Daily Archives: September 4, 2017

Everliving music : Watch “Anthem, Leonard Cohen” on YouTube


Everliving music : Watch “Dvorak – String Quintet No 3 In E flat Major, Opus 97, B 180 “American”” on YouTube


Everliving music : Watch “Rachmaninov/Respighi: 5 Études-tableaux (P. 160) (1930)” on YouTube


Watch “Bob Dylan I pity the poor immigrant” on YouTube


BBC News: Australian Senate considers new rules after burka stunt


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

Australian Senate considers new rules after burka stunt – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41144132

BBC News: North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un ‘begging for war’


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

North Korea nuclear crisis: Kim Jong-un ‘begging for war’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41155506

” Ecce Homo ” 1526 Artist: Quentin Massys Period: Northern Renaissance Location: Palazzo Duccale, Venice , Italia


” Ecce Homo ” 1526
Artist: Quentin Massys
Period: Northern Renaissance
Location: Palazzo Duccale, Venice , Italia

” Portrait of Isabella d’Este ” 1534-1536 Artist: Titian Period: Mannerism ( Late Renaissance) Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna


” Portrait of Isabella d’Este ” 1534-1536
Artist: Titian
Period: Mannerism ( Late Renaissance)
Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna

” Fortitude ” C.1470 Artist: Sandro Botticelli Period: Early Renaissance Location: Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze , Italy


” Fortitude ” C.1470
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Period: Early Renaissance
Location: Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze , Italy

Chief Al-che-say. White Mountain Apache. ca. 1904. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – New York Public Library


Chief Al-che-say. White Mountain Apache. ca. 1904. Photo by Carl Moon. Source - New York Public Library

Chief Al-che-say. White Mountain Apache. ca. 1904. Photo by Carl Moon. Source – New York Public Library

” Last Judgment Triptych ” 1467-1471 detail Artist: Hans Memling Period: Northern Renaissance


” Last Judgment Triptych ” 1467-1471 detail
Artist: Hans Memling
Period: Northern Renaissance

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : “Septemvrie”


De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului :

De pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : “Septemvrie”

Today’s Holiday: Jubilee Days Festival Founded in 1948, Jubilee


Today’s Holiday:
Jubilee Days Festival
Founded in 1948, Jubilee

Days began as a celebration of the harvest and of God’s blessings on the community. It has since become a celebration of the unique heritage of Zion, Illinois. The town was founded in 1901 by the reverend John Alexander Dowie, organizer of the Christian Catholic Church. He died in 1907 and was succeeded by Wilbur Glenn Voliva. Past festivals have included arts and crafts fairs, 5k runs, mayor’s prayer breakfasts, Zion queen’s pageants, Civil War reenactments, and parades. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Anton Bruckner (1824)


Today’s Birthday:
Anton Bruckner (1824)

Bruckner was an Austrian composer who established a reputation as a virtuoso organist in Vienna. However, as a composer, he gained recognition slowly. He was 60 before he achieved fame with his 1884 Symphony No. 7 in E Major, one of nine that he completed. Socially awkward and eccentric, he developed a pattern of courting much younger women without success. Bruckner once accidentally alienated an influential critic after getting mixed up in a feud between what two famous composers? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)


This Day in History:
Los Angeles Is Founded (1781)

Now one of the most populous and diverse counties in the US, Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and settled by missionaries. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula. It became part of the US in the 1840s and is today a global hub for culture and technology. Located on the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, Los Angeles has about how many earthquakes every year? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Quote of the Day:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Tears


Article of the Day:
Tears

Human beings produce three basic types of tears: basal tears, which lubricate the eye to keep it clear of dust; reflex tears, which wash out irritants, like onion vapors, that come into contact with the eye; and psychic tears, which result from strong emotions or physical pain and have a different chemical makeup than those created for lubrication. Though tearing as an emotional reaction is considered by many to be a uniquely human phenomenon, some studies suggest that what animals cry too? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: the last thing (one) wants


Idiom of the Day:
the last thing (one) wants

Something which one absolutely does not want or has no use for. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: hypnotic


Word of the Day:
hypnotic

Definition: (adjective) Attracting and holding interest as if by a spell.
Synonyms: mesmeric, mesmerizing, spellbinding
Usage: For a moment she tore her gaze from the hypnotic fascination of that awful face and breathed a last prayer to her God.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 :  S. Korea holds missile drill in response to North’s nuclear test


S. Korea holds missile drill in response to North’s nuclear test

South Korea’s military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site Monday, Seoul said, in an exercise responding to a test of what Pyongyang says was a hydrogen bomb.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170904-korea-holds-missile-drill-response-north-sixth-nuclear-test

Pictures showed South Korean short-range Hyunmoo ballistic missiles roaring into the sky in the pale light of dawn from a launch site on the country’s east coast.

Authorities released video showing South Korean F-15K fighter jets firing air-to-ground missiles.

The weapons accurately hit their targets in the East Sea — the Korean name for the Sea of Japan — the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The exercise “was carried out as a strong warning” to the North for conducting its sixth nuclear test, it added.

>> Timeline: North Korea’s quest to become a nuclear power

The range to the simulated targets was equivalent to the distance to the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where Sunday’s test was conducted, it said.

North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm with by far its most powerful atomic test to date, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted onto a long-range missile.

France 24 :   Could China help resolve North Korea crisis?


Could China help resolve North Korea crisis?

After North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, tensions on the Korean peninsula have intensified. Could a reluctant China be persuaded to defuse the crisis?

http://www.france24.com/en/20170904-could-china-help-resolve-crisis-nuclear-north-korea-kim-trump-usa

The bomb test follows a series ofNorth Korean missile launches, and has prompted the US to threaten a“massive” response if Pyongyang attacks it.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called on China, North Korea’s only big ally, to restrain the Kim regime and its nuclear programme, and has threatened new sanctions against Chinese companies doing business with Pyongyang.

>> Timeline: North Korea’s quest to become a nuclear power

However, in an interview with FRANCE 24, John Nilsson-Wright, East Asia expert at Cambridge University and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, suggests that China remains reluctant to bring North Korea into line.

FRANCE 24: Are historical ties between China and North Korea still important?

The Korean War serves as the most important point of common interest, given that thousands of Chinese (including Mao’s son) died in the Korean War.

However, for the younger generation in China this is increasingly less relevant and popular China opinion is increasingly critical of Kim Jong-un’s provocations.

For those Chinese living close to the border with North Korea, there are acute fears of the risk of radiation contamination from current and future tests by the North, and there are related worries regarding the reliability and safety of the North’s civilian nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

FRANCE 24: What leverage does China have over North Korea? Is it prepared to use it?

China potentially has, in theory, substantial leverage over North Korea given the North’s dependence on China for 90% of its energy and food needs.

However, China remains reluctant to use this leverage for fear of destabilising the North, risking an implosion of the regime and prompting in turn a mass exodus of North Koreans across the 800 mile border between the two countries.

China also worries that if a security vacuum emerged in a post-collapse North Korea it would be rapidly filled by South Korea and the United States, posing a major strategic challenge for China.

Reports from Chinese media, including the Global Times, confirm that Beijing is opposed to blanket and comprehensive sanctions against the North (even in the wake of the latest nuclear test) and still supports direct talks between the US and North Korea.

FRANCE 24: In light of those Chinese fears of a “security vacuum”, some experts such as Michael Swaine at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have proposed agreeing with Beijing that any future united Korea would be ‘Finlandised’ – not predominantly allied to either the US or China.

Is that a workable idea to assuage China’s fears of the Kim regime collapsing?

Potentially, although China jealously guards its economic sphere of interest in North Korea, whether as a trading opportunity or a source of natural resources mined via China’s extractive industries.

It is unlikely that China which, historically (in the pre-Communist era), has exercised suzerainty over parts of the Korean peninsula, especially in the north in the region bordering Manchuria, would want to relinquish all control.

BBC News: North Korea nuclear crisis: US seeks tough UN approach


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North Korea nuclear crisis: US seeks tough UN approach – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41152509

Who said they were voiceless: BBC News: Daca: Trump ‘to scrap’ amnesty for young immigrants


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

Daca: Trump ‘to scrap’ amnesty for young immigrants – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41144231