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July 22, 2018 Volume 10 Number 46

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INSIDE: Another Interesting Week On The International Front; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Go To-U And The Ukraine EV Ascension; 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:  Well, it’s been another interesting week on the international front.  Donald Trump lived up to our expectations and Croatia made world soccer history.  We are back to giving the American chief executive his own heading on our news page.  It’s an interesting perspective.  To save you the trouble of switching back and forth, here’s what it looks like, this week, in all its glory.


Trump Wants To Redesign Air Force One. Here’s Why The Presidential Plane Looks The Way It Does

Michael Cohen Reportedly Recorded Trump Talking About Paying Playboy Model

The Story Behind TIME’s Trump And Putin ‘Summit Crisis’ Cover

Trump Wanted A Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For

President Trump Said Russia Is Not Targeting The U.S. Anymore, Again Contradicting His Own Advisers

Trump Sheds Light On His Crucial Error At Putin Summit

Trump Wants To Repaint Air Force One ‘Red, White And Blue’

Closer to home, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkin named interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen best to the permanent post, a decision of which we totally approve.  Interestingly enough, Carmen didn’t make the first cut but when one of those who did dropped out, Jenny added her and decided on someone with actual experience on the job, rather than a chief from another community in another part of the country.  Carmen’s a good cop and she’ll do the shield and the Department proud.

We noted with an almost palpable sense of the unreal, this headline, which seems an outrageously and lethally stupid decision.  Hell’s got its own hotel for these folks3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Given Go-Ahead By US Government

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



These have certainly come a long way.


Hi Rusty:

From Lviv this time. And there is good news for Lvivians as the startup originally from this city called Go To-U  just won in Grand Final VWFS Startup Battlefield.

VWFS Startup Battlefield – one-off platform for startups in the automotive, mobility and finance space to pitch their business to a panel of judges, including Volkswagen Financial Services and UK top executives.

Go To-U created a free user friendly mobile application for their  Electric Vehicle charging network. Fast and easily accessible, the application also enables booking a charging station in advance.

The team is developing the network of free charging points for EV in Ukraine and beyond and it’s already motivated quite a few people to switch their vehicle from diesel to electric as they see that infrastructure for electric is growing.

So their idea is to become partners with hotels, malls, cafes and restaurants, cinemas etc. They provide free charging points and businesses receive more customers. It is a brilliant yet simple concept where everyone wins. It is also a great way to make the world a better place with less toxic pollutions from car fumes.

Such enthusiasts as Go To-U are doing a good job for all of us. In appreciation and recognition, Ukraine earlier this year lifted excise tax and value added tax on electric vehicles. Hopefully more zero-emissions automobiles will appear on the roads.

Last year Ukraine ranked fourth among other nations in the number of registered electric vehicles as opposed to conventional cars. Surely the number will be more this year. According to Go To-U representatives it’s about 1000 electric cars in Lviv and every month the numbers are growing.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin. Wavin’ from a moving train.

orthstar 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.


Sometimes the real shame is not in the crime but in being caught at it.


What Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem to have in common is that neither apparently cares about the wishes of their constituents.


This is fascinating,  Ancient Bones of Elephant-Like Creatures Discovered in Crimean Cave

This is heroic.  How Seeker Will Collect The Most Extensive Data Set Of The Pacific Ocean | The Swim

What if they really are talking to one another?  Listen As Saturn And Its Moon Interact


Volcano Discovered Under Fastest-Melting Antarctic Glacier

Volcanic Mood Rings

Whoa! Flash Flood Footage From Utah

Video: Witness The Birth Of An Iceberg

Outer Space

5 Things We Know – And 5 We Don’t – About ‘Oumuamua

Astronomers Have Discovered A Dozen New Moons Circling Jupiter

Is The Moon Toxic To Humans?

Apollo And The Moon-Landing Hoax


The West Coast Electric Highway Enables Zero Emission Road Trips

Innovative New Instrument To Seek Habitable Worlds

Oil Industry’s Plan For Worker Safety: Have Robots Do Their Jobs


Bringing Traditional Foods—And Comfort—To Local Elders

The Teenagers Running For Governor In Kansas

Moscow Public Transport Ranks World’s Most Efficient

The Deep History Behind Barack Obama’s Speech For The Centennial Of Nelson Mandela’s Birth

China, US, Russia Must Act Jointly To Keep Order: European Council


How Trump’s Tariffs On Mexico Are Taking Jobs From U.S. Workers

Elon Musk Apologizes To British Cave Diver For Calling Him A ‘Pedo’

MLB Pitcher Apologizes After Racist And Homophobic Tweets Surface During All-Star Game

Views: Media Report On Natural Disasters But Neglect Causes

Ex-State Dept. Officials: Donald Trump Put Himself First, America Last

Chinese Judges’ Misdeeds Exposed – Then Whistle-Blower Is Jailed

Air Pollution In National Parks Equal To Some Big US Cities


German Tourist Releases Epic Video Of His Trip To Vancouver Island

The Pacific Crest Trail: Romance Forged From Fire

The City That Lives For Breakfast

World’s 18 Weirdest Beaches 


Activism Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Grows

Arctic Drilling To Get Fast Review

Massive Solar Projects Will Power Facebook’s Prineville Data Centers

The Pee Planter


How Beef Jerky Might Affect Your Risk Of Mania

Burning Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors

More Women Are Having Heart Attacks During Pregnancy And Birth

3 Companies Recall Blood Pressure Medications Over Cancer Fears

Why Having Lots Of Feelings Is Good For Your Health

Choosing This Type Of Cancer Treatment Can Increase Risk Of Early Death


The Landlord Lobby Versus The Tenant Movement

Why Air Conditioning Is A Life-Saver — And A Danger

‘If You Mess Up, Who Cares?’ How To Dance Like Only Your Best Friends Are Watching

Here’s How To Spot When Someone Might Be Drowning

How The Car Keeps Americans Apart

5 Questions You’ll Hear At Your Next Job Interview — And Exactly How To Answer Them

This Simple Trick Will Make You Happier And Better At Your Job


Home Free – Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA

Thai Cave Rescue: Saying Sorry To Cave Spirit Nang Norn

Science! “Seattle Song” (Official Music Video) – YouTube

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.


I totally love these and eat about a half cup a day from late July – early September.  A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

Amazing Facts About America’s Largest Bird, which is not an eagle but a vulture, irony of ironies.

This is incredible.  Hikers Find Dog Missing for Almost a Month in Australian National Park


First Responders Rescue Dog From Embankment

Views: Salmon Vs. Sea Lions

Mitigating The Migration Of Pacific Lamprey


A 25-Foot Shirtless Statue Of Jeff Goldblum Has Appeared In London

Boy, 5, Miraculously Grabs Hold Of Railings As He Falls From 20th Floor

Beijing’s Smog Helps Its Trees Grow Better, Faster, Stronger, Study Finds

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  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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