SOMETIMES IT DOES NOT HURT TO STEP BACK AND UNPLUG A BIT

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

No. 382

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

A Street in the Pinehurst Neighborhood of Seattle “between seasons”

A Street in the Pinehurst Neighborhood of Seattle “between seasons”

SOMETIMES IT DOES NOT HURT TO STEP BACK AND UNPLUG A BIT

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, Seattle had summer this past week, all three days of it this time. But no worries, it’ll be back in time for Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, climate change, lethal politics and other world-changing events have been rocking and rolling the planet beyond the pale, as it were.

These last few editions have been pretty intense for us here and have accurately reflected the state of the readership. I think ~ though ~ that it does not hurt for one to occasionally step back, unplug a bit as it were and appreciate the world of the seven senses around them.

Seattle is essentially seven neighborhoods looking for city hall and I live in one of the more rural ones, on a street with no sidewalks and mail delivered in boxes clustered in threes every few houses. All around are evergreens and several deciduous species, the most noticeable of which are cherry trees, which are in bloom now, replete with the rich redolence for which they are known.

In contrast to many places I have lived on the North American west coast ~ and even in Seattle ~ it is a quiet neighborhood and a friendly one. There is a pub, a supermarket, two gas stations and other quainter amenities within easy walking distance and the streets are safe night or day. The fact that we so seldom see police cars or emergency services vehicles says a great deal, as well.

Though the downtown core is less than a half hour by Metro bus and 15 minutes in good weather by Interstate 5, it is easy to forget that Seattle has also seen controversy, strife, riots, scandal, tent cities and all the other scourges which have afflicted Metropolitan America in the decades following the Second World War.

I see none of this history in the eyes of my neighbors. I see only the friendly, kind, decent, hard-working people I live with. I see them walking their dogs with kids in tow, working out in their yards, waiting in impossibly long lines at the Safeway and doing all those other things Norman Rockwell immortalized about life in New England.

Just as I suspect this is the “real” Seattle, so I rather suspect that is the way of it, as well, where you live. And for the same reasons. Our peace was hard bought, trust me. Just like yours, right?

THE NEWS

This is certainly good news and hope for the millions this disease impacts. Half of U.K. patients diagnosed with cancer will be cured: study shows

Those of us who have lost a loved one to a drunk driver do not need to read this. Anyone who either drives impaired or has considered it, does. Father of four tells sentencing hearing he felt like ending his life after his wife was killed by drunk driver

here’s the kind of news that is good for the entire planet. One million acres of rain forest and other environment is being restored in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Landslide Buries Village In Afghanistan Leaving 350 Dead, Thousands Missing

AFRICA

A Shocking New Report Highlights Depth Of Poaching Crisis
South Africa And Mozambique Unite To Protect Endangered Wildlife ››

‘Born-Frees’ Shun South African Vote As Apartheid Memories Fade

AUSTRALIA

Labour Demands Abbott Explain Cancellation Of Indonesia Trip

‘World’s Eyes’ On Australian Live Beef Shipment To Russia

Anaesthesia Drug Recalled Nationwide After Patients Fall Ill

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 54 Asylum Seekers Bound For Australia

Jailed Australian Journalist Greste Speaks From Egypt Prison

CHINA

Assailants Attack Train Station in Restive Western China

Sex Abuse and China’s Children

China’s Leader Warns of Long-Term Terror Fight After Blast

EGYPT

Egypt Sentences Top Islamist and Over 680 Others to Death

Uproar in Egypt After Judge Sentences More Than 680 to Death

GERMANY

Merkel Signals That Tension Persists Over U.S. Spying

INDIA

Indian Army Called In, Curfew Imposed After Separatist Rebels Kill 29 Muslim Villagers

ISRAEL

Kerry Apologizes for Remark That Israel Risks Apartheid

JAPAN

Forced to Flee Radiation, Fearful Japanese Villagers Are Reluctant to Return

Super cute Japanese posters encourage proper transit etiquette

LATIN AMERICA

In Venezuela, Protesters Point to Their Scars

Panama Election Contest Tightens As Strike Halts Canal Work

MYANMAR

Death Stalks Muslims as Myanmar Cuts Off Aid

N.A.T.O.

British Force In Lithuania To Strengthen NATO Mission

RUSSIA

‘World’s Eyes’ On Australian Live Beef Shipment To Russia

TURKEY

Turkish Leader Seeks Extradition of Muslim Preacher in U.S.

UNITED KINGDOM

Scots Ponder: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

March Celebrates Women Priests In Church Of England

UK Charities Help Afghan Rescue

Tube Strike On After Talks Collapse

Flanders Black Watch Statue Unveiled

UNITED STATES

Gay Rights Push Shifts Its Focus South and West

String of Deadly Storms Hits Across Midwest and South

‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby

White House Details Thinking on Cybersecurity Flaws

Virginia to Extend In-State Tuition to Children of Illegal Immigrants

Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution

Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind

Arizona’s Enormous Solar Plant Is Up And Running

Seattle Mayor Details Plan for $15 Minimum Wage

Chicagoans Fight The Kochs And Their Petcoke

Obama Orders Policy Review On Executions

First U.S. Case Of MERS Virus Is Found In Indiana Man Who Visited Mideast

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Declares John XXIII, John Paul II Saints As Benedict Looks On In Day Of 4 Popes

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Stops Reef Fish Detecting Predators ››

How Climate Change Makes Everest An Even Deadlier Game

EPA’s McCarthy Slams The Agency’s Anti-Science Critics

Longtime Vegas water czar warns other cities to brace for climate change

THE UKRAINE

Chernobyl: Capping A Catastrophe

Slide Show: Years After Chernobyl, Building Progress

A European Energy Executive’s Delicate Dance Over Ukraine

Putin Rival Takes Message To East Ukraine

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions On Russia; Targets More Allies Of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Mayor Of Ukraine’s Second-Largest City Is Shot

U.S. Expands Sanctions, Adding Holdings Of Russians In Putin’s Financial Circle

Sanctions Over Ukraine Cause Headaches In The Energy Sector

European Union Adds 15 Names To Ukraine Sanctions List

Ukraine Says That Militants Won The East

So Far, U.S. Sanctions Over Ukraine May Be Inflicting Only Limited Pain On Russia

Ukrainians Strike Rebel-Held City As Fighting Spreads

Abducted Ukraine Observers Released

OH CANADA

We’re not sure this is a totally good idea. Raccoons in particular are quick to assimilate new technology. Wi-Fi Coming To Canadian National Parks

Our prayers are with you folks. B.C. First Nation launches legal challenge over Kinder Morgan pipeline

I so love this one. It’s part of the Canadian feminine mystique as far as I’m concerned. Woman defends her cat from bald eagle in Campbell River

SHORTS

Former Aboriginal Police Chief Fired By Julian Fantino Takes Case To Court

Vancouver Art Gallery Chooses Herzog & De Meuron To Design New Building

New Study Disputes Canada’s “Obesity Epidemic”

Foreigners Can Buy As Much B.C. Farmland As They Want — And They Are

Vancouver Police Officer Sues City Cop For Assault, False Imprisonment

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, it’s a beautiful morning out yonder, Lass.

Felina:     Oh, I know, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        I could use some company, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Quite so, my love. Just give me a few minutes? Arnold is showing me something absolutely fascinating about human motherhood.

Sam:        With all due respect to Arnie, our talking television set, that’s a waste of sunshine neither of you can watch later.

Felina:     Perhaps I should take a break. Arnold agrees. And if it is not too much trouble, oh moon and sun of my life?

Sam:        Lox and a bagel for you and lox with cream cheese for this electronic life form I have reluctantly learned to live with.

Felina:     You are such a delight, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        Especially when you and the television set are hungry, I’ve noticed.

Felina:     Be nice, Samuel. I am sure my other expressions of my regard for you have not gone unappreciated.

Sam:        Nope, Felina, they have not. And thank you, as well, for reminding me I can still blush.

Felina:     You look absolutely smashing in red, my love.

Sam:        Cool. I think. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Raymond and Juliet of digression. And the Solomon Spielberg of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which is to say, Mother’s Day is next Sunday, Felina. Spring in our mountains is now.

Felina:     I quite agree, my sagacious snowcat. Beyond us, these shaggy giants rise majestically to pay homage to skies that have known the beginning, the end and all that has transpired between ultimate sunrises.

Sam:        And all life celebrates their dominion.

Felina:     Perhaps even those humans who dare call them children of Gaia and also pay appropriate homage.

Sam:        Sweetheart, keep that dream alive. More and more are starting to believe it with you. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, then, gentle readers, please try to get out and enjoy spring or whatever season it is where you live? And of course, 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

I thought this was “most excellent.” A Young Mayor Who Likes to Share His View From the Top

Here is another reason for never under-estimating “kid power.” $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors

The people who helped make this happen deserve a Heaven all their own. Girl Whose Plea For Pizza Was Heard ‘Round The World Is Now Cancer Free!

SHORTS

A Former Heroin Addict Started This Awesome E-Waste Company That Hires Others In Recovery

Super Cute Japanese Posters Encourage Proper Transit Etiquette

Watch This Teen Take His Great-Grandmother To Her First Prom

BAD EXAMPLES

You’ve come a long way, baby, but apparently not quite far enough. Sigh. The Media Has a Woman Problem

Science without ethics is religion without God. Scandalous Experiments Left Hundreds Infected With Parasite

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This ought to give us all something to talk about. Genetic ‘Adam & Eve’ Uncovered In Surprising New Study

In The Wrong Hands, This Could Be A Mad Scientist’s Ultimate Dream.Human Brain Microchip Is 9,000 Times Faster Than A PC

And for those of us who have entirely too much time on our hands. Psst! This Is How You Win Rock-Paper-Scissors

INNER SPACE

Watch: Mind-Blowing Images Show What’s Right In Front Of You Each Day… But You Never See

Pyramid Mystery Solved

Scientists Urge Delay In Destroying Deadly Virus

OUTER SPACE

Top 100 Photos From The Hubble Space Telescope

Huge Moon’s ‘Club Sandwich’ May Support Life

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

TECHNOLOGY

Few Consumers Are Buying Premise Of Mobile Wallets

Netflix Takes Net Neutrality Fight Straight To The Top

25 Reasons Why No One Is Liking Your Instagram Photos

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about viruses and bacteria ?

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

Fighting City Hall Is Easier Than Running It, Richmond’s Green Reformers Find

Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution

Public Transit’s Unlikely Advocates? Older Americans

A Ghost Town, Going Green

HEALTH

This is definitely worth family sharing. Children’s guide to microbes also a useful primer for adults

This is definitely good news. Radical VGH Cancer Procedure Gives A Chance Of Life For Some Patients (With Video)

More extremely useful information. This week in health: Rob Ford in rehab, robotic heart surgery, and more

SHORTS

Superbugs: What Are They And How Are They Formed?

Misconceptions About Vaccines

Vaccination And Your Child

Decoding Who’s Pandemic Levels

Pandemic History Offers Lessons

The New Superbug – How Do We Treat It?

Helmets Do Little To Help Moderate Infant Skull Flattening, Study Finds

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

Mickey Rooney (and friends) – Drummer Boy

LIFESTYLE

Cities, Get Ready — The Tiny Houses Are Coming

How Not to Be Misled by the Jobs Report

Video: A Preview of the Kentucky Derby

Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy

Why Are We More Optimistic About Ourselves Than About Our Society?

BEST OF THE NET

Photos: Top images from around the globe

Stunning Photos of the World’s Northernmost City

Video: Acting Like an Ape — Actors from “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” receive ape-like movement training near the film set in New Orleans.

FROM NORTHSTAR

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

Wild Travel Magazine’s photo of the week of an elusive water vole was captured by Maggie Campbell

Wild Travel Magazine’s photo of the week of an elusive water vole was captured by Maggie Campbell

It turns out I share a culinary range with my favourite four-footed creature Cougars’ survival due to unfussy diet ››

Here’s a headline we honestly never expected to see. Chernobyl’s Birds Are Adapting To Radiation ››

We thought this was a little extreme but if it helps, why not? Freediver swims naked with sharks in campaign against drum lines ››

SHORTS

Video: Shell Game For Animals

You Won’t Believe These Bears

Australia’s New Marine Parks Are A Boon For Flatback Turtles ››

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Runaway Budweiser blimp still missing, likely deflated in ‘remote area’ of New Brunswick

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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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