Daily Archives: November 14, 2014

US spy planes ‘collect phone data’

US spy planes ‘collect phone data’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30054137

US spy planes ‘collect phone data’

US spy planes ‘collect phone data’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30054137

Day in pictures: 14 November 2014

Day in pictures: 14 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30052232

Ugandan priest found in Mexico grave

Ugandan priest found in Mexico grave http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30062124

G-20 summit opens in Australia; growth tops agenda – The Washington Post


House Republicans split on how to thwart Obama on immigration


If Obama takes executive action on immigration, GOP has limited options – CSMonitor.com


Pope to G20 Summit: “Many lives are at stake behind your political discussions”

Pope to G20 Summit: Many lives are at stake behind your political discussions

quotation: Don’t put money before everything else -Pope Francis



“Don’t put money before everything else”  -Pope Francis


Pope to open conference on importance of marriage between a man and a woman

Just a month after the Pope concluded the Synod on the Family, the Vatican is hosting an inter-religious conference on the importance of marriage. It’s a way to engage in a deeper conversation about the compatibility between a man and a woman.  
HUMANUM Vatican Conference 
“People talk about the failure of this relationship, they talk a lot about sex, but they don’t really talk about its absolutely fundamental essence.”
The conference is titled ‘Humanum.’ From November 17th to the 19th, it will bring in more than 350 people representing 14 religions. Among the 40 speakers is Pope Francis. It will be a platform to look at how marriage ties into a healthy society, anthropology, and religion. 
HUMANUM Vatican Conference 
“Some of the major aspects of marriage. It’s beauty. It’s difficulties. It’s openness to children, it’s importance to civil society.” “What is God trying to tell us about God, about ourselves, about the meaning of our lives that humanity comes in two sexes that are drawn to one another. Deeper conversation about marriage.”
While the highs of marriage will be touched on, organizers say, the conference will also look at the realistic challenges that often rise between a husband and wife. Even further, it will delve into the increasingly blurred lines between genders.  
 Pope to open conference on importance of marriage between a man and a woman

Pope to open conference on importance of marriage between a man and a woman (click to access video here)


November 14, 2014: Orthodox leader asks Pope to help find kidnapped bishops in Syria – from The Vatican-ROME REPORTS in English

Orthodox leader asks Pope to help find kidnapped bishops in Syria

Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study – WebMD


U.S. court rejects religious objection to Obamacare contraception deal


Could Obama be impeached over immigration order? – CSMonitor.com


Russia says Ukraine monitors biased

Russia says Ukraine monitors biased http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30056604

Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam

Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30054140

ISPs move on anti-terror measures

ISPs move on anti-terror measures http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30052211

UN says IS imposing rule of terror

UN says IS imposing rule of terror http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30056855

Sweden releases ‘submarine’ image

Sweden releases ‘submarine’ image http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30056037

Boko Haram militants ‘seize Chibok’

Boko Haram militants ‘seize Chibok’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30058879

SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No.1 – A.Pascal, I.Philipp, 1934 *vinyl remaster*: make music part of your life series

SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No.1 – A.Pascal, I.Philipp, 1934 *vinyl remaster*

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto Nr. 3 in D minor , op.30 (1909) – Horowitz/New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Metha,Conducting: Great compositions/performances

todays holiday: Plebeian Games

Plebeian Games

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, one of whose feast days was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. The festival lasted from November 4-17, and its first nine days were devoted to theatrical performances. More… Discuss

quotation: A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour. Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

today’s birthday: Claude Monet (1840)

Claude Monet (1840)

A French landscape painter, Monet helped found the Impressionist movement in the late 19th century. In fact, the term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of one of his paintings, Impression: Sunrise. His renowned plein air, or outdoor, paintings capture natural landscapes with accents of sunlight and vibrant colors. To show the effects of changes in light, he often painted the same subject repeatedly, at different times of day and in different seasons. What are some examples? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Melville’s Moby-Dick Published in the US (1851)

Melville’s Moby-Dick Published in the US (1851)

Inspired by his whaling experiences on the South Seas, Herman Melville penned Moby-Dick, the now famed tale of a deranged whaling captain’s obsessive voyage to find and destroy the great white whale to whom he lost his leg. The novel is at once an exciting sea story, a sociological critique of American prejudices, a repository of information about whaling, and a philosophical inquiry into the nature of good and evil. What may have inspired Melville to name his whale Moby-Dick? More… Discuss

UN Panel: Fossil Fuels Must Be Phased Out by 2100

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-backed panel of experts, has concluded that the unrestricted use of fossil fuels without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology should be phased out by 2100 if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. While the costs of phasing out fossil fuel use and transitioning to renewable energy sources will undoubtedly be steep, failing to make the necessary changes will be more costly in the long run. More… Discuss



Jasmine—also known as jessamine—is a genus of shrubs and vines in the family Oleaceae. It has about 300 species native to all continents except North America. Jasmine is prized for its very fragrant white or yellow blossoms, which, when dried, can be used to flavor tea. Jasmine oil is popular for perfumes and aromatherapy, even though jasmine flowers are too delicate to be distilled in the same way as true essential oils. Jasmine is thus called an “absolute” oil. What is Sampaguita? More… Discuss

word: inveigle


Definition: (verb) To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk.
Synonyms: cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle
Usage: The salesman inveigled him so successfully that he paid twice the original price. Discuss.

this pressed for our right to know: Obama says he will take action to reform immigration policy before the end of the year — Reuters Politics

this pressed for our reeducation: ObamaCare architect mouths off again, as videos cause problems for Dems

According to Watchdog.org, Gruber is currently being paid to advise the state of Vermont on a new health care plan. Watchdog.org also spoke with the man who wrote the comment that drew Gruber’s snarky rebuke, former state senator and Reagan adviser John McClaughry.

“No one should trust this man,” McClaughry told Watchdog.org. “Based on the rest of the stuff that’s come out on the videos, nobody can trust this guy.”

Even though Pelosi claimed she wasn’t familiar with Gruber, other Democrats have made clear they know him — and are not happy with him.

On CNN, former White House press secretary Jay Carney said of the tapes, “It’s not good” and acknowledged he helped write ObamaCare and the Massachusetts law.

via ObamaCare architect mouths off again, as videos cause problems for Dems.

Jonathan Gruber at Noblis – January 18, 2012

Jonathan Gruber at Noblis – January 18, 2012

Russia sanctions ‘undermine trade’

Russia sanctions ‘undermine trade’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30051352

Eckert surprised at Garcia criticism

Eckert surprised at Garcia criticism http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/30015096

Ex-Massey CEO Scorned Over Mine Disaster as Charges Filed – Bloomberg


Mobile Web – News – Americans’ cellphones targeted in secret Justice Department program