Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

Scriabin Prelude Op 9 For The Left Hand Alone Valentina Lisitsa


Scriabin Prelude Op 9 For The Left Hand Alone Valentina Lisitsa

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Opting out: Inside corporate America’s push to ditch workers’ comp – ProPublica


One Texas lawyer is helping companies opt out of workers’ compensation and write their own rules. What does it mean for injured workers?

Source: Opting out: Inside corporate America’s push to ditch workers’ comp – ProPublica

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 23rd, 2015: St. John of Capistrano


Great compositions/performances: Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op 10, No. 3. Daniel Barenboim, piano


Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op 10, No. 3.
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Dream Children, Dorabella, and Carissima by Sir Edward Elgar


Dream Children, Dorabella, and Carissima by Sir Edward Elgar

Uploaded on Aug 21, 2010

The beautiful music of Elgar set to images of children, flowers and pets.
1. Dream Children Op.43 : II Allegretto piacevole
2. Enigma Variations Op. 36 :X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
3. Excerpt from “Carissima”

Strongest hurricane ever makes landfall in Mexico: official


http://news.yahoo.com/strongest-hurricane-ever-makes-landfall-mexico-official-231401016.html
Strongest hurricane ever makes landfall in Mexico: official

today’s holiday: Hungary Republic Day


Hungary Republic Day

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23. They originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. More… Discuss

quotation: Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. E. M. Forster


Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

today’s birthday: Pierre Larousse (1817)


Pierre Larousse (1817)

Larousse was a French publisher, lexicographer, and encyclopedist. In 1852, he founded a publishing house called Librairie Larousse, producing textbooks, grammar books, and dictionaries, but his major work, reflecting his desire “to teach everyone about everything,” was the combined dictionary and encyclopedia Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle, or Great Universal 19th-Century Dictionary, which took more than 10 years to complete. Who finished it after Larousse’s death? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Springhill Mine Bump (1958)


The Springhill Mine Bump (1958)

Just two years after an explosion killed 39 miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada, the most severe “bump,” or underground shockwave, in North American mining history devastated the mining town again. Of the 174 miners in the mine at the time of the collapse, 100 were rescued by draegermen—rescue miners—who spent days trying to make contact with those below. Seventy-four miners were killed in the tragedy. Why were the bodies of the dead removed from the mine in airtight aluminum coffins? More… Discuss

The Mechanical Turk


The Mechanical Turk

In 1770, Wolfgang von Kempelen unveiled his Mechanical Turk, a chess-playing automaton. Dressed in a cloak and turban and seated behind a chessboard, the mannequin played chess and executed complex mathematical puzzles. The Turk performed before numerous world leaders before it was revealed to be a hoax; the cabinet beneath the chessboard, which housed the internal mechanism, actually hid a chess master who secretly operated the machine. Which French Emperor was defeated by von Kempelen’s Turk? More… Discuss

word: necropolis


necropolis

Definition: (noun) A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
Synonyms: cemetery, burial ground, graveyard, memorial park
Usage: A guardian in a braided cap walked listlessly through the room like a ghost stalking through a necropolis. Discuss.

From NPR News


Why Calling Slaves ‘Workers’ Is More Than An Editing Error http://n.pr/1LpIaxS

Plague traced back to Bronze Age


Plague traced back to Bronze Age http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34603116

Seeking asylum on children’s bicycles


Seeking asylum on children’s bicycles http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34602208

Mexico police find US drugs tunnel


Mexico police find US drugs tunnel http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-34611997

151021- My Flower Today


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151021- My Flower Today