Daily Archives: November 21, 2015

Belgium on high alert over ‘imminent’ threat

Belgium on high alert over ‘imminent’ threat



MUSLIM AMERICANS: Situation worse than after 9/11

MUSLIM AMERICANS: Situation worse than after 9/11



din lumea celor care nu cuvanta:  Cat with ducklings|via SheKnows

Meet Della, the adorable farm cat who adopted an unexpected group of babies and raised them with her kittens.

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This Pressed: Russia Offers France New Puppy in Solidarity After Police Dog Killed in Raid – via NBC News (symbolic gestures to the bereaved …Much more important than a thousand words!)

Russia Offers France New Puppy in Solidarity After Police Dog Killed in Raidby The Associated PressRussia’s interior minister said he will send a German shepherd puppy to the French police to honor a police dog killed in action and express solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.France’s National Police said a 7-year-old Belgian shepherd named Diesel was “killed by terrorists” on Wednesday during a raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.Image: FRANCE-RUSSIA-ATTACKS-ANIMALS-POLICEThe puppy named Dobrynya in Moscow. RUSSIA’S INTERIOR MINISTRY via AFPGen. Vladimir Kolokoltsevs said in a statement late on Friday that along with his condolences over the deadly attacks he will send to his French counterpart a puppy so that it “could replace Diesel.””Assault dogs and explosive-sniffing dog: indispensable in RAID missions,” French police said in a post on Twitter after announcing Diesel’s death. Les chiens d’assaut et de recherche d’explosifs: indispensables dans les missions des opérateurs du #RAID pic.twitter.com/vb5lGjnwjO — Police Nationale (@PNationale) November 18, 2015Kolokoltsev said the puppy was named Dobrynya after a Russian fairy-tale knight who “symbolizes strength, goodness, valor and unconditional support.”

Source: Russia Offers France New Puppy in Solidarity After Police Dog Killed in Raid – NBC News

‘Frankenfish’ salmon coming soon to a supermarket near you

News24US.comWhat’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.Critics call it “frankenfish,” but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years.“There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon,” the agency said.The Obama administration had stalled in approving the salmon for more than five years amid consumer concerns about genetically modified foods. The fish grows twice as fast as normal salmon, so it reaches market size more quickly.AquAdvantage Salmon is engineered by the Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty. Ron Stotish, the company’s CEO, said in a statement that the fish is a “game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers in an environmentally responsible manner without damaging the ocean and other marine habitats.”AquaBounty said the fish could be on grocery store shelves in about two years, which is how long it takes the salmon to grow.Once the salmon reach stores, consumers may not know they are eating them. Because there are no material differences between an engineered and a normal salmon, the FDA says the law does not require the fish to be labeled as engineered. AquaBounty says that genetically modified salmon have the same flavor, texture, color and odor as the conventional fish.The FDA released separate wording that would set guidelines for retailers who do want to label the fish, along with additional guidance for voluntary labeling of genetically modified plant foods.Some retailers have said they won’t sell the fish at all — retailers Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and Kroger have all said they are not planning to sell AquAdvantage Salmon.Critics have pressured retailers to reject the salmon, which they have labeled “Frankenfish.” They worry it could cause human allergies and the eventual decimation of the natural salmon population if it escapes into the wild.“There’s no place on our dinner plates for genetically engineered fish,” said Lisa Archer of the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth. “We will continue to work to ensure the market, from grocery retailers to restaurants, continues to listen to the majority of consumers that don’t want to eat this poorly studied, unlabeled genetically engineered fish.”Just hours after the announcement, another advocacy group, The Center for Food Safety, said it would sue FDA to block the approval.Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has said the engineered salmon could harm her state’s wild salmon industry. She took to the Senate floor to criticize the FDA shortly after the announcement, saying she was “spitting mad.” She and other Alaska and Pacific Northwest lawmakers said they will swiftly push legislation to mandate labeling of the modified fish.The FDA said the salmon will be allowed to be raised only in land-based, contained hatchery tanks at two facilities in Canada and Panama, and that other facilities in the US or elsewhere cannot breed or raise the salmon for human consumption. Those restrictions limit the amount of food the company can produce.The agency said that there are “multiple and redundant levels of physical barriers” in the facilities to prevent the escape of fish. The fish would be bred to be female and sterile, so if any did escape, they should not be able to breed.The salmon has an added growth hormone from the Pacific Chinook salmon that allows that fish to produce growth hormone all year long. Engineers have been able to keep the hormone active by using another gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout that acts like an “on” switch. Typical Atlantic salmon produce the growth hormone for only part of the year.Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the agency “has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information” submitted by AquaBounty. To approve an engineered animal for human consumption, the agency reviews a company’s data and must determine that the food is safe to eat, that the engineering is safe for the fish and that the company’s claim — in this case, faster growth — is accurate.AquaBounty’s Stotish said he is hopeful the fish will gain consumer acceptance as people learn more about it.“We think time and education and information may allow many of these folks to change their mind,” he said of critics.

Source: ‘Frankenfish’ salmon coming soon to a supermarket near you

Fabulous renditions: Itzhak Perlman – Bach Partita Nº 2, BWV 1004

Itzhak Perlman – Bach Partita Nº 2, BWV 1004

Fabulous renditions: Angela Gheorghiu – Franz Schubert – Ave Maria

Angela Gheorghiu – Franz Schubert – Ave Maria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave verum Corpus KV 618 – The Vienna Choir Boys

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave verum Corpus KV 618 – The Vienna Choir Boys

great compositions/performances: Edvard Hagerup Grieg. Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56

Edvard Hagerup Grieg. Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56

historic musical bits: Mendelssohn / Frank Pelleg, 1954: Quartet in B minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 3

Mendelssohn / Frank Pelleg, 1954: Quartet in B minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 3 – Complete

great compositions/performances: “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams (Support the troops!)

“Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams

great compositions/performances: Debussy: Petite Suite

Debussy: Petite Suite

Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 21st, 2015: St. Gelasius

Image of St. Gelasius

St. Gelasius

St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day – November 21) Gelasius was born in Rome, in the fifth century, the son of an African named Valerius. Later, ordained a priest, he was elected Pope on March 1st, … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Surin Elephant Round-Up

Surin Elephant Round-Up

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, elephant basketball, and other sports. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing. More… Discuss

Quotation: The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply. Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

today’s birthday: Voltaire (1694)

Voltaire (1694)

Voltaire was the pseudonym of French philosopher and writer François-Marie Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire was a prolific writer who authored tragedies, poems, and works on philosophical and moral problems, including Lettres philosophiques and Candide, a satire on philosophical optimism. During his lifetime, he was twice imprisoned in the Bastille and, in 1726, was exiled to England. How did Voltaire create his pen name? More… Discuss

Read more about Voltaire HERE

this day in the yesteryear: Mayflower Compact Signed (1620)

Mayflower Compact Signed (1620)

The decision to settle outside the boundaries of established colonial government rather than within Virginia territory, as originally planned, led some Mayflower passengers to assert that they would not be bound by laws. Concerned Pilgrim leaders drafted a compact providing for the temporary government of the colony. The 41 adult male signers agreed to combine themselves into a “civil Body Politick” that would enact “just and equal laws” that were made for the “general good” of what? More… Discuss

The Rosicrucian Order

The Rosicrucian Order

In the early 1600s, three manifestos were published describing an esoteric order founded by Christian Rosenkreuz. The Rosicrucian Order’s secret teachings deal with the occult symbols of the rose and the cross and with mystical writings containing kabbalistic, Hermetic, and other doctrines. Practitioners claim occult powers and employ the terminology of alchemy to expound their mystical doctrines. According to the 17th century texts, Rosenkreutz was born in 1378 and lived for how many years? More… Discuss

word: menhir


Definition: (noun) A tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France.
Synonyms: standing stone
Usage: The neo-pagans made the huge menhir the site of their annual spring celebration. Discuss.

Does the West want Middle East democracy?

Does the West want Middle East democracy?



Half of Amazon trees ‘face extinction’

Half of Amazon trees ‘face extinction’



US election settled by ‘drawing straws’

US election settled by ‘drawing straws’