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April 17, 2016
Vol. 9 No. 21
BEWARE THE IDES OF APRIL. SOMETIMES THEY’RE NO FLIPPING PICNIC EITHER
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I don’t know how your week was but I hope it was good. It has been a horrific and tragic one here in the shadows of a northern rainforest and on the western slopes of a mountain range.
For the first time since the Green River Killer, there was a murder in this county that was as grisly, as horrific and as tragic as any I’ve covered in three states as a crime reporter. She was a nurse, a divorced mom with three kids and the apparent victim of a local man she met on the Internet and whom she had dated several times before she was murdered, dismembered and her bagged remains driven back into Seattle and distributed among several dumpsters.
There is a suspect in custody who claims that because he was extremely inebriated, he does not remember much of the evening after they returned to her home (Kids were with relatives) following a Mariner’s game. If convicted, this man faces a maximum of 28 years, despite a long history of violent behavior which was apparently so threatening that his own parents got a restraining order against him.
To me, that means that if he serves his full sentence, he will be in his mid-Sixties when he is released. Prison hardens those it does not reduce to sexual releases and this man comes across as tough as he is brutal. Individuals such as him tend to not only survive but flourish in such an environment.
It is a sheer certainty that as the law stands now, if this individual is found innocent, he will kill again. If he is convicted, he will kill again when he returns to society. He will be caged at the taxpayers’ expense and the family and friends of his victim will be among those helping to pay his room and board.
He is the kind of individual who sees the irony in all this and revels in it for the pain, wrath, outrage, frustration and incredible temptation to suspend due process that it engenders. He feels the pain he causes and because he is both masochist and sadist, he derives not only great joy but great arousal from it. He has no will of his own but is entirely compulsion driven and believes he will live forever.
In the face of all this, I ask myself, “Who is due process in fact serving?” Lady Justice is blind. I am not. I have seen too many tears and looked into the electric eyes of creatures as loathsome as any fiction could create. It is very fortunate this hideous specter’s fate is not in my hands. God forgive me, I would follow him straight to the Gates of Hell and kick them closed behind him.
And on that note, sigh. We would also like to wish our Jewish readers Good Passover. As a cleric friend of mine with an abundance of gentle humor reminded us recently, if it were not for Passover, Jesus would have been born a slave in the mightiest kingdom the world has ever known. He would have been born an Egyptian slave.
Earth Day falls on the same date, Friday, the 22nd. For more about this international holiday and local celebrations in your area, please visit the official Earth Day website at www.earthday.org
Oh and what’s wrong with the photo of the bike and stuff? That tubular structure in the background is a bike rack I totally spaced out on because I was so impressed by the store itself. Safeway has had these stores everywhere I’ve ever lived and I’ve been going into them since I was like six or seven, I think. This one returned to East Renton just in time for me to start shopping there again.
Have a good week, all, and thanks for the ear.
Here is yet another reason I have never been incredibly thrilled with the Atomic Age. Thousands of radioactive boars are overrunning farmland in Fukushima
This is fascinating. New Evidence On When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Billions Of Cicadas Will Descend Upon The Northeastern United States As Another 17-Year Cycle Concludes
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
It has been very busy here but I just wanted to remind everyone that next week is going to be important for financial markets with the introduction in Shanghai of the gold standard for Chinese currency. That could lead to derivative issue that in its turn could cause meltdown of stock market.
And in this line, here is a quite interesting article which appeared in a recent edition of “The Financist.” Is The World Going Back Into Crisis?
Must run, Mishka. Train is here. More next week, my cousin. Good Pesach, Misha, and Happy Mother Earth Day!
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Bolinas Is A Magic Place
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I admire a person in public office when they do this. Video: Kerry On Hiroshima And War’s ‘Complexities’
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You guys need to take care of this. And not tomorrow. Canada Emergency Over Indigenous Community Suicide Attempts
Talk about reality challenged and tragically so. The Twisted ‘Dream’ Of Accused Planned Parenthood Killer Robert Dear Jr.
I hate to see this city joining a list that at one time included Seattle. Chicago Police Dept. Plagued By Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
If this works, life as we know it will be forever altered. Reaching For The Stars, Across 4.37 Light-Years
For two generations raised on video games of incredible complexity, this should be the proverbial “walk in the park.” A Rookie Learns to Fly a Drone
This is not for the faint of heart. Video: Moment Earthquake Strikes Japan A Dashboard Camera Captures A 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hitting South-Western Japan
THE GREEN AGENDA
BEST OF THE NET
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I totally love this. Butterfly Migration Mystery Solved
If this doesn’t move you, the Wiz needs to give you a real heart. Video: Chimp Rescued From Power Line
This is incredible but true. Why Lions Prefer To Attack Racist Farms
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The SeaDoc Society’s April newsletter is now available. Dynamic as usual, one of the more interesting articles this month is entitled Killer whales to get personal health records; may lead to hands-off annual checkups
If you’re feeling generous and want to spend some money making yourself feel good, instead of a trip to the mall or the deli, check out one of the outfits on this list and consider joining it. You’ll be contributing to something really important and each month, you’ll be reminded of what your contribution is doing. Some of them even have cool things like sweatshirts with their name on it or coffee mugs with lids. As the King of Kitsch, that kind of appeals to me. And if you want to throw a couple of bucks or Euros in our sugar can, here’s now to do that. Thank you very much, guys. Rusty
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