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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Volume 6, No. 24
WAKE UP, DUDE
THIS IS NOT
“I’VE GOT A SECRET”
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, from the mail we’ve been getting on the subject, it looks like there’s no way of getting around commenting on that American who revealed classified information which the U.S. intelligence community admits has not threatened national security.
I don’t like people who do this. I carried a Top Secret clearance during part of my time in the American Navy. I read a lot of stuff that ~ had I been a ‘thinking man,’ instead of a trained communications person ~ would have made me wonder why it was classified in the first place.
Intelligence gathering is an investigative process designed to form a “picture,” if you will. Look at it like a jigsaw puzzle. Individually, no piece equals the whole. But each piece, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is essential for a complete puzzle.
That’s why people in the CIA, MI5 and other national intelligence agencies, get paid to read foreign newspapers, watch foreign television, listen to foreign radio and visit foreign websites and chatrooms.
There’s no way a single individual can assess the potential harm the secrets they leak could cause. And if there was extensive damage done, would it be in the best interests of national security to reveal that?
As far as I’m concerned, this was irresponsible grandstanding supported by others who appear to have even less understanding of the process than this Quixotic prat.
Perhaps it is because I have known too many brave individuals that I am skeptical of heroes. It is one thing to save the lives of eight people in the process of saving one’s own. It is something else again to risk one’s own life for the lives of 267, knowing one’s own will likely be forfeit.
That having been said, I would not punish this blabbermouth. I disagree with what he did but I do not doubt his sincerity. Besides, incarceration tends to produce martyrs faster than one small mouse can stampede a circus full of elephants.
Just don’t let this dude near any information ~ personal or private ~ you don’t want on the world wide web in 24 hours, in case his misguided patriotism comes out of remission again.
On the other hand, if there’s something you really want several billion people to know about by week’s end, tell this guy. Make sure he understands that what you’re sharing with him is vital to national security. If he acts like he doesn’t believe you, look relieved, do the stations of the cross and mutter, “Oy vey, Allah be praised.”
Like my infamous Uncle Seamus used to say, “If you can’t beat them and don’t want to join them, confuse the H out of them and walk away clean.”
Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh? And thank you. I hope you like this week’s edition.
IN OTHER NEWS
In a landmark decision with profound implications, the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that human genes cannot be patented.
Well, here’s a recent discovery which certainly explains a lot. On average, men mature at the age of 43, some 11 years after women. By implication, it could also explain the attraction to older men. Women don’t want a husband they also have to raise.
Which are the world’s most competitive cities? The answer just might surprise you.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
NORTH – SOUTH KOREA
The Trans Canada Highway in rural Ontario was closed for five hours last week after a truck loaded with fireworks struck a moose. Officials at Wildlife Canada say there has been a rash of such incidents across the country and suspect that the morbidly depressed among these creatures have found an easier way to end it than antler bashing with a large tree or a provincial Conservative.
Could the worst possibly be over? Construction Jobs Soar, Housing Starts Soar. Is The Bubble Back?
This is a disgrace to all of Canada and it needs to get fixed. Yesterday. WAREHOUSED: Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities Face Housing Crisis
I admire actors and actresses who do more than play heroes on television or in films. I’ve long admired Robert Redford for using his celebrity and influence to make us all more aware of climate change and the need to do something about it. Now, “the Horse Whisperer” is doing more than that. He is urging President Obama to “show the courage of his climate convictions.”
U.S. joins world to take on challenge of food waste — The U.S. Food Waste Challenge is a great step toward a more economically, socially, and environmentally streamlined food system.
Princess Diana’s two sons continue to make us proud. Prince Harry Saved Soldier From A Homophobic Attack. And lest anyone think this Royal is just another tin soldier, check this out.
Well, it looks like we’re still poisoning ourselves. Energy-related CO2 emissions rose to a record high in 2012.
Maybe this is why everybody in Washington, DC seems so reluctant to reduce greenhouse emissions. The U.S. government is the fourth biggest greenhouse gas polluter in the country
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
We announced last week that Canada’s “man in space,” astronaut Chris Hadfield was handing his wings in. Check out these 12 highlights of an illustrious and exemplary career “touching the face of God.”
As bicycles become increasingly the mode of personal transportation of choice, parking space could become a problem. A firm in Japan appears to have come upon one viable solution.
As a decades-long advocate of solar power, in all its applications, we are absolutely delighted to learn that the world’s largest solar sail is set to launch in November of 2014.
CLOSER TO HOME
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
This country is crawling with millionaires. Can you name it?
THE GREEN AGENDA
Here are ten foods you could eat for the rest of your life, living long and prospering.
Sometimes, just about the time you say that it can’t be done, you get interrupted by ~ yep ~ somebody doing it. Check this out, gang. A 91-year-old recently broke the bench press record by lifting 187.2 lbs/849.2 kg.
Here’s another reason to love trees and make sure you’re around a lot of them. The absence of them can kill you.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
BEST OF THE NET
BLOGS 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.
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NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION
HERE’S A CHANCE TO SAVE METRO AND VISIT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWNS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
EAST KING COUNTY TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: TRANSPORTATION AT A CROSSROADS: LEARN MORE, MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN
BellevueCity Hall, concourse and council chambers
450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue
5:30-6:30 p.m. – open house and comment period
6:30-8 p.m. – moderated panel discussion and questions
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THE FIRST URBAN FOOD FOREST IN AMERICA ~ WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO BE ON SEATTLE’S BEACON HILL (SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN) ~ IS NOW OPEN TO PUBLIC FORAGING. Produce free for the taking includes plums, apples, walnuts, berries, vegetables, and herbs. For more on this one, yep, please go here.
KOMO 4 News (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I’m one of those schmaltz-enhanced people who happen to think that puppies of all breeds are cute. To a point and that point is usually a matter of numbers and invasiveness. When I see a pack of ten pre-adolescent Corgis marauding about the domain, committing domestic mayhem in the name of YouTube popularity, I am reminded of the wolf packs I watched as a kid and read about in stories by Jack London. These yapping, bouncing, insanely hyperactive little dudes and dudettes will, with very little encouragement, grow into snarling, lunging, murderously hyperactive canines with a full set of teeth and the human-fostered belief that wrestling control of the world from our species is both ordained and very cute. Excuse me? It is not cute. It is self-destructive and it could well precipitate our extinction. Sometimes, ten yapping, bouncing, insanely hyperactive little Corgi pups are all it takes to tip the evolutionary scale.
If you want to see absolute grace in motion, check out hunting cheetahs rely more on agility than speed
This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off: Whole Foods did a little experiment and pulled all produce pollinated by bees.
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