Daily Archives: April 19, 2014

Just a thought: There is a difference between freedom of speech and being free to be spoken to!


Just a thought: There is a difference between freedom of speech and being free to be spoken to, and furthermore to agree to what you’re told as being true

The Burning Question: Is freedom of speech equated with forced exposure and therefore adherence to speech?


The Burning Question: Is freedom of speech equated with forced exposure and therefore adherence to speech?

And furthermore acceptance of ideas and actions proclaimed by said speech?

Can any company force you to be associated with ideas and ideologies that are erroneous, by not providing a means to separate and insulate yourself from such ideas?

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Retraction Watch, WordPress parent company file suit to fight false copyright claims, censorship


Retraction Watch

automattc Retraction Watch readers may recall that earlier this year, ten of our posts disappeared for two weeks after someone at an alleged news service in India falsely claimed that we had violated their copyright . The situation was the opposite of those claims; in fact our copyright had been violated, and the posts, all about Anil Potti , were restored .

Ars Technica, which covered the case at the time, explained how this sort of thing happens in an earlier story:

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aka john galt and wordpress myth of Discussion settings allowing blacklisting of offensive sites (when Akismet overrules your freewill choice)


aka john galt - Why I chose not to be associated with his site? -  Because it is my right and any blogger to not be associated with abusive sites (it is in WordPress.com policy: why is it that they fsil to implement it?

aka john galt – Why I chose not to be associated with his site? – Because it is my right and any blogger to not be associated with abusive sites (it is in WordPress.com policy: why is it that they fail to carry it out ?)

 

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Visit at your own risk! I personally expressed my wish not to be associated in any way with this instigating website listed on my discussion settings!


http://usconstitutionalfreepress.wordpress.com/

click to access this site (at your own risk) AKA john galt keeps rebblogging my copyrighted posts even after my expressed wish that he abstain!

Visit at your own risk! I personally expressed my wish not to be associated in any way with this instigating website listed on my discussion settings!

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Great Compositions/Performances: Die Weihe Des Hauses, Op. 124 – Ludvig van Beethoven (Consecration of the House) Overture


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Title: Die Weihe Des Hauses, Op. 124, Overture.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven.
Artist: Claudio Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Painting by Thomas Cole.

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Great Compositions/Performances: Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)


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Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)

Lang Lang

Berlin, April 28, 2011
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Fabulous Compositions: Antonín Dvořák – Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101


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Conductor: Jiři Stárek
Orchestra: SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern

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Great Compositions/Performances: “The Wild Dove” , Antonin Dvorak , Alexander Rahbari with London Philharmonic Orchestra


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The Wild Dove op.110 (Symphonic poem)
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Conductor :Alexander Rahbari
London Philharmonic Orchestra , Henry Wood Hall 
Sound Engineer : Mike Clements

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59 [Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano]


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Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14

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SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. ALPHEGE April 19


SAINT OF THE DAY

April 19 Saint of the Day

ST. ALPHEGE
April 19: Archbishop and “the First Martyr of Canterbury.” He was born in … Read More

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Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at Rome\’s Colosseum


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A worker and a businessman carried the Cross, as well as the sick, children and the homeless.

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Tale of two Easters: Holy Land Catholics, Orthodox to celebrate as one


Tale of two Easters: Holy Land Catholics, Orthodox to celebrate as one


Christian pilgrims carry palm branches during the traditional Palm Sunday procession last year on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. (CNS/Debbie Hill)

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Ghassan Rafidi, 53, remembers enjoying celebrating Easter twice as a child in his village of Jifna. 

“We had two times to celebrate and two vacations. My father’s family gave us gifts on the Greek Orthodox date, and my mother’s family on the Catholic,” said Rafidi, the son of a Catholic mother and a Greek Orthodox father. 

But today the Christian community has shrunk, and it is important that the celebrations be united, he said. Employers honor vacation on only one of the celebrations, putting pressure on families to decide which to celebrate, he said. 

“The Muslims always ask us how many Jesuses do we have,” he said. 

There are many families like Rafidi’s, both in Israel and the Palestinian territories, with members belonging to the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Protestant churches.

For the past 15 years, Catholic parishes throughout the Palestinian territories and many in Israel have been celebrating Easter on the Greek Orthodox date. Now, following a directive from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, within two years all Eastern Catholics and the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land will officially adopt the Greek Orthodox Julian calendar date.

The Latin Patriarchate calls the move a “decisive step toward ecumenism.” The official directive will take place after completion of the decree and approval by the Vatican.

“The main reason for the unification of the Easter celebration is for members of the same family, village and parish to be able to have one celebration, and one calendar, and to show the unity and enjoy the unity. We want to give a good example of unity to our non-Christian neighbors,” said the Latin Patriarchate chancellor, Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali.

The Latin-rite diocese of the Holy Land includes Israel, the Palestinian territories and Cyprus. Parishes in Jerusalem and the Bethlehem, West Bank, area will be exempt this year because of the Status Quo, the 1852 agreement that preserved the division of ownership and responsibilities of various Christian holy sites. The parish in Tel Aviv has also received an exemption for this year since there are many foreign workers who are members of the parish.

The Greek Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar and did not adopt the Gregorian calendar, which was implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to correct a miscalculation in the rotation of the earth. 

Next year, Easter falls on the same day according to both calendars, so the change by decree will only be adopted in 2015.

The spirit of the holiday is lost if it is celebrated on separate dates, said Father Raed Abusahlia of Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, West Bank. Easter in the Eastern church is all of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday, and includes special prayers during the week, he said.

“The liturgy is very beautiful if done together as a family. It can’t be spiritual if it is only part of the family,” he said. During the week following Easter there are traditional holiday family visits as well, he added.

Father Ilario Antoniazzi of St. Anthony Parish in Rameh, Israel, has been celebrating Easter with the Greek Orthodox for 15 years; he said the date is not important. 

“The most important thing is to be together on the feast, to give a good example of our love and to show that we are united in our love,” he said.

In the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, the change did not come easily for some parishioners, said Father Agapios Abu Saada of St. Elijah Melkite Catholic Cathedral, who has been pivotal in pushing for unifying the celebration.

“My experience in seeking solidarity … was not a smooth one,” he said. “The decision was not unified even within the same congregation.” 

He said those initially opposed to the idea were swayed by the joint religious processions during Holy Week.

“Unifying the feast is a vivid Christian testimony in a multicultural and multireligious society,” he said. “Christians in the Holy Land are a minority that keeps dividing itself to inner minorities within the minority, creating diverse subcommunities … which deteriorate the goal of Christians as one unrestricted community living in a multicultural and multireligious society.”

Father Abusahlia said some of his parishioners are “a little bit disturbed” because the Greek Orthodox Easter comes so late this year: May 5. 

“In the past years, we celebrated it together or with a difference of one week, so they didn’t feel it. Now it is very late, with a difference of 35 days. But we will celebrate together, it is good and important,” said he said.

The change also involves celebrating Lent and the period between Easter and Pentecost, said Bishop Shomali.

“Christmas is just Christmas and Epiphany, but when we unify the calendar (on Easter) we are unifying 90 days of the year. It is important,” he said.

He said he would be happy to see the unified celebration adopted universally by all Christians.

“The solution is to fix one Sunday in April as the date,” he said.

Bishop Shomali said although the Catholics did not ask the Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, he expects they will do so to unite Christians for that feast.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield


Primrose Day

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath ofprimroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism that Disraeli had championed. The organization’s influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: H.G. Wells


Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: LARRY WALTERS, LAWN CHAIR PILOT (1949)


Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot (1949)

“Lawnchair Larry” was an American adventurer who built a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and dozens of helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend’s Los Angeles backyard in July 1982. He quickly shot up to over 15,000 ft (4,572 m) and then drifted toward a nearby airport, where passing pilots reported him to the control tower. When he was ready to return to solid ground, he began shooting out the balloons with a pellet gun, but then he dropped it. What happened next? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ACTRESS GRACE KELLY MARRIES RAINIER III OF MONACO (1956)


Actress Grace Kelly Marries Rainier III of Monaco (1956)

Kelly was an Oscar-winning American actress who appeared in many films, including Dial M for Murder andRear Window. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, an event that marked her retirement from acting. The couple had three children, one of whom, Albert II, is Monaco’s reigning Sovereign Prince. Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Why did Frank Sinatra reportedly choose to skip his former costar’s wedding? More… Discuss

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NEWS: DEADLIEST DAY ON EVEREST


 

Deadliest Day on Everest

An avalanche along the most popular route up Mount Everest killed at least 12 Nepali mountain guides on Friday. Several other climbers were still missing in the hours following the event. Prior to this avalanche, the deadliest day on Everest was May 11, 1996, when eight people lost their lives in a storm. In all, 15 people died attempting to summit the mountain that year, making it the deadliest year in Everest’s history. It is still early in Everest’s peak climbing season, meaning this year could well surpass that unfortunate record. More… Discuss
FATALITIES LISTED HERE

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ARTICLE: CRYPTOGRAPHY


Cryptography

Cryptography concerns the securing of information, often during communication, by translating messages into cipher or code. Ciphering has always been considered vital for diplomatic and military secrecy—the Bible is replete with examples of ciphering, and many figures throughout history have written in ciphers, including Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mary Queen of Scots, and Louis XIV. What legal issues and controversies surround cryptography methods in the 21st century? More…Discuss

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