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December 3, 2017 Vol. 10 No.13
INSIDE; A Truly American Brand of Self-Sufficiency; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – And Yes, Hello December; 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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A scene from Pacific Northwest History. Photo courtesy of Photographs of Washington History


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  Maybe you guys can tell me something?  After Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, do they really expect us to have money left over for Hanukah and Christmas?

Oh, and in response to several of you who tried to donate and were unable to do so, we’ve fixed the link so it is just one click now and you can contribute anything from a dime on up.  This holiday season especially, we’d like to limit those to $10.00 US and see any more than that spent closer to your hearth and home.  Again, to do so, please go here.  And thank you very much.

Like millions of us, I was surprised and dismayed to learn that American television journalist and news anchor Matt Lauer was terminated following detailed allegations from a co-worked of sexual harassment.  We are, of course, totally against such behavior but I am also not real happy with an entire culture that makes idols out of celebrities and has, for centuries, relegated women to basic biological functions and then elevated one of them to an art form which rewarded sex symbols lushly, uses them and then tosses them out with the trash and recyclables when age at last betrays them.

I’ve spoken in the past about headlines which promote ignorance or ‘attitude’.  The Alps Are Melting. Climate Change Is To Blame  So what are we going to do to chastise Climate Change for that?  “How about Climate Change Responsible For Melting Alps”

Finally, at least for now, it appears things are starting to unravel rather quickly for America’s current presidential administration.  It has been a long time since the fabric of the red, white and blue has been so severely tested.  In balance, on the regional, state and community level, we are returning to a truly American style of self-sufficiency which, at least for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, has been far better for us than edicts issued from a white house built by slaves on reclaimed Potomac River swamp land.

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.



Olya’s open jar of prize Ukraine honey


30 NOVEMBER, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF UKRAINE, TRAIN RIDE LVIV-DNIPRO:  Hi Rusty.  As I write, I’m listening to a train lullaby I remembered.  It has nice verses by Thomas Hood


No sun–no moon! No morn–no noon! No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day No sky–no earthly view

No distance looking blue No road–no street No “t’other side the way”  No end to any Row No indications where the Crescents go  No top to any steeple  No recognitions of familiar people

No courtesies for showing ’em  No knowing ’em! No mail–no post  No news from any foreign coast No park–no ring–no afternoon gentility

No company–no nobility No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds






This time, my train compartment co-inhabitant was a beekeeper who manages about twelve hundred beehives. A village man about 65-70 years old and the type of person you know is like Atlas, who on his shoulders keeps family, community and country.

Sadly, he has concluded that there is not much future for Ukrainian villages as young people don’t have opportunities there. Also schools and hospitals are moved to district centers. Perhaps, like many people of his age, he is a bit nostalgic for “the good old days.” Sometimes it seems like young times are always better.  He said he also missed the cultural club that each village once had.

His worries that if Ukraine adopts a land reform, that all its treasured black soil will be owned by private business and corporations and even less will belong to local people.

Seems like his mood totally reflected to aforementioned verse.

I agree with him on this note that land belongs to the people.  In our Constitution, it is still stated that Ukraine is a social country. But with the current level of corruption, land laws are often misinterpreted for private or political gain.

Despite my train companion’s pessimistic view, there are good things happening here.  One of them, ironically, is that our honey has created an economic export boom for us.  Because of its high quality, it is sought all over Europe. Simply put, it is super tasty.

Also good news is that we still have our villagers like the bee keeper, who continue to sell high quality organic produce to local markets. And if the saying is true that you support organics with every hryvna you spend, then my total support to them. Supermarkets are good, but for food choices, markets are much better from every perspective.

Also people who have some money tend to build rural estates that network with one another.  So it would appear that country living is emerging and it too has an organic perspective.

And from when Ukraine was still a land of small farms, those little white one floor houses with carved wooden windows of traditionally green or blue colours with cherry trees in the gardens still please eyes when gazed upon from a train on the everchanging landscape. So the hope is still there.

And yes hello December    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.


Inside The Courtroom Where Michael Flynn Pleaded Guilty
5 Things To Know About The New Senate Tax Bill
Financial CEO: Laissez-Faire Is Lazy And Not Fair. Consumers Need Protection


Yet another step in a good direction.  Japan’s Horinouchi House Makes 600 Square Feet Seem Like A Bona Fide Mansion

Here’s an interesting question.  What Makes A Genius? The World’s Greatest Minds Have One Thing In Common

Since I live here, this is not incredibly good news.  Live In Washington State And Concerned About North Korea? Read This

Our Planet

Birdseye view of iceberg A-68A

Tomb Of Christ: Exclusive: True Age Of Jesus Christ’s Supposed Tomb Revealed

Bali Volcano: Inside The Mount Agung Exclusion Zone

In The Future We Might Farm Fish On Land

Outer Space

Cygnus Departure Preps As Muscle Study And Cubesat Ops Wrap Up – Space Station

Even NASA’s Most Ambitious Space Projects Start With A Drawing

This Nighttime Shot From the Space Station Shows The Northeast Coast Of The United States From New Jersey Up To Maine…

Station Boosts Orbit For December Crew Swap – Space Station

Next Crew In Russia As Station Preps For Cargo Missions – Space Station

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News:  Watch For This Weekend’s Supermoon – The December 3 Full Moon Will Be 2017’s 1st, Last And Only Full Supermoon. What That Means. How To View It Online.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth ObservatoryIncredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond


Cyber-Thieves Seek To Cash In On Bitcoin Boom
North Korea Just Tested A New Missile. Can It Hit The U.S.?
These American Drones Are Saving Lives In Rwanda


We need a lot more like him.  For This Doctor, A Son’s Death By Overdose Inspires His Mission To Rescue Others

Her name was never a joke and no one can make her one.  ‘It’s Sad That Her Name Has Become A Joke.’ What To Know About The Real Pocahontas

This is true leadership.  $100 Million For Gay Purge Victims As Canadian Prime Minister Apologizes For LGBTQ Discrimination


E.U. And African Leaders Take Action On Libyan Slave Trade

Court Backs Salesman’s Claim For 13 Years Of Holiday Pay

These Women Turned Their Food Woes Into A Meal Delivery Company


One factor that could contribute to making the 21st century an era of peace would be a wider appreciation of the failure to resolve problems by force. The use of force may control people physically, but it won’t change their hearts and minds. You can only do that on the basis of trust and friendship.


I’m sorry he’s from a land I love so much.  Yahoo ‘Hacker-For-Hire’ Pleads Guilty:  A Canadian Citizen Admits Accessing Web-Mail Accounts M On Behalf Of The Russian Federal Security Service.

We need to understand how this happens.  How A Russian Neo-Nazi Became A Role Model For German Hooligans

I’m real sorry to hear that, Al.  Now maybe he will have a small taste of what those women you victimized felt.  ‘I’m Embarrassed and Ashamed.’ Al Franken Speaks Publicly About Sexual Harassment Allegations


Everyone In Donald Trump’s Orbit Who Has Been Charged By Robert Mueller

Trump Tweets At The Wrong Theresa May. We Spoke To Her

A Trio Of Trump Retweets Strains The U.S.-U.K. Relationship


5 Stunning Natural Wonders You Can Visit In The U.S.

Get Away From It All On The Volga River In Plyos

A Secret World Below Chicago

The Reality Of Life In A Floating City

Where Humans And Nature Meet


Your Christmas Tree’s Carbon Footprint

Map: $1.1 Billion In Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

Views: Clean Energy Jobs Will Help Rural Communities And Tribes

Electric Vehicle Drivers Save A Lot On Gas Money

Life After Coal

Want To Reduce The Energy Used By Buildings? Make Cities Denser

Save Money, Energy, And Emissions By Reducing Your Food Waste


New Study Links Living Near Forests To Healthier Brains

Doctors Warn This Winter’s Flu Season Could Be Especially Bad

The Buildings Made To House The Dead

How To Protect Cars From Keyless Theftjump To Media Player

11 Food Frauds You’re Probably Falling For


A Book Club For The Outdoors

How To Protect Cars From Keyless Theft
6 Habits That Will Make Anyone More Successful

Tips On How To Prevent Theft This Holiday Season


Wingsuit Stunt Flyers Glide Into Plane

Amazing Grace As You Have Never Heard It – A Northstar Five Stars

Worker Saves Deer And Rubs His Belly. His Reaction When He Releases Him Has Internet In Stitches 

DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ:  This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine.  There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.


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This is good to know.  Most Blue Whales Are ‘Right-Handed’

By observation, I am convinced they do.  Do Songbirds Share ‘Universal Grammar’?

Cute.  Creepy but cute.  Commuters Find 2-Foot-Long Python Sitting On Bus Seat And Name Him Rumplesnakeskin


A Journey To Save Manta Rays

Protecting The ‘Birthplace Of Rhino’

The FDA Says You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog Bone Treats. Here’s Why
Your Dog Is Good For Your Heart

Caregivers Name Sea Turtle Rescued Around Thanksgiving “Turkey”

What To Do When You See A Wolf

Micro Creatures, Macro Effects


Blind Raccoon Gets Food From Lady – Lady’s In Stitches He Returns With His Two ‘Bodyguards’

Russian Lawmaker Wants To Label Mcdonald’s A ‘Foreign Agent’

Self-Taught Rocket Scientist Plans To Launch Over California Ghost Town

ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 help us help them, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com Thank you.  See you next week.  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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