THIS LITTLE DUDE DOES NOT BELONG IN A CAN OF GREEN BEANS

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, April 27, 2013

Volume 6, No. 17

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
minstrel312@aol.com
 
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THIS LITTLE DUDE DOES NOT BELONG IN A CAN OF GREEN BEANS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, in response to rumors you’ve shared in your emails, yes, we’re looking for a new place to set up physically.  Our landlord’s family is expanding by one by mid-May and they need the space.  So if you Seattle and King County, Washington readers know of anyone with a modest room with wi fi and kitchen privileges, let us know here

And if the rest of you have been thinking about contributing to this reader-supported publication with a “dollar in the donation box,” as it were, now would probably be a real good time.  The math is that if each of you paid a quarter a week or whenever you especially liked an edition, we’d be in another tax bracket.

Well, in 35 years as a journalist doing other things as well, I never thought I’d be compelled to warn the readership about creatures in their processed vegetables and salads. 

There was one instance of an Indiana woman finding a frog in a can of greened beans.  Yeah, how in the flipping world did that happen?  And in Canada, a woman found this big alive black beetle scurrying around when she opened it.  I mean come on, how like totally disgusting is that?

I don’t personally think it was an accident.  There are a lot of frustrated and angry people out there with no one to take it out on.  These “ewwwing” little acts of culinary sabotage are probably just some relatively benign venting.

They need therapy and the food industry needs to hire happier inspectors with an attention span.  I confess I buy my vegetables fresh almost daily and I know where my green grocer guy and his family live.

So just be careful.  And until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh?

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, here’s another reason to jump aboard the Solar (electric) Train, if you haven’t done so already.  By using rooftop solar panels to generate electricity, if terrorists knock out the power grid in your area, you’ll still have power.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

You might really want to check to see what you’re using to control your plant pests.  A popular herbicide has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and other illnesses.  Same thing different dangers in that nitrogen fertilizer.  If enough of you are using it, it could blow up your town.

What are the most violent cities in the world?  The answers just might surprise you.

 

Afghanistan: ‘A Chinese Threat to Afghan Buddhas’ 
Bangladesh: Bangladeshis Burn Factories to Protest Unsafe Conditions 
China: Pesticide Poisoning In China Leaves One Dead, Several Injured 
European Union: Europeans Are Buying Two Bikes For Every Car

Europe Pressed to Reconsider Cuts as a Cure

Europe’s Small Businesses Continue to Struggle 

France: France Approves Same-Sex Marriage 
International: New Bird Flu Strain Spreads Outside of China 
Iraq: Iraqi Premier Urges Calm but Vows to Continue Military Strikes 
Japan: Japan Approves Return to Air of Boeing 787 
Libya: Tripoli Car Bombing: Vehicle Explodes Outside French Embassy In Libya 
Mexico: In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico’s Other Line 
Netherlands: Dutch Man Said to Be Held in Powerful Internet Attack 
Nigeria: In Nigeria, Ansaru Militant Group Poses New Threat 
Portugal: Portugal’s Education System Faces Cuts 
Russia: Cargo Spaceship Docks to Space Station 
Spain: Spain Unemployment Hits Record High On Recession Fears 
United States: Eric Justin Toth, U.S Most Wanted Child Porn Suspect, Nabbed In Nicaragua

Falling prices for renewable energy could lead to a tripling of investment

State Of The Air 2013: American Lung Association Report

Tighter Workplace Safety Restrictions Supported By Many Americans After Texas Plant Accident

California Tsunami Debris: Boat In Crescent City From Japan

Corexit, Oil Dispersant Used By BP, Is Destroying Gulf Marine Life

LivingSocial Hack Exposes Data for 50 Million Customers

In Texas Blast, Horseman Died Trying to Save Creatures He Loved 

BOSTON BOMBING SHORTS

Bombing Suspect Cites Islamic Extremist Beliefs as Motiv

Unraveling Brothers’ Online Lives, Link by Link

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect, Transferred To Prison

After Attack, Suspects Returned to Routines, Raising No Suspicions

CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS

Cloning Redwoods to Fight Climate Change

Connect The Dots On Climate Change: The Tangible Effects Of A Warming World

NORTH KOREAN SHORTS

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Program Expansion In Response To U.S.

How Strong Is North Korea’s Military?

SYRIAN WAR SHORTS

Syria War: Hundreds Feared Dead In Damascus Fighting

Dithering While Damascus Burns

U.S. Says It Suspects Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Syria Plays on Fears to Blunt American Support of Rebels

Obama Not Rushing to Act on Signs Syria Used Chemical

A Song of Lament for Syria

OH CANADA

Here are nine Canadian companies working to save the world.

It is a totally known fact that we “Maple Leaf” or “Leafs,” as that term is being used in the West (I tell American friends, Canucks is a hockey team, not a nationality), go nuts for our cheese.  Here’s another saga in that legacy.  Here are the winners of the 2013 Canada Cheese Grand Prix.

Canadian authorities foiled what is believed to be the first al-Quaida directed attack on its soil.  The target was a passenger train, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) authorities in Toronto.  Yes, for more on this, please go here.

GOOD EXAMPLES

One of the ways to destroy a nation is to strip it of its art.  Under the direction of its NAZI leaders, that’s what the Germans tried to do to France during the Second World War.  Three generations of Parisian art dealers have been recovering paintings and other works of art Hitler’s forces of occupation took from the country.

There’s an outfit in Vancouver, BC which is helping to turn the city into an urban forest of edibles.

We say YES to this wedding dress made out of reused bread bag ties.

BAD EXAMPLES

Apparently, full gender equality is going to take a little while longer than thought to arrive in Canada.

West Fertilizer Plant’s Hazards Eluded Regulators For Nearly 30 Years.

Eric Justin Toth, U.S Most Wanted Child Porn Suspect, Nabbed In Nicaragua

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I have cousins in Australia who live within insane activity distance of the Great Barrier Reef.  They have this strange relationship with the local fauna.  Every once in awhile, they sacrifice one of their number to the Shark Gods.  Therefore, it will probably be very helpful for them to learn that new research suggests that the cycles of the moon also influence the diving patterns of sharks.  For more on this absolutely enrapturing subject, please go here.

This will come as great news to Scotsmen and male cross dressers who want to have lots of little Scotsmen and male cross dressers.  Apparently kilts or skirts are better for a man’s sperm count.

Well, this next one about major earthquakes actually calming the seismic activity on the planet makes about as much sense as turning in the direction of a skid to come out of said skid.  This probably accounts for why I don’t drive on ice or ice skate in running shoes.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Orbital Sciences Rocket Antares Successfully Test Launched

Mars Life Hunt May Require Manned Missions

SpaceX’s Grasshopper, the Amazing Reusable Rocket (Photos)

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Micro-Battery Is Super Powerful And Charges Instantly

Electric Vehicles Begin to Earn Money from the Grid

Stonehenge Built For Feasts, Ancient Bones & Artifacts Suggest

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Earth Day 2013: 14 Surprising Things That Harm The Planet

Just the Facts: What’s So Good About Co-ops?

Everybody chill out a little, carbon trading will be fine | Grist

HEALTH

We periodically re-publish basic health resources and it’s that time of the year.

The new standard for determining if you’re overweight and to which degree is called your Body Maximum Index or “BMI”.  Here’s a real simple tool you can not only use to determine yours but which you can also forward as a link to your family and friends.

Cancer took the life of the co-founder of this magazine.  Here’s information which will give the lay person a basic understanding of this disease.

Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables least likely to be contaminated by pesticides.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

If you’re a carrot lover like me and Bugs Bunny, here’s another reason to rejoice.  These pups help prevent cancer.

RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?

‘Star Trek’ Galileo Shuttlecraft Restored by Loving Fans.

This map will tell you where to forage for food in your neighborhood.

Hawaii is the Least Stressful State.

BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA

To Our Readers in Boston: Kingston Trio – M.T.A. – YouTube

Cat in a Shark Costume Chasing a Duck JAWS version – YouTube

Whirlpool Video: Vortex In Latvian River Devours All That Enters

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.

We’ve kidded a lot on the Net about the coffee shop across the street named after a one-eared artist.  Here it is and it’s a really nice place.  For its webpage, click the photo.

We’ve kidded a lot on the Net about the coffee shop across the street named after a one-eared artist. Here it is and it’s a really nice place. For its webpage, click the photo.

NEWS

Seattle woman and brother swim for 14 hours after boat sinks

N. Korea says it will indict Lynnwood man

The two kids critically injured in March when a drunken motorist slammed into them and their parents, taking the lives of the adults, are on the mend, according to this report from the Neighborhood Association:

Great News! Karina And Lil’ Elias Jose Are Out Of Critical Condition!

Thanks to the wonderful, healing hands at Harborview Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, both Karina and Elias Jose have been steadily improving in health.  They’ve got a long, long road ahead to recovery, but optimism is in the air.  There’s also still great financial need that the Schulte family will have ahead of them as well. You can donate to our Projekt Karma site set up for their medical expenses if you haven’t already.

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 are the ten best breeds of dogs for runners.

It looks like the largest trout in North America are not extinct after all but are, in fact, returning

Here’s our bird lovers monthly special.

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 the young couple who were enjoying a tropical boating outing when they were suddenly joined by a pod of playful orcas.  This is yet another reason why I don’t swim with these dudes.  They do not know their own flipping strength.  They also have a weird sense of humour.  And they talk funny.

  A FINAL WORD

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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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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