Daily Archives: July 16, 2015

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Four US marines and gunman killed in ‘act of terrorism’ in Tennessee

Four US marines and gunman killed in ‘act of terrorism’ in Tennessee



Mexico steps up ‘Shorty’ Guzman hunt

Mexico steps up ‘Shorty’ Guzman hunt


What is a maximum security prison? 
A place that is harder to get in than to get out of!

From France 24 : Abuse of power

Saudi royals ‘illegally’ close off French public beach



From France 24 : Greece, and Eurozone

Is Greece’s hopeless humbling killing the dream of Europe?



Merkel ‘gambling away’ Germany’s reputation over Greece, says Habermas

Merkel ‘gambling away’ Germany’s reputation over Greece, says Habermas



Israel ‘behind Syria assassination’

Israel ‘behind Syria assassination’



Cameroon bans face veil after bombings

Cameroon bans face veil after bombings



EU warning over Russia ‘land grab’

EU warning over Russia ‘land grab’



From the Guardian: Al Gore criticizes Obama on climate change and ‘insane’ Arctic drilling

Al Gore criticizes Obama on climate change and ‘insane’ Arctic drilling



historic musical bits: Claude Debussy: La Mer; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1953)

Claude Debussy: La Mer; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1953)

Sokolov – Bach-Brahms Chaconne for the left hand alone

Sokolov – Bach-Brahms Chaconne for the left hand alone.wmv

great compositions/performances: Rachmaninov – Concerto 1 – Pletnev

Rachmaninov – Concerto 1 – Pletnev


make music part of your life series: Willem van Twillert plays, J.S. Bach, Bist du bei mir (BWV 508), Hinsz-organ, Leens

Willem van Twillert plays, J.S. Bach, Bist du bei mir [BWV 508], Hinsz-organ, Leens [NL]

historic musical bits: Igor Stravinsky – Pastorale, pour violon solo et bois

Igor Stravinsky – Pastorale, pour violon solo et bois

historic musical bits: Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan

Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it ‘bear fruit’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi SJ speaks with journalists during a July 14, 2014 press conference. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi SJ speaks with journalists during a July 14, 2014 press conference. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

by Elise Harris

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field.

“The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ said in a July 14 statement, shortly after the announcement of the deal.

“It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit.”

He said the Holy See hopes these fruits will not be limited to just the nuclear sphere, “but may indeed extend further.”

On Tuesday representatives of the United States, Iran and other nations met in Vienna, reaching a long-awaited deal aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers – the U.S., the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany official began in 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani, the seventh and current president of Iran.

The formal July 14 announcement of the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” comes at the end of more than two weeks of intense discussion, during which negotiators surpassed three self-imposed deadlines, the original having been set for June 30.

According to CNN, the U.S. congress is reported to have 60 days to review the plan.

After the April 2 agreement on the initial framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the head of the U.S. Bishops’ international peace committee, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., offered his support, and called on the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.

His warning came as the Senate was set to debate the bipartisan Corker-Menendez bill, S. 615, which allowed congress to make the review of the final agreement with Iran.

The framework set in April reduced the number of Iran’s centrifuges by two-thirds, down to just over 6,000. It limited the level of uranium that may be enriched and the amount of low-enriched uranium stockpiled. No new uranium enrichment facilities may be constructed for 15 years.

The underground nuclear facility at Fordow must be turned into a research facility, and cannot research uranium enrichment there for 15 years.

Nuclear-related sanctions on Iran will be lifted if the country abides by the framework, but sanctions related to “terrorism, human rights abuses and ballistic missiles” will remain.

Bishop Cantu warned Congress not to get in the way of the final agreement, the “alternative” to which “leads toward armed conflict.”

“(O)ur Committee continues to oppose Congressional efforts that seek to undermine the negotiation process or make a responsible multi-party agreement more difficult to achieve and implement. The alternative to an agreement leads toward armed conflict, an outcome of profound concern to the Church,” he said.

Iran’s hostility to its neighbors in the Middle East is all the more reason for the international agreement on its nuclear program, Bishop Cantu insisted.

“As we have noted in the past, Iran’s statements and actions have threatened its neighbors, especially Israel, and contributed to instability in the region,” he said. “We hope the agreement is a first step in fostering greater stability and dialogue in the Middle East.”

Pope Francis also praised the plan in his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing on Easter Sunday, saying that “in hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework that had been recently been agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”

via Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it ‘bear fruit’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

picture of the day: The Trinity Atomic Bomb Test

The Trinity Atomic Bomb Test

Just before dawn on July 16, 1945, the first atomic test bomb was exploded at a site called Trinity in the New Mexican desert. It was the culmination of 28 months of intense scientific research conducted under the leadership of physicist Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (seen above) under the code name Manhattan Project. The successful atomic test was witnessed by only one journalist, William L. Laurence of the New York Times, who described seeing the blinding explosion: ‘One felt as though he had been privileged to…be present at the moment of the Creation when the Lord said: Let There be Light.’ Oppenheimer’s own thoughts from the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita were very different: ‘I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.’

Photo: Library of Congress

Saint of the Day for Thursday, July 16th, 2015: St. Carmen

Image of St. Carmen

St. Carmen

According to my resources, the name Carmen is a derivation of Carmel which is one of the titles given to Our Blessed Mother, namely, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This is the patronal feast of the … continue reading

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today’s holiday: La Paz Day

La Paz Day

Bolivia was officially established as an independent country on August 6, 1825, an event now commemorated each year on Bolivia Independence Day. The capital city of La Paz, however, celebrates its own Independence Day on July 16. The holiday commemorates the date in 1809 when Pedro Domingo Murillo led a revolt of mestizos, or those of mixed European and South American heritage, against the Spanish authorities. July 16 is now a municipal holiday in La Paz, and the day is celebrated with parades, concerts, fireworks, and dances. More… Discuss

quotation: Robert Louis Stevenson

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Mary Baker Eddy (1821)

Mary Baker Eddy (1821)

Eddy was the founder of the Christian Science movement, which preaches the principles of divine healing. After allegedly suffering a back injury in 1866, Eddy reportedly turned to the Bible and was unexpectedly healed. She considered that moment her discovery of Christian Science and spent the next few years refining the doctrine and plans for her new church. In 1879, the Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in Massachusetts. What newspaper, founded by Eddy in 1908, is still published today? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Test of a Nuclear Weapon (1945) One of the darkest day in human history!

First Test of a Nuclear Weapon (1945)

Called the Trinity test, the first test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by the US in New Mexico on what is now White Sands Missile Range. The detonation of the implosion-design plutonium bomb—the same type used on Nagasaki, Japan, a few weeks later—was equivalent to the explosion of approximately 20 kilotons of TNT, and is usually considered the beginning of the Atomic Age. It is said that the scientists who observed the detonation set up a betting pool on what the result would be. Who won? More… Discuss



Quartz, which can split light into a spectrum, is one of the most common of all rock-forming minerals and one of the most important constituents of the earth’s crust. Quartz may be transparent, translucent, or opaque; it may be colorless or colored. Varieties are classified as crystalline and cryptocrystalline, whose crystal structure can be seen only under the microscope, if at all. What is quartz’s rank on the Mohs scale of hardness? More… Discuss

word: flapjack


Definition: (noun) A flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle.
Synonyms: flannel-cake, battercake, flapcake, hotcake, pancake, griddlecake
Usage: His flapjacks were so thin and light that they could have passed for crêpes. Discuss.

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