HAPPY FEMALE APPRECIATION DAY

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

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No. 370

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Rusty Miller – Editor

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HAPPY FEMALE APPRECIATION DAY

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, Friday is St. Valentines Day, which some say was invented by the greeting card industry for decadent, greedy, capitalistic gain.  Oookay.  Actually, though, it was, in fact, inspired by a very brave cleric who married people at a time when these particular unions were against the law. 

Sound familiar to any of you who were wedded to your same gender spouses by a minister, priest or rabbi in states where it was not legal to do that?  Well, back when this very brave cleric lived, men of the cloth were executed for that, in the most painful of ways. 

Maybe it’s just me, but it sure seems even a Person of the Cloth would have to love God and God’s Children a lot to risk martyrdom so that two people in love could have their union blessed by the Common Parent of us all.

I think, too, that St. Valentine’s Day should also be known as Female Appreciation Day or FAD for short.  Just stop and think about it for a sec.  Without the female of any species, no creature ~ no matter how great or small, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, Baptist, Buddhist or Bacchanalian ~ would be here.  Propagation would go pffft and the Universe would probably turn its eyes to the Divine in profound gratitude.

Frankly, I think women have had it a lot rougher than they deserve.  They are equal partners on this planet and yet that has not stopped them from being treated worse than most living creatures raised for slaughter and human consumption.  And there is not a nation on this planet whose citizens are not culpable in the ongoing exploitation of that gender.

I’m a straight male and I’m ashamed of what my gender has done to women down history.  People who tell me it has improved a lot in the last (fill in the blank) years would not contend that if they lived in India, for instance, or in parts of rural America, or among the Inuit and other Native Canadians of the extreme True North.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, just look at this whole approach to romance and sex.  Most males are not suave and sophisticated in bed.  The preponderance of what they know about romance and love making came from other men or from media scripted, directed and produced by other men. 

Don’t believe me?  Okay, take a half hour and drop into any tavern, coffee shop or online chatroom and listen to Homer, Rufus, Jethro and Big Bubba discuss their spouses or girlfriends.  That brand of ignorance is a contagious cancer which invades male brain cells and either destroys them or makes them so toxic no self-respecting idea would want to get near them.

And while an entire industry is built around female insecurities, most women don’t need to drink, smoke or get adrenaline highs to get in the mood.  They’re generally more aware of what’s going on than the mate who staggers through the door, belches a Budweiser cloud, then starts unbuckling while reminding his significant other of her “wifely duty.”  A salute and a Sieg Heil later and the miracle of life begins anew.

Valentine’s Day is about the only day of the year when that approach is not considered studly.  On this particular occasion, the average knuckle-dragger needs to pay homage to the one he allegedly loves.  Romantically, he is virtually required to rise to the occasion and do his “husbandly duty.” 

I personally think my gender ought to be required to do that more than one day a year.  Hopefully for every macho moron with a slam, bam, thank you, ma’am approach to love, there are enough of us who recognize the humanity, the strength, the compassion, the wisdom and the dignity of those to whom St. Valentine gave his life to make every day a day of love.

Have a good week, gang.

IN OTHER NEWS

CVS Caremark, the largest retail drug chain in America by sales, will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October of this year, despite a projected loss of $2-billion revenue from this source.

Since I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to the problems Russia’s apparently been having getting the site ready and also since I am to Winter Olympic Games what the 12th Man is to my adopted city’s beloved ‘Hawks, I found this as inspirational as it is timeless.  LIVE: The Sochi 2014 opening ceremony

It’s real encouraging to see that in India, they occasionally elect a total moron.  Indian Politician Says Women Invite Rape With Their Clothes, Behavior

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Taliban And Government Imperil Gains For Afghan Women, Advocates Say

Afghan Forces’ Killings Of Civilians Rose In 2013

AFRICA Libya’s Cache Of Toxic Arms All Destroyed

Tunisia’s New Constitution Calls For Climate Protection

Despite Signs Of Progress, Security Issues Rise In Tunisia

New Opposition Alliance Founders In South Africa

Thousands Of Muslims Flee Violence In Central African Republic; ICC Opens War Crimes Probe

Wielding Whip And A Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries To ‘Sanitize’ Itself Of Gays

ASIA REGIONAL McDonald’s Opens In Vietnam, Bringing Big Mac To Fans Of Banh Mi
AUSTRALIA NSW Farmers Donate Hay To Drought-Stricken Neighbours

Australian Navy Seizes $700m In Drugs

No Sochi Security Fears For Australian Team

Cancer Council Wants 50,000 Volunteers For Research

Lifeboat Tow-Back Video Emerges As Defence Minister Criticises ABC

CHINA Wine Consumption Is Skyrocketing In China
EUROPEAN UNION European Central Bank Holds Interest Rate At 0.25%
GREECE So Many Bribes, A Greek Official Can’t Recall Them All
IRAQ Iraqi Army To Cordon Off Falluja Before Tribes Try To Retake Control, U.S. Says
LATIN AMERICA Virus Advances Through East Caribbean
PAKISTAN Pakistani Side Fails To Show Up At Taliban Peace Talks
RUSSIA Vodka Responsible For High Death Risk In Russian Men: Study
THAILAND Thailand Government To Arrest 19 Protest Leaders
UKRAINE Please See Ongoing Short Below
UNITED KINGDOM It Hasn’t Rained This Much In England Since 1767, Or Maybe Since Ever

Subway Strike Hobbles London, Underground And Above

England: 2 Out Of 3 Adults Now Overweight Or Obese

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Panel Criticizes The Vatican Over Sexual Abuse
UNITED STATES Abortions Declining In U.S., Study Finds

Tamils’ Smuggling Journey To U.S. Leads To Longer Ordeal: 3 Years Of Detention

Senate Votes To Keep Subsidizing Flood Insurance In Flood-Prone Areas

In Rapid Turnaround, Toyota Is On Track To Post Record Earnings

Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill

General Motors Reports 2% Lift In Quarterly Earnings

Too Much Winter, And Not Nearly Enough Propane

Chicago Jury Acquits 3 NATO Summit Protesters Of Terrorism, Convicts On Lesser Arson Counts

More Federal Privileges To Extend To Same-Sex Couples

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Full Monte: Beloved Montana Artist Makes Bold Statement On Climate & Coal

It Hasn’t Rained This Much In England Since 1767, Or Maybe Since Ever

Climate Change Means More Wildfires And That Means Lots More Air Pollution

The Great Lakes May Be Drying Up

How Much Power Do Cities Really Have To Combat Climate Change?

Beyond Keystone XL: 8 Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change

SOCHI WINTER GAMES

LIVE: The Sochi 2014 opening ceremony

Olympics Opening Ceremony Offers Fanfare for a Reinvented Russia

Russia Opens Sochi Games With Pageantry and Pride

SPYING

German Paper Says U.S. Kept Tabs on Leader

Chinese Implicated in Agricultural Espionage Efforts

Video: On Top of Devil’s Mountain

U.S. Points to Russia as Diplomats’ Private Call Is Posted on Web

Leaked Recordings Lay Bare E.U. and U.S. Divisions in Goals for Ukraine

US State Department Expert Pleads Guilty To Passing Classified Information In Leak Case

N.S.A. Program Gathers Data on a Third of Nation’s Calls, Officials Say

SYRIA

Al Qaeda Says It Has Broken Ties With Syrian Affiliate

U.S. Spy Chief Says Assad Has Strengthened His Hold on Power

U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War

Russia Says Syria Will Export Chemicals by March 1

Al Qaeda Breaks With Jihadist Group in Syria Involved in Rebel Infighting

THE UKRAINE

U.S. and Europe Work on Financial Solution to Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Chief Loses Support in Stronghold

Ukrainian Protest Leader Accuses Russian Agents in Kidnapping

OH CANADA

I thought this was real interesting.  Canadian government buying land in Detroit to build new border bridge.  Let’s hope Detroit doesn’t need it back anytime soon.

It was chilly in the West this past week too.  Vancouver beats record low for the day set in 1948 with -8.3 temperatures

Quite frankly, I’m glad to read this.  Majority of British Columbians oppose Northern Gateway pipeline: poll

SHORTS

Federal Government Unveils New Elections Act

Falling Loonie Spurs Increase In Canadian Airlines’ Fares

News – Science World to create hands-on farm experience at Abbotsford EcoDairy

New citizenship bill will make it harder to become Canadian

Fifth case of deadly pig virus confirmed on Ontario farm

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:        Hey, Felina, wake up.  I’ve got something special for you.

Felina:     (yawn) Good morning, love of my three life times.  You always have something special for me.

Sam:        This is true.  But this is like a very special something.  And it isn’t illegal.  I didn’t con anything out of it.  And it didn’t follow me home.

Felina:     It must indeed be special, then, eh?  My nose has greeted the dawn and it smells like the Good Hereafter in here. 

Sam:        That’s because just like in This Place, in the Good Hereafter, every time a salmon gives itself up for a meal, it not only enjoys the experience but comes back an even cooler fish the next time.

Felina:     And of course everyone knows how important it is for a salmon to be cool.

Sam:        That would be a big “roger, good buddy,” Sweetheart.

Felina:     And you know this how?

Sam:        The Fonz never lies.

Felina:     Of course not.  This hoodlum in a black leather jacket who rides this loud, fume spewing machine to which he is apparently genetically connected and who inspires others of his species to recklessness by his own example, this Arthur Fonzarelli person told you that it is important to a salmon to be cool?

Sam:        Well, yeah.  Him and Charlie.

Felina:     Charlie is a tuna fish.

Sam:        This is a different Charlie. 

Felina:     Of course.

Sam:        His name is actually Charles Angus Chinook aka Charlie the Shin.

Felina:     Charlie the Shin also told you that it is important to salmon to be cool.

:Sam:       Yep, oh sun and moon of my life.

Felina:     Well, then it must be true.

Sam:        You’re not buying any of this, are you, Sweetheart?

Felina:     I am Canadian, my love, not stupid.  But that roasting salmon is driving me into the Absolutely Famished Place.

Sam:        Happy Valentine’s Day, Felina.  From me and Charlie Angus Chinook.

Felina:     Aka Charlie the Shin.

Sam:        Yep, aka what you just said.

Felina:     Then I must certainly thank you both.  Roasting salmon is so romantic, my handsome mate, and so incredibly thoughtful.  You are a rascal and a scoundrel beyond redemption, Samuel.  And I love you very much.

Sam:        Right back atcha, Lass.  I mean, really, and stuff.

Felina:     Then on that note, my rugged rapscallion?

Sam:        On that note, then, have a good week, everybody.  May the wind be always at your back.

Felina:     And may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Sometimes it just does not get any better than this.  Courageous Teen Risks Life to Save Drowning Deer

This is long overdue.  But appreciated nonetheless.  Canadian Prime minister announces billions to retool First Nations education

We found this so cool.  Zoos, aquariums boost sick kids with look at wild animals, bringing cheetahs and sharks to TV

SHORTS

The Full Monte: Beloved Montana Artist Makes Bold Statement On Climate And Coal

Google Appoints Its Most Senior Woman To Run Youtube

One Mexican Community Raises Its Fortunes With Oregano

BAD EXAMPLES

This should outrage every civilized human on the face of Mother Earth.  Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries to ‘Sanitize’ Itself of Gays

This was so patently transparent it is an insult to every Scot ever born.  Without Scotland, Premier Says, Britain Would Be Less ‘Great’

This is not good news.  Unfortunately, perhaps, it is not surprising, either.  Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

We found this extremely absorbing.  Future near perfect: How humans can still save the day by 2050

We might just try this.  Here’s how to travel the entire country (America) without ever getting in a car

Normally, I’d find the discovery of a 58-year-old bottle with a note in it really interesting.  But that was before I found out that one American oceanographic institute released 300,000 of them to study the currents of the world’s oceans and seas.  This one was redeemable for $.50 (fifty cents) in 1958.  That would be worth $4.28 now.  If the cost of recovery is the same, this cleanup bill would run to about a milion or so.

HERE ON EARTH

Europe’s Oldest Human Footprints Found

5 Ways Your Emotions Influence Your World (and Vice Versa)

New Research Reveals How Polar Bears Stay Warm

TECHNOLOGY

Innovative Metal ‘Exosuit’ Takes Divers to New Depths

The Science & Technology Behind the Sochi Winter Games

New Boss at Microsoft, With Gates at His Side

OUTER SPACE

Curiosity Rover Sees Earth from Mars for 1st Time (Photos)

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft, Walter Cronkite Honored with National Space Club Awards

NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Science Challenge

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about famous lovers?

And for others so addicted, here is a 10-question daily trivia we have emailed to us.

Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary.  They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group.  These are also activities you can share with friends and family.  In my house, learning together is also considered cool.

THE GREEN AGENDA

Beyond Keystone XL: 8 Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change

You can rent a hot tub and get it delivered by bike

News – Science World to create hands-on farm experience at Abbotsford EcoDairy

HEALTH

This may be hard for some of us to read.  Are men hardwired for addiction?

Cancer is expected to rise by 57 percent globally, according to the World Health Organization.

When children are dying of starvation in other parts of the world, we find this just a little hard to take.  England: 2 out of 3 adults now overweight or obese

SHORTS

Heart Attacks Most Common Cause Of Sudden Cardiac Death In Middle-Aged Men

Health Effects Of Caffeine (Infographic)

How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Sardines may help to slow aging of your brain

‘What Makes Olga Run?’ reveals what 94-year-old can teach about aging well

Easing Terminal Patients’ Path to Death, Legally

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUF

How George Met Gracie

RUSTY’S CORNER

As blizzards ravaged most of the continental United States, temperatures in my part of the world plunged into the low teens (+/- -19C), with light winds but no precipitation.  Most of you are altogether too familiar with cold weather to need much elaboration.  Dress warm, be careful and stay out of shadows.  Above all, if you do not need to be outside, do not go outside. 

Around here, going outside is necessary.  We established a mini-wildlife space in the backyard, which itself is part forest and part nursery.  We’ve also put out several of these hummingbird feeders which look like they were made by chipmunks from outer space.  So that means every day, it is sunflower seeds for the squirrels and a mix of oats, cornflakes and rice for the two species of bobolink and one of sparrow.  Normally, the hummingbird feeders require nothing more than refilling monthly.  I was watching out the window the other day when one of our little green avian helicopters tried refueling at one of said feeders and realized, to my horror, that the little guy was trying to drink ice.  So now ~ and yes, in time for our little buddy to feed himself ~ another chore during sub-freezing weather is making sure that one feeder is thawed so that the half dozen hummingbirds who depend on us don’t starve to death. 

In my experience, nature tends to speak to us proverbially so I’m definitely reflecting on what I have really learned from this.  Sometimes, beside these hummingbirds, I feel extremely humble.

LIFESTYLE

You Can Rent A Hot Tub And Get It Delivered By Bike

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help At Youths’ Fingertips

Home Cooking Improves Your Health (Infographic)

Video: America’s First Muslim Fraternity

‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States

Easing Terminal Patients’ Path to Death, Legally

In Pete Seeger’s Letters, a Voice of Justice Lives On

Seeking U.S. Art All Over Map. Just Check GPS.

BEST OF THE NET

Video: This Week’s Movies: Feb. 7, 2014

The Full Monte: Beloved Montana Artist Makes Bold Statement On Climate & Coal

Best Science Images of the Week from LiveScience

NORTHSTAR RECOMMENDS

NEW ADDITION ALERT:  We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try.  We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar.  M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia.  When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear.  That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence.  It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves.  Yep, check it out here.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney.  Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.

BACK COUNTRY GALLERY:  BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.

BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union.  How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.

CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years.   They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam.  Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.

GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.

HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.

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.

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me.  The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.

THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound.  They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment.  Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.

SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement.  They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.

WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet.  They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy.  They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative.  Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.

WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror.  Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often.  Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.

SEATTLE SCENES

Yep, it snowed in Seattle this past Saturday night.

Yep, it snowed in Seattle this past Saturday night.

SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON

As we “go to press,” it’s been snowing over much of our side of the state.  For a video and detailed coverage, please go here.  See also:  Winter driving tips to avoid costly crashesadd to reading list

BERTHA, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST EARTH-BORING MACHINE,  STUCK 60 FEET UNDER SEATTLE:  The Saga Continues

It is beginning to look like Bertha was not up to this particular task.  More damage has been found than simply debris-clogged rotors.  Bertha heated up when engineers tested it and it could be as serious as the main bearing.  No one is openly speculating on how long it will be before the problems are resolved.  But one this is very apparent.  Bertha’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.  For more, please go here.

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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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

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For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s an opportunity to die of cute.  We Can’t Get Enough Of This Video Of Young Seals Acting Like Puppies

We join the World Wildlife Fund in congratulating Bolivia on establishing the world’s largest wetlands sanctuary.

How many species are there?  The answer just might surprise you.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

With absolutely no disrespect to our French readers in Canada and Europe, we STILL found this a little weird.  Abandoned train tunnels in Paris could get new life as nightclubs or swimming pools

Framed Rusty  A FINAL WORD

Since several of you have asked, yes, the Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership.  It costs about 25¢ (twenty-five cents) U.S. per reader to produce.  If you would like to toss a quarter in the can, please go here

If you are 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, stay well and Godspeed.  Rusty

 

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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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