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Sunday, April 27, 2013
Volume 6, No. 17Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington email@example.com
THIS LITTLE DUDE DOES NOT BELONG IN A CAN OF GREEN BEANS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, in response to rumors you’ve shared in your emails, yes, we’re looking for a new place to set up physically. Our landlord’s family is expanding by one by mid-May and they need the space. So if you Seattle and King County, Washington readers know of anyone with a modest room with wi fi and kitchen privileges, let us know here.
And if the rest of you have been thinking about contributing to this reader-supported publication with a “dollar in the donation box,” as it were, now would probably be a real good time. The math is that if each of you paid a quarter a week or whenever you especially liked an edition, we’d be in another tax bracket.
Well, in 35 years as a journalist doing other things as well, I never thought I’d be compelled to warn the readership about creatures in their processed vegetables and salads.
There was one instance of an Indiana woman finding a frog in a can of greened beans. Yeah, how in the flipping world did that happen? And in Canada, a woman found this big alive black beetle scurrying around when she opened it. I mean come on, how like totally disgusting is that?
I don’t personally think it was an accident. There are a lot of frustrated and angry people out there with no one to take it out on. These “ewwwing” little acts of culinary sabotage are probably just some relatively benign venting.
They need therapy and the food industry needs to hire happier inspectors with an attention span. I confess I buy my vegetables fresh almost daily and I know where my green grocer guy and his family live.
So just be careful. And until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh?
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, here’s another reason to jump aboard the Solar (electric) Train, if you haven’t done so already. By using rooftop solar panels to generate electricity, if terrorists knock out the power grid in your area, you’ll still have power. Yep, for more on this one, please go here.
You might really want to check to see what you’re using to control your plant pests. A popular herbicide has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Same thing different dangers in that nitrogen fertilizer. If enough of you are using it, it could blow up your town.
What are the most violent cities in the world? The answers just might surprise you.
BOSTON BOMBING SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
SYRIAN WAR SHORTS
It is a totally known fact that we “Maple Leaf” or “Leafs,” as that term is being used in the West (I tell American friends, Canucks is a hockey team, not a nationality), go nuts for our cheese. Here’s another saga in that legacy. Here are the winners of the 2013 Canada Cheese Grand Prix.
Canadian authorities foiled what is believed to be the first al-Quaida directed attack on its soil. The target was a passenger train, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) authorities in Toronto. Yes, for more on this, please go here.
One of the ways to destroy a nation is to strip it of its art. Under the direction of its NAZI leaders, that’s what the Germans tried to do to France during the Second World War. Three generations of Parisian art dealers have been recovering paintings and other works of art Hitler’s forces of occupation took from the country.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
I have cousins in Australia who live within insane activity distance of the Great Barrier Reef. They have this strange relationship with the local fauna. Every once in awhile, they sacrifice one of their number to the Shark Gods. Therefore, it will probably be very helpful for them to learn that new research suggests that the cycles of the moon also influence the diving patterns of sharks. For more on this absolutely enrapturing subject, please go here.
This will come as great news to Scotsmen and male cross dressers who want to have lots of little Scotsmen and male cross dressers. Apparently kilts or skirts are better for a man’s sperm count.
Well, this next one about major earthquakes actually calming the seismic activity on the planet makes about as much sense as turning in the direction of a skid to come out of said skid. This probably accounts for why I don’t drive on ice or ice skate in running shoes.
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 survival.
THE GREEN AGENDA
We periodically re-publish basic health resources and it’s that time of the year.
The new standard for determining if you’re overweight and to which degree is called your Body Maximum Index or “BMI”. Here’s a real simple tool you can not only use to determine yours but which you can also forward as a link to your family and friends.
Cancer took the life of the co-founder of this magazine. Here’s information which will give the lay person a basic understanding of this disease.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
If you’re a carrot lover like me and Bugs Bunny, here’s another reason to rejoice. These pups help prevent cancer.
RESOURCES AND RELATED LINKS:
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.
The two kids critically injured in March when a drunken motorist slammed into them and their parents, taking the lives of the adults, are on the mend, according to this report from the Neighborhood Association:
Great News! Karina And Lil’ Elias Jose Are Out Of Critical Condition!
Thanks to the wonderful, healing hands at Harborview Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, both Karina and Elias Jose have been steadily improving in health. They’ve got a long, long road ahead to recovery, but optimism is in the air. There’s also still great financial need that the Schulte family will have ahead of them as well. You can donate to our Projekt Karma site set up for their medical expenses if you haven’t already.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
And then there was the young couple who were enjoying a tropical boating outing when they were suddenly joined by a pod of playful orcas. This is yet another reason why I don’t swim with these dudes. They do not know their own flipping strength. They also have a weird sense of humour. And they talk funny.
A FINAL WORD
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