Daily Archives: February 25, 2015

From BBC : The return of a once-glorious train station


The return of a once-glorious train station http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31596161

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From BBC : Can technology pick China’s top graduates?


Can technology pick China’s top graduates? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-31617597

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From BBC : What is Campaignspotting?


What is Campaignspotting? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31629863

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From BBC : The man who returned his grandfather’s looted art


The man who returned his grandfather’s looted art http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31605284

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From BBC : Australia warning on women militants


Australia warning on women militants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-31633862

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USA TODAY: The 7 movies we hate to see leaving Netflix in March


From USA TODAY

The 7 movies we hate to see leaving Netflix in March

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USA TODAY: New York doctor who survived Ebola speaks out


From USA TODAY

New York doctor who survived Ebola speaks out

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USA TODAY: FCC to vote Thursday on net neutrality


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FCC to vote Thursday on net neutrality

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USA TODAY: Dangerous infections spread outside hospitals


From USA TODAY

Dangerous infections spread outside hospitals

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USA TODAY: What to know about marijuana becoming legal in D.C.


From USA TODAY

What to know about marijuana becoming legal in D.C.

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USA TODAY: 75-car pile-up: ‘Something you see in the movies’


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75-car pile-up: ‘Something you see in the movies’

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USA TODAY: JonBenet Ramsey death probe was botched, former chief says


From USA TODAY

JonBenet Ramsey death probe was botched, former chief says

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From CNN : Opinion: Don’t be soothed by Walmart pay hike


Opinion: Don’t be soothed by Walmart pay hike
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/24/opinion/lathrop-walmart-wages/index.html

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From CNN : Why Taylor Swift took viral bikini photo


Why Taylor Swift took viral bikini photo
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/entertainment/2015/02/25/pkg-orig-taylor-swift-viral-bikini-photo.cnn.html

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From CNN : DC legalizing pot, ignoring House Republicans


DC legalizing pot, ignoring House Republicans
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/25/politics/republicans-dc-pot-legalization/index.html

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From CNN : Drones cost $28,000 for one arrest


Drones cost $28,000 for one arrest
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/25/us/drones-border-patrol/index.html

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From CNN : Opinion: What Bill O’Reilly owes America


Opinion: What Bill O’Reilly owes America
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/25/opinion/louis-bill-oreilly/index.html

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From CNN : Bill O’Reilly now scrutinized for story of murdered nuns


Bill O’Reilly now scrutinized for story of murdered nuns
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/25/media/bill-oreilly-el-salvador-nuns/index.html

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From CNN : Qatar knocks U.S.-led coalition on ISIS


Qatar knocks U.S.-led coalition on ISIS
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/25/politics/isis-syria-qatar-blasts-us-coalition/index.html

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From VOA : Turkey, Britain Trade Barbs Over Syria-Bound Schoolgirls


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this pressed for history of human civilizations: BBC News – ‘Unique’ Roman tombstone found in Cirencester


Archeology: Roman Headstone Discovered

Archaeologists say the quality of the sculpture is very good

A “unique” Roman headstone is the first of its kind unearthed in the UK, experts believe.

The tombstone was found near skeletal remains thought to belong to the person named on its inscription, making the discovery unique.

Archaeologists behind the dig in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said they believed it marked the grave of a 27-year-old woman called Bodica.

The bodies of three children were also found in the “family burial plot”.

via BBC News – ‘Unique’ Roman tombstone found in Cirencester.

this pressed for justice: BBC News – Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape


Nigerian soldier aims his weapon during Flintlock 2015, an American-led military exercise, in Mao, Chad on 22 February 2015 Morale is said to have improved in the embattled Nigerian military

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalizing their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria.

Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive due to start next month – and are meeting in Chad this week to set out the command structure.

The force will be led by a Nigerian commander, after which the position will rotate among the members.

‘Common enemy’

It is not clear whether Brig Gen Enitan Ransome Kuti, who was in charge before the force was boosted, will remain its head.

He is highly respected but he and other senior officials were arrested in January by Nigerian military authorities after failing to fight off a Boko Haram attack on the force’s headquarters in Baga in north-eastern Borno, one of three states under a state of emergency since 2013.

via BBC News – Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape.

this pressed for your inspiration: BBC News – The girl who gets gifts from birds


Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it’s rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden – and they bring her gifts in return.

Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

“You may take a few close looks,” she says, “but don’t touch.” It’s a warning she’s most likely practised on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

Inside the box are rows of small objects in clear plastic bags. One label reads: “Black table by feeder. 2:30 p.m. 09 Nov 2014.” Inside is a broken light bulb. Another bag contains small pieces of brown glass worn smooth by the sea. “Beer coloured glass,” as Gabi describes it.

Each item is individually wrapped and categorical. Gabi pulls a black zip out of a labelled bag and holds it up. “We keep it in as good condition as we can,” she says, before explaining this object is one of her favourites.

There’s a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a faded black piece of foam, a blue Lego piece, and the list goes on. Many of them are scuffed and dirty. It is an odd assortment of objects for a little girl to treasure, but to Gabi these things are more valuable than gold.

Gifts given by the crows

via BBC News – The girl who gets gifts from birds.

From BBC : The girl who gets gifts from birds


The girl who gets gifts from birds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31604026

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From BBC : US terror trial sees Bin Laden files


US terror trial sees Bin Laden files http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31634355

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From BBC : Row between US and Netanyahu worsens


Row between US and Netanyahu worsens http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/31626875

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From BBC : Yemen ex-leader ‘amassed billions’


Yemen ex-leader ‘amassed billions’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31632502

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From CNN : Bill O’Reilly faces new questions: His JFK story


Bill O’Reilly faces new questions: His JFK story
http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/25/media/bill-oreilly-jfk-george-de-mohrenschildt/index.html

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From CNN : Why is FDA dropping ball on ‘superbug’?


Why is FDA dropping ball on ‘superbug’?
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/24/opinion/vox-superbug/index.html

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From CNN : Doctor: FDA knew of scope infections for years


Doctor: FDA knew of scope infections for years
http://www.cnn.com//2015/02/25/health/duodeonoscopes-cleaning-issue/index.html

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From France 24 :


EU gives France until 2017 to fix budget deficit

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From France 24 :


French lawmakers meet Assad on unofficial trip to Syria

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From France 24 : HOW I ESCAPED…


‘How I escaped Boko Haram’

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From BBC : Southwest forced to ground planes


Southwest forced to ground planes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31629480

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From BBC : Chris Brown barred from Canada


Chris Brown barred from Canada http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31630446

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From BBC : Russian navy to use Cyprus ports


Russian navy to use Cyprus ports http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31632259

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From NPR News


Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies At 58 http://n.pr/1Gvys9A

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Rep. Boehner: House Has ‘Done Its Job’ On Homeland Security Funding http://n.pr/1GuQrx8

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From VOA : White House Official Blasts Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress


http://www.voanews.com/A/2658008.html

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From VOA : US Defense Secretary Quickly Goes on International Offensive


http://www.voanews.com/A/2658737.html

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From BBC : Yemen on brink as Gulf initiative fails


Yemen on brink as Gulf initiative fails http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31611241

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From BBC : Dozens die in fresh Baghdad bombings


Dozens die in fresh Baghdad bombings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31609386

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From BBC : New York trio ‘tried to join IS’


New York trio ‘tried to join IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31626877

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From BBC : Brit Awards 2015: Live coverage


Brit Awards 2015: Live coverage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/entertainment-arts-31430677

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From France 24 : Al-Jazeera arrests over Paris drone


Al-Jazeera arrests over Paris drone http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31632253

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THE DHAMMAPADA – FULL AudioBook | Buddhism – Teachings of The Buddha (“Hatred ceases by love”)


THE DHAMMAPADA – FULL AudioBook | Buddhism – Teachings of The Buddha

The Dhammapada by Unknown, Translated by F. Max Mueller – FULL AudioBook – The Dhammapada is is a Buddhist scripture, containing 423 verses in 26 categories. According to tradition, these are verses spoken by the Buddha on various occasions, most of which deal with ethics. It is is considered one of the most important pieces of Theravada literature. Despite this, the Dhammapada is read by many Mahayana Buddhists and remains a very popular text across all schools of Buddhism. (Summary from Wikipedia.org)

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02 — Chapters 5-8 — 00:10:52
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03 — Chapters 9-14 — 00:19:16
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04 — Chapters 15-18 — 00:13:30
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just a thought: “A myopic look upon reality keeps one caged in the past; …”


just a thought:  “A myopic look upon reality keeps one caged in the past; Instead of freeing oneself to human development, recognizing the reality with a clear view, somehow that is like not being able to see the forest because of the tree, close and right in one’s eye sight.

Take as many steps backward until you can see the forest around the obstructing  tree, and look again!  It may change your life, and help that one’s life in the present, and see choices,  anew!”

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History Of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Vol. 1, by Gaston Maspero, Audiobook

History of Human Society – Civilizations: The_Encyclopedia_of_Ancient Civilizations_Arthur_Cotterell


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THE BEST ANCIENT EGYPT DOCUMENTARY (MUST SEE !!!): Kudos to Egypt for Fighting for its rightful place among the civilized nations of the Earth including the fight for revenge its kidnapped and slaughtered citizens by ISIS


THE BEST ANCIENT EGYPT DOCUMENTARY (MUST SEE !!!)