IN RECOGNITION OF A DRAGON NO LONGER SLEEPING NOR BREATHING FIRE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Volume 6, No. 10

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
minstrel312@aol.com
 
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IN RECOGNITION OF A DRAGON NO LONGER SLEEPING NOR BREATHING FIRE

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I’m tempted these days to say that if you want to predict the future of the planet, look to Asia and particularly China.  The last of the great nations to truly industrialize, she is now grappling with the same problems which characterized such evolution in Western Europe, North America, Japan and the former Soviet Union. 

The nature of China has changed a great deal in the half century or so I have been on this planet and geo-politically conscious.  When I was growing up, she was part of that greater Red Menace, attempting as were non-communist nations, to dominate the world, at least economically.

My strongest image of China in the Seventies is not, perhaps ironically, of the Great Dragon herself, but of “the other China,” the tiny democratic remnant sequestered on the island of Taiwan, nee Formosa.  The island was heavily fortified and soldiers with bayoneted rifles enforced everything from traffic laws to curfews.  In Taipei, government leaders and the military plotted both the defense of their island nation and the invasion of the Chinese mainland.

Through several revolutions which cost the lives of millions killed, injured, imprisoned and relocated, China’s government has evolved.  Its people speak louder and more often and Beijing and the provincial capitals seem to be at least as responsive as the federal government of the United States.

I’m glad the Chinese have done as well as they have.  There’s way too many of them to have mad at me and certainly far too many learning opportunities by paying attention to what’s going on over there.

Nice going, guys.

IN OTHER NEWS

We announced a couple of weeks back that several countries are engaged now with the Big Rocks In Space (BRIS).  Now, as we expected, the private sector is starting to kick in.  The kind of cooperation and sophisticated logistical matrix this BRIS Endeavour will require could ~ I suspect ~ be applied as well to projects of slightly less urgency that saving the planet from Destruction by a BRIS.

The Holocaust involved thousands more sites than previously thought, according to findings of a long project which gathered data from all over the former Third Reich and its Axis allies.  There were more ghettos, camps, factories, “medical” facilities and extermination centers than apparently anyone imagined.  It would have been, the project’s authors contend, impossible for those living in Germany or any of the Fatherland’s possessions to not know this was going on.  Apparently many people profited from the system and this is why it was largely unopposed, except by the victims themselves.

We mark with solemnity the passing of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan head of state, who died of cancer last week at the age of 58.  For a moving retrospective on his life and times, please go here.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Australia: Australian Government Blames Climate Change for ‘Angry Summer’ 
China: After economic boom, China now focuses on quality of life;  China Leader, Wen, Is Regretful but Defensive 
Egypt; Locusts Swarm Egypt, Put Israel On High Alert Ahead Of Passover 
European Union: Euro Zone Economy Shrank at Year-End 
India: Harbinder Kaur, Indian Woman, Beaten By Police In Tarn Taran, Sparking OutrageSchool Under Bridge In New Delhi Offers Free Education To India’s Poor Children 
Iran: Irwin Cotler: Four Steps to Ensuring Human Rights Prevail in Iran 
Italy: Silvio Berlusconi Convicted In Wiretap Case, Sentenced To 1 Year In Jail 
Japan:  Shinzo Abe Shakes Up Japan in Effort to Stir Its Economy 
Kenya: Kenya Race Is Said to Have Winner, but Rival Won’t Concede 
North Korea: North Korea Threatens To End Ceasefire With SouthNew Sanctions on North Korea Over Nuclear TestNorth Korea Ends Peace Pact With South As UN Sanctions Fuel Propaganda 
Thailand: Thai Prime Minister Announces End To Ivory Trade 
United States: U.S. Catholics in Poll See a Church Out of TouchJobless Rate Down, Stocks Up, Washington Is Unmoved;  Law Backs Guns in Class for Teachers in South DakotaState Department’s Keystone XL Report Provides As Much Grounds For Rejecting Pipeline As ApprovingClyde, Ohio, ‘Cancer Cluster’ Families Pay For Toxicity Tests Of Their Homes 
Vatican: Vatican Corruption: Cardinals Seek Answers To Allegations Before Conclave;  Cardinals Signal Careful Pace Toward Vote on Pope;  Cardinals Discuss ‘Hopes and Expectations’ of New Pope;  Pope Wanted. Must Possess Magnetic Charm. And Grit 
Venezuela: Chávez Dies, Leaving a Bitterly Divided Venezuela

CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS

Australian Government Blames Climate Change for ‘Angry Summer’

Meteorologist On Climate Change: Viewers Are Less Skeptical, Forecasts Getting

2012 Rise In CO2 Levels Second-Highest In 54 Years

Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years, Study Says

Ocean Acidification Affects Northern US Coasts More

Glaciers In Canada: Major Arctic Ice Melt Expected By The End Of The Century

Teaching Climate Change in Schools

SYRIA SHORTS

Syrian Soldiers Killed in Iraq, as War Grows

Kerry Criticizes Iran and Russia for Shipping Arms to Syria

Syrian Refugee Figure Hits 1 Million, UN Says

Syrian Rebels in Golan Region Hold U.N. Peacekeeping Team

In Parts of Syria, Lack of Aid ‘Is a Catastrophe’

OH CANADA

It looks like Toronto has overtaken Chicago as North America’s most populous city.  For the new rankings, please go here.

We were delighted to learn that Hillary Clinton’s favorite television show is Love It or List It.  Although it’s a bit upscale for me personally, like a lot of creative people I enjoy playing with spaces.

If something isn’t done and done now, by 2040, some 70 percent of kids in Ontario could be clinically overweight.  We suspect this is not the only province with a problem like this either.

SHORTS

Canadian Screen Awards Winners: Rebelle (War Witch), Flashpoint Win Big

Canada Weather 2013: Weather Network Forecasts Return To Typically Unpredictable

Diet Tops Disease Risks For Canadians

Cities With The Most Millionaires: Canada To See 35-Per-Cent Jump In Wealthy P

2 Million Canadians In ‘Live-Apart’ Relationships

Most Valuable Brands In The World: Canadian Companies Break Into Top 100

GOOD EXAMPLES

Take a look at Bianca Jagger and other women who have made outstanding contributions to the environmental movement.

The newly elected lady prime minister of Thailand has vowed to end the ivory trade in her country.

Check out how this Washington State woman recovered her car by spotting the couple who stole it at a local business, confronting them and bluffing them into thinking the extended index finger in her pocket was a sidearm.  As far as I’m concerned, this more or less puts the “hutz” in ‘chutzpah’.

SHORTS

How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves

Seal Hunt Cancelled For Hay Island In Nova Scotia

A 93-Year-Old Paperboy, Still Making the Rounds

BAD EXAMPLES

The medical community is taking some flak now.  In Japan, a man died after being refused emergency treatment at a variety of hospitals for a total of 36 rejections.

In the United States, an elderly woman was refused the CPR that could have saved her life because rendering it was against the rules of the place she was living.  The facility contended that performing CPR on the elderly could hurt them if not done properly, leaving the facility legally responsible.  My problem with that is that first, there are several kinds of CPR; and second, all of them need to be administered appropriately to avoid harm.  I also have a hard time with the idea that a health care professional like a registered nurse could watch a human being die when that nurse had the ability to administer possibly life saving aid.  I shudder to think what that says about us as a society.

With positions which need filling ASAP, many companies are apparently putting applicants through what bears more resemblance to Last Man Standing than it does to reasonable hiring practices.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Congratulations to the SpaceX Dragon for a successful docking last week with the International Space Station.  The unmanned cargo ship was delivering supplies and scientific experiments.  For an absolutely stunning story on their mission, please go here.

In yet another discovery which could once again redefine conditions under which life can exist, scientists have discovered “zombie microbes” deep beneath the surface of the earth.

Apparently the Dark Ages were not exactly that at all.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Dragon Capsule Delivers Science Experiments to Space Station

World’s Largest Ground-Based Telescope Array Opens in Chile Soon

Jupiter Moon’s Underground Ocean Bubbles up to Surface

‘Exomoons,’ Alien Moons Orbiting Exoplanets, Could Host Life Outside ‘Habitable

Mars Water: Buried Channels Discovered On Planet May Be Evidence Of Ancient ‘Megafloods’

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Lake Whillans Submarine Played Key Role In Search For Subglacial Life (VIDEO)

Stone Age Skeletons Unearthed In Libya’s Sahara Desert Spotlight Gender Divide

Comet Killed Clovis Culture? Evidence Doesn’t Support Ancient Impact Theory

Huge Meteorite Found In Antarctica, Largest Discovered There In 25 Years (PHOTOS)

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  Here’s chance to see how much you and those you hang out with know about THE PLANET EARTH

THE GREEN AGENDA

How NASA scientists are turning L.A. into one big climate-change lab

Downtown woodsy

State Department’s Keystone XL Report Provides As Much Grounds For Rejecting Pipeline As Approving

Tribal Fisherman Sees Coal Threat Looming

Bianca Jagger: Women: The Unsung Heroes of the Environment

Navy Offshore Training Program Near California Coast Opposed By Environmentalists

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE    

HEALTH

Old age and dementia do not need to go together.  Here are seven steps you can take to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as half.

If you want to hear as good at 60 as you do now, probably best to keep the volume of your earbuds, earphones or headsets down to around 60 percent, according YouDocs.  Yep, for more, please go here.

If you like nuts as much as I do, here are three good health reasons for indulging that passion.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

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RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
Cancer:  What You Need to Know
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
 

LIFESTYLE

Anya Wassenberg: The Renaissance of Aboriginal Culture

Holocaust Researchers Catalog 42,500 Nazi Ghettos, Camps; Numbers Are ‘Unbelievable”

In Defense of Working Mostly From Home

World’s Richest Billionaires 2013: Forbes

Debbie Gisonni: 7 Ways to Cope When Times Are Tough

Unusual Ways to Rid Your Home of Spring Bugs

BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA

Corgi Puppy Sees A Mirror For The First Time

Snow Leopard Raw Footage: Endangered Species Caught On Camera In China (VIDEO)

Best Science Photos of the Week | LiveScience

NASA Earth Observatory : Home

NORTHSTAR ENDORSEMENTS

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET

BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY

HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG

THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA

SIERRA CLUB

SEATTLE SCENES

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.

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NEWS

Some 75,000 residents in south King County are facing possible exposure to fumes of a toxic chemical in the groundwater.  It was used in solvents to clean aircraft parts at the Boeing Aircraft Company’s plant in Algona.

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

WEATHER

Looks like a semi-soggy week ahead but nothing out of the ordinary for Spring in the ‘Sound.  And remember, King County is the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.  We have something like eight (8) microclimates here.  So if you don’t like the weather where you are, take a short ride in any direction on Metro.  Here’s the 10 day forecast, courtesy of the good folks at our CBS affiliate, KIRO 7.

FUN STUFF

Seattle Weekly’s 21 Best Things To Do In Seattle:  March 13 – April 4th

SEATTLE DIRECTORY

Seattle Weather

Map of Seattle

Seattle City Cams

More Seattle Facts & Figures

Komo 4 News (ABC)

King 5 News (NBC)

Seattle Times

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Canada’s the last place I’d look for a camel but apparently the dromedaries once lived there.  And we’re not just talking “true north” now, but extreme north.  As in Santa could have used flying camels instead of reindeer.

It looks like dogs may have been man’s best friend for quite a bit longer than previously thought.  New evidence suggests domestication occurred around 33,000 years ago.  That’s 231,000 years in Dog Time or about 23,000 generations of canines ago.

If you’re into snakes, you’ll enjoy this slideshow.

SHORTS:

Access denied | The SeaDoc Society’s Monthly Update

Cornell Lab eNews: Strutting Through the Sagebrush, a Rare Bird Needs Help

Animal Facts & Myths Debunked By Wildlife Experts (VIDEO)

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

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Meet The Quokka, The Happiest Animal In The World (PHOTOS)

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A FINAL WORLD

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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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