FROM THE BOOK OF SEAMUS

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, September 22, 2013      Volume 6, No. 37

Published by:  Northstar Media ServicesRusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington – minstrel312@aol.com

Seamus

FROM THE BOOK OF SEAMUS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been another of those real interesting weeks and with all due respect to the gravity and the lives impacted, sometimes it is necessary to take a page from the Book of Seamus Sean-Patric McGuire, which we’ll abbreviate to the Book of Seamus or BS.

The Book of Seamus is predicated on the contention that there is nothing in all of existence which cannot be rendered totally flipping absurd.  Seamus himself was a man who could gently question the species of person’s antecedents and make them believe he was complimenting them on their “pedigree”.  Yep, sometimes it pays to think about stupid stuff.

For instance, I am of the firm belief that news programs should put their best looking personalities on first thing in the morning.  I personally need beautiful images to kick-start my day.  Thanks to a global readership, that’s usually about five a.m. on the North American west coast.  I don’t need Liz Dueweke (KOMO News 4) as my reason for living.  But she’s a nice carrot to get me out of bed and headed towards a bagel and that coffee where they sing and dance after having a cup.

I also think that if a person intends on leaving their bedroom, they really ought to try to look good.  Not all of us are photogenic but there’s not an appearance in the world that could not be enhanced by a shower or bath, shave (gender appropriate), good dental hygiene and that neat trick of reaching just under the earlobes and pulling the wrinkles back.  Remember, you don’t have to look at you.  But the rest of us do.

Why is human existence called a race when most of the time, evolution is more like being stuck in traffic at 5:17 p.m.?

Why do most comparisons to other life forms libel or slander the rest of the living kingdom?

Why is it that the more people involved in a project, the less likely the results will truly please anyone?

If Latin is a dead language, why is it on our money?

When are the clowns coming back to the Piccadilly Circus?

You are now leaving the Northstar Journal Theatre of the Absurd.  Until next week at this same time.

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, here’s something which makes me proud and validates my contention that some governments work better than some others.  I happen to live in a state which “raised more cash than expected.

To the largest generation born on the planet to date, this has to come as good news.  Test of Alzheimer’s Drug Gets Large Federal Grant

Apparently Alabamans are reaffirming their decision to integrate.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

CHINA Hacking U.S. Secrets, China Pushes for Drones

Strong Typhoon Nears China, Putting Hong Kong on Alert

Former Chinese Official Is Found Guilty of All Charges and Given Life Term

EGYPT Reach of Turmoil in Egypt Extends Into Countryside
EUROPEAN UNION China’s Huawei to Add 5,500 Jobs in Europe in Five Years: Paper
GERMANY Germany’s Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex

Lufthansa Announces Its Biggest Jet Order

Anti-Euro Party Gaining Steam in Germany

INDIA India Adjusts Short-Term Interest Rates

Video: A Guide to Dharavi

INDONESIA Indonesia Needs to Wean Itself From ‘Easy Money,’ Leader Says
IRAN Iran’s Leaders Signal Effort at New Thaw
ISRAEL Netanyahu to Focus on Iranian Nuclear Threat at U.N.
JAPAN Tax Increase Proposal Raises Fear of a Slowdown in Japan
KENYA Where Water Is Gold

Upscale Mall Becomes War Zone in Kenya Terror Attack

MEXICO Dozens Dead, Thousands Stranded After Mexico Floods

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

PHILIPPINES Rebel Rifts on Island Confound Philippines
RUSSIA Russia Cuts Budget to Try to Spur Growth
UNITED KINGDOM Britain to Sell 6% of Lloyds Banking Group
UNITED STATES America warming up to new hydropower

Vietnam Legacy: Finding G.I. Fathers, and Children Left Behind

Judge Throws Out Officers’ Convictions in Killings After Hurricane Katrina

Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy

In Surprise, Fed Decides to Maintain Pace of Stimulus

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People

BlackBerry Plans to Cut 4,500 Jobs

13 Wounded in Barrage of Gunfire at Chicago Park

Intrusive Grilling in Rape Case Raises Alarm on Military Hearings

ZAMBIA Why Is Zambia So Poor?

TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS

CLIMATE CHANGE

Sea Change: Showboat crab industry in danger

The best (and worst) quotes from the silly House climate hearing

The Basics: Climate and crazy weather

Arctic Ice Makes Comeback From Record Low

SYRIAN WAR

Russia Calls U.N. Chemical Report on Syria Biased

Syria Meets First Deadline on Chemical Weapons Pact

OH CANADA

We were certainly sorry to hear about the collision between a bus and a train which claimed five lives in Ottawa last week.  Our heart goes out to the departed, their friends and their families.  We’ll light a candle for you all.

I think a lot of of us can relate to this.  Local more important in BC than organic

For the last couple of years, there’s been a battle going on to determine how much the citizenry is entitled to know about government science projects.  Now, the scientists themselves have entered the fray on the side of open disclosure.

COUGARS CORNER

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

Felina:   Samuel, that nice American postal human being left a package for you this morning.

Sam:      Is it ticking?

Felina:   No, dear.  And it does not rattle or smell remotely like anything we enjoy eating.

Sam:      And the return address, Felina?

Felina:   There is none.  Just the initials NASA.

Sam:      Oh, okay.  That’s that little Mars rover clone I ordered.  You’ll like him.  He’s kind of cute.

Felina:     What do you mean, “I will like him”?  I admire your interest in all things off world, mate mine.  And you know that.

Sam:        I do indeed.

Felina:     However…

Sam:        And it makes you all that much more alluring to me.

Felina:     Samuel…

Sam:      It was worth a shot.

Felina:   It was.  However, this does not sound like a hobby.  If we cannot eat it and you are saying I will like it and it is a clone, it means we are adopting it.

Sam:      Well, yeah, sort of.

Felina:   The two most dangerous words in your considerable vocabulary, mate mine, are ‘sort of’.

Sam:        It’s a government project, Felina.  We’re testing the little dude because the NASA humans want to see if it can survive in a potentially truly hostile environment.

Felina:   Living in a mixed nationality family environment.

Sam:        Actually, no.  They want to see if it can survive a year hanging out with two mountain lions in the wilds of North America.

Felina:   In other words, “hanging out” with you.

Sam:      Well, not in other words.  Those were their words.  “If this device can surive a year hanging out with you in the wilds of North America.”

Felina:   How much did you pay for this, Samuel?

Sam:        It was on sale on TV for $19.95.  We could have gotten two of them for that price.

Felina:     Except that the Creator is sometimes compassionate.  Enjoy this new toy you are allegedly testing for human beings interested in exploring other planets by remote control.

Sam:        Which you’re not really buying.

Felina:     I am neither buying it, nor paying for it.  I am also not taking care of it.  I have loved you since the stars were born, mate mine.  But nowhere is it written that I have to adopt your toys.

Sam:      True enough that, Sweetheart.  And on that note, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

We are sure glad to see that this worked.  This woman left a note asking for her stolen bike back — and it worked

I’ve been a fan of smaller living spaces ever since I found out I could stretch full length in an eight by 12 foot travel trailer (8.9 sq meters) and touch just about everything in it.  Look what these two Israeli women did to an abandoned city bus.

We applaud the Vatican for this.  Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion

BAD EXAMPLES

When we have millions of children starving to death on this planet, this is absolutely unacceptable and we need to fix it.  Flipping now.  Wasted food is a huge climate problem

Despite “good marks” by Asians and whites, the Seattle Police Department is still seen as “badge heavy” by blacks and Latinos.

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Deep Impact, the flagship of NASA’s asteroid hunting fleet, has been declared “dead.”  For more on this one, please go here.

There is a new prototype submarine whose engineering and propulsion is as different from conventionals at a jet engine is from a Merlin or a Pratt Whitney.  Yep, for more, please go here.

Well, this is not good news.  The Russians have seized a Greenpeace vessel that was protesting near one of the Bear’s Arctic oil rigs.  Ship and crew are being towed to Murmansk, where they will be held pending an investigation.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

New White Paper Outlines Benefits to Society of Space Exploration

Glitch Keeps Private Spacecraft From Docking With ISS

‘Trojan Asteroid’ Discovered Lurking Near Giant Planet

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Amazing Self-Healing Plastic Can Reduce How Much You Throw Away

Santa Monica Bets On Electric Cars

Sex in Spoonworms

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

WATCH: 3 Ways To Take Out Killer Asteroid

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

America warming up to new hydropower

Amazing Self-Healing Plastic Can Reduce How Much You Throw Away

How green is that new car you’re eyeing? This site is the easiest way to find out

HEALTH

This is not good news.  C.D.C. Report Finds 23,000 Deaths a Year From Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

This, however, is good news.  You just threw out a perfectly good gallon of milk because you think the “sell by” date means something.  It does not.  Try the smell test.

Check out these 18 super foods from around the world.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

One of the favourite past times of teenagers and young adults is drinking.  Unless we want to see more of them dying of cancer, we better help them find another hobby

LINKS
Cancer:  What You Need to Know
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
 

LIFESTYLE

Vietnam Legacy: Finding G.I. Fathers, and Children Left Behind

Let the Poor Have Fun — Don’t underestimate the power of entertainment to transform developing countries like India.

Marijuana vending machines are the future of recreational drug use

IN MEMORIUM

Sheldon Hackney, 79, Leader in Humanities, Dies

Shalom Yoran, Jewish Resistance Fighter, Dies at 88

Candace Pert, 67, Explorer of the Brain, Dies

BEST OF THE NET

Someone strapped a GoPro camera to an eagle.  These are the amazing results.

PHOTOS: Colorado’s “biblical” flooding

Check out these vintage Emmy (American television) Awards from the 1950s and 1960s.

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

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BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET

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CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY

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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.

DATELINE:  SEATTLE

OLYMPIA’S DOING SOMETHING RIGHT

The next time we locals get to ragging about what Olympia is doing or not doing, we might want to note that this state made national news for generating more income than anticipated.  That cannot be said of every other state or province.

ARE SEATTLE’S FINEST STILL BADGE HEAVY?

Well, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise but it’s still not good news.  The Seattle Police Department underwent a tough Department of Justice review and was told to correct certain “improprieties” in their law enforcement protocols.  One of them was the appearance of excessive force when dealing with minorities.  By the results of a recent poll of Seattle residents commissioned by the court-appointed team that is monitoring the DOJ’s “recommendations,” 70 percent of Afro Americans and 62 percent of Latinos still think Seattle’s Blue Knights are badge heavy.  If that is, in fact, the case, then whites and Asians need to pay more attention and report any abuses they see to the Department of Justice.  This kind of discrimination went out with the KKK and potbellied hog-jowled Dixie sheriffs.

THE TODAY FILE:  “The latest news from Seattle & around the Northwest”

SEATTLE DIRECTORY
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
 

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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT 

It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders.  A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America. 

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew.  Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.   

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient.  Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center. 

 A simple operational order and one which has served America well.  Until Testament 

For a preview, go here: 

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

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

The American film Free Willy was probably the seminal launch of the new animal rights movement which started taking a look at such creatures as fellow citizens of the planet.  Video: Freeing Willy

I’ll bet the Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce really loved hearing about this.  The director of the Humani lodge there woke up to find a crocodile under his bed.  Aaand another bucket list destination crossed off.  I am not going where my luggage could eat me.

If you were an animal, which one would you be.  Go here to find out.

SAVE THE CHEETAH

FROM THOSE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND MONTHLY NEWSLETTER  — This is absolutely full of cool stuff.

RELATED LINKS:
Living With Wildlife
BBC’s wildlife finder
National Geographic Daily News – Animals
 

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Okay, here’s an interesting way to pick up some extra money, money American taxpayers are laying out.  NASA is paying people to stay in bed for 70 days in a low gravity experiment.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

A FINAL WORD

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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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