FOR REHTAEH

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Volume 6, No. 15

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
minstrel312@aol.com
 
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FOR REHTAEH

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, this week, I want to tell you a story about a very beautiful, vibrant, loving teenager from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.  By all accounts, she was an extraordinary human being.  Adored by most who knew her, she showed all the promise of living a long and very fulfilling life.

But that’s not going to happen because she is no longer with us.  She killed herself after photos of her rape by four male teenagers were circulated on the Internet.  Her assaulters openly bragged about what they did and reveled in the fact that both the law enforcement and judicial systems did not believe her and failed to prosecute her.  They were joined by others whose behavior can only be considered brutally sadistic.

How you would react if this was your daughter?  Here’s how her mother feelsAnd her father.

Imagine, even if your daughter had not been victimized, living in a community, where such a heinous crime and dramatic miscarriage of justice could be visited on one so innocent and so vulnerable.

Imagine, as well, seeing those four boys day after day and wondering who would be their next victim.

I do not believe in vigilante justice but as God is my witness, if it were up to me, these four young men would be buried so deep in the foulest prison on the planet that their screams as they were used night after night by other inmates would resonate like the sweetest of lullabies ever crooned by an eternal and unforgiving wind.

To express your sentiments to Darrell Dexter, the premier of Nova Scotia, email him at premier@gov.ns.ca

IN OTHER NEWS

In the wake of the tragic death of Canadian rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons, Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter has directed four provincial agencies to look into how the case was handled.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have apparently also decided to re-open the case.  Better late than never, eh, gentlemen?

Which nations are the friendliest to foreigners?  The answer just might surprise you.

If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un isn’t real careful, he’s going to get his South Korean counterpart mad at him.  And that would not be the best idea the little dude ever had, trust me.  She’s a woman; she’s a survivor and she’s just about as tough as tough gets.  So good luck with that one, Mr. Kim.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Afghanistan: Afghan Army Learning to Fight on Its Own

NATO Airstrike Kills 11 Children

Afghan Army Begins to Take the Lead – Slide Show

American Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan Was Selflessly Dedicated 

Argentina: Argentine President Is Not Invited to Thatcher Funeral 
Cambodia: Wary of China, Companies Head to Cambodia 
China: China Escalates Response to Avian Flu Outbreak

Powers on the Mend 

Egypt: In Egypt, Attack on Christians Comes After a Pledge 
European Union: In Effort to ‘Rebalance,’ Europe Appears Committed to Austerity Plan 
France: Foreign Clergy Move to France to Aid Catholics

Hollande Creates a French Prosecutor for Fraud and Vows to End Tax Havens 

Germany: Merkel, With Putin at Her Side, Criticizes Russia

New Concerns From Germany Over European Banking Supervisor 

Indonesia: Indonesians Calling Military to Account 
International: Anti-Semitic Attacks Surged In 2012, Report Claims

Airbag Recall: Toyota, Honda And Nissan Warn Of Explosive Problem

Judas Gospel Authentication Relied On Ink Of Ancient Egyptian Documents 

Israel: Israel Comes To Complete Standstill To Mark Holocaust 
Italy: Italy seizes wind and solar trove from Mafia 
North Korea: See SHORTS Below
South Korea: South Korea Moves to Defuse Tensions With the North

North Korea Missile Launch? South Korea Increases Monitoring, Asks China And Russia For Help 

Latvia: A Web Site Where Latvians’ Ideas Can Become Law 
Mali: France wants to keep 1,000 soldiers in Mali permanently 
Portugal: Portuguese Debt Crisis Brings New Trouble for Europe 
Russia: Russia Skips Hybrids in Push for Natural Gas Cars

U.S. Sanctions on Russians Accused of Rights Violations 

UAR: Dubai Police Adds Lamborghini Aventador To Its Fleet 
United Kingdom: Margaret Thatcher Dead: Britain‘s Iron Lady Dies At 87

London’s cooking waste to fuel power station

Roman London Streets, Artifacts Uncovered During Excavation

London Climate Scientist Killed in Cycling Accident 

United Nations: U.N. Agency Suspends Food Aid After Protest in Gaza 
United States: Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype in Persian Gulf

Exxon MTBE Lawsuit: New Hampshire Jury Finds Oil Giant Liable In Groundwater Contamination

Great Lakes Garbage Patch Presents Major Threat To Region’s Marine Life 

Vatican: Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis 

REHTAEH PARSONS SHORTS

Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying

Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Web Calls On Anonymous To Act After Nova Scotia Teen’

Anonymous Says It Has Rape ‘Confession’

Rehtaeh Parsons Case Prompts Warning To Possible Vigilantes

Rehtaeh Parsons Death: RCMP Reopens Investigation Into Teen’s Rape, Photos

NORTH KOREAN SHORTS

U.S. and South Korea Devise Plan to Counter North

With No Mention of Korea, China Warns of ‘Chaos’

North Korea Recalls Workers, Suspends Operations At Factory Complex

North Korea: Foreigners In South Korea Urged To Evacuate

North Korea Propaganda Paints Image Of Permanent War

North Korea May Have Nuclear Missile Capability, U.S. Agency Says

Timeline on North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea Rocket Rundown: How Far Can They Fly?

Contrasting Views on North Korea Underscore Sensitivities and Lack of Evidence

SYRIA SHORTS

U.N. Says Aid for Syria Refugees Is Running Out

Move to Widen Support for Syria Rebels Gains Speed

Human Rights Watch: Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes

Syrian Government Accused of War Crimes

OH CANADA

According to a new report released recently by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Canada ranks 14th among 29 wealthy nations when it comes to taking care of its children.  For more on this one, please go here.

Could Canadian cuisine become 2013’s culinary “all the rage”?  Check it out here, eh?

Where are the most expensive homes in Canada?  The answer just might surprise you.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Hawaii generates more of its energy from the sun than any other state in the American union and it’s not because they have more of Old Sol.  Here are four lessons we can learn from our pineapple neighbor.

When British teenager Fred Turner wanted to know why his brother didn’t look at all like him, he built a DNA lab in his bedroom.  He’s the United Kingdom’s 2013 Young Engineer of the Year.  You guys have got to check this one out.

In what could well make a difference in the rate of unwanted teen pregnancies, a US judge has ordered that the morning after pill be made available over the counter.

SHORTS

London’s cooking waste to fuel power station

No Lawyer for 100 Miles, So One Rural State Offers Pay

Ryan Gosling Fights Cow ‘Dehorning’ In Letter Shared By PETA

BAD EXAMPLES

There’s a Seattle florist who is being sued for refusing to sell flowers to a gay couple.  I personally think that’s one real good way to punish homophobia.

During a recent inspection, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found numerous unsafe practices in some 30 compounding pharmacies.  To better understand what that means and to see how it might impact you personally, yep, please go here.

An 89 year old woman’s act of kindness cost her two days locked in the trunk of her car.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Well, here’s something I’m still trying to wrap my mind around.  According to recent research, apparently one of our earliest hominid ancestors was pigeon-toed.

There’s a huge underwater stone monument recently discovered in the Sea of Galilee that has scientist totally and completely baffled.

Although she’s been portrayed in tomb art as a man, apparently one of the most powerful Egyptian pharaohs was, in fact, a woman.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Black Hole Snacks on ‘Super Jupiter’ Planet

Fusion Rocket Could Be The Key To Deep Space Travel

Black Hole ‘Firewall’ Theory Challenges Einstein’s Equivalence Principle

NASA Missions To Launch In 2017: Planet-Hunting Satellite

Photos: NASA’s Space Exploration Vehicle for Asteroids & Beyond

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Nanoparticle In 3D: New Imaging Technique Reveals Atomic Structures

Dino-Killing Asteroid Also Sparked Firestorm

3D Printed Cell Technique Allows Material To Mimic Human-Like Tissue (VIDEO)

Super-strong ‘wonder material’ is made with just algae, water, and sunlight |

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  Here’s a chance to see how much you and those you hang out with know about the universe with global climate change.  

THE GREEN AGENDA

Green Vacation Spots Powered By Renewable Energy

All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief

London’s cooking waste to fuel power station

Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii

New Hampshire Jury Finds Exxon Liable In Groundwater Contamination Suit

HEALTH

Check out these 14 ways to keep having sex as you get older.

And how about 10 inexpensive ways to eat well?

Here’s one of the best reasons to be informed about the prescription medications you’re taking and how they interact with one another.  Apparently some doctors don’t know this stuff.

SHORTS

Dr. Oz On Health Risks You Shouldn’t Take

10 Things You Need To Know About Allergy Season

Cholesterol Management – Cholesterol Lowering Foods

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SHORTS

Secrets of Slender Women

What My Patients Have Taught Me about Weight Loss

Is Your House Making You Fat?

RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:

Real Age Health Videos

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

One of the most difficult things about dealing with cancer is what to say to a victim.  Here are several one should definitely avoid.

RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Airline to Charge Passengers by Weight

Here’s an organic bedbug remedy that really works.

Erica Diamond shares with us 38 things she’s learned in her 38 years on this little bluegreen marble of ours.

Want to save the planet? Shrink your habitat.

Perfect Things: 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards, Part II

Time for a Truce in the Bragging Wars

BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA

NASA Earth VIDEO Showcases Satellites’ Best Clips From Orbit

Amazing Photos Of Earth From Above, From Canada’s Tiny Space Program

Raccoon Tightrope Walks Across Utility Wires In Toronto

PERENNIALS

NASA Earth Observatory Home

Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos

LiveScience Best Science Photos of the Week

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.

Seymour, the Insomniac Rooster.  Yes, we have those here.

Seymour, the Insomniac Rooster. Yes, we have those here.

NEWS

Here is a list of Earth Day activities in Seattle.  Hustle on out and show Gaia how much you love her.

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

WEATHER

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

FUN STUFF

What’s Going On In Seattle

What’s Going On At The Library?

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

Here’s another chance to overdose on cuteness.  Check out this mama panda playing with her cub.  Yep, this is definitely an “awww” moment.

Here’s another one.

Here’s an opportunity for you to help the World Wildlife Fund stop crimes against the rest of the species on the planet.  Even if you can’t afford a modest donation, their newsletter is still an outstanding read.

SHORTS

Drones to Be Used in the Protection of Wildlife

The 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

Remote Coral Reefs, Such As Scott Reef, May Recover From Bleaching

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

And then there was this guy who rode four miles over shark infested waters suspended from some helium balloons.  You have to know what those Devonians were waiting for, right?  Yep, a sale on slingshots.

 March 2013 Sitting in Chair Relaxing

 A 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.  If you’re reading this on our blogsite and would like the graphically enhanced edition delivered to you by email, please so inform us at minstrel312@aol.com  Until next week, cheers, then, eh?  And stay well.  Rusty

 

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT, an exciting seagoing saga of war and rebellion, is now available.

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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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