Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

08/16/2012 IN THE WORLD PAPERS (from France 24 International)


Live from the newsroom, Elena Casas Montanez provides an overview of the world’s newspaper headlines, from Monday to Friday at 9.10 am. 

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Quotation: Leonard Cohen – on Poetry

More Best of Leonard Cohen

More Best of Leonard Cohen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Leonard Cohen, during the Geneva conc...

English: Leonard Cohen, during the Geneva concert of the 2008 tour. Français : Leonard Cohen, durant le concert donné à Genève dans le cadre de sa tournée de 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
― Leonard Cohen

Music video by Leonard Cohen performing Because Of. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 599,705

Decalaje horaire (Jet lag) again) – Vas Adelante Clementine Celarie Décalage horaire (Ten Years Later)

Jet Lag

French movie poster
Directed by Danièle Thompson
Produced by Alain Sarde
Written by Danièle Thompson
Christophe Thompson
Starring Juliette Binoche
Jean Reno
Sergi López
Music by Éric Serra
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Editing by Sylvie Landra
Distributed by Studio Canal France
Miramax USA
Release date(s)
  • September 7, 2002(Toronto)
  • October 30, 2002(France)
Running time 91 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 9,090,045 €

Jet Lag (FrenchDécalage Horaire) is a 2002 film starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno. It is the second film directed by Danièle Thompson, after the 1999 release La Bûche.

At Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, a French beautician (Juliette Binoche) on her way to a new job in Mexico accidentally meets a French chef (Jean Reno) who has been delayed on his way to Germany from his residence in the United States. Labor strikes, bad weather, and pure luck cause the two of them to share a room overnight at the airport Hilton hotel. Their initial mutual indifference and downright hostility evolves into romance and a re-examination of their lives.   More…

Cast (in credits order ):

  • Juliette Binoche as Rose
  • Jean Reno as Félix
  • Sergi López as Sergio
  • Scali Delpeyrat as The Doctor
  • Karine Belly as Air France Attendant
  • Raoul Billerey as Félix’s Father
  • Nadège Beausson-Diagne as A Roissy Passenger
  • Alice Taglioni as Ground Hostess
  • Jérôme Keen as The Concierge
  • Sébastien Lalanne as The Barman
  • Michel Lepriol as The Waiter
  • M’bembo as Post Office Employee (as Mbembo)
  • Laurence Colussi as Hostess
  • Lucy Harrison as Hostess
  • Rebecca Steele as Hostess
  • Thiam – Hostess

Thursday Evening at the Concert: Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – extract from “The Unanswered Question”, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Thursday Evening at the concert: Mendelssohn: String Octet in E flat, Op.20


Mendelssohn: String Octet in E flat, Op.20

Guy Braunstein, Christoph Streuli, Maja Avramović, Christophe Horak – violins
Amihai Grosz, Madeleine Carruzzo – violas
Ludwig Quandt, Stephan Koncz – cellos

0:01 I. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco
14:27 II. Andante
22:40 III. Scherzo. Allegro leggierissimo
27:27 IV. Presto

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The first four measures (click to enlarge). Th...

The first four measures (click to enlarge). The first violin has the melody and the violas’ parts are syncopated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first four measures (click to enlarge). The first violin has the melody and the violas’ parts are syncopated.

Felix Mendelssohn‘s Octet in E-flat majorOp. 20 was composed in the autumn of 1825 (completed on October 15),[1] when the composer was 16. He wrote it as a birthday gift for his friend and violin teacher Eduard Rietz (born October 17, 1802); it was slightly revised in 1832 before the first public performance on 30 January 1836 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.[2] Conrad Wilson summarizes much of its reception ever since: “Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music.”[3] It was followed in 1826 by the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Tommy Emmanuel and John Jorgenson at Copper Mountain Guitar Town July 29th, 2006 play “I’ve Found a new Baby” (from Frizzguitar’s Private collection)

Frizz, this great music, for a Thursday evening, and perfect prelude to the “Thurday at the Concert ” that I just thought of starting

Love the music!

Ryan’s Budget: Right in Your Face, America! (from The Nader Page) (click to access article)

Ryan’s Budget: Right in Your Face, America! (from The Nader Page)

Ryan’s Budget: Right in Your Face, America! (from The Nader Page) (click to access article)

Ryan’s Budget: Right in Your Face, America!

By Ralph Nader

The cruel impoverishment of the debate among the presidential and congressional candidates took a gigantic leap into the pits with Mitt Romney’s selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan from the deindustrialized town of Janesville, Wisconsin. Ryan is invariably described by reporters as “an intellectual leader of the conservative movement” and by fellow Republicans as a person “who tells the hard truths” to the American people.

The truth is that what has distinguished this fast-talking, glib, Ayn Rand-smitten, congenial young man is that he has a plan for the federal budget. On Capitol Hill that fact alone makes one a “stand-out” in the field of political narcissists whose mental tank harbors gaseous one-liners and kneejerk slogans.

The Ryan budget plan is a Koch brothers’ dream and the American peoples’ nightmare. It leads with a lie – namely to control deficit spending by continuing it for at least 30 more years before his concoction of big tax cuts for the rich, further increases in the already bloated defense budget, and savage cuts in public services for the people, somehow balance the budget around mid-century.  Continue reading….

Ecuador grants Asylum to Julian Assange (from Democracy Now)

Ecuador grants Asylum to Julian Assange (from Democracy Now)

Ecuador grants Asylum to Julian Assange (from Democracy Now) (click to access story)

Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum

So far, the news is good1

Plato on-line

Now the question is, will Great Britain allow Assange to leave Ecuador’s embassy in London, or will UK police arrest him?
The UN is duty-bound to defend Assange’s asylum because it says:
“The grant of asylum is a peaceful & humanitarian act & that, as such, it cannot be regarded as unfriendly by any other State.”

Apple Tech Nails Steve Jobs’s Burglar
Never use a smart gadget which you stole. Another dumb thief learned that the hard way. Job’s burglar was tracked when he used one of the iPads he’d nicked to access his own iTunes account

‘In the end, it was Apple’s own technology that helped police track down the man who burglarized Steve Jobs’s home last month.

‘A burglar broke into the home of the late Apple co-founder in July and made off with $60,000 worth of property, but details of the heist weren’t made…

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Ecuador’s asylum for Wikileaks’ Assange

Ecuador: Gracias!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs: Torture, civilian death toll revealed in latest leak.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ecuador had no choice

Thursday 16 August 2012

Ecuador‘s decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange was the only one possible in the circumstances.

This is not just because of Quito’s values of “human rights, democracy and peace,” as Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino stressed, but as a response to Britain’s attempt to bludgeon Ecuador into submission.

Foreign Secretary William Hague‘s attempt to put pressure on President Rafael Correa‘s government by “reminding” it of a 1987 law allowing the British government to revoke the diplomatic status of foreign embassies was an act of ham-fisted arrogance.

Patino’s response of bringing the threat into the open and telling the Foreign Office: “We are not a British colony” was entirely appropriate.

The Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act…

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The death toll higher after the latest gas fracting operation disaster (original title of article: Natural Gas Well Burst Kills One, Injures Three In Colorado)

Read the story at Huffington Post, and find out the latest in the big business of fracking!

Fracking Photos (from Huffington Post)

Fracking Photos (from Huffington Post)

Fracking Photos (from Huffington Post) (click to access the story and photos at Huffpost)

Qoutation: Lucy Maud Montgomery on Mistakes – learning from/forgetting them/leaving them behind

We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss



Median Lethal Dose

In toxicology, a median lethal dose is the quantity of an agent that will kill, within a specified time period, 50 percent of the individuals in a given population. The median lethal dose of a substance is often cited as a measure of how acutely toxic a substance is and is expressed as the amount of substance per kilogram of bodyweight. For instance, the median lethal dose of dioxin is .02 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight in rats. How much table sugar is considered a median lethal dose? More… Discuss


Décalage horaire (Jet Lag) and Unfamiliar Bugs: ATHLETES WHO TRAVEL END UP SICK

Athletes Who Travel End Up Sick

Traveling to new environments, particularly those more than fivetime zones away, for athletic competitions makes even top competitors sick. It is commonly believed that exposure to germs in the confined space of an aircraft is what sickens travelers, but experts say that in all likelihood athletes are actually succumbing to the unfamiliar germs found at their destination. Researchers ruled out airplanes as the source of sickness after finding that athletes fell ill more frequently when traveling away from home than they did after their return trip. More… Discuss



First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE (1888)


Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More… Discuss

The stunning Main Theme from one of the greatest movies of all time: David Lean‘s Lawrence of Arabia. Starring risky choice Peter O’Toole in his first film role, Lawrence Of Arabia won Best Picture of 1962, beating out To Kill A Mockingbird. With a magnificent supporting cast, Lawrence of Arabia is a landmark in the history of film, and debateably the greatest epic of all time. 
Starring: Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, Omar Shariff, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quail and Jack Hawkins.
Directed By: David Lean
Score by: Maurice Jarre
Year: 1962