Monthly Archives: February 2019

Article of the Day: Terror Birds

Article of the Day:
Terror Birds

Phorusrhacids, commonly known as “terror birds” because of their role as apex predators, were large, carnivorous, flightless birds that roamed S America during the Cenozoic era, from about 62 million to 2 million years ago. They are believed to have migrated to N America when the Isthmus of Panama formed, bridging the formerly separated continents. The birds ranged in height from about 3 to 10 ft (1 to 3 m) and were likely fast runners. What are thought to be their closest modern-day relatives? More…:

Idiom of the Day: without letup

Idiom of the Day:
without letup

Without slowing down or stopping. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: cerebrate

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Use or exercise the mind or one’s power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments.

Synonyms: cogitate, think

Usage: As they surveyed the damage, Jonathan did not ask his father how he would fix the tree house, instead allowing him stare and cerebrate in silence.:

Watch “Unforgettable – The Graduate (Final, 1967) Eng HD” on YouTube

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Watch “Rodrigo y Gabriela – Stairway To Heaven Cover (Boulder, CO – 05.31.17)” on YouTube

Watch “Uriah Heep – Sunrise (1972)” on YouTube

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    And the new day’s breakin’ through
    The morning
    Of another day without you
    And as the hours roll by
    No-one’s there to see me cry
    Except the sunrise
    The sunrise and you

    Tired eyes drift across the shore
    Looking for love and nothing more
    But as the sea rolls by
    No-one’s there to see me cry
    Except the sunrise
    The sunrise and you

    Bless my eyes
    Catch my soul
    Make me whole again

    Sunrise, new day
    Hear my song
    I’m tired of fightin’
    And foolin’ around
    But from now on
    Till who knows when
    My sword will be my friend
    And I’ll love you, love you
    For all of my time

    Songwriters: Ken Hensley

    Sunrise lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Uriah Heep – Echoes in the Dark” on YouTube

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    I have heard the echoes in the dark
    Dim and distant voices of the past
    And I’ve seen so far into the night
    And lingered in the land of no light

    Far beyond the
    Shrouded hours of dawn
    Through the mist
    Of daybreak I was borne
    But the day was
    Clouded still by night
    Leaving me in the land of no light

    Though I’d love to
    Say hello to you
    You might have to wait awhile
    To say goodbye
    For it must end as it began
    And then start again

    The day of darkness
    Comes to every man
    And lingers while he
    Reaches out his hand
    And he cannot know how it will end
    Till he finds out if he has a friend
    A friend

    Songwriters: Ken Hensley

    Echoes in the Dark lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Uriah Heep – Rain (1972)” on YouTube

It’s raining outside
But that’s not unusual
But the way that I’m feeling
Is becoming usual
I guess you could say
The clouds are moving away
Away from your days
And into mine

Now it’s raining inside
It’s kind of a shame
And it’s getting to me
A happy man
Why should you want to
Waste all my time
The world is yours
But I am mine
Rain, rain, rain in my tears
Measuring carefully my years
Shame, shame, shame in my mind
See what you’ve done to my life
See what you’ve done to my life
Songwriters: Ken Hensley
Rain lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Watch “Bad Company – Ready For Love – DKRC 1974” on YouTube

I’m walkin’ down this rocky road wonderin’ where my life is leading
Rollin’ on to the bitter end
I’m finding out along the way what it takes to keep love living
You should know how it feels my friend

I want you to stay, I want you today
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for love
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for love
I’m waiting for your call, oh there
Now I’m on my feet again better things are bound to happen
All my dues surely must be paid
Many miles and many tears, times were hard
But now there changing you should know that I’m not afraid
I want you to stay, I want you today
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for love
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for love
I’m ready, so ready
Oh dear, I want you to stay, I want you today
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for love
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for your love
I’m ready for love oh baby I’m ready for your love
I’m ready for love baby I’m ready for your love
I? m walkin? on down down down down down down this rocky road
Oh I’m worth dying well my life is beating
But now that I’ve found you baby
I can never let you go I need your love so bad
I want to give you my heart and my soul
I need your love baby, I need your love so bad
I’m ready ready ready give it to me now
Give me your love, oh give me your love baby
Give your heart and mind too
Ready For Love lyrics © WB Music Corp., Warner Chappell Music France, W B MUSIC CORP

Internet Archive Wayback Machine blocked by Vodafone, Three, O2, and EE: We can change that

Internet Archive Wayback Machine blocked by Vodafone, Three, O2, and EE: We can change that

Posted on Feb 13, 2019 by Caleb Chen

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United Kingdom porn filters

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, a popular online tool for immortalizing and viewing historical internet content is blocked by default in the United Kingdom. According to the Open Rights Group’s resource, is currently being blocked by EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three – among the largest mobile data providers in the UK. This means that millions of UK netizens are unable to access the Internet Archive, and not because they turned on adult filters.

The Internet Archive was first blocked in the UK in 2014:



Wait, the INTERNET ARCHIVE is blocked by the UK’s porn filters? Fuck that shit.

These default “adult” blocks have been in place since a UK law passed in 2014. Since 2014, internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile data providers in the UK have been using various authoritative lists to decide what is adult content and what needs to be blocked. But the Internet Archive is an educational resource, not an adult site! The happenstance that a site is blocked on EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three but not other UK ISPs means that the authoritative list that’s being used is the one from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

20% of sites blocked: Overblocking was rampant and still is

When the blocks went live in 2014, a study showed that the law blocked way more than just adult content, catching a lot of innocent sites in the crossfire. According to the research, 20% (1 in 5) of all websites on the internet were blocked when the censorship program first came out. The overblocking is still very much active. is a valuable resource for any internet user, and is classified by pretty much every other website categorizer as a “PG” or “charity” or “non profit” site – which it is. As further proof of’s non adult status, the site isn’t blocked by non mobile UK internet providers such as Sky and VirginMedia. Theoretically, a BBFC reclassification of the Internet Archive’s site could remedy this blocking situation.

Let’s get unblocked in the United Kingdom

The Internet Archive is an educational resource and should never have its access restricted. Private Internet was previously also improperly categorized by the BBFC, but we were able to successfully appeal this decision in September of 2017. It is possible to fix this. Please join the community to call on the BBFC, Vodafone, Three, O2, and EE to reclassify as a website fit for consumption by those under 18. The BBFC has clearly defined a two step appeals process that is legally open to any consumer of the improperly blocked website (that’s you).

  1. Contact O2, Three, Vodafone, and EE and ask them whether they would consider unblocking

Contact information:

Appeals may be sent to
Appeals may be sent to
Appeals may be sent to
Appeals may be sent to

Sample text:

Dear appropriate Operator,

I have noticed that is blocked by default on your network because it is considered adult content. I believe this is a miscategorization and would love to start an official review process with your team to make sure that this research and reference resource is not unavailable to our youth. Below are some examples of the non adult status of

On Cyren ( it is categorized as Computers & Technology.

On IBM X-Force ( it is categorized as Education, Cinema / Television, Music / Radio Broadcast, Literature / Books, and Search Engines / Web Catalogs / Portals.

On Symantec Blueforce ( it is categorized as Reference.

On Fortiguard ( it is categorized as Reference.

On Brightcloud ( it is categorized as Reference and Research.

Looking forward to your response,

2. Depending on whether O2, Three, Vodafone, and EE agree to stop blocking, the next step is to go directly to the BBFC to file a Mobile Content Complaint.

When there is success, we’ll see it here:

The Internet Archive is a cornerstone of the internet as we know it. The fact that this is not the case for millions in the UK is concerning and needs to be changed.

About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master’s in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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    Horoscope ♉: 02/13/2019

    Horoscope ♉:

    Aggressive people may interfere with your plans today, Taurus, so don’t get too upset if things don’t work out the way you want them to. Let this be an exercise in learning how to think and act on your feet. Remember that you can play this game as well as others. Deliver an unexpected surprise right back and see how they deal with it. Perhaps you can learn something.:

    Today’s Holiday: Frederick Douglass Day

    Today’s Holiday:
    Frederick Douglass Day

    Each year on February 14, Frederick Douglass’s birthday is commemorated with a ceremony at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. The event features speakers on human rights, recitations of excerpts from Douglass’s speeches, music performances, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Activities, including lectures, readings from his works, and film presentations about his life, are also planned in New Bedford, in Rochester, N.Y., where Douglass’s grave is located, and in many other locations throughout the country. More…:

    Today’s Birthday: Jack Benny (1894)

    Today’s Birthday:
    Jack Benny (1894)

    Benny made his vaudeville debut playing the violin in 1912. After discovering a talent for comedy while in the navy, he returned to vaudeville as a comedian. He made his film debut in 1927 and appeared in 18 films between 1930 and 1945. His weekly radio show—1932 to 1955—and TV show—1950 to 1965—won loyal audiences, and he became famous for a unique comic style characterized by subtle verbal inflection, meaningful pauses, and the stage image of a vain, stingy man. What was Benny’s real name? More…:

    This Day in History: ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, Unveiled (1946)

    This Day in History:
    ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, Unveiled (1946)

    ENIAC was an early electronic digital computer built in the US by engineers J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly. The massive ENIAC weighed 30 tons, filled an entire room, and used some 18,000 vacuum tubes, 70,000 resistors, and 10,000 capacitors. After its official unveiling in 1946, it was used to prepare artillery-shell trajectory tables and perform other military and scientific calculations. ENIAC solved its first problem in December 1945, making calculations for what? More…:

    Quote of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

    Quote of the Day:
    Alexander Hamilton

    I think the first duty of society is justice. More…:

    Article of the Day: Holography

    Article of the Day:

    Holography is the method of producing a three-dimensional image, called a hologram. A hologram is created by first splitting a laser beam. Half the beam is recorded on a plate, unaltered, and the other half is recorded after it is reflected off the object being imaged. On the recording plate, the two systems of light waves reinforce or neutralize one another, creating an interference pattern that, when illuminated by light of the same frequency, produces a hologram. Who invented holography? More…:

    Idiom of the Day: with (one’s) head held high

    Idiom of the Day:
    with (one’s) head held high

    Displaying pride and confidence, often (but not always) after something has gone wrong. Watch the video…:

    Word of the Day: daredevil

    Word of the Day:

    Definition: (noun) One who is recklessly bold.

    Synonyms: harum-scarum, madcap, swashbuckler, hothead, lunatic

    Usage: My nephew, daredevil that he is, decided to go surfing during yesterday’s tropical storm.:

    Watch “Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water” on YouTube

    We all came out to Montreux
    On the Lake Geneva shoreline
    To make records with a mobile
    We didn’t have much time
    Frank Zappa and the Mothers
    Were at the best place around
    But some stupid with a flare gun
    Burned the place to the ground

    Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
    Smoke on the water
    They burned down the gambling house
    It died with an awful sound
    Funky Claude was running in and out
    Pulling kids out the ground
    When it all was over
    We had to find another place
    But Swiss time was running out
    It seemed that we would lose the race
    Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
    Smoke on the water
    We ended up at the Grand hotel
    It was empty cold and bare
    But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside
    Making our music there
    With a few red lights and a few old beds
    We make a place to sweat
    No matter what we get out of this
    I know we’ll never forget
    Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
    Smoke on the water
    Songwriters: Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger D Glover / Jon Lord / Ian Paice
    Smoke On The Water lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    «Nymphomaniac, volume 1» de Lars von Trier: ceci n’est pas un film érotique |


    «Nymphomaniac, volume 1» de Lars von Trier: ceci n’est pas un film érotique

    Temps de lecture : 6 min
    Jean-Michel Frodon — 1 janvier 2014 à 9h07 — mis à jour le 17 janvier 2017 à 16h52

    Mais c’est un film souvent drôle, très beau, et extrêmement intéressant, où le cinéaste danois explore ce qui l’intéresse depuis toujours, la façon de raconter des histoires —au besoin en les confrontant volontairement aux forces de la censure économique ou puritaine.

    Stacy Martin dans «Nymphomaniac, volume 1» de Lars Von Trier.

    Ecrire une critique à propos de ce qui sort en salles, en France, le 1er janvier 2014, sous le titre Nymphomaniac, Volume 1, est un exercice singulier. Il s’agit en effet de la moitié d’un film, clairement présenté comme tel (et pas un épisode complet, comme par exemple avec la trilogie du Seigneur des anneaux).
    Encore est-ce la moitié d’une version courte du film, qui, avec le volume 2, durera 4 heures, tandis qu’une version de 5 heures et demie est annoncée pour plus tard en 2014. En outre, cette moitié d’une version resserrée commence par un carton informant qu’elle a été censurée, Lars von Trier ayant accepté les coupes opérées, bien que n’y ayant pas pris part. Il faudrait même ajouter qu’il est ici question de la version destinée à la France, des modifications spécifiques étant susceptibles d’être opérées en fonction des règles de censure propres à chaque pays.

    Rien de tout cela n’est anodin, ni extérieur à l’enjeu de Nymphomaniac. Lars von Trier est un type sérieux, qui réfléchit avec ses films à un certain nombre de questions, même s’il cherche à donner à ces réflexions des formes susceptibles d’attirer et de séduire –et y réussit souvent. Parmi les nombreux sujets qui l’intéressent assez pour lui donner envie de faire des films figure la manière dont on raconte des histoires, dont on construit des représentations —à cet égard, les expérimentations de Dogville et Manderlay et le jeu formaliste de Five Obstructions avaient fourni nombre de propositions très originales, et passionnantes au moins pour les deux premiers.

    Qu’est-ce qu’une oeuvre?

    La mise en question de la forme «œuvre» comme objet singulier —par exemple un film— fait à l’évidence partie des enjeux de Nymphomaniac. L’intelligence stratégique du cinéaste consiste à ne pas se contenter de mettre lui-même en place les variantes et altérations qui interrogent l’intégrité de l’œuvre, mais à obtenir la collaboration de forces sociales réelles, les procédures plus ou moins officielles, plus ou moins hypocrites de censure, qui contribuent à cette altération selon des formes variées, comme un plasticien offrirait son artefact à la morsure aléatoire de plusieurs acides.
    Avec un tel projet, installer l’acte sexuel littéralement représenté au centre de l’affaire revient à s’assurer des réponses des différents gardiens des bonnes mœurs, et développer le projet d’un film de 5h30 à susciter la censure économique des marchands rétifs à semblable format. Le sexe, puisqu’on ne saurait ignorer qu’il va s’agir de cela, est également propre à assurer la curiosité des médias et d’un large public, alors même que l’essentiel des ressorts dramatiques qui portent le film concernent bien d’autres choses.
    Durant les deux heures du film, une succession de scènes racontées en flashbacks par une femme nommée Joe évoque une série de situations où elle fait l’amour avec un grand nombre d’hommes, en montrant à l’occasion les attributs physiques de l’une et des autres. Le personnage est le même, mais la femme qui raconte est interprétée par Charlotte Gainsbourg, toujours aussi émouvante lorsque LvT la filme, y compris, comme c’est ici le cas, le visage entièrement tuméfié, alors que les épisodes en flashbacks sont joués par la jeune et charmante Stacy Martin, d’apparence aussi sage que l’essentiel de ses activités est supposé être torride.

    Travail de cinéaste

    Ces récits —les tribulations de miss Joe au pays du sexe— sont autant de paraboles interrogeant des notions telles que les usages de la technique, les rapports de pouvoir, les puissances de l’illusion, les limites du rationnel, ou même ce dont l’héroïne ne cesse d’affirmer qu’elle ne se soucie pas, l’amour. Relativement explicite, mais montrant le sexe comme une activité pratique mobilisant certains organes, comme on pourrait figurer l’entraînement intensif d’un sportif ou le travail à la chaine, Nymphomaniac est un film fort peu érotique. C’est aussi un film souvent drôle, très beau, et extrêmement intéressant.
    Il commence par un mouvement suprêmement élégant: de concert, le personnage joué par Stellan Skarsgard et la caméra s’en vont littéralement recueillir l’être abandonné et quasi-défiguré qui git sous la pluie, dans une cour sinistre. La caresse de l’objectif descendant des toits noirs le long d’un ruissellement désespérant et le geste de l’homme seul soulevant le corps, puis, l’ayant mis au chaud, lui offrant du thé et la possibilité de se raconter, sont à l’unisson d’une même et grande générosité —pour autant qu’on puisse en juger, rien n’empêchera que plus tard, ceci comme cela prenne un autre sens.
    Cet homme, Seligman, écoute Joe, la relance, commente ses cinq récits, sagement organisés en chapitres dûment numérotés et titrés. Elle, Joe, tient à installer son personnage sous le signe d’un jugement moral aussi négatif qu’absolu, faisant de ce qu’elle nomme sa nymphomanie le signe d’une indifférence égoïste et de penchants répréhensibles.

    Avec beaucoup d’humour, de sagacité et de douceur, avec un traité de pêche à la ligne ou un prélude de Bach, Seligman ne cesse de déplacer les jugements qu’elle tire de ses propres actes, de les mettre dans une autre perspective. Un travail de cinéaste, quoi.

    Des allures de boule à facettes

    Ce jeu inventif prend des allures de boule à facettes, chaque séquence s’inscrivant dans une ambiance spécifique, qui renvoie à un genre cinématographique (drame, comédie, polar…) —et à l’occasion à un précédent film de Lars von Trier, comme le fantastique en noir et blanc de L’Hôpital,ici placé sous le signe maléfique d’Edgar Poe.
    Esprit inquiet de multiples questions, Lars von Trier est avant tout un moraliste qui, à la manière des fabulistes anciens, construit des situations décalées pour mieux observer comment les humains se débrouillent —plutôt mal— pour malgré tout vivre ensemble. Une fellation ferroviaire au service d’un gag comportementaliste dont le thème n’est certainement pas le plaisir et à peine l’idée affichée de besoin de compétition pour s’affirmer, une primesautière comédie du non-mariage avec Shia LaBeouf ou la formidable scène de jalousie stratégique mise en œuvre par Uma Thurman en épouse abandonnée, aux confins du burlesque et du drame, participent de cet assemblage qui ne cesse d’explorer de nouvelles hypothèses.
    Certaines sont bouleversantes, comme le choc du regard de la fille aimante avec le corps souillé et délirant du père, et l’injonction de devoir vivre avec ça. Avec comme horizon une réelle mélancolie, sous le signe obsédant, lui, non du désir mais de la solitude.

    Comme dans Gertrud de Dreyer

    A ce stade (celui du Volume 1), le meilleure référence qu’on puisse trouver à Nymphomaniac serait le chef-d’œuvre testamentaire du cinéaste le plus admiré de LvT, Carl Dreyer. Comme dans Gertrud (mais avec l’écart qui sépare son époque puritaine de nos temps réputés libérés), l’héroïne fait l’expérience de multiples tentatives sans y trouver jamais l’accomplissement. Soit (dans les deux cas), une assez littérale traduction romanesque d’Au-delà du principe de plaisir de Freud, fondé sur le principe de répétition.
    La sexualité est donc entièrement à sa place ici, mais comme ressort théorique ou comme exemple particulièrement efficace d’une intelligence des comportements individuels et des rapports humains d’une manière plus générale. Aux confins de cet intérêt et de ses avantages en terme de médiatisation, l’activité sexuelle se révèle donc un parfait relai pervers, ni inexact (oui il y a souvent des scènes de cul dans Nymphomaniac), ni superflu (le sexe alimente efficacement les réflexions du film), ni en phase avec les attentes lubriques suscitées.
    Rusé, le réalisateur n’en reste pas là: grâce à une poignée d’images présentées comme venant du deuxième film, il laisse entendre à la fin que celui-ci sera aussi troublant et dérangeant que le volume 1 est distancié. A voir.
    Jean-Michel Frodon
    Nymphomaniac, Volume 1. De Lars von Trier, avec Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skasgard, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf. 1h57. Sortie le 1er janvier.
    Article actualisé le 2 janvier 2014 à 14h avec la suppression de la mention de la diffusion de la version longue au Festival de Berlin, cela n’étant finalement plus le cas, et du blocage de la distribution du film en Italie.

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    Nos goûts musicaux ont peut-être une origine culturelle
    La musique serait appréciée différemment selon les pays.
    Repéré par Jasmine Parvine — 13 février 2019—Temps de lecture : 2 min

    Avanies historiques et beautés singulières de la Berlinale
    À mi-parcours, le Festival de Berlin est d’ores et déjà marqué par une situation historique inédite. Mais il aura révélé, même à demi-enfouis dans une programmation toujours plus pléthorique, une poignée de films mémorables.
    Jean-Michel Frodon — 13 février 2019—Temps de lecture : 7 min

    Horoscope ♉: 02/12/2019

    Horoscope ♉:

    Today you may contemplate changes in your home. They could be physical, like redecorating, refurnishing, or remodeling. Or someone could move in or out. Whatever the change, it’s likely to be fortunate. If you’re thinking of such a change, you can proceed confidently. You should be feeling especially inspired now, so be creative and manifest whatever has been on your mind for some time.:

    Today’s Holiday: Lim Festival

    Today’s Holiday:
    Lim Festival

    The Lim Festival is an alternating-song contest, held in the commune of Lung Giang, about 18 miles from Hanoi, in the Bac Ninh Province of Vietnam. This is a courtship event, in which girls and boys of different villages carry on a singing courtship dialogue. The singers take part in what is a vocal contest with set rules; one melody, for example, can only be used for two verses of the song. The storylines of the songs tell of daily events. Other Lim Festivals takes place in other villages in the province with processions and games such as human chess and wrestling. More…:

    Today’s Birthday: Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

    Today’s Birthday:
    Sir Joseph Banks (1743)

    Banks was a British naturalist, botanist, and patron of the sciences. After inheriting a large fortune in his early 20s, he began traveling extensively, collecting plant and natural history specimens. He outfitted and accompanied James Cook’s voyage around the world, during which time he collected many biological specimens that had never before been classified. His herbarium, one of the most important in existence, and library are now at the British Museum. What plant genus was named after him? More…:

    This Day in History: Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

    This Day in History:
    Thomas Edison Observes the Edison Effect (1880)

    Known as “the Edison Effect,” thermionic emission is the emission of electrons or ions by substances that are highly heated. The charged particles that are emitted are called thermions, and their number rapidly increases with the temperature of the substance. If the heated substance that emits thermions carries a charge, the thermions will carry the same charge. The effect was observed by Edison in 1883 when he was working on what invention? More…:

    Quote of the Day: W. Somerset Maugham

    Quote of the Day:
    W. Somerset Maugham

    I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me. More…:

    Article of the Day: Texting

    Article of the Day:

    Text messages are brief written messages exchanged between mobile phones or other mobile communications devices. Texting originated in the 1990s with the Short Message Service (SMS), a system that supports messages of up to 160 characters, and has since become a global phenomenon. With billions of texters around the world, texting has created new forms of interaction and has had a wide social impact that extends to language, crime, and politics. What was the first text message ever sent? More…:

    Idiom of the Day: with no frills

    Idiom of the Day:
    with no frills

    With no extraneous details or embellishments. Not fancy, decorous, or elaborate. Simple. Watch the video…:

    Word of the Day: deprecatory

    Word of the Day:

    Definition: (adjective) Tending to diminish or disparage.

    Synonyms: belittling, slighting

    Usage: He depresses me by his abject submission and deprecatory self-abasement when he fears he has gone too far.:

    Watch “Stairway to Heaven | Led Zeppelin (LYRICS / MUSIC VIDEO / ORIGINAL)” on YouTube

    There’s a lady who’s sure
    All that glitters is gold
    And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
    When she gets there she knows
    If the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for
    Oh oh oh oh and she’s buying a stairway to heaven

    There’s a sign on the wall
    But she wants to be sure
    ‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
    In a tree by the brook
    There’s a songbird who sings
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving
    Ooh, it makes me wonder
    Ooh, it makes me wonder
    There’s a feeling I get
    When I look to the west
    And my spirit is crying for leaving
    In my thoughts I have seen
    Rings of smoke through the trees
    And the voices of those who standing looking
    Ooh, it makes me wonder
    Ooh, it really makes me wonder
    And it’s whispered that soon, If we all call the tune
    Then the piper will lead us to reason
    And a new day will dawn
    For those who stand long
    And the forests will echo with laughter
    If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
    Don’t be alarmed now
    It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
    Yes, there are two paths you can go by
    But in the long run
    There’s still time to change the road you’re on
    And it makes me wonder
    Your head is humming and it won’t go
    In case you don’t know
    The piper’s calling you to join him
    Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow
    And did you know
    Your stairway lies on the whispering wind
    And as we wind on down the road
    Our shadows taller than our soul
    There walks a lady we all know
    Who shines white light and wants to show
    How everything still turns to gold
    And if you listen very hard
    The tune will come to you at last
    When all are one and one is all
    To be a rock and not to roll
    And she’s buying the stairway to heaven
    Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant
    Stairway to Heaven lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

    Eating ‘ultraprocessed’ foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says – CNN

    Eating ‘ultraprocessed’ foods accelerates your risk of early death, study says

    By Susan Scutti, CNN
    Updated 11:59 AM EST, Mon February 11, 2019

    (CNN) The quick and easy noshes you love are chipping away at your mortality one nibble at a time, according to new research from France: We face a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods we eat.

    “Ultraprocessed foods are manufactured industrially from multiple ingredients that usually include additives used for technological and/or cosmetic purposes,” wrote the authors of the study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. “Ultraprocessed foods are mostly consumed in the form of snacks, desserts, or ready-to-eat or -heat meals,” and their consumption “has largely increased during the past several decades.”

    This trend may drive an increase of early deaths due to chronic illnesses, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, they say.

    Ultraprocessed foods are gaining ground in our diets

    In the United States, 61% of an adult’s total diet comes from ultraprocessed foods, in Canada, it is 62%, and in the UK, that proportion is 63%, a recent study found. Yet research also indicates that eating ultraprocessed foods can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and cancer, the study authors say.

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    To understand the relationship between ultraprocessed foods and the risk of an earlier-than-expected death, the researchers enlisted the help of 44,551 French adults 45 and older for two years. Their average age was 57, and nearly 73% of the participants were women. All provided 24-hour dietary records every six months in addition to completing questionnaires about their health (including body-mass index and other measurements), physical activities and sociodemographics.

    The researchers calculated each participant’s overall dietary intake and consumption of ultraprocessed foods.

    Ultraprocessed foods accounted for more than 14% of the weight of total food consumed and about 29% of total calories, they found. Ultraprocessed food consumption was associated with younger age, lower income, lower educational level, living alone, higher BMI and lower physical activity level.

    One serving of fried chicken a day linked to 13% higher risk of death, study finds

    Over the study period, 602 participants died. After adjusting for factors such as smoking, the researchers calculated an associated 14% higher risk of early death for each 10% increase in the proportion of ultraprocessed foods consumed.

    Further studies are needed to confirm these results, the authors say. Still, they speculate that the additives, the packaging (chemicals leech into the food during storage) and the processing itself, including high-temperature processing, may be the factors that negatively affect health.

    The “findings make sense, given what we know to date about the deleterious effects of food additives on brain function and health, but the effects observed are very small,” wrote Molly Bray, chairwoman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, in an email. She was not involved in the research.

    Nurgul Fitzgerald, an associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, offered “kudos to the authors” for a study that is “strong” in terms of design.

    However, “ultraprocessed” is a huge category of foods, and by lumping so many things together, the researchers lost sensitivity in their results and cannot pinpoint what exactly is causing the effect seen in the study, said Fitzgerald, who was not involved in the research.

    High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

    “Some factors may be more harmful or less harmful than others. It’s really too complex,” she said, adding that we can’t “run with” these results.

    Why are people eating more of these processed foods?

    “We are living in a fast world, and people are looking for convenient solutions. We are always stretched for time,” Fitzgerald said. “People are looking for quick solutions, a quickly made meal.”

    When selecting food, taste is the No. 1 factor for most consumers, she said, but price and convenience are also important, and with ultraprocessed foods, that convenience factor is “probably top of the list: grab and go, ready to eat.”

    Fitzgerald recommends that people look not only at the front of a package when they buy ready-made meals, but also at the back.

    “Look at the ingredients list. Do you understand all those ingredients that go into your foods?” she asked. Buy only those products “with the least number of ingredients and with ingredients you understand.”

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    Friends or a group with which you’re affiliated could want you to help them formulate a workable plan for advancement. You’re in just the right frame of mind for this, Taurus, and therefore willing to roll up your sleeves and pitch in. You might be the center of attention at some point, perhaps sharing your skills with associates. Don’t forget your own goals. They could be advanced today, too.:

    Today’s Holiday: Hala Festival

    Today’s Holiday:
    Hala Festival

    The Hala Festival has been held in Kuwait every year since 1999 to celebrate the coming of spring and to promote Arab culture and the local economy. The festival begins with an opening carnival and parade, culminating in a lavish fireworks display. Over the course of the subsequent weeks, visitors are able to enjoy such features as performances of music from around the Middle East, exhibitions of calligraphy and cars, sporting events, and religious events. Shopping is a focal point of the festival, with more than 100 local merchants taking part in prize drawings and special offers. More…:

    Today’s Birthday: Cotton Mather (1663)

    Today’s Birthday:
    Cotton Mather (1663)

    Mather was an American Puritan leader remembered for his role in the Salem witch trials. Although his Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions fed the hysteria that led to the witch hunts, he disapproved of some of the trials and argued against the use of “spectral evidence,” a type of evidence based on dreams. Deeply interested in science, Mather was the first native-born American to be a fellow of the Royal Society and was an early supporter of what medical method? More…:

    This Day in History: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Founded (1909)

    This Day in History:
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Founded (1909)

    The oldest and largest US civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed as the direct result of race riots that occurred in 1908 in Springfield, Illinois. In 1939, it organized the Legal Defense and Education Fund as its legal arm, which sued for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education. During WWII, it pressed for desegregation of the armed forces, which was achieved in 1948. Who is the NAACP’s current president? More…:

    Quote of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

    Quote of the Day:
    Alexander Hamilton

    A promise must never be broken. More…:

    Article of the Day: Genetic Fingerprinting

    Article of the Day:
    Genetic Fingerprinting

    Genetic fingerprinting is a forensic identification technique that enables nearly unmistakable discrimination between individuals and is often used in criminal and paternity cases. The process involves isolating DNA from skin, hair, blood, or semen cells and comparing genetic information at key positions on the chromosomes. Theoretically, the risk of a false match is minute, but laboratory errors can skew results. What other factors should be considered when evaluating DNA evidence? More…:

    Idiom of the Day: with all (one’s) might

    Idiom of the Day:
    with all (one’s) might

    Utilizing all of one’s power and strength to do something. Watch the video…:

    Word of the Day: gullet

    Word of the Day:

    Definition: (noun) The passage between the pharynx and the stomach.

    Synonyms: esophagus, gorge

    Usage: The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass along its gullet and down into its crop.


    On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
    Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
    Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
    My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
    I had to stop for the night.

    There she stood in the doorway;
    I heard the mission bell
    And I was thinking to myself
    ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’
    Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
    There were voices down the corridor,
    I thought I heard them say

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face.
    Plenty of room at the Hotel California
    Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here

    Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
    She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
    How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
    Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

    So I called up the Captain,
    ‘Please bring me my wine’
    He said, ‘we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine’
    And still those voices are calling from far away,
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear them say”

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face.
    They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise), bring your alibis

    Mirrors on the ceiling,
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
    And in the master’s chambers,
    They gathered for the feast
    They stab it with their steely knives,
    But they just can’t kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
    ‘Relax’ said the night man,
    ‘We are programmed to receive.
    You can check out any time you like,
    But you can never leave!’

    Songwriters: Don Felder / Don Henley / Glenn Frey

    Hotel California lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

    The story of the Hotel California

    From Wikipedia:

    Hotel California (Eagles album)

    Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: “New Kid in Town” (number 1), “Hotel California” (number 1), and “Life in the Fast Lane” (number 11). The album became the band’s best-selling album after Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). It has been certified 26× Platinum in the U.S., and has sold over 42 million copies sold worldwide. The album was ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
    Hotel California
    Studio album by the Eagles
    December 8, 1976[1]
    March – October 1976
    Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
    Bill Szymczyk
    the Eagles chronology
    Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
    (1976) Hotel California
    (1976) The Long Run
    Singles from Hotel California

    “New Kid in Town”
    Released: December 7, 1976[1]
    “Hotel California”
    Released: February 22, 1977[1]
    “Life in the Fast Lane”
    Released: May 3, 1977[1]

    The album was recorded by Bill Szymczyk at the Criteria and Record Plant studios between March and October 1976, and then released on Asylum in December. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh, who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon, and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner. It is their sixth album (including Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)), and fifth of new material. The front cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for “Hotel California” and “New Kid in Town”. The album was nominated for Album of the Year but lost to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. A 40th anniversary special edition was released in November 2017.
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