IF DONALD TRUMP MOVED NEXT DOOR TO ME

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 29, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 9
INSIDE: If Donald Trump Moved Next Door To Me; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Halloween Gaining Popularity In Ukraine & Eastern Europe;
For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
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IF DONALD TRUMP MOVED NEXT DOOR TO ME

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As my beloved cousin Olya can attest, my mind sometimes travels to interesting places.  Out here in the American Pacific Northwest stbka (soon to be known as) Cascadia, our elected officials are also our neighbors.

If Donald Trump was my neighbor, here are three things I would not do, based on what I have observed of him.

Donald needs to be noticed.  One way to do that is to borrow something important from a neighbor.  And then not return it when agreed.  So even though he has one for every day of the year, he would still want me to loan him my power mower.  I would not do that.  The machine is not top of the lawn but it sails under its own steam, which makes it ideal for the hilly terrain on which we live in South Seattle.  Donald knows this.  Once he has my machine, he has me.

Unless I have two of them.  I am, in fact, saving up for another one.  And I have a plan. I am also recording the sounds of this one, just in case he bribes me with something I cannot resist and gets me to loan it to him that way.  Once the lasagna’s all gone, I can make it sound like I bought another mower, this one a muscle job, and with the volume of those audios turned up, I can make it SOUND like I’m fighting The Lawn That Ate Seattle and I have to keep mowing it or it will eventually take over the planet.

Donald is insecure around people he doesn’t know.  So I would be invited to one of his backyard barbecues, out on this lawn as big as Luxembourg. I would not accept.  My mother raised me to be more than an extra in a megalomaniac’s motion picture.  These events are also never lightly attended, thanks to Flowers By Guido de Nostra, whose family you do not really want to get to know.

That lawn may be huge but it’s got a big wall around it and its guards are paid to kill.  My Uncle Seamus de Fernandez, the Irish bullfighter, said that Trump’s barbecues are gladiatorial blood sports with ultimate spectator participation.  The “bulls” are one another and a bounty per head, killed, maimed for life or scared insane.  Uncle Seamus, who changed his name and has since become famous for feats less esoteric, did admit that the food afterward was to die for.  But he does not recommend the Spring salami.

If Donald Trump moved in next door to me, I would not tell anyone ~ not even God or my cousin Olya.  I would invent a cover story to explain anything untoward, which would have to be very that word given the relative isolation of this evergreen urban oasis.  It would need to be a story authentic enough to explain helicopter landings and an increase in limousine traffic.  Not a problem.

I am blessed with neighbors who still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Leprechauns.

I would just tell them this was the set of an Albanian-Macedonian-Australian television series about Donald Trump being produced for Euro TV.  My neighbors are artistic in their own right and appreciate good product values in other media.  They would enjoy keeping a low profile about this.  It would be a secret kept by 700,000 people.  And I would be doing my patriotic duty by protecting the privacy of America’s chief executive and his entourage.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.  Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

HALLOWEEN GAINING POPULARITY IN UKRAINE & EASTERN EUROPE

Hi Rusty:

According to my observations Halloween in recent years has become more popular in this part of the world. I guess kids and teenagers as well as young adults like the idea of spicing their lives with another celebration that involves magic in a way.

Of course marketers are extremely fond of this idea as well for all sorts of promotions. While still most of us wouldn’t be able to answer what date exactly Halloween should be celebrated or the origin of it except it came to us from America, surely mostly everyone enjoys the pumpkins invasion.  (smiling)

In any event, pumpkins are good from both aesthetic and nutrition points of view. So with remnants of curved pumpkin easy to make a pumpkin soup. For entertainment there is funny article What Each Myers Briggs Type Does On Halloween  I wasn’t surprised to read about my type, ENTP, “Was too busy saving the world all month to get a costume in time.”  What does your type do on Halloween?

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Why Opioids Are Such An American Problem

How Trump Is Undoing American Government As We Know It

We Don’t Think Of Californians As Climate Refugees Yet, But We Should

The Essential Ingredient Of Democracy

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

How cool, no pun intended.  Google’s New Office Will Be Heated And Cooled By The Ground Underneath

I happen to agree.  One megalomaniacal moron will not bring thousand of years of this down.  Bill Nye Thinks Science Will Survive the Trump Administration

Let’s hope this isn’t something else in disguise.  Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Our Planet

Watch: Mapping A World Of Water Worlds

It Rained Fish In Mexico, Officials Say. No, It’s Not The End Times (We Think)

National Weather Service Adds New Colors So It Can Map Harvey’s Rains

Outer Space

A Newly Discovered Moon Tunnel Could Be The Perfect Place For A Colony, Scientists Say

How The Universe Creates Gold

How Do Human Genes Act In Space?

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Astronomers confirm Earth has an asteroid buddy:  It’s the best and most stable example to date of a near-Earth companion, or quasi-satellite.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Images of the Week

Technology

The Many Problems With Autonomous Vehicles

The Police Are Using Computer Algorithms To Tell If You’re A Threat

6 Clever Items To Simplify Your Life

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  This City Found A Way To Get Everyone Involved In Urban Planning

Mine, Seattle, is among the top five. Here Are The Cities Standing Up For Women’s Health

Congratulations and way to go, you guys!  Here Are The 2017 Macarthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

DALAI LAMA

Today we tend to think of education as if its only purpose was to make us more inventive and resourceful. Sometimes it even seems that those who are less educated are more honest and straightforward. Even though our society doesn’t emphasize it, the most crucial use of knowledge and education is to understand the importance of more wholesome action and disciplining the mind—essentially the development of a good heart

BAD EXAMPLES

I imagine this parade’s going to be a long one for awhile.  Director James Toback Accused Of Sexual Abuse By 38 Women  See also HARVEY WEINSTEIN, ET AL on our News Roundup Page

Nice going, Commander In Chief.  “It Made Me Cry’: Trump’s Condolence Call Gone Wrong

With all due respect, this has to be one of the dumbest laws of the new century.  Honolulu’s ‘Distracted Walking’ Law Takes Effect, Targeting Phone Users

Of course he does.  US Interior Secretary Denies Involvement With $300 Million Contract

We have GOT to stop doing this to ourselves.  The Hidden Tragedy of the Opioid Crisis

TRAVEL

The Filthiest Places To Avoid On Airplanes
This Tiny Island Now Has The Most Powerful Passport In The World
Traveling To The U.S.? Prepare For Even Longer Security Checks
We Asked The Experts: Is It Cheaper To Book A Flight Last Minute?

THE GREEN BEAT

Biochar, The Once And Future Agricultural Mainstay

Celebrating Sustainability This National Seafood Month

The Cost Of Solar Is Going To Plummet Again

Green Tip: Home Composting

HEALTH

Regular Walking May Help Older Adults Live Longer

Get Fit Like A Supreme Court Justice With ‘The RBG Workout’

Study: Pollution Kills 9 Million A Year, Costs $4.6 Trillion

One Of The Greatest Threats To Our Lifespans Is Loneliness

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Do You Eat Like A Republican Or A Democrat?
6 Careers Where You Can Earn $75,000 Without A Bachelor’s Degree

Why Does The US Have So Many Child Brides?

6 Jobs Everyone Will Want In 2040

What To Know About The History Of ‘Just Say No’

When A Culture Produces This Much Sexual Assault, It’s Not An Accident

The Lonely Lives Of Elders

BEST OF THE NET

A Healthier Halloween For Kids, Without Cutting Out Candy? Yes, Really.

How Trick-Or-Treating Became Part Of Halloween Tradition

Spectacular Images Show How Our View Of The Universe Has Evolved

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I’ll bet Edgar Allan Poe knew this.  How To Tell A Raven From A Crow

Good question, Jane.  Jane Goodall: ‘How Is It Possible The Most Intellectual Species Is Destroying Its Own Home?’

Depending on the beast or the person, I could see how this could be a mixed blessing.  Dogs And People Have More In Common Than You Might Think

SHORTS

How Inmates, Scientists, and Government Workers Are Teaming Up to Save a Butterfly

Beth And Howard Stern Are Saving Hundreds Of Cats

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Runner Wins Marathon After Competitors Ran the Wrong Way

Alligators Eat Sharks

26 Hours To Race Up Mt. Everest? It’s Part Of A New Running Trend Of ‘Fastest Known Time.’

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

 

 

 

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THE LESSONS OF STORMS

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 22, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 8
INSIDE: Lessons Learned From Storms; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Discontent Feeds National Protests In Ukraine; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dala Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
Reader Supported: All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

A rainy day in Seattle. Photo by MS(R)M

THE LESSONS OF STORMS

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after almost 85 days of no rain, the same storm that battered Victoria, BC to the north last week, bringing with it winds gusting to 55 kph circled to the southeast and slammed into Seattle a day later.  It wasn’t There was the expected flooding and other storm damage, including widespread power outages.

This house, with its three wings, two stories and approximately three sheltered and wooded acres, lost electricity at dusk of the first day.  We’re veterans of bad weather and we don’t rattle as easily as the shutters.  It was pretty much business as usual, albeit with flashlights and cold sandwiches.  We got to be quietly heroic for about an hour and a half before everything went back on and we returned to a relatively pampered existence.

It was certainly nothing like what most of the rest of the country’s been going through and I’m grateful for that.  For a species that is driven by the headlines it creates, adverse weather is a reminder that sometimes natural disasters can cause as much damage as those of our own authorship.

Yep, allegory rocks.  My housemates and I could not prevent the storm but we were prepared for it.  We didn’t question it.  We didn’t curse it.  We didn’t even try to understand it.  And we certainly did not communicate with it.  When it was over, we cleaned up, fixed up, and carried on.

Sometimes nations need to do that too.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, be well and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

People rally near the Verkhovna Rada building on Oct. 17 to demand that the Ukrainian parliament support reforms in Ukraine. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Photo courtesy of the Kyiv Post 

DISCONTENT FEEDS NATIONAL PROTESTS IN UKRAINE

Hi Rusty:

This week in Ukraine started with protests near Verkhovna Rada against Ukrainian parliament led by Michael Saakashvili and supported by a few Ukrainian politicians including the mayor of Lviv and Andriy Sadoviy, the head of political party Samopomich, which means self-help in English.  About two thousand people came to support the demands of lifting immunity of MPs and creating an effective anticorruption court”

It is not a secret that the level of corruption is one of the major problems that my country faces.  The e-declarations that were revealed a few months ago showed a big gap between officials and commoners

Top officials keep millions of dollars in hard cash  and own collections of luxurious watches and Faberge eggs, clothes, and even a church.  No further investigations of any of the most dissonant cases were made, making ordinary citizens outraged at being fooled and then not having their complaints taken seriously.

Altogether, this anger with the ethical climate of the government; frustration with a substandard economy and a widespread dissatisfaction with the standard of living, in concert with recent controversial education and pension reforms, helped Saakashvili to gather people to the Parliament.

Let’s hope there be the political will to implement those quite objective demands. 

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Hillary Clinton: ‘Anger And Resentment’ Are Underpinning Our National Conversation
There’s A $10 Million Reward For Information That Could Get Trump Impeached

Why Do So Many Powerful Men Behave Like Harvey Weinstein? This Psychologist Has Some Theories.

WAYS TO HELP

If you or anyone you know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, please inform the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.  Our thanks to our friends at Seattle’s KING 5 television news for this one.

Alyssa Milano: How We Can Help Women Come Forward

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

For some reason, I found this a little scary.  New Anatomy VR App Lets You Look Inside Your Own Body

We need to make sure this is also in our future.  How Deep Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power The World

Good morning, Dave?  Toyota Will Test Their AI-Powered Driverless Cars In 2020

Our Planet

Statues And Mysterious Disk Found In Ancient Greek Shipwreck

A Surprise From The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

Amazing Photos Of London’s Strange Sky

Outer Space

NASA Mission ‘Watches Earth Breathe’

The Place Spacecraft Go To Die

What Happens To Your Body In Space Without A Spacesuit?

Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2016: Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak

Dancing With Black Holes

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Traveling To Mars? Top 6 Health Challenges:  NASA Aims To Have Humans On Mars By The 2030s. People Making The Long Space Journey Will Experience Health Risks They’ve Never Faced Before.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Latest Images: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/

Technology

Hackers Have Found A New Way To Attack Your Gadgets. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Child Safety Smartwatches ‘Easy’ To Hack, Watchdog Says

This Calculator Tells You If It’s Cheaper To Use Uber Than Own A Car

1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ Rocket Car Fires Up

Nobel Laureates

Nobel Laureate: The Future Of DNA Sequencing Will Be In The Palm Of Your Hand

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  Tulane Offers Free Tuition to Puerto Rican College Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

I’m glad to see these people speaking out.  ‘Disrespectful Lie’: Anger Grows Over Trump’s Claims About Past Presidents And Fallen Troops

This is also what being a woman is all about.  Rep. Frederica Wilson Didn’t Flinch At Trump’s Attacks. Her Record Explains Why.

DALAI LAMA

It’s important to understand how our mind and emotions work. A cause and condition of anger is fear. Once it has erupted anger can lead to hatred, so we have to tackle it early. Anger tends to arise spontaneously, but we can develop compassion through training. Anger might bring energy, but the problem is that it’s blind. We observe physical hygiene to maintain our health, what we also need is emotional hygiene.

BAD EXAMPLES

We, as a nation, should be hanging our heads in shame.  When the savaged are forced to suffer in silence, Satan has taken the field and none of us is Heaven bound.  Thousands share stories of sexual abuse with #MeToo after Weinstein allegations. Also see Women Join Alyssa Milano’s ‘Me Too’ Protest Against Sexual Harassment and Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Next time you’re tempted to criticize the news media, give a thought to the sacrifices some of us make to bring it to you.  Malta Journalist Death: Caruana Galizia’s Son Denounces “Mafia State”

What amazes me is that he actually thinks he can get away with this.  Trump Denigrates Obama Over False Fallen Soldier Claim

Good!  United Airlines Dragging Incident That Went Viral Produces Firings, Suspensions Of Officers

TRAVEL

America’s Best Cities For Fall Travel

The Cheeky Gnomes Taking Over A City

The World’s Most Adventurous Countries

THE GREEN BEAT

The Benefits Of ‘Floating’ Solar Power

Old Banger V Diesel: Which Is The Most Toxic?

How Will The Clean Power Plan Repeal Change Carbon Emissions For Your State?

Sir David Attenborough Calls For Action Against Plastic Pollution

Stella McCartney Is Weaving A New Way Forward

Plastic Pollution Is A Thing Of The Past With These Tools

Is Uber Helping Or Hurting Mass Transit?

HEALTH

Here’s How Practicing Tai Chi Can Help The Heart

1 In 9 U.S. Men Have Oral HPV, Study Says

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The 19 Best Foods To Boost Your Memory, Energy And Mood

The FDA Just Approved A New Way To Fight Cancer

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

Attorney: Sexual Harassment Isn’t Just A Problem For The Rich And Famous

Literacy Builds Life Skills As Well As Language Skills

What’s It Like To Live In North Korea?

If You Drive Less Than 10,000 Miles A Year, You Probably Shouldn’t Own A Car

Women Speak Out On Harassment In California’s Capital

BEST OF THE NET

Watch A Wall Of Water Race Up A River

Whales And Dolphins Live ‘Human-Like’ Lives

Pictures Of America’s Happiest Cities 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized.  They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge.  For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com 

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

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Do they also snack in between meals?  Solitary Pumas Turn Out to Be Mountain Lions Who Lunch

Some of these little dudes truly do seem to live for danger.  How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes

We might just be able to learn something from them.  When The Recent Hurricanes Hit, How Did Animals Seek Refuge?

SHORTS

California Becomes First State To Ban Sales From Puppy Mills

Why T. Rex’s Puny Arms Are A Sign Of Strength

Fish Depression Is Not A Joke

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October Nestwatch newsletter is now available.  As usual, it is chock full of really cool stuff for those of us who love birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October newsletter is now available.  Articles in this one include 7 Ways Your Messy Garden Helps Wildlife and Toughest Bird At The Feeder

The World Wildlife Foundation’s October 2017 newsletter is online and it is an animal lover’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

‘My Ride Or Die.’ Woman Flees California Wildfires On A Bike With Her 70-Pound Dog

They Created The Wildly Popular Hatchimals — And Now They’re Billionaires

The First Film Made From Oil Paintings

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM & OB

 

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WHEN DID WE GO TO WAR WITH COAL?

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 15, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 7

To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

Photo courtesy of reagangirl.com

WHEN DID WE GO TO WAR WITH COAL?

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Rhetoric ~ words ~ have long fascinated me, both as a user of them, personally and professionally; and as a consumer of them on both levels.  I’ve spoken a bit before about how I feel about assigning human traits to phenomena of nature and the most immediate example of that which comes to mind is the term “killer tornado”.  Here’s another example.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

As far as I know, we were never at war with coal to begin with.  For centuries, it was our chief source of fuel and commodities made from or involved with coal.  As our technology and environmental awareness evolved, we’ve realized that one thing we cannot do is burn coal and let the results into our atmosphere.

This itself is not the cause of climate change but it has contributed to it and it is one of the forces in this natural process over which we exercise some control.  As long as there is a need for coal for other purposes, there will be mines and miners.  If not using coal as fuel results in a reduction of force in the mining of it, those people can be trained to do something else.  This too is part of our technological evolution.

The root of much of what makes me leery of certain words and their uses lies in the notion of competition versus cooperation.  It makes me think that we somehow still believe that wars produce winners.  They do not.  They produce losers and new wars.

History has also proven, particularly since the 1960s, that helping other nations achieve a healthy lifestyle, produces peace and good neighbors.  That process requires cooperation and effective cooperation requires that everybody involved knows everyone else involved.  Familiarity may bred contempt among the cynical but more often, it produces love and a richer life for the exchanges involved.

There are no killer tornados and we are not at war with coal.  At least not this week.  Take care, stay well and thanks for the ear, gang.

Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Nearly 8 percent of boys and nearly 6 percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016. Image: REUTERS/Joe Tan

CHILDHOOD OBESITY A GLOBAL PROBLEM

Hi Rusty:

I read an article recently that troubled me because I love children and because now, worldwide, the obese ones have overtaken the underweight ones for the first time.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of dangerously overweight children has increased tenfold in the last 40 years.  What I found particularly interesting is that this growth appears connected ~ directly or indirectly ~ to food choices.  For instance, while so called organic food is relatively more expensive, it is still affordable if people just prioritize quality of goods over convenience. The WHO’s suggestion of taxing sugar also seems, under these circumstances, reasonable.

It always feels like an already failed fight of parents with all marketers in the world when they entering supermarkets with their little ones.  Also noticeable is that all of this sugary stuff aimed at children consumption is placed in the level of eyesight for kids. Of course those cheap sugars appear in the baskets of parents and only few of them, after long tiring da,y are prepared to argue with their sons or daughters in public.

Obesity is well known to be linked to many unpleasant consequences. This article gives hope for treating most severe of them with natural components.   While watching sugars is important, some of supplements based on botanical materials might be helpful for cleansing system. One of them also is Milk Thistle. Could be some other conscious person is making a hint drawing this plants on mural in the center of Kiev.

The other day, I also saw something in downtown Kiev that suggests another health-conscious person is becoming involved.  Someone painted milk thistle and other plants as a mural on one of our buildings.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

Also please see:  New Maps Show Big Divide Between The World’s Overweight And Underweight Children

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

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Money Really Can Buy You Happiness. Here’s How

Washington Had a Busy Week. Catch Up in 5 Minutes

Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists

 WAYS TO HELP

How You Can Help The Wildfire Victims In California

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is an incredible video.  How We Can Build Cities That Literally Float

What happens when they find the other half?  Scientists Just Found Half Of The Missing Matter In Our Universe

This, I thought, was awesome.  Being an envelope pusher, I admire others of the same inclination.

Exclusive: Bjarke Ingels On Designing A Martian City

Our Planet

Today In Science: The Day Of 6 Billion

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Exactly Where Wildfires Will Strike

There Is A New Model For The Origins Of Life On Earth

Outer Space

NASA: The Moon Once Had An Atmosphere That Faded

SpaceX Just Launched Their 14th Falcon 9 Rocket Of 2017

This Region On Mars May Hold Clues To Earthly Life

Film Competition Seeks Creative Interpretations Of Martian Journey

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

Latest Images:

Explosive Fires in Northern California:

Technology

Mattel Cancels AI-Powered Smart Speaker For Kids Over Privacy Concerns

Are Smartphones Dangerous? Here’s Why Experts Are Worried

A Camera That Sees Around Corners Could Help Improve Self-Driving Cars

The Origami-Inspired Bots That Could Perform Surgery

Google Disables Touch Function On Home Mini

Russia’s Next-Gen Combat Suit Is Getting Tech That’s Resistant To Nuclear Blasts

The Future Is Here: Six Of Today’s Most Advanced, Real-Life Cyborgs

GOOD EXAMPLES

If his karma gets much better, he’s going to need a bigger halo.  He Helped A Kidnapped Girl Return Home. Now He’s Giving Her His $7,000 Reward.

Hippocrates would be giving these people a thumbs up.  I’m giving them two of them.  How One Group Of Doctors Drastically Decreased Opioid Prescriptions

And if plants too are sentient?  How Modern Meadow Is Fabricating The Animal-Free Leather Of The Future

There’s a special place in Heaven waiting for this one.  This 18-Year-Old Makes Innovative Prosthetics From Recycled Plastic

This is, I suspect, long overdue.  General Accounting Office To Probe Whether Trump Administration Is Protecting Agencies’ Scientific Integrity

DALAI LAMA

Helping others brings deep satisfaction. No matter how strong we may feel, our survival depends on others. Clearly the community is crucial to individual happiness, so if we make others happy, we too derive benefit. We need to act, but if we act out of self-centredness, it’s difficult to be transparent, to earn others’ trust and friendship. By learning to be more warm-hearted we can create a more compassionate world.

BAD EXAMPLES

This clearly needs to change.   While Moms Do Housework On Weekends, What Do Dads Do? Not Much, Study Finds

So does this.  Around The World, A New Survey Finds That Sexism Starts Early

Satan has a room waiting for this one.  White Restaurant Manager Enslaved Black Man For Years, Federal Prosecutors Say

This man is incredibly misinformed if he thinks it’s over.  EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

This is totally unreal.  But it did happen.  Ohio School: Beware Of Talking Drone Trying To Lure Kids Off The Playground

TRAVEL

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic Will Start Conquering Space Tourism By Early Next Year

Delta Air Lines Will Now Automatically Check In Passengers

Moment Of Zen: Fall Colors Light Up Seattle

THE GREEN BEAT

Epa Announces Repeal Of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule

Energy Companies Don’t Like The Clean Power Plan — Or Trump’s Plan To Kill It

 Eco-Friendly, Quake-Resistant Concrete

Is Your Kid Hooked On Smartphones? 5 Tips For Parents

Hanford On Pace To Turn Radioactive Waste Into Glass By 2022

Washington State Fishermen Lead The Fight Against Proposed AK Mine

Environmental Groups Speak Out Against Drilling In Federal Arctic Waters

New EPA Document Reveals Sharply Lower Estimate Of The Cost Of Climate Change

HEALTH

The Surprising Reason You Should Stop Skipping Breakfast

“Executioner Protein” Causes Cancer Cells To Self-Destruct Without Hurting Healthy Cells

The Surprising Link Between Marriage And Heart Health

Penetrating The Mystery Of Why We Age

Antibiotics Dosed With Quantum Dots Are 1,000 Times Better At Killing Superbugs

Total Health Costs Of Industrial Food Systems Are “Staggering,” Says New Report

Worried About Trump’s Changes To Obamacare? Here’s What To Know

Do You Really Need To Eat 5 Fruits And Vegetables A Day?

Steps The U.S. Government Should Take Right Now Against The Opioid Epidemic

The Trump Administration’s New Birth Control Rule Has A Big Problem, This Chart Shows

Building Resiliency Through Self-Care

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

The Surprising Reason Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From The U.S. Version

Delilah, Radio Host To The Brokenhearted, Reveals Son’s Suicide

Using Science And History To Unlock The Secrets Of Bread

5 Tips For A Safe And Spooky Halloween

Students Keep Dying Because Of Fraternity Hazing. Why Is It So Hard To Stop?

How To Identify A Toxic Culture Before Accepting A Job Offer

The Boy Scouts Will Let Girls Join As Cub Scouts

5 Easy Ways to Make Any Marriage Better

BEST OF THE NET

These Chipmunks Are Nuts!

VR Masters Show Us What Astronaut Training Looks Like From The Inside

Secret Antarctic Ice Canyons Revealed 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

We’ve done this and it really makes a difference.  Make Your Gardens Bird Friendly

Hummingbirds are neighbors of ours and this is fantastic.

Apparently humans are not the only species which does this.  Queen Ants and Other Insects Bury Their Dead—Here’s Why

SHORTS

When Scientists Found This Deep Sea Pool They Couldn’t Believe What They Saw Inside

Why Do We Call Baby Deer Fawns?

Some Animals Don’t Actually Sleep for the Winter, and Other Surprises About Hibernation

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Australian Woman Lifts Shark To Safety

Meet The Quirky Hermit Who Lives On A Sacred Cliffside

What’s With World Leaders Giving Vladimir Putin Puppies As Gifts?

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making our world a better place.  We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  RM/OB

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UNTIL THEN, NONE OF US IS TRULY SAFE

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 8, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 6 

To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam

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UNTIL THEN, NONE OF US IS TRULY SAFE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  By the time you read this, almost a week will have passed since the massacre in Las Vegas. But today, a day that will surely live in infamy, to borrow a phrase from Franklin D. Roosevelt, the angst is fresh and profound.

The media of the 21st Century is often interactive and as I watched the coverage, I also responded to questions from friends and from some of you.

Many of you wondered how someone could do something like that.  No rational individual could.  Sane people do not behave that way.  Most of us function within a foundational set of precepts, principles, ethics, laws, etc that more or less establish boundaries and keep order.  This becomes our reality.  An insane individual’s “reality” is a funhouse mirror.  In short, how can we, as normal people, ever expect to understand a psychopath?

I agree with those experts I listened to on National Public Radio who said there are, however, certain things we can do to protect ourselves and one of them is to pay attention to anti-social behavior and speech.  If you feel personally uneasy, tell someone else about it.  If it is really vile and abusive, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

I don’t want us stampeded into an Orwellian world of absolutely no privacy and I am most certainly not advocating pacification or the abrogation of our Constitutional rights as people who live in America.

But I also adamantly refuse, as well, to live in fear or to take extreme measures to protect myself and my family and friends.  I’m qualified on a long list of firearms but I do not own one.  Having one has never made me feel safer because I know how I will feel if I shoot and kill someone, even if legally justified.  I have less lethal ways to accomplish the same thing and my conscience would not torture me for giving a good bashing, when appropriate.

Another way to protect ourselves is to pay attention to our own feelings and to not necessarily need to understand them to act on them, particularly if we’re talking about “fight or flight”.  That’s tough to do if you’re out with a bunch of friends but it might just be your doing it that saves your life and theirs as well.

No, there are no guarantees.  There never really has been.  Until we, as a species and as a society, come to grips with whatever it is inside us that makes the taking of a human life under any circumstances acceptable, not a soul on this planet is truly safe.

Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

CATALONIAN INDEPENDENCE

Hi Rusty:

This week a lot of attention was focused on Spain and the independence referendum of Catalonia, one of its most developed regions.  Barcelona, a pearl of Spain, is in Catalonia as well and Madrid is very reluctant to say goodbye.

The issues, like most in Europe, are historical in nature and, unfortunately, so are measures being taken by all concerned, at the expense of constructive negotiation.  Provocateurs and police involvement are two which come easily to mind.

It also has not helped that the officials concerned, elected and appointed, have not been forthcoming and the frustration of the constituencies has boiled over, as it often does in cases like this, to the streets.  Neither police nor soldiers are there to bring solutions and both tend to make things events more complicated.

There has been an interesting discussion on FaceBook these days: “What do you think the world’s newest country will be?  Could it be Catalonia, Kurdistan, or will Scotland give it another go and beat them both? “ Some people said that will be shocked if we don’t have a new sovereign state in the world by 2019.

If we look at history as an everchanging process, with nothing set in stone, what emerges as the common denominator is not idealism or the form the government takes.  What is most important is the safety and welfare of the people involved.

In 2014 in Donetsk I saw the same happy faces of people who believed in independence.  But as time went on, it became apparent that just a belief is not enough.  One can only hope that as European nations have, for the last several decades, learned to live with one another without tanks, perhaps they can negotiate domestically without them.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Not Just Catalonia: 3 More Places With Dreams of Independence

Largest Study To Date Finds Powerful Evidence That Gun Control Actually Works

Gun Control: How Countries Around The World Introduced Restrictions

Maps: The Geography Of Mass Shootings

WAYS TO HELP

Former Navy Sec.: 3 Simple Ways We Can Help Puerto Rico

How You Can Help The Victims Of The Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

Help Identify Earth Features In Astronaut Photos

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is incredible.  How Wind Can Power The World’s Mass Transit

Nice Going, Folks!  3 Americans Win Nobel For Circadian Rhythm Research

Moo!  Scientists May Have Found A Solution To The Atmosphere’s Methane Mystery

Our Planet

Drilling Reveals Secrets Of Lost Continent Zealandia

Oldest Signs Of Life On Earth May Be In 3.95 Billion-Year-Old Rocks

An Island Built By Prehistoric People

Outer Space

Is Elon Musk’s Fast Earth Travel Via Rocket Possible?

China Has A Radical New Plan To Get Rockets — And Humans — To Space

Scientists Just Found Water On Mars Where They Thought None Could Exist

Blue Origin Announces They’ll Take Tourists To Space By April 2019

From Our Friends At EarthSky News

5 Myths About The Moon:  Moon myths, take that!  Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.  And Marc Toso tried 3 times to capture a photo of an ancient and remote petro glyph known as a water glyph, on the Utah-Arizona border. The 3rd time was the charm.

Technology

Tesla: World’s Biggest Battery Half-Built

Washington Startup Aims To Make Airplanes Electric

A New Material Is Able To Create Hydrogen Fuel From Seawater

The U.S. Navy Is Developing Artificial Limbs That Are Intelligent

GOOD EXAMPLES

Seattle Officers Provide Beds For Kids In Need

How This Nevada Official Helped Raise Nearly $1 Million for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Former Snohomish County Firefighter Commandeered Ambulance To Save Las…

2017 Nobel Laureates

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Nobel Peace Prize Won By Anti-Nuclear Weapons Coalition

Nobel In Physiology, Medicine Awarded To Three Americans For Discovery Of ‘Clock Genes’

DALAI LAMA

Human beings are social animals and heavily interdependent. Climate change threatens us all. It’s one of those natural challenges that teach us that we must work together, making a common effort to reach a common goal. A more peaceful world and a more peaceful century require that we rely not on weapons but on developing a widespread inner peace.

BAD EXAMPLES

Customer Shames Waitress, Manager For Racism At Federal Way Denny’s

Alabama Pharmacy Tech Admits To Stealing Pain Medication From Cancer Patients

These Are the Women Accusing Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment

Georgia Sheriff, Deputies Indicted After Body Searches Of 900 High School Students

TRAVEL

The Town That Gave Russia Its Name

Why Armenians Love Strangers

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America

THE GREEN BEAT

British Columbia To Argue Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Not In National Interest

Four Clever Ways To Deal With Rubbish

Going Nuts For Solar

HEALTH

Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care

Breast Cancer Deaths Drop Nearly 40% In the U.S.

Measles Cases Are Rising. Here’s Where It’s Becoming More Common

Here’s How Little You Have To Exercise For A Happier Life

How Power Outages Can Affect Mental Health

40% Of Cancers Are Linked To Being Overweight

Failure To Vaccinate Is Likely Driver Of U.S. Measles Outbreaks, Report Says

Is It Possible To End Ageing?

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

The New Reality Of Old Age In America

10 Ways To Prepare For A Fall Full Of Healthy Eating

Seafood Snacks Minus The Fish

How To Recognize The Sound Of Gunshots

5 Things You Do That Annoy Restaurant Staff The Most

BEST OF THE NET

Top Hacker Shows Us How It’s Done

#Helpmalalapack: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Asks Twitter What To Bring To College

Author Jennifer Egan And Oceanographer Sylvia Earle On Discovering New Worlds

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This story has a happy ending.  Leopard That Shut Down India Suzuki Factory Is Caught

Good!  He Smuggled A Rhino Horn Artifact Out Of Miami, But The Feds Were Watching

We agree.  Jane Goodall: ‘We Don’t Have Unlimited Time’ To Save The Planet

SHORTS

DNA Tests Confirm Gray Wolf Is Roaming NW Washington

Diver Doesn’t Get What Whale Is Trying To Tell Him. Then The Whale Grabs His Hand

Why We Should Listen To Insects

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The World Wildlife Fund’s Travel newsletter is now online and it is beautiful.

The SeaDoc Society’s October 2017 newsletter is online and it is superb!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Biggest Myths About Bad Breath

Meanwhile In Canada: Moose Spotted On Calgary Transit | Metro Calgary

Diving With Earth’s Biggest Predator

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STEPPING OUT OF HARM’S WAY

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 1, 2017 Vol. 10 No.6

To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

STEPPING OUT OF HARM’S WAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea:  I don’t know about you, but headlines like this bother me a little.  5 Times Yosemite National Park Turned Deadly.

Cultures far older and wiser than ours believed that the weather and climate were provinces of the gods and the planet herself.  And in my study of mythology, which is what we call someone else’s religion sometimes, I’ve noticed that the various deities do not have much patience for the foolhardy, the greedy or the supremely arrogant.  There are certain at risk behaviors no longer necessary to insure our survival as a species.  If we choose to engage in those anyway and get hurt or worse, was it the mountain who killed us?  Or did we commit suicide by stupidity?

And if we survive and are rescued, who pays for that?  Is it right for people who know better than to challenge the peaks to pick up the tab?  I’d like to see such activities regulated.  If you’re going to engage in them, get insurance.

Yep, I feel the same way about the decision to live in extreme weather zones.  Our colonial period was a pretty desperate land grab time.  Too often, if they found evidence of current habitation, they concluded they could survive where they landed.  It took them awhile to figure out that if those places were fit for human beings, they would be living there.

But once American colonists discovered that the Natives had the best land, they either found land like it or appropriated it at the point of a musket or the blade of a saber.  We have chosen to invest heavily in bad places and remain in them despite all reason.

Is a hurricane, a tornado, a flood, a drought, a blizzard, an earthquake or a volcanic eruption responsible for the loss of life and property?  Or is all that the result of inappropriate human choices?  I suggest the latter because that makes it something we can control and change for the positive.

Is there anywhere that is immune to the often catastrophic forces at play on the planet?  I’ve traveled some and I never found one.  And yes, despite the risk of volcanoes and earthquakes, I’m on high ground and prepared.

On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

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

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA 

Euro Zone

POLISH GRATITUDE AND BRITISH CONSISTENCY

Hi Everyone:

I recently read this interesting article in the New York Times headlined:

Interesting article: Poland And Hungary Leaders Persist With Anti-Migrant Policies.

I had a talk recently with a Parisian acquaintance to learn his perception of the European Union situation. It was new to me to find out that there is a general disappointment in the EU  towards Polish attitudes, particularly given that the Union Invested a lot financially as well as sending specialists to help to build and improve an economic system the former Communist nation never had before.

I remember even 10 -15 years ago, Poland was not much different from Ukraine.  The contrast between then and now is vivid.  Ironically, however, Poland’s growing self confidence seems to be accompanied by a loss of memory about the nation got to this new place to begin with.

I also found it interesting enough that the United Kingdon’s exit has been as generally accepted as it has been.  But then one must remember that the UK was never fully was committed to Europe affairs in the first place.  Not switching currencies is one example of what I mean here.

However, that been said, what I respect about the European Community is that it is prepared for long talks and discussion and negotiations rather then forcing violent response.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

How To Help Puerto Rico: 12 Effective Ways To Donate Money

Should Olympic Mountain Goats Be Shot? Park Officials Asking For Your Input

Get Your Fall Photos Featured On Local On The 8s

Richard Branson: In the Near Future, We’ll Think It’s “Archaic” to Kill Animals for Food

Could UBI Keep Society From Becoming A “Total Work” Dystopia?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I totally agree.  Security Expert: Why We Must Not Build Automated Weapons of War

I’d like to see one of these.  What Would An Entirely Flood-Proof City Look Like?

Here’s another “Good morning, Dave,” moment.  Richard Dawkins: If AI Ran The World, Maybe It Would Be A Better Place

Our Planet

How To Tame Overcrowded Roads

One Trillion-Ton Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctic Peninsula

Giant Iceberg On The Move

Passing Spacecraft Snaps Earth Pics

Scientists Say They’ve Found What Could Be the Oldest Life on Earth

Outer Space

Astronauts Could Use TV, Video Games to Combat Isolation in Space

Space Visionaries Boost Pluto Lander

Elon Musk Is Officially Sending Humans To Mars In 2024

Habitable Planets:  Could We Make Them?

From Our Friends At EarthSky News

Harvest Moon: All You Need To KnowThe Northern Hemisphere’s autumn equinox was September 22. Harvest Moon – the full moon closest to this equinox – is coming up October 5.

Technology

Why You Shouldn’t Charge Your Phone Overnight

BMW Is Releasing A Wireless Charging Pad In 2018

Amnesty International Researcher: There’s a Dark Side to Electric Cars

The Eight Most Powerful Supercomputers In The World

How Engineering Earthquake-Proof Buildings Could Save Lives

Tech Wages: How Far Do They Go In Seattle And Elsewhere?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Richard Branson to Donald Trump: The Whole World Knows Climate Change is Real

US Marines Get First Female Infantry Officer

For Hugh Hefner, Gay Rights Were Part Of The Sexual Revolution

DALAI LAMA

Violence derives from anger which clouds our ability to think straight and properly assess what is happening. It’s related to fear and anxiety. One of the lessons we need to learn is how to cultivate those positive emotions that counter destructive emotions like anger and fear. Compassion, for example, brings self-confidence and an ability to act transparently. It strengthens trust which is the ground for friendship.

BAD EXAMPLES

Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison for Sexting Scandal

Steve Bannon: Take A Knee For Trump And Thank God He Is President

Puerto Ricans Say Trump’s Relief Efforts Are Failing Them

TRAVEL

The Best Places To Travel In October

14 Epic Libraries Around the World

Where To Find The Biggest Fall Festivals In The Country

THE GREEN BEAT

Severe Power Failures In Puerto Rico And Across The Caribbean Spur New Interest In Renewable Energy

Keystone XL And The Future Of Food On One Farm

A Green Light For Using Rain Barrel Water On Garden Edibles

Puerto Rico’s Devastated Electric Grid Could Be a Big Opportunity for Renewable Energy

Watch: Eating Beans Instead Of Beef Will Reduce Methane Greenhouse Emissions

Is Your Pantry Contributing To Deforestation?

HEALTH

Get Ready For Pea Milk. It Doesn’t Taste Like Peas And It’s Not Even Green.

How To Avoid The ‘Freshman 15’

Why Do We Pay For Bottled Water?

Here’s When Women Should Be Screened for Breast Cancer

Is Coffee Good For You? Here’s The Science

FDA Targets Hundreds Of ‘Rogue’ Websites Illegally Selling Opioids And Other Prescription Drugs

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

In China, The People Who Barely Exist

Saudi Arabia Will Finally Allow Women To Drive Cars

Here Are 26 Things To Do This Autumn From A To Z!

How Much Do You Know About Student Rights?

5 Gadgets For Smart Home Security

Germany’s First Same-Sex ‘I Do”s As Marriage Equality Dawns

BEST OF THE NET

46 Gorgeous Nature Photos To Get You Outside

Remembering Anti-Apartheid Legend Steve Biko

The 25 Places You Have To Visit In Your Lifetime 

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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is definitely a heart-warmer.  Russia Is Ensuring That Tiger Cubs Like This One Have A Bright Future. Here’s How!

This is incredible.  Man Comes Across A Huge Wolf Trapped In A Wire Fence

Intriguing problem, isn’t it?  A Tsunami’s Worth Of Sea Creatures Landed Along The Pacific Coast. Is This A Problem?

Shorts

Once A Year, Thousands Of Sheep Take Over Madrid

Did Dino-Killing Asteroid Speed Bird Evolution?

You’ll Never Believe How This Animal Catches Its Prey!

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Prince Harry And Trudeau’s Photographer Are Look-alikes

This Is the World’s Most Unusual Post Office

Baby Born At Seattle’s Neptune Theatre During Damian Marley Concert

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A SHORT OFFERING FROM RUSTY MILLER’S THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 24, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 4

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Neptune Theatre, Seattle – Photo by MS(R)M

A SHORT OFFERING FROM RUSTY MILLER’S THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve talked with you guys before about the need for a vacation, even if you can’t afford one.  And we’ve provided examples of the flights you can book into fantasy and absurdity.  Yep, welcome aboard another one.

What if the reality is that all of the things we declaim in life actually are the way things are supposed to be?

Take something as basic as good health.  If the goals of good health and longevity were actually realized, the results could be economically catastrophic.  Just stop and think for a minute.  Healthy people don’t need medicine.  Big industry there, including advertising and delivery systems.  What would all the people employed do for a living, remembering that they too will be living longer and in better health?

Even assuming accidents and natural disasters, with no chronic condition patients to fill them, what would hospitals become if there were not very many sick people or people requiring surgery?  Maybe they could be converted to veterinary facilities, animal rehabilitation and more research into what compromises the quality of life for other creatures on the planet.  Besides us, I mean.

First responders and emergency rooms would be economically and vocationally safe.  Unless people also behaved in saner fashions and dramatically reduced the at risk behaviors which keep this segment of the health industry in business even on a sunny day.

And finally, what about the birth to death rate?  If we were living past the century mark, there would be a lot more of us out there unless we either voluntarily accepted a child per family limit or decided that the first requisite of every species was not necessarily to reproduce.

Sometimes we really need to be careful what we pray for.  Someone might actually be listening.

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

Rusty

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 HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PERFECT EMPLOYEES:  A Criticism of Traditional Education:

Hi Rusty:

Autumn came to Ukraine quietly with the rustle of the fallen leaves under the shoes. September is the month when all the parents could sigh with relief as their dear ones finally came back to school after three months of holidays. There is an interesting article about Ukrainian children’s school uniform with typical for girls braids tied up with classical white chiffon

And just as not much has changed with school uniform, so it has been in the classroom for those who would like a choice besides schoolchildren sitting at the desk from 9am to 3pm.  Which really is not much different from a work schedule, is it?

And the usual approach is the same: be quiet, don’t stand out, ‘no initiative goes unpunished.’  That is how it was in my childhood when you try to participate in the lesson, be active, trying answering questions of the teacher and in the end just because your voluntary answering was not that correct as teacher expected you receive a bad grade. While others not even trying just don’t.

It made me wonder if maybe I wasn’t really trying to somehow be in a worse position than those who remained quiet and docile.  On the other hand, maybe it’s just our Eastern mentality.

Remembering that our schools trace their roots to the Athenian Greek tradition of discussing different philosophical matters in their free time just makes wonder how modern schooling went so far from that experience.

And so far away from playful children nature. Most people I know suffered at school and no one ever said they liked it. Times change but not, it seems, a system whose behavior demands thaat children “Be quiet, don’t stand out, no initiative goes unpunished”. And every one of those neat looking children dreams of spending time outside where kids belong and not inside in their uniforms, sitting quietly at their desks and morphing into the next generation of perfect employees.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

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GOLDEN ALLEGORY IN THAT PRAYER

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 17, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 3 

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Looking out across Seattle’s Ship Canal, southeast, to the University of Washington. Photo by MS(R)M.

GOLDEN ALLEGORY IN THAT PRAYER

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not?  In the midst of the bamboo saber rattling in North Korea, Canada learned that the United States is under no obligation to defend its northern neighbor.  My hunch is that this will be corrected in short order and I’m certain that the American position will revolve around the term “obligated”,  We may not be required by treaty or stated policy but in defending Canada, we do, in fact, protect our northern borders and Alaska, as well.

It was almost bitterly depressing to watch the resignation of Seattle mayor Ed Murray, in the wake of more allegations of sexual abuse.  Thus far, five accusers over a four-decade span of time have come forth, including a family member.  Murray also spent time in Ireland and is under investigation there now.  Murray is gay but there is no taint of homophobia in any of this.  His community has not turned against him and his domestic partner has not left him.  And I do not believe that his personal proclivities affected his ability to serve in the state legislature before he became mayor.  Yes, I voted for him.

If the charges against him are true, Ed Murray violated kids.  To me, there is no greater crime on the face of this earth than hurting a child and there is no excuse for it.  There is also no justification for it.  Nowhere on this planet has it ever been okay to rape children, gay or otherwise.  If the charges are true ~ and we will find out as due process is served ~ I want Ed Murray to be treated accordingly.

What bothers me most at this point is whether Ed Murray was vetted as thoroughly as he should have been or whether we were too sensitive to his gender-preference to do a thorough investigation that could have been misinterpreted by the LGBT community as persecution based on gender bias.

It looks like autumn is here now and I never in my life thought I’d be so glad to see rain again.  This three-month drought here cost us the corn and most of the pumpkins.  We also lost most of our wild spearmint and blackberry season ended early.  But Dac’s box planted tomatoes survived, along with Russell’s carrots and everybody’s sunflowers and potatoes planted in two gardens, along with the mint we transplanted to protect the house against rats.  We learned a lot and next year’s harvest will be richer as a result.

I truly hope there is golden allegory in that prayer.

On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

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THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

Mikheil Saakashvili in Lviv, near Leopolis hotel. Rain just started. Photo by Olya Bereza

“SITTING” WITH MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI

Hello Rusty:

This week was quite interesting in terms of how personal paths sometimes intersect with the ones on close media attention. It started on the 10th of September at Przemyśl, Poland with a crowd of journalists who appeared to be interviewing Mikheil Saakashvili, who was about to sit with his supporters in the train to Ukraine. But that was only beginning of the story.

How the politician finally got into the country can be read here Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

On the opposite, the crossing the border for usual Ukrainians and guests of the country that day wasn’t easy from the other side. Foreign friends told me that they needed to stay in the queue a few hours longer then usual. Acquaintances from Ukraine who had a bus to Poland complained that their bus was stopped on the border for about 10 hours. As you know, that is a nightmare if you have kids aboard. Seems like additional delay was caused by aforementioned political events. As is quite often the case, politics following interests of elites quite often makes things more complicated for ordinary people.

In the morning 12th already in Lviv there was another gathering of journalists near the hotel Leopolis in the center of the town, where Mikheil Saakashvili stays. On that stage, some procedure was followed to legalize his stay as some representatives of border service were present and the politician signed protocol on realizing his rights and responsibilities on the territory of Ukraine. It was such a big crowd for such a sleepy little town where most of the time, all thoughts in the morning are about coffee.

Next time the place that I saw a politician was at The 24th Lviv International Book Fair and 12 International Literature Festival  

While it’s a big question how further events will unfold, it is interesting that the opposition parties mirroring the situation with the western border would like to bring former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich from the eastern border.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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

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