IN SEATTLE, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 29, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 21  $1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 29, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 21
$1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here 

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller 

IN SEATTLE, WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN

01-october-2016

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As America settles into its Trumpian vulgarity, I am ~ paradoxically ~ finding that I actually identify with this dystopian iconoclat in that I have a vision of my home that is much different than America under Donald Trump.

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, the darling of the Green Movement in its early years ~ has returned to champion it again.  Under its standard, he’s virtually declared war on the Trump administration and its plans for the country.  Oregon has remained quiet so far on this issue but in Washington State, where I have live, both our governor and the mayor of Seattle (Seattle To Trump: We Will Not Be Bullied)), among others (King County Sheriff Says Immigration Policy Won’t Change For Trump), have made it very clear that our part of the Republic will remain uncompromised.

The strategy is not one of armed resistance ~ at least not yet ~ but rather of shifting the funding for services federally provided from the other Washington to ours.  The way we look at it, as long as we’re taking the money, we are contractually obligated to play by the rules.  But the reverse is true.  If Trump’s not paying for it, the Dumpster has no say.  As a magazine, we’ll be covering that in the Cascadia section of Headline News At A Glance.

What is personally haunting about this latest chapter in history is that in the late 1980s, I wrote a technical future fiction thriller set in the Pacific Northwest but eventually encompassing a third of the planet.  It is a bleak, violent but ultimately redeeming novel which bears some unsettling similarities to the visions I’m seeing of Donald Trump’s America.  The very times themselves might increase sales of Wrath of the USS Testament but I am not the kind of person who enjoys profiting from the unhappiness of others.

I do not know Donald Trump but I have dealt with people like him all my life.  I do not like loud, profane, amoral, prejudiced, manipulative, desperate, egomaniacal and self-destructive individuals.  I do not trust them.  I certainly do not trust their judgment and I do not count on them to do anything except make my life more interesting if I even try to relate to them.  It stands to reason that if I would not invite a person like this home for supper, I am not exactly thrilled to find him leading a nation so many of us have given so much for to protect from those who would be our king.

For all of that, I refuse to let this man rain on my parade.  If God was like this individual, I would be an atheist.  If I honestly felt that he was capable of destroying this land I love, I would not be fighting with the pen.  I consider Donald Trump an unnatural disaster but one we will all survive.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRustyMiller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

GLOBAL

Photographs: Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

How Siberia Plays Its Songs: Musical Instruments Of The Indigenous Nations

700 Years Of Western Inequality, In One Chart

Shark Attacks Drop To Average In 2016  

15 Of The Best Journals By Reporters Around The World

ASIA

China Hits Back At US Over South China Sea Claims

Why China Will Remain Turkmenistan’s Main Gas Buyer

How China Is Remaking The Global Film Industry

Duterte’s Free Birth-Control Order Is Latest Skirmish With Catholic Church

At Hong Kong New Year Fair, Defiance Gives Way To Resignation

Toshiba, Desperate For Cash After Scandal, Will Sell Microchip Business

‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers In Sri Lanka Demand Answers

South Korea Can Keep Buddha Statue Stolen From Japan, Court Says

Chinese New Year: Inside The World’s Largest Trek

AFRICA

Western Sahara: Forty Years In A Refugee Camp

Shabab Militants Attack Kenyan Military Base In Somalia

‘This Feels Like Being Born Again:’ Gambians Hope For Change And Long For Home

As Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Entered Exile, Plane Stuffed With Riches Followed

Quandary In South Sudan: Should It Lose Its Hard-Won Independence?

Global Health: Malnutrition Wiping Out Children In Northern Nigeria, Aid Workers Say

MIDDLE EAST

Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends And Bolsters Enemies

In Iran, Shock And Bewilderment Over Trump Visa Crackdown

Kuwait Hangs 7 Convicts, Including A Prince

Iran, Russia And Turkey Agree To Enforce Syria Cease-Fire, But Don’t Explain How

Emboldened By Trump, Israel Approves A Wave Of West Bank Settlement Expansion

EUROPE

Supreme Court Says Britain Must Get Parliament’s Approval To Leave EU, Potentially Delaying Brexit 

BT European Chief To Resign Over Italian Scandal

Fine Firms For Sexist Dress Rules, Say Mps

Nikki Haley Puts U.N. On Notice: U.S. Is ‘Taking Names’

William And Harry To Build Statue To Honour Late Mother Princess Diana

THE VATICAN

Pope: Everyone Needs Help Living The Faith – No One Can Do It Alone

Holocaust Calls Us To Have ‘Respect For The Dignity Of Every Person’

For Irish Ambassador, Pope Francis’ Visit Is A Very Big Deal

Modern Martyrs Exemplify True Christian Unity, Pope Says

Young Baker With Down Syndrome An International Sensation

Devastating Wildfires In Chile Prompt Message From Pope Francis

RUSSIA

How Do Moscow’s 15,000 Rough Sleepers Cope In Winter?

Russians Charged With Treason Worked In Office Linked To Election Hacking

Russian Winter – The View From Outer Space

Second FSB Agent Arrested For Treason Revealed As Notorious Hacker

Sanctions Hopes; Soviet Jokes; Spicy Photos

CANADA

Canada Today: Trump Is A Blessing And A Curse For Trudeau

Canada Beckons International Students With A Path To Citizenship

HMV Canada To Close All Stores

Canadian Universities Pull Ads From Ultra-Right Wing U.S. News Site

UNITED STATES

States Vie To Be Part Of Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Spending Sprees

Experts No Longer List The US As A ‘Full Democracy’

Nearly 8 Decades Later, An Apology For A Lynching In Georgia

Storms Filled 37 Percent Of California Snow-Water Deficit

Love And Black Lives, In Pictures Found On A Brooklyn Street

CASCADIA

Seattleites Had Plenty To Say, And Spell, On Inauguration Weekend

Can Washington State End Youth Homelessness?

Vision Zero: Seattle’s Plan To End Traffic Deaths And Serious Injuries By 2030

In California, The Future Is Still Electric

Metro Vancouver Winning The War On Waste

Seattle Steps Up For Immigrants On Inauguration Day

In The Garden: How BC Gardeners Can Give Bees A Boost

Study: Seattle-Tacoma Region Has 5 Of Nation’s Top 21 Traffic Bottlenecks

The Pacific Northwest Is Still Woefully Unprepared For The ‘Big One’

THE NATIONS

Barely Two R’s Are Taught At School That Led Tribe To Sue U.S.

7 Native-Led Resistance Movements You Should Know About

Banks Agree To Talk With Tribe (While Handing Over Millions For Dakota Access)

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Wall: Trump Condemned Over Imports Tax Proposal

Eike Batista, Once Brazil’s Richest Man, Is Sought In Corruption Inquiry

Mexico’s President Cancels Meeting With Trump Over Wall

‘The Greatest Forest Disaster In Our History’: Wildfires Tear Through Chile

Mexicans Begin To Unite In Fight Against Trump’s Plans

Peru And Colombia Vow To Stand With Mexico After Row With Trump

Bolivia: 19 Miners Trapped Inside Mine Are Rescued

Trump Tussle Gives Unpopular Mexican Leader Much-Needed Shot In Arm

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia And New Zealand To Pursue ‘TPP 12 Minus One’

Turnbull And Trump Emphasize ‘Enduring’ Ties

Senior Ministers Axed In NSW Cabinet Reshuffle

Family, Friends ‘Distraught’ At Tasmanian Teen’s Cliff Fall Death

Year One Students May Undergo Compulsory Skills Tests

NT Communities Mourn Loss Of Three People Drowned At Crossing

Shock, Grief, Hope: One Family’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy Journey

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

At Least 18 Die As Tornadoes Sweep American Southeast

The Prince Of Wales’s New Ladybird Expert Book On Climate Change Is Released

10 Important Facts About Climate Change Worth Sharing

As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less Of A Pipe Dream

Can Curbing Gentrification Help Stop Climate Change?

FOSSIIL FUEL RESISTANCE

4 Key Impacts Of The Keystone And Dakota Pipelines

Don’t Let Trump Distract You: Public Comment On DAPL Is Now Open

IMMIGRATION

The People Leaving Trump’s America

A City Built On Refugees Looks At Trump’s Plan With Fear

Trump Bars Refugees And Citizens Of 7 Muslim Countries

Seattle, Other ‘Sanctuary Cities’: We Will Protect Everyone

France, Germany Unite In Face Of Trump Refugee Ban

The Latest: First Would-Be Migrants To US Grounded In Cairo

Trump Says Immigration Ban ‘Working Nicely’ Amid Airport Panic

Federal Judge Issues Stay On Trump’s Anti-Muslim Ban

TERRIORISM, ESPIONAGE AND OTHER ILL WILL

Palmyra’s Obliterated Ancient Remains Can Now Only Be Seen From Space

Arrests Send Shock Waves Through Russia’s Cyber Community

US Libraries Hit By Ransomware Attack

A Times Photographer’s Inside Look At The War On ISIS In Mosul

TRUMP

Perhaps The Largest Protest In U.S. History Was Brought To You By Trump

Crowd Experts Say Women’s March In DC Had 3 Times As Many As Trump’s Inauguration

An Artist Went To The Women’s March And Sketched What She Saw

Solidarity—Plus 10 Other Reasons Women Showed Up To March

Trump’s Vision of ‘Carnage’ Misses Complex Reality of Many Cities 

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FROM OLYA  

View from a Farm Shop in England, UK.  Photo by Olya Bereza

View from a Farm Shop in England, UK. Photo by Olya Bereza 

A NATION IS ALSO WHAT IT EATS

Hi Rusty:

After my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I just would like to share some eating habits observations. I’m quite sensitive to foods so it was really interesting to compare with my Ukraine experience. Of course in my country, we are blessed with black soils, one of the best in the world, meaning the mineral content is very high. That is what I missed about food my first week in England and what I observed about the soil there.  It produces lots of greenery but it is just really lacking in many of essentials. I felt so tired that even walking, which I usually really enjoy, exhausted me.

The salvation was to exchange the city supermarkets shopping experience for the countryside farm shops that luckily are not very rare there. I liked the range of produce and also the sellers were very friendly. I also appreciated the trust they put into their clients. Once on weekend, when farmshop appeared to be closed? I could still purchase eggs and a little sign asked me to leave the money for them in a small box where the poultry was.

Having said people in England are very nice, after getting to know them better, I observed many are under such stress and I was really sorry to see that many wonderful personalities just worn down by life difficulties. To my opinion, that has a lot to do with the quality of their meals.

The good thing compared to Ukraine is that they have their iodine, which also quite important, as anywhere in Britain you never further than 70 miles from the sea.

There are very wise words said by famous chef Gordon Ramsey: “A man should know about the food as much as about mathematics or his native language”.

Demineralization leads to stress, anger and apathy, and when people don’t appreciate their own life, they do not appreciate others. Once very calm, my people too ~ with much food now coming from supermarkets ~ have started to feel negative results. Governments need to pay attention to this: if they would like their nations to be healthy and peaceful, their diet should be good.  Here is a great video that explains more about Beauty through mineralization by David Wolfe

Stay warm, Mishka, my cousin.  See you next week.

Olya Bereza  ~ Tell her what you think

COMMENTARY

Why should this not surprise us?  George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly A Best-Seller

I agree with this.  Building A Wall Will Not Solve America’s Immigration Problems

Never again.  Holocaust Survivor Frank Bright Saw Mother Led To Gas Chamber

This was hardly unexpected.  Trump Impeachment Campaign Begins

Anything on YOUR mind that you’d care to share?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Snapchat Discover Takes A Hard Line On Misleading And Explicit Images

Building Bridges: Russia Encourages Traditional Islam To Combat Extremism

How 21 Kids Could Keep Climate Websites From Going Completely Dark  

BAD EXAMPLES

He Was Shot Witnessing The Death Of His Mom So They Could Steal Him & Sell Him As A Pet

Bats Are Worth One Billion Dollars, So Why Are We Destroying Them?

When Campus Rapists Are Repeat Offenders

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

I’m kind of glad I was not around when these guys were.  6 Million Years Ago, Otters The Size Of Wolves Roamed China’s Wetlands

We love shows like this and here is one very good reason why.  Coming Soon To Your Skies

Here’s a connection that until now totally escaped me.  How To Make America’s Robots Great Again:  Why A Huge Government Investment In Robots May Be A Great Way To Help American Workers.

OUR PLANET

A Pioneering Woman Of Science Re-Emerges After 300 Years

The Writings Are On The Cave Walls: Paintings Show Concerns Of Ancient People Not That Different From Our Own

SPACE

A Metal Ball The Size Of Massachusetts That NASA Wants To Explore

Tim Peake’s Capsule Goes On Display At Science Museum

How NASA Satellites Are Helping To Protect Endangered Chimpanzees

OUR PLANET FROM SPACE

NASA’s Earth Observatory:  Where Every Day Is Earth Day

GOES-16 Satellite Sends 1st Images Of Earth

Looking At Your Home Planet From Mars

TECHNOLOGY

‘Where Does Cloud Storage Really Reside? And Is It Secure?’

Massive Networks Of Fake Accounts Found On Twitter

Robots And Drones Take Over Classrooms

THE GREEN BEAT

Protecting California’s Air And Water

Washington State Governor Inslee’s Carbon Tax: A Gift For King Coal

Carbon Tax Bill Calls For Higher Gas Prices In Washington State

It’s Sunny Enough In Oregon For Great Solar Policies

BC Food Stores Aim To Reduce Household Waste

What “World Leading” Oil Spill Response Means In British Columbia

Making Sense Of Trump’s Energy Plan

TRAVEL

The Town That Predicted The World’s End

The Happiest Countries For Expats

A Trail To An Ancient World

HEALTH

Cervical Cancer Taking Deadlier Toll In U.S. Than Had Been Thought

How Two Minutes Of Walking Per Hour Can Save Your Life

Foods For Better Digestion

Exercise Can Be A Boon To People With Parkinson’s Disease

Lives Saved And Lessons Learned: What Seattle’s Mayor Saw On His Visit To A Supervised Injection Site In Vancouver, Canada

Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, For Health Spending Increases  

LIFESTYLE

7 Young People On Their Views Of Gender

The Quiet Return Of Pen And Paper

How To Be Wiser

The Dangerous Deceit Of Euphemisms

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

What If We Knew The Afterlife Was Real?

The Surprising Power Of A Tiny Brain

10 Films To Keep You Inspired After The Women’s March

NORTHSTAR’S THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

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kikorikiKIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

What Do Humans and Killer Whales Have in Common? More Than You Think  This was very reaffirming.

There’s a special place in Fish Heaven waiting for this aquanaut. Good Intentions Need No Words, As This Diver Demonstrates

Are Birds Cut Out For City Living?  My guess is, “yes”.  Especially with a little help from us.

SHORTS

America’s Delmarva Squirrels Go Nuts After Conservation Rescues Them From Extinction

12 Facts About Chinese Zodiac Animals To Celebrate The Lunar New Year

Frosty Facts Regarding Penguins!

Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

Animal Sanctuaries, Shelters And Zoos: What’s The Difference?

ANIMAL RESCUES

Bear Takes Her First Steps Of Freedom After Living Locked In A Cramped Cage For 10 Years

Villagers Heard Screaming Coming From A Deep Well And Knew They Had One Chance To Help

Seal Pup Found Emaciated Now Recovering At Vancouver Aquarium

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s January 2017 Project FeederWatch eNews is now available online

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This Facility Is An Underground Compound Made Up Of Luxury Apartments

A Chinese Scientist Finds The World’s Longest Insect

The Dental Nurse Who Became An Alligator Catcher

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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