The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam February 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 24 $1.00

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
February 26, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 24

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Mount Rainier, from Red Square at the University of Washington. Photo by Merritt Scott Miller

Mount Rainier, from Red Square at the University of Washington. Photo by Merritt Scott Miller






Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  After spending as much time with the current American president as we have the past two, I’ve concluded that this one is just not real good for my digestion.  While the dictates of this job of bringing you guys information you can use to make your own lives better preclude totally ignoring this particular chief of the eagles, I am finding that less of Donald and more of Jay, Ed, Patty and Maria is much more appropriate and better for my health.

I am glad I have that alternative.  My governor, mayor and two US Senators are all in the Mr. Smith Goes To Washington mold.  They are nice, honest, decent and hard-working people who truly enjoy public service and have proven very good at it.  Our governor, Jay Inslee has also served in Congress and perhaps now more than at any other time in recent history, we need state leaders with that kind of experience.

Our happily married gay mayor, Ed Murray, has also served in both houses of the state legislature and has been active in local and state politics most of his professional life.  He has also been a leader of the alternative genders movement and has managed to empower that community without the homophobic backlash that often accompanies a more military approach.  He’s proven himself a capable administrator with integrity and courage.  He and the City Council have declared Seattle a sanctuary city and are prepared to go to the wall for everyone who lives here.

Patty Murray (no relation to Seattle’s mayor) and Maria Cantwell have been serving our state in the “other Washington” for over two decades.  Patty was elected in 1992, the first female from our state to hold that office, and has been re-elected ever since.  Maria, our junior senator, had experience in both Olympia and the US House of Representatives before being elected to her present office in 2001.

With individuals such as these manning our own walls, we ourselves are prepared to give the present national administration a chance.  We will not permit it, however, to compromise our way of life and what thousands of men and women in our state have fought and in some cases, died, to preserve.  Sorry, Donald.  It ain’t gonna happen.

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

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Hello Rusty:

This time I would like to share a very promising news story I found on investments in Ukraine in an area very important to ecology, electric cars. Unfortunately the source does not have an English version, so this is my translation.


In Ukraine, the government is going to increase the investment attractiveness in the field of electric vehicles, introducing subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles, as well as initiating own production. By 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure intends to increase the proportion of electric vehicles up to 15% in the total sales.

In addition, when buying a car with zero emissions, the Ukrainians will be able to recoup some of the costs for an electric car purchase.

 In 2017, the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure Vladimir Omeljan predicts the world’s three largest automobile producers to come to the local market. The general list of potential investors in the field of electric vehicles includes: Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, Suzuki, GM and Fiat.

From myself I will add that hopefully soon it will be just “not cool” to use “stinky” cars. I’m really looking forward to when those taking a walk near a motorway or in a city during busy hours will not be poisoned by emissions of hundreds cars.

That’s it for this week.  Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.


I totally agree, Olya.  I’m saving up for a Nissan Leaf and 4,800 km of extension cord.  RM


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I’m Tibetan, I’m Buddhist and I’m the Dalai Lama, but if I emphasize these differences it sets me apart and raises barriers with other people. What we need to do is to pay more attention to the ways in which we are the same as other people. 






KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 


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Rusty Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.  I’m an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.  Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The weekly magazine she and I write and publish now reaches 22 nations.  As demographically diverse as they are, our readers share 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.

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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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