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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 2, 2017 — Vol. 9 No. 31 $1.00


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Despite a strong desire to do so, it has been difficult to ignore the battles raging between the present American presidential administration, and the arraying forces of the American judicial system and the self-determination of its individual states and cities, including the ones in which I live.

I’m a simple man so as I understand it, if we don’t need the federal government’s money, there is nothing compelling us to accept their jurisdiction.  So one of the most important things being done now is finding those funds.

As just one example, in Washington state and several others, taxes from the sale of marijuana are a source of new revenue.  In Washington, since legalization in 2014, $401-million has come from that source.  This will continue to increase as the market for the product itself does.

We also need to re-examine our state and local budgets to trim and to utilize less money more efficiently.  Even if Olympia and our communities were not already good at this, they would be compelled to become so now.

Our attitude toward cultural diversity and the defense of our immigrant community comes from not only appreciating our own history but in remembering how badly we treated some ethnic minorities in the past.  We have vowed that we will never again intern or permit the internment of any segment of our population which has violated no laws.

I hope Donald Trump is listening to what my state and city, and others like us, are saying to him and all those who think as he does.  We are a nation of immigrants and to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, “we will not go gently into that good night; we will not go without a fight.”  We are Americans and we will live and die as Americans.

All of us.

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

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Asia’s Most Misunderstood City?

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Pakistan Shrine: 20 Murdered At Sufi Shrine In Punjab


Hidden Gem: See What Scientists Found In Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park

UN To Scale Down DR Congo Peace Mission

Africa Highlights: Furious Reaction To Zuma’s ‘Midnight Massacre’ Of SA Ministers 


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Block On Trump Travel Ban Extended


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House Democrats Ask Devin Nunes To Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry

Senate Committee To Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

Ivanka Trump To Be Assistant To US President

Trump Russia Dossier Key Claim ‘Verified’

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Still Benefiting From Business Empire, Filings Show



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Hi Rusty:

Spring has now officially come to Ukraine with first night outdoors for restaurants and coffee shops. There is an exciting buzz on the streets of big cities where young and creative, mature and elderly dwellers enjoy warm evenings, walks in parks or maybe a glass of wine somewhere nice.

Yesterday I saw a couple practicing a waltz in the rotunda in the middle of Lviv Park, giving classical aspiration to learn more dancing which will definitely do in the future.

Just as the sun is about to give so much energy to start all this spring bloom of nature, it can be also used as a cleaner energy source.  While recently participating in a charity ball, I had an interesting talk with the co-founder of the Tesla Club in Ukraine.  According to him, the most important thing is infrastructure.  Due to their efforts already. 800 electrical charging stations have been installed throughout major cities of Ukraine. Of course, it is just a beginning. But it was great to learn that Ukraine is among the five most dynamically developing countries for this market in 2016.  Top ten countries in the global EV Revolution

While the greatest sales volume is still used cars, some four thousand motorists have gone electric, with Tesla picking up about 400 – 500 of that share.  With more tax incentives being offered, sales of electric vehicles (EV) are increasing abroad, with the greatest number in the US.

I wondered if there were any drawbacks to EVs and apparently, according to my Tesla Club acquaintance, there are none.  And they are generally more durable because they have fewer moving parts.

Ukraine has a long way to go yet before we reach the share of electric cars in some countries of Europe but we are on the way. Also, I would like to share an interesting comment, from the Netherlands, to my previous column about government stimulating the EV market.

In the Netherlands, we have stimulated the purchase of more environmental friendly cars for years already. At first hybrid cars were stimulated, but now ~ with more 100% electrical cars on the market ~ the stimulation program is focused on zero emission, meaning 100% electrical and 100% hydrogen cars. These government programs were very successful.  We have a relative large number of Tesla and other electrical cars in our roads. We even have a 100% Tesla only taxi company in Amsterdam area 🙂

Tesla is planning to build three new factories, in addition to the two they have in America.  The Dutch want to build one in my country and our foreign minister strongly supports them.  As a citizen of Ukraine and an environmentalist, it would be so cool to have such a production facility here!

I think it just a matter of time.  More and more car manufacturers are now introducing 100% electrical cars on the market.  Even the big brands like BMW and Mercedes are entering this field.  Tesla is leading the rollout of charging stations and other infrastructure required for these vehicles.  Some experts say that in ten years, our roads will be much quieter and our environment considerably cleaner.

I am so looking forward to that time.

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

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here. 


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Because these woodland creatures have been getting negative press since the Paleolithic, we thought we’d set a few records straight by providing you with all you need to know about skunks and more.  You’re welcome.  Please go here.

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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.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

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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