Monthly Archives: December 2014

From France 24: Sex and art scandals: Have the French gone soft?


Sex and art scandals: Have the French gone soft?

http://f24.my/14cqk0v

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France 24: Lithuania joins euro amid tensions with neighbouring Russia


Lithuania joins euro amid tensions with neighbouring Russia

http://f24.my/1zxXGyL

From France 24: Ebola ‘still spreading’ as cases top 20,000 at year’s end


Ebola ‘still spreading’ as cases top 20,000 at year’s end

http://f24.my/1rAFeru

Fromm France 24: New Year’s Eve stampede kills 35 in Shanghai


New Year’s Eve stampede kills 35 in Shanghai

http://f24.my/1BmKhvO

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is getting a speedy Snapdragon 810 processor


http://mashable.com/2014/12/30/samsung-note-snapdragon-810/

KWWL


http://m.kwwl.com/w/main

Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, Despite Israeli and U.S. Warnings – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/world/middleeast/palestinians-to-join-international-criminal-court-defying-israeli-us-warnings.html?referrer=

Huge crowds welcome in new year


Huge crowds welcome in new year http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30645457

Macavity The Mystery Cat – part one. HD, from Cats the Musical – the film


Macavity The Mystery Cat – part one. HD, from Cats the Musical – the film

From NPR News: Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal


Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal http://n.pr/1vJEpYA

From NPR News: After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan


After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan http://n.pr/13Kc9yN

From NPR News: Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola


Fallen Heroes: A Tribute To The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola http://n.pr/1D5wxac

From NPR News: Waiting For A Break: Obama on ‘Strategic Patience’ In Foreign Policy


Waiting For A Break: Obama on ‘Strategic Patience’ In Foreign Policy http://n.pr/1zPoZap

Rocket ‘kills 15’ at Afghan wedding


Rocket ‘kills 15’ at Afghan wedding http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30647124

From BBC: Palestinians sign up to join ICC


Palestinians sign up to join ICC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30645462
ICC is International Criminal Court

Burj Khalifa & Downtown Dubai 2015 New Year’s Gala


Burj Khalifa & Downtown Dubai 2015 New Year’s Gala

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CRUX: 2014: The year in review in Catholicism


2014 snapshot

 

from Life Noggin: A BRIEF YEAR IN REVIEW OF 2014 (you wanna make time to watch this video!)


A BRIEF YEAR IN REVIEW OF 2014

.@eharris_it Francis is NOT pope he has violated God’s law & Christ’s teachings & seeks to corrupt the #Catholic faith— Pray For Life (@Pray_4_Life)


Bosnian indicted over recruiting militants for Syria and Iraq


Bosnian indicted over recruiting militants for Syria and Iraq

By Info on December 31, 2014 worldNews

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – A Bosnian court indicted a Muslim priest on Wednesday for recruiting people to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, using a new law aimed at stopping people traveling to fight alongside militants in the Middle East.

Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested in September along with four other men who were later released but who had their passports confiscated.

The indictment accused Bosnic of urging members of his community to join Islamic State militants, saying he had “publicly encouraged others to join terrorist organizations during 2013 and 2014, consciously and from a position of religious authority.”

It was the first use of a law adopted in April which sets jail terms of up to 10 years for financing terrorist activities and recruiting and fighting abroad.

Bosnic, who is in custody, was not available to comment on the indictment. He has not yet been required to enter a plea.

Police say up to 180 Bosnians, including women and children, have left for Syria over the past three years, of whom more than 50 returned to Bosnia while more than 20 were killed.

via Bosnian indicted over recruiting militants for Syria and Iraq.

Musharraf plotter hanged in Pakistan


Musharraf plotter hanged in Pakistan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30642951

Philippines flooding ‘kills 53’


Philippines flooding ‘kills 53’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30645210

Woman held over Syria terror offences


Woman held over Syria terror offences http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30642210

Katie Hopkins’ Ebola tweets probed


Katie Hopkins’ Ebola tweets probed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30641705

Warning over abuse inquiry victims


Warning over abuse inquiry victims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30640879

City Link announces 2,356 job losses


City Link announces 2,356 job losses http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30646076

Experimental drug for UK Ebola nurse


Experimental drug for UK Ebola nurse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30644986

New frog ‘gives birth to tadpoles’


New frog ‘gives birth to tadpoles’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30643756

Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer ( Official song ) HQ version , Photos / Photoshoots: Happy New Year!


Aretha Franklin – I say a little prayer ( Official song ) HQ version , Photos / Photoshoots

From BBC: World starts new year celebrations


World starts new year celebrations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-30640656

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early morning new year eve day!


early morning New year eve day!

early morning New year eve day!

 

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gas prices we can live and grow with!


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gas prices we can live and grow with!

 

LOOK WHO’S TALKING: AM PM BLOODLINE PRICE NEW YEAR’s EVE TODAY


bloodline prices (gas) finally to a level at which both the economy and the citizen can grow: Too bad market fixers and speculantors alike!

bloodline prices (gas) finally to a level at which both the economy and the citizen can grow: Too bad market fixers and speculantors alike!

AM – PM gas station:   BLOODLINE PRICE NEW YEAR’s EVE TODAY

Large families are schools of solidarity and sharing, Francis affirms


Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the General Audience held Jan. 8, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the General Audience held Jan. 8, 2014. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA

Large families are schools of solidarity and sharing, Francis affirms

Credit for this message of Hope and Peace >>  here <<

.- In an address on Sunday to Italy’s National Numerous Family Association, Pope Francis thanked the members of large families for their cultivation of virtues that benefit society at large, as well as themselves.

“The fact of having brothers and sisters is good for you,” he said Dec. 28 to the children among the some 7,000 members of large families from across Italy at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“The sons and daughters of large families are more inclined to fraternal communion from early childhood. In a world that is frequently marred by selfishness, a large family is a school of solidarity and sharing; and these attitudes are of benefit to all society.”

The audience was on the occasion of the association’s tenth anniversary, and marked the feast of the Holy Family.

“You have come here with the most beautiful fruits of your love,” he said to the parents of the families. “Maternity and paternity are gifts from God, but your task is to receive this gift, to be amazed by its beauty and to let it shine in society. Each of your children is a unique creation that will never be repeated in the history of humanity. When we understand this, that each person is willed by God, we are astonished by the great miracle that is a child! A child changes your life!”

We have all seen, he reminded them, men and women who have profoundly changed “when a child arrives,” adding that a child is “the unique fruit of love,” coming from and growing in love.

“You, children and young people, are the fruit of the tree that is the family: you are good fruit when the tree has good roots – grandparents – and a good trunk – the parents,” Pope Francis said. “The great human family is like a forest, in which the trees bear solidarity, communion, fidelity, support, security, happy moderation, friendship. The presence of large families is a hope for society.”

This, he said, “is why the presence of grandparents is very important: a valuable presence both in terms of practical assistance, but above all for their contribution to education. Grandparents conserve the values of a people, of a family, and they help parents transmit them to their children. Throughout the last century, in many countries in Europe, it was the grandparents who transmitted the faith.”

“Dear parents, thank you for your example of love for life that you protect from conception to its natural end, in spite of all the difficulties and burdens of life, that unfortunately public institutions do not always help you to bear.”

He lamented that while the Italian constitution calls for particular regard for large families, this is only “words” and is “not adequately reflected in the facts.”

Considering Italy’s low birth rate, he voiced hope that it’s politicians and public administrators would give large families “all due support.”

“Every family is a cell of society, but the large family is a richer, more vital cell, and the state has much to gain by investing in it.”

In light of this, he affirmed the National Numerous Family Association, and groups like it, for advocating for large families in the European nations, and for being “present and visible in society and in politics.”

He concluded by praying in particular “for those families most affected by the economic crisis, those in which the mother or father have lost their jobs and in which the young are unable to find work, and those families in which the closest relationships are marked by suffering and who are tempted to give in to loneliness and separation.”

unsolved crimes: The Disappearance of the Grimes Sisters


The Disappearance of the Grimes Sisters

 

grimes sisters

They should have been home before midnight.

On December 28, 1956, 15-year-old Barbara Grimes and her 13-year-old sister Patricia went to a nearby Chicago movie theater to see the Elvis Presley movie “Love Me Tender.”

Several reliable sightings at the theater determined the fact that the two did arrive safely at the movie. A friend sat behind them during the film and this same friend saw them later in the line to purchase snacks.

The two sisters apparently stayed for the second show of a double-feature.

Then they vanished.

When the Grimes sisters did not arrive home by midnight, their worried mother sent out two of her other children to the bus stop closest to their house to wait for the two girls. Several buses passed by, but the sisters were not on any of them. At a little after 2am on the morning of the 29th, their mother called the police. It was quickly determined that it was unlikely that the two girls had run away on their own.

In the subsequent days, police fanned out across the Chicago areas and found people who eagerly reported having seen the two girls. It became a headache for the police to keep up with all of the alleged sightings:

  • Several people claimed that they witnessed two young girls matching a description of the Grimes sisters get on a bus heading east into the heart of Chicago. Nobody saw these two girls get off the bus at any stop on the route, however. Similarly, a train conductor would claim to have seen them on a train near the Chicago suburb of Glenview.
  • A night security guard claimed that he was asked for directions by two young girls the night of their disappearance.
  • On the following evening, the evening of the 29th, a fellow student of Patricia’s reportedly saw her walking past a restaurant in the company of two other girls — neither of which was Barbara.
  • A restaurant worker reported a sighting early in the morning of the 30th. He said they were in the company of a man at this point, and that one of the girls acted sickly or drunk and had to be assisted when walking.
  • A hotel clerk stated the girls briefly stayed at his hotel. A clerk at another hotel claimed that he had refused them a room due to their young age.
  • Several days later, employees of a department store reported seeing the Grimes sisters in their store, listening to Elvis Presley records.
  • Most mysteriously, roughly two weeks after the girls’ disappearance, a classmate of Patricia’s got two puzzling phone calls near midnight. During the first call, there was nothing but silence on the line. During the next call, a voice the mother was sure was Patricia’s said: “Is that you, Sandra? Is Sandra there?” The caller then hung up.

The fate of the Grimes sisters would become known before the month was up. On January 22, 1957, a day laborer found their bodies near a road.  They appeared to have been dumped or thrown there by someone in a passing car.

The search for the killers became complicated when the autopsy pathologists and the chief investigator of the county coroner’s office could not agree on a time of death. Similarly, the wounds on the bodies were puzzling enough that no clear cause of death could be agreed upon.

The police conducted a massive search for possible culprits and finally focused on three likely suspects:

  • A homeless man from Tennessee. He originally admitted to killing the Grimes sisters, but later recanted, saying that the police had forced him to issue a false confession.
  • A young man in his teens who offered to take a lie detector test, which he failed. The police began to focus on him as a prime suspect until they were told that it was illegal to polygraph someone underage. The police released him, many of the authorities thinking he was their man. He was later imprisoned for the unrelated murder of a young woman.
  • A man in his early 50s called the police before the bodies were found to say that he dreamed a location of the bodies which proved, in the end, to be remarkably accurate. Police grilled the man but were unable to come up with enough evidence to proceed.

Despite a long investigation, the crime has never been solved.

Sources:
Murder of the Grimes sisters,” Wikipedia, pulled 10-29-14.
“10 Strange Mysteries Involving Anonymous Letters,” Listverse website, pulled 10-29-14.

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 31st, 2014: St. Sylvester


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St. Sylvester

St. Sylvester, born in Rome, was ordained by Pope St. Marcellinus during the peace that preceded the persecutions of Diocletian. He passed through those days of terror, witnessed the abdication of … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Ladouvane (2014)


Ladouvane (2014)

Ladouvane, or the Singing to Rings, is a Bulgarian fertility ritual. Traditionally, young girls drop their rings, together with oats and barley (symbols of fertility), into a cauldron of spring water. The rings are tied with a red thread to a bunch of ivy, crane’s bill, basil, or some other perennial plant. Ritual dances are performed around the cauldron, and the girls’ fortunes are told. In western Bulgaria, the Central Balkan Range, and along the Danube River, Ladouvane is observed on New Year‘s Eve. In the rest of the country, it is observed on Midsummer Day. More… Discuss

quotation: You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)


You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Simon Wiesenthal (1908)


Today’s Birthday

Simon Wiesenthal (1908)

One of just a few hundred Galician Jews to have survived the Nazi death machine that was Hitler‘s Final Solution, Wiesenthal devoted his remaining years to tracking down fugitive Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice. “Many times I was thinking,” he told his biographer, “that everything in life has a price, so to stay alive must also have a price. And my price was always that, if I lived, I must be deputy for many people who are not alive.” How many of

this day in the yesteryear: Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)


Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)

Right fielder Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 1966, as well as 12 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. In 1973, he became the first Latin-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clemente, who was dedicated to charity work, was traveling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. Why did Clemente’s teammate and good friend miss his funeral? More… Discuss

Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014


Google Lists Its Top Searches of 2014

What were you searching for in 2014? Google recently released its report of the fastest-rising search requests from 2014, and the suicide of comedian Robin Williams topped the list. The actor’s tragic death outranked the year’s other much-discussed topics, including the Ebola outbreak, the World Cup, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the Ice Bucket Challenge—a viral campaign to raise awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More… Discuss

Castanets


Castanets

Now used primarily in Spanish dance music, castanets are percussion instruments that were known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Of the many kinds, the most common consist of two small matching pieces of hard wood or ivory, joined at the inner edge and used with a thin strap in the player’s hand. They are snapped together between the palm and fingers and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents, especially to accompany dancing. What is the origin of the instrument’s name? More… Discuss


surfeit

Definition: (noun) An excessive amount.
Synonyms: overabundance, excess
Usage: The surfeit of goods produced caused prices to fall, hurting the economy. Discuss.

From BBC: Global new year celebrations begin – BBC News


http://m.bbc.com/news/world-30640656

From NPR News: Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of ‘Enough Is Enough’


Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of ‘Enough Is Enough’ http://n.pr/13R2xma

From NPR News: Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries


Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries http://n.pr/1AwqQ3l

From NPR News: There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq


There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq http://n.pr/13RgDnt

Voice of Babe and Rugrats dies at 51


Voice of Babe and Rugrats dies at 51 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30641026

Knighthood for actor John Hurt


Knighthood for actor John Hurt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30625196

Kazakhstan takes Guantanamo inmates


Kazakhstan takes Guantanamo inmates http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30640651