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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 12, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 11
INSIDE: This Lethal Insanity Will Eventually Kill Us All; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Remembering Also A Russian Revolution; 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. I don’t know about you guys but I am starting to get a little irked at individuals who take lethal weapons and kill people in a bunch.  None of the remediation efforts we’ve been making seems to be stopping these people.  It is clearly time for some out of the box thinking.

Like requiring a basic mental health exam for people purchasing firearms and/or lots of ammunition.  Anyone failing this test would have their results sent to appropriate law enforcement, for review by a police behavioral specialist.

Re-channeling the homicidally inclined.  Those whose mental health exams indicated strong killer tendencies could be recruited into those branches of the armed forces that have lots of people to kill in the name of national defense and world peace.

Virtual Mass Destruction Games Arcades in which players are sealed into a chamber and all their real life sources of rage become the characters.  Make the game totally comprehensive, from planning to execution to feeling all the angst of the victims and their families.  Make sure all players remained confined to their game chambers from start to finish. Keep health care providers on hand for those who do not survive the experience.

Identify such individuals and find them homes and gainful employment in places we do not like.

Make it impossible to buy a bullet with someone else’s name on it.

Make universal firearm ownership and training a requirement of American citizenship and make sure all Americans can afford the arsenal it takes to protect life and property.

Hold our breaths and hope we evolve beyond such behavior.  And in the meantime, pray that nobody we know, including us, becomes either a perpetrator of a victim or friends or family of same.

It is patently clear that if we do not do something, this lethal insanity will eventually kill us all.


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




Hi Rusty:

Last week was Remembrance Week in England and commemorates the end of hostilities in the First World War. Another memorable anniversary from the same period and around the same time of year, celebrates its centennial.  Yes, I am talking about the Russian Revolution.

Fueled by popular dissatisfaction with an unfair society; prolonged war; and an industrial revolution that brought masses of young force to cities; weak
short-sighted rule, the Revolution was on its way when an ambiguous but oratory-gifted figure whom we would, nowadays call a populist, arrived on the scene and essentially defined the Revolution itself.  His name was Lenin.

This anniversary is a great incentive to look back to the history and ask ourselves what we have learned from the experience, where masses rage and populism could lead; where everything promised by “leaders” either fails to appear or appears in a form we neither asked for nor want; where those who claim to govern, those bureaucratic elite, fail to provide basic rights and needs for commoners.

Like any historical event, it cannot be easily scaled “good”-“bad”. Most of the progressive ideas were put on the global table a century ago like equity, national liberalism, access to education for women, voting rights for everyone, social security and healthcare etc.  And they all definitely shaped the modern world.

The common people of Tsarist Russia knew none of these, however.  The knowledge was brutally repressed for centuries.  The human cost of transforming the Russian Empire, including the brutal  dekulakization, following a series of famines, was tremendous and counted by millions.

As for Ukraine, following World War I, the Austria-Hungarian and Russia empires faded away in the wake of revolution so Ukraine received its historical chance for “recognition”.  At that West and East Ukraine objectively went through different ways. West Ukrainian People’s Republic  existed 1918-1919 and then merged under tough Polish rule.

It was still an imperial mentality era when only “the strongest survives” so no one was really prepared to let a newly emerged state that was not strong enough on its own to go its way.  So the same happened to the Central and East territories of modern Ukraine became the Ukrainian People’s Republic, a partially recognized state 1918-1921.  Eventually, it fell under influence of Bolsheviks. In direct contravention of Poland’s policy of strict nationalism and assimilation, Vladimir Lenin was seeing an opportunity in national liberalism and was wise enough to use this card to attract people to his ideas.

“The proletariat cannot but fight against the forcible retention of the oppressed nations within the boundaries of a given state, and this is exactly what the struggle for the right of self-determination means. The proletariat must demand the right of political secession for the colonies and for the nations that ‘its own’ nation oppresses. Unless it does this, proletarian internationalism will remain a meaningless phrase; mutual confidence and class solidarity between the workers of the oppressing and oppressed nations will be impossible”.

In first following years, Ukrainian culture and language were revived. But the Ukrainian Republic was subject to all the flaws of the system of the Soviet Union that created a lot of grievances. Only in 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union, did Ukraine at last realize full independence and its own way by peaceful procedure.

Was the Revolution for Russian Empire inevitable as other countries like United Kingdom found the way without such drastic changes?  Perhaps that is a rhetoric question and the answer not needed as it is how it is.

Charles Dickens did his best in “Tales Of Two Cities” to warn about the dark side of what he called “whirling masses” and the dangers of social unrest.  As such, this work stands for me as an example of how powerful written word is.

As for me, personally, born in Russia when it was still the Soviet Union, Ayn Rand’s “We, The Living” takes its young Russian woman protagonist from the Revolution to times after and her own escape to the West.  Autobiographical in nature, it is also an authentic portrait of this revolution and, I suspect, all of them.

Here, I should also mention the writings considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature in the 20th century. The inevitable odious consequence of the Revolution, a Civil War, when neighbor rises against neighbor described in Quietly Flows The Don by Mikhail Sholohov

As for now, we could only have another minute of silence for all those on whom the Revolution fell, from Tsar Nicholas and his family to the last person sentenced to the Gulag.  I hope, in remembering, we reserve our conclusions and seek, instead, understanding.  History is not about ideas or governments.  History is about people and their story always needs to be told.


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.


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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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