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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Volume 6, No. 19Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington email@example.com
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, in most of our known world, motherhood and moms are being celebrated today. To me, that is totally cool because it is absolutely appropriate. Even if your personal female caregiver was an evil step-parent, the plain fact is that without mothers, most of us wouldn’t be here.
I’ve often wondered, though, why there’s no Kids Day. Ever since the young people in my own life were like these pint-sized living units, I’ve realized that children are our greatest “natural resource.”
I think kids are more highly evolved than adults. They are idealistic and unencumbered with cynicism. They are innovators because they haven’t learned what is acceptable and what is not. They question authority which makes no sense to them because their survival instincts have not been dulled. And perhaps most marvelously of all, they keep pushing the envelope. They are bad listeners sometimes because while adults are trying to tell them why something cannot be done, they are, of course, are too busy doing it.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story in which all of these traits of childhood come together more than in this excellently crafted story of a Canadian teenager who has discovered anti-aging properties in tree pulp.
Her name is Janelle Tam. To meet her, please go here.
IN OTHER NEWS
New genetic evidence strongly suggests that all Europeans had a common ancestor as recently as a thousand years ago. The techniques which lead to this discovery have not been applied yet to other continents but genetic researchers believe the results will be the same. Apparently we’re a lot closer family than we thought, which makes some of the inappropriate things we say and do to one another make even less sense to me.
If you’re pregnant and you don’t want your unborn child to have cravings for unhealthy food, lay off it yourself. A new study has found that junk food addiction starts in the womb.
We’ve reported several times in the last 18 months or so about sexual abuse in the military. Now, apparently, President Obama and his administration have decided enough is flipping enough. See also America’s Military Injustice
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
BOSTON BOMBING SHORTS
CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
SYRIAN WAR SHORTS
Well, apparently yet another terrorist plot against Canadians has been foiled and this one was ambitious. Check out VIA Terror Suspects Planned To Kill Thousands With Bacteria: Police
As a people, I’ve noticed that we Canadians sometimes exhibit considerably more courage than good sense. Canadians Eagerly Sign Up For Mars ‘Suicide Mission’ would appear to be yet another example.
Last week, the Kennedy Library honored one of the most courageous women in America, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Representative Gifford was the target of an apparent assassination attempt in 2011 and was severely injured in the attack.
A brilliant American financier and his wife build a mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and slowly, steadily lose their minds. Soon, one of them is dead. Ned Zeman investigates a mystery in the rainforest.
This next one ~ headlined Hospital Bill Shocker: U.S. Releases Thousands Of Records Showing Huge, Wildly Differing Prices ~ is dismaying but not totally surprising. Preparing or auditing even a small hospital’s budget brings into play such exotic factors as the fluctuating price of certain drugs; the availability of generics; things that can and do sometimes swing from year to year. As noble as the Hippocratic Oath is, it also does not forbid medical care providers from basing their fees on what their patients can afford to pay. That’s why you don’t usually see the wealthy in wheel chair races in the hall with the lower middle class.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
It’s predicted that in as little as 20 years, there will be robots as smart as people. In another few years, these cybernetic creatures will have surpassed their creators. For a glimpse of what life might be like for us then, yep, please go here.
If you’re wondering what those cicadas ~ those loud chirping insects that look like crickets ~ emerging from the ground by the billions in the American East sound like, yep, go here.
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 weather.
THE GREEN AGENDA
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Where are the hottest men allegedly found? The answers just might surprise you.
Check out most popular baby names for 2012
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
SEATTLE SCENESAll photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor. For a visual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here.
NEWS & WEATHER
Washington is the best state in America for bicycling. North Dakota is the worst. To see where your state ranks, please go here.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
During the course of our own evolution as a species, we’ve precipitated the extinction of a myriad of other life forms. We seem, however, to have turned that attitude around. Should we now just stay out of it or should we attempt to correct the mistakes we’ve made? For a most absorbing consideration, please go here Predator and Prey, a Delicate Dance .
Here’s an infographic that purports to give us eight million reasons why sharks should be more afraid of humans than humans are of them. We have it on as yet dubious authority that this particular infographic was produced in Australia, where human beings along the Great Barrier Reef occasionally sacrifice one of their number to the sharks for the right to share the water. So I’d be real skeptical of this one, gang.
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A FINAL WORD
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