A Veteran’s Request: PLEASE, IF YOU LOVE ME, NO MORE PARADES

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Volume 6, No. 44

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

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A Veteran’s Request:  PLEASE, IF YOU LOVE ME, NO MORE PARADES

Please, if you love me, no more parades.

If what I did was heroic, wait for the movie, but don’t ask me to watch it with you.

If what I endured was horrific to you, please don’t ask me to relive it for public consumption.  If the media calls, tell them I’ve gone for a long walk.

If what I experienced shocked you, take a deep look into your own soul,

for therein lies the tainted wellspring of all human misery, all suffering, greed, rape, perversity and war; Satan’s panoply, from Auschwitz to Zaire.

Exorcise your own daemons before you bring me before Salem’s judges again.

If what happened to me empowered you, it was worth the suffering.  If my stumbles along the way lit the path for you, I’ll stand to slapstick in a heartbeat, glad and proud for the chance to render Puck, with a Canadian brogue.

If your life’s been touched with love by what you’ve learned from my heart, there’s a place waiting for you at our table.

For supper this evening, we’re having cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade vegetable beef soup, hot cider and milk.

And don’t worry if you’re late.

We’ll keep the light on for you.

IN QUIET DEDICATION TO:

RM1 Hugh T. Ross, USS Hollister (DD 788)

Lt.(jg) Randall Brown, USS Hollister (DD 788)

Ens. Ted Friend, USS Blue (DD 744)

Cpl. John Greci, Americal Division

PO2 Scott Smith, Navy SEAL

The officers and men of the USS Blue (DD 744)

The officers and men of the USS Hollister (DD 788)

IN OTHER NEWS

We’ve long suspected this and a recent study seems to nail the lid down on it.  Sugar is lethal.  Americans alone eat an average of 20 teaspoons of it daily and the resulting health costs have reached the $1-trillion mark.  For more on this one, please go here.

We love stories headlined like this:  “A Satellite Is Falling to Earth and Nobody Knows Where it Will Land”  The European Space Agency, the folks who put it up there in the first place, are reminding everybody that 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water and the remaining 30 percent is largely unoccupied.  So the chances of 200 lb/91 kg pieces of this thing hitting us are (pardon the pun) astronomically against it.  Uh huh.  Let’s hope you folks are better at predicting this than you have been some other things that have happened since Icarus took to the air.

It seems to me a shame to have to legislate healthy food but since that seems to be the case ~ at least in America ~ this is certainly good news.  FDA moves to ban trans fats from all foods

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFRICA Congolese Rebel Group Says It Is Laying Down Arms

Africa’s First Fair-Trade Clothing Company Is A Huge Deal

Storied Party of Mandela Faces South Africa Unrest

BANGLADESH Bangladesh Takes Step To Increase Lowest Pay

152 Border Guards Given Death Penalty Over Revolt In Bangladesh

Bangladesh Arrests Opposition Figures

CHINA China’s Leaders Confront Economic Fissures

Is China Repeating The U.S.’S Sprawl Mistake?

China Reports Strong Rise In Exports

Reporter for Reuters Won’t Receive China Visa

New China Cities: Shoddy Homes, Broken Hope

EGYPT Morsi Calls Trial In Egypt ‘Illegitimate,’ And Case Is Delayed

Egypt’s Ex-President Is Defiant At Murder Trial

EUROPEAN UNION E.U. Predicts Anemic Growth And High Unemployment In 2014

European Central Bank Cuts Main Rate

FRANCE Under Strain, France Examines Its Safety Net
GERMANY Report Of Nazi-Looted Trove Puts Art World In An Uproar
GREECE Greece Resumes Talks With Lenders Over Budget Gap

Greek Police Raid Occupied Broadcasting Building

ISRAEL Israeli Court Clears Former Foreign Minister Of Fraud Charges
INDIA India Gives Foreign Banks A New Door Into Local Market

Reaction Is Cautiously Positive To India’s Bank Rules

IRAN West And Iran Seen As Nearing A Nuclear Deal

Video: Negotiating With A Different Iran

Talks Faltering On Nuclear Deal To Restrain Iran

French Foreign Minister Says Iran Nuclear Talks Failed to Reach Deal

Talks With Iran Fail to Produce a Nuclear Agreement

JAPAN Japan and Partners Team Up to Tackle Neglected Diseases

Japan’s Offshore Wind Power Rises within Sight of Fukushima Nuclear Plant

MYANMAR Elderly Woman’s Killing Lays Bare Myanmar’s Religious Divisions
PAKISTAN Pakistani Party Votes To Block NATO Supply Lines If Drone Strikes Persist

Pakistani Taliban Pick Hard-Liner As Leader, Imperiling Proposed Peace Talks  

PHILIPPINES One Of Largest Storms In Recorded History Bearing Down On Philippines (Photo Gallery)

Red Cross Fears 1,200 Deaths in Philippine Typhoon

10,000 Feared Dead After Typhoon Slams Philippines  — Canada Pledges $5 Million In Support.. How You Can Help

TURKEY After A Break, Turkey’s Prime Minister Again Courts Controversy
UNITED KINGDOM British Intelligence Chiefs Say Snowden Leaks Hurt

Bank Of England Holds Rate Steady

UNITED STATES Happy Hour: Obama Orders Climate Planning

Sac To Plead Guilty And Pay $1.2 Billion For Insider Trading

After Los Angeles Airport Shooting, No Easy Answers On Security Strategies

For Uninsured, Clearing A Way To Enrollment

Southern Survival: On The Gulf Coast, A Community Fights For Its Life

In A Message To Poachers, U.S. Will Destroy Its Ivory

U.S. Will Ease Sanctions If Iran Halts Nuclear Program, Official Says

Cut In Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices On Poor

Hit Twice By Hard Times, A Town Works To Rebound

Colorado Cities’ Rejection Of Fracking Poses Political Test For Natural Gas Industry

VATICAN One by one, pope greets hundreds in wheelchairs

CLIMATE CHANGE

Happy Hour: Obama Orders Climate Planning

More Nukes: James Hansen Leads Call For “Safer Nuclear” Power To Save Climate

De Blasio’s Biggest Challenge: Climate Change

Climate Change Is Decreasing Farm Yields Just When We Need Them To Go Up

U.N. Climate Talks Will Be All About The Benjamins

Chris Christie Is No Moderate On The Environment

ELECTIONS IN AMERICA

De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor

Chris Christie Re-Elected Governor Of New Jersey

Terry Mcauliffe, Democrat, Is Elected Governor Of Virginia In Tight Race

Slide Show: Decisions From Alabama To Boston, And Virginia To Detroit

Byrne Wins Republican Runoff In Alabama House Race

Murray Wins Seattle Mayor’s Race

AND IN COLORADO

Colorado Rejects Move For Schools As Casino Fails In Massachusetts

Rural Colorado Votes In Favor Of Secession

Colorado Voters Tell Fracking Industry To Frack Off

SPYING

As U.S. Weighs Spying Changes, Officials Say Data Sweeps Must Continue

Video: The N.S.A.’s Evolution

“Our most paranoid friends were completely right”

C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

Brazil Acknowledges Spying on Diplomatic Targets

NSA Leaks On Canadian Surveillance Coming: Greenwald

SYRIA

Few Eager to Talk Peace in Syria, but a Mediator Won’t Stop

In Geneva, Diplomats Try to Push Syria Peace Conference

Syrian Opposition Group Backs Out of Talks With Government Officials

Inspectors in Syria Have Only One Site Left to Check

OH CANADA

This man shames the nation.  Toronto Mayor Admits Smoking Crack, but Won’t Step Down

Canadians want Harper government to take leadership role on climate change, poll says

This is our country at its finest.  10,000 Feared Dead After Typhoon Slams Philippines  — Canada Pledges $5 Million In Support.. How You Can Help

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:        Felina, with all due respect for you and your one-eyed buddy, it’s getting a little late, even for the history channel.

Felina:     Oh, I know, Dear.  And I am sorry.  Just give me a moment.

Sam:        Or several.

Felina:     You could always join us.

Sam:        Like I’m going to turn down that invitation.  And I have popcorn.

Felina:     I am swooning, mate of three lives.

Sam:        Popcorn does that to some creatures, I’m told.  So what are you and Arnie watching?

Felina:     Arnold, Dear.

Sam:        Yeah, him too.  Looks like the history channel and that real interesting human enterprise called “war”.

Felina:     I know that each time this year, in Canada and in America, they honour those who have died in this…this enterprise, as you put it.

Sam:        Okay.

Felina:     But one thing puzzles me.

Sam:        I am not surprised.

Felina:     Be careful.

Sam:        That was not a slam.  I’m on your side.

Felina:     You are puzzled too?

Sam:        Yep.

Felina:     About what?

Sam:        Why so many of those humans, especially the young ones, died for a dream unrealized since this madness began.

Felina:     Peace.

Sam:        Peace.

Felina:     And dying for it has not brought them that.

Sam:        I don’t expect it ever will, Felina.

Felina:     But perhaps if they learned to celebrate every year those who live for peace, it would finally come.  And all of those who died in all of their wars would finally have what they died for.

Sam:        Sweetheart, I could not have put it better myself.

Felina:     Yet another reason why I am the sun and moon of your life.

Sam:        This is also true.  So on that note, Felina?

Felina:            So on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you.  Until next week then, eh?  And to all the humans who died in all the wars and gave Abraham Lincoln’s “last full measure of devotion,” we salute you.  And we are profoundly honoured by your society.  You will not be forgotten.

GOOD EXAMPLES

There was a time when these two species were mortal enemies.  Watch: Alaska Fishermen Free Orca

We certainly hope this catches on.  Africa’s first fair-trade clothing company is a huge deal

Tony Bennett has got to be proud of this.  Having lived here in the past, I sure am.  Bay Area commits to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction

SHORTS

Hit Twice By Hard Times, A Town Works To Rebound

Seattle Mayor’s Wife Among Dozens Arrested At Protest(Photo Gallery)

At These Coffee Shops, You Can Buy A Hot Drink In Advance For Someone Who Can’t Afford It

BAD EXAMPLES

Where are the tar and feathers when we really need them.  Portland mom’s 5-kid cargo bike stolen

Just on the off chance that you might be planning on visiting one of them, check out The World’s 10 Most Polluted Places [Slide Show]

This will certainly go a long way toward making Canada feel good about sharing a border with the States.  NSA Leaks On Canadian Surveillance Coming: Greenwald

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This will revolutionize two wheel transportation forever.  Bike with solar panels for wheels is basically as green as you can get

If you are as fascinated by meteorology as I am, this new NOAA site will absolutely amaze you.

This is absolutely breath-taking.  Watch: Homemade Jetpack Flies over Mount Fuji

HERE ON EARTH

Seeds On Seeds On Seeds: Why More Biodiversity Means More Food Security

Who Is the Best Scientist of All Time?

Nationwide Seismic-Monitor Array Nears Completion

TECHNOLOGY

3D-printed sweater fits you perfectly with zero waste

Malicious “Ransomware” Can Hold Computer Files Hostage

8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists

OUTER SPACE

Cosmonauts Take Olympic Torch On Historic Space Walk

NASA Eyes ‘Paradigm Shift’ In Space Communications

Sound Of Interstellar Space Captured For First Time Ever By Voyager 1 Spacecraft (VIDEO) 

BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY

A Satellite Is Falling to Earth and Nobody Knows Where it Will Land

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about hurricanes, typhoons and other high winds?  Note:  This is not a quiz.  It is an excellent informative article.

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Wanted: Young People With Novel Ideas For Food Research. Offering: Big-Money Prize

Report: More Drivers Using Car-Charging Stations

Bay Area Commits To 80 Percent Greenhouse Gas Reduction

More Nukes: James Hansen Leads Call For “Safer Nuclear” Power To Save Climate

HEALTH

Here is yet another reason for parents to be very careful about the environments to which they expose their children.  Children Face Asthma Risk If Mothers Exposed to Pollutants

Here’s the kind of interactive feature we just love because it provides those of you who live in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Wales a chance to “appear” on an American television website.  Check this out, then, eh?  Submit your recipe to KING5’s Healthy Dish!

How do you know your vitamins and supplements are safe?  Find out here.

ON THE CANCER FRONT

Here’s another super addition to the arsenal in the war on cancer.  Nanoparticles filled with chemotherapeutic drugs can kill drug-resistant breast cancer cells

LINKS

Cancer:  What You Need to Know

American Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

LIFESTYLE

We do not generally redline something without a very good reason.  They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

Here’s what to do with all those Halloween candy wrappers

Why Is It So Hard to Find Films Where Women Actually Talk to Each Other? How Sweden’s Making It Easier

Gay Marriage Battle Nears End in Hawaii, the First Front Line

IN MEMORIUM

Rev. Eugene Callender, Who Saw Potential Of Disadvantaged School Dropouts, Dies At 87

Vladimir Keilis-Borok, A Seismologist Who Believed Earthquakes Could Be Predicted Months In Advance, Has Died. He Was 92. Dies

Chana Mlotek Dead: Yiddish Song Expert, 91, Dies In NYC

BEST OF THE NET

Video: ScienceTake: The Contagious Yawn

WATCH: Astronaut Uses Own Hair For Goofy Microgravity Demo

Dazzling Northern Lights dance over Northwest Territories

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

Seattle’s New Mayor.  Photo courtesy of KING5 News

Seattle’s New Mayor. Photo courtesy of KING5 News

SEATTLE ELECTS NEW MAYOR

Our congratulations to State Senator Ed Murray (our guy in Olympia), who is now Seattle’s new mayor-elect.  Ed defeated incumbent native Bostonian Mike McGinn.  Ed also joins the ranks of America’s gay mayors and is considered the author and prime mover behind WashingtonState’s same sex marriage act.

SEATAC HEADED FOR HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN NATION

SeaTac $15 minimum wage measure was leading by 43 votes at press time.

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

FROM NORTHSTAR

 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

 

Back Country Gallery JPGBack Country Gallery’s monthly wallpaper is now available.

 

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  ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is what happens when an invasive species is discovered in America.  Asian Carp Detected in Lake Michigan

Check out this cool “bat cam” at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

If you want to be totally thrilled and moved to tears in a good way, watch: Alaska fishermen free this orca

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 elk who got stuck on a trampoline.

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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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