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August 19, 2018 Volume 10 Number 50

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INSIDE: Immigration, An Experience Shared By All; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Could Genoa Happen Here?; 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:  Most contemporary discussions of immigration seem to emphasize their rights.  Given the abuse of the system, I think that is totally appropriate and I approve.  However, I also believe we need balance.

I’ve lived from one end of the American Pacific Coast to the other and in communities almost as ethnically diverse as the one in which I am living now in South Seattle.  I have had mostly good experiences with ethnic diversity and have always respected what respects me and mine.

My good will comes from the way these “new Americans” choose to live.  While total assimilation is neither their goal nor mine, to learn not only what is, but why it is certainly should be.  So should a cultural inventory in terms of what the new can contribute to the “established”.

It also means avoiding drawing unfavorable attention to one’s self or group by being loud, overly gregarious and exclusionary to the point where it looks like rather than coming to a new land for a new life, the goal is a beach-head for an invasion.

The Russian blonde is reading over my shoulder and is pointing out that at some point in time, most people have been “immigrants”.  If you’ve moved to a new city or state, you’re an immigrant.  If you’ve switched schools or a job, you’re an immigrant.

When you look at it that way, immigration and assimilation are both American experiences, shared by all.

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




Seems like rain was leading the headlines this week. While most people — when thinking of rain — imagine its poetic side, as we all also know, on some unfortunate occasions it can lead to disaster.  And even though we do, we can’t blame the weather itself.

It is neither good nor bad but in combination with human mistakes it often lkeadscould lead to irremediable circumstances like in Genoa, when heavy rains caused that city’s main connecting bridge to the Italian mainland to collapse.

“It is not acceptable that such an important bridge was not built to avoid this kind of collapse,” deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi told the world recently.

Could such tragedy have been avoided?  And could it happen where I live? That made me immediately think about bridges across Dnipro River in Kyiv and Dnipro City. All of them are pretty old and according to famous words of Kyiv’s mayor about one in the capital- the Shuliavskiy Overbridge – “tired”.

This is also what he said when that structure collapsed last year, fortunately without victims. The recent rains in Kyiv also put the mayor under critics of the locals who experienced the consequences of flooding and one of the main reasons is the poor drainage problem which has not been tackled yet: The weather in Kiev storm flooded streets and washed cars. flooding many underground passages and road networks and even, as evidenced by the videos in that article, the underground tube and shopping centers were full of water.

But for as much inclement weather as Ukraine got, the Most Rain Fury Award this week goes to India, with “state’s worst monsoon in almost a century”. Kerala Floods Live Updates: Public Transport System Collapses In Many Parts Of Central Keral.

Prayers to this nation.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay dry, my cousin.

Editor’s Note:  Sometimes Olya’s sense of humour runs a bit to the bizarre.  Where I live has not seen measurable rainfall in several months, despite its reputation for being one of the soggiest places on the planet.

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.

ACCORDING TO RUSTY’S INFAMOUS UNCLE SEAMUS: Despite all the signs to the contrary, life is the only one-way street.


Aretha Franklin: Civil Rights Icon


Good for these folks.  There’s plenty of room out there and this could solve a lot of problems for the subject nation.  Narendra Modi Says India Will Send A Manned Flight Into Space By 2022

These photos are as dramatic as they are descriptive.  Dust, Smoke And North America’s Sunsets

Disaster definedWe’re Putting More Homes In The Path Of Wildfires


The Rare Blue The Mayans Invented

What’s Causing Florida’s Algae Crisis? 5 Questions Answered

Carbon Monoxide From California Wildfires Drifts East

Outer Space

Favorite Perseid Meteor Shower Photos

Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day, From Vega

Astronomers Find Weird Rogue World With Wild Auroras


Google Releases A Searchable Database Of US Political Ads

Google Tracks Users Who Turn Off Location History

Corncobs Could Be The Fuel Of The Future, Chinese Scientists Find


Aretha Franklin Sang Her Way Through America’s History

The Story Of The First Woman To Join The U.S. Marines

The Weather Channel Is On A Mission To Document The Damage Of Climate Change

The Country Engineering Happiness

How Backyard Cottages Could Help Close The Affordable Housing Gap

Environmentalists Sue To Protect Orcas


Judge Dismisses Kids’ Lawsuit Seeking To Protect The Climate

A Crackdown On Minorities In Northeast India Threatens To Strip 4 Million People Of Citizenship

Children Pulled From Rubble After Deadly Syria Blast

The Jail To Homelessness Pipeline

The Pot Industry Has A Big Waste Problem

Second Cardinal Withdraws From Ireland Congress Amid Abuse Scandals


The Guatemalan Deity Of Vice

Asia’s Capital Of Connection

Heathrow Airport Passport Queues Reach 2.5 Hours

A Greek Island That Defeated The Nazis

The Islands With A ‘Third Gender 

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


Is Your Joint Helping To Ruin The Environment?

How Houseplants Could Save Us From Toxic Buildings

Another Setback For The Keystone Pipeline

A Derailing For Trans Mountain’s Canadian Pipeline?

A River Of Oil


Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

Does Sunscreen Ever Expire? Here’s What To Know

This May Be The Secret To Feeling Younger And Living Longer

You Asked: Can Indoor Plants Really Purify The Air?

This Is The Healthiest Non-Dairy Milk

Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What The Experts Say

How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Health Risks

Low-Carb Diets Could Shorten Life, Study Suggests

Eating This Many Carbs Is Linked To A Longer Life. Here’s Why

Epipen Gets Its First Generic Rival After Criticism For High Price


You Could Own A Piece Of The Neighborhood

Views: Why Drivers Should Support Bike Lanes

Valuing The True Cost Of Eating Out

The Case For Community Gardens

What If We Treated Homelessness Like An Earthquake?

Fishing For Coins In The Ganges River To Survive

Working-Class White Women Could Make Or Break Midterms

How Do Kids Experience Racism?

Should You Work Alone Or Collaborate With Others?

How To Spot A Narcissist

How Cities ‘Nudge’ Better Behaviour

The History Of Rosa Parks’ House Is The History Of Redlining


If this does not motivate us to put more money into our infrastructures, we will die foolish and beyond redemption.  Genoa Bridge: ‘I Was Under The Bridge When It Collapsed’

Heaven just got itself another angel.  I am so looking forward to listening to her forever.  Aretha Franklin: In Her Own Words

If this does not tug your heartstrings, you need to ask God for a new one.  Kids Battling Illnesses Become ‘Chief’ For A Day – 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.


We promise you won’t be eaten by a megalodon  Uh huh.  How much of the planet is covered with water?  And how much of that has been explored? And you can guarantee there’s not one of these blood-thirsty carnivores as big as an ICBM down there somewhere? Riiight.

Whale Rescued From Fishing Net In Chile  Outstanding and way to go, guys.

My apologies to the species and the little country involved but I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read this.  The Unexpected Animals Roaming Cuba


Only The Strong Survived: Resilient Bees To Pass Strong Genes Onto Next Generation

Marine Worms Are Eating Plastic Now

Rebuilding A Creek Where Trout Can Thrive


Teenager Recovers After Lightning Strike In Arizona

The Only Country With A $7 Banknote

Sussex Woman Stalked By Husband Impersonating Ex-Boyfriend

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

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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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