Daily Archives: January 2, 2015

Officials: Al-Shabaab attacks Somali troops


Officials: Al-Shabaab attacks Somali troops
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/02/world/africa/somalia-checkpoint-attack/index.html

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Boko Haram attack in Cameroon kills 11


Boko Haram attack in Cameroon kills 11
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/02/world/africa/cameroon-boko-haram-attack/index.html

From BBC: Maduro demands respect from the US


Maduro demands respect from the US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30661163

From NPR News: Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes


Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes http://n.pr/1zIb0kd

From NPR News: Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests’ Accuracy


Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests’ Accuracy http://n.pr/1zFYCnn

cnn: 30 bodies, panel found in AirAsia search


30 bodies, panel found in AirAsia search
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/02/world/asia/airasia-disaster/index.html

Turkey governor restricts lift use


Turkey governor restricts lift use http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30656166

From BBC: US sanctions North Korea over Sony


US sanctions North Korea over Sony http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30661973

United Nations News Centre – UN: Palestine moves to join International Criminal Court, numerous global treaties


English: The building of the International Cri...

English: The building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands Deutsch: Das Gebäude des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofes in Den Haag, Niederlande (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour (right) speaks to the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour (right) speaks to the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

 UN: Palestine moves to join International Criminal Court, numerous global treaties

Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN Riyad Mansour (right) speaks to the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

More information here:  http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49723#.VKb6RnuWxL9

2 January 2015 – Palestinian Authority officials today presented to the United Nations documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world body has confirmed.

The documents – for accession to conventions and treaties for which the UN Secretary-General performs depositary functions – are being reviewed with a view to determining the appropriate next steps, according to a note issued to the media by a UN spokesperson.

via United Nations News Centre – UN: Palestine moves to join International Criminal Court, numerous global treaties.

Rattlesnake Hilltop (Turnbull Canyon) Puente Hills, California August 3, 2013


Rattlesnake Hilltop (Turnbull Canyon) Puente Hills, California August 3, 2013

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Ancient coins hoard found in field


Ancient coins hoard found in field http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-30654568

Holidays Concert at euzicasa: Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin (great compositions/performances)


Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin

Appalachian Trail, poetic thought by George-B (The sludge and other poems page)


Appalachian Trail,  poetic thought by George-B
(The sludge and other poems page)

Appalachian Trail:
Life
Nature
Nurture
Creationism…

…At its best…
the trail where you get to meet and get to know…You.
  – George-B

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the-appalachian-trail (click!)

 

AARON COPLAND: APPALACHIAN SPRING: Great compositions/performances


AARON COPLAND: APPALACHIAN SPRING

qquotation: John Muir


“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
-John Muir

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today’s picture: John Muir (Library of Congress)



John Muir

Naturalist and forest conservation advocate John Muir was largely responsible for the establishment of national parks such as Sequoia and Yosemite. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Scottish immigrant Muir worked on mechanical inventions, but when an industrial accident blinded him in one eye, he abandoned that career and devoted himself to nature. As early as 1876, Muir encouraged the federal government to establish a forest conservation program. The Sequoia and Yosemite parks were created in 1890 and two eloquent articles by Muir swayed public opinion in favor of federally protected national forests. Muir also influenced the conservation policy of President Theodore Roosevelt, who is shown here with Muir during a 1903 camping trip to Yosemite.

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Saint of the Day for Friday, January 2nd, 2015: St. Basil the Great


Image of St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Several of his brothers and sisters are honored among the saints. He … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Berchtold’s Day (2015)


Berchtold’s Day (2015)

In Switzerland, the day after New Year’s Day is known as Berchtoldstag and is celebrated primarily by children. Groups of playmates organize parties that feature nut eating and nut games followed by singing and folk dancing. A popular game is the building of “hocks” composed of four nuts placed close together with a fifth balanced on top. The children begin gathering and stockpiling nuts for Berchtold’s Day festivities early in the fall. More… Discuss

quotation: It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in the retrospect. Robert Louis Stevenson


It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in the retrospect.Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Isaac Asimov (1920)


Isaac Asimov (1920)

Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-American author who achieved great success with his science-fiction and popular science books. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction authors of his era. Though best known for his scientific works, Asimov wrote on a diverse range of subjects, including the Bible and Shakespeare, penning more than 400 volumes in all. What robot-related term did he coin in the course of his writings? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The “Trial of the Century” Begins (1935)


The “Trial of the Century” Begins (1935)

Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. Hauptmann had been found with part of the ransom money, but the case against him has since come under scrutiny. It has been alleged that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted and that false testimony was given at the trial. What was discovered in 1985 that shed new light on the case? More… Discuss

Rare Cezanne Coming to Auction


Rare Cezanne Coming to Auction

A Paul Cezanne painting of a Mediterranean landscape is expected to draw big money at auction in February, according to Christie’s auction house. The late-19th-century work, called Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Chateau d’If, is one of the few Cezanne works available for sale that was painted in his Estaque apartment. Cezanne’s paintings are known for fetching high sums. His painting The Card Players is widely regarded as the most expensive painting ever sold, reportedly costing $250 million. More… Discuss

word: travail


travail

Definition: (noun) Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort.
Synonyms: effort, exertion, labor, toil
Usage: She deserved to take a vacation after her long travail. Discuss.

The United States Secret Service


The United States Secret Service

The Secret Service was originally established in 1865 under the Department of the Treasury, with the primary task of preventing the counterfeiting of US currency. It assumed the role of protecting the president after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Today, in addition to its original duties, the Secret Service is responsible for guarding high-ranking government officials, their families, and foreign dignitaries. In 2003, the Secret Service became part of what new federal department? More… Discuss

Miller: Did 2014 feel like world had gone mad?


Miller: Did 2014 feel like world had gone mad?
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/01/opinion/miller-2015-was-not-bad-as-that/index.html

Teen arrested for Hong Kong chalk protest


Teen arrested for Hong Kong chalk protest
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/31/world/asia/hong-kong-chalk-girl-protests/index.html

Young captives plead for release in Syria


Young captives plead for release in Syria
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/01/world/meast/syria-italian-hostages/index.html

Anger at India website blocking


Anger at India website blocking http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30656298

Anger at India website blocking


Anger at India website blocking http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30656298

Apple sued over ‘shrinking’ storage


Apple sued over ‘shrinking’ storage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30655176

From BBC: Ukraine nationalists march in Kiev


Ukraine nationalists march in Kiev http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30655184

From BBC: Italy coast guard board migrant ship


Italy coast guard board migrant ship http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30653742