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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Volume 6, No. 18Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington email@example.com
This is what some eastern Australians look like
AUSTRALIA IS NOT A NORMAL PLACE TO LIVE
Before you start taking that too seriously, consider a couple of things with me here. The study came out of Australia, an upside down land where everything has magnetic feet or roots to keep from falling off the planet.
It is a strange place, this place, I am telling you. Men wrestle with these very large predatory marine reptiles that eat sheep for lunch. In the House of Northstar, that is not normal behavior.
In the House of Northstar, with its slightly cowboy tradition, wrestling a steer is marginally acceptable because it at least has a point. If you’re ever hungry enough to pin a huge horned animal with hooves down, you’re probably not going to starve. Nobody, however, that I know of, including my cousins Down Under, eats crocodiles.
Unless maybe they were married to someone like my wife, GRHS. LJ could get me to eat anything by cooking it exotically, making it not taste like what it was, and then adroitly lying to me about its gene pool. However, I digress.
Australia is also a place where human beings and sharks have this totally bizarre relationship along the Great Barrier Reef. The sharks own that world. And Australian humans pay to surf, SCUBA and engage in scientific research, environmental investigation and mitigation and species extinction prevention.
It’s the coin of the realm in payment that wierds me out a little. Money doesn’t mean anything to a shark. They are appetite-driven. And of all the things in the ocean, there is one the Devonians prize above all others because it tastes more exotic than fish or other marine mammals.
Those incidents where a shark attacks a human down there? Those aren’t assaults. They are human sacrifices.
So in a world this strange, I tend to think that maybe Australian women like men who could give a cast iron plate rug-burn with their stubble. Just to live Down Under, you have to be a little masochistic to begin with.
I shave everyday because my love has smooth and very soft cheeks. She’s also not from Down Under, has never eaten crocodile and doesn’t even wrestle with a tough decision.
Sometimes perspective really is all, isn’t it? Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh?
P.S. We’re moving next week to a shared household a couple of neighbourhoods north of here. It’s still Seattle but it’s higher ground. So next winter, I probably won’t have the lonesome-est skis on the shores of the SalishSea. My heartfelt gratitude to all those of you who expressed your concern, gave suggestions and were there for me in the most important ways. This job of publishing both a weekly email-formatted magazine and the blogsite is not easy and it does not pay nearly enough in the traditional coin of the realm sense. Your appreciation of what we do here, on the other hand, makes it one of the highest paid positions of its kind in the Fourth Estate. Thank you.
IN OTHER NEWS
We believe in government subsidy of the arts and here’s the best reason. A flourishing culture underwrites a healthy citizenry. Yep, for more, please go here.
Check out the world’s 50 best restaurants and see if yours is among them. Mine, this little mom and pop place on Robson Street in Vancouver, which serves egg foo yung burgers, is not. On the other hand, I don’t need to tip the price of a Mini Cooper for a meal consisting of cold soup, snails and wine produced in a country whose culture and grapes I respect but whose cuisine my pallet does not recognize, and whose language not in eight million years will I ever understand.
One of the most quietly dramatic stories we are following is that of the Solar Impulse and its American transcontinental flight. This entirely solar powered has been breaking sustained flight records for several years now and as nano technology evolves, these aircraft won’t need the surface area it currently takes to get these graceful creatures aloft in the first place.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
BOSTON BOMBING SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
SYRIAN WAR SHORTS
With the melting of the Arctic cap, Canada has new sea lanes to patrol and a host of other climate change issues with which to deal. See what happens when funding for the research starts to dry up and science stops at the top of the world.
Whether you are a tourist or a Leaf off the tree, you owe it to yourself to check out the 50 Best Restaurants In Canada.
We’ve said it’s coming, Canada’s plastic currency. Now, check the new five and ten dollar bills.
A county in New Mexico is the first in the nation to ban drilling and fracking. If its legislation is upheld in higher courts, this could well be a major victory for those opposed to these practices.
Sometimes national leaders don’t get enough sleep and utter things without thinking that come back to bite them and their countries big time. Mr. President, you own this one, sir.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Well, this is interesting. Seems that NASA is paying $70-million a seat to the Russians to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station. Since that is American tax dollars at work, I really hope it’s cheaper than it was when we drove ourselves.
We are absolutely delighted to report that our favourite cool little dude in outer space is back on the job. Yep, Curiosity is on the case again, searching for signs of life and telling us more about the next target of human colonization. In a way, I hope Mars is barren in that regard. The human species has not been too kind to its own members or other life on this planet. On Mars, at least we couldn’t hurt anything.
One of the more esoteric discussions we have around here is how Seattle smelled before the automobile ascended. I grew up around horses and I’ve marched behind more than a few of them in parades. Organic emissions may not be as toxic for the planet (methane excluded) but they can play absolute havoc with one’s olfactory system. To be on a sidewalk when a hardworking team of them passes you by is to almost get knocked off your feet by the ‘sweet’ aroma of horse sweat. Apparently scientists have determined that early Earth was no Disneyland For Noses, either.
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 Mars rover Curiosity
THE GREEN AGENDA
ON THE CANCER FRONT
New evidence confirms that all cancers share certain genes. For the dramatic breakthrough in treatment and cure this represents, please go here.
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
Here’s the latest in nature screensavers from the Back Country Gallery. This is five star stuff.NASA Earth Observatory Home Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos LiveScience Best Science Photos of the Week
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Well, as drivers, Washingtonians are either getting better or lucked. Car crashes are on the decline again.
Komo 4 News (ABC)
King 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Do you know where the largest veterinary hospital which treats falcons is? The answer just might surprise you.
Here’s the monthly newsletter from our friends at the SeaDoc Society. Lots of cool critter stuff on this site and I’m not just saying that because I also think the world of these folks.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
This sounds like something straight out of a Grade Zed sci fi flick. There may be terrifying predatory land-walking fish in Central Park
A FINAL WORLD
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