November 20, 2018

Snapshot signs of the times

More Than 80% Of Americans Reject 'PC Culture'

A new book titled "Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape" purports to show that Americans are more politically alike than they are different, that a vast majority of Americans reject "PC culture," and that fewer people have truly radical political beliefs than it may seem.  "Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. African-Americans, who researchers found were the group most likely to support political correctness, still rejected the idea of a PC culture 75% to 25%.

The Exhausted Majority of Americans Are Done With Politics

The Exhausted Majority is the group that represented two-thirds of the surveyed in a study called Hidden Tribes which you can download at the link.  Four in five Americans believe that the country has a problem with “political correctness,” which many said made them feel bad but also bewildered...“Everybody is so right or left, and you’re just kind of standing there in the middle saying, “What happened?’”

Most Americans have political tastes that are not uniform: They may lean toward one party, but they see things they like in both. Its findings suggest a deep hunger for political leaders who are practical and not tribal — who do not cast the world in starkly moral terms, but in bread-and-butter policy terms... More than three in four Americans believe that our differences aren’t so great that we can’t work together. Mr. Bell is among them. The anger he sees is mostly on screens — not in his daily life.  More than three in four Americans believe that our differences aren’t so great that we can’t work together. Mr. Bell is among them. The anger he sees is mostly on screens — not in his daily life.

Witches Now Outnumber Presbyterians In The US

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

The data come from Judicial Watch's Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

Yale Study Finds Twice as Many Undocumented Immigrants as Previous Estimates

Generally accepted estimates put the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States at approximately 11.3 million. A new study, using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data, suggests that the actual undocumented immigrant population may be more than 22 million.

More Americans Died From Drug Overdoses In 2017 Than Guns, Car Crashes, & Suicide Together

Drug overdoses were the leading cause of death in the country, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report. 

Alcohol deaths in America have soared in the past 10 years

up 35 percent between 2007 and 2017, 67 percent for women alone, a year after federal data showed a sharp rise in binge-drinking among women and elderly people. With so much attention consumed by the devastating toll of opioids on the US, the rise in alcohol fatalities has swelled under the radar.

Men Without Work: America’s Ghost Legions of Idle Men

One-sixth of all men of prime working age in America – men aged between 25 and 54 – are not just unemployed, but have stopped looking for jobs.  While “unemployment” has gone down, the work participation rate, and especially the male work rate, has been relentlessly declining for most of the post-War era and is now reaching a crisis with Depression-era levels... these millions of men without work constitute a sort of invisible army, ghost soldiers lost in an overlooked, modern-day depression.”

Never before in American history have so many men done absolutely nothing. Millions are becoming dependent, infantilized and sick. According to a recent paper by Princeton economist Alan Krueger nearly half of the men who are not looking for work are on painkillers and many are disabled. They "experience notably low levels of emotional well-being throughout their days and ... they derive relatively little meaning from their daily activities," Krueger found. And there are 7 million of them.

40 percent of U.S. children born to unmarried parents, rate increasing worldwide

The annual report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that about 40 percent of U.S. children born in 2016 had unmarried parents.This is more than double the percent of U.S. children born with unmarried parents in 1980, and 10 percentage points higher than in 1990. In the rest of the world, even more children are born to unmarried parents. In 2016, 60 percent of French babies were born with unmarried parents. 

Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Robert Rector wrote a report in 2012 that described marriage as “America’s greatest weapon against child poverty.” Children living in a home with two married parents were 82 percent less likely to live in poverty than children who did not have married parents, said Rector. This number applied even when controlling for education level. In 2009, the U.S. Census found that 37 percent of homes with children headed by a single parent were in poverty, compared to only 6.8 percent of homes with children and married parents.

The Welfare Generation: 51.7% Kids in 2017 Lived in Households Getting Govt Assistance

Among American residents under 18 years of age in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, 51.7 percent lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program

Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fueling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren't producing enough children to maintain population levels there

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), set up at the University of Washington by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, used more than 8,000 data sources - more than 600 of them new - to compile one of the most detailed looks at global public health.

A Third Of Teenagers Haven't Read A Single Book In The Past Year

A new study has found that a third of teenagers haven’t read a single book in the past year as internet aged activities dominate their lives. Researchers from San Diego State University analyzed four decades’ worth of data from an ongoing, nationally-based lifestyle survey studying teens, finding that twelfth-graders reported reading two fewer books each year in 2016 compared with 1976. Approximately one-third of these teens did not read a book for pleasure in the year prior to the 2016 survey, nearly triple the number reported in the 1970s, the study finds.

Why This Is a Very Scary Time for Young Men

In the past 38 years, more than 270 studies, with an aggregate sample size of more than 440,000, have found that  “women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners” from teenage years on. Since studies of teen dating violence began in the eighties, researchers have found that female high school students are four times as likely as male high school students to be the sole abuser of the other sex (5.7% vs. 1.4%).

‘Multiple Men’ Were ‘Ready to Take a Bullet For Any Single One of Us,’

Teylor Whittler, a woman who had been in the Thousand Oaks bar in California during the shooting that killed 12  said,  “While we were all dog-piled at the side, there were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their backs towards the shooter, ready to take a bullet for any single one of us.”

Good reasons for hope  Chico is Leaving It All On the Field

Just a young girl working late in the Clothing Clearance Corner. Doing one of those little jobs; one of those jobs that actually make the world turn. She was leaving it all on the field....At the ends of the neighborhood streets, I see people setting up tables and I see the people of the neighborhoods coming out onto the main streets and putting out whatever they have to give there for the taking if needed. They are literally leaving it all on the field.

The pharmacists have been working overlapping shifts since the fire swept over Paradise last Thursday. These people and their back up staff work seemingly rock solid for hours on end. They fill and file and dispense medications which people from Paradise do not have with them. This is a demanding and thankless and exhausting task. And yet — I am the witness — they have been doing this without letup... the Walgreens pharmacists are leaving it all on the field....

They all were leaving it all on the field everywhere in Chico. From Penny’s in the Mall to the Birkenstocks Store downtown on Broadway. In big jobs, and in small jobs, there was a long train of people working at the top of their game no matter what their game was. It has been days of this now in Chico; days of there being no big jobs or small jobs but only the unremitting effort the people to help their fellow citizens no matter what.

And since none of the Acronym Agencies have really shown up yet, this has all been done without any real government organization. Instead, it has been like watching a spontaneous Humanitarian Olympics rise up out of the town itself; and once started it has become as self-organizing and self-sustaining as the fire itself.
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Categories: Culture and Society

November 15, 2018

Recent Wonders of Science

New Discovery Confirms That Earth Has Two Other ‘Moons’ Orbiting It Made Completely Of Dust

They orbit Earth at the same distance as our known Moon, they're nine times wider than our planet, and we weren't even sure they were there — until now....“The Kordylewski clouds are two of the toughest objects to find, and though they are as close to Earth as the moon, are largely overlooked by researchers in astronomy,” Judit Slíz-Balogh, the study’s co-author and an astronomer at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, told National Geographic. “It is intriguing to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo-satellites in orbit alongside our lunar neighbor.”

An illustration (not to scale) showing the position of one of the Kordylewski clouds
in relation to the Earth, Sun, and Moon

Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

​A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use. ....Around a year ago, the research team presented a molecule that was capable of storing solar energy. The molecule, made from carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, has the unique property that when it is hit by sunlight, it is transformed into an energy-rich isomer – a molecule which consists of the same atoms, but bound together in a different way.  This isomer can then be stored for use when that energy is later needed – for example, at night or in winter. It is in a liquid form and is adapted for use in a solar energy system, which the researchers have named MOST (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage).

Bacteria Could Transform Human Feces and Wastewater Into Energy

A new study from Spain suggests that a type of purple bacteria can convert human waste into hydrogen gas for energy production. Purple bacteria are phototrophic, which means that they use photosynthesis like plants. The difference is that their source of metabolism is infrared light, as opposed to the visible light that green plants crave. "They can perform a range of metabolic reactions, making them a kind of metabolic Swiss army knife."

These bacteria adjust to various environmental factors, like light intensity, temperature, and the surrounding organics and nutrients. So when manipulated, they can deliver different results.  All their metabolic pathways are connected by electricity. When an external electric current is added, the purple bacteria can create hydrogen gas out of human waste.

The boots made from fungus and sweat  Imagined for astronauts on missions to Mars.

Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, product designer Liz Ciokajlo came upon a wondrous biomaterial - mycelium, the vegetative part of the fungus.  If you imagine that mushrooms are the ‘fruits’ of the fungus, mycelium could be regarded as its roots or stems. It looks like a mass of white thread-like structures, each called hyphae, which crisscross soil and other material in which fungi grows. Collectively, these threads are called mycelium and are the largest part of the fungus.....For Caskia, a special type of fungus (there are more than five million species) would feed off the nutrients diluted in human sweat after it is filtered for impurities. The ‘wet material’, as Montalti calls it, would be shaped with a mould directly around the astronaut’s feet and kept fed by sweat production. 

 Mars Boot

Coral-Like Laundry Ball Keeps Tiny Microfibers Out Of Waterways

The laundry machine can clean your clothes ... and wash microfibers into waterways. Microfibers are shed when clothing is washed. They're made up of plastics and chemicals that are too small to be filtered out by your machine's lint trap or during the water treatment process. So the tiny fibers wash into waterways and accumulate in the environment.  Synthetic materials like fleece are big microfiber contributors.  A study in the Marine Pollution Bulletin found 300 million microfibers per day being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean from the New York's Hudson River.

If only there was a simple way to collect microfibers before they're flushed away. One solution: Cora Ball  This bit of biomimicry acts like coral to filter out and collect microfibers.  Cora Ball raised funding from a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, using this video by creator Rachel Miller, a windsurfing teacher Rachael Miller and student of marine archaeology, who decided to devote herself to keeping plastics from ever reaching the ocean. Independent lab tests are to be published soon that show the Cora Ball removes about 26% of microfibers from each laundry load.  "It was born of biomimicry,so it kind of functions as coral functions."


Once the Cora Ball looks like it needs cleaning, you pull out the tangles of hair and fiber, and put the stuff in the trash along with your dryer lint.  As hairs and microfibers accumulate into bigger amounts of fuzz, the ball actually does a better job of catching more debris, kind of like a snowball rolling down a hill, she said: "Just leave it, and when it's full clean it out."  A Cora Ball is easier to clean, and only needs cleaning after every 10-20 loads.  Cora Ball creators say the equivalent of more than 30 million water bottles worth of plastic could be kept out of waterways if 10% of U.S. households used a Cora Ball.  $30 each.
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Categories: Science/ wonders | Categories: Technology

November 14, 2018

Miscellany #109

How A KGB Double Agent Saved Britain And Won The Cold War

In 1983, Robert Armstrong, the man overseeing both British spy services MI6 and MI5, knew that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s main opponent in the upcoming election was a KGB agent and did not tell her.  Labor Party leader, member of Parliament, and former employment secretary Michael Foot had been a paid KGB agent for decades, and was still on the KGB books as an agent of influence when he headed the British Labor Party and ran against Thatcher for leadership of England in 1983. Foot would have become prime minister if Labor had won.

Don't be a spoiler. Russian scientist 'tried to kill' a colleague at Antarctic research station 'because the man kept giving away the endings of books he was reading'

No human has ever flown closer to Pluto than Clyde Tombaugh did in 2015, 18 years after his death

That’s fitting, because he was also the first person to lay eyes on it.  When he first glimpsed Planet X, which would go on to be christened Pluto, Tombaugh , a farm kid, only and largely self-taught.  Tombaugh died in 1997. Nearly two decades later, one ounce of his cremated remains journeyed to the outer edge of our solar system inside an aluminum capsule aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. The capsule’s inscription eulogizes Tombaugh as a husband, father, astronomer, teacher, punster, and friend. The New Horizons spacecraft, the size of a baby grand piano, zoomed within 7,800 miles of Pluto in July 2015, whizzing by at a speed exceeding 30,000 miles per hour. The spacecraft is still hurtling through space, on its way out of our solar system. It’s currently more than four billion miles from Earth.

A 90-minute flight, 45 presidents, and an 8-year-old American boy  Heartwarming story by Selena Zito

Women consumed by hate  Do their hats remind you of anything?

Les Tricoteuses were the women who sat around the guillotine, keeping track of the number of executions with their knitting. They embodied the Terror of the French Revolution, for they seemed to be drawn to the blood and the violence, so consumed were they by hatred....Les tricoteuses took part in the great massacres of the Revolution, such as when the mob attacked the Tuileries in August 1792, and during the slaughter of the following September. They were instrumental in storming the palaces and terrorizing the royal family.


U.S. Troops Drank All the Beer in Reykjavik,Iceland

U.S. troops headed to Sweden and Finland for the Trident Juncture 18—considered to be NATO’s biggest military exercise since the Cold War --- made a pit stop in Reykjavík over the weekend and drank up all the beer at various bars and restaurants across the city. Local breweries were reportedly forced to send emergency barrels to bars depleted of their beer supplies while tending to American soldiers. The force of 7,000 American sailors and Marines  nearly wiped out the capital city’s beer supply.

Time traveler from Merriam Webster.  When was a word first used in print?  What words were first said the year you were born?

Word Order from Eamonn Fitzgerald


Watch A Rare Dumbo Octopus Swimming in The Deep Ocean 

The Largest Cluster of Deep-Sea Octopuses Ever Recorded
Off the coast of Monterey, marine scientists witnessed a sight never before seen by humans: a deep-sea vista of over a thousand octopuses, dotting the ocean floor, curled and wedged among the rocks.....The light purple octopuses, a deep-sea species (Muusoctopus robustus), were almost entirely brooding females, tucked into nooks with outward-facing arms wrapped around their bodies. They take this defensive position to protect each of their dozens of white incubating eggs.

 2Cluster Octopuses

Visiting Boston?
The best view of the world’s largest piece of copyrighted artwork - Corita Kent's Rainbow Swash - is from Interstate 93.

 Rainbow Swash-Corita Kent

Boston's Harborwalk is a near-continuous, 43-mile linear park along the edge of piers, wharves, beaches, and shoreline around Boston Harbor that includes Charlestown, the North End, Downtown, Seaport, South Boston and Dorchester. Map   If you start in the North End, you can see the Great Boston Molasses Flood Plaque at
the site of one of the strangest disasters in history—a 40 ft wave of deadly molasses traveling at 35 mph that killed 21 people.

 Composite Northend Molasses

In Somerville, about a 10 minute walk from Davis Square is the Old Powder House the oldest stone building in the state of Massachusetts, once used for gun powder storage in anticipation of the American Revolution. On your way to visit this historical landmark, you can also find Emerson’s Pickle Factory Plaque, commemorating a pickle factory gone up in smoke.

 Composite Pickle Powderhouse

In Cambridge, at University Park in MIT, you can see a tiny monument to the classic American candy - Necco Wafers.  Union soldiers chomped on the wafers during the Civil War. Because the candies don’t melt and are said not to spoil, during World War II, the U.S. government ordered the company to ramp up its production and ship the treats to troops overseas. The company’s conversation hearts, which are basically the wafers transformed into hearts bearing love notes, have been an iconic Valentine’s Day staple since the early 1900s.

 Composite Necco Sculpture

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Health Roundup: Exercise Edition

New HHS Guideline on Physical Activity for Americans

Inactivity causes 10% of the premature mortality in the United States, Assistant Health Secretary Brett Giroir said. "That means if we can just get 25% of inactive people to be active and meet the recommendations, almost 75,000 deaths would be prevented in the United States."  ...Physical activity has immediate benefits, Giroir said. "A single episode of physical activity can reduce anxiety and blood pressure and improve quality of sleep and insulin sensitivity," he said.

"We now know about even more long-term health benefits from physical activity, including improved brain health, reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, reduced risk for fall-related injuries in older adults, and reduced risk for eight types of cancer," he noted, now including, besides breast and colon malignancies, bladder, endometrial, esophageal, kidney, stomach, and lung cancers....Multiple studies show the steepest reduction in disease risk, such as for coronary heart disease, occurs at the lowest levels of physical activity, they note. "Patients need to understand that even small amounts of physical activity are beneficial and that reductions in the risk of disease and disability occur by simply getting moving."

A Single Workout Protects Your Heart Immediately.

A single bout of exercise can reduce the size of a heart attack....These remarkable benefits occur in the absence of changes in cardiovascular risk factors (such as blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight) or adaptive responses (improved heart function). When you regularly perform exercise, it seems that the immediate protection is constantly present. Unfortunately, but also somewhat expected, the immediate benefits of exercise last for four to five days.

Even a 10-Minute Walk May Be Good for the Brain

Ten minutes of mild exercise can immediately alter how certain parts of the brain communicate and coordinate with one another and improve memory function.

Fewer than one in three Americans and and only one in five teenagers meet standards new physical fitness guidelines

They call on adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity each week. Children ages 6 through 17 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per day and three sessions of muscle-strengthening per week.

Moderate-intensity activity includes walking briskly, riding a bike on level ground with few hills and playing doubles tennis. Muscle-strengthening activity includes lifting weights, "heavy gardening," such as shoveling, and yoga...Parking farther from entrances and taking the stairs count as exercise.

How Muscles Age, and How Exercise Can Slow It.

The good news is that exercise can stave off and even reverse muscle loss and weakness. Recent research has demonstrated that physical activity can promote mitochondrial health, increase protein turnover, and restore levels of signaling molecules involved in muscle function....There is now copious evidence to suggest that exercise may prevent or reverse many of these age-related changes, whereas inactivity will accelerate muscle aging.

How Exercise Reprograms the Brain  As researchers unravel the molecular machinery that links exercise and cognition, working out is emerging as a promising neurotherapy.

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November 13, 2018

More useful tips

When previous uncluttering can come back to haunt you

You never know when you will want or need a background check which will require a listing of all your previous addresses. When purging papers from your home or office, let me recommend that you keep a list in a file in your filing cabinet or on your computer of all your previous addresses and addresses of your former places of employment. Even if you don’t have a need for them now, things could change and you might one day need the information.

It's NOT an old wives' tale! Scientists have finally proven that milk does make colds worse

12th-century physician Moses Maimonides said milk caused ‘stuffing in the head’. Now, experts reluctantly agree that milk can worsen the effects of  a common cold because milk is an emulsion that gets stickier when it mixes with compounds in saliva.

How to avoid colds and flu this winter.

Nine experts, ranging from doctors to nutritionists and even a A&E medic, reveal what they take and do during the cold months to avoid becoming ill, from a bowl of chicken soup to going to the sauna.

Tongue scrapers Celebrities swear by it – and for once, experts say the science behind it stacks up

Research shows having balanced bacteria in your mouth could keep you young.  Dr Nathan Bryan advises tongue-scraping to allow good bacteria to flourish and generate more nitric oxide in saliva.  When you swallow, the nitrites mix with the acid of your stomach and turn into nitric oxide. This process ‘protects all the tissues in the body from advanced aging’. ‘Tongue scraping removes the bacteria that cause bad smells. It also helps remove remnants of food and enhances your taste buds and the flavors you experience.’  Some experts even say tongue-scraping could help your teeth look whiter, too. A study by the Journal of American Dentistry found counts of streptococci — one of the main bacteria that forms yellowing plaque — increase dramatically when the tongue is not cleaned.

How to Not Forget Your Passport in the Hotel Safe

Put one shoe in the safe as well from the pair of shoes you plan on wearing on the plane.

How to chill a bottle of wine in less than 3 minutes

The master sommelier, who is just one of 200 people in the world to hold this prestigious title, said when faced with such emergencies a bag of ice and some salt is a sure-fire way of cooling wine.  The process involves creating an ice-water bath, one that also includes a liberal sprinkling of salt and then submerging the full bottle in it.

18 Best Home Remedies for Every Ailment from Reader's Digest

Chicken soup for colds, honey for coughs, flaxseed for constipation, green tea for arthritis, caffeine for headaches, a spoonful of sugar for hiccups, ginger and peppermint for nausea and duct tape for warts.

New research shows greater levels of trust linked to a longer life.

Researchers from Stockholm University and Lund University turned to data from a nationally representative survey of more than 25,000 Americans between 1978 and 2010 for their work.  They found that people who exhibited higher levels of trust tended to enjoy longer lives. “Whether or not you trust other people, including strangers, makes a difference of about 10 months in terms of life expectancy."  Trust in America is on the decline, and it may be preventing many people from living longer lives.
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November 11, 2018

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice

The War That Made the World We Live In

This is no ordinary Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and much of Europe, and Veterans Day in the United States. Today we mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that brought to an end the most terrible war in history. Exactly a century ago - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - the guns fell silent on Europe's battlefields. The belligerents had agreed the terms of the peace at 5am that November morning, and the news was relayed to the commanders in the field shortly thereafter that hostilities would cease at eleven o'clock. And then they all went back to firing at each other for a final six hours. On that last day, British imperial forces lost some 2,400 men, the French 1,170, the Germans 4,120, the Americans about 3,000. The dead in those last hours of the Great War outnumbered the toll of D Day twenty-six years later, the difference being that those who died in 1944 were fighting to win a war whose outcome they did not know. On November 11th 1918 over eleven thousand men fell in a conflict whose victors and vanquished had already been settled and agreed.

100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

It was America’s deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World War 1. Gerald York, grandson of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York, said, “It was the first real modern warfare that the U.S. was in. Machine guns, airplanes, tanks, mustard gas that killed many. In that area was the largest battle and the most casualties because you had men going up against machine guns. And machine guns were just mowing folks down.”

"The founding catastrophe of the 20th century”

WWI saw 65 to 70 million service men and women — primarily men — mobilized for war, with casualties of more than 30 million. About half of all combatants were killed or wounded. “Seven thousand two hundred deaths a day, 300 an hour, five a minute; for more than four and a half years,” said Dr. Matt Naylor, president of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

The impact of the First World War in some British towns was nothing less than catastrophic.

This photograph is an area of houses in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Each poppy represents someone that did not home after Armistice Day.

 Poppies Grimsby
“Red lips are not so red/As the stained stones kissed by the English dead,” Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen obituary

News of the poet’s death reached his family as the bells rang out in celebration of the armistice and received only a passing mention in the long lists of casualties. One hundred years later, The  London Times now publishes his obituary....His subject was war, and the pity of war.
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The birdsong of peace...that fell over the front a century ago at 11.11.11.

They Shall Not Grow Old

For the centenary of the First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) reveals the conflict as people have never seen it. Using state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and film archive footage that dates back more than a century, They shall grow not old brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.  Each frame was hand-colorized by Jackson’s team and the footage 3D-digitized and transformed with modern post-production techniques, enabling the soldiers to walk and talk among us. Using only the voices of those involved, the film explores the Great War on the front lines. The veterans who survived tell their stories and recall the humility and humanity of those who represented a generation forever changed.

At the link is a 4 minute clip of Jackson's documentary film that was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the U.K. arts program for the First World War centenary, and the Imperial War Museum, in association with the BBC which will air it  on November 11. Warner Brothers will release the film on December 17 in the U.S.

 They Shall Not Grow Old

From Fr. George Rutler's weekly column

At the Somme, more than one million troops were killed or wounded, and the war’s total casualties were 37.5 million dead or wounded. One year after the war, there was only one man between the ages of 18 and 30 for every 15 women. Each town and school in Britain has memorials to those lost. ... Europe has never really recovered. Military strategists were not prepared for modernized combat, and it has been said that the armies were lions led by donkeys. In a macabre way, the chief winners of that cultural suicide were Lenin and Hitler.

Today is the one-hundredth anniversary of the Armistice signaled by a bugle at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. The poet Siegfried Sassoon, decorated for bravery, was latterly put in a psychiatric ward for begging an end to the killing. He became a Catholic and is buried near the grave of Monsignor Ronald Knox whom he admired. In tribute to one of his fallen comrades, he wrote:
I know that he is lost among the stars,  And may return no more but in their light.

Listen to the Birdsong of Peace 

One of the astonishing things about World War I is that for generations to come we will be able to hear it end. It was the greatest slaughter the world had ever seen. Something close to 20 million soldiers and civilians on both sides perished.....

The Imperial War Museum has edited sound that captured the last minute of the war and the first minute of the peace. What caught us off guard was the first few seconds of peace. What one hears sounds momentarily like an echo of the dying guns and then a hush falling over the battlefield — almost like rushing water. Then the quiet for a second or two. Then, blamed, if it isn’t birds starting to tweet — the birdsong of peace...that fell over the front a century ago at 11.11.11.
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A few articles on Parenting that caught my eye
Miscellany #101
Health Roundup: Vision, Viagra, exercise, 6 external signs of heart trouble and the new science of psychedelics
Health Roundup - Food Edition
Health Roundup - Aging, MS vaccine, sepsis and UV robots
Health Roundup: Cancer Edition
Miscellany #100
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful."
Health Roundup: Alzheimers & Parkinson's news
Health Roundup: Food Edition
Why Are We So Unhappy?
Miscellany #99
More Assumptions Turned Upside Down
Health Roundup: Food Edition
More Useful Tips
Quotes of Note

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life. -Abraham Maslow

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness. -Friedrich Nietzsche

How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world? -Anne Frank

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Marriage Movement a grass-roots movement to strengthen marriage, it’s civil and intellectual with good links
Independent Means Joline Godfrey on raising financially fit and good kids
Spiritual Parenting Mimi Doe on raising kind, honorable children connected to their spirit
American Baby Preconception, Adoption, Pregnancy, Baby, Toddlers and Kids and lots of ads
Blogging Baby Covering what they think is interesting
Daddy Types for new dads
Dad Talk news for serious parents
Dot Moms all sorts
Dooce rhymes with juice
Testosterhome stay at home writer with four young sons
raising grandchildren when parents can’t
Halley’s Comment Halley Suitt is a writer, editor, mom and all-purpose provocateur from Boston, as well as the blog czarina at Worthwhile
emergency divorce blog for women
Divorce Transitions Information and support community
Widows Resource Help for widows as they solve financial and legal problems despite their grief
Worthwhile Work with purpose, passion and profit
Occupational Adventure - On having a career that lights your fire
Womens’ Wall Street Because it’s your money: Tools, columns and ask Jane Dough Motley Fool To educate, amuse and enrich
William Bridges Transitions are the inner work we do to come to terms with change. Personal and corporate transitions, he understands them better than anyone and how to make the most of change
The Paper Room my friend Sydney Rice’s Choices for career and life enrichment
Home and Moving
This Old House - Homeowner know-how
Monthly Home Maintenance Checklists
Moving Lady - Transform relocation into a creative life transition
What retirement? boomer approaches retirement
ACOR Association of Cancer Online Resources. Lots of links, many online support groups
After Abortion Life after abortion: news, opinion, personal experience, resources
Health Facts and Fears From the American Council on Science and Health
Your Disease Risk From Harvard, rate your personal risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis and get personalized tips for prevention
Your Health Record Maintaining a Treasure Chest
Nutrition Navigator Rating nutrition sites
Medline Plus Your first stop in any Internet health search. NIH’s National Library of Medicine. 650 topics
HealthWeb Linking you to the Best in Health Information
Dr. Green An online pediatrician, with a daily dose, daily chats and over 5000 pages of info
Living with Illness
Tumor diary living with brain cancer
I will survive living with breast cancer
Cancer Blog

Aging and Caregiving
As Time Goes By - What it’s really like to get older
Aging Solutions Aging parents and elder care, good checklists, resources, elder care 101, independent living and more
Benefits Checkup Over 55? From the National Council on Aging, a free service to find what benefits you may be entitled to
What’s It All About
Integral Naked Stimulating, provocative and spiritual
Pause Living without a Net
Lifestylism Creating the life you want
You already know this stuff
Zaadz Do what you do best…better
Experience Designer how do you learn the things you value most
Foundation for a Better Life good news
Beliefnet Everyone believes in something
Surprise Gifts The best gift ideas on the Web. Great categories
Cool Tools Kevin Kelly’s on all sorts of tools that work
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