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 Volume 5, No. 24

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seattle, Washington

Merritt Scott Miller, Editor

Dennis William Steussy, Associate Editor

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  When formerPennState assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested, several of you asked for us for comment.  We avoided making any because I believe that a person’s innocence or guilt should be decided by a jury, not by public opinion.

Now that Sandusky has been convicted and is certain to spend his remaining years behind bars, I think it’s fair to say that justice has been served.  From comments I’ve heard since the verdict was announced, I hope that’s what we really wanted.

I hope it is not revenge.  Revenge is a bloody emotion and a self-perpetuating one.  And most of us ~ our protestations to the contrary ~ thank God do not have the stomach for it.  Even those who speak so facilely about castration, homosexual rape and other physical, emotional and spiritual degradation would be loathe themselves to witness it, much less to administer it themselves.

If it is true that there is a special place in Hell reserved for those who abuse our youth, Jerry Sandusky will eventually go there and the damned will enjoy exacting Divine revenge.  Until then, he is confined in a place where there are others bound for Hades.

The time Jerry Sandusky spends in prison ~ whether cut short by a shank or by suicide ~ will give him a chance to meet some of the people with whom he will be spending eternity.

I do not envy him his society.


Tokyo is earth’s most expensive city, according to the recently released 2012 Mercer Report.  For much more on this one, please go here.

Which nation on the planet is the happiest?  New Economics Foundation (NEF) has released its latest Happy Planet Index (HPI)Yep, the results might just surprise you.

Whether you attribute it to global warming/comate change, Divine Intervention, of the prelude to the Miracle of a Second Noah’s Flood, the waters are rising and by 2030, another six inches of the California Coast will be underwater.  That figure is expected to reach three feet by the end of this century


How healthy are Canadians in 2012?  The answer to that question pleases us and might just surprise some of you.

Not surprisingly, Torontotopped this year’s Mercer Report list of the most expenses cities in Canada.  It ranked, however, much lower on the global list.  Yep, for more, please go here.

It’s going to be a hotter and drier summer across all of Canadathis year, according to Environment Canada


Myanmar’s Aung San Suii Kyi earlier this month personally accepted the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991.  She was under house arrest in Burmawhen it was originally awarded to her.  For more on this one and the full text of her acceptance speech, please go here.

A concern for the orca population in the vicinity is delaying a deep sea survey of a Pacific Oceanearthquake zone but no one seems to mind.  National Public Radio’s Keith Seinfield reports.

Because unhappy women generally also make for unhappy men, we’re delighted to report on a fashion trend which should put a smile on the face of every female on the planet.  Check out swimsuits that can fit any figure


Perhaps one of the most recognizable “human marks” on this planet is Stonehenge.  For centuries, it has stood in England, another proverbial riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.  Thanks to research which takes into consideration what was going on all over the country at the time of its construction, scientists believe that have finally determined the reason Stonehenge was created and the various purposes it served.

Mars is much wetter than previously believed and may even be as soggy as some of earth’s interior, according to findings of a new research team and investigation protocols.  I found this one absolutely fascinating.

Well, if you’ve got about $155-million in loose change laying around and want to book an orbital cruise for 2013, this might just interest you.


Check out these video highlights from the World Science Festival in New York City.  If you’re into this stuff at all, you will totally love this.


Is where you’re living conducive to a happy marriage and a long and fulfilling life?  Find out by going here.

In another skirmish in a half-decade campaign to keep you guys around until we’re rich and famous, how many regular bottles of soda do you think fits into one of those “supersized” cups?  To find out and to see how much you also know about carbonated soft drinks, yep, please go here.

Well, this came as a bit of a surprise to me.  Let’s hope the rest of you aren’t quite so naïve.  Apparently sex isn’t as important as many people as I thought.  Faced between a choice of it and something else but not both, a lot of folks chose seven other activities. 


31 Ways To Know You’re In The Right Relationship

LinkedIn Tips: 9 Things You Should Never Do On The Social Network For Professionals

Center For Disease Control Disease FAQs Index
Tips and Tools For Staying Young
Weight Watchers:  Calculate Your Body Mass Index


Check your sunscreen and if it does not have a rating of at least 15 SPF, it cannot protect you from skin cancer, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.  The FDA is making its own war on melanoma by demanding that sunscreen manufacturers also inform potential users of how often their product needs to be re-applied.  For more and an excellent video on this one, yep, please go here

Cancer:  What You Need to Know
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society


I was brought up to be a consensus builder so I tend to take a look at how we are more alike than we are different.  I nonetheless believe that sometimes, equal attention should be paid to both.  Apparently it has been determined that how Americans vote can be classified by age.  New York Times editorial David Leonhardt reports.


Wellcome Image Awards 2012: Amazing Scenes Of Medical Science Under A Microscope

If you’re not afraid of dying of cute; baby sea otter swims, covers its eyes

Baby animals slideshow

Hakuna Matata – The Lion King (1995)


Animal Tracks is msnbc.com’s Critter Stuff.  They feature stories of every facet of the creature kingdom from the domestic to the primordial.  This is a great stress buster for me and a profound pick-me-up if I’m having a “poor me” day.

Daily Crossword:  This one from Universal has two levels.  It is extremely easy to use and it has some features like music and clues that we thought were pretty cool.

Foundation For A Better Life produces 15 – 90 second inspirational videos equaling ~ if not surpassing ~ the video vignettes produced by Hallmark, Folgers Coffee and Campbell Soup.  Three I’d recommend right off the top are Concert, The Class Room and Spirit of America.

National Geographic Kids Page:  If you enjoy learning about the places, people and things which make life on this planet such a unique experience?

National Geographic Video Page is the diversion the doctor ordered If you’re looking for a video experience that will definitely take you out of wherever you are and you don’t mind your reality coming at you in relatively short bursts (about long enough to keep a fussing child occupied).

Tank Hunter – This puts you behind the controls of a tank on a vast battlefield in which everything from small tanks to big ones to invisible ones is shooting at you.  Definitely the best game play of its type I have personally encountered.

Word Games:  Merriam Webster has a totally creative menu, including a daily vocabulary quiz where you can see how you rank with people your age, younger and older.


How many of you remember that American cartoon series Yogi Bear?  Remember how he and Boo Boo were always trying to swipe picnic baskets?  It turns out that the creators of those characters may not have been as anthropomorphic as we thought

If I was a paleontologist and I unearthed this 50-million year old fossil, I’d probably blush.  Remember, though, I’m the one who thinks National Geographic specials depicting actual reproduction should come with a five-second warning also saying how long it’s going to last, so I can get up, go into the kitchen, make popcorn and come back when they back to the chase and munch stuff.  So yep, for this one, go here.

Here is why a cheetah has been clocked as the fastest animal on earth.

Living With Wildlife
BBC’s wildlife finder
National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Though North Americans comprise less than six percent of the earth’s human population, they contribute 34 percent of humanity’s total body mass.  And our species in total weighs about 632-billion lbs or 286,670,377,840 kgs.  In contrast, Asiahas about 61 percent of the world’s population and contributes less than 14 percent to the species bio mass.  For more on this one, yep, go here.  To compute your own Body Mass Index (BMI), try this tool.

Well, that’s about it for this week.  As a final word, The Northstar Journal is one hundred percent supported by readers like you.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute ~ however modestly ~ to the next, please go here and with our thanks.

Take care, stay well and God Bless.


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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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