Daily Archives: January 2, 2017

Artichokes in bloom


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Artichokes in bloom

Artichokes in bloom

WHITE WHIRLWIND (Wamniyomni Ska), Oglala Lakota, 1899.Photo by F. A. Rinehart.


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WHITE WHIRLWIND (Wamniyomni Ska), Oglala Lakota, 1899.Photo by F. A. Rinehart.

I see resigned dignity: what do you see?


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Trailing The Enemy with wife. Kiowa. 1870.

Trailing The Enemy with wife. Kiowa. 1870.

Apache Chief Naiche & his wife Ha-o-zinne. Photo by F.A. Randall. 1886


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Apache Chief Naiche & his wife Ha-o-zinne. Photo by F.A. Randall. 1886

Apache Chief Naiche & his wife Ha-o-zinne. Photo by F.A. Randall. 1886

Bună dimineața, din Breaza de Făgăraş !


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Bună dimineața, din Breaza de Făgăraş !

Bună dimineața, din Breaza de Făgăraş !

La Mulţi Ani şi numai bine în Noul An, vă urează Breaza de Făgăraş!


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La Mulţi Ani şi numai bine în Noul An, vă urează Breaza de Făgăraş!

La Mulţi Ani şi numai bine în Noul An, vă urează Breaza de Făgăraş!

” David ” between 1440-1443 ( detail ) Artist : Donatello


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" David " between 1440-1443 ( detail )
Artist : Donatello

” David ” between 1440-1443 ( detail )
Artist : Donatello
Period : Early Renaissance
Location: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
Medium: Bronze Sculpture
DAVID is the title of Two statues of the biblical hero David by the Italian Early Renaissance Sculptor Donatello , an Early work in Marble of a Clothed figure ( 1408-1409 ) and a far more famous Bronze figure that is nude between his helmet and boots and dates to the 1430 or later ..Both sculpture are now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy

” St. Mary Magdalene ” 1500 Artist : Pietro Perugino Period : Haute Renaissance Location: Palazzo Pitti , Florence, Italy


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" St. Mary Magdalene " 1500
Artist : Pietro Perugino
Period : Haute Renaissance
Location: Palazzo Pitti , Florence, Italy

” St. Mary Magdalene ” 1500
Artist : Pietro Perugino
Period : Haute Renaissance
Location: Palazzo Pitti , Florence, Italy

Sandro Botticelli – La Primavera, c. 1482 (dettaglio)


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Sandro Botticelli – La Primavera, c. 1482 (dettaglio)

Sandro Botticelli – La Primavera, c. 1482 (dettaglio)

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My Duck of 2017 today


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My Duck of 2017 today!

BBC News: ‘Hollywood’ sign changed to ‘Hollyweed’ in new year prank


‘Hollywood’ sign changed to ‘Hollyweed’ in new year prank – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38484733

Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village, 1938-1942 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpATHCRkRuA


imageMarc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village, 1938-1942

Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village, 1938-1942     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpATHCRkRuA

France 24 : IS group claims responsibility for Istanbul attack as manhunt continues


IS group claims responsibility for Istanbul attack as manhunt continues

http://f24.my/2iYJEd2

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Monday for a gun attack on New Year’s Eve revellers at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded close to 70 more as Turkish police struggled to track down the gunman.

A statement issued by the IS group said that the New Year’s attack was carried out by a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast”. It added that the attack was “in revenge for God’s religion and in response to the orders” of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The attacker, armed with a long-barrelled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the Reina club around 1:15am Sunday before entering and firing at people partying inside, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said.
“Unfortunately, [he] rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters.
Turkey’s state-run news agency said Monday that police had detained eight people in connection with the Istanbul nightclub attack but that the gunman was not among them.
Nearly two-thirds of the people killed were foreigners, many from the Middle East, the Anadolu Agency said. It said the bodies of 25 foreign nationals killed in the attack would be delivered to their families Monday.
Official sources from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, India, Morocco, Israel, Belgium, Libya, Canada, and Kuwait have confirmed casualties among their respective nationals.
An estimated 600 people were celebrating inside the club, which is often frequented by famous locals, including singers, actors and sports stars. Several shocked revellers were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting and the music fell silent.
The mass shooting followed more than 30 violent acts over the past year in Turkey, which is a member of the NATO alliance and a partner in the US-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The country endured multiple bombings in 2016, including three in Istanbul alone that authorities blamed on the IS group, a failed coup attempt in July and renewed conflict with Kurdish rebels in the southeast.
‘Foreign guests’
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vehemently condemned “the terror attack in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood in the first hours of 2017” and offered condolences for those who lost their lives, including the “foreign guests.”
A US State Department official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said one American man was among those wounded. Turkey’s minister for family and social policies, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, said citizens of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon and Libya were among those injured.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the gunman, who had not been identified, remained at large. “Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing, he will be caught in a short period of time,” Soylu said.
Private news channel NTV said the assailant was wearing a Santa Claus outfit when he entered the upscale nightclub on the shore of the Bosporus straight, on the European side of the city — a claim Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denied.
Security camera footage obtained by The Associated Press from Habertürk newspaper shows what appears to be a man dressed in black and carrying a backpack as he shoots down a police officer outside the nightclub. Footage taken by a different camera inside Reina shows a figure wearing different clothes and what could be a Santa Claus hat.
Into the Bosphorus
Yildirim said the attacker left a gun at the club and escaped by “taking advantage of the chaos” that ensued. Some customers reportedly jumped into the waters of the Bosporus to escape the attack.
Mehmet Dag, 22, said he was passing by the club when he saw a man shoot at a police officer and a bystander. He said the attacker then targeted security guards, gunning them down and entering the club.
“Once he went in, we don’t know what happened. There were gun sounds, and after two minutes the sound of an explosion,” Dag said.
Turkish media said the local victims included a 22-year-old police officer and a 47-year-old travel agent, both of whom were shot outside the club.
One was given a funeral Sunday in Istanbul, where his two sons joined the mourners gathered around the flag-draped casket, the private Dogan news agency reported.
Ayhan Arik, a tourism company employee who had taken foreign guests to the nightclub, was shot in the head, the news agency said.
On Sunday, heavily armed police blocked the snowy street in front of the nightclub. The entrance was covered with blue plastic sheeting below a Turkish flag. Police also patrolled the Asian side of the Bosporus on the other side of the club.
Remnants of panic
Crime scene investigators were seen inside the nightclub searching through mingled piles of chairs, tables and pieces of clothing left behind during the panic among the guests.
There were emotional scenes in front of a city morgue where the dead were taken for identification. Some relatives cried out and fell to the ground as they apparently learned the fate of their loved ones.
The US Consulate General in Istanbul on Sunday warned American citizens to keep their movements in the city “to an absolute minimum.” A statement reminded US citizens that extremists “are continuing aggressive efforts to conduct attacks in areas where US citizens and expatriates reside or frequent.”
The United States denied reports in Turkish new outlets and on social media that its security agencies knew in advance that the nightclub was at risk of a terror attack. The US Embassy in Ankara said in a statement that “contrary to rumors circulating in social media, the US Government had no information about threats to specific entertainment venues, including the Reina Club.”
The Islamic State group claims to have cells in the country. Analysts think it was behind suicide bombings last January and March that targeted tourists on Istanbul’s iconic Istiklal Street as well as a high-casualty suicide bomb and gun attack at Ataturk Airport in June.
In December, IS released a video purportedly showing the killing of two Turkish soldiers and urged its supporters to “conquer” Istanbul. Turkey’s jets regularly bomb the group in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab. Turkish authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the video.
The nightclub attack drew quick condemnation from the West and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to Turkey’s leader, saying that “it is hard to imagine a more cynical crime than killing innocent people during New Year celebrations.”
“However, terrorists don’t share moral values. Our common duty is to combat terrorists’ aggression,” Putin said.
The White House condemned what it called a “horrific terrorist attack” and offered US help to Turkey. The UN Security Council condemned the “heinous and barbaric” assault in the “strongest terms.”
Yildirim, the prime minister, vowed to keep fighting terrorism, adding that “the terror that happens here today may happen in another country in the world tomorrow.”
(France 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

BBC News: Francois Hollande: Fighting IS in Iraq prevents terrorism in France


Francois Hollande: Fighting IS in Iraq prevents terrorism in France – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38487529

BBC News: Migrants storm border fence in Spanish enclave of Ceuta


Migrants storm border fence in Spanish enclave of Ceuta – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38486584

Today’s Holiday: Handsel Monday


Today’s Holiday:
Handsel Monday

A secular holiday, Handsel Monday was important among the rural people of Scotland. “Handsel” was something given as a token of good luck, particularly at the beginning of something; the modern house-warming gift would be a good example. Thus Handsel Monday was an occasion for gift giving at the start of the new year, and it remained a Scottish tradition from the 14th until the 19th century. Eventually it was replaced by Boxing Day, and the custom of giving farm laborers and public servants some extra money or a small gift on this day continues.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Ernst Barlach (1870)


Today’s Birthday:
Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach’s works destroyed or confiscated as “degenerate art”?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Second “Palmer Raid” Takes Place (1920)


This Day in History:
Second “Palmer Raid” Takes Place (1920)

During the “Red Scare” that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious “Palmer Raids.” The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Homer


Quote of the Day:
Homer

Wealth should not be seized…for if a man take great wealth violently and perforce, or if he steal it through his tongue, as often happens when gain deceives men’s sense and dishonor tramples down honor, the gods soon blot him out and make that man’s house low, and wealth attends him only for a little time.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Enzymes


Article of the Day:
Enzymes

An essential part of almost all cellular processes, enzymes are biological catalysts, proteins that can accelerate the rates of chemical reactions by several orders of magnitude. Enzymes serve a wide variety of functions inside living organisms, especially in the digestive systems of animals, where they help break down large molecules like starches and proteins. Like a key for a lock, each enzyme is specific to one molecule. What household products use enzymes to speed up biochemical reactions?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: pergola


Word of the Day:
pergola

Definition: (noun) An arbor or a passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow.
Synonyms: arbor, bower
Usage: The thick vegetation met overhead, interlacing into a natural pergola.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch