A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest  The Magazine With Heart

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 14, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 38

Rusty Miller – Editor; Denny Steussy – Associate Editor; Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington

University of Washington commencement, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  June in America is known for several things and the most important of them to me is not the start of summer or all the weddings.  It is graduation from high school and from university.  It is to the latter Class of 2015 that I wish to address these remarks.

Hi, guys and guy-ettes and congratulations.  Sixteen years on the job is a fair stretch of the road, is it not?  And now, according to all you have been told, it is time to get out there in the “real world” and use what you have all been learning since the first grade.  Here is what I hope for you.

I pray, first of all, that you be patient with the advice-givers of the world.  We are a well-meaning lot, for the most part, but we deal with fallacious premises, the chief of which is that the way we experience and deal with life should be a “one size fits all” proposition.  It is not.  How could it be when you are not us and we are not you?

We are all blind people touching an elephant and describing what we experience, all several billion of us.  There is no single individual among us who sees life and the human experience in total.  Having said that, intrinsic in all of us is a sense of right and wrong or, as the late Twentieth Century philosopher and motorcycle devotee Arthur Fonzarelli was wont to put it, “what’s cool and what is definitely un-cool, yanno?”

Whatever decisions you make, let them be guided by the voice of this internal moral compass.  Use not only what your mind has taught you about life and the human experience, but your heart as well.  Respect history but do not feel obligated to it.  Almost everything which precipitated both the good and the bad we face today started a very long time ago.  You do not own it so do not pay for it.  And if you do not like it, at the very least, do not emulate it.

I will tell you the most important thing that I, Mikhail Sean Patric McGuire aka Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller have learned so far.  Dying for something is easy.  Living for something is a lot harder but in the end, it is usually a lot more productive than a cross in a field of crosses.  Go forth daring to dream big and dedicated to becoming all you were meant to be.

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


Here’s a question we all need to probably ask ourselves at some point in time or another.  Could one of these robots save you in a climate disaster?

This is refreshing.  (pun intended)  This is crazy, but we actually have good news about climate change

This will probably explain a great deal.  DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans


UN Troops ‘Barter Goods For Sex’

The UN Surprises Everyone With A Breakthrough Deal To Slow Deforestation

The Global Struggle To Respond To The Worst Refugee Crisis In Generations


Tunisian Consular Workers Are Seized By Libyan Militia

Talks To Begin On Creating A Trade Zone Within Africa

As Supplies Dwindle, World Food Program Cutting Rations To Refugees In Kenya

Embattled Burundi President Sets New Dates For Elections

Making Herself Heard, Before And After Tunisia’s Uprising

Illuminating A Central African Crisis, Photo By Photo


The Wild Wonders Of Japan

Second Snow Leopard Successfully Collared In Nepal

Japan’s Mysterious Glowing Squid

Naked Photo Climbers Admit Offence

Myanmar’s Missing Rohingya


China’s Pressure-Cooker Schools

Chinese Premier Urges Officials To Fight Events That Led 4 Children To Drink Pesticide

Q. and A.: Zhang Weiwei on Why China Will Succeed Under the Communist Party

Soil Contamination Found Near Huge Mine in Western China


Emotional Ad Starring Lesbian Couple Challenges India’s Anti-Gay Laws

Planned Celebrations For International Yoga Day Stir Controversy In India

Indian Pm Says Bangladeshi Pm Fights Terror Pretty Well, For A Girl

New Website Aims To Find Thousands Of Indian Kids Forced Into Labor, Sexual Exploitation


Video: Syria: Brides of Peace

Israel ‘Struck Gaza Beach In Error’

Play Set In Israeli Prison Imperils Arab Theater

Iranian President Expects Sanctions To Lift Within Months Of Deal

Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site In Yemen Capital


‎Harper Renews Attack On Putin Over Ukraine

Russia Wields Aid and Ideology Against West to Fight Sanctions

Russian Groups Crowdfund The War In Ukraine


Iceland ‘To End Capital Controls’

Turkey’s Ruling Party Loses Parliamentary Majority

VIDEO: Med Migrants Crammed In Wooden Vessel

Once Common European Birds At Risk Of Extinction »

Merkel Phone Tapping Probe Dropped

Former IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Acquitted In Pimping Trial


Pope Creates Tribunal For Bishop Negligence In Child Sexual Abuse Cases


Britain’s Most Bizarre Village?

Devon Bats Future To Be Decided At High Court »

6 Species From The Shark Family To Spot Around Cornwall »

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction »

Scientist Resigns Over Girls Comment


Canada Commits To G7 Plan To End Use Of Fossil Fuels

Quebec To Give Police, Courts New Tools To Fight Extremism

Governor-General To Unveil Awards Spotlighting Canadian Innovation

Supreme Court To Rule On Definition Of Medical Marijuana

Canadians Plead Guilty To Obscenity In Malaysia After Stripping On Mountain

Two Canadians who stripped on Malaysian mountain get 3 days time served, to be deported


States Confront Wide Budget Gaps Even After Years of Recovery

Farms Are Growing More Vegetables, But Americans Still Want To Skip Straight To Dessert

Ex-South Carolina Officer Is Indicted In Shooting Death Of Black Man

US Man Freed After 43 Years’ Solitary

VIDEO: How Did Prisoners Escape From US Jail?

The Wild West Of Drought, Crazy Water Rules, And Cattle Ranchers

13 Cities That Have Priced Out Millennials From Buying A Home

Court Upholds Texas Limits On Abortions

Police Officer In McKinney, Tex., Resigns Over Incident Caught On Video

No Evidence That Amtrak Engineer Used Phone During Crash, Safety Board Says

Dallas Gunman Killed After Attack on Police Headquarters


Seven New Species Of Tiny Frog Discovered In Brazil

Wave Of Protests Spreads To Scandal-Weary Honduras And Guatemala

Cuba’s Web Entrepreneurs Search For U.S. Clients, And Reliable Wi-Fi

Inaugural Poet Launches Cuba Writing Project

Mexico’s Midterm Elections Results See Ruling Party Lead, First Independent Wins

Specially Trained Clowns Are Helping Treat Kids At Argentinian Hospitals

How One Pregnant Teen’s Murder Brought Argentina Together Against ‘Femicide’


High-Risk Patients Cut Back On Statins After ABC Story: Research

Abbott Dodges More Questions On Boat Turn-Back Payment Claims

Lions, Tigers, Bears And Hippos Escape Flooded Georgian Zoo

Woman Dies In Motorbike Sidecar Accident In Sydney

Family Of Darwin Man Shot Dead While Driving Car Plead For Information

Laws To Strip Citizenship May Face High Court Challenge: Abbott

Mother Charged After Leading Police On Pursuit With Two Infants In Car In Sydney

Man Charged After Throwing Shoes At Immigration Minister

Renowned NT Cattleman Dies In Helicopter Crash



U.S. Embracing A New Approach On Battling Isis In Iraq

Australian Pm Tony Abbott Urges Regional Anti-Is Action

Second Data Breach Exposed Personal Details Of U.S. Military And Intelligence Staff

Taliban Attack Police Base In Afghanistan, Killing 17


Texans Should Brace For More Rainstorms, More Drought, And More Headaches

Could Pesky Children Be The Solution To Climate Change?

Think Detroit Has It Rough Now? Just Wait ‘Til Climate Change Gets Ahold Of It

Polar Bears Are Now Eating Dolphins Thanks To Climate Change

Pope Francis To Explore Effect Of Climate On World’s Poor


____ 2015-06-12 _ 9.50. 57

Hello Mishka:

Very busy week here so just these few short lines.  The little girl in the photograph was enjoying is Julia, whom we had met on Children’s Day in Sviatogorsk.  Her name is Julia and she is confident that peace now will be always.

Stay cool, Mishka

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Battle Huge Fire At Ukraine Oil Depot

Ukraine Derogation From European Convention On Human Rights 

Ukraine Police Hurt At Kiev Gay Pride Rally

Rescuers Evacuate Two-Kilometer Zone Around Burning Fuel Depot Near Kyiv


How could we not be glad to hear this?  Some Big, Important Countries Are Promising To Cut Out Fossil Fuels By 2100

Good for her.  She is articulate and she knows what she is talking about.  Michelle Obama Talks About Race and Success, and Makes It Personal

This is very encouraging.  What’s Next For The World’s Largest Federation Of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?


At least this was acted upon.  Police officer on leave after video shows him pushing teen, pulling out gun

We need to do something about this.  And not tomorrow.  World Oceans Day: 10 Endangered And At-Risk Marine Animals

Stupid, irreverent, boorish and possibly a national disgrace.  Canadians Who Allegedly Posed Naked On ‘Sacred Mountain’ Barred From Leaving Malaysia


We knew you guys could not live without knowing this.  The 12 smelliest animals

This is a step in the right direction.  U.S. Will Call All Chimps ‘Endangered’

Sometimes the things done in the quest of knowledge totally stagger the mind.  Scientists Emerge From ‘Martian’ Dome On Hawaiian Volcano


‘LA Has A River?’

Was Darwin Really a Genius?

Ancient Byzantine Church Discovered During Highway Construction


Secrets Of The Smallest Planet

Black Hole Hunters

‘Hello Earth’: Space Probe Philae Wakes Up0


Ever Heard Of A Self-Healing Building? Just Wait

Up Close With A Flying Giant

‘Sleeping Beauty’ Grave Discovered


South Koreans Win Robotics Challenge

Tesla, Solaredge Launching Revolutionary Solar-Powered Home Battery

World’s Tiniest Spirals May Take Big Bite Out Of Crime


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.


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Scientists Confirm That Americans Suck At Not Wasting Food

Farmers Spray Insect Sex Chemicals As A Green Alternative To Pesticides

Israeli Tech Harbo Cuts Down Response Time To Oil Spills To 20 Minutes

Your Drawer Of Old Phones Is Bad For The Environment

Remember That Bulldozed Rainforest? We Have Pretty Good News!


Eight Ways To Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning

Five Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard

Soda Ads With Health Warnings? That’s About To Be A Real Thing

Federal Panel Backs Approval Of New Drug To Fight Heart Attacks

Can Money Help Shrink Prison Populations? The Macarthur Foundation Is Betting $75M On It

150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder’s Role in the Sand Creek Massacre


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New American Website Can Identify Birds From Photographs

The Atlantic’s Largest Turtle Breeding Colony Has Been Discovered

A Ladybird’s Colour Reveal Its Level Of Toxicity

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The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine.  We go out by direct email to readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  We started out in 1999 as a monthly and a year later, added a Canadian edition.  We had people on the ground in Bosnia and the Nisqually Earthquake and won awards for our coverage of a war and a major geologic event.  When our Canadian editor, Shannon Goddard, passed away from cancer, we ceased publication and resumed again in 2007 in our present incarnation.  We do accept advertising but remain largely supported by the contributions of our readers.  If you, personally, enjoyed this edition and would like to drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here  For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com




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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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