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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 22, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 8
INSIDE: Lessons Learned From Storms; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Discontent Feeds National Protests In Ukraine; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dala Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
Reader Supported: All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 

A rainy day in Seattle. Photo by MS(R)M


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after almost 85 days of no rain, the same storm that battered Victoria, BC to the north last week, bringing with it winds gusting to 55 kph circled to the southeast and slammed into Seattle a day later.  It wasn’t There was the expected flooding and other storm damage, including widespread power outages.

This house, with its three wings, two stories and approximately three sheltered and wooded acres, lost electricity at dusk of the first day.  We’re veterans of bad weather and we don’t rattle as easily as the shutters.  It was pretty much business as usual, albeit with flashlights and cold sandwiches.  We got to be quietly heroic for about an hour and a half before everything went back on and we returned to a relatively pampered existence.

It was certainly nothing like what most of the rest of the country’s been going through and I’m grateful for that.  For a species that is driven by the headlines it creates, adverse weather is a reminder that sometimes natural disasters can cause as much damage as those of our own authorship.

Yep, allegory rocks.  My housemates and I could not prevent the storm but we were prepared for it.  We didn’t question it.  We didn’t curse it.  We didn’t even try to understand it.  And we certainly did not communicate with it.  When it was over, we cleaned up, fixed up, and carried on.

Sometimes nations need to do that too.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, be well and thanks for the ear.


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



People rally near the Verkhovna Rada building on Oct. 17 to demand that the Ukrainian parliament support reforms in Ukraine. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov Photo courtesy of the Kyiv Post 


Hi Rusty:

This week in Ukraine started with protests near Verkhovna Rada against Ukrainian parliament led by Michael Saakashvili and supported by a few Ukrainian politicians including the mayor of Lviv and Andriy Sadoviy, the head of political party Samopomich, which means self-help in English.  About two thousand people came to support the demands of lifting immunity of MPs and creating an effective anticorruption court”

It is not a secret that the level of corruption is one of the major problems that my country faces.  The e-declarations that were revealed a few months ago showed a big gap between officials and commoners

Top officials keep millions of dollars in hard cash  and own collections of luxurious watches and Faberge eggs, clothes, and even a church.  No further investigations of any of the most dissonant cases were made, making ordinary citizens outraged at being fooled and then not having their complaints taken seriously.

Altogether, this anger with the ethical climate of the government; frustration with a substandard economy and a widespread dissatisfaction with the standard of living, in concert with recent controversial education and pension reforms, helped Saakashvili to gather people to the Parliament.

Let’s hope there be the political will to implement those quite objective demands. 

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  Olya

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.


Hillary Clinton: ‘Anger And Resentment’ Are Underpinning Our National Conversation
There’s A $10 Million Reward For Information That Could Get Trump Impeached

Why Do So Many Powerful Men Behave Like Harvey Weinstein? This Psychologist Has Some Theories.


If you or anyone you know has been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, please inform the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.  Our thanks to our friends at Seattle’s KING 5 television news for this one.

Alyssa Milano: How We Can Help Women Come Forward


For some reason, I found this a little scary.  New Anatomy VR App Lets You Look Inside Your Own Body

We need to make sure this is also in our future.  How Deep Ocean Wind Turbines Could Power The World

Good morning, Dave?  Toyota Will Test Their AI-Powered Driverless Cars In 2020

Our Planet

Statues And Mysterious Disk Found In Ancient Greek Shipwreck

A Surprise From The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

Amazing Photos Of London’s Strange Sky

Outer Space

NASA Mission ‘Watches Earth Breathe’

The Place Spacecraft Go To Die

What Happens To Your Body In Space Without A Spacesuit?

Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2016: Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak

Dancing With Black Holes

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

Traveling To Mars? Top 6 Health Challenges:  NASA Aims To Have Humans On Mars By The 2030s. People Making The Long Space Journey Will Experience Health Risks They’ve Never Faced Before.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory

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Hackers Have Found A New Way To Attack Your Gadgets. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Child Safety Smartwatches ‘Easy’ To Hack, Watchdog Says

This Calculator Tells You If It’s Cheaper To Use Uber Than Own A Car

1,000mph ‘Bloodhound’ Rocket Car Fires Up

Nobel Laureates

Nobel Laureate: The Future Of DNA Sequencing Will Be In The Palm Of Your Hand


Outstanding.  Tulane Offers Free Tuition to Puerto Rican College Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

I’m glad to see these people speaking out.  ‘Disrespectful Lie’: Anger Grows Over Trump’s Claims About Past Presidents And Fallen Troops

This is also what being a woman is all about.  Rep. Frederica Wilson Didn’t Flinch At Trump’s Attacks. Her Record Explains Why.


It’s important to understand how our mind and emotions work. A cause and condition of anger is fear. Once it has erupted anger can lead to hatred, so we have to tackle it early. Anger tends to arise spontaneously, but we can develop compassion through training. Anger might bring energy, but the problem is that it’s blind. We observe physical hygiene to maintain our health, what we also need is emotional hygiene.


We, as a nation, should be hanging our heads in shame.  When the savaged are forced to suffer in silence, Satan has taken the field and none of us is Heaven bound.  Thousands share stories of sexual abuse with #MeToo after Weinstein allegations. Also see Women Join Alyssa Milano’s ‘Me Too’ Protest Against Sexual Harassment and Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Next time you’re tempted to criticize the news media, give a thought to the sacrifices some of us make to bring it to you.  Malta Journalist Death: Caruana Galizia’s Son Denounces “Mafia State”

What amazes me is that he actually thinks he can get away with this.  Trump Denigrates Obama Over False Fallen Soldier Claim

Good!  United Airlines Dragging Incident That Went Viral Produces Firings, Suspensions Of Officers


America’s Best Cities For Fall Travel

The Cheeky Gnomes Taking Over A City

The World’s Most Adventurous Countries


The Benefits Of ‘Floating’ Solar Power

Old Banger V Diesel: Which Is The Most Toxic?

How Will The Clean Power Plan Repeal Change Carbon Emissions For Your State?

Sir David Attenborough Calls For Action Against Plastic Pollution

Stella McCartney Is Weaving A New Way Forward

Plastic Pollution Is A Thing Of The Past With These Tools

Is Uber Helping Or Hurting Mass Transit?


Here’s How Practicing Tai Chi Can Help The Heart

1 In 9 U.S. Men Have Oral HPV, Study Says

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The 19 Best Foods To Boost Your Memory, Energy And Mood

The FDA Just Approved A New Way To Fight Cancer


What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

Attorney: Sexual Harassment Isn’t Just A Problem For The Rich And Famous

Literacy Builds Life Skills As Well As Language Skills

What’s It Like To Live In North Korea?

If You Drive Less Than 10,000 Miles A Year, You Probably Shouldn’t Own A Car

Women Speak Out On Harassment In California’s Capital


Watch A Wall Of Water Race Up A River

Whales And Dolphins Live ‘Human-Like’ Lives

Pictures Of America’s Happiest Cities 


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A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99:

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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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Do they also snack in between meals?  Solitary Pumas Turn Out to Be Mountain Lions Who Lunch

Some of these little dudes truly do seem to live for danger.  How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes

We might just be able to learn something from them.  When The Recent Hurricanes Hit, How Did Animals Seek Refuge?


California Becomes First State To Ban Sales From Puppy Mills

Why T. Rex’s Puny Arms Are A Sign Of Strength

Fish Depression Is Not A Joke


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October Nestwatch newsletter is now available.  As usual, it is chock full of really cool stuff for those of us who love birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s October newsletter is now available.  Articles in this one include 7 Ways Your Messy Garden Helps Wildlife and Toughest Bird At The Feeder

The World Wildlife Foundation’s October 2017 newsletter is online and it is an animal lover’s delight.


‘My Ride Or Die.’ Woman Flees California Wildfires On A Bike With Her 70-Pound Dog

They Created The Wildly Popular Hatchimals — And Now They’re Billionaires

The First Film Made From Oil Paintings

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate readers in 22 countries who are making 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 you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at  Thank you.  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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