Daily Archives: May 19, 2017

Today’s Holiday:St. Dunstan’s Day


Today’s Holiday:
St. Dunstan’s Day

St. Dunstan (c. 909-988) was the archbishop of Canterbury. According to legend, one day when Dunstan was working at the monastery forge, he looked up and saw the devil peering at him through the window. He quickly pulled the red-hot tongs from the coals and grabbed the devil’s nose with them, refusing to let go until he promised not to tempt him any more. Howling in pain, Satan ran and dipped his nose in nearby Tunbridge Wells to cool it off, which is why the water there is sulphurous. St. Dunstan is the patron saint of blacksmiths, jewelers, and locksmiths. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Malcolm X (1925)


Today’s Birthday:
Malcolm X (1925)

Malcolm X was an African-American activist. His home was burned by the KKK when he was a child, and he joined the Nation of Islam in prison as an adult. Upon his release in 1952, he renounced his “slave name,” Little, and took the surname X, representing his lost African ancestral surname. He became a minister and soon rose to prominence campaigning for black separatism, but he publicly broke with the militant Black Muslims in 1964 after a pilgrimage to Mecca. Who assassinated him the next year? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)


This Day in History:
Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)


Catherine of Aragon is known as
the first of King Henry VIII’s six wives, but before they were wed, she was married to his older brother Arthur. Catherine was the youngest daughter of Spain’s Ferdinand II and Isabella I, and her marriage to Arthur was primarily political. In fact, Arthur and Catherine were married by proxy before they had even met, in a ceremony attended by their representatives. The marriage was short-lived, as Arthur died young. When did Arthur and Catherine finally meet? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Henry Fielding


Quote of the Day:
Henry Fielding

Giving comfort under affliction requires that penetration into the human mind, joined to that experience which knows how to soothe, how to reason, and how to ridicule; taking the utmost care never to apply those arts improperly. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Sickle-Cell Disease


Article of the Day:
Sickle-Cell Disease

Sickle-cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which abnormalities in the red blood cells’ oxygen-carrying hemoglobin protein cause the cells to assume distorted, sickle-like shapes. The abnormal cells can clog blood vessels, depriving tissue of blood and oxygen and resulting in painful “crises.” The genetic disease is found predominantly in the black community, especially among those of W African descent. Scientists believe the mutation may help protect against what infectious disease? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:keep (someone) in the loop


Idiom of the Day:
keep (someone) in the loop

To keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:pustulate


Word of the Day:
pustulate

Definition: (adjective) Blemished by imperfections of the skin.
Synonyms: acned, pimpled
Usage: She tormented her brother about his pustulate complexion until she herself developed a severe case of acne.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Magnetism 


Magnetism

My pot with flowers today 


My pot with flowers today

Laser show engraving


Laser show engraving

My birds on the wire today 


My birds on the wire today

My Chakra today 


My Chakra today

France 24 : US strikes on Syria threaten latest round of peace talks in Geneva


US strikes on Syria threaten latest round of peace talks in Geneva

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S. military strike the previous day against militia supported by the Syrian government was an unacceptable violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian news agencies reported.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170519-us-strikes-syria-threaten-UN-peace-talks-geneva-russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S. military strike the previous day against militia supported by the Syrian government was an unacceptable violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian news agencies reported.

Gatilov, who was speaking in Geneva, was cited as saying that the U.S. strike would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there.

“Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process,” agencies quoted him as saying. “It (Thursday’s strike) is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. military carried out the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south.

A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that the air strike had hit “one of our military points”, without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported.

The air strike late on Thursday killed several people and caused material damage, the source said, saying that this hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Islamic State.

Gatilov complained about what he said was a separate strike that had occurred on Wednesday May 17.

“Literally a day before this (Thursday’s strike) a strike was carried out which resulted in a large number of civilian deaths, which is also unacceptable,” Gatilov was cited as saying.

The United States has not spoken about any strikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition on that date.

(REUTERS)

France 24 : Sweden drops rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange


Sweden drops rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors said Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170519-sweden-julian-assange-drops-rape-probe-assange

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement.

“According to Swedish legislation, a criminal investigation is to be conducted as quickly as possible. At the point when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities to continue the investigation, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue the investigation,” the statement added.

“At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted.”

At a news conference in Stockholm shortly after the statement was released, Swedish Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny explained that the investigation had not been able to proceed because of legal obstacles.

“We are not making a statement about his guilt,” Ny said, adding that the investigation could be reopened if Assange came to Sweden before the statute of limitations deadline for the rape allegation in 2020.

Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s Embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women.

He has been there ever since, fearing that if he is arrested he might ultimately be extradited to the United States where he could face trial for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

‘Total victory’ for Assange, ‘scandal’ says accuser

Reacting to the news, Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelson called it a “total victory for us” and added that the decision was made because “we could show that the United States is hunting him”.

Assange’s accuser however said she was “shocked” by the decision, according to her lawyer.

“It is a scandal that a suspected rapist can escape justice and thereby avoid the courts… my client is shocked and no decision to (end the case) can make her change that Assange exposed her to rape,” the plaintiff’s lawyer Elisabeth Fritz said in a statement.

Earlier Friday, British police said the 45-year-old Australian national would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorian Embassy.

“Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012,” London police said in a statement. “The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.”

Another lawyer for Assange, Juan Branco, said his client would ask French President Emmanuel Macron to intervene in the case.

“We need a political intervention to make this situation end. He is the only political prisoner in Western Europe,” Branco told The Associated Press.

A cyber hero to some, criminal to others

Assange is a cyber hero to some for exposing government abuses of power and championing free speech, but to others he’s a criminal who has undermined the security of the West.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo last month called WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence service”, and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, responding to a question about Assange, said the administration was stepping up its efforts against all leaks of sensitive information.

During the most recent US presidential election campaign, WikiLeaks published emails from Hillary Clinton’s staff and the Democratic National Committee which some believe helped her lose the election.

The mails were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

BBC News: Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation


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

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39979343

Spices of Kerala


Source: Spices of Kerala

A very interesting travel into India and it’s spiced life and customs…Enjoy!

Stefano da Verona (1375 – 1451)


Stefano da Verona (1375 – 1451)

Frescoes by Italian Master Domenico Ghirlandaio in Capella Sassetti in Santa Trinita in Florence Italy depicting many aspects ( scenes from the life of St. Francis – the adoration of the Shepherds seen below etc ) circa 1481-1486


Frescoes by Italian Master Domenico Ghirlandaio in Capella Sassetti in Santa Trinita in Florence Italy depicting many aspects ( scenes from the life of St. Francis – the adoration of the Shepherds seen below etc ) circa 1481-1486

Period : Early Renaissance

** Gloria di San Bernardino da Siena **Fresco painting in center of Cappella Bufalini , Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli ” 1484-1486Artist: Pinturicchio 


” Series of frescoes in Cappella Bufalini at Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Roma ” Circa 1484-1486Artist: Pinturicchio 


” Series of frescoes in Cappella Bufalini at Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Roma ” Circa 1484-1486

Artist: Pinturicchio 

Period: Italian Renaissance

Flower: Nature dressed as bride, gentle and tender, day and night, from the beginning to the end of time!


Flower: Nature dressed as bride, gentle and tender, day and night, from the beginning to the end of time!

~ George

Watch “In the Hall Of The Mountain King, Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op. 46 – HD – Edvard Grieg (iconic part!)” on YouTube