Daily Archives: July 15, 2015

Darkode hacking site forced offline

Darkode hacking site forced offline



Iran deal ‘has support of 99%’

Iran deal ‘has support of 99%’



Greek PM facing eurozone deal revolt

Greek PM facing eurozone deal revolt



today’s holiday: St. Swithin’s Day

St. Swithin’s Day

When Swithin, the bishop of Winchester, England, died in 862, he was buried according to his wish, outside the cathedral in the churchyard, in a place where the rain from the eaves poured down. This request was reversed after his canonization, when clerical authorities tried to move his remains to a site within the church. According to legend, the heavens opened and there was a heavy rainfall—a show of the saint’s displeasure. This led to the popular belief that if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days; but if it is fair, it will be dry for 40 days. More… Discus

Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

today’s birthday: Inigo Jones (1573)

Inigo Jones (1573)

Jones was one of England’s first great architects. After studying in Italy, he brought Renaissance architecture to England. His best known buildings are the Queen’s House at Greenwich, London, and the Banqueting House at Whitehall, which is often considered his greatest achievement. For his design of Covent Garden, London’s first square, Jones is credited with the introduction of town planning in England. Jones was also involved in stage design for theater and is credited with what innovations? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: John Ball Is Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered (1381)

John Ball Is Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered (1381)

Ball, an English priest and social reformer, gained fame as a roving preacher advocating ecclesiastical poverty and social equality, which brought him into conflict with the archbishop of Canterbury. He was jailed three times and excommunicated in 1376. Four years later, he became one of the instigators of the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381—the first great popular rebellion in English history—and was later captured and hanged, drawn, and quartered. His unconventional behavior earned him what nickname? More… Discuss

Medicine Men

Medicine Men

As far back as Paleolithic times, Native Americans and other traditional peoples have believed the medicine man to be in possession of supernatural healing powers, such as the ability to inflict pain, promote fertility, and secure good hunting and fishing. Many Native Americans regarded illness as resulting from the entry of malignancy into the body; accordingly, their medicine men try to cast out the illness using ritual techniques such as bloodletting, the application of herbs, and what else? More… Discuss

word: gegenschein


Definition: (noun) A faint glowing spot in the sky, exactly opposite the position of the sun.
Synonyms: counterglow
Usage: The gegenschein is so faint that it cannot be seen if there is any moonlight or if it falls in the vicinity of the Milky Way. Discuss.

From France 24 : Migrants

UK announces Calais ‘secure zone’ to curb migrant consolidation



From the Guardian: ‘Rising’ Iran asserts right to play constructive Middle East role

‘Rising’ Iran asserts right to play constructive Middle East role



From NPR News: Yogurt

The ‘Immortal’ Homemade Yogurt That Traveled ‘Round The World



From NPR News

Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where’d You Get Those Microbes?



So contrary to popular belief and food industry fruits do not belong in yogurt. ..nor does sugar added up to it Did you try Kefir? You should!  George-B.

From NPR News: Iran…

How The Iran Nuclear Deal Could Reshape The Middle East



IMF attacks EU over Greek deal terms

IMF attacks EU over Greek deal terms



Canal Saint-Martin: the Paris tourist hotspot full of rubbish — The Observers (@Observers) July 14, 2015

Stairway to Heaven live (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Stairway to Heaven live (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Watch “Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. – Ixtapa (feat. Anoushka Shankar on Sitar)” on YouTube