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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Volume 6, No. 16Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THOSE WHO FELL IN IN BOSTON
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Our condolences to all those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing. There is absolutely nothing this publication can or necessarily should add to the outstanding media coverage of this tragic event. There are simply no words which can convey the profound grief those of us here ourselves feel. Our prayers are for justice, not vengeance, and for the merciful healing that sometimes makes the body politic ever the stronger.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
You people of Boston will recover and you know that. But the blood of the Massacre runs strong in you. We know you will not forget. The world knows you will not forget.
Take care and Godspeed, then, eh?
P.S. One question for you Bostonians? Did you EVER get Charlie off the MTA?
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, scientists apparently feel we’re entering another phase of the search for extraterrestrial life. I think that’s fine and all. But I still get anxious about us finding it before we’re ready for it. As a species, we haven’t shown a lot of tolerance for diversity among our own life web or even within individual species. My secret (well, not anymore, I guess) fear is that one of our probes will lead an advanced life form to us. This is a species whose highest value is the value of life, from the amoeba on across. They observe earth for awhile, rightly conclude that one species in particular is very unhealthy for the planet and simply do what we would and have done on the planet. They start zapping by the size of the carbon footprint and spare only those of us who are not deliberately fouling our own nest as it were.
We’d like to join our readers in England, the rest of the United Kingdom and the former Empire in saying a final farewell to the Iron Maiden. You British have this rather peculiar habit of providing hard people to meet hard times and to lead not only your own nation through crises, but by your example, to inspire other countries and cultures as well. Maggie Thatcher was surely one of these now, wasn’t she?
Even though we mention it later on in here under Good Examples, we’d like to recognize the nonprofit news site, InsideClimate, for being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their environmental reporting. It wasn’t that long ago that major media like the New York Times were reducing their green coverage.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
We join the rest of the nation in mourning the passing of Rita MacNeil. The Cape Breton singer died last week at the age of 68.
This headline Meet The Woman Who Shut Down Chicago’s Dirty Coal Plants pretty well says it all.
One of our peer publications Pulitzer for their (outstanding) coverage of the Tar Sands Oil Spill and other related issues. This isn’t just about good journalism, the kind you folks deserve. It’s about good people doing a good job for other good people. And we can all relate to that.
We congratulate Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov for last Friday becoming the oldest human being ever to walk in space. Pavel is 59.
When a man waits three years for a “speedy” trial, that is a miscarriage of process. When that same man is acquitted of that crime quickly and conclusively, that miscarriage of process becomes a travesty of justice.
The Obama administration promised to be open and easily accessible. A noted writer suggests that this pledge has not been honored.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Apparently scientists have decided there are 13 ways to look for intelligent life. I’m waiting for the sequel: Thirteen Things To Do Once They Have Found Us.
Robots from nanos to industrial giants are here to stay. How are they shaping our world? What will the future be like with them The answers just might surprise you.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
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 what else is orbiting the planet.
THE GREEN AGENDA
It’s been said that music has the power to soothe the savage breast. Apparently that’s true all of the planet.
We know stress kills. Here’s how eight celebrities deal with it.
If you’ve got a long commute but the ability to telecommute, you might want to show this one to your boss. It could add years to his life and save your employer thousands of dollars.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
For those who consider critters cute, here’s another overdose.
This NASA Earth Video Showcase is definitely something you’ll want to experience with friends. It is fantastic.
NEWS: The greenest building in the world is about ready to make its debut and it’s right here in Seattle.What’s Going On In Seattle What’s Going On At The Library? SEATTLE DIRECTORY Seattle Weather Map of Seattle Seattle City Cams More Seattle Facts & Figures Komo 4 News (ABC) King 5 News (NBC) Seattle Times
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Check out the news from our friends at the SeaDoc Society. If you are interested in protecting marine mammals like orcas and otters, they are about the best in the biz, as it were. They are associated with the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, so they are also certainly well credentialed.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Imagine owning a car that is cybernetic. Essentially, it is a robot on wheels. It is built and designed on the premise that any machine built is superior to any human being created. Its role is to convey passengers and freight from one point to another. The passenger and freight’s role is to remain passive. This is the penultimate of “leave the driving to us.” The technology is there. Now the question remains. What happens if the system breaks down? Are we ready for mass destruction if a couple million of these robot cars, trucks and buses lose their guidance and go whiz-banging into each other on the highways and byways of America? These are the sorts of questions a writer is asking themselves after their unnerving ride in Google’s driverless car.
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