Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 19, 2019 Volume 11 Number 39

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INSIDE: Johnny Five Alive; Kharkiv, Ancient City of Youth; Good News; Not So Good News; Today’s News From Our Sources; According to Infamous Uncle Seamus; Our World and Beyond, Unabridged: The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Travel; Masha & the Bear, Kindle Books By Us; All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us


By Rusty Miller

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I watched a Chinese television news program with the sound off and discovered a couple of things.  Donald Trump actually makes more sense.  And it’s hard to see a nation as a global villain when it does things like this.  Trafficked Baby Seals Released Into Wild In China  And this.  China’s National Panda Park Will Be Three Times The Size Of Yellowstone

Robotics are a central theme of a novel by Clive Cussler I’m reading now entitled, very descriptively, The Rising Sea.  I’m also enjoying for the umpteeth time, the American film Short Circuit, in which a killer robot is struck by lightning and becomes both adorable and one of the good guys.

I enjoy entertainment like this because it doesn’t seem like that great a stretch to me, this notion that we – creations ourselves of a supremely sentient being and made essentially out of what remained after everything else was used up – could not create “life” in our image and imbue it with the full range of human feats and foibles.

This hybrid Tim Taylor the Tool Man and Mr. Rogers attitude might explain why nothing ever breaks down on me.  I take care of stuff and let it die of old age.  The clock radio I listen to was born before most of my neighbors.  It is also very likely to outlive them.

That’s it for this week, gang.  Take care, stay well and God Bless.

Rusty Miller is an award winning journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here 


By Olya Bereza

Hi Rusty:

Just returned from a short journey to Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. It is sometimes called “ city of youth” as it has a great number of Universities. That’s why it is also a very creative and dynamic city, so no wonder that singer Maruv who supposed to participate in Eurovision from Ukraine launched her singing career while studying there.

Historically, modern Kharkiv became the first Ukrainian city of the “new” Ukrainian Soviet Republic in December 1917.  It became, as well, the nation’s capital and remained so until 1934.l 1934.

The city suffered heavily during the Second World War and when the rubble was cleared away, Kharkiv celebrated its survival with large public squares and stunningly grand buildings.  It gives the city an incredible sense of space and freedom.  Kharkiv is clearly proud of its history and you can feel it in the air.

Coming back, it is nice to relax from journey by watching the long list of Eurovision contestants. I didn’t have the chance to watch all of them, of course.  But three I definitely liked included:   watch them all but at the moment definitely liked three: North Macedonia Tamara Todevska “Proud” which could be a hymn for feminism;, Germany Sisters – Sister again reminding about sisterhood — and of course, Australia “Zero Gravity” performed by Kate Miller-Heidke.  This one reminds us that we might be a bit too heavy to mother Earth.

Looking forward to seeing more of it.


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.


Granville Coggs Fought Racism In The Military As A Tuskegee Airman

Meet The Arctic Farmer Hoping To Make His Town More Sustainable

It May Not Be A Bad Thing Fewer U.S. Babies Were Born In 2018 Than In Any Year Since 1986

Why Washington Is The Best State In America

Canada Increases Protections For Pacific Northwest Orcas


When It Comes To Waging War, Ants And Humans Have A Lot In Common

Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Highest Point In Human History

American Airlines Pilots Confronted Boeing About Safety Issues Before Ethiopia Crash

Walmart Warns Tariffs On Chinese Goods Will Increase Prices For Customers

Rationing Begins, As Cuba Braces For Economic Impact From Venezuela Crisis

Trump Wants You To Buy American. Here’s Why That’s Almost Impossible

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $2 Billion In Case Tying Weed Killer To Cancer


Australian Broadcasting CorporationBritish Broadcasting CorporationCanadian Broadcasting CorporationMoscow TimesReutersSightline Daily; The Smithsonian Magazine; TIME magazineUS News & World Report

According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, his pal Moses Murphy stopped feeling guilty when he learned that his favorite sandwich was named for a city in Germany and not the meat it sounded like.


Amazing, particularly given what we’ve thought before.  Arsenic-Breathing Life Discovered In Pacific

This is totally unreal.  An Explorer Made The Deepest Ever Manned Sea Dive—And He Found A Plastic Bag

Sigh.  We’ve Spent 100 Years Growing A Tinderbox Across The West. Now It’s Wildfire Season.


The Glacier That Produced The ‘Titanic’ Iceberg Has Suddenly Stopped Flowing

The Teeth Of Early Neanderthals May Indicate The Species’ Lineage Is Older Than Thought

Clouds That Look Like Ocean Waves

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?


San Francisco Is First Us City To Ban Facial Recognition

This Ingenious System Brings Water To The Chinese Desert

You Should Update Whatsapp Right Away. Here’s How To Do It Quickly And Easily


San Francisco Is First US City To Ban Facial Recognition

This Ingenious System Brings Water To The Chinese Desert

You Should Update Whatsapp Right Away. Here’s How To Do It Quickly And Easily


The World’s Last Coal Plant Will Soon Be Built

What Happens When Wind Turbines Get Old?

How Washington’s New 100% Clean Electricity Law Will Work

Remote Islands Have Few People, Hundreds Of Millions Pieces Of Plastic


Welsh Doctors Can Now Prescribe Free Bicycle Rides

7 Workout Habits You Should Drop Now

12 Habits That Sabotage Your Mental Health

Are Onions And Garlic Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say

People Who Live To 100 Have These Traits In Common

Why We Should All Eat More Small Fish

Want To Stay Healthy As You Age? Let Go Of Anger

What Type Of Exercise Is Best For The Brain?


India Election 2019: A Journey Across Land And Sea To Reach 44 Voters

Three Simple Steps For Planting A Chaos Garden

Australia Election: Fines, Donkey Votes And Democracy Sausages


We Are Family

Genius Sea Otter Parents

Meerkats Are Just Like Us


Oldest Known Tree In Eastern North America

A French Town Is Offering $2,250 Reward To Anyone Who Can Decipher This Mysterious Inscription

The World’s Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant 


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.


A superpower no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here.

This is one of several of Olya’s short novels for the young and the young at heart. She is Holley Dovetail and Rocky is an absolute romp.  To preview and/or purchase, please go here.

ONLINE WRITER/EDITOR FOR HIREBusiness Correspondence; Political, Classified and Commercial Writing, Editing, Proofing; Speeches, Jokes and Monologues; Online Writing Tutoring; Special Projects.  From my computer to yours.  For more information, please go here.


This is the kind of nightmares I have if I go to bed too soon after a good pepperoni pizza.  This Prehistoric Fish Makes A Great White Look Like A Goldfish

This is reassuring.  Bedbugs Scurried The Earth Alongside The Dinosaurs 100 Million Years Ago

In case you lost yours, this should be good news.  Escaped Pet Parrots Are Doing Great In The Wild


North Carolina’s Offshore Shipwrecks Have Surprising New Tenants—Tropical Fish

Giant Devil Rays’ Secret Birthing Zone?

Stranded Baby Elephant Rescued From Lake

Why ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Trope Isn’t An Exaggeration

Mizmar Flying Car, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions. Photo courtesy of TIME, Inc.


Oklahoma Window Cleaners Rescued From Swinging Lift

How A Squid’s Color-Changing Skin Inspired A New Material That Can Trap Or Release Heat

Amazon Offers To Pay Employees $10,000 To Quit Their Jobs And Deliver Packages Instead

ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal has been called a 21st Century Readers Digest.  Though modest in circulation, we reach people of 22 nations and we fly no flag ourselves.  Our international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like yourself are out there helping make this a better world and we are honored to serve them as an idea and topical information resource in that regard. We are meant to be shared with family, friends and workmates as well and we are on FaceBook.   If you would like to help us our readership, please go here.  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.  Rusty and Olya


About minstrel312

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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