DIVERSIFY

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Volume 6, No. 46
Northstar Media Services
Rusty Miller – Editor
Seattle, Washington
minstrel312@aol.com
 
Boeing Airplane Company, circa 1917

Boeing Airplane Company, circa 1917

DIVERSIFY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  One of my favourite authors of all times is that English chap, Charles Dickens?  He once told a tale of two cities.  I want to tell you the story of one city, my city.

The Boeing Aircraft Company has been an economic mainstay in this community since the Second World War.  I’ve seen various equations on how many people depend on such a majour employer indirectly.  The figures are staggering at either end.  The one I work with is 1:6.

It has been said here that when Boeing sneezes, Seattle catches a cold.  Last week, the machinists union voted down a new contract offer.  So Boeing is moving its operation to another state.  It has simply, they contend, become too expensive to operate here.

This is just the latest example of a “boom or bust” cycle that is often symptomatic of a monolithic economy.  Boeing is the latest.  Timber, commercial fishing, computer technology, the military, at one time or another, these have all been economic regents.  As a result, the fiscal climate here very much resembles the region’s legendary weather.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more people are employed in smaller businesses than by major corporations.  The U.S. Department of Transportation predicts that by 2020, fully 1/5 of the American workforce will be telecommuting.  This strongly suggests that the evolving economic modality emphasizes diversification rather than empire building.

Seattle has also learned the folly of depending too much on international trade.  America has tried controlling the destinies of its foreign markets and while a few people in those other nations profited, most of those who lived there did not.  That’s one of the reasons America is disliked by so many citizens of other countries where it has tried to sell its industrial output literally at the point of a gun.

Here on the shores of the Salish Sea fka the Puget Sound, our merchants and manufacturers, consumers and citizenry in general are supporting a “make it/grow it locally and sell it to family, friends and neighbors” movement.  The house I share with friends grows its own vegetables and barters the handicrafts it produces.  Our cash flow is very modest but we live well and we do not worry about where Boeing will build the triple seven.

Giants tend to cast very big shadows.  Most life needs a lot of sunshine to live long and prosper.  When giants fall, they crush everything that shadow crosses. 

I contend that there are better ways to live and die.

IN OTHER NEWS

Well, this should be interesting.  There is now an iceberg the size of Chicago loose in the Antarctic.

Just in time for Thanksgiving?  Wild Turkeys Take Over Staten Island

And this is probably one we ought to be watching very closely.  China Claims Air Rights Over Disputed Islands

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Karzai Says He’ll Wait to Sign Security Pact With U.S. Until Next Year
BRAZIL Brazil Declared A State Of Emergency Over This Little Tiny Caterpillar
CHINA China Officially Abandons Its Pursuit Of “Growth At All Costs”

U.S. and China Find Convergence on Climate Issue

Urbanites Flee China’s Smog for Blue Skies

FRANCE Libération Under Fire

Hollande’s Assertive Role in Foreign Policy Is a Good Fit for France

France May Slip Back Into Recession

GERMANY Germany Posts Modest Growth; Business Confidence Surges
INDIA Editor in India, Known for Investigations Into Corruption, Is Accused of Rape
LIBYA Libyan Official Abducted Amid Unrest In Capital
MEXICO In The Middle Of Mexico, A Middle Class Is Rising
MYANMAR As Myanmar Modernizes, Old Trades Are Outpaced By New Competitors
PHILIPPINES Pneumonia Is New Threat to Storm-Battered Philippines
SOUTH KOREA South Korea Is Expected to Buy Lockheed Fighter Jets
UKRAINE Ukraine Refuses to Free Ex-Leader, Raising Concerns Over E.U. Talks
UNITED KINGDOM London To Use Excess Heat From The Subway To Heat Homes

U.K. joins the club, vows to curb coal financing

Rescued London Women Say They Were Held 30 Years

UNITED STATES Scores Of Tornadoes Slam Midwest States

A Fresher Philly: Fruits And Veggies Make A Comeback In The City’s Corner Stores

Typhoon Revives Debate on U.S. Food Aid Methods

U.S. and China Find Convergence on Climate Issue

CLIMATE CHANGE

U.N. climate talks: Four countries behaving badly

At U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, hunger games get serious

Warsaw walkout: Big green groups bail on U.N. climate talks

Super Euros: Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe

U.S. and China Find Convergence on Climate Issue

Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort

SYRIA

Options Narrowed, U.S. Is Said to Weigh Destroying Syrian Chemicals at Sea

SPYING

Congress and Courts Weigh Restraints on N.S.A. Spying

N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power

Europe at Ease With Eyes in the Sky

OH CANADA

This should make us reconsidering this particular policy.  E-mail outsourcing to U.S. stokes spying worry for Canadian professors, students

Ever on the cutting edge of building technology, the City of Vancouver is phasing out the doorknob.  To see how this will impact other communities from Sooke to Halifax, please go here.

Unless the province acts now, British Columbia faces massive traffic gridlock in the near future.  Hear what one expert has to say.  UBC prof warns of sprawl, ‘horrific’ congestion

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, oh sun and moon of my life, could you come here for a minute?

Felina:     I’ll be right there, Dear.  Arnold is still telling me about American Thanksgiving.

Sam:        Tell your one-eyed buddy Arnie I said hi.

Felina:     Arnold, Dear.

Sam:        Yeah, him too.  And that would more or less explain why I need you to come here for a second.

Felina:     Ah, you have met Bartholomew.

Sam:        Bartholomew the Turkey.

Felina:     Yes, my love.  There.  I am here.

Sam:        And looking as lovely as the day I first set eyes on you, so many moons ago.

Felina:     And lifetimes, Samuel.

Sam:        And lifetimes.  However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the mistress and master of digression.  We are the Olivia Newton John and John Travolta of digression.  And yes, Bartholomew the Turkey.

Sam:        Like after St. Bartholomew in that human book of song and dubious history.

Felina:     Yes, exactly, mate of my three lifetimes.  His mom names all her kids from the Bible so human beings will be less eager to eat them.

Sam:        That seems to be working on other species besides humans, Felina.  Your red-feathered buddy is wearing a bib.

Felina:     Oh, quite so.  Bartholomew’s rather stuck in our part of the Deep Reaches on business.  So I thought it would be nice to invite him to spend that holiday with us.

Sam:        Stuck here on business.  And what, exactly, does a wild turkey do for a living except survive?

Felina:     He sells Bibles, of course.

Sam:        Of course.  With the gospel of St. Bartholomew underlined.

Felina:     In Day Glo.

Sam:        In Day Glo.

Felina:     Green Day Glo.

Sam:        Appropriate the season.

Felina:     Quite so.

Sam:        That actually makes sense to me.  And it’s tweaking me just a little.  So, on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note then, Gentle Readers, from Cougars Corner to America and all ships at sea, Happy Thanksgiving.  May the Creator keep you safe in the palm of Her paw.  Until next week then, eh?

GOOD EXAMPLES

Canada’s Transportation minister has decided communities across the nation need to be much better informed about the hazardous waste being shipped through them.  This is in response to the July 6 derailment of a train hauling crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which caused a series of explosions and killed 47 people.

Now this is cool, pardon the pun.  London is going to use excess heat from the subway to heat homes

This is one line up the entire world should be proud to join.  Super Euros: Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe

SHORTS

Video: New York Bans Under-21 Tobacco Sales

Saving the city from climate change, one house at a time

U.K. joins the club, vows to curb coal financing

BAD EXAMPLES

The sooner this individual is off the radar, the sooner a national shame ends.  Rob Ford is mayor of Toronto in name only

This is not good news.  Logging on the rise again in the Brazilian Amazon

This is what happens when someone puts Stupid in the water cooler.  Mom packs kids homemade lunch; school fines her and feeds kids Ritz crackers

SHORTS

Just 90 companies are responsible for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions

Your Splenda habit is bad for the Earth

Rescued London Women Say They Were Held 30 Years

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Well, this could possibly be a little embarrassing.  Your solar panels are probably facing the wrong way

Here’s something we all ought to be asking ourselves.  Video: How Smart Is Your Smoke Alarm?

Well, here’s a chance to save the planet.  NASA Asks Public to Detect Asteroids

HERE ON EARTH

Meet The Bad Boy That Kept T. Rex Down

7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Female Hysteria

Ancients Had Sex With Mystery Species, Gene Study Shows

TECHNOLOGY

Foldable helmet gets rid of your last excuse for not protecting your poor, delicate skull

Scientists Create “Most Waterproof Surface Ever”

Founder of Reddit and the Internet’s Own Cheerleader

OUTER SPACE

Solar Fleet to Watch Comet ISON’s Journey

From Orbit to Operating Rooms, Technology Translates to Treatment

Benefits for Humanity: Changing Lives

BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY

NASA and Planetary Resources Sign Agreement to Crowdsource Asteroid Detection

NASA Asks Public to Detect Asteroids

LOOK: Strange Space Rock Has HOW MANY Tails!?

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about turkeys.

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

THE GREEN AGENDA

Slowdown in Carbon Emissions Worldwide, but Coal Burning Continues to Grow

Logging on the rise again in the Brazilian Amazon

The three anti-environmental bills that are wasting Congress’ time

Saving the city from climate change, one house at a time

HEALTH

Here’s something which should come as good news to some of us.  Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression

Meat-based diets linked with type 2 diabetes; vegans everywhere get smug.  And vegans will stay that way until it is discovered that one of their iconic food plants has a downside.  This isn’t a competition of lifestyles.  It’s about all of us together cooperating to make a healthier planet.

Here is one big reason we support the aerospace program.  From Orbit to Operating Rooms, Technology Translates to Treatment

ON THE CANCER FRONT

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

When Shannon was fighting cancer, she said she drew a lot of strength from the stories about how other women were dealing with it.  She’s up in Heaven now, looking down and giving a total “thumbs” up to this.  ABC News’ Amy Robach Diagnosed With Second Tumor, Plans To Return To Work

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

LIFESTYLE

In Places Like North St. Louis, Gunfire Still Rules the Night

Your Splenda habit is bad for the Earth

With Last 3 Pardons, Alabama Hopes to Put Infamous ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Case to Rest

An Uptick in the Hiring of Women for Tech Jobs

A Stroll Around the World

IN MEMORIUM

Frederick Sanger, 95, Two-Time Winner of Nobel and Pioneer in Genetics, Dies

Robert Bowie, Presidents’ Aide, Dies at 104

Diane Disney Miller, 79, Keeper of Walt’s Flame, Dies

James H. Steele, Pioneer in Veterinary Public Health, Dies at 100

John Egerton, Who Lent Spice to Social Justice, Dies at 78

Mavis Batey, 92, Allied Code Breaker in World War II

Rev. T. J. Jemison, Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 95

BEST OF THE NET

Video: This Week’s Movies: Nov. 22, 2013 The New York Times film critics on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” and “Philomena.”

Video: Saddled Together — Marley Stone and Timothy Bourke often go head to head at equestrian competitions, but their friendly rivalry on the field hasn’t affected their romantic relationship.

Video: The Future of Storms

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.

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

Sullen November in Seattle      Photo by MS®M

Sullen November in Seattle Photo by MS®M

SANE WINTER DRIVING

In an effort to keep more of their audience on the Hit Parade this holiday season, KING 5 TV News has offered solid advice on how to drive in Seattle’s chimeric weather.  So whether (yep, pun intended) you’re a veteran Salish Sealander or new to this area, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

CHECK OUT PHOTOS: 10 ADOPTABLE CATS FROM SEATTLE HUMANE SOCIETY (PHOTO GALLERY)

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
 

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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 
 
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  noahs-arkALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

This is certainly good news.  Elwha sees largest run of Chinook in decades

This was really out there, even for us.  See-through fish reminds us that nature is way, way weirder than we can cope with

And then there were the two Canadians who rescued a shark choking on a moose.

SHORTS

This Week in Animals vs. People: Seaguerillas

Sea Turtles and Workers Occupy Same Spot

What’s going on in B.C.’s weird ocean waters?

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

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

I worked at Boeing so I know this had to have been extremely embarrassing.  Dreamlifter Ends Up At The Wrong Airport

 Framed Rusty A 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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