HERE’S TO HALLMARK, CAMPBELL’S SOUP AND FOLGERS IN YOUR CUP

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Volume 6, No. 28

Published by

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor

 Seattle, Washington

minstrel312@aol.com

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HERE’S TO HALLMARK, CAMPBELL’S SOUP AND FOLGERS IN YOUR CUP

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I am probably the only person in Seattle ~ headquarters of Starbucks ~ who selects the coffee he drinks by the appeal of the television or web commercial in which it appears.

That’s how strong this art form is, commercials, not coffee.  And I enjoy a good advertisement as much as I do a good YouTube vid.  What I love so much about my favourite java promotionals is that they are family-oriented.

The acting is also outstanding.  I have friends in theatre and they tell me that the real challenge of media commercials is “getting into character”.  In television and films, you have a bit of time, usually, do that.  In a 60 second commercial, it needs to happen almost immediately.

It does and these mini-dramas of a son coming home from the Peace Corps; a daughter telling her dad she’s engaged and finding out he already knew; or a mom getting revved up for an exercise dance class, these speak not only to an America I grew up in but to a people I love, as well.

At a time when it sometimes sure seems like we are devolving as a civilized society, I think the value of “art” like this is inestimable.  It would be an incredible irony to survive climate change and then vanish from the face of the planet simply because we never learned how to truly get along with one another.

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

IN OTHER NEWS

Okay, this is weird.  Since an Italian guy named Marconi invented the radio (wireless in the House of Northstar), our species has been sending waves of various frequencies out into the universe.  More recently, there have been directed efforts to transmit intelligence to the stars.  Now it looks like there’s someone out there doing the same thing and we’re on the receiving end.

Well, this was a bit disconcerting.  Canadians Also Spied On By NSA, And Probably By Canada: Experts  In conjunction with all the other stories coming in about how the nations of the world spy on one another, I’m beginning to understand why global issues involving true international cooperation are so difficult.  I realize it’s probably about 40,000 years too late to do anything about it.  But it does strike me as rather sad that we still ~ in all this time? ~ haven’t learned to be honest with and to trust one another.

How many people die of air pollution each year?  I am quite sure the toll will not make your day.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

BANGLADESH U.S. Retailers Offer Safety Plan for Bangladeshi Factories
BRAZIL Brazil Demands Answers From U.S. Over Spying Allegations
CHINA Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Study Finds

China’s Environment Minister Calls His Department ‘Embarrassing’

Floods Wipe Away Entire Hillsides In China

EGYPT See Short Below
FRANCE Loose Equipment Cited In Train Crash in France
INDIA As Mystery Illness Stalks Its Young, India Intensifies Search for a Killer
INDONESIA Hundreds Of Inmates Escape After Deadly Prison Riot
IRELAND Ireland Votes To Legalize Abortion For Certain Cases
ITALY Space Station Astronaut Becomes Italy’s 1st Spacewalker
PAKISTAN Siege by Taliban Strains Pakistani Girls’ Schools

Slide Show: For Pakistani Girls, Just Going to Class Is a Risk

PORTUGAL In Portugal, a Protector of a People Is Honored
RUSSIA City in Russia Unable to Kick Asbestos Habit
SYRIA Syria Weighs Its Tactics As Pillars of Its Economy Continue to Crumble
TURKEY Turkish Police Use Water Cannons To Clear Park… Again

Death Toll In Turkish Protests Rises To 5

UNITED KINGDOM Parliament Asks Murdoch to Discuss Hacking

Thousands Mourn Slain British Soldier

UNITED STATES Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Tack on Terrorism

Judge Halts Groin Searches at Guantánamo, Calling Them Abhorrent to Muslims

Napolitano Stepping Down as Homeland Security Chief

Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

The World’s Weirdest Weather Explained

Hurricanes And Climate Change: Storms Likely To Get Stronger And More Frequent

A Century Of Warming

Attitudes On Crops Are Modifying

Five Gorgeous Landmarks Threatened By Rising Seas

13 Decades Of Climate Change In A Graph

EGYPT

Army Kills 51, Deepening Crisis In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood Calls On Followers To Rise Up After Deadly Clashes

Egypt’s Leaders Select Premier And Plan For Quick Elections

Thousands of Morsi Supporters Rally in Egypt

Egypt Calls for New Look at Morsi Prison Escape in 2011

Slide Show: Islamists Step Up Protests in Egypt

Hardening Split in Egypt as Islamists Stage Huge Demonstrations

In Some Parts of Egypt, Bad Times Remained Bad

SNOWDEN

Snowden Renews Plea for Moscow to Grant Asylum

Russian Officials Say They Didn’t Receive an Asylum Request From Snowden

SYRIAN WAR

Syrian Rebel Infighting Undermines Anti-Assad Effort

OH CANADA

Last week, a storm lashed Toronto with record-breaking rain and caused some 300,000 people to lose hydro.  For the sordid details, yep, please go here.

Violence against women costs Canadians how much?

How widespread is corruption in the Canadian workplace?  The answer might not make your day.

SHORTS

Deadly Derailment in Quebec Underlines Oil Debate

Canadians from the Queen Charlottes to PEI reject cable television for Web TV

House Prices Booming In Surprising Places

GOOD EXAMPLES

When the Taliban shot this young Pakistani last October for campaigning for better education, they thought they had quelled a movement.  They thought wrong.  She survived and came out swinging.  If Malala Yousafzai ever runs for national office, I will probably immigrate to that country just for the privilege of voting for her.

Video: A Marathon Comeback — After the bomb blast at the Boston Marathon that took most of his legs, Jeff Bauman began his own long and painful journey.

We’re glad to see this.  Tim Hortons is going gluten free

SHORTS

Global Motherhood, One Story One World

Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes

BAD EXAMPLES

This recalls memories of Los Angeles when it was the smog capital of the world.  Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Study Finds

And just when I start thinking Canadians are among the most enlightened species on the planet, I read this.  1 In 5 Canadians Thinks A Woman Encourages Sexual Assault When She’s Drunk

Walmart is not the best friend of man’s best friend.  Walmart Canada Fires Woman For Reporting Dog In Hot Truck

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Are driverless vehicles a part of our future?  If so, how will that reshape our daily lives?  For the answer to these questions and a fascinating window on time forward, yep, please go here.

Check out this human-powered helicopter.

Even though this struck me as a lit-tle weird, I checked it out and it’s actually pretty good news for cardiac patients.  The Artificial Heart Is Getting a Bovine Boost

OUTER SPACE

New Space Engine Could Turn Tiny CubeSats into Interplanetary Explorers

Mysterious Deep-Space Explosions Baffle Scientists

How Russia’s Proton Rocket Works (Infographic)

Mars Rover Embarks On Epic Road Trip

WATCH: Next Big Mars Mission Unveiled

Strange Blue World: Alien Planet’s True Color Revealed, a First

NASA Spacecraft Photographs Pluto’s Largest Moon Charon

CLOSER TO HOME

Solar Impulse Completes TransAmerica Flight

Solar-powered sedan hits Dutch streets

What is Magnetism?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  It’s time to find out how much you know about espionage.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Extreme heat reveals extreme infrastructure challenges

Attitudes on Crops Are Modifying

The week in GIFs: Diet soda, joint clouds, and hummus EVERYWHERE

HEALTH

Well, this doesn’t come as any real surprise but it is sad to think about all the people who have been paying more.  We spoke last week of the difference between the altruistic and the extremely selfish.  Now it looks like an entire beverage industry has decided it’s okay to lie about their product in order to sell it.  Diet soda won’t save you from obesity or diabetes

Check out these foods that will keep your mind young.

Feeling particularly romantic and want to make your partner feel the same?  Serve them one of these foods.

SHORTS

Best Bet for Preventing Baldness

Medicine That Monitors You

In Grandmother’s Alzheimer’s, A Lesson In Family

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

As any of us who have battled this killer or helped someone else fight it, there is no power on earth like the inspiration of a good example.  Our apologies in advance to the University of Michigan, an inadvertent “casualty” in this 12-year-old’s victory.

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

LIFESTYLE

Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home

Chinese Law Forces Adults To Visit Parents

Six tips for safe cycling in the city

Echoes From the Roman Ghetto — Beyond today’s festive scene in this neighborhood by the TiberRiver is a somber and not so ancient past for the city’s Jews.

Slide Show: For Pakistani Girls, Just Going to Class Is a Risk

In Portugal, a Protector of a People Is Honored

BEST OF THE NET

WOW: Storm Clouds Seen From Space

Husky Puppy Discovers Tennis Ball, Won’t Let It Go

Milky Way Magic Captured Over Rural Maine (Photos)

Sci-Fi Film ‘Europa Report’ Uses Science to Show Space Travel Perils

SITES WE PERSONALLY ENJOY EACH WEEK

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.

Loaner Car July 2013

As more and more of us here on the Shores of the Salish Sea reduce our carbon footprint by bicycling, taking mass transit and even telecommuting, little cars like this are seen more and more often on our streets.  They belong to another good option to private ownership of motorized transport, Car2Go

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

The annual University Village (free) Concert Series started last week.  They’re held every Wednesday from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Entertainers scheduled include

July 17 – Mycle Wastman

July 24 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet

July 31 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

August 7 – The Paperboys

August 14 – Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band

August 21 – Hit Explosion

For more information.

For years now, it’s been contended that we are what we eatCheck out some of the more popular places Seattle-ites go to chow down.

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

What’s Going On In Seattle?

Seattle Restaurant Guide

Here’s the 10 day forecast, courtesy of 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

The domestication of the wild canine was probably necessary up to a point.  We now have an major industry employing thousands devoted to helping us treat “man’s best friend” better than we do ‘man himself’.  I really do think the limit has been reached, however, when there’s an entire television network devoted to keeping “stay at home” pets (Like there are any other kinds?) happy.

Well, for those of us who have been following the adventures of this dude (whose name also happens to be “Rusty”), this is good news.  Rusty the Red Panda is back with mate

Well, it’s not every day that one encounters a dog in a bee keeper’s suit.

SHORTS

Japanese Zoo’s White Lion Cubs Are So Cute They Look Like Lambs

Rescued Kitten In Crocheted Mushroom Costume Steals Hearts

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 team of Canadians and Irish who decided to row across the Northwest Passage, now that it is possible to traverse North America without having to go through the Panama Canal.

AVAILABLE FROM NORTHSTAR

           

 TESTAMENT ICON

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

an exciting seagoing saga of war and rebellion

For a preview, go here:

For the kindle book, ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

 

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A FINAL WORLD

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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed.  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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