Avian Flu Diary: CDC Zika Press Conference: Audio & Transcript

The CDC has posted the transcript of last night’s hastily called CDC press conference (at 7pm EST) on yesterday’s release of new, interim travel advice for pregnant women seeking to travel to countries where the Zika virus is transmitting.

Source: Avian Flu Diary: CDC Zika Press Conference: Audio & Transcript

Happy 8th Birthday, Flickr Commons! (LOC)”

The Library of Congress posted a photo:

Happy 8th Birthday, Flickr Commons! (LOC)”

Make your wish on this bridge with “birthday candles!

The Commons has connected us all so well to a bounty of historic photo collections that we’ve selected glorious pictures of bridges to count down to the Jan. 16th official anniversary. Please celebrate with us and explore the infinite possibilities of the Commons. Pick your 8 favorite photos and tag them “Happy Birthday Flickr Commons.” Or, make a gallery and share the link here.

Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Lion Bridge, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida
[1936 or 1937].
1 negative : safety film ; 8 x 10 in.

Title from photographer’s inventory.
Building/structure dates: 1927.
Corresponding reference print in LOT 11834-55-F.
Forms part of: Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (Library of Congress).
United States–Florida–St. Johns County–St. Augustine.
Format: Safety film negatives.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, http://1.usa.gov/1D9d3AE
More information about the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South is available at http://1.usa.gov/1ZDTGzt
Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ csas.00448
Call Number: LC-J7-FLA- 1094

‘If we want Germans to accept Arabs, Arabs must also learn to accept them’


After the shock of the New Year’s Eve assaults, and the subsequent backlash, some migrants are trying to teach refugees about the challenges of life in Germany and about mutual tolerance

Skinny-dipping, gay relationships and parenting all form part of Magdi Gohary’s crash-course introduction to a strange new home, Learn to Understand Germany, given at a huge refugee camp on the outskirts of Munich.

Many of those who join his seminars headed to the country in search of security and gave little thought to what else awaited them there, says the 74-year-old, a retired chemist who left his native Egypt for Munich half a century ago.

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In Maine, Local Control Is a Luxury Fewer Towns Can Afford – The New York Times

{Self-delusion is very attractive when the present is so unattractive. In a nearby – to me – Kentucky town that devolved, is has meant the self-destruction of many streets within the community as the county ends up not having the money either to maintain streets and small cars end up getting beat up and garbage and emergency services end because the roads are too bad. And drugs in the community – whew – no law enforcement to prevent a new market!}


But some in Cary say deorganizing is a way to give the community a new lease on life, not to abandon it.“I think it’s going to bring more people in,” said Kai Libby, 55, a retired Border Patrol agent who became the town’s first assessor last year to help shepherd the deorganization effort through the multistep process (and thus eliminate his own position).Mr. Libby and his wife, Tina, who led the withdrawal of Cary from its school district, live in the only house on their road, with four dogs and stacks of documents related to deorganization near their kitchen table.“There’s privacy, and it’s so quiet,” said Ms. Libby, 51. “We want to stay here. And to do that, it needs to be affordable for us to stay here.”

Source: In Maine, Local Control Is a Luxury Fewer Towns Can Afford – The New York Times

Beautiful Vintage Portraits of European Girls from the Miss Europe 1930

Miss Europe 1930 was the second annual Miss Europe competition. Miss Greece won and 19 girls from Europe competed in the pageant. Belgium, Czechoslovakia and Miss Turkey participated for the first time and one candidacy, that of Switzerland, was withdrawn.


  • Austria – Ingeborg von Grinberger
  • Belgium – Jenny Vanparays
  • Bulgaria – Konika Tchobanova
  • Czechoslovakia – Milada Dostálová
  • Denmark – Esther Petersen
  • England – Marjorie Ross
  • France – Yvette Labrousse
  • Germany – Dorit Nitykowski
  • Greece – Aliki Diplarakou
  • Holland – Rie Van der Rest
  • Hungary – Maria Papst
  • Ireland – Vera Curran
  • Italy – Mafalda Morittino
  • Poland – Zofia Batycka
  • Romania – Zoica Dona
  • Russia – Irene Wentzel
  • Spain – Elena Plá Mompó
  • Turkey – Mubedjel Namik
  • Yugoslavia – Stephanie “Caca” Drobujak






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