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September 2, 2018 Volume 11 Number 1

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INSIDE: Happy Labor Day, America; Good-Bye, Captain John McCain; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Back To School In Ukraine, 21st Century Style; 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

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech from his Four Freedoms essay https://www.nrm.org/2012/10/collections-four-freedoms/


Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Well, it was a sad week for many of us as we said good-bye to a fellow American whose last brave act was to have his own life support turned off rather than prolong his own suffering and the suffering of his family in a battle he knew he would not win.  For a moving photo tribute to Captain John McCain, please go here.

Monday, September 2, America celebrates Labor Day…by taking the day off.  For a quick look at how this all came about, we visited Wikipedia and found some outstanding information to augment what we already knew about the often bloody history of the working man in the United States and why that history is, in fact, so commemorated.  We also found three songs that you might enjoy while you’re taking a look at this site.  Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford   Six Days On The Road by Johnny Cash  40 Hour Week by Alabama live at Farm Aid 1985

As a historical note of minor significance, this edition marks our 11th birthday.  We began as a monthly in 1998 and among other things, brought you the first photos of the of the Kosovo War Massacres and a live account of the Nisqually Earthquake which rocked Seattle in February 2001.

When our Canadian editor succumbed to cancer, we ceased publication and when our grief ended, we returned in our present form and format. If you’d like to congratulate us with a coin of the realm thank you, this would be a good time and you can do that by going here.

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



Ukraine school children. Photo courtesy of http://www.soft.net


Hi Rusty:

It’s 1 September and that means the start of a new beginning in schools and universities throughout Ukraine.  I am wishing all who students the twin blessings of good luck and wise teachers who are guides along the highways and byways of knowledge.

According to BBC Ukraine, for 450,000 children, this will be their first year.  I think they are very fortunate for they will learn by new conception without grades, and the lessons in the form of games.  Knapsacks heavy with paper textbooks have been relegated to the past.  Before lessons, the children will gather in a circle with a teacher to start the day.  From a psychological perspective, this form of communication is great for creating a nurturing class environment.

From the same source, I also learned that the largest school in Ukraine is in Kiev (Kyiv).  It has 2284 students.  The smallest, in our remote Carpathian Mountains, has three.

Another aspect of this new style of education is that it is also online.  As yet, according to sources I checked, there is not enough data for statistical analysis.

Anecdotally, I did read about an online school started in Odessa, whose purpose is mainly to give those from rural areas an opportunity for a formal education.  A few schools have apparently appeared since then.  One of them is targeting the people resettling from the Donbas and Luhansk areas.

It seems, however, that parents choose online education for a variety of reasons including a bad psychological atmosphere in local school; problems with communications with other kids; misunderstandings with teachers; a desire for more free time, changing place of living etc.  And, of course, the online education option gives families more lifestyle flexibility.

I would also like to join our readers in congratulating the Northstar Journal as it opens its eleven chapter.  I am wishing us full wind in our sails and that God grant us the wisdom and the strength to continue educating, inspiring and challenging those we serve as “the magazine with the heart.

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

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, sometimes the only way you can survive hard times is by sewing rubber pockets in your pants so you can steal soup.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  This past week, the world lost an exemplary human being.  Here are his final words to us.  ‘Do Not Despair Of Our Present Difficulties.’ Read John McCain’s Powerful Farewell Letter


Oookay…  Elephant Repellent Invented At A Kenyan School That Warns By SMS

The answer to this one just might surprise you.  Is Hypnosis Real? Here’s What Science Says

Hello HALGood morning, Rusty  Apple Self-Driving Car Rear-Ended During Road Testing


We’re In For Dramatic Changes To Earth’s Ecosystems

Hothouse Earth: Scientists Show Us Where We’re Headed

How To Build For The Ocean Of The Future


Dates Set For Touchdown On An Asteroid

Astronauts Tackle Air Leak On International Space Station

We’ve Got A Landing Site On Asteroid Ryugu


Chasing Quakes With Machine Learning

Tablet Bends ‘Like Ancient Scroll’

The Electric Scooter Boom Offers Cities A Chance To Rethink Streetscapes


The Duke Of Sussex Gets On Stage With The Hamilton Cast

FGM: The Maasai Woman On A Mission To Educate Her Community — Video

Pope Denounces Irish Forced Adoptions After Victims’ Appeal

3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Ban Extended


A High Blood Pressure Medication Is Being Recalled After A Potentially ‘Life-Threatening’ Labeling Mistake

Hong Kong Woman Marries Stranger After Being ‘Tricked’ By Work

Yemen Conflict: UN Experts Detail Possible War Crimes By All Parties


Is This The Quirkiest Town In The US?

The City That’s Losing Its Lights

The Ancient Samaritans Alive Today


First Nations Celebrate Win Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

Five Things About The Trans Mountain Pipeline Ruling

More States Take Interest In Legal Fight Over Washington State Coal Terminal

What Pipeline Protesters Should Know

Trans Mountain Pipeline Construction Underway With Feds Footing The Bill

Why Don’t We Farm Huckleberries?

What If We Retrained Coal Workers For Solar?

The Giant Coal Plant Turning ‘Green’


Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors

STD Rates Hit A Record For A 4th Year In A Row. It Won’t Be Easy To Fix

5 Easy Nutrition Tweaks You Should Make, According To Dietitians

13 Surprising Uses For Baking Soda

Worst Foods From The Deli Section

12 Public Hot Spots For Germs

Vitamins And Minerals From A To Zinc

15 Cancer Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

How To Keep Your Liver Healthy


America’s Car Culture Is Literally Shortening Your Life

Which Country’s Education Costs Most?

Unintended Impacts Of Women’s Suffrage


If you think this did not make a grown man cry, think again.  Drake Fan Sofia Sanchez Receives New Heart After Birthday Wish

This is spectacular.  Fireball Caught On Camera Over Perth

This is one of the best we have ever featured in here.  Incredible Waterfalls To See In Every State )


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.


Photo of Pacific Northwest L Pod courtesy of earthjustice.org

To Save The Orcas, We Must Clean Up The Duwamish  And we’re not talking about taking as long as the Monorail with this either, neighbors.

I’m not sure why we need to know this but oookay.  Beluga Whales And Narwhals Go Through Menopause

I don’t imagine the State Chamber of Commerce is thrilled this news is getting out.  Hybrid Super-Snakes In South Florida?


What Did The Dolphin Say To The Porpoise?

Goats ‘Drawn To Happy Human Faces’

Dinosaur Dna Clues Unpicked In Uk

The Black Mambas Protecting Elephants

Saving The ‘King Of The Birds’ With Dna

 The Birds That Forgot How To Get Home

Can A Turtle Live Without Its Shell?


Why Are Some Species More Likely To Go Extinct?

Volcano Helped Defeat Napoleon At Waterloo?

The Plan To Measure Wind From Space


This is what Americans look like, not Donald Trump. (James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington)

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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