Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

From France 24: Al Qaeda planning ‘mass casualty attacks’ against West


Al Qaeda planning ‘mass casualty attacks’ against West

http://f24.my/1x1jCk3

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From France 24: Paris attackers were on US no-fly list


Paris attackers were on US no-fly list

http://f24.my/1xWGI2i

From BBC: Russia imposes sex rules for drivers


Russia imposes sex rules for drivers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30735673

From BBC : Netflix: VPN crackdown claim ‘false’


Netflix: VPN crackdown claim ‘false’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30726631

From BBC: Unreported deaths cost Honda $70m


Unreported deaths cost Honda $70m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30737064

From BBC: German nurse ‘admits mass killing’


German nurse ‘admits mass killing’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-30732841

From BBC: US to close 15 bases in Europe


US to close 15 bases in Europe http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30731926

From Frsnce 24: Boko Haram destroys at least 16 towns, villages in Nigeria


Boko Haram destroys at least 16 towns, villages in Nigeria

http://f24.my/1DCk12c

From France 24: After Charlie Hebdo, should French ‘unity’ include the far right?


After Charlie Hebdo, should French ‘unity’ include the far right?

http://f24.my/1xVGW9O

From CNN: Soros urges Europe to throw Ukraine $50 billion lifeline


Soros urges Europe to throw Ukraine $50 billion lifeline
http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/08/news/soros-ukraine-europe-50-billion/index.html

From CNN: What (not) to look forward to in 2015


What (not) to look forward to in 2015
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/31/world/lister-2015-predictions/index.html

5 variations on “Rule Britannia” for piano in D flat, major, WoO 79, piano – Yoshio Watanabe Great compositons/performances


5 variationen über “Rule Britannia” (für klavier d-dur, 1803), WoO 79

Pope Francis meets two American stars: Angelina Jolie and Cardinal Burke


this pressed for your health: Latest measles outbreak highlights a growing problem in California – LA Times


California’s problems of measles and whooping cough

There were more than 9,900 cases of whooping cough in California in 2014 through Nov. 26. Above, Tyree Harper, 12, receives the whooping cough vaccine during a school readiness event at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles in August. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
By Rong-Gong Lin II contact the reporter

There were more than 9,900 cases of whooping cough in California in 2014 through Nov. 26. Above, Tyree Harper, 12, receives the whooping cough vaccine during a school readiness event at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles in August. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

via Latest measles outbreak highlights a growing problem in California – LA Times.

A truck carrying 45,000 pounds of beer cans crashed in Dublin, snarling I-580 commute


Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 8th, 2015: St. Thorfinn


quotation: “Evil is not something superhuman, it’s something less than human.”


Evil is not something superhuman, it’s something less than human.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s holiday: Gynaecocratia (2015)


Gynaecocratia (2015)

The Greek title of this observance is a word that means female rule or government. This attempt at feminist revolt is of long tradition in northern Greece, where it is common for women to do all the household work and for most men to take life easy in cafes. Today, in the villages of Komotini, Xanthi, Kilkis, and Serres, that standard is reversed for a day when Gynaecocratia is celebrated. The women gather in village cafes to socialize, while the men stay at home cleaning house, tending the babies, and generally looking after household tasks. At dusk, the men join their wives in celebrations. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Stephen Hawking (1942)


Stephen Hawking (1942)

Despite suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that has made it impossible for him to communicate without a voice synthesizer or to move around without a wheelchair, Hawking is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists. While most experts in his field are little known outside the scientific community, Hawking has taken pains to make his work accessible to the layperson and, in so doing, has become a household name. What is the title of his bestselling book on cosmology? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: US President Woodrow Wilson Introduces His Fourteen Points (1918)


US President Woodrow Wilson Introduces His Fourteen Points (1918)

In 1918, Wilson presented to the US Congress his Fourteen Points as a guide for a peace settlement after World War I. He emphasized “open covenants of peace, openly arrived at,” to change the usual method of secret diplomacy practiced in Europe. Wilson’s idealistic message also laid the groundwork for the creation of the League of Nations. Opposition to the points quickly developed, however, and the subsequent treaty between Germany and the Allies sowed the seeds for what conflict? More… Discuss

Health-Diets: DASH Diet Rated Best Overall


DASH Diet Rated Best Overall

For the fifth year in a row, US News & World Report has named the DASH diet the best overall diet. DASH—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—is a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products; low in saturated and total fat; low in cholesterol; and high in fiber. DASH was rated by a panel of experts above 34 other diets, including such popular options as Weight Watchers, the Mediterranean diet, and the Paleo diet. More… Discuss

people-places-civilizations: Gurkha


Gurkha

The Gurkha are members of a Nepali ethnic group who claim descent from the Rajputs and Brahmins of North India. They entered Nepal from the west after being driven from India and, in the early 16th century, conquered the small state of Gurkha. They then expanded eastward and established their authority over all of Nepal by the mid-18th century, although a subsequent war with the British in India brought a strong British influence to Nepal. What is the name of their famed curved knife? More… Discuss

WORD: lascivious


lascivious

Definition: (adjective) Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
Synonyms: libidinous, lustful, lewd
Usage: Frustrated by his constant lascivious comments, she decided to report him to the supervisor. Discuss.

Obama’s five key Middle East battlegrounds in 2015


Obama’s five key Middle East battlegrounds in 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30636655

Ukraine blames Russia for German hack


Ukraine blames Russia for German hack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30724168

IS launches assault on Iraqi city


IS launches assault on Iraqi city http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30725552

Paris suspects ‘rob service station’


Paris suspects ‘rob service station’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30721677

‘Bodies strewn’ across Nigeria town


‘Bodies strewn’ across Nigeria town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30728158

Charlie Hebdo attack: Manhunt


Charlie Hebdo attack: Manhunt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-30722098