Serving North America and the International Community since 2007

Sunday, May 25, 2014

No. 385

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it looks like when it comes to getting enough exercise to stay fit, the kids in two of the countries comprising North America rank near the bottom among 14 other nations spanning the planet.

Active Healthy Kids Canada has been keeping track of data on its own youth for over a decade.  This year, they decided to compare it with the same categories in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa); Europe (Finland, England, Ireland, Scotland); North America (America, Mexico); South America (Columbia) and Oceana (Australia, New Zealand)

The Toronto Globe and Mail did its customarily good job of breaking down the findings of this study and, as well, highlighting suggestions from several experts on what can, could and needs to be done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story even though I was certainly not pleased to learn that the obesity rate among Canadian children is 31 percent.  That tells me right there that almost a third of Canada’s future citizens are headed toward a very complicated life medically.  And a very expensive one for every Canadian whose taxes support universal health care.

Even among the 69 percent of the Queen’s children who are not dangerously overweight, where are our future Olympic athletes, astronauts, farmers, fishermen, loggers, steel workers, miners, explorers, aquanauts and movie stars?  And the implications for professional sports?  That alone is enough to put a person off their bagel and crème cheese for a fortnight or several.

What I missed about the story ~ because I suspect it was absent in the study itself ~ is what parents and grandparents can be doing about this.  And there is something so incredibly fundamental and yet globally resonant about this that after I share it with you, you’ll never see the world quite the same again.  You ready for this?

We can get off our respective bottoms and lead the way outside into the sunshine.  Yep, it really is as simple as being a good role model.  Kids need those and when they don’t get good ones, they accept and emulate bad ones.

Make fitness a family or peer group activity.  Make it something everybody enjoys doing and where the performance of both the kids and the adults of any age is appreciated.  If your offspring is already actively involved in a sport, make sure you are supporting them by being both the “owner of the franchise” and your young person’s biggest fan.

Be to that child all you can be.  Then watch that child become all they can be.  And know ~ as do they ~ that they could not have done it without you.

Now, how cool is that, eh?

Thanks for the ear, gang.  Have a great week.  Our thanks to the Toronto Globe and Mail.


When America does something right, she does not mess around.  Courts Rule in Favor of Americans’ Lungs

What does a household need to be earning to afford a median-priced home in 27 cities in America?  The answer might surprise you.

In keeping with our tradition of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the flag they served, we wish America a Happy Memorial Day.



Militants Attack Somali Parliament

Malawi President ‘Annuls Election’

Canada Pledges To Spend $36 Million To Improve Health Of African Women And Children


Asia’s Demand For Illicit Drugs On The Rise, UN Report Finds


Record Warm Spell Set To Linger

Protesters March Against Changes To Race Discrimination Laws

Man Collected By Rubbish Truck After Dumpster Snooze

Nurses Union Says 3,000 Graduates Cannot Find Work

New Zealand The New Destination


Outlasting Dynasties, Now Emerging From Soot

China Sends More Ships To Vietnam

Anti-China Resentment Flares Over Myanmar Mine

China, Russia’s Gazprom Sign Huge Gas Supply Deal

China’s Xinjang Region Rocked By Explosions As 31 Killed In Attack On Market

Video: Rocky Renewal In Tibetan City

When China Became The World’s Workshop, It Inherited The World’s Air Pollution, Too

China’s Leader, Seeking To Build Its Muscle, Pushes Overhaul Of The Military


Mubarak Gets 3 Years For Embezzlement, And His Sons Get 4

Egyptian, 17, Seeks Asylum After Traveling To Intel Science Fair

Egypt’s New Strongman, Sisi Knows Best


Tight Squeeze: France’s New Trains Too Wide For Station Platforms


India’s New Prime Minister Is Big On Solar Power

Indian Leader Invites Pakistani Premier To Swearing-In

Door By Door, India Strives To Know More About Death

Indian Pizzeria ‘Tries Delivery By Drone’


Iran Executes Billionaire Businessman


Ex-Girlfriend ‘Executed’ By North Korea’s Kim Makes A Stirring TV Comeback

North Korean Officials Shamed On TV Over Collapsed Building

South Korea Offers Reward For Tips On Billionaire Thought To Own Sunken Ferry


Gunmen Open Fire Inside Bus In El Salvador, Killing 6, Including 3 Law Enforcers


A Leviathan Turns Philippine Fishermen Into Desperate Darters

Slide Show: Philippine Fishermen Caught In Geopolitical Tussle


Russian Train Collision Kills 5, Leaves 45 Wounded

China, Russia’s Gazprom Sign Huge Gas Supply Deal

Competing Visions For Russia’s Economic Future


Swiss Voters Defeat $24.65 Minimum Wage By A Wide Margin

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty In Felony Case


Warming Waters Extend Swim Season. However, They Are Full Of Monster Jellyfish

King Richard III Should Be Buried In Leicester, Britain’s High Court Rules

Netflix Plans UK Drama About Queen

I Respect Farage, Says Osborne

Parents Fail To Block Gay Adoption


Science Standards Divide A State Built On Coal And Oil

Arkansas High Court Suspends Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans

New York Is A Hub In A Surging Heroin Trade

It’s Dry And Getting Drier In West Texas

U.S. Proposes Rules Requiring Airlines To Disclose Fees

Pennsylvania Governor Will Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Former Defense Secretary Gates Is Elected President Of The Boy Scouts

Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

U.S. Initiative To Reduce Hunger And Poverty Effective, Report Shows


Will Pope End Priests’ Vow Of Celibacy?

Pope Francis Continues Being Awesome, Says Christians Should Fight Climate Change

Pope, In Mideast, Stresses Urgency Of Solving Crises


Anti-Chinese Protests End In Vietnam

China Sends More Ships To Vietnam

Chinese Ships Evacuate 3,000 Workers From Vietnam After Deadly Riots

Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China Amid ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Territorial Rift


United Nations Forecasts Persistently High Unemployment For The Young



In California, Climate Issues Moved To Fore By Governor

What All Our Computers Together Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Climate-Changed Oceans Will Mess With Life Above And Below Water

Governors Move On Climate Issues

The Bottom Line Is Why Big Food Should Take A Stand On Climate

Warming Waters Extend Swim Season in UK. However, They Are Full Of Monster Jellyfish

Here’s What To Expect From Obama’s Big New Climate Rules

Vancouver Island Glaciers Will All Disappear In 25 Years, Scientist Says

Pope Francis Continues Being Awesome, Says Christians Should Fight Climate Change


A Jihadist’s Face Taunts Nigeria From The Shadows

U.S. Sends Troops To Chad To Aid Hunt For Nigerian Schoolgirls

UN Imposes Sanctions On Boko Haram


U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying

China Warns U.S. That Cyberspying Charges Could Hurt Military Relations

U.S. Treads Fine Line In Fighting Chinese Espionage

5 In China Army Face U.S. Charges Of Cyberattacks

Questions Remain After Chinese Hacking Indictments

Canada’s Immigration Board Target Of 2011 Hack By Chinese Military

Canadian Spy Program Suspended For Being Too Aggressive

The Chinese Army Geeks Who Provoked A Cyber War With America

House Votes To Limit N.S.A.’S Collection Of Phone Data

U.S. Case Offers Glimpse Into China’s Hacker Army

China Plans Security Checks For Tech Firms After U.S. Indictments


Russia And China Block Security Council Move To Prosecute Syria War Crimes

U.N. Chief Urges Aid Deliveries To Syria Without Its Consent

39 Killed, 205 Injured As Syrian Rebels Strike Assad Campaign Event


Thai Army Declares Martial Law Amid Political Turbulence, Says No Coup Underway

Martial Law In Thailand Doesn’t Crack Down On Selfies

Latest Developments In Thailand One Day After Army Declared Martial Law

Thai Military Tries To Break Political Deadlock As Foes Meet

Thai Army Declares Military Coup

Thailand Government Virtually Powerless Under Army’s Declaration Of Martial Law

Thai Army Declares Coup, Citing Need To ‘Reform’ Nation

BRIEFING: A Look At Key Developments Of Military Coup In Thailand


Turkey Arrests Several Executives Over Mining Disaster

After Mine Disaster, A Painful Awareness Of What Has Been Lost


Kremlin Announces Ukraine Pullback, But NATO Doesn’t See It

Russian Troops Camped Near Ukraine Border Prepare Return To Home Bases

A Vote For Ukrainian Freedom

Gettysburg On The Maidan ~ Ukraine’s Leader Shares His Thoughts On Putin’s Land Grab And Kiev’s Battle For Western Values.

Vladimir Putin Says Russia Will ‘Respect Ukraine Vote’


A Jihadist’s Face Taunts Nigeria From The Shadows

At F.B.I., Change In Leaders Didn’t Change Focus On Terror


Way to go, girl!  Vancouver 15-year-old’s simple new HIV test could save thousands of lives

This is so “True North.”  Canada pledges to spend $36 million to improve health of African women and children

Lest we forget.  Canada holds ceremony in U.S. for Americans killed in Afghanistan


Prince Charles, Camilla Start Whirlwind Tour Today Of Two Maritime Provinces

Prince Charles Pays Tribute To Canada’s Past, Achievements During Royal Visit

Tim Hortons Celebrates 50 Years, But Faces New Challenges Beyond Coffee

Canada Joins Global Crackdown On Malware As Arrests Made Worldwide

Canada’s Immigration Board Target Of 2011 Hack By Chinese Military

First Nations Prepare For Fight Against Energy East Pipeline

Canadian Spy Program Suspended For Being Too Aggressive

‘Canada’s Titanic’ Finally Getting Its Due After 100 Years

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:     Memorial Day is a sad day for America, is it not, Samuel?

Sam:        Yep, Lass.  It is.

Felina:     It seems to be a time to remember those who returned to the earth after being killed by someone with whom the alpha of their species disagreed.

Sam:        Well, essentially, Felina.  But not exactly the way I’d put it, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Then please enlighten me, mate of my three lifetimes.  This confuses me, considerably.

Sam:        There is a passion among this species for freedom and the implicit, though unspoken belief, that if you are willing to die for it in this life, one way or the other, it will be your reward in the next.

Felina:     Then I am slightly confused, Samuel.  If all of them want freedom, why do they fight one another for it?

Sam:        Felina, I suspect that when they figure that out, this will day will celebrate living for freedom, instead of dying for it.

Felina:     And perhaps peace will become as exciting and as meaningful as this war thing they seem to have going for themselves?

Sam:        As long as they’re breathing and growing flowers, Sweetheart, there is always hope.

Felina:     Then on that note, my rapacious rapscallion?

Sam:        We respect and honor all those on all sides who gave their lives in the sincere belief that what they were doing was right.  We pray that you find the same courage ~ but perhaps better guidance ~ in your search for a life truly worth living.

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


Does it get any finer or more sublime than this?  Man Who Saved 669 Kids From Nazis Turns 105, Gets Beautiful Birthday Honor

I love it when the American government does something right.

This is one of the reasons I admire my across Lake Washington neighbors.  Melinda Gates recently stated that an unacceptable number of newborn babies in the world are dying because developed countries are not investing enough in their welfare.

I totally agree with this.  Pope Francis Continues Being Awesome, Says Christians Should Fight Climate Change


Civil Rights Battlefront Is Now Yearning For Jobs

In California, Climate Issues Moved To Fore By Governor

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Pennsylvania Governor Will Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

U.S. Initiative To Reduce Hunger And Poverty Effective, Report Shows


This is a national embarrassment and a national shame.  RCMP Study Finds 322 Incidents Of Corruption Within Force During 11-Year Period

This needs to change.  Workers at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Site Faced Harsh Conditions

And why again was this site chosen?  Note to Olympic Sailors: Don’t Fall in Rio’s Water


Glass Ceilings In Statehouses In The Northeast

Police Official Who Used Slur Against Obama Steps Down

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty In Felony Case

New York Is A Hub In A Surging Heroin Trade

California Woman, Abducted At 15, Is Found After 10 Years


As a fan of both birds and drones, I found this fascinating.  Copying nature ~ Engineers take lessons from birds and flies to create drones

This has got to come as good news.  Near-Average Hurricane Season Is Predicted for U.S. as El Niño Develops in the Pacific

This, on the other hand, probably does not.  The Big Melt Accelerates


Video: How DNA Changed The World Of Forensics

Watch: DNA Surprise Has Scientists Rethinking Ideas About Bird Evolution

Weird Rocks Suggest We Were Wrong About Earth’s Interior


Discovery Of Planetoid In Our Solar System Hints At Bigger Cousin In Shadows

Watch: Time-Lapse Proves Packing For Space Travel Is No Vacation

How Much Would You Pay For A Space Trip With This Guy?


Video: Robots Of The Future Are Here

Indian Pizzeria ‘Tries Delivery By Drone’

This Giant Hamster Wheel Is Cleaning Up Baltimore Harbor


First Nations Prepare For Fight Against Energy East Pipeline

In California, Climate Issues Moved To Fore By Governor

14 Pointers Toward A Better Food System: Connecting The (Local, Sustainable) Dots

This Site Will Answer All Your Growing Queries

Governors Move On Climate Issues

The Bottom Line Is Why Big Food Should Take A Stand On Climate

India’s New Prime Minister Is Big On Solar Power

Norway’s Military Does “Meatless Mondays” For The Climate (Will The U.S. Take The Hint?)


Sugar and salt are among the most ubiquitous seasonings on the human spice rack.  Last week, this column noted why an abundance of the former is not healthy and the surprising sources of it in our daily diet.  This does the same thing for salt.  Stealthy Sources Of Salt

I sincerely think there is a lesson in this for all of us.  This mom saved her own life

This is definitely worth checking out.  University of Washington doctor’s holistic recipe for chronic pain relief


The Worst Cereals For Your Health

Vancouver 15-Year-Old’s Simple New HIV Test Could Save Thousands Of Lives

Portland, Oregon Issues Largest Boil Water Alert Ever 


Food Revolution Day, Cancer-Fighting Measles, And More


Topo Gigio sings “Funiculi Funicula” on The Ed Sullivan Show


A Great Sunday Read – Build Your Own Edible Hanging Basket

Our Economy Wants You To Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do To Take Charge

Cashless Customers Hold Riches For Retailers

Poverty Is Not A State Of Mind

The Grandchildren Of Divorce

Grocery Deliveries In Sharing Economy

Six O’Clock Solution: Salmon With Béarnaise Sauce

Are Money And Happiness Linked? 


Amazing Aerial Photos Of Cities In The 1900s

Top Images From Around The World

Watch This Mother Elephant Rescue Her Six-Month-Old Calf From Swollen River

WATCH: Heliumized Morgan Freeman Is A Gas



Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command

Photo courtesy of Canadian Forces Command


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

For a preview:  Go Here

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


Business Correspondence



Copy Writing


Feature Magazine Articles

Ghost Writing




Online Research





Song Lyrics

Special Projects


Travel Copy





This is dramatic.  Watch this mother elephant rescue her six-month-old calf from swollen river

Mother Bear Rescues Cub From Canadian Highway.   What I want to know is what was the little guy doing there in the first place?

Protecting the Amazon For Life is a compelling and visually stunning story about a program the government of Brazil has initiated.  This is a Northstar Journal Five Star Read.


Ontario Wildlife Park Unveils Safari, First Giraffe In Canada Born Via Artificial Insemination

Snake Species ‘Lost’ For Decades Rediscovered On Remote Mexican Island

Good News: Warming Waters Extend Swim Season. Bad News: They’re Full Of Monster Jellyfish

Photos: Firefighters Rescue Goslings Trapped On Rooftop


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Woman Calls 911 After Subway Makes Her Pizza Wrong  I think this is carrying a passion for South Chicago Deep Dish just a bit far.


Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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


The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership.  If you would like to contribute, please go here

Thank you very much.  Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed.  Rusty



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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.