LET US SIT DOWN AND REASON TOGETHER

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Volume 6, No. 40

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

minstrel312@aol.com

 Animal Kingdom

LET US SIT DOWN AND REASON TOGETHER

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines an obstructionist as someone who engages in the deliberate interference with the progress or business especially of a legislative body.

The term apparently first appeared in 1879.  The practice has been around much longer.  The behaviour appears endemic to our species.  We engage in it at every age and on every level of human interaction as a means of achieving a goal, end or purpose we could not achieve if we were to “sit down and reason together.”

It is not surprising to most of us, I suspect, that many elected officials do this.  What I suspect profoundly shocks us all is that a stubborn and obviously deluded cabal of them could thwart both the mightiest government and the strongest economy on the face of the planet.

So much for the checks and balances our Constitutional forefathers structured into that ubiquitous but oft misunderstand body of legislation.  Even the Supreme Court has been rendered impotent in these trio of crises: finance, government operation and national health care.

It does not bode well for any nation when the vainglorious ambitions of civil servants transcend their job descriptions.  These supercilious twits will not survive re-election and the party they represent will never again know the measure of trust which has produced outstanding statesmen since Abraham Lincoln.

It will never be the same for any politician in America.  The worst we have believed of that subspecies has manifested itself and national misery has been the result.

Like other life forms which grew too large or too stupid to survive, the pachyderm and the jackass have sealed their own extinction.

Let us pray that what replaces them bears no resemblance to either.

IN OTHER NEWS

A year ago this week, in northwest Pakistan, a school girl was brutally attacked by the Taliban for defying them.  They nearly killed her and it probably would have been better for them if they had.  She is being called “the bravest girl in the world,” and while this may not ~ in the strictest sense of the expression, be true ~ she certain represents the youth of the world.  ABC News has more.

We would like to wish Canada a Happy Thanksgiving.  They celebrate tomorrow, Monday, a month or so earlier than America.  The theme is the same and most of the traditions.  For more about Canada’s version, yep, please go here.

I was not aware that they did this.  But having served with some of them in a long ago war, I am not surprised.  If I ever go to general quarters on the sea again, I want a good lifejacket and an Australian on all four sides of me.  Abbott welcomes home 230 sailors after anti-piracy mission

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Warning To Aspiring Afghan Presidential Candidates: Leave The Guns At Home
AFRICAN UNION African Union Urges International Court To Delay Kenyan President’s Trial
AUSTRALIA Homes Burned As Fires Out Of Control

Police Arrest 57 People In National Bikie Crackdown

Strong Winds Feared As Nsw Fire Threat Remains

CHINA Uighurs In China Say Bias Is Growing

As China Vows Austerity, Giant Brass Fish Devours $11 Million

EGYPT Dozens Are Killed In Street Violence Across Egypt

Egyptian Attacks Are Escalating Amid Stalemate

FRANCE France Upholds Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing
GERMANY Sinking Of Migrant Boat Off Italy Complicates Politics In Germany
GREECE Ex-Minister In Greece Is Found Guilty In Bribery Case

After Years Of Pain, Greece Expects A Budget Surplus

INDIA A Bridge Between Western Science And Eastern Faith
JAPAN Japan Airlines Makes First Purchase From Airbus, Not Boeing

Japan Airlines Deal With Airbus Is Blow In Boeing Stronghold

Town Lets Visitors Swim With, Eat Dolphins

LIBYA Libyan Government Demands Explanation After U.S. Raid

Libya Condemns U.S. For Seizing Terror Suspect

Libyan Prime Minister Is Kidnapped, Then Freed

NORTH KOREA North Korea Ski Resort Opens This Week
RUSSIA Abandoned Russian Farmland Soaks Up 50 Million Tons Of Carbon Every Year
SYRIA Plan For Ridding Syria Of Chemical Arms Includes Brute Force And Chemistry

Syrian Civilians Bore Brunt Of Rebels’ Fury, Report Says

UNITED STATES Without Test Tubes, 3 Win Nobel In Chemistry

Slide Show: Breaking Away In The Old West

New Yorkers Exposed To More Pesticides Than Rural Residents

Foster Farms Chicken Sickens Nearly 300 With Salmonella

8 Lawmakers Arrested At Immigration Protest

Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturer Hiring At Whirlwind Rate

Time To Have A Cow About Dead Cows

Huge North Dakota Oil Spill Ruins Crops

CLIMATE CHANGE

Using Legos To Explain Carbon Emissions To A Child — Or Every Adult Who Doesn’t Get It

Alaska, The World’s Climate Change Research Lab

Splitsville For Obama And His Chief Climate Adviser

Who Created The Global Warming “Pause”?

Arctic Climate’s Last Bastion Succumbing To Global Warming, Researchers Say

By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest In Past, Scientists Say

L.A. Times Won’t Publish Climate-Denier Letters

Get Ready For Record Temperatures … For The Rest Of Your Life

Nearly 70 Percent Of Fox Climate Pundits Doubt Global Warming

MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS

Meeting With Israelis, Palestinian Leader Strikes a Conciliatory Tone on Peace Talks

NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT

Health Act Embraced in California

In Florida, Opposition by the State and Snags in Signing Up on the Web

NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

Three American Biologists Share Nobel Prize In Medicine

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

U.N. Chemical Weapons Unit Wins Nobel Peace Prize

For Nobel, They Can Thank The ‘God Particle’

THE SHUTDOWN

Alaska Forecaster Uses Hidden Message To Plea For Paycheck

Protesters Invade National Parks

Default Threat Generates Fear Around Globe

Shutdown Hits Antarctic Research

WAR ON TERROR

Libyan Government Demands Explanation After U.S. Raid

Libya Condemns U.S. For Seizing Terror Suspect

U.S. Said To Hold Qaeda Suspect On Navy Ship

After Years On Run, Libyan Was Found With Family

Target In U.S. Raid On Somalia Is Called Top Shabab Planner Of Attacks Abroad

U.S. Officials Say Libya Approved Commando Raids

Raid On High-Value U.S. Target In Somalia Hindered By ‘Imperfect Intelligence’

THE WORLD

World Bank Lowers East Asia Growth Forecasts

OH CANADA

This has to be just a little embarrassing to the Armed Forces Council, we suspect.  Brazil revelations are tip of iceberg on Canada’s foreign spying, U.S. journalist says

And we agree that this question really needs to be asked.  Why is Canada spying on Brazilian industry? Time to examine priorities

Our congratudations to Alice Munro for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Also please see The Quiet Canadian: How Alice Munro Conquered The Literary World

SHORTS

Ottawa Offers Changes To Sway Provinces On Canada Jobs Grant

Royal Proclamation Milestone Has First Nations Reflecting On Rights

The Slides That Came In From Brazil

Paul Desmarais, Canadian Magnate, Dies At 86

Majourity Of Canadians Apparently Approve Of Assisted Suicide:

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:        Sweetheart, it’s getting’ kind of late for a school night?  And a little on the chilly side, at least out here?

Felina:     It is an ideal night for sky watching and reflection, Samuel.

Sam:        And apparently a night for celebration, according to your one eyed buddy Arnie.

Felina:     Arnold, Dear.

Sam:        Him too.  Anyway, according to the cyclops in the den, that human storyteller you liked so much has won their highly coveted Nobel Prize for Literature.

Felina:     For this I am very glad.  But it is also a painful reminder that she retired from writing at the start of the warm season.  It has been very sad  not to hear her voice, Samuel.

Sam:        Felina, she was 82 in sun years.  That is not young for them.

Felina:     It is not old for a Canadian.  We live much longer because we do not cause the world very much aggravation.

Sam:        No argument there.  Anyway, the human media is calling her “the quiet Canadian: who conquered the literary world”.  Apparently, she walked softly and carried a big shtick.

Felina:     Cute, mate of my life.  You make me smile in spite of myself sometimes.

Sam:        I’ve read her stuff, Felina, and I really like it.

Felina:     You like any human who basically shares your opinion of their species, Samuel Alexander.

Sam:        This is also true.  But really, Alice Munro had style.  It was like she could call somebody the son of a sled dog and make it sound like a compliment.

Felina:     Again with the laughter, my love, and thank you.

Sam:        Sure and oh yeah.  What I also enjoyed so much about her?  She walked as quietly in the woods as we do.

Felina:     We will certainly not see her likes again, mate mine.

Sam:        Nope, Sweetheart, at least not in this life.  But in the next one, after she’s rested some?  She’ll start up again.  Humans are like that.  If they’re good at something, they hang onto it, even Up Yonder.   Between now and then, we can still read her stuff.  Maybe, that way, it’s like she never stopped singing.  She’s just takin’ five.

Felina:     Oh Samuel, I like that.  I like that very much.

Sam:        Then on that note then, Felina?

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

GOOD EXAMPLES

We love it when something like this happens where we live.  The Seattle Humane Society set a record with weekend adoptions.

This speaks for itself.  Eloquently.  Slide Show: Peace, Purpose and a Pool — Sweetwater Spectrum, a California residence for autistic adults, hopes to become a model for like-minded experiments across the country.

27-Year-Old Prodigy Dr. Kira Radinsky Talks About Her Award-Winning Software That Predicts The Future.  I was totally impressed with this person.  Totally.

SHORTS
The Quiet Canadian: How Alice Munro Conquered The Literary World
The City Reservoir Powered By Solar Panels
Utah National Parks Open Saturday
Headmaster Cancels Class for Great Weather
France Upholds Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing
 

BAD EXAMPLES

At a time when these little guys are making a biological come back, this should not have happened.  Thousands of Minneapolis bees killed by pesticides

Not in a million years would we ever condone this.  Town Lets Visitors Swim with, Eat Dolphins

Our favorite weather person is on FOX News 13 here in Seattle.  So this was not fun to learn about.  Nearly 70 percent of Fox climate pundits doubt global warming

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Here is something we are certain is going to arouse some controversy, albeit not from us.  Scientists have grown an extinct tree from ancient seeds

We don’t know of anyone except marine scientists and professional divers who work immersed in water.  But we thought this was cool anyway.  This floating bicycle lets you bike to work even if there’s a river in the way

Meet the Mars Society.

OUTER SPACE SHORTS

Astronauts Complete Cave Training

How Radiation in Space Poses a Threat to Human Exploration

Legendary Astronaut Dies

CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS

Sylvia Earle Has Spent Almost A Year Of Her Life Under Water

Gates’ Future Fuels Speculation As Microsoft Seeks New Chief

A Novel Prompts A Conversation About How We Use Technology

TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS & GADGETS

Automatic Grocery Shopping System Will Make Sure Your Fridge Is Never Empty!

This Iphone Case Has A Solar Panel So It Can Charge Your Phone

How The F.A.A. Caught Up To An Always-On Society

Anagog Will Help You Find A Parking Space In The City

At Drone Conference, Talk of Morals and Toys

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

Asteroid Find Boosts Possibility Of Alien Life

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about Nobel prize winners?

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Using legos to explain carbon emissions to a child — or every adult who doesn’t get it

How To Divest From Fossil Fuels, No Matter The Size Of Your Piggy Bank

Wind turbine blade manufacturer hiring at whirlwind rate

Moment of roof: Urban farming entrepreneur explains how he got on top in Montreal.

The City Reservoir Powered By Solar Panels

HEALTH

The Rise of Food Allergies and First World Problems

Foster Farms Chicken Sickens Nearly 300 With Salmonella

This will come as good news to the 100 million Americans who have either smoked marijuana and/or still do.  Marijuana has not been linked to lung cancer when use is light or moderate.

ON THE CANCER FRONT 

Men who suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB) may be at greater risk of cancer.  For more, please go here.  And consult with your local health care provider.

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

LIFESTYLE

Ailing Midwestern Cities Extend a Welcoming Hand to Immigrants

Rich People Just Care Less

Fed Up on the Prairie, and Voting on Seceding From Colorado

How the F.A.A. Caught Up to an Always-On Society

The Old Way to Be Gay?

IN MEMORIUM

Abraham Nemeth, Creator of a Braille Code for Math, Is Dead at 94

Paul Desmarais, Canadian Magnate, Dies at 86

Slide Show: Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies at 88

Imero Fiorentino, Master of Lighting, Dies at 85

Wilfried Martens, Belgian Statesman, Dies at 77

BEST OF THE NET

Just in time for Halloween, behold the pumpkin cannon.

Video: The Making of Malala

Baby white lion trying to roar will break your adorable-meter

Video: Modern Love: Lost and Found — A 17-year-old girl, given up for adoption at birth, finds her biological mother on Facebook.

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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

Urban chickens in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.  Photo by Rusty Miller

Urban chickens in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Photo by Rusty Miller

COOK THAT CHICKEN, FOLKS

Because of a possible issue of salmonella contamination, those who purchased chicken from Foster Farms recently are reminded that the bacteria can be killed by cooking the fowl at 165 degrees F/73.8 C.  For more information, please go here.

STATE LEGISLATORS SHOULD BE FINED $250 A DAY FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS, NEW POLL SHOWS

KING 5 News asked its audience Saturday if they thought state legislators should be fined $250 a day for Special Sessions.  Of over 6,000 responders, 93% said yes.

SEATTLE’S FAVORITE FOOD TRUCKS

Now that it’s starting to rain again, it’s probably a good time to take a look at Seattle’s favorite food trucks, right?

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. 

TESTAMENT ICON 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

We totally agree that a giant squid is terrifying even in death

In Planet of the Apes, human beings were conquered by simians.  Here’s another startling scenario.  Planet of the Octopuses: What Animal Species Is Most Likely to Rise Up and Overthrow Humans?

Check out Washington state’s wandering wolves.

FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

And from our friends of birds at CornellUniversity’s Lab of Ornithology, here’s their most excellent October newsletterAtlantic Puffin Stars in a Modern-Day Icelandic Saga is a sample of what’s in this one.  Yep, for more, please go here.

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 9-year-old runaway who flew to Vegas without ticket.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

pumpkin From one who generally cannot stand commercials . . . one worth watching:

Folgers Christmas Commercial : ” Brother & Sister ” (2009)

  To subscribe to this Thought of the Day, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com 

A FINAL WORD

The Northstar Journal is entirely reader-supported.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to help out with a dollar or two towards the next, you can donate via Paypal at this website.  Thank you.  MS(R)M

If you’re reading this on our blogsite and would like the graphically enhanced edition delivered to you by email, please so inform us at minstrel312@aol.com

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

 

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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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