Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

Obama Call to Authorize Islamic State War Tests Congress – Businessweek


CMA Awards 2014: Country singers take aim at President Obama again, Carrie Underwood may have revealed baby’s gender | Fox News


WireLurker Malware Attacks iOS Devices Through USB — VPN Creative


The New York Times


Plant protein could be used in blood

Plant protein could be used in blood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29913983

Apple malware affects Chinese users

Apple malware affects Chinese users http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29928751

Uzbekistan’s brutal cotton conundrum

Uzbekistan’s brutal cotton conundrum http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29855341

What’s in a scientific name?

What’s in a scientific name? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29897841

Mongolia parliament votes out PM

Mongolia parliament votes out PM http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29928847

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: great compositions/performances

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Claude Debussy: La Mer; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan: great compositions/performances

this pressed for your right to know: Number of people being actively monitored for Ebola in New York has tripled to 357 — Los Angeles Times

Two young boys in the ruins of Normandy in 1944 — Daniel Gennaoui

France threatened by civil strife

France threatened by civil strife http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29686257

Berlin leaves divisions behind as Wall vanishes

Berlin leaves divisions behind as Wall vanishes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29829336

What’s in a scientific name?

What’s in a scientific name? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29897841

Germany looks east for new customers

Germany looks east for new customers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29913919

Keeping Argentina dancing the tango

Keeping Argentina dancing the tango http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29896409

Is the US oil boom about to go bust?

Is the US oil boom about to go bust? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29903670

East Germany’s trade in human beings

East Germany’s trade in human beings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29889706

Nigeria reveals wave of jailbreaks

Nigeria reveals wave of jailbreaks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29924601

357 people now being monitored for Ebola in New York – LA Times


New vaccine generates strong immune response against hepatitis C – Xinhua | English.news.cn


Limb cells ‘can turn into genitals’

Limb cells ‘can turn into genitals’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29899756

Portrait Salon 2014

Portrait Salon 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29878480

The gay people pushed to change their gender

The gay people pushed to change their gender http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29832690

New EU migrants ‘add £5bn to UK’

New EU migrants ‘add £5bn to UK’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29910497

Portugal escorts Russian ship away

Portugal escorts Russian ship away http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29919036

Senate leader vows to end gridlock

Senate leader vows to end gridlock http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29919793

Children dead in new Ukraine violence

Children dead in new Ukraine violence http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29912055

So restricting access to pain managenent for cancer sufferers, is as always a shot from the hip, while the cause for overdoses remains unadressed!

this pressed for your right to know: UK spy chief, parroting his US counterparts, calls for crypto backdoors | Ars Technica


Law & Disorder / Civilization & Discontents UK spy chief, parroting his US counterparts, calls for crypto backdoors “Privacy has never been an absolute right,” GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan says. by David Kravets – Nov 4 2014, 10:30am PST GCHQ building at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. UK Ministry of Defence

Writing that “privacy has never been an absolute right,” Robert Hannigan, the head of British spy agency GCHG, urged the US tech sector to assist the fight against terrorism and other crimes by opening up their proprietary networks to government authorities.

Hannigan / GCHQ

Hannigan, in a Financial Times editorial on Monday, suggested that “technology companies are in denial” over the Internet‘s use “to facilitate murder or child abuse.” He wrote that the time was ripe for “addressing some uncomfortable truths” and went on to say the public wouldn’t mind if technology companies gave governments backdoor access either.

They do not want the media platforms they use with their friends and families to facilitate murder or child abuse. They know the Internet grew out of the values of western democracy, not vice versa. I think those customers would be comfortable with a better, more sustainable relationship between the agencies and the technology companies.

“Better do it now than in the aftermath of greater violence,” Hannigan added.

Hannigan’s opinion piece follows similar comments by FBI Director James Comey and US Attorney General Eric Holder. And a day after Hannigan’s comments, the Electronic Frontier Foundation of San Francisco released a “Secure Messaging Scorecard” that rated which messaging technologies are “truly safe and secure.”

via UK spy chief, parroting his US counterparts, calls for crypto backdoors | Ars Technica.

Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend a white school in the American south: The temerity carry the world’s weight on your shoulder and understand: that is faith!


Just a thought: “A broken two seats car will run steadily worse no matter how many times you switch the drivers:…”

Just a thought: “A broken two seats car will run steadily worse no matter how many times you switch the drivers: You need a mechanic to look “under the hood”, or just buy another car! You’ll loose again and again hoping for a winning bet, when you bet on a broken car!” George-B

this pressed for the record: Senator Orrin Hatch: “Congress can now begin to move an aggressive agenda” — Bloomberg News

this pressed for your health: Preventing kidney stones: It may be as simple as changing your diet – The Washington Post

Removing kidney stones can be a complicated, sometimes painful process involving medication, surgery or even sound waves to break up the deposits. But preventing them may be as simple as drinking more water.



Kidney stones are extremely common — about 13 percent of men and 7 percent of women in the United States will get one in their lifetime — and occur when tiny crystals in the urine (calcium, phosphorus and other minerals or salts) come together to form a hard deposit. Studies have shown that 35 to 50 percent of people who get them will get them again within five years without treatment.


Preventing kidney stones: It may be as simple as changing your diet – The Washington Post.

Note: If you’re drinking bottles water choose one that clearly stated the adding of minerals present in drinking water.

Tony Bennett / If I Ruled the World

Tony Bennett / If I Ruled the World

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 5th, 2014: St. Elizabeth

Image of St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth

Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary’s great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalemcontinue reading

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quotation: Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied. Mark Twain

Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

today’s holiday: Guy Fawkes Day (“Ideas are bulletproof”)

Guy Fawkes Day

On the night of November 4, 1605, 36 barrels of gunpowder were discovered beneath the Houses of Parliament in London. The conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot planned to blow up King James I to avenge laws against Roman Catholics. While Guy Fawkes didn’t originate the plan, he was caught red-handed after someone tipped off the king’s ministers. The following year, Parliament established November 5 as a national day of thanksgiving. Effigies of Guy Fawkes are still burned in bonfires that night, and fireworks fill the skies over Britain in remembrance of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Ida Tarbell (1857)

Ida Tarbell (1857)

Tarbell’s investigative journalism earned her a reputation as a leading “muckraker“—one who investigates and exposes issues of corruption and misconduct. Her 19-part exposé for McClure’s Magazine, later published in a book titled The History of the Standard Oil Company, led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly and is seen as a model for journalism today. Where did this book rank on a 1999 list of the top 100 works of American journalism in the 20th century? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Susan B. Anthony Breaks US Law to Vote (1872) It take too much courage to fight the status quo: there is proof of that everyday!

Susan B. Anthony Breaks US Law to Vote (1872)

Anthony was an important figure in the 19th-century US women’s suffrage movement. In 1869, Anthony, together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded an association dedicated to securing voting rights for women. Three years later, she defied US law and voted in the presidential election, asserting that the 14th Amendment entitled her to do so. She was arrested and fined, but her actions drew considerable attention to the women’s rights movement. Why was she expelled from the National Labor Union? More… Discuss

Fugitive Mayor Arrested in Mexico

Fugitive Mayor Arrested in Mexico

Mexican federal police have captured the fugitive former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife, sought for their suspected role in the abduction and probable massacre of 43 student teachers in September. It is alleged that Abarca and his wife ordered local police to prevent a group of students from disrupting a political event. Several of the protesters were killed in the ensuing clashes, while 43 others were taken and handed over to a local drug gang with ties to the mayor’s wife. The missing have not been seen or heard from since, and statements from captured gang members indicate they were killed and buried in a mass grave. More… Discuss

“Mad King Ludwig” of Bavaria

“Mad King Ludwig” of Bavaria

Ludwig II became king in 1864 and reigned until his death in 1886. While the handsome, talented, and liberal young prince faced high expectations upon his accession, his eccentricity alienated his subjects. He did, however, remain the patron and friend of composer Richard Wagner, who for many years exerted a strong influence over him. In time, Ludwig began to isolate himself, and his insanity eventually necessitated confinement at his Bavarian château. What was mysterious about Ludwig’s death? More… Discuss

worfd; mire


Definition: (noun) An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
Synonyms: morass, quag, quagmire
Usage: At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. Discuss.

Space Oddity cover back on YouTube

Space Oddity cover back on YouTube http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29895678

German police stage piracy raid

German police stage piracy raid http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29914753

STD dating site faces $16.5m penalty

STD dating site faces $16.5m penalty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29912279

When it comes to catcalls, New Zealand is no New York – The Washington Post


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