Daily Archives: January 15, 2018

Autoportrait , Black&Whie Ink

Autoportrait , Black&Whie Ink

Autoportrait , Black&Whie Ink

My pot with flowers today (vintage)

My pot with flowers today ( vintage )

My pot with flowers today (vintage)

Lucy Hale pencil drawing 

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2 Dead, 58 People Sickened After Getting E. Coli From One Type of Lettuce – Faith Family America




JAN 04, 2018


On Wednesday, January 10th, Consumer Reports released new information on the deadly E. coli outbreak in the United States and Canada. They are advising people to continue to avoid romaine lettuce.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there are seven new E. coli cases in the U.S., said ABC News. This makes it an ongoing outbreak.

“Since CDC’s initial media statement on December 28, seven more illnesses have been added to this investigation,” said a CDC press release.

Matt Wise, head of the CDC’s Outbreak Response Team, said the CDC conducted interviews with 13 people who contracted E. coli. All reported eating leafy greens. Of the nine people who provided extra information, five recalled eating romaine lettuce in the week before they became ill.

However, the CDC has not been able to conclude with certainty that romaine lettuce was the source. Canada has already pointed to romaine lettuce as the source of its outbreak. The CDC, on the other hand, said the likely source of the U.S. outbreak appears to be leafy greens. However, it will not point the finger at romaine.

Across Canada and 15 states in the U.S., dozens have been infected and two people have died. Consumer Reports warned against eating romaine.

“We think it’s important to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined,” said Jean Halloran, Consumer Reports Food Policy Expert.

Consumer Reports said it’s important to remember it’s not just the romaine found at the grocery store. They also warn consumers to be careful of lettuce from a cafeteria or restaurant.

“Some companies, like the fast food chain Wendy’s, and Compass, the country’s largest food service company, have voluntarily withdrawn all romaine lettuce for now,” said Consumer Reports.

Original Story from January 4th 

The Today Show reported on Thursday that people should stay away from romaine lettuce for the time being. U.S. and Canadian health officials are currently trying to find the source of E. coli infections connected to Romaine lettuce consumption, Consumer Reports says.

The group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do more to warn people about the outbreak. Today reports that, at last count, 58 people are sick in the U.S. and Canada. One person has died in Canada, while another has passed away in the United States.

The CDC last reported on the outbreak on December 28. At that time, it said 17 people were sick in 13 states. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 41 illnesses.

“The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada,” the CDC said in its Dec. 28 statement.

“In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started. CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine,” it added.

The report continued, “Because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food.”

Cooking thoroughly generally kills foodborne bacteria, such as E. coli or salmonella. Of course, lettuce isn’t usually cooked.

“Even though we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreak in the U.S., a greater degree of caution is appropriate given that romaine lettuce is almost always consumed raw,” said James Roger, food safety director at Consumer Reports.

Consumers Union’s Jean Halloran said people should get stronger warnings.

“The FDA should follow the lead of the Canadian government and immediately warn the public about this risk,” she said.

“The available data strongly suggest that romaine lettuce is the source of the U.S. outbreak. If so, and people aren’t warned, more may get sick.”

While Health officials can’t say for sure that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreaks in the U.S., Consumer Reports is warning people to avoid eating the raw lettuce for now.

“Whole genome sequencing is being performed on samples of bacteria making people sick in the United States to give us information about whether these illnesses are related to the illnesses in Canada. Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection,” the CDC said.

Consumer Reports is advising people to err on the side of caution. They’re instructing people to throw away romaine lettuce.

“Neither the U.S. nor Canadian health officials have provided information on where the romaine lettuce potentially involved in the illnesses was grown or processed, so for now, Consumer Reports says consumers should assume that any romaine lettuce, even when sold in bags and packages, could possibly be contaminated,” it advised.

“Do not buy romaine lettuce and don’t use any that you may have in your refrigerator until there is more information on the source of contamination. Consumers should also check salad blends and mixes, and avoid those that contain romaine.”

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Beautiful variation of a painting of Gustav Klimt!!Mother and Child is a detail of the painting “Three Ages of Woman”.(1905)_National Gallery of Modern&Contemporary Art/Rome

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Today’s Holiday:Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today’s Holiday:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., rose to national prominence after the Montgomery bus boycott inspired by Rosa Parks. King went on to play an active role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, the only one that honors a person who was not a president. It has become a focal point for recognition of African-American history. In schools, the day is often observed with special lessons and assembly programs dealing with Dr. King’s life and work. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809)

Today’s Birthday:
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809)

Believed to have been the first person to call himself an anarchist, Proudhon was a French journalist and social theorist best known for his radical assertion that “property is theft.” Originally a printer, he joined the socialist movement after moving to Paris in 1838. There, he published radical newspapers and was imprisoned. His writings were deeply influential within the anarchist movement. In his famous essay “What is Government?” how does Proudhon define what it means to be governed? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Otho Begins His 3-Month Reign as Roman Emperor (69 CE)

This Day in History:
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Otho and Roman Emperor Nero were once friends. Then, Otho’s wife became Nero’s mistress, and Nero dispatched Otho to the remote province of Lusitania. After patiently governing the province for a decade, Otho joined a revolt against the emperor in 68 CE. Nero committed suicide, and Otho took over. However, a rival soon challenged him for the throne. Just three months into his reign, Otho killed himself, presumably to avoid a civil war in his empire. How did he bid farewell to his friends? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Charlotte Bronte

Quote of the Day:
Charlotte Bronte

It is not violence that best overcomes hate—nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Shar Peis

Article of the Day:
Shar Peis

The Shar Pei is an ancient breed of dog known for its loose, wrinkled skin. Unlike humans, Shar Peis lose their wrinkles with age as they “grow into their skin.” Originally bred in China as a fighting and guard dog, the Shar Pei is prone to a number of genetic diseases and was once recognized as the world’s rarest dog breed. Because of their protective and loyal nature, however, they have since become popular family pets. Shar Peis are said to have been originally tasked with guarding whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:green folding stuff/money

Idiom of the Day:
green folding stuff/money

Paper money, especially in large amounts. Primarily heard in US. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:wring

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To clasp and twist or squeeze (one’s hands), as in distress.
Synonyms: wrench
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Earthquake shakes Greece with tremors felt in Athens

Map showing the location of two earthquakes that hit Greece on Monday

“Strong” tremors were felt in Athens following a moderately powerful earthquake in Greece on Monday evening.

The epicentre of the quake was 30 miles south east of Patras, Greece’s third largest city, over 200 miles west of the capital.

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18 ideas for paying it forward in 2018 | Adventist Health Inspire



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Published on January 09, 2018

We could all use a little more kindness and happiness in our lives, but did you know there are health benefits to sharing the love? Research has found that people who engage in consistent acts of kindness become happier over time. When you are kind to others, you feel good about yourself—and this emotional warmth is proven to release oxytocin, which has been shown to reduce blood pressure and depression.

With that in mind, here are 18 simple ideas for paying it forward in 2018:

  1. Pay for the drink or snack of the person behind you. What’s a few extra dollars when you can brighten someone’s day? Who knows – it could be the act of kindness that touches their life for years to come. 
  2. Smile at someone, or hold the door open for them. You’ll see many people loosen up and return the smile.
  3. Drop a quarter into an expired parking meter. Everyone loves a meter fairy!
  4. Send a care package to an active-duty military unit. Care packages enhance the morale and well-being of deployed troops worldwide, and programs are in place to allow you to send the specific items they’ve requested. Find more information here.
  5. Donate books you no longer read. Jails and prisons are a good place to donate books; self-help books, in particular, are always a good choice to make a positive influence on those looking to turn over a new leaf.
  6. Give a friend, neighbor or colleague some words of encouragement. People around you might be dealing with things you aren’t aware of. If you sense something is off, don’t just walk by. Be the one who helps them get back up.
  7. Leave a generous tip for a kind server. Leave as much of a tip as you can afford, but make sure it is above and beyond the normal. An added bonus: leave a nice note thanking them for their amazing service.
  8. Give up your seat. Offer your seat to someone who is standing and they will likely appreciate the good deed.
  9. Buy food for someone who needs it. If you see a homeless person, ask them if they want a drink, a slice of pizza, or something to eat from the supermarket. The options are endless.
  10. Return lost items. It can sometimes be tempting to adhere to “finders keepers” logic, but consider how you would feel if you lost the item. It’s always best to be honest.
  11. Donate blood. By donating a pint of blood, you are potentially saving up to three lives.
  12. Be willing to listen. Listening shows that you care. If someone has a problem, you don’t need to find a solution—just be a listening ear.
  13. Help carry bags. Whether in a parking lot or up the stairs at your apartment, if someone is struggling to carry bags, offer to help.
  14. Let someone cut in line. If it looks like someone is in a hurry or has small children, they will be grateful to get in and out quickly.
  15. Offer to take a family photo for someone. Sometimes people are reluctant to ask a stranger to take a picture, so take the initiative and do a good deed.
  16. Replace something you’ve used. For example, at the office, fill up the copier or printer with paper after you’re done using it.
  17. Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving. Taking the time to help a stranger can make a lasting impression.
  18. Drop off leftover food to a nearby homeless shelter. Had a dinner party with too many leftovers? This is the perfect way to make sure the food doesn’t go to waste.

Consider this: If you pay it forward to three people, and those three people pay it forward to three others, you could be setting off a chain reaction that transforms the world! Wouldn’t that make for an incredible year?

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Wow!:  The news today:  Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge people yes…in Australia, down under!!!



Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Traffic Management Centre said a “kangaroo” was seen about 5am on Tuesday travelling south on the bridge.

A police spokeswoman said the marsupial started in lane eight before hopping across a number of lanes on the bridge and exiting onto the Cahill Expressway and turning down Macquarie Street, heading for the Conservatorium of Music.

The speed on the Harbour Bridge was reduced while the wallaby was making its way south, and police pursued the animal before taking it into custody at the Conservatorium, the police spokeswoman said.

A wallaby bounced over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Tuesday morning. Photo: NSW Police

A caller named Jesse told 2GB he thought there had been an accident on the Harbour Bridge before he spotted the creature.

“There was some flashing lights saying there’s an accident on or something, so I’m slowing down to 40, and the next thing I see a kangaroo just sitting there in the lane,” he said.

The wallaby exited onto the Cahill Expressway and turned down Macquarie Street. Photo: NSW Police

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Another driver, Ray, who was heading into the city, told the radio station he saw it standing in the middle of the Cahill Expressway at Circular Quay.

“It was just standing there minding its own business with a police car there with flashing lights and everything,” he said.

Police took the wallaby into custody at the Conservatorium. Photo: SEVEN NEWS

“I’m from the bush so I’m used to seeing them roaming about all over the place, but I’ve never seen one so close into the city before”.

Dean told 2GB he had to slow down to check that it was real.

Police followed the wallaby on its journey over the bridge. Photo: NSW Police

“There was a police car or something following it at a really slow pace and there was a lot of cars behind it, so nothing was getting past,” he said.

“It was just hopping down the street: Never seen anything like it. That’s Australia for you.”

No way do you see a kangaroo in the city like that.


The police spokeswoman said officers were not sure if the wallaby had been hit by a car but it appeared to be in some distress, so they took the animal to Taronga Zoo to be assessed by a vet.

It’s believed the wallaby might have come from the Cammeray Golf Course.

The swamp wallaby was sedated and then assessed by Taronga Zoo’s senior vet Dr Larry Vogelnest after it was captured by police. Photo: Taronga Zoo

Another driver, Michelle told 2GB she couldn’t believe what she was seeing when she spotted the marsupial.

“I thought ‘No, no way do you see a kangaroo in the city like that’. I’ve only seen them in the country,” she said.

“I just thought of people’s safety and the safety of the little kangaroo or wallaby.”

Taronga Zoo senior veterinarian Dr Larry Vogelnest said the marsupial in question was brought to Taronga Wildlife Hospital in a horse float by mounted police about 6.30am. It had been identified as an adult male swamp wallaby.

He said the wallaby was “very stressed” so it was anaesthetised before it was assessed.

“I brought it into the treatment room and examined it thoroughly. Fortunately there didn’t seem to be any significant injuries; it had some minor grazes on its face and its hind legs,” he said.

Whole body x-rays ruled out fractures and major damage, but Dr Vogelnest said the wallaby would be monitored over the next day for any other signs of injury.

“These animals are quite susceptible to stress, and it causes muscle damage so I don’t know whether that’s happening,” he said.

“Over the next 24 hours or so we’ll get a good idea of whether there is any of those complications.”

The senior vet said the wallaby would be released near other swamp wallabies once it was given the all-clear.

“It’s unusual to have a wallaby running around on the Harbor Bridge, but there are more and more of these wallabies turning up in bushland close to the city,” Dr Vogelnest said.

“Swamp wallabies are quite common, and they’re quite robust and don’t mind living close to people so there are more and more of them in the city.”

Rachel Clun

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Ancient China: 1,000-Year-Old Palace Discovered, ‘Summer Home’ For Powerful Liao Dynasty




Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace that served as the summer retreat for the elite members of the Liao Dynasty. To escape the oppressive heat, each year from mid-April to mid-July the Liao emperors would move the royal family, along with palace officials, into the mountains of what is now China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

Archaeologists discovered more than 100 structural components at the site in Duolun County, including glazed tiles, pottery and copper nails, according to Xinhuanet. They recorded the foundations of 12 buildings—more than 2,500 square feet in total. Ge Zhiyong, a researcher with the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Institute of Archaeology, said that artifacts excavated at the site appear to date the palace to the mid-Liao Dynasty, according to Xinhua.

The palace’s discovery should give archaeologists new insights into both the architecture and cultural customs of the Liao Dynasty, Ge told Xinhua. Large-scale excavations are expected to begin at the site.

162070296The Temple of Heavenly Peace in Beijing, the oldest and one of the only surviving remnants of Beijing’s Liao Dynasty capital.FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The Liao Dynasty rose from the Khitan, the nomadic people of what corresponds to modern-day Mongolia and parts of northern China, Russia and Korea. It was founded by a Kaghan (a Khitan emperor) known as Abaoji, according to International Business Times. The dynasty came to power in either 907 A.D. or, depending on historical interpretation of what constitutes the dynasty’s early days, in 916 A.D., when Abaoji officially declared himself as ruler. The dynasty excelled in art, music and poetry, according to Ancient Origins. In 1125, the Liao Dynasty fell to the rising Jin Dynasty, which would reign for more than a century afterwards.

Though the dynasty began with no written language for their “proto-Mongol” spoken dialect, its members developed two kinds of written scripts which, despite containing similarities to Chinese characters, have yet to be fully deciphered, according to the non-profit Asia Society.

600px-Liao_Dynasty_in_1025The Liao Dynasty style of expansion served as an early template for the later Mongol conquerors.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

They expanded aggressively, but to retain the “purity” of the Imperial family, ruling emperors couldn’t marry from any foreign populations the Khitan conquered, according to Asia Society. However, the women who were part of the Imperial family may have had more political influence than their Chinese counterparts at the time. At least three Liao empresses have been historically documented as wielding “tremendous power” and dictating court policies, according to Asia Society. 

The dynasty was the first foreign one to merge its original nomadic structure of conquest and cultural assimilation with prevailing Chinese style of government at the time, according to Asia Society, a strategy later emulated by the Mongol hordes—who came to power after they conquered the Jin dynasty.

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Romania’s Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, making him the second premier ousted by the party in less than seven months.

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