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 21, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 39

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others

Norman Rockwell – Do Unto Others


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been an unusually interesting week, has it not?  A Spokane, Washington woman with a strong sense of humanity and emotional and cultural identification with Afro-Americans has been passing herself off for years as black.  According to her white parents, she is not.

Several of you have asked my opinion about this ~ including readers under my own roof ~ so I will be very candid with you.  I think this is the dumbest controversy to hit the media in a long time.  It is grist for the self-righteous, an embarrassment to the NAACP and it does not make Seattle’s sister city east of the (Cascade) mountains look like the most enlightened place on the planet.

I think this whole idea of racial profiling is silly. I am of the “you are what you eat” persuasion.  I figure that if you would like to be something you are not, study up on the food the group you want to belong to consumes.  And then, yep, pig out on it.  Just make sure you do not eat it too close to bed time because you can have some very strange dreams as a result.

Imagine, for instance, being a Christian but having lots of Muslim food an hour before retiring.  It’s like you’d be back in the Crusades and not know which side to send where as a blessed infidel.  We will not even go into being German and having matzo ball soup.  Or being from Leeds and having kidney pie and a pint of Guinness.  Or in the States, a Big Mac and the wings off a buffalo.

We need to do more studying on this.  I have, for instance, being a flaming flipping liberal, wondered what conservatives eat when they have to pay for it?  What does a Republican sit down to for breakfast?  How about United States Marines?  Do they really have baby sailors for lunch?

At a point in our history when we should be pulling together as a species and celebrating those differences which enable survival for us all, castigating and censuring a human being of pale persuasion for feeling obsidian is an extremely strong indication that way too many of us have entirely too much time on our hands.

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


We join the members of the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and all the others impacted.  Last Wednesday, a lone gunman entered this venerable Charleston, South Carolina house of worship and slaughtered nine people, seven of who died at the scene.  John Donne’s Meditations XVII doth here apply.  We all lost a good minister but God gained another angel.  I will pray for swift justice in these regards and will restrain myself from the extremes of passion which might motivate me to advocate sterner measures and less regard for the rights of the accused.

We want to wish the Magna Carta a late 800th birthday.  British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at “a ceremony attended by the Queen and other English royalty.  It was held at the site where King John, whose abuses this monumental document was aimed at stopping, signed and sealed it in 1215.”  For more:  The BBC reports.

I tend toward the minimalist side when it comes to personal possessions so this did not guilt-trip me.  And it is a very fair and relevant question to ask.  How many Earths do we need? – Is it true we’d need four Earths if everyone lived like Americans?


World’s Displaced ‘Hits Record High’

Boosting the Ocean Economy


South Africa’s Notorious Ponte Tower Becomes Symbol Of Urban Revitalization

Can Thulisile Madonsela Save South Africa From Itself?

Assailants Target Police in Burundi

Genome Studies Show How Ebola Spread Initially


North Korea Hit By ‘Worst Drought’

Suit Has South Korea Looking Anew at Its Hard Line on Prostitution

South Korean Official Says MERS Outbreak Seems to Be Easing

Red Tape Untangled, Young Nepalese Monks Find Ride to Safety

In Myanmar, Cash Remains King, and It Had Better Be Clean

Taliban Strike Crucial District in Afghanistan

Thailand: First MERS Case Confirmed


China’s New Glass-Bottomed Bridge

13 Arrested In China After Clashes With Police

Chinese Stocks Stagger To End Of Rough Week


India Yoga: Pm Narendra Modi Leads Thousands In Celebration

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

Letter To A Young Boy In Small Town India

Toxic Liquor In India Kills At Least 84


UN And Israel Sign Agreement To Apply Israeli Space Tech To Disaster Zones

Gaza Welcomes Break From Strife And Reopening Of Border With Egypt

Cables Released By Wikileaks Reveal Saudis’ Checkbook Diplomacy


The Monument To A Russian Warlord Called Vladimir

Amur Tigers On The Rise

Russia And Greece Flaunt Solidarity At Business Forum, But Deals Are Scarce


US To Store Heavy Weapons In Poland

Hollande Sounds Alarm On Greek Exit

Italy Warns EU Over Migrant Talks

Escaped Lion ‘Killed Georgian Man’

The Great Moldovan Bank Robbery

Germany Arrests Al-Jazeera Reporter

Germany To Turn 62 Military Bases Into Nature Sanctuaries


Two Bishops Resign in Minnesota Over Sexual Abuse Scandal


Britain Invites U.S. Official To Join Review Of Its Military

In English, French Paper Urges Britain to Heed Waterloo and Stay in E.U.

David Attenborough Opens New Stretch Of Norfolk Reserve And Education Centre At Cley


Canada Government Websites Hacked

Canadian Senator Expelled From Party’s Caucus Over Claims of Affair With Teenager


California’s Water Czar, Part Empathetic Confessor And Part Friendly Scold

After An Era Of Ups And Downs, Home Prices Return To Sanity

One Dead And 16 Injured After Block Party Shootings In Detroit And Philadelphia

Texas Law Decriminalizes School Truancy

Graphic: Gay Marriage State By State: A Trickle Became A Torrent

Graphic: A Portrait Of The Sandtown Neighborhood In Baltimore


Video: 36 Hours In Lima

To Soften Image, Brazilian Police Ride In Atop Horned Beasts

Mexico: Ex-Governor Charged

Venezuela: President Highlights Work To Restore Full Ties With The U.S.

With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access To Internet


Alice’s Australian Wonderland

Paramedics Issue Warning On ‘Violent, Paranoid’ Ice Users

Woman Missing In Outback NT Relied On ‘Survival Techniques’: Husband

Man Racially Abused, Bashed In ‘Sickening’ Melbourne Attack: Police



Top Islamist ‘Killed’ In US Strike

Video: Refugees Flee As Kurds ‘Take Is Town’


A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops

When The Sea Swallows Countries – How Climate Change Claims Nations

Smoke Jumping And Climate Change


Church Massacre Suspect Held As Charleston Grieves

Dylann Roof, Suspect In Charleston Shooting, Flew The Flags Of White Power

Killings Add Painful Page To Storied History Of Charleston Church

Court Hearing For Charleston Suspect

Video: In Charleston, ‘Good Triumphs Over Evil’


olympicsphotoTwo Frostig student-athletes will soon be famous! The girls are featured on Bank of America‘s campaign to promote the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.‪#‎passtheflame  This image below will be shown at B of A ATMs.

Hello Mishka

I would like to share how proud I am of two girls originally from Ukraine adopted by the American family. I met them a few years ago when they visited the country and now was delighted and happy for them to hear they actively participate in Special Olympics.  Their mother Rita shared her attitude towards upcoming event

“Special Olympics has done so much for so many families including our own. Because of Special Olympics, the girls are building lifetime friendships, sportsmanship and the feeling of acceptance and inclusion. The yes, can attitude!

“Special Olympics allows athletes like Alina and Lilia to participate in sports and feel successful no matter how great or little that success is. We thank you for your prayers and support.

“That being said, the girls and I, are registering a TEAM for the Bank of America Unified Relay across America to support athletes like Alina and Lilia. We would like to invite others in this lifetime event, by showing our support for inclusion, respect and dignity to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

“We plan to carry the flame of hope on Friday, July 10th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm from North Hollywood to Hollywood. Will you join us? Together we can move mountains!

“Thank you for being part of our journey. If you are unable to do the walk with us, you will also, be able to donate to the cause. Details for donations will follow.

“We thank you!!!”

Stay cool, Mishka:

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Russia And US Agree To Set Up Karasin-Nuland Channel To Coordinate Steps On Ukraine


This is good to see.  University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute

So is thisF.C.C. Votes To Move Forward With Plan To Subsidize Broadband For Poor Americans

And here I thought being a green newspaper editor in a timber town was a dicey job.  Death defying day jobs


This reminds me of the Black Sox ScandalUS baseball team accused of hacking

This is apparently hurting profits.  No Time to Be Nice at Work

Here’s an interesting look at someone who probably never should have been born.  Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website


Now that summer is here, many of us will be hitting the highways and byways of our respective countries on bicycles.  A firm in Denmark is now marketing a camper trailer that a bike can tow.  I am saving up for one of these, they are that cool.  Check them out here.  A caravan for the cycling set

This kind of reminded me of the American silent film Modern Times.  The largest shipyard in the world

I have actually long suspected this.  New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American


The Giant Cow That Swam The Ocean

The Biggest Flies In The World

New Rewilding Area To Be Launched In Europe


Where Did The Moon Come From?

Traces of Earliest Stars That Enriched Cosmos Are Spied

Israel Finds Neighboring Galaxy With One Million ‘Young’ Stars


Inside The Mind Of A Burglar

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

Video: Love And Roller Coasters


Video: How Drones Are Helping Hunt For Sharks

Video: The Family (Robot) Dog

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality


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.


Proposed Scottish Wind Farm Could Put Special Breeding Birds At Risk

1,600 Corals Planted At Florida Keys Plantapalooza

This Clean Water Device Creates A Tap From A Backpack, And It’s Saving Lives

Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households


The call no one wants to get — When an older family member suddenly falls ill, you drop everything. Here’s how to cope when a crisis hits.

Can hallucinogens cut smoking? A surprising use for psychedelic drugs

Tips for setting (and achieving) realistic weight loss goalsWatch video

Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks

Israeli Researchers Discover Flower That Can Treat Diabetes


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.


Video: Hippo, Lions And Bears Loose In Georgia And Video: Volunteers Search For Animals At Flooded Zoo

Video: Sinabung Eruption: Thousands Flee

Who Is Your Disney Doppelganger?





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I love goats, especially the small mountain variety, so of course I tripped on this.  Daredevil goats defy gravity

If we had a “Must Read” list, this would be on it.  The truth about bees

This is certainly good news.  Record number of humpbacks spotted around UK


Large Number Of Painted Lady Expected In UK

Panthera’s Vice President Dr. George Schaller Receives National Geographic Society’s Prestigious Hubbard Medal

Major Push To Save Scottish Red Squirrels From Extinction


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

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

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Britain’s Most Bizarre Customs

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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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