Daily Archives: October 31, 2017

Today’s Holiday: All Saints’ Day


Today’s Holiday:
All Saints’ Day

In Roman Catholic, Anglican, and many Protestant churches, the first day of November is a celebration of all the Christian saints—particularly those who have no special feast days of their own. Also known as All-Hallomas or All Hallows’ Day, the idea for this holy day goes back to the fourth century, when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Grantland Rice (1880)


Today’s Birthday:
Grantland Rice (1880)

Born in Tennessee, Rice began his career as a reporter with the Nashville News in 1901 before moving to New York. There, he became known as the “Dean of American Sportswriters.” For decades, he was in charge of selecting the All-American football team for Collier’s magazine. In his widely syndicated column, “The Sportlight,” Rice coined some of sports’ most memorable phrases. What famous quote about winning and losing is derived from one of Rice’s poems? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Shakespeare’s Othello Performed for the First Time (1604)


This Day in History:
Shakespeare’s Othello Performed for the First Time (1604)

First performed at London’s Whitehall Palace, Shakespeare’s Othello—a timeless story of jealousy, betrayal, and racism—is still studied and debated today. The play is likely an adaptation of a short story by Italian writer Cinthio called “Un Capitano Moro” and may have been inspired by certain events of the day—such as the arrival of a Moorish delegation in London in 1600. In Shakespeare’s tale, the protagonist strangles his wife, but in Cinthio’s story, she is killed in what brutal way? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: John Quincy Adams


Quote of the Day:
John Quincy Adams

My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Blue Peacock Nuclear Bomb


Article of the Day:
The Blue Peacock Nuclear Bomb

Blue Peacock was the codename of a British 1950s Cold War defense project that aimed to place several 10-kiloton nuclear mines on the North German Plain in case of war. Fears that cold winter temperatures might prevent the buried bombs from working properly led scientists to propose several solutions, including one that earned it the nickname the “chicken-powered nuclear bomb.” How were live chickens to be used in the operation of this device? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: brain surgery


Idiom of the Day:
brain surgery

A task requiring extreme intelligence, skill, or competence, usually used in a negative or rhetorical manner to indicate the opposite. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: importunity


Word of the Day:
importunity

Definition: (noun) Insistent solicitation and entreaty.
Synonyms: urgency, urging
Usage: And to the importunity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 :  At least eight dead in Manhattan ‘act of terror’, says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio


At least eight dead in Manhattan ‘act of terror’, says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

A pickup driver killed eight people in New York on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in the city’s first deadly attack blamed on terror since September 11, 2001.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171031-usa-casualties-reported-manhattan-after-driver-hits-people-shots-fired

Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower Manhattan, close to schools as children and their parents geared up to celebrate Halloween.
“This was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Television networks identified the 29-year-old as an Uzbek citizen living in Florida who had recently been staying in New Jersey, where the truck was rented. President Donald Trump denounced him as “very sick” and a “deranged person.”

BBC News: New York attack: Eight killed by man driving truck


BBC News: New York attack: Eight killed by man driving truck


Allahists are NOT people at all: They are terrorists!: Watch “Multiple Deaths after Muslim Plows Truck into Crowd in Manhattan” on YouTube


Watch “Jacqueline du Pré: previously unpublished intimate interview” on YouTube


Watch “Asterix and Cleopatra 1968 DVDRip Animated” on YouTube


Watch “Asterix and Cleopatra (English)” on YouTube


Salle des Cariatides ” 1550 Artist: Jean Goujon


Detail from the Salle des Cariatides ” 1550
Artist: Jean Goujon
Period: Mannerism ( Late Renaissance)
Musée du Louvre , Paris, France
Stone sculpture

Beautiful songs/lyrics: Watch “Sting – Shape of My Heart (Leon)” on YouTube


Shape of My Heart

Sting

Lyrics
He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He don’t play for respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape
The shape of my heart
If I told her that I loved you
You’d maybe think there’s something wrong
I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
But those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape
The shape of my heart

Songwriters: Dominic Miller / Gordon Sumner
Shape of My Heart lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

France 24 :  US court blocks Trump’s military transgender ban


US court blocks Trump’s military transgender ban

A federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender personnel from serving in the US military on Monday.

http://www.france24.com/en/20171031-us-court-blocks-trumps-military-transgender-ban

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the government to “revert to the status quo” that was in effect before Trump ordered the contentious ban.

At the same time, however, she allowed to let stand a block on military funding for sex reassignment surgery for members of the armed forces.

Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama took the historic decision to allow openly transgender troops to serve in the military, a move that was due to go into full effect in July this year.

The new administration announced in June a six-month delay on implementing that ruling. In July, Trump surprised Pentagon leaders by announcing on Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly took issue with Trump’s claims.

“The Department of Defense Working Group, made up of senior uniformed officers and senior civilian officers from each military department, unanimously concluded that there were no barriers that should prevent transgender individuals from serving in the military,” the judge said.

“In short, the military concerns purportedly underlying the president’s decision had been studied and rejected by the military itself.”

Ruling welcomed by rights groups

Trump signed a document in late August ordering the Pentagon to no longer enlist transgender recruits but leaving it to decide the fate of those already serving.

The president also barred federal funds from being used to cover the costs of medical treatment associated with gender reassignment surgery of troops already serving.

He gave the Pentagon until March 23, 2018 to craft a new policy on transgender service members.

The lawsuit against the president’s order was filed by five transgender service members in August, citing the uncertainty that surrounded their future careers.

Estimates about the number of transgender people serving in the US military vary from 1,320 up to 15,000, out of 1.5 million active duty troops.

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is battling the ban, predicted that Trump’s moves would face further legal opposition.

“This is the first decision striking down President Trump’s ban, but it won’t be the last,” ACLU senior staff attorney Joshua Block said in a statement.

“The federal courts are recognizing what everyone already knows to be true: President Trump’s impulsive decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military service was blatantly unconstitutional,” Block said.

“We will continue to work to ensure that transgender service members are treated with the equal treatment they deserve.”

The ACLU has filed a separate lawsuit arguing that Trump’s ban violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection by authorizing discriminatory treatment.

Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group, welcomed the judge’s ruling, which is expected to be appealed by the Trump administration.

“Today’s preliminary injunction is an important step in the ongoing efforts to protect transgender service members from the dangerous and discriminatory policies of Donald Trump,” HRC legal director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement.

“Donald Trump’s erratic tweets and half-baked orders disrespect the bravery of the countless transgender people who have fought, and in many cases died, for their country,” Warbelow said.

“We are grateful that a federal judge has blocked this administration from discharging any qualified individuals because of their gender identity while these cases continue to make their way through the courts.”

(AFP)

My Chakra today


My Chakra today

My Chakra today

Nevăxut și necunoscut: Watch “Ni vu ni connu (1957)” on YouTube


Comique est comique: Watch “louis de funès , bourvil…..à la pêche” on YouTube