A PESTILENCE IN LONG PANTS

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 24, 2018 Volume 10 Number 42

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

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

INSIDE: A Pestilence in Long Pants; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – From the Banks of a Quiet Dnipro River; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration – Immigration; 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

A PESTILENCE IN LONG PANTS

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Well, it looks like immigration continues to dominate the news, closely followed by the trade wars and see-sawing diplomatic relations with China, Mexico and North Korea.

There is nothing we can add to what we said last week about immigration.  What we have done is to break out that topic from our News page and replicate it further on down in For Your Consideration.  It’s a long list of headlines and a horrifying one.  But since the issue is being decided on so many levels, including the neighborhood, this is also information we all need to make informed decisions.

The trade wars are like a ping pong ball game.  You can watch it with your eyes closed and get a good idea of what’s going on.  It’s what happens when a business tycoon runs a mighty nation and it is a clear demonstration of the need for more local and regional self-sufficiency.  We do that by not acquiring a taste for food, for instance, that even crosses state lines to get here.  Washington State is fortunate because we have our own agriculture and a population commensurate.  But even for places that do not, hydroponics has come of age and so have community gardens.

As far as his diplomatic policies, Trump is addicted to the adrenalin rush of power plays and craves attention to a degree which suggests his mother did not breast feed him.  That alone would explain other behavior.  To expect him to enjoy consensus building more than the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” is about as realistic as expecting an emu and a kiwi to engage in aerial combat over Adelaide or Christchurch.

Sorry gang, it ain’t gonna happen.  But eventually this pestilence in long pants will pass and we will all have learned to pay a lot more attention to those who would be king.  In the meantime, to the greatest extent possible, we boycott this national disgrace and try not to feel profoundly ashamed that this nation we love and to which so many of us, living and dead, gave our last full measure of devotion also produced him.

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

FROM THE BANKS OF A QUIET DNIPRO RIVER

Hi Rusty, from the banks of a quiet Dnipro River:

Long lazy days about 30C/88F while it is not even the midst of summer as in a month it will become even hotter. So the best way to enjoy the weekend is to spend time on the river watching willows reflecting in the water and listening to the sound of poplar leaves whispering with gentle wind.

This year seems like all fruits ripen three weeks earlier then scheduled due to very warm weather. All the grass is already dried out to a yellow colour. Also drought hit 25 percent of the Ukrainian territory and that might have impact on this year harvest as you know Ukraine’s is among of the principal grain exporting countries.  Ukraine 2018/19 wheat, barley harvest and exports to fall on drought -UkrAgroConsult

It’s always nice to gaze out the window when on train that glides through never-ending yelllow wheat fields beneath blue skies which so represent the flag of my country.

It is a good way of meditating on the beauty of nature.

Cheers.

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

The reason Canadians are so polite is that it is too much work to be rude in two languages.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind Of Country Are We?

How To Help The Migrant Children Who Were Separated From Their Families At The Border

Immigrants Describe The Horrors That Made Them Flee Latin America For The U.S.

Migrant Families Face Chaos To Reunite

US Military To House Migrants

Psychological Impact On Children

Migrant Separations Explained

Rescuers Pick Up Hundreds Of Migrants Across Mediterranean Ahead Of EU Talks

Divided EU Leaders Convene For Emergency Talks On Migration

This Nonprofit Just Got $18 Million To Help Immigrants Detained At The Border

Why Thousands Of Refugees Will Keep Coming To America Despite Trump’s Crackdown

The Story Behind TIME’s Trump ‘Welcome To America’ Cover

Immigrant Teens Placed In Virginia Detention Facility Say They Were Beaten While Restrained, Isolated For Days

Migrant Children: Republicans Scramble As US Border Crisis Grows

Pope Francis Criticizes Trump’s Policy Of Separating Migrant Children

Democratic Attorneys General Ask Trump Administration To End Family Separations

Why Republican Lawmakers Aren’t Backing Trump On Family Separations

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

What makes this so fascinating for me is that these were discovered not in Africa, which I associate with the “cradle of all life,” but in Australia.  Fossils Of 2 New Creatures From Dawn Of Animal Life

This is definitely a heads-up question for some of us.  Will ‘Slow Earthquakes’ Along Central San Andreas Fault Trigger Larger Quakes?

This may help understand why it is so important to preserve this place3D View Of Amazon Rainforest Canopy​​

Earth

Summer Solstice At Stonehenge

The Floating Aztec City

Coal Has The Same Share Of Global Power Generation It Had 20 Years Ago

Outer Space

Russian Cosmonaut Captures Satellite Passing Space Station

10 Things About Martian Dust Storms

Mars Is About To Be The Closest It’s Been To Earth In 15 Years. Here’s How And When To See It

Technology

Your Iphone Will Soon Send Your Exact Location To First Responders When You Call 911

Bithumb: Hackers ‘Rob Crypto-Exchange Of $32m’

6 Easy Ways To Keep Your Phone Safe In The Summer Heat

PRAISE

US Child Migrants: First Ladies Speak Out On Trump Separation Policy

Seattle’s Plastic Straw And Utensil Ban Takes Effect July 1 For All Food Providers

Chadwick Boseman Gives His Mtv Movie Award To Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr.

CENSURE

Student From Iowa Killed 3 Weeks After ICE Sent Him Back To Mexico

Gosport Hospital Deaths: Prescribed Painkillers ‘Shortened 456 Lives’

‘We Will Not Apologize.’ Head Of Homeland Security Defends Controversial Immigration Policy

Audi Chief Rupert Stadler Arrested In Diesel Emissions Probe

Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained Amid Iranian Judiciary’s Crackdown On Human Rights Lawyers

India Police ‘Sorry’ For Lynching Photo

Ex Vatican Diplomat Found Guilty Of Possessing Child Pornography

TRAVEL

Canada’s 1-Sq-Mile Desert

Iran’s Ancient Engineering Solution

A Society That Forgoes Monogamy

THE GREEN BEAT

Plastic Waste Is Piling Up Around The World

China Has Some Good News On Air Pollution, But There’s A Warning

The Natural Gas Industry’s Leak Problem

Republicans Are Backing A ‘Carbon Dividend.’ What The Heck Is That?

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

Less Is More: Recommended 50% Reduction In Meat And Dairy Consumption By 2050

Report Finds Industrial Chemicals More Toxic Than Thought

Electronic Skin Lets Amputees Feel Pain Through Their Prosthetics

Methadone Is A Promising Way To Treat Babies Withdrawing From Opioids

Impostor Syndrome Is Real. Here’s How To Deal With It

Fewer American Adults Are Smoking Than Ever Before

How Marriage Can Actually Protect Your Heart Health

11 Healthy Foods For Your Immune System

How To Avoid Being Addicted To Gaming

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Spaces And Places Of Our Own Making

Too Hot To Handle: Politics Of Warming Part Of Culture Wars

Where To Put Affordable Housing? On Top Of A Light Rail Station

How Neighborhoods Can Kick Car Habits

Windrush Generation: Three Stories

BEST OF THE NET

Girl On Fire: Kenya Schoolgirl’s Alicia Keys Cover Becomes Viral Hit

How A Photographer Made An Image America Could Not Ignore

Over The Rainbow – Sissel 

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

 

This sounds like something out of a really cheap sci-fi film.  Except it’s real.  A Giant Plant That Can Cause Blindness Was Spotted For The First Time In A New State

They and I have something in common,  More Wildlife Now Working The Night Shift

Even for Rainforest, this is outstanding.  A Great Turtle Rescue That Teaches a Great Turtle Lesson;  They were looking for drugs, but ended up finding something much more important… Animals in need!

SHORTS

Koko, The Cat-Loving Gorilla Who Learned Sign Language, Dies At 46

Bumblebee Blues: Pacific Northwest Pollinator In Trouble

Sheriff Gets Into Grizzly Situation With Bear

Marine Protected Areas Are Important. But Are They Working?

How China’s Squid Fishing Programme Is Creating Global Sea Change

Views: Coexisting With Wolves In The West

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The FBI Said I Was My Parents’ Stolen Baby – But I Found The Truth

Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

Kate Spade’s Father Dies Before Her Funeral

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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A SMALL PERSON DRAMATICALLY OVER-COMPENSATING

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 17, 2018 Volume 10 Number 41

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

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

INSIDE: A Small Person Dramatically Over-Compensating; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – On Assignment; 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

A SMALL PERSON DRAMATICALLY OVER-COMPENSATING

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea.  Sometimes when I have bad dreams, it has nothing to do with having pizza too close to bed time.  Once in awhile, it is in reaction to something about which I can do nothing except go down for the record as being strongly for or against.

This dream I had was of an American government – not the people themselves – who were invading this country to get their kids back.  In an administration which has seen some pretty consciousness raising moments, taking kids away from their parents as a penalty/alleged deterrent for illegal entry has definitely enlightened me about just how cruelly the government can treat even those who have done nothing to hurt this nation.

Since I also work on the intuitive level, US Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions, who seems to fall in and out of favor with Trump like an uptown hooker with fluctuating fees, strikes me as a small person dramatically overcompensating.  That alone tells me that since he does not realize that size has very little to do with any of this, I’m convinced he was either born without the equipment to get a clue or does understand and chooses to disagree.  In either event, he is not operating in the same dimension as those he would seek to serve.

My dream was apocalyptic and I hope it does not come to pass.  But I leave it to you.  If you and your family were fleeing for your lives, got caught trying to sneak into safe haven, and then had your kids taken away from you, how would you feel?

And what would you do about it?

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

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

Donald Trump may well go down as the ringmaster of the biggest dog and pony show since our species was created…on Saturday..with what was left over…mud.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How Theroux Fell In Love With The World

Old Voting Systems Run The Risk Of Electing A Hitler

FROM OLYA

BEWARE OF PALM OIL

Here is one of the most heartbreaking stories you could find about decreasing of tropical forests and their inhabitants due to popularity of cheap and widely used palm oil “Orangutans Face Complete Extinction Within 10 Years, Animal Rescue Charity Warns” 

From one side of course it is not much in our hands to help to survive ecoregion, but on other hand if it’s a business matter, then consumption rates are important. As described in the article Palm Oil: Good or Bad?, there is a lot of controversy about both its health value and second, the environmental impact of its use.

Palm oil in this part of the world as far as I know began as an industrial oil.  Now, it is everywhere; in chocolates, kids cereals, buns, cookies etc.  As I’m watching lots of kids produce before buying, sometimes it’s almost a lost fight to try to buy a product that does not contain it.

Ironically, when I worked for an agricultural information agency, I made a research calls to bakeries and other food manufactures to find out if they use it.  Hastily, most of then said no but then in an any shop, you see the different situation.

So yes it is not easy to cut it off from own foods, but it is possible to reduce consumption to as possible lowest level. (For the sake of orangutans as well as our own.) If we want to prove that we are the next step in development of evolution here’s our chance.

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.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

I have very mixed feelings about this.  The most “infallible” machine is still the product of fallible human being.  Tomorrow’s Cities: Dubai And China Roll Out Urban Robots

Anybody want to try this?  Me either.  I’d miss the trees.  How We Could Survive On An Asteroid

I sincerely believe he’s going to love this.  Physicist Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Broadcast Into Space In A Final Tribute

Earth

End Of The Journey For Iceberg B15?

The Radioactive Mountain

The “Trees Of Life” Are Dying, And Scientists Suspect A Changing Climate

Outer Space

ALMA Spies 3 Planets Around A Young Star

The Strange Case For Life In Other Universes

Top 10 Space Objects To See During The Day

Technology

Your Phone Is Gross. Here’s How Often You Should Clean It

Apple To Close Iphone Security Loophole Used By Police

Will The Self-Driving Revolution Be Open-Sourced?

PRAISE

Florida School Shooting Survivors Sing At Tony Awards

Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Donated Money To Help Immigrant Families On Trump’s Birthday

Supreme Court Affirms Native American Treaty Rights To Harvest Salmon

Barbra Streisand On Hollywood Before #Metoo And How Things Have Changed

High Schoolers Bring Their Love Of Culinary Arts To Feed Local Homeless

CENSURE

Parents Are Facing A Nightmare At The U.S. Border

This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like

Former Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Is Going To Jail While Awaiting Trial

Miss Iraq: The Beauty Queen Who Got Death Threats Because Of A Selfie

Study: 1 In 5 Kids See Unwanted Sexual Material Online

Video Shows Man Hurling Targeted, Racial Slurs In Seattle

TRAVEL

If You Want To Get To Know Seattle, Walk Through It

The Roman City The World Forgot

Scotland’s Answer To Route 66

THE GREEN BEAT  

This Is Why A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills

2 Key Environmental Policies Scott Pruitt Was Dismantling Last Week Amid His Scandals

Climate Positive, Carbon Neutral, Carbon Negative: What Do They Mean?

David Suzuki: Carbon Pricing Is An Important Tool

Watch: One Scientist’s Solution To Our Plastic Problem–Eat It

Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill Much Larger Than BC Government First Reported

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

Kellogg’s Is Recalling Cereal Linked To A Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Drowning Is The #2 Cause Of Death For Young Children. Here’s How To Keep Your Kids Safe

How Community Health Workers Could Save 30 Million Lives By 2030

How To Take Care Of Others Without Burning Out

3 Easy Ways To Cut Back On Sugar

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Would You Let Your Utility Control Your Thermostat?

Your Phone Is Gross. Here’s How Often You Should Clean It

This Map Shows What Millennials Earn In Every State — And What It’s Really Worth

Gas Prices Are Going Up. Here’s How Much More You’ll Pay This Year

BEST OF THE NET

Sissel:  Summertime, from Porgy & Bess

Kilauea Volcano: Molten Lava Meets The Sea

The Five-Year-Old Fossil Hunter

Can We Guess Your Highest Education Level?

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

This is my neighbor, Ralph. He doesn’t scale tall buildings. He leaps them in a single bound, faster than a speeding bullet. He’s also a member of the RRM (Russian Raccoon Mafia) so we don’t mess with him. He gets a can of tuna a week “protection” so we never see Rodya, Roma or Rouben. And we all have our own kneecaps. Photo by MS(R)M

And why did it do this?  Because it was there.  Minnesota Raccoon Hailed As Hero After Skyscraper Climb

We need to make sure these gentle creatures do not perish from this earth.  If any of you have connections to wild game preserves, now might be a good time to use them.  Saiga Antelopes: The Ice Age Survivors Now In Peril

We have them in our neighborhood.  Coyotes In The Park

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

Project FeederWatch eNews this month challenges you to think like a bird so that you can understand bird behaviour.  Yep, please go here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

An Air Force Officer Who Disappeared 35 Years Ago Has Been Found In California

Victim Of Camera Theft Spends 2 Weeks Spying On Man Who Robbed Him

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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A MISTAKE FOR WHICH WE ARE CORRECTING

 

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 10, 2018 Volume 10 Number 40

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

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

INSIDE: A Mistake For Which We Are Correcting; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Happy World Ocean Day; 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

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This is what Americans look like, not Donald Trump. (James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington)

A MISTAKE FOR WHICH WE ARE CORRECTING

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  I don’t know about you, but headlines like this make me very nervous.  In Battle Of Tweets, Canada’s Trudeau Dismisses Trump Critique

First, it bothers me that Prime Minister Trudeau would engage in a “battle of tweets”.  Part of that has to do with a general dislike of tweeting in the first place.  The very word sounds silly to me and it makes me think it must have been coined by someone who has never heard birds before.  That in itself has implications I’m more than a little reluctant to pursue.  Where I live, only birds tweet.  Human beings who tweet are assumed to either be under close supervision or in need of same.

Second, to respond to accusations as absurd as those made is to lend them legitimacy when they have none.  Sometimes even acknowledging rudeness does the same thing.  One thing I’ve always admired about Prime Minister Trudeau is his ability to totally dismiss something that does not belong in his world.  He is treated the world over with respect and deservedly so.  All that Trump does when he attacks Mr. Trudeau is make himself look foolish.

It also, however, keeps him in the news and Trump’s obsessive need for that suggests that his mom and dad were too busy making money and becoming rich, powerful and famous to love him enough.  Same thing happened to a lot of people who became rich, famous and anti-social.

We didn’t break Donald Trump so we cannot fix him.  We can, however, recognize him for who and what he is and be honest enough with at least ourselves to treat him appropriately.  I hope, in the process, that the International Community recognizes that this poor tortured soul does not speak for America no more than any demagogue ever truly has.

Donald Trump is a mistake for which we are correcting.  He’s a personal reminder to me that while God does not make junk, She occasionally designs some beautiful bad examples.

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

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HAPPY WORLD OCEAN DAY

Rusty, Happy World Ocean Day:

I’ve always wonder how oceans sound. Maybe I will find out one day. Reading Richard Branson’s article today Why do I care about protecting the ocean was very moving. While plastic waste has reached the most remote parts of Antarctica, the only I can do in household is to limit plastic waste and recycle.

For example as easy as my glass bottle for water serves better now instead of plastic one or going to a shop with own bag and saying ‘no’ when sellers offer a polyethylene one. Also hopefully new technology will substitute a plastic for more degradables like in Ukraine, where they now try to do plastic bags from potato starch, as I learned recently from a talk with a producer of a polyethylene in Dnipro. But according to him, it is still a long way before big manufacturers will use something different as plastic is so easy for them.

Another quite promising solution is seaweed.  This year could see a breakthrough in fighting plastic if this bioplastic solution becomes widely introduced. Here is a quite interesting recent article Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

The European Union’s 2020 target of 10 % of market plastics being bioplastics seems quite feasible and even more daring goals can be placed ahead like UK’s intention to  ban  all sales of single-use plastic, including plastic straws and cotton swabs, next year.

Can we do without these little convenience things? My guess is, easily, considering we never really needed them in first place and now definitely don’t have the luxury to ignore the plastic problem any longer.

And in the end enjoy reading: 5 Ocean Success Stories To Chase Away The Blues

Cheers, 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.

Seamus

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

I find it rather remarkable that the same people who would not recognize God if they shared a seat on a crosstown bus with the Divine are the same ones who kill and die in the name of the one true Diety…theirs.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

President Trump Says He Has The ‘Absolute Right’ To Pardon Himself

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

Good question, even though we may not like the answer.  Volcanoes in Guatemala and Elsewhere Have Killed 25 and Cost Millions. Should We Expect More?

Rock on little dude.  This is so cool.  Rover Finds 2 New Life Clues On Mars

Sigh.  Scientists Have No Idea When Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Will Stop Erupting

Earth

Tomorrow’s Cities: How Barcelona Shushed Noise-Makers With Sensors

When Did Humans Learn To Count?

The Secrets Of Night-Shining Clouds

Outer Space

Balloons That Could Replace Satellites

These Distant Moons May Harbor Life  

Dunes On Pluto? Yes, But Made Of Methane Ice​​

Technology

GM Settles Self-Driving Legal Action With California Biker

When Scientists Become Storytellers

The Forgotten Green Housing Option: Accessory Dwelling Units

PRAISE

Libraries Are Bridging The Summer Gap For Hungry Kids

India’s Disabled Dancers Rocking The Bhangra

Lena Waithe, The First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

A Growing Drive To Get Homelessness To Zero

CENSURE

Qatar Airways Boss In ‘Heartfelt Apology’ For Sexist Remark

Supreme Court Rules For Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Cake For Gay Couple

‘I Apologized To Everybody In The World.’ Clinton Said He Won’t Privately Apologize To Monica Lewinsky

Endangered Animals Found On Sale In Chinese Supermarket

Russian Cossacks To Report Kissing Same-Sex World Cup Fans To Police, Media Says

TRAVEL

What Are The World’s Healthiest Places?

Which Cruise Food To Avoid — And Which Foods To Splurge On

The Odd Philosophy Icelanders Live By

THE GREEN BEAT  

Pope Warns Energy Bosses Of Global Destruction Without Fuel Shift

The Forgotten Green Housing Option: Accessory Dwelling Units

Gas-Guzzling Cities, State Blow Past Deadline For Electric Vehicles

What Should We Do About Straws?

A Pipeline Controversy Explained: Is Washington Now In The Tar Sands Crosshairs?

The Forgotten Green Housing Option: Accessory Dwelling Units

Talking Housing Affordability: Getting From “Me” To “We”

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

Why Mister Rogers’ Message Of Love Is Good For Your Health

These 5 Tips From Dietitians Will Make It Easier To Eat Healthy

How To Start Working Out In The Morning

This Is How Long It Takes A Hot Car To Reach Dangerous Temperatures

These 5 Tips From Dietitians Will Make It Easier To Eat Healthy

A Diet That Makes You Happy And Calm

Can You See Better Than Your Dog, Cat Or Goldfish?

Most Women With Breast Cancer Can Skip Chemo, New Study Says

Ten Smartest Lessons About Life, Money And Careers We Heard In Graduation Speeches This Year

Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

Seasonal Depression Can Happen In The Summer, Too

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Infographic: Why Normal People Can’t Afford A House

Does Your Voice Affect Your Income?

Kate Spade: How The Fashion Designer Shaped The Catwalk – And High Street

Your Starbucks Coffee Just Got More Expensive. Here’s Why

The True Cost Of Being A Wedding Guest

The Money-Making Whisperers On Youtube

How To Improve Underrepresentation Of Elected Officials Of Color In The US

This Couple Found A Way To Save Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars A Year When They Retire

A Factory-Made Answer For A Housing Squeeze

BEST OF THE NET

Let NASA Take You On A Virtual Trip To Exoplanets

Map: Every Coal Plant In The World Since 2000

Sissel:  Summertime

 

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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.

General Store

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Animal Kingdom

I should think this would be obvious.  Sharks’ 6th Sense Tuned To Catching Prey

And if I know our governor and our mayor, they’ll be leading the charge on this one.  Endangered Species May Need ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Too

Despite the punny headline, we agree.  David Suzuki: Don’t Water Down Marine Protection

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s June 2018 newsletter is now online.  Bird watchers delight, as always.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Small Asteroid Zipped Through Earth’s Atmosphere

Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

US Police Arrest Soldier After Stolen Armoured Vehicle Chase

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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WE HAVE A RIGHT TO THE TRUTH

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 3, 2018 Volume 10 Number 39

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

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

INSIDE: We Have A Right To The Truth; World Headlines At A Glance; Maybe You Can Help Me Understand Something; 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

WE HAVE A RIGHT TO THE TRUTH

By Olya Bereza

There are sometimes things I would rather not comment on.  But on the other hand, as a journalist, sometimes it is necessary to speak out.

Like most people, I receive information from many sources including mass media and expect that what I read or watch will be based on true.  Sometimes everyone can make a mistake or misinterpret events, as we know even during editing by changing some pieces the whole meaning could be distorted unintentionally and it is understandable, but what we are not expecting is being openly and officially lied to.

In this modern era we come too close to the line when the credibility of the media rouses concerns. We’ve been talking about this issue before and it seems to be a global tendency at the moment. Even Elon Musk may actually be making a website to rate journalists for credibility and ‘core truth’. Initially Musk wanted to buy domain pravda.com (pravda=truth in Russian after the old Soviet newspaper). Because the domain already belongs to Ukraine, he bought another one pravduh.com It will be interesting to watch how his project develops. Maybe projects like that could offer the solution before this particular Pandora’s Box is opened for real.

So yes, it was very disappointing to when 43 million Ukrainians were told that a Russian journalist working in Ukraine was assassinated.  And this turned out to be totally untrue.  Ukraine’s government just faked a journalist’s death. Will it be worth the cost?  Arkady Babchenko: ‘I made that shirt with bullet holes in it’ 

Many people here and abroad took it seriously (And why they would not?). For example Harlem Desir, Representative on Freedom of the Media OSCE according to his twitter account was immediately flying to Kiev upon hearing about the tragedy.  So the next day when he found out the hoax he wrote on twitter “Relieved that Arkadiy #Babchenko is alive! I deplore the decision to spread false information on the life of a journalist. It is the duty of the state to provide correct information to the public”.

I totally agree. It is indeed the duty of the state to provide correct information to the public. The question is, did the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko understand that? He was appointed to the position without having legal education and experience. As recently as two weeks ago and even before this scandal,  on May 15 lawmakers started to collect signatures to initiate the dismissal of Prosecutor General Lutsenko.   See also this Human Rights Information Centre article “One year as a General Prosecutor: Eight Lutsenko’s major failures”.

So while Elon Musk develops his site, another approach to fight for truth is as simple as personal responsibility. There is a wise tradition in Western world that when a politician appears in the middle of scandal and looses credibility, they resign.  Hopefully one day, person and political responsibility will be on the same level in this part of the world too.

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

THE PAST WEEK’S WORLD HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

OKAY, MAYBE YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME UNDERSTAND SOMETHING

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Okay, maybe you guys can help me understand something.  I’ve been paying more attention than probably people in Kansas to what’s been going on with that volcano in Hawaii because I live with three volcanoes myself.  Please note that I said “with”.  Not close.  Not near.  And not on top of.  When Mt. Saint Helens erupted, I was in Blaine, Washington, on the Canadian border.  We got like two inches of white ash and that was it.

I also live in an earthquake zone.  But not like the ones in San Francisco and Southern California.  The Nisqually Quake was not a major seismic event and experts have admitted that they cannot really predict when the next Big One will occur.  But we can prepare for it just as we do for any other disaster whose consequences lend themselves to mitigation.  Calmly, rationally, without fear and without that drama that once sold soap.

That’s pretty much what we’ve done and/or are doing.  I just wonder how people who choose to live on the slopes of a smoking volcano that smells like Satan’s hangover, makes the Pacific Ocean boil and where it sometimes rains glass can do any of that stuff.

If you’ve got any idea of what goes on in the minds of those who dwell on volcanoes, I’d sure love to hear from you.  If we do not, I’m going to assume you have no idea either.  Sometimes comfort comes on the wings of enlightenment.  At other times, it wraps itself in the cloak of shared ignorance.  Either way, I’m good to go.

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.

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

You’re never too old to start minding your own business.  Nobody is.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

What would happen if, instead of trying to make veggie burgers taste more like meat, the goal was simply to make them very tasty?  Comments?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is science journalism at its finest.  TIME Special Report: The Drone Age

Takeaways To Be Delivered By Drone In Shanghai  And they won’t get sick breathing the air in the friendly skies above either, I’ll bet.

Here we go again, gang.  2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Earth

How Hurricanes Get Their Names

When Was Earth’s 1st Snow?

Kilauea: What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea

On And In Extinction

Outer Space

New Evidence For Planet Nine

Could We Learn E.T.’S Language?

The Real Story Behind That Melted Camera

Technology

China’s Schools Are Quietly Using AI To Mark Students’ Essays

Why We Love Robots

General Motors And Fiat Chrysler Unveil Self-Driving Deals

PRAISE

Bainbridge-Built Tiny Homes Offer Unique Solution To Seattle’s Homeless Crisis

How A Shanghai Cafe Is Helping Autistic Teens Integrate With Society

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘Spiderman’ To Be Made French Citizen

CENSURE

Philippines Duterte Tells U.N. Human Rights Expert: ‘Go To Hell’

Lithuania And Romania Complicit In CIA Torture – European Court

School Shooting Game Active Shooter Pulled By Steam

ABC Drops Roseanne Show After Racist Tweet

TRAVEL

New Orleans’ Secret Cure For Hangovers

How Belfast Got Its Name

Chinese Students Say US Visa Restrictions Won’t Affect Their Plans

THE GREEN BEAT  

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong

A Corporate Clean Energy Wave

Trans Mountain Seeks Injunction To Stop Protests

24 Oil Wells In A School’s Backyard

Chinese City Chokes On Smog Specks ‘Harder Than Steel’

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, Or Maybe Not

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

Here’s How Much Exercise You Need For A Healthy Brain

Cancer Group Recommends Ditching Bacon And Booze

Ambien Maker Says ‘Racism Is Not A Known Side Effect’ Amid Roseanne Controversy

What Scientists Do—And Don’t—Know About E-Cigarettes

These Are The Healthiest Shoes To Wear, According To Scientists

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Deaths By Suicide And Firearms Are Rising Sharply Among Kids

What A Steakhouse Can Teach Us About Walkable Neighborhoods

Guns & America: New Public Radio Project Wants You To Better Understand All Sides 

Why China’s Unofficial Catholic Churches Are A Hit With Foreign Believers

The Poems That Shaped Chinese Thought

Seeking A Silent Retreat From Urban Life

BEST OF THE NET

Is This The Home Of The Holy Grail?

Bizarre Things Worth More Than Silver

‘I Was A Nurse At The Start Of The NHS’

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

This is good news.  Hi, guys.  Snowy Plovers Spotted For First Time In Decades

This is incredible.  Top 10 New Species 2018

Do These Photos Change Your View Of Pigeons?  Yep

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Please Don’t Roast Marshmallows Over The Erupting Hawaii Volcano, USGS Warns

Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

Ukraine Says It Faked The Death Of A Journalist Critical Of Putin

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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IN PRAISE OF PUBLIC RADIO AND MOTHERS WHO SLEEP WITH THEIR BABIES

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 27, 2018 Volume 10 Number 38

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

Inside: In Praise Of Public Radio And Mothers Who Sleep With Their Babies; The Past Week’s World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya –Kyiv In The Spotlight: Global Soccer Fans Occupy Ukraine’s Capital For A Day; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration – A Veteran’s Request On Memorial Day; 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

IN PRAISE OF PUBLIC RADIO AND MOTHERS WHO SLEEP WITH THEIR BABIES

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Part of each of my day, usually between four a.m. and dawn, is spent in the “smoke and chat” room on the deck outside my window listening to KUOW, the University of Washington’s public radio station.

It is quiet, save for forest night sounds and the muted sighing of four highways and three airport southern flight paths.  It is also a very special time for me because I also reflect and talk to God and my cousin Olya.

The news I hear is mostly from the BBC and from programs like All Things Considered, 1A, Morning Edition, and Scott Simon’s Weekend Edition.  The problem in sharing individual episodes is that unlike our other links to print and shorter videos, they run awhile longer.  We’ll provide the links, though, so that you can bookmark them and listen to them after you’re finished with us.

Olya and I are about as anti-violence as people who have seen far too much of it in their lives can be.  We also have profound and traditional ideas about how kids should be treated and who is responsible for their safety and welfare.  When those obligations are not met, lives not extinguished are sometimes damaged beyond repair.  ‘I Don’t Want To Leave My House’: Santa Fe’s Invisible Wounds

Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?  It turns out that, no, it is not and quite the opposite.  Babies and moms both need to be together for the symbiotic impact known to many other species besides our own.  However, this is assuming that mom is healthy, sober and of sound mind, which most mothers are.

The concern about this was raised when Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) emerged as a killer of babies.  For the safety of the infant, pediatricians began recommending separation of mother and child.  My own spin on this is that sometimes we take our own uniqueness to a lethal level by ignoring the habits of the other species around us.  I’m glad to see us back on track with this.

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.

That’s it for this week, folks.  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

KYIV IN THE SPOTLIGHT: GLOBAL SOCCER FANS OCCUPY UKRAINE’S CAPITAL FOR A DAY

The Olympic Stadium in Kiev, the second largest in Eastern Europe, this year hosted the League of Champions game between Real Madrid and Liverpool where Cristiano Ronaldo team won 3:1. Great game and congratulations!

There has been a lot of effort put forth by local administrations to try to repeat the success of hosting 2012 Euro, when the same stadium reconstructed for five Euro games, including the final, which  welcomed football fans from all over the world.

This Saturday Kiev pleased guests with good sunny weather about 25C/77F and cheap beer.  Unfortunately this year, guests faced two main problems: the logistics (Independent’s article: What went wrong with cancelled flights to Kiev) and accommodation (New York’s Time: Champions League Final Is a Tight Fit in Kiev. So How About New York?)The prices for those who managed to overcome those two obstacles were high on average; one would spend about thousand of Euro for a night stay and another thousand for flight back.

Many fans just decided to party all night long,  Luckily Kiev has enough cool bars. Others came back the same night or tried to book hostels which again were not too cheap. Kievan people who felt sorry for homeless international guests tried to help Ukrainians offer free accommodation to fans coming for Champions League final.

As for flights shortage, fans were trying different directions: through Turkey, Belarus or coming to other cities of Ukraine mainly Lviv and Odessa from where they could come to the capital either by renting a car or 5 hours in comfortable intercity express train.

Hoping despite all many people enjoyed a game, new experience, beautiful European Kiev city and friendly locals.

Of course it should be a good lesson for future to be learned for authorities to find possibilities to regulate prices for accommodation as cancellations of previous bookings were very disgraceful step from venues.

But when you are there in the midst of football cheer it’s so easy to go with an atmosphere: Allez, allez, allez 🙂

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

The true harvest of grief is never again forgetting to say, “I love you.”

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

PLEASE, IF YOU LOVE ME, NO MORE PARADES

A Veteran’s Request on Memorial Day

Please, if you love me, no more parades.

If what I did was heroic, wait for the movie, but don’t ask me to watch with you.

If what I endured is horrific to you, please don’t ask me to relive it for public consumption.

If Oprah or Maury calls, tell them I’ve gone for a long walk without my cell.

If what I experienced shocks you, take a deep look into your own soul, for therein lies the tainted wellspring of all human misery, all suffering, greed, rape, perversity and war.

Satan’s panoply, from Auschwitz to Zaire.

Before you bring me before Salem’s judges again, exorcise your own demons.

If what happened to me empowers you, it was worth the suffering.

If my stumbles along the way light the path before you, I’ll stand to slapstick in a heartbeat,

glad and proud for the chance to render Puck, with a Canadian brogue.

If your life’s been touched with love by what you’ve learned of my heart,

there’s a place waiting for you at our table.

This afternoon, we’re having cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade vegetable beef soup, hot coffee, cider and milk

And don’t worry if you’re late.

We’ll keep the light on for you.

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

RMSN Scott Miller, USS Blue (DD 744), Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

If you’re into aerospace history, you’ll probably find this as fascinating as I did.  Hawaii’s Role In NASA’s Space Exploration Programs

I’m glad to see this application but I sincerely doubt it will replace someone who was meant to farm.  Artificial Intelligence Help Improve Agricultural Productivity :Farmers Are Using AI To Increase Crop Yields

If there is intelligent life on Mars, it must be wondering where all these cute little toys are coming from.  A Tiny Helicopter For Mars 2020

Earth

Malaysia Renegotiating Terms Of Major Belt-And-Road Rail Project: PM Mahathir

Lava From Hawaii’s Volcano Is Spewing Into The Ocean And Creating Toxic ‘Laze’

Kilauea: What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea

Outer Space

China Lifts Off In Pioneering Journey To The Far Side Of The Moon

Meet Our Solar System’s 1st Permanent Immigrant   

NASA Sends New Research On Orbital ATK Mission To Space Station

Technology

How Europe’s New Online Privacy Rules Could Benefit Americans

How Drones Could Help Save Lives At Sea

Elon Musk To Fix Tesla ‘Braking Flaw’

Agriculture Drone Market Will Witness A Staggering Growth During 2018 – 2025

PRAISE

Lupe Valdez Could Be Texas’ First Openly Gay, Latina Governor
Melinda Gates: What Graduates Need To Hear At Commencement This Year

New York Stock Exchange Appoints First Female Leader

Lime Is The First Bike Share To Reach A US Native American Community

CENSURE

MH17: Russia ‘Liable’ For Downing Airliner Over Ukraine

President Trump Canceled The North Korea Summit To Get The Upper Hand
The NFL Told Teams To Stand During The National Anthem In The 1960s. Here’s How One Player Protested

Jailed Founder Of China’s Human Rights Site In Poor Health As Trial Looms

Meet The Teachers Quitting Their Jobs Due To Low Pay And Dwindling Benefits

TRAVEL

The Pastry Mexico Borrowed From Britain

Italy’s Surprising Underwater Discovery

Bangkok’s Deserted Shopping Centre

THE GREEN BEAT

Straws Suck For Pollution, But What About Other Plastics?

Kayakers Take Kinder Morgan Protest Offshore In US

Can Your Diet Reduce The Effects Of Air Pollution?

My Fight To Breathe In South India

The Search For Enough Green To Go Green

HEALTH

Top Tips For Poison Ivy

The Truth About Catching Up On Lost Sleep Over The Weekend

Your Diet Can Lower Your Risk Of Breast Cancer, Study Says

Nightmares Are Scary. But Are They Bad For Your Health?

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

What You Should Know About The Nipah Virus Outbreak

Eating An Egg A Day May Keep Heart Disease Away, Study Says

A Simple Trick To Use Less Sugar In Your Coffee

This Amount Of Exercise Keeps Your Heart Young

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need?

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

4 Ways To Get A Housing Reform That’s More Than Window Dressing

Maps: The Spread Of Inclusionary Housing Policies

The 100 Stories That Shaped The World

A Dating School For China’s Many Men

How Dugnad Shaped A Nation’s Work Ethic

Capturing Diversity Of US Black Experience

BEST OF THE NET

The Official Photos Of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Are Here

What Are The Shrieking Lynx Actually Doing?

The Greatest Tale Ever Told?

 

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

 

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I don’t hate spiders.  I’m just not real comfortable hanging out with them.  A Case Against Killing Spiders

Lord, please sit on my tongue now.  ‘Land Of The Mutts’: A Real Isle Of Dogs

All this in a 21 second video Fox Catches Rabbit, Then Eagle Swoops In

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

China Property Agents Told To Dance Outside In Underwear By Boss

‘Wolf-Like’ Creature Puzzles US Experts

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this planet of ours a better place for all of us.  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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OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 20, 2018 Volume 10 Number 37

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Our Congratulations To The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex; The Past Week’s World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Arguing The Case For Consciousness; 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

OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:

It has been an interesting week and a mixed bag, has it not?  First of all, we’d like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their recent nuptials.  We’ve followed the Royals on the BBC for years and admire the English, as a people, a great deal.

And yes, we watched the wedding on television.  I’m a traditionalist when it comes to things like this and I’ve also been a proponent of human rights all my adult life.  Therefore, I found the sermon by the black American cleric a bit over the top.  I sensed that he was using the occasion to address that theme rather than to bless the union of a black American woman to a white British man and what that has come to mean now to the world.  In listening to Scott Simon on All Things Considered after the wedding, I know I am not alone in this context.

It has been interesting watching President Trump this week.  I’ve figured out a couple of things that have reduced my stress level a great deal and since we reach 22 nations now, these insights are probably worth passing along.

Some leaders are a reflection of the people of the nation they serve.  Some represent a loud but powerful and often noisy minority.  Hopefully, where Donald Trump falls is understood.

Perhaps other nations have become too dependent on the American federal government.  Our governor, for instance, is establishing Washington State ties with other countries.  The private commercial sectors need, as well, to do that and, if necessary, to broker through neutral nations, as the international economic community has done since at least the First World War.

And since I live for, among other things besides an occasional hug from my cousin Olya, stellar moments in the human experience, this headline leaped right into my lap.   A 69-Year-Old Double Amputee Has Just Climbed Mount Everest

Now, granted he’s a Sherpa, which is what God created by bringing the best parts of a human being and a mountain goat together and also that the prosthetics he was wearing are a fast improvement over their predecessors, this is still, to be, an outstanding accomplishment.

It is, as well, further proof that age is a number convenient for government use but that as far as defining a human being, it does not.  In the final analysis, in a social matrix resembling a vast honeycomb, behavior is what matters most and who we are is how we treat one another.

Once that’s been established, the victories and defeats, the pride and the shame, the glory and the grief belong to all of us.  None of us is immune but each of us has control and each of us is responsible.

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.

That’s it for this week, folks.  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

ARGUING THE CASE FOR CONSCIOUSNESS

I recently had an interesting discussion on social media and found fascinating another proof of how paradoxically the human mind works.. We basically cannot perceive something that is not in our experience.

It was quite difficult to try to explain the term ‘consciousness’ to a person who never studied the subject. So you would receive an almost angry feedback – “what do you mean ‘conscious’ – I am awake so I am conscious. How do you measure the level of consciousness? With caliper ruler?”, would be an argument.

Of course I can understand a person who thinks that “All around are an incomprehensible combination of particles or waves that are pretty random”. Maybe it is, so  what further can be discussed in general when the world sets and world views are quite different like we are talking on different things on different languages.

Interesting enough, I found part of the answer in this Netflix film,  Innsaei:The Power of Intuition , The film explained quite easily that our right brain thinking that is responsible for intuition, enlightenment, creativity is less comprehensive to us than the left brain thinking i.e. logic.

According to the film, when we put too much emphasis on logic, we are unable to find solutions requiring a more holistic approach.

As one of my favorite Einstein quotes “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.

You cannot explain Soul in words as it is beyond senses but does it mean it does not exist then?

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

When you adopt the behavior of the oppressor, you become the oppressor and remain so until you are once again the victim.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How We Can Overcome Our Mistrust Of Robots In Homes And Workplaces

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

This is good newsWind And Solar Power Are Growing. Grid Managers Need To Get Ready

This is certainly well worth the read.  How To Save The Human Race

Another ancestor?  Homo Naledi Had A Small Brain – But Packed A Big Punch

Earth

Maps: 100 Years Of Nat Geo Maps

We Can Now See How Humans Have Altered Earth’s Water Resources

Hawaii’s Volcano Kilauea Spews Out ‘Ballistic Blocks’

Outer Space

NASA Live: Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Launch To Space Station Monday, May 21, at 4:39 a.m. EDT

Fly Over A Mars Crater

TESS Planet-Hunter Snaps 1st Test Image, Swings By Moon

Technology

Microsoft’s New Xbox Controller Is Designed For People With Limited Mobility

Watch: How Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Commutes

Listen: Solar Farms Are Both Bountiful And Controversial

PRAISE

China’s Xi Urges End To Waste And Irrational Consumption In Eco Push – Xinhua

Saudi Arabia Releases 1,000 Ethiopian Prisoners

CENSURE

Bumble Bee Ceo Charged With Fixing Canned Tuna Prices

No Company Should Be Able To Have That Power’

Student With ‘Crushing’ Debt Angry After For-Profit College Investigation Scaled Back

Naomi Musenga Death: Emergency Operator Blames Pressure After Mocking Caller

TRAVEL

Moscow’s Best Courtyard Bars

This Massive Cruise Ship Just Became The Biggest Ever To Cross The Panama Canal

Can I Smoke In Public In Russia?

THE GREEN BEAT  

Women Built These Tiny Houses To Block A Pipeline—And Reclaim Nomadic Traditions

Why Trans Mountain’s Oil Spill Liability Is Problematic

The US Policy That Enabled The Fracking Industry’s $280 Billion Loss

A Modern Day Lesson For Big Oil On First Nation Rights

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME

Should You Ditch Your Smartphone For A ‘Dumb’ Phone?

4 Meditation Tips That Actually Work

Here’s Another Reason To Avoid Taking Unnecessary Antibiotics

6 Ways To Make Your Coffee Even Better

Should You Stop Wearing Sunscreen To Get More Vitamin D?

Body Clock Linked To Mood Disorders:  It Is A Warning To Urban Societies Becoming Less In Tune With Nature.

Trans Fats Should Be Eliminated From Food In 5 Years, WHO Says

13 Ways Being A Night Owl Could Hurt Your Health

What Happens When We Are Concussed?

Why You Eat More When You’re In Company

Alyssa Milano: How I Came To Terms With My Anxiety Disorder

First Drug To Prevent Chronic Migraines Approved In U.S.

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Beyond Fasting: What We Can All Learn From Ramadan

The Real History Behind Book Burning And Fahrenheit 451

How Meghan Markle Is Giving The Royal Family The Shake-Up It Needs

Households In Beijing Offered Prizes For Sorting Their Own Rubbish

The Sadness Of Living Without Sex

Chili’s Is The Latest Place To Be Hit With A Data Breach. Here’s What You Should Know

Will US Chain’s ‘Chinese Food For Americans’ Be A Hit In China?

How Music Reflects The Economy

BEST OF THE NET

Incredible Flying Fish Escape Dorado Only To Be Faced With A Larger Predator

You Can’t Walk On These Cloud Streets

Here’s What The Hawaii Volcano Eruption Looks Like From Space

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.

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

Even if you don’t love these magnificent creatures as much as we do, this will move you.  The Whale Who Dines Alone

If this doesn’t move you to tears, you need to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart.  A Dog That Transformed A 104-Year-Old’s Life

As tragic as this was for all concerned, it is worth passing along for the lessons learned.  No, the creature in question did not survive.  One Killed, One Injured In Mountain Lion Attack Near North Bend

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The May 2017 Nest Watch newsletter is now online and it’s beautiful.  Their lead article is especially captivating.  Make Way For Ducklings and check it out here.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

How A Sleepy Farming Hamlet Became China’s Lingerie Capital 

Robot Stands In For US Student At Graduation

Bicycling As A Woman In Afghanistan

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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LEST THE WORLD FORGET: VE DAY

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 13, 2018 Volume 10 Number 36

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Lest The World Forget; News In Review; From The Shores Of The Salish Sea – I Love Waffles; 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

LEST THE WORLD FORGET:  VE DAY

Hi Rusty:

VE Day, which stands for Victory In Europe Day, is a major holiday on the European continent.  It falls on May 8th in places like the UK and France, but because of the time zone difference, a day later in my part of the world including Ukraine.  It commemorates the German surrender which ended World War II in Europe.

While it is historically more straightforward for example for the United Kingdom when all nations united in a struggle against Hitler (famous Churchill speech: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”).  However, for some countries of Europe struggle was more dubious.

Divide et Impera, is the Roman principle which contends that the best way to maintain power is to stir up hostility within the factions of the whole.  Efficient use of this technique allows small forces to manage those who together have greater power (would have great power if they could unite).

Such a technique requires a lot of skill and political sophistication, as well as a good understanding of political science, history and psychology. Hitler as an evil genius of his times, was so good in this strategy that no wonder his populist ideas were successful in his times.

If we look at the tragedy of Yugoslavia, where part of the people believed and collaborated with Germans, while others were part were royalists, part Communist, or had religious background for hostility with each other:

“The violent struggles that occurred in Yugoslavia between 1941 and 1945 resulted in over 1.7 million dead. Of these, one million were caused by Yugoslav killing Yugoslav, whether it was Croat Ustase against Jews, Muslims, Serbs, Chetniks and Partisans; or Partisans against Chetniks and Ustase; or Chetniks against Ustase, Muslims, and Partisans”. That is a good historical article on it.

But in the aftermath, the country was primarily liberated by its own Partisans forces in the head with Tito so that allowed them to talk on rivals with Soviet Union and West as they managed to obtain own victory.

In a way, the same tragedy happened in Ukraine where part of Ukrainians were mislead believing that Germans came to help them to find their independence. Hitler propaganda worked perfectly using the local aspirations.

On the 8th of May, we have Memorial and Reconciliation Day to pay tribute to all the victims of the war. While the 9th of May here is more of celebrations of the Victory since Soviet times. A lot of grievances are associated with the Soviet regime but seems like it is how history works to balance these by remembering the struggles to overcome much worse. So people deserve to celebrate a victory their grandparents obtained. Here it’s called “the celebrations with tears on the eyes” as it was sung in a song “Victory Day” of 1975. It’s been one of the most tragic and joyful date in a calendar for 73 years.

On the 9th of May evening I spent on my usual train journey through Ukraine. The blue eyed young guy who seemed quite intelligent unexpectedly put “How to become a sniper” guidance on the table. Unfortunately Divide Et Impera principle is still working 2018 years after Christ’s the Sermon on the Mount.

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.

FROM THE SHORES OF THE SALISH SEA 

I LOVE WAFFLES

Hi again, gang.  Waffles are among my favorite food groups.  I am a fan with absolutely no shame.  I like them with everything but the kitchen sink.  I seriously doubt that in the History of Waffledom, they have been prepared in a way I have not tried.  Furthermore, I wish to go on record stating that if there are no waffles in Heaven, there better be some in Hell or Satan’s gonna be really sorry.

That having been said, there is a word in American that sounds like one of my favorite foods but is actually descriptive of behavior for which I have a great deal of contempt, impatience, disgust, frustration and pity.  I hate it when friends do it.  I absolutely do not trust associates who do it.  I will not vote for elected officials who do it.  And I totally abhor it when it becomes the preferred modus operandi of the leader of the mightiest nation in the Free World.

The word is “waffling”.

The specific instance of it I’m remembering now is the Iran Nuclear Agreement.  Trump justifies his decisions in these regards as an exercise of executive privilege aka the right to change his mind.  That’s well enough until one does it so often that they litter the landscape with broken promises.  Apparently it’s common practice in the commercial sector and has been in the political arena.  Adolph Hitler was a master at it.

I hope the people of the world realize that most Americans are not like Donald Trump.  They don’t approve of this behavior anymore than any decent human being among us would sanction it.  And they are not powerless against it because they have learned one historical lesson very, very well.

If you don’t like it, don’t emulate it.

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.

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

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

 THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE 

RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Women Offer Up Words Of Wisdom As New Parents Prepare For Motherhood

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED

To me, this is just a lit-tle spooky.  The Ocado Robot Swarms That Pack Your Shopping

So is this, considering the proximity of three volcanoes, including a recently active one, Mount Saint Helens.  Hawaii’s Volcano Could Hurl Boulders the Size of Refrigerators Miles Into the Air

This, I think, is worth serious consideration.  Are Outdated Notions Of “Industrial Areas” Hiding A Giant Housing Opportunity?

Earth

Snowball Earth Due To Plate Tectonics?

Here’s Why Volcanos Are So Dangerous

North Pole Gets A Heat Wave

Outer Space

SpaceX Flies ‘Lessons Learned’ Rocket

New Science From Jupiter

Could Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Become A Reality?

Technology

How A ‘Bionic’ Vest Is Boosting Human Abilities At A Ford Plant

Drones Enter Florida County Mosquito Battle

Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

PRAISE

Green Plate Special Serves Food Justice Education To Youth

Gina Haspel Says She Won’t Restart Torture Program If She’s Confirmed As CIA Director

Zimbabwe Women’s Anti-Poaching Group Protecting Elephants

Melania Trump Unveils ‘Be Best’ Campaign For Children

Starbucks Says Bathrooms Will Be Open To Everyone After Controversial Arrest Of 2 Black Men

The High School Where Learning To Farm Is A Graduation Requirement 

How Artists And Neighbors Turned A Bomb Site Into A Medicine Garden 

The Poor People’s Campaign Aims To Finish What MLK Started

CENSURE

Places Most Affected By Trump’s Iran Deal Decision

The Trump Administration Wants To Cancel $7 Billion From A Children’s Health Insurance Program

Record $120m Fine For Nuisance Robocalls

Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, Quits Amid Assault Reports

Kids Still Living In Shantytowns Is The Real Shame Of Seattle

TRAVEL

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

‘Vacation Constipation’ Is Real—Here’s How To Keep It From Ruining Your Next Trip

Big-Spending Chinese Tourists Return To South Korea

THE GREEN BEAT  

The BC Pipeline Project You’ve Never Heard Of—And Why It May Succeed

Your Caribbean Vacation Leaves A Big Carbon Footprint

Kinder Morgan Shareholders Hear From Pipeline Opponents

The BC Pipeline Project You’ve Never Heard Of—And Why It May Succeed

Scott Pruitt Wants To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards. Here’s What That Would Do

Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does The U.S. Fit In?

HEALTH

Can CBD Products Improve Your Fitness Results?

On Ebola, WHO Preps For The Worst

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME Magazine’s Health Page

Depression Has Spiked By 33% In The Last Five Years

7 Skin Cancer Risk Factors (Besides Your Last Sunburn)

6 Healthy Habits That Work Best If You Do Them At Night

What Is Intuitive Eating? Here’s What You Should Know About This Anti-Diet

How Social Media Is Hurting Your Memory

Secrets Of ‘High-Potential’ Personality

The Millennials Sick Of Long Hours

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

How To Cope With Mother’s Day If You’re Childless

Happy Bike Month!

For Young Professionals, Rural Towns Are Doing What Cities Can’t

What Really Helps The Unemployed Find Full-Time Jobs

How Regular People Are Doing Housing Differently These Days

Tiny Houses Alone Can’t Solve The Housing Crisis. But Here’s What Can

These Are The Most Popular Baby Names

How To Check If You’re Entitled To $1,200 For Receiving This Spam Call

How To Cope When You’re Being Bullied At Work

Views: Cities As Selection Environments

America’s Buses Need Your Love More Than Ever

BEST OF THE NET

Fly Over A Mars Crater

Mom Always Liked My Brother Best – Smothers Brothers on Ed Sullivan Show

Red Tide: Electric Blue Waves Wash California Shore 

 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.

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

Along America’s Gulf (of Mexico) Coast and throughout the Caribbean, you folks need to watch out for these neighbors.  It’s Nesting Season For Sea Turtles

This looks like fun.  The Female Bird Song Project

In Australia, Whale-Watching Season Starts Early As Population Grows

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Meet The Man Who Could Become The World’s Oldest Leader

Boy Wakes Up Just Before His Life Support Was To End

Doctors Grew A Soldier A New Ear — On Her Forearm

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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