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this pressed for your right to know: A California town helped America get to the moon. Now it’s waiting for its next great economic rocket — Washington Post


This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. http://t.co/GUdQEtr0pR — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014


This pressed: Read Queen Elizabeth’s historic first tweet: (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty) — msnbc (@msnbc)


this pressed: Could non-citizens decide the November election? – The Washington Post via The Judicial Watch


Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.

via  Could non-citizens decide the November election? – The Washington Post. (The Judicial Watch

this pressed for your right to know: Obama Plans to Let Ebola-infected Foreigners Into U.S. for Treatment – Judicial Watch


English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Distribution of Ebola and Marburg virus in Afr...

Distribution of Ebola and Marburg virus in Africa (note that integrated genes from filoviruses have been detected in mammals from the New World as wellWikipedia)

Schematic showing pathogenesis of Ebola

Schematic showing pathogenesis of Ebola (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is s...

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. VIRIN: 090120-F-3961R-919 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Obama Plans to Let Ebola-infected Foreigners Into U.S. for Treatment – Judicial Watch
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this pressed for your right to know: Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post


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The Washington Post

Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning

The infection of two Dallas health care workers has highlighted vulnerabilities in the CDC’s protocols for those dealing with Ebola patients. The current protocol allows for potential skin exposure of caregivers. The CDC is revising those guidelines and will likely make them more similar to those used in biological containment facilities.

via Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post.

this pressed: Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens – The Washington Post


“You are not a product,” its manifesto declares. It decries social networks that track and record “every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow” then sell the data to advertisers.

“We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment,” it proclaims. “Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.”

via Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens – The Washington Post.

this pressed: Obama hits at companies moving overseas to avoid taxes – The Washington Post


The Obama administration took action Monday to discourage corporations from moving their headquarters abroad to avoid U.S. taxes, announcing new rules designed to make such transactions significantly less profitable.

via Obama hits at companies moving overseas to avoid taxes – The Washington Post.

this pressed: Moscow will review its military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force – The Washington Post


Moscow will review its military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force –

The Washington Post.

this pressed from THe Washington Post: Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post


Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire -- 1976

Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire — 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post.

 

 

this pressed watch video here: Ukraine detains Russian paratroopers; U.S. ambassador warns of ‘counteroffensive’ – The Washington Post (“davai ceas, davai palton”…) the never ending story


Ukraine detains Russian paratroopers; U.S. ambassador warns of ‘counteroffensive’ – The Washington Post.

this pressed from Washington Post: The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. – The Washington Post


The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters. – The Washington Post.

this pressed: Watch Twitter explode along with Ferguson – The Washington Post


Watch Twitter explode along with Ferguson – The Washington Post.

On the mondene side of town”: this pressed: What was fake on the Internet this week: Ryan Gosling, ‘Ghostface Lieberman’ and ‘I Am Sushi’ – The Washington Post


the Washington Post -__-on the mundane side of the town

the Washington Post -__-on the mundane side of the town

What was fake on the Internet this week: Ryan Gosling, ‘Ghostface Lieberman’ and ‘I Am Sushi’ – The Washington Post.

today’s birthday: Katharine Graham (1917)


Katharine Graham (1917)

Graham was publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 to 1979 and was at the helm when the paper played an integral role in breaking the Watergate scandal that led to US President Richard Nixon‘s resignation. One of the first women in the US to head a prestigious national newspaper, Graham had few female role models. She became a trailblazer for women in journalism and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. How did she come to head up the Post? More…

Joan Baez – Where Have All The Flowers Gone


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Joan Baez – Where Have All The Flowers Gone

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Chopin Fantasia op.13 on Polish Airs – Sergio Fiorentino – Guilford Philharmonic – V.Handley



Chopin Fantasia op.13 on Polish Airs – Sergio Fiorentino, piano.
Guilford Philharmonic – Vernon Handley.
recorded: 14 February 1966 Guildford, Civic Hall

 

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Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force’s Disposal of Remains (from PBS)


Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force's Disposal of Remains (from PBS)
Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force’s Disposal of Remains (from PBS) Click here to find out about the indignity!)

Another despicable practice of deceit, and total disregard for our oldest rituals: The proper remembrance of our departed loved ones.

Also, another valuable lessons about functions that can’t and shouldn’t ever be “contracted out”.

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, new questions about the disposal of remains of service members killed in action.

The Pentagon responded today to a Washington Post report that incinerated partial remains of 274 troops had been taken from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and disposed of in a landfill in Virginia.

This afternoon, the Air Force said that the practice was stopped three years ago.

LT. GEN. DARRELL JONES, U.S. Air Force: Prior to 2008, we took the unidentified portions under military escort in a dignified manner to a local funeral home, and they were cremated.

The cremated remains were then, with a military escort, turned over to a contractor for incineration, as was the industry standard. If there was any residual matter, it was handled in accordance with the — the processes at the time.

In 2008, our own inspection, not driven by any outside force, took a look at the process and said, we can do better than that. Here’s a better way to provide dignity and honor to these families and to our fallen heroes. And we developed the retirement-at-sea process using a sea-salt urn for our loved ones.

JEFFREY BROWN: And joining us is Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post. He broke the original story last month and co-wrote today’s follow-up.

Craig, so much bigger than previously known when you first reported on this a month ago. What has happened since that — in that time?

CRAIG WHITLOCK, The Washington Post: Well, Jeff, what happened was, the Air Force initially told us and told the Congress that it would be too difficult for them to go back through their records at Dover Air Force Base to figure out how many service members had their remains disposed of in this way that finally ended up in the landfill.

We pressed them on this as part of our investigation. They have an electronic database there. And after we pressed them for these — this information, they finally did come up with these figures just a couple of days ago that spelled out over a four-year period that there were 274 troops whose remains, part of their remains ended up in the landfill.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, a four-year period — we know when it ended. Do we know when it actually began?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: No, we don’t.

And the Air Force says they don’t know either, Jeff. And they said they — at this point, they don’t have plans to go back and try and find out. They say their current records date to late 2003. We have talked to individuals who say the practice went on prior to that. We have correspondence, email correspondence from mortuary officials to family members indicating that this went back at least to the mid-’90s.

It’s possible — and people in Congress are asking if this went back even further to prior conflicts, to the first Gulf War, or even Vietnam. And we just don’t know.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, you were at the briefing where we heard Gen. Jones just now.

Fill in a little bit about their explanation of how or why this practice was undertaken.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Another very good question, and I think one that the Air Force has labored to give a clear answer for.

They would first take these remains. These are ones that were either unidentified, that they couldn’t figure out who they belonged to, from catastrophic accidents in the war zone, or they were ones that belonged to individuals whose family members had said, look, if you find any additional remains, we want to you dispose of them appropriately.

They didn’t know, of course, what in fact happened, which was the Air Force would first cremate them, which is acceptable. And then, after that, for reasons they can’t really explain, they mixed them in with medical waste from the mortuary, took them to an incinerator in Baltimore, and then took the leftovers to the landfill.

And they have had a hard time saying why they did this. They said it was industry practice, standard industry practice. But we found, talking to funeral home operators and people in that industry, that that is not the case. They are appalled by this.

JEFFREY BROWN: And they said that family members have said they didn’t want to be notified if more remains were found. But you found that that wasn’t the case in all cases.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, that’s right.

They said they aren’t going to go back and notify these families of these 274 troops what in fact happened. And the reason is, they say these family members, that their wishes were they didn’t want to know if there were additional remains found.

But, as you said, we have interviewed a woman, Gari-Lynn Smith from New Jersey, who is a war widow of a soldier who was killed in Iraq. And she spent four years trying to find out what had happened.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, Gen. Jones said that the military has a new practice in 2008 — at sea.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: That’s right. Since then, they have been holding the ashes to retire them at sea. They started that this year.

JEFFREY BROWN: Oh, so — so, then, that’s since 2008?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Yes, that is something else that has been a little hard for them to explain. They stopped the landfill practice in 2008, but they didn’t actually begin the land — the burial at sea until early this year.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, there was immediate criticism, as there has been since your article first came out a month ago. It continues, from Congress, among other — and other places, right?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, that’s right.

The House Committee on Oversight — Government Oversight and Reform, is investigating not only this, but all burial practices by the military dating back 10 years. There’s also an internal Pentagon investigation. So I think this will go on for some time.

JEFFREY BROWN: And what might be the next step?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, I think we will see what Congress does. I don’t think the Air Force has anything planned.

There is a review right now of three supervisors at the Dover Air Force Base that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered to determine whether appropriate discipline has been handed out in this case and other problems at the mortuary. And I think we will find that out in the next few weeks.

JEFFREY BROWN: Secretary Panetta said today he was satisfied. Now, is there — he has ordered a full review, I think, of procedures at Dover. Where does all that stand?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: He has appointed a commission headed by retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, as well as public health experts, to take a look at the current mortuary operations.

It’s a little unclear if they are going to go back, as we discussed, how far this landfill disposal and other problems went. It’s a little unclear if that is going to be the scope, or they’re just going to check how things work now.

JEFFREY BROWN: All right, Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post, thanks so much.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: You’re welcome.
(Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec11/dover_12-08.html)