I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 14, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 37
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I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, gang, this has not been an incredibly fun week where I live after the announcement that our mayor does not intend to seek a second term. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Will Not Seek Re-Election

Where I live, we tend to not complicate the description of a good man with a lot of labels which smack of stereotyping. Ed Murray is a very nice guy and a dedicated politician who has served both the state and my city. He was raised in the Alki Beach neighborhood of Seattle and used to dream of a career in politics.

Now, in the midst of an imminently successful one, moribund allegations which have already been investigated and found groundless have surfaced. Ed is afraid that sexual scandal will distract voters from the real issues. He is also worried about the pain it will cause his same-gender spouse, to whom he has been happily married for a reckonable stretch now.

I have been involved in politics in one way or another in California, Oregon and Washington since 1977, when this magazine’s offset monthly precursor was born. California governor Jerry Brown was one of its readers and I ran in Sacramento media circles. A lot of us hung out at David’s Brass Rail and at Maurice’s New American.

I do not agree with Ed Murray’s decision. I think he does not have enough faith in his constituency and in his domestic relationship. That is the way of some strong people who are also protective. Sometimes they assume when they should ask. I know that type too well. I am one.

But, God please forgive me, I find myself wishing Ed Murray had the guts and backbone of so many of his constituents who have manned or gone to the wall for their neighbors, regardless the risks involved, simply because it is always the right thing to do.

I hope Ed changes his mind and I hope others are not “inspired” by his example. Mayor Murray is exactly what Seattle needs now. His decision leaves a void that will not easily be filled.

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

Rusty Miller

For comments on this please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Sworn In Vowing To Address North

How North Korea Managed To Defy Years Of Sanctions

A Robot Revolution, This Time In China

Boeing Breaks Ground On 737 Finishing Center In China

China To Invest Heavily In Belt And Road Countries

AFRICA

Ivory Coast: Soldiers Cut Off Second City Bouaké

Ebola Outbreak Declared In DR Congo

Africa Highlights: #Menaretrash Debate In South Africa, Reverse FGM Operations In Kenya

MIDDLE EAST

Fiery Exchanges In Iran Election Debate

Mosul Battle ‘Will Be Finished In Days’

Egypt Uncovers ‘Tomb Of Pharaoh’s Daughter’

EUROPE

Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen In French Presidential Race

Italian Coastguard: 3,000 Rescued In Mediterranean Sea

Ukraine Seeks Billion Dollar Investments To Fuel Fragile Economy

Dutch Fertility Clinic Owner Accused Of Using Own Sperm To Secretly Father 60 Children

Winner Of 62nd Eurovision Announced

RUSSIA

Police Discover Bomb In Home Of St. Petersburg Terror Suspect

U.S.-Russia Photo Scandal Highlights Mutually Assured Ineptitude

It’s Nearly Summer, And Maybe It’s Snowing In Moscow

THE VATICAN

Pope Declares Ukrainian Church Leader ‘Venerable’

World’s Mayors Head To Vatican, Vow To Tackle Climate Change, Poverty

CANADA

Montreal To Lift State Of Emergency On Sunday As Water Recedes

Can Canadians And Canada Geese Find Peace? Video

Ontario To Consider Boosting Minimum Wage To $15, Increasing Paid Sick Days

Toronto Police Kill Bear In Scarborough Backyard

Taxpayers Won’t Be On The Hook For Infrastructure Bank Risks, Sohi Says 

New Brunswick Hires Ex-U.S. Ambassador As Special Envoy In Softwood Tariff Dispute

UNITED STATES

Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ On An Insolvent Island

11 Satellite Cities Poised To Thrive In 2017

The Southern California Coast Is Swarming With Great White Sharks Right Now

Helicopter Crew’s Shark Warning To California Paddle-Boarders

Drought Is Gone From Much Of US

Washington State Attorney General Invites Trump To See Nature In Washington State, Threatens To Sue Again

CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)

SR 20/North Cascades Highway Reopening Planned For May 16 | WSDOT

Urban Lifestyles Help To Protect The Puget Sound Ecosystem

Fentanyl Deaths Double In Washington, Could Be Shift In Opiate Crisis

Tacoma Declares State Of Emergency Over Homeless Problem

No Drought Warnings In Northwest For First Time Since 2011

The Struggle For Oregon Timber Counties

Has Seattle Reached Peak Car?

One Million Petitions Delivered To Washington Governor Against Coal And Oil Terminals

What Happens After A Swarm Of Earthquakes Strikes The Seattle Region?

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela Protest Victim’s Parents Speak Of Ordeal

Colombia Farc: First Group Of Rebels Rejoin Civilian Life

Walking In A Minefield: The Falklands Penguins That Would Not Explode

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Australia Budget 2017: Treasurer Unveils Big Banks Tax

Melbourne Dancefloor Evacuated After Capsicum Spray Released

Inmate Dies In Canberra’s Jail Overnight

FROM OLYA

Black Sea near Odessa. Photo by Olya Bereza

HELLO, FROM QUIET ODESSA

Hello, Rusty, from quiet Odessa:

I have never seen this Black sea city so quiet before but maybe the reason is that the majority of tourists went to capital of Ukraine to see the finals of Eurovision contest. It’s nice to have the entire beach to myself, meditating while watching the waves to lap against the shore. What can be more relaxing that a sound of the sea? Today I’m that philosopher Hedgehog character from childish story that I wrote on the shores of Odessa some time go Hedgehog the Fisher.

This week has definitely been good for Ukraine. First, the above-mentioned contest attracted some more attention and tourist money to the country. Second the European Union has finally approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians to visit all member states. So, next month the EU is to open its borders for Ukrainians wishing to come as tourists, ‘a giant step’ as it was called in this article Definitely, it will help for miy country to develop towards European standards.

Talking about Odessa, it is fantastic even if, in the last several decades, it has also become a bit of a derelict city. Ironically, however, as ancient as it is, it was designed for the future, which probably accounts ~ to a large extent ~ for why it has remained the best sea resort of Ukraine and probably Eastern Europe.

It is not, however, easiest of tourist destinations to reach. The airport is small and mostly for incountry flights. The trains going here are quite old and worn out. Odessa and the region really need more modern Intercity fast trains like the ones to Kyiv but also from Lviv to Odessa as Lviv is a major gateway of Western tourists, and maybe to other cities. Another point that kept tourists away from the city was the controversy surrounding cracks in the foundation of the Odessa Opera House.

But that is no longer in the media and the Opera House is enjoying a great season. Other changes, perhaps minor alone, but very good in total, are like the talk I have heard of more people renting apartments in Odessa and Belarus tourists who have been away for three years are now returning. Since property is still relatively undervalued there, Odessa also provides some beautiful investment opportunities.

And shall I mention Odessa Opera House  is one of the most beautiful in Europe? And this time, during my holiday here, I am going there to enjoy a performance.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you. Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com: For comments on this please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Prosecutors Taking Tougher Stance In Fraternity Hazing Deaths

Every Day, Man Plants Trees In Same Spot. 37 Years Later, His Masterpiece Takes Our Breath Away

Supplying Safe Water To Homes In Laos

Amazon To Share New Building With Homeless Shelter In Seattle

Animals Are Stranded In Drought With Nothing To Drink, So Man Drives Hours To Bring Them Water Daily

BAD EXAMPLES

E.P.A. Dismisses Members Of Major Scientific Review Board

10 Most Expensive U.S. Cities To Live In

U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World

Anti-Gay Attacks Not Covered By West Virginia Hate Crime Law, Court Rules

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

Toyota Suffers First Profit Fall In Five Years

Boeing Halts Test Flight Of New Plane

US And China Sign Trade Agreement

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

The Business Case For The Paris Climate Accord

As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open

States Turn To Carbon Pricing With A Renewed Sense Of Urgency

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

Sanctuary Bills In Maryland Faced A Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

Texas Governor Signs A Ban On Sanctuary Cities

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

US Confirms Death Of ISIL Leader In Afghanistan

U.S. Efforts To Promote Women, Peace, And Security In Peacekeeping

Hackers Hit Dozens Of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool

UK Health System Recovers After ‘Unprecedented’ Global Cyberattack

TRUMP & COMPANY

Thousands Protest As Trump Makes First Hometown Visit

Video: Yates Calls Flynn’s Manner ‘Problematic’

Trump Muslim Ban Plan Erased From Website

In Trump’s Firing Of James Comey, Echoes Of Watergate

Students Boo Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy Devos

DALAI LAMA

A good life does not mean just good food, good clothes, good shelter. These are not sufficient. A good motivation is what is needed—compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy—just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their rights and human dignity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This is reassuring. Stephen Hawking Predicts Humans Have 100 Years to Find a New Planet

Check out What Are CUBESATS And How To Build Your Own

This, to me, is a little scary. Locusts Are Being Used In Research By The Military To Do Some Very Unexpected Domestic Protection

OUR PLANET

Rare Dinosaur Species Discovered In Moroccan Mine

Amazing Haul Of Ancient Human Finds Unveiled

To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds

SPACE

Cassini Finds ‘Big Empty’ Near Saturn

The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1’s 7 Earth-Size Worlds From Colliding

NASA’s Retiring EO-1 Satellite Changed How We See Earth With These Stunning Photos

TECHNOLOGY

Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders To Speed Up Its Supercomputer

Boeing Suspends 737 Max Test Flights

How To Hunt And Gather In Amazon’s Urban Jungle

How A Computer Beat The Best Chess Player In The World

THE GREEN BEAT

Plant & Harvest Your Own Tomatoes Without Toxins & Space Using A Bottle Of 2 Liters Only!

Plant For The House To Never Again See Spiders, Fruit Flies And Bugs

India To Make Every Single Car Electric By 2030

The Company Behind DAPL Just Had 18 Leaks And A 2 Million Gallon Spill

TRAVEL

Tofino, The Canadian Surf Town Seafood Lovers Need To Visit

Is This Europe’s Most Exciting City?

It’s Impossible Not To Love This Breathtaking Wild Flower Trail In Washington

HEALTH

How To Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Oysters, Despite What You’ve Heard, Are Always In Season

Why Women Need To Be Part Of Healthcare Policy

Are Fresh Vegies Always Better Than Frozen?

LIFESTYLE

When The Wife Of A Soldier Hears A Knock At The Door

‘I Wanted To Die’: Gender Diverse Teen Talks Self-Harm And Support After Bullying

“Where Is My Generation Going To Live?”

Glitz, Glam And … A Gorilla? The Key Moments From Eurovision 2017

Celebrating Mother’s Day On A Military Base

Would You Squat For 15 Years To Own A Cheap Apartment?

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Watching This Otter Juggling Rocks Will Make Your Day Infinitely Better

Video: Where It’s Made: A Ford Car In China

Video: When A Manhattan Iguana Needs A Doctor  

KIKORIKKI ~ a truly fun way to experience science 

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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OLYA’S CHILDREN’S BOOK IN ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It is about time we got to the bottom of this. Skunks: Notorious—or Not? from National Wildlife Magazine

Yogi, Boo Boo and Ranger Rick are loving this. It Turns Out Bears Are Way Smarter Than We Thought

I know creatures like this. Scotland Is Home To Miniature ‘Tigers’

SHORTS

These Fish Risk Their Lives To Make Sure Their Children Are Born!

Extinct Parrot Caught On Video In Brazil In The Wild

The World’s Only Carnivorous Primate

The World’s Tiniest Wasps

Watch: World’s First Footage Of A Newly Discovered Monkey | The Rainforest Sit

ANIMAL RESCUES & REUNIONS

When They Saw A Panda Clinging For His Life, They Immediately Knew What To Do!

A Man Rescued A Gosling From Drowning. 2 Years Later, She Still Refuses To Leave His Side

Man Thought Deer Had Totally Given Up On Life. Then, Something Remarkable Happened

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s May newsletter is now available online. They are always a bird lover’s delight but this month, they have really outdone themselves.

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Day My Child Was Killed By An Elephant

Russian Pokemon Go Player Found Guilty

The Strange Story Of The Pig That Flew

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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud 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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