Daily Archives: November 24, 2014

Optimism as Iran nuclear talks fail

Optimism as Iran nuclear talks fail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30184019

US reacts to Ferguson jury ruling

US reacts to Ferguson jury ruling http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-us-canada-30181234

No indictment over Ferguson killing

No indictment over Ferguson killing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30188737

this pressed for your information: Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting – The Washington Post

ST. LOUIS — A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday.

The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Although a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing, federal investigators have all but concluded they do not have a case against Wilson, either, law enforcement officials have said.

A separate federal probe of the Ferguson Police Department is underway. But the prospect that Wilson will face no direct legal consequences for Brown’s death was expected to trigger protests in the St. Louis area, and in the hours before the announcement, scores of demonstrators gathered near the area where Brown was killed.

via Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting – The Washington Post.

Angelina Jordan – New Performance! – Summertime – 23June 2014 –

Angelina Jordan – New Performance! – Summertime – 23June 2014 – Norway

Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines – US News


WHO team to assess measures against Ebola – Pakistan – DAWN.COM


Obesity ‘costing same as smoking’

Obesity ‘costing same as smoking’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30122015

The European Parliament might endorse the breakup of Google – Vox


Morocco hit by deadly flash floods

Morocco hit by deadly flash floods http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30180239

Jet attacks Tripoli’s last airport

Jet attacks Tripoli’s last airport http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30175992

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness

Polar sub gauges sea ice thickness http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30177534

Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces


Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces


Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces


Police: Air gun looked like ‘real firearm’


Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers | The Miami Herald


Ferguson grand jury makes decision; announcement tonight


Hagel, under pressure, resigns as defense secretary


European Parliament live

European Parliament live http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-30080381

Women not equal to men, says Erdogan

Women not equal to men, says Erdogan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30183711

Kenya ‘kills 100 Shabab militants’

Kenya ‘kills 100 Shabab militants’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30167891

Cape Verde evacuation over volcano

Cape Verde evacuation over volcano http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30175986

Israeli policeman charged over death

Israeli policeman charged over death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30178958

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30180968

In pictures: Central Japan hit by powerful earthquake

In pictures: Central Japan hit by powerful earthquake http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30177445

Day in pictures: 24 November 2014

Day in pictures: 24 November 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30176409

this pressed: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down, Fox News confirms | Fox News

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Published November 24, 2014


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will officially resign amid growing pressure from the Obama administration over his handling of several international crises, Fox News has confirmed.

Hagel, 68, is expected to meet with President Obama at the White House at 11 a.m.
Hagel, a Republican, is the first member of Obama’s team to step down following the midterm elections.

He took office Feb.27, 2013.

via Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down, Fox News confirms | Fox News.

this pressed: MORE TIME? 7-month extension on the table for US, Iran nuclear talks

MORE TIME? 7-month extension on the table for US, Iran nuclear talks.

Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543: make music part of your life series

Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543

Schubert Symphony No 2 B flat major, D 125 / Maazel Bavarian RSO: make music part of your life series

Schubert Symphony No. 2, D125 B flat major Maazel Bavarian RSO

Saint of the Day for Monday, November 24th, 2014: St. Andrew Dung Lac

quotation: If we don’t end war, war will end us. H.G. Wells

If we don’t end war, war will end us.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

today’s holiday: Jizo Ennichi

Jizo Ennichi

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or “Buddha-to-be.” Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849)

Burnett, a British-American playwright and author, began writing professionally in her late teens in order to help support her struggling family. Her stories were initially printed in magazines, and her first novel was published in 1877. Her books for adults were well received, but it was her children’s novels—particularly Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden—that brought Burnett her greatest and most enduring success. How did her writings influence the fashions of the day? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Tasmania Sighted by Dutch (1642)

Tasmania Sighted by Dutch (1642)

While in the service of the Dutch East India Company, Abel Tasman became the first European to sight the island of Tasmania, naming it Van Diemen’s Land after the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. In 1803, Britain took possession of the island and established a penal colony there. The indigenous population, which had been on the island some 35,000 years, was soon decimated. In 1856, the island was granted self-government and renamed Tasmania. Today, Tasmania is a state of what country? More… Discuss

health: One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

This latest research may make you think twice before locking lips with anyone. The mouth is home to tens of millions of bacteria, and just one 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million of them. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that while bacteria in the saliva seem to change quickly following a kiss, populations on the tongue remain more stable. This finding is important to researchers, as it could help with the development of bacterial therapies and treatments. More… Discuss

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film that combines animation and live action. It is set in 1947 in a fictionalized Hollywood where animated characters live and work alongside humans. At the time of its release, the film was one of the most expensive ever made, costing $70 million, but it earned more than $150 million at the US box office alone. It is now seen as a groundbreaking film that sparked a new era in American animation. What Academy Awards did it win? More… Discuss



Definition: (adjective) Not capable of being carried out or put into practice.
Synonyms: unfeasible, unworkable
Usage: Refloating the sunken ship intact proved impracticable because of its fragility. Discuss.

Iran nuclear talks end with no deal

Iran nuclear talks end with no deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30180968

Young and workers at risk of poverty

Young and workers at risk of poverty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30175373

Ukraine will hold Nato referendum

Ukraine will hold Nato referendum http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30176256

Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn

Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30174650

Polynesia’s billion dollar claim

Polynesia’s billion dollar claim http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30175925

The resonance of Occupy

The resonance of Occupy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30176406

Swiss museum to accept ‘Nazi art’

Swiss museum to accept ‘Nazi art’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30176190

World Powers, Iran Make Final Push at Nuclear Talks Deadline