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April 9, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 32 $1.00
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Bertha, the World’s Largest Tunnel Boring Machine, photo courtesy of uncontrolledopposition.com

BYE BYE BERTHA

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week, has it not, gang?  We’d like to wish our Jewish readers a happy Passover and to express our appreciation to the powers that be for finally ending The Saga Of Bertha The Biggest Earth Boring Machine In The World.

She was built by the Japanese to dig mass transit tunnels under the city of Seattle in an attempt to improve traffic flow in this community of some 650,000.  There were several projects involved.  All ran over both time and budget and several times mechanical problems plagued the Godzilla-sized machine, giving many of us the impression she had a mind of her own, a mind that was not favorably predisposed to the job at hand, the city, the climate or the human beings with which it regrettably found itself interacting.

The media here has been asking listeners, viewers and readers what they think should be done with Bertha next.  One suggestion I thought was appropriate was to send her to a place we really don’t like, sort’ve like giving your rotten neighbor’s kid a drum for Christmas.

Another suggestion was to auction it off to a terrorist group.  Bertha is capable of doing much more damage to and in the hands of extremists than it did in the hands of well-meaning urban planners who felt that more tunnels in an earthquake zone already honey-combed with them would improve life as they have thus far known it.

But the best idea I saw was storing it at one of the Boeing plants so it can be used when the shores of the Salish Sea are hit with the monster earthquake local seismologists have been predicting for several years now.  Apparently it might be useful in digging out what few life forms might survive such a disaster.

And on that rather grim note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the earRusty Miller

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HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

Our news sources include,, but are not limited to: ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); 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

GLOBAL

ASIA

North Korean Ballistic Missile Fired Into The Sea Of Japan

A Former First Lady Presses On For A Tolerant, Feminist Islam

Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

AFRICA

Anti-Zuma Protests Across South Africa

Deadly Blasts Hit Two Egyptian Churches

Africa Highlights: Tanzania ‘Shocked’ Over Rapper’s Disappearance, SA Downgraded Again

MIDDLE EAST

World Health Day: Israel Ranked 9th Healthiest Country

Syria Conflict: ‘Chemical Attack’ In Idlib Kills 58

Political Solution Only Way Out For Syrian Issue: Chinese Envoy

EUROPE

Eurozone Unemployment Rate Drops To Near Eight-Year Low

UK Royals To Commemorate WW1 Battle

UK Blames Russia For Syria Deaths

Eta Caches ‘Had Tonnes Of Weapons’

Six Dead In Poland Building Collapse

Russia

How Will Russia’s Government Respond To The People’s Protests?

Russia’s Security Services Face A New Type Of Terrorism

Take Two Online Festival: The Russian Movies To Watch

5 Must-Read Books To Understand The Russian Revolution

CANADA

Canadian Aid Groups Bracing For More Syrian Refugees In Wake Of U.S. Airstrikes

‘I Will Not Be Silenced On This Issue’: Mountie Vows To Continue With Yellow Stripe Protest

Ontario Premier Declares Win After New York Drops Buy American Policy

Spring Flooding In Manitoba Changing Route Of Asylum Seekers 

Up In Smoke: Toronto’s Cannabis Culture Shops To Close This Weekend

UNITED STATES

An Idaho Town Bucks The Perception Of Rural Struggle

15 Worst States For Retirement

2 Years After Racial Turmoil, Ferguson Re-Elects White Mayor

Preparing For The Future Using Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

CASCADIA

SeaTac’s $15 Minimum Wage Isn’t Slowing Down Real Estate Projects (Map)

BC Matches $2.2-Billion For Metro Vancouver Transit

Portland Launches Adaptive Bike-Sharing For The Disabled

Interactive: What A Whale Hears In The Salish Sea

How Seattle Is Dismantling A NIMBY Power Structure

Vancouver’s Eco-Fashion Week Seeks Ways To Keep Clothing From Landfills

What Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill Does

California Towns Face Off Against Oil Companies — And Win

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico Newspaper Stops Printing After Reporter Shot Dead

Colombian Town Mourns Victims Of Mudslide

Argentina Legalizes Medical Cannabis, Creates Research Program With Free Access

South American Village Changes Their Lives To Save One Of Earth’s Largest Freshwater Fish

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Autumn Snow In Victoria As Severe Storms Intensify

Refugees Not Accepted By US To Remain In PNG

Australian Team Works To Help Humans Walk On Mars

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

75 U.S. Mayors Won’t Enforce Climate Policy RollbackFor A List Of Cities, Please Go Here:

Portland Puts Climate Justice In The Classroom

Oregon’s Climate Test

Views: Our Choices On Climate Are Better Than You May Think

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Los Angeles Raids Target Investor Green Card Fraud

Listen: Refugees Find Same Economic Success As Other Canadians

Report: Migration Is Changing Diversity Of Counties

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

C.I.A. Had Evidence Of Russian Effort To Help Trump Earlier Than Believed

Video: Syria Chemical Attack: Here’s What Happened

Dozens Of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base In Syria

Experts Forecast Difficult Years Ahead As Terror Attacks Rise In Russia

Stockholm Suspect Was Refused Residency

Dutch Rallies After ‘Hand Holding Attack’

TRUMP & COMPANY

‘The Campaign Fog Is Lifted’: Russian Prime Minister Says Donald Trump Is Done

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice  

FROM OLYA

Charles Dickens lived here. Photo by Olya

Charles Dickens probably had lunch here. Photo by Olya

CHARLES DICKENS AND SPRING IN LONDON

Hi Rusty:

I have been in the UK, witnessing the bloom of spring in London.  Today, I passed by a historical site on a central street marked by a commemoration plate of Charles Dickens, who lived on the site from 1851 till 1860. It’s a real nice location and where Dickens wrote his best-known work of historical fiction, A Tale of Two Cities.

As most of you know, the novel was set in London and Paris and dated 1859.  It might even have been inspired by the author wandering the same streets of his neighborhood that I did and perhaps had lunch at the same little park nearby.

As you will remember, the preface to Mr. Dickens’ novel is very powerful.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.

It is stunning to me how ingenuous his work is today and how relevant his message.  He saw the masses as whirling water and the goal of elites not to let the water become a destructive force. And the aristocracy did this by treating the people well and not letting them reach the edge of despair, where the water fights back, smashing everything in its way.

From the news of this week the following is very promising: Basque Separatists Plan To Unilaterally Disarm On Saturday  Hoping this process will go smoothly and that the government will appreciate goodwill as nothing is more precious as step to peace.

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. 

GOOD EXAMPLES

Homeless In One Camp Moving Into Tiny House Village

Dozens Of University Of Washington Programs Make Top 10 In New Global Ranking

Parkageddon: How Not To Create Traffic Jams, Pollution And Urban Sprawl

Dam Busters

Amid The Spanish Moss Of Florida, A Treasure Chest Of Chinese Literature

BAD EXAMPLES

Europe Becomes ‘Hub’ For Child Sexual Abuse Content

Muslim Man Falsely Accused Of Russian Subway Bombing Loses His Job

Uniting Against Bill O’Reilly, Women Share Stories Of Workplace Harassment

EPA Moves To Defund Protections From Lead-Based Paint

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Good!  The March For Science Adds Two Women Of Color As National Co-Chairs

These people deserve our full support.  Special Ops With A Studious Bent Fight Destruction Of Brazil’s Amazon

We agree.  Tesla Has Something Hotter Than Cars to Sell: Its Story

OUR PLANET

Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas

California Desert Superbloom

Stratos, The Stratospheric Balloon Program

SPACE

Recycled Rockets Could Drop Costs, Speed Space Travel

A Mysterious Flash From Far, Far Away

It Takes A NASA Village To Train An Astronaut

TECHNOLOGY

Scientists Mobilise Against ‘Fear Of Facts’ In Age Of Trump

Tesla’s Market Value Overtakes Ford

Meet Elliq, The Robot Even Your Grandparents Will Love

THE GREEN BEAT

Two-Minute Takeaway: What Is A Rain Garden?

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Converts To Solar Power

Is 100% Renewable Energy Realistic?

Thousands Of Oil Train Safety Defects Across US

Opinion: Preserve Water Quality Gains

TRAVEL

Hiking Maps Go Mobile: Alaska Unveils Digital Backcountry Guides

Experience Anacortes – Your Island Getaway

Titanic Exhibition Visitors ‘Live Or Die’ Depending On Ticket

HEALTH

Advocacy Groups Ask For Ban On Common Pesticide

Close To Half Of American Adults Have Genital HPV

New York Times Wellness Page

Urban Planning For Long And Healthy Living

LIFESTYLE

The Professor And The Jihadi

I Survived A Sarin Gas Attack

A Blueprint For Better Housing Messages

Measuring How A County Tackles Homelessness

A Public Square For All Genders

Can Tiny Houses Help Alleviate Homelessness?

Video: In One Crime-Ridden City, Police Try A New Tactic: Patience

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

A Young Shy Girl Walks On Stage, but within Seconds Everyone’s Jaw Hit The Floor

Singing Lemurs Have Their Own Rhythm

Thrilling A New Audience: 4 Of Modern Russian Animation’s Biggest Hits  

MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 

 KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL 

This is absolutely and totally heartwarming.  Jeff De Young: The Dog Who Saved My Life And Came To Live With Me

The Audubon Society has a way you can make your yard bird friendly by zip code.  Check it out here.

I would love to visit this one.  Noah’s Ark-Shaped Museum To Curate 5 Million Specimens

SHORTS

How One Species Survived An Extinction

First Clear View Of A One-Celled Harpooner In Action

Male Emperor Penguins Are Good Dads

Protecting Wildlife From ‘Cyanide Bombs’

Bald Eagles Make Big Comeback In San Francisco

Young Salmon Risk ‘Gas Bubble Trauma’ On Trip To Ocean

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

Watch: Goose Found On The Side Of The Freeway Makes A Full Recovery

From Captivity To Freedom, This Lion Is Forever Grateful!

When This Trapped Fawn Was Finally Reunited With His Mother, My Heart Almost Burst!

Rescuing 11 Elephants From A Mud Hole  

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Warren Buffett Appears On Cherry Coke Cans In China

The Man Who Owes His Life To Sardines

In Poland’s Crooked Forest, A Mystery With No Straight Answer

ABOUT US 

Olya Bereza 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.

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

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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