Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

From France 24 :

Video: Horse trading underway in post-election Israel


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From France 24 :

France unveils ‘snooping bill’ in wake of Paris attacks


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US ‘to reevaluate’ backing of Israel at UN


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Viata, cugetare poetica de George-B (the smudge and other poems page

Viata,  cugetare poetica de George-B
(the smudge and other poems page)
Privesc o floare…

Parfumul ei imi inunda mintea…

Privesc o pasare, si trilurile ei imi vin in minte..

Privesc spre cerul innorat si-n minte


Apoi un curcubeu, cald,
o baltoaca in asfaltul ondulat
clipocind cu viata nevazuta
ce a supravietuit potopul,

si n-a fost imbarcata pe arca.

Viata supravietuieste,  fara Noe.

– George-B

just a thought: ‘Change in social life is like a treacherous river…’

just a thought: ‘Change in social life is like a treacherous river: if you know the dangers and you are a good swimmer than you  may be able to survive it. If you know nothing about its currents, even if you know how to swim in a bean shaped backyard pool, chances are you’re not survive the river currents: You’ll by drown by change that is not understood for what is really bringing about!’

Above all do not become a proponent of change out of boredom…Deceiving  forces are hard at work to  make you believe that they have your best interest at heart!’
– George-B.

Copyright ©2010 – 2015 George Bost. All Rights Reserved.

this pressed for your civic awareness: Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride – ProPublica

This story was co-published with the Daily Beast and the Houston Chronicle. (click to access story at ProPublica)

This story was co-published with the Daily Beast and the Houston Chronicle.

Throughout the booms and busts of his Fort Worth oil empire and during his brother’s notorious murder trial, Kenneth W. Davis Jr. largely kept to himself. At 89, he still does. He puts in full workdays at his small downtown office, with drapes drawn against the North Texas sun. He usually dines at an exclusive club across the street, often alone, using distinctive silverware set aside just for him.

Davis has long shut out politics, too. He remembers voting only three times – for Eisenhower, Goldwater and Reagan. Yet last year he thrust himself into the public eye by starting his own super PAC.

His group, Vote2ReduceDebt, aimed to move the needle in eight key U.S. Senate races by energizing disengaged conservative voters. It spent almost $3 million to boost Republican candidates in the 2014 midterm election – ranking it among the top right-leaning groups of its kind.

But now it’s dead in the water, with its main operatives expelled amid questions about where the money went.

Even within the free-wheeling world of U.S. campaign finance, Vote2ReduceDebt stands out as a cautionary tale for donors, activists and voters.

Since the Supreme Court helped open the gates with the Citizens United ruling, unprecedented millions have flowed into super PACs, groups that can accept political donations of unlimited dollar amounts.

via Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride – ProPublica.


From BBC news : Bill Gates calls for ‘germ games’

Bill Gates calls for ‘germ games’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31956344

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From BBC news : Anti-censorship activists ‘attacked’

Anti-censorship activists ‘attacked’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31967100

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From CNN : Opinion: How Obama handed Netanyahu victory

Opinion: How Obama handed Netanyahu victory

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From CNN : Netanyahu: ‘I don’t want a one-state solution’

Netanyahu: ‘I don’t want a one-state solution’

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From NPR News

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.? http://n.pr/1GYaBio

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From NPR News

What If Everyone In America Had To Vote? http://n.pr/1BT96kC

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From NPR News

Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next? http://n.pr/1GXXyhd

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From BBC news : Yahoo pulls the plug on China office

Yahoo pulls the plug on China office http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31957704

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From BBC news : China and Japan hold security talks

China and Japan hold security talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31957664

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From BBC news : Afghan lynched ‘after burning Koran’

Afghan lynched ‘after burning Koran’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31973742

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From BBC news : Extinction threat to Europe’s bees

Extinction threat to Europe’s bees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31963056

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From BBC news : Greece PM plea as EU summit starts

Greece PM plea as EU summit starts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31963952

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From BBC w Protests at black US student arrest

Protests at black US student arrest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31965856

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From BBC news : Sierra Leone announces Ebola curfew

Sierra Leone announces Ebola curfew http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31966989

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From BBC news : British military trainers in Ukraine

British military trainers in Ukraine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31956657

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From BBC news : Air raid on Yemen president’s palace

Air raid on Yemen president’s palace http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31964277

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TUNISIA ATTACK – Islamic state group claims responsibility for Tunis museum attack

TUNISIA ATTACK – Islamic state group claims responsibility for Tunis museum attack

Tunisian troops arrest family members of militant who attacked museum— Reuters Top News

As tensions with Russia spiral, where is NATO? — Reuters Opinion (AKA: what mama russia wants, she takes: no questions asked!)

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K 364 E flat major Kremer, Kashkashian, N Harnoncourt , great compositions/perfoemances

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K 364 E flat major Kremer, Kashkashian, N Harnoncourt

Historic Musical Bits: Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich – Debussy: Cello Sonata , great compositions/performances

Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich – Debussy: Cello Sonata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Cello Sonata is a late work by the French composer Claude Debussy. It was the first of a planned series of ‘Six sonates pour divers instruments’, however Debussy only completed two others, the sonata for violin and the sonata for flute, viola and harp. The sonata for cello and piano was written in 1915, and is notable for its brevity, most performances not exceeding 11 minutes. It is a staple of the modern cello repertoire and is commonly regarded as one of the finest masterpieces written for the instrument.[1]

It is divided into three short movements:

  • I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
  • II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
  • III. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

The two final movements are joined by an attacca. Instead of sonata form, Debussy structures the piece in the style of the eighteenth-century monothematic sonata, and was particularly influenced by the music of François Couperin.

The piece makes use of modes and whole-tone and pentatonic scales, as is typical of Debussy’s style. It also utilises many types of extended cello technique, including left-hand pizzicato, spiccato and flautando bowing, false harmonics and portamenti. Not surprisingly, the piece is considered technically demanding.

Whether descriptive comments related to characters of the Commedia dell’arte were actually given by Debussy to cellist Louis Rosoor remains unclear


Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) : Baptiste, suite d’orchestre du ballet des « Enfants du Paradis » (1943)

Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) : Baptiste, suite d’orchestre du ballet des « Enfants du Paradis » (1943)

Historic Musical Bits: Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Bernstein , great compositions/performances

Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Bernstein

Pray the Rosary – Thursday – The Luminous Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles

Pray the Rosary – Thursday – The Luminous Mysteries – Powerful Prayers for Miracles

SPIRITUAL REFLECTION, March 19, 2015: Feast of St. Joseph

Lumen Fidei_Holy Father Francis' First Encyclical

Lumen Fidei_Holy Father Francis’ First Encyclical (click to access NEWS.VA)


Feast of St. Joseph

“In Saint Joseph’s heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength”

Pope Francis, Homily, March 19, 2015

“Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church. […]

How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. […]

In him… we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation! The vocation of being a “protector”… means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. […]

Caring, protecting, demands goodness, it calls for a certain tenderness. In the Gospels, Saint Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love. We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness!

this pressed to reflect upon: Is human society a covenant community or a marketplace? – By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

March 19, 2015

Is human society a covenant community or a marketplace?

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion *

The United States was founded as a covenant society – a society held together by a covenant with God and between citizens. This notion was uppermost in the minds of the Founding Fathers. Social institutions were to be inspired and directed by the concept of covenant.

Recent social commentators have lamented the break-down of this conception of society and the general social malaise it has wrought.

One of the most problematic trends that kills the notion of covenant is the industrialization and commercialization of social institutions. By this I mean that everything is viewed in commercial terms and evaluated by its worth in the market place.

If we pay attention to the growing use of the word “industry,” we will see how all-pervasive this trend is. We speak today of the health care industry, the funeral industry, the arts industry, the farming industry, the music industry, the entertainment industry. The list is endless.

The problematic results of commercialization and industrialization have become evident in the reorganization of the legal and medical professions according to industrial models.

Parishes today increasingly employ “business managers” – a troublesome capitulation to industrial culture. The church is not a business; the word “treasurer” would be better. A national liturgical music organization sponsored a panel some years ago on the “liturgical music industry.” (I’m not making this up!)

In the parish in which I serve, there are twenty-seven nursing and retirement homes. All of them are run for profit. The well run are expensive and available only to a minority. In the rest, every attempt is made to cut corners. The results are scandalous conditions of overcrowding and general neglect.

What all this underlines is a growing view of human society as a market place, where everything becomes a commodity to be bought or sold, and every service and talent turned into a profit-making venture.

To question this trend is not to suggest that we should try to return to the simpler world where the country doctor and the storekeeper were not overly concerned about money, and where the economic exchange system was more familial and neighborly.

It is to suggest that the demise of the covenant community concept of society is the demise of civilized living. Life becomes a rat race, and business is conducted without mercy.

In a covenant society, workers and professionals see their careers primarily in vocational terms. Society is viewed as an extended family. Goods and commodities are traded and sold, and realistic business does go on, but always in a manner that makes economics answerable to the concerns of social justice and charity.

One of the main challenges for the contemporary church, not least in regard to its hospitals and health care systems, is that of witnessing effectively to the possibility of living together as a covenanted people, a community of care, trust, and solidarity.

Safeguarding the covenant community view of human coexistence is one of the fundamental issues that has constantly engaged the American bishops. Pope Francis’ magnificent stances against the greedy commercial society have given this concern an enormous boost. For him, as for Pope John Paul II, the dignity of the human person, realized in community with others, is the criterion against which all economic life must be measured.

The commercialization and industrialization of society represents a very beguiling trend. It has much that is attractive about it, but it is finally idolatrous. Its ultimate achievement can only be to reduce the quality of life that it so deceivingly espouses.

Msgr. Mannion is pastor emeritus of St. Vincent de Paul parish in Salt Lake City. He holds a Ph.D in sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America. He was founding president of The Society for Catholic Liturgy in 1995 and the founding editor of the Societys journal, Antiphon. At the invitation of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago he founded the Mundelein Liturgical Institute in 2000.

via Is human society a covenant community or a marketplace? – By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion.

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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 19

1687   The French explorer La Salle is murdered in by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
1702   On the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeds to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1822   Boston is incorporated as a city.
1879   Jim Currie opens fire on the actors Maurice Barrymore and Ben Porter near Marshall, Texas. His shots wound Barrymore and kill Porter.
1903   The U.S. Senate ratifies the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
1916   The First Aero Squadron takes off from Columbus, NM to join Gen. John J. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico.
1917   The Adamson Act, eight hour day for railroad workers, is ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1918   Congress authorizes Daylight Savings Time.
1920   The U.S. Senate rejects the Versailles Treaty for the second time.
1924   U.S. troops are rushed to Tegucigalpa as rebel forces take the Honduran capital.
1931   The state of Nevada legalizes gambling.
1935   The British fire on 20,000 Muslims in India, killing 23.
1936   The Soviet Union signs a pact of assistance with Mongolia against Japan.
1944   The German 352nd Infantry Division deploys along the coast of France.
1945   Adolf Hitler orders a scorched-earth policy for his retreating German armies in the west and east.
1947   Chiang Kai-Shek’s government forces take control of Yenan, the former headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party.
1949   The Soviet People’s Council signs the constitution of the German Democratic Republic, and declares that the North Atlantic Treaty is merely a war weapon.
1963   In Costa Rica, President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledge to fight Communism.
1977   Congo President Marien Ngouabi is killed by a suicide commando.
1981   One technician is killed and two others are injured during a routine test on space shuttle Columbia.
Born on March 19
1589   William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years.
1721   Tobias George Smollett, satirical author and physician (Roderick Random, Humphrey Clinker).
1813   David Livingston, explorer found by Arthur Stanley in Africa.
1821   Sir Richard Burton, English explorer.
1848   Wyatt Earp, U.S. marshal.
1849   Alfred von Tirpitz, Prussian admiral who commanded the German fleet in early World War I.
1860   William Jennings Bryan, orator, statesman, known as “The Great Communicator.”
1889   Sarah Gertrude Millina, South African writer (The Dark River, God’s Stepchildren).
1891   Earl Warren, governor of California, later 14th Supreme Court Chief Justice.
1904   John J. Sirica, U.S. Federal Judge who ruled on Watergate issues.
1906   Adolf Eichman, Nazi Gestapo officer.
1912   Adolf Galland, German Luftwaffe pilot.
1925   Brent Scrowcroft, Lt. Gen. (USAF), National Security Advisor to President George H.W. Bush.
1933   Phillip Roth, American novelist and short-story writer (Portnoy’s Complaint).

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.hycB6CdM.dpuf

today’s image: Wright 1901 Glider

Wright 1901 Glider

Above the dunes at Kitty Hawk, Orville Wright pilots the Wright 1901 glider into the same stiff winds that threaten to dislodge the hats of two spectators watching the flight from below.

Photo: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Thursday, March 19th, 2015: St. Joseph

Image of St. Joseph

St. Joseph

Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him. We know he was a … continue reading

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today’s holiday: St. Joseph’s Day (2015)

St. Joseph’s Day (2015)

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph’s Eve, March 18, fallas—huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities—parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians. More… Discuss

quotation: The pen is the tongue of the mind. Miguel de Cervantes

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss


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“Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” (1813)

“Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” (1813)

David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer, was the first European to cross the African continent. Among his many discoveries are the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Though he aimed to facilitate the abolition of the slave trade by opening Africa to commerce and missionary stations, he inadvertently contributed to the “Scramble for Africa” instead. He is the subject of the popular quotation, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Who uttered the famous phrase upon meeting him in 1871? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Tuskegee Airmen Activated for Service (1941)

Tuskegee Airmen Activated for Service (1941)

The Tuskegee Airmen, trained at Alabama’s Tuskegee Army Air Field during WWII, made up the US military’s first African-American flying unit. In 1941, congressional legislation forced the Army Air Corps to create an all-black combat unit, and though the War Department aimed to block its formation by instituting a number of restrictive guidelines for applicants, many qualified for service. In all, these airmen flew 1,578 missions, destroyed 261 enemy aircraft, and were awarded how many medals? More… Discuss

article: Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with the mission of “fostering and recognizing excellence” in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, it is the oldest such society in the US and today boasts 283 chapters and over half a million living members. Its symbol is a golden key engraved with the image of a pointing finger, the Greek letters from which the society takes its name, and three stars. What principles do these stars represent? More… Discuss

word: parlance


Definition: (noun) A particular manner of speaking.
Synonyms: idiom
Usage: In vulgar parlance the condiments of a repast are called by the American “a relish,” substituting the thing for its effect. Discuss.

From France 24 t

Erdogan says he advised Obama on healthcare reform


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From BBC news : IS ‘may have committed genocide’

IS ‘may have committed genocide’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31962755

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From BBC news : Four arrested over Tunisia attack

Four arrested over Tunisia attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31960926

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