Monthly Archives: November 2016



A very special Dodo Bird 

A very special Dodo Bird

La Mulți Ani România! 

La Mulți Ani România!

When love is true…lt changes…, poetic thought by GeorgeB 

When love is true…lt changes…, poetic thought by GeorgeB 


The sounds you hear are softer to your ear and they seem the truest.
You may allow youself to hear sounds, not new but from so  long time passed that they were dying dormant, in the dark drawer on the left…only to be awaken but true love.
And then there are new aromas floating everywhere around you…and one never sensed before…the flavor of true love…
The senses of touch, and taste are them to much enhanced – they are all flared by true love…
The dreams, the day dreams, the dreams that give one wings are the most colorful dreams there are…
And we all due these to out nature, our lovely nature…

It’s a true firewors, when true love enters your life

My Duck today 

My Duck today

Today’s Birthday:Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Today’s Birthday:
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor’s death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized. What happened when Cixi’s son died in 1875?:

This Day in History:The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

This Day in History:
The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald’s rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald’s murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. What later reports questioned its findings?:

Quote of the Day:Gilbert Chesterton

Quote of the Day:
Gilbert Chesterton

No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness—or so good as drink.:

Article of the Day:Mirror Neurons

Article of the Day:
Mirror Neurons

The discovery of mirror neurons in primates is considered by some to be one of the most important findings in neuroscience in the last decade. These neurons, which are also believed to exist in humans, act as a “mirror” for behavior, firing both when an animal performs an action and when it observes another carrying out that action. This system may play a role in learning new skills and understanding the behavior of others. What human brain disorder may be linked to a mirror neuron deficiency?:

Word of the Day:zoophagous

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Feeding on animal matter; carnivorous.
Synonyms: meat-eating
Usage: Zoophagous insects include predators and parasites.:

Lângă sobă, la bunici…aşa eram si noi când eram mici

Lângă sobă, la bunici…aşa eram si noi când eram mici

Trump to Ask Foreign Govts. to Investigate Clinton Foundation Donations

Trump to Ask Foreign Govts. to Investigate Clinton Foundation Donations

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President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is attempting to persuade foreign governments to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s finances.

According to a source close to Trump’s transition team, the new administration will specifically encourage governments in Haiti and Colombia to investigate the foundation’s financial dealings, the New York Post reported.

Trump said he will not pursue charges against former Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, but he did not mention anything about urging foreign governments to look into the foundation.

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“Haiti and Colombia will be key diplomatic posts for this ­because of all the money ­involved,” the source said.

Leaked emails allegedly showed that applicants with ties to theClinton Foundation were given priority when receiving federal funds after an earthquake struck Haiti several years ago, according to the U.K. Independent.

In addition, a Colombian mining tycoon reportedly benefited from the foundation’s work.

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Donations to the foundation have dropped by 37 percent in the last year, after the allegations that Clinton used the charity to solicit million-dollar donations in exchange for favorable treatment while she was secretary of state, Breitbart reported.

It gets worse for the foundation. Earlier this month, Norway reduced its annual donations by 87 percent, as reported by the Hegnar newspaper. Australia also jumped ship and went from donating $88 million to nothing.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is still pursuing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Earlier in the month, he said Clinton’s loss would not affect the investigation, adding that an investigation into the former secretary’s email server is separate from the Clinton Foundation probe.

Clinton might think that since Trump said he wouldn’t press charges that she was off the hook, but that would be a mistake. It looks like he’s inviting others to go after her.

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BBC News: Brazil football team Chapecoense in Colombia plane crash

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Cugetări: Memory lane in not always  that fun to visit

Memory lane in not always  that fun to visit

France 24 : Syrian rebels lose northeast Aleppo

Syrian rebels lose northeast Aleppo

Syrian rebels have lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, a monitor said Monday, as the army pushed an offensive to retake the battered city.

The army captured the Sakhur, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, while Kurdish forces took the Sheikh Fares district from rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Kurdish forces in Aleppo are not officially allied with the regime, but the opposition regards them as cooperating with the government in a bid to recapture the city.

“The rebels have lost control of all the neighbourhoods in the north of east Aleppo, and this is their worst defeat since they seized half the city in 2012,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Syrian state media reported the capture of Haydariya and Sakhur as it looped footage showing some of the thousands of civilians who have fled east Aleppo in recent days as loyalist troops have advanced.

The army renewed an operation to retake eastern Aleppo nearly two weeks ago, hoping to deal the opposition a potentially devastating blow.

Syria’s Al-Watan daily, which is close to the government, said the army was advancing quickly.

It said the next stage of the operation would be “to divide the remaining area into security districts that will be easily controlled and to capture them successively.”

The advance would then “push the gunmen to turn themselves (in)… or accept national reconciliation under the terms of the Syrian state.”


France 24 : ‘Millions voted illegally’ in US election, Trump claims

‘Millions voted illegally’ in US election, Trump claims

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”, though he provided no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

The allegation by Trump, who won the required votes in the Electoral College to secure the presidency, comes as Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote over Trump has surpassed 2.0 million votes and is expected to grow to more than 2.5 million as ballots in populous states such as California continue to be tallied.

Clinton’s legal team said on Saturday it had agreed to participate in a recount of Wisconsin votes after the state’s election board approved the effort requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, which Trump has called “ridiculous.”

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” the Republican Trump tweeted as reporters waited for him to leave his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida to fly back to his residence in New York City.

The U.S. presidential race is decided by the Electoral College, based on a tally of wins from the state-by-state contests, rather than by the national vote.Trump has surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

The Electoral College results are expected to be finalized on Dec. 19. Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

“It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than in the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4 states instead of the 15 states that I visited,” Trump added in follow-up tweets.

Several hours later, Trump tweeted, again without citing evidence: “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” Clinton won all three states.

A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Criticizing recount effort

Before the election, Trump made unsubstantiated allegations that the results of the election might be “rigged” against him but several studies have found no evidence of widespread or significant voter fraud in the United States.

Since the vote, his message has alternated between appealing for unity and railing against his opponents and the media.

In a video message released ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Trump said he hoped it would be a time for Americans “to begin to heal our divisions” following a “long and bruising political campaign.”

In a tweet on Saturday, Trump derided the fundraising effort by Stein to launch recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania as a “scam” that is “is now being joined by the badly defeated and demoralized Dems.”

Those states had voted Democratic in recent presidential elections but all voted narrowly in favor of the Republican Trump in this month’s election. The recounts are not expected to change the results of the election.

Stein, who won about 1.0 percent of the national vote, has said she wants a recount to guarantee the integrity of the U.S. voting system, a push that came after some computer scientists and election lawyers raised the possibility that hacks could have affected the results.

Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration has said there is no evidence of electoral tampering, but experts have said that the only way to verify the results are accurate is to conduct a recount.


Part of the world? Let’s share the way!

Part of the world? Let’s share the way!

Contrasting colors 

  • Contrasting colors 

A rosy rose in November 

A rosy rose in November

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Povestea fabricii de sticlă de la Azuga. Casa Regală era acţionar şi client pentru frumoasele piese realizate aici | Historia

Povestea fabricii de sticlă de la Azuga. Casa Regală era acţionar şi client pentru frumoasele piese realizate aici | Historia

G. K. Chesterton: An English Writer

G. K. Chesterton: find out more about him :

Today’s Holiday:Lopburi Monkey Banquet

Today’s Holiday:
Lopburi Monkey Banquet

Yongyuth Kijwattananuson first offered this banquet to the long-tailed macaque monkeys who live in the city of Lop Buri, Thailand, in 1988, to thank them for making his hotel so attractive to visitors. It has since become an institution, especially for the hundreds of monkeys who normally spend their time begging and stealing food from townspeople and tourists. Dozens of chefs prepare numerous dishes featuring fruit and vegetables on tables covered with red tablecloths. The monkeys eventually approach the tables to feast on the offerings, playing and throwing food in the process.:

Today’s Birthday:Chaim Weizmann (1874)

Today’s Birthday:
Chaim Weizmann (1874)

A Russian-born chemist, Weizmann became a British subject in 1910, developed a process for creating a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of explosives in 1912, and was director of the British admiralty laboratories for much of WWI. An active Zionist, Weizmann helped negotiate the 1917 Balfour Declaration pronouncing British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the republic of Israel was eventually founded, he was elected its first president. What is the Weizmann organism?:

This Day in History:Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated (1978)

This Day in History:
Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated (1978)

After gaining a following as a leader of San Francisco’s gay community, Milk was elected to the city’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in US history. In 1978, he and Moscone, the city’s mayor, were shot and killed in City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor. White’s conviction on the less serious charge of voluntary manslaughter sparked riots in the city. What now infamous defense did White’s attorneys present at his murder trial?:

Quote of the Day:Gilbert Chesterton

Quote of the Day:
Gilbert Chesterton

I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.:

Article of the Day:Graphology

Article of the Day:

Used to evaluate job recruits, potential jurors, and romantic partners, graphology is the study and analysis of handwriting, especially in relation to human psychology. Supporters cite anecdotal evidence for its accuracy in personality evaluation, but empirical studies have often failed to prove its validity. Among its most controversial forms, medical graphology uses handwriting analysis to evaluate patient health. What do proponents of holistic graphology claim John Wayne’s signature revealed?:

Word of the Day:foramen

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) An opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering of the ovule of a plant.
Synonyms: hiatus
Usage: The tribe made necklaces by passing string through the foramens of fang-shaped bones.:

BBC News: Mosul Christians: IS are ‘grandsons of Satan’

Mosul Christians: IS are ‘grandsons of Satan’ –

BBC News: Switzerland votes on nuclear power phase out process

Switzerland votes on nuclear power phase out process –

81 thoughts I had while watching the first three episodes of ‘Jessica Jones’


Huangshan, Anhui, China.Photo by @golden_heart

Apache Women and Children Prisoners with Two Soldiers. 1881.

Apache Women and Children Prisoners with Two Soldiers. 1881.

The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

BBC News: Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’

Donald Trump calls Fidel Castro ‘brutal dictator’ –


Today’s Birthday:Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Today’s Birthday:
Mary Edwards Walker (1832)

Walker was an American surgeon and feminist. She served as a nurse in the Union army in the American Civil War, before being commissioned as an assistant surgeon. She was the first woman to serve in such a capacity and was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Walker remains the only woman ever to receive this award. After the war, she was active in the struggle for women’s rights, lecturing and writing on such issues as dress reform and women’s suffrage. Why was her medal revoked in 1917?:

This Day in History:University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

This Day in History:
University of Notre Dame Is Founded (1842)

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame was established and opened in 1842 and chartered in 1844. Famous for its football team, it has a noted law school and computing center as well as laboratories for research in botany, radiation, geology, metallurgy, and engineering. It also operates important research institutes in the humanities. The school was founded by French priests and was originally given the name L’Université de Notre Dame du Lac, which means what?:

Quote of the Day:Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.:

Article of the Day:Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Article of the Day:
Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Often called “China’s Mona Lisa,” Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a 17-ft (5.2-m) long panoramic painting that depicts life during the Song dynasty. The subject of several similar works painted over the next few hundred years, the 12th-century original depicts 814 people in a bucolic countryside and busy city and reveals some of the nuances of class structure at the time. Why do some scholars question the traditionally accepted translation of the painting’s name?:

Word of the Day:obtuse

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
Synonyms: dumb, slow, dense, dim, dull
Usage: Though he was generally regarded as obtuse by his fellow students, his math scores were the highest in the class.:

Leaked Docs Allege U.S. Gov Armed and Funded Yemeni Forces | The Federalist Papers

BBC News: Edward Snowden loses Norway safe passage case

Edward Snowden loses Norway safe passage case –

BBC News: Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent

Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent –

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Today’s Holiday:Bosnia and Herzegovina Statehood Day

Today’s Holiday:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Statehood Day

Bosnia and Herzegovina are two adjoining regions in the Balkans that were ruled by Croatian kings in medieval times. They were united into a province under the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Statehood Day commemorates the November 25, 1943, assembly of the first joint Bosnian and Herzegovinan parliament. In 1946, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the newly-formed Yugoslav federation. Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia on March 1, 1992.:

Today’s Birthday:Ricardo Montalbán (1920)

Today’s Birthday:
Ricardo Montalbán (1920)

Montalbán was a Mexican television, stage, and film actor. Perhaps best known as the star of the television series Fantasy Island, he had many notable roles throughout his career, including the villain Khan in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His career spanned seven decades, and he continued to perform into his 80s, often providing voices for animated films and commercials. In the 1970s, Montalbán founded the Nosotros organization. What is its mission?: