Fabulous Performances: Sayaka Shoji – Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto in D major op.35 (YouTube Viral – 2,429,203 [posted: Oct 14, 2011]


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Sayaka Shoji is the first Japanese and youngest winner at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.
She was born into an artistic family and spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004. Her other teachers have included Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz.

Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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New at euzicasa: Valentina Lisitsa – Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 12



[Quelle: Servus TV]

“The summer has finally arrived to Paris: balmy 30 degrees, sweaty tourists…. It is even more amazing that the moment music begins sounding all those people who a minute ago were hurrying along busily , those people suddenly stop in their tracks and dive into the magic of sound, like it was a cool pool. Enjoy this short report for http://www.streetpianos.com and next time you suddenly hear piano sounds on a hot summer day on a street – it’s not an aural mirage , it’s for real – come and join in !” Continue reading

WordPress.com: Should “Settings” Be Your Choice? (Please take part in this important survey)


I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.

In today’s world ,  I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.  

At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.

I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).

Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow): 

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:

“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”

Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting! 

Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why

Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!

Phylospher's Stone

Phylospher’s Stone CURSING AND PROFANITY

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Hello World!


Air bridge overheadWelcome to: euzicasa.wordpress.com 

        This website is about art, artists and the way some of them  have influenced my whole life.
If at times the content may seem nostalgic, is only when it resonate in quality, in message and in power to influence human knowledge of one’s feelings.
        I am reminded of the little time we have to meditate upon the beauty around us, in an infinity of forms.
It is a duty, I think to share values, like leaflets over a monotonous life, and troubled civilization, away from the roll of coins that cannot buy neither a soul, nor that which makes us human.
        So happy trails, and I hope you too will find something in theses pages that you’ll like to share with others.

Thank You Friends,

George. Continue reading

Danee Robinson – Debussy’s 1883 “Mandoline”, L 29 (The poem of Paul Verlaine)



Danee Robinson is gifted with a pure, soprano angelic voice. She is an evolving presence in the world of classical music, and is getting more and more attention in the world of music, from an ever larger audience. 

How to describe in words her presence in the universe that’s larger than any imagination, the universe of music:

‘I am therefore I sing’

I feel  her  message  throughout her musical career, in her album “Canto di Gioia” (Song of Joy) on stage, and in this beautiful interpretation of “Mandoline”, composed by Claude Debussy, in 1883, for piano and soloist on the poem of Paul Verlaine. A composition exuding youth, and its capacity of playfulness, freedom and happyness…Of love everlasting. Continue reading

Watch “A River Runs Through It : Theme Tune” on YouTube


Watch “A River Runs Through It – best moment” on YouTube


A river runs thru it: Fai una scorta di pensieri positivi e inizia questa giornata con ottimismo. Dal web Buongiorno!


Fai una scorta di pensieri positivi e inizia questa giornata con ottimismo.
Dal web

Buongiorno!

Fai una scorta di pensieri positivi e inizia questa giornata con ottimismo. Dal web

Buongiorno!

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

Watch “Richard Clayderman – Ballade Pour Adeline” on YouTube


Trump blasts Germany while making case for US immigration policy – AOL News


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Trump blasts Germany while making case for US immigration policy

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LISA LAMBERT
Jun 18th 2018 10:59AM

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump blamed migrants in Europe for violently changing the culture and for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany as he sought on Monday to defend his administration’s widely criticized policy on illegal immigration.

Immigration activists, medical professionals, religious leaders, Democrats and some in Trump’s own Republican Party have condemned his administration for separating nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border between mid-April and the end of May.

Administration officials have defended the tactic as necessary to secure the border and suggested it would act as a deterrent to illegal immigration – which Trump has long made a key goal of his presidency.

In the face of criticism, which on Sunday included protests at immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas and a sharply worded message from former first lady Laura Bush, Trump responded with a series of Twittter messages on Monday.

SEE ALSO: ‘It is immoral’: Former first lady Laura Bush criticizes the separation of migrant children from their parents

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!” he tweeted.

“We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”

In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

Trump has previously falsely accused Democrats for creating the need for the family-separation policy. He has said their support for passage of a broader immigration bill would end the separations.

In another tweet on Monday, Trump said Democrats were “weak and ineffective with Boarder (sic) Security and Crime.”

“Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!” he said.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Field Office Director Jorge Field (L), 53, arrests an Iranian immigrant in San Clemente, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH “NICHOLSON ARREST” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Field Office Director Jorge Field, 53, arrests an Iranian immigrant in San Clemente, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH “NICHOLSON ARREST” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Field Office Director Jorge Field (R), 53, arrests Mexican national Adalberto Magana-Gonzalez, 44, in San Clemente, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH “NICHOLSON ARREST” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. on February 9, 2017. Picture taken on February 9, 2017. Courtesy Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on February 7, 2017. Picture taken on February 7, 2017. Courtesy Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer helps out a few boys who are trying to make phone calls as they are joined by hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children that are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona June 18, 2014. CBP provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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Migrants, consisting of mostly women and children, disembark from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Arizona May 29, 2014. Local media reported that ICE had been releasing migrants who pose no security risk at Greyhound bus stations in Tuscon and Phoenix due to a lack of manpower, and those released have to make their own way to their declared U.S. destinations and are required to report to a local ICE office within 15 days. REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers arrive to a Flatbush Gardens home in search of an undocumented immigrant on April 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York is considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officer brings an undocumented immigrant into an ICE processing center on April 11, 2018 at the U.S. Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. ICE detentions are especially controversial in New York, considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officer interviews an immigrant at an ICE processing center after officers arrested her on April 11, 2018 inside the U.S. Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. ICE detentions are frequently controversial in New York, considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers prepare for morning operations to arrest undocumented immigrants on April 11, 2018 in New York City. New York is considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers look to arrest an undocumented immigrant during an operation in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 11, 2018 in New York City. New York is considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers depart after an operation to arrest an wanted undocumented immigrant on April 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York is considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), security officers watch over undocumented immigrant at an ICE processing center on April 11, 2018 at the U.S. Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. ICE detentions are especially controversial in New York, considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers arrive to a Flatbush Gardens home in search of a wanted undocumented immigrant on April 11, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York is considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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A security officer looks out of a window at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Washington DC on October 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A police officer and a security officer look on at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Washington DC on October 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 11: A law enforcement officer walks past ICE logo ahead of a press conference on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers search undocumented immigrants after detaining them in raids and bringing them to an ICE processing center on April 11, 2018 at the U.S. Federal Building in lower Manhattan, New York City. ICE detentions are especially controversial in New York, considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers stage a raid to arrest an undocumented immigrant in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 11, 2018 in New York City. ICE detentions are frequently controversial in New York, considered a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants, and ICE receives little or no cooperation from local law enforcement. ICE said that officers arrested 225 people for violation of immigration laws during the 6-day operation, the largest in New York City in recent years. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Trump’s tweet about Germany referred to a political dispute over immigration that is threatening German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition.

Her open-door migrant policy is widely blamed for the rise of the right-wing AfD, now the main opposition party in Germany’s federal parliament. More than 1.6 million migrants, mostly Muslims fleeing wars in the Middle East, have arrived in Germany since 2014.

Contrary to Trump’s assertion, crime has fallen off dramatically in Germany, with the country’s internal ministry reporting last month that criminal offenses in Germany totaled 5.76 million in 2017, the lowest number since 1992, leading to the lowest crime rate for the country in more than 30 years.

Laura Bush, married to the last Republican president before Trump, took the highly unusual step of publishing a Father’s Day op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday, in which she said “this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” (Reporting by Lisa Lambert Editing by Frances Kerry)

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The white whale


The white whale

The white whale

My pot with flowers today


My pot with flowers today

My pot with flowers today

Everliving music : Watch “Rachmaninov/Respighi: 5 Études-tableaux (P. 160) (1930)” on YouTube


Ah Sunday…


Ah Sunday.

Ah Sunday…

Bună dimineața !


Bună dimineața!

Bună dimineața!

Today’s Holiday: Saigusa Matsuri


Today’s Holiday:
Saigusa Matsuri

For hundreds of years the citizens of Nara, Japan, have searched the surrounding mountains for lilies, gathering them each summer in preparation for the Lily Festival at the Isagawa Shrine. A Shinto priest carries a large bundle of flowers to the altar as an offering. Then the seven women perform a special dance in which they wave lily stalks in a motion designed to ward off the problems brought on by the wet weather typical this time of year. Afterwards, the lilies are mounted on a float and taken out in a procession through the streets of Nara, where it is believed that they will purify the air. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Edward I of England, AKA Edward Longshanks (1239)


Today’s Birthday:
Edward I of England, AKA Edward Longshanks (1239)

Edward became king upon the death of his father, Henry III, in 1272 but was not crowned until he returned from a crusade two years later. His 35-year reign was characterized by constant warfare, including long and costly campaigns to conquer Wales and Scotland. It was a struggle to fund these endeavors, and he did so, in part, by exploiting the Jews under his rule. Finally, in 1290, he expelled them from England and seized their property. For how long did his Edict of Expulsion remain in effect? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Last Dusky Seaside


This Day in History:
Last Dusky Seaside

Sparrow Dies in Captivity (1987)
Thousands of dusky seaside sparrows once inhabited the natural salt marshes around Merritt Island and the area along the St. Johns River in southern Florida. The non-migratory birds lived exclusively in this small area, and this proved to be their undoing. From the 1940s onward, pesticides, pollution, and habitat loss caused the subspecies’ population to decline precipitously. By 1979, just six males remained. Why were the remaining birds eventually relocated to Walt Disney World theme park? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Sun Tzu


Quote of the Day:
Sun Tzu

There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Gila Monster


Article of the Day:
The Gila Monster

Named for the Gila River basin where it once abounded, the Gila monster is one of only two known species of venomous lizard. Found in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico, it averages 18 in (45 cm) in length, feeds on birds, mammals, and eggs, and uses its thick tail as a food reservoir. Though the Gila monster’s neurotoxic venom can be fatal, the lizard moves too slowly to present a serious threat to humans. A synthetic version of one of its salivary proteins may help treat what disease? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: have a mind like a sieve


Idiom of the Day:
have a mind like a sieve

To be exceptionally forgetful or absentminded. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: leave-taking


Word of the Day:
leave-taking

Definition: (noun) The act of departing politely.
Synonyms: parting, farewell
Usage: Captain Rawdon himself was much more affected at the leave-taking than the resolute little woman to whom he bade farewell.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

Edouard Leon Cortès


Edouard Leon Cortès was known for his idealized, Impressionistic scenes of Parisian streets and rural French villages. His work is one of the most sought after for that period by collectors from Europe and North America.

This beautiful scene depicting the Rue Royale in Paris is one perfect exemple of his mastery of perspective and lighting.

This piece comes from a collector in Montreal who bought it from the Johnson Gallery in Chicago (inventory number 1579).

Frase del giorno: Quello che fa di te una persona elegante…


Bonneval-Sur-Arc, Rhone-Alpes, France (photo by Senai Senna) via: https://bit.ly/2IMGpPf


Bonneval-Sur-Arc, Rhone-Alpes, France (photo by Senai Senna)
via: https://bit.ly/2IMGpPf

Bonneval-Sur-Arc, Rhone-Alpes, France (photo by Senai Senna) via: https://bit.ly/2IMGpPf

The Mourning Mary Magdalene by Colijn de Coter, ca. 1500-04 ”


The Mourning Mary Magdalene by Colijn de Coter, ca. 1500-04 ”

The Mourning Mary Magdalene by Colijn de Coter, ca. 1500-04 ”

Inside San Pietro Basilica, Vatican city.


Inside San Pietro Basilica, Vatican city.

Inside San Pietro Basilica, Vatican city.

Adevarul despre trecutul glorios al româniei!


Pe vremea aceea România Mare era o monarhie constituțională cu reputatie mondială o economie agrară dar dezvoltată cu reputația casei regale cu familie in intreaga lume civilizată…nu un rugat, condus de regățeni analfabeți si redusi mintali din naștere, hoți, mincinoși și bolșevici fără cei șapte ani de acasă…de aceea hierul bănățean si gălățean era folosit in lumea largă, ca și grânele si oloiul, potrolul ploieștean…far toate s-au dus de râpă cu nemernicia rusă sus-pusă, un neam fe slugoi, slavi, murdari, criminali și comuniști, pe care nu-i poate suferi lumea, nicăieri si niciodată!

A, da, si podețul de la Cernavodă tot cu hier românesc a fost construit ca si zecile de mii de drumuri de hier in toată România Mare!

Cu regățeni la putoare ce avem e puruci, lipitori, șobolani care au furat banii cu care ar fi trebuit sa fie construite auto-străzi (care, contrar numelui nu se costruiesc singure) 🙂

You protect your head with a helmet, but don’t forget to protect your skin from the elements too. #PedalPowerProtection http://bit.ly/2vsXzz7


You protect your head with a helmet, but don't forget to protect your skin from the elements too. #PedalPowerProtection http://bit.ly/2vsXzz7

You protect your head with a helmet, but don’t forget to protect your skin from the elements too. #PedalPowerProtection http://bit.ly/2vsXzz7

Dads, doggos, and dinos.. sounds like a perfect day to us! Celebrate Father’s Day at NHMLA this weekend! Dads get half off admission when they mention ‘Fathers Day’ at the door. 📷: @giulio_meliani #HowDoYouMuseum


Dads, doggos, and dinos.. sounds like a perfect day to us! Celebrate Father's Day at NHMLA this weekend! Dads get half off admission when they mention 'Fathers Day' at the door. 📷: @giulio_meliani #HowDoYouMuseum

Dads, doggos, and dinos.. sounds like a perfect day to us! Celebrate Father’s Day at NHMLA this weekend! Dads get half off admission when they mention ‘Fathers Day’ at the door. 📷: @giulio_meliani #HowDoYouMuseum

La cireșe. ..


La cireșe. ..

La cireșe. ..

Everliving music : Watch “Antonín Dvořák CZECH SUITE in D major Op.39, Jakub Hrůša” on YouTube


Today’s Holiday: Election of the Mayor of Ock Street


Today’s Holiday:
Election of the Mayor of Ock Street

During the 18th century, it was customary for the people of Abingdon to roast a black ox on St. Edmund of Abingdon’s Feast Day (June 19). In 1700 an argument arose during the ox roast over who would get the horns, and a man named Hemmings took possession of the horns. The crowd hailed him as the “Mayor of Ock Street.” Today, only people who live on Ock Street may vote for the mayor. The winner toasts his election by drinking from a special applewood chalice, and he is carried through the streets in a flower-decorated chair by the Abingdon Morris dancers. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: John Howard Griffin (1920)


Today’s Birthday:
John Howard Griffin (1920)

Griffin was an American author who darkened his white skin with medication and sunlamps in order to experience the racial segregation of the southern US. He described his experiences in his controversial 1961 book Black Like Me, which details his interactions with others—both white and black—and the problems he encountered while traveling and attempting to meet basic needs. It is often recounted that Griffin died from skin cancer resulting from his efforts to darken his skin. Is it true? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Soweto Riots (1976)


This Day in History:
The Soweto Riots (1976)

In 1974, the South African government passed a decree making it mandatory for black schools to split instruction between English and Afrikaans—a language that many associated with the segregationist apartheid government. Two years later, at least 10,000 people—most of them young students—marched to Orlando Stadium in the city of Soweto to protest the change. Violence erupted when police began firing shots, and the resulting Soweto Riots continued for months. How many died during the riots? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Charles Dickens


Quote of the Day:
Charles Dickens

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.

More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Ouzo


Article of the Day:
Ouzo

Ouzo is a clear, anise-flavored liqueur made exclusively in Greece. While some say that its name derives from the Turkish word üzüm—meaning grape—a popular anecdote claims that it actually comes from the Italian phrase uso Massalia, meaning “for use in Marseilles.” According to the story, the phrase became synonymous with “superior quality” after being stamped on crates of silkworm cocoons exported in the 19th century. Why does ouzo turn white when mixed with water or ice? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: mess of pottage


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Something of little, trivial, or no value but which appears to be attractive or valuable on first reckoning. An allusion to Esau in Genesis 25:29–32, who sells to Jacob his birthright to his family’s estate for a bowl of lentil stew (pottage). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: earsplitting


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Definition: (adjective) Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears.
Synonyms: deafening, thunderous
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Once Again, the UN Raises Its Anti-Semitic Head | The Stream (why is the USA PAYING so much money for a organization that sustains state terrorism?)


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By MICHAEL BROWN
June 15, 2018 • 1 Comment

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It’s one thing to bring fair criticisms against Israel. It’s another thing to single out Israel for unrelenting, biased, and unfair criticism. And when someone constantly treats Israel unfairly and brings false accusations against the nation, that goes beyond anti-Zionism. It crosses the line into anti-Semitism. The UN has crossed that line time and time again.

Total Distortion
As noted by Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini, “There is a place, indeed a vital place, for publicizing facts and advancing criticism. The problem lies in maintaining a sense of proportion. When the loaded term of opprobrium ‘apartheid’ is regularly attached to garden-variety cases of discrimination, when the various organs of the United Nations condemn Israel more than any other state in the world, when Amnesty International and other bodies zero in on Israel more than on any other country — the result is total distortion.”

And that total distortion has deadly consequences.

Resolutions Against Israel
Regarding the UN, Yemini notes that “in 2012, the UN General Assembly passed 22 resolutions against Israel, in contrast to four against the rest of the world. In 2015, the General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism — and only three resolutions regarding the rest of the world combined.

“As of 2010, since its inception in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted 33 resolutions against specific countries, of which 27 were against Israel. In 2013, the Council adopted 25 resolutions, four for all the other countries in the world and 21 against Israel.

“Hundreds of thousands of people around the world were victims of tyrannical regimes, and countless massacres and pogroms were committed. Israel did not commit even a fraction of these misdeeds, but it has been condemned more than any other country, perhaps more than all other countries combined” (Industry of Lies: Media, Academia, and the Israeli-Arab Conflict).

This has been the UN’s pattern for decades. And it was not about to break form this week, when it passed yet another anti-Israel resolution.

One-Sided Vote
This time the UN condemned Israel for “excessive use of force” against Gazan border protesters. It failed even to mention the provocations of Hamas terrorists. The vote was 120 nations for, 8 nations against, and 45 abstaining.

As reported by the Washington Post, “The U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and deploring its ‘excessive use of force,’ after narrowly rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

“The votes reflected wide concern in the 193-member world body that the resolution sponsored by Arab and Islamic nations was one-sided and failed to even mention Hamas, which has fired over 100 rockets at Israel.”

Unpeaceful Protests

But Hamas not only fired rockets at Israel. It rallied tens of thousands of protesters whose goal was to break down the boundary fence and attack and kill Israelis. In the words of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, “We will take down Israel’s border and tear out Israeli hearts from their bodies.” Those sound like violent, fighting words to me.

In truth, these were anything but peaceful protests, and Israel did its level best to stop the violence before it happened. As noted by the Jerusalem Institute for Justice:

The Hamas terror

organization led another round of its confrontation campaign from Gaza against Israel. Orchestrated by Hamas, approximately 40,000 rioters gathered at the border and several thousand tried to storm into Israel at 13 locations.
The rioters hurled firebombs and explosive devices, burned tires, threw rocks and launched flaming objects with the intention of igniting fires in Israeli territory, breaking into Israeli villages, and harming Israeli security officers.
Israel made relentless efforts to prevent the masses from violently breaching the border. These included early warnings (by leaflets, direct phone calls, on radio and social media), as well as the use of non-lethal means (water cannons, tear gas, smoke grenades, rubber bullets).
Inflamed and violent crowds cannot be allowed to storm the border fence, opening a way to infiltrate into Israeli towns and threaten Israeli civilians.
But when it comes to Israel and the UN, there is only one side. It’s the anti-Israel side, which is often a close neighbor to the anti-Semitic side. Israel (= the Jewish nation) is always in the wrong.

The U.S. Response
Thankfully, under the Trump administration, and with the able leadership of Ambassador Nikki Haley, there has been a vigorous response to UN bias. As Haley remarked after the vote, “In the face of Hamas terrorists routinely inciting violence, firing over a hundred rockets into Israeli communities, and even attacking the crossing point that brings humanitarian supplies into Gaza, today the UN made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel’s fault.”

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, shared similar sentiments. “The hypocrisy of the General Assembly,” he noted, “knows no bounds as anti-Israel elements deceitfully blocked the condemnation of Hamas, a murderous terrorist organization. This was a badge of shame for the UN.”

The good news (what little good news there is after this latest fiasco) is that there was a strong effort to single out Hamas for its terrorist activities. However, the US-led effort did not pass. Still, as Haley noted, “a plurality of 62 countries voted in favor of the U.S.-led effort to address Hamas’s responsibility for the disastrous conditions in Gaza. We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side.”

That, for sure, is a positive sign. Forgive me, though, if I’m not holding my breath, expecting the UN to turn on a dime and begin to treat Israel fairly. Past history gives me cause to remain skeptical.

I would love to be proven wrong.
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President Trump tweeted: Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!


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Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!

White House aides reportedly tried to ignore Trump’s request to set up a meeting with Putin – AOL News


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White House aides reportedly tried to ignore Trump’s request to set up a meeting with Putin
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President Donald Trump reportedly asked aides to set up a US-Russia summit after an informal chat with Vladimir Putin in November.
Top aides from the National Security Council reportedly sidelined Trump’s request by ignoring and waiting to see if he brought the subject again.
Trump has been criticized for his outreach to Russia, particularly after the Obama administration severed US-Russian ties following Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
Trump is reportedly expected to meet Putin during the NATO summit in July.
Top aides from the National Security Council reportedly sidelined President Donald Trump’s request for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by ignoring and waiting to see if he brought the subject again, according to a Washington Post report published on Friday.

Trump privately asked aides to set up a US-Russia meeting after an informal chat with Putin during the the Asia-Pacific summit at Vietnam in November, US officials said. Trump shook hands and spoke briefly with Putin.

“After that meeting, the president said he wanted to invite Putin to the White House,” one official said to The Post. “We ignored it.”

National Security Council aides were reportedly hesitant to oblige that request, and decided to “wait and see if he raises it again,” an official told The Post.

Trump has been criticized for his outreach to Russia before, during, and after his 2016 election, because of that country’s role in meddling with the US electorate via elaborate influence campaigns on social media. In March, public backlash was especially fierce after Trump called Putin to congratulate him on his reelection victory, a move that Trump’s aides advised against. Some lawmakers sought to remind Trump that elections aren’t exactly fair in Russia.

“I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also),” Trump claimed in a tweet following the widespread rebuke.

Trump is expected to meet Putin for the NATO summit in July, several officials said to The Post. On Friday, Trump told reporters that a summit with Putin could be “possible.”

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Jun 14th 2018 3:01PM

NEW YORK, June 14 (Reuters) – New York state’s highest court on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest bid to avoid potentially having to answer questions under oath in a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his television show “The Apprentice.”

The state’s Court of Appeals dismissed Trump’s request to halt Summer Zervos’ lawsuit for calling her a liar after she accused him of sexual misconduct.

It said the underlying ruling from which Trump was appealing was not a final ruling, warranting the appeal’s dismissal.

Trump and his lawyer Marc Kasowitz have argued that the U.S. Constitution deprives state courts of jurisdiction over sitting presidents and that Trump is immune from lawsuits over private conduct predating his entering the White House.

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Thursday’s order marked the third time Trump failed to end Zervos’ lawsuit or at least delay it until after he left office.

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Emily Thall, a spokeswoman for Kasowitz, said Thursday’s order was on “purely procedural grounds” and did not address the merits of Trump’s case.

Mariann Wang, a lawyer for Zervos, said: “We look forward to continuing the discovery process and exposing the truth.”

Zervos, an “Apprentice” contestant in 2005, accused Trump of kissing her against her will at a 2007 meeting in New York and later groping her at a Beverly Hills hotel.

She came forward in October 2016, the month before Trump was elected, and soon after the release of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording in which Trump spoke in vulgar terms about women.

Several women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or having had affairs with them. Trump has denied wrongdoing.

At a June 5 hearing, Justice Jennifer Schecter of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan set a Jan. 31, 2019 deadline for the completion of depositions in the Zervos case, without directing that Trump be questioned.

Kasowitz said at the hearing he might ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Trump can be sued in state court. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York Editing by Tom Brown )

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US returns stolen 525-year-old Columbus letter to Vatican – AOL News


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VATICAN CITY, June 14 (Reuters) – A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts.

“We are returning it to its rightful owner,” said U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, at a handover ceremony in a frescoed room of the Vatican Library, which houses tens of thousands of rare, historic items.

While still at sea returning to Europe in February, 1493 – four months after discovering the New World – Columbus penned a letter to Spain’s monarchs describing what he had found and laying the groundwork for his request to fund another voyage.

His original letter was written in Spanish. A Latin translation was manually printed in several copies and they became the main vehicle for spreading news of his find to the royal courts of Europe and the papacy.

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A book published in 1493 of a Latin translation by Leandro di Cosco of the letter by Christopher Columbus describing his discoveries in the Americas, which was stolen from the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona and sold for approximately $1 million U.S. dollars is shown in this photo provided June 6, 2018. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will return the letter to Spain after an investigation by ICE� Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in coordination with the U.S. Attorney� Office for the District of Delaware led to the recovery of the stolen letter. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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One of the Latin letters, printed in Rome by Stephan Plannack in 1493, found its way into the Vatican Library. Known as the Columbus Letter, it is made up of eight pages, each about 18.5 cm by 12 cm.

But in 2011, an American expert in rare manuscripts received a Columbus letter for authentication and deemed it to be original.

The year before, the same expert had studied a Columbus Letter in the Vatican Library and suspected that it was a fake because, among other factors, its stitching marks did not match up with those on the binding.

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The letter in the United States, however, matched up perfectly to the binding marks of the leather cover of the letter he had studied in the Vatican.

The expert, who was not identified, notified Homeland Security art investigators, who began working quietly with Vatican inspectors and rare books experts.

They concluded that at some time after the authentic eight-page letter became part of the Vatican Library, someone took it out of its binding and replaced it with a forgery so good that no-one noticed.

“We do not know exactly when the substitution took place. We will probably never know who the forger was,” said Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, the Vatican’s chief archivist and librarian.

Homeland Security agents, who were present at Thursday’s handover, and their Vatican counterparts, coordinated the examination of the letters by other experts, including some at Princeton University.

Their investigations determined that the authentic Columbus letter had been sold to a New York book dealer by Marino Massimo De Caro, who Homeland Security defined as a “notorious Italian book thief.”

He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Italy for the theft of some 4,000 ancient books and manuscripts from Italian libraries and private collections.

The authentic letter was purchased in 2004 by the late American collector David Parsons for $875,000. After the investigations, his widow agreed to voluntarily return the letter to the Vatican Library.

The letter is now worth about $1.2 million, officials at the handover ceremony said.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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China to impose 25 percent tariffs on 659 US goods worth $50 billion
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BEIJING, June 16 (Reuters) – China will impose additional 25 percent tariffs on 659 U.S. goods worth $50 billion in response to the U.S. announcement that it will levy tariffs on Chinese imports, the Chinese commerce ministry said.

Tariffs on $34 billion of U.S. goods including agricultural products such as soybeans will take effect from July 6, the ministry said. Soybeans are China’s biggest import from the United States by value.

The tariffs will also be applied to autos and aquatic products, the ministry said.

The list of 659 U.S. goods was longer than a preliminary list of 106 goods published by the commerce ministry in April, although the value of products affected remained unchanged at $50 billion.

Aircraft, included in the earlier Chinese list, were not on the revised list.

The effective date of the tariffs on the remaining $16 billion of U.S. goods will be announced later, according to the commerce ministry. Among the affected $16 billion in U.S. goods include crude oil, natural gas, coal and some refined oil products.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump said the tariffs would be imposed on a list of strategically important imports from China. He also vowed further measures if Beijing struck back.

“The U.S. has ignored China’s resolute opposition and solemn representation, and has insisted on adopting behaviors that violate WTO rules,” China’s commerce ministry said.

“This is a violation of the legitimate rights and interests that China is entitled to according to WTO rules, and is a threat to China’s economic interest and security.”

(Reporting by Ryan Woo and Stella Qiu; editing by David Evans)

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Today’s Holiday: Magna Carta Day


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The Magna Carta was the “great charter” of English liberties, which the tyrannical King John I was forced to sign on June 15, 1215. Although this day does not appear in the official calendar of any church, it is a day of great religious significance throughout the English-speaking world. One of the 48 personal rights and liberties guaranteed by the Magna Carta was freedom of worship; in fact, the opening words of the document were, “The Church of England shall be free.” It is regarded as one of the most important documents in the history of political and human freedom. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Ion Victor Antonescu (1882)


Today’s Birthday:
Ion Victor Antonescu (1882)

Antonescu was dictator of Romania during World War II when his country was part of the Axis. He had a close relationship with Adolf Hitler, who lauded the Romanian’s “breadth of vision.” Antonescu ordered the 1941 Odessa Massacre that claimed the lives of at least 25,000 Jews, though some estimates suggest an even higher death toll. In 1944, Antonescu was overthrown in a coup and later convicted of war crimes and executed. In his final letter to his wife, what did Antonescu encourage her to do? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Battle of Saipan Begins (1944)


This Day in History:
The Battle of Saipan Begins (1944)

With an approximate area of just 45 sq mi (117 sq km), the island of Saipan was the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. The US invasion in mid-June surprised the Japanese, who had expected an attack farther south. After a month of brutal fighting, the US captured Saipan and made the island a base for air attacks on the Japanese mainland. About 22,000 Saipan civilians—the majority of the population—died during the battle. Why did many commit suicide? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson


Quote of the Day:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.

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