Daily Archives: July 23, 2015

From NPR News


House To States: Don’t You Dare Demand GMO Labels

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http://n.pr/1ML20mA

make music part of your life series: Johann Strauss II – Morgenblätter – Walzer, Op. 279


Johann Strauss II – Morgenblätter – Walzer, Op. 279

great compositions/performances: Yuja Wang plays Gershwin : Piano Concerto in F (1925)


Yuja Wang plays Gershwin : Piano Concerto in F (1925)

today’s holiday: Warei Taisai


Warei Taisai

This Japanese festival is held in Uwajimay in late July. Hundreds of ships dock in the harbor, all decorated with flags. In town, there is the parade of the Ushioni, a creature that looks like a combination of a whale and a dragon that is carried through the streets by 15 to 20 young people. Another festival highlight is the Hashiri-komi ceremony, a procession of young people carrying portable shrines called mikoshi into the sea while rockets explode all around them. The Warei Tasai festival dates back to the 18th century and is the highlight of the summer festival season in Ehime Prefecture. More… Discuss

quotation: All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856)


Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856)

Known as the “Father of the Indian Unrest,” Tilak was an Indian nationalist, social reformer, and the first popular leader of the Indian independence movement. As a journalist, Tilak voiced his criticisms of British rule in India through two weekly newspapers. In response to the Partition of Bengal in 1905, he initiated a boycott of British goods and passive resistance—two forms of protest later adopted by Gandhi. He was one of the first and strongest proponents of swaraj, which is what? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: 12th Street Riot Begins (1967)


12th Street Riot Begins (1967)

In 1967, racial tensions spurred by high unemployment rates and poor housing conditions in Detroit exploded when police officers raided a speakeasy on the corner of 12th Street and Clairmount. The confrontation with the patrons developed into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in modern US history, lasting five days and resulting in 43 deaths, 467 injuries, more than 7,200 arrests, and the destruction of more than 2,000 buildings. How was the rioting finally brought under control? More… Discuss

Artificial Intelligence


Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the use of computers to model the behavioral aspects of human reasoning and learning, has captured global interest for years. Cybernetics, one area of AI study, is the analysis of the communication and control processes of biological organisms and their relationship to mechanical and electrical systems; advances in this area could lead to “thinking” robots. In science fiction, AI is often portrayed attempting to overthrow human authority. What is “the Singularity”? More… Discuss

word: coppice


coppice

Definition: (noun) A thicket or grove of small trees or shrubs, especially one maintained by periodic cutting or pruning to encourage suckering, as in the cultivation of cinnamon trees for their bark.
Synonyms: thicket, brush, copse, brushwood
Usage: They determined on walking round Beechen Cliff, that noble hill whose beautiful verdure and hanging coppice render it so striking an object from almost every opening in Bath. Discuss.

From NPR News


Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants http://n.pr/1ej6jcW

Israel looks for answers to boycott campaign


Israel looks for answers to boycott campaign

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33563191

Christian’s death sentence suspended


Christian’s death sentence suspended

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33617186

Christian’s death sentence suspended


Christian’s death sentence suspended

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33617186

Ugly scenes as Mexico beat Panama


Ugly scenes as Mexico beat Panama

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/33632868

EU acts against Sky and US studios


EU acts against Sky and US studios

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33634657

China cracks down on Hong Kong evangelists


China cracks down on Hong Kong evangelists

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-33619331

Arsenic threat: Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator?


Arsenic threat: Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33638321

Faster Tor on the horizon


Faster Tor on the horizon

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33639436

Car brakes ‘can be hacked via radio’


Car brakes ‘can be hacked via radio’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33622298

Charleston shooting ‘a hate crime’


Charleston shooting ‘a hate crime’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33628609

Trump to visit US-Mexico border


Trump to visit US-Mexico border

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33630397

Defiant French farmers blockade Lyon


Defiant French farmers blockade Lyon

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-33634776

US ‘aided’ Boko Haram with arms ban


US ‘aided’ Boko Haram with arms ban

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33634607