A NEW VARIATION ON A VERY OLD THEME

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Volume 6, No. 34

Published by

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

minstrel312@aol.com

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A NEW VARIATION ON A VERY OLD THEME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish SeaLast week we discussed gunboat diplomacy.  This past week, there’s been a lot of talk about going to war in Syria.

If President Obama drags America into a war with Syria, he will be acting without the consent of his constituency.  If said constituency accepts that, precedent has been set. 

As we go to press, it looks like Mr. Obama has decided to wait until Congress reconvenes and this can be debated.  Given the chimeric nature of this chief executive under pressure, we can only hope he stays with this course and doesn’t find a reason or get talked into a reason for changing his mind.

This magazine was a monthly during the Kosovo War and we had a person in the field over there who sent us the first massacre photos.  They were as grisly as any ever published and they were clear evidence of premeditated and systematic genocide. 

The Canadian co-founder of this magazine, Shannon Goddard, was also dying of cancer back then and a lot of her energy was spent making the distinction between the Holocaust and Collateral Damage.

The only conclusion we could reach is that war is not worth dying for but peace is worth living for.  Northstar made its decision about that some while back.

IN OTHER NEWS

Marine biologists believe they now know what caused the deaths of 333 bottlenosed dolphin along America’s Atlantic Seaboard this year.  It’s a virus similar to measles.  Yep, for more, please go here.

Her bike was stolen and when she read an ad for it on Craigslist, Kayla Smith, she contacted the seller.  What transpired after that is absolutely hilarious.

Here’s an idea whose time has definitely come and kudos all around to the KyotoUniversity in Japan.  Scientists in their School of Medicine have created the first sperm bank for endangered species.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN U.S. Soldiers Find Surprise on Returning to Afghan Valley: Peace
AUSTRALIA Australia has been invaded by giant feral cats
CHINA Journalist Who Was Gang Raped Has Courageous Message

China Says It’s on Track to Meet Growth Target for Year

China Broadcasts ‘Confession’ Of Brit On State TV

Seeking Edge in Academics, Chinese Spend Summer in U.S.

EGYPT SEE SHORTS BELOW
EUROPEAN UNION Number of Jobless People Declines Slightly in Europe
FRANCE A Proud Nation Ponders How to Halt Its Slow Decline

French Court Lifts an Environmental Ban on Mercedes-Benz Sales

GERMANY Surveillance Revelations Shake U.S.-German Ties

More Than 40 Suspected Auschwitz Guards Still Alive In Germany

INDIA Battling Superstition, Indian Paid With His Life

Why India’s Economy Is Stumbling

JAPAN Danger Level Upgraded For Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima
RUSSIA Voting On Russia’s Scorched Political Earth

Video: Russia Rocks

UNITED KINGDOM Let The Aussies In

Ex-Tory Cabinet Minister Warns Syria Attack Could Be An ‘Absolute Disaster’

Police Dance As Thousands Enjoy Adults Day In Notting Hill

UNITED STATES Hagel: Syria Action Only Possible With International Support

Is the NSA surveillance program really about spying on environmentalists?

Surveillance Revelations Shake U.S.-German Ties

Is there a race wage gap in America?

Jury Sentences Hasan to Death for Fort Hood Rampage

Gun Bill in Missouri Would Test Limits in Nullifying U.S. Law

U.S. government paid $17 billion for weather-withered crops last year

U.S. Won’t Sue to Reverse States’ Legalization of Marijuana

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

Rain in Australia Paused Sea Level Rise

Is Al Jazeera America going to change the way networks cover climate change?

How hospitals can help fight climate change

What If Hurricanes Were Named For Climate Change Deniers?

Are Americans talking about global warming?

This global-warming warning can’t be ignored

Vanishing ocean smell could also mean fewer clouds

Is climate change humanity’s greatest-ever risk management failure?

One Thing College Alumni Can Do about Climate Change Right Now

EGYPT

Egypt’s Military Crackdown Targets Friend And Foe Alike

Signs of a Shift Among Egyptian Protesters to Antigovernment, From Pro-Morsi

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Palestinians Call Off Peace Talks After West Bank Clash

SYRIAN WAR

Snipers Target U.N. Weapons Inspectors In Syria

Drums Of War

Kerry Cites Clear Evidence of Chemical Weapon Use in Syria

Syria’s Foreign Minister Says Country Will Defend Itself Using ‘All Means Available’

Strike on Syria Would Cause One on Israel, Iran Declares

Ex-British Cabinet Minister Warns Syria Attack Could Be An ‘Absolute Disaster’

WATCH: Syrian Father Reunited With Son He Thought Had Died In Chemical Attacks

As Attack Looms, F.B.I. Sharpens Scrutiny of Syrians in U.S. for Signs of Retaliation

The President Is Out On A Most Precarious Limb On The Syria Issue.

11 Reasons Why We Should Not Attack Syria

OH CANADA

Fourteen space agencies have developed ambitious plans which could put a Canadian astronaut on the moon.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

Well, this had to have been just a lit-tle embarrassing.  Two Canadian warships collided during exercises in transit to Hawaii.

This needs to be fixed NOW.  Aboriginal Man Died After 34-Hour Emergency Room Wait

SHORTS

Winter Is Coming

WATCH: Orcas Spotted In Gulf Islands

This Is What Vancouver’s Future Looks Like

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

Sam:        Well, from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Syr-i-a, here they go again.

Felina:     This does appear to be one of their danses of antiquity, doesn’t it, Samuel?

Sam:        If that’s a Canadian way of saying they’re addicted to Stupid, yep, Felina, it sure does. 

Felina:     It would seem, though, that this time, the Eagle does not have a very big flock.  Most noteworthy to me is the absence of both the Lion of St. George  and my own Maple Leaf.

Sam:        If the Eagle persists in this, Felina, I’m telling you, that bird’s going to Icarus right off the planet.  But not without taking a lot of innocent life with it.

Felina:     Or the American people could exercise their mandate and tell Mr. Obama no.

Sam:        This really isn’t about Syria, is it, Felina?

Felina:     No, my love, it is not.  It is about whether the citizens of America care enough to exercise that mandate for which so many of them have died to preserve, protect and defend.

Sam:        The right Not to be Stupid.

Felina:     I am not sure I would put it quite that way, Samuel, but then you Yanks are noted for your talent for turning a phrase.  So yes, now we will see if the American people will choose not to be, as you put it, “stupid.”

Sam:          And on that note, then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

What this young woman experienced should never have happened.  Her message of courage and hope should be an inspiration to us all.  Young Woman Journalist Who Was Gang Raped Has Defiant Message 

Philadelphia has adopted a “one stop shopping” approach to their social services efforts.  This model looks very promising.  For more, then, please go here.

Here is something I realized working for Boeing, a company which has played a dramatic historical role in not only the Greater Puget Sound, but certainly on the world stage.  The CEO of Cognizant asserts that an organization’s culture is passed along via its rituals, heroes and legends.  I could not agree more and I found this article fascinating.

SHORTS

Woman Who Prevented School Shooting Has Tearful Reunion With 911 Dispatcher

WATCH: Woman In Her 90s Gives Amazing Back-To-School Gift

U.S. Won’t Sue to Reverse States’ Legalization of Marijuana

BAD EXAMPLES

This would not have been my solution to the problem.  South Carolina City Takes Steps to Evict Homeless From Downtown

As someone whose mom once wore the Yellow Star of David, this is not good news.  More Than 40 Suspected Auschwitz Guards Still Alive In Germany

We don’t disapprove of any form of nudity, in its time and place.  But I’m not real sure this form of it accomplishes its purpose.  Journalist Goes Topless During Interview To Prove Point

SHORTS

This Portrait Series Of Agent Orange Victims Will Break Your Heart

Government officials shut down 4-year-old’s vegetable garden

‘Cowardly’ Attack On Terminal Cancer Patient

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

According to EarthJustice, the American government is about to take the gray wolf off the Endangered Species list.  This will open the way for state-led hunts and, if history repeats itself, the extermination of this creature on private lands.  To let President Obama know how you feel about this, please take action now to prevent this premature delisting!

MAILBOX

Maria Cantwell — United States Senator for Washington

Dear Mr. Miller,

Thank you for contacting me regarding voting access. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. 

On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of two key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. In Shelby, the Court considered whether the decision of Congress to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act exceeded its authority under the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution. 

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires clearance from the Department of Justice before states with a history of discriminatory voting practices can make any changes to elections laws. Section 4(b) of the law includes the formula for determining which states will be required to receive prior approval and the Court’s ruling in Shelby focused on that provision of the VRA.  

As you may know, on June 25, 2013, the Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, finding that in the nearly 50 years since the Act’s passage, the formula is no longer practical. The Court did not rule on Section 5 of the law, leaving it up to Congress to create a new formula reflective of current voting conditions. I am deeply concerned that Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder will make it more difficult to protect voting rights.

In 2006, I was a cosponsor of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-246), which extended provisions in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 (P.L. 89-110) for 25 years. I was pleased it was passed out of the Senate by a vote of 98 to 0 and subsequently enacted on July 27, 2006. 

I strongly believe the right to vote – and to have that vote count – is absolutely fundamental in our democracy. We have a responsibility to guard against inequality and injustice at the polls and ensure that every citizen receives an equal say in their government. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation that will ensure full and fair access to voting for all Americans. 

Sincerely, 
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

 EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

New research suggests life on Earth may actually originated on Mars.  See also:  Seven Theories on the Origin of Life

Well, here’s an interesting application of the stealthware the Canadians invented.

Fourteen space agencies have developed ambitious plans which could put a Canadian astronaut on the moon.  It is not real clear to me what he or she is going to do once they get there but then sometimes the good folks in Ottawa are not entirely forthcoming.  And sometimes I do not read the memos.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

How Astronauts Could Hibernate On Mars Voyage

Do You Have the Right Stuff? NASA’s New Astronauts Share What It Takes

New Moon Probe Raises Questions About What to Do Next in Space

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Trombone-shaped gutters turn rainfall into music

‘Grand Canyon’ of Greenland Discovered Under Ice Sheet

BIG ROCKS IN SPACE AND WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT THEM

Is NASA’s Plan to Lasso an Asteroid Really Legal?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

China Broadcasts ‘Confession’ Of Brit On State TV

One Thing College Alumni Can Do about Climate Change Right Now

Your Home Could Be a Power Plant (Op-Ed)

Is climate change humanity’s greatest-ever risk management failure?

HEALTH

Among a Pandora’s Medicine Chest of drugs I avoided during my particular Coming of Age In America is still one of the most popular in this country.  Here’s why I still won’t have anything to do with it.  Study Reveals Scary Side Effect Of Cocaine—After Just One Use

It turns out that the most addictive drug in America is a painkiller prescribed to millions in that nation.

Here are 10 things I didn’t know about caffeine either.

SHORTS

3 Ways Meditation Helps You Deal With Adversity

An Easy Exercise For Instant Calm

Ask Well:  Is It Better To Bike or To Run?

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

There’s a new and very promising early detection test for ovarian cancer which could become a routine screening for women.

Evidence of the link between stress and breast cancer has grown even stronger.  Researchers now know how that process actually happens.  Yep, for more, please go here.

Here’s another reason to eat “colorful” vegetables.  It is believed they lower a woman’s risk of contracting bladder cancer.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

WATCH: Tiny Puppy Is Determined To Climb Step

Richard (RJ) Eskow: A Dream Deferred: The Minimum Wage Was Higher in 1963 Than It Is Today

Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds ‘Selfie,’ ‘Emoji’ and Other Tech-Oriented Terms

U.S. Won’t Sue to Reverse States’ Legalization of Marijuana

IN MEMORIUM

Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet of Soil and Strife, Dies at 74

Sathima Bea Benjamin, Jazz Singer and Activist, Dies at 76

Slawomir Mrozek, Leading Polish Playwright, Dies at 83

BEST OF THE NET

Raging Rim Fire Captured on Time-Lapse Video

Image of the Day — A faint rainbow arches over the SOFIA research airplane in this photo taken last month from Christchurch, New Zealand. SOFIA (short for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) was deployed to New Zealand in mid-July to conduct nine science flights to observe celestial objects that are uniquely visible in the southern sky.

In Photos: Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth

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

WRITING FOR PEACE

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 

Apparently I’m not the only one who likes blackberries.  Photo by MS(R)M

Apparently I’m not the only one who likes blackberries. Photo by MS(R)M

‘NEW’ HUSKIE STADIUM MAKES ITS DEBUT

The big news in Seattle these days is the debut of the remodeled University of Washington’s Husky Stadium.  The gods were with the purple and gold as they rolled over luckless Idaho State (Boise) 38-6.  In a city whose professional sports teams seem to come and go like squalls over a northern rainforest, the young men and women who compete for the University of Washington represent the cream of our region and abroad as well.  For more on this one, please go here.

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
 

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

It looks like buffalo are returning to the home they once roamed.  We give this effort five stars.  Bringing Bison and Biodiversity Back to the Prairie

Here’s another reason I no longer swim in the ocean.  There’s just a slight possibility this dude might still be down there somewhere.  Huge Prehistoric Fish Was HOW Big?

And how about this as a challenge to the notion that you can grow too old for one of nature’s oldest delights?  This 380-year-old tree is still bearing fruit

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 are the singing “flowers” which also produce solar energy. 

AVAILABLE FROM NORTHSTAR

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

 

 TESTAMENT ICON

WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT

an exciting seagoing saga of war and rebellion

For a preview, go here:

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

 

 

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083013A 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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