LET THE IRISH THEN, THIS DAY, STAND FOR US ALL.

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March 13, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 196  441st Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

The General Post Office, Easter Rising 1916 Scene depicting 'The Last Stand' at the General Post Office, Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916. The man with arms folded is Michael Nugent. He was one of the stretcher bearers for James Connolly. He was later jailed in Wales for nearly 2 years for his part in the Easter Rising. Bottom left is Doctor George Henry Mahony, from Cork City. He was a captured member of the British Army Medical Service.  Courtesy of the Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, Ireland http://waterfordcountymuseum.org

The General Post Office, Easter Rising 1916
Scene depicting ‘The Last Stand’ at the General Post Office, Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916. The man with arms folded is Michael Nugent. He was one of the stretcher bearers for James Connolly. He was later jailed in Wales for nearly 2 years for his part in the Easter Rising. Bottom left is Doctor George Henry Mahony, from Cork City. He was a captured member of the British Army Medical Service. Courtesy of the Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, Ireland http://waterfordcountymuseum.org

LET THE IRISH THEN, THIS DAY, STAND FOR US ALL

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Two items of some significance this week.  Today, Sunday, North American Daylight Savings Time began and we moved the clocks an hour forward.  For more facts, please go here. http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/

With a window of just 60 minutes, DST does not have a real personal impact.  Where I live, there is little except the weather and the skies themselves by which to judge time.  Commuters are impacted but more by the climate than DST.  A fair percentage of us work from home and our neighborhoods are built buffered from main thoroughfares.

What is, I suspect, of perhaps at least more interest to you folks and it certainly is to me is that on Thursday, everywhere a shamrock grows, a pint is raised for St. Patrick.

Even if I was not also of that gene pool, I would still be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day because I resonate with any peoples who have had to struggle to be free.  Down history, that has been pretty much all the ancestors of everyone of us here now.  I think that is the universal appeal of this holiday and what gives it the transcendental quality of an anthem to humankind itself.

There are three songs which to me symbolize that aspect of humanity, as experienced through the hearts and minds of the Irish.

The Rising of the Moon; Peter, Paul and Mary

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears; Irish Tenors at Ellis Island, With Outstanding Intro by Martin Sheen, whose mother immigrated from Ireland

O, America; Celtic Woman

Let the Irish then, this day, stand for us all.  Have a great week, all.

Rusty

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THE NEWS

Normally we try to keep it down to three articles in here but we’re making an exception for this list topper.  This is absolutely outrageous.  Indigenous Girl, 10, ‘Takes Own Life’

This is not good news.  N Korea Has ‘Miniature Nuclear Warhead’

This is frightening.  Video: Syria Conflict: A New Kind Of World War?

I apologize for not anticipating International Women’s Day last week.  Perhaps this will, in part compensate.  It is a quiz and Meade, Dennis, Olya and I got them all right.  Let’s see how you do.  Only 1 in 50 Can Identify The Most Iconic Women of the 20th Century. 

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Global

Why Are Ships Taking 6,500km Detours?

IMF: World Risks ‘Economic Derailment’

‘Bloodbath’ For Shipping Industry As Rates Plunge To New Depths

This Mind-Boggling Study Shows Just How Massive Sea Level Rise Really Is

Asia

North Korea Threatens US And South Korea

Suu Kyi Ruled Out As Myanmar President

Aung San Suu Kyi Loyalist Is In Line For Myanmar Presidency

N Korea ‘Fires Short-Range Missiles’

In Hail Of Bullets And Fire, North Korea Killed Official Who Wanted Reform

China

Chinese Exports Plunge 25% In February

Official Admits He Gave Misleading Account Of Chinese Miners’ Plight

Court Reform Targets More Justice: 2369 Defendants Declared Not Guilty By Chinese Courts Over Three Years

RMB Value Back To Reasonable Level: Central Bank Governor

China Keeps ‘High Pressure’ On Corruption

Chinese Prosecutors Probe 54,249 Officials For Graft In 2015: Report

China’s Int’l Manhunt For Fleeing Corrupt Officials Nabs 124

22 Former Senior Officials Prosecuted In China Last Year: Report

Beijing Winter Olympics Brings Small Town Thriving Economy

India

India’s Hardline Hindus Abandon Trademark Shorts

As India Collaborates With Japan On Islands, It Looks To Check China

Indian Government Says It Won’t Criminalize Marital Rape

Stunning Pen And Ink Drawings Depict Life In A Small Village In India

Obesity Rises In A Country Where Millions Remain Malnourished

Africa

SA Baby Snatcher Mother Guilty

Angolan President, In Power Nearly Four Decades, Says He’ll Step Down

Mass Rape, A Weapon Of War, Traumatizes South Sudan

Peace Event Hosts Wives Of South Sudan Leaders Tied To Rape

In South Sudan, City Of Hope Is Now City Of Fear

Parole For Killer Of Chris Hani, Apartheid Opponent, Elicits An Outcry

Somalia Raid Aided By U.S. Kills Fighters From Shabab

Nigeria: Building Collapse Kills 34

34 Countries Need Food Aid, Report Says

U.S. Broadens Sanctions On Joseph Kony And His Group

Shabab Claim Responsibility For Blast At Somali Airport

Tunisian Clash Spreads Fear That Libyan War Is Spilling Over

U.S. Strikes In Somalia Kill 150 Shabab Fighters

Global Health: Studies Offer Hope For Malnourished Children

Egyptian Aviation Student Who Made Trump Threat Is Leaving U.S.

Money Given To Kenya, Since Stolen, Puts Nike In Spotlight

Boko Haram Falls Victim To A Food Crisis It Created

South Africa: Oscar Pistorius’s Appeal Of Conviction Is Rejected

Debris In Mozambique Is Thought To Come From Malaysia Airlines Plane

Shell And Nigerian Partner Are Sued In Britain Over Spills

Middle East

Trafficked Nepali, Bangladeshi Women Trapped In Syria

A Look At How The Syrian Conflict Has Changed The World

Signs Of Hope Five Years After Start Of Syria’s War

Biden, On Jordan Visit, Meets With King Abdullah II

Where’s My Mercedes? Egypt’s Financial Crisis Hits The Rich

Iran Executions At Highest Level Since ’89

Biden Assails ‘Failure To Condemn’ Palestinian Violence

Iran Tests More Missiles In Message To Israel And Biden

American Graduate Student Killed In Stabbing Rampage Near Tel Aviv

Yemen: Houthi Rebels Enter Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia

Deep Rifts Among Israeli Jews Are Found In Religion Survey

Russia

Pilot Defies Judge In Final Statement

Russian Dairy Industry Threatens Milk Supply Over New Government Order

Former Putin Aide Involved In Fight Before Mysterious Death – Reports

Car Bomb Explodes Outside Mosque In Russia’s North Caucasus

Military Police Head In Russia’s Far East Charged With Drug Possession

Investigative Committee Says Russian Activist Possesses Illegal Surveillance Device

Moscow Metro Construction Workers Strike Over 5 Months Unpaid Wages

Russian Sports Minister Accepts Some Responsibility For Doping Scandal

Russian Court Upholds Organ Harvesting Without Explicit Consent

Presentation Of Unique W.B Yeats Edition Kicks Off Irish Week In Moscow

Moscow Restaurants: News & Openings

Maslenitsa In Moscow On The Weekend: Have We Got Blinis For You!

Art-Loving Russian Business Leaders Present New Museums To Moscow

A Family Affair At The Russian Union Of Artists In Moscow

Europe

EDF Director Quits Over Hinkley Plan

German Energy Firm E.On Posts €7bn Annual Loss

Germanwings Crash Probe Recommends More Medical Checks For Pilots

He Abused Her For Years. She Shot Him. France Asks: Is It Self-Defense?

World’s Oldest Man, A Confectioner From Poland, Survived Auschwitz

Once Hopeful For Harmony, A Philosopher Voices Discord In France

The Vatican

Pope Francis Stresses Mercy Message On 3rd Anniversary

United Kingdom

Palace Dismisses Queen ‘Brexit’ Claim

Why Are British Place Names So Bizarre?

Rare Finds From Coastal Surveys

Grand Slam ‘There For Taking’ Jones Tells England

Canada

UN Tells Canada To Clean Up Its Act On Inequality, Social Rights

Treasury Board To Oversee Transport Canada’s Budget

Imperial Oil Sells Esso Gas Stations For $2.8-Billion

Star-Studded State Dinner Caps Off A Busy Day For Trudeaus, Obamas

Victoria Takes Steps To Stop Dumping Raw Sewage Into Strait Of Juan De Fuca

Where Do Canadians Stand On Climate?

Canadian Soldiers In Iraq Told To Shoot First If They Detect ‘Hostile Intent’

United States

Obama Leads Tributes To Nancy Reagan

Another Shocking Racial Epithet Hurled At An Asian Student At USC — This Time Accompanied By Eggs

Obama Praises Trudeau, Sees Him As Heir On Climate, Social Justice

Donald Trump’s Rally In Chicago Canceled After Violent Scuffles

Man Accused in Anti-Islam Cartoon Attack Awaits Verdict

Remote Utah Enclave Becomes New Battleground Over Reach Of U.S. Control

Latin America

Culture Gap Impedes U.S. Business Efforts For Trade With Cuba

Brazil Prosecutors Seek Arrest Of ‘Lula,’ Former President, In Graft Case

The Dream Of Treasure Keeps Paraguayans Digging

Judge Declines To Reopen Case Against Ex-President Kirchner Of Argentina

Ex-President Of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, Faces Charges

Peru: Candidate Barred From Race

Canada: Government Raises Its Target For Admitting Political Refugees

Brazil: Former C.E.O. Is Sentenced To 19 Years In Corruption Inquiry

Brazilian Businessman Gets Stiff Sentence In Petrobras Scandal

After Living Brazil’s Dream, Family Confronts Microcephaly And Economic Crisis

Oceana & Polynesia

Gunman Kills Himself In Sydney Siege

Same-Sex Marriage Vote Has $525m Price Tag, Study Finds

ABC Four Corners Team Arrested In Malaysia

Labor MP Urges Stephen Smith To Rethink WA Leadership Tilt

Bishop To Meet Fiji PM After Viewing Cyclone Winston Destruction

Police Vow To Crack Down On Gang Behind Melbourne CBD Brawl

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

Climate Change & Weather

As Alaska Warms, The Iditarod Adapts

Can Big Oil Be Part Of The Climate Change Solution?

Trudeau’s Climate Change Policy: An Impossible Dream?

What Did Trudeau Achieve At Climate Meet-Up With Premiers?

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Showing A Startling Increase

The Hidden Driver Of Climate Change That We Too Often Ignore

Before His Tragic Death, Nature Photographer Shot ‘Iconic’ Images Of Climate Change’s Threat

These Ancient Shipwrecks Hold A Hidden Message About Climate Change

Oregon Kids Sue For A Safe Climate In Federal Court

February Was Warmest On Record In Alaska

Espionage And Terrorism

Video: How To Tackle ISIS Deadly Tactics

Bank Employee Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Work As Secret Russian Agent

To Maintain Supply Of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control

Pentagon Has Plan To Cripple ISIS In Libya With Air Barrage

Notes From Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq And Other Areas Of Conflict In The Post-9/11 Era.

Refugee Crisis

EU Seeks To Close Key Migrant Route

Video: Turning 21 In A Refugee Camp In Lesbos

Video: ‘Better For Us To Stay In Syria And Die’

Ai Weiwei Brings White Grand Piano To Muddy Refugee Field

Zika

Zika Outbreak: ‘The More We Learn, The Worse Things Seem To Get’

Zika Vaccine Still Years Away, W.H.O. Says

FROM OLYA

Church of Dormition of the God Mother in Kiev, Ukraine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Tithes   Photo by Olya Bereza

Church of Dormition of the God Mother in Kiev, Ukraine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Tithes Photo by Olya Bereza

URBAN RENEWAL VS. HISTORICAL PRESERVATION:  A KIEVAN LEGACY SINCE 887 A.D.

Hello Rusti:

This week I would like to share this article Urban Renewal in Kiev’s Center – Opportunities and Challenges on research on derelict historical buildings in Kiev. It was focused on my favorite historic part of Kiev called Podol.  The first construction here started in 887 A.D., the earliest for Kiev..

In the times of Kievan Rus, Podol had the main trade and craft facilities.  To our days on, Podol preserved many architectural and historical attractions that are replenished by new archaeological findings. Some of the buildings are in a poor state and the article highlights the problems with restoring rundown neighborhoods in a sustainable way.

Kiev-Mohyla Academy, a river port, Florovsky monastery, the churches of Elijah the Prophet and Dormition of the God Mother, the Samson fountain, and Gostiny Dvor are among the most famous historical attractions of Poldol.  During the last few years with Gostiniy Dvor building, which was constructed in 1809, there was a conflict between the owners and activists who considered illegal the consent given for renovating a historical monument into a modern glass and steel trade center. The current mayor Klichko participated on the side of activists and probably his election of mayor in 2014 favored the final disapproval in court of the previous consent to allow reconstruction.

So on one hand, there is need for restoration of buildings but on the other, there should be ways to preserve their originality. I think we have enough glass shopping center boxes to construct another one.  Enjoying morning coffee in the open cafe with a view to Podol I’d like to be still pleased with its architectural uniqueness.

And in line with that special gratitude to German community in Lviv who conducted and still do a great work in preserving middle aged look of that magical city. But that might be a theme for another article.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS – Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Yep, find out here.  This is a Northstar Journal Five Star Recommendation.

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Sometimes You Have To Leave Dry Land

Just a few hundred yards off Moss Landing whales feed above the edge of the deep Monterey Bay canyon. We’ve been having whales close and plentiful for the last few years, but from land they are hard to see. Being out on the water in either a whale watching boat or a kayak puts you up close and personal with these graceful behemoths.

From David Grinsburg  — Mastering Media Relations in the Digital Age — And Why It Still Matters

GOOD EXAMPLES

Good.  But as far as we are concerned, this is not nearly enough.  US Reporter Wins $55m Over Nude Video

This is why I revere this man so much.  Dalai Lama Urges Education Reform To End Human Cruelty

Yes!  Safety Board Calls For Stricter Rail Rules To Prevent Runaway Trains

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BAD EXAMPLES

And now again, Mr. Sanders, do we spell “compassion?”  Mental Health Patients To Bernie Sanders: Don’t Compare Us To The GOP Candidates

This is totally incomprehensible to me.  Woman ‘starved to death’ after being stranded for a month on an elevator in China

And we absolutely agree with this.  Online Violence Against Women: A Global Issue

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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is, I think, a very relevant question to begin asking now.  – How Do Workers Organize When Their Boss Is An App? 

Whew.  Asteroid 2013 TX68 Passed Safely Monday Morning

Wouldn’t it be cool if this was like “The Little Germ That Could”?  Could A New Plastic-Eating Bacteria Help Combat Waste?

EARTH

First Animal Was Likely Sea Sponge

Unearthing An Old Reptilian Relative Of 

This Week’s Other Solar Eclipse

OUTER SPACE

See Earth In Mars’ Night Sky

How An Amateur Meteorite Hunter Tracked Down A Fireball

Views Of The Total Solar Eclipse

TECHNOLOGY

Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans

Video: What Is A DDOS Attack?

The Dawn Of The Electric Car

THE GREEN AGENDA

Within 10 Years, Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper Than Gas Vehicles

How Protecting The Environment Changes Human Nature

China Vowed To Peak Carbon Emissions By 2030. It Could Be Way Ahead Of Schedule

Seattle Mayor Plans To Add Electric Cars To City’s Fleet To Help Cut Emissions

Oregon’s Anti-Coal Bill Signed Into Law

Video: Metro Vancouver Car-Sharing Use Soars

Arch Coal Scraps Plans For Controversial Mine In Montana

Big Solar Is Heading For Boom Times In The US

Here’s A Realistic Plan To Slash Food Waste

Toxins In The Food Chain

HEALTH

New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor

When Gene Tests For Breast Cancer Reveal Grim Data But No Guidance

Virtual Reality Therapy Is Coming. One Academic’s Predictions Of How This Will Transform Health Care.

Roots Of Napoleon Complex May Be Justified: Study Finds Short Men Get Short End Of Stick In Life

Surgeons Describe First Uterus Transplant In The United States

Fasting Diets Are Gaining Acceptance

Does Skipping Breakfast Cause Weight Gain?

The Always Hungry Teenage Boy

Should The Smoking Age Be Raised To 21? CA Legislature Says Yes

LIFESTYLE

This Is What We Don’t Understand About Sexism.

‘I Couldn’t Be More Sorry’: Canadian Thief Turns Himself In After His Victim Friends Him On Facebook

Five Pictures That Reveal How Women Are Treated

After The Game, Female Sportscasters On Guard

How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California To Nepal

Documenting Violence Against Women, Even If It’s Hard To Look

How A Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom And Escape From Domestic Violence

Don’t Post About Me On Social Media, Children Say

How Asking 5 Questions Allowed Me to Eat Dinner With My Kids

Short Men, Overweight Women Face Lower Pay

SEATTLE  SCENES

Mayor Ed Murray’s nominee to head City Light is pretty green, as utility executives go. But some environmentalists say Larry Weis is not the clean-energy visionary Seattle needs. They’ve got the ear of Councilmember Kshama Sawant, whose committee will vote on his confirmation.

Governor Inslee Declares State Of Emergency In Washington  After Heavy Rain

A “deep, resonant woof and then a sucking sound” are the last things a Seattle firefighter recalls hearing before the building he was next to disintegrated. Watch video of him and nearby business owners describing Wednesday morning’s explosion in Greenwood.

Gov. Inslee vetoed 27 bills late last night and called state lawmakers into a special session after they finished the last day of their regular session with no supplemental budget in sight. “There is no break and no rest, legislators need to balance the books,” he said.

BEST OF THE NET

A Desert’s Once-In-A-Decade Super Bloom ~ A Rare Explosion Of Flowers In The Hottest Place On Earth

Amazing Lightning Time-Lapse From Zimbabwe — Video Of 20 Spectacular Cloud-To-Ground Lightning Strikes That Took Place On A Single Afternoon In Mutare, Zimbabwe

This Iconic Reptile Swam The Seas For 150 Million Years. Then The Climate Changed

FROM NORTHSTAR

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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 amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

If we are ever invaded by something like this, we will not stand a chance.  Here’s how the hydra rips its own body open to eat a meal

The more we learn about them, the smarter they seem to become.  These birds use a linguistic rule thought to be unique to humans

They are absolutely darling.  R2D2 and C-3PO are the first ever grey seal pup twins found in the wild

SHORTS

The Mystery Cat Of The Indian Mountains

Amazing Mothers Of The Animal Kingdom

Lizards Trapped In Amber For 100 Million Years May Be Some Of The Oldest Of Their Kind

The Beautiful Lizards Nobody Noticed

The Squirrel That Survives Being Frozen

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornel Lab of Ornithology Feederwatch March 2016 newsletter is now online.

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

Amnesty International

EarthSkyNews

Ecofinder-Kenya

GritTV With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

Nature Conservancy in Washington

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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Video: Driver Arrested With Massive Tree Embedded In Car’s Front Grille

The World’s Smallest Kingdom

Where People Were Sent To Disappear

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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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