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Volume 5, No. 24
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. When formerPennState assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested, several of you asked for us for comment. We avoided making any because I believe that a person’s innocence or guilt should be decided by a jury, not by public opinion.
Now that Sandusky has been convicted and is certain to spend his remaining years behind bars, I think it’s fair to say that justice has been served. From comments I’ve heard since the verdict was announced, I hope that’s what we really wanted.
I hope it is not revenge. Revenge is a bloody emotion and a self-perpetuating one. And most of us ~ our protestations to the contrary ~ thank God do not have the stomach for it. Even those who speak so facilely about castration, homosexual rape and other physical, emotional and spiritual degradation would be loathe themselves to witness it, much less to administer it themselves.
If it is true that there is a special place in Hell reserved for those who abuse our youth, Jerry Sandusky will eventually go there and the damned will enjoy exacting Divine revenge. Until then, he is confined in a place where there are others bound for Hades.
The time Jerry Sandusky spends in prison ~ whether cut short by a shank or by suicide ~ will give him a chance to meet some of the people with whom he will be spending eternity.
I do not envy him his society.
Tokyo is earth’s most expensive city, according to the recently released 2012 Mercer Report. For much more on this one, please go here.
Whether you attribute it to global warming/comate change, Divine Intervention, of the prelude to the Miracle of a Second Noah’s Flood, the waters are rising and by 2030, another six inches of the California Coast will be underwater. That figure is expected to reach three feet by the end of this century
How healthy are Canadians in 2012? The answer to that question pleases us and might just surprise some of you.
Not surprisingly, Torontotopped this year’s Mercer Report list of the most expenses cities in Canada. It ranked, however, much lower on the global list. Yep, for more, please go here.
It’s going to be a hotter and drier summer across all of Canadathis year, according to Environment Canada.
Myanmar’s Aung San Suii Kyi earlier this month personally accepted the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991. She was under house arrest in Burmawhen it was originally awarded to her. For more on this one and the full text of her acceptance speech, please go here.
A concern for the orca population in the vicinity is delaying a deep sea survey of a Pacific Oceanearthquake zone but no one seems to mind. National Public Radio’s Keith Seinfield reports.
Because unhappy women generally also make for unhappy men, we’re delighted to report on a fashion trend which should put a smile on the face of every female on the planet. Check out swimsuits that can fit any figure
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE & EXPLORATION
Perhaps one of the most recognizable “human marks” on this planet is Stonehenge. For centuries, it has stood in England, another proverbial riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Thanks to research which takes into consideration what was going on all over the country at the time of its construction, scientists believe that have finally determined the reason Stonehenge was created and the various purposes it served.
Mars is much wetter than previously believed and may even be as soggy as some of earth’s interior, according to findings of a new research team and investigation protocols. I found this one absolutely fascinating.
Well, if you’ve got about $155-million in loose change laying around and want to book an orbital cruise for 2013, this might just interest you.
Check out these video highlights from the World Science Festival in New York City. If you’re into this stuff at all, you will totally love this.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
Is where you’re living conducive to a happy marriage and a long and fulfilling life? Find out by going here.
In another skirmish in a half-decade campaign to keep you guys around until we’re rich and famous, how many regular bottles of soda do you think fits into one of those “supersized” cups? To find out and to see how much you also know about carbonated soft drinks, yep, please go here.
Well, this came as a bit of a surprise to me. Let’s hope the rest of you aren’t quite so naïve. Apparently sex isn’t as important as many people as I thought. Faced between a choice of it and something else but not both, a lot of folks chose seven other activities.
Shorts:Center For Disease Control Disease FAQs Index Tips and Tools For Staying Young Weight Watchers: Calculate Your Body Mass Index
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Check your sunscreen and if it does not have a rating of at least 15 SPF, it cannot protect you from skin cancer, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is making its own war on melanoma by demanding that sunscreen manufacturers also inform potential users of how often their product needs to be re-applied. For more and an excellent video on this one, yep, please go here.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
I was brought up to be a consensus builder so I tend to take a look at how we are more alike than we are different. I nonetheless believe that sometimes, equal attention should be paid to both. Apparently it has been determined that how Americans vote can be classified by age. New York Times editorial David Leonhardt reports.
WEEK’S BEST VIDEOS AND/OR SLIDESHOWS
TAKE A BREAK ON NORTHSTAR
Animal Tracks is msnbc.com’s Critter Stuff. They feature stories of every facet of the creature kingdom from the domestic to the primordial. This is a great stress buster for me and a profound pick-me-up if I’m having a “poor me” day.
Daily Crossword: This one from Universal has two levels. It is extremely easy to use and it has some features like music and clues that we thought were pretty cool.
Foundation For A Better Life produces 15 – 90 second inspirational videos equaling ~ if not surpassing ~ the video vignettes produced by Hallmark, Folgers Coffee and Campbell Soup. Three I’d recommend right off the top are Concert, The Class Room and Spirit of America.
National Geographic Kids Page: If you enjoy learning about the places, people and things which make life on this planet such a unique experience?
National Geographic Video Page is the diversion the doctor ordered If you’re looking for a video experience that will definitely take you out of wherever you are and you don’t mind your reality coming at you in relatively short bursts (about long enough to keep a fussing child occupied).
Tank Hunter – This puts you behind the controls of a tank on a vast battlefield in which everything from small tanks to big ones to invisible ones is shooting at you. Definitely the best game play of its type I have personally encountered.
Word Games: Merriam Webster has a totally creative menu, including a daily vocabulary quiz where you can see how you rank with people your age, younger and older.
How many of you remember that American cartoon series Yogi Bear? Remember how he and Boo Boo were always trying to swipe picnic baskets? It turns out that the creators of those characters may not have been as anthropomorphic as we thought.
If I was a paleontologist and I unearthed this 50-million year old fossil, I’d probably blush. Remember, though, I’m the one who thinks National Geographic specials depicting actual reproduction should come with a five-second warning also saying how long it’s going to last, so I can get up, go into the kitchen, make popcorn and come back when they back to the chase and munch stuff. So yep, for this one, go here.Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Though North Americans comprise less than six percent of the earth’s human population, they contribute 34 percent of humanity’s total body mass. And our species in total weighs about 632-billion lbs or 286,670,377,840 kgs. In contrast, Asiahas about 61 percent of the world’s population and contributes less than 14 percent to the species bio mass. For more on this one, yep, go here. To compute your own Body Mass Index (BMI), try this tool.
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Take care, stay well and God Bless.
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