The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam March 5, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 26  $1.00

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 5, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 26 $1.00 



Flag of Cascadia 



Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve spoken from time to time in this column about a regional self-determinism movement in the American Pacific Northwest, which is also now known as Cascadia.  In our HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE, we’ve broken it out as a region of the United States.

As we have also shared before, this movement toward separation from the federal government and into a self-governing entity which, geographically, included Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon, Western Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia began in the mid-1970s with the publication of a novel which hit the New York Times bestseller list and stayed on it long enough to influence an entire generation.

It has been an historical evolution, then, which began long before the present federal administration and exacerbated as national concerns have clashed with regional priorities.  It is the Rust Belt versus the Green Belt and the greens want no part of the competition.  Ours was the last region settled and we are as different ~ in attitude and lifestyle ~ from the Midwest, New England, the South or the Southwest as Ukraine is from Russia or Brazil from Argentina.

We’ve already declared as a sanctuary state and Seattle, a sanctuary city.  This past week, we moved another step closer to the economic independence it is going to take to be free from federal regulation and jurisdiction.  A Seattle Income Tax? Anti-Trump Groups Want To Take On Legal Challenges To Get One

There has also been talk in Olympia of a property tax increase on homes assessed at over $200,000 to fund what the present administration is threatening to deny should we reject their agenda.  Popular consensus in the local media suggests more than a willingness to pay for this but, as well, some downsizing and expectation re-evaluation, making this a two-pronged thrust of raising the money and reducing expenses.

Since how we do this is an exportable, we urge you to follow our Cascadia news as well for an overview which will also lead you to other stories like these.

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

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Note:  In response to concerns about fake news and bias of one kind or another in the media, we are listing the sources for ours.  They include, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian);; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); Circa; EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua



China’s Large Lakes Face Water Shortages

China Lifts 12.4 Million People Out Of Poverty In 2016

Kim Jong-Nam Death: Two Women To Face Murder Charges

Why Was North Korea’s Kim Jong-Nam Killed?

North Korea Warns Of “Toughest Counteraction” Against Ongoing U.S. – S. Korea Joint Drill

India Successfully Testfires Home-Made Supersonic Interceptor Missile

In India’s Tamil Nadu, Traders Ban Pepsi, Coca-Cola To Support Local Products

As H.I.V. Soars In Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan  


Why We’re Overdue To Know The Brilliance Of Africa’s Civilizations

Hunting Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Army Is Accused Of Massacring Civilians

Libya Exposed As An Epicenter For Migrant Child Abuse

Zambia’s Air Force Takes On ‘Armyworms’


Israeli Forces Evacuate Illegal Settler Homes In West Bank

Russia And U.S. Clash Over Syria In Security Council Vote

Israeli Army Sets Sights On Recruits With Autism


Ukraine’s Breakaway Luhansk Republic Declares Ruble Official Currency

Crimean Bridge Construction Boosts Dolphin Population In Kerch Strait

Sweden Brings Back Military Conscription Amid Baltic Tensions


Moscow Commuters Treated To A Rendition Of The Barber Of Seville

Russian High Schooler Designs More Effective Arm Brace Using 3d Printing

Moscow’s New Housing Megaproject Confronts Soviet History

Russian Police Seize Urban Hallucinogen Plantation In Moscow


Canada Is Getting A New Three-Dollar Coin For Its 150th Birthday

Canada Today: Border Anxiety, Homelessness And Prehistoric Life

Canada Judge’s ‘A Drunk Can Consent’ Ruling Stirs Debate


Kansas Supreme Court Says State Education Spending Is Too Low

California Snowpack Too Deep To Measure

Trump Team’s Links To Russia Crisscross In Washington

Arkansas Rushes To Execute 8 Men In The Space Of 10 Days


In California, A Move To Ease The Pressures On Aging Dams

Seattle Renters United

9 Things Washingtonians Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else


Colombia: Baby Boom In Colombia’s FARC Rebel Army

The Fog Catchers

Chile Mudslides Cut Off Water To Millions

Connecting Cuba


Pacific Island Rejects Plan For Tropical Russian Empire

Australia Goes 25 Years Without Recession

Australian Man Accused Over 3d-Printed Guns Is Sci-Fi Fan, Court Told



Chicago Records No Snow In January And February For The First Time In 146 Years

‘Everything Was Dead’: Climate Change And Oregon Oysters

Maps Show Where Americans Care About Climate Change

Potent Change Coming To American Weather

Have We Underestimated The West’s Super-Floods?


Despite Trump’s Speech, Immigrants Commit Far Fewer Crimes Than Native-Born Americans

Mexico Opens Legal Aid Centres In US


Philippine Abu Sayyaf Jihadists Behead German Hostage In Video






Hello Rusty:

This week, I want to share some thoughts about equality. Recently, after the flight from one of the European countries with a stopover in Kiev, I noticed the discontent of one of the foreigners who had to wait in a single queue common to everyone. As you probably know, usually at their airports, there is a queue for EU and another for everyone else. I don’t mind following the rules in other countries, but that person’s reaction gave me a little laugh. And I couldn’t help saying (maybe in a little louder voice than usual), “Because we all are equal in Ukraine.”

Then a thought flashed to me. How much do we appreciate what we have? It is easy to forget the achievements of previous generations. Recently in America was a march of women’s equality rights. For us in Ukraine, this is not such a hot topic. We inherited all these rights, without even thinking.

Once having a dinner with the Indians, it was interesting to learn about their caste system and how caste affects their fate. Which caste one belongs to is determined by surname, tattoos and even skin color. I respect their traditions but just realized how much more free in mind our society is. Yes, there are rich and poor in Ukraine, but this is temporary and transient-state.  Most intelligent people are educated enough to keep the conversation at any level.

There is now a discussion in society about shall we continue the celebrations of Women’s Day that Ukraine and many other UN countries do on 8th March.  They’ve been going on for a long time.  The earliest one was held on February 28, 1909, in New York so I don’t see the point of argument saying it’s a reminder of when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. It is a commemoration of our birthright of equality and the dramatic reminder that these rights should never be taken for granted.

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

Olya    For comments on this please go here.


After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects A Black Woman President

Zimbabwe To Donate 2,000 Animals To Mozambique

Sacramento Synagogue Declares Itself A “Sanctuary” Congregation`

Seattle’s Newest Tiny-House Village Will Shelter 40 Homeless Families


Two People Were Sentenced For A Confederate Flag Display That Disturbed A Child’s Party

Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers Reportedly Coordinated

Threats And Vandalism Leave American Jews On Edge In Trump Era

Tibet Women’s Football Team ‘Denied US Visas’


So much for “live long and prosper,” eh?  Few Americans Follow 4 Main Pillars Of Heart Health.

And they want us to lock ourselves into motor vehicles that drive themselves?  That Cool Robot May Be A Security Risk

This almost sounds like a Grade B Sci Fi movie.  Astronauts’ Brains Change Shape In Space


The Secret Of How Diamonds Are Made

The Disaster That Helped Stop Whaling 

For Some Arctic Plants, Spring Arrives Almost A Month Earlier


SpaceX Plans To Send 2 Tourists Around Moon In 2018


Why We Cannot Go Faster Than Light

Life On Mars: Preparing For The Red Planet

At The Mouth Of A Mars Mega-Flood

Curiosity Rover Spies Mars Dust Devils


Six Stories of Citizen Science

The World’s Favourite Plane

A Rainbow View Of NASA’s RS-25 Engine Test

Robots Will Guard The Ocean

The Future Of Geoengineering


Designing Resilient Forests To Withstand Climate Change

Do We Really Need To Double Food Production To Feed The World By 2050?

The Largest Coal Plant In The Western US Is Closing Decades Ahead Of Schedule


An Eerie Place To Spend The Night?

Top 10 Best Beaches In The U.S., According To Tripadvisor

The Island Of Lost Explorers


7 Best Foods For Improving Your Immune System

Could You Survive On Just One Food?

The Most Nutrition For Your Nickel

Colon And Rectal Cancers Rising In Young People

Cancer:  Lessons Learned

A Pessimistic Attitude Increases The Risk For Death From Heart Disease.

Tricks To Deal With Hot Flashes Naturally


Empathy Is Tough To Teach, But Is One Of The Most Important Life Lessons

How Tibetans’ Bodies Survive Altitude

18 Brutally Honest Illustrations About Struggling With Mental Illness

The US Poverty Challenge Facing Donald Trump

Bitcoin Value Tops Gold For First Time



15 Pieces Of Classical Music That Showed Up In Looney Tunes

Take A Peek At The Mesmerizing “Cosmic Jellyfish”

This Octopus Was Caught By A Fishing Boat… What It Did Next Is Absolutely Crazy!



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Animal Kingdom

There is, I suspect, a lesson for all of us in this.  2 Cats Approach A Lonely, Baby Monkey – They Teach Him The Meaning Of Love And Friendship

This is so cool, pardon the pun.  No Humans Allowed: Photo Essay Of Unique Island Where Animals Rule

I wonder how the subjects of this experiment felt about it.  Bumblebees Demonstrate The Power Of Insect Brains


Galapagos Tortoise Back From The Brink

Not All Penguins Live In The Cold

Watch: The Beautiful and Endangered Okapi


This Is What Freedom Tastes Like After 20 Years Locked In A Circus Van

Freed Whale Delivers Thank You ‘Hug’ To Boat That Rescued Him

What Is This Magical Liquid!? Rescued Tigers Take A Swim For The Very First Time


Man Jailed For Hitting Woman With Drone

Man Sets Up Sprinkler In His Backyard. Moments Later, A Baby Moose Comes To Play In It

KKK March Totally Disrupted By Tuba Player


Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is 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 Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB


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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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