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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: NINE PASSENGERS SUCKED OUT OF PLANE WHEN IT RIPS OPEN MID-FLIGHT (1989)


Nine Passengers Sucked Out of Plane When It Rips Open Mid-Flight (1989)

Sixteen minutes after taking off for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, United Airlines flight 811 experienced a cargo door failure and explosive decompression that resulted in the ejection of a number of seats, nine of them occupied, from the aircraft. The pilots initially thought a bomb had been detonated on board and would later learn that design flaws and faulty wiring were to blame for the catastrophe that took place on their flight. How might United have averted this disaster? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: CRASH OF AIR INTER FLIGHT 148 (1992)


Crash of Air Inter Flight 148 (1992)

Air Inter Flight 148′s trip from Lyon to Strasbourg, France, on January 20, 1992, was relatively uneventful until it came time to land. It was then that things went horribly wrong. The autopilot was mistakenly left in the wrong mode, accelerating the descent. The crew was unaware of the approaching danger because the plane was not equipped with ground proximity warning systems. All but nine of the 96 people on board were killed in the resultant crash. What else may have contributed to the crash? More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: FREE FALLING


Free Falling

Though often associated with skydivers, a free fall in physics is any motion of a body upon which gravity is the only force acting—such as a ball thrown up in the air. Though free falls from great heights are incredibly dangerous for humans, they can be survivable, especially if one lands on a surface of high deformity, like snow or water. In 1972, a flight attendant miraculously survived—despite 27 days in a coma—after the plane she was on exploded, hurtling her how many feet to the ground? More…Discuss

 
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JEANNETTE PICCARD (1895)


Jeannette Piccard (1895)

American balloonist Jeannette Piccard held the women’s altitude record for nearly three decades. She and her husband initially struggled to fund their ballooning—companies balked at endangering a woman and mother—but in 1934, the pair was able to make a record-breaking flight over Lake Erie. Jeannette piloted the balloon to a height of 57,579 ft (17,550 m), becoming the first woman to reach the stratosphere. She served as a consultant to NASA but later pursued what very different profession? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE RUNNING OF THE FIRST CHICAGO MARATHON (1977)


The Running of the First Chicago Marathon (1977)

The largest marathon in the world at that time, the first running of the Mayor Daley Marathon—now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—drew 4,200 participants. Since then it has grown both in size and prestige. The race is now capped at 45,000 runners and is considered one of the world’s most renowned marathons. The 30th anniversary running of the race was unique in several respects. For one thing, it featured a special CEO challenge, and for another, it was halted after just 3 ½ hours. Why? More…

 


The Nice Guy

In pop psychology, the nice guy is an adult male who is friendly yet unassertive in relationships with women. He gives emotional support, avoids confrontation, puts others’ needs before his own, and generally treats women well. Despite these good qualities, many women, even those who claim to want a nice guy, actually choose to date men who are less considerate, likely because they are attracted to the overt sexuality of such “jerks.” Who first used the phrase “nice guys finish last”? More…

 

Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)


Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: FIRST MAN-MADE OBJECT REACHES THE MOON (1959)


First Man-Made Object Reaches the Moon (1959)

In the early years of space exploration, the US and USSR launched numerous probes in their race to explore outer space and the Moon in particular. The first probes were intended either to pass very close to the Moon—performing a flyby—or crash directly into it—a maneuver known as a hard landing. The Soviets were the first to succeed in the latter objective. Luna 2 impacted the lunar surface on September 14, 1959. What did Premier Nikita Khrushchev present to the US president the next day? More… Discuss

 

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF A QUARTER A TOOTH


Gone Are the Days of a Quarter a Tooth

The tooth fairy seems to have lost her head in recent years, spending wildly to expand her collection of baby teeth. A study by financial services company Visa finds that the going rate for a tooth in the US these days is $3.70 on average, well above the quarter many of us remember finding under our pillows. Some kids get even more. Six percent of tooth fairy representatives—otherwise known as parents—shell out $20 per tooth, while two percent leave an outrageous $50 or more. Has the tooth fairy gone too far, or is this just the cost ofinflationMore… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: MULTIMILLIONAIRE ADVENTURER STEVE FOSSETT GOES MISSING (2007)


Multimillionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Goes Missing (2007)

After earning millions as a stockbroker and investment consultant, Fossett began a second career as a sports adventurer. He swam the English Channel in 1985 and set many sailing records, but he is best known for his long-distance solo aviation triumphs, like becoming the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon in 2002. He disappeared while flying a private plane in Nevada in September 2007 and was declared dead five months later. When was his crash site finally discovered? More…Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: LYNCHING OF 14-YEAR-OLD BOY HELPS INSPIRE US CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (1955)


Lynching of 14-Year-Old Boy Helps Inspire US Civil Rights Movement (1955)

At age 14, African-American Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in a grocery store. Her husband and his half-brother beat Till, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighing it down by tying a metal fan around his neck with barbed wire. Till’s body was pulled from the river three days later. What decision made by Till’s mother about her son’s funeral helped bring attention to his brutal murder? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: R&B ARTIST AALIYAH KILLED IN AIRPLANE CRASH (2001)


R&B Artist Aaliyah Killed in Airplane Crash (2001)

Signed to a record deal at age 12, Aaliyah became a popular R&B singer with hits such as “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number” and “Are You That Somebody.” She went on to appear in films, but her skyrocketing career came to a halt when she and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 after filming a music video. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Though the pilot was unlicensed and had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system, the crash was primarily blamed on what other issue?More… Discuss

 

HIGH-ALTITUDE PILOTS SUBJECT TO BRAIN LESIONS


High-Altitude Pilots Subject to Brain Lesions

Decompression sickness, or “the bends,” is typically seen in scuba divers, but high-altitude pilots, who regularly fly at 64,000 feet and higher in planes that maintain a lower cabin pressure than typical commercial flights, are also at risk. Even those that escape decompression sickness are not unaffected by the repeated and prolonged exposure to a low-pressure environment. Researchers have found that high-altitude pilots have a higher incidence of brain lesions calledwhite matter hyperintensities than other military personnel. The pilots show no discernible cognitive impairments, but further study is needed to ascertain whether these lesions are harmful. More… Discuss

 

UNCONTACTED PEOPLES


Uncontacted Peoples

It is hard to believe that in this day and age there are still isolated peoples who have rarely, if ever, communicated with members of modernized civilizations—but there are, though their numbers are few. Aerial surveying technology has made it possible to observe and photograph some of these groups from afar. Pursuing contact with such tribes, however, is highly controversial. Opponents maintain that doing so could, and likely would, have deadly consequences. Why do they say this is? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: FIRST SUCCESSFUL TRIAL RUN OF A STEAMBOAT (1787)


First Successful Trial Run of a Steamboat (1787)

John Fitch was a man plagued by misfortune. His first foundry was a failure and his second was destroyed in the American Revolution. During a short-lived career as a surveyor in the early 1780s, he was captured by Native Americans. His luck finally seemed to turn around in 1786, when he built the first steamboat in the US, and in 1787, when he demonstrated his aptly named Perseverance on the Delaware River for an audience from the Constitutional Convention. Was his good fortune to last? More… Discuss

 

MOUNTWEAZELS


Mountweazels

The 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia hails Lillian Virginia Mountweazel as a fountain designer and photographer renowned for her photos of rural mailboxes. Her entry notes that she was killed in an explosion while on assignment for Combustiblesmagazine. Alas, the amusing entry is fictitious. Incorrect articles purposely placed in reference works like dictionaries and encyclopedias have since become known as “Mountweazels.” What legitimate purpose do these entries serve? More… Discuss

BERLIOZ – Prière du matin (Alphonse de Lamartine) – duo lyrique Laplante-Duval



Enregistré en 1998 – Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à Québec – France Duval, mezzo-soprano et Bruno Laplante, baryton – info@laplanteduval.comhttp://www.laplanteduval.com

This Day in the Yesteryear: DOUBLE EAGLE II BECOMES FIRST BALLOON TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC (1978)


Double Eagle II Becomes First Balloon to Cross the Atlantic (1978)

By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle Iin 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their successful flight, the trio drew straws to determine who would get to sleep in a bed at the US Embassy once slept in by whom? More… Discuss

 

DEAD MAN’S SWITCH


Dead Man’s Switch

A dead man’s switch is an emergency brake that automatically activates to stop a vehicle or machine in the event that the operator becomes incapacitated. This sort of safety measure became necessary with the advent of electric trains, since they cut the number of required operators down to one, and has become standard in numerous devices, including snowblowers, lawn mowers, and saws. Though developed as a fail-safe, a dead man’s switch can sometimes be a “fail-deadly,” as when built into what? More…Discuss

 

Haydn Symphony No 103 ‘Drumroll’ E flat major Minkowski



The Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, Hoboken 1/103, is the eleventh of the twelve so-called London Symphonies written by Joseph Haydn. This symphony is nicknamed “The Drumroll”, after the long roll on the timpani with which it begins.
Composition and premiere
The symphony was the last but one of twelve that were composed for performance in England during Haydn’s two journeys there (1791–1792, 1794–1795). Haydn’s music was well known in England well before the composer traveled there, and members of the British musical public had long expressed the wish that Haydn would visit. The composer’s reception in England was in fact very enthusiastic, and the English visits were one of the most fruitful and happy periods of the composer’s life. Haydn composed the “Drumroll” Symphony while living in London during the winter of 1794–1795. Continue reading

Just a Thought: Privatization – The End to the Nation


Just a Thought: Privatization – The End to the Nation!

FIRST CASE OF PERSON-TO-PERSON H7N9 TRANSMISSION



FIRST CASE OF PERSON-TO-PERSON H7N9 TRANSMISSION
In February, the H7N9 strain of bird flu was first detected in humans. Since then, at least 133 people in China and Taiwan have been infected with the virus, and 43 have died as a result. Until now, concerns over a possible pandemic have remained relatively low, since all of the cases appeared to have beentransmitted via contact with infected poultry. However, researchers now believe that a 32-year-old woman who died in April contracted the illness from her father, marking the first known instance of person-to-person transmission of this virus. The virus is still unable to pass efficiently between people, so the pandemic risk, though higher than before, remains low.More… Discuss

Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall


BOB DYLAN LYRICS

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son?
And what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warnin’
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And what’ll you do now my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are a many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
And the executioner’s face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I’ll tell and speak it and think it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it
And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well before I start singing
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

 

 

Bob Dylan – “Everything Is Broken” “…Broken treaties, broken vows…”)



“Broken lines, broken strings
Broken threads, broken springs
Broken idols, broken heads
People sleeping in broken beds
Ain’t no use jiving
Ain’t no use joking
Everything is broken

Broken bottles, broken plates
Broken switches, broken gates
Broken dishes, broken parts
Streets are filled with broken hearts
Broken words never meant to be spoken
Everything is broken

Seem like every time you stop and turn around
Something else just hit the ground

Broken cutters, broken saws
Broken buckles, broken laws
Broken bodies, broken bones
Broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath, feel like you’re chokin’
Everything is broken

Every time you leave and go off someplace
Things fall to pieces in my face

Broken hands on broken ploughs
Broken treaties, broken vows
Broken pipes, broken tools
People bending broken rules
Hound dog howling, bullfrog croaking
Everything is broken”

 

THE REPUBLIC OF UPPER VOLTA, NOW BURKINA FASO, GAINS INDEPENDENCE (1960)


The Republic of Upper Volta, Now Burkina Faso, Gains Independence (1960)

In the European scramble for African territory in the late 19th century, France took control of the region that is now Burkina Faso. During World War I, however, the area was torn apart by violent opposition to colonial rule. To prevent continued uprisings, it was named a separate territory, Upper Volta, in 1919. When anti-colonial agitation resumed after World War II, the area became a republic, achieving full independence two years later in 1960. After what was “Upper Volta” named? More… Discuss

 

From Reuters: Russians welcome asylum for Edward Snowden (video and Transcript)


Russians welcome asylum for Edward Snowden Video

Russians welcome asylum for Edward Snowden Video (Click to watch the video at Reuters, or don’t…your choice!)

Some Moscow residents approved of Russia’s decision to grant asylum to American fugitive Edward Snowden saying it showed Russia makes its own decisions. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT YEKATERINA, SAYING: “Why Russia did this – I think they want to tell the Americans once again: guys, we do not have to adjust to your rules all the time, we are an independent great country and we have the right to make the decisions which are beneficial to us.” Russia granted the former spy agency contractor asylum for one year on Thursday when he was allowed to slip out of the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for over a month (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT ANASTASIA, SAYING: “I have nothing against Edward Snowden in Russia. If I was in his place, I would write a Sheremetyevo airport guidebook.” Snowden, who had his U.S. passport revoked by Washington, had bided his time in the transit area between the runway and passport control, which Russia considers neutral territory. U.S.-Russian relations were strained by the move, with several high-level U.S.-Russian talks being put in doubt. Prominent U.S. lawmakers – including Republicans and Democrats – condemned Russia’s action and urged Obama to take stern retaliatory steps.

RUSH HOUR


Rush Hour

Rush hour—a misnomer, as it often lasts longer than a single hour—is a period of the day when traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transportation is at its peak. These periods usually correspond to the start and end of the typical workday, when most people are commuting. Thus, there tends to be both a morning and an evening rush hour. Some areas even have a lunchtime rush hour. What system have some cities, such as São Paulo, Brazil, instituted to help curb rush hour traffic? More…

 

TV IS GOING TO THE DOGS, LITERALLY


TV Is Going to the Dogs, Literally


In August, DirecTV, a US-based satellite broadcasting service, will be launching the first television channel with round-the-clock programming for man’s best friend. DOGTV will air programs designed specifically for dogs, with their particular vision and hearing needs in mind. For just $4.99 a month, doting pooch owners will have access to this 24/7 stream of programming meant to relax, stimulate, and relieve the loneliness of their canines. More…Discuss
 

 

THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY IS ESTABLISHED (1957)


The International Atomic Energy Agency Is Established (1957)

In 1953, during the Cold War, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the creation of an international body to regulate the use of nuclear power in his “Atoms for Peace” address to the United Nations General Assembly. Four years later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA may purchase and sell fissionable materials, and it inspects for compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Is the IAEA part of the UNMore… Discuss

 

BENTO


Bento

Traditional Japanese bento is a style of boxed meal prepared in a thin plastic or lacquered wood box that is divided into small compartments, each of which contains a separate dish. Bento has existed in Japan for centuries. Today, these compartmentalized meals are available in convenience stores and kiosks, but some still prepare them at home as a special lunch for children or as a meal to bring to work. In one elaborate form of bento called kyaraben, the food is made to look like what? More… Discuss

Leonard Cohen – How to speak poetry (spoken)



I got it from Leonard Cohen “Master Poems” which you can download from http://musicforhumans1.blogspot.com

Leonard Cohen on Canada Day, 2007

Leonard Cohen on Canada Day, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How to speak poetry

From “Death of a Lady’s Man

Take the word butterfly. To use this word it is not necessary to make the voice weigh less than an ounce or equip it with small dusty wings. It is not necessary to invent a sunny day or a field of daffodils. It is not necessary to be in love, or to be in love with butterflies. The word butterfly is not a real butterfly. There is the word and there is the butterfly. If you confuse these two items people have the right to laugh at you. Do not make so much of the word. Are you trying to suggest that you love butterflies more perfectly than anyone else, or really understand their nature? The word butterfly is merely data. It is not an opportunity for you to hover, soar, befriend flowers, symbolize beauty and frailty, or in any way impersonate a butterfly. Do not act out words. Never act out words. Never try to leave the floor when you talk about flying. Never close your eyes and jerk your head to one side when you talk about death. Do not fix your burning eyes on me when you speak about love. If you want to impress me when you speak about love put your hand in your pocket or under your dress and play with yourself. If ambition and the hunger for applause have driven you to speak about love you should learn how to do it without disgracing yourself or the material.

And so on util we come to… (there’s a par missing from the original text) Speak the words with the exact precision with which you would check out a laundry list. Do not become emotional about the lace blouse. Do not get a hard-on when you say panties. Do not get all shivery just because of the towel. The sheets should not provoke a dreamy expression about the eyes. There is no need to weep into the handkerchief. The socks are not there to remind you of strange and distant voyages. It is just your laundry. It is just your clothes. Don’t peep through them. Just wear them. 

The poem is nothing but information. It is the Constitution of the inner country. If you declaim it and blow it up with noble intentions then you are no better than the politicians whom you despise. You are just someone waving a flag and making the cheapest kind of appeal to a kind of emotional patriotism. Think of the words as science, not as art. They are a report. You are speaking before a meeting of the Explorers’ Club of the National Geographic Society. These people know all the risks of mountain climbing. They honour you by taking this for granted. If you rub their faces in it that is an insult to their hospitality. Tell them about the height of the mountain, the equipment you used, be specific about the surfaces and the time it took to scale it. Do not work the audience for gasps ans sighs. If you are worthy of gasps and sighs it will not be from your appreciation of the event but from theirs. It will be in the statistics and not the trembling of the voice or the cutting of the air with your hands. It will be in the data and the quiet organization of your presence.

Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tired. You look like you could go on forever. Now come into my arms. You are the image of my beauty.

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More problems for Boeing’s 787 and Detroit files for bankruptcy – BUSINESS BULLETIN – 07/19/2013


ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME


All Roads Lead to Rome

The proverb “All roads lead to Rome” was once a literal statement. During the height of the Roman Empire, a road system of about 50,000 miles (80,000 km) linked Rome with its many provinces. The roads often ran in straight lines despite obstacles and were typically constructed in four layers. The road system improved travel for the Roman army, aided commercial ventures, and allowed a postal service to thrive. Some parts still survive today. What modern highways run along ancient Roman routes?More… Discuss

Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings



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Another inspirational poem set to music ;) if you like this check out my other vids, feel free to comment.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, 
and remember what peace there may be in silence. 

As far as possible, without surrender, 
be on good terms with all persons. 
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; 
and listen to others, 
even to the dull and the ignorant; 
they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; 
they are vexatious to the spirit. 

If you compare yourself with others, 
you may become vain or bitter, 
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. 
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; 
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 

Exercise caution in your business affairs, 
for the world is full of trickery. 
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; 
many persons strive for high ideals, 
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. 
Neither be cynical about love, 
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, 
it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years, 
gracefully surrendering the things of youth. 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. 
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. 
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 

Beyond a wholesome discipline, 
be gentle with yourself. 
You are a child of the universe 
no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, 
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God, 
whatever you conceive Him to be. 
And whatever your labors and aspirations, 
in the noisy confusion of life, 
keep peace in your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, 
it is still a beautiful world. 
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

 

Rossini – Overture from the “Barber of Seville”



Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792 – 1868)

“The Barber of Seville”, or “The Useless Precaution” (“Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzione”) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto (based on Beaumarchais‘s comedy Le Barbier de Séville) by Cesare Sterbini.

The overture, first written for “Aureliano in Palmira“, is a famous example of Rossini’s characteristic Italian style.

The première (under the title Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution) took place on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

 

Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus



Johann Strauss II or Johann Baptist Strauss – Die Fledermaus (Exceperts) “O Morcego”
Title : Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus Overture

From Wikipedia,
Die Fledermaus (in English: The Bat;’ in French: La Chauve-souris’) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée.

The original source for Die Fledermaus is a farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix (1811–1873), Das Gefängnis (The Prison). Continue reading

SABIHA GÖKÇEN, FIRST FEMALE COMBAT PILOT


Sabiha Gökçen, First Female Combat Pilot

When Gökçen was 10 years old, Turkey became a republic. As it Westernized during the presidency of her adoptive father, Kemal Atatürk, Turkish women gained more freedom, securing the right to vote in 1934. A year later, Gökçen enrolled in the Türkkusu Flight School as its first female pupil. After attending the Air Force Academy, she became the first female combat pilot. While with the Turkish Air Force, she logged some 8,000 flight hours, including combat missions. Why had Atatürk adopted her?More… Discuss

 

FRANCE 24 The Interview : 07/08/2013 THE INTERVIEW



An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy.
An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. 

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From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ – Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives


From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ - Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives

From National Geographic -_- Culture & Places News -_ – Everest Tourism Changed Sherpa Lives

RUDIMENTARY HUMAN LIVERS GROWN FROM STEM CELLS


Rudimentary Human Livers Grown from Stem Cells

Researchers in Japan have created tiny functional humanlivers from stem cells. The team’s success may be due to its novel approach, which involved bringing together several different types of stem cells in an attempt to mimic the processes that occur during human embryonic development. When mixed together, the cells spontaneously began to organize themselves into “liver buds,” collections of liver cells with the potential to develop into a full organ. The researchers then implanted the buds into mice and found that they began to perform many of the functions of mature human liver cells. More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: USS VINCENNES SHOOTS DOWN IRANIAN PASSENGER JET (1988)


USS Vincennes Shoots Down Iranian Passenger Jet (1988)

Bordered by Iran and connected to the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz was guarded by Iran during its war with Iraq in the 1980s. Ships were routinely inspected to keep war goods from reaching Iraq. As the USS Vincennes crossed the strait on the morning of July 3, 1988, it exchanged fire with Iranian gunboats, pursuing them into Iranian waters. Not long after, it fired on Iran Air Flight 655, destroying the civilian airliner and killing everyone aboard. What mistakes led to the tragedy? More… Discuss

 

The working day of the average Englishman – Godfrey Bloom MEP (yeah Godfrey, say it the way it is Sir!): I know our lilliputian politicians here over the pond can… relate…


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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 02 July 2013

• Speaker: Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group -http://www.godfreybloommep.co.uk

• Debate: Implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax
Report: Anni Podimata (A7-0230/2013)
- Report on the proposal for a Council directive implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax
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Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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SADHU


Sadhu

In Hinduism, a sadhu is a wandering holy man dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha—liberation from the cycle of death and reincarnation—through meditation and the contemplation of Brahman, the ultimate reality of the universe. They are typically mystics, ascetics, yogis, or itinerant monks who have renounced life in society to focus instead on spirituality. In Sanskrit, sadhu means “good,” “right,” or “holy.” How many sadhus are there in IndiaMore… Discuss

A tale about the daily life of Gajender Gipi Mharai, a naga sadhu, at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India.

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