HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Volume 6, No. 19

Published by
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
minstrel312@aol.com
 
Rockwell cops and kids

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea  Well, in most of our known world, motherhood and moms are being celebrated today.  To me, that is totally cool because it is absolutely appropriate.  Even if your personal female caregiver was an evil step-parent, the plain fact is that without mothers, most of us wouldn’t be here.

I’ve often wondered, though, why there’s no Kids Day.  Ever since the young people in my own life were like these pint-sized living units, I’ve realized that children are our greatest “natural resource.”

I think kids are more highly evolved than adults.  They are idealistic and unencumbered with cynicism.  They are innovators because they haven’t learned what is acceptable and what is not.  They question authority which makes no sense to them because their survival instincts have not been dulled.  And perhaps most marvelously of all, they keep pushing the envelope.  They are bad listeners sometimes because while adults are trying to tell them why something cannot be done, they are, of course, are too busy doing it.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story in which all of these traits of childhood come together more than in this excellently crafted story of a Canadian teenager who has discovered anti-aging properties in tree pulp.

Her name is Janelle Tam.  To meet her, please go here.

IN OTHER NEWS

New genetic evidence strongly suggests that all Europeans had a common ancestor as recently as a thousand years ago.  The techniques which lead to this discovery have not been applied yet to other continents but genetic researchers believe the results will be the same.  Apparently we’re a lot closer family than we thought, which makes some of the inappropriate things we say and do to one another make even less sense to me.

If you’re pregnant and you don’t want your unborn child to have cravings for unhealthy food, lay off it yourself.  A new study has found that junk food addiction starts in the womb.

We’ve reported several times in the last 18 months or so about sexual abuse in the military.  Now, apparently, President Obama and his administration have decided enough is flipping enough.  See also America’s Military Injustice

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Bangladesh: Last Hope in Ruins: Bangladesh’s Race to Save Shaheena Rescue Workers Free Woman Trapped For 17 Days In Bangladesh Rubble

17 Days in Darkness, a Cry of ‘Save Me,’ and Joy

China: U.S. Directly Blames China’s Military for Cyber Attacks China Dips a Toe Into Middle East Peace

Chinese Filmmaker Is Investigated by Family Planning Officials

China Officials Seek Career Shortcut With Feng Shui

Poison Attack Revives Fury in China Over ’95 Case

Social Media in China Fuel Citizen Response to Quake  

European Union: West Fertilizer Showed A ‘Lack Of Responsibility’ Before Deadly Blast 
France: SARS-Like Virus In FranceA French Jet Maker Is Approaching a Crossroad 
Germany: Germans Boo Nazi Scenes in an Opera by WagnerRecovery in Germany Is Faster Than Elsewhere 
Greece: 60 Per Cent Youth Unemployment 
International: A Homemade Style of Terror: Jihadists Push New Tactics In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme

Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears  

Japan: Postcard From Japan: Talking Zen, Abenomics, Social Networking and the Constitution With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  
Paraguay: A Lost Tribe in Paraguay
Russia: On Putin’s Anniversary, Human Rights In Russia At Dangerous Low Kerry Aims To Sway Russia Against Syrian Regime

PHOTOS: Russia’s WWII Heroes 

United Kingdom: British Tabloid’s Web Site Makes Foray Into America
United Nations: UN Investigator: North Korean Prison Camps Inquiry Won’t Be Deterred 
United States: West Fertilizer Showed A ‘Lack Of Responsibility’ Before Deadly BlastF.C.C. Advances Plan for Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi

After Plant Explosion, Texas Remains Wary of Regulation

Citrus Disease With No Cure Is Ravaging Florida’s Groves

E.M.T. at Fertilizer Plant Blast Faces Charge of Possessing Bomb Parts

Texas Launching Criminal Probe Into Deadly Plant Explosion

Sebastopol Becomes Second California City To Require Solar Panels On New Construction

BOSTON BOMBING SHORTS

Boston Bombing Inquiry Looks Closely at Russia Trip

Suspect in Boston Bombing Talked Jihad in Russia

CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING SHORTS

Three Women, Missing for Years, Found in Cleveland

Cleveland Man Charged With Rape and Kidnapping

On Facebook, Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Hid Secret Under ‘LOL’

3 Long-Missing Women Found Alive In Ohio; 3 Brothers Arrested

Sexually Abused Kidnap Victims Kept In ‘Ropes And Chains’: Police

Before Escape, Fleeting Clues to Long Ordeal

Alleged Ohio Kidnapper Appears In Court

Accused Kidnapper’s Ex-Relatives: He’s A ‘Monster’

CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS

Ocean Acidification Threatens Arctic Ecosystem, Study Shows

Startling Images Of A Changing Earth

What Makes An Ecosystem Endangered?

Greenland’s Ice Loss May Slow, But Coasts Still At Risk

Weird Wintry Weather And The Climate-Change Link

Where Did All The Tornadoes Go?

California Gov. Jerry Brown blames climate change for early wildfires

Hawaii could be hit by more hurricanes as climate changes

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

NORTH KOREAN SHORTS

Intelligence on North Korea, and Its New Leader, Remains Elusive

U.S. Officials: North Korea Moved Missiles Away From Launch Site

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Matter Of When, Not If

SYRIAN WAR SHORTS

Syria Blames Israel for Fiery Attack in Damascus

White House Holds Firm on Cautious Path in Syria Crisis

Syria Blames Israel for Fiery Attack in Damascus

A Lost Generation: Young Syrian Refugees Struggle to Survive

Kerry Aims To Sway Russia Against Syrian Regime

Russia Reportedly To Sell Sophisticated Missiles To Syria

Details Emerge About Syrian Electronic Army’s Recent Exploits

OH CANADA

Well, apparently yet another terrorist plot against Canadians has been foiled and this one was ambitious.  Check out VIA Terror Suspects Planned To Kill Thousands With Bacteria: Police

As a people, I’ve noticed that we Canadians sometimes exhibit considerably more courage than good sense.  Canadians Eagerly Sign Up For Mars ‘Suicide Mission’ would appear to be yet another example.

Why is Joe Beef Canada’s favourite restaurant?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Two international drug companies have slashed their price of cancer vaccines so that thousands of girls in the world’s poorest countries can afford protection.

Last week, the Kennedy Library honored one of the most courageous women in America, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Representative Gifford was the target of an apparent assassination attempt in 2011 and was severely injured in the attack.

Amy Hood just became the first of her gender to serve as Microsoft’s chief financial officer.

SHORTS

Why Sharing News About Solutions is a Revolutionary Act

Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time

Worker-Owned Window Factory Opens for Business

The Bright Side of the Money Crisis

What Seattle’s Bike To School Revolution Looks Like

Tasty, and Subversive, Too

BAD EXAMPLES

Love and Madness in the Jungle

A brilliant American financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and slowly, steadily lose their minds. Soon, one of them is dead. Ned Zeman investigates a mystery in the rainforest.

Farmworkers Fired For Leaving Fields During Wildfire

This next one ~ headlined Hospital Bill Shocker: U.S. Releases Thousands Of Records Showing Huge, Wildly Differing Prices ~ is dismaying but not totally surprising.  Preparing or auditing even a small hospital’s budget brings into play such exotic factors as the fluctuating price of certain drugs; the availability of generics; things that can and do sometimes swing from year to year.  As noble as the Hippocratic Oath is, it also does not forbid medical care providers from basing their fees on what their patients can afford to pay.  That’s why you don’t usually see the wealthy in wheel chair races in the hall with the lower middle class.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s predicted that in as little as 20 years, there will be robots as smart as people.  In another few years, these cybernetic creatures will have surpassed their creators.  For a glimpse of what life might be like for us then, yep, please go here.

Our European and Asian ancestors make have spoken a common language as recently as 15,000 years ago, new research indicates.

If you’re wondering what those cicadas ~  those loud chirping insects that look like crickets ~ emerging from the ground by the billions in the American East sound like, yep, go here.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Rosette Nebula Blooms In Stargazer Photo

Sun Unleashes Spectacular Solar Eruption (Photos)

Jupiter Still Has Water from 1994 Comet Crash

‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse of May 2013: Photos and Maps

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Hundreds Of Mysterious Orbs Found Under Ancient Temple

In Pursuit of an Underwater Menagerie

Stunning Astronomical Alignment Found at Peru Pyramid

Plague Helped Bring Down Roman Empire, Graveyard Suggests

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

10 Things In Your Fridge You Should Never Throw Away

Beyond the pale ale: A guide to sustainable beer

Sebastopol Becomes Second California City To Require Solar Panels On New Construction

HEALTH

14 Veggies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

LOOK: The 10 Most Selective Medical Schools

4 Bedtime Habits That May Be Sabotaging Your Sex Life

Communities self-insure for cooperative healthcare

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

Two international drug companies have slashed their price of cancer vaccines so that thousands of girls in the world’s poorest countries can afford protection.

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Where are the hottest men allegedly found?  The answers just might surprise you.

How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment

It’s lunchtime: let’s dance

Check out the wisdom, and pleasure, of getting children interested in cooking early on.

Check out most popular baby names for 2012

BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA

Best Science Photos of the Week

Watch Live: One More Falcon Egg Left To Hatch

Dog Rides Sheep In The Best Photo You Might See All Day

AOL On – Amazing Video: Pod of Killer Whales Jump Alongside Boat

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.
Some of the homes on this birdhouse tree are almost as old as the flora itself.

Some of the homes on this birdhouse tree are almost as old as the flora itself.

NEWS & WEATHER

Washington is the best state in America for bicycling.  North Dakota is the worst.  To see where your state ranks, please go here.

What Seattle’s bike to school revolution looks like

What’s Going On In Seattle?

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

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

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

During the course of our own evolution as a species, we’ve precipitated the extinction of a myriad of other life forms.  We seem, however, to have turned that attitude around.  Should we now just stay out of it or should we attempt to correct the mistakes we’ve made?  For a most absorbing consideration, please go here Predator and Prey, a Delicate Dance .

Here’s an infographic that purports to give us eight million reasons why sharks should be more afraid of humans than humans are of them.  We have it on as yet dubious authority that this particular infographic was produced in Australia, where human beings along the Great Barrier Reef occasionally sacrifice one of their number to the sharks for the right to share the water.  So I’d be real skeptical of this one, gang.

Check out this live blog of cute animals to look at.

SHORTS

Cicadas To Emerge In Massive Swarms After 17 Years Underground

How Plants ‘Talk’ To Each Other

A Drone’s-Eye View of Nature

MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS WE TOTALLY LOVE

Here’s this month’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter.

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 submerged ghost town that suddenly came up for air.

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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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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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