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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Volume 6, No. 25
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, I’m a little confused about something and maybe you guys (and guy-ettes and stuff) can help me out. I’ve just read this report that says that one out of three women on this planet are victims of sexual violence (See under BAD EXAMPLES).
I realize that’s a global average and that it is worse in some places than it is in others. What I do not understand is the mindset that produces this behavior.
I wouldn’t be here without a mother to start with and a step-mom who did her best. I learned about girls and women from several siblings who also happened to be female. Women have been as ubiquitous an influence on my life as they have ~ good, bad or indifferent ~ on the lives of everyone else.
I have served with women in the military and was honored by their society. I’ve seen them at work late at night in the hospitals of several countries, including this one. I have covered the worst kinds of newspaper stories in their company and several of the best in the business read this magazine.
I am also fully aware of the critical role the feminist movement has played. One of my mentors is Rose Elizabeth Bird. Another, and perhaps the most profound influence on my life was Joanne Elizabeth Blossom.
Because I am a writer and writers sometimes meet interesting people and have interesting relationships, I know far more than I ever wanted to know about what women will do to survive, to build and when they feel necessary, to seek revenge.
It is one thing, I think, to know the facts of history. At least for me, it is sometimes difficult to reconcile the incredibly self-defeating aspects of it with what I have been taught is fundamentally decent behavior.
No more than any “minority” was the feminist movement about equality for just one group. It was about equality for all of us. It has been about the family hood of our species. It is about a global society in which all are judged by their behavior and by that alone.
If there is an up side to this, it lies in what you and I and our friends choose to do about it. Knowing the statistics and caring, it’s a little tough for me to look at a crowd which includes women. And know that two out of three of them have been brutalized in the basest of ways.
It also brings back memories of victims I have known personally and who I loved and cared for a lot. If we don’t do anything about it, they went to Hell for nothing. And so did those of you who have been through it or have family members who did.
I still don’t understand it. I just know it’s not right and it must stop.
Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh? And thank you. I hope you like this week’s edition.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, considering all the Big Rocks in Space (BRIS) with which this planet has had to deal with lately, we are not surprised that the American space agency, NASA, has decided to make as a top priority, asteroids from smashing into us. And they want the help of everybody interested in signing on to their Grand Challenge. If the results live up to the rhetoric, this could well be the adventure of the 21st Century
If you’re a woman and want to defend freedom and a cool country, you might consider Australia. The head of their armed forces has launched his own war on sexism in the military and will absolutely not tolerate the kind of behaviour which has scandalized the United States military.
Well, after 37 years, Exodus International has finally decided to stop trying to change someone’s sexual preferences through psychotherapy and prayer. I’ve always felt people were gay or lesbian because the Good Lord made them that way, like the Divine One gives leopards its spots and the zebra, its stripes. It creeps me out a little to think that there could be a group of allegedly sentient life forms that have spent almost four decades denying what is pretty obvious to everything else from an amoeba to that zebra I just mentioned.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
It’s a sad day for the city, the province and the nation. UPAC, Quebec’s anti-corruption enforcement unit, last week arrested Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum on charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust and municipal corruption. What makes this story so poignant is that Applebaum was appointed interim mayor to clean up the administration of his predecessor. This suggests to us that graft is perhaps more deeply rooted than previously suspected.
Is Canada headed for another recession? Paul Krugman’s Warning To Ottawa
Should Toronto replace Ottawa as the capital of Canada? A lot of you sure seem to think so.
We have been an admirer of New York City’s chief executive for some while now. Here’s another reason why. Bloomberg Plans to Unveil Food Recycling Plan
Global explorer James Cameron, whose Deep Sea Challenger was inspired by the submersible Alvin, donated his submarine to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which also now owns and operates Alvin.
Here’s another awesome example of kid power. 16-Year-Old Turns Algae Into Biofuel, Makes Rest Of Us Feel Unaccomplished
This is what happens when we don’t also teach our children sportsmanship. WATCH: Boy Playing Hockey ‘Brutally Beaten’
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
|Israeli Public Bus Transformed Into Luxury Home
What does it take to turn an old crumbling bus into a sleek apartment? Just ask Israeli design enthusiasts Tali Shaul and Hagit Morevski, who converted the run-down vehicle into a designer living space. To continue reading, click here.
Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupted last week in yet another demonstrationof the power of nature and the relative impunity of a species which mistakenly placed itself at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
If you like mutton or lamb, you have something in common with this plant that “eats” sheep.
CLOSER TO HOME
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Test your knowledge this week about women in fact and fiction.
THE GREEN AGENDA
As summer approaches, here are 12 Things You Should Know Before Buying Sunscreen
Well, here’s good news to a number of people I know. Light to moderate use of marijuana does not pose a health risk, either directly or second hand.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
BEST OF THE NET
If this YouTube of this big working man type dude singing six puppies to sleep doesn’t charm your sox off, you need to check your oil can and make sure the Wizard of Oz knows you’re the one that needs a heart.
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.
All photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor. For a virtual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here.
NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION
Someone once asked me what’s the first thing I’d do if the Divine One made me King of the World. I can answer that in a single word. “Abdicate”. That’s also how I feel about being the mayor of Seattle, who is up for re-election. I would not want that job either. But apparently nine people with stouter hearts, stronger stomachs and more civic pride do.
KOMO 4 News (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
|An Extinct Frog Makes A Comeback in Israel’s Hula Valley — The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years.|
LOOK: Undeniable Proof That Animals Grieve Just Like We Do – There’s apparently still some question about whether animals comprehend loss of life the way humans do. We believe these photos clearly answer that question in the affirmative.
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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed. Rusty