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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Volume 6, No. 11Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s certainly been an interesting week in terms of untoward behavior. In three decades or so in the journalism profession, one thing I’ve learned about the personality type which acts that way is that the more attention it receives, the more empowered it becomes.
In the media-intense 21st Century, it’s very easy to nourish the pathologically narcissistic. So if the Northstar Journal doesn’t pay a lot of attention to the behavior of some of the terminally anti-social, that’s why. We don’t want it following us home and peeing on the carpet.
That having been said, there’s a telephone scam going on that is impacting the lives of millions of America’s most vulnerable citizens. CBS Today did an excellent job presenting this Jamaican-based rip-off so I’m delighted to recommend that for more information, yep, go here.
It was interesting to note that another Big Rock In Space made a real close “fly by” and wasn’t spotted until just a few days before it got here. See also Asteroids, Meteors Explained: Phil Plait Talks Space Rocks, Impact Risks
It was with a sense of total outrage that we read of the testimony military rape victims have been giving, particularly in light of a travesty of justice which mocked the Uniform Code of Military Justice and shamed every ranking noncommissioned and commissioned male officer in the American Armed Forces. That a nation can ask its women to risk death on the battlefield and then tolerate them being raped and sexually assaulted by those under whom and with whom they serve is totally incomprehensible to me. We need to fix this and we need to fix this now.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish the Irish among you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. For more information on the individual celebrated on this holiday, please go here.
Have a good week, gang. Let’s hope it’s not quite as interesting as this past one has been, eh?
IN OTHER NEWS
Congratulations to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on the election of a new Pope.
Apparently the antibiotic arms race is approaching critical mass. The lethal organisms the drugs are designed to fight are evolving, just like any other life form does, in order to survive. Britain’s chief medical officer, Sallie Davies, reports the evolution of Superbugs which could have catastrophic results on any population they infect.
Gang rape seems on its way to becoming a national pastime among some males in India. Last week, several of these stalwart souls assaulted a Swiss tourist while she and her husband were camping.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
American and Canadian English are almost as dissimilar as the version spoken in Dover and the one spoken in Dallas. Here are 12 differences between the Maple Leaf and the Stars and Stripes.
If you’re looking for work in Canada and want a well-paying job (like who wants one that pays poorly), check out the Maple Leaf’s top industries.
There’s an educator in India who thinks that children can learn a great deal more on their own than was previously thought. I found this article totally fascinating.
It’s because of individuals like this that I became a journalist. Tom Brokaw Reminisces About Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Early Career (VIDEO)
This is a tale that Charles Dickens could have penned. It’s about super ego, seduction, crime, mega beauty and the kind of drama that has been selling soap since Aeschylus.
Cell phone providers in Canada are neither the most efficient nor the most ethical communications carriers in the known world. For more, please go here.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
We’d like to welcome astronauts Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Ta back to earth after their tour of duty aboard the International Space Station. The ISS is now in the hands of a capable Canadian. (smiling)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been known for at least a decade for its work in robotics. They may have just outdone themselves with the creation of a bionic cheetah.
The first interstellar space craft could be powered by a solar sail as big as the state of Texas. The same concept less ambitiously applied could be used to clean up the space junk orbiting our own planet.
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 SUN
THE GREEN AGENDA
Like its neighbour to the south, Canada has an obesity problem. See what the Maple Leaf is doing to address it.
Is the diet version of a soft drink better for you than the regular? How much caffeine is actually in those high energy drinks like Red Bull? Is it really necessary to drink Gatorade after a workout under an hour? The answers to these and other questions about soft drinks just might surprise you.
If you really want to live a long and healthy life ~ and apparently not all of us do ~ here are some simple things you can do to make that happen.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
One of our favourite actresses has inoperable brain cancer. How she’s dealing with it should inspire us all. Valerie, with all due respect, Ms. Harper. you rock.
There’s a new study out which strongly suggests that an aspirin a day may reduce he risk of melanoma in older women. Please consult your physician, however, because aspirin can also cause negative side effects in some people.
And then there was the man with brain cancer who won a marathon? As true as it is incredible.
RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
Ever wonder how originated Daylight Savings Time and how it came into being? The answers to these questions just might surprise you.
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
If you’re an astronomy buff and want some cool wallpaper, check this out.
Here’s another of those “If you want to die of cute” videos. It’s about a baby sea lion hitching a ride on a kayak, even after being gently discouraged the first time.
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.
We join Washingtonians throughout the state in mourning the death last week of former governor Booth Gardner. The media produces legends by the thousands; history, not so many. For an outstanding tribute to an individual who was not just for his time, but for all time, please go here.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Check out how this seal pup and his buddies hitched a ride on a surfboard. Yep, this is another “die of cute for”.
Here’s the World Wildlife Federation’s online monthly newsletter. Like those of the SeaDoc Society and CornellUniversity’s Avian Program, we highly recommend this for anyone who truly cares about other life on this planet. These outfits ~ like this magazine ~ can always use donations. But of equal importance is that the information be shared and that the proactive among you use it to make a difference.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
And then there was the wild marten which totally disrupted a soccer game.
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