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

News & Commentary; Meade Fischer ~ A Bit More Utah; 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 28, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 50



Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This past week, politics in America reached a new low.  It began with Trump’s alleged relationship with Vladimir Putin and escalated when Mrs. Clinton criticized the Russian Federation’s chief executive for the way he’s running his country.

What I fail to understand is the unmitigated gall of both individuals when it seems to me that the focus of a nation’s chief executive ~ sitting or aspiring ~ should be to help their (his/hers = their) government and their people be the best that they can be.

By what right do any of us claim to know what is best for the Russian people or anyone else, for that matter?  How thick do the mists of hypocrisy need to become before even that shining beacon of Lady Liberty’s torch is obscured forever?

Who do we want representing us to the world, someone who presumes to play Cop and Conscience to the International Community or someone who is willing to focus on concerns which have been long neglected and are of far more consequence to every American household, family and institution than whether Vladimir Putin is the best or worst that Mother Russia has ever known?

At this point, I would prefer a candidate who minds their own business, which is the business of America.  Russia hardly needs the inspiration a Congress which cannot unite behind a common agenda or two presidential candidates who seem to have forgotten what it is this nation stands for and what once made it a fine and shining example of humanity, freedom and justice on Planet Earth.

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



Even as I accept the reality that global warming/climate change is endemic to the planet herself, I also accept that our species is responsible for exacerbating the latest cycle of it.  So to me, this is still very much a “heads up” question.  Will The United States Lead, Follow Or Get Pushed Out Of The Way Of Climate Progress

I’m sure glad I listened to that little voice inside me that said, “This upgrade is NOT a good idea.”  Windows 10 Update Stops Webcams Working

Check out who decided to join the rest of us in the 21st Century.  North Korea ‘Netflix’ Device Unveiled



Rebuilding Hong Kong’s 20p Time Machine

Why You Don’t Give Praise In Japan

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Celebrated Buddhist Temple Complex

Self-Driving Taxis Hit Singapore Roads

Japanese Prices Continue To Slide


‘No One Is Safe’: Zimbabwe Threatens To Seize Farms Of Party Defectors

Gabon’s Leader Gives Elephants Free Rein. Rural Voters Don’t Forget.

Police In Zimbabwe Hit Protesters With Batons, Tear Gas And Water Cannons

Prosecutors In Oscar Pistorius Case Lose Bid To Appeal 6-Year Sentence

At Least 7 Dead As Shabab Militants Attack Restaurant In Somali Capital

Kenya Disbands Olympic Committee, Citing Disorganization

John Kerry Warns Nigerian Military On Human Rights Abuses


Video: Moment Police Remove Boy’s Explosive Vest

Turkey’s Military Plunges Into Syria, Enabling Rebels To Capture Isis Stronghold

Syrians Ready To Evacuate Besieged Town

Syria’s Paradox: Why The War Only Ever Seems To Get Worse


‘It Had to Be Stopped’: Heroes Rise Amid France Terror Attacks

Russia Lose Paralympics Ban Appeal

Paris Hit As Tourists Stay Away

Video: Agony Over Turkey Wedding Bomb


How Opioid Abuse Takes A Rising Financial Toll On Canada’s Health-Care System

Canadians Now Spend More On Taxes Than On Food, Clothing And Shelter Combined, Study Finds

Calgary Students Win Gold At China Robotics Challenge

Canada’s Mounties To Allow Hijabs


After Baton Rouge Flooding, Learning Lessons From New Orleans

Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

Washington State Ranked First In American Small Business Growth

The National Park Service Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

President Obama Just Created The World’s Largest Protected Region


Solar Power ‘Key To Peace’ In Rio Favela

Video: Colombia And FARC Make Peace

Brain Scans Of Brazilian Babies Show Array Of Zika Effects


Russia And New Zealand On A Way To A Reset

Qantas Airline Soars To Record Profit

Hiker Describes ‘Harrowing’ 30-Day Ordeal


CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER  ~ Editor’s Note:  After nearly a decade of my own research, I am convinced that the changes we have been contributing to something new and known by various names including “global warming” and “climate change” are a part of a natural and healthy planetary growth cycle.  That having been said, when we pollute the environment ~ and we have most certainly done that ~ we contribute to the unpleasant impacts of a natural phenomena.  We committed the ultimate evolutionary sin.  Now we need to clean up the nest we fouled.  We will no longer be breaking Climate Change and the Weather out in a separate category.  But we will continue to report extremes and to support a green agenda.  For the staff, Rusty Miller, Editor in Chief

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISMEditor’s Note:  We have also decided that terrorism receives enough media coverage to preclude our emphasis on it.  We think that too much publicity encourages those who commit it and discourages those victimized by it.  We will continue to curate it by point of destination but we will no longer be breaking Espionage and Terrorism out in a separate category.  For the staff, Rusty Miller, Editor in Chief


Italy Quake Death Toll Rises To 247

Emergency Declared After Italy Earthquake

Video: Drone Footage Of Destroyed Italian Town

Video: Italy Quake: 98 Aftershocks In 36 Hours


Olya is taking the first holiday she has had in over two years with us.  She will return next week.


Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?   A Bit More Utah


30 Terrifying Trails From Around The World

Best Hikes On The Colorado “Front Range”

16 Best Hikes On The Washington State Coast

The Coast That Welcomes The World

The Demise Of A Famed Food Mecca

90 Miles Around Mount Rainier


This is cool but I still have to ask “Why?” The First Family Of US Mountaineering

These ladies rock.  Moscow Grannies To Teach Russian To Foreign Students Via Skype

I am particularly pleased when something like this makes my local news.  Tacoma Teacher Gives Lessons To High School Students In Police De-Escalation


Hospitals Waive Orlando Victims’ Bills

California’s Emissions Goal Is a ‘Milestone’ on Climate Efforts

The First Nurse Of The Space Race


We’ve had very recent experience with an alleged real estate expert who turned out to have misread the market and had to rush to sell his own home while he still had equity in it.  Nine Ways To Earn A Fortune From Houses.. Or Not

As long as this kind of travesty of justice is permitted, the United States of America has no right nor precedent for criticizing any other nation for violations of an individual’s civil rights.  Abu Zubaydah, Tortured Guantánamo Detainee, Makes Case for Release

I think Satan just added a suite to Hotel Hell for whoever did this.  Leslie Jones Targeted In Cyber-Attack


No!  Seattle’s Potential Solution For Heroin Epidemic: Places For Legal Drug Use

Sooner or later, this was bound to happen.  Driver In Japan Playing Pokémon Go Kills Pedestrian

When a company puts profit before product safety, it is time to shop somewhere else.  A Cheaper Airbag, And Takata’s Road To A Deadly Crisis


Good for them.  You’ll still never see one of these cars in my garage.  Delphi And Mobileye To Produce System For Self-Driving Cars

Here’s A Story About One Of The Most Innovative Men In American History.  In Sacramento, California, Where I Grew Up, There Is A High School Named After Him.  His Name Is Luther Burbank.  The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle’s Blackberries

I’m not sure “coops” quite covers this one.  Lawnmower Prompts Northern Lights Alert


The Mysterious Origins Of The Book

The Birthplace Of All Life?  A Common Substance Could Be The Key To Life

The Puzzle Of Ancient Brain Surgery

An 80 Million-Year-Old Secret


NASA Prepares To Sample An Asteroid

One Star Over, A Planet That Might Be Another Earth

Where The Milky Way Unfolds


As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources

Cloud Computing Brings Sprawling Centers, But Few Jobs, To Small Towns

Are the Free Wi-Fi Kiosks on New York Streets Safe?  


What I Learned From A Month Of Buying Nothing: It’s Surprisingly Easy

Silent Rooftop Wind Turbines Could Generate Half Of A Household’s Energy Needs…

Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal

Video: American Indians Vs. Dakota Pipeline


Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says

Six Foods For ‘Younger’ Skin

Pfizer To Buy Cancer Drug Firm For $14bn

New Clues In The Mystery Of Women’s Lagging Life Expectancy

All Donated Blood in U.S. Should Be Tested for Zika, F.D.A. Says  


Inside Manila’s Drug War: Female Assassin’s Story

Why India’s Two Medal Olympic Success Is Significant

Hiker Describes 30-Day Ordeal Lost In New Zealand Mountains

Italy Quake: The Ancient Village Destroyed

The ‘Overtime Dogs’ Of China



A Surreal Time-Lapse Of An Exotic Sky

The Mysterious Power Of The Pyramid

How Sunflowers Follow The Sun







KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science


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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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Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing


Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

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Our thanks to the New South Wales, Australia Office of Environment & Heritage for this photo of a feathertailed sugar glider

Our thanks to the New South Wales, Australia Office of Environment & Heritage for this photo of a feathertailed sugar glider

Awww, too cute does not begin to cover this one.  Even the Smallest of Earth’s Creatures Need Rescuing and Tender Loving Care

Okay, this is weird.  This Monkey Is Almost Invincible

Darwin was absolutely entranced by this place and I am too.  Here is yet another reason why.  Baby Tortoises Show Up In The Galapagos Islands For The First Time In 100 Years!


This Rare White Gyrfalcon Tries to Stare Down a Camera and Wins Everything

The Highest Jumper On Earth

What Would Happen If Animals Were Smart


Cornell University’s August NestWatch newsletter is now available online.  Features in this issue include winners of their photo contest, Home Tweet Home (we did NOT make that up) and a very interesting article on the Western Scrub Jay.  Yes, check it out here. 


Russian Smugglers Secretly Repair Roads To Boost Business

Crocodiles Let Loose In Australian School By Vandals

Wind Blows American Boaters Into Canada


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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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