Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 1, 2018 Volume 10 Number 30

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INSIDE: Russia Mourns Victims Of Shopping Mall Fire In Kemerovo ; News In Review; From The Shores Of The Salish Sea – With Heart In One Hand And Sword In The Other; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; The Best Among Us; Dalai Lama; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & 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


Hi Rusty & Our Readers:

On a smaller scale, this same tragedy happened year ago in Ukraine too when simply not following fire precautions led to drama A Terrible Fire In Odessa Children’s Camp

Where greed leads, the price of corruption has horrible consequences. I would like to share that FaceBook “Cry From The Heart” message that is so true. I am praying the message will be heard.

“As long as you steal, we will perish. And no matter who you are: a small worker, a foreman, or an official. As long as you steal, we will die.

“While you are silent, we will perish. While you give bribes, do not notice violations, sign the papers without first reading, we will perish.

“While you do not know your own rights and do not want to become free, we will perish.

“We are your children and grandchildren, your parents, friends and acquaintances. And we will perish.

“We did everything we could” officials with short fingers on fat hands would answer. You keep silent. And we will perish.

“While you are afraid, while choosing the easy ways instead of the right ones, until you honestly look into your eyes, we will die.

“In the corridors of hospitals, police stations, foreign wars, our own homes and on our own neighborhood streets, we will perish.”

The history of Kemerovo can, at any time, be repeated anywhere but especially where the power of law and law itself is negligible.  And that is in the minds of the citizens temselves.

Do not you think that ruined lives are too expensive a catalyst for consciousness?

They say rules are written with blood.  Ironically, that is why those rules were written in the first place.

Simple rules exist to save lives.

That’s all for now.  Take care, Mishka.  Olya Бог с тобой, любимой двоюродной моей. Бог со всеми нами.

Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine.  Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.  For comments, please go here.



Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am one of the most gullible people I know and I’ve always been fairly easy to con, deceive, exploit, politic, proselytize, put down, swindle and use.  I also have a unique capacity for survival and adaptation and for retaining a firm belief in, passion for and dedication to a Frank Capra/Norman Rockwell world in which sentimentality is the salt of the earth and schmaltz is the staff of life.

My own life hasn’t been a whole lot like that but there have been enough times of no more wishes, no regrets and no more good byes.  And as I remind those around me occasionally, I didn’t get this old by being entirely foolish.  I’ve outlived most of those who have tried to hurt me, my family, my friends, my community and my country.  And I’ve not wasted time on revenge.

What I’ve sought to do, instead, is protect who and what I love from the predatory, at the same time trusting perhaps not so much in a higher power as in the forward momentum of destructive behavior carrying its source over the cliff.

I also have a firm, enduring and unshakeable belief in a god Who sometimes gives dispensation to those She finds intrinsically compassionate, if not often confused and who live with heart in one hand and sword in the other

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.  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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6 Real Ways To We Can Reduce Gun Violence In America

‘A Sense Of Hope And Urgency Not Felt In D.C. In A Long Time.’ A Look At March For Our Lives In Washington

Parkland Student: Kindness Won’t Stop School Shootings


Good thing it’s not up to me or they would not.  Who Decides If Robots Can Drive?

We would have attended this if we could.  Friends, Family, Public Flock To Funeral Of Physicist Stephen Hawking

Listen To The Close Encounter Pilots Had With A Possible UFO — I have absolutely no credibility issues with this.  With the Space Needle in Seattle, we get lots of tourists.  Most of the time, they’re nice.  They spend a lot of money.  Then they go home.  Welcome to Earth, Extraterrestrial Dudes.  Yep, we accept Mastercard and Visa both.


The Volcano That Shaped Climate Science

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now 3 Times Size Of France

An Ancient Civilization Buried In The Amazon Has Been Found


Astronomers Capture Video Of Tiangong-1, Before It Falls

Trappist-1 Planets Provide Clues To Habitable Worlds

10 Surprising Facts About Our Solar System


Uber Barred From Resuming Arizona Self-Drive Trial

Why Classrooms Are Apple, Google And Microsoft’s Next Big Battleground

A Headband For Working Smarter


I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.


Nobel Winner Malala Visits Hometown In Pakistan For First Time Since Shooting

An Illustrated Essay: Why I Love The Real Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Seattle Startup Creates Portable Chair That Converts Into Bulletproof Vest

How One Teen’s App Stops Cyberbullying

Donald Trump Underestimated Stormy Daniels. Don’t Make The Same Mistake

When They Couldn’t Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own


Where Tokyo’s Grandmas Go To Shop

The Ancient Birthplace Of Skiing

A Father & Son Pilgrimage of Mount Blanc


Washington Ferries Look To Electric Conversion

Exxon Tries, And Fails, To Stop Climate Change Probe

It Is The No. 1 Power Source, But Natural Gas Faces Headwinds


Time’s Complete Health Coverage

10 Health Conditions Linked To Depression

Me And My Endometriosis: 12 Women Share Their Stories

Why Do I Sweat When I Sleep?

Here’s Why Tai Chi Works So Well For Pain Relief

A Simple Pasta Hack That Adds More Nutrients

How To Get Your Doctor To Actually Listen To You

Teens Are ‘Juuling’ At School. Here’s What That Means

Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet. Here’s Why You Could Get Sick (Again)


Want To Know Everything Google Knows About You? (Spoiler Alert: It’s Even More Than You Think)

The Americans Becomes A Modern Russian Tragedy In Its Final Season

Answer These 8 Questions To Find Out How Private Your Personal Data Really Is


The Little Engine That Could – Original Full Length Film

Inside Kim Jong-Un’s Green Train

Sri Lankan Navy Refloats Ww2 Ship 

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.

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.  


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ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please tap the tip jar lid or go here.  No contribution too large or too small.

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us 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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