WITH APOLOGIES TO YOGI AND BOO BOO

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Volume 6, No. 39

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Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

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WITH APOLOGIES TO YOGI AND BOO BOO

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, I honestly was not going to share my feelings about the latest dog and pony show on the Potomac that everybody is now calling (among the printable names) “the Shutdown.”  However, since some of you have asked.

I found it very interesting that the closing of national parks seemed to be the impact protested most.  Hello?  What season is this now?  Who but ducks and geese and really genetically mixed up human beings go camping in the rain, the cold, the wind and the snow?  And even birds have the sense to migrate when the opportunity presents itself.

Thousands of federal employees were furloughed.  These civil servants are also taxpayers who didn’t deserve this either.  Like those being laid off by the Naval Shipyard across the Sound from Seattle, when they’re forced to tighten their belt, the whole community goes on half rations.

I do not find it surprising that each side is blaming the other.  That’s generally what happens when a gang gets caught doing something wrong.  I find it very unsettling that those engaged in this internecine bickering insist that they are acting in the best interests of the constituency.  If this was Pinocchio the Movie, the skies over Capitol Hill would be dark with joyous woodpeckers.

I’m certain that the Shutdown will not continue into winter.  Someone involved will see the political advantage in doing something really heroic, like reviving ethics in government.

Our saviour will be an individual of unimpeachable political integrity and a personal life that would bore Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.  The one who will lead us out of this Wilderness of Administrative Ineptitude will be a champion of the people, all the people.

Regardless of their political party, religion, gender, gender preference, state of origin or favourite colour, the one who leads us into the Promised Land of Fiscal Responsibility will be first, last and always, an American.

And hello?  Americans don’t let their government shut down.

IN OTHER NEWS

This nightmare never seems to end.  Even if we did not have people close to us living in Japan, we would still find this both incredibly sad and an outstanding reason to pour even one-tenth of the time, energy, money and humanity being used to attempt to solve this problem into creating safer and more environmentally appropriate alternatives which preclude this kind of accident in the first place.  Video: Losing Hope in Fukushima More than two years after the nuclear meltdown in FukushimaPrefecture, thousands of refugees, desperate to return home, are losing confidence in the Japanese government’s cleanup efforts.

Closer to the House of Northstar, in our state’s capital, a ministry which provides 500 meals a week to the city’s homeless is being ordered by the City of Olympia to cease and desist.  Several businesses have complained about sanitation and foot traffic problems.  Apparently these inconveniences are more important to them than feeding the homeless.

When all the factors are added up ~ vehicle cost, registration, insurance, maintenance, fuel, in some states, gas tax, and parking ~ driving in America is very expensive.  Here is yet another reason why the “wave” of the future might just be given from the sidewalk or a bus window.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Impasse With Afghanistan Raises Prospect of Total U.S. Withdrawal in 2014

Karzai Is Planning to Be There for a Successor. Right There.

CHINA Chinese Banker Sentenced for Amassing Real Estate With Fake Documents

Experimental Free-Trade Zone Opened in Shanghai

China Sends a Real Estate Mogul to Prison

China’s Economy, Back on Track

EUROPEAN UNION As Germans Push Austerity, Greeks Press Back

European Stocks Finally Showing Signs of Recovery

GERMANY Unemployment of Adults Falls in Germany, but Not the Rest of Europe
IRAN Iran Staggers as Sanctions Hit Economy
IRAQ Relatively Calm Kurdish Region of Iraq Is Shaken by Rare Attack
ITALY Resignations in Italy Put Government in Crisis

Migrants Die as Burning Boat Capsizes Off Italy

Italian Senate Panel Votes to Strip Berlusconi of His Seat

Italy Suspends Search for Shipwreck Victims

 

JAPAN Video: Losing Hope in Fukushima

Japan and U.S. Agree to Broaden Military Alliance

Near Fukushima, a Human Crisis Quietly Unfolds

Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, Still Stuck in Limbo

Former Japanese Leader Declares Opposition to Nuclear Power

KENYA A Deadly Week in Northwestern Pakistan Ends With a Car Bomb Blast
NIGERIA Militants Blamed After Dozens Killed at Nigerian College
ROMANIA In Trial, Romania Warily Revisits a Brutal Past
SYRIA As Syrian Refugees Develop Roots, Jordan Grows Wary

Plan for Ridding Syria of Chemical Arms Includes Brute Force and Chemistry

UNITED KINGDOM Cameron Accelerates Program to Help Britons Buy Homes
UNITED NATIONS Global food waste explained (with five tomatoes)
UNITED STATES Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

A Wave Of Sewing Jobs As Orders Pile Up At U.S. Factories

Millions Of Poor Are Left Uncovered By Health Law

Mother: Woman Killed In Dc Chase Was Depressed (Photo Gallery)

Capitol Suspect Miriam Carey Believed Obama Monitored 

U.S. And Japan Agree To Broaden Military Alliance

Supervisors Of Navy Yard Gunman Were Told Of Issues

There’s A Secret Library In The New York City Subway

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Scientists Set First “Carbon Budget”

Timeline of the Climate Movement: How Direct Action Took Center Stage

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains

Say goodbye to Yosemite’s largest glacier

THE SHUTDOWN

Why The Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia

In Rural Iowa, Ambivalence About the Shutdown

With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

Shutdown’s Pinch Leaves Governors With Tough Calls

House Approves Back Pay for Furloughed Workers

Video: The Cost of the Shutdown By the Numbers

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

WAR ON TERROR

The White Gold of Jihad

Officials Struggle With Tangled Web of Financing for Somali Militants

U.S. Says Navy SEALs Stage Raid on Somali Militants

Man Sought In ’98 Attacks On Embassies Is Seized

U.S. Raids in Libya and Somalia Strike Terror Targets

OH CANADA

Not that we believe that economic recovery is a competition, but apparently, Canada’s job growth may not be the envy of the world after all.

Motorists of British Columbia, be advised.  B.C. to review highway speed limits

Well, we thought this was silly when it happened.  Apparently we weren’t the only ones.  U.S. judge dismisses case against Vancouver’s Pirate Joe’s

SHORTS

Canadian firms to get greater access to Chile’s financial services market     

Conservatives launching billion-dollar free market in medical marijuana

Surrey Memorial: This is ‘not a typical’ health care facility

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

Sam:        Well, it looks like the eagle finally flew too close to the sun and found out its wings are made out of wax and stupid.

Felina:     I take it, dear, that you are referring to this rather American phenomenon humans refer to as “the Shutdown”?

Sam:        You are as wise as you are alluring, oh mate mine.

Felina:     And you, love of my life, would be well to save your sarcasm for someone who does not keep you warm at night.  Winters can be very long when one forgets one’s marital manners, as it were.

Sam:        Point well taken, Felina.  And my apology sincerely tendered.

Felina:     Your apology is gratefully accepted, Samuel.  And I know this upsets you.  Despite your ‘damnation by faint praise” attitude, you are rather fond of them too, aren’t you?

Sam:        They remind me of what my pal Homer the Wolverine said about fleas.  “If you can’t get rid of them, you might as well make friends and get to know ‘em some.”

Felina:     In spite of yourself, you do make me smile.

Sam:        I’m glad one of us sees something funny in this.  With all due respect.  And stuff.

Felina:     Yes, and stuff.  Samuel, I am not certain it is the human comedy I see in all this.  I have often wondered why ~ when they were given one Golden Rule ~ they have found it necessary to burden themselves with so many others.

Sam:        It’s like they’ve become very top heavy in that department.

Felina:     Indeed.  And in nature, what happens when this occurs?

Sam:        Avalanches and rockslides, depending on the season.

Felina:     Precisely, my love.  Being top heavy in nature can change the entire landscape to the four horizons.  And in the history of humans, mighty empires have topped into dust simply because they could not endure the weight of the government upon which they came to depend.

Sam:        So this might just be a “natural” correction for course.  Like maybe these American humans are going to find out how much government they can, in fact, do without?

Felina:     It is sometimes, I think, well to be optimistic where they are concerned.  They have foundered and floundered around on this planet for a reckonable period of time.  And they are still with us.

Sam:        Like Homer’s fleas.

Felina:     Yes, like Homer’s fleas.  And on that note, Samuel?

Sam:        And on that note, folks ~ human and othewise ~ may the Creator bless and keep you and we’ll see you next week.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Since we are profound fans of eco economics, when we read of the concept working in places like Jackson, Mississippi, we are, of course, compelled to share.

In the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a Sikh’s response to hateful beating, a lesson for us all.

I’ve had the distinct privilege of having these folks as neighbors so this is extremely good news to the House of Northstar.  Swinomish Tribe wins protections for salmon

SHORTS

California Becomes More EV-Friendly With Six New Laws

Bible College Helps Some At Louisiana Prison Find Peace

In Surprise Announcement, Hagel Recalls Most Defense Department Workers

BAD EXAMPLES

The University of Mississippi is apparently investigating an incident of anti-gay heckling at a campus theatre performance.

This pretty well speaks for itself.  Company Is Scolded for Mistakes at Fukushima

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

There’s a real cute commercial on American television featuring this nerdy looking little guy who collects air in jars.  This fascinating article makes the lad’s point very well, I thought.  Check out Earth’s Oxygen:  A Mystery Easy to Take For Granted.

Meteorologists ~ “weathermen,” as they were called when I was younger ~ have always been heroes of mine.  Growing up in an agrarian environment, my family and those I know depended on them a great deal.  I admire them in Seattle because the fickle nature of the climate here makes theirs one of the toughest jobs in the world.  Here’s an outstanding profile of the “weather person” who started AccuWeather.

Well, here’s good news for all those thinking about jumping on the Colonize the Red Planet Bandwagon.  I’m kind of glad our little rover buddy Curiosity didn’t set down in one of these.  Scientists Discover Supervolcanoes on Mars

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Shutdown Will Not Stop Launch of Maven, NASA Says

Near-Earth Space Rock Actually ‘Entirely New Beast’

Cosmic ‘Graveyard’ Discovered By South American Astronomers

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Is This The Magic Compost Bin Of Your Dreams?

Climate Scientists Set First “Carbon Budget”

Ideas for Improving Science Education

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

LOOK: Asteroid To Give Earth VERY Close Shave

Looming Asteroid Has Sidekick

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about the basics of American government?

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Timeline of the Climate Movement: How Direct Action Took Center Stage

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains

CA becomes more EV-friendly with 6 new laws

Is this the magic compost bin of your dreams?

HEALTH

Well, it’s been a long time in coming but it’s here.  Check out this prosthetic limb controlled by its wear’s thoughts.

We’ve been contending for years now (pun intended) ~ and with some justification ~ that age is as much a state of mind as it is of body and soul.  Here’s more proof.  This amazing 81-year-old still bikes 30 miles a day

At times like these, this should prove helpful.  Here are nine “scientifically-backed” ways to stop worrying.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It is also the month that Shannon Patricia Goddard ~ farrier, designer of kids clothing, writer, illustrator, co-founder of this publication and mother of three ~ succumbed to a different but equally deadly strain of this disease.  The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance wants all of us to know what we can do to prevent this disease and how we can detect it early.  For an outstanding information package, yes, please go here.

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

There’s A Secret Library In The New York City Subway

As Desperation Mounts, More Migrants Cast Their Lot on a Troubled Sea

In Age of Anywhere Delivery, the Food Meets You for Lunch

A Top Mormon Leader Acknowledges the Church ‘Made Mistakes’

IN MEMORIUM

Harold M. Agnew, Physicist Present at Birth of the Nuclear Age, Dies at 92

Bill Eppridge, Who Captured Powerful ’60s Images, Dies at 75

Lawrence Goodwyn, Historian of Populism, Dies at 85

BEST OF THE NET

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

WATCH: Awesome Asteroid Mission Animation Released

Husky Puppy Discovers Tennis Ball, Won’t Let It Go (VIDEO)

David Gallo: WATCH: What You Don’t Know About Life At The Bottom Of The Ocean

 

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

GRITtv With Laura Flaunders is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.

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.

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.

SEATTLE SCENES

After monsoon style rains that ushered in autumn with hurricane force winds, it calmed down and gave us mornings reminiscent of London, England, San Francisco and Marin County, California.  This was taken at about 7:30, well after sunrise.  Photo by Rusty Miller

After monsoon style rains that ushered in autumn with hurricane force winds, it calmed down and gave us mornings reminiscent of London, England, San Francisco and Marin County, California. This was taken at about 7:30, well after sunrise. Photo by Rusty Miller

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It is also the month that Shannon Patricia Goddard ~ farrier, designer of kids clothing, writer, illustrator, co-founder of this publication and mother of three ~ succumbed to a different but equally deadly strain of this disease.  The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance wants all of us to know what we can do to prevent this disease and how we can detect it early.  For an outstanding information package, yes, please go here.

CABBIE ON COCAINE ABDUCTS & ROBS FARE

When a cab driver in Seattle can abduct and rob a woman fare in order to feed a cocaine habit, something terribly wrong is going on in our community.  I hope we see some local dialogue on this one.

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 October wallpaper from our favourite outdoor photographer is now available. 

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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

Here’s another good reason for walking, bicycling or taking an electric bus.  Bees can’t find flowers because of your car

Are they trying to tell us something?  Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor

Here’s a small, if not mildly humbling reminder, that our species has not yet met all the other lifeforms with whom it shares the planet.  A Lizard That Slithers

AND FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Here’s the SeaDoc Society’s October newsletter.  As usual, it’s a critter-lover’s romp.  I plan on visiting them this spring so I’ll have photos and video of what these folks do on that small forested San JuanIsland on which they’re sited.  It’s really quite amazing and their monthly newsletter does an outstanding job of reflecting that.

And from our friends of birds at CornellUniversity’s Lab of Ornithology, The Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, here is another edition of the famed Great Backyard Bird Count

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Here’s a novel way of handling a problem which has frustrated traffic cops and sane cell phone users since these silly little gadgets were invented in the first place.  New York Adds Special ‘Texting Zones’ To Highways

A FINAL WORD

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

 

 

 

 

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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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