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this day in the yesteryear: The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)


The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The “Rumble in the Jungle” pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali’s incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King‘s first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More… Discuss

Skunks


Skunks

These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell? More… Discuss

This pressed for your action – ask google to fix it!: Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED


via Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED.

with power comes responsibility, above petty annoyances like the one with Amazon: they are not in your way, they were there when you started your march and design to overpower them! They are people, just like you, so get along!

Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez: great compositions/performances


Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez

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From the upcoming new album “Sentimental”, Tzvi Erez performs his own transcription of Monti’s Czardas on a Bosendorfer. The new album “Sentimental” includes:Serenade (Liszt/Schubert)

Nocturne in F-Sharp (Chopin)
Chaconne (Pachelbel)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Adagio cantabile from Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
The Lark (Mikhail Glinka)
Traumerei (Schumann)

this pressed for your right to know: BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped


Doctors preparing to treat Ebola patients Medical staff must wear protective suits whenever they treat Ebola patients

The president of the World Bank has urged thousands of health workers to volunteer in the battle against Ebola, invoking their duty under their oath to help patients. But is there such an obligation? Medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol says we should expect some healthcare staff to refuse to go to work, wherever Ebola patients are being treated.

In all major Ebola outbreaks, medical staff have fled health centres, leaving dying patients behind. This one is no exception.

Seeing colleagues succumb to the disease, many doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians have failed to turn up to work, putting even greater pressure on those who remain.

If several cases of Ebola emerged in the UK, it would be naive to assume that no healthcare worker would refuse to work.

In 2003, I worked as an intern in clinical ethics at a hospital in Toronto. That was the city most affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outside Asia, with about 250 people infected.

Of those, about half were health workers. Posters lined the walls of the hospital, hailing the staff as heroes.

via BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped.

This pressed for your right to know: On isolated Gaza’s southern flank, an Egyptian buffer zone takes shape http://t.co/DUn8weHScr via @CSMWorldDesk


Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread |via Vegetarian Times


How to Buy Healthy Bread

Kate Hahn loves bread so much that on occasion her boyfriend has kept quiet after buying a loaf just to be sure there would be enough for lunch the next day. It’s a lifelong fondness for Hahn, who grew up baking homemade bread. Now in her 30s and navigating the busy life of a writer in Los Angeles, she’s content to buy it. Whether she brings home rustic rolls or her favorite loaf of sourdough, one thing is certain: “It will be eaten,” she says, laughing. “If there is good bread in the house, it’s usually gone that night.”

Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread | Vegetarian Times.

As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P



As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P

Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto: Great compositions/performaces


Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 29th, 2014: St. Narcissus


Today’s Holiday: Turkey Republic Day


Turkey Republic Day

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More… Discuss

quotation: Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions (The Devil’s Dictionary). Ambrose Bierce


Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)


Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)

After Britain and the US withdrew their financial pledges to help Egypt build the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, angering Britain and France, which had direct financial stakes in the canal. A joint invasion of Egypt ensued, but UN intervention led to an armistice in November. The canal, blocked for months due to damage, reopened in 1957. What politician involved in the aftermath is considered the father of the modern concept of “peacekeeping”? More… Discuss


Itching to Take a Selfie

A Russian government agency is blaming the selfie craze for the spread of head lice and advising young people to abstain from the practice to protect themselves. It says group selfies, which typically require the individuals involved to squeeze close together to fit into a photo, have become the primary pathway for the critters to jump from host to host. While it is conceivable that a person carrying lice could inadvertently spread them to others in this manner, many find the notion that this is the leading cause of the parasite’s spread to be suspect and have taken to social media to mock the assertion (and the agency behind it). More… Discuss

Chocolate


Chocolate

Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—”bitter water”—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London’s first chocolate shop open? More… Discuss

this pressed for your transparancy right to know: USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history http://t.co/EPETTBJGdg — Paul Farhi (@farhip)


This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. http://t.co/GUdQEtr0pR — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: Read the State Department’s memo on Ebola policies: http://t.co/7SN1xBx8v7 — Fox News Politics


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This Pressed: Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine | Follow Ebola


STORY HIGHLIGHTS

American troops who helped fight Ebola in West Africa are under “controlled monitoring” in Italy
The Italian government expressed concern about the troops when they returned to Italy from Liberia
CNN spoke with Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams via a military video conferencing system

Washington (CNN) — They’re just back from the Ebola hot zone, they can’t have any physical contact with family or loved ones and their plastic forks are being burned after each use.

But American troops quarantined in Italy have good morale and are proud of their work against the “silent enemy” of Ebola, according to Major General Darryl Williams, who is being isolated alongside his men at the Army base in Vicenza.

via  Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine | Follow Ebola.

Adele – Skyfall (Lyrics on screen) Published Published on Oct 5, 2012/views: 4,798,136: make music part of your life series


Adele – Skyfall Lyrics on screen

this pressed: Nicola Tesla Portrait — Historical Pics


this pressed for your right to know: Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders|SFGate


Who didn’t get rich in Congress?

Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

CQ Roll Call came out with its annual list of members of Congress by wealth.

California politicians have done well for themselves. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made a small fortune in car alarms before running for  office, leads the list with a net worth of $357 million. “Issa alone accounts for more than one-sixth of the entire Congress’ reported minimum net worth,” Roll Call reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s net worth is $43 million. She’s No. 9. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi placed 14th with a net worth of $29 million. Sen. Barbara Boxer was No. 175 with a net worth of $1.1 million. There are 188 millionaires in Congress.

via  Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders.|SFGate

this pressed: KNOW IT ALL: Tuesday’s Top 6 Stories at NBC News – NBC News.com


KNOW IT ALL: Tuesday’s Top 6 Stories at NBC News – NBC News.com.

This pressed: How Far Up Switzerland’s Biggest Bank Did U.S. Tax Evasion Scam Reach?|Newsweek


Former UBS banker Raoul Weil

Former UBS banker Raoul Weil, accompanied by his wife Susan Lerch Weil, arrives at federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida October 23, 2014. Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

Former UBS banker Raoul Weil, accompanied by his wife Susan Lerch Weil, arrives at federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida October 23, 2014. Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

The secret binder lay wedged in a hidden drawer inside a filing cabinet in his office on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, the heart of the world of Swiss private banking.

Martin Liechti, a former top private banker at Swiss bank giant UBS, privately called the binder his “CYA file,” a person briefed on the matter tells Newsweek.

via How Far Up Switzerland’s Biggest Bank Did U.S. Tax Evasion Scam Reach?.|Newsweek

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals” — Immanuel Kant— ✍ Bibliophilia


What I like most about elephants is that they don’t play mind games… (no, not those elephants though) —George-B

HawaiiLava flow oozes inch by inch toward Pahoa – now just hrs away from closest home. Our report on @NBCNightlyNews — Hallie Jackson


this pressed for your right to know: Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News|


This undated file image provided by the CDC shows the Ebola virus. AP Photo/CDC

When Dr. Craig Spencer went to volunteer in West Africa with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, it took him far away from his home, family, friends and other people he loves, including his fiancé Morgan Dixon. Once he returned, Doctors Without Borders advised that he should monitor his health for signs of illness like running a fever, but that “as long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed.”

“Normal life” may presumably include sexual activity — but could that put a person’s partner at risk?

via Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News.

The Traitor_Martha Wainwright_Leonard Cohen_I’m Your Man: “…Standing guiltless in the predicament…”


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this pressed: Obama aides criticize Ebola quarantine rules – USA TODAY


“If you put everyone in one basket, even people who are clearly no threat, then we have the problem of the disincentive of people that we need,” Fauci said on ABC’s This Week. “Let’s not forget the best way to stop this epidemic and protect America is to stop it in Africa, and you can really help stopping it in Africa if we have our people, our heroes, the health care workers, go there and help us to protect America.”

Aides to President Obama are criticizing decisions by three states to quarantine people who are returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and United Nations ambassador Samantha Power said quarantines may discourage health workers from traveling to West Africa to help block the disease at its source.

“If you put everyone in one basket, even people who are clearly no threat, then we have the problem of the disincentive of people that we need,” Fauci said on ABC’s This Week. “Let’s not forget the best way to stop this epidemic and protect America is to stop it in Africa, and you can really help stopping it in Africa if we have our people, our heroes, the health care workers, go there and help us to protect America.”

via Obama aides criticize Ebola quarantine rules.

NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci: Returning Ebola health care workers shouldn’t face ‘draconian’ rules — NBC Nightly News


Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in Giza, 1961 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


this pressed For your “Ou sont les neiges d’antan…” Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her, 1965 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


this pressed for your rght to know: Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast (from reacting to preparing…only in reverse!)


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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and DAVID B. CARUSO
Oct. 25, 2014 9:57 AM EDT

via Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.

“The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Preparedness isn’t something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf.”

Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto in e minor op 64: GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES


This presses: Thanks to my new constituent @iowahawkblog for noting Queen Elizabeth’s WW2 grease monkey background. I’d forgotten.|— Justice Don Willett


Just a thought: “Everyone can look under the hood of a car…few know what to look for!”   —George-B

This pressed: Read Queen Elizabeth’s historic first tweet: (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty) — msnbc (@msnbc)


this pressed: Woman undergoing anti-freckles treatment with carbon dioxide, 1930s — OnThisDay & Facts


this pressed: Golden Gate Bridge pedestrian poll proposal survives first test— SFGate (@SFGate)


this pressed: Could non-citizens decide the November election? – The Washington Post via The Judicial Watch


Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.

via  Could non-citizens decide the November election? – The Washington Post. (The Judicial Watch

this pressed: BREAKING: NY, New Jersey governors issue quarantine for travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people in W. Africa. — The Associated Press October 24, 2014


October 24, 1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed. — OnThisDay and Facts


PANDEMIC UNPREPARED? Watchdog rips DHS for buying aging med supplies|24/10/2014 18:34 by: Fox News


The Associated Press contributed to this report.
24/10/2014 18:34 by: Fox News

PANDEMIC UNPREPARED? Watchdog rips DHS for buying aging med supplies

PANDEMIC UNPREPARED? Watchdog rips DHS for buying aging med supplies

Excerpts:
“The chief Homeland Security watchdog ripped the department at a hearing on Friday for not “thinking through” its purchase of millions of dollars’ worth of pandemic response supplies, saying much of the protective gear and drugs are expired or will be soon.

Inspector General John Roth testified at a House oversight hearing on Ebola, a health crisis that has sharpened focus on the government’s preparedness for an outbreak — even though officials maintain the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak remains low. Roth, ahead of the hearing, released an August audit that found the department has “no assurance” it has enough protective equipment and antiviral medication to respond to a pandemic.

The findings prompted criticism from lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“We spent millions of dollars for a pandemic … We don’t know the inventory, we don’t know who’s got it, and we don’t know who’s gonna get it,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said.

Roth responded: “You are correct.”

Roth said the department spent $9.5 million starting in 2006 on pandemic protective equipment, as well as nearly $7 million on antiviral drugs for emergency workers. However, his opening statement and audit faulted the department for not “adequately” conducting an assessment of what they needed.

The result, he said, is the department cannot be sure it has enough, and in some cases it might have far too much. For instance, he said the department has 16 million surgical masks, but could not demonstrate the need for that many.

He specifically cited the department for having a glut of supplies that is or will soon be expired. He said much of their material has a “finite shelf life” — including thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer, some up to four years expired, and 200,000 respirators that are beyond their five-year usability guarantee.

The audit also found “most” of the antiviral medication is nearing the expiration date.

“As a result, DHS and components may not have sufficient [protective gear or medication] to provide to the workforce during a pandemic,” the audit says.

DHS, in their official response to the audit, said the department agrees with the intent of all the inspector general’s recommendations, but claimed the report “has not appropriately characterized a number of issues.”

Among them, DHS disputed the finding that they had no assurance they have enough equipment and medication. DHS suggested the shelf life of their supplies is longer than the audit made it seem, and the IG was basing its conclusions only on manufacturer information as opposed to other research.

In a written statement on Friday, DHS spokesman S.Y. Lee also said the department is committed to employee safety, and is “satisfied” with the current DHS stocks to deal with any Ebola response.

“We are constantly seeking to improve our pandemic preparedness and are committed to protecting our employees in order to ensure the effectiveness of our mission,” Lee said. Lee said the IG recommendations were not addressed specifically to the Ebola response, but said the department “had already previously identified many of the issues prior to the review, and have taken comprehensive actions to address them.”

While Friday’s hearing delved into the government’s preparedness for a full-scale outbreak, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continued to press witnesses over the measures currently being employed to prevent the handful of U.S. Ebola cases from spreading into a larger crisis.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the latest diagnosed case of Ebola, in New York City, is “particularly distressing.”

Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant HHS secretary for preparedness and response, stressed health officials are working “24/7″ to contain the outbreak in West Africa and are basing changes in U.S. policies on “lessons learned from each emergency.”

She said in prepared remarks that the likelihood of an outbreak in the U.S. is remote, and that “there is an epidemic of fear, but not of Ebola, in the United States.” The remarks were written before a fourth Ebola case was diagnosed in the U.S. — a doctor in New York City who had treated patients in Guinea. Lurie did not repeat the statements during her testimony.

Issa said it would be a “major mistake” to underestimate the virus:

“Recognize that what we don’t know could kill us,” he said.

PANDEMIC UNPREPARED? Watchdog rips DHS for buying aging med supplies

via PANDEMIC UNPREPARED? Watchdog rips DHS for buying aging med supplies.

***The Associated Press contributed to this report.

***24/10/2014 18:34     by: Fox News

this pressed: ISIS almost iced Sienna?|AP via Truth24.com


(AP)

LOS ANGELES – Actress Sienna Miller has been an ambassador for the International Medical Corps (IMC) for the past six years. Last summer she made a humanitarian trip to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and she says it could have cost her her life.

“On our second morning we drove the so-called road to Damascus, heading just a few miles from the Syrian border to visit a settlement with a few thousand refugees,” she told FOX411 at the ICM Annual Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “About two hours into the drive, the vehicle ahead of us in a convoy suddenly stopped and pulled over. Colin, our country director, got out and informed us precisely and without emotion that a bomb had just exploded at a checkpoint we had just passed minutes earlier.”

via ISIS almost iced Sienna?. | AP/Truth24.com

this pressed for your right to know: Follow our LIVE coverage on the Ebola crisis here: — Reuters Live (@ReutersLive)


Farage: Thank you for confirming Cameron is the real fantasist, Mr Barroso|europarl


Farage: Thank you for confirming Cameron is the real fantasist, Mr Barroso

EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary (invite your friends to learn about Ebola!)


EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary – FULL

The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure |BBC Full Documentary 2014 (ignorance, fear, unfounded hope: fight back with knowledge!)


The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure BBC Full Documentary 2014

from NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA |PBS (“because knowledge keeps one rational, unlike ignorance”)


NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA

from National Geographic – Inside an Ebola Clinic in West Africa


Inside an Ebola Clinic in West Africa