The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 16, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 46 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Every once in awhile, I read a headline which makes me wonder why the story was written in the first place.  It hasn’t happened in several years but it did today, Monday, 10 July.  Here it is.


Comfort women date back to the Japanese occupation of Korea during the Second World War.  Attractive females were forced into sexual slavery and used to “comfort” members of the Japanese military.  Their existence is hardly a secret and has been covered in the media before.

It also happened almost a century ago and both nations have changed.  Its leaders and most of its citizens weren’t even alive when this chapter of history was written.  I had a Native American housemate who hated white people because of what happened at places like Sand Creek and the Trail of Tears.  Excuse me?  My ancestors weren’t even in this country back then.

Can someone tell me then, the point in resurrecting historical events which risk fueling the fires of contemporary bigotry and prejudicial national policy?  Do we punish a nation and its people for what their dead relatives did in order to remind ourselves not to do it again?  That trip is totally unnecessary in my house.  Hopefully it is in yours too.

And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.


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



Odessa National Theatre Of Opera And Ballet That Hosted Opening Ceremony Of The Film Festival. Red Carpet Entrance 


Hello, Rusty, from the shores of the Black Sea:

This weekend in Odessa marks the start of it Eighth International Film Festival. The nice part of actually being here as opposed to seeing it on television is watching one of the participants movies open air at Potemkin Steppes.

During next week, 12 films from China, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium and Spain will be presented to compete for the “Golden Duke”. The award is named after the famous 19th Century Odessa governor, Duke de Richelieu, under whose wise rule Odessa flourished as a port, international and cultural center.

Founded in 2010, Odessa Film Festival is now one of the prominent events in Eastern Europe. This nine-day festival continues to promote the city as a creative and multicultural gathering place for the interested artistic public.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and have a great week.


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Study Finds Questionable Chemical In Mac And Cheese Products

Feds Arrest 400 In Major Health Care Fraud Bust


Every Girl Around The World Counts! 

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I love the answer to this question.  Can Brazil Bring Back The Airship?

This is a little unsettling.  When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

I live here so this is not particularly good news.  “Good morning, Rusty.”  Sigh.  Washington Welcomes Its First Certified Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Test


Possible New Threat To Earth’s Ozone Layer

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Giant Iceberg Splits From Antarctic


Do You Have What It Takes To Live On Mars?

Incredible Jupiter Photos Are Coming

200 Days In Lockup Lab In Preparation For Future Moon Mission


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China’s CH-5 Drone Completes Trial Flight

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Where Our Clean Energy Will Come From

Microsoft Is Going Carbon-Free In The Puget Sound

The Stand Against Straws

Recycling Won’t Cut It


The Road That Led To 1,000 Stories

The Best City In The World To Visit

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The Healthiest Way To Cook Your Food

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6 Simple Ways To Stay Calm During An Argument, According To Psychology

More Americans Than Ever Are Choosing To Be Cremated

Talking About Sex To Both Daughters And Sons

The Women Poets Taking Over The World

It’s Not Just You: Robocalls And Phone Scams Are On The Rise

Millennials Aren’t The First Generation To Be Blamed For Everything


Mesmerizing Video Of A Whale Playing With Dolphins

World Population Day In Numbers

A 10 Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Singing. What Happened Next Shocked Everyone.  


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Tiny Fawn Was Drowning In A Lake Until Something Amazing Happens!

A Rescued Baby Beaver Enjoying Pool Time Is So DAM Cute

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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  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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