SAMMY YATIN WAS NOT THE VICTIM

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Volume 6, No. 30

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SAMMY YATIN WAS NOT THE VICTIM

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, making headlines across the land of my birth is an incident involving a knife-wielding 18-year-old Toronto man, a midnight street car with terrified passengers; and a law enforcement officer who had to decide very quickly whether said knife-wield 18-year-old man would kill the driver of the street car.

Sammy Yatin was shot and killed so what he might have done is a moot point.  And of course, since it was a youth against the police, Yatin is being portrayed as a victim himself and the Toronto police are being pilloried behind a wave of accusations suggesting Yatin’s death was murder and not what it actually was, a means of saving a truly innocent victim’s life.

Yatin was not a victim.  According to at least one eye-witness, he was a knife-wielding man who scared the living H out of the women and men on that streetcar.  He may have also been a very good son, friend and upstanding member of the community at the time.  But he was not acting like one and in a situation like this, the police don’t really have the time to check resumes.

I feel real bad that the Yatins lost a son this way.  It makes me sad that a human being could feel so bad they’d do what Sammy did.  But I’m also thinking about those passengers, the driver and all the others who would have been impacted had Sammy gone into a stab, slice and butcher mode.

I’m also not really up for seeing the police force of Canada’s largest city crucified for doing a job that very few of us would take on for any amount of money.  It is an awesome and sacred trust they carry.

As tragic as Sammy Yatin’s death was, the Toronto Police honoured that trust.

IN OTHER NEWS

The costliest war in American history was fought to preserve the Union and end slavery.  How successful was that bloody slaughter?  One wonders when the F.B.I. arrests 159 men across the country for forcing teenaged girls into prostitution.  Perhaps the only light at the end of this particular tunnel is the realization that those convicted will have lots of opportunities to experience what their victims went through.

I’ve had some personal experience with this one so I’m glad to see that there’s a program in New York which would require severely mentally ill patients who refuse hospitalization, deny they have problems and do not take their meds and whose behavior is a threat to themselves and others to receive outpatient treatment.  In other words, no longer does a mental patient in New YorkState who is incapable of making decisions about their own care get to do so.

Well, at a time when municipal, state and federal budgets have been strained beyond reason, it’s very reassuring to know that the US Department of Agriculture paid subsidies to thousands of dead farmers.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Despite Gains, Leader of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Says Troops Must Stay

THE WAR IS NOT OVER: Civilian Casualties Soar In Afghanistan

AUSTRALIA ‘If Organized Crime Was A Country It Would Be In The G20’
CAMBODIA Cambodian Opposition Rejects Election Results
CHINA Revenge of the Mistresses

Chinese-Israeli Electric Car Venture Partners With American Company

Chinese Use Stem Cells Generated by Human Urine to Grow Teeth in Mice

Heat Wave Batters China – Worst in 140 Years

DENMARK And in Denmark, Sustainable Housing Can Mean Seaweed & Wool
EGYPT Military Continues Crackdown in Egypt

EU’s Top Diplomat Meets With Morsi

Egypt Vows to End Sit-Ins by Supporters of Deposed President

Egypt Offers Free Passage To Thousands Of Morsi-Supporters

Morsi Supporters Prepare For Confrontation

EUROPEAN UNION EU Urges Egypt To End Standoff With Muslim Brotherhood

In Europe, Too, a Painfully Slow Jobs Recovery

INDIA Times of India Article Worst On Women Ever
IRAN Iran’s President Puts New Focus on the Economy
ISRAEL Israel and Palestinians Set to Resume Peace Talks, U.S. Announces
ITALY Italy’s Highest Court Upholds Berlusconi Tax Fraud Sentence
JAMAICA As Cost of Importing Food Soars, Jamaica Turns to the Earth
MALI Mali Holds Elections After Year of Turmoil
MEXICO Nearly Half Of Mexicans Live In Poverty
PAKISTAN Taliban Storm Prison In Pakistan And Free 250 Prisoners

Pakistan Chooses Next President After Jailbreak Underscores Threats

Kerry, in Pakistan, Expresses Optimism on Ending Drone Strikes Soon

RUSSIA Russians Unamused With Putin’s Antics

Russia Grants Snowden Asylum For One Year

SOUTH KOREA South Korea Releases Three Illegally Imprisoned Dolphins

South Korean Court Rules Inheritance Crosses Border

UNITED STATES Momentum Builds Against N.S.A. Surveillance

Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs

Garry Davis, Man of No Nation Who Saw One World of No War, Dies at 91

Col. Bud Day, Heroic Pilot in Vietnam War, Dies at 88

PFC Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

U.S. Economy Grew 1.7% During the 2nd Quarter, Topping Forecasts

A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay

July Jobs Report Masks Real Problems In U.S. Labor Market

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

California City Sues Chevron For Disastrous Fire

New Prediction For 2013 Hurricane Season

Court Rulings Blur the Line Between a Spy and a Leaker

U.S. to Give Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

Qaeda Messages Prompt U.S. Terror Warning

VATICAN Pope’s Trip to Brazil Seen as ‘Strong Start’ in Revitalizing Church

Video: Behind the Pope’s Surprising Shift

Pope Francis On Gays: Who Am I To Judge Them?

ZIMBABWE Mugabe Vows To Step Down If He Loses Zimbabwe Election

PM Denounces Zimbabwe Vote As ‘Huge Farce’

Mugabe Wins Again in Zimbabwe, Leaving Rival Greatly Weakened

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

More Than 1,700 U.S. Cities Underwater By 2100: Study

Despite slowdown, global coal remains a planet-destroying monster

Former Republican EPA chiefs back Obama on climate change

Sally Jewell doesn’t want any climate deniers at Interior

Climate Change And Violence Linked, Breakthrough Study Finds

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Mideast Peace Talks Kick Off In Washington

Kerry: Israel, Palestinians Will Try To Reach Peace Deal In 9 Months

SNOWDEN

Disclaimer:  If it was entirely up to me, this individual would not get a word of coverage.  But since we are not only reader funded but editorially responsive, we’re carrying it.  Yep, I’d rather have a root canal.  Or three.  Rusty

Russia Grants Snowden Asylum For One Year

Video: White House Reacts to Snowden Asylum

U.S. and Russian Envoys Discuss Snowden, Among Other Topics

SYRIAN WAR

Slide Show: In Old City of Damascus, War Closes In

Syrian Troops Battle For Site Of Alleged Nerve Gas Attack

Syrian TV: Assad Visits Troops In Damascus Suburb

Kurdish Struggle Blurs Syria’s Battle Lines

OH CANADA

Is poverty still a problem in Canada?  For one out of every eight families, yes, it is.

Guess what country in the G20 is best for women.  Hint:  it isn’t the United States and is sure is not India.  To see which one is and where your nation ranks, yep, please go here.

If you do not believe in miracles, you just may after you read about this Montreal man who can see for the first time in 68 years.

OH CANADA SPECIAL

Are we looking at the Americanization of Canada’s law enforcement establishment?  The answer just might chill you.

SHORTS

GRAPHIC: Shocking Enhanced Video Of Toronto Streetcar Shooting

How Exactly Did This Happen?

LOOK: Protest Gets Heated Outside Police Station After Toronto Shooting

GOOD EXAMPLES

In what I’m certain history will record as perhaps the bravest, most compassionate and noble position ever taken by a pope in the history of the Catholic Church, Francis says of gays, “Who Am I To Judge Them?

Check out the 100 best places in America to work.

For those who think Congress is going to the dogs, nope.  A part of it is going to the goats.

SHORTS

U.S. to Give Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

Group Rooted in the Desert Looks Out for Migrants

North Carolina House Passes Bill To Rescue Dogs Left In Hot Cars

BAD EXAMPLES

Well, our dependence on fossil fuel has cost another country a lot of money.  Check out this vacation spot in Thailand that an oil spill ruined.

Has marijuana growing become an environmental liability?  In some places, yes, it most certainly has.

Bottleneck dolphins off the American East Coast are dying in record numbers.  Marine biologists have been as yet unable to identify the cause but suspect that human pollution is playing a major role.  They are very much alarmed because this species is an indicator of the health of the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem in the first place.

SHORTS

Google Realizes Sex Jokes Weren’t A Good Idea

George Polis, Self-Described ‘Dirty Old Man,’ Hits On Marissa Mayer

Zimbabwe Hospital Fined Women For Screaming During Childbirth

 A CHANCE TO MATTER

Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park

Help Save Africa’s Oldest National Park From the Oil Industry

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Well, here’s something we just found out about.  There’s a federal government owned remote operating vehicle (ROV) which has been mapping the Atlantic’s ocean floor off the east coast of America.  For a fascinating look at undersea exploration in the 21st Century, please go here.

Now here’s something we found truly unique.  Here’s what it would look like if L.A.’s freeways magically turned into subways

Here is something whose time has definitely come.  It converts your pedal bicycle into an electric one and it’s small, simple and, for a prototype, inexpensive.  The reviews I’ve read on this British import come from all over and they are consistently good.  The manufacturers of this device are a start up and acknowledge that the cost of one of these now is a little high.  But they point out that as demand for more of them increases, the price per unit will go down.  Yep, for more on the Rubbee, please go here.

OUTER SPACE

Best Night Sky Photos of the Week: July 27, 2013

NASA Flooded with Asteroid Exploration Ideas

National Park On Moon? U.S. Lawmakers Propose Apollo Lunar Landing Site

Incredible Technology: How to Explore Jupiter’s Moon Europa

New Space Engine & ‘CubeSats’ Could Help Cut Cost Of Planetary Exploration,

CLOSER TO HOME

Incredible Technology: How to Explore the Microscopic World

Stunning 3D Rock Images Revealed in New Lab

Archaeologists Get Big Surprise At Royal Burial Site

UNEARTHED: Ancient ‘Halls Of The Dead’

In Denmark, Sustainable Housing Can Mean Seaweed & Wool

‘Adam & Eve’ Chromosome Study Traces All Men To Man Who Lived 135,000 years ago

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about petroleum refining?

THE GREEN AGENDA

City Wants To All But Eliminate Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Despite slowdown, global coal remains a planet-destroying monster

In Denmark, Sustainable Housing Can Mean Seaweed & Wool

“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies

10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household

HEALTH

One of my skeptical friends asserts that eating a good breakfast is actually a conspiracy among the cereal, dairy, meat, wheat and vegetable industry to sell more oatmeal, milk. bacon, bread, onions and potatoes.  That well may be.  But here’s why it’s also a real good idea ~ personally ~ to break the night’s fast with at least oatmeal.

Check out these five super foods for August.

Despite that great commercial by Sally Fields, osteoporosis is not an exclusively female problem.  To see how it affects males and what we can do to prevent it or modify its impacts, please go here.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

There is a very tiny mammal whose total immunity to cancer might unlock the key to knocking this ravaging disease out permanently.  For more information, please go here.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Test Out Micro-Living In The First Tiny House Hotel

How Much A Big Mac Would Cost If Mcdonald’s Doubled Salaries

Has Motorization Peaked?

The Best And Worst G20 Countries To Be A Woman

3D-Printed Shells Turn Hermit Crabs Into Beautiful Walking Cities

Wish You Were a Morning Person? Try a Camping Trip

10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household

BEST OF THE NET

Live Science Image of the Day Gallery – These are from all over the world and rival those of National Geographic and other peer publications.

Video: A Complicated Cetacean — Orcas, known popularly as killer whales, are the subject of a new documentary that hopes to bring attention to problems they face in captivity.

Video: Tunnel Vision — A short impressionistic film shot from New York City subway trains.

WATCH: Owl Eskimo Kisses Will Melt Your Heart

WATCH: This Commercial Will Make You Want To Call Your Mom

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

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

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

Sometimes I get accused of really shoveling it.  That accusation is not entirely without foundation.  Photo courtesy of PJH

Sometimes I get accused of really shoveling it. That accusation is not entirely without foundation. Photo courtesy of PJH

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

The tunnel boring machine known as "Bertha" that will dig the State Route 99 tunnel under Seattle.  Photo courtesy of KING 5 News

The tunnel boring machine known as “Bertha” that will dig the State Route 99 tunnel under Seattle. Photo courtesy of KING 5 News

BERTHA BEGINS TO DRILL

Well, at long last, that big tunnel boring machine which came over here in sections from Japan is going to work digging the infrastructure which will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  That structure was deemed an earthquake and as traffic density increased over the years since it was first constructed, insufficient for 21st Century traffic flows.  For more, please go here.

USA TODAY CALLS BURKE-GILMAN TRAIL NATION’S PRIDE

Apparently it’s one of the longest and most scenic urban trails in America.  Yet the Burke-Gilman Trail was strongly opposed at its inception, despite backing from both the city and county chief executives.  For an outstanding article on how the BGT was born, 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 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 am not a fan of putting wild animals in cages or tanks because doing so is the equivalent of putting a human being in prison.  I understand why zoos and aquariums were created but with the proliferation of media which can bring these creatures in their natural environment right into our laps and living rooms, the need for caging creatures has ended.  This is particularly true for the 36 orcas still in captivity and to see why that’s especially important to these gentle leviathans, please go here.

Justin, the fire survivor kitten who took the Net and the world by storm earlier this year, is recovering and has found a foster home.  Last week, the little guy learned to climb stairs.  Yep, this is another opportunity to die of “total cute”.

South Korea recently ruled the capture of three dolphins illegal and ordered their release.  Two of them have rejoined their original pods and the third appears to have found a new family.  Yep, for this happiest of endings, please go here.

ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL EXTRA

She’s a canine bomb detector who jumps from low-flying aircraft and she’s joined Columbia’s elite anti-terrorism group.  For more on this super dog, yep, please go here.

FROM THOSE WE SUPPORT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Here’s the SeaDoc Society’s August newsletter.  They’re headquartered north of here on OrcasIsland.  Affiliated with the University of California (Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, their education programs, research and proactive marine mammal protection efforts are literally rewriting animal conservation history.  And their newsletter is really cool too.

SHORTS

Farm to Fido:  Dog Food Goes Local

WATCH: The Story Of Two Disabled Dogs Who Found A Home In Each Other

Want to become an urban naturalist? Try trailing a toddler

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Well, we’re betting this could not have happened to a nicer guy.  And our thanks to Aelwen & Braith in Cardiff for sending us this one.  Farmer Loses Keys, Makes ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Find

AVAILABLE FROM NORTHSTAR

The August wallpaper from our favourite outdoor photographer is now available.   

 

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

an exciting seagoing saga of war and rebellion

For a preview, go here:

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Thought is the blossom; language the bud;

action the fruit behind it.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, “Dad, I know babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?” 

After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, “You don’t have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.” tod tag

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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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