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In observance of the 16th anniversary of 9/11, we're sharing the story of one courageous F-16 pilot who was ready to give her life to bring down United Airlines Flight 93 before the hijacked plane reached Washington. Heather “Lucky” Penney, the first female F-16 pilot at the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard, was at Andrews Air Force Base when her squadron learned that planes had already struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Word quickly came in about a fourth plane heading toward Washington and, although the jets were only armed with dummy bullets for training, it was determined that someone had to fly now. Penney, who was 25 years old at the time, says that the plan became apparent immediately: "We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft. I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot... We had to protect the airspace any way we could.”Read more... )

(from A Mighty Girl FB pg)
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From Elizabeth Gilbert's FB; thought some of you might be interested in checking it out; I think I'll have a look myself :)

Dear Ones:

I am so honored to be part of this wonderful offering from Sounds True.

It's called The Self-Acceptance Summit.

I'm guessing you can figure out what it's about, based on the title!

It's an online gathering of so many great thinkers teachers (Martha Beck, Iyanla Vanzant, Marianne Williamson, etc) — all of them puzzling their way through questions about what it takes to suspend self-hatred and self-judgment, and how to find compassion for the one person whose soul is undeniably in your care: You.

Registration is open now, and my interview will be available today at noon.

Click here for more information:…/self-acceptance-s…/free-access…

ETA: I did check it out, the very first video presenter tried to sell me lifetime access for $147 (nope, not buying), so...caveat emptor? Some of the upcoming videos sound interesting, though, so will check 'em out as time permits...

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Health Notice for District of Columbia Health Care Providers

Updates on Zika Virus Disease and Testing


To date, there have been 36 cases of laboratory-confirmed Zika virus disease (ZVD) in the District of Columbia (DC), all of which have been travel-associated or sexually transmitted. As of August 23, 2017, states had reported a total of 5,423 cases of ZVD to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, 5,150 were travel-associated, 224 were locally acquired mosquito-borne cases, 47 were sexually transmitted, 1 was laboratory acquired, and 1 was person-to-person through an unknown route.  Locally acquired mosquito-borne transmission in the United States has only been documented in Florida and Texas. In DC, ZVD spread by local mosquitoes or through the use of blood or tissue products (e.g., blood transfusion, sperm donation) has not been reported.

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Something funny for your Wednesday :)

Picture of the Day in the UK Telegraph, August 11th

Dancers from 'Tutu', perform at St Margaret's Loch in their spoof Swan Lake costumes in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Their Edinburgh Festival Fringe show is an invitation to those who love dance to experience familiar favourites, in an opportunity to explore some of the most famous and significant works in the repertoire from Swan Lake to Pina Bausch in a fun way with with a twist.

Lots more pics can be found via Google Image Search ;))
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No shame in channel change

Tuning out politics and tuning in to pop culture isn’t just a guilty pleasure. Doing so can help keep our minds from exploding.


The line to ask Connie Britton a question stretched down the aisle at the theater in the National Museum of Natural History, where the “Nashville” and “Friday Night Lights” star was onstage for a Smithsonian Associates event. It was January, 10 days after President Trump’s inauguration. Sarah Leavitt of Silver Spring, Md., approached the microphone: “I just wanted a little life advice tonight.” ¶ Leavitt, 46, explained that she felt overwhelmed by a barrage of news since Trump took office, including the volume of opportunity for activism, such as phone calls to representatives and participating in the Women’s March. A few days earlier, she bailed on plans with friends to see “Dirty Dancing” on the big screen — it didn’t feel right on the same night that people were storming airports to protest Trump’s executive order for a Muslim travel ban. ¶ “I can’t understand how to talk about pop culture and how to be a citizen in this world that we’re in at the same time,” Leavitt said. “And I was just wondering, how do you calibrate your time, and think that we should calibrate our time now in this new situation?”

Britton responded, “I’ve been thinking about the exact same thing . . . . I think we’re all figuring it out.”

Six months later, the Washington news cycle rages on both sides of the aisle, with constant headlines about health care and Donald Trump Jr.’s emails. Political activism is especially alive in liberal areas such as Washington, a city where a third of the people have protested Trump, according to a Washington Post poll. And some still wrestle with the idea that it’s okay to step away. Binge-watch a show. See a movie. Listen to a podcast. Deep down, it’s easy to feel as though you’re doing something wrong for not focusing enough attention on serious issues.

After Britton’s response, the Q&A moderator, NPR writer and “Pop Culture Happy Hour” host Linda Holmes, had a metaphor to share:

“Did you see ‘The Martian’ with Matt Damon? He’s got a big thing he’s trying to solve, which is that he’s stuck on Mars and he has to get back to Earth. And they spent a lot of time in the movie on the fact that he has to figure out how to grow potatoes on Mars. The potatoes on Mars do not actually get him back to Earth. He’s not actually solving the problem. But if he doesn’t have potatoes, he’s not going to live long enough to solve the problem and get back to Earth.”

She continued: “So, to me, my hope is, the songs that you love, the books that you love, the TV that you love, the conversations that you have about people that are kind of nourishing to you, help you — those are your potatoes . . . and you have to have that stuff in order to make it long enough to get back to Earth.”

Judging by the applause from the audience, Holmes’s words struck a chord. And they hit a bigger nerve the next day, when I tweeted a transcript of her quote. It was retweeted thousands of times and responses poured in, with sentiments along the lines of “This made me cry” and “I really needed to hear this right now.”

“To me, it encapsulated and distilled a fairly complex idea into a simple one,” said Mike Nothnagel, 42, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “The world is a challenging and serious place, but you have things you like that can help you navigate it.”

Read more... )

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Complications of “chronic Lyme disease" reported

Cases have reported in which treatment for "chronic Lyme disease" resulted in the development of septic shock, osteomyelitis, Clostridium difficile colitis, or paraspinal abscess. [Marzec NS and others. Serious bacterial infections acquired during treatment of patients given a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease—United States. MMWR 66:607-609, 2017]  "Chronic Lyme disease" is not a valid diagnostic entity. Lyme disease infections are usually cured by 2 to 4 weeks of antibiotic treatment. However, a small network of physicians and their patients have been barraging the public with claims that thousands of people being maimed, killed, and bankrupted each year by chronic Lyme disease. They incorrectly assert that Lyme is a deadly, chronic disease that requires long-term antibiotic therapy even though clinical trial evidence shows no advantage over placebo treatment. [Melia TM, Auwaerter PG. Time for a different approach to Lyme disease and long-term symptoms. New England Journal of Medicine 374:1277-1278, 2016]

(from Dr. Barrett's Quackwatch newsletter)

Two more: )
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18 Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

...I must say, #1 is quite surprising:

1. Lungs don't just facilitate respiration - they also make blood. Mammalian lungs produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, which equates to the majority of platelets circulating the body.
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A measles case has been confirmed in Washington, DC

The Last Person You'd Expect to Die in Childbirth

The emerging and often drug-resistant fungus Candida auris continues to spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

(the above two articles are from Medscape, free and quick registration required)

Court case highlights nurses' duty to follow EMTALA

When Nurses Make Fatal Mistakes

Support for the Second Victim: Caring for Our Own, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses

(Support the Second Victim: Health professionals suffer distress after poor patient outcomes, even if no error occurred.)

...and if anybody is interested in my comments about any of these, let me know, I'll share...:P ;)
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Implantable Reveal LINQ cardiac rhythm monitor from Medtronic--paperclip size, implanting only takes a couple minutes, works for three years

Medstronic SEEQ portable cardiac monitoring system--stick it on and it's good for 30 wires or electrodes
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A historical perspective on presidential elections, by Gene Weingarten; his April 23rd "Below the Beltway" column, from The Washington Post
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In Week 1219 we introduced to the Invite “lik the bred” poems, based on the faux-Chaucerian verses posted in various comment threads on Reddit by postdoctoral student Sam Garland, a.k.a. Poem for Your Sprog. While insisting on the Sproggian 32 syllables in iambic meter, the Empress allowed real modern English along with the fake Middle, and for four longer lines as well as eight little ones. And the poems had to refer to someone in the news.

I especially liked the ones below; you can read the rest of them in The Washington Post's Style Invitational section:

My name is Paul.
My planne was thicke:
It said, “Tough lucke!”
if you get sick.
My planne has met
An Epick Faile.
I slinke away.
I tucke my taille.
(Nan Reiner, Boca Raton, Fla.)

Two more: )

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Rescuing cat owners from trees apparently is routine in Topeka

Firefighters in Topeka, Kan., rescued a cat from a tree. They also rescued its owner after she scaled the tree to fetch her cat.

A fire department shift commander said the woman and the cat were 16 feet up in a large tree when they were plucked out Wednesday.

And, he said, that kind of dual rescue isn't uncommon in Topeka. (AP)


Driven to succeed

"I felt like I'd achieved everything I really wanted to achieve. This was the one thing left..."

Christian Whiteley-Mason, 42, of Barnsley, England, who recently passed his driving test after 32 failures, 14 instructors and 85 lessons in 25 years

...I confess I am curious to know what this gentleman's other achievements are...


Apr. 8th, 2017 08:08 pm
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Dreamwidth stats:

Last week of December 2016: over 100,000 new DW accounts.

April 4--April 7, 2017: 130,000 new accounts.

You can see the statistics here or here
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"Depression: let’s talk" says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

News release

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.

Said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan: “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves.”

Read further:

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Huh, hot off the press, for sure, esp. the first paragraph...

Originally posted by [ profile] theljstaff at LiveJournal: Important Updates
Control of LiveJournal as a blogging platform has been transferred to SUP Media LLC, a legal entity based in the Russian Federation. This decision stems from the urge to become closer to our users, most of whom live in Europe and Russia. Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media. Paid services, however, will still be provided by Live Journal Inc.

Despite the changes, LiveJournal remains an international blogging platform. Specifically, LiveJournal’s policy on user privacy and data security has undergone no major changes.

Starting from April 4th 2017, non-authorized users will see advertisements on all LiveJournal pages.

The accounts system is simplified. Accounts are now differentiated only by their authorization type:
- Account (authorization via LiveJournal login and password);
- Identity Account (authorization via social networks accounts or OpenID).

LiveJournal users can continue using additional packages of services to expand the potential of their accounts. The “Professional” services package, available in the LiveJournal Shop, is almost identical to the former Paid account package – except that available disk space has been increased to 100 GB. Accounts with the “Permanent” services package (formerly Permanent accounts) now have 1 TB disk space available.

All accounts with additional services packages in effect on April 4th 2017, will be granted extra time for those packages. They will be extended by half of the last paid period.
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....Back up your LJs to DW, folks....

A detailed analysis of the latest LJ service agreement is below; it is in Russian, if anybody wants/needs me to translate into English, let me know--I can do that in the next week or two.

EDIT: I have done the translation of the especially relevant bits.  The text of the agreement, both in Russian and English, is in bold, [ profile] philologist's comments and my translation of them are in italics.

As [ profile] art_es points out, well--caveat lector, or, in other words, you see the user agreement text, draw your own conclusions. I don't think much of the agreement would necessarily affect English-language, non-political blogs.

However, the promise of ads galore is a bit worrisome...and, the main reason I enjoined everyone to back up their LJs, is that I think LJ will go bankrupt sooner rather than later, and all the actions of the current administration of LJ are hastening its demise.


Originally posted by [ profile] philologist at ЖЖ окончательно взят под контроль ФСБ. Грядет зачистка нелояльных блогеров
Плохие новости. В очередной раз оказались правы скептики, советовавшие менять ЖЖ на автономный блог. Как известно, в конце декабря 2016 года серверы ЖЖ переехали в Россию. Антон Носик тогда доходчиво объяснил, какие практические последствия это будет иметь для простых пользователей: "Идея перетащить серверы ЖЖ в Россию, «поближе к пользователям», не нова: она впервые посетила моего друга Эндрю Полсона в октябре 2006 года, когда компания <суп> заключила с владельцами платформы договор о поддержке кириллического сегмента. В ту пору мне хватило 5 минут, чтобы на пальцах объяснить наивному американскому другу юридические последствия и угрозы такого шага для авторов, комментаторов и читателей ЖЖ. Так что платформа осталась там, где была, на Западном побережье США, и просуществовала там последующие 10 лет.
Read more... )
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Predatory journals hit by “fake editor" sting

A Polish research team has found that many journals that they classified as "predatory" accepted the application of a nonexistent person to become an editor. In 2015, the researchers created a profile of a fictitious scientist named Anna O. Szust (Oszust is the Polish word for fraud) and applied on her behalf to 360 journals, 120 from each of three well-known directories: the JCR (journals with an official impact factor as indexed on Journal Citation Reports), the DOAJ (journals included on the Directory of Open Access Journals) and "Beall's list" (potential, possible or probable predatory open-access publishers and journals, compiled by University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall). "Dr. Szust" was accepted by 40 on Beall's list and 8 on the DOAJ list. At least 12 conditioned acceptance on, or strongly encouraged, some form of payment or participation in a profit-making scheme. [Pisanski K and others. Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature 543:481-483, 2017] Predatory journals, which appear to exist primarily to extract money from authors, exhibit questionable marketing schemes, follow lax or nonexistent peer review, and lack scientific rigor and transparency. More than 10,000 publications appear to fit this description. Beall's list was removed from the University of Colorado Web site in January 2017. [Straumsheim C. No more 'Beall's List': Librarian removes controversial list of "predatory" journals and publishers, reportedly in response to "threats and politics." Inside Higher Ed, Jan 17, 2017] At the time of its removal, it had about 1,200 entries.

(from Dr. Barrett's Quackwatch Digest)

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News and Politics:

Robert Reich: Republicans Are Afraid Trump Is Genuinely Nuts:
The former secretary of labor reflects on a Washington more divided and fearful than ever.

(thanks to [ profile] elenbarathi)

The Westminster attack is a tragedy, but it’s not a threat to democracy, by Simon Jenkins

The terrorists’ aim is not just to kill a few but to terrify a multitude. For politicians and media to overreact would play into their hands.

(thanks to [ profile] lindahoyland for this one)

Languages, History, and Literature:

15 Encouraging Spanish Phrases a Bilingual Spanish Speaker Would Like Everyone to Learn

The Coolest Things You Wish Were True About the Middle Ages

The Crows of Pearblossom, by Aldous Huxley--the only children's book he wrote. The illustrations are quite charming as well.
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Health Notice for District of Columbia Health Care Providers

Updates on Zika Virus Disease and Testing


As of March 15, 2017, there have been 34 cases of laboratory confirmed Zika virus disease (ZVD) in the District of Columbia (DC), all of which have been travel-related or sexually transmitted. As of March 8, 2017, states had reported a total of 5,041 ZVD to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, 5,109 were travel-associated, 221 were locally acquired mosquito-borne cases (215 in Florida and 6 in Texas), 45 were sexually transmitted, 28 were congenital infections, 1 was laboratory acquired, and 1 was person-to-person through an unknown route. Local transmission has now been documented in Florida and Texas in the United States. To date in DC, ZVD has not been spread by local mosquitoes or via blood transfusion.

In this notice, we are sharing new guidelines for Zika testing that will be approved through the DC Department of Health (DOH). Please share this notice with all appropriate staff at your facility.

The complete health notice can be viewed on our Health Notices website. For the most updated forms and recommendations, please visit our provider website.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding Zika Virus Disease and Testing in the District of Columbia.


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