ANOTHER VERY INTERESTING WEEK

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

No. 381

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Rockwell Figure of Speech

ANOTHER VERY INTERESTING WEEK

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been another very interesting week, has it not, gang?

On the home front, the American state I live in had a visit from America’s chief executive. It was a great morale booster for the survivors of the mudslide in the small Cascade foothills community of Oso. Because of understandable time constraints, Mr. Obama was unable to visit with everyone who wanted to see him. However, consensus here seems to be that it was good he came. So on behalf of those of us here in “the other Washington,” Mr. President, thank you. Give our best to Michelle and the girls.

Our hearts go out, of course, to those impacted by the sinking of that Korean ferry. We are reserving in-depth comment until the investigation into this tragedy is finished. My hunch now is that the vessel was indeed overloaded. If that was the case, there’s not a great deal the captain and crew could have done as employees of the company which sold passage for passengers and freight in the first place. I hope all concerned continue to respect the difference between blame and responsibility.

It has been interesting watching how much attention that Nevada rancher is receiving. He has turned a simple use-permitting process into a media circus. It reminds me of something my infamous Uncle Seamus observed when he opined that it was often not the jackass which sang the sweetest which drew the biggest crowd, but the one who brayed the loudest. Here at Northstar ~ with occasional exceptions ~ we tend to ignore the dysfunctional rather than enable them.

We continue, as well, to pray for those of you and yours in both Russia and the Ukraine. The “politics” behind this are Byzantine, to say the least, and seem to be imprinted on the species in general. There has been neither a nation nor an empire in history whose “story” is not analogous. I think it is perhaps worth noting that long after the marble busts of leaders great and small have crumbled into dust, the people remain.

I believe there is a reason for this and I sincerely hope it remains so.

THE NEWS

We would like to wish British monarch Queen Elizabeth II a happy 88th birthday.

Well, this was not totally unexpected. Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year

Here’s something I doubt very many dairy farmers predicted. With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time

WORLD

AFRICA

Thousands Stream To UN Base In South Sudan As Rebels Leave ‘Piles And Piles’ Of Bodies In Their Wake

In Land That Values Ivory, Wild Elephants Find a Safe Haven

In Lagos, the One Percent Takes Stock

Nigerian Movie Appears to Hit Nerve Over War

AUSTRALIA

The DJ Duke And Duchess: William And Kate Make Music In Adelaide

WA Town Of Exmouth Cut Off By Floods

Three Hospitalised With Possible Death Cap Mushroom Poisoning

Royal Tour: Five Memorable Moments

Australian WWI War Horse Breed Still Being Bred

BANGLADESH

Battling for a Safer Bangladesh

Bangladesh: One year after Rana Plaza collapse, serious risks remain

CHINA

A Policy-Making Mystery in the Renminbi’s Decline

EGYPT

Religious Minorities Still Waiting for a New Day in Egypt

GERMANY

How Underpaid German Workers Helped Cause Europe’s Debt Crisis

GREECE

Despite Missing Economic Goals, Greece Manages to Meet a Bailout Target

IRAQ

Iraqi Militants Stage Political Rally, Then Bombs Go Off

ISRAEL

US Honors Israeli Professor For Work On Suicide Prevention

KOREA

South Korean Divers Bring Up The Dead: ‘There Are No Survivors, There Are No Air Pockets’

Even As They’re Branded ‘Murderous,’ Stories Of South Korean Ferry Crew’s Bravery Emerge

Korea Confronts Tendency to Overlook Safety as Toll in Ferry Sinking Grows

Stowage and Design Problems Are Officially Cited in Ferry Disaster

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (N.A.T.O.)

NATO Minesweepers Depart On Baltic Sea Deployment As Alliance Beefs Up Eastern Presence

RUSSIA

S&P Cuts Russia, Says Sanctions Could Spell Further Downgrade           

Russia Exported Record Volume Of Sun Oil

SWEDEN

Swedish Medieval King’s Bones To Undergo DNA Analysis

TURKEY

Turkey’s Nutty Green Idea For Heating Its Eco-City? Pistachios

UNITED KINGDOM

Long Live The Queen! Elizabeth Turns 88

UNITED STATES

50 Years Into The War On Poverty, Hardship Hits Back

Wall Street Closes Higher For 6th Straight Session

FBI Trying To Identify 90 Potential Victims Of Accused International Child Predator

Court Backs Michigan On Affirmative Action

The American Middle Class Is No Longer The World’s Richest

Vermont Will Label Genetically Engineered Food

U.S. President Barack Obama Calls For Peaceful Resolution To Dispute Over Islands Between Japan And China

No Tornado Deaths: 2014 Has Longest Fatality-Free Start in 99 Years

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Street Artist Swoon Takes On Rising Sea Levels And Drowning Communities

When It Comes To Climate Change, Don’t Just Think Of The Children

“Climate Change War” Is Not A Metaphor

Wyoming Doesn’t Want Its Kids To Learn About Climate Change

How To Use The Bible To Save The Planet

Here’s A Killer Video That Explains Climate Change With Tetris

Washington State Tribes Seek Climate Change Action

MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS

Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact, Drawing U.S. and Israeli Rebuke

Palestinian Factions Announce Deal on Unity Government

SYRIA

Weakened Rebels In Last Stand For Homs, Capital Of Syrian Revolution

THE UKRAINE

G7 Imposes New Sanctions On Russia

Ukraine Blames Moscow For ‘Human Shield’ Detentions In East.

WAR ON TERROR

U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say

France Unveils Plan To Battle Jihadist Threat

Israeli Air Force Strikes Terror Cell In Gaza

U.S. Promotes Network To Foil Digital Spying

OH CANADA

Say good-bye to a Canadian who survived the American justice system. Former boxer and injustice fighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies in Toronto

We totally approve of this decision. Canada to phase out old rail tankers in 3 years in response to Quebec explosion that killed 47

Regardless of who wins, it’s still a good race. Canada outpaces US in phasing out oil train cars

SHORTS

Paintings Depict Canada’s Soldiers In Died In Afghanistan

Russia Expels Canadian Diplomat In Delayed Tit-For-Tat Retaliation

Canada Will Send Up To 500 Observers To Ukraine Election Next Month: Harper

6.6 Earthquake Off Vancouver Island Shakes Coastal Residents

Kenney Calls Upon Fast-Food Employers To Raise Wages, Employ More Canadians

Evacuation Order Continues To Remain In Effect In Areas Around Salmon Arm After Shuswap Mudslide

FROM THE UKRAINE:

Russia: No exemptions and restrictions in the EEU

With our thanks to the Black Sea Agro Cooperative

The fundamental principle of the Eurasian Economic Union is a common market without exemptions and restrictions, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said following the meeting of the heads of government of the Customs Union member states in Moscow on 15 April.

Top on the agenda of the meeting was the draft Eurasian Economic Union Treaty. “We have made good progress on the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty today. The fundamental principle of the treaty is an absolutely common market without exemptions and restrictions. How and when it will happen has been discussed today. We have reached understanding on the majority of the matters,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

“I do not see any insurmountable obstacles, although there are quite a number of sensitive positions that will be discussed in detail by the heads of state at the forthcoming meeting in Minsk on 29 April,” the Belarusian head of government said.

He emphasized that the Eurasian Economic Union should be able to ensure equal economic conditions and an equal competitive environment for its member states. According to the Belarusian Premier, the heads of government of the three member states agreed that the EEU Treaty and its supplements should mostly contain regulations that are subject to a direct effect, as well as fewer reference rules and no vaguely-worded regulations.

Besides, Mikhail Myasnikovich informed that during his meeting with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, the partners also discussed the Belarus-Russia cooperation. According to him, the conversation was sincere and the parties reached understanding on nearly all the matters.

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, Sweetheart. Got any ideas for breakfast? My treat. Since it sort of looks like you and your buddy Arnie pulled an all-nighter? And pretty well wasted a gallon of popcorn together?

Felina:     Good morning to you too, mate of my three lifetimes. Arnold says that lox and bagels with crème cheese would be absolutely delightful. (yawn) And I am reassured that you missed me.

Sam:        Tell our talking television set I said “gotcha”. And yep, I did.

Felina:     But apparently not enough to be jealous?

Sam:        Felina, you knew when you met me I was a Cracker Jack wedding ring. If I’m going to get knocked out of the box by a talking TV set who happens to be your best buddy besides me, the Universe as we know it is a lot deeper in the Big Muddy than I am.

Felina:     Oh, Samuel, that was absolutely stellar, my darling. And so incredibly true, my rapacious rapscallion. And I do apologise, Dear. But they are such a fascinating species.

Sam:        Sweetheart, I think I know where this is headed. And no, it has not been a particularly good week for them.

Felina:     Sometimes there are no words for the sadness.

Sam:        At least none I’d use in front of your parents, nope.

Felina:     I honestly do not know, sometimes, how they have survived so long and yet seemed to have learned so little.

Sam:        It happens in the best of species, Felina. And even the Creator makes mistakes. Not every pie She puts in the oven comes out smelling like American apples.

Felina:     Do you think human beings were a Divine Mistake, Samuel?

Sam:        Felina, of all the mysteries and miracles in the universe that have landed in my lap, the only one I really know and understand is you. You are lethal in defense of the same living creatures who constantly break your heart. So as far as I’m concerned, if you love them that much, no, they are not a Divine Mistake.

Felina:     Thank you, my love. I needed to hear that.

Sam:        Sweetheart, with all due respect, I suspect you’re not the only one. So on that note, then, Lass?

Felina:     Quite so, Dear. On that note, then, gentle readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

We totally applaud this. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Award $250,000 Grant to New PBS Series How We Got to Now

Here’s a filmmaker putting his career and his life on the line trying to stop the indiscriminate and illegal slaughter of birds on the island nation of Malta. His is an example worth emulating and he could certainly use our support.

Lest we forget. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird pays respects at Auschwitz memorial

SHORTS

Go On, Steal A Bike — The San Francisco Police Dare You

In Florida Tomato Fields, A Penny Buys Progress

A Partnership To Help The Tallest Residents In Yosemite Park

BAD EXAMPLES

When someone attempts to do something as fine and decent as this, better results should result. Fox Cable Exec Fired Over Flight MH370 Fund Raising

HNIC host Ron MacLean apologizes for French referee comments  And you’re from what country with a prominent French-speaking minority again, Ron?

We totally agree with this. When your produce gets wasted, it’s really a cry for help

SHORTS

Seattle Church Ousted From Boy Scouts Movement Over Refusal To Dismiss Gay Troop Leader

Wyoming doesn’t want its kids to learn about climate change

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This is reassuring. Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-sized explosions.

Conjuring Images of a Bionic Future This too.

This has to be a little humbling. Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?

INNER SPACE

Glow-In-The-Dark ‘Smart Highway’ Unveiled by Dutch Designer

Freaky Fossil Shows Birth Of Prehistoric ‘Sea Monster’ Happened Headfirst (VIDEO)

Elio Motors: Ultra High Mileage Vehicle

OUTER SPACE

NASA & Google Developing “Floating” Robots For The International Space Station

Could Humans Actually Be Living On Mars In 20 Years? It Sure Looks Like It.

A Constellation of Satellites

TECHNOLOGY

Will Robots Like Baxter Be Serving Your Coffee In The Future?

For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is Unusually Small

Why Today’s Biomedical Revolution Is the ‘Sputnik Moment 2.0’

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about cancer?

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

Corn Waste-Based Ethanol Could Be Worse For The Climate Than Gasoline

Street artist Swoon takes on rising sea levels and drowning communities

This DIY solar backpack looks tricky but doable

Vermont Will Label Genetically Engineered Food

Enviros Urge U.S. To Stop Meddling In Indian Solar Affairs

Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, “Cowboys and Indians” Heal Old Wounds

HEALTH

With the autism rate in the United States at 1 in 68, we highly recommend this. Know the Night: Author Maria Mutch explores the mysteries of autism

This needs to change. Infertility, Endured Through a Prism of Race

This is certainly an appropriate application of the technology involved. Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role

SHORTS

15 Insanely Unhealthy Baseball Stadium Eats

14 of the World’s Unhealthiest Foods

Calculate Your Body Mass Index – Standard BMI Calculator

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in “Dueling Banjos”

LIFESTYLE

Poverty Challenge: Can You Eat Healthily On $1.75 A Day?

Jaywalking Is Dangerous, Illegal—And Yet We Do It All The Time (With Video)

California’s Thirsting Farmland

Many Auto Show Visitors Unfazed By G.M. Recalls

Seriously Stressed-Out Students On The Rise On Post-Secondary Campuses

Hey, List-Makers: Most Millennials Don’t Want Sprawling, Car-Dependent Cities

In Rural Kansas, An Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again

Friends Can Be Dangerous

Video: Steamed Clams With Spring Herbs

BEST OF THE NET

Canada.Com’s Photos: Top Images From Around The World

Queen Elizabeth Looking Great On The Cusp Of 88

Gallery: Stunning Photos Of Duchess Kate On Australian Beach

Slide Show: New York Bridal Fashion Week | Spring 2015

Photos: The World’s Oldest Living Things

Photos: Top Images From Around The Globe

FROM NORTHSTAR

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Here’s a chance for us to make a difference to a cousin from another species. Help Free Lolita.

In the three years we were a monthly and the seven we’ve been a weekly, you folks have sent me some cool stuff for this feature. This has to rank right up there at the top. Check out this eagle cam at Berry College.

Just in case you were wondering? Minke whales responsible for mysterious duck sound

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Man says he found the Loch Ness monster through Apple’s Map app 

JUST A REMINDER

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Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

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Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty

 

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About minstrel312

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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