SAVING SEATTLE ONE SODA CAN AT A TIME

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

No. 383

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Seattle’s Space Needle from the south shore of Lake Union.  Photo by MS(R)M

Seattle’s Space Needle from the south shore of Lake Union. Photo by MS(R)M

SAVING SEATTLE ONE SODA CAN AT A TIME

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, apparently any rational basis for climate change denial has ended. I think this is a good thing but I am wary of how it is being presented in some of the media.

Like probably most of you, I do not like being shamed, bullied, frightened or guilt-tripped into doing anything. I prefer to make decisions calmly, reflectively and with the option of changing my mind or my position if I feel that is warranted.

I try to present news and commentary as information you can use to empower and enrich your own personal life experience and those of your loved ones. William Randolph Hearst and 21st Century tabloids notwithstanding, that is the tradition of journalism in America, from the crossroads country weeklies to the cosmopolitan dailies.

Conversely, when I read about something like climate change, I am of course most interested in how it will impact where I live. I want to know what scientists think is coming. I want to know how to prepare for it. And I want to know what I ~ Rusty Miller ~ can do to mitigate its impact.

I believe in the “light one little candle” theory of change. I like recycling, for instance. I enjoying seeing just how much I can shrink my own carbon footprint and the larger one of the household in which I live. Charles Darwin postulated that survival does not belong to the strongest of us, per se, but to the most adaptable.

I also do not believe that change needs to be orchestrated like an epic film. I do not need to hear John Wayne movie music in the background to get a charge out of using rain water to irrigate the garden or saving up my sox, washing them by hand in a bucket of water, then hanging them up to dry.

As long as it is not at the point of a gun, swagger stick or straight-edge ruler, I enjoy learning. From climate change, the most important lesson for me seems to be to just ignore those who suggest that I am naïve for believing that one small wick will make a difference to the universal darkness or that recycling soda cans will save the planet.

I am not trying to light up the universe and I am not trying to save the planet. I am trying to make my small patch of both a healthier and happier experience.

With all due respect to my esteemed critics, in my house, that is not rocket science. Nor is it, I suspect, in yours.

THE NEWS

Not that I think this comes as a surprise to anyone but here presented for those who still doubt, Federal climate report ‘loudest and clearest alarm bell’

Which of America’s cities have the highest air pollution? The answers might surprise you. They shocked me. I was partly raised in one of them and attended university in another. The metropolis in which I live now did not make the list of 25. Too many other places I lived before here did.

What are the 15 deadliest creatures to humankind in the world? The answers just might surprise you.

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

U.N. Report Documents Atrocities By Both Sides In South Sudan War

AFRICA

South Sudan Captures Stronghold Of Rebels

In South Africa, A.N.C. Is Counting On The Past

Islamist Militants Kill Hundreds Of Civilians In Northeastern Nigeria

South African Voting Ends, Counting Starts With Ruling Party Front-Runner Despite Challenges

U.N. Report Documents Atrocities By Both Sides In South Sudan War

African National Congress Draws 62 Percent Of The Vote In South Africa

AUSTRALIA

Disability Advocates Urge Government To Work With Big Business To Create Jobs

Cattle Baron Dies After Campdrafting Accident (Video)

Indonesia’s Ambassador To Australia To Return To Canberra

Sydney Teen Starts Australian Campaign To Free Nigerian Schoolgirls

Aussie Animation Studio Eyes More Hollywood Success

Morrison Announces Super-Agency To Patrol Australia’s Borders (Video)

CHINA

China Tightens Rules For Foreign-Made Milk Powders

Chinese Giant Alibaba Will Go Public, Listing In U.S.

Two Chinese Fishermen In U.S. Hospital After Air Force Rescue In Pacific Ocean

China’s Monroe Doctrine

Red-Hot Web In China Richly Rewards Foreign Investors

EUROPEAN UNION

Europe Expects Its Economy To Grow 1.6% This Year

Deflation Threatens Europe. Policy Makers Wait.

Eurovision Under Way In Copenhagen

GERMANY

BMW To Expand U.S. Plant In Push For Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient Cars

INDIA

Video: The Politics Of Violence Against Women

LATIN AMERICA

A Coffee Crop Withers

Deadly Illness In Nicaragua Baffles Experts

PORTUGAL

Buoyed By Exports, Portugal Chooses Clean Exit From Bailout

RUSSIA

Russia Quietly Tightens Reins On Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

Russian President Vladimir Putin To Visit France For D-Day Anniversary

The Russians Love Their Children, Too

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea’s Tragic Failure

South Korean Ferry Company Owner Arrested As Investigators Fear He May Destroy Evidence

THAILAND

Court Forces Thai PM Out, Pushing Country Further Into Turmoil

UNITED KINGDOM

After Years Of Ambitious Growth, Barclays Seeks To Be Leaner

British Experts Arrive In Nigeria To Aid In Search For Kidnapped Girls

Same-Sex Couples Can Apply For Coats Of Arms

‘No Extremism Link’ In Trojan Schools

UNITED STATES

Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges To Account

Heroin’s New Hometown

Supreme Court Allows Prayers At Town Meetings

BMW To Expand U.S. Plant In Push For Lighter, More Fuel-Efficient Cars

The Older Cling To Jobs, Crowding Out The Younger

Slow Exit Of The Midwest’s Winter Buries Gardens In A Deep Freeze

New York Police Recruit Muslims To Be Informers

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Urges ‘Legitimate Redistribution’ Of Wealth By State To Poor In A Generous Spirit

VIETNAM

Little Genius, Vietnamese Style

Vietnamese Vessels Collided With Chinese Ships Near Oil Rig In Disputed Sea

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Federal Climate Report ‘Loudest And Clearest Alarm Bell’

Puget Sound Feeling Impact Of Climate Change

Climate Change Study Finds U.S. Is Already Widely Affected

Americans Are Outliers In Views On Climate Change

Obama Talks Climate With TV Weathercasters

Brothers Battle Climate Change on Two Fronts

NIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS

Nigeria’s Stolen Girls

How Boko Haram Kidnapped 276 Girls In Nigeria

New Kidnapping Reported In Nigeria As U.S. Offers Help

U.S. Joins The Hunt

Abduction Of Girls An Act Not Even Al Qaeda Can Condone

Sydney Teen Starts Australian Campaign To Free Nigerian Schoolgirls

SYRIA

Syrian Rebels Depart Homs District Under Deal

Explosion Levels Hotel Housing Government Troops In Syria

A Pulverized Prize Changes Hands, Peacefully, In Syria

THE UKRAINE

Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Russia Over Crisis In Ukraine: Harper

Freedom In Ukraine Is A Canadian National Interest

Ukrainian Pm Meets British Foreign Secretary

As Ukrainian Election Looms, Western Powers And Russia Campaign For Influence

Vladimir Putin Says Russian Troops Have Pulled Back From Ukraine Border

Young Ukrainians Brush Aside The Crisis And Voice Optimism About The Future

World Waits To See If Putin Ups The Ante

OH CANADA

This is certainly good news, both for the province and the critters. Demand buzzing for B.C.’s bees after kind winter sets up blueberries for pollination

The Ukraine’s future means something to Canada, as well. Freedom In Ukraine Is A Canadian National Interest See also: Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Russia Over Crisis In Ukraine: Harper and Ukraine Crisis May Lead Canada To Boost Military Spending

Not to be left behind in the “drone race,” then? From Police Work To Inspecting Farms, Drones Can Be Big Business In Canada

SHORTS

Sailor Who Deserted Ship In Florida Gets Severe Reprimand And $5,000 Fine

Google Launches Music Service In Canada

Vancouver Mayor Pushes For Broadway Transit Line

Builders As Well As Fighters, Afghan Veterans Did Canada Proud

Stephen Harper Government To Present Battle Honours To Canadian Military Units

Ten Canadian Mothers Of Influence

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.

Felina:     Samuel, do you not find it extremely remarkable that human beings celebrate their mothers but once a year?

Sam:        Felina, you know that when it comes to anything having to do with that species, I am not the best animal to ask.

Felina:     But if you were in a mood to indulge the mate of your three lifetimes?

Sam:        Especially if she said something that sounded a little like emotional blackmail?

Felina:     Sometimes, it is rather like taking a deep breath and diving to where the salmon really make love.

Sam:        That deep, huh?

Felina:     Extremely.

Sam:        Well, since I was asked with such grace, human beings celebrate lots of things just once a year, including the birthday of divine among them, the independence of the big clans to which they belong and the battles which ennoble war rather than mourn its tragic futility.

Felina:     They also commemorate the birth of their young, the death of those among them and holidays to promote objects they create from digging in the earth and feeding great fires in huge caves.

Sam:        Yep, that’s it pretty much, Lass.

Felina:     Even their celebrations are celebrations.

Sam:        And heralded far in advance.

Felina:     From that perspective, it would appear that every day of their existence is a reason for some of them to celebrate, my love.

Sam:        Sweetheart, when you take into consideration all those “ascendants” of their species one of their religions has canonized, I think we can take “appear” out of the equation.

Felina:     Quite so, my rapacious rapscallion. Your eloquence sends chills through me.

Sam:        And I’m assuming that’s a good thing?

Felina:     You may assume that it is a very good thing, my darling.

Sam:        Then on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, then, gentle readers, Happy Mother’s Day. 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

This is another example of courage which needs no flag. A Uighur Father’s Brave Fight

I’ve met John Kitzhaber and this is typical of him. Oregon governor stops car, gives CPR to woman

I think this sets an outstanding example. Stanford to Purge $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

SHORTS

Free Buses Deliver Children To Moms In Prison

Edmonton Man, 90, Graduates High School With Grandson

Vancouver Island Restaurant Plans To Do Away With Tipping Servers In Favour Of Paying Staff A Living Wage

BAD EXAMPLES

There were no worse “Bad Examples” this past week than the kidnapping of those school children in Nigeria. Even on a continent where slavery has been practised since the Stone Age and continues today not just in Africa but globally as well, this act was as heinous as it was outrageous. It is a parent’s worst nightmare and an exploitation of that terror for geopolitical purposes tribal in scope, nihilistic in execution and profoundly self-defeating as both a tactic and a strategy. International response has been appropriate and when justice is served ~ as it most certainly will be ~ I hope the carrion birds of Nigeria are invited to the party. MSM/e/NJ

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

I thought this was very impressive. Night Or Day, This Solar Power Plant Always Turns Us On

I, personally, am not ready for this. Watch: How Google’s Self-Driving Cars See The World

I hope that before this truly becomes the next frontier, we stop polluting it and mediate the damage we have already done. Cosmic Connections In The Deep Sea

INNER SPACE

Plants Could Clean Homes From The Inside Out

Mummies Show What Ancients Really Ate

New Discovery ‘Blows Lid Off’ Old Stonehenge Theories

Self-Healing Plastic Mimics Blood

OUTER SPACE

New York Times Readers’ Moon Memories

Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker

Who Knew Our Sun Had A Sister?

How To Put A Human On Mars

Fashion For Mars Shown Off By NASA

TECHNOLOGY

‘Killer Robots’ To Be Debated At UN

Solepower Lets You Charge Gadgets Just By Walking

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ

Okay, gang, how much do you know about trans fat?

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

SolePower lets you charge gadgets just by walking

Annie Leonard Takes the Helm of Greenpeace

Brothers Battle Climate Change on Two Fronts

HEALTH

We’ve experienced this personally. Study: Walking Boosts Creativity

This looks very promising. Patient’s Cells Deployed To Attack Aggressive Cancer

Which of America’s cities are the “fattest”? The answer just might surprise you.

SHORTS

Emma Stone Joins Fight Against Cancer

Polio Spreading At Alarming Rates, World Health Organization Declares

The First American With MERS Is Recovering; Where Did Virus Come From?

Planning A Spring Cleaning? Clear Left-Over Drugs From Your Medicine Cabinet

Stealthy Sources Of Salt

Fitness: Ten Habits Successful Exercisers Have In Common

Tumour Cell Genome Studies Give Rise To Individualized Therapy

The Future Of Pharmacy Arrives Early At UBC

Are You Fitter Than A Caveman?

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

What Are You Going To Do About It? – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington – James Stewart & Jean Arthur at the Lincoln Memorial

LIFESTYLE

Video: On Top At The Derby

How To Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

Ingredient Of The Week: Coconut

What I Learned From Bill Gates

Best Of Food And Drink This Week: Mother’s Day Edition

Kids Are Naturally Unselfish, Says Psychologist

The Older Cling To Jobs, Crowding Out The Younger

BEST OF THE NET

Video: Times Minute | Climate Change Report

Top Images From Around The World

Teeny Dwarf Antelope Looks Like Disney Creature Come To Life

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

This makes swimming in Florida real inviting. World’s least cuddly fish caught in Florida

Scientists Find 14 ‘Dancing Frog’ Species In Troubled Indian Ecosystem Cool. I didn’t know there was even one.

Here’s a chance to die of cute. PHOTOS: 9 Bionic Animals That Will Melt Your Heart

FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY: Exploring and Conserving Nature — Here is their monthly newsletter and if you are a bird-lover, you will totally love this.

ACTION UPDATE FROM THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND

Earlier this year, the US government announced it would act to stop commercial ivory trade, sending an unequivocal message that the US will not tolerate the senseless slaughter of elephants and other wildlife—or the global crime syndicates that wildlife trafficking supports.But now, the proposed ivory rules are coming under fire.

This is about more than elephants: Organized crime has moved into ivory in a big way. Global wildlife crime, estimated at $10 billion annually, is increasingly controlled by the same criminal networks that smuggle arms, drugs and humans.

Sign the petition today and tell US Fish and Wildlife Service it is the right decision to save wild elephants.

Sincerely,

Ginette Hemley

Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation
World Wildlife Fund Take action >>

SHORTS

Double Lives: City Songbirds Linked To Northern Forest, Need Protection: Report

Scientists Narrow In On Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Devastating The West Coast

Teeny Dwarf Antelope Looks Like Disney Creature Come To Life

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

90-Year-Old Drug Courier Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence In Detroit On Birthday

Rusty Oval May 2014JUST A REMINDER

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

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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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