Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton


It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: UP-HELLY-AA


Up-Helly-Aa

This ancient fire festival is observed by people ofLerwick in the Shetland Islands. In pre-Christian times, their Norse ancestors welcomed the return of the sun god with Yule, a 24-day period of feasting, storytelling, and bonfires. The last night of the festival was called Up-Helly-Aa, or “End of the Holy Days.” Today, a group known as the Guizers builds a 31-foot model of a Viking longship in honor of the Viking invaders who remained in Scotland. On the night of Up-Helly-Aa, the Guizers dress in Norse costumes and carry the boat to an open field. There, they throw lit torches into the ship and burn it. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JACKSON POLLOCK (1912)


After working on the Federal Art Project—a US program for the unemployed during the Great Depression—Pollock began developing the abstract, expressive style that made him a symbol of artistic revolt. Influenced by surrealism, Pollock energetically dripped paint in complicated linear patterns onto enormous canvases placed on the floor. Unlike most artists, Pollock was a celebrity during his lifetime, which was cut short by a car crash. Jackson was his middle name. What was his first name? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE WALK TO CANOSSA: POPE LIFTS HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR’S EXCOMMUNICATION (1077)


The Walk to Canossa: Pope Lifts Holy Roman Emperor’s Excommunication (1077)

The papacy and German nobility were enjoying widespread power when Henry IV became German king and then holy Roman emperor. As Henry tried to reclaim control, he clashed with Pope Gregory and was excommunicated. The nobility sided with Gregory and refused to recognize Henry’s kingship unless he sought absolution. To do so, Henry crossed the Alps in the dead of winter and allegedly stood three days barefoot in the snow at the castle at Canossa before being absolved. How did the nobles respond? More…Discuss

 

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NEWS: PAPAL BLOOD PURLOINED


Papal Blood Purloined

Is nothing sacred? To thieves in Abruzzo, Italy, apparently so. Over the weekend, they broke into a church in the remote village east of Rome and made off with a gold reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II and a crucifix. The motive for the theft is not yet known, but it could be financial; the former pope is set to be sainted in May, after which, the value of the stolen relic will increase. More… Discuss

 

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WORD: CATERWAUL


caterwaul 

Definition: (verb) To cry or screech like a cat in heat.
Synonyms: yowl
Usage: Ever since the neighborhood strays chose my garden as the place to congregate and caterwaul, I have not had a sound night’s sleep. Discuss.

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Salvatore Accardo, conducting


Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

Published on Apr 23, 2012

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons Full HD (Italian: Le quattro stagioni) is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi Full Concert. Composed in 1723, The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. The texture of each concerto is varied, each resembling its respective season. For example, “Winter” is peppered with silvery pizzicato notes from the high strings, calling to mind icy rain, whereas “Summer” evokes a thunderstorm in its final movement, which is why the movement is often dubbed “Storm.”
The concertos were first published in 1725 as part of a set of twelve concerti, Vivaldi’s Op. 8, entitled Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (The Contest between Harmony and Invention). The first four concertos were designated Le quattro stagioni, each being named after a season. Each one is in three movements, with a slow movement between two faster ones. At the time of writing The Four Seasons, the modern solo form of the concerto had not yet been defined (typically a solo instrument and accompanying orchestra). Vivaldi’s original arrangement for solo violin with string quartet and basso continuo helped to define the form.
Die Vier Jahreszeite, Les Quatre Saisons compléter completare all movements
English Chamber Orchestra
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 1 RV 269-1 – Allegro – Spring
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 1 RV 269-2 – Largo – Spring
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 1 RV 269-3 – Allegro – Spring
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 2 RV 315-1 – Allegro Non Molto – Allegro – Summer
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 2 RV 315-2 – Adagio – Summer
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 2 RV 315-3 – Presto – Summer
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 3 RV 293-1 – Allegro – Autumn
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 3 RV 293-2 – Molto Adagio – Autumn
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 3 RV 293-3 – Allegro – Autumn
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 4 RV 297-1 – Allegro Non Molto – Winter
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 4 RV 297-2 – Largo – Winter
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Op 8, N. 4 RV 297-3 – Allegro – Winter
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W.Va. official: Spill company knew of 2nd chemical


 

W.Va. official: Spill company knew of 2nd chemical.

Government Reaches Deal with Tech Firms on Data Requests – WSJ.com


 

Government Reaches Deal with Tech Firms on Data Requests – WSJ.com.

In the NFL, which body part gets hurt the most?


Bumps Bruises and BreaksIn the NFL, which body part gets hurt the most?.

Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica


Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica.

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NINA SIMONE-FEELING GOOD


Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

(refrain:)x2
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

(refrain)

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

 

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Semnale de bucium / Carpathian horn signals



“Semnale de bucium” performed by a group of six carpathianhorn (“bucium”, “tulnic“) players. Romanian traditional folk song from Transylvania area.

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Carpathianhorn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucium

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‘It took a Hundred years to grow and just 10 minutes to cut me down!’ (greenpeace)


‘It took a Hundred years to grow and just 10 minutes to cut me down!’ (greenpeace)

 

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Under the Affordable Care Act, are the uninsured getting insured? | Americans for Prosperity


Under the Affordable Care Act, are the uninsured getting insured? | Americans for Prosperity.

 

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“We Want To Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees From Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests


Published on Jan 17, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org - On our final day of our special broadcast from Tokyo, we speak with a Japanese resident from the town that housed part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant who is participating in weekly protests against the resumption of nuclear power in her country. “We couldn’t bring anything from our houses. We didn’t have a toothbrush, we didn’t have a blanket. We didn’t have towels. We had nothing. It was truly hell, and we thought it would be much better to die. But now, we are here, and we can’t really give up. We want to fight for this cause,” Yukiko Kameya said as she attended a demonstration outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s official residence. “We told the prime minister many times, every week here, that we are against the re-opening of the nuclear facilities, but it doesn’t seem that he gets it. He just does whatever he wants to do anyway.” 

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 27



Published on Jan 27, 2014

 

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Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch the entire independent, global news hour. This is a summary of news headlines from the United States and around the world as reported by Democracy Now! on Monday, January 27, 2014. Visit our website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, or to make a donation to support our non-profit news program.

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State of Conflict: Bill Moyers on North Carolina’s Right Wing Takeover & the Citizens Fighting Back (…’we should know who’s buying our government…’)


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Published on Jan 27, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org - Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers joins us to discuss his latest investigation which explores how the influence of large, untraceable political donations known as “dark money” have become the greatest threat to democracy in the United States. In “State of Conflict: North Carolina,” Moyers and his team explore how wealthy right-wing donors are greatly influencing state politics. “This is more than North Carolina,” Moyers says. “It’s a harbinger of how organized money is the greatest threat to democracy because it unbalances of equilibrium. Democracy is suppose to check the excesses of private power and private greed and if money disestablishes that equilibrium we’re in trouble.” Moyers, the host of “Moyers & Company,” also talks about the long fight to secure voting rights. Fifty years ago, he was serving in President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s administration at the time of the “Freedom Summer” campaign in 1964 and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Moyers has won more than 30 Emmy Awards. He also was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, served as press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson, and was a publisher of Newsday and senior correspondent for CBS News

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Lebedele de la Cetate: Cetatea Fagaras


Photo: Cetatea Fagarasului Monument Istoric

Great Performances: Valentina Nafornita – RUSALKA



Valentina Nafornita, Rusalka (Dvorak), 12.12.2009, Romanian Atheneum. Romanian National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal
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Margareta Paslaru – In gradina bucuriilor


 

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Marius Vasiliu: Sapanta, Maramures


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Mai mult decat o fotografie: Bucovină, plai cu flori…şi îngeri.


From the album: Timeline Photos

By La Blouse Roumaine

Bucovină, plai cu flori…şi îngeri.

Foto: George Boicu-Budu
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Ciumârna, #Bucovina, #Romania

Fukushima fallout in US: fishermen detect Cesium-137 in salmon stock – News – World – The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video


Fukushima fallout in US: fishermen detect Celsium-137 in salmon stockFukushima fallout in US: fishermen detect Cesium-137 in salmon stock – News – World – The Voice of Russia: News, Breaking news, Politics, Economics, Business, Russia, International current events, Expert opinion, podcasts, Video.

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RealClearPolitics – Election Other – Public Approval of Health Care Law


RealClearPoliticsRealClearPolitics – Election Other – Public Approval of Health Care Law.