Daily Archives: August 5, 2014

‘Heavy fighting’ erupts in Donetsk

‘Heavy fighting’ erupts in Donetsk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28665050

Bedřich Smetana – Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15: make music part of your life series

Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonata D.575: Great compositions/performances

Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonata D.575

The Piano Sonata in B major, D. 575 by Franz Schubert is a sonata for solo piano, posthumously published as Op. 147. Schubert composed the sonata in August 1817.


I. Allegro ma non troppo (B major)

II. Andante (E major)

III. Scherzo: Allegretto – Trio (G major, D Major)

IV. Allegro giusto (B major)


this pressed: ProPublica: Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report.

(From ProPublica)

this pressed: ProPublica: Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica

Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica.

Wonder no more: Starting Tuesday, manufacturers can’t mislead about ‘gluten free’ on packaging, says new FDA rule | Mail Online


Doctors Begin To Refuse Obamacare Patients


The Secret Serum That Could Cure Ebola


Scientists Discover New Method to ‘Bottle’ Sound Waves


Extracting audio from visual information


UN alarm over Iraqi Yazidi children

UN alarm over Iraqi Yazidi children http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28663926

Warsi quits as minister over Gaza

Warsi quits as minister over Gaza http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28656874

Gaza crisis: Survivors, no winners

Gaza crisis: Survivors, no winners http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28657852

Ukrainian refugee numbers soar

Ukrainian refugee numbers soar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28656147

Gaza truce holds as Israel withdraws

Gaza truce holds as Israel withdraws http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28663576

today’s holiday: Croatia Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Croatia Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

On this date in 1995, the Croatian Army defeated Serbian forces at the city of Knin in a decisive battle called Operation Storm. The victory enabled Croatia to regain control of the Serbian-declared breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina. The main celebration of this national holiday takes place in Knin, where thousands gather to watch a parade and to listen to speeches by the country’s leaders. Church bells toll, and wreaths are laid in honor of those who died in the war. The national flag is hoisted atop of the fortress overlooking southern Knin as part of the celebration. More… Discuss

quotation: Plato

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC) Discuss

Oswaldo Cruz (1872)

Cruz was a Brazilian physician, scientist, and the founder of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute for research and development in biomedical sciences in Rio de Janeiro. As the Director General of Public Health, Cruz took strong measures to combat the bubonic plague, smallpox, and yellow fever in Brazil. He instituted sanitary reforms that included isolating the sick and exterminating the rat population in Rio. What happened when he tried to reinstate a law imposing mandatory smallpox vaccination? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Statue of Liberty’s Cornerstone Is Laid (1884)

The Statue of Liberty’s Cornerstone Is Laid (1884)

The Statue of Liberty—officially “Liberty Enlightening the World”—is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was a gift to the US from France to commemorate France’s alliance with the colonies during the American Revolution. Though it is now an iconic landmark, many forget that “Lady Liberty” also served as a functioning lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. Designed by French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi, the statue depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Who served as Bartholdi’s model? More… Discuss

Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids

Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids

The adage “Everything in moderation” appears to apply even to video games. A recent study finds that youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 who spend an hour or less a day playing video games are better adjusted and report more satisfaction with their lives than those who do not play at all, while those who play video games for more than three hours a day are less well adjusted than their peers. More… Discuss



Though toothpaste as we know it today is only about a century old, dental hygiene has long concerned human beings. The ancient Greeks and Romans cleaned their teeth with abrasive mixtures using crushed bones and oyster shells, a far cry from the hydrogen peroxide-and-baking soda formulas of the 19th century. In 1892, American dentist Washington Sheffield became the first to sell toothpaste in a tube—today the standard in toothpaste packaging. What had inspired him to package it like that? More… Discuss

word: muffle


Definition: (verb) Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.
Synonyms: mute, tone down, dampen, dull
Usage: I was up past my bedtime, so I tried to muffle my sneeze by holding my pillow over my face. Discuss.