Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This New Bike Helmet Has a List of Crazy Features including Brake Lights and a Wiper System - by Joshua Barrie

This New Bike Helmet Has a List of Crazy Features including Brake Lights and a Wiper System - by Joshua Barrie

This article originally appeared in Business Insider.

Cycling can be dangerous. Last November, six people were killed while riding on the streets in London. Big cities like New York and Sydney can also be hazardous for pedallars, and sometimes just a regular helmet won't do.

Enter the rather perplexing Smart Hat, a product so elaborate Gizmodoeven questioned its authenticity. But it appears to be a real concept—with the backing of a local councillor in Australia, in fact.

A Sydney-based website, the Daily Telegraph, reports that creator Toby King presented the helmet to Mosan Council on Nov. 11.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

House passes Keystone XL construction bill - The Washington Post

House passes Keystone XL construction bill - The Washington Post:

By Ed O'Keefe November 14, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/14/house-passes-keystone-xl-construction-bill/?wpisrc=al_comboPN_p

"The House easily passed a measure Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, sending it on to the Senate where the issue is expected to come up for a vote on Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 252 to 161 to approve the project. Thirty-one Democrats, including a handful who lost reelection last week, joined with all but one Republican who voted for the bill." ... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/11/14/house-passes-keystone-xl-construction-bill/?wpisrc=al_comboPN_p

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 19, 2004: The Campaign for Carroll Community College

Last Friday, Dr. James Ball was inaugurated as the third president of Colleges Carroll Community College in Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland.

Ten years ago, in the summer and fall of 2004; the college produced a PowerPoint celebrating a brief review of the college from the 1970s to 2004.


Carroll County, community college, Westminster, Maryland




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John Sharp delivers address at American Legion Post No. 31 Veterans Ceremonies

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News from The Hill: The rise of the new veterans

The rise of the new veterans By Jonathan Easley


A new class of post-9/11 military veterans has begun making a name for itself on Capitol Hill.

The number of military veterans in the House and Senate has been on a steady decline for nearly three decades. In the current Congress, only about 20 percent of the members in each chamber as having military experience. 

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“There is a healthy disrespect among veterans who served on the front lines for people who walk around telling war stories,’’ Moulton said at the time... Rep.-elect Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2014/11/news-from-hill-rise-of-new-veterans.html

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Carroll County Republican Party: The complete Thanksgiving story, election results, more

Carroll County Republican Party: The complete Thanksgiving story, election results, more

Lady Liberty
 
Upholding the traditions and values of Constitutional Conservatism through the Republican Party in Carroll County, Maryland

 
The Carroll County Republican Central Committee wishes everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday.  The meaning of Thanksgiving that is taught in the public education system today is often an incomplete account.  Click here to read the rest of the true meaning of Thanksgiving that your children, and maybe even you, have not heard before.
Republicans had a great night this past General Election. Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate, increased their numbers in the U.S. House, and locally, Larry Hogan will be our new governor and Republicans added seats in the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate.

Message from the
Carroll County Republican
Central Committee Chairman
  
 
Fellow Carroll County Republicans,

To all those who helped in the campaign, the entire Central Committee says, "THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!  You did the impossible."

There were those in the state and across the country who said, "It could never be done.  A Republican? In Maryland? With 2 to 1 Democrat registration? Never."
Not only did we elect a Republican Governor; but we added 2 Republican State Senators and 7 House Delegates.

Carroll County had a temporary headquarters on Main Street in Westminster. Every day volunteers came in to spend their time phoning voters and asking them to vote for Hogan and other Republicans. It is normal for many people to vote in Presidential elections; but to skip mid-term elections. Those voters received a phone call telling them how important this election was. It seems that it worked.

To those who came to headquarters to make calls, we say, "Thank you." To those who handed out literature or held signs at the polls, we say, "Thank you." To those who sign waved or knocked on doors, we say, "Thank You." To those who put bumper stickers on your car, we say, "Thank you." To those who voted when they normally may not have voted, we say, "Thank you." It would not have been possible without all of you.
Maryland showed the country on November 4th that IT COULD BE DONE. We made national news and it felt good. 
 
It was a privilege working with you, but it's not over. Now we must focus our efforts on 2016. If this felt good, just imagine how good it will feel when Maryland provides enough electoral votes to put a Republican back in the White House in 2016.
 Warm regards,
Larry Helminiak
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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.:) GOP won the Senate because of racist Southerners

Democratic Congressman: GOP won the Senate because of racist Southerners Posted on November 5, 2014 by Sam Rolley



According to Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the GOP’s senatorial gains in the 2014 midterms have nothing to do with voter frustration at President Barack Obama or failed policies from his party. Republicans won, Rangel contends, because Americans are racist.

Last week, Rangel claimed that Southern Republicans still believe in slavery and think the Confederates won the Civil War. That, he said, is why voters in the South would reject progressive Democratic candidates.

According to the lawmaker, voter ID laws and other GOP causes relate directly to lingering Southern racism.


Rangel had said during a Democratic campaign rally in New York: “We have to win, and we’re going to be able to send a national message. … And the thing is, everything we believe in, everything we believe in they hate! They don’t disagree, they hate! ... http://personalliberty.com/democratic-congressman-gop-won-senate-racist-southerners/

Friday, November 07, 2014

Thursday, November 06, 2014 - Carroll Hospital Center and LifeBridge Health Announce Letter of Intent to Partner

Thursday, November 06, 2014 - Carroll Hospital Center and LifeBridge Health Announce Letter of Intent to Partnerhttp://www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/news/?sid=1&nid=1319


Westminster and Baltimore, Md. – (Nov. 6, 2014)  

The boards of Carroll Hospital Center and LifeBridge Health announced today that they have approved a letter of intent to form a partnership, combining the strengths of their two health systems to move forward with the vision and resources to enhance and offer exceptional care to the people of Carroll County and the greater Baltimore region, while fostering a model system of quality in an industry undergoing fundamental transformation.


The alliance reflects a vision by leaders from two of Maryland’s preeminent nonprofit health systems to form a strategic partnership, designed to meet the changing needs of patients, build a culture of quality and take advantage of extraordinary advances in clinical care. The geographic alignment of the systems will promote greater collaboration for treatments and increase patient access to high quality specialists.


“LifeBridge is a perfect partner for Carroll Hospital Center in so many ways; we are both nationally recognized for quality care initiatives and are dedicated to improving the health of our communities. Together, we will continue to honor and carry forward our combined commitment to be the quality health care provider to Carroll County residents, as well as patients from throughout the state and region,” says Leslie Simmons, R.N., F.A.C.H.E., president and chief executive officer of Carroll Hospital Center.

“At LifeBridge Health, we are excited about the opportunity to partner with Carroll Hospital Center, an organization that shares our values of quality-based patient care and focus on community. We are committed to building on the success of Carroll Hospital Center’s clinical services and offering expanded services to the people of Carroll County in locations that are closer to home. We look forward to working with our new partners as we build on our combined strengths and move forward together with an aligned focus to bring the highest quality care to the people in our communities,” says Neil Meltzer, president and chief executive officer of LifeBridge Health.


With the signing of the letter of intent, the organizations have entered a period of exclusive negotiations and due diligence. The next stage in the transaction — a definitive agreement — is anticipated to be completed in early 2015.


The agreement will join Carroll Hospital Center and its affiliates with LifeBridge Health, remaining a nonprofit. The system’s board of directors would include representation from each hospital.

The letter of intent outlines the parameters of the negotiations. It provides that LifeBridge Health will support Carroll Hospital Center’s strategic plan, Vision 2020, to grow and advance health care in Carroll County and the surrounding communities with the physicians, services, staff and facilities required to meet forecast needs. 


“Carroll Hospital Center has a half-century-long tradition of quality, innovation and community service. And in this time of great change in the health care industry, Carroll Hospital Center is looking forward and preparing once again to lead by joining forces with LifeBridge Health to create a new model of care,” says Ethan A. Seidel, Ph.D., chair of the strategic planning committee and immediate past chair of the Carroll Hospital Center board of directors.


“Our proposed partnership reflects detailed discussions between our two like-minded systems on how we can work together to expand services in the local Carroll County community and continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve in the highest quality way possible,” says Helen Whitehead, the newly elected chair of the Carroll Hospital Center board of directors.

“At LifeBridge Health, our mantra is ‘Caring for Our Communities Together.’ As we move forward with this agreement, we look forward to working with our new partners from Carroll Hospital Center to explore exciting ways to continue to provide the highest quality health care for the people in our communities,” says Jason A. Blavatt, Esq., chairman of the LifeBridge Health board of directors.


While the two systems work toward a final agreement, they will be meeting with physicians, nurses, staff and community organizations to discuss the new alliance and identify initial priorities to pursue to enhance the delivery of health care for citizens in the communities they serve.

The final agreement will need to be approved by the health system boards, as well as, state and federal regulators.


Photo caption: From left to right: Leslie Simmons, R.N., F.A.C.H.E., president and chief executive officer of Carroll Hospital Center, and Neil Meltzer, president and chief executive officer of LifeBridge Health, sign a letter of intent to partner.


Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community. For more information please visit CarrollHospitalCenter.org.

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ifeBridge Health is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health services in Maryland. LifeBridge Health includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew and Geriatric Center and Hospital, and related affiliates. For more information, visit www.lifebridgehealth.org
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A New Bounty of Oysters in Maryland, but There Is a Snag - NYTimes.com

A New Bounty of Oysters in Maryland, but There Is a Snag - NYTimes.com:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/us/a-new-bounty-of-oysters-in-maryland-but-there-is-a-snag.html?emc=edit_th_20141107&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=0
RIDGE, Md. — A diver pulled a large, porous bag of oysters from Calvert Bay and heaved it onto the motorboat, and the sucker fish and baby crabs began to scurry and skid in a vain search for escape along the slippery floor. Another bounty of bivalves, almost ready for market. But not everyone is excited.
Oyster farming, also known as aquaculture, is one of the few growing businesses here on the western shore of Maryland, a sleepy outpost best known for the sunburned watermen who have pulled crabs and fish from bays like Chesapeake and Calvert for generations. Recent changes to state policy and a growing national affection for oysters (sprinkled with lemon juice only, please) have brought back the shellfish, once as much a staple to Maryland as corn is to Iowa. In the past few years, the state has issued 111 oyster farming leases across 2,240 acres of waters; scores more are pending.
The booming oyster business has come into conflict with the watermen of this region, who argue that the cages used to cultivate oysters are a menace to fishing lines and crab pots, and in some cases an eyesore for residents with waterfront homes.
Unlike commercial oyster farmers, watermen can fish, crab and seek wild oysters with a mere license on public waterways. Farmers must get state-issued leases, which some watermen are pressing the state to limit.
“You don’t put one person out of business to start another,” said Robert Brown, the president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association...  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/us/a-new-bounty-of-oysters-in-maryland-but-there-is-a-snag.html?emc=edit_th_20141107&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=0
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Teaching pre-K: Higher standards, not enough training, and the importance of purposeful play.

Teaching pre-K: Higher standards, not enough training, and the importance of purposeful play.:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2014/11/06/teaching_pre_k_higher_standards_not_enough_training_and_the_importance_of.html?wpsrc=slatest_newsletter&sid=5388f43add52b8e41100cd7e

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"As public prekindergarten expands in New York City and other parts of the country, teachers face competing tensions: On the one hand, there’s new pressure to teach more challenging academic material at younger and younger ages.

On the other, there’s mounting concern about the wisdom of shoehorning kindergarten and even first-grade content into the preschool years. Today’s pre-K instructors, for instance, feel much more compelled to teach children their numbers up to 100 or how to begin sounding out words than they used to.

Increasingly, early education experts agree that the best solution is to follow Markarian’s model: Mold and challenge young minds, but do it through purposeful play.

That’s not as easy as it sounds.

“That kind of teaching is much more difficult, and it takes a lot of training,” said Deborah Stipek, a professor of education at Stanford University. It’s much easier to lecture and pass out worksheets or to let kids engage in nonpurposeful and disorganized play—simply ensuring “they don’t beat each other over the head with blocks,” she says. “Really effective teaching is both playful and organized.”"

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Republican wave could get even bigger - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Republican wave could get even bigger - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"By Lesley Clark / McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON —

The Republican victory wave might end up even larger by the time all the votes are counted.

Already Wednesday, Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate with a minimum of 52 seats, added to their majority in the House and picked up governorships in deep-blue Democratic states such as Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts.

 And with races in Alaska and Virginia still unsettled and a runoff in Louisiana in December — and all three of those seats now held by Democrats — Republicans could add to their new majority in the Senate.

 “The Republican Party is back with youth, with diversity, with women, and we’ve got a long way to go,” said Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, the House Republican campaign chairman, who called the gains “historic” and a referendum on President Barack Obama. “We’re back to a majority as big as any of us have seen in our lifetime.”"

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/11/06/Republican-wave-could-get-even-bigger/stories/201411060223

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MARK NEWGENT on November 6, 2014 Something happened on the way to the coronation

Something happened on the way to the coronation


On election night that “mole hill” turned out to be a mountain—of 76,000 votes and now to paraphrase 538, Anthony Brown has a 100 percent chance of being a spectator come inauguration day.

Larry Hogan’s message of fiscal restraint and generating a stagnant state economy resonated with voters, while Brown’s lackluster campaign focused on negativity and scare tactics—a losing strategy for a candidate with support a mile wide and an inch deep. Brown’s base stayed home, while Hogan’s showed up to the polls.

With a Republican Governor, and nine new GOP delegates the 2015 legislative session just got a whole lot more interesting.

Here’s a list of the election’s winners and losers

Winners

Larry Hogan: The 62nd Governor of Maryland, not only won, he won convincingly—by 5 points. He won by doing something different. Three years ago he began preparing the ground for his campaign message three years ago through Change Maryland. He started the contest of ideas—such that there was one with Brown—well ahead of the campaign. Larry defined the narrative of the campaign before it began. We are overtaxed, businesses overregulated, and our economy stinks. Larry now has a chance to change the arc of Maryland’s statist trajectory and expand the realm of economic freedom for Marylanders... http://redmaryland.com/2014/11/something-happened-way-coronation/

The Tentacle November 6, 2014 Harry M. Covert: Righting the Ship of State

The Tentacle November 6, 2014 Harry M. Covert: Righting the Ship of State

http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=6507


Mr. Harry Covert writes in The Tentacle http://www.thetentacle.com:

There is no such thing as a morning after pill for election results. Life goes on. For a while the general public may have a short respite before the next cycle invades daily stresses and strains.


A question arises: Will the ship be righted? Another question is: Can the ship be straightened?


Maybe time has arrived to turn off news purveyors. Seems like the people really knew all the facts and took to heart that old admonition, enough is enough.


It’s easy as pie to figure out the trauma. The world is going to “Hell in a hand basket.” There is a “fiddler-n-chief” not even strumming pleasing strings. There have been an over-whelming number of do-nothings more interested in scribbling in coloring books, usually reserved for not-of-age youngsters. They are officially called senators.


Let’s go back to the first Tuesday of this month, two days ago. A big and good old dose of “Black Draught” struck, and, sort of, cleaned out the building on Constitution Avenue. It was an evacuant for those who like to call themselves progressives. This latter word supposedly is proof they are good people, but they don’t do good for the 50 states.


In Maryland, the governor’s mansion got a good brisk scouring, too...