Daily Archives: December 17, 2014

From France 24: Will the real unilateralists please stand

Will the real unilateralists please stand


Palestinians submit draft resolution to UN

From France 24:  Palestinians submit draft resolution to UN


Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo

Castro urges US to lift Cuba embargo http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30526694

The Risks Of Indoor Tanning Are So Much More Than Skin Cancer


Health Highlights: Dec. 17, 2014 – WebMD


Congressional critics ready to block Obama push to normalize Cuban relations | Fox News


Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze

Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30515646

City of Angels returns to London

City of Angels returns to London http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30512290

Tanzania AG quits amid fraud claims

Tanzania AG quits amid fraud claims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30513108

Oil price forces new Nigeria budget

Oil price forces new Nigeria budget http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30518956

Greece fails to elect new president

Greece fails to elect new president http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30515780

Fifa investigator Garcia resigns

Fifa investigator Garcia resigns http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/30522170

EU leaders focus on investment boost

EU leaders focus on investment boost http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30523615

‘Vast store’ of world’s oldest water

‘Vast store’ of world’s oldest water http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30527357

New York bans fracking due to risk

New York bans fracking due to risk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30525540

Mass grave ‘found in eastern Syria’

Mass grave ‘found in eastern Syria’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30515483

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30526725

Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana – LA Times


14 indicted in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak – LA Times


Pope Francis played crucial role in historic thawing of relations between U.S. and Cuba | Fox News Latino


Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe – The Washington Post


From NPR News: For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger http://n.pr/1vJHzvx

From NPR News: Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes http://n.pr/XXhrUN

Pakistan lifts death penalty ban after school attack

Pakistan lifts death penalty ban after school attack


‘China needs Tibetan culture of peace,’ says Dalai Lama

‘China needs Tibetan culture of peace,’ says Dalai Lama


Russians training on Mistral warship ‘to leave France’

Russians training on Mistral warship ‘to leave France’


Festival lights viewed from space

Festival lights viewed from space http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30525559

‘New chapter’ in US-Cuba ties

‘New chapter’ in US-Cuba ties http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30516740

this pressed for clarity: A black hole for our best and brightest | The Washington Post

NEW YORK — The thing Deborah Jackson remembers from her first interviews at Goldman Sachs is the slogan. It was stamped on the glass doors of the offices in the investment bank’s headquarters just off Wall Street, the lure of the place in two words, eight syllables: “Uncommon capability.”

Jackson joined Goldman in 1980, fresh from business school and steeped in the workings of government and finance. She found crackerjack colleagues and more business than she could handle. She worked in municipal finance, lending money to local governments, hospitals and nonprofits around the country. She flew first class to scout potential deals — “The issue was, can you really be productive if you’re in a tiny seat in the back?” — and when the time came to seal one, she’d welcome clients and their attorneys to Manhattan’s best restaurants.

The clients would bring their spouses and go to shows.

A black hole for our best and brightest

Wall Street is expanding, and the economy is worse off for it.

via A black hole for our best and brightest | The Washington Post.

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 17th, 2014: St. Olympias

Image of St. Olympias   St. Olympias

Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, the prefect Procopius. She married Nebridius, also a … continue reading

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Just a thought: “If it only was so easy to give up ones poorlessnes, as it is wealth!” –©George-B

Just a thought: “If it only was so easy to give up ones poorlessnes, as it is wealth!”

today’s holiday: Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade (2014)

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade (2014)

The Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade is a nightly parade of boats at Newport Beach, California. More than 150 boats of all kinds, wildly decorated with lights depicting Santa Claus, snowmen, and other symbols of winter, join the parade. Some boats carry huge inflated figures, and many play music. The floating parades started in 1908 as a Fourth of July spectacular. In 1946, the city put a tree and carolers on a barge and towed it around the harbor, and that began the current December parades. Today, about a million spectators watch them during the festival. More… Discuss

Quotation: Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Discuss

today’s birthday: John Kennedy Toole (1937)

Today’s Birthday

John Kennedy Toole (1937)

Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. His mental health began to deteriorate after his manuscript, into which he had poured so much of himself, was rejected by a publisher, and he committed suicide in 1969. Years after his death, Toole’s mother brought the manuscript to novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. What is Toole’s only other novel? More… Discuss

this day ibn the yesteryear: The Simpsons Debuts (1989)

The Simpsons Debuts (1989)

One of the most popular animated TV shows in US history, The Simpsons has earned its spot in pop culture history through its parodies of the “Middle American” lifestyle. The show, created by Matt Groening, is a spin-off of a series of animated shorts originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and is currently both the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program. What are some of the characters’ famous catchphrases? More… Discuss

in the news: Massacre at Pakistan School (All we have to fear is fear itself: the sooner we remove the cause of fear, the more we can enjoy the rest of ourr days!)

Massacre at Pakistan School

Pakistani Taliban terrorists brutally attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, killing at least 132 children, 10 staff members, and three soldiers, and injuring more than 100. Pakistani officials said all nine attackers were killed after an eight-hour battle with security forces at the school, which is run by the military. The Pakistani Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for the Pakistani military‘s recent operations against militants in the region. The attackers entered the school disguised as paramilitary soldiers. More… Discuss

The St. Bernard

The St. Bernard

Monks at the Hospice of the St. Bernard Pass in the Swiss Alps originally bred the St. Bernard for rescue and guide work. Endowed with an uncanny sense of direction, the breed was able to guide the monks over trails that had been obliterated by windblown snow. One St. Bernard is said to have rescued at least 40 people from harsh Alpine conditions, although such tales might be exaggerated. Why do depictions of St. Bernards

Word: encomium


Definition: (noun) A formal expression of praise; a tribute.
Synonyms: eulogy, paean, panegyric
Usage: We stand humbled by his heroics, and cannot help feeling that this encomium is inadequate to extol his virtue. Discuss.

Amgen Leukemia Treatment to Cost $178,000, Among Priciest Drugs – Businessweek


Biggest Price Drop in Six Years Lifts U.S. Consumers – Businessweek


Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations – NYTimes.com


From BBC: Jeans made to block wireless signals

Jeans made to block wireless signals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30513497

Couples tango for Pope in Rome

Couples tango for Pope in Rome http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30513509

Colombia to print Garcia Marquez notes

Colombia to print Garcia Marquez notes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30515259

Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash

Mexico vigilantes in deadly clash http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30512544

White heroin victim’s girlfriend speaks out

White heroin victim’s girlfriend speaks out http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30449326

Fishermen criticise ‘ramshackle’ ban

Fishermen criticise ‘ramshackle’ ban http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-30508367

Apple halts Russian online sales

Apple halts Russian online sales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30510969

Russia plans new action over rouble

Russia plans new action over rouble http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30512079

1st woman bishop named for Church of England

1st woman bishop named for Church of England