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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

Sunday, January 4, 2015

No. 430

“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?”  Olha Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate

These little dudes and dudettes are the perfect helicopter.  And we had absolutely nothing to do with their design.  Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

These little dudes and dudettes are the perfect helicopter. And we had absolutely nothing to do with their design. Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Now that it has been clearly established that the House of Northstar made the transition, welcome to 2015.

Last week, I had a lot of fun with annual predictions and referred to them as prophecy.  I have since been asked by several of you if I believe that there are those who can see into the future.

Yep, I sure do.  The future they’re looking into however is ~ and this is a major caveat here ~ as things stand now.   That means if you like what you see up the road, keep on doing whatever you’re doing and do not mess with it.

If, however, you see unhappiness, you need to take whatever steps you can to sheer clear of the shoals, as it were.  That goes for small personal events and the occasional Eve of the Apocalypse,

Do I believe Doomsday prophets?  Again, another “yep, sure I do.”  Regardless of whether or not you’re an Al Gore fan, everybody knows that the climate on the planet is changing rapidly and not in the best interests of the industrialized species we have become.

We know, as well, that to some degree, we have contributed to global warming because of the lifestyle billions of us have chosen or had forced on us.  We have accepted that if we do not do something about it, we will eventually join a pantheon of forgotten species who were given a chance to thrive on earth and chose not to do so.

So it’s not like we really need to “believe” anything.  All we have to do is pay attention and play our small role in creating the kind of world future generations of us will know.

With all due respect to the sages and their oracles, in my house, that is neither rocket science nor prophecy.

Okay, once again, gang, thanks for the ear and have a great week, eh?  And yep, if you enjoyed the last edition and would like to kick down a dollar or two for the this one, please go here


Why do I have a feeling the favorite expression in Russia these days is, “Yes, Vladimir”?  Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Is Seized at Rally After Suspended Sentence in Fraud Case

If guilt works for you, go for it.  Just get it done.  After Tide of Recalls, Auto Industry Does Some Soul-Searching

I totally agree with this and pray that ~ as a species ~ we keep making more of the right ones.  Pollution Around the World: A Matter of Choices


Web Freedom Is Seen to Be Growing as a Global Issue in 2015


Heavy Shooting In Gambian Capital

Kenya Court Blocks Security Law

Kenyan Jailed For President Insult

Egypt Leader Urged To Free Greste

Kenya Court Blocks Security Law

Liberia Lifts Ebola New Year Curfew

Tunisia Leader Pledges Reconciliation

US Strike ‘Killed Al-Shabab Chief’

Absentee Pilots Strand Passengers

Militants Kidnap Christians In Libya


Japan and South Korea Pledge to Share Intelligence on North via U.S.

35 Are Killed in Stampede in Shanghai

To Rescue Economy, Japan Turns to Supermom

In Response to Sony Attack, U.S. Levies Sanctions on 10 North Koreans

Outrage Over ‘Muslim’ Terror Drill

President Seeks Sri Lanka Tamil Votes

Japan Birth Rate Slumps To New Low

Macau Revenue Sees First Yearly Fall


New Zealand Glaciers Ebb and Tour Guides Play Catch-Up

High Alert Over Australia Bushfires

Australia Bushfires ‘Sound Like Jet’s Roar

Temperatures Soar In Southeastt


Gmail Access Is Blocked in China After Months of Disruption

Xiaomi, Chinese Phone Maker, Valued at $45 Billion

China Leader Seeks Shanghai Answers

China Diplomat In Corruption Probe


Norwegians Turn Ambivalent on Statoil, Their Economic Bedrock

Peter Praet of E.C.B. Says More Eurozone Stimulus May Be Needed

Euro and Immigration Promise Challenges for Merkel in 2015

Digital Tax Increase to Take Effect in Europe

Italy Rescues Hundreds of Migrants on Freighter Abandoned by Crew

Greece Recaptures Fugitive Extremist

Greece Country Profile


Special Report: India Direct:  Beyond The Headlines And Exploring The People, Economy And Culture Of India.

Anger At India Website Blocking

Indian Officials Seek 2 Police Officers Accused of Raping Girl, 14

Indian and Pakistani Guards Trade Fire on Disputed Border

India Scheme To Monitor Toilet Use 

Kashmir Clashes Kill Five Troops 

India To Scrap Tax Breaks On Cars 


Venezuela And Falling Oil Prices

Brazil’s Rousseff Starts Second Term

Cuba Arrests Protesting Activists

Venezuelan Economy Enters Recession

Haiti Parliament’s Mandate Extended

Four Dead In Brazil Lightning Strike

Mexican Female Bullfighter Gored


Turkey Strengthens Rights of Syrian Refugees

Palestinians Set to Seek Redress in a World Court

Militants Kidnap Christians In Libya

Still Searching For A Cure For Libya

Will Libya’s Militias Defeat Democracy?

A History Of Modern Jihadism

Guide To Libya’s Militias

Egypt’s Sisi Urged To Free Reporter

Saudi King Suffering From Pneumonia

Syria War ‘Killed 76,000’ In 2014

Palestinians Sign Up To Join ICC

Houthis Hit As Yemen Bomb ‘Kills 33’

Hundreds Rescued From Migrant Ship

Tunisia Leader Pledges Reconciliation


Russians See Costlier Food as No Crisis

Putin Critic, Is Seized at Rally After Suspended Sentence in Fraud Case

Anti-Putin Protest Fizzles as Police Sweep Square

Russia Inflation Up As Rouble Falls


Tories To Cap Public Sector Pay-Offs 1185

Police Manhunt For Murder Suspect

Hundreds At Bin Lorry Crash Funeral

Meals On Wheels Service ‘In Crisis’

Murder Inquiry Into Flat Fire Deaths

Teen Charged Over Blackpool Killing

Evans Cannot Work Abroad Says Moj


A Kansas Town Rallies for a Modest Lifeline: A Local Grocery Store

Maryland Governor Commutes Death Sentences, Emptying Death Row

In New Mexico Tent City, a Glimmer of Hope

Documents Reveal Details of F.B.I. Investigation Into Disgraced Senator Ensign



AirAsia Flight 8501 Crash Highlights Booming Indonesia Airline Industry’s Safety Issues

AirAsia’s Chief Responds to Crisis With Quick Compassion


Pope Francis Hopes To Inspire On Climate Change

6 Reasons 2014 Was Good For Climate

U.N. Disaster Chief Warns of More Natural Catastrophes to Come


How Ebola Roared Back

Ebola Patient Is Moved to London, and 2 Others Are Tested in Britain

Video: Ebola’s Patient Zero

The Path of the Ebola Outbreak

Canada rejects 176 visitors from Ebola-affected countries


In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology

Interactive Graphic: How the Air Campaign Against ISIS Grew

Iraqi Forces ‘Oust IS From Dhuluiya’

Islamic State Crisis: Background, Features And Analysis On Turmoil Over Extremist Group In Syria And Iraq


Considering our tendency to re-invent ourselves whenever the need arises, I thought this was just a tad melodramatic.  2015 Election To Determine Canada’s Role In A World Full Of Woe

I’m not sure why but this reassures me, on several levels.  Canadian Forces Expand Virtual Reality Training Capabilities

Good call.  Moose Hide Campaign Helps Men Address Violence Against Aboriginal Women


Someone we know and of whom we are extremely proud is one of these.  Ukraine’s Facebook Warriors

Right on, folks.  Chinese Court Orders 6 Companies to Pay $26 Million for Polluting

Look what happens when we choose to learn from the best.  Six lessons geniuses can teach us


This needs to be dealt with before it becomes a national disgrace.  As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care

This IS a national disgrace.  Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination

We expected more from the Jewel of Scandinavia.  In Sweden, the Land of the Open Door, Anti-Muslim Sentiment Finds a Foothold


I would not advise reading this too close to bed time.  What if humans became extinct?

Despite my aversion to prophecy, I found this extremely interesting.  Tomorrow’s World:  What Do The Next 150 Years Hold?

It is nice that the scientific community has validated something many of my gender have known since puberty.  A Woman’s Voice Can Literally Make A Man’s Skin Tingle, Study Finds


Humans May Be An Endangered Species, Celebrated Naturalist Says

Huge Hole May Hold Secret Of Ancient Civilization’s Collapse

Ancient Shipwrecks Yield Their Secrets


NASA To Hack ‘Amnesiac’ Mars Rover

Astronomers Baffled By Strange Object Close To The Milky Way

‘Interstellar’ Star Explains Why She Doesn’t Want To Go Into Space


The Best Night Sky Photos From The Interior Department’s Instagram

The 15 Most Magnificent Dinosaur Discoveries Of 2014

In-Between Galaxy Shows Its Edge


5 Things We Learned About The Brain In 2014

The One Question That Will Revolutionize Your New Year’s Resolutions

What Scientists Learned From The World’s Most Famous Amnesiac


The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.


In North Dakota, a Tale of Oil, Corruption and Death

A ‘Silent But Powerful’ Wind Turbine That Is Also Disguised As A Tree

The Wreck of the Kulluk

Recycling Electronic Waste Responsibly: Excuses Dwindle


In a New Approach to Fighting Disease, Helpful Genetic Mutations Are Sought

Pain Relievers Tied to Reduced Skin Cancer Risk

New Study Suggests Most Cancer Types ‘Just Bad Luck’

REVEALED: An Unusual Trick For Remembering Anything


By David B. Grinberg, Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist

Cybersecurity is #1 Business Priority for 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Now let’s get down to business. Five priorities for corporate America and every large global employer in the 2015 calendar year should center on the following: strengthening cybersecurity, fostering workforce diversity, expanding work flexibility, maximizing social media, and firing malicious managers.

Capitalizing on these priorities will help employers increase bottom-line productivity and boost revenue, which should please investors and corporate boards. Moreover, adhering to the aforementioned priorities will allow companies to build more positive work environments where all employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential — in terms of talent and ability — and become key assets to the organization.

To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.


Pot Pie, Redefined? Chefs Start to Experiment With Cannabis

American Workers Say Internet Makes Them More Productive

Ten books to read in 2015

The Images Used To Teach Soldiers To Kill

The World’s Best Places To Retire


We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.


Day In The Life Of A Young Grizzly Bear

10 Things Learned From British Freedom Of Information Act

WATCH: 5 Monstrous Prehistoric Mammals

Giant Invasive Crab Caught Walking Down The Street


Testament Ad Graphic


It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament

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Business Correspondence,  Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor  Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects




I totally agree with this, considering how we must look to them.  Eight ugly animals we should save

Our congratulations to the proud parents of this big cutie.  New baby orca joins southern residents

Here’s another chance to die of cute.  A Canine Bond


New Frog ‘Gives Birth To Tadpoles’

The World’s New Tallest Tree?

The Islands Where Foxes Fly


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace


Constipated Goldfish Operated On

‘Drink-Driver’ Hits Police Station

Cash Machine Thief’s Explosive Mistake


The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Entirely readership supported, it was founded as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com



About minstrel312

MERRITT SCOTT MILLER Bio Wrath of the Testament Author and Northstar Journal editor Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his career in the alternative media of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly ~ Rapline ~ drew praise from Sacramento BEE metro columnist Herb Michelson in a column published that that newspaper; and from Berkeley Film Quarterly editor and author of the bestsellers Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, Ernest Callenbach. A Northern California native with roots in British Columbia, Mr. Miller has written for several Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the daily Portland Oregonian and for such Seattle publications as the Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald. As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register ~ and in conjunction with CBS News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona ~ Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley community. During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and as a special writer for the Portland, Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for a rural weekly earned him praise from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renowned abstract artist; a popular folksinger and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, include a state treasurer and governor. An accomplished travel book writer, Mr. Miller has penned demographic and feature copy for the “Best Choices” series on Eastern Washington, British Columbia, Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta. As either a contract or staff publicist, he has served a host of clients including the Olympia Music Festival, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell and Workers of Oregon Development. His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, the Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado’s Writers Forum, Clouds, The long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group. He has worked since the age of 13 and has been a hop harvester, professional musician, civil servant, forester, convenience market clerk, lumber mill worker, temporary word processor, technical writer and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience. His interests include astronomy, aviation, camping, Canada, communications, conversation, cooking, dancing, economic development, education, environmentalism, exploration, film/DVDs, fine dining, government, green technology, health. History, human rights, International community, Internet media, law, literature, marine engineering & design, medicine, music, nature, networking, outdoors, pets, photography, romance, science, sexuality, technology, travel, water, wildlife His honors and awards include: Letter of Appreciation - Amnesty International; US Senator Patti Murray Letter of Appreciation for The Northstar Journal Blog; Editors Choice, International Library of Poetry; Congressman Edward Murray Letter of Appreciation; Congressman Frank Chopp Letter of Appreciation; Hersch Best Read on the Net Award for The Northstar Journal; President Bill Clinton Letter of Appreciation; Workers Of Oregon Development Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Police Department Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Mayor’s Office Certificate of Appreciation; California Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird Letter of Appreciation; Northwest Magazine Editorial Board Letter of Appreciation for Rain; Editorial Award, Society of Professional Journalists; Sacramento Bee Metro Column; Honor Roll: California State University Long Beach; Deans List: Long Beach City; Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to edit and publish The Northstar Journal. He is working on two novels concurrently and a sequel to Wrath of the Testament.
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