Daily Archives: October 27, 2015

Some NYPD officers dismiss police union boycott of Quentin Tarantino


Some NYPD officers dismiss police union boycott of Quentin Tarantino

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Rand Paul vows filibuster in unlikely bid to block budget deal


Rand Paul vows filibuster in unlikely bid to block budget deal

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It’s OK to hack your own car, US copyright authorities rule


It’s OK to hack your own car, US copyright authorities rule

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MEPs sanctioned for Hitler salutes


MEPs sanctioned for Hitler salutes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34651255

Kosovo takes step towards joining EU


Kosovo takes step towards joining EU http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34653455

Why Pakistani Hindus leave their homes for India


Why Pakistani Hindus leave their homes for India http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-34645370

Twitter results disappoint


Twitter results disappoint http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34653636

Nasa probe to sweep over Saturn moon


Nasa probe to sweep over Saturn moon http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34593944

this pressed, Public Safety – , System to Recall Defective Tires ‘Completely Broken,’ Says Official – NBC News


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“The panel of NTSB investigators unanimously recommended that Congress require tire registration, and also recommended that drivers register their tires with the manufacturer The federal recall system that is supposed to keep potentially dangerous car tires off the road is “completely broken,” federal officials said Tuesday.At a meeting in Washington, accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board said that while each year tire problems cause 33,000 accidents and kill 500-plus motorists, only one in five defective tires is being taken out of service via recalls. More than half of recalled tires remain in use, investigators found.”Based on the work we did, that system is not working,” said Dr. Rob Molloy, acting director of the NTSB’s Office of Highway Safety. Access the site HERE

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The federal recall system that is supposed to keep potentially dangerous car tires off the road is “completely broken,” federal officials said Tuesday.At a meeting in Washington, accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board said that while each year tire problems cause 33,000 accidents and kill 500-plus motorists, only one in five defective tires is being taken out of service via recalls. More than half of recalled tires remain in use, investigators found.”Based on the work we did, that system is not working,” said Dr. Rob Molloy, acting director of the NTSB’s Office of Highway Safety. “It is completely broken.”The problem, according to an NTSB report, is that tire manufacturers can’t reach tire owners to warn them. Independent tire dealers aren’t required to register the tires they sell with manufacturers, and so most don’t. Though 3.2 million tires were recalled between 2009 and 2013, most of the drivers using them were unaware of the recalls. NTSB experts told the board that even mechanics have no way of knowing when tires have been recalled.”Why can’t a service tech tell me if my tires are recalled,” NTSB Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr asked.”The main reason for that,” answered investigator Robert Squire, “is there’s no easy way to do it.”Sean Kane, the founder of Safety Research and Strategies, a firm that monitors potential hazards in consumer projects, said drivers would be surprised to learn that there’s no government or industry database to notify owners or mechanics about recalled tires.Said Kane, “I think it’s shocking to consumers to know that when they go into a shop to have their tires inspected, that no one can tell them whether they’ve got a recalled tire on their car in 2015.”At Tuesday’s meeting, investigators gave examples of fatal accidents linked to defective tires, including a multi-passenger van that crashed in Lake City, Florida in 2014. The driver thought he had an issue with a tire, but since the defect was internal couldn’t find the problem and kept driving. The tire failed and the van flipped over. Two passengers were killed eight were injured.The tire had been recalled more than a year earlier because of an internal defect, but hadn’t been registered with the tiremaker.In 2014, Joan Morro was killed and her husband injured after a recalled tire on a pickup truck blew and forced their Dodge Durango off the road on Interstate 95 in South Carolina. Their son Frank alleges in a civil suit that the accident was caused by a tire on the truck that had been recalled by Michelin.”My father was fractured from head to toe,” said Frank Morro. “He had multiple brain bleeds, skull fractures and a left orbit fracture.”The panel of NTSB investigators unanimously recommended that Congress require tire registration, and also recommended that drivers register their tires with the manufacturers. Registering tires requires sending your name, address and tire identification number with the company that made it. The number is on the tire sidewall and starts with the letters DOT.

Source: System to Recall Defective Tires ‘Completely Broken,’ Says Official – NBC News

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This Pressed: Politics: The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to be Wary | BillMoyers.com


Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians “America’s First Family” and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing.This is after all a man who made his bones in Congress and the Republican Party as an Ayn Rand-spouting, body building budget-buster slashing away at the body politic like a mad vivisectionist, as well as an anti-choice, pro-gun zealot who never met a government program he liked (except the military, whose swollen budget he would increase until we are all left naked living in a national security state).But the former vice presidential candidate is widely cited among many of his colleagues as a likable enough chap who is polite to his elders in the hierarchy of Congress, and this makes the more rabid bomb throwers seethe. To them, that chummy, self-enlightened pragmatism as well as his past embrace of immigration reform qualify him as a so-called RINO, a Republican in Name Only, a “squish.” Time makes ancient good uncouth, as the poem goes, and in the words of Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly’s “Political Animal” blog, “Nowadays if you are guilty of having ever supported ‘amnesty’ your other heresies will be uncovered, however old they are. The other way to look at it, of course, is that the GOP continues to drift to the Right, making yesterday’s ideological heroes suspect.”The House Freedom Caucus, the fractious faction of radical right-wingers gerrymandered into a permanent demolition squad, successfully conspired to bring down House Speaker John Boehner and his designated successor Kevin McCarthy. They have for the moment agreed to support Paul Ryan’s speakership, but not with the unanimity that would constitute an official endorsement. Further, it seems that for their support to continue once he takes the job Ryan must pledge to curtail some of his powers and enable the insurgents to continue to wreak havoc on the day-to-day business of the House without fear of punishment by the grown-ups.There’s a paradox to all this. Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest. Ryan is “a creature of Washington,” Red State’s Erick Erickson wrote. “He worked on Capitol Hill, worked in a think tank, then went back as a congressman. He speaks Washingtonese with the best of them.”He’s a master at the insider cronyism that defines Washington today. Just look at Ryan’s choice as his new chief of staff: David Hoppe, the personification of the supreme K-Street lobbyist, his footprints stamped all over the tar pit of Washington patronage, his hands chapped from rubbing at the prospect of the big bucks corporations pay for government favors. A 29-year veteran staffer on Capitol Hill, he’s a poster child for the revolving door through which members of Congress and their staffs rotate in the endless cycling between public service and private lucre.In Hoppe’s case, the rush of air from the revolving door would jumpstart the windmill in a Dutch landscape painting. The indefatigable journalistic sleuth David Sirota went digging into federal records this week and reports that, “Hoppe has lobbied for such major financial industry interests as insurance giant Metlife, the National Venture Capital Association and Zurich Financial Services.”Hoppe also has scurried along the inner corridors and back rooms of government for the investment firm BlackRock. Imagine: this man will now be sitting right there beside the Speaker of the House after working for a company which, Sirota writes, “could be affected by efforts to change federal financial regulations and which could benefit from a recent proposal to shift military pension money into a federal savings plan managed in part by the Wall Street giant.”What’s more, Hoppe has lobbied for Cayman Finance, “whose business ‘promot[ing] the development of the Cayman Islands financial services industry’ could be affected by legislation to crack down on offshore tax havens.” The big tax avoiders must be licking their corporate chops.

Source: The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to be Wary | BillMoyers.com (This Pressed)

this pressed: HEALTH – DIABETES: Pictures of Famous People With Diabetes|via WebMD


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The Oscar-winning actor announced he has type 2 diabetes when late-night host David Letterman commented on his newly slim figure in October 2013. “I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.'” Hanks added that the condition is controllable, but he joked that he couldn’t get back down to his high-school weight of 96 pounds. “I was a very skinny boy!

This WebMD slideshow presents pictures of celebrities with type 1 or type 2 diabetes including Halle Berry, Larry King, and Nick Jonas from The Jonas Brothers.

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this pressed: Public Health: Top 10 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Pictures|via WebMD


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2. Whooping Cough (Pertussis) What it is: A lung infection that makes it hard to breathe due to severe coughing. How you get it: People can breathe in the pertussis bacteria when someone who has whooping cough coughs or sneezes. Why it’s serious: It can be life-threatening, especially in babies less than 1 year old. Whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, seizures, and slowed or stopped breathing. Get the WebMD list of the top 10 vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, whooping cough, flu, polio, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, mumps, Hib, tetanus, and hepatitis B.

2. Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

What it is: A lung infection that makes it hard to breathe due to severe coughing.

How you get it: People can breathe in the pertussis bacteria when someone who has whooping cough coughs or sneezes.

Why it’s serious: It can be life-threatening, especially in babies less than 1 year old. Whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, seizures, and slowed or stopped breathing.

Get the WebMD list of the top 10 vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, whooping cough, flu, polio, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, mumps, Hib, tetanus, and hepatitis B.

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this pressed: Glycohemoglobin (HbA1c, A1c) |via Web MD


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Illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.nucleusinc.com Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerBrian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC – Hematology Current as ofMarch 12, 2014 WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise Last Updated: March 12, 2014 This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. © 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated. (click to access the website)


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Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerBrian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC – Hematology

Current as of March 12, 2014

Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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Glycohemoglobin (HbA1c, A1c)

A glycohemoglobin test, or hemoglobin A1c, is a blood test that checks the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to the hemoglobin camera.gif in the red blood cells. When hemoglobin and glucose bond, a coat of sugar forms on the hemoglobin. That coat gets thicker when there’s more sugar in the blood. A1c tests measure how thick that coat has been over the past 3 months, which is how long a red blood cell lives. People who have diabetes or other conditions that increase their blood glucose levels have more glycohemoglobin (sugar bound to hemoglobin) than normal.

An A1c test can be used to diagnose prediabetes or diabetes. The A1c test checks the long-term control of blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Most doctors think checking an A1c level is the best way to check how well a person is controlling his or her diabetes.

A home blood glucose test measures the level of blood glucose only at that moment. Blood glucose levels change during the day for many reasons, including medicine, diet, exercise, and the level of insulin in the blood.

It is useful for a person who has diabetes to have information about the long-term control of blood sugar levels. The A1c test result does not change with any recent changes in diet, exercise, or medicines.

Glucose binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells at a steady rate. Since red blood cells last 3 to 4 months, the A1c test shows how much glucose is in the plasma part of blood. This test shows how well your diabetes has been controlled in the last 2 to 3 months and whether your diabetes treatment plan needs to be changed.

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Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21


Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21

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Saudi blogger ‘to be flogged again’


Saudi blogger ‘to be flogged again’
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Saudi prince in drug smuggling bust


Saudi prince in drug smuggling bust
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Lessons from Iraq War


Lessons from Iraq War
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U.S. supplies arms to Syrian rebels — but who has them?


U.S. supplies arms to Syrian rebels — but who has them?
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Nobel-winning drug ‘tackles malaria’


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Nobel-winning drug ‘tackles malaria’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34649016

Nobel-winning drug ‘tackles malaria’


Nobel-winning drug ‘tackles malaria’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34649016

Jimi Hendrix house opens to public


Jimi Hendrix house opens to public http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34647637

Holiday cover ‘clearer and stronger’


Holiday cover ‘clearer and stronger’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34649400

Turkey confirms shelling Syrian Kurds


Turkey confirms shelling Syrian Kurds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34645462

Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO


Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34615621

Australia appoints new chief scientist


Australia appoints new chief scientist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34644459

Dogs at risk of middle-aged spread


Dogs at risk of middle-aged spread http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34648049

Anthrax case confirmed on farm


Anthrax case confirmed on farm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-34647511

‘Tractor beam’ grabs beads with sound


‘Tractor beam’ grabs beads with sound http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34647921

Drug maker gets key investor support


Drug maker gets key investor support http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34646938

India’s only town with full public wi-fi


India’s only town with full public wi-fi http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-34462435

King of jazz: The Nigerian saxophonist inspiring generations


King of jazz: The Nigerian saxophonist inspiring generations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34555137

Iran ‘to be invited’ to Syria talks


Iran ‘to be invited’ to Syria talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34647193

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SUSPENDED site: WHY ISN’T IT REMOVED FROM MY OWN SITE?


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Suspended blog: WHY ISN’T IT REMOVED FROM MY OWN SITE?


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The Guardian


The Guardian

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Historic musical bits: Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 “Scottish” – Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra


Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 “Scottish” – Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra

Saint of the Day for Tuesday, October 27th, 2015: St. Frumentius


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St. Frumentius

Called “Abuna” or “the father’ of Ethiopia, sent to that land by St. Athanasius. Frumentius was born in Tyre, Lebanon. While on a voyage in the Red Sea with St. Aedesius, possibly his brother, only … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Turkmenistan Independence Day


Turkmenistan Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates Turkmenistan‘s independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 27, 1991. Turkmenistan and other republics were gradually able to establish their own autonomous states due to the relaxation of Soviet rule influenced by the policy of perestroika. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991, their independence was assured. More… Discuss

quotation: “Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy…” Kate Chopin (1851-1904)


Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.

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The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

 

today’s birthday: Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?)


Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466?)

Considered the greatest European scholar of the 16th century, Erasmus was a Dutch priest and leading humanist of the Renaissance era. After his ordination in the early 1490s, Erasmus traveled throughout Europe and became acquainted with many scholars, including Thomas More. A prolific writer, he was noted for his editions of classical works as well as the first Greek edition of the New Testament. Who placed all of Erasmus’s works on a list of prohibited books? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Michael Servetus Is Burned at the Stake (1553)


Michael Servetus Is Burned at the Stake (1553)

When his views were condemned by theologians of the Reformation as well as those of the Catholic Church, Servetus, a Spanish theologian, assumed a new name and began studying medicine. He became known for his ability in dissection and had unusual success as a physician, even serving—confidentially—the archbishop of Vienne. Arrested for the publication of a religious work, he escaped but was seized again, tried, and burned at the stake. He was the first European to make what medical discovery? More… Discuss

Printmaking


Printmaking

Printmaking is the process of creating an image, called an impression, by inking a prepared plate or woodblock and pressing it against another material. Invented in China in the 5th century, the woodcut was both the earliest printmaking method and the first process that allowed printmakers to produce multiple copies of a text or artwork. Later, techniques involving engraved or etched metal plates were developed. What is the reductionist approach to applying multiple colors to an impression? More… Discuss

word: djinni


djinni

Definition: (noun) In Muslim legend, a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.
Synonyms: genie, jinnee, jinni
Usage: The djinni offered to grant Aladdin three wishes. Discuss

Nerve-racking or nerve-wracking?


Nerve-racking or nerve-wracking? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-34626663

China sets up huge ‘social credit’ system


China sets up huge ‘social credit’ system http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-34592186

Where does UK aid to Syria actually go?


Where does UK aid to Syria actually go? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34636312

Apple sued over Wi-fi Assist feature


Apple sued over Wi-fi Assist feature http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34639742

Budget broadband hidden from schools


Budget broadband hidden from schools http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34636317

Apple unlock compared to execution


Apple unlock compared to execution http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34647704

US ship passes disputed China islands


US ship passes disputed China islands http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34641131