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this pressed: BBC News – Ebola outbreak: West Africa food harvests ‘at risk’


BBC News – Ebola outbreak: West Africa food harvests ‘at risk’.

this pressed: U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia|USA Today


U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia.| USA Today

this pressed: Woman who worked in four jobs, overcome by fumes, dies as she naps in car | NJ.com


Fernandes3.jpgWoman who worked in four jobs, overcome by fumes, dies as she naps in car | NJ.com.

this pressed: Ukraine: Nato hält Niederlage für Kiew für sicher – SPIEGEL ONLINE (Analysis of the military situation: NATO sees Ukraine as already loser)



Ukraine: Prorussische Separatisten auf dem Vormarsch

Ukraine: Nato hält Niederlage für Kiew für sicher – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

(Analysis of the military situation: NATO sees Ukraine as already loser)

Excerpts from article:  “Kiev / Moscow - NATO has changed its military assessment of the situation in eastern Ukraine fundamentally. A week ago, the strategists of the Alliance assumed that Russia has strengthened the separatists with covert troops only because the pro-Russian rebels had to retreat under pressure of the Ukrainian army.

When the generals of the alliance but then late last week to a crisis meeting on the situation of the army of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came together, they painted a grim picture. Militarily, the conflict for Kiev is already lost,” stated a senior NATO general. Poroshenko, the judgment, were really only talks to withdraw his men alive from the pliers of the Russians“.

The location descriptions behind closed doors were far more dramatic than the few images that NATO published mid-week. On large maps were marked with thick arrows Russian units, which now from the north, the west and the south on the border of eastern Ukraine are at least 20 Battalions  with a minimum of 500 men and heavy guns are the scouts of NATO.”
(translation from German to English with the aid of Google Translate online service)

this pressed from Newsweek: Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online


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Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online.

Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online.

today’s birthday: Gloria Estefan (1957)


Gloria Estefan (1957)

Estefan is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Born in Cuba and raised in Florida, she began performing with the Miami Sound Machine in the 1970s. The group had a string of hit songs and albums, but Estefan was clearly the star, and by the early 1990s she was being billed as a solo artist. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. What nearly ended Estefan’s career just as it was beginning to take off? More… Discuss

Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM


“Eating moldy bread could lead to death. Photo Credit bread. slices of bread with seeds image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com”

.Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM

Risk of Eating Moldy Bread

Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM Eating moldy bread could lead to death. Photo Credit bread. slices of bread with seeds image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com

this pressed from VOA: Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2


Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2.

today’s holiday: Ellensburg Rodeo


Ellensburg Rodeo

The Ellensburg Rodeo is the richest rodeo in the state of Washington and also one of the top 25 rodeos of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Prize money in recent years has been more than $200,000, and an estimated 20,000 people visit Ellensburg on this weekend. Events include a parade and displays of hand crafts, especially weaving and bead work, by the people of the Yakama Indian nation. Yakamas, many in feathered headdress, open each performance of the rodeo with a solemn horseback ride down a steep hill that overlooks the arena. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Charlie Parker (1920) (listen to “Summertime”)


Charlie Parker (1920)

Charlie “Bird” Parker was an American saxophonist and composer. Along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Parker was a leader of the bop movement in jazz. His brilliant improvisations were noted for their power and beauty. Sadly, his heroin addiction was legendary as well. He had a drug-induced nervous breakdown in 1946 and saw his cabaret card—which allowed him to play in New York clubs—revoked by the police in 1951. When he died four years later, at age 34, how old did the coroner think he was? More… Discuss

Charlie Parker – Summertime (Jazz Instrumental)


NATO Says Russian Troops in Ukraine

NATO says more than 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine and released satellite images purporting to show Russian combat forces and heavy weapons engaging in military activity within Ukraine to support its claims. It also asserts that Russia has transferred large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery, tanks, and armored personnel carriers to Ukrainian separatists in the east of the country. The Kremlin, meanwhile, denies these accusations. The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis. More… Discuss


Nouvelle Cuisine

Nouvelle cuisine is a school of French cooking that seeks to bring out the natural flavors of foods and uses light, low-calorie sauces and stocks. Based on the style of chef Fernand Point, it was developed in France in the 1960s and marked a departure from the rich preparations of haute cuisine, which emphasizes butter and cream. Though nouvelle cuisine is less popular today, its influence is still widely felt. What is its approach to food presentation? More… Discuss

this pressed: Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com


Sierra Leone’s explosion of Ebola cases in early summer all appears to stem from one traditional healer’s funeral at which 14 women were infected, according to scientists studying the blood of victims.

The funeral, which took place in mid-May, constitutes a “super-spreader” event comparable to a 2003 one in a Hong Kong hotel in which one doctor from China dying of SARS infected nine other guests who spread the virus throughout the city and to Vietnam and Canada.”

via Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com.

this pressed from THe Washington Post: Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post


Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire -- 1976

Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire — 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak - The Washington Post.

 

 

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 27th, 2014: St. Monica


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St. Monica

St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally … continue reading

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Flower Power: Dandelion Tires


Flower Power: Dandelion Tires

Dandelions are widely considered pesky weeds, but they have numerous uses, some of which we are just beginning to capitalize on. Until now, the tire industry has relied entirely on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia for its natural rubber. However, researchers have been working to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan that yields tire-grade rubber and have achieved per-hectare yields on par with rubber-tree plantations, suggesting the flower is a viable alternative source of natural rubber. It may not be long before dandelion fields begin cropping up across the US and Europe to keep the wheels of the tire industry turning. More… Discuss

GoogleArtProject: Access here and from the new euzicasa WIDGET – take a virtual museum tour today


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this pressed from National Geographic: Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State


Photo of  woman kissing a small boy in front of the Mar Tshmony church. Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State.

this pressed: The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica


The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica.

How Ferguson brought live streams into the mainstream – CNET (violence against one is violence against all)


Citizen footage widened the lens of civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and it brought live-streaming to popular attention in the US unlike any confrontation has before.

via How Ferguson brought live streams into the mainstream – CNET.

“uncivil response to civic unrest”

today’s holiday: Namibia Heroes’ Day


Namibia Heroes’ Day

To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes’ Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate. Representatives from all 13 regions give performances and cultural presentations, including traditional praise songs and dances. A re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag, as the real fighters did after each triumph in the war. In Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Heroes’ Acre national monument was erected to honor the freedom fighters. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Pope John Paul I Elevated to Papacy (1978)


Pope John Paul I Elevated to Papacy (1978)

Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I was the first pope to choose a double name, a decision that honored his two immediate predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Refusing to have the traditional papal coronation, he instead opted for a simplified ceremony. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history, resulting in the most recent “Year of Three Popes.” Though several conspiracy theories emerged after Pope John Paul I’s sudden death, what most likely killed him? More… Discuss

this pressed: Instagram unveils new time-lapse app called Hyperlapse – BBC Newsbeat


Instagram unveils new time-lapse app called Hyperlapse – BBC Newsbeat.

this pressed: Meet Kevin Counihan, The New ‘Obamacare CEO’ – Forbes


 

Meet Kevin Counihan, The New ‘Obamacare CEO’ – Forbes.

this pressed from ProPublica Link: Election Panel Enacts Policies by Not Acting – NYTimes.com


Lee E. Goodman, Republican commissioner, is part of the partisan divide deadlocking the Federal Election Commission. Credit Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Election Panel Enacts Policies by Not Acting – NYTimes.com.

this pressed from USA Today: Audio may have captured Michael Brown shooting


Audio may have captured Michael Brown shooting.

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today’s holiday: Uruguay Independence Day


Uruguay Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More… Discuss

Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. Great words, as ever.


this pressed from USA Today: Report: Britain IDs man in video of Foley’s death


Report: Britain IDs man in video of Foley’s death.

Drug Reverses Alopecia Areata Hair Loss


Drug Reverses Alopecia Areata Hair Loss

Researchers may have found a cure for the baldness caused by alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes patchy hair loss, and it is a drug already on the market, though for the treatment of bone marrow disorders. After just five months of taking ruxolitinib, three alopecia areata patients who had lost at least a third of their hair due to the disorder saw total hair regrowth. Further testing is needed to see if this treatment will be safe and effective on a wider scale. More… Discuss

this pressed from Reuters: Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack | Reuters


Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack | Reuters.

today’s holiday: Gabon Independence Day


Gabon Independence Day

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More… Discuss

Gold as Cancer Fighter


Gold as Cancer Fighter

Alternative medicine proponents have long attributed healing properties to gold, and in recent years, mainstream medical researchers have begun looking to the precious metal as well. In a recent study, tiny gold particles encased in the chemotherapy drug cisplatin appeared to boost the effectiveness of conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive brain cancer. Cancer cells in samples subjected to this experimental treatment were completely eradicated, and over the next 20 days there was no regrowth. More… Discuss

this pressed From LIBERTY VOICE: Los Angeles Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man


PoliceLos Angeles Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man.

Although the LAPD did not identify the deceased man, his family has come forward in local media to say that he was Ezell Ford, 24. They claim that Ford was mentally ill and that the police were aware of his illness. A spokesman for the LAPD, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, said that although he was aware that the man shot had been arrested in the past, he was unaware why he had been detained and did not know if the department had any knowledge that he suffered from a mental illness
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Ethicists Unanimously Approve Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs

A panel of ethicists called together by the World Health Organization has unanimously agreed that, given the scope of the current Ebola outbreak and its climbing death toll, it is ethical to offer experimental treatments to the afflicted so long as certain criteria are met. When providing these interventions, the panel insisted, healthcare providers must be transparent about all aspects of patient care. There must be informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity, and communal involvement. Moreover, health workers are morally obligated to collect and share all data generated from the use of these drugs. More… Discuss

2000 year old tree in South Africa known as tree of life — Earth Pics


this Pressed: What the Democratic Party Does Well: Doing Itself In | Ralph Nader


Ralph Nader at Emory

Ralph Nader at Emory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(Consumer advocate, lawyer and author)

“My message to Democrats is: Dump your corporate consultants. Just campaign for the necessities of the people. And publicize those Republican votes crisply, widely and repeatedly.”

via What the Democratic Party Does Well: Doing Itself In | Ralph Nader.

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia


Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Dementia

Older adults with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a recent study has found. This does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is a cause of dementia, as it is also possible that another unknown factor could cause someone to have both low vitamin D levels and dementia. Further study is needed to determine the nature of the relationship between vitamin D and dementia, but if it is indeed found to be a causal relationship, it could mean that simply eating more vitamin D-rich foods or taking supplements could reduce dementia risk in later life. More… Discuss

Widget: The News Manual – A professional resource for journalism and the media


News Manual - Truth and freedom (click to access)

News Manual – a professional resource for journalism and the media (click to access)

this pressed-from Science Friday: Giving Viruses a License to Kill…Cancer


Giving Viruses a License to Kill…Cancer.

Giving Viruses a License to Kill…Cancer The lab of Dr. Mark Federspiel at the Mayo Clinic, where the measles virus is being grown in bioreactors for the next clinical trial coming up in September. Photo by Mayo Clinic

this pressed – From BuzzFeed: Commuters Push Train Off Trapped Man


A Perth man slipped and became wedged between a train and the platform at Stirling station on Wednesday afternoon.Commuters Push Train Off Trapped ManCommuters Push Train Off Trapped Man.

this pressed: BBC News – Iraq Christian leader: People are being slaughtered


BBC News – Iraq Christian leader: People are being slaughtered.

today holiday: Jamaica Independence Day


Jamaica Independence Day

The island of Jamaica became an independent nation with loose ties to the British Commonwealth on August 6, 1962. Before that, it had been a founding member of the Federation of the West Indies. Allegiance to the British gradually gave way to the emergence of a national identity, and the federation was dissolved. A public holiday throughout the island, Independence Day is celebrated with a grand parade, traditional music and dancing, arts and crafts exhibits, and agricultural and other events as part of the Jamaica Festival. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Alexander Fleming (1881)


Alexander Fleming (1881)

English: Alexander Fleming receives the Nobel ...

English: Alexander Fleming receives the Nobel Prize from King Gustaf V of Sweden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Motivated by the devastating infections he saw in hospitals during World War I, Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, began searching for an effective antiseptic.

English: Chemical structure of Penicillin G. H...

English: Chemical structure of Penicillin G. High-resolution .PNG made with Chem3D and IrfanView — see WikiProject Chemistry – structure drawing for detailed instructions. Please drop me a note if you need the source file. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1922, he discovered lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme present in saliva and tears. In 1928, he isolated the substance penicillin, which became the first successful antibiotic for human bacterial infections. His work earned him a Nobel Prize and has forever changed modern medicine. In what accidental way did he discover penicillin? More… Discuss

 

 

The Hot Zone Quotes


The Hot Zone Quotes

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Tekmira says its Ebola drug not used to treat U.S. aid workers, report – The Globe and Mail


Tekmira says its Ebola drug not used to treat U.S. aid workers, report – The Globe and Mail.

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today’s holiday: Thjodhatid


Thjodhatid

Thjodhatid is a three-day “people’s feast” celebrated in the Vestmannaeyjar area (or Westmann Islands) of Iceland. The festival commemorates the granting of Iceland’s constitution on July 1, 1874; because of foul weather, the island people of Vestmannaeyjar weren’t able to attend the mainland celebration, so they held their own festival at home a month later. Most of the festivities take place on Heimaey Island. Enormous bonfires are built, and there are sporting events, dancing, singing, eating and drinking. People come from the mainland for this event, so the island is filled with campers. More… Discuss

Tunnel (according to Farlex) not to be mistaken for other definitions)


Noun 1. tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); “the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection”

auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”
 
catacomb - an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
 
passageway - a passage between rooms or between buildings
 
railroad tunnel - a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
 
shaft - a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
 
underpass, subway - an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
  2. tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for sheltertunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

hollow, hole - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
 
rabbit warren, warren - a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
Verb 1. tunnel - move through by or as by diggingtunnel - move through by or as by digging; “burrow through the forest”

cut into, delve, dig, turn over - turn up, loosen, or remove earth; “Dig we must”; “turn over the soil for aeration”
  2. tunnel - force a way throughtunnel - force a way through                  

penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; “The bullet penetrated her chest”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.