Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 9, 2018 Volume 11 Number 2

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INSIDE: Immigrants In Germany: A Firsthand Report; World Headlines At A Glance; From the Shores of the Salish Sea – Perspective: A Tribute To BBC World Service; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our World, 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 Rusty:

Once again last week there were a wave of protests in Germany, this time motivated by the murder of a German national by a newcomer: Germany: Chemnitz protests against immigration policy.

Having a friend living in Germany, I asked her if she considers immigrants a threat to herself and her family.  (Here I should mention that she moved to Germany from Ukraine about 15 years ago.) She said that as far as she knows, the majority of Germans still supported their immigration policy.  She told me that after the protests in Chemnitz, there were huge demonstrations in Berlin and Münster against racism and far forces.

To quote my friend directly, Germany is a very multicultural country. There are many different people on the streets. But you never know whether this is local or newcomers in the next generation.

Since 2015, approximately 1.3 million refugees have arrived. Previously, too, always arrived, but in small quantities. Approximately 250,000 of them work (every forth refugee has a work)  are paying into the social fund and taxes. Others are at the courses, all the children at school. The rest are waiting for the distribution. All children go to school. Classes have become larger. More teachers are needed. They have a lot of additional lessons of German and integration. Adults are taken by many large companies for training.  Government spends a lot of money but nothing has made by the government for its population worse. Improvements are here every year in a financial sense. All help is made from additional income. Revenues in Germany are constantly growing. 

Men refugees number is a little more, this is understandable. There is some statistics about age groups seeking for asylum. It’s easier for them to get to the country. But if the newcomers want to bring their families here is a problem. They are not particularly allowed to do so, as there will be many times larger numbers of refugees. Permit to do this is granted only in very limited cases.

We also have refugees in the city. For example, they were given a hotel near us for living. We always expected something. It was interesting. We passed many times past. No changes. Everything is quiet and clean.

Very many  people help as much as they can. They give away toys, clothes, help in other ways …

The main thing, in my opinion, is integration courses. No matter where people come from, they must live according to our basic law.”

Later this week again in Chemnitz was organized a concert but this time against racism and xenophobia where prominent German bands participated. Chemnitz concert: #WirSindMehr becomes a trending topic on Twitter.

To my opinion, probably the main reason for all the troubles is the labels we hang on each other.  Are all Germans who participated in anti-immigration marches “far rights”?  Maybe some of them are simply concerned about safety and not talking to them is not the right approach to the issue.

Germans protesting against crimes by migrants are not all neo-Nazis

Probably showing people statistics, the government being open with people about their plants; transparency in cases of graft, corruption and other crimes, these would, I think, make people feel save as fear usually comes from uncertainty.  If there are people who are worried and you just call them all racists and Nazis I don’t think it will calm them down. The concerts are good but it looks like now there are two irreconcilable positions and someone should swallow the insult.

As long as few drops of German blood are still goes in my veins I wish all the best to that country and hopefully the mutual understanding will be found.

Pray for them, Mishka, when you pray for us all.  Happy autumn, 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.




Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea:  Someone where I live and a first responder who works the same midnight to noon shift I do has heard me listening to the BBC World Service, some of which, as many of you know, is sadder than the headline version of it.

Given what I do professionally, he wondered why, when I’m working or outside in my “hutch,” where I decompress post-shift, that would be my medium and my program of choice.  Appropriate enough question politely rendered and the answer, actually, is quite simple.


Perspective which makes me considerably more appreciative of what I have and much less frustrated or disappointed with what I do not have.

Perspective which makes me very protective of those I love and those for whom I care.

Perspective which suggests that the “news” I have personally experienced in war and in peace is regrettably too common an experience among our global family and that there are enough violin players on that street corner.

Perspective which reaffirms my faith in the human spirit to survive and grow, despite the lethal weeds still flourishing in Our Garden and perhaps still in the souls of far too many of us.

Perhaps most of all, perspective which has made me more determined than I have ever been to do what I can, modestly and with Humility I hope, to help make this a gentler, healthier and more compassionate place to live.

There are excuses and rationales for the suffering the BBC reports.  But there is no reason for it.  That, perhaps, is the saddest part of all.  But tears that fall on parched earth are as precious as rain.

We squander even our compassion.  Nature wastes nothing.

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 

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, even a bad meal tastes good when someone else pays for it.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Faces In The Darkness: The Victims Of ’Non-Lethal’ Weapons In Kashmir


I thought this was a pretty heads up question.  Animals Are Smart. Are Humans Holding Them Back?

Outstanding.  Plastic Catcher Heads For Ocean Clean-Up

Think of how many lives this would save and enhance.  Large-Scale Wind And Solar Power ‘Could Green The Sahara


The Biggest Solar Farms On Earth

A Huge Iceberg Is Moving. Now Scientists Finally Might Understand What Lives Underneath It.

Why You Can Smell Rain


Could NASA’s Next Big Thing Detect Alien Life?

Watch Online, As Asteroid 2018 Rc Sweeps Past

Saturn’s Famous Hexagon Towers Above Cloudtops


Vector Robot Is Everything You Want In A Sidekick

Farmbot Automates Home Gardening From Seed To Harvest

Urban Wind Turbine Wins Engineering Prize


A Teenager Had A Dream To Clean Up The World’s Oceans. 7 Years On, It’s Coming True

Testing Out Faster And Flexible Ways To Deploy Homeless Shelters And Services


Egypt Sentences 75 To Death, Hundreds To Jail Over 2013 Sit-In


The US Islands Of Slave Descendants

The Bedouin Answer To Barbecue

The Sinking Islands Of The Southern US


Why Small Efficiency Homes Have A Big Price Tag

House Of The Future: Inside BC’s First Public Indigenous-Centred School

More Evidence That Green Space Helps Develop Young Brains


Preventable Heart Problems Killed 415,000 People In 2016. Here’s How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

A Quarter Of The World’s Adults Don’t Get Enough Exercise, Study Says

Americans Are Going To Urgent Care Centers More Than Ever, Study Says

Health Alerts

Don’t Eat Any Honey Smacks Cereal, Center For Disease Control Warns As Salmonella Outbreak Continues

Health Questions? Email Time’s Health Editors


The Gender Wage Gap Is More Than Just Pay Discrimination


With Olya living in Ukraine, this is very close to home to us.  The Strange Unreality Of Life During Eastern Ukraine’s Forgotten War

This is almost too cute for words.  Baby Giraffes Stand Within Minutes Of Birth. How Do They Do It?

This is fantastic.  Stunning Artworks Made Of Light


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.


Amazing.  Hundreds Of Dolphins Dash Past California Coast In Magical Video Of ‘Superpod’

Nature truly wastes nothing.  Wildlife Hotspots Thanks To Livestock Dung Heaps?

This was a little gruesome, I thought.  Love Vines Suck Life From Wasps, Leaving Mummies


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s September 2018 newsletter is now online.


Tesla Stock Plummets 5% After Elon Musk Smokes Weed On Podcast

Video A Clever Way To Make A Living Out Of Rubbish

Chinese Private Firms Eye Great Potential In Africa

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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