CHILD ABUSE RESPECTS NO FLAG, RELIGION, INSTITUTION, INDUSTRY OR INDIVIDUAL.

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August 26, 2018 Volume 10 Number 51

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Inside: Child Abuse Respects No Flag, Religion, Institution, Industry Or Individual; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – We Are Not 27 Years Of Age:  Happy Birthday, Ukraine; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

CHILD ABUSE RESPECTS NO FLAG, RELIGION, INSTITUTION, INDUSTRY OR INDIVIDUAL

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea.  The news about children has been brutal this past week and I am again reminded that the abuse of our offspring respects no flag, religion, institution, industry or individual.  It is also still silently and universally sanctioned.  While other species may eat their young, ours is the only one which uses them, often lethally, for its own amusement, profit and gratification.

In light of recent revelations about the Roman Catholic Church in the American state of Pennsylvania and those less recently in Latin America, it has been contended that the abusers believe that, as servants of god, they are entitled to such “rewards” and that the victims should actually be grateful to be granted the opportunity to serve the Holy Roman Catholic Church in such a fashion.

That it has been going on for centuries suggests that the greater congregation bought it as well.  This “Diplomatic Immunity” applied on a theological level also justified the abuse of women, the enslavement of non-Catholics and butchery the equal of which is likely non-existent in the history of our species.

This is not, however, a blanket indictment of the Vatican and all for which it stands.  The very rationale itself has been a human species universal.  It did not come from the Divine.  The gods can claim no authorship.  To use an American expression I love, “we own this, lock, stock and barrel.”

We are the ones who have said it is okay to abuse, exploit, injure, torture and murder children.  When we say it is not okay to do these things, those who do them will be removed from the population and our children will be safe, at least from human predation.

It will not totally civilize us but it will be a good start.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Lviv Opera House – A High Mark In Ukraine Culture. Photo by Olya Bereza

WE ARE NOT 27 YEARS OF AGE:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UKRAINE

This last Friday, August 24, Ukraine celebrated its 27th Independence Day. There was an interesting video that went viral on that date called “We Are Not 27 Years Of Age“. A variety of Ukrainian celebrities like actors, singers, musicians reminded us and the world that the important historical events of our culture were not limited to a few decades:

1945 — 73 years ago — Ukraine became one of 51 founding members of the United Nations.

1632 — 386 years ago — Kyiv-Mohylanska Academy, one of the oldest in Eastern Europe, was founded

1550 — 468 years ago — Zaporozhian Sich the cradle of free Dniepro Cossacks became established

1356 — 662 years ago — Magdeburg rights were applied in Lviv, town in West Ukraine, given it rights for certain autonomy and self administration

1037 — 981 years ago — Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev following the will of Yaroslav the Wise was constructed

988 — 1030 years ago — Christianization of Kievan Rus‘ by Vladimir the Great

482 — 1536 years ago – Village which became Kiev “founded”

So here’s wishing a long life to a “young” country and an old culture.

Here is also a nice video dedicated to the celebrations, showing the beauty of the country and its towns called “Full of life. Flower of Ukraine

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

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

ACCORDING TO RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS: That chap is so flippin’ full of himself you’d think he was allergic to kryptonite.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  Views: Small Is Beautiful And Helpful

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

Well, now when we’re invaded, they’ll know what some of us look like.  No offense to an agency i admire and respect but NASA?  This is dumb.  You Can Now Launch Your Selfies Into Outer Space Thanks To NASA’s New App

It isn’t like we did not see this coming, right gang?  Self-Driving Car Makers Prepare To Blame “Jaywalkers”

Considering our own is, I would not be a bit surprised. Water Worlds Are Likely Common

EARTH

Nature Through A Cultural Lens

What Are Rare Earth Elements?

Could Forgotten Crops Feed Our Future?

SPACE

Insight Halfway There! Update On Opportunity Rover

Video: Compare Size Of Sun And Stars

Astronomers See A Baby Planet Growing

TECHNOLOGY

Virtual Reality Technology Is Playing A Key Role In Holocaust Education And Awareness

DJI Mavic 2 Drones Add Obstacle Sensors To All Sides

Norway’s Electric Aircraft Evolution

PRAISE

For Women, By Women: A Crew Of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses For Seattle’s Homeless

Pope Francis Condemns ‘Crime’ Of Church’s Sexual Abuse Cover-Ups

Being A Female Chess Prodigy

Despite What Trump Says About Mollie Tibbetts, Data Suggest Immigrants Have A Lower Crime Rate

Starbucks Partners With Points Of Light To Pay Employees To Do Good

Fruit Fly Fighters: Israeli Green Tech Firm Tackles Infestations Worldwide

CENSURE

Thomas Frieden, Former Head Of CDC, Arrested On Sex Abuse Charge

Russia Trolls ‘Spreading Vaccination Misinformation’ To Create Discord

Here’s How Rudy Giuliani Explains His ‘Truth Isn’t Truth’ Comment

Measles Is Making A Comeback. Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t The Only Reason

TRAVEL

France’s New And Thriving Style Hub

This Single Phrase Makes Japan Go Round

The Revolution That Mapped The World

Why Czechs Don’t Speak German

The Descendants Of Alexander The Great?

THE GREEN BEAT  

US EPA’s New Coal Pollution Rules Will Lead To More Deaths, Agency’s Numbers Show

Keystone XL Hit With New Delay

Your Contact Lenses May Be Polluting The Ocean

HEALTH

‘No Safe Level’ Of Alcohol Consumption

People Are Now Taking Placebo Pills To Deal With Their Health Problems—And It’s Working

Is Guacamole Healthy? Here’s What The Experts Say

HPV Testing Can Replace Pap Smears For Many Women

More Teenagers Than Ever Are Getting The HPV Vaccine, CDC Says

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

How A Healthy Heart Can Help Lower Risk Of Dementia

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

War-Torn Korean Families Describe What It Was Like To Be Reunited

How To Raise Optimistic Kids In Pessimistic Times

Between Two Popes: Ireland’s Transformation

The 8 Cover Letter Mistakes To Avoid In Your Next Job Hunt

More Than Half Of Teens Think They Spend Too Much Time On Their Phones

‘Phubbing’ Is Hurting Your Relationships. Here’s What You Should Know

Get Ready To Bike To School

Watch: What Women Candidates Hear On The Trail

BEST OF THE NET

If this does not absolutely melt your heart and make you want to stand up and cheer, it’s time to ask the Mother Ship to beam you back up.  Meet The Chinese Kidney Patient Selling A Smile To Survive

This is amazing.  Satellites and Astronauts Capture Hurricane Lane From Space As it Nears Hawaii

Awesome.  Go, you guys.  Container Ship To Break The Ice On Russian Arctic Route

BON EXTRAListening For The Sound Of Silence In Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest

JUST FOR FUN

MASHA AND THE BEAR

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

DO YOU SEE A DRAGON IN THESE CLOUDS?

FOR A VERY FUN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH LOTS OF USEFUL FREE STUFF

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Bee on backyard lillacs, Renton Heights, Washington, Summer 2015 Photo by MS(R)M © 2015

Wild Bees May Benefit From Cleaning Up After Clearcuts  Let’s hope so.  I haven’t seen too many of them around and I miss them.

I always wondered about this.  Why Plants Don’t Get Sunburn

If they ever make a movie of this, I’m hiding under the bed.  Army Of Wasps To Devour Invasive Stink Bugs

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Nestwatch E Newsletter August 2018

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Comedian Jon Stewart Rescues Goats From New York Subway Tracks

Hong Kong’s Homes Are So Small Hundreds Would Rather Sleep In Mcdonald’s

Police: Abduction Report Was Hoax, Family Was Playing Prank On Young Members

ABOUT US:

 

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

 

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IMMIGRATION, AN EXPERIENCE SHARED BY ALL

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August 19, 2018 Volume 10 Number 50

Be informed.  Be entertained.  Be empowered.  Read The Northstar Journal

INSIDE: Immigration, An Experience Shared By All; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Could Genoa Happen Here?; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

IMMIGRATION, AN EXPERIENCE SHARED BY ALL

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Most contemporary discussions of immigration seem to emphasize their rights.  Given the abuse of the system, I think that is totally appropriate and I approve.  However, I also believe we need balance.

I’ve lived from one end of the American Pacific Coast to the other and in communities almost as ethnically diverse as the one in which I am living now in South Seattle.  I have had mostly good experiences with ethnic diversity and have always respected what respects me and mine.

My good will comes from the way these “new Americans” choose to live.  While total assimilation is neither their goal nor mine, to learn not only what is, but why it is certainly should be.  So should a cultural inventory in terms of what the new can contribute to the “established”.

It also means avoiding drawing unfavorable attention to one’s self or group by being loud, overly gregarious and exclusionary to the point where it looks like rather than coming to a new land for a new life, the goal is a beach-head for an invasion.

The Russian blonde is reading over my shoulder and is pointing out that at some point in time, most people have been “immigrants”.  If you’ve moved to a new city or state, you’re an immigrant.  If you’ve switched schools or a job, you’re an immigrant.

When you look at it that way, immigration and assimilation are both American experiences, shared by all.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

COULD GENOA HAPPEN HERE?

Seems like rain was leading the headlines this week. While most people — when thinking of rain — imagine its poetic side, as we all also know, on some unfortunate occasions it can lead to disaster.  And even though we do, we can’t blame the weather itself.

It is neither good nor bad but in combination with human mistakes it often lkeadscould lead to irremediable circumstances like in Genoa, when heavy rains caused that city’s main connecting bridge to the Italian mainland to collapse.

“It is not acceptable that such an important bridge was not built to avoid this kind of collapse,” deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi told the world recently.

Could such tragedy have been avoided?  And could it happen where I live? That made me immediately think about bridges across Dnipro River in Kyiv and Dnipro City. All of them are pretty old and according to famous words of Kyiv’s mayor about one in the capital- the Shuliavskiy Overbridge – “tired”.

This is also what he said when that structure collapsed last year, fortunately without victims. The recent rains in Kyiv also put the mayor under critics of the locals who experienced the consequences of flooding and one of the main reasons is the poor drainage problem which has not been tackled yet: The weather in Kiev storm flooded streets and washed cars. flooding many underground passages and road networks and even, as evidenced by the videos in that article, the underground tube and shopping centers were full of water.

But for as much inclement weather as Ukraine got, the Most Rain Fury Award this week goes to India, with “state’s worst monsoon in almost a century”. Kerala Floods Live Updates: Public Transport System Collapses In Many Parts Of Central Keral.

Prayers to this nation.

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

Editor’s Note:  Sometimes Olya’s sense of humour runs a bit to the bizarre.  Where I live has not seen measurable rainfall in several months, despite its reputation for being one of the soggiest places on the planet.

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

ACCORDING TO RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS: Despite all the signs to the contrary, life is the only one-way street.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Aretha Franklin: Civil Rights Icon

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

Good for these folks.  There’s plenty of room out there and this could solve a lot of problems for the subject nation.  Narendra Modi Says India Will Send A Manned Flight Into Space By 2022

These photos are as dramatic as they are descriptive.  Dust, Smoke And North America’s Sunsets

Disaster definedWe’re Putting More Homes In The Path Of Wildfires

Earth

The Rare Blue The Mayans Invented

What’s Causing Florida’s Algae Crisis? 5 Questions Answered

Carbon Monoxide From California Wildfires Drifts East

Outer Space

Favorite Perseid Meteor Shower Photos

Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day, From Vega

Astronomers Find Weird Rogue World With Wild Auroras

Technology

Google Releases A Searchable Database Of US Political Ads

Google Tracks Users Who Turn Off Location History

Corncobs Could Be The Fuel Of The Future, Chinese Scientists Find

PRAISE

Aretha Franklin Sang Her Way Through America’s History

The Story Of The First Woman To Join The U.S. Marines

The Weather Channel Is On A Mission To Document The Damage Of Climate Change

The Country Engineering Happiness

How Backyard Cottages Could Help Close The Affordable Housing Gap

Environmentalists Sue To Protect Orcas

CENSURE

Judge Dismisses Kids’ Lawsuit Seeking To Protect The Climate

A Crackdown On Minorities In Northeast India Threatens To Strip 4 Million People Of Citizenship

Children Pulled From Rubble After Deadly Syria Blast

The Jail To Homelessness Pipeline

The Pot Industry Has A Big Waste Problem

Second Cardinal Withdraws From Ireland Congress Amid Abuse Scandals

TRAVEL

The Guatemalan Deity Of Vice

Asia’s Capital Of Connection

Heathrow Airport Passport Queues Reach 2.5 Hours

A Greek Island That Defeated The Nazis

The Islands With A ‘Third Gender 

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

THE GREEN BEAT

Is Your Joint Helping To Ruin The Environment?

How Houseplants Could Save Us From Toxic Buildings

Another Setback For The Keystone Pipeline

A Derailing For Trans Mountain’s Canadian Pipeline?

A River Of Oil

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

Does Sunscreen Ever Expire? Here’s What To Know

This May Be The Secret To Feeling Younger And Living Longer

You Asked: Can Indoor Plants Really Purify The Air?

This Is The Healthiest Non-Dairy Milk

Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What The Experts Say

How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Health Risks

Low-Carb Diets Could Shorten Life, Study Suggests

Eating This Many Carbs Is Linked To A Longer Life. Here’s Why

Epipen Gets Its First Generic Rival After Criticism For High Price

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

You Could Own A Piece Of The Neighborhood

Views: Why Drivers Should Support Bike Lanes

Valuing The True Cost Of Eating Out

The Case For Community Gardens

What If We Treated Homelessness Like An Earthquake?

Fishing For Coins In The Ganges River To Survive

Working-Class White Women Could Make Or Break Midterms

How Do Kids Experience Racism?

Should You Work Alone Or Collaborate With Others?

How To Spot A Narcissist

How Cities ‘Nudge’ Better Behaviour

The History Of Rosa Parks’ House Is The History Of Redlining

BEST OF THE NET

If this does not motivate us to put more money into our infrastructures, we will die foolish and beyond redemption.  Genoa Bridge: ‘I Was Under The Bridge When It Collapsed’

Heaven just got itself another angel.  I am so looking forward to listening to her forever.  Aretha Franklin: In Her Own Words

If this does not tug your heartstrings, you need to ask God for a new one.  Kids Battling Illnesses Become ‘Chief’ For A Day – Youtube

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We promise you won’t be eaten by a megalodon  Uh huh.  How much of the planet is covered with water?  And how much of that has been explored? And you can guarantee there’s not one of these blood-thirsty carnivores as big as an ICBM down there somewhere? Riiight.

Whale Rescued From Fishing Net In Chile  Outstanding and way to go, guys.

My apologies to the species and the little country involved but I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this.  The Unexpected Animals Roaming Cuba

SHORTS

Only The Strong Survived: Resilient Bees To Pass Strong Genes Onto Next Generation

Marine Worms Are Eating Plastic Now

Rebuilding A Creek Where Trout Can Thrive

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Teenager Recovers After Lightning Strike In Arizona

The Only Country With A $7 Banknote

Sussex Woman Stalked By Husband Impersonating Ex-Boyfriend

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

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IT DOES NOT TAKE ANGST AND MELODRAMA TO SAVE THE PLANET

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August 12, 2018 Volume 10 Number 49

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Inside: It Does Not Take Angst And Melodrama To Save The Planet; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Lyiv, a Film Destination Emerging; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

IT DOES NOT TAKE ANGST AND MELODRAMA TO SAVE THE PLANET

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Well, Seattle’s getting a temporary break from its own heat wave and I wish to Almighty God that was true in Australia, California, Japan, the UK and other places around the world.

If I was just a little truer to my paternal Druid roots, I’d suspect the Planet Herself (“Gaia,” she is called in my house) was very angry and like a flea-invested dog, was doing everything she could to rid herself of the source of her misery.

If that, in fact, turns out to be the case, I cannot say I blame her.  These cyclic climactic extremes started long before human beings did.  To what extent we made them more dramatic is a moot point.  Does anyone honestly believe that a lifestyle fueled by removing what was also here and turning it into substances that kill us one way or another is GOOD for Mother Earth and those of us with whom she shares her hospitality?  Looking at you guys over the top of my specs.

I appreciate all the rhetoric, promises, etc behind an awareness and an appreciation of our contribution to lethalizing the earth’s own growth and renewal.  I’m also aware that there are a few simple things each and every single person on this environmentally benighted planet can do to mitigate that impact.  They are not complicated things.  They are not difficult to do and they are not difficult habits to acquire.  In my family, we make a contest out of seeing how small we can make our respective carbon footprints.

Granted, some of our results are pretty extreme and occasionally “rolling on the floor” laughable.  But then my family tends to reflect the species in general.  That’s not always easy to live with or reconcile but it does make getting up in the morning generally the start of a very interesting day.

Perhaps more to the point, it is also fun and living proof that it does not take angst and melodrama to save the planet, only the desire to do so.  If we, as a species, lack that desire, we will perish and the planet will prevail without us.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

LYIV, A FILM DESTINATION EMERGING

Hi Rusty:

As you know, my country has a tradition of theatre dating back to the 16th Century and a film industry to the early 20th.  While Kiev and Odessa have been primary film locations for not only domestic but foreign projects, this city, Lviv (Lyiv) through which I am now strolling is emerging as another primate location.

Why?  Perhaps because of its medieval European architectural masterpieces dating back to the13th Century.  I did, in fact, stumble onto shootings of what it seems to be a music video by international team from Middle East. That made me think about the great possibilities this little town could offer for those who would like to get European looking back ground but do not want to spend an enormous amount for it.

I read recently that one hour shooting in the city cost less then 15 dollars and city council is very welcoming of such projects.  Last year, four films were set here. Of course it’s only the beginning but with time Lviv can become a destination for filming too. As for me one of my favorite Soviets movies were shot here called D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers after A. Dumas’ famous work.

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

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

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus: It’s only a natural disaster when it inconveniences human beings.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Family ‘Stunned’ By Fatal Crash As Investigators Reveal Details Of How It Happened

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

I stayed up late to watch this and it was well worth it.  Parker Solar Probe: NASA Launches Mission To ‘Touch The Sun’

I know the feelingRise In Wolf Attacks Alarms Dutch Farmers

Why does this remind me of the 1968 American film Planet of the Apes?  Primate Brains Reveal Speech 

Earth

Coral Reefs ‘Weathered Dinosaur Extinction

Prehistoric Mass Graves Linked To Tsunamis

Why Wildfires Are Bigger And Harder To Control

Outer Space

How NASA Will Shield Solar Probe From Crazy Heat

Scientists Identify Best Exoplanets For Earth-Like Life

Astronomers Discover New, Enigmatic Fast Radio Burst

Technology

Designing The Death Of Plastic

Organic Solar Cells Set New Energy Record

Will We Ever Be Able To Freeze Time?

PRAISE

King County Metro Named Nation’s Top Public Transportation Agency

Rashida Tlaib Set To Be First Muslim Woman Elected To Congress

France’s Gender Equality Minister Cracked Down On Catcalling. She’s Just Getting Started

Meet Your Trend-Setters, 2018: Women

U.S. To Return Colonization Era Church Bells To The Philippines

CENSURE

Off-The-Grid Dream Becomes Nightmare In New Mexico Compound

German Couple Jailed For Selling Son To Paedophiles On Dark Net

New Mexico: Police Find 11 Starving Children In Compound

Black Women Are Paid Only 62.5% Of What Men Make. Here’s How To Fix That

Argentina’s Abortion Vote Reveals The Catholic Church’s Deep Fear Of Female Desire: Writer

New York Congressman Chris Collins Indicted On Insider Trading Charges

What’s In The Water? West Coast Sewage Threaten Chinook Salmon

TRAVEL

The Country That Cannot Slow Down

The Complex Art Of Apology In Japan

A French Village Committed To Deception

THE GREEN BEAT  

What’s With Exxon’s Big Algae Push?

Seattle’s Link To Run Almost Entirely On Renewable Energy

Worst Types Of Litter: Plastic Straws Not Even In The Top 5

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

Exercise Is Good For Your Mental Health—But Only To A Point

Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, New Research Shows

Italy’s Government Is Trying To Overturn A Lifesaving Vaccination Law

This Food Causes The Most Illness Outbreaks, Says CDC

Trying To Be Happy Is Making You Miserable. Here’s Why

A Diverse Diet May Not Be The Healthiest

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Do Retired Folks Become Homeless?

Views: Fighting California Wildfires As An Inmate

Why Are Our Clothes So Bad For The Environment?

Are Wealthy Nations Hoarding The World’s Fish Supply?

People Hate When You’re Petty, According To Science

Here’s How To Brag Without Making People Hate You

BEST OF THE NET

This is a glimpse of both the past and the future.  Fire Cloud Over California, From Space

This is a trip.  Want To Trick Your Ears?

This is a Special Feature from Time Magazine.  This Photographer Spent The Year Since Charlottesville Documenting White Supremacists

 

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We certainly did not know this.  Today, Sunday, 12 August, is World Elephant Day.  The Unique Elephant Brain

This is incredible.  A Galaxy Of Falcons: Witnessing The Amur Falcon’s Massive Migration Flocks

This is NOT good press for these guys.  Video Shows The Moment A 12-Foot Great White Shark Jumped At A Researcher

SHORTS

Rescue Team Cleared To Help Ailing Orca In US, Canada Waters

That Pain You Feel About Orcas? The Lummi Know It Well

Think Sharks Are The Coolest Ocean Predators? Consider Mantis Shrimps

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s August 2018 newsletter is now online and it is awesome.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The World’s Largest Ice Cream Parlour?

Dozens Of Octopuses Are Walking Up Onto Shore For No Apparent Reason

The Deity That Gets People Out Of Jail

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

 

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ANOTHER OF THOSE “INTERESTING” WEEKS”

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August 5, 2018 Volume 10 Number 48

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INSIDE: Another Of Those Interesting Weeks; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Fighting Corruption In Ukraine; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

ANOTHER OF THOSE “INTERESTING” WEEKS”

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  It has been another of those “interesting weeks”.  The Carr Fire in Northern California which destroyed much of a city in which I grew up has now consumed an area about twice the size of Seattle and 14 times as large as Manhattan.  And this is not the end of the fire season but the middle of it.

When I see something like this – Chinese Girl Fighting For Life After Falling Into Pool At Birthday Party – my first instinct is to scream, “if you can’t watch ‘em, don’t have ‘em!”  And here’s another I believe in miracles.  Mexico Plane Crash: All 103 People On Board Survive

Closer to home and on a perhaps more practical level, I had an opportunity to be a part of rewarding someone for an “above the call” moment.  That’s done a lot in my world to encourage such behavior and I usually have pretty good luck choosing something the recipient will appreciate.

However, the Russian-Ukrainian blonde with the eight million megawatt brain has come up with a better game plan and one which assures total success.  “Mishka, don’t guess.  Ask.”

There is nothing in this entire world quite like having a best friend with one’s IQ to the tenth power to keep one humble.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE 

FROM OLYA

Scene from the Maidan Revolution. Photo courtesy of https://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/maidan_4

FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE

Hi Everyone:

Looking through the recent Ukrainian news, this drew my immediate attention. “Savage Attack On Kherson Civic Activist Known For Scathing Criticism Of Police Corruption”, Kateryna Handziuk , a prominent Ukrainian civic activist, participant in the Maidan Revolution and former United Nations Development Program regional representative, is best known in Ukraine for her public campaign exposing corruption in the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

Reforming of the police started in March 2014. While there were some positive results like new police officers being hired and many of them really eager to “serve and protect” (and I know such brave people). Still the ones working on streets can’t always affect the situation in upper echelons. The unsolved cases on assaults of famous journalists like Gongadze, Sheremet or Buzina just makes the criminals feel free to continue.

As Transparency International Ukraine rightly demands, “The police must show the society that attacks against social activists are a crime, and the perpetrators must and will be brought to justice.”

What we all need is to strengthen the rule of law so everyone in our society feels protected from attacks of any kind. Also while society, in my opinion, is still divided by hatred messages, the feature that FaceBook and other media have a for flagging hate speech becomes quite valuable. Maybe if we used it more often here, there would be less spreading hatred, dividing people or nudging individuals with weak psychology to unrightful actions like happened recently on racist grounds with Roma nationality.

That’s it for this week.  Stay cool, Mishka. It’s hot here too.  Smiling and waving from a train.  Love, Olya

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

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus: If his brains were dynamite, that poor chap couldn’t blow a fuse.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How Should The Media Cover Suicides? A New Study Has Some Answers

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

Okay, this is a little scary.  Robots, Immune To Fear Or Favour, Are Making China’s Foreign Policy

This must come as good news, especially to the people who live there, right?  We Are Now One Step Closer To Predicting Tibet’s Devastating Quakes

Okay, this tweaked my Scale of Weird a little.  Think You Could Do More if You Just Had an Extra Hand? You’re Probably Right.

Earth

Natural Burials Are Rising, And That’s Good For The Planet

A Warm Water Mass Called “The Blob” Is Killing Alaska’s Cod

Rare Reflection Rainbow Over Michigan

Outer Space

Asgardia: The First Space Nation?

Dust In Space: 10 Cool Things To Know

20 Years Of Tracking Near-Earth Objects

An Easier Way To Search For Life On Europa

How Far Is A Light-Year?

Technology

Engineers Use CRISPR To Create A New Species With Just One Chromosome

Town Dusts Off Typewriters After Cyber-Attack

How Using A Drone Changed The Way This Photographer Saw Inequality

PRAISE

Pompeo Urges Release Of Reuters Reporters In Meeting With Myanmar Minister

US Release Of 3D-Printed Gun Software Blocked

Mamma Maria: The Greek Mother Who Loves To Share

Facebook Bans Pages Aimed At US Election Interference

CENSURE

Britain’s Labour Leader Sees ‘Real Problem’ Of Anti-Semitism In Party

Surrounded By Oil Fields, A Village In Alaska Fears For Its Health

Chinese Girl Fighting For Life After Falling Into Pool At Birthday Party

The Influence Campaign Facebook Just Uncovered Is A ‘Canary In The Coal Mine,’ Experts Say

Malaysia Flight 370 Was ‘Steered Off Course Deliberately,’ Report Says

TRAVEL

The US Island That Feels Like Russia

 In Search Of My Grandfather’s Gold

Vietnam Bridge: Walking Through A God’s Hands

THE GREEN BEAT  

Increased Fracking = Increased Air Pollution

Space-Based Solar Power: How Close To Reality?

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

Why Having Sex Makes You Feel Better The Next Day

Several Of The Biggest Pharma Giants Are Freezing Drug Prices. Here’s How It Will Affect You

The Case For More Male Organ Donors

What Is Intermittent Fasting, And Is It Actually Good For You?

A New Study Shows Just How Much Doctors Prescribe Opioids

Foods Can Be Endangered, Too. Here Are 9 That Need Our Protection.

WHO Warns Of New Yemen Cholera Surge, Asks For Ceasefire To Vaccinate

COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Here’s How Much You Need To Make To Afford A Home In Every State

Inside Lebron James’s New $8 Million Public School, Where Students Get Free Bikes, Meals, And College Tuition

The World’s Oldest Ice Cream?

The Truth About The Humble French Fry

Is This The End Of Laundry?

Social Media And Reality TV Is ‘Bad For Body Image’, Survey Suggests

Retroactive Jealousy: Obsessed With My Partner’s Past

Changes Coming To Your Gas Mileage

BEST OF THE NET

This song, written by American composer Irving Berlin in the final years of the First World War and popularized during the second one by Kate Smith, is as resonant today as it was back then and rendered beautifully by perhaps the most talented entertainer of her gender since Shirley Temple Black,  Jackie Evancho.  Enjoy, then, and God Bless America.

This, to me, is an incredible way to study history.  Augmented Reality Recreates A New York City Not Seen For Centuries

And no reference to beautiful voices would be complete without including my personal favorite in a song I realized is not about returning to the old neighborhood, but about going Home.  Here, then, is Sissel and Going Home.

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s jungle justice at its most sublime, eh?  Lions Eat Suspected Rhino Poachers On South African Game Reserve

I’m kind of glad I don’t live here.  A Significant Number of Goats Just Casually Took Over an Idaho Neighborhood

Our prayers are with this one.  Another J Pod Orca Calf Is Sick; Scientists Fight To Save Her Life

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Cause Of Chipotle’s Latest Heath Scare Is A Mystery

12 Shark Facts That Might Surprise You

Which Lizards Can Outlast A Hurricane?

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

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CALIFORNIA IS BURNING

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July 29, 2018 Volume 10 Number 47

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INSIDE: California Is Burning; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Our Prayers To Greece; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

CALIFORNIA IS BURNING

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Reviewing tragedies to determine which have the most impact is one of the responsibilities of an editor.  I’ve been doing it for a long time and I’m pretty good at it.  What I’m not so good at sometimes is remaining emotionally detached.  Sometimes I react like the rest of the human race, including you guys.  California is burning and I’ve prayed and privately wept some over that.

What most people consider one state is several and I’ve lived in all of the places that are on fire now.  The one in Northern California, in Shasta County and the city of Redding, which lies along the Sacramento River some 180 Interstate Five freeway miles north of Sacramento itself; about two hours south of the Oregon state line and, at 90,000, the largest community between Sacramento and Eugene, Oregon, has hit me the hardest because it’s where all of my family is from.

It is a cowboy town with an annual rodeo and it is the gateway to some of the most beautiful, albeit harsh and unforgiving, mountains in North America.  A sportsman’s paradise for tourists, those of us who lived there fished the lakes and streams for German Brown and cutthroat trout and from horseback, sometimes, took deer with a Winchester 78.

The land was home to Native Americans for thousands of years and then resettled by gold miners, ranchers and farmers.  It evolved through the decades as most American communities  have and though it can be Hades hot in the summer and Arctic in winter, it an almost Fredrick Remington — Norman Rockwell place to live.

It would have been far better for us had we remained there.  We chose, instead, to leave the Siskiyous, the Trinity Alps and the northern reaches of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley.  The diaspora began in 1947 and ended in 1969.  Now, there are no more Bowmans, Draves, McLaughlins, Millers, Smythes or Vickroys left in Anderson, Cottonwood, Redding, French Gulch, Burney (Falls) or Montgomery Creek.

But their blood and the blood of generations dating back to the first Bidwell Party to come west is in that land and what it on that land.  My own youth is in and on that land.  As it stands now, the edifices, the simple “monuments” to an unpretentious and largely self-sufficient way of life will be gone by the time the rains return in September or October.  It is as though the Hand of God is erasing history.

That is why I have prayed and wept.  It is not easy watching one’s own past go up in smoke.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Mati, in better times. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.com

OUR PRAYERS TO GREECE

Hi Rusty:

During July we were seeing abnormal heat in quite a few countries. Sometimes the heat leads to unfortunate circumstances. This week, forest fires’ rapid spread in Greece led to a tragedy. A state of emergency was declared. Please learn more The Fires in Greece

The acquaintances I have there are, like most Greeks, both devastated by mourning and outraged because they believe that the State was not ready to cope with a disaster of this magnitude, despite warnings in the past.

I found it especially sad that this has happened before so citizens were expecting authorities to learn from the past and be prepared for action. Firemen were heroically fighting the flames but these efforts were not enough to save the lives.

Our prayers to Greece

Editor’s Note:  Please also see:

Stench And Smoke In Mati

Aerial Images Reveal Devastation

The Photos That Explain The World’s Wildfires

British Man In Hospital After Greek Fires

British Survivor Speaks About Greece Fires

Greek Fires: Residents ‘Worsened Disaster’ By Illegal Building

Greece Wildfires: ‘I Jumped From The Flames’

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

 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus: Father Michael could cuss the bark off a birch but he usually refrained out of consideration for the rest of the trees.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Korea Remains: Pyongyang Returns US Troops Slain In Korean War  Thank you.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is scary.  Young Star Caught Eating Its Planet

This is kind of like my house, except at my house, it’s all under the bed.  Most Mars Dust Comes From One Place  See also These Spacecraft Are Studying Mars Dust

Now this comes as considerable reliefFlippy The Robot Will Not Steal Your Job

Earth

Reducing The Risk Of Large Fires

When You Can’t Escape A Tsunami

History Of Deadly Earthquakes

Are Earthquake Warnings Effective?

Gravity Reveals True Size Of Quakes

Outer Space

NASA To Name Astronauts Assigned To First Boeing, SpaceX Flights

Wow! New Volcano On Jupiter’s Moon Io

Scientists Discovered A Liquid Lake On Mars. Could That Mean Life?

Technology

Hyperloop Test Pod Sets Speed Record

One Of The World’s Largest Vehicles

Sign-Language Hack Lets Amazon Alexa Respond To Gestures

Listen: It Involves Lasers

Swann’s Home Security Camera Recordings Could Be Hijacked

YouTube Removes ‘Hate Speech’ Videos From Infowars

PRAISE

How Australia’s First Gay Imam Is ‘Saving Lives’

Seattle Leads The Way To Protect Domestic Workers

Meet The Hopeful Women Fighting For Climate Justice

Why Millions Listen To This Girl’s Advice

CENSURE

Execution Of Young Man For Crime Committed At Age 14 Shows Iran’s Blatant Disregard For Children’s Rights

America’s Drinking Habits Are Killing More Young People, Study Suggests

Bayer To Stop Selling Controversial Birth Control Device That Sparked Thousands Of Lawsuits

The Federal Government’s Declining Investment In Kids

TRAVEL

Zero Emission Road Trips

A Train Car Where Men Aren’t Allowed

The City That Lit The World

The German City Beloved By Chinese

A Crumbling Piece Of Communist History

THE GREEN BEAT

Why Oakland Lost The Coal Lawsuit

The Top 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Carbon Taxes

Seabirds Are Pooping Out Plastic

Big Oil Is Already Spending Almost $1m To Oppose Carbon Pricing

Summer Update From The Thin Green Line

Why Rising Rents Mean Rising Temperatures

Union Of BC Indian Chiefs Speaks Out On Trans Mountain

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

5 Ways To Keep Cities Cooler During Heat Waves

The Link Between Suicide And Climate Change

What The Netflix Documentary ‘Bleeding Edge’ Gets Right About The Dangers Of Medical Devices In America

Even More Snacks Are Being Recalled Over The Salmonella Fears Affecting Goldfish And Ritz Crackers

How I Tricked Myself Into Enjoying Healthier Foods And Exercise

The 10 Best And Worst Cooking Oils For Your Health

Ritz Crackers Are Being Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

The Moment Girl, 8, Gets New 3D Printed Arm

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

E-Scooter Fans Are Surprisingly Diverse

Coke Is Raising Prices – And Blaming President Trump’s Tariffs

The Child-Care Crisis Is One We’ve Solved Before

Transform, Don’t Trash

Most Kitchen Gadgets Are ‘Useless Crap,’ Says Alton Brown. Here’s What You Really Need

Thai Cave Boys Being Ordained In Buddhist Ceremony

Here’s How To Find The Perfect Part-Time Retirement Job

The Colour That Means Life And Death

You Can Now Text Your Way Into A Job

Why So Many People Fall For Scams

BEST OF THE NET

Sissel – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Beautiful Photos! Full Moon Eclipse And Mars

Kilauea Volcano Imagery You Might Have Missed

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo of Pacific Northwest L Pod courtesy of earthjustice.org

If we lose these, we forfeit all rights on this planet.  Orcas Have Never Faced A Bigger Menace

Why Do Cats Purr?  Because they can?

Why Do Dogs And Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else?  Lord, sit on my tongue now.

SHORTS

Orcas Have Never Faced A Bigger Menace

Just A Sea Star Living In A Kelp Forest

The Vanishing Of The First American Dogs

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Girl, 6, Attacked By Shark In Open-Top Aquarium At Chinese Shopping Mall

Inside A Chinese Sex Doll Factory

How A Single Comma Can Cost Millions

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

 

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ANOTHER INTERESTING WEEK ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT

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July 22, 2018 Volume 10 Number 46

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INSIDE: Another Interesting Week On The International Front; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Go To-U And The Ukraine EV Ascension; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

ANOTHER INTERESTING WEEK ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Well, it’s been another interesting week on the international front.  Donald Trump lived up to our expectations and Croatia made world soccer history.  We are back to giving the American chief executive his own heading on our news page.  It’s an interesting perspective.  To save you the trouble of switching back and forth, here’s what it looks like, this week, in all its glory.

TRUMP

Trump Wants To Redesign Air Force One. Here’s Why The Presidential Plane Looks The Way It Does

Michael Cohen Reportedly Recorded Trump Talking About Paying Playboy Model

The Story Behind TIME’s Trump And Putin ‘Summit Crisis’ Cover

Trump Wanted A Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For

President Trump Said Russia Is Not Targeting The U.S. Anymore, Again Contradicting His Own Advisers

Trump Sheds Light On His Crucial Error At Putin Summit

Trump Wants To Repaint Air Force One ‘Red, White And Blue’

Closer to home, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkin named interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen best to the permanent post, a decision of which we totally approve.  Interestingly enough, Carmen didn’t make the first cut but when one of those who did dropped out, Jenny added her and decided on someone with actual experience on the job, rather than a chief from another community in another part of the country.  Carmen’s a good cop and she’ll do the shield and the Department proud.

We noted with an almost palpable sense of the unreal, this headline, which seems an outrageously and lethally stupid decision.  Hell’s got its own hotel for these folks3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Given Go-Ahead By US Government

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

These have certainly come a long way.

GO TO-U AND THE UKRAINE EV ASCENSION

Hi Rusty:

From Lviv this time. And there is good news for Lvivians as the startup originally from this city called Go To-U  just won in Grand Final VWFS Startup Battlefield.

VWFS Startup Battlefield – one-off platform for startups in the automotive, mobility and finance space to pitch their business to a panel of judges, including Volkswagen Financial Services and UK top executives.

Go To-U created a free user friendly mobile application for their  Electric Vehicle charging network. Fast and easily accessible, the application also enables booking a charging station in advance.

The team is developing the network of free charging points for EV in Ukraine and beyond and it’s already motivated quite a few people to switch their vehicle from diesel to electric as they see that infrastructure for electric is growing.

So their idea is to become partners with hotels, malls, cafes and restaurants, cinemas etc. They provide free charging points and businesses receive more customers. It is a brilliant yet simple concept where everyone wins. It is also a great way to make the world a better place with less toxic pollutions from car fumes.

Such enthusiasts as Go To-U are doing a good job for all of us. In appreciation and recognition, Ukraine earlier this year lifted excise tax and value added tax on electric vehicles. Hopefully more zero-emissions automobiles will appear on the roads.

Last year Ukraine ranked fourth among other nations in the number of registered electric vehicles as opposed to conventional cars. Surely the number will be more this year. According to Go To-U representatives it’s about 1000 electric cars in Lviv and every month the numbers are growing.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin. Wavin’ from a moving train.

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

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

Sometimes the real shame is not in the crime but in being caught at it.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem to have in common is that neither apparently cares about the wishes of their constituents.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is fascinating,  Ancient Bones of Elephant-Like Creatures Discovered in Crimean Cave

This is heroic.  How Seeker Will Collect The Most Extensive Data Set Of The Pacific Ocean | The Swim

What if they really are talking to one another?  Listen As Saturn And Its Moon Interact

Earth

Volcano Discovered Under Fastest-Melting Antarctic Glacier

Volcanic Mood Rings

Whoa! Flash Flood Footage From Utah

Video: Witness The Birth Of An Iceberg

Outer Space

5 Things We Know – And 5 We Don’t – About ‘Oumuamua

Astronomers Have Discovered A Dozen New Moons Circling Jupiter

Is The Moon Toxic To Humans?

Apollo And The Moon-Landing Hoax

Technology

The West Coast Electric Highway Enables Zero Emission Road Trips

Innovative New Instrument To Seek Habitable Worlds

Oil Industry’s Plan For Worker Safety: Have Robots Do Their Jobs

PRAISE

Bringing Traditional Foods—And Comfort—To Local Elders

The Teenagers Running For Governor In Kansas

Moscow Public Transport Ranks World’s Most Efficient

The Deep History Behind Barack Obama’s Speech For The Centennial Of Nelson Mandela’s Birth

China, US, Russia Must Act Jointly To Keep Order: European Council

CENSURE

How Trump’s Tariffs On Mexico Are Taking Jobs From U.S. Workers

Elon Musk Apologizes To British Cave Diver For Calling Him A ‘Pedo’

MLB Pitcher Apologizes After Racist And Homophobic Tweets Surface During All-Star Game

Views: Media Report On Natural Disasters But Neglect Causes

Ex-State Dept. Officials: Donald Trump Put Himself First, America Last

Chinese Judges’ Misdeeds Exposed – Then Whistle-Blower Is Jailed

Air Pollution In National Parks Equal To Some Big US Cities

TRAVEL

German Tourist Releases Epic Video Of His Trip To Vancouver Island

The Pacific Crest Trail: Romance Forged From Fire

The City That Lives For Breakfast

World’s 18 Weirdest Beaches 

THE GREEN BEAT  

Activism Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Grows

Arctic Drilling To Get Fast Review

Massive Solar Projects Will Power Facebook’s Prineville Data Centers

The Pee Planter

HEALTH

How Beef Jerky Might Affect Your Risk Of Mania

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

More Women Are Having Heart Attacks During Pregnancy And Birth

3 Companies Recall Blood Pressure Medications Over Cancer Fears

Why Having Lots Of Feelings Is Good For Your Health

Choosing This Type Of Cancer Treatment Can Increase Risk Of Early Death

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

The Landlord Lobby Versus The Tenant Movement

Why Air Conditioning Is A Life-Saver — And A Danger

‘If You Mess Up, Who Cares?’ How To Dance Like Only Your Best Friends Are Watching

Here’s How To Spot When Someone Might Be Drowning

How The Car Keeps Americans Apart

5 Questions You’ll Hear At Your Next Job Interview — And Exactly How To Answer Them

This Simple Trick Will Make You Happier And Better At Your Job

BEST OF THE NET

Home Free – Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA

Thai Cave Rescue: Saying Sorry To Cave Spirit Nang Norn

Science! “Seattle Song” (Official Music Video) – YouTube

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

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I totally love these and eat about a half cup a day from late July – early September.  A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

Amazing Facts About America’s Largest Bird, which is not an eagle but a vulture, irony of ironies.

This is incredible.  Hikers Find Dog Missing for Almost a Month in Australian National Park

SHORTS

First Responders Rescue Dog From Embankment

Views: Salmon Vs. Sea Lions

Mitigating The Migration Of Pacific Lamprey

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A 25-Foot Shirtless Statue Of Jeff Goldblum Has Appeared In London

Boy, 5, Miraculously Grabs Hold Of Railings As He Falls From 20th Floor

Beijing’s Smog Helps Its Trees Grow Better, Faster, Stronger, Study Finds

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

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UNTIL TOMORROW, BELIEVE WHAT I SAY TODAY

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 15, 2018 Volume 10 Number 45

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INSIDE: Until Tomorrow, Believe What I Tell You Today; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Waving From A Passing Train; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

UNTIL TOMORROW, BELIEVE WHAT I SAY TODAY

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  It’s been a fun week for the man who would be king and his administration.  He insults NATO and blackmails them into contributing more and when they comply, he has nothing but praise for them and assurances of American support.

Then on to the United Kingdom, where one day, he insults the prime minister and says that Brexit risks loss of American trade.  He also opines that her staunchest opponent would make a good PM. Then the next day, after having dinner with Mrs. May and her husband and doing other exercises in enlightenment, he has nothing but praise for the leader of the UK and assurances that America will always be the UK’s strongest trade partner.

Now he’s bound for Helsinki for a summit with Vladimir Putin.  He says that among other things, he intends to discuss Russian withdrawal from the Crimea and pulling troops back from that nation’s northeast border.

I see a pattern here and I can almost hear Trump justifying it.

“That’s what I said Monday.  But since then, I have more information.  Now it is Tuesday.  So forget what I said yesterday and believe what I say today.”

Reality to him is “the world according to Trump.”  The world in which most of us live exists and he recognizes that.  But he’s in charge and if you’re going to deal with him, forget the facts as you know them and believe what he tells you.  History has seen some magnificent liars who acquired power of demonic proportions and attempted to imprint their reality on the rest of us.

Our species continues to produce these monsters and continues to allow them to prey among us.  What lends particular frustration and bitterness to the sadness I feel about this because whatever they have offered, we never needed from them in the first place.

Disengage.  Boycott American goods and services and stop sending them your stuff.  We’re an opulent nation capable of providing for ourselves.  There might not be as many brands on the shelves and production might slow down in some industries.  We are also, however, a nation of thrift stores, garage sales, free stuff ads, etc.  Recycling is an industry with a great deal of room for growth and certainly using recycled material in ways the original was not intended is another imminent employment field.

I’m still proud to be an American and I am one of millions of us who is not responsible for the actions of a national chief executive who acts like a freeway full of runaway bus.  I pray that the rest of the world understands the difference between, we, the citizens of this land, and those we sometimes mistakenly elect to represent us.

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

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

WAVING FROM A PASSING TRAIN

Olya’s on assignment and on a train which has no Internet.  They stopped long enough in a 2,000 km journey for her to send these to you, with apologies for not providing her usual full column.  She will, however, be back next week.  RM

Hi Rusty:

This week I have to miss column unfortunately but I would like to share this photo of FOOTBALL WINNING TEAM 2018 and share this post about real hero who sacrificed everything to help the kids.

And also another example how “Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion In Victory 

Sorry for being brief this time is just have unexpected train ride where there is no internet for the next 2000 km

Cheers and see everybody next week.  Waving from a passing train.

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

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

Have you ever noticed that people who tell you the past doesn’t matter have either a dark history or nothing to brag about?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Democracy Isn’t Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

With all due respect, why does this not surprise us?  Scientists Assessed The Options For Growing Nuclear Power. They Are Grim.

Why am I hearing the theme from the last Titanic film now?  Huge Iceberg Drifts Close To Greenland Village, Causing Fears Of A Tsunami

This is outstanding journalism.  Powering the Planet:  US News & World Report

Earth

Where Young People Are Getting Richer

Protecting A Significant Seamount

From Farms To Food Banks

Outer Space

South Africa Launches Giant Telescope

Here Are 2 Exoplanets With Seasons And Stable Climates

Fragments Of Asteroid 2018 LA Found In Botswana 

Technology

Inside The Jungle Rocket Factory

Apple Employee ‘Stole Driverless Car Secrets’

In The Air Over Halifax In One Of Canada’s New Cyclone Choppers

PRAISE

Meet The Heroes Who Helped Keep 12 Boys Alive In A Flooded Thailand Cave

He Helped Iraq’s Most Famous Refugee Escape ISIS. Now He’s The One Who Needs Help

Searching For The ‘Angel’ Who Held Me On Westminster Bridge

Iran Women Dance In Support Of Arrested Instagram Teen

Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping The Dream Of Democracy Alive

Starbucks Employee Helps Deliver Baby Outside Of Store

Feeding And Fueling A Movement

CENSURE

President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe The U.S. Money. He’s Wrong

Tacoma Police: Suspect Stole Puppy From 8-Year-Old Girl’s Arms

Facing 20-Year Prison Sentence For Taking Headscarf Off In Public, Woman Flees Iran

Nissan Admits Falsifying Emissions Tests In Japan

Nazi-Themed Goods Found On Amazon Marketplace

Twitter ‘Shuts Down Millions Of Fake Accounts’

Papa John’s Founder Schnatter Resigns Over N-Word Use

Beate Zschäpe Given Life In German Neo-Nazi Murder Trial

Most Nursing Homes Are Not Adequately Staffed, New Federal Data Says

TRAVEL

Walk Along The ‘Scariest Path In The World’

The Country That Can’t Slow Down

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

THE GREEN BEAT

Views: Why I Got Arrested Protesting The Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Life In The Most Polluted Capital In The World

Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws By 2020 To Reduce Ocean Waste

Waste Not: She Cut Her Weekly Trash Down So Much It Fits Into A Small Jar

E-Waste: A Growing Global Problem

The Last Straw At Starbucks?

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

How To Bounce Back From Hard Times

How A Bad Relationship Can Literally Make You Sick

Why Does Dementia Hit Women Harder?

The Dangerous Diseases Hidden In Caves

Is Hummus Actually Healthy?

There’s More Good News About Immune Therapies For Cancer

Do You Really Need Less Sleep As You Age?

This Surprising Factor May Raise Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s

About Half Of Americans Say They’re Trying To Lose Weight

Have Fun In Local Lakes, But Look Out For Swimmer’s Itch

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

How To Get Better, More Trustworthy Results From Online Searches

7 Easy Ways To Save Water This Summer

How To Have The Most Fun In Your Free Time, According To Science

This Map Shows The Fastest-Growing Job In Every State — And What Each One Pays

Can We Make Child Care Affordable?

Jeff Bezos Is Now $50 Billion Richer Than Anyone Else On Earth

What Americans In The 1930s Really Knew About What Was Happening In Germany

This Small Lifestyle Change Could Help You Retire $100,000 Richer

Celebrities Are Losing Millions Of Followers As Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts

BEST OF THE NET

Here’s How Every Meeting Between The Queen And A U.S. President Went

Decades After Horrific I-5 Crash, Lone Survivor Finds The Man She Says…

Ghostly Neutrino Caught In South Pole Ice Ushers In A New Astronomy 

What’s Your Secret Nationality?  Take This 20 Question Quiz To Find Out

Daily 10 Question Trivia Quiz:

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

It has been another exceptionally dry year in Seattle so four of these Rufuous hummingbirds share that feeder with bees bereft of the flowers they normally enjoy and from which they draw sustenance.  That bamboo in the background gathers moisture from the air during the night and at first light, both birds and bees drink from the tiny droplets at the end of the bamboo’s slender leaves.

Can The Pacific Northwest’s Orcas Be Saved?  With a little help from their friends, yes.

A Win For The Bears  And another reason why Canada rocks.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Most Dangerous Dances In History

The World’s Most Mysterious Silver Cups

‘Vaping’ Pilot Caused Air China Plane To Plunge 6,500m

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

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