Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 31, 2017 Vol. 10 No.187 

Auld Lyne Syne – Andre Reiu

 INSIDE:  One Prediction For The New Year; Headline News At A Glance; From Olya – Happy New Year & Chernobyl Transformed; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  The year in review and predictions for the new one are traditional mainstays in journalism and a pair I’ve tried assiduously to avoid.  The first is available on our website.  The second suggests that there is a hidden reality out there discernible only to a very few.  I was partly raised on a ranch so I know what that nonsense smells like and so do you guys, right?

That having been said, yep, I’m making an exception to the latter this year.  I make no claim to a gift for prophecy.  I’m basing all this on what I’ve studied, what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learned.  As considerable as that is, yep, I’m still flying by the seat of my Levi Strauss.

My greatest concern for this nation has always been that it would succumb to the charms of a malevolent dictator with an insatiable lust for power and control.  I predicted such a world in my novel Wrath of the USS Testament.  I’ve watched it evolving since Donald Trump took office and I’ve experienced all of the emotions I’ve seen and felt around me.

What has kept me “on the Hit Parade,” is that I’ve also been watching the reactions to it closer to home.  A movement which began with Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia in the 1970s has been evolving as well.  Governors in all four western states (Hawaii included in this count), attorneys general and the federal judicial branch have defied White House edicts on Constitutional grounds and on those grounds, have refused to apply them.  This is also happening in New England, with New York city and state leading the charge.

We have, then, the strength, the resources and the will to remain free and independent Americans.  President Trump, on the other hand, has only coin of the realm and sycophants.  If you were a gambling person, who would you put your money on?

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  Love Rusty

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




Hello Rusty:

Happy New Year to you and our Northstar readership. It has been such a pleasure to write for you all these past three years.  Wishing peace and prosperity to everyone in 2018 and hoping, too, that the next year will be another step in peoples’ consciousness about our little blue planet. 

On 15 December 2000, the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Plant was closed for good.  Now, some 31 years after the catastrophe itself, the facility attracts tourists from all over the world to learn more

There is museum in Kiev for those who are not ready to go to the place directly. Very moving are the letters to beloved ones heroes working on eliminating or at least decreasing the influence of explosion. At the entrance, there is a stand dedicated to Fukushima, Japan.

After all these warnings in the modern world, humankind should really abandon the nuclear atom idea. It is not a “friend” as it was advertised in old Soviet schoolbooks and it is not domesticatable. With all the sources of energy available in our technological century, that is possible.

Disappointing to hear old destructive ideas still being in agenda like Donald Trump words on nuclear weapons

For the New Year, new world, new thinking is vital. Education here is important. For the young generation, ecological education through the games could be introduced. Shall I mention board game Crunch Time: who will save the planet

Here, the players receive carbon points for non-ecological activity like leaving tap running or light on when not needed. There is a possibility to construct solar panel, wind or biomass energy farms.  The main goal of the game is to restore damage caused to the blue planet and restore it.

I highly recommend it.

Take care, Mishka and stay warm.  Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами. Cheers, 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.


A Radical Vision For Food: Everyone Growing It For Each Other

Obama Beats Out Trump As Most Admired Man In 2017, New Poll Finds

Who Will Be Remembered In 1,000 Years?

Eat, Don’t Drink And Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through The Holidays


I think it’s very important to understand this now that dams are not our only means of generating electricity.  The Linked Fate Of Salmon And Dams

Video: Old-Growth Forests Can Provide Last Refuge For Declining Songbirds As Climate Changes  Not to mention the oxygen they produce and the other wildlife to whom they are the world.

Incredible.  How Deep-Sea Technology Could Reveal The Final Moments Of The Franklin Expedition

Our Planet

What Wind Chill And Weather Warnings Really Mean, According To A Meteorologist

Insights From An Ancient Tibetan Ice Core 

How Do I Compost My Christmas Tree?

Outer Space

Supermoon Ahead At Next Full Moon

Giant Filament Points To Milky Way Black Hole

Astronomers Spy A Red Giant’s Bubbling Surface

Is The Star RZ Piscium Eating Its Planets?

The 50 Best Space Photos

2017 In Review – 20 Highlights For Space, Science And The Canadian Space Agency

Life in Space

New Crew Gets Used To Space As Cargo Craft Prepares To Depart – Space Station

International Crew Researching Life Science Ahead Of New Year – Space Station

SpaceX Rocket Launch Lights Up The California Sky, Freaks Out Some Residents

From Our Friends At Earth/Sky NewsFossils Suggest A Universe Filled With Life

Evidence Of Life Processes Found In Fossils In 3.5-Billion-Year-Old Rocks. Scientists Say This Work Suggests That Life In Our Universe Is Widespread.

From Our Friends At the NASA Earth Observatory:  Incredible Images Of Our World And Far Beyond


Tech 2017: BBC News Online’s Biggest Technology Stories

Workplace Robots Could Increase Inequality, Warns IPPR

Apple Apologizes For Slowing Older Iphones Down


Let’s hope this works.  Seattle’s New Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks Takes Effect Jan. 1

I grew up around cops like these.  Thoughtful Trooper Comforts Little Girl After Christmas Day Crash

YES Magazine’s punch on this one is positive.  Our 10 Best Solutions Stories You Might Have Missed This Year


This absolutely must stop.  UNICEF Says Scale Of Attacks On Children In Conflicts Is Shocking

I’d say this is poor form at best, wouldn’t you?  Report: Amazon, Microsoft Workers Caught Hiring Sex Workers Using Company Email

This needs to change.  Tourism And Orcas


In today’s world we face emotional crises, but technological developments alone cannot solve our emotional problems. We can only deal with them by training the mind. We can learn from the psychology of ancient India how to alleviate our emotional turmoil and find peace of mind. The existing system of modern education is largely oriented towards material growth, but we have to include inner values too.


A Brief History Of Ancient Egypt

Washington State Road Trip: West Meets East

The Dutch City That’s More Like Dubai


Goodbye To Federal Fracking Rules

Views: There Is No Guarantee Of An Oil Bonanza In The Arctic

Using The Airbnb Model To Protect The Environment

Which Country Is Building The World’s Most Ambitious Carbon Market?


How Just 10 Minutes Of Exercise Can Boost Your Brain

Immunotherapy: Using Our Immune System To Fight Cancer

Smoke From Wildfires Can Be Surprisingly Deadly

The Ultimate Guide To Treating Dry, Itchy Winter Skin

Beyond ‘Man Flu’: There May Be Real Differences In How Men And Women Respond To Infection


We Compared The Nutrition Of Every Type Of Oatmeal—Here’s What We Found

Can Eating Fish Make Kids Smarter?

7 Foods To Fight Seasonal Depression

8 Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Cooking Gadgets

Want To Buy Organic? 3 Steps To Avoid The Fakes

Learn How to Cook These Refugees’ Favorite Meals


Brazilian Fishermen Work With Dolphins To Round Up Their Catch

The Stories Behind TIME Magazine’s Best Photos Of 2017

Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities 

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

Quiz: Can We Guess Your Education Level Based On The History You Know? 

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS.  It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier.  So load up on the good stuff and if you have any spare change, drop it in the jar on your way out.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.


This is one of National Geographic’s best.  See Hundreds Of Beluga Whales Gathering In The Arctic

This is certainly good news.  9 Animals That Are Getting A Much-Needed Boost In Global Protection

We really cannot let this happen.  Study: Bitumen Spill Would Harm Migrating BC Salmon


Starfish On West Coast Making A Comeback

Even The Sharks Are Freezing To Death

What’s Killing Alaska’s Salmon?

Sorry Cat-Lovers: New Study Says Dogs Are Smarter


Fruitcake Package Temporarily Halts Seattle Ferry Service

In This Town, the Weapons of War Are Flour and Eggs

Woman Who Suffered Brain Injury Communicates With Mom For 1st Time Since 1996

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 we would like to help us help them, please go here.  If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at   Thank you and 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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