Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

“Will Open Tomorrow (Photography)


"Will Open Tomorrow"

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The Bird (Photography)


The Bird

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Middle of the Road Kind of Fellow (Photography)


Middle of the Road Kind of Fellow

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This Day in History: “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” (1951)


“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” (1951)

Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three’s ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. What happened next? More… Discuss

Democracy Now: Update on “Occupy Wall Street” Movement


700 Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge as Occupy Wall Street Enters Third Week Protests Grows Nationwide

700 Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge as Occupy Wall Street Enters Third Week Protests Grows Nationwide (click on picture to access and read this story)

The “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the financial district took a dramatic turn on Saturday when protesters tried to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. When police arrested 700 of the demonstrators, the event quickly turned into one of the largest arrests of non-violent protesters in recent history. Some protesters claim police lured them onto oncoming traffic on the bridge’s roadway; others said they did not hear instructions from police telling them to use the pedestrian walkway. Meanwhile, similar “Occupation” protests have spread to other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, where hundreds of protesters are now camped out in front of City Hall. We host a roundtable discussion with Marisa Holmes, an organizer with the main organizing group of Occupy Wall Street, called the General Assembly, Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of Occupy Wall Street’s legal working group, and Laurie Penny, a writer and journalist who reported on protests in London earlier this summer [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]
(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/)

Today’s Quotation: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


Influence, n.: In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: John Ross (1790)


John Ross (1790)

The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe’s rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory. In Native American lore, this journey is known as what? More… Discuss

Cancer Costs Becoming Unsustainable


Cancer Costs Becoming Unsustainable

About 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and that number is expected to more than double over the next two decades. At the same time, cancer treatment costs are rapidly rising, meaning cancer care is quickly becoming unaffordable in many developed countries. According to a recent report published by a team of international experts, most treatments have a substantial cost but a limited benefit. As such, they are calling upon policy-makers, doctors, patients groups, and the health industry to come together to find ways to mitigate the financial burden of cancer treatment. More… Discuss

Henry Molaison (1926-2008)Head Injuries and Brain Function Consequences


H.M.

Henry Molaison, better known as H.M., was an American memory disorder patient whose case played a key role in the development of theories regarding the link between brain function and memory. In 1953, after parts of his brain were removed to treat his otherwise intractable epilepsy, it was found that he was unable to form new long-term memories. He thus became the subject of numerous studies on brain function and amnesia. What did scientists learn about memory by studying H.M.? More… Discuss