THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 8, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 18

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 8, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 18  

rusty-saw

THAT PROVERBIAL BUCK OF RUSTY SAW

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  There’s been a resurgence of hate crimes since the American presidential election outcome.  I hope the new chief executive can control the bigots among him.  If he cannot or if he turns them loose, none of us are safe.

History has proven this.  When dictators ascend, they target a single group to start with.  As they gain power, their purges reach beyond party, ethnic group or gender preference to include intellectuals, government administrators, corporate chief executives and/or anyone else who could possibly pose a threat to them.

Not since the election of another Republican who was extremely unpopular with a large portion of America has there been so much anger, so much bitterness, so much proactive hatred among the voting constituencies.  The South swore that if Lincoln was elected, they would secede.  He was and they did.

I am not for a moment suggesting that Donald Trump is another Hitler or Stalin.  I am not inferring that his election will precipitate a second civil war.  What I am stating, categorically, is that there are now thousands of newly empowered haters in America who are capable of violence and who feel that Donald Trump is their personal man in Washington.

We are a nation now not so much divided ideologically but rather by our behavior.  I think this is probably better than the theological and socio-political differences that have destroyed other nations from within.  Attitudes are a matter of personal choice.  If we have chosen to hate, we can choose ~ given appropriate motivation ~ to love.

I sometimes wish human beings came with operating instructions but we all know that we do not.  But if we ~ as individuals ~ refuse to hate, our behavior will change and the solutions we seek for our problems will not be predicated on violence or winning, but upon nonviolent cooperation.

That proverbial “buck” of rusty saw doesn’t really travel very far.  It starts and stops with us, does it not?

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

Rusty Miller

THE NEWS

Our heart goes out to her and to all the other victims of yet another vicious display of brother against brother.  Canadian Slain In Istanbul Attack Was Young Ontario Mother

If we ever stop mourning the demise of creatures like this, it will be because God has finally stopped believing in us.  World’s Oldest Known Killer Whale Granny Dies

That our society could produce one such as this is chilling.  To know that we produce many of them is haunting.  Dylann Roof, Addressing Court, Offers No Apology or Explanation for Massacre

HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

ASIA

South Korea Scandal: Daughter Of Choi Soon-Sil Arrested

As Scandal Roils South Korea, Fingers Point To Mixing Of Politics And Business

China Twitter Boss Leaves After Seven Months

India’s Double First In Climate Battle

Rodrigo Duterte Eyes Closer Ties With Moscow As Two Russian Naval Ships Arrive In Manila For Goodwill Visit

Bangalore Sex Attacks: What Happened?

Actor Akshay Kumar Condemns Sex Attacks

AFRICA

Ivory Coast President Says Government Reaches Deal With Soldiers To End Uprising

In Zimbabwe, A First Lady Exerts Her Power

Accused Of Looting Millions, Son Of African Leader Stalls Trial

Africa Takes Its Turn On The Runway

Hymn Of Peace By Nigerian Leaders Strikes Some As Off Key

Pact Would Force Out Joseph Kabila From Congo. If, Of Course, He Agrees.

Global Health: Easing The Toll Of Sickle Cell Disease In Childbirth

Assassination In Burundi Brings A Vow Of Vengeance

News Analysis: Closing China’s Ivory Market: Will It Save Elephants?

MIDDLE EAST

Yemen Conflict: The Front Line Battle For Capital Sanaa

Syria Conflict: Why British Surgeon Cannot Forget This Girl

Syria Conflict: Russia ‘Starts To Reduce Forces’

British Doctors Travel To Syria With ‘People’s Convoy’

EUROPE

The Top European Stories To Look Out For In 2017

Eurozone Inflation Surges To 1.1% In December

UK Car Sales At Record High In 2016

Icy Weather Gripping Europe Turns Deadly

THE VATICAN

Pope Urges The Faithful To Help Youth Find Purpose

Pope Francis: The Magi Represent Everyone Who Seeks God

We Need Hope – Not ‘Optimism,’ Pope Francis Tells Quake Victims

A New ‘Vocational Culture’ Is Needed In The Church, Pope Francis Says

Salesians In India Hold Prayer Vigil For Release Of Fr. Tom

There Are No Words For The Loss Of A Child, But There Is Still Hope, Pope Says

RUSSIA

Nine Lingering Myths About Russia

Russian War Fleet Heads Home After ‘Completing Syria Mission’

Highlights Of 2016 In The Moscow Times

Russia And The EU: Teaming Up To Save The Environment In 2017?

CANADA

Ottawa Projects Decades Of Deficits As Federal Finances Worsen

Oil Producers Plan Spending Hikes As Hope Returns To Patch

Canada Open To Global Economy Amid Rising Threat Of Protectionism: Freeland

Canada Today: 150 Years Ago, The No. 1 Destination And Lots Of Hockey

UNITED STATES

Why Cities Matter In The Fight Against Food Waste

Colorado River Crisis: High Demand, Low Supply

Where Is America’s Heartland? Pick Your Map

Ford, Criticized By Trump, Cancels Plans To Build Mexican Plant

4 Questioned After Video Shows Racially Charged Beating In Chicago

Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect U.S., Study Finds

Tech Giants Seem Invincible. That Worries Lawmakers.

Cat Food Recall Includes 9Lives, Special Kitty,  Everpet  Products

Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings On Russian Hacking

Ending Speculation, Black College Says Band Will Play At Inaugural Parade

US Jobs Growth Slows To 156,000 During December

Beating Of Disabled Teenager Highlights A Crime That Often Goes Unpunished

Nashville Teens Mapped Their Daily Routes—And Got A New Bike Lane As A Result

CASCADIA

Opinion: Conservationist Must Listen To Oregon’s Rural Communities

It’s Time To Confront The Exploitation Of BC’s Environment

Maps: Visualizing Seattle & Vancouver’s Urban Tree Canopy

The Debate Over Dams Is Culturally Complicated

Northwest Land Managers Roll Out Mining Limits

50 Safest Cities In Washington State

Seattle Residents Mailed First Democracy Vouchers

Obama Administration Aids Giant California Water Project

$15 Minimum Wage Officially Starts In Seattle

Here’s How Vancouver Became An Urban Transportation Success Story

THE NATIONS

Utah’s New National Monument Marks Big Win For The Protection Of Indigenous Cultural Sites

Lummi Nation, Farmers Agree To Protect Portage Bay

For Tribes, Obama’s New Monuments Are Culturally Significant

LATIN AMERICA

Drugs Gang ‘Kills 33 Inmates’ In Brazilian Jail

Brazilian Official Resigns After Celebrating Inmate Deathsu.S. Consulate Official Shot And Wounded In Mexico

For Mexican Leaders, A Turbulent Start To The New Year

The End Of The World? In Brazil, It’s Already Here

Thousands Of Mexicans Protest Gasoline Price Hikes

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Ley To Pay Back Cost Of Taxpayer-Funded Gold Coast Trips

Popular Melbourne Beaches Closed After Shark Sightings

Hollywood Biopic ‘Surreal’ For Aussie Subject Of Golden Globe-Nominated Film

New Rules To Protect Koalas In Victorian Timber Plantations

Youths Transferred To Adult Prison After More Riots At Parkville Justice Centre

TOPICAL

AMERICA’S PRESIDENT ELECT

Donald Trump Makes Top Republican Fear Environmental Future

To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From The Tea Party

Inside Trump Defense Secretary Pick’s Efforts To Halt Torture

Top Scientists Urge Trump To Abide By Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump: North Korea Intercontinental Missile ‘Won’t Happen’

Earth 2 Trump

Why Rural America Voted For Trump

Will Trump Scuttle Obama’s Offshore Drilling Bans?

What Donald Trump Says He Will Do The First 100 Days

Trump Election: US ‘Identifies Agents Behind Russian Hack’

Russian Hacking Claims: Joe Biden Tells Trump To ‘Grow Up’

Putin Led A Complex Cyberattack Scheme To Aid Trump, Report Finds

As Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die Of It

CLIMATE CHANGE

How Climate Change Sparked Climate Migration

NOAA Did Not “Cook The Books” On Climbate Change, Study Finds

Winter Is The Hottest Thing In Farming Right Now  

Drought Doesn’t Just Mean Less Water — It Also Means More Pollution.

IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES

Migrants Storm Border Fence At Spanish Enclave

Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes On Mideast Refugees

Losing Hope In Mae La

Seattle Kicks Off Trump Era With Legal Help For Immigrants

TERRIORISM

Turkey Nightclub Attack: ISIS Says It Carried Out Shooting

Police Release Gunman’s Selfie Video As His Wife Tells Police She Did Not Know He Was An ISIS Sympathizer

ISIS Conflict: Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Blast Kills 35

PIPELINE RESISTANCE

North Dakota Pipeline Protesters Scale Stadium

Hitting The Dakota Access Pipeline In The Pocketbook

Denied: Longview Coal Export Terminal

Standing Rock And The Return Of The Nonviolent Campaign

FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK

It is Christmas in Ukraine and Olya is enjoying it with her family and friends.

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COMMENTARY

This is a reminder to me that sometimes we hate what we secretly know we are.  Kim Burrell: Gospel Star Defends Homophobic Comments

Here is a chance to make a difference.  10 Indigenous And Environmental Struggles—And How You Can Help In 2017

I suspect we’ll see a great deal more of this over the next four years.  He Helped Topple a Dictator. In New York, He’s Another Face in the Crowd.

GOOD EXAMPLES

FaceBook’s Mark Zuckerberg Takes Up Challenge To Tour US 

How Japan Has Almost Eradicated Gun Crime

This Small Town Refused To Settle For Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

BAD EXAMPLES

Wall Street Journal Editor Says His Newspaper Won’t Call Donald Trump’s Lies ‘Lies’

D.C. Homelessness Doubles National Average As Living Costs Soar

India’s Call-Center Talents Put To A Criminal Use: Swindling Americans

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I found this a little unnerving.  Dementia Rates ‘Higher Near Busy Roads’

This is incredible.  Celebrations Mark Opening Of Giant Floating Walkway In China

And this is awesome.  Tesla Gigafactory Begins Battery Production

OUR PLANET

Some Dinosaur Eggs Took Six Months Or More To Hatch

An Alaskan Volcano Erupts, Largely Out Of View

For The Last Time, Warming Is Not Slowing Down!

SPACE

SpaceX Says It’s Ready To Launch Rockets Again

NASA Announces 2 New Asteroid Missions

Light Pillars, A Million-Mirror Optical Illusion On Winter Nights

TECHNOLOGY

Where To Go If You Forget Your Hotmail Password

CES 2017: Faraday Future Unveils Super Fast Electric Car

CES 2017: Olly The Robot Aims To Be More Personal Than Amazon’s Echo

THE GREEN BEAT

The Best Ideas Of 2016

 Can An Entire Business District Go Zero Waste?

How To Predict Gentrification: Look For Falling Crime

Port Of Portland Sues Monsanto For ‘Widespread’ Contamination Costs

Northwest Coal Exports: The End Is Nigh

Oregon Program Pays To Replace Dirty Woodstoves

TRAVEL

12 Unique Travel Experiences In Ireland

52 Places To Go In 2017

Watch: Seattle Is America’s Next Top Transit City

HEALTH

How You’re Shortening Your Life Without Even Knowing It

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote

Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

LIFESTYLE

The Best Adventurous Places To Retire

BBC Culture’s Best Of 2016

Before Noon Today, A Top CEO In Canada Will Have Earned More Than Most Of Us Do All Year

How To Enjoy Urban Winters Like The Danes

Watching While White: How Movies Tackled Race And Class In 2016

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Chickens Are Intelligent, Caring, Complex

A Minute In The Day Of A Burrowing Owl

Dangling Skier Rescued From Utah Chair-Lift

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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Women And Men Use Cities Very Differently

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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

Meet one of Ireland’s most famous greeters, Fungie-Dingle

If this does not totally move you, you cannot be moved.  Freed Whale Delivers Thank You ‘Hug’ To Boat That Rescued Him

Are you ready to die of “cute”?  Elephant Makes A Splash In Thailand Swimming Pool

SHORTS

Fish Seek Cooler Waters, Leaving Some Nets Empty

How A Fish That Hatches In Coral Reefs Finds Its Way Home

The Animals That Live On Toxic Lakes

What’s Killing The World’s Shorebirds?  

Western Sagebrush Defense Plan Will Endure, Official Says

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s January 2017 newsletter is now online and it is an animal-lover’s delight.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The ‘Chinese Burger’ Scooping Awards

Welcome To Hell. It’s In Michigan.

Forceps Removed From Stomach After 18 Years

ABOUT US:  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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