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The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 7, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 37

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am very glad to hear this about where I live.  In The Battle Against Climate Change, Seattle Is On The Front Lines

The rhetoric of the headline does not do a lot for me, nor does radical environmentalism, in general.  I’ve been to war.  Environmentalism is not an “us against them” scenario.

It is about all of us trying to figure out the best way to keep ourselves alive, now that we have rather belatedly realized we cannot do that and continue to poison the source of our very survival.

But now that this is the operational reality, it is just a matter of working on the multiplicity of ways this can be done.  That has, in fact, been happening for the last three decades or so in the Pacific Northwest, which I define as Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach did; Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon and Washington.

Historically, it has been a give and take process.  Sometimes it has been a violent one, like when the Greens started spiking trees and loggers got injured when their saws hit big steel nails.  It hurt in some other ways, too.

When old growth forest was closed to protect a bird practically no one ever saw, entire communities lost their livelihood.  Oregon plunged to the bottom of the American national employment rate, with Washington State not far behind.

The irony is that the timber community was not opposed to the Green agenda.  They just needed the time to look at other options and some help from the government to retool their local industry.

Everyone has pretty much learned to work together and to cooperate, rather than compete.  So as a result, certainly, we have some of the bluest skies, cleanest air and sweetest water in the world.

But it did not happen by wishing for it or ~ with all due respect to the Deity ~ praying for it.  It did not take raising armies or storming Bastilles, getting cut to ribbons on some faraway exotic battlefield, sinking the Bismarck or getting half your parts blown off by rocket propelled grenade flying a chopper over Mogadishu.

We just more or less made up our mind that we wanted to live long AND prosper.  Then people just started turning off lights in rooms they weren’t using, started walking a little more and driving a little less.  It became fashionable to be green.  Behind that mandate, legislation was enacted to institutionalize healthy living.  And viola!  More or less.

That’s pretty much how it is done all over the world, from what I understand.  No marching bands.  No bugles.  No Thin Red Line.  Just folks like you and me and us and ours, wanting nice place to live.

Thanks for the ear, then, gang.  Have a good week.  And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you.  To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here


I am very glad to hear this.  Report Calls For Concrete Steps To Improve Lives Of First Nations

This was kind of spooky to me.  Video: Is This The Tree Where Ebola Started?

I believe that true leaders are gifts from a loving god.  Not just Quebec or even all of Canada but the world itself will be mourning the loss of this one.  Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau Dead At 84


International Effort Rescues Over 5,000 Mediterranean Migrants

OECD Paints Grim Picture For Global Growth

Interpol Issues Wanted-Person Alerts For Six In U.S. FIFA Probe

Ever Which Wonder Country Is Directly Across The Ocean? This Awesome Map Will Show You


Libyan State Oil Company To Send Fuel To Western Region Opposing Tripoli

A Music-Sharing Network for the Unconnected

Burundi Postpones Elections Amid Violence

Gas Station Explosion in Ghana’s Capital Kills Around 100

Third Trial Is Set for Mubarak in Killing of Egyptian Protesters

Moroccan Film About Prostitution Creates Uproar

U.N. Creating Panel to Review Handling of African Children Sex Abuse Inquiry

Abuses by Nigeria’s Military Found to Be Rampant in War Against Boko Haram

Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks in Northeast Nigeria, Killing Scores

South Sudan: U.N. Dismayed by Decline

African Countries Are Urged to Investigate Reports of Abuse by Peacekeepers

Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

Western Officials Alarmed as ISIS Expands Territory in Libya

Women in Tunisia Tell of Decades of Police Cruelty, Violence and Rape


Malaysia Airlines Is ‘Bankrupt’

Video: Brick By Brick, Nepal Fights To Rebuild

A New Role for Japan’s Military

13 Dead After Quake Strikes Malaysian Peak

South Korea Reports Nine New Cases in MERS Virus Outbreak

Cambodia: Refugee Resettlement Begins

South Korea Says It Tested Missile That Can Strike Anywhere in North


Video: Beijing Smokers On City’s Smoking Ban

How To Be A Rock Star In Beijing

How Deng Xiaoping Helped Create A Corrupt China

Pressure From Chinese Authorities Forces Ex-Detained Feminist To Shutter Organization


India’s IT Party Is Over. Reinvent Yourself Or Suffer

Letter From India: In Hindi Films, Strong Women Are a Formula That Works

20 Indian Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Manipur

India, Bangladesh Sign Historic Land Boundary Agreement


Video: Outcry Over Egypt’s Death Penalties

Video: ‘Fight’ For Kurdish Identity In Election

Surprising Saudi Rises As A Prince Among Princes

France Says It Opposes Boycotting Israel

Israel’s Allies In U.S. Challenge Boycott

Third Trial Is Set For Mubarak In Killing Of Egyptian Protesters

Yemen: Civilians Bombed, Officials Say

Saudi Arabia And Israel Share A Common Opposition

Two Egyptian Policemen Shot Dead Near Pyramids Of Giza

Trial In Iran Of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian To Resume Monday

Gaza: Militants Fire Rockets Into Israel


Russians Looking For The Exit

Russian Hacker Drives Hard Bargain

Putin Tells West Not To Fear Russia


OSCE Chairperson-In-Office Calls For Restraint Following Recent Escalation In Violence In Eastern Ukraine

Saakashvili Ukraine’s New Governor In Odessa Splits Opinion

Ukraine’s Parliament Allows Foreign Peacekeepers Into Country


Drips, Leaks And Blocked Drains In Chic Paris

Court Backs France Over Right To Die

Young, Seeking Change Over Ideology, Power Right Wing In Poland

Czech Reality TV Show Makes A Game Of Life Under Nazi Rule

Berlin Memo: German Stance on Russia Complicates Long-Cultivated Tie as G-7 Meets

Romanian President Calls for Premier to Resign Amid Graft Inquiry


Pope Francis’ Message of Healing to a Divided Bosnia


London Calling

The Monster Under London Streets

Do Brits Really Have Bad Teeth?

UK’s Cameron To Vent Dismay Over EU-U.S. Trade Deal Delay At G7

Over 50 Of UK Cameron’s Lawmakers Will Join EU Exit Campaign: Paper

68 Migrants Are Found Locked Inside Trucks At British Port

First Photos Of Prince George And Princess Charlotte Released


Canada Tobacco Firms To Pay Damages

Harper Kicks Off Pre-Election Trip To Europe With Harsh Words For Vladimir Putin


Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins In Supreme Court

Two World War I Soldiers Posthumously Receive Medal Of Honor

A Race To Alaska: No Motors, But No Limits On Imagination

News Guide: Guam Is First US Territory With Gay Marriage


Colombia: Truth Commission Planned

Argentina: Rallies To Protect Women

Video of Mexican Prison Riot Highlights a Crisis as Elections Near

Free TVs in Mexico Are Seen as Having Political Strings Attached

Push for Colombians to Stop Farming Coca Falls Short

Mexico: Teachers Union Members Damage Election Offices in Protest

Suriname: Despite Checkered Past, President Seems Set for New Term

Brazil: After 30-Year Search, Police Arrest Italian Mob Boss

Mexico: Michoacán Killings Prompt Human Rights Inquiry


Australia: 10 Crucial Films

Abolishing negative gearing could save $3b in four years: Greens

Stranded Australian hiker slams rescue effort after Malaysia quake

Claims seriously ill children being turned away from Brisbane’s Lady Cilento hospital

Australian ambassador’s Roman villa renovated at cost of $2.7m

Dame Edna makes rare appearance at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 

Flying fox orphans benefit from newly expanded Sydney rehab shelter



Hundreds Missing After Chinese Cruise Ship Sinks On Yangtze

China Vows Investigation Into Cruise Ship Sinking As Rescuers Pull Out More Bodies

Hopes fade in Yangtze boat rescue

331 Bodies Found After Capsized Chinese Cruise Ship Raised


Warnings Over ISIS Cyber-Threats

22 Hours After Seeing The Social Media Post, U.S. Warplanes Went In For The Kill

Data Breach Linked To China Exposes Millions Of U.S. Workers

U.S. Was Warned of System Open to Cyberattacks

The Secret History Of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings And Blurred Lines

Obama To Meet With Iraqi Prime Minister To Discuss ISIS’ Advance

News Analysis: Using Violence And Persuasion, ISIS Makes Political Gains


These freaky maps show what extreme sea-level rise will do to China

Weather Forces Solar Impulse Landing

Climate Model Suggests Everest Glaciers Could Nearly Disappear


When they are not pillaging and burning and committing acts too despicable for a g-rated readership, Vikings rock.  Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change

Slowly but surely, they are adapting.  Californians Are Encouraged by Sharp Drop in Water Use

Here is another step in the right direction.  E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions


There can be no more heinous a crime than killing children.  For decades, residential schools for First Nation (native Canadian) kids did exactly that.  The media has termed it “cultural genocide”.  The nation’s reconciliation commissioner this week in Ottawa revealed it was far more than that.  Our thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for this.  A New Chapter Is Written In History Of Residential Schools

Thank God they still face a Higher Court.  Malala Suspects ‘Secretly Acquitted’

This needs to change.  And not just here.  Profits of Drug Trade Drive Economic Boom in Myanmar


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Microsoft Sets Date For Windows 10

Hadron Collider Turns On Data Tap

Disaster Robots Face Off For Glory


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Scottishpower Spends £2bn On Wind Farm

Climate Deal Badly Needs a Big Stick


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Video: Night Footage Of Galapagos Eruption

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Small Testament Cover

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its 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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This was a good reminder that evolution has not stopped.  Monkey Invents Odd Tool


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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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