Proudly serving North America and the International Community since 2007Sunday, February 17, 2013 Volume 6, No. 7 Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
LOOKS LIKE CHICKEN LITTLE WAS RIGHT AFTER ALL
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, stargazers in Siberia certainly had an interesting time of it this past week, didn’t they? They were told about an asteroid that might be close enough to see in broad daylight but nobody warned them about a meteor that might blast windows from buildings and rain chunks of space rock down on them, injuring well over 1,000 people.
That begs so many questions I don’t even know where to begin. I mean, we’ve got all this multi-million dollar “stuff” out there which can probe the depths of a cosmos that keeps expanding the more we know about it. It can detect possibly habitable planets hundreds of light years away, reveal moons around a planet so small it was almost declassified and put a cute little robot rover on the surface of an angry planet. But it didn’t spot this meteor which, had its trajectory been a bit further east or west, could have killed millions.
I’m sure glad the Cold War is over. I got an email from one of you in Russia asking me if America was mad at us and decided to shoot something at them to remind us we could still do it. How easily, in an earlier age, that could have triggered a nuclear holocaust.
And here we are, in America still unable to get our elected officials to act in concert for the benefit of the national constituency. The slaughter rages on in Syria. North Korea not only tests a nuclear device in spite of censure from even its closest ally and brags about doing it again and again until they’ve got one and a missile capable of wiping out every major city in North America and Europe.
Global warming/climate change deniers are still telling us that Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo are just unlucky coincidences. Americans are flocking to gun stores to arm themselves with assault rifles before those are banned and a rogue cop goes on a killing spree and ends it by smoking a gun.
And I’m betting that nobody’s going to take this meteor as an ultimate wake-up call that it’s about time the human family started acting a little bit more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Ma and Pa Kettle clan on meth and moonshine.
I’m honestly beginning to wonder if maybe my notorious Uncle Seamus wasn’t right when he contended that stupidity was a human population control device.
What is it going to take for us to realize that we no longer have the luxury of indulging our differences of opinion? Does the entire flipping sky have to fall on us before we get a clue?
I sure hope not. But then that’s probably just me.
IN OTHER NEWS
We note with some interest that with the resignation of Pope Benedict, a Canadian cardinal is one of those being considered for the post. It might be kind of cool to hear Mass said in Latin, English and French.
If you’ve got a son or daughter who wants to major in computer science and you can afford to send them anywhere in the world for the education, which among these top ten universities would you select?
India is not the only place where women are fed up with being victimized and are fighting back. Let’s hope this becomes global. This crap has gone on long enough.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
Afghanistan: Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Takes Control of Afghanistan Missions; Middle-Class Afghans Haunted by Fears of Future; Afghanistan Withdrawal: Karzai Welcomes Drawdown Of NATO Forces; U.S. Troops Leave Afghan Outposts, Still Facing Fire; Afghanistan’s Female Special Forces Break New Ground In Ultraconservative Country; Pressure for Peace With Taliban Is Renewed
China: Vowing Change, China’s Leader Airs Other Message in Private; In China, Families Bet It All on a Child in College
North Korea: North Korea Confirms It Conducted Third Nuclear Test; North Korea Nuclear Test Celebrated With Massive Rally (PHOTOS); North Korea Prepares More Nuclear Tests, Source Says
United States: Sharp Slowdown in U.S. Health Care Costs Eases Deficit; Rise of Drones in U.S. Spurs Efforts to Limit Use; Obama Focuses on ‘Thriving Middle Class’ in State of the Union Speech;
The Vatican: Pope Resigns: Benedict XVI To Step Down, Cites ‘Advanced Age;’ The Catholic Church Shifted Southward Over the Past Century; A Statement Rocks Rome, Then Sends Shockwaves Around the World; A Turbulent Tenure for a Quiet Scholar; Pope Names Von Freyberg to Head Vatican Bank; The 117 Cardinals Who Will Choose the Next Pope – Interactive Feature
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
RUSSIAN METEOR SHORTS:
Not that anyone I know is planning to do this any time soon, but if I’ve learned one thing after a few decades on this little blue green marble, it’s that Lady Success can be a fickle and surprisingly passionate lover. So it probably wouldn’t hurt to know what are the most expensive mansions in Toronto, eh?
Canada’s Indigenous Movement is not just about First People. It involves and concerns everyone of us born here. Why? For that answer, please go here.
Canadians are nothing if not gregariously literate and when not munching down on stuff made with cheese and French fries, extremely health conscious. Sample the 50 best healthy living and fitness tweeters living under the Maple Leaf flag.
The one good thing that may have come from this meteor exploding over Siberia is that those who have been advocating for a concentrated effort to put into space vehicles which could knock these things out before they get here are vindicated, validated and empowered. Yep, for more, please go here.
Instead of arbitrarily assigning currency values or continuing to work with dubious economic models, the Group of 20 has decided to let market values dictate.
An Ottawa Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman and his wife are facing multiple counts of aggravated assault, assault with weapon, aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessaries of life. If these allegations prove true, there’s a half acre in Hell now flying the Maple Leaf flag.
Well, apparently infidelity isn’t something which originated with humans. We apparently picked up that particular bad habit from baboons.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson is a hero of mine. He must be dying of shame after his son was charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
A temple recently discovered in Peru could make it the oldest existing example of its kind in the world Yep, for more, please go here.
The salty Don Juan Pond in Antarctica could provide clues as to whether there is still water on Mars. I found this absolutely fascinating.
THE GREEN AGENDA
It’s still flu season and if you’re like me, with vaccinationaphobia and a pronounced dislike of prescription drugs to begin with, consider these foods that can reduce one’s risk of contracting said condition.
It turns out the one of what was thought to be an almost useless organ actually evolved some 30 times and does, in fact, have a reason for being. Yep, check it out here.
A new report strongly suggests that those who spend so much time behind a computer that our butt is in danger of sending roots into the chair can also get really stressed. The good news is that taking a break to call up scenes of nature on the monitor can do a great deal to mitigate that. Our personal recommendation for that cure is the beautiful photography of the Back Country Gallery.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
This is not going to come as real good news for the alcoholic beverage industry but if you’re even a moderate consumer of spirits, it just might save your life. A new study establishes a direct link between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and a higher risk of cancer. Yep, for more, PLEASE go here.
Last year, 227,000 America women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 died from the disease. A new federal advisory group is demanding that the more research be done into the environmental factors involved. We strongly recommend that each and every one of you take a look at your own immediate surroundings. It might just be a case of keeping a clean house or dying from domestic pollution.
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Well, here’s another chance to die of cute. Those four lion cubs born at the Woodland Park Zoo last November made their official debut yesterday, Saturday, February 16. For your own Internet glimpse and a chance to help name them, please go here.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Chimpanzees may actually be smarter than humans in at least one regard. I totally loved this one. It sort of put a new spin on the expression “going ape.”
This video of a baby pig which lost its hind legs and was fixed up with a wheel chair has gone viral. And in our opinion, with good reason.
And an injured loggerhead turtle in Japan is swimming again, thanks to the dedicated efforts and ingenuity of some humans who really care.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
A FINAL WORLD
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