Daily Archives: March 18, 2017

Today’s Holiday:Whale Festival (Fort Bragg, California)


Today’s Holiday:
Whale Festival (Fort Bragg, California)

Gray whales spend their summers in the Bering Sea but migrate every year to the waters off the coast of Mexico, where females give birth to their young. Since the whales prefer to hug the coast as they make their long journey, they are often visible to those living in seaside towns. The neighboring northern California towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg hold their whale festivals on consecutive weekends in March. Their celebrations include whale-watching cruises, wine tasting, seafood chowder tasting, nature walks, and visits to the Cabrillo Point lighthouse. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Today’s Birthday:William Jennings Bryan (1860)


Today’s Birthday:
William Jennings Bryan (1860)

Despite being a dominant force in the US Democratic Party, Bryan lost three bids for the presidency. However, he helped secure the presidential nomination for Woodrow Wilson, under whom he became secretary of state. Bryan’s belief in neutrality led him to resign when it appeared that Wilson would enter the US into World War I. A devout Presbyterian, he later campaigned for Prohibition and, in 1925, died after exhausting himself prosecuting and finally winning what famous legal case? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)


This Day in History:
Willie Mosconi Sinks 526 Consecutive Billiard Balls (1954)

The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Francis Bacon


Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:The Bayeux Tapestry


Article of the Day:


The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth that chronicles the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Annotated in Latin, the 230-ft (70-m) long tapestry focuses on the Norman leader, William the Conqueror, and his victory over the English. It presents a singular visual document of medieval arms, apparel, and other objects from the period, however, its origins and depictions have been subject to much speculation. What are some of the mysteries associated with the tapestry? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:Faustian bargain


Idiom of the Day:

Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:nickelodeon


Word of the Day:
nickelodeon

Definition: (noun) A cabinet containing an automatic record player; records are played by inserting a coin.
Synonyms: jukebox
Usage: When they arrived at the dance hall, the professional musicians were dismayed by the presence of the popular nickelodeon.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Antony and The Johnsons – River Of Sorrow (with Closed Caption Lyrics)” on YouTube



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Antony And The Johnsons – River Of Sorrow Lyrics

There is a black river
It passes by my window
And late at night
All dolled up like Christ
I walk the water
Between the piers
Singing
Oh
River of sorrow
River of time, river
River of sorrow
Don’t swallow this time
For we all know the baby has expired
Long ago she was pulled from the mire
And no precious liar or well-wisher
Can return the love that was stolen
Oh
River of sorrow
River of time, river
River of sorrow
Don’t swallow this time
Can you see the light
At the end of the dark passageway
Take me wit you towads this light
Into the darkness passing over the faces in the river
Hear me!
I’m whispering in your ear!
Oh
River of sorrow
Oh, river of time
River of sorrow
Don’t swallow this time
Oh
River of sorrow
Oh, river of time
River of sorrow
Don’t swallow this time

France 24 : Trump administration appeals judge’s decision to block new travel ban


Trump administration appeals judge’s decision to block new travel ban

The U.S. government took the legal battle over President Donald Trump’s travel ban to a higher court on Friday, saying it would appeal against a federal judge’s decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170318-trump-appeal-new-travel-ban-federal-judge-block-maryland-hawaii

The Department of Justice said in a court filing it would appeal against a ruling by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

On Thursday, Chuang issued an emergency halt to the portion of Trump’s March 6 executive ordertemporarily banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. He left in place the section of the order that barred the entry of refugees to the United States for four months.

Another federal judge in Hawaiistruck down both sections of the ban in a broader court ruling that prevented Trump’s order from moving forward.

In Washington state, where the ban is also being challenged, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart put a stay on proceedings for as long as the Hawaii court’s nationwide temporary restraining order remained in place, to “conserve resources” and avoid inconsistent and duplicate rulings.

The decisions came in response to lawsuits brought by states’ attorneys general in Hawaii and refugee resettlement agencies in Maryland who were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center.

France 24 : As it happened: Paris Orly airport attacker was ‘radicalised’, say French authorities


As it happened: Paris Orly airport attacker was ‘radicalised’, say French authorities

An investigation will begin into the shooting of a man who attacked security forces at Paris Orly airport on Saturday, to determine whether he “had a terrorist plot behind him” said French President François Hollande.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170318-live-man-shot-paris-orly-airport-after-grabbing-soldier-gun-france

  • The Paris Prosecutor’s office said that the suspect, a 39-year-old Frenchman, had been known to police after he was detected of “having been radicalised” in 2015. He was also known by authorities for robbery and drug offenses.
  • The man’s father and brother were detained by police for questioning Saturday afternoon and a search was also under way of the suspect’s home in the multi-ethnic Seine-Saint-Denis area.
  • According to French authorities, the suspect was pulled over Saturday at 6.50am by a police patrol in northern Paris because he was driving too fast. As the man was showing the traffic patrol his ID papers, he allegedly pulled out a gun and fired pellets at the three officers, injuring one of them. Police fired back as the man fled in his car. He later abandoned that vehicle at Vitry, south of Paris, and stole another. That car was later found at Orly airport.
  • At the airport the man attacked a female soldier, trying to grab her gun. He was then shot and killed by the soldier’s two colleagues.
  • A national police official said that about 3,000 people had been evacuated from Orly after the attack. While flights have begun to resume in the afternoon at the airport, they are yet to resume at the South Terminal where the shooting took place.
  • President Hollande said that the attack shows that France’s policy of having military patrols guarding public sites “is essential”, and that the nation “must remain extremely vigilant”.

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BBC News: Fukushima: Japan court finds government liable for nuclear disaster


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Fukushima: Japan court finds government liable for nuclear disaster – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39303178

My pot with flowers today 


My pot with flowers today

My Chakra today no.2 


My Chakra today no.2

My Chakra today no.1 


My Chakra today no.1

My Duck today 


My Duck today

Today’s Holiday:Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic


Today’s Holiday:
Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:John Hoyer Updike (1932)


Today’s Birthday:
John Hoyer Updike (1932)

Updike was a prolific American author whose novels and stories usually deal with the tensions and frustrations of middle-class life. Published between 1961 and 1990, his four famous “Rabbit” novels follow an ordinary American man through the latter decades of the 20th century. Updike is one of the few authors to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once. He was also a respected literary critic who championed young authors and espoused what five rules for literary criticism? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)


This Day in History:
Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)

When Poland declared its independence in 1918 in the aftermath of WWI, its borders—like many at that time—were not formally determined. By 1920, war had broken out over conflicting expansionist attempts between Soviet Russia and Poland, which wanted its 1772 border restored. The Peace of Riga treaty split contested land between Poland and the Soviets, setting the border and effectively halting Russian expansion into Europe. Where were Poles left on the wrong side of the border sent in the 1930s? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Homer


Quote of the Day:
Homer

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Tapeworms


Article of the Day:
Tapeworms

Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms of the class Cestoda that live in the digestive tracts of vertebrates and steal vital nutrients from their hosts. Most human tapeworm infestations result from the consumption of contaminated meat or fish that has not been properly cooked. An adult tapeworm consists of a knoblike head, or scolex, equipped with hooks for attaching to the intestinal wall of the host, a neck region, and a series of flat, rectangular body segments. How long can tapeworms grow to be? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:in the event that


Idiom of the Day:
in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:portent


Word of the Day:
portent

Definition: (noun) An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur.
Synonyms: omen, prognostication, presage, prodigy
Usage: The soldier looked to the sky for a portent and was gripped with fear when he read his future in the clouds.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch