Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

From France 24: Turkey to ‘start training’ Syria’s moderate rebels by March

Turkey to ‘start training’ Syria’s moderate rebels by March


From NPR News: Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off http://n.pr/1zFbrOQ

From NPR News: New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous http://n.pr/1zGcsGs

EU approves first stem cell therapy

EU approves first stem cell therapy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30550113

Nasa emails spanner into space

Nasa emails spanner into space http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30549341

LA River’s flood role is ‘paramount’

LA River’s flood role is ‘paramount’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30456672

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

Turkey issues warrant for Gulen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30552148

Obama orders ban on Crimea trade

Obama orders ban on Crimea trade http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30558502

Obama vows response to Sony hack

Obama vows response to Sony hack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30555997

From NPR News

At Last, I Meet My Microbes http://n.pr/XXm01D


Cairns stabbings: community in shock after eight children killed | The Australian


this pressed for your safety: Christmas decorations that could kill you

Christmas decorations that could kill you

Christmas decorations that could kill you

Keep these potentially deadly decorations out of reach of pets and children… and very curious adults.


Let’s face it: even as an adult, shiny objects are pretty enticing. Now just imagine how wondrous they seem to children and animals. While tinsel isn’t toxic, it can cause problems if ingested, especially for pets, as the foreign object could twist and tangle up in their intestines.


Though they are less toxic to humans than once believed, poinsettias can cause extreme discomfort when ingested. If your toddler has a bite, it can cause a mild stomachache, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is likely that people with a latex allergy will be allergic to poinsettias as well, since they both share similar proteins, and a severe reaction shouldn’t be treated lightly. Animals that nibble on these plants will likely experience mouth and stomach irritation and occasional vomiting.

via Christmas decorations that could kill you.

Umbrella ban in rainy Macau as China’s president Xi Jinping arrives for visit — Guardian World (only politics can be so…can’t find a word for it!)

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The Secret World of Dragonflies|National Geographic: Season’s Greetings from EUZICASA!

The Secret World of Dragonflies

Russia warns US over sanctions bill

Russia warns US over sanctions bill http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30547775

Two US states sue over marijuana

Two US states sue over marijuana http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30542646

Companies face ‘bloodbath’ in Russia

Companies face ‘bloodbath’ in Russia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30552925

A Christmas Festival – Boston Pops

A Christmas Festival – Boston Pops

Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana”, Op. 61: great compositions/performances

Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana“, Op. 61

this pressed: Banned in Connecticut

Polaris was seeking the designation to allow owners to register the vehicles and use them on Connecticut roads.

The Waterbury Republican-American reports the DMV sent a letter to Polaris last week saying the Slingshot more closely resembles an automobile, a designation that would require it to meet more stringent safety standards.

The DMV has suggested Polaris go to the state Legislature to create a new classification for the vehicle.

The state definition of a motorcycle excludes vehicles that have an enclosed driver’s seat and an enclosed motor, and the Slingshot has both.

Related: Texas explains why the Polaris Slingshot missed the mark

19/12/2014 16:19 by: Fox New

via Banned in Connecticut.

Musical Jewels: Glenn Gould talks about J S Bach: make music part of your life series (i#make music part of your life series)

Glenn Gould talks about J S Bach

Saint of the Day for Friday, December 19th, 2014: St. Nemesius

Today’s Holiday

Opalia (2014)

The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter. She is usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. Not much is known about what actually took place during the Opalia, but it appears that women played an important role in the festival. Because Ops was a fertility goddess, she was often invoked by touching the earth. More… Discuss

quotation: Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon

Quotation of the Day

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Reggie White (1961)

Today’s Birthday

Reggie White (1961)

Affectionately nicknamed the “Minister of Defense,” a reference to his two very different careers, White was an ordained Baptist minister and a professional football player. The defensive lineman played in the National Football League for 15 seasons between 1985 and 2000, in that time leading the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls, including one victory, and claiming the league record for sacks. How was White affected by a rash of church arsons in the mid-90s? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: President Taft Pardons William H. Van Schaick (1912)

This Day in the Yesteryear

President Taft Pardons William H. Van Schaick (1912)

More than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum, a passenger steamship, caught fire in New York’s East River in 1904. It was the city’s worst loss-of-life disaster until the attacks of September 11, 2001. Van Schaick, the ship’s captain, was convicted of negligence and failure to maintain fire safety equipment and received a 10-year sentence. He was paroled after serving 3½ years in prison and later pardoned by President Taft. Why were most of the passengers unable to escape the fire? More… Discuss

news: Rare Rhino on Brink of Extinction

In the News

Rare Rhino on Brink of Extinction

A northern white rhino died at the San Diego Zoo this week, leaving only five in the world. Only one male remains, and is considered unable to reproduce naturally due to old age. An international team of experts is now considering ways to save the species, including the possibility of in vitro fertilization. Hopes for natural breeding were dashed earlier this year when a younger male died in October. Northern white rhinos have been hunted to near extinction for their horns. More… Discuss

article: The Ganges River: GANGES (GANGA) – view it on euzicasa

Article of the Day:

“The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as “I am such an important man” or “I am so and so”. Level the mound of “I” to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.”

Ramakrishna, as quoted in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1942) as translated by Swami Nikhilananda, p. 385

The Ganges River

Sacred to Hindus, the 1,560-mile (2,510-km) Ganges River in northern India rises from the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas and empties into the Bay of Bengal after branching into many distributaries. Although the river is highly polluted due to its proximity to major population centers, a rare species of freshwater dolphin and a critically endangered type of shark live in its waters, and its fertile plain supports many crops. About how many people are thought to live in the Ganges basin? More… Discuss


word: penurious


Definition: (adjective) Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
Synonyms: parsimonious
Usage: When solicited for a donation, the penurious man began to extend a nickel, but, thinking twice, withdrew it. Discuss.

Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge • The Register


From NPR News: For An Island Trapped In The ’50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

For An Island Trapped In The ’50s, An Instant Digital Revolution http://n.pr/1C8XfOO

President Castro’s daughter speaks out

President Castro’s daughter speaks out

Gruesome look inside attacked school

Gruesome look inside attacked school

Young lives over: So much blood, sorrow

Young lives over: So much blood, sorrow

Russia’s slide toward economic crisis – and why it matters

Russia’s slide toward economic crisis – and why it matters

Ghitis: Vladimir Putin’s woes will get worse

Ghitis: Vladimir Putin’s woes will get worse

Perez: What Cuba deal says to Latin America

Perez: What Cuba deal says to Latin America

25 random facts about ‘The Simpsons’

25 random facts about ‘The Simpsons’

Pakistan Taliban: Massacre avenged strikes

Pakistan Taliban: Massacre avenged strikes

Pakistani army: Dozens of militants killed

Pakistani army: Dozens of militants killed

Study: Hack attack aimed at ISIS’ opposition

Study: Hack attack aimed at ISIS’ opposition

Mad about N. Korea? Hack back, group says

Mad about N. Korea? Hack back, group says

Brain’s ‘internal compass’ found

Brain’s ‘internal compass’ found http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30530674

Painkillers ‘cut skin cancer risk’

Painkillers ‘cut skin cancer risk’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30538485

New CAR fighting leaves 28 dead

New CAR fighting leaves 28 dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30536547

Nigeria ‘outraged’ by mass kidnap

Nigeria ‘outraged’ by mass kidnap http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30547771

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30492064

Talks ‘failed to save IS hostage’

Talks ‘failed to save IS hostage’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30545290