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

August 9, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 48

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed.  She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion.  Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory.  I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected.  Photo by Rusty Miller.

Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed. She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion. Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory. I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected.  Photo by Rusty Miller.


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Last week, Japan commemorated the Atomic Age with the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I’m not thinking of this, however, in an historical context, except perhaps on a personal level.  When I was in the United States Navy, shipmates and I started out to visit Ground Zero in Nagasaki.

In the city itself, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant which advertised in English.  We met a waitress who said that she would be delighted to be our guide, just so that we would be better informed.  She was young, a student and idealistic.

None of us knew that even as we spoke, an American atomic aircraft carrier was pulling into Tokyo Bay.  A nation uneasy to begin with witnessed its young people by the tens of thousands pour into the streets in protest.

We could hear it before we actually ran into it and it wasn’t until we saw the signs and Michiko translated for us that we understood.  By then, the rioters had spotted us in our uniforms and rocks and bottles began to fly through the air like incoming mortar rounds.

We turned to flee and with our longer legs, managed to escape.  She went down and when I stopped to help her, she shook her head violently and my buddies grabbed me.  The last look of her I had was a beautiful face bloodied by misunderstanding.

From Fukishima to Chernobyl to Three Mile Island, I have seen no good come from splitting the atom.  Some things in nature are better left alone.  For Michiko’s sake, I wish this one had been.

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 so cool.  A Kiss, Deferred: The True Story Of A Fifth-Grade Romance Interrupted By The Bosnian War

Well, so much for my fantasy of becoming a hobo and riding the rails.  Most Railroads Won’t Meet Deadline for Safety Controls, Report Says

I just became her newest fan.  German Journalist Wades Into Online War Over Refugees


Dementia Is Striking Victims Earlier And Death Rates Are Soaring: International Study Shows

World Land Trust To Fund More Keepers Of The Wild


Milestone in Nigeria: One Year without Polio

4 Rescued In Mali Hotel Attack

Congolese See No End To President’s Final Term

Ebola Survivors Face Lingering Pain, Fatigue And Depression

The Saturday Profile: A Product Of Tunisia’s 1960s Resistance Continues To Protest

Hundreds Of Migrants Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Libya

Lions Released Into The Wild In Rwanda

African Parks Takes Over Liwonde NP And Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve In Malawi


Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage

Subterranean Tourism Booming In Japan: Visit A Quarry Used As A Military Plant In Final Days Of Second World War

4 Years After Fukushima Nuclear Calamity, Japanese Divided On Whether To Return

Waves Of Suicide Attacks Shake Kabul On Its Deadliest Day Of 2015

On 70th Anniversary Of Nagasaki Bombing, Atomic Debate Yields Little Consensus

In Handling Barrage Of Attacks, Afghan Forces Show Training Is Paying Off

Typhoon Soudelor Kills 6 In Taiwan And Leaves Millions Without Power

Another Secular Blogger In Bangladesh Is Killed

Political Scandal Consumes Malaysia At Time Of Flight 370 Inquiry

Afghan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing All 17 Aboard

Pakistan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing 12

Malaysia’s Declarations on Flight 370 and Plane Debris Further Dent Its Credibility

News Analysis: Afghan War’s Convenient Myth: A Living Mullah Omar

Studies of Nepal Quake Raise Concern About Skyscrapers 

Money, Lust and Kung Fu: Shaolin’s ‘C.E.O. Monk’ Is Under Fire


Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Is Unexpectedly Freed A Day After Being Detained

A Call To ‘Cry Out’ Against Cross Removals In China

As China Reduces Local Spending, Cities Woo Private Investors


India Warns TV Stations Over Criticism Of Hanging

Trains Derail in India’s Madhya Pradesh, Killing Dozens


Rebels ‘Driven From Key Yemen Base’

Israeli Opposition Leader Calls On Country To Reject Extremism

Dozens Of Syrian Christians Missing From Town Attacked By ISIS

U.S. and Russia to Back U.N. Vote on Chemical Attacks in Syria


Italian Police Charge 5 In Shipwreck That Killed Migrants

Norwegian Youths Return To Camp On Utoya, The Site Of A 2011 Massacre

Poor E.U. Migrants Test Limits Of Swedish Tolerance

Letter From Europe: The Haves And The Have-Nots

Sordevolo Journal: Staging Passion Play For 200 Years, Italians Become More Than Merely Players

Departing German Prosecutor Defends Treason Inquiry Against Bloggers

Canceling Deal For 2 Warships, France Agrees To Repay Russia

Spain Says Banker’s Seized Picasso Will Head Back Home

On Island Of Lesbos, A Microcosm Of Greece’s Other Crisis: Migrants

Cossacks Face Grim Reprisals From Onetime Allies In Eastern Ukraine

Kosovo Parliament Votes To Allow War Crimes Court

Turkey: Jets Strike Kurdish Rebels

Catalonia Calls Election In New Bid For Secession From Spain

Merkel Aide Seeks Dismissal Of Prosecutor Who Opened Treason Inquiry


Russia Profile

The Composer Who Was Almost Purged

Russia Destroys Piles Of Banned Western Food

Russia: Man Is Accused Of Killing And Dismembering His Six Children

Russia Stakes New Claim To Expanse In The Arctic


Pope Francis Urges Priests To Welcome Remarried Catholics

New Bishop in China Signals Hope for Relations With Vatican


Britain’s Eerie Seaside Relics

Police Reopen Case After Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath Accused Of Pedophilia In 1990s

In Britain, Edward Heath Case Intensifies Debate Over Validity Of Sex Abuse Claims



Tornado Hit Ontario Village With 220 Km/H Winds, Left 9-Km Trail Of Damage, Environment Canada Says

Employment Stuck In A Holding Pattern As Canada Ekes Out 6,600 More Jobs In July

‘In Canada, I Feel Like I’m Sucking Air’: Canadian Woman Returns After Fighting With Kurds Against ISIL


Thousands Flee California Fires

California Fire, Aided by Drought, Defies Tactics to Defeat It v

Father And Daughter Dead, 22 Others Hurt After Circus Tent Collapses In 96 Km/H Winds

A Belated Look at New York’s Cooling Towers, Prime Suspect in Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, Charged in Leak Case

U.S. Excludes Canada, Mexico From TPP Auto Negotiations

Life Sentence for James Holmes, Aurora Theater Gunman


Puerto Ricans Brace For Crisis In Health Care

Along The Bumpy Road To Rio 2016

A Glimpse at the Work of Haiti’s Health Agents

Murder Of Brazilian Journalist Furthers Alarming Trend

Brazil’s Vice President Sees Influence Grow As Scandal Engulfs Dilma Rousseff

Manuel Contreras, Chilean Spy Chief, Dies At 86

6 Wildlife To Spot In Argentina


Australia Admits Refugee Turn-Back

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Continue Off Australia



ISIS or Al Qaeda? American Officials Split Over Top Terror Threat

Macedonia Arrests 9 Suspected Of Having Ties To ISIS

Britain Charges Anjem Choudary, Radical Preacher, With Aiding ISIS


5 Top Climate Quotes From Mayors

How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory


Outstanding.  This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action

Good for you guys!  Spain Emerges As Europe’s Economic Star After Years Of Austerity

I’m sorry, but I find this faintly ironic.  What We Learned From German Prisons


I’ll just bet these kids are going to grow up to really respect the law and those who serve it.  What were the people who did this thinking?  A.C.L.U. Sues Over Handcuffing of Boy, 8, and Girl, 9, in Kentucky School

This doesn’t look like the smartest public relations move in the world.  Putin’s Aide Sparks Scandal By Wearing $600,000 Watch Despite $147,000 Yearly Salary

I wonder if this guy is related to that crime boss/folk hero in Mexico?  Top Italian Mobster Evades Police The Old-Fashioned Way: With Hand-Written Notes Hidden Under Rocks Or Soil


I wonder how Charles Darwin would have answered this question.  How do we know evolution is real?

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I am still not sure this is such a good idea.  Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush


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The Mystery Of Neanderthals’ Eyes

Swiss Identify Remains Of Japanese Climbers Missing For 45 Years


The Most Extreme Objects In Space

NASA Photographs Moon’s ‘Dark Side”

Space Technology Could Be Valuable Tool In Conserving Global Wildlife And Biodiversity


Study Links Teens Who Spend At Least Two Hours Per Day On Social Media To Suicidal Thoughts, Poor Mental Health

Infographic: 5 Ways to Grow Darn Good Dirt


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Lodenice Journal: Czech Company, Pressing Hits For Years On Vinyl, Finds It Has Become One


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Cleaning Up A Legacy Of Pollution On An Alaskan Island  

New Energy Access Practitioner Network Website


Lessons From The Ebola Crisis

Visual Learning Lesson: Heart and Sole

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What The Office Does To Your Head

Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment Is Underused, Study Finds

Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men

SPENT: An Online Game to Understand Poverty

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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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