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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

Farage: The Last European Commission that Governs Britain |europarl


Farage: The Last European Commission that Governs Britain

this pressed for your right to know: The Big Bank Backlash Begins – ProPublica


From left: Robert Khuzami, Obama’s first enforcement director; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C.; and George Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Brendan McDermid/Reuters /Landov)

From left: Robert Khuzami, Obama’s first enforcement director; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C.; and George Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Brendan McDermid/Reuters /Landov)

Excerpts:  “Last week, I visited an alternate universe. The real world sees a pandemic of bank misconduct, but to the white-collar defense lawyers of Washington, the banks are the victims as they bow beneath the weight of regulators’ remarkably harsh punishments.

I was attending the Securities Enforcement Forum, a gathering of top regulators and white-collar defense worthies. The marquee section was a panel that included Andrew Ceresney, the current S.E.C. enforcement director, and five of his predecessors. Four of those former S.E.C. officials represent corporations at prominent white-collar law firms: Robert S. Khuzami, President Obama’s first enforcement director who now plies his trade at Kirkland & Ellis; Linda Chatman Thomsen, who served at the George W. Bush-era S.E.C. and now works for Davis Polk & Wardwell; William R. McLucas, the longest-serving agency enforcement director who is now at WilmerHale; and George S. Canellos, who just left the Obama S.E.C. to work for Milbank Tweed. (The well-known Stanley Sporkin, who served in the agency in the 1970s, rounded the panel out.)”

via The Big Bank Backlash Begins – ProPublica.

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

this pressed for your right to know: Podcast: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA – ProPublica


A year and a half into the release of classified documents by Edward Snowden, the existence of far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance is common if controversial knowledge.But until The Intercept published new documents this month, the role of American companies in that surveillance was less than clear, ProPublica’s Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson tell Editor-in-Chief Steve Engelberg in this week’s podcast.The new documents describe “contractual relationships” between the NSA and unnamed U.S. companies and reveal that the NSA has “under cover” spies working at or with some of them. And indeed, it would be difficult for the NSA to do its work without their help, Larson says.

via Podcast: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA – ProPublica.

Pope condemns CIA tactics, calls for improvements to prison system in law talk|viaTruth24.com


VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

In a speech to the International Association of Penal Law on Thursday, Francis also called life prison terms “hidden death sentences” and denounced the use of preventive detention as a “hidden, illegal punishment.”

He urged all people of good will to fight against the death penalty and to work to improve prison conditions overall so that inmates’ dignity is respected.

Francis urged the international community to stop renditions, saying it was an “abuse” for countries to allow suspects to be kidnapped from their territory and transferred to torture centers. He said the principle of the dignity of each human being must prevail over everything.

via Pope condemns CIA tactics, calls for improvements to prison system in law talk.Truth24.com

at tina_baines: Needs no words … LOVE— jose luis (@depolitic) Read Haiky-Love, poetic thought by George-B)


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Read>>>>>> Haiku —Love, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems page)

Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry


Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry

Sen. Warren’s Q&A with Chair Janet L. Yellen (Board of Governers of the Federal Reserve System)


Sen. Warren’s Q&A with Janet Yellen

What Is The Federal Reserve Bank? / Educational Video


What Is The Federal Reserve Bank? / Educational Video

Stores receipts, foot long with BPA’s: at ForEffectiveGov


Egyptian (featuring Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman) Fade , make music part of your life series


Egyptian (featuring Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman) Fade

Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90 (Dumky) – Antonin Dvorak: make music part of your life series


Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic): make music part of your life series


Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, 1956 photo by Dimitirs Harissiadis.The Benaki Museum Photografic Archive— volkan (@arzawa)


TODAY: Laura Poitras on @citizenfour, her new Edward Snowden and surveillance film— Democracy Now! (@democracynow)


Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924— Classic Pics (@classicepics)


Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 23rd, 2014: St. John of Capistrano


quotation: “…coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something…”: E. M. Forster


Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

today’s holiday: Chulalongkorn Day


Chulalongkorn Day

Chulalongkorn Day is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the king who abolished slavery and introduced numerous reforms when the country was still called Siam. He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old, was crowned in 1873, and ruled until his death in 1910. He had been a pupil of Anna Leonowens, who taught the young prince about Abraham Lincoln. The story of her stay in the royal court, and her teaching of the royal children and concubines, was told in Margaret Landon‘s book, Anna and the King of Siam. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Pelé (1940)


Pelé (1940)

In 1999, Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. Over the course of his 21-year career from 1956 to 1977, he scored 1,281 goals, captured every scoring record in Brazil, and led his national team to three World Cup victories. After his superb first World Cup appearance in 1958, Brazilian officials feared that their star player might be poached by a European club and did what prevent this? More… Discuss

this day in th eyesteryear: Peyo Introduces The Smurfs (1958)


Peyo Introduces The Smurfs (1958)

The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs in French, are a fictional race of forest-dwelling creatures that stand just “three apples high” and have blue skin. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world, but English speakers perhaps know them best from the Hanna-Barbera Productions animated television series. The Smurf franchise has spawned movies, television shows, figurines, and countless other types of merchandise. How did Peyo come up with the name for his famous creatures? More… Discuss

Why Some Get SAD


Why Some Get SAD

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression most often experienced in winter, when exposure to sunlight is limited. Although the mechanism of the disorder is not entirely understood, researchers are closing in on its causes. Data show that people with SAD have higher evening and nighttime levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) protein during the winter months than do healthy volunteers. SERT carries serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, back into nerve cells where it is not active, so these higher SERT levels could conceivably account for the “winter blues.” More… Discuss

Veni Vidi Vici


Veni Vidi Vici

Before Julius Caesar was made dictator for life, he engaged in a civil war with his rival Pompey. Caesar started the war by crossing the Rubicon River into Italy, reportedly uttering the words Iacta alea est—”the die is cast.” Pompey fled and was eventually killed after Caesar pursued him to Egypt. From Egypt, Caesar went to Syria and Pontus, where in 47 BCE he defeated Pharnaces II with such ease that he reported his victory with the words Veni, vidi, vici—meaning what? More… Discuss

this pressed for your right to know: Ebola Contact Monitoring Graph from CDC: number of people at risk “decreasing each day”— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW)


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“Suddenly he goes into the last phase—the human virus bomb explodes. Military biohazard specialists have ways of describing this occurrence. They say that the victim has “crashed and bled out.” Or more politely they say that the victim has “gone down.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone

World’s Most Asked Questions: How Many Calories Should I Have in a Day?


World’s Most Asked Questions: How Many Calories Should I Have in a Day?

this pressed for your information: 2 Closed Alabama Abortion Clinics Reopen|Truh24.com


2 Closed Alabama Abortion Clinics Reopen

Alabama clinics reported performing 8,469 abortions in 2013, and 1,046 of those involved females from out of state, according to reports the clinics filed with the health department. The Tuscaloosa clinic, which is closest to Mississippi, is the state’s busiest, with 3,600 pregnancies terminated last year.

via 2 Closed Alabama Abortion Clinics Reopen. |Truth24.com

just a thought and FRINGE 5×03 Season 5 Episode 3 – Fringe Team In The Lab Scene 1| Jack Smith’s YouTube Channel


The whole Fringe Panel, Jasika Nicole (Astrid ...

The whole Fringe Panel, Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Lance Reddick (Agent Broyles), John Noble (Walter Bishop), Josha Jackson (Peter Bishop), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), J.H. Wyman, & Jeff Pinker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of many marketing posters used to promote ...

One of many marketing posters used to promote the series featuring a twist on a common image. Pictured is a leaf with an embedded isosceles triangle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FRINGE 5×03 Season 5 Episode 3 Fringe Team In The Lab Scene 1

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, October, 1957 by Lord Snowdon — OnThisDay & Facts


this pressed for your peace of mind: Travelers entering the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to be monitored for 21 days starting Monday| Lucy Westcott (@lvzwestcott)


THIS PRESSED for your right to know: Homeland Security braces for flood of immigrants seeking work permits|The Truth23.com


WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants applying for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed to The Associated Press that it has published a draft contract proposal to buy the card stock needed to make work permits and Permanent Resident Cards, more commonly known as green cards. The proposal calls for providing material for at least 5 million cards a year, with as many as 9 million “during the initial period … to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The contract calls for as many 34 million cards over five years.

USCIS, the Homeland Security agency that oversees immigration benefits, produces about 3 million work permits and Green Cards annually, so the new contract would at least provide the Obama administration with the flexibility to issue far more work permits or green cards even if it chose not to exercise that option.

USCIS spokesman Christopher Bentley described the proposal posted earlier this month a routine contract solicitation.

“Solicitations of this nature are frequent practice,” Bentley said. He said the number of immigration applications can rise “for any number of any reasons.”

The contract proposal was first reported by the online news site Breitbart.com.

Obama said earlier this year that he would act on his own if Congress failed to pass immigration legislation. He has twice delayed making any changes, saying as recently as last month that he would hold off on executive actions until after November’s midterm elections.

via| Homeland Security braces for flood of immigrants seeking work permits.

This pressed for your right to know: In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State | Democracy Now!


In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State | Democracy Now!.

AMY GOODMAN: Professor Noam Chomsky, speaking last Tuesday in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly before about 800 people, ambassadors and the public alike. The event was hosted by the U.N. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. After he spoke, I interviewed him in front of the audience. We’ll play highlights after break.

********* Video Interview and  Full Transcript  >>>>   here

this pressed for your right to protect your health: @AmDiabetesAssn@US_FDA go shop for healthy rye bread: Try Los Angeles major chain grocery stores! see reference pic.twitter.com/4mBbceFuHU — George Bost


CCI10222014_0001-forest hills rye bread

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unfortunately Streit bakery moved 60 miles away! So many older people are left to buy unfit (yet the only one closer to the real stuff! and only at Ralph: the rest of the groceries have nada (or zilch)

Not that the name “Forest Hills” isn’t sensitive enough (most our cemeteries around here are called, yes Forest Hills! But just reading the ingredients on this label makes you may ask both AmDiabetes Assoc and the FDA why don’t they have a real program for managing diabetes, in addition to charts an recognition of an existing problem, and then transferring the full responsibility on the sufferer? Start with recommending the food industry make  dark rye bread with unbleached, enriched wheat four, and dark rye floor: here is an example of what a bread label should read for diabetes sufferers.

I wonder (no not like in Wonder bread (that makes one wonder) what will these great autocracies Am Diabetes and FDA will have to say about the realities they don’t talk about or address (take smoking for instance as inspiration: demand food industry to redesign bread to its original intended purpose Food not Feed! (Because we’re humans not animals). Help change the culture, so it is healthier for everyone! That may include even some of your employees: you’re no going to tell me that nobody in your great companies are diabetes free!

just in case you forgot where I tweet and wordpress:

George Bost

@georgebost

· http://euzicasa.wordpress.com

FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?

A US official said the girls were headed toward Turkey en route to Syria and that investigators were now reviewing evidence, including the girls’ computers.

FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

Why do American jihadis fight? – CSMonitor.com


Why do American jihadis fight? – CSMonitor.com.

Two of Islamic State’s captured jets destroyed, Syria says|AP, Reuters|Globe and Mail|EUZICASA|


Smoke and flames rise after an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 20, 2014. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Two of Islamic State‘s captured jets destroyed, Syria says Associated Press and Reuters Published Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014, 5:05 AM EDT Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

Two of Islamic State’s captured jets destroyed, Syria says

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade— Special Reports


FOCUS – ‘These are children, not terrorists,’ say Belgian parents of Syria jihadists – France 24


to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

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‘These are children, not terrorists,’ say Belgian parents of Syria jihadists

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This week, two French teenagers were arrested trying to reach Syria to join fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. Three men from Paris went on trial on Thursday on similar charges. Now Belgian parents tell France 24 about losing their children to jihad.

It is a situation not unique to France. Young people from all across Europe have travelled to Syria to join the ‘Holy War’ against Assad, often leaving without warning, their parents unaware to their sons’ and daughters’ plans to become soldiers in a foreign land.

In Belgium, an estimated 300 citizens have left their country for the Syrian battlegrounds. Many parents believe their children, young and impressionable, have been manipulated into taking up the jihadist cause.

Gathered in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, a group of mothers with children in Syria have staged a protest to press the authorities into tackling the problem.

They are making a stand against what they claim is a lack of action by the authorities.

“We’re the parents of jihad fighters, of terrorists. People are afraid of them, of us. But we’re not the ones who’ve sent our children over there,” says Veronique, one of several protesters wearing masks they say symbolise “misunderstanding”.

“Our children were tricked into this,” says another. “They didn’t go to Syria of their own free will. I mean: it’s not normal, that a kid who had no problems finds himself over there, that’s not normal. These are children, Belgian children… They’re not terrorists!”

via FOCUS – ‘These are children, not terrorists,’ say Belgian parents of Syria jihadists – France 24.

None but the Lonely Heart – Pyotr Tchaikovsky, make music part of your life series


None but the Lonely Heart – Pyotr Tchaikovsky