WAKE UP, DUDE, THIS IS NOT “I’VE GOT A SECRET”

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Volume 6, No. 24

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Rusty Miller – Editor

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WAKE UP, DUDE

THIS IS NOT

“I’VE GOT A SECRET”

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea  Well, from the mail we’ve been getting on the subject, it looks like there’s no way of getting around commenting on that American who revealed classified information which the U.S. intelligence community admits has not threatened national security.

I don’t like people who do this.  I carried a Top Secret clearance during part of my time in the American Navy.  I read a lot of stuff that ~ had I been a ‘thinking man,’ instead of a trained communications person ~ would have made me wonder why it was classified in the first place.

Intelligence gathering is an investigative process designed to form a “picture,” if you will.  Look at it like a jigsaw puzzle.  Individually, no piece equals the whole.  But each piece, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is essential for a complete puzzle.

That’s why people in the CIA, MI5 and other national intelligence agencies, get paid to read foreign newspapers, watch foreign television, listen to foreign radio and visit foreign websites and chatrooms.

There’s no way a single individual can assess the potential harm the secrets they leak could cause.  And if there was extensive damage done, would it be in the best interests of national security to reveal that?

As far as I’m concerned, this was irresponsible grandstanding supported by others who appear to have even less understanding of the process than this Quixotic prat.

Perhaps it is because I have known too many brave individuals that I am skeptical of heroes.  It is one thing to save the lives of eight people in the process of saving one’s own.  It is something else again to risk one’s own life for the lives of 267, knowing one’s own will likely be forfeit.

That having been said, I would not punish this blabbermouth.  I disagree with what he did but I do not doubt his sincerity.  Besides, incarceration tends to produce martyrs faster than one small mouse can stampede a circus full of elephants. 

Just don’t let this dude near any information ~ personal or private ~ you don’t want on the world wide web in 24 hours, in case his misguided patriotism comes out of remission again.

On the other hand, if there’s something you really want several billion people to know about by week’s end, tell this guy.  Make sure he understands that what you’re sharing with him is vital to national security.  If he acts like he doesn’t believe you, look relieved, do the stations of the cross and mutter, “Oy vey, Allah be praised.”

Like my infamous Uncle Seamus used to say, “If you can’t beat them and don’t want to join them, confuse the H out of them and walk away clean.”

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

IN OTHER NEWS

In a landmark decision with profound implications, the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that human genes cannot be patented.

Well, here’s a recent discovery which certainly explains a lot.  On average, men mature at the age of 43, some 11 years after women.  By implication, it could also explain the attraction to older men.  Women don’t want a husband they also have to raise.

Which are the world’s most competitive cities?  The answer just might surprise you.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Afghanistan: Afghan Insurgency Attacks Kabul Airport and Building in Capital

Massive Blast Hits Supreme Court In Kabul

Argentina: Argentina Falls From Its Throne as King of Beef
China: China, U.S. Talks Yield Pledge for a New Model of Cooperation

In China, More Signs of Slowing Growth

China Sentences Brother-in-Law of Nobel Laureate to 11 Years on Fraud Charges

China and U.S. team up to fight climate-changing HFCs

Chinese Journalist Said to Be Detained in Beijing

Behind Cry for Help From China Labor Camp

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

European Union: European Commission To Confront U.S. On Phone Records
Germany: More German Towns Evacuated As River Breaches Levee
Greece: Greek State TV Closure Triggers Strikes
Iran: Iran Moderate Wins Presidency By Large Margin
International: NSA’s Cyber-Snooping Brings Tough Questions For U.S. Allies
Japan: Japan Is a Model, Not a Cautionary Tale
Nepal: Video: In Nepal, Exiled Each Month
Netherlands: Dutch ‘Coffee Shop’ Owners On Trial For Selling Weed
Pakistan: Multiple Attacks Shake New Pakistan Government
Russia: Russia Says It Would Consider Asylum For Edward Snowden Thousands March Against Putin In Moscow

Russia Promises Manned Launches from Its Own Soil in 2018

South America: Invisible Fires Devastate the Amazon
United Kingdom: Britain Says It Follows Law in Gathering Intelligence

Video: An Exclusive for Britain’s Guardian

United States: U.S. Helps Allies Trying to Battle Iranian Hackers

U.S.-China Talks Yield Pledge for a New Model of Cooperation

After Drought, Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms

U.S. and China team up to fight climate-changing HFCs

NSA Whistleblower Says He Acted To Protect ‘Basic Liberties’

Fourth of NYC Could Be Flood Zone By 2050s

As Summer Temps Rise, Can We Stand The Heat?

Water Levels Fall in Great Lakes, Taking a Toll on Shipping

Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA

Census Benchmark for White Americans: More Deaths Than Births

CLIMATE CHANGE

Tough spot for farmers: Adapting to change you can’t believe in

U.S. and China team up to fight climate-changing HFCs

A Rare Step Forward on Climate Change

Fourth of NYC Could Be Flood Zone By 2050s

As Summer Temps Rise, Can We Stand The Heat?

Water Levels Fall in Great Lakes, Taking a Toll on Shipping

Four Measures Could Stave Off The Worst of Global Warming

How Cuba Is Bracing For Climate Change

Global Climate Negotiations Break Down in Bonn

Bloomberg’s Big Climate Change Plan Depends On Successor

Island in the sun: Why are our cities heating up faster than everywhere else?

Science of Summer

NORTH – SOUTH KOREA

Two Koreas to Discuss Restoring Economic Ties

North Korea’s Recalcitrance Looms Over Talks With South

North Korea Cancels Historic Talks With South

OBAMA SURVEILLANCE

White House Says Congress Was Briefed 13 Times on Surveillance Programs

Obama Calls Surveillance Programs Legal and Limited

NSA Programs Likely To Continue

Intelligence Czar: I Gave ‘Least Untruthful’ Answer On Surveillance

Why NSA Surveillance Only Bothers Some People

The 8 Craziest Intelligence Leaks in US History

N.S.A. Chief Says Phone Logs Halted Terror Threats

SYRIAN WAR

The Syria the World Forgot

Syrian Opposition Says It Rejects Talks Unless Rebels Get Arms

Syrian Teenager’s Public Death Reveals Growing Anger as Civil War Continues

Rebels Accused Of Killing 60 Shiites In Eastern Syrian Town

Video: Syria’s Improvised Arsenals

Death Toll in Syrian Civil War Near 93,000, U.N. Says

Obama Authorizes Sending Weapons To Syrian Rebels

Syria Presses Aleppo Attack; Rebels Size Up U.S. Vow of Aid

TURKISH PROTEST

Video: Turkey Turns to Taksim

Turkish Leader Agrees to Meet Protest Organizers

Turkish Police Push Into Square Near Park Protest

Turkish PM To Meet Taksim Protesters

Turkish Leader Orders an End to Protests in 24 Hours

Turkish Leader Offers Referendum on Park at Center of Protests

Turkish Protesters Say Talks Lead to a Tentative Agreement

Police Storm Turkish Park Occupied by Protesters

OH CANADA

The Trans Canada Highway in rural Ontario was closed for five hours last week after a truck loaded with fireworks struck a moose.  Officials at Wildlife Canada say there has been a rash of such incidents across the country and suspect that the morbidly depressed among these creatures have found an easier way to end it than antler bashing with a large tree or a provincial Conservative.

Could the worst possibly be over?  Construction Jobs Soar, Housing Starts Soar.  Is The Bubble Back?

This is a disgrace to all of Canada and it needs to get fixed.  Yesterday.  WAREHOUSED: Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities Face Housing Crisis

SHORTS

Confirmed: Canada Has NSA-Style Surveillance Program

Canada’s Unexpected New Economic Champion

Here Are The Canadians Listed In Offshore Tax Havens Leak

12 Highlights of Chris Hadfield’s High-Flying Career

Canada, Are You Ready For Poutine Pizza?

Canadian Manufacturing Posts Biggest Drop In Years

American Dream More Alive In Canada:

GOOD EXAMPLES

I admire actors and actresses who do more than play heroes on television or in films.  I’ve long admired Robert Redford for using his celebrity and influence to make us all more aware of climate change and the need to do something about it.  Now, “the Horse Whisperer” is doing more than that.  He is urging President Obama to “show the courage of his climate convictions.”

U.S. joins world to take on challenge of food waste — The U.S. Food Waste Challenge is a great step toward a more economically, socially, and environmentally streamlined food system.

Princess Diana’s two sons continue to make us proudPrince Harry Saved Soldier From A Homophobic Attack.  And lest anyone think this Royal is just another tin soldier, check this out.

SHORTS

Chicago Tactics Put Major Dent in Killing Trend

Facebook Opens Arctic Circle Data Center

BAD EXAMPLES

Well, it looks like we’re still poisoning ourselves.  Energy-related CO2 emissions rose to a record high in 2012.

Maybe this is why everybody in Washington, DC seems so reluctant to reduce greenhouse emissions.  The U.S. government is the fourth biggest greenhouse gas polluter in the country

The Least Peaceful Country In The World Is…

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

We announced last week that Canada’s “man in space,” astronaut Chris Hadfield was handing his wings in.  Check out these 12 highlights of an illustrious and exemplary career “touching the face of God.”

As bicycles become increasingly the mode of personal transportation of choice, parking space could become a problem.  A firm in Japan appears to have come upon one viable solution.

As a decades-long advocate of solar power, in all its applications, we are absolutely delighted to learn that the world’s largest solar sail is set to launch in November of 2014.

OUTER SPACE

Rover Opportunity Finds New Evidence That Ancient Mars Was Habitable

Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – June 9, 2013

NASA Eyeing Nuclear Fusion Rockets for Future Space Exploration

Ancient Mars Had Component Key to Life, Meteorite Reveals

Weightless Flames: How Fires Burn in Space

Russia Promises Manned Launches from Its Own Soil in 2018

NASA Goes ‘Green’: Next Spacecraft to Be Reusable

CLOSER TO HOME

WATCH: Real-Life Invisibility ‘Cloak’ Makes Creatures Disappear

An Old Torah, a Thought-Controlled Helicopter and a Very, Very Old Primate

LOOK: 26 Scientists & Doctors Who Gave Their Names To Dread Diseases

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

This country is crawling with millionaires.  Can you name it?

THE GREEN AGENDA

OR electric cars save about $2.78 an ‘eGallon’

Island in the sun: Why are our cities heating up faster than everywhere else?

The garden plot thickens: Taking guerrilla gardening to the next level

Organic farming sucks (up carbon)

NASA Goes ‘Green’: Next Spacecraft to Be Reusable

HEALTH

Here are ten foods you could eat for the rest of your life, living long and prospering.

Sometimes, just about the time you say that it can’t be done, you get interrupted by ~ yep ~ somebody doing it.  Check this out, gang.  A 91-year-old recently broke the bench press record by lifting 187.2 lbs/849.2 kg. 

Here’s another reason to love trees and make sure you’re around a lot of them.  The absence of them can kill you.

SHORTS

5 Ways to Handle Your Emotions

Why Sex Gets Better With Age

As Summer Temps Rise, Can We Stand The Heat?

Eat Healthy This Summer

Trees may be keeping you alive

LOOK: 26 Scientists & Doctors Who Gave Their Names To Dread Diseases

Yaz, Yasmin Birth Control Pills Suspected In 23 Deaths

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

There’s a new treatment for melanoma (skin cancer) that uses the body’s own immune system.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

How Lobster Got Fancy

Sobeys To Buy Safeway

Trees may be keeping you alive

Voice-Activated Technology Is Called Safety Risk for Drivers

Data Reveal a Rise in College Degrees Among Americans

Exhibit at Auschwitz-Birkenau Honors Children of Holocaust

Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds

Why Humans Are Bad at Multitasking

With bicycling on the rise, motorists get a new round of driver’s ed

BEST OF THE NET

WATCH: Dog Plays Hard To Get With Baby Duck

Video of divers encountering a humpback whale will remove all the stress from your day

David Gallo: WATCH: What We Don’t Know About Life At The Bottom Of The Ocean

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 ENDORSES

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

BLOGS 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.

EAST KING COUNTY TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: TRANSPORTATION AT A CROSSROADS:  LEARN MORE, MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN.

EAST KING COUNTY TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: TRANSPORTATION AT A CROSSROADS: LEARN MORE, MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN.

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

HERE’S A CHANCE TO SAVE METRO AND VISIT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWNS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON 

EAST KING COUNTY TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: TRANSPORTATION AT A CROSSROADS:  LEARN MORE, MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN

BellevueCity Hall, concourse and council chambers

450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue

5:30-6:30 p.m. – open house and comment period

6:30-8 p.m. – moderated panel discussion and questions

Directions to Bellevue City Hall

Plan your trip by bus

Join The Conversation On Twitter Using #Transfuture

Can’t Be There? Send Questions To The Speakers

Email community.relations@kingcounty.gov or tweet to @kcroads or @kcmetrobus.

Learn more about King County’s transportation future

THE FIRST URBAN FOOD FOREST IN AMERICA ~ WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO BE ON SEATTLE’S BEACON HILL (SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN) ~ IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC FORAGING.  Produce free for the taking includes plums, apples, walnuts, berries, vegetables, and herbs.  For more on this one, yep, please go here.

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

I’m one of those schmaltz-enhanced people who happen to think that puppies of all breeds are cute.  To a point and that point is usually a matter of numbers and invasiveness.  When I see a pack of ten pre-adolescent Corgis marauding about the domain, committing domestic mayhem in the name of YouTube popularity, I am reminded of the wolf packs I watched as a kid and read about in stories by Jack London.  These yapping, bouncing, insanely hyperactive little dudes and dudettes will, with very little encouragement, grow into snarling, lunging, murderously hyperactive canines with a full set of teeth and the human-fostered belief that wrestling control of the world from our species is both ordained and very cute.  Excuse me?  It is not cute.  It is self-destructive and it could well precipitate our extinction.  Sometimes, ten yapping, bouncing, insanely hyperactive little Corgi pups are all it takes to tip the evolutionary scale. 

If you want to see absolute grace in motion, check out hunting cheetahs rely more on agility than speed

This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off: Whole Foods did a little experiment and pulled all produce pollinated by bees.

SHORTS

Endangered deer gets its head stuck in a Doritos bag

English Flying Reptiles Had Brazilian Relatives

U.S. To Tighten Chimp Protection

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 were the ants that apparently learned how to ring a doorbell.  Repeatedly.

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A 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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