Daily Archives: November 20, 2014

Senate Republicans block bill: NSA will continue monitoring your calls (+video) – CSMonitor.com


http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/1118/Senate-Republicans-block-bill-NSA-will-continue-monitoring-your-calls-video

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this pressed – a tweet away: Vibrant colors of our youth— Henry Leland


this Pressed: At @FAOnews conference, @Pontifex urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge— United Nations (@UN)


Richard Wagner – Rienzi Ouverture: make music part of your life series


Richard Wagner – Rienzi Ouverture

Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants


Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants

Nursery Suite: Aubade (Awake): make music part of your life series


Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.3 in D major, (G.476): make music part of your life series


Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.3 in D major, (G.476)

Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”: great compositions/performances


Mitsuko Uchida – W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat Major K. 271 “Jeunehomme”

Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation: great compositions/performances


Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation

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Jules MassenetThaïs” Meditation
Itzhak Perlman – Violin
Lawrence Foster – Conductor
The Abbey Road Ensemble
Photography and filming by myself at Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal

Méditation (Thaïs)
Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera was first premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

The Méditation is a symphonic entr’acte performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs. In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to convince her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra. In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert.

The piece is in D major and is approximately five minutes long (although there are a number of interpretations that stretch the piece to over six minutes). Massenet may also have written the piece with religious intentions; the tempo marking is Andante Religioso, signifying his intention that it should be played religiously and at walking tempo. The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.

Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants


Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30136245

Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants


Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30136245

US Senate grills banks on commodities


US Senate grills banks on commodities http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30136183

Europe – Fury as Italy quashes asbestos conviction in ‘trial of century’ – France 24


An Italian flag reads “Eternit: Justice” in a picture posted on Italian author Roberto Saviano‘s Twitter account
Text by Benjamin DODMAN
Latest update : 2014-11-20

Victims of asbestos poisoning are well accustomed to the gruelling twists and turns of Italy’s judicial process. But even the most battle-hardened were ill-prepared for the latest, bitter turn in a landmark case that has dragged on for decades.

Late on Wednesday, Italy’s top court overturned an 18-year prison sentence for Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, the former owner of construction giant Eternit.

Schmidheiny, 67, was found guilty in 2012 of causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories – in the biggest ever trial on asbestos-related deaths.

He was jailed in absentia and ordered to pay tens of millions of euros in compensation to local authorities and families of the victims, who included factory workers and residents who lived near Eternit factories in northern, central and southern Italy.

via Europe – Fury as Italy quashes asbestos conviction in ‘trial of century’ – France 24.

quotation: “Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.” ― Richard Preston, “The Hot Zone…”


The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

this pressed: 10 Shocking Things About Ebola : Discovery News


Early symptoms of Ebola can appear harmless — fever, headache, aches, chills and sore throat. They could be the stuff of a normal illness.

But as the virus progresses, victims will experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, rash, chest pain and cough, weight loss and bleeding. In some cases, organs will shut down and cause unstoppable bleeding.

In the last stages of the disease, in a process known as a cytokine storm, the immune system goes haywire and inflammatory molecules called cytokines attack the body’s own tissue. Technically, then, it’s not the virus that kills people but instead their own immune systems ultimately turn against them.

Show here is Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor who treated patients in Liberia before contracting the virus himself. Fortunately, he survived.

Samaritan’s Purse

via 10 Shocking Things About Ebola : Discovery News.

this pressed: Tiny Baltic States Prepare to Hit Back at Mighty Russia


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A jet fighter from the Su-30 SM “Sokoly Rossii” (Falcons of Russia) aerobatic team performs during a show in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, October 25, 2014. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Earlier this month, a Russian warship entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone, some nine nautical miles from the country’s territorial waters. Considering that Russian warships have already approached Latvian waters some 50 times this year, according to figures from Latvia’s Ministry of Defence, it was not an altogether unsurprising visit. Russian military planes, meanwhile, have come close to Latvian airspace some 200 times this year. Latvia’s defence minister Raimonds Vejonis tells Newsweek at his office in Riga, that his country is prepared should its mighty neighbour to the east decide to invade: “We have special plans of action. Working with the Ministry of Interior, we conduct exercises to train our troops and policemen for different scenarios. But of course we need more co-operation with our neighbours and our Nato allies as well.”

via Tiny Baltic States Prepare to Hit Back at Mighty Russia.

this preseed for your right to know: Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action – The Washington Post


How many people actually would be covered by the order?

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That depends precisely on what actions Obama announces, but the Migration Policy Institute came out with new estimates Wednesday that suggests that about 4 million undocumented immigrants would be directly affected by the action. According to the group, there are 3.71 million undocumented immigrants who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

Then, 290,000 new people would join the 1.2 million young immigrants eligible for deferred deportation under the administration’s 2012 program. (Some reports suggest there could be an additional million people beyond that, but this is unclear.)

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Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action – The Washington Post.

this pressed: For two kids and two parents, one-on-one time a must – CSMonitor.com



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A mom stays at home with her older son while her husband takes their younger son on a trip. She learns that time alone with her older son is invaluable in building communication, trust, and appreciation for him as an individual.

By Eliana Osborn, Correspondent November 19, 2014

via For two kids and two parents, one-on-one time a must – CSMonitor.com.

this pressed: Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law


Argentina‘s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Senators approved the legislation 39-24 on Wednesday.

The bill backed by President Cristina Fernandez is expected to be passed by the lower house as well and turned into law. Fernandez has said there is a growing number of foreigners entering Argentina to commit crimes.

Under the bill, foreigners caught breaking the law can be immediately expelled from Argentina and banned from returning for at least five years. Foreign-born people with legal residence can ask to remain in Argentina to serve out their sentence for the crime.

Argentines are growing increasingly worried about rising crime in their country.

Rights groups say foreigners represent a fraction of law breakers and say the proposed law could leave to unfair treatment.

via Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

this Pressed: Pope Francis: People and not money create development §RV— Vatican – news (@news_va_en)


Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?


 

Is it OK to leave objects on the Moon?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30130941

 

Two cleared in landmark FGM case


Two cleared in landmark FGM case http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30134078

Swedish court upholds Assange order


Swedish court upholds Assange order http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30129453

Fiat Chrysler to Strengthen Joint Venture in China – WSJ


http://online.wsj.com/articles/fiat-chrysler-to-strengthen-joint-venture-in-china-1416501461?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj

Wall Street Used Commodities Storage, Tankers for Unfair Gain, Senate Panel Finds – Bloomberg


http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-19/banks-gained-unfair-advantage-from-commodity-units-senator-says.html

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Show Promise


http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20141119/cholesterol-drug-trials

Immigrants from Ebola countries won’t be sent home – Politics – P/O Mobile


http://m.thepublicopinion.com/news/associated_press/politics/immigrants-from-ebola-countries-won-t-be-sent-home/article_03ce3a2c-16c0-578f-b505-ee58c480ebaf.html?mode=jqm

Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 20th, 2014: St. Edmund Rich


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto 1 & 2, Suite for Cello & Orchestra Op.16, and other works – S. Isserlis: make music part of your life series


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto 1 & 2, Suite for Cello & Orchestra Op.16, and other works – S. Isserlis

Martha Argerich plays Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16: greaat compositions/performances


Goyescas: 3. Fandango By Candle Light: make music part of your life series


Goyescas: 3. Fandango By Candle Light

today’s holiday: Opening of the Underground Caves Day


Opening of the Underground Caves Day

The end of World War II is marked annually by the people of Butaritari Island (northern islands of the independent republic of Kiribati). Each year, they open the caves that were built to shelter them during the war. Accompanied by a celebration, the event takes place on the anniversary of the day the caves initially were opened after the war ended in 1945. The event’s main activities take place in Ukiangang village on Butaritari Island, featuring singing, dancing, feasting, and indoor and outdoor games. More… Discuss

quotation: Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

today’s birthday: Emilio Pucci (1914)


Emilio Pucci (1914)

Born into an aristocratic Italian family, Pucci earned his doctorate in political science before a chance meeting on a Swiss ski slope changed the course of his career. In 1947, while on a ski holiday, he crossed paths with a Harper’s Bazaar photographer who was impressed with the skiwear Pucci had designed and got him a spread in the magazine. Within years, Pucci had become an internationally renowned fashion designer. How did his doctorate later come into play in his career? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Nuremberg Trials Begin (1945)


Nuremberg Trials Begin (1945)

The Nuremberg Trials, which took place in Germany between 1945 and 1949, were a series of trials prosecuting Nazi officials for their participation in World War II and the Holocaust. The first and most famous of these trials, the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, involved 24 of the most important leaders of Nazi Germany, 12 of whom were sentenced to death for crimes against humanity and other offenses. How were the death sentences carried out? More… Discuss

Study Finds Supplements Do Not Ward Off Dementia


Study Finds Supplements Do Not Ward Off Dementia

Higher levels of a chemical called homocysteine are believed to raise the risk of strokes and dementia, and vitamin B12 and folic acid lower homocysteine levels, leading researchers to investigate B12 and folic acid supplements as a possible means of preventing dementia. However, the results of a recent study found no difference in memory and thinking skills between those taking the supplements and those taking a placebo, suggesting that these supplements have little to no protective effect when it comes to dementia. More… Discuss

The Monarch Butterfly


 

 

 

 

The Monarch Butterfly

 

 

 

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English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The monarch, with its distinctive orange and black pattern, is considered one the world’s most beautiful butterflies. In North America, thousands of monarchs gather in autumn and migrate southward, sometimes more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km), and return north in spring. Their ability to return to the same spots over several generations has led scientists to research how circadian rhythm and the position of the sun are involved. What is aposematism, and how do monarch butterflies exemplify it? More…

 

 

 

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word: exculpate


exculpate 

Definition: (verb) To clear of guilt or blame.
Synonyms: acquit, assoil, exonerate, discharge, clear
Usage: He was exculpated from the charge when the real criminal confessed. Discuss.

this pressed: URGENT – Holder pushes countries on terrorism laws | Politics – WYFF Home


English: Official portrait of United States At...

English: Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder Español: Retrato oficial de Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos Eric Holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(CNN) — President Barack Obama’s administration is pushing other countries to overhaul their laws to make it easier to prosecute fighters who return after being involved in terrorism. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the Justice Department has dispatched lawyers to 14 countries — four in the Balkan region and 10 in North Africa and the Middle East — to work with policymakers there. “These personnel will provide critical assistance to our allies in order to help prosecute those who return from the Syrian region bent on committing acts of terrorism,” Holder said at press conference Thursday.

via URGENT – Holder pushes countries on terrorism laws | Politics – WYFF Home.

This presssed for your right to know: Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan | Reuters


A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in Oakland, California August 13, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in Oakland, California August 13, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers.

Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move.

But immigration advocacy groups say they don’t have sufficient resources to provide legal services to their existing clients, never mind the millions of potential new ones. Obama’s proposal is not expected to provide for federal funding for attorneys to guide immigrants through the process.

via Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan | Reuters.

Huffington Post


http://m.huffpost.com/us/vertical/huff-wires/?utm_hp_ref=arts&ir=arts

Too much texting bad for your spine – The Times of India on Mobile


http://m.timesofindia.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Too-much-texting-bad-for-your-spine/articleshow/45216698.cms

Obesity costs the global economy as much as war and terrorism, totalling $2TRILLION a year  | Daily Mail Online


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2842212/Obesity-costs-global-economy-war-terrorism-totalling-2TRILLION-year.html

Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce


Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30126207

Pope demands just distribution of world’s bounty – SFGate


http://m.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Pope-demands-just-distribution-of-world-s-bounty-5905779.php

Low Vitamin D levels may lead to early death: study


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/entertainment/20-Nov-2014/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-lead-to-early-death-study

Ebola Response Is Hampered By Infighting – World – The Boston Globe


http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/11/20/ebola-response-hampered-infighting/iORplxZrXjIb6e4vt9XRXO/story.html

Chile political prisoners get $7.5m


Chile political prisoners get $7.5m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30124703

German leftists agree historic deal


German leftists agree historic deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30124725

East-West conflict set to run and run


East-West conflict set to run and run http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30093587