an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, June 29, 2014

No. 390

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Happy summer to those of you on top of the world and to our friends on the bottom of it, I hear Adelaide is awesome in autumn. It’s been raining some here and we’ve been busy preparing Northstar H2O CARE packages for friends and family in drought-stricken California. We’ve also got a rain barrel marked for Oceana and the fun fire season they face every summer.

The headline that caught my attention this week is a legacy of war in Europe that goes back almost a century now and it was a cause for which one of the role models in my life, Britain’s Princess Diana, devoted so much of her time and attention. Here it is. Video: World War I’s Iron Harvest

There are unexploded land mines, bombs and artillery shells on every global battlefield since they were sown in such prolific numbers in Europe. Each year, they continue to maim and kill hundreds of thousands. Children are particularly vulnerable because a lot of them like to play in the dirt and that’s where this lethal legacy lives.

I suppose that if we must have war, we must have instruments of limited destruction as well as those that could make vast regions of the planet unfit for organic habitation after they are used. So that’s probably not going to change.

But you’d think that with the green technology movement growing exponentially, there ought to be a way to make at least land mines biodegradable. And maybe fill them not with explosives that shred a human being but with stuff like super chamomile tea, warm milk and television test patterns from the last century. to supremely and most excellently pacify him. That way, when some seven-year-old Laotian kid prods one with a bamboo stick, it doesn’t wipe him and half his village out.

It probably won’t bring “peace in our time,” but it just might point us in the right direction.

Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?


Under “Better Late Than Never,” this is nice to hear. U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by a creature once known as a killer whale. I’ve never met an orca “up close and personal” as they say in some parts of the States. But I figure that’s in the near future as well. Therefore, this new study out on them is a Northstar Journal Five Star Read.

Check out these 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables published in a study by William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.



Taliban Mount Major Assault In Afghanistan


60 More Girls And Women, 31 Boys Abducted By Nigerian Extremists

Extremists Abduct 91 Women, Girls, Boys From Villages In Nigeria

Nigeria Police Bust Suspected Kidnapping Ring, Arresting 37

Kenya’s Future Clouds As Tensions Rise And Tourists Flee


Poll On Democracy Draws Big Turnout In Hong Kong

Don’t Use ‘Allah’ Unless You’re Muslim, Malaysian Top Court Rules

Students Who Survived South Korea Ferry Sinking Return To School


Concern Over Banned Antibiotic Superbug Found In Chicken Meat

Fitzgerald Attacks Qld Govt’s ‘Disdain For Democracy’

2GB Dumps Shock Jock Over Mohammed Comments

Forum Targets Domestic Abuse In Migrant Population

Christmas Island Staff ‘On Standby’ For Arrival Of Asylum Seekers


China Manufacturing Hits 7-Month High


Kerry Says U.S. Is Ready To Renew Ties With Egypt

Egypt Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists For 7 To 10 Years

Egyptian Leader Refuses To Intervene In Al Jazeera Case


Amazon Accused By Booksellers Of Antitrust Violation In Germany

Beating Of Roma Boy Exposes Tensions In France’s Underclass

Ukraine, European Union Ink Historic Trade Pact


Tiger Leaps Onto Fishing Boat, Snatches Man In Eastern India


Coca Growing In Latin America ‘Down’

Venezuela Cities Including Capital Hit By Blackout – Witnesses


Israeli Youth Dies In Attack Near Syrian Border

Fate Of 3 Kidnapped Israelis Raises Tensions On Many Fronts


Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty In Phone Hacking Case

UK Population Grows By 400,000


Mayors Put Focus On How To Raise Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers In Cities

Supreme Court Backs EPA Jurisdiction Of Power Plant Emissions

Questions And Answers On Lost Emails In I.R.S. Scandal

Top Investigator Has Blistering Criticism For V.A. Response To Whistle-Blowers

Senior Veterans Affairs Officials To Step Down

Major Ruling Shields Privacy Of Cellphones

In A U.S. Court, Iraqis Accuse Blackwater Of Killings In 2007

Court Rejects Zone To Buffer Abortion Clinic

Creeping Up On Unsuspecting Shores: The Great Lakes, In A Welcome Turnaround


Vatican Defrocks Ambassador In Abuse Inquiry



Five Main Problems That Are Pushing The World’s Fragile Oceans To The Point Of Collapse

What Climate Change Looks Like From Your Front Porch

Now Climate Hawks Have Their Own Super PAC

Thanks To Shrinking Sea Ice, National Geographic Puts Global Warming On The Map

How To Not Lose Your Shirt When The Climate Goes Bust

We Just Had The Hottest May On Record

I Got 99 Climate Change Problems — Don’t Make Sexual Harassment One

If You Think Climate Politics In The U.S. Are Crazy, Wait Till You See What Just Happened In Australia

To Motivate Climate Activists, Use Optimism

Climate Change Up Close


Sunni Militants Capture Major Iraqi Post At Syrian Border

Iraq’s Military Seen As Unlikely To Turn The Tide

Relief Over U.S. Exit From Iraq Fades As Reality Overtakes Hope

U.S. Forces Face Complex Task In Iraq

Sunni Woman Killed Taking Fight To ISIL

Kerry Implores Kurdish Leader To Join A Government And Not Break Away

Iran Secretly Sending Drones And Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

Questions Rebels Use To Tell Sunni From Shiite

Questions And Answers About The Crisis In Iraq

America And Iran Can Save Iraq

A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out In Huge Numbers


Bergdahl Begins Outpatient Treatment


MI6 Chief Sawers To Step Down

Last Of Syria’s Known Chemical Arms Are Shipped Abroad For Destruction

After Opening Way To Rebels, Turkey Is Paying Heavy Price

Obama Seeks $500 Million To Train And Equip Syrian Opposition


Putin Backs Ukraine Cease-Fire, Warns It Will Fail Without Peace Talks

Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine Issue

Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine Agree To Cease-Fire

Russian Lawmakers Rescind Resolution Allowing Troops In Ukraine

Putin Presses Extension Of Cease-Fire In Ukraine

Ukraine, European Union Ink Historic Trade Pact

Defying Russia, Ukraine Signs E.U. Trade Pact


Use Of Drones For Killings Risks A War Without End, Panel Concludes In Report

U.S. Phasing Out Its Counterterrorism Unit In Philippines


Something needs to be done about this. Pipes with asbestos still used in new Canadian buildings

This is impressive. 5 made-in-Canada medical discoveries

With all due respect to the Crown, this is long overdue. Supreme Court Offers Needed Clarity On Native Land Claims


Canadian Sentenced To 7 Years In Egyptian Prison

Story Of Alberta Journalist Held Hostage In Somalia Optioned By Hollywood Company

What Boat Sales Tell Us About Canada’s Economy

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Felina:     Samuel, could you join Arnold and I in the den for brunch, please, love of my three life times.

Sam:        Best invitation I’ve had since breakfast.

Felina:     Excellent, my darling. The pizza delivery goose should be here very soon.

Sam:        The Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose that takes off from LakeOkanogan, soars up over the Rockies and makes a perfect landing on our Canadian bacon pizza goose landing pad. That Canadian bacon pizza goose?

Felina:     You make me smile, my love and that was delightful. Yes, Samuel, that Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose.

Sam:        Sometimes I wish they used drones for that. It would be nice if one of those pizzas showed up without half the anchovies missing.

Felina:     Perhaps they could deliver by large bat. As I understand it, they are not so much into seafood.

Sam:        A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat that doesn’t like anchovies and delivers in the day time.

Felina:     A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat working its way through college and who needs to work the bat “night shift,” yes, my love. Quite so.

Sam:        But until then?

Felina:     I have spoken with the Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose’s supervisor. It seems that Flora has a chemical imbalance which only anchovies can restore.

Sam:        No other fish on planet will do, I take it?

Felina:     According to this study just published by the Canadian Medical Association, apparently not. However, we have arrived at an amicable solution.

Sam:        They’re feeding her a big bowl of swimming anchovies before she takes off into the wild blue yonder with our pizza.

Felina:     Your powers of deductive reasoning put you right up there with Sherlock House and Agatha Corpus Christi, my love. That is exactly what they are doing.

Sam:        And here all this while, I thought I was in a league of my own.

Felina:     Oh Samuel, my love of three life times, you so very much are. But would you prefer to be the only bird in outer space or would you settle for soaring with other eagles?

Sam:        You sort of like jerking my chain like this, don’t you, Felina?

Felina:     After two other things we do together, of course. Speaking of the second, Flora is on the approach. After brunch, I will show you what my favourite thing to do with you is.

Sam:        This day just keeps getting better and better all the time. And on that note, then, Felina?

Felina:     On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Canadian bacon pizza from Flora, the Canadian bacon (and anchovies) pizza delivery goose. 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.


To me, this is a good example of the Supreme Court’s role in the 21st Century. Justices Uphold Emission Limits On Big Industry

We applaud this with both hands and both feet. Regulators In Europe Seek Tighter Flight Data Recorder Rules

This is good news, if not long overdue. Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court


G.M. Prepares To Count Cost Of Suffering I hate to beat the drum slowly on this one but I don’t hear collateral damage being addressed. If you guys didn’t know these ignition switches were defective, what else has slipped past you? How safe ~ really ~ are any your products? Are you going to pay for the cost of customer anxiety around that? Just how much responsibility do you intend to take, General Motors?

Sometime I think these people really don’t know when to quit winners. North Korea fires three short-range projectiles

As long as one child in the world goes to bed hungry, there is absolutely no excuse for this. Discarded fish cost about $2 billion


Playing God From A Prison Cell: How Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Is More Powerful Than Ever

China’s Threat To Wild Tigers

Argentina’s Vice President Charged In Corruption Case


Smile! A Drone Is About To Take Your Picture   Sure it is. Pull! Swing. Blam!

Hi, I’m A Tablet. I’ll Be Your Waiter Tonight. Uh huh. They have those at Chez McDonald’s now, do they?

First we hear about Google’s robotic personal motorized conveyance (pmc). Now this comes to our attention. This Floating Magnetic Pod Is The Public Transit Of The Future (We Hope) I can remember when the saying “leave the driving to us,” was an invitation to take the bus.


Video: The Neanderthal Inside Us

A map of tribes you’ve never seen before

Androids Work Alongside Humans


Tough Test For US Orion Spaceship

NASA’s Bold Shuttle Rescue Plan

NASA ‘Flying Saucer’ Tests Mars Tech


Workplace Surveillance And The ‘Transparency Paradox’

Regulators In Europe Seek Tighter Flight Data Recorder Rules

Eerily Human Japanese Robots Read The News, Recite Tongue Twisters

This Pop-Up Solar Station Looks Like Optimus Prime, Goes Anywhere, And Has Wifi


The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.


Nebraska Utility Is Phasing Out Some Coal Units, And It Won’t Cost That Much

Justices Uphold Emission Limits On Big Industry

Five Main Problems That Are Pushing The World’s Fragile Oceans To The Point Of Collapse

This Pop-Up Solar Station Looks Like Optimus Prime, Goes Anywhere, And Has Wifi


The pendulum appears to be swinging back on this one. Please consult your physician for her opinion. Mammogram may cut breast cancer deaths by 28%

To beat it is to understand it. ‘What Pollen Vortex?’ Gearing Up For Allergy Season

This is an example worth emulating. Ottawa To Help Working Caregivers Balance Responsibilities


3-D Mammography Test Appears To Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rate

Nova Scotia Fungus Breathes New Life Into Battle Against Superbugs


Obama Quietly Extends Administration’s Advocacy To Transgender Rights

‘Shower Bus’ Gives San Francisco Homeless A Place To Clean Up

Women Quit Jobs In Peak Years, Setback For Them And Economy

Pediatrics Group To Recommend Reading Aloud To Children From Birth

Methodists Reinstate Pastor, Deepening Church’s Rift Over Gays

Goodbye, for Now, San Francisco


Watching Polar Bears Swim For Ice Will Make You Want To Hug Them (But Maybe Don’t)




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


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Jack London and I have known this for a long time Study: Wolves have a secret way of ‘talking’

I can definitely relate to this. Except I go skinny dipping in Lake Washington. Bear takes a dip in swimming pool

I Wonder What It Was About This Father That Made Him So Delicious. Man Says Tiger Snatched Dad From A Boat


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Video: The Man Who Took His Cabbage For A Walk


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


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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.
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