Daily Archives: July 29, 2015

From NPR News

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., Of Philadelphia, Indicted On Corruption Charges



Samuel DuBose video appears to show two officers reinforced false account of police killing

Samuel DuBose video appears to show two officers reinforced false account of police killing


Banksy street art up for auction

Banksy street art up for auction



A tourist in the land of the ayatollahs

A tourist in the land of the ayatollahs



Half of online world uses Facebook

Half of online world uses Facebook



Hackers tweet photos with hidden code

Hackers tweet photos with hidden code



Noam Chomsky: The United States is totally isolated – Salon.com

Noam Chomsky: The United States is totally isolated – Salon.com.

Police officer indicted for murder in fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose

Police officer indicted for murder in fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose


From France 24 :

Israel approves 300 new homes in occupied West Bank



What’s Obama visit done for Africa?

What’s Obama visit done for Africa?



Nokia to sell virtual reality camera

Nokia to sell virtual reality camera



Facebook loses Germany privacy case

Facebook loses Germany privacy case



France boosts Calais tunnel security

France boosts Calais tunnel security



Homenaje by Manuel de Falla – Jerry Willard – Guitar

Homenaje by Manuel de Falla – Jerry Willard – Guitar

Les Talens Lyriques – Christophe Rousset

Les Talens Lyriques – Christophe Rousset

J.S. BACH, Violin Concerto in D minor [after BWV 1052], Europa Galante

J.S. BACH, Violin Concerto in D minor [after BWV 1052], Europa Galante

Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, where the May 25 secretive gathering was held. Credit: Luigi Santoro via Wikimedia Commons. Filter added

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil.

These are the positions advocated by speakers at the May 25 “shadow council” which gathered prelates and theologians, led by the German bishops, at a Jesuit university in Rome.

That day 50 specially chosen representatives of the the German, Swiss, and French bishops conferences gathered at the Pontifical Gregorian University for a closed-door meeting, with the aim of reflecting on the biblical and theological bases of the family, and of discussing their goals for the Synod on the Family which will be held at the Vatican this October.

Only a few journalists were invited to participate in the meeting, and under the condition that they would not attribute by name what they heard there. One participant told CNA they were barred from granting interviews, as “confidentiality has been requested about the discussions at stake.”

But on July 17, nearly two months after the fact, the German bishops conference released the text of the meeting’s interventions, in French, German, and Italian. Missing, however, was the final speech from Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising.

The document’s introduction explained that the convention was divided into three parts: a reflection on Christ’s words regarding marriage and divorce; on sexuality as an expression of love and “a theology of love”; and on the gift of life and “a narrative theology” – theology based on personal experience.

via ‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, July 29th, 2015: St. Martha

today’s holliday: St. Olav’s Day

St. Olav’s Day

St. Olav is the patron saint of Norway, and the anniversary of his death is still marked by religious services, fireworks, and public merry-making. Every year the battle in which he died is reenacted during the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim. In the Faroe Islands, this is known as Olavsoka, or “St. Olav’s Wake,” a national holiday. Parliament opens on the 29th, but the festivities—which include dancing, sports events, speeches, drinking, and a parade of members of Logting (parliament)—begin the night before and continue into the early hours of the 30th. More… Discuss

quotation: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

today’s birthday: Benito Mussolini (1883)

Benito Mussolini (1883)

An ardent socialist in his youth, Mussolini turned nationalist after serving with the Italian army in WWI. He formed a fascist political group in 1919 and was soon appointed prime minister, becoming the youngest in Italian history. Supported by Adolf Hitler, Mussolini declared war on the Allies in 1940. As German defenses in Italy collapsed, Mussolini tried to escape to Austria but was captured and executed by Italian partisans. During his rule, he was known as Il Duce, which means what? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Young Irelander Rebellion (1848)

The Young Irelander Rebellion (1848)

In the 1840s, a group of young Irish idealists began to promote Irish cultural nationalism. Known as Young Irelanders, they eventually sought revolution and, in 1848, organized a disastrous rebellion in Tipperary led by William Smith O’Brien and Thomas Meagher. Sometimes called the Famine Rebellion of 1848—since it took place during the Great Irish Famine—the Young Irelander Rebellion led to the ultimate failure of the movement. What events likely inspired the Young Irelanders to revolt? More… Discuss



Fenugreek, known also as Methi, is a crop plant grown as a potherb and for the spice made from its seeds. It grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China and is used in a wide variety of foods there. Fenugreek seeds are widely used as a milk producing agent by nursing mothers and recent experiments indicate it may be a useful tool in the fight against cancer and diabetes. In 2009, fenugreek was discovered to be the source of what kind of smell wafting over New York City? More… Discuss

word: gastropod


Definition: (noun) Any of various mollusks of the class Gastropoda, such as the snail, slug, cowrie, or limpet, characteristically having a single, usually coiled shell or no shell at all, a ventral muscular foot for locomotion, and eyes and feelers located on a distinct head.

Israeli Gaza action ‘a war crime’

Israeli Gaza action ‘a war crime’



Rio 2016 facing pollution challenge

Rio 2016 facing pollution challenge



How ant armies move massive meals

How ant armies move massive meals