Daily Archives: September 5, 2015

Snowden criticises Russia for approach to internet and homosexuality


Snowden criticises Russia for approach to internet and homosexuality

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Carpenters – Bless the Beasts and the Children (Original Soundtrack version)


Carpenters – Bless the Beasts and the Children (Original Soundtrack version)

I Used to Work as a Scientist with GMOs—Now I’m Having Serious Second Thoughts About The Risks | Alternet


I believe that GMO crops still run far ahead of our understanding of their risks.

By training, I am a plant biologist. In the early 1990s I was busy making genetically modified plants (often called GMOs for Genetically Modified Organisms) as part of the research that led to my PhD. Into these plants we were putting DNA from various foreign organisms, such as viruses and bacteria.

I was not, at the outset, concerned about the possible effects of GM plants on human health or the environment. One reason for this lack of concern was that I was still a very young scientist, feeling my way in the complex world of biology and of scientific research. Another reason was that we hardly imagined that GMOs like ours would be grown or eaten. So far as I was concerned, all GMOs were for research purposes only.

Source: I Used to Work as a Scientist with GMOs—Now I’m Having Serious Second Thoughts About The Risks | Alternet

Egyptian billionaire offers to buy a Mediterranean island for refugees – CSMonitor.com


Telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris says he plans to approach Greece or Italy about buying an island where refugees will be treated as ‘human beings.’

Source: Egyptian billionaire offers to buy a Mediterranean island for refugees – CSMonitor.com

today’s holiday: Watermelon-Eating and Seed-Spitting Contest


Watermelon-Eating and Seed-Spitting Contest

The only event of its kind sanctioned by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Watermelon-Eating and Seed-Spitting Contest in Pardeeville, Wisconsin, is attended by up to 9,000 people. Rules for the spitting contest are strictly enforced: professional tobacco spitters are not eligible; denture wearers must abide by the judge’s decision if their teeth go further than the seed; and no one is allowed to propel their seeds through a pipe or tube. The festival also includes a watermelon volleyball competition, carving contests, and a parade. More… Discuss

Carpenters – I Won’t Last A Day Without You


Carpenters – I Won’t Last A Day Without You


The Carpenters classic : “SING” (Peacewalker)

quotation: Edith Wharton


After all, one knows one’s weak points so well, that it’s rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Discuss

today’s birthday: Werner Herzog (1942)


Werner Herzog (1942)

One of the leading filmmakers in contemporary German cinema, Herzog is a prolific director, screenwriter, and producer known for his vivid and poetic films. During the 1960s, he mostly made short films but completed his first feature, Signs of Life, in 1968. He went on to make a number of films noted for their acutely observed detail and tales of danger and escape. More recently, he has made several acclaimed documentaries. What criminal act started Herzog on his filmmaking career? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Continental Congress Assembles in Philadelphia (1774)


First Continental Congress Assembles in Philadelphia (1774)

Indignation against England’s colonial policy reached fever pitch in the British North American colonies after the passage of the so-called Intolerable Acts. The First Continental Congress, made up of delegates from every colony except Georgia, was convened in Philadelphia to address grievances against British policy. At that time, only a few radical members considered the possibility of breaking with England. What course of action did the delegates elect to pursue instead? More… Discuss

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

L. Frank Baum was an American journalist, playwright, and author. In 1900, he published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a story about a girl named Dorothy who is carried by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Baum’s fame rests largely on his 14 stories of Oz, all of which emphasize the virtues of practicality, self-reliance, tolerance, and egalitarianism. In 1938, the story was made into an extraordinarily popular motion picture. Who played the role of Dorothy? More… Discuss

word: diffidence


diffidence

Definition: (noun) The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
Synonyms: self-distrust, self-doubt
Usage: The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence. Discuss.

Gică Petrescu-Căsuța noastră


Gică Petrescu-Căsuța noastră

Ioana Radu – Mai vino seara pe la noi (cantece populare)


Ioana Radu – Mai vino seara pe la noi (cantece populare)

Imigranţii nu sunt ca românii | Sorin Bocancea | adevarul.ro


În discuţia declanşată de valul migrator ce loveşte Europa, apare în mod frecvent o comparaţie: imigranţii de acum sunt ca românii în anii ’90; drept urmare, nu am avea noi îndrituirea să-i judecăm acum pe cei ce îşi continuă marşul spre inima Europei pentru că şi ai noştri… Astfel, cu o asemenea istorie nefastă în spate, ar trebui să lăsăm să se audă doar vocea umaniştilor radicali.

Source: Imigranţii nu sunt ca românii | Sorin Bocancea | adevarul.ro

Maria Tănase – Blestem – Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă (Târaitul Şarpelui)


Maria Tănase – Blestem – Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă (Târaitul Şarpelui)

02_Maria Tanase: Ma dusei sa trec la Olt


02_Maria Tanase: Ma dusei sa trec la Olt

Constantin Brâncuşi, o imagine neclară pentru John Moore, fiul său secret | Cristina Hermeziu | adevarul.ro


John Constantin Brâncuşi Moore are 81 de ani şi trăieşte lângă Paris. Fost fotograf la faimosul cabaret Crazy Horse, bătrânul îşi aminteşte de invitaţiile pe care le primea odinioară la ceremonii brâncuşiene, în Franţa sau în lume, ca fiu al sculptorului, unicul. În actul său de naştere, emis la Londra în 1934, scrie, în dreptul numelui – „Moore“, iar la prenume – „John Constantin Brâncuşi“.

Source: Constantin Brâncuşi, o imagine neclară pentru John Moore, fiul său secret | Cristina Hermeziu | adevarul.ro