Daily Archives: September 17, 2016

-St. John Paul II, Letter to Families https://goo.gl/02ODC0

-St. John Paul II, Letter to Families https://goo.gl/02ODC0

““Do not be afraid of the risks! God’s strength is always far more powerful than your difficulties! Immeasurably greater than the evil at work in the world is the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”
-St. John Paul II, Letter to Families https://goo.gl/02ODC0

După-amiază de septembrie in Breaza de Făgăraş

După-amiază de septembrie in Breaza de Făgăraş

David di Michelangelo

David di Michelangelo


Unul mai dulce ca altul ;)😄Șipote, jud. Iași.

Cardiovascular and Thrombotic Complications of Novel Multiple Myeloma Therapies:  A Review | JAMA Oncology | JAMA Network



Importance  Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common hematological malignant abnormality. The introduction of immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs) has greatly improved the overall survival of patients with MM. Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and thrombotic issues associated with novel MM therapies have emerged as important aspects of supportive care in patients with MM.

Observations  We searched PubMed and the Cochrance database for studies published from March 2001 to January 2016. Emerging evidence suggests that both IMiDs and PIs can have cardiovascular (CV) sequelae, which include thromboembolic complications, cardiac, and vascular toxic effects. These complications occur against the backdrop of a high prevalence of CV disease in the MM population as well as the adverse cardiac and vascular effects of MM itself.

Conclusions and Relevance  This review provides an overview of the incidences, clinical presentations, and mechanisms of CV complications in the MM population. We conclude that more research is needed for better screening and preventive strategies to abrogate these toxic effects and improve patient care.

Great wall of China

Great wall of China


The simple joy in life: tea for…you :)

France 24 : Fury as Trump proposes disarming Clinton’s security

Fury as Trump proposes disarming Clinton’s security


Donald Trump on Friday called for disarming the bodyguards who protect his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and mused about the consequences of such a move by saying “Let’s see what happens to her.”

The Republican presidential nominee was speaking at a rally in Miami, where he contrasted his supporters, who he said back police and want crime reduced, to Clinton, who he derided as someone who “lives behind walls and raises money from hedge funds.”

“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately, what do you think, yes?,” he said.

“Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take them, let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, okay. It will be very dangerous.”

Both candidates have been protected by the Secret Service for months, but Trump’s latest take on Clinton’s security detail brought swift denunciations, particularly from Clinton allies.

“Tonight, Donald Trump once again alluded to violence against Hillary Clinton,” said Elizabeth Shappell, spokeswoman for Correct The Record, a pro-Clinton media watchdog group.

“This is a truly deplorable comment that betrays our nation’s most fundamental democratic values,” Shappell said in a statement.

Stuart Stevens, a Washington-based political consultant who worked on Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, tweeted: “The Secret Service should investigate this threat”

Trump made a similar comment about Clinton and her armed protection in May while accepting the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, when he said Clinton would end the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

“Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns or their bodyguards,” he told the gun lobby group, speaking about Clinton and her Secret Service detail.

Trump was criticized by opponents last month when he suggested that gun rights activists could act to stop Clinton from nominating liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices, a comment some interpreted as encouraging a political assassination.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump told a rally in North Carolina on Aug. 9. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” he continued.

Clinton has called for tighter access to guns, including universal background checks, but has never said she planned to get rid of the Second Amendment.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Friday’s remarks fall into a pattern of Trump inciting people to violence.

“Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of Commander in Chief,” Mook said in a statement.


France 24 : Another French teenager remanded in custody over terror plot

Another French teenager remanded in custody over terror plot


A 15-year-old French boy has been arrested in Paris and remanded in custody on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, a source close to the investigation said on Friday.

He is the third French 15-year-old in just five days to have been remanded in custody and placed under formal investigation for terrorism.

The arrests follow calls by the Islamic State (IS) group to attack soft targets in the West.

The boy, described as an A-grade student who denounced the November 13 terror attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead, was arrested Wednesday and remanded in custody on Friday over his links to a terrorist network. According to the source, the teen had been in touch with Rachid Kassim – a French member of the Islamic State (IS) group who is wanted by the police – via the encrypted message forum Telegram.

The teen expressed his willingness to carry out a terrorist atrocity to Kassim.

School friends shocked

Fellow students at the boy’s school in central Paris expressed their shock at the teen’s arrest. Speaking to French TV station France 2, they described him as “nice” and social.

“He was one of the best [students] in his class. He wanted really good grades to please his parents,” a 14-year-old schoolmate said.

“He did not approve of the November 13 [attacks],” he added.

Although the students said the teen had not supported the provocative drawings of Prophet Muhammed published by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, he “didn’t think what the jihadists did was right either”, one of them said, referring to the deadly attack in which 12 died on the magazine’s offices in January last year.

Furthermore, his schoolmate said he never spoke about Syria.

Teenager admits all

Appearing in front of judges on Friday, however, the source close to the investigation said the boy had shown another side to his character with the Parisian teenager readily admitting to being in contact with IS group member Kassim.

Kassim is suspected of having helped to plot and orchestrate the murder of the priest in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray and the killing of two police officers in the Parisian suburb of Magnanville in June of this year. Kassim is also suspected of having links to four French women who were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning an attack on a Paris train station. The attack was foiled after police discovered a car packed with gas cylinders near the capital’s famed Notre Dame cathedral.

A judiciary source told AFP that a total of 37 minors are currently under formal investigation for terrorism in France, of which 14 – 11 boys and three girls – are in detention.

France 24 : Putin casts doubt on US commitment to Syria ceasefire

Putin casts doubt on US commitment to Syria ceasefire


The ceasefire is the result of an agreement between Russia, which backs Syrian PresidentBashar al-Assad with air power, and the United States, which supports some rebel groups, and has cooled fighting since coming into effect last Monday.

But in comments delivered in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, Putin cast doubt over Washington’s commitment to the deal, saying it was “deviating” from its own call for openness, and had been unable to split moderate from “semi-criminal” rebels.

However the two agreed on Friday to extend the ceasefire and Putin said that Russia would abide by its own commitments and still believed that securing a Syrian ceasefire was a common goal for both Washington and Moscow.

Insurgents say they only reluctantly accepted the initial deal, which they believe is skewed against them, because it could relieve the dire humanitarian situation in besieged areas they control, and blamed Russia for undermining the truce.

“The truce, as we have warned, and we told the (U.S.) State Department – will not hold out,” the rebel official said, pointing to the continued presence of a U.N. aid convoy at the Turkish border awaiting permission to travel to Aleppo.

“It is not possible for the party (Russia) that wages war against a people to strive to achieve a truce, as it is also not possible for it to be a sponsor of this agreement while it bombs night and day, while on the other side, the other party – America – has the role of spectator,” he said.

Moscow has itself accused rebels of breaking the truce and said Washington needs to do more to make them abide by its terms, including separating from the jihadist Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which only broke formal allegiance to al Qaeda in July.

The five-year civil war has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half the country’s original population, drawing in gloal and regional powers, causing an international refugee crisis and inspiring jihadist attacks around the world.

Overnight shelling

Both sides have accused the other of being responsible for aid deliveries being stuck far from Aleppo, where army and rebel forces were supposed to retire from the Castello Road which leads into besieged, insurgent-held eastern districts.

Russia on Friday said the Syrian army had initially withdrawn but returned to its positions after being fired on by rebels, who in turn say they saw no sign of government forces ever leaving their positions.

“There is no change,” said Zakariya Malahifji, an official for a rebel group in Aleppo on Saturday, asked whether there had been any move by the army to withdraw from positions along the road.

The United Nations pointed the finger at the government for holding up aid by denying letters guaranteeing access.

Warplanes strafed or bombed rebel-held areas in Maarat al-Numan, Saraqeb and Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Teir Maalah, north of Homs, and Souha, east of Hama, overnight after other strikes earlier on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rightssaid.

The Britain-based war monitoring group also reported clashes between the army and rebels or shelling overnight in the capital’s Eastern Ghouta suburbs, in Sanaisil and Jawalik, north of Homs, al-Eis and Ramousah, south of Aleppo and Ibta in Deraa.

In the Jouba district of Damascus, clashes continued on Saturday after a large explosion and fighting on Friday, the Observatory said. It reported the two sides were shelling each other after what it said was an attempt by the army to advance.

Islamic State

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army rebels are pushing south in northern Syria from the towns of al-Rai and Azaz towards the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, supported by tanks and jets, security sources said, clashing with the jihadist group.

Vehicles were mobilised in northern Syria across from the Turkish village of Arapakesmez from the early hours of the morning and Turkish artillery deployed at the border have fired at Islamic State targets.

CNN Turk footage showed white smoke rising from across the border in Syria as Turkish howitzers fired west of al-Rai, where some U.S. special forces were briefly deployed to help coordinate against the militants before withdrawing on Friday.

If the ceasefire deal is successful, Moscow and Washington will start to share targeting information on militant groups, including Islamic State, they have said.

Elsewhere in Syria on Saturday, clashes resumed between the army, backed by air strikes, and Islamic State around the towns of Qasr al-Hair and Sukhna and the villages of al-Taiba and Arak, near Palmyra, the Observatory reported.

Jets also hit the group’s positions near Deir al-Zor, while Islamist rebel groups including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham battled Islamic State fighters in the Eastern Qalamoun mountains northeast of Damascus.


Anatomic chart

Anatomic chart

Scientists discover grove of 1,000-year-old trees in Greece | MNN – Mother Nature Network


Researchers studying a remote section of northern Greece have discovered a grove of ancient trees untouched for more than 1,000 years!

Paul J. Krusic from the University of Stockholm inserts a one-meter coring tool into ‘Adonis,’ the oldest known living tree in Europe. (Photo: Dr. Oliver Konter)

(Photo: Dr. Oliver Konter)
Researchers studying a remote section of the Pindos mountains in northern Greece have discovered a grove of ancient trees untouched for more than 1,000 years. The dozen millennium-old trees, all Bosnian pines, include one specimen that first set down roots at least 1,075 years ago.

That makes it the oldest officially dated tree in all of Europe.

“It is quite remarkable that this large, complex and impressive organism has survived so long in such an inhospitable environment, in a land that has been civilized for over 3,000 years,” expedition leader Paul J. Krusic said in a statement.

Krusic, an expert in tree-ring dating or dendrochronology, was intrigued to help launch an expedition to the Pindos mountains after reading a thesis about the unusual forest years. Old trees are useful in his study of ancient tree-ring data to help track changes in climate, so when the opportunity arose to visit the Grecian highlands, he jumped at the chance.

“In the thesis, there were photographs of these amazingly contorted trees,” he told The Washington Post. “They looked an awful lot like trees I’d seen along the Great Basin in the U.S., which are very old. They lived in almost a similar environment, very rocky, semiarid, so they had all of the hallmarks one would expect for an old tree.”

Adonis, a Bosnian pine, has been accurately dated to be a minimum of 1,075 years old. (Photo: Dr. Oliver Konter, Mainz)

Adonis, a Bosnian pine, has been accurately dated to be a minimum of 1,075 years old. (Photo: Dr. Oliver Konter, Mainz)
To understand the age of the oldest tree, the team of researchers from the University of Arizona, University of Mainz, and University of Stockholm, extracted a harmless core sample measuring only 5 millimeters in diameter. They then laboriously counted the rings to arrive at the tree’s record-breaking lifespan. According to Krusic, the tree — nicknamed “Adonis” — is likely much older.

“We actually didn’t reach the center,” he added to the Post, noting that the core sample was not taken from the tree’s massive base. “So it’s definitely older. We’re just reporting the actual ring count.”

While there are likely older trees in Europe, many of them are only estimated in age and have not yet been verified from ring count. In terms of the world’s oldest trees, Adonis is a practical youngster when compared to the Great Basin bristlecone pine (5,000 years) in California’s White Mountains or the Sacred Fig (2,300 years) in Sri Lanka. Nonetheless, this grove’s preservation across a millennium of change and growing pressures from humans in the region is remarkable.

“I am impressed, in the context of western civilization, all the human history that has surrounded this tree; all the empires, the Byzantine, the Ottoman, all the people living in this region,” Krusic added in the press release. “So many things could have led to its demise. Fortunately, this forest has been basically untouched for over a thousand years.”

Stunning landscape in New Zealand

Stunning landscape in New Zealand

Sfaturi medicale online


Watch “DARK RUNS OUT by AMY STROUP (Audio)” on YouTube—with lyrics—





Let your heart be bright

Let your heart be bright

Steady like the stars 

Constant like the rain falls down

Fold it like a flag

Hold till the dark runs out


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Find yourself 

Find yourself 

Finda yourself

Holding on 

Find yourself 

Find yourself 

Finda yourself

Holding on 


Let your heart be bright

Let your heart be bright

Steady like the stars 

Constant like the rain falls down

Fold it like a flag

Hold till the dark runs out


Art of the Day: Van Gogh, The Drinkers, 1890. Oil on canvas, 59.4 x 73.4 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago.The 183rd Oktoberfest begins today in Munich. Prost!