Daily Archives: April 16, 2014

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VERRAZANO DAY


Verrazano Day

Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition.More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Daniel Defoe


And of all plagues with which mankind are curst, Ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894)


Nikita Khrushchev (1894)

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin’s rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PEACE TREATY ENDS 335 YEARS’ WAR (1986)


Peace Treaty Ends 335 Years’ War (1986)

When hostilities between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the southwest coast of England, ended, the warring parties recalled their troops, and the conflict was forgotten. Without a treaty declaring its end, however, the 1651 war peacefully became the world’s longest, technically lasting 335 years. Despite questions regarding the validity of the declaration of war, peace was officially declared in 1986. What 45-minute war is considered the world’s shortest? More… Discuss

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NEWS: CLUB DRUG LIFTS DEPRESSION


Club Drug Lifts Depression

The horse tranquilizer ketamine, which has become popular on the club scene, shows significant promise in the treatment of depression. In recent small trials, low doses of the drug were able to lift depression symptoms in a number of patients, and effects persisted in some for days and in others for months. While ketamine will not be replacing Prozac and similar traditional antidepressants anytime soon—it poses a risk of serious side-effects and must be intravenously administered—it opens up a new area of research in the pharmacological treatment of depression. More… Discuss

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The Beatles – Back in the USSR


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The Beatles – Back in the USSR

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: MARGRETHE’S BIRTHDAY


Margrethe’s Birthday

The birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b. 1940) is observed in the capital city of Copenhagen, where people congregate in the courtyard of Amalienborg, the royal palace. Carrying small Danish flags, children cheer and sing for the Queen, refusing to go home until she comes out to greet them. She often appears on the balcony at lunchtime and makes a speech, which is followed by a changing of the Royal Guard in its scarlet dress uniforms. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Miguel de Cervantes


Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889)


Charlie Chaplin (1889)

Chaplin was one of the most creative personalities in the silent film era: he acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Merging physical grace and disrespect for authority, he created a signature character, the Little Tramp, who wore a gentlemen’s derby, carried a cane, and sported a toothbrush mustache. The Little Tramp’s baggy trousers and oversized shoes contributed to his unique, bow-legged dance-walk. How did Chaplin’s political leanings affect his career? More… Discuss
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Greatest Speech Ever Made Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator W/Time Inception

If you like it, support it – 
The movie that this speech is from is “The Great Dictator”
http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Dicta…

The background music is “Time” composed by Hans Zimmer from the Inception Soundtrack
http://www.amazon.com/Inception-Hans-…

I know there are many versions of this clip floating around the net (and thankfully so for this speech should be shared), and though most of them are of good quality, I made this one with the intent of creating a higher quality version. 

I added the music, very simply, because I like it. I feel it fits perfectly. I don’t take credit for the idea, I just wanted to improve on it.

That said, I am never going to add clips to this speech. 
I’ve seen so many versions where people have added movie and news clips in an attempt to increase the impact of this speech, or to promote their political views, and the result is always the same- 
It SUCKS!! (except for the Star Wars Version- that was pretty cool)
http://youtu.be/ATJaT8P6mSE

If I were to add any images to this video, your thoughts would be limited to the visuals attached to it.
This speech is a treasure to find and a gift to give because it can connect to people from all walks of life. I’m not going to take away from the meaning by pushing my thoughts, beliefs or grudges on you or anyone else.
Think for yourself and create your own personal connection to this.

Believe in more than you see, and a new world will appear before you.

(5/7/13) –
For all the purists, I have finally completed and posted the “non-musical” version of this speech in it’s entirety. 
http://youtu.be/TQU9J2ssOF8

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: HARRIET QUIMBY FLIES OVER ENGLISH CHANNEL (1912)


Harriet Quimby Flies over English Channel (1912)

In 1911, Harriet Quimby earned the first pilot’s license issued to a woman in the United States. Less than a year later, Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She continued piloting aircrafts until her tragic death in 1912, when she was tossed from her airplane after it unexpectedly pitched forward. Despite the importance of her flight over the English Channel, the feat barely made the newspapers at the time because it was eclipsed by what major event? More… Discuss

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NEWS: DINGO NO WILD DOG


Dingo No Wild Dog

Analyses of Australian dingo specimens predating the 1788 arrival of European settlers suggest that the dingo is not a kind of wild dog as previously believed but is in fact its own species. Evidence suggests that dingoes made their way to Australia some 3,000 to 5,000 years ago and bred in isolation until domestic dogs were brought to the continent by Europeans. Since that time, dingoes have widely bred with feral dogs, becoming more dog-like in both appearance and DNA and thus more difficult to classify. Given these new findings, researchers have proposed reinstating the species name Canis dingo, first adopted in 1793 by German naturalist Friedrich Meyer.More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: AMETHYST


Amethyst

February’s birthstone, amethyst, is the violet or purple

Amethyst

Amethyst (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

variety of quartz. The gemstone’s name comes from the Greek amethustos, meaning not intoxicated, a reference to the ancient belief that the stone could ward off drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethysts and made drinking vessels of them for this reason. The stone is associated with a number of other superstitions as well, being regarded as a love charm, a potent sleep aid, and what else?More… Discuss

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