The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 4, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 52


THIS WEEK’S THEME MUSIC ~ Forty Hours A Week, by Alabama


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This weekend, in America, we are celebrating Labor Day, a holiday which marks the end of several things and the beginning of several others.

Summer is over and school is starting, much to the relief of many parents and a few spouses of teachers with too much vacation time on their hands.  This holiday also sets the stage for the winter celebrations on this continent, among them, Canadian Thanksgiving in October, American Thanksgiving in November, along with Election Day, and of course the December festivals enjoyed by all the major religions of the world.

It is also The Northstar Journal’s eighth birthday, so on behalf of Olya Bereza, Denny Steussy, Meade Fisher, Sara G. and in memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard, Happy Birthday us.  Through the worst of a Recession and several questionable living situations generated by hard times, we hit the streets of 22 countries every Sunday here in the States.  It takes a good team and I am very proud of this one.

Labor Day itself honors American workers down through history.  From the linen mills of colonial New England to the coal mines of West Virginia, to the assembly lines in Detroit, across the prairies of Kansas and Nebraska to the Silicon Valley of California and the giant aircraft plants of Washington State, American muscle, the brains and brawn of our nation’s “working stiffs,” has made ours a land of enviable prosperity and international reckoning.

I have a red neck and my shirts have blue collars.  And I am proud to count myself among those anonymous millions whose “blood, sweat, toil and tears” ~ to borrow a phrase from Sir Winston Churchill ~ have made this country what it is today.

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


THIS WEEK’S THEME MUSIC ~ Forty Hours A Week, by Alabama


This is not reassuring.  Hours After Discovery, Asteroid Swept By

Since I drink enough of this to have a street in Brazil named after me, I found this to be a very heads up question.  Will Coffee Become Extinct?

We suspected this was coming.  F.D.A. Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh Benefits


NASA: Earth Is Warming At A Pace ‘Unprecedented In 1,000 Years’

Why Fixing Democracy Matters  

A New Normal For Arctic Sea Ice?

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun  


China Launches Own Aircraft Engine-Maker

Blast At Chinese Embassy In Bishkek

Rare Harmony As China And U.S. Commit To Climate Deal

New Afghan Attorney General Seeks Justice In System Rife With Graft


Bono And Africa’s Richest Man Visit Nigeria Camp

Nigerian Economy Slips Into Recession

Once A Bucknell Professor, Now The Commander Of An Ethiopian Rebel Army

Libya: Unified Against Isis, Fragmented After

Violence After Gabon Elections Leaves One Dead

African Elephant Population Dropped 30 Percent In 7 Years


Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts In The West Bank

Israel Seeking Police Recruits: Eager, And Arab

U.S. Strategy On Syria Is A Non-Issue In Washington And On Campaign Trail

Trapped In Homs, Architect Imagines A New Future For Syrian Cities

Israel Courts Foreign Money In Effort To Become Gas Exporter

Dam Project Threatens To Submerge Thousands Of Years Of Turkish History


Apple Faces 13bn-Euro Irish Tax Bill

How Europe Is Going After Apple, Google and Other U.S. Tech Giants

Eurozone Inflation Remains Weak

How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals The West’s Secrets

Islam Karimov Dies at 78, Ending A Long, Ruthless Rule of Uzbekistan

Why Expats Face An Uncertain Future In Russia


Canadian Shot By Bangladesh Police Tied To Calgary Terrorists

Justin Trudeau On The Cover Of Marvel Comic Book Is Now A King Among Memes.

Chinese-Canadians Fear China’s Rising Clout Is Muzzling Them


Shooting Scares Show A Nation Quick To Fear The Worst

Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders

Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina From Restoring Strict Voting Law

David Brown, Dallas Police Chief, Announces Retirement

Emergency Ministry Chief Dies During Storm Rescue In Russia’s Far East

Russia Is Going To Deploy A Division Of Troops About 50 Miles From The Us

California Farmers Enlist Drones In Battle Against Drought

A Ranger, A Field Of Wildflowers And The Retelling Of Flight 93


Scheduled Flights To Cuba From U.S. Begin Again, Now With Jet Engines

Venezuelan President Is Chased By Angry Protesters

Peru Sentences Ex-Soldiers To Prison For Killing Villagers In 1985

With Impeachment Over, Brazil’s Next Challenge Is Its Flailing Economy

Thousands March In Venezuela To Demand President’s Ouster

Dilma Rousseff Is Ousted As Brazil’s President In Impeachment Vote


Former Judge Offers Swap With Refugee

Free Trade Negotiations With EU To Begin Next Year, Steven Ciobo Says

China Respects Our Foreign Investment Stance, Turnbull Says

Adelaide Driver Caught Using Metal Pan Instead Of Steering Wheel

Gofundme For Paddington Residents Whose House Burnt Down Raises $25k

Namatjira Artworks Decaying In ‘Birthplace Of Modern Aboriginal Art’



Mother Teresa Is Made A Saint By Pope Francis

What Do You Know About Mother Teresa And Other Saints?

Timeline: Mother Teresa: The Life Of A Saint


Migrant Crisis: ‘They Couldn’t Wait … They Threw Themselves Into The Water’

Where Seattle’s Refugees Come From

‘10,000 migrants saved off Libya coast’ – Italy coastguard

Angela Merkel’s Embrace Of Migrants Looms Over Elections In Her Home State



History is interesting thing. Sometimes it teaches us something.  Sometimes it shows us the consequences of previously made decisions, even if they were centuries ago.

Perhaps I already mentioned a town I love in West Ukraine, Lviv. Before the 13th Century fall Kievan Rus, a few parts of West Ukraine were still Eastern Orthodox.  But that ended when Ukraine Prince Danylo married a Catholic.  From that time forward, there was antagonism between the two religions.

Why write about something that happened several hundred years ago?  Well, for one thing, we are facing the same thing today. My better half, whom I once met in Lviv, is Christian but belongs to “the other” religion.

Here is how describes the East-West Schism

“The East–West Schism, also called the Great Schism and the Schism of 1054, was the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, which has lasted since the 11th century.[1] It is not to be confused with the Western (which is also sometimes called the “Great” Schism).

But if my Orthodox church doctrine is based rather on intuitive experience of God (theoria), then my heart feels upset to follow the same pattern. If we have one God who taught Love why should there be the requirement that both partners be of the same religion?

There is no logic behind this.  They were rules made hundreds of years ago to fit people and times that no longer exist.  People made those rules and people can change them into something which works much better.

The time for that change, for the uniting of two religions or the acceptance of both, is clearly now and nearly a thousand years late in coming.

As a quick note on a slightly different subject, we were delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is to be canonized despite some apparent controversy regarding the details of her life and saintly acts.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay warm, my cousin.


Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Try Mount Tamalpais.


70 Breathtaking Backcountry Campsites


New Orleans Program Teaches Officers to Police One Another

Where the World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business

Meet The Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control In California’s Wine Country


VIDEO: ‘I didn’t know drinking would harm my child’

Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes

Investigation Finds Phillips Andover Faculty Engaged in Sexual Misconduct With Students


I’d really like to see this.  Video: This Robot Is Greeting Tourists In Japan

I’m curious about this too.  Hurricane Season Is Heating Up. So Is The Planet. Coincidence?

This was a little scary.  Watch One Of The World’s Largest Lakes Shrink Before Your Eyes


Sagebrush Science Makes a Breakthrough with Soil Pasta

A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, And Startups

Experts Declare Anthropocene Has Begun


NASA Team Ends 12-Month Mars Simulation

NASA Imagine Mars – Mars Survival Kit

Space X Explosion At Cape Canaveral


VIDEO: Driverless Racing Car Makes Track Debut

How Driverless Cars May Interact With People

Driverless Taxis’ Human Problem


Native Americans Still Fighting For Voting Equality  

A Test Of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat The Standing Rock Sioux

Scientists Have Identified A Key Way The Amazon’s Forests May Adapt To Climate Change

How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem

 “Our Victories Are Preventing Decades Of Pollution”

Why Three-Day Weekends Could Help To Save The World


Are Smoothies Better for You Than Juices?

Should We Be Exercising During High Smog Alerts?

Unpredictable Weather Raises ‘Zombie’ Diseases From The Ground

Awesome Veggie To Keep You Young


Video Games Allow Characters More Varied Sexual Identities

This Small Indiana County Sends More People To Prison Than San Francisco And Durham, N.C., Combined. Why?

How Americans Build Wealth In 10 Charts

‘The Way People Look at Us Has Changed’: Muslim Women on Life in Europe



Fantastic Views Of How Earth Looks From Space

Your Cosmic Suntan

A Megacity Girds for a Major Quake








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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This is almost too cute.  Dog Groomer Gets Caught Dancing With His Client

This was a major ooops.  South Carolina Accidentally Kills Millions Of Honeybees

FOLKS WE FOLLOW ~ Cornell University’s August Project eFeeder 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.


The Strangest Storytellers In Fiction

Dog Has Identical Twin Puppies

Stuntman Rides Unicycle On Massive Chimney In Romania.


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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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