CUSTODIANS OF OUR OWN CONSCIENCES

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

Serving North America and the International Community since 2007

Sunday, June 1, 2014

No. 386

Northstar Media Services

Rusty Miller – Editor

Lincoln Memorial

CUSTODIANS OF OUR OWN CONSCIENCES

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  When people speak of the passing of a legend, there is ultimately a chilling finality to it.  Granted my personal theology came out of a Jewish and Catholic blending machine, with a touch of other esoteric influences from other parts of the planet, but I do not buy the “finality” part of it.

Our species has always built monuments and other edifices to safeguard the memory of the exemplary among us.  It is as if by doing so, we preserve the living person. This is consistent with my own religious beliefs.

What is even more impressive than pyramids to me is when the culture emulates the professional and/or personal example of the one they’ve enshrined.  It lends a hint of immortality to the values by which the extraordinary live.

We are technologically better able to do that now than we have ever been before.  As long as we leave instructions to future archaeologists who will no doubt be as puzzled by the primitive state of our contemporary technology as we are the Edsel and the eight track, all that an individual like Maya Angelou shared with us is part of the heritage of each generation which succeeds her and us both.

We are a capricious species learning how to create and preserve life long after we have learned how to destroy it.  I would like to think that ~ hand in hand with this ~ we are becoming better custodians of our own consciences.  I would like to think that wherever she is, Maya is smiling for us.

THE NEWS

Forbes Magazine has published its list of the world’s 100 most powerful celebrities.

This does not surprise me but it puts a real dent in my campaign to convince people that where I live is not the soggiest city on the planet.  Seattle surpasses six-month rainfall record in just four months

I read something like this and I sincerely wonder how long it will be until human beings are born two at a time, one on the shoulders of the other.  Baby boom: China prepares to welcome extra two million babies per year

WORLD

AFGHANISTAN

Obama Makes Surprise Trip To Afghanistan

U.S. Will Complete Afghan Pullout By End Of 2016, Obama Says

AFRICA

U.S. Trains African Commandos To Fight Terrorism

Hundreds Of African Migrants Climb Barbed-Wire Fence To Reach Spanish Enclave

Somalia’s Women Soldiers Sharp Break From Conservative Islam

Libyan Strongman Battles Militias For Control

Vast Peatland Found In Congo Republic

Multiple Death Threats Made Against Nelson Mandela During 1990 U.S. Trip, FBI Documents Show

ASIA

Japan Offers Support To Nations In Disputes With China

China’s Leader Lays Out Plan To Pacify Restive Region

U.S. Sway In Asia Is Imperiled As China Challenges Alliances

Only American P.O.W. From Afghan War Is Freed

AUSTRALIA & OCEANA

Ash Clouds Ground Australia Flights

Girt By Sea: Great Australian Ocean Voyages

Australia ‘Far Behind’ On Urban Planning And Bike Commuting

Warm Winter A Go-Slow For Snow

Gilchrist Backs Indigenous Change

Gold Hunter Lost In LA Rescued From NZ

New Zealand To Speed Up Its Shark-Finning Ban

Great Barrier Reef’s Health Depends On Better Land Management

New Report Highlights New Zealand’s Global Responsibility For Seabirds

CHINA

China Takes Aim At Smog With Plans To Pull Six Million Polluting Vehicles Off Road

Public Rally Held To Punish 55 For Murder, Separatism, Terrorism In Northwest

Video: China Chafes At Christianity’s Growth

China Moves To Calm Restive Xinjiang Region

FRANCE

France Urges Reform Of ‘Remote’ EU

Win By Far-Right Party Rattles The French Establishment

Leader Of French Far-Right Hopes To Fix Europe From The Inside

INDIA

Global Digital News Brands See Growth Opportunity In India

Signs Of Diplomacy As Indian Leader Is Sworn In

Leaders Of India And Pakistan Hold Rare Meeting

Indian Police Officers Arrested After Teen Sisters Gang-Raped, Killed

Indian Police Arrest 3rd Suspect In Gang Rape And Killing Of 2 Teens

India’s Fatal Gang Rapes: ‘What’s It To You?’ State’s Chief Minister Says, Mocking Journalist For Asking About Attack

LATIN AMERICA

U.S. Alleged To Join In Plot In Venezuela

PAKISTAN

Press Battle In Pakistan Feeds Into Larger Conflict: Government Vs. Military

Leaders Of India And Pakistan Hold Rare Meeting

RUSSIA

Canadian Prime Minister Launches Attack Against ‘Evil’ Communism And Vladimir Putin

TURKEY

Turkey In Heavy Security Clampdown

UNITED KINGDOM

Fringe Group In Britain Forces Others To Listen

Spring To Be Third Hottest On Record

Britain’s New Immigrants, From Romania And Bulgaria, Face Hostilities

UNITED STATES

Colleges Rattled As Obama Seeks Rating System

13 Deaths, Untold Heartache, From G.M. Defect

Detroit Urged To Tear Down 40,000 Buildings

Soft Power, Climate Change Dominate U.S. President Barack Obama’s New World Vision

Thanks To Coal, U.S. CO2 Emissions Are Up. Good Thing Obama’s About To Regulate Coal Plants.

Rebutting Critics, Obama Seeks Higher Bar For Military Action

Journalist-Turned-Spokesman Resigns As Daily Voice Of The White House

Multiple Death Threats Made Against Nelson Mandela During 1990 U.S. Trip, FBI Documents Show

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Honors Holocaust Victims On Last Day of Mideast Tour

Pope Lays Wreath At Tomb Of Zionism’s Founder

WORLD

United Nations Forecasts Persistently High Unemployment For The Young

Desmond Tutu Calls Oilsands ‘Filth,’ Urges Cooperation On Environment

TOPICAL

CLIMATE CHANGE

Sea-Level Rise Is Already Eating Our Coasts

Climate Colab Thinks You Could Be The One To Fix Global Warming

Beetles And Climate Change Helped Create This Huge Wildfire In Alaska

Desmond Tutu Calls Oilsands ‘Filth,’ Urges Cooperation On Environment

NIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS

Nigerian Military Says It Knows Location Of Abducted Girls

Impasse Clouds Decision On How To Rescue Nigeria’s Abducted Schoolgirls

Nigerian Defence Chief Says Military Has Located Abducted Girls But Can’t Go In With Force

SPYING

Reining In The N.S.A.

Cyberespionage Attacks Tied To Hackers In Iran

Iran Hackers Dangle A Familiar Name To Fish For Data

SYRIA

Syrians Abroad Vote In Advance Of National Ballot

Foreign Jihadis Fighting In Syria Pose Risk In West

Syrian Barrel Bombs Kill Average Of 14 People A Day In Aleppo, Activists Say

THAILAND

Thai Soldiers Block Protest As Military Cracks Down On Anti-Coup Demonstrations

Junta Sets Year’s Goals For Its Rule In Thailand

THE UKRAINE

New Ukraine President Says It’s Time to End Violence

Russia Ready For Talks With New President

Ukraine’s Next President Vows To Restore Order And Mend Russia Ties

Ukraine Faces Hurdles In Restoring Its Farming Legacy

Hollande To Meet Putin In First Western Meeting Since Crimea

Canadians Carry Out ‘Open Skies’ Mission Over Ukraine

Russia And Ukraine Keep Talks Alive In Gas Feud

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITALS SCANDAL

Severe Report Finds V.A. Hid Waiting Lists

Why So Many V.A. Delays? Too Few Doctors, For Starters

Pressure Builds To Oust Veterans Affairs Chief And Make Changes

V.A. Chief Resigns In Face Of Furor On Delayed Care

V.A.’S Acting Chief: West Point Graduate And Ex-Leader Of U.S.O.

Politically, V.A. Scandal Cuts Both Ways

WAR ON TERROR

Obama Warns U.S. Faces Diffuse Terrorism Threats

Terror’s Front: Local Groups, Eyes On West

U.S. Employees Surveillance Drones in Japan

Palestinian Suicide Bomber Caught By Israeli Troops While En Route To Attack

Suicide Bomber Is Identified As A Florida Man

UK Taught Brazil Interrogation Techniques

olga's ukraine photo

FROM THE UKRAINE

Hello from Ukraine, Mishka,

Looks like we have new President- a chocolate man and that was quite predictable as no PR company can beat motto “sweets to every house”.  I’m joking as there is nothing else to do with sad situation on East.  Hoping new president be wise enough. We need our economics working and diplomacy solving the problems on East.

I’m attaching Mr. Poroshenko picture, where he’s giving a speech in Lviv, a western city of Ukraine, few days ago.

Best regards,

Olga

OH CANADA

This jackass never stops braying.  Rob Ford celebrates 45th birthday at bar while on leave to deal with alcohol problem

This is always good news.  Special Report: Innovating with Green Technology

Vlad, you obviously don’t know Canadians very well if you think you can limit the agenda like this.  Vladimir Putin To Canada: We Can Talk About The Arctic, But Not Ukraine

SHORTS

Ottawa Probes GM Ignition Switch Complaints

Privacy Watchdogs Troubled By Controversial Bill Extending Police Powers

Home Affordability Expected To Get Even Tougher, Royal Bank Report Says

Melanoma Now One Of Fastest-Growing Types Of Cancer In Canada

Canada’s Most Visited National Historic Sites

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:     Good morning, Samuel.  And thank you for joining me so early.

Sam:        My pleasure, Sweetheart.  It’s a real quiet sunrise today.

Felina:     All over the world, or so it seems, mate of my three lifetimes.

Sam:        And appropriately so, I suspect, Lass.

Felina:     For so long, they have struggled to give themselves what the Creator gave us all.  I am sad for that because it is the behaviour of a trapped, cornered or caged animal.

Sam:        To me, Felina, what is remarkable about this human being is that she spoke for so many who had been through so much and not only hung in there, but refused to hate in return.

Felina:     Like many before her, Samuel?  But to what ultimate avail?

Sam:        Listen to the silence now, Sweetheart.  There’s not a place on this planet that doesn’t miss her, including our house, and isn’t thinking about her.

Felina:     And their silence really means something?

Sam:        Sometimes, a whole lot more than their noise, Sweetheart.

Felina:     And you, supreme critic of their behaviour, believe that she and others like her really matter to them?

Sam:        With all due respect, Felina, human beings like her matter to all life on this planet, even the ones who don’t listen.

Felina:     So when humans are silent, it means they are listening?

Sam:        It’s kind of hard for them to growl and listen both, Lass.  So my guess on that one would be a “yep.”

Felina:     You make me laugh in spite of myself, my rapacious rapscallion.

Sam:        I’m just saying there’s another side to tears.

Felina:     And a season for both.  Thank you, my love.  And such a profound silence it is.

Sam:        Then on that note, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, we join you in marking the passing from one world and into the next of Maya Angelou.  May your memories of her be fond ones and may she live in your heart forever.  Until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.

GOOD EXAMPLES

Fisherman “catches 4,000-year-old statue worth its weight in gold.  Instead

We like it when a celebrity of any nationality stands up for freedom.  This one just happens to be Australian.  Gilchrist backs indigenous change

This will certainly help.  China Takes Aim At Smog With Plans To Pull Six Million Polluting Vehicles Off Road

BAD EXAMPLES

We definitely agree this needs to change.  U.S. jails becoming debtors’ prisons

This officer deserves to be court-martialed.  How ironic to survive multiple tours of Hell and then die like this.  Army Ousts Commander of Hospital After Deaths

This is not how we treat someone who helps our kids, is it?  Kootenay Lake school psychologist works 70 hours unpaid OT, then gets cheque docked for ‘job action’

EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Why do I keep thinking of HAL, that computer in Space Odyssey 2001Google’s Next Phase In Driverless Cars: No Brakes Or Steering Wheel

Video: A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Will Hit Ours …in about two billion years.  It’s nice to know we’ll have some time to prepare for this.

Video: App Smart | Summer Music Festivals — Reviews of three apps that could help you make the most of music festivals this summer.

INNER SPACE

New Study Finds World Is On The Brink Of Sixth Great Extinction

What Humans Gave Up To Get Smart

B.C. Logging Crew Finds AVRO Plane And Remains Of Four World War II Airmen

OUTER SPACE

NASA Launches Live Feed Of Earth

Spacecraft To Ferry U.S. Astronauts Is Unveiled

The Surface Areas Of Russia And Pluto Are Extremely Similar

TECHNOLOGY

A Platform And Blogging Tool, Medium Charms Writers

My T-Shirt Told Me To Take A Chill Pill

Robotics Star Guy Hoffman Talks To NoCamels About Robots With Soul

The ‘Smart Bike’ That Calls Home When It Gets Stolen

15 Ways Self-Driving Cars Could Transform Us

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way To Teleport Data

THE GREEN AGENDA

Why Say No To Northern Gateway? Because There Are Alternatives

Climate Colab Thinks You Could Be The One To Fix Global Warming

Forget Saving The Planet, Driving An Electric Car Will Save Your Life

Thanks To Coal, U.S. CO2 Emissions Are Up. Good Thing Obama’s About To Regulate Coal Plants.

Video: Turning Sturgeon Into High-Tech Sensors

Biofuel Tools Applied To Household Soaps

HEALTH

Mentoring girls through cycling will melt your heart ~ Cycling can help girls deal with stress, learn to challenge themselves, and see their bodies as powerful, not ornamental.

English eggs are different than American eggs and are actually better tasting and more nutritious.  Now that I know this, where can I get some?

As summer draws on, just a reminder that sun safety is not just for the beach

SHORTS

Online Memory Test Aimed At A Society Increasingly Worried Over Alzheimer’s

Melanoma Now One Of Fastest-Growing Types Of Cancer In Canada

New Help For Snorers And Sleep Partners

Depression Lowers Life Expectancy As Much As Smoking: U.K. Study

THIS WEEK IN CANADA.COM HEALTH

Food Revolution Day, Cancer-Fighting Measles, And More

YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF

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

LIFESTYLE

Collection Of Antique Photos Celebrates Same-Sex Relationships Of The Past

Obama Meets Scientists, One Age 6

To Young Minds Of Today, Harvard Is The Stanford Of The East

“Suit” at MIT Simulates Aging 60 Years in 20 Minutes

BEST OF THE NET

Top Images From Around The World

Video Feature: In Performance Live: 2014 Tony Awards

Check out these photos of a bear lounging in a hammock in Daytona Beach, Florida

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

If you think where you live is risky, don’t envy these guys.  WA Military Base Artillery Range Is Last Refuge For Butterfly

Okay, on the Scale of Weird, this one rang the bell.  Video: CreatureCast: Suddenly Visible — Being invisible has its advantages, but also its perils. A marine creature called Hippopodius gets the best of both worlds by transforming from glassy clear to bright white and back again.

One of our all time favourite creatures is back in the news.  Hungry Goats Might Be Saving The Bay Area From Wildfires

A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

86 Dolphin in the MekongRiver Need Your Help To Survive.  This is a petition, not a request for donations.

SHORTS

Revealed: Intelligence Gap Between Cat People, Dog People

Video: Turning Sturgeon Into High-Tech Sensors

Video: When The Queen Dies, Female Indian Jumping Ants Compete To Reproduce

Zebra Top The Longest Migration Chart For African Mammals ››

Can Hungry Microbes Save The World’s Imperiled Frogs?

Kiwi Comes From Madagascar, Not Australia ››

RELATED LINKS:

Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals

YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP

A Lesson in Tranquility … From a Porcupine

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JUST A REMINDER

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Thank you very much.  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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