AMERICA IS NOT WASHINGTON, DC; IT IS AMERICANS

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Volume 6, No. 42

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

minstrel312@aol.com

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AMERICA IS NOT WASHINGTON, DC;  IT IS AMERICANS

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, this certainly has not been a good week for the American government.  After defending the National Health Care Act with the ferocity of a lioness, President Obama then had to apologize for the website not working.

In the denial of malicious intent by the National Security Administration is definitely not playing well as more of the world’s national leaders find out the NSA has been spying on them.

The eagle is beginning to look a lot like a very disoriented cuckoo bird, no offence intended to either fowl.

Just for the record, a lot of Americans don’t like this blatant display of ineptitude, lying and pandering to the lowest common denominator either.  Just as they do not suffer in silence, they have traditionally never rolled over when things get as clearly out of hand as they have on that piece of swamp land on the banks of the Potomac.

We are not the grandeur of Versailles nor the solemnity of BuckinghamPalace.  We are not even our own national monuments.  We are city councils and school boards, planning commissions and county boards of supervisors, and state capitols usually not sited in our largest cities but in our most manageable.

The decisions these “governments” make is what truly defines America, not those of these misguided minions who placed their own vested political self-interests above the welfare of the national constituency and nearly brought a nation to its knees.

We, the people, will speak and when we are finished, Washington, DC will again be a place where citizen legislators meet to decide the destiny of millions.

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, here’s good news.  NYC hurricane expert: “Sandy wasn’t the Big One”

We realize this isn’t earth-shaking but there’s something so incredibly globally appealing about it, we just could not resist sharing it here.  This tiny fluorescent vest helps your backyard chicken cross the road safely

Here’s an idea whose time has definitely come.  Helsinki’s personalized bus service is like Uber for public transit

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Taliban To Fight During Winter Lull, U.S. Military Officer Says
ARGENTINA An Odd Alliance In Patagonia
AUSTRALIA Cause Of Australia’s Largest Wildfire Revealed

Firefighter Captures Terrifying Footage Of Australian Wildfires

A Gay First For Australia

Insider’ Killer Foiled By Diggers

CHINA China’s Arms Industry Makes Global Inroads

Here’s What China’s Epic Smog Looks Like From Space

The Shanghai Secret

China Tries To Clean Up Toxic Legacy Of Its Rare Earth Riches

EGYPT Egyptians Abandoning Hope And Now, Reluctantly, Homeland
EUROPEAN UNION The Man Who’ll Do Triage On Europe’s Banks

E.U. Panel Backs Plan To Shield Online Data

Signs Of Life In Euro Zone Could Point To Recovery

European Parliament Rejects New Subsidies For Fishing Fleets

Bikes Outselling Cars In Europe

FRANCE New Report Of N.S.A. Spying Angers France

EDF And Britain Sign Nuclear Plant Deal

French Fault Banks Over Tax Evasion

GERMANY Three Reasons Why Germany Is Kicking Our Arsch On Solar

Obama Tells Merkel That U.S. Is Not Tapping Her Phone `

HUNGARY Opera Fights Hungary’s Rising Anti-Semitism
INDIA Gang Rape In India, Routine And Invisible

Narendra Modi’s Rise In India

ISRAEL 30-Year Dream Comes True With Nation’s Biggest Solar Power Plant
JAPAN Plan Aims To Fix Sewers, But Its Cost To Residents Leaves A Bad Taste

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

Norway Rejects U.S. Request To Help Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

PAKISTAN Civilian Deaths In Drone Strikes Cited In Report
RUSSIA Russia Putting A Strong Arm On Neighbors

‘Open Games’ In Moscow To Test An Antigay Law

SYRIA See Shorts Below
UNITED KINGDOM Britain And EDF Sign Nuclear Plant Deal

22 Under Investigation In Libor Case In Britain

Plan Aims To Fix Sewers, But Its Cost To Residents Leaves A Bad Taste

Technology On The Thames

UNITED STATES Some Wary As Lobstermen Unite

U.S. Economy Adds 148,000 Jobs, As Unemployment Dips To 7.2%

Party Like It’s 1994! America’s Co2 Emissions Hit 18-Year Low

Gulf Fisherman: “There Is No Life Out There”

Ghostfood Truck Gives You A Taste Of Life After Climatepocalypse

Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

Shutdown Will Hinder True Gauge Of U.S. Economy

Sebelius Thrust Into Firestorm On Exchanges

Criticism Of United States’ Mideast Policy Increasingly Comes From Allies

Health Law Fails To Keep Prices Low In Rural Areas

A Win For Indigenous History At Columbia University

Vision Of Prairie Paradise Troubles Some Montana Ranchers

VATICAN Vatican Suspends German Bishop Accused Of Lavish Spending On Himself

CLIMATE CHANGE 

Ghostfood Truck Gives You A Taste Of Life After Climatepocalypse

Why Climate Activists Should Get Over Their Preoccupation With Pipelines

Why the Climate Movement Should Have No “Keystone”

SYRIA

Bomber Tied to Al Qaeda Kills Dozens in Syrian City

Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Undermining Peace Efforts, U.S. Official Says

U.N., Fearing a Polio Epidemic in Syria, Moves to Vaccinate Millions of Children

Norway Rejects U.S. Request to Help Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

WAR ON TERROR

Anger Growing Among Allies on U.S. Spying

Allegation of U.S. Spying on Merkel Puts Obama at Crossroads

Germany and France Propose Talks With U.S. to Rein In Spying

In Spy Uproar, ‘Everyone Does It’ Just Won’t Do

OH CANADA

The Canadian job market is a lot better than we’ve been led to believe.  To find out why, please go here.

Why are there 1,500 Canadians detained in foreign prisons?

Here is why there will be Canadians as long as there is life on the planet.  Go, Harold, the Squamish Survivor Dog

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

Sam:        Well, what do you thnk, Felina?  How do I look, Luv?

Felina:     Dear, I thought we were not doing Halloween this year?

Sam:        This isn’t for Halloween, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Then no, I do not like it, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        Without even knowing what it’s for?

Felina:     I know what it is for.

Sam:        It looks like a real fun game, Felina.

Felina:     I am sure.  That poor human who fled halfway around the planet before the Great Bear let him sleep in its den does not, somehow, seem to me to be enjoying it very much now.

Sam:        Sometimes patriotism is hard.

Felina:     And sometimes, my love, you are so full of it you fertilize moss.

Sam:        This is also true, oh sun and moon of my life.  So I take it you are not letting me go into the international espionage business?

Felina:     That would be an incredibly sage assumption, yes.  You would not be helping.

Sam:        I can’t see how I could possibly mess it up any more than it already is.

Felina:     That, Samuel, is to underestimate the human capacity for making it worse with very little inspiration.  If Divine Intervention has not helped them, Obnoxious Intercession can only make it worse.

Sam:        Good point.  Sigh.  I probably need to find another hobby.

Felina:     Perhaps you should start watching more icicles melting.  It is not as exciting as the international espionage business but it is much safer.

Sam:        And probably a lot easier on the nerves of my mate of three lifetimes.

Felina:     Very probably, my love.

Sam:        So on that note and still no Halloween in this cave?

Felina:     So on that note then, Gentle Readers, Happy Halloween.  May the Creator bless and keep you.  Until next week then, eh?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Our congratulations to the voters in New Jersey for making that state the 14th to recognize the legal sanctity of same gender marriages.

Video: Doctors Without Fear – Doctors in Syria are taking the Hippocratic Oath to the limits and what they have done to expose the use of chemical weapons will go down in history.

Here’s how several schools in China became the world’s best.  The Shanghai Secret

SHORTS

The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction

10 Films to Inspire Your Inner Environmental Superhero

Saudi Women Rise Up, Quietly, and Slide Into the Driver’s Seat

BAD EXAMPLES

We’re glad to see this.  We just regret what it took to get them to act in the first place.  F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths

We certainly do not envy this nation its reputation for this.  But we also bear in mind that this country can also change this if it becomes important enough.  Until it changes, I would not want this place a truly bonafide member of the global community.  Gang Rape in India, Routine and Invisible

This day darkened the skies over all humanity.  F.B.I. Begins Inquiry in Deputy’s Killing of 13-Year-Old Boy 

FROM YOU GUYS

Hi, folks,

 I am sending this as a separate thing rather than as part of my regular Thought For The Day mailing because I am so blown away.  Talk about another world.  How we “Westerners,” including me, until my daughter sent me information about this group, often have no clue:

What is manual scavenging? | Sulabh International Social Service Organisation Meet Sulabh | Sulabh International Social Service Organisation

Amy

Editor’s Note:  Amy’s Thought For The Week appears in our direct mail version.  To subscribe to it, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com .  For Amy’s beautifully illustrated Thought For A Day, please contact her at SpringggRain@aol.com
 

EXPORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Being a mountain biker, I thought this was totally cool.  Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

This bamboo house, built in Vietnam, might just be weather-indestructible.

Thanks to a record left by ~ of all things, bee pollen ~ scientists now believe the demise of some ancient civilizations may have been due to climate change.

HERE ON EARTH

Science Has Finally Figured Out Why Kettles Whistle

Life on Earth Was Not a Fluke

How Mummies Lived—and Died—Revealed by Modern Medical Technology [Slide Show]

TECHNOLOGY

This app’s manufacturer says their product will make genetic testing as easy as texting.

30-Year Dream Comes True With Nation’s Biggest Solar Power Plant

Could This Glow-In-The-Dark Road Coating Replace Streetlights?

OUTER SPACE

WATCH: Ten-Story Rocket Breaks Altitude Record, Nails Tricky Landing

WATCH: World’s Largest Solar Sail Passes Key Test

Curiosity Confirms Theory About Space Rocks

BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY

Potential New Use For Nuclear Weapons Might Surprise You

Asteroid Find Boosts Possibility Of Alien Life

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

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

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

10 Films To Inspire Your Inner Environmental Superhero

8 Tribes Ahead Of The Climate Adaptation Curve

Green Spokane? Washington Governor Receives Support On Climate

30-Year Dream Comes True With Israel’s Biggest Solar Power Plant

Why Climate Activists Should Get Over Their Preoccupation With Pipelines

Clean-Water Laws: The Second Front In The War On Greenhouse Gases

Three Reasons Why Germany Is Kicking Our Arsch On Solar

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

Vision Of Prairie Paradise Troubles Some Montana Ranchers

HEALTH

Sometimes people live longer and better when they know their last wishes are going to be respected.  Giving a Wife Her Front-Yard Grave, No Matter What

This cannot come as real good news.  But on the other hand, there are things a mother can do to mitigate the risks.  Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online Is Often Tainted, Study Says

This is certainly long overdue.  F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers

In Loving Memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills “Short Stuff” 1962 – 2001

In Loving Memory of
Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills
“Short Stuff”
1962 – 2001

ON THE CANCER FRONT

It looks like drinking three cups of coffee can cut the risk of liver cancer by about 40 percent.

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

 

LIFESTYLE

New Jersey Couples Celebrate the State’s First Same-Sex Marriages
Despite Rising Sticker Prices, Actual College Costs Stable Over Decade, Study Says

Bottled Water Sales Rising as Soda Ebbs

Few Problems With Cannabis for California

Teenagers Prove Fickle When Choosing Social Networks

‘Open Games’ in Moscow to Test an Antigay Law

IN MEMORIUM

Antonia Brenner, ‘Prison Angel’ Who Took Inmates Under Her Wing, Dies at 86

Hans Ephraimson-Abt, Air-Crash Victims’ Crusader, Dies at 91

BEST OF THE NET

Slide Show: An Industrious Eating Tour of Germany

Video: This Week’s Movies: Oct. 24, 2013

WATCH: Multi-Screen Video Shows All Six Apollo Moon Landings At Once

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

                                                                            Ode to 3⅔ Summer Tomatoes.   These came from my housemate’s vegetable garden.  And yep, they taste as good as they look.  Photo by MS(R)M


Ode to 3⅔ Summer Tomatoes.
These came from my housemate’s vegetable garden. And yep, they taste as good as they look. Photo by MS(R)M

GOOD BYE, COACH JAMES

Seattle said good by to University of Washington Husky football coach Don James, who died Sunday, October 20, of pancreatic cancer.  In his 17 years as the head dawg of the purple and silver, he won more games than any other coach in the history of the school.  For more on a moving tribute to a great man, please go here.

EARTHQUAKE LINK

Because of the recent attention paid to it by our media here in the Greater Puget Sound/Salish Sea, we are adding an earthquake link to the Seattle Directory below.  What we particularly appreciate about this, among several others we tried out?  KING 5’s link also features earthquake news from around the world.

SEATTLE DIRECTORY
THE TODAY FILE:  “The latest news from Seattle & around the Northwest”
Earthquake Watch
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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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

ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is the kind of compassion which will one day make this planet a healthy place for all creatures, great and small.  “Blackfish” on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream

Marine biologists are trying to determine what is causing mass die-offs of starfish in Seattle, Washington’s ElliotBay and further north, in the waters off Canada.  For more on this animal detective story, please go here.

We’re certainly glad to see this.  Steller sea lions taken off threatened species list by NOAA

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

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Week In Gifs: Sex Strikes, Spiders, And Smog Vacuums

Lifestream ProfileA FINAL WORD

The Northstar Journal is entirely reader-supported.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to help out with the next, please go here.  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

 

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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