Daily Archives: February 19, 2015

Missed opportunities are the greatest cause of regret — Fitness Motivation

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco – Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco – Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending with violinist Hilary Hahn

The lark ascending (Hilary Hahn)

Bernard Herrmann – North by Northwest: Conversation Piece

Bernard Herrmann – Conversation Piece

this pressed for reality check: Sacred Justice | Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy

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Writer, professor, singer, author of three books–Sacred Justice, The Mind’s Eye, and Writing and Healing–and essays,articles, and poems.

Sacred Justice

Posted: 02/10/2015 9:57 am EST Updated: 02/10/2015 9:59 am EST

The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which over a million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Turks. We are already seeing articles that commemorate the Genocide, but one story essential to understanding the Armenian response remains to be told–that of the leadership of Operation Nemesis, a clandestine effort to carry out the death sentences given to the Turkish architects of the Genocide who had escaped punishment.

I grew up in my maternal grandparents’ small two-story frame house in Syracuse, New York where heated, weighty conversations about Armenian history and culture took place, but I knew nothing about Operation Nemesis. I heard my how grandmother Eliza loaded rifles to protect the town in the siege of Dortyol during the 1909 Adana massacres in which 30,000 Armenians were murdered; how her brother, Mihran stole past Turkish guns to destroy the dam the Turks built to cripple the

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this pressed as a history lesson: The Conquest of Constantinople, Hagia Sofia and Turkey — EU | Constantine Tzanos

Posted: 06/25/2014 12:02 pm EDT Updated: 08/25/2014 5:59 am EDT

Many countries have a national or independence day to celebrate their nationhood, or their freedom from the yoke imposed on them by another country or an imperial power.

In 1950, the Turkish Council of Ministers established the Istanbul Conquest Society which every year organizes, on May 29, the celebration of the conquest, by the Ottoman Turks, of Constantinople (Istanbul), the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire from 330 to 1453 AD. The conquest was celebrated again this year with speeches, fireworks and reenactments of the assault, heavily sanitized from what really happened, glorifying and attributing lofty ideals to a great human catastrophe.

The Turkish journalist Burak Bekdil wrote in 2012:

Professor Mehmet Görmez, head of the General Directorate for Religious Affairs, who, at least in words, promotes interfaith dialogue, declared ‘Conquest, is not the occupation of lands or the destroying of cities and castles. The conquest is the conquest of hearts! In our history there has never been occupation. In our history, there has always been conquest.’ Sadly, his commemorating remarks for Conquest 1453 echoed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sentimental attachment to the Muslim-Turkish supremacy theory. According to Professor Görmez, one of the two pillars of conquest is to ‘open up minds to Islam and hearts to the Quran.’ Therefore, Turkey’s top Muslim cleric reasoned, the Conquest of Constantinople was the conquest of hearts.

The historian S. Runciman in The Fall of Constantinople 1453 writes:

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Pietro Mascagni-Cavalleria Rusticana(Intermezzo) , great compositions/performances

Pietro Mascagni-Cavalleria Rusticana(Intermezzo) 

Johnny Cash – Come Home, It’s Suppertime great compositions/performances

Johnny Cash – Come Home, It’s Suppertime

this pressed for your information: Rebel takeover of eastern Ukraine city raises questions about cease-fire, Putin’s intentions

Rebel takeover of eastern Ukraine city raises questions about cease-fire, Putin’s intentions

By Info on February 19, 2015 News

Feb. 18, 2015: An Ukrainian soldier stands next to a broken down vehicle outside Artemivsk, Ukraine, as troops pull out of Debaltseve,

The Ukrainian military’s withdrawal from a key eastern city – leaving Russia-backed rebels to roam the streets in celebration – has raised questions about a newly struck cease-fire and Vladimir Putin’s ultimate intentions.

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Borodin Petite Suite with Maria Prokofieva

Borodin Petite Suite

historic musical bits: Vladimir Horowitz, piano: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1948) , great compositions/performances

Vladimir Horowitz, piano: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1948)

Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 19th, 2015 : Bl. Alvarez of Corova

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Bl. Alvarez of Corova

Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and … continue reading

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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 19

1408   The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor.
1701   Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid.
1807   Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later found innocent.
1847   Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donnor Party in the Sierras.
1861   Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.
1902   Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.
1903   The Austria-Hungary government decrees a mandatory two year military service.
1915   British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1917   American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.
1919   The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.
1925   President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax.
1926   Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years.
1942   Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.
1944   The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.
1965   Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations’ doors in New York.
1966   Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
1976   Britain slashes welfare spending.
1981   The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a “textbook case” of a Communist plot.
1987   New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.
Born on February 19
1473   Nicholas Copernicus, Polish astronomer who introduced the idea that the earth revolved around the sun.
1683   Philip V, King of Spain.
1817   William III, King of the Netherlands.
1859   Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry.
1902   Kay Boyle, short story writer (“The White Horses of Vienna”).
1911   Merle Oberon, film actress.
1917   Carson McCuller, writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter).
1940   Smokey Robinson, American singer and songwriter.
1952   Amy Tan, novelist (The Joy Luck CLub, The Kitchen God’s Wife).

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today’s image: Lewis Hine and Child Labor Reforms

Lewis Hine and Child Labor Reforms

In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee estimated that one of every four miners was a child between the ages of 7 and 16. Lewis W. Hine photographed these young Pennsylvania coal miners, who worked from dawn to dusk. Early-20th-century reformers crusaded against many social problems caused by America’s rapid industrialization and urbanization, including child labor. Teacher-turned-photographer Lewis Hine documented industrial child labor for the National Child Labor Committee. Disguised to evade suspicious employers, Hine captured some of the most powerful images in the history of documentary photography.

Image: Library of Congress

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today’s holiday/commemoration: Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2015)

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2015)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 AM, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More… Discuss

quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Full Audiobook)

The days…come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Full Audiobook)

today’s birthday: Nicolaus Copernicus (1473)

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473)

Copernicus was a church canon, physician, and economist, but his most important work was in the field of astronomy. He developed the heliocentric theory of the universe that placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of our solar system and helped launch a scientific revolution. Though Copernicus conceived his revolutionary model of planetary motion by 1530, his treatise on the subject did not see print until he was on his deathbed in 1543. What heliocentric hypotheses preceded Copernicus’s? More… Discuss

The Battle of Gallipoli Begins (1915)

The Battle of Gallipoli Begins (1915)

The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during World War I. It was initiated by the Allies to open a Black Sea supply route to Russia and capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. The Allied navy arrived at Gallipoli in February 1915 but did not get sufficient land support for two months, giving the Turkish army ample time to reinforce its troops. After months of fighting, the Allied forces withdrew in January 1916. What had caused the Allied army’s delay? More… Discuss

Human Civilization: First Genetically Modified Apple Approved in US

First Genetically Modified Apple Approved in US

The US Department of Agriculture has approved America’s first genetically modified apple—a variety engineered not to turn brown when bruised or sliced. Scientists achieved this effect by turning off a particular gene. Although it will be several years before these apples are sold to the public, they have already sparked a backlash from critics, who say that more human studies should be conducted before genetically modified organisms are widely sold. More… Discuss

The Boll Weevil

The Boll Weevil

The boll weevil is a beetle that feeds on bolls, the seed-bearing capsules of cotton plants. Probably of Mexican or Central American origin, the boll weevil appeared in Texas about 1892, spread to most cotton-growing regions of the US, and eventually became responsible for the destruction of about 8% of the nation’s annual cotton crop. Eradication programs begun in 1978 have proven successful in many states. Why did the citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erect a monument to the pest in 1919? More… Discuss

word: portmanteau


Definition: (noun) A large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments.
Synonyms: Gladstone
Usage: With both sides stuffed to capacity, he needed to sit on top of the portmanteau in order to close it. Discuss.

USA TODAY: Obama’s blindness aids ISIL: Column


Obama’s blindness aids ISIL: Column


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USA TODAY: Lake Erie almost frozen over


Lake Erie almost frozen over


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US preparing to sue Ferguson police over ‘racial bias’


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From CNN : World Press Photo Contest 2015

World Press Photo Contest 2015

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From CNN : Obama to name three new national monuments

Obama to name three new national monuments

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From CNN : Frozen Niagara Falls draws tourists

Frozen Niagara Falls draws tourists

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From CNN : Germ universe populates N.Y. subway

Germ universe populates N.Y. subway

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From CNN : White House wants $1.2B to beat superbugs

White House wants $1.2B to beat superbugs

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From BBC : Australia Hep A outbreak spreads

Australia Hep A outbreak spreads http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-31529275

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From BBC : Radical HIV vaccine ploy raises hope

Radical HIV vaccine ploy raises hope http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31511244

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From BBC : Dozens exposed to superbug in LA

Dozens exposed to superbug in LA http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31537617

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From BBC : Ukraine firing spreads despite truce

Ukraine firing spreads despite truce http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31535512

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From BBC : Germany rejects Greek loan request

Germany rejects Greek loan request http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31532755

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From VOA : US Navy Corruption Scandal Deepens


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From VOA : Obama Chooses Clancy as New Secret Service Director


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From VOA : Author Andrew Keen Warns of Internet’s Disastrous Impact


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From VOA : Lengthy Legal Battle Looms Over Obama Immigration Order


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From VOA : Jordan Urges UN Security Council Action on Libya


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From BBC : US memorial for IS hostage Mueller

US memorial for IS hostage Mueller http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31529846

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From BBC : Russian aircraft seen off Cornwall

Russian aircraft seen off Cornwall http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31530840

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From BBC : Russia denounces ‘peacekeeper’ call

Russia denounces ‘peacekeeper’ call http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31530252

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