The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

June 26, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 39



And so it is.  Surprising for the European Union, shocking and devastating for 48% of the British who voted to stay in with turnout out of 72%.  The Prime Minister David Cameron resigns whilst triumph of his opponents like Nigel Farage, leader of United Kingdom Independence party 

The United Kingdom joined European Union in 1967. The country applied to be part a Union earlier in 1960 after Suez crisis but on that stage France as a member of the European Union and one of six the European Union founding countries vetoed as Charles de Gaulle considered UK to be provider of United States policy to the Union.

1993 was another important year of the Maastricht Treaty that established the European Union under its current name and introduced European citizenship.  In 1993, as well, complete single market was achieved, known as the internal market, which allowed for the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people within the European Economic Community.

At the moment the procedure of actually exiting from the European Union is unclear so different speculations take place.  According to media, it will take about two years.  Immigration fears were among top decision makers for the Leave vote.

Surely all economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union are very strong and the percentage who voted for leaving is barely enough to consider the voting actually valid. Interesting that Britain’s youth voted to remain

 To me, this suggests that as many young people fear opportunities could be taken from them like working in the other 27 countries of the European Union.  The question of freedom of movement is, then, also very important.

But perhaps it is time for another perspective.  There are about 196 countries in the world where such considerations are unthinkable.  If they were to talk about what freedoms the majority of them have, it would be a sad discussion.

That was a world refugee day this week:  Kenya: Ending Refugee Hosting, Closing Camps

I hope we are learning that in order to make the world a better place for all, it must be made a better place for each.  We always are just one generation before it can possibly happen.  When the majority of children in 196 countries die before they reach puberty, would it be so inappropriate to explore trade which might sacrifice inflated profits for a humanitarian relationship meant to last for generations to come?

It just takes a child to grow up in a civilized and safe environment to become educated and cultural and believe there is a future.  Perhaps Britain will help some of these.

Olya Bereza, European Editor


Off she goes, into the wild blue yonder.  (This is so cool.)  VIDEO: Solar Impulse takes to the skies

The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

This is reassuring.  China Has World’s Most Powerful Computer

Since I’m doing this and several friends are, as well, I can relate to this.  I’m sure many of you can, as well.  Why Are So Many Of Us Choosing To ‘Live Clean’?



How Britain’s Breakup With the E.U. Could Reshape World Markets

Populist Anger Upends Politics on Both Sides of the Atlantic


Why North Korea Is A Safe Haven For Birds

Video Shows China Bank Staff Spanking

Story Of India Told Through A Samosa

India’s ‘Brexit’ Took More Than A Referendum


Congo Warlord Jailed For War Crimes

Africa’s Charcoal Economy Is Cooking. The Trees Are Paying.

Islamist Militants Storm Hotel In Somalia, Killing At Least 6

Will Ersatz Dollars Satisfy Cash-Starved Zimbabweans?


Jordan Announces ‘Closed Military Zones’ After Troops Killed

Israel’s BioBee To Ship 500 Million ‘Predatory Bugs’ To Russia

Marijuana Use Rises In Iran, With Little Interference


Scots Independence Vote ‘Highly Likely’

Graphic: Fallout From Britain’s Exit: Markets, Immigration And Trade

How Far Is Europe Swinging To The Right?

Russian State Duma Bans Import And Production Of GMOs

Controversial Anti-Terrorism Laws Approved By Russian Duma

Putin Signs Law Limiting Russia’s Beer Sales


Pope Francis To Armenians: Seek Peace, But Never Forget Genocide


Canadian Executives Back TPP, Stronger Ties With China

Toronto Employees Drop Opposition To Bombardier Outsourcing

Are UFOs A Government Cover-Up? Ontario Enthusiasts Out To Prove It

Norwegian War Hero Gets Care At Halifax Veterans’ Hospital After Months Of Struggle

Countess Of Wessex Tours Neighborhood Devastated In Fort McMurray Fire Video


As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming’s Fortunes, Coal Miners Are Left In The Dust

Michigan Attorney General Sues 2 Companies Over Flint Water Crisis

Raging Wildfires In The Southwest Stretch Resources

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program At University Of Texas

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carriers To Philippine Sea Amid Concerns Of Nearby Chinese Expansion

Trader Joe’s Is Forced To Fix Refrigerators, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

US Giving $48 Million To Help Western Farms Handle Drought

West Virginia Floods Cause 23 Deaths And Vast Wreckage


A New Verb In Mexico: Trumpear (From ‘To Punch’)

Venezuelans Ransack Stores As Hunger Grips The Nation

Police In Brazil Seek Charges Against 7 In Gang Rape Of Girl

Brazil’s Tourism Minister Resigns Amid Corruption Accusations


Greens Spruik Climate, Education Policy At Campaign Launch

Concerns Fantasy Sports Could Create New Generation Of Gamblers

Labor Pledges Budget Balance Despite $16.4b Deeper Deficit

Turnbull Urges Voters To Back Coalition’s ‘Calm Heads’

Reece Harding Becomes ‘Symbol Of Kurdistan’



Britain Votes to Leave E.U.; Cameron Says He Plans to Step Down

Brexit Fallout: Stocks, Currencies Bloodied, Central Banks On Alert

The Future For Britain, The Political Fallout, And What About The EU?

EU Says UK Must Not Delay Leaving

How Brexit Could Hit Your Wallet

‘Brexit’ Aftershocks: More Rifts In Europe, And In Britain, Too

Kremlin Eyes Better U.K.-Russia Ties After Brexit Referendum


Climate Scientists Predict More Blazing Heat, Drought, Fires And Scores Of Dead Trees In The West

As Greenland Melts, One Of Its Most Famous Glaciers Is Creating Terrifying Tsunamis

Is Drought Causing A Health Crisis In California?

Unable To Endure Rising Seas, Alaskan Villages Stuck In Limbo


How Do You Stop A Future Terrorist When The Only Evidence Is A Thought?

Bioterror Experiment In The NYC Subway?

What The Islamic State Has Won And Lost


Refugees At Highest Ever Level – Un

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up In Net Of Deportation

Seattle Mayor: City’s Policy On Immigrants — We Don’t Ask And We Won’t Tell

Migrant Death Toll On The Rise Again




Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, first, we want to congratulate the Solar Impulse on a successful transatlantic flight.  She’s been all over the globe in the last several years, quietly being the best lobbyist for solar power on the planet.  She and her team have proven what is possible and have paved the way for those whose job it is to take breakthroughs like this and maximize them.

It reminds me, in some ways, of the Greek “myth” of Icarus and his father Daedalus.  They were the ones who made wings of wax and bird feathers and proved that “man” could fly, in imitation of the birds.  The fact that Icarus flew too close to the sun I think was a warning.

He flew higher than eagles and that had to have been a shock to his system.  Once he got up there, he might have just truly wanted to push the envelope, something test pilots can tell you a lot about.  Among others.

So the lesson I take from this is that humankind wasn’t ready for flight.  But gradually, at first in balloons and then in other aircraft, our minds adapted to the new element.  Now we go parasailing, skydiving, etc. and enjoy the adrenalin rush with absolutely no fear of the elements.

Technology generally follows the same evolution, I’ve noticed.  So I look forward to seeing solar powered flight take its place among the greener transport options we now have as a species.

Nice going, guys.

Have a great week, gang.  And thank you!

Rusty Miller – Editor


Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Elephant Seals Popular With Visitors


VIDEO: A patriotic tour of the South China Sea

Devices That Deserve to Go Along on Vacation  


These folks could use some help.  Video: The Tribe Standing Up To Amazon Loggers

The world needs more like him.  Ex-Hunter Saves His Former Victims

This is truly inspirational.  How A Street Child Became A Leading Artist


I hope God forgives them for doing this.  I certainly will not.  US Senate Rejects Gun Control Bills

Why am I somehow not surprised?  Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident

This dude’s a real class act, isn’t he?  Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty in Campus Rape


Can you imagine what their table manners must have been like?  Ancient Peoples Feasted On Giant Meals

This is interesting.  Virgin Atlantic Just Used Behavioral Science To ‘Nudge’ Its Pilots Into Using Less Fuel. It Worked

And it does, too.  This Chart Perfectly Explains What’s At Stake In The Quest To Stop Climate Change


Could Bringing Back Camels “Rewild” The American West?

A Hero In A Harsh, High-Desert World

Obama On The Power Of National Parks


Meet A Tiny Asteroid That Has Followed Earth For 100 Years

China On Schedule For Launch Of Second Space Station

Short Answers To Your Good Questions About Black Holes


Europe’s Emergency Workers Turn to Drones to Save Lives

Video: Rolls-Royce Shows ‘Floating’ Future Car

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential In The Keyboard Age


It’s The First New US Nuclear Reactor In Decades. And Climate Change Has Made That A Very Big Deal

Who Will Fund Clean Energy For The World’s Poorest?

Trees Are Very, Very Good For Our Health. But In Many Cities, They’re Struggling

California Utility To Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Reactors By 2025


Beating the Heat: How To Avoid HeatstrokeDrink A SlushieCool Your NeckDouse Your Head In Cold WaterYou Need Water, But Not Too Much

Remember That Heat Clouds Your Judgment

Small Increases In Air Pollution Can Put Kids At Risk Of Mental Illness

Zika Breakthrough: First Vaccine Ready For Human Trials, Scientists Announce

Avoid Summer Bummers

Easy Chair Workouts


Amazon, Microsoft, Other Titans Team Up For Transgender Rights

Orlando Massacre Inspires Some To Come Out As Gay

Talking to Younger Men About Growing Old




Individuality is enhanced, not obliterated, by true love.

Menachem Mendel Shneerson

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This Famous Pianist Performed While Floating In The Arctic, And It’s Haunting

Togetherness – Dreyers Ice Cream, Among America’s Best Commercials Ever Made

One Robot Spacecraft Spies Another  










KIKORIKKI ~ a fun way to experience science



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.  In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes.  For a $4.00 adventure, please go here.

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. In the name of a greener environment, we have discontinued the paperback version in favor of a kindle for your tablet that you’ll enjoy just as much and be able to look a tree in the eyes. For a $4.00 adventure, please go here. 

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It is certainly good to see these little dudes (and dudettes) out and about, considering how close we came to losing them.  Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

It is certainly good to see these little dudes (and dudettes) out and about, considering how close we came to losing them. Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

You do not want to read this too close to bed time.  The Monsters Hidden Beneath The Sea

This is fascinating.  Professor Green: Dangerous Dogs

This is a good reason to visit Australia.  VIDEO: Massive python invades Queensland home


The Monkeys Like Us

Where Condors Learn To Soar

Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants


The Pirate Queen Of County Mayo

The Species That Lives In Isolation

London’s Secret Underground River


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The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Shannon Patricia Goddard (1962 – 2001) – Editor Emeritus

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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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