Daily Archives: February 13, 2015

From BBC : Natural beauty captured in winning images


Natural beauty captured in winning images http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31149330

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From BBC : 10 things we didn’t know last week


10 things we didn’t know last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31452764

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From BBC : Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia


Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31467619

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From BBC : Ukraine peace deal ‘in great danger’


Ukraine peace deal ‘in great danger’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31463007

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Historic Musical bits: Arthur Rubinstein – Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 118, great compositions/performancesNo. 2 in A major


Arthur Rubinstein – Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 in A major

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46


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GRIEG – 3 pièces pour piano


GRIEG – 3 pièces pour piano

Historic musical bits: Martha Argerich, Ravel Jeux d’eau , great compositions/performances


Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17 “Little Russian” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov, conductor, great compositions/performances


Schumann: Pianotrio in g kl.t., op.110


Schumann: Pianotrio in g kl.t., op.110

Soft Touch – Pencil sketch -1-FotoSketcher (my art Collection)


Soft Touch - Pencil sketch -1-FotoSketcher

Soft Touch – Pencil sketch -1-FotoSketcher (My Art collection)

From CNN : Famous false memories


Famous false memories
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/05/us/gallery/people-who-misremembered/index.html

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From CNN : Governors who left office


Governors who left office
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/13/politics/gallery/governors-who-left-office/index.html

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USA TODAY: Critical coalition condemns ‘Fifty Shades’


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Critical coalition condemns ‘Fifty Shades’

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USA TODAY: Dog walks 20 blocks to see owner in hospital


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Dog walks 20 blocks to see owner in hospital

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From BBC : UN agrees draft text for Paris


UN agrees draft text for Paris http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31456369

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From BBC : Manning’s hormone therapy approved


Manning’s hormone therapy approved http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31459921

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From BBC : US ‘at risk of mega-drought future’


US ‘at risk of mega-drought future’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31434030

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From BBC : New Zealand beach traps 198 whales


New Zealand beach traps 198 whales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31450651

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From BBC : Saudis evacuate embassy in Yemen


Saudis evacuate embassy in Yemen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31457402

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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.

February 13

167   Polycarp, a disciple of St. John and bishop of Smyrna, is martyred on the west coast of Asia Minor.
1542   Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, is beheaded for adultery.
1689   British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights.
1692   In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe.
1862   The four day Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, begins.
1865   The Confederacy approves the recruitment of slaves as soldiers, as long as the approval of their owners is gained.
1866   Jesse James holds up his first bank.
1914   The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded.
1936   First social security checks are put in the mail.
1945   The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastates the German city of Dresden with night raids by 873 heavy bombers. The attacks are joined by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight raids.
1949   A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”
1951   At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces’ offensive in a two-day battle.
1953   The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
1968   The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
1970   General Motors is reportedly redesigning automobiles to run on unleaded fuel.
1972   Enemy attacks in Vietnam decline for the third day as the United States continues its intensive bombing strategy.
1984   Konstantin Chernenko is selected to succeed Yuri Andropov as Party General Secretary in the Soviet Union.
Born on February 13
1599   Alexander VII, Roman Catholic Pope.
1682   Giovanni Piazzetta, painter (Fortune Teller).
1764   Charles de Talleyrand, Napoleon’s foreign minister.
1849   Lord Randolph Churchill, English politician, Winston Churchill’s father and member of Parliament.
1873   Feodor Chaliapin, opera singer.
1892   Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic).
1902   Georges Simenon, novelist.
1910   William B. Shockley, physicist, co-inventor of the transistor.
1919   Tennessee Ernie Ford, country and gospel singer.
1922   Harold “Hal” Moore Jr., US Army lieutenant general, author; led 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley; his best-known book, co-authored with combat journalist Joe Galloway, is “We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young,” an account of that battle.
1923   Charles “Chuck” Yeager, American test pilot, the first man to break the sound barrier.
1933   Kim Novak, actress.

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Today’s Image: Naturalist Charles Darwin (Image: Library of Congress)


Naturalist Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, born on February 12, 1809, was the English naturalist whose theory of evolution rocked Victorian religion and science. Shortly after his graduation from Cambridge, Darwin sailed as a naturalist with the surveying ship HMS Beagle. During the five-year voyage, Darwin’s observations of wildlife led to the writing of his 1859 book The Origin of the Species, in which he proposed the theory of natural selection. All life, he said, is a struggle for existence and some species are better able to adapt to the environment and survive to pass along their characteristics. In 1871, Darwin wrote Descent of Man, which demonstrated that man and ape could have had a common ancestor. Darwin’s theories were highly controversial and unsettling to those who believed in creationism. Many Victorians condemned Darwin as blasphemous, but many important scientists of the day agreed with his theories.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Friday, February 13th, 2015 : St. Catherine de Ricci


Image of St. Catherine de Ricci

St. Catherine de Ricci

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Parentalia (2015)


Parentalia (2015)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More… Discuss

quotation: Lewis Carroll


How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, “Who in the world am I?” Ah, that’s the great puzzle!Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

today’s birthday: Peter Gabriel (1950)


Peter Gabriel (1950)

Gabriel is an English singer and songwriter who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flutist of the progressive rock group Genesis. In the 1970s and 80s, he became an influential solo artist, producing music videos with groundbreaking special effects and writing the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. What song did Gabriel perform at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, on February 10, 2006? More… Discuss

One Giant Keep for Mankind


One Giant Keep for Mankind

When Neil Armstrong returned from his famous moon walk in 1969, he brought back some souvenirs of the trip—and apparently kept them in a closet in his home until his death in 2012. That’s where his wife discovered the camera that recorded the landing and two waist tethers, objects that Armstrong called “just a bunch of trash” in the Apollo 11 mission transcripts. This “trash,” which was supposed to stay in space, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. More… Discuss

word: bombast


bombast

Definition: (noun) Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
Synonyms: claptrap, fustian
Usage: He found that he could look back upon the brass and bombast of his earlier gospels and see them truly. Discuss.

From VOA : Yemen Instability Forces US to Rethink Its Options


http://www.voanews.com/A/2639792.html

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From VOA : US Senators Move to Lift Cuba Trade Embargo


http://www.voanews.com/A/2641000.html

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From VOA : News Organizations Promote Safety Guidelines for Freelancers


http://www.voanews.com/A/2641651.html

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From CNN : ISIS militants seize western Iraqi town


ISIS militants seize western Iraqi town
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/13/middleeast/isis-iraq/index.html

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From CNN : Inside ISIS plot to attack heart of Europe


Inside ISIS plot to attack heart of Europe
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/13/europe/europe-belgium-isis-plot/index.html

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From BBC : Woman ‘cured by lucky DNA mutation’


Woman ‘cured by lucky DNA mutation’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31145601

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From BBC : Discovery of largest genetic fat map


Discovery of largest genetic fat map http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31372156

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From BBC : HRT ‘increases ovarian cancer risk’


HRT ‘increases ovarian cancer risk’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31439203

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From BBC : US police charged for pushing Indian


US police charged for pushing Indian http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-31450643

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From BBC : Security fears shut Yemen embassies


Security fears shut Yemen embassies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31457402

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From BBC : HSBC whistleblower’s email surfaces


HSBC whistleblower’s email surfaces http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31450005

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From BBC : EU ‘needs stricter border checks’


EU ‘needs stricter border checks’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31453478

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From BBC : Obama ‘to order’ firms to share data


Obama ‘to order’ firms to share data http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31440978

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From BBC : Pakistani Taliban attack Shia mosque


Pakistani Taliban attack Shia mosque http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-31451201

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From BBC : Germany remembers Dresden firestorm


Germany remembers Dresden firestorm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31452693

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From BBC : Egypt ready for Libya evacuations


Egypt ready for Libya evacuations http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31452875

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From BBC : Net pioneer warns of data Dark Age


Net pioneer warns of data Dark Age http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31450389

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From BBC : Fighting follows Ukraine summit


Fighting follows Ukraine summit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31449981

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From BBC : ‘Boko Haram’ militants attack Chad


‘Boko Haram’ militants attack Chad http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31453951

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