an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

No. 401

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in America. In Seattle, there is a gentle rain falling and the city is quiet. I wish it were so where all of you live but it is not.

It has been over a week since we have heard from anyone in the Ukraine or Russia. I have learned from having gone through this before, not to push for contact. Things are very fluid in a war zone and I have given one of our eastern Ukrainian readers an opportunity to share with us what she is going through and how she feels about it.

I can only pray now that this has not put her even more in Harm’s Way than she already is. I ask that you join me in a moment of silent prayer for her and for all those seeking nothing more than most of us have and sometimes take for granted. Please pray that she survives and that her nation soon knows peace.

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


To me, this is good news, both because of the event and because it means that not everyone in this camp is following the lead of ISIS. U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years

Closer to home, it turns out that the two states in which I have lived for the last 35 years have the most honest government servants and employees in the United States. Oregon topped the list of good guys, with Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa joining the posse. States at the bottom included Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The District of Columbia reported 336 federal convictions over that time period; New Jersey, 428 convictions; and Texas, 775 convictions. By contrast, Oregon reported 42. For more, please go here.

This is a question all of us should probably be asking ourselves. Is fast food making us depressed?



Amid Attack On Libya Airport, Conflict Threatens To Become Prolonged Civil War

South Africa Economy Avoids Recession


The Last Armenians Of Myanmar

Report: Kim Jong Un’s Banker Defects To Russia

Stunning Photos Of Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Filipino Bishops Vow To Counter Islamic State

Thailand’s Edible Insect Industry Is Sustainable, Nutritious And Profitable

Thailand’s Junta Leader Assumes The Prime Minister Post

Seven Timeless Bits Of Japanese Wisdom

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Celebrating Lord Ganesha’s Birthday (Photos)

Japan Court Rules Fukushima Nuclear Operator Responsible For Woman’s Suicide


Qantas Reports Record Annual Loss

Former Refugee About To Be Installed As Sa Governor

Abbott Condemns ‘Reprehensible’ Russian ‘Invasion’ Of Ukraine

Ministers Desert Conference That ‘Incites Hatred’

Government Behaving In ‘Abusive Way’ Towards Children In Detention


China’s Antigraft Campaign Expands To A Coal-Rich Northern Province

China’s Drug Crackdown Targets Celebs And Foreigners

China Vows To Respond To U.S. Surveillance Flights

Will China’s Nicaraguan Canal Shift Power In The Western Hemisphere?

What ‘Made In China’ Means For Your Furniture


Iceland Issues Aviation ‘Red Alert’ After Volcano Hit With 2 Quakes Over 5 Magnitude

French Cabinet Falls In Economy Row

New French Cabinet Ousts Prominent Leftists

Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation In France

Deutsche Bank In Mis-Reporting Fine

Divisions Grow As A Downturn Rocks Europe

Eurozone Inflation Dips Again To Increase Pressure On E.C.B.

Seeing Just One Way For Greece To Go: Up

Concerns Grow Over Iceland Volcano


In India, An App For Chats And For Keeping Secrets

Indian Economy Grows 5.7%, Its Fastest Pace In More Than 2 Years

Campaign Will Help Millions Of Impoverished Indians Open Bank Accounts

10 Killed In Stampede At India Temple

Advocates ‘Appalled’ That Poor Indians Still Forced To Clean Human Waste With Bare Hands


Ecuador To Bring In Digital Currency

Brazil’s Economy Enters Recession


Russian Rouble Falls To New Low


UK Terror Threat Level Raised To ‘Severe’

Fresh Rotherham Horror Stories Emerge As Care Home Worker Lifts The Lid..

I’m Nervous But Confident The Silent Majority Will Save The Union, Cameron Says

Ebola Region Faces UK Travel Ban


Napa Mops Up Wine And Tallies Its Losses After Quake

Millions Knocked Offline In US

FBI Probe JP Morgan ‘Cyber-Attack’

Obama Urges Calm In Face Of Crises In Ukraine And Syria


For Nuncio Accused Of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice At Home, Not Abroad

China To Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ With Our Country’s Religion



Afghan Unity Government Effort In Doubt As Candidate Boycotts Election Audit


Scientists Notice Extreme Change In Mountains

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord In Lieu Of Treaty

Humans The Biggest Force Driving Glacier Meltdown, New Study Says

Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into The International Arena

UN Seeks Climate Change ‘Malala’


If They Survive In The Ebola Ward, They Work On

Video: Burial Boys Of Ebola

Nigeria Closes Schools Over Ebola

Canada To Pull Lab Team Helping Combat Ebola In Sierra Leone

Ebola Spreads To Nigeria Oil Hub

Ebola Outbreak Accelerating, Evolving In Alarming Ways, Researchers Say

Ebola Could Strike 20,000, World Health Agency Says

Leadership And Calm Are Urged In Ebola Outbreak

Test Ebola Drug ‘100% Effective’


As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get Down To Business

With Gaza War, Movement To Boycott Israel Gains Momentum In Europe


Britain Said To Be ‘Close’ To Identifying Suspect In Journalist’s Beheading

US Sanctions Syria Air Surveillance

Arab Nations Strike In Libya, Surprising U.S.

U.S. Mobilizes Allies To Widen Assault On ISIS

American Fighting For ISIS Is Killed In Syria

Military Skill And Terrorist Technique Fuel Success Of ISIS

ISIS Said To Kill 150 Syrian Captives In 2 Days, Videotaping The Horror

Iraqi Kurds Expand Autonomy As ISIS Reorders The Landscape

To Defeat Terror, We Need The World’s Help

ISIS Displaying A Deft Command Of Varied Media


U.S. Seeks To Extradite Canadian Accused Of Stealing Jet Secrets


Syrian Rebels Seize Crossing Point With Golan Heights

U.S. Identifies Citizens Joining Rebels In Syria, Including ISIS

U.N. Forces Are Caught In New Standoff


Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion On A New Front

NATO Reveals Satellite Images As Proof That Russian Troops Have Invaded Ukraine With ‘Highly Sophisticated Weaponry’

Ukrainian Border Guards Retreat As Two Columns Of Tanks Cross Over From Russia, Ukraine Official Says

Canadian Troops Off To Europe As Part Of NATO Plan To Rein In Putin’s Ambitions

NATO Accuses Russia Over Ukraine


This is definitely good news. A stunning rebound of the Campbell River

This should prove very interesting. Lady Bachelor Canada beauty eyes Victoria mayor’s chair

I sincerely wish I was going with these people. Canadian troops off to Europe as part of NATO plan to rein in Putin’s ambitions

 Cougars Corner

Sam:        Good morning, Felina. I’m in the kitchen. You might want to come out here.

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. I will be there momentarily. Do not worry, Dear. Everything is under control.

Sam:        It looks like a brown bag tornado hit this place. What are all these box lunches for? These human box lunches?

Felina:     Here I am, Samuel.

Sam:        And you look absolutely divine, Lass.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. You make me smile.

Sam:        And your smile lights up my life.

Felina:     Quite so.

Sam:        However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Mary Tyler Harper and the Valerie Moore of digression. And the Rob Petrie of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that the explanation for all this weird stuff in the kitchen is forthcoming.

Felina:     Quite forthcoming. I am making box lunches for some of our local boys marching off to invade Russia.

Sam:        Well, that’s got to have the Bear shaking in its cave.

Felina:     It should. The very idea that those Bolsheviks could invade that Ukraine place is totally outrageous. So we are going over there to give them a good spanking. And then take them home and make sure their parents explain to them why Stupid is never a good idea.

Sam:        This is also a dress rehearsal for the first Arctic War between you guys too, I’m guessing.

Felina:     Sometimes I really believe, mate mine, that you would make a good Canadian.

Sam:        I did the next best thing, Sweetheart. I mated one.

Felina:     That is absolutely delightful, Samuel. And so impeccably true.

Sam:        So you want a paw with these box lunches for the troops?

Felina:     Nothing would please me more, Dear. And thank you so much.

Sam:        Not a problem, Lass. And on that note, Felina?

Felina:     And on that note, Gentle Readers, 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 reminds me of my favourite film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Video: Devoted to Rural America

When our species does something like this for another species, my hope for the planet is renewed. I hope it works that way for you. Saving the world’s smallest bear

As if this man was not already one of our heroes, he has to go and do this. LOL WATCH: Stephen Hawking Takes Ice Bucket Challenge On His Own Terms


We are glad this is being corrected. We are horrified that it was permitted to happen in the first place. Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates

This definitely needs to stop. Drugging Our Kids. Our thanks to Meade Fischer and the San Jose, California Mercury News for this one.

Who are we, as a species, that we cannot protect our young from this? Woman, 31, caught on camera sexually abusing her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter after he set up a secret camera


I totally love this. Of monsters and mud: Exploring the deep mysteries of Burns Bog (with video)

Why do I hear HAL’s voice now? Robotic brain ‘learns’ from internet

I thought this was fantastic. Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first


Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

DNA Tells Story Of Arctic Peopling

‘Pristine’ Mammoth Skeleton Discovered On Family’s Property


Listen: Sounds Of Interstellar Space Captured By Far-Flung Space Probe

Astronomers Spot Aftermath Of Vast Cosmic Collision

Astronauts Baffled By Strange ‘Spikes’ Spotted In Siberia

New Study Yields Big Surprise About Earth’s Interior

Key Theory About Sun Finally Proved

Earth Dodges Another Big One


LASA Robotics Makes Awesome Tricked Out Wheelchair For Boy

The Robotics Frontline | Suzan Mazur

Vancouver Island The Latest Place Buzzed By ‘Creepy’ Drones


Why Your Toilet Needs Reinvention

How A Fish Inspired A Supercar

This Map Shows Everything On The Internet At Once


This Week in Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J.Lo’s Mite


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.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Growing, And Growing More Dangerous, Draft Of U.N. Report Says

Seattle’s New Bike Share Program Welcomes First Members

The Radical Homemaker On The First Step To Becoming A Farmer


This should be reassuring. If they can do it, so can the rest of us. Atlanta hospital deemed one of safest for Ebola care

This is a good 21st Century reminder. Proper computer work station positions

And this is certainly appropriate. Five steps to less stress.


I’m going to try this. How to make your own natural soda pop

Photos from the real Winnie the Pooh’s 100th anniversary

America’s Best Cities For Food

Visiting A Kurdish Capital In The US

Guns A Part Of American Childhood

Proof That Chinese Grandparents Are More Athletic Than You


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


Flyboarding And Hamburgdogs Top Our Videos Of The Week

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

Rome, Behind The Lens

Top Images From Around The Globe



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

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



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Now this we like to see. Klamath River salmon to get fresh water

Giant Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy To Receive Better Treatment Uh huh. And I’m Mary, Queen of Flipping Scots.

You really do have to see this to believe it. Paddleboarder Has No Clue What’s Coming


World’s Rarest Bird Needs New Home

A Sheepdog’s ‘Two Rules’ For Success

Retired Research Chimps Are All Settled Into New Home


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Double-crossing cat keeps a second family


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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