HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Volume 6, No. 45

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle, Washington

minstrel312@aol.com

This year, save a turkey. Have a Pilgrim instead.

This year, save a turkey.
Have a Pilgrim instead.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.  We’re glad to see that the world community is responding.  It is at times like this when our species almost seems to justify its reason for being.

We also extend our condolences to American President Obama in what has to be his most embarrassing hour.  He championed a national care act with the dedication of an expectant mother.  But instead of giving birth to a beautiful child, he created something closer to Dr. Frankenstein’s humanoid in Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel.

We wish America a Happy Thanksgiving.  Being bi-national, I celebrate in October (Canada) and November both.  It is usually a time of counting blessings and probably will be again.

But not for awhile.  When the leadership of a nation goes as totally flipping nuts as the one under the Stars and Stripes did, it takes a while to be grateful for more than just still having a roof and three squares.  And being horrified by the number of Americans still losing both.

Sometimes I think the problems with which we contend with global warming are far more preferable to those we ~ as citizens just trying to get along ~ face with a government more interested in self-perpetuation than service to the constituency; and a commercial sector more interested in profit than in the welfare of its customers.

As we sit down tonight for a traditional repast, there are millions of turkeys in mourning.  Lord forgive me.  I think the wrong birds are wearing black.

IN OTHER NEWS

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s nice to know that the cost of the dinner has actually gone down since last year.

Well, this has been some while in coming.  Denial dries up: Americans finally seeing the light on climate change

What’s the most traffic congested country in the world?  The answer just might surprise you.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Deadly Kabul Bombing Sends Message on Security Pact Vote
BRAZIL Key Brazilians in Graft Case Must Go to Jail, Court Says
CHINA Chinese Leader Gets More Sway On The Economy And Security

Pollution Is Making Chinese Sperm Damaged And “Ugly”

China Plans to Ease 1-Child Policy and End Labor Camps

Success of Chinese Leader’s Ambitious Economic Plan May Rest on Rural Regions

EUROPEAN UNION E.U. Presses Countries to Improve Economies

E.U. Identifies Problems in Its Members’ Economies

Euro Zone Economy Stalls as Germany and France Backtrack

Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs

GERMANY German Central Bank Warns of Strains From Low Rates
IRELAND Ireland to End Reliance on Bailout Lifeline
TURKEY Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad
UKRAINE Ukraine Delays Bill to Free Ex-Leader
UNITED KINGDOM Bank of England Hints at Rate Increase, Citing Recovery

Police Say Spy Found in Bag Probably Died by Accident

UNITED STATES WA State Is Making Health Exchange Work
VATICAN Divine intervention? Pope opposes fracking

CLIMATE CHANGE

California, on track for record dry year, is ready to seed clouds

No, global warming isn’t caused by solar flares or cosmic rays

Denial dries up: Americans finally seeing the light on climate change

Looks like the Arctic has been heating up even faster than we thought

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

TYPHOON HAIYAN

Israel Sends Much-Needed Aid To Philippines Following Typhoon Haiyan

In The Philippines, Agony Flows From A Towering Wall Of Water

Typhoon Aid Gridlock Paralyzes Epicenter Of Damage

U.N. Appeals For $301 Million Toward Typhoon Relief

‘The Place Is Gone’: Vice-Mayor Of Philippine City Devastated By Typhoon Haiyan

Distress Grows for Philippine Typhoon Victims Who Can’t Get Aid, or Out

Map: Mapping the Destruction of Typhoon Haiyan

Traumatized Philippines City Begins to Bury Its Dead

China Increases Aid to Philippines

Relief Supplies Pour Into Philippines, but Remote Areas Still Suffer

SYRIA

Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card To War In Syria

Syrian Government’s Forces Gain, but a Siege War Goes On

SPYING

Spy Agency’s Budget To Hit $460-Million After ‘Steady Path’ Of Growth

Police Say Spy Found in Bag Probably Died by Accident

C.I.A. Collecting Data on International Money Transfers, Officials Say

Europe Moves to Keep Its Corporate Trade Data Secret

A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

WAR ON TERROR

Haqqani Militant Leader Is Killed in Pakistan

OH CANADA

Among the first members of the International Community to respond to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, Canada sends in more help

Check out these 10 best places to work in Alberta

Why Should Canada Have a Seat at the Climate Change Table?

SHORTS

80 Oil Sands Protests Across Canada

Canadian Military Team’s Swift Arrival Spells Relief For Province Overwhelmed By Typhoon (With Video)

Irish Job Fairs Could Bring 484 Workers To Canada: Construction Association

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:        Good morning, oh sun and moon of my life.  Nice view, even this early in the day.

Felina:     They are so beautiful at first light, Samuel.

Sam:        Them shaggy giants with the snow on the roof.

Felina:     Those majestic peaks rising almost to the the skirts of the Hereafter; cold yet not unfriendly; distant but not far away and mysterious only to those who have neither the time nor the desire to come to know them.

Sam:        I so love it when you talk like that, Felina.

Felina:     It inspires you, does it, my darling?

Sam:        Quite frankly, Scarlett, it makes me glad I’m a mountain lion, a male mountain lion.

Felina:     Oh mate of three lifetimes, you are definitely a mountain lion and most profoundly male.

Sam:        Which is a good thing.

Felina:     For the most part, yes.  But ask any female of any species.  If our roles were reversed and it was up to the male to give birth, the planet would be lifeless.

Sam:        But still like those big buddies of yours out here, one of the blessings you count each year.

Felina:     Yes, Samuel.

Sam:        Sometimes, one does not need to look far from the mouth of the cave to find the real harvest of the season.

Felina:     My love, you make me smile.

Sam:        Thank you, Sweetheart.  I have to admit, sometimes I amaze even me.  That was so profound it was almost Zen-like.

Felina:     Truly.  And if you were not also such a rogue at heart, I would almost believe you meant it.  But sometimes, my darling, you are sooo full of it.

Sam:        This is also true, love of my life.  And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note then, Happy Thanksgiving, America.  And to all of our gentle readers, wherever you are tonight, may the Creator bless and keep you safe in the palm of Her paw.  Until next week then, eh?

GOOD EXAMPLES

In Russia, if you do 30 squats, you can ride the subway for free.  I tried that with Metro here in Seattle and while the bus driver was amused, I still had to cough up $2.25 for the ride.  Yep, after doing the flipping squats.  Sigh.

If effort is its own reward, this individual is leaving us all far richer for her service.  Obama’s departed climate chief pushed him toward action

Canadian military team’s swift arrival spells relief for province overwhelmed by typhoon (with video)

BAD EXAMPLES

My state prides itself ~ and for the most part justifiably ~ on its quality of life priorities.  We are, after all the Evergreen State.  Sometimes in our haste to provide for ourselves we lose sight of who we’re really doing this for in this first place.  Then, we correct for course, as we need to do in this case.  Officials in Olympia, D.C. ducked opportunities to protect students from traffic pollution

There’s an eight year old Chinese boy dying of cancer in Beijing.  Rather than face the actual case of it ~ air pollution ~ local health officials are suggesting the lad smoked too much.

This is not good news.  Walmart’s carbon emissions soar despite all that green talk

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

If you love technology but are not checking out No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News, (BLOGS WE FOLLOW) you’re really missing an incredible experience.  Here’s a good example.  Not only is it incredibly informing, the visuals are absolutely stunning.  Check out 10 Tel Aviv Apps, Startups And Alternative Vehicles That Will Make Traveling So Much Easier!

Having fought three forest fires, this is good news.  New Technology Enables Wildfire Forecasting

HERE ON EARTH

No, global warming isn’t caused by solar flares or cosmic rays

Look who’s eating your plastic now: A whole unprecedented ecosystem

Let’s all fantasize about how awesome a national hyperloop network would be

TECHNOLOGY

Undetectable plastic guns a law enforcement challenge

Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births

Tech support: Can we wire our cities to prevent ecological collapse?

OUTER SPACE

Far-Flung Probe Snaps Spectacular Panorama Of Solar System

WATCH: What It’s REALLY Like Inside Space Capsule During Reentry

South Korea Unveils Space Landing Plans

BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY

LOOK: Strange Space Rock Has HOW MANY Tails!?

Russian Meteor Sparks Ominous New Assessment Of Space Rock Risk

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

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

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Divine intervention? Pope opposes fracking

The six U.S. nuclear power plants most likely to shut down

Look who’s eating your plastic now: A whole unprecedented ecosystem

The world is still losing its forests, and these beautiful satellite maps tally the toll

HEALTH

Well, it’s not like we didn’t know this but it never hurts to have additional proof that exercise is good for your brain

Afraid of needles?  New Hebrew University Invention May Make That A Thing Of The Past

Here’s a question more than one parent might want to ask themselves. Could walking to school reduce childhood obesity?

ON THE CANCER FRONT

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

Here’s good news.  Researchers are closing in on the future of lung cancer drugs

LINKS
CANCER:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
 

LIFESTYLE

6 Ways Bill De Blasio Can Make New York’s Streets More People-Friendly

Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs

Caught in Unemployment’s Revolving Door

Still on Facebook, but Finding Less to Like

IN MEMORIUM

Saul Kagan, Who Won Holocaust Restitution, Is Dead at 91

Bobbie Handman, a Medal of Arts Winner, Dies at 85

Elmer Lokkins, Symbol of Same-Sex Marriage Cause, Dies at 94

BEST OF THE NET

Mount St. Helens: The view from space

Video: Bill Cunningham | Winter Fashion Begins

Canadian Military Team’s Swift Arrival Spells Relief For Province Overwhelmed By Typhoon (With Video)

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

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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.

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post.  I totally geek out when I read these folks.

SEATTLE SCENES

Seattle’s Aurora Bridge at sunset.  Photo by MS(R)M

Seattle’s Aurora Bridge at sunset. Photo by MS(R)M

SEATTLE NAMED SMARTEST CITY IN NORTH AMERICA

According to the business magazine Fast Company, Seattle is the most intelligent metropolis on its continent.  The “EmeraldCity” was third last year.  Here are the other top nine:

Boston/San Francisco (tie)

WashingtonD.C.

New York

Toronto

Vancouver

Portland

Chicago

Montreal

Nice going to all concerned and for more on this one, yep, please go here.

AIRCRAFT PARTS FALL FROM SKY OVER WEST SEATTLE

And people wonder why, when it comes to flying, I take AMTRAK.

SEATTLE DIRECTORY
SEATTLE FACTS & FIGURES
MAP OF SEATTLE
10-DAY WEATHER FORECAST
SEATTLE CITY CAMS
KOMO 4 NEWS (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 NEWS (NBC)
SEATTLE TIMES
THE TODAY FILE:  “THE LATEST NEWS FROM SEATTLE & AROUND THE NORTHWEST”
EARTHQUAKE WATCH
WHAT’S GOING ON IN SEATTLE?
SEATTLE RESTAURANT GUIDE
 

FROM NORTHSTAR

 TESTAMENT ICONWRATH 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

This is good news.  It looks like the survival rate among salmon leaving the Columbia River for the Pacific Ocean is higher than previously thought.

This Week in Animals Vs. People —  A YouTube video uploaded by photographer Vince Camiolo on Tuesday proves that some animals just don’t like their pictures taken. In Tennessee’s Great Smoky

It looks like the world’s first animal is even older than we thought

FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Here’s the November Great Backyard Bird Count newsletter.  For those new to us, this is an avian conservation project undertaken by Cornell, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada.  The Northstar Journal participates personally in this programme.

The World Wildlife Fund’s winter quarterly magazine is now available and it is awesome.  If you love animals, you will totally enjoy this.  It is also a great way for adults and kids to spend time together.  This comes with a five star endorsement and this is the second time in six years, we’ve awarded that rating.  Yep, go here.

The World Wildlife Fund’s November newsletter is now available.  Highlights include an update on the war against ivory poachers; a chance to help the polar bears; and the WWF’s monthly caption some totally cute wildlife photos contest.  There are a lot of outstanding organizations out there doing good works for wildlife.  This just happens to be my personal fav and yep, the panda got to me.

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

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

I totally cannot believe this one  REI has found a way to capitalize on the fear some people have of ~ get this ~ zombies.  They’re giving classes in what to do in case of an invasion by the walking dead.  And, of course, they’re selling a Zombie Survival Kit consisting of all ~ you guessed it ~ REI products.  Just about the time I’m half-convinced the world and our species cannot possibly get any weirder…sigh.

  SMALL RUSTY ICONA FINAL WORD

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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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