Daily Archives: September 7, 2014

Pro-Union figures step up campaign

Pro-Union figures step up campaign http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29105565

Iraq secures area around key dam

Iraq secures area around key dam http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29105505

Pennsylvania nurse sentenced to prison for giving teen daughter abortion pills she bought online – NY Daily News


Immigrants feel frustrated, betrayed by Obama delay


Virus may be ‘tip of iceberg,’ CDC official says


Yemeni police clash with Houthis

Yemeni police clash with Houthis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29101138

The children with AK-47s who defied IS

The children with AK-47s who defied IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29077551

this day in the yesteryear: Spot Peace Little Girl (Daisy) – Jhonson 1964 (Sub en español)

Spot Peace Little Girl (Daisy) – Jhonson 1964 (Sub en español)


Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) sung by Londoner Pat Phillips: old tones never getting old

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) sung by Londoner Pat Phillips


‘Daisy Girl’ political ad still haunting 50 years later


Shelling in Mariupol shatters truce – The Hindu: Mobile Edition


French far-right ‘at gates of power’

French far-right ‘at gates of power’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29101128

To some, Obama’s immigration delay proves ‘it’s never convenient to help out Latinos’ – The Washington Post


Stars attend Joan Rivers’ funeral

Stars attend Joan Rivers’ funeral http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29098929

R. HAHN: À Chloris, Susan Graham: make music part of your life series

R. HAHN. À Chloris. Susan Graham

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons / Autumn Op.8/3, RV 293 / Fabio Biondi: make music part of your life series

3. Vivaldi – The Four Seasons / Autumn Op.8/3, RV 293 / Fabio Biondi

today’s holiday: Pfifferdaj


An Alsatian festival of medieval origin, Pfifferdaj—also known as the Fiddlers’ Festival—is celebrated in the city of Ribeauvillé, France. In the Middle Ages, the Ribeaupierre family started a musicians’ union here, and every September the musicians of Alsace gathered to pay homage to the lord of Ribeaupierre by forming a procession to the church of Notre Dame du Dusenbach. Today the custom continues. Wine flows freely from the fountain in front of the town hall, and a procession of fiddlers and other musicians, often playing old instruments, makes its way through the town. More… Discuss

Quotation: She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table. Henry James

She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.

Henry James (1843-1916) Discuss

today’s birthday: Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533)

Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533)

Queen Elizabeth, England‘s last Tudor monarch, came to the throne during a turbulent period in the nation’s history. Although she has been described as vain, miserly, and fickle, she was remarkably successful as queen. During her reign, England pursued a policy of expansionism in commerce and geographical exploration, defeating the Spanish Armada and becoming a major world power. Literature and the arts flourished during the period as well. To whom was the Queen married? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: “Umbrella Assassin” Strikes (1978)

A diagram of a possible umbrella gun

A diagram of a possible umbrella gun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Umbrella Assassin” Strikes (1978)

Georgi Markov began his career as a writer in his native Bulgaria. After defecting to the West in 1969, he continued his criticisms of the Bulgarian regime. On September 7, 1978, Markov was waiting at a London bus stop when he felt a sting on his leg and turned to see a man pick up an umbrella. Markov’s death days later was attributed to the tiny, ricin-laced pellet that had been fired into his leg—likely from the umbrella. The “Umbrella Assassin” was never caught. Who is the prime suspect? More… Discuss

environment/endangered species: California Blue Whale Makes a Comeback

California Blue Whale Makes a Comeback

Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the California blue whale has recovered in an unprecedented way—reaching about 97 percent of historic population levels. Researchers estimate that there are now 2,200 of these whales in existence. It is the only population of blue whale known to have rebounded from the ravages of whaling. The blue whale is the largest known animal on Earth, growing to nearly 100 feet (30 meters) in length and weighing in at 190 tons (172 tonnes), twice as much as the largest known dinosaur. More… Discuss

Iron Lung

Iron Lung

An iron lung—or negative pressure ventilator—is an airtight metal tank that encloses all of the body except the head and forces the lungs to inhale and exhale through regulated changes in air pressure. It was invented in 1928 by American industrial hygienist Philip Drinker. Though Drinker devised the iron lung to help victims of coal gas poisoning, it became a preferred treatment for polio, which tends to paralyze the respiratory muscles. What methods have largely replaced the iron lung? More…

word: mellifluous


Definition: (adjective) Pleasing to the ear.
Synonyms: mellisonant, dulcet, sweet
Usage: Her mellifluous voice could make him agree to anything.

Thousands finish in Great North Run

Thousands finish in Great North Run http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-29095385

Dozens accused in Petrobras scandal

Dozens accused in Petrobras scandal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29097734

House-sized asteroid to fly by Earth

House-sized asteroid to fly by Earth http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29098632

UK set to challenge EU bonus cap

UK set to challenge EU bonus cap http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29099359

N Korea sets trial date for US man

N Korea sets trial date for US man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29098630

Kashmir city hit by huge flood

Kashmir city hit by huge flood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29100226

Arrests over Egypt ‘gay wedding’

Arrests over Egypt ‘gay wedding’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29100961

Abbas warns Hamas on unity deal

Abbas warns Hamas on unity deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29099239

Ukraine truce shaken by new shelling

Ukraine truce shaken by new shelling http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29098808

US ‘to go on offensive’ against IS

US ‘to go on offensive’ against IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29100285

Not A Natural? Obama Says Political Theater Not His Strength – NBC News.com


CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 women raped


Qatar confirms detention of rights group workers – Houston Chronicle


U.S. launches new airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq – The Washington Post


FDA Laboratories Inappropriately Stored Vials of Deadline toxins and pathogens | Wall Street OTC


San Diego’s first Hispanic bishop, Cirilo Flores, dies after battle with cancer | Fox News


Children’s hospitals in 10 states report spike in respiratory illnesses | Fox News


Obama: U.S. must fight Ebola now or face long-term risk


Fossil and Intel partnering to make wearable devices | The Daily Digest News


3 surprising things that devour your data plan | Fox News


On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to ‘Take Them Out’ – ABC News


Mom Imprisoned for Giving Abortion Pills to Teen – ABC News


Al-Shabaab vows revenge after US airstrike kills leader – The Hindu: Mobile Edition