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


SOLD OUT! UNFORTUNATELY THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN DESIGNATED PRIVATE STATUS ON/BY YOUTUBE, RENDERING THE VIDEO UNWATCHABLE: WAY TO GO!


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)

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)


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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

Rusia a declanșat IADUL împotriva Statului Islamic: Trupele speciale au masacrat jihadiștii – Stiri pe surse – Cele mai noi stiri


http://www.stiripesurse.ro/rusia-a-declan-at-iadul-impotriva-statului-islamic-trupele-speciale-au-masacrat-jihadi-tii_1135830.html

Ulița satului – Nicolae Enea


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Ulița satului – Nicolae Enea

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Sisters…


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UK to trial HPV vaccine in gay men but no plans yet for all boys | New Scientist


https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090811-uk-to-trial-hpv-vaccine-in-gay-men-but-no-plans-yet-for-all-boys/?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=SOC&utm_campaign=hoot&cmpid=SOC%7CNSNS%7C2016-GLOBAL-hoot

Mongol hordes gave up on conquering Europe due to wet weather | New Scientist


https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090335-mongol-hordes-gave-up-on-conquering-europe-due-to-wet-weather/

Watch “Bette Midler – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” on YouTube



BETTE MIDLER LYRICS
“I Think It’s Going To Rain Today”
(originally by Randy Newman)

Broken windows and empty hallways,
a pale lit moon in a sky streaked with grey.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it’s gonna rain today.

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles,
the frozen smiles to chase love away.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it’s gonna rain today.

Lonely, lonely.
Tin can at my feet,
I think I’ll kick it down the street.
That’s the way to treat a friend.

Right before me the signs implore me:
Help the needy and show them the way.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it’s gonna rain today.

Lonely, so lonely.
Tin can at my feet,
I think I’ll kick it down the street.
That’s the way to treat a friend.

Right before me the signs implore me:
Help the needy and show them the way.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it’s gonna rain today.

Love in wartime – here you’ll see twenty wartime pictures of emotional goodbyes….


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Love in wartime – here you’ll see twenty wartime pictures of emotional goodbyes and joyful greetings of loved ones coming back from war. Just prepare your tissues…

Valeriu Todiraşcu: CEL MAI NEGATIV IMPACT ASUPRA BUNĂSTĂRII CETĂȚENILOR IL ARE FURTUL ELECTORAL,


DISTRIBUIȚI!

CEL MAI NEGATIV IMPACT ASUPRA BUNĂSTĂRII CETĂȚENILOR IL ARE FURTUL ELECTORAL, generator de alegeri ilegitime prin falsificarea voturilor, obstrucționarea cetățenilor de a vota în cazul Dispora, a candidaților de a se înscrie în competiție și candida prin numărul uriaș de semnături necesare, desemnarea câștigătorilor în alegeri prin majorități relative într-un singur tur la locale și număr redus de mandate pentru Diaspora la parlamentare, 5 în loc de 46, care prin încălcarea legii privind norma de reprezentare schimbă ponderea majorităților care decid în Parlament, dezinformarea și blocarea informării alegătorilor privind datoriile la stat și condamnările penale ale candidaților, coruperea alegătorilor prin acordarea de bunuri și avantaje pentru votul lor, etc.

Boicotarea sistemului electoral întrunește majoritatea condițiilor politice necesare, dar nu este îmbrățișată de o coaliție de partide anti sistem (există?) care acum legitimează actualul sistem electoral bazat pe furt.

FURTUL ELECTORAL va legitima și genera restul tipurilor de furt din societate, care vor perpetua SĂRĂCIA CETĂȚENILOR ȘI SUBDEZVOLTAREA ȚĂRII prin corupția din partide și din stat, având ca țintă bugetul de stat și banii privați ai cetățenilor, prin legi scrise de către și pentru corupți, prin administrație păguboasă și prin impozite și taxe prohibitive.

Partidele noi, cele declarate anti sistem, trebuiau și puteau stopa această legitimare a furtului electoral, dar au ales să-l legitimeze, fapt ce va duce la propriul lor eșec în alegerile locale și care se va răsfrânge și asupra rezultatului lor în alegerile parlamentare.

Mulțumesc tuturor cetățenilor implicați, dar în special celui mai eficient dintre ei, domnului Liviu Avram, pentru exemplul dat în lupta împotriva legitimării FURTULUI ELECTORAL!

Melozzo nacque a Forlì nel 1438.


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Melozzo nacque a Forlì nel 1438.  Della sua prima formazione non sappiamo molto, se non che fu discepolo del giottesco Baldassarre Carrari il Vecchio. Certamente, a Forlì aveva fatto impressione, poi, anche l’opera di un altro discepolo di Giotto, Guglielmo degli Organi, che aveva affrescato, tra le altre cose, la chiesa di San Domenico. Possiamo anche pensare ad un ambiente forlivese dominato da Ansuino da Forlì, che aveva preso parte all’impresa della chiesa degli Eremitani a Padova, riportando a Forlì la maniera di Andrea Mantegna, da cui Melozzo derivò una linea tagliente e incisiva, l’uso degli scorci e l’attenzione all’espressività delle figure. Ebbe inoltre molta familiarità con Giovanni Santi, il padre di Raffaello.

Dal 1464 lavorò a Roma nella basilica di San Marco, inglobata, a partire dal XV secolo, in Palazzo Venezia, dipingendo gli affreschi con San Marco Papa e San Marco Evangelista.

Forse tra il 1464 e il 1465 collaborò con Antoniazzo Romano alla decorazione ad affresco della cappella Bessarione nella basilica dei Santi XII Apostoli, sempre a Roma. Dal 2008 gli affreschi sono nuovamente visibili.

Dal 1465 al 1475 fu a Urbino a contatto con l’opera di Piero della Francesca, di cui fu allievo riprendo l’impostazione monumentale della figure. La presenza di Melozzo ad Urbino lasciò una chiara influenza su Giusto di Gand, che vi giunse circa nel 1473, e su Pedro Berruguete, che vi arrivò dopo il 1474. Melozzo alla corte dei Montefeltro approfondì lo studio della prospettiva in senso illusionistico. A Urbino, si ritiene probabile, ma non certo, che abbia lavorato anche nella pittura dei ritratti di uomini illustri nello studiolo del Duca. In particolare, a Melozzo “probabilmente risaliva l’inquadratura architettonica della biblioteca e dello studiolo”.

Al Melozzo Carlo Grigioni attribuisce anche il Ritratto di Federico da Montefeltro col figlio Guidobaldo, dovuto, secondo altri, o a Giusto di Gand o a Pedro Berruguete.

Del periodo urbinate è la frammentaria tavola con il Salvator Mundi dove accanto alla fisionomia di tipo mantegnesco si nota nella resa monumentale delle figura l’influenza di Piero mentre il soggetto è tipicamente di origine fiamminga.

Tra il 1466 e il 1470 sono datati i due frammenti con Vergine annunciata e Angelo annunciante della Galleria degli Uffizi di Firenze.

Tra il 1484 e il 1493, ma secondo alcuni fra il 1477 e il 1479, realizzò l’affresco della cupola della sagrestia di San Marco nella basilica della Santa Casa di Loreto, commissionato dal cardinale Girolamo Basso della Rovere. È uno dei primi esempi di cupola decorata sia con figure sia con elementi architettonici, fortemente influenzata dalla Camera Picta di Andrea Mantegna: il progetto prevedeva di disporre una serie di figure all’interno del catino, scorciate per una corretta visione dal basso, e inserite in cornici con rilievi in finto stucco, in modo che l’architettura dipinta sembrasse la continuazione dell’architettura reale. Per lo scheletro architettonico dipinto, realizzò una serie di costoloni e cornici convergenti verso la sommità della cupola, che circondano finestre aperte su un cielo, entro le quali si trovano angeli con le ali spiegate, recanti simboli della Passione.

Alla base della cupola, sopra la terminazione del tamburo e sotto gli angeli, dipinse su ogni vela otto Profeti seduti su un cornicione dipinto e inclinati in avanti, verso il basso, in modo che i volti mostrino il lato inferiore. Verso la sommità della cupola melozzo dipinse un circolo di cherubini e serafini con al centro, sopra la testa dello spettatore, lo stemma del committente circondato da un festone.

Più che mai convincenti sono le figure sospese illusionisticamente nel vuoto, ricreate forse studiando dei modellini in cera sospesi con dei fili, magari riflessi in uno specchio posato per terra. Melozzo non aveva però ancora compreso, come fecero poi Raffaello (nella cappella Chigi a Santa Maria del Popolo) e Correggio (a Parma), che se la veduta dal basso era adeguata per le figure alla base della cupola, per quelle al centro era necessaria una veduta assiale.

Ad Ancona, nel 1493, realizzò la decorazione di alcuni soffitti del Palazzo Comunale, risistemato tra il 1447 ed il 1542 da Francesco di Giorgio Martini, (perduti).

Successivamente tornò a Forlì dove, in collaborazione con uno dei suoi migliori discepoli, Marco Palmezzano, decorò la Cappella Feo della chiesa di San Biagio (distrutta nei bombardamenti della Seconda guerra mondiale).

Nella Pinacoteca civica della città romagnola si conserva l’opera conosciuta come il Pestapepe, probabilmente eseguita per conto di un commerciante, forse come insegna dell’attività. A lungo attribuita all’autore forlivese, è stata posta in relazione con ambienti artistici ferraresi, forse opera di Francesco del Cossa.

Morì a Forlì nel 1494 e la sua tomba si trova all’interno della chiesa della Santissima Trinità.

Cabana Bâlea. MUNȚII FĂGĂRAŞ


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Lacul Bâlea este un lac glaciar (format în circ glaciar) situat la o altitudine de 2040 m, în Munții Făgăraș, Județul Sibiu. Dimensiunile lacului sunt: 360 m în lungime, suprafața de 46508 m2 și adâncimea de 11,35 m. În anul 1932 lacul Bâlea și o suprafață de circa 180 ha în jurul lacului au fost declarate rezervație științifică.

Lacul Bâlea se află la circa 77 km de la orașele Sibiu, 68 km Făgăraș și 85 km de la Curtea de Argeș. În timpul verii se poate ajunge cu automobilul, pe drumul Transfăgărășan, iar în restul timpului cu telecabina, de la cabana Bâlea Cascadă din apropierea cascadei Bâlea. În Munții Făgăraș se mai află și lacurile Capra, Podragu mic, Podragu Mare, Avrig, Urlea etc.

Alessandro Bonvicino (also Buonvicino) (c. 1498 – December 22, 1554), more commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia, Italian Renaissance painter of Brescia and Venice.


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Tobiolo e l’angelo coll. Privata.

Alessandro Bonvicino (also Buonvicino) (c. 1498 – December 22, 1554), more commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia, was an Italian Renaissance painter of Brescia and Venice.

He was born at Rovato, in Brescian territory, and studied first under Fioravante Ferramola. Others state he trained with Vincenzo Foppa. His brothers Pietro and Jacopo were also painters. The 1911 Britannica claims he apprenticed with Titian in Venice and that Moretto modelled his earlier portrait-painting on the Venetian style. On the other hand, the style also resembles that of Giorgione or late Bellini. The 1911 Britannica also states that he conceived a great enthusiasm for Raphael, though he never traveled to Rome; on the other hand, his classical serenity resembles that shown by Leonardo and his followers in Lombardy such as Bramantino. He may have consulted with his contemporary Girolamo Savoldo.

Moretto excelled more in sedate altarpieces than in narrative action, and more in oil-painting than in fresco, although he painted fine frescoes depicting the lollygagging daughters of Count Martinengo in one of the palaces near Brescia. In 1521, he worked with Girolamo Romanino in the Cappella del Sacramento in the old cathedral of Brescia, where Moretto completed a Last Supper, Elijah in the Desert, and a Fall of Manna. He was active during 1522-24 in Padua.

e painted alongside Lorenzo Lotto at Santa Maria Maggiore in Brescia. Also in Brescia, he completed a Five Virgin Martyrs and his masterpiece, the Assumption of the Madonna for the church of San Clemente; a Coronation of the Madonna with four saints (c. 1525) for the church of Santi Nazaro e Celso; and a St. Joseph for Santa Maria della Grazie. Another charming work, with two small children depicted, is his canvas of St Nicholas of Bari presenting two children to Virgin (1539) originally painted for the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, but now in the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo. He collaborated with Floriano Ferramola in the decoration of the dome of the Cathedral in Brescia.

In the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna is a St Justina (once ascribed to Pordenone); in the Staedel Museum, Frankfort, the Madonna enthroned between Sts Anthony and Sebastian; in the Berlin Museum, a colossal Adoration of the Shepherds, and a large votive picture (one of the master’s best) of the “Madonna and Child,” with infant angels and other figures above the clouds, and below, amid a rich landscape, two priests; in the National Gallery, London, St Bernardin and other saints and two impressive portraits.

Throughout his career his works display an internal oscillation between the traditions of the Venetian and Central Italian schools. Simultaneously he looked at the form and colour of Venetian artists such as Titian and Palma Vecchio (1480–1528) whilst his classicising, sweet intensity earned him the name ‘Raphael of Brescia’. Though there is some uncertainty regarding his studio, he took on a number of pupils the most important of whom was the portraitist Giovanni Battista Moroni (c.1520-1578). He also influenced Callisto Piazza. Il Moretto is stated to have been a man of great personal piety, preparing himself by prayer and fasting for any great act of sacred art, such as the painting of the Virgin-mother. His dated works extend from 1524 to 1554.

Între Cer şi Pământ


Între Cer şi Pământ,
by GeorgeB
( the smudge and other poem page)

Între cer şi pământ
poți alege Cerul sau Pămâtul
Cerul dă speranță in viata de apoi, in vecii vecilor…
pământul certitudinea in viața asta, minut cu minut
finită…
E uşor să alegi între:
Cer si Pământ

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The little thief of…flowers


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Report: VA mistakenly classified 4,200 veterans as dead


http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/05/25/va-mistake-4200-veterans-listed-dead/84902740/

More than 4,200 veterans were mistakenly declared dead and had benefits cut off by Veterans Affairs officials over a five-year span, according to new department data that shows the problem was much bigger than previously believed.

The issue came to light after a congressional inquiry in 2015 by Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who for the last few years has been tracking multiple constituents’ complaints about premature death notices.
After initially estimating the total veterans affected as around a dozen each month, VA released new information on the problem this week, pegging the mistakes as harming more than 70 veterans a month.
“These numbers confirm our suspicion, that mistaken deaths by the VA have been a widespread problem impacting thousands of veterans across the country,” Jolly said in a statement.

“It’s a problem that should have been addressed years ago, as it has caused needless hardships for thousands of people who had their benefits terminated and their world turned upside down.”
The issue stems from lingering errors in Social Security Administration’s record sharing with VA. When that department incorrectly listed a veteran as dead, VA policy was to cut off benefits immediately, doubling the frustration of victims looking to correct the record.

MILITARYTIMES
Vets’ benefits protected from incorrect death declarations

In 2015 alone, 1,025 veterans had their benefits terminated due to incorrect death classifications, only to have the department come back weeks or months later to fix the mistake.
Following congressional pressure, VA officials approved policy changes last December to mitigate the problem, giving individuals 30 days after a death notice is received to provide proof of a mistake.

The 4,200 premature death errors represent only about 0.2 percent of the total death benefit cut-offs VA handled from 2011 to 2015, but Jolly said each mistaken case can have long-term traumatic results for the victims.

MILITARYTIMES
Report: Military spouse unemployment could cost U.S. $1B

He is asking VA for an annual survey tracking the problem, to ensure their fixes are working.
“If the VA’s new policy is indeed working, this problem should be eliminated. If the problem persists, then Congress will demand further action,” he said.
“We simply cannot have men and women who have sacrificed for this country see their rightful benefits wrongfully terminated because the VA mistakenly declares them dead.”

Alexandru Paleologul: “Uniunea Europenă este o catastrofă.


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“Uniunea Europenă este o catastrofă. Pare a fi un element ponderator contra influenţei excesive a americanilor. Dar ce, a fost inventată de europeni? Nu, domnule, tot de americani! Uniunea Europenă este anti-Europa însăşi! N-avem ce face. Probabil că n-avem încotro, că ni se pune sula-n coaste ca să fim şi în Uniunea Europeană. Nu era suficientă Europa, trebuia şi o Uniune Europeană! Uniune cu cine? Uniunea asta este negarea unei vizuni globaliste. Dacă trebuie să ne unim, înseamnă că suntem diferiţi. Şi atunci Europa nu poate fi un lucru reductibil la o arhitectură. Dar se dă, o dată în plus, prilejul de a se ţine discursuri stupide. Că, de la Churchil încoace, nu s-au mai ţinut discursuri deştepte. Nu ştiu ce anume ar putea să ne dea o oarecare indiferenţă necesară. Dar eu nu reuşesc să fiu indiferent. Nici un om care este cât de cât atent nu poate reuşi asta.”

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Catania: the staircase to Santa Maria Del Monte


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manto della Vergine: MICHEL.A[N]GELVS BONAROTVS FLORENT[INVS] FACIEBAT: La Pietà vaticana.San Peter’s Cathedral


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La Pietà vaticana è una scultura marmorea (altezza 174 cm, larghezza 195 cm, profondità 69) di Michelangelo Buonarroti, databile al 1497-1499 e conservata nella basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano a Roma. Si tratta del primo, clamoroso, capolavoro dell’allora poco più che ventenne Michelangelo, considerata uno dei maggiori capolavori che l’arte occidentale abbia mai prodotto. È anche l’unica opera da lui firmata, sulla fascia a tracolla che regge il manto della Vergine: MICHEL.A[N]GELVS BONAROTVS FLORENT[INVS] FACIEBAT.

Watch “CCR-Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Lyrics” on YouTube


Watch “Billy Joel – Piano Man” on YouTube


Watch “Cat’s In The Cradle” on YouTube


Watch “Don McLean- American Pie (with Lyrics)” on YouTube


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My pot with flowers today No.3


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My birds on the wire today no.1


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US nuclear force ‘uses floppy disks’

http://f24.my/1Wkv8JD

Viorel Simionescu: O prispa inecata de glicine si zorele_Rucar langa Piua_2000


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O prispa inecata de glicine si zorele_Rucar langa Piua_2000

Tips to keeping the ‘wild’ in wildlife: Fish and Wildlife Service


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Fawns are often left alone for hours, but that does not mean they’re orphaned. Tips to keeping the ‘wild’ in wildlife: http://1.usa.gov/1EkH5AC

Special permission from photographer Justin Rogers to post this image.

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Lakota Country Times: Human shield of prayer…


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Lantern bugs…


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LANTERN BUG

The lantern bug can be up to 3 inch (nearly 8 cm) long from head to thorax. The long “beak” called a rostrum is used to suck the juice out flowers and fruits. Lantern bugs are called thus because of their bright usually contrasting colors. Photo by Lim Eng Hoo in Malaysia.

http://www.projectnoah.org/users/DiveMUster

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There are morr than 8,000 chemicals in the textile industry


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Life Is Magical!


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My pot with flowers today No.7


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My pot with flowers today No.6


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My pot with flowers today No.5


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My Chakra Today no.4


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My Duck today No.2


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My Chakra Today no.3


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My Chakra Today no.2


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My Chakra Today no.1


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My pot with flowers today No.4


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My birds on the wire today no.2


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My pot with flowers today No.1


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My Duck today No.1


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poem “Need a New View” by Michael Traveler, author/poet . photo by Richard Yarbrough Absaroka Mountain Range


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i need a new view
something to soothe
my aching bones
and soul

need an escape
a get-away
a place to play
and let my thoughts
just drift away
.
need a chance
to step back in time
to the days when
i was just a youth
.
carefree and wild
the whole world
an adventure
calling out to me
.
need to kick back
let the wind drift over me
the scent of pine needles
all around me
snow-capped mountains
in the distance
tempting me
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~ poem “Need a New View” by Michael Traveler, author/poet
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photo by Richard Yarbrough of Bearlythere Images
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about Photo: This is the Absaroka Mountain Range and just happens to be not only photographer Richard Yarbrough’s stomping grounds for taking great photos like this one but also his back yard. This range is part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness which straddles the border between Montana and Wyoming. It sits within three national forests, Gallatin, Custer and Shoshone, and is managed by the Forest Service. It’s part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is nearly a million acres in size; 943,648 to be exact. The wilderness area contains two mountain ranges, the Beartooth Mountains and Absaroka Range.

France 24: US State Department report slams Clinton over use of private email server


US State Department report slams Clinton over use of private email server

http://f24.my/1Wj0UGM

Hillary Clinton broke government rules by using a private email server without approval while U.S. secretary of state, an internal government watchdog said on Wednesday.

The long-awaited report by the State Department inspector general was the first official audit of the controversial arrangement to be made public so far, and was also critical of department record-keeping practices before Clinton’s tenure.
It concluded that Clinton, now the front-runner in the race to become the Democratic presidential nominee, would not have been allowed to use the server in her home had she asked the department officials in charge of information security.
The report undermined Clinton’s defense of her private server. She said it was allowed and that no permission was needed, although she has since apologized for the arrangement.
The report’s highly critical findings included an account of State Department technology staff trying to internally raise concerns about the arrangement in 2010 only to be told to keep quiet by an official in Clinton’s office.
It immediately fueled Republican criticism of Clinton in an already acrimonious race. The report will also add to Democratic anxieties about voter perceptions of Clinton as untrustworthy and secretive.
Several other inquiries are continuing, including a U.S. Justice Department investigation into whether the arrangement broke laws.
The inspector general’s report cited “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” with State Department records that predated Clinton’s tenure, and found problems with the email record-keeping of some of her predecessors that failed to comply with the Federal Records Act.
But it singled out Clinton for her decision to use a private server in her home in Chappaqua, New York, for government business, apparently without seeking authorization.
“OIG found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server,” the report said, using an abbreviation for the office of inspector general.
The report said she should have discussed the arrangement with the department’s security and technology officials. Officials told the inspector general’s office that they “did not – and would not – approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business.” The reason, those officials said, is because it breached department rules and presented “security risks.”
When two lower-level information technology officials tried to raise concerns about Clinton’s email arrangement in late 2010, their supervisor in Clinton’s office instructed them “never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again,” the report said. Their supervisor told them that department lawyers had approved of the system, but the inspector general’s office said it found no evidence this was true.
Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, said the report rebutted criticisms of Clinton made by her political opponents.
“Contrary to the false theories advanced for some time now, the report notes that her use of personal email was known to officials within the Department during her tenure, and that there is no evidence of any successful breach of the Secretary’s server,” he said in a statement.
He did not address the report’s criticism of her use of a private server, something no other secretary of state has done.
Emails sent by Colin Powell, who was secretary of state from 2001 to 2005 and the first in that role to use email, were not properly archived, the report said, noting that the rules for email in place at the time were less comprehensive than those during Clinton’s tenure.
Powell failed to keep any of his work emails, in breach of the Federal Records Act, while Clinton returned some of hers to the department two years after she left, about 30,000, though the report notes that some are missing.
Officials in the inspector general’s office interviewed John Kerry, the current secretary of state, and predecessors Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright for the report, which was released to the media by lawmakers on Wednesday. Kerry asked the inspector general to investigate after Clinton’s email arrangement came to light last year. Representatives for Powell and Rice did not respond to requests or comment.
Clinton, who served as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, and her deputies, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, declined to be interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation, the report said.
Republicans have used Clinton’s email practice to suggest she was trying to hide government records from scrutiny under public-access laws.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that the findings “are just the latest chapter in the long saga of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment that broke federal rules and endangered our national security.”
Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said the report’s key recommendations have already been acted upon.
“As this report underscores, agencies across the Federal Government are working to adapt decades-old recordkeeping practices to the email-dominated modern era,” he said in a statement.
(REUTERS)

France 24: US State Department report slams Clinton over use of private email server


US State Department report slams Clinton over use of private email server

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San Angelo Water System to Temporarily Change Method of Disinfecting Drinking Supply


http://sanangelolive.com/news/san-angelo/2016-05-24/san-angelo-water-system-temporarily-change-method-disinfecting-drinking

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Poenari Castle Citadel (Cetatea Poenari) – The castle is located on a cliff-ROMANİA


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Il museo di antichità di Torino è stato creato nel 1940 con la separazione delle collezioni egizie


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Il museo di antichità di Torino è stato creato nel 1940 con la separazione delle collezioni egizie (andate a comporre la base dell’attuale Museo egizio) e quelle greco-romane dell’allora Regio Museo di Antichità greco-romane ed egizie raccolte dai Savoia a partire dal XVI secolo.

Conserva inoltre numerose testimonianze del Piemonte antico, con le sale dedicate alla storia di Torino affacciate sui resti del teatro romano.

Il museo si compone di tre sezioni:

Collezioni: antichità cipriote, preistoriche e protostoriche, etrusche e ceramiche da Grecia e Magna Grecia.

Territorio: oggetti e reperti provenienti da scavi effettuati sul territorio regionale, con ritrovamenti attestanti il popolamento stabile del territorio piemontese dal mesolitico e paleolitico.

Torino: i ritrovamenti del territorio torinese dal periodo preistorico alla fondazione della romana Augusta Taurinorum fino all’epoca rinascimentale, approfonditi nei singoli temi attraverso l’uso di audiovisivi e sono stati ideati innovativi materiali didascalici, grafici, audio e video.

Vietnam War: Seen from two sides


Vietnam War: Seen from two sides
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/23/asia/america-vietnam-view-vietnam-war/index.html