Daily Archives: November 7, 2014

U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans. – NYTimes.com


W.H.O. Issues New Guidelines on Safely Burying Ebola Victims – NYTimes.com


Europol: 17 arrests in worldwide drug website bust – SFGate


The diplomat who said ‘No’ to Saudi oil

The diplomat who said ‘No’ to Saudi oil http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29954567

My daughter the gorilla

My daughter the gorilla http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29924301

Mexico gang ‘admits student deaths’

Mexico gang ‘admits student deaths’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29963387

US author wins Dylan Thomas prize

US author wins Dylan Thomas prize http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-29941309

Four held over alleged terror plot

Four held over alleged terror plot http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29955066

Day in pictures: 7 November 2014

Day in pictures: 7 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29952553

Iran ‘avoiding nuclear questions’

Iran ‘avoiding nuclear questions’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29957334

White House holds cross-party talks

White House holds cross-party talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29957378

Belgians dig deep for riot victim

Belgians dig deep for riot victim http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29957921

Metro officials ‘must use network’

Metro officials ‘must use network’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29954523

Jerusalem a city on edge as tensions spiral

Jerusalem a city on edge as tensions spiral http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29950217

Israel to raze homes of attackers

Israel to raze homes of attackers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29947955

CDC stockpiles Ebola protective gear | TheHill


Did Journalists’ Questions Topple the Berlin Wall? – WSJ – WSJ


‘Dark’ Network of Illegal Websites Targeted by U.S. and European Police – NYTimes.com


Putin Weighs Up War and Peace as Ukraine Truce Melts – Businessweek


Supreme Court will hear new case challenging Obamacare


“I don’t fear death; I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice.” Malalai Joya— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty)

Valentina Lisitsa – Liszt “La Campanella”: great compositions/performances

Paganini – The Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 (La Campanella): Great compositions/performances


Paganini – The Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra: great composirtions/performances

Saint-Saëns Camille
[Charles Camille]

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra

Saint of the Day for Friday, November 7th, 2014: St. Achillas

Image of St. Achillas

St. Achillas

Bishop and theologian who lived in an era of dispute in the Church. Achillas was the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the most powerful cities in the world at the time. Succeeding as bishop a man … continue reading

More Saints of the Day

today’s holiday/celebration: American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month

The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916, but since 1995, the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month. Although the largest Native American populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs. More… Discuss

quotation: Joseph Conrad on courage

The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

today’s birthday: Leon Trotsky (1879)

Leon Trotsky (1879)

Trotsky was a Russian Communist revolutionary whose ideas form the basis of Trotskyism, a Communist ideology based on the theory of worldwide revolution. He was a key figure in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and organized the Red Army in the civil war that followed. After a power struggle with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s, Trotsky was exiled from the USSR. In 1940, he was assassinated in Mexico by a Spanish Communist with alleged ties to Stalin. From whom did he borrow the name “Trotsky”? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Construction of Canadian Pacific Railway Completed (1885)

Construction of Canadian Pacific Railway Completed (1885)

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was originally built between eastern Canada and British Columbia, fulfilling a promise made to British Columbia when it agreed to join the Canadian Confederation in 1871. The railway‘s transcontinental passenger service was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. Today, however, the CPR functions mainly as a freight railway and has US hubs, such as New York City and Chicago. What scandal disrupted the railway’s construction in 1873? More… Discuss

Boston Could Someday Be the Venice of North America

Boston Could Someday Be the Venice of North America

Sinking land and rising sea levels have cities along the US east coast facing an uncertain future. Planners in Boston, Massachusetts, are so concerned that they are considering flooding the city intentionally. Well, not quite flooding so much as creating a system of canals that would crisscross the low-lying Back Bay area. While it seems unlikely that officials will elect such a drastic approach over simply shoring up foundations and raising infrastructure in anticipation of potential flooding, the plan to bring canal systems to North America has raised awareness of the challenges Boston and cities like it will face in the coming decades. More… Discuss

E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings

Cummings was an American writer and painter whose poetry was noted for its eccentricities of typography, language, and punctuation. His publishers often mirrored his atypical style by writing his name in lower case, though Cummings did not endorse this and typically used capital letters in his signature. Many of his poems exude a childlike playfulness and seek to convey a joyful awareness of sex and love. Cummings’s celebrated work, The Enormous Room, recounts his experiences where? More… Discuss

word: bode


Definition: (verb) To be an omen of.
Synonyms: augur, portend, foreshadow, presage, foretell
Usage: Her hesitation at his proposal boded trouble in their future. Discuss.

Exclusive: Scientists tell U.S. – find recipe for Ebola cure in survivors’ blood


Exclusive: Scientists tell U.S. – find recipe for Ebola cure in survivors’ blood


Jerry Seinfeld: I’m on the autism ‘spectrum’


Fed’s Yellen says weak fiscal support has slowed global recovery


Sierra Leone News: The Invisible Enemy « Awoko Newspaper


Christensenellaceae helps against Weight Gain, say Researchers | West Texas News


Google reveals inner workings of manual hijacking – CNET


Report: Takata secretly tested air bags, hid results


Berlin: remembering the wall – BBC News


He shot bin Laden: After spilling secrets, O’Neill faces scrutiny


UPDATE 1-Russia stands by Ukraine ceasefire deal, respects rebel vote


Rejuvenation of the Chinese nation

Rejuvenation of the Chinese nation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29788802

ISI chief faces daunting challenges

ISI chief faces daunting challenges http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29903400

Japan governor backs reactor restart

Japan governor backs reactor restart http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29947564

Ukraine says tanks cross from Russia

Ukraine says tanks cross from Russia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29952505

Huge raid shuts 400 ‘dark net’ sites

Huge raid shuts 400 ‘dark net’ sites http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29950946