Jaden & Willow Smith Catch “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Los Angeles Premiere

Stepping out for a little family fun, Jaden Smith and his sister Willow Smith headed over to the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles last night (November 18) for the premiere of “The
Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The “Whip My Hair” songstress and her “After Earth” sibling both seemed to be channeling an Eastern vibe in their kimono-influenced attire.

Furthermore, Jaden opted to throw down a few martial arts poses, harkening back to his role in the 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid.”

Meanwhile, Willow opted for a more serene “Namaste” posture, though both Smiths came off a little on the strange side.

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European, US media face new tests with NSA spying

MADRID (AP) — The spying revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have made it a high-pressure, high-stakes time to be a top media executive.

In Britain, the editor of the Guardian pulverized entire hard drives of data leaked by Snowden to keep the government from seizing them.

In the United States, The New York Times pointed out in a major NSA expose this month that it agreed to self-censorship of “some details that officials said could compromise intelligence operations.”

And in Spain, the El Mundo newspaper said last week it would turn over Snowden documents to prosecutors inquiring whether the privacy rights of Spaniards had been violated.

As revelations about the staggering scope of the NSA’s surveillance have leaked out, newsroom leaders around the world have been weighing ethical decisions over how much they should reveal about intelligence-gathering capabilities. Their decisions are guided, in part, by media protection laws that vary widely from country to country.

“It’s a new era. There are new questions coming up and there are no clear answers here,” said Robert Picard, a specialist on media policy and director of research at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute. “The media are trying to navigate it and it is not comfortable. You will get different opinions on the decision-making in different newsrooms and within the same newsroom.”

The huge number of Snowden documents has generated a barrage of exclusive stories in the Guardian and The Washington Post, along with a stream of revelations about the NSA surveillance in countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Brazil. In some cases, publications that normally compete on stories have teamed up to get the news out.

Britain’s Official Secrets Act guards against the dissemination of confidential material, and the government’s response to the Snowden leaks has become stormier and stormier. When Britain’s deputy national security adviser warned that agents would confiscate the Guardian’s hard drives containing Snowden files, editor Alan Rusbridger made the deal to have them destroyed.

“I would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting,” he said in August. “I don’t think we had Snowden’s consent to hand the material back, and I didn’t want to help the U.K. authorities know what he had given us.”

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The fact that other copies of the material existed in the United States and Brazil meant he could delete the data held in Britain without fear that the story would die with it, he added.

As the pressure on the Guardian increased, the paper turned to The New York Times and ProPublica, a U.S.-based nonprofit journalism group. The decision to collaborate was partly technical, reporter James Ball told an audience in London. But it was also a nod to what he called “First Amendment issues,” noting that being based in the United States gave those working on the story the protection of America’s press freedom laws.

That has its limits as well. When a recent New York Times piece on the NSA appeared to disclose the first names of intelligence analysts, some British lawmakers began wondering whether the paper was playing fast and loose with the names of agents at GCHQ, the U.K government’s electronic eavesdropping agency. They’ve since summoned Rusbridger, the Guardian’s editor, to testify before a Parliamentary committee. Britain’s Metropolitan Police have also confirmed that detectives are investigating the disclosures.

In France and Spain, the Snowden disclosures have so far revealed that the NSA captured metadata from millions of telephone calls, while in Germany they exposed U.S. monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.

While European media must be wary about publishing information about their intelligence agencies because of legal consequences, the possibility that citizens’ privacy rights might have been violated is another major concern, said Jane Kirtley, director of the University of Minnesota’s Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.

“If you look at how privacy protection has developed in Europe, countries speak of privacy as a fundamental right, which is not a concept we see in England or the United States,” she said. “The justification that the European media can give is that ‘We are helping to protect this fundamental right to privacy by revealing the surveillance going on.’”

El Mundo’s chief editor, Vicente Lozano Garcia, said his newspaper had no problem turning over Snowden documents to Spanish prosecutors because it had called for an investigation to determine whether the spying broke Spanish laws. He added the only information given to them had already been published and did not involve secrecy because the source — Snowden — was known.

After El Mundo and France’s Le Monde published their stories on NSA spying, the NSA revealed that the monitoring in those countries was done in coordination with NATO allies.

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Le Monde’s chief editor, Natalie Nougayrede, said the paper has not come under pressure from French authorities to turn over documents or to withhold information. Still, she said the paper was keeping the documents “in a safe place” that she would not describe.

“Even if there were demands and pressure, I would be absolutely adamant that we would just continue our work,” Nougayrede said.

The German government said Der Spiegel magazine, which has published material from Snowden, approached it around Oct. 16 with what it believed was the evidence showing the NSA had monitored Merkel’s cellphone.

After examining the material, Germany announced Oct. 23 that Merkel had called President Barrack Obama to demand clarification. Der Spiegel then posted the material on its website and in its print version.

Although the story unleashed a firestorm in Germany and around the world, Der Spiegel’s handling of the news has drawn little if any criticism, neither for tipping off the government nor for publishing an ally’s secrets.

“The autonomy of the press is ensured in Germany,” said Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen, a professor for communication studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett. “Therefore, we don’t have the kind of problems between the media and the government here that exist in other countries when it comes to the publication of the NSA files.”

The biggest change for news organizations publishing Snowden documents is that it marks a huge step forward in their access to intelligence information. As they have done in the past, publications often query government officials before making a decision on what to release.

Barton Gellman, the Washington Post reporter who broke the story about NSA’s PRISM data-gathering program, said at a conference last month that U.S. government officials had asked him not to publish the names of Yahoo Inc., Google Inc. and seven other Internet companies participating in the NSA program.

Gellman said he refused because that would have undermined the Post’s principal mission of holding U.S. institutions accountable. Including the technology companies’ names propelled them to argue for greater transparency about NSA’s operations to show customers that they were taking privacy concerns seriously, he said.

Gellman said he had “long conversations” with U.S. government officials about the NSA documents and agreed there was information in them that raised legitimate U.S. security concerns.

“We quickly agreed that that would not be in the story and it turns out the Guardian made substantially identical decisions without any mutual consultation,” Gellman said.

The New York Times has not published as many articles based on Snowden’s information as the Guardian.

Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the Times, said that she’d been approached by a British diplomat in Washington and asked to relinquish the Snowden documents. She said she refused.

Abramson also told BBC’s “Newsnight” television program that she was distressed to see criticism of the reporters breaking the NSA spying stories.

“We balance the need to inform the public against possible harm to national security, and we do that very seriously and soberly,” she said.

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Satter reported from London. Associated Press writers Kristen Grieshaber in Berlin, Angela Charlton in Paris, Richard Lardner in Washington and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.

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Nintendo bringing YouTube to 3DS later this month, Wii U version to get refreshed

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has surely taken over today’s headlines, but that’s not stopping Nintendo from making some news of its own. The company today announced that a YouTube application is coming to the 3DS at long last, giving users a chance to search, browse and watch videos right from the handheld …

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Big, CURVEY Apples in store — Brits SPOOF, nobody laughs — Political campaigns may accept BITCOIN — SAMSUNG poaches Apple IoT exec — PITTMAN rolling up the Dudedom

November 11, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> ME TOO: Apple said to be developing curved iPhone screens, new sensors, by Tim Culpan, Adam Satariano: “Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges… Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models… With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones.. and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 that Samsung debuted in September.” Bloomberg
>>>> Foxconn mulls building more electronics in Arizona, by Michael Kan InfoWorld

>> CONFLICTING ERROR MESSAGE: New iWork: Another missed opportunity to set expectations, by Jean-Louis Gassée: “They bragged about their refurbished iWork suite only to let customers discover that the actual product fails to meet expectations… Neither in the written announcement nor during the live presentation will one find a word of caution about iWork’s many unpleasant ‘features’… The result is a messy pile of missing features and outright bugs that educed many irate comments.” Monday Note

>> REACHING FLOW: Microsoft starts taking Office on the Web seriously, by Frederic Laridinois: “Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms… one feature stood out. Starting this week, all Office Web Apps will feature real-time collaborative editing — a feature previously only available to the Excel and OneNote web apps.” TechCrunch

>> REDMOND CONCLAVE: Does Stephen Elop really want to kill Bing and Xbox?, by Woody Leonhard: “I find it impossible to believe that Microsoft would formally spin off any of its units. Why? Because in the normal course of events, Microsoft would be placed in the very uncomfortable position of revealing historic data — particularly financial and usage data — about its most embarrassing products…. If three of Elop’s top lieutenants really ratted him out to Bloomberg (and this isn’t instead some elaborate ploy concocted either by the Microsoft board or Rick Sherlund or Elop himself) and all spilled their guts about the boss’s private musings to the same publication, Elop has a security leak of unprecedented proportions.” InfoWorld
>>>> Microsoft Surface ad fails to Excel at math, according to Apple’s Numbers Apple Insider [Pro tip: The Surface ad shows an incorrectly doctored Excel screen shot. Marketing #Fail, but Excel's fine.]
>>>> Actually, Microsoft needs Bing and Xbox as much as it needs Windows CITEworld
>>>> Microsoft shouldn’t hire any CEO who wants to kill Bing and Xbox Ars Technica

>> THE DUDE ABIDES: Bob Pittman bets big on the strategist Marissa Mayer rejected, backing Jim Heckman’s roll-up, by Nicholas Carlson: “Famed media mogul Bob Pittman is betting Marissa Mayer let the wrong guy go when she took over Yahoo in the summer of 2012…. He’s backing Jim Heckman’s new media roll-up…. Pittman made his name helping to create and run MTV. Then he helped Steve Case turn AOL into the giant company that bought Time Warner. Pittman put Heckman in charge of something called NAMG — basically, a collection of websites for dudes.” Business Insider

>> STILL A NEGATIVE: Nonplussed, by Devin Coldewey: “I sat down to write up the new YouTube comment system earlier this week, and before I finished the article, I had deleted my Google+ account — my real one, not the joke one that you acquire during the YouTube signup process. The labyrinth of settings and accounts involved struck me as so absurd, and the process so hostile to comprehension, that they needed to be described as they might have been experienced by an ordinary user.” TechCrunch

>> ON HER MAJESTY’S SPOOFING SERVICE: UK spies continue ‘quantum insert’ attack via LinkedIn, Slashdot pages, by Cyrus Farivar: “Targets included engineers at Global Roaming Exchange providers and OPEC… GCHQ, the British sister agency to the NSA, used spoofed versions of LinkedIn and Slashdot pages to serve malware to targets.” Ars Technica
>>>> Here’s how British intelligence used LinkedIn and Slashdot to dupe telecoms workers GigaOM

>> UPWARDLY MOBILE: An app ‘middle class’ continues to grow: Independently owned apps with a million-plus users up 121% over past 18 months, by Sarah Perez: “It may be getting harder for mobile developers to break into the top charts in the various app stores, but there is a healthy and growing ‘middle class’ app economy, according to new data released by analytics firm Flurry… The company reports seeing 357% growth over the past 18 months from independently owned apps that have a worldwide audience of over 20 million monthly actives, and 121% growth from those with an audience of over 1 million.” TechCrunch

>> NEOMONEY: 3 reasons why the price of Bitcoin is surging, by Jessica Roy: “1. Wider mainstream acceptance… 2. Growth in China… 3. The launch of Silk Road 2.0″ [Bitcoin hit almost $400 on Saturday; swung down to $300 on Sunday; now trades around $345.] Time

>> STAT DU JOUR: Apple rules the skies: 84% of in-flight Internet use comes from iDevices, by Christian Zibreg: “Or, as Daring Fireball’s John Gruber puts it, it’s more evidence that ”iPhone and Android users are not the same.” iDownloadBlog

>> IoT SHUFFLE: Apple’s Siri chief moves to Samsung to build connected device platform, by James Niccolai: “Luc Julia… an engineer who oversaw development of Apple’s Siri technology is now at Samsung building an online service for linking together the ‘Internet of things.’ Still in its early stages, SAMI [Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions ] aims to be a platform that can collect data from any connected device, including wearable computers like the Fitbit, and make that data available for consumption by other devices.” InfoWorld

>> FEEDLY LEARNS: Google+ authentication [rolled back!]: “Google has been slowly transitioning from Google OAuth to Google+ as their unifying identity system. This transition opens the door to interesting opportunities like simpler login across devices — and a lot more. We are following on Google’s lead and transitioning feedly from Google OAuth to Google+ login… UPDATE: we are going to rollback this change later this afternoon… The main lesson we learned here is that user should control how they want to login to their feedly. We will make sure not to forget this.” Building Feedly

>> IMPRIMATUR: FEC poised to allow Bitcoin campaign donations, by Byron Tau: “Political campaigns will be allowed to accept — but not spend — the digital currency Bitcoin, under a proposed federal rule released Thursday. The Federal Election Commission draft would require campaigns to first convert any Bitcoins collected as donation to dollars.” Politico

>> THE GOOD OL’ DAYS: For creator of Twitter’s whale, a ‘Fail’ in name only, by Alexandra Stevenson: “With its initial public offering on Thursday, Twitter minted a brand new group of billionaires, many of whom were rewarded for their early work with the company. But one person who brought a sense of levity to the start-up during its darkest hours will not be making anything. That person is Yiying Lu, the artist behind Twitter’s ‘Fail Whale’ — the image of a whale being carried by birds — that used to pop up every time Twitter’s website was down, which was often in 2008.” New York Times (paywalled)

>> Okta CEO: We’re solving the identity management puzzle InfoWorld

>> What’s an active user worth? Asymco

>> White House considers civilian for NSA chief The Hill

>> FBI offers $50,000 reward for ‘Lover Spy’ malware writer TechWorld

>> Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram increasingly irrelevant — thanks to mobile Ben Evans

>> Amazon convinces Postal Service to start making Sunday deliveries AllThingsD

>> They loved your GPA, then they saw your Tweets New York Times (paywalled)

>> The six most common species of code Willa’s World

>> WE HAD TO RUN IT: Lady Gaga’s flying dress is ready for take off The Verge

>> TWEET O’ THE DAY: “Being asked to ‘like,’ ‘+1,’ or retweet something is like flashing ‘applause’ sign at studio audience. You expect us to be unpaid clappers?” @jameskobielus

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A new scorpion species from ancient Lycia

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Scientists discover and describe a new species of scorpion, Euscorpius lycius, coming from the area of ancient Lycia, nowadays the regions of the Muğla and Antalya Provinces in Southwestern Turkey. With the new discovery, the scorpions from this genus found in the country go up to a total of five known species. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.



Euscorpius is a genus of scorpions, commonly called small wood-scorpions. As their name suggest these scorpions don’t impress with a large size, the biggest representative being around 5 cm long. The group is widespread in North Africa and across Europe. Euscorpius scorpions are relatively harmless, with poison that has effects similar to a mosquito bite.

The new species is named after the historical region of Ancient Lycia, which is referenced in Egyptian and Ancient Greek myths. Like the mystical history of the region the new species is rather secretive and can be found mainly in pine at night hidden away in pine forests, crawling on rocks or sitting on stone garden walls. All localities where the species was found were humid and cool, with calcareous stones covered with moss.

The new scorpion is a relatively small representative, reaching a size ranging between two and two and a half centimeters. The color of the adult representatives is pale, between brown and reddish, with pedipalps, or claws, usually darker than the rest of the body.



“A total of 26 specimens belonging to the new species were collected from Antalya and Muğla Province, in the south-west of Turkey.” explains Dr. Yağmur, the lead author of the study. “Further studies are in progress to understand the quantity and distribution of the different species and populations of the genus Euscorpius in Turkey and their relationship with the Greek populations.”

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Yağmur EA, Tropea G, Yeşilyurt F (2013) A new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae) from south western Turkey. ZooKeys 348: 29. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.348.5943



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Scientists discover and describe a new species of scorpion, Euscorpius lycius, coming from the area of ancient Lycia, nowadays the regions of the Muğla and Antalya Provinces in Southwestern Turkey. With the new discovery, the scorpions from this genus found in the country go up to a total of five known species. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.



Euscorpius is a genus of scorpions, commonly called small wood-scorpions. As their name suggest these scorpions don’t impress with a large size, the biggest representative being around 5 cm long. The group is widespread in North Africa and across Europe. Euscorpius scorpions are relatively harmless, with poison that has effects similar to a mosquito bite.

The new species is named after the historical region of Ancient Lycia, which is referenced in Egyptian and Ancient Greek myths. Like the mystical history of the region the new species is rather secretive and can be found mainly in pine at night hidden away in pine forests, crawling on rocks or sitting on stone garden walls. All localities where the species was found were humid and cool, with calcareous stones covered with moss.

The new scorpion is a relatively small representative, reaching a size ranging between two and two and a half centimeters. The color of the adult representatives is pale, between brown and reddish, with pedipalps, or claws, usually darker than the rest of the body.



“A total of 26 specimens belonging to the new species were collected from Antalya and Muğla Province, in the south-west of Turkey.” explains Dr. Yağmur, the lead author of the study. “Further studies are in progress to understand the quantity and distribution of the different species and populations of the genus Euscorpius in Turkey and their relationship with the Greek populations.”

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Yağmur EA, Tropea G, Yeşilyurt F (2013) A new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae) from south western Turkey. ZooKeys 348: 29. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.348.5943



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Sanders-Brown researchers produce new research on little-understood brain disease

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2013) As the population of older adults continues to grow, researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging are engaged in work to understand the mechanisms of a variety of diseases that predominately affect those of advanced age.

Three recent papers authored by Dr. Peter Nelson and others at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, explore the neuropathology behind a little-understood brain disease, hippocampal sclerosis (known to scientists and clinicians as HS-AGING). HS-AGING, much like Alzheimer’s disease, causes symptoms of dementia – cognitive decline and impaired memory – in aged persons. Although Alzheimer’s disease is probably the most recognized cause of dementia, HS-AGING also causes serious cognitive impairment in older adults.

In those who live to a very advanced age (beyond the age of 85) HS-AGING is almost as prevalent as Alzheimer’s. Remarkably, HS-Aging appears to be a completely separate disease from Alzheimer’s, although it is almost always diagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease while people are alive.

The first paper, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, draws from a very large sample population and shows that presently around 20 percent of all dementia cases are diagnosed as HS-AGING at autopsy, although almost none are given that diagnosis during life. That means that the presence of this disease is currently almost unknown by the health care providers who are seeing patients.

Research of this kind could only be done with the collaboration of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (or “NACC”; the first author of this study, Willa Brenowitz, is based in Washington state and works with NACC), enabling Nelson and colleagues to incorporate data from dozens of federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers around the country. These centers are funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. The research was supported by NIA grant numbers U01 AG016976 and P30 AG028383.

A second study, “Arteriolosclerosis that affects multiple brain regions,” appears in a recent issue of the journal Brain, and looks at small blood vessels in patients with HS-Aging and describes a specific change, called “arteriolosclerosis,” which is present in patients with HS-Aging. This small blood vessel change may provide a new therapeutic target to alter the progression of the disease. These analyses were also boosted through collaboration with the larger NACC-based dataset. Further, the first author, Dr. Janna Neltner, provided critical expertise in digital pathologic measurement of the brain.

Finally, the third paper, “Hippocampal sclerosis of aging, a prevalent and high‑morbidity brain disease,” appears in Acta Neuropathologica and offers an overview of HS-AGING for patients and researchers. This paper reviews the relevant scientific literature and also presses home the point that HS-AGING is a very common disease that exerts a strongly adverse impact on public health.

It is important for physicians and scientists to understand the unique pathology of HS-AGING, and to be able to differentiate it from other diseases, as it is only by making an accurate diagnosis that clinicians can hope to treat people who present with signs of cognitive decline. These current studies represent a leap forward in the knowledge base about HS-AGING, and represent potential new paths to explore for diagnosis and treatment of this serious, but under-appreciated brain disease.

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Three recent papers authored by Dr. Peter Nelson and others at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, explore the neuropathology behind a little-understood brain disease, hippocampal sclerosis (known to scientists and clinicians as HS-AGING). HS-AGING, much like Alzheimer’s disease, causes symptoms of dementia – cognitive decline and impaired memory – in aged persons. Although Alzheimer’s disease is probably the most recognized cause of dementia, HS-AGING also causes serious cognitive impairment in older adults.

In those who live to a very advanced age (beyond the age of 85) HS-AGING is almost as prevalent as Alzheimer’s. Remarkably, HS-Aging appears to be a completely separate disease from Alzheimer’s, although it is almost always diagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease while people are alive.

The first paper, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, draws from a very large sample population and shows that presently around 20 percent of all dementia cases are diagnosed as HS-AGING at autopsy, although almost none are given that diagnosis during life. That means that the presence of this disease is currently almost unknown by the health care providers who are seeing patients.

Research of this kind could only be done with the collaboration of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (or “NACC”; the first author of this study, Willa Brenowitz, is based in Washington state and works with NACC), enabling Nelson and colleagues to incorporate data from dozens of federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers around the country. These centers are funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. The research was supported by NIA grant numbers U01 AG016976 and P30 AG028383.

A second study, “Arteriolosclerosis that affects multiple brain regions,” appears in a recent issue of the journal Brain, and looks at small blood vessels in patients with HS-Aging and describes a specific change, called “arteriolosclerosis,” which is present in patients with HS-Aging. This small blood vessel change may provide a new therapeutic target to alter the progression of the disease. These analyses were also boosted through collaboration with the larger NACC-based dataset. Further, the first author, Dr. Janna Neltner, provided critical expertise in digital pathologic measurement of the brain.

Finally, the third paper, “Hippocampal sclerosis of aging, a prevalent and high‑morbidity brain disease,” appears in Acta Neuropathologica and offers an overview of HS-AGING for patients and researchers. This paper reviews the relevant scientific literature and also presses home the point that HS-AGING is a very common disease that exerts a strongly adverse impact on public health.

It is important for physicians and scientists to understand the unique pathology of HS-AGING, and to be able to differentiate it from other diseases, as it is only by making an accurate diagnosis that clinicians can hope to treat people who present with signs of cognitive decline. These current studies represent a leap forward in the knowledge base about HS-AGING, and represent potential new paths to explore for diagnosis and treatment of this serious, but under-appreciated brain disease.

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Bethenny Frankel and Bryn: Candy Girls in the Big Apple

Getting in on the fun with her adorable little girl, Bethenny Frankel took Bryn around in costume in New York City on Wednesday (October 30).

The former “Real Housewife” matched her daughter in a pink dress covered in candy, complete with a curly pink wig. Making their way around the city in style, the pair were driven in a pink limousine.

On that same day, an episode of “Bethenny” aired with controversial reality star Omarosa as the guest and things got just a little heated between the two.

Amongst the arguing about each other’s “brand” and what that is, the “Apprentice” contestant told the host, “It’s different for you and I. I am an African-American woman. You get to walk around and be mediocre and you still get rewarded with things.” Floored by the contentious exchange, Bethenny tweeted, “When you see the interview with Omarosa today on @Bethenny you will DIE!”

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Republicans’ War on the Poor

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, has done some surprising things lately. First, he did an end run around his state’s Legislature — controlled by his own party — to proceed with the federally funded expansion of Medicaid that is an important piece of Obamacare. Then, defending his action, he let loose on his political allies, declaring, “I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor. That, if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.”

 

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Vatican’s US donors get access for a $500 pittance

VATICAN CITY (AP) — They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing with the Latin chants of a choir filling the frescoed hall.

The donors to the Vatican Museums got serious VIP treatment during their recent visit to Rome: lectures on museum restoration projects, catered dinners in museum galleries, a vespers service in the Sistine Chapel celebrated by papal prefect Monsignor Georg Gaenswein — and even a one-on-one with Pope Francis himself.

Such access comes with a price, but it’s not as high as you might think.

For starters, all it takes is $500 a year to join the Patrons of the Vatican Museums, the fundraising organization that hosted last week’s extravaganza. The events marking the Patrons’ 30th anniversary did cost significantly more — $1,900 a head for the entire five days of Vatican pampering — but even that price seems a relative bargain given that a single New York fundraiser, without pope or music under Michelangelo, might run $1,000 a head or more.

“Are you kidding? You can’t buy your way into this,” marveled Ronald Poe as he sipped pink bubbly in the Gallery of Maps after the Sistine Chapel vespers Saturday night.

In fact, you can.

There are currently about 2,500 patrons and each year the Vatican can count on about $5 million from them — averaging $2,000 a head — with gifts added to revenue from the annual membership fee, said the Rev. Mark Haydu, the program director and priest of the Legion of Christ, a religious order known for its fundraising prowess. Most of the patrons hail from the U.S., where the program began after a traveling exhibit of Vatican treasures caught the attention of some art-loving philanthropists.

Over the years, their generosity has funded, among other things, the restoration of the Sistine Chapel and three of the four Raphael Rooms in the Apostolic Palace— a point raised by Pope Francis when he greeted each of the 350-plus patrons and family members who gathered on Saturday in the palace for a private audience.

“Over the past three decades, the patrons have made an outstanding contribution to the restoration of numerous treasures of art preserved in the Vatican collections and to the broader religious, artistic and culture mission of the museums,” he said. “For this I thank you most heartily.”

Each year the Vatican Museums offers up a “wish list” of the works that need attention in hopes of finding a local chapter or individual patron to adopt the project.

The 2014 wish book includes cleaning an 18th century silk embroidered Manchurian dress (10,000 euros/$13,800); sponsoring an outside archaeologist to work on the necropolis dig underneath the Vatican’s parking lot (40,000 euros) and buying new display cases for the Egyptian Museum (930,000 euros).

During the anniversary week in Rome, patrons were treated to demonstrations by laboratory restorers about their craft, dinners in Museum galleries and a rare question-and-answer session with a top official in the Secretariat of State about the Vatican’s reform and relations with the media.

Basic membership, though, has its priceless privileges: Patrons can jump the line at the Vatican Museums and go straight to the Sistine Chapel before anyone gets in in the morning. They can get private tours of off-limit galleries and restoration labs, special access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican gardens. They get priority seating at the pope’s weekly general audience and have an “in” to score coveted tickets to Midnight Mass.

Patrons aren’t necessarily Catholic, but they tend to be art buffs eager for behind-the-scenes access that membership provides.

“We saw an ad in a travel magazine about the benefits of being a patron,” said Esther Milsted, an attorney from Hoboken, New Jersey. She and her husband Mark Villamar wanted to see the Pauline Chapel inside the Apostolic Palace, which is not normally open to the public. They got in after joining and have since taken advantage of membership to visit restoration labs and participate in the anniversary festivities.

“It’s a good deal — and tax deductible,” Villamar said.

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Patrons are at www.vatican-patrons.org

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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/vaticans-us-donors-access-500-pittance-060906337.html
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