Daily Archives: March 27, 2015

Claude Debussy : Children’s Corner orch. André Caplet 1911

Claude Debussy : Children’s Corner orch. André Caplet 1911

Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123/R458, “Hungarian Fantasy”:

Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123/R458, “Hungarian Fantasy”:

Beethoven Sonata Op 106 “Hammerklavier” Part 1 Valentina Lisitsa , great compositions/performances

Beethoven Sonata Op 106 “Hammerklavier” Part 1 Valentina Lisitsa

the Amazing Valentina Lisitsa plays: Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa

Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa

this pressed: Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network – ProPublica

This story was co-published with Gawker.

Update, March 27, 6:48 p.m.: This story has been updated to include responses from the FBI and the State Department.

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya’s civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations. They came to light after a hacker broke into Blumenthal’s account and have taken on new significance in light of the disclosure that she conducted State Department and personal business exclusively over an email server that she controlled and kept secret from State Department officials and which only recently was discovered by congressional investigators.

The contents of that account are now being sought by a congressional inquiry into the Benghazi attacks. Clinton has handed over more than 30,000 pages of her emails to the State Department, after unilaterally deciding which ones involved government business; the State Department has so far handed almost 900 pages of those over to the committee. A Clinton spokesman told Gawker and ProPublica (which are collaborating on this story) that she has turned over all the emails Blumenthal sent to Clinton.

The dispatches from Blumenthal to Clinton’s private email address were posted online after Blumenthal’s account was hacked in 2013 by Romanian hacker Marcel-Lehel Lazar, who went by the name Guccifer. Lazar also broke into accounts belonging to George W. Bush’s sister, Colin Powell, and others. He’s now serving a seven-year sentence in his home country and was charged in a U.S. indictment last year.

The contents of the memos, which have recently become the subject of speculation in the right-wing media, raise new questions about how Clinton used her private email account and whether she tapped into an undisclosed back channel for information on Libya’s crisis and other foreign policy matters.

via Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network – ProPublica.

From France 24 :

Mideast’s religious minorities at risk of ‘genocide’


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From CNN : Report: Bergdahl intended to walk to nearest base

Report: Bergdahl intended to walk to nearest base

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From BBC news : 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-32086367

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From BBC news : Why Singapore banned chewing gum

Why Singapore banned chewing gum http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32090420

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Palestinian president may visit Vatican a second time for canonization Mass :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

By Andrea Gagliarducci


Jerusalem, Israel, Mar 26, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to the Vatican a second time, for the canonization Mass of two Palestinians.

Bl. Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Bl. Mariam Baouardy were both Palestinians born in the 19th century, and foundresses of religious orders. They are to be canonized at a Mass celebrated in the Vatican May 17.

The news site abouna.org, run by a priest of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, announced March 22 that Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem invited Abbas to the Mass while visiting his headquarters in Ramallah, in the West Bank of Palestine.

Patriarch Twal “noted that preparations are in full swing to celebrate the canonization of the two nuns, stressing that it is a historic and qualitative event at the religious, ecclesiastical and national levels,” according to the site.

Bl. Marie-Alphonsine (1843-1927) was a Turco-British Palestinian and co-foundress of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters. She was born in Palestine and spent much of her life in Bethlehem and its environs, assisting the poor and establishing schools and orphanages.

A mystic and stigmatist, Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (Mariam Baouardy) was a Turkish Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem. She lived 1846-1878. Her family were of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and in the religious life she spent time in France and India before helping to found a Carmel in Bethlehem in 1875.

Patriarch Twal released a pastoral letter, “Along the path to holiness,” on March 23 to celebrate the upcoming canonization of the two religious sisters, which he called “a blessing from heaven on our land, devastated by violence yet persevering in our longing for peace and justice.”

via Palestinian president may visit Vatican a second time for canonization Mass :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Friday, March 27th, 2015: St. Rupert

Image of St. Rupert

St. Rupert

Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A member of a noble Frankish family, he was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and then dedicated himself to spreading the faith among the … 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 28

1774   Britain passes the Coercive Act against rebellious Massachusetts.
1854   Britain and France declare war on Russia.
1864   A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, Illinois. Five are killed and twenty wounded.
1885   The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States.
1908   Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
1910   The first seaplane takes off from water at Martinques, France.
1917   The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain’s first official service women.
1921   President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States.
1930   Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.
1933   Nazis order a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
1939   The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
1941   The Italian fleet is routed by the British at the Battle of Battle of Cape Matapan
1941   English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body is never found.
1942   A British ship, the HMS Capbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was specifically rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France, explodes, knocking the area out of action for the German battleship Tirpitz.
1945   Germany launches the last of its V-2 rockets against England.
1946   Juan Peron is elected President of Argentina. He will hold the office for six years.
1962   The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
1969   Dwight D. Eisenhower dies at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
1979   A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant
1986   The U.S. Senate passes $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.
1990   Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush.
1999   An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during NATO air strikes.
Born on March 28
1652   Samuel Sewall, British colonial merchant and one of the Salem witch trial judges.
1818   Wade Hampton, Confederate general in the American Civil War.
1862   Aristide Briand, premier of France (1909-22).
1868   Maxim Gorky, Russian short story writer and novelist.
1895   James McCudden, the first RAF pilot to receive the Victoria Cross.
1909   Nelson Algren, novelist (The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side).
1929   Frederick Exley, American novelist (A Fan’s Notes).
1930   Jerome Isaac Friedman, American physicist, helped confirm the existence of quarks.
1936   Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes).

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today’s image

Weary soldiers from the 28th Infantry Division assemble in Bastogne on December 20, 1944, after retreating from Wiltz.. These men fought against powerful German forces until their ammunition was exhausted.

Photo: National Archives

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today’s holiday: Myanmar Armed Forces Day

Myanmar Armed Forces Day

Throughout most of the 1800s, the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, was ruled by the British. Aung San, an outspoken student leader, helped the Japanese oust the British, and the Japanese ruled Burma from 1942 until 1945. On March 27, 1945, he helped the World War II Allied forces remove the Japanese from power. Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on March 27 to commemorate the day that Aung San rebelled against the Japanese. The day is celebrated with a military parade and fireworks. Since 1989, the Tatmadaw has made it a tradition to pardon several prisoners on this day. More… Discuss

quotation: The more thou stir it, the worse it will be. Miguel de Cervantes

The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

today’s birthday: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886)

A pioneer of modern architecture and one of its most influential figures, German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was famous for his use of the minimalist architectural dictum “less is more.” As a young architect in Berlin, he foreshadowed modern architecture with innovative designs for tubular-steel furniture and steel-and-glass skyscrapers, and countless modernist steel-and-glass structures have been influenced by his work. Mies was also known for using what other famous aphorism? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Charles I Becomes King (1625)

Charles I Becomes King (1625)

Charles I was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from March 27, 1625, until his execution in 1649. An advocate of the divine right of kings, Charles drew ire during his reign by engaging in a power struggle with Parliament, marrying a Catholic, and allying himself with controversial religious figures. His last years were marked by civil war, and he was defeated twice before being captured, tried, convicted, and executed for high treason. What happened after the monarchy was abolished? More… Discuss

The History of Wallpaper

The History of Wallpaper

Wallpaper was used in Europe in the 16th and 17th century as an inexpensive substitute for costly hangings. Outlines were block-printed, and the color was filled in with brush or stencil. The flock technique of printing designs with an adhesive and sprinkling with fine bits of wool or silk was probably first adapted to wallpaper around 1620 in France, but, by the 18th century, England had become principal wallpaper manufacturer. When did the wallpaper craze reach the American colonies? More… Discuss

word: phantasmagoric


Definition: (adjective) Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions.
Synonyms: surrealistic
Usage: The phantasmagoric imagery, with melting clocks and unreal landscapes, is what attracts many to Salvador Dali’s work. Discuss.

From CNN : Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga

Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga

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From BBC news : Fitness linked to lower cancer risk

Fitness linked to lower cancer risk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32065073

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From BBC news : China’s ‘magic bunny’ goes viral

China’s ‘magic bunny’ goes viral http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-32079630

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From France 24 :

French rabbi told to remove kippa at Toulouse polling station


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From France 24 : Syria…

Syria’s Assad says open to dialogue with US


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From BBC news : Office workers ‘too sedentary’

Office workers ‘too sedentary’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32069698

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From BBC news : Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes

Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32082616

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From BBC news : Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32083363

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From BBC news : Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’

Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32087211

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