Category Archives: IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Downtown LA (my photography collection)


Downtown LA

Downtown LA

cotton balls sky (my photography collection)


cotton balls sky

cotton balls sky

avenue of the stars (my photography collection)


avenue of the stars

avenue of the stars

Who Took The Candy? | Halloween Song | Super Simple Songs


Who Took The Candy? | Halloween Song | Super Simple Songs

this pressed for your Holloween observence: forThe Lancashire Witches 1612-2012 | The Public Domain Review



Not long after ten Lancashire residents were found guilty of witchcraft and hung in August 1612, the official proceedings of the trial were published by the clerk of the court Thomas Potts in his The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster. Four hundred years on, Robert Poole reflects on England’s biggest witch trial and how it still has relevance today.

Woodcut of witches flying, from Mathers’ Wonders of the Invisible World (1689) and used in an 18th-century pamphlet about the Lancashire witches.

Woodcut of witches flying, from Mathers’ Wonders of the Invisible World (1689) and used in an 18th-century pamphlet about the Lancashire witches. – See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/08/22/the-lancashire-witches-1612-2012/#sthash.dggjpto4.dpuf

Four hundred years ago, in 1612, the north-west of England was the scene of England’s biggest peacetime witch trial: the trial of the Lancashire witches. Twenty people, mostly from the Pendle area of Lancashire, were imprisoned in the castle as witches. Ten were hanged, one died in gaol, one was sentenced to stand in the pillory, and eight were acquitted. The 2012 anniversary sees a small flood of commemorative events, including works of fiction by Blake Morrison, Carol Ann Duffy and Jeanette Winterson. How did this witch trial come about, and what accounts for its enduring fame?

via The Lancashire Witches 1612-2012 | The Public Domain Review.

this pressed for your convenience: How to Check Social Media Privacy Settings | Social Media Examiner


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Find out where to check and adjust your privacy settings on top social media networks.

Why Check Your Privacy Settings?Content uploaded to social media platforms is not always secure, so it’s imperative to understand how to use the privacy features your social media sites have to offer.social media privacy settinsFind out where to check and adjust your privacy settings on top social media networks.Remember, each social media platform has its own settings, and some are more complicated than others. We’ll go through privacy settings for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.FacebookFacebook is the most popular social media website, topping 1 billion active monthly users. There are three places to set privacy on Facebook: the Privacy tab, and your profile and photo settings.

via How to Check Social Media Privacy Settings | Social Media Examiner.

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (my art collection)


Peace of cake (Emergence 2)

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (no real cakes were used in the making of this piece of art/click to enlarge in new window/FasrStoneViewer-FotoSketcher were invoked in the creative process…blame them!)

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 31st, 2014: St. Wolfgang


Image of St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang

Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon … continue reading

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today’s birthday: Chiang Kai-shek (1887)


Chiang Kai-shek (1887)

After the Qing dynasty was overthrown and a republic established in China, Chiang joined the Kuomintang (KMT)—the Nationalist Party—and rose through the ranks to become commander in chief of the revolutionary army and eventual successor to leader Sun Yat-sen. Under Chiang’s direction, the KMT broke with its former allies, the Communists, and began a protracted civil war. Despite some initial success, Chiang ultimately failed, and his government was driven from mainland China to where? More… Discuss

Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso


Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore, who seized power in a coup 27 years ago and has been seeking to extend term limits so that he might run for reelection again in 2015. The protesters stormed parliament and other government buildings, setting them alight. They also stormed the state television headquarters, taking it off the air. Compaore has responded by dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency, a move condemned by opposition leaders. More… Discuss

Seattle’s Space Needle


The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washin...

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seattle’s Space Needle

At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure’s unique architecture? More… Discuss

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washingt...

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this pressed for your spider photo collection: 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News


Spiders: they creep, they leap, they haunt the nightmares of arachnophobic humans. But a lot of the fear surrounding spiders is based on myths, not facts, according to the experts who study these eight-legged creatures.

Did you know, for example, that the venom of most tarantulas would hardly make adult humans flinch, let alone kill them? And all those stories you’ve heard about spiders laying eggs inside an open wound are the stuff of urban legend, not reality.

via 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News.

Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor: great compositons/performances


Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.): great compositions/performances


Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

Gioachino Rossini – Semiramide (Overture): make music part of your life series


This pressed for your guidance: Matthew 15:14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” — Catholic Online October 31, 2014


Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 30th, 2014: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


today’s holiday: Punkie Night


Punkie Night

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying “punkies,” or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the “punky song.” A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)


The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The “Rumble in the Jungle” pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali’s incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King‘s first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More… Discuss

Skunks


Skunks

These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell? More… Discuss

This pressed for your action – ask google to fix it!: Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED


via Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED.

with power comes responsibility, above petty annoyances like the one with Amazon: they are not in your way, they were there when you started your march and design to overpower them! They are people, just like you, so get along!

Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez: great compositions/performances


Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez

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From the upcoming new album “Sentimental”, Tzvi Erez performs his own transcription of Monti’s Czardas on a Bosendorfer. The new album “Sentimental” includes:Serenade (Liszt/Schubert)

Nocturne in F-Sharp (Chopin)
Chaconne (Pachelbel)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Adagio cantabile from Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
The Lark (Mikhail Glinka)
Traumerei (Schumann)

Tzvi Erez plays Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C Minor: make music aprt of your life


Tzvi Erez plays Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C Minor


Can money buy, Remember, poetic thoughts by George-B


Find more of George-B’s poems and few recitation from Jacques Prevert and Stefan Augustin Doinas  on SoundCloud

make music part of your life series: Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ : All Songs Considered : NPR


Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ : All Songs Considered : NPR.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.


The "shadow" of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand. (Click to enlarge in new window)

this pressed for your right to know: BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped


Doctors preparing to treat Ebola patients Medical staff must wear protective suits whenever they treat Ebola patients

The president of the World Bank has urged thousands of health workers to volunteer in the battle against Ebola, invoking their duty under their oath to help patients. But is there such an obligation? Medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol says we should expect some healthcare staff to refuse to go to work, wherever Ebola patients are being treated.

In all major Ebola outbreaks, medical staff have fled health centres, leaving dying patients behind. This one is no exception.

Seeing colleagues succumb to the disease, many doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians have failed to turn up to work, putting even greater pressure on those who remain.

If several cases of Ebola emerged in the UK, it would be naive to assume that no healthcare worker would refuse to work.

In 2003, I worked as an intern in clinical ethics at a hospital in Toronto. That was the city most affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outside Asia, with about 250 people infected.

Of those, about half were health workers. Posters lined the walls of the hospital, hailing the staff as heroes.

via BBC News – Ebola: When health workers’ duty to treat is trumped.

This pressed for your right to know: On isolated Gaza’s southern flank, an Egyptian buffer zone takes shape http://t.co/DUn8weHScr via @CSMWorldDesk


Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread |via Vegetarian Times


How to Buy Healthy Bread

Kate Hahn loves bread so much that on occasion her boyfriend has kept quiet after buying a loaf just to be sure there would be enough for lunch the next day. It’s a lifelong fondness for Hahn, who grew up baking homemade bread. Now in her 30s and navigating the busy life of a writer in Los Angeles, she’s content to buy it. Whether she brings home rustic rolls or her favorite loaf of sourdough, one thing is certain: “It will be eaten,” she says, laughing. “If there is good bread in the house, it’s usually gone that night.”

Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread | Vegetarian Times.

As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P



As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P

Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto: Great compositions/performaces


Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 29th, 2014: St. Narcissus


Today’s Holiday: Turkey Republic Day


Turkey Republic Day

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More… Discuss

1917_-_Regina_Maria_pe_timpul_vizitei_într-un_spital_în_anul_1917_historic Photos at Euzicasa


1917_-_Regina_Maria_pe_timpul_vizitei_într-un_spital_în_anul_1917

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1917_-_Regina_Maria_pe_timpul_vizitei_într-un_spital_în_anul_1917-Sepia

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quotation: Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions (The Devil’s Dictionary). Ambrose Bierce


Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)


Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)

After Britain and the US withdrew their financial pledges to help Egypt build the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, angering Britain and France, which had direct financial stakes in the canal. A joint invasion of Egypt ensued, but UN intervention led to an armistice in November. The canal, blocked for months due to damage, reopened in 1957. What politician involved in the aftermath is considered the father of the modern concept of “peacekeeping”? More… Discuss


October 29, 1875 in History Born:
Marie, queen consort of Ferdinand I of Romania, 1914-27

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Princess Marie of Edinburgh, more commonly known as Marie of Romania (Marie Alexandra Victoria; 29 October 1875 – 18 July 1938),[note 1] was the last Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I.

Born into the British royal family, she was titled Princess Marie of Edinburgh at birth. Her parents were Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Marie’s early years were spent in Kent, Malta and Coburg. After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, she was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, the heir apparent of King Carol I, in 1892. Marie was Crown Princess between 1893 and 1914, and became immediately popular with the Romanian people.

Marie visiting a military hospital, 1917

 

Marie had controlled her weak-willed husband even before his ascension in 1914, prompting a Canadian newspaper to state that “few royal consorts have wielded greater influence than did Queen Marie during the reign of her husband”.[2]

After the outbreak of World War I, Marie urged Ferdinand to ally himself with the Triple Entente and declare war on Germany, which he eventually did in 1916. During the early stages of fighting, Bucharest was occupied by the Central Powers and Marie, Ferdinand and their five children took refuge in Moldavia. There, she and her three daughters acted as nurses in military hospitals, caring for soldiers who were wounded or afflicted by cholera. On 1 December 1918, the province of Transylvania, following Bessarabia and Bukovina, united with the Old Kingdom. Marie, now Queen consort of Greater Romania, attended the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where she campaigned for international recognition of the enlarged Romania. In 1922, she and Ferdinand were crowned in a specially-built cathedral in the ancient city of Alba Iulia, in an elaborate ceremony which mirrored their status as queen and king of a united state.

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

<<< 1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

As queen, she was very popular, both in Romania and abroad. In 1926, Marie and two of her children undertook a diplomatic tour of the United States. They were received enthusiastically by the people and visited several cities before returning to Romania. There, Marie found that Ferdinand was gravely ill and he died a few months later. Now queen dowager, Marie refused to be part of the regency council which reigned over the country under the minority of her grandson, King Michael. In 1930, Marie’s eldest son Carol, who had waived his rights to succession, deposed his son and usurped the throne, becoming King Carol II. He removed Marie from the political scene and strived to crush her popularity. As a result, Marie moved away from Bucharest and spent the rest of her life either in the countryside, or at her home by the Black Sea. In 1937, she became ill with cirrhosis and died the following year.

Following Romania’s transition to a Socialist Republic, the monarchy was excoriated by communist officials. Several biographies of the royal family described Marie either as a drunkard or as a promiscuous woman, referring to her many alleged affairs and to orgies she had supposedly organised before and during the war. In the years preceding the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Marie’s popularity recovered and she was offered as a model of patriotism to the population. Marie is primarily remembered for her work as a nurse, but is also known for her extensive writing, including her critically acclaimed autobiography.

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Marie wearing her regalia. Photograph by George Grantham Bain.
Queen consort of Romania
Reign 10 October 1914 – 20 July 1927
Coronation 15 October 1922
Spouse Ferdinand I, King of Romania
Issue
Full name
Marie Alexandra Victoria
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (by marriage)
Father Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Mother Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
Born 29 October 1875
Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died 18 July 1938 (aged 62)
Pelișor Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Burial 24 July 1938[1]
Curtea de Argeș Cathedral
Signature

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Itching to Take a Selfie

A Russian government agency is blaming the selfie craze for the spread of head lice and advising young people to abstain from the practice to protect themselves. It says group selfies, which typically require the individuals involved to squeeze close together to fit into a photo, have become the primary pathway for the critters to jump from host to host. While it is conceivable that a person carrying lice could inadvertently spread them to others in this manner, many find the notion that this is the leading cause of the parasite’s spread to be suspect and have taken to social media to mock the assertion (and the agency behind it). More… Discuss

Chocolate


Chocolate

Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—”bitter water”—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London’s first chocolate shop open? More… Discuss

this pressed for your transparancy right to know: USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history http://t.co/EPETTBJGdg — Paul Farhi (@farhip)


This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. http://t.co/GUdQEtr0pR — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: Read the State Department’s memo on Ebola policies: http://t.co/7SN1xBx8v7 — Fox News Politics


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This Pressed: Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine | Follow Ebola


STORY HIGHLIGHTS

American troops who helped fight Ebola in West Africa are under “controlled monitoring” in Italy
The Italian government expressed concern about the troops when they returned to Italy from Liberia
CNN spoke with Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams via a military video conferencing system

Washington (CNN) — They’re just back from the Ebola hot zone, they can’t have any physical contact with family or loved ones and their plastic forks are being burned after each use.

But American troops quarantined in Italy have good morale and are proud of their work against the “silent enemy” of Ebola, according to Major General Darryl Williams, who is being isolated alongside his men at the Army base in Vicenza.

via  Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine | Follow Ebola.

Adele – Skyfall (Lyrics on screen) Published Published on Oct 5, 2012/views: 4,798,136: make music part of your life series


Adele – Skyfall Lyrics on screen

this pressed: Nicola Tesla Portrait — Historical Pics


this pressed for your right to know: Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders|SFGate


Who didn’t get rich in Congress?

Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

CQ Roll Call came out with its annual list of members of Congress by wealth.

California politicians have done well for themselves. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made a small fortune in car alarms before running for  office, leads the list with a net worth of $357 million. “Issa alone accounts for more than one-sixth of the entire Congress’ reported minimum net worth,” Roll Call reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s net worth is $43 million. She’s No. 9. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi placed 14th with a net worth of $29 million. Sen. Barbara Boxer was No. 175 with a net worth of $1.1 million. There are 188 millionaires in Congress.

via  Who didn’t get rich in Congress? – Debra J. Saunders.|SFGate

this pressed: German banknotes being used as wallpaper at the height of Weimar hyperinflation, 1923 — OnThisDay & Facts


this pressed: President Richard Nixon resigns, 1974 by Harry Benson — OnThisDay & Facts


this pressed: KNOW IT ALL: Tuesday’s Top 6 Stories at NBC News – NBC News.com


KNOW IT ALL: Tuesday’s Top 6 Stories at NBC News – NBC News.com.