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November 26, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 13
INSIDE: If Armageddn Comes, It Will Have To Wait Until Rusty’s Done Eating;; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – What You Can Learn On A Long Train Rive;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 

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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Some while back, a Greek philosopher named Plato wrote (In Plato’s Apology) that “An unexamined life is not worth living.”  While I certainly thing that intro and extro-spection both can be melodramatically overdone, it has also been my experience that both in moderation make the road of life some easier to travel.

I think that is particularly true during times of high stress, like in my two countries, Canada and the United States, and in Olya’s, Russia and Ukraine, with the high holiday season now gearing up.  So here are some ways that I, Rusty Miller, cope with that.  And I am not prescribing, just sharing mine.

I accept that stress this time of year is inevitable, especially in the news gathering business.  So I look for really positive, empowering stuff to share with you guys.  There’s a lot of it out there and it is just as real as the tragedy slung at us from the front pages of the world’s media.

We also fulfill our responsibility to keep you informed with THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE page.  You can just scroll down the headlines and by the end of the list, you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on beyond your own pale than most folks.

I also make it a point to do something, however small, to improve the place I live and or the lives of the people with whom I share this very large and quiet house.  I don’t seek authorship or acknowledgement when I do these things.  I do them because I like where I live and those WITH WHOM I live.

I guess, third, I program good experiences for myself by taking at least two hours a day to put a Do Not Disturb Sign on my world and watch a good movie from my Frostwire or YouTube collection.  That’s a good time for a good meal, as well.  And when I am enjoying both, it is at the total exclusion of all other reality.  Like a housemate observed the other day,

“If Armageddon comes, it’s going to have to wait until Rusty’s done eatin’.”

Have a great week, gang.  Rusty

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:

Just stepped of my usual train route East-West Ukraine. It was a pleasant and relaxing 18 hours ride. What is always fascinates me is how people actually get together when put into limited space for almost a day.

There’s something appealing about sharing your life experiences with a total stranger and seeing an understanding in their eyes. As the train connects two points on the map 1000 km away, one near East border i.e. Dnipro city and the other near West border i.e. Lviv, it’s interesting to hear what people with a little bit different mentality talk about and what common future they see for the country.

Contrary to social media’s hate speech and arguing, in the real life of a train coach, it’s more about uniting and tolerance for one another, no matter the language spoken. The  atmosphere of the train I am riding reminds me of the Lviv-Donetsk one that I took in summer 2012 during  the European Football Championship when international games were held in these two cities. I remember how jam packed with people, the carriages were cheerful and sing songs like Chervona Ruta, famous Ukrainian song.

As is quite known, both Ukrainian and Russian languages are very close to each other and both Russian and Ukrainian speakers quite easily understand each other even when everyone speaks their own language. Too much pressure on making people speak one language just gives trumps to Russia while it is not really a problem for common people to understand.

From historical lessons of failure of Rzeczpospolita, a Polish Empire, one reasons of what was a policy of strict nationalism and assimilation, when for example Ukrainians that were under its rule had no possibility to learn in schools in Ukrainian.

The recent education reform widely criticized by Hungary and Romania put negative effects for Russian speakers too, contending, as both nations did that they had the right to use their original native language in personal life and to be educated in that language.  They contended that these rights were not subject to dispute.

One couple on my train was from the Donetsk Republic.  They said that the stereotype that most people there would like to be a part of Russia is not true. They might not mind still being the part of Ukraine but with more autonomy in decision making.

This of course makes sense. Ukraine is one of the biggest countries in the Europe and since it has itself such ethnic diversity, its government realizes the value of decentralization and liberalization in terms of making life easier for the general population.

The same abovementioned education reform put additional unrest to Odessa, an historically Russian speaking region but the task is vice versa to give people confidence in their future in Ukraine.

All big countries solve such issues in different ways. America seems to have a slightly different set of laws for every state. Germany has its federal layout.  Both are ways forward for countries too large and too diversified to share a hard doctrine of nationality.

And one more word as for Russian language use, its called Russkiy, just reflecting its birth place in Kievan Rus as it was originated here, the heart of the Ukraine and did not appear in Russia until hundreds of years later.

So emphasizing the language problem only separates people when the real questions are corruption and the leadership in the country. That is the point everyone in this little discussion on my train agreed upon.

We have everything for a success: hardworking, good people, fertile land.  Leadership is what we are lacking.  But maybe the answer is to not follow anyone but instead to just do your best.  Perhaps with everyone doing that instead of relying so much on others to do it for them, the  future be bright again.  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.


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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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