an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No. 406

If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?  Olga Bereza

Northstar Media Services

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller – Editor

Dennis W. Steussy – Associate Editor

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Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, with all due respect to the news hounds among you, sometimes the more earth-shaking is left to those with bigger budgets and whose headlines we provide.

It is also nice ~ and sometimes necessary ~ to pull back and appreciate the geo-political ramifications of simpler, quieter and more peacefully cooperative interaction.

Like this past week with my neighbors here in North Seattle. One of us runs a green landscaping business out of here and acquired more gravel, rock and sand than necessary. The logistics of disposing of the surplus were a little on the staggering side and the cost, well, you know.

So we ran an ad on CraigsList and with Nextdoor, an interactive online bulletin board classified section.

We overestimated on a home yard project and now have free landscape construction materials to left over. It’s waiting for you out front. It includes sand, 5/8″ crushed minus rock, cobblestones, drain rock, and good quality fresh mulch.   We’re at 11721 17th Avenue NE. Cruise on by and help yourself. Please note: plants are not included.   Rusty

I made it a point to keep my office door open so I could hear people pulling up out front. I had the marvelous opportunity to interact with folks just like most of you. They loved that we essentially donated our mistake to other plant lovers. I enjoyed helping them shovel stuff into the back of their rigs and yep, turning them on to the magazine.

Sometimes, I think that in the search for information helpful to readers in 17 countries and a rainbow of cultures, it is easy to miss the best examples of what this publication is all about simply because they are out the front window. I am glad I did not do that this time.

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


I think it is very important to understand this. How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

This is definitely an interesting question. On a warmer planet, which cities will be safest?

We applaud this decision with both hands. Federal Court Restores Protection to Wyoming Wolves.



Yemen Rebels Gain Concessions From Government After Assault On Capital

French Hostage In Algeria Is Beheaded In Video Released By Militants

Why Boko Haram’s Leader Keeps Getting Killed, Only To Return

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At Un


North Korea Reveals Leader Is ‘Not Feeling Well’

Pro-Democracy Group Shifts To Collaborate With Student Protesters In Hong Kong

Tear Gas And Clashes At HK Protest


Isis Lieutenant Emerges From Australian Red-Light District

Melbourne Doctors Save East Timorese Boy’s Life

Australia Network Set To Go Off The Air

Meeting On Iraq Involvement Expected Within Days: Bishop


China And Iran To Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Persian Gulf

Explosions Kill At Least 2 In Restive Region Of China

Jack Ma Heads China Rich List

In China, Trial Begins For Former Official Accused Of Taking Millions In Bribes

With China Set To Open Stock Trading, Investors Lay Groundwork

The Price Of China’s Uighur Repression


Eurozone Growth ‘Slows In September’

Lithuania Feels Squeeze In Sanctions War With Moscow

France Proposes Tough Antismoking Measures

Draghi Praises Lithuania As Economic Example To Europe

Air France Pilots Extend Strike After Request For Mediation Is Denied


India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

Defying Expectations In India, Modi Begins Key Trip To U.S.

Indian Leader Narendra Modi, Once Unwelcome In U.S., Gets Rock Star Reception


How Uruguay Legalized Marijuana In Uncharted Territory

Mexican Cartels’ Illegal Taps Stealing Billions From Oil Industry As Pemex Hopes To Grow

In Chile, An Animal Whose Numbers Please No One

Dolphins receive protection from the Jamaican Government


China And Iran To Conduct Joint Naval Exercises In The Persian Gulf

Pakistani Military Names New Spy Agency Chief

Cyprus Rescue Mission For 300 At Sea

Facing Militants With Supplies Dwindling, Iraqi Soldiers Took to Phones

Iranian President Praises Cooperation In New York


Soldiers’ Graves Bear Witness To Russia’s Role In Ukraine

Shares Of Russian Oil Tycoon Seized

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS


Britain Seeks To Widen Law Against Rigging Of Financial Benchmarks

United Kingdom, Divided People

In London, Houseboats Offer Alternative to High Rent, but New Problems Emerge

RAF Drafted In For Alice Search

Prince Charles To Honour Fallen Police


In Colorado, A Student Counterprotest To An Anti-Protest Curriculum

Don’t Execute Those We Tortured

In A Mississippi Jail, Convictions And Counsel Appear Optional

LA Raises Minimum Hotel Wage To $15

Eric Holder Resigns, Setting Up Fight Over Successor

Pennsylvania Priest Accused Of Abuse Was Reported 5 Years Ago, Records Show

Today’s Police Put On A Gun And A Camera



Fisher: Handful Of Canadian Forces Officers Still On Duty In Afghanistan

Taliban Seize Key Afghan District

In A Final Act, Karzai Orders Execution Of 5 Men In Rape Case


Global Rise Reported In 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Taking A Call For Climate Change To The Streets

Climate Realities

Wind Contributes To West Coast Warming

Tackling Climate Change For Public Health

U.S., China vow climate action

35 Years Of Shrinking Arctic Ice, In One Graphic

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

Marching Forward Against Climate Change

Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone

Largest Climate March in History Connects Crisis to Corporations


How Winnipeg Lab Became Ebola Research Powerhouse

Fresh Graves Point To Undercount Of Ebola Toll

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle Of Ebola Contagion


Talk In Synagogue Of Israel And Gaza Goes From Debate To Wrath To Rage

Palestinian Leader Urges U.N. to Back a Deadline to End Israeli Occupation

Rival Palestinian Factions Agree To Resolve Differences, Leaders Say

BBC Special Report: Middle East Crisis


ISIS Urges Jihadists To Attack Canadians…

Despite Airstrikes, ISIS Appears To Hold Its Ground In Iraq

Airstrikes By U.S. And Allies Hit ISIS Targets In Syria

The Ancestors Of ISIS

UN Security Council Backs Obama’s Fight Against Islamic State

Iran’s President Says West’s Blunders Helped ISIS Rise

3 Nations Offer Limited Support To Attack On ISIS

U.S. Vividly Rebuts ISIS Propaganda On Arab Social Media


Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New Iphone Locks Out N.S.A.


Turkey Clamps Down On Syria Border

Over 130,000 Flee Syria For Turkey In Wake Of ISIS Raids

Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

Wrong Turn On Syria: Helping Assad?

Amid A Maze Of Alliances, Syrian Kurds Find A Thorny Refuge At The Border

U.S., Defending Kurds In Syria, Expands Strikes Against ISIS


Abu Qatada Acquitted On 2nd Terrorism Charge

A Terror Cell That Avoided The Spotlight

Australian Terror Suspect Wasn’t Alone

The Myth Of The Unkillable Abubakar Shekau: Is The Feared Boko Haram Leader Dead, Or Was It A Double?

Narendra Modi, In U.N. Speech, Inserts India Into Terrorism Fight


BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

NATO sees Russia pullback in Ukraine

Hungary Suspends Gas Flow To Ukraine

Deal Reached To Provide Ukraine With Russian Gas


Someone’s going to make a movie out of this, I’ll just bet you. How Winnipeg lab became Ebola research powerhouse

Flip Side: Is it time to move on from Rob Ford? This is a trick question, right?

This works on sooo many levels. Vancouver Island fisherman rescues injured bald eagle, gets encounter on video


Stephen Harper Pushes Free Trade As Answer To World Poverty And Conflict

Canada Joins Pledge At United Nations Climate Summit To Cut Emissions

The Most Canadian Reason Not To Deliver A Package: ‘Bear At Door’

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

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

Sam:        Good morning, Felina. Did the Stork visit after I went to bed last night?

Felina:     Good morning, mate of my three life times. I fell asleep before I could ask Stanley to stay for breakfast.

Sam:        Stanley the Stork came to visit last night even though you are not with cub? The same Stanley who parachutes human babies down chimneys and wears a Gerber’s R Us leather flight jacket when he’s not actually winging his way across the friendly skies of Gaia?

Felina:     Yes, Dear, that Stanley the Stork. He now helps mothers all over the world with things they need but are sorely pressed to provide. He helps robinettes with extra crawly slimy things and brings moss blankets to polar bearettes at the North Pole.

Sam:        Stanley sounds like a real prince, Sweetheart. Just one thing, though, if you’ve got a sec?

Felina:     For you, my rapacious rapscallion, I have an eternity of “secs”.

Sam:        That works on a couple of levels, Lass. The second one made the cave spin.

Felina:     Indeed. It rather sent a torrent of tingles through me as well.

Sam:        However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Will and Hilarity of Digression. And the Marc Mezvinsky of the Smooth Segue.

Sam:        And I am guessing then that all this baby and cub stuff is going to a very special new arrival.

Felina:     You are so sexy when we are on the same page, Samuel.

Sam:        When inspired, Lass, and you do so inspire.

Felina:     You are such a delight, my love. Yes, we are sending a Kid Care Package to little Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, daughter of Chelsea and grand-daughter of William and Hillary Clinton.

Sam:        Truly. From Rusty, Dennis, Shannon (in spirit), Olya, Amy and the rest of us here at the Northstar Journal, nice going, folks. She is a beautiful new addition to the creature kingdom. 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 is why I, a poor man, have no prejudice against rich folks. Rockefellers, Heirs To An Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

There is a special place in Heaven reserved for these people. Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Begin to Step Forward  

We are sorry to see him go. A Champion of Civil Rights, if Not of Civil Liberties, Just Like His Hero


7 Practical Ideas For Compassionate Communities, From Free College To Debt Relief

Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands To Climate March, Call Global Warming A “Health Care Emergency”

Cosmonaut Slaps Down Reporters’ Silly Questions


This sure makes me want to holiday on the other side of the Pond. Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the Shadows

Here we go again. G.M. Recalls Impalas and Cadillacs Over Risk of Brake Fires

This is what happens when stupid wears a badge. Police Behavior in Ferguson Draws Attention of Justice Department


I found this absolutely fascinating. Inside spaceships of the future

And closer to home, B.C. underwater expedition may have revealed earliest site of human habitation

This is a little beyond our budget for now but we suspect that as they prove themselves internationally, the price will go down. An e-bike that breaks the chain


Ants V Humans

How Lasers Revealed A Lost City In The Jungle

Multiple Fireballs Spotted In Midwest, Along Coast


India’s Spacecraft Reaches Mars Orbit … And History

So What Really Goes Down If We Find The Aliens?

WATCH LIVE: Russia Sends First Female Cosmonaut To ISS


Drone Exemptions For Hollywood Pave The Way For Widespread Use

DHL To Begin Deliveries By Drone In Germany

Disaster-Zone Robots Saving Lives


2,800 Km Road Trip In An Electric Car? Peter Cheney Reviews The Tesla Model S

Tiny Implant Could Give People Self-Healing Powers

Will We Ever Read At Superspeed?


Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J.Lo’s Mite

Are Nasty Comments Like These Keeping Women Out Of Science?


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.


In Alaska, A Battle To Keep Trees, Or An Industry, Standing

Female Farmers Make Nude Calendar to Raise Money For New Land

Our Planet Is Changing — So Must Our Global Food System


Check out these 15 Surefire Ways To Brighten Your Mood

Identifying signs of skin cancer could save your life or the live of someone you love.

Here is strong evidence that depression isn’t just ‘all in your head’


Outbreak Of A Respiratory Illness Escalates Among Children And Mystifies Scientists

The Link Between Multitasking And Brain Size

This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight


Do Only The Ruthless Get Rich?

The Biggest Ally Of Gay Rights?

Secret To Make Your Mantras Work

12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning)

Daughter For Chelsea Clinton (And Granddaughter For A Certain Couple)


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The Secret Towns The World Forgot

The End Of A Wandering Way Of Life?

World Records Set In Our Videos Of The Week

Our Favourite Images Of The Week

BBC’s The Best Science And Technology Pictures Of The Week


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These little dudes and dudettes still need our help. Are Bees Back Up on Their Knees?

Here’s another chance to die of cute. Watch 150 Tiny Sea Turtles Make Their First Run Into Ocean Waters

For some people, the best part of waking up is dolphins in their yard.


Migratory Shorebirds Could Face Extinction Within A Decade

Angelina Jolie To Direct New Film About Ivory Poaching »

Slowing Wind Speeds Could Affect Predator-Prey Balance »

Africa’s Safari Industry Suffering As A Result Of Ebola »

Tigers Recorded In Thailand’s Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary For The First Time »

Rhesus Macaques Find Darker Red Skin More Attractive »


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Donkeys reunited after zoo-exhibit sex scandal in Poland


Amnesty International

Black Sea Agro: Agriculture In The Black Sea Region

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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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