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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Volume 6, No. 34
A NEW VARIATION ON A VERY OLD THEME
If President Obama drags America into a war with Syria, he will be acting without the consent of his constituency. If said constituency accepts that, precedent has been set.
As we go to press, it looks like Mr. Obama has decided to wait until Congress reconvenes and this can be debated. Given the chimeric nature of this chief executive under pressure, we can only hope he stays with this course and doesn’t find a reason or get talked into a reason for changing his mind.
This magazine was a monthly during the Kosovo War and we had a person in the field over there who sent us the first massacre photos. They were as grisly as any ever published and they were clear evidence of premeditated and systematic genocide.
The Canadian co-founder of this magazine, Shannon Goddard, was also dying of cancer back then and a lot of her energy was spent making the distinction between the Holocaust and Collateral Damage.
The only conclusion we could reach is that war is not worth dying for but peace is worth living for. Northstar made its decision about that some while back.
IN OTHER NEWS
Marine biologists believe they now know what caused the deaths of 333 bottlenosed dolphin along America’s Atlantic Seaboard this year. It’s a virus similar to measles. Yep, for more, please go here.
Her bike was stolen and when she read an ad for it on Craigslist, Kayla Smith, she contacted the seller. What transpired after that is absolutely hilarious.
Here’s an idea whose time has definitely come and kudos all around to the KyotoUniversity in Japan. Scientists in their School of Medicine have created the first sperm bank for endangered species.
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
|AFGHANISTAN||U.S. Soldiers Find Surprise on Returning to Afghan Valley: Peace|
|AUSTRALIA||Australia has been invaded by giant feral cats|
|CHINA||Journalist Who Was Gang Raped Has Courageous Message|
|EGYPT||SEE SHORTS BELOW|
|EUROPEAN UNION||Number of Jobless People Declines Slightly in Europe|
|FRANCE||A Proud Nation Ponders How to Halt Its Slow Decline|
|GERMANY||Surveillance Revelations Shake U.S.-German Ties|
|INDIA||Battling Superstition, Indian Paid With His Life|
|JAPAN||Danger Level Upgraded For Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima|
|RUSSIA||Voting On Russia’s Scorched Political Earth|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Let The Aussies In|
|UNITED STATES||Hagel: Syria Action Only Possible With International Support|
TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS
MIDEAST PEACE TALKS
Fourteen space agencies have developed ambitious plans which could put a Canadian astronaut on the moon. Yep, for more on this one, please go here.
Well, this had to have been just a lit-tle embarrassing. Two Canadian warships collided during exercises in transit to Hawaii.
This needs to be fixed NOW. Aboriginal Man Died After 34-Hour Emergency Room Wait
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Sam: Well, from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Syr-i-a, here they go again.
Felina: This does appear to be one of their danses of antiquity, doesn’t it, Samuel?
Sam: If that’s a Canadian way of saying they’re addicted to Stupid, yep, Felina, it sure does.
Felina: It would seem, though, that this time, the Eagle does not have a very big flock. Most noteworthy to me is the absence of both the Lion of St. George and my own Maple Leaf.
Sam: If the Eagle persists in this, Felina, I’m telling you, that bird’s going to Icarus right off the planet. But not without taking a lot of innocent life with it.
Felina: Or the American people could exercise their mandate and tell Mr. Obama no.
Sam: This really isn’t about Syria, is it, Felina?
Felina: No, my love, it is not. It is about whether the citizens of America care enough to exercise that mandate for which so many of them have died to preserve, protect and defend.
Sam: The right Not to be Stupid.
Felina: I am not sure I would put it quite that way, Samuel, but then you Yanks are noted for your talent for turning a phrase. So yes, now we will see if the American people will choose not to be, as you put it, “stupid.”
Sam: And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: And on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you. Unitl next week then, eh?
What this young woman experienced should never have happened. Her message of courage and hope should be an inspiration to us all. Young Woman Journalist Who Was Gang Raped Has Defiant Message
Philadelphia has adopted a “one stop shopping” approach to their social services efforts. This model looks very promising. For more, then, please go here.
Here is something I realized working for Boeing, a company which has played a dramatic historical role in not only the Greater Puget Sound, but certainly on the world stage. The CEO of Cognizant asserts that an organization’s culture is passed along via its rituals, heroes and legends. I could not agree more and I found this article fascinating.
This would not have been my solution to the problem. South Carolina City Takes Steps to Evict Homeless From Downtown
As someone whose mom once wore the Yellow Star of David, this is not good news. More Than 40 Suspected Auschwitz Guards Still Alive In Germany
We don’t disapprove of any form of nudity, in its time and place. But I’m not real sure this form of it accomplishes its purpose. Journalist Goes Topless During Interview To Prove Point
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
According to EarthJustice, the American government is about to take the gray wolf off the Endangered Species list. This will open the way for state-led hunts and, if history repeats itself, the extermination of this creature on private lands. To let President Obama know how you feel about this, please take action now to prevent this premature delisting!
Dear Mr. Miller,
Thank you for contacting me regarding voting access. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of two key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. In Shelby, the Court considered whether the decision of Congress to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act exceeded its authority under the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution.
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires clearance from the Department of Justice before states with a history of discriminatory voting practices can make any changes to elections laws. Section 4(b) of the law includes the formula for determining which states will be required to receive prior approval and the Court’s ruling in Shelby focused on that provision of the VRA.
As you may know, on June 25, 2013, the Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, finding that in the nearly 50 years since the Act’s passage, the formula is no longer practical. The Court did not rule on Section 5 of the law, leaving it up to Congress to create a new formula reflective of current voting conditions. I am deeply concerned that Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder will make it more difficult to protect voting rights.
In 2006, I was a cosponsor of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-246), which extended provisions in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 (P.L. 89-110) for 25 years. I was pleased it was passed out of the Senate by a vote of 98 to 0 and subsequently enacted on July 27, 2006.
I strongly believe the right to vote – and to have that vote count – is absolutely fundamental in our democracy. We have a responsibility to guard against inequality and injustice at the polls and ensure that every citizen receives an equal say in their government. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation that will ensure full and fair access to voting for all Americans.
United States Senator
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Fourteen space agencies have developed ambitious plans which could put a Canadian astronaut on the moon. It is not real clear to me what he or she is going to do once they get there but then sometimes the good folks in Ottawa are not entirely forthcoming. And sometimes I do not read the memos. Yep, for more on this one, please go here.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
BIG ROCKS IN SPACE AND WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT THEM
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY READER QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Mars?
THE GREEN AGENDA
Among a Pandora’s Medicine Chest of drugs I avoided during my particular Coming of Age In America is still one of the most popular in this country. Here’s why I still won’t have anything to do with it. Study Reveals Scary Side Effect Of Cocaine—After Just One Use
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Evidence of the link between stress and breast cancer has grown even stronger. Researchers now know how that process actually happens. Yep, for more, please go here.
Here’s another reason to eat “colorful” vegetables. It is believed they lower a woman’s risk of contracting bladder cancer.
BEST OF THE NET
Image of the Day — A faint rainbow arches over the SOFIA research airplane in this photo taken last month from Christchurch, New Zealand. SOFIA (short for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) was deployed to New Zealand in mid-July to conduct nine science flights to observe celestial objects that are uniquely visible in the southern sky.
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.
The big news in Seattle these days is the debut of the remodeled University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. The gods were with the purple and gold as they rolled over luckless Idaho State (Boise) 38-6. In a city whose professional sports teams seem to come and go like squalls over a northern rainforest, the young men and women who compete for the University of Washington represent the cream of our region and abroad as well. For more on this one, please go here.SEATTLE DIRECTORY THE TODAY FILE: “The latest news from Seattle & around the Northwest” What’s Going On In Seattle? Seattle Restaurant Guide Here’s the 10 day forecast 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
It looks like buffalo are returning to the home they once roamed. We give this effort five stars. Bringing Bison and Biodiversity Back to the Prairie
Here’s another reason I no longer swim in the ocean. There’s just a slight possibility this dude might still be down there somewhere. Huge Prehistoric Fish Was HOW Big?
And how about this as a challenge to the notion that you can grow too old for one of nature’s oldest delights? This 380-year-old tree is still bearing fruit
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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