Daily Archives: March 21, 2015

From CNN : Obama knocks Netanyahu comment on Arabs


Obama knocks Netanyahu comment on Arabs
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/21/politics/obama-netanyahu-comments/index.html

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From CNN : Obama knocks Netanyahu comment on Arabs


Obama knocks Netanyahu comment on Arabs
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/21/politics/obama-netanyahu-comments/index.html

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From CNN : War protesters drop coffins at White House


War protesters drop coffins at White House
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/21/politics/iraq-war-protesters/index.html

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From CNN : Judge orders release of detainee photos


Judge orders release of detainee photos
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/21/us/detainee-photos-lawsuit/index.html

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From BBC news : Go Figure: The week in numbers


Go Figure: The week in numbers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31985656

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From BBC news : Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars


Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31967471

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From BBC news : The land of trout and gauchos


The land of trout and gauchos http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31988115

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From BBC news : The men who uncovered Assyria


The men who uncovered Assyria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31941827

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From BBC news : Footage shows Tunis museum attackers


Footage shows Tunis museum attackers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32005866

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From BBC news : ‘IS online threat’ to US military


‘IS online threat’ to US military http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32006068

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From BBC news : ‘No bad deal’ with Iran, powers vow


‘No bad deal’ with Iran, powers vow http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32003852

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From France 24 : The Woman who dared film life under the IS group


Video: The Syrian woman who dared film life under the IS group

http://f24.my/18Pb0IQ

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From CNN : Why Putin’s hosting Kim Jong Un


Why Putin’s hosting Kim Jong Un
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/20/politics/vladimir-putin-kim-jong-un-russia-north-korea/index.html

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From CNN : Petraeus: ISIS isn’t biggest long-term threat


Petraeus: ISIS isn’t biggest long-term threat
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/20/politics/petraeus-greatest-threat-iraq-isis-shiite-militias/index.html

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From CNN : Americans increasingly concerned about ISIS


Americans increasingly concerned about ISIS
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/19/politics/poll-isis-terror-threat-u-s-/index.html

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From CNN : ISIS’ explosive expansion


ISIS’ explosive expansion
http://www.cnn.com//2015/03/20/world/isis-expansion/index.html

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From NPR News


Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak http://n.pr/1BcOZdG

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From NPR News


2 Men Convicted In Canada In 2013 Train Derailment Plot http://n.pr/19bcjBP

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From France 24 :


Pope rails against crime and corruption in Naples

http://f24.my/18OHPWn

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From France 24 :


Armenia’s Sargsyan slams Erdogan’s absence at genocide centennial

http://f24.my/1xo5Z5L

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From CNN : U.S. pulling Special Operations forces from Yemen air base due to deteriorating security.


U.S. pulling Special Operations forces from Yemen air base due to deteriorating security.
http://www.cnn.com

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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 21

630   Heraclius restores the True Cross, which he has recaptured from the Persians.
1556   Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is burned at the stake at Oxford after retracting the last of seven recantations that same day.
1617   Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) dies of either small pox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe.
1788   Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed by fire.
1806   Lewis and Clark begin their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.
1865   The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ends, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop Union General William Sherman.
1851   Emperor Tu Duc orders that Christian priests are to put to death.
1858   British forces in India lift the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
1906   Ohio passes a law that prohibits hazing by fraternities.
1908   Frenchman Henri Farman carries a passenger in a bi-plane for the first time.
1910   The U.S. Senate grants ex-President Teddy Roosevelt an annual pension of $10,000.
1918   The Germans launch the ‘Michael’ offensive, better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme.
1928   President Calvin Coolidge presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, for making the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. On June 11, 1927, Lindbergh had received the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded.
1939   Singer Kate Smith records “God Bless America” for Victor Records.
1941   The last Italian post in East Libya, North Africa, falls to the British.
1951   Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
1963   Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes.
1965   The United States launches Ranger 9, last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
1971   Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refuse their orders to advance.
1975   As North Vietnamese forces advance, Hue and other northern towns in South Vietnam are evacuated.
1980   President Jimmy Carter announces to the U.S. Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1984   A Soviet submarine crashes into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
Born on March 21
1685   Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer.
1806   Benito Juarez, President of Mexico.
1869   Albert Kahn, architect who originated modern factory design.
1869   Florenz Ziegfeld, producer, creator of Ziegfeld Follies.
1885   Raoul Lufbery, French-born American fighter pilot of World War I.

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

today’s image: A Pony Express Rider (because no culture can survive without reliable communication)



A Pony Express rider makes a friendly gesture toward men putting up a telegraph line, in a wood engraving (from a painting by George M. Ottinger) that appeared in the November 2, 1867, Harper’s Weekly. The completion of the transcontinental telegraph on October 24, 1861, actually cost such riders their jobs. – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.JPdsG59p.dpuf

happy birthday Bach: Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin


Bach: Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin

Happy birthday Bach: Mozart Quartet No 19 K 465 Dissonanze Dissonances Hagen Quartet



Mozart Quartet No 19 K 465 Dissonanze Dissonances Hagen Quartet

The String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, nicknamed “Dissonance” on account of its unusual slow introduction, is perhaps the most famous of his quartets. It is the last in the set of six quartets composed between 1782-1785 that he dedicated to Joseph Haydn.
According to the catalog of works Mozart began early the preceding year, the quartet was completed on January 14, 1785. As is normal with Mozart’s later quartets, it is in four movements:
1. Adagio-Allegro
2. Andante cantabile – in F major
3. Menuetto. Allegro. (C major, trio in C minor)
4. Allegro molto
The first movement opens with ominous quiet Cs in the cello, joined successively by the viola (on A♭ moving to a G), the second violin (on E♭) and the first violin (on A), thus creating the “dissonance” itself and narrowly avoiding a greater one. This lack of harmony and fixed key continues throughout the slow introduction before resolving into the bright C major of the Allegro section of the first movement, which is in sonata form. Mozart goes on to use chromatic and whole tone scales to outline fourths. Arch shaped lines emphasizing fourths in the first violin (C – F – C) and the violoncello (G – C – C’ – G’) are combined with lines emphasizing fifths in the second violin and viola. Over the barline between the second and third measures of the example a fourth-suspension can be seen in the second violin’s tied C. In another of his string quartets, KV 464, such fourth-suspensions are also very prominent.
The second movement is in sonatina form, i.e. lacking the development section. Alfred Einstein writes of the coda of this movement that “the first violin openly expresses what seemed hidden beneath the conversational play of the subordinate theme.” The third movement is a minuet and trio, with the exuberant mood of the minuet darkening into the C minor of the trio. The last movement is also in sonata form.
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Happy birthday Bach: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (Freiburger Barockorchester)



Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (Freiburger Barockorchester)

Happy birthday Bach! Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Freiburger Barockorchester)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLj_gMBqHX8

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Freiburger Barockorchester)

today’s holiday: Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2015)


Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2015)

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More… Discuss

happy birthday Bach: Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Dorische Toccata BWV 538, Deaken/Marcussen-organ Goes [NL]


happy birthday Bach!

Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Dorische Toccata BWV 538, Deaken/Marcussen-organ Goes [NL]

 

quotation: Sir Walter Scott


There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Discuss

today’s birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685) Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Ich ruf zu dir, [BWV 639] Garrels-organ, Purmerend


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685)

 


Willem van Twillert plays Bach, Ich ruf zu dir, [BWV 639] Garrels-organ, Purmerend

One of the greatest and most influential composers of the Western world, Bach created masterful works in almost every musical form known in his period. During his lifetime, Bach was better known as an organist than as a composer, and his works, which include the Brandenburg Concertos, four orchestral suites, and more than 200 church cantatas, were not fully appreciated until long after his death. Bach is the most represented composer on the Voyager Golden Record, which is what? More… Discuss

Why IS wants to expand into Yemen


Why IS wants to expand into Yemen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31998682

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10 things we didn’t know last week


10 things we didn’t know last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31951844

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France polls: A step closer to power for the National Front?


France polls: A step closer to power for the National Front? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31981555

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this day in the yesteryear: Who Shot J.R.? (1980) (remember Dallas?)


Who Shot J.R.? (1980)

The 1980 season finale of the popular prime-time soap opera Dallas ended with the show’s central character—J.R. Ewing, a greedy, scheming oil baron—being shot by an unknown assailant. The cliffhanger left viewers wondering for months whether he would survive and which of his many enemies had pulled the trigger. The episode that revealed the culprit became one of the highest rated television shows in history, drawing an estimated 83 million viewers. So, who shot J.R.? More… Discuss

Migraines


Migraines

A migraine is a headache characterized by recurrent attacks of severe pain, usually on one side of the head. It may be preceded by flashes or spots before the eyes or a ringing in the ears, and accompanied by double vision, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness. It affects women 3 times as often as men and is frequently inherited. Although the exact cause is unknown, evidence suggests a genetically transmitted functional disturbance of cranial circulation. What is the origin of the word “migraine?” More… Discuss

word: dichotomy


dichotomy

Definition: (noun) Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions.
Synonyms: duality
Usage: One of the novel’s themes is the dichotomy of Eastern and Western culture. Discuss.

From France 24 : tide of the century


In pictures: ‘Tide of the century’ brings thousands to Mont Saint-Michel

http://f24.my/18OAFS4

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From NPR News


Why Los Angeles’ Fast Food Ban Did Nothing To Check Obesity http://n.pr/1AHxKlv

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From NPR News: A year of Ebola


A Year Of Ebola: Memorable Moments From Our Reporters’ Notebooks http://n.pr/1EAwVyR

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From BBC : The ancient city that’s crumbling away


The ancient city that’s crumbling away http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31984489

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