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Ilmu grafis tutorial desain macam-macam jenis kertas digital photo printing atau jenis kertas untuk mencetak foto digital dengan kualitas dan harga yang beragam. Perkembangan alat cetak (printer) sekarang ini sangat cepat, sampai-sampai kita belum sempat mengenal satu jenis printer, jenis yang lain sudah beredar dipasaran. Berbeda dengan kertas photo printing yang cenderung tetap, walaupun ada perbaikan berupa kulitas kertas dan kekuatannya. Bagi kita yang akan menggeluti dunia Digital Photo Studio mengenal jenis kertas photo printing wajib hukumnya, karena hal ini berhubungan langsung dengan kepuasan konsumen.


Bukan berarti harga kertas mahal akan menghasilkan hasil cetakan optimal, pengetahuan jenis printer (teknologi, rpm dan tinta yang dipakai) dan jenis kertas foto sangat menentukan hasil akhir cetakan (diluar kemampuan editing foto). Untuk itu kita perlu mencocokkan jenis printer, jenis tinta, rpm printer dengan jenis kertas untuk menghasilkan kualitas cetakan foto yang sesuai bahkan memuaskan konsumen.

Ada beberapa jenis kertas foto printing yang banyak beredar dipasaran, diantaranya :
1. Matte / Doff paper
Sangat mudah menyerap tinta sehingga bisa dipakai untuk ngumpetin kualitas tinta dan printer sekaligus tidak memantulkan cahaya. Mencetak foto warna bisa dilihat dari kebutuhannya. Kalau untuk dibingkai atau banyak dipegang-pegang, kertas doff lebih awet dan tidak lengket. Kertas jenis ini seringkali menjadi rekomendasi untuk kertas cetak foto dengan hasil yang bagus.

2. Sublime Paper
Kertas jenis ini bukan digunakan untuk mencetak foto sebagai pajangan dirumah, didompet atau untuk dibingkai tetapi kertas ini digunakan sebagai mediator (media perantara) transfer gambar ke t-shirt (kaos). Jadi bila kita ingin sebuah gambar dipindahkannya ke t-shirt (kaos) maka gunakanlah jenis Sublim Paper karena kertas ini mampu memindahkan tinta dengan maksimal ke t-shirt.

3. Double-Side Paper
Jenis kertas ini mampu digunakan untuk mencetak foto pada kedua sisinya (depan dan belakang). Kualitas foto yang dihasilkan juga cukup bagus, tidak terlalu mengkilap dan cenderung doff. Jenis kertas ini cocok digunakan untuk mencetak pamflet yang biasanya digunakan untuk sarana promosi, sehingga para konsumen dapat melihat dikedua sisinya.

4. fiber matte
Kertas Fiber Base paling tahan lama, karena dia menggunakan kertas dengan pH netral ( biasa di sebut Archival Paper ).

5. Pemium Glossy foto Paper
Kertas jenis ini biasa disebut oleh para penggunanya dengan sebutan high glossy, kertas jenis ini mampu menghasilkan cetakan dengan efek yang lebih mengkilap. Kertas jenis ini sangat cocok untuk mengcetak foto dengan resolusi tinggi. Walaupun harga kertas ini lebih mahal tetapi jika kita gunakan, akan menghasilkan cetakan foto yang maksimal dan lebih cerah.

6. Sticker Glossy foto Paper
Sering kita menjumpai sticker yang menampilkan foto dengan warna dasar kertas putih dan mengkilap, jenis ini sangat cocok untuk keperluan pembuatan sticker serta mampu mencetak foto beresolusi tinggi.

7. Laster foto Paper
Laster foto paper biasanya digunakan untuk keperluan dokumenter karena jenis kertas ini sangat awet bahkan bisa bertahan hingga puluhan tahun, tidak mudah pudar, mampu menghasilkan efek doff, dan sangat cocok untuk foto dengan resolusi tinggi. Permukaan kertas yang mirip kulit jeruk adalah ciri khas untuk membedakan dengan jenis kertas lain. Ketahanan hasil cetakan membuat para konsumen puas, mungkin jenis ini bisa menjadi pertimbangan jika kita ingin serius didunia digital foto printing.

8. Glossy foto Paper / glanz paper
Kertas ini merupakan jenis standar cetak foto. Dengan jenis kertas yang mengkilap, permukaan memantulkan cahaya, permukaan lebih lengket terhadap kaca pigura dan putih mampu menghasilkan cetakan yang standar. Dapat digunakan untuk foto resolusi tinggi dan harga kertas yang relatif murah (standar cetak foto).

9. Canvas Paper
Jenis kertas ini jika kita gunakan untuk mencetak foto akan menghasilkan cetakan dengan sentuhan canvas layaknya sebuah lukisan. Hasil akhir cetakan akan menampilkan foto yang persis dengan kertas canvas.

10. Inkjet Paper
Kertas ini kurang cocok untuk keperluan digital foto printing, jenis kerta inkjet ini biasanya digunakan untuk keperluan grafis, seperti mencetak sketsa gambar, proof arsitektur rumah, grafik bar, dan sebagainya. Kualitas kertasnya lebih bagus dari jenis HVS karena serapan pada tinta lebih bagus dan cepat kering.

11. Metallic paper
Seperti glossy, tapi lebih mengkilap lagi, ada sedikit warna keemasan /metalik. Metallic paper mempunyai permukaan halus dan terlihat agak mengkilat. Sangat cocok dengan namanya karena ada titik-titik metallic pada permukaan kertas ini.

12. Metallic + laminating paper
Hampir sama dengan metallic paper namun pada salah satu sisi ada plastik atau sejenisnya yang menutupi.

13. silky paper
Permukaan kertas lembut namun tidak mengkilat. Daya lekat tinta cukup tinggi sehingga tinta tidak mudah bercecer. Sekaligus bagian permukaan kertas ini tidak mudah terbawa oleh head printer membuat hasil cetakan menjadi lebih baik.

Itulah jenis-jenis kertas yang banyak beredar dipasaran, tetapi sebenarnya masih banyak jenis lainnya. Jenis yang sudah dijelaskan adalah yang paling mudah untuk ditemukan disekitar kita. Kemampuan kita sangat mempengaruhi hasil akhir cetakan, dengan mengenal jenis kertas memudahkan kita menyesuaikan dengan keperluan cetak. Setiap merk kertas mempunyai tingkat daya serap tinta yang berbeda yang juga akan berpengaruh pada hasil cetakan. Ada baiknya Anda berkonsultasi dengan penjual kertas (grosir) untuk mengetahui hasil lebih detail atau mencobanya satu persatu untuk mendapatkan pengalaman. Namun jika sekedar mini studio, ambil kertas glossy dan doff sudah mencukupi.

 

MACAM-MACAM JENIS KERTAS DIGITAL PHOTO PRINTING

saco-indonesia.com, Siswa Sekolah Dasar Negeri (SDN) Tugu Utara 22, Muhammad Badrul Tamam yang berusia (7) tahun, tewas terlindas truk kontainer B 9899 UEH di Jalan Kramat Jaya, Koja, Jakarta Utara, Selasa (28/1). Saat itu Tamam berangkat diantar ibunya Elfayanti yang berusia (31) tahun dengan motor Honda Spacy B 3535 UAX.

"Motor sama kontainer sejajar jalan beriringan, tapi tiba-tiba motor mengerem mendadak ngindarin lubang yang ada di depannya dan jatuh terlindas ban belakang kontainer. Anaknya masih pakai baju sekolah mental ke kanan, ibunya ke kiri," ujar Yono , Selasa (28/1).

Selain itu, lanjut Yono, kemudian sopir truk langsung turun ketika telah mengetahui kontainer yang dikendarainya telah menabrak motor.

"Sopir syok lihat korban anak yang pakai baju sekolah kelindas sempat panik dan takut digebukin," tandasnya.

Yono juga menambahkan, setelah kejadian ibu korban masih bisa berjalan, bahkan dirinya juga sempat menjawab alamat rumahnya.

"Orang tuanya masih bisa jalan dan belum sempat pingsan. Saya juga sempat tanya alamat di mana bu, 'dia bilang alamat di Balai Rakyat'. Satu jam kemudian keluarga korban datang dan langsung dibawa ke Rumah Sakit Pelabuhan," tandasnya.

Sementara itu, Petugas Kepolisian Polsek Koja Aiptu Akub S mengatakan, bahwa saat kejadian sopir sedang berdua dengan kernetnya Sohib (16) menuju pelabuhan. Saat itu dia dari arah simpang lima Semper setelah keluar dari pool mobilnya di daerah Cilincing.

"Kejadian sekitar pukul 10.00 WIB pagi tadi, sopir sudah kita amankan. Selanjutnya kita serahkan ke unit Laka Lantas untuk proses penyelidikan," pungkasnya.


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KRONOLOGI SISWA SD TEWAS TERLINDAS KONTAINER

saco-indonesia.com, Tabrak tiang penerangan Jalan Umum (PJU), Umi yang berusia (40) tahun, warga Pal Empat, Kecamatan Cipocok Jaya, Kota Serang, Banten, tewas mengenaskan setelah terpental dari kendaraan yang telah dikemudikannya. Peristiwa nahas tersebut terjadi saat korban mengendarai mobil bak terbuka jenis Daihatsu Grand Max dengan nomor polisi B 9293 NAB.

Saat itu korban sedang melaju dari arah Serang menuju Pandeglang. Ketika itu sedang melaju kencang di Jalan raya Serang-Pandeglang

Karena jalanan licin akibat diguyur hujan, mobil yang dikendarai korban tersebut oleng dan lepas kendali. Mobil yang berkecepatan tinggi itu terbang ke atas median jalan dan menghantam tiang penerangan jalan tepat di Kampung Tembong, Kecamatan Cipocok Jaya, Kota Serang.

Kerasnya benturan telah mengakibat tiang penerangan rubuh di tengah jalan dan korban terlempar keluar dari kendaraannya. Akibat benturan hebat itu, korban tewas seketika dengan luka parah pada bagian kepala.

Peristiwa tersebut telah menyebabkan arus kendaraan dari kedua arah telah mengalami kemacetan. Arus lalu luntas kembali lancar setelah korban dan kendaraannya dievakuasi petugas Satlantas Polres Serang.

Kasat Lantas Polres Serang, AKP Warsono masih harus menyelidiki penyebab kecelakaan. "Untuk penyebab masih diselidiki. Yang pasti ini kecelakaan tunggal dan ada 1 orang korban tewas," ungkap AKP Warsono.


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UMI TABRAK TIANG LISTRIKL

saco-indonesia.com, Kepala Pusat Data Informasi dan Humas BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho telah mengatakan pintu air Depok sudah berada dalam posisi Siaga 1 karena naiknya debit Sungai Ciliwung Hulu hingga level Siaga I di Katulampa, Bogor.

"Katulampa Siaga 1 maka kemudian dapat menyebabkan pintu air di bagian Ciliwung Tengah di pintu air Depok juga akan bergerak naik," ujar Sutopo Purwo Nugroho di Jakarta, Kamis (30/1).

Menurut dia, pada Kamis (30/1) pukul 02.35 WIB dini hari , pintu air Depok pun juga naik menjadi Siaga I yaitu tinggi muka air lebih atau sama dengan 350 centimeter.

Ia juga mengungkapkan daerah yang berpotensi terkena banjir yakni di daerah sekitar bantaran Sungai Ciliwung di wilayah Jakarta Timur seperti Rawajati, Kalibata, Pengadegan, Gang Arus/Cawang, Kebon Baru, Bukit Duri, Bidara Cina, dan Kampung Melayu.

"Waktu perjalanan banjir dari Depok hingga Manggarai sekitar enam-tujuh jam sehingga dapat diperkirakan banjir dengan debit tertinggi terjadi sekitar pukul 08.00-10.00 WIB pagi ," ujar dia.

Ia juga meminta kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di sekitar aliran Sungai Ciliwung untuk waspada.

Sementara itu, tinggi muka air sungai-sungai lain juga masih aman atau berada di posisi Siaga 4 antara lain Pesanggrahan 95 centimeter, Cipinang Hulu 125 centimeter, Sunter Hulu 70 centimeter, Pulo Gadung 400 centimeter, Krukut Hulu 90 centimeter, dan Waduk Pluit 140 centimeter.

"Sedangkan pintu air yang berada di posisi Siaga 3 antara lain Katulampa 150 centimeter, Manggarai 780 centimeter, Karet 530 centimeter sedangkan Angke Hulu di posisi Siaga 2 dengan ketinggian 255 centimeter," ujar dia.

Ia juga mengatakan jika hujan tidak turun merata lagi di Jakarta, maka telah diperkirakan banjir kali juga ini tidak sebesar pada 13 Januari 2014. Sebab hanya di Sungai Ciliwung dan Angke saja yang kondisinya kritis.

"Puncak hujan di Jakarta hingga Februari. Harus tetap waspada," ucap dia.


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PAGI INI JAKARTA AKAN KEMBALI BANJIR

saco-indonesia.com, Timnas Indonesia U-23 telah dapat memastikan satu tiket final setelah berhasil mengalahkan musuh bebuyutannya Malaysia, di ajang semi final Sepak Bola SEA GAMES 2013 yang diselenggarakan Myanmar. Garuda muda telah berhasil untuk mengalahkan Harimau Malaya lewat adu pinalti dengan skor 4-3 setelah sebelumnya kedua tim bermain imbang 1-1 hingga pluit akhir.

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ( SBY ), langsung merespon atas kemenangan anak asuhan Rahmad Darmawan tersebut melalui akun Twitter-nya. SBY pun juga berharap di Final nanti, Garuda muda bisa membawa pulang medali emas yang telah beberapa tahun tidak pernah didapat oleh Indonesia.

"Selamat atas kemenangan Timnas Indonesia U-23 dlm semi final SEA GAMES 2013. Saya bangga. Satu langkah lagi jadi juara. Kita bisa! *SBY*" tulis SBY dalam akun resminya, Kamis(19/12).

Ucapan SBY pun juga langsung direspon ribuan pengikutnya di jejaring social tersebut. Bahkan salah satu pemain timnas Hamkah Hamzah telah meminta agar SBY dapat menghadiri Partai final yang akan diselenggarakan di Zayyarthiri Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar, saat bertemu Thailand pada hari Sabtu mendatang.

Seperti yang telah diketahui, Tim nasional Thailand U-23 akan menjadi lawan Indonesia di partai final SEA Games Myanmar 2013. Kepastian itu diperoleh setelah Thailand berhasil memetik kemenangan tipis 1-0 atas Singapura di semifinal kedua yang digelar Zayyarthiri, Naypyidaw, Kamis (19/12) malam.

Kepastian Thailand menjadi lawan Garuda Muda ini telah ditentukan oleh gol Praweenwat Boonyong pada menit ke-23 lewat titik penalti. Gol tersebut telah menjadi satu-satunya gol yang tercipta pada laga yang digelar usai laga Malaysia vs Indonesia tersebut.

Baik Thailand maupun Indonesia sejatinya telah mengenal permainan satu sama lain. Pasalnya, kedua tim sebelumnya telah bertemu di babak penyisihan Grup B. Saat itu, Thailand mampu mempecundangi Indonesia dengan skor telak 4-1.


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SBY BANGGA DENGAN TIMNAS INDONESIA

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Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.

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The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.

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Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

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Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

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WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

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WASHINGTON — A decade after emergency trailers meant to shelter Hurricane Katrina victims instead caused burning eyes, sore throats and other more serious ailments, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of regulating the culprit: formaldehyde, a chemical that can be found in commonplace things like clothes and furniture.

But an unusual assortment of players, including furniture makers, the Chinese government, Republicans from states with a large base of furniture manufacturing and even some Democrats who championed early regulatory efforts, have questioned the E.P.A. proposal. The sustained opposition has held sway, as the agency is now preparing to ease key testing requirements before it releases the landmark federal health standard.

The E.P.A.’s five-year effort to adopt this rule offers another example of how industry opposition can delay and hamper attempts by the federal government to issue regulations, even to control substances known to be harmful to human health.

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Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can also cause respiratory ailments like asthma, but the potential of long-term exposure to cause cancers like myeloid leukemia is less well understood.

The E.P.A.’s decision would be the first time that the federal government has regulated formaldehyde inside most American homes.

“The stakes are high for public health,” said Tom Neltner, senior adviser for regulatory affairs at the National Center for Healthy Housing, who has closely monitored the debate over the rules. “What we can’t have here is an outcome that fails to confront the health threat we all know exists.”

The proposal would not ban formaldehyde — commonly used as an ingredient in wood glue in furniture and flooring — but it would impose rules that prevent dangerous levels of the chemical’s vapors from those products, and would set testing standards to ensure that products sold in the United States comply with those limits. The debate has sharpened in the face of growing concern about the safety of formaldehyde-treated flooring imported from Asia, especially China.

What is certain is that a lot of money is at stake: American companies sell billions of dollars’ worth of wood products each year that contain formaldehyde, and some argue that the proposed regulation would impose unfair costs and restrictions.

Determined to block the agency’s rule as proposed, these industry players have turned to the White House, members of Congress and top E.P.A. officials, pressing them to roll back the testing requirements in particular, calling them redundant and too expensive.

“There are potentially over a million manufacturing jobs that will be impacted if the proposed rule is finalized without changes,” wrote Bill Perdue, the chief lobbyist at the American Home Furnishings Alliance, a leading critic of the testing requirements in the proposed regulation, in one letter to the E.P.A.

Industry opposition helped create an odd alignment of forces working to thwart the rule. The White House moved to strike out key aspects of the proposal. Subsequent appeals for more changes were voiced by players as varied as Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, and Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, as well as furniture industry lobbyists.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 helped ignite the public debate over formaldehyde, after the deadly storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes along the Gulf of Mexico, forcing families into temporary trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The displaced storm victims quickly began reporting respiratory problems, burning eyes and other issues, and tests then confirmed high levels of formaldehyde fumes leaking into the air inside the trailers, which in many cases had been hastily constructed.

Public health advocates petitioned the E.P.A. to issue limits on formaldehyde in building materials and furniture used in homes, given that limits already existed for exposure in workplaces. But three years after the storm, only California had issued such limits.

Industry groups like the American Chemistry Council have repeatedly challenged the science linking formaldehyde to cancer, a position championed by David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, who is a major recipient of chemical industry campaign contributions, and whom environmental groups have mockingly nicknamed “Senator Formaldehyde.”

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Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring

In laminate flooring, formaldehyde is used as a bonding agent in the fiberboard (or other composite wood) core layer and may also be used in glues that bind layers together. Concerns were raised in March when certain laminate flooring imported from China was reported to contain levels of formaldehyde far exceeding the limit permitted by California.

Typical

laminate

flooring

CLEAR FINISH LAYER

Often made of melamine resin

PATTERN LAYER

Paper printed to resemble wood,

or a thin wood veneer

GLUE

Layers may be bound using

formaldehyde-based glues

CORE LAYER

Fiberboard or other

composite, formed using

formaldehyde-based adhesives

BASE LAYER

Moisture-resistant vapor barrier

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in many industrial and household products as an adhesive, bonding agent or preservative. It is classified as a volatile organic compound. The term volatile means that, at room temperature, formaldehyde will vaporize, or become a gas. Products made with formaldehyde tend to release this gas into the air. If breathed in large quantities, it may cause health problems.

WHERE IT IS COMMONLY FOUND

POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS

Pressed-wood and composite wood products

Wallpaper and paints

Spray foam insulation used in construction

Commercial wood floor finishes

Crease-resistant fabrics

In cigarette smoke, or in the fumes from combustion of other materials, including wood, oil and gasoline.

Exposure to formaldehyde in sufficient amounts may cause eye, throat or skin irritation, allergic reactions, and respiratory problems like coughing, wheezing or asthma.

Long-term exposure to high levels has been associated with cancer in humans and laboratory animals.

Exposure to formaldehyde may affect some people more severely than others.

By 2010, public health advocates and some industry groups secured bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that ordered the E.P.A. to issue federal rules that largely mirrored California’s restrictions. At the time, concerns were rising over the growing number of lower-priced furniture imports from Asia that might include contaminated products, while also hurting sales of American-made products.

Maneuvering began almost immediately after the E.P.A. prepared draft rules to formally enact the new standards.

White House records show at least five meetings in mid-2012 with industry executives — kitchen cabinet makers, chemical manufacturers, furniture trade associations and their lobbyists, like Brock R. Landry, of the Venable law firm. These parties, along with Senator Vitter’s office, appealed to top administration officials, asking them to intervene to roll back the E.P.A. proposal.

The White House Office of Management and Budget, which reviews major federal regulations before they are adopted, apparently agreed. After the White House review, the E.P.A. “redlined” many of the estimates of the monetary benefits that would be gained by reductions in related health ailments, like asthma and fertility issues, documents reviewed by The New York Times show.

As a result, the estimated benefit of the proposed rule dropped to $48 million a year, from as much as $278 million a year. The much-reduced amount deeply weakened the agency’s justification for the sometimes costly new testing that would be required under the new rules, a federal official involved in the effort said.

“It’s a redlining blood bath,” said Lisa Heinzerling, a Georgetown University Law School professor and a former E.P.A. official, using the Washington phrase to describe when language is stricken from a proposed rule. “Almost the entire discussion of these potential benefits was excised.”

Senator Vitter’s staff was pleased.

“That’s a huge difference,” said Luke Bolar, a spokesman for Mr. Vitter, of the reduced estimated financial benefits, saying the change was “clearly highlighting more mismanagement” at the E.P.A.

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The review’s outcome galvanized opponents in the furniture industry. They then targeted a provision that mandated new testing of laminated wood, a cheaper alternative to hardwood. (The California standard on which the law was based did not require such testing.)

But E.P.A. scientists had concluded that these laminate products — millions of which are sold annually in the United States — posed a particular risk. They said that when thin layers of wood, also known as laminate or veneer, are added to furniture or flooring in the final stages of manufacturing, the resulting product can generate dangerous levels of fumes from often-used formaldehyde-based glues.

Industry executives, outraged by what they considered an unnecessary and financially burdensome level of testing, turned every lever within reach to get the requirement removed. It would be particularly onerous, they argued, for small manufacturers that would have to repeatedly interrupt their work to do expensive new testing. The E.P.A. estimated that the expanded requirements for laminate products would cost the furniture industry tens of millions of dollars annually, while the industry said that the proposed rule over all would cost its 7,000 American manufacturing facilities over $200 million each year.

“A lot of people don’t seem to appreciate what a lot of these requirements do to a small operation,” said Dick Titus, executive vice president of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, whose members are predominantly small businesses. “A 10-person shop, for example, just really isn’t equipped to handle that type of thing.”

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Becky Gillette wants strong regulation of formaldehyde. Credit Beth Hall for The New York Times

Big industry players also weighed in. Executives from companies including La-Z-Boy, Hooker Furniture and Ashley Furniture all flew to Washington for a series of meetings with the offices of lawmakers including House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, and about a dozen other lawmakers, asking several of them to sign a letter prepared by the industry to press the E.P.A. to back down, according to an industry report describing the lobbying visit.

Within a matter of weeks, two letters — using nearly identical language — were sent by House and Senate lawmakers to the E.P.A. — with the industry group forwarding copies of the letters to the agency as well, and then posting them on its website.

The industry lobbyists also held their own meeting at E.P.A. headquarters, and they urged Jim Jones, who oversaw the rule-making process as the assistant administrator for the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to visit a North Carolina furniture manufacturing plant. According to the trade group, Mr. Jones told them that the visit had “helped the agency shift its thinking” about the rules and how laminated products should be treated.

The resistance was particularly intense from lawmakers like Mr. Wicker of Mississippi, whose state is home to major manufacturing plants owned by Ashley Furniture Industries, the world’s largest furniture maker, and who is one of the biggest recipients in Congress of donations from the industry’s trade association. Asked if the political support played a role, a spokesman for Mr. Wicker replied: “Thousands of Mississippians depend on the furniture manufacturing industry for their livelihoods. Senator Wicker is committed to defending all Mississippians from government overreach.”

Individual companies like Ikea also intervened, as did the Chinese government, which claimed that the new rule would create a “great barrier” to the import of Chinese products because of higher costs.

Perhaps the most surprising objection came from Senator Boxer, of California, a longtime environmental advocate, whose office questioned why the E.P.A.’s rule went further than her home state’s in seeking testing on laminated products. “We did not advocate an outcome, other than safety,” her office said in a statement about why the senator raised concerns. “We said ‘Take a look to see if you have it right.’ ”

Safety advocates say that tighter restrictions — like the ones Ms. Boxer and Mr. Wicker, along with Representative Doris Matsui, a California Democrat, have questioned — are necessary, particularly for products coming from China, where items as varied as toys and Christmas lights have been found to violate American safety standards.

While Mr. Neltner, the environmental advocate who has been most involved in the review process, has been open to compromise, he has pressed the E.P.A. not to back down entirely, and to maintain a requirement that laminators verify that their products are safe.

An episode of CBS’s “60 Minutes” in March brought attention to the issue when it accused Lumber Liquidators, the discount flooring retailer, of selling laminate products with dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The company has disputed the show’s findings and test methods, maintaining that its products are safe.

“People think that just because Congress passed the legislation five years ago, the problem has been fixed,” said Becky Gillette, who then lived in coastal Mississippi, in the area hit by Hurricane Katrina, and was among the first to notice a pattern of complaints from people living in the trailers. “Real people’s faces and names come up in front of me when I think of the thousands of people who could get sick if this rule is not done right.”

An aide to Ms. Matsui rejected any suggestion that she was bending to industry pressure.

“From the beginning the public health has been our No. 1 concern,” said Kyle J. Victor, an aide to Ms. Matsui.

But further changes to the rule are likely, agency officials concede, as they say they are searching for a way to reduce the cost of complying with any final rule while maintaining public health goals. The question is just how radically the agency will revamp the testing requirement for laminated products — if it keeps it at all.

“It’s not a secret to anybody that is the most challenging issue,” said Mr. Jones, the E.P.A. official overseeing the process, adding that the health consequences from formaldehyde are real. “We have to reduce those exposures so that people can live healthy lives and not have to worry about being in their homes.”

The Uphill Battle to Better Regulate Formaldehyde
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