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November 5, 2017 Vol. 10 No.10
INSIDE: An Orwellian Dystopia Is Not The Answer; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Blade Runner 2049 Filmed In Budapest;; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai 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
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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I’ve mentioned before, there’s an online coffee house I go to for “first coffee”.  I’ve known some of these people on the Net for a decade and a half.  They’re a diversified bunch ranging from cooks to college professors and they are international in demography.  So for me, it’s even better a place to go to sample “public opinion.”

In the wake of that lone truck terrorist in Manhattan whose paint gun got him SBC’d (Suicide By Cop), the discussion naturally arose about what could or can be done to prevent these kinds of things from happening.

Greater surveillance was suggested but that won’t work because it will require a system that could easily turn America into an Orwellian dystopia.  We have the technology but we are not bureaucratically capable of organizing ourselves into a single ~ yet vast ~ surveillance and intelligence gathering/sharing organ or agency.

We need, I think, to focus on more ways we can protect ourselves.  One way that cities are doing it is to make their downtowns motor-vehicle free.  Delivery services are strictly monitored and work requiring government vehicles are done after most everyone has left city center.  Gated communities, of course, have long been a suburban solution.

Neighborhood Watch programs have also long been an American mainstay and with the present technology, drone surveillance of the streets is an option to in person patrols in high strife boroughs.

Such measures will not only protect us from terrorist but from the anti-social among us who would also do us harm.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.


Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.


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



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Hi Rusty:

For me it was interesting to find out that Blade Runner 2049 with my favorite actors, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, was filmed not in Hollywood but Budapest studios

Budapest is becoming ‘the’ new filming destination after the introduction in the past year of a 25% tax reduction on film production.  That savings is passed along to American and other foreign studios in the form of lower production costs. That is along with great sceneries of the city that could be playing the role of Paris, Prague or Soviet decorations, made film crowd flocking to the place.

The Korda Studio is huge and lies 30km/18m from Budapest.  It is where a lot of Hollywood blockbusters were filmed and is considered one of the best studios in Europe.

Here they shot the last Hellboy, the Martian, the Witch Hunt, and the War of the Worlds Z.  The special effects in many of these productions were made from just foam and I found that amazing

I think for Ukraine, it is a great example of a national film industry evolving and we do have our own Budapest, Lviv. With our government announcing 500 million HRV (159,017 Euro/184,781 US$ allocated to development of a Ukrainian film production, the steps of tax lifting could be another way forward.  And one of requirements that worked for Hungary is using some native representatives for foreign studios during shooting films. That is definitely giving good experience to local companies.

Cheers and 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.


In America, it is known as Veterans Day and in Canada, Remembrance Day.  A global holiday, it has other names and is celebrated on dates other than November 11.  Its purpose, however, is universal.  It is the day we remember all those, living and dead, who serve our respective nations and continue to “mann the wall” for us.

I am one and I live with three others spanning several wars.  It’s not something we talk about, even with one another.  It was a part of our lives that, regardless of what the country may think, we do not want to remember.  As well intentioned as these celebrations are, they are also a result of war.  War is the taking of human lives and no one who has ever done that ~ under any circumstances ~ forgets it.  It is something you live with forever.

If you truly value our sacrifices and our services, make this day and all others like it, not a reminder of war but a celebration of peace.








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We’ve known this for a long time.  We agree and support it totally.  Urbanists, Architects Say Backyard Cottages Are A Must In Affordable Housing Push

Our Planet

Twin Yellowstone Super-Eruptions Altered Climate

6 Ways Climate Change And Disease Helped Topple The Roman Empire

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NASA Tests Ensure Astronaut, Ground Crew Safety Before Orion Launches

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From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News

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Incredible images of our world and far beyond


It’s Going To Be Expensive To Fix A Broken Iphone X

What Public Transit Can Learn From Uber And Lyft

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We need to applaud, support and truly appreciate every one of these individuals.  The ‘Weinstein Effect’ Is Going Global, as British, French and Canadian Women Speak Up

These people are awesome.  The Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning

This is this generation’s youth at their best.  The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017

Right flipping on!  A Cyclist To A Terrorist: Your Fear mongering Has Failed


We need to improve the current education system by introducing instructions on ways to cultivate positive emotions like warm-heartedness. Relying on religious tradition won’t appeal to everyone. We need a more universal approach based on common experience, common sense and scientific findings


Why am I not surprised?  President Trump’s Approval Ratings Hit a New All-Time Low

And of course, Trump refuses to listen.  EPA Says Obama’s Climate Plan Would Save Thousands Of Lives

This needs to stop, does it not?  Video: Cruel Musical Chairs (Or Why Is Rent So High?)


Everything You Need To Know About President Trump’s Grueling Asia Tour

The Wild West: Hiking Ghost Towns And Mines

The Boat Trip That Changed My Life


Debate Over Drilling

The Changing Politics Of Timber

Coal Exports: The Finances Remain Gloomy

How To Give Back To The Earth In Death


One Simple Way To Make A New Healthy Habit Stick

This Is The Number-One Cause Of Stress For Americans

Can You Eat For $19/Week? Dozens In B.C. Set To Take On Welfare Food Challenge

What Doctors Facing The Opioid Crisis Need Next

10 Things Wrecking Your Sex Drive

Trump’s War On Opioids Won’t Work—But California Knows What Will

Hydroponic Veggies: Organic Or Not?


3 Underrated Skills That’ll Help Get You Ahead At Work

Could You Get Your Student Loans Forgiven? Here’s How To Find Out

Plant Savvy: (Quick And Easy!) Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas From The Garden

How To Build A 7-Day Survival Kit On A Budget

4 Ways to Give Your Body Back to Nature After You Die

Lovehacking, And Other Habits Of Happy Couples

“We Hope The Totem… Moves People To Action”


Deep-Sea Nightmares And Other Ocean Spookiness

10 Female Artists You Should Know About

Watch: “We Are Water”


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What kind of owl are you?  Take this quiz to find out.

This is outstanding news.  New Era For Washington State Wolves

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New Great Ape Species Identified

Dinosaurs Suffered Catastrophic ‘Winter’

Chimpanzees Among 33 Species Selected For Special Protection

Watch: Mussels Of The Willamette


The SeaDoc Society’s November 2017 newsletter is now online.  It’s the best window on wildlife conservation and species preservation in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea  you’ll find online anywhere.


Pakistani Bride Kills 17 People With Poison Milk In Effort To Escape Arranged Marriage
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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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