GREENHOUSE GASES EXPLAINED, IN SEVEN BALLOONS

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Volume 6, No. 31

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Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor

 Seattle, Washington

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GREENHOUSE GASES EXPLAINED IN SEVEN BALLOONS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, there’s been a lot of talk lately about correcting a mistake to which we all contributed.  American president John F. Kennedy contended that since all of the problems facing humankind were essentially created by humankind, they could also be solved by humankind.

Let’s see what happens if we apply that to the some 50 gigatons (50 billion tons) of greenhouse gases we emitted in 2010.  In an outstanding article entitled “Greenhouse Gases Explained, In Seven Balloons,” Lindsay Wilson explains where that toxic stuff comes from.  Let’s take it by the numbers.

Energy, or rather the generation of it, produced 35%.  What can we do about it?  Hello?  Find ways to decrease our own personal, public and commercial need for it.

Industry produced 18% in the form of fuels, cement production and chemicals.  We’re already into a 21st Century “Small Is Beautiful” movement and we’re certainly moving beyond the use of traditional cement.  And we’re replacing environmentally safe alternatives to corrosive or carcinogenic chemicals.  So we need to stay that course.

Agriculture and forestry each produce 11% and that includes animal waste, manure management, fertilizer use, and rice production, forest fires, wood decay, and peat decay and fires.  Much of this occurs naturally for good reason and I’m not sure there’s much more that can be done about this than the efforts I’ve already read about.  Rice production is absolutely vital to several of the most populous nations on the planet and unless a solution keeps these people alive during implementation, I would be real reluctant to mess with this one too much.

Buildings account for 8% of 2010’s greenhouse gas emissions and specifically heating and cooling, cooking and hot water.  With the Solar Energy Revolution, again, this is something that each of us can do by watching our own energy consumption and switching to environmentally friendly alternatives as soon as possible.

Surprising enough, landfills and wastewater produced only 4%.  That does not mean, however, that these two sources are not polluting the planet in other ways.  It just means they’re not contributing a whole lot to the junk our species inhales with each breath.

Lindsay’s article also cites the nations which produce the most greenhouse gases.  I’m reluctant to say too much about that because of the efforts underway in the loss leader nations to deal with this.  In this case, it’s a real numbers management game and before I’d slam a nation in a fit of environmental self-righteousness, I’d think about where the Industrial Revolution originated in the first place.  Hint:  It was not China or India.

Maybe it’s just us here at Northstar, but we agree with what John Kennedy said and the implications attendant.  Family by family, house by house, block by block, community by community, we fix this.  It’s clearly possible if so now the single question remains.  Do we really want to?

I’m rather hoping we do.

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, here’s good news not just for us humans on the shores of the SalishSea but for another species and its global population.  Last year, America’s National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration received a petition calling for the removal of orcas from the Endangered Species Act.  Last week, NOAA denied that petition.  We endorse and applaud their decision.

Most of us have heard the old saying, “Nice guys (people) finish last.”  Apparently, scientifically, that simply isn’t true.  Evolution, in fact, tends to punish the selfish.

Well, we’ve suspected this for some while.  Now, we have confirmation and it is not going to make acerbic critics ecstatic.  Positive ratings actually have more influence than negative ones.  More people pay attention to praise of someone than they do criticism of the same individual.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN A Day’s Toil in the Suicide Bombers’ Graveyard
AUSTRALIA Australian ‘Miracle’: Kangaroo Keeps Lost Boy Warm
BAHARAIN Activist: Bahrain Intensifies Crackdown
CHINA Life in a Toxic Country

China Bans Milk Powder of 2 South Pacific Nations

Obesity On The Rise For China’s Young Adults

Chinese Judges Disciplined in Prostitution Scandal After Videos Circulate Online

Mine Deal Puts New Scrutiny on China’s State Industries

New Data Suggest a Pause in China’s Slowdown

EGYPT Trial Set for Brotherhood Officials in Deaths at Anti-Morsi Riots

U.S. Official Meets With Jailed Senior Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Egypt: Diplomacy Has Failed To Resolve Crisis

Morsi Backers Won’t Budge

Egyptians To U.S.:  Keep Your Money

In Cairo Camps, Protesters Dig in and Live On

FRANCE Eiffel Tower Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat
GERMANY In Germany, a Union Culture Clashes With Amazon’s Labor Practices
INDIA Genetic Study Reveals Origin of India’s Caste System
INDONESIA Indonesian Buddhist Temple Bombed
IRAN Iranian President Is Sworn In and Presents a New Cabinet of Familiar Faces
IRAQ Car Bombings Kill Scores Across Iraq
ISRAEL Across Forbidden Border, Doctors in Israel Quietly Tend to Syria’s Wounded

Israel To Reject EU Deal Over Settlement Clause

JAPAN Official: Fukushima Leak Is An ‘Emergency’

New Leaks Into Pacific at Japan Nuclear Plant

Japanese Government To Help Stop Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leaks

Japan Marks 68th Anniversary Of Nagasaki

KOREA, NORTH NKorea Cuts Army Drills Short For Flood Relief
KOREA, SOUTH Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State

The Teacher With A $4 Million Salary

MYANMAR 8.8.88: Myanmar Begins To Cope 25 Years After Unrest
NEW ZEALAND New Zealand Dairy Giant Apologizes Over Tainted Formula
NORTHERN IRELAND Protestant Militants Face Arrest After Attack On Parade
PAKISTAN Terror Threat Prompts U.S. To Evacuate Consulate in Lahore

High Alert in Pakistan After Threats to Military Sites

RUSSIA Production of Overall Dairy Products Increases; Milk Declines

Russia’s Stimulus Plan: Open the Gulag Gates

Russia, U.S. Prepare For Syria Peace Talks

At Chekhov’s Estate, a Pastoral Literary Shrine Belies a Turbulent Century

SRI LANKA U.S. Condemns Sri Lanka Deaths
SYRIA Syria Bans Use of Foreign Currencies for Business Deals
TURKEY Turkish Court Hands Down Sentences in Coup Plot
UNITED KINGDOM Taskforce To Tackle Violence Against Muslims

British Economy ‘Out Of Intensive Care’

‘We Still Need To Shout Louder’

Chris Huhne’s Got A New Job

URUGUAY Pot In Uruguay Is About To Get Super Legal (And Super Cheap)
UNITED STATES Kerry Said to Pick Former Syria Envoy as Ambassador to Egypt

Other Agencies Clamor for Data N.S.A. Compiles

U.S. Extends Closing of Some Diplomatic Posts

Obama Administration Overturns Ban on Apple Products

U.S. Embassy Closings: State Department Says Posts In 19 Countries To Remain Closed

States Seek Help Fighting Striped Invaders

Is Offshore Wind Coming To The U.S.?

Federal Regulator Seeks $28 Million Fine From BP Over Market Manipulation Claim

Groundwork Laid, Growers Turn to Hemp in Colorado

T.S.A. Expands Duties Beyond Airport Security

US State Dept. Orders Evacuation Of Embassy In Yemen

Obama Cancels Vladimir Putin Meeting In Moscow After Edward Snowden Granted Asylum

United States, Russia Prepare For Syrian Peace Talks

YEMEN Qaeda Leader’s Edict to Yemen Affiliate Is Said to Prompt Alert

US State Dept. Orders Evacuation Of Embassy In Yemen

Yemen Claims To Have Foiled Al Qaeda Plot

U.S. Drone Kills Five Qaeda Suspects in Yemen, Strikes Intensify

ZIMBABWE Mugabe Wins Again in Zimbabwe, Leaving Rival Greatly Weakened

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

As Antarctic Sea Ice Melts, Seaweed Smothers Seafloor

2012: A year of broken climate records

Hurricane Henriette Becomes Strongest Storm Of The Season

Is the Antarctic Ozone Hole Causing Warming?

Climate change is impacting California

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Israeli Decree on West Bank Settlements Will Harm Peace Talks, Palestinians Say

SYRIAN WAR

Across Forbidden Border, Doctors in Israel Quietly Tend to Syria’s Wounded

Rebels Gain Control of Government Air Base in Syria

62 Rebels Killed In Clashes With Syrian Army

As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven

Journalists in Syria Face Dangers of War and Rising Risk of Abduction

WAR ON TERROR

Qaeda Leader’s Edict to Yemen Affiliate Is Said to Prompt Alert

Report: Al Qaeda May Have Developed ‘Ingenious’ Liquid Explosive

Messages by Qaeda Chief Spur New Look at His Sway

US State Dept. Orders Evacuation Of Embassy In Yemen

Yemen Claims To Have Foiled Al Qaeda Plot

U.S. Escalates Drone Strikes In Yemen

Terror Threat Prompts U.S. To Evacuate Consulate

U.S. Drone Kills Five Qaeda Suspects in Yemen, Strikes Intensify

OH CANADA

Two people have been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault and subsequent cyber-bullying of a 17-year-old Halifax girl who took her own life as a result.  The crime assumed national importance after accusations that the RCMP had not done enough in this case.  Prime Minister Harper promised to correct that and so did Nova Scotia’s minister of justice.  See also:  Rehtaeh’s Father: 4 Months After Her Death, I’m Only Treading Water

Well, here’s a decision we applaud but which ~ with all due respect ~ does not surprise us.  Railway to stop transporting oil after Lac-Megantic disaster.  If other carriers made the same decision, the entire province might one day become shed of this ubiquitous but environmentally unfriendly energy source.

British Columbia officials said no to a massive gathering of the Rainbow Nation by closing down the provincial park these colourful people were planning on living on for a month or so.  It was a bit ironic to note that a group so associated in American culture with the “back to the land” movement obviously did not assess the impact of their celebration of life on the local ecology.  Hello?  This is not a farm in Woodstock, boys and girls.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Heroism doesn’t come much finer than this.  Man Pushes Elderly Couple’s Stalled Car From Train Tracks JUST In Time

At 12, Rachel Parent decided that we all had a right to know if any of what we were eating contained Genetically Modified Organisms.  She, personally, did not want GMOs in her food but she didn’t necessarily want them banned.  She wanted us to have an informed choice.  Two years later, on Lang & Leary, co-host Dennis Leary said that only stupid people protest Monsanto.  Rachel, now 14, heard about it and challenged Leary to an on-air debate.  Rachel, now 14, counterattacked and essentially challenged Mr. Leary to an on air debate on GMOs.  You be the judge who came out on top of that “main event.”

The plan is ambitious but if it succeeds, a two million square mile (3 million square kilometer) area of one of the organically richest oceans in the world will be preserved.  Called “Halo” and backed by The Pew Charitable Trust and famed undersea explorer Phillipe Costeau (yep, one of Jacque Yve’s grandsons), it would establish a marine sanctuary in the Sargasso Sea and encircle the island of Bermuda.  We happen to think this is a totally excellent idea and back it without reservation.  For more information, please go here.

SHORTS

Charles D. Varnadore, Whistle-Blower at Nuclear Lab, Dies at 71

The Whistle-Blower’s Quandary

The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit

BAD EXAMPLES

Sometimes I am sooo glad I live in a city often caricatured for its politeness.  Like when some 46,000 of Conde Nast Travelers readers cast their votes for the world’s most unfriendly places and Seattle is not on that list. To see if where you live is, please go here.

This dude needs to be recalled back to his home world, in a galaxy far, far away.  Viral Video Lampoons German Language, But What Do Linguists Say?

This is why deception and prevarication are such fun games, whether it’s cheating on a spouse, spying on the competition or jealously guarding information that might be of benefit to a cooperative effort.  When karma catches up with these folks, I sure hope they have lots of sunscreen.  They’re going to need it where they’re going.  DEA Special Operations Division Covers Up Surveillance Used To Investigate Americans: Report

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

As some of you know, the co-founder of this publication died in 2001 of cancer.  Since then, we here at Northstar honour her memory by providing you, the readership ~ and to whom Shannon referred as “all my twinkling lights” ~ an opportunity to fight this disease.  This is a petition from change.org.

Talia CastellanoMAC : Create a MAC collection honoring Talia Joy Castellano

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

From an historical perspective, human exploration and colonization of the most dramatic kind has a pattern.  Whether it was the Vikings sailing up Russian rivers or island hopping across the Atlantic. the ‘Westward Ho of North America, or the decision to look beyond our own planet for breathing room, it started somewhat like this.

Our intrepid little buddy, Martian rover Curiosity, celebrated his first anniversary on the Red Planet last week.  Nice going, Kid.  You rock.

There are some who contend that electric vehicles are only as “clean” as the power source.  That is not in the strictest sense true and this is where I think the Green Movement may be going too far.  To imply that it would be better to drive a conventional gasoline or diesel powered vehicle in states where electricity is produced by coal is to compound the problem.  It means that in a state like Kentucky, motorists would get to risk respiratory disease by driving their conventionally fueled vehicle past a hydroelectric plant belching coal fumes into the atmosphere.  Would someone please explain to me the alternate physics that make this a good idea?

SHORTS – OUTER SPACE

Incredible Technology: How to Build a Space Station ColonyThe science of building a space station in complicated, but what are the hardest technological issues scientists have to overcome?

A Village in Orbit: Inside NASA’s Space Colony Concepts (Infographic) In the 1970s, NASA scientists studied the possibilities of building giant space colonies. See how colossal space communities would work.

Twin Astronauts Agree To Be Guinea Pigs For NASA Experiment

SHORTS — CLOSER TO HOME

Now that they’re recreated 4-bilion year old protein, scientists believe they are one step closer to discovering how life first began on earth.

Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps

Incredible Technology: How Companies Use Your Online DataA vast amount of consumers’ personal data is stored online, yet most people are unaware of how companies store and use this trove of information.

Mad Geniuses: The 10 Oddest TalesFrom Tycho Brahe’s pet elk to Pythagoras’ deadly fear of beans, here are 10 of the weirdest stories about famous scientists

Precious cargo: These bikes carry just about anything — pianos included

LINKS

NASA Earth Observatory Home

Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos

NOAA Okeanos Explorer (until August 16)

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about world geography?

THE GREEN AGENDA

Is Offshore Wind Coming To The U.S.?

South Dakota Sioux Announce Wind Project

Shoes Leave Large Carbon Footprint, Study Shows

Precious cargo: These bikes carry just about anything — pianos included

HEALTH

If you’re not eating your fruits and vegetables, you are probably doing your health a dramatic disservice and raising concerns on the part of those who love you.  See if this video will change that for you.  Video: Making the Case for Eating Fruit

Okay, we’ve seen this one bounced back and forth a few times in recent memory.  Apparently the latest is that men do go through menopause. 

If you’re having trouble sleeping, it might be because you’re eating one of these eight foods too close to zzz time.

SHORTS

8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning

Protect Your Mind in Minutes

5 Bladder Control Tips

Broad Decline in Obesity Rate Seen in Poor Young Children

A Heart Of Gold: Researchers Use Gold Particles To Heal Heart Tissue 

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

There is a direct link between a higher risk of cancer and excessive cell phone use, according to a TelAvivUniversity study recently published in the scientific journal “Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.”  For more information, please go here.

Here’s one that might not enhance your offline social life a whole lot but will keep you on the proverbial Hit Parade awhile longer.  Apparently eating raw garlic twice a week helps prevent cancer.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State — In South Korea, the government is playing a bigger role in matchmaking amid plunging birthrates and changing expectations over matrimony.

Dr. Peggy Drexler: Women Need More Than Confidence to Succeed, They Need Ambition

Video: An Attack on Equality — In New York, widely regarded as a gay-friendly city, reports of attacks on same-sex couples are on the rise. Here, one young couple tell their story.

Hot wheels: Tips for smokin’ bike dates

8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning

FUN STUFF

Many of us do not take the time we need to unplug from the production or the nurturing mode and totally lose themselves in stuff that has nothing to do with quotas or care giving.  As sacrilegious as that might seem to passionate adherents of the Judeo-Christian work ethic, it’s necessary for physical, emotional and mental health.  So take a few minutes with this feature.  You can always go back to being a work fanatic after.  Rusty

31 Adorable Puppies To Get You Through The Day 

Video: A Year on Mars — One year ago, the rover’s arrival on Mars ushered in a new era of exploration. Since then, it has been inching toward a mountain that could yield fascinating insights.

LOOK: How One Photographer Made A Kid’s Cowboy Dreams Come True — This is absolutely heart-warming. 

Slide Show: Portraits From Kenya — People and places encountered during a visit to Maasai country in eastern Africa.

SITES WE PERSONALLY ENJOY EACH WEEK

Image of the DayA gallery of amazing photos from around the world – and above it! Our Image of the Day archive features stunning pictures of nature and space.

Liveblog: Cute animals to look at | Grist

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 

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. 

 

With blackberries going in some places now for about six dollars the quart/liter, it is reassuring to know that in Seattle, you can pick them for free.  I’ve harvested about three quarts so far personally and yet new ones keep showing up daily, it seems.  This patch, like so many of them, is on public right of way or access so no jumping a fence and swiping from a neighbor’s yard.  Even in a city which put the “laid” in “laid back,” trespassing is considered extremely poor form and punishable by a stern tsk tsk.

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

You Know You’re In Seattle When…

One of the things I love about this town is how proactive our media are and how willing we are to voice our opinions about anything and everything, even when we haven’t the faintest idea what we’re talking about.  In this case, our NBC affiliate, KING 5 News, asked its readers to essentially define what it’s like to live here.  Whether you’re a native or not, this should offer a whimsical window on the 44th rainiest city in the United States of America.

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

Meet Ludwig, the baby elephant, especially if the summer heat starts getting to you.  This little guy rocks, trust me.

Well, it seems like the older some of us get, the smarter our parents seem in retrospect.  Apply the same observation to what we keep learning about dolphin intelligence and sooner or later it might just dawn on us that nope, we are not the Albert W. Einsteins of the planet.

We would say this little dude has more guts per gram that any creature we’ve seen in awhile.  Check out what this Yorkie terrier did to protect its owner.

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 British Zoo employee who has been suspended pending investigation of allegations of animal abuse.  The zoo keeper is accused of punching an American fur seal in the mouth.  We find this rather ironic in a country which gave us the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.  And certainly this would be considered poor form on the playing fields of Eton, would it not?  Shame on you guys. 

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 TOD1

There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school — we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best.

~ Robert F. Kennedy 

Another “out of the mouths of babes:” 

As I was nursing my baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, “My mom has some of those, but I don’t think she knows how to use them.”

 TOD3

Thanks to Steve for sharing this fun family photo near Atlanta. tod tag

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  A FINAL WORLD

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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed.  Rusty

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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