Daily Archives: September 5, 2014

View from abroad: Why Cold War is back — sort of – Newspaper – DAWN.COM


Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29093048

Deadly microbes found in US lab

Deadly microbes found in US lab http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29089867

Is the noose around Putin tightening?

Is the noose around Putin tightening? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29076189

The Kurdish women fighting IS

The Kurdish women fighting IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29085242

Querying Nato’s rapid reaction force

Querying Nato’s rapid reaction force http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29087105

US denies alliance with Iran over IS

US denies alliance with Iran over IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29088180

Obama Expresses Skepticism Over Ukraine Cease-Fire – WSJ


After six months of fighting and 2,600 deaths, an uneasy truce settles on east Ukraine – Telegraph


Driver Looking At Facebook Kills Woman In 85 MPH Car Crash: Cops


Hawaii volcano lava threatens homes

Hawaii volcano lava threatens homes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29084490

Blue whale numbers bounce back

Blue whale numbers bounce back http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29069515

Estonia angry at Russia ‘abduction’

Estonia angry at Russia ‘abduction’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29078400

Use Ebola survivors’ blood – WHO

Use Ebola survivors’ blood – WHO http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29084254

US confirms al-Shabab leader killed

US confirms al-Shabab leader killed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29086800

Just a thought: “ageless: something older than everything alive”

Just a thought: “ageless: something older than everything alive”

List of Midsomer Murders episodes

from Wikipedia:
List of Midsomer Murders episodes:

The following is a list of episodes for the British drama Midsomer Murders that first aired in 1997. As of 12 February 2014, 100 episodes have aired, in sixteen series and three Christmas specials, “Ghosts of Christmas Past” in 2004, “Days of Misrule” in 2008, and “The Christmas Haunting” in 2013.

today’s holiday: Ginseng Festival

Ginseng Festival

This festival is a celebration of ginseng in Fusong, a county in the Changbai Mountains of China and the largest ginseng grower in the country. The people of Fusong have traditionally celebrated the ginseng harvest, and, in 1987, the government officially set aside three days for both a festival and a trade fair of ginseng products. The festival features performances of yangko, dragon, and lion dances; story-telling parties with a ginseng theme; art and photo exhibits; and a fireworks display. More… Discuss

quotation: Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Louis XIV of France (1638)

Louis XIV of France (1638)

The “Sun King,” Louis XIV, ruled France for 72 years, longer than any other major European monarch. A strong believer in dictatorship by divine right, he viewed himself as God‘s representative on Earth and became the archetype of the absolute monarch, reigning over a highly centralized state. He waged several wars, built one of Europe’s most elaborate palaces at Versailles, and was a great patron of the arts. What is the meaning of “L’état, c’est moi,” a remark long attributed to Louis? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

In 1967, depressed teen runaway Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme met cult leader Charles Manson, and she soon became a devoted member of his “Family.” In the early 1970s, she was arrested in conjunction with several murders committed by the “Family” but avoided charges. Several years later she was arrested again, this time for aiming a gun at US President Gerald Ford at an appearance in California in what was believed to be an assassination attempt. What did Fromme claim she wanted to discuss with Ford? More… Discuss

Suicide Takes a Life Every 40 Seconds

Suicide Takes a Life Every 40 Seconds

The suicide of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams last month brought the typically taboo subject to the fore, yet this “major public health problem” is all too often ignored. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 800,000 people take their own lives each year. That is about one person every 40 seconds. The introduction of a national suicide prevention strategy has proven effective, but just 28 countries have done so. The WHO is therefore calling on the nations of the world to take action, with the goal of reducing suicide deaths by 10 percent by 2020. More… Discuss



Had early 20th-century etiquette expert Emily Post had access to the Internet, she certainly would have had some choice words for today’s Web users—and they would not have included profanity. The idea that cussing on the Net is poor form is just one part of “netiquette“—the Internet’s informal code of manners. Typing ENTIRELY IN UPPER CASE is also generally frowned upon, as it is considered akin to shouting. A good rule of thumb is “Think before you post.” What is the Eternal September? More… Discuss

word: pusillanimous


Definition: (adjective) Lacking courage; cowardly.
Synonyms: spineless, craven
Usage: Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you’d run with your tail between your legs if I said boo! Discuss.

NATO backs spearhead force to boost eastern defences | Mail Online


Sting to receive Kennedy honour

Sting to receive Kennedy honour http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29081980

Day in pictures: 5 September 2014

Day in pictures: 5 September 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29077084

Donetsk residents war-weary and psychologically scarred

Donetsk residents war-weary and psychologically scarred http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29073325

US vets find 43 socks in sick dog

US vets find 43 socks in sick dog http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29073754

Arrest over fatal meningitis outbreak

Arrest over fatal meningitis outbreak http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29066735

Iran ‘backs US military contacts’

Iran ‘backs US military contacts’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29079052

Iran ‘backs US military contacts’

Iran ‘backs US military contacts’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29079052

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29082574