Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 8, 2018 Volume 10 Number 31

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE:  Faith Without Fear, Prejudice Or Negative Sanction; News In Review; 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

From Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Essay; Freedom of Worship


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In response to a request for my opinion of Michael Bennett’s new book,  I might possibly be one of the few people in the world who has no intention of reading it.  He joins a long line of abused celebrities going through what far too many non-celebrities also experience.  It’s an aspect of an imperfect republic hundreds of thousands of us have been working for over a century and a half to change.  Welcome aboard, Mr. Bennett.

Celebrities also make a great deal of money publishing their memoirs, as it were.  Since that is income on top of what their main talents provide, it is “discretionary” and I’d like to see what they spend it on, like I can with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It would also be nice if celebrities who share with us the intimate details of their life in order to make a better world also acknowledge those who came before and their prayers, etc. that the legacy continue to roll on down the centuries.

I have absolutely nothing against celebrities or the rich, neither of whom I have ever really wanted to be and certainly am not now.  It factors down to the same thing for me regardless the venue, the milieu, and/or all other the other social categories we heap on the basic human experience.

It is how one behaves that ultimately determines the outcome of any encounter.  That’s also why, despite both Christian and Jewish roots, I take no issue with other theologies as long as those who worship at any given altar respect the right of the rest of us to practice our faith without fear, prejudice or negative sanction.

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.



Olya is celebrating Orthodox Easter with her family in Ukraine and will be back next week.

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.











Donald Trump is a watershed of American integrity.  He was elected in spite of major character flaws.  He remains in office despite conduct unbecoming a president of the Republic.  And he is empowered by those unable or unwilling to accept their own culpability, correct for course and move on.  Until this changes, America will be mired in mediocrity and prostituted to the lowest common denominators.


Watch 21 Americans Come Together To Discuss Gun Control


What’s more dangerous than a human driving a car? A bored human not driving an av.  I still take Metro, Greyhound and AMTRAK.  And leave the driving to them.

Here we go again.  Good luck, folks, and say hi to you-know-who when you get there.  Next Mars Mission Due To Launch

Ooookay.  What Monkeys Teach Us About Money


The Quest To Map The Ocean Floor

Antarctic Ice Grounding Lines Are Shifting

Sahara Desert Is Expanding

Outer Space

To Understand The Atmospheres Of Distant Exoplanets, Look To Your Car Engine

Researchers Say Venus’ Atmosphere Could Support Extraterrestrial Life

Fiery Death For Tiangong-1 And A Plunge Into The Pacific


Russia Seeks To Block Telegram Messaging App

South Korean University Boycotted Over ‘Killer Robots’

This Crazy Gadget Helps You “Talk” To Your Computer Without Words

Self-Driving Cars Need Better Maps


It is only after they have spent time in the modern education system that children begin to develop a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’ — a stifling of their basic human nature. We need to learn how to keep our natural compassion alive and how to extend and develop it so it can encompass the whole of humanity. Modern life and modern education are focused on external goals — peace of mind concerns the mind within.


Fighting Hunger Together In Phoenix, AZ

After Months In Jail For Doing Their Jobs. These 2 Reuters Reporters Are Not Losing Hope

How This Man Uses Design To Help The World’s Poorest Farmers

BC Parks Launches Student Ranger Program Funded By License Plate Sales


Here’s Everything You Need To Travel The World

The Filipino Tribe That Hangs Its Dead From Cliffs

Ireland’s Secret To A Low Key Life


California Takes Up Ocean Wind Energy

How Environmental Review Laws Are Used To Stall Affordable Housing

Natural Gas Has A Dirty Secret

Why The Campaign To Force Scott Pruitt Out Of The EPA Could Backfire

The Great Unbundling

Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization And Environmentalism

Listen: Fighting Fire With Fire

An Opponent Of The ESA Now Oversees Fish And Wildlife

Listen: Life With Or Without A Car

Come Build An All-Ages Bike Network


Think You Have The Wrong Body For Outdoor Activity? Meet ‘Fat Girls Hiking’

Facebook Halts Medical Data Sharing Plan

The Doctor Who Really Feels His Patients’ Pain

The  US Surgeon General Urges Americans To Carry Opioid Overdose Antidote

Hidden Healing Power Of Sugar

The 7 Best Foods For Fighting Inflammation


Poverty Is Moving To The Suburbs

Black Homeownership As Low As When Housing Discrimination Was Legal

Prepaid Postage Is A Big Deal

The ‘Transit-Oriented Teens’ Are Coming To Save Your City

Almost Nobody Can Write This Letter Of The Alphabet Correctly

What’s Changed In Most Segregated US City?

10 Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks

When Cops Become Robbers

Viktor Yushchenko: Ukraine’s Ex-President On Being Poisoned

Superintendent: Why Teachers Carry Guns In Fayetteville


Watch A Robot Fish Swim In The Ocean

Hand Of The Desert At Night

An Ancient Word No-One Can Translate


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.


This sports fan was very subtle.  Bald Eagle Lands On Mariners Pitcher James Paxton During National Anthem

Incredible.  Indian woman Rupali Meshram fights off tiger with stick

They’re serious about this in India, thank God.  Bollywood Star Salman Khan Gets Five Years In Jail For Poaching


Locusts Used In Research By The Military To Do Some Very Unexpected Domestic Protection

Blackbirds In The City: Bad Health, Longer Life

The Pest Controller Of Kandahar

Overfishing Of Krill Is Disrupting Antarctic Food Chains

The Impact Of Underwater Noise Pollution

BC Strengthens Grizzly Bear Hunting Ban

Groups Call For A Ban On Trapping Rare Martens

Where Are The Pacific Northwest’s Gorge Pikas?

Top 10 Things About Brown Recluse Spiders


Bird photographers, this is the last week t to enter the Audubon Society’s photo contest.  Yep, go here.

The SeaDoc Society’s March 2018 newsletter is now online.  This is a Northstar Five Star Recommendation.

Cornell Lab eNews April 2018 edition is now online.  And it has the sparrows in my yard chirping.


The Burger Mcdonald’s Can’t Master

Meet The Ethiopian Man Who Walks On His Hands

China Family Find Lost Daughter After 24-Year Search

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.

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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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