an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No. 400

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine.  Source:  Olya Bereza

Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine. Source: Olya Bereza




Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. With the face of war so starkly rendered this past week, perhaps we ~ as a species and as a society within that species ~ will finally accept that there are no innocents. There is no euphemistic “collateral damage”. There are no more civilians. And battlefields know no boundaries.

All institutions evolve, including the institution of warfare. We have tried to make it palatable in the past because we have never believed that we could stop it. So when young men and women of one country sailed off to kill young men and women of another country, we celebrated in song and film.

We cannot do that any longer. ISIS is tone deaf and committed to the ultimate goal of war. They are not the first to teach us a lesson in these regards. They are just the latest and the most powerful.

Now, if we are to survive as nations, we must come together as a world community. ISIS can be defeated by the very nations it seeks to destroy as symbols of all that is evil in the world.

This is no longer about geopolitics. It is about survival. It is not about parades. It is about preparation. And it is not about killing for the sake of killing. It is about destroying ISIS so thoroughly that not even ashes remain to foul the air or the option in the maddest of imaginations.

We have dreamed for so long of one final war to end all war. Now that such a war is here, we are engaged. May the same God Who guides us to peace counsel ISIS in the error of its perspective. Enough have died, on both sides.

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


It is not enough that they drive on the wrong side of the flipping road. I really think the Crown should reconsider this move. Self-driven lorries (trucks) ‘to get Britain test’

Despite the fact that I don’t endorse this personally, I know a lot of you don’t mind living dangerously. So…The newest spot to swim with whales

I agree with this totally. Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around



Rain Sparks Deadly Japan Landslides

Indonesian Court Rejects Election Challenge, Clearing Way For Joko Presidency

Junta Leader Is Named New Premier Of Thailand

North Korea May Soon Have More Powerful Rocket

Unorthodox Japanese Housewares Retailer Muji Launching In Toronto


Australian Scientist To Help NASA Single Out Mars Samples

Adelaide Freeway Descent ‘Among Nation’s Most Challenging’

Telstra Call Centre Jobs ‘Will Not Exist In Five Years’


China Faces Buyer’s Remorse In Canada’s Oil Patch

5 Sect Members Go On Trial In Killing At Mcdonald’s In China

Pentagon Says Chinese Fighter Jet Confronted American Navy Plane


German Authors Join Protest Over Amazon’s Tactics In E-Book Dispute

Paris Raid On Saudi Prince’s Convoy

Why Paris Doesn’t Want A Scottish Yes

European Union Compensates Fruit And Vegetable Growers

Russia Tensions Hit Carlsberg Sales

France Acknowledges Economic Malaise, Blaming Austerity

German Broadcaster Fires Chinese Blogger


Case In Which Abortion Was Denied Reignites Controversy Over Irish Law

The Island That Kids Learn To Leave


A Fast-Food Symbol Of America Falls In Moscow


Video: 36 Hours In Glasgow

How Scottish Independence Relates To Larger Tax Fights

‘Growth drives UK flooding problems’


Alarming Images Emerge From CA Drought

How Much $100 Is Really Worth In Every State

U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread


For Chinese, Pope Seems Worlds Away In South Korea



Obama Holds To Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline

Afghanistan Orders Expulsion Of New York Times Correspondent


Canadian Government Puts Polar Briefings On Ice


Liberia Troops Enforce Quarantine

Ebola Outbreak Has Killed More Than 1,200: WHO

Drug Used For Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise

Two U.S. Ebola Patients Are Released By Atlanta Hospital


In War Torn Gaza, If Roof Stands, It’s Now Home

Israeli Strike In Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders


Blamed For ISIS’ Rise In Syria, Assad Is Pushed To Escalate Fight


Ukraine Says Army Controls Center Of A Rebel City

As Its Forces Advance, Ukraine Says Poroshenko Will Meet With Putin

Annexation Of Crimea Divides An Artist Colony Founded On Tolerance

Rebels Falter, But Russian Border Buzzes With Military Activity

Russian Aid Convoy Leaves Ukraine


U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key To Halting ISIS


I’ve been planning a trans-Canada from the west so I’m a little jealous of this little dude. Hitchhiking robot wraps up cross-country journey in Victoria

This, to me, is another example of the saying, “courage knows no flag.” I am, nonetheless, proud that it happened under this one. Listen: Ontario Man Turns The Tables On Would-Be Scammers

This is interesting and I hope it works out, Just what a subway car needs, eh? TTC Has Plans To Bring Wi-Fi To All Underground Toronto Subway Stations


These are the thoughts, observations, wishes and dreams of a family woman in a war zone. We are well aware that on this planet, her numbers are legion. We believe, however, that she speaks for more than a few of them.

I have changed now a lot my attitude to history. It is interesting how words became to bear new. meanings. I look to this episode and see armed with guns soldiers and I see just cold weapon in hands of their enemies. But what side is right? Depending from where are you isn’t it? Because I bet fighters of both “armies” have the feeling they are right or if not how could they fight, without spirit of win?

My mom is working in church. She said sometimes the people from Donetsk and other East region came here.  A girl was crying there, she came with kid to Dnipro but her father and husband stayed to fight army as they think they protect their land. So who’s right in this war? Depending on the side one is, isn’t it?…

I remembered Germany in times of WW2. What could a young man do even if not sharing the Hitler views but if he was taken to the army? Feeling compassion to all innocents

Her name is Olya Bereza and her email address is olha.bereza@mail.ru


She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.

Sam:        Hiya, Sweetheart. Kind of late but a beautiful night out here. Mind if I join you and the stars you’re talking to.

Felina:     Not at all, mate of my three lifetimes. I am honoured by your society, my love.

Sam:        You kind of move my world some too, Felina.

Felina:     And when you say things like that, my rapacious rapscallion, you make me smile.

Sam:        And when you smile, the stars dazzle back trying to match it, Lass.

Felina:     Thank you, Samuel.

Sam:        Not a problem, Luv. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Robin Williamshood and His Merry Men of Digression. And the St. Lauren of Bacall of the memorable segue.

Sam:        Yep, and stars and tears have something in common when the Creator is listening. You’re not out here on this ledge so high up the clouds pay their respects to do a happy dance.

Felina:     At this particular moment, mate of my three lifetimes, I am seriously wondering whether any of that species I have loved and prayed for so long deserves to live. Their cruelty seems to know no limit.

Sam:        If that’s the way you feel, Sweetheart, you’ve got a lot in common with ISIS. They figure that since this all has been going on for so long, it must be because secretly we all like it. They devote so much time and energy to it and the more dramatic, cruel, etc. it is, the more money ISIS makes.

Felina:     And the more powerful they become.

Sam:        If they are allowed, yep. But there is a lot of good going on out there still, that could use the time and energy they spend on the bad stuff.

Felina:     Samuel, please be very honest and straightforward with me and not try to be cute when I ask you this.

Sam:        Yes, Lass.

Felina:     Do you think they will survive this?

Sam:        Only if they want to survive, Sweetheart.

Felina:     And sometimes, no matter how much the other life on this planet tries to love them back, it is not enough.

Sam:        Felina, you have shed enough tears for them and the stars both this night. It’s time for cold morning pizza with me and our talking television set. Arnie found a classic, “Abbott & Costello Meet the Mushroom That Mooshed Milwaukee. So on that note, Felina?

Felina:     You so make me laugh, my darling. And yes, certainly, on that note, Gentle Readers, please try to love yourselves just a little more. And 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.


This is the kind of news we like to read. How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty

I am glad to report that we have quite a few people who do this when necessary, including me and the guys I live with. Good Samaritan chases off muggers in West Seattle: ‘I don’t tolerate that’

I am proud this happed in the state where I live. Arlington, Washington Approves Ban On Smoking In Parks And On Trails


I am ashamed that this happened in the city in which I live. Blind woman’s purse stolen at transit center

Sometimes words totally desert me. Teen Arrested After Video Of Him Beating Boy With Autism Goes Viral: Cops (GRAPHIC VIDEO)


Check out these major inventions created by kids. This literally blew me away.

This is reassuring. Google driverless cars ‘designed to speed’

I am glad this is getting straightened out. How movie dinosaurs lied to us


Fossils of New Species of Dinosaur Found in Venezuela

Why The World Smells Different After It Rains

Neanderthals In Europe Died Out Thousands Of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says

Why We’re Not Driving The Friendly Skies

Iceland Issues Volcano Red Alert

Alarming Details Revealed About Fate Of The Earth


EU Sentinel returns first images

Map illustrates ‘Russian GPS’ fault

Satellites have an electric future


Robot Ships: Poised To Set Sail?

Why The Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs After All: They Lack Common Sense

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics …


Police Cameras Can Shed Light, But Raise Privacy Concerns

Aircraft to have ‘human-like skin’

Study Creates ‘Virtual Time Travel’


This Week in Science: Space Plankton, Life Under Ice, and Big City Spiders

More and more parents are refusing vitamin K shots for newborns due to anti-vaccination fears, placing babies at risk for severe brain and intestinal bleeding.


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.


How The Lummi Nation Is Winning Against Coal

Arlington, Washington approves ban on smoking in parks and on trails 

Rise Of The Short-Haul Truckers

Turning Coffee Grounds Into Car Fuel

What A More Sustainable Food System Looks Like


If this does not inspire you, you cannot be inspired. ‘They Are So Much In Love’: Family, Friends, Businesses Throw Wedding For Young Woman With Fatal Cancer

Here’s a reminder we don’t mention often enough. Breast cancer in men; signs, symptoms and support.

How Safe Are Carnivores? Doctor Puts A High-Meat Diet To The Test


Lost In Translation: Germany’s Fascination With The American Old West

Living In: The Most Visited Cities

Drowning In Water Bills

Americans Spend $1.8 Billion On Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)


We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.


Video: Intersection | Casual Style In Glasgow

Flyboarding And Hamburgdogs Top Our Videos Of The Week

Achill: The Island the Irish Learn to Leave (our thanks to BBC Magazine)



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 Bellingham Re-Education Center.

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


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I ignored this when I first read the headlines about it. But apparently, this mode of transporting salmon over hydroelectric dams actually work better than fish ladders, which, in one study of Atlantic salmon, got about three percent over the dam. Watch these fish “cannons” shoot salmon safely over dams

This is absolutely thrilling. Scientists Make Incredible Find In Antarctic Ice

I loved this and I am pretty certain you will too. Photo Gallery: Animals at the London Zoo getting their annual checkup.


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Man fakes suicide to get out of wedding


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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