Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

Sierra Leone widens Ebola quarantine


Sierra Leone widens Ebola quarantine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29360484

Lebanon raids Arsal refugee camps


Lebanon raids Arsal refugee camps http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29370839

‘More than 3,000’ Europeans with IS


‘More than 3,000’ Europeans with IS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29372494

Partners HealthCare agrees to price caps in new deal | Boston Herald


http://www.bostonherald.com/business/healthcare/2014/09/partners_healthcare_agrees_to_price_caps_in_new_deal

Chrysler recalls 350,000 vehicles due to ignition switch


http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2014/09/26/chrysler-recall/16247243/

FBI boss slams Apple: iPhone, iPad encryption puts people ‘above the law’ • The Register


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/25/fbi_boss_slams_google_apple_for_encryption_that_puts_users_above_law/

Iraqi Leader Wants Quick Victory Over Islamic State – Businessweek


http://mobile.businessweek.com/news/2014-09-26/iraqi-leader-wants-quick-victory-over-islamic-state

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic : great compositions/performances


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

Enrique Granados. Valses poeticos by Mircea Gogoncea: make music part of your life series


Enrique Granados. Valses poeticos by Mircea Gogoncea

Oistrakh plays Wieniawski Legende in G minor, op.17: great compositions/performances


Oistrakh plays Wieniawski Legende in G minor, op.17

Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman: make music part of your life series


Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman

Jonathan Carney “Romance” The Gadfly, for Irene: great compositions/performances


Jonathan Carney “Romance” The Gadfly, for Irene

Threatened birds of prey ‘vanish’


Threatened birds of prey ‘vanish’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29354828

Stock markets shaken by Apple slide


Stock markets shaken by Apple slide http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29364280

US releases IS oil strike images


US releases IS oil strike images http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29370484

U.S. Bank to pay penalties, refunds for services sold but not provided – LA Times


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cfpb-us-bank-sanctions-20140925-story.html

this pressed: Tech giants slammed by FBI over encrypted smartphones – Telegraph


The FBI has warned that decisions by Apple and Google to encrypt their smartphones will make it more difficult to rescue kidnapping victims and foil terror plots.

A concept image of how the iPhone 6 might look

Apple and Google have both decided to add new encryption systems to their smartphones

The two Silicon Valley giants have both decided to add new encryption systems in the face of privacy concerns sparked by Edward Snowden‘s disclosure of mass government surveillance.

via Tech giants slammed by FBI over encrypted smartphones – Telegraph.

this pressed: Thousands of undocumented immigrants skipped mandated follow-up appointments



Thousands of undocumented immigrants skipped mandated follow-up appointments

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Behold the strange, expensive world of iPhone-destruction videos – The Washington Post



Behold the strange, expensive world of iPhone-destruction videos – The Washington Post

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Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35: Great compositions/performances


Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 (Complete)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
 

The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878. It is one of the best known violin concertos, and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.

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Composition

Tchaikovsky (right) with violinist Iosif Kotek

The piece was written in Clarens, a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, where Tchaikovsky had gone to recover from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Miliukova. He was working on his Piano Sonata in G major but finding it heavy going. Presently he was joined there by his composition pupil, the violinist Iosif Kotek, who had been in Berlin for violin studies with Joseph Joachim. The two played works for violin and piano together, including a violin-and-piano arrangement of Édouard Lalo‘s Symphonie espagnole, which they may have played through the day after Kotek’s arrival. This work may have been the catalyst for the composition of the concerto.[1] He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, “It [the Symphonie espagnole] has a lot of freshness, lightness, of piquant rhythms, of beautiful and excellently harmonized melodies…. He [Lalo], in the same way as Léo Delibes and Bizet, does not strive after profundity, but he carefully avoids routine, seeks out new forms, and thinks more about musical beauty than about observing established traditions, as do the Germans.”[2] Tchaikovsky authority Dr. David Brown writes that Tchaikovsky “might almost have been writing the prescription for the violin concerto he himself was about to compose.”[3]

Tchaikovsky made swift, steady progress on the concerto, as by this point in his rest cure he had regained his inspiration, and the work was completed within a month despite the middle movement getting a complete rewrite (a version of the original movement was preserved as the first of the three pieces for violin and piano, Souvenir d’un lieu cher).[4] Since Tchaikovsky was not a violinist, he sought the advice of Kotek on the completion of the solo part.[5] “How lovingly he’s busying himself with my concerto!” Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother Anatoly on the day he completed the new slow movement. “It goes without saying that I would have been able to do nothing without him. He plays it marvelously.”[6]

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major – D. Shostakovich, A. Cluytens: make music part of your life series


Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major – D. Shostakovich, A. Cluytens

Masked man in IS videos ‘identified’


Masked man in IS videos ‘identified’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29371707

this pressed: For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too – ProPublica


The seal of the United States Department of Labor

The seal of the United States Department of Labor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too – ProPublica.

Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica


Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica.

Latino Uninsured Rate Plummets, Thanks To Obamacare


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5881698

Sierra Leone quarantines 2 million to fight Ebola – Houston Chronicle


http://m.chron.com/news/medical/article/Sierra-Leone-to-cordon-off-3-areas-to-stop-Ebola-5779355.php

Iraqi PM says Islamic State plans attacks on Paris, U.S. subways


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0HK20I20140925?irpc=932

Hundreds protest Rouhani outside UN in New York – Newsday


http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/hundreds-protest-rouhani-outside-un-in-new-york-1.9405523

UK police arrest 9, allege terror offenses


http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/25/world/europe/uk-terror-arrests/

S.C. cop in trouble for shooting unarmed man: ‘Sir, why was I shot?’​ – CSMonitor.com


http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2014/0925/S.C.-cop-in-trouble-for-shooting-unarmed-man-Sir-why-was-I-shot

Woman beaten by CHP officer settles, but activists ‘want him in prison’ – LA Times


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-chp-settles-woman-punched-by-officer-activists-want-charges-20140925-story.html

How to Get Rid of iOS 8.0.1, Restore iOS 8 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2469195,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ziffdavis%2Fpcmag%2Fbreakingnews+(PCMag.com+Breaking+News)

After Eric Holder: Potential attorney general choices


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/25/eric-holder-attorney-general-replacements/16203345/

Pentagon: ISIS fight might take ‘years’


http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/25/world/meast/us-airstrikes/

Apple Apologizes For iOS 8.0.1 Screwup, Issues Fix – NBC News


http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/apple-launch/apple-apologizes-ios-8-0-1-screwup-issues-fix-n211371

Khosla loses beach battle


http://www.cnbc.com/id/102032179?trknav=homestack:topnews:4

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West’s ‘blunders’ – BBC News


http://m.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29368413

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West’s ‘blunders’ – BBC News


http://m.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29368413

Ferguson police chief issues apology to Brown family


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/25/michael-brown-case/16199575/

Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre (National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:Leopold Stokowski): great compositions/performances


Aram Khachaturian – Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia: make music part of your life series


Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34: make music part of your life series


Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

Modest Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moskva-River: Make music part of your life series


Mussorgsky Dawn on the Moskva-River

Saint of the Day for Thursday, September 25th, 2014: St. Finbar


 

quotation: Alexander Hamilton


Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

today’s Holiday/celebration: Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month

Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the US from September 15 until October 15. It is issued as a presidential proclamation each year. The activities that take place during the month, particularly in cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latinos have made the US a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latino musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latinos who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906)


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906)

Although Shostakovich is regarded as the greatest Russian composer after Igor Stravinsky, he was denounced multiple times by the authorities and had his work banned during his lifetime. The first denunciation—of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, in which he experimented with avant-garde trends—made a strong impression on him and led him to adopt a very different style that was serious and elegiac, with a directness aimed at the public. What brought him back into Stalin’s good graces? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Vasco Núñez de Balboa Reaches Pacific Ocean (1513)


Vasco Núñez de Balboa Reaches Pacific Ocean (1513)

Balboa was a Spanish conquistador who, while fleeing creditors, hid on a vessel and wound up in Panama. Once there, he founded the Panamanian colony of Darién, the first stable settlement on the South American continent, and won the friendship of the indigenous people—which was unusual given the cruelty of most conquistadors. Balboa then crossed the Isthmus of Panama and reached the Pacific Ocean, claiming it and all shores washed by it for the Spanish crown. What did he call this ocean? More… Discuss

Would You Like Opium with That?


Would You Like Opium with That?

In an effort to hook his customers and keep them coming back for seconds, a Chinese noodle shop owner added a little something extra to his recipe: opium poppy seeds. The scheme was discovered when one of the shop’s patrons failed a drug test after being stopped by police. Suspecting the noodles he had eaten earlier were to blame, the man enlisted some of his relatives test out his theory. After eating noodles from the same shop, they too tested positive for drugs. When confronted by police, the shop owner admitted to having laced his noodles with the banned substance. More… Discuss

Maxwell’s Demon


Maxwell’s Demon

The second law of thermodynamics—stating that any isolated microcosm moves only toward an increase in entropy—was accepted uneasily by the scientific community, and in 1867, physicist James Clerk Maxwell sought to disprove it. Maxwell’s thought experiment utilized a hypothetical creature, which he called a “finite being,” that could sort molecules of different velocities or temperatures without expending energy, thus bringing about a general decrease in entropy. Who dubbed the being a “demon”? More… Discuss