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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Volume 6, No. 10Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
IN RECOGNITION OF A DRAGON NO LONGER SLEEPING NOR BREATHING FIRE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I’m tempted these days to say that if you want to predict the future of the planet, look to Asia and particularly China. The last of the great nations to truly industrialize, she is now grappling with the same problems which characterized such evolution in Western Europe, North America, Japan and the former Soviet Union.
The nature of China has changed a great deal in the half century or so I have been on this planet and geo-politically conscious. When I was growing up, she was part of that greater Red Menace, attempting as were non-communist nations, to dominate the world, at least economically.
My strongest image of China in the Seventies is not, perhaps ironically, of the Great Dragon herself, but of “the other China,” the tiny democratic remnant sequestered on the island of Taiwan, nee Formosa. The island was heavily fortified and soldiers with bayoneted rifles enforced everything from traffic laws to curfews. In Taipei, government leaders and the military plotted both the defense of their island nation and the invasion of the Chinese mainland.
Through several revolutions which cost the lives of millions killed, injured, imprisoned and relocated, China’s government has evolved. Its people speak louder and more often and Beijing and the provincial capitals seem to be at least as responsive as the federal government of the United States.
I’m glad the Chinese have done as well as they have. There’s way too many of them to have mad at me and certainly far too many learning opportunities by paying attention to what’s going on over there.
Nice going, guys.
IN OTHER NEWS
We announced a couple of weeks back that several countries are engaged now with the Big Rocks In Space (BRIS). Now, as we expected, the private sector is starting to kick in. The kind of cooperation and sophisticated logistical matrix this BRIS Endeavour will require could ~ I suspect ~ be applied as well to projects of slightly less urgency that saving the planet from Destruction by a BRIS.
The Holocaust involved thousands more sites than previously thought, according to findings of a long project which gathered data from all over the former Third Reich and its Axis allies. There were more ghettos, camps, factories, “medical” facilities and extermination centers than apparently anyone imagined. It would have been, the project’s authors contend, impossible for those living in Germany or any of the Fatherland’s possessions to not know this was going on. Apparently many people profited from the system and this is why it was largely unopposed, except by the victims themselves.
We mark with solemnity the passing of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan head of state, who died of cancer last week at the age of 58. For a moving retrospective on his life and times, please go here.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
It looks like Toronto has overtaken Chicago as North America’s most populous city. For the new rankings, please go here.
We were delighted to learn that Hillary Clinton’s favorite television show is Love It or List It. Although it’s a bit upscale for me personally, like a lot of creative people I enjoy playing with spaces.
If something isn’t done and done now, by 2040, some 70 percent of kids in Ontario could be clinically overweight. We suspect this is not the only province with a problem like this either.
Check out how this Washington State woman recovered her car by spotting the couple who stole it at a local business, confronting them and bluffing them into thinking the extended index finger in her pocket was a sidearm. As far as I’m concerned, this more or less puts the “hutz” in ‘chutzpah’.
The medical community is taking some flak now. In Japan, a man died after being refused emergency treatment at a variety of hospitals for a total of 36 rejections.
In the United States, an elderly woman was refused the CPR that could have saved her life because rendering it was against the rules of the place she was living. The facility contended that performing CPR on the elderly could hurt them if not done properly, leaving the facility legally responsible. My problem with that is that first, there are several kinds of CPR; and second, all of them need to be administered appropriately to avoid harm. I also have a hard time with the idea that a health care professional like a registered nurse could watch a human being die when that nurse had the ability to administer possibly life saving aid. I shudder to think what that says about us as a society.
With positions which need filling ASAP, many companies are apparently putting applicants through what bears more resemblance to Last Man Standing than it does to reasonable hiring practices.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Congratulations to the SpaceX Dragon for a successful docking last week with the International Space Station. The unmanned cargo ship was delivering supplies and scientific experiments. For an absolutely stunning story on their mission, please go here.
In yet another discovery which could once again redefine conditions under which life can exist, scientists have discovered “zombie microbes” deep beneath the surface of the earth.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Okay, gang. Here’s chance to see how much you and those you hang out with know about THE PLANET EARTH
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Old age and dementia do not need to go together. Here are seven steps you can take to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as half.
If you want to hear as good at 60 as you do now, probably best to keep the volume of your earbuds, earphones or headsets down to around 60 percent, according YouDocs. Yep, for more, please go here.
If you like nuts as much as I do, here are three good health reasons for indulging that passion.
ON THE CANCER FRONTRESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS: Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
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Some 75,000 residents in south King County are facing possible exposure to fumes of a toxic chemical in the groundwater. It was used in solvents to clean aircraft parts at the Boeing Aircraft Company’s plant in Algona.
Looks like a semi-soggy week ahead but nothing out of the ordinary for Spring in the ‘Sound. And remember, King County is the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. We have something like eight (8) microclimates here. So if you don’t like the weather where you are, take a short ride in any direction on Metro. Here’s the 10 day forecast, courtesy of the good folks at our CBS affiliate, KIRO 7.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Canada’s the last place I’d look for a camel but apparently the dromedaries once lived there. And we’re not just talking “true north” now, but extreme north. As in Santa could have used flying camels instead of reindeer.
It looks like dogs may have been man’s best friend for quite a bit longer than previously thought. New evidence suggests domestication occurred around 33,000 years ago. That’s 231,000 years in Dog Time or about 23,000 generations of canines ago.
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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