Daily Archives: September 14, 2016

Today’s Holiday:Mid-Autumn Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Mid-Autumn Festival

This festival to honor the moon goddess is a national holiday in China and a day celebrated in Asian communities all over the world. Family reunions are traditional on this day. People travel long distances to be together for exchanging presents, feasting, and eating moon cakes, which in their roundness are symbolic of family unity. Some are made of lotus seed paste, some of red bean paste, and some have a duck egg in the center. There are varying versions of the origins of the festival; the most accepted is that the day is a harvest festival at a time when the moon is brightest.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Dame Agatha Christie (1890)


Today’s Birthday:
Dame Agatha Christie (1890)

Christie, a British mystery novelist and playwright known for her detective figures Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, wrote over 75 novels, including Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None. Her books have been translated into 100 languages and have sold over 100 million copies, and her play The Mousetrap, still running after 23,000 performances, holds the record for longest initial run in theatrical history. What prompted Christie’s 1926 disappearance?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Steam Locomotive John Bull Operates for the First Time (1831)


This Day in History:
Steam Locomotive John Bull Operates for the First Time (1831)

The John Bull is a steam locomotive that ran on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad built in New Jersey. Retired in 1866, the locomotive was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1885 and became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world in 1981, when it was operated in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of its first use. Though its official name was Stevens, crews began calling it John Bull, and the name eventually stuck. What made them choose that name?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Jane Austen


Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Orcas


Article of the Day:
Orcas

Found in oceans worldwide, orcas display sophisticated hunting techniques and social behaviors that have been described by experts as manifestations of a shared culture. Like other dolphins, orcas produce a variety of vocalizations used for communication and echolocation. Orca mothers have even been observed training their young in the group’s dialect, and it is said that groups that share ancestors are likely to have a similar set of call types. What does this suggest about orca vocal behavior?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:scintilla


Word of the Day:
scintilla

Definition: (noun) A minute amount; an iota or trace.
Synonyms: shred, smidge, smidgeon, tittle, whit
Usage: When the party was over, not a scintilla of food remained.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu

Amos Little. Lakota. Photo by Gertrude Käsebier, 1900. Source – Library of Congress.


Amos Little. Lakota. Photo by Gertrude Käsebier, 1900. Source – Library of Congress.

Goblin Rise, Goblin State Park, Utah


Goblin Rise, Goblin State Park, Utah

From the desk of Erin Brockovich: Decadal Change in Groundwater Quality : NAWQA


http://nawqatrends.wim.usgs.gov/Decadal/

Nearly half of the United States population relies on groundwater as a drinking water source. That’s more than 140 million people, and about 45 million of that group draw groundwater through private wells — sources particularly vulnerable to contamination since they aren’t subjected to the same standards as public water utilities. Groundwater quality is important to the nation, to say the least.
That’s where recently released data from the United States Geological Survey comes into the picture. As part of its ongoing National Water-Quality Assessment, the agency sampled 5,000 wells across the country between 1988 and 2001. About one-third of those wells were sampled again between 2002 and 2012 for various contaminants. The USGS then compiled data into an interactive map to depict trends for more than 20 contaminants.

Tazo Zen Green Tea: have a cup…at tea o’clock!


Tazo Zen Green Tea: have a cup…at tea o’clock!

Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. 1899.


Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. 1899.

The monarch butterfly is an iconic species – and an amazing creature. But monarchs are in trouble. You can help. Check out this week’s online feature story, “Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly” (http://bit.ly/2cNnwfo). Photo by Karen Hofmann


The monarch butterfly is an iconic species – and an amazing creature. But monarchs are in trouble. You can help. Check out this week’s online feature story, “Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly” (http://bit.ly/2cNnwfo). Photo by Karen Hofmann

The monarch butterfly is an iconic species – and an amazing creature. But monarchs are in trouble. You can help. Check out this week’s online feature story, “Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly” (http://bit.ly/2cNnwfo). Photo by Karen Hofmann

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The Byzantine Churches within Catholicism make up a family of different Churches who share much of the same form of worship, theology and spirituality.


“How much we would like that all of the religions would say that killing in the name of God is Satanic.”…very much!


“How much we would like that all of the religions would say that killing in the name of God is Satanic.”

North Norfolk Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Norfolk_Coast_Site_of_Special_Scientific_Interest?wprov=sfla1

România Mare (1918)


România Mare (1918)


Check out my brain profile on The Free Dictionary: http://secure.thefreedictionary.com/user/George_Bost

Today’s Holiday:Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day


Today’s Holiday:
Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day

In Nicaragua, September 14 is a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the independence of Central America and the battle at San Jacinto. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, the president awards the Presidential Medallion to the best students and teachers from around the country at the Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo Segundo. Marching bands from 100 schools in the capital and bands from the National Army and the Police participate in a parade that day.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:María Capovilla (1889)


Today’s Birthday:
María Capovilla (1889)

Capovilla was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian whose life spanned three centuries. At the time of her death shortly before her 117th birthday in 2006, she was recognized as the world’s oldest living person. She was also the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. At age 100, Capovilla nearly died and was given last rites by a priest, but she recovered and lived in good health for another 16 years. She had 20 great-grandchildren and how many great-great-grandchildren?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)


This Day in History:
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)

OPEC is a multinational organization that was established in 1960 to coordinate the petroleum production and export policies of its original members, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Other nations have since joined the organization. In 1973, OPEC began a series of oil price increases in retaliation for Western support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War, and its members’ income greatly increased as a result. What member country withdrew from OPEC in 2008?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Jane Austen


Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Exabytes


Article of the Day:
Exabytes

An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes—an amount roughly represented by the number 1 followed by 18 zeros. Though the term is rarely encountered in any practical context, a popular, hotly contested assertion, which often cites as support a project at the UC Berkeley School of Information, is that “all words ever spoken by human beings” can be represented by approximately 5 exabytes of data. What is meant by the related term “exaflood”?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:hegira


Word of the Day:
hegira

Definition: (noun) A flight to escape danger.
Synonyms: exodus
Usage: The oppressed villagers secretly planned a hegira to escape the czar’s army.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

National Geographic Photo of the Year 


National Geographic Photo of the Year

Buonasera da Venezia. (Ca’ d’Oro)


Buonasera da Venezia. (Ca’ d’Oro)

COBOARĂ TOAMNA…Octavian Goga


COBOARĂ TOAMNA…

Octavian Goga
Coboară toamna-ncet din slavă,

Năframa galbenă-i răsare

Şi peste vârfuri de dumbravă

Îi flutură departe-n zare.
Atât de jalnic geme vântul,

Cum s-a pornit acum să zboare,

Pare c-a prins în drum cuvântul

Unei neveste care moare.
Pe urma lui un plâns se-mparte

Şi-n taina codrului străbate,

Ca nişte fluturi -soli de moarte-

S-alungă foile uscate.
Lumina soarele şi-o frânge,

De somn pleoapele i-s grele,

În jur de patul alb îşi strânge,

Mai des, cernitele perdele.
Din geana lui abia o rază

Îmi mai alunecă pe frunte

Şi tremurând îmi luminează

Argintul firelor cărunte…

War on Poverty


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Poverty?wprov=sfla1

Ambasadorul SUA, convocat la MAE pentru EXPLICAȚII după poza cu steagul secuiesc/ SURSE – Stiri pe surse – Cele mai noi stiri


http://www.stiripesurse.ro/ambasadorul-sua-convocat-la-mae-pentru-explica-ii-dupa-poza-cu-steagul-secuiesc-surse_1151888.html