Daily Archives: December 21, 2013

RenegadePress.com – S01E01 – Out In The Open

The first minute got cut off, but this is the full episode. 

Producers: Virginia Thompson & Robert de Lint
Creators: Virginia Thompson & Robert de Lint
Director: Robert de Lint
Writer: Robert de Lint

Zoey’s (Ksenia Solo) investigation of bullies makes her their next target.

How to Make Milk Kefir

Learn how to make Milk Kefir at home for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the grocery store. Milk Kefir is one of the easiest cultured foods to make–even easier than yogurt! Step-by-step instructions including information on where to obtain a Milk Kefir culture (also known as Milk Kefir Grains).
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Temporary Work, Lasting Harm – ProPublica


Temporary Work, Lasting Harm – ProPublica.

The Collections – St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK


The Collections – St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK.

The Public Catalogue Foundation


The Public Catalogue Foundation.

Quotation: Hans Christian Andersen about death

Death … goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Discuss


Florence Griffith Joyner, AKA FloJo (1959)

“FloJo” was a US sprinter whose incredible speed and unique fashion sense left an indelible mark on the running world. She first turned heads at the 1984 Olympics, where her silver-medal performance was nearly overshadowed by her long, painted nails and flashy racing suits. By 1988’s Games, however, there was no denying her skill. She set one world record during the Olympic trials and another at the Games, where she also took three golds and a silver. Who is her similarly talented sister-in-law? More… Discuss



Introduction of the Modern Crossword Puzzle (1913)

Though a type of crossword puzzle has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians, 20th-century British-American journalist Arthur Wynne is generally credited with the invention of the modern form of the crossword. Within a decade, such puzzles were being published in most leading US newspapers. The word game was further popularized when Simon & Schuster published a crossword puzzle book in 1924. The craze soon spread to England and beyond. What name did Wynne initially give his word game? More… Discuss




Dozens of people were injured Thursday, several of them seriously, when a large part of the ceiling of London’shistoric Apollo Theatre collapsed during a production ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It had been a nearly sold-out performance, with 720 of the 112-year-old theater’s 775 seats filled. Seventy-six people were injured, but luckily none were killed, and none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening. More… Discuss


Pan Twardowski

Twardowski is a character in Polish folklore who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for special powers, similar to the figure of Faust in German literature. Twardowski, a nobleman in 16th-century Krakow, tries to outwit the Devil by including in his contract with the Prince of Darkness the stipulation that his soul may only be claimed when he is in Rome—a place Twardowski intends never to go. Though Twardowski never does travel to Rome, the Devil collects when the man makes what misstep? More… Discuss


November 3 2013 Cologne Recital – Bigger, Longer & Uncut , Raw Video Feed , Valentina Lisitsa

Fast forward to 5:00 minutes in to the performance!
This raw video camera feed is made live from Cologne recital that was recorded for Arte TV and web broadcast, all 3+ hours of i t! Arte Live Web put a short version of it a week after the concert ( I was not asked which pieces I want or don’t want ) When I realized the the video is unavailable anywhere other than France and Germany I thought it is a technical glitch. I contacted Arte and was told that ” the contract with Decca doesn’t allow them worldwide broadcast”. I got a letter from Decca – yes, in writing, saying that it is OK ( well, it was written in lawyer’s language but the OK is still OK, right?) “Armed” with a written permission I contacted Arte again and asked to please-please-please to change the settings of the video. It has been a month…. Did we all wait enough? I think so.
For my French and German fans – you can still watch a short version ( 1 hour 15 minutes) on Arte Live Webhttp://liveweb.arte.tv/de/video/Valen…
For the rest of the world ( which is QUITE A BIT BIGGER than France+Germany, even if Arte TV doesn’t think so :)))) enjoy the full version for next 90 days! As a trade-off you have to scroll through the intermission etc and to guess the titles of pieces.

Do not sing, my beauty (Не пой,красавица,) Valentina Nafornita-soprano, Lidia Ciubuc-piano

The concert “Through Art Towards Good” – Lidia Ciubuc and her guests, the 13th of june 2010. Hall “Mihail Jora”, Bucharest.

Valentina Nafornita (soprano)
Lidia Ciubuc (piano)

Open doors leading to earthquake in British politics next May – Nigel Farage

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 11 December 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

• Debate: Preparations for the European Council meeting (19-20 December 2013)
Council and Commission statements


Good morning,

I know it is seasonal to talk about the 12 days of Christmas but I want to talk about the 21 day countdown to the opening of the doors to 29 million poor people from Romania and Bulgaria. It does I think mark a pivotal moment in British politics. 

Now, very often in Britain, MEPs complain that they haven’t got a high enough profile with the public and I want to try and change that today because Brigadier Geoffrey Van Orden, sitting behind me here, British Conservative, was the rapporteur, the sponsor for Bulgaria joining the European Union and for us having a total open door to all of those people. So well done Brigadier! And I want all the British people to know who you are and what your achievements are.

And of course, what Free Movement means, it means free healthcare, it means free education, it means free access to the benefits system, it means an open door to the criminal gangs and the modern day fagans who will of course benefit from the fact that London is the most successful and wealthy international city in Europe. 

Already the situation is so bad that 92% of ATM crime in London last year was committed by Romanians. Now look, I am not scapegoating in any way, and I know that a lot of people that come from Bulgaria and Romania will be very decent people who want to work hard and want to better their lives. But free movement does not work in the European Union now that we have countries that are poor. 

A man that comes from Bucharest and works in London and gets child benefit for the two children back home; that child benefit is worth more than he can actually earn doing a menial job in Bucharest, and that is the reason why the numbers that come to Britain will indeed be absolutely enormous. 

Now, I have said for some time, and now the British people agree: Enough is Enough! Eighty per cent of the British people do not want those borders to come down in 21 days’ time.

It’s unfair. It’s unfair on working people, it is leading to lower wages, it is leading to higher youth unemployment, and it is leading to divided communities.

But of course, it does not end here, because our Prime Minister, Mr Cameron with the full support of Labour and the LibDems now wants to extend this principle of open borders, as he says himself, “from the Atlantic to the Urals”. So it means countries like Kazakstan, indeed the Ukraine joining the European Union. I see that that Tony Blair is now helping Albania join the European Union, well good luck to them with that. We even want to extend it to Turkey joining the European Union.

Well our message is that a Turkey is just for Christmas, it is not for political union. We don’t want open borders.

And, Mr Cameron, do not next week at the summit surrender in any way surrender to deeper European military integration. Many in this room would have bombed Syria had they the capability. Thank God, it did not.

On open doors, on a European Armies, the voters will have their say next May, and I think there is going to be a radical change. I think there is going be an earthquake in British politics next May.

Thank you. 

Video source: EbS (European Parliament)

• EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, 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


Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About – ProPublica


Payment Due: The Obamacare Deadline No One Is Talking About – ProPublica.

Maria Callas — omagiul Filarmonicii Pitesti (Valentina Nafornita)

Cea de-a patra stagiune a Filarmonicii Pitesti s-a finalizat prin concertul vocal-simfonic intitulat Omagiu Mariei Callas, organizat la data de 23 iunie 2011 cu sprijinul sopranei Laura Niculescu (au participat, ca invitati speciali din Italia, Giovanna Lomazzi, asistenta Mariei Callas, Gianni Tangucci, fost director al Scalei din Milano, si regizorul Giampiero Zazzara). Solisti: Mediana Vlad, Valentina Naforniţă, Cristina Radu, Orsolya Vari, Andra Bivol-Costea, Ştefan Korch, Mihail Dogotari, Marian Reşte, Stefan Popov si Alin Anca. Inregistrare din concert: Valentina Nafornita – C. Gounod, Romeo şi Julieta, Je veux vivre, si Orsolya Vari, Alin Anca – W.A. Mozart, Don Giovanni, duet La ci darem la mano.


Valentina Nafornita: I Knew You by Name Only [Composition by Eugen Doga]


Les filles de Cadix, for solo voice, 1874 by Clément Philibert Léo Delibes. Sung by Romanian soprano VALENTINA NAFORNITA; born in Moldova . Nafornita was heralded as the winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and as you will see if you have not already heard her sing, she does so with outstanding purity and tonal quality. This girl has a most promising future!