Daily Archives: November 11, 2014

Missouri National Guard on Alert for Unrest in Ferguson – Bloomberg


Former Butte Navy SEAL recounts bin Laden mission on national TV | Latest News – Home


Wave flood maps ‘underestimate risk’

Wave flood maps ‘underestimate risk’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30013195

Tech Times




Could Rand Paul win over modern America?

Could Rand Paul win over modern America? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29990204

Who owns our mobile health data?

Who owns our mobile health data? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29952998

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29991777

The bitter struggle for Syria

The bitter struggle for Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30011154

Are we asking the wrong questions about Ebola?

Are we asking the wrong questions about Ebola? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30011521

Syria’s disappeared

Syria’s disappeared http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29653526

The school that says Osama Bin Laden was hero

The school that says Osama Bin Laden was hero http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30005278

Yahoo snaps up BrightRoll for $640m

Yahoo snaps up BrightRoll for $640m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30015526

Spotify defends itself against Swift

Spotify defends itself against Swift http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30011104

Mali confirms second Ebola death

Mali confirms second Ebola death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30015329

this pressed for political corectness: Dark money on the rise in American politics

The midterm election this month was the most expensive in history and $145 million came from anonymous donors. So no one knows who’s buying what in Washington.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s biggest outside backer in his bid for re-election was a little known group called the “Kentucky Opportunity Coalition” which spent $12.6 million on ads for McConnell and against his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The group’s donors are a secret. Thanks to a series of recent court decisions, certain nonprofit groups are no longer required to list those names. When CBS News asked, we were told “K.O.C.’s policy is to not provide the names of its donors to the general public.”

Bill Allison, the Sunlight Foundation

“You can’t have fair elections when a lot of the money is hidden and nobody knows who is behind it,” said Bill Allison.

via Dark money on the rise in American politics.

New Widget at EUZICASA: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

400000IR-Photos-Metropolitan Musieum of Art_ Access from here

400000 IR – Photos – Metropolitan Museum of Art  (Access from here) or visit all Widgets installed on the primary sidebar (around 100, I think!)

Tarantino ‘to retire’ after 10th film

Tarantino ‘to retire’ after 10th film http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30011174

One in 10 sausages ‘has hepatitis E’

One in 10 sausages ‘has hepatitis E’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30006977

Bank fined £2.75m over IT meltdown

Bank fined £2.75m over IT meltdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30009431

Arctic blast hits Canada and US

Arctic blast hits Canada and US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30008650

Merkel doubts more Russia sanctions

Merkel doubts more Russia sanctions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30003449

Mexico protesters block airport

Mexico protesters block airport http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30002547

Mind-controlled gene switch made

Mind-controlled gene switch made http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29974833

Argentina financials firms raided

Argentina financials firms raided http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30014214

Mormon founder ‘had up to 40 wives’

Mormon founder ‘had up to 40 wives’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30009324

Clashes at Poland independence march

Clashes at Poland independence march http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30012830

Activists beheaded in eastern Libya

Activists beheaded in eastern Libya http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30011640

EU court backs migrant benefit curbs

EU court backs migrant benefit curbs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30011512

Russia to Build 2 Nuclear Plants in Iran, and Possibly 6 More – NYTimes.com


Mo. governor: ‘Violence will not be tolerated’ after grand jury ruling


today’s holiday: Gansabhauet


Gansabhauet is held only in the country town of Sursee, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland, on St. Martin’s Day. A dead goose is hung by its neck in front of the town hall, and young men draw lots to take turns trying to knock it down with a blunt saber. (Gansabhauet means “knocking down goose.”) The men—blindfolded and wearing red robes and big round masks representing the sun—get only one try at the bird. While the men whack at the goose, children’s games take place: they scale a stripped tree, race in sacks, and compete to see who can make the ugliest face. More… Discuss

qauotation: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

today’s birthday: Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821) with/ some wonderful quotations

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821)

Dostoevsky was a literary giant whose works exhibit an uncanny grasp of human psychology and offer penetrating analyses of the political, social, and spiritual state of the Russia of his time. His best-known works include Crime and Punishment, a brilliant portrait of sin, remorse, and redemption, and The Brothers Karamazov, which tackles the issues of evil, freedom, and faith. Though granted a last-minute reprieve, Dostoevsky was sentenced to death in 1849 for what crime? More… Discuss


this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Taranto (1940)

Battle of Taranto (1940)

The Battle of Taranto during World War II marked the first all-aircraft naval attack in history. The results were definitive, as British planes destroyed much of the Italian fleet anchored in Taranto, in an arm of the Ionian Sea. The battle is seen as a turning point in military history, marking the end of the reign of “big-gun” battleships and leading to the rise of naval air power. Certain aspects of the attack were studied as part of the planning for what other notorious aerial assault? More… Discuss

Health and Civilization: Happiness and Aging (

Happiness and Aging

Polls of populations around the globe show that life satisfaction often waxes and wanes with age and differs depending on where people live. In Western nations, happiness bottoms out between the ages of 45 and 54 before rising again into old age, while in the former Soviet Union and Latin America, it declines throughout life. The reasons for these trends are complex and multifaceted, but one factor that seems to have a strong influence is a region’s economic prosperity, suggesting that money does in fact buy some measure of happiness. More… Discuss

People and Places, Geography, History: Corfu


Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Albania. The second largest of the Ionian Islands, Corfu rises 2,980 feet (910 m) at Mt. Pantokrator in the northeast but is largely a fertile lowland producing olive oil, figs, wine, and citrus fruit. The island has been identified with Scheria, the island of the Phaeacians in Homer’s Odyssey. It was settled around 730 BCE by Corinthian colonists. What Empress of Austria commissioned the building of a summer palace there? More… Discuss

word: quiescence


Definition: (noun) A state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction.
Synonyms: dormancy
Usage: The volcano erupted after centuries of quiescence. Discuss.

Drunk power boss ’causes blackout’

Drunk power boss ’causes blackout’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30002186

Legionnaires’ kills five in Portugal

Legionnaires’ kills five in Portugal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30003028

‘Secret’ terror trial jury discharged

‘Secret’ terror trial jury discharged http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30005338

Mexico protesters block airport

Mexico protesters block airport http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30002547

Day in pictures: 11 November 2014

Day in pictures: 11 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30003033

The story of the ‘most complicated’ watch in the world

The story of the ‘most complicated’ watch in the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30002096

The spies in a suburban bungalow

The spies in a suburban bungalow http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29985359

US troops sent into Iraq’s Anbar

US troops sent into Iraq’s Anbar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30003441

Palestinian ‘shot dead’ in Hebron

Palestinian ‘shot dead’ in Hebron http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30002831

Hunger strike in Ebola-hit Guinea

Hunger strike in Ebola-hit Guinea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30004362