Daily Archives: July 30, 2014

House votes to sue President Obama

House votes to sue President Obama http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28565772

Nato ‘unprepared for Russia threat’

Nato ‘unprepared for Russia threat’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28577904

Argentine debt talks end in failure

Argentine debt talks end in failure http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28578179

Day in pictures: 30 July 2014

Day in pictures: 30 July 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-28567376

Smart home kit proves ‘easy to hack’

Smart home kit proves ‘easy to hack’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28569342

Somali ‘killed for not wearing veil’

Somali ‘killed for not wearing veil’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28564984

Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises

Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28573674

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dozens of baby turtles hatch and head home – WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports


A Tour of the Ancient Life Still Trapped in Amber | Motherboard


US Imposes Visa Ban on Venezuelan Officials – ABC News


Israeli Shells Said to Hit Shelter at Gaza U.N. School – NYTimes.com


Text of Lois Lerner’s email exchange – seattlepi.com


F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live): make music part of your life series

from:  thiagoblanco:
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

Suite – “Ein Sommernachtstraum” op. 61 / Suite – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

– Overture
– Scherzo
– Intermezzo
– Nocturne
Wedding March

Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Conductor: Ton Koopman
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)



Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith: Great compositions/performances

from:  ryan teall:

Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith

Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75 (1885)

I. Allegro agitato
II. Adagio (6:45)
III. Allegro moderato (12:33)
IV. Allegro molto (16:13)

Jascha Heifetz, Brooks Smith

today’s Saint, July 30, 2014: St. Peter Chrysologus (Feastday: July 30)






Pedro crisologo01.jpgSt. Peter Chrysologus
Greek: Ἅγιος Πέτρος ὁ Χρυσολόγος, Petros Chrysologos meaning Peter the “golden-worded”)
He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Feastday: July 30
Birth: 380
Death: 450


St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter merited being called “Chrysologus” (golden-worded) from his exceptional oratorical eloquence. In 433, Pope Sixtus III consecrated him bishop of Ravenna. He practiced many corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and ruled his flock with utmost diligence and care. He extirpated the last vestiges of paganism and other abuses that had sprouted among his people, cautioning them especially against indecent dancing. “Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil,” he remarked, “cannot rejoice with Christ.” He also counseled the heretic Eutyches (who had asked for his support) to avoid causing division but to learn from the other heretics who were crushed when they hurled themselves against the Rock of Peter. He died at Imola, Italy in 450 and in 1729 was made a Doctor of the Church, largely as a result of his simple, practical, and clear sermons which have come down to us, nearly all dealing with Gospel subjects.


When in 1729 he was declared a Doctor of the Church, his feast day, not already included in the Tridentine Calendar, was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 4 December. In 1969 his feast was moved to 30 July, as close as possible to the day of his death, 31 July, the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.


A contemporary portrait of Saint Peter Chrysologus, found in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, depicts him among the members of the eastern and western imperial family, showing his extraordinary influence.




today’s holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More… Discuss

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly politically active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did an Austrian politician demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship in 2005? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. He led with brawn and charisma and made toughness his policy—whether dealing with management or with rival unions. In 1964, he was convicted of jury tampering and fraud and sentenced to 13 years in jail, but President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. Hoffa’s unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What evidence surfaced in 2001? More… Discuss

All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

Researchers are held to a strict code of ethics when carrying out experiments on human subjects. For example, they are expected to obtain informed consent from participants. Yet, the obligations of websites remain murky, and some are using this to their advantage. On the heels of Facebook‘s revelation that it manipulated users’ feeds to study emotions, dating website OKCupid admitted to carrying out its own experiments, one of which involved falsifying compatibility information to see how it would impact users’ likelihood of initiating communication. OKCupid defended its actions, saying the data collected will help them improve on the site, but many remain outraged. More… Discuss



Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More… Discuss

word: nonpareil


Definition: (noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An ‘Only’ is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better’n any other feller. Discuss.

Death threats to Amazon tribe leader

Death threats to Amazon tribe leader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28554806

Colombian city on alert after attack

Colombian city on alert after attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28558909

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-28545437

‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ observed

‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ observed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28543990

Birds beat machines in hover test

Birds beat machines in hover test http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28563737

Red in tooth and claw

Red in tooth and claw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-28548297

Argentina in denial over debt dispute

Argentina in denial over debt dispute http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28541071

Ebola virus: Twitter Q&A

Ebola virus: Twitter Q&A http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28559715

Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app

Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28558220

Netflix pays AT&T to ensure quality

Netflix pays AT&T to ensure quality http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28560106

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28558433