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Sunday, June 2, 2013
Volume 6, No. 22Published by Northstar Media Services Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller – Editor Seattle, Washington email@example.com
YET ANOTHER INCIDENT OF ABUSE OF WOMEN WHO SERVE
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, in view of what has been happening in Oklahoma and some elsewhere in the world, we should probably be praising the efforts of all those involved in the recovery and justifiably recognizing the courage of those caught in the path of these chimeric and unpredictable manifestations of Mother Nature’s extreme agitation with us.
Instead, we’ve read about another example of a much broader spectrum of Americana, the women who serve, fight and die for this nation. Even if I did not have someone close to me who served with distinction in Operation Desert Storm and who also happens to be female, I would still be outraged.
Since I am a veteran of the same branch of service, the fact that this latest incident occurred at Annapolis, the American naval academy, thrills me even less, if that is indeed flipping possible.
And I am truly puzzled and I think considerably ashamed of a nation which can allow this to happen to those who are prepared, do and have made the ultimate sacrifice.
There are times when I am very proud to be also an American. I’m sorry this is not one of them.
Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh? And thank you. I hope you like this week’s edition.
IN OTHER NEWS
What’s the healthiest city in America? The answer probably will not surprise you.
In the wake of other killer wind destruction this year, this cannot come as good news. Hurricane Season Could Be Exceptionally Bad This Year. On the other hand, since we can’t stop it, it might be an excellent opportunity to find out how well the lessons we think we’ve learned from this really serve us. In any event, our prayers are certainly with you folks in the Alley and elsewhere.
Well, it looks like the U.S. and China are meeting to decide what to do about the latter nation’s hacking of online destinations in the former country. I think progress is being made when two giants who killed thousands of each other over two wars are able to negotiate a solution to a problem rather than battering themselves bloody trying to win one.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
CLIMATE CHANGE SHORTS
SYRIAN WAR SHORTS
In the midst of a world in chaos, Canadians can come up with some of the most absurd things to worry about and this has to top this week’s list. What Gives With Money’s ‘Maple Syrup’ Smell?
Where does Canada rank on the “better life index”? The answer just might surprise you.
What’s apparently the most boring city in Canada? It’s not the one I was born in, lol.
Well, the glass ceiling’s really been shattered in France. Check this out and then stand up with me and cheer, big time. Paris To Have First Female Mayor In City’s 2,000-Year History
Despite the totally reprehensible behavior of such fossil fuel giants as British Petroleum, it means even more to us that a powerhouse of the uranium enrichment industry is “seeking an exit”
When human beings come together like this, we all have reason to stand up and cheer. Preventing an Elephant Eden from Becoming Paradise Lost
A 14-year old boy who videotaped himself having sex with a girl a year older and then posting said video on the Net is being charged as an adult with child pornography. We applaud the Crown’s decision in this regard.
The American military is turning out to be just about the most dangerous place on the planet for women. Add this to the legacy of sexual exploitation that seems to be receiving so much silent support. Naval Academy Is Shaken by Student’s Report of Rape by Athletes
Well, it’s dubious comfort to know that greed respects no national boundaries. I’m not, however, real proud of the flag this one flies under. Canadian Bank CEOs Among Most Overpaid: Bloomberg
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Well, here’s a page from JurassicPark. Ice Age Organisms Can Grow & Reproduce, Scientists Say
We reported last year about the American military’s super secret space plane and where it happens to be at the moment. For the last five months, it has been orbiting the earth. We have, of course, absolutely no idea what it was doing but we assume it was not sightseeing. For a cool photo and more information, yep, go here.
There’s a man out there who wants us to live forever as consciousness in an avatar. He’s getting a lot closer to realizing that vision than most of us would believe.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
3D Printing Could Aid Deep-Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says The technology could make spaceflight cheaper and more efficient, Charles Bolden said.
Surprise! Moon Craters May Hold Ancient Asteroid Pieces Twenty-five percent of the moon’s craters may retain remnants of the asteroids that created them, suggesting that scientists will have to work a little harder to figure out what the moon is made of. And at least we’ve established it is not made out of green cheese.
The commercial space firm Planetary Resources aims to launch a crowdfunded space telescope that would be at the service of citizen scientists.
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Well, in view of what has happened in Oklahoma, it’s probably a good idea for all of us to see what we know about tornadoes.
THE GREEN AGENDA
We happen to have these in the neighborhood but until I talked to our mechanic person who is also a self-taught expert on edible plants, that they were so incredibly beneficial. Let’s here it then for blueberries and thank you, George.
This has got to come as good news to the largest age segment of the human population. Researchers Identify Protein That May Be Key In Alzheimer’s Treatment
Here’s something that just could help the economies of tropical countries. Check out the benefits of coconut oil: 15 unusual uses for this natural wonder
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Some 5,000 Americans a day are diagnosed with cancer and it has become the second major cause of death in this country. Early detection remains the best defense so please check out these five indications that you are at high risk for this disease. Do it now. We didn’t and I’ve been flying without a wingmate for about 12 years now.LINKS Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
BEST OF THIS WEEK’S NET MEDIA
You’re Looking at Planet Earth Spectacular images every day.Liveblog: Cute animals to look at | Grist NASA Earth Observatory Home Outer Space, Space Shuttle & Solar System Videos LiveScience Best Science Photos of the Week
OTHER BLOGGERS WE FOLLOW
The Tomatoman Times – Sardonic, ironic, sometimes poignantly incisive, this is also one of the longest running human interest blogs on the Net and well worth the read.
Meade’s California Coast is moving commentary and photos by one of that state’s premier photojournalists. Short, poignant and memorable, it is a tribute to both the craft and the subject.
No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post. I totally geek out when I read these folks.
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
Well, here’s something we can look forward to, more weird architecture courtesy of a corporate giant. It’s going to be right up there with an Experimental Music Project museum that looks like something Frank Lloyd Wright might have designed after a weekend with Alice through the looking glass and, of course, that Jetson Age phallic symbol with the restaurant at the top that rotates while you’re trying to eat your soup.Seattle Weather Map of Seattle Seattle City Cams More Seattle Facts & Figures KOMO 4 News (ABC) KIRO 7 (CBS) KING 5 News (NBC) Seattle Times
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Tiny, adorable “dwarf” foxes rescued from extinction Island foxes managed to make “one of the fastest recoveries of any endangered species ever,” Treehugger says. Here’s how they did it.
It never ceases to amaze me how much our species has to learn from the others with whom we share this planet. Case in point? WATCH: Dolphins And Birds Working Together
This one is probably being made into a movie even as we speak, and deservedly so. Justin Hulme Rangel, 13-Year-Old Boy Scout, Finds Cat Buried In Tornado Rubble
SHORTSLiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Okay, even for us and you guys, this is a little weird. Check out this North Carolina couple who are flying to Hawaii for a dolphin-assisted birth.
A FINAL WORLD
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