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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Volume 6, No. 4
THE CULT OF MALE CHAVINISM, TAKEN MUCH TOO FAR
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea, And brrr still. And still peeking out tentatively to make sure it’s provident to venture out. Sometimes with all that’s going on out there, I feel a little like a four point buck on the first day of hunting season.
One of you wrote in asking why we were loading up the news from India with so much about those gang rapes. That’s a fair question. And the answer has two parts.
First, the news is making headlines all over the world because the international community considers that particular extreme of male chauvinism totally unacceptable. Not only is it an assault against a woman, it’s also the victim being critically outnumbered.
The world right now is telling India, essentially, that if this is part of the culture, then it’s like, have a nice life. The Marines may never land to stop this but there’s going to be lots of other support and not just from women. No decent man approves of this either.
So as long as this continues to be headline news in sources like the New York Times, the Toronto Star, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and some of the other sources upon which we draw, that’s how it will appear in the Northstar Journal.
Second, I have a profound hatred of rape in any context. It’s not pathological. It’s what any decent man feels. It’s not just the worst fear a woman can have. It’s the worst nightmare a father, brother, son or husband can have. And very few people any longer believe that it could not happen to them or someone they love.
Third, and this is not rocket science in my house, since it is totally unacceptable, it needs to stop. How do we do that short of military intervention? Trade sanctions are one effective way and it’s a popular one. Boycotting things made in India. Stop eating at Indian restaurants. Boycott Indian films, authors, musicians, artists, etc. Do not outsource to India.
And by continued press coverage and keeping the spotlight on it until it stops. That’s one of the most important functions the media can serve. And they do it well when they’re not trying to deprive the rich and famous of a private life. Or giving the infamous and sleazy a global stage.
That’s how it’s done these days so that’s why we’re doing it this way. Trust me, it’s a lot more civilized than what I’d personally prefer done to rapists. I’m also real glad God sits in ultimate judgment. There’s not enough compassion and mercy in me to ever accept this and not to seek retribution.
IN OTHER NEWS
We’re proud to announce that the University of Washington here in Seattle was also ranked 23 among 214 universities of the world based on their environmental appropriateness. To see where your alma mater came in, please go here.
Well, considering our ongoing concern for the day when films like Meteor and Armageddon just might be prequels to a documentary, we note with some interest that America’s NASA and the European Space Agency are teaming up to deal with Big Rocks In Space Which Might Hit Us. They’ve each got a vehicle going after a meteor that is actually two Big Rocks In Space, etc. The mission is to explode one of them and throw the orbit of the other one off so it stays very far away from earth. What bothers me a little is that we keep getting told these Big Rocks In Space don’t pose any real threat but now we’re building and sending stuff up to deflect or destroy them? I’m just betting that those old Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos which go so deep in the ground might just possibly find some buyers after all.
German priests are now under investigation for child abuse. We pray this is part of the Vatican’s decades long investigation into this behind a firm commitment to end it. It is terrible when the guardian of the heart and the mind betray a child. What must Jesus think of those guardians of the soul who so engage?
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
Northern Ireland: New Violence In Belfast May Be More Than About The Flag
Japan: TokyoSnow Disrupts Flights, Causes Chaos In Streets
North Korea: Movement of Missiles by North Korea Worries U.S.
United States: Record Washington state cherry harvest spurs new harvesting methods | Local & Regional, Keeping the Boats Moving Along a Mississippi Dwindled by Drought, Tennessee Ice Storms 2013 Result In State Of Emergency Declaration,
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
FROM YOU GUYS
I think that this in an incredible organization – perhaps you may consider endorsing it: Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.org Amy
Thank you, Amy. Source considered, I’m sure quite a few of us would feel the same way so I’m sharing this directly with the rest of “Shannon’s twinkling lights.” Again, Amy, thank you very much for this. Rusty
The Northstar Journal is also pleased to announce that one of our favorite nature photographers was published recently in an American national magazine. His name is Steve Perry of Back Country Gallery and this photo, which I totally loved, is aptly entitled Eye to Eye With a Frog. Steve, way to go. This is supremely cool, Buddy.
Are you interested in attending President Obama’s Inauguration but haven’t the foggiest idea of what to wear? Here are some suggestions.
We are not pleased to report that one of our favourite institutions is laying off 400 people, particularly since most of these will be occurring in Montreal. Our heart goes out to and our prayers are with Cirque du soleil.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, and certainly not solely the province of the Maple Leaf, one out of 20 Canadians fear they will never pay off their credit card debit. While we certainly recognize the concern, we can’t help but wonder if that’s because the other 19 out of 20 have learned how to get their spending under control.
Wal-Mart has apparently decided to help give America’s veterans a level playing field. They’re offering them jobs. Yep, for more, please go here.
Tiny, the nationally famous obese cat, finally did the math and figured out that a cat who eats a lot less than a Shetland pony probably has a better chance of finding a good home. He has. Nice going, Tiny. I’m sure there’s a lesson in that somewhere for us all.
Since we grew up with some of them and have not only studied their history but have also lived with some of them, we are not surprised to read what we also consider, with all due respect, a rather belated and obvious conclusion. Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water
Well, thanks to the federal government’s failure to place the immediate welfare of its citizenry ahead of bureaucratic politics, some people in Texas may have been drinking oil-industry polluted water for some while.
Well, here’s the umpteenth chapter of one of the longest running international athletics dog and pony shows in recent history. We’ll give it the attention we think it’s worth. Lance Armstrong Admits Doping.
AND ACCORDING TO MY SAINTED UNCLE SEAMUS
Editor’s Note: “Uncle Seamus” is actually based on several dead relatives from whom I learned a great deal. Rusty
My Uncle Seamus once spent a summer teaching a jackass to dance. Speculation ran high at the village pub as to his motives. Then one day, it occurred to someone to simply ask him.
“Sire Seamus, if ye don’t mind, then? Why in the world would you be teaching a jackass to dance?”
Seamus was pitching hay to said animal at the time, so he put down the pitchfork, wiped his sleeve across his forehead, shoved his cap back and gazed at his neighbor.
“Because it was easier than teaching him to sing.”
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
We’re not sure why they did this but NASA has decided to go into the art business. The Agency is now beaming a portrait of the Mona Lisa to the moon.
Since it looks like humans are back in the space exploration equation, we were also not surprised to find out that some folks are wondering if astronauts should not be vegetarians.
Apparently it’s been a slow news week on Mars. Its reconnaissance orbiter decided to shoot some photos of the rover Curiosity’s “foot prints” to share with the folks back home.
THE GREEN AGENDA
The flu season strikes again. More we need to know on that.
And since a fitter you is better able to fend off the flu, etc. build muscle mass with this protein.
And for those of us still wrestling with the extra poundage of seasonal largess, What’s the Best Exercise for Weight Loss?
If you’re a single woman looking for a husband and you can hold your own among cowboys and oil field roughnecks, you might want to start checking the online newspapers and Craig’s Lists in North Dakota. While this is not for the faint of heart, it is certainly for the adventurous of spirit. Yep, for more, go here.
Are religious people really as motivated as much as we think by character traits like compassion? The answers just might surprise you.
My favorite kind of people are those who sincerely care about others. Here are six habits of the empathetic.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Could oral sex cause throat cancer? The answers just might surprise you.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
In case you missed it, here’s a photograph one of our favorite nature photographers had published in a national magazine in America. Prepare to get face to face with a frog.
SEATTLE SCENESAll photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor. For a visual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here.
Mayor Mike McGinn this past week announced that he’s standing for re-election. His priorities include: strengthening our schools; keeping our neighborhoods safe; ensuring more transportation choices; and providing high speed broadband in Seattle. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.McGinnforMayor.com
Lost in Seattle? WhichBus helps you plan your public transit ride in real-time.
If you don’t obey the speed limit in school zones in Seattle, you could be helping to contribute an extra $1,000,000 a month to city coffers. Smile, you’re on Speed Camera.
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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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