Daily Archives: June 20, 2015

From NPR News

Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York’s Finger Lakes



From NPR News

Anti-Austerity Marchers Rally In London Calling For End To Cuts



From BBC : The awful truth about how dispensable we are

The awful truth about how dispensable we are



From BBC : Thousands attend India yoga day

Thousands attend India yoga day



Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances for two pianos, Op. 45

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances for two pianos, Op. 45

Paganini: Cantabile op. 17 | Keiko Yamaguchi, violin

Paganini: Cantabile op. 17 | Keiko Yamaguchi, violin

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa)

Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n°2 (Seiji Ozawa)

Mozart / Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 (Timothy Brown)

Mozart / Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 (Timothy Brown)

Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants

Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants

picture of the day

On June 12, 1944, a U.S. Army Jeep (nicknamed ‘Dam Yankee’) is towed ashore on a Normandy beach after the D-Day invasion.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives

After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Members of Congress hold a prayer circle for Charleston shooting victims outside the White House, June 18, 2015. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Members of Congress hold a prayer circle for Charleston shooting victims outside the White House, June 18, 2015. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Charleston, S.C., Jun 18, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations.

“The inside of any church is a sanctuary. When a person enters, he or she has the right to worship, pray and learn in a safe and secure environment,” Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said June 18. “For anyone to murder nine individuals is upsetting, but to kill them inside of a church during a Bible study class is devastating to any faith community.”

Bishop Guglielmone offered his deepest sympathies on behalf of all Catholics in South Carolina to the families of the victims and the church members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“I pray that everyone affected by this horror will feel the comforting presence of our Lord surrounding them during this difficult time.”

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh tweeted: “We pray for those killed in the violent church shooting in Charleston. We also pray for their families and all those who mourn their death.”

A white gunman fatally shot three men and six women at the historic black church June 17 after an evening prayer meeting and Bible study. Three people survived.

The shooter sat in the church for almost an hour before he stood up and opened fire.

Local authorities have not publicly identified the victims. Church members, friends, and family told the Charleston Post and Courier that the dead include Pastor Clementa Pinckney, 41, who was also a state senator.

Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of Pinckney, told NBC News that an eyewitness said the gunman sat next to the pastor during the Bible study.

The gunman reportedly told one woman who survived that he was letting her live to tell everyone what had happened, Dot Scott, president of the Charleston NAACP, told the Charleston Post and Courier.

James Johnson, who had become friends with Pinckney through civil rights activism, said the feeling after the shooting was “very numb; it’s sad.”

“No one expects to go to church to worship their God and be shot dead,” said Johnson, a chapter president of the National Action Network civil rights organization.

The alleged shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday.

He had been jailed twice previously on a trespassing charge and a separate controlled substance charge. His Facebook page shows him wearing a jacket with the apartheid-era South African flag and the flag of Rhodesia, USA Today reports.

Local law enforcement and federal authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.

According to Sylvia Johnson, the gunman told the church members “I have to do it. You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country.”

Hundreds of people gathered at another Charleston African Methodist Episcopal church for a June 18 prayer vigil.

African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister was among the speakers.

“What crime did they commit? They were guilty of believing because they were in a holy place, no such thing could occur,” he said.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South.

The church community dates back to before 1816. A founding member, Denmark Vesey, led a slave rebellion in 1822 that resulted in the burning of the church and drove its members underground. The church reorganized in 1865, and hosted a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. in April, 1962.

Tags: Diocese of Charleston, Racism

via After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of unity in the Church and the instrument of the building up of the kingdom of God, which is a kingdom of peace and of justice,” the Pope said June 19.

“Let us ask the Lord, too, for the grace of always being ready to forgive and of being workers of reconciliation and peace. This is what animates the witness of the martyrs.”

The Roman Pontiff encouraged prayers for the victims of violence in the Middle East. He particularly mentioned Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Gregorios Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, two archbishops of Aleppo, Syria who were kidnapped together in 2013.

The Pope’s comments came during a meeting with Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch, who was accompanied by a delegation of his Church.

The Syriac Orthodox Church is one of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, which rejected the Council of Chalcedon held in 451. The Church has about 1.2 million members around the world, and its patriarchate is now based in Damascus.

The Roman Pontiff told Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem that the Syrian Church has been “a Church of martyrs from the beginning.” He lamented that the Syriac Orthodox Church, with other Christian communities and other minorities, continues to endure “the terrible sufferings caused by war, violence, and persecutions.”

“So much suffering! So many innocent victims. In the face of all this, it seems that the powers of this world are incapable of finding solutions,” the Pope said.

He added: “in this moment of harsh trial and of sorrow, let us strengthen ever more the bonds of friendship and fraternity between the Catholic Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. Let us hasten our steps along the common path, keeping our gaze fixed on the day when we will be able to celebrate our belonging to the one Church of Christ around the same altar of Sacrifice and of praise.”

“Let us exchange the treasures of our traditions as spiritual gifts, because that which unites us is much greater than that which divides us.”

The tradition of papal meetings with Syriac Orthodox leaders dates back to 1971 when Blessed Paul VI met with then-Patriarch Ignatius Jacob III. Pope Francis said that at that encounter, both leaders “consciously began what we can call a ‘holy pilgrimage’ toward full communion between our Churches.”

Bl. Paul VI and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch signed a common declaration of faith that laid a “dynamic foundation” for the journey to unity, Pope Francis said.

He cited Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Letter to the Magnesians, in which the Church Father prayed for unity among Christians. He also prayed a Syrian prayer that asks for God’s sanctification and prays that Mary’s prayers be “strength for our souls.”

Tags: Syrian Civil War, Church unity, Oriental Orthodoxy, Syriac Orthodox Church

via In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


Saint of the Day for Saturday, June 20th, 2015: St. Vincent Kaun

today’s holiday: Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Chu’ü Yüan (343-289 BCE) was a Chinese poet and statesman of the Ch’u kingdom who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River to protest political corruption and injustice. The dragon boat races that take place on lakes and rivers throughout China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on this day are a reenactment of the search for his body. People celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which occurs on Tuan Wu, or Double Fifth Day, by eating dumplings made of steamed rice wrapped in bamboo leaves called zong ze. This is also a traditional time for performing customs intended to drive away evil spirits and illness. More… Discuss

quotation: A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool’s part.

A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool’s part.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808)

Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808)

Hirsch was a German Jewish scholar and rabbi who advocated combining traditional Jewish study with secular learning. Arguing that Orthodox Jews should separate from the larger Jewish community in defense of their traditions, Hirsch made a profound impression in German Jewish circles with his Nineteen Letters, which expounded his philosophy—often called neo-Orthodoxy—and helped make Orthodox Judaism viable in 19th-century Germany. Why are many of Hirsch’s commentaries still controversial? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: “Red Telephone” Established Between US and USSR (1963)

“Red Telephone” Established Between US and USSR (1963)

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, it took the US nearly 12 hours to receive and decode Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s initial settlement message. By the time the US drafted a reply, Moscow had already sent new demands. Afterward, it was decided that the crisis could have been resolved more quickly with faster communication. In 1963, a “hot line”—the so-called “red telephone”—was established to provide a direct link between the White House and the Kremlin. When was the hotline first used? More… Discuss



Kinesics is the study of nonverbal, systematic communication through bodily movements, such as gestures, posture, and facial expressions. The study was pioneered by Ray Birdwhistell, a ballet dancer turned anthropologist, who wrote Introduction to Kinesics in 1952. Borrowing from descriptive linguistics, he argued that non-verbal forms of language have a grammar that can be analyzed like spoken language. Why is a “kineme” in kinesics similar to a phoneme in linguistics? More… Discuss



Definition: (noun) A deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout.
Synonyms: tophus
Usage: Once the doctor saw the chalkstone, he knew his patient was suffering from gout. Discuss.

From BBC : Why see an exhibition of unfinished art?

Why see an exhibition of unfinished art?



From BBC : Migrants flood trains in bid to leave Italy

Migrants flood trains in bid to leave Italy



From BBC : Dutch TV ‘will show Prophet cartoons’

Dutch TV ‘will show Prophet cartoons’



From BBC : Car ploughs into crowds in Austria

Car ploughs into crowds in Austria



Germany arrests al-Jazeera reporter

From BBC :  Germany arrests al-Jazeera reporter



From the Guardian : ‘If I burn out, I burn out’: meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

‘If I burn out, I burn out’: meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius



From the Guardian : Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man in head – and then handcuff him

Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man in head – and then handcuff him




Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man



From CNN : Doctors and nurses busted for $712 million Medicare fraud

Doctors and nurses busted for $712 million Medicare fraud



From the Guardian : Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists

Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists



From the Guardian : ‘Tsipras has a bus full of people and has to change the wheel while driving’

‘Tsipras has a bus full of people and has to change the wheel while driving’



From France 24 :

Hate or heritage? Charleston shooting reignites flag debate



Suspended blogs: bring more on WP



From France 24 :

FRANCE 24, RFI win Editors Lab prize for Earth Alert app