Daily Archives: January 26, 2015

FBI cracks ‘Russian spy ring’


From BBC:
  FBI cracks ‘Russian spy ring’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30992174

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From BBC: Islamic State ‘driven out of Kobane’


Islamic State ‘driven out of Kobane’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30991612

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Germany warns Greece over debts


Germany warns Greece over debts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30977714

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From NBC: Storm Travel Survival Guide: Planes, Train and Automobiles


http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/blizzard-15/live-updates-trains-planes-autombile-delays-n293671

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From NBC: ‘It’s Going to Pack a Punch’: Historic Blizzard Bears Down on Northeast


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From France 24


French mayor ‘evicts’ first black Marianne statue

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Eight French among dead in fighter jet crash in Spain

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this pressed: Coffin with Cervantes’ initials found in Madrid | Reuters


Forensic expert Francisco Etxeberria (R) and archaeologist Almudena Garcia Rubio hold pictures showing the remains of niches, one of them appeared with the letters M.C. on it,  found in the crypt of Trinitarian convent as they pose outside the convent in Madrid January 26, 2015. REUTERS-Sergio Perez

1 of 8. Forensic expert Francisco Etxeberria (R) and archaeologist Almudena Garcia Rubio hold pictures showing the remains of niches, one of them appeared with the letters M.C. on it, found in the crypt of Trinitarian convent as they pose outside the convent in Madrid January 26, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Sergio Perez

(Reuters) – Historians searching for the tomb of Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes, said on Monday they had found fragments of a coffin with his initials on it, under a convent where he may have been buried.

Four centuries after the writer of Don Quixote died, experts have been trying to locate his remains in the hope of establishing an official burial site that would attract tourists and literary pilgrims.

They began using ground-penetrating radar last April to explore the sub-soil of an old brick-walled convent in the heart of Madrid where the writer had asked to buried.

Researchers said on Monday they had found some bones and a crumbling casket after digging in the crypt. A piece of the coffin had the letters “M” and “C.” on it, spelled out in metal tacks, they said.

via Coffin with Cervantes’ initials found in Madrid | Reuters.

From NBC: This Auschwitz Survivor Walked Out of Gas Chamber Alive


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From NBC: Big Digs: New York’s Top Five Snowstorms


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From NBC: Here It Comes: Historic Blizzard Bears Down on Northeast


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Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Mother and child in Hiroshima, Japan, December 1945


Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Mother and child in Hiroshima, Japan, December 1945 Read more: Hiroshima: Portrait of a Mother and Child in an Atomic Wasteland, 1945 | ( Click to access story) LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/wasteland-mother-and-child-hiroshima-1945/#ixzz3PwqnNLSp

Alfred Eisenstaedt
’40s

“Japanese doctors said that those who had been killed by the blast itself died instantly. But presently, according to these doctors, those who had suffered only small burns found their appetite failing, their hair falling out, their gums bleeding. They developed temperatures of 104, vomited blood, and died. . . . Last week the Japanese announced that the count of Hiroshima’s dead had risen to 125,000.” — From “What Ended the War,” LIFE magazine, Sept. 17, 1945

Four months after the American B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, killing roughly 70,000 men, women and children outright and dooming tens of thousands more to either a torturous recovery or a slow death by radiation poisoning, burns or other injuries and afflictions, Alfred Eisenstaedt made this portrait of a Japanese mother and her child amid the ruins of the city.

Beyond the eternal debate about the “morality” of the bombing of Hiroshima and, two days later, Nagasaki; beyond the political and scientific factors that led to the development of nuclear weapons in the first place; beyond the lingering shadow cast by the Atomic Age and the Cold War—beyond all of those considerations, Eisenstaedt’s picture quietly commands us, at the very least, to pay attention.

 

From VOA: Secret Service Finds ‘Device’ on White House Grounds


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From VOA: Putin: Ukraine Army in Fact ‘NATO Legion’


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From NBC: Here It Comes: Historic Blizzard Bears Down on Northeast


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From NPR News


DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening http://n.pr/1tKEewF

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High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion http://n.pr/1ECMxB6

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Hagel: Stress Of ‘Nonstop War’ Forcing Out Good Soldiers http://n.pr/1ECH9y6

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BBC: #FreeSpeechStories: A family feud on the French far-right


#FreeSpeechStories: A family feud on the French far-right http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-30953079

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BBC: Why is Boko Haram so strong?


Why is Boko Haram so strong? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30933860

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BBC: Inside the secret US Air Force UFO documents


Inside the secret US Air Force UFO documents http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30943827

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BBC: Day in pictures: 26 January 2015


Day in pictures: 26 January 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30980491

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BBC: Poland-Russia row over Auschwitz


Poland-Russia row over Auschwitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-eu-30957027

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BBC: Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks


Five ways an American changed how Sherlock Holmes looks and talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30932322

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BBC: The camera that captured readers’ lives


The camera that captured readers’ lives http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30744464

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BBC: Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge


Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30985824

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BBC: Obama attends India’s Republic Day


Obama attends India’s Republic Day http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-30978148

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BBC: US braced for ‘historic blizzard’


US braced for ‘historic blizzard’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30978320

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BBC: Greece forms anti-bailout coalition


Greece forms anti-bailout coalition http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30981950

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From France 24


Israel’s ‘shame’: Holocaust survivors living in poverty

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Poll says 80% of French want a return to national service

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In pictures: Greek voters reject austerity in defiant message to EU

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Greek radical-left leader vows to end ‘humiliation and pain’

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Paul Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier (conductor – Cristian Orosanu) , great compositions/performances


Paul Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier (conductor – Cristian Orosanu)

Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin Bolero, Op 19 ,great compositions/performances


Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin Bolero, Op 19

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Ricardo Muti – Philadelphia Orchestra), ggreat compositions/performances


Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

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.

January 26

1699   The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.
1720   Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire.
1788   A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day.
1861   Louisiana secedes from the Union.
1863   President Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
1875   Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
1885   General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
1924   Petrograd is renamed Leningrad.
1934   Germany signs a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French alliance system.
1942   American Expeditionary Force lands in Northern Ireland.
1943   The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.
1964   Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1969   California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
2005   Condoleezza Rice is appointed to the post of secretary of state. The post makes her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in an U.S. presidential cabinet.
Born on January 26
1715   Claude Helvétius, French philosopher.
1826   Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.
1880   Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general in World War I, World War II and Korea.
1893   Bessie Coleman, pioneer aviator.
1944   Angela Davis, American activist.

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picture of the day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, regarded by many as the greatest musical genius of all time, was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, the son of violinist and composer Leopold Mozart. The young Mozart began composing minuets at age 5 and, with his older sister Marianne, gave concerts in Munich and Vienna from age 6. At 13, Mozart became director of concerts for the archbishop of Salzburg and in 1782 he married Constanze Weber against her father’s wishes. Although Mozart gave piano concerts throughout Europe and composed more than 600 works, including 40 symphonies, he and his wife were plagued by debt. When Mozart died in 1791, probably of heart disease, he was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. It was not until his works were published, in many cases near the end of the 19th century, that Mozart’s genius became widely recognized.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Monday, January 26th, 2015: St. Timothy


Image of St. Timothy

St. Timothy

Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess. He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul’s close friend and … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Australia Day (2015)


Australia Day (2015)

The anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia on January 26, 1788, was formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day. Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of British convicts arrived first at Botany Bay, and when that proved to be unsuitable, they moved on to Port Jackson, where the city of Sydney was eventually established. First officially celebrated in 1818, Australia Day has been a public holiday since 1838. It used to be observed on either January 26 or the nearest Monday, but, since 1994, it has been observed on January 26 with celebrations all over the country. More… Discuss

quotation: John Milton about conscience


He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

today’s birthday: Douglas MacArthur (1880)


Douglas MacArthur (1880)

MacArthur is a major figure in US military and diplomatic history. He commanded a brigade in France during World War I and was commander of the Philippine military establishment in the late 1930s, but he is best remembered for the vital role he played in the Pacific theater of World War II and for his command of UN forces during the Korean War. Many Americans viewed MacArthur as a hero, but he was suddenly relieved of his post by President Truman at the height of the Korean War for what reason? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Beaumont Siblings Disappear without a Trace (1966)


Beaumont Siblings Disappear without a Trace (1966)

The Beaumont children’s disappearance from an Australian beach launched what would become one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history. On a hot summer day in 1966, nine-year-old Jane Beaumont took her two younger siblings to a nearby beach, but they never returned home. Police investigations revealed that the children had been seen with a strange man and later walking alone, but the case was never solved. In what way did their disappearance change Australian society? More… Discuss

Art Bust Yields Thousands of Ancient Artifacts


Art Bust Yields Thousands of Ancient Artifacts

Italian and Swiss police have recovered more than 5,000 artifacts—worth over $57 million—as the result of a recent art trafficking bust of five art warehouses in Basel, Switzerland. The artifacts, dating from the 8th century BCE to the 3rd century CE, include Greek and Roman vases, statues, and frescoes originally uncovered in secret archaeological digs on Italian islands like Sardinia and Sicily. The raid led to the arrest of a married couple accused of selling the pieces—labeled with bogus origins—to collectors and museums in the US, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia. More… Discuss

Ragtime: Scott Joplin – The Entertainer


Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist’s left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name “ragtime”? More… Discuss

Ragtime Piano : SCOTT JOPLIN . ” The Entertainer ” (1902)

word: maudlin


maudlin

Definition: (adjective) Effusively or tearfully sentimental.
Synonyms: bathetic, mawkish, schmaltzy, mushy
Usage: When the farewells were in danger of becoming maudlin, he judged that it was time to leave. Discuss.