The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart


Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

November 20, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 11



THEME MEDIA:  Pat of Mullingar, Irish Rovers

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I have a notorious great uncle who lived and died by a nom de plume guaranteed to totally confuse and disorient anyone who tried to ascertain the actual facts of his undeniably colorful existence.

Uncle Seamus lived to be 110 and died when he mistook a bear in the woods for his son Jeremiah and invited it to share a jug of what he thought was pine mash whiskey but turned out instead to be hard cider which had fermented so long it had turned to vinegar.  The bear swallowed a mouthful of that and washed it down with Uncle Seamus.

At both the kaddish and the wake, people came from miles around.  They were of all faiths, all ages, professions and political parties.  Since Uncle Seamus was not renown for his amiability, a local newspaper reporter covering his demise asked one of the mourners and the black-banded gentleman explained,

“He owed us all money.”

It turned out that all those folks really were sad that Uncle Seamus died before he paid them back.  That was his secret to a long life.  His health and longevity were of a rather practical concern to the community.

I’ve often wondered if it might not have been his ticket to immortality if he hadn’t picked up the wrong jug that day he went for a walk in the woods.

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


THEME MEDIA:  Pat of Mullingar, Irish Rovers


This is reassuring.  NASA And FEMA Rehearse For The Unthinkable: An Asteroid Strike On Los Angeles

This is outstanding.  Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center awarded UNESCO prize

I found this extremely informative.  Have A Look At The ‘National Equity Atlas’



2016 Likely to Top 2015 as Hottest Year on Record


Japan Economy: Exports Help Faster-Than-Expected Growth

A Lesson For India In A Fog So Thick It Could Kill A Cow

Train Derailment in India Kills More Than 100

Park Geun-hye Was Accomplice in Extortion, South Korean Prosecutors Say

Tools To Help Japanese Schoolchildren Find Balance: Unicycles

Tens Of Thousands Of Protesters Call For Najib Razak, Malaysian Leader, To Resign


Silenced For Decades, ‘Victims Of Despotism’ Air Torture Claims In Tunisia

Fuel Truck Explosion Kills At Least 73 In Mozambique

U.S., In Shift, Backs Arms Embargo For South Sudan As Genocide Risk Rises

As Grasslands Dwindle, Kenya’s Shepherds Seek Urban Pastures

Windmills Or Reactor Cores? Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash


Nimrud: Iraqi Troops Visit Destroyed Ancient City

Damascus Wants Trump To End Rebel Support: Syria Foreign Minister

Rights Groups Assail Iran Over Videos Of Condemned Prisoners

U.S. Investigates Deaths Of 3 Soldiers In Jordan As Possible Terrorism

Syrian President Calls Donald Trump A ‘Natural Ally’ In Fight Against Terrorism

A Call To Prayer, Or Noise Pollution? Israel Targets Mosque Loudspeakers

Images Of A Supermoon Spectacle

Tehran Journal: As A Noxious Smog Descends, Tehran Tries To Ignore It

Court In Egypt Overturns Mohamed Morsi’s Death Sentence

Yemeni Bankers Get In Trouble Over A Customer, Al Qaeda


Italy’s Zone Of Endless Shaking

The Olives Helping Greece Out Of Crisis

Vast and Pristine, Russia’s Lake Baikal Is Invaded by Toxic Algae

Barack Obama Seeks To Calm US Allies Over Trump Concerns

Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev Charged With $2m Bribe

Sweeping Raids Of Mosques, Apartments Across Germany Target Islamist Group True Religion

Volkswagen Plans 30,000 Job Cuts Worldwide


The Key Concerns Of Russian Foreign Policy Heading Into 2017

Does Regime Change In Venezuela Threaten Russia’s Interests?

Pushkin Institute Opens In Paris To Teach Russian

Russia And Austria, Looking Beyond Sanctions

Trump’s Victory, Counter-Terrorism, And The Ildar Dadin Case

How Russian Society Reacts To Trump’s Victory

How Putin Is Reforming His Political Circle


Pope Francis, Inducting 17 Cardinals, Criticizes Polarization Over Race And Faith

Pope Closes Roman Catholic ‘Holy Year’ Marked By Lights And Shadows


Trump Team Flags Canadian Livestock, Lumber In NAFTA

Canadian Military To Reassess Use Of Anti-Malaria Drug

As Demographics In Canada Change, Food Banks Are Struggling To Meet Users’ Diverse Tastes

Gray Jay Gets Nod For Canada’s National Bird

Power Up Vancouver: Infrastructure To Support Electric Vehicles

Reparations? Vancouver Island First Nation Accepts $50 Million Land Settlement

Video: Oil-Leaking Tug Is Lifted From BC Waters


Zika Infection In U.S. Is Still R

ED STATESare So Far, Blood Donations Indicate

‘Bluer Islands In A Redder Sea’: Urbanism In The New America

Will The Oregon Logging Industry Rise Up Under President Trump?

We The People Say: The Electoral College Is Not For Us

Over 70 Nations Have Been Led By Women. So Why Not The U.S.?


A New Souvenir From Cuba: Cancer Vaccine

A Year Of Sadness: Brazil’s Zika Crisis Marks Anniversary With More Questions Than Answers

Justin Trudeau Visits Cuba 40 Years After Father

Brazil: Protesters Storm Congress Seeking Military Rule

‘There’s No Law On The Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships By Night


Quake And Aftershocks Rock New Zealand

Aerial Footage Of New Zealand Earthquake Damage

Antibacterial Soaps Ditch Some Chemicals Amid Superbug Scare

Is China Sending More Spies To Australia?

Sex Abuse Charges Spark SA Child Protection Employment Review

‘Best Weather Satellite Ever Built’ Rockets Into Space

Bank Attack An ‘Isolated Incident’, Premier Says (Photos)

Crowdfunding Push To Save Orange-Bellied Parrots



11 Ways Trump And A GOP Congress Could Impact Environmental Policy

1,300 Young Scientists Unite For The Future Of Canada’s Environment

Secretary Kerry: Us Will Fight Global Warming, With Or Without Trump

Snow Cover In The U.S. Reaches An All-Time Low

The North Pole Is An Insane 36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal

The West Has Some Of The ‘Most Endangered Ecosystems Worldwide’


Minnesota Court Jails Leader Of Islamic State Plot For 35 Years


Mosul Soldier’s Chance Reunion With Mother On Bus

Syria Conflict: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Aleppo

Airstrikes On Aleppo Resume As Russia Begins New Offensive In Syria


Refugees Discover 2 Americas: One That Hates, And One That Heals

How Immigrants Are Revitalizing Tucson’s Food Economy

Syrian Government Refuses UN Truce Terms For Aleppo


Army Wants Further Study Of Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Squash, Rice and Roadkill: Feeding the Fighters of Standing Rock

Standing Rock: ‘It’s Not If A Pipeline Is Going To Spill Or Leak, It’s When’

The Rickety Finances Behind The Dakota Access Pipeline


Kiev at night.  Photo by Olya Bereza – European Editor

Kiev at night. Photo by Olya Bereza – European Editor 

Hello Rusty from Kyiv;

The train got me here again to find more interesting places while wandering around the capital this time.  Kyiv is gloomy this time due to a cold-wet weather of its transition into winter.  It is always exciting to come and feel big city atmosphere and enjoy its lights both at streets and at more luxurous places.

During a cup of coffee in a Hyatt five star hotel, a harbour for business people and foreigners, the talks around I assume weren’t much different than in western countries with discussions of post-Brexit and post-Trump worlds.  As for the streets, it felt safe enough despite some gathering of mostly middle-aged people protesting against the policy regarding future of clients’ savings in a recently bankrupt financial institution.

In unstable economies, protecting such assets is a dilemma. When we had a range of such bankrupcies before which did not survive the turbulence of those several years, many of us began to wonder if it was not better to keep money under matrasses.

But even there, it would not be safe, as we learned from Soviet Union history when their economy collapsed and people had to stand in long chaotic queues to exchange banknotes. In this connection, a recent news story from India reminds of the situation: Indian Supreme Court refuses to stop currency change

The most interesting findings of that little journey to Kyiv was an abandoned about two century old building the windows of which were decorated with the pre-revolutionary photographs. They have taken three rows of windows of the former hotel “Star”.

That artistic initiative was started in 2013 by “Kyiv Charitable Society” – a public organization, that looked for interesting projects designed for the development of the city and attract sponsors to these projects. KCS did, in fact, exist in Kyiv from 1834 to 1917 and was re-established in 2013.

I am hoping that with their help and with the support of experts from different fields many good projects could be implemented in Kyiv.  On that positive note, that’s all for this week.

Cheers, Rusty

Olya Bereza – European Editor  Понедельник, 14 ноября 2016, 7:59 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:


Thanks to Some Quick-Thinking Youngsters, Stranded Baby Beluga Whale Given a Second Chance!

Ottawa Moves On Plans For Apology To Those Wronged Over Sexuality

David Suzuki On The ‘Last Great Fight’ Of His Life: ‘I Know God Damn Well I’m In A Limited Period Of Time Now’


50 Worst American Cities In Which To Live

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps


I certainly agree with this.  Why We Need More Rational Thinkers

Imagine yourself somehow watching this.  I did and the dreams I had were more vivid than my “pizza too close to bed time ones.”  What Would Happen If The Sun Disappeared?

This is definitely a step in an appropriate direction.  Biofuel Powers The First Commercial Flight From Seattle To DC


Where Paint Comes From Rocks

The Rise Of Miniature ‘Microfactories’

Watch: the Anthropocene


‘Supermoon’ Views From Around The World

100 Scientists Say Yes To Asteroid Mission

A Hypersonic Plane For A New Space Race


The Truth About Mind-Control Technology

How We Built Machines That Can Think

Linked in Blocked By Russian Authorities


A Second Chance For The Carbon Tax

For 3rd Year In A Row, Carbon Emissions Remain Flat

Cop22 Update: 6,201 Cities Have Already Slashed Emissions By 23%

An Agenda For Better Urban Planning

It Ain’t Easy Being Green If You’re A Methanol Plant

PG&E Outlines Plan For Replacing Coal, Reaching Renewables Targets

Oil And Gas Leases Cancelled On Blackfeet Tribe’s Sacred Grounds

Conservation, Clean Energy, And Transit Did Surprisingly Well In 2016

Take A Deep Breath And Don’t Freak Out About The Future Of Clean Energy

A Direct Link Between Fracking And Earthquakes


15 Best National Parks To Visit In Winter

27 Tips For Safe Night Driving

What Is Your Travel IQ?  Take This Test To Find Out


Dementia Game ‘Shows Lifelong Navigational Decline’

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing 

Which Kind Of Milk Is More Nutritious: Almond, Soy, Coconut Or Cashew?

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased By Healthy Habits, Study Finds


Can You Talk Someone Out Of Racist Thoughts?

15 Worst States For Retirees

14 American Things That Do Not Exist Abroad

Quiet: A Soldier’s Fight For The Most Silent Place In America

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: And Now For Some Dessert



Wildlife Comedy Photography Winners

Baby Iguana Escapes Chase By Ferocious Snakes

Green Therapy: Oregon Waterfall Is A Rainy Season Treat


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A good friend is one who when you see one another, no matter the time between, it is as if you had been together yesterday. ~ Tasha Halpert
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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science



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Baby Hedgehog.  Photo courtesy of Rainforest.com

Baby Hedgehog. Photo courtesy of Rainforest.com 

Here is another opportunity to die of cute.  Meet 10 Baby Animals That Make Us Smile From Ear to Ear

This needs to stop.  Misled By The Scent, Seabirds Eat A Bounty Of Plastic

This is awesome.  The ‘Dragon’ Lizard That Flies


Narwhals, Tusked Whales Of The Arctic, See With Sound. Really Well.

The Hidden Reindeer Nobody Noticed

The Cheetahs That Hunt Giants


For you avian lovers, Project FeederWatch eNews’ November 2016 edition is now available online.


On Trial: The Man With HIV Who Says He Had Sex With 104 Women And Girls

How A Donkey Became My Running Partner

Snake Marriage Story Fake, Malaysian Fireman Says


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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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