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

News & Commentary, From the Ukraine: Three Special Videos, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 12, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 42

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Beating the heat on Seattle’s Lake Washington.   Photo by MS(R)M

Beating the heat on Seattle’s Lake Washington. Photo by MS(R)M


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  With Seattle’s not entirely deserved reputation for excessive precipitation (This is the shadow of a northern rain forest and you expect palm trees, perhaps?), it is probably unusual to hear about a heat wave.

But 600,000 of us or so have just come out of one that lasted about two weeks so that’s what I’m going to talk about.  Those of you it does not admittedly bore to tears just might learn something, like that there are at least 43 other places in the continental US where it rains more than Seattle.

Normal high for this time of year is around 72F/22C and no rain.  It reached 96F/35C.  And no rain.  Many of us are air-conditioned challenged here because it usually only gets that way for a couple of weeks in August and especially for owners of multiple-residential units, it is often not considered worth the expense.  It would be a bit like putting a rain barrel in a Palm Beach back yard.

My household is luckier than most because all of us are either self-employed or on flex time.  I work from around 10:30 p.m. until noon and when it warms up, I sleep in a dark shady room with two small fans blowing on the quilted bed.  (Sorry but how I sleep in that bed is not fit fare for a G-rated publication.)

We get the outside stuff done early, like watering the 8 million plants in the backyard.  One of us is a master gardener with a very expensive but beautiful and health hobby.  Walking errands are also done then, along with any cooking.

We use the microwave more and eat sandwiches and salads a lot.  One recipe involves two cans of tuna fish and two tablespoons of salad dressing, blended.  We have three flavors of tuna sandwiches; French, Ranch and Bleu Cheese.  We also reuse a lot of beverage containers and the plastic bottles of Lucerne’s super milk are great for fruit juices as a vitamin boost to straight ice water.

Even though it is hot weather, it is still weather and we have four seasons here, each with its adaptation challenges, tricks, legends and lore.  None of those include complaining about it or invoking some scientific or naturalistic chants, demonizing meteorologists or using it as an excuse to do weird things.

And everybody ~ each and every single one of us ~ has one little secret thought that makes all the difference.  I’ll share mine with you because you’re like readers and stuff.

I went to American Navy boot camp during San Diego, California’s monsoon season.  Our company commander was an Irishman with a long history of railing at the gods and learning the futility of that form of exercise.  So as he marched us from place to place over the vastness of the recruit training center, he would ask us if we were wet, and we would reply in unison,

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

“And are you wishing you were dry?”

“Yes sir, Company Commander.”

“Then wish harder lads.  It’s not workin’.”

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 would like to wish the United Nations a late happy birthday.  They turned 70 on June 26 in San Francisco, California.  Learn more about the 70th anniversary celebration.  See also:  Norman Rockwell’s United Nations

This is good news.  We’re lighting a candle and praying it works.  Greece’s Parliament Approves Prime Minister’s Bailout Plan

Lest the world ever forget.  Srebrenica Revisited


3 Ways To Get Involved With The Global Goals

10 Highlights From The Millennium Development Goals

Fighting Malaria On World Refugee Day

Progress For Children


Twin Nigeria Blasts Kill Scores

Video: How Liberia’s Ebola Hospital Was Transformed

A Homecoming For Rwanda’s Lions

South Sudan Enemies Find Uneasy Refuge Together At A U.N. Base

South Sudan’s Conflict Is Killing Women Far From The Battlefield

Shabab Militants Strike 2 Hotels In Somalia


Two On Trial Over Thai Beach Deaths

Obama Hosts Vietnam Communist Leader

Volcano Closes Indonesian Airports

Deadly Stampede In North Bangladesh

Malaysia’s Critics Fear U.S. May Ease Stance On Trafficking

Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Asian Elephant Alliance Launched To Help The Indian Crisis


China’s Latest Craze

China Bounce Ends Five-Day Losing Streak For Stocks

Video: Inside A Chinese ‘Ketamine Village’

Video: China’s Stock Crash – In 60 Seconds

Chinese Authorities Appear To Detain 4 Human Rights Lawyers


A Moving Story Of Love And Promise

Heavy Rains In Delhi And Other Parts Of The Country Bring Relief To Some, Chaos For Others

Another Witness In Asaram Rape Case Shot At In Up, The Ninth So Far

ISRO Successfully Powers Five British Satellites In Space, More Launches Planned


Four Million Have Fled Syria – UN

Iran Talks To Resume Past Deadline

Cairo Blast At Italian Consulate Kills At Least 1

A Final Hurdle In Iran Talks Deals With Conventional, Not Nuclear, Arms


Greece: Latest Updates

Greeks Heading to Brussels for Crucial Talks

7 Greeks Discuss Their Hopes And Fears For The Future

Angela Merkel Faces Monumental Test of Leadership After Greek Vote

The Friendliest Town In Europe?

Video   Single Mother On 10 Euros A Week

Several Killed In Germany Shooting

U.N., Warning Of Migrant Crisis In Greece, Urges Europe To Act

France: Extremist Leader Gets 9 Years For Terrorism

Open Source: Belgian Liberal Basks In Viral Fame For Scolding Greek Prime Minister

Research Points The Way To Salvation Of The European Eel


Russia Profile

Putin Calls For End To Use Of Sanctions And Criticizes U.S. In Afghanistan

The Newsroom: Russia Vetoes Bosnia Genocide motion

Budget Airline Bans ‘Costly’ Chewing Gum

Captive Amur Leopards To Be Released Into The Russian Far East »


Former Vatican Ambassador Hospitalized Ahead Of Child Abuse Trial

My Travels With Pope Francis

What ‘Scandalous’ Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?


Britain’s Dangerous New Tribalism

Meet The SNP Leader Who’s Showing His True Metal

Michael Gove Scraps Youth Mega Prison Plans

Isle Of Man Post Office Release Stamps Showing Endangered Species To Mark The Island’s Wildlife Park’s 50th »

Britain’s Longest-Running Bird Survey Hits The Web



Just Started: Ottawa Bluesfest

Pulitzer Winner Quits Toronto Star Over Story About Feds Silencing Experts

Meet The Canadian Rangers’ New Sako Rifle, Built To Defend …

Chris Selley: Toronto Should Learn From Conrad The Raccoon


Oratory on Confederate Flag in South Carolina Legislature Shows Deep Divisions

Baltimore Fires Police Chief in Wake of Unrest and Crime Surge

San Francisco Murder Case Exposes Lapses in Immigration Enforcement

Catholics Defy Boston Archdiocese With 11-Year Vigil to Keep Church

Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says

Era Ends As South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag


Video: Intersection | Santiago, Chile

Video: Catching Brazil’s Illegal Loggers

World Land Trust Helps Fundacion Proaves In Colombia Buy Vital Land For Rare Birds


Abbott Orders Talk Show Boycott



Video: How Spies Eavesdrop On Secret Talks

Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People

Turkey Arrests 21 Suspected Of Ties To ISIS

ISIS And The Lonely Young American

Here’s The ISIS Recruitment Hub You Aren’t Hearing About


Remnant Of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens To Outlast Summer

Dark Cloud Lifts Over Denver, But Experts Warn Of More To Come

Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope

Study: American, European Bumblebees Feeling Climate Sting


Hi, Rusty:

First, this week I want to share with you an excellent video produced by our Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.  As you know, I read a variety of sources to see how my country is seen by the world.  I like this video because it more accurately portrays us, as among other things, the fourth most educated nation in the international community.  So, for those interested seeing the Ukraine as Ukrainians themselves see themselves, please go here.

The second video I want to share is a few words from Olya Soloviova, Inside Of Living Project, before the project presentation in Ivano-Frankivsk, a beautiful historic city in West Ukraine.  It is aimed as last call to enthusiasts to join them on their way through Carpathians with beautiful Sinevir Lake.

There are only few weeks left until the travelers reach the border and so the finish of their trans-Ukrainian East-West feet walking journey.

When I asked her what is the most remembered site they have seen during the journey Olya mentioned Atlantis cave in Zavalna village (Khmelnitsky region). One of the project participants even left the others to stay with the spelunkers who showed them this incredible place.

I thought it was especially interesting to learn that the cave by itself was discovered by children expedition and later another expedition of young spelunkers discovered the church there.  So yes, go here.

Oh and this too.  Here’s a video of the Special Olympics flame arriving in downtown Los Angeles.  Two girls of Ukrainian origins passed the torch.

That’s it for this week.  Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels


Thank you, Mr. President.  Obama Unveils Stricter Rules Against Segregation in Housing

I personally think this is so cool.  Video: Tourists Help Refugees On Greek Island

I think some of us could learn from these big dudes (and dudettes).  Whales Never Forget Their Friends


Truth and Reconciliation at Work: How These Commissions Help Heal Wounds From Racial Injustice

7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking

Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)


I’ll bet this person is real fun to party with.  The Prosecutor Who Says Louisiana Should ‘Kill More People’

Where were this lad’s parents when he was doing all this illegal stuff?  Teen Convicted Of Over 50,000 Hacks

This reminds me of a famous Pete Seeger folksong called Waist Deep in the Big MuddyPsychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds


I loved this.  I am a humble man and this was a good reminder of why it is good to be that way.  Why Humans Are Not That Special

On the other hand, What makes human beings unique?

I was not aware that we were lost so this was really interesting.  Finding the Way Back – What happens when we say no to sat nav, Smartphones, and G.P.S. and embrace the old ways of orienting ourselves?


The Coldest Place On Earth

How Triceratops Got Its Horn  

California Shark Attack Rates Plunge 90 Percent Since 1950s


Video: Fast And Light To Pluto

Rare System Of Five Stars Discovered

17 Spectacular Images Of Space

NASA’s New Commercial Crew Astronauts: Each Wants to Fly 1st

After 2 Weeks Of Silence, Philae Comet Lander Back In Touch

Japan’s New Satellite Captures An Image Of Earth Every 10 Minutes


Japan Launches Free Wi-Fi On Mount Fuji

Scientists Demonstrate Animal Mind-Melds

Empathy Is Actually A Choice


IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

High-Speed ‘Hyperloop’ Could Carry Passengers At 1,200 Km/H In Just A Few Years

‘Humans’ – One Step Closer To Love And Sex With Robots


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.


Finding a House That Fits Is About More Than Just Size

17 Ways You Can Work For Social Justice

Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015


Investing In Health For Women, Children, & Adolescents

Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age

Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll

Noise May Be Bad for the Heart

Keeping Blood Pressure Low in Those Under 50

More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves


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: 36 Hours In Vilnius

The ‘Sea Women’ Of South Korea

A New Reason To Ride Canada’s Rails



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

For a preview, please go here  

Now available in both paperback and Kindle at


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This species and I and I have this in common.  Dogs avoid unhelpful people

I will never ever make a joke about kilts again.  Video Of Scottish Kayaker Saving Dolphin Entangled In Seaweed

Whoever did this needs to eat a dish of crows who gave their lives voluntarily to God, Queen and Crown.  This is utterly and absolutely bloody flipping indefensible.  Red Kite Deliberately Shot In Northern Ireland


Dr Elke Bojanowski To Run Shark Workshop With Oonasdivers »

Devon’s Nature Sound Recordist

Ben Osborne’s Photography Masterclass


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

How To Identify Birds And Mammals In The Field »

Alyson Chorley Of The Somerset Wildlife Trust Offers Advice To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden »


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


This dog walked 35 miles just to fall down at its sleeping owner’s door in California

VIDEO: Naked man steals US police car

How two mice conquered an island

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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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