Ever year, Adam Savage walks the floor of Comic-Con incognito, hidden in plain view wearing one of his elaborate cosplay costumes. This year, Adam debuts a costume he has been working on for almost a decade: a perfect replica of the environmental space suit from Ridley Scott’s Alien.
A 74-year-old Long Island man has been arrested, accused of mailing a letter containing anti-Semitic remarks and a white powdery substance to an office building, police say.
Authorities say Leslie Feher mailed a letter containing anti-Semitic remarks and some type of white powder to an office building at 622 Stewart Ave. in East Garden City around June 13.
Brooklyn Cabbie Recalls Trip to Long Island With Accused Killer
When a woman in the office opened the letter, the powder got on her fingers, and she called police.
Jungle perform Time at Glastonbury 2014.
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The stark disparities among regions of the country, where some wait months while others, if they survive, wait years for a liver, has kept a national debate simmering over how best to give all patients a more equal chance.
That debate appears ready to boil.
A committee report by two organizations responsible for managing the nation’s transplant system has been circulating through the transplant community this summer. It suggests ways to equalize access to donor livers across the country.
Redesigning the distribution system would mean more donor livers would end up being flown to distant transplant hospitals and patients on average would be somewhat sicker when those livers were transplanted.
But overall, the changes would save more than 550 lives over five years.
The report, which could lead to proposed policy changes early next year, is being applauded by many in the transplant community. But it’s raising red flags at some transplant programs, like KU’s, that are doing well under the current system.
I first heard John Fahey’s solo acoustic guitar playing on an album when I was a teenager. I liked his strange, minimalist, visually and emotionally evocative instrumental compositions, performed in open tunings in an alternating-bass fingerpicking style.
I found his guitar playing accessible and was able to figure out how to fingerpick from his record “Amerika”.
For my 17th birthday my sister took me to New York City to see him play at a club called Max’s Kansas City.
He walked on stage, sat down on a wooden chair, put a large mug of red wine and a towel on the floor next to him and played a continuous improvisation for 30 minutes or so.
Then he stopped, wiped his face with a towel (it was quite hot that day and there was no air conditioning), downed the entire mug of wine, scanned the audience briefly, and played another rambling improvisation for another half hour.
Then he left the stage.
More: John Fahey: A Tribute
Climate Change Is Causing Spread of Diseases, Sewage, Invasive Insects
Wingnuts at the border are worried about diseases from refugee children but their unwarranted fears of brown kids are laughable compared to what’s really going on.
Parasites invade the Arctic—and your brain
Warmer temperatures in typically cold regions is causing both rare and common diseases to spread further. Cases of malaria and dengue fever—mostly found in Africa and the Asia-Pacific—are expected to rise as warming temperatures attract mosquitoes, which transmit the diseases, to formerly cold regions. The largest international authority on climate change, the IPCC, said in its 2013 report that “even modest warming may drive large increases in transmission of malaria, if conditions are otherwise suitable.” Certain rare parasites could spread, too. Scientists are still studying the water-borne Naegleria fowleri, known as a brain-eating amoeba, but say its movement farther north could be due to climate change. There were only 34 known cases in the U.S. in the last decade, but it kills nearly 100 percent of the time—including a 9-year-old girl in Kansas last week. Before 2010, half the cases were in southern states, but it’s since been found as far north as Minnesota, Scientific American noted. Other parasites, like the Toxoplasma gondii, carried by animals and known to harm humans with weak immune systems, have moved into even colder areas as far as the Arctic
We’ve mentioned Southern Baptist pastor Jody Hice once before, addressing his lunatic theory that gays as a community recruit and sodomize young children. Evidently the constituents in Georgia’s 10th district not only don’t have a problem with his lunacy but actually endorse it as Hice won the Republican primary, and will likely win the election this coming fall.
By now, anyone who spends much time on social media has gotten pretty used to the deluge of information that occurs whenever there is a breaking-news event like the destruction of Malaysian flight MH17. Photos, videos and news reports about the details all go flying past in our streams, many of them from reliable sources — and yet a staggering proportion of them are wrong, either accidentally or in some cases deliberately. Photos are doctored, quotes manufactured and numbers invented.
One of the most crucial journalistic skills is sorting out what’s true and what’s not in such situations, and while many professional journalists may not like it, thanks to the internet anyone can do this job if they have the inclination, the tools and the time. No one illustrates that better than British blogger Brown Moses, also known as Eliot Higgins, who has gone from being an unemployed office worker to a crucial source of real-time, fact-checked information about the war in Syria.
Higgins didn’t get to where he is now because he is some kind of superhuman genius, he just applied himself to learning as much as possible about the conflict he was trying to understand, and then used a variety of tools and skills to relentlessly check and re-check the information that was coming in via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. So what if you want to join in this process and help verify some of the information that is flying by — what can you do? Here are some tools, services and news communities that can help:
Many links to fact checking tools & communities at GigaOm article:
Hundreds of anti-choice activists are descending on New Orleans this week to stage protests around the city.
Reproductive rights advocates view the protests as part of a continued assault on women’s access to reproductive health care in the city and the state. The planned protests have local law enforcement gearing up for their presence with extra vans, barricades, plainclothes intelligence officers, cops wearing body cams, and some officers on horseback.
Operation Save America, formerly Operation Rescue National, began its week-long demonstration Saturday protesting New Orleans’ Causeway Medical Clinic and what the group has ascertained to be the private residence of an abortion provider. The protests that have been planned over the last several months will conclude on July 26.