Category Archives: IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Mendelssohn / String Symphony No. 2 in D major: make music part of your life series


Mendelssohn / String Symphony No. 2 in D major

 

 

Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor – Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker: great compositions/performances


Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor – Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

I. Allegro non troppo (00:00)
II. Andante moderato (13:33)
III. Allegro giocoso (27:19)
IV. Allegro energico e passionato (33:47)

Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

(September 8, 1988, Luzern)

Saint of the Day for Monday, September 1st, 2014: St. Giles, Abbot


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Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva Menezes in Tol...

Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva Menezes in Toledo, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Giles, Abbot

St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day – September 1 St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous … continue reading

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this pressed from Newsweek: Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online


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Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online.

Egyptian Islamic Authority Issues Fatwas Against Selfies and Chatting Online.

LABOR DAY (from Wikipedia)


LABOR DAY

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.[1]

The equivalent holiday in Canada, Labour Day, is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. In many other countries (more than 80 worldwide), “Labour Day” is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1.

History

In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.[2] Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[3] after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.[4] Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[3]

Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[5] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers’ Day.[6] All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.

Labor Day
Labor Day New York 1882.jpg

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
Observed by United States
Type Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories); and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)
Celebrations Parades, barbecues
Date First Monday in September
2013 date September 2
2014 date September 1
2015 date September 7
2016 date September 5
Frequency annual
Related to Labour Day

quotation: W. Somerset Maugham: “In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city…”


In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

today’s birthday: Gloria Estefan (1957)


Gloria Estefan (1957)

Estefan is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. Born in Cuba and raised in Florida, she began performing with the Miami Sound Machine in the 1970s. The group had a string of hit songs and albums, but Estefan was clearly the star, and by the early 1990s she was being billed as a solo artist. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. What nearly ended Estefan’s career just as it was beginning to take off? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)


Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)

Billions of passenger pigeons inhabited eastern North America in the early 19th century, migrating in enormous flocks that darkened the skies for days at a time. They soon fell victim to habitat loss caused by mass deforestation, along with excessive hunting on an industrial scale. The bird‘s rapid extinction was largely responsible for ending the marketing of game birds and gave major impetus to the conservation movement. Where did the last known passenger pigeon die in 1914? More… Discuss

health: Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem


Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but parents’ ability to discern whether their children are overweight is not keeping pace. Parents of overweight and obese youngsters are increasingly identifying their children as “about the right weight,” a problem because they are then less likely to take steps to foster healthy behaviors in their kids. The issue is compounded by the fact that many overweight and obese children underestimate their weight problems and are therefore less likely to push themselves to get healthy. More… Discuss

article: Pocahontas


Pocahontas

The daughter of Powhatan, a Native American chief who controlled almost all of tidewater Virginia, Pocahontas helped maintain peace with the English colonists by befriending the settlers at Jamestown. According to the famous story, she saved colonial leader John Smith from execution after he had been taken prisoner by her father’s men. She later furthered efforts toward peace by marrying colonist John Rolfe. “Pocahontas” was actually a childhood nickname. What was her real name? More… Discuss

Y. Savchuk – National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka': Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37 (make music part of your life series)



Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37

Lalo / Isaac Stern, 1956: Symphonie Espagnol in D minor, Op. 21 – Complete (Original Vinyl LP): great compositions/performances


Lalo / Isaac Stern, 1956: Symphonie Espagnol in D minor, Op. 21 – Complete (Original Vinyl LP)

Movements/Sections

5 movements:

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Scherzando. Allegro molto
  3. Intermezzo. Allegro non troppo
  4. Andante
  5. Rondo
Composition Year 1874

Andsnes: Grieg Lyric Pieces Op 65, Wedding Day – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano: make music part of your life series


Andsnes: Grieg Lyric Pieces Op 65, Wedding Day

Francisco Tarrega – Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Emmanuel Rossfelder): make music part of your life series


Francisco TarregaRecuerdos de la Alhambra (Emmanuel Rossfelder)

Schumann: Études Symphoniques, Op. 13 (Emil Gilels, piano): great compositions/performances


Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM


“Eating moldy bread could lead to death. Photo Credit bread. slices of bread with seeds image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com”

.Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM

Risk of Eating Moldy Bread

Risk of Eating Moldy Bread | LIVESTRONG.COM Eating moldy bread could lead to death. Photo Credit bread. slices of bread with seeds image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com

this pressed from VOA: Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2


Explosion Fells Building Outside Paris, Killing at Least 2.

The time starts now, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems)


The time starts now, poetic thought by George-B

A time to learn
And a time to forget,
and a time to remember
That you’ve been forgotten…

A time to reach out
and a time to coil in,
Curled inside your shell,
For a quality time with the universe…

A time to explain
and a time to accept that objection is the only way to make
a difference,
and then to go and take a skinny deep in the nearest Jacuzzi…

A time to address the rest of us
in unerasable communication,
even if no one’s aware,
for a thousand years…

A time to enjoy not having a bucket list,
or any form of other regrets,
or sympathies,
or likes and dislikes that hurt like frost,
or burning coal at the feet…
you will meet your limb again somewhere in time,
in the past, or future:

The time starts now (start whistle here 3,2,1, NOW!)

©Always, by George-B

today’s holiday: Wheat Harvest Festival


Wheat Harvest Festival

The small village of Provins in north-central France celebrates its wheat harvest at the end of the summer. On the last Sunday of August, villagers decorate their homes and shops with wheat and wildflowers. There are also exhibits of antique farming tools and parades featuring harvest floats pulled by tractors. The villagers reenact ancient rituals involving wheat and perform demonstrations of how the grain is separated, ground, and baked to make bread. More… Discuss

quotation: When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, Charlotte Perkins Gilman


When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

today’s birthday: Wilhelmina I of the Netherlands (1880)


Wilhelmina I of the Netherlands (1880)

The daughter of King William III, Wilhelmina I was queen of the Netherlands for more than 50 years, encompassing the two world wars. After Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940, she left with her family for London but made radio broadcasts to boost the morale of the Dutch people, becoming a symbol of Dutch resistance to the German occupation. In 1948, after celebrating the 50th anniversary of her reign, she abdicated in favor of her daughter. What did Wilhelmina title her autobiography? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Rocky Marciano Dies in a Plane Crash (1969)


Rocky Marciano Dies in a Plane Crash (1969)

After failing to become a professional baseball player, Marciano took up boxing and became one of the greatest boxers of all time. Hard-punching and durable, he was the heavyweight champion from 1952 to 1956—and the only one to have retired without a defeat or draw in his professional career. He died in a plane crash in 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, while en route to Des Moines, Iowa, where a surprise birthday party awaited him. Of his 49 professional wins, how many were by knockout? More… Discuss

This is a tribute to The Undefeated 49-0 Brockton Blockbuster, Rocky Marciano

Song – Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne

Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise


Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise

Some good Ebola news is being reported on the heels of the World Health Organization’s projections that the current outbreak could spread to another 10 countries and infect over 20,000 people before it is contained: the experimental drug ZMapp was 100% effective in monkey studies. All of the Ebola-infected monkeys treated with ZMapp survived, even when they received the treatment five days after infection—considered late stage in the animals and equivalent to about nine to 11 days in humans. Still, these results do not mean the drug will be as effective in humans, and, in fact, two of the seven human Ebola patients treated with the drug have nevertheless died. More… Discuss

Oskar Schindler


Oskar Schindler

A Catholic and a member of the Nazi party, Schindler became famous for his efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust. He rescued up to 1,200 Jews by employing them in his munitions factory, which was deemed essential to the war effort—though Schindler purposely produced faulty ammunition. After the Kraków ghetto was destroyed, he created a safe sub-camp at his factory and was later able to rescue some of his workers when they were misrouted to Auschwitz. What happened to him after the war? More… Discuss

Franz Schubert – Symphony No.2 in B-flat major, D.125 (1815): make music part of your life series



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Franz SchubertSymphony No.2 in B-flat major, D.125 (1815)

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***Franz Schubert:  Symphony No.2 in B-flat major, D.125 (1815)

Mov.I: Largo – Allegro vivace 00:00
Mov.II: Andante 14:07
Mov.III: Menuetto: Allegro vivace 22:20
Mov.IV: Presto vivace 25:32

***Orchestra: Failoni Orchestra
***Conductor: Michael Halász

In the opening movement, the initial theme of the Allegro vivace is based on the corresponding first theme of Ludwig van Beethoven’s overture to The Creatures of Prometheus.

The second movement is a theme with five variations in E flat major. Although there is some variation in the melody, the primary focus of the variations are on instrumentation and tone color. The first variation features violins and winds. The second variation passes the theme between the low strings and the woodwinds. The third variation is again violins and winds. The fourth variation is in C minor and features some acceleration with the use triplet-sixteenth notes. The fifth variation maintains the triplet-sixteenths, but they move into the background with the melody returning close to its original form as a kind of recapitulation. A coda concludes the movement.

The minuet is in C minor and mainly scored for the tutti and fortissimo. The contrasting Trio in E flat major is more thinly scored winds, violins and pizzicato bass. The melody of the trio is actually a variation of the theme used in the second movement forming a melodic and harmonic (E-flat/C minor) link is made between the inner two movements.

The finale is a galop in fast 2/4 time.

***From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

List of compositions by Franz Schubert by genre

Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina): a prayer for Ukraine



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Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

“Adoramus Te” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Performed by the Crown College Choir, directed by Dr. David W. Donelson.

“Adoramus Te is a stanza that is recited/sung mostly during the Stations of the Cross of the Catholic tradition. It is retained in some confessional Anglican and Lutheran traditions during the Good Friday liturgy, although generally in the vernacular. It is recited or sung between stations. The words in Latin and their translation in English are as follows:

Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
Qui passus es pro nobis, Domine,
Domine, miserere nobis.

We adore Thee, O Christ,
And we bless Thee,
Who by Thy Holy Cross
hath redeemed the world.”

Ми тебе обожнюю, Христе,
benedicimus ET Тібі,
Quia Туам вашим Святого Хреста redemisti Mundum.
Квай passus є про Нобіс, Domine,
Domine, Miserere NOBIS.

(translated by Google Translate)

Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526: make music part of your life series



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MozartViolin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526

I. Molto allegro [0:00]
II. Andante [9:30]
III. Presto [19:50]

Sigiswald Kuijken, violin
Luc Devos, fortepiano

performed on period instruments

Painting of Mozart by Barbara Krafft

today’s holiday: Ellensburg Rodeo


Ellensburg Rodeo

The Ellensburg Rodeo is the richest rodeo in the state of Washington and also one of the top 25 rodeos of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Prize money in recent years has been more than $200,000, and an estimated 20,000 people visit Ellensburg on this weekend. Events include a parade and displays of hand crafts, especially weaving and bead work, by the people of the Yakama Indian nation. Yakamas, many in feathered headdress, open each performance of the rodeo with a solemn horseback ride down a steep hill that overlooks the arena. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Charlie Parker (1920) (listen to “Summertime”)


Charlie Parker (1920)

Charlie “Bird” Parker was an American saxophonist and composer. Along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Parker was a leader of the bop movement in jazz. His brilliant improvisations were noted for their power and beauty. Sadly, his heroin addiction was legendary as well. He had a drug-induced nervous breakdown in 1946 and saw his cabaret card—which allowed him to play in New York clubs—revoked by the police in 1951. When he died four years later, at age 34, how old did the coroner think he was? More… Discuss

Charlie Parker – Summertime (Jazz Instrumental)

this day in the yesteryear: Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)


Hurricane Katrina Devastates US Gulf Coast (2005)

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Central Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. Its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, flooding the city. Lack of food and water in the aftermath fueled criticism of the US government‘s recovery efforts, and many former residents established new lives elsewhere. Katrina caused an estimated $81 billion in damages. How many people died during the hurricane and subsequent flooding? More… Discuss


NATO Says Russian Troops in Ukraine

NATO says more than 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine and released satellite images purporting to show Russian combat forces and heavy weapons engaging in military activity within Ukraine to support its claims. It also asserts that Russia has transferred large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery, tanks, and armored personnel carriers to Ukrainian separatists in the east of the country. The Kremlin, meanwhile, denies these accusations. The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis. More… Discuss


Nouvelle Cuisine

Nouvelle cuisine is a school of French cooking that seeks to bring out the natural flavors of foods and uses light, low-calorie sauces and stocks. Based on the style of chef Fernand Point, it was developed in France in the 1960s and marked a departure from the rich preparations of haute cuisine, which emphasizes butter and cream. Though nouvelle cuisine is less popular today, its influence is still widely felt. What is its approach to food presentation? More… Discuss

Bedřich Smetana – Ma Vlast – Vltava “Moldau” – EMH Classical Music: make music part of your lifr series



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Dvorak – Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33-Rudolf Firkusny: make music part of your life series



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Dvorak – Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33-Rudolf Firkusny:

Form

The concerto has three movements:

  1. Allegro agitato
  2. Andante sostenuto in D major
  3. Allegro con fuoco: G minor →G major

Rudolf Firkušný was a Czech-born 11 February 1912 — 19 July 1994) , American classical pianist.Born in Moravian Napajedla, Firkušný started his musical studies with the composers Leoš Janáček and Josef Suk, and the pianist Vilém Kurz. Later he studied with Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel. He began performing on the continent of Europe in the 1920s, and made his debuts in London in 1933 and New York in 1938. He escaped the Nazis[citation needed] in 1939, fled to Paris, later settled in New York and became a U.S. citizen. Firkušný had a broad repertoire and performed with skill the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms as well as Debussy and Mussorgsky. However, he became known especially for his performances of the Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů (who wrote a number of works for him), as well as recordings of the complete piano works of Janáček. Continue reading

this pressed: Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com


Sierra Leone’s explosion of Ebola cases in early summer all appears to stem from one traditional healer’s funeral at which 14 women were infected, according to scientists studying the blood of victims.

The funeral, which took place in mid-May, constitutes a “super-spreader” event comparable to a 2003 one in a Hong Kong hotel in which one doctor from China dying of SARS infected nine other guests who spread the virus throughout the city and to Vietnam and Canada.”

via Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral – NYTimes.com.

this pressed from THe Washington Post: Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak – The Washington Post


Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire -- 1976

Community portrait of Yambuku, Zaire — 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak - The Washington Post.

 

 

Chopin Variations Op 2 (1-2) HQ, valentina Lisitsa: great compositions/performances



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Chopin Variations Op 2 (1-2) HQ

Valentina Lisitsa, Black & Pink DVD.”La ci darem la mano”

Andante For Flute in C Major Mozart, James Galway At Lincoln Center 1980: great compositions/performances


Andante For Flute in C Major Mozart

Robert Schumann : Arabesque Op.18 in C Major, Piano – Thurzo Zoltan: make music part of your life series


Robert Schumann : Arabesque Op.18 in C Major

Robert Schumann : Arabesque Op.18 in C Major
Piano – Thurzo Zoltan
Recorded at the Partium University – Oradea -Romania
Video Mastering : Balajti Robert

from Wikipedia:


Oradea, mai demult Oradea
Mare, (în maghiară Nagyvárad, în germană Großwardein, în idiș גרויסווארדיין Groysvardeyn, în latină Magnovaradinum

Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55) Eroica Berliner Philharmoniker: make music part of your life series


Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55) Eroica Berliner Philharmoniker

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55):
Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55), is a landmark musical work marking the full arrival of the composer’s “middle-period,” a series of unprecedented large scale works of emotional depth and structural rigor.
The symphony is widely regarded as a mature expression of the classical style of the late eighteenth century that also exhibits defining features of the romantic style that would hold sway in the nineteenth century. The Third was begun immediately after the Second, completed in August 1804, and first performed 7 April 1805.
Instrumentation
The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 3 horns in E flat, 2 trumpets in E flat and C, timpani in E flat and B flat, and strings.
Form
The piece consists of four movements:
1. Allegro con brio
2. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai in C minor
3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
4. Finale: Allegro molto

Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, K.498 – Portal, Pasquier, Pennetier: great compositions/performances



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Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, K.498 – Portal, Pasquier, Pennetier

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat major, “Kegelstatt”, K. 498 (1786)
Trio pour clarinette, alto et piano en Mi bémol majeur
I      Andante;
II    Menuetto;
III  Rondo: Allegretto

Portal: clarinet / clarinette
Pasquier: viola / alto
Pennetier: piano

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 27th, 2014: St. Monica


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St. Monica

St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally … continue reading

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quotation: I see heaven’s glories shine and faith shines equal… Emily Bronte


I see heaven’s glories shine and faith shines equal…

Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Discuss

today’s birthday: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770)


Hegel

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770)

Hegel was an influential German philosopher who developed the Hegelian dialectic, according to which a thesis, such as “being,” inevitably generates its antithesis, “not-being.” The interaction of the two forms a synthesis, “becoming,” which, in turn, becomes a new thesis that generates an antithesis, and so on. He used the dialectic to explain everything from nature to history, interpreting the French Revolution as a thesis that generated its antithesis, known as what period in French history? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Kellogg-Briand Pact Signed (1928)


Kellogg-Briand Pact Signed (1928)

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement between the US and France to renounce war and seek settlement of disputes by peaceful means. It took its name from US Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. Sixty other nations ultimately ratified the pact, but it made no provision for measures against aggressors and proved ineffective, especially given the practice of waging undeclared wars in the 1930s. What role did it play in the Nuremberg Trials? More… Discuss

Flower Power: Dandelion Tires


Flower Power: Dandelion Tires

Dandelions are widely considered pesky weeds, but they have numerous uses, some of which we are just beginning to capitalize on. Until now, the tire industry has relied entirely on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia for its natural rubber. However, researchers have been working to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan that yields tire-grade rubber and have achieved per-hectare yields on par with rubber-tree plantations, suggesting the flower is a viable alternative source of natural rubber. It may not be long before dandelion fields begin cropping up across the US and Europe to keep the wheels of the tire industry turning. More… Discuss

GoogleArtProject: Access here and from the new euzicasa WIDGET – take a virtual museum tour today


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this pressed from National Geographic: Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State


Photo of  woman kissing a small boy in front of the Mar Tshmony church. Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State.

this pressed: The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica


The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica.