Monthly Archives: September 2011

All Time Viral Videos: Evolution of Dance – By Judson Laipply


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Armin van Buuren ft Sharon den Adel – In and Out of Love


Sharon Janny den Adel (born 12 July 1974, in Waddinxveen, South Holland, Netherlands) is a Dutch singer and composer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation. She has performed with various bands since she was 13, including a blues rock band called Kashiro,[1] and joined Robert Westerholt in Within Temptation in 1996.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_den_Adel)

About Fish and Snails: SF Gate Chronicle


 

Fish known as wrasses are found to use tools
Fish known as wrasses are found to use tools (click on picture to view the video)

 

A wrasses fish uses a stone as a tool. (NOTE: Video may take a minute or two to load depending on your Internet connection.) (Source: SF Gate Chronicle)

Today in History: CERN Is Founded (1954)


CERN Is Founded (1954)

Abbreviated as CERN after the original French name, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. CERN’s activities are sponsored by 20 European countries. It was there that the World Wide Web—developed to promote scientific collaboration by facilitating information sharing—was invented in the 1990s. CERN’s latest project, the Large Hadron Collider, is, among other things, being used to discover the hypothesized Higgs boson, which is what? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: George Eliot (1819-1880)


Don’t let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?
(From Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot–1858–Book 3–Chapter 22. The story was originally published in 1858 in Blackwood’s Magazine. The first edition of the novel was published in 1910 after she passed away.)
George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: László Bíró (1899)


László Bíró (1899)

Frustrated by the way his fountain pen‘s sharp tip would tear paper and by the amount of time he wasted filling the pen with ink and cleaning up smudges, László Bíró set to work developing a better pen. A Hungarian newspaper editor, he noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and without smudging, but it was too viscous for use with existing pens. With the help of his brother, a chemist, he developed the modern ballpoint pen. How long did it take him to build his pen? More… Discuss

Wordless Wednesday: Pacific Ocean


 Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Today’s Quotation: L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)


I believe, my dears, that I am the proudest story-teller that ever lived…To have pleased you, to have interested you, to have won your friendship, and perhaps your love, through my stories, is to my mind as great an achievement as to become President of the United States.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Grazia Deledda (1871)


Grazia Deledda (1871)

Influenced by the verismo—”realism”—school, Nobel Prize -winning Italian novelist Grazia Deledda wrote her first stories while just a teen and was still having her works published after her death. Her work is lyric and in part naturalistic and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. In her approximately 40 novels, the ancient ways of her native Sardinia often come into conflict with modern mores. What are her most famous works? More… Discuss

Tennis Court: The Match Ball


The Tennis Court: Match Ball.

Tennis Court: The Match Ball.

Today’s Birthday: Lewis Hine (1874)


Lewis Hine (1874)

Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More… Discuss

This Day in History: The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)


The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. Where is there a full-scale replica of the Parthenon? More… Discuss

Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs


Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs_ Via Reuter

Hospital privacy curtains laden with germs_ Via Reuter (click on picture to read the article at Reuters)

Shadows, by George-B


Shadows, by George-B

One day I’ll shed shadow no more
Then I shall become it
transparent
invisible, subtle, untouchable
fully penetrable:  only… Beyond.

Copyright: By George-B.

Shadows, By George-B.

Shadows, By George-B.

France denies 10-15 bn euro bailout for major banks


France denies 10-15 bn euro bailout for major banks
France denies 10-15 bn euro bailout for major banks (Click on picture to read the entire story ar France International 24/7)

From the article:

French banks have a sufficient capital base compared to other European banks and they are making profits.”

Weeds – Season 5 Episode: Flash Mob “Say Hey” (I Love You) – Michael Franti


spontaneous spectators, at a spontaneous performance makes a Flash Mob


Mary-Louise Parker seats  at a table, opposite to a back paking youn man, in this urban outdoor water cooler, seeping on her oversized some soft drink…And then, the whole place swings and rocks, in the percussion rhythm preceding the music  of “Say Hey” (Michael Franti)  flash mob. Now the crows has become, ad hoc, spectators and performers  And then, just as spontaneously as it all started, it subtly subsided, with everybody splitting, going their own way.”What is this?”, She asks the kid. “Flash Mob”, he sais. “Why?”, she asks.  “Cause it’s cool!”, he answers her.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) with Karl Richter



Karl Richter performs Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) on the Organ of the Basilika in Ottobeuren

Ottobeuren Abbey has one of the richest music programs in Bavaria, with concerts every Saturday. Most concerts feature one or more of the Abbey’s famous organs. The old organ, the masterpiece of French organbuilder Karl Joseph Riepp (1710–75), is actually a double organ; it is one of the most treasured historic organs in Europe. It was the main instrument for 200 years, until 1957 when a third organ was added by G. F. Steinmeyer & Co, renovated and augmented in 2002 by Johannes Klais, making 100 stops available on five manuals (or keyboards).
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottobeuren_Abbey)

Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981) was a German conductor, organist, and harpsichordist. He was born in Plauen and studied first in Dresden, where he was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and later in Leipzig, where he received his degree in 1949. He studied with Günther Ramin, Carl Straube and Rudolf Mauersberger. In the same year, he became organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach once held the position as Musical Director. In 1951, he moved to Munich, where he taught at the conservatory and was cantor and organist at St. Mark’s Church. He also conducted the Münchener Bach-Chor starting in 1954 and the Münchener Bach-Orchester. In the 1960s and 1970s, he did a great deal of recording and undertook tours to Japan, the United States, Canada, Latin-America, Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union.

He conducted a wide range of music (sacred music from Heinrich Schütz to Max Reger, as well as the symphonic and concerto repertoire of the Classical and Romantic period, including Bruckner symphonies) but is best remembered today for his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s and Händel‘s music. Karl Richter avoided the fluctuations in tempo that were then characteristic of the prevailing Romantic manner of conducting Bach, but did not incorporate period instruments and performing techniques into his performances, innovations in Baroque performance practice which had not yet fully blossomed during Richter’s career.

As well as a conductor, Karl Richter is also remembered as an excellent organist. His performances of Bach’s organ pieces are known for their imposing registrations and favorable pace.

While staying in a hotel in Munich in 1981, Karl Richter died from a heart attack. He was buried in the Enzenbühl cemetery in Zurich 8 days later.

Although both of them are of German heritage, Karl Richter has no family relationship with the renowned Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Richter_(conductor)

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Cloudflake (Fulg de Nor)


Fulg de nor, de George-B.

Sprijinita doar de aer,
Sade in picioare, minunata parca
Fulg de nor, gri ca de ploaie,
Sus, pe cel mai sus
pamant stancos
Aer rar, vantul e rece, daca ploaie – biciuieste…

Fulg de nor sta sprijinit, in mirare, asteptand
un soare ce-i acol-da-nu-i aci,
Si gandeste: “Sa-l vad pot,  nu sa-l ating.”

 © by George-B.

Grammy 2011 – Tribute to Aretha Franklin




Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence and the Machine‘s Florence Welch took part in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2011 Grammy Awards

Today’s Quotation: L.Frank Baum (1856-1919)


No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home. (“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, chapter 04; Chicago, 1900)

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

My take On this:

Some believe that “ubi patria ibi bene”, and some that “ubi bene ibi patria” but few find the two concepts in the same space-time event: “and at the entrance to those falks houses it sais, “Home Sweet Home” (which translated in latin would read something like this: “Ubi panem, ibi patria”).

MAYO CLINIC_Office exercise – How to burn calories at work


MAYO CLINIC_Office exercise - How to burn calories at work

MAYO CLINIC_Office exercise - How to burn calories at work (click on picture to read the article at MAYO CLINIC)

 

Today’s Birthday: Mickey Rooney (1920)


Mickey Rooney (1920)

Rooney is an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family’s vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. What now-famous TV role did he turn down? More… Discuss

Concordat of Worms (1122)


Concordat of Worms (1122)

The Concordat of Worms was an agreement reached by Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V that put an end to the first phase of the power struggle between Rome and what was becoming the Holy Roman Empire. Under its terms, the king was recognized as having the right to invest bishops “by the lance” but not “by ring and staff,” meaning he could grant them secular but not sacred authority. What message about the divine right of kings did the concordat convey? More… Discuss

Gamers Help AIDS Researchers Solve Enzyme Puzzle


Gamers Help AIDS Researchers Solve Enzyme Puzzle

In just weeks, online gamers were able to solve a puzzle that has stumped AIDS researchers for years. They did so using a game called Foldit, which allows players to compete against one another to, among other things, predict a protein‘s optimal—or most stable—three-dimensional structure. In this case, players were presented with M-PMV retroviral protease, an enzyme that is critical to the development of a virus similar to HIV. The protein model that the gamers came up with could help scientists develop better AIDS drugs. More… Discuss

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT _ ‘L’accordéoniste ‘_ (Sans fusils, ni souliers, à Paris)


“L’ACCORDÉNISTE”
by MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

La fille de joie est belle
Au coin de la rue là-bas
Elle a une clientèle
Qui lui remplit son bas
Quand son boulot s’achève
Elle s’en va à son tour
Chercher un peu de rêve
Dans un bal du faubourg
Son homme est un artiste
C’est un drôle de petit gars
Un accordéoniste
Qui sait jouer la java

Elle écoute la java
Mais elle ne la danse pas
Elle ne regarde même pas la piste
Et ses yeux amoureux
Suivent le jeu nerveux
Et les doigts secs et longs de l’artiste
Ça lui rentre dans la peau
Par le bas, par le haut
Elle a envie de chanter
C’est physique
Tout son être est tendu
Son souffle est suspendu
C’est une vraie tordue de la musique

La fille de joie est triste
Au coin de la rue là-bas
Son accordéoniste
Il est parti soldat
Quand y reviendra de la guerre
Ils prendront une maison
Elle sera la caissière
Et lui, sera le patron
Que la vie sera belle
Ils seront de vrais pachas
Et tous les soirs pour elle
Il jouera la java

Elle écoute la java
Qu’elle fredonne tout bas
Elle revoit son accordéoniste
Et ses yeux amoureux
Suivent le jeu nerveux
Et les doigts secs et longs de l’artiste
Ça lui rentre dans la peau
Par le bas, par le haut
Elle a envie de chanter
C’est physique
Tout son être est tendu
Son souffle est suspendu
C’est une vraie tordue de la musique

La fille de joie est seule
Au coin de la rue là-bas
Les filles qui font la gueule
Les hommes n’en veulent pas
Et tant pis si elle crève
Son homme ne reviendra plus
Adieux tous les beaux rêves
Sa vie, elle est foutue
Pourtant ses jambes tristes
L’emmènent au boui-boui
Où y a un autre artiste
Qui joue toute la nuit

Elle écoute la java…
… elle entend la java
… elle a fermé les yeux
… et les doigts secs et nerveux …
Ça lui rentre dans la peau
Par le bas, par le haut
Elle a envie de gueuler
C’est physique
Alors pour oublier
Elle s’est mise à danser, à tourner
Au son de la musique…

Rufus Wainwright – Across The Universe


“Across the Universe” is a song by the English group The Beatles. It was written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song first appeared on the various artists charity compilation album No One’s Gonna Change Our World in December 1969, and later, in different form, on Let It Be, the group’s final released album.

One night in 1967, the phrase “words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup” came to Lennon after hearing his ex-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, “going on and on about something.” Later, after “she’d gone to sleep—and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream,” Lennon went downstairs and turned it into a song. He began to write the rest of the lyrics and when he was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.

I was lying next to my first wife in bed and I was thinking. It started off as a negative song and she must have been going on and on about something. She’d gone to sleep and I kept hearing, ‘Words are flowing out like endless streams…’ I was a bit irritated and I went downstairs and it turned into a sort of cosmic song rather than, ‘Why are you always mouthing off at me?’… The words are purely inspirational and were given to me – except for maybe one or two where I had to resolve a line or something like that. I don’t own it; it came through like that.

John Lennon – Anthology

The flavour of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon’s and the Beatles’ interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967 – early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra “Jai guru deva om” (Sanskrit: जय गुरुदेव ) to the piece, which became the link to the chorus. The Sanskrit phrase is a sentence fragment whose words could have many meanings. Literally it approximates as “glory to the shining remover of darkness,”[1] and can be paraphrased as “Victory to God divine”, “Hail to the divine guru”, or the phrase commonly invoked by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in referring to his spiritual teacher “All Glory to Guru Dev.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Across_the_Universe)

100 Thousand Poets for Change Event


100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE September 24 2011

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE September 24 2011 (click on th epicture to read more about this event at a location near your)

Schostakovitch- Jazz Suite No 1, Adrian Florescu


The Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 (commonly known as Jazz Suite No. 1) by Dmitri Shostakovich was composed in 1934. It has three movements:

  1. Waltz
  2. Polka
  3. Foxtrot

The suite is scored for 3 saxophones (soprano, alto and tenor), 2 trumpets, trombone, wood block, snare drum, cymbals, glockenspiel, xylophone, banjo, hawaiian guitar, piano, violin and double bass. The premiere was on March 24, 1934.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suite_for_Jazz_Orchestra_No._1_(Shostakovich

The following is Duke Ellington – Black And Tan Fantasy 1929 Arthur Whetsol plays the jungle style trumpet solos!

Today’s Birthday: Gustav Holst – Saturn from “The Planets Suite” London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox


Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1874 in Cheltenham, England, the first of two children to Adolph and Clara von Holst.

Adolph was an accomplished pianist who taught piano and practiced many hours during the day, much to the neglect of his wife, Clara, and their two children. Adolph’s family was of Swedish origin. One of his ancestors served as a court composer in Russia until he fell out of favor and exiled to Germany. Soon afterwards, the family emigrated to England. Holst’s mother, Clara, was a piano student of Adolph when first they met. Clara’s great – great grandmother was from Spain, where she had been an actress. She was soon married to an Irishman and moved to Ireland. Clara was sweet, gentle and unassuming but she was not very strong. She died soon after the birth of her second child, when Gustav was only eight.  (Continue reading at: http://www.gustavholst.info/biography/index.php?chapter=1)

Recuerdos de la Alhambra, by Francisco Terraga interpreted by Milos Karadaglic



Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) is a classical guitar piece composed in 1896 by Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega[1]. He wrote it in Granada.

A virtuoso on his instrument, Tárrega was known as the “Sarasate of the guitar”. His repertoire included many original compositions for the guitar (Capricho Árabe, Danza Mora, et al) as well as guitar arrangements of works written for other instruments by composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Felix Mendelssohn. As with his friend Isaac Albéniz and many of their Spanish contemporaries, Tárrega had an interest in combining the prevailing Romantic trend in classical music with Spanish folk elements, which he did with Recuerdos de la Alhambra and his transcriptions for guitar of several of Albeniz’s piano pieces, notably the fiery Asturias (Leyenda).[2]

Recuerdos de la Alhambra shares a title with the Spanish language translation of Washington Irving’s 1832 book, Tales of the Alhambra, written during the author’s four-year stay in Spain. It contains extensive examples of the tremolo technique often performed by advanced classical guitarists.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recuerdos_de_la_Alhambra)

A word about Milos Karadaglic

Born in the small Balkan state of Montenegro, Miloš’s love-affair with the guitar began when he was eight, when his father played him a recording of Segovia making magic with Albeniz’s ‘Asturias’. Armed with the family’s dusty old guitar, Miloš enrolled at a specialist music school, where in six months he learned all its teachers had to impart.

He gave his first public performance at nine, entered (and won) his first national competition at eleven, on the same day won a singing competition in his home town. He became a star performer on television and radio, took guitar master-classes in Belgrade, and then, shortly after the end of the Balkan war, decided to try for a scholarship at London’s Royal Academy…

Miloš’s choices of solo repertoire as well as music for guitar and orchestra are guaranteed to appeal to all lovers of guitar, classical and non-classical alike.

Find out more at:

Find out more:
http://www.milosguitar.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/milosguitar
http://www.youtube.com/milosguitarist

Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers – Poverty Edition_ProPublica


Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers - Poverty Edition_ProPublica

Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers - Poverty Edition_ProPublica (To Read the entire story click anywhere on the picture!)

Bisphenol A (BPA): Toxic!


Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications.

Known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children.[1] In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance.[2][3] In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A)

Kids’ – Soup Cans Contain BPA Toxins – Discovery News


Kids - Soup Cans Contain BPA Toxins

Kids - Soup Cans Contain BPA Toxins (click on the picture to read story at Discovery News)

Noise Pollution


Noise Pollution

Noise is a recognized form of pollution, but it is difficult to measure because the annoyance or discomfort it causes varies between individuals. There is evidence that hearing sensitivity among young Americans is decreasing because of exposure to noise, including overly amplified music. Apart from hearing loss, excessive noise can cause sleeplessness, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. A 2005 study found that city residents are willing to pay how much for noise reduction? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: H. G. Wells (1866)


H. G. Wells (1866)

Wells was an English author whose early books exemplify the political and social beliefs of his time. Full of fantasy and fascinating pseudoscientific speculations, they include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker who worked for many progressive causes. What novels did he write after he abandoned science fiction? More… Discuss

This Day in History: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is Published (1937)


J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is Published (1937)

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children’s literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century’s most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What changes did Tolkien make to later editions of The Hobbit? More… Discuss

Schubert – String Quartet “Rosamunde” D804 – Mov. 2 (Andante) Performed by the Takacs Quartet



String quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde” D804

Wine, Women and Song: Johann Strauss (II)



Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Woman, and Song), Op. 333, is a waltz by Johann Strauss II. It is a choral waltz in its original form,[1] although it is seldom heard in this version today. It was commissioned for the Vienna Men’s Choral Association’s so-called Fools’ Evening on 2 February 1869 with a dedication to the Association’s honorary chorus-master Johann Herbeck. Its fanciful title was drawn from an old adage: “Who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.”[2]

Strauss’ works at this age displays the Waltz King at the height of his creative powers, and it was no less evident in this waltz with its 137-bar introduction, combining tranquil melodies with superb orchestration. Its admirers include the famous opera composer Richard Wagner and Strauss’ good friend Johannes Brahms.

The waltz’s primary home key is in E-flat major, with its Introduction interpolating with B-flat major as well as B major. The first waltz melody, with its tapping quality is quintessentially Viennese in nature. Further waltz themes alternate between lush passion and good-humored cheekiness, ending with a swirling finish in the principal home key underlined by a brass fanfare and snare drumroll, as is the usual style of concluding a piece in Strauss’ works dating around that period.

Besides being a waltz, the title is also a German expression for having fun.

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD


12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD (click on picture to view the presentation ay WebMD)

Today’s Birthday: James Dewar (1842)


James Dewar (1842)

Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his work on the properties of matter at very low temperatures and the liquefaction of gases. In the course of his work, he liquefied and solidified hydrogen and invented the Dewar flask. Used for storing liquefied gases, his Dewar flask—a double-walled flask with an insulating vacuum between the inner and outer walls—became essential in low-temperature scientific work. What everyday item was patterned after Dewar’s flask? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)


Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when? More… Discuss

Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries


Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Since the start of the economic downturn in the US, the number of children being hospitalized with severe brain injuries as a result of abuse has spiked. In the three years leading up to the recession, the rate of abusive head injuries was 8.9 per year per 100,000 kids. During the recession, this number jumped to 14.7 per 100,000. Although there is no proof that pay cuts or job loss is responsible for the increase in abuse, previous research has linked parental stress to child maltreatment, and financial hardship could certainly contribute to parental stress. More… Discuss

Beach Cleaning Volunteers


Beach cleaning volunteers

Beach cleaning volunteers

Ballance


Ballance

Ballance

The Photographer


The Photographer

The Photographer

Today’s Birthday: Maureen Connolly (1934)


Maureen Connolly (1934)
Known as “Little Mo,” Connolly was one of America’s greatest female tennis players. At 14, she became the youngest winner of the National Girl’s Tournament. At 16, she became the youngest player to win the US national singles championship and successfully defended the title in the two years that followed. She also won three straight Wimbledon championships starting in 1952. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Why did she retire at age 19? More… Discuss

Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields


Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields

Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields (Click on picture to continue reading at ProPublica)

 

On a summer evening in June 2005, Susan Wallace-Babb went out into a neighbor’s field near her ranch in Western Colorado to close an irrigation ditch. She parked down the rutted double-track, stepped out of her truck into the low-slung sun, took a deep breath, and collapsed, unconscious.

A natural gas well and a pair of fuel storage tanks sat less than a half-mile away. Later, after Wallace-Babb came to and sought answers, a sheriff’s deputy told her that a tank full of gas condensate — liquid hydrocarbons gathered from the production process — had overflowed into another tank. The fumes must have drifted toward the field where she was working, he suggested.
(Source: http://www.propublica.org/article/science-lags-as-health-problems-emerge-near-gas-fields)

Museum Kampa – The Cathedral, František Kupka (Art Project)


The Cathedral-František Kupka_Museum Kampa_Art Project

The Cathedral-František Kupka_Museum Kampa_Art Project (click on the picture to visit the museum)

Wall Street Journal: Thailand Tightens Web’s Leash Censorship on the March


Wall Street Journal_Thailand Tightens Web Leash_Censorship on the March

Wall Street Journal_Thailand Tightens Web Leash_Censorship on the March ( click on the picture to continue reading the article at the Wall Street Journal)

The Body Count _ Millions of NY Lives Threatened by Medicaid Cuts from Public News Service


The Body Count _ Millions of NY Lives Threatened by Medicaid Cuts

The Body Count _ Millions of NY Lives Threatened by Medicaid Cuts (click on picture to continue reading at Public News Service)