The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 30, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 35


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been interesting to note the new American administration’s ongoing attempts to return the country to an era when the rich ruled and the poor revolted.  Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days

It does not appear to be working out very well for them.  I suspect that is because they dramatically underestimated the number of decent, conscience-driven legislators still on the Hill, including my own state’s bipartisan delegation.

I think a great many people are learning some fundamental lessons in participatory democracy.  I believe we are seeing the natural leaders among our law-makers and law-protectors step forward and take one for the team.

Crossing, as it does, so many demographic lines, this resistance may be as “American” as Betsy Ross and the Star Spangled Banner.  I strongly suspect there will not be another 100 days.  Americans, in their endearing idealism, may, in fact, be gullible to Medicine Show charlatans.  They are not, however, known for suffering their society once they’ve tasted snake oil.

And on that note, then, folks?  Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

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Our news sources include 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



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Memorial commemorating the Chernobyl Disaster. Dnipro city, East Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza


Hi Rusty:

The 26th of April is a sad date for Ukraine, marking, as it does, the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. With Fukushima, younger sister of Chernobyl, they both remind us of the price of overconfidence.

I remember reading scientific magazines of last epoch with all these excited articles of peaceful use of the atom. But it’s like a wild animal as it could never be domesticated. Previous generations were so eager for cheap energy that they put off all thoughts of consequences like the radioactive waste produced.  They believed that by the time it became a problem, scientists would have found a solution.

Half a century later there is still no solution. There are rumors that in Chernobyl, the authorities are going to build storage facilities for waste from currently the currently operating Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizzhya.

Russia has been taking it from Ukraine and Chernobyl, a vast but sparsely populated region whose 130-million people are spread out over 17-million square kilometers or 6,563,736 square miles, it probably makes sense.

What cause concerns of construction of such facilities at Chernobyl is that the site is also in the heart of agricultural lands near our nation’s multimillion-populated capital, Kiev.   There is not much thrill in having a radioactive threat again, given the level of corruption permeating the nuclear power industry and the government to which it is responsible.

Chernobyl as a reaction site failed because of faulty construction.  We are hoping it does not fail as the waste storage facility for the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

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


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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 (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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