Daily Archives: June 7, 2017

Today’s Holiday:Holland Festival

Today’s Holiday:
Holland Festival

Holland (the Netherlands) decided in 1947 to have a single festival focused on three major cities—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague—that would cover a wide range of artistic and cultural activities and at the same time draw top international artists to the Netherlands. Nowadays the festival is centered in Amsterdam in June with nearly 150 programs. The festival offers not only performances of orchestral and choral works but opera, ballet, contemporary music, dance, theater, and film as well. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:George Szell (1897)

Today’s Birthday:
George Szell (1897)

Szell was a Hungarian-born conductor and pianist who immigrated to the US during WWII. Having already conducted many European orchestras, he soon became the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1946, he took over the Cleveland Orchestra and, by means of his famously dictatorial approach, built it into one of the most respected ensembles in the world, famed for its precision. Nearly 20 years after Szell’s death, who complained that he still got credit when the orchestra did well? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:US Supreme Court Decides Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

This Day in History:
US Supreme Court Decides Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

In 1961, Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic for women in deliberate defiance of an 1879 law outlawing the use or distribution of contraceptives. She was arrested and fined. Her appeal made it to the US Supreme Court, which stated in a landmark 1965 decision that married couples had a right to “marital privacy,” which included the right to use birth control. When was the same right extended to unwed individuals? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:John F. Kennedy

Quote of the Day:
John F. Kennedy

I’m always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Article of the Day:
The Electromagnetic Spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum is the total range of frequencies or wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation—self-propagating waves of energy that result from the acceleration of electric charges. The spectrum ranges from waves of long wavelength, or low frequency, to those of short wavelength, or high frequency, and includes radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, and gamma rays. In a vacuum, these waves all travel at what speed? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:the granddaddy of them all

Idiom of the Day:
the granddaddy of them all

The biggest, oldest, most impressive, or most respected person or thing of his, her, or its kind. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:lanate

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Having or consisting of woolly hairs.
Synonyms: woolly
Usage: The woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Zodiac Sign Cancer, frescoe, 1515-20Giovanni Maria FalconettoPalazzo d’Arco, Mantova

” The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece  “Artist: Rogier Van der Weyden Year : 1445- 1450 (( detail )) left panel Period: Northern Renaissance Location: Koninklijk Museum Voor Schone Kunsten , Antwerp , BelgiumOil on Oak panel

” The Virgin and Child with Saint John and an Angel ” Circa 1490Artist: Workshop of Sandro Botticelli Period: Early Renaissance Location: at National Gallery, London, UK Tempera and Oil on Wood

BBC News: Qatar crisis: UAE threatens sympathisers with prison

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

Qatar crisis: UAE threatens sympathisers with prison – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40192730

France 24 :  Trump urges Gulf unity, after tweeting support for Qatar isolation

Trump urges Gulf unity, after tweeting support for Qatar isolation

US President Donald Trump urged Gulf unity Tuesday in remarks released just hours after he appeared to back Saudi Arabia and its regional allies’ decision to sever ties with Qatar.


In an abrupt and sweeping move, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced Monday they were cutting diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar.

Triggering the Arab world’s biggest crisis in years, they accused the tiny Gulf state of harboring extremist groups and suggested Qatar supported the agenda of Riyadh’s arch-rival, Iran.

Trump waded into the row in a series of early morning tweets that signaled support for the effort to isolate Qatar, despite the country being home to the largest American airbase in the Middle East.

“So good to see the Saudi Arabiavisit with the King and 50 countries already paying off,” he tweeted in reference to his trip to Riyadh last month.

“They said they would take a hard line on funding… extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”

France 24 :  Ex-FBI chief Comey confirms Trump told him to ‘let Flynn probe go’

Ex-FBI chief Comey confirms Trump told him to ‘let Flynn probe go’

Fired FBI director James Comey confirmed in a statement Wednesday that US President Donald Trump urged him to drop a probe into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn who lost his job over lying about his contacts with Russian officials.


Former FBI Director James Comeywill testify that President Donald Trump sought his “loyalty” and asked what could be done to “lift the cloud” of investigation shadowing his administration, according to prepared remarks released ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Comey, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate intelligence committee, will also tell lawmakers that he informed Trump that he was not personally under investigation. Comey will say that the FBI and Justice Department were reluctant to state that publicly “because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.”

Comey’s testimony will be his first public comments since Trump abruptly fired him on May 9. At the time of his firing, Comey had been overseeing the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s election meddling, outraging Democrats who claimed the president was interfering in an active probe.

The former director’s testimony details several meetings and phone calls he had with Trump following the election. Comey describes at length a Feb. 14 meeting in the Oval Office in which he believed Trump asked him to drop any investigation of fired National Security AdviserMichael Flynn’s contacts withRussia’s ambassador to the U.S.

‘I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.’

“He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,’” Comey says, according to the prepared remarks. “I replied only that ‘he is a good guy.’”

The seven-page remarks reveal Comey’s uneasiness with Trump, who appeared to disregard the FBI’s traditional independence from the White House. Some Republicans are expected to press Comey on why he did not raise his concerns publicly or resign.

Among the encounters Comey describes is a Jan. 27 dinner at the White House. He says that after Trump asked him if he wanted to remain as FBI director, the president declared: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”

Comey says he replied that he could offer his honesty, and that when Trump said he wanted “honest loyalty,” Comey paused and said, “You will get that from me.”

In March, after Comey had publicly revealed the existence of a federal counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Trump complained that the probe had left a “cloud” that was “impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country”.

“He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia,” Comey’s prepared statement says. “He asked what we could do to ‘lift the cloud’.”

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department, citing as justification a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

But Trump later said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he fired Comey and would have dismissed him without the Justice Department’s input.


France 24 :  The diplomatic crisis with Qatar “has been in the making for many years”, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman. “For many years in the region, we have seen duplicitous Qatari practices and policies undermine regional stability and regional peace”, he added.

‘Qatar crisis has been in the making for years’, says UAE foreign minister

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, talked to FRANCE 24 from Dubai about the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.


The diplomatic crisis with Qatar “has been in the making for many years”, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman. “For many years in the region, we have seen duplicitous Qatari practices and policies undermine regional stability and regional peace”, he added.

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