A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

March 8, 2015  Vol. 8 No. 24

Rusty Miller – Editor

Denny Steussy – Associate Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early.   Photo by Rusty Miller

While much of North American continues to experience unusually cold temperatures, spring has come to Seattle, early. Photo by Rusty Miller


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  While much of American and Canada continues to shiver and freeze, the Pacific Northwest experienced the warmest February on record.  So whether one calls it “climate change” or “global warming,” the evidence of its existence is pretty incontrovertible.

My personal theory is that the planet is much older than we believe it to be and that sentient life ~ albeit in different forms ~ evolved to an even higher degree of sentience than our species has thus far.  For humbling support of this hypothesis, we have only to look at ants and bees for examples of “societies” which function much more efficiently than ours and with considerably less damage to the planet.

I believe that human beings evolved during a relatively warm cycle in earth’s history and that what we are experiencing now is nothing more or less than a return to geophysical norm.

My sense is that we’ve contributed to the return of the status quo by essentially mugging a planet we have ~ for the most part ~ considered a garden created by a benevolent god for the pleasure and plunder of her children.  We’re like fleas on a dog which have become so thick and so greedy that the hound is clearly howling in pain.

We may not be able to restore said Blue Tick to full health but it seems to me that, at the very least, we can quit biting it.

Have a good week, gang.  And thanks for the ear.


These people are persistent, if nothing else.  If someone close to me did not live in Alabama, I would be real tempted to say exactly how I feel about these Konstitutional Obstructionists.  For her sake, however, I will refrain from even alluding to the KKK and the state’s history of lynching blacks.  Alabama Court Orders A Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

We have had personal experience with this one and they are kind of awesome, at least here in Seattle, Washington.  Nextdoor Social Network Digs Deep Into Neighborhoods

Am I the only one having a “Jeez, ya think?” moment behind this one.  U.S. Calls On Ferguson To Overhaul Criminal Justice System


U.N. Rights Chief Denounces World Powers Over Abuses

On This International Women’s Day, Let’s Recognize the Value of Investing in Women and Girls


Last Ebola Patient In Liberia Discharged From Treatment Center

Boko Haram pledge to Islamic State

Jim Muir: ‘A Global Franchise’watch

Dozens Killed In Nigeria Blasts

IS Shaping Boko Haram Media

Why Is Boko Haram So Strong?

S Sudan Talks Failure ‘Unacceptable’

Tanzania Rounds Up 32 Witchdoctors

Congo Officials ‘Similar To Rebels’

Burkina Orders Sankara Exhumation

‘Boko Haram’ Kill Dozens In Nigeria

S Sudan Peace Deal Deadline Missed


Bangladesh Arrest Over Writer Murder

Canadian Pastor Being Held In North Korea, Family Says

Video: The ‘Alcatraz Of Indonesia’.

South Korea Says Attacker Of U.S. Envoy Acted Alone

Taiwan Train Stabber Gets Death

South Korea’s School Entrance Ceremonies Are Strange And Adorable

Bangladesh Seizes $1.4 Million In Gold From North Korean Diplomat

The Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring


‘Twiggy’ Forrest Floats Ambitious Plan For A Droughtproof Australia

WA Introduces New Restraining Order For Family Violence Victims

More Women Encouraged To Be Tradies To Reduce Gender Pay Gap

Thousands Watch As Oldest Qantas Jumbo Lands In Wollongong

Captain Planet’s Planeteers Inspire Potential Names For ACT Electorates

Rat Of Tobruk Bill Robinson Receives Polish Honour

Skinny Dippers Bare All In Perth To Break World Record


China’s Military Budget Increasing 10% for 2015, Official Says

VIDEO: The Greatest Threat To China’s Elephants

Chinese Premier Sketches a Lofty Vision for Private Enterprise but Warns of Obstacles

Move Over Mao: Beloved ‘Papa Xi’ Awes China


Germany to Bolster Investment in Cities and Towns

Deadly Blast Rocks Coal Mine In East Ukraine

Austria Advises Against Klimt Return

Baltic States Shiver Over Russia

Snowden Yearns For Switzerland Move

Alps Murders Motorcyclist Ruled Out

Berlusconi Ends Community Service

Germany Eurovision Entrant Withdraws

Tajik Opposition Leader Murdered


India Minister Vows Rape Film Probe

Indian Mob Seizes Prisoner Accused Of Rape And Beats Him To Death

Recovery Efforts Begin After Deadly Cyclone Slams Eastern India


Brazil’s Nutrition Wisdom: No Junk Food, No Eating Alone

Video: Saving A River Giant, And A Livelihood

Chile’s Villarrica Volcano Erupts

Panama Bird Paradise Saved From Destruction »

Executives Are Jailed in Chile Finance Scandal


How Iran’s Feminist Genie Escaped

U.S. Strategy in Iraq Increasingly Relies on Iran

Facebook Rant Lands Man In UAE Jail

4 Nusra Front Leaders Said To Be Killed In Syria

BP Signs $12 Billion Deal To Develop Natural Gas In Egypt


Russia Restricts Nemtsov Mourners

Thousands Honor Boris Nemtsov, Putin Critic Killed in Russia

Kremlin Critic Navalny Out Of Prison

2 Suspects Are Detained in Killing of Kremlin Critic


Bank of England’s Chief Currency Dealer Fired for Rule Breaches

Whale Research Vessel Begins Porpoise Survey In The Thames Estuary

UK Government Sells Eurostar Stake

UK Gifts Military Kit To Ukraine

UK To Help Train Ukrainian Army

England Population ‘Up Half A Million’ 


Nurse Who Contracted Ebola in the U.S. Sues Her Hospital Employer

Darren Wilson Is Cleared Of Rights Violations In Ferguson Shooting

US Banks Pass First ‘Stress Test’

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs In February, But Wages Continued To Lag

Menendez Is to Face Corruption Charges, U.S. Official Says



8 Men, 10 Women Jurors Chosen in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Opposing Portraits Of Tsarnaev

After Testifying, Boston Marathon Victim Writes Letter Dismissing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev As A Coward


Science Proves GOP Wrong On Climate Change And National Security

Putting the Focus on Climate Change

Call Them Climate Deniers, Not Skeptics


The Education of ‘Jihadi John’

Iraqi Forces Press Tikrit Offensive Against ISIS

NZ ‘Spying On Pacific Neighbours’

‘Watergate’ Leak At German Spy Agency

Two Outcomes, Similar Paths: Radical Muslim and Neo-Nazi

Outcry As ISIS Wrecks Assyrian Site

Briton Arrested Over Cyberattack on U.S. Defense Department


Ukraine Crisis:  In-Depth Features And Background On Ukraine Conflict

Ukraine Rebels ‘Pull Heavy Weapons’

Minsk Ceasefire Deal

Ukraine’s Elderly Flee Conflict

Viewpoint: What West Must Do


This may not be the best timing in the whole world.  Top soldier stepping down at critical time for Canadian Forces

It’s time to rent a dogsled, and read Nanook of the North again. Canada’s brutal winter set to stretch well into spring, Weather Network forecasts

Those who still consider Canada just another United States of America with more maple syrup, hockey sticks, better manners and funny accents might want to read this.  It will knock your flipping socks off.  Canadian Navy’s Arctic ambition revealed


Good for you guys!  Change Is In The Air As China Bans Fireworks For ‘Green’ Agenda

This is probably long overdue.  Major Overhaul Set For C.I.A., With Thousands To Be Reassigned

Another “good for you guys.”  German Law Requires More Women on Corporate Boards


Give me a break, John.  Emwazi tape: I’m no extremist

There is a bridal suite in Hell waiting for this insufferable twit.  Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back.  And if your stomach can handle it, see also Man Convicted in Brutal Delhi Gang Rape Blames Victim

This should never have happened, nor should it ever be allowed to happen again.  Federal inmate partly to blame for taking his life, government says


If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t read this too close to bed time.  What it’s really like to die

Some great stuff in this round up.  This Week in Science: Music for Cats, Capturing Light’s Two Sides, and Smoking’s Death Sentence

This is absolutely inspirational.  How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing


UK To Pioneer Lagoon Power Plants

‘First Human’ Discovered In Ethiopia

5 Signs That Science Is Taking Over the World


NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres

What Sunset Would Look Like If The Sun Were Swapped With Other Stars

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites


NASA’s Amazing Airport Simulator

New Words For The 21st Century

Breaking Physics ~ The World’s Biggest Machine Powers Up Again


Drones: From Battlefield To Farm?

VIDEO: Software Designs Robotic Solutions

Lords Want Drone Owners Register


Researchers Report Milestone In Developing Quantum Computer

To Bring Virtual Reality To Market, Furious Efforts To Solve Nausea

Is A Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?


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.


Eiffel Tower’s Wind Turbines Prove Even Historic Landmarks Can Go Green

These Bizarre, Beautiful Cities Of The Future Are Also Super Green

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Canadians Favour Taxes To Curb Emissions, But Not At The Gas Pump


The Mystery Of Vanishing Cancer

What Foods Should I Take Camping?

Coffee Linked To ‘Cleaner’ Arteries

Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?

Israel’s Iconic Snack Bamba Prevents Peanut Allergies In Kids

Nanotech Drug Delivery Method For Cancer Could Replace Conventional Chemotherapy


3 Ways We Can Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Nasty Email? Do This

How To Swear Around The World

Men More Narcissistic Than Women

A Boy In Her Class Called Her ‘Ugly,’ And Her Response Is Perfect


We’ve 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.  Either click the banner or this link.


Video: Sciencetake | Hawk Cam Captures The Hunt

Dutch Virtual Sky Flood Is As Terrifying As It Is Beautiful

Video: Umbrella Cam’s View of Wintry New York


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THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and/or professional. 


Business Correspondence,  Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor  Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Online Writing Tutoring, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects



This is probably why there are no divorce attorneys listed for this species.  Beavers don’t cheat on partners

If you’re here, you’re going to love this.  Extraordinary animal encounters

Read about these efforts to save an extraordinary creature.  The oddest crocodile of all?


Flawed Method May Be Over-Counting Numbers Of Some Endangered Species »

Study Finds Reasons For Coral Reef Collapse And Gives Pointers For The Future »

Mountain Birds Are Better Problem-Solvers Than Lowlanders »


Living With Wildlife

BBC’s wildlife finder

National Geographic Daily News – Animals


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

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace


The man who posted himself to Australia

A Retirement Home Exists For Cats, And It Looks Purrfectly Cozy

Sean Penn Has ‘No Apologies’ For Green Card Joke At Oscars

Rusty Oval May 2014 ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is a reader supported international non-profit news, commentary and general interest Internet magazine.  Founded as a monthly in 1999, it is the winner of two Hersh “Best Read on the Net Awards” for its coverage of Bosnia and of Washington State’s Nisqually Earthquake.  If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here  For more information, contact Rusty Miller at


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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