THE SOLUTION TO RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE LIES WITHIN EACH OF US

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Volume 6, No. 38

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THE SOLUTION TO RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE LIES WITHIN EACH OF US 

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  In one of the most provocative essays I have ever read, New York Times Op Ed columnist Joe Nocera wonders ~ in the wake of last week’s homicidal violence in America and Kenya ~ if we as a society are not becoming desensitized to these random acts of violence.

No, I do not believe we are.  If an American’s house is on fire and they only have one pail of water, they’ll share that bucket of wet with a neighbor who has sparks on his roof.

What happens, I think, is that when too much occurs at once?  We get overloaded.  Then ~ and I think mercifully ~ our minds start deciding, “Okay, how much of this really affects me and those I love?’

Then we marshal our energy for the home front.  We hope God will forgive us for not remembering everyone on the list to pray for.  We try to hide the guilt we feel for being grateful that it happened to someone else and not to us.  These are all normal reactions.  I have them and so does everyone else I know.

I think, as well, that sometimes we despair at being able to predict such apparently random acts of violence and thereby protect ourselves and those we love.  We read and listen to rational analyses of an irrational state of mind and wonder, “If the insane cannot be rational, how can the rational understand the insane?”

I think the sad reality is that we cannot.  But does that mean we must constantly and perpetually be victimized by them?  Nooope.  In the larger sense, we can continue to work for a society which minimizes the risk of nervous breakdowns and creates a loving and supportive environment, especially for those who need it most.

We can pay more attention to one another.  We can develop humane mental health protocols.  We can protect ourselves from the incurably destructive and them from themselves by removing them from the social mainstream.

Can we ever be sure that we or someone we love will not fall victim?  I’m sorry but no, I do not believe we can.  There is no more guarantee of that than there is of not of falling prey to any other disaster, natural or human.

I personally don’t plan on buying asteroid insurance.  Since my neighbors are the pride of the NRA, I don’t need firearms.  My sense of adventure runs toward nature and the outdoors so I am not likely to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I am also not a crowd person.  I get claustrophobic on the 40 yard line.  I’m also in a disgustingly good mood most of the time so I don’t need the enhancers which sometimes also make it easier to be a victim.

Am I living any differently than I have since, say, September 11?  Or since the summer before this just past when four people died in a favourite Seattle coffee near the University of Washington?

Nope.  I wasn’t living in fear then.  I’m not living in fear now.  That’s one satisfaction the bad guys don’t get, at least not in my house.  And I hope, not in yours.

IN OTHER NEWS

Which five of America’s 34 largest cities is most energy efficient?  The results just might surprise you.  For the entire list, please go here.

With all due respect, I am glad we do not live here.  Ground Gives Way, and a Louisiana Town Struggles to Find Its Footing

Global warming is human made, according to a comprehensive report recently released by by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AUSTRALIA

Aussies Open Wallets To Save Climate Advisers From New Prime Minister

CHINA

Chinese Titan Takes Aim At Hollywood

China Bans Items For Export To North Korea, Fearing Their Use In Weapons

Pursuing Graft Cases At Higher Levels, Chinese Leader Risks Unsettling Elites

Alibaba, Chinese Internet Giant, Plans To Issue I.P.O. In New York

EGYPT

Secret Recordings Reveal Mubarak’s Frank Views On A Range Of Subjects

Egyptian Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood

FRANCE

France Takes Modest Steps On Changes In ’14 Budget

GERMANY

Merkel Re-Elected In Show Of Strong Support For Party

Angela Merkel’s Next Challenge

HONG KONG

Have-Nots Squeezed And Stacked In Hong Kong

INDIA

Never Mind Gold. India’s Future Hinges On The Price Of Onions

IRAN

Rouhani, Blunt And Charming, Pitches A Moderate Iran

Iran Agrees To Talk About Its Nuclear Program

First Top-Level U.S.-Iran Talk Since 1979

ISRAEL

Israel Continues To Sound Alarm On Iranian Overture

JAPAN

Typhoon And Earthquake Strike Fukushima

Nine Auto Parts Makers Plead Guilty To Fixing Prices

Vestas Joins With Mitsubishi For Offshore Turbines

KENYA

Video: Timeline Of The Kenya Mall Shooting

Before Kenya Attack, Rehearsals And Planting Of Machine Guns

2 More Militant Attacks Unsettle Kenya

Video: Documenting A Massacre In Kenya

PAKISTAN

Scores Are Killed By Suicide Bomb Attack At Historic Church In Pakistan

Toll In Quake In Pakistan Rises Past 300

RUSSIA

Yarr! Russia Says Greenpeace Protesters Are Pirates

SIERRA LEONE

Court Upholds 50-Year Jail Term In Sierra Leone War Crimes Case

SPAIN

New Spanish Budget Free Of Austerity Measures

UNITED KINGDOM

Briton Arrested In Nairobi After Mall Siege

279-Year-Old Newspaper Goes Digital

A Muslim Prosecutor In Britain, Fighting Forced Marriages And Honor Crimes

UNITED NATIONS

U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling On Global Emissions

UNITED STATES

Honoring Navy Yard Victims, Obama Asks: ‘Do We Care Enough’ To Change?

Gunman Said Electronic Brain Attacks Drove Him To Violence, F.B.I. Says

After Shooting Rampage, Navy Seeks New Policy In Reviews Of Security

Former F.B.I. Agent To Plead Guilty In Press Leak

Obama Says He Will Pursue Diplomacy On Iran And Syria

World’s Biggest Solar Thermal Power Plant Fired Up In California

Court To EPA On Gulf Dead-Zone Rules: Make Up Your Freakin’ Mind

U.S. Housing Recovery Seems Still On Track

U.S. Sees Direct Threat In Attack At Kenya Mall

9 Auto Parts Makers Plead Guilty To Fixing Prices

Longtime Madoff Accountant Is Arrested

Fight Over Energy Finds A New Front In A Corner Of Idaho

Video: A Government Shutdown, By The Numbers

Somali Community In U.S. Fears New Wave Of Stigma After Kenya Attack

VATICAN

Pope Francis: More New Coke Than New Testament

CLIMATE CHANGE

GLOBAL WARMING ‘EXTREMELY LIKELY’ MAN-MADE: CLIMATE REPORT REVEALS

The Basics: Climate And Crazy Weather

What’s Really Going On With Arctic Sea Ice?

Climate Change Expected To Bring More Thunder, Hail, And Tornadoes

Court To EPA On Gulf Dead-Zone Rules: Make Up Your Freakin’ Mind

Cleaner air from tackling climate change would save millions of lives, says study

Wacky jet stream to blame for wild North American weather

U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions

SYRIAN WAR

A New U.S. Player, Put On World Stage By Syria

Key Syrian Rebel Groups Abandon Exile Leaders

For the U.N., Syria Is Both Promise and Peril

Key Nations at U.N. Reach Agreement on Syria Weapons

Russia Applauds Syria Resolution on Chemical Arms

U.N. Rights Panel Increases Pressure on Syria

Swift Movement Is Seen on Syria After U.N. Action

OH CANADA

Our congratulations to Jordan Banks.  The director of Facebook Canada has been appointed the company’s newly-created global head vertical strategy.

Quebeckers are very divided over the Charter, a recent poll reveals.

Liberal MPs, senators aim to start posting expenses next month

SHORTS

BC Government Authorises $115.8 Million In Tax Breaks For Clean Natural Gas

Toronto Police Acquiring Tasers; Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Why Stephen Harper Should Speak At The UN

The Northwest Passage and Canada’s unfulfilled northern potential

First BC Storm Of The Season Causes Power Outages, Ferry Cancellations

COUGARS CORNER

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

Felina:     Samuel, could you come in here for a moment?  Arnold and I need your help understanding this global warming programme.

Sam:        Arnold the television.  What happened to Fred?

Felina:     Frederika.

Sam:        Yeah, her too.

Felina:     She is in that part of the Great Forest where televisions go after this life.

Sam:        Creator rest her soul.  Okay, what do you and your one-eyed buddy there not understand?

Felina:     They are saying ~ this group of human scientists ~ that global warming is caused by their species.  I am confused.

Sam:        No you’re not.  They are.

Felina:     Who are?

Sam:        Those human scientists.  Everybody except them knows that global warming’s been going on (and off) since the planet’s first primordial soups started cooling off.

Felina:     I did not think they were so powerful they could cause the glaciers to melt and the volcanoes to erupt.  But I think we must accept that they are not the cleanest of neighbours with whom to share the proverbial “nest,” as it were.

Sam:        They have the instincts of a packrat but without that disgusting little rodent’s good manners, Felina.  And yes, they have most definitely contributed to the process.

Felina:     To the extent that cleaning up the messes they have made would probably mitigate, to some degree ~ however minor ~ the impact of their slobbery on the rest of the life in this “nest.”

Sam:        No offense, Sweetheart, but I don’t think “slobbery” is a word.

Felina:     It is now, mate mine of this life and several others.

Sam:        Gotcha.  Slobbery.  Nice ring to it.

Felina:     Samuel.

Sam:        However, I digress.  Yep, Lass, they clean it up and stop messing it up and that will definitely help.

Felina:     Then on that note, sun and moon of my several lives?

Sam:        And on that note, folks, take care and we’ll see you next week.  May the Creator bless and keep you.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Here’s a novel idea.  And a good one.  The solution to America’s food waste problem: Feed people

I’m a Norm Cosby fan so I totally love this example of precociosity.  This amazing green blogger, activist, and speaker is only 10 years old

We totally support this effort.  Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts

SHORTS

World’s biggest solar thermal power plant fired up in California

Rihanna inadvertently helps catch slow loris crooks

This Bike Light Is Super Bright, Theft-Proof, And Nearly Indestructible

BAD EXAMPLES

We found this just a bit much, even for this befuddled flipping loon.  Iran’s Leader, Denouncing Holocaust, Stirs Dispute

Shame on these guys.  Nine Auto Parts Makers Plead Guilty to Fixing Prices

When did we give our permission for this?  N.S.A. Examines Social Networks of U.S. Citizens

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I am not a bug person but this was fascinating because it reminded me ~ once again ~ that there are universes on our own planet that we have not yet begun to explore.  Video: ScienceTake: Bacteria’s Private Line The first of this new ScienceTake series takes a look at how a kind of bacteria can organize coordinated, wavelike attacks on prey using a “stealth” style communication system.

The Shifting Mandala – See how the concept of an elaborate art can be applied to the conservation of native plants.

This sounds totally cool.  Singapore Looks Below for More Room — The city-state is looking at the possibility of an UndergroundScienceCity containing 40 interconnected caverns for data centers and research labs.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Fiery Doom Foreseen For Earth-Skimming Satellite

Watch NASA Live

Astronomers Tally HOW MANY Alien Worlds!?

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Researchers Build A Working Carbon Nanotube Computer

What Caused Weird Island After Deadly Earthquake?

LISTEN: Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?

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

LOOK: Asteroid To Give Earth VERY Close Shave

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

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

And here’s a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

THE GREEN AGENDA

This amazing green blogger, activist, and speaker is only 10 years old

World’s biggest solar thermal power plant fired up in California

Court to EPA on Gulf dead-zone rules: Make up your freakin’ mind

Cleaner air from tackling climate change would save millions of lives, says study

Fight Over Energy Finds a New Front in a Corner of Idaho

Global Warming ‘Extremely Likely’ Man-Made: Climate Report

 

HEALTH

How necessary are vitamin supplements and could we be spending these dollars more wisely?

Just another reminder.  Health officials urge getting flu shots now

Now that our children and grandchildren are back in school, some of them are having problems catching a good night’s zzzz’s.  Check out Tips to help kids get more sleep

ON THE CANCER FRONT

Join the fight against hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

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

LIFESTYLE

Pope Francis: More New Coke than New Testament

I Kind of, Sort of Might, But Not Really, Believe in Astrology

And Then There Was the Woman Who “Accidentally” Won a Marathon

Watch the over-70 dating scene heat up as lives get longer

I’ll Have What She’s Thinking — Researchers confirm the spontaneous orgasm.

IN MEMORIUM

Ruth Patrick, 105, a Pioneer in Science And Pollution Control Efforts, Is Dead

James van Sweden Dies at 78; Designs Urged Lawns to Grow

David H. Hubel dies at 87; Nobel winner unlocked secrets of sight

BEST OF THE NET

Slide Show: The 65th Emmy Awards

Watch Bono’s shockingly good impression of Bill Clinton

It’s a miracle that these pictures of 14 baby pandas haven’t destroyed the internet

 

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

A WET, WINDY WESTERN WASHINGTON WEEKEND

The shores of the SalishSea fka the Greater Puget Sound welcomed autumn with torrential rain and winds which gusted to 50 kits/57 mph/92.6 kph.  Here at the House of Northstar, we literally battened down the hatches and put the rain barrels out.  We have clearly said good-bye to the green leaves of summer.  For a video and more details, please go here.

SEATTLE RANKS FOURTH IN NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Here’s something of which we can all be justifiably proud.  In a recent study of America’s 34 largest cities, we ranked fifth.  Boston was first; Portland, Oregon, second; New York City and San Francisco, tied for third; and Seattle, after that.  For more on this one, please go here.   For the entire list of 34 cities, 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

FROM NORTHSTAR

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

 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

Ever wonder how some frogs can climb the pane of a glass window?  Check this out.  Video: ScienceTake: A Frog’s Secret to Sticking

We totally agree with this.  Beavers don’t kill people. People do

We find this story of how an injured Canadian dog saved itself absolutely incredible.

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 Totally Out There Gang who stole $10,000 worth of goats.

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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