January 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.
January 13, 2012 · Posted in Friday the 13th
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Today’s Psychological Disorder: Phobias – Friday the 13th – Friggatriskaidekaphobia – Triskaidekaphobia and Globophobia
By Chato B. Stewart
Match stick: So, the Patch is NOT impervious to superstition!
Caption: One 2012 New year’s resolution only lasted 13 days!
Yes, this year you have three times to fear Friday the 13th, called Friggatriskaidekaphobiafriggatriskaidekaphobiaand also called/referred to as triskaidekaphobia triskaidekaphobiathat is translated as the fear of the number 13.
What days do you need to be weary of? Well, this Friday is January 13th then the second week in April is our second “Friday the 13th” and the last 2012 “Friday the 13th” is in July… Watch out for black cats and broken mirrors people!
Triskaidekaphobiathat THIS is a REAL Psychological Disorders phobia that gets made fun of all the time without anyone batting an eye… Why is that? Why is it okay to make fun of people with phobias likeFriggatriskaidekaphobia that affect a great many people? I do not have a fear of Friday the 13th, rather my fear gets made fun of all the time. What does Chato Stewart fear most? It’s the Fear Of Balloons = Globophobia. Check out The Etymology of Globophobia – Fear of Balloons.
Please don’t send me any balloon gift baskets to cheer me up…AGAIN. Thanks Rob for that dozen balloons. i’m still poppin’ xanax over that gift.
We all have some odd and strange fears and phobias. What are some of yours?
Last reviewed: 12 Jan 2012
Stewart, C. (2012). Today’s Psychological Disorder: Phobias – Friday the 13th – Friggatriskaidekaphobia – Triskaidekaphobia and Globophobia. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 13, 2012, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2012/01/phobias-friday-the-13th-friggatriskaidekaphobia-triskaidekaphobia-and-globophobia/
January 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts in 2012
New Technology & Cookie For Girl Scouts
January 9, 2012 9:46 AM
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With a fresh Girl Scout cookie season underway, the charity is also embracing new technology and a new cookie!
Last year, online sales were added as a way to boost lagging Girl Scout cookie sales.
Now, there’s a free Cookie Locator app available for iPhone and Android users. The app uses GPS technology to direct customers to the nearest cookie sale location, which could be a new neighborhood booth that accepts credit cards.
And given that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, they’ve also introduced a new cookie — Savannah Smiles. The new sweet treat is a lemon-wedge cookie, dusted in powdered sugar, but is low in calories and fat. A serving of five Savannah Smiles cookies has only 140 calories.
It all began in 1917 when troops first baked cookies and sold them in high school cafeterias. Now, cookie fundraising generates millions for the Girl Scouts, with some 200 million boxes sold each year.
The Thin Mint is the biggest seller for the troops, accounting 25-percent of overall sales.
While there have been some price increase through the years, this year the cookies are still $3.50 per box.
January 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on DNA Link Colonial-era family
DNA links 1991 killing to Colonial-era family – CNN.com
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — DNA may help Seattle-area sheriff’s deputies find a suspect in a 20-year-old killing after a comparison with genealogy records connected a crime-scene sample to a 17th-century Massachusetts family.
The DNA sample was taken in the death of 16-year-old Sarah Yarborough, who was killed on her high school campus in Federal Way, Washington, in December 1991. The King County Sheriff’s Office has circulated two composite sketches of a possible suspect — a man in his 20s at the time with shoulder-length blonde or light brown hair — but had been unable to put a name to the sketch.
In December, though, the department sent the DNA profile to California-based forensic consultant Colleen Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick compared the profile to others in genealogy databases and found the closest match was to the family of Robert Fuller, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1630 and had relatives who came over before him on the Mayflower.
While the descendents of Robert Fuller are likely to number in the thousands after nearly 400 years, geography and physical characteristics can help detectives narrow their search, Fitzpatrick said. In fact, Fitzpatrick said, since the DNA trace follows male descendants, there was “a high degree of probability” that the man police are looking is named Fuller.
“The most important thing is having a last name,” Fitzpatrick told CNN. “People get excited about having a Mayflower connection, but the most important thing is having a probable last name for this guy.”
King County investigators disclosed the test results Monday.
Fitzpatrick said the DNA she used came from one of several major collections of genetic profiles, a practice she said was “really hot these days for genealogy.” She said the people who donated DNA profiles to the database had either done their genealogy or had their DNA tested to trace their connections.
“It allows you to connect with relatives you can’t trace through traditional documentation,” she said.
CNN’s Matt Smith contributed to this report.
January 10, 2012 · Posted in Science
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January 9, 2012
To Preserve History on the Moon, Visitors Are
Asked to Tread Lightly
California’s catalog of historic artifacts includes two pairs of boots, an American flag, empty food bags, a pair of tongs and more than a hundred other items left behind at a place called Tranquillity Base.
The history registry for New Mexico lists the same items.
That might be surprising, since Tranquillity Base is not in New Mexico or California but a quarter of a million miles away, in the spot where Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon in 1969.
But for archaeologists and historians worried that the next generation of people visiting the moon might carelessly obliterate the site of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments, these designations were important first steps toward raising awareness of the need to protect off-world artifacts.
“I think it’s humanity’s heritage,” said Beth L. O’Leary, a professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University. “It’s just an incredible realm that archaeologists haven’t begun to look at until now.”
Dr. O’Leary herself had not given much thought to historic preservation on the Moon until a student asked her in 1999 whether federal preservation laws applied to the Apollo landing sites.
“That started the ball rolling,” she said.
It turned out to be a tricky question. Under international law, the United States government still owns everything it left on the moon: the bottom half of the first lunar lander, the scientific experiments, the urine bags. But 100 nations, including the United States, have signed the Outer Space Treaty, in which they agree not to claim sovereignty over any part of the moon.
For most of the last decade, the effort by Dr. O’Leary and her students to seek formal protection for the Apollo sites was a lonely pursuit. NASA, by its nature, looks more to its future than its past. “There’s a tendency of NASA, when their programs end, they tend to get rid of everything,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, the historic preservation officer for California.
Federal officials were also wary that other countries would see granting historic protection to the Apollo sites as a ruse by the United States to put down territorial claims. And with no plans to go back to the moon, it all seemed like an academic exercise.
But interest in the moon has perked up again. Russia and India plan to send robotic landers. NASA was going to send astronauts back there until the Obama administration changed course a couple of years ago.
Most crucially, the Google Lunar X Prize, a competition among 26 teams to become the first private organization to put a spacecraft on the moon, offered a $1 million bonus for visiting a historic site there. At least one team announced it was heading for Tranquillity Base.
Suddenly, the prospect of a new little rover’s rolling over Neil Armstrong’s footprints was not entirely farfetched.
So Dr. O’Leary started placing calls to historic preservation officials in states where the space industry looms large. Texas, she learned, couldn’t help her, because to be listed as a historic resource there, an item must lie in Texas.
In early 2009, she called Mr. Donaldson in Sacramento to recruit his help in protecting American relics on the moon, “which I thought was an incredible, great idea right off the bat,” he said. Dr. O’Leary and her students had already tried to get the National Park Service to list the base as a national historic landmark, but “they had been turned down flatly,” Mr. Donaldson said.
When he checked California’s laws, he found that artifacts just had to have an association with the state to be listed. The Apollo program qualified, and the Historical Resources Commission approved the listing in January 2010. New Mexico followed three months later.
NASA became interested, too. Robert Kelso, manager of lunar commercial services at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said he had talked with top officials at the agency: “We said if they’re serious about going, we ought to get some of our best and brightest together and begin looking at this.”
NASA held a workshop a year ago about the preservation issue. Then Mr. Kelso led a team that cataloged what was left on the moon after the six Apollo landings, and it recommended how to balance historic preservation with the likely desire in the future to investigate how well the materials have lasted.
The recommendations, issued in the fall, place greater protections on items from the first moon mission, Apollo 11, and the last one, Apollo 17. For Apollo 11, the recommendations ask that any visitor, robotic or human, stay at least 75 meters from the lander.
“In that case, it would protect every footprint from Neil and Buzz and all the flight hardware,” Mr. Kelso said.
For Apollo 17, the protection bubble is even wider — 225 meters — because a lunar buggy let the last two men on the moon, Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt, cover much more ground.
“We didn’t protect every rover track and footprint,” Mr. Kelso said, “but we protected a lot of them.”
The recommendation for the other landing sites is that visitors can get close but not touch anything.
Mr. Kelso’s team also suggested guidelines for the paths of spacecraft overhead, to limit the chance that rocket exhaust will blow around lunar dust and damage the footprints.
Mr. Kelso said NASA’s recommendations, like the listings by California and New Mexico, have no legal force. “We are hoping that whether it’s an international team or a commercial team, they would honor and recognize the value of these sites and honor these recommendations,” he said.
That may be enough.
“It’s a sea change for NASA to come out with recommendations,” Dr. O’Leary said. “I think that the guidance you provide certainly strengthens the moral sanctions against obliterating some part of the archaeological record.”
The Lunar X Prize team that declared that it was going to Tranquillity Base, run by a company called Astrobotic Technology, now says it will stay away from the Apollo 11 and 17 sites.
Mr. Donaldson would like to add Tranquillity Base to the United Nations’ list of world heritage sites. But first he will have to get the rules changed. Currently, nations can nominate only sites that are “on their territory.”
January 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on High School Students Curate Exhibit on History and Culture of Brooklyn
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CURATING A HISTORY COLLECTION?
High School Students Curate Exhibit on History and Culture of Brooklyn
May 18, 2011: Brooklyn, NY – Fourteen local teens curated the exhibition Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places and Progress at the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress traces the evolution of Brooklyn into the place we know today. From Native American roots and Dutch colonial influences to icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers, Inventing Brooklynexamines how various people, places, and historical events have shaped the development of the borough. Drawing on archival documents, photographs, prints, artifacts, and oral histories from the Brooklyn Historical Society collection, Inventing Brooklyn takes on 400 years of Brooklyn’s history. The exhibit includes items relating to the Battle of Brooklyn, Brooklyn’s first newspapers, and Brooklyn’s diverse immigrant populations in order to capture the complexity and dynamism of the process of Inventing Brooklyn.
is curated by high school students from Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School as part of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Exhibition Laboratory (Ex Lab) after-school museum studies program. Ex Labintroduces high school students to the art of exhibition development: conducting research, selecting artifacts, writing text and working with scholars and curators to understand how to communicate ideas through an exhibition. Check out Brooklyn Tech junior Neil Alacha’s blog post
about Inventing Brooklyn.
Students in the program were excited about using BHS’s collection to piece together the exhibition. “Working on the Inventing Brooklyn exhibit has allowed me to form an even deeper connection with this incredible borough. In reading through letters from Brooklyn soldiers during the Civil War and perusing newspaper articles from the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride to be a part of the iconic legacy that is Brooklyn,” says Neil Alacha, Junior at Brooklyn Technical High School.
WHO: Student curators from Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School.
WHEN: See the exhibit and meet the student curators of Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places and Progress at the exhibit opening June 2, 2011 with a reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibition opening is free and open to the public.
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. (at Clinton St.) Brooklyn.
HIGHLIGHTS: The exhibit will include cannonballs from the Battle of Brooklyn, original copies of the Long Island Star from 1827, Civil War soldiers’ letters, and posters from Brooklyn movies such as It Happened in Brooklyn and Moonstruck.
Exhibition Laboratory is made possible through the generous funding of Martha A. & Robert S. Rubin, Con Edison, and an anonymous funder. Additional funding is provided by Astoria Federal Savings Bank, The Ferriday Fund, and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation. Special thanks to Brooklyn Technical High School, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Saint Ann’s School
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