The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam December 18,, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 15

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 18,, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 15 




Theme:  When The Ship Comes In ~ Peter, Paul & Mary

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I confess to succumbing this past week to a bit of Trump-o-mania this week as this most unpopular of president-elects continues to deny the credibility and efficacy of all the resistance to him.

I am a profound fan of FaceBook and I am seeing more anti-bigotry backlash, not only on the part of Muslims and other targets of Trump’s Klansmen but on the part of Americans from every segment and strata of society.

This suggests to me that the man a certain four-year-old in my life insists on calling “Donald Dumpster” will probably find the going much rougher than he anticipated.

The Republican Party has been around since 1854 and they’ve produced some fine presidents down the years.  They’re not going to let some billionaire megalomaniac destroy the party or the nation.   They love their fellow Americans just as much as the Democrats do.

The key to the next two years ~ when mid-term elections will either repudiate or validate Trump’s first 730 days in office ~ is to not over-react and give Trump the right to declare a state of emergency.

We also need to stop treating Trump like a healthy adult.  The fourth of five kids, he is a little boy trying to prove that he is as good as his father and siblings.  But he knows he is not the same caliber of human being.  No matter what he accomplishes, he cannot change this one damning fact of his life.  The victories he seeks offer some relief but the older he becomes and the greater his personal legacy of inadequacy grows, the more desperate he will become.

Such an individual can be ~ as Hitler and Stalin both were ~ manipulated by others to serve their ends.  These individuals are fully developed human beings of extreme intelligence and undeniable success records.

The next two years will be played on a Machiavellian stage and once Trump realizes that he is the puppet and not the puppet-master, we will see drama worthy of the best of the Bard.

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



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Oil Hits Highest Since Mid-2015 As OPEC, Rivals Agree To Deal

Earth’s Wilderness Carved Into 600,000 Little Pieces


China Takes Off Gloves Over Taiwan, Warns U.S. It Would Retaliate

Coast Guards Of Philippines, China Vow To Enhance Cooperation

10 Distinctive Features Of The Japanese Education System That Made This Nation The Envy Of The World

U.S. Demands Return Of Drone Seized By Chinese Warship

China Agrees To Return Seized Drone, Ending Standoff, Pentagon Says

In India, A Clash At The Top Of The Tata Empire Gets Ugly

Napping In Public? In Japan, That’s A Sign Of Diligence


The Boy, The Ambassador And The Deadly Encounter On The Road

Congo’s Leader Trapped In ‘Labyrinth Of His Own Making’

Heat, Hunger And War Force Africans Onto A ‘Road On Fire’

Niger Feels Ripple Effect Of Boko Haram As Fears Of Food Shortage Spread


Iran Seals Deal With Boeing To Buy 80 Planes Worth $16.6b

‘High’ Tech: Inside Israel’s Blooming Medical Cannabis Industry

Egypt Says Traces Of Explosives Were Found On Bodies From Paris Flight

Israel’s Parliament Draws A Line On Short Hemlines

Battle Over Aleppo Is Over, Russia Says, As Evacuation Deal Reached

U.S. Blocks Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia Amid Concerns Over Yemen War


Brexit: Theresa May Wants Early Deal On Britons In EU

How A Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda To Americans

Free Cash In Finland. Must Be Jobless.

Protesters Sing Polish National Anthem

E.U. Faces Its Next Big Test As France’s Election Looms

Not Even A Prosperous Slovakia Is Immune To Doubts About The E.U.

Germany Investigates If Boy, 12, Planted Bomb At Christmas Market


Russia To Reach Self-Sufficiency In Agricultural Products By 2024

Europe’s Information War With The Kremlin, Fidel Castro’s Death And A Rebuke For Russia’s Bureaucrats

The Middle East Riddle And Russia’s Role In It

The Untold Story Of The Breakup Of The Soviet Union


Trudeau’s National Climate Deal To Have Big Price Tag For Canadians

Ethics Commissioner To Question Trudeau On Fundraisers

Ontario Hiring More Jail Staff To Address Solitary-Confinement Issues

Recreational Marijuana? Yes, But Tightly Regulated, Canadian Panel Suggests

Nelson Journal: With Flood Of Urbanites, A Canadian Hippie Haven Tries To Keep Its Mellow


How The Twinkie Made The Superrich Even Richer

Senate And House Leaders Call For Inquiry Of Russian Hacking In Election

Us Hacking Claims: Russia Says ‘Indecent’ Without Evidence

Rise In Infant Drug Dependence Is Felt Most In Rural Areas

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded The U.S.  

Judge Orders Electors In Colorado To Vote For Hillary Clinton

Boeing Employees Give $100,000 Gift To Ronald McDonald House

Top Us Republican Senator Graham Accuses Russia Of Hacking His Email

Obama Says U.S. Will Retaliate For Russia’s Election Meddling

Mapping The Stark Rich-Poor Divide In Major Us Cities


Seattle Takes Steps to Divest $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Standing Rock

Swarms Of 120 Earthquakes Reported At Mt. St. Helens In A Week’s Time

Watch: 30 Years Of Change In Western Washington’s Landscape

Vancouver Welcomes The Evergreen Extension To The Millennium Line

Portland’s Recycling Rate Gives Germany A Run For Its Money

Portland Council Unanimously Approves Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban

Seattle Launches Program To Promote Affordable Housing Near Transit

Vancouver Island First Nation Awarded $13.9 Million In Logging Dispute


Venezuela Extends Use Of 100-Bolivar Bill Following Protests

Calçoene Journal: A ‘Stonehenge,’ And A Mystery, In The Amazon

Trump Firm Quits Brazil Hotel Project That Was Named In Criminal Inquiry

Mexico Grapples With A Surge In Violence

Protests Erupt Across Brazil As Senate Approves Austerity Measure

Venezuela’s Government Plays Santa, After Seizing Millions Of Toys


Australian Court Increases Fine Over ‘Misleading’ Nurofen

Australia Expels Muslim Immigrants After They Filmed Yelling “F*Ck Australia”

PM’s ‘Keatingesque’ Support For Republic A ‘Political Death Wish’

Scientists Dig Up Dirt On Agricultural ‘Sweet Spots’ In Northern Australia

Heavy Rainfall, Large Hailstones Lash South-East Queensland

Government Prepares For Lackluster Economic Outlook

Severe Asthmatics To Benefit From Drug Subsidy

One Nation Announces At Least 36 Candidates For Next Queensland Election

Farmers Test Drones For Mustering

South Australia Photographer Travels 5,000km By Bike To Capture Extraordinary Images



In Aleppo, Displaced Returning To Rubble

Aleppo Battle: UN Says 82 Civilians Shot On The Spot

Aleppo’s Deserted Ancient City Filmed From Above

Battle Over Aleppo Is Over, Russia Says, As Evacuation Deal Reached

Medical Convoy Trying To Leave Aleppo Comes Under Fire

Aleppo Battle: Evacuation Of Rebel-Held East ‘Under Way’

Countries Showing Solidarity With Aleppo

Syria Suspends Aleppo Evacuations, Blaming Rebels

Aleppo Syria Battle: Aerial Footage Shows Evacuation

What Next For People Of Aleppo?

Aleppo Evacuation Effort Restarts, And Assad Calls It History In The Making

Amid Rain Of Shells, Aleppo’s Civilians Offer ‘Final Scream’

A Hotline For Americans And Russians To Avoid Catastrophe In Syrian Skies

Bana Al-Abed On Twitter: Proof Of Life In A War Zone


Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, At Odds With G.O.P.

All The President’s Propaganda

Donald Trump: ‘No New Business Deals’ During Presidency

Is Donald Trump A Threat To Democracy?


How Trump’s EPA Could Undermine Environmental Justice

5 Big Environmental Wins In 2016


Migrant Disaster: ‘Skipper’ Guilty Over 700 Mediterranean Deaths

Wonder And Worry, As A Syrian Child Transforms

Croatia: 42 Migrants Hospitalized After Found Packed In Van

Italy Convicts Smuggler In Deaths Of 700 Migrants


We Don’t Talk About ‘Radicalization’ When An Attacker Isn’t Muslim. We Should.

For Women Under ISIS, A Tyranny Of Dress Code And Punishment

ISIS Leaders Who Planned Paris Attacks Killed In Coalition Airstrikes In Syria

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Egypt Church Bombing And Warns Of More To Come

3 ISIS Terrorism Planners Killed In Syria Airstrike, Pentagon Says


From Standing Rock To Trans Mountain, Dissent Is In The Pipeline


Stop the KMTP


75% Of Pipeline Spill In North Dakota Entered Waterway

How Standing Rock’s Divest Campaign Can Stop Future Pipelines

At Standing Rock, No One Goes Hungry: The Kitchen That Serves Traditional Lakota Food and Values

Seattle Will Divest $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Standing Rock


Trump Played to Anger, but We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

A Healthier Democracy Starts Right Where You Live

Contrary To Popular Belief, There Are NOT 54-million Muslims in America


London, England.  Photo by OIya Bereza

London, England. Photo by OIya Bereza 


Hello, Mishka, from London:

Festive mood in anticipation of Christmas is in full swing here too, in THE magical domain of Harry Porter, with just 8 sleeps before Christmas. As you see from photo, Santas, bike rally participants, are wishing Merry Christmas to everyone, cheering people around with their smiles. So I ‘m glad to pass congratulations to you and all NorthStar readers.

Interesting how cultures have different personages but they have something in common, bringing the quality of fairy tales to our lives. Ukraine has St. Nicolas and it was nice to read about the initiative to help children dreams come true.

Russian Father Frost and Finnish Joulupukki are seeing each other today at their traditional meeting at the border 

But the anticipation of miracles and celebrations has no borders.  So whether it will be Father Christmas in the UK, Santa Claus in USA or St. Nicolas in Ukraine to give presents and cheer up spirits, just hoping everyone will feel this touch of magic in their lives.

Take care, Rusty

Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник


Veteran Finds Forgiveness, Peace In Standing Rock Fight

Before He Was An Astronaut, David Saint-Jacques Was A Doctor In An Inuit Village

“This Is The Right Thing To Do”: Energy CEO On Ending Leases To Drill Near Blackfeet Nation


An Alt-Right Makeover Shrouds The Swastikas

Libraries Become Unexpected Sites Of Hate Crimes

Top Ten Misconceptions About Islam 


There is a road in Scotland that traces the entire history of the planet.  Check it out here.

This is fascinating.  The Real Reason Humans Are Bipedal And Not Quadripedal

This is totally awesome.  Early Britons Made Islands 5,000 Years Ago


First Test Of New Theory Of Gravity   

Did Ice Age Hunters Burn Europe’s Forests?

Lascaux Caves, Paleolithic And New Again


20-Sided Crystal, Once Thought Impossible, Found In Meteorite

The Enduring Mystery Of ‘Dark Stars’

How Would Aliens Change Religion?


Amazon Makes First Customer Delivery With Drone

Uber Told To Stop Self-Driving In California

Robot Eyes To See Asteroid Bennu


Plans Falter For West Coast Coal Terminals

Review Of 9,000 Studies Finds We Know Very Little About Oil Spills In Ocean Environments

The Psychological Barriers To Reducing Food Waste

Salmon Will Love Your Old Christmas Tree

How Food, Forests, And People Are Connected, In 10 Charts


The 350+ Islands Set To Disappear

The Country Full Of Contradictions

South America’s Most Underrated City?


Ten Aging Mistakes To Avoid

Scientists Say The Clock Of Aging May Be Reversible

12 Signals Our Body Sends To Tell Us We Are Too Stressed

One Weight-Loss Approach Fits All? No, Not Even Close

Your Top 10 Health Questions, Answered

Karate Kids Kick Cancer By Channeling Stress, Fear And Pain With Martial Arts

Key Foods To Cut Your Alzheimer’s Risk


Rebuild Or Leave?

Ten Ways To Avoid Marrying The Wrong Person

15 Inspirational Images That Will Convince You To Make The World A Better Place



Winners of 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (PHOTOS)

16 Stunning Images Of Earth From Space

The Best Architecture In New York Of 2016



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This is awesome.  Wolf Pack In Epic Hunt

This is great!  Sea World Will Open Its First Park Without Killer Whales


Stuck Skunk Meets Its Superhero

The World’s Largest Fish

Watch: Swarm Of Deep Sea Crabs Filmed Off The Coast Of Panama


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s December FeederWatch Enews is now online.


Inside The World’s Longest Rail Tunnel 

Babies Made From Three People Approved In UK

The Most Extreme Weather Ever Recorded


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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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