Daily Archives: January 19, 2015

Attacks spur Europe anti-terror push

Attacks spur Europe anti-terror push http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30875705

No need to breed like rabbits – Pope

No need to breed like rabbits – Pope http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30890989

Yemen rebels surround PM’s home

Yemen rebels surround PM’s home http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30888190

‘Israeli strike’ killed Iran general

‘Israeli strike’ killed Iran general http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30882935

Jet data theft ‘shows cyber-spy risk’

Jet data theft ‘shows cyber-spy risk’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30875442

From NPR News

Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy http://n.pr/1B8S8Oy

Cheek Turning: Pope Francis Wanted to ‘Kick’ Corrupt Officials


Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel


Florida Boy’s Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle


Measles Outbreak Spreads in California and Beyond


Cloned Cattle With Human DNA Might Hold Ebola Cure


On MLK Day, Poll Shows Racial Divide in Assessing Equality


Jindal: Muslim ‘No-Go Zones’ in West Should Not Stand


Get Ready, NYC and DC: Pope Francis Confirms He’s Coming


ENNIO MORRICONE – CONCERTO ARENA di VERONA – 28 Settembre 2002 , great performances



Ennio Morricone – The Mission Main Theme (Morricone Conducts Morricone) , great compositions/performances

Ennio Morricone – The Mission Main Theme (Morricone Conducts Morricone)

CARL MARIA VON WEBER.- Sinfonía Nº 1 en Do mayor Op. 19

Removing the matte reveals a lovely hidden woman, unseen since the day of framing.

Bach J.S. Cantata BWV 1 , great compositions/performances

Bach J.S. Cantata BWV 1

In “Room for Debate,” 4 voices—educators & activists—look at where the fight for equality stands now:

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Moyers et Company

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‘Israel strike’ kills Hezbollah men

‘Israel strike’ kills Hezbollah men http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30873402

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Ailing King Raises Questions About Saudi Arabia’s Future


In Cold Blood – the book that changed me

In Cold Blood – the book that changed me http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30846163

today’s birthday: Edgar Allan Poe (today’s image)

Edgar Allan Poe
American writer Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He lost both of his parents when he was very young, and afterward he grew up with a foster family. Poe studied briefly at the University of Virginia, but then he quarreled with his foster father and went to Boston in 1827, where he published his first volume of poetry anonymously. In the early 1840s Poe became known for his lyrical, brooding poems and detective stories, such as ‘The Gold Bug’ and ‘Murders at the Rue Morgue.’ In fact, he is recognized as the father of the modern detective story. Poe was unafraid to criticize literary practices of the time, stressing the importance of artistic value more than moral value. After battles with alcoholism and his wife Virginia’s illness and death, Poe became depressed but continued to write. He became engaged again but died soon afterward, in 1849 at the age of 40.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Monday, January 19th, 2015: St. Fillan

today’s holiday: Timqat (2015)

Timqat (2015)

Because the Ethiopian Christmas, Ganna, falls on January 7, Epiphany (Timqat) is celebrated on January 19. It celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It begins at sunset on Epiphany Eve, when people dress in white and go to their local church. From there, they form a procession with the tabot, or holy ark, in which the ancient Israelites put the Tablets of the Law, or Torah. They accompany it to a lake, stream, or pond. It is placed in a tent, where it is guarded all night while the clergy and villagers sing, dance, and eat until the baptismal service the following morning. More… Discuss

Sophocles: “…for tomorrow is not, until today is past…”

Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

Today’s birthday: Paul Cézanne (1839)

Paul Cézanne (1839)

Though early in his painting career Cézanne was closely associated with the Impressionists, even exhibiting with them, he soon began exploring ways to “recreate nature” by simplifying forms to their basic geometric equivalents, utilizing contrasts of color and distortion to express the essence of his subject. His radical new style profoundly affected the development of modern art, Cubism in particular. Who reportedly referred to Cézanne as “the father of us all”? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: President Gerald Ford Pardons “Tokyo Rose” (1977)

President Gerald Ford Pardons “Tokyo Rose” (1977)

During World War II, Allied forces in the South Pacific dubbed a group of English-speaking female radio broadcasters airing Japanese propaganda “Tokyo Rose.” After the war, the name became most closely associated with Japanese-American radio host Iva Toguri D’Aquino. She was convicted of treason in 1949. Decades later, investigative journalists found that key witnesses had lied during her trial, leading President Ford to pardon her. What stage name did D’Aquino often use in her broadcasts? More… Discuss

China Building Database of Troublemaking Tourists

China Building Database of Troublemaking Tourists

Chinese tourists have outspent their American and German counterparts to become the number-one spending travelers in the world—but not without some baggage. Disrespectful behavior from some Chinese tourists in foreign countries has prompted Chinese officials to start work on a database of offenders, ranked by severity of misdeed. Repeat offenders may have difficulty securing plane tickets and hotel reservations. Previously, the Chinese government attempted to teach etiquette by issuing a tourism guidebook that offered such advice as the appropriate portion to take at a buffet. More… Discuss

The Thylacine

The Thylacine

The last captive thylacine—or Tasmanian wolf—died in Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo in 1936. Though the species is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century, sightings have persisted. The large carnivorous marsupial looks like a wolf or dog, but it evolved independently of those animals. About the size of a collie, the thylacine has a long tail, short ears, and a brownish coat with black stripes. Its extinction was caused largely by overhunting. Why were thylacines hunted so aggressively? More… Discuss

word: perfidy


Definition: (noun) Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust.
Synonyms: treachery, betrayal, treason
Usage: Discovering that he had sold her confidences to the tabloids, she was outraged at his perfidy. Discuss.

On patrol with Skid Row’s ‘angel cop’

On patrol with Skid Row’s ‘angel cop’

Ending death: At 75, nun still on mission

Ending death: At 75, nun still on mission

Faces, places in North Philadelphia

Faces, places in North Philadelphia

A migration without end

A migration without end

Girl asks Pope why God lets children suffer

Girl asks Pope why God lets children suffer

USA TODAY: Vonn breaks record, get surprise from Tiger


Vonn breaks record, get surprise from Tiger


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USA TODAY: Air Force UFO files hit the Web


Air Force UFO files hit the Web


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From NPR News

What Does Martin Luther King’s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old? http://n.pr/1xygLiU

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case http://n.pr/1xygYCC

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do http://n.pr/1xxrABL

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Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It? http://n.pr/1we1FyK

Micro-machines journey inside animal

Micro-machines journey inside animal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30875102

Cracking China’s corruption: Huge hauls and long falls

Cracking China’s corruption: Huge hauls and long falls http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-30808665

The Iraqi TV show where ‘bombers’ meet their victims

The Iraqi TV show where ‘bombers’ meet their victims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30796203

The case for and against going to Davos

The case for and against going to Davos http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30802101

The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked

The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30849472