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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 15, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 25

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring.  Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015

Kiev, Ukraine in Spring. Photo by Olya Bereza c 2015


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday last week.  I had not intended to celebrate it but Facebook and Linked In both ratted me out.  Best wishes came from all over the planet, it seemed like.  Quite a few came from you guys.  If a shy man needed humbling, that certainly did it.  So again, thank you.

We’re glad to report that the truce in Ukraine seems to be holding.  Olya wrote us and her report is carried in her column From the Ukraine, along with another photos.  Thanks again to all of you who have expressed concern and said prayers for both her and her country.

We disappointed to again see partisan politics interfering with the appropriate operation of government.  Now, it seems, Congress and the Executive branch cannot even come together to wage war on terrorism.

I keep wondering what it is going to take before responsibility for such measure of international diplomacy once again returns to those trained to make it.  As much as I abhor war, it is not a game for amateurs and I do not hear the Joint Chiefs’ voices in any of this.

Must we lose a president, a chief justice or a member of Congress to ISIS or Al Qaeda before Capitol Hill comes out of that rosy fog it has been living it and gets down to the business of making our nation and other nations of the world safe from those totally mind-blown morons with their scimitars, their spears, their plastique and their AK-47s?

Who has to die next before President Obama and the Congress do the job they were elected to do and for which they are paid rather well by any standard of living on the planet?

On that rather grim but determined note, have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.


When I read something like this, I have to wonder what kind of parenting these young savages are getting.  14 Students Are Accused in Los Angeles Sex Assaults

If this is not a call to action, we need a new bugler.  Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says

Because I do this, I think this is great news.  Daydreaming Can Actually Help You Get Stuff Done, Study Finds


U.N. Finds ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels Of Violence Against Women

Global Flood Toll To Triple By 2030


Ivory Coast Former First Lady Jailed

Nigeria’s Fight Against Boko Haram Gets Help From South African Mercenaries

Americans Evacuated After Possible Ebola Contact


Missing Malaysian Airliner’s Crew Behaved Normally, Report Says

Myanmar Students Clash With Police

Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea

Asia Rushes to Lower Rates, but Maybe Not Fast Enough

Extinct’ Jerdon’s Babbler Found Live And Well In Myanmar»


Australia ‘Sick Of Lecturing By UN’

Cyclone Pam Ploughs Through Pacific

Australia’s Roving Retirees

Much-Needed Aid Arrives In Cyclone-Devastated Vanuatu

Unusual Odour Causes Diversion Of Tiger Airways Flight

13 People Rescued From Movie World Rollercoaster After Wheel Fault

Government Proposes Mandatory Jail Terms For Gun Traffickers

Victorian Prisons Most Violent In Australia, Data Shows

Panama Disease Confirmed At Queensland Banana Farm


China Detains Women’s Rights Activists in Several Cities

China Exports Growth Near Five-Year High

In China, a Building Frenzy’s Fault Lines

For Chinese Economy, Strengths Are Now Weaknesses


O.E.C.D. Will Advise Greece On Economic Overhauls

Poles Steel For Battle, Fearing Russia Will March On Them Next

Paris Attack Supermarket Reopens

Yoplait Exposes French Yogurt Cartel


22 Arrested in Beating Death of Rape Suspect in India

10 Things You Might Not Know About India

Hotel India

Welcome To India

Rick Stein’s India


Executives Are Jailed In Chile Finance Scandal

Obama Freezes Assets Of Seven Venezuelan Officials

Top EU Diplomat To Visit Cuba

Thousands Flee Chile Forest Fire


Islamist Websites In Turkey Manage To Evade Strict Internet Censorship

Syria’s Next Generation

Has The World Failed Syria’s Civilians?

What Does Assad Really Think?

Syria: The Story Of The Conflict


Two Are Charged In Killing Of Boris Y. Nemtsov

Nemtsov Ally Skeptical Of Arrests

Russia Cuts Rates As Crisis Eases

Ikea Closes Russia Site Over Gay Law


Pound At Seven Year High Against Euro

UK Trade Deficit Narrows Sharply

First Steps Taken In Lynx Reintroduction Into The UK

Devon Wild Beavers Cleared To Remain

First UK-Farmed Truffle Harvested


Defense in Marathon Bombing Has Echo of Clarence Darrow

Oil Company Lease Stirs Revolt in Green Seattle

New York Trio Denies ‘ISIS Aid Plot’

US Issues Alert For Riyadh Embassy

Dallas Police Rule Out Hate Crime

US Fraternity Gets Death Threats

White House Jumper Pleads Guilty

Apple’s Tim Cook Offered Liver To Jobs

Obama Condemns Ferguson Shootings

US Anchor Sorry For Obama Ape Remark



Kids Are Smarter Than Senators On Climate Change, And This Poll Proves It

Florida Officials Banned From Talking About Climate Change

Global CO2 Emissions ‘Stalled’

‘Long Struggle’ Warning On Climate


Iraqi Forces ‘Push Into Tikrit’

Battered But Unbowed, Isis Is Still On Offensive

ISIS Sympathizer Planned To Bomb U.S. Consulate In Toronto

Vatican Backs Using Force Against ISIS




I loved this.  Crushing it! Toronto Fire’s coolest job

We’re lighting a candle for those impacted by this one.  Huge fire in Calgary’s southeast

This, we suspect, is unfortunately necessary.  Ottawa to give juries bigger role in determining life without parole


Charity marathon in Kiev.  Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Charity marathon in Kiev. Photo Olya Bereza c 2015

Hello Mishka:

Spring is coming. And its feeling is in the air…have never waited for spring so eagerly before.  Jesus loves us as it was one of the mildest winters.

Sending you a few shots from Kyiv.  Came across some charity marathon on Khreshatyk (on the photo).  It was really nice to see at last smiles on people’s faces.   Street musicians also cheer mood with popular songs.

In the beginning of March we had a day off dedicated to the Women’s Day.  Not sure if many countries celebrate it but we call it International Women’s Day   Smiling.

I met a few soldiers coming home for holidays. One was looking forward to a bowl of borscht (traditional Ukrainian beetroot soup) made by his mother.

Another raised his glass for soldiers returning home and beloved waiting for them. 

 People are people everywhere. 

Hoping truce with the noble art of diplomacy to be hold.   Friends of mine are going to cross Ukraine by feet from one border to another to show its beauty and uniqueness so fingers cross for them to be safe.

Warm regards from Ukraine, a beautiful land of wheat fields and bright blue skies

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Go for it, Mr. President.  Obama Kicks Off U.S. Effort to Fill High-Paying Tech Jobs

And how do we spell “courage,” Canadian style?  Driver Saved Other Canadian Soldiers, Kurd Commander Says

All of us, regardless of gender, need to read this one. 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men


BBC In School Computer Giveaway

Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books To Beer

Kenya Destroys 15 Metric Tonnes Of Ivory In Continuing Campaign Against The Trade


This is a national disgrace.  US Racist Student Chant Investigated

Can there be victims more innocent than these?  14 Million Children Suffering As Result Of War In Syria And Iraq, UNICEF Says

This makes me feel real good about who is manning their wall.  C.I.A. Cash Ends Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda


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


It’s no secret that today’s leading employers are increasingly targeting the millennial generation for professional jobs. However, there’s been much debate about how companies should appeal to this sought-after demographic who will soon comprise the majority of the global workforce.

Old-school methods of recruitment and retention may prove stale to a new generation of young professionals.

Studies and anecdotal evidence show that many millennials want more autonomy in the workplace. This is important to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which often eludes Generation X and Baby Boomers in today’s hyper-paced Information Age.

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


This has been a long time coming and I’m personally thrilled.  Solar Airplane Sets New Record

How cool is this?  How The U.S. Embassy Used Twitter To Clear China’s Air

This is really interesting.  And interactive.  Which tiny house personality are YOU?!  (I am apparently “small house curious,” not that I have any clue as to what that really means.)


This Amazing Interactive Map Is Actually Saving Trees

Gone But Not Forgotten: Irish Elk

S Pacific Volcano Forms New Island


Suddenly, It Seems, Water Is Everywhere in Solar System

‘Best Evidence’ For Ganymede Ocean

Dawn Probe Achieves Ceres Orbit


The Glove Turning Touch Into Talk

‘Giant Lobster’ Ate Like A Whale

The Age Of Man ‘Started In 1610’


Millions At Risk From ‘Freak’ Bug

Brainsway’s Magnetic Pulses Helmet Relieves Depression, Obesity

R2D2 Is In Your Barn, Milking Your Cows


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.


Solar Power Just Had Its Best Year Ever

How Human Composting Will Change Death In The City

There’s A Local Flower Movement Blooming

3 Big Food System Problems Begging For Innovation

Which Is Worse, A K-Cup Or A Throw-Away Coffee Cup?


Ebola Vaccine Researchers Fight to Overcome Public Skepticism in West Africa

Do Men Lose Weight More Easily Than Women?

The Simple Words That Make Us Ill

Keeping Your Hair In Chemo

Untreated Dental Decay Is Falling Among Children

Peanuts May Be Good For Your Heart

Cutting Out The Meat With Mushrooms


Commutes To The Ends Of The Earth

The Danger Of Online Anonymity

What The Face Betrays About You

7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked


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.


Liberian Camera Trap Survey Captures Rare Footage Of Forest Elephants

Huge Grouper Fish Eats Shark In One Bite!

Top Images From Around The World

Eagle-Eye View Of Dubai Raises Awareness For Endangered Bird


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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.

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THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and/or professional. 


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



We are so sorry this happened but sometimes, it really pays not to get too close.  Jennifer Karren Identified As Calgary Woman Killed After Whale Crashed Into Tourist Boat Off Mexican Coast

This is certainly another reason for preserving this place, is it not, gang?  New Monkey Species Discovered In The Amazon Rainforest »

These creatures are more fascinating than any toy manufacturer could make them.  The Truth About Giant Pandas

The Cornel University Lab of Ornithology March Newsletter is now available.  Features include:  The Mystery of Male Birds Explained, What’s Really Going On At Your Bird Feeder and this month’s Name That Species.


Scientists Produce TB-Resistant Cows

Philippine Macaques – Masters Of The Mangroves

Burmese Python Versus Constrictor Boa


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Amnesty International

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


Video: Tales From the World’s Longest Yard Sale 

Police In Taber Angry At Ridicule The Alberta Town Has Endured Over ‘No Swearing, No Spitting’ Bylaw

RCMP Video Shows Man Riding Motorcycle Through Shopping Mall In Surrey, B.C. While Officers Chase On Foot

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The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net Awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and of Washington State’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



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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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