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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
March 19, 2017     Vol. 9     No. 28


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I never thought I’d say this but I am actually beginning to feel sorry for America’s chief executive and a lot prouder of Americans in general than I have been in some while.

Donald Trump appears very confused and that would be expected from time to time.  That’s been the downfall of dictators but if you’ve got a good cabinet backing you up, your own humanity need not be limiting or compromising the integrity of the nation.

Except that Donald does not have that.  He has people who have long understood that the only way to underwrite wealth in this country is to control the government of said nation.  So they’ve been reweaving the fabric of American politics and their techniques are not those of the Constitution but of commerce.

Now they finally have a business person in the White House.  And he’s not some populist boot strapper who started out shining shoes and then worked his way to the top of the fashion footwear industry.  He was born into wealth and the ethics of commerce.  He knows how to sell stuff, including himself.

Donald’s ethics, tactics and strategy work very well in a consumer driven environment.  But when you are selling public policy, the first thing you need to know is whether you can deliver on a promise.  And it isn’t a matter of leveraging a manufacturer or a delivery system.  It is a question of legality.

Donald also seems to have underestimated the power and sway that law still holds for most Americans.  They may disagree with some legislation but they would never deny themselves either the protection or the process.  As individual citizens who vote, they are responsible for both.

Donald also apparently has missed an important point in even the name of this country.  We are not one nation with a single ethnicity and cultural heritage.  We are 50 individual “nations” with incredibly diverse demographics who have accepted national government to the extent that it serves our individual interests.

When that government fails, we resist.  The South may have “lost” the American Civil War militarily, but she immortalized the same spirit of independence which established this nation to begin with.  That spirit of state sovereignty is very much alive today.

From Olympia to Honolulu to Sacramento to Albany and beyond and back, Donald Trump is being told what he can and cannot do.  The representatives in Washington, DC who speak for these 50 individual entities are also assisting Donald Trump with his education.  They are thoughtfully instructing him in the difference between the ethics of government and those of commerce.

Perhaps most importantly and meaningful to him is that a lot of people he and his cohorts sell stuff to in the world of commerce are now marching on Washington, DC and demonstrating in the streets of their own hometowns.  They don’t like what he’s peddling now and that could well cost him the White House.  If and when they ever boycott him and his friends as consumers, Trump Towers is going to make a nice aviary.

It has to be tough being Donald Trump these days.  I do not envy him.

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

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Hello Rusty:

The world around us is quite interesting and changes drastically. Now even chat in Twitter can make big news especially if the dialog is led by Elon Musk, Tesla CEO.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Elon Musk: Powerwall 2 Can Solve South Australia’s Energy Crisis in 100 days – Or It’s free

The fact is that Lyndon Rive,  vice president for Energy Products at Tesla, said that with the help of his Powerwall 2, the company can build a capacious industrial battery that will solve the power supply problems in South Australia. And it will take no more than 100 days.

First, Mike Canon-Brookes, the founder of a large Atlassian company, asked in Twitter how serious the company was about these words and then received reply they are, in fact, very serious.. After that the senator from South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young, suggested to Mask to discuss his proposal.

This is how history is made. No less epic is the continuation when Musk says that Tesla is for open pricing and that these are prices for any customer, minus delivery, labor and local taxes, meaning a project of this scale with open prices.

It’s intersting to imagine how many energy company bosses might become nervous with such transparency. This seems like an early bird symbolizing a new era of candor and clear energy is on the threshold.

P.S. Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine prime minister, also became interested in this way to receive energy. Elon Musk replied they will consider launching a project of renewable energy for Ukraine. Hopefully one such projects will be introduced. With all the technology that exists, to still rely on hugely dangerous atom and polluting unecological hydro-energy is just unbelievable.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay save, cousin mine.

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от

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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.

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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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