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News & Commentary; From Olya ~ The Human Factor In Economics; Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health, Lifestyle; Thought of the Week; Best Of The Net; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us







 Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

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February 7, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 191  436th Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, as we go to press, it is Superbowl Sunday, in my house and in most of the known world, or so I have been informed, via word of mouth and Scott’s annual party to celebrate the event.

I have not, for many years, been a fan of professional athletics.  I’ve felt that the money spent was outrageous considering the social problems such as unemployment and homelessness facing our nation and very much in evidence in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound.

Scott agrees that professional athletes are paid far too much and other professions not nearly enough.  He also feels the same, by the way, about Hollywood.  He also agreed that there was a time when there was more honor and integrity in sports than there is now and that there needs to be a return to a time when all athletes remembered that they are also role models.

That having been said, Scott observed, professional sports continue to be an emotionally unifying factor at a time when between politics and international policing, America appears to be tearing itself apart.

It is also not lost on me that the game of the year is played on Sunday, when, according to Christian doctrine, even God took a day off to appreciate the works He had made.

One of those works appears to be us.

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


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What are the ten most polluted cities in America?  The answers just might surprise you

Many more Americans are leaving these 18 states than are coming in.  Is yours one of them?

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The World’s Next Independent Countries?

World’s Biggest Temperate Rainforest: Much Of British Columbia Coast Protected

Bad Loans Around The World Weigh On Global Growth

United Nations Global Update


Myanmar MPs Hold Landmark Session

North Korea Launches Rocket Seen As Cover For A Missile Test

North Korean Rocket Puts Object Into Space, Angers Neighbours, U.S

Rescue Efforts Continue As Toll Rises In Taiwan Earthquake


China’s Troubled Manufacturing Slows To Weakest Since 2012

China Arrests 21 For $7.6-Billion ‘Scam’

China Reduces Sentence For Canadian Long Imprisoned On Terror Charges

China Seeks Food Security With $43-Billion Bid For Syngenta

Fear And Unrest As Jobs Disappear In China’s Industrial Heartland

What You Get When You Mix Chickens, China And Climate Change

Wanted In China: More Male Teachers, To Make Boys Men

In China, Books That Make Money, And Enemies


Women In India Are Now Legally Allowed To Be Head Of Their Households

India’s Supreme Court Is Set To Review Anti-Gay Law

Modi’s Quest To Achieve India’s Great Power Status


Southern Africa: Drought First, Famine Next

Somalia: Residue From Explosives Found In Jet, Airline Says

Nigeria: Separatist Groups Deny Any Role In Ship’s Hijacking

Somalia: Plane Lands After Explosion

Nigeria: Ship’s Hijackers Make A Threat

Muslim Conference Calls For Protection Of Religious Minorities

African Union Says Crisis In South Sudan Is Worsening

Ivory Coast: Gbago Was A Defender Of Democracy, Lawyer Tells Court

Killing Of Pilot Highlights Tanzania’s Struggle With Poachers

Boko Haram Raid In Nigeria Kills At Least 65

South Africa Won’t Declare National Disaster Over Drought

Middle East

Drone Captures Destruction Of Homs, Syria

Who Are The True Heirs Of Zionism?

Islamic Authority Rejects New Jerusalem Jewish Prayer Area


Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be ‘First In History’

Russia’s Sochi Olympic Legacy

 Russia’s Medicine Imports Fall By Third In 2015

 Police Investigating Former Russian Railways Head Yakunin

 Putin Doesn’t Plan To Meet With Turkey’s Erdogan

 Moscow Office Of TASS News Agency Searched By Investigative Committee

 Clinton Says Russia Pressuring U.S. Allies In Europe

 Russian Girl In Coma After Snowplow Buries Her

 Moscow Bank Connected To Chaika’s Son Loses License


The Right Way To Eat Sausage In Prague

UN Panel ‘Rules In Assange’s Favour’

Video: Sweden Vs Russia – A New Cold War Front?

In Rome, A Grand Welcome For 2 Long-Deceased Saints

Ukrainian Ex-Premier’s Visit To Washington Highlights Obstacles Facing Peace Pact

Belgium To Double Spending On Police And Intelligence

5 Czechs Who Were Missing In Lebanon Arrive Home

French Spelling Changes, 26 Years In The Making, Cause A Fracas

Poland: New Inquiry Opened Into 2010 Crash

Swedish Medical Institute Dismisses Transplant Surgeon

Northern Ireland Government Will Sell A Blastproof Bunker

Ireland Dissolves Parliament And Schedules Election

The Vatican

Pope Set For Historic Patriarch Meeting

Church Confronts Abuse Scandal At A Famed German Choir

Priest Abuse Victim Is Suspended From Vatican Panel

United Kingdom

BP Posts Worst Annual Loss In 20 Years, To Cut 7,000 More Jobs

Britain Gives Scientists Permission To Genetically Modify Human Embryos

Has The Queen Lost Her Posh Accent?

UK Brands Assange Ruling ‘Ridiculous’

Saving Britain’s Rarest Apples


Ottawa Pushes Military Deals With Kuwait Despite Un Concerns

Canada’s Labour Market Not Keeping Up With ‘Changing Times,’ Report Says

Landmark Deal For Canada Rainforest

Surge In Overdoses Prompt Fears Fentanyl Use Is Rising In Ontario

Ottawa To Review Tactics In Residential-School Abuse Claims

Trudeau Pledges Cash Lifeline, Changes To EI For Struggling Alberta

Suncor Posts $2-Billion Loss On Writedowns, Slashes 2016 Budget

Ontario Sets Protocol For Assisted Dying Ahead Of New Law

The Oil Industry Won In Alberta. Now First Nations Look To Heal Their Land

United States

Flint’s Former Manager Resigns As Head Of Detroit Schools

US State of Georgia Executes Oldest Death Row Man

Pentagon To Offer Plan To Store Eggs And Sperm To Retain Young Troops

If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?

Cover Crops, A Farming Revolution With Deep Roots In The Past

Latin America

Surge of Zika Virus Has Brazilians Re-examining Strict Abortion Laws

How A Medical Mystery In Brazil Led Doctors To Zika

El Salvador Arrests Ex-Military Officers In 1989 Jesuit Killings

Mexico: Ex-Governor Detained By Spain Returns Home

Francisco Flores, Tainted Ex-President Of El Salvador, Dies At 56

Castro Finds Advocates In Paris

Twisting Inquiry Into Buenos Aires Bombing Takes New Turn

Daughter-In-Law Of Chile’s President Faces Corruption Charge

Tears And Bewilderment In Brazilian City Facing Zika Crisis

Oceana & Polynesia

Court Upholds Australia Asylum Policy

Australia Reacts To U.N. Decision On Julian Assange

For LGBT People, Australia Isn’t The Last Bastion Of Colonialism’s Toxic Legacy


Climate Change & Weather

All Of 2015’s Weather In A Time-Lapse Video

Thanks To Global Warming, An Arctic Icebreaker Has No Ice To Break

Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change

Despite Rains California Extends Its Drought Emergency

T-Shirt Weather In The Arctic

Looking For Better Climate Photos? Help Is Here.

Why The U.S. East Coast Could Be A Major ‘Hotspot’ For Rising Seas

Espionage And Terrorism

Terror Threats Thaw Budgets Across Europe

Top ISIS Leaders ‘Take Refuge’ In Libya

ISIS In America

Canada To Expand Military Mission Against Islamic State

Refugee Crisis

Video: Israel ‘Sending Away African Migrants’

Leaders Aim To Find Billions For Syria

By The Numbers: Europe Clamps Down On Flow Of Refugees As Crisis Deepens

Disappointed With Europe, Thousands Of Iraqi Migrants Return Home

Zika Virus

Zika Infection Transmitted by Sex Reported in Texas

The Hidden Environmental Factors Behind The Spread Of Zika And Other Devastating Diseases

What It Would Really Take For GMO Mosquitoes To Stop Zika

Colombia Reports More Than 2,100 Pregnant Women Have Zika Virus


Norman Rockwell – Portrait of a Coal Miner 1943

Norman Rockwell – Portrait of a Coal Miner 1943


Hi Rusty

I recently read quite an interesting article in the Guardian entitled When Economists Ignore The Human Factor, We All Pay The Price.  Decades later, many still agree with Keynes’ “Economics is essentially a moral science”.

Entrepreneurship when risks are awarded with profit is a great achievement of the last century and it was the key factor missing in the previous command system of economics in this part of the world leading to deficiency of consumer goods.

On the other hand, market forces by themselves are unable to provide nation-wide development of education, staff training, systems of social protection and prevention of the growth an army of the unemployed.

The task of the civilized market is aimed at the humanization of society, as the state tries to mitigate the market risks and direct economic relationship with the interests of society.

Rising of living standards leads to growth of national wealth through accumulation. Therefore, among economics growth criteria is the ability of the state regulation to eliminate negative social consequences.

Again, quoting this article, the economist should be “mathematician, historian, statesman and philosopher in some degree”. “ Done properly, it (economics) takes into account culture, history, geography, institutions, individual and group psychology.”

Entering, as we are, an era of  information and globalization, some old mechanisms are just not working.  But that does not mean it is time to dismiss the experience of the previous epoch,

It means, instead, that we need to study more thoroughly experiences of countries in their bloom, pros and cons, choosing the most effective approaches.

That is very actual for Ukraine now as I believe for many other countries.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor


This is so cool.  The Man Bringing Jobs To The Gaza Strip

Good for him!  Obama, in Mosque Visit, Denounces Anti-Muslim Bias

Good for us.  And of course, pun intended.  The US Is Using The Least Coal Ever To Keep The Lights On

More Good Examples

Vancouver, Canada Expands Energy Efficiency Grants

Seattle Pacific University Joins The Food Recovery Network

The Middle Eastern TV Show Bringing Feminist Views On Marriage To 80 Million People


I did not know that we were but then I am just another tree in the forest.  Why Are Americans So Angry?

As if we needed another reason to do something about this.  The staggering economic cost of air pollution

This simply must stop.  Who knows what it could lead to, then, eh?  Pesky Raccoon Rides Toronto Subway, Doesn’t Pay Fare


When archaeologists unearthed an 800 year old Native American claypot and looked inside it, they made another amazing discovery.

This is a little eerie.  The Space Age NAZI Flying Wing

This is scary.   The Biggest Dinosaur That Ever Lived


Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths To Test Underwater Data Center

Clay Tablets Reveal Babylonians Discovered Astronomical Geometry 1,400 Years Before Europeans

How Life Genetically Modifies Itself


Fungi Survive Martian Conditions On International Space Station

What Are The Odds Aliens Exist? 

New Image Of Enormous Black Hole Blast

EarthSky News On Video – The Violent, Possibly Head-On Collision That Created Earth’s Moon And More.

Is Our Milky Way Galaxy A Zombie?


How Your Phone Can Prevent Blindness

The Secret To Acing LinkedIn

Would You Trust Your Health To A Phone?


One Statistic Shows Just How Dramatically Our Energy System Is Changing

Oregon Utilities Throw Weight Behind Plan To Eliminate Coal, Increase Renewables

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (And Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program

The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity Of TransCanada $15-billion Suit Against The U.S.

Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started

University Of B.C. Won’t Divest From Fossil Fuels

Top Ten Polluters In Washington State


Microcephaly, Spotlighted By Zika Virus, Has Long Afflicted And Mystified

New Plan To Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says

To Prevent Disease, Ethicists Approve Creation Of Embryos With Three Genetic Parents

Mobile Health May Bring A Jobs Bonanza

‘We Can Do More,’ FDA Says In Announcing Overhaul Of Approach To Opioid Painkillers


What Was Life Like In A NAZI Camp?

7 Things To Remember When Feeling Inferior

17 Super Simple Ways To Be Happy Right Now

5 Reasons The Government’s Nutrition Advice Isn’t Working

3 Myths Of Grief To Stop Believing

Bad News For Seltzer Lovers: It’s Not As Healthy As You Think


Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center   click the photo for a song

Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
click the photo for a song

Whoever believes in the good in people draws forth the good in people.

~ Jean Paul

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Cassini’s Plunge Through Saturn’s Rings 

Fly Over The Dwarf Planet Ceres In NASA’s Latest Video

Transport That’s Weird And Wonderful


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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 


Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Editing ~ General and International

Online English Tutoring

“Americanization” of International Websites

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing


Special Projects

Negotiable rates, flexible financing, payment via Paypal for international clients, Paypal, email or direct deposit for US.  Email me at and I will reply within 24 hours. For my background and other 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 is right out of Edgar Alan Poe and I loved it.  Ravens Know When They’re Being Watched ~ The Findings Could Mean That Humans Are Less Special Than We’d Like To Believe

I am not sure why this is headline news in light of earlier studies proving that to aquatic life, including marine mammals, sound travels through their element just like it does ours.  Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds ~ Slowing Ships Could Help Save Whales.

This is awesome.  On Patrol With The Black Mambas


Lost Lion Population Discovered In Ethiopia

Conservationists Fight Federal Wolf-Killing Program In Oregon

18 Elephants On A Plane: Move From Swaziland To U.S. Is Criticized

Folks We Follow

The SeaDoc Society’s February 2016 newsletter is now 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 Scariest Places On Earth

See Inside A Notorious Siberian Prison

Video: The Largest Annual Human Migration


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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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