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 Volume 5, No. 26

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Seattle, Washington

Merritt Scott Miller, Editor

Dennis William Steussy, Associate Editor

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, amidst all the other headlines of this past week or so, it now appears that an alien spacecraft did, in fact, crash some 60 years ago around Roswell, New Mexico.

I’m kind of surprised the source of this revelation ~ a former CIA expert on all things extra-terrestrial ~ hasn’t come forward before this with what seems to me pretty convincing proof.  But then, as we all know, sometimes timing is all, right?

During the Great Depression, English author  H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds was broadcast as a radio drama.  Despite the fact that it aired on Halloween, with all the appropriate disclaimers, half the country seems to have gone nutzoid believing the invasion was real.  I can understand, therefore, why, during the present hard times, we certainly would not want a repeat of that now, eh? 

Since Roswell in 1947, however, science “fiction” ~ from the gentle biologist in Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: An Extra-Terrestrial to the maniacal sentient locusts of Independence Day ~ seems to have done a pretty good job of preparing us for the idea that we are not alone in the universe, and perhaps not even on the planet.

I think that perhaps behooves us, then, to be a lot nicer to one another.  How do we know that the slovenly pizza delivery guy, the bank teller with an attitude, the supermarket checker who still asks “paper or plastic,” or the waiter with condescending manners isn’t really from a Mother Ship and equipped with powers to zap and stuff?  (If sufficiently provoked)

And yep, how do we know “they” haven’t already been here long enough to actually control us?  It certainly might explain a lot.  There was a time when in order to dodge personal responsibility, we blamed the Devil.

Maybe now, instead of wondering if President Obama was really born in America, we should be asking the same question of all the power figures who behave in ways we do not understand.

“What planet are they really from?”

It does rather lend a new spin on the term “illegal aliens,” does it not?

Thanks, gang.  Yep, I had fun with this.

For an inspirational, multi-media and relatively short reminder that we all came from somewhere else, please go here.

And on another note, we’re late this week because our computer crashed.  We’ll be back on schedule this weekend.  Thank you for your patience in these regards.



While it may not be making the dramatic gains everyone seems to hope for, the American economy is slowly and steadily improving.  The New York Times’ Anne Lowery has more.

We’ve known for some while that bullying in the workplace does not feel real good.  Apparently it has more consequences that need to be addressed.

Has America’s love affair with the car as personal transportation over?  Some experts certainly seem to think so.


England and Wales population up

America’s Best States to Live in 2012 – CNBC

Quarter Of Wall Street Executives See Wrongdoing As Key To Success: Survey


Health Canada is advising parents and other kid caregivers to stop using cribs more than 10 years old.  For more, yep, go here.

We are so tempted to say, “Only in Canada,” on this one.  A native of Quebec, dressed like a knight of King Arthur’s Roundtable, is riding is steed across Canada promoting good manners and civility.  He’s in Saskatchewan now.

According to new discoveries, before New Amsterdam cum New York City, the most densely populated place in the North American East was, in fact, in Canada.


We’ve been following this one for awhile because it applies to all the flags we reach, particularly given the alternatives now to hydroelectric energy and the need to better feed a growing population living much longer.  So for Steelhead spawning in the Elwha, please go here.

Lake Tahoe has been many things to many people.  It might just also be the beginning of a local “seafood economy”.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

If there is any doubt whether “motherhood” is overrated, what this mama elephant does to keep her child from drowning in the mud should go some in whittling down that myth.


From food to fashion to flowers, entrepreneurs set up shop in trucks

Whitman, North Dakota Town With Population Of 2, Celebrates Centennial With Pa


NASA has announced that in 2016, it will begin testing a rocket plane which will fly 20 times the speed of light.  It will allow the military application to reach anywhere on the planet with one hour.  For more on this one, please go here.

Danish archaeologists think they have uncovered the ruins of one of the oldest and mightiest Viking settlements in Europe.  If this is true, they have discovered Sliasthorp, the mighty military base of the oldest Scandinavian kings.

And it looks like the “natives” in the American Pacific Northwest have been around a bit longer than previously thought and that they were not the first.

This Week In Science History


LauncherOne: Branson, Virgin Galactic Announce Low Cost Satellite Launch Vehicle

Pluto Moon P5, Discovered By NASA’s Hubble Telescope, Is Planet’s Fifth


Next time one of the young people in your life tries to talk you into letting them have a pet, you might want to give in.  It turns out that taking care of one is really healthy for kids.

There are lots of options to getting in the mood.  Here are several really healthy ones.  Chances are you’re eating some of them already.


Get Fit – 3 Steps to Shape Up and Live Longer

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


This column is dedicated to Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills, who died in 2001, at the age of 38, of cervical cancer.The grim reality is that more men die of cancer than women.  To see why, please go here.  The good news is that it looks like there is a new drug out there that might slow the growth of prostrate cancer.

The New York Times has a solid three-part series going on new approaches to fighting cancer.  This is a definite Northstar recommends so for more, please go here.

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


We love virtual art galleries and the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in particular.

Temples of Myanmar – Slide Show –

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears – The Irish Tenors – YouTube


Animal Tracks is’s Critter Stuff.  They feature stories of every facet of the creature kingdom from the domestic to the primordial. 

National Geographic Kids Page is a great way to spend time with the young people in your life.

National Geographic Video Page is the essence of both the Society and the magazine, in shorter video features.

Foundation For A Better Life’s short video vignettes rival the best of Hallmark, Folgers and Campbell Soup.  Three I’d recommend right off the top are Concert, The Class Room and Spirit of America.


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.

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.


If you’re not allergic to cute, check out this story about a baby chimpanzee whose mother was killed and how the little monkey was adopted by a dog who had just given birth to a litter of puppies.

Being a profound cat lover, I’ve known for some while that one of them was an Egyptian god and that others guarded Buddhist temples with good effect.  What I did not know was that 65 cats protect artworks at Russia museum

Scientists believe they have discovered why it is that some migratory species can navigate as well as they do.  It turns out these creatures have magnetized cells in their body which react with the polar fields in much the same way a needle on a compass does.  Yep, for more, please go here.

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


And then there is the small American town which has been “governed” for the last 15 years or so by a mayor who is a cat.

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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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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