Daily Archives: May 5, 2015

Hezbollah plans attacks in Syria


Hezbollah plans attacks in Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32596511

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US offers rewards on ‘IS leaders’


US offers rewards on ‘IS leaders’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32603203

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Juventus stun Real with 2-1 Champions League win

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French town’s ‘profiling’ of Muslim children causes outcry

http://f24.my/1PlTrPa

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Suicidal virus kills computers


Suicidal virus kills computers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32591265

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‘Texas invasion’ rumours derided


‘Texas invasion’ rumours derided http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32601830

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‘Texas invasion’ rumours derided


‘Texas invasion’ rumours derided http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32601830

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Kiwi waves slam California coast


Kiwi waves slam California coast http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32599131

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Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked


Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32599916

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US approves Cuba-Florida ferry


US approves Cuba-Florida ferry http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32602923

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Words of wisdom.


Good to forgive, the best to forget.
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A Pharmaceutical Mass Murder and More In MuckReads Weekly – ProPublica


A Pharmaceutical Mass Murder and More In MuckReads Weekly – ProPublica.

best classical music bits , Manuel Barrueco – Variations on a Theme of Mozart


Manuel Barrueco-Variations on a Theme of Mozart

Kurt Masur: Felix Mendelssohn / Overture Ruy Blas, op.95 , great compositions/performances


[Kurt Masur] Felix Mendelssohn / Overture Ruy Blasop.95

California’s soon-to-be saint hailed as a man ahead of his time : Bl. Junipero Serra


 

Statue of Fr Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Bautista California. Credit: Ramon Lomeli via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

  Statue of Fr Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Bautista California. Credit: Ramon Lomeli via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

California’s soon-to-be saint hailed as a man ahead of his time

Rome, Italy, May 3, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts in California history, archeology and the life of Bl. Junipero Serra have praised him as a passionate missionary with a vision that extended far beyond his own generation.

“I think that’s a characteristic of great people. They’re not bound up by the restrictions of their generation, they see ahead,” Mons. Francis J. Weber told CNA April 30, in reference to the life of Bl. Junipero Serra.

He compared Serra to former president of the United States Abraham Lincoln, who despite being heavily criticized during his life for working to abolish slavery, “was one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had. But he was generations ahead of his time.”

“I think you could say that most great people are ahead of their own generation. I would probably say that they see things the way they should be done, but not as they are,” the priest said.

Mons. Weber is the author of more than 100 books, many of which focus on California’s Catholic history, and the former archivist of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

A pupil of the well-known Catholic Church historian John Tracy Ellis, Mons. Weber also taught history at Queen of Angels Seminary in Los Angeles and served as president of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists.

He was one of four panelists present in Rome for an April 30 discussion on the life and legacy of Bl. Junipero Serra, who will be canonized by Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. in September.

Fr. Serra was born in 1713 on the Spanish island of Majorca in the Mediterranean. He left his position as a university professor to become a missionary to the New World, helping to convert many of the native community to Christianity and teaching them new technologies. The Franciscan priest founded several of the missions that would go on to become the centers of major California cities.

The priest’s mission work often took place despite a painful ulcerated leg which is said to have been caused either by cancer or a spider bite soon after his arrival in Mexico. He died in 1784 at Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Carmelo in what is now the state of California.

St. John Paul II beatified Fr. Serra in 1988. In January, Pope Francis praised the missionary as “the evangelizer of the West” when he announced his intention to canonize him.

In the panel discussion, specific attention was given to Serra’s zeal to be a missionary. Mons. Weber said this can be seen in the priest’s decision to leave his home in Spain despite the fact that he wasn’t young anymore, and knowing that he likely wouldn’t see his aged parents again.

While praising Serra’s visionary perspective and the good that came out of the missions, panelists also addressed criticisms surrounding Serra and the missions in a conversation with journalists after the panel.

Controversy over the canonization has stemmed from claims that Serra’s missions enacted forced labor and conversions as well as corporal punishment. Scholarship on the issue is divided, and Serra supporters contend that many of the accusations against Serra are rife with misinterpretations and factual errors.

Robert Senkewicz, a history professor at Santa Clara University in California and co-author of a newly released 500 page biography on Junipero Serra, was also present at Thursday’s press conference.

He said he’s not surprised that there is contention over Serra’s canonization, and noted that much of the dissatisfaction likely surrounds a history of poor policies the U.S. had toward native Americans in the past.

Inevitably native populations will interpret their past to be a “prison” of previous U.S. policies toward Indians, because “it wasn’t nice,” he said.

“It was a policy of removal and extermination…so I’m not surprised that there’s a lot of dissatisfaction against the canonization Fr. Serra, because Californian Indians are American Indians, and American Indians interpret their past through the most catastrophic parts of it, which were the U.S. policies.”

Ruben Mendoza, an archeology professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, also spoke on the panel from a cultural perspective, being of both Mexican and Indian descent.

With extensive experience in the field of archeology as well as working in the California missions of San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and the Royal Presidio of Monterey, Mendoza was initially hostile to Serra, but changed his view after studying about the blessed and working in the missions himself.

Mendoza pointed out that despite Serra’s critics, “many of us carry currencies in our pockets that contain the images of individuals who we see as heroes, they were the founders of our country, and yet if we judge them from the perspective of our histories then they were human traffickers.”

These people, he said, “were a whole host of things that today we would not even begin to dream of if we consider ourselves as patriots.”

Mendoza also referred to how some have argued that Serra had sought to be a martyr at one point in his life, saying that if we look at this life, the reality is that “if he had sought martyrdom he would have been mortified.”

Serra, he said, “would have realized that the very people that he loved, that he devoted his life to, would now see him as the culprit in their disintegration.”

“I believe that in the end, by virtue of the very attacks that those descendants bring to the table, they have martyred Junipero Serra and turned him into a saint.”

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 5th, 2015: St. Hilary of Arles



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
May 5

1494   Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria.
1814   British attack the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.
1821   Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the island of St. Helena.
1834   The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium.
1862   Union and Confederate forces clash at the Battle of Williamsburg, part of the Peninsula Campaign.
1862   Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.
1865   The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1886   A bomb explodes on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago.
1912   Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing.
1916   U.S. Marines invade the Dominican Republic.
1917   Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1920   Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested for murder.
1935   American Jesse Owens sets the long jump record.
1942   General Joseph Stilwell learns that the Japanese have cut his railway out of China and is forced to lead his troops into India.
1945   Holland and Denmark are liberated from Nazi control.
1961   Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.
1965   173rd Airborne Brigade arrives in Bien Hoa-Vung, Vietnam, the first regular U.S. Army unit deployed to that country.
1968   U.S. Air Force planes hit Nhi Ha, South Vietnam in support of attacking infantrymen.
1969   Pulitzer Prize awarded to Norman Mailer for his ‘nonfiction novel’ Armies of the Night, an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon.
1987   Congress opens Iran-Contra hearings.
2000   The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century.
Born on May 5
1813   Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher.
1818   Karl Marx, German philosopher (The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital).
1830   John B. Stetson, American hat maker.
1861   Peter Cooper Hewitt, electrical engineer, inventor of the mercury-vapor lamp.
1883   Charles Albert “Chief” Bender, baseball player.
1890   Christopher Morley, writer (Kitty Foyle).
1899   Freeman F. Gosden, radio comedy writer and performer (Amos ‘n’ Andy).
1909   Carlos Baker, biographer.
1943   Michael Palin, actor and screenwriter (Monty Python’s Flying Circus).

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.6DhlyMv5.dpuf

picture of the day



On August 2, 1944, a French ArmySherman‘ tank lands on a Normandy beach from USS LST-517 during the European Campaign during World War II.

Photo: U.S. Army Signal Corps

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today’s holiday: Dutch Liberation Day


Dutch Liberation Day

Liberation Day, or National Day, in the Netherlands celebrates May 5, 1945, the day on which the Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies. Although the Dutch had succeeded in remaining neutral during World War I, the country was invaded by the Nazis in May 1940 and rapidly overrun. The liberation of Holland in 1945 was an important step toward the subsequent defeat of the Nazis. Many Dutch cities hold special concerts on this day. Special commemorations are held in Amsterdam and around the country on May 5 each year, as well as on May 4, Remembrance Day. More… Discuss

quotation: True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it. Charlotte Bronte


True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Karl Marx (1818)


Karl Marx (1818)

Though largely ignored during his lifetime, Marx was perhaps one of the most influential figures in history. His ideas, particularly those he expounded in his two most notable works, The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, have become the core intellectual tradition for communism and socialism, and many scholars consider him the founder of economic history and sociology. His philosophy significantly influenced communist thinking for the next century. What anarchist was his enemy? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Kublai Khan Becomes Ruler of the Mongol Empire (1260)


Kublai Khan Becomes Ruler of the Mongol Empire (1260)

The grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan was a Mongol emperor who founded China’s Yuan Dynasty and became the first Yuan emperor in 1271.    In 1279, he completed his grandfather’s conquest of China by overthrowing the Sung dynasty. He promoted economic prosperity by rebuilding the Grand Canal, repairing public granaries, extending highways, and encouraging foreign commerce. His magnificent capital at Cambuluc—now Beijing—was visited by several Europeans, including what notable figure? More… Discuss

Read more about the expansion of the Mongol (Hordes) empire

The Ajanta Caves


The Ajanta Caves

These caves in Maharashtra, India, discovered in 1819, are carved out of the side of a steep horseshoe-shaped ravine and contain remarkable examples of Buddhist art. They consist of chapels and monasteries dating from about 200 BCE to 650 CE, with magnificent frescoes and sculpture depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. Changes in Buddhist thought in what century made it possible for the image of the Buddha to become a focus of worship? More… Discuss

fritinancy


fritinancy

Definition: (noun) A chirping or creaking, as of a cricket.
Synonyms: chirping
Usage: As night fell, the fritinancy of insects outside their open window grew loud enough to keep them awake. Discuss.

From France 24 :


France, Saudi Arabia warn of Iran deal ‘destabilisation’

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Israel’s Gaza war veterans: ‘We fired purposelessly all day’

http://f24.my/1FM9K7f

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Step forward for quantum computing


Step forward for quantum computing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32534763

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Astronauts watch Star Wars in space


Astronauts watch Star Wars in space http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32583555

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Climate drives new era in Arctic sea


Climate drives new era in Arctic sea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32553668

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Big whales have stretchy nerves


Big whales have stretchy nerves http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/32548856

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Surge in Brazil dengue fever cases


Surge in Brazil dengue fever cases http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32589268

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France set to back new spying rules


France set to back new spying rules http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32587377

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Gym fall killed Silicon Valley boss


Gym fall killed Silicon Valley boss http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32586657

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‘Unthinkable atrocities’ in Aleppo


‘Unthinkable atrocities’ in Aleppo http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32581007

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‘Dozens die’ as migrant boat sinks


‘Dozens die’ as migrant boat sinks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32593187

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