Daily Archives: September 24, 2016

I just used SoundHound to find Where I Stood by Missy Higgins

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Runs Medicine. Arapahoe. 1899.

Runs Medicine. Arapahoe. 1899.

Salish chief Charlot. 1907.

Salish chief Charlot. 1907.

Raven Blanket. Nez Percé. 1910. Photo by Edward Curtis.

Raven Blanket. Nez Percé. 1910. Photo by Edward Curtis.

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Art of the Day: Van Gogh, The Old Mill, September 1888. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 54 cm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY.

Art of the Day: Van Gogh, The Old Mill, September 1888. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 54 cm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY.

My Chakra today no.1 

My Chakra today no.1

O dudă albă 

O dudă albă

Watch “Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, K.467 / Yeol Eum Son” on YouTube

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Scientists create a ‘minimal’ cell using just the genes needed to survive | Daily Mail Online


Il Duomo di Milano – Duomo

Il Duomo di Milano – Duomo

Il Duomo di Milano – Duomo Cathedral visto dal Grande Organo: per visitarlo basta muovere lo smartphone o esplorare con il mouse questo scatto panoramico di © Pietro Madaschi – http://www.360visio.com


Si nasce e si muore da soli.Il resto fallo in buona compagnia!Cit.



France 24 : Manhunt after deadly shooting at US shopping centre

Manhunt after deadly shooting at US shopping centre


Police searched Saturday for a gunman authorities said opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy’s store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females and one man, before fleeing toward an interstate on foot.

People fled, customers hid in dressing rooms and employees locked the doors of nearby stores after gunshots rang out just after 7 p.m. Friday at the Cascade Mall. A helicopter, search teams and K-9 units scoured the area for a rifle-carrying man.

“We are still actively looking for the shooter,”Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference. “Stay indoors, stay secure.”

Police said they were looking for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a « hunting-type » rifle and last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The description of , including that he appeared Hispanic, was based on statements from witnesses, said Givan Kutz, a spokesman for the Skagit County Emergency Operations Center.
Authorities say the motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle.

The FBI was assisting local authorities as dozens of police officers searched for the suspect. The FBI’s Seattle office said on Twitter that it « has no information to suggest additional attacks planned » in Washington state but did not elaborate.

The male victim died early Saturday at a Seattle hospital. It was unclear where in the mall he was when he was shot. Authorities had previously announced the deaths of the four females. No other details about the victims were provided, including their ages.

Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald she was in the Macy’s women’s dressing room when she heard “what sounded like four balloons popping”.

“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store,” Caswell told the newspaper.

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near the Macy’s store at the mall, said she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee’s boyfriend.

“He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming, » she told The Associated Press. “It was frantic.”

She said he could see police at the doors with assault rifles and said they were no longer guarding the doors as of 9:30 p.m.

Francis said at about 8:30 p.m. that the mall had been evacuated and emergency medical personnel were cleared to enter. Francis said authorities were still doing a “final clear” of the 434,000-square-foot (40,319-square-meter) mall late Friday night.

He said 11 search teams and two K9 units were involved.

The parking lot was closed and emergency management officials told people they would be able to retrieve vehicles Saturday, though the mall said it would be closed for the day.

Gov. Jay Inslee said tragedy had struck the state.

“We urge residents to heed all safety and detour warnings. Stay close to your friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect’s capture,” Inslee said in a statement.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall that opened in 1990, according to the mall’s website. It features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s stores, among other stores, restaurants and a movie theater.

On Sept. 17 a man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. Authorities say Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, stabbed the people at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


France 24 : Why is President Obama vetoing the 9/11 lawsuit bill?

Why is President Obama vetoing the 9/11 lawsuit bill?


President Barack Obama faces a showdown with Congress after vetoing a bill to allow US citizens to sue Saudi officials for alleged links to the September 11 attacks, a decision that puts him at odds with Democratic allies as well as Hillary Clinton.

Making good on his pledge to use his veto power, Obama struck down a bill on Friday he said would set a dangerous precedent in international law. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) cruised through both the House of Representatives and the Senate, with its final adoption coming just two days before the nation marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

On Saturday, lawmakers threatened to reverse the presidential veto by securing a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, which would be an unprecedented blow to Obama. He has vetoed nine bills during his eight years in office, but has never been overridden.

Of the men who carried out the September 11 attacks, 15 of the 19 were Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied backing the airplane hijackers, but families of the victims have spent years pleading for the right to sue the oil-rich kingdom in US courts for any role Saudi officials might have played in the attack.

Some families of the victims and lawmakers have criticised Obama for denying them the right to seek justice via the courts, accusing him of bending to diplomatic pressure from Riyadh. JASTA does not mention Saudi Arabia specifically, but it would allow US citizens to sue a foreign government if that state supported attacks that killed Americans inside US borders.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, a top Democrat and traditional Obama ally, on Friday blasted the president for vetoing the bill and predicted fellow lawmakers would quickly override it in a rare show of bi-partisan unity. “The families of the victims of 9/11 deserve their day in court, and justice for those families shouldn’t be thrown overboard because of diplomatic concerns,” Schumer fumed.



“I have deep sympathy for the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,” Obama countered in a letter to the Senate this week, repeating his argument that JASTA would ultimately undermine US interests and national security.

‘Foreign sovereign immunity’

For weeks the Obama administration has underscored the danger of creating an exception in international law that could backfire against the United States, while downplaying the argument that he is concerned about tarnishing the US’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

It has warned that in retaliation for cases brought forth in the United States, US military personnel, US diplomats and even US companies could be hauled into countries around the world in the future. The White House said the bill would weaken “sovereign immunity”, a pillar of international law, that perhaps no other country benefits more from across the world than the United States.

Speaking to the press on Friday, hours after Obama vetoed the bill, White House spokesman Josh Earnest pointed out that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had accused the US of supporting terrorist activities in his country just days earlier.

“If there were these kinds of exceptions… it could put the United States at grave legal risk. It’s not exactly uncommon for other countries to irresponsibly and falsely accuse the United States of terrorism,” Earnest said.

The press secretary admitted Riyadh had objected to the bill, but said it was far from the only country to raise concern.

Indeed, the European Union on September 21 asked Obama to block JASTA in a strongly worded letter. “State immunity is a central pillar of the international legal order. Any derogation from the principle of immunity bears the inherent danger of causing reciprocal action by other states, and erosion of the principle as such,” the EU delegation to the United States wrote.

‘Politically inconvenient’

Obama’s opposition to JASTA not only threatens to tarnish his legacy as a defender of American interests among lawmakers, survivors of September 11 and ordinary US citizens, but has also put him in direct conflict with his former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign on Friday repeated previous statements that she would sign the bill if she were president. The White House hopeful backs “the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terror to hold accountable those responsible,” her spokesman, Jesse Lehrich, told reporters.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has again jumped at the opportunity to paint Obama as weak on terrorism. He said Obama’s veto was “shameful and will go down as one of the low points of his presidency.”

White House spokesman Earnest did acknowledge that Obama’s position was an unpopular one, and that the president lacked emotional arguments to convince lawmakers not to reverse his veto. But he said the commander in chief was focused on the long-term impact on national security. 

“That’s what’s driving the President’s decision to veto this bill — not because it’s politically convenient, it’s not. It’s political inconvenient,” the spokesman said.

The Obama administration may nevertheless avoid a veto override on his watch, either by building a case against JASTA in Congress or by delaying a vote until his term in office ends.

The president delayed vetoing the bill until the last possible moment, while his staff last week asked members of Congress to back off an override. He even has some support from across the political aisle. In a letter Friday to fellow Republicans, Congressman Mac Thornberry of Texas, who heads the House Armed Services Committee, urged Republicans to study the bill’s consequences. He said he opposes the legislation.

And while lawmakers have threatened to call a vote as early as next week, 
Congressional rules could delay the override until after the November 8 election, when Obama could campaign against the bill – but from outside the White House.


France 24 : Calls for police to release video of deadly Charlotte shooting

Calls for police to release video of deadly Charlotte shooting


The family of a black man shot dead by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week has called on authorities to release police footage of the incident, claiming that the videos contradict the police’s version of the shooting.

Charlotte police claim that 43 year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex on September 20 after brandishing a gun, while neighbours say that he was only holding a book. According to the police, a gun was found next to the dead man – but there was no book.

When Scott’s grieving relatives were eventually shown police footage of the shooting, two days later, they declared seeing no hint of aggression in his behaviour and asked for the recordings to be made public.

On the videos, Scott is seen slowly walking backwards, with his hands by his side, when a police officer opens fire, according to Justin Bamberg, an attorney for the Scott family.

“While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time. It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands”, said Bamberg in an emailed statement.

Both the suspect and the officer were black.

‘We want the tape’

The police’s decision not to publicly release the footage has infuriated protesters in Charlotte. The city was rocked by protests for the fourth consecutive night on Friday, with hundreds of demonstrators chanting “release the tape” and “we want the tape”.

Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney argued that the footage could not be released right now as it was part of an investigation, adding that it would be released “when there is a compelling reason”. His decision is in line with a North Carolina law passed last July that prevents law enforcement agencies from releasing such footage without a court order.

The controversial law, which is actually due to take effect on October 1, was designed to prevent potential witnesses from changing their testimonies to match police videos. In other cases of fatal police shootings, such as Sylville Smith on August 13 in Wisconsin, authorities deliberately withheld the release of footage before the formal end of the investigation. A premature release would “compromise the integrity of the investigation”, explained Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Despite these concerns, the Scott family’s calls for the public release of the videos have been echoed by several members of Congress, Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts, black leaders from the NAACP, and some leading US media outlets.

Transparency and disclosure

Demands for transparency have only grown louder after the police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, defused a similarly explosive situation by promptly releasing police videos showing an officer shooting an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, after his vehicle broke down on a highway. A white police officer was charged on Thursday with first-degree manslaughter and the city of Tulsa was spared days of rioting.

“Elected officials (…) should understand that keeping the public in the dark heightens tension and undermines trust in law enforcement”, wrote the New York Times in an editorial published on September 22 calling for the release of the Charlotte police videos.

As police departments throughout the United States debate how quickly to release their footage, they are also facing increasing pressure from the prevalance of phone videos taken by witnesses. Although they don’t necessarily show actual shootings, the images spread like wildfire on social media and can fuel public anger.

In the Scott case, a phone video of the deadly encounter, recorded by the victim’s wife, was posted by the New York Times on Friday.

The 2½ minute video shows police repeatedly screaming at Scott to drop his gun as his wife desperately begs them to “not shoot him”. Gunfire erupts and the video ends with a picture of a mortally-wounded Scott lying on the ground.

The emotional video tells a lot about the grief and despair of Scott’s wife but it is recorded from too far away to discern whether the victim was really brandishing a gun. Even if the Charlotte videos don’t shed light on the type of object Scott was carrying, their mere existence has put pressure on  police to show more transparency.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)

One word for this stunning photo from Nebraska ?

One word for this stunning photo from Nebraska ?


Edward HopperSt. Francis’ Towers, Santa Fe1925

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O floare pe adresa dumneavoastră 

O floare pe adresa dumneavoastră