The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart 


Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 13, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 10


Theme Media:  Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah – YouTube


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish SeaWell, the big event of this week takes place tomorrow, Monday, between midnight and dawn, depending on where in the world you live.  The moon will be “larger” than it has been since 1948 or will be again until 2034.

So here it is, folks, the opportunity to stand outside in the dark and gaze at a dazzling planetoid which appears larger than the mother ship in the movie Independence Day and which apparently has the ability to shrink or expand at will.

Of course we know that part is not true.  The moon remains the same size.  Conditions just make it appear to change.  That is true of many things in life, is it not?

I hope it does not rain on “my super moon.”  Now that I have perspective, I would rather fancy enjoying the show.

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


Theme Media:  Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah – YouTube


This should be spectacular.  5 Keys To Enjoying The Closest Supermoon  Also see What Is A Supermoon?

We join the world in celebrating the life of this man.  Leonard Cohen: Canadian singer dead aged 82

I have suspected this for a very long time.  We’ve Got Human Intelligence All Wrong  We Are Only Different From Animals In One Crucial Respect


International Readers On How A Trump Presidency Could Affect Them


India Rupees: Chaos At Banks Continues After Atms Reopen

With a Cuckoo’s Journey From China, a Mystery Is Solved, and Cheers Go Up

South Koreans Rally in Largest Protest in Decades to Demand President’s Ouster

For Chinese Women, a Surname Is Her Name


Ezekiel’s Wheel Ties African Spiritual Traditions To Christianity

Painful Steps Help Egypt Secure $12 Billion I.M.F. Loan


A Pilgrim’s Progress: Checking Mecca Off My Bucket List

One More Middle East Conflict: What to Make of Donald Trump

U.S. Says It Has Killed 119 Civilians in Iraq and Syria Since 2014

Museum Explores Arafat’s Legacy but Leaves Unanswered Questions

Long Avoided by Tourists, Iran Is Suddenly a Hot Destination

Court in Israel Sentences Palestinian Teenager to 12 Years for Stabbings

Marine Veteran Held by Yemeni Rebels Since 2015 Is Freed


The Crisis Of European Identity And Rapprochement With Russia

UK Manufacturing Picks Up In September, ONS Figures Show

Theresa May Promises ‘Golden Era’ In UK-Chinese Relations


Ottawa Offers To Renegotiate NAFTA In Effort To Warm Ties With Trump

Canada Today: Dams, Fiddles and That New Leader Next Door

Canada’s Big Dams Produce Clean Energy, and High Levels of Mercury

Canada Today: Espionage, and Newfoundland’s Hospitality Comes to the Stage


Video: Naturalization: Becoming An American

Russians In America: How To Find Success In Silicon Valley

U.S. Enforcing Insurance Law To Help Fight Opioid Abuse


Colombia Reaches New Peace Deal With Rebels

Fleeing Gangs, Central American Families Surge Toward U.S.

Mexico Braces For The Fallout Of A Trump Presidency

Haiti Opens a Drive to Vaccinate 820,000 as Cholera Flares

Colombia Reaches New Peace Deal With Rebels


U.S., In Deal With Australia, Agrees To Take Some Refugees

Bushland Search For Matthew Leveson Continues

Minister Blasts Legal Aid’s ‘Amazingly Stupid’ Move To Defend Paedophile Father 



Ralph Cicerone, Scientist Who Sounded Climate Change Alarm, Dies At 73

Decline Of Arctic’s Thickest Sea Ice

Un Climate Change Conference Kicks Off Under Shadow Of Us Election

Fighting Climate Change With A New Financial System


The Rivalry Between Moscow And Washington For The Right To Defeat ISIS

German Police Arrest Five In Raid On ‘ISIS Network’


Mosul Battle: Experts Probe Is Mass Grave At Hamam Al-Alil

ISIS Is Massacring Mosul Civilians as Troops Advance, U.N. Says

My Journey Into Aleppo: Watching a Moonscape of War Turn Into a Functioning City


Seattle City Councilwoman Calls For ‘Nationwide Shutdown’ On Inauguration Day

‘Not Our President’ Protests Spread

Donald Trump’s Victory Is Met With Shock Across a Wide Political Divide

Donald Trump’s Victory Was Built on Unique Coalition of White Voters

Trump Rides a Wave of Fury That May Damage Global Prosperity

Americans Eye Move To Canada, But Immigration Not So Easy

Trump Wins US Election: How World Leaders Have Reacted

US Election: Can Trump Keep His Promises?

Market Rally Continues As Investors Shrug Off Trump Worries

Voter Revolt

Trump Presidency: Protests Turn Violent In Portland, Oregon

Trump And Obama: What They Said Then And Now

‘A Moment of Great Peril’: Foreign Observers on Trump’s Success


Undocumented Migrants, Free Now To Visit Mexico, Face Iffy Future

US Election 2016: Becoming Citizens After Trump’s Win

Fleeing Gangs, Central American Families Surge Toward U.S.


Environmentalists Backing Standing Rock Protesters Target Bankers Behind Pipeline

Maps: Socio-ecological views of the Dakota Access Pipeline  



Hi Rusty:

It was an extremely warm week in Ukraine, up to +18C/64.4F degrees, which is quite an extraordinary and pleasant gift from Mother Nature.

This is the autumn that I love; warm, sunny, with golden leaves on still green grass. The trees are covered in all shades from ruby to golden brown. Just a pleasure to the eyes to ride in a train watching all this beauty and vast fields of Ukraine during my usual cross-country trip from West to East.

The fields, still yellowish after being harvested, meet the blue horizon and truly represent the colors of the country I love. From time to time out my train window, I see a herd of cows, or a lonely shacking horse. Villages, each  with their own church; people busy with domestic things; flocks of geese other poultry all enjoying the freedom of non-urban life. From time to time I even see a villager riding a little wagon pulled by a horse, going somewhere behind horizon.

Perhaps this idyllic picture from the last century doesn’t convey all the harshness of life of a common Ukrainian, as it definitely is not that simple and most of people are quite poor due to economic stagnation.

But it is precisely because life is so hard that rage and sorrow swept over the land after the exposure of vast financial scandal by government officials and workers. The ones who were supposed to serve people appeared to be unreachably wealthy compared to a commoner.  There is no sin in being rich but many in Ukraine wondered how a civil servant could possess such a wealth.

The U.S. expects Ukraine to investigate suspicious facts in e-declarations of MPs and other officials and while this will not take care of the problem entirely, any step that will provide more information is a step forward.

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

Olya Bereza – European Editor


Tiger Cub Found Prowling The Streets Of Vladivostok

The Atlantic: What Vladimir Putin Wants From America’s Elections

Dixon. Ice Borders — Life in Russia’s Far North


Beached Whale Rescued And Town Rallies For Rescue

2 Minority Candidates In Washington State Make National History

After Bill Cosby, States Shift on Statutes of Limitations in Sexual Assault Cases


Is Your Bank Funding The Dakota Access Pipeline?

Portland Must Reduce Lead In Water Now, State Says

Prince Harry Condemns ‘Abuse’ Of Girlfriend


I thought this was very ingenious.  Dead TV Signals Offer Broadband Hope In Rural Scotland

I wish I could have seen this.  Robot ‘Sets New Rubik’s Cube Record’

The answer to this question is easy.  No.  Would You Travel 700mph In A Tube?


An Ancient Fortress In The Sky

The Other Man Who Discovered Evolution

‘We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’: A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found


When To Watch The Closest Supermoon

The Balloons That Soar To Space 

Our Vast Solar System and Its Many Explorers


Energy Giants Turn to Drones and Sensors in New Embrace of the Digital World

China’s Internet Controls Will Get Stricter, To Dismay Of Foreign Business

A Slow Ride Toward The Future Of Public Transportation


Native Activism Blocks Union Pacific Railroad Expansion In Oregon  

Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Helps Your Community Go Solar

Dozens Of Energy Projects Referred To Doj


A Beach Made Of Gold?

Who Gets The Center Armrests?

Canada’s 50 Places Of A Lifetime

30 Fabulous Photos Of Utah


What Keeps Kids Up at Night? Cellphones and Tablets.

5 Lifestyle Changes That Can Save Your Life

This weeks NYT Wellness Issue Is About Prostate Cancer

Six Ways To Live Longer


Heterosexual Rally Banned in Yekaterinburg

Five Pictures That Show How Social Media Can Be A Minefield

Canada Introducing Gender-Neutral Option On Visitor Border Document

When It Comes To Success, Age Really Is Just A Number



The Right Way To Visit Medieval Moscow

The Happiest Movie Ending Of My Childhood

Seattle Song Parody



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Snow Leopards.  Photo courtesy of Planet Earth episode Mountains

Snow Leopards. Photo courtesy of Planet Earth episode Mountains 

They are absolutely beautiful.  Snow Leopards Filmed Like Never Before

As if we did not already know this?  10 Pics Showing That, No Matter What, Cats Will Always Be Cats

This is how to meditate with your feline.  How to Be Mindful With Your Cat


Why Your Choice of Coffee Is Important to Conservation

For the Bird Enthusiasts Among You, FeederWatch Season Begins This Week


The Sailors Who Sing To Penguins

The Sharks That Saved A Town

Incredible 1,000 Pound Stingray Saved By Beachgoers


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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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