Monthly Archives: September 2016

Watch “Trout Quintet Oistrakh Schubert D 667 1947” on YouTube

Cetatea Făgărașului 

Cetatea Făgărașului

Almond Branches In Bloom, San Remy | Vincent Van Gogh

Almond Branches In Bloom, San Remy | Vincent Van Gogh

Natural Infinity Pool, Pamukkale, Turkey. 

Natural Infinity Pool, Pamukkale, Turkey

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Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas

Arab world sheds no tears for Peres

Arab world sheds no tears for Peres

Arab world sheds no tears for Peres

Mourned internationally as a peacemaker, Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres’s death has met with official silence in most Arab countries, where public opinion vilified the Nobel laureate as a “war criminal”.

Of the 21 Arab states, only two — Egypt and Jordan — have full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Even in those countries, the legacy of their destructive wars with Israel and its policies towards Palestinians continue to influence public opinion.

Peres, who died at 93 on Wednesday, was widely viewed in Arab countries as one of Israel’s founding fathers and closely associated with its policies towards Palestinians.

He is remembered internationally as the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 along with then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

But Arab media coverage has focused on his role in Israeli military action.

“Peres, the engineer of the Qana massacre, dies,” said a front page headline in Al-Ahram, Egypt’s flagship state newspaper.

Peres was the prime minister in 1996, having taken over after the assassination of Rabin by a Jewish extremist for signing the peace treaty with the Palestinians.

During a 16-day war with the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group that year, Israel shelled a United Nations compound where Lebanese fleeing the conflict had taken refuge.

One hundred and six civilians were killed. Israelsaid the shelling of the compound near the village of Qana was accidental.

‘A thousand damnations’

“Peres dies: the ‘butcher’ of Qana,” read a headline on the website of the Lebanese daily Al-Safir.

“A thousand damnations on his soul, although he’s in hell,” said Lebanese Public Health Minister Wael Abou Faour.

“I had wished for him a death that suited his crimes against Arabs and Palestinians. The only thing we mourn is that the devil is overjoyed because his counterpart has joined him.”

Most other Arab officials remained silent, with the exceptions of Palestinian president Abbas, who said Peres was “brave”, and Bahrain’s foreign minister.

“Rest in Peace President Shimon Peres, a Man of War and a Man of the still elusive Peace in the Middle East,” the minister, Khaled ben Ahmed al-Khalifa, wrote on Twitter.

There was no official comment in Jordan and Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel.

Public opinion in both countries remains hostile to Israel.

Earlier this year, an Egyptian member of parliament was attacked with a shoe by a colleague for hosting Israel’s ambassador for dinner.

Parliament later voted to deprive him of his seat.

In Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, a majority of the population is of Palestinian origin.

Jordanian newspaper Al-Rai railed against the “hypocritical discourse of the colonising West” for describing Peres as a man of peace.

The article was headlined “The Godfather of settlements and a murderer… who feels sorry for him?” in reference to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent with the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz, lamented the response of Arab officials to Peres’ death.

“The silence from Arab leaders towards (Peres’s) death especially in Egypt and Jordan is shameful… It is inhumane and immoral,” the Israeli journalist tweeted in Arabic.

“Did (Peres) ever admit or apologise for his inhumane and immoral acts and policies towards the Arabs and Palestinians?” responded a Twitter user.


BBC News: Syria conflict: Russia ‘driving rebels into hands of extremists’

Syria conflict: Russia ‘driving rebels into hands of extremists’ –

BBC News: Syria conflict: Russia ‘driving rebels into hands of extremists

Church, Pueblo de Taos (Ansel Adams—1941)

Church, Pueblo de Taos (Ansel Adams—1941)

Ansel Adams 

Ansel Adams:

Ansel Adams
Born Ansel Easton Adams

February 20, 1902

San Francisco, California,

United States

Died April 22, 1984 (aged 82)

Monterey, California

Nationality American

Education Private schools, home school

Occupation Photographer and Conservationist

Spouse(s) Virginia Rose Best

Children 2

Parents Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray Adams


Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially of Yosemite National Park.[1]

With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. Adams primarily used large-format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.

Adams founded the Group f/64 along with fellow photographers Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston. Adams’s photographs are reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books, making his photographs widely distributed.

Early life


Adams was born in the Western Addition of San Francisco, California, to distinctly upper-class parents Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray Adams. He was an only child and was named after his uncle Ansel Easton. His mother’s family came from Baltimore and his maternal grandfather had a successful freight-hauling business, but squandered his wealth in failed mining and real estate ventures in Nevada.[2] The Adams family came from New England, having migrated from the north of Ireland in the early 18th century. His grandfather founded and built a prosperous lumber business, which his father later ran, though his father’s natural talents lay more with sciences than with business. Later in life, Adams would condemn that very same industry for cutting down many of the great redwood forests.[3]

In 1903, his family moved 2 miles (3 km) west to a new home near the Seacliff neighborhood, just south of the Presidio Army Base.[4] The home had a “splendid view” of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands.[5] San Francisco was devastated by the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Uninjured in the initial shaking, the four-year-old Ansel Adams was tossed face-first into a garden wall during an aftershock three hours later, breaking his nose. Among his earliest memories was watching the smoke from the ensuing fire that destroyed much of the city a few miles to the east. Although a doctor recommended that his nose be re-set once he reached maturity,[6] this was never done; as a result, Adams’s nose remained crooked for his entire life.[7]

Adams was a hyperactive child and prone to frequent sickness and hypochondria. He had few friends, but his family home and surroundings on the heights facing the Golden Gate provided ample childhood activities. Although he had no patience for games or sports, the curious child took to nature at an early age, collecting bugs and exploring Lobos Creek all the way to Baker Beach and the sea cliffs leading to Lands End,[5][8] “San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast, a place strewn with shipwrecks and rife with landslides.”[9]

His father bought a three-inch telescope and they enthusiastically shared the hobby of amateur astronomy, visiting the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton together. His father went on to serve as the paid secretary-treasurer of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific from 1925 to 1950.[10]

After the death of Ansel’s grandfather and the aftermath of the Panic of 1907, his father’s business suffered great financial losses. Some of the induced near-poverty was because Ansel’s Uncle Ansel Easton and Cedric Wright’s father, George Wright, had secretly sold their shares of the company to the Hawaiian Sugar Trust for a large amount of money, “knowingly providing the controlling interest.” [11] By 1912, the family’s standard of living had dropped sharply.[12] After young Ansel was dismissed from several private schools for his restlessness and inattentiveness, his father decided to pull him out of school in 1915, at the age of 12. Adams was then educated by private tutors, his Aunt Mary, and by his father. His Aunt Mary was a follower of Robert G. Ingersoll, a 19th-century agnostic, abolitionist and women’s suffrage advocate. As a result of his aunt’s influence, Ingersoll’s teachings were important to Ansel’s upbringing.[13] During the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, his father insisted that, as part of his education, Adams spend part of each day studying the exhibits.[14] After a while, Adams resumed and then completed his formal education by attending the Mrs. Kate M. Wilkins Private School, until he graduated from eighth grade on June 8, 1917. In his later years, he displayed his diploma in the guest bathroom of his home.[15]

His father raised him to follow the ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson: to live a modest, moral life guided by a social responsibility to man and to nature.[13] Adams had a warm, loving and supportive relationship with his father, but had a distant relationship with his mother, who did not approve of his interest in photography.[16] The day after the death of his mother in 1950, Ansel broke into a dispute with the undertaker when choosing which casket his mother would be buried in. Ansel chose the cheapest in the room, a two-hundred sixty-dollar affair that seemed the least he could purchase without doing the job himself. When the undertaker remarked, “Have you no respect for the dead?” He replied, “One more crack like that and I will take Mama elsewhere.” [17]

Chief Lazy Boy. 1914. Photo by Harris & Ewing.l

Chief Lazy Boy. 1914. Photo by Harris & Ewing.l

Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas), by Antonio Corradini (1717-1725) I

Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas), by Antonio Corradini (1717-1725) I

Amazing road to Las Vegas from LA

Amazing road to Las Vegas from LA

Dreamy night

Dreamy night

Ireland , the Green Emerald. 

Ireland , the Green Emerald.

Watch “Charles Aznavour – La Boheme – B&W – HQ Audio” on YouTube

Watch “MELANIE Motherhood of Love” on YouTube

MELANIE lyrics – Motherhood Of Love

“Motherhood Of Love”

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Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

Is it me or one of the children
Struggling with a broken heart
Struggling with a broken heart
Struggling with a broken heart

Are we all on our own island
Struggling with a broken dream
Searching for the healing spring
Struggling with a broken dream

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

Aren’t we all in this together
Struggling with a broken heart
Searching for the missing part
Struggling with a broken heart

Aren’t we all one of her children
Struggling with a heart and soul
Embrace the love and make us whole
Struggling with a heart and soul

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

Heal the heart that is broken
In a Motherhood of Love
Peace will guide or planet
In a Motherhood of Love

Heal the heart that is broken
In a Motherhood of Love
Peace will guide our planet
In a Motherhood of Love

In a Motherhood of Love

Watch “Melanie Safka – Lay Down (1970 appearance)” on YouTube

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Watch “Melanie Safka – The Sun And The Moon” on YouTube

Watch “Chuck Berry – My Ding-A-Ling (1972)” on YouTube

Watch “Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle” on YouTube

Watch “The Good Book – Melanie” on YouTube

Watch “MELANIE Lay Lady Lay (Dylan)” on YouTube

Watch “Brand New Key” on YouTube

Watch “Melanie – “The Nickel Song”” on YouTube

Watch “MELANIE SAFKA Dust in the Wind” on YouTube

Watch “Melanie Safka – Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) Lyrics” on YouTube

Watch “Melanie (Safka) – What they have done to my song.avi” on YouTube

Watch “Try And Love Again” on YouTube

Watch “Hotel California” on YouTube


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“Hotel California”

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! “

Watch “Kris Kristofferson – Me And Bobby McGee (1979)” on YouTube (with lyrics )


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“Me And Bobby McGee”
(originally by Roger Miller)

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin’ for the trains,
Feelin’ nearly faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
Took us all the way to New Orleans.
Took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
And was blowin’ sad while Bobby sang the blues,
With them windshield wipers slappin’ time and
Bobby clappin’ hands we finally sang up every song
That driver knew.

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the coalmines of Kentucky to the California sun,
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul,
Standin’ right beside me through everythin’ I done,
And every night she kept me from the cold.
Then somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away,
She was lookin’ for the love I hope she’ll find,
Well I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday,
Holdin’ Bobby’s body close to mine.

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ left was all she left to me,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me.
Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.

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My Chakra today no.5

My Chakra today no.5

Chevaliers de la table ronde

Chevaliers de la table ronde

Today’s Holiday:San Geronimo Feast Day

Today’s Holiday:
San Geronimo Feast Day

San Geronimo Feast Day is the feast day for St. Jerome, the patron saint of Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. For 1,000 years, the Tiwa-speaking Taos Indians have lived at or near the present pueblo, and it is still the home of about 1,500 residents. The celebration commences on the evening of Sept. 29 with a sundown dance, followed by vespers in the San Geronimo Mission. On the following day, there are foot races in the morning, and, in the afternoon, “clowns” with black-and-white body paint climb a pole, an act that has secret religious significance to the Taos.:

Today’s Birthday:Hans Geiger (1882)

Today’s Birthday:
Hans Geiger (1882)

After receiving a doctorate in physics in Germany in 1906, Geiger traveled to England, where he assisted chemist Ernest Rutherford. In 1908, they designed an instrument to detect and count alpha particles, positively charged ionizing particles produced by radioactive decay. He then returned to Germany, directing radiation research at several universities. Two decades later, Geiger developed the sensitive, portable radiation counter that now bears his name. Geiger was a member of what “club”?:

This Day in History:Mozart’s The Magic Flute Premieres (1791)

This Day in History:
Mozart’s The Magic Flute Premieres (1791)

In the final year of his life, prolific composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced the opera Die Zauberflöte—The Magic Flute—featuring a libretto by the actor Emmanuel Schikaneder. The work is considered a singspiel—an opera in German that contains spoken dialogue and is usually comic in tone. Mozart brought this form of light musical entertainment to a height of lyrical and symbolic art. How much longer did Mozart live after The Magic Flute debuted?:

Quote of the Day:Sherwood Anderson

Quote of the Day:
Sherwood Anderson

The idea had got into his mind that he would some time die unexpectedly and always when he got into bed he thought of that…The effect in fact was quite a special thing and not easily explained. It made him more alive, there in bed, than at any other time.:

Article of the Day:Aztec Codices

Article of the Day:
Aztec Codices

Among the best primary sources on Aztec culture, Aztec codices contain firsthand accounts of the civilization’s history and religion. While the pre-Colombian codices are largely pictorial, later colonial era codices contain Aztec pictograms, as well as Aztec, Spanish, and occasionally Latin writings. Though there are few surviving pre-conquest codices, the tradition endured the transition to colonial culture, and about 500 such works survive today. What massacre is described in the Aubin Codex?:

Word of the Day:brandish

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.
Synonyms: flourish, wave
Usage: The farmer, seeing before him this figure in full armor brandishing a lance over his head, gave himself up for dead.:

Saudi warns of ‘serious consequences’ over US 9/11 bill

Saudi warns of ‘serious consequences’ over US 9/11 bill

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemned the passage of a U.S. law that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom for damages, calling it a matter of “great concern” in a statement on Thursday.

“The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including theUnited States,” said the statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA after a day of stony silence from Riyadh.

The foreign ministry expressed hope that the U.S. Congress would correct the legislation “to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue,” without elaborating on what the consequences might be.

The U.S. Senate and House of Representativesvoted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve legislation that will allow the families of those killed in the 2001 attacks on the United States to seek damages from the Saudi government.

Riyadh has always dismissed suspicions that it backed the attackers, who killed nearly 3,000 people under the banner of Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. Fifteen out of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

The Saudi government financed an extensive lobbying campaign against the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act”, or JASTA, in the run-up to the vote, and warned it would undermine the principle of sovereign immunity.

But Saudi officials who had lobbied against the bill stopped short of threatening any specific retaliation if the law was passed.

The Saudi riyal fell against the U.S. dollar in the forward foreign exchange market on Thursday after the law was passed.

Analysts said a successful lawsuit against the Saudi government would be unlikely at best, but speculated that the uncertainty surrounding the legal implications could negatively affect bilateral trade and investment with a major ally.


BBC News: Syria war: Russia rejects US calls to halt bombing eastern Aleppo

Syria war: Russia rejects US calls to halt bombing eastern Aleppo –

Susie Baggage. Photo by Heyn and Matzen. 1900.

Susie Baggage. Photo by Heyn and Matzen. 1900.

Russian photographer captures the cutest squirrel photo session ever: (See more pics:

Russian photographer captures the cutest squirrel photo session ever: (See more pics:

Watch “Leonard Cohen – Tonight Will Be Fine” on YouTube


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“Tonight Will Be Fine”

Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past. 
We swore to each other then that our love would surely last. 
You kept right on loving, I went on a fast, 
now I am too thin and your love is too vast. 
But I know from your eyes 
and I know from your smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while. 

I choose the rooms that I live in with care, 
the windows are small and the walls almost bare, 
there’s only one bed and there’s only one prayer; 
I listen all night for your step on the stair. 

But I know from your eyes 
and I know from your smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while. 

Oh sometimes I see her undressing for me, 
she’s the soft naked lady love meant her to be 
and she’s moving her body so brave and so free. 
If I’ve got to remember that’s a fine memory. 

And I know from her eyes 
and I know from her smile 
that tonight will be fine, 
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine 
for a while.

Crow warriors returning home. 1911. Photo by Richard Throssel.

Crow warriors returning home. 1911. Photo by Richard Throssel.

Truth…lies…politics…and USA

Truth…lies…politics…and USA


Amazing Moon