Daily Archives: September 22, 2014

Washington: Marijuana-Use Tickets Are Nullified – NYTimes.com


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What Were 3 Afghan Officers Doing On The Cape? A Look At The Military Exercise | WBUR


http://www.wbur.org/2014/09/22/what-were-3-afghan-officers-doing-on-cape-a-look-at-the-military-exercise

Intruder’s Past Raises Concern at White House – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/us/white-house-intruder-was-arrested-in-july-with-trove-of-weapons.html?_r=0&referrer=

U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria start


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/22/syria/16005277/

Desperation grows in heart of the Ebola zone


http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/22/health/ebola-disease-liberia/

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Affect Thyroid in Some Patients – WebMD


http://www.m.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20140922/diabetes-drug-metformin-may-affect-thyroid-in-some-patients

Algeria militants seize French man


Algeria militants seize French man http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29319226

Whistleblower gets biggest US payout


Whistleblower gets biggest US payout http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29316077

How do you put London’s Roman shrine back together?


How do you put London’s Roman shrine back together? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29309824

Yemen’s road to democracy uncertain


Yemen’s road to democracy uncertain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29315466

How lasers revealed a lost city in the jungle


How lasers revealed a lost city in the jungle http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29245289

this pressed: Obama hits at companies moving overseas to avoid taxes – The Washington Post


The Obama administration took action Monday to discourage corporations from moving their headquarters abroad to avoid U.S. taxes, announcing new rules designed to make such transactions significantly less profitable.

via Obama hits at companies moving overseas to avoid taxes – The Washington Post.

Giuseppe Sammartini Oboe Concerto in E flat major: make music part of your life series


Giuseppe Sammartini Oboe Concerto in E flat major

Schubert – Piano sonata D.664 – Richter London 1979: great compositions/performances


Schubert – Piano sonata D.664 – Richter London 1979

AWOL Afghans: Pentagon downplays danger of soldiers who visit and vanish | Fox News


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/22/pentagon-claims-3-afghan-nationals-who-disappeared-in-cape-cod-not-threat/

Georges Bizet – Carmen suite No. 2: make music part of your life series


Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto in A Minor (13 year old Mendelssohn): make music part of your life series


Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto in A Minor (13 year old Mendelssohn)

Ludwig van Beethoven – 12 Variations on “See the Conqu’ring Hero comes” WoO 45: make music part of your life


Ludwig van Beethoven – 12 Variations on “See the Conqu’ring Hero comes” WoO 45

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


Luigi BoccheriniString Quintet in E maj Opus 11 No 5 G275

Missing Afghans found at US border


Missing Afghans found at US border http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29306592

Top Israeli spy Harari dies


Top Israeli spy Harari dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29310798

UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis


UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29314647

Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” arr: Stokowski: great compositions/performances


Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” arr: Stokowski

Maafa Commemoration


Maafa Commemoration

The Maafa Commemoration is an annual remembrance of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the experience of Middle Passage. The commemoration, held at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, centers around a dramatic presentation put on by the church’s drama ministry. “The Maafa Suite … A Healing Journey” depicts the history of African Americans, from Africa to the Jim Crow South. Other events during the week include lectures, worship services, Maafa museum tours, and special activities for senior citizens and young people. More…

quotation: “Familiarity breeds contempt…”: Mark Twain


Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

today’s birthday: Ben Chifley (1885)


English: Australian Labor Party leaders Ben Ch...

English: Australian Labor Party leaders Ben Chifley (middle) and Herbert Evatt (left) with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee (right) at the Dominion and British Leaders Conference, London, 1946. http://www.pictureaustralia.org Image number M1409:31 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben Chifley (1885)

 

Chifley was the 16th prime minister of Australia, serving from 1945 to 1949. Originally an engine driver, Chifley got his first taste of politics helping to establish the Australian engine drivers‘ union. He went on to become an active member of the Labor Party and held a parliamentary seat from 1928 to 1931. As prime minister, he oversaw reforms in immigration and citizenship, social services, and banking. One of the few successful referenda to modify what document took place during his term? More…

 

this day in the yesteryear: Bulgaria Gains Independence (1908)


Bulgaria Gains Independence (1908)

Bulgaria was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1396, but Turkish rule was often oppressive, and rebellions were frequent. In 1908, taking advantage of the Young Turk revolution in Constantinople and the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria, Prince Ferdinand proclaimed Bulgaria independent with himself as czar. Bulgaria then became involved in a series of conflicts—two Balkan Wars and World War I—that led to Ferdinand’s abdication. Why was Bulgaria regarded as the Balkan Prussia? More…

Leopold Stokowski “La Cathédrale engloutie” Debussy (1968): great compositions/performances


Banana Peels and Pork Strips Earn Ig Nobel Honors


Banana Peels and Pork Strips Earn Ig Nobel Honors

The winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes have been announced, and included among them are a team studying the slipperiness of banana peels, another investigating the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and yet another gauging how reindeer react to humans in polar bear suits. The aforementioned honorees took home the physics, medicine, and arctic science prizes, respectively. The award in public health went to a team investigating whether it is mentally hazardous to own a cat, while the psychology award went to a team that found that night owls tend to be more psychopathic than early risers. Prizes were also awarded in several other categories. More…

Schubert – Symphony no. 8 in B minor D 759 “Unfinished” (KARAJAN – Philarmonia Orchestra): great compositions/performances


Schubert – Symphony no. 8 in B minor D 759 “Unfinished” (KARAJAN – Philarmonia Orchestra)

Franz Schubert . Rosamunde, la princesse de Chypre: make music part of your life series


Franz Schubert . Rosamunde, la princesse de Chypre

Quilombo dos Palmares


Quilombo dos Palmares

In colonial Brazil, a community of fugitive slaves was known as a quilombo. Located in inaccessible areas, quilombos usually consisted of fewer than 100 people. But one, Palmares, grew into an autonomous republic that eventually had 20,000 inhabitants. Ironically, this community founded by runaway slaves owed much of its prosperity to slave labor, as inhabitants abducted slaves that were then kept in bondage. How many attacks did the community successfully repel before being destroyed in 1694? More… Discuss

word: nullify


nullify 

Definition: (verb) Declare invalid.
Synonyms: annul, invalidate, void, quash, avoid
Usage: He used his broad executive powers to nullify decisions by local government. Discuss.

Russia plans for internet crisis


Russia plans for internet crisis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29310545

Access restored to US court records


Access restored to US court records http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29309422

Android Operating System Update Comes With Latest Security Features | iStreet Research


http://www.istreetresearch.com/android-operating-system-update-comes-with-latest-security-features/2510695/

Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0HH1MB20140922?irpc=932