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Seismology


Seismology

Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More… Discuss

Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US


Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US

American teens are increasingly using synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) without medical supervision in an effort to enhance their athletic performance and appearance. Just five percent of high-school students polled in 2012 said they had used synthetic HGH without a prescription, but by 2013 that number had jumped to 11 percent. The non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which carried out the surveys, said the findings highlight the need for better regulation and labeling of over-the-counter products purporting to contain synthetic HGH. More… Discuss

Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium: make music part of your life series


Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium

From python7275

Composer: Morten Lauridsen (b:1943)
Piece: O Magnum Mysterium (1994)

quotation: A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss


 

Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedicated (1995)

 

The Korean War Memorial is located on the US National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC. Dedicated on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice ending the war, the memorial honors the American men and women who served in the conflict. The memorial is laid out in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the triangle are 19 statues of military personnel, representing a squad on patrol in the Korean landscape. A granite wall nearby bears what message? More… Discuss

 

this day in the yesteryear: Liberia Gains Independence (1847)


Liberia Gains Independence (1847)

Situated on the west coast of Africa, Liberia was founded by the American Colonization Society (ACS), a controversial group of white Americans—including both slaveholders and abolitionists—who aimed to colonize Africa with freed slaves. ACS officials obtained Cape Mesurado in 1821, and the first African-American immigrants arrived a year later. By the 1840s, however, the ACS was facing bankruptcy, and Liberia became independent in 1847. What African country had Britain settled similarly? More… Discuss

this pressed: Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica


Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica.

The Doors – L.A Woman Album (make music part o your life series)


LA Woman is the sixth studio album by the American rock band The Doors, released in April 1971. Was the last album recorded by singer Jim Morrison who died París.En three months in 2003, Rolling Stone placed it at number 362 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all tiempos.Es an album almost exclusively of blues, a style which in previous work had not been more than an influence, although increasingly marked and already dominant in the previous “Morrison Hotel“.
00:00  The Changeling
04:21   Love Her Madly
07:43  Been Down So Long
12:23   Cars Hiss by My Window
16:36   LA Woman
24:28   L’America
29:08  Hyacinth House
32:20  Crawling King Snake
37:20  The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)
41:40  Riders On The Storm
48:53  Orange County Suite
54:38  (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further

Rosemary Thomas: Mendelssohn – Song Without Words – Sweet Remembrance Op. 19 No. 1 (make music part of your life series)


Rosemary Thomas: Mendelssohn – Song Without Words – Sweet Remembrance Op. 19 No. 1

 

this pressed: Illegal Immigrant “Children” Include MS-13 Gang Members


 

Illegal Immigrant “Children” Include MS-13 Gang Members.

The Lincoln Cent


The Lincoln Cent

When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition. Sculptor Victor David Brenner was invited to participate in the formulation of the new design when which president chose him for the commission? More… Discuss

Central America Unaccompanied Child: Migration United Nations Report


Central America Unaccompanied Child Migration

Aaron Copland. The Red Pony. Dream March and Circus Music. New Philharmonia (make music part of your life series)


Aaron Copland. The Red Pony. Dream March and Circus Music. New Philharmonia

Dream march and circus music from: “The Red Pony” – Suite from the film by the american composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990) performed by the New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer.

quotation: Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)


quotation: Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)


Raymond Chandler (1888)

Chandler was an American novelist who had an immense impact on the detective genre. His well-plotted and brutally realistic novels, among them The Big Sleep, depict the seedy lowlife of Los Angeles and feature Philip Marlowe, a hard-boiled yet honorable private detective who became the prototype for the tough-guy private eye of many subsequent American detective novels. Before beginning his fiction writing career in the 1930s, Chandler held an executive position in what industry? More… Discuss

word: profligate


profligate 

Definition: (adjective) Shamelessly immoral or debauched.
Synonyms: degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, libertine, riotous, fast
Usage: We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word; that he has neither integrity nor honor; that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating. Discuss.

today’s birthday: Oscar de la Renta (1932)


Oscar de la Renta (1932)

A Dominican-born American fashion designer, de la Renta has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1960s. His designs encompass everything from bathing suits to wedding dresses, furs, perfumes, and linens, and he is known for his luxurious ready-to-wear fashions. After studies in Santo Domingo and Madrid, he began his career as staff designer for leading couturier Cristobal Balenciaga. He then moved to New York to design for Elizabeth Arden, following whose advice? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: British Columbia Joins Confederation of Canada (1871)


British Columbia Joins Confederation of Canada (1871)

In the years leading up to British Columbia’s entrance into the Confederation of Canada, a series of gold rushes prompted financial crises in the region as well as fears that the US might attempt to annex the British colony. In 1871, British Columbia became the Confederation’s sixth province, strengthening Canada’s hand in international trade. In return, Canada assumed a large portion of the province’s debt. What is the meaning of British Columbia’s Latin motto, “Splendor sine occasu”? More…

Nocturne – Antonin Dvořák Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48 (make music part of your life series)


Antonin Dvořák: Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48
Bernhard Güller: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Moonlight Classics

quotation: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson


This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

today’s holiday: Feast of Our Lady of Carmel


Feast of Our Lady of Carmel

Our Lady of Carmel (the Madonna del Carmine) is the patroness of the city of Naples, Italy. Her festival is celebrated with dancing, singing, and magnificent fireworks displays. Brightly decorated wax replicas of human body parts used to be sold at booths near the church, and people suffering from various physical ailments appealed to the Madonna to restore their health by offering her these replicas of the diseased portions of their bodies. Her feast is also observed by Italian Americans in the United States. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Trygve Lie (1896)


Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie’s resignation in 1952? More… Discuss

Football War Breaks Out in Honduras (1969)


Football War Breaks Out in Honduras (1969)

The Football War was a four-day war fought between El Salvador and Honduras. Though political tensions between Hondurans and Salvadorans were the main factors contributing to the war’s outbreak, hostility between the two countries was further inflamed by rioting when they met during a qualifying round for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Though short-lived, the war claimed thousands of lives and displaced several hundred thousand people. When did the two nations finally sign a peace treaty? More… Discuss

virtual solar systems (my art collection)


virtual solar systems

virtual solar systems

make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

 

this pressed: Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica


 

Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica.

today’s birthday: John Jacob Astor (1864)


John Jacob Astor (1864)

Astor was a financier and inventor. A man of many talents, he made a fortune in real estate, built the Astoria Hotel, invented a bicycle brake and a turbine engine, and wrote the science-fiction novel A Journey in Other Worlds about life on the planets Saturn and Jupiter. His second marriage to the much younger Madeleine Talmage Force caused a scandal, and the two took an extended honeymoon abroad to wait out the controversy. On their return trip, Astor was killed in what disaster? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Blackout Engulfs New York City (1977)


Blackout Engulfs New York City (1977)

The New York City blackout of 1977 came at a low point in New York history, when the city was facing a financial crisis and being terrorized by the “Son of Sam” murderer. The blackout lasted only one night, but when it was over, a record 3,776 people had been arrested, and looting, vandalism, and arson had caused an estimated $300 million worth of damage. The chain of events that sparked the blackout began when the power failed in Westchester County. What caused this initial power failure? More… Discuss

WHO Launches Program to Eliminate TB in 33 Rich Countries


WHO Launches Program to Eliminate TB in 33 Rich Countries

The burden of tuberculosis falls most heavily on poor countries, but the World Health Organization is hoping that programs targeting tuberculosis in wealthy nations will serve as a model that harder-hit countries will later be able to implement. Thirty-three rich countries are included in the new plan to reduce the tuberculosis infection rate 10-fold by 2035 and effectively eliminate it by 2050. Currently, these countries see about 155,000 new cases of tuberculosis each year, 10,000 of which prove fatal. More… Discuss

word: intransigent


intransigent 

Definition: (adjective) Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
Synonyms: adamant, inexorable, adamantine
Usage: My father is an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency. Discuss.

myStory: Regina Spektor


Russian-born Jewish singer-songwriter Regina Spektor reflects on her immigration to New York in 1989–from the fantasies she and her cousin had about moving to the tropics to the realities of adjusting to life in the Bronx, where their new Jewish community became an extension of her family.

Regina came to the United States through HIAS, an organization that rescues, resettles, and reunites vulnerable refugees. Her interview is part of HIAS’ myStory project; view more videos at http://www.myStory.hias.org.

today’s holiday: Moxie Festival


Moxie Festival

Moxie, originally a nerve tonic, was invented in 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine. In 1884 it became a carbonated beverage whose main ingredient was gentian root. The Moxie Festival in Lisbon, Maine, began as an autograph session for Frank Potter, the author of The Moxie Mystique, in 1982. Within a few years the event had grown to include a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, craft fair, and firemen’s muster. Although Moxie is no longer widely available, the drink can still be found in Maine, where it is quite popular. About 10,000 people attend the festival each year. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Medal of Honor Authorized by US Congress (1862)


Medal of Honor Authorized by US Congress (1862)

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the US. It is presented by the president for “gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of…life above and beyond the call of duty” while engaged in an action against an enemy. Members of all branches of the US military are eligible to receive the medal, but each branch has its own special design. The Philadelphia Mint designed the medal, which was first awarded during the Civil War. How many soldiers have received the medal twice? More… Discuss

word: cantankerous


cantankerous 

Definition: (adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms: bloody-minded
Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord. Discuss.

make music part of your life series: Carl Nielsen – Aladdin Suite, FS. 89 (1919)


Carl Nielsen – Aladdin Suite,
FS. 89 (1919)

Herbert Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony
I. Oriental Festive March 02.57
II. Aladdin’s Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist 02.48, 02:58
III. Hindu Dance 02.21, 05:46
IV. Chinese Dance 03.27, 08:08
V. The Marketplace in Ispahan 04.22, 11:36
VI. Dance of the Prisoners 03.32, 16:14
VII. Negro Dance 04.33, 19:46

The weather is like the government, always in the wrong. Jerome K. Jerome (three men in a boat)


The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

this day in the yersteryear: The Bahamas Gain Independence from the British Commonwealth (1973)


 

The Bahamas Gain Independence from the British Commonwealth (1973)

 

English: Reception of the American Loyalists b...

English: Reception of the American Loyalists by Great Britain in the Year 1783. Engraving by H. Moses after Benjamin West. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bahama Islands became a British colony in the 18th century, when they were a haven for pirates such as Blackbeard. After the American Revolution, many Loyalists settled there, bringing slaves to labor on cotton plantations. Later, during the prohibition era in the US, the Bahamas became a base for rum-running. It was not until 1973 that the islands became a sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations. What happened to the native tribe that Columbus first encountered there in 1492? More… Discuss

 

this pressed: U.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times


Immigrant childrenU.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times.

this day in the yesteryear: The Great Train Wreck (1918)


 

English: Great train wreck of 1918

English: Great train wreck of 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


The Great Train Wreck (1918)

 

 

 

During the morning rush hour of July 9, 1918, Nashville, Tennessee, became the site of one of the deadliest rail accidents in US history. The head-on collision between two passenger trains killed 101 people and injured 171. Many of the victims were laborers traveling to work at a gunpowder plant outside of Nashville. Both trains were traveling at about 60 mph (96.5 km/h) upon impact, and the sound of the crash could be heard as far as two miles (3.2 km) away. What caused the collision? More… Discuss

 

 

 

word: garrulous


garrulous

Definition: (adjective) Given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk.
Synonyms: chatty, gabby, loquacious, talkative, talky
Usage: One day the elder Pokrovski came to see us, and chattered in a brisk, cheerful, garrulous sort of way. Discuss.

make music part of your life series: Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.


Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.

 

make music part of your life series: Sergei Rachmaninoff – Études-Tableaux, Op. 39


Sergei RachmaninoffÉtudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

N. Lugansky, piano

Rachmaninoff, in his later years, toured the U...

Rachmaninoff, in his later years, toured the United States extensively, and became an American citizen shortly before his death. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No. 1, in C minor
No. 2, in A minor
No. 3, in F sharp minor
No. 4, in B minor
No. 5, in E flat minor
No. 6, in A minor
No. 7, in C minor
No. 8, in D minor
No. 9, in D major

 

 

today’s birthday: Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin (1838)


 

Italiano: Descrizione: Ferdinand Graf von Zepp...

Italiano: Descrizione: Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin Fonte: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/photodraw/portraits/zeppelin.jpg licenza: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin (1838)

 

Zeppelin began working with balloons for human transport as an observer during the American Civil War. In 1891, he retired from the Prussian army to devote himself to building motor-driven airships. Zeppelin invented the first rigid airship in 1900, but the experiment exhausted his funds. Luckily, public opinion was so strongly in favor of his airship project that donations largely financed his future work. Whom did his granddaughter later threaten to sue for sullying her family’s name? More… Discuss

 

word: banality


banality 

Definition: (noun) The condition or quality of being banal; triviality.
Synonyms: unoriginality, predictability, dullness, ordinariness, staleness, vapidity, triteness
Usage: My friends pursued their course with uneventfulness; they had no longer any surprises for me; even their love-affairs had a tedious banality. Discuss.

make music part of your life series: Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) Ennio Morricone 2002 Arena Concert


Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) Ennio Morricone 2002 Arena Concert

The Mission (1986 film)

 
The Mission
The mission.jpg

Original movie poster
Directed by Roland Joffé
Produced by Fernando Ghia
David Puttnam
Written by Robert Bolt
Starring Robert De Niro
Jeremy Irons
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Jim Clark
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • 16 May 1986

(Cannes)

  • 31 October 1986

(United States)

Running time 126 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £16,498,000[1]
Box office $17,218,023 (United States)

 

English: Ennio Morricone at the Cannes film fe...

English: Ennio Morricone at the Cannes film festival Français : Ennio Morricone au festival de Cannes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mission is a 1986 British drama film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. The film was written by Robert Bolt and directed by Roland Joffé. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson. It won the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In April 2007, it was elected number one on the Church Times‘s Top 50 Religious Films list.[2] The music, scored by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, ranked 1st on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s (ABC) Classic 100 Music in the Movies.

we’re blessed, poetic thought by George-B (©Always) (the smudge and other poems)


we’re blessed, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)

The snow is melting on Kilimanjaro,
The snow is melting everywhere else
The water levels are rising, and they will continue to
Water cannot escape the earth, the air is captive:
We are lucky that way…
we’re blessed.

this day in history


Lead Story
Building of Hoover Dam begins, 1930
American Revolution
Battle of Hubbardton, 1777
Automotive
Stock car driver Kenny Irwin Jr. dies in crash, 2000
Civil War
Kit Carson’s campaign against the Indians, 1863
Cold War
Samantha Smith leaves for visit to the USSR, 1983
Crime
Mary Surratt is first woman executed by U.S. federal government, 1865
Disaster
Tanker accident causes deadly fire, 1987
General Interest
The impeachment of Senator Blount, 1797
U.S. occupies Iceland, 1941
Female cadets enrolled at West Point, 1976
O’Connor nominated to Supreme Court, 1981
Terrorists attack London transit system at rush hour, 2005
Hollywood
Johnny Depp stars in second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, 2006
Literary
Birthday of Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, Dr. Watson, 1852
Music
“The Stripper,” by David Rose, becomes the #1 pop hit in America, 1962
Old West
Warren Earp killed in Arizona, 1900
Presidential
Future President Jimmy Carter marries, 1946
Sports
Jim Thorpe begins Olympic triathlon, 1912
Vietnam War
China announces it will provide aid to Hanoi, 1955
New ambassador arrives in Saigon, 1964
First U.S. troops withdrawn from South Vietnam, 1969
World War I
British Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps is officially established, 1917
World War II
Himmler decides to begin medical experiments on Auschwitz prisoners, 1942

word: cacophony


cacophony 

Definition: (noun) Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance.
Synonyms: blare, blaring, clamor, din
Usage: I heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam. Discuss.

a history lesson: American Empire


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