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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 26, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 44

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I write, it is first light in Seattle on a moderately tempered Sunday in one of the largest and quietest cities on the American West Coast.

I’ve looked at the headline news for the United States and America seems like such a violent place.  But in all honesty, there are places in Seattle and in Washington State which are just as dangerous.

If I’ve read the Script correctly, I’ve got another 25 or 30 good years left and lots of stuff to do to make sure my family and others I love are left well provided for.  Paramount is finding a safe place for this to all come together.

I have lived and worked in violent communities in California and I am not particularly fond of them.  To escape them, I sought the smaller towns of the rural Pacific Northwest and discovered that the climate had not really changed very much.  Per capita, the level was about the same.

I grew up in a National Riflemen’s Association household so firearms from a S&W snub-nosed .38 revolver to a Remington .30-06 ADL with a Bausch & Lomb 3x9x scope are not unfamiliar to me.

I am not an advocate of gun control not because I do not believe in the principle of it because I do, but rather because I know it will not work.  All it will do is create an even larger black market for weapons of individual and small mass destruction.

British General Sir Lord Wellington has written that war will not end until the lead toy soldiers are gone from the nursery.  As long as we continue to glamorize the use of firearms in any context, the climate of violence will not change.  As long as Sly and Bruce are punching holes the size of bean cans in the bad people, there’s going to be some moron with a Messiah complex, access to weapons of small mass destruction (WSMD) and a delusional license to kill.

There are places in Washington and southwestern Canada which police themselves and exercise responsible use of everything from fishing nets to chainsaws to their own collection of WSMD and even where people watch a John Wayne cavalry western and root for the indigents.

After I’ve settled me and mine in, I’ll invite you all to supper.  Dogs, cats and kids are welcome.  But if you know anyone named Ruby, please ask her not to bring her guns to town.

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


In several decades of covering and curating news, I do not think I have come across anything sillier, dumber or more potentially open to an epidemic of blackmail than this  Infidelity site customer data stolen – Ashley Madison, an online dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse, suffers a loss of customer data.

On the other hand, this is very encouraging.  Spam email levels at 12-year low.  Junk mail or spam has fallen to less than 50% of all the email scanned in June by security firm Symantec.

So is this.  Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase


Global Economy Begins Second Half Of 2015 On Shaky Note


Burundi Votes Amid Gunfire And Blasts

Video: How Is KOT (Kenyans On Twitter) Changing A Country?

Obama Arrives In Kenya, On Personal And Official Journey

Tunisia Passes Antiterror Law After 2 Deadly Attacks


Capitalist Soul Rises As Ho Chi Minh City Sheds Its Past

Toshiba Boss Resigns Over Scandal

A Bangladeshi Town in Human Trafficking’s Grip

Obama Administration Targets Trade In African Elephant Ivory

In Pakistan, Detainees Are Vanishing in Covert Jails

Small Plane Crashes In Tokyo Neighborhood; 3 Dead, 3 Survive

Thailand Charges 72 With Human Trafficking Crimes Ahead of U.S. Report

Malaysia Suspends 2 Newspapers Covering Scandal At State-Owned Fund

Mitsubishi To Stop Production At Only U.S. Plant

Pakistani Panel Rejects Fraud Accusations In 2013 Prime Minister Vote

Suicide Bombing At Afghan Market Kills Dozens

Afghan Security Forces Struggle Just To Maintain Stalemate

Maldives: Vice President Is Impeached In Absentia

Ho Chi Minh City Journal: Capitalist Soul Rises As Ho Chi Minh City Sheds Its Past


Huawei Reports 30% Jump In Revenue

Video: China Molds A Supercity Around Beijing

Where Buddha Was Born

China Targeting Rights Lawyers In A Crackdown

China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans And Strings Attached

Trial Of Chinese Rights Campaigners On Subversion Charges Continues

Chinese Police Are Said To Seize Ashes Of Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Top Chinese Official Is Ousted From Communist Party

Ai Weiwei, Chinese Artist And Provocateur, Is Given Back His Passport


Indian Energy Institute Replaces Director Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The Kama Sutra As A Work Of Philosophy

Mending India’s Broken Down Bikes

Assad, in Rare Admission, Says Syria’s Army Lacks Manpower

Spy’s Release Is Unlikely to Assuage Israel on Iran Nuclear Deal

Is This The End Of Christianity In The Middle East?

Israel Is Steadfast In Criticism Of Nuclear Deal

Saudi Forces Agree To Halt In Yemen War


Deadly Blast Hits Turkish Town

Seeking Sanctuary, More Migrants Confront Land Route’s Perils

Times Article on Rome’s Decay Draws a Surge of New Scrutiny

France Clears Final Hurdle to Expand Spying Power

French Lawmakers Visit Crimea, to the Dismay of Officials Back Home

Hamburg Journal: As German Church Becomes Mosque, Neighbors Start to Shed Unease

Rome Journal: Romans Put Little Faith in Mayor as Their Ancient City Degrades

Ventimiglia Journal: Migrants’ Journeys Stall in Italy, Near the French Border

Germany’s Top Court Strikes Down Federal Aid for Home Child Care

Denmark: Nazi Hunter Urges Inquiry of Dane, 90

Turkey Says Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 30 in Suruc, Near Syria

Jewish Hideout Declared Polish Monument


Russia Profile

Video: Russia Using N Korean ‘Slave Labour’

MacArthur Foundation to Close Offices in Russia

Between Big Cities, a Road Passes the Russia Left Behind


De Blasio, Inspired by Francis, Describes an Evolving Relationship With Faith

De Blasio, at Vatican, Hails Pope’s ‘Urgency’ on Climate Change


Royal Mail Reports Flat Revenues

Puffin Colony Numbers Halves In 30 Years

English Pine Martin Spotted For First Time In Century »

Wildlife: Killer Plants In Derbyshire

‘Near Miss’ Prompts UK Drone Warning

A Find In Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps As Old As Islam

 Terrorism Case In Britain Ends In Acquittal, But No One Can Say Why

Pearson In Talks To Sell Its Stake In The Economist Group

After Defeat, Britain’s Labour Party Argues Over Its New Leader

Man Charged With Plotting to Kill U.S. Serviceman in Britain



In Alberta, Farmers Fear Long-Lasting Effects From Brutal Drought

Miles Nadal resigns from MDC Partners, to return $12.5-million

Long-term Canadian expats denied right to vote, court rules

Ottawa Says It Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ By U.S. Over TPP Dairy Negotiations

As Oil Prices Plummet, Calgary’s Vacant Office Space Soars

Canadian Tourism Gets A Boost From Sinking Loonie

Canada Bouncing Back, Further Rate Cuts Unlikely: Economists


Armed Guards Now Protect Denver Church

Court Overturns Some of Rod Blagojevich’s Convictions

New York Plans $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

Dylann Roof, Charleston Shooting Suspect, Is Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges

Slain Soldiers In Chattanooga Saved Lives Before Giving Their Own

Lafayette Shooting Adds Another Angry Face in the Gunmen’s Gallery

Autopsy of Sandra Bland Finds Injuries Consistent With Suicide, Prosecutor Says


In Cuba, Live With The Locals

Prison That Held ‘El Chapo’ Is Replica Of One He Broke Out Of Earlier

Chile: 7 In Pinochet’s Military Charged In Death Of Protester

Mexican Panel Criticizes Inquiry In Missing Students Case

Officers Arrested In 1986 Burning Death Of U.S. Student In Chile

Suspicion Falls On The Police After Dozens Of Execution-Style Killings In Brazil

Brazil: Three Executives Are Guilty Of Graft In Petrobras Scandal

U.S. And Cuba Reopen Long-Closed Embassies

Colombia: Rebels Free Captured Soldier

As U.S. And Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived

U.S. Sought ‘El Chapo’ Extradition Before Escape

In Argentina, An Anguished Anniversary For Jewish Center Bombing

$1 Million Price Tag Hinted At In El Chapo’s Escape

Brazil Adds To Tally Of Corruption Scandals With Investigation Of A Former President


Video: NZ Boy’s Quest To Respect Maori Words

Bag Holding Nz$1m Missing In Airport

Full Article Shark Kills Diver Off Tasmania



ISIS Leader Takes Steps to Ensure Group’s Survival

Russia Puts Ukrainian Film Director On Trial For Terrorism

Video: Child Soldiers Fighting The Taliban

U.S. Jets to Use Turkish Bases in War on ISIS

Australia Arrests Nurse Who Says He Worked With ISIS Under Duress

Taliban Take Remote Afghan Police Base After Mass Surrender

World Briefing: Britain: Boy Says He Tried to Incite a Terrorist Attack

Suicide Bomber in Suruc Is Said to Be a Turk With Possible Ties to ISIS

Italy Arrests 2 Men Accused of Planning Terrorist Attacks

Al Qaeda’s Chief of Bombing Attacks Died in U.S. Strike, Pentagon Says

U.S.-Trained Iraqi Troops Deployed To Help Retake Ramadi From ISIS


Greek Banks Reopen Amid Tax Rise

Greece: A Look At The Scale Of Hardship

Video: Greece’s Entrepreneurs

Greek Mps Pass Crucial Reforms

Troika of Greek Creditors to Travel to Athens for Debt Talks

Greek Plan Stirs Memories in Germany

Greece Approves Second Set of Changes Needed for Bailout

Personalities Clashing Over How to Handle New Greek Bailout

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister, Sheds His Identity as a Radical


More Mountains Found In Pluto Heart

Pluto’s Atmosphere Is Thinner Than Expected, But Still Looks Hazy

Conditions On Pluto: Incredibly Hazy With Flowing Ice


U.S. Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

Disasters, Both Natural And Weather-Related, Displaced 19 Million In 2014

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action

Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side

Unraveling The Relationship Between Climate Change And Health


Palanok Castle in Mukachevo town (West Ukraine) by Inside Of living project photo credit:   www.vk.com/insideofliving

Palanok Castle in Mukachevo town (West Ukraine) by Inside Of living project photo credit: http://www.vk.com/insideofliving

Hello Rusty:

Glad to share that “Inside of Living” project has successfully reached its goal of crossing Ukraine from east to west after 83 days of walking. I cannot convey how proud I am of the girls Anastacia Evsiukova and Olya Soloviova and their team.  I followed them day after day in this journey to show that  behind the news stories, there are real people.

I asked them what they feel, before the end of the project.  Olya said that she cannot imagine coming back from nature and people to ordinary post-Soviet design walls.  So she is planning new adventures. Anastacia plans a big sleep which is understandable after all those nights in a tent.

A few days before the end of their journey, they came to Mukachevo, a picturesque southwestern town in Zakarpattya region.  Even though the week before there was some insurgency, the participants of the project were brave enough to not change the planned route and step to this old town bearing historic charm. The place met them quietly and just one highway road was closed.

So despite the headlines, sometimes things are not the same as they are portrayed in the media.  Or maybe we write our own stories and let the world know how it really is.

Stay cool, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Ukraine Crisis Indepth

Ukraine: U.S. Expands Aid to Train Regular Army Troops


Outstanding.  I hope it is accepted.  Mitsubishi makes key war apology

Outstanding II, for obvious reasons.  Canada’s top general vows more support for sexual assault victims

I am betting that this will work.  This is Riddle of the Sphinx thinking in action.  (What creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three in the evening?)  Egyptians Turn to Facebook to Highlight Decrepit Public Facilities


I have found this euphemism bitterly ironic ever since Peg Mullen’s boy succumbed to it in Vietnam.  US ‘friendly fire’ kills Afghans

If we do not do something about this, that treaty really will have been paid for in blood.  Iran execution toll ‘staggering’

For these two perhaps most of all, a nation mourns.  Lost in Lafayette Gunfire, Two With Bright Futures


Is it just me or is this like really a stretch?  Can cyborg cockroaches save lives?

I found this fascinating.  Utah’s ‘Grand Staircase’ Leads Back in Time to Dinosaur Shangri-La

This is definitely worth reading.  Profiles in Science: Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer


Video: What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change

‘Oldest’ Koran Found In Birmingham, UK

Weird Beasts Of The Ice Age


Video: Soyuz Successfully Docks At ISS  (Nice going, folks.)

NASA Says Data Reveals Kepler 452b, An Earth-Like Planet

Scientists Find Closest Thing Yet to Earth-Sun Twin System


Scientists Trace an Ancient DNA Link Between Amazonians and Australasians

10 Astonishing Animal Parents

The Alien Desert Here On Earth


The Secret Card-Hacking Lab

The People Possessed” By Computers

NASA’s Cosmic Death Ray Spy


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.


Britain Plans to Cut Subsidies for Renewable Energy

In Ischia, Italy, Cooking Is Done in the Sand, Not the Stove

Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers

On Planet In Distress, A Papal Call To Action


How To End Sexism At Work

The Real Reason She’s A Bully

She Fled A War And Found Success

‘Zombie Report’ On Health-Care Innovation In Canada Gets New Life

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

F.D.A. Wants Food Labels to Quantify Added Sugars

Fat Sense: Scientists Show We Have a Distinct Taste for Fat


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The Beauty Of Small In 14 Photos – Take A Closer Look At The Little Things

The 100 Greatest American Films

Video: On Life, and Death, After 85:  A group of New Yorkers, 85 and older, share their experience of growing old, and the knowledge, joys and fears that come with it.




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Hi, I’m Rusty Miller.  I’ve got a couple three questions for you if you can spare a moment or five?  If you answer yes to even one of them, we should probably talk.  Okay, here goes.

Have you got something you’ve written that needs editing?

How about a resume that needs polishing?

Need some jokes or a speech for a special occasion?

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

Are you an international student or professional who wants to improve their written English?

How about an international business which wants to “Americanize” its writing?

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 minstrel312@aol.com

International clients are not only welcome but encouraged and for more on my background and experiences, as well as a precise listing of services offered, please go here http://nstarmed.wordpress.com

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



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Giant Animals You’ve Never Seen

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Observatory: Honeybees Show Evidence of Insecticide


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National Geographic Daily News – Animals

Koala Facts – All About Koalas

Field Guide To Whale Sharks

Insider’s Guide To Relocating Giraffes

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Insider’s Guide To Aging A Whale Or Dolphin

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

Discover Kielder: A Guide To This Magical Forest

How To Look After An Orphaned Hippo

How To Create A Wood


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SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

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Surfer Escapes Shark Attack Live On TV


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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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