Monthly Archives: March 2015

Words of wisdom.


You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
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From CNN : 5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans


5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/30/investing/strong-dollar-cheap-travel/index.html

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From CNN : Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: ‘Bring it on’


Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: ‘Bring it on’
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/30/investing/elizabeth-warren-wall-street-donations-bring-it-on/index.html

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From CNN : Ancient potion recipe kills MRSA superbug


Ancient potion recipe kills MRSA superbug
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/31/health/anglo-saxon-potion-mrsa/index.html

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From CNN : Defense rests in Boston bombing case


Defense rests in Boston bombing case
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/31/us/boston-marathon-bombing-trial/index.html

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From NPR News dozens of countries join China-backed Bank Oposed by Washington


Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington http://n.pr/1NAvYsu

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From France 24 : French Senate bill to punish prosecutes’ clients


French Senate overturns bill to punish prostitutes’ clients

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From France 24 : Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, UN chief says


Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, UN chief says

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From France 24 : us pharmacist and doctors against: lethal injection


US pharmacists join doctors in urging against lethal injection

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From France 24 : EU ends 30 years of milk quotas


Mixed feelings as EU ends 30 years of milk quotas

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From France 24 : coupon look told Lufthansa of ‘depressive episodes’


Co-pilot told Lufthansa of ‘depressive episode’

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From France 24 : Turkish prosecutor dies…


Turkish prosecutor dies from wounds sustained in hostage crisis

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From France 24 : Iran nuclear talks


Iran nuclear talks push past deadline as US threatens to walk away

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this pressed for….TRANSPARENCY: U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq| via NEWSWEEK/REUTERS


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U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq

By Barbara Koeppel 3/27/15 at 11:52 AM

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Filed Under: U.S., Iraq War

During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today.

A quarter of a century later, the troops nearest the explosions are dying of brain cancer at two to three times the rate of those who were farther away. Others have lung cancer or debilitating chronic diseases, and pain.

More complications lie ahead.

via U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq.| NEWSWEEK/REUTERS

W. A. Mozart – Missa Brevis in D major ,KV 194, (186h) great compositions/performances


W. A. Mozart – KV 194 (186h) – Missa brevis in D major  (Salzburg and dated August 8, 1774.)

Adolphe Adam : “Giselle” (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006) , great compositions/performances


Adolphe Adam : “Giselle” (Paris Opera Ballet, 2006)

 

 

the best Classical music: Schubert Symphony No 2 B flat major Maazel Bavarian RSO , great compositions/performances


Schubert Symphony No 2 B flat major Maazel Bavarian RSO

 

historic musical bits, : Sviatoslav Richter – Bach – Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 105, great compositions/performances4


Sviatoslav Richter – Bach – Keyboard Concerto No 3 in D major, BWV 1054

Historic musical bits: Sviatoslav Richter – Liszt – Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major , great compositions/performances


Sviatoslav Richter – Liszt – Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major

today’s image: Opening of the Eiffel Tower



Opening of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower officially opened to the public on March 31, 1889. Constructed of 7,000 tons of iron and steel, the 984-foot structure was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exhibition of 1889, commemorating the centennial of the French Revolution. The price for the Eiffel Tower was more than $1 million, but fees for the year 1889 alone nearly recouped the cost. Fifty-five years later, plans by Hitler to leave the tower and much of Paris a smoking ruin were foiled by an unlikely hero, Dietrich von Choltitz.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, March 31st, 2015: St. Benjamin


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St. Benjamin

St. Benjamin, Martyr (Feast Day – March 31) The Christians in Persia had enjoyed twelve years of peace during the reign of Isdegerd, son of Sapor III, when in 420 it was disturbed by the indiscreet … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Malta Freedom Day


Malta Freedom Day

In 1814, Malta became a crown colony of the British empire. Although Malta gained independence in 1964, the British armed forces did not completely leave until March 31, 1979. This freed Malta of foreign military occupation for the first time in history. In Malta, Freedom Day is a public holiday that commemorates the day the last of the British military left the Maltese Islands. On this holiday, a ceremony is held at the War Memorial in Floriana. The main events of the day take place around the Freedom Day Monument in Vittoriosa. In the afternoon, a competitive regatta is held in Grand Harbour. More… Discuss

quotation: Agatha Christie


It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: René Descartes (1596)


René Descartes (1596)

René Descartes was a French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher who is considered the father of modern philosophy. Aiming to apply the rigor of mathematics to all fields of human knowledge, Descartes discards the authoritarian system of the scholastics and begins with universal doubt. His methodology was a major influence in the transition from medieval science and philosophy to the modern era. What is thought to be the meaning of his most famous statement, “Cogito ergo sum”? More… Discuss

Tour Eiffel La Grande Epopée ARTE Documentaire 2014


Tour Eiffel La Grande Epopée ARTE Documentaire 2014

 

Human civilization: Tour Eiffel


Tour Eiffel

 
Tour Eiffel Wikimedia Commons.jpg
Histoire
Ancien(s) nom(s)
« Tour de 300 mètres »
Architecte
Ingénieur
Construction
1887 – 1889
2 ans, 2 mois et 5 jours
Usage
tour d’observation et de télécommunications, attraction touristique
Architecture
Type
Matériau
Statut patrimonial
Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg inscrit MH (1964) +/-
Hauteur de l’antenne
324 m
Hauteur du dernier étage
279,11 m
Nombre d’étages
4
Nombre d’ascenseurs
61
Administration
Occupant
Société d’exploitation de la tour Eiffel (SETE)
Propriétaire
Site web
Géographie
Pays
Ville
Quartier
Coordonnées
Localisation sur la carte de France

voir sur la carte de France

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this day in the yesteryear: The Eiffel Tower Is Inaugurated (1889)


The Eiffel Tower Is Inaugurated (1889)

Among the most recognized and visited structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower was built beside the Seine River in Paris between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was constructed by 300 workers who joined together 18,038 pieces of puddled iron using 2,500,000 rivets. How many people died during the tower’s construction? More… Discuss

The Philly Cheesesteak


The Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak is a sandwich of steak, cheese, and onions that is considered to be a city icon. Responsibility for its invention is claimed by Philadelphia’s Olivieri brothers, who began selling it at their hot dog stand near south Philadelphia’s Italian Market in the 1930s. Today, a number of long-running rival establishments each claim loyal followings, and Philadelphians enthusiastically debate the merits of each shop’s recipe. What types of cheese are commonly used on cheesesteaks? More… Discuss

seminal


seminal

Definition: (adjective) Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development.
Synonyms: germinal, originative
Usage: He prepared a speech describing his experiment, never realizing that his presentation would be the seminal event in the development of a new theory. Discuss.

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Obama Releases Frozen Military Aid To Egypt http://n.pr/1NAHnIT

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From France 24 :


French Senate overturns bill to punish prostitutes’ clients

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French lawmakers debate crackdown on prostitution

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From NPR News


Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying http://n.pr/1F9otH5

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Elizabeth Warren On Hillary Clinton And Running For President http://n.pr/1HfqO3o

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From BBC news : Boston bombing prosecution rests


Boston bombing prosecution rests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32116410

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From BBC news : MH17 appeal for Buk missile witnesses


MH17 appeal for Buk missile witnesses http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32120644

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today’s image: Remember the Ladies: Abigail Adams



Remember the Ladies
A young Abigail Adams, shown here in later life, encouraged her husband John to give women voting privileges in the new American government. She wrote to her husband on March 31, 1777, while he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention: ‘I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous to them than were your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention are not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound to obey any laws in which we have no voice or representation.’

Engraving from a portrait by Gilbert Stuart, Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Monday, March 30th, 2015: St. Peter Regulatus


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St. Peter Regulatus

Also Peter Regalado, Franciscan reformer. Peter was born at Valladolid, Spain, to a noble family, and entered the Franciscan Order in his native city at the age of thirteen. After several years, he … continue reading

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Doctors’ Day


Doctors’ Day

Since 1933, this day has been set aside to honor America’s physicians. It is the anniversary of the day in 1842 on which Dr. Crawford W. Long removed a tumor from the neck of a man while the patient was anesthetized by ether. Dr. Long was the first acclaimed American physician to use ether as an anesthetic agent in a surgical procedure. The red carnation is the official flower associated with Doctors’ Day. The American Medical Association promotes various activities to mark this day, including walk-a-thons and blood drives. More… Discuss

quotation: If you would grow great and stately, You must try to walk sedately. Robert Louis Stevenson


If you would grow great and stately,

You must try to walk sedately.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Vincent van Gogh (1853)


Vincent van Gogh (1853)

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch postimpressionist artist whose paintings include some of the world’s best known, most popular, and most valuable pieces in the world today. Yet, only one of his paintings was sold while he lived. The majority of the works for which he is best known were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptic seizures and profound despair that tragically ended in suicide. What iconic painting did van Gogh complete while in a mental hospital? More… Discuss

US President Ronald Reagan Is Shot (1981)


US President Ronald Reagan Is Shot (1981)

Just 69 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington, DC, along with three others. The would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr., was motivated by an obsession with actress Jodie Foster and the film Taxi Driver. Reagan soon recovered, and Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a psychiatric facility. While Reagan was hospitalized, Secretary of State Alexander Haig made a controversial statement about presidential succession. What did he say? More… Discuss

Model Trains


Model Trains

Model railroading (US) or Railway modeling (UK) is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modeled at a reduced scale. The models include the rail vehicles and the entire infrastructure of railroads as well as the surrounding scenery, called a “layout.” Today, model railway engines are generally operated by low-voltage electricity supplied through the tracks; how were early models made before the advent of practical electricity? More… Discuss

cudgel


cudgel

Definition: (noun) A short heavy stick.
Synonyms: bastinado, club
Usage: She woke up with her head hurting as though it had been hit with a cudgel. Discuss.

From France 24 :


‘La Sapienza’: Baroque Italy’s mystical refuge from soulless world

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With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits http://n.pr/1BQ2IXT

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Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers’ Compensation Disputes http://n.pr/1BPU4st

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How Many Crimes Do Your Police ‘Clear’? Now You Can Find Out http://n.pr/1BzZM2J

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From BBC news : G20 world leaders’ personal data leaked


G20 world leaders’ personal data leaked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32115443

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From BBC : Mad Men to live on at Smithsonian


Mad Men to live on at Smithsonian http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32105639

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