an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 12, 2014

No. 408

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


Best Shannon in Canadian sweatshirt


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Small publications like ours are modest history at best but as sustaining as the spirit of those who read them. We have been very honoured by your society. As difficult as it has been personally to sustain this operation during a near-fatal Recession, we have found often extraordinary means to do that.

This would not be possible without several individuals on the staff, one of whom is on a well-deserved holiday in Minnesota to attend a family wedding and to experience again life in the Red River Valley. His parents are aging and time is precious to him in this regard.

The Northstar Journal would also never have been possible without the dedication, talent, heart and chutzpah of a young Canadian woman who was dying of cancer when we met. Her passing occurred in October so this has been a difficult month for me, coinciding as it also does with my arrival in the killing fields of a long ago war.

She was a cowgirl from Manitoba and as untamed, even to the end, as the horses she loved so passionately. As a professional farrier, she fought sexism on the ranches of the North American prairies. She admired the characters Sharon Stone played because they resonated so much with her own nature. Had Sharon known Shannon, it might very well have been the other way around.

She was a slender slip of a lass everybody called “Short Stuff:” She loved karaoke and dancing atop the bar and when she took a cowboy to the hay loft, even the stud bulls blushed. If the west was a little wilder for it, so much the better and either get a flipping sense of humour or just bloody sod off.

Her last years were spent in controversy when she came west because she was accused of not only loving a married man but of convincing him to murder his wife and children. He got life in prison and she was totally exonerated of any persuasion in these regards.

The Court of Public Opinion even in Canada can be harsher than the Queen’s Bench. She became a pariah in Victoria and retaliated by designing cowboy clothes and selling them to the Canadian Forces and their families in Esquimalt. She apologized for nothing and fought back by making a good living for herself and her three kids, without help from her estranged husband and his new wife.

In the midst of the worst of it, she contracted cervical cancer and found out just how cruel people can be when many of them contended that this was how God punished Jezebels.

When her first round of chemotherapy failed, she knew she could not survive the pain of a second. She did not consult anyone. It was not her style to do that anyway about anything, so in this regard, she was consistent.

She gave the last 18 months of her life to making the monthly Northstar Journal the best magazine it could be. She believed in people, despite what some of them had done to her. When we came out, she used to walk outside late at night and imagine herself soaring over the earth, looking down on where “my readers live and stuff: She referred to all of you as her twinkling lights. You enriched her life beyond measure and for that, I am profoundly grateful. Thank you.

This edition is dedicated to her and to those of you who tap that donation request at the bottom. We thank you, then, for your support

Have a great week, eh? 


When the Taliban attacked this Pakistani teenager for speaking out for education for all children, they almost killed her. She recovered, however, and took to the world stage to promote her cause. When asked if she feared the Taliban, she replied, “How can you be afraid of someone who is so afraid of you?” Please join me and most of the freedom loving people on the planet in congratulating the Nobel Prize Committee on their choice of the two they selected for this year’s Peace award. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of you impacted by this. Dozens Injured As Powerful Typhoon Hits Japan

I found this incredibly ironic. ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China



UN Secretary-General In Libya Calls For End To Fighting, Militia To Withdraw From Airport

Dam Rising In Ethiopia Stirs Hope And Tension


Warships Of Rival Koreas Exchange Warning Shots

S Korea Ferry Captain Was ‘Confused’

Asia Shares Slump After IMF Forecast

Japan Quake Spurs Innovation

Daphne Bramham: A Lesson From Hong Kong: It Matters Who Governs

Hong Kong Government Scraps Talks With Protesters

Kim Jong-Un’s Absence At Ritual Fires North Korea Rumors

Japan Prepares For Typhoon Vongfong


Rare Photos Of Untouched Australia

Australian Lost In Bush For 17 Days

Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster

Putin Confirmed To Attend G20 In Brisbane

‘Booby Traps’ In NZ Earthquake Homes


Germany And China Seal Meeting With Business Deals

Leader Taps Into Chinese Classics In Seeking To Cement Power

China ‘Will Not Change Mind’ On HK

China’s Guide To Democracy

Why Is Hong Kong Protesting?

China’s Disappearing Pro-HK Activists

Symbols Of Protest

Death Penalty For China Cult Killers

Chinese Hostages Freed In Cameroon


Why Are Spaniards Fleeing Home?

Strike To Cost Air France €500m

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

Belgium’s Youthful New PM Sworn In

Belgium’s Complex Web Of Democracy

Life Without Government, The Belgian Way

Belgium Profile

S&P Cuts France’s Credit Outlook

Spain Sets Up Ebola ‘Crisis’ Group


Human Casualties Mount In Indian Tiger Corridor »

Tracking India’s Bureaucrats Becomes A Digital Dashboard Venture

Cyclone Hudhud Pounds Eastern India


New Tract Of Mexican Cloud Forest Is Now Protected »

Arrest Of Suspected Drug Lord In Mexico Is Seen As Symbolic Amid Police Scandal


In Golan, Imagined Risks Become All Too Real

Israel lets hundreds of Palestinians leave Gaza to mark Muslim holiday at Jerusalem’s holiest mosque

Canadian Forces Already Headed To Middle East

Traumatized Gaza Lions Are Given A New Home In Jordan »

US Pledges $212m In Aid To Gaza

New President of Afghanistan Welcomes Back Times Reporter


Putin Wants Say In Moldova-EU Trade


Britain’s Rarest Freshwater Fish Could Be Making A Comeback »

Britons Seek ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

‘Robust’ Plans To Counter NHS Strike

UK Troops Training Kurdish Forces

Ebola Screening Not Perfect – Boris

Hunt Wants Public Oath For Teachers


Gay Marriage Is Upheld In Nevada And Idaho

Energy Industry Eyes U.S. East Coast For Offshore Drilling

Satellites See Hot Spot Of Methane In U.S.


Pope Brings In Catholics To Explain How Their Marriage Lasted 55 Years — And Their Answer Shocked The Church

Pope Says Thanksgiving Mass For 2 Saints Who Spread Faith In Canada



California Leads On Climate Change, Says 50-State Tool

The Blind Spot For Climate Research In Agriculture: Not All Climate Change Is Bad

Gop Congressman Says His Medical Background Qualifies Him To Deny Climate Change

Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

Evangelicals Urge Rick Scott To Act On Climate Change As A ‘Pro-Life’ Issue


Ebola Help For Sierra Leone Is Nearby, But Delayed On The Docks

Ebola Reaches Europe – Spanish Nurse Tests Positive After Treating African Patient

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center volunteers to treat Ebola patients

Canada airlifts protective equipment to Ebola zone

Canada Places Quarantine Officers At Six Airports To Screen For Ebola Symptoms

Canadian Ebola Vaccine To Be Shipped To Geneva Next Week, WHO Says

Britain To Screen For Ebola Amid Possible New Cases In Europe

With Ebola’s Arrival At Nebraska Center, It’s No Longer A Drill

Ebola: 41 UN Staffers Now Under Observation In Liberia


$4 Billion Plan To Rebuild Gaza Stalled Amid Political Wrangling

Israel Permits Hundreds Of Gazans To Pray At Jerusalem Mosque During Eid Al-Adha Holiday


How ISIS’ horrific reign of terror is rooted in the political culture of Iraq and Syria

UK Jihadist Prisoner Swap ‘Credible’

One Of The Only Remaining Christian Communities Makes Its ‘Last Stand In Iraq’

Syrian Kurds ‘Fight Back Against IS’

Canadian Parliament Votes To Join U.S.-Led Combat Mission In Iraq

Western Jihadist Explains Why He Fights In Syria

Iran’s Jailing Of Activist Offers Hint Of Liberty Under Rouhani

Four Bombings Kill Over 50 People Around Baghdad

French ‘Destroy’ Al-Qaeda Convoy


French Author Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

Nobel Prize For Blue LED Invention

Microscope Work Wins Nobel Prize

Two Americans and a German Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize


Canadian Charged In Hacking Ring Involving U.S. Military Software And Xbox Games


BBC Ukraine Crisis Update

Putin Orders Russian Troops Away From Ukraine Border


Canada’s religious freedom ambassador accuses Russia of kidnapping Christians in Ukraine

Harper Seeks Six-Month Military Mission To Iraq, With No Ground Troops


Canada contributing to telescope involved in search for extraterrestrials

Is Canada Losing Its Edge In Space?

Bank Of Canada Still Not Committed To Women On Currency: Petition

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.

Felina:     Hello, fair and gentle readers. It is nice to see you again.

Sam:        We enjoy “coming into your living rooms” each week with our form of animal vaudeville. You seem to enjoy it and we have a lot of fun with it too.

Felina:     There are, however, times when the simplest and most direct point works best to promote our personal agenda.

Sam:        Which is, believe it or not, helping you survive your own foolishness.

Felina:     Careful, mate of my three lifetimes. If you talk down to them, they will assume you think you are superior to them. Theirs is a species which truly believes in its own preeminence among all the Creator’s children.

Sam:        Yep, and defends to the death their right to be lethally stupid, rather than let wiser minds and wiser species prevail. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Damon & Diogenes of Digression and the Soccer T of the smooth segue.

Sam:        Nice, Sweetheart. Like watching a butterfly skate on thin ice.

Felina:     Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. That is so sweet. But to the subject at hand, one of the ways your species survives is by recognizing the humanly sublime among you. You turn instinctively to good as well as evil and so far, the “angels” among you are winning the battle.

Sam:        You certainly have one among you now. We urge you to get to know her. She is one of your children and she stands for all that is compassionate, brave and noble among you.

Felina:     Her name is Malala Yousafzai and you can meet her here.and at Laureate Malala urges child rights

Sam:        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 gave me another Proud to Be Made In Canada moment. Allies against depression: How a Canadian is driving science and business to find a cure

These folks definitely have the right idea. International Day Of The Girl A ‘Time To Recognise Challenges’

So do these people and what’s so cool is that they are my neighbors. Columbus Day in Seattle no longer: Now Indigenous Peoples’ Day


This should strike shame in the heart of every one of us who calls themselves human. A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear

So should this. Unearthing a Barbarous Past in Poland

I really hope she is kidding. If she is not, this is scary. Shelley Moore Capito Says Climate Is Changing Because It’s ‘Raining’ Outside


I found this fascinating. Is this Europe’s oldest city?

This too is an absolute must read. Don’t Say This — Or That — Abroad

Are we really ready for this? Coming soon: The 3-D printed car


Nevada’s Secret Underwater World

Coastal Cities Are Drowning, Thanks To Sea Level Rise

‘Titanic Of The Ancient World’ Gives Up Its Secrets


Why Astronauts Get ‘Space Stupid’

NASA Spies Star That’s 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

Here’s Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way


The Biggest Test For Drones?

Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

Robot Learns How Snakes Climb Dunes


How Toys Will Shape The Future

How To Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

Israelis Use Gold Particles To Heal Heart Tissue Following Heart Attack

NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES  — 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.


Watch CO2 Emissions Explode By Country

‘Green News Report’ – October 9, 2014

21 Numbers That Explain Why The Time To Address Climate Change Is Right Now, Or Maybe Yesterday

The $9.7 Trillion Problem: Cyclones And Climate Change


This should make some of us feel a lot better. How to save your memory

This is not easy to watch. Video: A 29-year-old cancer patient in PDX

I loved this. 12 Weird Health Tips That Really Work


Depression Myths And Fact

Living Longer In British Columbia And Washington State

This Week In Health: World Mental Health Day


Standing Up To An Office Bully

Dealt A Victory In Court, Advocates For Gay Rights Focus On A New Frontier

Postcard From Tobacco Road: Bringing In The Harvest In Fields Of Death And Life

When it comes to nude leaks, women get blamed when focus should be on men’s behaviour


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Preserving Tradition In Japan

From BBC Earth

See Our Planet From A ‘Truly Global Perspective’

Photo: Earth’s Strongest Storm Of 2014 Is A Terror To Behold


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You will definitely want to share this. How wolves saved a famous park

Attention Oceana! You folks need to do something about this before it is too late.   Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster

If this does not warm your heart, you do not have one. WATCH: Elderly Man Makes Friends With A Hummingbird


Three Bears Rescued From Poachers Are Doing Well »

Crews Rescue Missing Seattle Hiker And Dogs

Watch: Fisherman Rescues Drowning Eagle

CORNELL LAB ENEWS — October 2014Features this edition include: Here’s How to Tell a Crow From a Raven, Blindfolded; Eight Migration Mysteries Explained by BirdCast and eBird; Which Species Is This? and Let Them Eat Berries. This one is a total lark and yep, pun intended.


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Man tries to propose to girlfriend in sunset hot-air balloon ride — crash lands in Pacific


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


The Northstar Journal is non-profit and entirely supported by its readership. If you would like to contribute, please go here

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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