Monthly Archives: October 2015

Weekend Edition: The week’s best reads


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A riot of scents at Delhi’s oldest perfumery


A riot of scents at Delhi’s oldest perfumery http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-34674507

Work begins on UK’s new UK Mid-East base


Work begins on UK’s new UK Mid-East base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34690895

UN and Red Cross rebuke world leaders


UN and Red Cross rebuke world leaders http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34690546

Sinai plane crash: IS claim rejected


Sinai plane crash: IS claim rejected http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34690936

Bangladeshi publisher hacked to death


Bangladeshi publisher hacked to death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34688245

best readings: The Art of War by Sun Tzu


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The Art of War- Sunzi_Librivox
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The Art of War

 

Librivox recording of The Art of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Lionel Giles.

Read by Moira Fogarty.

“The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. The Art of War is one of the oldest and most famous studies of strategy and has had a huge influence on both military planning and beyond. The Art of War has also been applied, with much success, to business and managerial strategies.” (summary from Wikipedia)

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Access here: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection


The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection

LibriVox – founded in 2005 – is a community of volunteers from all over the world who record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain in the USA and available as free down

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll


Published January 11, 2006
 
Librivox recording of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. A children’s classic!

Read by:
Chapter 01 Kristen McQuillin
Chapter 02 Brad Bush
Chapter 03 Roger W. Barnett
Chapter 04 Miette
Chapter 05 Mark Bradford
Chapter 06 Raza Shah
Chapter 07 Kara Shallenberg
Chapter 08 Kristen McQuillin
Chapter 09 MarinaMechanical
Chapter 10 Roger W. Barnett
Chapter 11 R. Francis Smith
Chapter 12 Chris Goringe

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Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 31st, 2015: St. Wolfgang


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St. Wolfgang

Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon … continue reading

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CARL MARIA VON WEBER. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 19


CARL MARIA VON WEBER. Symphony No. 1 in C major,  Op. 19

Best classical music: Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante


Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante

Historic Musical Bits: Mozart: Piano concerto n. No. 21 in C major, K.467(“Elvira Madigan”) Pollini-Muti


Mozart: Piano concerto n. No. 21 in C major, K.467 (“Elvira Madigan”) Pollini-Muti

great compositions/performances: Strauss, R., Duet Concertino, Chamber Orchestra of New York


Strauss, R., Duet Concertino, Chamber Orchestra of New York

great compositions/performances: Lenárd conducts Glazunov – The Seasons (complete ballet)


Lenárd conducts Glazunov – The Seasons (complete ballet)

Best Autumn Music: Autumn Music – Beautiful Autumn – Beautiful Music okanokumo


Published on Sep 11, 2014

Thank you for the comment which remains in my heart.
00:00 Blue pond
02:13 Soft sunlight of autumn
05:03 Moving sunset
07:40 Rural autumn
10:04 Valley in autumn
12:17 Fresh snow Mountain range
14:09 Autumnal tree
16:11 Rural landscape
18:37 That autumn remains in my heart
28:44 That autumn reaches in my heart
39:31 Misty morning
42:41 Warm evening of autumn
46:52 Fine autumn day
48:58 Woods which became yellow
51:21 Various autumnal leaves
53:54 Winter comes soon.
57:11 Autumn of my heart

 

Today’s holiday: Guavaween


Guavaween

Guavaween is a parade and block party with a Latin flavor in Ybor City, a two-square-mile area in Tampa, Florida. The “guava” stands for the tropical American fruit, while the “ween” alludes to the festival’s resemblance to Halloween, also observed around this time of year. The parade, with 20 to 50 bands, is led by a woman portraying the mythical “Mama Guava” doing the “Mama Guava Stumble.” Many paraders wear costumes lampooning national figures. After the early evening parade, there is partying until the wee hours. More… Discuss

Great compositions/performances: Mendelssohn – Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4 Classical Music Best Piano and Violin


Mendelssohn – Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4 – Classical Music Best Piano and Violin

QUOTATION: It is not that the Englishman can’t feel—it is that he is afraid to feel. E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


It is not that the Englishman can’t feel—it is that he is afraid to feel. He has been taught at his public school that feeling is bad form. He must not express great joy or sorrow, or even open his mouth too wide when he talks—his pipe might fall out if he did.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Enron CFO Andrew Fastow Indicted for Fraud (2002)


Enron CFO Andrew Fastow Indicted for Fraud (2002)

In 2000, natural gas and electricity trading giant Enron was the seventh largest corporation in the US. In 2001, it became the largest bankruptcy and stock collapse in US history at the time, devastating the pensions of some 20,000 employees. Fastow, Enron’s chief financial officer, was one of more than 20 people who were ultimately convicted of or pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy, and other crimes related to deceptive accounting practices. How long is Fastow’s prison sentence? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: John Keats (1795)


John Keats (1795)

Considered one of the greatest English poets, Keats worked as a surgeon’s apprentice before devoting himself entirely to poetry at age 21. During a few intense months in 1819, he produced many of his greatest works, including “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” and “To Autumn.” His Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems is perhaps the greatest single volume of poetry published in England in the 19th century. Tragically, Keats died at just 25 from what disease? More… Discuss

Earth First!


Earth First!

In 1980, a group of radical environmental activists formed the group Earth First!, pledging “No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth!” In 1985, the group held its first “tree sit,” in which members sat in and around trees to prevent logging. From about 1987 on, the group turned to direct action tactics and attracted many new members. Though the organization has its roots in the US, chapters have developed in countries spanning the globe. What was the Merseyside Dock Action? More… Discuss

word: phytophagous


phytophagous

Definition: (adjective) Feeding on plants, including shrubs and trees.
Synonyms: plant-eating, phytophilous
Usage: The dot moth is phytophagous, feeding on a wide variety of plants. Discuss.

‘No survivors’ in Sinai airline crash


‘No survivors’ in Sinai airline crash

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Tainted Treats: Racism And The Rise Of Big Candy http://n.pr/1HhfW4q

Russian plane ‘crashes in Sinai’


Russian plane ‘crashes in Sinai’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34687139

Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon’s underground ocean


Stunning Nasa images capture hints of Saturn moon’s underground ocean

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US special forces in Syria are Obama’s latest broken foreign policy promise


US special forces in Syria are Obama’s latest broken foreign policy promise

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Why the Salem witch trials still haunt the American imagination


Why the Salem witch trials still haunt the American imagination

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Syria decision the latest blow to Obama’s Middle East legacy


Syria decision the latest blow to Obama’s Middle East legacy

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Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer


Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer

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Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer


Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34667804

Syria: If not Assad, then who?


Syria: If not Assad, then who?

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Gulag museum recreates Soviet terror


Gulag museum recreates Soviet terror

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Will you miss Facebook’s ‘other’ inbox?


Will you miss Facebook’s ‘other’ inbox? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34676927

Tor launches hidden chat tool


Tor launches hidden chat tool http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34677323

Black activists disrupt Clinton rally


Black activists disrupt Clinton rally http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34684809

US to send special forces into Syria


US to send special forces into Syria http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34681648

Germany seeks to slow migrant flow


Germany seeks to slow migrant flow http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34683056

World powers step up Syria peace quest


World powers step up Syria peace quest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34673535

Romanian nightclub explosion leaves 26 dead, dozens injured


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Romanian nightclub explosion leaves 26 dead, dozens injured

The porcupine tree Today


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The porcupine tree Today

this Pressed: Misterul unei crime vechi de 500 de ani, din pădurea bântuită a Clujului. Erorile au fost descifrate abia acum de un criminalist istoric | adevarul.ro


Experienţa de peste un deceniu la Investigaţii Criminale şi cercetările istorice l-au făcut pe poliţistul Gabriel Rusu să înţeleagă că omul e capabil de o cruzime nebănuită, indiferent de secolul de care vorbim.Ştiri pe aceeaşi temă Locuri bântuite din Cluj. Poveşti cu fantome de odinioară: contesa de …La cei 48 de ani, Gabriel Virgil Rusu a văzut multe grozăvii de care oamenii civilizaţi spun că doar monştrii fără suflet din trecut ar fi capabili să le săvârşească. Însă, realitatea contrazice gândurile oamenilor. ”Să ştiţi că, uneori, parcă trecutul trece fără rost. Am asistat mai demult la o pruncucidere. O femeie îşi aruncase nou-născutul în latrină, la fel ca o alta în 1593”, concluzionează dezamăgit omul legii.A făcut Dreptul la Academia de Poliţie, apoi Istoria la Cluj. Jurist de formaţie, a lucrat 11 ani la Investigaţii Criminale, iar acum este adjunct la Şcoala de Agenţi de Poliţie ”Septimiu Mureşan” din Cluj şi, când are timp, cercetează trecutul prin arhive şi biblioteci. Iar lucrurile interesante pe care le găseşte le spune şi altora sub forma cărţilor şi articolelor.Crima din pădurea bântuită Un astfel de exemplu este materialul publicat în volumul ”Poveşti despre Cluj”, lansat în urmă cu câteva săptămâni. Textul are la bază scrisoarea unui iezuit către superiorii săi unde este descris modul injust în care a fost rezolvată o crimă la 1582. Poliţistul căuta informaţii pentru teza de doctorat când a dat peste impresiile iezuitului Ştefan Szanto, zis Arator, într-o colecţie de documente publicate de Maria Holban, ”Călători străini despre Ţările Române”, apărute prin anii 70. Ştefan Szanto era un călugăr iezuit maghiar, trimis în 1580, la Cluj, la solicitarea principelui Transilvaniei de atunci, Ştefan Bathory, ca să consolideze Colegiul iezuit existent în oraş. Szanto petrece 4 ani la Cluj, perioada în care descrie, în corespondenţa sa cu superiorii, lumea transilvană din a doua jumătate a secolului al XV-lea.Poliţistul clujean a luat Codul Penal actual, a încercat să vadă ce pedepse erau atunci, cum se pedeapseau acestea atunci şi a alcătuit un cod virtual al infracţiunilor de odinioară. ”La omor am găsit această speţă comisă în Cluj-Mănăştur de necunoscuţi, apoi identificată în persoana celor patru ciobani, din care doi au ajuns să fie condamnaţi”, explică Gabriel Rusu (foto dreapta, credit: arhivă personală)

Source: Misterul unei crime vechi de 500 de ani, din pădurea bântuită a Clujului. Erorile au fost descifrate abia acum de un criminalist istoric | adevarul.ro

great compositions/performances: Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22


Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22

great compositions/performances: 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

historic musical bits: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61


F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

historic musical bits: Shostakovich Plays Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102


Shostakovich Plays Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

historic musical bits: SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No.2 | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1959


SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No.2 | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1959

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 30th, 2015: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

Confessor and Jay brother, also called Alonso. He was born in Segovia, Spain, on July 25, 1532, the son of a wealthy merchant, and was prepared for First Communion by Blessed Peter Favre, a friend of … continue reading

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today’s holiday: American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo


American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo

Also known as the American Royal, or simply the Royal, this is the oldest, and one of the largest, livestock shows and rodeos in the United States, dating back to the period just after the Civil War. The main events occur in October and November. The American Royal Rodeo is the final rodeo of the season on the professional circuit, featuring over 700 professional riders and offering more than $100,000 in prize money. There are also livestock auctions, horse and livestock shows, country music concerts, barbecue competitions, and a parade through downtown Kansas City. More… Discuss