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Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 #5 HQ Valentina Lisitsa Valentina Lisitsa|great compositions/performances


Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 #5 HQ

3.Peer Gynt Suite No.1 The Death of Åse (Åses død) | great compositions/performances


3.Peer Gynt Suite No.1 The Death of Åse (Åses død)

 

Peer Gynt Suites 1 and 2|Incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s play. (1875, Op. 23), great compositions/performances


Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt
Suites – 1 and 2

Dvorak – Symphony No.3 & 4, Op.10 & 13|great compositions/performances


DvorakSymphony No.3 & 4,

Op.10 & 13

Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’ |great compositions/performances


Antonín DvořákString Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’

Roman Carnival Overture – Hector Berlioz |great compositions/performances


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Roman Carnival Overture – Hector Berlioz

Mozart Symphony No 25 G minor K 183 Karl Böhm Wiener Philamoniker|great compositions/performances


Mozart Symphony No 25 G minor K 183 Karl Böhm Wiener Philamoniker

Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito, K.621, Overture|The London Philharmonic conducted by Andrew Davis|great composions/performances


La Clemenza di Tito, K.621, Overture

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.2, LGO|Masur (1997), Great compositions/performances,


Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997)

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies – ProPublica


 

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

via NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies – ProPublica.

Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 3 for Strings in C major: make music part of your life series


Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 3 for Strings in C major

this pressed: Glycemic index diet: What’s behind the claims – Mayo Clinic (with additional chart and data from wikipwdia)


Graph describing the rise of blood sugar after meals.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Classification

GI values can be interpreted intuitively as percentages on an absolute scale and are commonly interpreted as follows:

Classification GI range[9] Examples[9]
Low GI 55 or less beans (white, black, pink, kidney, lentil, soy, almond, peanut, walnut, chickpea); small seeds (sunflower, flax, pumpkin, poppy, sesame); most whole intact grains (durum/spelt/kamut wheat, millet, oat, rye, rice, barley); most vegetables, most sweet fruits (peaches, strawberries, mangos); tagatose; fructose; mushrooms; chilis
Medium GI 56–69 not intact whole wheat or enriched wheat, pita bread, basmati rice, unpeeled boiled potato, grape juice, raisins, prunes, pumpernickel bread, cranberry juice,[10] regular ice cream, sucrose, banana
High GI 70 and above white bread (only wheat endosperm), most white rice (only rice endosperm), corn flakes, extruded breakfast cereals, glucose, maltose, maltodextrins, potato, pretzels, bagels

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excerpts from Mayo article:

Understanding GI values

There are various research methods for assigning a GI value to food. In general, the number is based on how much a food item raises blood glucose levels in healthy research participants compared with how much pure glucose raises their blood glucose. GI values are generally divided into three categories:
Low GI: 1 to 55
Medium GI: 56 to 69
*High GI: 70 and higher

For example, raw carrots have a GI value of 35. This means that if you eat enough carrots to consume 1.8 ounces (50 grams) of digestible carbohydrates (sugars and starches), your blood glucose level after eating the carrots will be 35 percent of the blood glucose level after eating 1.8 ounces (50 grams) of pure glucose.

Comparing these values, therefore, can help guide healthier food choices. For example, an English muffin made with white wheat flour has a GI value of 77. A whole-wheat English muffin has a GI value of 45.

via Glycemic index diet: What’s behind the claims – Mayo Clinic.
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Mozart Flute Concerto No 1 in G – Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra: make music part of your life series


Mozart Flute Concerto No 1 in G – Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Saint of the Day for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014: St. Hilarion


today’s holiday: Trafalgar Day


Trafalgar Day

This is the anniversary of the famous naval battle fought by the British off Cape Trafalgar, Spain, in 1805, under the command of Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The victory over Napoleon’s forces cost Lord Nelson his life and is commemorated by the column erected in his honor in London’s Trafalgar Square. Ceremonies on Trafalgar Day, or Nelson Day, include a naval parade from London’s Mall to Trafalgar Square, where a brief service is held and wreaths are placed at the foot of Nelson’s Column. More… Discuss

quotation: Oscar Wilde


He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

today’s birthday: Alfred Nobel (1833)


Alfred Nobel (1833)

Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, the smokeless powder Ballistite, and an explosive gelatin more powerful than dynamite. In his last will, he left his enormous fortune in trust for the endowment of the Nobel Prizes, which recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of science, literature, and economics and in the promotion of peace. What was the content of the prematurely published obituary that is said to have made Nobel resolve to leave a better legacy? More… Discuss


Florence Nightingale Sent to Treat War Wounded (1854)

Though Nightingale’s parents opposed their daughter’s pursuit of a career in nursing, she persevered and is now considered the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, she traveled to Turkey to treat the British wounded, earning the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” for her devotion to the troops’ care. Upon her return, she wrote Notes on Nursing, the first nursing textbook, and founded the Nightingale Training School. In 1907, she became the first woman to receive what award? More… Discuss

A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way


A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way

If you were told that you would need to run for 50 minutes or walk five miles (eight kilometers) in order to work off the calories of the soda you were about to buy, would you return it to the shelf? It would seem that being confronted with this sort of information about sugary beverages while shopping does influence buying habits, particularly among teens, and could be a cheap and simple way to combat the growing obesity problem plaguing many countries. More… Discuss

George Balanchine


George Balanchine

Balanchine was one of the 20th century’s foremost choreographers. His stark ballets emphasized “pure” dance and formed a bridge between classical and modern ballet. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1933 and became director of ballet for the Metropolitan Opera House and co-founder of the School of American Ballet. He later helped found the company that would become the New York City Ballet and was named its artistic director and principal choreographer. What disease ended Balanchine’s life? More… Discuss

word: lucid


lucid 

Definition: (adjective) Mentally sound; sane or rational.
Synonyms: coherent, logical
Usage: Most of the time, he just muttered incomprehensibly to himself, but in his occasional lucid moments, he was an engaging conversationalist. Discuss.

New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials|Specialty Pharmacy TIme


Specialty Pharmacy News

Treatment inhibits key process that enables cancer cells to multiply.

Researchers in London plan to begin clinical trials on a significant new treatment for multiple myeloma by the end of next year.

In laboratory testing, the drug, known as DTP3, killed myeloma cells within human cells and mice without causing any toxic side effects. In a paper published on October 13, 2014 in Cancer Cells, researchers outlined how the drug inhibits a key process that allows cancer cells to multiply.

“Lab studies suggest that DTP3 could have therapeutic benefit for patients with multiple myeloma and potentially several other types of cancer, but we will need to confirm this in our clinical trials, the first of which will start next year,” said lead researcher Professor Guido Franzoso in a press release.

DTP3 was developed through an evaluation of the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to continue multiplying beyond their normal lifespan. Specifically, the researchers studied a protein called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), which plays a key role in inflammation, in addition to immune and stress response systems.

“We had known for many years that NF-kB is very important for cancer cells, but because it is also needed by healthy cells, we did not know how to block it specifically,” Franzoso said. “The discovery that blocking the GADD45β/MKK7 segment of the NF-κB pathway with our DTP3 peptide therapeutic selectively kills myeloma cells could offer a completely new approach to treating patients with certain cancers, such as multiple myeloma.” – See more at: http://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/New-Multiple-Myeloma-Drug-Set-to-Begin-Clinical-Trials#sthash.XGAUTmks.Gyz2Cy02.dpuf

via New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials.

this pressed for your right to know: Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity|NewsWeek


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Living on a dollar a day seems nearly unfathomable, but roughly one in six people in our world do on a daily basis. For her work Living On A Dollar A Day, photographer Renée C. Byer teamed up with San Francisco nonprofit The Forgotten International and ventured to four continents to capture intimate stills of people affected by extreme poverty.

“For me it’s very important to go behind the scenes and into their home to find pieces of daily life that everyone can relate to,” Byers said in an interview with National Geographic. “So people aren’t seeing a photo that will push them away, but will pull them back into the scene. So they’re not being overwhelmed by the emotion, but they’re able to relate to the emotion. So that they can imagine themselves trying to live this life, and in some way, hopefully, they could help.”

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Photos: ‘Living On A Dollar A Day’ Features Stark Portraits of Humanity | newsweek

Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra: make music part of your life series


Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra

Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville – La Jolla Music Society SummerFest: make music part of your life series


Rossini: Overture to The Barber of SevilleLa Jolla Music Society SummerFest

Sibelius, Symphonie Nr 7 C Dur op 105 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker: great compositions/performances


Sibelius, Symphonie Nr 7 C Dur op 105 Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker

Brahms, J. – Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (Tragische Ouvertüre): great compositions/performances


Brahms, J. – Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Claude Debussy – Images pour orchestre: make music pat of yourf life series


Saint of the Day for Monday, October 20th, 2014: St. Paul of the Cross


Image of St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of Genoa, January 3, 1694. His infancy and youth were spent in great innocence and piety. He was inspired from on high to found a congregation; … continue reading

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today’s holiday: The Birth of the Bab


The Birth of the Bab

The Birth of the Bab is a holy day in the Baha’i religion to celebrate the birthday in 1819 of Mirza Ali Mohammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). In 1844, Mirza Ali declared himself the Bab (meaning “gate”) and foretold the coming of one greater than he. The day, on which work is suspended, is a happy social occasion for Baha’is. More… Discuss

quotation: “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot


Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

today’s birthday: Béla Lugosi (1882)


Béla Lugosi (1882)

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain. When Lugosi died in 1956, his son and fourth wife decided to bury him wearing what part of his Dracula costume? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)


Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)

The Treaty of Ancón ended Peru’s involvement in the War of the Pacific, which broke out between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru in 1879. Victorious, Chile annexed the Peruvian province of Tarapacá and gained substantial mineral-rich territories, leaving Bolivia without access to the sea. The loss of the coast remains an emotional issue for many Bolivians, who attribute their country’s problems to being landlocked. What items stolen during the war did Chile return to Peru in 2007? More… Discuss

Hopping Relatively Recent Development in Kangaroos


Hopping Relatively Recent Development in Kangaroos

Kangaroos are known for their characteristic hop, but they didn’t always get around like this. Analysis of the fossilized bones of extinct kangaroos called sthenurines finds that they were not anatomically cut out for hopping and likely got around instead by walking in much the same manner that humans do. Sthenurines lived in Australia from about 13 million years ago to about 30,000 years ago, going extinct around the same time that humans arrived on the continent, quite possibly as a result of human activities. More… Discuss

Roxelana


Roxelana

The story of Roxelana is a true rags-to-riches tale. Little is known of her early life, but she was likely born in Ukraine in the 16th century. At some point, she was captured by Crimean Tatars and taken as a slave. Brought to Constantinople (now Istanbul), she was selected to be a concubine in the harem of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Roxelana soon gained Suleiman’s favor and—in a shocking break with tradition—he made her his legal wife. What did this mean for the sons she bore him? More… Discuss

word: quaff


quaff 

Definition: (verb) To swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught.
Synonyms: gulp, swig
Usage: Recently returned to port, the sailors quaffed their ale with gusto. Discuss.

Experts say Ebola virus unlikely to spread to North America | CTV Calgary News


Kathy Mueller, a former CTV news anchor, recently returned to Canada from Sierra Leone where she assisted the Red Cross dead body management team.

“While we were laying one person to rest, the grave next to them was being dug,” said Mueller. “It was a constant conveyor belt of burials.”

More than 1,200 people have contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia and the virus has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people.

via Experts say Ebola virus unlikely to spread to North America | CTV Calgary News.

this pressed for your right to know: What We Were Told About Ebola|FactCheck.org


At a July 28 press briefing concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Stephan Monroe said the virus “poses little risk to the U.S. general population.” But, he added, “it’s possible that someone could become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa and then get on a plane to the U.S.” Monroe called this scenario a “very remote possibility,” but he didn’t say it could never happen, as the senator claimed.

via What We Were Told About Ebola |FactCheck.org

this pressed: 12 Incredible Photos That Prove Snails Live In A Magical World — Unmotivating


this pressed for your right to know: Schumer urges Obama to send Ebola experts to NYC..|TheTruth24.com


Sen. Charles Schumer wants the ​Obama administration to immediately put a team of experts on the ground in the Big Apple to ensure the safety of New Yorkers in case someone tests positive for Ebola.

Since the city that never sleeps has two ​international ​airports in the region — JFK and Newark — that see more people arriving from virus-​​ridden west African nations than any other ​part of the country, the ​D​emocratic lawmaker urged the ​​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday to dispatch specialized teams to the city as a way to “remain vigilant” against the threat of Ebola.

“We’re also asking, while that team is on the ground here, that they go around and do the same thing our city and state health departments are doing, go inspect the hospitals to make sure that they have everything in place,” Schumer said Sunday.

via Schumer urges Obama to send Ebola experts to NYC...

this pressesd: Monomoy Refuge, MA testing latest in birding tracking electronics, called nano-tag— USFWS Refuge System


This pressed: ‘Addie Card, 12 years old, anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, Vermont, 1910′ by Lewis Hine


this pressed for your right to know: AP photographer captures Ebola outbreak in Africa in pictures


or view the video @  http://on.msnbc.com/1sZD1V7

Voice of America: Day in Photos — October 19, 2014


5 Palestinians take cover from rain inside a makeshift shelter near the ruins of their houses, which witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City. (Click here to access 12 more photos in a new window )

 

 

This pressed for your right to know: US aircraft drop arms and supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Syrian town of Kobane – US Central Command — BBC Breaking News


this pressed for your right to know: Oil is so much more than a fuel— Bloomberg News


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Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (whole concert): great compositions/performances


 Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (whole concert)

Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110: make music part of your life series


Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110

(“The Wilde Dove: Symphonic poem, B.198, Op.110″ by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek (AmazonMP3))

euzicasa: Blue, White and Green: Turnbull Canyon-Audio (Nightfall In) The Far Dunes – Tim Fachen (moods) 2:23 George Bost


Blue, White and Green: Turnbull Canyon-Audio (Nightfall In) The Far Dunes – Tim Fachen (moods) 2:23

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Filmed with Android: LG OPTIMUS ELITE
White clouds, blue skies, all seen through the green branches of the trees, with a background of running breeze through the fresh, green leafage…If we are lucky enough we can just let it fill us with the miracle of nature we take for granted every moment because:
There is nothing to replace it, nothing to act as its surrogate, nothing in waiting, after all this natural creation is destroyed.
Respect and preserve nature, find its meaning keep it clean, as you would your garden…It is your garden!

This insignificant video was taken under a tree along the trail at Turnbull Canyon, yesterday. Enjoy!
This is my personal video: As such it cannot be used by any for profit organization, including any TV station in the USA, or Abroad (this selection does not appear anywhere in the long list…)