention Message

Nearly 4 Feet Of Rain Falls In Seattle Since October – Wettest On Record

Bremerton Earthquake ‘Promising’ Test For New Warning System

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protesters Block City Streets

Venezuela Is Starving

Francis Prays For Victims Of The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

Mexico’s President Vows To Step Up Protections For Journalists

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Eminem Sues New Zealand Governing Party Over Lose Yourself

New Zealand Wins Approval To Buy $1.4 Billion Worth Of Boeing Poseidon P-8a Sub-Hunters

Video: Sydney’s Wake-Up Swim. Pink Cap Included.

As Rising Seas Erode Shorelines, Tasmania Shows What Can Be Lost

Playboy Model Angers Maori With Nude Shoot On Sacred Mountain

TOPICAL

ANTLER BASHING

Japan Sends Biggest Warship To Protect US Supply Vessel

North Korea Claims CIA Plot To Kill Kim Jong-Un

BUSINESS & TRADE

7 Stocks To Hold Forever – Buy Them, Forget About Them, And Never Sell Them.

TV Station Owners Rush To Seize On Relaxed F.C.C. Rules

Airbnb Settles Lawsuit With Its Hometown, San Francisco

The Best Countries To Be An Entrepreneur

Volvic Water Recalled In Japan Amid Plastic Fear

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Marchers Use President Trump’s 100th Day To Protest Climate Policies

Why This Muslim Woman Marched And Fights For Climate Justice

Must-See Photos From The People’s Climate March

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

‘They Treated Us Like Criminals’: U.S. Border Crossers Report Severe Reception

‘No Asylum Here’: Some Say U.S. Border Agents Rejected Them

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Who Guards Nuclear Plants From Attacks?

TRUMP & COMPANY

Trump’s ‘Very Friendly’ Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides And Critics Alike

Video: Guns, Ammo And Trump At N.R.A. Meeting

Trump Follows Instincts, Not Establishment, With Overtures To Kim And Duterte

Video: Trump Walks Out. Over And Over Again.

Video: Fact Check: What’s Real In Trump’s New Ad

Trump To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On May 24

FROM OLYA

As you see on the picture despite morning hours there are many people on the central streets of Lviv. Photo by Olya Bereza.  

SPRING HOLIDAY SEASON IN UKRAINE

Hello Rusty:

This time, I am coming to you from Lviv, West Ukraine. It is the season of holidays here starting on May 1, our Labour Day, and continuing to 9th of May, Victory Day, a commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

The national cheerful mood is underscored by ads for the annual Eurovision song contest to be held in Kiev in few days. Lviv is the western-most point on the European tourists’ route to Kiev to participate in the event. On the streets there is an interesting mix of nations: Japanese, Turkish, and German. You can hear Arabic “As-salāmu ʿalaykum”, Polish “Dziękuję” and, of course, English, representing quite a few Americans, too.

Ukrainians enjoy hosting Eurovision and this is one of the best qualities of the nation – to be very welcoming to foreigners. This video was prepared by one of the local channels to show greet the guests and tell more about country

I should also mention that the other major event that Ukrainians watched this past week was the WBA boxing match, Joshua vs. Klitschko, on the 29th of April for the title of Heavyweight Super Champion. Even though Klitschko lost ~ which could be the end of his career~ he did his best and this spectacular match did not left anyone in doubt of good professionalism of both boxers.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Peace be upon you.

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Volunteers Help Renovate Homes Of Seattle Seniors

12-Year-Old Is Abducted And Beaten By Men, Then 3 Lions Save Her Life

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: ‘We Can End Hunger In This Country’

100 Ways To Keep Resisting After Trump’s 100th Day

Motorists Rescue Baby And Toddler After Car Overturns

True Value And Walmart To Drop Bee-Killing Pesticides

BAD EXAMPLES

Spread Of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties

Police Account Changes In Killing Of Texas 15-Year-Old

Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers

DALAI LAMA

Someone may be rich and powerful, but without trusted friends they will never be happy. Someone else may be poor, but if they are surrounded by steadfast friends they are sure to be happy. Therefore, taking care of others is the best way to fulfill our own interests. We are social animals-we need to be warm-hearted and to look after others. And if we are to do that we need a strong sense of the oneness of humanity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible. Canada And Europe Join Together For A Live Concert With The ISS

This is definitely worth reading. 50 Amazing Destinations That Might Soon Change Forever (Photos)

When I was growing up there, in the Siskiyous of Northern California, there were legends to this effect. Humans Lived In North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims

OUR PLANET

Scientists Recover Ancient Hominid DNA From Cave Dirt

Native Plants To Attract Birds To Your Own Backyard

Video: Filtering The Ocean

SPACE

Cubesat: A Cubesat Is A Square-Shaped Miniature Satellite

Cassini’s Images From Inside Saturn’s Rings

If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need To Ship In The Bricks

Astronaut Jeremy Hansen Describes Living In A Cave To Prepare For Mars

TECHNOLOGY

One Day, A Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

World’s Smallest ‘Cars’ Compete In A Race

Meet Sally, The Salad-Making Robot

The Biggest Plane That’s Ever Flown

THE GREEN BEAT

23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back In Trump’s First 100 Days

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Turning Shipping Containers Into Farms

US EPA, Clean Energy Spared The Ax In $1.1 Trillion Budget Deal

TRAVEL

When The Grand Canyon Transforms

The Side Of Palestine You Never See

The Nation That Hates To Be Late

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

This Is What Cloves Can Do For Your Health And You Weren’t Aware About It!

How Much Coffee Is Actually Safe To Drink? A New Review

The Diseases Hidden In Ice

Readers React: Dispute Over Gay Clergy

For Families Of Teens At Suicide Risk, ’13 Reasons’ Raises Concerns

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Niagara Falls At 13 Degrees Below Zero Is Shockingly Beautiful

15 Gorgeous Photos That You Won’t Be Able To Take Your Eyes Off Of

Rescued Baby Otters Enjoy Their Morning Meal – Just Watch Them Squeal And Squeak With Delight 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Ever since I saw The Lion King, I’ve had a “thang” for these African prairie dogs. So naturally, this was a total trip for me.  All About Meerkats

This helps my fear of swimming in the ocean. Guys See Water Getting Violent And Suddenly Realize They’re Surrounded By Whales. And it’s about time. Hong Kong Bile Bear Campaigner Jill Robinson’s Story Told On Film

SHORTS

The New Threat to Wolves in and Around Yellowstone

Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Some Surprising Dog Breeds Have Ancient American Heritage

Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People

Elephant Just Gives Birth To Baby. Now Watch The Herd Welcome It Into The Family

Scotland Is Home To Miniature ‘Tigers’

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Happy Ending: 11 Ducklings Rescued From Storm Drain Unharmed

What An Incredible Rescue! These Firefighters Are Heroes

When She Saw A Baby Squirrel Struggling To Walk Straight, She Did The Greatest Thing Possible

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Garden For Wildlife

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Horse That Saved His Own Life By Painting

Why Did Tsavo Lions Eat People?

A Controversial Railway Run By Kids

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

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ONCE THEY’VE TASTED SNAKE OIL

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 30, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 35
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ONCE THEY’VE TASTED SNAKE OIL

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been interesting to note the new American administration’s ongoing attempts to return the country to an era when the rich ruled and the poor revolted.  Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days

It does not appear to be working out very well for them.  I suspect that is because they dramatically underestimated the number of decent, conscience-driven legislators still on the Hill, including my own state’s bipartisan delegation.

I think a great many people are learning some fundamental lessons in participatory democracy.  I believe we are seeing the natural leaders among our law-makers and law-protectors step forward and take one for the team.

Crossing, as it does, so many demographic lines, this resistance may be as “American” as Betsy Ross and the Star Spangled Banner.  I strongly suspect there will not be another 100 days.  Americans, in their endearing idealism, may, in fact, be gullible to Medicine Show charlatans.  They are not, however, known for suffering their society once they’ve tasted snake oil.

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

Rusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

Huawei, Chinese Technology Giant, Is Focus Of Widening U.S. Investigation

Female Islamic Clerics In Indonesia Issue Rare Child Marriage Fatwa

Chinese Submersible Retrieves Seamount Sample In South China Sea

More World Efforts Needed To Achieve Denuclearization On Korean Peninsula

Thai Court Seeks Arrest Of Red Bull Heir

Top Indonesia Phone Company Site Defaced

Kashmir Social Media Ban Criticised

China Sentences Human Rights Lawyer

Searching For The Last Eagle Hunters In Western Mongolia

AFRICA 

Tanzania’s President Magufuli Sacks 10,000 Over Fake Certificates

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana And Malawi Get First Vaccine

Africa Highlights: Buhari Misses Friday Prayers, Ethiopia Invites UN Rights Chief For Visit

MIDDLE EAST

Syrian Government Made Sarin Used In Khan Sheikhoun, France Says

Iran Election: Six Candidates, Six Facts

Iran’s Exports To EU Jump Three Fold Following Nuclear Deal

EUROPE

After French Vote, Mainstream Europe Breathes A Sigh Of Relief  

Breakaway Ukrainian Territory Turns To Russia As Kiev Cuts Electricity

Turkey Arrests 1,000 In Raids Targeting Gulen Suspects

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel Warns UK On Scope Of Talks With EU

UK Economy Grows By 0.3% As Service Sector Slows

Who Will Be The Expert Jurors For Eurovision 2017?

Famous ‘Swiss Machine’ Climber Ueli Steck Dies Near Mount Everest

RUSSIA

State Russian Museum Knows No Limits As It Marks 120th Anniversary

Russian Foreign Ministry Warns Russians About How To Behave Abroad

Find 10 Differences: Photos Of Moscow Today And More Than A Century Ago

Russia Ramps Up Its Military In The Arctic

Eco-Friendly Food Still Too Expensive For Most Russians

In Color: Russia’s Great Patriotic War

Frozen Fragments Of The Early Soviet Union:  American Photographer’s View Of Leningrad (Current St. Petersburg) In 1930s.

THE VATICAN

Video: Pope Francis: We Are ‘Brothers And Sisters’  

Pope Urges Mediation Of N Korea Crisis

CANADA

15 Strange And Dangerous Places In Canada’s Northwest Territories

Globe & Mail Piece: Vancouver Island Is Where You Come To Get Away From Everywhere Else

Animal Services Rescues Chubby Beaver Trapped In Fence

Ex-CRTC Commissioner Claims Victory Following Federal Court Ruling

Defence Minister Sajjan Apologizes For Claiming He Was Architect Of Operation Medusa

Fort McMurray Fire: One Year Later, A Look At A City Working To Rebuild From Tragedy

Three Sentenced For Stealing $18-Million Worth Of Quebec Maple Syrup

Reforms An Option To Tackle Canada’s Court Delays: Justice Ministers

UNITED STATES

Spotlight: Huge Crowds Swarm Streets Across U.S. To Protest Trump’s Climate Policies

New Orleans Begins Removing Confederate Monuments, Under Police Guard

Road Rage Cases With Guns More Than Double In 3 Years, Report Says

G.D.P. Report Shows U.S. Economy Off To Slow Start In 2017

Risen From The Grave, Keystone XL Pipeline Again Divides Nebraska

A Hardware Renaissance Grows In Brooklyn – And Elsewhere

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

Celebrating The Wildflower Across The West

The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, And Coal Won’t Cut It

Video: See How Fast Seattle Has Grown

Portland, Oregon-Based Utility, NW Natural, Charts A Green-Energy Path

Revealed: The 75 Most Generous Washington State Corporate Philanthropists

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protest Death Toll Rises As Injured Woman Dies

Bahamas Festival Organisers Promise Refunds

El Salvador Investigates Zoo Deaths

Venezuela’s Capriles Calls For Election

Woman, 116, ‘Too Old’ For Bank Card

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

British High Commission Helps Gay Couples Marry In Australia

Labor Backtracks On Support For Adani Coal Mine

Would Apartments ‘Ruin’ This Historic Sydney Site?

Affordability Crisis Forcing Families To Walk Away From Home Ownership

Alleged Elizabeth Shopping Centre Killer Tried To Change His Appearance, Police Say

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Broke Queensland’s Electoral Laws, Senator Says

Woman Lucky To Survive Fall After Balcony Collapsed On Melbourne Unit

TOPICAL

ANTLER BASHING

China Launches Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Military Presence

North Korea:: US Vows Sanctions And Will Activate Thaad System ‘Within Days’

North Korea Uses Live Fire Exercise To Display Military Might

BUSINESS & TRADE

Trump Tells Foreign Leaders That NAFTA Can Stay For Now

Google And Facebook Duped In Huge ‘Scam’

Time Inc. Decides Not To Sell Itself

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Fighting Climate Change Means Building Dense, Diverse, Walkable Cities

How Corporations Are Getting Into The Planet-Protecting Business

California Climate Fight Gains An Unlikely Ally: Republicans

Talking Climate Policy, Transit, And High-Speed Rail With Washington State’s Gov. Inslee

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Justices Alarmed By Government’s Hard-Line Stance In Citizenship Case

Video: At Home With Omar And Sarah, A Syrian Refugee Story

Too Scared To Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.

Vetting Delays Snarl Path To Citizenship For Thousands In Military

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Afghan Defence Chiefs Resign Over Deadly Taliban Attack

Denmark Says ‘Key Elements’ Of Russian Government Hacked Defense Ministry

St. Petersburg Metro Blown Up By ‘Extremists Back From Syria’

N.S.A. Halts Collection Of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Woman Shot In London Anti-Terror Operation

TRUMP & COMPANY

Flynn May Have Broken Law By Not Disclosing Russia Dealings, Lawmakers Say

Video: Ivanka Trump Jeered In Germany Defending Father’s Policies

Trump: I Miss My Old Life

How Trump Has Reshaped The Presidency, And How It’s Changed Him, Too

Persuasive Business Leaders Parade Through White House

FROM OLYA

Memorial commemorating the Chernobyl Disaster. Dnipro city, East Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza

CHERNOBYL, EUROPE’S NUCLEAR PHOENIX

Hi Rusty:

The 26th of April is a sad date for Ukraine, marking, as it does, the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. With Fukushima, younger sister of Chernobyl, they both remind us of the price of overconfidence.

I remember reading scientific magazines of last epoch with all these excited articles of peaceful use of the atom. But it’s like a wild animal as it could never be domesticated. Previous generations were so eager for cheap energy that they put off all thoughts of consequences like the radioactive waste produced.  They believed that by the time it became a problem, scientists would have found a solution.

Half a century later there is still no solution. There are rumors that in Chernobyl, the authorities are going to build storage facilities for waste from currently the currently operating Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizzhya.

Russia has been taking it from Ukraine and Chernobyl, a vast but sparsely populated region whose 130-million people are spread out over 17-million square kilometers or 6,563,736 square miles, it probably makes sense.

What cause concerns of construction of such facilities at Chernobyl is that the site is also in the heart of agricultural lands near our nation’s multimillion-populated capital, Kiev.   There is not much thrill in having a radioactive threat again, given the level of corruption permeating the nuclear power industry and the government to which it is responsible.

Chernobyl as a reaction site failed because of faulty construction.  We are hoping it does not fail as the waste storage facility for the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Paul Allen Gives Seattle $30M To House Homeless

Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies At 101

Peggy Whitson Breaks Another Record in Space

‘They Continue To Inspire Us’: Battle Of Coral Sea Bravery Remembered 75 Years On

BAD EXAMPLES

Donald Trump Attacks US Media At 100-Day Pennsylvania Rally

Ousted Over Sexual Misconduct Claims, And On To The Next Teaching Job

This Should Scare You More Than Terrorism: The Opioid Epidemic – Real Leaders

Views: Longview Coal Terminal Is A Road To Nowhere

DALAI LAMA

We all have the same desire to live happily free from sorrow. But we also face a multitude of problems, most of which are of our own making. Many of them derive from our giving in to our disturbing emotions. Even if we’re self-centered, to be motivated by compassion is good because it leads to self-confidence, less fear and greater trust. Whereas being motivated by disturbing emotions leads to distrust and suspicion

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is absolutely cool.  Canadian Cubesat Project: Teams Of Teachers And Students Can Take Part In A Real Space Mission!

This is a little scary.  Video: Uran-9 Combat Robot Undergoes Final Testing

This should definitely make a difference.  How To Pull Water Out Of Thin Air, Even In The Driest Parts Of The Globe

OUR PLANET

Centuries-Old Tombs Discovered Underneath Medieval London Church

9 Radical Changes That Are Coming To Transportation

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries To The Brink

SPACE

People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

This Asteroid And Comet Look Similar

TECHNOLOGY

The Next Era Of Drones

TED 2017: UK ‘Iron Man’ Demonstrates Flying Suit

Meet The People Who Train The Robots (To Do Their Own Jobs)  

Farhad’s And Superior Mike’s Week In Tech: There’s No Flying Car  

THE GREEN BEAT

Are Hydroponic Vegetables As Nutritious As Those Grown In Soil?

BC Scientists Invent More Accurate Way To Measure Oilsands Pollution

Reduce, Reuse… Repair? American Pacific Northwest Fix-It Movement Grows

A Sustainable Alternative To Beef, Pork, And Chicken?

TRAVEL

This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Washington Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

The Island With £100 Million Hidden

Europe’s Surprising Knife Capital

HEALTH

Don’t Catch What Ails Your House

Diet Sodas Tied To Dementia And Stroke

After Knee Or Hip Replacement, No Place Like Home

Where Did My Blood Donation Go? Red Cross Will Tell You

LIFESTYLE

Video: Genocide’s Legacy: Preserving Auschwitz  

The Holocaust: Hunt For A Million Missing Names

Women’s Friendships, In Sickness And In Health

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

A Camera Captures Something Unbelievable That Happens One Time In A Decade. Watch This.

Video: 36 Hours: Tokyo

Ice Cream Museum Opens In Los Angeles 

 

 

MASHA & THE BEAR

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

This is definitely an “awww” moment.  Recordings Reveal Baby Humpback Whales ‘Whisper’ To Their Mothers

This is great news and they even called it by its right name.  First Bison Calves Born In Banff National Park In Over 140 Years

This is amazing.  See How These 10 Animals Survive The Most Brutal Desert Conditions With Ease

SHORTS

Why Leopards Eat In Trees

Dingo Relative Rediscovered In New Guinea Highlands

Why We Should Listen To Insects

The Animals That Survive Being Eaten

Fish Do Not Forget Things In Seconds

Mass Die-Off Of Whales In Atlantic Is Being Investigated

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

No One Around For Miles, What Would You Do If You Found This?

Meet The Woman Saving Earth’s Penguins

Rescuers Save Six Baby One-Horned Rhinos From Floodwaters In India!

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The April NestWatch newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Secret Tunnel To New York’s Best View

A Polar Bear Got A Grizzly Bear Pregnant, And The Results Are Fascinating.

When You Drop Your Drugs… In Court

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

 

 

 

 

 

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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 THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, sometimes all of us need to unplug or at least distance ourselves from headline news, especially the stuff we can do little or nothing about.  Which some weeks tends to be a lot.  Even for people who have been doing this every week for almost nine years now.

I’m lucky because I live in a cooperative living arrangement where I’m one of two “senior residents,” or as the landlord calls us, “his two anchors.”  I’m not going to go into detail about the house because that would be an invasion of privacy.  They read the magazine and enjoy it.  With that, however, comes the silent caveat.  What belongs to the house, stays in the house.

I can, however, talk about it as a concept, or as Marlon refers to it, “a work in progress.”  He bought the property about a year ago and it wasn’t in the best of shape since its construction in 1956.  It looks like lots of ideas were tried on these three acres and from that, our landlord and friend, got an idea.

He found tenants with the skill sets he needed to begin transforming this into a kind of “village” where people with trades working at home could set up on the property as part of the rent, but with the expectation that if the house needed something that does not require the skills of a licensed general contractor, certified electrician or plumber, we pretty much take care of things inhouse.

He invited us to make this our home, to share in his dream and to help him build it.  I signed on because it’s a good dream and because I sincerely believe Marlon has the chutzpah to pull it off.  With our help.

This is also a household of people who have seen some living, in some cases survived things of almost epic proportion and have, for the most part, come to a profound understanding of how to get along not just with cultural diversity, but with issues that make each of us distinctive but not really different.

We live in Seattle, in a city, state and region, which we call Cascadia, at an incredibly dramatic and critical time in history.  We are being forced to oppose a federal government whose policies we can no longer support because they are not good for us.  And “us” is everybody who lives here.

In order to effectively do that, we’re going to really need to have our proverbial act together.  We’re going to have to come up with the money to replace what we’ve been taking from “the other Washington”.

We’re going to need to hone our statecraft and our ties with sister cities and provinces.  We’re going to need to stay cool and loose doing it and most importantly, we’re going to need to remain focused not on what is wrong but on what we ~ as a family, a neighborhood, a city, county, state/province ~ are doing to fix it.

It’s interesting being an agent of change in the house where I live.  It’s been some while and I wish the circumstances were better.  On the other hand, I don’t need to look very far for greener pastures.  They’re right outside my window.

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

Rusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

It’s Like It Never Left: Another El Niño May Be On The Way

ASIA

A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis In Slow Motion’ In North Korea

The Asian Country That’s Drowning

Malaysia Airlines To Track Planes With Satellites

AFRICA

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

South Africa Bus Crash ‘Kills At Least 19 Children’

Nigeria charges 53 over ‘gay wedding’

MIDDLE EAST

American Aid Worker Is Cleared Of Child Abuse Charges In Egypt

Egyptian Soldiers Accused Of Killing Unarmed Sinai Men In Leaked Video

Macabre Rape Law Protest In Lebanon

Qatari Hunting Party Freed In Iraq

EUROPE

Erdogan Claims Vast New Powers After Narrow Victory In Turkish Referendum

Protesters Rally In Istanbul Over Referendum Result  

Fewer Children In Greece May Add To Its Financial Crisis

It’s France’s Turn To Worry About Election Meddling By Russia

Theresa May Calls For A General Election

Rescued Bears Settle In To New Life In Ukraine

RUSSIA

Ulan-Ude, Cradle Of Russian Buddhism

From Serfdom To Freedom: The Long And Winding Road

Shalom! Top 5 Jewish Sites In Moscow And Its Surroundings

CANADA

15 Ways To Celebrate Canada’s 150th

India Visit ‘Very Productive’ Despite Controversy, Says Sajjan

What’s Made Canada’s Slims River Disappear?

Video: Newfoundland Iceberg Looms 15 Stories Tall

UNITED STATES

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Executions

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard To Light

Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Safety Fears

Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts As Justice Dept. Tightens Screws  

US Air Quality Improving

Maps Show Face Of Homelessness Across US

CASCADIA

Marijuana Goes Industrial In California

Berkeley Is Being Tested On 2 Fronts: Free Speech And Safety

Optimism Over Funding To Restore Washington State Forests, Coasts

Wolves Expected To Make Move To southwest Oregon

LATIN AMERICA

At Least 3 Die Amid Clashes As Protesters Swarm Venezuelan Cities

Brazil Goalkeeper Faces Re-Arrest

Colombia Landslide Kills At Least 17

Venezuela Gave Cash To Trump Inauguration

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Unveils Major Changes To Citizenship Process

US To Honour ‘Dumb’ Australia Migrant Deal

Beach Memorial Held For Teen Surfer Killed In Shark Attack

Youth Justice Boss Says She Visited Don Dale Between Inmate Escapes

AFL To Aid Police Over Racist Rant Aimed At Brisbane Lions Trainer

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

Lloyds Eyes Berlin For Post-Brexit Push

Pound Recovers After Theresa May’s Statement

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Climate Change Reroutes A Yukon River In A Geological Instant

Scott Pruitt Faces Anger From Right Over E.P.A. Finding He Won’t Fight

More Permafrost Than Thought May Be Lost As Planet Warms

‘It Scares Me’: Permafrost Thaw In Canadian Arctic Threatens Homes And Land

How Does The West Coast Lead The Way On Fighting Climate Change?

The Religious Case For Caring About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Mexican Deportees, Once Ignored Back Home, Now Find ‘Open Arms’

Seattle City Council Establishes $1 Million Fund To Help Immigrants With Legal Expenses

Pope Likens Migrant Holding Centers To ‘Concentration Camps’

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Paris Shooting: Gunman Was ‘Focus Of Anti-Terror’ Probe

Borussia Dortmund Bombs: ‘Speculator’ Charged With Bus Attack

‘A Shortage Of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers

TRUMP & COMPANY

With Trump Appointees, A Raft Of Potential Conflicts And ‘No Transparency’

Trump’s Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise

Trump Voters In A Swing District Wonder When The ‘Winning’ Will Start

Comey Tried To Shield The F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped An Election.

Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing For Counsel

FROM OLYA

LANDFILLS INTO PARKS

Hi Rusty:

It was great to have Earth Day this week as a reminder of what each of us could do on daily basis to make our Blue Planet a nicer place to be. Little things just like sorting household rubbish could make a big difference.

This week I saw an outstanding example during a walk through a former landfill site at Cheshire County, UK.  The place was, not long ago, a facility for disposing of household waste.  But now, that picture is stunningly green.

As it said on an information board nearby, since the closure of the waste sit,e an amazing transformation has taken place.  Today, the site is managed for its wildlife value and as a place for appreciating nature whilst taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh air. The only thing they ask is not to smoke as waste still decomposing beneath the surface could still produce some flammable gases, for this special infrastructure is made.

What a great idea to give the former waste tipping landfill back to nature. For more information, visit the Cheshire County Ranger Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CECRangers/

It is certainly an example from which the Ukraine could benefit and in particularly Lviv, the city West Ukraine, that ~ at the moment ~is having a big problem with waste storage after its site caught  fire last summer. Having said that biomass energy recycling plants would also help. Hopefully local authorities will look for updating their waste polices to modern day standards.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

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GOOD EXAMPLES

Living By The Girl Scout Law, Even Without A Home

To These Pastors, Saving The Colorado River Is A Divine Command

Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns To Public Life Next Week

Watch: Metro’s New Vision Zero Video Is Brilliant

BAD EXAMPLES

Tesla Recalls 53,000 Cars Over Brake Issue

Russian Hacker Sentenced To 27 Years In Credit Card Case

Pesticide Maker Tries To Kill Risk Study

‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside The Anti-Gay Pogrom In Chechnya

DALAI LAMA

Developing compassion for others brings inner strength contributing to our own inner peace. This automatically reduces fear. This is important because fear and stress can lead to frustration, which in turn can lead to anger and violence. It’s not enough to say that violence is destructive, to prevent it we must address its causes, which very often are fear and anger.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If this is successful, I will remember this place fondly.  Mayor Wants To Bring Self-Driving Vehicles To Portland, Oregon

This is incredible50 Reasons To Love The World

We need to listen to this person.  Neil DeGrasse Tyson says this new video may contain the ‘most important words’ he’s ever spoken – The famous astrophysicist argues that Americans need to stop using politics to squelch science, and instead build policy on science.

OUR PLANET

An Ice Scientist’s Worst Nightmare

The Black Islands Rising From The Sea

There Are More Trees Than Stars In Our Galaxy — But Can We Save Them?

SPACE

Ocean Worlds Beyond Earth

Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn And Its Rings

Empty Third Seat For ISS Launch

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Patched ‘NSA Hack’ Windows Flaws Before Leak

8 Amazing New Technologies That Will Make America’s Military Even Stronger

UW President Cauce: Skepticism Is Critical To Science, But Don’t Be Skeptical About Science Itself

THE GREEN BEAT

Views: Congress Must Lead On Carbon Pollution

Portland, Oregon Votes To Turn Sewage Into Vehicle Fuel

Air Quality:  Programs, Video And Downloads: Solutions To Air Pollution From Across The World

TRAVEL

5 Best Outdoor Adventures in (and Around) Vancouver

Saudi Arabia’s Silent Desert City

Africa’s Surprising City Of Opportunity

HEALTH

Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

‘Pacemaker’ For The Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds  

Kids Need Access To Nature For Mental Health

The Cost Of Not Taking Your Medicine

LIFESTYLE

Now You’re Cooking:  Recipes From The Web’s Best Foodies

Prince Harry On Diana Grief

My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s A Tomboy.

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings) Vs Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings)

Favorite Photos For Earth Day 2017

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

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL  

 This is definitely going to change a few figures of speech.  Sheep Are Not Stupid After All

Whew.  April the Giraffe, an Internet Star, Gives Birth. Finally.

Here’s a chance for us to make a difference.  How To Save The Most Trafficked Mammal

SHORTS

An Invasion Of Hedgehogs

A Bat Ray Goes Hunting

Silver Fish Surf The Waves To Spawn On California Beaches

A Lizard With Scales That Behave Like A Computer Simulation

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

After This Orphaned Elk Was Rescued She Gave Her Saviors An Amazing Showing Of Gratitude

Two Rare Predator Species Meet On Snowy Hillside

After 22 Years Of Separation These Former Circus Elephants Share The Most Emotional Reunion

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s April 2017 newsletter is now available online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Chunk Of The Arctic Stops By For A Photo Shoot

How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions Of Years Before Humans

Crocodile Eats South African Hunter

ABOUT US

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34
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Canada’s Easter Beaver

HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we would like to wish our Christian readers Happy Easter.  I got to explain to a three year old from another culture that the bunny of said holiday does not actually lay the eggs but delivers them for Easter chickens who prefer to donate anonymously.

In Australia, they have an Easter platypus that both lays and delivers the eggs.  But in North America, only delivery.  The US has the Easter bunny and in Canada, of course, the Easter beaver makes the rounds.

I think it is cool to have so many traditions behind one of the greatest miracles our species has ever witnessed.

Apparently the American commander in chief exercised a tactical prerogative with some historical precedence.  Apparently the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal was used against ISIS in Afghanistan with predictable results.  That’s what you do if you want to win a war.  Apparently that’s the goal here.  There’s a new sheriff in town and this one notches his six guns.

it was kind of a rough week for presidential spokesmen, wasn’t it?  In all fairness, I knew what Spicer meant with the comparison between Hitler and Assad.  Poison gas, so lethal in the First World War, was not used in combat during the Second.  Everybody knows what Hitler used it for.

Sometimes the press reminds me of a flock of vultures waiting for the mules of a July desert wagon train to drop.  Or hungry alligators in a Florida swamp waiting for a canoe to tip over.  I am absolutely not a Spicer fan but I am fond of fairness.  And when a pack jumps on a single individual for what was obviously a mistake and not a pronouncement, that’s bullying.  And it doesn’t matter who does it, it is just not cool.

And to wrap it up, Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet.  It falls on Saturday, April 22.  For more about how it got started and how people celebrate it around the world and in your community, go to the official Earth Day homepage at www.earthday.org

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

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

The World’s Most Expensive City?

Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

To Curb Global Warming, Science Fiction May Become Fact

ASIA

Philippines Whistleblower Lascanas: I Killed My Own Brothers

North Korea ‘Ready For Nuclear Attack’

Bengali New Year Parade In Dhaka Stands Up To Militancy

China Fears N Korea ‘Conflict Any Moment’

AFRICA

The Ugandan Children Who Canoe To School

US Troops To Help Fight Against Al-Shabab

The Nigerian Woman Standing Up To Boko Haram

MIDDLE EAST

Syria War: G7 Rejects Sanctions On Russia After ‘Chemical Attack’

Canada Announces Sanctions On 27 Top Syrian Officials In Effort To Pressure Assad

Lula And Simba, Last Surviving Animals At Mosul Zoo, Have Been Rescued

Egypt’s Shaken Copts Mark Good Friday

EUROPE

Spain Mourns First Woman Defense Minister Carme Chacón

Turkey In Turmoil And Chaos Since Purge Aimed At Dissenters

Eurovision: Russia Will Not Broadcast Contest After Ukraine Ban

Russia

Baby Boom In Moscow Zoo: Welcome The Newborn Fluffy Dwellers!

Moscow: ‘Bringing Ultimatums To Russia Does Not Work’

New Upgraded Trains Added To Moscow’s Metro

From The Black Sea To The Baltic: Russia By Car

CANADA

Under Collective Vision, A Tiny BC First Nation Thrives On Its Path To Net Zero

B.C. Investment Adviser Missing For 528 Days Turns Himself In To Police

Justice Minister Says Upcoming Court Delay Meeting ‘Not About Appointing Blame’ 

Atlantic Fishermen Not Hooked On Idea Of Marine Protection Areas

Inquiry Into Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Postpones Edmonton, Thunder Bay Meetings

Weed Legalization Bill Gives Answers On Future Of Pot In Canada, But Questions Remain

UNITED STATES

Alabama ‘Luv Guv’ Robert Bentley Quits Over Relationship With Aide

Videos Of A Man Being Dragged Off A United Plane Ignites A Public Relations Crisis

Video: Video Shows Sacramento Officer Beating Pedestrian

Cascadia

Is Canadian Tar Sands Pipeline Pointing To Tacoma?

Study Links Puget Sound Residents’ Happiness To Their Interactions With Nature

Portland, Multnomah County Commit To Using 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

A Strange Encounter Near The Hoh River

Yet Another Fossil Fuel Project Heading For Tacoma’s Port

The Solution To Transit’s Last Mile Problem? Walking

LATIN AMERICA

Ecuador Orders Partial Recount Of Votes

Massive New Spider With Red Fangs Discovered

Teenage Protester Killed In Venezuela

Mexico Car Park Collapse Kills Seven

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Damage To Great Barrier Reef ‘Unprecedented’

Cyclone Cook: Evacuations As Huge Storm Lashes North New Zealand

50 Dishes That Define Australian Dining

Future Frigates Timeframe Could Be Too Tight, Defence Officials Say

Qantas Passengers Recall Scenes From ‘Stick Shaker’ Incident

TOPICAL

BUSINESS & TRADE

How ‘Made In Russia’ Eco-Food Can Win Chinese Consumers Over

As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Becomes A Draw  

New Tools Needed To Track Technology’s Impact On Jobs, Panel Says

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Already, Another El Niño May Be On The Way

Pruitt Calls For US To ‘Exit’ Paris Climate Agreement

What One Oak Tells Us About Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Huge Fire Destroys Camp Housing 1,500 Migrants In France

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Why Are Russian Paratroopers Heading For Nicaragua?

Stockholm Suspect ‘Admits Truck Attack’

Egypt Churchgoers Defiant After ISIS Bomb

Borussia Dortmund Attack: Police Investigate Islamist Link

ISIS Death Toll From Afghan Bomb Reaches 90

Assad Denies Use Of Chemical Weapons

Video: Witnessing An ISIS Drone Attack

TRUMP & COMPANY

White House To Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret

FROM OLYA 

Paska, Orthodox Easter bread, as seen through the eyes of a child.

EAST AND WEST MEET FOR A COMMON EASTER

Hi Rusty:

Thank you, Mishka, for sharing quite interesting traditions of Western Easter. This year, as it rarely does, Orthodox/Eastern Easter is in on the same day.  For me, it is symbolic maybe as I mentioned before, once I got rescued on Easter when it was the same day in the east and the west.

The more I travel, the more think we all are more alike than different.

To talk about Orthodox Easter traditions many of us would fast for about 40 days before. On Thursday this week was the day for cooking Paskas, an Easter bread, as well as painting eggs.

The simplest recipe for the latter is just let eggs boil in onion skins.  This will give a nice, somewhat pinky color to the eggs. But of course creativity of all sorts could be expected, making Easter basket very bright, with colorful eggs and Paskas to take to church on Easter morning to be consecrated.

No fairy animals in Eastern tradition in my part of the world although I find very cute this children-friendly side of Western traditions including chocolate eggs hunt. Probably with time this will come to our celebrations too.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Mexican Government Stands In Solidarity With Sea Shepherd To Save Nearly Extinct Vaquita

Seattle Brainiacs Harness Sunshine For Clean Water

Portland, Oregon Votes To Divest From All Corporations

Credit Suisse Bosses Offer To Cut Their Own Bonuses By 40%

BAD EXAMPLES

Libor: Bank Of England Implicated In Secret Recording

U.N. Experts Condemn Killing And Torture Of Gay Men In Chechnya  

Sexual Abuse At Choate Went On For Decades, School Acknowledges

DALAI LAMA

Scientists have concluded that basic human nature is compassionate. This is a sign of hope. If it was otherwise and it was human nature to be angry, things would be hopeless. What’s important is that while we’re alive we shouldn’t create trouble, but, recognizing how other people are human like us, should cultivate concern for their well being. If we can do that there’ll be no basis for cheating, bullying or killing.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

We had this geranium that once tried to eat the cat.  This sort of reminds me of it.  The 10 Strangest Plants On Earth

I thought this is a good question.  Video: How Destructive Is The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’?

This is absolutely fascinatingThe World’s Most Underestimated People?

OUR PLANET

The Storm That Trashed A City

An Abandoned Fortress Beneath Russia

Volcanic Eruption Captured By Drones In Guatemala

SPACE

Photos Of Jupiter From NASA Spacecraft, Both Near And Far

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion A Year In Amazon Stock To Finance Race To Space

All You Wanted To Know About Russian Space Exploration

Europe’s Reusable Space Traveler

Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life

TECHNOLOGY

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

The Tiny Changes That Can Make AI Fail

A Lifesaving Invention Could Save Thousands Of Sea Creatures!

THE GREEN BEAT

What’s At Stake In Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook For City Lovers

Precedent-Setting Indigenous Environmental Review Rejects BC Mine

TRAVEL

15 Places In Washington You Must See Before You Die

Spokane’s Manito Park: Near Nature, Near Perfect

15 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures In Southern Utah

HEALTH

Video: Is This China’s Fountain Of Youth?

Grechka: Russia’s Ultimate Secret Weapon For Health And Success

Interactive Graphic: You Draw It: Just How Bad Is The Drug Overdose Epidemic?

LIFESTYLE

The Joy Of A Christian-Muslim Wedding Among Egypt’s Nubians

Do Actors Have To Be Human?

Meet Sesame Street’s First Autistic Character, Julia

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Spend A Day In The Yamal Tundra: On The Move With Deer Herders

Nature Doesn’t Need Us, We Need Nature. The Rain Forest Speaks Through Kevin Spacey.

Island Life In Vladivostok: Where To Swim, Sunbathe And Surf 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

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

Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Blue whale feeding. They love him at the “all you can eat for a dollar” buffets. Thanks to Kenny and Carl in Kensington for the photo.

This is staggering.  The Animal That Eats The Most Food

I think the allegory in this is really obvious, right?  Turns Out, Goats And Wolves CAN Live In Harmony!

This is one of the reasons I still believe in miracles.  Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!

QUIZZES

Quiz: Do You Know These Backyard Birds?

Can You Find The Perfect Wildlife Match For These 9 Native Trees?

SHORTS

The World’s Greatest Wildlife Hotspot

Ten Things You Can Do For Birds

Scientists To Canada: “Shhh”— For The Orcas

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Need Some Awww? A Tiny Yellow-Bellied Glider (And Her Mama!) Are Rescued. Yay!

They Saved This Koala’s Life 3 Years Ago. Now, She’s Back To Visit With A Rare Surprise

He Rescued A Baby Squirrel That Fell From A Tree. He Never Expected This Insane Bond To Form!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Man Making The World’s Tallest Bike

Is This France’s Strangest Cake?

Best Job In The World? Mars Will ‘Hire’ Cats And Dogs To Improve Nutrition

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

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BYE BYE BERTHA

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April 9, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 32 $1.00
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Bertha, the World’s Largest Tunnel Boring Machine, photo courtesy of uncontrolledopposition.com

BYE BYE BERTHA

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not, gang?  We’d like to wish our Jewish readers a happy Passover and to express our appreciation to the powers that be for finally ending The Saga Of Bertha The Biggest Earth Boring Machine In The World.

She was built by the Japanese to dig mass transit tunnels under the city of Seattle in an attempt to improve traffic flow in this community of some 650,000.  There were several projects involved.  All ran over both time and budget and several times mechanical problems plagued the Godzilla-sized machine, giving many of us the impression she had a mind of her own, a mind that was not favorably predisposed to the job at hand, the city, the climate or the human beings with which it regrettably found itself interacting.

The media here has been asking listeners, viewers and readers what they think should be done with Bertha next.  One suggestion I thought was appropriate was to send her to a place we really don’t like, sort’ve like giving your rotten neighbor’s kid a drum for Christmas.

Another suggestion was to auction it off to a terrorist group.  Bertha is capable of doing much more damage to and in the hands of extremists than it did in the hands of well-meaning urban planners who felt that more tunnels in an earthquake zone already honey-combed with them would improve life as they have thus far known it.

But the best idea I saw was storing it at one of the Boeing plants so it can be used when the shores of the Salish Sea are hit with the monster earthquake local seismologists have been predicting for several years now.  Apparently it might be useful in digging out what few life forms might survive such a disaster.

And on that rather grim note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

ASIA

North Korean Ballistic Missile Fired Into The Sea Of Japan

A Former First Lady Presses On For A Tolerant, Feminist Islam

Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

AFRICA

Anti-Zuma Protests Across South Africa

Deadly Blasts Hit Two Egyptian Churches

Africa Highlights: Tanzania ‘Shocked’ Over Rapper’s Disappearance, SA Downgraded Again

MIDDLE EAST

World Health Day: Israel Ranked 9th Healthiest Country

Syria Conflict: ‘Chemical Attack’ In Idlib Kills 58

Political Solution Only Way Out For Syrian Issue: Chinese Envoy

EUROPE

Eurozone Unemployment Rate Drops To Near Eight-Year Low

UK Royals To Commemorate WW1 Battle

UK Blames Russia For Syria Deaths

Eta Caches ‘Had Tonnes Of Weapons’

Six Dead In Poland Building Collapse

Russia

How Will Russia’s Government Respond To The People’s Protests?

Russia’s Security Services Face A New Type Of Terrorism

Take Two Online Festival: The Russian Movies To Watch

5 Must-Read Books To Understand The Russian Revolution

CANADA

Canadian Aid Groups Bracing For More Syrian Refugees In Wake Of U.S. Airstrikes

‘I Will Not Be Silenced On This Issue’: Mountie Vows To Continue With Yellow Stripe Protest

Ontario Premier Declares Win After New York Drops Buy American Policy

Spring Flooding In Manitoba Changing Route Of Asylum Seekers 

Up In Smoke: Toronto’s Cannabis Culture Shops To Close This Weekend

UNITED STATES

An Idaho Town Bucks The Perception Of Rural Struggle

15 Worst States For Retirement

2 Years After Racial Turmoil, Ferguson Re-Elects White Mayor

Preparing For The Future Using Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

CASCADIA

SeaTac’s $15 Minimum Wage Isn’t Slowing Down Real Estate Projects (Map)

BC Matches $2.2-Billion For Metro Vancouver Transit

Portland Launches Adaptive Bike-Sharing For The Disabled

Interactive: What A Whale Hears In The Salish Sea

How Seattle Is Dismantling A NIMBY Power Structure

Vancouver’s Eco-Fashion Week Seeks Ways To Keep Clothing From Landfills

What Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill Does

California Towns Face Off Against Oil Companies — And Win

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Newspaper Stops Printing After Reporter Shot Dead

Colombian Town Mourns Victims Of Mudslide

Argentina Legalizes Medical Cannabis, Creates Research Program With Free Access

South American Village Changes Their Lives To Save One Of Earth’s Largest Freshwater Fish

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Autumn Snow In Victoria As Severe Storms Intensify

Refugees Not Accepted By US To Remain In PNG

Australian Team Works To Help Humans Walk On Mars

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

75 U.S. Mayors Won’t Enforce Climate Policy RollbackFor A List Of Cities, Please Go Here:

Portland Puts Climate Justice In The Classroom

Oregon’s Climate Test

Views: Our Choices On Climate Are Better Than You May Think

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Los Angeles Raids Target Investor Green Card Fraud

Listen: Refugees Find Same Economic Success As Other Canadians

Report: Migration Is Changing Diversity Of Counties

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

C.I.A. Had Evidence Of Russian Effort To Help Trump Earlier Than Believed

Video: Syria Chemical Attack: Here’s What Happened

Dozens Of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base In Syria

Experts Forecast Difficult Years Ahead As Terror Attacks Rise In Russia

Stockholm Suspect Was Refused Residency

Dutch Rallies After ‘Hand Holding Attack’

TRUMP & COMPANY

‘The Campaign Fog Is Lifted’: Russian Prime Minister Says Donald Trump Is Done

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice  

FROM OLYA

Charles Dickens lived here. Photo by Olya

Charles Dickens probably had lunch here. Photo by Olya

CHARLES DICKENS AND SPRING IN LONDON

Hi Rusty:

I have been in the UK, witnessing the bloom of spring in London.  Today, I passed by a historical site on a central street marked by a commemoration plate of Charles Dickens, who lived on the site from 1851 till 1860. It’s a real nice location and where Dickens wrote his best-known work of historical fiction, A Tale of Two Cities.

As most of you know, the novel was set in London and Paris and dated 1859.  It might even have been inspired by the author wandering the same streets of his neighborhood that I did and perhaps had lunch at the same little park nearby.

As you will remember, the preface to Mr. Dickens’ novel is very powerful.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.

It is stunning to me how ingenuous his work is today and how relevant his message.  He saw the masses as whirling water and the goal of elites not to let the water become a destructive force. And the aristocracy did this by treating the people well and not letting them reach the edge of despair, where the water fights back, smashing everything in its way.

From the news of this week the following is very promising: Basque Separatists Plan To Unilaterally Disarm On Saturday  Hoping this process will go smoothly and that the government will appreciate goodwill as nothing is more precious as step to peace.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine,

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Homeless In One Camp Moving Into Tiny House Village

Dozens Of University Of Washington Programs Make Top 10 In New Global Ranking

Parkageddon: How Not To Create Traffic Jams, Pollution And Urban Sprawl

Dam Busters

Amid The Spanish Moss Of Florida, A Treasure Chest Of Chinese Literature

BAD EXAMPLES

Europe Becomes ‘Hub’ For Child Sexual Abuse Content

Muslim Man Falsely Accused Of Russian Subway Bombing Loses His Job

Uniting Against Bill O’Reilly, Women Share Stories Of Workplace Harassment

EPA Moves To Defund Protections From Lead-Based Paint

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good!  The March For Science Adds Two Women Of Color As National Co-Chairs

These people deserve our full support.  Special Ops With A Studious Bent Fight Destruction Of Brazil’s Amazon

We agree.  Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

OUR PLANET

Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas

California Desert Superbloom

Stratos, The Stratospheric Balloon Program

SPACE

Recycled Rockets Could Drop Costs, Speed Space Travel

A Mysterious Flash From Far, Far Away

It Takes A NASA Village To Train An Astronaut

TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Mobilise Against ‘Fear Of Facts’ In Age Of Trump

Tesla’s Market Value Overtakes Ford

Meet Elliq, The Robot Even Your Grandparents Will Love

THE GREEN BEAT

Two-Minute Takeaway: What Is A Rain Garden?

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Converts To Solar Power

Is 100% Renewable Energy Realistic?

Thousands Of Oil Train Safety Defects Across US

Opinion: Preserve Water Quality Gains

TRAVEL

Hiking Maps Go Mobile: Alaska Unveils Digital Backcountry Guides

Experience Anacortes – Your Island Getaway

Titanic Exhibition Visitors ‘Live Or Die’ Depending On Ticket

HEALTH

Advocacy Groups Ask For Ban On Common Pesticide

Close To Half Of American Adults Have Genital HPV

New York Times Wellness Page

Urban Planning For Long And Healthy Living

LIFESTYLE

The Professor And The Jihadi

I Survived A Sarin Gas Attack

A Blueprint For Better Housing Messages

Measuring How A County Tackles Homelessness

A Public Square For All Genders

Can Tiny Houses Help Alleviate Homelessness?

Video: In One Crime-Ridden City, Police Try A New Tactic: Patience

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

A Young Shy Girl Walks On Stage, but within Seconds Everyone’s Jaw Hit The Floor

Singing Lemurs Have Their Own Rhythm

Thrilling A New Audience: 4 Of Modern Russian Animation’s Biggest Hits  

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

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

Дружеская дружеская история о Маленькой Королеве Гармонии и ее лучшем друге, Роки Ракету, когда они отправляются в Рокки на Чемпионат Мира по космическим моделям. Очень симпатичная книга Kindle, она продается здесь всего за $ 0,99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

This is absolutely and totally heartwarming.  Jeff De Young: The Dog Who Saved My Life And Came To Live With Me

The Audubon Society has a way you can make your yard bird friendly by zip code.  Check it out here.

I would love to visit this one.  Noah’s Ark-Shaped Museum To Curate 5 Million Specimens

SHORTS

How One Species Survived An Extinction

First Clear View Of A One-Celled Harpooner In Action

Male Emperor Penguins Are Good Dads

Protecting Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

Bald Eagles Make Big Comeback In San Francisco

Young Salmon Risk ‘Gas Bubble Trauma’ On Trip To Ocean

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Watch: Goose Found On The Side Of The Freeway Makes A Full Recovery

From Captivity To Freedom, This Lion Is Forever Grateful!

When This Trapped Fawn Was Finally Reunited With His Mother, My Heart Almost Burst!

Rescuing 11 Elephants From A Mud Hole  

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Warren Buffett Appears On Cherry Coke Cans In China

The Man Who Owes His Life To Sardines

In Poland’s Crooked Forest, A Mystery With No Straight Answer

ABOUT US 

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

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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WE WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO TRUMP’S GOOD NIGHT

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WE WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO TRUMP’S GOOD NIGHT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Despite a strong desire to do so, it has been difficult to ignore the battles raging between the present American presidential administration, and the arraying forces of the American judicial system and the self-determination of its individual states and cities, including the ones in which I live.

I’m a simple man so as I understand it, if we don’t need the federal government’s money, there is nothing compelling us to accept their jurisdiction.  So one of the most important things being done now is finding those funds.

As just one example, in Washington state and several others, taxes from the sale of marijuana are a source of new revenue.  In Washington, since legalization in 2014, $401-million has come from that source.  This will continue to increase as the market for the product itself does.

We also need to re-examine our state and local budgets to trim and to utilize less money more efficiently.  Even if Olympia and our communities were not already good at this, they would be compelled to become so now.

Our attitude toward cultural diversity and the defense of our immigrant community comes from not only appreciating our own history but in remembering how badly we treated some ethnic minorities in the past.  We have vowed that we will never again intern or permit the internment of any segment of our population which has violated no laws.

I hope Donald Trump is listening to what my state and city, and others like us, are saying to him and all those who think as he does.  We are a nation of immigrants and to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, “we will not go gently into that good night; we will not go without a fight.”  We are Americans and we will live and die as Americans.

All of us.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

12 Grand Challenges That Matter In 2017

Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills At Home And Abroad

How To Save The Planet According To The World’s Greatest Minds

ASIA

Asia’s Most Misunderstood City?

Fighting Sexual Harassment On India’s Streets

Pakistan Shrine: 20 Murdered At Sufi Shrine In Punjab

AFRICA

Hidden Gem: See What Scientists Found In Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park

UN To Scale Down DR Congo Peace Mission

Africa Highlights: Furious Reaction To Zuma’s ‘Midnight Massacre’ Of SA Ministers 

MIDDLE EAST

Happy Nation: Israel Ranked 11th Happiest Country For Fourth Year In A Row

Amazon To Buy Middle East Online Retailer Souq

Syrians See Signs Of Hope After Years Of War

EUROPE

London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse Deal Blocked By EU

Tusk To UK: ‘We Already Miss You’

Video: Puzzle In Poland: Who Bent The Trees?  

Russia

‘We Want Change. Not Promises!’: Mass Anti-Corruption Rallies Hit Russia

Russia Protests ‘Will Happen Again’

Alaska Can Play Leading Role In Bringing U.S.-Russian Ties Back To Normal

CANADA

Canada’s Cheapest And Most Expensive Cities To Rent In

3-Year-Old Boy Gets A Speeding Ticket In Fort Mcmurray

Red Lobster In Hot Water After ‘Inadvertently’ Charging Sask. Customers PST A Week Early

UNITED STATES

Michigan Allots $87 Million To Replace Flint’s Tainted Water Pipes

The World’s Strongest Coffee Is Now Available In The U.S.

50 Of The Craziest Laws In Every State

CASCADIA

Chinook Salmon Egg Nests Increasing Above Former Elwha River Dam Sites

Hundreds Of Millions From Pot Taxes, Where Does It Go?

“Granny Flats” Lead The Way In Affordable Housing In Vancouver And Beyond

A ‘Department Of Energy And Climate’ For Oregon Picks Up Support

Why The West Will Continue To Green Without The Clean Power Plan

Seattle Sues Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In

THE NATIONS

How BC First Nations Got Ahead Of The Curve On Clean Energy

Fracking, Pipelines, And Coal Projects Trample Indigenous Rights

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving Closer To One-Man Rule

Also Made In Mexico: Lifesaving Medical Devices

Colombia Landslide: Rescue Teams Race To Reach Survivors

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Cyclone Debbie: ‘Monster’ Storm Batters Australia

The Haunting Heroes Of Aussie Art

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

China Poised To Take Lead On Climate After Trump’s Move To Undo Policies

Planned Rollback Of Climate Rules Unlikely To Achieve All Trump’s Goals

PBS Is The Only Network Reporting On Climate Change

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

The Migrants ‘Trapped’ On The Greek Island Of Chios

Lacking E.M.T.S, An Aging Maine Turns To Immigrants

Block On Trump Travel Ban Extended

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Videos Of Force-Feeding At Guantánamo Will Stay Secret, Court Rules

TRUMP & COMPANY

House Democrats Ask Devin Nunes To Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry

Senate Committee To Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

Ivanka Trump To Be Assistant To US President

Trump Russia Dossier Key Claim ‘Verified’

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Still Benefiting From Business Empire, Filings Show

MEANWHILE IN CANADA

FROM OLYA 

Photo courtesy of twitter.com›teslaclubua 

UKRAINE AND TESLA

Hi Rusty:

Spring has now officially come to Ukraine with first night outdoors for restaurants and coffee shops. There is an exciting buzz on the streets of big cities where young and creative, mature and elderly dwellers enjoy warm evenings, walks in parks or maybe a glass of wine somewhere nice.

Yesterday I saw a couple practicing a waltz in the rotunda in the middle of Lviv Park, giving classical aspiration to learn more dancing which will definitely do in the future.

Just as the sun is about to give so much energy to start all this spring bloom of nature, it can be also used as a cleaner energy source.  While recently participating in a charity ball, I had an interesting talk with the co-founder of the Tesla Club in Ukraine.  According to him, the most important thing is infrastructure.  Due to their efforts already. 800 electrical charging stations have been installed throughout major cities of Ukraine. Of course, it is just a beginning. But it was great to learn that Ukraine is among the five most dynamically developing countries for this market in 2016.  Top ten countries in the global EV Revolution

While the greatest sales volume is still used cars, some four thousand motorists have gone electric, with Tesla picking up about 400 – 500 of that share.  With more tax incentives being offered, sales of electric vehicles (EV) are increasing abroad, with the greatest number in the US.

I wondered if there were any drawbacks to EVs and apparently, according to my Tesla Club acquaintance, there are none.  And they are generally more durable because they have fewer moving parts.

Ukraine has a long way to go yet before we reach the share of electric cars in some countries of Europe but we are on the way. Also, I would like to share an interesting comment, from the Netherlands, to my previous column about government stimulating the EV market.

In the Netherlands, we have stimulated the purchase of more environmental friendly cars for years already. At first hybrid cars were stimulated, but now ~ with more 100% electrical cars on the market ~ the stimulation program is focused on zero emission, meaning 100% electrical and 100% hydrogen cars. These government programs were very successful.  We have a relative large number of Tesla and other electrical cars in our roads. We even have a 100% Tesla only taxi company in Amsterdam area 🙂

Tesla is planning to build three new factories, in addition to the two they have in America.  The Dutch want to build one in my country and our foreign minister strongly supports them.  As a citizen of Ukraine and an environmentalist, it would be so cool to have such a production facility here!

I think it just a matter of time.  More and more car manufacturers are now introducing 100% electrical cars on the market.  Even the big brands like BMW and Mercedes are entering this field.  Tesla is leading the rollout of charging stations and other infrastructure required for these vehicles.  Some experts say that in ten years, our roads will be much quieter and our environment considerably cleaner.

I am so looking forward to that time.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine,

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

Local Woman Shows Seattle’s Homeless More Love

Seattle Files Lawsuit Against President Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

Soda Or Bear Claw? Panera To Post Added Sugar In Drinks It Sells

BAD EXAMPLES

An Alabama Prison’s Unrelenting Descent Into Violence

Texas Used Wrong Standard In Death Penalty Cases, Justices Rule

Dying In Prison: Two Women’s Stories

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is important and good to see.  Chinese Court Rules In Favor Of Apple In Design Patent Disputes

Smart move.  Uber Suspends Self-Driving Cars After Arizona Crash

We certainly agree with this.  Whatsapp Must Not Be ‘Place For Terrorists To Hide’

OUR PLANET

SWOT Mission To Provide Valuable Water Data

So Long, Last North American Ice Sheet

The First People Who Came To America

SPACE

Team Indus: India’s Race To The Moon

Cyclone Debbie Seen From Space

SpaceX Launches A Satellite With A Partly Used Rocket

TECHNOLOGY

Push For Internet Privacy Rules Moves To Statehouses

In Wake Of Attack, U.K. Officials To Push Against Encryption Technology  

Most Americans Like Science—And Are Willing To Pay For It

THE GREEN BEAT

Environmental Groups Get Voice Over Coal Terminal Dispute

Washington Pushing Ahead With Carbon Limits

States Benefit From Capping Climate Pollution

TRAVEL

The Isle With Extraordinary Electricity

Winter, Bears And Danger: 3 Popular Myths About Siberia

Museum Of Naval Arctic Convoys To Open In St. Petersburg

HEA LTH

A Positive Outlook May Be Good For Your Health

New York Times Wellness Page

Walk, Stretch Or Dance? Dancing May Be Best For The Brain

LIFESTYLE

Reading, Math And Sushi: Cooking As A Health Lesson

Therapists Offer Strategies For Post election Stress

Yummly Rainbow Snack & Treat Recipes

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Wonders Of The Deep

Video: SpaceX Makes A First With Second-Hand Rocket

10 Simple Habits That Make You More Attractive

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

MASHA & THE BEAR 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

 

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.  

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

In the words of the famous French skunk philosopher, Rene DePew, “I stink. Therefore I am.”
Photo courtesy of The Rain Forest Site 

Because these woodland creatures have been getting negative press since the Paleolithic, we thought we’d set a few records straight by providing you with all you need to know about skunks and more.  You’re welcome.  Please go here.

This 49 minute documentary on Penguins of Antarctica is absolutely amazing.

This is also a splendid example of determination with a capital “D”.  This Video is Sure to Make You Laugh Out Loud

SHORTS

10 Tremendous Tidbits Regarding Hummingbirds

The Prickly Truth About Porcupines

How Nuclear Bombs Are Helping Fight Elephant Poachers

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

12 Eye-Opening Photos That Will Make You Think Twice About Going Swimming In The Ocean

Salamander’s Stunning Transformation

Indonesian Man’s Body Found Inside Python – Police

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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THOU SHALLT NOT GLOAT

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE 

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 29
$1.00 

THOU SHALL NOT GLOAT

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, perhaps the biggest headline in America is the preservation of the Affordable Care Act and I think all concerned deserve a standing ovation for that one.  No system created by human beings is perfect because we ourselves are not perfect.  But that one’s been working and in my house, when it’s working, you don’t fix it unless you know how to make it better.

I was also glad to read that America’s chief executive has decided to turn war-making over to the professionals.  There was some initial concern about relinquishing civilian oversight but since this president has no military training or experience, while the decision to send in the Marines remains his, how they get there and what they do when they arrive remains in the capable hands of the people in the Pentagon.

I caution both Democrats and Republicans to watch the language they use.  A two party system was not created for ideological competition.  It was designed to be a cooperative enterprise, blending the best of both sides.  It rightfully dismissed this absurd and historically unsupportable notion that one side is always correct and the other side is always in error.

What happened with the Affordable Care Act was not a victory for liberals and a defeat for conservatives.  It was a response to the national constituency and that’s what Congress is supposed to do in the first place.  It is what, among other things, we pay them to do.

While it is gratifying to see them once again doing this, in my house, you don’t get praised for simply doing your job.  You get recognized for going above and beyond.  It will be interesting to see if this administration is capable of that.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE 

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua

GLOBAL

Record Low Sea Ice At Both Poles

ASIA

In Battle For Digital India, Vodafone Teams Up With Idea Cellular

China To Spend $15-Billion On Roads To Russia In 2017

Duterte’s Bloody Crackdown Drives Drug Users To Rehab

Printing The Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive In Tibet

Hong Kong Election: The Nanny, Mr. Pringles Or The Judge?

U.N. Rights Council To Investigate Reports Of Atrocities In Myanmar

Bill Gates Advice For China’s Students In A Speech At Peking University

AFRICA

Court Awards $1 Million For Victims Of Congolese Warlord 

5 Bodies Found Off Libya Amid Fears That 200 Migrants May Have Drowned

Egypt Roared As Mubarak Fell. It’s Mute As He’s Freed.

Time Short To Avert Starvation In Yemen And Somalia, Red Cross Says

 

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli City Stunned That Anti-Semitic Threats Came From Within

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

U.S. Airlifts Hundreds of Militia Fighters in Attack to Cut Off Raqqa, Syria

EUROPE

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim It Owes NATO ‘Vast Sums’

Happiness Report: Norway Is The Happiest Place On Earth

Three Years Under Russian Control

Ukraine Formally Bans Russia’s 2017 Eurovision Contestant

Ukraine Munitions Blasts Prompt Mass Evacuations

London  Attack – See Under Topical News Below

Russia

New Friends: Russia And Japan Are Finding Common Ground

Russians Happier Than They Look, UN Study Shows

Russia, Thailand Look To Strengthen Transport, Logistics Links

Russia And The U.S. Hold Onto Top Spots For International Weapons Exports

Russia Bans Money Transfers To Ukraine Via U.S. Cash Transfer Systems

The Vatican

Pope Apologizes For Church’s Role In Rwanda Genocide

Young Girl Removes Pope Francis’s Skullcap

CANADA

Best Friends Become First To Co-Parent In Canada

Canadian Monks Go Above And Beyond For Lobsters On The Chopping Block!

Canada Won’t Be Rushed Into Military Peace Mission, Trudeau Says

Toronto Schools To Cease Field Trips To U.S.

UNITED STATES

FBI Director Will Testify In Congress Over Trump Russia Claims

Hope For Flint: EPA Allots $100M Grant To Fix Water Infrastructure

Video: Coming Out In Droves For Free Health Care

Kentucky Becomes 2nd State To Pass A Blue Lives Matter Bill

We Have Some Good News On The California Drought. Take A Look.

CASCADIA

Portland: No Freeway Expansions Without Equal Funding For Active Transportation

Toward A More Age-Friendly Seattle

Representation For Seattle Renters

Seattle Gets MHA Right In Downtown And SLU

How Seattle Killed Micro-Housing, Again

VR Is Changing The Game For Oregon Architecture

Seattle-Area Grew So Much Last Year, We Grew A Bellingham

Renewed Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Effort Draws Protest In OR

Will Oregon Sell This No-Longer-Profitable State Forest?

THE NATIONS

Northwest Tribes Say Salmon Recovery Is Requirement Based On Treaty Rights

Rethinking (And Rewriting) Indigenous Laws Into BC

BC Reports 64 LNG Pipeline Deals With 29 Northern First Nations

LATIN AMERICA

Renegotiate NAFTA? Mexicans Say Get On With It

Argentine Ex-President Faces Trial In $3.5 Billion Fraud Case 

Brazil Meat Scandal Is Called ‘A Punch In The Stomach’

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Cyclone Debbie Forces Coastal Evacuations In Whitsundays

Thai Hells Angel Bashed In Power Struggle With Australian Bikies

Australian Government Intervenes As Sydney Professor Detained In China

Grant Denyer In ‘Good Spirits’ After Rally Car Crash

Brave Brisbane Kids Honored For Fighting Off Murderous Stepfather

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

New Cloud Types Added For The First Time In 30 Years

How Americans Think About Climate Change, In Six Maps

Why There’s Still Hope For The Climate In 2017

Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops To Its Lowest Recorded Level

US Climate Concern Hits Record Highs

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

He Helped Deport Thousands. Now He Shelters Immigrants In His Church

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks To Avoid Big Ground Wars

Trump Shifting Authority Over Military Operations Back To Pentagon

Video: New Fighting Grips Outskirts Of Syrian Capital

Afghan Taliban Capture City Of Sangin

ISIS Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Syria’s Palmyra

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said To Have Killed Up To 200 Civilians

London Attack

London Attack: British-Born Attacker ‘Known To MI5’

Deadly Attack Near U.K. Parliament; Car Plows Victims On Westminster Bridge

Toll Of London Attack Is Global For An Assailant Born In Britain

Video: Remembering The London Attack Victims

London Attack: Theresa May Evacuated From Westminster

TRUMP & COMPANY

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms

Ex-Trump Advisor Received $10 Million Annually To Assert Russian Interests In The U.S.

Trump Becomes Ensnared In Fiery G.O.P. Civil War

Paul Ryan Emerges From Health Care Defeat Badly Damaged

FROM OLYA 

HACKSAW RIDGE REVIEWED

Hi Rusty:

Recently I was asked about what film has made the most impression on me. It is the 2016 movie Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson. It is biographical story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier during WW II.  A  Seventh-day Adventist Christian, because of his religious beliefs, he refused to even handle weapons.

At first, no one in the army understood his attitude and many considered him simply a coward.  But as story unfolds and he helps those who treated him unfairly, Desmond gains the respect and then the admiration of his mates and commanders by saving 75 men under fire on Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa.  For this, he became the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.

Things that impressed me so much were like even in the tensest situations, he stayed loyal to his faith and his religion, summing it up with devastating simplicity. “I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.”

I was also very moved when it showed him helping Japanese wounded in addition to his own men.  It was a dramatic embracing of the idea that all men were his brothers and no man was his enemy.

The most stunning was to see documented a real hero as fortunately Mel Gibson shoot the film in time, while Desmond Doss and some of his comrades whom he helped to survive still were able to share this amazing story in person.

By highlighting courage and consciousness and the power of belief, this film definitely inspired a lot of people. I read recently an article about another American soldier who left the military last year upon influence of the film when he understood that the moral principles he believed in are incompatible with supporting war and the inevitable “collateral damage” of innocents.

While these moral questions are to be answered by persons individually, if we look into history, no one who started wars with weapons in hands thrived. Neither Hitler with the most proficient military for his time, nor Soviet Union that tried to prepare unexpected stroke to him in early 1941.

The Soviet government starved millions of her own people in the 1930s from the Urals to Ukraine, in order to exchange the grain they produced for weapons and the money to construct military plants in preparation for a big war. And all the sacrifices just led to a major disaster and all those superior weapons falling into German hands when Hitler broke his non-aggression treaty and invaded the Soviet Union.

In the second decade of the 21st Century, we have only to look at the wars in the Middle East to see the destruction, waves of immigration now flooding western countries and terrorists attacks.

It seems that humanity started to forget the lessons of WW I and WW II ~ that all wars are unjust and weapons could be easily captured and redirected; that what is needed instead is to be found non-aggressive solutions. The works of authors of so called after war “lost” generations are a reminder. Hoping this message of Ernest Hemingway “A Farewell to Arms” retold by Desmond Doss refusing taking weapons into his hands will be heard.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine,

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

DALAI LAMA

All religions have the potential to create better human beings, but since 1 billion of the 7 billion human beings alive today have no interest in religion, and frequently even believers don’t take their faith that seriously, we need a more universal approach to developing inner values without relying on this or that religious tradition.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Fishermen Find Whale Struggling In Water, Then Realize She’s Trapped In Nets

Washington State Department Of Veterans Affairs Receives National Award Of Excellence

BAD EXAMPLES

The DAPL Is Nearly Complete

Compounding Pharmacy Owner Not Guilty Of Murder After 60 Meningitis Deaths

Former Penn State President Found Guilty In Sandusky Abuse Case

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is a “heads up” to our readers on the American Atlantic coast.  Atlantic Subtropical or Tropical Storm May Form Next Week For Just the Second Time In March Since Records Began

This definitely left us thinkingShaking Up The Dinosaur Family Tree

These little dudes are totally awesome.  How A Water Bear Survives, Even When It’s Dry

OUR PLANET

Why Scientists Are Worried About A Landslide No One Saw Or Heard

Alaska Volcano Erupts 36 Times In 4 Months, Triples In Size

Machiavelli’s Secret Tunnel To Fame

SPACE

Visualizing The Cosmic Streams That Spew Meteor Showers

How Comet 67P’s Face Changed During Its Trip Around The Sun

Trump On Mars

TECHNOLOGY

The Ingenious Way To Better The Button

Farhad’s And Mike’s Week In Tech: YouTube’s Problematic Advertising

Smartphones That Get Too Darn Hot

THE GREEN BEAT

Butchart Gardens Bans Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles – Victoria Buzz

Solar Farming Brings Benefits—And Concerns—To The Land

The West Coast Will Determine The Fate Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

Whatcom Council Approves Second 6-Month Ban On Crude Oil Exports

Keystone Foes Prepare Fight As Trump Issues Pipeline Permit

TRAVEL

5 BC Parks Campgrounds For Escaping The Crowds – Explore BC

Deep In The Amazon, A Remarkable Beach (And Ant-Eating) Experience

The Island Of Beautiful Waters

Video: What A Child Actually Sees On Vacation

HEALTH

In Major Defeat For Trump, Push To Repeal Health Law Fails  

Food Values: What We Choose To Eat And What We Throw Away

The Best Exercise For Aging Muscles

LIFESTYLE

New Crop Of Young Adult Novels Explores Race And Police Brutality

Travel Ban Dampens Persian New Year Celebration

India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look For Ms. Right Via Wrong Numbers

A Rare Glimpse Into The Bedouin Life

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Northern Lights Shine On Humpback Whales — Must See!

Under Rainier’s Crater, A Natural Laboratory Like No Other | Special Reports P

Appalachian Spring Performed Live By Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra At Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, Conductor Luke Gilmour

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 

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

ADVERTISE WITH US:  $5.00 = 50 words. 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

Photo courtesy of BBC Earth 

Here’s a chance to let cute kill you.

This is extremely informative.  Marine Protected Areas Work — Here’s Why

Happy spring, everybody.  Waking From Hibernation, The Hard Work Of Spring Begins

SHORTS

The Animals With Air-Conditioned Homes

Florida Sharks Worth More Alive Than Dead, Study Finds

Are These The Ultimate Travelers?

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The monthly Cornel Elab newsletter is now online.  This excellent avian monthly is a ‘must read’ for the casual and the consecrated bird lover alike.  Please go here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Tasmania’s Coastline Glows In The Dark As Plankton Turn Blue

How A Venus Flytrap Knows To Snap Shut

Headed North, Sandhill Cranes Squeeze In Where They Can

ABOUT US

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB

 

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