Daily Archives: September 23, 2014

Vatican arrests ex-envoy over abuse


Vatican arrests ex-envoy over abuse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28936432

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CDC: Ebola could infect 1.4 million in Liberia and Sierra Leone by end of January – The Washington Post


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-ebola-could-infect-14-million-in-west-africa-by-end-of-january-if-trends-continue/2014/09/23/fc260920-4317-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

U.S. military leaders: Strikes in Syria are just the start of a prolonged campaign – The Washington Post


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-attacks-islamic-state-in-syria-with-five-middle-east-partners/2014/09/23/b78ad7e8-c8f2-4aa8-aaa7-ec92572f6716_story.html

Obama’s coffee cup salute draw criticism


http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/23/politics/obama-coffee-cup-salute/

U.S. Invokes Iraq’s Defense in Legal Justification of Syria Strikes – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/us/politics/us-invokes-defense-of-iraq-in-saying-strikes-on-syria-are-legal.html?_r=0&referrer=

Google warned over anti-trust fine


Google warned over anti-trust fine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29325580

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach Close Terminals | Los Angeles Business Journal


http://www.labusinessjournal.com/news/2014/sep/23/ports-los-angeles-long-beach-close-terminals/

Syria to U.S.: Don’t repeat ‘fiasco in Iraq’


http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/meast/isis-airstrikes/

Fabulous 3D crocodiles illusion


Toaca – un cantec al lemnului | http://www.crestinortodox.ro/religie/toaca-cantec-lemnului-96044.html


Toaca la Manastirea Sambata de Sus Deplasare 16 17 februarie 2013 Slanic Prahova Sambata de Sus I

Toaca si CiocaneleToaca si Ciocanele

Toaca este o rugaciune adusa lui Dumnezeu, marcand trecerea de la timpul cotidian la timpul liturgic. Batuta la diverse ore, toaca puncteaza timpul de peste zi, chemand la rugaciune si slujba. Atat crestinii din lume, cat si calugarii, cunosc sunetul batutului in toaca, ce ii cheama zilnic la rugaciune. Baterea in toaca, inainte de inceputul slujbei, cheama pe toti crestinii in Biserica.”

Chop is a prayer to God, marking the passage of time in the liturgical books. Struck at various times, scores chop during the day, calling to prayer and service. Both Christians worldwide, and the monks know the sound beaten chop, she calls daily prayer. chop battery before beginning service, calling on all Christians in the Church.

via Toaca – un cantec al lemnului.

B/W Historic Photos: Mount Vesuvius eruption in the midst of WWII, as captured by American pilots, March 1944 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


This pressed: Children of Immigrants – NYTimes.com


Children of Immigrants – NYTimes.com.

When people meet me, they want to know what culture I come from or where my family is from. They want to put me in a box or assign me a label. So the question of ‘what are you’ has always made me feel defensive of who I am and how I’m presented in the world. — Shirley Acuna, 22, Peruvian-American

quotation: The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

today event/celebration: Autumnal Equinox


Autumnal Equinox

English: The Earth at the start of the 4 (astr...

English: The Earth at the start of the 4 (astronomical) seasons as seen from the north and ignoring the atmosphere (no clouds, no twilight). Português: A Terra no início das 4 estações (astronômicas) como vista do norte e ignorando a atmosfera (sem nuvens, sem crepúsculo). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator twice a year: on or about March 21 (Vernal Equinox) and again six months later, on or about September 22 or 23 (Autumnal Equinox). On these two occasions, night and day are of equal length all over the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, September 22 or 23 is the first day of autumn. Autumnal Equinox Day is a national holiday in Japan, observed on either September 23 or 24 to celebrate the arrival of autumn and to honor family ancestors. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)


Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)

Augustus Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended years of civil war and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him “Augustus.” What was the significance of this title? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Planet Neptune Is Discovered (1846)


Planet Neptune Is Discovered (1846)

Neptune is notable for being the first planet to be discovered by way of mathematical prediction rather than standard observation. Galileo observed Neptune twice in the early 1600s, but he mistook the planet for a fixed star and is therefore not credited with its discovery. Centuries later, small changes in Uranus’s orbit led astronomers to seek out and discover the eighth and outermost planet of our solar system. Who predicted Neptune’s location in the 1840s within 1° of where it was found? More… Discuss


Flood of Syrian Refugees Crossing into Turkey

In just the past few days, well over 100,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey, and many tens of thousands more may soon follow. The recent influx—the largest in such a short period since the start of Syria’s civil war more than three years ago—is being driven by Islamic State advances in the heavily Kurdish area of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab. The surge is straining resources already stretched to the limit by the 1.3 million Syrian refugees that had made their way into Turkey prior to this. More… Discuss

word: gauche


gauche 

Definition: (adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms: unpolished, graceless
Usage: Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. Discuss.

Ben and Jerry’s


Ben and Jerry’s

In 1978, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield invested $12,000 to launch their ice cream company in a renovated gas station. The Vermont-based company drew national publicity when it filed a lawsuit to protest the blocking of its distribution by a rival ice cream company and went on to become famous for its creative flavor names, like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, and socially conscious approach. Why are Ben and Jerry’s ice creams typically chock-full of chunky add-ins? More… Discuss

MUST Listen-Read: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


“The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

this pressed: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica.

EXCERPTS:  The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

Ebola death rates 70% – WHO study


Ebola death rates 70% – WHO study http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29327741

US strikes Islamic State in Syria


US strikes Islamic State in Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29321136

China noodle shop ‘sold opium-laced noodles’


China noodle shop ‘sold opium-laced noodles’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29312562

New battle for Ukraine’s wounded


New battle for Ukraine’s wounded http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29307510

Bin Laden son-in-law jailed for life


Bin Laden son-in-law jailed for life http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29331395

Israel murder suspects shot dead


Israel murder suspects shot dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29323163