Daily Archives: October 1, 2017

Today’s Holiday: Guinea Independence Day


Today’s Holiday:
Guinea Independence Day

Guinea became an independent republic on this day in 1958, after having been a French colony since the late 19th century. Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated all over the country with parades, dances, and sports competitions, especially in the capital city of Conakry. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (1890)


Today’s Birthday:
Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx (1890)

Marx and his brothers entered show business with their mother as a vaudeville act in the early 1900s. Later in his career, he enjoyed success as host of the TV game show You Bet Your Life, which was mainly a showcase for his witty banter with contestants. By the end of his career, he had become an instantly recognizable cultural institution who was lauded by individuals as disparate as Johnny Carson and T. S. Eliot. What event that occurred three days earlier overshadowed his 1977 death? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Twilight Zone


This Day in History:
The Twilight Zone

Premieres on CBS (1959)
A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show’s most celebrated episodes? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce


Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

Eulogy, n.: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Barmakids


Article of the Day:
The Barmakids

The Barmakids were a noble Persian family who attained great power under the Abbasid caliphs of Baghdad in the 8th century. Often serving as viziers and holding other influential roles, the Barmakids were patrons of the sciences and are credited with establishing Baghdad’s first paper mill. However, by the start of the 9th century, the family’s power and status was in decline and many of its members were imprisoned or executed. The Barmakids are mentioned in what famous stories? More…
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Idiom of the Day: let the good times roll


Idiom of the Day:
let the good times roll

To have as much fun or live life as richly as possible. (Often said as an imperative.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

My Duck today


My Duck today

My Duck today

France 24 :  The two victims – one aged 17 and the other 20 – suffered gory injuries, two police sources said, saying one had her throat slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach. Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack. Some 200 police officers had cordoned off the area and all roads were closed to traffic, with security forces saying the operation was still ongoing. The IS group claimed the attack through a statement posted by its Amaq propaganda agency late Sunday, according to the monitoring groupt SITE. It quoted a “security source” as saying: “The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Marseille… is from the soldiers of the Islamic State.” French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his outrage at the Marseille attack on his Twitter account, and praised the reaction of the security services, including the Operation Sentinelle soldiers set up to deal with such threats. “I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency,” Macron wrote on Twitter.


Live: ‘Catalonia has won the right to independence’, says Catalan leader

Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum deemed illegal. Follow events as they unfold on FRANCE 24’s live blog.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171001-live-blog-catalonia-independence-vote-spain-referendum

The two victims – one aged 17 and the other 20 – suffered gory injuries, two police sources said, saying one had her throat slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach.

Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack.

Some 200 police officers had cordoned off the area and all roads were closed to traffic, with security forces saying the operation was still ongoing.

The IS group claimed the attack through a statement posted by its Amaq propaganda agency late Sunday, according to the monitoring groupt SITE.

It quoted a “security source” as saying: “The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Marseille… is from the soldiers of the Islamic State.”

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his outrage at the Marseille attack on his Twitter account, and praised the reaction of the security services, including the Operation Sentinelle soldiers set up to deal with such threats.

“I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency,” Macron wrote on Twitter.

France 24 :  Live: ‘Catalonia has won the right to independence’, says Catalan leader


Live: ‘Catalonia has won the right to independence’, says Catalan leader

Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum deemed illegal. Follow events as they unfold on FRANCE 24’s live blog.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171001-live-blog-catalonia-independence-vote-spain-referendum

  • At least 91 people and eleven police have been injured in clashes on Sunday as officers tried to block voting in a banned independence referendum, Spain’s interior ministry said.
  • Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called the Catalan independence referendum an “attack on the rule of law”.
  • Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations and fired rubber bullets at voters outside a station in Barcelona.
  • Up to 92 polling stations across Catalonia were closed by police as of 1500 GMT, according to Spain’s interior ministry.
  • Spain’s central government demanded Sunday that Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont call off the independence referendum, dismissing the vote as a “farce”.
  • Barcelona’s mayor has called for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to step down in the wake of the violent police response.
  • Pro-independence groups and trade unions have called for a general strike on October 3 in Catalonia.
  • More than 5.3 million people have been called upon to have their say on independence from Spain in the wealthy northeastern region, which has its own distinct language and culture.

BBC News: Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’


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

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41463719