Daily Archives: September 3, 2014

Director Andrew McLaglen dies at 94

Director Andrew McLaglen dies at 94 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29051180

Food crime on ‘unprecedented’ scale

Food crime on ‘unprecedented’ scale http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29047911

Carbon in soil vulnerable to warming

Carbon in soil vulnerable to warming http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29050800

Deep sea ‘mushroom’ is a breed apart

Deep sea ‘mushroom’ is a breed apart http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29054889

Finns on Russian border wary of Nato

Finns on Russian border wary of Nato http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29049601

Samsung reveals virtual reality kit

Samsung reveals virtual reality kit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29044863

Feds to investigate Ferguson, Mo., police


Facebook, EBay and Apple Hit by Interruptions on Websites – Businessweek


‘Fundamental flaw’ in Apple iCloud

‘Fundamental flaw’ in Apple iCloud http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29045789

Ebola death toll exceeds 1,900

Ebola death toll exceeds 1,900 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29055041

Nervous Estonians look to the West

Nervous Estonians look to the West http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29054128

Nato faces up to crises on its borders

Nato faces up to crises on its borders http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29053001

UK-funded probe into IS atrocities

UK-funded probe into IS atrocities http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29052475

France halts Russia warship delivery

France halts Russia warship delivery http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29052599

Biden – Chase IS to ‘gates of hell’

Biden – Chase IS to ‘gates of hell’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29055194

Executed journalist Steven Sotloff had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, hid Jewish faith from ISIS captors: report – NY Daily News


Obama Calls Ukraine a ‘Moment of Testing’ for NATO – NYTimes.com


Putin Floats ‘Action Plan’ for E. Ukraine Peace


today’s holiday: Taiwan Armed Forces Day

Taiwan Armed Forces Day

Founded in 1955, Armed Forces Day in Taiwan honors the country’s military and celebrates their victory over the Japanese in World War II (called the War of Resistance in Taiwan). The day is marked by military parades featuring special units chosen for their precision and outstanding performance. A troop-cheering by the onlookers is part of the celebration, as are educational activities covering the history of the war period and the role of the Taiwanese military in defeating the enemy. The day is also marked by the members of the armed forces having a rare day off from work. More… Discuss

quotation: To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

To love another person is to see the face of God.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

today’s birthday: Ferdinand Porsche (1875)

Ferdinand Porsche (1875)

Despite having little formal education in engineering. Porsche showed enormous natural aptitude. After working in the automotive industry for some time, the Austrian formed his own firm and began designing vehicles on commission—one of which resulted in the original Volkswagen Beetle. His success in making Hitler‘s vision for a “people’s car” a reality led to further commissions, and Porsche went on to design various military vehicles for the Germans. How did this affect him after the war? More… Discuss

World’s Oldest Republic Is Born (301)

World’s Oldest Republic Is Born (301)

San Marino, surrounded by Italy, is the world’s smallest republic and likely Europe’s oldest existing state. According to tradition, its founder, Marino—a Christian stonecutter from Dalmatia—took refuge on Mount Titano in the Apennines to escape religious persecution. By the mid-5th century, a community had formed. Its relatively inaccessible location has helped it to maintain its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Which US president was made an honorary citizen of San Marino? More… Discuss

Train Your Brain to Eat Healthy

Train Your Brain to Eat Healthy

It is not easy to pass up French fries in favor of carrot sticks, but proper brain training can make it easier. Following a high-fiber, high-protein, low-carb diet seems to alter the way people’s brains respond to food, making healthier foods more appealing. After six months of following this diet, overweight and obese men and women showed changes in activity in the reward centers of their brains indicating greater enjoyment of healthier foods and decreased sensitivity to unhealthy, higher-calorie foods. They also lost significantly more weight than a control group not on the diet. More… Discuss



Esperanto is an artificial language that was introduced in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, a Polish linguist. His goal was to ease communication between speakers of different languages. Its words are derived from roots commonly found in European languages and are spelled as pronounced. Grammar is simple and regular. Although no nation has officially adopted Esperanto, it has more than one million speakers and has been taught in schools throughout the world. What is the origin of the name “Esperanto”? More… Discuss

word: antipathy


Definition: (noun) A strong feeling of aversion or repugnance.
Synonyms: aversion, distaste
Usage: He divined the fanatical love of freedom in her, the deep-seated antipathy for restraint of any sort. Discuss.

Rural hospitals pressured to close as healthcare system changes


Obama says NATO must help strengthen Ukraine’s military


Kiev Retracts Announcement of Cease-Fire in Ukraine – NYTimes.com


Ukraine deal ‘by Friday’ – Putin

Ukraine deal ‘by Friday’ – Putin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29042561

Disability around the world

Disability around the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-28974294

Netflix to make sharing private

Netflix to make sharing private http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29041748

Somalia offers Islamists amnesty

Somalia offers Islamists amnesty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29044368

Watch your diet to reduce diabetes risk – The Times of India on Mobile


Controversial diet author tackles sugar next


Ukraine crisis dents European business activity – SFGate


Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach | Local News – Home


Tempers flare over plane seating | The Journal Gazette


Calais mayor threatens to block port

Calais mayor threatens to block port http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29041621

Calais mayor threatens to block port

Calais mayor threatens to block port http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29041621

Ukraine agrees ‘ceasefire process’

Ukraine agrees ‘ceasefire process’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29042561

Beheading ‘will not intimidate US’

Beheading ‘will not intimidate US’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29044354