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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Volume 6, No. 29

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Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor

 Seattle, Washington


Little Prince

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s certainly been a fun week for the Royals now hasn’t it?  There’s now a new and robust heir to the throne.  He came out of the royal chute with all his parts and Kate’s labour was relatively easy, compared to the 16 hours Princess Diana spent giving birth to the lad’s father, Prince William.  Nice going, your majesties.  May the boy grow to manhood, an honour to God, Queen and Country.

Holland and much of the American East Coast will be ocean floor in another 2,000 years and many coastal cities on the planet will flood out much sooner than that.  That is among the findings of a study recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

This past Wednesday, a new Wall Street Journal poll shows that American confidence in Congress is at an all time now and the chief executive is one point above his worst ratings.  Nope, not at all surprised.  It should have dawned on these worthy public servants that the constituency may finally be tired of the biggest dog and pony show since the retirement of Phineas T. Barnum.

We note with total approval that the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice is taking a more proactive stance in the protection of the rights of the accused.  Apparently this is making some chiefs of police nervous.  I’ve noticed that people who advocate keeping us in the dark, as it were, usually do so because it’s easier to get away with things when no one can see you doing them.

On that note, kind and gentle readers, I’ll leave you to the rest of the edition.  Take care, stay well and if you can’t walk there, drive safely.  The pedestrian you run over just might be moi.


Well, this one’s been debated since Moses first set forth in a wee reed boat.  Apparently there is new evidence to suggest that lunar cycles do, in fact, affect human behavior.

US News & World Report recently published its list of the best hospitals in America.  To see where yours ranked, please go here.

We applaud the decision of the City of New York to ban the sale of shark fins starting next summer.  I still find it incredible that any creature ~ from the buffalo to the elephant to the whale and including the mink, the seal and the alligator ~ can be taken for a single part of it and the rest left to rot.  Aside from the blatant cruelty of the process, it’s also hypocritical.  When the tables are turned, it is generally the whole human being which is harvested.


AFGHANISTAN Despite Education Advances, a Host of Afghan School Woes

New Report Reveals Alarming Fraud By Private Contractors In Afghanistan

Taliban Seize Police Force in a Hamlet

BANGLADESH Garment Trade Wields Power in Bangladesh
CHINA Deadly Earthquake Hits China

Drug Research in China Falls Under a Cloud

China Orders Halt to Construction of Government Buildings

China Finally Indicts Disgraced Politician

Chinese Search for Infant Formula Goes Global

DUBAI Dubai Pardons Woman At Center Of Rape Dispute
FRANCE France Orders Strauss-Kahn to Stand Trial
EGYPT At Least 6 Killed In Cairo University Clashes

U.S. Halts Delivery of F-16 Fighters to Egypt, in Sign of Disapproval

Egyptian General Calls for Mass Demonstrations

Morsi’s Friends and Foes Stage Mass Rallies Across Egypt

Aid to Egypt Can Keep Flowing, Despite Overthrow, White House Decides

Egypt Military Flexes Muscle Against Morsi Amid Rallies

Egypt’s Ousted President Detained

EUROPEAN UNION Eurozone Debt Burden Hits All-Time High

Report Raises Hopes for Euro Zone Recovery

European Union Aims to Lower Credit Card Fees

Europe and China Agree to Settle Solar Panel Fight

INDIA India Arrests Principal Of School Where 23 Died After Eating Poisoned Lunch
IRAQ Al Qaeda Asserts Responsibility for Iraqi Prison Breaks
IRELAND Hints of a Corner Finally Turned in Ireland
ISRAEL Netanyahu Agrees to Free 104 Palestinians
JAPAN Election Win by Ruling Party Signals Change in Japan

Fukushima Plant Admits Radioactive Water Leaked To Sea

Japan’s Leader Urges Swift Action to Strengthen Economic Recovery

Wild Swings in Markets Fuel Anxiety of Japanese

LIBYA Amid Protests, Inmates Escape From Libyan Prison
MEXICO Mexico Could Legalize Marijuana In 5 Years
NORTH KOREA Soviet-Era Fighter Planes Found On North Korean Ship

Korean Divide Lives On 60 Years After Ceasefire

PAKISTAN Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust

Are Pakistani Diplomats in Toronto Beyond Diplomacy?

Pakistan’s new big threat isn’t terrorism — it’s water

RUSSIA Polar Thaw Opens Shortcut for Russian Natural Gas
SOUTH KOREA South Koreans Ask U.S. to Reconsider Timing of Military Handoff
SPAIN Spain Train Derailment Death Toll At 78

Spanish Train Inquiry Focuses on Driver With a Taste for Speed

Driver in Fatal Spanish Train Crash Is Arrested

Amazing Display Of Solidarity In Wake Of Spain’s Train Crash

TUNISIA Second Opposition Leader Assassinated in Tunisia

Tunisia Links Assassination to Qaeda Cell

Assassination Of Opposition Leader Sparks Protests Across Tunisia

Thousands Gather to Bury a Slain Tunisian Politician

UNITED KINGDOM Britain To Block Porn By Default\

The Little Prince Gets a Name: George

UNITED STATES As Detroit Wobbles, So Does Microsoft

Another drilling blowout in the Gulf, another explosion

Arctic Methane Release Could Cost Economy $60 Trillion

Wall Street’s Exposure to Hacking Laid Bare

U.S. Prison Populations Decline, Reflecting New Approach to Crime

Obama Administration to Transfer 2 Detainees Out of Guantánamo

Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric



Southern California Could Lose Two-Thirds of Snowpack

Wildfires Are Growing In The World’s Most Unexpected Region

North Pole Now a Lake

A Republican Secretary Of State Urges Climate Change Action

U.S. Senate Candidate: ‘Millions Will Die’ Due To Climate Change


Enlisting Damascus Residents to Answer Assad’s Call

U.S. Intelligence Official Says Syrian War Could Last for Years

Egypt to Take New Look at Syrian Ties

Pentagon Lays Out Options for U.S. Military Effort in Syria

Syrian Government Blamed for Ballistic Missile Attack


Well, this might explain a few things.  The Province of Ontario gives a 49% discount to certain professionals.  These include the federal government, foreign embassies, high commissions, consulates and trade missions.  I guess it could be worse.  They could be offering the same deal to transportation workers, air traffic controllers and those who walk other peoples’ dogs for a living.

Every time I think I am past being surprised by what can be found on the worldwide web, I find out how enduringly dumb that assumption is.  This Is What A Nuclear Bomb Would Do To Toronto

Canada’s aerospace industry is stepping up to the plate with a new generation of robotic arms.


Communities which take down their fences and share their neighborhood common areas realize a richer and deeper quality of life

The longest race any of us will ever run is the one which begins with birth.  A champion marathon runner has tips on competing successfully in that race.

America, because of its relative youth as a nation, its vast and disparate demographics and its 200-some years of Yankee ingenuity, is a land of individuals.  Here are five of them you might like to meet.


Up until now, I’ve always credited the French with more sense than this.  Activist Beaten To Death By Skinheads Amid Tension Over Gay Marriage

Homophobia is ugly wherever it raises its Medusa head.  It is particularly shameful when it does so in the nation of one’s birth.  As a straight male, sometimes I feel like apologizing on behalf of the entire heterosexual community for the words and actions of those who hate what they secretly fear they might, in fact, be.

Dancing with wolves, surfing with sharks and swimming with orcas are, to me, living proof that this kind of insanity is a population control device.  So does this.


Photographs: The Brutality of ‘Corrective Rape’

San Diego Mayor Says He Will Go Into Therapy

Number of Catfish Inspectors Drives a Debate on Spending


The person who wrote this headline ~ NASA Funds 12 Far-Out Space Tech Ideas ~ was totally not exaggerating.

Our intrepid little robotic explorer made its longest Martian drive yet.  Go Curiosity!

Why Is The Weather So Weird Lately?


Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – July 21, 2013

Incredible Technology: How Supercomputers Solve Giant Problems

Russian Supply Ship Hauls Trash, Treadmill from Space Station


Think you can’t afford an EV? Think again

In the Beginning Was the Word; Now the Word Is on an App

A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA


Okay, gang.  How much do you know about sharks?


Floating River Pool Comes to New York City

No one knows how to stop these tar-sands oil spills

Mapped: A hot hot summer of climate action

Think you can’t afford an EV? Think again

Arctic Methane Release Could Cost Economy $60 Trillion

Oil Sands: 4,000 Environmental Infractions, 40 Punishments

A Republican Secretary Of State Urges Climate Change Action


In our ongoing campaign to save some of you from the ravages of gluttony, here’s a short but very informative article on how to lose belly fat.  At the end of it is a link to another article on how to increase sperm count.

Check out these twelve best fruits and vegetables to drink

Preserve the health of your teeth with these seven cavity fighters.


A recently published report strongly suggests that there is a dramatic inequality of care for cancer patients, based on race.  For more, please go here


Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society


WATCH: Which Sex Has Better Brain?

In the Beginning Was the Word; Now the Word Is on an App

Nine year old girl becomes newest American chess champ


Comet ISON Blazes with Distant Galaxies in Stunning Hubble Photo

Video: Sweet Corn Ice Cream

NASA Telescope Snaps 1st Photos of Mystery Region on the Sun

Slide Show: Gettysburg, Readdressed

Video: Pope Francis in Brazil


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











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.


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. 

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Workers like these Seattle utility linemen are the hardest working in America, according to a recent study.  See story below.  For a YouTube tribute, please go here.


Well, here’s something we can be proud of.  According to a recent survey of 50 American cities, those who live in Seattle are the hardest working.  We also apparently have the lowest unemployment rate, at 4 percent.  For more and to see how the big city near you made out, 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?

Seattle Restaurant Guide

Here’s the 10 day forecast


Seattle Weather

Map of Seattle

Seattle City Cams

More Seattle Facts & Figures

KOMO 4 News (ABC)


KING 5 News (NBC)

Seattle Times


It is no secret that over-harvesting has contributed to the extinction of several fish species.  What will we do when they are ALL gone?

A whale shark that had been kept for years in a small tank and spent all its time swimming in one direction in that tank is finding the Pacific Ocean a little hard to believe.

Whenever technology and wildlife collide, I’m invariably on the side of the creature.  To me, if it is good technology, it takes into consideration the interests of all concerned, like putting fish ladders on dams so salmon could continue to spawn.  That’s why we predict that soon, those big electricity-generating windmills rising all over the world will be equipped with force fields which will keep birds from flying into their blades and being butchered.


Two rangers killed in Kenya by elephant poaching gang

Victory for justice as ivory poaching kingpin gets five year jail sentence in Congo

Catwalk cashmere threatens snow leopards and other large mammals in Central Asia


Important appeal for information regarding the harassment of dolphins in Cornwall. £2000 reward offered.


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Okay, this is weird.  And we cannot say we personally endorse this strategy.  There is a small town in Germany/Deutschland where people who want to grow and smoke marijuana in spite of that nation’s strict laws forbidding it, have sown something like 10,000 cannabis seeds.  The police are apparently very busy pulling up plants which are appearing everywhere, including yep, in front of a precinct station.





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 ~ Thoreau

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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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