Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 22, 2018 Volume 10 Number 33

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here

INSIDE: Meet Sissel; News In Review; From Olya – Another Case For Cryptocurrency; 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.  I started out life as a musician trained in bands and orchestras in Sacramento, California public schools and performed with the Sacramento Youth Band, a city-wide marching and concert band that toured the state and the Northern California DeMolay Show and Band, a masonic stage band that toured western Canada.  I had my own professional group, The Jazzmen, for which I also fronted and booked.  We were good enough to play at the same Class A clubs which headlined the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, both of whom I’ve met.  I’ve also covered entertainment in Los Angeles and Hollywood as a writer.

I live for stellar performances.  They reaffirm my faith in humanity.  They uplift me and move me in more ways than even the passion of romantic love or the spiritual ecstasy of a high mountain dawn.  I’ve survived a lot thanks to the folks who produce this stuff and I’ve grown as both an artist and a human being thanks to their creative genius.

This is Sissel (Cecelia) from Kyrkjebo, a small town in Norway, a Scandinavian nation of five million. I recently discovered her by accident and I am absolutely, totally and without reservation enjoying becoming a devout fan of perhaps the finest vocal performer the last of an old century and the first of a new has yet produced.

A clear voiced soprano with a classical background, she has crossed over into gospel and popular with stunning effect. She is also multi-lingual and has recorded in over a dozen languages and dialects. Her looks are as international as her music and when this statuesque entertainer takes the stage, she does so quietly, sincerely and without command. She has also collaborated with a number of the finest performers in music today.  And she was also the “voice” in the theme from the most recent version of the epic film, “Titanic.”For a truly unforgettable experience, we give you, then, Sissel.


YouTube Videos

Amazing Grace, with the Oslo Gospel Choir

Auld Lyne Syne, Live On Swedish TV4

Bridge Over Troubled Water, with Russell Watson

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

Going Home

In Concert

In Concert – All Good Things

The Prayer, with Josh Groban

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




Recent weeks have seen positive tendencies in the cryptocurrency market. Is it Spring optimism or a game of big players? One of the possible reasons for the upswing might be because cryptocurrency declared under Islamic law and market is now opened to1.6 billion Muslims  

There are, perhaps, other reasons. We all remember the financial crisis of 2007-2008, which began in America and then spread worldwide, infecting the global economy. Has the system changed much since then so it is more stable?

That question is probably the one which drives cryptocurrency holders trying to find alternative financial ways. One of the reasons for that Banking Crisis of 2008 was the so-called moral hazard, which is when someone increases their exposure to risk when insured).  Governments were paying for the risks (and then losses) the bankers were taking.

Can we say it will not happen again? Consider a recent Ukrainian example with PrivatBank when the government assumed all the debt of that institution to prevent it from failing.  Could this not be encouraging bankers to take risks, knowing they will not be responsible for consequences?

The great advantage of cryptocurrency is that it is never borrowed money.  That is why, even in volatile times, its stability could make it a new system for a changing world. Also should we mention libertarian sentiments about a decentralized financial system? Who knows?  Maybe cryptocurrency will make the Lorenz curve  (a graphical representation of the distribution of income or of wealth) work closer to a line of perfect equality.

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.


If you want to live a long and healthy life, run up big bills with medical people for stuff you don’t really need.  They’ll have a vested interested in keeping you alive long enough to pay them off.  And if you die before then, there really will be sad people at your funeral.



Happy Earth Day, All

Why I Like My Job-Share With Robots  Say hi to HAL 9000 for us.  (shudder)

These have been appearing in the astronomical news often these days so it is probably a good idea to refresh our memory.  What is an exoplanet?


Was Another Civilization On Earth Before Humans? 

A British Rocket Base Returns To Life

Look What A Woman’s Love Can Do To An Abandoned Plane (PHOTOS)

Outer Space

NASA’s Tess: Planet-Hunting Satellite Lifts Off

Asteroid Buzzed Earth This Weekend

Europe’s Mars Rover Takes Shape

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


When Robots Take Our Jobs, Platform Cooperatives Are A Solution

UK Joins Super X-Ray Laser Machine

Vera, The Russian Hr Robot, Is Ready To Start Hiring In The U.S. 


A person’s underlying outlook and motivation can certainly affect how he or she responds to life’s adversities and dangers. An attitude of kindness and compassion brings a sense of self-confidence, an inner strength that reduces fear. In fact, an individual’s response to danger and ability to deal with fear can often depend more on their outlook and personal characteristics than on the nature of the situation itself.


One Mom’s Grief Turned To Action: ‘I Can’t Be Quiet About This’

TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2018

The Boston Marathon Winner Was Close To Quitting, But She Kept Going

NYT And New Yorker Win Joint Pulitzer For Weinstein Exposé

The Little Newspaper Helping Inmates Prepare For Reintegration


North Korea’s Secret Slave Gangs

Chemical Weapons Watchdog: Inspectors Have Samples From Douma


The World’s Toughest Highway?

How Dutch Stations Help Blind Travelers

Art Exhibitions At Museums Across The USA


Your Lyft Ride Is Now Carbon-Neutral; Your Uber Isn’t

The Pokemon-Inspired Stream-Monitoring Citizen Science Project (Yes, Really)

Why The Kalama Methanol Project Would Be A Climate Disaster

The Staggering Environmental Footprint Of Wasted Food


Burning Health Questions?  Email TIME Magazine’s Health Editors.

E. Coli Outbreak: CDC Warns ‘Avoid All Types Of Romaine Lettuce’

These 12 Fruits And Vegetables Have The Most Pesticides

How To Spring Clean Your Health

5 Recipes That Will Fuel Your Entire Day

Should You Diagnose Yourself Online? Here’s What Doctors Really Think

Is Sushi Healthy? Here’s Everything You Need To Know


8 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Who Has Just Given Birth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 92 Years With Star-Studded Concert

Katya, Concert Photographer, Nizhny Novgorod. GENERATION P


The Greek Island Of Compassion

Scientists Had Their Jaws Drop When This Creature Swam Up To Their Boat

Kids Ask NASA Astronaut About Going To Space

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 totally love this and I’m betting you will too.  Retired Couple Capturing A Treasure Trove Of Data On Australia’s Dolphins

Here is yet another study confirming that underwater noise pollution stresses aquatic animals

Amazing is the word for it.  Amazing Photo Of Kenya’s ‘Mohawk’ Lion


Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted In Mysterious Gathering Off East Coast

Last Of Kazakhstan’s Wild Asses Back From The Brink

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


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter is now online and, as usual, it is a bird lover’s delight.


World’s ‘Oldest Person’ Dies In Japan Aged 117

The Strange History Of Bicycle Day

The Holiday Village Run By Spies

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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