The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart 

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

September 18, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 2



This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Here’s a headline that personally impresses me and for several reasons.  Scuba, Parrots, Yoga: Veterans Embrace Alternative Therapies for PTSD

I like the creative approach because it involves activities in which people unafflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder engage.  One of the most devastating aspects of PTSD is the incredible emotional isolation one can feel at times.  It is the reaction of a creature so hurt that solitude and hibernation are its only trusted means of self-preservation.

It can also be, as in nature among all creatures that do this, a place of no return.  According to Veterans Administration records, America lost over 55,000 Vietnam War veterans to this place.  They were good men and women who returned to a world more savage in some respects, than the one they survived.

That is often the way of it with first responders and health care providers, as well.  Between automobile accidents and terrorism, far too much of it is our responsibility and if we created it, we can very well un-create it.  John F. Kennedy firmly and proactively believed that and so do I.

As long as we condone a violent society, we will have victims of it and if they cannot get the help that they need, they will become casualties themselves.  The ironic part is that the first to fall will be those we need the most.

That’s one helluva payback for heroes and I am very surprised we keep producing so many of them.

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


This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube


We found this to be a pretty “heads up” question.  What’s Free In Your Country?

Here’s good news for some of us.  U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2 Percent In 2015, Breaking Pattern Of Stagnation

I found this extremely interesting. Graphic: For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them?

FOLLOW-UP:  As a follow-up to last week’s edition, which was dedicated to 9/11, we thought it would be interesting to share with you a Russian perspective.  15 Years After 9/11, What Has The West Learned?


Probably No La Niña In Late 2016

With U.S. Election In Sight, Ban Ki-Moon Seeks Quick Action On Climate Accord

Watch The Arctic’s Ice Shrink To Its Near-Record Low

Yes, The Climate Has Always Changed. This Comic Shows Why That’s No Comfort.


Marriage Falls In China, Transforming Finances And Families

Typhoon Meranti: Huge Storm Hits Taiwan

17 Soldiers Killed In Attack At Indian Army Base In Kashmir

Film Shines Light On South Korean Spy Agency’s Fabrication Of Enemies

Southeast Asia Replaces Africa As The World’s Hotbed Of Piracy


Clooney: South Sudan Corruption Report Is ‘Explosive Stuff’

Suicide Car Bomber Kills Somali General In Capital

Egypt Freezes Assets Of Several Human Rights Advocates

South Sudan Agrees To More U.N. Troops


VIDEO: Inside Jarablus As ISIS Militants Retreat

Syria Ceasefire: Devastation On Road Into West Aleppo

Video: Inside Aleppo’s Ruined Covered Market

U.S., Israel Sign $38 Billion Military Aid Deal Over 10 Years

U.S. Admits Airstrike In Syria, Meant To Hit ISIS, Killed Syrian Troops


UK ‘One Of The Most Unequal Countries’

Poland And China Drive Ikea Growth

Can Poland Build The Next ‘It’ Car?

Juncker Plans EU Military Headquarters

Turks See Purge As Witch Hunt Of ‘Medieval’ Darkness

Kremlin Says It Wants A Spotless Election, But Locally It Is Marred

Turkey’s Islamic Fashion Revolution

Germans And Austrians Protest E.U. Trade Talks With U.S. And Canada


Canada Today: Searchers Find A Shipwreck, And Conservatives Seek A Leader

Canadian Kevin Garratt, Held 2 Years On Spy Charges In China, Is Released

Canada Today: A Surge In Interest, And Prices, For Toronto’s Film Scene

After 25 Years, Victoria Finally Approves A Sewage Treatment Plant  


A Glorified Sidewalk, And The Path To Transform Atlanta

In A Shift, U.S. Includes Families In Hostage Rescue Efforts

In Connecticut, A Wealth Gap Divides Neighboring Schools

In Historic Move, California Expands Overtime To Farmworkers

Oregon’s Automatic ‘Motor Voter’ Registration Yields Surge In Registered Voters

A Rebounding Economy Remains Fragile For Many

Powerful Blast Injures At Least 29 In Manhattan; Second Device Found

Hate Crimes Against American Muslims Most Since Post-9/11 Era


Huge Fire Rips Through Brazilian Favela In Sao Paulo

Lula,’ Brazil’s Ex-President, Is Charged With Corruption

Brazil’s Congress Expels Lawmaker Who Led Ouster Of President

Mexico City Journal: Mexico City’s Organ Grinders, Once Beloved, Feel Shunned

After Centuries Of Loss, Seeds Of Hope For Argentina’s Indigenous People

Justice Interrupted: The Secret History Of Colombia’s Paramilitaries And The U.S. War On Drugs


Australian Jets Involved In Botched Air Strike On Syrian Army

‘Risk Of Landslide’ At Wye River Brings Holiday Tourism To A Halt


Carpathian Mountains.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Carpathian Mountains. Photo by Olya Bereza 


Hi Rusty:

I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Carpathian Mountains.  It is nice change from civilization.  Great air with melted aroma of pines and of course, a picturesque view. These reminded me Ural Mountains of the place I was born. Even the smell of autumn coming to the scene is the same, a bit “mushroomy,” to explain in one word.

I’m now back at the usual coffee shop in the center of Lviv, enjoying a Carpathians tea made from herbs that surrounded me yesterday. A beautiful view of the Market Square shows the anxiety of town life, reminding me of how different are the worlds of nature and of people and how people really do need them both.

I found interesting article in the Wall Street Journal to share: Shaping Up In An Expat World: We Are All Triangles Now.  I couldn’t agree with the author more when she contends that living in places far away from one’s homeland affects mentality and opens the whole new world.  However, with new ways of thinking, things never be the same again.

Maybe this is why I enjoy my communication with expats from different countries as it is a great way to loosen stereotypes. Travel is probably the easiest way to broaden horizons.  Of course there are other ways like education.

And despite an increasingly more arrogant tone to it, the Internet has made information so much easier to acquire, particularly in contrast to just one generation ago and in places where, also just two decades ago, there were not even landline telephones, libraries or government archives with citizen access.

Before leaving you this week, I would like to share with you some great pieces of art from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, chosen to host Eurovision next summer in an article entitled . This Resilient Ukrainian City May Just Have The Most Beautiful Murals In Europe

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

Olya Bereza – European Editor


RE: Nine One One Lead Editorial


Good commentary. You get it; most don’t, about why we seem to never tire of war.  The same applies to dysfunctional relationships and addictions. We do seem to get off on drama, even if it kills us.

Thank you.  It helps to have drawn down 32 months combat pay and to have lost a best friend from Vietnam to suicide four years after he returned to the world.  It also helps to have readers in five war zones and a staff member who travels frequently to several in Eastern Ukraine.  It never has been about armchair journalism with me and certainly not with this magazine. 

Yes, actual experience is better than simple reflection.


I wonder if we are bored as much as we are feeling overwhelmed and helpless at times.  The Four Horsemen of the 21st Century bombard us so much each day, we become numb to what is happening around us and we don’t feel we can do anything.  However Nine One One has also taught us that the four Angels of “Care, Mercy, Forgiveness and Tolerance” are all powerful actions as well and somehow people of the United States and around the world continue to find these attributes even as we grieve and support others throughout the world whether it is in the southern Sudan, Italy, Louisiana or Venezuela.  For myself, I keep believing in the 4 Angels!


Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Vancouver, BC


State Parks That Will Blow Your Mind


The Largest Nature Reserve On Earth

Norway Court Fines Hairdresser $2,000 For Refusing To Serve Woman In Hijab

BC Allocates $2 Million For First Nations Repatriation Efforts


20 Marines Face Discipline After Muslim Recruit’s Death Is Ruled a Suicide

EpiPen Maker Mylan Quietly Steers Effort To Protect Its Price

Wells Fargo Warned Workers Against Sham Accounts, But ‘They Needed A Paycheck’


This sounds like the title of a science fiction film.  Earthworm Invaders Alter Northern Forests

We thought this was just too cool not to include in this issue.  Passing Research Ship Saves Weather Station Staff From Polar Bear ‘Siege’

This is incredible.  ‘Fossilized’ Lightning Bolts Are Revealing Just How Powerful Storms Can Be


What If All The Ice On Earth Melted?

Future Cities Will Be Great If We Figure Out How To Make Them Affordable

Photos Tell A Story Of Disappearing Coastal Land  


Visions of Life on Mars in Earth’s Depths

Celestial Mapper Plots A Billion Stars

Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock


What It Feels Like To Ride In A Self-Driving Uber

How Did G.M. Create Tesla’s Dream Car First?

MIT Researchers Are Sending Robots Into Sewers To Help Predict Disease Outbreaks


Photographs: From 280 Tribes, A Protest On The Plains

How The Dakota Pipeline Protest Is Spreading West

Wind Power Is Going To Get A Lot Cheaper As Wind Turbines Get Even More Enormous  

Washington Adopts New Carbon Rule  

An Environmental Activist Uses Comedy To Stop Oil Pipelines


The New York Times Examines The Sugar Controversy

Can You Get Fit Simply By Doing The Housework?

11 Natural Remedies To Lower High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure in Children

6 Low-Impact Workouts That Torch Calories

Surprising Heart Warnings


VIDEO: ‘Why I Left Scotland To Fight ISIS’

Inside Former ISIS Stronghold Of Qayyarah

Sneaking A Taste Of North Korea’s Finest Beer

75 Percent Of Americans Are Worried About Losing Their Housing

You’re More Likely To Be Killed By Your Own Clothes Than By An Immigrant Terrorist



VIDEO: The Love Story That Shocked The World

The National Museum Of African American History And Culture

The Nature Conservancey’s 2016 Photo Contest Winners 



Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.

 Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.

 Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.

 Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

Yoko Ono

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This Story Of A Mother Goose Turning To Police For Help Will Absolutely Amaze You.

This is absolutely and totally good news.  Giant Panda No Longer Endangered

Let’s home his successor do the same.  Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine Monument  

Given their endangered species status elsewhere, we found this of some small comfort.  The Country With Too Many Elephants


The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology September 2016 newsletter is now available.  This is another bird lover’s absolutely delight so check it out here and enjoy.

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Head Of Russian Anticorruption Unit Caught With $140 Million In Cash

A Two-Mile Beer Pipeline Carries Belgium’s Lifeblood To Be Bottled

Men Everywhere Are Still Trying To Top This Wedding Surprise


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The Northstar Journal:  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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