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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 11, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 1


This Week’s Theme Music: Andre Rieu ~ Il Silenzio 2010 – Roger Diederen


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We join America and a considerable portion of the rest of the world in somberly marking the 15th anniversary of what has become known simply by three numbers; Nine One One.

It was the first day that war ~ as most of the world has known it ~ came to American soil since its 19th century civil war.  The details are indelibly etched in the consciousness of millions so no purpose is served in repeating them here.

It has been a troubled decade and a half since.  Terrorism has increased globally and in North America and this applies to both foreign and domestic varieties.  We are a restive species, given to recycling of old hatreds and older emancipations.

We are an international community with an almost other-worldly fascination with the Four Horsemen of the 21st Century; Bedlam, Chaos, Disaster and Discord.  We enjoy the drama, the adventure, the intimation that our individual existences do have a meaning beyond the pale of Pittsburgh, Potsdam, Paris or Pleiku.

We seem to enjoy most of all the emotional intensity of war, as opposed to peace, which tends to be much quieter, a lot gentler, considerably less pyrotechnical and, let’s face it, pretty boring for the most part.

When we become as addicted to “boring,” as we are to the Four Horsemen of the 21st Century, there will be no more tragedies like this to remember.  Here or anywhere else on the planet.  God speed that day.

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


This Week’s Theme Music: Andre Rieu ~ Il Silenzio 2010 – Roger Diederen


We very proud of what these people are doing and they speak for us, as well.  ‘I Want To Win Someday’: Tribes Make Stand Against Pipeline

This was certainly long overdue.  A Female World War II Pilot Is Finally An Equal At Arlington

We found this extremely informative.  What Muslims Do On Hajj, And Why


Oil Price Jumps After Russian/Saudi Deal

North Korea’s Largest Nuclear Test Draws Worldwide Rebuke

Russian Patriarch Kirill Prays For Peace Near The U.S. Border

Galaxy Note 7 Owners Are Urged To Stop Using Their Phones


Global Daily: U.S., China Join Paris Climate Agreement

Global Moms Challenge: Taking Action For The Global Goals Now

Back to School For All: Girl Up Supports Refugee Education

A New Look At The Nothing But Nets Story

Replenishing The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

Ending Polio: Why We Have To Reach Every Child

Funding Global Family Planning

Host A Social Good Summit Meet-Up


Kolkata Testifies To The Grace Of Mother Teresa, Its New Saint

Youth Protest Leaders Win Hong Kong Seats

China Warns On Hong Kong Independence

Preeti Rathi Murder: Death For India Acid Attack Convict

North Korea, Far From Crazy, Is All Too Rational

Married Off By The Khmer Rouge, And ‘Nobody Could Help Me’


Zimbabwe Follows Robert Mugabe’s Health by Following His Plane

A.N.C.’s Combative Response to Election Losses Startles South Africa

South Sudan to Allow More U.N. Peacekeepers, but Force Will Be No ‘Panacea’

African Elephant Population Dropped 30 Percent in 7 Years
Violence After Gabon Elections Leaves One Dead
Gabon’s President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Is Re-Elected in Disputed Result
France’s Burkini Debate Reverberates Around the World


Russia and the United States Reach New Agreement on Syria Conflict   

At Least 45 Killed in Syria After US-Russia Agreement

Multimedia Feature: How One Of The Deadliest Hajj Accidents Unfolded


Calais Jungle Protest Causes Disruption

How Many Britons Are Entitled To An Irish Passport?

Business Live: Brexit Britain

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia

Work To Start On UK-Funded Calais Wall

Cause Of London Great Plague Confirmed

British Airways Computer Problems Cause Widespread Delays

German Exports See Sharp Fall In July

Can Poland Build The Next ‘It’ Car?


Canadian-Owned Firm Sold Armored Vehicles To Sudan Despite Ban

CMHC Warns It Can’t Afford To Tackle Housing Market Problems

Judge’s Rape Comments ‘Made Me Hate Myself,’ Complainant Testifies

Canadian Utilities Buy Growth With Big Cross-Border Deals

Cost To Fix Payroll System Could Hit $50-Million, Ottawa Reveals


Air Force, Running Low On Drone Pilots, Turns To Contractors In Terror Fight

Drug Linked To Ohio Overdoses Can Kill In Doses Smaller Than A Snowflake

Judge, Citing Inequality, Orders Connecticut To Overhaul Its School System

North Dakota Tribe’s Request To Stop Work On Pipeline Denied

U.S. Suspends Construction On Part Of North Dakota Pipeline

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Major Climate Bill ‘

Supreme Court Allows ‘Straight-Ticket’ Voting In Michigan


The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries and the U.S. War on Drugs

With Pensions Like This ($315 a Month), Chileans Wonder How They’ll Ever Retire

Mexicans March Against President’s Proposal To Allow Gay Marriage

Dancing In Chile To Protest Dictatorship Disappearances

Brazil’s Ousted AG Says Government Tries To Stifle Graft Probe: Magazine

Venezuela Opposition Says Blocked From Meeting Near Summit

Earthquake Measuring 6.1 Hits Northern Peru-USGS


Hidden Reef Behind Great Barrier Reef

Alleged Sydney Terror Attacker ‘Inspired By Islamic State’

Planes Collide At Airport North Of Adelaide

Regulations Making It ‘Too Expensive’ To Rebuild After Great Ocean Road Fires

PM Pledged To Fund Both Sides Of Plebiscite Debate, Archbishop Says

Police Probe Alleged Duckling Decapitation In Northern Tasmania

Fossil ‘Nesting Doll’ Shows Bug In Lizard In Snake



Syrian Refugees Find an Unexpected U.S. Support Group: Christian Conservatives

UNA-USA Joins The UN To Welcome Resettled Refugees

For Refugees, Collecting Firewood Can Be Risky

Thousands Of Migrants Are Rescued Off The Libyan Coast



Hi Rusty:

Education is a very important part of society but sometimes its institutions seem to be very reluctant to respond to changes they need to make.  Now I find very hard how to explain to a child why school kids should be locked without fresh air for hours sitting on uncomfortable wooden seats being exposed to yelling of a strict teacher from a previous epoch.

The question of school arises to me very vividly, as I imagine it does to many other parents facing this problem of their child being horrified by the thought of returning to a regimen of classroom learning, homework and more classroom learning, especially after the freedom of summer vacation.

After brief research in local area, I have learned that the options for changing schools are few.  Either it is an expensive private school whose fees increase every year in geometric progression or a Waldorf School but in another district.  And that means every day commuting in public transportation.  At the moment the issue of modern schools moving in more liberal and progressive directions is quite frustrating in Ukraine.

It was interesting to learn how Great Britain has found a way to deal with this.  I found this article handles with problem to give parents more choice: “Theresa May Heralds Expansion In School Selection By Ability” extremely informative.

With regards to post-high school education, it was interesting to look at what Russia is doing now, as reported in a story headlined, “Russia Direct Report: ‘From University 1.0 to 4.0’   Definitely this country needs to develop intellectual industries rather than continuing to depend on raw oil/gas and a basically outdated approach to economics. Knowing how many talented youth from CIS countries work in Silicon Valley, the Russian variant of it, Skolkovo, the Russian Silicon Valley, is a good beginning and an appropriate one.

That’s it for this week.  Take care, my cousin.

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?  Around the world, one mile from home.    .


35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For

Strolls Around Seattle

Mountain Biking Around Mt. Rainier


A Very Special Mom

German Boy Rescues Brother From Pool

NASA Astronaut Sets New Days In Space Record


‘Rolling Coal’ in Diesel Trucks, to Rebel and Provoke

Video: Yazidi Girl Forced By ISIS To Build Bombs

Video: The Lost Streets Of Chicago


This does not sound like an incredibly good idea.  The Plan To Drill Into A Supervolcano

This should definitely inspire us all.  English Village Becomes Climate Leader By Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

Let’s Hope This Works For Them.  Japan’s $320 Million Gamble At Fukushima: An Underground Ice Wall


A Surreal, Frozen Geothermal World

3.7-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Show Earliest Life

This Is Europe’s Oldest Living Tree


SDO Sees A Double Eclipse

Update On Dawn Mission To Ceres

NASA Launches Rocket To Study Asteroid Bennu


UK Tech Firm Makes £6.6bn Software Swoop

In the Land of the Robot, Androids Are on the March

New IPhone, Less Buzz: Apple’s Latest Gadget Debuts To Tepid Response


Showdown Over Oil Pipeline Becomes A National Movement For Native Americans

Climate Change Will Not Make The Earth Greener, Study Says

Inside Solar’s Secret Society

Americans Could Feed More People By Changing Diet, Study Says


VIDEO: Could Air Pollution Cause Brain Damage?

3 Household Staples That Can Make You Fat

Six Most Addictive Substances On Earth

Smoking And Drinking Rates Among U.S. Teenagers Fall To New Lows

Vitamin B12 As Protection For The Aging Brain


Campuses Cautiously Train Freshmen Against Subtle Insults

Five Powerful Family Planning Stories From Young People

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Hindu

The Flavors That Unite Syrians



Wow! Yellowstone Geysers Time-Lapse

Watch Bears Live in Katmai, National Park, Alaska

Masha and the Bear:  Laundry Day



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“Hang in there, little buddy. Mom’s on her way.” (We just couldn’t resist sharing this) Photo courtesy of The Rainforest Site  

This is awesome.  Drone Films White Southern Right Whale Calf Off Australia

This will absolutely warm your heart.  Disabled Dolphin Invents New Way To Breathe

This is certainly good news.  A Comeback For Humpback Whales


Video: ScienceTake: Bees Buzz for Their Supper

Man Rehabilitates Mysterious Baby Creature, Finds Lifelong Friend

Are Jellyfish Taking Over The Ocean?



10 Creepy, Abandoned Theme Parks Left to the Elements (PHOTOS)

The Gruesome Secrets Of The Tube

Which Animal Do These Eyes Belong To?


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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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