Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Interview: Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago (from France 24 International) & “All that Jazz”

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago  (Click to access the story)

Philip Crowther meets Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and Former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama. He explains why in his opinion Barack Obama must be re-elected as president in November. He also tells us about the city of Chicago and explains why he thinks it is a great place to live.


Best article of the day!


No matter where you live, Monsanto is (or should be) an issue. I thought this article was worth sharing. Please feel free to re-blog, if you so desire. We need to expose these monsters and their bought off politicians for who they are.

Blatant Corruption Exposed as EU

Blocks France’s Ban on Monsanto’s

GMO Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Thursday 24 May 2012

France legislators and officials moved to ban Monsanto’s genetically modified strain of GMO maize over environmental and health concerns, the European Union has decided to step in and re-secure Monsanto’s presence in the country — against the very will of the nation itself. This should come as no surprise when considering the fact that the United States ambassador to France, a business partner to George W. Bush, stated back in 2007 that nations who did not accept Monsanto’s GMO crops will be ‘penalized’. In…

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Beethoven / Herbert von Karajan, 1954: Overture, “Leonora, No. 3” Op. 72a – Philharmonia Orchestra

Forty-six year old Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in this 1954 recording of the Leonora Overture, Op. 72A, by Beethoven. I created this video from the LP shown above, issued in 1954 on the Angel label, serial number 35097 (British pressing). Except for those of Beethoven and those from the 1954 Billboard magazine review (5:30) of this LP, all images used to create this video were taken from the LP label (6:13) and jacket (4:54). In order to remove all doubt in the minds of those listening to these works, I use such images to establish the credibility of the source of these and similarly rare and historic recordings. 

Today’s Birthday: BEVERLY SILLS (1929) – Soprano

Beverly Sills (1929)

Sills was an American operatic soprano. She sang on the radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. Her 1966 performance inJulius Caesar made her an opera star, not just for her voice, but also for her acting. After 25 years of singing with the New York City Opera, she became its director, and she also served as chairman of the board of New York’s Lincoln Center and of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she claimed to have stopped singing, even in the shower, for what reason? More… Discuss

Beverly Sills Farewell Performance. Sills highlights her career and sings a tearful final encore of the Portuguese Folk Song: “Tell Me Why” that Estelle Liebling, her only voice teacher, gave her when she was ten. As a tribute to Liebling, Sills ended every recital with this song. Her long-time accompanist, Charles Wadsworth, plays for this final, moving performance.

Today’s Quotation – Jerome K. (Jerome “IT” vs. “ET”)

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby “it.”

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss


Millions Participate in Hands Across America (1986)

Hands Across America was a massive, heavily publicized fundraiser during which millions of people, including scores of celebrities and politicians, lined up in the hopes of forming a human chain stretching from New York to California. Though they did not succeed in this regard—there were many gaps along the way—the event raised $20 million. Had all of the participants actually given the $10 required donation, it would have reached its $50-million goal. For what cause was the money raised? More… Discuss


Barbara McClintock

McClintock was an American geneticist. In the 1940s and 50s, her experiments with variations in the coloration of kernels of maize revealed that genes are not stationary, but can “jump” on the chromosome. She isolated two control elements in genetic material and found not only that they moved, but also that their transposition affected the behavior of neighboring genes. In 1983, she was belatedly awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology. Why did she stop publishing her findings in the 50s? More… Discuss