THE LOST BATTALION

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 25, 2018 Volume 10 Number 29

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INSIDE: The Lost Battalion ; News For Week Ending 11 March 2018; From Olya – The Only Way To Deal With Corruption; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Way To Go, You Guys; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

THE LOST BATTALION

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I watch the ongoing struggle to re-legitimize immigration, I’m reminded of a war and a battle fought in France over a century ago.  It was the basis for a Canadian-American docudrama entitled “The Lost Battalion”.

The historic details are a matter of record and need no recounting here except in summary.  In October 1918, during a battle in the Argonne Forest, units of American infantry comprised of mostly immigrants or first generation Americans, found themselves surrounded, outnumbered and constantly under siege by the best the German Army could throw at them.

In the film, one of the American officers is captured and during a very polite interrogation by the commander of the Kaiser’s infantry, the lieutenant, himself from Texas, explains the reality of it.

“What you’re up against, Major, is a bunch of Mick, Polack, Dago and Jew Boy gangsters from New York City.  They’ll never surrender.  Never.”

In their own neighborhoods back home, they warred against one another with a savagery that was legend even before their time.  A century ago, some 500 of them went into battle and when relieved, 197 of them remained on their feet.

We have always been a nation of immigrants and considering the sacrifices they have made, I thank God for that.

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

THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH CORRUPTION

Hi Rusty:

Just been to an interesting lecture entitled “Ethics, Politics And Economics” and found fascinating the concept of “Panopticon,” a building design created in the 18th Century by English philosopher Jeremy Benthan, who is considered the the founder of modern utilitarianism..

One of Benthan’s principles of observation is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.

From a philosophical perspective, the idea to watch and be watched is quite widespread in modern society.  One prime example, certainly, are Chinese plans to create a citizen rating system by 2020, as discussed in this article, “Big Data Meets Big Brother As China Moves To Rate Its Citizens”.

Another is the recent ambiguity with FaceBook over the use of its data by Cambridge Analytica.

Not forgetting about Snowden’s revelations and all sorts of spy conspiracy scandals, all these add to the total feeling of common people’s fear of being watched and analyzed.  If it is made with the consent of the observed, that is one thing.  Without such permission, it is a completely different story.

But what the watched had control over the watcher?  What if society itself was be able to observe the activity of establishments, governments and administrations to make them transparent with the click of a mouse?

The emerging blockchain technology seems to empower common people to take control of state services, like finding out how their taxes are spent by tracking every payment on blockchain. To see the possibilities that opens, I strongly recommend reading both  Transparent Transactions and Governmental Blockchain Adoption

The only way to deal with corruption is openness of data. That is what blockchain is all about.

That’s all for now.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

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

RUSTY’S UNCLE SEAMUS

What can honestly be said about a species incapable of protecting its own young?

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

We watched, as did millions of people around the world, our children and grandchildren marching in America’s capital and in every major city from Amsterdam to Winnipeg.  Media coverage, in our opinion, has been and no doubt will continue to be outstanding.  There is little we can or should add in these regards.  We remain horrified by the circumstances which brought such a primal issue to the forefront and outraged beyond words at elected officials, many of whom are parents themselves, who refuse to act swiftly, concisely and apolitically to place the most vulnerable of human lives first and foremost on their agenda.  Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This certainly puts a new spin on outsourcing.  The Bot Taking Harassment Complaints

This is awesome. A Telescope Of Galactic Proportions

Good for them!  Four Teen Inventors Changing The World

EARTH

Why Cities Need A Chief Scientist

The Secret Fruit That Can Grow In -40C/F

Are Earthquake Warnings Effective?

OUTER SPACE

Curiosity Rover: 2,000 Days On Mars

Chinese Space Station Predicted To Crash Somewhere On Earth Around Easter

1st Interstellar Asteroid From Double Star

TECHNOLOGY

Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests After Death

How DNA Can Be Used To Store Computer Data

A Rare Life-Sized, Operational Replica Of A Spitfire Is Under Construction

DALAI LAMA

I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.

WAY TO GO, YOU GUYS

‘Stand With Us Or Beware’: Thousands Rally In The US To Demand Tighter Gun Laws

Listen: Inspiration At First Pacific Salmon Summit

Courage Amid Tragedy As ‘Heroes’ Rescue Boy From Fatal House Fire

Meet The Disabled Syrian Boy Who Is Always Smiling

The Sisters Rebuilding Mosul University’s Library

The Woman Helping Ukraine’s Traumatised Children

TRAVEL

A Shopping Street Designed For Wellness

How To Avoid Getting Sick On A Plane, According To Science

Celebrate Spring In Seattle’s Parks

THE GREEN BEAT  

Coffee Cup Controversy

The Collapse Of Coal Self-Bonding

What’s The Best Way To Inspire Positive Environmental Behavior?

Plastic Waste In The Pacific Ocean Is Growing ‘Exponentially’

HEALTH

Burning Health Questions? Email Time magazine

Do You Think Midwives Are All Women? Mr Wright Is Proof You’re Wrong

Plant Fats Are Healthier Than Animal Fats, Study Says

Solving The Suicide Crisis In The Arctic Circle

What 7 Sleep Experts Do When They Can’t Fall Asleep

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

Are Essential Oils Safe? What To Know About The Health Craze

COMMUNITY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE

Are Cash Incentives A Good Way To Get Commuters Onto Bikes?

What Does A Landlord Have The Right To Know?

Better Voting Systems Boost Turnout

A Massive Smoke Detector Recall Was Just Issued. Here’s How To Check If You’re Affected

Want To Keep Your Facebook Data Private? That’ll Cost You $75 A Year

These Are America’s Happiest Cities

The Drug Addict Who Became A Judge

New Orleans Mayor: America Is Stuck ‘In A Mentality Where They Could Lynch You’

Elvira, Credit Specialist, St. Petersburg. GENERATION P

BEST OF THE NET

Auschwitz Inmate’s Notes From Hell Finally Revealed

Nature Photos From The World Wildlife Fund

Spacecraft Sees Jupiter As Never Before

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.

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is good news.  Interior Secretary Declares Support For Grizzly Bear Restoration In…

This could also alter, for the positive, the local economy.  After 70 Years, Salmon Could Return To Columbia River Above Grand Coulee

Now here’s something I suspect we’ve all been pondering for some while.  How Did Turtles Get Their Shells?

SHORTS

Indian Man’s Fight To Save Whale Sharks

Loving Lion Family

Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies In Kenya

Preventing Human-Wildlife Conflict

Growing A Seaweed Syndicate

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

150 People Hid Out In A Cave After A Tornado Warning Hit Georgia

10,000 People Tried To Book This Restaurant At The Same Time

Secret Symbols In Still-Life Painting

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