Daily Archives: August 16, 2014

Ukraine crisis: Rebels getting tanks, Russian-trained fighters for offensive, separatist leader says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


‘New massacres’ in Iraq and Syria

‘New massacres’ in Iraq and Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28824212

Russia’s Atlantis rises again

Russia’s Atlantis rises again http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28789836

Depression with Parkinson’s ‘common’

Depression with Parkinson’s ‘common’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28801953

Weekendish: Best longer reads from the week

Weekendish: Best longer reads from the week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28790772

Weekendish: Best longer reads from the week

Weekendish: Best longer reads from the week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28790772

Go Figure: The week in numbers

Go Figure: The week in numbers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28804426

Are we suffering from consumption?

Are we suffering from consumption? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28756372

What future for Gaza’s children?

What future for Gaza’s children? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28803447

The cave dwellers of Bamiyan

The cave dwellers of Bamiyan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28583933

FCC extends Net Neutrality deadline by five days; new deadline Sept 15 | Uncover California


Google buys Image-Recognition, Photo Analysing Startup Jetpac | Capital OTC


Market Basket Workers Rally In Support of Employees « CBS Boston


breaking news | Philstar Mobile


Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Israel must stop punishing Gaza’s people,’ pleads UN commissioner – Middle East – World – The Independent


Iraq crisis: Iraqi minority says massacre of civilians not over yet – Middle East – World – The Independent


How Capt. Ron Johnson changed police tactics in wake of Mike Brown shooting (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Plight of Iraqi Minorities Worsens With Forced Conversions and Killings – NYTimes.com


this pressed: Amid Protests, Missouri Governor Orders Curfew in Ferguson

FBI michael brownAmid Protests, Missouri Governor Orders Curfew in Ferguson.

this pressed from CNet: Edward Snowden a ‘uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower’ – CNET

Edward Snowden a ‘uniquely postmodern breed of whistle-blower’ – CNET.

Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos n°1 – Rudenko / Lugansky: make music part of your life series


Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos n°1 – Rudenko / Lugansky

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Suite for two pianos n°1 op.5:

I. Allegretto. Barcarolle 0:00
II. Adagio sostenuto. La nuit… L’amour 7:35
III. Largo di molto. Les larmes 13:53
IV. Allegro maestoso. Pâques 19:24

Vadim Rudenko
Nikolai Luganski
Live recording, Moscow

Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275: make music part of your life series


Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275

I Amoroso
II Allegro e con spirito
III Minuetto, trio
IV Rondeau, andante

Performed by La Magnifica Comunità

LA Times – Curfew, state of emergency declared in Ferguson, governor says


Tchaikovsky-Meditation from Souvenir d’un lieu cher op. 42 no. 1 (Orchestrated by A. Glazunov): great compositions/performances

From: Kanaal van viool7  Kanaal van viool7

Tchaikovsky-Meditation from Souvenir d’un lieu cher op. 42 no. 1 (Orchestrated by A. Glazunov)

Tchaikovsky's tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Mon...

Tchaikovsky’s tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*****Isaac Stern: violin-
*****National Symphony Orchestra-Mstislav                 Rostropovich: conductor-1977


today’s Birthday: Charles Bukowski

 Charles Bukowski

Bukowski en su casa de San Pedro en 1990, con ...

Bukowski en su casa de San Pedro en 1990, con los escritores Mary Ann Swissler y Mat Gleason. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bukowski, Charles, 1920–94, American underground poet and fiction writer, b. Andernach, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States in 1922, settling in Los Angeles. A hard-drinking unskilled worker and sometime denizen of skid row, Bukowski published his first short stories in the 1940s and earliest book of poetry in 1959. Ferociously bleak in their portrayal of life in general and Los Angeles in particular, his usually self-referential, often angry poetry and prose typically depicts alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, and other outcasts. During the 1960s he became an outsider hero, lauded by Sartre, Genet, and other literary celebrities. Many of Bukowski’s “dirty realist” works feature as protagonist his alter ego, the womanizing tough-guy Henry Chinaski; they include the novels Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982). He wrote more than 40 volumes of poetry (some published posthumously), six novels, and several short-story collections as well as the screenplay for the semiautobiographical film Barfly (1987)

See his The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951–1993 (2007); his selected letters (3 vol., 1993–99); D. Weitzmann, Drinking with Bukowski: Recollections of the Poet Laureate of Skid Row (2000); biographies by N. Cherkovski (rev. ed. 1997), H. Sounes (1999), M. G. Baughan (2004), and B. Miles (2006); studies by H. Fox (1968), J. Sherman (1982), R. Harrison (1994), G. Locklin (1995), J. J. Smith, ed. (1995), G. Brewer and F. Day, ed. (1997), J. Christy (1997), J. Thomas (1997), and B. Pleasants (2004); bibliography by A. Krumhansi (1999).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved

More on Charles Bukowski from Infoplease:

  • Charles Bukowski – Biography of Charles Bukowski, The guy who wrote the movie Barfly
  • Bukowski: Born into This – Starring Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski, Marina Bukowski
  • Factotum – Starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Didier Flamand
  • August 16 Birthdays: Menachem Begin – August 16 birthdays: Menachem Begin, Charles Bukowski, Frank Gifford, Madonna, Angela Bassett, James Cameron, George Meany, Suzanne Farrell
  • Romance & Cigarettes – Starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale

See more Encyclopedia articles on: American Literature: Biographies

this day in the yesteryear: First Transatlantic Telegraph Sent (1858)

First Transatlantic Telegraph Sent (1858)

After the introduction of the working telegraph in 1839, the idea that countries and continents could be connected by a communications network became an exciting possibility. A working telegraph could transmit in mere minutes messages that had once taken weeks to deliver by sea. England and France were linked by submarine cable in 1850, but it took several attempts over the next eight years before a lasting connection could be maintained across the Atlantic. How long was this cable operational? More… Discuss

word: asperity


Definition: (noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms: sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant. Discuss.

this pressed from Vatican News: Papal envoy to Iraq meets displaced Christians and Yazidis Vatican Radio

Papal envoy to Iraq meets displaced Christians and Yazidis Vatican Radio.

Ukraine conflict: US condemns Russia for ‘provocative’ actions, Kiev concerned aid convoy is a ‘Trojan horse’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Ferguson shooting: Police, protesters clash after disclosures | Fox News


Reclassify Internet providers for ‘net neutrality’: NY Times | Technology | Reuters


Ukraine rebel: Russian arms on way

Ukraine rebel: Russian arms on way http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28817347