The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 7, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 47


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve just finished disaster drills for “the Big One,” meaning a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that reshapes the topography of the greater Puget Sound considerably every 500 years or so.  Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a smaller tremblor and a major volcanic eruption.  Now the question being asked?

How Much Warning For Supervolcanos?

Our species seems prone to surprises and to that extent, we are rather inept at predicting which quiet and brooding neighbor down the block will one day show up at the most popular fast food restaurant in town with a bad attitude and instruments of slaughter.

Our reaction is always the same.  We pretend to be shocked.  There is mass mourning of the survivors.  Every elected official in the nation goes on record as opposing such violence and promising to do all they can to prevent it.  We bury the dead, eulogize them, then go about business as usual until the next time some moron commits mass mayhem.

No species on the planet can predict natural disasters with any accuracy but most can insure that they do not wantonly slaughter one another.  Until we devote ourselves to creating the kind of society in which violence is simply not an option, we have more to fear from the dark and morbid excesses of our own psyches than we do another Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. St. Helens.

That’s it for this week, gang.  We’ll keep you posted and when we get settled in, we’ll share that in words and photos.  Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves.



I found this, coming from a law enforcement family, very interesting and informative.  Video: Preparing For An Active Shooter Scenario

This may not be headline news but it’s also not something we read about every day.  Obama Daughter Lands Restaurant Job

I am glad this question is being asked.  Can You Engineer A Happy Country?



VIDEO: Fireball As Plane Crash-Lands In Dubai

Myanmar Measles Outbreak Kills 40 In Remote Villages

China Reins In Communist Youth League, And Its Alumni’s Prospects

The Face Of Taiwan’s Past Is Slowly Fading From View

British Royal History, And Intrigue, In A Quaint German Town

Mortal To Divine And Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses


A.N.C. Suffers Major Election Setback in South Africa

Jacob Zuma, Under Siege, Finds Political Refuge in Rural South Africa

Boko Haram Leader Speaks On YouTube, Deepening Signs Of Split

Wrenching Choice In South Sudan: Starve Or Risk Rape


Talks To End War In Yemen Are Suspended

Fatah Makes Incendiary Facebook Claim Of Killing 11,000 Israelis

Israel Charges Aid Group’s Gaza Branch Manager With Funneling Funds To Hamas

$400 Million To Iran Was Not A Ransom, Obama Says

$400 Million Cash Payment To Iran Fuels Latest Campaign Dispute


Turkish Raid Captures Fugitive Commando Unit Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Or Kill Erdogan During Coup

Bomb Wounds Russian-Backed Leader Of Ukraine Separatist Region

A Question Lingers On The Irish-British Border: What’s Next?

The Scale Of Turkey’s Purge Is Nearly Unprecedented

The Road to Rio: How Russia (Finally) Made It


Canadian Company Sold Armored Vehicles To South Sudan: Report

Ontario Superjail Revamps Fire-Safety Plan After False Alarms

Why Canada Has A New Way To Choose Supreme Court Judges

Canada’s Economy Is Growing At The Slowest Pace In 60 Years And The Only Thing Holding Us Up Is Housing


Pacific Northwest Weighs Response To Risks Posed By Oil Trains

Flood Rips Through Historic Maryland Town, Killing At Least 2

Federal Judge Bars North Dakota From Enforcing Restrictive Voter Id Law

Delaware Supreme Court Rules State’s Death Penalty Unconstitutional  

US Jobs Growth Beats Forecasts In July

U.S. Releases Rules For Airstrike Killings Of Terror Suspects

New Medicare Law To Notify Patients Of Loophole In Nursing Home Coverage

Obama Arrives In Martha’s Vineyard For Two-Week Vacation


An Expat Exodus From Brazil

Olympic Spirit In Brazil? They Stoned The Torch Relay

Fathers Of 1994 Bombing Victims In Argentina Keep Pushing For Justice

Lula, Brazil’s Ex-President, Will Face Trial On Obstruction Charges


Hunt For Woman After Australian’s Fatal Bangkok Hotel Fall

Another Victim Of SA Chemotherapy Bungle Dies

Wood Salvaged From Historic Sydney Trees Given New Life As Artworks



California Wildfire From Space

In Shift, Australia Pledges More Resources For Climate Research

From Now On, Every Government Agency Will Have To Consider Climate Change

Disagreements Among Climate Friends

Groundwater Contamination Poses Risk To American Northwest Ocean Waters, Study Says


U.S. Launches Air Strikes Against Islamic State Militants In Libya

Seeking Justice For ISIS’s Yazidi Victims

As ISIS Posts In Portuguese, U.S. And Brazil Bolster Olympics Security


A ‘Good Refugee,’ His Song Suffused With Sorrow, Hopes To Touch Germany’s Heart

A Young Syrian Torchbearer Highlights Brazil’s Embrace Of Refugees

U.N. Deadlocked Over Draft Agreement On Refugees And Migrants


___ 2016-08-06 _ 17.35 .06


Hi, Mishka:

I just read about plans to construct solar panel plant in Chernobyl at the site of the nuclear plant tragedy of 1986, in an article entitled World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Planned For Chernobyl Nuclear Wasteland”

”It would be among the modern world’s greatest technical ironies if one of the worst industrial accidents ever would be replaced with a solar power plant, one of the world’s safest energy technologies”, a commentator stated in the mentioned above article.

I’m not sure how safe this would be for builders and workers. Definitely the better choice is to make the process automated, using robotics, but in general sounds as good idea. At the moment there exists a tourist route for those unafraid of consequences of radiation. Actually one of my friends been there with a radiation meter and said mostly it’s near norm.  The only place where level was skyrocketing is so called “Red Forest

The solar energy has a great potential and another interesting recent article to read is this one headlined Half a Trillion Dollars to Build Huge Desertec Plan? The picture above shows what territory in highly solar friendly territory of dessert needed to feed world, EU and MENA with energy.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe.

Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor


Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Zip Line In Banos, Ecuador


Yellowstone’s Wolves In Winter


It should be very important to us that they be permitted to do this.  Nuclear Scientists Push For Freedom To Express Views Without Fear Of Reprisals

Lest we forget.  Muslims in the Military: The Few, the Proud, the Welcome

This is outstanding and one of the reasons we support these folks.  A New Road Map For Development In Myanmar—And Elsewhere—That Recognizes The Value Of Nature


This really needs to change.  A Mother’s Love? Of Course. Her Citizenship? Not So Fast.

It becomes very personal when viewed from this perspective.  How Many People Have Been Killed in ISIS Attacks Around the World?

I didn’t know Hell was that big but since I know where these alleged human beings are going, it just might be larger than the Good Place.  Government Forces Responsible For South Sudan Killings And Rapes, U.N. Official Says


This is fascinating.  A Cave Of Secrets Beneath The Desert

Here is technology appropriately deployed.  The Cutting-Edge Thermal Cameras That Are Helping Kenyan Rangers Catch Poachers In The Dark

This Too Is Fascinating.  Scientific Evidence Of Flood May Give Credence To Legend Of China’s First Dynasty


Smoke, Fire And Human Evolution

How Sunflowers Follow The Sun, Day After Day

An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues On Whale Evolution


Solar Probe Plus Mission Now Closer To Studying The Sun Up Close

California Company Gets Approval To Put Robotic Lander On Moon

Our Vast Solar System And Its Many Explorers


China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech

Could Online Bug Hunting Make Me Rich?

Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator


A Fossil-Fuel-Free Future Is Possible

To Cut Down Poverty, Cut Down The Cost Of Living

We’re Starting To Understand Just How Zika And Climate Change Go Together

Global Warming Could ‘Unfreeze’ Waste Buried In Old Greenland Military Base

Political Battle Seeks To Weaken Clean Air Regulations In Ca


Immunotherapy Offers Hope To A Cancer Patient, But No Certainty

How Nature Helps Us Overcome Trauma

Why Anthrax Is Everywhere

Horse-Drawn Carriages Are Here To Stay




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The Galápagos: Conservation In Action

Dizzying Illustrations Of The Anthropocene, Through The Aerial Kaleidoscopes Of David Thomas Smith

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in “Dueling Banjos” – YouTube







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A superpower 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 who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. 


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This is more like it!  Freedom! Dolphins Make Successful Move From Marine Park to Open Ocean

How do Monarch butterflies of North America migrate 2,000 miles/3,220 km?  Their secret is at last revealed.

I’ll bet they’re glad to hear this.  A Homecoming for Hellbenders, the Biggest Salamanders in North America


Giant Brazilian Bird Is Confounded By A Golf Ball

Baby Monkeys Smile In Their Sleep

An Ancient ‘Echo Hunter’ Provides Clues On Whale Evolution


Our Neanderthal Cousins Made Art

How Human Were Neanderthals

The Big Questions About Life and the Universe…And How To Answer Them



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The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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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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