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Whimpulsive: Weekend Update – Things I Liked This Week – February 2018

The Things I Liked This Week January 2018 I started doing The Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week. Here are the things I liked this week:

1. These cats

2. Fiona the hipoo
The Cincinnati Zoo posted a video this week of some never before posted video from when Fiona was little. It’s predictably adorable.

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Blog Profiles: Presidential History Blogs

I’ve always been fascinated by the position of the president. Being local to DC, I know many who have worked at the White House, which has only deepened my intrigue.

For Presidents’ Day, here’s a look at five blogs talking about the world’s most powerful.

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Each week, we feature a handful of blogs we love to follow. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition?
Blog Profiles: Presidential History Blogs

By Alex Snyder, Defense Media Activity: Segregated in Service, Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Saved Lives of All Races

After his induction into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes in 1997, Baker chats with former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Dennis J. Reimer and former Sergeant Major of the Army Gene C. McKinney. DoD photo
Segregated in Service, Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Saved Lives of All Races
wiki: First Lieutenant Vernon Baker
Vernon Joseph Baker (December 17, 1919 – July 13, 2010) was a United States Army officer who received the Medal of Honor, the highest military award given by the United States Government for his valorous actions during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his actions on April 5–6, 1945 near Viareggio, Italy. Baker was the only living black American World War II veteran of the seven belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor when it was bestowed upon him by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He died in 2010 at the age of 90.
Vernon Baker Army First Lieutenant
370th Infantry Regiment, 92d Infantry Division (Colored)
near Viareggio, Italy April 5, 1945 and April 6, 1945

For extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6 April 1945, near Viareggio, Italy. Then Second Lieutenant Baker demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company’s attack against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain. When his company was stopped by the concentration of fire from several machine gun emplacements, he crawled to one position and destroyed it, killing three Germans. Continuing forward, he attacked an enemy observation post and killed two occupants. With the aid of one of his men, Lieutenant Baker attacked two more machine gun nests, killing or wounding the four enemy soldiers occupying these positions. He then covered the evacuation of the wounded personnel of his company by occupying an exposed position and drawing the enemy’s fire. On the following night Lieutenant Baker voluntarily led a battalion advance through enemy mine fields and heavy fire toward the division objective. Second Lieutenant Baker’s fighting spirit and daring leadership were an inspiration to his men and exemplify the highest traditions of the Armed Forces

Military February 19, 2018

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis ‘Heartened’ by NATO Nations’ Increased Defense Budgets
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability
“If you can’t go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and equitably across the force.”

The only exemption is for those who have been injured in combat, he noted.

“If they were wounded in combat, and they want to stay in and they’ve lost their leg or something like this, and they can’t be a paratrooper anymore, then we’ll find a place to use them. That’s a special category. They’ve earned that special status,” Mattis said.

“Otherwise, you’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going to have some people deploying constantly, and then other people who seem to not pay that price to be in the U.S. military,” he said.

907 Updates February 19, 2018

By Victoria Taylor: Man wanted in connection to Anchorage homicide, robberies appears in court
By Kalinda Kindle: ‘I was afraid for my life,’ Barista recounts being robbed at gun point
Staff said the crime was all caught on camera from the coffee stand’s security footage. Swierk explains the video shows two suspects walking up towards the window. The owner of Bikini Babes says employees are free to arm themselves with firearms but it’s not a requirement.
By Daniella Rivera: Anchorage businesses report armed robberies Saturday
By Victoira Taylor: Police: burglary leads to $4,500 worth of damage to middle school
By Sean Maguire: District Attorney: pretrial assessment tool ‘not without its hiccups’
Allen however signals other growing pains with the PED including letting people charged with violent crimes back on the street. “We have had some recent incidents where folks have been arrested for very violent acts and over our objection have been released with little or no bond.”

The Anchorage DA points to the case of Evgueni Antisiferov who was charged with shooting a person who had stolen his marijuana. The charging documents describe that Antisiferov is alleged to have shot a person as they sat in the passenger seat of a car. Allen said the pretrial assessment tool was used in relation to that case and Antisiferov was released on an unsecured bond. “He didn’t put down any money, he signed something and promised to come back.”

Furthermore, the Anchorage DA describes that the Antisiferov case occurred Dec. 24, 2017 and Allen said it’s the state’s position that it is inappropriate under Alaska statute to use the new system for 2017 cases.
By Bill Roth: Iron Dog racers hit the trail during Big Lake start
By Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News: Rare, ‘weird-looking’ 70-pound frozen fish washes ashore in Haines
By Beth Bragg: Olympic notebook: Soldotna grad makes golden moment possible; Patterson, Hanneman ski the relay
By AnnieZak: ‘Financial strain’ of Williwaw a factor in bankruptcy case involving company that owns Anchorage bars
James Mason:
“”Creditors do this for all sorts of reasons,” he said.” They do it because they want to get paid.

By Sean Maguire: UAA robotics competition inspires love of science among kids
By Sean Maguire: Security camera footage captures graphic Midtown moose attack
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Rogue Movers’: Following a Wasilla family’s shipment
(Rick) Childers’ tips for vetting a moving company can be seen in an interview here.

Music February 19, 2018






Quotes February 19, 2018

You’re going to be offered a lot of doors this week:
The angry door,
The despondent door,
The helpless door,
The f@@@ it all door.
Pick the kind door.
You won’t regret it.
Claudia Hall Christian

Videos February 19, 2018









Kindle February 18, 2018

Terry Crews
From NFL player turned film and TV star Terry Crews comes a wise and warmhearted memoir chronicling his lifelong quest to become a good man, loving husband, and responsible father.
Redemption Street (Moe Prager Book 2)
by Reed Farrel Coleman (Author)
Walking the Perfect Square introduced Moe Prager – retired New York City cop-turned-wine shop owner – to much acclaim and an enthusiastic readership. Still possessed of his vintage police savvy, and perhaps the only Jewish licensed PI in the five boroughs, Moe wonders if he’s really meant to be a merchant and not a cop. Redemption Street finds him in 1981, lured into the mystery of a 1966 hotel fire – one that killed seventeen people, including his first love – by a long-grieving brother and Moe’s own restless determination to set things right.
By James Ellroy
From the legendary author of L.A. Confidential, hailed as “one of the great American writers of our time” (Los Angeles Times Book Review): The City of Angels in the ’50s is no place for the fainthearted — as young cop Freddy Underhill learns when he investigates the death of a former girlfriend.
Blood Ties – A Magnolia Novel
by Ashley Fontainne and Lillian Hansen
LiAnn Tuck and her daughter, Karina Summers, are settling into their new life, enjoying the small farming community of Sheridan, Arkansas. The slower pace, compared to the craziness of Los Angeles, is a welcome distraction for them both. Taking care of her aging parents and their small farm is just what LiAnn needs to forget her twenty-five-year career as a detective. And Karina’s new love interest brings back the smile she lost from years of undercover work and her cheating ex-boyfriend.

Their idyllic lifestyle changes the minute a family friend, Cecil Pickard, pays a visit. He lives at The Magnolia, an independent living facility in Hot Springs, and believes someone is stealing from him. LiAnn and Karina offer to investigate and suddenly find themselves inside a living nightmare.

Theft isn’t the only criminal activity taking place inside the historic, stately walls of The Magnolia. Organized crime has infiltrated Hot Springs, and what they’re after is not only money, but life itself. As LiAnn and Karina dig deeper, they might just be digging their own graves.

FYI February 18, 2018



On This Day

1878 – John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jesse Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
The Lincoln County War was an Old West conflict between rival factions, which began in 1878, in New Mexico Territory, the predecessor to the modern state of New Mexico, and dragged on until 1881.[1][2] The feud became famous because of the participation of Billy the Kid. Other notable figures included Sheriff William Brady, cattle rancher John Chisum, lawyer and businessman Alexander McSween, James Dolan, and the man who started the problem, Lawrence Murphy.[1][2]

The conflict arose between two factions over the control of dry goods and cattle interests in the county. The older, established faction was led by James Dolan, who operated a dry goods monopoly through a general store locally referred to as “The House”. Young newcomers to the county, English-born John Tunstall and his business partner Alexander McSween, with backing from established cattleman John Chisum, opened a competing store in 1876. The two sides gathered lawmen, businessmen, Tunstall’s ranch hands,[3] and criminal gangs to their support. The Dolan faction was allied with Lincoln County Sheriff Brady, and supported by the Jesse Evans Gang. The Tunstall-McSween faction organized their own posse of armed men, known as the Regulators, to defend their position, and had their own lawmen, town constable Richard M. Brewer[4] and Deputy US Marshal Robert A. Widenmann.[5]

The conflict was marked by back-and-forth revenge killings, starting with the murder of Tunstall by members of the Evans Gang. In revenge for this, the Regulators killed Sheriff Brady and others in a series of incidents. Further killings continued unabated for several months, climaxing in the Battle of Lincoln, a five-day gunfight and siege that resulted in the death of McSween and the scattering of the Regulators. After Pat Garrett was named County Sheriff in 1880, he hunted down Billy the Kid, killing two other former Regulators in the process. The war was fictionalized in several Hollywood films, including Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Left Handed Gun in 1958, John Wayne’s Chisum in 1970 and Young Guns in 1988.



Born On This Day

1921 – Mary Amdur, American toxicologist and public health researcher (d. 1998)
Mary Ochsenhirt Amdur (February 18, 1921 – February 16, 1998) was an American toxicologist and public health researcher who worked primarily on pollution. She was charged with studying the effects of the 1948 Donora smog, so she specifically looked into the effects of inhaling Sulfuric acid by experimenting on guinea pigs. Her findings on the respiratory effects related to sulfuric acid led to her being threatened, to her funding being pulled, and to her losing her job at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1953. Undeterred by the setback, she carried on her research in a different role at Harvard, and subsequently at MIT and New York University. Despite the early controversy related to her work, it was used in the creation of standards in air pollution, and towards the end of her life she received numerous awards and accolades.

Early life
Mary Amdur was born in 1921 in Donora, Pennsylvania.[1][2] She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1943 from the University of Pittsburgh, moving to Cornell University to study biochemistry at the postgraduate level. She received her PhD in biochemistry in 1946, writing her thesis on the “Role of Manganese and Choline in Bone Formation in the Rat”.[2] After achieving her PhD, she worked at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary before joining Philip Drinker’s team at Harvard School of Public Health in 1949.[2] By 1953 she had married another scientist in the field, Benjamin Amdur, with whom she had a son, David.[3]

The American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) funded Drinker to investigate the 1948 Donora smog, as the company had an interest in showing that its primary pollutants (sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide) had not significantly contributed to the damage it caused.[2][4] In the middle of 1953, Amdur and her husband developed a method of spraying a combination mist of sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide into humid chambers containing guinea pigs to investigate the damage that it would cause to their lungs.[2] Guinea pigs were used as they breathe more deeply through their mouths than smaller rodents which breathe through their noses.[2] The Amdurs bought their own guinea pigs for the mini project, and spent a holiday weekend doing the investigation.[4]

Amdur presented the results of the experiment, that inhaling the combination mist led to dramatic effects on breathing, loss of weight and lung disease,[6] to the American Association for the Advancement of Science at their annual meeting in December 1953.[4][5] She then wrote a damning paper on the effects of lower levels of sulfuric acid on humans, levels similar to those of the 1948 smog. The paper, and her attempt to present the associated findings to the American Industrial Hygiene Association, caused her many difficulties.[4] Amdur was accosted and threatened by two thugs in an elevator at the association’s 1954 annual meeting. She presented the findings regardless.[5] As Drinker received funding from ASARCO, the company’s management assumed that they would hold sway over what was published. When Amdur returned from the meeting, Drinker demanded that Amdur remove her name from the paper and to withdraw it from The Lancet, despite the fact it had already been accepted. Amdur refused Drinker’s demands, so her position on his staff was removed and she was left to find new work.[5] The paper was never published.[5]

She quickly found a new untenured research associate role under James Whittenberger, Chair of Physiology at Harvard School of Public Health, working with Dr. Jere Mead.[4] She continued the research on air pollution, which she began under Drinker, until she left the school in 1977. Partly because of the difficulty in obtaining tenure at Harvard, both for herself and for her colleague Sheldon Murphy, and partly because she needed to work with engineers to produce suitable combustion products, she moved her research to the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and accepted a promotion to lecturer, securing funding for 12 years. When she moved, her new focus was the role of metals in the inhalation of sulfuric acid.[4] Dissatisfied with the attention the research received at MIT, she moved to the Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University in 1989 as a senior research scientist, where she remained until her retirement in 1996.[4]

In 1953, Amdur was inducted as a member of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.[7] In 1974, she received the Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association in recognition of her lifetime contributions and application of her knowledge in the field.[3][8][9] The American Academy of Industrial Hygiene Council awarded her the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award in 1984 for identifying and fulfilling research needs within the industrial hygiene profession.[3][10] In 1986 she received the Inhalation Section of the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology.[3][11] She received the Herbert E. Stockinger Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in 1989[3][12] In 1988 she gained, the Mid-Atlantic Section, Society of Toxicology Ambassador Award.[12] Then in 1997, she was awarded the Merit Award from the same society, in celebration of her achievements throughout her life and her contributions to Toxicology.[3][12][13][14]

Death and legacy
Amdur died on 16 February 1998 of a heart attack while returning from a holiday in Hawaii.[3][15] At least three societies wrote obituaries[3][4][12] and a toxicology book was dedicated to her memory.[15] A Toxicology Society Award was set up in her name by students and colleagues. The award, the Mary Amdur Student Award is presented for the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section.[16] She is considered the “mother of smog research”[17] and her work had “a major role in the development of air pollution standards.”[3]

“The trouble with this branch of medical science is that it is always tied up more or less with somebody’s pocketbook—Maybe the companies, maybe the insurance people, maybe the doctor in charge … Looked at that way, realize that Philip Drinker has wife and children who are ‘hostages … to fortune, an impediment to all great enterprises, whether good or evil'”
Personal note from Alice Hamilton to Mary Amdur after she was fired.[5]

“At every step along the way, people tried to pull the rug out from under her. In fact, she got it right years before the rest of us. The world only caught up with her several decades later, by which time so many people had confirmed what she found that it could no longer be discounted.”
John Spengler[2]




By Al Cross: Anthem makes exceptions, including distance to care, of policy denying claims for ER visits it deems non-emergency
Shannon Muchmore reports for HealthcareDive, “Anthem has said its program denies a small percentage of claims, but the change in policy signals the payer may be worried about the backlash, including from patients who have gone public with denied claims.”
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By Timothy Burke: How NBC Flubbed Its Coverage, Reported The Wrong Gold Medalist, Then Botched The Correction Of One Of The Most Stunning Upsets In Olympic History
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