Daily Archives: October 16, 2015

Judge: Texas may deny birth certificates to immigrants’ kids


http://news.yahoo.com/injunction-birth-certificates-us-born-kids-denied-224615724.html
Judge: Texas may deny birth certificates to immigrants’ kids

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historic musical bits: Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

great compositions/performances: Saint-Saëns – Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) (1886)


Saint-Saëns – Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) (1886)

great compositions/performances: Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre Played by:National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:Leopold Stokowski.


Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

Great compositions/performances: Michael Collins, London Winds & RNO. Dvorak Serenade for wind instruments, cello and bass op.44


Michael Collins, London Winds & RNO. Dvorak Serenade for wind instruments, cello and bass op.44

historic musical bits: Itzhak Perlman Manuel de Falla Danse Espagnole


Itzhak Perlman Manuel de Falla Danse Espagnole

historic musical bits: Bernstein Beethoven Leonore Overture Nº3


Bernstein Beethoven Leonore Overture Nº3

today’s holiday: World Food Day


World Food Day

Proclaimed in 1979 by the conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is designed to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. October 16 is the anniversary of the founding of the FAO in Rome, Italy, in 1945. More… Discuss

My Antonia, by Willa Carter, audiobook – part 1


My Antonia audiobook – part 1

Published on Jun 4, 2013

My Antonia audiobook
by Willa Cather (1873-1947)
http://free-audio-books.info/historic…
My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book’s narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Ántonia’s life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens. (Summary from Wikipedia)

quotation: Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact. Willa Cather (1873-1947) +My Antonia, YouTube


Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

My Antonia audiobook – part 1

today’s birthday: Noah Webster (1758)


Noah Webster (1758)

Webster was an American lexicographer. After serving in the American Revolution, he published The Elementary Spelling Book, or “Blue-Backed Speller,” which helped standardize American spelling and sold some 100 million copies. In 1807, he began work on his landmark American Dictionary of the English Language, which included definitions of 70,000 words—of which 12,000 had never appeared in a dictionary before. How many languages did he learn while compiling the dictionary? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cardiff Giant “Uncovered” in New York (1869)


Cardiff Giant “Uncovered” in New York (1869)

One of the most famous hoaxes in American history, the Cardiff Giant was a gypsum statue passed off as a petrified prehistoric man. It was the creation of businessman George Hull, who had the figure sculpted, artificially weathered, buried, and dug up. After charging fascinated onlookers to view the figure, Hull sold the giant, which was so popular that P.T. Barnum even had an unauthorized copy of it made. What much-repeated aphorism was coined in reference to those paying to see Barnum’s giant? More… Discuss

Pankration


Pankration

Pankration, as practiced in the ancient world, combined the techniques of boxing and wrestling in a no holds barred fighting sport. According to Greek mythology, the sport was created by Hercules and Theseus. It was introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BCE, and a similar form of the sport, called mixed martial arts, is still practiced today. Pankration was not simply a sport; it formed the basis of combat training for Greek soldiers. In what ways did it resemble Asian martial arts? More… Discuss

word: salubrious


salubrious

Definition: (adjective) Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.
Synonyms: healthy, good for you
Usage: She owned a cheerful vegetarian restaurant where she sold protein shakes and other salubrious refreshments. Discuss.

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Czars And Firebrands: A Brief History Of Power In The House http://n.pr/1QA0kOG

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Fundraising Downers Don’t Portend Well For Many Campaigns http://n.pr/1LSyngF

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N.Y. Takes Action Against Surprise Medical Bills From Urgent Care Clinics http://n.pr/1LcKrwf

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Google’s Book-Scanning Project Is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Says http://n.pr/1LSeXZo

Two new Ebola cases in Guinea


Two new Ebola cases in Guinea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34550615

US condemns Iranian missile test


US condemns Iranian missile test http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34555008

Europe and Russia plan Moon mission


Europe and Russia plan Moon mission http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34504067

Turkey: No deal on EU migrant crisis


Turkey: No deal on EU migrant crisis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34553458

AT&T, Verizon Named in U.S. Probe of $20 Billion Data Market – Bloomberg Business


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-16/at-t-verizon-named-in-u-s-probe-of-20-billion-data-market?cmpid=yhoo.headline

Is Obama’s Health Overhaul Losing Steam?


http://news.yahoo.com/getting-harder-sign-uninsured-health-care-151945117–finance.html
The health care law’s historic gains in coverage may be leveling off: The Obama administration announced Thursday it expects only a slight overall increase in enrollment next year. Premiums are expected to go up next year by a bigger amount than this year.

The Little Gear That Could Reshape the Jet Engine


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-15/pratt-s-purepower-gtf-jet-engine-innovation-took-almost-30-years?cmpid=yhoo.headline
The Little Gear That Could Reshape the Jet Engine

Wal-Mart’s Entire Business Model Is Being Smashed to Pieces


http://www.thestreet.com/story/13325724/1/wal-mart-s-entire-business-model-is-being-smashed-to-pieces.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO
Wal-Mart’s Entire Business Model Is Being Smashed to Pieces

AT&T CEO apologizes for awesomely bad response to longtime customer


https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/t-ceo-apologizes-awesomely-bad-response-longtime-customer-195542761.html
AT&T CEO apologizes for awesomely bad response to longtime customer

Obama’s comments about Hillary Clinton’s email left ‘a foul taste in the FBI’s mouth’


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obamas-comments-hillary-clintons-email-143500810.html
Obama’s comments about Hillary Clinton’s email left ‘a foul taste in the FBI’s mouth’

The Knick: scalpel-sharp second season cuts away at Mad Men’s status


The Knick: scalpel-sharp second season cuts away at Mad Men’s status

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Bernie Sanders rejects $2,700 donation from price-hiking drug company boss


Bernie Sanders rejects $2,700 donation from price-hiking drug company boss

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Bernie Sanders rejects $2,700 donation from price-hiking drug company boss


Bernie Sanders rejects $2,700 donation from price-hiking drug company boss

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Torture by another name: CIA used ‘water dousing’ on at least 12 detainees


Torture by another name: CIA used ‘water dousing’ on at least 12 detainees

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I had an illegal abortion in 1953. We need Roe v Wade to ensure no one else has to


I had an illegal abortion in 1953. We need Roe v Wade to ensure no one else has to

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I had an illegal abortion in 1953. We need Roe v Wade to ensure no one else has to


I had an illegal abortion in 1953. We need Roe v Wade to ensure no one else has to

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We can’t stop rape if we prize men’s reputations over women’s safety


We can’t stop rape if we prize men’s reputations over women’s safety

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Solu: the Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world


Solu: the Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world

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Why Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the film to watch this week – video review


Why Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the film to watch this week – video review

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Lithe spirit: Dame Angela Lansbury at 90


Lithe spirit: Dame Angela Lansbury at 90

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Elena Ferrante on Sense and Sensibility: ‘I was passionate about Austen’s anonymity’


Elena Ferrante on Sense and Sensibility: ‘I was passionate about Austen’s anonymity’

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Woman convicted of witchcraft to get retrial 300 years on


Woman convicted of witchcraft to get retrial 300 years on

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Snowden and Ellsberg hail leak of drone documents from new whistleblower


Snowden and Ellsberg hail leak of drone documents from new whistleblower

http://gu.com/p/4dbnn?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

France 24 :


The Lord of the dance: Benjamin Millepied

http://f24.my/1KdiXTe

France 24 :


Gangland violence killing Acapulco tourism

http://f24.my/1Lx3Rx4

France 24 :


Arson attack on Jewish site starts new wave of unrest

http://f24.my/1LwSx48

France 24 :


Scores arrested as US targets Chinese drugs network

http://f24.my/1Kc6WNY

Fears grow over antibiotic resistance


Fears grow over antibiotic resistance http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34541253

Ancestors ‘slept less’ than we do


Ancestors ‘slept less’ than we do http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34544394

Oil companies back Paris climate deal


Oil companies back Paris climate deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34551519

US ‘clock boy’ meets Sudan leader


US ‘clock boy’ meets Sudan leader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34551890

US ‘clock boy’ meets Sudan leader


US ‘clock boy’ meets Sudan leader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34551890