The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

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May 1, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 23 446th Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Viridis Lumen: Mayday for May Day!

Viridis Lumen: Mayday for May Day!


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As part of my self-reservation protocol, I avoid watching famous people on television.  But accidents happen and the other day, it was Donald Trump.  Without my specs on, I thought it was another celebrity impersonating him.

Howdy Doody the puppet had better body language than he does.  That guy had to have made his billions under an assumed personality.  He’s got about as much charm as an animated cactus with a cockney accent.

Why is he bothering to run for president when he could afford to buy the whole flipping country?  Even God doesn’t have that much money.  I’m also betting that he’ll never be too old for the job.  It’s like he’s got this clone growing somewhere and he just needs for it to become old enough to run for president and then it’s a version of mind meld and bingo, Donald returns bigger, brighter and more belligerent than ever before.

We would also like to wish the female parenting units of the world an early Happy Mother’s Day.  Thanks to the efforts of a West Virginia woman and a president born in Virginia, Mother’s Day is a national holiday in the United States and an international one as well.  It is celebrated here the second Sunday in May.  For more on how this all came about, please go here.

Today, May 1, is also May Day around the world, so we’d be remiss in not mentioning that too.  Because of this holiday’s rather controversial nature, we did some checking and learned that it predates by thousands of years anything having to do with socialism, communism or the labor movements of the world.  They’ve chosen it for their own anniversary and I have no problem with that.

The holiday we will be celebrating in the House That Northstar Built goes back to the Roman Empire and honors a goddess of flowers.  Even then, it was all over Europe and in the British Isles and Ireland, as well.  Wikipedia’s entry on this subject is outstanding so if you want to learn more, go here.  I did and I enjoyed it a great deal.  I think you will too.

Okay, that’s it for now.  You guys have a most excellent week and the 449th consecutive time, thanks for the ear.


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This is outstanding.  175 nations sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Well, here’s something one member of my household will find very interesting, I suspect.  It’s Official: Millennials Have Surpassed Baby Boomers To Become America’s Largest Living Generation

Under the “Just about the time I think I’ve (seen, heard = experienced) everything category, this week’s winner is:  Meet The Robot Monk Spreading The Teachings Of Buddhism Around China



Pentagon Details Chain Of Errors In Strike On Afghan Hospital

Antismoking Coalition Gives Big Tobacco A Fight In Indonesia

North Korea Sentences American To 10 Years For Spying, Reports Say

Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar Jailed In China, Is Nominated For Rights Award
North Korea To Convene Rare Party Congress Next Week
U.S. Soldiers Defy North Korean Propaganda By Teaching Defectors English

Russian Surnames Officially Banned In Tajikistan


China Wealth Manager Denies Taking Money

From China, A Shot Across Tesla’s Bow

Shanghai’s ‘Nuts’ Capital Scheme

Clampdown In China Restricts 7,000 Foreign Organizations

Why China’s Airports Are A Nightmare

China Blocks U.S. Navy Flotilla’s Visit To Hong Kong


India Tycoon Has Passport Revoked

Video: Have Hand-Woven Saris Lost Their Value?

Forging A Path For Women, Deep Into India’s Sacred Shrines


SA Corruption Case Blow For Zuma

In Congo, Wars Are Small And Chaos Is Endless

Building Collapses In Kenyan Capital, Killing At Least 10

Kenya Burns Elephant Ivory Worth $105 Million To Defy Poachers

Hunger Games In South Africa

Airlift Is Sending 33 Lions From South American Circuses To African Sanctuary


MSF-Backed Syria Hospital Bombed

Divided Aleppo Plunges Back Into War As Hospital Is Destroyed

Surge In Palestinian Youths In Prison Tests Israel’s Justice System

Iraqi Protesters Pour Into Green Zone, Storm Parliament

Iraq Protesters Storm Parliament, Demanding End To Corruption

In Israel, Iraqi Jews Reflect On Baghdad Heritage


Debt Collectors Adopt Mob Tactics As Russians Struggle To Pay Bills

Kulich, Fountains And Folk Music: How To Celebrate A May Day Easter In Moscow

Russian Consumer Confidence Falls To Historic Lows

Russian Soldier Behind Armenian Massacre Says ‘Noise’ Made Him Kill

Kremlin Calls Attack On Human Rights Event ‘Hooliganism’

Russian Director Responsible For Vostochny Gets Prison Sentence

Head Of Central Russian University Urges Students To Avoid Foreigners

Moscow’s Chief Architect Envisions The City’s Future

Human Rights Event Attacked In Moscow


Kurdish PKK Warns Turkey Of Long Fight

Eurozone Recovery Picks Up Speed

A New Generation’s Anger Resounds From A Packed Plaza In Paris

Former Auschwitz Guard Apologizes At Trial In Germany

Helicopter Crashes Off Norway, Leaving No Signs Of Survivors

Ending Impasse, Irish Leaders Agree On A Government


Drone ‘Unlikely To Have Hit BA Plane’

Britain’s Most Business-Savvy Town?

Muslim’s Labour Candidacy Shapes London Mayoral Race

Ending Impasse, Irish Leaders Agree On A Government


Canadian Killed By Terrorist Group In Philippines

Trudeau Rules Out Ransom For Hostages As Rescue Mission Explored

Tax-Cheat Crackdown Nets CRA $1-Billion More Than Expected


After A Year, Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Hasn’t Raised Retail Prices

Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months, And Apologizes For Sex Abuse

VW Chief ‘Personally’ Apologized To Obama Over Cheating

A Potent Side Effect To The Flint Water Crisis: Mental Health Problems

From Albany To Prison: Ex-Lawmakers On Life Behind Bars  

Oregon Senator Wants To Take Vote-By-Mail Nationwide

Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People


U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where The Rio Grande Is But A Ribbon

Venezuela Imposes Two-Day Week

Inquiry Into Missing Mexican Students Ends On Note Of Frustration

Honduras Fires Over Two Dozen Police Commanders

Rescuers In Guatemala Search For Survivors After Trash Heap Collapses

Cardinal And Longtime Catholic Leader In Cuba To Step Down

Venezuela Panel Clears The Way For A Process To Oust Nicolás Maduro


‘Don’t Stay, Get Out’: Woman Set Alight By Boyfriend Warns Others

Morrison To Cut Superannuation Tax Concessions For Wealthy

‘If I Have To, I Will Go To Jail For It’: Call To Scrap ABCC Bill At May Day Rally

Education Union Accuses Government Of ‘Walking Away From Gonski’

Woman Injured In Bankstown Shooting An ‘Innocent Bystander’

Herpes Virus To Bring ‘Carp-Ageddon’ To Murray River Pest, Pyne Says

French PM Headed To Australia For Talks With Turnbull After Subs Deal

Doctor Charged With Murdering His Mother Remanded In Custody

90pc Of Snowy Mountain Brumby Population To Be Culled Over Next 20 Years



This Controversial Carbon Proposal Could Be The Key To Success For The World’s New Climate Agreement

Could Space Shades Stop Global Warming?

Hail The Size Of Grapefruits Struck Nebraska And Kansas Tuesday.

Global Warming Could Deplete The Oceans’ Oxygen

The U.S. Oil And Gas Boom Is Having Global Atmospheric Consequences

Massive Seagrass Die-Off Is The Latest Sign We’re Failing To Protect The Everglades

Scientists Now Know The Psychology Behind Your Worries About The Environment

The American Northwest’s Old Growth Buffers Global Warming

The Arctic Is Melting – And Scientists Just Lost A Key Tool To Observe It

How To Convince The Climate Slacker To Get Serious  

Despite April Storms, Western Snowpack Is Melting Fast  


ISIS Targeted By Cyberattacks In A New U.S. Line Of Combat

After Missteps, U.S. Tightens Rules For Espionage Cases

Threatened With Death For Working On TV


VIDEO: Clashes At Lesbos Migrant Camp

Refugee Held On Nauru Dies After Self-Immolation To Protest Australian Policy


David Seath – Photo courtesy of

David Seath – Photo courtesy of…


Hi Mishka:

Sadly enough to hear about another marathon fatality “London Marathon 2016: Army captain David Seath “. Unfortunately, it’s not the only case.  Kiev’s marathon last year took a 28 year old young man, who was, according to his medical statement, in perfect health.  In fact, his second daughter was born just the day after his untimely demise..

Why does this happen?  Perhaps another examination should be done as well besides the required physical.  The reason could be a magnesium deficiency traditionally associated with but not limited to the elderly. Magnesium can improve heart health and prevent heart attack deaths (Opinion)  The concentration of magnesium in the blood of 12 to 17 mg / l  (0.5-0.7 mmol / l) indicates a deficiency of magnesium; below 12 mg / dL (0.5 mmol / l) – the hard magnesium deficiency.

Ironically, the more exercise, the more the need to constantly replenish the magnesium level. Rocket salads, beetroot and buckwheat are among the products that contain this number one heart mineral.

Chemistry is very straightforward and logical.  This is why the food is important as it is very first thing that affects any human being.  Another health article to highlight is the effect of bromine on mental health “The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Taking into account how many teenagers drink soda which contains this element, serving as nervous system depressant triggering a number of mental disorders, it is really worrying.

Having a degree in practical psychology, unfortunately, as a student, I did not study such subjects as “biologic chemistry” or “health nutrition” but hopefully in future, these will become part of the curriculum.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o 


Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting.  Yep, go here.


How To Travel The Earth And Protect It, Too

Discover The Amazon

An Icy Sail To The End Of The Earth

Medieval Europe’s Greatest Treasure? Masterpiece That Can Be Seen In Ireland Today

Spain’s Cursed Village Of Witches ~ A Spell So Powerful Only Pope Can Lift It


If this works, a grateful world will pay homage.            Can A Single Car Break A Traffic Jam?

The answer to this question is of course not.  A media expert explains how that portrayal inadvertently came about in the press.  Is Hillary Clinton Dishonest?

I think this is a significant advance for us and I applaud all those involved in it.  Teen Birthrate Hits All-Time Low, Led By 50 Percent Decline Among Hispanics And Blacks

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Could someone please explain the logic behind this?  VW To Pay Chiefs £49m Despite Losses

Every man who had a human mother ought to be trying to put a stop to this horse manure.  More  Than Mean: A Graphic Lesson For Men In The Disgustingly Obscene ‘Everyday’ Harassment Of Sports Media Women

I grew up not far from this campus and this news both saddens and outrages me.  UC Davis Chancellor Placed On Administrative Leave After Revelations Of ‘Scrubbing’ Internet


Can You Score At Least 5 Out Of 10 In This Impossible Mixed Knowledge Quiz?

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I’m kind of glad I was not around when this big dude rocked the world.  Sarmientosaurus Was A 10-Ton Dinosaur With A Plum-Sized Brain

This is totally intriguing.  This Gene Helps Prevent Cancer. Did It Also Give Rise To All Complex Life?

I’ll bet the species involved really appreciated this.  (munch)  Scientists Built A Special Camera To Study Glow-In-The-Dark Sharks


Scientists Find A Massive Coral Reef Just Chilling In The Amazon

Popocatépetl Volcano Hurls Rock And Fire

A DIY Weapon In The War On Mosquitoes

The Building Blocks Of Life Weren’t That Hard To Put Together

A Lost Natural Wonder Has Been Found

Did Human Limbs Evolve From Shark Gills?


Why Life Could Exist In Deep Space

Astronaut Finishes The London Marathon From Space In Record-Breaking Time

Watch NASA Build James Webb Space Telescope

A Good Moon Is Hard To Find — But Pluto’s ‘Little Sister’ Just Got One

Video: Rocket Blasts Off From New Space Port

Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Terrain


Texting And Driving? Watch Out For The Textalyzer

Why Solar-Powered Planes Are Still A Long Way From Carrying Passengers

Is This A Totally New Kind Of Aircraft?

Tim Peake Drives Remote Robot On Earth From Orbit

These Earth-Saving Robots Might Be Future Recyclers


Six Years Later, We’re Still Learning How Badly The BP Spill Damaged The Environment

Renewable Energy Stumbles Toward The Future

The U.S. Senate Just Passed An Actually Bipartisan Energy Bill  Also see  What Is The Magnuson Amendment? What Does It Mean For Northwest Oil Schemes?

Federal Panel Kills Tongue River Coal Railroad In Montana

Energy Efficiency Could Provide Big Benefits To Low-Income Renters

Solar Gardens Grow Slowly Out West

 What Small Farms Need To Compete With Corporate Food  

Fossil-Fuel Terminals Rejected Across The Pacific Northwest


One Minute Of All-Out Exercise May Have Benefits Of 45 Minutes Of Moderate Exertion  See also New York Times Well

Want Better Zzz’s? Forget About Prescription Sleep Aids And Try This Fun Sleep Trick For A Week Instead.

Battle Blood PressureOne Of The 70 Million Americans With High Blood Pressure? Healthy Choices Help, But Which Habits Are Best?  7 Smart Tips

40% of Prisoners in Long Term Solitary Suffer From Mental Health Issues

This New Street Drug Is 10,000 Times More Toxic Than Morphine, And Now It’s Showing Up In Canada And The U.S.

‘Looming Catastrophe’: These 7 Emergency Surgeries Account For 80 Percent Of Deaths And Costs

Puerto Rico Reports First U.S. Death Associated With Zika


Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be

‘Buddy Check On 22!’ Veterans Use Social Media To Fight Suicide

Guess Which Shakespeare Words Are Real

A Former Girl Soldier In Colombia Finds ‘Life Is Hard’ As A Civilian  

One Governor Just Gave 206,000 People The Right To Vote

Your Ancestors Were Eaten By Hyenas

Fraying At The Edges: Her Fight To Live With Alzheimer’s


Beauty of Nature Community (Facebook)

How A Nobel Prize-Winner Thinks

Amazing Things Education Website






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

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

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Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
Ghost writing
Editing ~ General and International
“Americanization” of International Websites
Online English Tutoring
Special Projects
Northstar Media Services


Mexican Gray Wolf – Photo courtesy of:

Mexican Gray Wolf – Photo courtesy of:…

The Mexican gray wolf, once numbering in the thousands in the American Southwest, now teeters on the brink of extinction with only 97 left in the wild.  To learn more about these majestic creatures and what is being done to preserve them, please go here.

Since it is their active season, here are Ten Things To Know About Venomous Brown Recluse Spiders

World Wildlife’s Summer issue is now live.  It is awesome.


The Alligators That Sing

Sciencetake | Shake A Tail Feather

Ancient Birds’ Tiny Secret To Outliving The Dinosaurs: Seeds

Rare Baby Dinosaur Fossil Suggests A Harsh, Lonely Childhood

When A Wasp Feels The Sting Of Betrayal


Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab’s latest Nestwatch newsletter in now online.  Its lead article sets its tone.  A Teen’s Top 5 Tips On Engaging Kids Through Birds


Amnesty International



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


Video: Turkey’s Most Wanted Man Talks To BBC

Australian Politician Blames Fracking After He Sets River Ablaze With A Lighter

Where Beauty Knows No Bounds

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About minstrel312

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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