Transportation Authority Archivist Seeks Tollbooth

Here, human comfort takes a back seat to the preservation of materials dating from as long ago as the 1920s, all documenting the planning and construction of seven major toll bridges and two tunnels, not to mention the convulsive evolution of the agency that created those crossings.
Besides, Ms. Hedge has pressing things on her mind: Anybody got a spare tollbooth?
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Transportation Authority Archivist Seeks Tollbooth

Here, human comfort takes a back seat to the preservation of materials dating from as long ago as the 1920s, all documenting the planning and construction of seven major toll bridges and two tunnels, not to mention the convulsive evolution of the agency that created those crossings.

Besides, Ms. Hedge has pressing things on her mind: Anybody got a spare tollbooth?

Behind Every Good Whisky is a Trusty Distillery Cat

As the great poet T.S. Eliot once said:
The naming of cats is a difficult matter.It isn’t just one of your holiday games.
There’s the common house cat, the scrappy alley cat, the quasi-domesticated barn cat. Less famous, but equally distinguished on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, is the distillery cat.
Scotland may be the best place to investigate this member of the feline tribe. With more than 100 whisky distilleries crammed into an area about the size of Kansas, the only question is where to start.
We chose the oldest distillery in the country.

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Behind Every Good Whisky is a Trusty Distillery Cat

As the great poet T.S. Eliot once said:

The naming of cats is a difficult matter.
It isn’t just one of your holiday games.

There’s the common house cat, the scrappy alley cat, the quasi-domesticated barn cat. Less famous, but equally distinguished on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, is the distillery cat.

Scotland may be the best place to investigate this member of the feline tribe. With more than 100 whisky distilleries crammed into an area about the size of Kansas, the only question is where to start.

We chose the oldest distillery in the country.

Chimpanzees Raised by Humans Have Social Difficulties with Other Chimps

About ten years ago, Stephen Ross began getting more and more calls from chimpanzee owners who wanted to get rid of their pets. Ross is the director of the Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo and he administers the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan. The increasing number of calls made him realize that there were a lot of privately owned chimpanzees in the United States.
There’s also a lot of opposition to keeping primates as pets, but not much of it is based on science. So Ross and his colleague Hani Freeman studied 60 chimpanzeesliving at accredited zoos or sanctuaries, 36 of which were former pets or performers.
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Chimpanzees Raised by Humans Have Social Difficulties with Other Chimps

About ten years ago, Stephen Ross began getting more and more calls from chimpanzee owners who wanted to get rid of their pets. Ross is the director of the Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo and he administers the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan. The increasing number of calls made him realize that there were a lot of privately owned chimpanzees in the United States.

There’s also a lot of opposition to keeping primates as pets, but not much of it is based on science. So Ross and his colleague Hani Freeman studied 60 chimpanzeesliving at accredited zoos or sanctuaries, 36 of which were former pets or performers.

The Distress of Waking Up Under Anesthesia


Suddenly, I was aware something had gone very wrong. I could hear what was going on around me, and I realized with horror that I had woken up in the middle of the operation, but couldn’t move a muscle. I heard the banal chatter of the surgeons, and I was aware of many people in the room bustling about, doing their everyday clinical jobs and minding their own business, with absolutely no idea of the cataclysmic event that was unfolding from my point of view. High-res

The Distress of Waking Up Under Anesthesia

Suddenly, I was aware something had gone very wrong. I could hear what was going on around me, and I realized with horror that I had woken up in the middle of the operation, but couldn’t move a muscle. I heard the banal chatter of the surgeons, and I was aware of many people in the room bustling about, doing their everyday clinical jobs and minding their own business, with absolutely no idea of the cataclysmic event that was unfolding from my point of view.
The Solace of Oblivion:

Catsouras embarked on a modern legal quest: to remove information from the Internet. In recent years, many people have made the same kind of effort, from actors who don’t want their private photographs in broad circulation to ex-convicts who don’t want their long-ago legal troubles to prevent them from finding jobs. Despite the varied circumstances, all these people want something that does not exist in the United States: the right to be forgotten.

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The Solace of Oblivion:

Catsouras embarked on a modern legal quest: to remove information from the Internet. In recent years, many people have made the same kind of effort, from actors who don’t want their private photographs in broad circulation to ex-convicts who don’t want their long-ago legal troubles to prevent them from finding jobs. Despite the varied circumstances, all these people want something that does not exist in the United States: the right to be forgotten.

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Rice case: purposeful misdirection by team, scant investigation by NFL:
"Outside the Lines" interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.


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Rice case: purposeful misdirection by team, scant investigation by NFL:

"Outside the Lines" interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.

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Forever Young:

Charity Johnson enrolled in 10th grade at New Life Christian School in Longview, Texas, a few weeks before her 34th birthday.
Back then, in October 2013, Charity said her name was “Charite Stevens” and that she was born in 1997 instead of 1979, making her nearly 16, just old enough to score an after-school job at McDonald’s. Her “guardian,” a young woman Charity said was her sister, helped Charity fill out paperwork at the tiny private school, run out of a church in a quiet neighborhood by pastor Stuart Newlin.
Newlin didn’t ask to see Charity’s birth certificate. Why would he? 

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Forever Young:

Charity Johnson enrolled in 10th grade at New Life Christian School in Longview, Texas, a few weeks before her 34th birthday.

Back then, in October 2013, Charity said her name was “Charite Stevens” and that she was born in 1997 instead of 1979, making her nearly 16, just old enough to score an after-school job at McDonald’s. Her “guardian,” a young woman Charity said was her sister, helped Charity fill out paperwork at the tiny private school, run out of a church in a quiet neighborhood by pastor Stuart Newlin.

Newlin didn’t ask to see Charity’s birth certificate. Why would he?

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The Last Amazon


Superman débuted in 1938, Batman in 1939, Wonder Woman in 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

The Last Amazon

Superman débuted in 1938, Batman in 1939, Wonder Woman in 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. A press release explained, “ ‘Wonder Woman’ was conceived by Dr. Marston to set up a standard among children and young people of strong, free, courageous womanhood; to combat the idea that women are inferior to men, and to inspire girls to self-confidence and achievement in athletics, occupations and professions monopolized by men” because “the only hope for civilization is the greater freedom, development and equality of women in all fields of human activity.” Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”
Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’:




For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: “If that’s art, then I’m a Hottentot.” As for the artists themselves, many were ex- communists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.
Why did the CIA support them? 







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Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’:

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: “If that’s art, then I’m a Hottentot.” As for the artists themselves, many were ex- communists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them?