The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 1, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 17

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 1, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 17


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, of course, we want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.  For our Chinese friends, 2017 is the year of the Rooster.  For obvious reasons much closer to home, I find that a bit ironic.

My sense is that despite anxieties and concerns to the contrary, it will be a good year for all 22 nations this magazine reaches.  I believe that the international community will discover that it does not need America nearly as much as was thought and that true balance of trade is not the sole province of giants.

I predict that America will learn the harsh lesson of true populism and that is that one assumes responsibility for most areas of their lives and then elects individuals of courage, compassion, wisdom and integrity to handle the rest.

I believe that America will experience a type of regional balkanization in reaction to what happens at the federal level.  Some areas, such as the Deep South and the Rust Belt, will be impacted more than some other regions, with the West and the Pacific Northwest being in the best position to wean themselves off both federal funding and federal legislation.

I expect traditional entertainment from the new administration.  Magicians ~ those whose patter and gestures distract from what the hands are actually doing ~ will become vogue at all levels and for awhile, the people will be deceived.

But when the legislative legerdemain is discovered, it will be by his staunchest supporters and because they will have been its victims, reaction will be strong, vocal, violent and very apparent at Congressional mid-term elections.

The new president will be involved in legal proceedings of a personal nature that will further compromise his ability to fully actualize his on the job training.  This will keep him constantly in the media and his opposition will continue to exploit his ignorance, lack of statecraft and general boorish behavior.  He will likely receive more coverage than JFK.

I believe this will be an interesting year, but hardly an apocalyptic one.

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

Rusty Miller


We join Russia and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of humanist physician Elizaveta (“Dr. Liz”) Glinka.  She was among the passengers of Flight Tu-154, which crashed on Sunday, western Christmas Day with the loss of all aboard.

If this is true, we are owed one supersized explanation for it and damages of Trumpian proportions.  Cannabis Cures Cancer And The Government Has Known Since 1974

Once you have read this, you will never see hair the same again.



Why The Philippines Is Moving Into Russia’s Arms

Typhoon Nock-Ten Threatens Philippine Capital Manila

Evacuations In Philippines As Typhoon Strikes

Philippines Typhoon: Aerials Show Submerged Areas

Korean Air Crew To ‘Use More Force’ With Unruly Passengers

North Korean Diplomat Has ‘No Regrets’ Over Defection

A Maverick Former Japanese Prime Minister Goes Antinuclear

China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching


Congo President To Leave After 2017 Vote Under New Deal

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

Cheetahs In Danger Of Extinction, Researchers Say

Hijacking Ends Peacefully After Libyan Airliner Lands In Malta

A Small African Nation Severs Ties With Taiwan, And Beijing Applauds

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

Nearly 300 Are Arrested In Congo As Protests Appear To Wane

At Least 20 Reported Dead As Congolese Security Forces Fire On Protesters

In Young Men’s African Exodus, Echoes Of An Indian Family’s Journey


Israel Postpones Vote On New Jerusalem Settlement Homes

Syria conflict: Ceasefire agreed for midnight, backed by Russia and Turkey

Mosul Battle: Iraqi Forces Launch ‘Second Phase’ Of Attack

Syria Conflict: Nationwide Truce Holding Despite ‘Clashes’

Along Mosul’s Front Line, Desperate Civilians And Dug-In Troops And Fighters


Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide

British Child Prodigy’s Cinderella Opera Thrills Vienna

François Hollande Pardons French Woman Who Killed Abusive Husband

Romania’s President Rejects First Female Candidate For Prime Minister

As U.K. Tightens Voting Rules, Critics Say Labour And The Poor Will Suffer

Senators Reassure Wary Baltic Nations That U.S. Won’t Abandon NATO


Pope Urges The Faithful To Help Youth Find Purpose


Russia Plane Crash: Huge Search For Bodies In Black Sea

Recovery Operation After Russian Military Plane Crashes Into Black Sea

Russian Plane Crash: First ‘Black Box’ Brought To Moscow

Russians Support Raising Drinking Age To 21

Russian Officials No Longer Dispute Olympic Doping Operation

Russia Plane Crash: Flight Recorder ‘Reveals Faulty Wing Flaps To Blame’


Trudeau’s Christmas Message Highlights Canadians’ Outpouring Of Support For Fort Mcmurray Fire Victims

Canada’s Economic Star Expected To Dim In 2017

How A Little-Known Patent Sparked Canada’s Deadly Opioid Crisis

Canada Today: Reporting That Stood Out In 2016


Alaskans’ Cost Of Staying Warm: A Thick Coat Of Dirty Air

Opioids Contribute To A Rising Death Toll: 28,647 In 2014

U.S. Sold $40 Billion In Weapons In 2015, Topping Global Market

Earthquakes In Nevada Wednesday Morning

Obama Designates New National Monuments

Coal Train Partially Derails In Vancouver, Washington

Obama Strikes Back At Russia For Election Hacking

U.S. Correctional Population At Lowest Level In Over A Decade


California, At Forefront Of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down To Trump

A Model For Housing Equity In Seattle

Best Bike Infrastructure Of 2016 In Seattle: The Sidewalk

Seattle’s Housing Boom Is Ready To Explode


Coeur D’alene Tribe Receives Eagles For Their Aviary

Peabody Energy and Native Americans in Dispute Over Mining in Arizona


Wife And Her Lover Are Arrested In Killing Of Greek Envoy In Brazil

Venezuela Frees Jailed Activists, Ex-Presidential Candidate

In A Brutal Year In Venezuela, Even Crime Fighters Are Killers

Argentine Court Reopens Investigation Of Ex-President In ’94 Bomb Case

Ecatepec De Morelos Journal: Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic

Cristina Fernández De Kirchner Indicted Again On Corruption Charges

Rio De Janeiro Journal: Nearly In Ruins: The Church Where Sages Dreamed Of A Modern Brazil

No Food, No Medicine, No Respite: A Starving Boy’s Death In Venezuela


New Year Skies Explode In Colour As Australia Rings In 2017

New Year Celebrations From Around The World

Two Killed By Illegal NYE Fireworks In Victoria, New South Wales

Cabinet Papers Detail Post-Cold War Russian Spying Concerns

Keating Era Documents Offer Glimpse Into 1992 Australia

You’re The First To Escape In 50 Years — So What Do You Do?

‘It Was Horrific’: Up To 80 Injured In Falls Festival Crowd Crush

Wall Of Wheelie Bins Used In Attempt To Lead Rogue Croc Back To Water



Denying Conflict, Trump Family Tries to Resolve Potential Problems

Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation’s Doctors Divided

Sorry, Liberals. Bigotry Didn’t Elect Donald Trump.

Trump’s Indonesia Projects, Still Moving Ahead, Create Potential Conflicts


Better Together: United Front Needed In The Fight Against Global Warming

Ontario, Canada Tackles Climate Change With Cap-And-Trade Launch Jan. 1

Five US Cities At The Forefront Of Climate Fight


A Joyful Bustle to Get Ready for Guests: Syrian Refugees

Germany Migrants: Record Number Opt To Leave – Most To Balkans

Two Irish Girls Who Made It To New York

Step Into A Refugee Camp

Refugees Welcome


ISIS Claims 2 Bombings In Baghdad, While Fighting To Hold On To Mosul


More Oil Pipelines? More Tribes Defend Clean Water

Will LNG Be Coming To BC In 2017?

20 Photos: My Seven Months of Living at Standing Rock


Chernobyl Atomic Station as a tourist attraction. Photo courtesy of the U.K. Telegraph

Hello Rusty:

Happy New Year to you and our NorthStar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past two years.  Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2017 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet. 

On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl atomic station was fully stopped and now ~ 30 years after the catastrophe ~ it attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more

There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.

After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.

Disappointing to hear old destructive ideas still being in agenda like Donald Trump words on nuclear weapons

For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet http://playcrunchtime.com?

Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms.  The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.

I highly recommend it.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:


It would appear we have more in common with Russia than many of us would like to think, including a “culture of paranoia.”  A Flashback to My Soviet Childhood

Hopefully we are all trying to do this.  Putting Words To Work For Good

We agree and we stand beside them and Sightline, neighbors and media peers, in this pledge to you, our readers.  New Year, New President, And Our Promise ~ We Represent Independent Journalism. Even In The Darkest Times, You Can Depend On Us To Find The Progressive Solutions That Will Heal The Planet And Improve The Lives Of The Many.


How Trump’s Extremism May Help Us Expose One Of History’s Greatest Political Deceptions

It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs Of Positive Change In 2016

The Science Of Creating A Compassionate World: 10 Best Books Of 2016


Michelle Obama’s Legacy Spans From Healthy Food To Girls’ Empowerment

Farmer Returns 700 Acres Of California Coast To Native American Tribe

Japan’s Abe Offers ‘Everlasting Condolences’ At Pearl Harbor


Seller-Financed Deals Are Putting Poor People In Lead-Tainted Homes

An Oklahoma Newspaper Endorsed Clinton. It Hasn’t Been Forgiven.

Dentsu Chief Resigns After Overworked Employee Commits Suicide


This is outstanding.  Frenchman Sails Solo Around The World In Eight Days — Smashing The World Record After Five Attempts.

I think this is a very head’s up question that is also being asked other places besides where it is being asked here.  Alaska, Reliant On Air Transit, Faces Pilot Shortage. Are Drones An Answer?

Nature is speaking to us.  And She Sounds Amazingly Like American Film Star Julia Roberts.


Newly Discovered Prehistoric Bird Lived Near A Balmy North Pole

The Power Of Kindness Around The World

Science News That Stuck With Us In 2016


Solid Evidence For A 9th Planet

The Biggest Digital Map Of The Cosmos Ever Made

The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth


The Farmer Who Built Her Own Broadband

The World’s Most Extreme Power Plant

Drone-Based Blood Deliveries In Tanzania To Be Funded By UK

The Hoverboard: From Fiction To Fact


How Would The Input Of Bike Couriers Shape Our Cities?

The Race Is On To Pull Carbon From The Air

British Columbia, Canada’s Top Environmental Stories Of 2016

Tech And Timber Are Innovating Together

Will Clean Water Bring Clean Seafood To Port Gamble Bay?

From Growing Edible Forests To Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions To Keeping Your Food Local


10 Hidden Gems In Dublin

Discover Lewis County, Washington State

World’s Highest Bridge Opens To Traffic In China


BBC Medical And Health News Of 2016

Home Remedies That Work

You’re An Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

Savings, Longevity And The Year In Fitness

New York Times 10 Best Health Stories Of 2016

Tapping The Power Of Place To Keep Us Healthy


Shift To Online Shopping Will Transform Retail In 2017

Why New Year’s Resolutions Often Fail

Six Ideas That Will Change City Driving

For Female Farmworkers, Work Never Stops



Shakira Singing Imagine Live At The UN’s General Assembly 2015

The Queen’s Christmas Message

Rescuers Pull Dog From Frozen Lake In Michigan



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A Woman Was Driving Along A Road In Sweden When She Spotted A White Reindeer At The Edge Of A Forest

Best In Show Of 2016: Weird Animals

Koalas Always Hang Out In Trees, But This Mom Decided To Give Her Baby A Piggyback Ride Through Town


Huge Musk Oxen In Head On Clash

Smallest Primate In The World

Scientists Discover Massive Crab Migration On The Ocean Floor

Fingerprinting A Spotted Eagle Ray

Birds In The Suburbs


California Man Arrested For DUII Caffeine

Cat On A Cold Tiled Roof ~ How Twitter Helped To Save A Cat – And Its Owner’s Sanity.

Russia Biker Gang Gets 3-Million Ruple Grant From Kremlin


Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  We now reach 22 nations.  Our readers cross all demographics but have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to be a resource for them in that regard. If you like what you read and would like to contribute to the next edition, please go here.  Your donation is also a subscription to the magazine delivered to your email. For more information, we are at minstrel312@aol.com




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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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