Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue : George Gershwin, piano : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed : Deceptive Cadence : NPR

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Grateful Dead "Dancing In The Street" live 1967 San Fran.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Dancing In The Street

Martha & The Vandellas "Dancing in the Streets"

A collection of hand selected articles by nedhamson from Ned’s Second Line Daily

A collection of hand selected articles by nedhamson from Ned’s Second Line Daily

AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - 5 million people exposed to plague - Fides News Agency

AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - 5 million people exposed to plague - Fides News Agency
Every year between 300 and 600 cases of bubonic plague are recorded in Madagascar, usually between October and March. Health authorities must also cope with superstitions, particularly in the more remote villages. It is thought that the plague arrived in Madagascar in 1898 from infected rats found on ships coming from India. Thanks to numerous vaccination campaigns, improved hygiene, the discovery of streptomycin and the use of insecticides, the disease was under control in the 50s. Over 30 years only from 20 to 50 cases per year were recorded in Madagascar, but since 1989 the number of suspected cases has increased steadily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of diseases in the United States, approximately five million people are exposed in the highlands of Madagascar. WHO considers the infection endemic in many parts of Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I Leaf Art: Carrying a Torch for Hope

I Leaf Art: Carrying a Torch for Hope: Where does a grueling run become a three-day party?  Lebanon, of course, where this year’s  Beirut  marathon featured dabke, salsa, hi...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tamarod founder says Egypt’s new constitution limits military

Tamarod founder says Egypt’s new constitution limits military: In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, founder of the Egyptian Tamarod Movement Mahmoud Badr stresses that despite claims to the contrary, the new constitution further limits the army’s purview.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Segundo Vídeo de Campaña Camila Vallejo

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

99 red ballons - Nena (+playlist)

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Blog4Peace 2013

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Monday, October 28, 2013

WHO reports millions of TB/MDR-TB patients missed by health care system | Vaccine News Daily

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

resistkxl:Native Women: Leading the Fight Against the Tar...

resistkxl:Native Women: Leading the Fight Against the Tar...:
Faith Spotted Eagle


Crystal Lameman


Debra White Plume


Winona LaDuke


Casey Camp


Tantoo Cardinal

resistkxl:
Native Women: Leading the Fight Against the Tar Sands 
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Dakota Signatory to the Treaty to Protect the Sacred. Testified at public hearing in Nebraska against Keystone XL.
Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree Grassroots activist, organizing in Alberta against tar sands devastation on her nation’s territory. In 2012, she was a delegate to the UN Rio+20 Summit.
Debra White Plume, Oglala Lakota Organizer with Moccasins on the Ground, which trains Native people an allies in direct action tactics in anticipation of the approval of Keystone XL North
Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabeg One of the founders of the Indigenous Women’s Network, founder of Honor the Earth. Longtime indigenous activist, LaDuke is (at the time of writing) riding across the length of Enbridge’s pipelines in Minnesota to raise awareness.
Casey Camp-Horineck, Ponca Actress and activist, Camp-Horineck provided important support and guidance to Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance in their work stopping construction of KXL south
Tantoo Cardinal, Metis/Cree Born in Ft McMurray, Cardinal was arrested outside the White House at the massive 2011 sit-in against the Keystone XL pipeline. She has continued to organize against Keystone XL. 
**This in no way encompasses all the accomplishments of these women.**

Pesticide illness triggers anti-Monsanto protest in Argentina | Environment | DW.DE | 25.10.2013

Pesticide illness triggers anti-Monsanto protest in Argentina | Environment | DW.DE | 25.10.2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dolphins slaughtered for shark bait



Massive Slaughter of Dolphins for Shark Bait in Peru Causes International Outrage (via World-Wire)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LIMA, Peru, October 21, 2013 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The government of Peru is considering measures to halt the massive slaughter of dolphins exposed this week by conservation organizations Mundo Azul and BlueVoice. Marine conservation…




Chopin-Godowsky - Study in D-flat major after Op. 10 No. 3

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Oarfish Mystery: Why Are They Washing Ashore?: LAist

Oarfish Mystery: Why Are They Washing Ashore?: LAist
According to traditional Japanese lore, the Daily Telegraph wrote in 2010, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending quake.
Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on Japanese beaches, suggesting the fish could possibly have known that the temblor was coming, Mark Benfield, a researcher at Louisiana State University who's remotely videotaped the mysterious creature, he told Live Science earlier this year. Or of course, as he added, it could just be a coincidence.
However, Japanese folkore has long connected the two. "In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph. He dismissed the connection as "older superstitions," saying, "there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake."
Earlier this year, sea lions were beaching themselves in record numbers along California beaches, which experts speculated might be due to a lack of food fish.
A rare 15-foot Stejneger's beaked whale washed ashore in Venice Beach on October 15, but no one knows whether that's related to the oarfish strandings.
So, either we're all doomed or it's just been a banner week for weird fish photo ops.

The Carpenters -- The End Of The World

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets - Wire Election News - The Sacramento Bee

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets - Wire Election News - The Sacramento Bee
About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans AffairsSecretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.
Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The short-term consequences have meant that disability claims production has slowed by an average of about 1,400 per day since the shutdown began Oct. 1, and that has stalled the department's efforts to reduce the backlog of disability claims pending for longer than 125 days.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/09/5806338/va-secretary-shutdown-could-hit.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News#storylink=cpy

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor among Westgate mall victims | World news | theguardian.com

Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor among Westgate mall victims | World news | theguardian.com
A renowned Ghanaian poet was among the scores of casualties of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Kenya.
Prof Kofi Awoonor, a former diplomat, was killed in the attack in Nairobi. He was in the city attending the Storymoja Hay literary festival, a celebration of pan-African writing and storytelling.
His fellow Ghanaian poet Nii Ayikewei Parkes said people attending the festival had realised something was wrong when Awoonor, known affectionately by many in Ghana as "Prof", failed to turn up for a session at which poets from west Africa and east Africa were due to perform a reading.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CPSC - The Children’s Place Recalls Footed Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

CPSC - The Children’s Place Recalls Footed Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

Don't need regulations or government - just let market do its thing and after a few dozen children are burned and some die - maybe the market will "punish" the manufacturer and sellers? Wake up folks - money and quick profit are too intoxicating for many to resist cutting corners and endangering all of us.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ned's Second Line Daily

Ned's Second Line Daily
Headed out to the mall…
JK. Practicing for a performance this weekend :) And loving this Wolfe gold face/body paint, holy shit.

Off-hours vaccination at Walgreens shows importance of expanded convenience | Vaccine News Daily

Off-hours vaccination at Walgreens shows importance of expanded convenience | Vaccine News Daily

Lib-Dems Join Brit Racists! Veils are not appropriate in classrooms or airport security, says Nick Clegg | Politics | theguardian.com

Veils are not appropriate in classrooms or airport security, says Nick Clegg | Politics | theguardian.com
It is not appropriate for students to wear a full veil in the classroom or for people to go through airport security with their faces covered, Nick Clegg has said.
But the deputy prime minister said he did not want to see a state ban on the wearing of religious items of clothing in particular circumstances.
His comments came as a Liberal Democrat minister said the government should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing the veil in public places.
The Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a national debate on whether the state should step in to prevent young women having the veil imposed upon them.

Rookie Rodents: Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime »

Rookie Rodents: Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime »: Police in the Netherlands are hoping to save money by training rats to sniff out things like drugs and gunshot residue. The animals are cheaper and faster than traditional lab work -- and they're very accurate.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

ASIA/SYRIA - Battle for Maalula, under sniper fire - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Battle for Maalula, under sniper fire - Fides News Agency
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - Soldiers of the regular army have entered Maalula, the Christian village which was attacked and seized by Islamist groups in recent days. According to local sources contacted by Fides Agency, local Christian youth fighting alongside the soldiers are under fire from snipers stationed in homes. Retaking the village seems to be very difficult because of the way it is built, where houses are perched on steep slopes. As reported to Fides, so far 3 young Greek Catholic Christians have been killed and six men have been abducted and taken somewhere near the city of Yabrud, on the slopes of the Qalamoun mountains.
Religious community members, men and women, who are still present in the village, are safe and sound. The Greek Orthodox nuns in the convent of Santa Tecla were "under siege" and were in fear for several days, while armed groups threatened to invade the convent and crosses have been removed and many civilian homes have been sacked. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 12/09/2013)

Monday, September 09, 2013

ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Hindo writes to Obama: the world does not want war - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Hindo writes to Obama: the world does not want war - Fides News Agency
Hassaké (Agenzia Fides) : "It is for peace that I write to you, our peace. It is against war that I write to you, your war". This is what Monsignor Behnam Hindo, Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Hassaké - Nisibis, says to Barack Obama in a letter asking the U.S. President to stop his plans for military intervention in Syria.
The diocese of Archbishop Hindo is in the north eastern Syrian province of Jazira, in a region that is enclosed in an overwhelming and total block and where a million and a half people suffer from "the torments of war, the destruction and lack of everything".
In the letter, sent to Fides, Mgr . Hindo harshly criticizes the path taken by the U.S. administration. Strong doubts are advanced by the Syrian Archbishop also on the proof of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime highlighted by the U.S. administration to convince the international community of the need for armed intervention. The advice given to the U.S. president is to wait for "the results of the UN Commission". In addition, there is also the plea to "save massacres, destruction and more suffering. I - says the Syrian Archbishop - write to he whose name resonates the term baraka, that is blessing (...). Blessing for your great nation, peace as the fruit of blessings for my people. These are my desires. They are now in the hands of a Nobel Prize for peace".

Syria says it ‘welcomes’ Russia proposal on chemical weapons - The Washington Post

Syria says it ‘welcomes’ Russia proposal on chemical weapons - The Washington Post

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Florida DOH issues mosquito-borne disease advisory for Miami-Dade County | Vaccine News Daily

Florida DOH issues mosquito-borne disease advisory for Miami-Dade County | Vaccine News Daily
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory on Friday for Miami-Dade County after confirming 2013′s first locally-acquired dengue fever case in the area.
The DOH confirmed the case of dengue fever in an 18-year-old male. Dengue fever symptoms include pain behind the eyes, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, fever, headache, joint pain and confusion. The department said healthcare providers should contact their county health department if an individual is suspected of having a mosquito-borne illness.
The DOH in Miami-Dade County reminds Floridians to be diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts with the phrase, “drain and cover.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Five Things About The Syrian Conflict That You Should Know | Egyptian Streets شوارع مصر

Five Things About The Syrian Conflict That You Should Know | Egyptian Streets شوارع مصر
Eventually, many members of Syria’s military defected and joined the rebels. These were soon joined by “jihadists” from abroad, many who had their own Islamist agendas. According to the co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres, 60 percent of those he had treated during his time in the north of Syria had been rebels and at least half of them had been non-Syrian. 
“It’s really something strange to see. They are directly saying that they aren’t interested in Bashar al-Assad’s fall, but are thinking about how to take power afterwards and set up an Islamic state with sharia law to become part of the world Emirate.” – Jacques Beres, co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres

Monday, August 26, 2013

Egyptian Tomb Bat found to be a perfect match for MERS viral origin | Vaccine News Daily

Egyptian Tomb Bat found to be a perfect match for MERS viral origin | Vaccine News Daily

Electronic Village: 544 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001

Electronic Village: 544 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001
Today we added 76-year old Zheng Diao (St. Louis Park, MN) as the 191st taser-related death in America since 2009. [NOTE: the full list is shown below].   Mr. Diao is the 2nd nursing home senior citizen electrocuted to death by the police with taser guns over the past few weeks.

According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2008, 351 people in the United States died after being shocked by police Tasers. Our blog has documented another 193 taser-related deaths in the United States in 2009-2013. That means there have been 544 documented taser-related deaths in America.

Friday, August 23, 2013

AFRICA/EGYPT - Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked - Fides News Agency

AFRICA/EGYPT - Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked - Fides News Agency
Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked »
Cairo - "The situation has been calm so far but one lives in tension due to the demonstrations announced today by supporters of ousted President Morsi. I hope that nothing serious happens", says to Fides Agency Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops of Egypt
"In much of Egypt, security conditions are improving but not in Giza and Al Minya" says the priest.
In this regard, Fr. Greiche reported the assault against a Coptic Orthodox monastery in a small village near Al Minya. "A group of people attacked the monastery and beat the monks. The police intervened but it was too late for the monks who were taken to hospital. One is still in hospital, the other was discharged". "It must be said that it is not always easy for the police to move in areas such as Minya, where Christians are always on the alert for the presence of various jihadist groups", said Fr. Greiche
"Minya is one of the governorates where in the past there was a large number of terrorist attacks. It is one of the focal points of the presence of jihadist groups", recalls the priest.
"This is because the geography of the area favors the movements of these groups, often formed by Bedouin families who move easily, and can hide in the nearby mountains".
The authorities in Cairo have imposed strict security measures all over the country in view of the announced protests after Friday prayers.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New York identifies encephalitis virus and West Nile virus in mosquitoes | Vaccine News Daily

New York identifies encephalitis virus and West Nile virus in mosquitoes | Vaccine News Daily
The health department identified EEEv in 15 pools of mosquitoes in Chautauqua and Oswego counties. Children under the age of 15 and adults over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk for contracting the severe disease. There were human cases of EEEv reported in 1971, 1983, 2009, 2010 and 2011. All five human cases were fatal.
The department identified two human cases of WNv, both of which occurred in New York City. Mosquitoes carrying WNv were identified in multiple New York counties, including Westchester, Suffolk, Rockland, Oswego, Onondaga, Nassau, Madison, Erie and Chautauqua. Last year, there were 107 cases of WNv identified in the state with nine fatal cases.

Monday, August 19, 2013

30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka · Global Voices

30 Years Ago: Remembering The Anti-Tamil Pogrom And Riots In Sri Lanka · Global Voices

AFRICA/EGYPT - 58 churches destroyed. "But it is not a war between Christians and Muslims", says the spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops - Fides News Agency

AFRICA/EGYPT - 58 churches destroyed. "But it is not a war between Christians and Muslims", says the spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops - Fides News Agency
58 churches and Christian institutions were attacked and set on fire in Egypt in past days. This was reported to Fides Agency by Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops of Egypt. "Out of 58 churches attacked 14 are Catholic, the rest belong to the Coptic Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant communities" says Fr. Greiche. "The attacks against the churches took place all over the Country, but are concentrated especially in the areas of Al Minya and Assiut, because it is there that we find the headquarters of the jihadists, responsible for this violence", adds Fr. Greiche.
"It should be emphasized – the priest says - that Muslims who live in the vicinity of the affected churches have helped men and women religious to put out the fires of the religious buildings".
"This is not a civil war between Christians and Muslims", emphasizes Fr. Greiche. "It is not a civil war but a war against terrorism. And the majority of the population is against terrorism and religious extremism", concludes Fr. Greiche. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 19/08/2013)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekend Gun Report: July 12-14, 2013

Weekend Gun Report: July 12-14, 2013
A retired Lockheed Martin employee was airlifted to a hospital Friday afternoon after he accidentally shot himself at the facility’s shooting range in Littleton, Colo.

Sisters

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originally uploaded by Gloria Zelaya.
Tube surfing rocks!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Falling Fruit

Falling Fruit
An open source, interactive mapping project for locating public fruit trees and shrubs

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Children's Magical Garden, NYC - closing it down!?!

Apple to build U.S.-made Macs in Texas

Apple to build U.S.-made Macs in Texas: When Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook announced late last year that the tech company wanted to bring some manufacturing back to the United States, it raised the question of where? Now we know: Texas.

Cook talked about location during his Senate committee appearance yesterday, according to All Things D. A Mac line will be built in Texas — though a more specific location was not disclosed — with components made in Illinois and Florida, using equipment made in Kentucky and Michigan.

In December 2012, Cook…

Jaffna erupts over Sri Lankan government land acquisition

Jaffna erupts over Sri Lankan government land acquisition:
People in Sri Lanka's former war-torn Northern Province have been protesting a government move to forcibly acquire land in the Jaffna peninsula which they claim is a ploy to bring in settlers ahead of elections.

Mysterious illness kills 2 in southeast Alabama - Wire National News - The Sacramento Bee

Wonder if anyone ill or in hospital has recently visited Saudi Arabia?

Mysterious illness kills 2 in southeast Alabama - Wire National News - The Sacramento Bee

A mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama, state health officials said Tuesday.
Seven people have been admitted to hospitals with a fever, cough and shortness of breath in recent weeks, Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre said in a statement.
Two of the seven have died. The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control Respiratory Laboratory are analyzing lab tests from all seven patients. McIntyre says officials hope to have preliminary results on the samples back by Wednesday or Thursday morning.
The illness was first reported late last week and the last of the seven patients was hospitalized Monday, McIntyre said.
It wasn't immediately clear which municipalities the illnesses were concentrated in.
"We're only aware of the Southeast, but we don't know - we haven't received reports from anywhere else," McIntyre said. "That's why we're trying to get the information out."
McIntyre said it's unclear what's causing the illness but some of the seven patients also had the flu. Authorities are urging hospital staff to wear masks when caring for patients who appear to be suffering from respiratory illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control referred all questions to Alabama health officials.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/21/5438362/mysterious-illness-kills-2-in.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News#storylink=cpy

Monday, May 13, 2013

Amazon CARES: Happy Birthday, Molly!

Amazon CARES: Happy Birthday, Molly!: By Shannon Sullivan Our team and volunteers wish Molly Mednikow, founder and director of Amazon CARES, a very happy birthday! Molly fou...