Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 15, 2018 Volume 10 Number 32

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Walking Freedom Road With The Statue Of Liberty And Lady Justice; News In Review; From Olya – Losing The Trust Of Ordinary People ; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; 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 again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been a fun week for President Trump and the American people as they both continue to struggle through a morass for which both of them are responsible.

Trump and a host of other elected and appointed officials have proven they do not belong in positions of trust, responsibility, truth or justice.  We have an American public which seems incapable of cutting through the Twitter barrage and removing these individuals from the equation.

Why have we not done that?  Is it because there is some of Donald Trump in all of us and we’re afraid that whatever measures we take against him will also be applied to us?  Is it because we yet hope for a saviour, a contemporary white knight, a 21st Century Paladin to rescue us from the world we created when we granted a sociopathic egomaniac with pull ascension to the highest lay office in the land?

More questions yet beg.  How much of our invective against Trump really belongs to the person in the mirror?  Do we have the courage to look that image in the face and admit that we haven’t exercised our democratic mandate because we would rather wallow in the sty with Trump than walk Freedom Road with the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice?

Do we love one another and this nation enough to fix what WE – not Trump – broke in the first place?

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.



James Stewart & Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


Hi Rusty:

As I noticed in social media this TED talk became shared TED 2018: Ukrainian journalist fights fake news

We live in strange times when the most powerful weapons are actually mass media and opinion making. To justify any deed, all that is necessary is manipulation of public opinion.

Technologies such as Photoshop have made it far easier to ‘create’ the tools for managing one’s social media and public opinion.  In an information saturated age, so much user information is out there that it becomes not a creative issue but a moral and ethical one.  To what uses do we put this?  And do we protect ourselves from those who would use it immorally, unethically or lethally?

What I hear from people around me here in Ukraine, as well as my international friends is that mass media is loosing the trust of ordinary peple.  We are all tired of trying toe valuation information to determine if it is real or fake.  So more and more people just switch off TV, stop reading newspapers and try to stay far away from politics.

Is it fear based behaviour? Maybe. Or possibly it is a conscious choice.

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. 


Beggin’ your pardon, Your Grace, but that flippin’ sod is so full of it, he piddles when he fiddles.


Walter Mondale On 50 Years Of The Fair Housing Act And The Problem With Purging A President’s Cabinet


This is really cool.  Little Inventors – Inventions For Space — Develop Your Space Inventions! The 2018 Edition Of Little Inventors Is Focused On Space. Little Inventors Are Invited To Explore The Challenges Of Travel And Life In Space.

Ambiguities abound in this one.  World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Also Happens To Be Part Of “The World’s Biggest System Of Surveillance”

The implications of this should terrify us.  A Global Arms Race For Killer Robots Is Transforming The Battlefield


Planet-Hunting TESS Mission Launches Tomorrow

Why Rainbows Are Curved

Earth’s Magnetosphere Envelops And Protects Us

European-Arab Team Of Women To Trek To The North Pole

Outer Space

Whoa! New And Giant Telescopes Ahead

Goodbye Kepler, Hello TESS: Passing The Baton In Exoplanet Search

Hubble Finds An Einstein Ring

Variety Of Life Studied To Benefit Humans On Earth And In Space – Space Station

Tour Earth’s Moon In 4K

In Infrared, Io Appears Alive With Volcanos

Incredible Images From Our Friends At NASA’s Earth Observatory (Refreshed Weekly)


Facebook Data: How It Was Used By Cambridge Analytica

Key Moments From Zuckerberg Hearing

The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis In Just Two Years


One very important factor for sustaining hope is to have an optimistic attitude. Optimism doesn’t mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. It means that you remain motivated to seek a solution to whatever problems arise. Optimism involves looking at a situation not only in relation to problems that arise, but also seeking out some benefit—looking at it in terms of its potential positive outcome.


March For Science Seattle Returns To The Streets Saturday

The Man Who Hunts Radioactive Objects

The Woman Who Took On Uganda’s Legal System From The Inside

Mosul: Woman Risks Backlash To Care For ‘IS Orphans’

TED 2018: Ukrainian Journalist Fights Fake News

Seahawks Auction Items To Support Ben’s Fund, Helping Children With Autism

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Want Donations To These Charities Instead Of Wedding Gifts

Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round In Shipping Containers


TED 2018: Fake Obama Video Creator Defends Invention

Starbucks Chief Executive Apologizes For Arrests Of Two Black Men


5 Places To View Pre-Colonial America

The World’s Most Extreme Museum?

A 2,000-Year-Old Engineering Marvel


Listen: The Fuel With A Dirty Secret

What Does The Trans Mountain Pipeline Announcement Mean?

Putting Taxes On Soda Can Actually Work, Study Says

Nuclear Is Scary

Kinder Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline On Ice Due To BC Opposition

Batteries Fit For A Clean Energy Future

Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem


Burning health questions?  Email TIME magazine’s health editors.

How Compassion Lowers Health Risks For Pregnant Women With Trauma

How Being A Night Owl Endangers Your Health

10 Foods Filled With Probiotics

Oysters And Illness

Brace Yourselves: Spring Allergy Season Is Coming. Here’s What To Expect And How To Handle It

A Delicious, Nutritionist-Approved Coffee Hack

Six “Healthy” Snacks You Should Cut From Your Diet

How Exercise Lowers Your Chances Of Getting Heart Disease Even If You’re Genetically At Risk


#Askcanadiansikhs Educates The Community Through Social Media

Weekend Recipe: Salmon Burgers With A Side Of Sweet Potato Fries

President Trump Signs Executive Order Pushing Work Requirements In Return For Welfare

A Tough Place To Be A Mother

How To Use Facebook’s New Privacy Tool In The Wake Of The Cambridge Analytica Breach

Ilya, Supply Factory Worker, Sergiyev Posad. GENERATION P

Vladimir, Student, Yekaterinburg. GENERATION P


Tourists Go Sightseeing On Cantilever Bridge In Chongqing, SW China

Explore An Interactive Aerial Map Of The Past

This Hauntingly Beautiful Loon Call Will Give You Chills

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.


I would have given a small fortune to have been there when this happened.  ‘Very Angry Badger’ Invades Scottish Castle

India’s ‘sugarcane leopards’ prowl close to humans  Yeah, for the same reason bear and puma ‘prowl’ Seattle’s suburbs.  It has something to do with their ancestors being there before ours.

In my house, we celebrate moments like this.  Rare Cat Sighting In The Mountains Of Mongolia Is Cause For Celebration Among Conservationists

Incredible.  Watch This Desperate Dolphin Approach A Nearby Diver And “Ask” For Help


You’ll Love These Penguins’ Reactions When They See A Robotic Newcomer!

PHOTOS: Orca Whales Spotted Near Seattle

College Student Uses Scene From “The Office” To Bring Drowned Squirrel Back To Life.

“The Deer Have Had A Crazy Impact … On All Levels Of Biodiversity”

The Strange Animal Roaming Australia

Washington State Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Puget Sound Salmon Are Ingesting Drugs. Here’s How That’s Hurting Them


The Temples That Had To Be Moved

The Key To Longevity For The World’s Oldest Man? Sumo Wrestling And Hot Springs

Bank Robber Identified Through Note She Gave The Teller

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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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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