Daily Archives: October 17, 2014

today’s holiday: Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival

Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival

A festival of seafood, folk culture, sports, and pageants, the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival has been held since 1976 in Niceville, Florida, to celebrate the unappreciated mullet, the underdog of seafood. The festival serves up 10 tons of fried and smoked mullet, plus it features beauty pageants, entertainment on stage all weekend, and arts and crafts on display. Beyond the mullet, food booths offer Cajun specialties like crawfish pie, gumbo, and gator sausage; American Indian staples of fried bread and pasole; barbecued rabbit; and stingray on a stick. More… Discuss

quotation: Lewis Carroll

I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

today’s birthday: Chuck Berry (1926)

Chuck Berry (1926)

Berry was one of the most innovative musicians of the 1950s. His unique blues-derived guitar style and witty lyrics helped define the rock music genre and earned him one of the first spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A dynamic performer, he is also known for his signature crouching and gliding “duck walk,” a move that has been imitated by many musicians. What legendary musician said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry'”? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)

Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)

Transistors are the basis of much modern electronic technology, including the most popular communications device in history: the transistor radio. Billions of these compact, portable radios were manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Battery-operated, they came in handy during electrical outages, and their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went. When it was released in 1954, how much did the transistor radio cost? More… Discuss

Cave Paintings Redraw History of Human Art

Cave Paintings Redraw History of Human Art

Experts are rethinking the theory of the origins of human artistic activity after cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were dated to 40,000 years ago. Until now, it had been thought that cave art emerged in Western Europe about 40,000 years ago, but it would seem that it in fact emerged simultaneously in various regions of the globe. The paintings in question contain stencils of human hands and naturalistic depictions of animals. More… Discuss

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

With the vast majority of able-bodied American men away fighting in World War II, baseball executives looked for new ways to keep the sport in the public eye. They hit upon the idea of forming a new professional league composed of women and decided to give it a try. Formed in 1943, the league lasted past the end of the war into 1954. It differed from the men’s league in pitching style, the size of the diamond and of the ball, and the fact that spring training included classes in what subject? More… Discuss

word: cabal


Definition: (noun) A secret scheme or plot.
Synonyms: conspiracy
Usage: She pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head in the coming days. Discuss.

Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014

Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29657655

The island that links Irish monks and jedi knights

The island that links Irish monks and jedi knights http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29629691

All should have the right to die with dignity | The Johns Hopkins News-Letter


Kurdish fighter’s long battle through changing face of Syrian war | Fox News


Violence returns to Hong Kong protest zone | The Australian


US inequality near highest levels in 100 years: Janet Yellen – The Economic Times on Mobile


Texas Hospital Aims to Restore Image After Ebola Infections – NDTV


Fight for Syrian City Strains Jihadists – WSJ


Senators Call For Travel Restrictions, Halting of Visas For West Africa Countries – Katie Pavlich


US requests production plans for Ebola drug ZMapp | Fox News


US requests production plans for Ebola drug ZMapp | Fox News


Ebola outbreak in Texas lays bare disjointed government response | World news | The Guardian


U.S. FCC to look into new-generation wireless networks – News – 1450 WHTC Holland’s News Leader


Obama announces plan to tighten debit card security – SFGate


The fault in our czars | The Verge

Ebola Czar

via The fault in our czars | The Verge.

At first blush an Ebola Czar, or any czar really, invokes an image of a cruel and omnipotent character parading around in heavy velvet robes, and carrying a jeweled scepter. Not an obvious choice for someone to manage a national healthcare crisis. But take a look under that robe and you’ll find that “‘czar” — at least in the context of American politics — is a relatively meaningless term, largely crafted by the media as convenient shorthand for long, cumbersome titles. It’s a blustery euphemism meant to inspire confidence when in fact, these czars are little more than run-of-the-mill government appointees, often faced with the same challenges as less imperious workers. Just like other employees, czars are eventually replaced, retire, or their positions are scrapped.

Today’s Ebola czar joins a long and storied rank of czars who have reigned over political kingdoms large, small, and on occasion, bizarre. So we thought we’d pull together a sample platter of our favorite presidentially-appointed government czars. It will, I’m certain, leave you czar struck.

Manpower Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Rubber Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Shipping Czar – Appointed in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt
Cleanup Czar – Appointed in 1952 by Harry Truman
Missile Czar – Appointed in 1957 by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Savings & Loan Czar – Appointed in 1990 by George H. W. Bush
Border Czar – Appointed in 1995 by Bill Clinton
E-commerce Czar – Appointed by Al Gore in 1998
Bioethics Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Reading Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Cyber Security Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Science Czar – Appointed in 2001 by George W. Bush
Bird Flu Czar – Appointed in 2004 by George W. Bush
Democracy Czar – Appointed in 2005 by George W. Bush
Birth Control Czar – Appointed in 2006 by George W. Bush
War Czar – Appointed in 2007 by George W. Bush
Weatherization Czar – Appointed in 2008 by George W. Bush
Copyright Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Urban Affairs Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Ethics czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Great Lakes Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Guantanamo Base Closure Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Iran Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Safe School Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Weapons of Mass Destruction Czar – Appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama
Asian Carp Czar – Appointed in 2010 by Barack Obama

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this pressed for your right to know: Ebola Questions: Judicial Watch Wants Answers|via Judicial Watch

English: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of...

English: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Polski: Mikrofotografia elektronowa cząsteczek wirusa Ebola w fałszywych kolorach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ebola Questions: Judicial Watch Wants Answers|

via Judicial Watch

this pressed for your right to know: Ebola cases in the U.S. spark protests, calls for a travel ban — Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS)

Travel ban for Texas health care workers in Ebola case


Obama to name longtime political aide as ‘Ebola czar,’ bypassing senior health official | Fox News


Ebola Fears Reach Pentagon After Woman Became Ill on Shuttle Bus – NBC News.com


Facebook Automates Fight Against Hackers – InformationWeek


Obama’s embarrassing restaurant moment


Poland arrests two ‘Russian spies’

Poland arrests two ‘Russian spies’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29664417

Russian monks make mozzarella

Russian monks make mozzarella http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29659192

Plot suspects ‘wanted to kill police’

Plot suspects ‘wanted to kill police’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29662245

Morgan Stanley profits surge 87%

Morgan Stanley profits surge 87% http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29662911

Day in pictures: 17 October

Day in pictures: 17 October http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29657656

Twitter users respond to ‘experiments’

Twitter users respond to ‘experiments’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29655551

Ebola action ‘fails to make impact’

Ebola action ‘fails to make impact’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29656417

Nigeria and Boko Haram ‘agree truce’

Nigeria and Boko Haram ‘agree truce’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29665165

Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 (Alla Turca): make music part of your life series

Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K. 331 (Alla Turca)

Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275, make music part of your life series

Luigi BoccheriniString Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 17th, 2014: St. Ignatius of Antioch

today’s holiday: Black Poetry Day

Black Poetry Day

To honor the contributions African Americans have made to American life and culture, Stanley A. Ransom, of Long Island, New York, proposed Black Poetry Day in 1970. October 17 is the birthdate of Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American poet to publish his own verse. Although it is celebrated all over the state of New York, it has yet to be formally proclaimed a state holiday. Oregon has declared October 17 Black Poetry Day, and schools elsewhere take advantage of the opportunity to encourage African-American students to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry. More… Discuss

quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803-1882) Discuss

today’s birthday: Arthur Miller (1915)

Arthur Miller (1915)

Miller was an American dramatist whose plays deal with morality and the pressures exerted by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, was the first play to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award all in the same year. What movie star was his second wife? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Taipei 101 Becomes World’s Tallest Building (2003)

Taipei 101 Becomes World’s Tallest Building (2003)

On October 17, 2003, a pinnacle placed atop Taiwan‘s Taipei 101 allowed it to surpass the height of what had once been the tallest buildings in the world—the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—by 184 feet (56 m). Designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, Taipei 101 houses a massive pendulum suspended from the 92nd floor to counteract swaying. Its elevators set a record in 2004 with top ascending speeds of about 37 mph (60 km/h). What is currently the world’s tallest structure? More… Discuss

“Bubble Boys” Lose Bubbles Thanks to Gene Therapy

“Bubble Boys” Lose Bubbles Thanks to Gene Therapy

Historically, patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), an often fatal congenital disorder in which the cells involved in immune responses fail to work properly, have been kept in isolation in a sterile environment to protect them from infection. Currently, the only long-term treatment for so-called bubble boy disease is a bone marrow transplant, but an experimental gene therapy is showing promise for boys with X-linked SCID. Of the nine babies given the treatment, six developed immune systems capable of fighting off infection. More… Discuss

Ebola Infected Nurse Speaks From Hospital Bed ( VIDEO ) Nina Pham Texas Health Dallas

Ebola Infected Nurse Speaks From Hospital Bed ( VIDEO ) Nina Pham Texas Health Dallas

Dr. Spock

Dr. Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician who wrote Baby and Child Care, a perennial bestseller published in 1946. Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis, and his revolutionary message to mothers was, “You know more than you think you do.” Retiring in 1967, he spent much of the next quarter-century living and sailing on boats, though he did serve as the People’s Party candidate for president in 1972. What extensive changes did he help bring about in child care? More… Discuss

word: cache


Definition: (noun) A secret store of valuables or money.
Synonyms: hoard, stash
Usage: In case of an emergency, I have a small cache of money and weapons hidden in the shed. Discuss.

Islamic State ‘training pilots’

Islamic State ‘training pilots’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29660029