Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The End of Days

http://www.pbs.org/empires/ – Conflict erupts between Jews and Romans when Pompeii enters Judah in 63 B.C.

The Medici: Godfathers of the Re…: Power vs. Truth

http://www.pbs.org/empires/ – Giorgio Vasari writes a book to define the Renaissance; Galileo pursues his scientific studies with the support of the Medici family.

the Medici Pope

http://www.pbs.org/empires/ – Giovanni de’ Medici becomes Pope Leo X in 1513 and begins to sell indulgences to restore papal funds; Martin Luther protests the selling of indulgences.

The Medici: Godfathers of…: The Magnificent Medici

http://www.pbs.org/empires/ – Lorenzo de’ Medici becomes a driving force of the Renaissance; monk Savonarola promotes fundamentalist purification of Florence after the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici.

The Medici: Godfathers of the…: Birth of a Dynasty (PBS – Empires)

http://www.pbs.org/empires/ – Wealthy Florentine banker Cosimo de’ Medici’s search of Europe for relics of antiquity sparks classical learning and inventive thinking.

Ratatouille The Snowboarding Opossum (discovered on …Discovery Channel)

A wood that hides the past and holds the future (from the Guardian UK)

A wood that hides the past and holds the future (from the Guardian UK)


Excerpt:  “Wolsingham, Weardale: The tunnel of trees grip shoulder-high banks on either side with writhing roots, while their branches cast fingers of shadow into the wood.”

This article brought memories of some wondrous places I spend time into in my childhood. I liked that a lot, as during the first years of our lives are so veiled with mystery, as so many children stories use woods, as a place of mystery where natural can step beyond, into the realm of fantasy.

Freeskier Sarah Burke Dies After Superpipe Crash Discovery Channel

Freeskier Sarah Burke Dies After Superpipe Crash (from Discovery Channel)


Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (find out more about the ardent issues of our times from this Station)

Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (click here to find out more)

Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (click here to find out more)

La Brea Tar Pits: An Urban Mystery

 The Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California are widely regarded as one of the richest sources of mammal fossils in the world. Approximately 60 species have been identified, including saber-tooth cat, bear, lion, wolf, camel, bison, and mastodon. Also found were seventeen human bones, including a pelvis and a skull, as well as a number of artifacts such as milling stones and bone hairpins. The conventional explanation for the abundance and diversity of this fossil material is that successive animal entrapment episodes had created an ever-growing mass of bones at the bottom of tar pools. An unwary horse, for example, might step into a seemingly benign pool of water to get a drink. Becoming ensnared in the tar underneath the watery surface, its distress cries would draw hungry carnivores, such as wolves, seeking an easy meal. These carnivores would themselves slip and fall into the pool, becoming, like their prey, inescapably trapped.