Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

A Commemorating Bubble: Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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Beautiful Flower: Amazing sketch from my SketchGuru


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From CNN : U.S. to destroy chemical weapons stockpile


U.S. to destroy chemical weapons stockpile
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/17/us/chemical-weapons-pueblo-debot/index.html

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Arsenal fall short as Monaco qualify

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From France 24 : Nigeria


Nigeria says it has pushed Boko Haram out of all but three areas

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Netanyahu claims surprise victory in Israeli election

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Iran, US line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

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From BBC news : Emmy honour for TV’s Betty White


Emmy honour for TV’s Betty White http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31921693

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From BBC : Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull


Mercury pollution risk to Arctic gull http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31921127

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From BBC : Migrant given law licence 125 years on


Migrant given law licence 125 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31932954

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Isaac Herzog: The underdog bites back

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Netanyahu claims ‘great victory’ in close Israeli election

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From CNN : White House is mailed package with cyanide


White House is mailed package with cyanide
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/17/politics/white-house-mailed-cyanide/index.html

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From CNN : Penn State frat suspended over alleged nude pics


Penn State frat suspended over alleged nude pics
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/17/us/penn-state-frat-suspension/index.html

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From NPR News: European Allies Defy U.S


European Allies Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank http://n.pr/18Y6Tdg

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From NPR News: Breast-feeding…


Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds http://n.pr/1xskAaX

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From NPR News : Israel…


Israel’s Election: Exit Polls Show Netanyahu’s Likud, Opposition In Tight Race http://n.pr/1EmiLyP

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From BBC news : Switzerland to return Abacha ‘loot’


Switzerland to return Abacha ‘loot’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31933083

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From BBC news : EU steps up war on people-smugglers


EU steps up war on people-smugglers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31923143

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From BBC news : Best views of Mercury’s icy craters


Best views of Mercury’s icy craters http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31917308

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From BBC news : Kraft recalls 6m mac and cheese boxes


Kraft recalls 6m mac and cheese boxes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31935970

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From BBC news : Eastern Ukraine’s divided families


Eastern Ukraine’s divided families http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31903680

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From BBC news : Who is ‘The Archangel of Death’ fighting IS?


Who is ‘The Archangel of Death’ fighting IS? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-31913278

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From BBC news : Lawyer for ‘Bin Laden doctor’ killed


Lawyer for ‘Bin Laden doctor’ killed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31930913

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From BBC news : US veteran ‘tried to join IS’


US veteran ‘tried to join IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31926296

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From BBC news : Syria claims downing of US drone


Syria claims downing of US drone http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31932233

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From BBC news : No clear winner in Israeli vote


No clear winner in Israeli vote http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31933326

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hidtoric musical bits: , Brahms String Quartet Op. 51, No.1 in C minor , great compositions/performances


Brahms String Quartet Op. 51 No.1 in C minor

 

MAURICE RAVEL: LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN – PIERRE BOULEZ & BERLIN PHILARMONIC — 2003


MAURICE RAVEL: LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN – PIERRE BOULEZ & BERLIN PHILARMONIC — 2003

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Pray the Rosary – Tuesday and Friday – The Sorrowful Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles


Pray the Rosary – Tuesday and Friday – The Sorrowful Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles

St. Patrick Prayers: St Patrick’s Breastplate (and thirteen more)


Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

(390-461 A.D.)


The most kids know of St. Patrick ‘s Day is that you must wear green or you’ll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an occasion to celebrate, sometimes with green beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages. However, few really know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so important, particularly in the Americas. 

The following 10 facts may help you to better enjoy this popular holiday.

 
Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

3/17/2014 (11 months ago)



10. March 17th is when Patrick died.

Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. After spending most of his adult life converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick went to his reward on March 17, 461 AD. 

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9. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish.

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.

8. St. Patrick was a slave.

At the age of 16, Patrick had the misfortune of being kidnapped by Irish raiders who took him away and sold him as a slave. He spent several years in Ireland herding sheep and learning about the people there. At the age of 22, he managed to escape. He made his way to a monastery in England where he spent 12 years growing closer to God.

7. St. Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the trinity.

Many claim the shamrock represents faith, hope, and love, or any number of other things but it was actually used by Patrick to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and how three things, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit could be separate entities, yet one in the same. Obviously, the pagan rulers of Ireland found Patrick to be convincing because they quickly converted to Christianity.

6. Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.

According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes, or in some translations, “toads,” out of Ireland. In reality, this probably did not occur, as there is no evidence that snakes have ever existed in Ireland, the climate being too cool for them to thrive. Despite that, scholars suggest that the term “snakes” may be figurative and refer to pagan religious beliefs and practices rather than reptiles or amphibians. 

 5. Patrick’s color is blue. 

The original color associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed. In several artworks depicting the saint, he is shown wearing blue vestments. King Henry VIII used the Irish harp in gold on a blue flag to represent the country. Since that time, and possibly before, blue has been a popular color to represent the country on flags, coats-of-arms, and even sports jerseys.

Green was associated with the country later, presumably because of the greenness of the countryside, which is so because Ireland receives plentiful rainfall. Today, the country is also referred to as the “Emerald Isle.” 

4. The Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland. 

The shamrock is a popular Irish symbol, but it is not the symbol of Ireland. As early as the medieval period, the harp has appeared on Irish gravestones and manuscripts. However, it is certain that the harp was popular in Irish legend and culture even well before that period. 

Since the medieval period, the harp has represented the nation. King Henry VIII used the harp on coins as early as 1534. Later, the harp was used on Irish flags and Irish coats of arms. The harp was also used as a symbol of the Irish people during their long struggle for freedom. Starting in 1642 the harp appeared on flags during rebellions against English rule. When Ireland became an independent country in 1921, it adopted the harp as the national symbol. 

3. There are more Irish in the USA than Ireland.

Well, sort of. An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Some are pure-blood Irish, meaning they or their parents came from Ireland, but many more have mixed ancestry today. By contrast, there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland. This peculiarity has a lot to do with the troubled history of Ireland. During the potato famine in Ireland, millions of Irish left the country for the US. This diaspora of Irish continued throughout much of the 19th century. Great numbers of Irish immigrants filled factories, served as railroad laborers –and even joined the military, sometimes immediately upon stepping foot on American soil! During the US Civil War, entire regiments of troops were comprised exclusively of Irish immigrants.  It wasn’t until the economic boom of the 1990s that more Irish stayed in their native country than traveled abroad searching for better opportunities. 

2. St. Patrick’s Day in the US has a strong political history.

In the mid 19th century, the Irish faced discrimination much like that faced by African Americans. In a few rare instances, prejudice against the Irish was even more fierce! The Irish were culturally unique, Catholic, and because of deplorable conditions in Ireland, flooded into the US in large numbers. They were perceived as a potentially disloyal and were treated harshly. To combat this, the American Irish began to organize themselves politically. By the end of the 19th century, St. Patrick’s Day was a large holiday for the Irish and an occasion for them to demonstrate their collective political and social might. While the political emphasis has faded along with the discrimination, the holiday remains ever popular as an opportunity for festivity regardless of one’s cultural background.

1. St. Patrick’s was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970.

Aside from the color green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s was reclassified as a national holiday – allowing the taps to flow freely once again.

Bonus Fact: Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are:

About 1 in 10,000.

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, March 17th, 2015: St. Patrick


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St. Patrick

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints. Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 … continue reading

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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.

Today in History
March 17

1766   Britain repeals the Stamp Act.
1776   British forces evacuate from Boston to Nova Scotia.
1799   Napoleon Bonaparte and his army reach Mediterranean seaport of St. Jean d’Acra, only to find British warships ready to break his siege of the town.
1868   The first postage stamp canceling machine patent is issued.
1884   John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight in Otay, Calif.
1886   Twenty African Americans are killed in the Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi.
1891   The British steamer Utopia sinks off the coast of Gibraltar.
1905   Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.
1910   The Camp Fire Girls are founded in Lake Sebago, Maine.
1914   Russia increases the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1924   Four Douglas army aircraft leave Los Angeles for an around the world flight.
1930   Mob boss Al Capone is released from jail.
1942   The Nazis begin deporting Jews to the Belsen camp.
1944   The U.S. Eighth Air Force bombs Vienna.
1959   The Dalai Lama flees Tibet and goes to India.
1961   The United States increases military aid and technicians to Laos.
1962   The Soviet Union asks the United States to pull out of South Vietnam.
1966   A U.S. submarine locates a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean.
1970   The Army charges 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.
1972   Nixon asks Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
1973   Twenty are killed in Cambodia when a bomb goes off that was meant for the Cambodian President Lon Nol.
1973   First POWs are released from the “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1985   President Ronald Reagan agrees to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1992   White South Africans approve constitutional reforms giving legal equality to blacks.
Born on March 17
1828   Patrick R. Cleburne, Confederate general.
1832   Daniel Conway Moncure, U.S. clergyman, author, abolitionist
1846   Kate Greenway, painter and illustrator (Mother Goose).
1902   Bobby Jones, American golfer.
1919   Nat “King” Cole, American jazz pianist and singer.

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today’s picture: Union General William T. Sherman



Union General William T. Sherman
George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer’s Office, photographed Union General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7 in Atlanta, Georgia sometime between September and November 1864. After forcing General John B. Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy, Sherman remained in Atlanta, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months.

Photo: Library of Congress

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today’s holiday: Camp Fire Founders’ Day (2015)


Camp Fire Founders’ Day (2015)

The organization originally known as the Camp Fire Girls was founded on March 17, 1910, around the same time that the Boy Scout movement was getting its start in Great Britain. Now it is coeducational and is known as Camp Fire. The organization stresses self-reliance, and membership is divided into five age levels, from Sparks (pre-school) to Horizon (grades 9-12). Interaction with adults is also emphasized as a way of learning about career choices, hobbies, and other interests. Camp Fire’s founding is observed by members as part of Camp Fire Boys and Girls Birthday Week. More… Discuss

quotation: A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing. Samuel Taylor Coleridge


A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Nat King Cole (1919?)


Nat King Cole (1919?)

Originally a jazz pianist, Nat King Cole performed in Los Angeles nightclubs with his trio in the 1930s but did not achieve commercial success until he began singing. His warm, velvety voice brought a personal touch to his ballads, and he became internationally popular for his broodingly romantic hits, such as “Unforgettable.” He went on to become one of the first African-American artists to star in a radio show and to host a network television show. How did he get the nickname “King”? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Rubber Band Patented (1845)


Rubber Band Patented (1845)

In 1845, Stephen Perry, a British inventor and businessman, patented what is now a staple office supply—the rubber band. While their intended function is to hold items together, rubber bands have been used in a number of other capacities; they can be wrapped around one another to form a bouncy ball or used as “ammunition” in rubber band guns. Though many modern rubber products are commonly made with synthetic rubber, rubber bands are still primarily manufactured using natural rubber. Why? More… Discuss

article: Pompeii


Pompeii

Pompeii was a Roman city near modern Naples, Italy, that was destroyed during the catastrophic 79 ACE volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. As a result of the eruption, the city was buried under many feet of ash for 1,600 years before it was accidentally rediscovered. Its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. During the first excavation in 1860, voids discovered in the ash-layer were found to be spaces left by what? More… Discuss

word: ether


ether

Definition: (noun) The element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the moon and to compose the stars and planets.
Synonyms: quintessence
Usage: The stars, the ancients believed, both inhabited and were composed of the ether. Discuss.

From France 24 :


French experts conclude Arafat did not die of poisoning

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France passes law to ease end-of-life suffering

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From BBC news : Ebola: Seventh Brit sent home


Ebola: Seventh Brit sent home http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31908301

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From BBC news : Modi concern over India nun rape


Modi concern over India nun rape http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-31918414

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From BBC news : Pakistan Christians bury blast dead


Pakistan Christians bury blast dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31922140

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From BBC news : Myanmar jails ‘Buddha insult’ trio


Myanmar jails ‘Buddha insult’ trio http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31918269

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From BBC news : Killer among ‘most wanted’ in Spain


Killer among ‘most wanted’ in Spain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31909352

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From BBC news : ‘Terminator’ printer ‘grows’ objects


‘Terminator’ printer ‘grows’ objects http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31918215

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