WHAT I DID YESTERDAY, I NEED NOT DO TODAY

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 7, 2018 Vol. 10 No. 19

INSIDE: What I Did Yesterday, I Need Not Do Today; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Chocolate:  A Story For Another Christmas; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & 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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

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WHAT I DID YESTERDAY, I NEED NOT DO TODAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been an undeniably interesting week in Washington, DC.  Trump et al handed down more edicts which governors in the West intend to protect their constituents from so add protecting American coasts from offshore drilling and a billion dollar national marijuana market from being subverted by an attorney general whose information on the subject could clearly use some dusting off.

Fire and Fury, an inside look at the nation’s present presidential administration became an overnight best-seller, despite efforts to have its distribution stopped.  Many people were involved in the book but Bannon seems to be the most revelatory.  So he’s being chastised for telling tales out of school and untrue tales at that.

Much of North America is in the embrace of the coldest weather since thermometers were invented, apparently.  East of the Rockies has been getting slammed a lot and so has British Columbia’s Lower Mainland (Vancouver & Victoria).  When that happens as intensely and as often as it has, one cannot help but wonder what all those people and/or their ancestors did to really brown off the Weather Gods,

There are two absolutely non-scientific and questionably empirical theories going around about this.  In sharing them with you, as patently preposterous as they may be, I am not supporting them but merely passing them along for whatever glinting gold nuggets of truth they might contain.

For Canadians, the answer is easy.  They’ve been too nice to their rude neighbors one border to the south.  This, despite  the fact that Canadians have a unique and God-given talent for making an insult sound like a benediction.  When they inquire politely about which of one’s parents barks and rolls over for a biscuit, they are not complimenting their lineage.  Since that talent is a gift from the Divine, She expects it to be used to good effect.

Americans, on the other hand, are simply inherited the legacy of an historical lifestyle which, while not precipitating climate change, has certainly contributed to it.  Our hearts certainly go out to them and this is an observation, not a judgment call.  Altogether too many of us have, in our quest for the Golden Omelet, subverted nature and allowed material acquisition to turn our cities into middens of the soul.  The stress of that lifestyle has foreshortened their ‘allotted span’ and compromised the quality of life across the board.

However, for both the Stars and Stripes and the Maple Leaf, the key word here is historical.  And why is that word key?  To me, Rusty Miller, the word “historical” is key because each  of my days begins new and what I did yesterday, I need not do today.

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

CHOCOLATE:  A TALE FROM ANOTHER CHRISTMAS

Hi Rusty

It’s Christmas Eve in this part of the world so I would like to share a story inspired by Christmas spirit called “Chocolate.”

Her name actually was Chocolate and she was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar, no different from thousands that were born everyday in the mechanized stainless steel world. After birth it was efficiently dressed in a colourful package and sent with her sisters to a warehouse in a big box. Where they embraced each other in the darkness, feeling secure.

Suddenly bright light entered the box and everyone was lifted out and carefully placed on the top shelve of a supermarket. Christmas music played in the background and the chocolate bars chatting excitedly.

A few moments later a group of them were grabbed and dropped with a shopping basket before entering a plastic bag. A bump ride and coming to rest in a cool dark environment.

Our chocolate did not know exactly what she was waiting for, but knew something exciting could happen.

At last a clatter of heels and joyful voices. Lifted back into the warmth and light by a small woman’s hand, Chocolate noticed the glistening of a shiny bracelet.

“A gift from me”.

“Thank you. It looks delicious,” said a kind voice.

Laughter.

This time the chocolate bar was bathed in orange light from another plastic bag.

In the background music and conversation started getting louder.

Outside of a restaurant an old man wearing shabby cloth was asking passers by for help. People hurried passed taking no notice of his plight, but he did not take offense. It was awkward for him to beg but circumstances were such he had no choice. Surviving day by day, hoping for better times ahead.

The small woman’s hand entered the orange bag again, this time carefully taking chocolate bar and handing it to the old man who was very grateful. She also gave him packaged restaurant food.

They, the chocolate and old man, were on the “move again,” this time a long slow going by foot. Lots to see though in the dim lantern light. Snow started falling in big flakes, coating the world in white.

Chocolate felt happy watching all the people and beauty around.

She felt her mission in life was approaching.

The old man turned into courtyard. It became very dark and only the stars above were brighter.

“Grandpa!” a little girl cried out with excitement.

The apartment was cold and damp but despite the obvious poverty there was love. On a table sat a few pine tree branches wrapped in shiny ribbons. The only indication that it is Christmas.

The old man hugged his granddaughter.

Then he handed her the chocolate bar which caused a cry of surprise and laughter. The wrapping was immediately removed; foil gleamed in the lamp light.  Knowing know that her mission was fulfilled, Chocolate absolutley glowed.

She was an ordinary chocolate bar, like thousands in the world.  But to this little girl on Christmas, Chocolate was the most beautiful creature in all of God’s Kingdom.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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

5 Big Economic Trends That Will Affect Your Money In 2018
These Are The Top 10 Risks To The World In 2018

What We Want For 2018: The Biggest Movement Leaders Envision The Changes Ahead

13 Maps That Explain 2017

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Small houses are gaining in popularity in Seattle. Photo © 2017 Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

The World’s Tiniest Homes – Could You Live In One?  Interesting question.  I’ve done it and enjoyed it.  But then I’m also not claustrophobic.

How To Visit Mars With A Tiny Satellite And Static ElectricityAnd if we breed ourselves down small enough, we could actually ride one of these little dudes.

Are Floating Homes The Next Frontier For Urban Design?Architecture that works with water, rising with floods and sitting upon unused city space, may be the future of urban planning, say these innovative designers.

Our Planet

These Kaleidoscopic Masterpieces Are Invisible To The Naked Eye

The University With Its Own Airfield

How Snowflakes Get Their Shape

Wary Of The Tap

Researchers Take To Water And Sky

Outer Space

NASA Spacecraft Spies Electric-Blue Clouds Over Antarctica

Coming Up In 2018 For The Canadian Space Agency

Robot Arm Finishes Swapping Experiments Outside Dragon – Space Station

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News:  Best photos: Magnificent Mars and Jupiter

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Meltdown And Spectre: All Macs, Iphones And Ipads Affected

The Most Beautiful British Bike Designs

3 Things To Expect At The Biggest Tech Show Of The Year

GOOD EXAMPLES

This example needs emulating.  Germany Starts Enforcing Hate Speech Law

This fits my definition of good journalism.  How Trump’s Love Of Twitter Translates Abroad

President Donald Trump Uses Twitter To Speak Directly To The American People. How Is This Mode Of Communication Heard In Foreign Nations?

Good for them!  Time’s Up: Women Launch Campaign To Fight Sexual Harassment

BAD EXAMPLES

And how old is this dude again?  Trump To Kim: My Nuclear Button Is ‘Bigger And More Powerful’

Wildfires Are Natural Disasters, But Congress Refuses To Budget For Them  Until one of those fires burns a few of their homes and businesses down.

Sounds like somebody realized the homeless are citizens too.  Demand To Clear Streets Of Beggars Before The Royal Wedding Causes Uproar

PRAYERS

Sometimes, God, I really wish You took a stronger hand in things.  Study: Even “Legal” Air Pollution Is Killing Older Americans

If there is ever to be peace on the African continent, Lord, let it will begin with steps like these.  Ethiopia To Release All Political Prisoners, Says Prime Minister

I’ll bet this made you proud, eh, Ma’am?  Neighbors Come To The Rescue When Man Runs Out Of Medication

DALAI LAMA

Transformation of our minds will only come about if we use our intelligence. And in order to do that we must have a better understanding of how to tackle our destructive emotions. We can change—we don’t have to give in to anger and hatred. Since compassion and anger cannot coexist, the more we cultivate compassion the more our anger will be reduced.

TRAVEL

10 Things To Do In Hawaii

The Best Bakeries In Victoria

2017 Safest Year For Air Travel As Fatalities Fall

THE GREEN BEAT  

Coal Company Sues Washington State Over Coal-Export Terminal

If The Arctic Ocean Is Reopened To Drilling, Will The Industry Come?

Without Fanfare, Oil Companies Received A Tax Break On New Year’s Day

Appeals Court Upholds Portland Limits On Fossil Fuel Terminals

Why China Doesn’t Want Your Waste Anymore

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

Tracking Student Suicides

Coal Exports: Hazardous To Your Health

Healthy Diet Plans

What’s The Right Diet For You?

Are Honey And Maple Syrup Healthier Than Sugar?

5 Foods For Brain Power (And A Recipe That Contains Them All)

Health Headlines In 2018

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Anne-Marie Slaughter: America’s Lack Of Paid Parental Leave Hurts Middle-Class Women

The History Behind 25 Holidays Coming Up In 2018

What Home Comforts Keep This UN Peacekeeper Going?

BEST OF THE NET

These Photos Show What Kids Eat Around The World

‘How I Found Out I Was Black’

Science Stories Coming Up In 2018  

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’ve known this for a long time and while it may be hypocritical to eat what someone else kills, I no longer take these creatures with a rod and reel.  Listen: Fish Feel Pain. Now What?

Here’s a sincere opportunity to pig out on Cute.  Come Face To Face With An  Adorable Arctic Fox

Here is another one.  Adorable Lemurs Roam Free On This Ancient Island

SHORTS

Ringing In 2018 With 85 New Species

A Successful Recovery For Rare Oregon Fish

Could Slower Ships Help The Orcas?

More Mountain Goats In The Plan

Does Wildfire Create Home Sweet Home For Bees?

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Sinful City Swallowed By The Earth

Scientists Unearth 1st Direct Evidence Of 1st Americans

A Delta Flight Had To Turn Around Because A Bird Got Into The Cockpit

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

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ONE PREDICTION FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 31, 2017 Vol. 10 No.187 

Auld Lyne Syne – Andre Reiu

 INSIDE:  One Prediction For The New Year; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Happy New Year & Chernobyl Transformed; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & 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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

ONE PREDICTION FOR THE NEW YEAR

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The year in review and predictions for the new one are traditional mainstays in journalism and a pair I’ve tried assiduously to avoid.  The first is available on our website.  The second suggests that there is a hidden reality out there discernible only to a very few.  I was partly raised on a ranch so I know what that nonsense smells like and so do you guys, right?

That having been said, yep, I’m making an exception to the latter this year.  I make no claim to a gift for prophecy.  I’m basing all this on what I’ve studied, what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learned.  As considerable as that is, yep, I’m still flying by the seat of my Levi Strauss.

My greatest concern for this nation has always been that it would succumb to the charms of a malevolent dictator with an insatiable lust for power and control.  I predicted such a world in my novel Wrath of the USS Testament.  I’ve watched it evolving since Donald Trump took office and I’ve experienced all of the emotions I’ve seen and felt around me.

What has kept me “on the Hit Parade,” is that I’ve also been watching the reactions to it closer to home.  A movement which began with Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia in the 1970s has been evolving as well.  Governors in all four western states (Hawaii included in this count), attorneys general and the federal judicial branch have defied White House edicts on Constitutional grounds and on those grounds, have refused to apply them.  This is also happening in New England, with New York city and state leading the charge.

We have, then, the strength, the resources and the will to remain free and independent Americans.  President Trump, on the other hand, has only coin of the realm and sycophants.  If you were a gambling person, who would you put your money on?

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND CHERNOBYL TRANSFORMED

Hello Rusty:

Happy New Year to you and our Northstar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past three years.  Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2018 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet. 

On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Plant was closed for good.  Now, some 31 years after the catastrophe itself, the facility attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more

There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.

After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.

Disappointing to hear old destructive ideas still being in agenda like Donald Trump words on nuclear weapons

For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet http://playcrunchtime.com?

Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms.  The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.

I highly recommend it.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами. Cheers, 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

A Radical Vision For Food: Everyone Growing It For Each Other

Obama Beats Out Trump As Most Admired Man In 2017, New Poll Finds

Who Will Be Remembered In 1,000 Years?

Eat, Don’t Drink And Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through The Holidays

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I think it’s very important to understand this now that dams are not our only means of generating electricity.  The Linked Fate Of Salmon And Dams

Video: Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes  Not to mention the oxygen they produce and the other wildlife to whom they are the world.

Incredible.  How Deep-Sea Technology Could Reveal The Final Moments Of The Franklin Expedition

Our Planet

What Wind Chill And Weather Warnings Really Mean, According To A Meteorologist

Insights From An Ancient Tibetan Ice Core 

How Do I Compost My Christmas Tree?

Outer Space

Supermoon Ahead At Next Full Moon

Giant Filament Points To Milky Way Black Hole

Astronomers Spy A Red Giant’s Bubbling Surface

Is The Star RZ Piscium Eating Its Planets?

The 50 Best Space Photos

2017 In Review – 20 Highlights For Space, Science And The Canadian Space Agency

Life in Space

New Crew Gets Used To Space As Cargo Craft Prepares To Depart – Space Station

International Crew Researching Life Science Ahead Of New Year – Space Station

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky NewsFossils Suggest A Universe Filled With Life

Evidence Of Life Processes Found In Fossils In 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Rocks. Scientists Say This Work Suggests That Life In Our Universe Is Widespread.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory:  Incredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Tech 2017: BBC News Online’s Biggest Technology Stories

Workplace Robots Could Increase Inequality, Warns IPPR

Apple Apologizes For Slowing Older Iphones Down

GOOD EXAMPLES

Let’s hope this works.  Seattle’s New Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks Takes Effect Jan. 1

I grew up around cops like these.  Thoughtful Trooper Comforts Little Girl After Christmas Day Crash

YES Magazine’s punch on this one is positive.  Our 10 Best Solutions Stories You Might Have Missed This Year

BAD EXAMPLES

This absolutely must stop.  UNICEF Says Scale Of Attacks On Children In Conflicts Is Shocking

I’d say this is poor form at best, wouldn’t you?  Report: Amazon, Microsoft Workers Caught Hiring Sex Workers Using Company Email

This needs to change.  Tourism And Orcas

DALAI LAMA

In today’s world we face emotional crises, but technological developments alone cannot solve our emotional problems. We can only deal with them by training the mind. We can learn from the psychology of ancient India how to alleviate our emotional turmoil and find peace of mind. The existing system of modern education is largely oriented towards material growth, but we have to include inner values too.

TRAVEL

A Brief History Of Ancient Egypt

Washington State Road Trip: West Meets East

The Dutch City That’s More Like Dubai

THE GREEN BEAT  

Goodbye To Federal Fracking Rules

Views: There Is No Guarantee Of An Oil Bonanza In The Arctic

Using The Airbnb Model To Protect The Environment

Which Country Is Building The World’s Most Ambitious Carbon Market?

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

How Just 10 Minutes Of Exercise Can Boost Your Brain

Immunotherapy: Using Our Immune System To Fight Cancer

Smoke From Wildfires Can Be Surprisingly Deadly

The Ultimate Guide To Treating Dry, Itchy Winter Skin

Beyond ‘Man Flu’: There May Be Real Differences In How Men And Women Respond To Infection

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

We Compared The Nutrition Of Every Type Of Oatmeal—Here’s What We Found

Can Eating Fish Make Kids Smarter?

7 Foods To Fight Seasonal Depression

8 Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Cooking Gadgets

Want To Buy Organic? 3 Steps To Avoid The Fakes

Learn How to Cook These Refugees’ Favorite Meals

BEST OF THE NET

Brazilian Fishermen Work With Dolphins To Round Up Their Catch

The Stories Behind TIME Magazine’s Best Photos Of 2017

Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities 

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

Quiz: Can We Guess Your Education Level Based On The History You Know? 

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

This is one of National Geographic’s best.  See Hundreds Of Beluga Whales Gathering In The Arctic

This is certainly good news.  9 Animals That Are Getting A Much-Needed Boost In Global Protection

We really cannot let this happen.  Study: Bitumen Spill Would Harm Migrating BC Salmon

SHORTS

Starfish On West Coast Making A Comeback

Even The Sharks Are Freezing To Death

What’s Killing Alaska’s Salmon?

Sorry Cat-Lovers: New Study Says Dogs Are Smarter

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Fruitcake Package Temporarily Halts Seattle Ferry Service

In This Town, the Weapons of War Are Flour and Eggs

Woman Who Suffered Brain Injury Communicates With Mom For 1st Time Since 1996

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com   Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB

 

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HE FLIES FOR US ALL

December 24, 2017 Vol. 10 No.16
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

One World – Celtic Woman

INSIDE:  He Flies For Us Al; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal gift page; Headline News At A Glance; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal; From Olya –  Ukraine Now Celebrates Two Christmases; For Your Consideration; 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; We Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

HE FLIES FOR US ALL

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it is almost the anniversary of the birth of an exceptional individual, one whose influence, like that of other stellar religious figures, has endured down the millennia.

That, I believe, is what makes this a holiday which belongs to all of us.  Each of us has someone like Jesus in our life.  And we love them not because the patrician of our church so commands.

We love them because they were good people who cared for others enough to try to make a difference; and too often suffered horribly at the hands of those who preferred an ignorant population to an enlightened one.

So Christmas and the high holidays of all religions offer us a time to contemplate that exceptional human being in our lives.  I do and I go through the same cathartic experience and emotional cleansing I do when I think about other people who emulated the example of – in my particular case — Jesus but who are not here so I can thank them and give them a big hug.

To celebrate like this is also to appreciate those around us and those who, on the broader stage, are out there trying to make this planet a safer and more humane place.

Merry Christmas, gang, and have a great week.  Love Rusty

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

 FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL 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.  And it also has songs and videos for both Hanukah and Christmas.  So load up on the good stuff and if we have any spare change, drop it in the jar on wer way out.  We can even try it now and use wer back browser to come back to the rest of the magazine.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

UKRAINE NOW CELEBRATES TWO CHRISTMASES

Hi Rusty:

Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and all Northstar readers who celebrate it on 25th of December. Since this year Ukraine officially joins in and has two Christmases both Catholic and Orthodox (on 7th January) joining other countries like Belarus to have double celebrations: “the countries that have two Christmases”

Personally, I totally agree with the economist headline: “So Nice, They Celebrate Twice”. While children have three months of summer vacations, to me it’s only fair for them to have almost a month at winter to let everyone relax and forget about school stresses.

Interesting where Ruslan Verin, the Ukrainian cyclist, who is now on his journey from Alaska to Mexico by bike.  He passed through seattle and it was really curious for me to see some of footage of your town, Mishka.

You have a beautiful country and it is great to observe it through the eyes of a traveler

Have wonderful holidays.  Cheersс уважением, ольга березаolha.bereza@mail.ru

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

Meet the Real Man Beneath the Legend of Saint Nick

The Heartwarming Reason for This 30-Year Christmas Lights Tradition

What Possesses Grown Men To Dress Up As Santa?

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is awesome.  Funicular Railway: Switzerland Launches World’s Steepest Service

This is good news.  ‘Milestone’ Reached In Fighting Deadly Wheat Disease

This is a good beginning.  What The Black Box Revealed In The Amtrak Train Derailment

Our Planet

What’s A State Park Worth?

An Island Built By Prehistoric People

Why We Should Listen To Insects

Outer Space

Was The Christmas Star Real?

With Christmas Around The Corner Crew Researching Why Cells Change In Space – Space Station

Is The Star RZ Piscium Eating Its Planets?

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Opportunity Rover Still Going Strong – This Rover Has Been Exploring Mars For 14 Years. It And Its Solar Panels Recently Survived Winter Darkness And Are Now Facing A Possible Planet-Wide Dust Storm In 2018.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Why Are There Still Trains In America Without Life-Saving Technology?

Robot Giant FX-2 Is Ridden By Human Pilots

The Future Of Sports? Flying Car Races.

GOOD EXAMPLES

We still think the individual best qualified should occupy these positions.  We are equally certain at least several women are.  Former Time Warner CEO: It’s Time To Replace All Men At The Top With Women

Good!  Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment 

This is also my favorite morning show.  Video: ‘Today’ Show Airs Christmas Surprise For Local Families Who Lost Homes In Fires

SHORTS

17 Women Of Color Who Rocked The Resistance In 2017

Resistance At Any Age

DALAI LAMA

Tackling destructive emotions and practicing loving-kindness isn’t something we should be doing with the next life, heaven or nirvana in mind, but how we should live in the here and now. I am convinced we can become happier individuals, happier communities and a happier humanity by cultivating a warm heart, allowing our better selves to prevail.

BAD EXAMPLES

Why am I dismayed but somehow not surprised?  Congress Spent $115,000 in Taxpayer Money to Settle Harassment Claims

This explains a great deal and it obviously needs to change.  According To Science, Husbands Stress Their Wives Twice As Much As Their Kids Do – Here’s Why

This must stop.  Women Say They’re More Stressed Out Than Men, Poll Finds

SHORTS

Russia Justifies Police Violence Before European Court

Landowners Illegally Drain 500 Million Gallons Of Water From Declining Washington Aquifer

TRAVEL

Listen: How Would Your Life Change If You Gave Up Flying?

The Best Places To Spend The Holidays, According To Travel Experts

The Surprising Holiday Items We Can And Can’t Take On A Flight

THE GREEN BEAT 

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Battle Ends, But Drilling Not A Given

Will A Boom In Tar Sands Oil Mean A Boom For Oil-By-Rail?

Study: Bitumen Spill Would Harm BC Salmon

How The Environment Lost In The Tax Reform Bill

Brain Drain At The EPA

It’s The Most Polluting Time Of The Year. Your Airline Choice Could Help

The Thin Green Line: 2017 In Review

British Columbia, Canada Says Buh-Bye To Plastic Bags

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

Diet, As A Matter Of Taste

18 Realistic Ways To Become A Happier, More Chill Person In 2018

Opioids, Popcorn Lung And Solar Eclipse: Your 2017 Health Questions

We need to observe an emotional hygiene that corresponds to the physical hygiene with which we protect our physical health –Dalai Lama

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Teaching Civility In The Age Of Trump

Video: How Cohousing Can Make Us Happier (And Live Longer)

Online Shopping Is Terrible For The Environment. It Doesn’t Have To Be

12 Reasons Biking Is About To Get Way More Popular

Here’s How To Tell Whether The New Tax Plan Will Simplify Your Taxes

Trump Claimed Tax Reform ‘Essentially Repeals’ Obamacare

How Russian Kids Are Taught World War II

BEST OF THE NET

TIME’S  Best Photos Of The Year

15+ Of The Best Nature Photos We Will See Today

See Incredible Masterpieces Unfold… From Footprints In The Snow

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.

Quiz: Can We Guess Wer Education Level Based On The History We Know?

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 Christmas Story for Children. Mysterious disappearance of the Christmas Director at the Know-It-All school to be solved by self-appointed detective Mr. Peter Pointyfinger.. On sale here at the ridiculously low price of $2.99 US

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: 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring  service.  For a full list of my services, visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com To contact me directly, minstrel312@aol.com  Thanks and I look forward to hearing from we.  Rusty

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

My answer is yes.  They were here first and I miss them.  Want To See Grizzlies In The North Cascades?

This tugged at my heartstrings more than just a little.  Loving Swan Reunites With Partner, And It’s Magical

This is nothing short of incredible.  Firefighter Saves Deer Stranded On Slippery Ice

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

This month’s Project FeederWatch eNews is now online.

The Cornell Lab of Orthinology’s December newsletter is now online and their lead article is an outstanding one about Philippine eagles

WE GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Meet The Man Who Has Lived Alone On An Island For 28 Years

Here’s How Much Money Millionaires Say They Need To Be Happy

How The U.S. Used Jazz As A Cold War Secret Weapon

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com Thank we.  See we next week.  RM/OB

 

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THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

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December 17, 2017 Vol. 10 No.15
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

INSIDE: The Will Of The People Will Prevail; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal gift page; Headline News At A Glance; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal; From Olya: Orphanages Are Not The Answer; 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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech

THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s undeniably been an action-packed week, has it not, gang?  America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to gag Net Neutrality.  While many are contemplating the impacts, where I live, we’re insuring the FCC’s decision won’t affect Washington state, where 200,000 people making a living in this venue of net neutrality.

Our governor and other state leaders are making sure that only net neutral vendors can be licensed and have access to the infrastructure.  Our attorney general has filed suit, just as he did to block several of Trump’s attempts to select who could come here and who could not.  This story from the Spokane Spokesman-Review provides the details.  Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won’t for the nation

And it appears that other states are already doing the same as this story from TIME magazine explains.  What’s Next for Net Neutrality? Lawsuits Against the FCC.  This is another example of the same kind of states vs. the federal government that, some 156 years ago, initiated the bloodiest war in American history and one fought on its own soil.

Could this eventually lead to the balkanization of America?  I think we can look to the Soviet Union for an example of that.  Few people doubted that would happen especially after the failure of Hungary’s revolt in 1956.  But when Poland held free elections and voted Solidarity leader Lech Walensa its president in 1990, thus defying the Kremlin, the beginning of the end of the USSR began.

What seems to often elude leaders of nations like America, Russia and China is that they can enact all the legislation they want.  In the end, the will of the people will prevail, as it will in this case, as well.

Have a great week, gang.  Rusty

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL 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.  And it also has songs and videos for both Hanukah and Christmas.  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 your back browser to come back to the rest of the magazine.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

ORPHANAGES ARE NOT THE ANSWER

Hi Rusty:

Looking through shelves in a bookshop, I stumbled upon a J.K. Rowling book, ” The Tales of Beedle the Bard”.  I was struck by the note in the end of it by The Lumos Fund.  It said that money from the book’s sale will go to support children in crisis families and enable them to stay with their families instead of going to foster care or an institution.

Particularly in bad circumstances, there is nothing so important to a child as “family,” even if it’s not full, but instead, single parent or relatives taking care of them.  Rowling’s Lumos Fund has also literally transformed the orphans care system in Zhytomyr. Read more here :

This really moved me, especially after a recent talk with a lady who had worked for social services in the West Ukraine city of Ivano-Frankivsk.  She explained how difficult it was to provide all the children the care they need.  She also said that even the best of attention cannot replace that of a family member.  This woman also said that she left her job after a case that broke her heart.

In a village she preferred not to name, she found a little girl in a stroller.  No one knew her.  No one knew how she got there. This scared, crying child was not taken into loving arms of family.  She was sent to an orphanage.  That, this woman explained, was just too much suffering for her to take.

So, this woman stated firmly, whenever possible, kids should stay with someone who loves them.  If financial support is necessary, it should be provided.  Same with infrastructures like employment, housing and daycare.  The government has some of these resources but in 2018’s annual budget, 38.5 percent more was dedicated to housing for orphans, rather than to support poor families on whom a child is a significant financial challenge.

I totally agree then, with Ms. Rowling’s assertion that more needs to come from the private sector and from individuals who care about kids.  A dramatic result of what happens when this support is not forthcoming is Ukraine singer Ani Lorac, whose song “Shady Lady,” took second place at Eurovision in 2008.

Ani Lorac is her stage name.  Her real one is Carolina and she grew upin poverty. Her mother separated from her father even before Carolina was born.  Abandoned financially, as well, Carolina’s mom did not have enough money to feed her children so she gave up them up to a boarding school that was actually an orphanage, where they remained through seventh grade.

It is said that one of the things that draws people into the entertainment industry is the need for love from an audience that they did not receive as kids.  That, of course, is not possible.  When the truth of that hits, sometimes life is too much to bear.

Listen to Ani Lorac’s  song, “Smile” and you will understand.

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

Sandy Hook Mom: I Can’t Go Back In Time, But I Can Try To Change The Future

The Best (And Worst) Holiday Gifts, According To Science

Want To Invest In Bit coin? Here’s What You Need To Know

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I Have A Feeling We’ll Be Grateful For This. Sentinel Tracks California Smoke Plume

This Should Leave Us All A Little Speechless.  Hurricane Harvey Rainfall ‘Weighed 127bn Tonnes’

And It’s A Cute One, Too.  The World’s Youngest Island

Our Planet

The Winter Solstice Is Next Week. Here Are 4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Rocket Rumbles Give Volcanic Insights

Prehistoric Skye Meteorite Impact Found

Outer Space

Visiting Vehicle Launches, Arrivals And Departures

Earth At Night

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

NASA TV To Broadcast Briefings Before Spacex Dragon Launch – Space Station

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky NewsSolstice Coming Up December 21: Everything You Need To Know

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Rooftop Solar Installations On Way To Record Year In Oregon

Seattle Tech Transplants Create Community For People Of Color

Will Humans Ever Pilot Giant Robots?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Another reason why I live here.  Seattle And King County Double Down On Sanctuary City Defiance

We knew this.  Infographic: How giving makes you much happier

This is awesome.  Gujarat’s Women Bikers On A Mission

SHORTS

New York State Wants To Take Guns Away From All Domestic Abusers

Eataly Drops Mario Batali’s Face From Its Products After Sexual Harassment Allegations

A New Mom Turned Her Frustrations Into A Luxury E-Comm Startup

EPA Identifies Two Pacific Northwest Superfund Sites For Expedited Cleanup

DALAI LAMA

Everybody appreciates kindness, but unfortunately our modern education system, with its materialistic goals, doesn’t have much room for inner values. We need to make people more aware of such inner values on the basis of scientific findings, common sense and common experience.

BAD EXAMPLES

This will be remembered and they will not be forgotten, Mr. Trump.  South Jersey Couple Deported to Mexico After 30 Years in US: In an emotional and religious goodbye Friday morning, the Campos parents said goodbye to their children, ages 24, 22, and 16, as they were forced onto a flight

This is absolutely horrific and I agree with the recommendations of this report. Report Details Gruesome Crimes Against Humanity At North Korean Prisons

When something like this lands in my backyard, I remind myself that being charged with a crime is not being convicted of one.  Still… Washington State GOP Lawmaker Put On Paid Leave At University Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation

There is absolutely no excuse for this.  And this company is the last one I thought would do this.  But then again, before I started saving for an electric car, I almost bought a Toyota.  HP Laptops Found To Have Hidden Keylogger

SHORTS

These Are The Women Who Have Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct

There’s An ‘IRS’ Email Scam Going Around. Here’s How To Spot It

Utah Dog That Bit Girl Wins Reprieve, Won’t Be Put To Death

TRAVEL

The Island Where 81 Is Considered Young

Kabul’s Peaceful Garden Refuges

Europe’s Strange Border Anomaly

THE GREEN BEAT 

Stopping Plastic Pollution With The Power Of Bubbles

Head Of Washington State Ferries Has Plans To Electrify The Fleet

5 Most Important Environmental Issues Of 2017

How Chief Seattle Mistakenly Inspired An Environmental Movement

Macron: Trump ‘Will Change His Mind’ On Climate Accord

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

9 Healthy Foods To Always Have In Your Pantry

Fracking Linked To Negative Health Effects In Infants

‘Man Flu’ Is Real, Scientists Say Men Experience Worse Symptoms

Exposed To Wildfire Smoke? 5 Questions Answered

Huntington’s Breakthrough May Stop Disease

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Thieves Are Stealing Money Off Gift Cards. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

40 Easy And Elegant Recipes For The Holidays

7 Gadgets That Should Be In Your Emergency Kit

3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude

The World’s First Modern Couple?

The Nordic Approach To Getting Outdoors

BEST OF THE NET

Kenny Rogers & Home Free: Children Go Where I Send Thee

National Geographic’s 57 Best Photos Of The Year

Hunting The Shipwrecks Of The Slave Trade

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.

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 Christmas Story for Children. Mysterious disappearance of the Christmas Director at the Know-it-all school to be solved by self-appointed detective Mr. Peter Pointyfinger.. On sale here at the ridiculously low price of $2.99 US

Thought of the Week/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 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: 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring  service.  For a full list of my services, visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com To contact me directly, minstrel312@aol.com  Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.  Rusty

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.

ADVERTISE WITH US:  10¢ a word  

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is awesome.  Bambi on ice: Deer rescued from frozen lake in Oregon

Absolutely absorbing.  Photos: Marvel At The Diversity Of Western Marine Life

Here’s another chance to die of cute.  This Adorable Bat Loves Bananas More Than Life Itself

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

This month’s Project FeederWatch eNews is now online.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

An Airbus Drew A Giant Christmas Tree Over Germany

Who Invented Hummus?

Pentagon Ran Secret Multi-Million Dollar UFO Programme

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 help us help them, 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.  See you next week.  RM/OB

 

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KILLER FOG AND MAKING GOD LAUGH

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December 10, 2017 Vol. 10 No.14
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
INSIDE: Killer Fog & Making God Laugh; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal gift page; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Ukraine’s Soft (But Successful) Ecomotive Revolution; 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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

The Killer Fog shrouding Interstate 5, America’s main north south West Coast route. It also impacted all routes east into the Cascades. To the west, limited visibility made life a real adventure on the commuter and freight rail lines and a major international airport. Photo by Rusty Miller

KILLER FOG AND MAKING GOD LAUGH

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week on our battered bluegreen marble, has it not?  Where I live, in Seattle, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest?  Fog so thick you could snowboard on it.

Our Canadian sister city, Vancouver, British Columbia, was socked in as well.  We’re at 354 feet/108 meters above sea level.  A couple of weeks back, I went out to take photos of it and it was so “pea soup” that I got lost in the backyard and had to be rescued by my housemate Jake’s big black Labrador, Carlos.

These dogs are our region’s St. Bernard’s, without the hooch.  And when Carlos found me, the fog was so thick I could not see my wool sox and Birkies.  Carlos does not this pea soup stuff so I followed his barks back to the house, where there was, of course by now, thanks to all that canine venting, a sizable audience.

Yep, you’re right.  Not exactly a Kodak, Hallmark or Campbell Soup moment.  The whole town was busting a gusset trying not to laugh loud enough for me to hear it.  And I know God was Up There too, rolling on a cloud, laughing Her head off.

But you know what?  Just between you and me?

I kind of like the idea that I can make God laugh.  I know how good it feels when I do.  And I also know, as a journalist just witnessing the struggles of Her children/my “family,” that sometimes, it is a very long time between rolling on the floor or cloud laughing.

Seattle is a good place for the kind of faith I have in abundance.  Before the Killer Fog That Ate The Space Needle, we had monsoons.  And before that, a drought that lasted three months, which in this place is a long time without rain.  All of you know what bad weather can do.  It’s done some to us.  But, like most of you, and pardon the dusty saw, it comes with the territory.

I’m not sure what God can or cannot do but logic tells me that there are two forces of nature over which She has, at best, limited domain.  One of them is the weather.  The other is us.  In my own experience, I’ve learned that the best thing to pray for is whatever She can provide to help you.

I’ve also learned not to go to Her until I’ve pretty much exhausted my own resources.  It’s never The Rusty Miller or even the Olya Bereza Show.  It’s about kids and a Mom.  And I love this Mom enough to not keep taking from Her without giving back.

Like most moms, God never complains.  But She feels bad when She can’t fulfill a prayer.  You guys know how hard it is to say no to one of your own kids.  So of course you can understand how She feels when we ask for something and she has to say no.

I am thinking that we should also make this a good holiday season for Her.  I make Her laugh.  And I thank Her.  And I work really hard at not disappointing Her or diverting her time, energy, etc. from people who need Her a lot more than I do.

I also remind myself that if I am, sometimes, indeed the author of my own mishaps, it is MY book and I can make it a good read or a bad one.  Best of all, I can make it one God would enjoy.

Have a great week, gang.  Rusty

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL 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.  And it also has songs and videos for both Hanukah and Christmas.  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 your back browser to come back to the rest of the magazine.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

FROM OLYA

UKRAINE’S SOFT (BUT SUCCESSFUL) ECOMOTIVE REVOLUTION

Hi Rusty:

Good news for all Elon Musk alike thinkers in Ukraine as after further tax reduction i.e. “value added tax” (VAT) for electric cars here, they will become cheaper than in the other European countries.

Electric cars became accessible to Ukrainians, gradually. Now cheaper by 30% after already canceled the import duty and now the lifting of the import VAT, the number of electric vehicles in the country has already doubled and this is just the beginning.

Ukraine at the moment is in the TOP-5 in the world at the pace of development of the industry. But electromotive revolution in Ukraine would never have been possible were it not for the enthusiasts who started to support building the infrastructure of recharging stations first.

They continue to propel this evolution by spreading the network of free charging stations for EV (electric vehicles). For businesses like big malls or business centers etc., the presence of a free charge is now considered a basic convenience that a business provides to its clients and makes them more attractive for clientele.

Basically, it is a win-win situation for everyone, including ecology. The photo provided by Go To-U community from EV conference in Warsaw, Poland shows the increasing numbers of electric vehicles by European countries. С уважением, Ольга Березаolha.bereza@mail.ru

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

A Buddhist Guide To The Cycle Of Birth, Death And Rebirth And How To Escape It.

Bamboozled By Brexit?

Obama Alludes To Nazi Germany In Warning About Being Complacent In American Politics

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This, to me, is absolutely remarkable.  Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years

Amazing.  The World’s Most Innovative City?

I don’t think even Rick Steeves would go here. Land Of Terror: A Satellite Image Of The Tanezrouft Basin, A Part Of The Sahara Desert Known As The Land Of Terror.

Our Planet

Ice Caves Atop A Volcano Give Taste Of Otherworldly Science – Eos

The Land Sinking As The Sea Rises

The Ancient Symbol That Spanned Millennia

Outer Space

Announcement Of Opportunity – RCM

Pizza Night Aboard The International Space Station

Station Ramps Up For December Cargo And Crew Swaps – Space Station

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News:  When Is The Next Supermoon?2017 Had Just 1 Full Supermoon, But 2018 Will Have 2. In Fact, The Next 2 Full Moons – Both In January, 2018 – Will Be Supermoons.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

The Awe-Inspiring Buildings Created As Temples Of Tech

An App For Farmworkers’ Rights Makes Its Way Into The Fields

Rethinking The Utility Company As Solar Power Heats Up

GOOD EXAMPLES

She rocks.  Schoolgirl Invents Low-Cost Lead Detecting Device

Once again, my home and native land is in a class by herself.  Canada’s National Parks Free For People 17 And Under Starting In 2018

We are with these people in spirit and sincerely wish we could be there in fact.  Meet The People Fighting To Protect The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

SHORTS

Here’s The Winner Of The Reader Poll For TIME’s 2017 Person Of The Year
5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope In 2017

‘A Safe Place No Matter Where You’re From’: Seattle Leaders Push Back On Trump Administration

OHCHR | Soumayya´S Story: A Bold Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

DALAI LAMA

If we were really to see one another as brothers and sisters, there would be no basis for division, cheating and exploitation among us. Therefore it’s important to promote the idea of the oneness of humanity, that in being human we are all the same.

BAD EXAMPLES

This is so long overdue.  American Congress Is Facing A Moment Of Reckoning On Sexual Harassment. Here’s What Changed

Should this surprise us?  Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Just Hit a New Low

Good for them!  San Francisco To Restrict Goods Delivery Robots Because The City Is Concerned About The Safety Of Pedestrians If There Are Also Many Robots On The Pavements.

TRAVEL

What Is — And Isn’t — In The Travel Ban The Supreme Court Just Upheld

The Town The World Tried To Erase

Take Belfast ‘Troubles’ Taxi Tour

THE GREEN BEAT 

How Cascadia Is Stopping Big Oil

Where To Invest According To Your Values

Watch: Alleyway Revitalization

From Congestion To Carbon To Fatalities, Roads Are Getting Worse

Can Tiny Houses Halt The Trans Mountain Pipeline?

Renewable Energy Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Far Better Than Fossil Fuels

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

Here’s A Promising Way To Treat Pain In Breast Cancer Treatment

3 Healthy, Nutritionist-Approved Meals At Chipotle

Here’s Why Daydreaming Is Good For Your Health

How Heart Doctors Stay Healthy
Eating Cheese Every Day May Actually Be Good For You

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Pests Or Pals? How To Live In Harmony With Urban Wildlife
How To Survive Your Office Holiday Party Without Doing Anything Stupid

Pope Francis: 3 Ways To Find Happiness This Holiday Season

The Imaginative, Elegant Furniture Of Latin America

Faith Salie: How To Raise Sweet Sons In An Era Of Angry Men

BEST OF THE NET

See Astonishing Images Of The California Wildfires From Space

National Geographic Best Travel Photos of 2017

Love Letters To God

MASHA AND THE BEAR http://mashabear.com/video/#home-alone

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.

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

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.

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 Christmas Story for Children. Mysterious disappearance of the Christmas Director at the Know-it-all school to be solved by self-appointed detective Mr. Peter Pointyfinger.. On sale here at the ridiculously low price of $2.99 US

Thought of the Week/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 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: 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring  service.  Visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com To contact me directly, minstrel312@aol.com  Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.  Rusty

ADVERTISE WITH US:  A dime a word

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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

How can you not love the French when they do stuff like this?  Brigitte Macron Names France’s First Baby Panda

This is heart-stopping.  Ice Breaks During Dog Rescue Bid

This, unfortunately, comes as no surprise and it applies to all God’s creature, great and small.  We need to walk much more lightly among them.  Narwhals Wearing Heart Monitors Reveal Danger Of Human Encounters

SHORTS

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count Starts December 14 ~ Here’s How To Participate.

Are They Abominable Snowmen? Nope, DNA Study Says Bears

By Shifting Nesting Times, Early Birds Adjust To Climate Change

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Turning Hurricanes Into Music

The Largest Land Organism Is … A Fungus

How Bathrooms Have Changed

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 help us help them, 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.  See you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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FOR YOUR HEALTH

 The Definitive Guide To Cooking Every Vegetable

This One Simple Trick Can Boost Your Brainpower

Calculate Your Body Mass Index 

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus, Crosswords & Word Games

MUSIC FROM OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE

ANDRE RIEU

I Will Follow Him  

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Auld Lang Syne

This Land Is Myi Land

Amazing Grace – Peter Hollens featured

How Great Thou Art

God Bless The USA

Sounds of Silence, with Peter Hollens

Ring of Fire 

AMY GRANT

Angels Watching Over Me

El Shaddai and Thy Word

Better Than A Hallelujah

Father’s Eyes

CELTIC WOMAN

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

O, America!

One World

Danny Boy

Over The Rainbow

HUMOR

Abbott & Costello – Jonah & The Whale

Abbott & Costello – Who’s On First

Smothers Brothers – Poor Wandering One/Dueling Banjos With Boston Pops Orchestra

Smothers Brothers – Take It Naked Bacon With Boston Pops Orchestra

Dustbowl Revival With Dick Van Dyke – Never Had To Go

FILMS FROM OUR ARCHIVES

(Left to right: Eddie Albert, John McIntire, Gary Cooper, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman)

You’re In The Navy Now

Whoever wrote the title to this Hollywood movie obviously never saw it.  You’re In The Navy Now is not some comedy romp parody of the service.  It is about the crew of a small ship, a submarine chaser, and a secret experimental steam engine the Navy is using them to test.

It is early in WW II, before the Battle of Midway in the Pacific.  The ranks of all the armed forces are swelling with former civilians from literally all walks of life, whom the Navy transforms into into sailors with occupations like boatswain’s mate (deck hand), gunner’s mate, engineman, etc.

So this is more a story about good people working together to accomplish the extremely challenging.  The acting is superb and the relationship Gary Cooper had with Jane Greer, who plays his wife, is heart-warming.

This film is also notable for introducing actors who would later become stars in their own right.  Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, for example, were later to star together in The Dirty Dozen.  John McIntire was the lead in Wagon Train after Ward Bond died.  Ray Collins was one of the district attorneys on the Perry Mason television show.  Jack Webb went on to star in such excellent films as Pete Kelly’s Blues, the DI and the television show for which he is best remembered, Dragnet.  Harry Von Zell was the neighbor and foil of George Burns and Gracie Allen on their television show.  Eddie Albert we remember from Green Acres.  Jack Warden, who actually had been both a sailor and an army paratrooper, became an almost ubiquitous character actors whose extensive credits include From Here To Eternity and Donovan’s Reef (with Lee Marvin) as well as guest appearances on many award winning American television series.

Finally, this film portrays Navy life and shipboard conditions with total accuracy.  I served on destroyers, ships several times larger than the submarine chaser in this film.  For more on this film, go here.  To watch this film, please go here. 

High Road To China with Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Wilford Brimley, this search and rescue by bi-plane romp is better than any of the Indiana Jones films I’ve seen.

Coming Out Of The Ice, with John Savage and Willie Nelson, is set in Stalinist USSR and tells the incredible story of an American imprisoned in the Gulag and eventually exiled to Siberia.  Vivid and unforgettable.

Meteor, with Sean Connery, Brian Keith, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden is one of the finest films of its genre I have ever seen.  Particularly engaging is Keith’s often humorous portrayal of a Soviet rocket scientist.  This is a Northstar Five Stars. 

Mark Twain Tonight, with Hal Holbrook, is one of the best “one man” shows ever to hit Broadway and presents the American humorist with unimpeachable authenticity.  Holbrook spent several years preparing for this while accepting other film and television roles.

Horatio Hornblower.  This is a new British television series that is absolutely the best of its genre and yes, even better than the American movie starring Gregory Peck.

GOODS & SERVICES

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KINDLE BOOKS BY OLYA BEREZA & RUSTY MILLER

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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.

We hope you enjoyed shopping at the Northstar General Store.  Here’s where you can pay for this stuff or and especially if you cannot afford a couple of dollars, use it in good health and with our prayers.    Take care, stay well and God Bless.  “Cousins” Rusty Miller, Olya Bereza and friends.

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A TRULY AMERICAN BRAND OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 3, 2017 Vol. 10 No.13
INSIDE; A Truly American Brand of Self-Sufficiency; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – And Yes, Hello December; 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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

A scene from Pacific Northwest History. Photo courtesy of Photographs of Washington History

A TRULY AMERICAN BRAND OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  Maybe you guys can tell me something?  After Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, do they really expect us to have money left over for Hanukah and Christmas?

Oh, and in response to several of you who tried to donate and were unable to do so, we’ve fixed the link so it is just one click now and you can contribute anything from a dime on up.  This holiday season especially, we’d like to limit those to $10.00 US and see any more than that spent closer to your hearth and home.  Again, to do so, please go here.  And thank you very much.

Like millions of us, I was surprised and dismayed to learn that American television journalist and news anchor Matt Lauer was terminated following detailed allegations from a co-worked of sexual harassment.  We are, of course, totally against such behavior but I am also not real happy with an entire culture that makes idols out of celebrities and has, for centuries, relegated women to basic biological functions and then elevated one of them to an art form which rewarded sex symbols lushly, uses them and then tosses them out with the trash and recyclables when age at last betrays them.

I’ve spoken in the past about headlines which promote ignorance or ‘attitude’.  The Alps Are Melting. Climate Change Is To Blame  So what are we going to do to chastise Climate Change for that?  “How about Climate Change Responsible For Melting Alps”

Finally, at least for now, it appears things are starting to unravel rather quickly for America’s current presidential administration.  It has been a long time since the fabric of the red, white and blue has been so severely tested.  In balance, on the regional, state and community level, we are returning to a truly American style of self-sufficiency which, at least for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, has been far better for us than edicts issued from a white house built by slaves on reclaimed Potomac River swamp land.

Have a great week, 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

Olya’s open jar of prize Ukraine honey

AND YES, HELLO DECEMBER

30 NOVEMBER, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF UKRAINE, TRAIN RIDE LVIV-DNIPRO:  Hi Rusty.  As I write, I’m listening to a train lullaby I remembered.  It has nice verses by Thomas Hood

NOVEMBER

No sun–no moon! No morn–no noon! No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day No sky–no earthly view

No distance looking blue No road–no street No “t’other side the way”  No end to any Row No indications where the Crescents go  No top to any steeple  No recognitions of familiar people

No courtesies for showing ’em  No knowing ’em! No mail–no post  No news from any foreign coast No park–no ring–no afternoon gentility

No company–no nobility No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds

November!

 

 

 

 

This time, my train compartment co-inhabitant was a beekeeper who manages about twelve hundred beehives. A village man about 65-70 years old and the type of person you know is like Atlas, who on his shoulders keeps family, community and country.

Sadly, he has concluded that there is not much future for Ukrainian villages as young people don’t have opportunities there. Also schools and hospitals are moved to district centers. Perhaps, like many people of his age, he is a bit nostalgic for “the good old days.” Sometimes it seems like young times are always better.  He said he also missed the cultural club that each village once had.

His worries that if Ukraine adopts a land reform, that all its treasured black soil will be owned by private business and corporations and even less will belong to local people.

Seems like his mood totally reflected to aforementioned verse.

I agree with him on this note that land belongs to the people.  In our Constitution, it is still stated that Ukraine is a social country. But with the current level of corruption, land laws are often misinterpreted for private or political gain.

Despite my train companion’s pessimistic view, there are good things happening here.  One of them, ironically, is that our honey has created an economic export boom for us.  Because of its high quality, it is sought all over Europe. Simply put, it is super tasty.

Also good news is that we still have our villagers like the bee keeper, who continue to sell high quality organic produce to local markets. And if the saying is true that you support organics with every hryvna you spend, then my total support to them. Supermarkets are good, but for food choices, markets are much better from every perspective.

Also people who have some money tend to build rural estates that network with one another.  So it would appear that country living is emerging and it too has an organic perspective.

And from when Ukraine was still a land of small farms, those little white one floor houses with carved wooden windows of traditionally green or blue colours with cherry trees in the gardens still please eyes when gazed upon from a train on the everchanging landscape. So the hope is still there.

And yes hello December    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

Inside The Courtroom Where Michael Flynn Pleaded Guilty
5 Things To Know About The New Senate Tax Bill
Financial CEO: Laissez-Faire Is Lazy And Not Fair. Consumers Need Protection

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Yet another step in a good direction.  Japan’s Horinouchi House Makes 600 Square Feet Seem Like A Bona Fide Mansion

Here’s an interesting question.  What Makes A Genius? The World’s Greatest Minds Have One Thing In Common

Since I live here, this is not incredibly good news.  Live In Washington State And Concerned About North Korea? Read This

Our Planet

Birdseye view of iceberg A-68A

Tomb Of Christ: Exclusive: True Age Of Jesus Christ’s Supposed Tomb Revealed

Bali Volcano: Inside The Mount Agung Exclusion Zone

In The Future We Might Farm Fish On Land

Outer Space

Cygnus Departure Preps As Muscle Study And Cubesat Ops Wrap Up – Space Station

Even NASA’s Most Ambitious Space Projects Start With A Drawing

This Nighttime Shot From the Space Station Shows The Northeast Coast Of The United States From New Jersey Up To Maine…

Station Boosts Orbit For December Crew Swap – Space Station

Next Crew In Russia As Station Preps For Cargo Missions – Space Station

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News:  Watch For This Weekend’s Supermoon – The December 3 Full Moon Will Be 2017’s 1st, Last And Only Full Supermoon. What That Means. How To View It Online.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond

Technology

Cyber-Thieves Seek To Cash In On Bitcoin Boom
North Korea Just Tested A New Missile. Can It Hit The U.S.?
These American Drones Are Saving Lives In Rwanda

GOOD EXAMPLES

We need a lot more like him.  For This Doctor, A Son’s Death By Overdose Inspires His Mission To Rescue Others

Her name was never a joke and no one can make her one.  ‘It’s Sad That Her Name Has Become A Joke.’ What To Know About The Real Pocahontas

This is true leadership.  $100 Million For Gay Purge Victims As Canadian Prime Minister Apologizes For LGBTQ Discrimination

SHORTS

E.U. And African Leaders Take Action On Libyan Slave Trade

Court Backs Salesman’s Claim For 13 Years Of Holiday Pay

These Women Turned Their Food Woes Into A Meal Delivery Company

DALAI LAMA

One factor that could contribute to making the 21st century an era of peace would be a wider appreciation of the failure to resolve problems by force. The use of force may control people physically, but it won’t change their hearts and minds. You can only do that on the basis of trust and friendship.

BAD EXAMPLES

I’m sorry he’s from a land I love so much.  Yahoo ‘Hacker-For-Hire’ Pleads Guilty:  A Canadian Citizen Admits Accessing Web-Mail Accounts M On Behalf Of The Russian Federal Security Service.

We need to understand how this happens.  How A Russian Neo-Nazi Became A Role Model For German Hooligans

I’m real sorry to hear that, Al.  Now maybe he will have a small taste of what those women you victimized felt.  ‘I’m Embarrassed and Ashamed.’ Al Franken Speaks Publicly About Sexual Harassment Allegations

SHORTS

Everyone In Donald Trump’s Orbit Who Has Been Charged By Robert Mueller

Trump Tweets At The Wrong Theresa May. We Spoke To Her

A Trio Of Trump Retweets Strains The U.S.-U.K. Relationship

TRAVEL

5 Stunning Natural Wonders You Can Visit In The U.S.

Get Away From It All On The Volga River In Plyos

A Secret World Below Chicago

The Reality Of Life In A Floating City

Where Humans And Nature Meet

THE GREEN BEAT  

Your Christmas Tree’s Carbon Footprint

Map: $1.1 Billion In Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

Views: Clean Energy Jobs Will Help Rural Communities And Tribes

Electric Vehicle Drivers Save A Lot On Gas Money

Life After Coal

Want To Reduce The Energy Used By Buildings? Make Cities Denser

Save Money, Energy, And Emissions By Reducing Your Food Waste

HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING

New Study Links Living Near Forests To Healthier Brains

Doctors Warn This Winter’s Flu Season Could Be Especially Bad

The Buildings Made To House The Dead

How To Protect Cars From Keyless Theftjump To Media Player

11 Food Frauds You’re Probably Falling For

HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

A Book Club For The Outdoors

How To Protect Cars From Keyless Theft
6 Habits That Will Make Anyone More Successful

Tips On How To Prevent Theft This Holiday Season

BEST OF THE NET

Wingsuit Stunt Flyers Glide Into Plane

Amazing Grace As You Have Never Heard It – A Northstar Five Stars

Worker Saves Deer And Rubs His Belly. His Reaction When He Releases Him Has Internet In Stitches 

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.

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

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

 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring  service.  For a full list of my services, please visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com  To contact me directly, minstrel312@aol.com  I look forward to hearing from you.  Rusty Miller

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

This is good to know.  Most Blue Whales Are ‘Right-Handed’

By observation, I am convinced they do.  Do Songbirds Share ‘Universal Grammar’?

Cute.  Creepy but cute.  Commuters Find 2-Foot-Long Python Sitting On Bus Seat And Name Him Rumplesnakeskin

SHORTS

A Journey To Save Manta Rays

Protecting The ‘Birthplace Of Rhino’

The FDA Says You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog Bone Treats. Here’s Why
Your Dog Is Good For Your Heart

Caregivers Name Sea Turtle Rescued Around Thanksgiving “Turkey”

What To Do When You See A Wolf

Micro Creatures, Macro Effects

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Blind Raccoon Gets Food From Lady – Lady’s In Stitches He Returns With His Two ‘Bodyguards’

Russian Lawmaker Wants To Label Mcdonald’s A ‘Foreign Agent’

Self-Taught Rocket Scientist Plans To Launch Over California Ghost Town

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 help us help them, 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.  See you next week.  RM/OB

 

 

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