CASCADIA

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 11,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 14

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 11,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 14 

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CASCADIA

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  We’ve noted the appointments America’s president-elect has been making but not getting stressed by any of them yet.  This is a unique situation in many respects and like a growing number of those who live here, I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude.

I do not live in Camelot Northwest but I do live in a region and a state and city whose self-deterministic spirit rivals that of the Confederate States of America over a century and a half ago.

My “Dixie,” as it were is in the Pacific Northwest.  It extends south from the Canadian province of British Columbia south to the American states of Washington, Oregon and California down to San Francisco.  It draws its name from the Cascade Mountains.

Ernest Callenbach predicted Cascadia when he wrote the green futuristic bestselling novel Ecotopia and its companion pieces.  His nation was fully and conventionally constituted and won its independence by declaring itself and then defeating American military intervention with technology and the courage of its citizens.

Cascadia is not so easily defined.  Historically, we were a last frontier.  We were spared the violence of two major wars and because we were so far from civilization, self-reliance evolved as a way of life.  For most of our history, we have been on our own.  If our history is mostly without bloodshed, it is not, however, without suffering, much of it because of mistakes we made but from which we have learned.

The most important of these lessons was not to depend on any single industry, employer or market for the financial and quality of life success of our region.  That also includes the federal government and our need for its money.  We would perhaps not do it as well but we would do it as a community, as we have attempted to do with the homeless in our cities and towns.

Our weather is a challenge and the region is weather-charismatic and geologically moody.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, blizzards, monsoon rains and gale force windstorms all contribute to the need for cooperation, rather than competition.

It is also for that reason, perhaps, that federal military intervention would not work here despite the large presence of it in the Puget Sound.  First, these men and women in uniform are our neighbors and friends.  Second, they depend on us on a daily basis much more than we depend on them.  They man the wall and for that we are profoundly grateful.  We, however, own that wall and our citizens have served with distinction, valor and honor for well over a century.  Our veterans have not forgotten how to dance.

I hope that America’s president-elect is aware that though I have described where I live, America has many evolving Cascadias.  It would be sad if he needed to be reminded that he works for us, not the other way around.

We would also like to mark the passing of American astronaut, patriot and US senator John Glenn.  To echo the words from the International Space Station, in tribute, “Godspeed, John Glenn, on your Next Adventure.”

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Looks like our side won one.  Army Corps Blocks Route Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

We are praying for her.  Bana Alabed, Seven-Year-Old Tweeting From Aleppo, Goes Quiet

This is interesting.  As Trump Vows To Stop Flow Of Jobs Overseas, U.S. Plans To Make Fighter Jets In India

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say

The United National Global Update For December 2016 Is Now On Line – ***** Northstar Read

U.N. Says Nearly One In Four Children Live In Conflict Or Disaster Zones

ASIA

South Korean Firms Face Rare Corruption Hearing

Park Geun-Hye: South Korea Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Leader

After Park, Who? A Guide To Those Who Would Lead South Korea

Suicides Reported In India After Death Of Jayalalithaa Jayaram

Xinjiang, Tense Chinese Region, Adopts Strict Internet Controls

14 Countries Press Myanmar To Allow Aid In Rohingya Areas

Only A Rumbling Volcano Could Make North Korea And The West Play Nice

Strong Quake Strikes Indonesia

AFRICA

Yahya Jammeh, Gambian President, Now Refuses to Accept Election Defeat

Gambians Face Uncertainty After President Rejects His Defeat

More Than 30 Dead As Tanker Rams Into Vehicles On Kenya Road

Ghana Presidential Vote Hinges On Economic Perceptions

Dominic Ongwen, Ugandan Rebel Leader, Denies Charges At I.C.C. Trial

Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic In Africa Shows Gaps In Vaccine Pipeline

One Of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested In Morocco

Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Tunisia Seeks Foreign Investment To Cement Democratic Gains

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

President Jacob Zuma Of South Africa Faces Leadership Challenge

MIDDLE EAST

The Ancient Place Where History Began

China Offers Unexpected Support To Russia On UN Syria Resolution

Aleppo Battle: UN Says Hundreds Of Men Missing

Inside Yemen: Saudi Air Strikes And Britain’s Role

ISIS Close To Recapturing Palmyra From Syrian Forces

‘We Are Dead Either Way’: Agonizing Choices For Syrians In Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Prime Minister’s Defeat Plunges EU Into Uncertainty

In Italy, Anguish on Both Sides of Asylum Pleas

Spain Floods: Man And Dog Rescued In Costa Del Sol

Austria Election: Van Der Bellen Promises To Be “Pro-European” President

Brexit: EU Negotiator Says ‘Time’s Short’ For Reaching Deal

Lego Appoints British Boss In Brand Expansion

Netherlands Trial: Geert Wilders Guilty Of Incitement

Cameron Defends Decision To Call Brexit Referendum

As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Wall Street Is Europe’s Landlord. And Tenants Are Fighting Back.

RUSSIA

Small Tornado Hits Russia’s Olympic City Sochi

Why Putin’s Federal Assembly Address Was Surprisingly Bland This Year

Think Tank Review: Trump’s Victory, Syrian Crisis And The Legacy Of Fidel Castro

Does Putin Really Intend To Restore The Soviet Union?

Russia Sells $11 Billion In Rosneft Shares To Glencore And Qatar

CANADA

Canadian Students Rank Fourth For Science Performance

Canada’s ‘Magic’ Cities

Cenovus Signals Renewed Optimism With Oil Sands Project Restart

Canada Zoo Probes Seven Penguin Deaths  

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests The Limits Of State Power

Canada Today: Emissions Policy, Bird-Hunting And Meat Pie

A Proposal For A Canadian National Bird Ruffles Feathers

UNITED STATES

Guantánamo Detainee Is Sent to Cape Verde in First Transfer Since Trump Victory

Gullah Geechee: Descendants Of Slaves Fight For Their Land

John Glenn, American Hero of Space Age, Dies at 95

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

The Electoral College Could Make Every Vote Really Count

Iowa Exports Soybeans To China, So Why Not A Whole Farm?

CASCADIA

Portland Tackles Lead Contamination In Local Water Supply

Dual Design: Seattle’s New Garbage Dump Is Also A Park

Video: How Vancouver Became North America’s Car-Free Capital

Washington State’s New ‘No Discharge Zone’ Aims To Protect Puget Sound

Portland Steps Up For Affordable Housing

BC’s Scott Islands Proposed As National Wildlife Area

British Columbia Opens Drug Injection Sites Amid Opioid Crisis

The Pacific Northwest Braces For Its Own Standing Rock

Interact: The Environmental Legacy Of The Military In The NW

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  We’ve noted the appointments America’s president-elect has been making but not getting stressed by any of them yet.  This is a unique situation in many respects and like a growing number of those who live here, I’ve adopted a wait and see attitude.

I do not live in Camelot Northwest but I do live in a region and a state and city whose self-deterministic spirit rivals that of the Confederate States of America over a century and a half ago.

My “Dixie,” as it were is in the Pacific Northwest.  It extends south from the Canadian province of British Columbia south to the American states of Washington, Oregon and California down to San Francisco.  It draws its name from the Cascade Mountains.

Ernest Callenbach predicted Cascadia when he wrote the green futuristic bestselling novel Ecotopia and its companion pieces.  His nation was fully and conventionally constituted and won its independence by declaring itself and then defeating American military intervention with technology and the courage of its citizens.

Cascadia is not so easily defined.  Historically, we were a last frontier.  We were spared the violence of two major wars and because we were so far from civilization, self-reliance evolved as a way of life.  For most of our history, we have been on our own.  If our history is mostly without bloodshed, it is not, however, without suffering, much of it because of mistakes we made but from which we have learned.

The most important of these lessons was not to depend on any single industry, employer or market for the financial and quality of life success of our region.  That also includes the federal government and our need for its money.  We would perhaps not do it as well but we would do it as a community, as we have attempted to do with the homeless in our cities and towns.

Our weather is a challenge and the region is weather-charismatic and geologically moody.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, blizzards, monsoon rains and gale force windstorms all contribute to the need for cooperation, rather than competition.

It is also for that reason, perhaps, that federal military intervention would not work here despite the large presence of it in the Puget Sound.  First, these men and women in uniform are our neighbors and friends.  Second, they depend on us on a daily basis much more than we depend on them.  They man the wall and for that we are profoundly grateful.  We, however, own that wall and our citizens have served with distinction, valor and honor for well over a century.  Our veterans have not forgotten how to dance.

I hope that America’s president-elect is aware that though I have described where I live, America has many evolving Cascadias.  It would be sad if he needed to be reminded that he works for us, not the other way around.

We would also like to mark the passing of American astronaut, patriot and US senator John Glenn.  To echo the words from the International Space Station, in tribute, “Godspeed, John Glenn, on your Next Adventure.”

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

Rusty

THE NEWS

Looks like our side won one.  Army Corps Blocks Route Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

 

We are praying for her.  Bana Alabed, Seven-Year-Old Tweeting From Aleppo, Goes Quiet

This is interesting.  As Trump Vows To Stop Flow Of Jobs Overseas, U.S. Plans To Make Fighter Jets In India

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say

The United National Global Update For December 2016 Is Now On Line – ***** Northstar Read

U.N. Says Nearly One In Four Children Live In Conflict Or Disaster Zones

ASIA

South Korean Firms Face Rare Corruption Hearing

Interactive Feature: ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’

Park Geun-Hye: South Korea Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Leader

After Park, Who? A Guide To Those Who Would Lead South Korea

Suicides Reported In India After Death Of Jayalalithaa Jayaram

Xinjiang, Tense Chinese Region, Adopts Strict Internet Controls

14 Countries Press Myanmar To Allow Aid In Rohingya Areas

Only A Rumbling Volcano Could Make North Korea And The West Play Nice

Strong Quake Strikes Indonesia

AFRICA

Yahya Jammeh, Gambian President, Now Refuses to Accept Election Defeat

Gambians Face Uncertainty After President Rejects His Defeat

More Than 30 Dead As Tanker Rams Into Vehicles On Kenya Road

Ghana Presidential Vote Hinges On Economic Perceptions

Dominic Ongwen, Ugandan Rebel Leader, Denies Charges At I.C.C. Trial

Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic In Africa Shows Gaps In Vaccine Pipeline

One Of World’s Most Wanted Hashish Smugglers Arrested In Morocco

Mont Péko Journal: Ousting Squatter Farmers To Save Forest, Ivory Coast Sets Off New Crisis

Tunisia Seeks Foreign Investment To Cement Democratic Gains

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

President Jacob Zuma Of South Africa Faces Leadership Challenge

MIDDLE EAST

The Ancient Place Where History Began

China Offers Unexpected Support To Russia On UN Syria Resolution

Aleppo Battle: UN Says Hundreds Of Men Missing

Inside Yemen: Saudi Air Strikes And Britain’s Role

ISIS Close To Recapturing Palmyra From Syrian Forces

‘We Are Dead Either Way’: Agonizing Choices For Syrians In Aleppo

EUROPE

Italian Prime Minister’s Defeat Plunges EU Into Uncertainty

In Italy, Anguish on Both Sides of Asylum Pleas

Spain Floods: Man And Dog Rescued In Costa Del Sol

Austria Election: Van Der Bellen Promises To Be “Pro-European” President

Brexit: EU Negotiator Says ‘Time’s Short’ For Reaching Deal

Lego Appoints British Boss In Brand Expansion

Netherlands Trial: Geert Wilders Guilty Of Incitement

Cameron Defends Decision To Call Brexit Referendum

As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail

Wall Street Is Europe’s Landlord. And Tenants Are Fighting Back.

RUSSIA

Small Tornado Hits Russia’s Olympic City Sochi

Why Putin’s Federal Assembly Address Was Surprisingly Bland This Year

Think Tank Review: Trump’s Victory, Syrian Crisis And The Legacy Of Fidel Castro

Does Putin Really Intend To Restore The Soviet Union?

Russia Sells $11 Billion In Rosneft Shares To Glencore And Qatar

CANADA

Canadian Students Rank Fourth For Science Performance

Canada’s ‘Magic’ Cities

Cenovus Signals Renewed Optimism With Oil Sands Project Restart

Canada Zoo Probes Seven Penguin Deaths  

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests The Limits Of State Power

Canada Today: Emissions Policy, Bird-Hunting And Meat Pie

A Proposal For A Canadian National Bird Ruffles Feathers

UNITED STATES

Guantánamo Detainee Is Sent to Cape Verde in First Transfer Since Trump Victory

Gullah Geechee: Descendants Of Slaves Fight For Their Land

John Glenn, American Hero of Space Age, Dies at 95

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

The Electoral College Could Make Every Vote Really Count

Iowa Exports Soybeans To China, So Why Not A Whole Farm?

CASCADIA

Portland Tackles Lead Contamination In Local Water Supply

Dual Design: Seattle’s New Garbage Dump Is Also A Park

Video: How Vancouver Became North America’s Car-Free Capital

Washington State’s New ‘No Discharge Zone’ Aims To Protect Puget Sound

Portland Steps Up For Affordable Housing

BC’s Scott Islands Proposed As National Wildlife Area

British Columbia Opens Drug Injection Sites Amid Opioid Crisis

The Pacific Northwest Braces For Its Own Standing Rock

Interact: The Environmental Legacy Of The Military In The NW

LATIN AMERICA

Cuba, Russia Sign Cooperation Deals

Bolivia Detains Chief Of Airline In Colombia Crash

In Compromise, Brazil’s Supreme Court Allows Senate Leader To Stay

Brazil’s Senate Leader Refuses Justice’s Order To Step Down

Supreme Court Justice Removes Brazil’s Senate Leader Amid Graft Case

Thousands In Brazil Protest Gutting Of Anticorruption Measures

Camilo Cienfuegos Journal: In Cuban Town That Hershey Built, Memories Both Bitter And Sweet

Itamatatuba Journal: A Floating Courthouse Takes The Rule Of Law To Brazil’s Frontier

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia’s Richest Woman Gina Rinehart To Buy Kidman Estate

The Remote Outpost That Changed History

New Zealand Quake Reveals New Land

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Vowing to Squeeze Businesses, Trump Has Tactics Challenged

Trump’s Threat to the Constitution

Trump Attacks China In Twitter Outburst

Donald Trump Is Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

How Does Trump’s Pledge To Destroy NAFTA Affect Agriculture?

Interactive: How Trump Can Influence Climate Change

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Will Bring Wetter Storms In U.S., Study Says

As The Ice Melts, Young Polar Bears Must Learn To Adapt

Going Skiing? Take Some Climate Action With You

Tips For Talking To Kids About Climate Change

Portland, Oregon’s Answer To Climate Denial? Local Action

ISIS, ETC.

How ISIS Is Using Consumer Drones

Indonesian Police Arrest 4 Near Jakarta As Terrorist Plot Is Foiled

ISIS Remains Threat In Libya Despite Defeat In Surt, U.S. Officials Say

THE REFUGEE CRISIS

California Weights Protections for Immigrants Threatened by Trump Policies

Migrant Crisis: Europol To Investigate Egypt Mass Drowning

From Goat Farms To Parenting Classes: Immigrants Find Support Across U.S.

59 Rescues In 2016; Witness The Last

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

Takeaways From A Busy Year For Oil Pipelines

STANDING ROCK

A Timeline From Standing Rock

DAPL: What To Watch For Now

Views: Seattle Veteran Writes To His Son From Standing Rock

Watch In 360°: Standing Rock Celebrates Halted Pipeline

Water, Life, And Oil: The Battle At Standing Rock Isn’t Over

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

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If it is the right direction, even the long way is bearable.

Hello Rusty:

The calendar of this week had a very special date, a World Human Rights Day. After the dreadful World War II years, a dramatic change in world perception took place.  In 1948 the United Nations adopted a set of standards defining the rights of all human beings. That was really a milestone for our species. Decades later, it is still work in progress as the world around is slow to change. But if it is the right direction, even the long way is bearable

Also I would like to share an interesting article by an American expatriate living in Ukraine.  Entitled Svoi vs. Chuzhoi: Low-Trust Locals and High-Trust Expats, I found it very interesting even though I did not agree with all of the author’s points.  He did a good job, I thought, of contrasting the differences in West – East mentalities.

Mutual understanding is an important factor of collaboration as the world becomes more open and more people are given the freedom to change their lives by moving to another part of the planet.  It is good, I think, when beautiful scenery and beautiful people come together.

That’s it for this week.  Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник

GOOD EXAMPLES

Pentagon Denies Suppressing Study On Ways To Save $125 Billion

Google Says It Will Run Entirely On Renewable Energy In 2017

India’s Model For Tolerance

BAD EXAMPLES

The Scourge Of Racial Bias In New York State’s Prisons

Rising Prices In Oakland Push Artists Into Risky Housing

Coastal Indigenous People Are Losing Their Fisheries — And Their Way Of Life

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is actually kind of cute.  It’s a bird, a plane, the tiniest asteroid!

This is a very heads-up question, in my opinion.  Will artificial intelligence judge us?

This is fantastic.  The Largest All-Female Antarctic Expedition Is Taking Place Now

OUR PLANET

Human Ancestor Lucy A Tree Climber

A 99-Million-Year-Old Piece Of Amber Definitively Proves That Dinosaurs Had Feathers

Giant Bird Weighed Half A Ton

SPACE

First Images From Exomars Mission

The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

NASA and FEMA Rehearse for the Unthinkable: An Asteroid Strike on Los Angeles

TECHNOLOGY

Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech

The Future Of High-Speed Passenger Trains In The US

New Form of Fire, Inspired by Bourbon, Might Help With Oil Spills

THE GREEN BEAT

No “Victories,” No “Defeats”: Watch Your Words If You Value Social Change

A Last Resort That Might Work: Small Town Votes In Community Bill Of Rights To Ban Fracking

Meet The Guy Corralling Billionaires To Fight Inequality

One City Finds A Way To End Disposable Coffee Cups

When Fighting Wildfires Does More Harm Than Good

Environmentalism Was Once A Social-Justice Movement

TRAVEL

373 Miles Of Secret Treasures

Top 10 Spots For Winter Escapes, According To Tripadvisor (PHOTOS)

Wildlife And The Strong Women Of Alaska

HEALTH

Many Kids’ Headphones Carry Risk Of Hearing Loss

Top Cancer Fighting Foods

6 Ways to Stay Pain Free This Winter

LIFESTYLE

Six Straight Hours On Night Tube

The Reason Rich People Keep On Working

Cycle To Work? It’s Not Worth It Here

Why LGBTQ Owned Businesses Are Thriving

How Women And Men Use Cities Differently

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

From Mrs. Claus, With Love

These Svalbardian Polar Bears Are Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face!

20 Incredible Landmarks You’ve Never Heard Of

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

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MASHA & THE BEAR

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KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

A small descendant.  Photo © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller

A small descendant. Photo © 2016 Merritt Scott Miller 

This gave me stranger dreams that a pepperoni pizza too close to bed time.  Why Were Prehistoric Insects So Huge?

This, to me, is a battle worth engaging.  Views: Fighting For Idaho’s Wild Salmon

This definitely hit the creepy scale big time.  The World’s Greatest Reptile Gathering

SHORTS

Singing Lemurs Have Their Own Rhythms

Poachers Beware:  Postcode Meerkat Is On The Job

Trapped Wild Sheep Meets Its ‘Guardian Angel”

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

North Korea ‘Hacks South’s Military Cyber Command’

1000 Deer Take Over Roads In Nara, Japan

Imagine Seeing One Of These In The Ocean

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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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