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Shows the interaction of Antarctic currents and the Sun, among many other factors, that shape and regulate climate. Click on picture to connect.

Earth From Space

Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth. Airing June 26, 2013 at 9 pm on PBS Aired June 26, 2013 on PBS

  • Originally aired 02.13.13

Program Description

“Earth From Space” is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the Sun’s heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/earth-from-space.html

Nova: D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

 

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site. (01:52:52)

Program Description

On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel, along with thousands of tanks and landing craft and nearly 200,000 men. Throughout the operation, hundreds of ships sank running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world’s largest underwater archaeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads. Dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots will discover and identify key examples of Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines, and torpedoes, using the latest 3D-mapping tools to plot the relics on the sea floor. Highlighting the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses, and featuring first-hand accounts from Allied veterans who have returned to the site of this epic battle to share their harrowing stories, “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets” unfolds a vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and reveals how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology assured the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/dday-sunken-secrets.html


What does Google know about you? What does the NSA know?Is there a difference?

Tonight, our United States of Secrets series continues with Part Two: Privacy Lost, the story of the relationship between Silicon Valley and the NSA’s global surveillance dragnet – and what that means for your privacy.

Critics are calling this documentary:

  • “Must-see TV” John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

  • “Thrilling and disturbing” Paul Szoldra, Business Insider

  • “Not to be missed” – David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun

Check your local listings for tonight’s premiere.

And right now, listen to our exclusive new podcast on how to protect yourself (and your data) online.

 

Still continue to use Google, Facebook, and other networks demonstrated to have critical privacy issues? This PBS documentary finally exposes the nature of Rogue Government and its most insidious, Machevillian attitude toward our Constitutional rights.

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/united-states-of-secrets/?elq=93d2d6782c8b49a6a4581019d60994a7&elqCampaignId=918

 

 

FRONTLINE –

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ONE “A New Adam”56:53 TWO “A New Eden”56:01 THREE A Nation Reborn51:09 FOUR “A New Light”56:07 FIVE “The Soul of a Nation”56:10 SIX “Of God and Caesar”55:19

EPISODES Note: Video may take up to 10 seconds to load.  Thank you for your patience.

http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/view/?elq=99ed2865f4294e29aa2de75daa55edb9&elqCampaignId=739

Puritan “city on a hill” beckoned on the horizon of the New World, religious faith and belief have forged America’s ideals, molded its identity and shaped its sense of mission at home and abroad.

For the first time on television, God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. A co-production of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, this six-hour series examines how religious dissidents helped shape the American concept of religious liberty and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation’s courts and political arena; how religious freedom and waves of new immigrants and religious revivals fueled competition in the religious marketplace; how movements for social reform — from abolition to civil rights — galvanized men and women to put their faith into political action; and how religious faith influenced conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War.

Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatization and interviews with religious historians, the six-part series is narrated by actor Campbell Scott and includes appearances by actors Michael Emerson (as John Winthrop), Chris Sarandon (as Abraham Lincoln. and Keith David (as Frederick Douglass), among others.

“The American story cannot be fully understood without understanding the country’s religious history,” says series executive producer Michael Sullivan. “By examining that history, God in America will offer viewers a fresh, revealing and challenging portrait of the country.”

As God in America unfolds, it reveals the deep roots of American religious identity in the universal quest for liberty and individualism — ideas that played out in the unlikely political union between Thomas Jefferson and defiant Baptists to oppose the established church in Virginia and that were later embraced by free-wheeling Methodists and maverick Presbyterians. Catholic and Jewish immigrants battled for religious liberty and expanded its meaning. In their quest for social reform, movements as different as civil rights and the religious right found authority and energy in their religious faith. The fight to define religious liberty fueled struggles between America’s secular and religious cultures on issues from evolution to school prayer, and American individualism and the country’s experiment in religious liberty were the engine that made America the most religiously diverse nation on earth.

Timeline: Faith in America

How religious ideas and spiritual experiences have shaped America’s public life over the last 400 years

http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/timeline/

FRONTLINE – The Untouchables

This broadcast (January 22, 2013) was sent to my E-mail on Friday, the 22nd.  Simply titled “$13 billion” I had not opened it till today. The only civil comment I can make is – I’m glad there is a Hell.  I made the picture the link to their video. “X”

The Untouchables – FRONTLINE examines why no Wall Street execs have been prosecuted for the financial crisis (53:36)

Note – Long have I enjoyed Frontline, and American Experience.  The Reagan statement “trust, but verify” is not lost on me. While this is an important domestic issue, it seems conveniently timed to distract us from current Government issues; Kerry (retch) and his dealings with Iran, and Obama’s proverbially “painting himself into a corner” over Obamacare. I haven’t watched this yet, preferring to share this with all of you first. “X”

Starting right now, FRONTLINE and The New York Times are proud to publish A Death in St. Augustine — a joint investigation that we’ve been working on for the past nine months — and to share a special digital premiere of the documentary with you, our e-mail subscribers.
The FRONTLINE film is part of a multiplatform journalistic collaboration with our partners at The New York Times, investigating the death of a young woman in Florida. It raises tough questions about how effectively law enforcement investigates cases involving its own officers — especially when there is the possibility of domestic violence.
Beginning today, you can
watch the full FRONTLINE documentary online and read The Times’ major interactive story.

53:41

Oct. 22, 2013 Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

NOTE – After establishing the link, refresh the page. (PBS “PMS” LOL) “X”

FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/meet-the-nightmare-bacteria/

FRONTLINE

Eight Ways to Protect Yourself from Superbugs

October 22, 2013, 9:32 pm ET by

Everyone is at risk of becoming infected by drug-resistant bacteria, especially as some have begun to appear outside of hospitals in the general community.

So how worried should you be?

FRONTLINE asked three infectious disease doctors what we wanted to know: what the risks are, how to protect yourself, and what questions to ask when a loved one is in the hospital.

Dr. Sean Elliott is the medical director of infection prevention at the University of Arizona Health Network Dr. Brad Spellberg is an infectious diseases specialist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Dr. Wendy Stead is an infectious diseases specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston

We condensed their advice into eight handy tips to help keep bugs at bay.

Of course, none of this substitutes for actual medical advice. For serious concerns, always consult your doctor.

1. Don’t Panic

Everyone may be at risk, but the chances of catching a drug-resistant bug outside of the hospital are small for most. “For the average healthy person walking down the street?  Those organisms are not much of a threat,” Stead says.

“The first principle is to try to live a healthy lifestyle to reduce the need to be in the hospital” where you are more likely to encounter these bugs, Spellberg says. Keep your home and work space clean. Be aware of the food you eat: Wash fruits and vegetables carefully and cook other food properly to reduce your chance of coming into contact with harmful bacteria.

2. Know What to Look For

How do you know if you have a superbug?

“You don’t.  And your doctor won’t either, at least at first,” Spellberg said. “The infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria do not cause different symptoms than infections caused by antibiotic-susceptible infections.”

While it’s impossible to give broad advice about so many different kinds of bacteria — and if you’re concerned, you should call your doctor first — there are some signs that an illness might be more serious. “In general, fevers, if they’re accompanied by shaking chills, if they’re getting worse instead of better, that would suggest there’s a bacterial process,” Elliott said.

With community-acquired MRSA, many people first notice a skin infection or boil that becomes larger and more painful, Stead says.

But if you do suspect such an infection, don’t rush to the emergency room, where you might be exposed to other bugs or infect others. Call your primary-care doctor first for advice.

3. Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water. Really Wash Them.

Doctors say they cannot recommend this enough.

“Wash your hands regularly and religiously in the normal times that you would think you should wash them,” Stead says. “Give it a good amount of time” — about 15 seconds — “scrubbing hands thoroughly, not just in and out of the water.”

Turn off the faucet using a paper towel.

Alcohol-based hand-sanitizers are handy too, but remember that one bug, C.Diff, is resistant to that as well. But it does respond to soap and water. So Wash. Your. Hands.

4. Be Careful with the Antibacterial Soap

The FDA hasn’t determined whether these soaps are more effective than regular soap, and some doctors don’t recommend using them. “You do not need to take ‘antibacterial’ soaps for routine use,” Spellberg says. “There may be specific medical circumstances that warrant special antibacterial cleansers, but these should be prescribed by your physician.”

“A lot of the antibacterial soaps are more drying to the skin than would be a simple soap,” Elliott says. “So the more that we break down our skin barriers the higher the risk of getting superimposed bacterial. The real key is the soap and water and the physical action  — and keeping hands moisturized. “

5. Ask Your Doctors to Wash Their Hands

“It is every patient’s right to have every health-care provider entering the room to have clean hands,” Elliott says. “We’re supposed to do it, we mandate 100 percent hand- hygiene compliance, but the reality is that doesn’t happen,” he says.

Some hospitals even make health-care providers wear buttons encouraging patients to ask them if they’ve washed their hands. Even if they’re buttonless, you should feel free to ask your providers about it.

“Really — we are not offended by that,” Stead says.

6. Get A Flu Shot

“When people get influenza, they actually become at higher risk as they recover for complicating bacterial infections,” Stead says, because people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to other bugs.

“Community-acquired MRSA is a big risk in patients who have recently had influenza,” she notes. “They get influenza and they start to get better, and then the staph comes in. … That’s life threatening.  They wouldn’t have been at risk for that if they hadn’t had influenza in the first place.”

7. Ask Whether You Need that Antibiotic

Doctors sometimes feel pressured by patients or their families to prescribe an antibiotic, even if it’s not necessary. Don’t assume you need one — antibiotics don’t work on viral infections like colds or the flu. If your doctor does recommend one, ask whether you really need it.

“Using antibiotics does kill off non-resistant bacteria in your body and makes you likely to acquire antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their place,” Spellberg says. “If your doctor says that they think your infection is probably caused by bacteria and that you do need an antibiotic, ask, ‘Do I need a broadly active antibiotic, or can I take a narrower antibiotic?’ The broader the antibiotic, the more damage to your normal bacteria can be caused. We want physicians to try to prescribe antibiotics that are as narrow as possible for a given infection.”

8. Advocate for Loved Ones in the Hospital

One of the ways drug-resistant bacteria spreads in hospital is through tubes inserted in the body, such as catheters. If someone you care about is on such a device, don’t be afraid to ask doctors whether they still need it, and when the tubes can come out.

“Hospitals are much more aggressive about removing things if they’re not needed anymore,” Stead says. “But having patients be aware and try to get things out too is good.”

“Every day that decision needs to be made: Do these things need to stay in or do they need to come out?” Elliott says. The key, he says, is “empowering patients or their advocates to stand up for their health-care needs.”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/eight-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-superbugs/

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections.  In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections.
The resources on this page are aimed at preventing MRSA  infections. LINK:

http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/

The supposed “infallibility” of fingerprints, and other forensic evidence is examined. 

Note –  More snags in dashboard, am unable to  access/adjust sideboard  widgets. Tags -again-  inoperable.

 http://video.pbs.org/video/2223977258/

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A biography from American Experience’s collection of presidential portraits.

Program: American Experience                                                                                                                                                                                              Duration: (4:10:37)
Premiere Date: 02/06/2011
Episode Expires: Wed 28 Feb 2018

Watch The Presidents: Reagan on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Episode: The Presidents: Reagan

In 1988, after two terms in office, Ronald Reagan left the White House one of the most popular presidents of the twentieth century — and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government, and anti-communism.

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