The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart 

News & Commentary; From Olya ~Civilization Happened Because Of All Of Us; Meade Fischer ~ In Nevada ; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Funzone; From Northstar; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

August 21, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 49

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view.  Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington

It may not be the most dramatic view, but it’s MY view. Looking west from South Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington 


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been a fun week and, personally, a monumental one.  Several weeks back, we told you Northstar was moving and that we were looking for a place.  Thanks to a Facebook reader of the magazine, we found one and moved in Wednesday.

It’s an appropriate place for a man who loves people and ethnic diversity.  It’s a big place in Seattle’s South Beacon Hill neighborhood and is just country enough to provide fresh blackberries for breakfast and outstanding vistas 24/7.

My housemates are a delightful mix of “foreign” exchange students and members of the owners’ extended family.  My new landlord, who prefers to consider himself my friend, and his wife are medical professionals and he’s a United States Army veteran.  They’re real nice folks and the other day, I got to hang out with their cute four-year-old niece, who is a real cuter.

The neighborhood itself is like a little United Nations so it too is consistent with Northstar’s “global village” philosophy.  Everything’s within a short bus ride or a leisurely pedal on Big Red One.

Our associate editor and my best friend/kid brother, Denny Steussy, helped me move and you’d be amazed at how much stuff you can wedge into a four-door Toyota with a bike rack on the rear bumper.

I want to thank those of you who emailed in with your concerns, prayers, etc.  We don’t get rich doing this but we have always felt that in the most important ways, we’re the best paid weekly magazine staff on the planet.  Like being a parent, the paycheck’s not real big but you absolutely cannot beat the perks.

We could not have done it without you guys.  Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.



That our species is capable of inflicting this much horror on a child absolutely infuriates me.  Video: The Syrian Boy Pulled from the Rubble in Aleppo

ISIS is going to be so sorry they did this.  The people they attacked this time don’t play by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.  ISIS Claims First Attack On Russian Soil

Whenever something this cool happens where I live, I am justifiably proud.  Most Populous Washington State County Boosts Voter Outreach With Multi-Language Ballot Box


Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes Who Global Ambassador For Noncommunicable Diseases

The U.N.’s Cholera Admission And What Comes Next


Indonesian Airlines Cleared For Us Flights After A Nine-Year Ban

N Korean Envoy In UK Defects To South

Video: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Visits China

Indian Army Kills 3 Rebels In Kashmir Fighting

Valuing Culture Over Money In An Ancient Chinese City


Nigeria Is Freeing Children From Boko Haram, Then Locking Them Up

Motorcycle Suicide Bomber Kills Three In North Cameroon Market

Bribery Arrest May Expose African Mining Rights Scandal Tied To Och-Ziff

President Of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, Wins Narrow Victory As Rival Demands Recount

Vaccine Shortage Could Spread African Yellow Fever Outbreak Abroad, Charity Warns

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


U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment To Iran Was Delayed As Prisoner ‘Leverage’

Video: Crowds Cheer A New Governing Council In Yemen

Doctors Without Borders Is Pulling Staff After Hospital Bombings In Yemen

No Easy Target: U.S. And Russia Take On Nusra Front Fighters In Syria


Brexit Visa Woes? Five Things To Do

UK Jobless Total Falls To 1.64 Million

Big Car Bombs Hit Two Turkish Cities

The Kremlin Opens To The World As Putin Orders Greater Access


Beluga Whales Party In Canada

As Canada Moves To Legalize Marijuana, Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait?

Canadian Space Agency Says 3,772 Applied To Be Astronauts


America Is Now Much More Multi-Generational

15 Guantánamo Detainees Are Sent To Emirates In Largest Obama-Era Transfer

Video: Fact Check: Trump, Clinton’s Economic Plan

Fires Burn In Milwaukee After Police Fatally Shoot Man

Mass Evacuation Amid New California Fire

Cisco To Cut Up To 5,500 Jobs


The Lost Prince Of Brazil

Son Of El Chapo Is Kidnapped At Gunpoint From A Party In Mexico

Tulum Journal: Evictions By Armed Men Rattle A Mexican Tourist Paradise

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s Suspended President, Appeals For Reprieve

Rio ‘Has Never Felt So Safe.’ But What Happens After The Games?

Gunmen In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Kidnap Up To Dozen People

Earthquake In Peru Kills 4, Including An American Tourist


Australian Premier’s Handout Spurs Debate On Best Way To Help Homeless People

Groups With Strong Ties To China Are Major Political Donors

Chinese Donors To Australian Political Parties: Who Gave How Much?

Intruders Set Crocodiles Loose In School Office



Monitoring the progress of ocean acidification

Climate Change Will Not Be Kind To Nations With Ethnic Divisions

Trees Stop Climate Change—Can We Pay People To Stop Cutting Them Down?

Scientists Make A Troubling Discovery About Climate Change By Examining Old Photos Of Earth

July Was Earth’s Hottest Month In Recorded History — The 10th Record Hot Month In A Row: NASA

A Changing Climate Is And Will Continue To Put People Out Of Their Homes’

Extreme Floods May Be The New Normal


U.S.-Backed Forces Liberate Key City From ISIS, Freeing 2,000 Hostages

Afghan Troops Hold Off The Taliban In Kunduz

When Women Fight ISIS

3 Filipino Sympathizers Of IS Killed In Philippines

Iraq Executes 36 Men Convicted In Islamic State Massacre


Video: Photos of Migrant Holding Cells Released

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers In Immigration Court

Syrian Refugees Support Each Other In Britain




Hi Rusty:

This week, surfing the Internet, it was interesting to run across a study entitled “Civilization Approach to Education in 21 Century” by Andrew Targowski, President of the International Society for the Comparative Studies of Civilizations (ISCSC).  In the attachments is a screenshot from this study with relations of eight current civilizations with each other, according to the author. (See above)

I think that is great to introduce this idea into learning.  Frankly, how much do we really know about each other?  Even us ~ you and me, Rusty ~ are representatives of different civilizations, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings in the way we perceive the world around us.  But we are still more alike than different.  But sometimes stereotypes and agendas dominate and prevent a mutual and deep understanding among people.

Were many students told that actually it was Muslims who saved for humanity scientific texts of ancient Greece? If they had not copied these works and had not made exact translations, many of those works would have been lost, especially after the  burning of Alexandria library.

Another interesting fact is that even in Middle Ages, both Muslim men and women received an education.  Many universities, observatories and schools appeared in Muslim countries earlier then in Europe.  House of Wisdom was founded in Baghdad in the Eighth Century.  Humankind should be grateful to Avicenna for the development of medicine.

Muslims and other merchants also were providers of Chinese discoveries to Western world. Many of them, like typography and paper money, are used nowadays.

I cannot help but mention an interesting chapter from the history of my own civilization.  In the 11th Century, the daughter of Kievan Rus Prince Yaroslav the Wise ~ after her marriage to French King Henry 1 ~ wrote to home a letter in which she expressed her surprise that people there were not educated and that ordinary people could neither read nor write.

It is sometimes amazing to see how the knowledge is interchangeable and to trace how every civilization influenced other civilizations through the ages.  Definitely in future, there will be more facts from history strongly suggesting that we should respect one another and communicate as equals. Maybe it’s the way out of confrontation  and into cooperation as the synergy of civilizations.

And one last note, I found an interesting article from the World Economic Forum to break stereotype of immigration entitled “Four Maps That Will Change How You See Immigration In Europe.”

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor


Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   The Nevada Desert


30 Must Do Adventures in California

70 Breathtaking Backcountry Campsites

The Ultimate Iceland Adventure


These guys rock.  How Rangers Are Saving Tigers

This too is great to see.  Fighting for Forests, Together

She rocks.  Muslim Girls In Mumbai Get A Kick Out Of Football


I remember when America prided itself on an equal education for all.  Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought

When those charged with prosecuting crime become criminal themselves, something obviously needs to change. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Is Convicted on All Counts

As a species, we really ought to be ashamed of ourselves for this.  The World’s Largest Beach Cleanup Has Cleared More Than 4 Million Pounds Of Trash


How well I know this.  The Downside Of Having A Big Brain

This is incredible.  High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)

Good for them but you still don’t find one in my garage.  Ford Promises Fleets Of Driverless Cars Within Five Years


An Alien Underwater Village

The Secret Libraries Of History

Atmospheric Scientists Say No Chemtrails


At Home In Space: Making The International Space Station Feel Like Home

China Launches Quantum Satellite in Bid to Pioneer Secure Communications

Video: Moment World’s Longest Aircraft Takes Off


A Car Powered By Its Roof

The 1950s Air Battle Sparked By A Drone

Electric Cars Are Way More Practical Than You Might Think


How Bad Is Your Air-Conditioner For The Planet?

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

Watch: How To Stop Clothing From Polluting The Oceans

These Maps Show How Much Of The US Is Covered In Landfills  

Seattle Council Passes Historic Affordable Housing Legislation


McDonald’s Wearable May Cause Rash

Stop The Clock On Aging

A New Therapy for Insomnia: No More Negative Thoughts

A Wish For My Daughters

We Never Actually Die:  Biocentrism Explained


For Freshmen, Campus Life Poses New Risks

Mixed Income Neighborhoods: A Way To Lessen Poverty

How Does It Feel To Live In Darkness?

A Man Who Lives At The Top Of The World

Tibet’s Tribal Nomads Defying The Modern World

Five  Reasons To Vote Even When You Hate Everything On The Ballot

Twitter Suspends 235,000 More Accounts Over Extremism



Questions For Couples

Watch: Largest Glacier Breakup Ever Recorded On Film!

List of Average IQ By Country and American States | BrandonGaille.com 








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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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Ghost writing


Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

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Persian Snow Leopard Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

Persian Snow Leopard Photo courtesy of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty 

This was beautiful to watch.  Three Persian Leopards Released

This is Weird to the Tenth Power  ~ Evolutionary Wonder: This Caterpillar Transforms Its Body To Look Like A Snake

It helps to have a strong stomach when reading this one. The Worst Bite Of Any Animal


The Macabre Origin Of Felt

Drunk Driving Suspect Thanks Police Officer After Bad Crash

Egypt Suspends 8 Female TV Anchors, Saying They Are Overweight



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

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

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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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