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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 28, 2015   Vol. 8 No. 40

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  There is an old saying with which I would like to take some issue.  Contrary to this rusty saw, I believe there is so such a thing as a stupid question.

Someone asked me last night why it was I was celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision regarding same sex marriage when I am not a member of any of the categories involved.

Oh, I don’t know.  Why have I been pushing women’s rights ever since I took a punch intended for a female relative?  Why did I start getting a lot more interested in black culture after being told I could not have any playmates of that color?  Why did I become such an advocate for Reasonable Green after seeing much of the state in which I was raised ruined by agribusiness?  Et cetera.

English cleric, poet and essayist John Donne knew why.  He recognized that we are all connected, or as he put it, “part of the Main,” and that what affects a single individual impacts all of society.

American president Harry Truman addressed civil rights from a practical standpoint when he wrote that ~ and I paraphrase here ~ it was not how many people it took to put a black man in the gutter but rather how many it took to keep him there.

As contentious as this species of ours has proven to be since it acquired legs and walked out of the ocean; and as lopsided as its evolution has been, it has nonetheless become one global family.  Maybe it is just me, but I figure that the happier that family is, the better my own day is going 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


This is reassuring.  World ‘Largely Favors’ US And Obama

We were very sorry to hear this.  Leading Conservationist Dr Mar Cano Has Died

This is certainly good for the rainbow.  Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide



Poachers Kill 3 Men In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

South Africa May Leave ICC Over Bashir Row

Militants Storm Somalia Military Base


Myanmar Votes To Keep Military Veto

Taiwan Water Park Blast Leaves Hundreds Injured

After MERS, South Korea Authorizes Prison for Quarantine Scofflaws


In China, Illegal Drugs Are Sold Online In An Unbridled Market

Saved By The City — How One Woman Was Liberated By The Destruction Of Rural China

An Insider’s Guide To Better Eating In Chinese Detention Centers

VIDEO: China’s Farmers-Turned-Millionaires


How India Changed English

The Sikhs Who Saved Parmesan

In Hindi Films, Strong Women Are a Formula That Works


Afghan Parliament Attackers Killed

VCs, Angels, Crowd Funds: Who Rules The Israeli Investment Landscape?

Tel Aviv’s Norman Hotel Is Voted World’s Best Boutique Hotel

Saudi Bombing Only Fans Yemen’s Flames

Kerry, in Vienna, Begins Effort to Complete Nuclear Accord With Iran


Yevgeny Primakov, Former Premier of Russia, Dies at 85

Putin Breaks Silence With Call to Obama Touching on Ukraine and ISIS

Russia: Diplomat Rejects U.N. Tribunal on Malaysian Jet Shot Down in Ukraine


Netherlands Ordered To Cut Emissions

VIDEO: Flares And Fires At French Uber Protest

EU Agrees To Relocate Migrants

France Cracks Down On Uber Service

Suspect in Attack in France Had Ties to Radical Islamist

Once a Beloved French Symbol, Cousteau’s Ship Now Rusts Into Oblivion

French Authorities Hold Suspect in Beheading and Explosion at Chemical Plant

Kosovo: Parliament Votes Against Court to Prosecute Crimes in ’90s War

Clashes Erupt Across France as Taxi Drivers Protest Uber

Armenia: Impasse Over a Price Increase

Suspect in $55 Million A.T.M. Scheme Is Extradited to U.S.

Businesses Worry About Shouldering Burden of Greek Debt

Debt Talks May Be Defining Moment for Greece, and for Angela Merkel


Bittern Populations Back From The Brink Of Extinction In The UK

Thousands Celebrate In London Buoyed By US Court Decision

CNN Mistakes Flag Covered In Dildos For ISIS Banner At London Pride


Executives Urge Canada To Diversify Beyond Natural Resources

Housing Affordability Declines In Toronto And Vancouver, Improves In Alberta: Report

U.S. Short Sellers Betting On Canadian Housing Crash: ‘An Accident Waiting To Happen’

Pacific Rim Trade Talks Target Canada’s Dairy Sector

Vancouver Votes To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Want More Female Cabinet Ministers? Elect More Women

Ottawa Plans Compensation For Farmers


Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide

Breaking Silence, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing

Federal Hate Crime Charges Likely In South Carolina Church Shooting

VIDEO: Wildfire Tears Through Los Angeles Hills

President Obama Eulogizes Charleston Pastor as One Who Understood Grace

Video: Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Long Taught to Use Force, Police Warily Learn to De-escalate


Five New National Parks For The Bahamas

Mother And Baby Survive Plane Crash

Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Caribbean Facing Worst Drought In 5 Years

Venezuelan Vet Arrested For Allegedly Implanting Heroin In Puppies


Timeless Utopia At The World’s Edge

David V Goliath Down Under



France Summons US Envoy Over ‘Spying’

ISIS Re-Enters Syrian City Of Kobane

China ‘Top Suspect’ In US Cyber Hack

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens


Satellites Allow Scientists To Monitor Health Of Coral Reefs

VIDEO: Sir David Tells Obama How To Save Planet

VIDEO: 1,000 Dead In Pakistan Heatwave

California Regulators Tell San Francisco To Stop Taking River Water


Night sky over Ukraine

Night sky over Ukraine

Hi, Mishka:

Catching up with the Inside of Living project.

The travelers have already walked two thirds of the way to the West Ukraine. So beautiful are the Carpathian Mountains where they are now and more adventures and another inspiring month lie ahead before they come to the border point with Slovakia.

The girl initiators of the project are being joined on the way by the people also interested in seeing the country that way and not from the window of a car or train. Some of them join for months, others for a few days, making an adventure even more unique. I’m sending the photo of stars made by one of the project participants Yaha from Kharkov.

Following his blog posts of their adventures, there were not only cheerful sites along the way but one very haunted one, as well.  Where the map showed a village, there were only a few fields and an isolated area of asphalt roads.

On the page of Wikipedia about this place village there is only one line. “Village extinct since 2010.”  This small down was the victim of an economic depression but was still as dead as though it had been bombed out of existence.

Sad too, another traveler blogger, Nastya, mentioned in her blog that when they visited Korotych village, “we found out that half of village men received notices to join army. We were sitting on a grass near school, tears in our eyes, and as thought our hearts had stopped.  And all we could think to say was, ‘Why this war? Stop!”

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Crumbling Ukraine Ceasefire To Form Backdrop Of Canada’s Military Mission

Open Source: Rebels in Ukraine Cleansing Donetsk of ‘Perverted’ Art


Good for the Lone Star State.  Texas bans shark fin trade.

Let us hope Ottawa and the provinces respond.  Cancer society makes first ever public pitch to federal parties

Nice going guys (and guy-ettes).  ‘Elaho Giant’ — 1,000-year-old Douglas fir — saved by quick action of B.C. fire crews


Shame on you guys!  Jewelry Company Caught Selling Tiger Claw Pendants

This we have suspected for over a decade.  Like American cartoonist Walt Kelly said through his character Pogo, “We have met the enemy.  And he is us.”  Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11

This is just a little disgusting.  In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders


This is so cool.  Meet The Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working To Save The Pollinators)

I do this too, with things like my keys, cell or the book I am reading at the time.  So far, I have never overlooked anything as big as a monster truck.  Dino Species Found Hiding In Plain Sight

This is too weird for a lot of words.  WATCH: Freaky Vortex Opens Up In Flooded Lake


Can Anything Live Forever?

The Day The Oceans Died

The Largest Crystals On Earth


NASA’s Bold Plan For Killer Asteroids

SpaceX Capsule To Deliver New Parking Spot For Space Station

Did NASA Find A Pyramid On Mars?


Israel Launches Its First-Ever Natural Gas Powered Truck

This Week in Science: Video From Pluto, Yeti Crabs and Skinny Jean Dangers

This Weird Alien World Has A Comet-Like Tail


Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed

Hoverboard, By Lexus

Men Are Totally Wrong About Their Math Skills


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.


Can Vertical Gardens End World Hunger?

Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2015: Winner Announced

B.C. City’s Tsunami Warning Test Sound Is Now A Didgeridoo


Why Marriage Equality Is So Good For Mental Health

Video: The World’s Deadliest Place for Kids

The Mystery Of The Female Orgasm: Have Scientists Found The Fabled G-Spot?

6 Ways To Get More Love In Your Life

Video: How a Love Story Triumphed in Court

How A White Supremacist Became A Civil Rights Activist

Do You Really Know The Difference Between Fruits & Vegetables?


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Stunning Night Sky Photos

Pet Cat Faces Down A Large Puma

Photo Contest: Finalists Revealed


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Most kids, including me and those in my life, would absolutely love to be doing what these are.  More Than 7 Million School Children Asked To Count Insects

This lived up to its promise.  This Video Of A Cuttlefish Changing Color Will Blow Your Mind

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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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