SPEAKING FOR OUR RESPECTIVE FLAGS

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 Olya ~ To Agent 007 And My Grandfather,  Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health & Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Thought Of The Week, Best Of The Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up, About Us

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November 1, 2015  Vol. 9 No. 7

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Our Thanks to Jeff Pelline's Sierra Foothills Report http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/

Our Thanks to Jeff Pelline’s Sierra Foothills Report http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/

SPEAKING FOR OUR RESPECTIVE FLAGS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In an otherwise busy week, one thing jumped out at me, the media coverage of Beijing’s sanctioning two-child households.

First off, I have no issue with that decision because it is actually really none of my business.  I am not Chinese.  I do not live in China.  While I know enough about the country to respect its culture, I am hardly in a position to second-guess what is best for them.

Second, this whole idea that because I am Occidental rather than Oriental and therefore wiser in the ways of the species never washed in my house.  If memory serves, the first time I ever heard it proposed, I got pabulum all over my plate.

I hope it works out for them.  And I keep praying that before any of us leap to judgment, we examine our own nations, our own communities, our own neighborhoods, families and ourselves before we decide that who we are or what we have or how we do things should be the global universal.

If there is one thing sure to kill us off faster than ignoring climate change, it is this virulent strain of hypocrisy in our gene pool.  Helping others is noble and often appropriate.  It becomes incredibly self-defeating though, when it is done at the expense of and instead of getting the vital help we ourselves need.

The best leadership is by personal example and while each of our nations has proven good at that, our leaders have also failed to follow through consistently.  If our governments won’t take that responsibility, it’s up to us to speak for our respective flags.

This magazine’s readership ~ you folks ~ comes from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Ukraine, the United States of America and Wales.  That’s a lot of people pulling together.  And the numbers grow daily.

So yep, it’s getting done.  And you’re the ones who are doing it.  I personally think this is kind of cool and I am honored by your society.  Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.

Rusty

THE NEWS

This cannot possibly come as good news.  Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO   See also Britain’s response.  A Most British Response to the W.H.O. Study on Processed Meats

Is the Internet the next global battlefield?  America’s National Security Agency sure seems to think so.

In a culture as addicted as ours is to private motorized transportation, this will not come as good news.  On the other hand, it should not come as any surprise.  The true costs of driving

GLOBAL

Greenland Is Melting Away

Persian Gulf May Be Too Hot For Human Survival By 2090. Here’s What This Means For Your City.

U.N. Chief Says World’s Failure To Act On Suffering Is A ‘Disgrace’

AFRICA

Video: Nigeria’s School For Aspiring Musicians

Guinea President’s Re-election Confirmed Despite Fraud Complaints

Militants Attack Popular Hotel in Somalia

A Poor Man’s Guest in Addis Ababa

John Magufuli Declared Winner in Tanzania’s Presidential Election

Alassane Ouattara Is Re-elected President of Ivory Coast

Nigerian Military Says It Has Rescued Over 300 Held by Boko Haram

Rape and Cannibalism Cited Among South Sudan’s Horrors

Rwanda: Effort Advances to Extend Tenure of Kagame as President

South Sudan: Rebels Free Peacekeepers

Unrest Feared as Zanzibar Local Elections Are Annulled

Ivory Coast: Early Tally Shows President Poised for Win

Nigeria: Former Official Pleads Not Guilty in Corruption Case

Tanzania Is Wary as Election Results Trickle In

Zimbabwe: Poachers’ Cyanide Kills 22 Elephants in Park

Jailed Ex-President Lingers as a Force in Ivorian Vote

Cameroon: Army Drives Insurgents Back to Nigeria

Libya: 6 Killed as Rockets Hit Protesters in Benghazi

Election in Tanzania to Challenge Half a Century of One-Party Rule

South Africa Freezes Tuition Fees After Student Protests

Leading Malaria Vaccine Gets Mixed Reviews

South Sudan: Thousands Face Starvation, U.N. Warns

ASIA

China, Japan And South Korea Pledge To Expand Trade At Joint Meeting

How To Save Indonesia’s Forests

U.N. Urges Inquiry Into Attack On Cambodian Opposition Lawmakers

In Victory For Philippines, Hague Court To Hear Dispute Over South China Sea

Malaysia: Maldivians Are Deported

Bank Of Japan, Despite Gloomy Forecast, Resists New Steps

South Korea: Russian Jets Approach U.S. Carrier

Militant Leader Who Organized Attacks In Kashmir Valley Is Killed

Rain In Indonesia Dampens Forest Fires That Spread Toxic Haze

Nepal: Lawmakers Elect Nation’s First Woman President

North Korea Is Accused Of Abusing Workers

CHINA

Challenging Chinese Claims, U.S. Sends Warship Near Artificial Island Chain

Mark Zuckerberg Courts China With Speech On People And Perseverance

China To End One-Child Policy

Video: Painful Legacy Of China’s One-Child Policy

Costs, Not Just Law, Deterred Chinese Couples From Another Child

China Ranks Last Of 65 Nations In Internet Freedom

China Warns US Over ‘Provocative Acts’

Five Numbers That Sum Up China’s One-Child Policy

Beijing Journal: Beijing Retirees Looking To Keep Active Volunteer To Walk The Beat

Memo From Beijing: China Pushes Back Against U.S. Influence In The Seas Of East Asia

INDIA

Facebook’s Internet For All Is A Tough Sell In India

MIDDLE EAST

Caught Between Protesters And Israel, Palestinian Security Forces Shift Tactics

Video: Sewage In Iraq Water Causes Cholera

Palestinian Uprising Shifts To West Bank City Of Hebron

Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Kidnapping Officials in Chaos of Hajj Stampede

An Arab, Muslim, And Israeli Officer At The Center Of A Storm

Turkey, Roiled By War And Insecurity, Votes Again For A New Parliament

EUROPE

Man Held After Belgium Barracks Attack

Deutsche Bank To Cut 15,000 Jobs

Poland Rejects Polanski Extradition

Video: Lifejacket ‘Mountains’ On Greek Island

Video: Why Is Turkey Election Important?

RUSSIA

Russia And The Curse Of Geography

Russian Airliner Crashes In Egypt, Killing 224

THE VATICAN

Amid Splits, Catholic Bishops Crack Open Door On Divorce

Video: The Priest Who Escaped Is Captivity

UNITED KINGDOM

The Bombs Lurking Off The UK Coast

Lights Out In Britain For The Coal Industry

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Whale-Watching Vessel Sinks Off Tofino, Killing At Least 5, Injuring 18

Probe Of B.C. Aboriginal Women Treatment By RCMP Completed

Baird Considering Bid For Conservative Leadership

TPP Deal Is Bad For The Auto Sector, Ford Canada Chief Says

Trudeau Has All The Grounds To Make A Striking Plan On Climate Change

Canada Post Suspends Plans To Install Community Mailboxes

Trudeau To Meet With Premier Wynne, Reversing The Chilly Relationship Between Ottawa And Ontario

Vancouver, B.C., Decides To Tear Down Its Viaducts

Quebec Makes High-Risk Bet With $1-Billion Bombardier Investment

Housing Markets In Four Cities At Risk Of Correction: CMHC
New Brunswick Mulls Scrapping Tax Hike On 1 Per Cent After Trudeau Win

Valeant Cuts Ties With Controversial Pharmacy Philidor

UNITED STATES

Nationwide Test Shows Dip In Students’ Math Abilities

Race And Discipline In Spotlight After South Carolina Officer Drags Student

Army To Settle With Whistle-Blowing Hospital Worker At Fort Bragg

Southern Kansas Sees Sudden Spike In Earthquakes

States Struggle With What To Do With Sex Offenders After Prison

Owen Labrie Gets Year In Jail For St. Paul’s School Assault

Colorado Pushes For Universal Health Care That’s Governed By The People

Four Dead In Shootings In Colorado Springs

Reinventing The Brooklyn Navy Yard

LATIN AMERICA

Elections In Argentina, Poland And Four Other Nations: Why They Matter

A Legacy Of Land Mines In Colombia

Shaker Aamer Is Released From Guantánamo Prison After 13 Years

Born Dominican, But Locked Out By Haitian Roots And Lack Of Id

Mexico: Sugary-Drinks Tax Is Left Intact

Venezuelan Prosecutor Ties Nicolás Maduro To Arrests

In Cuba, An Abundance Of Love But A Lack Of Babies

Honduras: Tiempo Newspaper Closes Amid Owners’ Graft Case

Argentina Election Shakes Assumptions On Departing Leader’s Clout

In Argentina Elections, Tight Vote Yields Presidential Runoff

Venezuelan Prosecutor Says Opposition Leader’s Trial Was A Farce

Jimmy Morales Is Elected New President In Guatemala

Election Will End Kirchner’s Presidency, Not Her Hold On Argentina

OCEANA

New Zealand Debates Replacing Union Jack Flag, But With What?

Roofs Torn Off Houses After Wild Weather In New South Wales, Victoria

Travel Company ‘Sickened’ By Long Tan Cross Vandalism

Syphilis Outbreak In Top End Prompts Ads Targeting Teens

Teenage Boy On Fire Runs To Neighbours For Help

Qantas Brings ’70s Back During Charity Flight To Drought-Stricken Queensland (Photos)

TOPICAL

AFGHANISTANPAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE

Widespread Deaths After Afghan Quake

Afghan-Pakistan Quake Rescue Expands

Quake Homeless ‘At Risk Of Exposure’

Video: Quake Trauma In Pakistan Villages

AFGHAN WAR

Afghan Soldiers, Besieged By Taliban, Say They Are Outgunned

Joint Communique By Us, Central Asian Countries Declares Support For Afghanistan

CARCINOGENIC MEAT CONTROVERSY

The Science Against Meat: A Look At 5 Key Studies About Cancer Risk

Crunching The Numbers On Cancer’s Financial Toll: On Average, Patients See A 20 Percent Drop In Income Within Two Years

WHO Says Hot Dogs, Bacon Cause Cancer. Does This Mean We Should All Become Vegetarians?

Hot Dogs Are Now Considered Carcinogens. There Are Roughly 480 Other Things The WHO Says Might Cause Cancer.

So Will Processed Meat Give You Cancer?

CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER

These Short Videos May Give You Hope About Climate Change

Why The ‘Biggest Climate Story On The Planet’ Is Happening In Indonesia Right Now

Climate Change Is Doing Some Strange Things To The Waters Off New England

Scientists Confirm That East Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier Is Melting From Below

Why Record-Breaking Hurricanes Like Patricia Are Expected On A Warmer Planet

Rare Storms And Floods Bring Iraq To A Standstill

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Turkey Police ‘In Shoot-Out With Is’

ISIS Captives Say They Faced Blade As Rescue Came

European Parliament Urges Protection For Edward Snowden

Canadian Forces To Draft Plan To Help Resettle Syrian Refugees

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Attacks On 2 Publishers In Bangladesh

REFUGEE CRISIS

Migrant Children, Arriving Alone And Frightened

Video: The Constant Flow Of Migrant Boats

German Village Of 102 Braces For 750 Asylum Seekers

A Mass Migration Crisis, And It May Yet Get Worse

SYRIA

Major Powers Hold Key Syria Talks

Obama Sends Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria

Untangling The Overlapping Conflicts In The Syrian War

FROM OLYAOlya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Duchess of Cambridge visiting 007 Spectre premier https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal  /

Duchess of Cambridge visiting 007 Spectre premier https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal

TO AGENT 007…AND MY GRANDFATHER

Hello Mish:

Today’s conversation at work with the girls during a break near coffee machine started with the question, “Have you seen the photos from 007:Spectre premiere? And then office woman-to-woman talk continued, discussing the James Bond character and as he appeared to be this fiction personage who was a common hero for girlish imagination. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan were nominated by this little female coffee committee as the most sophisticated and charming ones.  They did feel, though, that Daniel Craig is a decent “continuator” for the modern series.  Maybe he just lacks the chic manners of the previous performers.

This reminded me of years ago being a reading-addicted child absorbing Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, which I found on the bookshelves of my grandparents apartment. This was at a time when the Soviet Union was in its bloom. And now it comes to me that alongside the three Laws of Motion formulated by Isaac Newton, there is definitely a Universal Law of Life’s Irony.

I doubt Mr. Fleming ~ in his series inspired by the Cold War ~ would ever think that in mind of a little girl the image of his agent 007 would be reflected by her grandfather, a Soviet in his late 40s who always wore smart suits, shiny leather shoes and that kind of durable velvet quality coats that  manufactures seem to have forgotten how to produce nowadays.  My grandfather was also the one of us who never said too much.  And to complete the resemblance, he was very attractive especially if one caught the gaze of his eyes, which were so brightly greenish blue.

This makes me think that maybe we all are more alike then different and are just grasping our own reflections in other peoples faces. Like looking into the mirror and asking, “So who’s that guy on the other side?  Is he a gunman or a gentleman?

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

Olya

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  Lifelong Friends Build ‘Bestie Row’ of Tiny Houses to Live Near Each Other

This is really cool and it works.  Watch: How you can be part of the stormwater solution

This Is Certainly Well-Deserved.  Saudi Blogger Wins Human Rights Prize

BAD EXAMPLES

I am seriously beginning to wonder if there is any motor vehicle manufacturer with enough integrity to put safety ahead of profit.  GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires

Sigh.  TransCanada gets final regulatory ok for BC pipeline

You’d think they’d be doing the math by now, wouldn’t you?  Corporations have paid more than $57 billion in environmental, health and safety penalties since 2010

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

This is very interesting.  What Drives Us To Explore?

It was interesting this past week to wake up after a great night’s sleep and learn that I live in one of the most naturally dangerous places in the world.

This, I thought, was thrilling.  Video Shows First Confirmed Wild Sighting Of Omura’s Whale

EARTH

Surprising Infant Grave May Solve The Mystery Of North American Migration

Ice Cores Reveal Colossal Solar Storms 

First Withdrawal From Doomsday Vault 

Life On Earth Began 4.1 Billion Years Ago, Says Study 

NASA Adds To Evidence Of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

By Scanning Pyramids, Will Scientists Unravel Secrets Of Ancient Egypt?

SPACE

New Horizons Aiming Toward Next Target

Kerberos Images Complete Pluto Family Portrait

Cassini Seeks Insights To Life In Plumes Of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon

Astronomers Make A Remarkable Discovery In The Center Of The Milky Way

JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

An Unlikely Spot For 180 Bookstores

Did This English Village Stop The Black Plague?

Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations

Ice Age Cave Lion Cubs And A Look Back At Permafrost Mummies

The World’s Driest Desert Is In Breathtaking Bloom

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

Start-Ups Take On Challenge Of Nuclear Fusion

New Sonic Tractor Beam Levitates Objects Using Only Sound Waves

This Car Wants To Make You Happy

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES

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 GREEN AGENDA

How To Make Our Cities Green

How Green Cities Make For More Bats – And Why That’s Actually A Good Thing

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Just Bad For The Climate — They’re Bad Investments

How Super Low Natural Gas Prices Are Reshaping How We Get Our Power

Cloud Peak To Put Coal Exports On Hold

Governor Inslee’s Executive Carbon Pollution Cap, Explained

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

How Salad Can Make Us Fat

In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War On Drugs

Congress Quietly Ends Federal Government’s Ban On Medical Marijuana

Costs For Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds

What Does ‘Meat Raised Without Antibiotics’ Mean — And Why Is It Important?

The Millionaire Daredevils

Scientists Report A Surprising Link Between Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels And Cognitive Function

Video: High Stakes on the High Seas  

NIH Announces New Effort To Tackle Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cutting Sugar From Kids’ Diets Appears To Have A Beneficial Effect In Just 10 Days

Rewriting Your Nightmares

Goodbye McMansion, Hello Simple Life: What I Learned From Thoreau

NORTHSTAR COMICS

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.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

fill-bucket-cover

This is a children’s book that I have been reading for years with my kids.  It has lessons that we can all learn from, regardless of our age.

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5R6-2m_qHk

To subscribe and experience Thoughts in their original, please contact Ame at SpringggRain@aol.com

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Moment Quake Hits Kabul TV Studio

Video: Footage Shows Stricken Whale-Watching Boat

Your Cat Is A Miniature Lion, But It Is Not Trying To Kill You

FROM NORTHSTAR

testament amazon.com cover

WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT

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 amazon.com

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. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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 minstrel312@aol.com  I’ll get back to you one way or another within 24 hours. For a list of specific services provided, please go to http://nstarmed.wordpress.com   Thanks for the ear then.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Rusty

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

The Salish Sea (fka The Puget Sound) community celebrated the arrival of a new baby.  And yep, it is a cuter.

I totally loved this.  How to help garden wildlife

Here’s a good opportunity to die from cute.  Internet Falls in Love With Tiny Owl Taking Shelter From the Rain Under a Mushroom

SHORTS

The Pirate Ants That Keep Slaves

Why Orangutans Have Strange Faces

Electric Eels Use An Astonishing Science Trick To Double Zap Large Prey

Oregon Wolves No Longer Endangered, State Scientists Say

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Canada: Hells Angels Members Protest Legalization Of Marijuana

Wanted: Bison Herders For An Annual Roundup In Utah. Tenderfoots Welcome.

Lenin Statue Becomes Darth Vader

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine reaching readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  While we occasionally accept classified advertising, we are otherwise entirely reader-supported. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here. For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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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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