an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No. 403

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This has been a potpourri week and an eventful one, with the anniversary in America of 9/11; the evolving anti-terrorism alliance and a truce in the Ukraine, which seems to be holding and in which Olya Bereza, our window on that nation, comments favorably.

We have also initiated what we hope is a useful feature under WORLD NEWS. We have incorporated a map into each region or nation’s subhead. I am not exactly sure how to explain this but knowing where something is happening makes it more real to me.

We are also glad to report that Olya is back among the living. As she explains in FROM THE UKRAINE, she went on a trip to the western part of her country and totally unplugged from all media. The email she sent letting me know she was going on holiday did not reach me because of the latest Russian incursion.

It was for me a reminder of how close people can become even though they have not formally met. There is an entire generation bonding through, if you will, synthetic contact. That they are doing it successfully strongly suggests to me that they are either engaging extra senses or adapting the conventional ones to the technology.

Historically, people have become friends or fallen in love exchanging letters and then sometimes over the telephone. Love, like other emotions, seems to be where one finds it. A growing body of academic evidence strongly suggests that one’s Internet behaviour, from email protocols to chatroom behaviour, is what one is actually like, if not in fact, than certainly by intent.

Chatrooms themselves have become a marvelous laboratory for the study of human behaviour. The ones on America Online are like coffee shops seating 36 people, all capable of talking and listening at once. Typing and reading quickly replace the need to observe and listen but that is the only real difference. If you are interested, I can send you the links to the three I have nicknamed “the good, the bland and the gruesome,” just in time for Halloween.

Okay, that’s it for now. Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?


Welcome this little dude (or dudette) into the world. Puget Sound orca pod welcomes newborn calf

Well, this Ebola outbreak is certainly not good news. However, in my life time, we have won the war against worst diseases. We apparently just needed to reach the point where our survival depended on working together as a species regardless of flag. That time is clearly now for this. U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola

Well, ISIS has executed someone else, this time a British aid worker. That, to me, is incontrovertible proof that these yahoos may be vicious and techno-savvy, but in the end, they are going to prove very self-destructive. Each one of these horrific acts of cruelty and cowardice persuades even more people that ISIS is no more Islamic than the Ku Klux Klan is patriotic Americana. So good luck with that one, you bloody flipping morons.



Grieving Town Buries Brutally Murdered Italian Nuns Who Served Africa For Decades

Killing And Preaching, Boko Haram Carves Our ‘Caliphate’

Egypt And United Arab Emirates Said To Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes

Boko Haram: We’re Ruling Town By Islamic Law

The Lovely Way One College Campus Dealt With This Summer’s Tragedies


Japanese Confidence Dips In August

Japanese Newspaper Retracts Fukushima Disaster Story And Fires Editor

Huge Change Could Be Coming To Tibet

Former South Korean Spy Chief Convicted In Online Campaign Against Liberals


Man Dies In Australia Shark Attack

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

Indigenous Leaders To Push For Constitutional Recognition

Aurora Displays Tipped For South Island Skies


Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

China’s Island Factory

Chinese Regulators Fine Volkswagen And Chrysler On Antitrust Charges

Guerrilla Theater: China’s Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage


As Sweden Nears Vote, Center-Right Is Trailing

New EU Sanctions On Russia Begin

Sun And Wind Alter German Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

Merkel To Speak Out On Anti-Semitism

Sweden Votes In General Election


33 Animals Rescued From Floods In India

Floods Kill Hundreds In India And Pakistan

Scale Of Flooding Stymies Relief Efforts In India And Pakistan

Embrace Of Social Media Aids Flood Victims In Kashmir


Ryanair To Buy Up To $22 Billion Worth Of Boeing Jets


Five new Amazonian Saki monkey species discovered


Israel rejects New Zealand ambassador because he’s also envoy to Palestinian Authority

Yemen Police Open Fire On Protesters

In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides


Despite Sanctions, Cash Keeps Flowing At Playground For Russia’s Rich


Victory For Wildlife As Thames Estuary Airport Idea Rejected

Why Does Scotland Want Independence? It is Culture Vs. Economics

Scotland And Quebec: Which Is More Like A Country?

Bracing For Change On Scotland’s Border, Whatever The Referendum Result

Seal Numbers Increasing In Thames Estuary


An Energy Boom Lifts The Heartland

Mostly White Forces In Mostly Black Towns: Police Struggle For Racial Diversity

Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening A Public Gas Station

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome In California College Town

The Assault Weapon Myth



Extreme Weather Is The Biggest Threat To Nesting Seabirds

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming

A Comic Book Look At Climate Change

CO2 Rises At Fastest Rate Since 1984

Climate Change To Wipe Out, Move Habitat For Hundreds Of Birds Species: Audubon

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

How Small Cities Can Fight Climate Change

Climate Change In Plain Language


Get The Facts: Ebola Virus Disease

Liberian President Pleads With Obama For Assistance In Combating Ebola

Back To The Slums Of His Youth, To Defuse The Ebola Time Bomb


For Jihad Recruits, A Pipeline From Minnesota To Militancy

The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

Obama, In Speech On ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort To Rout Militants

Video: Obama’s Full Speech About ISIS

Guilty Plea by American on Attempt to Help ISIS

Arab Nations Vow Help To Fight ISIS ‘As Appropriate’

Prospect Of U.S. Attacks Captivates Syrians

Canadians To School Kurds On ‘Art And Science’ Of Air Strikes

Nations Trying To Stop Their Citizens From Going To Middle East To Fight For ISIS

Aussies To Combat Islamic State

UK Will ‘Hunt Down’ Haines Killers


BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Most Russian Forces Now Out Of Ukraine, Kiev Says

With Gas Cut Off, Ukraine Looks West

Ukraine President Says Truce Is Growing Stronger


In one week, on Sunday September 21, we will be joining the People’s Climate March on the streets of New York City to demand world leaders turn talk into action when they meet at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

All of our country’s big social movements are amplified and then won largely by collective action and people getting out into the street to demand change: women’s voting rights and the civil rights movement are two great examples. Now it is time we create the same momentum for climate change.

Disruption is a fast-paced journey through climate science, impacts on the environment, solutions, and the stories that define this pivotal point in human history. And most importantly, it shows why this moment is so ripe for us to seize with an action like the People’s Climate March.

So this weekend, as you gather with friends and family, consider watching this film and hosting a discussion about why climate change action is so important.

Together, we can make a difference.


Keya Chatterjee

Senior Director

Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach

World Wildlife Fund


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.

Rusty, maybe that is your prayers that helped too Sorry I should inform you that everything fine but I didn’t follow the recent news and media. I wrote in previous letter that I’m on a journey so didn’t expect you to worry. On the way I met a fantastic girl from Shahtersk. Pregnant on 6th month she experienced months of uncertainty and 10 days bombing and I was astonished of her being so positive and in good spirit. I felt myself a coward for all that worries and panic that felt from time to time. I believe in a disposition of Providence. If the peace continues everything will be fine here. Not worry as I am feel confident now all be good. Your friend Olya


Lest anyone ever doubt Canadian courage, Canadian Ebola mobile laboratory team heads back to Sierra Leone

We will survive but this is still not good news. Canada’s fourth-quarter hiring outlook hits four-year low point

This is something in which the nation itself can take pride. Vogue declares Toronto’s West Queen West second hippest ‘hood in the world


Canadian Shortage Of Vital Bladder Cancer Drug Prompts Rationing

Canadian Army Advisers To Be Stationed In Iraq’s North

Russian Jets Buzz Canadian Frigate Near Ukraine

Cougars Corner

Felina:     Good morning, love of my three life times.   You look exceptionally well groomed this morning, my love. He will be very impressed with you.

Sam:        Thank you, Sweetheart. But don’t get your hopes up. He’s been the alpha of my family for three generations now.

Felina:     He sounds like a true mensch.

Sam:        Like your mother’s ancestors at the Masada, Felina. Only goy.

Felina:     I had no idea. He looks so gentle in his photographs.

Sam:        Cute, Sweetheart.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion.   A little sugar helps the macaroni go down, so I am told.

Sam:        That’s what they say, Luv. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the General George Armstrong Patton and the Robert E. Lee Custer of digression. And the I Like Yike of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Which would also all describe the Colonel.

Felina:     I have read the book about him and found it absolutely fascinating. He began as a private in the secret American Mountain Lion Forces ~ not to be confused with the Dolphin Brigade, by the way ~ and rose through the ranks as it were.

Sam:        He’s got more metal on his chest than the Tin Man, yep.

Felina:     When he retired, he joined the American Animal Protection Agency, supervising agents in the field.

Sam:        Them bears don’t knock those trash cans over and the cougars don’t play with clothes lines just to get on YouTube, nope.

Felina:     Since we are on the subject, Arnold told me something interesting about the Colonel.

Sam:        Arnie, our talking television set told you something about my grandfather?

Felina:     Brace yourself, mate of my three lifetimes. He has just taken a mate a third his age. She is accompanying him on his holiday to that Seattle place and then to the North American Cougar Conference in Stanley Park.

Sam:        That would also be Grandpa. His adrenalin gland is immortal and he has outlived two mates already. This one is younger than you are.

Felina:     Be careful, Samuel.

Sam:        You, however, are eternal.

Felina:     And capable of making your life a living Hades if that is what it takes to keep you humble.

Sam:        Yep, that too. The Colonel is no respecter of age. He’s still doing things that defy every self-preservation instinct ever bred into our species.

Felina:     As a result, he has lived a long, full and meaningful life. He has certainly been an inspiration to you.

Sam:        Excuse me? Me and the Colonel have about as much in common as an anteater does with an asteroid, with all due respect, Lass.

Felina:     Think about it, my love. He has courage; you have audacity. He is honest. You are realistic. He is analytical. You are devious.

Sam:        The longer this list gets, the better I’m looking, Felina.

Felina:     Then I will, as you Americans say, cut to the chaste. You are very much the Colonel’s offspring, Samuel Alexander. And I will remind you that if you are good enough for me, you are bloody well good for this outrageous brass hat with the chest full of tin. Break out the smoked Chinook, my love, and welcome him as one to another.

Sam:        When you put it like that, how could I possibly refuse?

Felina:     How incredibly astute of you, Samuel. I absolutely love it.

Sam:        Then 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.


She makes me very proud to be from here. Seattle humanitarian heads to Syrian border

In the wake of a Department of Justice report on the SPD that was far from flattering, this is nice to read. Report: Seattle among ‘balanced’ police departments in US

We sure hope this catches on. CVS Stores In New York Stop Selling Tobacco


The Children With AK-47s Who Defied IS

The Woman Who Fights The Rising Sea

Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out Of Poverty Through Incubator Farms


I went into the hop fields at 16, so I know this has to stop. Just 13, and Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts in the Tobacco Fields

Things like this and Fukishima are NOT helping Japan’s image in the Family of Nations. Sea Shepherd activists arrive at Taiji Cove in Japan to document annual drive hunt dolphin killing

There is absolutely no excuse for this. Racism is still a problem in the Great White North


The Internet Age Means Flights Are Longer And Airlines Are Greedier, Study Shows

Doug Ford Could Win: Pollster

Full Statement From Rob Ford About Withdrawal From Mayoral Race


I would love to see this. A Nomad’s Find Helps Solve the Mystery of the Spinosaurus

This was a little eerie. I wonder what else we are going to discover like this. The women with super-human vision

I love anything which “de-mystifies” science and brings it back to the Mr. Wizard level I enjoyed as a lad. The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to the Wonder of Science


Wealthy Chinese Travelers Lining Up To Blast Off

Rosetta Comet Chaser Takes ‘Selfie’

‘Signs Of Recovery’ In Ozone Layer


Robot Could Load Up Dishwasher

Meet Bob, The Robo-Security Guard Watch

Dyson To Make Robot Vacuum Cleaners


Hands Off With Heathrow’s Pods

In A Study, Text Messages Add Up To A Balance Sheet Of Everyday Morality

12-Year-Old Cancer Patient Gets First-Ever Vertebra Made On A 3-D Printer


This Week In Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed


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.


Greener Neighbourhoods Produce Bigger Babies

West Coast Leads Surge In Electric Cars

A Climate Movement That Cannot Be Ignored


Here is the kind of news we like to read. Crews raise sails to support breast cancer research (Photo Gallery) (Video)

We have long suspected this. Research finds low-carb, low-fat plans both work

Why is cancer so common? This fascinating article from the BBC explains.


Seeking Support Early Key To Success For Students With Learning Disabilities

Beyond Salmon Burgers

90-Year-Old’s Dance Moves Stun Crowd

The Way To Beat Poverty

“Why I Stayed”: Actress Robin Givens Opens Up About Her Abuse

Today’s Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)


We have 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. Click either the banner or this link.


Watch and listen: Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur volcano eruption (Video)

Wildlife Magazine Reader photo of the week

Video: Bear Cub Uses Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Flag As Scratching Post

Gallery Of Winning Images From The British Wildlife Photography Collection 5

Geico Seattle Ferry – The Gecko’s Journey

Most stunning BBC images of the week


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Special Projects




It looks like we are going to find out what is in their belfry. New study gets inside the brains of bats

Here is someone we have been following for quite awhile. Nice going, Big Buddy. Oregon Wolf OR-7: Lucky In Love

Here is another opportunity to oink out on cute. Adorable Baby Elephants Play With Tires, Ride Away With Our Hearts


New Shark And Ray Conservation Plan For Pacific

South African Energy Company Re-Routes Electricity Lines To Save Buzzard’s Nest

International Whaling Commission To Meet In Slovenia On 15 September


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Only in Canada. Sigh. Nine-year-old boy steals Saskatoon city bus, no charges laid

I wonder which of them was the more flattered. Ancient swamp pig named after Mick Jagger for its luscious lips

Rambunctious Kitten Wants To Play With Her Dalmatian Pal, Tries With All Her Tiny Might


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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