Phish and The Aquarium Rescue Unit were both staples of the early ’90s jam scene as members of the first H.O.R.D.E. tour along with Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, The Samples, and The Spin Doctors. Even before this iconic tour, however, the bands were friendly, having shared bills around the country and supporting one another in various regions. While many of the individual members of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit have sat in with Phish over the years, it was rarer that the entire ARU would join Phish on stage.However, on May 5th, 1993, the Aquarium Rescue Unit did just that, joining Phish on stage at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, exactly 25 years ago today. After a rocking performance that featured some great work on classics like “Stash”, “It’s Ice”, and “My Friend, My Friend”, Phish launched into “You Enjoy Myself” to close out the second set. Instead of the traditional vocal jam that concludes the song, the group launched into a musical jam and welcomed a number of great guests to the stage, including Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, and The Dude Of Life. With Jon Fishman on vacuum, the nine musicians go to town on their instruments, inciting a full-on musical celebration.Listen to this monster jam session, via fromtheaquarium, below:Phish — Palace Theatre — 5/5/1993 — Full Show[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 5/5/93Set 1: Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Foam, Sparkle, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice > Glide > Maze, Golgi ApparatusSet 2: Runaway Jim -> My Friend, My Friend -> Manteca -> My Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart > Weigh > Big Ball Jam > Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself -> JamEncore: Amazing Grace, Cavern > Take the ‘A’ Train > Cavern Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Unfinished with no vocal jam. The Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Dude of Life. Fish on vacuum. Without microphones.Notes: It’s Ice contained a tease of Pop Goes the Weasel from Page and Maze contained Mission: Impossible theme teases from Page. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Trey dedicated Ya Mar to Sue on her birthday. Ya Mar subsequently included a Two Princes tease. YEM contained a La Marseillaise tease from Page and Yield Not to Temptation teases, did not contain a vocal jam, and was unfinished. The jam after YEM featured The Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Dude of Life, and Fish on vacuum. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. The soundcheck’s Funky Bitch Blues contained a Funk #49 tease.[Originally published 5/5/18]
Alberto Ascherio, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at HMS, has been studying the potential anti-Parkinson’s effects first suggested in the 2001 findings. That study showed that four or five cups of coffee daily cut disease risk nearly in half compared with little or no caffeine.Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine Frank Hu, who leads the diabetes section of the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, has become interested in whether coffee drinking affects total mortality.“I’m not a huge coffee drinker, two to three cups a day,” Hu said. “[But] I like it and, thinking about the extra benefits, that’s comforting.”Last year, a Harvard team led by then-research associate Marilyn Cornelis — today an assistant professor at Northwestern University — traced coffee’s fingerprints to the human genome, discovering six new genes related to coffee consumption and reconfirming two others found earlier. The six genes included two related to metabolism, two related to coffee’s psychoactive effects, and two whose exact purpose in coffee consumption is unclear, but which are related to lipid and glucose metabolism.Daniel Chasman, an associate professor of medicine at HMS and associate geneticist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who worked with Cornelis on the study, said caffeine consumption habits are highly heritable and that the genes they found appear to explain about 7 percent of the heritability. That’s a significant amount, he said, considering how strong an influence culture also plays on coffee consumption.Though the links between coffee and better health have become considerably clearer, what exactly confers the benefit remains murky. Caffeine alone does not explain the effects. For starters, some of the benefits are seen even with decaf, which has prompted researchers to turn their attention to the many other active compounds — including antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid — in your morning cup.“Coffee is a complex beverage. It’s very difficult to pinpoint which component of coffee is responsible for the benefit,” Hu said. “There are numerous bioactive compounds.”Other highlights from Harvard research include:A 2005 study exploring concerns that too much coffee was bad for blood pressure found no link between higher blood pressure and coffee and found some suggestion that it improved blood pressure.Regular coffee drinking was linked in a 2011 Harvard study to lower risk of a deadly form of prostate cancer.Also in 2011, a study showed that drinking four or more cups a day lowered the rate of depression among women.A 2012 study tied three cups a day to a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma.A 2013 Harvard study linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk of suicide.Also in 2013, a Harvard analysis of 36 studies covering more than a million people found that even heavy coffee consumption did not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and that three to five cups of coffee daily provided the most protection against cardiovascular disease.Also in 2014, Harvard Chan School researchers found that increasing coffee consumption by more than a cup a day over a four-year period reduced type 2 diabetes risk by 11 percent.The same study showed that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17 percent.“That first cup of coffee in the morning is happiness.” Chopra said. “It’s a real joy.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Coffee, said the Napoleon-era French diplomat Talleyrand, should be hot as hell, black as the devil, pure as an angel, sweet as love.Bach wrote a cantata in its honor, writers rely on it, and, according to legend, a pope blessed it. Lady Astor once reportedly remarked that if she were Winston Churchill’s wife, she’d poison his coffee, to which Churchill acerbically replied: “If I were married to you, I’d drink it.”Coffee is everywhere, through history and across the world. And increasingly, science is demonstrating that its popularity is a good thing.Harvard scientists have for years put coffee under the microscope. Last year, researchers announced they had discovered six new human genes related to coffee and reconfirmed the existence of two others. The long-running Nurses’ Health Study has found that coffee protects against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are continuing to follow up on 2001 findings that it protects against Parkinson’s disease.The work at Harvard is just part of an emerging picture of coffee as a potentially powerful elixir against a range of ailments, from cancer to cavities.Sanjiv Chopra, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been so impressed he’s become something of a coffee evangelist. The author of several books, Chopra included a chapter on coffee in his 2010 book, “Live Better, Live Longer.”Chopra first became aware of the potentially powerful protective effects of coffee when a study revealed that consumption lowers levels of liver enzymes and protects the liver against cancer and cirrhosis. He began asking students, residents, and fellows on the liver unit to quiz patients about their coffee habits, finding repeatedly that none of the patients with liver ailments drank coffee.Chopra himself makes sure to have several cups a day, and encourages others to do the same. Though other researchers are less bold in their dietary recommendations, they’re convinced enough to continue investigations into the benefits.
On Dec. 12 the Faculty Council heard a proposal to dissolve the Standing Committee on the Library. They also approved a proposal from the graduate program in Population Health Sciences and heard a proposal regarding concurrent master’s degrees for undergraduates. Finally, they heard a proposal to change the name of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.The Council next meets on Jan. 30. The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 5 meeting of the Faculty is Jan. 22 at noon.
In a new study, scientists and archaeologists from the University of Nottingham, the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and Harvard University, showed that the highest levels of air pollution before the modern era occurred around 800 years ago.The new data represents the highest-resolution, most detailed and chronologically accurate record in existence for pollution, climate change and economic growth over the past two millennia.The natural record was retrieved from an alpine glacier (Colle Gnifetti) well known among researchers in Germany, Switzerland (as reported in the New York Times), Italy, and the U.S. for the quality of its ice which, due to ideal conditions at the site, allows scientists to chemically identify changes in pollution and climate year by year, and even season by season, thanks to the use of the Climate Change Institute’s cutting-edge laser technology and expertise. Historians then painstakingly matched the data with documents preserved in the archives and libraries of Europe, bringing history to life with a warning for the present.“The mid-late 12th century had the same levels of lead pollution as we see in the mid-17th century and even in 1890, so our notions of atmospheric pollution starting in the industrial revolution are wrong,” said Christopher Loveluck of the University of Nottingham.Comparing data obtained by analyzing glacial ice and historical records, the team showed how political crises and wars left a mark on Europe’s economic growth and environment under some of the most celebrated English kings, Henry II, John Lackland, and Richard the Lionheart.“By shining a laser on centuries-old ice we’ve learned to read glaciers as we read a book. We’re doing both to shed light on economic history and its health implications,” added Alexander More of the Climate Change Institute, Long Island University, and Science of the Human Past at Harvard.,Even low levels of exposure to lead, a toxic metal, can reduce brain function and result in lifelong health complications. Humans have mined and used lead for centuries in coins, roofs, water pipes, and paint.Typically, pre-industrial civilization serves as a baseline to compare today’s pollution levels. However, contrary to assumptions of a much cleaner yesterday, humans have released toxic chemicals into the environment for much longer than the last two centuries. The new study shows that before industry, very high levels of lead pollution came from Great Britain, particularly the mines of Carlisle and the Peak District.In addition to its historic findings, the work of the British-American researchers represents a major innovation in the study of pollution, health and economic history.Michael McCormick, chair of the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard emphasized the consilience of scientific and historical findings.“Thanks to this new technology, those 12th century particulates embedded in the ice core converge with Britain’s medieval royal archives, the Pipe Rolls, to track yearly lead production, casting sharp new light on the dynamics of the medieval economy,” he said.“We have improved the sampling resolution in ice cores from the previous standard of 100 samples per meter to 10,000 samples per meter meaning that even in old, compressed ice at depth, high fidelity data is emerging that remained masked or ‘smoothed out’ in lower resolution records. This leap in data accessibility opens up new realms of investigation into the association between climate, pollution and society,” said Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.The research is funded by Arcadia, a charitable foundation of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
Members of the Notre Dame community gathered Thursday evening at Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for a panel discussion about the upcoming pro-life film “Unplanned” hosted by the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.The panel, whose discussion was partly based on clips from the film shown to the audience, was moderated by O. Carter Snead, the director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. The panel’s four members included Abby Johnson, whose life is the subject of the film, Mary FioRito, a pro-life activist and fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, Chuck Konzelman, a Notre Dame alumnus from the class of 1982 who co-wrote and co-directed the film, and Cary Solomon, Konzelman’s fellow co-writer and co-director.“Unplanned,” which comes out March 29, is based on Johnson’s memoir of the same name. The story follows Johnson’s journey from a clinic manager for Planned Parenthood to an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement following a life-changing experience she had while assisting with an ultrasound abortion.In an interview prior to the event, Konzelman said he and Solomon became aware of Johnson’s story after being approached in a coffee shop by a stranger who recommended they read her memoir.“What was neat in terms of the story was that all [Johnson] ever wanted to do was help women. That’s all she ever wanted to do,” Konzelman said. “So, she was a very sympathetic character, and even in her story and the film, while watching her do things that particularly the pro-life audience will look at and say, ‘That action is an unsympathetic action, that action isn’t something we don’t agree with … yet we understand her motivation and we can forgive her based on what it was she was trying to accomplish.’”Konzelman and Solomon said they made a conscious decision to make the film as factual as possible. For them, this meant not only including an accurate portrayal of the abortion process, but also of those who work at Planned Parenthood clinics. Solomon said it would have been counter-productive and dishonest to paint Planned Parenthood employees in an evil light. Instead, they emphasized the humanity and honest intentions of all involved.These portrayals make the film an especially valuable contribution to the national conversation on abortion, Johnson said.“In a time where we live with all these, ‘His truth, and her truth, and my truth and your truth,’ and people are just like, ‘What is the dang truth? Not your version, but the truth, the absolute truth,’” Johnson said. “This film does a really beautiful job of showing that truth for really what I believe to be the first time in a pro-life film. This film has really pushed the boundaries.”Konzelman said he and Solomon felt called to share Johnson’s story of conversion with audiences on the big screen.“Regardless of how pro-choice you are, you’re probably never going to be as pro-choice as Abby was, and regardless of how pro-life you are, you’re probably not going to get as pro-life as Abby has become,” Konzelman said. “Something happened here. She had her Saul of Tarsus moment. This story was scripted by the Holy Spirit, Abby lived it and it was just our job to translate it.”The movie was produced with an eye towards performing the work of God, Solomon said.“The way we look at it is we labor in the fields of the Lord,” he said. “So, it wasn’t about art for us, this is not about our glory, it’s about His glory.”Because abortion has become “the third rail of American politics,” Konzelman said they have struggled to convince major outlets to advertise the film’s release.“We don’t talk about it for the most part. There’s this societal agreement not to talk about it,” he said. “This week we can’t advertise on Lifetime because they won’t take our ads, we can’t advertise on Hallmark, they won’t take our ad dollars … The mainstream press for the most part is still busy pretending this film doesn’t exist. We’re opening wide on a thousand screens next week, and yet there’s this real effort to just kind of squelch it and hope it will die a quiet death and go away.”Regardless of any difficulties with media attention, Johnson said the honesty of “Unplanned” will have a lasting influence on the very nature of the abortion debate in America.“Abortion continues to be perpetuated and escalate in the way it is in our society because abortion is done in secret,” Johnson said. “You can see the aftermath of it, you can see pictures like that all day on Facebook and on the internet, but to watch a person’s life be extinguished is a very powerful thing to witness. It is the most tragic thing you will ever witness. And finally we have something that is going to pull back the curtain so that it is no longer a secret to our society.”Tags: Abortion, Browning Cinema, DPAC, Film, Planned Parenthood, Pro-choice, Pro-life
The Vermont House of Representatives yesterday passed H. 254, a bill to protect Vermonters against deceptive business practices. The practices outlawed in H.254 include, misleading consumers into authorizing on-going credit card charges, adding unwanted charges to residential or business phone bills, and out-of-state companies masquerading online as a Vermont florists.‘Businesses actively attempting to perpetrate scams on Vermonters is simply unacceptable,’ said Speaker Shap Smith. ‘This bill will outlaw a number of the unscrupulous strategies some out-of-state companies use, as well as strengthen the security of the state’s personal information database.’The key components of H. 254 include:Protection against Misleading Business Practicesâ ¢ Phone Bill Cramming: The bill makes it illegal to charge consumers for goods or services in a phone bill unless they are explicitly authorized; legitimate supplemental phone bill charges are still protected.â ¢ Discount Membership Charges: The bill requires that consumers be notified of their right to cancel membership, requires periodic reminder notifications that the consumer is subscribed and prohibits membership programs lasting longer than 18 months.â ¢ Masquerading: The bill will make it an unlawful and deceptive act to advertise as a ‘local’ or ‘Vermont’ florist if the business isn’t currently located in Vermont. This will protect both consumers and the Vermont florist industry, which is threatened when revenue is siphoned to out-of-state online-order flower businesses.Notification of Security Breachesâ ¢ In the event of a security breach’when consumers’ personal data is lost or stolen’the bill requires the data collector to notify the Vermont Attorney General. Consumers already receive mandatory notification, but notifying the Attorney General will improve law enforcement’s capacity to act on the security breach.Information Technology Securityâ ¢ Strengthens the security of data held by state-level agenciesâ ¢ Clarifies that the Agency of Administration is responsible for Information Technology Security regimens.The bill passed the House unanimously. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.Source: Speaker’s office. 3.30.2011
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kimberly J. Howard, AdviceIQCredit troubles often begin inconspicuously, yet there are signs all along the way before they become unmanageable. Being alert to these warnings allows you to make the necessary changes to prevent a future of financial worries.Having a credit card isn’t bad when you use it for the right reasons. It serves as a bridge to better things and establishes a credit history, which helps you make big purchases such as a home or a car.Unfortunately, the “spend first, pay later” option is a slippery slope that leads to serious credit problems. They can happen to people of every age, income level and social status.Many signs are obvious to conscientious consumers, but life can sometimes become so hectic that you push them aside for later. Only later never comes.The sooner you admit that you have credit problems, the sooner you are able to fix them. Neglect the issue and you may end up with accounts in collections, purchases repossessed, eviction and bankruptcy. continue reading »
The clock is ticking on 2019 and there are a few things that should be top-of-mind within your organization. If you’re not strategizing about how to use what’s left of your 2019 budget, start redirecting your awareness now.We get it, strategizing around budget might not be your favorite meeting to rally. There’s a chance you’re unsure of the smartest and most impactful way to invest those dollars. There’s a genuine sense of urgency, though. If you leave money in your budget on the table, you risk having your budget reduced for 2020 because, hey – you didn’t need it.But you do need it, so let’s talk about how to use it rather than lose it.Starting to make a plan is simple, look at what you’ve actually got. Get clear on what you have left to spend.Then, ask yourselves where those funds would have the biggest ROI as you make the final push. Don’t be afraid to think ahead, though. This doesn’t mean that the best usage of those funds is in 2019. The smartest way to spend might be for a 2020 initiative, but you can make the payment now.For the end of 2019, the name of the game is to maximize. Now is the time to check back in with the vendor relationships you resourced this year and see what specialty programs they have to offer that could make a bang out of your buck. Capitalize on the fact that everyone has a quota to meet and every company wants that last bit of growth spurt that places their year-end higher than the previous year.We see a lot of Credit Unions encounter some common pitfalls when it comes to the year-end budget. Here’s what to be careful and aware of:Don’t leave funds on the table. This tells the C-Suite that you may not need as high of a marketing budget next year and you risk having your resources slashed. Because let’s be honest, marketing is always the first thing to go – so let’s not provide more ammunition.Be smart about your investments. Don’t spend your remaining budget on purchases like promotional items when it could be spent on getting you a pre-pay discount on print, design, or strategy, or used to build a foundation for your 2020 marketing (i.e. turnkey data platform) – something that will actually give you a return on your investment or set you up with tools and future resources for years to come.Stay focused. It’s easy to get lazy in the home stretch. Fire up those engines and do some research. Data is a phenomenal place to invest your budget so that you can make informed choices and build strategies from that priceless insight. Use what you have left – time, money, energy – to arm yourself with knowledge. Consider spending unused marketing dollars on building/obtaining a Member Insights Report to summarize your members wants needs and behavioral trends. Or perhaps you can utilize funds to develop a member journey map or conduct a consumer segment analysis.Bottom line – it’s not over till the ball drops. Rally your team, put your heads together, and approach the rest of 2019 + budget with the same enthusiasm as when the year is new. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details
Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on a short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was ultimately not chosen by Joseph R. Biden Jr. But on Friday, as Mr. Biden took a narrow lead in Georgia, it was Ms. Abrams who was celebrated, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state two years ago.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with moving past her loss — she came within 55,000 votes of the governor’s mansion — and building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.- Advertisement – Still, Democrats in the state were jubilant.- Advertisement – “You have to build the infrastructure to organize and motivate your base, and you have to persuade people,” said Jason Carter, a Democrat who was the party’s candidate for governor in 2014. “Stacey built that infrastructure, and Donald Trump’s presidency energized that infrastructure, and it opened up voters to persuasion who were previously not open, particularly in the suburbs.”Mr. Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in Georgia, a state that has not elected a Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades, and maintained a slight lead throughout Friday. He was up about 4,100 votes Friday evening with more than 98 percent of the ballots counted. Because of the small margin, the secretary of state confirmed there would be a recount. Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full.” And she cited the work of other activists. “Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.”If Mr. Biden holds onto his slim lead in Georgia, her profile is likely to grow. – Advertisement –
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told CNBC on Friday that she understands people are growing weary of coronavirus restrictions, but she urged the city’s residents to comply with her stay-at-home advisory in order to prevent additional deaths from Covid-19.A day earlier, Lightfoot issued a 30-day advisory for the country’s third-largest city, which asks residents to leave their homes only for work, school and essential trips such as seeking medical care and grocery shopping, for example. It also called on people to avoid having guests in their homes and avoid traveling, especially for Thanksgiving. The city also imposed restrictions to limit gatherings to 10 people. Both announcements go into effect Monday.- Advertisement – Illinois on Thursday set a record for average daily cases, with 11,829, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. That is up roughly 55% compared with a week ago. Illinois is one of 30 states that currently have a record-high average of daily cases.In Chicago, its rolling case average is just over 2,000 per day, which is up 40% compared with a week ago, according to the city’s website. Its seven-day average of positive tests — a key indicator of whether a local outbreak is intensifying — is now 14.5%. A week earlier, it was 11.1%.Illinois’ seven-day average of Covid-19 hospitalizations is 4,585, per CNBC’s analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic. While that is not an all-time high, hospitalizations are up 32% compared with a week prior.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Really, the most startling piece of information that motivated us to issue this advisory and the other components is, if we do nothing between now and the end of the year, we’re likely to lose 1,000 Chicagoans to death,” Lightfoot said Friday on “Closing Bell.” “That’s not acceptable.”Lightfoot’s advisory comes as state and local officials across the United States take steps to ramp up public health restrictions in response to the country’s worsening Covid-19 outbreak. Public health experts have warned the epidemic will only get worse without interventions to slow transmission.“We’re saying to folks, ‘Look, we know you’ve got Covid fatigue. We know that you’re tired of the different restrictions, but we must do this for you, for your family, for your loved ones and the entire city of Chicago,’” Lightfoot said.- Advertisement – Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is so far “doing OK” at managing hospital capacity during the current uptick and can take on more Covid-19 patients, its CEO, Dr. Omar Lateef, told CNBC earlier Friday. However, Lateef cautioned that health-care systems can become overwhelmed “so rapidly and so dramatically,” a problem being experienced in some parts of the United States such as Utah.“For today, we feel good. We have capacity. We have the ability to surge,” Lateef said on “Squawk on the Street.” “We have the ability to increase beds as our community dictates, and we have the experience of the past to make sure that we’re ready to do that.”If coronavirus transmission in Chicago does not slow, Lightfoot said, additional measures may have to be taken. “We may have to get to a point where we do a stay-at-home order as opposed to an advisory,” she said. “But psychologically … that’s a big step for folks. They’re tired. They’re angry. They’re frustrated, so we’re hoping we can educate them into compliance.”She stressed the importance of avoiding indoor congregate settings, where the virus can transmit more easily.“Where we’re seeing a lot of our case growth is in these private settings. People let their guards down at homes. They’re going to weddings and funerals, and they’re also still having parties,” Lightfoot said. “Now, don’t get me wrong, we’re seeing it really across the board everywhere, but these private settings is really the toughest thing to regulate.”— CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.