Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Metropolitan Opera House,1989.



Tre volte miagola la gatta in fregola.


James Earl Jones Performs Shakespeare’s “Othello” at the White House Poetry Jam (2009)


May 12, 2009

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has spent more than five decades as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile actors” and has been termed “one of the greatest actors in American history.” On November 12, 2011, Jones received an Honorary Academy Award.

He is well known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership.

His first film role was as a young and trim Lt. Lothar Zogg, the B-52 bombardier in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964. His first big role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in the The Great White Hope a reprise of the role he had performed on Broadway play, which was based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making him the second African-American male performer (following Sidney Poitier) to receive a nomination.

In the early 1970s, James appeared with Diahann Carroll in a film called Claudine, the story of a woman who raises her six children alone after two failed marriages and one “almost” marriage. Ruppert, played by Jones, is a garbage man who has deep problems of his own. The couple somehow overcomes each other’s pride and stubbornness and get married.

Jones also played the villain Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian, “Few Clothes” Johnson in John Sayles Matewan, the author Terence Mann in Field of Dreams, the feared neighbor Mr. Mertle in The Sandlot, King Jaffe Joffer in Coming to America, Reverend Stephen Kumalo in Cry, the Beloved Country, Raymond Lee Murdock in A Family Thing, and Vice Admiral James Greer in The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger, among many others.

Jones is also well known as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader’s dialogue in postproduction due to Prowse’s strong West Country accent being unsuitable for the role. At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the release of the first two films (he would later be credited for the two in the 1997 re-release): When Linda Blair did the girl in The Exorcist, they hired Mercedes McCambridge to do the voice of the devil coming out of her. And there was controversy as to whether Mercedes should get credit. I was one who thought no, she was just special effects. So when it came to Darth Vader, I said, no I’m just special effects. But it became so identified that by the third one, I thought, OK I’ve been denying it, I’ve been saying it sounds like the uncola nut guy Holder. Geoffrey Holder! … But for the third one, I said OK, I’ll let them put my name on it.

Although uncredited, Jones’ voice is briefly heard as Darth Vader at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. When specifically asked whether he had supplied the voice, possibly from a previous recording, Jones told New York Newsday: “You’d have to ask Lucas about that. I don’t know.” However, on the issue of the voice, the commentary on the DVD release states that, while it will always be uncredited, any true Star Wars fan “should know the answer.”

Jones reprised his role as the voice of Vader several times: he is credited in the movie Robots with the voice of Darth Vader from a voice module. Playing the king of Zamunda in the comedy Coming to America, he echoed four Darth Vader phrases. He also vocally appeared as Vader in the comedy film The Benchwarmers and the video games Star Wars: Monopoly and Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game. Jones’ voice is also used for the Jedi Training Academy attraction at Disneyland and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jones returned as Vader for the video game: Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. Jones also reprised his role as Vader in the new Disney attraction; Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.



Antonín Dvořák – Carnival Overture, Op. 92 Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

This is the “Life” part of the “Nature, Life and Love” trilogy. Performed by SYO Philharmonic led by acclaimed conductor, composer and educator Brian Buggy OAMhttp://syo.com.au

The Carnival Overture, Opus. 92, B. 169, was written by Antonin Dvořák in 1892. It is part of a “Nature, Life and Love” trilogy of overtures written by Dvořák, forming the second “Life” part. The other two parts of the trilogy are overture in a trilogy of overtures that included In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91 (“Nature”) and Othello, Op. 93 (“Love”).

The overture is scored for two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, english horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba,timpani, triangle, cymbals, tambourine, harp and strings.


Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers : NPR


Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers : NPR.

Coming in January: Obamacare Rate Shock Part Two – ProPublica


Coming in January: Obamacare Rate Shock Part Two – ProPublica.

The One Mortgage Fix Washington Isn’t Talking About – ProPublica


The One Mortgage Fix Washington Isn’t Talking About – ProPublica.

Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare – ProPublica


Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare – ProPublica.

6 Months After Obama Promised to Divulge More on Drones, Here’s What We Still Don’t Know – ProPublica


6 Months After Obama Promised to Divulge More on Drones, Here’s What We Still Don’t Know – ProPublica.

NIST to Review Standards After Cryptographers Cry Foul Over NSA Meddling – ProPublica


NIST to Review Standards After Cryptographers Cry Foul Over NSA Meddling – ProPublica.

Farage: You can stop these dark forces, Mr Van Rompuy

Published on Nov 5, 2013

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• European Parliament, Brussels, 5 November 2013

• 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://www.nigelfaragemep.co.uk

• Conference of Presidents

Outcome of the European Council with the participation of Herman Van ROMPUYPresident of the European Council – and Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ – Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration

Video source: EbS (European Parliament)

Mr Van Rompuy, it’s been a long time, lovely to see you.

Today is November the 5th, a big celebration, festival day in England. Just over 400 years ago there was an attempt to blow up the house of parliament with dynamite and to destroy our constitution.

That was a violent approach, you of course have taken the dull, technocratic approach to all of these things, and indeed what you and your colleagues say time and again. You talk about e-initiative and what yoiu are going to do about employment – but the reality is, nothing in this Union is getting any better.

Indeed the accounts – I thought it was 18 years in a row the accounts hadn’t been signed off for, I’m now told told that it’s 19 and you are doing your best to tone down any criticism whatever growth figure you may have, they are pretty anemic, and youth unemployment in the Mediterranean is 50% plus in several states.

And of course you’ll notice there is now a rise in opposition – real opposition – and much of it pretty ugly opposition, not stuff that I myself would want to lick hands with.

It was three and a half years ago that I got into some trouble by questioning who your tailor was. And they fined me 3,000 euros for doing so. Of course, I clearly was wrong. Look at you today, you are the smart, snappy young man around town.

But there’s no question that your legitimacy hasn’t grown in those three and a half years. In fact neither you, nor the Commission – even the Parliament – none of that connection with ordinary people has got greater. And that is why there is an electoral storm coming. There’s something very dramatic that’s going to happen in the third week of May next year [2014].

But you can stop it. You can stop these dark forces as you see them swarming into this Parliament, by actually admitting, openly, that the time has now come to legitimise, or otherwise, these institutions by holding free and fair referendums in the Member States as to whether your position should even exist.

Because the French and Dutch said, Mr Van Rompuy, you shouldn’t exist. They vetoed it and yet you continue regardless.

Are you prepared to sit there and wait for the electoral storm, or would you take the initiative and do your best to legitimise democratically this European Union, or not?

SECOND ROUND (following Mr Van Rompuy’s remarks)

Just for a moment there it got fun, you got angry with me,, it all became impassioned. That was brilliant, because prior to that it was the usual dirge, wasn’t it. It was Mr Van Rompuy talking about a ‘single supervisory mechanism’, a ‘resolution fund’.

What real people are talking about is the lack of jobs, the insanity – as in our case – opening the doors next year to the whole of Romania and Bulgaria. 

So maybe, Mr van Rompuy, the answer is to ignore my pleas for a referendum and just come out and start attacking me and the eurosceptics and maybe then we’ll make it a real European election.

But I warn you, the language that you and the rest of the European Commission use is not the way that ordinary people speak, it’s not how they feel, and honestly, you sit there in front of that flag behind you: That flag and your position were rejected by the French and Dutch in 2005, you’ve carried on regardless, you have no legitimacy.

Let’s fight it out on the battleground next May.

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