Daily Archives: September 2, 2017

France 24 :  Video: Returning home to Fukushima

Video: Returning home to Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan triggered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, in 1986. Just like in the Soviet Union, thousands of people were evacuated around the disaster zone. But unlike the Soviet authorities, the Japanese government has worked hard to make the stricken area once again fit for human habitation. Authorities are now trying to convince the 80,000 former residents of the exclusion zone to return home.


France 24 :  Earthquake suggests North Korea has conducted sixth nuclear test

Earthquake suggests North Korea has conducted sixth nuclear test

A shallow, 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook North Korea on Sunday, suggesting it had detonated a sixth nuclear device, hours after it said it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that possesses “great destructive power”.


The earthquake struck 75 km (45 miles) north northwest of Kimchaek. Previous recent tremors in the region have been caused by nuclear tests, which if the case this time round, is bound to increase the tension hours after U.S. PresidentDonald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked by phone about the “escalating” nuclear crisis.

The quake was only 10 km deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said, again suggesting a nuclear device.

Witnesses in the Chinese city of Yanji, on the border with North Korea, said they felt a tremor that lasted roughly 10 seconds, followed by an aftershock.

North Korea ‘nuclear test’ – latest updates – BBC News


Today’s Holiday: Hatch Chile Festival

Today’s Holiday:
Hatch Chile Festival

This event pays tribute to the green chili (as it is more commonly spelled outside of New Mexico), New Mexico’s state vegetable. The small town of Hatch is the center of the chili-growing industry. At festival time, the aroma of chilis permeates the town, and a marvelous variety of chilis in all forms can be purchased: dried red chilis in ornamental braids called ristras, chili salsa, chili jelly, chili wine, and chili con carne. Besides food, the festival features the crowning of a Green Chile Queen, a skeet shoot, a fiddling contest, a cook-off, and a ristra-making contest. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Diane de Poitiers (1499)

Today’s Birthday:
Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry’s mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry’s 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

This Day in History:
Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

Qatar, located on a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, became a British protectorate in 1916. It remained under British control for more than 50 years, a period during which oil was discovered there and Qatar rapidly modernized. In 1968, Britain declared that it would disengage from the region, and Qatar joined a federation of nearby states. However, disputes arose, and, in 1971, Qatar became an independent state. Prior to the discovery of oil there, Qatar was noted for what unusual industry? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Homer

Quote of the Day:

Thou know’st the o’er-eager vehemence of youth,
How quick in temper, and in judgment weak. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Order of the Solar Temple

Article of the Day:
Order of the Solar Temple

Shrouded in mystery, the Order of the Solar Temple was a secret society founded in 1984 that claimed descent from the original Knights Templar. Though little information about the group has been confirmed, its practices are believed to incorporate elements of Protestantism, new age philosophy, and Freemasonry. In 1994, mass murder-suicides at Solar Temple lodges in Switzerland and Canada left over 100 dead. What artifact did one founder claim he was given in a previous life 1,000 years earlier? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: (one’s) final resting place

Idiom of the Day:
(one’s) final resting place

The location where one’s body is interred after death. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: unexampled

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Without precedent; unparalleled.
Synonyms: new
Usage: It was a time of unexampled prosperity, and the once poor family was able to move to a lovely mansion in an affluent neighborhood.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Castelul Huniazilor, Hunedoara, România

Castelul Huniazilor, Hunedoara, România

Castelul Huniazilor, Hunedoara, România

BBC News: Mexico’s Peña Nieto vows to defend ‘national dignity’

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

Mexico’s Peña Nieto vows to defend ‘national dignity’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41138825

BBC News: Russia condemns US ‘plans’ to search Washington trade mission

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

Russia condemns US ‘plans’ to search Washington trade mission – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41136484

BBC News: North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect

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

North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41120738

BBC News: Cop who arrested Utah nurse over blood sample put on leave

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

Cop who arrested Utah nurse over blood sample put on leave – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41134797

Some music is special: Watch “Emily McEwan In The Wee Small Hours” on YouTube