Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 28, 2018 Volume 11 Number 9

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INSIDE: Our Race To Armageddon; World Headlines At A Glance; Brexit From A Ukraine Perspective; 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


by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor

Well, it looks like the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States is back on track, if, in fact, it was ever derailed in the first place.  Long after we’ve made enough fissionable bombs to blow every living thing on Earth to Perdition and back eight million times, we will still be out there, going for the gold, as it were.

At the rate this is going, it looks like pretty soon, everybody’s going to have the bomb.  Take a moment to listen to this song from the 1960s, by Tom Lehrer, entitled Who’s Next?

Nuclear proliferation is expensive and of the nine nations currently possessing atomic devices, only the citizens of five can vote on where (or if) that money comes from.  The others suffer as it is taken from social programs, infrastructure maintenance and replacement, business and trade, etc.

We have readers in those five democracies and we urge those of you in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and India to stop this race to Armageddon by refusing to fund it.

I find it somehow reassuring if not ironic that in the 73 years they have been around, nuclear weapons have only been used twice.  I have been to one of those Ground Zeros.  And wept.

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here



By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

Last weekend, on October 20, in London, England, the United Kingdom witnessed the March for the Future People’s Vote, in protest of the Brexit referendum

Just to refresh, the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in EU took place on July 23, 2016.  It resulted in a minor victory 51.8% to 48.1% for those favoring leaving.

Obviously, a big part of society was frustrated with results. I have some acquaintances who supported the People’s Vote movement with their posts in social media or even joined the march.

Some of the media reflection of march is quite ambiguous DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Saboteurs endangering our nation But hopefully the people’s position will be at least heard.

The irony is this year UK government hosted summit on why other countries should join the EU. And as you know my home country, Ukraine, is among those countries who shares aspirations to join European Union on some stage too.

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, they once tried to strip him of everything that meant something to him and when caught at it, were then surprised that he did not wish them a swift and merciful death.



This is reassuring, considering I can see one of them out my kitchen window. Government Ranks 18 US Volcanoes As ‘Very High Threat’; 2 In Washington State

This is NOT good newsFive Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change

Since I am still not a fan of these, good callCities Have Taken The Lead In Regulating Driverless Vehicles


World’s Longest Sea Crossing: Hong Kong-Zhuhai Bridge Opens

The Bones Shaping Antarctica’s Fate

How Earth Feeds Volcanic Supereruptions


3, 2, 1 … Space Up For Grabs On China’s Launch-And-Return Satellites

EVE And Wall-E Have Mars In Their Sights

Asteroid Pioneers: The Team Who Put Rovers On A Space Rock

Mars Express Eyes A Curious Cloud


Transforming The Future Of Space Robotics

A Solar Project In Rural Alaska Takes Aim At Sky-High Electric Bills

Terminator-Inspired Liquid Metal Robot Made By Chinese Scientists


Vatican Meeting Ends With Call For Greater Role For Women In Church

How A City Can Value Natural Assets Alongside Other Infrastructure

Gov. Kate Brown Bans Offshore Drilling In Oregon

Meghan’s Message Of Female Empowerment In Fiji


Fatal ‘Swatting’ Hoaxer Faces More Charges


The Country That Sells Wishes

The Places That Escaped The Spanish Flu

Japan’s Unusual Way To View The World


This Site Makes It Easy To Put Your Money Into Clean Energy Investments

A Solar Project In Rural Alaska Takes Aim At Sky-High Electric Bills

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters

Will One State Go It Alone To Make Polluters Pay?

Gov. Kate Brown Bans Offshore Drilling In Oregon

An Awesome Solution For Diversifying The Environmental Movement

Surprise, Surprise: Divesting From Coal Saves Customers Money—A Lot Of It


Without Changing Human Diets, It’s Impossible To Halt Global Warming

The FDA Approved A New Flu Treatment, Just In Time For Flu Season

This Is The Absolute Best Way To Wash Your Fruits And Veggies

Researchers Have Found Microplastics In Human Waste For The First Time

The Surprising Cause Of Alzheimer’s

Philip Morris Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Anti-Smoking Ad

These Are The States With The Highest And Lowest Youth Obesity Rates

Burning Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors


The 14th-Century Guide To Life

Utah State Senator Tries Marijuana On Camera To Show Why State Should Support Legalization

Give Merriam Webster The Year You Were Born And They’ll Give You The Hot New Words From Then



This is awesome.  Lighting Across The Solar System

This is incredible.  Shipwreck Found In Black Sea Is ‘World’s Oldest Intact’

So is this.  Undersea Volcanic Eruption Is Deepest Known

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.


Can Idaho Wolves Shed Their ‘Big Bad’ Reputation?  For their sake and ours, I hope so.  Let’s pray the ignorant surrender to wisdom just this once.

‘Hyperalarming’ Study Shows Massive Insect Loss  This is a cyclic occurrence and should not surprise us.

If this works, excellent.  New Ultrasonic Device Repels Pests (Rodents, Spiders, Roaches, Etc) Away From Your Home.


China ‘Creates Two Billionaires A Week’

Children Give Sign Language Surprise To School Janitor — Video

China ‘Has World’s Strongest Fibre That Can Haul A Space Elevator’

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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