The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart 


Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 6, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 9

James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington 

Theme Media:  What Are You Going To Do, Mr. Smith – From Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, in three more days, America will have a new chief executive and the complexion of power will have changed some, as it does every four years or so at this level and between two and six at most others.

I sincerely believe that history will not accord this election season America’s finest hour.  In retrospect, the blame for that and the responsibility for it, as well, will fall on all of us, to one degree or another.

I question whether that entire dynamic is either healthy or realistic.  All of us made some grievous errors in judgment.  As a member of the national constituency, I put too much faith in my elected officials and those who run the party with which I am officially affiliated, to make the decisions they are delegated to make for me.

And that’s a little hypocritical considering how interactive I am with my Congressional, state and city officials.  Several of them are FaceBook friends.  Several are subscribers of this publication.  Several are neighbors.  It’s a populist way of doing things in a city consisting of ~ to borrow a line from Pirandello ~ several neighborhoods in search of City Hall.

My lifestyle also enables me to talk to those I live with and around when I’m doing things like shopping, going on photo shoots, harvesting blackberries (when in season, of course) and sometimes just packing a lunch and getting on a bus I’ve never taken before, just to see some new scenery.

I trust Patty and Maria and Adam and Jay and Ed because they’re the kind of people I’d run into on a bus ride.  They’re accessible.  They’re trustworthy.  They know what they’re doing.  They take the job seriously but not themselves.  They’re the type of people who might need to borrow my lawnmower once in awhile but when I get it back, it will be clean, the tank topped off and the blades sharpened.

I’ve assumed for too many years that this is how it worked on the banks of the Potomac so I’ve tended to discount most of the scandalous news national politics seems to generate in such prodigious quantities.

But I’ve learned.  I know now that I need to pay more attention to what happens back there and to interact with it the same way I do with Olympia and Seattle.  It’s become a real mess, national American politics, and it needs to get cleaned up before a strong wind blows it west.

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


Theme Media:  What Are You Going To Do, Mr. Smith – From Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


This is awesome.  Rescuers Save Six Baby One-Horned Rhinos From Floodwaters in India!

This is not reassuring.  Asteroid, Discovered Yesterday, Swept Past

This must stop.  Young Adolescents As Likely To Die From Suicide As From Traffic Accidents


The United Nations Foundation’s November 2016 Global Update Is Now Available Online


South Korea’s Park Denies Following Cult As Scandal Continues

Islamists March In Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Jailed

How Is Your Family Coping With Delhi’s Air Pollution?

Delhi Closes Over 1,800 Schools In Response To Dangerous Smog

China Plans To Intervene In Hong Kong Dispute

From Hong Kong Pencil Pusher To Political Firebrand


South Africa Drops Charges Against Finance Minister Gordhan

Egypt Will Allow Its Currency To Float Freely

Hack Attacks Cut Internet Access In Liberia

U.S. Diplomat Who Helped South Sudan Says He’s Appalled By Strife There

Three Kidnapped In Libya Are Released Unharmed And Flown To Italy


3 U.S. Military Trainers Killed At Jordan Air Base

‘I Dream In Fruit’: What Hunger Looks Like In Syria

Iraqis Fear ‘Bloodshed Will Continue’ After Mosul If Sectarian Tensions Aren’t Addressed


6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Italy

Russian Chocolate, Beer And Baby Food Companies Aim To Conquer Asia

UK To Increase National Cyber-Defense Efforts

UK Government Suffers Brexit Court Blow

Bank Raises 2017 UK Growth Forecasts

‘Brexit’ Will Require A Vote In Parliament, U.K. Court Rules

No Laptop, No Phone, No Desk: UBS Reinvents The Work Space

The Country That’s Famous For Tolerance

Alexis Tsipras Shakes Up Cabinet To Soothe Greece’s Creditors


Ottawa Plans To Reduce Use Of Mandatory Prison Sentences

Ford, Union Reach Tentative Deal, Averting Strike

Canada Holds Its 2017 Immigration Target Despite Recommendations To Increase It To Spur Growth

TransCanada To Sell $3.5-Billion Of Shares, U.S. Power Business

Canadians Urged To Buy Into Infrastructure Plan’s Benefits, Fees

More Quebec Journalists Confirmed As Targets Of Police Surveillance

Pictures: Canada’s Magic Cities

Suicide Toll Reveals How System Failed Canada’s Soldiers And Veterans


‘It Is A Lot Of People Showing Their Support For Standing Rock’: Thousands Checking In

Gasoline Soars After Blast Shuts Largest Fuel Pipeline In U.S., Killing One, Injuring Five

US Election 2016: The View From Japan

US Election 2016: The View From The United Kingdom

Your Questions About The U.S. Election, Answered

Obama Faults F.B.I. On Emails, Citing ‘Incomplete Information’

Black Church Burned In Mississippi, With ‘Vote Trump’ Scrawled On Side

Iowa Police Ambush: What Happened?

No Kegs, No Liquor: College Crackdown Targets Drinking and Sexual Assault


Venezuelan Government Frees Five Opposition Politicians

Pope’s Envoy Warns Of Bloodshed If Venezuela Talks Fail: Paper

El Salvador Judge Orders Seizure Of Former President’s Assets

Dependent On Migrant Dollars, Rural Mexico Prays For Trump Defeat

Haitian President Defends Aid Effort As Anger Mounts


Firefighters Working To Contain Bushfires Across NSW

Kalgoorlie’s Reputation On The Line After Riots And Racial Tensions

Australian Frog Species Found That ‘Flashes’ Enemies



First, A Global Climate Deal, Next, Pollution Monitoring

The Paris Agreement on climate change is official. Now what?


Cautious Optimism Over Efforts To Combat ISIS In Baghdad


Mosul Battle: Moment Troops Enter Outskirts Of City

Mosul Residents: ‘We Want Liberation, Not Destruction’

‘I Saw My Father Dying’: A View From Aleppo’s Government-Held Side


For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

‘Hundreds Dead’ In Migrant Shipwrecks

Afghanistan Itself Is Now Taking In The Most Afghan Migrants

Paris Is The New Calais, With Scores Of Migrants Arriving Daily





Hello Rusty:

The Halloween tradition has gradually won this part of the world. Pumpkin season is in a full swing and carving funny faces is one of the cheerful activities for children. According to my acquaintance, this celebration came even to Kazakhstan, but with a strange difference.  Instead of make believe, some people wear traditional costumes to celebrations.

The downside to Halloween is all the creepy creations that make young humans scared at night. Here, though, it is still an imported foreign tradition.  One girl hilariously called it Happy Meal instead of Halloween, for instance.

Interesting to see some parallels also in old Slavonic and Celtic tradition that were associated with the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. In October, ancient Slavs bid farewell to farewelled to Leshy – a forest spirit who regulates and assigns prey to hunters. October ended with the worship of the goddess of wisdom Mokosh.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. That celebration is believed to be one of the roots of modern Halloween. They believed ‘spirits’ or ‘fairies‘, could more easily come into our world most and for that reason, many scholars see it as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits.

Anyway next season to come. What it will bring..

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza – European Editor


25 Years After Liberalization, Russians Are Cautious Of Democratic Reforms

Remembering Nord-Ost, 14 Years Later ~ Back In October 2002, A Brutal Terrorist Attack In The Center Of Moscow Reshaped The Way Russians Viewed The Threat Posed By Radical Islamic Terror.

What Should Putin Do Next? Valdai Experts Offer Suggestions

A ‘New’ National Holiday Serves To Unite 11 Time Zones


The American Student Who Gave Cambodian Children A Chance To Get Clean

Pashtana’s Lesson

‘Hands Off Our Children’ – Fighting Abuse In Pakistan


Arrests and Violence at Pipeline Protest

N.S.A. Appears to Have Missed ‘Big Red Flags’ in Suspect’s Behavior

Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers  


This is incredible, is it not?  Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

I am not sure this is really such a good idea.  Crypt Believed To Be Jesus’ Tomb Opened For First Time In Centuries

Not on my watch they won’t.  HAL 9000 was heads up enough.  Driverless Cars Could Empower Pedestrians


The Corals No One Knew Existed

Uncovering Secrets Of The Mississippi

Iceland’s Mount Hekla Was Called Gateway To Hell


A Flying Wing For Mars

How To Catch An Asteroid

Why Did A Russian Airline Buy A Spaceport In California?


A Slow Ride Toward The Future Of Public Transportation

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

No Time To Stop: Check Out These UK Roads That Charge Electric Cars On-The-Go


How Schools Can Teach Kids To Value Food  

How Planting Trees In Cities Can Save Thousands Of Lives

Germany Unveils Zero Emissions Train

25,000 Miles Soon To Be Electric-Vehicle Ready

“It’s Time To Move The Standing Rock Pipeline”


What’s Special About This Copenhagen Park?

The UK’s Most Haunted Train Stations

Rainier Beach Through The Years In Photos  (Where We Live)


Love At Every Age: Want To Keep Sparks Flying? Use This Handy Guide For A Healthy, Satisfying Time In The Bedroom At Any Age.

Men’s Health:  Hate The Doctor? Try These 4 Quick Health Checks At Home

If You Eat Only Celery and Toast, Your Body Will Think It Is Starving And Hang On To Every Pound.  Eat These 11 Tasty Foods In Addition

The Truth About Email Anxiety


For Melinda Gates, Birth Control Is Women’s Way Out Of Poverty

Why Foreigners Hate English Speakers

Seagal ‘Tremendously Grateful’ For Opportunity To Become Russian Citizen



See China’s New Fighter Jet In Action

Wild Panda Winched To Safety From China Dam

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, The Fear Of Being Unneeded



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Backcountry Gallery’s November wallpaper is available online and it is beautiful.

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.

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. 


A neighbor.  Photo by Rusty Miller

A neighbor. Photo by Rusty Miller

We have been underestimating the intelligence and the sentience of these beautiful creatures forever.  I have a feeling this is about to change.  What do you think?  This Bonobo Starts Fires, Cooks His Own Food, And Knows 3,000 English Words [Watch]

This to me is incredible.  Chum Salmon ‘Beat The Odds,’ Return To Metro Vancouver Streams

I found this very intriguing.  The Secret Of How Life Began


Here Are 3 Amazing Spider Skills

Where’s The Love For Donkeys?

Science Fights To Control Fire Ants

What Really Happened To The Mammoths?

Amazing Detailed Fossil ‘Octopus’


A Bomb-Sniffing Plant

This Is A Shark With Two Heads

The Diseases That Fed The Vampire Myth


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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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