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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Volume 6, No. 28
HERE’S TO HALLMARK, CAMPBELL’S SOUP AND FOLGERS IN YOUR CUP
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I am probably the only person in Seattle ~ headquarters of Starbucks ~ who selects the coffee he drinks by the appeal of the television or web commercial in which it appears.
That’s how strong this art form is, commercials, not coffee. And I enjoy a good advertisement as much as I do a good YouTube vid. What I love so much about my favourite java promotionals is that they are family-oriented.
The acting is also outstanding. I have friends in theatre and they tell me that the real challenge of media commercials is “getting into character”. In television and films, you have a bit of time, usually, do that. In a 60 second commercial, it needs to happen almost immediately.
It does and these mini-dramas of a son coming home from the Peace Corps; a daughter telling her dad she’s engaged and finding out he already knew; or a mom getting revved up for an exercise dance class, these speak not only to an America I grew up in but to a people I love, as well.
At a time when it sometimes sure seems like we are devolving as a civilized society, I think the value of “art” like this is inestimable. It would be an incredible irony to survive climate change and then vanish from the face of the planet simply because we never learned how to truly get along with one another.
Until next week, take care and Godspeed, then, eh? And thank you. I hope you like this week’s edition.
IN OTHER NEWS
Okay, this is weird. Since an Italian guy named Marconi invented the radio (wireless in the House of Northstar), our species has been sending waves of various frequencies out into the universe. More recently, there have been directed efforts to transmit intelligence to the stars. Now it looks like there’s someone out there doing the same thing and we’re on the receiving end.
Well, this was a bit disconcerting. Canadians Also Spied On By NSA, And Probably By Canada: Experts In conjunction with all the other stories coming in about how the nations of the world spy on one another, I’m beginning to understand why global issues involving true international cooperation are so difficult. I realize it’s probably about 40,000 years too late to do anything about it. But it does strike me as rather sad that we still ~ in all this time? ~ haven’t learned to be honest with and to trust one another.
How many people die of air pollution each year? I am quite sure the toll will not make your day.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS
Last week, a storm lashed Toronto with record-breaking rain and caused some 300,000 people to lose hydro. For the sordid details, yep, please go here.
How widespread is corruption in the Canadian workplace? The answer might not make your day.
When the Taliban shot this young Pakistani last October for campaigning for better education, they thought they had quelled a movement. They thought wrong. She survived and came out swinging. If Malala Yousafzai ever runs for national office, I will probably immigrate to that country just for the privilege of voting for her.
Video: A Marathon Comeback — After the bomb blast at the Boston Marathon that took most of his legs, Jeff Bauman began his own long and painful journey.
We’re glad to see this. Tim Hortons is going gluten free
This recalls memories of Los Angeles when it was the smog capital of the world. Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Study Finds
And just when I start thinking Canadians are among the most enlightened species on the planet, I read this. 1 In 5 Canadians Thinks A Woman Encourages Sexual Assault When She’s Drunk
Walmart is not the best friend of man’s best friend. Walmart Canada Fires Woman For Reporting Dog In Hot Truck
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Are driverless vehicles a part of our future? If so, how will that reshape our daily lives? For the answer to these questions and a fascinating window on time forward, yep, please go here.
Even though this struck me as a lit-tle weird, I checked it out and it’s actually pretty good news for cardiac patients. The Artificial Heart Is Getting a Bovine Boost
CLOSER TO HOME
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Okay, gang. It’s time to find out how much you know about espionage.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Well, this doesn’t come as any real surprise but it is sad to think about all the people who have been paying more. We spoke last week of the difference between the altruistic and the extremely selfish. Now it looks like an entire beverage industry has decided it’s okay to lie about their product in order to sell it. Diet soda won’t save you from obesity or diabetes
Check out these foods that will keep your mind young.
Feeling particularly romantic and want to make your partner feel the same? Serve them one of these foods.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
As any of us who have battled this killer or helped someone else fight it, there is no power on earth like the inspiration of a good example. Our apologies in advance to the University of Michigan, an inadvertent “casualty” in this 12-year-old’s victory.LINKS Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
Echoes From the Roman Ghetto — Beyond today’s festive scene in this neighborhood by the TiberRiver is a somber and not so ancient past for the city’s Jews.
BEST OF THE NET
SITES WE PERSONALLY ENJOY EACH WEEK
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.
SEATTLE SCENESAll photos used in Seattle Scenes, unless otherwise noted, were taken by the editor. For a virtual tour of the Northstar Gallery, please go here.
As more and more of us here on the Shores of the Salish Sea reduce our carbon footprint by bicycling, taking mass transit and even telecommuting, little cars like this are seen more and more often on our streets. They belong to another good option to private ownership of motorized transport, Car2Go
NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION
The annual University Village (free) Concert Series started last week. They’re held every Wednesday from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Entertainers scheduled include
July 17 – Mycle Wastman
July 24 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet
July 31 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
August 7 – The Paperboys
August 14 – Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band
August 21 – Hit Explosion
For years now, it’s been contended that we are what we eat. Check out some of the more popular places Seattle-ites go to chow down.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
The domestication of the wild canine was probably necessary up to a point. We now have an major industry employing thousands devoted to helping us treat “man’s best friend” better than we do ‘man himself’. I really do think the limit has been reached, however, when there’s an entire television network devoted to keeping “stay at home” pets (Like there are any other kinds?) happy.
Well, for those of us who have been following the adventures of this dude (whose name also happens to be “Rusty”), this is good news. Rusty the Red Panda is back with mate
SHORTSLiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
And then there was the team of Canadians and Irish who decided to row across the Northwest Passage, now that it is possible to traverse North America without having to go through the Panama Canal.
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A FINAL WORLD
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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed. Rusty