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Videos September 22, 2018






It turns out that math anxiety is contagious. When adults are anxious about their own math ability, it rubs off on their kids and it affects whether they choke or thrive. But just as we can put limits on others, we can take them off. My research team and I have shown that when we help parents do fun math activities with their kids — like bedtime math, fun story problems to do with your kids — not only do children’s attitudes about math improve, but their math performance across the school year improves as well.”
Sian Leah Beilock

FYI September 22, 2018

On This Day

1948 – Gail Halvorsen officially started parachuting candy to children as part of the Berlin Air lift.
The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies’ railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The Soviets offered to drop the blockade if the Western Allies withdrew the newly introduced Deutsche mark from West Berlin.

The Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift (26 June 1948–30 September 1949) to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin, a difficult feat given the size of the city’s population.[1][2] Aircrews from the United States Air Force, the Royal Air Force, the French Air Force,[3] the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the South African Air Force[4]:338 flew over 200,000 sorties in one year, providing to the West Berliners up to 8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food.[5] The Soviets did not disrupt the airlift for fear this might lead to open conflict.[6]

By the spring of 1949, the airlift was clearly succeeding, and by April it was delivering more cargo than had previously been transported into the city by rail. On 12 May 1949, the USSR lifted the blockade of West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade served to highlight the competing ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe.



Born On This Day

1891 – Alma Thomas, American painter and educator (d. 1978)
Alma Woodsey Thomas (September 22, 1891 – February 24, 1978) was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator.[1] She lived and worked primarily in Washington, D.C. and The Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Color School.[2] The Wall Street Journal describes her as a previously “underappreciated artist” who is more recently recognized for her “exuberant” works, noteworthy for their pattern, rhythm and color.[3]




Lawrence Martin-Bittman (14 February 1931 – 18 September 2018),[1][2] formerly known as Ladislav Bittman, was an American artist, author, and retired professor of disinformation at Boston University.[3] Prior to his defection to the United States in 1968, he served as an intelligence officer specializing in disinformation for the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service.[4]


Beat Richner (13 March 1947 – 9 September 2018) was a Swiss pediatrician, cellist and founder of children’s hospitals in Cambodia. He created the Kantha Bopha Foundation in Zurich in 1992 and became its head. He and another expatriate oversee and run the predominantly Cambodian-manned hospitals. As both a cellist and a medical doctor, Richner was known by patients, audiences, and donors as “Beatocello”.[1]


Marceline Loridan-Ivens (19 March 1928[1] – 18 September 2018)[2] was a French writer and film director who was married to Joris Ivens.[3] Her memoir But You Did Not Come Back details her time in Auschwitz-Birkenau.[4]

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By Al Cross: Recovering addict who writes a column for Kentucky and Tennessee newspapers publishes a book about his experiences
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The Australian government has also increased the penalties for such produce tampering, up to 10 to 15 years in prison.
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Atlas Obscura by Anika Burgess: Women Built London’s Waterloo Bridge, But It Took These Photos to Prove It Uncovering evidence of a long-forgotten history.



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907 Updates September 22, 2018

By Heather Hintze: Crisis canines help Kotzebue kids cope with classmate’s death
By Steve Quinn: Walker, Lindemuth seek to close sexual offense loophole
By Mary Simton: 2 men sentenced for attempted drug trafficking to Alaska
By Steve Quinn: ASD superintendent says two-week suspension was correct
By Chris Klint: Bishop ‘outraged’ over ASD teacher’s alleged abuse
By Jack Carney: ASD Superintendent talks about alleged abuse by teacher at Ptarmigan
Bishop says the school district is fully cooperating with APD and working with the family to provide additional services including counseling, and that the teacher is currently on administrative leave.

Sherwood is due in court on Monday for a pretrial hearing on a single count of child abuse.
By Sean Maguire: Alaska Air National Guard returns home after helping with Hurricane Florence devastation
By Scott Gross: Combat King’s reign essential when it comes to search and rescue missions
By Beth Bragg: Andrew Kurka’s Paralympic medals just became a lot more valuable
By Dave Goldman: Pilot program cleaning up homeless camps, helping displaced
By Dave Leval: Volunteers build new trail at Hatcher Pass
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By John Thompson: Gibbs set to become Merrill Field manager

Military September 22, 2018

By John D. Banusiewicz DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Mattis Pays Tribute to Prisoners of War, Missing in Action
By Hope Hodge Seck: Army Special Forces Medic Will Get Medal of Honor for Afghanistan Heroism
By Gina Harkins: Troops May Face Higher Risk of Sex Assault at These Duty Stations
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity: White House Releases First National Cyber Strategy in 15 Years
By Courtney Mabeus: Navy Dissolves Combat Camera Units That Have Documented Sailors for Decades
NORFOLK — A small crowd gathered at Naval Station Norfolk on Friday for a ceremony to mark the end of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Camera unit. The Navy announced late last year that it would disband the Norfolk-based command, as well as a similar one in San Diego, by Oct. 1 to save money.




Quotes September 22, 2018

“As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
Pablo Neruda
“Just because you’re beautiful and perfect, it’s made you conceited.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride
“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Franz Kafka
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.
John Keats, Endymion
“It’s [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.”
Cameron Diaz
“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
Audrey Hepburn
“What’s the whole point of being pretty on the outside when you’re so ugly on the inside?”
Jess C. Scott
“Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.”
Dolores Del Rio
“Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.”
Robert Brault
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4

“That’s the thing about inner beauty: Unlike Physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding then in its embrace, making them more beautiful, too.”

Music September 22, 2018

FYI September 21, 2018

On This Day

1170 – The Kingdom of Dublin falls to Norman invaders.
Vikings invaded the territory around Dublin in the 9th century, establishing the Norse Kingdom of Dublin, the earliest and longest-lasting Norse kingdom in Ireland. Its territory corresponded to most of present-day County Dublin. The Norse referred to the kingdom as Dyflin, which is derived from Irish Dubh Linn, meaning ‘black pool’. The first reference to the Vikings comes from the Annals of Ulster and the first entry for 841 CE reads: “Pagans still on Lough Neagh”. It is from this date onward that historians get references to ship fortresses or longphorts being established in Ireland. It may be safe to assume that the Vikings first over-wintered in 840–841 CE. The actual location of the longphort of Dublin is still a hotly debated issue. Norse rulers of Dublin were often co-kings, and occasionally also Kings of Jórvík in what is now Yorkshire. Under their rule, Dublin became the biggest slave port in Western Europe.[2][3]

Over time, the settlers in Dublin became increasingly Gaelicized. They began to exhibit a great deal of Gaelic and Norse cultural syncretism, and are often referred to as Norse-Gaels.

The extent of the kingdom varied, but in peaceful times it extended roughly as far as Wicklow (Wykinglo) in the south, Glen Ding near Blessington, Leixlip (Lax Hlaup) west of Dublin, and Skerries, Dublin (Skere) to the north. The Fingal area north of Dublin was named after the Norse who lived there.

In 988, Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill led the initial Gaelic conquest of Dublin. As a result, the founding of Dublin is counted by some from the year 988, although a village had existed on the site of Dublin since before the Roman occupation of Great Britain nearly a thousand years earlier.

In the mid-11th century, the Kingdom of Leinster began exerting influence over Dublin. Though the last king of Dublin was killed by the Norman conquerors of Dublin in 1171, the population of the city retained their distinctiveness for some generations.



Born On This Day

1756 – John Loudon McAdam, Scottish engineer (d. 1836)
John Loudon McAdam (23th September 1756[1] – 26 November 1836) was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He was the inventor of “macadamisation”, an effective and economical method of constructing roads.




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By George Dvorsky: Dear Lord, Praying Mantises Can Actually Catch Fish
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By Michael Burke: Alaska gov, lieutenant gov come out against Kavanaugh
By Elie Mystal: Details On The Allegations Against, And Yale Law School Investigation Into Professor Jed Rubenfeld What is going on with Yale’s clerkship process, and when are they going to tell the rest of us?
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907 Updates September 21, 2018

By Derek Minemyer: Hundreds of well-wishers turn out as Ashley Johnson-Barr returned to Kotzebue
By Mary Simton: Sitka man sentenced for decades worth of child porn
By Daniella Rivera: State will ‘attempt’ to help assault victim file for restitution
By Angela Krenzien: Attempted armed robbery prompts safety tips from APD
By Daniella Rivera: By the numbers: A look at the state’s pretrial electronic monitoring
By Scott Gross: Nike Site Summit stands to honor those who served in the Cold War
By Megan Mazurek: Hundreds of kids run in North Anchorage Jamboree
By John Thompson: Alaska company on the cutting edge of drone technology
By Beth Verge: Kodiak seeks new home for fire station currently located in tsunami zone
By Cassie Schirm: Drive-thru flu shots available in Anchorage
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Military September 21, 2018

Remarks By Deputy Secretary Shanahan at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Deputy Secretary Of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
By Sharon Holland, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences: Face of Defense: Goalie-Turned-Air Force Officer Earns NCAA Accolades
By Luke Flowers: Remembering A Professional Soldier
War College: Podcast: Erik Prince Wants A Private Air Force
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By Gina Harkins: Marine Who Rushed Into Burning Building: We Came to Help Our Neighbors
By Amy Bushatz: When Florence Canceled This Marine’s Wedding, Military Spouses Stepped In




Music September 21, 2018