Daily Archives: October 20, 2016

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Natalie Portman -the Profesional:  “Happy birthday Mr. President…” (a pencil sketch )

Natalie Portman -the Profesional: “Happy birthday Mr. President…” (a pencil sketch )

A perfect shot: The Professional – Jean Reno and Natalie Portman 

A perfect shot: The Professional – Jean Reno and Natalie Portman

Extraordinary music ever composed : Watch “Gnossienne no. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 COMPLETE by Erik Satie (1866-1925), for Piano Solo” on YouTube

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just a thought: Can you imagine Renaissance with today’s photo and film making technologies?To be able to see Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, in photo, or at work? What a grand thing that would be!

​Can you imagine Renaissance with today’s photo and film making technologies?

To be able to see Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, in photo, or at work? 

What a grand thing that would be!

Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa


French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State (IS) group jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria.

“We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul forRaqa,” Hollande told a conference in Paris, where diplomats are gathered to discuss ways to stabilise Mosul once it is freed from IS group control.

The French president urged the international community not to abandon the city once the multi-pronged military operation is over.

Delegates from the US, Iraq and some 20 other countries are expected to devise a plan to protect civilians, distribute aid and address questions about governing areas newly liberated from IS.

The offensive for Mosul — Iraq‘s second-largest city and the biggest IS group-held city — is expected to take weeks, if not months. There are fears it could unleash sectarian tensions, and threaten civilians in a region ravaged by years of violence.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Thursday that Mosul may fall sooner than expected. “The fighting forces are currently pushing forward toward the town more quickly than we thought, and more quickly certainly than we established in our plan of campaign,” he told the Paris conference via video transmission.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Video: Iraqi troops screen villagers for IS group links in Mosul advance

Video: Iraqi troops screen villagers for IS group links in Mosul advance


Units of the Iraqi federal police moving in to a newly liberated village near the Islamic State (IS) group-held city of Mosul screened its residents for links to the jihadists. FRANCE 24 reports from the frontline in the battle for Mosul.

As the first vehicles moved into the village, residents approach waving white flags.

The locals are clearly shocked by the artillery bombardment that preceded the village’s liberation.

“We stayed hidden at home, we were afraid of the bombardments,” one woman said as she was herded towards the screening area. “I was afraid for my children.”

The army has lists of potential IS group collaborators who they want to question before they can flee.

Soldiers accused one woman, who allegedly gave them a false name, of having a husband and brothers fighting with the jihadists, which she denied.

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HomeNewsGlobal Water Pollution Has Reached Frightening Levels
Global Water Pollution Has Reached Frightening Levels

October 1, 2016

by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Health Issues

Recent news stories tell us a sobering truth: Not only are we facing rapid depletion of groundwater aquifers,1 much of the world’s water supplies are also becoming too contaminated to safely drink or use for cooking or bathing.

One study2 found nearly 60 percent of the groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic Basin contains unsafe levels of arsenic.

This South Asian water basin supplies water to more than 750 million people.3 The water is not even usable for irrigation due to contamination levels and excess salinity (salt).

Cholera and Typhoid Is an Emerging Threat

Another report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) found that pollution levels in rivers and lakes now put more than 320 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America at risk for cholera and typhoid — life-threatening diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water.

Newer pathogens such as Cycloviruses are also emerging, and these viruses have been linked to neurological problems in children.4 According to Reuters:5

“Between 1990 and 2010, pollution caused by viruses, bacteria and other micro-organisms, and long-lasting toxic pollutants like fertilizer or petrol, increased in more than half of rivers across the three continents …

Population growth, expansion of agriculture and an increased amount of raw sewage released into rivers and lakes were among the main reasons behind the increase of surface water pollution …”

In Africa, up to a quarter of all rivers are severely polluted with pathogens, courtesy of untreated wastewater being dumped right into rivers and lakes. The same situation applies to about one-quarter of rivers in Latin America and nearly half of all rivers in Asia.

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US

Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says ‘goodbye’ to US


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had “lost” and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

Duterte made his comments in China, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally the United States deteriorate.

His trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed.

Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal ruling in the Hague over South China Sea disputes in favour of the Philippines, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30.

“America has lost now,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people at a forum in the Great Hall of the People, attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

“I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to (President Vladimir) Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way,” he added.

“With that, in this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from theUnited States,” Duterte said to applause. “I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us.”

China has pulled out all the stops to welcome Duterte, including a marching band complete with batton-twirling band master at his official welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People, which most leaders do not get.

Red carpet welcome

President Xi Jinping, meeting Duterte earlier in the day, called the visit a “milestone” in ties.

Xi told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they could “appropriately handle disputes”, though he did not mention the South China Sea in remarks made in front of reporters.

“I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things,” Xi said.

Following their meeting, during which Duterte said relations with China had entered a new “springtime”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said the South China Sea issue was not the sum total of relations.

“The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea issue,” Liu said.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

In 2012, China seized the disputed Scarborough Shoal and denied Philippine fishermen access to its fishing grounds.

Liu said the shoal was not mentioned and he did not answer a question about whether Philippine fishermen would be allowed there. He said both countries had agreed on coastguard and fisheries cooperation, but did not give details.

Sea row takes ‘back seat’

Duterte’s tone toward Beijing is in contrast to the language he has used against the United States, after being infuriated by US criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

He has called US President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” and told him to “go to hell” while alluding to severing ties with the old colonial power.

On Wednesday, to the cheers of hundreds of Filipinos in Beijing, Duterte said Philippine foreign policy was veering towards China.

“I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,” Duterte said. “So time to say goodbye my friend.”

The same day, about 1,000 anti-US protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Manila calling for the removal of US troops from the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte on Wednesday said the South China Sea arbitration case would “take the back seat” during talks, and that he would wait for the Chinese to bring up the issue rather than doing so himself.

Xi said issues that could not be immediately be resolved should be set aside, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

China has welcomed the Philippines approaches, even as Duterte has vowed not to surrender any sovereignty to Beijing, which views the South China Sea Hague ruling as null and void.

China has also expressed support for his drug war, which has raised concern in Western capitals about extrajudicial killing.

Duterte’s overtures to China have been accompanied by signs of improving business ties with the world’s second largest economy.

China’s Liu said Beijing will restore Philippine agricultural exports to China and provide financing for Philippine infrastructure.


French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness


Hundreds of police officers have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness, defying government demands that they stop the unauthorised demonstrations.

Six months from an election, the protest, now in its third day, has put President François Hollande’s Socialist government on the defensive at a time when security forces are struggling to combat the threat of further terrorist attacks.

Political opponents have seized on the discontent to accuse the government of letting violent crime and everyday lawlessness proliferate despite a large police recruitment drive.

“I understand the anger of the police,” conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy said. “I’ve never seen such an erosion of authority in this country,” Sarkozy, who is campaigning to become president again, told Europe 1 radio.

In Paris, around 400 off-duty officers protested at the Place de la République and Champs Elysées avenue, scene of similar protests earlier this week that have since spread to other cities.

Other impromptu protests took place overnight in Bordeaux, Nancy and Toulouse.

Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed to boost security at airports, train stations and schools after a string of militant Islamist attacks in which more than 230 people have died in the past two years.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised police unions at a meeting Wednesday that local policing needs would be reviewed, but highlighted that his government had recruited 9,000 police to fill most of some 12,000 posts axed under Sarkozy’s 2007-2012 administration.

While police officers are allowed to protest like anybody else under French law, codes of conduct for law enforcement employees prohibit them from doing so during work hours, or with the use of police equipment such as official cars and uniforms.

The head of national police earlier this week told his staff to respect those rules and announced an inquiry to establish who was flouting them. Protesters have ignored his warnings and similar appeals from the government.

The catalyst for the police officers’ protest movement was an attack earlier this month in which a gang of 10 unidentified assailantspetrol-bombed a police patrol car stationed at a crossroads south of Paris notorious for gangland crime.

Dozens of officers in plain clothes have observed vigils the past two nights outside the Paris hospital where one of the police officers whose car was petrol bombed lies in a coma.

The 28-year-old officer sustained severe burns in the attack by youths from a notorious housing estate. His female partner was also seriously injured.


1509-1520 RAFFAELLO A ROMA1510 – «Madonna Aldobrandini »


1510 – «Madonna Aldobrandini »
«La Madonna Aldobrandini o Madonna Garvagh è un dipinto a olio su tavola (38×33 cm) di Raffaello, databile al 1510 circa e conservato nella National Gallery di Londra.  »

a) «L’opera si trovava nelle collezioni Aldobrandini a Roma, da dove passò in quelle Borghese. Alla fine del Settecento fu acquistata dal Day, che la portò in Inghilterra, finendo nel 1824 nella raccolta di Lord Garvagh, prima di passare nella sede odierna, nel 1865, tramite acquisto.  »

b) «La datazione è di solito riferita ai primi anni del soggiorno romano, verso il 1510, con oscillazioni di uno o due anni. Essa appare infatti in un taccuino detto “dei Garofani” assieme alla Madonna Mackintosh, che dovette essere elaborata in un periodo molto vicino.  »

a) «Lo schema della composizione rivela l’influenza di Leonardo, con il tema della doppia finestra nello sfondo in controluce come nella Madonna del Garofano, ad esempio. Dalle due aperture si vede un paesaggio con costruzioni rurali e una città fortificata, che Cavalcaselle riconobbe come una veduta dei dintorni di Roma.  »

b) «In primo piano Maria sta seduta su un basamento lapideo, con le gambe di fianco verso sinistra e il busto e la testa ruotati verso destra, a guardare san Giovannino, ritratto a mezza figura, che si sporge a dare un garofano rosso al Bambin Gesù. Il garofano, proprio come nel dipinto di Leonardo, simboleggia il sangue della Passione, ma anche il matrimonio mistico tra madre e figlio, cioè Cristo e la sua Chiesa. Il passaggio del garofano dal Precursore a Cristo assume così la valenza dell’accettazione di Gesù del proprio destino e l’incontro delle mani dei due è il perno ottico di tutta la rappresentazione.  »

c) « Gesù, seduto in grembo a Maria, si sporge appoggiandosi sul grembo della donna, in un gesto di naturale familiarità. Tutta la composizione, di forma piramidale, è dominata da un senso di intimità e dolcezza, con una concatenazione di gesti e sguardi apparentemente semplice, ma frutto di approfonditi studi alla ricerca di un’armonia perfetta e idealizzata, ma spontanea e facilmente apprezzabile dallo spettatore. »





« La Stanza di Eliodoro è uno degli ambienti delle Stanze di Raffaello nei Musei Vaticani. Fu il secondo ad essere decorato da Raffaello Sanzio, tra il 1511 e il 1514. »
a) « Mentre la Stanza della Segnatura era in via di completamento, Raffaello, nell’estate del 1511, iniziò ad elaborare i disegni per la decorazione della stanza successiva, destinata a sala delle Udienze. »
b) « A giugno il papa era tornato a Roma dopo una campagna militare disastrosa contro i francesi, che aveva comportato la perdita di Bologna e la continua minaccia degli eserciti stranieri nella penisola[1]. »
c) «In quel momento di incertezza politica venne deciso un programma decorativo che sottolineasse la protezione accordata da Dio alla sua Chiesa in alcuni momenti della sua storia, descrivendo interventi miracolosi contro nemici interni ed esterni, e affidandosi al culto dell’Eucaristia, particolarmente caro al papa[1].  »
d) « La decorazione ebbe luogo tra la seconda metà del 1511 e il 1514, con un pagamento a saldo, al Sanzio, datato 1º agosto 1514.  »
e) « A partire da questa impresa l’uso di aiuti si fa sempre più consistente, ponendo il problema dell’autografia dei vari brani pittorici. »
f) « Dai disegni preparatori si notano varie trasformazioni nelle scene, soprattutto in relazione all’attualizzazione delle medesime in seguito all’evolversi degli avvenimenti, tra il 1511 e il 1512, con il capovolgimento delle alleanze e il temporaneo trionfo del pontefice: ecco allora che Giulio II venne inserito come spettatore nella scena di Eliodoro ed ecco che venne ritratto con maggiore evidenza nella Messa di Bolsena[2] »
a) «La Stanza di Eliodoro (circa 660×750 cm in pianta) si trova tra la Sala di   Costantino e la Stanza della Segnatura, affacciata sul cortile del Pappagallo nel Palazzo Apostolico. 
b) « Il nome deriva da uno degli affreschi delle pareti, che sono composte da un grosso lunettone, su cui è impostata una volta a crociera.  » 
c) I quattro gli affreschi alle pareti sono: 

   – « Cacciata di Eliodoro dal tempio (1511-1512) »

   – « Messa di Bolsena (1512) »

   – « Liberazione di san Pietro (1513-1514) »

   – « Incontro di Leone Magno con Attila (1514) »
d) « Nel soffitto sono rappresentati quattro episodi biblici che evocano la protezione di Dio al popolo di Israele, legati alle scene sottostanti. »

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A second painting by American impressionist Guy Rose (1867–1925): “October Morning”

A second painting by American impressionist Guy Rose (1867–1925): “October Morning”

The world seems to stop during sunset at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The prairie grass slowly moves in the breeze and the stark rock formations of the badlands glow under the burning colors of the setting sun. It is a moment and a place that reminds you why an escape to nature is so important to us all. Photo by Aaron Chapman, National Park Service.

The world seems to stop during sunset at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The prairie grass slowly moves in the breeze and the stark rock formations of the badlands glow under the burning colors of the setting sun. It is a moment and a place that reminds you why an escape to nature is so important to us all. Photo by Aaron Chapman, National Park Service.

Sherwood Forest, Nottingham,England

Sherwood Forest, Nottingham,England

Cave Of Melody, Scotland

Cave Of Melody, Scotland

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

“Incoming Tide” by American impressionist Guy Rose (1867–1925)

“Incoming Tide” by American impressionist Guy Rose (1867–1925)

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece