Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

Today’s Holiday: Festival of Castor and Pollux


Today’s Holiday
Festival of Castor and Pollux
In Greco-Roman mythology, Castor and Pollux were twin gods who helped shipwrecked sailors and received sacrifices for favorable winds. Worshipped as the Dioscuri (from the Greek Dioskouroi, or “sons of Zeus”), their cult was a popular one in 484 BCE, when, according to legend, the twins fought on the side of the Romans in the Battle of Lake Regillus and brought word of their victory to Rome. A temple was built for them in the Forum, and it was here that the annual festival in their honor was celebrated on July 15.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Jacques Derrida (1930)


Today’s Birthday
Jacques Derrida (1930)
Derrida was an Algerian-born French philosopher whose critique of Western philosophy encompasses literature, linguistics, and psychoanalysis. In his famously dense and complex writings, he attempted to take apart, or “deconstruct,” the edifice of Western metaphysics and reveal what he deemed its incompatible foundations. His thought is based on his disapproval of the search for an ultimate metaphysical certainty. Why was Derrida so controversial among many of his fellow philosophers?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History Fire Ravages Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823): In 1823, a worker repairing the roof of Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls accidentally started a fire that resulted in its almost total destruction.


This Day in History
Fire Ravages Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823)
In 1823, a worker repairing the roof of Rome’s Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls accidentally started a fire that resulted in its almost total destruction. The church, built under Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, had retained its original character for nearly 1,500 years. Reconstruction work began almost immediately with the aim of recreating the original structure. The viceroy of Egypt contributed alabaster pillars to the rebuilding effort, while the Russian emperor sent what?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day Charles: Dickens


Quote of the Day
Charles Dickens
When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Article of the Day: Pareidolia


Article of the Day
Pareidolia
Whether it’s a face on Mars or the Virgin Mary’s image on a grilled-cheese sandwich, perception of the meaningful in the mundane is common. It is called pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon in which a vague and random stimulus, such as an image or sound, is perceived as significant. Common examples include images of animals in clouds, the man in the moon, and hidden messages on records played in reverse. What test uses pareidolia to attempt to gain insight into a person’s mental state?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: ridgepole


Word of the Day
ridgepole
Definition: (noun) A horizontal beam at the ridge of a roof to which the rafters are attached.
Synonyms: rooftree
Usage: I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 : Video: Where is France’s military deployed around the world?


Video: Where is France’s military deployed around the world?

http://f24.my/29QaKOo

As France celebrates Bastille Day with its annual military parade in Paris, FRANCE 24 takes a look at the country’s military presence across the globe.

President François Hollande on Wednesday announced that France’s military mission in Central Africa, also known as operation Sangaris, will end in October.
French forces remain active in at least five other overseas military theatres, with soldiers also massively deployed inside the country as part of anti-terror operations.
Click on the player above for a full overview of France’s ongoing military operations.

France 24 : France identifies real leader of Paris attacks, report says


France identifies real leader of Paris attacks, report says

http://f24.my/2acAdzd

French authorities say they have identified the commander of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks on Paris and know that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, cornered and killed days later by police, played a lesser role.

Newly published official documents cite testimony by Bernard Bajolet, France’s head of external security, to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry into France’s anti-terrorism activities held on May 24.
Bajolet did not identify who authorities now think was commander, or whether the person is alive or dead.
Abaaoud was initially described as the leader of the machinegun and suicide bomb attacks on the Bataclan music hall, Paris bars and restaurants, and the Stade de France football stadium, in which 130 people died.
“It is true that Abaaoud was a coordinator, but he was not the commander,” Bajolet was quoted as saying. “We know who the commander is, but I will stay discreet on that point.
“We now have a good knowledge of the organogram … We have made progress on these subjects, we therefore have an idea of the identity of the commander.”
Parliament published recommendations of the inquiry last week and released its full report on Tuesday.
(REUTERS)

France 24 : At least 80 people are dead after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice


Live: Dozens killed as lorry ploughs into crowd in Nice

http://f24.my/29Seuz8

At least 80 people are dead after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what is being investigated as a terror attack.

Here are the main developments so far:
At around 11pm local time a lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice towards the end of a fireworks display to celebrate the Bastille Day holiday.
The lorry drove at a high speed for a distance of around 2km through the crowd, according to witnesses and officials.
The driver of the lorry was shot dead by police.
Officials have said that at least 80 people have died, including children, with around 20 more critically injured.
French President François Hollande said the attack was “clearly of a terrorist nature”. It is being investigated by France’s anti-terror unit.
Hollande said a state of emergency implemented after the November terror attacks in Paris and due to end on July 26 will be extended by another three months.
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BBC News: Attack in Nice: Many dead as lorry hits crowd


Attack in Nice: Many dead as lorry hits crowd – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36800730

Harta Romaniei Mari la 1919 !


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Asa arăta harta Romaniei Mari la 1919 !

Cetatea Ardud: Blazonul Sas-Drágffy, blazonul Transilvaniei și blazonul Ardudului.


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Cetatea Ardud, în maghiară Erdőd vára, în germană Burg von Erdeed.

Mulțumesc lui Tudor Fărcaș pentru fotografie.

Avem blazonul Sas-Drágffy, blazonul Transilvaniei și blazonul Ardudului.

Cetatea a fost construită în 1481, de viitorul voievod al Transilvaniei Bartolomeu Drágffy/Drágffy Bertalan/Bertold Drágffy.

Pe locul acestei fortărețe, nobilul Sándor Károlyi de Nagykároly/Alexander Károly von Nagy-Károly a construit, în anul 1730, un castel. În prezent se păstrează unul din turnuri, refăcut în anul 1896, în stil neogotic.

Ardudul are 4.219 de locuitori, din  care 2.082 sunt români(49,3%), 1.161 (27,5%) maghiari, 591(14,0%) țigani, 373(8,8%) șvabi sătmăreni, 9 (0,2%) ucraineni și 3 diverși…

Watch “Beethoven – Variations en ut majeur sur God save the King – Cziffra” on YouTube


Today’s Holiday: Bastille Day


Today’s Holiday
Bastille Day
The Bastille was a 14th-century fortress that became a notorious state prison in Paris. An angry mob assaulted the Bastille—which had come to symbolize the French monarchy’s oppression of the people—on July 14, 1789, freeing the political prisoners held there and launching the French Revolution. July 14 has been celebrated since that time in France as Fête Nationale, as well as in French territories in the Pacific, with parades, fireworks, and dancing in the streets. In Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia, it is called Tiurai or Heiva, and is celebrated for most of the month.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Ingmar Bergman (1918)


Today’s Birthday
Ingmar Bergman (1918).
Bergman was a Swedish film and stage writer, director, and producer. He achieved an impressive degree of freedom early in his career and used it to create and develop a highly individual approach. Working with many of the same actors and technicians from film to film—including actor Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist—Bergman filled his work with an unusual degree of unity and continuity. He won international acclaim for The Seventh Seal and what other films?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Darién Scheme: Ships Leave Scotland for Isthmus of Panama (1698)


This Day in History
The Darién Scheme: Ships Leave Scotland for Isthmus of Panama (1698)
In 1695, the Scottish Parliament passed an act chartering a trading company to open trade with Africa and the Indies in the hope that this would make Scotland a world trading nation. Backed by about a quarter of the country’s liquid assets, the Darién Company tried to establish a colony on the Isthmus of Panama to compete with the Dutch and Spanish, but both of its expeditions failed, nearly bankrupting Scotland in the process. The failures led to what acts of Parliament?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: George Eliot


Quote of the Day
George Eliot
Don’t let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck: can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Deadly Seas of the King Crab Season


Article of the Day
The Deadly Seas of the King Crab Season
One of the deadliest jobs in the US, Alaskan crab fishing requires fishermen to avoid drowning, hypothermia, and injuries from heavy machinery while hauling their cargo from the freezing waters off the coast of Alaska. The approved fishing season for a single king crab species can be as short as 4 days, requiring crew to toil tirelessly in dangerous conditions; but since deckhands are paid a percentage of the ship’s profit, motivation is high. What is the fatality rate in this industry?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: tempestuous


Word of the Day
tempestuous
Definition: (adjective) As if showing violent anger.
Synonyms: angry, furious, raging, wild
Usage: The raging sea and tempestuous winds indicated that a big storm was coming.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Bastille Day


Bastille Day
The Bastille was a 14th-century fortress that became a notorious state prison in Paris. An angry mob assaulted the Bastille—which had come to symbolize the French monarchy’s oppression of the people—on July 14, 1789, freeing the political prisoners held there and launching the French Revolution. July 14 has been celebrated since that time in France as Fête Nationale, as well as in French territories in the Pacific, with parades, fireworks, and dancing in the streets. In Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia, it is called Tiurai or Heiva, and is celebrated for most of the month.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

New British foreign secretary called Clinton ‘sadistic nurse’


New British foreign secretary called Clinton ‘sadistic nurse’
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/13/europe/boris-johnson-uk-foreign-secretary/index.html

France 24 : Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq


Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

http://f24.my/29OQEUF

France 24 : Australian, New Zealand troops join France’s Bastille Day parade


Australian, New Zealand troops join France’s Bastille Day parade

http://f24.my/29NwWZH

BBC News: Assad: No talks with Russia about leaving power


Assad: No talks with Russia about leaving power – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36792870