Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 15, 2018 Volume 10 Number 45

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INSIDE: Until Tomorrow, Believe What I Tell You Today; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Waving From A Passing Train; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; 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 the man who would be king and his administration.  He insults NATO and blackmails them into contributing more and when they comply, he has nothing but praise for them and assurances of American support.

Then on to the United Kingdom, where one day, he insults the prime minister and says that Brexit risks loss of American trade.  He also opines that her staunchest opponent would make a good PM. Then the next day, after having dinner with Mrs. May and her husband and doing other exercises in enlightenment, he has nothing but praise for the leader of the UK and assurances that America will always be the UK’s strongest trade partner.

Now he’s bound for Helsinki for a summit with Vladimir Putin.  He says that among other things, he intends to discuss Russian withdrawal from the Crimea and pulling troops back from that nation’s northeast border.

I see a pattern here and I can almost hear Trump justifying it.

“That’s what I said Monday.  But since then, I have more information.  Now it is Tuesday.  So forget what I said yesterday and believe what I say today.”

Reality to him is “the world according to Trump.”  The world in which most of us live exists and he recognizes that.  But he’s in charge and if you’re going to deal with him, forget the facts as you know them and believe what he tells you.  History has seen some magnificent liars who acquired power of demonic proportions and attempted to imprint their reality on the rest of us.

Our species continues to produce these monsters and continues to allow them to prey among us.  What lends particular frustration and bitterness to the sadness I feel about this because whatever they have offered, we never needed from them in the first place.

Disengage.  Boycott American goods and services and stop sending them your stuff.  We’re an opulent nation capable of providing for ourselves.  There might not be as many brands on the shelves and production might slow down in some industries.  We are also, however, a nation of thrift stores, garage sales, free stuff ads, etc.  Recycling is an industry with a great deal of room for growth and certainly using recycled material in ways the original was not intended is another imminent employment field.

I’m still proud to be an American and I am one of millions of us who is not responsible for the actions of a national chief executive who acts like a freeway full of runaway bus.  I pray that the rest of the world understands the difference between, we, the citizens of this land, and those we sometimes mistakenly elect to represent us.

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




Olya’s on assignment and on a train which has no Internet.  They stopped long enough in a 2,000 km journey for her to send these to you, with apologies for not providing her usual full column.  She will, however, be back next week.  RM

Hi Rusty:

This week I have to miss column unfortunately but I would like to share this photo of FOOTBALL WINNING TEAM 2018 and share this post about real hero who sacrificed everything to help the kids.

And also another example how “Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion In Victory 

Sorry for being brief this time is just have unexpected train ride where there is no internet for the next 2000 km

Cheers and see everybody next week.  Waving from a passing train.

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.


Have you ever noticed that people who tell you the past doesn’t matter have either a dark history or nothing to brag about?


Democracy Isn’t Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail


With all due respect, why does this not surprise us?  Scientists Assessed The Options For Growing Nuclear Power. They Are Grim.

Why am I hearing the theme from the last Titanic film now?  Huge Iceberg Drifts Close To Greenland Village, Causing Fears Of A Tsunami

This is outstanding journalism.  Powering the Planet:  US News & World Report


Where Young People Are Getting Richer

Protecting A Significant Seamount

From Farms To Food Banks

Outer Space

South Africa Launches Giant Telescope

Here Are 2 Exoplanets With Seasons And Stable Climates

Fragments Of Asteroid 2018 LA Found In Botswana 


Inside The Jungle Rocket Factory

Apple Employee ‘Stole Driverless Car Secrets’

In The Air Over Halifax In One Of Canada’s New Cyclone Choppers


Meet The Heroes Who Helped Keep 12 Boys Alive In A Flooded Thailand Cave

He Helped Iraq’s Most Famous Refugee Escape ISIS. Now He’s The One Who Needs Help

Searching For The ‘Angel’ Who Held Me On Westminster Bridge

Iran Women Dance In Support Of Arrested Instagram Teen

Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping The Dream Of Democracy Alive

Starbucks Employee Helps Deliver Baby Outside Of Store

Feeding And Fueling A Movement


President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe The U.S. Money. He’s Wrong

Tacoma Police: Suspect Stole Puppy From 8-Year-Old Girl’s Arms

Facing 20-Year Prison Sentence For Taking Headscarf Off In Public, Woman Flees Iran

Nissan Admits Falsifying Emissions Tests In Japan

Nazi-Themed Goods Found On Amazon Marketplace

Twitter ‘Shuts Down Millions Of Fake Accounts’

Papa John’s Founder Schnatter Resigns Over N-Word Use

Beate Zschäpe Given Life In German Neo-Nazi Murder Trial

Most Nursing Homes Are Not Adequately Staffed, New Federal Data Says


Walk Along The ‘Scariest Path In The World’

The Country That Can’t Slow Down

Why Some People Have A Crippling Fear Of Flying—And How To Overcome It


Views: Why I Got Arrested Protesting The Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Life In The Most Polluted Capital In The World

Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws By 2020 To Reduce Ocean Waste

Waste Not: She Cut Her Weekly Trash Down So Much It Fits Into A Small Jar

E-Waste: A Growing Global Problem

The Last Straw At Starbucks?


Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

How To Bounce Back From Hard Times

How A Bad Relationship Can Literally Make You Sick

Why Does Dementia Hit Women Harder?

The Dangerous Diseases Hidden In Caves

Is Hummus Actually Healthy?

There’s More Good News About Immune Therapies For Cancer

Do You Really Need Less Sleep As You Age?

This Surprising Factor May Raise Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s

About Half Of Americans Say They’re Trying To Lose Weight

Have Fun In Local Lakes, But Look Out For Swimmer’s Itch


How To Get Better, More Trustworthy Results From Online Searches

7 Easy Ways To Save Water This Summer

How To Have The Most Fun In Your Free Time, According To Science

This Map Shows The Fastest-Growing Job In Every State — And What Each One Pays

Can We Make Child Care Affordable?

Jeff Bezos Is Now $50 Billion Richer Than Anyone Else On Earth

What Americans In The 1930s Really Knew About What Was Happening In Germany

This Small Lifestyle Change Could Help You Retire $100,000 Richer

Celebrities Are Losing Millions Of Followers As Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts


Here’s How Every Meeting Between The Queen And A U.S. President Went

Decades After Horrific I-5 Crash, Lone Survivor Finds The Man She Says…

Ghostly Neutrino Caught In South Pole Ice Ushers In A New Astronomy 

What’s Your Secret Nationality?  Take This 20 Question Quiz To Find Out

Daily 10 Question Trivia Quiz:

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.


Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller

It has been another exceptionally dry year in Seattle so four of these Rufuous hummingbirds share that feeder with bees bereft of the flowers they normally enjoy and from which they draw sustenance.  That bamboo in the background gathers moisture from the air during the night and at first light, both birds and bees drink from the tiny droplets at the end of the bamboo’s slender leaves.

Can The Pacific Northwest’s Orcas Be Saved?  With a little help from their friends, yes.

A Win For The Bears  And another reason why Canada rocks.


The Most Dangerous Dances In History

The World’s Most Mysterious Silver Cups

‘Vaping’ Pilot Caused Air China Plane To Plunge 6,500m

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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