ONE OUT OF THREE WOMEN ON THIS PLANET ARE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Volume 6, No. 25

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Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor

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Janey ONE OUT OF THREE WOMEN ON THIS PLANET ARE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I’m a little confused about something and maybe you guys (and guy-ettes and stuff) can help me out.  I’ve just read this report that says that one out of three women on this planet are victims of sexual violence (See under BAD EXAMPLES).

I realize that’s a global average and that it is worse in some places than it is in others.  What I do not understand is the mindset that produces this behavior.

I wouldn’t be here without a mother to start with and a step-mom who did her best.  I learned about girls and women from several siblings who also happened to be female.  Women have been as ubiquitous an influence on my life as they have ~ good, bad or indifferent ~ on the lives of everyone else.

I have served with women in the military and was honored by their society.  I’ve seen them at work late at night in the hospitals of several countries, including this one.  I have covered the worst kinds of newspaper stories in their company and several of the best in the business read this magazine.

I am also fully aware of the critical role the feminist movement has played.  One of my mentors is Rose Elizabeth Bird.  Another, and perhaps the most profound influence on my life was Joanne Elizabeth Blossom.

Because I am a writer and writers sometimes meet interesting people and have interesting relationships, I know far more than I ever wanted to know about what women will do to survive, to build and when they feel necessary, to seek revenge.

It is one thing, I think, to know the facts of history.  At least for me, it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the incredibly self-defeating aspects of it with what I have been taught is fundamentally decent behavior.

No more than any “minority” was the feminist movement about equality for just one group.  It was about equality for all of us.  It has been about the family hood of our species.  It is about a global society in which all are judged by their behavior and by that alone.

If there is an up side to this, it lies in what you and I and our friends choose to do about it.  Knowing the statistics and caring, it’s a little tough for me to look at a crowd which includes women.  And know that two out of three of them have been brutalized in the basest of ways.

It also brings back memories of victims I have known personally and who I loved and cared for a lot.  If we don’t do anything about it, they went to Hell for nothing.  And so did those of you who have been through it or have family members who did.

I still don’t understand it.  I just know it’s not right and it must stop.

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

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, considering all the Big Rocks in Space (BRIS) with which this planet has had to deal with lately, we are not surprised that the American space agency, NASA, has decided to make as a top priority, asteroids from smashing into us.  And they want the help of everybody interested in signing on to their Grand Challenge.  If the results live up to the rhetoric, this could well be the adventure of the 21st Century

If you’re a woman and want to defend freedom and a cool country, you might consider Australia.  The head of their armed forces has launched his own war on sexism in the military and will absolutely not tolerate the kind of behaviour which has scandalized the United States military.

Well, after 37 years, Exodus International has finally decided to stop trying to change someone’s sexual preferences through psychotherapy and prayer.  I’ve always felt people were gay or lesbian because the Good Lord made them that way, like the Divine One gives leopards its spots and the zebra, its stripes.  It creeps me out a little to think that there could be a group of allegedly sentient life forms that have spent almost four decades denying what is pretty obvious to everything else from an amoeba to that zebra I just mentioned.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

Afghanistan: NATO Transfers Security Responsibilities To Afghans

Taliban Signal Readiness for Peace Talks

Taliban Step Toward Afghan Peace Talks Is Hailed by U.S.

Afghan Forces Struggle as U.S. Weans Them Off Support

Afghanistan Rejects Talks With Taliban and the U.S.

U.S. – Taliban Talks On Thin Ice

Chile: LOOK: Pinochet’s Torture Chamber Now Shelter For Thousands
China: Faltering Economy in China Dims Job Prospects for Graduates

Israeli Tech Brings Clean Water Solutions To China’s Cities

China warns it will execute serious polluters

China’s New President Sets Up a Potential Showdown, With Himself

China’s Credit Squeeze Relaxes as Interest Rates Drop

Beijing Police Seek ‘Large and Vicious’ Suspects (With Wet Noses)

Czech Republic: Czech Premier to Resign Amid Scandal
European Union: Lines Blur in U.S.-Europe Debate on Austerity

European Ministers Agree to Stricter Tobacco Laws

Germany: Merkel Challenges Obama on Surveillance
Greece: Greek Leaders to Meet in Effort to Save Government
Hungary: Hungary Indicts Nazi-Era Suspect For War Crimes
India: Israeli Pesticide Company That Fights Pests With Bumble Bees Now Launches In India

Flood Toll Reaches 1,000 in India as Thousands More Await Rescue

Iran: From Inner Circle of Iran, a Pragmatic Victor

President-Elect of Iran Talks of Easing Tensions With U.S.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Sad No One Goes Hiking With Him

Iran’s future under Hassan Rowhani

Iraq: Baghdad Mosque Bombing Kills At Least 26
Mexico: Tropical Storm Barry Bears Down On Mexico

Mexico Pursuing Vanished Victims of Its Drug Wars

Myanmar: Radical Buddhism Ascendant in Myanmar
North – South Korea: North Korea Proposes Talks With Washington
Russia: Putin And Obama Set To Spar Over Syria At G8

Putin Puts Pensions at Risk in $43 Billion Bid to Jolt Economy

United Kingdom: Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair
United States: Even Pessimists Feel Optimistic About the American Economy

Lines Blur in U.S.-Europe Debate on Austerity

Justices Block Law Requiring Voters to Prove Citizenship

U.S. Seizes 14 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Raids

Video: The Trial of Whitey Bulger

Where Corn Is King, a New Regard for Grass-Fed Beef

Obama Has Plans to Cut U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, if Russia Reciprocates

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change 101 with Ernest Moniz: “Count.”

Can We Climate-Proof Our Cities?

Alaska Heat Wave Causes Bizarre Sights

Singapore Haze Hits Record High

The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?

BRAZILIAN PROTESTS

Protests Rock Brazil

Sao Paulo, Rio Roll Back Transport Fare Hikes

Sweeping Protests in Brazil Pull In an Array of Grievances

One Million Brazilians Hit The Streets

LOOK: Military Police Officers Join Protests In Brazil

How Angry Is Brazil? Pelé Now Has Feet of Clay

Video: Protests Bridge Brazil’s Social Gaps

Brazil Tries to Calm Protester Concerns, Rebuking Violence

Despite Assurances by Brazil’s President, Protesters Stage Another Day of Demonstrations

OBAMA SURVEILLANCE

Living With the Surveillance State

Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Program, Says It’s ‘Transparent’

Ex-Contractor Is Charged in Leaks on N.S.A. Surveillance

The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?

N.S.A. Leaker Edward J. Snowden Leaves Hong Kong, Local Officials Say

SYRIAN WAR

Syria and Russia Warn West Against Aiding Rebels

Commander Confirms: Syrian Rebels Received New Arms

In a Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons

Kerry, in Qatar, Warns Taliban While Also Building Support on Syria

TURKISH PROTEST

Turkish Leader Said He Had a ‘Duty’ to Clear Istanbul Park

Turkey Expands Violent Reaction to Street Unrest

Striking Workers Face Off With Police In Turkish Capital

Turkey Expands Violent Reaction to Street Unrest

OH CANADA

It’s a sad day for the city, the province and the nation.  UPAC, Quebec’s anti-corruption enforcement unit, last week arrested Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum on charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust and municipal corruption.  What makes this story so poignant is that Applebaum was appointed interim mayor to clean up the administration of his predecessor.  This suggests to us that graft is perhaps more deeply rooted than previously suspected.

Is Canada headed for another recession?  Paul Krugman’s Warning To Ottawa

Should Toronto replace Ottawa as the capital of Canada?  A lot of you sure seem to think so.

SHORTS

Hudson’s Bay Shuffles Executives

Canadian Teens Stressed, Overwhelmed And Suicidal

Rising Waters May Force 100,000 From Their Homes

Calgary’s Downtown Empty As 100,000 People Evacuated

GOOD EXAMPLES

We have been an admirer of New York City’s chief executive for some while now.  Here’s another reason why.  Bloomberg Plans to Unveil Food Recycling Plan

Global explorer James Cameron, whose Deep Sea Challenger was inspired by the submersible Alvin, donated his submarine to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which also now owns and operates Alvin.

Here’s another awesome example of kid power.  16-Year-Old Turns Algae Into Biofuel, Makes Rest Of Us Feel Unaccomplished

SHORTS

AT&T to Introduce Solar-Powered Charging Stations

Why Rain and Cold Can’t Stop Our Family Farm

Airbnb homes used for disaster victims

BAD EXAMPLES

Violence against women has reached globally epidemic proportions.

This is what happens when we don’t also teach our children sportsmanship.  WATCH: Boy Playing Hockey ‘Brutally Beaten’

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Israeli Public Bus Transformed Into Luxury Home

What does it take to turn an old crumbling bus into a sleek apartment? Just ask Israeli design enthusiasts Tali Shaul and Hagit Morevski, who converted the run-down vehicle into a designer living space. To continue reading, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupted last week in yet another demonstrationof the power of nature and the relative impunity of a species which mistakenly placed itself at the top of the evolutionary ladder.

If you like mutton or lamb, you have something in common with this plant that “eats” sheep.

OUTER SPACE

Space Telescope Takes Final Bow

How the ‘Supermoon’ Looks (Infographic)

Supermoon Secrets: 7 Surprising Big Moon Facts

CLOSER TO HOME

Slide Show: Making Science Attractive for Women

Body-Double: Lifelike Android Demoed at Futuristic Conference

Lost City Discovered in Cambodia

Batteries included: New wind turbines and solar panels come with built-in storage

For Solazyme, a Side Trip on the Way to Clean Fuel

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Test your knowledge this week about women in fact and fiction.

THE GREEN AGENDA

AT&T to Introduce Solar-Powered Charging Stations

China warns it will execute serious polluters

The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?

HEALTH

As summer approaches, here are 12 Things You Should Know Before Buying Sunscreen

Well, here’s good news to a number of people I know.  Light to moderate use of marijuana does not pose a health risk, either directly or second hand.

We have practiced this for years for sadness control.

SHORTS

Is foie gras always a faux pas? One family aims to humanely produce it

All About Men: Fountain of Youth for Your Muscles

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

There’s a new vaccine out which has dramatically reduced the incidence, in teenaged girls, of the virus responsible for cervical cancer.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Death Be Not Decaffeinated: Over Cup, Groups Face Taboo

Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife

Big Support For Medical Marijuana In Poll

Top 9 Ways to be an Even Better Parent

Anti-Aging Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than ‘Vanilla’ People

BEST OF THE NET 

If this YouTube of this big working man type dude singing six puppies to sleep doesn’t charm your sox off, you need to check your oil can and make sure the Wizard of Oz knows you’re the one that needs a heart.

Pennsylvania Residents Free Brown Bear From Jar After 11 Days

Video: Wild Horses: No Home on the Range

Sleeping Baby Giraffe Photos Capture Animal Getting Comfortable

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 virtual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here. 

The first day of summer arrived soggy.  Thanks to the long range forecast, however, this house got its summer/fall pea patch prepared in time.  Thank you, PJ, Jose and KOMO 4 News & Weather.

The first day of summer arrived soggy. Thanks to the long range forecast, however, this house got its summer/fall pea patch prepared in time. Thank you, PJ, Jose and KOMO 4 News & Weather.

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

Someone once asked me what’s the first thing I’d do if the Divine One made me King of the World.  I can answer that in a single word.  “Abdicate”.  That’s also how I feel about being the mayor of Seattle, who is up for re-election.  I would not want that job either.  But apparently nine people with stouter hearts, stronger stomachs and more civic pride do.

Well, one of my favorite animals is back in the news, doing good for the community and its own voracious appetite.

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

An Extinct Frog Makes A Comeback in Israel’s Hula ValleyThe first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years.

 

 

 

 

LOOK: Undeniable Proof That Animals Grieve Just Like We Do – There’s apparently still some question about whether animals comprehend loss of life the way humans do.  We believe these photos clearly answer that question in the affirmative.

The American cougar is back.

SHORTS

A Grizzly Adventure in British Columbia

Top 10 New Species Chose

Another Gator Spotted On Long Island

FROM THOSE WHOSE GOOD WORKS WE SUPPORT

THE SEADOC SOCIETY’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 this couple who found an ancient skeleton in their back yard and may now have to foot a $5,000 excavation bill. 

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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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