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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Volume 6, No. 4

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Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor

 Seattle, Washington



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea,   And brrr still.  And still peeking out tentatively to make sure it’s provident to venture out.  Sometimes with all that’s going on out there, I feel a little like a four point buck on the first day of hunting season.

One of you wrote in asking why we were loading up the news from India with so much about those gang rapes.  That’s a fair question.  And the answer has two parts.

First, the news is making headlines all over the world because the international community considers that particular extreme of male chauvinism totally unacceptable.  Not only is it an assault against a woman, it’s also the victim being critically outnumbered.

The world right now is telling India, essentially, that if this is part of the culture, then it’s like, have a nice life.  The Marines may never land to stop this but there’s going to be lots of other support and not just from women.  No decent man approves of this either.

So as long as this continues to be headline news in sources like the New York Times, the Toronto Star, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and some of the other sources upon which we draw, that’s how it will appear in the Northstar Journal.

Second, I have a profound hatred of rape in any context.  It’s not pathological.  It’s what any decent man feels.  It’s not just the worst fear a woman can have.  It’s the worst nightmare a father, brother, son or husband can have.  And very few people any longer believe that it could not happen to them or someone they love.

Third, and this is not rocket science in my house, since it is totally unacceptable, it needs to stop.  How do we do that short of military intervention?  Trade sanctions are one effective way and it’s a popular one.  Boycotting things made in India.  Stop eating at Indian restaurants.  Boycott Indian films, authors, musicians, artists, etc.  Do not outsource to India.

And by continued press coverage and keeping the spotlight on it until it stops.  That’s one of the most important functions the media can serve.  And they do it well when they’re not trying to deprive the rich and famous of a private life.  Or giving the infamous and sleazy a global stage.

That’s how it’s done these days so that’s why we’re doing it this way.  Trust me, it’s a lot more civilized than what I’d personally prefer done to rapists.  I’m also real glad God sits in ultimate judgment.  There’s not enough compassion and mercy in me to ever accept this and not to seek retribution.


We’re proud to announce that the University of Washington here in Seattle was also ranked 23 among 214 universities of the world based on their environmental appropriateness.  To see where your alma mater came in, please go here.

Well, considering our ongoing concern for the day when films like Meteor and Armageddon just might be prequels to a documentary, we note with some interest that America’s NASA and the European Space Agency are teaming up to deal with Big Rocks In Space Which Might Hit Us.  They’ve each got a vehicle going after a meteor that is actually two Big Rocks In Space, etc.  The mission is to explode one of them and throw the orbit of the other one off so it stays very far away from earth.  What bothers me a little is that we keep getting told these Big Rocks In Space don’t pose any real threat but now we’re building and sending stuff up to deflect or destroy them?  I’m just betting that those old Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos which go so deep in the ground might just possibly find some buyers after all.

German priests are now under investigation for child abuse.  We pray this is part of the Vatican’s decades long investigation into this behind a firm commitment to end it.  It is terrible when the guardian of the heart and the mind betray a child.  What must Jesus think of those guardians of the soul who so engage?


Afghanistan:  Hamid Karzai Says U.S. Will Give Spy Drones to Afghanistan

Australia:  Wildfires Uncover Illegal Drug Lab, Spare Giant Telescopes At Space Observatory12-Pound Gold Nugget Found In Ballarat, Australia, Could Be Worth More Than $500,000

China:  China’s Economy Grows Again, at a Slower PaceBeijing’s Smog Prompts Chinese Government To Be Unusually Transparent

Egypt:  Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak’s Conviction

France:  Mali Intervention: French Widen Bombing Campaign, Enter Country’s Center, Mali Intervention: France Facing ‘Direct Combat’ As Ground Operations Launch

Germany:  Germany Moves Closer to Accepting Military Role

India:  Gang Rape Suspects To Appear At HearingWoman Assaulted By Bus Driver, Conductor, India Takes Aim at Poverty With Cash Transfer Program

Iran:  UN Experts Return From Tehran Without Agreement To Restart Nuclear Inspection

Ireland:  Ireland Appoints Its First Ever Female Ambassador To The United StatesEnda Kenny Tells Europe That Ireland Is Over The Worst Of The Recession

Northern Ireland:  New Violence In Belfast May Be More Than About The Flag

Japan:  TokyoSnow Disrupts Flights, Causes Chaos In Streets

Kenya:  Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s Half-Brother, To Run For Governor In Kenya

Mali:  After French Airstrikes, Rebels Storm Mali VillageAid Groups Can’t Reach Key Town Of Konna

North Korea:  Movement of Missiles by North Korea Worries U.S.

Norway:  Norway Offers Lessons On How To Manage Resource Wealth

Pakistan:  Supreme Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf In Corruption Case

Russia:  Thousands of Russians Rally Against Adoption BanRussia Moon Probe, Unmanned ‘Luna-Glob’ Spacecraft, Expected To Launch In 2015,

United States:  Record Washington state cherry harvest spurs new harvesting methods | Local & RegionalKeeping the Boats Moving Along a Mississippi Dwindled by DroughtTennessee Ice Storms 2013 Result In State Of Emergency Declaration

Vietnam:  Starbucks wades into Vietnam despite the country’s entrenched local coffee cult


The 32 most alarming charts from the government’s climate change report

Climate Change Study: Emissions Limits Could Avoid Damage By Two-Thirds

Deafness at Doomsday

U.S. Conference Of Mayors Urges Climate Action From President Obama

Soot is No. 2 global-warming culprit, study finds (+video)


Attacks By Government Forces Kill Dozens Near Damascus (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Syrian Opposition Finds Hearts and Minds Are Elusive

Haswiyeh Attack: Syrian Troops Murder Dozens Of Men, Women, Children In Village


I think that this in an incredible organization – perhaps you may consider endorsing it:  Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® |   Amy

Editor’s Response:

Thank you, Amy.  Source considered, I’m sure quite a few of us would feel the same way so I’m sharing this directly with the rest of “Shannon’s twinkling lights.”  Again, Amy, thank you very much for this.  Rusty

The Northstar Journal is also pleased to announce that one of our favorite nature photographers was published recently in an American national magazine.  His name is Steve Perry of Back Country Gallery and this photo, which I totally loved, is aptly entitled Eye to Eye With a Frog.  Steve, way to go.  This is supremely cool, Buddy.


Are you interested in attending President Obama’s Inauguration but haven’t the foggiest idea of what to wear?  Here are some suggestions.

We are not pleased to report that one of our favourite institutions is laying off 400 people, particularly since most of these will be occurring in Montreal.  Our heart goes out to and our prayers are with Cirque du soleil.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, and certainly not solely the province of the Maple Leaf, one out of 20 Canadians fear they will never pay off their credit card debit.  While we certainly recognize the concern, we can’t help but wonder if that’s because the other 19 out of 20 have learned how to get their spending under control.


Wal-Mart has apparently decided to help give America’s veterans a level playing field.  They’re offering them jobs.  Yep, for more, please go here.

Tiny, the nationally famous obese cat, finally did the math and figured out that a cat who eats a lot less than a Shetland pony probably has a better chance of finding a good home.  He has.  Nice going, Tiny.  I’m sure there’s a lesson in that somewhere for us all.

Since we grew up with some of them and have not only studied their history but have also lived with some of them, we are not surprised to read what we also consider, with all due respect, a rather belated and obvious conclusion.  Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water


Well, thanks to the federal government’s failure to place the immediate welfare of its citizenry ahead of bureaucratic politics, some people in Texas may have been drinking oil-industry polluted water for some while.

Well, here’s the umpteenth chapter of one of the longest running international athletics dog and pony shows in recent history.  We’ll give it the attention we think it’s worth.  Lance Armstrong Admits Doping.


Editor’s Note:  “Uncle Seamus” is actually based on several dead relatives from whom I learned a great deal.  Rusty

My Uncle Seamus once spent a summer teaching a jackass to dance.  Speculation ran high at the village pub as to his motives.  Then one day, it occurred to someone to simply ask him.

“Sire Seamus, if ye don’t mind, then?  Why in the world would you be teaching a jackass to dance?”

Seamus was pitching hay to said animal at the time, so he put down the pitchfork, wiped his sleeve across his forehead, shoved his cap back and gazed at his neighbor.

“Because it was easier than teaching him to sing.”


We’re not sure why they did this but NASA has decided to go into the art business.  The Agency is now beaming a portrait of the Mona Lisa to the moon.

Since it looks like humans are back in the space exploration equation, we were also not surprised to find out that some folks are wondering if astronauts should not be vegetarians.

Apparently it’s been a slow news week on Mars.  Its reconnaissance orbiter decided to shoot some photos of the rover Curiosity’s “foot prints” to share with the folks back home.


Documents Illuminate Jewish Life in Ancient Muslim Empire

Wissard Project Seeks Signs of Life Under Antarctica

John Fahey:  Our Greatest Adventures Are Ahead Of Us


Chinese Firm Buys an American Solar Technology Start-Up –

Tom Zeller Jr.: Scientists Urge Parties, Populace, To Find Common Ground On Climate Change

A New Grand Strategy For The U.S., Built Around Sustainability


The flu season strikes again.  More we need to know on that.

And since a fitter you is better able to fend off the flu, etc. build muscle mass with this protein.

And for those of us still wrestling with the extra poundage of seasonal largess, What’s the Best Exercise for Weight Loss?


Overeating Causes: What Causes People To Overeat?

Winter Increases LDL Cholesterol, SAD And Heart Attacks

Mayor Breakthrough in Prevention of HIV May Have Been Discovered


If you’re a single woman looking for a husband and you can hold your own among cowboys and oil field roughnecks, you might want to start checking the online newspapers and Craig’s Lists in North Dakota.  While this is not for the faint of heart, it is certainly for the adventurous of spirit.  Yep, for more, go here.

Are religious people really as motivated as much as we think by character traits like compassion?  The answers just might surprise you.

My favorite kind of people are those who sincerely care about others.  Here are six habits of the empathetic.


10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012

Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself

Dining & Wine:  Go Dutch


Generation Y And Consumerism: Waning Interest In Car Ownership A Sign Of A Deeper Shift

Generation Y, Dating And Technology: Digital Natives Struggle To Connect Offline


Could oral sex cause throat cancer?  The answers just might surprise you.

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


In case you missed it, here’s a photograph one of our favorite nature photographers had published in a national magazine in America.  Prepare to get face to face with a frog.

NASA’s Photos of the Week

Donald Duck & Friends

Faces In Space: Planets, Celestial Formations That Look Like Visages (PHOTOS)

Seattle Breaks Record For Biggest Snowball Fight









All photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor.  For a visual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here. 
Pepsi or Sprite not to your liking?  How about…

Pepsi or Sprite not to your liking? How about…


Mayor Mike McGinn this past week announced that he’s standing for re-election.  His priorities include:  strengthening our schools; keeping our neighborhoods safe; ensuring more transportation choices; and providing high speed broadband in Seattle.  For more information:

Lost in Seattle?  WhichBus helps you plan your public transit ride in real-time.

If you don’t obey the speed limit in school zones in Seattle, you could be helping to contribute an extra $1,000,000 a month to city coffers.  Smile, you’re on Speed Camera.

THE TODAY FILE:  “Your guide to the latest news from Seattle and around the Northwest”


Seattle Weather

Map of Seattle

Seattle City Cams

More Seattle Facts & Figures

Komo 4 News (ABC)

King 5 News (NBC)

Seattle Times


Hi.  My name is Rocco The Squirrel aka Rocky the Nutcracker aka Don Squirrelione.  Monday, January 21, is Squirrel Appreciation Day.  So take one of us to lunch, okay?  Do that for our Family.  And for yours.

Hi. My name is Rocco The Squirrel aka Rocky the Nutcracker aka Don Squirrelione. Monday, January 21, is Squirrel Appreciation Day. So take one of us to lunch, okay? Do that for our Family. And for yours.


Coolest Dog Names Of 2012

Ancient Sea Animal Looked Like Flower & Had Anus Near Mouth, Researchers Say

Crabs Feel Pain After All


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


And then there was the chap in Canada who got a letter from his bank informing him that he was dead.

 Bust with glassesA FINAL WORLD

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.  The Northstar Journal is also available ~ graphically enhanced ~ by direct email.  Contact us at with Sub Req in the subject line.  Until next week then, take care, stay well and God Bless.  Rusty


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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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