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January 24, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 189  434th Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Inferno, from the Divine Comedy by Dante Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bartolomeo_Di_Fruosino_-_Infer...

Inferno, from the Divine Comedy by Dante Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bartolomeo_Di_Fruosino_-_Infer…


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, this week, I want to share with you a cautionary tale that could have come right out of Charles Dickens, Somerset Maugham or John Steinbeck.  It is meant to prevent what happened to this poor chap from happening to you or anyone you know and love.

The Recession of 2007 cost this man his job and within two years, he was living about as marginally as one can live without actually being homeless.  None of the man’s prior life experience, including the military and working in the woods, provided him with the skills necessary to resist the environment.  It was, for this essentially kind, decent and gentle man, a descent into Dante’s Inferno.

Before it was over, this man learned firsthand just what desperate people will do to survive.  He also became very familiar with just how cruel, savage and bestial people who have lost all hope and self-respect can be to one another.

He learned, as well before it was over, just how ruthless the exploitation of these people can be, and in particular, the elderly and disabled.  He discovered that there are landlords who prey upon such individuals in the often-correct assumption that these people are powerless to seek redress on their own behalf.

Perhaps most importantly, he learned that there are people in society who should not be free but have mastered the arts of intimidation, coercion, fraud, prevarication, chicanery and deceit to such an extent that the law cannot touch them because no one is willing to press charges and face the retribution of such an individual and their friends.  This can, must ~ and I believe ~ will change.

If this chap could speak to you all directly rather than through a good friend, he would urge you to be careful and to lay by for such contingencies.  He would beseech you not to make the fatal mistake of assuming that it either will never happen to you or that you can handle it if it does.

This man ~ this subject of this cautionary tale ~ was fortunate.  By the grace of God and good friends he did not know he had, he escaped this downward spiral into unrecoverable poverty.  Others have not been so lucky and no more than this chap, did they deserve what happened to them.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, stay well and God Bless.


P.S.  I think this might interest some of you who have been through this.  If you decide to do this and want us to publish them as well, send them and we will be honored.  Share Your Thoughts on Recent Terrorist Attacks and Memories of Victims


Anyone who takes this as a supplement should watch this special report.  Video: Is Fish Oil Helpful Or Harmful?

This is interesting.  I did not know planets did this.  New Evidence Suggests A Ninth Planet Lurking At The Edge Of The Solar System  See also Q&A: The ‘Pluto Killer’ Who Thinks He’s Found The True Ninth Planet

This is good news.  American Centenarians Proliferate, And Live Longer



2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

Global Stocks, Oil Soar As Draghi The Dove Tames Global Bears


Video: Trams Return To Streets Of Yangon

Pakistan University Attack Kills at Least 19, Official Says

North Korea Arrests U.S. Student See Also North Korea Says It’s Holding U.S. Student For ‘Hostile Act’

Vietnam’s Sacred Turtle Dies At An Awkward And ~ Say Some ~ Ominous, Time


China Growth Slowest In 25 Years

Video: Why Is China Economic Growth Slowing?

Video: In China, A Reverse Migration

His Factory Job Gone, A Chinese Migrant Worker Returns Home

Peter Dahlin, Detained Swedish Rights Worker, Said To Confess In China

Chinese Students And U.S. Universities Connect Through A Third Party


India Declassifies Files On Death Of Independence Leader

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India

Tantric Paintings And The World Of Outsider Art In India


Changing Climate In Mozambique

Shabab Stage Deadly Attack On Beachfront Restaurant In Mogadishu

Somalia: Shabab Militants Claim Attack On Restaurant

Sierra Leone: 2nd Ebola Case Emerges In Quarantine

Central African Republic: Hunger Threatens Population, U.N. Warns

Tunisia: Protesters Demand Jobs

Tunisia Sets Nationwide Curfew Amid Growing Unrest

Middle East

3 Freed Americans Leave Iran; U.S. Places New Sanctions

UN documents ‘staggering’ Iraq violence

Israeli Forces Remove Dozens Of Settlers From Hebron Homes


Russians Keep Lips Locked In Opinion Polls, Fearing Backlash

Russians Expect Kremlin To Stabilize Economy – Poll

International Conflicts Are Russians’ Biggest Fear – Poll

Russians Increasingly Pessimistic About Job Prospects – Poll

Russian Fund Under Scrutiny For Loan To Company Linked To Kremlin


European Stock Markets Make Small Gains

Catholic Church’s Hold On Schools At Issue In Changing Ireland

European Central Bank Says It’s Ready For New Stimulus — But Not Yet

Kosovo: Politician Sentenced To Prison For War Crimes

The Hague: Prosecutors Seek To Try A Ugandan Rebel

United Kingdom

Striking Photographs From A London Bus

Google Pays Britain $185 Million To Settle Back Taxes

Woman ‘Accidentally Put £33m Winning Lotto Ticket Through The Wash’


Stocks, Loonie Mount Big Rallies As Oil Prices Rebound

Trudeau Markets Canada As Tech Hub In Bid For Global Investment At Davos

Four Killed In Saskatchewan School Shooting

United States

Mississippi Fights To Keep Control Of Its Beleaguered Child Welfare System

In Rural Alabama, A Longtime Mistrust Of Medicine Fuels A Tuberculosis Outbreak

State Of Emergency Declared Over Man-Made Water Disaster In Michigan City

This Time, Cheaper Oil Does Little For The U.S. Economy

Latin America

Haiti Postpones Presidential Runoff as Violence Rises

As Frustrations With Mexico’s Government Rise, So Do Lynchings

Mexican Politician Is Freed From Jail But Must Stay In Spain

Oceana & Polynesia

The Australian Who Shot A North Korean Propaganda Film

New Zealand Bride’s Joy At Viral Wedding Haka

Australia Seeking ‘Regional Cooperation’ On Terrorism After Jakarta Attack

Video: Tackling Tonga’s Obesity Crisis


Climate Change & Weather

View From Space: Mississippi River Flooding 

Millions Prepare For Huge US Blizzard

Short Answers To Hard Questions About Climate Change

What Does A Climate Deal Mean For The World?

Graphic: Inside The Paris Climate Deal

Espionage And Terrorism

Canada Shut Out Of ISIL Coalition Meeting

Chinese Soldiers Implicated In U.S. Military Hacking Case

Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Obama Immigration Actions

Share Your Thoughts On Recent Terrorist Attacks And Memories Of Victims

Refugee Crisis

Gates: US ‘Should Take More’ Refugees

Dozens Of Migrants Drown As European Refugee Crisis Continues

Stance On Migrants Leaves Merkel Isolated At Home And In Europe




Hello Rusty:

It was good to know that Renault has decided to recall 15,000 new cars to check and, if necessary, modify their emission control systems to meet EU emissions standards.

Here is another reminder of one of the greatest benefits of electric transportation.  It is a wonderful video entitled Enjoy the Silence

The promise of electric cars is slowly being realized in Ukraine.  So far, three major cities have charging stations and while that may not be many now, the fact that these vehicles only cost about two cents per kilometer to operate should enhance their popularity, especially in cities where other costs such as parking and garaging cannot be mitigated.

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

Olya Bereza, European Associate Editor


Good for these guys. Hong Kong Steps Up For Elephants

I hope this is true.  Michigan Governor Says Race Had No Role In Flint Water Response

And it is not exactly like they have all the room in the world either.  Asylum Seekers In Japan Reach Record 7,586 In 2015; 27 Accepted

This was obviously not the best idea in the world.   Thousands Protest Against Poland’s New Surveillance Law

Way to go, Ms Hutchinson.  Tasmanian conservationist in running for Australia’s most prestigious award


I am not sure I really want to know the answer to THIS question.  How Many Types Of Bugs Live In Your House Right This Minute? Science Weighs In.

I’m sure this is not going to be received as universally good news either.  The Future’s Robot  ~ Humans Warned To Prepare For Robots Taking 5.1 Million Of Our Jobs

This is fascinating.  What Will Power Tomorrow’s Spacecraft?


Prehistoric Massacre Hints At War Among Hunter-Gatherers

Toxin In Blue-Green Algae Blooms May Increase Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Signs Of The ‘Human Age’


SpaceX Deploys Satellite, But Rocket Crashes

Newly Discovered Most Luminous Galaxy

What Are Cloud Streets?

Record-Shattering Super Supernova!

Ancient Gas Cloud Relic Of First Stars

NASA Astronauts Just Made Flowers Bloom In Space – But They’re Not Actually The First

Milky Way’s Second-Largest Black Hole?

Pluto’s ‘Heart’ Only 10 Million Years Old


France Plans A New Keyboard To Shift Control To Typists

Rethinking The Airplane, For Climate’s Sake

Science News That Stuck With Us In 2015


This Indian State Now Has Only Organic Farms

Australian Surfers’ Invention To Combat Ocean Pollution Goes Viral

Great Barrier Reef Tourism Operators Helping To Combat Coral Bleaching


Video: Breakthrough Treatment For MS Patient

Humans Do Not Need Much Sleep

Zika’s Alarming Spread: CDC Investigates Link To Paralyzing Condition, Adds Countries To Travel Warning  See also CDC: ‘Dozen Or So’ Cases Of Zika Virus Among U.S. Residents

Worst Exercise For Middle Age

WINTER HEALTH SPECIAL ~ With Special Thanks to the New York Times

Shivering as a Form of Exercise

The Far-Reaching Effects of a Fall

9 Things Every Skier Should Know This Winter

How Exercise May Help Us Fight Off Colds

The Fruits of Winter

The Workout: Training to Bobsled



From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States : NPR

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A Day In The Life Of A Grizzly Guide

Nights In Anglesey/Snowdonia 2015: Time Lapse

Gorgeous Time-lapse Of California Skies


testament amazon.com coverWRATH 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.


Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Editing ~ General and International

Online English Tutoring

“Americanization” of International Websites

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing


Special Projects

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We need to do something about this, I think.  Preventing Extinction For The Finless Porpoise

I’ll bet this is reassuring to those they catch.  Venus Flytraps Can ‘Count’ To Five

They do some really interesting things in Australia, I am learning.  Sniffer Dogs Helping Fight To Save Endangered Mountain Pygmy Possums From Feral Cats


Video: ‘Turtlecam’ Shows Rescued Turtle Release

How To Make Friends With Wild Gorillas

The Snow Goose, A Welcome Stop Sign In Winter

For Prairie Voles, A Furry Shoulder To Cry On

Folks We Follow

The Cornell Ornithology Lab’s other monthly newsletter, Project Feederwatch Enews, is now available online.


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

Ocean Conservancy

Outside Magazine

The Rainforest Site

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Sightline Institute

The Sun Magazine

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Extra Magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YES magazine


Five Of The World’s Sneakiest Animals

The Spiders That Have Formed Armies

A Haunted, Hidden World Of Caves


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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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