Daily Archives: October 18, 2016

BBC News: Mosul battle: EU ‘should prepare for returning jihadists’

Mosul battle: EU ‘should prepare for returning jihadists’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37689210

Today’s Birthday:Thomas Love Peacock (1785)

Today’s Birthday:
Thomas Love Peacock (1785)

Peacock was an English writer whose comic and satirical novels—which contain some of his best poems—parody the intellectual pretenses of his age. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey, satirizes the English romantic movement and contains characters based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and his close friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. After Shelley’s death, Peacock became his literary executor. Peacock died at the age of 80 from injuries sustained while trying to save what from a fire?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Alaska Formally Transferred from Russia to US (1867)

This Day in History:
Alaska Formally Transferred from Russia to US (1867)

In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for $7,200,000. The purchase was accomplished solely through the determined efforts of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, and for many years afterward the land was derisively called “Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox” because of its supposed uselessness. It was not until after the discovery of gold in the Juneau region in 1880 that Alaska was given a governor and a local administration. When did Alaska become a state?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Hans Christian Andersen

Quote of the Day:
Hans Christian Andersen

Where words fail, music speaks.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Sennacherib

Article of the Day:

The son of Assyrian king Sargon II, Sennacherib spent much of his reign fighting to maintain the empire established by his father. Though he undertook many military campaigns, he was devoted to building projects and oversaw the construction of numerous canals as well as one of the world’s first aqueducts. Around 700 BCE, he built a magnificent palace, complete with a park and artificial irrigation, at Nineveh, which became the empire’s major metropolis during his reign. Who murdered Sennacherib?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:venire

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) The panel of prospective jurors from which a jury is selected.
Synonyms: panel
Usage: Most of the people on the venire just wanted to go home, but I was hoping to be selected for the jury.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

The loe cost health value of…eggs!

Check out @WebMD’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WebMD/status/788364098295783424?s=09

Assange’s internet shut down by Ecuador, say WikiLeaks

Assange’s internet shut down by Ecuador, say WikiLeaks


Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the U.S. or British governments which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material.

“We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5 pm GMT, shortly after publication of (Hillary) Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speechs (sic),” the statement from WikiLeaks said.

Assange has lived and worked in Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012, having been granted asylum there after a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female WikiLeaks supporters.

WikiLeaks said Assange lost internet connectivity on Sunday night.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” added the Twitter message on Monday. People close to WikiLeaks say that Assange himself is the principal operator of the website’s Twitter feed.

The Ecuadoran government offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but the country’s foreign minister, Guillaume Long, said Assange remained under government protection.

“The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain,” Long said in a statement late on Monday.

The government of leftist President Rafael Correa has long backed Assange’s right to free speech, though the Wikileaks saga has caused some strain in relations with the United States, including the expulsion of diplomats in 2011.

Correa, whose term will end next year, has said he is behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who he says he knows personally, in the U.S. presidential election.

“For the good of the United States and the world … I would like Hillary to win,” Correa told broadcaster Russia Today last month.

Over the last two weeks, Democratic Party officials and U.S. government agencies haveaccused the Russian government, including the country’s “senior-most officials,” of pursuing a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

WikiLeaks has been one of the most prominent internet outlets to post and promote hacked Democratic Party materials.

While denying any connection with a Russian hacking campaign, Assange has refused to disclose WikiLeaks’ sources for hacked Democratic Party messages.

Sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks say they believe WikiLeaks has acquired as many as 40,000-50,000 emails hacked from the personal accounts of John Podesta, the former White House advisor who now chairs Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Despite Assange’s complaint that his internet connection was cut, WikiLeaks posted on Monday afternoon what it said was a fresh batch of Podesta’s emails.

According to a summary of the latest emails posted on Russia Today, a media outlet with close links to the Russian government, highlights include campaign staff discussions about “galvanizing Latino support” and about how to handle media queries about Clinton’s “flip-flopping” on gay marriage.


France 24 :  French police officers hold unauthorised Paris protest

French police officers hold unauthorised Paris protest


The head of France’s national police force on Tuesday ordered an internal investigation after hundreds of police officers held an unauthorized protest in central Paris overnight.

Angry police officers marched on the iconic Champs Elysées boulevard in the French capital after dark on Monday, complaining that they are understaffed and ill-equipped.

The rebel police officers, who held the demonstration without permission or backing of their labour unions, accused Prime MinisterManuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve of grandstanding while failing to provide the resources they need to do their jobs.

They also protested rising violence against police officers and forced overtime, amid more than 18 months of Islamist militant attacks that have left France in a state of heightened security.

While strikes and street protests are common in France, police officers are among a small minority of state workers who are banned from participating in such events. Monday night’s police protest was reportedly a spontaneous march, with plain clothes officers in some cases using squad cars.

They sang the Marseillaise national anthem as they rounded the Arc de Triomphe monument.

Jean-Marc Falcone, director of France’s national police force, condemned the “inacceptable behaviour” of a handful of officers, announcing he was opening a public investigation into the matter.

“These public demonstrations by policemen go against their legal work contracts. This behaviour endangers the national police and endangers each police officer,” Falcone wrote in a statement.

A few right-wing and far-right politicians voiced their support for the protesting policemen.

The government of Socialist President François Hollande, who faces presidential and legislative elections in the first quarter of 2017, has started restoring thousands of police posts axed by former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Claude Monet – Canal Grande, Venice (1908)

Claude Monet – Canal Grande, Venice (1908)

Paul Gauguin – (1848 -1903) Paesaggio di Osny, 1883 Olio su tela, cm 76,5 x 101 Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Paul Gauguin – (1848 -1903) Paesaggio di Osny, 1883 Olio su tela, cm 76,5 x 101 Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen


Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)Eleonora di Toledo with her son Giovanni de Medici (1544-45)Florence / Firenze Galleria degli Uffizi

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Un punct în plus…, Denisa Aricescu 

Un punct în plus…, Denisa Aricescu

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