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March 12, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 27 $1.00 







Hi Again, From The Shores Of The Salish Sea. I’ve spoken before about the chatrooms I frequent on America Online as a virtual coffeehouse and as another way of sampling public opinion on topics of the day.  And while it would be both unfair and unethical to detail the interaction I have there, addressing reflected concerns is not an invasion of privacy.

Criticism of Trump runs high in these two rooms and the specific concerns are reflected by the national media.  My chatroom friends were critical of Obama and Clinton as well but the hate speech was minimal.  This time, the language is much stronger and I sense the reason for this.

Sooner or later, we are going to need to confront the singular truth about Donald Trump and that is that we created him.  Those of us who watched him on television, stayed at his hotels or bought what he sold gave him the popularity, the power and the wealth.

So did those who professed an aversion to his personal style but supported sexism, disinformation, amorality and an ego the likes of which the universe has not seen since The Big Bang because he had something they wanted.

Those who refused to take his political ambitions seriously supported him.  So did opposition candidates who became so mired in their own political miasma that they engaged in the same behaviors they condemned in Donald Trump, leaving many Americans with little choice but a new face and a prayer.

Donald Trump did not take America away from us.  We gave it to him.  The sooner we accept responsibility for what we did to ourselves, the sooner we can go about correcting for course.

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); AllAfrica.com; 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


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Hello Rusty:

It  was an International Women’s Day this last week and a lot was said about prominent women of all time. For some reason there was one woman in particular of whom I was thinking.

Her name was Kira and she lived in  post-Communist revolution Russia. It is easy to imagine how difficult it could be to live in a country that changed so dramatically in one swing:. when you are told what to believe and love; when you see all ridicule of fanatic faith making people acting like machines, forgetting about  human values and when you don’t know whom to trust and how to act.

That was the life of Kira Argounova, in playwrite and novelist Ayn Rand’s semi-autobiographical novel “We the Living“. And that was the lives of many whose stories were left untold.  The novel and Ms Rand’s actual life are different in that her life had a happy ending, while Kira Argounova’s did not.  But the tragic end in the novel itself shows that many who had “independent spirit” could not survive in such complete totalitarianism.

That how they said my  own aunty was. She survived all the madness of Revolution, the civil war which followed, a series of famines,  and the Second World War. On her 90th birthday, she was straight as a stick. Always in black dress, she used to sit at veranda with a long cigarette in a mouthpiece. The last quarter of her life was in peaceful, but even then, when it seemed the Soviet Union was in bloom, she would say very quietly, “If you just knew how we lived before Revolution”.  She was right.  Prosperity in the Soviet Union never did reach the level it was in 1913.

I read all novels of Ayn Rand and can understand her philosophy of objectivism.  I loved all her characters like Dagny Taggart from “Atlas Shrugged”. But also I perceive her philosophy as a swing of pendulum from something she escaped, collectivism. So probably the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  More than half a century after she wrote, we are still in search of paradigm.

In tribute to another Kira.  God Bless you.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:

Thank you, beloved cousin mine.  Kira Sovanof is pleased and she is very proud of you.  Mishka

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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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