Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007Sunday, February 3, 2013 Volume 6, No. 8 Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ‘MAKING’ OF A HERO
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this week, I’m thinking about how self-sacrificing some human beings can be even when confronted by an incarnation of Satan himself. I’ve met a few of both, been one several times and victimized by the other more times than I care to remember.
I doubt this one particular hero I’m thinking about thought of himself as such. From what his son and daughter said on television, he was a real good dad. He was also, according to others who were also bearing witness to this crisis, totally dedicated to his job. The human beings under his custodianship became “his” children.
I also sense this particular hero was as familiar as anyone in the community with the bully who turned out to be a hitman from Hell. The guy was a total nut case but apparently not dangerous enough to himself or others to be either committed or incarcerated. At least not in the rural part of a mostly rural state where they all lived.
I’m reasonably certain this school bus driver knew that he would not survive, one way or another. Had he given up the kids on the bus to the bully, the bully would have killed several of them and probably him too anyway. Even if he’d survived, he’d have lived in a penitentiary of guilt worse than any Sing Sing or Alcatraz.
So he resisted and bought most of the kids the time to escape. He was a big man and with the adrenaline going, I’m not surprised he took those four bullets. I hope that he experienced what some heroes do, that moment of absolute clarity when you experience what it’s like to be doing something so totally right that it just doesn’t seem to really matter whether you survive or not. I suspect that while Heaven may not be a harpist’s paradise, it is a land of considerably less uncertainty and doubt.
Like everyone else, I’m praying the little boy captive in that bunker makes it. I’m also hoping the bully does not. It is one thing to be one French fry short of a Happy Meal. It is another to murder someone in cold blood and kidnap and hold hostage a disabled child. He deserves to be taken out and permanently removed from society.
I hope that is done before his example inspires yet another loose cannon willing to kill for Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame.
IN OTHER NEWS
What are the cleanest cities on the planet? The results just might surprise you.
Warfare is about to change more dramatically than it ever has before with the advent of camouflage which actually renders whatever is using it invisible. Canadian scientists invented it, the Pentagon is backing it and plans are already underway to deploy it.
If these allegations are true, the two major drug companies which produce the most potent of cancer painkillers are probably the most recent additions to the Devils Book of Imminent Arrivals. Johnson & Johnson and Novartis have been accused of delaying the availability of a much less expensive generic version of the drug, leaving thousands who cannot afford the more expensive one suffering possibly the worse pain imaginable. Nice going, guys. Really flipping nice of you. I’m personally boycotting every product these two companies produce.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
China: China’s Energy Appetite Bodes Well For Big Coal, Beijing Takes Emergency Steps To Fight Smog, Chinese Firm Will Run Strategic Pakistani Port At Gwada, China Manufacturing Growth In January Weak, China Pollution: Cars Cause Major Air Problems In Chinese Cities
Mali: With Fighters Gone, Malians Welcome Normal Days, French And Malian Soldiers Capture Timbuktu, Canadian Special Forces On The Ground In Mali To Protect Canadians Working There, Timbuktu Endured Terror Under Harsh Shariah Law, Militants Pulling Back From French In Mali, Mali Intervention: French Troops To Depart Quickly, Foreign Minister Says
North Korea: North Korea Nuclear Test Confirmation Almost Impossible,
Russia: For Six Days A Year, Russians In Volgograd Will Remember “Papa Joe”, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member, Hospitalized, Four Volcanoes On Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula Are Simultaneously Erupting
United Nations: UN Panel: Israeli Settlements Are Illegal
United States: U.S. Economy Shrinks For The First Time Since The Recession Ended, Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers, Officials Back Deep Cuts In Atlantic Cod Harvest To Save Industry, U.S. Embassy Bombing In Turkey Was Suicide Attack; 2 Dead, Police Say, Mississippi River Oil Spill Cleanup Limits Barge Traffic, January Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Adds 157,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Up
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
Canadian Special Forces have been deployed to Mali to protect Canadian citizens living and working there. Both the Department of National Defence and a spokesman for the Minister of Foreign Affairs have said there is no combat mission involved.
Folks in downtown Montreal got treated to the birth of an urban river when a major water main burst and flooded a section of the city core. It does not look like a good time was had by all.
Toyota Canada is issuing yet another recall. This time it is of some 157,000 Corollas and Matrixes for airbag and wiper problems.
Despite the stereotype, one does not have to be liberal to be “green”. Some ideas just make good sense no matter where on the political spectrum you happen to be.
We offer this interview of an individual I firmly believe is destined to go down in history as one of the greatest statespersons America has yet produced. Ms. Clinton, with all due respect, you rock.
Apparently, the problems with the Boeing 747 Dreamliner go beyond a battery that really wasn’t faulty in the first place. It absolutely amazes me that a company with this much experience should be having problems like this. On the other hand, I have also worked for Boeing, so I am not totally surprised.
The repression of reported child abuse by the clergy of the Los Angeles diocese of the Catholic Church is decades old, recently released records reveal, and suggests an almost Byzantine sanction of such practices by ignoring them. We see a real estate boom in Hell around this one.
In response to a PETA led campaign, federal authorities closed down the Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, North Carolina and fined the zoo’s owner $20,000 for failing to properly provide for the creatures under its care.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
I am not a fan of nuclear energy because I am scared to death of nuclear fission. So if it takes doing that to visit other planets, I think I’ll probably do Yellowstone next summer. That having been said, there is apparently a nuclear rocket propulsion system which does not involve White Sands and Hiroshima nightmares and actually appears to be extremely safe and practical. So maybe I’ll do Mars for my 75th birthday after all. I mean how many times can you look at geysers and bears and not be totally bored, right?
Well, Japanese scientists have actually been able to photograph the thought of a baby Zebra fish as it hunts a paramecium. This apparent landmark will enable neurosurgeons to eventually do the same thing in treating neurological disorders in human beings.
Apparently, the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans and Toltecs were not the only peoples indigenous to the Western Hemisphere capable of stunning feats of monument building. Check out this story from northern Louisiana, in the United States.
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Do homeopathic flu remedies work? Apparently some of them do.
Here’s how misleading a health headline can be. Veterans Make Up Shrinking Percentage of Suicides suggests that the rate among veterans is going down. It’s not. Suicides in America are increasing.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
It’s been suspected for a long time that environmental factors contribute to the risk of contracting breast cancer. For the latest on this, please go here.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
Well, here’s one you may or may want to try at home. I did and it works. Dirty laundry: How long can one woman go without washing her clothes?
We thought this next one was interesting. I’ve done it but at the time, I was not living upscale in Manhattan and escaping to the piney woods wilds so I could have something interesting to tell my buddies when I got back.
I thought this one was interesting because it validates what a lot of people I know have done when they left good jobs, the security of a familiar social life and a pretty much everything they had ever known to move to a place that was healthier for them and those they loved.
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
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.
Check out the South Lake Union house “that Craigslist built.”
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Well, here’s something that must be good news to millions. China’s pet restrooms are now public.
Even the experts are at a loss to explain how a pet tortoise could have survived for 30 years lost in its family’s storage room.
Thanks to climate change, the wolverine population in America has declined so much it will likely be added to the Endangered Species List. However, in one state, they’ve rebounded from virtual extinction.
SHORTSLiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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