Daily Archives: November 22, 2014

Albania opens huge Cold War bunker


Albania opens huge Cold War bunker http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30160201

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas


The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30112297

The meaning of Mongol


The meaning of Mongol http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-30129358

Jerusalem’s 800-year-old Indian hospice


Jerusalem’s 800-year-old Indian hospice http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30122030

Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0J604W20141123?irpc=932

November 22 – Feast date for St. Cecilia, patron saint of music— Classical KUSC


Song for Saint Cecilia

 

Purcell – Ode to St. Cecilia (Z.328): I-II: make music part of your life series


Purcell – Ode to St. Cecilia (Z.328): I-II


Eva Greeen: Casino Royale-Dreamers (my art collection)


Eva Greeen: Casino Royale-Dreamers

Eva Greeen: Casino Royale-Dreamers

Mexico vows action on rule of law


Mexico vows action on rule of law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30157250

this pressed: Video: Inside The Abandoned Minnelli Mansion Of Beverly Hills: LAist|K-Mozart 1260 AM


The glory days are over for this former celebrity home (Screenshot via YouTube)

A video provides a tour through the abandoned Minnelli mansion in Beverly Hills, once occupied by Liza Minnelli‘s father, Vincent Minnelli.

The 5,800-square-foot house sits on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills. It was built in 1925 and redesigned by John Elgin Woolf, a well-known Hollywood architect, Curbed LA reports. As the story goes, director Vincent Minnelli moved into the home after his divorce from Judy Garland, who he met directing 1944’s Meet Me In St. Louis. Minnelli and Garland didn’t have a particularly long marriage: they married in 1945 and divorced only six years later in 1951. Their only child, Liza, was born in 1946.

Minnelli died in July of 1986 when he was 83 after struggling with emphysema and pneumonia.

via Video: Inside The Abandoned Minnelli Mansion Of Beverly Hills: LAist.

Princess Diana – Caring Always


Princess Diana - Caring Always

Princess Diana – Caring Always

West ‘seeks Russia regime change’


West ‘seeks Russia regime change’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30158978

Not so fast!: Amazon denies creating a Netflix streaming competitor | Daily Digest News


http://dailydigestnews.com/2014/11/not-so-fast-amazon-denies-creating-a-netflix-streaming-competitor/

Biden Announces New Aid for Syrian Refugees – WSJ


http://online.wsj.com/articles/biden-announces-new-aid-for-syrian-refugees-1416676638?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj

Versatility with Google Translate: one extraa step worth taking toward a more independent lifestyle


Should you like to translate the content of this or any other text from a blog, any blog, you can do it with Google Translate @ https://translate.google.com/:

  • Select/copy the text,

  • Open a new window of your browser, and depress the Google Translate button,

  • paste your selection in the text editor,

  • decide/select the language you want your text to be translated into,

  • select/paste the text into your work!

It is easier done than said, really!

It is easy to get a button for the Google Translate, on your Bookmark ribbon, so you can have it handy, any time you need it:

Why all this? well If you get the auto Google translator, each time you go to a blog (let’s say) it will ask you (or it will automatically) translate it, make things run slower, etc etc, etc…So, Why bother, right?

Daca doriti sa traduce conținutul acestui sau orice alt text dintr-un blog, orice blog, o poti face cu Google Translate @ https://translate.google.com/:

Selectați / copia textul,
Deschide o nouă fereastră a browser-ului, și apăsați butonul Google Translate,
paste dvs. de selecție în editorul de text,
hotărî / selectați limba pe care doriți textul fie traduse în,
selectați / lipiți textul în munca ta!

Este mai ușor de făcut decât a spus, într-adevăr!
Este ușor să obții un buton pentru Google Translate, pe panglică ta marcaj, astfel încât să puteți avea la îndemână, oricând ai nevoie de ea:

Folosiți link-ul sau mergeți la https://translate.google.com/,
marcaj lucru,
opta pentru a salva pe butonul de pe marcaje dumneavoastră panglică, pentru acces mai ușor.

De ce toate astea? Ei bine, dacă aveți barei de protecție Google Translator, de fiecare dată când mergi la un blog (sa spunem) vi se va cere (sau va automat) se traduce, face lucrurile să meargă mai încet, etc etc etc … Deci, de ce deranjul, nu?

(tradus, aproape in  totalitate cu Google Translate!)
 
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Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: make music part of your life series


Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051- Complete

Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major: great compositions/performances


Valentina Lisitsa. Chopin Nocturne Op 27 # 2 D Flat Major

Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 22nd, 2014: St. Cecilia


Image of St. CeciliaSt. Cecilia

In the fourth century appeared a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian, written, like those of Chrysanthus and Daria, Julian and Basilissa, in glorification of the virginal … continue reading

More Saints of the Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Chapel Interior at Night.

Facade of Santa Cecilia, a 1725 project by Ferdinando Fuga, with the 12th century belltower.

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is a 5th-century church in Rome, Italy, devoted to Saint Cecilia, in the Trastevere rione.

History

The first church on this site was founded probably in the 3rd century, by Pope Urban I; it was devoted to the Roman martyr Cecilia, martyred it is said under Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander, by the late fifth century, for in the synod of 499 of Pope Symmachus, the church is indicated with the Titulus Ceciliae. Tradition holds that the church was built over the house of the saint.[1] The baptistery associated with this church, together with the remains of a Roman house of the early Empire, was found during some excavations under the Chapel of the Relics. On 22 November 545, Pope Vigilius was celebrating the saint in the church, when the emissary of Empress Theodora, Antemi Scribone, captured him. Pope Paschal I “rebuilt the church in 822, and moved here the relics of St Cecilia from the catacombs of St Calixtus.” More restorations followed in the 18th century. The Cardinal priest assigned to the Titulus S. Caeciliae is Gualtiero Bassetti. Among the previous titulars are Pope Stephen III, Adam Easton (1383), Thomas Wolsey (1515), Michele Mazzarino (1647), Giuseppe Doria Pamphili (1785), and Carlo Maria Martini (2012).

Art and architecture

The Last Judgment (detail of the apostles), by Pietro Cavallini (1295-1300).

Ciborium attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio.

The church has a façade built in 1725 by Ferdinando Fuga, which incloses a courtyard decorated with ancient mosaics, columns and a cantharus (water vessel). Its decoration includes the coat of arms and the dedication to the titular cardinal who paid for the facade, Francesco Cardinal Acquaviva d’Aragona. Among the artifacts remaining from the 13th century edifice are a mural painting depicting the Final judgment (1289-93) by Pietro Cavallini in the choir of the monks, and the ciborium (1293) in the presbytery by Arnolfo di Cambio. The Gothic ciborium is surrounded by four marble columns white and black, decorated with statuettes of angels, saints, prophets, and evangelists. The apse has remains of 9th century mosaics depicting the Redeemer with Saints Paul, Cecilia, Paschal I, Peter, Valerian, and Agatha. The ceiling of Cappella dei Ponziani was decorated God the Father with evangelists (1470) by Antonio del Massaro (Antonio da Viterbo or il Pastura). The Cappella delle Reliquie was frescoed and provided with an altarpiece by Luigi Vanvitelli. The nave is frescoed with the Apotheosis of Santa Cecilia (1727) by Sebastiano Conca. The church contains two altarpieces by Guido Reni: Saints Valerian and Cecilia and a Decapitation of Saint Cecilia (1603).[2]

.Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, by Stefano Maderno, one of the most famous examples of Baroque sculpture.

Among the most remarkable works is the graphic altar sculpture of St. Cecilia (1600) by the late-Renaissance sculptor Stefano Maderno. The pavement in front of the statue encloses a marble slab with Maderno’s sworn statement that he has recorded the body as he saw it when the tomb was opened in 1599. The statue depicts the three axe strokes described in the 5th-century account of her martyrdom. It also is meant to underscore the incorruptibility of her cadaver (an attribute of some saints), which miraculously still had congealed blood after centuries. This statue could be conceived as proto-Baroque, since it depicts no idealized moment or person, but a theatric scene, a naturalistic representation of a dead or dying saint. It is striking, because it precedes by decades the similar high-Baroque sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (for example, his Beata Ludovica Albertoni) and Melchiorre Caffà (Santa Rosa de Lima). The crypt is also noteworthy, decorated with cosmatesque styles, containing the relics of St. Cecilia and her husband St. Valerian.

quotation: All war is deception. Sun Tzu


All war is deception.

Sun Tzu (544 BC496 BC) Discuss

 

 

today’s holiday: Tellabration


Tellabration

A nationwide night of storytelling, Tellabration was started in 1988 by storyteller J. G. (“Paw-Paw”) Pinkerton. The event began with storytelling in six communities in Connecticut. The next year, Texas and Missouri also had Tellabrations, and, by 1991, storytelling on this night was happening in 72 communities in 27 states, as well as in locations in Bermuda and Canada. Eventually, the length of Tellabrations extended to a weekend. Proceeds of the event go toward developing the archives of Storytelling Foundation International in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Rodney Dangerfield (1921)


Rodney Dangerfield (1921)

Best known for his trademark line, “I don’t get no respect,” Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor who appeared in a slew of movies, including Caddyshack, Easy Money, and Back To School, and even won a Grammy Award for his comedy album No Respect. His Manhattan comedy club, Dangerfield’s, remains in operation to this day and has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy. A funnyman even in death, Dangerfield has what inscribed on his headstone? More… Discuss

just a thought: “the reality of a conspiracy is that it stays a theory!”


just a thought:  “the reality of a conspiracy is that it stays a theory!” –George-B

Evangelical <b>Conspiracy</b> <b>Theories</b> by Gary Ellis

this day in the yesteryear: President John F. Kennedy Assassinated (1963)


President John F. Kennedy Assassinated (1963)

The assassination of John F. Kennedy while he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, was a seminal event in American history. The US government‘s subsequent investigation—dubbed the “Warren Commission“—concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the culprit, but the assassination is still widely debated, and many people doubt that Oswald acted alone. Oswald’s murder just two days later, while in police custody, further fueled conspiracy theories. Who was the “Babushka Lady“? More… Discuss

Giant Venezuelan Christmas Dinner Claims World Records


Giant Venezuelan Christmas Dinner Claims World Records

There are still more than 30 shopping days till Christmas, but people around the globe are already getting in the holiday spirit. In Venezuela, a cook-a-thon of the country’s traditional Christmas dinner staples earned world records for the largest pan de jamon, a type of ham-filled bread, and hallaca, a tamale-like dish. The cook-a-thon is not without controversy, however, as it comes at a time when many Venezuelans are struggling with shortages of basic goods and skyrocketing inflation. More… Discuss

Robin Hood


Robin Hood

This legendary hero of 12th-century England is celebrated for robbing the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. He is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, and his band and is the hero of numerous Middle English ballads and many later stories and plays. There is, however, no evidence that he was an actual historical figure. In what text is he first mentioned? More… Discuss

word: vitriolic


vitriolic

Definition: (adjective) Bitterly scathing; caustic.
Synonyms: acid, blistering, venomous, acrid, acerbic, bitter, virulent
Usage: The critic showed no mercy in writing the most vitriolic review of her career. Discuss

Nestle Scientists seem to have been cracking the mechanism throough which human body switches into producing more energy


Nestle: Could food have similar effect to exercise? (click to enlarge )

Nestle: Could food have similar effect to exercise? (click to enlarge )


ampk-metabolic-master-switch-infographic
(chart in PDF format can be accessed here)

 

An important step forward for better metabolic health


 

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 17, 2014 – New research led by scientists at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) could provide a clue to combat the growing epidemic of metabolic disorders. This work makes an important contribution to the knowledge and expertise that NIHS can apply in the future to develop nutritional solutions for improving metabolic health.

AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an enzyme that acts as a central molecular switch whose activation has many beneficial effects on metabolism. AMPK can be naturally activated by exercise in muscle, but if we also knew how to activate AMPK, for example, by diet, we could better control energy balance and maintain metabolic health. Regulation of AMPK is complex: it is controlled by the interplay between 3 subunits (a catalytic α subunit and regulatory β and γ subunits) and each subunit has multiple isoforms. A handful of synthetic small molecules have been reported to directly stimulate AMPK but, apart from thienopyridones (which stimulates AMPK through binding to one of the β subunit isoforms), precisely how they work has not yet been described.

Through a highly successful collaborative effort by an international team of scientists led by Prof. Kei Sakamoto and his group at NIHS, a research project was undertaken to characterise a recently identified AMPK activator. They identified a unique mechanism of action that displays a preference for a particular AMPK α-complex isoform.

via  An  important step forward for better metabolic health.

****Access Nestle Metabolic chart (PDF) here

 

 

 

Low-Fat Diets Are a Myth, New Study Shows | Wall Street OTC


http://www.wallstreetotc.com/low-fat-diets-are-a-myth-new-study-shows/212708/

New Fat-burning Product from Nestle: ‘Exercise in a Bottle’ | Maine News


http://newsmaine.net/21479-new-fat-burning-product-nestle-exercise-bottle

Ebola outbreak: Government sends 30 NHS staff to help Ebola fight – BBC News


http://m.bbc.com/news/health-30148979

NYPD psychologist charged with attempted murder of husband – NY Daily News


http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-psychologist-charged-attempted-murder-husband-article-1.2019624

Could anyone beat Hillary Clinton? Yes, of course. (+video) – CSMonitor.com


http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Buzz/2014/1121/Could-anyone-beat-Hillary-Clinton-Yes-of-course.-video

Window washer falls onto car in San Francisco – seattlepi.com


http://m.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Window-washer-falls-onto-car-in-San-Francisco-5910780.php

House Republicans Sue Obama Over Health Law Implementation – Bloomberg


http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-21/congress-sues-obama-naming-health-treasury-departments.html

Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus


Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30143283

New York Fed Is Criticized on Oversight – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/dealbook/2014/11/21/new-york-fed-chief-faces-withering-criticism-at-senate-hearing/?_r=2&referrer=

New York Fed Is Criticized on Oversight – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/dealbook/2014/11/21/new-york-fed-chief-faces-withering-criticism-at-senate-hearing/?_r=2&referrer=

Europe to call for ‘break up’ of Google in bid to end search monopoly – The Inquirer


http://m.theinquirer.net:80/inquirer/news/2383012/europe-to-call-for-break-up-of-google-in-bid-to-end-search-monopoly