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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Volume 6, No. 9

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am not, by nature, a reformer or even necessarily reform minded.  I’m glad they’re out there for the valuable contributions they make but I also resent them for making a lot of social evolution and re-evolution totally unnecessary.

I’ve also had personal experience with many reformers and reform-minded.  I have found them, for the most part, totally lacking in a sense of humor or the perspective which often nourishes one.  My life is a blend of work, play, social and romantic.  These folks ~ reformers and the reform-minded ~ are not a lot of fun to hang out with.  The Bacchalanian is totally wasted on most of them.

I particularly dislike groups of these sanctimonious saviors.  And when a nation assumes a zealous posture in this regard, I become very nervous and start remembering a lot of phone numbers in Victoria and Ottawa.

But after reading this latest article on the sexual exploitation of women on American First Nation reservations; this vivid account by the victim of rape at an American military training facility; the horrible things that have happened to Indigent women and children in Canada; and the ongoing violence against women in India and other countries, I find myself wishing I was more of a vigilante frame of mind.

Where and when did my gender get the idea it’s okay to treat women that way?  If the answer to that is Scripture, then religion wasn’t given to us by the Divine.  We invented it to rationalize behaviors even Lucifer would find disgusting.

Perhaps there really is a fourth gender.  This one isn’t same sex oriented, like the third one is.  This one is not love driven or species survival motivated.  This gender is the population control gender.

Human beings who rape are a gender unto themselves.  They bring violence, control, sadism and homicidal pathology into the human survival equation.  There is nothing loving or life-enhancing about them.

They have been around a very long time.  And for the most part, their conduct has not only been sanctioned but openly admired and certainly emulated, from our first images of a cave man smacking the object of his affection over the head with a club, then dragging her limp and unprotesting form by the hair into the cave to have his way with her to the incredible celebrity attention focused on all aspects of this behavior.

I really don’t see what useful purpose people who rape serve so I’m not interested in seeing this treated from a social perspective.  I’d prefer it be attacked from a medical perspective.

People who rape are the cancer of the species.  The sooner we are rid of them and the cultures which enable and support them, the happier and healthier our species will be.


India now joins Canada and the United States in protecting our friendly skies.  Last week, she launched into orbit seven satellites, two of which are the world’s smallest space telescopes and another of which is a drone spacecraft specifically designed to hunt very large rocks in space.  Nice going, folks.  Really.

We can’t say that we’re real sorry to report that British Petroleum is on trial in New Orleans for the Deep Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.  On April 20, 2010, 11 workers died and the first of an estimated 172,000,000 gallons (4,095,238 US barrels) of crude petroleum entered the Gulf of Mexico.

It looks like China’s in the new space race for real.  They’re putting their own astronauts into orbit with a mission slated for this summer.  Nice going, guys.  Welcome to outer space. 


Afghanistan: Afghanistan Order U.S. Troops From Key ProvinceCoalition Says Afghan Attacks Didn’t Fall After All 
Australia: New Zealand TV Producer Adam Strange Mauled to Death | Swimming Near the Beach in Auckland 
China: U.S. Confronts Cyber-Cold War With ChinaChina Admits Existence Of ‘Cancer Villages’ In Report, As Pollution Concerns MountThree Gorges Dam Photos Document Change In China’s River TownsChina Blames U.S. For Thousands Of Hacking Attacks 
Congo: ‘Framework’ Announced for Peace in Congo 
European Union: Euro Zone Unemployment Rose to Another Record in January;  Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner: Obama Must Act On Global Warming 
France: French Tax Proposal Zeroes In on Web Giants’ Data HarvestAntoine Vitkine: The Final Letter Written By Olivier Voisin, a French Photographer 
India: India Launches Asteroid-Hunting Satellites, Tiny Space Telescopes Into OrbitPhotographs: India’s Child Labor ProblemChildren Toil in India’s Mines, Despite Legal Ban 
Iran: Iran Nuclear Talks: World Powers Begin 4th Round Of Talks In Effort To Break Years-Long Impasse With TeheranIran Sanctions Relief: Nuclear Talks Could Bring Deal From Major Powers, U.S. 
Ireland: Irish Government Apologizes to Survivors of Magdalene Laundries 
Italy: Split Vote Sends One Clear Message in Italy: No to AusterityItalian Election Results Worry InvestorsVote in Italy Invites New Wave of Financial InstabilityItalian Deadlock Rekindles Anxiety About Euro Zone 
Japan:  Japan’s Mothers in ‘Hokatsu’ Hunt for Day Care;  Divisive Debate on Need for More Nuclear Safeguard
Myanmar: Clashes Over Land Seizures Batter the Police in Myanmar 
Nigeria: Nigeria’s Ijora Badia Slum Razed, Leaving Poor Behind 
North Korea: North Korea’s Twitter Activity Offers A Real-Time Glimpse Into Life In PyongyangNorth Koreans Blame U.S. for Fueling ‘Explosive Situation’Way to Reach Kim Jong-un? Follow the Ball 
Russia: Russian Meteor’s Origin, Size Pinned Down 
United Kingdom: Top British Cardinal Faces Accusations of Committing ‘Inappropriate Acts’Prince Harry visits his charity in Lesotho – Video on TODAY.comPrince William Reportedly Rescues Two Stranded Hikers In Snowdonia, Wales (VIDEO) 
United States:


Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Surveillance LawFemale Veterans Face Limbo in Lives on the StreetIncarceration Rates for Blacks Dropped, Report Shows 
Vatican: Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible CardinalsPope Benedict XVI Last General Audience At Vatican (VIDEO);  Pope Benedict Gives Parting Words to ThousandsA Vatican Spring?  Pope Benedict XVI Last Day Live Streaming Online (VIDEO) (LIVE UPDATES)    


The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration

Climate Change, Labor Capacity Losses Examined By Government Scientists

At Ice Age End, a Smaller Gap in Warming and Carbon Dioxide – NYTimes.com

Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner: Obama Must Act On Global Warming

Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas


Syrian Opposition’s Complaints Shadow Kerry’s First Official Trip

Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels ‘Dangling in the Wind’

HRW: Syrian Regime Missiles Killed 140 In Aleppo

In Shift, Saudis Are Said to Arm Rebels in Syria

Syria Massacre: Government Forces Accused Of Executing 72 People In Malkiyeh

Syrian Civilians Take Reins in Test of Self-Government

U.S. Expands Aid to Syrian Rebels


As far as I’m concerned, the most important job in this world and in this life isn’t running some big company or having four stars on your collar tab, leading a government or even researching a cure for a fatal disease.  In my opinion, the most important job in this world and this life is being a parent.  Here is a list of people who agree with me and also happen to be the Leaf’s 15 best parenting tweeters.

Even though I don’t bicycle in the rain like a lot of people in Vancouver, I still think it’s cool that the City invested $50,000 in a helmet dispenser.  Maybe they could put right next to it an insurance machine?  For people who pedal in the rain in the first place?

With the launch of Target Canada, it’s going to be a buyer’s market in the retail sector and trench warfare in the business community.  For more on this one, please go here.


‘Precarious’ Employment On The Rise In Toronto And Hamilton Areas, Report Finds

Gordon And Betty Collins Win Lotto Max $30 Million Jackpot In Newfoundland

Molson Canadian Ad Goes Viral: Proud Patriotism Or Cynical Exploitation?


Despite the apparent stir it caused over the issue of propriety, I enjoyed seeing Michelle Obama at last week’s Academy Awards.  I’m also glad someone tipped me off that she was going to be on the Ricki Lake Show.  I’ve enjoyed watching the First Lady on Ellen and of course on all the American network morning news and TV talk shows.  I’m one of her fans, just like I was of Hillary, both Bush First Ladies and Nancy Reagan.  They were ingenuous, I thought, and represented my vision of America very well.  I may not agree with the politics of their husbands but there is no denying all of these chief executives had one thing in common, excellent taste in wives.

I’m glad to see that the younger of Princess Diana’s sons is making a tour of Africa and that he’s having such a positive impact with his mother’s favourite charity.  I think the Queen has been quite proper in the circumspection she has displayed toward her grandsons’ human qualities and the relative forbearance Fleet Street has, as well.  I also join the nation, if not the former Empire, in expressing my pride in Diana’s other son for his part in the rescue of two mountaineers in Wales.  Not bad for a country girl, eh, Di?

We want to offer our congratulations to Fauja Singh, a marathon runner of some dedication and history.  Last week, he ran his last race.  The 101 year old said he has no intention of hanging up his shoes, as it were.  But he feels it is time to give younger people (like octogenarians) a better shot at the tape.


In Washington State, Wind Overtakes Coal

U.S. Offers Broad Support for Gay Marriage Rights

Top Car-Sharing Cities


If you care at all about the women who have risked their lives for this country, this store headlined Female Veterans Face Limbo in Lives on the Street will both outrage you and break your heart.

That US Army intelligence specialist who provided classified information to Wiki Leaks has pled guilty to those charges.  More, however, appears yet to come.

If you want some exercise in “My God, what were they thinking?” check out  20 Weird Things That Have Been Banned At Schools


Well, the headlines are telling us that Curiosity has drilled into Mars and discovered that the planet is not red after all, but gray.  I’m thinking, you took a very tiny sample from one very small place on the planet and now Mars isn’t red anymore?  I do not think we have heard the last of this.  

We’ve been following this one for a couple of weeks.  It is about what scientists are finding in one of the absolutely coldest places on the planet; and how that is changing their ideas on what it really takes to support life.  Yep, it might flourish in places as hot as the sun and as cold as the heart of Hades.

I noted with some interest that NASA has mapped Mercury, which is probably a good thing despite the fact that it seems highly unlikely any of us will be going there any time soon.  It certainly does suggest to me that as a species, we are in a colonizing mode.  I hope we do it with a little more class and consideration for those other life forms we meet out there than we’ve shown for those on our own planet in the past.


Asteroid-Smashing Mission Picks Space Rock Target

Ambitious Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moons Gets Science Instruments

Mars May Be Habitable Today, Scientists Say

Private Rocket Launches: Complete Mission Coverage | Space.com

Fastest Spacecraft Record May Be Broken In 2018 By NASA’s Solar Probe Plus

White Dwarfs May Aid Search For Habitable Planets, Alien Life

Solar Particle ‘Accelerator’ Near Saturn Spied By NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft

Black Hole ‘Mystery Wave’ Takes Astronomers By Surprise

China to Launch Next Manned Space Mission in Summer


A DNA Lesson, From the Expert’s Pen

Researchers Find Evidence Of Long-Lost Continent

Baby Dinosaurs Were Eaten By Crocodile-Like Prehistoric Beasts, Fossils Suggest

Cloaking Device’s ‘Ghost Images’ May Add Stealth To Military Aircraft

Top Science Stories of the Week



Shell Arctic Drilling Operations Suspended For 2013

In Washington State, Wind Overtakes Coal

State Department’s Keystone XL Analysis Upsets Environmentalists

Tom Zeller Jr.: Tipping Points: Can Humanity Break The Planet?



Now that more and more of us are working from home ~ and in a lot of cases, very lucratively, it’s probably time to warn about repetitive stress injuries.  In my case, it’s carpal tunnel syndrome.  So yep, for this one, please go here.

For those of us really into eating ourselves into good health and a long life, this Nutrition Tip A Day For A Month campaign Canada’s got going on now is a total trip.  It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed an article on this subject more than I did this one.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are eight “foods” you might want to avoid too close to bedtime.


Mediterranean Diet Shown to Ward Off Heart Attack and Stroke

Questions About Robotic Hysterectomy

Cold Prevention Starts with Immune Support

The Best Cooking Oils for Healthy Meals

The (Unlucky) 13 Traits Of High-Maintenance People


Four distinct types of breast cancer have now been identified and new treatment options for each are being developed.  One source we read said these discoveries have revolutionized the way the medical community looks at this disease.

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


You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)

Military Rape Victims Read From Their Journals (VIDEO)

The 6 Paths to Happiness

State Laws on Gay Marriage Lead to Disparities

Worst Restaurant Food: 37 Healthy And Unhealthy Ethnic Restaurant Foods

Stress Symptoms: 9 Scary Signs That Show When You’re Stressed


Military Rape Victims Read From Their Journals (VIDEO)

Helicopter Rescues Deer Stranded On Ice By Blowing Animal To Safety (VIDEO)

Best Science Photos of the Week | LiveScience

Earth Observatory’s Best of the Week










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.

We consider children our greatest natural resource and I just could not resist this opportunity to share some of ours with you.

We consider children our greatest natural resource and I just could not resist this opportunity to share some of ours with you.


Three percent of Seattleites bicycle to work.  While that may not seem like a big number, in a city of around 650,000, that’s about 19,500 of us.  If you toss in the weekend/after work crowd, that demographic probably doubles and then increases a sliver when you include those who go camping on bike-back.  Some neighborhoods have more cyclists than others.  To see where yours ranks, yep, please go here.


For those interested in helping preserve the Olympic Wilderness, the Sierra Club is having a meeting at the REI Store up at Yale North, tomorrow, Monday, March 4, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Even if you can’t attend, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.  That’s some truly beautiful rainforest out there and help is needed to protect it.  It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.  But then we’re good at this stuff, once we know the assistance is needed.  That’s why we’ve got so much of what was here when we got here left.  Yep, for more details, please go here.

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In a very previous life, I was eaten by one of these dudes.  That probably explains why I’m not real fond of its progeny.  Yep, sharks again.

Sometimes I do not get the memo.  Last Friday, March 1, was National Pig Day in America.

This one has all the possibilities of a low budget sci fi film.  Apparently, people have been abandoning their pet gold fish to the gentle waters of Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, and somehow, these remarkable carp have survived the snowy winters.  Not only that, but apparently they are thriving and getting a lot bigger than they did in the bowl.  Yep, this weirded me out a little so by all means, for more, please go here.


Don’t Just Blame Cats: Dogs Disrupt Wildlife, Too

If You’re Into Winter Bird Watching and Especially Owls, You’ll Love This

Great White Sharks Now Protected Off California Coast 

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


You are NOT going to believe what they recently pulled up out of a north New Jersey River


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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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