BEWARE THE IDES OF APRIL. SOMETIMES THEY’RE NO FLIPPING PICNIC EITHER

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April 17, 2016

Vol. 9  No. 21

446th Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Amy Goldstein – Contributing Editor

The Big Red 1 is safely chained to this drain pipe at the East Renton Safeway store.  Can you tell what’s just a little out of synch with reality as we know it here?  Hint: Look at the tubular structure in front of the wall in the background.

The Big Red 1 is safely chained to this drain pipe at the East Renton Safeway store. Can you tell what’s just a little out of synch with reality as we know it here? Hint: Look at the tubular structure in front of the wall in the background.

BEWARE THE IDES OF APRIL. SOMETIMES THEY’RE NO FLIPPING PICNIC EITHER

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  I don’t know how your week was but I hope it was good.  It has been a horrific and tragic one here in the shadows of a northern rainforest and on the western slopes of a mountain range.

For the first time since the Green River Killer, there was a murder in this county that was as grisly, as horrific and as tragic as any I’ve covered in three states as a crime reporter.  She was a nurse, a divorced mom with three kids and the apparent victim of a local man she met on the Internet and whom she had dated several times before she was murdered, dismembered and her bagged remains driven back into Seattle and distributed among several dumpsters.

There is a suspect in custody who claims that because he was extremely inebriated, he does not remember much of the evening after they returned to her home (Kids were with relatives) following a Mariner’s game.  If convicted, this man faces a maximum of 28 years, despite a long history of violent behavior which was apparently so threatening that his own parents got a restraining order against him.

To me, that means that if he serves his full sentence, he will be in his mid-Sixties when he is released.  Prison hardens those it does not reduce to sexual releases and this man comes across as tough as he is brutal.  Individuals such as him tend to not only survive but flourish in such an environment.

It is a sheer certainty that as the law stands now, if this individual is found innocent, he will kill again.  If he is convicted, he will kill again when he returns to society.  He will be caged at the taxpayers’ expense and the family and friends of his victim will be among those helping to pay his room and board.

He is the kind of individual who sees the irony in all this and revels in it for the pain, wrath, outrage, frustration and incredible temptation to suspend due process that it engenders.  He feels the pain he causes and because he is both masochist and sadist, he derives not only great joy but great arousal from it.  He has no will of his own but is entirely compulsion driven and believes he will live forever.

In the face of all this, I ask myself, “Who is due process in fact serving?”  Lady Justice is blind.  I am not.  I have seen too many tears and looked into the electric eyes of creatures as loathsome as any fiction could create.  It is very fortunate this hideous specter’s fate is not in my hands.  God forgive me, I would follow him straight to the Gates of Hell and kick them closed behind him.

And on that note, sigh.  We would also like to wish our Jewish readers Good Passover.  As a cleric friend of mine with an abundance of gentle humor reminded us recently, if it were not for Passover, Jesus would have been born a slave in the mightiest kingdom the world has ever known.  He would have been born an Egyptian slave.

Earth Day falls on the same date, Friday, the 22nd.  For more about this international holiday and local celebrations in your area, please visit the official Earth Day website at www.earthday.org

Oh and what’s wrong with the photo of the bike and stuff?  That tubular structure in the background is a bike rack I totally spaced out on because I was so impressed by the store itself.  Safeway has had these stores everywhere I’ve ever lived and I’ve been going into them since I was like six or seven, I think.  This one returned to East Renton just in time for me to start shopping there again.

Have a good week, all, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty

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THE NEWS

Here is yet another reason I have never been incredibly thrilled with the Atomic Age.  Thousands of radioactive boars are overrunning farmland in Fukushima

This is fascinating.  New Evidence On When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists

Oh oh.  Tesla Recalls 2,700 Model X S.U.V.S For A Seat-Back Issue

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

GLOBAL

At U.N., Ambassadors Hold Auditions For Next Secretary General

ASIA

Senior N Korea Spy Officer ‘Defects’

Taiwanese ‘Forced On China-Bound Plane’

S Korean President ‘Loses Majority’

22 People Confirmed Killed By 2nd Massive Quake In SW Japan

Bangladeshi Editor, 81, Is Accused In Plot To Kill Leader’s Son

CHINA

Premier Li Keqiang Visits China’s Top 2 Universities

China Renews Its First Overseas Project, To Import 70 Million Tons Of Iron Ore In Next 5 Years

China’s Top Military Officer Inspects Islands In South China Sea

Xi Stresses National Security Education

Top Legislature To Hold Session In Late April

Chinese Teacher Suspended After Rating Students Drinking Capacity

Migratory Birds Seen In Wetlands Of Xingkai Lake, NE China

INDIA

For Indian Start-Ups, Tenacity Beats High Tech

India Wants To Increase The Supply Of Energy — By Saving It

Will And Kate Just Recreated That Iconic Taj Mahal Photo

AFRICA

Returning After Exile

What China Brings Africa Are Not Empty Promises, But Tangible Interests

Shabab And East African Front Militants Compete For Notoriety

Taiwan Accuses Kenya Of Illegal Deportations As More Are Sent To China

Light Turnout For Vote In Darfur On Region’s Future

8 Taiwanese Are Deported To China After Trial In Kenya

President Of Chad Seeks Fifth Term In Election

Jacob Zuma, Under Siege, Finds Political Refuge In Rural South Africa

International Criminal Court Drops Case Against Kenya’s William Ruto

Jacob Zuma Beats Back Impeachment Drive In South Africa

Ivory Coast: Politician Acquired Tons Of Weapons, U.N. Investigation Finds

MIDDLE EAST

New Israeli National Library Breaks Ground In Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia Warns Of Economic Fallout If Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

E.U. Offers To Loosen Restrictions On Iran Air

RUSSIA

Video: US Navy Video Captures Russian Flyby 

Russia Denies US Ship Flybys Were Unsafe

Five Rapid Results From Putin’s Call-In Marathon

Dante Alighieri Library’s Building In Moscow Given To Investigative Committee

Putin’s Income Increased To 8.9 Million Rubles In 2015

Moscow Opens Russia’s First State-Run Autism Care Center

Ukrainian Prosecutor Demands 15-Year Sentence For Russian Soldiers

Judge Fired After Accepting Putin Impeachment Lawsuit

Moscow Court Extends House Arrest Of Domodedovo Airport Owner

Russia-U.S. Trade Dropped 28 Percent In 2015

EUROPE

EU To Make Big Firms Come Clean On Tax

Britain Would Face Consequences If It Leaves Eu: France’s Macron

German Comic Who Lampooned Erdogan To Extend Break From TV Show

Spain’s Industry Minister Steps Down Over Panama Papers Revelations

E.U.’S Five Biggest Economies Join Tax Crackdown After Panama Papers

Belgium’s Transportation Minister Resigns Amid Outcry

THE VATICAN

Pope Francis Takes 12 Refugees Back To Vatican After Trip To Greece

UNITED KINGDOM

UK Inflation Rate Rises To 0.5%

Tesco Returns To Profit As UK Sales Grow

Head Of British Spying Agency Apologizes For Its Treatment Of Gays

Explaining ‘Brexit,’ Britain’s Vote On European Union Membership

CANADA

Flogging Electric Vehicles, Premier Clark Opts For The ‘Sexy’ Choice

Alberta Opts For Deficits, Newfoundland Chooses Tax Hikes Amid Oil Woes

Justin Trudeau Seeks To Legalize Assisted Suicide In Canada

Canada Extends Benefits To People Of Mixed Aboriginal And European Ancestry

UNITED STATES

In America, The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For The Poor, Geography Matters.

In Wyoming, Hard Times Return As Energy Prices Slump

Billions Of Cicadas Will Descend Upon The Northeastern United States As Another 17-Year Cycle Concludes

Across The Country, School Districts Are Quietly Arming Teachers For The Next Shooting

Southern Cities Split With States On Social Issues

LATIN AMERICA

Another Wave Of Bird Extinctions In The Americas?

Dilma Rousseff Targeted In Brazil By Lawmakers Facing Scandals Of Their Own

Ecuador Earthquake Kills At Least 77

In The Path Of Nicaragua’s Planned Canal

OCEANA & POLYNESIA

Rising Australian Dollar Still A Worry For RBA

New Victorian Initiative To Provide Legal Aid To Asylum Seekers

Cherry Growers Spending Millions To Stay Ahead In Boom

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER

Wildfires, Once Confined To A Season, Burn Earlier And Longer

Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst

Can The World Reach Its Ambitious Global Warming Goals?

Climate Change Is Moving The North Pole

Apple Just Found A Powerful New Way To Make People Care About The Planet

Climate Change Hits Hard In Zambia, An African Success Story

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

‘Huge Rise’ In Child Boko Haram Bombers

U.S. Military Campaign Takes Toll On ISIS’ Cash Flow

Video: New Device Could Detect Bombs

F.B.I. Tried To Defeat Encryption 10 Years Ago, Files Show

Europe’s Privacy Watchdogs Call For Changes To U.S. Data-Transfer Deal

U.S. Plans To Step Up Military Campaign Against ISIS

REFUGEES

Video: Tear Gas At Greek Border Fence

Video: Living At Idomeni Migrant Camp

Pope Francis Takes 12 Refugees Back To Vatican After Trip To Greece

Family Of Immigrants, Only One A Citizen, Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Ruling

FROM OLYA

Shanghai Securities Exchange

Shanghai Securities Exchange

SHANGHAI SHANGHAI?

Hi Mishka:

It has been very busy here but I just wanted to remind everyone that next week is going to be important for financial markets with the introduction in Shanghai of the gold standard for Chinese currency. That could lead to derivative issue that in its turn could cause meltdown of stock market.

And in this line, here is a quite interesting article which appeared in a recent edition of “The Financist.” Is The World Going Back Into Crisis?

Must run, Mishka.  Train is here.  More next week, my cousin.  Good Pesach, Misha, and Happy Mother Earth Day!

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?    Bolinas Is A Magic Place

AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT:

Destination:  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Millions Visit Charming Forested Area In East China

Tourists View Colorful Lights At Light Festival In E China’s Nantong

GOOD EXAMPLES

I admire a person in public office when they do this.  Video: Kerry On Hiroshima And War’s ‘Complexities’

All right!   Montreal Orchestra Gives Homeless Man New Violin After His Was Stolen In The Night

I loved this.  A Small Town with Big Ideas for Housing Single Parent Families

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 

BAD EXAMPLES

You guys need to take care of this.  And not tomorrow.  Canada Emergency Over Indigenous Community Suicide Attempts

Talk about reality challenged and tragically so.  The Twisted ‘Dream’ Of Accused Planned Parenthood Killer Robert Dear Jr.

I hate to see this city joining a list that at one time included Seattle. Chicago Police Dept. Plagued By Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds  

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 

OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

If this works, life as we know it will be forever altered.  Reaching For The Stars, Across 4.37 Light-Years

For two generations raised on video games of incredible complexity, this should be the proverbial “walk in the park.”  A Rookie Learns to Fly a Drone

This is not for the faint of heart.  Video: Moment Earthquake Strikes Japan A Dashboard Camera Captures A 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hitting South-Western Japan

EARTH

Footprints Of The Dead Reveal Secrets

Scientists Are Stunned By What Just Happened In Greenland

Rainbows Around The World

OUTER SPACE

Kepler Is OK! Spacecraft Recovered From Emergency

Buzz Aldrin’s Plan For Mars

Top 6 Things About Gravity

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Is This The World’s Safest Helicopter?

Meet Darpa’s New Autonomous Sub-Hunter

Build Your Own House Via The Internet

A Flying Saucer That Fights Fires

THE GREEN AGENDA

BP Promises To Learn From £14m Pay Row

Seattle Sees Biggest Jump In Bus Riders Of Any US City

As Coal Company Profits Fell, Mining Firms Reward Execs And Cut Jobs

Electric Car Sales Poised For A Big Jump: Can Our Grid Handle It?

How Do We Jam The Roads With Teslas By 2030? Just Ask Norway

Washington State Park Using Goats Instead Of Herbicides To Remove Invasive Plants

Are You Part Of The Affordable Housing Problem?

World’s Largest Private Sector Coal Company Files For Bankruptcy

Why Companies Like Google And Walmart Are Buying So Much Wind Power

HEALTH

Want To Live A Long Life? Surround Yourself With Foliage

$250 Million, 300 Scientists And 40 Labs: Sean Parker’s Revolutionary Project To ‘Solve’ Cancer

Marriage Boosts Odds Of Living Longer With Cancer — Especially If You’re A Guy

As White Women Between 25 And 55 Die At Spiking Rates, A Close Look At One Tragedy

CDC: Roughly Tenfold Increase In Use Of E-Cigarettes By Teens In Just 4 Years

Chip, Implanted In Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control Of Hand

Harmless? Herbal Medicines Could Interfere With Life-Saving Cancer Treatments

How Cities Can Help Improve The Health Of Their Low-Income Citizens

New To Biking? Been A While? These Tips Will Get You Going

Zika Virus ‘Scarier Than Thought’ – US

LIFESTYLE

The Greatest Heroines Of All Time — Literature’s Leading Women

A New Kibbutz? Wework’s Urban Community Welive Could Revolutionize City Living

Where Women Have The Most (And Least) Representation In The US

Is Humanity Evolving Into A Hive?

A Long Career In Military’s Elite Spirals Into A Killing And A Suicide

BEST OF THE NET

Yanni:  The Storm (This is incredible!)

Highway To Heaven S1e09 Catch A Falling Star

The Wondrous Survival Of A 72-Year-Old Woman And Her Dog, Lost 9 Days In The Western Wilderness  

04-masha-and-the-bear1MASHA & THE BEAR

 

 

 

 

 

 THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Miss Amy~Teacher armed

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FROM NORTHSTAR

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A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

I totally love this.  Butterfly Migration Mystery Solved

If this doesn’t move you, the Wiz needs to give you a real heart.  Video: Chimp Rescued From Power Line

This is incredible but true.  Why Lions Prefer To Attack Racist Farms

SHORTS

Video: Sciencetake | A Crayfish In Trouble

Inky The Octopus Escapes From A New Zealand Aquarium

We Can’t Stop Staring At Kate Feeding Baby Animals In Topshop

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The SeaDoc Society’s April newsletter is now available.  Dynamic as usual, one of the more interesting articles this month is entitled Killer whales to get personal health records; may lead to hands-off annual checkups

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

If you’re feeling generous and want to spend some money making yourself feel good, instead of a trip to the mall or the deli, check out one of the outfits on this list and consider joining it.  You’ll be contributing to something really important and each month, you’ll be reminded of what your contribution is doing.  Some of them even have cool things like sweatshirts with their name on it or coffee mugs with lids.  As the King of Kitsch, that kind of appeals to me.  And if you want to throw a couple of bucks or Euros in our sugar can, here’s now to do that.   Thank you very much, guys.  Rusty

Amnesty International

EarthSkyNews

Ecofinder-Kenya

GritTV With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

Mother Nature Network

Nature Conservancy in Washington

National Wildlife Federation

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Ocean Conservancy

Outside Magazine

The Rainforest Site

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Sightline Institute

The Sun Magazine

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Extra Magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YES magazine

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Telltale Selfie That Nailed The Man Responsible For California’s Epic King Fire

Vice President Of Jetpack Company Crashes To Ground, Suffers Injuries, But Hopes Remain High

The Bizarre Theft Of A Celtic Sea God

Rusty & The Big Red 1 ABOUT US

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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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