Daily Archives: September 27, 2014

Russia at U.N. accuses U.S., allies of bossing world around


Political temperature rises in Baghdad amid IS threat

Political temperature rises in Baghdad amid IS threat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29397744

Al-Nusra threat over air strikes

Al-Nusra threat over air strikes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29398882

For Many New Medicaid Enrollees, Care Is Hard to Find, Report Says – NYTimes.com


Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A. – NYTimes.com


Ferguson Cops Banned From Wearing I Am Darren Wilson Bracelets


Aid sought for pioneering hacker

Aid sought for pioneering hacker http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29381279

Erupting Japan volcano injures 30

Erupting Japan volcano injures 30 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29392810

How Yemen’s capital was seized at speed

How Yemen’s capital was seized at speed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-29380668

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29393737

Strikes ‘target IS on Syria border’

Strikes ‘target IS on Syria border’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29390781

A yawn is….a yawn

Éléonore Darmon et Éric Astoul jouent Tchaikovsky “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher” op. 42: make music part of your life series

Éléonore Darmon et Éric Astoul jouent TchaikovskySouvenir d’un Lieu Cher” op. 42 

JOHANNES BRAHMS.- Serenade Nº2 A-Dur Op 16: make music part of oyur life series

JOHANNES BRAHMS.- Serenade Nº2 A-Dur Op 16

Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries + Magic Fire Music: great compositions/performances

Richard WagnerRide of the Valkyries + Magic Fire Music (orchestral versions)

From “50 Erotic Classics – Sensual Classical Music from the Red Room”, Philharmonia Slavonica conducted by Alfred Scholz. From “Classic Operas – Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelungen (Highlights)”, Budapest Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gyorgy Lehel.I do not own any of the material in the video.


Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 – Blomstedt/RCO(2008Live): Great compositions/performances

Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 – Blomstedt/RCO(2008Live)

Saint of the Day for Saturday, September 27th, 2014: St. Vincent de Paul

Image of St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Jordbruksdagarna


The town of Bishop Hill, Illinois, was founded in 1846 by a group of Swedes fleeing religious persecution in the Old World. Their leader, Eric Jansson, sailed across the Atlantic with 1,200 followers to form the colony. Many of the descendants of the original colonists still live in Bishop Hill or nearby towns, and they continue to celebrate a number of traditional Swedish holidays. One of these is Jordbruksdagarna, or Agricultural Days, a two-day celebration featuring harvest demonstrations, 19th-century crafts and children’s games, and ample servings of Colony Stew. More… Discuss

quotation: “…I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Thomas Nast (1840)

Thomas Nast (1840)

Nast was a US caricaturist and cartoonist who defined the genre of the American political cartoon. During the American Civil War, Harper’s Weekly published the first of Nast’s serious political cartoons, which earned praise from President Lincoln. His stylized, clever, and forceful cartoons were instrumental in breaking up the corrupt New York City political machine of William Tweed. Nast popularized the use of what symbols in his depictions of the US Democratic and Republican parties? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Taliban Captures Kabul (1996)

The Taliban Captures Kabul (1996)

During the chaotic period that followed the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a militia of Islamic fundamentalist students known as the Taliban became increasingly powerful. In 1996, the Taliban captured the capital city of Kabul and declared itself the legitimate government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, establishing a strict Islamic regime that became a haven for extremists. Whose assassination two days before the 9/11 attacks of 2001 dealt a blow to the anti-Taliban resistance? More… Discuss

news: It’s a Vast World After All

It’s a Vast World After All

The world’s population currently stands at 7.2 billion and is projected to rise to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by the end of this century. Earlier estimates had forecast a leveling off of world population around 2050, but higher-than-expected birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa mean the number of people on the planet will likely continue to rise instead. In Africa alone, the population is expected to rise from the current 1 billion to between 3.5 and 5.1 billion by 2100. More… Discuss

article: (Hula) Hooping Through History

(Hula) Hooping Through History

Hoops, originally made from stiff grasses and other natural materials, have been popular toys for centuries—long before “hula” was added to their name in the 18th century. Doctors in medieval England blamed many injuries on a recreational “hooping” fad. Another craze surfaced in the 1950s, when the Wham-O company released its plastic hoop. Today, hoops have found renewed popularity among adults who perform hoop dances or enjoy hooping at concerts. What do you need to make your own hula hoop? More… Discuss

word: foible


Definition: (noun) A minor weakness or failing of character.
Synonyms: fault, defect, imperfection
Usage: His father’s foibles did not prevent his son from loving and honoring him. Discuss.