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

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The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 19, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 43

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Animal Kingdom


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Okay, here’s a question for you.  Is it worth saving species? It will cost billions of dollars to save all the world’s threatened species. What’s in it for us?

I’m not the author of that, by the way.  And I find it a little insulting considering I’m one of those species.  I also object to its panoramic philosophical approach and its apocalyptic economics.

There might ultimately be global oversight but right now, saving other species is part of a general cleaning up of the mess our species has made.  It’s being done in some cases neighborhood by neighborhood and in others across tracts of nations, regions and continents.  It is being funded by a variety of sources and no single individual, class or entity ~ government or private ~ is bearing either the brunt or the glory.

Maybe it is just me but this reminds me of a certain humane society television commercial with one of my favourite singers showing several minutes of abused animals in cages.  I object to it because it seems to assume either that I do not know this goes on or that I do not care enough to contribute more.

I suggest a more positive approach and that would be like success stories.  And no before and after shots.  I want to see something like a nice lady sitting in a chair with a little dog in her lap, with cool music real soft in the background.

And as she’s stroking the dog’s hair, she’s looking at us and saying, “When we first got little Poncho here, his chances of making it were very slim.  But thanks to contributions from caring individuals like you, our little Mexican hairless is very much alive. “  Roll footage of Poncho playing with his new family and tag out with, “If you would like to make another success story like this happen, please go here.”

Show me thriving rain forests and reclaimed urban garden land.  Show me places where my money is making things grow, not just preventing them from dying.  Let the tears I shed for all creatures great and small be happy ones for a change.

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 took us by complete surprise but if ever there is a reason  or one more reason for this to stop, here it is.  Video: The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of

We felt real bad when American Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s son died.  Our prayers continue to be with him.  We know how he feels.  Grieving Joe Biden Focuses on the Job He Has Now, Not the Next One

This is certainly good news.  Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal


Oil Prices Tumble As Iran, Global Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

HIV: UN Meets Goal To Treat 15 Million

Lock bug prompts Range Rover recall

Global Seabird Populations Have Dropped 70 Per Cent In Past 60 Years Say Researchers


EU Bans Import Of Elephant Tusks As Hunting Trophies From Tanzania And Mozambique

Travel: South Africa’s Eastern Cape

Surviving Grenade and Terror to Bring Chad’s Ex-Leader to Trial

Tunisia Hosts Security Meeting With Group of 7 to Discuss Terrorism Threat

Another Ebola Fatality Is Reported in Liberia

Somalia: Militants Said to Be Hit by U.S. Drone Strike
Nigeria: Deadly Blasts Strike a Northeastern Market
Cameroon: North Bans Burqas
South Africa: Tutu Is Hospitalized
Nigeria Military Leaders, Faulted in Fighting Militants, Are Fired
Tunisian Forces Kill 3 Senior Leaders of Insurgent Group
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds

Illuminating a Central African Crisis, Photo by Photo

Chad: Fighting Near Nigeria’s Border Kills At Least 21


Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing

Video: Japanese Troops Set To Fight Overseas

Mourning and Seeking Answers Where Malaysia Airlines Jet Fell to Earth

Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Tibetan Monk Who Died in Jail, Are Detained

Andal Ampatuan Sr., Suspect in Philippine Massacre, Dies During Trial


China’s 7% Growth Beats Expectations

Video: Tackling China’s Contaminated Farmland

China Releases 9 Tourists Accused of Watching Terrorist Video at Hotel

China: Scientists Unearth Winged Dinosaur Skeleton


How India Makes Parsi Babies


German Minister Travels to Iran After Nuclear Deal to Re-establish Ties

Faith and Feasting Worldwide as Ramadan Draws to a Finish

The Iran Deal in 200 Words

Meet Our Man in Tehran

Stress and Hope in Tehran

Syria After Four Years of Mayhem


European Leaders Reach Deal to Resolve Greek Debt Crisis

Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship

Building a Start-Up Culture in a Broken-Down Economy

As Germany Tries to Hold On to Its Art, Some Works Drop From View

Route Of Migrants Into Europe Shifts Toward Balkans

Lives: An Italian Job

Power In Numbers

European Agency Proposes Tougher Medical And Psychological Oversight Of Pilots

Norway: Mass Murderer Is Admitted To University, Though Not To Spend Time In Class Or On The Campus

Rozsypne Journal: Mourning And Seeking Answers Where Malaysia Airlines Jet Fell To Earth

Hungary: Inmates Help Prepare Fence To Bar Migrants

Angela Merkel’s Encounter With A Teary Young Refugee Draws Mixed Reactions

France Detains 3 Men In Alleged Plot To Attack Military Base


Russia Profile

Putin Rejects U.N. Tribunal For Downed Malaysian Jet


The Vatican: A New Use For The Pope’s Helipad


Humpback Whale Spotted In Western Scotland’s Firth Of Clyde

Big Cat Conservation Benefits Greatly From Sale Of Spitfire

Britain’s Liberal Democrats Pick Tim Farron As Leader

British Pilots Have Been Conducting Airstrikes In Syria, Defense Ministry Confirms



Premiers Set To Fast-Track Oil Pipelines

Canada Trailing Peers In Meeting Land Preservation Goals

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

Home Care For Ontario Seniors Affected By Move To Non-Profit Agencies

Iqaluit Grocery Shelves Left Bare As Ice And Fog Hinder Food Shipments

An Energy Strategy To Power The Country


Baltimore Mayor’s Challenge: Fighting Crime While Reining In Police

Pentagon Moves to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in the Military

New York To Pay Garner Family $5.9m

Gunman Kills 4 Marines At Military Site In Chattanooga

Guilty Verdict For James Holmes In Aurora Attack

Why Texans Fear Invasion


Intersection: Street Style Videos Across Latin America

Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison Through Tunnel

Public Enemy? At Home In Mexico, ‘El Chapo’ Is Folk Hero No. 1

Video: Cuba’s Coral Garden

Video: Cycles Of Violence On Colombia’s Coast

Jamaica’s Blue And John Crow Mountains Become The Country’s First World Heritage Site


Australia Set For Housing Oversupply By 2018: Bis Shrapnel

Mystery Surrounds Mcdonald’s ‘Coming Soon’ Sign In Simpson Desert

Indigenous Work For The Dole Scheme Collapsing As Funding From Sydney Company Dries Up



N.S.A. Summer Camp: More Hacking Than Hiking

U.S. Vs. Hackers: Still Lopsided Despite Years Of Warnings And A Recent Push

Saudis Cast Net for ISIS Sympathizers

ISIS Says It Carried Out Bombing That Killed 100 in Iraq

In Suicide Note, South Korea Hacking Expert Denies Domestic Spying

Egyptian Affiliate Of Islamic State Claims Attack On Checkpoints


Pluto Comes Into Focus

Video: Probe Near Pluto After 10-Year Journey

NASA Probe Survives Pluto Encounter

Images Reveal Ice Mountains On Pluto

Why Reaching Pluto Is So Amazing

Video: Pluto: Love at First Sight


On Parched Navajo Reservation, ‘Water Lady’ Brings Liquid Gold

After Years Of Drought, Wildfires Rage In California

Weird Ways The Weather Affects You

Sea Warming Leads To Ban On Fishing In The Arctic


Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Canada Inks Free-Trade Deal With Ukraine

Ukraine PM Calls On Canadian Investors To Help Displace Oligarchs

Right Sector Gunmen Take Boy Hostage In Western Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis Needs A Political Solution To Reinforce EU Aid Efforts

Video: Ukraine’s Explosive Youtube Stars


We are profound fans of hers so we really enjoyed this.  How Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code, Spends Her Sundays

This individual will no doubt be remembered in Maple Leaf history books.  And deservedly so, in my opinion.  Canadian Conservation Officer Defies Order To Kill Two Bear Cubs

I think someday in Fairbanks and Anchorage both, there is going to be a statue of this individual, a pigeon and seagull proof statue.  Over Objections of Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid by unilaterally accepting federal funds to cover more low-income residents under the program.


This better not be any of my tax dollars at work.  Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try

The American penal system in the 21st Century is among the worst of any industrialized nation, both in its treatment of inmates and in its administrative excesses.  So this, in my opinion, is welcome and long overdue.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Obama, in Oklahoma, Takes Reform Message to the Prison Cell Block

I am so sorry to read this.  The characters Mr. Cosby portrayed were role models for millions over several generations, continents and ethnic and religions lines.  Those characters also reflected the lives of real role models and empowered them, as well.  I can no more sanction Mr. Cosby’s treatment of women than any other decent person on the planet could or would.  I will miss Bill Cosby but I will remember the espionage agent, the high school gym teacher and certainly the doctor and family man he brought to life.  Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Calculated Pursuit of Young Women, Using Fame, Drugs and Deceit


I admit this tweaked me out a little. If these dudes ever get captured and reprogrammed we all better hope they cannot swim.  The Soldiers Who Never Sleep ~ South Korea’s Chilling Killer Robots

For the appliance enhanced/appliance reliant, this may not be the best news in the world.  Machines That Mess With Your Mind

This actually makes a lot of sense to me.  It would be like Destruction Derby without the cars.  Training robots to play football


Clouds Like You’ve Seen Before

Stunning Images From Another World

Counting All The DNA On Earth


The Long, Strange Trip to Pluto, and How NASA Nearly Missed It

A New Photo Of Charon, However You Pronounce It

‘Beautiful Eye Candy’: Frozen Plains In Pluto’s Heart


My Digital Cemetery

Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Stops Virus in Monkeys, Study Finds

50-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Sperm In Antarctica


Can A Machine Ever Think?

The Ultimate Guide To AI ~ Truth About Our Future With Machines

Over-Unity Reaction-less Generator Invented In India


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.


Selling solar to the masses

Residents Sue Seattle, Saying New Trash Rules Violate Privacy

U.S. Proposes New Rules to Protect Streams From Coal Pollution


California’s Drought Changes Habits In The Kitchen

How Grounded Is Your Love Life?

Experts Urge Sparing Use Of Nonaspirin Painkillers

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying


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.


All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema

Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse

The Secret World Of A Weasel


  Small Testament Cover


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

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I hope somehow they still learn.  Polar Bears Fail To Adapt To Warming

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Polar Bears Don’t Go Into Hibernation-Like State in Summer, Researchers Say

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Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

50 Best Dive Sites In The World

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 »


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National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Amnesty International


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Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

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World Wildlife Fund

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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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