TO SADAKA SASAKI: MAY WE NEVER FORGET YOU

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Volume 6, No. 32

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Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed.  She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion.  Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory.  I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected.  Photo by Rusty Miller.

Sadaka Sasaki was two when Hiroshima was bombed. She was 12 when she died of radiation poisoning from that explosion. Each year, Seattle remembers the thousand cranes she made in the hope it would inspire the world to put the lid on this Pandora’s Box and bury it deeper than human memory. I could not agree more and I am among those who go to the tiny park where this statue was erected. Photo by Rusty Miller.

TO SADAKA SASAKI:  MAY WE NEVER FORGET YOU

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  This past week marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I visited Ground Zero in Nagasaki in 1970 when the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) was making a port call in TokyoBay.

That visit sparked student rioting all over Japan.  My guide to Ground Zero was a waitress and a student herself.  She worked in a restaurant where I had lunch.  She enjoyed the chance to practice her English and when I told her I wanted to visit Ground Zero, she understood and offered to be my guide.

It was a mistake I have regretted ever since.  There were demonstrations at Ground Zero and when the participants spotted an American sailor in uniform accompanied by one of their own, they vented their anger.  We fled but they caught up with her.

Atomic energy has killed ever since Fat Boy was dropped on Hiroshima.  In Japan, it continues to do so.

And that day, in Nagasaki, it took the life of a young woman who wanted me to understand.

I do.  Trust me.  I do.

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, hackers are apparently no longer content with stealing state secrets, personal identifies and bank accounts.  They’re also ~ it seems ~ not happy with trying to disrupt Pacemakers.  Now they’re exploring how to break into high security homes and cause car accidents.  It will be really interesting to see what punishment our society comes up with to deal with this new class of crime.  In the American Old West, you could get hung for stealing a horse or rustling cattle.  We understand that there are places on the planet today where a thief has their hand lopped off at the wrist.  We are certainly not in favor of hanging hackers.

Here’s another of those Best Places To Live in America list, courtesy of Outside magazine.

Here’s yet another list and I appreciated the criteria of this one.  It’s the ten nations of the world with the best reputations.  I’m proud to say Canada topped that list.  To see where your country ranked, please go here.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS 

AUSTRALIA Appellate Court Rules In Favor of Environmental Interests

Australian floods lowered worldwide sea levels

WATCH: Could Australia Be On Its Way To Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage?

Dozens Missing After Asylum Seeker Boat Sinks

DISCOVERED: Rare New Language In Outback

WATCH: Australia’s Army Chief Warns Servicemen To Respect Women Or ‘Get Out’

CHINA From Outsiders to Innkeepers in China’s Sleepy Countryside

Hiring in China By JPMorgan Under Scrutiny

Prominent Advocate Held in Southern China

EGYPT See SHORT Below
EUROPEAN UNION Eurozone Economy Actually Grows
GERMANY Germany Fights Population Drop

Slide Show: Germany Tackles Shrinking Fertility Rates

Merkel Enters Last Leg of Re-election Bid With a Push to Draw In Youths

GREECE Greek Economy Shrinks for 20th Straight Quarter
INDIA Official: Deaths Confirmed In Navy Sub Explosion

Divers Recover 4 Bodies From Sunken Indian Submarine

IRAQ Wave Of Car Bomb Blasts Hit Baghdad

Sectarian Attacks Return With a Roar to Iraq, Rattling a Capital Already on Edge

ISRAEL Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket Launched At Israel Town

Israel Releases 26 Palestinian Prisoners, to Cheers and Anguish

On Eve of Talks, Israel Approves More Housing and Stops a Rocket

ITALY Video: Piazza Vittorio’s Many Voices
JAPAN Economic Expansion Slows Down in Japan

New Video Shows Life in Hiroshima After The Bombing

Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima: What We Know

Layoffs Illegal, Japanese Workers Head to Boredom Room

KOREA, NORTH But Does It Work? Dictator Unveils Country’s First ‘Smartphone’
KOREA, SOUTH South Korean made, Chevrolet’s Cheap Minicar, the Spark, Is a Surprisingly Strong Seller
LEBANON Deadly Blast Rocks a Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon
MALI Mali’s New President
MEXICO In Move for Economy, Mexican President Seeks Foreign Investment in Energy
NEW ZEALAND First “Practical Jetpack” Approved for Tests
NORWAY PM Turns Taxi Driver
RUSSIA Gays in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From the West

Korean Companies Struggle to Gain Traction in Japan

Russia Steps Up Raids Against Migrants

Russia Steps Up Raids Against Migrants

A Secret Race for Abandoned Nuclear Material

SOUTH AFRICA Killing of Striking Workers Alters South Africa Politics
TURKEY Turkey: Cattle meat production rose 17.7 percent :: Agriculture in the Black Sea Region
UNITED KINGDOM UK Bars Use of High Tech Trash Cans To Track People

PM ‘Didn’t Have The Full Facts’

Tiger Activists Run Naked Through London Zoo

Police Probe New Diana Death Information

2012 Olympics England’s Finest Hour Since Battle of Britain

UNITED STATES Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences

Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn

Stop-and-Frisk Policy in New York City Violated Rights, Judge Rules

How Much Energy Does The U.S. Use?

Feds Declare Disaster For Florida Oyster Industry

Two Powerful Signals of a Major Shift on Crime

How Oil And Gas Drillers Are Fleecing Landowners

BP Sues U.S. Government

To Judge Sleep Aids, U.S. Looks at Drowsy Driving in the Morning

A Chance to Own a Home for $1 in a City on the Ropes

The White House Goes Solar — Again

YEMEN Embassies Open, but Yemen Stays on Terror Watch

Yemen’s Week Of Terror

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate-denier politicians under attack by new ad campaign

This Is What Global Warming Looks Like

Study Reveals Unbelievable Tool For Battling Climate Change

Brave new world: Americans are learning to live with climate change

EGYPT

Egyptian Security Forces Clear Pro-Morsi Sit-Ins, Dozens Dead

Death Toll in Egypt Violence Climbs to 525, Health Ministry Says

In Rebuke to Egypt, Obama Cancels Joint Military Exercises

Working-Class Cairo Neighborhood Tries to Make Sense of a Brutal Day

The military’s massacre of peaceful protesters has taken Egypt to the brink

The people are hungry: The link between food and revolution

Soldiers Storm a Mosque in Cairo, as Egyptian Leaders Struggle for Order

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

New Israeli Housing Bids Raise Tensions Before Peace Talks

Israel Names Palestinian Prisoners To Be Freed

Settlement Construction Clouds Middle East Peace Talks

Israel Releases 26 Palestinian Prisoners, to Cheers and Anguish

On Eve of Talks, Israel Approves More Housing and Stops a Rocket

Mideast Talks Start After Rocket Fire and Airstrikes

SYRIAN WAR

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels

Rebel Chief in Syria Visits Assad’s Home Region

Syrian War Shapes Trip by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Thousands Of Syrians Flee To Iraq

Syrian War Fueling Attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq, Officials Say

Syrian Rebels Hunting Catholics, Kill Another Priest

WAR ON TERROR

Embassies Open, but Yemen Stays on Terror Watch

Yemeni Journalist: U.S. Drone Strikes Help Al Qaeda, Harm U.S Security

OH CANADA

When it comes to fighting road fires, Canadians do NOT mess around.

As the power grid stretches tighter from coast to coast, Toronto Hydro builds first new transformer site in over 50 years.

A British Columbia man who was stupid enough to Twitter an invitation for marijuana dealers to drop by his workplace because he was looking for a “20sac” (approximately one gram) is no longer working for that employer.  He’s claiming his freedom of speech has been compromised.  I don’t think it’s that at all.  I think his right to be a total jerk and get paid for it has been though.

SHORTS

Men Charged In Rehtaeh Parsons Case Appear In Court

11-Year-Old Nunavut Boy’s Suicide Prompts Outrage

Ontario Securities Commission

Nova Scotia To Independently Review Treatment Of Cyberbullying Cases

She’s Canadian.  He’s American.  Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective

She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective

Sam:   Well, that was an introduction worth waking up for.  These must be desperate times indeed for species homo sap.

Felina:   They are not as good as they could be, no dear.  But then perhaps they are not so much like Dickens’ London as your tone would suggest.

Sam::   They’re two paws and a hoofprint away from the Apocalypse, Sweetheart.  And they keep skating closer to the brink all the time.

Felina:   With metaphors by Mixmaster.

Sam:   If it’s workin’, use it.

Felina:   Aye and point well taken.  But really, Samuel, it was quite exciting the last time we were here. 

Sam:   Before they started realizing why smoke and fire-breathing dragons died off, along with most of the landmass life on this planet.  It wasn’t a meteor that killed them off.  It was bad breath.

Felina:   Ah, but perhaps that is the difference between the fire-spewing dragon and the human.

Sam:   What’s that, Luv?  I just know this is going to be good.

Felina:   A little respect, Samuel.

Sam:   A lot of respect, Felina.  I just know where your mind goes with this stuff and I was like just expressing my joyful anticipation is all.

Felina:   My darling, you are so full of it sometimes.

Sam:   This is true.  However, we digress.

Felina:   The dragon never knew it was making things worse by belching fire.  I mean, that is what ~ by their very definition ~ fire-eating dragons do.

Sam:   Not anymore.

Felina:   No, not anymore.  But the human, the human knows now and the human is correcting for course.

Sam:   What about all those climate deniers?

Felina:   There are those who would repeal the Law of Gravity if they thought it would make them fly.  That too is the nature of the human.

Sam:   Yep, to totally not use one ounce of the brains the Creator gave them.

Felina:   But unlike the fire-eating dragon?

Sam:   They do have a choice.  And on that note, Felina?

Felina:   And on that note, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you.  Until next week then, eh?

GOOD EXAMPLES ICONGOOD EXAMPLES

Well, this puts a new spin on the American expression “gettin’ down with my peeps.”  When Norway’s prime minister wanted to know what his constituency thought, he went to work as a taxi driver in Oslo, his country’s capital.  National elections are scheduled for this September 9.  So yes, this might be a campaign stunt.  What gets me is that Norway has a relatively small population and some of the cab’s passenger did not at first recognize their driver.  If President Obama tried that, his would be the only taxi in the world with a Secret Service person in the front passenger seat and a four car escort of them, two fore and two aft.

The Costa Rican government has decided creatures don’t belong in cages and is transferring the fauna in its two oldest zoos to wildlife sanctuaries or back to the wild.

At a time when drone aircraft are associated with assassinations and other anti-social acts like spying on civilians, one nation uses that technology in a totally life-enhancing way.

SHORTS

A win-Winco situation: Grocery chain treats employees well and has low prices

Shale Gas Company Halts Drilling at British Site

2012 Olympics England’s Finest Hour Since Battle of Britain

Brown Cheered in Second Act, at Least So Far

baby-skunk%20(18)BAD EXAMPLES

This is certainly not what I want to hear from an elected official at his level.  GOP House Science Committee Member: ‘Global Warming Is A Total Fraud’

When a clown at the Missouri State Rodeo put on an Obama mask and the announcer asked the audience if they’d like to see the president run down by a bull,” the Republican lieutenant governor Tweeted the incident as being very disrespectful to America’s national chief executive.  We’ll let you decide whether this belongs here or as an example of integrity crossing party lines.

Here’s another reason I wish the use of animals for scientific experiments would stop.  Based on a surge of electrical activity in the brains of lab rats after their hearts were stopped, researchers have concluded that the rodents have something comparable to a near death experience.  But since white rats don’t speak English (with the exception of Pinky and the Brain), it is not known “whether the animals perceive that as a white light or tunnel of light, that’s something we can’t know,” said study researcher Jimo Borjigin, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  He concluded more study needs to be done.  Lord, please sit on my tongue now.

SHORTS

This is what a 37-year-old Twinkie looks like

N.S.A. Often Broke Rules on Privacy, Audit Shows

Massive SWAT Raid Seizes Organic Okra

crossing guardA CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Last week, we provided you with an opportunity to make a difference in the global war on cancer.  This week, the Sierra Club needs your help saving Columbia River salmon, a staple of the natives of the Pacific Northwest, indigenous and immigrant-sourced alike.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Though electric vehicles (EVs) comprise less than .05 percent of American road transport, they are the fastest segment of the automotive industry and the Pacific Northwest is leading that particular charge.  Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton asks the provocative question, “What if everyone plugs in their cars at once?”  This is one of the best articles of its kind I have ever read.

Well, here’s something that just may put a new spin on the expression “even a caveman can do it.”  There is new evidence to suggest that Neanderthals taught Cro Magnons how to make tools.

Well, our favourite interplanetary explorer has been at it again.  Check out these photos of the moons of Mars eclipsing each other that Curiosity took this past week.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – Aug. 11, 2013

How Close to a Humanitarian ‘Elysium’ Are We?

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Is Halfway to Jupiter

NASA’s First Step Towards a Replicator: 3D Printing in Space

Why Is Our Black Hole A Picky Eater?

NASA’s Kepler Mended, but May Never Fully Recover

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

First “Practical Jetpack” Approved For Tests

LOOK: 50 UNBELIEVABLE Facts About Our Planet

Elon Musk Unveils Plans For Hyperloop High-Speed Train

Apartments Built Inside Wind Turbines Make Living In The Middle Of The Ocean Seem Even Cooler

Oldest Rock Art In North America Found

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell

Coolest Science Stories of the Week — A sea creature caught on tape, ghost glaciers on patrol in Greenland and the exosuits of “Elysium” are just a sample of the cool science we found this week

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about nuclear incidents?

THE GREEN AGENDA

Sierra Magazine has released its 2013 Greenest College in America list.

A Tea Party leader explains why she’s teaming up with the Sierra Club to push for solar power

How Much Energy Does The U.S. Use?

Apartments built inside wind turbines make living in the middle of the ocean seem even cooler

Study Reveals Unbelievable Tool For Battling Climate Change

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell

Gorgeous Glimpses of Calamity

A Secret Race for Abandoned Nuclear Material

HEALTH

Milk for girls and school sports for boys.  That’s the finding of a recent study aimed at childhood obesity.  Yep, for more, please go here.

Check out these 14 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Won’t Trade For Something Else

If you yourself want to live long and prosper, avoid these ten worst toxic food ingredients.

SHORTS

How to Avoid Diseases & Aging – Ways to Stay Young

9 Awesome Facts About Lemons You Should Know

Boosting Male Sexual Longevity

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

Sometimes it helps to be reminded that those who are suffering from cancer can still make a difference.  Like this cancer patient who helped catch a bank robber.

VIDEO SPECIAL:  Life Interrupted:  Facing Cancer In Your Twenties

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

Hipsters Flee as Invasion of Baby Boomers Back To Urbania Picks Up Speed

Hannah Anderson steps out, as cops find ‘letters from Hannah’ in suspect’s home

How Bloomberg Reshaped New York

Now you can make alcoholic beverages out of used coffee grounds

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

BEST OF THE NET

Check out these photos of lightning over the night skies of Seattle.  They are stunning.

WATCH: Golden Retriever Welcoming His Human Home Will Make You Melt

Puppy vs. Doorstop Is Too Adorable

Tiger Activists Run Naked Through London Zoo

WATCH: Koala Makes Itself At Home

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. 

NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION

CLEAN UP SEATTLE’S DIRTY RESTAURANTS

We’ve had the dubious “honour” of sharing media coverage of the most unsanitary and disgusting restaurants in Seattle and greater KingCounty.  Sarah Schact, a resident of the former, is circulating a petition which would give the County Health Department more teeth in these regards.  (yes, pun intended)  For more information or to sign, please go here.

SEATTLE BUS SHOOTING, REVISITED

Looking west from Capitol Hill

Looking west from Capitol Hill

Well, in the wake of another shooting downtown this past week, I’ve been asked several times if I still feel safe living here.  As simply phrased as that question is, it is not an easy one to answer.

When I first moved here some 24 years ago, it was certainly an improvement over any place I’d lived before, except Oregon’s WillametteValley.  I arrived in south KingCounty as a refugee of the timber recession in that state.

Like many immigrants, I was tough, angry, streetwise and for all practical purposes, responsible to and for only myself.  Good thing, considering what I first encountered.  But an earthquake and two recessions later, I’m still here and most of those who made my life complicated are not.

Seattle has a great deal to recommend it.  It is among the healthiest places on the planet.  It is also certainly one of the most scenic.  It has a fine education system and an outstanding health care delivery matrix.  It has an award-winning mass transit system; free urban gardens and a laid back/consensus driven attitude that can be extremely annoying to people east of the Mississippi.

For all of that, though, Seattle is a city of over 600,000 human beings, in a county of almost two million, the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.  It has several microclimates, ethnically defined neighborhoods and a police department censured by the U.S. Department of Justice for racial profiling and for being “badge heavy” in general.

Like human society itself, Seattle’s people are not immune to a growing culture of violence.  The reasons for it are as easy to understand as the increased proliferation of brutality-based television, films and video games; the celebrity we accord those who commit dramatic acts of violence; and the rationales we create to subvert a relatively simple process of crime and punishment.

This is also a place where tree huggers belong to the NRA, sports fishermen to the SPCA and devoted bicyclists, to the AAA.  Its people pride themselves on their urban agriculture and on their ability to handle neighborhood problems as a good small town anywhere in America does.

To me, there are only two safer places to live.  I was born in one of them and I’m striking real hard for the Other One.

A REMINDER TO SEAHAWKS FANS

If you want to take anything into the game with you ~ and most of us pack like Hannibal for the Alps ~  forget the knapsack.  It’s all got to be in a clear plastic bag with the contents clearly visible.  KING 5’s Jennifer King has the story on this one.

AND THIS IN AT PRESS TIME

There’s a Chronic Wellness Support Group (CWSG) starting up in Seattle, according to an email we just got from Leah Libow at Leah’s Sacred Kitchen.  It starts in September at a location in Fremont.  You need to sign up for this by August 31, though.  For more information, email Leah at leahs.sacred.kitchen@gmail.com

SEATTLE DIRECTORY
THE TODAY FILE:  “The latest news from Seattle & 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)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
Seattle Times
 

noahs-arkALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

We totally loved this one.  There’s a cute little critter that has been living among some of us for a long time about as unobtrusively as any life form can.  A native of Central America, one of them resided at a prominent American zoo in what has turned out to be a profoundly embarrassing case of mistaken identity.

In one home in America, when a wild critter comes into the house through the pet door, it is not cause for alarm.  The little dude is just coming over to hang out with his best buddy, the family cat.  There’s a bonus at the end of this one: a short slide show of other unlikely animal friendships.  Nope, no Liberal and Conservative, Democrat and Republican, or Gloria Steinem and Andrew Dice Clay.

I honestly don’t know why anyone would want to do this but apparently, in Turkey, genetic scientists have engineered a litter of bunny rabbits which glow in the dark.

SHORTS

Giant Redwoods in Unprecedented Growth Spurt

Ancient Mammals’ Secret REVEALED

Tahiti Abounds in New Beetle Species

FROM THOSE WE SUPPORT MAKING A DIFFERENCE

THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY News August 2013 

THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND AUGUST E-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 is the hotel in America which thinks Canada is a time zone. 

AVAILABLE FROM NORTHSTAR

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

an exciting seagoing saga of war and rebellion

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Refuse to fall down.

If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down.

If you cannot refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven, and like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled, and it will be filled.

You may be pushed down.

You may be kept from rising.

But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven.

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

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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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