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Running with the Herd

A wonderful story published in the NY Times.  Enjoy . . .

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On D-Day, Exploring the Context of “As We May Think”

Source: On D-Day, Exploring the Context of “As We May Think”


Travel Diary: Dubai City Tour

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Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results

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Here’s how this provocative article begins:

“A few years back, scientists at the biotechnology company Amgen set out to replicate 53 landmark studies that argued for new approaches to treat cancers using both existing and new molecules. They were able to replicate the findings of the original research only 11 percent of the time.

“Science has a reproducibility problem. And the ramifications are widespread.”

Read the entire original at:  Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/2rhpwEg


A New Beginning

True to the original purpose of this blog, today I am starting a systematic study of  WordPress itself. My site is the simplest, cheapest offered, but with Premium membership for access to a huge array of themes that I plan to experiment with. My purpose is to learn to use as many features and edits as possible, while sharing my thoughts on many topics.

First I want to thank all the WordPress “Happiness Staff” who have rescued and educated me, especially during the past year. What a team!

And now, to start my journal, I share what has made me happy today: the photo quality from my Samsung S7 Galaxy’s latest full upgrade:

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I just can’t take my eyes off it! And to think it’s “just” a cell phone camera . . .

Until later,  Mary


Annual Workshop: April 29, 2017 Effective Members Create Good Meetings

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History of Illegal Immigration in the US

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The surging number of child immigrants from Central America has provoked another political crisis for US President Obama, who is already facing Republican opposition to his plans for immigration reform. Although both sides of politics agree that something has to be done about illegal immigration, a deal is unlikely, writes Keri Phillips.

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It’s a 3,200-kilometre long border. In the early 1980s there were 2,000 border patrol agents, today there are 20,000. In the early 1980s there was almost no fencing on the border; today there’s about 1,000 kilometres of relatively secure fencing.

PROFESSOR PHILIP MARTIN, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.

It’s estimated that as many as 12 million undocumented migrants now live in the United States, a country with a population of just over 300 million people. Although it’s a nation with a strong immigrant history, unauthorised migration has become a political headache for both sides of American politics. It’s an issue with two main facets—what to do with unauthorised workers already in the US and how to secure the borders against further illegal entry.

The American republic was established by Europeans in the unquestioned expectation that those who came to settle would also be Europeans. The first significant restrictions on immigration were embodied in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Chinese workers had been welcomed during the building of the transcontinental railroad during the 1860s, but their perceived social and cultural differences from the white Protestant mainstream ultimately made them unwelcome migrants.

In the following decades, other categories of undesirable migrants were added to the list—criminals, prostitutes, Communists and so on. In the 1920s, quantitative limits—a worldwide quota and quotas by country—were added.

During both world wars, the United States government looked to Mexico to help with a perceived shortage of labour. During World War II, the bracero program brought hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to work as unskilled labour in agriculture and on the railways.

‘From 1942 to 1964, five million Mexican workers were admitted to the United States to perform temporary services of labour,’ says Dr Mark J. Miller from the University of Delaware. ‘Most of them went to the south-west and worked in agriculture and during that period, there was a parallel inflow of illegal or undocumented workers.’

‘It’s important to understand this in order to understand ongoing American debates about the future course of US immigration policy, because during the entire period from 1942 to 1964, more Mexicans were repatriated as illegal entrants to the United States, as were legally admitted to legal employment as temporary foreign workers.’

Read more: Is the child migration crisis of the United States’ own making?

The Second World War proved to be a watershed in the US history of immigration. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 meant an end to restrictions on the basis of nationality and led to an explosion in demand.  Professor Susan Martin from the Institute for the Study of International for legal migration, although it came from unexpected places, according to Migration at Georgetown University. ‘Legal migration began to increase, and the geographic origins of the immigrants did a definite shift. They gave priority to people entering for family reunification, the fact that they already had family members in the US. It was actually thought that this would lead to European migration restarting, but by that point in the mid-1960s, a lot of the European countries had seen their economies take off. They were actually starting to import guest workers, immigrants to come into their countries. But there was an interest in Asia and in Latin America in coming into the US.’

‘At the same time, the other thing that occurred in 1965 was an end to the bracero program, which was seen as being very exploitive of the workers, and encouraging American farmers to hire domestic workers. What ended up happening is the origin of our current illegal migration because a lot of the people who came as braceros or in the future might have wanted to come as braceros, instead came illegally and the farmers continued to hire them, only they hired them now as illegal workers rather than as guest workers.’

As the number of Mexicans and other Latin Americans working illegally in the United States continued to grow, the administration of President Ronald Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It proposed the creation of a kind of identity card and made it illegal for employers to knowingly hire or recruit undocumented workers. It also granted amnesty to millions already in the US. It was the first attempt to really deal with illegal immigration.

‘The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 tried to satisfy what I would call admissionists, who are people who say “let more people in”, and restrictionists who say “let fewer people in”,’ explains Professor Philip Martin, from the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program at the University of California. ‘For the admissionists, we legalised 2.7 million illegal foreigners, the largest legalisation in the world until now, and most of them were Mexican, and they one day were illegal and the next day were legal immigrants with the right to try to unify their families, although there were long waiting lists for that.’

‘On the other hand, we introduced sanctions or fines on employers who knowingly hired illegal workers. So the legalisation worked [but] the sanctions did not work, and the net result was that illegal Mexico-US migration surged in part because those family members of newly legalised Mexicans did not wait, as they were supposed to, for their immigrant visas and there became a whole lot more anchor points for Mexicans to enter the US, find supportive friends and relatives and get jobs, even though they did not have legal authorisation to do so.’

The enforcement mechanism was not at all effective. Employers did not have to verify that a worker’s documents were genuine and the 1986 law simply sparked a new industry—one creating false documents, available for as little as $25-$30. During the 1990s, the Commission on Immigration Reform was set up to advise the US government on illegal immigration, but the Clinton administration also failed to adopt a counterfeit-resistant identification document or provide the funding necessary for the enforcement of employer sanctions. Instead, by 1996, the US government was looking to border control, not labour law enforcement, to deal with illegal migration.

In 2006, President George W Bush, then in his second term in office, signed a law authorising the construction of more than 1,000 kilometres of fencing along the United States-Mexico border. ‘It’s a 3,200-kilometre long border,’ says Professor Martin. ‘In the early 1980s there were 2,000 border patrol agents, today there are 20,000. In the early 1980s there was almost no fencing on the border; today there’s about 1000 kilometres of relatively secure fencing. Initially people came without the services of a local guide or smuggler, or coyote, and as the number of border agents increased and as the fences got built, more people turned to smugglers.’

‘One way to think of the increased difficulty of getting into the United States is the cost of being smuggled from Mexico to Los Angeles, which in the early 1990s was in the order of $200 or $300 and today it’s in the order of $2,000 or $3,000.’

‘So what has happened is that today almost all migrants use smugglers, the smugglers often use stolen vehicles, often covered trucks. They often have teenage drivers and they may come with several vans, one of which may have drugs, one of which may have migrants, and a couple that might be empty decoys, and the effort is made to come across the desert where there’s no fence in Arizona, and to have the trucks with the things being smuggled into the US elude the border patrol and make it in.’

Although almost half of unauthorised migrants enter the US legally on tourist or student visas, the rest, mostly Mexicans, slip across the southern border. About a quarter of undocumented migrants live in California, although many now live and work far from the border states. The landmark 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act continues to apply the same maximum number of visas to all countries, regardless of their population.

Related: Hazaras in a state of legal limbo

Although family reunion and migrants with special skills or education still remain the focus of legal migration, these country limits have severely restricted the legal immigration of people outside those categories wanting to come from places like China and the Philippines, as well as Mexico. The lag for a legal migrant visa to the US for an unskilled worker from places like the Philippines and Mexico is over 20 years: a long time to wait if you are trying to immigrate to seek economic opportunity during your most productive working years.  For most people most of the time, legal status doesn’t make a big difference day-to-day. ‘It does limit how far they can rise in an organisation, however,’ says Professor Martin. ‘There is clearly a 10 per cent to 15 per cent wage disadvantage for being illegal in many cases. The biggest danger is state and local police who do not enforce immigration laws but do enforce traffic laws, stopping people and discovering they don’t have a drivers licence or they don’t have insurance.’

‘That stop, which can be for something totally unrelated to immigration, can in the end lead to deportation. So that’s a real fear. Somebody is driving to work but without a licence or without insurance because they can’t get a licence and can’t get insurance because of their status, can wind up encountering the police and being removed from the US.’

Although immigration law is a matter for the federal government, many states, cities and towns have tried to make life more difficult—and in some cases,easier—for undocumented migrants. ‘St Paul and Minneapolis, where I live, have declared themselves sanctuary cities where they would not have local police look for immigrant status or explicitly try to root out undocumented immigrants,’ explains Erika Lee

from the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

‘But there are other places that are passing what might be called nuisance laws. So in the areas that they do have jurisdiction over, such as rental, you cannot rent to someone unless they show a valid form of a certain type of ID. Or there were some places, I believe in Georgia, that also allowed certain cities to deny utilities—electricity and water—unless you had a certain type of documentation, and it is absolutely trying to target undocumented immigrants from Mexico.’

Although both the Bush and the Obama administrations tried to introduce comprehensive immigration reform, neither succeeded, despite immigration becoming a political issue at campaign time. ‘George W. Bush ran in 2000 and 2004 on immigration reform and he was supporting a path to citizenship for some of these illegal immigrants,’ says historian Robert Fleegler from the University of Mississippi. ‘In 2006, 2007, I think he was hoping to make this kind of a legacy issue, and there were many Democrats who supported him, so it looked to be an area where Bush and the Democrats could come together but there was a strong opposition from the conservative wing of the Republican Party, from talk radio, and it fell through.’

Illegal immigration in the USA   Sunday 17 August 2014

Listen to this episode of Rear Vision to find out more.

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‘President Obama ran on it in 2008 but got caught up in the recession and

with Iraq and with Afghanistan and then healthcare, and it sort of fell by

the wayside as an issue. I think many people expected after 2012, given the

really poor performance the Republicans had with Hispanics, there was a

lot of talk that, okay, now Republicans are going to support immigration

reform because of they don’t get the support of this growing Hispanic

community, they won’t be able to win national elections.’

‘The Senate passed a bill last year but then it got bogged down in the House

for all the same reasons. Conservatives feel it’s rewarding unlawful

behaviour to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.’

Rear Vision puts contemporary events in their historical context,

answering the question, ‘How did it come to this?’

ABC, Sunday 12pm Repeated: Monday 5:30am, Tuesday 2pm, Thursday 12am

Presented by Annabelle Quinceand Keri Phillips


The One-Minute Haggadah and Other Mysteries

A timely offering from our good friend and scholar, Patricia Anderson.

Emerging Technologies Librarian

Technology is weird, and strange, and it allows us to do things that people would probably not have imagined a few years back. Like this, that just appeared in my Facebook stream — a Rube Goldberg machine to tell the Passover story, which is an essential part of the Jewish Passover seder through the series of prayers known as the Haggadah.

Or this, DIY Haggadah generator, an online interactive tool to help you create and share your very own custom haggadah.

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https://www.haggadot.com/

People have done some really interesting and creative things with making their own Haggadahs. I’d like to share some of them with you, but first a bit of context. While I am not Jewish, I have sometimes had the privilege of being invited to the Passover seder celebration, which is beautiful and meaningful. I confess to being surprised by some of the range of Haggadah I’ve stumbled across…

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DC Eagle Nest – 2017

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“This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all eaglets hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.”

View activity at the nest via 2 cameras as chicks hatch, grow and fledge.

Live Washington DC Nesting Bald Eagles


Spring Break Mini-Day Camp at Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, Michigan 

Join us on this three day adventure filled with fun, exploration, and discovery. Each day we will hike, play games, be creative, sing songs, and more all while exploring the CNC property. Campers will be divided into smaller camp groups according to age. You won’t want to miss this year’s Spring Break Mini Camp! Deadline for registration is March 25. Fee: $100 (CNC Members $80) Campers 8 years old and up are invited to camp out at the Visitor Center on Thursday night. After spending the night exploring the outdoors, playing games, and sleeping in the Visitor Center, campers will be ready for pick up at 9 am on Friday. The cost for the overnight experience is an additional $25 to the regular mini-camp fee.

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5 Endangered Species You May Not Know

 

More than 40 species have been officially recovered by the Endangered Species Act. Some, like bald eagles and peregrine falcons, have received a lot of publicity.

Here are five lesser known – but no less interesting – stories of recovery.

The Endangered Species Act had its genesis in the early 1900s, when visionary conservationists like George Bird Grinnell, Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt began calling for a change in wildlife management and habitat protection.

“To lose the chance to see frigatebirds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach,” wrote Roosevelt. “Why, the loss is like the loss of a gallery of the masterpieces of the artists of old time.”

Something needed to be done. A lot of those early efforts focused on protecting game species and migratory birds. In the 1960s, conservationists focused on saving species that needed the most help. In 1966, Congress passed the Endangered Species Preservation Act. In 1973, under the Nixon Administration, the Endangered Species Act was born.

Enjoy these five successes: a reptile, mammal, plant, fish and bird.

  1. Island Night Lizard

    Island night lizard on Rock Side. Photo © US Navy through a Creative Commons license
    Island night lizard on Rock Side. Photo © US Navy through a Creative Commons license

    Two words are most commonly used to describe the island night lizard: remarkably sedentary.

    That may be an understatement.

    The small lizard can live to be up to 30 years old, but often sticks to a home range of about 20 yards.

    “They have incredibly small little worlds where they live,” says Jane Hendron, spokesperson for the Carlsbad office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “They will eat vegetation. They will eat beetles. And during lean times, it’s been demonstrated that if they shed their skin they will even eat their skin.”

    The island night lizard – oddly named since it isn’t nocturnal – is found on only a few islands off of California’s coast: San Clemente, San Nicolas and Santa Barbara, and a tiny little islet called Sutil.

    They give birth to live young, and because of their general lack of movement, require only about half the food of similarly-sized lizards.

    The lizards thrived in their island life until nonnative goats, pigs and rabbits ate most of the vegetation, and feral cats ate the lizards themselves.

    The federal government interceded in 1977, and by the mid-‘90s, the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Navy had coordinated to remove all goats, sheep and rabbits. Feral cats were also largely eliminated.

    In 2014, the lizards crawled off the endangered species list. More than 20 million are now estimated to live on San Clemente Island, more than 15,000 on San Nicolas and almost 18,000 on Santa Barbara.

  2. Columbian White-Tailed Deer

    Columbian White-tailed Deer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Lisa Feldkamp)
    Columbian White-tailed Deer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Lisa Feldkamp)

    Anyone living on the East coast won’t likely think of white-tailed deer as endangered. They range across huge swaths of the U.S., providing hunting opportunities for thousands of Americans. But the Columbian white-tailed deer is a different story.

    Tens of thousands of the small mammals weighing between 100 and 300 pounds and standing less than 3-feet tall at the shoulders once roamed portions of the Pacific Northwest from the Cascade Mountains to the ocean, Puget Sound to southern Oregon. They thrived on small islands and riparian areas.

    Their story is a familiar one: Habitat changed with encroaching agriculture, residential development and logging. Over-hunting and poaching took its toll, says Brent Lawrence, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Oregon.

    The distinct subspecies was given federal protections in the late 1960s. Its numbers were down to less than 1,000 deer between two small subpopulations.

    Through translocations and partnerships on wildlife refuges, numbers started increasing.

    “They have a relatively small population distribution right now, and there’s not a huge range of them,” says Lawrence. “But they’re recovering nicely in those areas.”

    So nicely, in fact, that one population was removed from the endangered species list in 2003 with more than 5,000 animals. The second population, centered around the Columbia River, was downgraded in October from endangered to threatened.

  3. Tennessee Purple Coneflower

    Tennessee coneflowers at Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area. Photo © Byron Jorjorian, used with permission
    Tennessee coneflowers at Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area. Photo © Byron Jorjorian, used with permission

    Like the black-footed ferret or Caspian horse, the Tennessee purple coneflower was once thought to be extinct. Until it was found again.

    It grows in the limestone barrens and cedar glades of only three counties in Tennessee, and until a Vanderbilt professor named Elsie Quarterman accidentally rediscovered it in 1968, most botanists assumed it was lost.

    But the flower is remarkable for more than its apparent rise from the dead, says Sally Palmer, director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee, who has worked with the plant for almost two decades.

    “In its natural habitat, it is a beautiful, magenta-colored, daisy-like flower in the middle of gray and green. It grows in lovely groupings in cedar glade and barren habitat,” she says. “It’s one of those great stories about how important basic field botany still is.”

    The purple coneflower wasn’t growing in a remote corner of a western wilderness. It was on the outskirts of Nashville, under everyone’s nose.

    It also needed help.

    So for decades after it was listed, countless groups from The Nature Conservancy to garden clubs to federal agencies worked together to protect swaths of coneflower habitat. The effort paid off, and in 2011, the Tennessee purple coneflower, one of the first plants to be placed on the endangered species list, was removed. The protected land has also benefited about 30 other rare plant species, not to mention birds, butterflies and small mammals.

    And now the plant that some thought was extinct has 19 secure colonies among six populations.

  4. Oregon Chub

    Oregon Chubs. Photo © Rick Swart, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a Creative Commons license
    Oregon Chubs. Photo © Rick Swart, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a Creative Commons license

    Threats that faced the Oregon chub read like a buffet of environmental issues: Predation from non-native species; runoff from herbicide and pesticide; rotenone to manage sport fisheries; accidental chemical spills and the list goes on.

    Damming rivers and flood control, resulting in a loss of side channels and overflow ponds, were some of the biggest blows to the mosquito-eating, olive, silver and white fish.

    But aside from fixing the physical issues, another challenge for biologists was convincing people why they should care about the relatively nondescript, 3.5-inch minnow.

    “When you are doing good things for the Oregon chub, and they are thriving, the same backwater areas are great for young salmon and steelhead to be in, also,” Lawrence says. “So when you are creating waterways to help the chub you’re also helping more iconic sportfish.”

    In 1993, when the species was listed, there were only eight known populations. Through protecting habitat and wild populations, and reintroducing new ones, that number increased to 38. In 2010, the Oregon chub became the first fish to be removed from the endangered species list.

    And its success continues. Fisheries biologists have now documented 50 populations.

  5. Brown Pelican

    Brown Pelicans. Photo © Seabamirum / Flickr through a Creative Commons license
    Brown Pelicans. Photo © Seabamirum / Flickr through a Creative Commons license

    Depending on where you look, it’s hard to imagine the brown pelican was once endangered to the point of possible extinction.

    The birds with 7-foot wingspans and pouches that can hold up to 3 gallons of water and fish cover the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of North and South America. But it wasn’t always that way.

    Brown pelicans – also called common pelicans – faced their first wave of threats in late 19thand early 20th century. Their feathers were sought for clothing, particularly for women’s hats.

    The subsequent Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 helped protect them from illegal hunting, but by the late 1940s, their numbers were crashing again. Commercial fishermen blamed pelicans for lower fish numbers. DDT thinned their shells so much the eggs broke during incubation, and another pesticide – endrin – killed them.

    The federal government offered protections for the bird in 1970, and in 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT.

    Countless groups, state government agencies and federal agencies worked to bring brown pelican numbers back. Populations were reintroduced and protected. Nesting habitats were restored.

    By 1985, numbers were strong enough to remove them from the endangered species list. Now hundreds of thousands of nesting pairs live along both coasts.

    from Adam,
    http://www.tuskphoto.com


1/27/2017 – Was It Worth It?

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It’s been a long, long journey to this vantage point. I feel like a pilgrim standing on top of a mountain ridge, looking down at the trail behind and up at the peak ahead. I can’t say that I’ve arrived at my destination, so much as reached a good place to stop for a while.

Eight years ago, when I began this blog, I was a young and newly-minted attorney who had just received a terrifying diagnosis of two rare and aggressive blood cancers. I set out to find a life-saving donor, not only for myself but for others who – due to their ethnic heritage – were unlikely to ever find a match. I wanted to recruit 10,000 donors to the worldwide registry, start a new donor registry in Nigeria, and use the Olympics as a platform to create awareness.

I eventually accomplished all three goals. Just this past…

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Have You Seen … What NIH is doing with their videocasts?

EDITORIAL ASIDE: Yes, I’ve been away for a long time. I have so much to share, and so many lovely blogposts and concepts parked in “draft” mode. It’s been a rough few years …

Source: Have You Seen … What NIH is doing with their videocasts?


A Few More Tulips :-) by Patty Hankins

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See the rest of her latest post and revel in the floral beauty of her entire blog at 

BeautifulFlowerPIctures.com

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My New Blog – UTI Info and Advocacy

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During ten years of struggling with UTIs I have found doctors to be of no help in getting to the cause. They simply prescribe antibiotics for periodic infections and estrogen to reduce the number of occurrences. So I am taking matters into my own hands.

First I searched the web and found enough information to start a little archive – my new blog:  utinotes  Now I am seeking a clinical study to join or some research project to volunteer in. I’ll begin with my primary care unit, University of Michigan Geriatrics Center. They are part of a huge medical complex and may have suggestions.

Do you, dear reader, have any ideas? Please share them either or both in comments to this post or on my UTI blog.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary


Hail Ceasar – Film Review

 http://moralpremise.blogspot.com/  by Stan Williams, PhD, date February 12, 2016

The Moral Premise Blog: Story Structure Craft

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HAIL, CAESAR! (2016)

Writers/Directors: ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN
Eddie Mannix: JOSH BROLIN
Baird Whitlock: GEORGE CLOONEY
Hobie Doyle: ALDEN EHRENREICH
Laurence Laurentz: RALPH FIENNES
DeeAnna Moran: SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Thora & Thessaly Thacker: TILDA SWINTON

I went for a lark.

I thought I’d go to the movies just this once for fun. No analysis, no timings in the back of the theater with my iPhone taking notes and risking getting kicked out. Pam was gone for the night, so I ate a Wendy’s Apple Pecan Salad in the Emagine Theater parking lot as it started to snow. Went in, bought my Senior Discount ticket, got some chocolate covered almonds (Hey, Lent starts tomorrow), and sitting in my seat put in my new hearing aid so I could understand the dialogue.

I was expecting a brainless, escapism, night at the movies.

WELL!

Here’s a hint.

Hail, Caesar! is (at the same time) all about the fragility and splendor of being human. It is about the inability of humans to do what is right and their perseverance in trying to be better. It’s about the darkness of life and the candles we can ignite to bring light into that darkness.  And, it’s about how incompetent Hollywood can be and how, at the same time, utterly brilliant and talented the people there are. It’s about the difficult of doing what is right and not what is easy.  And all of that under the mercy of our creator. It is a pure movie about the human condition and how we help each other in this dark valley of tears.

HAIL, CAESAR! was entertaining (after a while). I cringed at first…it took a while to figure out what was going on. Hey, it’s the Coen brothers and they are two smart directors, but you have to stick with them—they will make you work. There were moments of profound seriousness and scenes that seemed obscure at best. And yet, there were scenes I could not stop laughing (although many of the jokes for me were filmmaking inside jokes. I’ve directed actors enough and been in editing rooms enough (even with uprightMoviolas), that the moments were gut busters…with many homages to the greats of the industry.   There were repeated sends-up of Hollywood and it’s ridiculous attempts to get things right but didn’t. (When you see the rear view of Jesus on the Cross is not satire of Christianity, it’s satire at Hollywood trying to tell the

story of Christ….big difference….don’t be confused). There is a dance number that puts Gene Kelly to shame, and Esther Williams’s grand water choreography makes an appearance. Enjoy the respites of talent, they’re there to remind you of humanity’s goodness and how the struggle is worth it.

Thus, I identified easily with the protagonist and his arc….Eddie Mannix, the CAPITAL studio head played by Josh Brolin. Watch him carefully. The movie is NOT about George Clooney’s character Baird Whitlock, although Baird’s predicament is what drives Eddie’s primary, physical goal.

I’ll watch it again and do a little amendment on the Moral Premise later. Let me know what you think.

 


Review of my book

Many other authors have advised me never to read a review of my book as it can be hurtful when they are negative, However, I have gotten used to so much criticism here, and even hatred and vitriol on Facebook (last year, which is now over thanks to the ability to block the offenders) I feel ok  about reading it.

Hence, I am posting the first review of my book, which was actually written a few weeks ago, as the person is a reviewer, and was sent a draft of my manuscript to read (not even the final one) so there was a review up when the book was released. Unfortunately, if he had read the book thoroughly and ‘really listened to me’, or done any research at all on me, he would not have referred to me (or others with dementia) as a sufferer, as per this screen shot of…

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When having dementia gets too hard

Image source: Sarah Yeates Image source: Sarah Yeates

Today is one of those days I feel like hiding under the blankets all day, although where I live, that would be a tad warm as it’s very hot here this summer! Anyway, I suspect, sweat droplets would take over from tear droplets eventually and it will all be ok! But it doesn’t feel ok just now…

How do we negotiate a secure footing, in our world that is always moving and full of confusion, misunderstandings and such constant change in functional ability due to dementia? It needs patience and love, and a lot of bloody hard work. How can asking one simple question turn out so badly? I must get better at managing situations and problems, and find ways to deal with things so they don’t backfire and hurt me.

I’m not feeling strong today, and need time to sit and ponder if this global advocacy…

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New Year Surprises

What a great post! Thank you

Emerging Technologies Librarian

You know the line “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing“?

Well, I can’t believe how little I’ve been here. I am absolutely SHOCKED that I haven’t blogged in over a MONTH! Of course, this is because I’ve been so gosh all darned busy, both at work and at home. Just briefly, what all is keeping me away is probably of interest to folk.

* MDMLG
* Opioid Overdose Summit
* Microbes and Mood
* Design Lab & Coloring
* PaGamO (Gaming)
* Graphic Medicine
* Librarians & Artists’ Books
* Sleep Trackers


MDMLG

First, a couple days after the last post, I was a keynote for the November meeting of MDMLG (Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group). It was a wonderful experience, a great group. I really enjoyed being with them, and by all reports, they enjoyed my talk. There are rumors that I might repeat…

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“Nothing in this world is indifferent to us:” Technology and Ethics through the Words of the Pope

A lovely post: one to keep! I’m even reblogging it.

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With the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, I thought it might be interesting and pertinent to explore emerging technologies in the context of the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. I self-describe my religion on Facebook as Zen Pagan Catholic (which makes for some interesting conversations from time to time), and primarily practice as a Catholic, but I have a deep fondness for many other faiths as well (Quaker! Judaism! More!) and like to look at ideas and concepts in a broad ethical framework. This is just a small ‘deep dive’ into an area where a global leader in ethics touches on the impacts and ethics surrounding emerging and existing technologies. There are many such, and many ways to explore this.

I thought the image opening this post was a real treasure illustrating how current technologies, services, and memes (selfies? Instagram?) are being adopted by or…

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Senator Creigh Deeds Pleas for Passage of HIPAA Reform Act.

For the first time since his son’s death, Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate whose son stabbed him multiple times before committing suicide, testified Tuesday morning before members of Congress considering the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

His primary message? The country needs to ease patient privacy laws to help people with severe mental illness and their families.

“HIPAA prevented me from accessing the information I needed to keep my son safe and help him towards recovery,” said Deeds. “Even though I was the one who cared for him, housed him, fed him . . . I was not privy to any information that could clarify for me his behaviors. I did not know his diagnosis, prescription changes and necessary follow-up care.”

Among many important provisions, the reintroduced “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” would include adjustments to the HIPAA Privacy Rule so caretakers of the severely mentally ill can access information in times of crisis.

“I was in the dark as I tried to advocate for him in the best way I could with the best information I had,” Deeds continued. “We have to do better. Not for me. Not for the countless other families who have already buried their loved ones. But for those who still struggle with mental illness and the families that struggle to help them.”

“This bill makes important changes to HIPAA that would allow adult children to be cared for by the parents or family members that already care for them,” Deeds said. Read his entire testimony.

Representative Matsui (D-CA) has also introduced legislation “Including Families in Mental Health Recovery Act” that would provide guidance and educate providers, patients and families about sharing information under HIPAA. Members of the bipartisan panel expressed support for both pieces of legislation.

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NODEXL Graphic Gallery: The social Media Research Foundation

NODEXL Graphic Gallery

“The graph represents a network of 1,147 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained “‪#‎15ntc‬”, or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets, taken from a data set limited to a maximum of 18,000 tweets.”

“The network was obtained from Twitter on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 at 04:32 UTC.”

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In Veterans Treatment Court Prosecutors act as Social Workers

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/surprise-prosecutors-social-workers-vets/

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US MAP Showing States Having Veterans Treatment Courts

http://www.justiceforvets.org/veterans-treatment-court-locations


In Veterans Courts, Prosecutors become Social Workers for Accused Veterans

In Veterans Courts, prosecutors become social workers for the accused | PBS NewsHour.


Windows on Earth – photos by Astronauts in Space

“Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station.  Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach.  The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate home planet Earth.  These images  help astronauts share their experience, and help you see Earth from a global perspective.”                      By Seth Dixon on Geography Education

Windows on Earth

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Another Face of Winter

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Winter

Toby doesn’t understand

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Why Do Disco Clams Put On Brilliant Underwater Light Shows?

Why Do Disco Clams Put On Brilliant Underwater Light Shows?

A pair of disco clams share a crevice in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

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Photo by LINDSEY DOUGHERTY, University of California, Berkeley


From the Lion’s Roar: the Best from the Best Teachers

Teachers’ Spotlight 

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At the Movies: Public Health Aspects of E-Cigarettes, 10 (Or So) Thought-Provoking Videos

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The Risk Bites video series is touching on many of my favorite emerging technologies topics. Every now and then, I’m hoping to take some of their topics and dig into the issues a little more. Today’s topic is e-cigs, which I’ve blogged about here before. Earlier this week, the e-cigarette panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (#APHA14) attracted a great deal of attention, including attendance from the current Surgeon General.

In addition, APHA endorsed a public call to the FDA to push forward on regulating electronic cigarettes.

20149 Regulation of electronic cigarettes — Calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop regulations that hold e-cigarettes to the same marketing and advertising standards as conventional tobacco cigarettes and calls for the…

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Delicious diplomacy: 5 dishes from Pittsburgh’s ‘Conflict Kitchen’

Fantastic Idea, very nicely presented! I hope other towns pick up on it.

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It is an unwritten military maxim: in order to turn the nation against an enemy, the nation must seize seeing the other side as human, and begin to understand them simply as an enemy.

That is pretty depressing, and it’s something the owners of Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen are acutely aware of. The restaurant seeks to overcome cultural misunderstandings by exclusively serving the cuisine from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

The restaurant works with those still living in the country at hand, as well as local members of the diaspora, to develop “events, performances, publications and discussions” to supplement the food, and also to “instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with [its] customers.”

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Every few months the restaurant rotates its identity to relate to current geopolitical events. So far it has seen installments from Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and…

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Project Passenger Pigeon

“2014 marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. Project Passenger Pigeon will mark this anniversary and promote the conservation of species and habitat, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources.”

Visit their website: http://www.passengerpigeon.org to learn about the project and how to become involved. 

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#MakeHealth was AMAZING – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 18, 2014)

Here is a fine example of how one serious blogger Uses IT to educate and faciiitate with daily blogs based on research and communication:  

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It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to show off a University of Michigan event in these posts. It’s even more of a delight to show off an event of which I was so intimately a part, even though I have to confess I feel like I did very little and it was the community that really drove this magical event! I was just lucky to be among the core team at the front, along with the incredible Joyce Lee and Emily Hirshfeld! There are so very many incredible people who were involved I can’t possible thank them all.

One thing you’ll notice in these tweets is the range of media included — many photos and videos that may or may not display. To get a more engaging sense of the event as displayed in the tweets you may need to click through.

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.


What To Do About Bad Guys in Your Twitter Events

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How To Block On Twitter

We’re having a big event, as you already know. We’ve used social media a lot in the planning and preparation of the event, and we want social media used during the event. We want to be able to show engagement, a diverse community, a virtual community as well as the face-to-face folk who come in person. We want people to upload pics to Instagram and Flickr, videos to Vine and Youtube; we want people to blog, and to tweet like crazy.

But anyone who has spent much time on Twitter knows what happens when you get a really active hashtag going. Spammers show up. And sometimes trolls. And sometimes people get confused about your hashtag and start sending content they think is relevant (but really they’re confused and it isn’t at ALL appropriate). And some people are just nasty or snarky on purpose. So what do you do?

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Navigating the Site: Revisited

This has been a classic “learning experience” for Mary. I have a knack for making a mess of simple things, but I am fortunate to have friends who rescue me when things seem hopeless.

The original version of this post described an awkward fix to a simple problem, and the fix turned out to be worse than the problem. Happily the situation was reported (in the comments) by two of my followers, pros with blogs I admire very much and read regularly.

I have chosen not to entertain you with my misadventures. Instead I’ll  provide links to my colleagues’ blogs for your enjoyment. They are as different as two blogs can be but equally interesting, creative and well crafted.

My Guilty Pleasures by Viveka and Expat in Brazil by Maggie. Enjoy!

Best wishes from your  Novice Blogger.


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How To Use Instagram Direct, from Business Insider

Excellent directions, liberally illustrated – much better than the usual wordy steps that leave the student (a.k.a. me) scratching her head.

How To Use Instagram Direct – Business Insider.


How to Share a Google Plus Post

This is another offering from that tireless Social Media proponent, Birgit Pauli-Haack.

Birgit shared the work of  Mike Allton who wrote the instructions in this shared Google Plus post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeAllton/posts/UmLrbjMug1D,

I found them easy to follow, and here’s my successful first try:  How to Share G+ Post

 


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Places Without Locations

Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life

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8 Photos in This Gallery

Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know.

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not in london, but foggy

A beautiful post from one of my favorite blogs.

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Please share to show my pupils how far a photo can go (even if you don’t want it to!)

Just being neighborly, helping this teacher make an excellent point!

Not about everything

Sharing this, because it seems an interesting lesson.

I am teaching E-safety to my pupils at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo and see how far it gets, I want to show my students how easily photos etc can go viral, even when you may not want them to. Share it and see how far it goes!

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Silicon Valley Trends

Something to keep an eye on.

 


Birgit Pauli-Haack shared a link Silicon Valley Trends – LeWeb Nov 2013: “Interesting slide deck to… – ohiomcr@gmail.com – Gmail

Birgit Pauli-Haack shared a link Silicon Valley Trends – LeWeb Nov 2013: \”Interesting slide deck to… – ohiomcr@gmail.com – Gmail.

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My Friend the Internet

Inscrutable, immutable, but responsive. Exciting, addicting, demanding, forgiving, and faithful. A window and a miror.

With it I travel and play, learn and grow, reach out and connect while maintaining my independence.

 


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Picture quiz: Do you know your world cities?

Picture quiz – do you know your world cities? | Travel | theguardian.com.

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Task: Setting Home Page Slideshow

September 2, early morning:

Changing the Home Page Slideshow is tricky. My first one was not to my liking so I turned the feature off, added a new post with better images, and turned HPS back on. The old slideshow persisted. This is another attempt. Following instructions carefully, hoping for success.

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September 2, later:  Failure – the original picture persists alone, no slideshow at all.  The system may need more time to catch up with my edits so I will leave the feature turned off. Later today I will try again.

September 3:  After 12 hours of inaction with the “slideshow option” unchecked I rechecked it. It is still stuck on a single picture from the previous implementation.  Time to report it and request help.

September 4:  Instead of contacting “Help” I decided to continue on my own. I created a sort of mirror image blog to this one and named it Counterpoint. The Home Page Slideshow feature does not work on it – big disappointment.  I must be doing it wrong so I’ll study info again and have another go at it later.

Stay tuned –

PS At least I stumbled into the right way to link a URL to a site name (see Counterpoint link above). I’m inclined to fault the instructions but won’t offer a correction until I review it more carefully.

September 7:  With the help of Counterpoint I think I have it worked out. WordPress offers a lot of well-illustrated media help in step-by-step instruction. They cover many topics and I can’t find my way back to the full description of the “optional home page slideshow”.

But, Home Page general instructions say “How about a home page slideshow featuring 950px by 425px image attachments from your most recent posts?”  And I reall reading that if we click that option the system will “take it from there”.  After lots of trial and error I suspect it just looks for images that are the right size and grabs some at random.  A look at Counterpoint shows the results.

Verifying that will take more time than I want to give it. From now on I’ll just make sure that suitable images are the right size.


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Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotia

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