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The Foundling Wheel's return.

The recent Christian documentary "The Drop Box" (trailer) tells the story of a South Korean pastor who, after finding an abandoned baby on this doorstep, decides to create a drop box in his own home for people to leave their unwanted infants. The use of Baby Hatches (or Foundling Wheels) goes back centuries in Europe and parts of Asia, and there has been a recent reemergence of them. China's own baby hatch program was started a year ago and has been very successful. Various European countries have similar programs that have been going on for more than a decade. On the other side of the ocean, Canada successfully implemented their own Angel's Cradle program five years ago, and there has even been a recent effort to create Baby Boxes in the United States.

The Last LA Freeway

Although competing theories about urban planning were part of the long battle, it was about more than just the best way to move people through a sprawling megalopolis. The freeway became a focal point for resistance to paternalistic urban renewal, but then, ultimately, an example of socially responsible civil engineering. When the rubber finally hit the road on the 105, Judge Pregerson's ruling ensured that central planners could no longer impose public-works projects on communities without residents having their say.

Going flat

"You'll be standing in front of a classroom, and you'll want to look pretty." Mary-Anne Mohanraj writes about a conversation with her breast surgeon, who was shocked when Mohanraj suggested she might not want breast reconstruction after surgery.

Meanwhile, many women do choose not to have reconstructions - even though studies from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have found that more than 70% of women aren't fully informed about their reconstructive options before mastectomy.

Hearts a mess

A recent study suggests younger women who have heart attacks may hesitate to get help because they're afraid of being labeled hypochondriacs. But the bigger problem is just how justified that fear really is. - Is medicine's gender bias killing young women? [Pacific Standard]

Some of the most popular cardiac misdiagnoses that heart attack survivors have told me about include physician guesses like indigestion, menopause, stress, gall bladder issues, exhaustion, pulled muscles, dehydration and more. But perhaps the most distressing misdiagnosis to trip from the lips of an Emergency Department physician is "anxiety".
- When your doctor mislabels you as an "anxious female" [Heart Sisters]

"Women may experience a combination of things they don't always associate with a heart attack," Lichtman says. "Maybe we need to do a better job of explaining and describing to the public what a heart attack looks and feels like."
- Younger women hesitate to say they're having a heart attack [NPR]

"We need to move away from the image of an older man clutching his chest, when we think about acute coronary syndrome," which includes heart attacks and angina, study researcher Dr. Louise Pilote, director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at McGill University Health Centre, says. "The reality is that chest pain, age and gender are no longer the definers of a heart attack."
- Heart attack symptoms differ in young women [American Heart Association]

Despite the fact that half of the 17.3 million deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) each year happen in females , women are still discriminated against when it comes to the management and treatment of this disease. Women are more likely than men to be under-diagnosed and under-treated, mostly because the presentation, progression and outcomes of the disease are different and less understood in women than in men.
- Heart to heart: experts call for an end to gender bias in cardiovascular disease [World Heart Federation]

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death in American women and accounts for a full one-third of all deaths.1 Although the common perception may be that CVD affects mainly men, there is equal prevalence of this disease between the genders by the age of 40, and by the age of 60 more women than men are affected. More women than men have died from CVD causes on a yearly basis since the mid 1980s, and whereas the CVD mortality has steadily declined in men over the past 30 years, it has remained steady in women until very recently when CVD mortality was noted to decrease for both genders.
- Status of women in cardiovascular clinical trials [Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology]

"I attended an FDA workshop five years ago where the agency seemed receptive to mandating that more women be included in medical device trials," Redberg said. "But that still hasn't happened. The perception among industry sponsors who attended this workshop was that it's harder and more expensive to enroll women in these trials."
- Medical research still lags on women [Boston Globe]


I'm really good at... sneezing on your mouth

If Cats Were on OKCupid
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Cooking in the 21st Century

3 Second Cooking, in Japan: Fried Shrimp and Fried Dumplings.

Shigir Idol

The oldest wooden statue in the world was found in a Russian bog in 1890. The Shigir Idol is believed to be about 9500 years old. It is 2.8 meters high; an additional 1.93 meters of statue were lost during the turmoil of the 20th century.

Yemen on Brink of Civil War

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fled the country as Saudi Arabia initiates a bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels. A ground invasion by Egypt and other members of Saudi Arabia's 10-country coalition is apparently to follow the bombing. The United States has withdrawn its special operations forces from Yemeni territory with a potential civil war looming.

The Houthis are aligned with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted from the presidency during the Arab Spring. They have recently seized intelligence files that contain details of US operations from Yemen's National Security Bureau.

Updates and analysis from these twitter handles.


A Clean Version of Hell

Inside America's Toughest Federal Prison For years, conditions inside the United States' only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery. But a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within. (SLNYT)

The biggest challenge for a woman working in construction? Bathrooms.

Twenty Questions for Women in Construction was a series of blog posts about female construction workers in NYC which ran on Huffington Post in 2013. Kicking off the series was the article A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction by Ana Taveras. Many of the respondents to the Twenty Questions series are graduates of Nontraditional Employment for Women.


Denise Doyle: I love what I do now
Ebonee Cochrane: My Favorite Tools Are the Skill Saw and My Hammer, of Course
Shaq Campbell: Everything Was On Me, But I Did It. I Really Did This Project!
Monica Harwell: I Was Con Edison's First Female Line Constructor
Shantar Gibson: You Can Say You Added to the New York City Skyline
Nedelka McLean: I Chose Construction Because of a Desire to Create
Nani Noverita: You Have to Have a Certain Amount of Toughness
Kim Spicer: A Lot of the Guys on the Job Show Respect
Sherry Castro: My Mother Has Been By My Side and Has Had Faith in Me When I Had No Faith in Myself
Mary Eiben: There's Nothing Like a View of Manhattan From 42 Stories up on the Outside of a Building
Avian Perez: I'm in Local 79, I Love the Solidarity
Cathy Dixon: This Is the Career I Am Happiest in and Plan to Stay
Shameka Turner: When I First Started I Was the Only Female
Belinda Barreiro: It's a Great Feeling Knowing I Am a Part of History
Jordan Crouse: I've Been Embraced by Others I Work With
Elizabeth McDermott: I Love It!

If you learn by doing, this is for you.

Code4startup is an online resource that lets you clone and hack copies of real services you already use on the web to make something new and cool You have an idea and want to quickly build your own web app for startup? Code4startup throws you into the deep end of the pool of established services, TaskRabbit, Udemy, AirBnb, Fiverr... explains how they are constructed with various technologies and then lets you bang on the code of these to make something new and cool for yourself. Angular JS, Bootstrap, Wufoo, ChromeDeveloperTools, Rails... and more to come.

'casts for your 'pod

Stuff You Missed In History Class

How The New York Draft Riots Worked
The History Of Carousels
The Rise And Fall Of Carthage
Freedom Rides: Australia
The True Story of the Chevalier d'Eon: Part 1
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars
Medici Murders and a Basket Baby

One man's "cogito" is another's "white mask"

"In short, it seems that when a white male thinks about the meaning of things, any things, it is philosophy..." (SLTheGuardian)

Spoon us today our daily spoon

Stian Korntved Ruud is nearing the end of a yearlong project in which he designs and crafts a unique wooden spoon every day. He's using hand tools exclusively. You can follow the results and see a little of the process on instagram. Via core77.

Anti-LGBT Bill Leads SalesForce to Reduce Investments in Indiana

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, along with six other Indiana tech CEOs, co-signed a letter opposing the a bill which would allow business to refuse to serve LGBT customers. When asked about his participation in the effort, Benioff said in an email to IBJ: "We will be forced to dramatically reduce our investment in Indiana based on our employees' and customers' outrage over the Indiana religious freedom bill."

Benioff tweeted, "Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination."

More information about the bill and SalesForce's response to it -
Indiana's governor signs bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers
$4 Billion Corp. To Indiana: We Warned You About RFRA, Now We're 'Forced To Dramatically Reduce Our Investment'
Cloud and Proud: Salesforce takes umbrage at Indiana's 'Religious Freedoms' act

Should losing on purpose in sports be considered morally corrupt?

The NHL instituted a draft lottery system after the Ottawa Senators flopped to select Alexandre Daigle first overall in 1993. The gambit backfired. Daigle is considered among hockey's biggest draft busts. Former Washington Capitals coach Ron Wilson admitted this month – without providing all the details – his general manager, George McPhee, ordered him to lose down the 1998-99 homestretch to improve draft position. The NBA changed its postseason seeding rules when the 2005-06 Los Angeles Clippers seemingly tanked games to dodge Cuban's Mavericks in the first round. The 2006 Swedish hockey team lost a game to avoid playing Canada or Russia in the Olympic quarterfinals. Four women's badminton doubles teams were ejected from the 2012 Olympics for throwing round-robin matches to manipulate their seedings. Last month, two Tennessee high school girls' basketball teams were banned from their postseason. They tried to lose to each other and avoid playing the defending state champ in the regional tournament. They committed blatant fouls and even shot into the wrong basket. The Ethics of Tanking

"Are you a nice goat?"

Man has a goat & llama encounter in upstate NY.

Gender Diversity in All Its Colorful Glory

Drew Riley explores the visibility "explosion" for trans and gender-nonconforming people in gritty, vibrant portraits that capture the eye.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming figures rarely pop from the page quite like they do in artist Drew Riley's new collection Gender Portraits. Painted with splashes of bright color, full of dynamic movement or charged silence, and set against whimsical or brooding backdrops, Riley's portraits are nothing short of arresting. They pull the viewer in for a closer look — which is exactly the response Riley was aiming for, she tells The Advocate.

From the project's About page:
Not all gender nonconformists are transgender. And sometimes there is debate over what does and doesn't fall under the transgender "umbrella" label. Which is why I decided to call this project "Gender Portraits," and not "Transgender Portraits." I don't want to focus on a subset of the gender spectrum. I want to zoom out and view the full glory of the gender rainbow. That means full time and part time gender benders; cis-gender people who's gender presentation doesn't fit the norm; people who's gender divergence is their full identity, or limited to a hobby or profession; those who chose it, and those who have never had a say; gay, straight, passing, standing out, questioning, or decided. I don't expect to have the full picture represented by series release. This will be an ongoing series that uncovers more and more gender diversity as it goes. If you feel like a subset is left out, please contact us.

Scenes From the Death of a College

"Alumnae like to describe Sweet Briar College as a magical place ... That sense of magic evaporated in early March, after the board of directors decided that Sweet Briar's failure to increase its revenue in recent decades had driven it to the brink of financial collapse. The board had voted unanimously on February 28 to close the 700-student college at the end of the current academic year."

The Rise and Fall of the Borscht Belt

As the term borscht implies, the people who worked and stayed in the hotels and bungalow colonies were almost all Jews. The "fall" in the title of Davis's film refers to the tourist industry collapsing after Jews became wealthier and more assimilated. After moving from the garment industry cutting rooms to accounting firms, they could now afford vacations in Puerto Rico and no longer felt the need to be in a hotel that served kosher food.
The Rise and Fall of the Borscht Belt, a 1986 documentary by Peter Davis on the famous Jewish-American holiday resorts of the Catskills, has been put online by Louis Proyect.

CBC podcast connects with indelible 70s child star Mason Reese

Whatever happened to that quirky-looking "borgasmord" moppet? After stumbling across this Youtube video of 70s child star Mason Reese crying on the Mike Douglas show, Canadian broadcaster Jonathan Goldstein follows the trail all the way to Reese's modest Manhattan apartment.


Chilly Gonzales - Advantage Points [YouTube] Chilly Gonzales, Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer, returns with his much anticipated follow-up to Solo Piano II: "Chambers". Enjoy "Advantage Points" music video from Chambers, Directed by Jonathan Barré.

Everything that happened was for both of us a prehistory of our future

In 1910 and 1911, Anna Akhmatova and Amadeo Modigliani were in love. She was a then-unknown Russian poet who would return to Russia and struggle within the Soviet system before being widely acknowledged as one of Russia's great poets; he was a mercurial artist who would be dead within 10 years, but whose art would capture the imagination of future generations.

See Also:
Akhmatova on Modigliani (1964; later translated by Djemma Bider)
Richard Nathanson on Akhmatova's influence on Modigliani's art
His influence on her work is harder to pin down.
Browse Modigliani's complete ouevre
A Selection of Akhmatova's poetry

Akhmatova previously on MeFi

Mexico Mass Graves

Hundreds of mass graves have been discovered across Mexico, but the government isn't keeping tabs. How many clandestinely buried bodies are rotting under the country's surface? (SLBF)

The Cook's Thesaurus

Got a recipe with an ingredient you can't find? Never fear, the Cook's Thesaurus is here. The Cook's Thesaurus contains information on thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools, including recommended substitutions and commentary on flavors, and is especially useful for people learning to improvise in the kitchen. Entries range from callaloo to huauzontle to Velveeta. There's even sometimes a bit of colorful commentary, as in the entry for chipped beef.