Daily Archives: March 6, 2015

France 24 :


Chad’s war against Boko Haram

http://f24.my/1EUvegY

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Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay | Reuters


 Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

By Samia Nakhoul and Louis Charbonneau

NEW YORK Fri Mar 6, 2015 9:20pm EST

via Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay | Reuters.

this pressed: City reshaped: up and down (Seattle Old Town)


SEATTLE HAD BIG DREAMS.The famed Seattle Spirit provided the money, muscle and moxie for the city’s remarkable transformation from boomtown to metropolis; it also encouraged dreamers — mostly visionaries and a few schemers — who had even grander ideas for the future.

From building skyscrapers to drilling tunnels, cutting away hillsides or bridging the lakes, their great notions soon changed the entire cityscape.

Seattle was not alone in its ambitions, as colossal engineering projects like the Panama Canal gave the world notice of America’s tremendous technological capabilities and “can do” spirit. But on a regional scale, the city’s projects were equally grandiose, if not occasionally outrageous.

Why not dig a ship canal from Elliott Bay to Lake Washington, fill in the lower half of Lake Union for more industrial space or build a giant commuter tunnel under First Hill? And while we’re at it, why not even get rid of all those hills blocking the city’s growth?

As taxpayers and politicians fought over how much it would cost, planners and builders forged ahead to redesign the city. Leading the way was R.H. Thomson, the intense city engineer who oversaw all municipal construction — from sewers and sidewalks to bridges and public buildings. A technical man with a streak of imagination, he let no natural obstacle stand in the way of completing the infrastructure of a great city.

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This Pressed for common sense: Flash – ‘Hell awaits’ Tajiks fighting in Syria: leader – France 24


© AFP/File | Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon’s secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believers

DUSHANBE (TAJIKISTAN) (AFP) –

Post-Soviet Tajikistan’s authoritarian President Emomali Rakhmon said Friday that Tajiks fighting in the ranks of ISIS and other extremist organisations in Iraq and Syria would burn in hell.

Rakhmon, whose secular government is frequently accused of cracking down on religious believers, spoke in the capital Dushanbe ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, which Tajikistan renamed the Day of the Mother in 2009.

Quoting verses from the Koran that say killing other Muslims without reason is a mortal sin, Rakhmon stressed the role of women in raising the next generation of Tajik citizens.

“Did their mothers or these strays themselves not know that their place is in hell? Do they not know that Syria and Iraq are Muslim countries and that every day there are Muslims dying there?” Rakhmon said at a public gathering.

“Hell awaits everyone who kills the faithful without reason.”

Tajik authorities have said that up to 300 nationals may be fighting in Iraq and Syria.

In February, a court in the impoverished Central Asian country sentenced 13 men to between nine and 12 years for their alleged role in calling on young people to fight in the Middle East.

Rakhmon’s party won a crushing victory in a March 1 parliamentary election denounced by international observers.

The opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) — the only registered faith-based party in ex-Soviet Central Asia — failed to win a single seat for the first time since the country introduced a bicameral parliament following a constitutional change in 1999.

via Flash – ‘Hell awaits’ Tajiks fighting in Syria: leader – France 24.

From NPR News: Photographer Helped…


Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ http://n.pr/1A0IDP8

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From NPR News: Workers pay the price


As Workers’ Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price http://n.pr/1ANuFzf

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From NPR News: Part-time Workers Struggle


Part-Time Workers Struggle With Full-Time Juggling Act http://n.pr/1M6fojI

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VOA : IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits


http://www.voanews.com/A/2566277.html

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VOA : History, Religion Hamper Efforts to Counter IS Propaganda


http://www.voanews.com/A/2670713.html

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VOA : Debate Over Genetically Engineered ‘Golden Rice’ Heats Up


http://www.voanews.com/A/2669938.html

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VOA : New Photos Show Large Security Presence at Tibetan Festival


http://www.voanews.com/A/2670447.html

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VOA : Turkey Cracks Down on Political Dissent, Again


http://www.voanews.com/A/2670553.html

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VOA : Pakistan’s ‘Last Self-Declared Jew’ Attacked, Detained


http://www.voanews.com/A/2670764.html

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BBC : Schools named after Peshawar victims


Schools named after Peshawar victims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31761626

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BBC : Nadiya Savchenko: Ukraine resistance symbol in Russia


Nadiya Savchenko: Ukraine resistance symbol in Russia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31760381

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BBC : The lavish lifestyle of India’s royalty


The lavish lifestyle of India’s royalty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31709924

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BBC : Neighbours to give Venezuela food


Neighbours to give Venezuela food http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-31774333

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BBC : Canada gunman’s video lists motives


Canada gunman’s video lists motives http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31768205

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BBC : US missionary freed in Nigeria


US missionary freed in Nigeria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31775673

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BBC : Iraqi army drives IS out of key town


Iraqi army drives IS out of key town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31773357

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Pope Francis Meets Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev


http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-meets-azerbaijans-president-aliyev

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The bee- Gouache: Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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The Dome: Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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BBC : Entertainment Live: 6 March 2015


Entertainment Live: 6 March 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/entertainment-arts-31701444

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Reuters :


“U.S. charges three in ring that stole one billion email addresses” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0M21ZK20150306

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Reuters :


“U.S. Attorney General expects national guidelines against debtors prisons” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0M22ET20150306

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CNN : Judge tosses out Applebee’s face-burning fajitas lawsuit


Judge tosses out Applebee’s face-burning fajitas lawsuit
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/06/news/companies/applebees-fajitas-lawsuit/index.html

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CNN : Photos: Mars rover Curiosity


Photos: Mars rover Curiosity
http://www.cnn.com//2012/08/14/tech/gallery/mars-curiosity-rover/index.html

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CNN : NASA: Mars may have had a large ocean


NASA: Mars may have had a large ocean
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/06/us/mars-ocean-water-study/index.html

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CNN : Menendez: White House’s least favorite Dem


Menendez: White House’s least favorite Dem
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/06/politics/menendez-corruptoin-charges-obama-relationship/index.html

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VOA : Snowden Would Like to Return to Geneva


http://www.voanews.com/A/2670218.html

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BBC : Doctor Who: Coleman ‘planned to quit’


Doctor Who: Coleman ‘planned to quit’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31762466

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BBC : Gold seized from N Korea diplomat


Gold seized from N Korea diplomat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31768756

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BBC : Tajik opposition leader murdered


Tajik opposition leader murdered http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31760810

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Reuters :


“CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyber ops: agency chief” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0M223920150306

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Reuters.


“Obama says supports decision not to charge officer in Ferguson shooting” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0M228020150306

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Reuters :


“Ferguson fires three, hopes for settlement with Justice Department” – http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0M21VC20150306

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BBC : Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids


Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31753934

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History of the Christianity’s first 1000 years


History of the Christianity’s first 1000 years

CNN : Feds preparing charges against senator


Feds preparing charges against senator
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/06/politics/robert-menendez-criminal-corruption-charges-planned/index.html

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Iraq’s Lost Treasures (the treasure of Nimrud)


Iraq’s Lost Treasures (the treasure of Nimrud)

Max Bruch – Symphony No.3 in E-major, Op.51 (1887) , great compositions/performances


Max Bruch – Symphony No.3 in E-major, Op.51 (1887)

Alleluia – Randall Thompson (South Dakota State University Concert Choir)


Alleluia – Randall Thompson (South Dakota State University Concert Choir)

this pressed: BBC News – Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site


Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.

The head of the UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.

IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

“They are erasing our history,” said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.

Ancient statue of a winged bull with a human face at the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, in 2001

via BBC News – Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site.

Just a thought:  “There cannot by any justification in a thousand years of explaining and definitely not in 60 seconds: They do it because they can! They can because all the rest of the world ids doing is nothing to protect the human civilization historic heritage, except for showing outcry, meeting, and preparing for …I have no idea what!”

Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Adagio – Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra in F minor – F major


Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Adagio – Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra in F minor – F major

Historic Musical Bits: Leonid Kogan “Fantasy in C op 131” Schumann


Leonid Kogan “Fantasy in C op 131” Schumann

this pressed: How art and technology are clearing up ‘miscontraceptions’ on women’s fertility :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


By Adelaide Mena

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- Read the headlines of major news outlets and you might think women’s fertility is an unknowable force understandable only by “voodoo” or some other inscrutable form of divination. Women wishing to avoid pregnancy have to use pills, implants or a physical barrier to keep their fertility in check, and women facing difficulties attaining pregnancy must hand over thousands of dollars for artificial reproductive technologies, the conventional wisdom says.

However, the science behind fertility awareness shows that women can know what their bodies do and make decisions based on that information – and now, a Colorado app developer and a New York City filmmaker are among those doing their best to bring this knowledge to popular attention.

Dr. Victoria Jennings, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University Medical Center, told CNA that there are a number of “myths and rumors” that persist about fertility awareness methods.

“The reality is that natural methods or fertility-awareness based methods of family planning can be extremely effective,” she said, explaining that “there are several fertility awareness methods” with differing protocols.

Many of natural methods do not require a woman’s cycle to be regular in order to work, she continued, with most natural methods relying on awareness of a woman’s day-to day fertility signs. Scientific studies, including ones published in 2007 and in 2009 have shown these methods to be highly-effective, comparable to many of the most effective means of artificial contraceptives for postponing pregnancy.

via How art and technology are clearing up ‘miscontraceptions’ on women’s fertility :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

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.

March 6

1521   Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam.
1820   The Missouri Compromise is enacted by Congress and signed by President James Monroe, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibits slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
1836   After fighting for 13 days, the Alamo falls.
1853   Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata premieres in Venice.
1857   The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision holds that blacks cannot be citizens.
1860   While campaigning for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln makes a speech defending the right to strike.
1862   The USS Monitor left New York with a crew of 63, seven officers and 56 seamen.
1884   Over 100 suffragists, led by Susan B. Anthony, present President Chester A. Arthur with a demand that he voice support for female suffrage.
1888   Louisa May Alcott dies just hours after the burial of her father.
1899   Aspirin is patented following Felix Hoffman’s discoveries about the properties of acetylsalicylic acid.
1901   A would-be assassin tries to kill Wilhelm II of Germany in Bremen.
1914   German Prince Wilhelm de Wied is crowned as King of Albania.
1916   The Allies recapture Fort Douamont in France during the Battle of Verdun.
1928   A Communist attack on Beijing results in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fleeing to Swatow.
1939   In Spain, Jose Miaja takes over Madrid government after a military coup and vows to seek “peace with honor.”
1943   British RAF fliers bomb Essen and the Krupp arms works in the Ruhr, Germany.
1945   Cologne, Germany, falls to General Courtney Hodges’ First Army.
1947   Winston Churchill opposes the withdrawal of troops from India.
1948   During talks in Berlin, the Western powers agree to internationalize the Ruhr region.
1953   Upon Josef Stalin’s death, Georgi Malenkov is named Soviet premier.
1960   The Swiss grant women the right to vote in municipal elections.
1965   The United States announces that it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
1967   President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his plan to establish a draft lottery.
1973   President Richard Nixon imposes price controls on oil and gas.
1975   Iran and Iraq announce that they have settled the border dispute.
1980   Islamic militants in Tehran say that they will turn over the American hostages to the Revolutionary Council.
1981   President Reagan announces plans to cut 37,000 federal jobs.
1987   The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. At least 26 are dead.
Born on March 6
1475   Michelangelo Buonarroti, painter, sculptor and architect.
1806   Elizabeth Barret Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese).
1831   Philip Henry Sheridan, Union Army general.
1885   Ring Lardner, writer (You Know Me, Al).
1899   Richard Leo Simon, publisher, partner of Max Schuster.
1908   Lou Costello, American comedian, partner of Bud Abbott.
1928   Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Columbian-born novelist (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera).
1937   Valentina Nikolayeva-Tereshkova, Russian astronaut, the first woman to orbit the Earth.
1944   Dame Kiri Te Kannawa, operatic soprano.

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today’s picture: The Siege of the Alamo


The Siege of the Alamo

Davy Crockett fires his rifle from a kneeling position at the Alamo, March 6, 1836. Angered by a new Mexican constitution that removed much of their autonomy, Texans seized the Alamo in San Antonio in December 1835. Mexican president General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna marched into Texas to put down the rebellion. By late February, 1836, less than 200 Texans, led by Colonel William Travis, held the former mission complex against Santa Anna’s 6,000 troops. At 4 a.m. on March 6, Santa Anna’s troops charged. In the battle that followed, all the Alamo defenders were killed while the Mexicans suffered about 2,000 casualties. Santa Anna dismissed the Alamo conquest as ‘a small affair,’ but the time bought by the Alamo defenders’ lives permitted General Sam Houston to forge an army that would win the Battle of San Jacinto and, ultimately, Texas’ independence.

Related Articles:
The Alamo: 13 Days of Glory
Mysteries, myths and Texas-size legends surround the fortified Spanish mission that became a shrine after a few good men valiantly defended it to the death 160 years ago.

Frontier Hero Davy Crockett
Already one of the most celebrated men in America in 1835, the restless Tennessean sought adventure and new opportunity in Texas… where the Alamo and immortality awaited him.

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Saint of the Day for Friday, March 6th, 2015: St. Colette


Image of St. Colette

St. Colette

Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed … continue reading

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