IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY

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The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 11, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 41

IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, the big news for me this week was former FBI Director James B. Comey’s public testimony before Congress. I watched the entire proceedings and I have my own observations.

They come from perspectives of growing up with law enforcement and working with police and the courts in three states. I’ve also run two small political campaigns and received a national award for editorial journalism. I say that because if you’re like me, an opinion is nice. An INFORMED opinion is worth the time.

Mr. Comey’s credentials are impeccable and he is definitely one species of “Washington Insider.” He has, for the most part, navigated the slippery (and sometimes slimy) slopes of Capitol Hill adroitly and with both his ethics and his patriotism intact. He served two presidents (one of each party) well before he ran afoul of the third.

Because Trump has proven to be both enigmatic, reality challenged and unpredictable, Mr. Comey’s behavior and the means he used to protect both himself and the public’s right to know was appropriate. Trump complains about leaks after putting an iron mask on the Potomac media when the most appropriate response would have been absolute candor.

I did not and do not see this as Comey v Trump. I see it as yet another example of the “raging bull in a glass shop” behavior that has characterized Trump as a human being for seven decades. That’s a long time to be obnoxiously megalomaniacal and habits that old are nearly impossible to break. So Former FBI Director James Comey joined the ranks of other senior Washington, DC officials in essentially saying, “Chill, Donald. You can’t legally do that, dude.”

I admire Mr. Comey, as I admire my mayor, my governor, my two US senators and my Congressman. It is precisely because of individuals like these that even the most maladroit hand on the helm of the Ship of State can’t sink the flipping boat.

I’ve also learned something pretty important, I think. When people speculate about the motives of others, it is usually a revelation about the options they themselves might entertain under similar circumstances.

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

Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington. For comments, please go here.

THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE

AROUND THE WORLD

ASIA

South Korea Halts Thaad Anti-Missile System Rollout

Taliban Territory: Life In Afghanistan Under The Militants

Japan Growth Rate Revised Down But Business Spending Improves

Chinese Censors Have New Target: Celebrity News

Apple Customer Data In China Was Sold Illegally, Police Say

AFRICA

Qatar Row: Six Countries Cut Links With Doha

Qatar Row: Calls For Diplomatic Talks To End Gulf Crisis

Qatar Row: Saudi Revokes Qatar Airways’ License

Forced From Their Village By Violence

MIDDLE EAST

Raqqa: Syrian Kurdish-Led Forces Launch Offensive On ISIS ‘Capital’

Iran Attacks Leave 12 Dead At Parliament And Khomeini Mausoleum

Yemen Cholera Cases Pass 100,000 Amid ‘Unprecedented’ Epidemic

Nations Silent On Qatar Blockade Plea

Qatar Crisis: The Deep Diplomatic Tensions Behind The Row

EUROPE

Britain Will Overcome Terrorism The Same Way It Always Has

London Attack: Third London Bridge Attacker Named

The British Election That Somehow Made Brexit Even Harder

Emmanuel Macron’s Amateur Politicians Are Poised To Remake French Parliament

Merkel Says EU Is ‘Ready To Start Brexit Negotiations’

RUSSIA

Russia’s Oil Bargain With Iran Has Political Overtones

Stalin’s Shadow: How A Gulag Historian Fell Victim To Russia’s Dark Past

Foreign Minister Says Russia Won’t End Travel For Europeans

CANADA

Canada’s Climate Strategy: Work With US States

4 Dead In Northern Quebec Town After Series Of Stabbings

Cankerworm Infestation Bugging Ontario City 

Canada Hit With Another Flour Recall, More Illnesses Due To 2nd E. Coli Outbreak

All Sailors Rescued From Mid-Atlantic After Violent Storm 

Analysis Another Decade, Another Trudeau, Another Stab At Sovereignty In Alberta

UNITED STATES

Drug Deaths In America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

2 Men Charged With Manslaughter In Deadly Oakland Fire

The 25 Cities Where Millennials Are Moving

Over 1,000 US Cities, States, And Businesses Vow To Meet Paris Climate Commitments

Hawaii First State To Pass Law Committing To Paris Climate Accord

Kansas Man Indicted On Hate Crime Charges In Shooting Of Indian Immigrants

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

The Pacific Northwest Is Proving Grassroots Action Against Fossil Fuels Can Work

How Will Seattle’s New Soda Tax Impact Small Businesses And Customers?

We In The Pacific Northwest Have A Choice

Portland Prepares Kenton Village For Homeless Women

Portland Eyes Future Of Willamette River

More Evidence On Ridesharing’s Growth Surge

Tent Cities For Tacoma’s Homeless To Get $3.4 Million

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Do You Need To Live In Seattle?

LATIN AMERICA

Michel Temer: Court Rules In Favour Of Brazil Leader

Trump’s New Cuba Policy: What’s At Stake For The Island?

Guatemala Ex-Vice-President Wanted By US

Hugo Chávez’s Brother Becomes Governor Of Barinas State

Venezuela Musicians Rise Up After Violist, 18, Is Killed At Protest

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Muslim ‘Safe Space’ Plan Sparks Row In Australia

China Seeks News Influence Through Australian Media Deals

Investigation Into ‘National Shame’ Work-For-The-Dole Scheme Underway

Top Cop Probed For Alleged Misconduct At Time Of Daniel Morcombe Inquest

‘Questions’ Over Chinese Company Donation To Western Australia Liberals

‘It Was Like Rape’: Women In Japan Tricked Into Pornography

193 Nations Urge Action To Protect Oceans

FROM OLYA

A gloomy day in London. Photo by Olya Bereza

IN THE WAKE OF THE LONDON ATTACK

Hi Rusty:

Last week was gloomy for the capital of the UK, when just a few days before elections the London attack at Borough Market happened.

Like the recent drama in Manchester, this too seems only to have united people. London thrives because of its multiculturalism so it should be no surprise that the days following tragedy, people on streets were even more polite with each other.

The results of Parliamentary elections though were a surprise.  Labour leader Jeremy Corbin was very consistent in his election campaign, so no party could win a majority. This only means that more negotiation and cooperation will be needed but on the other hand ability to choose is a fundamental for democracy.

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

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. For comments on this please go here.   

Two guitarists and a hand drummer (hidden behind the man on the right) entertain inside a tiny bar in Havana. Photo by Emily DeCarlo

HOW TO SALSA

by Dac Collins

Around sunset, heavy clouds hang sweating over the ancient, living buildings of La Habana. With this sweat comes heat, an impressive sort — one that builds as the sun dips down over the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the rainy season and while the grey water-laden clouds continue to perspire, even heavier now that the light is fading, two Yanquis sit under the tin roof of a tiny bar sipping mojitos. They watch as a three-piece band plays Chan Chan, paying respect to the Buena Vista Social Club, a place as well as a group of musicians who, though now mostly absent from the physical realm, remain living legends on the island.

The two Americans are having a hard time keeping their eyes off of one another. They talk little, taking in the surreal scene unfolding around them. A drop of sweat dives off the tip of his nose and into the cocktail, falling somewhere between the hierba buena and the rim of the glass. She dabs at her forehead with a bandana.

Then it happens—somewhere in the middle of the song. The lead singer rakes a flat pick across six nylon strings and yells, “para macané”, his voice rising like an arrow towards the clouds rumbling overhead. His shot is true and they unleash their burden on the scene, thousands of water balloons bigger than ’52 Chevies all popping at once. The two waiters on shift jump into action.

One runs outside to bring in a vacant table. The other scrambles for the tarps that are rolled up and draped over the side of the roof. He tries to unfurl the tarp that shelters the side of the bar facing the Atlantic. He fumbles with a knot. The testy double-overhand tightens its grip while the rain attempts to drown him, but he keeps struggling, embattled with a stubborn four-inch piece of twine. His friend recognizes his plight and runs for a knife. The twine doesn’t stand a chance.

Meanwhile, the musicians scramble to the center of the bar. Moving, they never miss a beat. They play even louder to compete with the raucous sound of water crashing against weary metal.

Their tempo quickens, the bongo player’s pedal-driven cowbell intensifying with the rain. The man on the tres picks away while the singer on his left, eyes closed, looking upward, yells the name of another tiny town in the campo.

Then the three musicians, who have likely never had the opportunity to leave this bizarre landmass, finally get their chance. They slide out into the rain, leaving a melody in their wake as the storm picks them up and guides them upward by the smalls of their backs.

Now floating somewhere between Havana and the heavens, they all follow in perfect time. They mirror her thunderous hip shakes and her quick, torrential footsteps, dancing on the rupturing clouds underfoot.

Editor’s Note: Dac and his friend are both fluent in Spanish and she has visited Cuba before. This was Dac’s first experience and what you read is an excerpt from notes he took. We’re preparing a more journalistic treatment which will provide some windows on this Caribbean island nation, from a source I personally know. RM

GOOD EXAMPLES

Tackling Homelessness A Different Way

As Trump Steps Back, Jerry Brown Talks Climate Change In China

The 81-Year-Old Bin-Woman With A PhD

How The First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon Is Still Running Marathons At 70 

Stop Making Excuses For Hateful White Men

BAD EXAMPLES

She’s Accused Of Texting Him To Suicide. Is That Enough To Convict?

Columbia River Methanol Plant Gets Approval On Two Permits

Masquerading As Reporter, Assassin Hunted Putin Foes In Ukraine

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

BUSINESS & TRADE

UK Election 2017: The Impact On Asian Business

Delphi, The Auto Parts Supplier, Embarks On A High-Tech Overhaul

CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WEATHER

Tribes Stand For Paris

As the World Turns, Temperatures Rise: NASA Predicts All-Time Temperature Highs for 2016

Americans ‘Under Siege’ From Climate Disinformation

ESPIONAGE, TERRIORISM & WAR

Terrorist Attacks In The Heart Of London Hit A Nation Still Reeling

Raqqa: US-Backed Forces Advance In ISIS ‘Capital’

Inside ‘Islamic State’: A Raqqa Diary

Marawi Siege: US Special Forces Aiding Philippine Army

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES

The National Front Member Who Fell In Love With Calais Jungle Migrant

California’s ‘Green Rush’ Takes Hmong Back To Their Opium-Growing Roots

TRUMP & COMPANY

 

Comey Says Trump Pressured Him To ‘Lift The Cloud’ Of Inquiry

Calling Comey A Liar, Trump Says He Will Testify Under Oath

DALAI LAMA

We depend on each other for our survival. In terms of the threats we all face from climate change, national boundaries have no meaning. Looking at our small blue planet from space no such boundaries can be seen. This is the reality today. On this World Environment Day we have to think of the environment in terms of the welfare of the whole of humanity.

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

Indeed. Robot Cars Can’t Count On Us In An Emergency  And here’s another “be still my beating heart” moment because I live here. Self-Driving Cars Could Soon Be Tested On Washington Roads

We totally agree with this. Why All Animal Lovers Should Care About Bumblebees Being Endangered

How do you say, “Good morning, Dave” in Japanese? Japan To Launch Self-Navigating Cargo Ships ‘By 2025’

OUR PLANET

Oldest Fossils Of Homo Sapiens Found In Morocco, Altering History Of Our Species

As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving Is An Ancient Act Of Resilience

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In The World

SPACE

SpaceX Makes History With Recycled Spacecraft Launch To International Space Station

A Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

Fruit Flies And Mice To Get New Home On Space Station, At Least Temporarily

TECHNOLOGY

The Best Apps Of The Year So Far

Ponzi Scheme Meets Ransomware For A Doubly Malicious Attack

10-Year-Old App Maker’s Plan: Change World, Become Turtle

THE GREEN BEAT

Map: The Future Is Carbon-Priced And The US Is Getting Left Behind

These Google Streetview Cars Are Now Mapping And Measuring Pollution

California Vows To Forge Ahead With Ozone Cutting Measures

All Dutch Trains Now Run On 100% Wind Power

Environmental Groups Try To Block Montana Mine Expansion

TRAVEL

These 8 Beaches Are Some Of The Best In The World

The Island That Forever Changed Science

London’s Secret Underground Mail Rail

HEALTH

15 Foods A Nutritionist Always Keeps In Her Fridge

Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back To Traditional Foods

Seattle Soda Tax To Fund Education, Nutrition Programs

LIFESTYLE

Four Ways to Crack Down on Fraternity Hazing

Why We Are Driven To Search For The Truth

In One Of The Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City

FUNZONE

BEST OF THE NET

Africa’s Great Migration

New York Times Wellness Page Devoted To Pets

Life On Mars  

NORTHSTAR CLASSIFIEDS

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Thought of the Day: For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is absolutely heart-warming. Dolphins Rush To The Glass Once They Hear Incredible Violinist Playing Music For Them

If this doesn’t warm your heart, it’s because you don’t have one. After Losing Her Leg To A Landmine, This Elephant Got The Best Gift Ever From An Amazing Surgeon

I believe this because it makes sense. Extinction Of Larger, Fruit-Eating Animals May Hasten Deforestation And Climate Change

SHORTS

The Most Powerful Punch Of All

U.S. Government To Use Drones To Fire M&Ms At Endangered Ferret Habitat

Precarious Rescue For Runaway Lizard

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Here’s A Chance To Make A Difference With Your Yard By Bringing The Bees Home

No, Killing Coyotes Does Not Help Ranchers

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Canada Tornado: Alberta Lawn-Mowing Man Defies Twister

“Trump Or Merkel?” Ukraine Beer Depicts World Leaders

The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved

ABOUT US

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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