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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Volume 6, No. 16

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
The Boston Massacre.  For this image and link to some music, click the picture.

The Boston Massacre. For this image and link to some music, click the picture.


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Our condolences to all those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing.  There is absolutely nothing this publication can or necessarily should add to the outstanding media coverage of this tragic event.  There are simply no words which can convey the profound grief those of us here ourselves feel.  Our prayers are for justice, not vengeance, and for the merciful healing that sometimes makes the body politic ever the stronger.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne

Meditations XVII

You people of Boston will recover and you know that.  But the blood of the Massacre runs strong in you.  We know you will not forget.  The world knows you will not forget.

Take care and Godspeed, then, eh?

P.S.  One question for you Bostonians?  Did you EVER get Charlie off the MTA?


Well, scientists apparently feel we’re entering another phase of the search for extraterrestrial life.  I think that’s fine and all.  But I still get anxious about us finding it before we’re ready for it.  As a species, we haven’t shown a lot of tolerance for diversity among our own life web or even within individual species.  My secret (well, not anymore, I guess) fear is that one of our probes will lead an advanced life form to us.  This is a species whose highest value is the value of life, from the amoeba on across.  They observe earth for awhile, rightly conclude that one species in particular is very unhealthy for the planet and simply do what we would and have done on the planet.  They start zapping by the size of the carbon footprint and spare only those of us who are not deliberately fouling our own nest as it were.

We’d like to join our readers in England, the rest of the United Kingdom and the former Empire in saying a final farewell to the Iron Maiden.  You British have this rather peculiar habit of providing hard people to meet hard times and to lead not only your own nation through crises, but by your example, to inspire other countries and cultures as well.  Maggie Thatcher was surely one of these now, wasn’t she?

Even though we mention it later on in here under Good Examples, we’d like to recognize the nonprofit news site, InsideClimate, for being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their environmental reporting.  It wasn’t that long ago that major media like the New York Times were reducing their green coverage. 


Afghanistan: Taliban Attack Afghan Army UnitU.S. Visa Delays Put Safety Out of Afghan Interpreters’ Reach 
China: Chinese G.D.P. for First Quarter Shows Signs of SlowdownH7N9 Bird Flu In China Not Spreading Easily Among Humans 
Denmark: Danes Rethink a Welfare State Ample to a Fault  
European Union: Elites Flock to Anti-Euro Party, Alternative for GermanyEurope Split Over Austerity as a Path to Growth 
India: India, Known for Outsourcing, Now Wants to Make Its Own Chips 
Iran: Iran Earthquake 2013: Large Quake Reportedly Felt Across Middle East Region 
Iraq: Killings Grow as Iraqi Elections Near 
North Korea: North Korea National Holiday Celebrating Kim Il Sung’s Birthday 
Kosovo: Serbia and Kosovo Reach Agreement on Power-Sharing  
Poland: Poland Reconnects to Jewish Past With Museum 
Russia: Russia Bars 18 Americans After Sanctions by U.S. 
Somalia: Deadly Attacks Strike Somalia’s Capital, Mogadishu 
United Kingdom: Margaret Thatcher Funeral: Service For Former Prime Minister 
United Nations: Top U.N. Rights Official Denounces Iraqi Executions 
United States: 2nd Bombing Suspect Caught After Frenzied Hunt Paralyzes BostonBombing Inquiry Turns to Motive and Russian Trip

Suspects With Foot in 2 Worlds, Perhaps Echoing Plots of Past

Boston Bomb Suspect Hospitalized Under Heavy Guard

Huge Blast at Texas Fertilizer Plant Kills at Least 5 


Kerry Arrives in China Seeking Help on North Korea

North Korea Demands Apology From South For Protests In Seoul

Kim Jong Un Appears In Public For First Time In 2 Weeks

Kerry Says Any Talks Rely on Steps by North Korea

North Korea Nuclear Talks Offered By U.S

North Korea Military: Newest Batch Of Soldiers Groomed To Serve As Core Of Army


Summer Ice Melt In Antarctica Is At The Highest Point In 1,000 Years, Research

The Economics Of Ecosystems And Biodiversity Report Ranks Business Impacts On Environment

The Brutal Logic Of Climate Change, International Shipping Edition Of Grist

‘Messy’ U.S. Climate Policy Is Kinda Working

Did Climate Change Cause The Epic Great Plains Drought?

State Department’s Keystone Analysis Ignores True Climate Impact: Report


We join the rest of the nation in mourning the passing of Rita MacNeilThe Cape Breton singer died last week at the age of 68.

Check out the best Canadian chefs on Twitter.

Guess what nation’s kids smoke the most marijuana in the world?


This headline Meet The Woman Who Shut Down Chicago’s Dirty Coal Plants pretty well says it all.

One of our peer publications Pulitzer for their (outstanding) coverage of the Tar Sands Oil Spill and other related issues.  This isn’t just about good journalism, the kind you folks deserve.  It’s about good people doing a good job for other good people.  And we can all relate to that.

We congratulate Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov for last Friday becoming the oldest human being ever to walk in space.  Pavel is 59.


When a man waits three years for a “speedy” trial, that is a miscarriage of process.  When that same man is acquitted of that crime quickly and conclusively, that miscarriage of process becomes a travesty of justice.

Check out 13 oil spills in 13 days.

The Obama administration promised to be open and easily accessible.  A noted writer suggests that this pledge has not been honored.


Apparently scientists have decided there are 13 ways to look for intelligent life.  I’m waiting for the sequel:  Thirteen Things To Do Once They Have Found Us.

Robots from nanos to industrial giants are here to stay.  How are they shaping our world?  What will the future be like with them  The answers just might surprise you.

This new telescope in Hawaii is the largest one in the world.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS Named Official Webby Awards Honoree

‘Earth-Like’ Planets Discovered By NASA’s Kepler Telescope Could Host Liquid Water

Sex In Space: Microgravity May Pose Challenges


Airport Scanner Reveals Hidden Art Behind Priceless Louvre Mural

Baby Consciousness Seen In Infants As Young As Five Months

Richard III Scoliosis: King May Have Had Painful Spine Treatments


Okay, gang.  Here’s a chance to see how much you and those you hang out with know about the universe with what else is orbiting the planet.


Meet the woman who shut down Chicago’s dirty coal plants

One Of The Awful Things About A Nuclear Meltdown Could Be The Traffic

How Immigration Reform Can Lead Us To A Stronger Environmental Movement

Wind produces almost twice as much power as nuclear in California

State Department’s Keystone Analysis Ignores True Climate Impact

Students build a cafe out of plain old recycled cardboard


It’s been said that music has the power to soothe the savage breast.  Apparently that’s true all of the planet.

We know stress kills.  Here’s how eight celebrities deal with it.

If you’ve got a long commute but the ability to telecommute, you might want to show this one to your boss.  It could add years to his life and save your employer thousands of dollars.


Why You Age: Can You Blame Anxiety?

The Ultimate Stop-Smoking Motivation

Running Quiz | The Outside Guide to Running


Dodge the Third Most Lethal Cancer? You Can Do It!


Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society


Guess what nation’s kids smoke the most marijuana in the world?

Bisexual Guys More Sexually Jealous When Dating Women

Dr. King’s Righteous Fury

The 10 Best Words The Internet Has Given English

Men’s Rights Movement Sees Resurgence Among Millennial Males


For those who consider critters cute, here’s another overdose.

This NASA Earth Video Showcase is definitely something you’ll want to experience with friends.  It is fantastic.


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.

It’s not a fun job.  But somebody’s got to do it.  And these guys are very good at it.

It’s not a fun job. But somebody’s got to do it. And these guys are very good at it.

NEWS:  The greenest building in the world is about ready to make its debut and it’s right here in Seattle.

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.

What’s Going On In Seattle
What’s Going On At The Library?
Seattle Weather
Map of Seattle
Seattle City Cams
More Seattle Facts & Figures
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
Seattle Times


Check out this penguin chick hatching at an Oregon Zoo.

How about these firefighters who rescued a llama stuck in the mud?

Check out the news from our friends at the SeaDoc Society.  If you are interested in protecting marine mammals like orcas and otters, they are about the best in the biz, as it were.  They are associated with the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, so they are also certainly well credentialed.

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


Imagine owning a car that is cybernetic.  Essentially, it is a robot on wheels.  It is built and designed on the premise that any machine built is superior to any human being created.  Its role is to convey passengers and freight from one point to another.  The passenger and freight’s role is to remain passive.  This is the penultimate of “leave the driving to us.”  The technology is there.  Now the question remains.  What happens if the system breaks down?  Are we ready for mass destruction if a couple million of these robot cars, trucks and buses lose their guidance and go whiz-banging into each other on the highways and byways of America?  These are the sorts of questions a writer is asking themselves after their unnerving ride in Google’s driverless car.

March 2013 Sitting in Chair RelaxingA 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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