The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 2, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 44

American Flag flying over the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Pininterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226446687486634547/

Over One And A Half Hours Of Patriotic Music For Your July 4th Celebration 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Last week, we wished Canada a Happy Birthday. This week, it’s America’s turn. And since I’m not a bombs bursting in mid air person or fond of battlefields, and since I still believe that America is a great place to live because of Americans, I’m going to turn this over to Kate Smith and ask God to Bless Our Great Nation. This video is terrific and a reminder of who we really are. And on that note, gang, have a great week and for those to whom it applies, a safe and sane July 4th.


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



World Food Security Risks Growing, Chatham House Says

The Best Food Found in the World’s 10 Happiest Countries

95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World


China Launches New Warship Type To Boost Military Strength

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Tepco Executives On Trial

China To Launch 2nd Heavy-Lift Carrier Rocket

Bullet Trains To Travel From Beijing To Xiongan New Area

India GST: Sweeping Tax Reform Introduced


U.N. To Reduce Peacekeepers In Darfur Region Of Sudan

Ketumile Masire, Who Shaped And Led A Vibrant Botswana, Dies At 91

U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children

Corruption Crackdown Intensifies In Tunisia, And The People Cheer

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid In Africa


Israel’s ex-PM Olmert released from prison

Inside Mosul: Danger And Desperation

Suicide Bombers Hit Lebanon Camps

Syria War: Almost 500,000 Refugees Return In 2017 – UN


David Duckenfield Faces 95 Hillsborough Manslaughter Charges

Germany Gay Marriage Approved By Mps In Snap Vote

Pope Replaces Vatican’s Conservative Doctrinal Watchdog

UK To End International Fishing Agreement

UK To End International Fishing Agreement

Princes Attend Service At Diana’s Grave


At Least 2 Dead In Biggest Storm To Hit Moscow In 90 Years

Lavrov: Trump-Putin Meeting Will Bring ‘Clarity’ On U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia Says Britain’s New Aircraft Carrier Is A ‘Convenient Target’ On The High Seas

Russian Life Expectancy Hits Record High

10% Of Russian Struggling To Buy Food — Poll


The Quiet Life In Tilt Cove, Canada’s Smallest Town

Huge Crowds Celebrate Canada 150

Canada’s 2 Newest Astronauts Named During Parliament Hill Festivities


The U.S. Fertility Rate Just Hit A Historic Low

Maps: Fires Sweep The West

Arkansas Nightclub Shooting Leaves 28 Wounded

Doctors Work Furiously In Bid To Save Victims Of Hospital Rampage

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

Tacoma Tackles Homelessness

Portland Has A Plan To Do For Buses What It Did For Cycling

California Supreme Court Upholds Cap-And-Trade Law

Slideshow: Seattle-Area Outdoor Movies For Summer 2017

Seattle’s Population Tops 700,000


Brazil Arrests Notorious Drug Kingpin Luiz Carlos Da Rocha

Mexico Police Kill 19 Gunmen In Sinaloa

Mexican Politicians ‘Targeted By Spyware’

The First-Aiders Of Venezuela


Deliveries ‘In Limbo’ With Fedex’s TNT ‘Significantly Affected’ By Cyber Attack

Could Tax Breaks And The Repair Movement Fix Our Throwaway Habit?

‘You Need To Lead For Everybody’: Rhiannon Slams Di Natale’s Leadership



Google Hit With Record EU Fine Over Shopping Service

Rolls-Royce Safeguards 7,000 Jobs In East Midlands

New Study Finds Controversial Impacts Of Seattle’s Minimum Wage


Hurricane Dora Becomes The First Hurricane Of The Eastern Pacific Season Off Mexico’s Coast

Worst Hurricanes In American History (Part I)

May Was Earth’s Second-Warmest In 137 Years

Carbon In Atmosphere Is Rising, Even As Emissions Stabilize

Too Hot To Fly? Climate Change May Take A Toll On Air Travel

Merkel: Hamburg G20 To Focus On Paris Climate Deal

1,400 Mayors: We Will Lead On Climate

It’s Time For Cities To Treat Climate Change Like A Public Health Crisis


How ISIS Tortured Prisoners In Mosul


Spotlight: They Flee War In Middle East, Who Can Save Them?

Inside The Lives Of 4 Syrian Refugee Families

Trump Travel Ban: US Sets Out Visa Criteria

The Police Officers Helping Undocumented Immigrants Feel Safe

British Columbia, Canada’s Immigrants Giving Voice To Their Own Stories


I’m Modern Day Presidential, Says Trump


Mural Fest Dnipro. Mural by Illya Kudinenko. Photo by Olya Bereza


Hi Rusty:

Last week I discussed the architectural challenge facing modern builders seeking to renovate structures built during the Soviet era. One of the ways came from unexpected direction – art. As you see on the photo above, an artist can transform a bleak building’s sidewalls into a masterpiece.

In Dnipro City, (formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) in East Ukraine, starting on the 21st of June, this concept is celebrated by a street art festival called “Mural Fest Dnipro”. The main goal is to rethink the urban environment and attract public resonance. The artists from different parts of Ukraine are invited to participate. They expect communication and new acquaintances with young generation.

The one of the picture is performed by the artist from Donetsk region, Slovyansk city, Illya Kudinenko. His mural addresses environmental protection. The composite center of the drawing is a migratory bird – a stilt (himatopus), which is included in the Red Book of critically endangered species of Ukraine. Unfortunately,human anthropogenic influence by changing the physical condition and chemistry of reservoirs and biological contamination represents a direct threat to this beautiful bird.

The ideological beginning of Illya Kudinenko ‘s mural is the bird, which, being in a roundabout from the viewer, creates the effect of diving into outer space. Space symbolizes the riddle and the unknown. On the sketch, the outer space is bordered by a black and white ornament, which contrasts from the color drawing. This ornament symbolizes human activity, as a peculiar mythological prototype of the chess party of man with nature

Let us hope we, as humans, will understand that we could never win. Our aim should be finding harmony with our wonderful Mistress Nature.

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.


If something is worth doing, do it. If, in fact, you fail, there’ll be no cause for regret. You can try again. To die without even having tried, will be to die disappointed. We all have opportunities to contribute making a better world; we must seize them with far-sighted vision. I’m encouraged that so many people are becoming interested in the well-being of humanity. This is surely a sign of hope.


London Terror Hero: ‘I Wasn’t Backing Down’

Crowd Catches Girl After Ride Fall

£100m From West To Clean Up Russian Nuclear Base

Sheikh Helps Villagers Buy Chapel In Cornwall


Trump Causes ‘Major’ Shift In Global View Of US

E.P.A. Official Pressured Scientist On Congressional Testimony, Emails Show

Doctor Who Over-Prescribed Painkillers Is Charged With Murdering Her Patients


What Kids Knew In 1867

The One Law Of Robotics: Humans Must Flourish

YES Magazine: How Can Our Economy Spark Joy? Send Them Your Ideas


The longer I live, the cooler these guys seem to get. The Robot That Can Pick Up Virtually Any Object

Let’s hope the answer to this question is, “not yet.” Are We Running Out Of Land?

I thought this was pretty cool. How Your Food Waste Could Eventually Power Your Home


Three Items That Helped Humanity Survive.

You Don’t Have To Be An Engineer To Appreciate The World’s Most Radical Bridges

An Upside Down Rainbow?


High Above Mars, A NASA Orbiter Spies The Curiosity Rover

Sun Showers And The Science Behind This Weather Paradox

Top 10 Things To Know About Asteroids


Everything to Know About the Latest Worldwide Ransomware Attack

The Defibrillator Drone That Can Beat Ambulance Times

How To Read And Understand A Scientific Paper: A Guide For Non-Scientists


Pipelines & Battle Lines

Vancouver Looks To Slash Single-Use Waste

Seeing The Light: Mining Companies Look To Solar Power, Wind For Fresh Revenue

Even As Emissions Stabilize, Carbon In The Atmosphere Is Rising

States Betting On Giant Batteries To Cut Carbon

Even ‘Safe’ Pollution Levels Can Be Deadly


Most Amazing Hikes in Every State (PHOTOS)

The English Moor Where Wallabies Roam

Summer Vacation, Minus The Traffic: 5 Alternatives To Popular Trips


13 Foods That Could Be Affecting Your Sleep

10 Plants That Attract Positive Energies

The Hidden Dangers Of Shampoo And Makeup

Joe And Jill Biden: We’re Changing How We Fight Cancer

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish

Dr. Andrew Weil Says We’re Taking Too Many Medicines

How Walking In Nature Changes The Brain

Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Children’s Summer Skin Care


10 Best No-Cook Recipes

Millennials Say GIFs and Emojis Communicate Their Thoughts Better Than English

Lavender For Health And Home

Grocer Trials Driverless Delivery Van

Where Millennials Can Actually Afford To Buy Homes

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds By Age 19

Masculinity And The Environment: A Double-Edged Sword


7-Year-Old Cancer Survivor To Be Seattle’s Superhero For A Day  

Watch A Beautiful Elephant Marvel At The Power Of Water Pressure! 

America’s Pets Are Getting Much Fatter, New Research Finds


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Ralph. Photo by Rusty Miller

This takes a little set up. I live in a South Seattle, Washington neighborhood where wildlife and humans thrive together in close proximity. We are also on Nextdoor Neighbors and one of the longest threads has been about our raccoons.  The following is by one of us, Patricia Bauer, who lives north of St. Thomas Church. Rusty

Here is a little ditty I wrote several years ago about coyotes and think it could also apply to raccoons.


Hello there folks

Here is my story that is no joke

I was fine, happy, and free

till you put the boot to me

Rabbits, mice, and birds did I thrive on

But all of a sudden all where gone

Along with my yard and trees

Nothing was left but me

You took my house you took my home

I had nothing left to do but roam

My search did continue till I found

That there were a lot of small animals around

When you let your kitty or small dog roam

I will be on them like foam

Don’t tell me to put them down

I will only laugh until you frown

It isn’t natural for me to want your pet

It is the only thing I have left

I didn’t plan it this way

But it wasn’t for me to say

This next one s as moving as the headline suggests. Elephant Was Rescued After His Mom Died. When He Gets To The Sanctuary, The Herd Runs To Greet Him

This is probably not good news to the humans who live here but I bet it is to the creature in question. Blue Shark Spotted On Holiday Resort In Majorca


These 9 Birds Are Some Of The Craziest You Will Ever See

9 Shows And Movies That Perpetuate An Unfair Fear Of Animals

Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look To The Wings


Monkey Business: Chimp Finds Love After Being Rescued From Animal Traffickers!

Smart Turtle Does Something Pretty Amazing When He Needs Some Help  

Two Men Develop Friendship With Rescued Lioness (Video) 


The Cornell Lab NestWatch monthly newsletter is now online. Features this time include their Home Tweet Home Contest (No I did NOT make that up. That’s what they call it.) and new birdhouse plan for western owls. Yep, check it out here.


The 15 Most Influential Video Game Characters of All Time

Hogs On Road Cause Texas Rush-Hour Chaos

The 7 Sustainable Wonders Of The World


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 become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, 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



About minstrel312

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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