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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Volume 6, No. 15
Northstar Media Services
Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this week, I want to tell you a story about a very beautiful, vibrant, loving teenager from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. By all accounts, she was an extraordinary human being. Adored by most who knew her, she showed all the promise of living a long and very fulfilling life.
But that’s not going to happen because she is no longer with us. She killed herself after photos of her rape by four male teenagers were circulated on the Internet. Her assaulters openly bragged about what they did and reveled in the fact that both the law enforcement and judicial systems did not believe her and failed to prosecute her. They were joined by others whose behavior can only be considered brutally sadistic.
How you would react if this was your daughter? Here’s how her mother feels. And her father.
Imagine, even if your daughter had not been victimized, living in a community, where such a heinous crime and dramatic miscarriage of justice could be visited on one so innocent and so vulnerable.
Imagine, as well, seeing those four boys day after day and wondering who would be their next victim.
I do not believe in vigilante justice but as God is my witness, if it were up to me, these four young men would be buried so deep in the foulest prison on the planet that their screams as they were used night after night by other inmates would resonate like the sweetest of lullabies ever crooned by an eternal and unforgiving wind.
To express your sentiments to Darrell Dexter, the premier of Nova Scotia, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
IN OTHER NEWS
In the wake of the tragic death of Canadian rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons, Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter has directed four provincial agencies to look into how the case was handled. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have apparently also decided to re-open the case. Better late than never, eh, gentlemen?
Which nations are the friendliest to foreigners? The answer just might surprise you.
If North Korea’s Kim Jong Un isn’t real careful, he’s going to get his South Korean counterpart mad at him. And that would not be the best idea the little dude ever had, trust me. She’s a woman; she’s a survivor and she’s just about as tough as tough gets. So good luck with that one, Mr. Kim.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
||Afghan Army Learning to Fight on Its Own
NATO Airstrike Kills 11 Children
Afghan Army Begins to Take the Lead – Slide Show
American Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan Was Selflessly Dedicated
||Argentine President Is Not Invited to Thatcher Funeral
||Wary of China, Companies Head to Cambodia
||China Escalates Response to Avian Flu Outbreak
Powers on the Mend
||In Egypt, Attack on Christians Comes After a Pledge
||In Effort to ‘Rebalance,’ Europe Appears Committed to Austerity Plan
||Foreign Clergy Move to France to Aid Catholics
Hollande Creates a French Prosecutor for Fraud and Vows to End Tax Havens
||Merkel, With Putin at Her Side, Criticizes Russia
New Concerns From Germany Over European Banking Supervisor
||Indonesians Calling Military to Account
||Anti-Semitic Attacks Surged In 2012, Report Claims
Airbag Recall: Toyota, Honda And Nissan Warn Of Explosive Problem
Judas Gospel Authentication Relied On Ink Of Ancient Egyptian Documents
||Israel Comes To Complete Standstill To Mark Holocaust
||Italy seizes wind and solar trove from Mafia
||See SHORTS Below
||South Korea Moves to Defuse Tensions With the North
North Korea Missile Launch? South Korea Increases Monitoring, Asks China And Russia For Help
||A Web Site Where Latvians’ Ideas Can Become Law
||France wants to keep 1,000 soldiers in Mali permanently
||Portuguese Debt Crisis Brings New Trouble for Europe
||Russia Skips Hybrids in Push for Natural Gas Cars
U.S. Sanctions on Russians Accused of Rights Violations
||Dubai Police Adds Lamborghini Aventador To Its Fleet
||Margaret Thatcher Dead: Britain‘s Iron Lady Dies At 87
London’s cooking waste to fuel power station
Roman London Streets, Artifacts Uncovered During Excavation
London Climate Scientist Killed in Cycling Accident
||U.N. Agency Suspends Food Aid After Protest in Gaza
||Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror
Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype in Persian Gulf
Exxon MTBE Lawsuit: New Hampshire Jury Finds Oil Giant Liable In Groundwater Contamination
Great Lakes Garbage Patch Presents Major Threat To Region’s Marine Life
||Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
REHTAEH PARSONS SHORTS
Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying
Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Web Calls On Anonymous To Act After Nova Scotia Teen’
Anonymous Says It Has Rape ‘Confession’
Rehtaeh Parsons Case Prompts Warning To Possible Vigilantes
Rehtaeh Parsons Death: RCMP Reopens Investigation Into Teen’s Rape, Photos
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
U.S. and South Korea Devise Plan to Counter North
With No Mention of Korea, China Warns of ‘Chaos’
North Korea Recalls Workers, Suspends Operations At Factory Complex
North Korea: Foreigners In South Korea Urged To Evacuate
North Korea Propaganda Paints Image Of Permanent War
North Korea May Have Nuclear Missile Capability, U.S. Agency Says
Timeline on North Korea’s Nuclear Program
North Korea Rocket Rundown: How Far Can They Fly?
Contrasting Views on North Korea Underscore Sensitivities and Lack of Evidence
U.N. Says Aid for Syria Refugees Is Running Out
Move to Widen Support for Syria Rebels Gains Speed
Human Rights Watch: Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes
Syrian Government Accused of War Crimes
According to a new report released recently by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Canada ranks 14th among 29 wealthy nations when it comes to taking care of its children. For more on this one, please go here.
Could Canadian cuisine become 2013’s culinary “all the rage”? Check it out here, eh?
Where are the most expensive homes in Canada? The answer just might surprise you.
Hawaii generates more of its energy from the sun than any other state in the American union and it’s not because they have more of Old Sol. Here are four lessons we can learn from our pineapple neighbor.
When British teenager Fred Turner wanted to know why his brother didn’t look at all like him, he built a DNA lab in his bedroom. He’s the United Kingdom’s 2013 Young Engineer of the Year. You guys have got to check this one out.
In what could well make a difference in the rate of unwanted teen pregnancies, a US judge has ordered that the morning after pill be made available over the counter.
London’s cooking waste to fuel power station
No Lawyer for 100 Miles, So One Rural State Offers Pay
Ryan Gosling Fights Cow ‘Dehorning’ In Letter Shared By PETA
There’s a Seattle florist who is being sued for refusing to sell flowers to a gay couple. I personally think that’s one real good way to punish homophobia.
During a recent inspection, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found numerous unsafe practices in some 30 compounding pharmacies. To better understand what that means and to see how it might impact you personally, yep, please go here.
An 89 year old woman’s act of kindness cost her two days locked in the trunk of her car.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Well, here’s something I’m still trying to wrap my mind around. According to recent research, apparently one of our earliest hominid ancestors was pigeon-toed.
There’s a huge underwater stone monument recently discovered in the Sea of Galilee that has scientist totally and completely baffled.
Although she’s been portrayed in tomb art as a man, apparently one of the most powerful Egyptian pharaohs was, in fact, a woman.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
Black Hole Snacks on ‘Super Jupiter’ Planet
Fusion Rocket Could Be The Key To Deep Space Travel
Black Hole ‘Firewall’ Theory Challenges Einstein’s Equivalence Principle
NASA Missions To Launch In 2017: Planet-Hunting Satellite
Photos: NASA’s Space Exploration Vehicle for Asteroids & Beyond
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
Nanoparticle In 3D: New Imaging Technique Reveals Atomic Structures
Dino-Killing Asteroid Also Sparked Firestorm
3D Printed Cell Technique Allows Material To Mimic Human-Like Tissue (VIDEO)
Super-strong ‘wonder material’ is made with just algae, water, and sunlight |
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Okay, gang. Here’s a chance to see how much you and those you hang out with know about the universe with global climate change.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Green Vacation Spots Powered By Renewable Energy
All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief
London’s cooking waste to fuel power station
Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii
New Hampshire Jury Finds Exxon Liable In Groundwater Contamination Suit
Check out these 14 ways to keep having sex as you get older.
And how about 10 inexpensive ways to eat well?
Here’s one of the best reasons to be informed about the prescription medications you’re taking and how they interact with one another. Apparently some doctors don’t know this stuff.
Dr. Oz On Health Risks You Shouldn’t Take
10 Things You Need To Know About Allergy Season
Cholesterol Management – Cholesterol Lowering Foods
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SHORTS
Secrets of Slender Women
What My Patients Have Taught Me about Weight Loss
Is Your House Making You Fat?
RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
Real Age Health Videos
ON THE CANCER FRONT
One of the most difficult things about dealing with cancer is what to say to a victim. Here are several one should definitely avoid.
RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
Cancer: What You Need to Know
American Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society
Airline to Charge Passengers by Weight
Here’s an organic bedbug remedy that really works.
Erica Diamond shares with us 38 things she’s learned in her 38 years on this little bluegreen marble of ours.
Want to save the planet? Shrink your habitat.
Perfect Things: 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards, Part II
Time for a Truce in the Bragging Wars
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
NASA Earth VIDEO Showcases Satellites’ Best Clips From Orbit
Amazing Photos Of Earth From Above, From Canada’s Tiny Space Program
Raccoon Tightrope Walks Across Utility Wires In Toronto
NASA Earth Observatory Home
Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos
LiveScience Best Science Photos of the Week
BACK COUNTRY GALLERY: BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET
BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION
CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY
HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG
THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA
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.
Seymour, the Insomniac Rooster. Yes, we have those here.
Here is a list of Earth Day activities in Seattle. Hustle on out and show Gaia how much you love her.
THE TODAY FILE: “Your guide to the latest news from Seattle and around the Northwest”
Here’s the 10 day forecast, courtesy of the good folks at our CBS affiliate, KIRO 7.
What’s Going On In Seattle
What’s Going On At The Library?
Map of Seattle
Seattle City Cams
More Seattle Facts & Figures
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Here’s another chance to overdose on cuteness. Check out this mama panda playing with her cub. Yep, this is definitely an “awww” moment.
Here’s another one.
Here’s an opportunity for you to help the World Wildlife Fund stop crimes against the rest of the species on the planet. Even if you can’t afford a modest donation, their newsletter is still an outstanding read.
Drones to Be Used in the Protection of Wildlife
The 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds
Remote Coral Reefs, Such As Scott Reef, May Recover From Bleaching
Living With Wildlife
BBC’s wildlife finder
National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
And then there was this guy who rode four miles over shark infested waters suspended from some helium balloons. You have to know what those Devonians were waiting for, right? Yep, a sale on slingshots.
A FINAL WORLD
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