Daily Archives: January 7, 2015

Explosive stellar tussle revealed


Explosive stellar tussle revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30721794

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US temperatures ‘dangerously’ low


US temperatures ‘dangerously’ low http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30716563

French police name attack suspects


French police name attack suspects http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30721677

From France 24: Shell reaches $83.5 million settlement over Nigeria oil spill


Shell reaches $83.5 million settlement over Nigeria oil spill

http://f24.my/14mxXko

From FRANCE 24: UN confirms Palestinians will become ICC member


UN confirms Palestinians will become ICC member

http://f24.my/14qtsWg

Federal judge blocks California’s ban on foie gras – Chicago Tribune


http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/food/chi-californias-foie-gras-ban-20150107-story.html

From NPR News


A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine http://n.pr/1BHQbaR

From NPR News


When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb? http://n.pr/14pkEjt


NYPD fuels fight against mayor by ‘striking’ on the job

http://f24.my/14pLszO


Youngest of three suspects in Paris attack ‘surrenders’

http://f24.my/1tOfadZ

Somali militants kill ‘CIA spies’


Somali militants kill ‘CIA spies’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30715842

MP calls for email disclaimer ban


MP calls for email disclaimer ban http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30710481

Sony Pictures hackers ‘got sloppy’


Sony Pictures hackers ‘got sloppy’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30720003

More Cosby accusers come forward


More Cosby accusers come forward http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30719442

Most fossil fuels are ‘unburnable’


Most fossil fuels are ‘unburnable’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30709211

‘Game-changing’ antibiotic find


‘Game-changing’ antibiotic find http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30657486

Charlie Hebdo attack – latest


Charlie Hebdo attack – latest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-30710777

Ethnography and folklore: VIKI STEFANOVICI – TARA FAGARASULUI (Old Romanian Countries)


VIKI STEFANOVICI-TARA FAGARASULUI

 

Sfantul zilei: Sfantul Ioan Botezatorul


Sfantul zilei: Sf. Ioan Botezatorul

Epifania Ortodoxa

 

Botezul Domnului

Epifania sau Teofania (din grecescul theophania, însemnând “apariția / arătarea lui Dumnezeu”) este unul dintre Praznicele Împărătești ale Bisericii Ortodoxe, sărbătorit pe 6 ianuarie. Este praznicul care dezvăluie Sfânta Treime lumii, prin Botezul Domnului (Matei 3,13-17; Marcu 1, 9-11; Luca 3,21-22). Este cunoscut în popor și cu numele de Bobotează.

Cuprins

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Botezul lui Hristos

În această zi se prăznuiește botezarea Domnului Iisus Hristos de către Sfântul Ioan Botezătorul în râul Iordan și începutul propovăduirii timpurii a lui Hristos. Praznicul Epifaniei marchează sfârșitul sărbătoririi Crăciunului, care începe de la 25 decembrie și se încheie pe 6 ianuarie. În cadrul slujbei acestei sărbători, în această zi se face slujba de sfințire a Aghiasmei Mari, care este folosită de preoți pentru a binecuvânta casele credincioșilor.

Sărbătoarea se numește a Teofaniei deoarece la botezul lui Hristos Sfânta Treime a apărut lumii pentru prima data – glasul Tatălui se face auzit din ceruri, Fiul este întrupat și stă în râul Iordan, iar Sfântul Duh se pogoară asupra Lui în chip de porumbel.

Epifania

Această sărbătoare mai este uneori numită și Epifania. Unii consideră că acest nume ar fi preluat din vocabularul catolic, făcând referire mai degrabă la sărbătoarea catolică din aceeași zi care comemorează venirea magilor la Pruncul Iisus. Totuși, termenul de „Epifanie” apare și în cadrul slujbelor ortodoxe.

Inițial exista un singur praznic creștin la care se sărbătorea arătarea lui Dumnezeu lumii, în forma umană a lui Iisus din Nazaret. Acesta includea sărbătoarea Nașterii Domnului, Închinarea Magilor și toate evenimentele din copilăria lui Hristos, cum ar fi Tăierea împrejur a Domnului și Întâmpinarea Domnului, împreună cu botezul Lui în Iordan de către Ioan. Fără îndoială că această sărbătoare, la fel ca și Paștile și Cincizecimea, a fost înțeleasă ca o împlinire a unei sărbători evreiești precedente, în acest caz Sărbătoarea Luminilor.

Sărbătorirea

Slujba Botezului Domnului este organizată în același fel cu aceea a Nașterii. Istoric vorbind, slujba Crăciunului a fost stabilită mai târziu.

Se citesc Ceasurile și se face Sfânta Liturghie a Sfântului Vasile cel Mare; în ajunul sărbătorii se face slujba Vecerniei. Privegherea este alcătuită din Miezonoptică și Utrenie.

Liturghia începe cu psalmi de slavă și laudă, în locul celor trei Antifoane obișnuite. Versetul botezului de la Galateni 3,27 înlocuiește din nou Trisaghionul.

Câți în Hristos v-ați botezat,
în Hristos v-ați și-mbrăcat
Aliluia!

Evanghelia citită la toate aceste slujbe vorbește despre Botezul Domnului în râul Iordan. Apostolul care se citește la Sfânta Liturghie vorbește despre consecințele arătării Domnului ca Epifanie.

Deoarece principalul eveniment al sărbătorii este sfințirea mare a apei, ea urmează Sfintei Liturghii a ajunului și Sfintei Liturghii din ziua praznicului. Totuși, în cele mai multe parohii, aceasta se face doar atunci când sunt prezenți cea mai mare parte a credincioșilor. Sfințirea atestă faptul că omenirea și întreaga Creație au fost făcute pentru a se umple de prezența sfințitoare a lui Dumnezeu.

Ajunul praznicului este zi de ajunare, chiar post negru, în orice zi ar cădea.

Tradiții de Bobotează

Conform unei vechi tradiții, în ziua Bobotezei, după Sfânta Liturghie, episcopul sau preotul (în sate) face slujba de sfințire a apei pe malul celui mai mare râu sau fluviu din acel loc. După sfințirea apei, episcopul sau preotul aruncă în apa râului o cruce mare (în secolele trecute aceasta era uneori dintr-un metal prețios). Un număr de bărbați mai destoinici pornesc apoi să recupereze crucea, căutând-o în apele înghețate. Primul care o găsește primește binecuvântarea preotului sau a episcopului. În vechime, cel care găsea primul crucea și o aducea la mal primea și daruri de la domnitorul țării și era ținut la mare cinste de către ceilalți. Tradiția s-a păstrat până în ziua de astăzi.

Imnografie

Tropar, Glasul 1:

În Iordan botezându-Te Tu, Doamne,
închinarea Treimii s-a arătat;
că glasul Părintelui a mărturisit Ție,
Fiu iubit pe Tine numindu-Te,
și Duhul în chip de porumbel a adeverit
întărirea cuvântului.
Cel ce Te-ai arătat, Hristoase Dumnezeule,
și lumea ai luminat, slavă Ție!

Condac, Glasul al 4-lea:

Arătatu-Te-ai astăzi lumii
și lumina Ta, Doamne, s-a însemnat peste noi,
care cu cunoștință Te lăudăm.
Venit-ai și Te-ai arătat,
Lumina cea neapropiată.

Just a thought: “More than just uploading beautiful pictures because if pictures can tell a thousand words they might as well hide them too!..”


Just a thought:  “More than just uploading beautiful pictures because if pictures can tell a thousand words they might as well hide them too! Words, stories have their meaning! Read more! Let yourself be impressed by reading, not just by beautiful images! Look at the stoty those images have been based upon!”

-©George-B

Environmental protection-sharing with you: Places we must save: National Geographic (linking to the article-2006)


Enemies Within: National Geographic

Enemies Within: National Geographic Scanner, FastStone, IrfanView were employed in the creation of this image (click to enlarge)

If you are interested in the subject of environlental portection, and think you woould enjoy reading the article…then well…..you can access it  

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Just a thought:  More than just uploading beutiful pictures because if pictures can tell a thousand words they might as well hide them too! Words have their meaning! Read more!

People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre | Mother Jones


People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre | Mother Jones.

BBC Breaking News on Twitter: “Parisians raise pens during a rally in support of the victims of the #CharlieHebdo attack http://t.co/kr0vQNDkr9 http://t.co/7YlRWm1vpk”


BBC Breaking News on Twitter: “Parisians raise pens during a rally in support of the victims of the #CharlieHebdo attack http://t.co/kr0vQNDkr9 http://t.co/7YlRWm1vpk”.

People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre | Mother Jones


People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre | Mother Jones.

Parisians raise pens during a rally in support of the victims — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking)


BBC Breaking News on Twitter: “Parisians raise pens during a rally in support of the victims of the #CharlieHebdo attack http://t.co/kr0vQNDkr9 http://t.co/7YlRWm1vpk”


BBC Breaking News on Twitter: “Parisians raise pens during a rally in support of the victims of the #CharlieHebdo attack http://t.co/kr0vQNDkr9 http://t.co/7YlRWm1vpk”.

People Around the World Are Pouring Into the Streets to Support Charlie Hebdo After the Paris Massacre These maps and photos capture the defiant response. (Religion and terrorism don’t mix)


Dozens of demonstrations have been developing around the world in the wake of Wednesday’s massacre in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where masked gunmen murdered 12 and injured 10 others. French newspaper Le Monde is tracking the growing number of rallies, including those in Berlin, London, New York, and Montreal.

In Paris on Wednesday evening, a crowd reportedly numbering in the thousands gathered at Place de la Republique, rallying in solidarity around the phrase “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie.” Some raised pens in tribute to the slain cartoonists.

FBI director reveals new evidence linking N. Korea to Sony hack, answers skeptics


FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday adamantly defended his bureau’s conclusion that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, revealing new evidence and claiming those questioning the North Korea connection “don’t have the facts that I have.”

The U.S. government for weeks has faced skepticism from private-sector cybersecurity analysts, many of whom say the attack may have been an inside job by a former Sony employee.

In what amounted to the U.S. government’s most detailed explanation to date of the evidence it has linking North Korea to the hack, Comey said he has “very high confidence” Pyongyang was behind it and disclosed new details.

via FBI director reveals new evidence linking N. Korea to Sony hack, answers skeptics.

Lou Reed Playlist


Bringin’ Music closer to your ear! Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl (Live N.Y.C 1976) (HQ)


Bringin’ Music closer to your ear!
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl (Live N.Y.C 1976) (HQ)

Music appreciation series, great compositions/performances, Fritz Kreisler – Schumann Romance in A Major, Op. 94, #2


BRINGING GREAT MUSIC CLOSER TO YOUR EARS:

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Fritz Kreisler – Schumann Romance in A Major, Op. 94, #2

Tell a friend! Music appreciation series, great compositions/performances, Ivry Gitlis @ PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2 – Stuttgart RSO, S.Skrowaczewski, live 1972


BRINGING GREAT MUSIC CLOSER TO YOUR EARS: 

Please the Emilio Pessina’s channel on You Tube, for more wonderful videos he is making available for all of us, subscribe and “Like” the videos! (between me and your:; one should be able to do that, without having to subscribe first (and that’s how you see where the powerthrist always tend to do to get more power! and Google seems to have monopolized the world in that sense!)

Ivry Gitlis @ PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2Stuttgart RSO, S.Skrowaczewski, live 1972

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 “Polish” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, #Great compositions/performancers


Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 “Polish” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Published on Feb 24, 2013

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 “Polish” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Composed in 1875

I. Introduzione e Allegro. Moderato assai (Tempo di marcia funebre) – Allegro brillante (0:00)
II. Alla tedesca. Allegro moderato e semplice – Trio (15:30)
III. Andante. Andante elegiaco (26:38)
IV. Scherzo. Allegro vivo – Trio (36:32)
V. Finale. Allegro con fuoco (Tempo di polacca) (42:42)

****Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
****Yuri Temirkanov, cond.
****Recorded in 1991
****http://www.amazon.com/6-Symphonies-P-…

****Image: Tchaikovsky (published 1906), courtesy Wikipedia

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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 7th, 2015: Raymond of Pennafort


Today In History: What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
January 7

1327   King Edward II of England is deposed.
1558   The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.
1785   Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
1807   Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
1865   Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
1901   New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.
1902   Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.
1918   The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
1934   Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.
1944   The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
1945   U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.
1952   French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
1955   Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1975   Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
1979   Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
1980   US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
1985   Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
1985   Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.
1989   Prince Akihito sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.
1990   Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
1993   The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
1999   The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.
Born on January 7
1718   Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War hero.
1745   Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor who, with his brother, launched the first successful hot-air balloon.
1800   Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States.
1845   Louis III, last King of Bavaria.
1911   Butterfly McQueen (Thelma McQueen), actress best known for her role as Scarlett O’Hara’s maid Prissy in Gone with the Wind (1939); won Daytime Emmy portraying Aunt Thelma, a fairy godmother in “The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody,” an ABC Afterschool Special.
1912   Charles Addams, cartoonist, creator of the Addams Family.
1922   Jean-Pierre Rampal, flautist.
1930   Jack Greene, country singer, musician; won Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “There Goes My Everything” (1967).
1939   Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.
1948   Kenny Loggins, singer, songwriter; half of Loggins and Messina duo.
1957   Katie Couric, journalist, author; has hosted news and talk shows on all three major TV networks.

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.bInOmWCg.dpuf

Special Feature: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points



Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
On January 8, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a hastily convened joint session of Congress, publicly stating the Fourteen Points–his idealistic plan for a world forever free from conflict. Most of Wilson’s Fourteen Points addressed specific European territorial concerns, but he also called for fair and generous treatment of Germany, absolute freedom of the seas, national boundaries determined on the basis of language, and the establishment of a general assembly of nations. When World War I ended in November 1918, Wilson personally attended the peace negotiations, believing that with his guidance, ‘peace without victory’ was possible and a new world order was at hand. What he had not counted on was the bitterness and cynicism of his allies, who had lost much. As the negotiations progressed, more and more of the Fourteen Points were sacrificed to vengeance and a grab for land. The German magazine Simplicissimus remarked on Wilson’s betrayal of his principles in June 1919 with God asking, ‘Woodrow Wilson, where are your 14 Points?’ Wilson responds, ‘Don’t get excited, Lord, we didn’t keep your Ten Commandments either!’ – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.8Ilgr56s.dpuf

Hackers down German government websites


Hackers down German government websites
http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/07/technology/security/german-website-hacked/index.html

Twitter users unite with #JeSuisCharlie


Twitter users unite with #JeSuisCharlie
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/07/world/social-media-jesuischarlie/index.html

Journalists race to show solidarity with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ after terror attack


Journalists race to show solidarity with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ after terror attack
http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/07/media/charlie-hebdo-attack-journalists-solidarity/index.html

Obama, Kerry condemn terror attack in France


Obama, Kerry condemn terror attack in France
http://www.cnn.com//2015/01/07/politics/washington-reacts-france-terror-attack/index.html

From NPR News


U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law’s Burden On Women Seeking Abortions http://n.pr/1wSfDpW

New Sicily viaduct section collapses


New Sicily viaduct section collapses http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30684743

Turks ‘carry official through snow’


Turks ‘carry official through snow’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30696997

Goblins blamed for Dubai home fires


Goblins blamed for Dubai home fires http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30709653

Algae turns sea red in Tonga


Algae turns sea red in Tonga http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30711710

US forces hold LRA commander


US forces hold LRA commander http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30705649

Winter storm hits Mid-East refugees


Winter storm hits Mid-East refugees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30711789

Tooth found in McDonald’s fries


Tooth found in McDonald’s fries http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30706243

PM condemns ‘barbaric’ Paris attack


PM condemns ‘barbaric’ Paris attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30709152

Political row deepens over A&E


Political row deepens over A&E http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30711445