GOING HOME WITH THE GOLD

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

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No. 371

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Rusty Miller – Editor

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GOING HOME WITH THE GOLD

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As the Winter Olympics in Sochi reach the half-way point, I’m taking a moment to raise my eyes silently to the Heavens in thanks that there were no successful acts of terrorism committed on this occasion.

I’m not sure why or how we have thus far been spared this bloody spectacle but I’m absolutely certain the list of people to thank is a long one and involves ~ to one degree or another ~ citizens of every participating nation.

I would like to think that this kind of cooperation can extend into other international arenas and yes, I wish the American Congress could work as well together. 

Perhaps when the welfare of the constituency is as important to them as the security of the Sochi Winter Games was to the international community, this will happen.  Nope, I’m not holding my breath.

I was, as well, profoundly moved by the sports-personship displayed.  And it’s okay, I think, to say that while I am proud of how the Americans performed, I am equally impressed with the gold medal tally of nations like Canada, which has roughly a tenth of the population from which to draw.

And finally, as corny as this must sound to the cynical, to me, it’s really not about who “wins” or “loses”.  It’s about playing the game with honour, integrity and heart. 

In that regard ~ in the Sochi Winter Olympics of life ~ there’s not a human being on this planet who cannot go home with the gold, now is there?

Have a good week, gang.

IN OTHER NEWS

This is certainly welcome news.  And I don’t believe in the expression “better late than never” when an individual or entity makes good choices.  Duke Energy pledges to overhaul coal-ash storage, after destroying river

We join much of the world in mourning the passage of American child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black.  Shirley died this past Monday at her home in Woodside, California.  She was 85.  For me, Shirley was an outstanding role model in terms of what women can accomplish in this life.  French actor Adolphe Menjou called her “an Ethel Barrymore” at six.  As a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador to Ghana and President Gerald Ford’s Chief of Protocol, she won the respect and cooperation of both sides of the aisle.  Perhaps most importantly, this ingenuous Californian’s greatest performances were not for Depression audiences.  They were for Posterity.  For an outstanding tribute to this particular American legend, please go here.

There is a comprehensive new study out, involving 90,000 women, strongly indicating that mammograms may not only be much less effective than previously thought but that they may actually identify a benign tumor as cancerous.  The study, published last week in The British Medical Journal.  For more information, please go here.

WORLD NEWS SHORTS

AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan Releases Prisoners Over U.S. Objections

Afghan Army’s Test Begins With Fight for Vital Highway

AFRICA South Sudan Peace Talks On Hold After Disagreements Between Rebels And Government

Ugandan President Says He Will Sign Tough Antigay Measure

Mob Attacks More Than a Dozen Gay Men in Nigeria’s Capital

AUSTRALIA This Boat Hull Was Left Rusting In A Bay Until It Turned Into A Forest

‘Mass breakout’ reported from Manus Island detention centre

Rain interrupts PM’s tour of drought-hit NSW, Qld (video)

Coalition backs climate policy after IMF chief urges Australia to remain ‘pioneers’

 

Final bell sounds for giant of the shearing world

Attorney-General George Brandis to target illegal downloads

BANGLADESH Months After Deadly Fire, Owners Of Bangladesh Factory Surrender To Authorities
BOSNIA Bosnians Furious With Politicians Shut Down Central Sarajevo
CHINA Chinese Dissident Lands At Cato Institute With A Caution To Colleges

China And Taiwan Hold Highest-Level Government Talks Since They Split In 1949

Hong Kong’s Indentured Servants

Chinese Ask Kerry to Help Tear Down a Firewall

ERUOPEAN UNION Modified Corn A Step Closer To Approval In Europe

France And Germany Lead Euro Zone To Higher Growth

FRANCE French Bank Is Suspected Of Violating Blacklistings
GEORGIA Czar Vladimir’s Illusions
GERMANY A More Useful Germany
INDIA India Plans World’s Biggest Solar Project. Now About The Financing …

Man-Eating Tigress Rampages Across Northern India

Hopes, And Homes, Crumbling On Indian Tea Plantations

More Engagement With India

Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears Of Nationalist Pressure

IRAN Cries Of ‘Death To America’ As Iranians Celebrate 35th Anniversary Of Revolution
IRAQ Suicide Bomb Trainer In Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class
ITALY Italy’s Prime Minister Announces Resignation Amid Party Revolt

Political Star Rises On Vow To Upend Italy’s Old Order

JAPAN Nuclear Issue In Limbo As Indecision Grips Japan

Rakuten, Japanese E-Commerce Giant, To Buy Viber For $900 Million

LATIN AMERICA Prominent Opposition Leader In Venezuela Is Blamed For Unrest
MEXICO Why Growing Chocolate In Mexico Is An Act Of Resistance
RUSSIA Independent News Station, Feeling Kremlin’s Wrath, Asks ‘Why?’

With All Eyes On Russia, Kremlin Expands Ban On Same-Sex Adoptions

SPAIN Spain Seeks To Curb Law Allowing Judges To Pursue Cases Globally

Prospect of Spanish Citizenship Appeals to Descendants of Jews Expelled in 1492

SWITZERLAND Swiss Voters Narrowly Approve Curbs On Immigration

Swiss Immigration Vote Raises Alarm Across Europe

TURKEY Turkey Struggles To Protect Its Lira

A Debate Becomes A Brawl As Turkey’s Parliament Votes To Rein In Courts

UNITED KINGDOM Britain’s Immigration Minister Resigns Over Employing Illegal Immigrant

British Politicians Blame One Another For Regional Flooding

Climate Change Has Turned Southern England Into A Soggy Teabag

England: 2 Out Of 3 Adults Now Overweight Or Obese

British Scientists Claim Human Footprints Found In England Are Oldest Found Outside Of Africa

Bank Of England Moves Away From Unemployment Trigger

UNITED STATES One Month After Toxic Spill, West Virginians Face ‘Crisis Of Confidence’

Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

Obama Greets France’s Leader, But Warns Against Doing Business With Iran

Detainees Sentenced In Seconds In ‘Streamline’ Justice On Border

Executions Are Suspended By Governor In Washington

Nagin Guilty Of 20 Counts Of Bribery And Fraud

Atlanta Frozen Again As Winter Woes Chill South

Comcast To Acquire Time Warner Cable For $45.2 Billion

Winter Offensive Takes Toll On East Coast

California Seeing Brown Where Green Used To Be

President Obama Visits California To Announce Drought Relief

U.S. Issues Marijuana Guidelines For Banks

A Victory for Gay Rights in Virginia, but Opponents Vow to Fight On

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change has turned southern England into a soggy teabag

Quick, change the channel! Al Jazeera is talking about the environment again

There’s no “warming pause” — trade winds are burying heat in the Pacific

Beyond a reasonable drought: California’s dry spell could be the worst in 500 years

U.S. wants poor and rich countries alike to cut emissions under next climate treaty

SPYING

Spy Chief Says Snowden Took Advantage Of ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Security Lapses

N.S.A. Ousts Civilian Employee Tied To Snowden Leaks

NSA Snooping Violates Separation Of Powers, Congressmen Say

Spying By N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm

Abbott Refuses To Comment On New Indonesia Spy Reports

SYRIA

Break in Siege Is Little Relief to Syrian City

Talks on Syrian Conflict Resume in Geneva

Pirate Radio Gives Voice to Syrian Opposition

Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency

U.S. and Russian Diplomats Confer With Syria Mediator

Syrian Rebels Sketch Peace Plan That Omits Demand for Assad’s Ouster

Syria Peace Talks Deadlock as Recriminations Fly

U.N. Security Council Urged to Act on Humanitarian Aid to Syria

After Second Round of Syria Talks, No Agreement Even on How to Negotiate

THE UKRAINE

A Ukraine City Spins Beyond the Government’s Reach

OH CANADA

This needs to be fixed.  Canadians are not the only ones who use this.  Air Canada gets the most formal complaints of any airline in Canada

This would be a real good time for some of us to stay home and watch snow sports on television.  Avalanche danger rising across southern B.C.

We have to stop this.  Shock over meat of endangered whales shipped through Canada

SHORTS

Doctor Enters Not Guilty Plea In As Ottawa Terrorism Trial Begins

Baby Iver Born Healthy After Brain-Dead Mom Kept Alive For Six Weeks In Victoria

Federal Government Encourages Consumers To Buy ‘Made In Canada’ Goods

B.C. Women Pickier Than Most In Canada

Here’s This Week’s The Flip Side.

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:        Hi, Sweetheart.  I smell popcorn and I’m hearing some real interesting stuff from your buddy Arnie, there.

Felina:     Good morning, mate of my three life times.  Arnold is telling me about a countrywoman of yours who apparently charmed the world and then went on to try to make it a better place.  You’re welcome to join us, if you like.  There are lox and bagels in Amana.

Sam:        Amana the refrigerator.

Felina:     Yes, Samuel, that Amana.

Sam:        Gotcha.  And then a visit to Nicky the Nuker.

Felina:     Nicholas the Microwave Oven.

Sam:        Yeah, him too.  And through the miracle of time lapse photography, viola and I am here, my tawny rose of Toronto.

Felina:     You make me smile, Samuel.  And that would be so romantic if it were true.

Sam:        It’s hard to find something that works with…wait…”and I am here, my Cougar Queen Of The Kootenays.”

Felina:     Oh, my darling, I absolutely love that!  Henceforth, I shall be known as Felina Elizabeth Mountainlion, Cougar Queen Of The Kootenays.

Sam:        Let the word go forth.  From every mountain top that a new day is dawning and her name is Felina Elizabeth Mountainlion, Cougar Queen of the Kootenays.  However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Princess Kate and the Prince William of Digression.  And the Federico Felini of the smooth transition.

Sam:        Which is to say that we are now paying homage to American royalty.

Felina:     Quite so, mate mine.  Shirley Temple was just a kitten when she came like a ray of sunshine into some of America’s darkest times.

Sam:        Yep and she came onto the scene honest, ingenuous and just as full of love and wisdom as the characters she portrayed.

Felina:     And when she became an young adult and audiences no longer adored her as much, she married a mate who loved her as those millions did and for the same reason.

Sam:        So a heart which once filled sound stages in Hollywood and theatres from Bangor, Washington to Bangor, Maine embraced her entire species and she went on to serve in the United Nations, Africa and the capitol of her nation.

Felina:     Your country has a remarkable habit of producing the finest examples of the female of that species as any in the world.  Shirley Temple Black is most certainly one of them.

Sam:        Aye, Lass.  She most certainly is.  And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Despite the fact that she’s got a tough road ahead of her, we are glad that the United States Air Force is now being run by a woman.  For New Air Force Secretary, a Baptism by Fire

They could not have found a much better place to put this, eh?  Monster wind farm planned in South Dakota

Check out this delightful commentary from a Canadian perspective by the Maple Leaf’s “Hoda and Kathie Lee”.

BAD EXAMPLES

I rather imagine what remains of this man’s life will be a living hell.  Quebec father whose slap killed daughter to have sentencing hearing

There are probably reasons for this but certainly no excuses.  U.N. Report Says Progress for Women Is Unequal

My mother, GRHS, would be turning over in her grave if she knew about this.  With all eyes on Russia, Kremlin expands ban on same-sex adoptions

BAD EXAMPLES EXTRA

Idi Amin would be sending this monumental jackass roses.  Ugandan President Says He Will Sign Tough Antigay Measure

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

An international team made a fossil discovery in a western Canadian national park that dates back a half billion years and could further explain the evolution of life.  Yep, for more on this one, please go here.

I think this might be taking “bombs bursting in air” just a lit-tle too far.  How Nuclear Bombs Could Save Earth from Killer Asteroids

We thought this was an outstanding application of technology for the best of reasons.  This boat hull was left rusting in a bay until it turned into a forest

HERE ON EARTH

Fossil reveals giant killer dinosaur from Utah; preceded T. rex as North American terror

British scientists claim human footprints found in England are oldest found outside of Africa

Monster wind farm planned in South Dakota

TECHNOLOGY

For a Restful Night, Make Your Smartphone Sleep on the Couch

How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction

For Wearable Computers, a New User Interface Challenge

OUTER SPACE

NASA Sun-Watching Spacecraft Celebrates 4th Birthday with Amazing Video

Strange Ribbon May Be Cosmic ‘Roadmap’

Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker;  A selection of images from NASA’s Curiosity rover as it drives toward Mount Sharp.

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang.  How much do you know about the planet on which you live?

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

Review of Washington State coal export project to include global warming effects

SolarCoins are cryptocurrency for the sustainability crowd

These workshops will teach you to salvage and build an upcycled tiny house

U.S. wants poor and rich countries alike to cut emissions under next climate treaty

Monster wind farm planned in South Dakota

Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up

HEALTH

I’ve tried this and it really does work.  Shake off a Charley horse

Since this country is a major supplier of over the counter medications to North America, this is not good news.  Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries

Well, I’m glad we know this now.  But it’s not very reassuring.  Kids can get sick in doctors’ waiting rooms

SHORTS

Is the end near for cigarette smoking in America?

Starting today, fewer mammograms in B.C.

Submit your recipe to Healthy Dish!

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUF

Little Miss Marker – Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou (full movie)

LIFESTYLE

Meet Metro Vancouver’s most eligible bachelors

Heroin’s Small-Town Toll, and a Mother’s Grief

Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8 Million Child Car Seats

Video: Modern Love: Under His Misspell

A Steady Path to Supreme Court as Gay Marriage Gains Momentum in States

The All-or-Nothing Marriage

BEST OF THE NET

Grist Magazines Most Perfectly Timed Photographs

Video: Remembering Shirley Temple Black

Video: This Week’s Movies: Feb. 14, 2014

NORTHSTAR RECOMMENDS

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.

NEW DICTIONARY:  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.

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

The rain is back.  Photo by MS(R)<

The rain is back. Photo by MS(R)<

GOVERNOR JAY SUSPENDS EXECUTIONS

Governor Jay Insley this week suspended executions in this state, citing a necessary review of the capital punishment procedures.  For more, please go here.

BERTHA SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING IN TIME FOR SUMMER TOURISTS

Well, it looks like engineers have figured out what it will take to get Bertha going again.  She should be up and running just in time for the tourism season.  I wonder if there’s a way we can capitalize on that with tours.  Vendor them out at ten percent after expenses and use the rest of the money to compensate merchants along the route for the inconvenience.  We have also learned that this tunnel may not even be necessary.  Yep, for more, please go here.

SHORTS

Seattleites support $15 minimum wage

Seattleites likes causes, not neighbors

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

 

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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

For a preview:  Go Here

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

 

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Check out the winners at this year’s Westminster Dog Show.  Sky, Wire Fox Terrier and Veteran Show Dog, Wins at Westminster

Okay, here’s something we did not know, despite decades around these folks.  A Grizzly Answer for Obesity

If you are at all concerned about “lesser life forms” taking over the planet, you probably don’t want to watch this in the Full Screen mode.  Video: ScienceTake: War of the Ants

FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Great Backyard Bird Count’s February newsletter is available online and is another bird lover’s delight.  Their website is very informational and interactive and you don’t need to be an avian geek to enjoy it.  It can also be a small group activity, something you can do with your kids or grandkids.  In my opinion, there are few pleasures more sublime than sharing an educational experience with a child.

The SeaDoc Society’s February newsletter is available online.  These folks are personal favourites.  Affiliated with the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, they are headquartered on a small forested San JuanIsland in the northern Puget Sound/Salish Sea.  They are a very hands-on group of scientists and support staff.  Their website is interactive and extremely interesting.  Like the GBBC above, this is a Northstar Journal Five Star recommendation.

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

This one has maximum freakout potential and at first, I thought it was an exaggeration.  But the reporter, Holly Richmond, is a veteran of this kind of coverage so trust me.  It is not an exaggeration.  Horrifying five-foot jellyfish washes ashore, signaling our imminent demise

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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