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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Volume 6, No. 29
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s certainly been a fun week for the Royals now hasn’t it? There’s now a new and robust heir to the throne. He came out of the royal chute with all his parts and Kate’s labour was relatively easy, compared to the 16 hours Princess Diana spent giving birth to the lad’s father, Prince William. Nice going, your majesties. May the boy grow to manhood, an honour to God, Queen and Country.
Holland and much of the American East Coast will be ocean floor in another 2,000 years and many coastal cities on the planet will flood out much sooner than that. That is among the findings of a study recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
This past Wednesday, a new Wall Street Journal poll shows that American confidence in Congress is at an all time now and the chief executive is one point above his worst ratings. Nope, not at all surprised. It should have dawned on these worthy public servants that the constituency may finally be tired of the biggest dog and pony show since the retirement of Phineas T. Barnum.
We note with total approval that the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice is taking a more proactive stance in the protection of the rights of the accused. Apparently this is making some chiefs of police nervous. I’ve noticed that people who advocate keeping us in the dark, as it were, usually do so because it’s easier to get away with things when no one can see you doing them.
On that note, kind and gentle readers, I’ll leave you to the rest of the edition. Take care, stay well and if you can’t walk there, drive safely. The pedestrian you run over just might be moi.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, this one’s been debated since Moses first set forth in a wee reed boat. Apparently there is new evidence to suggest that lunar cycles do, in fact, affect human behavior.
US News & World Report recently published its list of the best hospitals in America. To see where yours ranked, please go here.
We applaud the decision of the City of New York to ban the sale of shark fins starting next summer. I still find it incredible that any creature ~ from the buffalo to the elephant to the whale and including the mink, the seal and the alligator ~ can be taken for a single part of it and the rest left to rot. Aside from the blatant cruelty of the process, it’s also hypocritical. When the tables are turned, it is generally the whole human being which is harvested.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS
Well, this might explain a few things. The Province of Ontario gives a 49% discount to certain professionals. These include the federal government, foreign embassies, high commissions, consulates and trade missions. I guess it could be worse. They could be offering the same deal to transportation workers, air traffic controllers and those who walk other peoples’ dogs for a living.
Every time I think I am past being surprised by what can be found on the worldwide web, I find out how enduringly dumb that assumption is. This Is What A Nuclear Bomb Would Do To Toronto
The longest race any of us will ever run is the one which begins with birth. A champion marathon runner has tips on competing successfully in that race.
America, because of its relative youth as a nation, its vast and disparate demographics and its 200-some years of Yankee ingenuity, is a land of individuals. Here are five of them you might like to meet.
Up until now, I’ve always credited the French with more sense than this. Activist Beaten To Death By Skinheads Amid Tension Over Gay Marriage
Homophobia is ugly wherever it raises its Medusa head. It is particularly shameful when it does so in the nation of one’s birth. As a straight male, sometimes I feel like apologizing on behalf of the entire heterosexual community for the words and actions of those who hate what they secretly fear they might, in fact, be.
Dancing with wolves, surfing with sharks and swimming with orcas are, to me, living proof that this kind of insanity is a population control device. So does this.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The person who wrote this headline ~ NASA Funds 12 Far-Out Space Tech Ideas ~ was totally not exaggerating.
CLOSER TO HOME
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about sharks?
THE GREEN AGENDA
In our ongoing campaign to save some of you from the ravages of gluttony, here’s a short but very informative article on how to lose belly fat. At the end of it is a link to another article on how to increase sperm count.
Check out these twelve best fruits and vegetables to drink
ON THE CANCER FRONT
A recently published report strongly suggests that there is a dramatic inequality of care for cancer patients, based on race. For more, please go here,
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.
Workers like these Seattle utility linemen are the hardest working in America, according to a recent study. See story below. For a YouTube tribute, please go here.
NEWS, WEATHER & INFORMATION
Well, here’s something we can be proud of. According to a recent survey of 50 American cities, those who live in Seattle are the hardest working. We also apparently have the lowest unemployment rate, at 4 percent. For more and to see how the big city near you made out, yep, please go here.
KOMO 4 News (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
It is no secret that over-harvesting has contributed to the extinction of several fish species. What will we do when they are ALL gone?
Whenever technology and wildlife collide, I’m invariably on the side of the creature. To me, if it is good technology, it takes into consideration the interests of all concerned, like putting fish ladders on dams so salmon could continue to spawn. That’s why we predict that soon, those big electricity-generating windmills rising all over the world will be equipped with force fields which will keep birds from flying into their blades and being butchered.
A CHANCE TO HELP
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Okay, this is weird. And we cannot say we personally endorse this strategy. There is a small town in Germany/Deutschland where people who want to grow and smoke marijuana in spite of that nation’s strict laws forbidding it, have sown something like 10,000 cannabis seeds. The police are apparently very busy pulling up plants which are appearing everywhere, including yep, in front of a precinct station.
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Until next week, then, take care and Godspeed. Rusty