Daily Archives: December 2, 2014

“We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011,”

Death toll in Syria conflict ‘rises above 200,000’


Families ‘spending less than in 2006’

Families ‘spending less than in 2006’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30290451

Islamic State crisis: Jordan’s battle on two fronts

Islamic State crisis: Jordan’s battle on two fronts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30291029

Day in pictures: 2 December 2014

Day in pictures: 2 December 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30289795

Lives lost amid Ukraine ‘truce’

Lives lost amid Ukraine ‘truce’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30290310

Pakistan sex taboos challenged by TV show

Pakistan sex taboos challenged by TV show http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30273651

Why Texas is closing prisons

Why Texas is closing prisons http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30275026

Widespread power outage in Detroit

Widespread power outage in Detroit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30297643

French legislators vote in favour of recognising Palestinian state

French legislators vote in favour of recognising Palestinian state


Richard III DNA: infidelity surprise

Richard III DNA: infidelity surprise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30281333

Kenya chiefs replaced after massacre

Kenya chiefs replaced after massacre http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30295519

Ashton Carter is Obama’s defence pick

Ashton Carter is Obama’s defence pick http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30297640

Israel ‘set for early elections’

Israel ‘set for early elections’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30296209


Today’s Birthday – December 2: Georges Seurat

Today’s Birthday:  December 2

Georges Seurat
1859–1891, French painter.

He devised the pointillist technique of painting in tiny dots of pure color. His method, called divisionism, was a systematic refinement of the broken color of the impressionists. His major achievements are his Baignade (Tate Gall., London), shown in the Salon des Independants in 1884, and his masterpiece, Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte (Art Inst., Chicago), completed two years later. He died of pneumonia at 31. Seurat is recognized as one of the most intellectual artists of his time and was a great influence in restoring harmonious and deliberate design and a thorough understanding of color combination to painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. Other examples of Seurat’s work are in the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pa., and in the Louvre.


See catalog (ed. by A. Blunt and R. Fry, 1965); drawings (ed. by R. L. Herbert, 1966); complete paintings, ed. by John Rewald and Henri Dorra (1988); biographies by John Russell (1985) and Pierre Courthion (1988).

Also Born on December 2

quotation: A pure hand needs no glove to cover it. Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

Did you know that: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Leader of a Muslim Nation (1988)?

Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Leader of a Muslim Nation (1988)

The daughter of a Pakistani prime minister executed following a coup, Bhutto was keenly aware of the risks of political life. Nevertheless, she chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and in 1988 became prime minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to lead a Muslim nation. Dogged by allegations of corruption, she fled the country in 1999. She returned in late 2007 and, after escaping one attempt on her life, was assassinated. Who stood accused of the 1996 murder of her brother? More… Discuss

word: eunuch (British Dictionary definitions for eunuch)

British Dictionary definitions for eunuch

eunuch   /ˈjuːnək/



a man who has been castrated, esp (formerly) for some office such as a guard in a harem

(informal) an ineffective man: a political eunuch
Word Origin
C15: via Latin from Greek eunoukhos attendant of the bedchamber, from eunē bed + ekhein to have, keep
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Word Origin and History for eunuch

late 14c., from Middle French eunuque and directly from Latin eunuchus, from Greek eunoukhos “castrated man,” originally “guard of the bedchamber or harem,” from euno-, comb. form of eune “bed,” of unknown origin, + -okhos, from stem of ekhein “to have, hold” (see scheme (n.)).

The Greek and Latin forms of the word were used to translate Hebrew saris, which sometimes meant merely “palace official,” in Septuagint and Vulgate, probably without an intended comment on the qualities of bureaucrats.

Eunuches is he þat is i-gilded, and suche were somtyme i-made wardeynes of ladyes in Egipt. [John of Trevisa, translation of Higdon’s Polychronicon, 1387]
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word: glorify


Definition: (verb) To honor with praise, admiration, or worship.
Synonyms: exalt, extol, laud, proclaim
Usage: People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors. Discuss.

Today’s Holiday: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery|2 December

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery| 2 December (access site here)

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery| 2 December (access site here)

Iraq resolves oil dispute with Kurds

Iraq resolves oil dispute with Kurds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30289955

S Korea ‘Christmas tree’ approved

S Korea ‘Christmas tree’ approved http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30288656

Most-wanted Nazi war criminal ‘dead’

Most-wanted Nazi war criminal ‘dead’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30275358

Mexicans protest against president

Mexicans protest against president http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30288706

Ministers to chart Ariane future

Ministers to chart Ariane future http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30251863

Poland warns over benefits clampdown

Poland warns over benefits clampdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30291451

Hong Kong’s Occupy urges retreat

Hong Kong’s Occupy urges retreat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-30288543

Russia warns of recession in 2015

Russia warns of recession in 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30288739

US moves to end racial profiling

US moves to end racial profiling http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30290308

Hawking: AI could end human race

Hawking: AI could end human race http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30290540

Kenya leader vows war on al-Shabab

Kenya leader vows war on al-Shabab http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30295519

this day in the yesteryear: India: Scars of Bhopal disaster hard to heal–France 24 Internationale

via  India: Scars of Bhopal disaster hard to heal
–France 24 Internationale


Just a thought: “This day in yesteryear: The worst environmental disaster llives up to its predicament! Soil, water, air, and habitat are still suffering the fallout of this human civilization tragedy! Ask yourselves: Do I wish this to happen again?”
– George-B

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Original Little Prince Illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Lebanon detains IS group leader’s wife and child

Lebanon detains IS group leader’s wife and child