Daily Archives: January 5, 2015

From NPR News

Student Tuition Now Outweighs State Funding At Public Colleges http://n.pr/1wQF8bd

Cancer cases to reach ‘record high’

Cancer cases to reach ‘record high’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30682088

US skiers killed in Alps avalanche

US skiers killed in Alps avalanche http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30690358

Mexico missing: Mayor’s wife charged

Mexico missing: Mayor’s wife charged http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30692181

Roma baby finally buried in France

Roma baby finally buried in France http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30677067

France seeks end to Russia sanctions

France seeks end to Russia sanctions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30679176

Cakes left in Serbia landfill resold

Cakes left in Serbia landfill resold http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30685847

Toyota opens up hydrogen patents

Toyota opens up hydrogen patents http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30691393

Child crash survivor must have time to grieve

Child crash survivor must have time to grieve

Migrants abandoned at sea

Migrants abandoned at sea

UK Ebola nurse’s condition stabilizes

UK Ebola nurse’s condition stabilizes

From NPR News

Crude Oil Dips Under $50 A Barrel, A Price Last Seen In 2009 http://n.pr/1vUznZV

Syria opposition elects new leader

Syria opposition elects new leader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30680103

Burundian army kills 95 rebels

Burundian army kills 95 rebels http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30681912

Detained Christians ‘freed’ in Libya

Detained Christians ‘freed’ in Libya http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30684526

US oil falls below $50 a barrel

US oil falls below $50 a barrel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30687669

Ferguson juror sues to lift gag order

Ferguson juror sues to lift gag order http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30687038

Russia to hire more foreign troops

Russia to hire more foreign troops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30682465

Fears over vulnerable Syria refugees

Fears over vulnerable Syria refugees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30685174

US opposes Palestinian tax freeze

US opposes Palestinian tax freeze http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30691775

Rival German rallies over Islam

Rival German rallies over Islam http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30685842

Franz Schubert – Rondo A-Dur, D.438 (1816): Arcos Orchcestra, great compositions/performances

Franz Schubert – Rondo A-Dur, D.438 (1816)

Angela Gheorghiu – Je dis que rien ne me epouvante – Carmen Bizet, great compositions/performances

Bizet: Angela GHEORGHIU – Je dis que rien ne me epouvante – Carmen

Johannes Brahms – Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 & Tragic Overture, Op. 81 Chrissta Ludwig Otto Klamperer the philharmonic orchestra and Chorus, great compositions/performances

Johannes Brahms – Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 & Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major: Complete; Original Instruments, Voices of Music, great compositions/performances

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major: Complete; Original Instruments, Voices of Music 4K UHD

J. S. Bach-Swingle Singers – Transcription of 1st Movement from Brandenburg Concerto n. 3 BWV 1048, great compositions/performances

J. S. Bach-Swingle Singers – Transcription of 1st Movement from Brandenburg Concerto n. 3 BWV 1048

Cathedral to protest anti-Islamization rally

Cathedral to protest anti-Islamization rally

today’s Image: George Washington Carver (Library of Congress)

George Washington Carver
After devoting his life to helping fellow African Americans through education, George Washington Carver died on January 5, 1943, at Tuskegee, Alabama. Carver was born the son of a slave woman in the early 1860s, went to college in Iowa and then headed to Alabama in 1896. There, at the Tuskegee Institute, Carver served as an agricultural chemist, experimenter, teacher and administrator, working to improve life for African Americans in the rural South by teaching them better agricultural skills. One of the farming methods Carver devised, using peanut and soybean crops to enrich soil depleted by cotton crops, revolutionized Southern farming. Carver became somewhat of a benevolent example of the potential of black intellectuals. He was well-respected by people such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Josef Stalin and Thomas Edison, whose offer of a job for more than $100 a year Carver refused. Carver worked at Tuskegee until his death.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Monday, January 5th, 2015: St. John Neumann

today’s holiday: Befana Festival (2015)

Befana Festival (2015)

Sometimes referred to simply as La Befana, this is the Twelfth Night festival in Italy where the Befana, a kindly witch, plays much the same role that Santa Claus plays in the US. The festival begins on Epiphany Eve, when the Befana is supposed to come down the chimney on her broom to leave gifts in children’s stockings. In Rome, the Piazza Navona is thronged with children and their parents, who shop for toys and exchange greetings. Bands of young people march around, blowing on cardboard trumpets, and the noise level in the square can be deafening. More… Discuss

quotation: “Honest people don’t hide their deeds.” Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Honest people don’t hide their deeds.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Discuss


today’s Birthday: King C. Gillette (1855)

King C. Gillette (1855)

Advised to create a product for which there would be constant demand, traveling salesman and inveterate “tinkerer” King C. Gillette secured his place in history with the invention of a safety razor with a disposable blade. The razor was nothing new, but the blade was a groundbreaking innovation. In his first year of production, Gillette sold 51 razors and 168 blades. By the next year, sales had skyrocketed to 90,000 razors and over 12 million blades. How did World War I grow Gillette’s business? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jackie Robinson Retires (1957)

Jackie Robinson Retires (1957)

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on and off the field, Major League Baseball retired Robinson’s number in 1997. How many times did he “steal home” during his career? More… Discuss

Ibuprofen as Skin Cancer Prevention?

Ibuprofen as Skin Cancer Prevention?

The use of over-the-counter painkillers may lower one’s risk of squamous cell skin cancer—typically caused by sun exposure—by 15 percent, according to a new study. Researchers suspect that Ibuprofen and naproxen—the active ingredients found in the popular drugs Advil, Motrin, and Aleve—disrupt the proteins in the body that contribute to cancerous tumors. The scientists caution that more research is necessary, since painkillers carry their own risks. More… Discuss

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people and places: Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz

Steinitz was a pioneering modern chess player. After discovering a talent for chess while a student in Vienna, he devoted himself to the game and by 1866 was recognized as the world champion, although the title did not officially exist yet. His loss of the world championship in 1894 so disturbed him that he spent much of the rest of his life in mental institutions and died a pauper in 1900. Who took the title from Steinitz, and what did he say with regard to Steinitz and his unfortunate fate? More… Discuss

word: fatuous


Definition: (adjective) Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way.
Synonyms: asinine
Usage: He made these fatuous pronouncements with such conviction that no one dared to contradict him. Discuss.

Parini: Zuckerberg, read these 10 books

Parini: Zuckerberg, read these 10 books

What is a Flat White coffee?

What is a Flat White coffee?

From NPR News: How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor http://n.pr/1Hw6Tfp

First new church approved in Turkey

First new church approved in Turkey http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30679848

Roma baby burial sparks France probe

Roma baby burial sparks France probe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30677067

Afghan leader queries exit deadline

Afghan leader queries exit deadline http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30676581

Unknown queen’s tomb found in Egypt

Unknown queen’s tomb found in Egypt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30674339

Lebanon restricts Syria refugee flow

Lebanon restricts Syria refugee flow http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30657003