Monthly Archives: November 2016

This Day in History:The White Ship Sinks, Drowning the Son of Henry I of England (1120)

This Day in History:
The White Ship Sinks, Drowning the Son of Henry I of England (1120)

In 1120, an English vessel known as the White Ship sank in the English Channel on its way from Normandy to England, killing hundreds of passengers. Among those who drowned was William, the only legitimate son of King Henry I. Henry’s second marriage was childless, and the latter years of his reign were marked by his attempts to secure the succession for his daughter Matilda. William’s death in 1135 led to a disputed succession and civil war between Matilda and whom?:

Quote of the Day:L. Frank Baum

Quote of the Day:
L. Frank Baum

A prisoner…is unfortunate in two ways—because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong.:

Article of the Day:Absolute Zero

Article of the Day:
Absolute Zero

The lowest temperature theoretically achievable by a system, absolute zero is the point at which substances possess no thermal energy. In 1848, British physicist Lord Kelvin devised a temperature scale that set absolute zero, or 0°K, at -273.15°C. Although absolute zero is impossible to achieve, scientists have brought some substances within a billionth of a degree of 0°K, inducing in these materials odd quantum effects such as superconductivity. Where is the coldest known place in the universe?:

Word of the Day:pourboire

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered.
Synonyms: baksheesh, gratuity, tip
Usage: The bellboy waited expectantly, but no pourboire was forthcoming.:

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France 24 : Dozens injured, hundreds arrested in riot at Bulgaria refugee camp

Dozens injured, hundreds arrested in riot at Bulgaria refugee camp

Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria’s largest refugee camp, triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.

“Around 300 migrants, six of them considered a threat to national security, have been arrested,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told BNR public radio after visiting the camp in early hours of Friday.

He added that 24 police officers and two migrants had been injured and that the situation had been brought under control.

Angry migrants — mostly Afghans — set car tyres on fire and threw stones at around 250 police officers, members of the gendarmerie and firefighters at the Harmanli reception centre near the Turkish border earlier Thursday to protest a recently imposed ban on migrants leaving the centre pending medical checks.

Local police chief Nina Nikolova told AFP earlier Thursday that the situation was under control and that the migrants were in talks with the state refugee agency.

But tensions flared up again in the evening when police had to use two water cannons to push the rioting group of migrants back into the buildings and prevent them from leaving the camp.

The centre, which houses just over 3,000 migrants, was the scene of another protest in October when several hundred Afghans demanded they be allowed to continue their journey towards western Europe.

With a fence along the Turkish border, Bulgariahas largely remained on the sidelines of Europe’s worst migration crisis since 1945.

Nonetheless around 13,000 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, are currently trapped in the European Union’s poorest country.

Although the so-called Balkan migrant trail was effectively shut down in March, migrants have continued to cross the region in smaller numbers.

Tensions have been rising particularly in Greece where tens of thousands of people remain stranded.

Migrants set fire to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Thursday after a woman and a six-year-old child died following a gas cylinder explosion, local police said.

The explosion occurred while the 66-year-old woman was cooking, police said, adding that the child’s mother and four-year-old sibling were hospitalised with serious injuries.

In an apparent act of rage, migrants then set fire to the Moria camp on Lesbos, causing significant damage, police said.

Ensuing clashes between migrants and police left six refugees slightly injured.

Neo-Nazis last week attacked a migrant camp on the eastern Greek island of Chios.

A number of people were injured in the violence, which also left dozens of refugees stranded without tents.


France 24 : TV host’s rape allegations rekindle statute of limitations debate in France

TV host’s rape allegations rekindle statute of limitations debate in France

French TV and radio host Flavie Flament has accused British photographer David Hamilton of raping her when she was 13 years old. France’s statute of limitations protects Hamilton from prosecution, and the case has revived a prickly legal debate.

Flament has alleged that she was raped in the southern French beach resort town of Cap d’Agde in 1987. France’s statute of limitations for the rape of a minor is set at 20 years after the victim has reached adulthood. Today Flament is 42, thus four years too late to file a lawsuit against the famed photographer.

Hamilton, 83, gained international notoriety in the 1970s and 80s as a fashion photographer, but is best known for his nude images of young teenage girls. Originally from London, he has spent most of his life in France. He was a local celebrity in Cap d’Agde, where he bought a beachfront apartment and spent summer holidays.

He has vigorously denied Flament’s accusation, saying in a press release that he was “particularly offended by the complete absence of the presumption of innocence” by French journalists, who have carried the information since the story broke.

However, at least two other women have come forward since Flament’s allegations, both claiming they were also raped by Hamilton in his Cap d’Agde studio as girls. It is an outcome that Flament likely did not expect when she first came forward with the accusation against her alleged rapist, whom she initially refused to name.

A ‘painful’ book

Last month Flament published a novel entitled “The Consolation” (La Consolation). It is based on her own story as a teenage rape victim, who for years is haunted by feelings of shame and guilt before confronting and overcoming those ghosts.

On the publisher’s site promoting the book, Flament writes: “I never could have imagined investigating my own life. It was a long voyage and I came back extraordinarily alive and hungry for the company of others. But it was a long, lonely, painful and frightening trip. A trip through memories hidden somewhere deep inside, a locked coffer, sealed with shame, protection, lies and denial.”

“I let the images from my childhood surface in a crazy disorder, I resisted the gusts and the whirlwinds, aided by my guardians in psychiatry. I pieced together the film that was buried since I was twelve,” she continues.

In the novel Flament doesn’t name her alleged rapist, whom she called “well-known worldwide”. However, shortly after the book’s release, two anonymous women told French magazine L’Obs that they had immediately recognised Hamilton as the antagonist, since they claim to have fallen prey to the photographer in the same setting and under similar circumstances.

In the wake of L’Obs report, Flament said her alleged rapist was indeed Hamilton. She explained her fear of being charged with defamation and the feeling she was alone had kept her from revealing his name. “Being able to share my pain changes everything,” she said.

But a hitch remains: the statute of limitations for rape of a minor has also expired in the case of the other two women.

Changing the law

The case has already resounded in the highest halls of French power. The country’s minister for families, children’s and women’s rights, Laurence Rossignol, this week announced she had entrusted Flament with the task of finding consensus over the appropriate length of a statute of limitations in rape cases.

But could Flament’s alleged revelation and the echo it has had in the media really help change the law in France? California’s move to eliminate its statute of limitations for rape in the wake of the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations could be a source of hope for victims.

Several of Cosby’s alleged victims, whose abilities to press for criminal charges against the famous actor and comedian were precluded by a statute of limitations, have lobbied for changes in California and in two other states.

In recent years at least six US states have extended or eliminated their statutes of limitations on sexual assaults, and may be joined by three other states, the New York Times reported earlier this month.

The UK has no statute of limitations in the case of rape or other serious charges. But changing the law in France may prove a little more difficult, experts said.

According to Julie Klein, a law professor at the university of Rouen, eliminating statutes of limitations is almost unheard of in France. “In US law the absence of a statute of limitation is fairly common, but in France statutes of limitation are a general legal principle,” she said.

“French law recognizes the non-applicability of only a single category of crimes, and those are crimes against humanity. It’s hard to imagine that that exception be extended to common law crimes,” she added.

An extension on the statute of limitations in cases of child rape is a fairly new development in France. In 2004 the so-called “Perben II law” extended to 20 years the time people who were sexually abused as minors could file charges in French courts. The statute of limitations for rapes committed against an adult is 10 years.

Ernestine Ronai, the national coordinator for France’s Inter-Ministerial Mission for the Protection of Women Victims of Violence (MIPROF) says that law did not go far enough.

“It takes time for underage victims to understand what happened to them. [The crime] often resurfaces as a result of an event of therapy, which was the case for Flavie Flament,” Ronai added. She thinks the statute of limitations for people who were raped when they were minors should be extended to 30 years from the time victims reach adulthood.

Ronai said such a measure would make sense, especially in light of the Fenech-Tourret bill that is currently working its way through French parliament. The reform would extend the statute of limitations for adult victims from 10 to 20 years.

In the meantime, Flament is urging other victims of Hamilton’s to come forward, in the hope one of the cases will fall within the current statute of limitations. “We’re not the only ones out there, there are others. It’s obvious. I am sure that together we will not only comfort each other, but also act and be heard,” she said.

BBC News: Neil Prakash: The confused Buddhist who became a top IS jihadist

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BBC News: Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’

Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’ –

BBC News: French terror suspects ‘were planning attack on Paris’

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BBC News: Migrant crisis: Turkey threatens EU with new surge

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Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the Tower of Song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the Tower of Song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I’m very sorry, baby, doesn’t look like me at all
I’m standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah, they don’t let a woman kill you, not in the Tower of Song

Now, you can say that I’ve grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there’s a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices in the Tower of Song

I see you standing on the other side
I don’t know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We’ll never, we’ll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

Yeah, my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

Written by Anna Marly, Hy Zaret • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Happy Mandarins days…

Happy Mandarins days…

Feel the love? 

Feel the love?

I left my heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett 


California Street, San Francisco by @60dlsr

California Street, San Francisco by @60dlsr

From Erin Brockovich: Happy Thanksgiving! 

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful I live in a country where I am empowered to fight everyday to make a difference, make things better… learn, love and share with friends and family. We are all different and diverse… we disagree… yet when the chips are down, we rally, come together and move forward collectively. Everyday brings a new opportunity to do something… I cannot do everything… but I do what I can do. 

Bless you… your family… and your friends today… and everyday.

One World Trade Center ❤️…New York 

One World Trade Center ❤️…New York


Gânduri/Cugetări :„Ce este bunătatea? O frumusețe pe care o percepi direct cu sufletul.” — Alexandru Vlahuță

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France 24 : EU lawmakers vote to suspend Turkey membership talks

EU lawmakers vote to suspend Turkey membership talks

The European Parliament on Thursday voted in favour of halting membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup crackdown, in a vote that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had already branded worthless.

The non-binding motion approved by MEPssaid parliament “calls … on the Commission and on the Member States to initiate a temporary freeze of the ongoing accession negotiations with Turkey“.

“Turkey is an important partner of the EU,” the resolution stated. “But in partnerships, the will to cooperate has to be two-sided… Turkey is not showing this political will as the government’s actions are further diverting Turkey from its European path.”

Anticipating the vote, Erdogan said Wednesday that his country’s “struggle for its stability and future won’t be interrupted by (European legislators’) raising and lowering their hands”.

Although the vote carries no immediate consequences, it underscores the increasing unease in Europe over Erdogan’s tightening grip on power in the wake of the coup attempt.

Tens of thousands of people, including teachers, journalists and opposition lawmakers, have been arrested or fired since the failed July 15 coup.

Turkey dismisses vote

Reacting to the vote later Thursday, Omer Celik, Turkey’s EU affairs minister, said the Turkish administration did not take the vote seriously.

“We consider that decision null and void. It is not a decision that can be taken seriously because of the vision it has and the language that pervades the text,” said Celik.

Speaking to reporters during a televised news conference, Celik said EU parliamentarians lose perspective when it comes to Turkey and that they should watch their language when talking about Erdogan.

Thursday’s resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of MEPs, with 479 votes in favour and 37 against, with 107 abstentions.

Reporting from Brussels, FRANCE 24’s Méabh McMahon said the vote count showed that “the majority of political groups in the European Parliament wanted to see this temporary freeze.”

Thursday’s vote followed a lively parliamentary debate earlier this week, with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, arguing that such a vote would not yield positive results. Mogherini instead called for EU engagement with Turkey.

FRANCE 24’s McMahon paraphrased Guy Verhofstadt, head of the Liberal group in the European Parliament, who argued that “it was actually the EU’s credibility that was at stake here, and that if it didn’t do anything it would look like the EU was looking away” while Erdogan installed what Verhofstadt called “an authoritarian regime.”


To all my friends at euzicasa: Happy Thanksgiving!

BBC News: Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study –

BBC News: 100 Women 2016: Kokoro – the cancer blog gripping Japan

100 Women 2016: Kokoro – the cancer blog gripping Japan –

BBC News: Storm as woman, 24, gets key Ukraine job

Storm as woman, 24, gets key Ukraine job –

BBC News: Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine

Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine –

BBC News: Ancient city is unearthed by archaeologists in Egypt

Ancient city is unearthed by archaeologists in Egypt –

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Today’s Holiday:Repudiation Day

Today’s Holiday:
Repudiation Day

The Stamp Act of 1765 forced the American colonies to pay a tax on various official documents and publications, such as legal papers, liquor permits, lawyers’ licenses, and school diplomas. In defiance of the new law, the court of Frederick County, Maryland, declared that it would carry on its business without the tax stamps required by the Act. The date on which the Stamp Act was repudiated, November 23, has been observed for many years as a half-holiday in Frederick County to commemorate this courageous act.:

Today’s Birthday:Arthur Adolph “Harpo” Marx (1888)

Today’s Birthday:
Arthur Adolph “Harpo” Marx (1888)

Harpo was a member of the American comedy team known as the Marx Brothers. The brothers enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from the early 1900s to about 1950. Harpo never spoke during their performances and instead blew a horn, whistled, or mimed to communicate. He also got laughs with his prop-laden sight gags, many of which involved the seemingly infinite number of odd items he managed to produce from his topcoat’s oversized pockets. How did he get his nickname?:

This Day in History:Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

This Day in History:
Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

Minutes after taking off from an Athens airport on November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648 was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists. The plane was forced to land in Malta, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the hijackers. The terrorists shot two Israelis and three Americans before Egyptian commandos launched a disastrous raid in which nearly 60 hostages were killed. Remarkably, three of the passengers shot by the terrorists survived. How did one of the terrorists almost escape?:

Quote of the Day:Jonathan Swift

Quote of the Day:
Jonathan Swift

Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering, perpetually swayed and turned by his interests, his passions, and his vices.:

Article of the Day:Stari Most

Article of the Day:
Stari Most

Stari Most, meaning “The Old Bridge,” is a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina that is believed to have been the largest single-span arch bridge in the world when it was built. Charged under pain of death to construct a bridge of such unprecedented dimensions, the architect that built it reportedly prepared for his own funeral on the day the scaffolding was finally removed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For what dangerous tradition do the people of Mostar use the bridge?:

Word of the Day:microbe

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease.
Synonyms: germ, bug
Usage: By the time their teacher completed the unit on microbes, the science students had all become more cautious about their personal hygiene and food consumption.:

Young girls of Tewa Hano pueblo. Arizona. ca. 1900. Photo by Frederick Monsen

Young girls of Tewa Hano pueblo. Arizona. ca. 1900. Photo by Frederick Monsen

Mănăstirea Sâmbăta, cunoscută și sub denumirea Mănăstirea Brâncoveanu de la Sâmbăta de Sus

Mănăstirea Sâmbăta, cunoscută și sub denumirea Mănăstirea Brâncoveanu de la Sâmbăta de Sus

Mănăstirea Sâmbăta, cunoscută și sub denumirea Mănăstirea Brâncoveanu de la Sâmbăta de Sus, este un așezământ monahal de călugări. Inițial, a avut o biserică de lemn având dublu hram (Adormirea Maicii Domnului și Izvorul Tămăduirii), fiind construită în 1657, din inițiativa vornicului Preda Brâncoveanu. Între anii 1696 – 1707 s-a construit o biserică de zid, prin grija domnitorului Constantin Brâncoveanu. Picturile murale interioare au fost executate în 1766, de zugravii Ionașcu și Pană. Mănăstirea a fost dărâmată cu tunul de generalul habsburgic Preiss în 1785, în timpul răzmerițelor religioase din Ardeal.
Mitropolitul Nicolae Bălan a început restaurarea bisericii în anul 1926, iar sfințirea a fost făcută în 1946, în timpul lui Mihai I, Regele Românilor, al cărui portret îl putem vedea pictat în interiorul bisericii, Regele Mihai I, fiind un al doilea ctitor al mănăstirii. (Sursa: Wikipedia)

Watch “Noam Chomsky 2016 Trump Brexit Russia & Who Rules the World” on YouTube

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BBC News: Trump: US to quit TPP trade deal on first day in office

Trump: US to quit TPP trade deal on first day in office –

Telemark, Norway

Telemark, Norway


Fundătura Ponorului, Munţii Şureanu Foto:

Night in Rome 

Night in Rome