The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 28, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 39



To watch this speech on YouTube, please go here.  It is right after the Armed Forces Medley

I recently received a note from a mother whose daughter, a soldier, is buried at Arlington. She wanted to share some of the things she had learned at the loss of her daughter.  She learned that the grief never really goes away; at any instant, a smell, a color, a song, a date on the calendar can take you right back to that first raw moment when everything changed.

She learned that if there is any secret to grieving, it is that there can be room for sorrow and joy, sadness and hope, to exist in the same space at the same time.

And she learned grief is not a lack of faith nor a sign of weakness.   It is the price of love.  That love, she says, is yours to hold forever.

Memorial Day is foremost about remembrance of America’s sons and daughters from every corner of our country, in every branch of the service who gave their lives so that we might live free.

But it is also about love and about hope. It gives us, the living, a chance to cherish the freedom we may now hold dear and embrace the future we may now dare dream.

It gives us the opportunity, all citizens everywhere, to recommit to our national purpose to secure the blessings of liberty. Let is also renew a national commitment to usher home the men and women returning to our communities and firmly stand by those still supporting our missions around the globe.

Behind every one of them are their pillars of love and hope at home; A parent, a spouse, a son, a daughter, a community, all doing their part to take care of America.

On Behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a grateful nation, we thank you.




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Video: China’s Ancient Circular Walled Homes

Marawi Fighting: Foreign Fighters ‘Among Militants’ In Philippine City

Killing Of Militant By Indian Forces Sets Off Protests In Kashmir

Is China Outsmarting America In A.I.?


Africa Highlights: DJ Leads Ghana Graft Protest, South Sudan Journalist Freed

Legal Victory For Kenya Hunter-Gatherers

Where Has All The Food Aid Gone?

Five Things You Might Not Know About Africa

The Women Saving Somalia’s Animals


Egypt Coptic Christians Killed In Bus Attack

Palestinian Prisoners End Hunger Strike In Israel After 40 Days


Germany Cracks Europe-Wide Burglary Gang Of 500 Members

U.K. Looks Beyond Manchester

Video: Trump Tells NATO Members To Pay ‘Fair Share’

G7 Leaders Gather For ‘Robust’ Talks In Sicily

UK Terror Threat ‘Linked To Wars Abroad’

Europe “lobbying at all levels right now for US to remain in Paris agreement”


Will The Russian Language Have A ‘Real Impact’ On The U.S. Government?

Why Didukraine Ban Russian Social Networks?

Why Russian Is Still Spoken In The Former Soviet Republics

Wannacry Hack: Why Has Russia Suffered More Than Other Countries?

The Whisperers: Meet The Snitches Making A Return To Russia


Canada’s Conservatives Choose Andrew Scheer As Their New Leader

‘Box Of Miracles’: Museum Cracks Case Of Mysterious Negatives In Shoe-Polish Box

Caroline Mulroney Could Continue Political Dynasty Begun By Her Father

Conservative Leadership Candidates Stress Unity And Core Values In Final Speeches

‘Absolute Shock & Horror’ Expressed Over Alberta Students’ Cowboys & Indians- Grad Party

‘Most Dangerous Situation I’ve Ever Seen’: B.C. Hot Springs Closed Over Food-Habituated Bears

Trial Of The RCMP In Moncton: What We’ve Learned So Far


For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs And The Weight Of History

Few In St. Louis Knew Confederate Memorial Existed. Now, Many Want It Gone.

Seattle Nation’s Fastest-Growing Big City

21 Across U.S. Are Indicted In ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat After Assault Charge

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

Selling The Pacific Northwest Energy Grid

California Carbon Auction Rebounds

EPA Cuts Target Oregon Clean Air, Beach-Monitoring Programs

Timber Company Seeks $3.3m After Failed Elliott State Forest Sale

Oregon, California Governors Seek Salmon Disaster Aid

Meet Oregon’s 39 Newest B Corps


Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets In Brazil

The Silver Lining To Brazil’s Never-Ending Corruption Scandal

Brazil’s Crisis: How Fighting Corruption Could Imperil Political Stability

Their Government In Chaos, Brazilians Fear The Joke Is On Them

Mexico Band Fined Over ‘Narco Song’

Venezuelans Rally Around Violin Protester

President Moreno Takes Office In Ecuador


New Emoji Is A Meaningful Symbol For Indigenous Australians

Schapelle Corby: ‘Ganja Queen’ Trafficker Deported From Bali

Woman In Wheelchair Left Stranded On Brisbane Train

Australia’s ‘Stolen Generations’ Tell Their Stories

In Rural Australia, A Generation Gap Widens Over Climate Change

Our Australian Expansion



Hello, Rusty:

From England this time. You have heard about recent tragedy that happened in Manchester. In the coffee shop where I am writing this, at 11 o’clock there was a minute of silence to remember the victims. Faces were sad and reflected sorrow.

I was in Manchester earlier this year and under normal circumstances, it is a great, vibrant city. A lot of new modern development is going on but it is still a historically grand city which is reflected in its architecture. The city played major role in Industrial Revolution and as Disraeli once said, “Manchester is as great a human exploit as Athens.”

I recently found myself in London, staying just a doorstep from Kipling House. His words came back to me as I thought of Manchester.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too…”

Written in 1895, they seem profoundly relevant today. And I think Mr. Kipling would agree that while it is the work of authorities to provide safety on streets, it is up to us not to live in violence and fear.

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


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Film About Russia’s War In Ukraine Receives Standing Ovation In Cannes


US Republican Greg Gianforte Charged Over Guardian Reporter ‘Body Slam’

The Sex Slaves Of Al-Shabab

Dozens Of Middlebury Students Are Disciplined For Charles Murray Protest



Manchester Attack: 22 Dead And 59 Hurt In Suicide Bombing

Manchester Attack: Police ‘Not Sharing Information With US’

Manchester attack: Bataclan survivor’s message for Manchester

Why Preventing Terror Attacks Like Manchester Is So Difficult

Why The Manchester Attack Was An Attack On Girlhood

Hunt For Manchester Bombing Accomplices Extends To Libya

Images Of Manchester Bomber Released


Ford To Replace Chief Executive Mark Fields, Reports Say

Wheels For The People’


Listen: Capitalism Fuels Climate Change, And We All Play A Part

Rising Seas Drowned Flood Insurance

Fig Leaves Are Out. What To Wear To Be Green?

Conversations On Climate Justice In Yakima Valley

Fighting Trump On Climate, California Becomes A Global Force


South China Sea: US Warship Sails Close To Disputed Mischief Reef


Apple’s Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit On Number Of Refugees Allowed In


Trump Softens Tone On Islam But Calls For Purge Of ‘Foot Soldiers Of Evil’

Notre Dame Students Walk Out Of Mike Pence Commencement Address

Trump Pushes Past Montenegro’s PM

White House Backs Down On Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret

At Wellesley, Hillary Clinton Criticizes Trump And Invokes Nixon Resignation


I feel that compassionate thought is the most precious thing there is. It is something that only we human beings can develop. And if we have a good heart, a warm heart, warm feelings, we will be happy and satisfied ourselves, and our friends will experience a friendly and peaceful atmosphere as well. This is something that can also be experienced nation to nation, country to country, continent to continent


This is incredible. Scientists Are Stunned When 2,000-Year-Old Seeds Grow Into Extinct, Biblical Tree

So is this. Check out this app from that shows our solar system with four charts accessible by pressing a tab. They include: distance from the sun, distance from earth, the planets in terms of relative size, size in our sky, and brightness on any particular date. You can set the format by going to this site.

This is good news. Electric Cars More Popular As Grid Gets Greener


Your Guide To Earth’s Biggest Problems

How Did Humanity’s First Words Sound?

Lizards Benefit From Amazing Flower


The Dark Side Of Another Moon

Boeing & DARPA Developing An Experimental Spaceplane With Aerojet Rocketdyne Engines

NASA Spacecraft Finds A Chaotic Dance Of Storms At Jupiter’s Poles


Bizarre Office Gadgets From The Past

The DJI Spark Is The First Drone I Actually Want To Buy

Reality Check: What Does, And Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone


California Grid Sets Record, With 67% Of Power From Renewables

Relish The Refined Details Of This Container Home’s Open-Plan Kitchen

Why Your Power Company Wants to Sell You More Than Electricity

50 Years Of Spills

Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal


Top 5 Scenic Drives In BC

25 Amazing Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Ukraine

On The Water: 10 Favorite Places On European Rivers, Lakes And Coastlines


A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times A Week, Has Benefits For Dementia

The Myths About Washing Your Hands

The Death Rate From Alzheimer’s Disease Is Climbing


How To Raise Your Children To Be A Part Of The Universe, Not The Center Of It

Warm Weather Water Safety

Is This The Most Perfect Love Story?

See What Type Of House You Can Afford In Every City

The Surprisingly Popular Baby Names In Every State

Take A Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming.

15 Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

John Kerry: The Case For Optimism In These Strange Times



Stunning 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Entries

Horses As Healers

God Bless America – Kate Smith 


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A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

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Photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service

If you love these creatures as much as we do, this will absolutely thrill you. Arctic Wolves Howling A Beautiful Song

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The Spider That Lives In Snail Shells

The Bird That Is Like A Reptile

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How It Feels To Be Struck By Lightning

Dissolving The Dead: An Alternative To Burial Or Cremation

Video: Attending His Own Wake


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

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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