Daily Archives: November 17, 2016

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.Photo by Guy Schmickle


Natalie Portman B&W sketch 


Natalie Portman B&W sketch

Watch “Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat” on YouTube


Famous Blue Raincoat

Leonard Cohen

Lyrics

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening

I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
You’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You’d been to the station to meet every train, and
You came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody’s wife

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well, I see Jane’s awake
She sends her regards

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I’m glad you stood in my way

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Well, your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear

Sincerely, L Cohen

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Famous Blue Raincoat lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Leonard Cohen – San Sebastián (1988)” on YouTube


Watch “Austin City Limits 1411: Leonard Cohen” on YouTube


Watch “Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah” on YouTube


Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen

Lyrics

Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Leonard Cohen – Suzanne(HQ audio/HD 1080p video) + lyrics” on YouTube


Suzanne

Leonard Cohen

Lyrics

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover

And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind

And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

And you want to travel with him, and you want to travel blind
And you think you maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with her mind

Now, Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river
She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbor
And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed, there are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love and they wil lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds her mirror

And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Suzanne lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

France 24 : Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting


Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

http://f24.my/2fBgVIJ

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday.

Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the meeting as “really, really cordial” but offered few details of their discussion.

“I do believe that without confidence between the two nations (the) alliance would never function in the future and as an outcome of today’s discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great confidence in,” Abe said at a press conference following the meeting, where he took only two questions.

Abe said the meeting renewed his conviction that he would be able to establish a relationship of confidence with Trump.

Abe met with Trump in New York, where the incoming president is working on setting up an administration after his surprise election victory last week that has injected new uncertainty into old U.S. alliances. The Trump transition team provided no readout of the meeting.

Trump’s campaign rhetoric caused consternation in many world capitals, including Tokyo. He has said he would demand that allies such as Japan and South Korea contribute more to the cost of basing U.S. troops in their countries.

Such comments have worried Japan at a time when the threat from North Korea is rising, and China is challenging the U.S.-led security status quo in the Pacific.

The State Department has said it had yet to hear from Trump’s transition team, raising the prospect of the Republican holding the meeting with Abe without any input from career diplomats with deep experience dealing with Japan.

“I conveyed my basic views on various issues to Mr. Trump but with regard to more of the specifics or details, because of the fact that Mr. Trump has not assumed the office as the president of the United States or today’s discussion was an unofficial discussion, I’d like to refrain from touching on details,” Abe said, adding that they agreed to meet again for a deeper discussion on a wider range of issues.

Both Japan and South Korea already pay considerable sums to support the U.S. bases, and note that it’s also in America’s strategic interest to deploy troops in the region.

Trump has suggested that Japan and South Korea could obtain their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on U.S. deterrence, which risks triggering an atomic arms race in Northeast Asia.

South Korea currently pays more than $800 million a year — about 50 percent of non-personnel costs of the U.S. military deployment on its soil — and is paying $9.7 billion more for relocating U.S. military bases, according to the Congressional Research Service. Japan pays about $2 billion a year, about half of the cost of the stationing U.S. forces.

The Japanese leader may also try to sway Trump on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade agreement that the president-elect opposes. The pact was championed by President Barack Obama, and Trump’s victory has all but erased hopes of its early ratification by the U.S. Congress.

The pact is expected to be discussed in a side meeting at the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Community in Peru, where Abe heads after New York. Obama will also be at APEC.

Abe is Japan’s most powerful leader in a decade, and he has invested political capital in overcoming strong domestic opposition to the TPP. He has also sought to increase the international role played by Japan’s military, which is constrained by a pacifist constitution.

That could jibe with Trump’s desire to see U.S. partners shoulder more of the burden for their defense.

Amazing photos


Amazing photos

Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina


Sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is an experience everyone should have. Pastel skies shimmer over mountains draped in stunning fall colors in this pic from our archives. Unfortunately, wildfires near the southern area of the parkway have made the air quality poor this week. Be sure to check the park website for updates. Photo from the East Fork Overlook by Philip Varney (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Songlike, a Pueblo man, 1899.  Photo by F.A. Rinehart.


Songlike, a Pueblo man, 1899. Photo by F.A. Rinehart.

 RIP MR. COHEN :Watch “Leonard Cohen ~ Dance Me To The End Of Love” on YouTube (with lyrics) 


Dance Me to the End of Love

Leonard Cohen

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Dance Me to the End of Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Leonard Cohen on Q TV (CBC exclusive)” on YouTube


Watch “THE SORROW – Crossing Jordan ( Official Video )” on YouTube


De la terre à la lune, Jules Verne (illustration)


De la terre à la lune, Jules Verne (illustration

Natalie Portman, cartoon sketch 


Natalie Portman, cartoon sketch

Monet, in Venice


Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Quote: Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act, Leonard Cohen


Quote: Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act, Leonard Cohen

Venice, Italy


Venice, Italy

Mandore Gardens, Rajasthan, India


Mandore Gardens, Rajasthan, India

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandore?wprov=sfla1History

Mandore is an ancient town, and was the seat of thePratiharas of Mandavyapura, who ruled the region in the 6th century CE. The rulers of this dynasty probably became vassals of the imperialGurjara-Pratiharas.[1] After the disintegration of the Gurjara-Pratihara empire, one branch of Pratiharas continued to rule at Mandore. In 1395 CE, a princess of this branch married Rao Chunda ofRathore clan. Rao Chunda received the Junagarh fort in Mandore in dowry, and moved his capital to the site. The town remained the Rathore capital until 1459 CE, whenRao Jodha shifted his capital to the newly founded city ofJodhpur.[2]

Mandore was the capital of the erstwhile princely state ofMarwar (Jodhpur State), before moving to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.[3]

Watch “Sarah Mclachlan – Dirty Little Secret (Thievery Corporation)” on YouTube


SARAH MCLACHLAN LYRICS

“Dirty Little Secret”

If I had the chance, love
I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don’t tell me it’s too late

[Chorus:]
Cause I’ve relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight

I’ve been up all night drinking
To drown my sorrow down
Nothing seems to help me since you went away
I’m so tired of this town
Where every tongue is wagging
When every back is turned 
Their telling secrets that should never be revealed
There’s nothing to be gained from this
But disaster..
Here’s a good one..
Did you hear about my friend
He’s embarrassed to be seen now
because we all know his sins

If I had the chance love
You know, I would not hesitate
To tell you all the things I never said before
Don’t tell me it’s too late

[Chorus:]
Cause I’ve relied on my illusions
To keep me warm at night
But I denied in my capacity to love
I am willing, to give up this fight
Oh, I am willing to give up this fight..

Bartolomeo Veneto – Lucrezia Borgia


Bartolomeo Veneto – Lucrezia Borgia

Jan Hendrik Verheyen – A View of a Town


Jan Hendrik Verheyen – A View of a Town

Mogosoaia_contemplare  din loggia_spre lac_ anii 70 (foto Virgil Simionescu )


Mogosoaia_contemplare din loggia_spre lac_ anii 70 (foto Virgil Simionescu )

Cetatea FĂGĂRAŞULUI (photo Hantzy Kessler) 


Cetatea FĂGĂRAŞULUI (photo Hantzy Kessler)

Today’s Holiday:Marshall Islands President’s Day


Today’s Holiday:
Marshall Islands President’s Day

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated November 17 as President’s Day, a day to remember the nation’s first president, Amata Kabua. Kabua started his career as a school teacher and rose to become paramount chief of the Island of Majuro and head of state of the Marshall Islands. He served five terms as president of the Marshall Islands, beginning in 1979 when the country became independent and continuing until his death in 1996.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Rock Hudson (1925)


Today’s Birthday:
Rock Hudson (1925)

Hudson was an American actor who worked at odd jobs before making his film debut in 1948. His wholesome good looks made him a popular star in Douglas Sirk melodramas, and his comedic talents were displayed in a series of romantic comedies costarring Doris Day. He appeared in over 70 films and TV shows during the course of his career. His death from AIDS in 1985 greatly increased awareness of the disease. What notable film roles did Hudson reportedly turn down to film A Farewell to Arms?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:First Attempted Assassination of Umberto I of Italy (1878)


This Day in History:
First Attempted Assassination of Umberto I of Italy (1878)

The son of Victor Emmanuel II, Umberto I was king of Italy from 1878 to 1900. Increasingly authoritarian, he favored imperialistic and pro-German policies and disregarded the recommendations of parliamentary leaders. His orientation helped lead to the conclusion of the Triple Alliance. Facing increasing social unrest, he supported the imposition of martial law and created a period of turmoil that culminated in three attempts on his life. He survived the first two. Who was the third assassin?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:L. Frank Baum


Quote of the Day:
L. Frank Baum

The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Click Fraud


Article of the Day:
Click Fraud

Click fraud is a type of Internet crime that occurs when a person or computer program imitates a legitimate user clicking on a pay-per-click online advertisement. It is done to generate a per-click charge without having an interested consumer view the ad’s link. In 2004, authorities in California made what was believed to be the first click fraud arrest, detaining a man who had attempted to blackmail Google with a click fraud program he created. Why were the charges dropped without explanation?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:ambage


Word of the Day:
ambage

Definition: (noun) A style that involves indirect ways of expressing things.
Synonyms: circumlocution, periphrasis
Usage: His head was swimming when the lecture finally ended, and he felt the speaker’s ambages had taken him everywhere and left him nowhere.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

BBC News: $5 ‘Poison Tap’ hacks locked computers


$5 ‘Poison Tap’ hacks locked computers – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38012699

BBC News: US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls for end of addiction ‘stigma’


US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls for end of addiction ‘stigma’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38015122

BBC News: Trump election: Obama meets Merkel on farewell visit to Germany


Trump election: Obama meets Merkel on farewell visit to Germany – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38016557

BBC News: James Clapper, the US intelligence chief, resigns


James Clapper, the US intelligence chief, resigns – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38018153

BBC News: Mayan ‘nesting doll pyramid’ discovered in Mexico


Mayan ‘nesting doll pyramid’ discovered in Mexico – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-38008546