Daily Archives: August 3, 2014

Saint of the Day for Sunday, August 3rd, 2014: St. Lydia Purpuraria

Saint of the Day

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St. Lydia Purpuraria

Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller). She became Paul’s first convert at … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

This mammoth yearly rally of 250,000 or so motorcyclists is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. The rally began in 1938 when Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, a local motorcycle dealer, invited some fellow bikers to a get-together. Part of biker lore, the rally now includes races, merrymaking, band music, and usually some misbehavior. Motorcycle drag racing runs eight days, and other official events include bike shows, a swap meet, and monster truck races. The rally also includes unofficial events, especially weddings; 100 or more couples get married there every year. More… Discuss

quotation: The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. John Milton

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

today’s birthday: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)

Shelley is considered one of the great English Romantic poets. He is known for his masterpiece lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound and his poems “To a Skylark” and “Ozymandias.” A rebellious youth, Shelley was expelled from Oxford for his part in authoring an atheist tract. He married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, now famed as Mary Shelley, after his first wife drowned herself in 1816. Shelley himself drowned just six years later at age 29. Why do some think his death was not accidental? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Feudalism Abolished in France (1789)

Feudalism Abolished in France (1789)

The monarchical absolutism of King Louis XIV of France destroyed the roots of feudalism, but outward feudal forms persisted and became increasingly burdensome. Therefore, just weeks after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy—driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism—relinquished their manorial rights within the course of a few hours. What are the National Assembly’s August 1789 decisions collectively called? More… Discuss

Evidence of Early Learning

Evidence of Early Learning

Learning is a lifelong process, and it begins before you are even born. A recent study suggests that human fetuses begin learning as early as the 34th week of gestation, earlier than previously believed. Researchers had pregnant women recite a brief nursery rhyme aloud twice a day for six weeks and monitored the heart rates of their fetuses at 32-, 33-, and 34-weeks’ gestation as a recording of a female stranger reciting the rhyme was played. At 34 weeks, the fetuses’ heart rates declined, an indicator of fetal recognition of a familiar stimulus. More… Discuss

The Giant Panda

The Giant Panda

The black-and-white giant panda lives in the mountain forests of central China. Though it primarily feeds on bamboo, the bear-like mammal’s digestive system is similar to that of a carnivore, and it must therefore spend as much as 16 hours a day eating up to 40 lb (18 kg) of bamboo leaves, stems, and shoots in order to get enough nutrients. While adult giant pandas are certainly physically imposing, the “giant” part of their name also serves to differentiate them from what other kind of panda? More… Discuss

word: vacillate


Definition: (verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
Synonyms: hover, oscillate, vibrate
Usage: I vacillated about what to say for so long that the man on the phone asked if I was still there. Discuss.

The French spy who wrote Planet of the Apes

The French spy who wrote Planet of the Apes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28610124

Ebola victims’ bodies in street in Monrovia: ‘They both gave up and dropped dead on the ground’


Five Additional Days Added to Wawona Fruit Recall | Food Safety NewsFood Safety News


Israel halts fire for 7 hours after strike on school


‘Impossible’ engine starts working


Israel spied on Kerry’s calls during 2013 peace talks, magazine reports | Fox News


Renewed Gaza Violence Amid Troop Withdrawal Trips Up Diplomacy – Businessweek


Ukraine army ‘heading for victory’

Ukraine army ‘heading for victory’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28632292

US to send 50 experts to fight Ebola

US to send 50 experts to fight Ebola http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28631777

U.S. slams ‘disgraceful shelling’ of UN school in Gaza – Diplomacy and DefenseIsrael News – Haaretz Israeli News source


Why isn’t there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola? | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth


BBC News – Gaza crisis: Deadly strike ‘at UN school in Rafah’


Third UN school hit in Gaza | The Australian


Strong earthquake kills at least 175 in southern China | Fox News


Ukraine rebel cities ‘facing siege’

Ukraine rebel cities ‘facing siege’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28630391

Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam, oilfield after defeating Kurds


Toledo tells residents not to drink water due to presence of toxins | Fox News


Veteran graffiti artist Robbo dies

Veteran graffiti artist Robbo dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28605694

Bishop in Iraq Christians asylum call

Bishop in Iraq Christians asylum call http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28628763

Gaza crisis ‘intolerable’ – Hammond

Gaza crisis ‘intolerable’ – Hammond http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28628577

Whiplash assessment charges slashed

Whiplash assessment charges slashed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28627165

Infected Ebola doctor lands in US

Infected Ebola doctor lands in US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28596416

What You Need to Know About the FDA’s Push to Regulate Laboratory Developed Tests – Bio-IT World


Cosmic ‘magnifying glass’ helps scientists see something really, really, really far away (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Historic Skulls Discloses Testosterone Amounts Fell because Modern-Man Characteristics Emerged | iStreet Research


Illegal Hack of Senate Computers