Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
December 9, 2018 Volume 11 Number 15

INSIDE: What If They Really Are Out There:; World Headlines At A Glance; I Fell Into My Childhood; 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

Space exploration has been in the news a great deal lately and I’m glad because I’m a fan of it.  We feature it in our science section in here.  And it is a topic that comes up often on Coast to Coast AM, a very late night radio talk show I recently discovered.

I won’t bore you with the details of how and why space exploration became such a passion.  I’m just pleased that after what seems like a long hiatus, we – as a species – are moving forward, individually, collaboratively, federally and privately in a concerted effort to establish ourselves as a presence in our own solar system and to let the galaxy and beyond know that we are coming.

It’s the last part of this that makes me uncomfortable.  First, what if, as in that Twilight Zone Episode To Serve Man, we are not intergalactic neighbors but entrees?

Second, what if, after doing some exploration of their own with Roves designed as rocks and stuff, they determine that while human beings are certainly the most obnoxious species on the planet (next to crows), we are not the most intelligent.

Who could blame them for deferring to creatures so marvelously adapted to their environment that they had no desire to change it?  And who were “civilized” long before our ancestors discovered “peace” is not just a time to gather more rocks to throw?  And who have a capacity for mercy, forgiveness and interspecies compassion that has no rival on land or in the sea?

And what if, like all those invasion films, they came to do to us what we did to those whose land we wanted?

I think it’s all well and good to colonize close to home.  Until we’ve become the best we can be, though, I’d just as soon not let anyone out there know we’re here.

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

Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here


Hello by Roman Prokofyev image credits openkniga gallery


By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor

In this part of the world, on 8th of December, we recognized a day of artists which was founded in 2007 by the international association The Art of Peoples of the World.   Congratulations to all artists and people who are involved in the process of creation. We all are inspired by your works and creative process. Thanks to each of you for filling the world with new meanings, showing us beauty in the ordinary things.

Today I would like to present the work of the artist I really like -“Hello” by Roman Prokofyev who works in the genre of Multographics (Cartoonographics) – this way the artist determines the style of his work in which he displays ordinary people in various life situations by means of cartoons graphic.

“I fell into my childhood and found it right for myself,” he said in a recent interview.

Maybe it’s always helpful to rediscover the inner creative child in ourselves.

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.

God does not speak more to the Pope than to anyone else.  The Pope just pays more attention.


Sir David Attenborough: Climate Change ‘Our Greatest Threat’


This is a bit unsettlingGlobal Warming Today Mirrors Earth’s Largest Extinction Event

I’ve been an admirer of these since I was a kid so to me, this is absolutely amazing.  Nice going, you guys!  The Ferry Using Rolls-Royce Technology That Sails Itself — Video

Okay, this does not help my paranoia around Space Odyssey’s HAL.  In the least.  The Aircraft Designer Who’s Never Flown


Prehistoric Cave Art Suggests Ancient Use Of Complex Astronomya 1,000-Year-Old Road Lost To Time

Supervolcano Eruption 20,000 Years Ahead?

‘Like Pieces Of A Puzzle.’ The Story Behind That Dramatic Alaska Earthquake Aerial Photo


SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Christmas Turkey And Fruitcake To The ISS

All You Need To Know: Geminid Meteor Shower

OSIRIS-Rex Spacecraft Arrives At Asteroid Bennu

3 Astronauts Launch For International Space Station After Aborted Soyuz Mission


Biohackers: ‘My Hand Chip Could Unlock My Car Door’

The ‘Weird Events’ That Can Trick AI

Window Washing Drone Takes Flight


The Female Superbiker Travelling The World

The Iranian Trailblazer Who Removed Her Headscarf

George W. Bush Shared Another Sweet Moment With Michelle Obama At His Father’s Funeral

Michelle Obama And Me: How Former US First Lady Changed My Life

Stretch Of Skagit Riverfront Permanently Protected For Fish, Wildlife


A Prominent Researcher On Eating Habits Has Had More Studies Retracted

Matthew Hedges: Academic ‘Psychologically Tortured’ In UAE Jail


A Treaty That Changed How We Travel

The Isles Belonging To Medieval Knights

A Town That Redefined Europe’s Borders


BC Climate Plan Aims To Build Economy Around Renewables

California Gives Final OK To Requiring Solar Panels On New Houses

EPA Will Ease Path To New Coal Plants

Nine-Year Losing Streak Continues For US Fracking Sector

Clean Coal’s Dirty Secret: More Pollution, Not Less

Compared To Fossil Fuels, Renewables Practically Use No Water

Single-Stream Recycling (And China) Throwing Recycling Markets Into Chaos


Study To See Whether The Anaesthetic You’re Given Affects The Chance Of Cancer Returning

The Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola Outbreak Spreads To A Major City. Here’s What To Know

The Annoying Truth About Holiday Weight Gain

40% Of Americans Don’t Plan To Get A Flu Shot. They’re Putting Others At Risk

Are Eggs Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

Here’s One Simple Way You Can Start Eating Healthier

Exercise Is Great. But Even Light Activities Like Walking And Housework Can Improve Your Health

Health Questions? Email TIME’s Health Editors


I Worked On Several Cold Case Murders. This Is How We Solve Them

The Home Of The Future Is The One You’re Already Living In

The Best Gifts Under $50 To Give This Holiday Season

Vertical Cities: Can Mega-Skyscrapers Solve Urban Population Overload?

Black Americans Lose Twice As Many Years Of Life To Guns As White Americans Do, Study Says

How The Salvation Army’s Bell-Ringers Became A Christmas Tradition

The Luxurious Home Made Of Bamboo

Why The Finns Parcel Babies In Boxes

Inside Iraq’s Secret Shelters For Domestic Violence Survivors



A Beer Brewed From An Old Shipwreck

Falcon 9 Rocket Guides Itself To Sea

The Stunning Photos Of Everyday Life

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’ve had these little dudes as neighbors and they’re as cute as they look. Fishers Return To North Cascades

All of us should live so long and so well, eh?  World’s Oldest-Known Wild Bird Expecting 37th Chick With Longtime Lover

As a lover of dog stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this.  Dog Guards Fire-Ruined Home For A Month While Waiting For Owner


He Saved The Largest Venomous Snake In The Americas. Now, He Hopes It Could Save Human Lives

The Tulalip Tribes Bet Big On Beavers

Watch A Bird Outsmart A Leopard


The Giant Rocket Tower In The Jungle

Dutch Court Rejects 69-Year-Old Man’s Request To Be 20 Years Younger

Sacked Man Claims Discrimination Against His ‘Ethical Veganism’ — Video

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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