an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 21, 2014

No. 404

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

CHILDREN OF A COMMON MOTHER -- Peace Arch, Peace Arch Park, Douglas, British Columbia and Blaine, Washington

CHILDREN OF A COMMON MOTHER — Peace Arch, Peace Arch Park, Douglas, British Columbia and Blaine, Washington


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As we go to press, I’m looking at two nations I call home preparing for war on three fronts; ISIS, Ebola and the Ukraine. I see other nations so engaging and as much as I abhor war and as easy as it is to fall into the historical trap of hoping these wars really do end all wars, I am glad America and Canada are leading the proverbial charge on this one.

Patriotism is not a foreign feeling to me. I associate it more with rescue missions these days, being a veteran of one war and having people very close to me, American warriors of others. My family remembers and if lives are the cost, our preference is that they be consecrated to the building of things and the nurturing of people.

ISIS has given us no choice. They have declared war on the West and if we do not respond, ISIS will hasten Armageddon. We do not go to war for territory or economics. We march this time to defend ourselves from people who want to kill us and have demonstrated some talent and propensity for it.

The war on Ebola wears no flags nor worships at a single altar. War itself is perhaps a moral issue. Uniting to fight a disease like this is one of basic survival. All three, however, involve coming together for a better world.

We have faced worse in the past and we have survived as a species by doing exactly what we are doing now. It is always that way with us. My prayer now is that in our pursuit of peace?

We do not become that which we have sought to vanquish.

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


The Meredith Vierra Show made its debut this past week. She has a feature entitled Lunch Box Heroes. Meet Claire, a six year old from Texas, who truly is one.

This is nice to know. Americans like Canada more than any other country, poll suggests

I am finding it very difficult to believe this. However, it might just be a semantic difference. North Korea Issues Its Own Human Rights Report, Says Citizens ‘Enjoy Genuine Human Rights’



Amnesty International Reports Nigerian Police Routinely Use Torture

Heroic Efforts To Feed The Starving In South Sudan

Un: 250,000 Have Fled Militia Fighting In Libya

Hundreds Flee Nigerian City As Boko Haram Militants Advance

Deadly Bomb Blast In Central Cairo

Deadly Egypt Military Aircraft Crash

Yemen Clashes Cast Doubt On ‘Truce’


Malaysia Risks Enraging China By Inviting U.S. Spy Flights

India And China Sign Landmark Deals

Philippines Storm Displaces 200,000

India, China Vow Cooperation As Troops Face Off

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State


Abbott Governs From Indigenous Area

Wary Of U.N. Action, Australia Unveils Plan To Aid Great Barrier Reef

‘Australia Is A Pacific Island – It Has A Responsibility’

New Zealand’s John Key Wins Third Term


China Fines Glaxosmithkline Nearly $500 Million In Bribery Case

Xi: ‘Factory’ China And ‘Back Office’ India Can Drive Global Growth Together

WATCH: What Is China’s Leader Thinking?

Is China Finally Kicking Its Coal Addiction?


Sweden Takes A Left Turn After 8 Years Of Rightist Rule

European Finance Ministers Support Investment Program

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

Deadly Shooting At Copenhagen Court

Catalan Secessionists, Despite Scotland Independence Loss, Continue Push To Leave Spain

Air France Pilots Vote To Extend Strike


Hospitals In Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening A Health Crisis

PM Modi: Al Qaeda ‘Delusional’ To Think India’s Muslims Will Follow

The Extraordinary Makers Of India’s Most Expensive Tea


Fallen Brazilian Mogul Eike Batista Accused Of Insider Trading

Mexico Celebrates Independence Day In Spectacular Fashion

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

Uruguayan Prez Explains Why Legalizing Weed Is A ‘Security Issue’


In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides


Russia: Sanctions Hit Poultry Trade: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Russian Rouble Falls To New Low

Secret Towns: Radioactive Ruins

US, EU Levy New Sanctions On Russia, Take Aim At Moscow’s Energy Future (With Video)


Prince Harry At 30: Wild Rebel With A Big Heart Has Best Chance At Making Monarchy Relevant, Biographer Says

Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom

U.K. Government Plans Change After Scotland Votes To Remain In Union

New Nature Reserve To Open In London

Rare British Bird On The Rise

Very Rare Bees Found On New Cornish Bartinney Nature Reserve


In Suburban Seattle, New Nests For China’s Rich

Pope Sets Tone In U.S. By Naming Inclusive Prelate As Chicago Archbishop

Breach Prompts Review Of White House Security

Many Veterans Adapt To A Strange World, One With Walls


Pope Francis Marries 20 Couple, Including Bride With Daughter From Previous Relationship

Pope Celebrates Mass In Albania

Pope Francis Marks One Year At Vatican

Large Crowds For Pope Mass

90 Secs: Pope Francis’s Style Watch

Profile: Pope Francis



Court Confirms 5 Death Sentences In Afghan Rape Case

Afghan Contenders Sign Unity Deal


Unusual Species In Alaska Waters Indicate Warming Pacific

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs

Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge To Move Billions To Wind And Solar

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!


U.N. Leader Plans Stronger Presence In Ebola Zone

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day Lockdown To Fight Ebola Outbreak

Cuba Sending Dozens Of Doctors To Fight Ebola

Video: How The U.S. Will Try To Stop Ebola


Lost Homes And Dreams At Tower Israel Leveled


Hostage Alan Henning Thought His Work For Muslim Charity Would Save Him From ISIS

British Mps Demand Immediate Military Action Against ISIS As Another Aid Volunteer Threatened With Death

Arab Nations Offer To Fight ISIS From Air

Hollande Warns Of Global IS Threat

ISIS Draws A Steady Stream Of Recruits From Turkey

First US Strike Under New IS Plan

House Votes To Authorize Aid To Syrian Rebels In ISIS Fight

Australia In ‘Beheading Plot’ Raids

Turkey Obtains Release Of Hostages Held In Iraq

Suspicions Run Deep In Iraq That C.I.A. And The Islamic State Are United


BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Ukraine Rebels To Get Self-Rule

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Thanks Canada For Support

In Ruins Of Ukrainian Town, Residents Crave Food, Water And Peace


Hello, Rusty.

Thank you for interesting video. (Devils Brigade, Canadians Arrive) I have no doubts in Canadians being brave and nice to have your moral support.  But I consider decision of not to provide weapon and military help by EU and US wise.  I still believe in boomerang effect.

If your two brothers would fight by sticks, would you give one of them a knife?  Or is there another way?  Mishka, we still live on one Earth and no one knows where this weapon will appear next.  It can be used against someone who provides it eventually like SU planes now used against fighting on the side of the Russians.

You know me.  I am against such solving of problems.  In a world that is now on the edge of another great threat, who knows? Maybe US and Israel will need help of Russia tomorrow.

Glad that Scotland stayed with UK.  Being partners is much more favorable than being competitors.  The experience of fallen apart USSR shows that when previously joint countries go apart, the ground of conflicts based on national principle appears.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Grusia and Abkhazia, now Ukraine as well as in former Yugoslavia.  How one of my British acquaintances say? “My British and Scottish self happy that we stay united”.   Here, where I live, my Russian and Ukrainian self not that happy so I’m not going take sides.  I just hope peace be kept.

Have a nice weekend, dear cousin




Too Many Canadians With Mild Hypertension Taking Drugs Without Any Proven Benefit: Study

This should be good, no offence to Ottawa intended. What to expect from Parliament’s fall session

I am very glad to read this. Canada set to strengthen Ukraine ties with loans, aid

Cougars Corner

Felina:     Samuel, would you mind joining Arnie and I for a moment? I believe we need some enlightenment on a particular subject.

Sam:        Not a problem, Sweetheart. And given the high noon hour, I am assuming you and our talking television set would not mind lunch served on our best silver, figuratively speaking?

Felina:     That would be absolutely delightful.

Sam:        There’s some fern and salmon casserole in the back of the ‘fridge that isn’t evolving into another life form yet.

Felina:     Food commentary is not your forte, love of my three lifetimes. However you are a culinary legend in your own time so that sounds absolutely delightful.

Sam:        And since fernsamcass is a dish best served cold and by the magic of the media, viola and here we are.

Felina:     You taught that Harry Hughdingey all he knows.

Sam:        I did indeed. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are deep sea divas of digression. And the short snorkel of the smooth segue.

Sam:        And I am also the bearer of enlightenment. So, ‘sup, Sister?

Felina:     Excuse me, Samuel Alexander?

Sam:        That doesn’t work for you, does it?

Felina:     Coming from a clearly middle-class, wheat-coloured country cougar, of course not. It is right there at the bottom of the cask with “me bad.” Such exercises in linguistic abuse are not worthy of an organ grinder’s monkey or a salty sailor’s parrot.

Sam:        That was pretty good, Felina.

Felina:     Thank you, Dear.

Sam:        Now, you and Arnie —

Felina:     Arnold.

Sam:        You and Arnold need some clarification?

Felina:     We have been keeping track of all the places America is sending troops and what they are doing. This is insane.

Sam:        Just to remind you, Sweetheart, we’re talking about homo sapiens here.

Felina:     I know, my love. We just do not see how wars on these ISIS persons, these Ebola creatures, the Russian sanctions, the peace keeping in the Ukraine, the deplorable conditions in veteran’s hospitals, climate change and corruption in government can be waged in concert or with the sustainability it takes to achieve victory.

Sam:        It never ceases to amaze me how you can say all that with one breath, Felina.

Felina:     By your own admission, I am Queen of the Peaks. And as we all know, a queen can do anything, including sustain a kingdom. However.

Sam:        I know. How can they win?

Felina:     Yes.

Sam:        A clue to that might lie in something a former American statesman said when he contended that all of the problems facing his species were created by them…

Felina:     And therefore could be solved from them, yes. That was John Fitzhugh Canardie, son of Joseph and father of Caroline and John the Second.

Sam:        Close enough for government work, Lass, and yep. It’s important, I think, to note that America is no longer alone in this. Other nations, including your own, have decided that decapitation is not acceptable diplomacy, that nations have the right to decide their futures for themselves and that Ebola is only the latest in the pantheon of silent killers humans have survived.

Felina:     So it is one of these uniquely human “one threat fits all” dynamics. That certainly would explain it. Do you think they will succeed, Samuel?

Sam:        I honestly don’t know, Felina. But even if they do not, the rest of us will.

Felina:     It would be sad if they did not succeed.

Sam:        Aye, Luv. But quieter perhaps. And on that note, then, 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 is a good idea whose time has clearly come. Toward a Childproof Internet

When one of the strongest and historically controversial nations in Europe gets on the “green bandwagon,” we definitely feel like grabbing a chair and watching the parade. Video: Germany’s Grass-Roots Energy Revolution

Good examples resound down history itself, do they not? The photographer who rejected racism


Radisson Halts Vikings Sponsorship

Video: Life With Hundreds Of Birds

White House Recruits Celebrities For Sexual Assault PSA


This needs to change, quickly. Regulator Slow to Respond to Deadly Vehicle Defects

I honestly cannot believe this is happening in a suburb of the city where I live. These people have elevated silliness to an art form. New ordinance allows police to ban smelly people from city buildings

Is no sector of our society immune from this? Science’s Sexual Assault Problem


Judge Accused Of Assaulting Wife Is Urged To Resign

Holocaust Researchers Find Exact Location Of Gas Chambers At NAZI Death Camp In Poland

Women Allege Harassment And Abuse On Forest Service Firefighting Crews


This would be enough to put me off calamari. Scientists defrost and dissect one of the sea’s rarest creatures: A colossal squid

For some reason, we honestly would not recommend trying this at home. Can a Computer Replace Your Doctor?

Why am I not especially eager for this to happen? Winnipeg company hopes to make a commercial trail mix using bugs and worms


Aboard The Amundsen: Ship’s Scientists Probe The Future Of Western Arctic

How Elephants Create The Rain

Science Breakthrough: Extracting DNA From A Polar Bear’s Footprint

Mexico Blasts Rick Perry Comments About ISIS Border Threat

Archeologists Make Incredible Discovery In Mexican Jungle


How Big Is Space? – Interactive

Boeing And SpaceX Will Share Duties For Ferrying U.S. Astronauts To Space

Mars Maven Mission Set For Arrival


Buildings That Make Themselves

Why Autopilots Are Dangerous

Soon We’ll All Be Having Sex With Robots, Maybe:


A Flying Car For Everyone

Whale-Shaped Giant Of The Skies

Back To The Future: Researchers Create Virtual Time-Travel To Treat Memory-Based Trauma


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.


What’s Holding Electrics Back?

Inspiring Ideas For A Hungry Planet

Electric Car Smashes World Speed Record


This is a little awesome. How to train a tougher mind

Too much silence is not, in fact, golden. How Extreme Isolation Warps Minds

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The Girls Who Never Age ~ Could They Unlock Immortality?

How Venom Can Help Tackle Cancer ~ Battling Tumours With A Deadly Sting

Death Rates Down, But World Lags In Meeting Goal Of Sharply Reducing Child Mortality By 2015


Five Sins Of First-Time Bosses

Face-To-Face With Ancient Predators

Five Surreal Places To Live

Fall Baking: Recipe For Lemon Verbena Pear Tart


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The World’s Most Interesting Festivals


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Since we live not too far from there, this is especially good news. Chinook return to Upper Elwha after 102 years

This is not the best news in the world but it does explain a few things. Murder ‘comes naturally’ to chimps

I have a feeling they enjoy doing this too. Sniffer Dogs Help Stop Wildlife Crime

The World Wildlife Fund’s September newsletter is just out and it is as action packed as ever.

Wildlife Magazine’s features this week lead off with: Sea Shepherd activists arrive at Taiji Cove in Japan to document annual drive hunt dolphin killing As a total of 1,398 cetaceans are set to be slaughtered in Japan’s infamous Taiji cove this year, marine charity Sea Shepherd call for more volunteers to become Cove Guardians.


Archerfish Have Potent Aim And Brain

The Freedivers Who Swim With Whales

Five New Species Of Shark And Two Manta Ray Species Now Protected Under CITES


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Quirkiest Jobs In The World

Thai Woman In Crocodile Pit Suicide


Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

Cream Magazine & Millennium Art Gallery

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

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No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

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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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