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Sunday, September 22, 2013 Volume 6, No. 37
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FROM THE BOOK OF SEAMUS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been another of those real interesting weeks and with all due respect to the gravity and the lives impacted, sometimes it is necessary to take a page from the Book of Seamus Sean-Patric McGuire, which we’ll abbreviate to the Book of Seamus or BS.
The Book of Seamus is predicated on the contention that there is nothing in all of existence which cannot be rendered totally flipping absurd. Seamus himself was a man who could gently question the species of person’s antecedents and make them believe he was complimenting them on their “pedigree”. Yep, sometimes it pays to think about stupid stuff.
For instance, I am of the firm belief that news programs should put their best looking personalities on first thing in the morning. I personally need beautiful images to kick-start my day. Thanks to a global readership, that’s usually about five a.m. on the North American west coast. I don’t need Liz Dueweke (KOMO News 4) as my reason for living. But she’s a nice carrot to get me out of bed and headed towards a bagel and that coffee where they sing and dance after having a cup.
I also think that if a person intends on leaving their bedroom, they really ought to try to look good. Not all of us are photogenic but there’s not an appearance in the world that could not be enhanced by a shower or bath, shave (gender appropriate), good dental hygiene and that neat trick of reaching just under the earlobes and pulling the wrinkles back. Remember, you don’t have to look at you. But the rest of us do.
Why is human existence called a race when most of the time, evolution is more like being stuck in traffic at 5:17 p.m.?
Why do most comparisons to other life forms libel or slander the rest of the living kingdom?
Why is it that the more people involved in a project, the less likely the results will truly please anyone?
If Latin is a dead language, why is it on our money?
When are the clowns coming back to the Piccadilly Circus?
You are now leaving the Northstar Journal Theatre of the Absurd. Until next week at this same time.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, here’s something which makes me proud and validates my contention that some governments work better than some others. I happen to live in a state which “raised more cash than expected.”
To the largest generation born on the planet to date, this has to come as good news. Test of Alzheimer’s Drug Gets Large Federal Grant
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
TOPICAL NEWS SHORTS
We were certainly sorry to hear about the collision between a bus and a train which claimed five lives in Ottawa last week. Our heart goes out to the departed, their friends and their families. We’ll light a candle for you all.
I think a lot of of us can relate to this. Local more important in BC than organic
For the last couple of years, there’s been a battle going on to determine how much the citizenry is entitled to know about government science projects. Now, the scientists themselves have entered the fray on the side of open disclosure.
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Felina: Samuel, that nice American postal human being left a package for you this morning.
Sam: Is it ticking?
Felina: No, dear. And it does not rattle or smell remotely like anything we enjoy eating.
Sam: And the return address, Felina?
Felina: There is none. Just the initials NASA.
Sam: Oh, okay. That’s that little Mars rover clone I ordered. You’ll like him. He’s kind of cute.
Felina: What do you mean, “I will like him”? I admire your interest in all things off world, mate mine. And you know that.
Sam: I do indeed.
Sam: And it makes you all that much more alluring to me.
Sam: It was worth a shot.
Felina: It was. However, this does not sound like a hobby. If we cannot eat it and you are saying I will like it and it is a clone, it means we are adopting it.
Sam: Well, yeah, sort of.
Felina: The two most dangerous words in your considerable vocabulary, mate mine, are ‘sort of’.
Sam: It’s a government project, Felina. We’re testing the little dude because the NASA humans want to see if it can survive in a potentially truly hostile environment.
Felina: Living in a mixed nationality family environment.
Sam: Actually, no. They want to see if it can survive a year hanging out with two mountain lions in the wilds of North America.
Felina: In other words, “hanging out” with you.
Sam: Well, not in other words. Those were their words. “If this device can surive a year hanging out with you in the wilds of North America.”
Felina: How much did you pay for this, Samuel?
Sam: It was on sale on TV for $19.95. We could have gotten two of them for that price.
Felina: Except that the Creator is sometimes compassionate. Enjoy this new toy you are allegedly testing for human beings interested in exploring other planets by remote control.
Sam: Which you’re not really buying.
Felina: I am neither buying it, nor paying for it. I am also not taking care of it. I have loved you since the stars were born, mate mine. But nowhere is it written that I have to adopt your toys.
Sam: True enough that, Sweetheart. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: So on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you. Unitl next week then, eh?
We are sure glad to see that this worked. This woman left a note asking for her stolen bike back — and it worked
I’ve been a fan of smaller living spaces ever since I found out I could stretch full length in an eight by 12 foot travel trailer (8.9 sq meters) and touch just about everything in it. Look what these two Israeli women did to an abandoned city bus.
We applaud the Vatican for this. Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion
When we have millions of children starving to death on this planet, this is absolutely unacceptable and we need to fix it. Flipping now. Wasted food is a huge climate problem
Despite “good marks” by Asians and whites, the Seattle Police Department is still seen as “badge heavy” by blacks and Latinos.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Deep Impact, the flagship of NASA’s asteroid hunting fleet, has been declared “dead.” For more on this one, please go here.
There is a new prototype submarine whose engineering and propulsion is as different from conventionals at a jet engine is from a Merlin or a Pratt Whitney. Yep, for more, please go here.
Well, this is not good news. The Russians have seized a Greenpeace vessel that was protesting near one of the Bear’s Arctic oil rigs. Ship and crew are being towed to Murmansk, where they will be held pending an investigation.
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 explorers?
THE GREEN AGENDA
This is not good news. C.D.C. Report Finds 23,000 Deaths a Year From Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
ON THE CANCER FRONT
One of the favourite past times of teenagers and young adults is drinking. Unless we want to see more of them dying of cancer, we better help them find another hobbyLINKS Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
Let the Poor Have Fun — Don’t underestimate the power of entertainment to transform developing countries like India.
BEST OF THE NET
Someone strapped a GoPro camera to an eagle. These are the amazing results.
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.
OLYMPIA’S DOING SOMETHING RIGHT
The next time we locals get to ragging about what Olympia is doing or not doing, we might want to note that this state made national news for generating more income than anticipated. That cannot be said of every other state or province.
ARE SEATTLE’S FINEST STILL BADGE HEAVY?
Well, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise but it’s still not good news. The Seattle Police Department underwent a tough Department of Justice review and was told to correct certain “improprieties” in their law enforcement protocols. One of them was the appearance of excessive force when dealing with minorities. By the results of a recent poll of Seattle residents commissioned by the court-appointed team that is monitoring the DOJ’s “recommendations,” 70 percent of Afro Americans and 62 percent of Latinos still think Seattle’s Blue Knights are badge heavy. If that is, in fact, the case, then whites and Asians need to pay more attention and report any abuses they see to the Department of Justice. This kind of discrimination went out with the KKK and potbellied hog-jowled Dixie sheriffs.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
AVAILABLE FROM NORTHSTAR
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
The American film Free Willy was probably the seminal launch of the new animal rights movement which started taking a look at such creatures as fellow citizens of the planet. Video: Freeing Willy
I’ll bet the Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce really loved hearing about this. The director of the Humani lodge there woke up to find a crocodile under his bed. Aaand another bucket list destination crossed off. I am not going where my luggage could eat me.
If you were an animal, which one would you be. Go here to find out.
FROM THOSE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND MONTHLY NEWSLETTER — This is absolutely full of cool stuff.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Okay, here’s an interesting way to pick up some extra money, money American taxpayers are laying out. NASA is paying people to stay in bed for 70 days in a low gravity experiment. Yep, for more on this one, please go here.
A FINAL WORD
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