Thanks, moon. Now I feel really bad about not being able to grow plants in earth soil.

Clare Hollingworth, the groundbreaking British journalist who famously broke the news about the start of World War II, was only 27 years old when she made the scoop of a lifetime -- one assisted by a well-timed gust of wind! Her reporting during WWII launched a 40-year-long career that she often spent reporting under fire from war zones in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. “Clare is a prodigy, one of those extraordinary people who has not recorded history but helped to make it,” says journalist Max Hastings, “She was a pioneer among women journalists, and among the first generation of women war correspondents, who proved that they needed no example from men either in reporting gifts or courage.”
As a young woman, Hollingworth was eager to report about the growing European conflict so, in 1939, she traveled to Warsaw, Poland to aid refugees from the Sudetenland, the region of Czechoslovakia that had been annexed by the Nazis the previous year. She wrote about the refugees' plight in small British publications and The Telegraph took notice of her work and hired her as a correspondent for the region. Three days after being hired, on August 28, she commandeered an official car from the British consul general and drove over the border into Nazi Germany.
On her return, a gust of wind led her to what The Guardian recently described as "probably the greatest scoop of modern times." The wind lifted part of a tarp which had been erected to hide the German side of the valley from view. Through the gap, as Hollingworth later wrote, she saw “large numbers of troops, literally hundreds of tanks, armored cars and field guns." She knew immediately that Germany was preparing to invade Poland and hurried back to send the news to her editor. Hollingworth's article, a world exclusive, was published on August 29; German forces invaded Poland on September 1, marking the start of WWII.
Hollingworth worked as a correspondent for British news throughout WWII except for a period in 1943, when General Bernard Law Montgomery banned British women correspondents from the front lines; undeterred, she took a job with the Chicago Daily News covering American General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s command in Algiers. In reflecting on that period in one of her books, she observed, "It was essential to be able to go without washing, sleep in the open desert and live on bully-beef and biscuits for days on end. Many male correspondents got themselves sent back to Cairo because they could not take it.”
Widely respected in journalism circles, Hollingworth was famous for her daring and forthright manner. In one famous instance in 1962, while covering the Algerian War, right-wing French paramilitaries stormed the hotel where much of the press was staying and kidnapped a British reporter. Fellow war correspondent Tom Pocock recalled the scene: "Clare turned like Joan of Arc to the rest of us standing with our hands up — ‘Come on!’ she said, ‘We’re going too! They won’t shoot all the world’s press!’ So we all marched out and started climbing into the jeeps.” The fighters released the journalist unharmed.
Failing eyesight eventually forced Hollingworth to retire in 1981, but she never lost her drive to report from the center of the action. The New York Times reports that she was known to sleep periodically on the floor on her Hong Kong home well into her 90s to keep from "going soft." In 1989, at nearly 80 years old, she was seen climbing up a lamppost in Tiananmen Square for a better view of the government's crackdown on democracy protesters. Hollingworth, who died in 2017 at the age of 105, received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 for her services to journalism and lived for the last 30 years within sight of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Hong Kong, where "Clare's Table" was always reserved in her honor.

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Buffalo's poet laureate calls for change


Jillian Hanesworth says what her city needs right now is honest conversations about systemic racism, the history of segregation, redlining and highway construction that hurt Black neighborhoods.

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Gone too soon. 😢

@Kathryn Barr and I were at the Canadian Tulip Festival today, so here is a gallery of photos of what we saw there.

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The gunman had plans to continue his rampage, says Buffalo police commissioner


Had he not been stopped by police, Buffalo Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told ABC News on Monday, the alleged perpetrator would have driven away in search of more victims.

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Apple patches dozens of security flaws with iOS 15.5, over 50 fixes for macOS 12.4 | 9to5Mac

Apple has released iOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, and more today with updates like new features for Apple Cash, the Podcasts app, and the Studio Display webcam fix. However, a bigger reason to update your devices is the security patches with today’s releases. iOS 15.5 includes almost 30 security fixes while macOS 12.4 features over 50.
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For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we're celebrating Maggie Gee, the pioneering aviator and physicist who became one of only two Chinese-American women to fly with the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASP during WWII. When the United States entered WWII in 1941, the Berkeley, California native was eager to support the war effort and dropped out of her freshman year of college to become a draftperson for engineers working on Navy ships. Gee's dream, however, was to follow in the footsteps of her childhood hero Amelia Earhart and become a pilot. After saving up the $800 she needed for six months of flight training, she moved to Nevada to learn to fly. Soon after, she was accepted into the highly selective WASP training program and earned her silver WASP wings. While serving as a WASP, Gee worked as a tow target pilot at the Las Vegas Army Air Field, pulling targets for gunners to use for practice -- with live ammunition.
Following the war, Gee returned to the University of California at Berkeley, and eventually completed her graduate studies in physics. She worked as a research physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for thirty years, researching topics ranging from cancer to fusion energy. In 2010, Gee, along with all living WASP pilots, received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service. Gee passed away in 2013 at the age of 89 and, throughout her long life, she remained committed to making a difference in the world: "I’m very optimistic about the world and people... it will be all right... You can make changes. I think just one small person can make a little bit of change."

Will they come flat-packed?
Americans will soon be able to buy home solar panels from IKEA

‘Where in the Hell is the Loyalty?!’ Fmr. GOP Congressman Destroys Trump in Fiery Rant for Refusing to Endorse One of His Earliest Backers

A prominent longtime supporter of former President Donald Trump is blasting him for treating loyalty as a one-way street.
They're just now figuring this out?

Don Little diaspora
Shoulda known. You could have had a chat with Michael Cohen.

Lunar eclipse. Between dusk and street lights I'm lucky to see anything. At least it was clear…

Atherosclerotic plaques 'communicate' with the brain. Who knew? Not I, surely. Didn't expect that one at all.

"In correspondence with an atherosclerotic plaque, an aggregate of immune cells is also formed in the external wall of the blood vessel. This aggregate, called ATLO and similar to a lymph node, is rich in nerve fibers. Our work has first of all shown that through them a direct connection is established between the plaque and the brain".

"At this point, we were able to see that these signals coming from the plaque, once they reach the brain, influence the autonomic nervous system through the vagus nerve [the nerve that controls most of our organs and visceral functions] until it reaches the spleen. Here there is an activation of specific cells of the immune system that enter the circulation and lead to the progression of the plaques themselves."

"We have conducted further experiments by interrupting the nerve connections that reach the spleen. In this way, the impulses on the immune cells present in this organ have failed. The result is that the plaques present in the arteries have not only slowed growth, but have stabilized."

The wording is awkward because it was translated from Italian to English. The research itself is strangeness, too. Apparently the immune system responds to plaques by infiltrating them in the outer connective tissue coat of the arteries with immune cells called leukocytes. The peripheral nervous system expands its networks here and connects to the immune cells with something called growth cones at axon endings. Signals go from here to the spine and up to the brain to the parabrachial and central amygdala neurons. The parabrachial neurons are neurons at the intersection of the brainstem and the cerebellum.

Apparently all of this actually makes the plaques worse. Interrupting this brain circuit with a "coeliac ganglionectomy" stops progression of the plaque and stabilizes it. The coeliac ganglia are two large masses of nerve tissue in the upper abdomen.

Ricerca. Le placche aterosclerotiche “dialogano” con il cervello - Istituto Neuromed

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So Sweden & Finland want to be in NATO and Turkey was being a stickler about it then changed its tune slightly to simply "make demands". So just who is Turkey that it thinks it can make demands of NATO? Well, I found out tonight watching a CSPAN replay of a congressional hearing on the subject of an aid package for Ukraine, coming from the mouth of one Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (that's all the banner said so that's all I know).

Turkey is concerned over the security of the Black Sea. The bulk of it's own imports come in through that...then I found this article about the rate of inflation in Turkey (70%). So yeah--Turkey has been making pro-Russia noises but the threat of war in the Black Sea gives it the license to make demands.

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