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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Volume 6, No. 9Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE & WHEN DID MY GENDER GET THE IDEA IT’S OKAY TO TREAT WOMEN THIS WAY?
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I am not, by nature, a reformer or even necessarily reform minded. I’m glad they’re out there for the valuable contributions they make but I also resent them for making a lot of social evolution and re-evolution totally unnecessary.
I’ve also had personal experience with many reformers and reform-minded. I have found them, for the most part, totally lacking in a sense of humor or the perspective which often nourishes one. My life is a blend of work, play, social and romantic. These folks ~ reformers and the reform-minded ~ are not a lot of fun to hang out with. The Bacchalanian is totally wasted on most of them.
I particularly dislike groups of these sanctimonious saviors. And when a nation assumes a zealous posture in this regard, I become very nervous and start remembering a lot of phone numbers in Victoria and Ottawa.
But after reading this latest article on the sexual exploitation of women on American First Nation reservations; this vivid account by the victim of rape at an American military training facility; the horrible things that have happened to Indigent women and children in Canada; and the ongoing violence against women in India and other countries, I find myself wishing I was more of a vigilante frame of mind.
Where and when did my gender get the idea it’s okay to treat women that way? If the answer to that is Scripture, then religion wasn’t given to us by the Divine. We invented it to rationalize behaviors even Lucifer would find disgusting.
Perhaps there really is a fourth gender. This one isn’t same sex oriented, like the third one is. This one is not love driven or species survival motivated. This gender is the population control gender.
Human beings who rape are a gender unto themselves. They bring violence, control, sadism and homicidal pathology into the human survival equation. There is nothing loving or life-enhancing about them.
They have been around a very long time. And for the most part, their conduct has not only been sanctioned but openly admired and certainly emulated, from our first images of a cave man smacking the object of his affection over the head with a club, then dragging her limp and unprotesting form by the hair into the cave to have his way with her to the incredible celebrity attention focused on all aspects of this behavior.
I really don’t see what useful purpose people who rape serve so I’m not interested in seeing this treated from a social perspective. I’d prefer it be attacked from a medical perspective.
People who rape are the cancer of the species. The sooner we are rid of them and the cultures which enable and support them, the happier and healthier our species will be.
IN OTHER NEWS
India now joins Canada and the United States in protecting our friendly skies. Last week, she launched into orbit seven satellites, two of which are the world’s smallest space telescopes and another of which is a drone spacecraft specifically designed to hunt very large rocks in space. Nice going, folks. Really.
We can’t say that we’re real sorry to report that British Petroleum is on trial in New Orleans for the Deep Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. On April 20, 2010, 11 workers died and the first of an estimated 172,000,000 gallons (4,095,238 US barrels) of crude petroleum entered the Gulf of Mexico.
It looks like China’s in the new space race for real. They’re putting their own astronauts into orbit with a mission slated for this summer. Nice going, guys. Welcome to outer space.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
As far as I’m concerned, the most important job in this world and in this life isn’t running some big company or having four stars on your collar tab, leading a government or even researching a cure for a fatal disease. In my opinion, the most important job in this world and this life is being a parent. Here is a list of people who agree with me and also happen to be the Leaf’s 15 best parenting tweeters.
Even though I don’t bicycle in the rain like a lot of people in Vancouver, I still think it’s cool that the City invested $50,000 in a helmet dispenser. Maybe they could put right next to it an insurance machine? For people who pedal in the rain in the first place?
With the launch of Target Canada, it’s going to be a buyer’s market in the retail sector and trench warfare in the business community. For more on this one, please go here.
Despite the apparent stir it caused over the issue of propriety, I enjoyed seeing Michelle Obama at last week’s Academy Awards. I’m also glad someone tipped me off that she was going to be on the Ricki Lake Show. I’ve enjoyed watching the First Lady on Ellen and of course on all the American network morning news and TV talk shows. I’m one of her fans, just like I was of Hillary, both Bush First Ladies and Nancy Reagan. They were ingenuous, I thought, and represented my vision of America very well. I may not agree with the politics of their husbands but there is no denying all of these chief executives had one thing in common, excellent taste in wives.
I’m glad to see that the younger of Princess Diana’s sons is making a tour of Africa and that he’s having such a positive impact with his mother’s favourite charity. I think the Queen has been quite proper in the circumspection she has displayed toward her grandsons’ human qualities and the relative forbearance Fleet Street has, as well. I also join the nation, if not the former Empire, in expressing my pride in Diana’s other son for his part in the rescue of two mountaineers in Wales. Not bad for a country girl, eh, Di?
We want to offer our congratulations to Fauja Singh, a marathon runner of some dedication and history. Last week, he ran his last race. The 101 year old said he has no intention of hanging up his shoes, as it were. But he feels it is time to give younger people (like octogenarians) a better shot at the tape.
If you care at all about the women who have risked their lives for this country, this store headlined Female Veterans Face Limbo in Lives on the Street will both outrage you and break your heart.
That US Army intelligence specialist who provided classified information to Wiki Leaks has pled guilty to those charges. More, however, appears yet to come.
If you want some exercise in “My God, what were they thinking?” check out 20 Weird Things That Have Been Banned At Schools
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Well, the headlines are telling us that Curiosity has drilled into Mars and discovered that the planet is not red after all, but gray. I’m thinking, you took a very tiny sample from one very small place on the planet and now Mars isn’t red anymore? I do not think we have heard the last of this.
We’ve been following this one for a couple of weeks. It is about what scientists are finding in one of the absolutely coldest places on the planet; and how that is changing their ideas on what it really takes to support life. Yep, it might flourish in places as hot as the sun and as cold as the heart of Hades.
I noted with some interest that NASA has mapped Mercury, which is probably a good thing despite the fact that it seems highly unlikely any of us will be going there any time soon. It certainly does suggest to me that as a species, we are in a colonizing mode. I hope we do it with a little more class and consideration for those other life forms we meet out there than we’ve shown for those on our own planet in the past.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
HOW SMART ARE YOU THIS WEEK ABOUT: WEIRD WEATHER
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Now that more and more of us are working from home ~ and in a lot of cases, very lucratively, it’s probably time to warn about repetitive stress injuries. In my case, it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. So yep, for this one, please go here.
For those of us really into eating ourselves into good health and a long life, this Nutrition Tip A Day For A Month campaign Canada’s got going on now is a total trip. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed an article on this subject more than I did this one.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are eight “foods” you might want to avoid too close to bedtime.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Four distinct types of breast cancer have now been identified and new treatment options for each are being developed. One source we read said these discoveries have revolutionized the way the medical community looks at this disease.RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
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.
Three percent of Seattleites bicycle to work. While that may not seem like a big number, in a city of around 650,000, that’s about 19,500 of us. If you toss in the weekend/after work crowd, that demographic probably doubles and then increases a sliver when you include those who go camping on bike-back. Some neighborhoods have more cyclists than others. To see where yours ranks, yep, please go here.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SEATTLE RESIDENTS
For those interested in helping preserve the Olympic Wilderness, the Sierra Club is having a meeting at the REI Store up at Yale North, tomorrow, Monday, March 4, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Even if you can’t attend, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you. That’s some truly beautiful rainforest out there and help is needed to protect it. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last. But then we’re good at this stuff, once we know the assistance is needed. That’s why we’ve got so much of what was here when we got here left. Yep, for more details, please go here.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
In a very previous life, I was eaten by one of these dudes. That probably explains why I’m not real fond of its progeny. Yep, sharks again.
Sometimes I do not get the memo. Last Friday, March 1, was National Pig Day in America.
This one has all the possibilities of a low budget sci fi film. Apparently, people have been abandoning their pet gold fish to the gentle waters of Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, and somehow, these remarkable carp have survived the snowy winters. Not only that, but apparently they are thriving and getting a lot bigger than they did in the bowl. Yep, this weirded me out a little so by all means, for more, please go here.
SHORTS:Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
A FINAL WORLD
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