Daily Archives: November 17, 2014

Church of England gives final nod to women bishops


Nurses Call on Federal OSHA, Other States to Follow California Mandate of Highest Ebola Safeguards


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Stumbles on Ferguson Responsibility Question – ABC News


Video released of possible suspect in subway shove – SFGate


Day in pictures: 17 November 2014

Day in pictures: 17 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30081782

Missouri governor declares emergency

Missouri governor declares emergency http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30091336

Eggs thrown on Czech anniversary

Eggs thrown on Czech anniversary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30086495

Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs – WebMD


This pressed: One in 30 American Children Is Homeless, Report Says – NBC News.com

So many families are living on the edge of poverty, that one little setback can push them into the abyss of homelessness. A new report released Monday shows that about one in 30 American children was homeless at some point last year. That’s about 2.5 million kids, and an 8 percent increase to “an historic high,” according to the study from the National Center on Family Homelesness. Just over half are younger than six years old.

via One in 30 American Children Is Homeless, Report Says – NBC News.com.

let’s not forget: Smallpox (1908). Eradicated thanks to marvels of vaccinations — Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz)

Pope: children need mother and a father – Telegraph


Men ‘release 1,000 mice’ in village

Men ‘release 1,000 mice’ in village http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30083238

Drowning: ‘Hidden childhood killer’

Drowning: ‘Hidden childhood killer’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30080768

Carney takes aim at bankers’ pay

Carney takes aim at bankers’ pay http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30080920

Pope to visit US in September

Pope to visit US in September http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30085978

Russia hits back in Polish spy row

Russia hits back in Polish spy row http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30078389

Camera sees Philae’s hairy landing

Camera sees Philae’s hairy landing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30083969

Report: GOP, outside groups used Twitter to share polling info | OnPolitics


Ukraine Dollar Bond Extends Slump as Putin Pledges Rebel Support – Bloomberg


this pressed for your right to know: Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know

Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know

There are few supermarket chains that enjoy a better reputation than Whole Foods Market. With nearly 400 locations, about 60,000 employees, and almost $13 billion in revenue for 2013, its dedication to selling natural and organic foods has clearly struck a chord with a population that’s looking to eat healthier, less-processed foods. But like any big company, there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes that they’d probably be happier if you didn’t know about.

Whole Foods has quite an intriguing history. Founders John Mackey and Renee Lawson borrowed $45,000 from friends and family to open a health food store called SaferWay in Austin in 1978, and after being evicted from their apartment for storing food in it, they took up residence in the store itself. Two years later, Mackey partnered with the owners of another natural store and opened the original Whole Foods, which was one of the largest health food stores in the country at the time. The following year, a flood devastated the store, resulting in about $400,000 in damages, but it had become so beloved by that time that the community pitched in to help it recover, and it reopened less than a month later.

via Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know.

this pressed for your right to know: The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR | Where do We go from Here?

Before there was a raging civil war that devastated the region’s infrastructure and polarized its population, the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine was an economically depressed area, far removed from the authority of the central government in Kiev.

Historically, Donbass—known officially as the Donets Basin, which encompasses the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts—was the center of Soviet industrialism, a region that symbolized the power of Soviet might where towns and cities sprung up alongside coal mines and factories. Following the USSR’s collapse, however, much of the region lay in ruins.

The AllFall- Donbass Romanticism

The AllFall- Donbass Romanticism

That’s the theme behind the series, “Donbass Romanticism,” by Moldovan-born photojournalist Misha Friedman, who photographed the region in 2010 and 2011 while living in Kiev. Friedman set out to depict the ruined, crumbling infrastructure as a symbol of government neglect and the collapse of Soviet ideals.

via The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR | Where do We go from Here?.

this pressed: Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital | Fox News

In this April 2014, file photo, provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church‘s Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP)


A surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone died at a Nebraska hospital where he was transported for treatment, the facility said Monday.

A statement released Monday by Nebraska Medical Center said Dr. Martin Salia “has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease.”

“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.

Salia, 44, was being treated in the medical center’s biocontainment unit. He arrived Saturday by plane from West Africa, and was transported by ambulance for treatment at the hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated. Officials said Salia might be more ill than the first Ebola patients treated successfully in the United States. On Sunday officials had described his condition as “an hour-by-hour situation.”

via Surgeon who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone dies at Nebraska hospital | Fox News.

Saint of the Day for Monday, November 17th, 2014: St. Hugh of Lincoln

today’s holiday: Marshall Islands President’s Day

Marshall Islands President’s Day

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated November 17 as President’s Day, a day to remember the nation’s first president, Amata Kabua. Kabua started his career as a school teacher and rose to become paramount chief of the Island of Majuro and head of state of the Marshall Islands. He served five terms as president of the Marshall Islands, beginning in 1979 when the country became independent and continuing until his death in 1996. More… Discuss

today;s birthday: Soichiro Honda (1906)

Soichiro Honda (1906)

The Honda name is known worldwide thanks to Soichiro Honda. In 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, the self-taught Japanese engineer founded the Honda Technical Research Institute—now the Honda Motor Company—and began manufacturing motorcycles. Bolstered by success, he soon began producing cars. His company’s clean-burning CVCC engine spurred an automotive revolution, and his cars won a large share of the US market. What mischievous business scheme got Honda in trouble as a schoolboy? More… Discuss

quotation: The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. Gustave Flaubert

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: The Suez Canal Opens (1869)

The Suez Canal Opens (1869)

One of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, the Suez Canal extends 101 miles (163 km) from Port Said to the Gulf of Suez and connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ships to sail directly between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. After its completion in 1869, its ownership remained in French and British hands until Egypt nationalized it in 1956, setting off an international crisis, during which it was closed. What caused the next closure of the canal? More… Discuss

Bike Fatalities Up in US

Bike Fatalities Up in US

As adults increasingly ditch their vehicles for more eco-friendly and waistline-friendly modes of transportation, more bikes end up on the road, and this isn’t all good. Simply put, more biking means more accidents and more fatalities. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes in the US climbed 16 percent. The vast majority were adult males, most were not wearing helmets at the time, and a quarter of them were in fact legally drunk. More… Discuss

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The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Islamic architecture. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered it built as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building’s white marble exterior is inlaid with semiprecious stones arranged in Arabic inscriptions, floral designs, and arabesques, and its gardens reflect the Islamic Paradise. When was the monument’s construction begun? More… Discuss


Definition: (adjective) Sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous.
Synonyms: ethereal
Usage: Tasting cotton candy for the first time, the child was thrilled by the gossamer treat. Discuss.

Ministry gives ‘sexist’ job tips

Ministry gives ‘sexist’ job tips http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30080504

Facebook builds ‘workplace network’

Facebook builds ‘workplace network’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30080970

Nearly 36m people ‘live as slaves’

Nearly 36m people ‘live as slaves’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-30080578

Hunt for IS killers in Kassig video

Hunt for IS killers in Kassig video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30080874

Colorado Health Authorities may take action over Pot Treats’ Attractiveness to Kids | West Texas News


Norovirus 2014: 172 Patients in LA : US : Latinos Post


Tech Times




Tech Times


Halliburton to Buy Baker Hughes for $34.6 Billion – NYTimes.com


Putin says neither side upholding ceasefire agreement in Ukraine | Fox News


Pope Francis Plans to Visit Philadelphia in 2015 – ABC News


EU debates fresh Russia sanctions

EU debates fresh Russia sanctions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30078524

‘Skunk power’ fires fusion confusion

‘Skunk power’ fires fusion confusion http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29710811

Which? call for net speed ads revamp

Which? call for net speed ads revamp http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30039814

Portuguese minister quits in scandal

Portuguese minister quits in scandal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30077266

Call to arms over Boko Haram attacks

Call to arms over Boko Haram attacks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30080514

State Department Shutters E-mail System – GovInfoSecurity