an international weekly ezine of news, commentary and general interest

Sunday, October 19, 2014

No. 410

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



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Several of you have asked how I personally view the Ebola outbreak and ISIS, apparently the two greatest scourges on the planet. At the moment.

First, I totally accept that both are real. Now, I am learning as much as I can to help protect myself, my family, my household, my community, my readership, etc.

I am also keeping perspective and not going into a “fight or flight” mode. This article helped me from doing that around Ebola and I hope it does the same for you and yours. Experts Offer Steps For Avoiding Public Hysteria, A Different Contagious Threat

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center will be accepting Ebola patients and that raises some concern about contagion since we are apparently still so clueless about how it is transmitted. But that facility is not in my neighborhood and I do not know anyone who either works or is a patient there.

ISIS is easier for me to deal with because I am so far off terrorist radar it is actually a little embarrassing. I am like the country I in which I was born. Nobody’s mad at me. Nobody’s mad at Canada.

I am also on record for defending Muslims right along with the rights of all other living creatures on this planet, including Ralph, my geranium, who was a gift from an extraterrestrial botanist whose visit Steven Spielberg documented on film a couple three decades back.

As far as kidnapping? I have no one in spheres of either influence or proximity. So forget that, guys. If you want to steal me away, it will be a logistics nightmare. I do not go gently into any good night and I live with three other people, one of whom is as big as a Toyota short bed pickup truck. You guys are neither ignorant nor stupid. Why load a cannon for a camel when it is only a canary on the radar?

So, since you asked and stuff, right? Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?


I found this absolutely fascinating. Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide

Here we go again, Toyota lovers. Toyota to recall 1.75 million cars

In a world which sometimes seems bent on competing itself into extinction, this is refreshing to read. Forming alliances to preserve habitats



Specialist Nairobi Team Will Help Tackle Wildlife Crime

General Escalates Libya Attack

Report: Nigeria And Boko Haram Reach Cease-Fire

This Ray Of Hope From Nigeria Should Inspire Us To Provide Safe Schools For Every Girl


Nepal To Establish Weather Warning System After Hiking Disaster

Cyclone Lashes India’s Eastern Seaboard, Killing At Least 2; Typhoon Pounds Japan

For Japan, Small Gesture Holds Great Importance

Philippine Militants Free 2 German Hostages


Declining Wool Demand Forces Scramble To Adapt At New Zealand Farms

Asylum Baby Denied Australia Visa

Canada Backs New Zealand’s Bid For UN Security Council Seat


China Said To Pull The Strings In Hong Kong Crackdown

China Media: Public Back Police

China’s Guide To Democracy

China Responds To N.B.A. Diplomacy

Crony Communism In China

Answering Four Key Questions About China’s Rise


Bosnian Mountain Horse Herd Grows In The Velebit Mountains »

Bloc In Europe Starts To Balk Over Austerity

Possible Disease Outbreak Kills Bison In Romania »

In Exodus From Israel To Germany, A Young Nation’s Fissures Show

Specter Of Renewed Crisis Polarizes Europe

Before A Bailout, E.C.B. Minutes Showed Doubts Over Keeping A Cyprus Bank Afloat

To Restore Confidence In Economy, A Test Of Europe’s Banks


Cyclone Lashes India’s Eastern Seaboard, Killing At Least 2; Typhoon Pounds Japan

India’s Public Health Crisis


Ecuadorian Río Canandé Reserve Extended By Purchase Of 1,200 Acres

Rare Spectacled Bear Found In New Ecuador Reserve »

Venezuela Gets Security Council Seat; Turkey Fails

Mexico Finds Many Corpses, But Not Lost 43


Gaza Still Needs Rebuilding. Here’s What Lies Ahead


BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Middle East Crisis


Meet ‘The Bob Dylan Of Russia’

Russia Cannot Replace Imports

Making Merkel Wait, Finding Time For Truffles

Space Dogs Were First Soviet ‘Pop Stars’

Canadian Coast Guard Tows Disabled Russian Ship Off…

Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew On Trees


Fears Over UK Trekkers In Nepal

Thousands Attend Pay Protest Marches

Memorial Service For Aid Worker

UK Police To Probe Thailand Murders


Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Stay Open

Obama Cancels Campaign Trip To Meet With Cabinet On Ebola

Atheist Wins $1.95M From Californian Government After He Was Forced Into Religiously Tinged Treatment Program

In Cities With West African Populations, Hospitals Take Extra Steps

Calm Returns To Wall St., But Europe Remains A Worry

Mysterious US Space Plane Returns

Despite Slumping Prices, No End In Sight For U.S. Oil Production Boom


The Catholic Church’s Welcome New Thinking On Family, Sex – And Homosexuality

What Is A Catholic Family?

Of Virtue And Vice, And A Vatican Priest

No Consensus At Vatican As Synod Ends



Two Haqqani Militant Leaders Are Captured, Afghan Officials Say


Pentagon Signals Security Risks Of Climate Change

Nitty Gritty, Nuts-And-Bolts, Side Of Climate Change

What Makes Species Resilient—And Vulnerable—To Climate Change?

(Video) People’s Climate March Grabs The World’s Attention

The Living Planet Report: Alarming Trends Of Species’ Population Decline

Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change

Fish Moving To Avoid Warming Waters

Beating Climate Change By Retooling The Economy—The Story Begins In Navajo Country


Video: The C.D.C.’s Shifting Ebola Strategy

In Layers Of Gear, U.S. Doctor Offers Healing Hand To Ebola Patients In Liberia

Video: Fighting Ebola Outbreak Street By Street

Video: Ebola Protection Gear Safety

As Ebola Fears Spread, Ohio And Texas Close Some Schools

Experts Oppose Ebola Travel Ban, Saying It Would Cut Off Worst-Hit Countries

Ron Klain, Chief Of Staff To 2 Vice Presidents, Is Named Ebola Czar

Rare Good News About Ebola

Ebola Does Not Need To Be A Death Sentence


Hong Kong Protesters Strike Back

Symbols Of Protest

BBC Special Report: Hong Kong Protests


Obama’s Top Military Adviser Warns Of Possible ISIS Attacks In Baghdad

‘Operation Bland And Inoffensive’ Is What The U.S. Military Pretty Much Named Its Mission Against ISIS

ISIS Militants In Syrian Border Town Begin To Retreat After A Month long Battle

ISIS Flying Warplanes In Syria

BBC SPECIAL REPORT: Islamic State Crisis


BBC Ukraine Crisis Update


Time to start praying they all make it back. Canadian Military Transport Leaves For Kuwait

We were caught off guard here too but I am confident our medical community can handle it. And will. Nurses Reveal Gaps In Ebola Preparedness In Ontario Hospitals

Let’s hope we do not find something that wants us on the menu. I hear national guilty is the supreme royal payback. Canada Contributing To Telescope Involved In Search For Extraterrestrials

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:        Felina, I do believe you need to come out here on the porch. I do not remember ordering anything that needs to be delivered by Human Express. I’m sure glad you’ve got a good understanding with these folks.

Felina:     I shall be right there, loved of my three lifetimes. And no worries, darling. They too know that I am Queen of the Deep Reaches.

Sam:        Sweetheart, I’m really glad you’ve got the royalty thing working for you. We would be in big trouble if you did not.

Felina:     The Kingdom would be in bigger trouble, would it not, Sir Samuel?

Sam:        I am not going to win this one either, am I?

Felina:     No, my love. The prerogatives of the regally born are immutable.

Sam:        Okay, and like I really understood that. However, we digress.

Felina:     We are the Yorkshire Duke and Duchess of Digression. And the Queen Eleanor of the Smooth Segue.

Sam:        Which is to say that he’s leaving another mysterious box. This one says it’s from…Creatures R Us Robotics. Okay, Felina, what’s going on?

Felina:     Well, as you know, Arnold and I have been absolutely fascinated by this particular science.

Sam:        You and our talking television set have gone where no cougar or cathode ray Zenith have gone before, yep.

Felina:     And you do know that our research sometimes leaves me unable to do my share of the cave work?

Sam:        I really hadn’t noticed, but as you have occasionally pointed out I am not the neatest puma on the planet.

Felina:     Perhaps not, my rapacious rapscallion. But you are certainly the handsomest and most dashing.

Sam:        And that is a very good thing, I suspect. So what’s in the box, Lass?

Felina:     You will really like her, darling.

Sam:        We are getting a maid that looks and behaves like a cougar, aren’t we?

Felina:     Yes, my love. Is that not absolutely delightful, oh sun and moon of my life?

Sam:        Delightful is one word, yep. I just remember when my mother came to visit and offered to help out around here. That didn’t seem to work out two well. “Too many paws on the premises” was the phrase you used, if memory serves.

Felina:     Your mother is not programmable. Rosie is.

Sam:        Point well taken, Sweetheart. 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.


His Imminence keeps getting cooler and cooler all the time, does he not? Vatican Signals More Lenient Stance On Gays And Divorce

I wonder if the beavers are getting union scale for this. Pesky Beavers Put To Work In West

This rocks. New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—And These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up To Get Them


This individual really needs to get a life. Kiss those public displays of affection goodbye, vows Burnaby mayoral candidate

This definitely does not bode well. New U.N. Ebola Trust Fund Falls Far Short of Goal

This needs to change, posthaste. Most B.C. Nursing Home Workers Experience Violence On The Job, Poll Finds


This is something it would probably not hurt all of us to read again. The secret to staying safe online

This does not surprise me. I am certain another study will add the tone of voice in which words are delivered. Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

I found this just a little ironic. F.B.I. Director Calls ‘Dark’ Devices a Hindrance to Crime Solving


Two Dinosaur Toes Lead To Fossil Find In Alberta’s Badlands

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change The World

Learning The Secrets Of Lost Franklin Expedition Vessel HMS Erebus


Apeman To Spaceman

Comet Landing Gets Green Light

New Form Of Space Weather Identified


The Odd Things Robots Do To Us

Asimo The Humanoid Robot Shows Off His New Tricks

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics


Venture Capitalists Return To Backing Science Start-Ups

Tech Jobs: No Degree Required?

Polaris Dagor, Ready For Action


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.


Mopping Up A Sea Of Plastic

Video: Neil Young, Stephen Colbert Sing To Save Earth

LA School District Uses Its Spending Power To Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, And Kids’ Nutrition

After Years Without A Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It


This is something from which we could all benefit, I suspect. How To Feel More Energized All Day Long

Here’s another reason to get up and move around occasionally. Why Exercise Boosts IQ

Slowly but surely, we are making this one history. Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells For Use In Alzheimer’s Research


How To Cope With The Scariest Health Info You Find Online

These 12 Childhood Art Techniques Can Help Adults Relieve Stress

Don’t Let Anyone Rent Space In Your Head For Free


A Cure For Hyper-Parenting

Why Locals Should Embrace Expats

Cooking Real Food For Your Family Can Be Simple And Fun, Says Chef Michael Smith

How To Pickle Almost Anything

The Radical Homemaker’s Guide To Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive

Are Women Better Decision Makers?


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13 Striking Images From ‘Humans Of New York’ Photographer’s World Tour

Momma Whale Takes Baby For A Piggyback Ride


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This is certainly good news. Success Seen for Wild Tigers

We will all sleep better for this. Now We Know How Huge Ancient Roos Got Around

If this does not totally warm you heart, you do not have one. Endangered Monk Seals Are Making A Very Cute Comeback


Pacific Walruses Are In Trouble And Need Your Help

Rescue Of Orphaned Grizzly Cubs Turns Into A Saga Only Social Media Could Fix

Strange & Beautiful ~ Eight Ugly Animals We Should Save


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


Only a Canadian could have come out of this alive. Man Survives Being Shot By Hunting Partner, Mauled By Grizzly Bear Near Fernie


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

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The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace


The Northstar Journal is an international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine. Entirely readership supported, it was founded originally as a monthly in 1999 and won two Hersh Best Read on the Net Awards for its coverage of Bosnia and of Seattle’s Nisqually Earthquake. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here For more about us, contact Rusty Miller at minstrel312@aol.com



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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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