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

July 5, 2015                                                                   Vol. 8 No. 41

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, now that the pyrotechnics and the other cacophony of national pride have resided for another year, we would like to wish both Canada (July 1) and America (July 4) a happy birthday.

It was quiet in Seattle and I am grateful for that.  I am not a fan of noisy holidays.  Too many of the home fireworks associated especially with the Fourth of July remind me of stuff I heard, saw and felt in a way.

A string of firecrackers, for instance, can sound like an AK-47 assault rifle.  The ubiquitous nature of that single weapon makes its memory the key to a lot of doors best remained closed.

On the other hand, I love watching ~ albeit from a distance ~ the big fireworks displays Seattle and other places put on.  There is an incredible artistry to these that is absolutely awesome.

These two holidays are a time of reflection for me on things like how these two countries came into being.  One rebelled against the Crown.  The other bided its time and essentially evolved into independence, while still retaining strong cultural, economic and military ties to not only Mother England but France, as well.

I marvel at how two nations with such dichotomous national characters can coexist so peacefully when in Europe, they would have invaded each other a half dozen times or so by now.

Part of the answer, I suspect, lies in America’s appreciation of the quiet strength and extreme diplomatic circumspection of a people who are as durable as any God ever created.

A Canadian can call you the offspring of a border collie and make you think you are being complimented on your pedigree.  Canadians tend to do things on a smaller scale, with less fanfare and they are great ones for joining other nations in economic ventures often colorful to say the least.

Canadians make good allies but they are the kind of enemy that can slit a throat with a smile, after tea, and be back in bivouac refreshed by the exercise, in time for supper.  It is chilling to face an opponent who is not angry but simply there to facilitate your total destruction.

Finally, Canada seldom does anything to get anyone mad at her.  She doesn’t try to tell other cultures how to live.  She doesn’t impose military tactics on the acquisition of economic markets and she is not out to replace the Union Jack with the Maple Leaf.

This, I think, is why America gets along with Canada as well as it does.  It speaks well of both nations, don’t you think?

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 not good news.  Ebola back in Liberia with new case

This is, however.  US and Cuba ‘to announce embassies’

To know that such a man walked among us and also lived long and prospered should end forever any further debate on the intrinsic value of virtue.  Nicholas Winton Is Dead at 106; Saved Children From the Holocaust


Stock Markets Slide On Greek Crisis.


Lions To Be Reintroduced To Akagera National Park in Rwanda

Multimedia Feature: How Boko Haram Courted And Joined The Islamic State

The Saturday Profile: U.N. Envoy Draws on Her Past in Sierra Leone to Help Abused Women

Weak Power Grids In Africa Stunt Economies And Fire Up Tempers

Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes


Deadly Plane Crash In Indonesia City

MH17 Disaster: Malaysia Pushes For Tribunal

Multimedia Feature: Illuminating North Korea

U.S. Soldiers Used ‘Restraint’ in Kabul Confrontation, Inquiry Finds


China Moves to Stabilize Stock Markets; Initial Offerings Halted

Security Law Suggests a Broadening of China’s ‘Core Interests’

U.S.-China Adventure Film Already Creating Buzz


Militants and Soldier Are Killed in Kashmir Gun Battle, Indian Official Says


Syria Forces and Hezbollah Attack Insurgents Near Lebanon

U.N. Nuclear Chief Is Optimistic About Iranian Cooperation on Review


From The Archive, 23 June 1941: Hitler’s Invasion Of Russia

Putin Wishes Obama Happy July Fourth


Greece Debt Crisis: Live Coverage

Data Roaming Charges To End In EU

Paris’s Voiceless Find a Megaphone Online

How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep Freeze


Pope Francis’ Visit to Latin America Will Test His Ability to Keep Catholics in the Fold


Report Backs Third Heathrow Runway

Baby Boost For Devon Beavers »

UK’s First Dedicated Marine Life Gallery Set To Open


Universities Will Help Reset Relations Between Indigenous And Non-Indigenous People

The F/A-18 Super Hornet — A Better Fighter Jet

Canoe Sex, Marijuana Use And Other Statistical Maps Of Canada

Canada’s Economy Shrinks For Fourth Month, Raising Spectre Of Recession

Quebec Anti-Corruption Squad Heading To Panama To Get Evidence Of Porter Death


The Deep Racial Division In American Churches

Supreme Court Allows Use Of Execution Drug

Colorado Court Rules Use Of Public Funds For Private Schools Is Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

US Makes FIFA Extradition Request

US Airlines Investigated Over Prices

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

Anonymous Donors Give Over $3 Million for Charleston Scholarship Fund


Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

And Now, What Mexico Thinks Of Donald Trump

Argentine Judges Allowed to Resign After Child Abuse Ruling

Colombia Peace Process Now At Lowest Ebb: Government

Calls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers In Rare Public Appearance


Venture Into The Outback Of Australia And Find A Spiritual Oasis In The Country’s Only Monastic Town

Political And Indigenous Leaders Sound Off On Constitutional Recognition



ISIS Fight ‘Struggle Of Our Generation’

Taliban Ambush ‘Kills 11 Soldiers’

The Road To Closing Guantánamo Is Still Being Paved

New Cold War has the subtlety of professional wrestling: Thomas Friedman

Graphic: Where ISIS Has Directed And Inspired Attacks Around The World


Staying Human In A Time Of Climate Change: New Author On Science, Grief, And Hope

Pope Revving Up Climate Action In LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood

Video: Record Breaking Heat Across The Globe

Video: ‘Irreversible Change’ To Sea Life From Co2

Photos: Record-Breaking Heat Wave Scorches Europe



Hi, Rusty:

I would like to share a photo and fantastic emotions after a performance of George Benson, a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American jazzman.  Mr. Benson was invited for celebrations of the Ukraine’s Constitution Day. His music is just so gentle and light, so people of Lviv city I’m sure enjoyed and appreciated a lot his coming.

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Partisans’ Arrest Divides Opinion On Role Of Unofficial Fighters


I love your opening remarks RE: Rainbow Celebration.

Be well,


Amy, high praise, source considered.  We are honoured by your society, as well. 

Dear Rusty….

I hope this e mail finds you in great health and spirits.

I was very saddened to learn that three Rangers had died trying to save endangered species from extinction and from poachers.

In the next month I am aiming to send the J-Ten village project on my FB a bit of donation to buy some seeds and agriculture things needed to keep the village of orphans and widows alive.  I do not normally partake in this but I feel a strong need to help.

I wish in some way I could help the Rangers families that are now without fathers…so sad indeed to read world happenings…

But thank you for the Northstar Journal…….

Be safe


Jeanelle, thank you very much for sharing this with us.  And thank you for going above and beyond what you already do as an artist of nature and for your friends, family and community in Colorado.  This is so cool, Lass.  And with all due respect, Lady J, you rock.

To contact either of these individuals, email us at and we will forward.


One of our local newscasters posted this on Facebook and I like it a lot.  I am also betting that some of you in other countries may know more about America than many of us who live here.  It’s a 21-question test to determine how much you know about American government 

I’d love to share scores from places beyond the pale, as it were, so if you do take this, shoot me the results at with a first name, a country and your score.

What is also cool about this site is that on it, you can create your own quiz and post it on Facebook.  You could make up one for your country; we could all take it and learn that way.


These people sound awesome.  Borneo’s tribe of eco-warriors

We totally agree with this.  Pets may be a comfort, but that doesn’t mean they’re service animals

With all due respect, welcome back to the Union, folks.  After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Southern States Fall in Line


Good.  British Petroleum to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

A legacy as shameful as any nation ever born.  Wave Of U.S. Church Fires All Too Familiar To South

I guess when you’re as rich as this jackass, it does not matter which end the bray comes from.  Panama Also Drops Out Of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant


Here we go again.  Solar plane makes second Pacific bid.  And guess who made it?  Solar-powered plane crosses the Pacific without a drop of fuel

Here is an interactive from our esteemed colleagues at the BBC.  Show us what ‘unbreakable’ means: Submit photos of the people, places and moments that will stand the test of time

And for those of you who have not had your pint of weird this week, try this.  According to our esteemed colleagues at the New York Times, In a leap of the imagination, researchers managed to use bacterial spores to tap the power of evaporationVideo: The Spore Machine


Is There Such A Thing As A Yeti?

The Stormy Sea Beneath Our Feet

The Continents Emerged Way Earlier Than We Thought


Black Hole Caught Burping

Black Hole Hunters

Introducing Summer of Science: Explore mysterious solar snapshots, new findings about left-handedness and other intriguing bits of science.


England’s Very Own Jurassic Park

How The Bomb Changed Everything

The World’s Most Beautiful House?


‘X-Test’ Trains Mice To Detect Explosives At Airports

How To Secure Kayaks And Ladders To Roof Racks

Check Out These Four Cool Gizmos That Run On Rays.


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.


US And Brazil Set Big Energy Goals

Canada Reverses Stance On Asbestos In ‘Landmark Shift’

IUCN Red List Update Shows Conservation Successes And Failures »

How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive


Live Tiny, Save Big

Life In A Town Called Mongo

New System Tells People Which Deadly Diseases They Are Most Likely To Contract

‘A Conversation With White People on Race’

Doctors Remotely Control Microchips That Will Disperse Medicine Inside Your Body

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk Of Childhood Leukemia, Study Shows

First US Measles Death In 12 Years


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.


WWF Film Tiger Release Back To The Wild

Video: Replica 18th Century Ship Due In US

Video: The Life Of Holocaust Hero Winton


  Small Testament Cover


A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future

Now available in both paperback and Kindle at

 THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 


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How about a “message” that will bring them to tears or to their feet cheering and contributing?

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What about a special project, like a book, press release, poster or business or product name?

I’ve been in the writing and editing profession for awhile now and there are few creatures made of words, I haven’t captured in print.  So if you have something like that and you want it done quickly, simply and reasonably, shoot me an email at

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My name’s Rusty Miller.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Okay, but I still think they are creepy looking.  The truth about tarantulas

I wonder what else we are going to find if we keep walking around in this particular back yard.  Glowing deep-sea corals found

I think the results of this are probably going to change forever how we look at the entire creature kingdom.  Anyone want a quid of that action?  Decoding the ‘internet of ants’


New RSPB Reserve For Scotland »

Scientists Solve How Parrots Mimic Humans »

How Tiny Saharan Silver Ants Stay Alive In 70 Degrees Centigrade »


Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin


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

Writing For Peace


A Year As A Nudist

Man Crushed To Death By Robot

A Church of Cannabis Tests Limits of Religious Law in Indiana

Southern Resident orca J2, or "Granny" (left), with L87, or "Onyx," in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014.  Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures

Southern Resident orca J2, or “Granny” (left), with L87, or “Onyx,” in the foreground in the southern Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 2:00 pm, May 9, 2014. Credit: Capt. Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures


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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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