Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

Iraqi Christians flee from Mosul

Iraqi Christians flee from Mosul http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28381455

What drove Hamas to take on Israel?

What drove Hamas to take on Israel? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28371966

Up to our necks in a diabolical element

Up to our necks in a diabolical element http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28369829

UN warns on surveillance ‘dangers’

UN warns on surveillance ‘dangers’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28367982

Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33 (make music part of your life series)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin

Nocturne – Antonin Dvořák Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48 (make music part of your life series)


Antonin Dvořák: Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48
Bernhard Güller: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Moonlight Classics



According to legend, Atlantis was an ancient island that long ago sank into the sea and was lost. Plato is the primary source of the legend, writing in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias of the flourishing Atlantean civilization and the island’s destruction 9,000 years before his time. Many have sought the missing island to no avail. While it likely never existed as Plato described, elements of his story may have been drawn from real events. What does he say sank Atlantis? More… Discuss

word: pernicious


Definition: (adjective) Tending to cause death or serious injury.
Synonyms: baneful, pestilent, deadly
Usage: The pernicious effects of alcoholism are well documented in the medical literature. Discuss.

today’s holiday: ‘Ksan Celebrations

‘Ksan Celebrations

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the ‘Ksan, or Gitxsan, Indians in a longhouse in the Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the ‘Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git ‘Ksan, meaning “People of the ‘Ksan” (named after the nearby Skeena River). More… Discuss

295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and it may not have been an accident. Ukraine has accused terrorists of shooting down the commercial flight, while the rebels have pointed the finger back at Ukraine. All 295 persons on board—280 passengers and 15 crew—are presumed dead. This is the second tragedy to strike the airline this year. In March, another flight went missing without a trace, and it has yet to be found. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Adolf Hitler Publishes First Volume of Mein Kampf (1925)

Adolf Hitler Publishes First Volume of Mein Kampf (1925)

Hitler dictated his manifesto, whose title means “my struggle,” while serving a prison term for treason. The book, filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, political ideology, and strategy for world domination, became the bible of National Socialism. By the end of WWII, about 10 million copies of the book had been sold or distributed in Germany—owing much to the fact that every newlywed couple and every soldier at the battlefront received a free copy. Where is it illegal to sell copies of the book? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)

Thackeray was an English novelist and satirist. In his lifetime, he was seen as the only possible rival of Charles Dickens for his pictures of contemporary life. Thackeray achieved widespread popularity in 1848 with Book of Snobs, but he is best known for another of his novels published that year, Vanity Fair, a satirical panorama of upper-middle-class London life in the early 19th century. Who were Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, and George Savage Fitz-Boodle? More… Discuss

quotation: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

The virus detective who discovered Ebola

The virus detective who discovered Ebola http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28262541