The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam February 5, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 22  $1.00 US or Equivalent – If You Can Afford It, Please Go Here

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 5, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 22
$1.00 US or EquivalentIf You Can Afford It, Please Go Here 











Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Interesting mix of things this week.  First, February is Black History month and the History Channel’s online newsletter is a great place to start the experience.  Even for those of us well versed in the contributions of these Americans, there’s a special resonance in realizing that in this country, Rainbow manns the wall.

And speaking of those who have made a difference, we ran across contributions Muslim Americans have made to this country and like those of African-Americans, theirs go back to the war which created America in the first place.  Our democracy seems to require blood to survive and grow.  Muslim Americans have “donated” more than their fair share.

I ran across several headlines this week that seem to contradict both the official attitude of my Congressional delegation, state government and city officials and the feelings of most of my neighbors from Blaine to the Columbia.  These include:

Trump Freezes EPA, Worrying Fans Of Puget Sound

NW Apple Growers Stressed Over Mexico-US Scuffle

Trump Tax Promise Is Already Affecting Affordable Housing

We’ve essentially told the Trump administration that they are not dictating policy to us so don’t try to use the “Big Stick” of another famous Republican president.  That also means we don’t take the carrot.

If our waters are dirty, we ~ those of us who live here ~ will clean them up.  If we are worried about cheap labor to harvest our crops and keep the price down at the other end, the unemployed and the school kids among us will pick apples.  Trump’s tax promise is NOT something you can take to the bank to finance a second mortgage or get capital to invest in a co-op.  Those resources are here, not back in Washington, DC.

If we’re going to reject Trump’s vision of America, our greatest challenge now ~ but one I am absolutely confident we can together meet ~ is weaning ourselves off federal financing as much as possible.

I think we also need to prepare for Trump to push back hard.  Then, the question will be, if Trump tells those of us who live here and either serve in the military or are employment by the federal government to start rounding up Muslims, will we do this like we did here in 1942 with Japanese Americans?

Or will we do, as King Christian of Denmark did when he told the occupying NAZIs that if Danish Jews were ordered to wear the stigmatizing yellow Star of David armband, he would don one himself?

Will we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, pray with them and, if necessary, die with them as Americans have died before, so that all those who live here can do so in peace and without fear?

Trump has billions behind his vision.  We have only blood.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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Are You From Gambia? The New York Times Wants To Hear From You

94 Psychiatric Patients In South Africa Died Of Negligence, Report Finds

For Stranded Somali Refugees, ‘Friend Of America’ Is A Deadly Label

Why Democracy Prevailed In Gambia

Global Health: In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly

Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, And Seeing Mars Stare Back

Shabab Militants Attack Kenyan Military Base In Somalia

His Predecessor Gone, Gambia’s New President Finally Comes Home

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


Report: Iran Launches Ballistic Missile Test In Violation Of Un Resolution

‘We Want The Same Thing’ – Saudi Oil Minister Welcomes Trump Era

Trump Embraces Pillars Of Obama’s Foreign Policy

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Test


Austria To Ban Full-Face Veil In Public Places

Deutsche Bank Fined By Regulators Over Money Laundering Claims

Eurozone Inflation Jumps In January

Marine Le Pen: Deadline Passes For National Front Leader To Repay EU Funds

Ukraine Conflict: ‘I Hide In The Basement’

Bank Of England Sharply Raises 2017 Growth Outlook

French Soldier Shoots Attacker Outside Louvre

Theresa May Presses EU Leaders On Defence Spending

Romania Reverses Decision To Weaken Corruption Law


Pope Francis Explains Why Your Money Won’t Save You

Pope: Be More Than A Mannequin When It Comes To Helping Refugees

Pope Names Archbishop Becciu Personal Delegate To Order Of Malta

Pope Francis Encourages Successful Dialogue At Nobel Peace Summit


McDonald’s To Use Only Local Products In Russian Outlets

What The Russian Orthodox Church Can Teach The West

New Belarus-Russian Border ‘Will Damage Relations,’ Says Belarusian President

Double Jeopardy: Why Kremlin Opponent Navalny Is Back In Court


Quebec Mosque Attack: Student Alexandre Bissonnette Charged

Who Are Canada’s Astronaut Candidates?

Canada Today: Tragedy At A Mosque, And Welcoming A New Colleague


UC Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Talk As Students Protest

Amazon To Build $1.5bn US Cargo Hub

Delaware Prison Standoff Ends With Correction Officer Dead

Amid “Muslim Ban” Chaos, Van Jones Sends In His Love Army

Detroit’s Massive Muslim Community Looks For Allies In The Trump Era


The High Cost Of Being Black In Oregon’s Multnomah County

Oregon Looks To Transportation Sector To Meet Carbon Emissions Goals

Jerry Brown And Warren Buffett Want To Rewire The West

Washington Legislators Mount Assault On Growth Management

Seattle Equips Its Trucks With Side Guards To Protect Cyclists

The Portland Aerial Tram: ‘Quality Infrastructure Can Impact Behavior’

Portland: Landlords Must Pay For No-Cause Evictions, Effective Immediately


10 Things You Should Know About The Quinault Nation

5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos


Mexico Seeks To Bolster Ties With China, Attract Investment

Huge Planes Help Fight Chile Forest Fires

Argentina’s Trump-Like Immigration Order Rattles South America


How Australia Is Stubbing Out Smoking

Sydney On Way To Smashing 120-Year Heatwave Record

Labor Accuses Government Of ‘Appalling Failure’ Over Dilapidated Public Schools

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, What Happens If You Can’t Get Out Of The Kitchen?

Economists Say Action On Climate Is Vital, Or Say Nothing At All

Cyber Security, Immigration Moves To Be Scrutinised

Australia Says Trump Will Honor One-Time Deal To Accept Refugees



China Aims To Be The Climate Leader We Want And Need

Portland, Oregon, May Be America’s Most Winter-Fatigued City In 2016-17

Is California Climate Law Worsening Pollution In Communities Of Color?

History Of Global Temperature 1880-2016


Dakota Pipeline: US Army To Allow Work On Final Section

Defund DAPL Spreads Across Indian Country As Tribes Divest

Winona Laduke On New Ways To Keep Pipelines Out Of The Great Lakes

The Youth That Launched A Movement At Standing Rock

DAPL Camp Raided, Several Dozen Arrested


Prime Minister Trudeau Says Canada Will Take Refugees

Refugees Welcome. Volunteers Embrace Congolese Family In The Hudson Valley.

San Francisco Sues Trump Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order

More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming To The U.S.

US-Australia Refugee Deal: Trump In ‘Worst Call’ With Turnbull

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In Finally Decriminalizing Street Vending, Los Angeles Preempts Trump’s Deportation Plans

California Blazes Trail With Idea To Become An Immigrant Sanctuary

Broad Challenge To Trump Order May Center On Cleveland Doctor

It Was A Long Week For Immigrants In Seattle

U.S. Expects To Resume Refugee Admissions On Monday

U.N. Leader Says Trump Visa Bans ‘Violate Our Basic Principles’


Brussels Suspect Abrini Formally Investigated Over Paris Attacks

Russia Federal Agents Suspected of Treason Reportedly Passed Secrets to the CIA

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Trump Executive Order: Million Sign Petition To Stop UK Visit

Trump Travel Ban Attacked At Screen Actors Guild Awards

Trump Asked A Contractor To Build The Wall. His Response Is PERFECT

Twitter Donates $1m To Fight Trump Order

Anarchists Respond To Trump’s Inauguration, By Any Means Necessary

A 10-Point Plan To Stop Trump—And Make Gains In Justice And Equality

The Trump Era Is Al Franken’s Time To Shine

Pastor Goes National Urging Christians To Stop Calling Trump A Christian

Trust Records Show Trump Is Still Closely Tied To His Empire



FROM OLYA IN EUROPEukrainian-map-ukraine-1153184_505_490

Hello Rusty:

As you know from the world news situation in the East of Ukraine again has fall into destructive scenario.  Germany’s Foreign Ministry called the security situation in the East Ukranie “terrible.”DW. The Foreign Ministry of Germany believe that the responsibility for ending the fighting lies on both sides of the conflict: Civilians on both sides need water, electricity and heating, not shells…”. And that was while temperature in the East dropped to -25 C/-13F.

But while all of this information you can find secondhand in the news, I’d like to share my impressions of recent meeting with a young woman living in Donetsk. This is why I love trains. The only place in the world you can meet a stranger, who will tell you her/his entire life knowing later we will never meet again.

Stereotypes. It is interesting how much they influence us. In the mainland Ukraine media, all “normal people” have fled Donetsk and the fighting in the East.  (see map at three o’clock)

Well, I would consider this brave young lady above normal then. She says that she doesn’t want to leave because it is her home. Her old mother lives there too (as is the usual for this part of the world) in a nine-story highrise.  Every time they hear shelling, they go down into the basement.

As this usually comes suddenly, they keep a pack with documents prepared. No time to take the phones with them. That made a few times nervous for her colleagues at work when they couldn’t reach her while they were hiding in the basement. Yes she is still working and the company still pays taxes to mainland Ukraine.

She said she’s lucky. Somehow the part of the town in which she lives never was hit too much. The local taxi drivers even call it Manhattan. Many people from other parts of city are trying to move in this vicinity.

Now they are in better situation with produce to eat. She recalled four months on only potatoes, salo and produce of local farms, like dairy. At the moment, after the addition to their markets of Belarus produce of very good quality, they feel luxurious to have actually food choice. According to her, humanitarian help from Russia was of a much poorer quality compared to Belarus one.

A few times my eyes were wet listening to her. But I was astonished by how all these shellings, fear, adversities didn’t affect her personality. Such people who stay human beings despite all odds are in a way heroes to me. We didn’t talk about politics, because I don’t care.  Our views could be different, all I want is for her and hers to be safe.  If that requires some compromise by government than it should be found.

You know Rusty I am not much of a fan of FaceBook and other social media as I can’t stand the hatred spread sometimes via them. That is what I really appreciated about this lady.  Her speech wasn’t speech of hate, but speech of hope. So this article I would like to share, “Contributing love or hate”

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

Olya Bereza  

Tell her what you think


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Talks To Celebrate Black History Month



Stunning Photos Of Owls Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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Here is something one definitely does not see every day, even in Trump’s America.  Extremely Rare Pink Dolphin Is Captured On Camera Swimming In A Louisiana Lake

This was a little intimidating.  An Archipelago Of Killer Cats

I already knew this.  Turns Out Cougars Are Affectionate, Playful Animals


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Penguins Climb A Volcano

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Baby Chimp Rescued From Ivory Coast Traffickers’ Ring

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Five Endangered Species Recoveries We Never Heard About


The SeaDoc Society’s February 2017 newsletter is now available online.


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Brits Vs Americans: Slang Wars

Jesus Christ Lizard Runs On Water


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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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