Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

Winter Morning (Walter Launt Palmer


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Winter Morning (Walter Launt Palmer

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Orange-breasted falcon For More Plz Follow us ; join us ==> Hafid Ennaciri Here’s all the information about this Beautiful bird==> http://prbirds.com/2017/01/orange-breasted-falcon/


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Orange-breasted falcon

For More Plz Follow us ; join us ==> Hafid Ennaciri

Here’s all the information about this Beautiful bird==> http://prbirds.com/2017/01/orange-breasted-falcon/

Word of the Day: lavabo


Word of the Day:
lavabo

Definition: (noun) A basin for washing the hands.
Synonyms: handbasin, washbasin, washbowl
Usage: The priest washed his hands in the metal lavabo before saying Mass.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Charan Caste


Article of the Day:
The Charan Caste

The members of the Charan caste living in the Gujarat and Rajasthan states of India are revered for their willingness to die for their beliefs and for their bravery in war. Though caste members are taught to respect bravery, loyalty, and truth more than life, they also value the literary arts. Poetry is an integral part of Charan identity, and some caste members are addressed as Kaviraj, a title meaning “Great Poet.” The practice of self-immolation is common in Charan culture. What is it?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery


Quote of the Day:
Lucy Maud Montgomery

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight … You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)


This Day in History:
Anglo-Zulu War Begins (1879)

The Anglo-Zulu War was fought between the British Empire and the Zulu nation. It began when Zulu king Cetshwayo, determined to resist European advances, rejected British demands to disband his troops. The British attacked, and Cetshwayo routed them at Isandlwana with a disciplined army of 40,000. However, his forces were utterly defeated at Ulundi, with 1,500 Zulus, compared to 13 Britons, killed in the final battle. The British then burned the town. What became of Cetshwayo?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Albania Republic Day


Today’s Holiday:
Albania Republic Day

Republic Day was a national holiday in Albania, also known as Anniversary Day, which commemorated the founding of the Communist government on January 11, 1946, until April 15, 1991, when the first Parliament since the fall of the Soviet Union convened.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Alexander Hamilton (1755?)


Today’s Birthday:
Alexander Hamilton (1755?)

Pictured on the US $10 bill, Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first secretary of the treasury. Differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson led to the rise of political parties, with Hamilton heading the Federalist Party and Madison and Jefferson leading the Democratic-Republican Party. In 1804, Aaron Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and though Hamilton opposed the practice and had even lost a son in a duel, he agreed and was mortally wounded. Why did Burr challenge him?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Ruff , Norway

EXCLUSIVE: Shay Mitchell on Final ‘PLL’ Episodes: Emily Ends Up With Someone She ‘Cares Deeply About’


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EXCLUSIVE: Shay Mitchell on Final ‘PLL’ Episodes: Emily Ends Up With Someone She ‘Cares Deeply About’
by Katie Krause 10:44 AM PST, January 11, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Shay Mitchell on Final ‘PLL’ Episodes: Emily Ends Up With Someone She ‘Cares Deeply About’
The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars begin airing in April, and star Shay Mitchell is dishing to ET about who Emily will end up with – and fans should be happy.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Boss Says ‘All’ of the Liars Could Still Be A: ‘Think of That Five-Year Gap’

On Tuesday, the show’s creator, I. Marlene King, revealed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that when the show returns, there will be a one-year time jump. King also said one of the final episodes will feature a musical number.

Following the PLL press tour, Shay stepped out at Marie Claire’s Image Maker Awards at Catch LA, and dished to ET all about the romance fans can expect.

“Emily has, you know, a couple other ladies to choose from,” Shay teased when we asked about the status of ‘Emison’ following the time jump.

“This is the most romantic season thus far and all I can say is that Emily will end up with someone who she cares deeply about,” she added.

EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Hale Assures ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Fans That Finale Will Have ‘Happy Moments’

The 29-year-old actress stunned in a black Dehla jumpsuit, telling ET she came to the star-studded bash straight from the TCA event.

Shay stayed mum on her new romance with ET Canada reporter Matte Babel, and a source tells ET she ducked out of the party just before 8:00 p.m.

The final season of Pretty Little Liars will resume on Tuesday, April 18th at 8/7c on Freeform.

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Morocco bans production and sale of burqas


Morocco bans production and sale of burqas

http://f24.my/2jjdlSZ

Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday.

While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.
“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying.
It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”
Most women in Morocco, whose King Mohammed VI favours a moderate version of Islam, prefer the hijab headscarf that does not cover the face.
The niqab, which leaves the area around the eyes uncovered, is also worn in Salafist circles and in more conservative regions in the north, from where thousands of jihadists have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.
In some commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials on Monday conducted “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision,” the Media 24 website said.
In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said.
Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions.
It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is illegal to wear full veils in public.
The reports were met with a muted response in the absence of official confirmation, though Salafists expressed concern that the measure could be expanded to include the niqab.
“Is Morocco moving towards banning the niqab that Muslim women have worn for five centuries?” Salafist sheikh Hassan Kettani wrote on Facebook.
“If true it would be a disaster,” he added.
(AFP)

Six former VW execs indicted as carmaker agrees to pay record fine


Six former VW execs indicted as carmaker agrees to pay record fine

http://f24.my/2jwQN07

Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to U.S. charges it cheated on diesel emissions tests for a decade, accepting the largest fine on an automaker ever, while a federal grand jury indicted six former VW executives for involvement in the conspiracy.

Five of the six former Volkswagen executives are in Germany and it is unclear if they will come to the United States to face charges. One of the six, Oliver Schmidt, who was a manager in charge of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan, was arrested in Florida on Saturday.
The six held “positions of significant responsibility at VW, including overseeing the company’s engine development division and serving on the company’s management board,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, declining to say if any higher level executives could face charges.
“Over the course of a conspiracy that lasted for nearly a decade, they seriously abused those positions.”
On Monday, Schmidt was accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States over the company’s emissions cheating and the automaker was charged with concealing the cheating from regulators.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, VW will pay a $1.5-billion civil fine and $2.8-billion criminal fine. It would have faced higher fines if it hadn’t agreed to spend an estimated $11 billion to address consumer vehicles.
After the company pleads guilty to the three-count felony criminal information – conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction of justice and entry of goods by false statement – it will be formally sentenced.
VW admitted that six unnamed supervisors between 2006 and 2016 agreed to mislead regulators and customers about the standards. The Justice Department said VW officials told engineers in 2012 to destroy a document that detailed the cheating and that lawyers prodded employees to destroy documents.
VW will face oversight by an independent monitor for three years and has agreed to make significant reforms.
The company agreed to fire six employees, suspend eight and discipline three who participated in diesel misconduct.
The agreement still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Sean Cox in Detroit. The world’s second-largest automaker confirmed Tuesday it had negotiated a $4.3-billion concrete draft settlement with U.S. regulators to resolve its diesel emissions issues and plans to plead guilty to criminal misconduct as part of the civil and criminal settlement.
The VW plea agreement says the automaker could have been fined as much as $34.1 billion for its criminal conduct. Volkswagen had previously agreed to spend up to $17.5 billion in the United States to resolve claims by U.S. regulators, owners and dealers and offered to buy back nearly 500,000 polluting vehicles.
The automaker was in intensive talks with regulators in recent weeks in an effort to reach a deal before the end of the Obama administration.
Without a deal by next week, a final resolution could have been delayed by months until the Trump EPA and Justice Department teams are in place.
VW admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of U.S. diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner than they were on the road, and that as many as 11 million vehicles could have similar software installed worldwide.
Much of the company’s senior management departed following the scandal, including chief executive Martin Winterkorn.
(REUTERS)

BBC News: Barack Obama legacy: Did he improve US race relations?


Barack Obama legacy: Did he improve US race relations? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38536668

BBC News: Who are the Taliban?


Who are the Taliban? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11451718

BBC News: Taliban video shows US and Australian hostages


Taliban video shows US and Australian hostages – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-38592283

BBC News: Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life


Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38585325

BBC News: Trump condemns spy agency ‘leak’ of ‘fake news’


Trump condemns spy agency ‘leak’ of ‘fake news’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38586626

BBC News: Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests


Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38582007

Normandy Maid Daniel Ridgway Knight


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Normandy Maid
Daniel Ridgway Knight

Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers…


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Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers…

Savior of the World (Salvator Mundi) Leonardo da Vinci 1506 -1513 Private collection, New York City.


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Savior of the World (Salvator Mundi)
Leonardo da Vinci
1506 -1513
Private collection, New York City.

Ritratto di Cosimo I di Medici in Armatura ” 1545 Artist : Agnolo Bronzino


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Ritratto di Cosimo I di Medici in Armatura ” 1545
Artist : Agnolo Bronzino
Period: Mannerism ( late Renaissance)
Location: Galleria degli Uffizi , Firenze, Italia

Lean Wolf aka Cheshakhadakhi aka Tcecaqadaqic. Hidatsa. ca. 1890. Photo by C.M.Bell. Source – National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution


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Lean Wolf aka Cheshakhadakhi aka Tcecaqadaqic. Hidatsa. ca. 1890. Photo by C.M.Bell. Source – National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

NOTE: It saddens me to look in the eyes of all those depicted in these old photos: they all show resigned desilusement, sometimes anger, and always, no matter the age, sadness…the sadness of irreparable loss of spuritusl life!

Rifugio delle Odle (Malga Geisler) Val di Funes, Italy Photo by Vittorio Delli Ponti


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Rifugio delle Odle (Malga Geisler) Val di Funes, Italy
Photo by Vittorio Delli Ponti

A Barred Owl roosting close to a tree trunk in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Photo thanks to A.Bucci Photography.


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A Barred Owl roosting close to a tree trunk in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Photo thanks to A.Bucci Photography. More photos and info about these birds here –> http://owlpag.es/BarredOwl

Best of nature


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Best of nature!

” The Bridgewater Madonna ” Circa 1507 Artist : Raphael Period : Haute Renaissance Location: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art , Edinburgh


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” The Bridgewater Madonna ” Circa 1507
Artist : Raphael
Period : Haute Renaissance
Location: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art , Edinburgh

Pietà at St Peter Basilica in Vatican City By Michelangelo Period : Haute Renaissance Date : 1498-1499 Marble Sculpture


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Pietà at St Peter Basilica in Vatican City
By Michelangelo
Period : Haute Renaissance
Date : 1498-1499
Marble Sculpture

Chiricahua Apache leaders in prison at Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama. (L to R) Chihuahua, Chief Naiche (Natchez), Nana, Loco, and Geronimo (Goyathlay). Photo from 1887-1893.


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Chiricahua Apache leaders in prison at Mount Vernon Barracks, Alabama. (L to R) Chihuahua, Chief Naiche (Natchez), Nana, Loco, and Geronimo (Goyathlay). Photo from 1887-1893.

Note: It saddens me to look in the eyes of all those depicted in these old photos: they all show resigned desilusement, sometimes anger, and always, no matter the age, sadness…the sadness of irreparable loss of spuritusl life!

” The Trinity in Glory ” 1552-1554 Artist : Titian Period : Italian Renaissance Location: Museo del Prado , Madrid, Spain


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” The Trinity in Glory ” 1552-1554
Artist : Titian
Period : Italian Renaissance
Location: Museo del Prado , Madrid, Spain

The * Dying Slave * and * Rebellious slave*: Renaissance Italian Master Michelangelo between 1513 and 1516 @ Musée du Louvre in Paris , France


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The * Dying Slave * and * Rebellious slave*

The * Dying Slave * and * Rebellious slave*  are marble sculptures created by Renaissance Italian Master Michelangelo between 1513 and 1516 and held now at the Musée du Louvre in Paris , France

Rebecca Trager | Science correspondent |


https://www.chemistryworld.com/rebecca-trager/1905.bio

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Rebecca Trager
US correspondent, Chemistry World

Rebecca Trager
US correspondent, Chemistry World

I became the US Correspondent for Chemistry World in September 2014, based out of Washington, DC, after writing for the magazine on a freelance basis since 2007. With a background in policy, and a passion for journalism, I have found my niche covering the world of science policy since 1997. The interest was sparked after spending summers during college as a press intern for the National Institutes of Health. Before joining Chemistry World, I was the US Editor for Research Europe, covering the White House, as well as government departments and US agencies, and am also the former managing editor of The Blue Sheet, an Elsevier biomedical research and health policy publication. I studied philosophy and political theory at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

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I eat better than 60%of the world’s children! (Shame on us!)


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Pe Piscuiul Ronei (430m) din Jibou, Sălaj, există o cruce, Crucea Piscuiului,


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De citit 🙂

Scotocind pe internet după tot felul de informații, am dat întâmplător de asta.

Pe Piscuiul Ronei (430m) din Jibou, Sălaj, există o cruce, Crucea Piscuiului, pusă acolo de profesorul Ivănescu, originar din Bușteni, alături de elevii săi.
Profesorul Ivănescu ne spune că monumentul respectiv semnifică lupta ţăranilor români și maghiari, pentru eliberarea de sub jugul iobăgiei.
Piscuiul Ronei, cunoscut şi sub denumirea de Muntele lui Rakoczi, duce în spate tone de istorie: este locul unde conducătorul kuruţilor – Rakoczi a trecut cu oastea sa culmile, unindu-se cu Pintea Viteazul, în lupta lor de eliberare a Ardealului de sub jugul habsburgic.

Interesant, nu?

(http://www.salajulpursisimplu.ro/crucea-piscuiului-strajerul-libertatii/)   interesant

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O privire acuzatoare: Comanche Chief Ho-Wear. 1867. Photo by William S. Soule. Source – National Anthropological Archives.


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It saddens me to look in the eyes of all those depicted in these old photos: they all show resigned desilusement, sometimes anger, and always, no matter the age, sadness…the sadness of irreparable loss of spuritusl life!

Watch “Gică Petrescu-Căsuța noastră” on YouTube


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Lucy Hale : pencil Sketch


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My Duck today


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My Duck today

Furious Trump hits out at Russian intelligence report claims


Furious Trump hits out at Russian intelligence report claims

http://f24.my/2jsRSWY

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday furiously denied US media reports that Russian intelligence has deeply compromising personal and financial information about him.

Trump rejected the media reports as a “political witch hunt” after CNN said that intelligence officials briefing him last week on allegations of Russian meddling in the US election had also given him a two-page synopsis of the unverified claims.
“FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” the president-elect tweeted.

“Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” he said in another post.
“Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” he added.

President Barack Obama was also briefed on the issue, CNN said.

Sex tapes, bribes and spies?
Several US media outlets published — without corroborating the contents — a 35-page dossier of memos on which the synopsis is based. This information had been circulating in Washington circles for months.
The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes during a 2013 visit by Trump to a Moscow hotel. They also suggest Russian officials proposed lucrative deals in order to win influence over the real estate magnate.
CNN said the memos contained in the dossier were originally compiled by a former British MI-6 intelligence operative hired by other US presidential contenders to do political “opposition research” on Trump in the middle of last year.
Trump was reportedly informed of the existence of the dossier last Friday, when he received a briefing from US spy chiefs on alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.
The classified two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a regular flow of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and Russian government intermediaries.
“If these allegations are true, allegations of coordination between Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence officials, and allegations that the Russians have compromised President-elect Trump’s independence, that would be truly shocking,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons said on CNN.
‘Explosive information’
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had been given the information in August, more than two months before the November 8 election, according to CNN.
Since then, CNN reported, US intelligence agencies have checked out the former British intelligence operative and his network, and found him credible enough to include some of the information in the presentation to Trump.
The existence of compromising information on Trump in Russian hands had been rumored since before the election.
The rumors gained support when then Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said in a letter to FBI Director James Comey a week before the vote: “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information.”
Comey was one of four top officials who briefed Trump on Friday, along with the heads of the Directorate of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
Asked in a Senate hearing Tuesday about the allegations of sustained contacts between Russia and the Trump team, Comey refused to confirm or deny that his agency was investigating such links.
US intelligence has already made the accusation that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to tip the electoral scales in Trump’s favor by ordering a hack of Democratic Party email servers.
The Russian project, intelligence concluded, aimed first to boost the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton with embarrassing leaked emails, and then to boost Trump once they thought he had a chance to win.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed the conclusion that Moscow influenced the election, while calling for a push to mend bilateral relations deeply strained during the Obama presidency.
Russia dismisses ‘pulp fiction’

Responding to the reports Wednesday, Russia denied that it had gathered compromising information on Trump, saying the allegations were aimed at damaging Moscow’s relations with Washington.
“The Kremlin does not have compromising information on Trump,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists.
He called the claims a “total fake” aimed at “keeping relations (with the United States) in a state of deterioration,” instead of becoming constructive.
He also denied allegations that the Kremlin gathered compromising information on Clinton, saying that “the Kremlin does not work on gathering compromising information”.
The Kremlin spokesman described the dossier as “pulp fiction,” adding that “undoubtedly you need to react to this with a degree of humour”.
He said it showed that “there are people whipping up hysteria in order to maintain this atmosphere of a witch hunt”.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

BBC News: Trump pick Tillerson: US ‘failures’ emboldened Russia


Trump pick Tillerson: US ‘failures’ emboldened Russia – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38582711

Cluj Napoca,Romania Credit: Cristian Pop


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Cluj Napoca,Romania
Credit: Cristian Pop

Deligalugaseitsa and Sepistopota. Sarcee. Near Calgary, Canada. ca. 1885. Photo by William Hanson Boorne.


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Deligalugaseitsa and Sepistopota. Sarcee. Near Calgary, Canada. ca. 1885. Photo by William Hanson Boorne.

Note: It saddens me to look in the eyes of all those depicted in these old photos: they all show resigned desilusement, sometimes anger, and always, no matter the age, sadness…the sadness of irreparable loss of spuritual life!

Osage mother and twin babies. circa 1900.


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Osage mother and twin babies. circa 1900.

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului: Prin Zăpadă!


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Prin zăpadă!

Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, wife of Konstantin Nikolaevich.


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Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, wife of Konstantin Nikolaevich.

Watch “Maria Tănase – Blestem – Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă (Târaitul Şarpelui)” on YouTube


Watch “Maria Tanase – Ma dusei sa trec la Olt” on YouTube


Watch “Gică Petrescu-Căsuța noastră” on YouTube


Watch “MARIA CIOBANU – Sanie cu zurgălăi” on YouTube


Bear witness: shake of the establishment, as promised by Our president elect Donald Trump…be there! Don’t miss it!


Bear witness.
The federal week in review:
1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee’s salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department–for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don’t like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.
We – progressive, liberal, libertarian and conservative – need to all wake up to what is actually happening to our beloved country.
#UnitedWeStand
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