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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Volume 6, No. 11

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


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s certainly been an interesting week in terms of untoward behavior.  In three decades or so in the journalism profession, one thing I’ve learned about the personality type which acts that way is that the more attention it receives, the more empowered it becomes.  

In the media-intense 21st Century, it’s very easy to nourish the pathologically narcissistic.  So if the Northstar Journal doesn’t pay a lot of attention to the behavior of some of the terminally anti-social, that’s why.  We don’t want it following us home and peeing on the carpet.

That having been said, there’s a telephone scam going on that is impacting the lives of millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens.  CBS Today did an excellent job presenting this Jamaican-based rip-off so I’m delighted to recommend that for more information, yep, go here.

It was interesting to note that another Big Rock In Space made a real close “fly by” and wasn’t spotted until just a few days before it got here.  See also Asteroids, Meteors Explained: Phil Plait Talks Space Rocks, Impact Risks

It was with a sense of total outrage that we read of the testimony military rape victims have been giving, particularly in light of a travesty of justice which mocked the Uniform Code of Military Justice and shamed every ranking noncommissioned and commissioned male officer in the American Armed Forces.  That a nation can ask its women to risk death on the battlefield and then tolerate them being raped and sexually assaulted by those under whom and with whom they serve is totally incomprehensible to me.  We need to fix this and we need to fix this now.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish the Irish among you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  For more information on the individual celebrated on this holiday, please go here.

Have a good week, gang.  Let’s hope it’s not quite as interesting as this past one has been, eh?


Congratulations to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on the election of a new Pope. 

Apparently the antibiotic arms race is approaching critical mass.  The lethal organisms the drugs are designed to fight are evolving, just like any other life form does, in order to survive.  Britain’s chief medical officer, Sallie Davies, reports the evolution of Superbugs which could have catastrophic results on any population they infect.

Gang rape seems on its way to becoming a national pastime among some males in India.  Last week, several of these stalwart souls assaulted a Swiss tourist while she and her husband were camping.


Afghanistan: Blasts Hit Afghanistan Shortly After Hagel Arrives;  2 Afghan Sisters, Swept Up in a Suicide Wave 
China: In a Changing China, New Matchmaking Markets;  China Names Its New Foreign Policy Team 
European Union: In New Euro Boss, a Hard-Line FutureParliament Rejects European Budget AgreementEurope Seeks Update of Law on Fliers’ Rights 
Hong Kong: Friction With Beijing as Hong Kong Seeks More Democracy 
India: Man Accused Of Driving The Bus Involved In India Gang Rape Killed Himself In JailRains or Not, India Is Falling Short on Drinkable Water  
Ireland: Boom Over, St. Patrick’s Isle Is Slithering Again 
Israel: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches Deal With Coalition Partners To Form New Government 
Japan:  An Energy Coup for Japan – ‘Flammable Ice’;  Kuroda, a Critic of Japan’s Central Bank, Takes On Task of Redirecting It 
North Korea: China Says It Will Not Abandon North KoreaNorth Korea Attack History Shows Pattern In Strikes Against South KoreaU.S. Is Bolstering Missile Defense to Deter North Korea 
South Korea: War Games: South Korea, U.S. Begin Annual Military Drills 
Russia: Cossacks Are Back in Russia. May the Hills Tremble 
Sudan: Sudan and South Sudan Agree to Resume Oil Production 
Sweden: Princess Lilian Of Sweden Dead: Swedish Royal Dies At 97 
United Nations: US Drone Strikes In Pakistan Violate Country’s Sovereignty, UN Says 
United States: Wall Street Now Banks On Rebound in EmploymentJudge Invalidates Bloomberg’s Ban on Sugary DrinksVeterans Testify on Rapes and Scant Hope of JusticeDetroit Gets Kevyn Orr as Emergency ManagerAlgae Blooms Threaten Lake Erie 
Vatican: Elated Crowds Cheer As New Pope Elected (VIDEO);  New Pope Selection Shifts Church’s Center Away From EuropeNew Pope Theologically Conservative, but With a Common Touch;  World Leaders’ Reactions To New Pope FrancisReaders Consider the Selection of a New Pope – Interactive Feature – NYTimes;  Francis Faces Entrenched Vatican Troubles  
The World: Muslim Brotherhood’s Words on Women Stir Liberal Fears


Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement

Somalia Famine Partially Blamed On Climate Change In New Study

Temperature-Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Link Observed In New Study


Syria’s Children Risk Becoming ‘Lost Generation,’ UNICEF Warns

In Battle for Highway in North, Syria’s Civil War Writ Small


American and Canadian English are almost as dissimilar as the version spoken in Dover and the one spoken in Dallas.  Here are 12 differences between the Maple Leaf and the Stars and Stripes.

Guess who just became the new commander of the International Space Station?  (eh?)

If you’re looking for work in Canada and want a well-paying job (like who wants one that pays poorly), check out the Maple Leaf’s top industries.


Bell-Astral Merger Approved By Competition Bureau

Human Development Index: Canada Drops Out Of Top 10 As Rest Of World Catches Up

New Age Medical Clinic To Be Toronto’s First Marijuana Dispensary


There’s an educator in India who thinks that children can learn a great deal more on their own than was previously thought.  I found this article totally fascinating.

Here’s what one individual has learned about living with a lot less.

It’s because of individuals like this that I became a journalist.  Tom Brokaw Reminisces About Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Early Career (VIDEO)


This is a tale that Charles Dickens could have penned.  It’s about super ego, seduction, crime, mega beauty and the kind of drama that has been selling soap since Aeschylus.

Racism has reared its ugly head again in the heartland of America.

Cell phone providers in Canada are neither the most efficient nor the most ethical communications carriers in the known world.  For more, please go here.


We’d like to welcome astronauts Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Ta back to earth after their tour of duty aboard the International Space Station.  The ISS is now in the hands of a capable Canadian.  (smiling)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been known for at least a decade for its work in robotics.  They may have just outdone themselves with the creation of a bionic cheetah. 

The first interstellar space craft could be powered by a solar sail as big as the state of Texas.  The same concept less ambitiously applied could be used to clean up the space junk orbiting our own planet.


Are we actually living in a grand computer simulation?  

Life On Mars: Curiosity Test Shows Planet Once Had The Ingredients For Life

Pluto May Host 10 More Undiscovered Moons, Study Suggests

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Last Photos of Icy Saturn Moon


Saber-Toothed Cat Fossil Reveals New Genus & Species Of Extinct Predator

Antarctica Without Ice: British Survey Reveals New Finding

Ancient Fungus, Algae Discovered In 2.7-Million-Year-Old Mud At Bottom Of Ocean

‘Sunstone’ Crystal From British Shipwreck May Be Vikings’ Legendary Navigation


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


Ethanol’s Days of Promise and Prosperity Are Fading

Allan Savory: How to green the desert and reverse climate change


Like its neighbour to the south, Canada has an obesity problem.  See what the Maple Leaf is doing to address it.

Is the diet version of a soft drink better for you than the regular?  How much caffeine is actually in those high energy drinks like Red Bull?  Is it really necessary to drink Gatorade after a workout under an hour?  The answers to these and other questions about soft drinks just might surprise you.

If you really want to live a long and healthy life ~ and apparently not all of us do ~ here are some simple things you can do to make that happen.


One of our favourite actresses has inoperable brain cancer.  How she’s dealing with it should inspire us all.  Valerie, with all due respect, Ms. Harper. you rock.

There’s a new study out which strongly suggests that an aspirin a day may reduce he risk of melanoma in older women.  Please consult your physician, however, because aspirin can also cause negative side effects in some people.

And then there was the man with brain cancer who won a marathon?  As true as it is incredible.


Ovarian Cancer Study Finds Widespread Flaws in Treatment

Stacey Kramer: How My Brain Tumor Was The Most Unexpected Gift I Received

Seattle Children’s Hospital Designs First Cancer Unit For Young Adults


Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society


In America, food is getting cheaper, unless, of course, you’re poor.

In Los Angeles, they’re focusing on violence BEFORE it occurs.

Ever wonder how originated Daylight Savings Time and how it came into being?  The answers to these questions just might surprise you.

Internet Marriages on Rise in Some Immigrant Communities


Suicide, With No Warning

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Talk Science

Religious People Less Driven By Compassion Than Are Atheists And Agnostics, Study Indicates


If you’re an astronomy buff and want some cool wallpaper, check this out.

Here’s another of those “If you want to die of cute” videos.  It’s about a baby sea lion hitching a ride on a kayak, even after being gently discouraged the first time.

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Last Photos of Icy Saturn Moon


NASA Earth Observatory : Home

Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos

LiveScience Best Science Photos 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.

Seattle isn’t just green on St. Patrick’s Day.  Even our buses are of an emerald hue.  This photo was taken about a half block north of where I live in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

Seattle isn’t just green on St. Patrick’s Day. Even our buses are of an emerald hue. This photo was taken about a half block north of where I live in the Wedgwood neighborhood.


We join Washingtonians throughout the state in mourning the death last week of former governor Booth Gardner.  The media produces legends by the thousands; history, not so many.  For an outstanding tribute to an individual who was not just for his time, but for all time, please go here.

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


Here’s the 10 day forecast, courtesy of the good folks at our CBS affiliate, KIRO 7.


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


Seattle Weather

Map of Seattle

Seattle City Cams

More Seattle Facts & Figures

Komo 4 News (ABC)

King 5 News (NBC)

Seattle Times


Check out how the largest animal in the world keeps itself fed.

Check out how this seal pup and his buddies hitched a ride on a surfboard.  Yep, this is another “die of cute for”.

Here’s the World Wildlife Federation’s online monthly newsletter.  Like those of the SeaDoc Society and CornellUniversity’s Avian Program, we highly recommend this for anyone who truly cares about other life on this planet.  These outfits ~ like this magazine ~ can always use donations.  But of equal importance is that the information be shared and that the proactive among you use it to make a difference.


U.S. Fish Stocks Rebound; Two-Thirds Back From Depletion

Four-Winged Birds? Extra Feathered Limbs May Have Helped Early Birds In Flight

Bronze-Age Donkey Sacrifice Found in Israel


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


And then there was the wild marten which totally disrupted a soccer game.

 Bust with glassesA FINAL WORLD

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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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