Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Iris Flowers Photography

Very special small tree

Very special small tree

Very special small tree (my photography)

Incoming: Dive, Dive, Dive!

Incoming: Dive, Dive, Dive!

Incoming: Dive, Dive, Dive!


Another Flower of the day

Another Flower of the day

Another Flower of the day

Andy Griffith sings TV Show Theme Song: RIP Andy Griffith, (1926-2012)


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The Andy Griffith Show
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Arthur Stander
Starring Andy Griffith
Ronny Howard
Don Knotts
Elinor Donahue
Frances Bavier
Theme music composer Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer
Opening theme The Fishin’ Hole
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 249 (List of episodes)
Executiveproducer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Danny Thomas
Location(s) Desilu Studios (1960–67)
Paramount Studios (1967–68)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25–26 minutes
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white (1960–65)
Color (1965–68)
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 3, 1960 – April 1, 1968
Followed by Mayberry R.F.D.
Related shows The Danny Thomas Show
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised by CBS between October 3, 1960, and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays a widowed sheriff in the fictional small community of MayberryNorth Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), and a young son, Opie (Ron Howard, billed as Ronny). Local ne’er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life.

The series was a major hit, never placing lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ending its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best show in television history.[1] Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight-season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode ofThe Danny Thomas Show titled “Danny Meets Andy Griffith”, spawned its own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D. (1968), and a reunion telemovieReturn to Mayberry (1986). The show’s enduring popularity has generated a good deal of show-related merchandise. Reruns currently air across the United States, and the complete series is available on DVD. All eight seasons are also now available by streaming video services such as Netflix….
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Karen Gillan (as Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”): “WHAT DO WE DO ? THIS IS ME.”(Amy Pond) (My Oil Painting)

Karen Gillan (as Amy Pond in "Doctor Who"): "WHAT DO WE DO ? THIS IS ME."(Amy Pond)

Karen Gillan (as Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”): “WHAT DO WE DO ? THIS IS ME.”(Amy Pond) (My oil paintings)

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Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan- Color (as Amy Pond in “Doctor Who”): “WHAT DO WE DO ? THIS IS ME.”(Amy Pond) (My Oil Painting)

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
Born Karen Sheila Gillan
28 November 1987 (age 24)
Inverness, Scotland
Occupation Actress, former model
Years active 2006–present

Karen Sheila Gillan (born 28 November 1987) is a Scottish actress and former model who is best known for her portrayal of Amy Pond in the British science fiction series Doctor Who.  Read more…
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This video is called Fernando Lugo: Paraguay’s democracy has been wounded.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

The Paraguayan coup

3 July 2012

The so-called constitutional coup that ousted Paraguay’s elected President Fernando Lugo on June 22 is another indication of the mounting class tensions that are gripping Latin America and the world as a whole, making democratic forms of rule under capitalism ever more unsustainable.

There is every reason to believe that the hurried impeachment of Lugo—forced through both houses of the Paraguayan parliament in barely 30 hours after he was charged by the two traditional parties of the country’s ruling oligarchy—was carried out with the indispensable complicity of US imperialism.

A former Catholic cleric and proponent of Liberation Theology, Lugo was elected in 2008, promising to combat corruption and promote “socially responsible capitalism.”

Without any party of his own, he came into office on…

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Euro Crisis Breakthrough Breakdown – Nigel Farage

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 3 July 2012

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy‘ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament – http://nigelfaragemep.co.uk

• Debate: Conclusions of the European Council meeting (28-29 June 2012)
European Council and Commission statements [2011/2923(RSP)]



“Well that is the 19th crisis summit that Mr Cameron has been to, as The Rolling Stones might say “The 19th Nervous Breakdown.”

And that’s reflected I think by the funereal mood in the chamber this morning.

Yes on that Friday morning, “breakthrough” was cried, and indeed Mr Van Rompuy parroted the word this morning, “breakthrough”. Nobody believes you, the wheels are coming off. This new European Stability Mechanism, your new bailout vehicle is doomed before it starts. We have legal challenges in Ireland and in Germany. We have the Estonian Justice Minister saying it won’t fit their Constitution. 

But most fun of all, the Finns and the Dutch seem to have broken the agreement that was made in the middle of the night. Perhaps they were excluded from this, perhaps the little countries don’t have a say in Europe at all anymore. It’s not credible, and I think the euro crisis now looks to me to be, frankly, insoluble. 

And there’s also a massive crisis of leadership – it is lovely to see you Mr Van Rompuy, you’ve not been here for many months. It’s delightful to have you back. The last time you were here, you told us we had turned the corner, that the worst of the crisis was over and with every one of your predictions it goes on getting worse.

I’m sorry Sir, you don’t have the presence, the credibility or the standing for the International markets to believe that you can provide a solution.

And Mr Barroso here at the G20, when he stood up at the press conference and said. ‘We don’t need any lessons in democracy,’ said the unelected President of the European Commission.

You went on to say that the Eurozone’s problems had been caused by unorthodox practices in North America. You’ve made yourselves an international laughing stock. You don’t have any credibility, but one piece of helpful advice from me – Don’t this summer go on any billionaire’s yachts on extended holidays because the markets guarantee we’ll all be back here in August. Thank you.”

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EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom 

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This video is called How Barclays manipulated the libor rates.

From daily The Guardian in England:

Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond resigns

Jill Treanor, City editor

Tuesday 3 July 2012 08.45 BST

Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond has resigned following the interest rate manipulation scandal

Bob Diamond has resigned from Barclays in the face of relentless political pressure for him to go following the interest rate manipulation scandal.

An attempt by the board to save his position by accepting the resignation of the chairman, Marcus Agius, on Monday has failed. Instead Agius will now become full-time chairman and lead the search for a new chief executive.

In a stunning turnaround – only on Monday the 60-year old chief executive was vowing to stayDiamond is to go immediately after a 15-year career with the bank and only 18 months as chief executive.

Latest developments as Barclays chief executive…

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Today’s Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) on Conscience or a Full Stomach?

People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss


Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)

Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first 


Mercedes-Benz (Photo credit: Miriam Cardoso de Souza – ‘ VISÃO PHOTO & CINE CL)

automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz’s wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: MARY FRANCES KENNEDY FISHER (1908)

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908)

Raised in California, Fisher moved to Dijon, France, after her first marriage. There, she was inspired by the gastronomist Brillat-Savarin, and her 1949 translation of his Physiology of Taste is considered a classic. She created a new literary genre with her culinary writing, producing witty essays evoking the pleasures of life and food in a graceful style. Her books include How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me. Where did Fisher spend her last 20 years? More…Discuss