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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 29, 2015

Vol. 8 No. 27

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

1773 Boston Tea Party

1773 Boston Tea Party


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea  I was very proud to read this last Tuesday morning.  Most Boston Residents Prefer Life Term Over Death Penalty in Marathon Case, Poll Shows

I think this makes a very important statement about the appropriate reaction to acts of terror, domestic or foreign.  It speaks to a contemporary code of conduct, rather than to an honorable but ancient one.

It will cost much more to keep these people incarcerated than it would to execute them.  Bostonians are not historically noted for embracing new taxes but this is one they have apparently agreed to pay.

Most importantly ~ and here’s the lesson for all of us in this, I think ~ it clearly demarks the line between revenge and justice and war and peace.

On the battlefield, the object is to kill more of them than they kill of you and do it more quickly.  In a global community, there are no civilians, no innocents, no immunity to the subhuman savagery which is war when it is waged as ISIS, et al are waging it now.  We may end up having to kill almost every one of these misguided fools before they yell “uncle,” and we need to be prepared to do exactly that.

Bostonians are reminding us that when it is over, it will become just as important to wage an effective peace.  In a global community, we need to understand the conditions which allow outfits and ideologies like ISIS to root and flourish in the first place.  We need to better understand the needs they fill and come up with much better solutions.

We are many families living in a very very large house.  If ever there was a nation born to carry the ball on this one, it is America, a land which would not be here without the teeming refuse of other shores and which almost destroyed itself learning that to deny freedom to any is to deny it to all.

The people of Boston have spoken.  May God grant they speak for all.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.


Sometimes even the sincerest of us use the word “sacrifice” a little too often and a lot too glibly.  This, however, is not one of those times.  Our thanks to CBS This Morning.  Altruistic Donor And The Transplant Chain She Inspired

This is starting to take familiar shape and form in terms of an anti-tech backlash.  Two top US officials claim they do not have email.  Others say that they are abandoning it.  To me that’s a backward step of about 25 years.  Rather than scrap the technology, which not try upgrading user protocols?  I hate to break it to John McCain, et al but the earth’s not flat and the Internet is here to stay.  The Companies That Banned Email

Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the German airliner tragedy. As horrific as this is ~ and I live in an aircraft industry town ~ we need to rein in our emotions and focus on what we can do to minimize the risk of a subsequent occurrence.  A famous American president contended that problems caused by humans can be solved by them.  Pray it never happens again but please do not hate the very troubled man whose irrationality overruled his compassion.  He is a product of the world we have created and we need to take a look at this, as well.


Ebola ‘Over By August’ Says UN

IMF To Co-Operate With China-Led Bank

Oil Prices Jump As Saudi And Yemen Fighting Escalates

As Dollar Heats Up Overseas, U.S. Manufacturers Feel A Chill

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

Suspected Cases Of Mass Homicide By Pilots Are Rare

First Global Review On The Status, Future Of Arctic Marine Mammals Published


Chad Strongman Says Nigeria Is Absent in Fight Against Boko Haram

Somali Troops End Siege At Hotel As Death Toll Rises To 15

How Nuns In Kenya Are Training Women To Be Peacemakers

During Economic Boom, Ethiopia Targets Specific Poverty Sectors

Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram Bravely Return To School

How ‘Dumb Phones’ Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa

How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image


Singapore Mourns Founding Father

South Korea Says It Will Join Regional Development Bank Led by China

4,000 Fishermen Stranded On Indonesian Islands

Bio-Diversity Hotspot In Vietnam Saved As Part Of Forests Of Hope Program

North Korea U.N. Resolution: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

U.S. Troubled By Thai Prime Minister’s Threat To Execute Reporters

57 Canines Rescued From Dog Meat Farm Are Brought To US To Be ‘Treasured’ In Forever Homes

Buddhist, Muslim Leaders Push For Peace In Conflict Areas


Queensland Premier Expels Labor MP Over Criminal Record

Banned Pesticide Used On Australian Strawberries

Baird Vows To Get On With Power Privatization Plan Immediately

WA Premier ‘Confident Road Safety Procedures Followed’ Before Fatal Crash

Tourist Fees Touted To Protect Kimberley Aboriginal Sites

Project Tackles Sharp Decline In Freshwater Turtle Population


Amid Pollution Problems, China’s Health Food Industry Blossoms

The Far West of China

Wrath of Dancing Grandmothers Forces Chinese Government to Backtrack


The Beast Of The Danube ~ The Fish That Can Grow As Big As A Man

Turkish Parliament Expands Police Powers and Cracks Down on Demonstrations

Indiana Law Denounced as Invitation to Discriminate Against Gays

2 Czech Tourists Abducted in 2013 Have Been Freed in Pakistan

Poland Charges Russian Air Traffic Controllers in Crash


Sashimani Devi, Last of India’s Jagannath Temple Dancers, Dies at 92

India Court Scraps Online Arrest Law

Working Elephants To Be Removed From Delhi’s Streets

Indian Women Take Down Their Country’s Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

Thousands Of Indian Schools Implement Gender Classes To Fight Inequality


In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

Lawmakers From 9 Nations Unite to Combat Children Slavery, Abuse

President Of Argentina Won’t Face Charges

Officials’ Involvement In A Bombing Buenos Aires In 1994.

Angry Protest Over New Bishop In Chile 

Brazil’s Slumping Economy And Bribery Scandal Eat Away At Dilma Rousseff’s Popularity

Mexico: Elite Police Officers Slain

Cuba: Split In Dissident Group

Ex-Promoter In Haiti Charged In Kidnapping Ring


Saudi Justice, Harsh But Able To Spare The Sword

Netanyahu Apologizes For Comments About Israeli Arabs

Pakistani Army Begins Offensive To Drive Militants From Tirah Valley

Israel Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue

Saudi Arabia Evacuates Diplomats From A Yemen City As Houthi Advance Continues


Russian Superhighway Would Link London And New York

Russia: MPs Find Love Across The Political Divide

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind


UK Inflation Rate Falls To Zero

Richard III Gets A Kingly Burial, On Second Try

House Sparrow Rule Roost In Scotland

Britain’s National Bird Campaign shortlist announced


Kraft Foods To Merge With Heinz

Ghani Addresses Congress, Eager To Rebuild Afghan-U.S. Ties

Indiana Declares Health Emergency After H.I.V. Outbreak



Watch This Adorable 6-Year-Old Make The Case For Climate Action

7 Ways To Talk About Climate Impacts With Just About Anyone

How Idealism, Expressed In Concrete Steps, Can Fight Climate Change


U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS Reported In Tikrit For First Time

Guardsman Accused of Trying to Join ISIS in Libya

Europol Chief Warns On Encryption

Dark Web Spurs Spying ‘Arms Race’

Cybersecurity: The Insider Threat

ISIS Fighters Clash With Libyan Forces

Canada: Role Against ISIS To Grow


A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis.  Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

A crowd gathers near the National Bank of Ukraine in Kiev in an early spring showing of the social risks of financial crisis. Photo by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

BBC News In-Depth Ukraine Report

Ukraine Pleads For Quick Restructuring Of Debts 

Ukraine Governor Resigns After Row

A Ukraine Factory That Can’t Close, And Workers Who Won’t Quit

Monitoring A Ceasefire In Ukraine


With all due respect to, this headline sounds like the title of a Grade Zed “The Monster Moose That Ate Montreal” movie.  The Pest Causing Havoc In Vancouver

This is not good news.  Canada’s Anemic Job Growth Earns A Place In The Record Book

The results of this should prove very interesting.  Northwest Territories Hands Out MiPads To New Parents As Part Of Experiment To Boost Childhood Development


Oil Slump Weighs On Canadian Economy

Air Canada To Require Two People In Cockpit After Revelations About Germanwings Co-Pilot N.B. Ed Minister Angry After Learning French And English Students Have Been Sharing A School Bus


To me, this is how it should be done.  The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

Were that this nation was as strong as this tree.  Video: The Journey of a 9/11 Tree

She is possibly the nicest person in the American entertainment industry so this does not surprise us.  Dolly Parton Duets With Superfan Who Has Down Syndrome, Dazzles Him With Her Kindness


This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

As His Wife Goes Blind, Loving Husband Secretly Does This Sweet Gesture Every Day

NYC Mayor Offers Cash Reward To Landlords For Hosting Homeless Families


This cannot possibly bode well.  Oklahoma Inquiry Traces Racist Song to National Gathering of Fraternity

I found this very useful.  How To Catch A Liar

Even though I have never been there, I have a great deal of respect for America’s “City of Brotherly Love.”  I’ve often wondered why it has taken them so long to fix the crack in that big bell of theirs and when I can sneak one past the Nutrition Nazi in my family, I love their cheese steaks.  Therefore I am no more pleased to read about this than I was when it happened in New Orleans, Los Angeles and the city where I live, Seattle.  Justice Dept., Criticizing Philadelphia Police, Finds Shootings by Officers Are Common


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

Memo to CEOs: Fire Monster Managers!

Attention CEOs in corporate America and around the world: whether you know it or not, there are “monster managers” lurking within the confines of your company. These mid-level managers and front-line supervisors can turn a productive workplace into a cesspool. However, you might not know it because monster managers aren’t always easy to spot from the C-Suite.

There are three important reasons why executive leadership and management should fire monster managers (as I call them):

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


This was interesting, if not just a little grim for an optimist.  How long will life on Earth last?

This reminds me of the farmer who sold his neighbor a mule that kept bumping into stuff.  It turns out the animal was not blind.  It just had a real bad attitude.  Car slows when it sees speed signs

This makes a lot more sense.  And I want one.  If they come with ski attachments, I’ll take a pair.  The kick scooter for grownups


8 Bright Ideas For A Cleaner Future

How Much Earth Has Changed In 200 Million Years May Surprise You

My Quest for Atlantis


Europa May Be Home To Alien Life

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About That Space Rock

Astronauts Blast Off On Super-Long Mission


How to Make Landslides Less Deadly

Newly Discovered Fish Named After ‘Star Wars’ Character

The Truth About Black Holes, The Large Hadron Collider, And Finding Parallel Universes


The Drone Wings That Bounce Back

With New Nonstick Coating, The Wait, And Waste, Is Over

The Waves Of The Future May Bend Around Metamaterials


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.


This Group Gives Refugees Toilets, Then Turns The Waste Into Charcoal For Cooking

Mexico ‘Sets The Pace’ For Paris Conference

Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care?

Cities Need To Get Smarter — And India’s On It


What Else Can We Add To A Smoothie?

Ebola Virus in Latest Outbreak Does Not Show Unusual Mutations, Study Finds

Indefinite Safe Sex Urged for Liberian Ebola Survivors

The Road To Cancer Treatment Through Clinical Trials

Better Sleep For A Better Sex Life

Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

The Weekly Health Quiz: Marriage, Memory And Sex


Inside A Pilot’s Mind

Inside America’s Toughest Federal Prison

Students Who Take Engineering Have Best Chance Of Becoming Super Rich, Says Study Of World’s Billionaires

Egyptian Woman Reveals 42-Year Secret of Survival: Pretending to Be a Man

12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders


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.


All Animal Life In 35 Photos

The Great Wide Open: Incredible Photos of the World’s Wildest Places

Lion Opens Car Door At Safari Park; Family Loses It


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

For a preview, please go here   To purchase the kindle book at for $3.99, please go here.

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



Has anyone asked any of the little honey-makers if they want one of these? Probably not, huh?  Sigh.  Bees get wearable tech trackers

I know a couple of people who were probably products of this kind of upbringing.  Wolves make great foster parents

This was a little weird but I totally loved it.  These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Have The Best Roles Ever


The Truth About Meerkats

Scaling Up the War on Elephant Poaching

15 animal species have the lowest chance for survival


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


‘Cat Litter Mix’ Closed Nuclear Site

Watch Florida Foodies Catch Venomous Fish And Make Goat Cheese

The Deepest Holes Dug By Hand

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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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