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November 29, 2015  Vol. 9 No. 11

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

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Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Winter has arrived in our part of the world with temperatures at freezing or below and snow on both mountain ranges.  America celebrated Thanksgiving and a few people died at shopping malls across the nation on Black Friday, proving that greed and rational behavior do not always go hand in glove.

I also found a news source that is as good as any out there and the discovery has been humbling and a bit disconcerting to me.  I have been naïve enough to believe that the western media does as good a job covering things on the eastern side of the former Iron Curtain as it does on the west.  I am convinced now that if we really want to know about Russia, we should read news by Russian journalists.  So I’m recommending to all of you, at least a glimpse at The Moscow Times.

For those of us on Facebook, the Russia Community Organization’s website is another outstanding source for information about all aspects of life in that part of the world.

Both the Moscow Times and the Russia Community Organization also present their nation’s president in a light reminiscent of America’s “Camelot,” the Kennedy Years.  Vladimir Putin comes across as a very likable and, in many ways, very ordinary guy.  The Russian media isn’t nominating him for sainthood but they are reflecting the love of a people for their president.  It rings very true and, quite frankly, very refreshing.

That’s it for now then.  Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.



Editor’s Note:  Since Isis is a venerated Egyptian goddess, we will now be referring to the terrorist group as simply IS, as the BBC does.

This is not good.  Heroin, Survivor of War on Drugs, Returns With New Face

We owe it to the 1.6 billion Muslims with whom we share our neighborhoods, cities nations and planet to check this out.  Video: Muslim Comedians Denounce Paris Attacks

This is a new low, even for this flipping twit.  Trump Denies Mocking New York Times Reporter With Physical Disability


Video: Why Was Miss World Banned From Flight?


The Department Pretending To Run North Korea

Video: A Tibetan’s Journey For Justice

Tibetans Fight To Salvage Fading Culture In China


China Cuts Mobile Service Of Xinjiang Residents Evading Internet Filters

Big China Brokerage In $166bn Error

Video: House-Hunting, Chinese-Style  

Chinese Rights Advocate Known As Guo Feixiong Convicted Of Unexpected New Charge

China To Release Journalist Gao Yu From Prison Over Illness


Tens Of Thousands Overcome Delhi Pollution In Half Marathon

How One Female Lawyer In India Is Fighting For Women’s Basic Rights

India’s Marital Rape Crisis Reaches ‘Tragic Proportions’

Striking Images Of A Vigilante Group Protecting India’s Cows

How Gandhi’s Introversion Made Him The Ultimate Liberator


South Africa High Court Rules To Allow Domestic Rhino Trade

Pope Brings Peace Message To Central African Republic

Mortar Attack On A U.N. Base In Mali Kills At Least 3


Town Of Kobani, Scarred By Is, Strives To Rebuild

Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Yemen Fight

Prominent Kurdish Lawyer Is Killed In Southeast Turkey

4 Egyptian Police Officers Killed Near Cairo In Drive-By Shooting


Putin Seeks Entente Cordiale With The West (Op-Ed)

3 Russian Journalists Injured In Syria

Russian Public Hawkish on Syria, Terrorism – Poll

Lost In Russia: How Liza Alert Gave Faces To The Names Of Thousands Of Missing


Ukraine Closes Airspace to Russian Planes

Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko’s Sister Charged With Contempt of Court

Brussels Metro And Schools Reopen

France Holds Memorial For Paris Victims

Ukraine Edges Toward EU With Anti-Discrimination Labor Law


Pope Hits Out At Kenya Land Grabbing

Pope Francis Offers Mass In Uganda At Shrine For Christian Martyrs

Pope Francis, In Nairobi Slum, Denounces ‘New Forms Of Colonialism’


British Air Force Launches Search Amid Reports of Russian Submarine Off Scottish Coast

100 kg Of Ivory Seized At Heathrow

Video: Exploded Spacex Rocket ‘Found In Uk’

Nine Images Celebrating Scottish Wildlife

Britain’s 11 Most Legendary Trees

New Women’s Political Party In Britain Demands Faster Equality


Prime Target: How Serial Killers Prey On Indigenous Women

Canada’s Retail Sales Growth Cut In Half Amid Oil Price Slump

Canada’s Acceptance Rate For Syrian Refugees Around 90 Per Cent: Ottawa

Canada’s New Leadership Reverses Course On Climate Change 


US ‘Clock Boy’ Seeks $15m Redress

Laws Struggle To Keep Up As Hoverboards’ Popularity Soars

New Catfish Inspections Stir Debate Over Safety vs. Trade

Safety Lapses And Deaths Amid A Building Boom In New York

3 Are Dead In Colorado Springs Shootout At Planned Parenthood Center

Black Artists And The March Into The Museum


Conservative Wins Argentina Presidency

Mining Waste Reaches Brazilian Coast Two Weeks After BHP Dam Collapse

A Pitch Is Framed By Diplomacy In Cuba


Shark Drones To Patrol Australian Coast

Shark Conservation Success In Fiji

BHP Rebuts Un ‘Toxic Waste’ Claim



Video: Malawi Joins Climate Change FightWeather-Related Natural Disasters Are Up

Report: Global temperature hike already halfway to ‘two degree warming’ limit

Climate Research At The End Of The World


Both Chambers of Russian Parliament Suggest Canceling Air Communication With Turkey

Russia Does Not Plan To Engage In War With Turkey, Foreign Minister Says

Downing Of SU-24 Fighter-Bomber Sparks Outrage Among Russian Officials

Turkish Embassy In Moscow Vandalized By Unidentified Men

Putin Says New ‘Incidents’ Likely Near Turkish Border After SU-24 Downing

Russian Tour Agencies Cancel Turkey Trips Amid Fury Over Downed Warplane

Pilot of Downed SU-24 Awarded Hero of Russia Title Posthumously | News | The M

Russia Places Sanctions On Turkey 

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Near Syria-Turkey Border

Turkey Seeks To Calm Russia Plane Row


Paris Attacks And Other Assaults Seen As Evidence Of A Shift By Is

Terrorism Raids In Belgium Yield 16 Arrests

Kurds Plead For More Canadian Support Against The Islamic State

Video: Pm: Let’s Defeat Evil Death Cult Together

Anonymous Hackers Fight IS But Reactions Are Mixed

Paris Attacks Have Many in France Eager to Join the Fight

In Chilling Accounts, Paris Doctors Tell Of War-Like Effort To Save Hundreds Of Wounded After Attacks

U.S. General Says Kunduz Hospital Strike Was ‘Avoidable’

Once In Guantánamo, Afghan Now Leads War Against Taliban And Isis


For Japanese-Americans, Resistance To Syrian Refugees Recalls Long-Ago Fears

Number Of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply

Merkel, While Refusing To Halt Migrant Influx, Works To Limit It

Five Refugees Who Changed The World


U.S. Will Not Lift Russian Sanctions In Exchange For Syria Cooperation

Russian Military Helicopter Downed in Syria, Marine Contractor Killed

U.S. Sanctions Russians With Financial Ties To Syrian Regime

FROM OLYAOlya Bereza – European Associate Editor


Hello Mishka:

That was another interesting article to read Italian Prime Minister Wants to Fight Terrorism By Culture

And even this plan has not yet been approved by the Italian parliament, it is a quite admirable approach. True that youth are the most vulnerable to all kinds of influence and propaganda but the broader one’s perspective on life and the world ~ the more educated a person is ~ the more possibilities for total self-realization they have.  And the more likely they will make choices with regards to the rest of humanity.

This is also why communication with people of diverse geopolitical and ethnic background is so important to just opening our minds to something new. Learning about different traditions and religions, just to name a few differences, can be an exciting adventure if done with respect for each other.

It was nice to witness the other day in Lviv (Western Ukraine) a gathering for joint photograph of a Students for Liberty event.  Thumbs up to that and the opportunities it provides for  young people

My appreciation to all creative people and their might to add magic to everyday routine. Like these pictures from a book published in 2013 entitled “Open Book”   I participated in this project and was grateful for the feedback from many talents, who submitted their lyrics, prose and drawings. Unfortunate dramatic events made the continuation impossible for 2014, but I am hoping that with the recovery of the country, more cultural development events  take place.

That’s it for this week, my cousin.  Stay warm, Mish.



I am incredibly proud of these people.  Canadian couple use wedding budget to sponsor Syrian refugees

This is so cool.  Returning to the Wild

Awesome.  Sweden is challenging the world to go fossil fuel-free


Let’s hope this man’s law enforcement skills are better than his people ones.  Georgia sheriff posts ‘politically incorrect’ welcome sign

And I happen to be one of those four.  Sigh.  Four in 10 say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers

I am hoping this is not as bad as it sounds.  ‘Needless suffering and death, social and economic havoc’: Ebola report cites egregious failure by countries, WHO


Not in my garage it doesn’t.  The driverless car gets comfortable

By the time all these bugs are fixed, I’ll be too old to drive.  So will your grandchildren.  Road To Robotic Parking Is Littered With Faulty Projects

He and Melinda have probably already done this and is just waiting until Christmas to make the announcement.  Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy


10 Most Dangerous Volcanoes 

Ancient DNA Shows Stone Age Humans Evolved Quickly As They Took Up Farming

Scientists Link Moon’s Tilt And Earth’s Gold


Bezos Claims Successful Space Flight

How Far Is A Light Year?

Space, The Frontier Right In Front Of Us


World’s Biggest Animal Cloning Center Set For ’16 In A Skeptical China

Half-Mile Spider Web Blankets Tennessee Suburb

Astronauts Needed: NASA Wants To Make Mars Your Corner Office


Proposed Regulations For Drones Are Released

3D Printing Aids Life-Saving Surgery

A Century Ago, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Changed Everything

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.


Washington State Has Authority To Regulate Carbon Emissions, Judge Rules

This 15-Year-Old Developed A $12 Device That Produces Renewable Energy From Ocean Currents

Paris Climate Talks Avoid Scientists’ Idea Of ‘Carbon Budget’


The Real Cause of Depression May Have Nothing at All to Do With Your Mind

Coffee Tied To Lower Risk Of Dying Prematurely

This Diet Study Upends Everything We Thought We Knew About ‘Healthy’ Food

Two More Reasons To Breastfeed: It May Reduce Moms’ Cancer And Diabetes Risk

The Supercomputer In Your Body

The Brain’s Miracle Superpowers

The World’s Most Fun People?

3d Printing Aids Life-Saving Surgery

The Selfish Benefits Of Being Kind


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I love this.  The Hidden Wildlife Of Japan

This has to be one of the more profound questions of the new century.  Where Do Seattle Crows Go At Night?


Petition:  Please Save the Andean Cat From Extinction

Run A Local Marathon With the World Wildlife Foundation & Support Panda Nation

What You Can Do To Save The Tuna! (Hint: It Starts With The Type Of Tuna You Buy


Eastern Coyotes Are Hybrids, But ‘Coywolf’ Is Not A Thing

First Mummified Cave Lions Found

Why Killer Bees Aren’t That Bad

Small ‘Goblet’ Fossil Found To Be Big Piece Of Animal Evolutionary History

The Spiders That Hunt Without Webs


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GritTV With Laura Flaunders

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Ocean Conservancy

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

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World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

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The Deepest Living Animals

Did Female Gladiators Exist?

Russian Driver Replaces Car Tire With Log


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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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