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The Magazine With Heart

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October 25, 2015  Vol. 9 No. 6

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Point Arena Lighthouse Northern California Coast, Photo by Meade Fischer

Point Arena Lighthouse Northern California Coast, Photo by Meade Fischer


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I have been told that sometimes a rose grows, even In No Man’s Land.  During the 1970s, America had many of them. This is a love story from one of them.

They met in college in Southern California during the most turbulent of that decade and became high school teachers, moving eventually to the San Francisco Bay Area where he also became the mayor of a small coastal town, an ocean kayaker with a camera and a writer with a habit of taking time off to wander alone his beloved California coast like John Steinbeck but without Charley.

His nature narratives were lyric and popular among thousands.  His protests of the socio-political infidelities of the several eras through which he lived and affected profoundly were like the cries of an outraged shepherd watching his flock being savaged by wolves.  In this regard, he was like many of us back then and some of us still today, plain spoken and without apology.

His wife died earlier this year and I was among the first he told.  After that, I did not hear from him for several months.  I have suffered two such losses and have comforted others who have as well.  I know, then, that grief can be a harsh calendar for others to keep.

When my fear of losing a good friend over-ruled my respect for his privacy, I emailed him in the quiet hope that her passing had not turned him against all those who knew them as a couple.  He responded immediately and then I learned that after she passed on, he did, in fact, go into that really dark but merciful state of self-induced amnesia.  It was in this place that he met someone else who had lost their mate.

The two of them found one another as gentle friends at first, then as special companions of choice and ultimately, yes, as two people who awoke one morning in love with one another.  Now they are together and have told me I will be seeing them over the holidays.

There has not been a Christmas yet that I have anticipated with more joy.  It is not often I have stood witness to a miracle.  I will, therefore, be honored by their society.

Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.



This is extremely interesting.  CDC Data Reveals The Leading Cause Of Death In Every Age Group

Alcohol and international politics, now there’s a blend to cherish.  VIDEO: David Cameron Takes Xi Jinping For A Pint

We would like to wish the United Nations a slightly late 70th birthday.  You’re holding up pretty well, all things considered.  For more on this venerable organization, please go here.


The World Has Protected More Of The Ocean This Year Than Ever Before

To Avoid Mass Malnutrition, We Need More Farms Now

W.H.O. Panel Backs Polio Vaccine With Just 2 Strains


Ethiopia, A Nation Of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought

Google’s Newest Renewable Energy Investment: Africa’s Biggest Wind Farm

Election In Tanzania To Challenge Half A Century Of One-Party Rule

South Africa Freezes Tuition Fees After Student Protests

Libya: 6 Killed As Rockets Hit Protesters In Benghazi

Zimbabwean President, Condemned By West, Is Selected For Chinese Peace Prize


For The First Time, Fukushima  Worker Diagnosed With Cancer

Asia’s Next Land Of Fortune?

Suicide Attack Against Shiites Kills At Least 22 In Southern Pakistan

Bangladesh: Blasts Strike Shiite Procession In Capital

Cameroon: Army Drives Insurgents Back To Nigeria


China To Seal UK Nuclear Plant Deal

China’s Longest Living Village

Apple Announces Dramatic New Solar Energy Plans In China

Video: A Human Rights Tour Of Beijing

China Cuts Interest Rates For Sixth Time Since November


The Last Six Jews Of Cochin

After Teen’s Rapists Tried To Blackmail Her, She’s Speaking Out To Create Change

Every 12 Years, India Builds A City From Scratch — Here’s Why


Israel and Jordan Agree on Steps to Ease Jerusalem Tensions, Kerry Says

Iran Nuclear Deal Wins Tepid Endorsement From Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Palestinians Hope U.N. List Will Spur Talk of Protections

Stress And Hope In Tehran


Despite Cuts, U.S. Army Prepares For Threats In Europe

Le Pen Goes On Trial For Muslim Remarks

Sweden ‘Sword School Attack’ Man Shot

Bank: EU Makes Economy ‘More Dynamic’

French Bus Crash Kills 40 Pensioners

‘Racism’ Behind Sweden School Killings

Video: Exclusive Look Inside NATO’s Military Nerve Centre

Clocks Go Back One Hour In Europe Sunday, Oct 25, 2015


Video: Is Russia’s Putin Turning Back The Clock?

Frozen Zones: How Russia Maintains Influence In The Post-Cold War Era


Pope Francis’ Plans For Inclusiveness Divide Bishops

A Whiff Of Intrigue As Vatican Disputes ‘Unfounded’ Report On Pope Francis’ Health


Tata Steel Announces 1,200 Job Cuts

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust On The Autumn Harvest

Cheshire Wildlife Trust And The Scheme To Link The County’s Best Animal Habitats

Xi Jinping’s Britain Visit Ends Amid Criticism Of Arrest Of Dissidents In London



TD Begins Canadian, U.S. Layoffs After Cost-Cutting Review: Sources

Indigenous Canadians Take Leading Role In Opposing Tar Sands Pipeline

In Canada, Stunning Rout By Justin Trudeau And The Liberal Party


Open Doors And Lingering Pain At Charleston Church Where 9 Were Killed

Us Agent Jailed For Bitcoin Theft

Man Held In Us ‘Road Rage’ Killing

Video: Keeping The Poor Out Of Jail


Few In Venezuela Want Bolívars, But No One Can Spare A Dime

Drought Causes 450-Year-Old Mexican Church To Emerge From Reservoir

Video: Argentina’s Counterfeit Candidate

Hurricane Patricia Strikes Mexico With 165 M.P.H. Winds

New Scrutiny On Vote Buying As Argentine Elections Near


Papua New Guinea To Resettle Refugees From Australian Detention Center

Storytelling And Support For Melbourne’s Homeless

In Pictures: Listening In On Papua New Guinea’s Forests



Video: Obama’s Evolving Stance On Afghanistan

General Named To Investigate U.S. Attack On Afghan Hospital


Cybersecurity Firm Says Chinese Hackers Keep Attacking U.S. Companies

US-Iraqi Raid ‘Foiled ISIS Mass Killing’

‘Drunken’ Spies’ Defections Shook US

Hackers Demand Ransom From Talktalk, British Telecom Firm

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack In Bangladesh


Winter Poses New Danger For Migrants

Video: Greek Island Of Lesbos ‘Overwhelmed’

Video: The Migrants Who Cycle Into Norway


Russian Air Strikes ‘Kill 45 In Syria’

Syrian President Assad Meets With Putin In Moscow

Video: Mass Exodus As Syria Fighting Intensifies

U.S. And Russia Find Common Goals On Syria, If Not On Assad

Where Russian And American Weapons Have Been Fired In Syria


Six Ways Climate Change Is Getting Personal In BC

Inside The Power Plant Fueling America’s Drought

The Climate Consequences Of NW Coal Exports

What Does Canada’s New Government Mean For The Climate?

Video: How Much Is It Raining In The Philippines?

Permafrost Warming ‘Is Accelerating’

Indonesian Fires Are Pouring Huge Amounts Of Carbon Into The Atmosphere

Scientists Confirm That Alaskan Wildfires Could Make Global Warming Worse

Another Weird Effect Of Climate Change — Too Many Female Sea Turtles

Co2 Measurements Likely To Stay Above 400, Starting Soon

Climate Change Is Bad For The Wallet Too

2015: The Year Of Ocean Preservation

Views On Climate Change Are Shifting—Fast

Glacier Melt In B.C. Mountains Worse Than Expected

Hurricane Patricia Loses Power As Mexico Assesses Damage


A friend sent me a chart showing leading causes of death at various ages, pointing out that unintentional/accidental , while high on the list of a twenty year old, is lowest for our ages. Could it be that we do less risky things as we age, or that we do thing with more forethought?  Maybe we finally grow up and stop becoming irresponsible adolescents.  But here I can only speak for my gender. Men, left to their own resources seldom live long enough to grow up. Usually our last words are, “Relax, I can do this.”  The fact is that should we survive to the age in which we acquire wisdom, it is because of the wisdom of a good woman, one who had the patience to remind us that, “No, you probably can’t do this, at least and live through it.”  While it is true that men can at times have bursts of inspiration and even genius, it is the solid, ongoing, deep wisdom of women that has allowed our species to endure and prosper.   Meade Fischer

FROM OLYAOlya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Hello Mish:

With Harvard University’s Dunster House clock tower salutes last week, I would like to join in celebrating Back To The Future Day as October 21, 2015.  That was the date stated on the panel of the legendary DeLorean when Marty McFly and Doc Brown headed into future. Maybe I must confess that I was even a little bit jealous of New Yorkers who were offered a free ride on this fantastic car that day.

Another interesting article to read was the one comparing predictions in the film to contemporary technologies like hover board, wearable technology, Smart TV, Skype-like communication, the rise of drones and other robots.  All of these were foretold quite precisely in Back To The Future.

I also found it fascinating how sometimes the film industry produces such iconic products popular all over a world. Who knows? Perhaps it is not economic, scientific or even military supremacy which makes the USA a leading country in the eyes of many people but its mass culture with Hollywood ahead of the game, of course.

I am also in total admiration of Michael J. Fox, an actor, activist and a person fighting personal health circumstances.  I am truly Looking forward to watching the Back in Time documentary.

That’s it for this week, Doc.  Stay warm, Mishka



This is yet another reason I am glad he is in Olympia.  Washington Governor Reverses Panel’s Decision To Increase Cougar Hunts

This is so cool.  I wonder if Bill & Melinda Gates know about these guys.  How Metropolitan Preparatory Academy Plans To Change The World,

Good call.  They didn’t cause the Holocaust.  A megalomaniacal and extremely charismatic anti-Semite caused the Holocaust.  Israel’s Netanyahu Softens Claims About Palestinian Leader Inspiring Holocaust


I’m not sure this is an incredibly good idea but I’m not surprised where it originated.  Sorry, Samantha.  For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

Is it just me or is this not pretty obvious?  Sweeping Study Claims That Rising Temperatures Will Sharply Cut Economic Productivity

We all own a little of this so we can certainly correct for course.  How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen


This is excellent.  The teens in an epic solar race

My first question is, “Who wants to ride when it is this cold?  Besides, polar bears, I mean.  The rise of the subzero cyclist

Nice going, guys (and guyettes).  Dutch university wins solar car race


Video: Digitizing Natural History

Ancient Crystals Might Rewrite Earth’s Early History

Scuba Divers In Bahamas Find Trove Of Extinct Animal Fossils And Clues To A Scientific Mystery

In Ancient DNA, Evidence Of Plague Much Earlier Than Previously Known

This Is What Humanity May Look Like In 1,000 Years

Long Before Trees Overtook The Land, Earth Was Covered By Giant Mushrooms


An Unexpected Asteroid Will Fly Surprisingly Close To Earth On Halloween

Now You Can See New Photos Of Earth From Space Every Day

Sorry, Einstein. Quantum Study Suggests ‘Spooky Action’ Is Real.

Awesome Planetary Trio In Late October

Scientists To Scan Halloween Asteroid

New Hubble Views Of Earliest Galaxies


Bid On EBay For The Right To Name This New Species Of Moth

This Norwegian Modern Art Museum Is Also A Bridge

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware Of World War II

Unraveling The Many Mysteries Of Tituba, The Star Witness Of The Salem Witch Trials


‘Urgent’ Call For Us Drone Register

How Contact Lenses Were Made In 1948

The Science Of “Little House On The Prairie”


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.


The Ultimate Car-Free Bridge

Countries Are Set To Dramatically Cut Their Carbon Emissions. And It Still Isn’t Enough.

Hong Kong’s Drive For ‘Green Burials’ Clashes With Tradition

Study Faults E.P.A. For Toxic Wastewater Spill In Colorado Rockies

Views: Tiny Is The New Big In Houses


4 Foods To Beat Cold And Flu Symptoms

Food That Is Good For The Planet Actually Tastes Good Too, Research Suggests

Talk Therapy Found To Ease Schizophrenia

A Budget-Minded Food Writer Riffs On Shopping Right, Eating Cheaply – And Gwyneth Paltrow

Confirmed: People Who Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Things Are Much Happier

Mormons Say Duty To Law On Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Faith

Video: Modern Love | Open-Hearted Doorman  

You Probably Have No Idea Where This Everyday Food Comes From


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.



Check out this “flying” penguin

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Video: Time-lapse Shows Stars Over Comorros

Ksiaz Castle In Poland Has It All: Nazi Secrets, A Princess’ Ghost And Hidden Treasure

Watch Two Black Holes Collide


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A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall.  The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust.  Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose.  A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  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. 


Whatever your editing, writing, tutoring or consulting needs, chances are I can handle them.  Negotiable rates, flexible payment plan, Paypal and from your email to me and back.  Simple, friendly, professional.  I also accept barter and trade.  International clients encouraged.  If you need it done quickly, simply and for a price tailored to your budget, shoot me a brief project description at  I’ll get back to you one way or another within 24 hours. For a list of specific services provided, please go to  My name is Merritt Scott Miller and my friends and clients call me “Rusty”.  I look forward to hearing from you.


This cannot bode well.  Poisonous Sea Snake Shows Up In California For First Time In 30 Years

Now that I know this, my life is immeasurably enriched.  Seals Catch Prey By ‘Slaloming’ Their Weirdly Shaped Whiskers

Woof.  15,000 Years Ago, Probably In Asia, The Dog Was Born


Big Data Is Saving The Marbled Murrelet

Electric Eels Actually Use Their Zaps To Track Down Tricky Prey

Drones Providing Data Trove On Orcas

Hen Harriers Tagged In New Conservation Project

Rewilding Europe Partners With The Prince Albert II Of Monaco Foundation

7 Strange Marine Species That Storms Wash Up On Our Beaches


Amnesty International


GritTV With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

Mother Nature Network

National Wildlife Federation

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

Sightline Institute

The Sun Magazine

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YES magazine


Hunter Shoots, Kills Two Elk Before Realizing He Was Shooting Through Fence Into Zoo

EBay Hosts Moth-Naming Auction

Before Bombs: Pilots Dropped These Steel Arrows On The Enemy.

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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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