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this pressed for your right to know: Republicans quickly criticized Obama’s move on immigration, calling it presidential overreach.— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) November 21, 2014


this presssed for your right to know: House Files Litigation Over President’s Unilateral Actions on Health Care Law | Speaker.gov


WASHINGTON, DCHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that the House of Representatives – consistent with the House-passed resolution H.Res. 676 – has filed litigation over President Obama’s unilateral actions on his health care law:

“Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action.”

NOTE: On July 30, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing the House of Representatives to initiate litigation to challenge President Obama’s decision to unilaterally change various provisions of the health care law. The suit filed today against the Health & Human Services (HHS) and Treasury Secretaries – a copy of which can be downloaded here – will address two Executive Branch actions:

via House Files Litigation Over President’s Unilateral Actions on Health Care Law | Speaker.gov.

this pressed for your right to know: Judicial Watch Email Proves White House And DOJ Colluded With @CBS— Judicial Watch


Other presidents exercised exec. power on immigration policy, but Obama may set precedent.— ProPublica (@ProPublica)


Saint of the Day for Friday, November 21st, 2014: St. Gelasius


Image of St. Gelasius

St. Gelasius

St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day – November 21) Gelasius was born in Rome, in the fifth century, the son of an African named Valerius. Later, ordained a priest, he was elected Pope on March 1st, … continue reading

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today’s holidady: Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the 8th century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More… Discuss

quotation: Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention— James Madison


Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

James Madison (1751-1836) Discuss

Georg Friedrich Händel: Feuerwerksmusik, German Handel Soloists, cond. Holger Speck: great compositions/performances


Georg Friedrich Händel: Feuerwerksmusik (Fireworks music)

this day in the yesteryear: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. From the time of its completion until 1981, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world, with a span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m). Designed by engineer Othmar Ammann, a noted authority on bridges, it furnished a critical link in the regional highway system and is widely known today as the starting point for the New York City Marathon. Who was Giovanni da Verrazano, the bridge’s namesake? More… Discuss

Malnutrition a Global Problem


Malnutrition a Global Problem

When we think of malnutrition, we typically think of undernutrition, but in truth the term refers to all types of bad nutrition, including overnutrition. With this definition in mind, a new report finds that malnutrition has become a serious public health issue for every nation in the world, with all but China having already crossed a “malnutrition red line.” Complicating the problem is the fact that about half of the world’s nations are grappling with both undernutrition and overnutrition at the same time. More… Discuss

Richard Wagner – Rienzi Ouverture: make music part of your life series


Richard Wagner – Rienzi Ouverture

Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants


Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants

Nursery Suite: Aubade (Awake): make music part of your life series


Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.3 in D major, (G.476): make music part of your life series


Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.3 in D major, (G.476)

Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”: great compositions/performances


Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”

Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation: great compositions/performances


Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation

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Jules MassenetThaïs” Meditation
Itzhak Perlman – Violin
Lawrence Foster – Conductor
The Abbey Road Ensemble
Photography and filming by myself at Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal

-Méditation (Thaïs)-
Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera was first premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

The Méditation is a symphonic entr’acte performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs. In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to convince her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra. In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert.

The piece is in D major and is approximately five minutes long (although there are a number of interpretations that stretch the piece to over six minutes). Massenet may also have written the piece with religious intentions; the tempo marking is Andante Religioso, signifying his intention that it should be played religiously and at walking tempo. The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.

quotation: “Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.” ― Richard Preston, “The Hot Zone…”


The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

this pressed: For two kids and two parents, one-on-one time a must – CSMonitor.com



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A mom stays at home with her older son while her husband takes their younger son on a trip. She learns that time alone with her older son is invaluable in building communication, trust, and appreciation for him as an individual.

By Eliana Osborn, Correspondent November 19, 2014

via For two kids and two parents, one-on-one time a must – CSMonitor.com.

this pressed: Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law


Argentina‘s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Senators approved the legislation 39-24 on Wednesday.

The bill backed by President Cristina Fernandez is expected to be passed by the lower house as well and turned into law. Fernandez has said there is a growing number of foreigners entering Argentina to commit crimes.

Under the bill, foreigners caught breaking the law can be immediately expelled from Argentina and banned from returning for at least five years. Foreign-born people with legal residence can ask to remain in Argentina to serve out their sentence for the crime.

Argentines are growing increasingly worried about rising crime in their country.

Rights groups say foreigners represent a fraction of law breakers and say the proposed law could leave to unfair treatment.

via Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 20th, 2014: St. Edmund Rich


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto 1 & 2, Suite for Cello & Orchestra Op.16, and other works – S. Isserlis: make music part of your life series


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto 1 & 2, Suite for Cello & Orchestra Op.16, and other works – S. Isserlis

Martha Argerich plays Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16: greaat compositions/performances


Goyescas: 3. Fandango By Candle Light: make music part of your life series


Goyescas: 3. Fandango By Candle Light

The Monarch Butterfly


 

 

 

 

The Monarch Butterfly

 

 

 

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English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The monarch, with its distinctive orange and black pattern, is considered one the world’s most beautiful butterflies. In North America, thousands of monarchs gather in autumn and migrate southward, sometimes more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km), and return north in spring. Their ability to return to the same spots over several generations has led scientists to research how circadian rhythm and the position of the sun are involved. What is aposematism, and how do monarch butterflies exemplify it? More…

 

 

 

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this pressed for your informantion: Earthquake hits northern Japan, no tsunami warning issued


Earthquake hits northern Japan, no tsunami warning issued.

For all the people persecuted, for the “Ain’t Got No” around the world: Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone |Uploaded on Jun 22, 2010 views: 4,146,339 WOW!



Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone

 

 

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 19th, 2014: St. Nerses the Great


 

 

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Image of St. Nerses the Great

St. Nerses the Great

Bishop and martyr, the father of St. Isaac the Great. A native of Armenia, he studied in Cappadocia and wed a princess who gave birth to Isaac. After she died, he served as a chamber lain in the … continue reading

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RONDO – IGNACE PLEYEL

MVT. 2 From Duo in C major
***David Dillard- violin
***Adam Crane – viola
Live performance DUO CONCERT MARCH 29, 2009

Schubert Variations in A flat major D813 — Benjamin Britten & Sviatoslav Richter: great comositions/performances


 

Schubert Variations in A flat major D813 — Benjamin Britten & Sviatoslav Richter

Dedicated to Count Anton Berchtold 1824
movements:
0:00  Thema – Allegretto
1:22  Var. I
2:37  Var. II
3:57  Var. III Un poco piu lento
5:58  Var. IV Tempo I
7:25  Var.V
9:42  Var.VI Maestoso
11:15  Var.VII Piu lento
14:17 Var. VIII Allegro moderato

Tchaikovsky| Eugene Onegin; polonaise, op.24 (Berliner phil )Claudio Abbado: Great compositions/performances



Tchaikovsky| Eugene Onegin; polonaise, op.24 (Berliner phil )Claudio Abbado

 

todady’s holiday: Garifuna Settlement Day


 

Garifuna Settlement Day

Garifuna Settlement Day honors the heritage of the Garifuna people, a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean and Central America. In 1943, Garifuna Settlement Day was declared a holiday in the southern districts of Belize, and it is now celebrated throughout the country. There are long sessions of traditional drumming and dancing, and Garifuna crafts and food are sold and displayed. Events to raise awareness and appreciation of Garifuna culture are common, including special days to dress in traditional clothing, a Miss Garifuna Belize beauty pageant, parades, and rallies. More… Discuss

 

quotation: All truth is profound. Herman Melville


All truth is profound.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

today’s birthday: Indira Gandhi (1917)


 

Indira Gandhi (1917)

India’s first and only female prime minister, Indira Gandhi held the position from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1984. During her tenure, India fought a successful war against Pakistan and became the dominant power on the subcontinent. However, she became embroiled in political controversy and a fierce ethnic conflict, which led to her assassination in 1984. Her son, Rajiv, succeeded her as prime minister but was himself assassinated by Tamil separatists. Who was Indira’s famous father? More… Discuss

 

this day in the yesteyear: Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address (1863)


 

Abraham Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address (1863)

The Gettysburg Address, one of the most quoted speeches in US history, was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and half months after the famous battle fought there. In about two minutes, Lincoln’s address redefined the American Civil War as not just a struggle for the Union, but as “a new birth of freedom” for the US and its people. Lincoln’s address has drawn comparisons to what ancient speech? More… Discuss

 

Monday, November 17 – Homily: Unusually Happy Marriage -St. Elizabeth of Hungary


Monday, November 17 – Homily: Unusually Happy Marriage
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary and her husband, Louis IV, had an unusually happy marriage because they were both saintly souls. Sanctity is the key to a happy marriage


 

21st Century SHAME: Almost 36 million people living as slaves worldwide

21st Century SHAME: Almost 36 million people living as slaves worldwide Watch

Africa

By Katie Nguyen, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as …

 

Catholic Online: “What does THIS say about America?”


What does this say about America? New study finds that child homelessness epidemic has reached a historic high

What does this say about America? New study finds that child homelessness epidemic has reached a historic high…”

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After a surge in recent years, a record number of children in the United States are homeless, and could be as high as one out of every 30, a …

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Google Art Project: Tuesday, 18th November, we hosted an #ArtTalk with the Corning Museum of Glass


 


Art Talk with The Corning Museum of Glass

 

The Future of Food: National Geographic



The Future of Food

 

let’s not forget: Smallpox (1908). Eradicated thanks to marvels of vaccinations — Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz)


this pressed for your right to know: Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know


Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know

There are few supermarket chains that enjoy a better reputation than Whole Foods Market. With nearly 400 locations, about 60,000 employees, and almost $13 billion in revenue for 2013, its dedication to selling natural and organic foods has clearly struck a chord with a population that’s looking to eat healthier, less-processed foods. But like any big company, there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes that they’d probably be happier if you didn’t know about.

Whole Foods has quite an intriguing history. Founders John Mackey and Renee Lawson borrowed $45,000 from friends and family to open a health food store called SaferWay in Austin in 1978, and after being evicted from their apartment for storing food in it, they took up residence in the store itself. Two years later, Mackey partnered with the owners of another natural store and opened the original Whole Foods, which was one of the largest health food stores in the country at the time. The following year, a flood devastated the store, resulting in about $400,000 in damages, but it had become so beloved by that time that the community pitched in to help it recover, and it reopened less than a month later.

via Things Whole Foods doesn’t want you to know.

this pressed for your right to know: The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR | Where do We go from Here?


Before there was a raging civil war that devastated the region’s infrastructure and polarized its population, the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine was an economically depressed area, far removed from the authority of the central government in Kiev.

Historically, Donbass—known officially as the Donets Basin, which encompasses the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts—was the center of Soviet industrialism, a region that symbolized the power of Soviet might where towns and cities sprung up alongside coal mines and factories. Following the USSR’s collapse, however, much of the region lay in ruins.

The AllFall- Donbass Romanticism

The AllFall- Donbass Romanticism

That’s the theme behind the series, “Donbass Romanticism,” by Moldovan-born photojournalist Misha Friedman, who photographed the region in 2010 and 2011 while living in Kiev. Friedman set out to depict the ruined, crumbling infrastructure as a symbol of government neglect and the collapse of Soviet ideals.

via The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR | Where do We go from Here?.

this day in the yesteryear: The Suez Canal Opens (1869)


The Suez Canal Opens (1869)

One of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, the Suez Canal extends 101 miles (163 km) from Port Said to the Gulf of Suez and connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ships to sail directly between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. After its completion in 1869, its ownership remained in French and British hands until Egypt nationalized it in 1956, setting off an international crisis, during which it was closed. What caused the next closure of the canal? More… Discuss

The Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Islamic architecture. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered it built as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building’s white marble exterior is inlaid with semiprecious stones arranged in Arabic inscriptions, floral designs, and arabesques, and its gardens reflect the Islamic Paradise. When was the monument’s construction begun? More… Discuss

Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲 : great compositions/performances


Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲

W. A. Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat, K. 614 (Hausmusik): make music part of your life series


W. A. Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat, K. 614 (Hausmusik)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614

1. Allegro di molto
2. Andante 10:30
3. Menuetto: Allegretto 18:00
4. Allegro 21:30

Hausmusik (on period instruments)
Monica Huggett & Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin
Roger Chase & Simon Whistler, viola
Richard Lester, cello

this day in the yesteryear: The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)


The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions? More… Discuss

BOLERO-RAVEL: great compositions/performances


BOLERO-RAVEL

Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 15th, 2014: St. Albert the Great


today’s holiday: Surin Elephant Round-Up


Surin Elephant Round-Up

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand, where elephant training is a tradition. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, and elephant basketball. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing. More… Discuss