Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 17, 2018 Volume 10 Number 41

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Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea.  Sometimes when I have bad dreams, it has nothing to do with having pizza too close to bed time.  Once in awhile, it is in reaction to something about which I can do nothing except go down for the record as being strongly for or against.

This dream I had was of an American government – not the people themselves – who were invading this country to get their kids back.  In an administration which has seen some pretty consciousness raising moments, taking kids away from their parents as a penalty/alleged deterrent for illegal entry has definitely enlightened me about just how cruelly the government can treat even those who have done nothing to hurt this nation.

Since I also work on the intuitive level, US Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions, who seems to fall in and out of favor with Trump like an uptown hooker with fluctuating fees, strikes me as a small person dramatically overcompensating.  That alone tells me that since he does not realize that size has very little to do with any of this, I’m convinced he was either born without the equipment to get a clue or does understand and chooses to disagree.  In either event, he is not operating in the same dimension as those he would seek to serve.

My dream was apocalyptic and I hope it does not come to pass.  But I leave it to you.  If you and your family were fleeing for your lives, got caught trying to sneak into safe haven, and then had your kids taken away from you, how would you feel?

And what would you do about it?

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, stay well and God Bless.  Rusty

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



Donald Trump may well go down as the ringmaster of the biggest dog and pony show since our species was created…on Saturday..with what was left over…mud.


How Theroux Fell In Love With The World

Old Voting Systems Run The Risk Of Electing A Hitler



Here is one of the most heartbreaking stories you could find about decreasing of tropical forests and their inhabitants due to popularity of cheap and widely used palm oil “Orangutans Face Complete Extinction Within 10 Years, Animal Rescue Charity Warns” 

From one side of course it is not much in our hands to help to survive ecoregion, but on other hand if it’s a business matter, then consumption rates are important. As described in the article Palm Oil: Good or Bad?, there is a lot of controversy about both its health value and second, the environmental impact of its use.

Palm oil in this part of the world as far as I know began as an industrial oil.  Now, it is everywhere; in chocolates, kids cereals, buns, cookies etc.  As I’m watching lots of kids produce before buying, sometimes it’s almost a lost fight to try to buy a product that does not contain it.

Ironically, when I worked for an agricultural information agency, I made a research calls to bakeries and other food manufactures to find out if they use it.  Hastily, most of then said no but then in an any shop, you see the different situation.

So yes it is not easy to cut it off from own foods, but it is possible to reduce consumption to as possible lowest level. (For the sake of orangutans as well as our own.) If we want to prove that we are the next step in development of evolution here’s our chance.

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.


I have very mixed feelings about this.  The most “infallible” machine is still the product of fallible human being.  Tomorrow’s Cities: Dubai And China Roll Out Urban Robots

Anybody want to try this?  Me either.  I’d miss the trees.  How We Could Survive On An Asteroid

I sincerely believe he’s going to love this.  Physicist Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Broadcast Into Space In A Final Tribute


End Of The Journey For Iceberg B15?

The Radioactive Mountain

The “Trees Of Life” Are Dying, And Scientists Suspect A Changing Climate

Outer Space

ALMA Spies 3 Planets Around A Young Star

The Strange Case For Life In Other Universes

Top 10 Space Objects To See During The Day


Your Phone Is Gross. Here’s How Often You Should Clean It

Apple To Close Iphone Security Loophole Used By Police

Will The Self-Driving Revolution Be Open-Sourced?


Florida School Shooting Survivors Sing At Tony Awards

Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Donated Money To Help Immigrant Families On Trump’s Birthday

Supreme Court Affirms Native American Treaty Rights To Harvest Salmon

Barbra Streisand On Hollywood Before #Metoo And How Things Have Changed

High Schoolers Bring Their Love Of Culinary Arts To Feed Local Homeless


Parents Are Facing A Nightmare At The U.S. Border

This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like

Former Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Is Going To Jail While Awaiting Trial

Miss Iraq: The Beauty Queen Who Got Death Threats Because Of A Selfie

Study: 1 In 5 Kids See Unwanted Sexual Material Online

Video Shows Man Hurling Targeted, Racial Slurs In Seattle


If You Want To Get To Know Seattle, Walk Through It

The Roman City The World Forgot

Scotland’s Answer To Route 66


This Is Why A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills

2 Key Environmental Policies Scott Pruitt Was Dismantling Last Week Amid His Scandals

Climate Positive, Carbon Neutral, Carbon Negative: What Do They Mean?

David Suzuki: Carbon Pricing Is An Important Tool

Watch: One Scientist’s Solution To Our Plastic Problem–Eat It

Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill Much Larger Than BC Government First Reported


Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

Kellogg’s Is Recalling Cereal Linked To A Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Drowning Is The #2 Cause Of Death For Young Children. Here’s How To Keep Your Kids Safe

How Community Health Workers Could Save 30 Million Lives By 2030

How To Take Care Of Others Without Burning Out

3 Easy Ways To Cut Back On Sugar


Would You Let Your Utility Control Your Thermostat?

Your Phone Is Gross. Here’s How Often You Should Clean It

This Map Shows What Millennials Earn In Every State — And What It’s Really Worth

Gas Prices Are Going Up. Here’s How Much More You’ll Pay This Year


Sissel:  Summertime, from Porgy & Bess

Kilauea Volcano: Molten Lava Meets The Sea

The Five-Year-Old Fossil Hunter

Can We Guess Your Highest Education Level?

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 links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.


This is my neighbor, Ralph. He doesn’t scale tall buildings. He leaps them in a single bound, faster than a speeding bullet. He’s also a member of the RRM (Russian Raccoon Mafia) so we don’t mess with him. He gets a can of tuna a week “protection” so we never see Rodya, Roma or Rouben. And we all have our own kneecaps. Photo by MS(R)M

And why did it do this?  Because it was there.  Minnesota Raccoon Hailed As Hero After Skyscraper Climb

We need to make sure these gentle creatures do not perish from this earth.  If any of you have connections to wild game preserves, now might be a good time to use them.  Saiga Antelopes: The Ice Age Survivors Now In Peril

We have them in our neighborhood.  Coyotes In The Park


Project FeederWatch eNews this month challenges you to think like a bird so that you can understand bird behaviour.  Yep, please go here.


Chinese Firm Vice-President Loses Job After Eating Pangolin On Holiday

An Air Force Officer Who Disappeared 35 Years Ago Has Been Found In California

Victim Of Camera Theft Spends 2 Weeks Spying On Man Who Robbed Him

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 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 minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you and see you next week.  RM/OB


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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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