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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Volume 5, No. 46
A RE-CONSECRATION TO THE INSTITUTION OF PEACE
Well, hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Today, Sunday, November 11, the United States, Canada and Australia pause to honor those men and women who gave their lives in service to their nations in time of war. Originally, in America, it was known as Armistice Day, in commemoration of the cessation of hostilities at the end of the First World War. Now this holiday is called Veterans Day; and in Australia and Canada, Remembrance Day.
While I firmly believe that any sacrifice such as this should be thus revered, I too am a veteran of one of my nation’s wars. I have some idea of the cost of this often tragic institution. I have memories which will never go away. I have fallen comrades who will never return. They were good people, individuals who yearned to survive and contribute in other ways besides doing their job on the killing fields. They left behind families, loved ones whose lives will never be complete for the losses suffered. These young women and men also left behind nations poorer for their absence.
In a recent New York Times editorial headlined The Permanent Militarization of America, Aaron B. O’Connell ~ an assistant professor of history at the US Naval Academy, a Marine reserve officer and the author of a book entitled “Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps” ~ wrote:
Uncritical support of all things martial is quickly becoming the new normal for our youth. Hardly any of my students at the NavalAcademy remember a time when their nation wasn’t at war. Almost all think it ordinary to hear of drone strikes in Yemen or Taliban attacks in Afghanistan. The recent revelation of counterterrorism bases in Africa elicits no surprise in them, nor do the military ceremonies that are now regular features at sporting events. That which is left unexamined eventually becomes invisible, and as a result, few Americans today are giving sufficient consideration to the full range of violent activities the government undertakes in their names.
I agree with Professor O’Connell. I believe it is time for a re-consecration to the institution of Peace and an annual celebration of the living and what they have done for the nations they serve.
IN OTHER NEWS
Not surprisingly, the suicide rate in America has increased dramatically since the 2008 Recession, according to an article published last week in the British medical journal, The Lancet. The rise from 1999 – 2007 was small but steady. But it nearly quadrupled since. For more on this, please go here. For The Lancet article, in PDF form, please go here.
Which country in the world is the most prosperous this year? The results might surprise you. The Northstar Journal has readers in all of the top ten though and nope, sorry, but the United States did not make the list. For more, yep, go here.
One of the most heinous crimes on the face of the planet is the abuse of a child. By the same token, one of the most tragic things that can happen to someone is to be wrongly accused of it. It’s much worse when such allegations make the national media. This happened to an elected official in Great Britain. To his credit, the director of the BBC accepted responsibility for it and resigned. Yes, for more, please go here.
CLIMATE CHANGE/HURRICANE SANDY SHORTS
Is the Great Canadian Dream worth it if 90% of the nation’s young people striving for it are stressed out? For more on this, please go here.
Americans are not the only ones concerned about whether Congress and the Executive Branch can get their proverbial act together in time to avert another and much deeper Recession. For more on this one, please go here.
When an American soldier and combat veteran quietly informed a friend that he could no longer go on and intended to commit suicide, that friend alerted the creator of a Facebook page dedicated to veterans. That individual swung into action and before it was over, a score of others came to the rescue. Yes, for the details, please go here.
After this last election, the Colorado State Legislature decided that gender-preference was not a criteria for political office. Mark Ferrandino is now Speaker of his state’s House of Representatives and the first gay male to so serve.
In 2010, at a formal dinner at a base in Nova Scotia, Canadian military personnel allegedly performed a skit that was racial in nature. A video was leaked to the CBC, which in turn informed Canadian Forces high command. Those involved are currently under investigation. For more, please go here.
The director of the American Central Intelligence Agency and former commanding general of US forces in Iraq has resigned after an FBI investigation revealed he was having an extra-marital affair with his biographer. This comes shortly before Congressional hearings on the bombing of the US consulate in Benghazi. Now that David Petraeus has resigned, he will not be required to testify. For more, please go here.
FROM YOU GUYS
The story about the Alabama utility crew being turned away is not true. Here’s the correct story: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57544237/ala-utilities-our-crews-not-turned-away-from-n.j/ Also, if you click the link that you originally posted, it says that the story was “updated.” So it may have been wrong originally.
Please note that there have been electrical workers from Mississippi here in Pennsylvania helping restore power, and everybody up here is very grateful to everyone who is helping us pull out of this disaster. Philadelphia-area singer/songwriter Lisabeth Weber, who lives in part of the area that was really badly affected, wrote a tribute song to the electrical workers entitled “Trouble Man.” http://youtu.be/slyW9FZMJ9s Rochelle in PA
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE AND EXPLORATION
Well, geneticists have determined where Otzi, the Stone Age farmer whose mummified remains were discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991, came from and they have a good idea who some of his modern day relatives might be. To see if you’re one of them, yep, please go here.
Scientists are getting much closer to explaining why the Mayan civilization died out as mysteriously as it did. What they are discovering should serve as a stern warning to every climate change denier on the face of the planet today.
Extraterrestrial life may be much closer than scientists have heretofore believed. Yep, for more, please go here.
Editor’s Note: Mars Rover Curiosity has been busier than the Energizer Battery bunny so to keep up with the little dude, we’ve creating this special shorts section. Go, Curiosity.
HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
Winter is generally a season of reduced sunshine and the Vitamin D we absorb from the sun. Here are three organic sources for it Chances are, you’re already eating them. You probably just need to it eat.
Researchers at the OregonHealth & SciencesUniversity believe they have made a discovery which could mean new life for those suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) and other damage to the brain. Yes, for more, please go here.
Are you a workaholic? Find out here, okay?
ON THE CANCER FRONTRESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
The nature of incarceration as a deterrent to criminal activity has been debated almost since time immemorial. In most countries, a person who slaughtered 77 people would either be executed or imprisoned under conditions so marginally humane that death and Hell would come as a welcome relief. But for one mass murderer, life behind bars is much different and yet he’s complaining. To see what Norway’s Anders Breivik is whining about, please go here.
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
In an earlier edition, we told you about the world’s skinniest house, in Warsaw, Poland. We thought you’d like to see some photos of it.
All photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor. For a visual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here.
It does appear that inexpensive, easy to use solar power is coming to Wallingford. Yep, check it out here.
That giant boring machine which is going to be used to dig the tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated to arrive early next year. Here’s what it looks like.
SEATTLE FACTSKomo 4 News (ABC) King 5 News (NBC) Seattle City Cams Map of Seattle Seattle Times
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
For the last two weeks, it was salmon and roads. This week, it’s about how a beaver dam can cause some real problems for the local human population which it holds back torrential rains, then breaks and delivers three acres of mud and debris to the roadways. For me, including a look at the little bucktoothed engineer whose construction project caused the problem in the first place, yep, please go here. And our thanks to the good folks at Seattle’s King 5 News for this one.
If you like sharks and enjoy swimming with them, you’re going to love this story about two divers who got up front and personal with some Great Whites. The photos with this are incredible.
Aggressive barred owls are forcing the closing of some Washington state parks. To see what’s motivating this behavior and what you can do to minimize your risk of antagonizing these feathered predators, please go here.
SHORTSLiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
There’s been a pervasive theory in some circles that this planet was invaded by a reptilian species from another galaxy. If you want to get the sox scared off yourself, check this out. But don’t say you were not warned. On a Freak Out Scale of one to ten, this is like about a 20.
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