The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 4,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 13

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 4, 2016    Vol. 9   No. 13  

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock.  He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail.  His name is Ernest Callenbach.

He is also with the spirits of Sioux chiefs at Standing Rock. He is one of the reasons the Green Movement will ultimately prevail. His name is Ernest Callenbach

ISSUE THEME SONG:  Because All Men Are Brothers; Peter, Paul & Mary


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Few controversies in the new century (or for that matter, the last half of the old one) have more impact than any national leadership change or referendum.  In the wake of the election of an individual considered opposed to the green agenda, indigent North Americans, environmentalists, veterans and civic and religious leaders from the Mexican border to the Arctic Circle are saying “No.”

This resistance has all the seeds of a deeper revolt in Canada and the US by people who are even wearier of the resistance of major fossil fuel companies to environmentally appropriate technology than they are traditional political agendas which promise much, cost even more and in many cases, accomplish absolutely nothing.

This quintessentially populist movement for a clean environment and energy which does not come from what were, at one time, living plants and animals is not one that Exxon or British Petroleum have the strategy and tactics to oppose because this is not a fixed piece battle.

It is not a fixed piece battle and it is not one David against a single Goliath.  It is a rejection of energy sources and it means that not only is every proposed pipeline or coal-fired project on the line but those already in place as well.

It is also about supporting the wind, solar, methane, tidal and low yield hydro available from Victoria to Halifax and from Juneau to Tallahassee. This movement is green technology savvy to the maximum.  It is one well versed in the industrial evolution of our species as well as the socio-political history in which this march from Prometheus to the stars.

It is very likely, however, that this “revolution” will have one thing in common with those of a violent nature.  More blood will be shed.  Martyrs will be made of people who do not deserve to die.  Sometimes it will seem like the bowels of Hell itself have opened up and there will be days, if not weeks, of violent news.

In the end, however, green will prevail because green is no longer just a party or a term.  Green now identifies who else we are besides Canadians and Americans willing to fight and die for their respective nations, abroad certainly.

And at home, if necessary.

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



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Oil Prices Rise Further After OPEC Agrees Output Cut


Chinese Firm Buys Stake In B.C.-Based Retirement Home Chain

China Looks To Clamp Down On Foreign Investments

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn To Be Proclaimed King

China Introduces 10% Extra Tax On ‘Super Cars’

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A Forgotten Step In Saving African Wildlife: Protecting The Rangers

Gambians Celebrate Defeat Of Longtime President

Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

A.N.C. Rejects Calls For Jacob Zuma To Quit South African Presidency


Video: Dying To Be Heard: Reporting Syria’s War

Video: A Risky Flight From Eastern Aleppo

Let Women Drive, A Prince In Saudi Arabia Urges

‘Unintentional’ Human Error Led To Airstrikes On Syrian Troops, Pentagon Says

Thousands Flee Parts Of Aleppo, Syria, As Assad’s Forces Gain Ground

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-Elected As Fatah Leader, Moves To Solidify Power

Alexandria Journal: Remembering My Mother’s Alexandria

Russia Begins New Offensive in Aleppo


Italian Monastery Seeks Salvation In Beer After Devastating Quake

Europe’s Outdoor Cannabis Capital

Eurozone Jobless Rate Below 10% For First Time Since 2011

Italy’s Constitutional Referendum: What You Need to Know

Hollande Will Not Seek Re-election

Austrians Vote For President In Election Watched Europe-Wide


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Russian International Affairs Council: Russia And The European Union In The Baltic Sea Region

Russia ‘Not Seeking Conflict’ – Putin Tells Nation


Pope Francis’ Race Against Time To Reshape The Church


Ottawa Approves Two Pipelines; Rejects Northern Gateway

Web Archive Plans Trump-Proof Canada Back-Up

Boiling Mad Over Canada’s Water Crisis

Canada Today: Pipeline Expansion, Musical Comedy and Identity


Lawsuit Aims to Hold 2 Contractors Accountable for C.I.A. Torture

Suspect Is Killed in Attack at Ohio State University That Injured 11

Charlotte Officer ‘Justified’ In Fatal Shooting Of Keith Scott

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Gatlinburg Residents Return Home To Wildfire Destruction

Bowe Bergdahl, Facing Desertion Trial, Asks Obama For Pardon

Californian Warehouse Building Where Fire Broke Out Was A ‘Death Trap’


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Cubans Mourn Castro

Chapecoense Air Crash: Colombia Plane ‘Ran Out Of Fuel’

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U.N. Apologizes For Role In Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

President-Elect Jovenel Moïse Of Haiti Vows To Create Plan To Channel Aid

As A Distracted Brazil Mourns, Lawmakers Gut A Corruption Bill


Adler Import A Step Closer As New South Wales Agrees On Reclassification

Port Adelaide Player ‘Disappeared For Hours’ After Car Crash

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‘Unprecedented’: Victoria To Boost Police Force By 20 Per Cent

Thunderstorm Asthma Advice Issued As Storms Loom

Woman Bitten By Spider At ‘Candyman’ Mansion Party

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Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Waterboarding

Donald Trump’s Threat to Close Door Reopens Old Wounds in Cuba

Trump Saved Jobs At Carrier, But More Midwest Jobs Are In Jeopardy

Why Trump Isn’t Bringing Coal Back

Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s Leader, An Affront To China

Graphic: How Trump’s Calls To World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades Of Diplomacy

The Interpreter: Trump, Taiwan and China: The Controversy, Explained

China Sees New Ambiguity With Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call

C.I.A. Chief Warns Donald Trump Against Tearing Up Iran Nuclear Deal


Climate Change Is Affecting All Life On Earth

A Wrenching Choice For Alaska Towns In The Path Of Climate Change

Global Warming Alters Arctic Food Chain, With Unforeseeable Results

How Warming Is Threatening The Genetic Diversity Of Species


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Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall For Years, Begin To Buckle


The Beginning Is Near: The Deep North, Evictions And Pipeline Deadlines


First Nations Vow To Stop Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline In BC


Protesters Won’t Heed Evacuation Order

Standing Rock Braces For Eviction

“My Whole Heart Is With You Tonight”: A Letter To The Dakota Access Front Line

The Many Ways To Help Standing Rock

The Twisted Economics Of The Dakota Access Pipeline


Video: Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Is ‘Standing Rock North’

Trudeau’s Favored Pipeline Company: Law-Breaking, Pollution, Cover-Ups

‘We’ll Do What It Takes To Stop It’: First Nations Reject Trans Mountain Pipeline


Ukraine Winter Window.  Photo by Olya Bereza

Ukraine Winter Window. Photo by Olya Bereza


Hello Rusty and Thank You:

And yes, happy snow landscapes are around while I look out the window of an intercity train to nature’s masterpiece. She is such a prolific artist, Mother Nature, to paint all these intricate details like frozen grass or trees into white.

Ukraine has changed her dress for winter and skiing and snowboarding season in the Carpathians has officially started. One of the best ski resorts is Bukovel which offers winter leisure with a nice traditional touch.

Shall I also mention advantages of national cuisine? Local people still mostly adhere to wholesome foods and traditional meals. The diet is the reason that common people are quite calm and friendly in general. In Ukraine, there are still villagers who provide high-quality produce, one of treasures of my country. Most western nations gave up their original eating habits in exchange for the convenience of packaged foods preserved with hydrogenated oils.  So sometimes being a step behind is a good thing.

That’s all for this week.  Stay warm, Mishka.  And btw, working from a train office is quite fun 🙂

Olya Bereza – European Editor

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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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