Very impressive use of data and graphics by http://www.wunderground.com to produce what they call their Wundermap. And, it now looks as if Irene is forecast to diminish by the time it reaches New York. A Stage 1 Hurricane is still a serious storm, but the earlier forecast from the National Weather Service said it would hit the New York area as a Stage 2 storm.
A wonderfully talented and dedicated physician, researcher and teacher died today in a San Francisco traffic accident. I worked with Kevin on an education and public health technology project, and my students benefitted from the medical case studies that he developed for their training. My sympathy goes out both to his family and friends and to all in the UCSF family and beyond who are affected by Kevin’s untimely and tragic death.
And am I the only one bothered by the idea that he and his family were picnicking on an American flag blanket??? Somehow, sitting, walking or stomping on an American flag seems to be quite the opposite of patriotic. (Click on the headline to see the story.)
Be sure to read the addendum at the bottom of the Gothamiststory for more facts about what did - or did not - happen.
Please see Award given to creator of Nutrition Facts label for a news release from UConn, which has given its Distinguished Alumni Award to Jerold Mande, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services - United States Department of Agriculture. I knew much about his work when I was covering the Food and Drug Administration for USA Today and Mande was one of then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler’s top advisers. His appointment to a senior post at USDA was a strong signal from the Obama administration that it was taking food safety and nutrition seriously - quite a change from prior administrations.
I think there’s something wrong when an aviation incident like this one gets only a short story in the NY Daily News and the NY Post and hardly any other coverage. While a Lufthansa A340 was on its takeoff roll, an EgyptAir jumbo jet mistakenly taxied onto the active runway — directly into the Lufthansa jet’s path. Luckily, the air traffic controller was on-the-ball, ordered the Lufthansa jet to abort its takeoff and a major disaster was averted. Whew. This would have been seriously horrible.
Here’s a report on the BBC website that includes audio from the control tower. Worth listening.
There may be 8 million or more people within New York City, but my experience tonight felt more like a small suburb or even a rural town than one of the biggest cities in the world. Many of the men and women gathered in a meeting room at Yeshiva University seemed to know each other, and I was welcomed as a newcomer when I introduced myself. In just a few minutes, I
heard the captain of the local police precinct talk about how he personally visited two local night spots to address noise complaints,
met a family who live in a building around the corner from where I soon will call home,
learned about a very cool astronomy program in one of the community parks,
and, listened to my new neighbors report area goings-on, both good and bad.
This was the regular meeting of the 34th Precinct Community Council, which brings people together with the local police to address the area’s concerns. At this meeting, the concerns ranged from loud people outside of bars, middle-of-the-night volleyball players, and personal safety.
Personal safety was at the top of the agenda because two weekends ago, there were three women attacked in this area - an alarming development in an area in which relatively few violent attacks on strangers have occurred recently. A representative of the District Attorney’s office told the meeting that rapes and attempted rapes involving two people who did not know each other were rare in New York, and to have three seemingly unrelated assaults during the same weekend is even more troubling.
Capt. Jose Navarro detailed how additional officers have been assigned to the precinct to investigate the attacks and protect the community from new crimes. He said that the city was also making other resources, such as mounted (horse-riding) police and tactical officers available to the precinct. And, several of the precinct’s officers were being trained to ride the precinct’s new Segway scooters, which can go on the area’s 60 miles of paths through our beautiful parks and open space — places where patrol cars cannot reach.
This may be big-city crime, but this really felt like a meeting of neighbors helping neighbors and watching out for each other. I think this neighborhood is going to be a great place to live.
The latest revelations of Justice Thomas’ blurred ethics should be no surprise. This letter to the editor by Mark Scheinbaum, a former UPI reporter, documented a blatant example of an ethical lapse by Thomas on one of the very first cases reaching the Supreme Court during his tenure.
This makes me sad on many levels. Although it probably is the right thing to happen, I am appalled that the GOP tolerates other Congressional and other office-holder creeps like Mark Foley, Mark Sanford, David Vitter, Larry Craig, John Ensign….
"What are you going to take away from your visit" - is that really a "gotcha" question intended to trip Sarah Palin up? Regardless of your politics, Americans ought to be able to see-through Palin’s absurd complaints about "gotcha" questions. Anderson Cooper on CNN covered this issue with good facts to back him up earlier this week in his "Keeping Them Honest" segment. And this slideshow from nymag.com shows six examples of Palin blaming "gotcha" questions for anytime she or another Republican slipped up. Let’s get real people.
“The Family Research Council, a Christian group, happily counts more than 400 abortion bills working their way through state capitals—Alabama’s Senate recently passed five.”—A broad movement to limit access to abortion in America is gathering steam. The scale of this year’s assault may be unprecedented. (via theeconomist)
Of the 191 NewYork-Presbyterian physicians on the Top Doctors list, 95 are at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center. It’s great to have such talented and skilled health care professionals taking care of people in our communities.
Disclosure: I am head of communications for Columbia University Medical Center.
Worth looking at: Many of Sarah Palin’s supporters have attempted to revise Wikipedia’s Paul Revere entry so that it supports her version of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. See also http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/307627.
Very interesting photos of the ill-fated Airbus A320 that Capt. Sullenberger maneuvered to a safe emergency landing on the Hudson River. The jet - with its interior pretty much as it was when it went into the water - will become part of a museum in North Carolina. Sully and his crew will be at the dedication ceremony later in June.
Rick Ungar’s Forbes.com blog post importantly puts Ms. Palin’s gaffes into context — and distinguishes them from the kinds of innocent mistakes that anyone, especially in the spotlight, can make - and correct.
An interesting study with very strong results in animal models for a candidate male contraceptive. Results being presented at a conference in Boston this weekend. Earlier data published in June 1 issue of Endocrinology journal.
Disclosure: I am a public information officer for Columbia University Medical Center.
USA Today’s Alan Levin does a good job in this article explaining the implications of what we now know about the Air France crash in 2009. But the need for more simulator training was known before. Airlines: Time to act, please.
Stall recovery is the most basic emergency procedure taught in flight school, because it is probably the most important. Just like recovering from a skid when driving a car, the correct reaction may be counter-intuitive: if the plane loses lift and starts to fall, point the nose down to recover lift. Aerodynamic stalls occur when the plane’s nose is pitched too far up.