Daily Archives: January 14, 2015

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) in F Op 68 LEONARD BERNSTEIN, great compositions/performances

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) in F Op 68 LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Farage: Should British taxpayers be paying for child benefit in Warsaw, Mr Tusk?

Farage: Should British taxpayers be paying for child benefit in Warsaw, Mr Tusk?

White Gardenia_FotoSketcher_oil Base Painting (my Art Collection)

White Gardenia_FotoSketcher_oil Base Painting (my Art Collection)

White Gardenia_FotoSketcher_oil Base Painting (my Art Collection)

Hollande hails ‘reborn’ magazine

Hollande hails ‘reborn’ magazine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30824684

From NPR News: From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech http://n.pr/1Af5OEE

From NPR News: Free-Climbers Make It To Summit Of Yosemite’s El Capitan

Free-Climbers Make It To Summit Of Yosemite’s El Capitan http://n.pr/1C7ulhm

Polanski to cooperate in Poland

Polanski to cooperate in Poland http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30810028

Avatar 2 delayed to 2017 by Cameron

Avatar 2 delayed to 2017 by Cameron http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30817048

Human remains found in Honduran jail

Human remains found in Honduran jail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30813992

Phone bug wakes Australians early

Phone bug wakes Australians early http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30814398

Curiosity rover clobbers Mars rock

Curiosity rover clobbers Mars rock http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30816136

Gold rush threat to tropical forests

Gold rush threat to tropical forests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30804820

ISS evacuation after leak fears

ISS evacuation after leak fears http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30816253

US House votes to block migrant plan

US House votes to block migrant plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30819506

New walkboard at Seal Beach (my photo collection)


New walkboard at Seal Beach (my photo collection)





Houses nice…telegraph poles, not so much! (My photo collection)











From NPR News: Broadband A ‘Necessity,’ Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

Broadband A ‘Necessity,’ Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access http://n.pr/1C7vci0

From NPR News: French Ambassador To U.S. Outlines ‘Predicament’ Of Immigration

French Ambassador To U.S. Outlines ‘Predicament’ Of Immigration http://n.pr/1C7VDUF

FBI ‘foils plot to attack US Capitol’

FBI ‘foils plot to attack US Capitol’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30824375

France 24: Dieudonné to stand trial over Paris attack Facebook post

Dieudonné to stand trial over Paris attack Facebook post


France24: Police raid Turkish daily publishing Charlie Hebdo

Police raid Turkish daily publishing Charlie Hebdo


France 25: Charlie Hebdo sells out as 5 million print run is announced

Charlie Hebdo sells out as 5 million print run is announced


France 24: Long wait for Paris symphony hall reaches frantic finale

Long wait for Paris symphony hall reaches frantic finale



Piece of Americana: Second McDonald’s Fast Food Stand: opened 1953 (my photo collection)

This gallery contains 3 photos.

  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia History   McDonald’s corporate logo used from November 18, 1968 to 2006. It still exists at some restaurants.   The oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant was the third one built, opening in 1953. It is … Continue reading

German soldiers being shown what their government had done after the war.— Daniel Gennaoui (@DanielGennaoui)


“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again”: L. Cohen And Simon and Garfunkel: “the sound of silence”

Leonard Cohen – Sound of Silence (tribute to Paul Simon)


Guess what!!!: Judge won’t allow delay of Boston Marathon bombing trial due to the recent attacks in Paris — Newsweek (@Newsweek)|

Ancient History, Really?!? Where Was the Land of Punt (and a inspired video on YouTube, by David S. Rosado

Where Was the Land of Punt

A relief depicting Hatshepsut's expedition to the Land of Punt.

The ancient Egyptians documented everything. Surviving paintings and writings show details about almost every aspect of life in that place and era. Wars and religion and rulers are all recorded in ways that have fortunately lasted into modern times.

Business and trade were no different–extensive documentation chronicled who the ancient Egyptians were doing trade with and what exactly that trade was.

According to information unearthed by archeologists, the land called Punt was a great source of riches and slaves and exotic spices and wild animals. From the descriptions that survived, the land of Punt was a peaceful and prosperous country that seemed to have a wide variety of highly valued goods to trade. The discovery of such a society would be a huge accomplishment for an archeologist.

The only problem is that nobody today knows where Punt was.

But people have looked. The first problem is that we have to rely solely on ancient Egyptian information. No other ancient civilization, so far, has unearthed a single reference to the land of Punt–which is unusual. This would imply that either Punt only dealt with Egypt (not likely), or else other societies referred to it by other names.

Any country with so many riches and expensive goods would be ripe for conquest, and yet there is no mention of Egypt (who went to war frequently with neighbors) ever going to war with Punt.

The most evidence about the land of Punt comes from a temple dedicated to the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who ruled for more than 20 years circa 1465 BCE. A large relief of a trading mission to Punt is featured on the walls of the temple. We even know the names of the rulers of Punt during Hatshepsut’s reign: King Parahu and Queen Ati. But the Egyptians either forgot to put concrete directions to Punt in their temples and such, or else we haven’t uncovered such evidence yet.

A wall relief in Egypt depicting a typical Punt House.

According to the art that has survived, men from the land of Punt, unlike ancient Egyptians, had long hair and little facial hair. The people of Punt lived in round houses built on stilts–most likely to avoid damage from flooding in their land.

Wherever that land was.

There are various clues. Animals living in Punt, according to the Egyptian paintings, lived primarily in the area around the Red Sea on the Arabian peninsula. But other scholars, due to the origin areas of some of the traded goods, have proposed a location south of ancient Egypt in Africa. The surviving evidence is just not clear.

No remains have been unearthed by archeologists showing a civilization that equates itself to the land of Punt.

Author Bill Price even questions whether Punt existed at all, or was the equivalent of an ancient Egyptian imaginary utopia. This is possibly reinforced by an alternate name of Punt that translates into “Land of the God(s).”

There are even some tantalizing allusions that the Egyptians believed they originally came from Punt and journeyed and founded ancient Egypt after leaving that homeland.

Punt may currently lie below mounds of earth and sand and we won’t know the location of this marvelous land until future excavations unearth an ancient paradise.

Hatshepsut. A travel to Punt

Price, Bill. “History’s Greatest Mysteries”.
Punt“, Wikipedia, pulled June 11, 2014

One Summer’s Day from – Spirited Away. Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) is a 2001 film by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki: It become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.

久石讓 Joe hisaishi Live – One Summer’s Day (from Spirited Away)

Schubert: 6 Moments Musical Op.94 (D780) Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) Piano, great compositions/performances

Schubert: 6 Moments Musical Op.94 (D780)

(listen to more classical music at euzicasa: here  here here and many more)

(California): This is the one simple truth car insurance company don’t want you to know. (New Rule Leaves Drivers Furious and Shocked!)

New Rule Leaves Drivers Furious and

And I promised myself not to allow myself to be shocked this year!

Warning: Do Not Pay Your Next Car Insurance
Bill Until You Read This…

January 14, 2015

(California): This is the one simple truth car insurance company don’t want you to know. If you are currently insured, drive less than 35 miles/day and live in a qualified zip code you can receive some huge discounts. Also, if you have no DUI’s on your record, you may qualify for some of the biggest discounts of all. But do you think your car insurance company will tell you that?

When drivers enter their zip code and vehicle information at Provide-Insurance.com many are shocked at the results they find. Most just can’t believe that the available rates are in fact real, but the truth is rates have dropped significantly for many people over the past 12 months. Also, thanks to new program policies it’s now easy to save up to 45% with rates as low as $9/week.

We had Kristen Pereira, our in house financial expert, test these types of services out. She came back a few days later to report a number of exciting things – including that she will now save over $400 during the next year. She found many others who have done the same.

Does this mean Kristen was overcharged by her previous insurance company? Well, it’s possible since they neglected to share with her a number of lower cost insurance options. When confronted, she was told in a hesitant voice,”There are just so many options, and I didn’t think you would be interested in that specific one.”   continue reading here

today’s image: Explorers Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon Rescued

Explorers Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon Rescued

American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and Canadian pilot Herbert Hollick-Kenyon were rescued by the research ship Discovery II on January 14, 1936. The pair had made the first flight across Antarctica, 2,300 miles from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea, landed when their plane’s engine faltered, and waited in the previously constructed shelter at Little America for a month to be picked up. After his earlier attempts to cross Antarctica failed, Ellsworth (at right) set out with Hollick-Kenyon in the monoplane Polar Star (seen in the background) and succeeded. Part of the area that Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon flew over in 1935 has been named the Ellsworth Highlands.

Image: National Archives

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.g0ApaUtj.dpuf

St. Dacius: Feastday: January 14

St. Dacius

Image of St. Dacius


Feastday: January 14

Death: 552

Bishop of Milan, Italy, probably from 530, exiled by the Arian Ostrogoths. When Milan was attacked by the Goths, General Belisarius of Constantinople, failed to aid the city. It is believed that Datius was taken prisoner for a time but was freed by his friend Cassiodorus. He went to Constantinople to support Pope Vigilius against Emperor Justinian in the Three Chapter Controversy of 545 . He probably died there.

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 Image of St. Felix of Nola

Image of St. Felix of Nola

St. Felix of Nola

Felix was the son of Hermias, a Syrian who had been a Roman soldier. He was born on his father’s estate at Nola near Naples, Italy. On the death of his father, Felix distributed his inheritance to … continue reading

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Quotation: Francis Bacon – “…But men must know…”

But men must know, that in this theater of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

today’s holiday: Ratification Day (2015)

Ratification Day (2015)

The Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783, and was ratified on January 14, 1784, officially ending the American Revolution. The Old Senate Chamber in the Maryland State House at Annapolis has been preserved exactly as it was when the ratification took place, and, on its anniversary, the flag of 1784—with 12 stars in a circle and the 13th in the center—flies over the State House and many other buildings in Annapolis. The ceremony that takes place inside varies from year to year, but it often revolves around a particular aspect of the original event. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Marilyn Monroe Marries Joe DiMaggio (1954)

English: Crypt of Marilyn Monroe at Westwood V...

English: Crypt of Marilyn Monroe at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marilyn Monroe Marries Joe DiMaggio (1954)

Marilyn Monroe married baseball star Joe DiMaggio after a courtship that captivated America. Their marriage lasted just nine months, collapsing amid reports of DiMaggio’s growing possessiveness. Monroe then wed playwright Arthur Miller, but after divorcing him in 1961, she became close again with DiMaggio. When Monroe was found dead in August 1962, it was DiMaggio who made the funeral arrangements. For the next 20 years, what did DiMaggio have delivered regularly to Monroe’s crypt? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Albert Schweitzer (1875) – “The reverence for life man”

Albert Schweitzer (1875)

Schweitzer was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. Determined to become a medical missionary, he established a hospital in Gabon, Africa, in 1913 and later expanded it to include a leper colony. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his medical and humanitarian work and for his “reverence for life” concept of universal ethics, which emphasizes respect for the lives of all beings. An organist to boot, he interpreted the music of what composer? More… Discuss

news: Swiss Government Slices International Pizza Delivery (or: when the Swiss order a pizza)

Swiss Government Slices International Pizza Delivery

Don’t like your neighborhood pizzeria? Maybe it’s time to consider international pizza delivery—a tactic used until recently by many Swiss citizens trying to stretch their francs by ordering pizza from nearby German border towns, where it’s less expensive. An exception had allowed food delivery to avoid passing through customs, but it was rescinded by Swiss officials about a year ago. Although the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the neighboring German region of Hochrhein-Bodensee lobbied for the exception to be reinstated, the Swiss customs office recently rejected the proposal. More… Discuss

historic People and places: The Ancient City of Susa

The Ancient City of Susa

Located about 15 miles (23 km) southwest of modern Dizful, Iran, ancient Susa was the capital of Elam and of the Persian Empire. Destroyed in the 7th century BCE, Susa was revived under the Achaemenid rulers of Persia. Excavations at Susa have uncovered the stele of Naram-sin and the code of Hammurabi, which were among many objects carried off by the Elamites from Babylonia. An unusual tomb found in the area marked by a white stone cone is believed to belong to what Biblical figure? More… Discuss

word: insouciant


Definition: (adjective) Marked by blithe unconcern.
Synonyms: casual, nonchalant
Usage: He showed an insouciant disregard for cold weather, wearing only a T-shirt in the show. Discuss.
Definition: (adjective) Marked by blithe unconcern.
Synonyms: casual, nonchalant
Usage: He showed an insouciant disregard for cold weather, wearing only a T-shirt in the show. Discuss.

Huge crowds for Sri Lanka papal Mass

Huge crowds for Sri Lanka papal Mass http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30808624

China arrests 10 Turkish nationals on suspicion of aiding terror suspects | World news | The Guardian


China bans burqa in biggest Muslim city

China bans burqa in biggest Muslim city

Back to basics From BBC: Russians told to clear snow by hand

Russians told to clear snow by hand http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30794963

Must read from BBC: Android security shift exposes users

Android security shift exposes users http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30795253