Daily Archives: July 10, 2012

Glenn Greenwald: Interview on Democracy Now

Glenn Greenwald: As WikiLeaks Reveals Syria Files, Assange Remains in Ecuador Embassy Seeking Asylum

Glenn Greenwald: As WikiLeaks Reveals Syria Files, Assange Remains in Ecuador Embassy Seeking Asylum

Democracy Now: Today’s Headlines

Emotional memories of  the fight for the human rights, including the right to vote, for minorities and the elderly! Why do politicians today work hard at reversing the natural right, taken through shed of blood sweat and tears? Because in a democratic society, votes count for the running of the that society, because majority of votes is what makes the rule, not the bribe, not the political party, not any other personal interest:
We spend the hour looking at the bloody struggle to obtain — and protect — voting rights in the U.S. with the civil rights icon, now 13-term Georgia congressmember, John Lewis….   More…

Heat-related deaths reach 13 in Maryland (from The Baltimore Sun)

Heat-related deaths reach 13 in Maryland

Region had 11 straight days of temperatures hovering near 100 degrees…   More…

Senate Committee to Question Geithner, Bernanke on Libor (from Bloomberg.com)

The Senate Banking Committee will question U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on the scandal surrounding the London interbank offered rate.

Committee Chairman Tim Johnson said in a statement that he will question Geithner and Bernanke at regularly scheduled hearings this month. Geithner is set to testify before the banking committee on the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul act, while Bernanke will deliver his semi-annual monetary policy report. Johnson didn’t say whether he would have a separate hearing on Libor, which is used as a benchmark for $360 trillion in global securities.

Johnson’s panel joins the House Financial Services Committee in seeking information on the scandal that prompted Barclays Plc Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond to quit last week after the U.K.’s second-biggest lender was fined a record 290 million pounds ($450 million) for attempting to rig interest rates. At least a dozen banks are being investigated for manipulating Libor.  More…

Picture Quotation

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”          John F. Kennedy

and  here…

The Animals: Vietnam War-House of the Rising Sun

Neil Young – Heart Of Gold (“I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold”)

Live from 1971. Neil digs around in his pockets trying to find the right harp and then plays a new song…Heart of Gold.

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
For a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
For a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind,
It’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
You keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
I’ve been a miner
For a heart of gold. 

Today’s Quotation: George Eliot – on Friendship

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude — roots that can be pulled up.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: NIKOLA TESLA (1856)

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential “mad scientist“? More… Discuss


Rubens’s Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby’s auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod’s slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painterMore… Discuss


Amniotic Fluid Promising Source of Stem Cells

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that retain the ability to develop into any one of numerous cell types, and they therefore hold the key to promising new medical treatments. Yet, research into their use has been somewhat limited due to the controversy surrounding the harvesting of the most flexible type of stem cell, the embryonic stem cell. Stem cells collected from amniotic fluid, however, do not raise such ethical concerns and could be a useful alternative. Researchers have been able to make these cells pluripotent, or nearly fully flexible, by adding a chemical that modifies the configuration of their DNA without introducing new genes to the cells. More… Discuss