YET ANOTHER INCIDENT OF ABUSE OF WOMEN WHO SERVE

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Volume 6,  No. 22

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Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
 Seattle, Washington
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YET ANOTHER INCIDENT OF ABUSE OF WOMEN WHO SERVE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea  Well, in view of what has been happening in Oklahoma and some elsewhere in the world, we should probably be praising the efforts of all those involved in the recovery and justifiably recognizing the courage of those caught in the path of these chimeric and unpredictable manifestations of Mother Nature’s extreme agitation with us.

Instead, we’ve read about another example of a much broader spectrum of Americana, the women who serve, fight and die for this nation.  Even if I did not have someone close to me who served with distinction in Operation Desert Storm and who also happens to be female, I would still be outraged.

Since I am a veteran of the same branch of service, the fact that this latest incident occurred at Annapolis, the American naval academy, thrills me even less, if that is indeed flipping possible.

And I am truly puzzled and I think considerably ashamed of a nation which can allow this to happen to those who are prepared, do and have made the ultimate sacrifice.

There are times when I am very proud to be also an American.  I’m sorry this is not one of them.

Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh?  And thank you.  I hope you like this week’s edition.

IN OTHER NEWS

What’s the healthiest city in America?  The answer probably will not surprise you.

In the wake of other killer wind destruction this year, this cannot come as good news.  Hurricane Season Could Be Exceptionally Bad This Year.  On the other hand, since we can’t stop it, it might be an excellent opportunity to find out how well the lessons we think we’ve learned from this really serve us.  In any event, our prayers are certainly with you folks in the Alley and elsewhere.

Well, it looks like the U.S. and China are meeting to decide what to do about the latter nation’s hacking of online destinations in the former country.  I think progress is being made when two giants who killed thousands of each other over two wars are able to negotiate a solution to a problem rather than battering themselves bloody trying to win one.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Afghanistan: Suicide Bombers Attack a Red Cross Compound in Eastern Afghanistan
China: Chinese President to Seek New ‘Power Relationship’ in Talks With Obama
European Union: Unemployment Hits Record High in Euro Zone
Germany: German Railways To Deploy Drones To Stop Graffiti
Indonesia: Plague of Corruption Rises Anew in Indonesia
International: Counterterrorism Questions Loom After Boston, London, Paris Attacks
Myanmar: Enraged Buddhists Burn Mosque And Muslim Orphanage In Myanmar
Pakistan: Pakistan Faces Struggle to Keep Its Lights On

Pakistani Taliban’s No. 2 Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Russia: Economist Flees as Russia Aims Past Protesters

In Russia, Living the High Life; in America, a Wanted Man

Tunisia: Tunisians Protest Outside FEMEN Activist’s Trial
United Kingdom: UK Police Arrest 10th Suspect In London Soldier SlayingWave of Grief and Political Reverberations Grip Britain After Soldier’s Killing

Cloning Contest Seeks Worthiest UK Dog

United States: Home Prices Rise, Putting Country in Buying Mood

Soldier To Admit To Afghan Massacre

Living with fire: Survival and stubbornness in California wildfire country

Japan and other nations say no to U.S. wheat, worried about GMOs

Moore Tornado Debris Would Make Mile-High Pile

CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS

Climate change adaptation: So simple, a caveman could do it

Polar Region’s Ecosystem Is HOW Old?

Other Worlds Eyed For Clues About Our Climate Future

As Glaciers Melt, Alpine Mountains Lose Their Glue, Threatening Swiss Village

Where greenhouse gases come from, in one graph

Frogs Fading? Amphibian Census May Guide Recovery Leaps

Ice going, humanity: Arctic melting at alarming rates

SYRIAN WAR SHORTS

European Nations End Weapons Embargo, Creating Path to Arming Syrian Rebels

Assad: Russian Missiles Have Arrived

Syrian Troops Attack Rescue Convoy In Key Town

OH CANADA

In the midst of a world in chaos, Canadians can come up with some of the most absurd things to worry about and this has to top this week’s list.  What Gives With Money’s ‘Maple Syrup’ Smell?

Where does Canada rank on the “better life index”?  The answer just might surprise you.

What’s apparently the most boring city in Canada?  It’s not the one I was born in, lol.

SHORTS

Landmark Canadian Study Wants To Follow You And Your Baby

Ambulance Chopper Crash Kills 4 People In Ontario

Canadian Economy Hits The Gas Pedal

GOOD EXAMPLES

Well, the glass ceiling’s really been shattered in France.  Check this out and then stand up with me and cheer, big time.  Paris To Have First Female Mayor In City’s 2,000-Year History

Despite the totally reprehensible behavior of such fossil fuel giants as British Petroleum, it means even more to us that a powerhouse of the uranium enrichment industry is “seeking an exit”

When human beings come together like this, we all have reason to stand up and cheer.  Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost

SHORTS

Roam the World and Keep the Cellphone on a Budget

How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World

A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think

States And Groups Meet Over Future Of Drought-Plagued River

Plotting a revolution: Inside the mind of a budding guerrilla gardener

BAD EXAMPLES

A 14-year old boy who videotaped himself having sex with a girl a year older and then posting said video on the Net is being charged as an adult with child pornography.  We applaud the Crown’s decision in this regard.

The American military is turning out to be just about the most dangerous place on the planet for women.  Add this to the legacy of sexual exploitation that seems to be receiving so much silent support.  Naval Academy Is Shaken by Student’s Report of Rape by Athletes

Well, it’s dubious comfort to know that greed respects no national boundaries.  I’m not, however, real proud of the flag this one flies under.  Canadian Bank CEOs Among Most Overpaid: Bloomberg

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Well, here’s a page from JurassicPark.  Ice Age Organisms Can Grow & Reproduce, Scientists Say

We reported last year about the American military’s super secret space plane and where it happens to be at the moment.  For the last five months, it has been orbiting the earth.  We have, of course, absolutely no idea what it was doing but we assume it was not sightseeing.  For a cool photo and more information, yep, go here.

There’s a man out there who wants us to live forever as consciousness in an avatar.  He’s getting a lot closer to realizing that vision than most of us would believe.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

3D Printing Could Aid Deep-Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says  The technology could make spaceflight cheaper and more efficient, Charles Bolden said.

Surprise! Moon Craters May Hold Ancient Asteroid Pieces  Twenty-five percent of the moon’s craters may retain remnants of the asteroids that created them, suggesting that scientists will have to work a little harder to figure out what the moon is made of.  And at least we’ve established it is not made out of green cheese.

World’s 1st Crowdfunded Space Telescope

The commercial space firm Planetary Resources aims to launch a crowdfunded space telescope that would be at the service of citizen scientists.

International Astronaut Crew Arrives at Space Station in Record Time

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

At High Speed, on the Road to a Driverless Future

Seafloor ‘Breathing’ Could Help Forecast Big Earthquakes

Oldest Known Torah Scroll Found In Plain Sight

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Well, in view of what has happened in Oklahoma, it’s probably a good idea for all of us to see what we know about tornadoes.

THE GREEN AGENDA

After a sunny launch, NYC’s bikeshare hits a few bumps

Where greenhouse gases come from, in one graph

States And Groups Meet Over Future Of Drought-Plagued River

Frogs Fading? Amphibian Census May Guide Recovery Leaps

Plotting a revolution: Inside the mind of a budding guerrilla gardener

How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard

A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?

HEALTH

We happen to have these in the neighborhood but until I talked to our mechanic person who is also a self-taught expert on edible plants, that they were so incredibly beneficial.  Let’s here it then for blueberries and thank you, George.

This has got to come as good news to the largest age segment of the human population. Researchers Identify Protein That May Be Key In Alzheimer’s Treatment

Here’s something that just could help the economies of tropical countries.  Check out the benefits of coconut oil: 15 unusual uses for this natural wonder

SHORTS

Is Stress Making You Sick?

Trans Fat Food: 9 Of The Worst Foods That Cause High Cholesterol

Exercise Early to Get Better Sleep

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

Some 5,000 Americans a day are diagnosed with cancer and it has become the second major cause of death in this country.  Early detection remains the best defense so please check out these five indications that you are at high risk for this disease.  Do it now.  We didn’t and I’ve been flying without a wingmate for about 12 years now.

LINKS
Cancer:  What You Need to Know
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
 

LIFESTYLE

Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore

5 Surprising Facts About Breadwinner Moms

Joblessness Shortens Lifespan of Least Educated White Women, Research Says

Don’t Be Nice Be Kind

BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA

You’re Looking at Planet Earth  Spectacular images every day.

Mesmerizing animation shows a full day of Earth’s weather patterns

Spellbinding Star Trails Dazzle Over India’s Devasthal Peak

Plague of Corruption Rises Anew in Indonesia

Slide Show: Into India’s Himalayas

PERENNIALS
Liveblog: Cute animals to look at | Grist
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

OTHER BLOGGERS WE FOLLOW

The Tomatoman TimesSardonic, ironic, sometimes poignantly incisive, this is also one of the longest running human interest blogs on the Net and well worth the read.

Meade’s California Coast is moving commentary and photos by one of that state’s premier photojournalists.  Short, poignant and memorable, it is a tribute to both the craft and the subject.

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  I totally geek out when I read these folks.

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. 

Mt. Rainer, with the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium in the right foreground.

Mt. Rainer, with the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium in the right foreground.

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

Amazon’s new headquarters

Well, here’s something we can look forward to, more weird architecture courtesy of a corporate giant.  It’s going to be right up there with an Experimental Music Project museum that looks like something Frank Lloyd Wright might have designed after a weekend with Alice through the looking glass and, of course, that Jetson Age phallic symbol with the restaurant at the top that rotates while you’re trying to eat your soup.

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

What’s Going On In Seattle?

Here’s the 10 day 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)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
Seattle Times
 

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Tiny, adorable “dwarf” foxes rescued from extinction  Island foxes managed to make “one of the fastest recoveries of any endangered species ever,” Treehugger says. Here’s how they did it.

It never ceases to amaze me how much our species has to learn from the others with whom we share this planet.  Case in point?  WATCH: Dolphins And Birds Working Together

This one is probably being made into a movie even as we speak, and deservedly so.  Justin Hulme Rangel, 13-Year-Old Boy Scout, Finds Cat Buried In Tornado Rubble

SHORTS

Mosquito Myths: Misconceptions About The Insects And Their Diseases

New Feathered Dino May Be World’s First Bird

Champ: America’s Loch Ness Monster

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

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Okay, even for us and you guys, this is a little weird.  Check out this North Carolina couple who are flying to Hawaii for a dolphin-assisted birth

A FINAL WORLD

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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed.  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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