Daily Archives: December 10, 2014

Udall blasts Obama, CIA on torture


Udall blasts Obama, CIA on torture
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/10/politics/udall-blasts-obama-cia-on-torture/index.html

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Look at me! Selfies of the year


Look at me! Selfies of the year
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/05/living/gallery/2014-selfies-of-the-year/index.html

2014: The year in pictures


2014: The year in pictures
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/05/world/gallery/2014-year-in-pictures/index.html

28 Internet acronyms every parent should know


28 Internet acronyms every parent should know
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/08/living/internet-acronyms-every-parent-should-know/index.html

Activisits detail cycle of fear under ISIS


Activisits detail cycle of fear under ISIS
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/12/09/pkg-shubert-inside-raqqa.cnn.html

ISIS now playing defense, U.S. general says


ISIS now playing defense, U.S. general says
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/08/world/meast/isis-setbacks-combat-strikes/index.html

Cheney: ‘The report’s full of crap’


Cheney: ‘The report’s full of crap’
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/10/politics/dick-cheney-the-reports-full-of-crap/index.html

“This is your last chance,” a Hong Kong police official warns pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site.


“This is your last chance,” a Hong Kong police official warns pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site.
http://www.cnn.com

Google to shut Spanish news service


Google to shut Spanish news service http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30426496

Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 11th, 2014: Pope Saint Damasus I


Image of Pope Saint Damasus IPope Saint Damasus I

All lovers of Scripture have reason to celebrate this day. Damasus was the pope who commissioned Saint Jerome to translate the Scriptures into Latin, the Vulgate version of the Bible. Damasus was … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Burkina Faso Republic Day


Burkina Faso Republic Day

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More… Discuss

quotation: Human nature is above all things lazy. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)


Human nature is above all things lazy.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Discuss

today’s birthday: Pope Leo X (1475)


Pope Leo X (1475)

Leo X, born into the important Florentine Medici family, rose to the papacy in 1513. He was a patron of the arts and a generous almsgiver, but he was also strongly criticized for his lavish lifestyle. He was not greatly interested in the advancement of the Church, and when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, Leo X’s subsequent excommunication of Luther did little to stem the tide of the Reformation. What massive animal did he keep as a pet? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: King Louis XVI of France Tried for Treason (1792) (I say: read, read, read!)


King Louis XVI of France Tried for Treason (1792)

Louis XVI was King of France from 1774 to 1792. Shy, dull, and corpulent, he proved unsuited to the task of navigating the complex social and political conflict smoldering in France. His failure to resolve the country’s enormous debt touched off a chain of events that culminated in the outbreak of revolution. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis tried for treason. Found guilty, he was guillotined on January 21, 1793. What supposedly foiled his attempted escape from France in 1791? More… Discuss

Relic Looters Caught Red-Handed Near Dead Sea Site


Relic Looters Caught Red-Handed Near Dead Sea Site

A group of thieves in Israel was recently caught while leaving a site known as the “Cave of Skulls,” not far from where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This area still contains many artifacts—such as tools, shoes, and papyrus documents—from Jewish rebels who hid there in the days of the Roman Empire. The dry desert climate has kept many of these relics intact, and they are often sold for high prices on the black market. This most recent band of thieves nearly made off with a 2,000-year-old comb used to remove hair lice before becoming the first group in decades to be caught in the act. More… Discuss

Madame Tussauds


Madame Tussauds

A skilled wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud served as art tutor to Louis XVI’s sister until the French Revolution began. During the Reign of Terror, Tussaud made death masks from heads—often those of her friends—freshly severed by the guillotine. She moved to Britain with her collection of wax models, and, in 1835, established a museum that remains a principal tourist attraction, now known as Madame Tussauds. One of its main attractions is the Chamber of Horrors. What did it originally include? More… Discuss

word: ecumenical


ecumenical 

Definition: (adjective) Of worldwide scope or applicability.
Synonyms: universal
Usage: The movement against violence is intended to be an ecumenical one, applicable to all nations. Discuss.

From NPR News


From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules http://n.pr/12uCWP5

From NPR News


Gun Rights Outweigh Gun Control In New Pew Survey http://n.pr/1AhlGrL

Sorry, not sorry: Why some corporations can’t apologize


Sorry, not sorry: Why some corporations can’t apologize
http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/09/news/corporate-apology/index.html

CIA methods: U.S. faces harsh realities


CIA methods: U.S. faces harsh realities
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/10/world/senate-report-lister/index.html

Pollution: What Beijing can learn from LA


Pollution: What Beijing can learn from LA
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/09/world/asia/china-pollution-los-angeles/index.html

Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown


Congress reaches deal to avoid shutdown
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/09/politics/shutdown-on-the-brink/index.html

Orion space capsule recovered


Orion space capsule recovered
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/12/10/von-orion-space-capsule-recovery.us-military.html

Champions League: Roma’s dreams left in ruins


Champions League: Roma’s dreams left in ruins
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/10/sport/champions-league-manchester-city-roma/index.html

Sony hack: Next Bond movie is WAY over budget


Sony hack: Next Bond movie is WAY over budget
http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/10/technology/security/bond-movie-budget/index.html

Mexican citizen interrupts Nobel ceremony


Mexican citizen interrupts Nobel ceremony
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/10/world/europe/mexican-malala-nobel-ceremony-norway/index.html

Americas – US Senate to release report on CIA interrogations – France 24


http://m.france24.com/en/20141209-usa-report-cia-interrogation-methods-sexual-drill-qaeda/

Global reactions to shock CIA torture report http://f24.my/1sg42Ab


Global reactions to shock CIA torture report

http://f24.my/1sg42Ab

US Senate report condemns CIA’s ‘brutal’ interrogations http://f24.my/163o3FG


US Senate report condemns CIA’s ‘brutal’ interrogations

http://f24.my/163o3FG

France moves to unlock ‘overprotected’ economy http://f24.my/1Gd1Ku2


France moves to unlock ‘overprotected’ economy

http://f24.my/1Gd1Ku2

Dangerous trade-offs: Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists? http://f24.my/1vPjFE5


Dangerous trade-offs: Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists?

http://f24.my/1vPjFE5

WHO: Ebola ‘running ahead of us’


WHO: Ebola ‘running ahead of us’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30400304

‘Sugar worse than salt’ row erupts


‘Sugar worse than salt’ row erupts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30416155

Scientists make ‘feel full’ chemical


Scientists make ‘feel full’ chemical http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30411251

Superbugs to kill ‘more than cancer’


Superbugs to kill ‘more than cancer’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30416844

Nicaraguans protest over canal plan


Nicaraguans protest over canal plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30426100

A page for the homeless


A page for the homeless http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30381182

Meet Afghanistan’s ‘Bruce Lee’


Meet Afghanistan’s ‘Bruce Lee’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30399187

The videos which make their viewers tingle


The videos which make their viewers tingle http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30412358

Viewpoint: Christmas is not for trivialising war


Viewpoint: Christmas is not for trivialising war http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30417641

My fight against an invisible enemy


My fight against an invisible enemy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30418759

Monaco princess gives birth to twins


Monaco princess gives birth to twins http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30422160

Jet crashes on central France home


Jet crashes on central France home http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30418422

Putin in energy-focused India visit


Putin in energy-focused India visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30408274

Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt


Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30422994

Jihadists ‘left 5,000 dead’ in month


Jihadists ‘left 5,000 dead’ in month http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30420218

Apple-IBM venture offers up first iOS apps – CNET


http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/apple-ibm-venture-offers-up-first-ios-apps/

Previously Unknown Ebola Outbreak Kills Dozens in Sierra Leone


http://m.voanews.com/a/who-says-sierra-leone-leading-in-new-ebola-infections/2553924.html

Torture: John McCain’s unique, brutal perspective (+video) – CSMonitor.com


http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/1210/Torture-John-McCain-s-unique-brutal-perspective-video