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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 14, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 48



Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, never in the eleven years we have been covering American politics have we seen a week quite like this one and the star of the show is a jackass someone taught to sing.

Donald Trump’s dog and pony show style of politics has not only lowered the bar on dignity, truth and justice, it has buried it.  His behavior is so erratic that I suspect he has brain damage in conjunction with a likely terminal case of hoof in mouth disease.

That having been said, there is something that disgusts me even more and that is the number of good people who have tried to out-Trump the Dumpster by crafting bigger and better insults.

My notorious Uncle Seamus had little patience for such rhetorical catapult slinging and reminded us each election year that when one gets in a perfume squirting contest with a skunk, nobody comes out smelling like French perfume.

When a man is rich enough to pay off the national debt and buy the flipping country, there can be only one reason for seeking to be its chief executive and that is for the attention it garners him.  Like sadists the world over, he thrives on hostility and the grief his behavior causes.

I’d like to wake up just one morning to see the world ignore this imbecile and focus on legitimate aspirants to America’s highest elected office.  At my house, we do not talk to what we scrape off on the welcome mat before opening the front door.  And that sludge is an evolutionary leap over this motor mouthed moron.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.



Moby Dick notwithstanding, these big dudes (and dudettes) are probably our best ocean-going friends on the planet.  Humpback Whales, Heroes Of The Sea?

This Is A Question On The Minds Of Millions Now.  Displacement: The Gnawing Injustice At The Heart Of Housing Crises  ~What Can We Actually Do About It?

To me, this is nothing short of sensational and proves that we do not need fuel sources which poison the planet.  Wind Generates 100% of Scotland’s Electricity Needs for Entire Day



Japan’s Emperor Hints At Wish To Abdicate

Make-Up Firm Shiseido Cuts Forecast

Dozens Killed In Pakistan Hospital Bomb

Will China Create The First GM Baby?

Chinese Trade Drop Adds To Economic Woes

China Said It Would Not Militarize Disputed Islands In South China Sea — But …

Chinese Tech Firms Forced To Choose Market: Home Or Everywhere Else  

Curtain Falls On China’s Cinema Boom

Explosions Target Thai Tourist Towns

Indonesia’s Push To Execute Drug Convicts Underlines Flaws In Justice System


Police In South Africa Struggle To Gain Trust After Apartheid

U.N. Bolsters Peacekeeping In South Sudan Despite Government’s Objections

‘A Generation Is Protesting’ In Ethiopia, Long A U.S. Ally

Polio Response In Africa To Be Fast, Difficult And Possibly Dangerous

Zambia Votes Amid Economic Slowdown And Political Violence

2 Polio Paralysis Cases In Nigeria Set Back Eradication Effort

Safari Guide Accused Of Killing Tourist In Masai Mara Reserve In Kenya


How an Iranian’s Spy Saga Ends, 6 Years Later: He’s Executed

Water Cut ‘Threatens Aleppo Children’

Video: Footage Shows ‘Chlorine Attack’ Aftermath

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes In Yemen Kill At Least 19, Mostly Children

At The Front In A Scarred Falluja


Erdogan In Russia To ‘Reset’ Ties

Russia And Turkey’s Tricky Relationship

Spain And Portugal Avoid Budget Fines

Ten Maps That Will Help You Better Understand Russia

Italian Economic Growth Stagnates

A Tough Sell, Even In Russia: Ivan The Not-So-Terrible


Signs Emerge That Canada’s Hottest Housing Markets May Be Cooling      

Mounties Cite ‘Race Against Time’ In Thwarting ISIS Supporter’s Attack

Four Tornadoes Touch Down In Manitoba, Leaving One First Nation Shaken, But Standing


Thousands Of Roaming Dogs Are Cited As Problem In Poor Areas Of Dallas

Ahmed Mohamed, Dallas, Texas Boy Handcuffed For Making Clock, Is Suing

Justice Department To Release Blistering Report Of Racial Bias By Baltimore Police

Justice Department To Streamline Tracking Of Police Killings  

Chicago Police Department Warns Of Gangs’ Threats To Attack Officers

U.S. Takes Aim At Blasphemy Laws, Religious Discrimination


Olympic Revelry Distracts Brazil (Momentarily) From Its Woes

Tens Of Thousands March In Peru Against Gender Violence

Fidel Castro Thanks Cuba, Criticizes Obama, On 90th Birthday

The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet

Landslides In Mexico Kill At Least 39 After Rains From Tropical Storm Earl


The Downsides Of Being An Aussie Expat

Australia Blocks Chinese Power Grid Sale



Ice Melt May Release Cold War-Era Toxins

First Map Of Thawing Under Greenland Ice

Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity

Climate Change May Be Doubted By Some, But Now It’s The Law


Canadian Police ‘Kill Terror Suspect’

German Plan To Thwart Islamist Militants

.U.S. Drones Record ISIS Fighters Fleeing Manbij In Northern Syria


Save The Refugees On The Berm

Aid And Attention Dwindling, Migrant Crisis Intensifies In Greece




Hi Rusty:

I could not pass by the picture of Brazilian teens watching the opening of Rio Olympic games.

They remind me of our gang in childhood so much and of how we, dirty but enjoying the freedom of holidays, climbed the walls of the stadium to enjoy performances whatever they were: sports, concerts, etc. At a certain age, small things make children happy, like just sitting on a tree by the wall, eating seasonal fruits and being enchanted by big lights.

This picture saves a million words as at the moment Rio is not among most prosperous places in the worlds: Brazil’s politics, economy are huge messes as Olympics begin 

Another interesting article, “Abandoned Olympic Venues From Around the World,” serves to remind that when big lights are gone, what’s left

Not a secret to anyone, that to be able to stay in professional sports, atheletes cannot avoid using pharmacology to reach record results. As the following article speculates, the next step might be genetic modifying “Lilly King’s disdain is fine, but why not welcome our X-Olympian overlords?

I recently had a talk with a good friend who has a daughter with such a brilliant physical potential because of good genes of both parents who are former masters of sports.  But to the question if they consider sports career for their child, the answer was a categorical “no.” because contemporary professional sports  involves way too many risks to health.  Why do we need such sports then?

I personally would definitely prefer to watch unenhanced human beings competing in so called Olympic games, as they were when such contests began in ancient Greece.

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?   Now he is in  Boise, Idaho


35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For

25  Best Things To Do In Seattle, Washington

25 Photos That Will Make You Want To Hike The Pacific Northwest Trail


I am a total fan of His Imminence and here is another reason why.  God Is Not A Magician’: Pope Says Christians Should Believe In Evolution And Big Bang

This is the America I know and love.  Township Saw a Zoning Issue. The Justice Dept. Saw Religious Discrimination.

There should be a special place in our hearts for these people.  Rio 2016: International Chefs Cooking Surplus Olympic Food For City’s Poorest


Why does this remind me of Star ChambersJury Trials Vanish, and Justice Is Served Behind Closed Doors

And you wonder why I ‘fly AMTRAK’?  Delta Grounds Flights After Outage

This cannot bode well.  Android Bug Fear In 900 Million Phones


Now Here’s An Intriguing Question.  Will Skyscrapers Outlast The Pyramids?

This Is Reassuring.  Here’s How The World Will Probably Endlive Science

Payback Time.  Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 Dead


The Forgotten People Of The Arctic

The Volcanoes No One Has Ever Seen  ~ For The First Time We Can See Them Close-Up

The Saltiest Place On Earth


Celebrating 100,000 Orbits For Iss

Time-Lapse Footage Of Perseid Meteor Shower

Russia’s Solar-Powered Satellite Monitors The Arctic


‘Millions’ Of VWs Accessible Via Hack

Can A Computer Write Like You?

Two Dads Hope to End Hot Car Deaths with Their Invention


How To Take An Oil Rig Apart

We’ve Used Up The World’s Resources For The Year & There Are Still 145 Days Left

We’re Trashing The Oceans — And They’re Returning The Favor By Making Us Sick  

Turns Out Wind And Solar Have A Secret Friend: Natural Gas  

First Us Offshore Wind Farm To Usher In New Era For Industry 

Retraining US Mine Workers For The Solar Industry

A Major NW Quake Looks Even Likelier, Thanks To Underwater Landslide Evidence  

EPA’s Science Advisers Challenge Agency Report On The Safety Of Fracking  


Ebola Survivors Visit Clinic Site Where Their Lives Were Saved

A 500-Square-Foot Area in Miami Is Ground Zero for the Zika Virus

Time-Delayed Eating Leads to Better Food Choices

Is Sugar Really Bad for You?

Are Avocados Good for You?

Minorities Suffer From Unequal Pain Treatment

Bad Habits That Age You

B Vitamin Benefits

6 Memory-Boosting Foods (And What To Avoid)


The Secret To Paying Off Student Loans

Gay Students Suffer Violent Attacks More Than Straight Peers

Record number of American households are now multigenerational



Stunning Photos Of A Fragile World

Take An Aerial Tour Of Seattle

Researchers Sent An Automated Submarine To Study Sharks And This Is What They Found







KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science


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You will love this.  I sure did.  An Aquatic Rehabilitation Program Like No Otter Rescues an Adorable Sea Otter!

This was fun.  Find out which wild creature you most resemble.

If this does not move you to tears, you need to ask the Wizard for a heartThis Is What Freedom Tastes Like After 20 Years Locked In A Circus Van


Video: Where Crocodiles Are Sacred

Parakeet Takeover Ahead?

Greenland Shark May Live 400 Years, Smashing Longevity Record


Bermuda Triangle: Ship Reappears 90 Years After Going Missing

Giant Underwater Crystal Pyramid Discovered In Bermuda Triangle

15 Crazy And Weird Real Animals 


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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest  The Magazine With Heart

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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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