Daily Archives: July 10, 2015

Turkey arrests 21 in IS dawn raids Tunisia, 1000…

Turkey arrests 21 in IS dawn raids



Serbia bans Srebrenica gatherings

Serbia bans Srebrenica gatherings



Thick Bushes Engraving


Thick Bushes Engraving

OPM director resigns over huge data hack

OPM director resigns over huge data hack


Omar Sharif dies at the age of 83

Omar Sharif dies at the age of 83


Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis

Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis




From Pope Francis


Saint of the Day for Friday, July 10th, 2015: Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz

Martyr with eleven companions in Lebanon. A Spanish Franciscan, Emmanuel and the others were caught up in the rising of the Druses in Lebanon. The Franciscan community, eight in number, and three … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans

This largest and best-known Scottish event in America, held since 1956 on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, North Carolina, opens with a torchlight ceremony at MacRae Meadows at dusk on Thursday. On Friday, athletic and other activities begin and in the evening there’s a Celtic Jam, followed by a ceilidh. On Saturday, competitions are held throughout the day for Highland dancing, piping, drumming, Scottish fiddling, track and field events, and other athletic events. Sunday opens with a worship service, followed by more competitions and entertainment. More… Discuss

quotation: Joseph Conrad

I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

today’s birthday: Camille Pissarro (1830)

Camille Pissarro (1830)

Known as the “Father of Impressionism,” Pissarro was the only Impressionist painter who participated in all eight of the group’s exhibitions. He is notable not only for his paintings of rural and urban French life but in his role as a mentor to postimpressionists Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin. He gained popularity in the 1890s with his interpretation of nature, including many landscapes drawn from his surroundings in the French countryside. Why were many of his paintings destroyed in 1871? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Jedwabne Pogrom (1941)

The Jedwabne Pogrom (1941)

Just a month after Nazi forces overran Poland and began distributing anti-Semitic propaganda there, the non-Jewish residents of the Polish town of Jedwabne took it upon themselves to round up and massacre Jews living in the area, burning hundreds alive. The fact that the Jedwabne Pogrom was not a German death squad operation but was actually “committed directly by Poles” was only recently established by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance. What details of the atrocity are still debated? More… Discuss

Knight Bachelors

Knight Bachelors

A Knight Bachelor is a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organized Orders of Chivalry, making him an English knight of the lowest rank. Like other knights, Knights Bachelor are styled “Sir.” The honor is generally awarded for public service, and amongst its recipients are all the male judges of the High Court of England and Wales. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the best-known holders of the rank. What is the female counterpart of the Knight Bachelor? More… Discuss

word: cloudburst


Definition: (noun) A heavy rain.
Synonyms: pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout, deluge, downpour
Usage: We enjoyed the lovely recliners on the ship’s deck until a sudden cloudburst sent us running for our cabins. Discuss.

Clinton, Bush jab over “longer hours”

Clinton, Bush jab over “longer hours”



From NPR News: Painkillers…

Tough Painkiller Rules Push Some Russian Cancer Patients To Suicide



When the UK was bombed nightly for eight months in a row

When the UK was bombed nightly for eight months in a row



Website turns free time into money

Website turns free time into money



US data breach ‘hit 21.5m people’

US data breach ‘hit 21.5m people’



UK privacy campaigner Bowden mourned

UK privacy campaigner Bowden mourned