Daily Archives: November 22, 2015

this pressed: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse…with Diabetes|via Lilly

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse…with Diabetes by Amy O’Connor 11/17/15 1 Comment Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Spoiler Alert: This post contains details about last weekend’s episode of The Walking Dead. But, don’t worry, I don’t tell you what happens to Glenn because we still don’t know! On this week’s The Walking Dead, viewers faced a previously unexplored danger in the post-Apocalyptic world—managing diabetes. AMC’s Sunday night favorite introduced Tina, a young woman with more than just hordes of the undead on her mind as she wandered the roads near Alexandria; she also had diabetes. Let’s be honest, managing your diabetes can be tricky. Many viewers on Twitter and Reddit had a hard time fathoming how exactly one survives months or even years into a zombie apocalypse. One thing’s clear to me: Tina had an emergency plan for her diabetes. Life is full of unexpected events, disasters and tragedies, both natural and man-made. For diabetics, these situations become even more challenging. That’s where your emergency plan comes in to play. Check out this handy graphic from our partnership with the American College of Endocrinology for tips on how to make sure you’re prepared for any emergency, zombie or otherwise. Tina may not have survived long in The Walking Dead universe, but, ultimately, it was the bites of two zombies that brought her to her end – not her diabetes. As the episode came to an end, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that we couldn’t have had a few more weeks to understand just how Tina had made it this far. It seems I wasn’t the only one. Here are a few of my favorite tweets sent during last night’s episode:

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this pressed: New York Emergency Responders Go Through Active Shooter Drill|via NDTV

New York police line up near an abandoned subway station in a lower Manhattan to stage a drill simulating a terrorist attack

New York police line up near an abandoned subway station in a lower Manhattan to stage a drill simulating a terrorist attack

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in New York. (AP)New York: Hundreds of New York emergency responders simulated a coordinated terror attack Sunday, days before one of the city’s biggest public events: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The long-planned drill at a Manhattan subway station got a last-minute update in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris. Officials added an “attacker” wearing a suicide vest.”In New York City, we are, at this time, very well-prepared and continually improving that preparedness,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said outside the abandoned Bowery station in Lower Manhattan.The three-hour active-shooter exercise took place in the pricey Soho neighborhood populated by art galleries and boutiques. Members of the police, fire and federal Homeland Security departments went into action after a mock call reporting a gunman on the station platform.Of about 30 simulated straphangers in the station, a dozen suffered “critical wounds” from weapons firing blanks. Firefighters removed them on thick yellow plastic sheets and law enforcement personnel took on the threat.First responders from various emergency departments worked as a team, with communication and coordination between agencies an important goal.”There have been very significant improvements in that capacity since 9/11, also the coordination with the fire department,” Bratton said.The Department of Homeland Security used the exercise to test technologies including GoPro-like cameras worn by first responders and acoustic gunshot detection systems designed to give police and firefighters information to coordinate their responses. Such systems are being developed for surveillance of the subway system, the commissioner said.Sunday’s drill was funded by Homeland Security, and Bratton said there would be more such practice runs he says are “vitally necessary” and provide valuable response lessons.Bratton said New York law enforcement authorities, together with Homeland Security, are working closely with Paris investigators studying details of the Nov. 13 attacks there, aiming to prepare for similar suicide-bomber terrorism that New York has never experienced.The commissioner said New York would send a law-enforcement team to Paris when that probe was completed to learn as much as possible from those operations.Mayor Bill de Blaiso watched the three-hour drill, later calling it “an impressive display of the capacity of this city to respond.”The Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, has said it would target the U.S., especially Washington and New York.Bratton noted that there is no specific threat against the city. But security in the subways, Times Square and other prominent sites has been bolstered.On Thanksgiving, thousands of officers – including 1,300 counterterrorism officers – will patrol the parade route and watch over millions of spectators, Bratton said. The parade passes through Times Square.Story First Published: November 23, 2015 01:55 IST

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this pressed: How counselors help survivors of terrorist attacks and other tragedies: https://t.co/LEXOI63Vox— CNN Health


this pressed: Ghoulish Martyrdom from Hell|via Info 24.us

News24US.comGhoulish Martyrdom from HellGhoulish Martyrdom from HellIt’s now a macabre routine: As soon as the bodies of innocent mothers and daughters and fathers and sons are carted off the sidewalk, someone from a virulent theocracy hails the suicide bombers as “martyrs.” How twisted. A word encapsulating one of the noblest human acts now conjures horror. The very concept of martyrdom is martyred.Genuine martyrs don’t fire AK-47’s in a crowded theater while collaborators blow themselves up near a football stadium and rampage in bars. They reluctantly sacrifice themselves so others might thrive. They’ll even bless their attackers, with Mohandas Gandhi serving as the stellar example. His proclamation after a failed assassination attempt: “If I am to die by the bullet of a madman, I must do so smiling. There must be no anger within me. God must be in my heart on and my lips.”A fanatic fulfilled his wish in January of 1948. Nathuram Godse emerged from an admiring throng, bowed before the Mahatma, then shot him three times in the stomach and chest. Gandhi raised his hands in a Hindu greeting and collapsed. Some heard him proclaim, “God, God.” Perhaps Gandhi remembered one of the last prayers of Christ, whom he admired but did not worship: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” or the prayer of Saint Stephen as he was stoned: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”No innocent civilians lay in pools of blood. No mother wails over her dead child.These martyrs are celebrated and canonized. There’s Justin (often called “Justin Martyr”), beheaded in Rome in about 165 AD. There are the twelve Scillitan martyrs, victims of the final wave of persecution during the reign of Marcus Aurelius in 180. And don’t forget saints Perpetua and Felicity, executed in Carthage in about 203; Pope Fabian (250); Origen (circa 254); Cyprian (256); Saint Agnes of Rome (circa 304); twenty-six Jesuits crucified in Japan in 1597 and seventeen more seventeenth-century Jesuits in Micronesia.And, please, always remember the mostly pacifist Anabaptists, slaughtered in the 16th and 17th centuries.The list goes on, unabated, into our era. Among the latest may be two Orthodox bishops – Metropolitans Boulos Yazigi and Mar Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim – as well as Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, each abducted by ISIS in 2013.
Their fates are uncertain.Such people – often humble and joyful – tilt the modern, techno-savvy mind. No business school offers martyrdom courses and no goal-oriented, five-year plan begins with the words: “I will take the following practical steps so that I can be jailed, tortured, and possibly murdered …” Yesteryear’s martyrs focused on eternity (where will I be a thousand years from now?); today’s pragmatists dwell on the here and now.Yet they won’t let us go. They sneak into our irreligious world and remind us that there is more to life than bits and bytes. We admire the successful, especially those who spread their success to others: Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, among others. But we don’t hold them in awe. We reserve reverence for Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King, Oscar Romero, the four Maryknoll sisters and missionaries killed in El Salvador in 1980, and the six Jesuit priests killed there in 1989 – along with their housekeeper and her daughter.Somehow, we see their deeper and richer humanity. We want what they have despite ourselves. Perhaps that’s why their sacrifices – which may come in the form of their freedom or their lives – often change history in ways their persecutors didn’t anticipate.But now there are these pseudo-martyrs wielding death before they supposedly catapult themselves into the laps of virgins. They’re maiming and killing at random and poisoning magnanimity itself.That’s obscene.– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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If I live outside of NYC, how do I access @UNLibrary’s UN document collection? #askdag https://t.co/OouApefAjE— UN Library


The definitive source of worldwide labour statistics, now in its 9th edition. Install here: https://t.co/jY5y1TCXEI— ILO Publications


Before #CoP21, read about #DUCC project on climate change’s impact on economy— Our World Magazine (@OurWorld20)


Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil?

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil?



“Misguided military interventions have helped destroy civil society, so hollowing out the space for Islamists”

Moscow finally approves monument to celebrate author Mikhail Bulgakov

Moscow finally approves monument to celebrate author Mikhail Bulgakov



France 24 : French Muslims plead for unity against terrorism

French Muslims plead for unity against terrorism



Should we call it ‘radical Islam’?

Should we call it ‘radical Islam’?



From NPR News

Man Suspected Of Scouting Paris Attack Spots Is Arrested In Turkey



From NPR News

Trump Doubles Down On Claim He Saw Thousands Cheer In N.J. On 9/11



Europe recession ‘could be permanent’

Europe recession ‘could be permanent’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34894200

Attacks threaten investment: Siemens

Attacks threaten investment: Siemens http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34896347

Weekend Edition: The week’s best reads

Weekend Edition: The week’s best reads http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-34822267

Arrests in Brussels anti-terror raids

Arrests in Brussels anti-terror raids



this pressed: Cei mai bogaţi terorişti din istorie. Cum a reuşit Statul Islamic să adune în doar câţiva ani o avere fabuloasă | adevarul.ro

În doar câţiva ani, reţeaua extremistă sunnită Statul Islamic (SI) a reuşit să-şi asigure independenţa financiară şi să devină cea mai bogată structură teroristă din istorie. Potrivit cotidianului francez Le Figaro, patrimoniul din teritoriile ocupate de SI este în valoare de 2.260 de miliarde de dolari, în timp ce bugetul pe 2015 al reţelei extremiste ajunge la 2,6 miliarde de euro.Ştiri pe aceeaşi temă FOTO „Fetele Soarelui“ jură să se răzbune pe jihadiştii din Statul Isl… Kerry: SUA pot neutraliza Statul Islamic mai repede decât au anihilat …Cum a reuşit Statul Islamic să adune această avere fabuloasă, inclusiv cu ajutorul Irakului şi al Franţei?Statul Islamic este cea mai puternică structură teroristă din lume. Califatul său, autoproclamat de jihadişti în vara anului 2014 în teritoriile ocupate în Siria şi în Irak, se întinde pe o suprafaţă cât jumătate din cea a Franţei, care are peste 640.000 de kilometri pătraţi. Teritoriile ocupate de SI sunt locuite de aproximativ zece milioane de persoane şi sunt bogate în diverse resurse naturale (cereale, zăcăminte de petrol, gaze şi fosfaţi etc.), vestigii istorice, de cultură şi artă.În prezent, Statul Islamic este o entitate financiară autonomă, spre deosebire de reţeaua teroristă al-Qaida, care depinde în mare parte de sponsori. Structura jihadistă ocupă teritorii cu un patrimoniu evaluat la 2.260 de miliarde de dolari şi are un buget pe 2015 estimat la 2,6 miliarde de euro, potrivit unor date furnizate pentru Le Figaro de Jean-Charles Brisard, un expert în finanţarea terorismului care conduce Centrul de Analiză a Terorismului. Această avere îi permite Statului Islamic să lanseze operaţiuni armate, să-i înarmeze, hrănească şi plătească pe cei 30.000 de combatanţi ai săi, să achite pensii familiilor militanţilor ucişi, să întreţină baze militare, să administreze teritoriile ocupate, să realizeze înregistrări video de propagandă, să „reeduce profesorii“ şi să ademenească ingineri şi comercianţi în vederea exploatării puţurilor petroliere şi gazeifere aflate sub controlul său. În plus, Statul Islamic îşi permite să aibă un sistem economic „normal“, prevăzut cu servicii publice şi de protecţie socială.Pe 16 noiembrie, G20 a făcut apel la „consolidarea luptei împotriva finanţării terorismului“, semn că doar acţiunile militare nu sunt suficiente. Dar lupta împotriva finanţelor SI nu se anunţă deloc uşoară, ţinând cont de faptul că reţeaua extremistă şi-a diversificat sursele de venit.Patrimoniu în valoare de 2.260 de miliarde de dolari, în creşterePatrimoniul SI a ajuns de-acum la 2.260 de miliarde de dolari, potrivit ultimelor estimări ale lui Jean-Charles Brisard, care vor fi făcute publice la sfârşitul lunii. Valoarea acestui patrimoniu creşte de la an la an. Anul trecut, patrimoniul SI a fost evaluat la 2.043 de miliarde de dolari. Estimarea include toate resursele naturale şi siturile arheologice şi culturale din teritoriile ocupate de SI.Buget pe 2015 de 2,6 miliarde de euro, în creştereStatul Islamic obţine venituri convenţionale, asemeni unui stat în toată regula, cât şi în urma unor activităţi specifice economiei subterane, asemeni unui grup infracţional sau unei structuri teroriste. Deşi Statul Islamic nu îşi publică veniturile şi cheltuielile, specialiştii în finanţarea terorismului au reuşit totuşi să facă estimări privind finanţele sale, iar tendinţele sunt coerente. Grosul veniturilor SI vine din resursele naturale (60%), ponderea petrolului reprezentând 24%, în scădere, în timp ce activităţile de natură infracţională asigură 40% din bugetul structurii teroriste, în creştere cu 24% faţă de anul trecut.Veniturile din petrol, doar un sfert din bugetul SI, în scădereVeniturile obţinute din exploatarea şi prelucrarea petrolului ar urma să ajungă la peste 563 de milioane de euro în 2015. Ele au scăzut drastic de la precedentele estimări datând din octombrie 2014 (aproximativ 940 de milioane de euro). Două cauze au contribuit la această tendinţă de scădere. În primul rând, preţul petrolului s-a prăbuşit în 2015, de la 100 de dolari pe baril în 2014 la mai puţin de 50 de dolari pe baril în acest an. Dar Statul Islamic îşi vinde petrolul mult sub preţul pieţii, mai exact la 25 de dolari pe baril. În al doilea rând, coaliţia occidentală a efectuat, din august 2014, aproximativ 10.000 de atacuri aeriene contra unor poziţii ale SI, fiind ţintite în special rafinării, oleoducte şi camioane de transport.Potrivit unei ample cercetări publicate de Financial Times, veniturile din petrol ale SI se ridică la 1,4 milioane de euro pe zi, adică aproximativ 516 milioane de euro pe an, la o producţie cuprinsă între 35.000 şi 40.000 de barili pe zi. Aceste date au fost furnizate de comercianţi şi ingineri prezenţi la faţa locului.Statul Islamic produce petrol atât pentru propriile nevoi, cât şi pentru export, vânzându-l chiar şi opozanţilor săi din Siria. Deşi este vizată de embargo, reţeaua extremistă reuşeşte să-şi vândă petrolul pe piaţa neagră, exportându-l….(read More)

Source: Cei mai bogaţi terorişti din istorie. Cum a reuşit Statul Islamic să adune în doar câţiva ani o avere fabuloasă | adevarul.ro

Johannes great compositions/performances: Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig)

Fight against Isis heats up as UN backs action after Paris attacks

Fight against Isis heats up as UN backs action after Paris attacks



Terrorists insult Islamic faith, says top cleric

Terrorists insult Islamic faith, says top cleric



UK sets up £1bn fund to fight malaria

UK sets up £1bn fund to fight malaria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34892921

Four Israelis injured in stabbings

Four Israelis injured in stabbings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34892585

Researchers probe ‘recognition’ science

Researchers probe ‘recognition’ science http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-34881425

Crimea without power after ‘lines cut’

Crimea without power after ‘lines cut’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34893493

Belgium ‘looking for several suspects’

Belgium ‘looking for several suspects’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34893708

Saint of the Day for Sunday, November 22nd, 2015: St. Cecilia

Image of St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia

In the fourth century a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian was written in glorification of virginal life with the purpose of taking the place of then-popular sensual … continue reading

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quotation: Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. Rudyard Kipling

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

today’s holiday: St. Cecilia’s Day

St. Cecilia’s Day

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia’s Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day” in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Charles de Gaulle (1890)

Charles de Gaulle (1890)

De Gaulle was a French general and statesman. He left France after it fell to the Germans in WWII and started the Free French movement in England. He returned to France after the liberation of Paris and headed two provisional governments before resigning in 1946. When an insurrection in Algeria threatened to bring civil war to France, he returned to government, helped establish the Fifth Republic, and became its first president in 1958. What was his role in the “Empty Chair Crisis”? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Blackbeard Killed in Battle with Royal Navy (1718)

Blackbeard Killed in Battle with Royal Navy (1718)

Before turning to piracy, Blackbeard, whose real name was probably Edward Teach, likely worked as a privateer in the War of the Spanish Succession. While marauding in the West Indies and along the Atlantic coast, Blackbeard enjoyed the protection of North Carolina’s governor—who partook of the booty. A British naval force eventually killed Blackbeard and took his head back to England as proof. Legend has since romanticized the notoriously cruel pirate. When was his wrecked ship rediscovered? More… Discuss

The Tar

The Tar

The tar is a long-necked lute found in Iran and throughout the Caucasus region. Its music was believed to cure a number of physical maladies and induce philosophical moods that compel listeners to reflect upon life. The tar’s double-bowl shape is carved from mulberry wood, and a thin membrane of stretched lambskin covers the top. It has a number of adjustable frets as well as three double courses of strings. Tar, Persian for string, is the root for the names of what other instruments? More… Discuss

word: phylactery


Definition: (noun) Either of two small leather boxes, each containing strips of parchment inscribed with quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures, one of which is strapped to the forehead and the other to the left arm; traditionally worn by Jewish men during morning worship, except on the Sabbath and holidays.
Synonyms: tefillin
Usage: Just before his bar mitzvah, David got a brand new set of phylacteries. Discuss.