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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Volume 6, No. 20Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
863 DAYS FROM THE MURDER TO THE FINAL DISPOSITION
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, last week, a jury delivered the death penalty to a convicted rapist who brutally strangled a female guard at the facility in which he was serving a life sentence.
It was something like 863 days from the murder to the final disposition. In interviews with family members, I saw real decent people hardening to hate. They are apparently not going to be truly at peace until the execution is carried out.
In the American judicial appeals process, that can take a long time, particularly when it becomes a jousting contest between the state and defense counsel. There’s one thing I’ve learned personally about hate. The longer you carry it, the heavier it becomes. As Shakespeare knew so well, it can drive you insane.
A truly sociopathic killer is usually also a sadist. He or she chooses a victim who has lots of people who love them. That way, when just the one person is killed, the collateral damage is extensive. That even goes to making the taxpayers victims, as well. The judicial process is not only long, it’s expensive.
The angst factor needs to be put on the scales. In cases as clear as this, there needs to be a quicker, more expedient and financially appropriate solution. The sooner the execution is performed, the sooner the healing can begin.
In cases like this, Lady Justice needs to be as compassionate to the victims as she is fair to the guilty.
IN OTHER NEWS
Which are the richest countries in the world? The answer just might surprise you.
Well, here’s one I have a hunch is going to generate some mail. Women who watch more TV have fewer babies
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
NORTH KOREAN SHORTS
SYRIAN WAR SHORTS
FROM YOU GUYS
My son when growing up often asked me “Why there was no “kids” day?” So I always tried to make a special day for just him…and still do. He is one of the unfortunate ones who was born in December, December 9 which is like two weeks before Christmas. As a kid growing up when it came time for birthday parties, it was always in a lot of cases…for his friends, that no one cold really afford anything extra as money was being used for Christmas gifts. I would never put my Christmas decorations up till after his birthday to try and make sure that his “day” was special…not a part of the Christmas season.. Those born in December and those born I think really close to Christmas or before or after as well, I am sure always feel short-changed.
Rebecca from Virginia
From our cousins Down Under, The Village restaurant in Potts Point, New South Wales, want you to know that last week, they switched to their Winter menu. For more information on this one, please go here. Our thanks to Jamie and Elspeth in Sydney for this one.
Canada’s Man In Space, Chris Hadfield, is headed home after a five-month stint on the ISS. Chris sent some stunning photos back to earth from the Space Station and used the social media to education millions of us. See also His Next Big Mission
If a nation’s stature can be measured by the growth of the number of millionaires in its population, Canada is a loon about the size of a 747.
Here’s something “We, the People” need to change very quickly. Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.
The bad news is that the Internal Revenue Service has apparently been haunted by the Spirit of Edgar J. Hoover Past. The good news is that President Obama is not exactly ecstatic about it.
The U.S. military appears to be baffled by the rise in suicides among those of its soldiers who return time after time after time for extended tours of duty in combat zones. If the military is at a loss to explain this, it might just point to an intelligence deficiency starting in the Pentagon. In Vietnam, we called that “brass poisoning”. It’s most notable symptom is that it robs its victim of the sense God gave a Mayfly.
BAD EXAMPLES SPECIAL: PAT ROBERTSON
This one really deserves a special mention. American televangelist and morning news and commentary co-host Pat Robertson is living proof that if you run your mouth long enough ~ however well-intentioned ~ you’re going to say something that makes even God wince.
This having been said, I like Rev. Robertson even when I don’t agree with him, which, quite frankly, is more than occasionally, I admire his sincerity and he’s never given me any reason to believe he doesn’t have the best interests of all of us at heart.
My jaw dropped when I heard Mr. Robertson tell a woman that the problem with her marriage was that she was ugly. I didn’t see the show but I understood the point he was trying to make. Sometimes, spouses let themselves go and become really unattractive to their mate. So it’s like, that’s something you can do something about so take control.
This idea that a woman’s housekeeping could be a reason for her husband’s infidelity seems a little odd at first. But I lived with this crazy elderly couple during the Recession who used the disgust factor as one of the weapons with which they lashed out at one another daily. So I couldn’t totally rule that out.
And this idea that “a man is a man” and that all of us wander is not the dumbest thing Rev. Robertson has ever said. The Good Lord gifted Pat with a mouth big enough for both feet and a curious passion for the taste of his own toes.
But Mr. Robertson is nothing if not consistent so I interpreted that as just advice to all of us to just make sure we’re keeping a clean house, taking pride in our personal experience, etc. so that if they wander anyway, we totally know it’s not our fault.
I can live with that, however occasionally clumsily phrased.
BAD EXAMPLE SHORTS
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
New DNA evidence strongly suggests that the Minoans of Crete came from Europe, not from North Africa, as heretofore believed.
Where is the oldest water on earth? The answer just might surprise you.
Well, apparently last March a Big Rock From Space (BRIS) the size of a small boulder (88 lbs or 40 kg) crashed into the moon at 56,000 mph (90,000 kph) and produced a crater 65 feet (20 meters) wide. The resulting explosion was ten times brighter than any previous recorded. And this is a place we want to colonize, right?
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
THE GREEN AGENDA
What is your body mass index (BMI) and why is that important? It’s a way to calculate if you’re over or underweight. Use the calculator to see where you are and if you’re cool, annoy people who aren’t as “BMI correct” as you are. I ran mine again this morning and it’s 21.5, right where it should be. Since it’s in feet and inches, here’s a metric converter for those who need it.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
As Shannon taught me so well, the best way to love (and help) someone battling cancer is to understand what they are going through. We therefore recommend this moving article on how leukemia restricts the life of a person of 22.
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
Here’s more from our favourite Canadian in Space. It’s the human species first music video in space.
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.
NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION
Hundreds Speak Out For Metro
Hundreds of people have submitted messages or testimony to the County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee about potential Metro Transit service cuts, with an overwhelming majority calling for new funding to preserve bus service.
The committee has received more than 1,300 comments, either online or from the 350+ people who attended a public hearing last night. Bus riders and representatives of business, education, labor and community organizations spoke at the hearing.
» Visit the Metro Matters blog to see photos and find out what people had to say
Last week, Seattle observed another annual ritual, the arrival from Alaska of the first Copper River salmon. The new arrivals are going for about $60 US a pound.
KOMO 4 News (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
It’s been a long time since we’ve published a story as moving as this one about a father introducing his son to bears in their natural environment.
Okay, this is weird, even for us and you guys. We’ve been talking about those cicadas on the American East Coast? Here’s what it might look like to these inch and a half little dudes who can’t hurt man nor beast, as they emerge into life for the first time.
And then there were these two bald eagles in Minnesota who, locked in mortal combat about something, managed to survive a crash on a runway of an airport in Duluth. Aesop, with all due respect, where are you? I need you now.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS WE TOTALLY LOVE
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
And then there was the recent United Nations report that says that one cure for world hunger is for all of us to start eating bugs. With all due respect to the French and to seafood crustacean lovers the planet over, aren’t we sort of already doing that?
A FINAL WORLD
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