Daily Archives: September 8, 2014

Obama seeks $5 billion to counter Islamic State threat – The Hindu – The Hindu: Mobile Edition


A close look at the moon – Science – The Boston Globe


Bomb goes off in central Santiago

Bomb goes off in central Santiago http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29119724

Peru anti-logging activists murdered

Peru anti-logging activists murdered http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29119833

Historic monuments: Cetatea Fagaras (2min), Tara Fagarasului, Romania

Fagaras IMG 5674

Fagaras IMG 5674 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Română: Panoramic spre sud al Munţilor Făgăraş...

Română: Panoramic spre sud al Munţilor Făgăraş. Fişier media obţinut cu date SRTM oferite liber de NASA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cetatea Fagaras (2min)

CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984

CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29115845

Burying Ukraine’s fallen innocents

Burying Ukraine’s fallen innocents http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29119829

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29119885

Russia ‘blocks Estonia’ over captive

Russia ‘blocks Estonia’ over captive http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29115865

Day in pictures: 8 September 2014

Day in pictures: 8 September 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29108288

Home Depot confirms breach of credit card system


Pro-Choice Icon Wendy Davis Opens Up About Aborting Her Own Children


Retraining the NYPD after chokehold death – CSMonitor.com


Number of children crossing into U.S. alone plummets since June


FBI: U.S. air marshal assaulted in Lagos


LA Times – Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, begins serving 10-year sentence


Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country – ABC News


More Young Adults Insured Since Passage of Affordable Care Act: Study – US News


Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare


Kidney and Thyroid Cancer Rates Up Among U.S. Children, Study Finds – WebMD


‘Messianic’ prostitution ring busted

‘Messianic’ prostitution ring busted http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29110334

Iran arrests ‘fighters bound for IS’

Iran arrests ‘fighters bound for IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29116764

Ex-US envoy in money-laundering case

Ex-US envoy in money-laundering case http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29107927

Russians ‘operated BUK’ in MH17 area

Russians ‘operated BUK’ in MH17 area http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29109398

Iraq swears in unity government

Iraq swears in unity government http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29119258

Liberia ‘faces huge Ebola surge’

Liberia ‘faces huge Ebola surge’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29115298

Philadelphia Homicides 1988 – 2012 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Homicides 1988 – 2012 | Philadelphia Inquirer.

Numai ecouri, cugetare poetica de George-B ©Always George-B (the smudge and other poems)

Numai ecouri, cugetare poetica de George-B

Ecourile sant acum tacute:
In spatiile ntunecate,
In unghiurile ascutite, urma ecoului devine muta…
Nu, nu este vina ta ca nu auzi, nu creze ca esti surda:
E numai un effect al vremii care sta ascunde-n umbra,
E numai ramasita razelor calde de lumina…
acum o piele de oaie atatnind
din umeri si-atingand pamantul, rece, inghetat,
ca un altar in culmile ghetarilor vesnici
doar linisteaa asurzitoare sta marturie unui trecut cu sunet,
cu voci de neuitat, cu muzica si cantec – ce toate s-au dus…

Ecourile sant acum tacute.

©Always George-B (the smudge and other poems)

Germany arrests al-Shabab suspects

Germany arrests al-Shabab suspects http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29115493

Ukraine rebels ‘free 1,200 captives’

Ukraine rebels ‘free 1,200 captives’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29114297

Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Harding: make music part of your life series

Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Harding

P. I. Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 (Fedoseyev): make music part of your life series

P. I. TchaikovskySerenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 (Fedoseyev)

quotation: Fine feathers don’t make fine birds. Aesop

Fine feathers don’t make fine birds.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s holiday: Horn Dance

Horn Dance

The ancient Horn Dance, believed by many to have originated in Norman times or before, is performed at Abbots Bromley, a small village in Staffordshire, England, as part of the Wakes Monday celebration each year. A dozen local men, ranging in age from 12 to more than 50, dress in 16th-century foresters’ costumes. Six of them carry reindeer antlers mounted on short wooden sticks. The men dance their way around the parish boundaries, stopping to perform at homes and farms along the way. There is also a Hobby Horse, a man dressed as Maid Marian, a Fool, and a young archer. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First V-2 Rocket Hits London (1944)

First V-2 Rocket Hits London (1944)

Developed by Germany during World War II, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2) rocket was the world’s first modern ballistic missile and the first known manmade object to enter outer space. Thousands were launched on Allied targets during the last year of the war, causing more than 9,000 deaths. One of the rocket’s first targets was London, which was hit just days after Hitler declared his plans to start V-2 attacks. To what did the British government initially attribute the resulting explosion? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: King Richard I of England (1157)

King Richard I of England (1157)

Among the few kings of England remembered by reputation, not number, Richard the Lionheart reigned from 1189 to 1199. After rebelling against his father, Henry II, Richard rose to the throne upon Henry’s death. He set out on the Third Crusade shortly after his coronation. Unable to capture the strongly fortified city of Jerusalem, Richard negotiated a treaty with Saladin that allowed Christian pilgrims access to its holy sites. How much time did Richard spend in England during his entire reign? More… Discuss

Is Schwarzenegger to Blame for Your Spare Tire?

Is Schwarzenegger to Blame for Your Spare Tire?

It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that being a couch potato isn’t good for one’s waistline, but it does take one—in fact, it took an entire team—to figure out which genre of TV or film is likely to do the most damage. The answer, as it turns out, is action. People watching an action film ate twice the amount of food by weight and 65 percent more calories than those watching an interview program. All in all, the researchers conclude, people should avoid snacking when watching TV, particularly when watching highly distracting content like action movies. More… Discuss

The Irish Potato Famine

The Irish Potato Famine

By the early 1840s, nearly half of the Irish population, particularly the rural poor, depended almost entirely on the potato for sustenance. The Irish Potato Famine, which lasted from 1845 to 1849, led to the deaths of more than a million people from starvation or famine-related diseases. A watershed moment in Ireland’s demographic history, it also provoked a massive exodus, and the British government‘s minimal relief efforts worsened Anglo-Irish relations. What caused the potato crop to fail? More… Discuss

word: bewitch


Definition: (verb) Cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something.
Synonyms: hex, jinx, enchant
Usage: After reading Harry Potter, I spent hours on end trying to bewitch a broomstick to fly. Discuss.

DNA analysis of fourth victim’s shawl reveals Jack the Ripper was a Polish hairdresser gone mad


CBC News – Why ISIS may not be as powerful as we think


Scientists Transmit Thoughts from one Brain to Another – ABC News


Business Standard


LA Times – Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dies at 93


Obama says military will help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa | Fox News


Aye, we can: British markets jittery over Scotland vote


Sibling bullying ups depression risk

Sibling bullying ups depression risk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29082701

Food crop wild relatives endangered

Food crop wild relatives endangered http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29086719

The persistence of conspiracy theories about MH370

The persistence of conspiracy theories about MH370 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29083905