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Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry

Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry

this pressed – for your right to know: Cases of Ebola outside of West Africa and other Ebola facts | The New York Times

word: recalcitrant


Definition: (adjective) Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
Synonyms: refractory
Usage: Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects. Discuss.

word: gauche


Definition: (adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms: unpolished, graceless
Usage: Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. Discuss.

word: inured


Definition: (adjective) Made tough by habitual exposure.
Synonyms: hardened
Usage: Doctors become inured to death. Discuss.

word: impede


Definition: (verb) Be a hindrance or obstacle to.
Synonyms: hinder
Usage: By questioning every proposal, she is impeding the progress of our project. Discuss.

word: Innocuous


Definition: (adjective) Having no adverse effect.
Synonyms: harmless
Usage: That mushroom may look innocuous, but it is in fact deadly. Discuss.

this pressed: The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica

The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica.

this pressed from ProPublica Link: Election Panel Enacts Policies by Not Acting – NYTimes.com

Lee E. Goodman, Republican commissioner, is part of the partisan divide deadlocking the Federal Election Commission. Credit Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Election Panel Enacts Policies by Not Acting – NYTimes.com.

word: languorous


Definition: (adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.
Synonyms: lackadaisical, languid, dreamy
Usage: The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea. Discuss.

word: asperity


Definition: (noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms: sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant. Discuss.

word: vacillate


Definition: (verb) To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
Synonyms: hover, oscillate, vibrate
Usage: I vacillated about what to say for so long that the man on the phone asked if I was still there. Discuss.

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this pressed: Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica


Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica.

word: intransigent


Definition: (adjective) Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
Synonyms: adamant, inexorable, adamantine
Usage: My father is an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency. Discuss.

word: cantankerous


Definition: (adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms: bloody-minded
Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord. Discuss.



Definition: (adjective) Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.
Synonyms: dreadful, terrible, awful, appalling, dismal, dire, ghastly, hideous, atrocious, godawful
Usage: We have been having abysmal weather lately, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance next week! Discuss.

word: abeyance — (noun) The condition of being temporarily set aside. (“I can thing of many, estecially in our political gladiator type political and economical arena”))


Synonyms: suspension
Usage: Every other feeling as it rushed upon him was thrown into abeyance by pity, deep respectful pity, for the man who sat before him. Discuss.

This Pressed: Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies – NYTimes.com

Excerpts from the article: A year after Mr. Snowden’s revelations, the era of quiet cooperation is over. Telecommunications companies say they are denying requests to volunteer data not covered by existing law. A.T.&T., Verizon and others say that compared with a year ago, they are far more reluctant to cooperate with the United States government in “gray areas” where there is no explicit requirement for a legal warrant.”

Google (Photo credit: Carlos Luna)

InternetGiants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies – NYTimes.com.

Google servers in Douglas County, Ga. The company is encrypting more data as it moves between servers. Credit Connie Zhou/Google
Robert Litt, of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, bemoaned the new lack of the cooperation. Credit Yuri Gripas/Reuters
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word: admonitory


Definition: (adjective) Serving to warn.
Synonyms: cautionary, exemplary
Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word. Discuss.
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House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica


House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica.

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Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica

Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica.

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Watchdog Panel: NSA Phone-Metadata Spying is Illegal — Stop It | Threat Level | Wired.com

nsa operations centerWatchdog Panel: NSA Phone-Metadata Spying is Illegal — Stop It | Threat Level | Wired.com.

NSA director Michael Hayden

NSA director Michael Hayden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Five overlooked costs of the NSA surveillance flap – CSMonitor.com

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is s...

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. VIRIN: 090120-F-3961R-919 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


John C. Inglis, official National Security Age...

John C. Inglis, official National Security Agency portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


, former director of the NSA and deputy direct...

, former director of the NSA and deputy director of the CIA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


An ad on the side of a Metro bus in Washington, D.C., speaks to the fact that some people feel accused leaker Edward Snowden deserves praise for revealing secret NSA surveillance programs.
Gary Cameron/Reuters


Five overlooked costs of the NSA surveillance flap – CSMonitor.com.


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NSA director Michael Hayden

NSA director Michael Hayden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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Quotation: Willa Cather about married men

Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss


Quotation: Willa Cather about life

It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss


Gian Carlo Menotti – Sebastian (1944) ballet suite (very enticing music: Tonight, Dancing!)

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
Sebastian Suite (1944), ballet

I. Introduction
II. Barcarole
III. Street Fight
IV. Cortege
V. Sebastian’s Dance 0:00
VI. Dance of the Wounded Courtesan 2:36
VII. Pavane 7:17

Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Richard Hickox

Menotti composed this ballet score to his own libretto in 1944. The choreography of the original production was considered unsuccessful, but with restagings later it became a success. Sebastian is a Moorish slave, secretly in love with a courtesan. She, in her turn, shares love with the Prince of their Italian kingdom. The prince’s sisters, desiring to end the affair, steal the courtesan’s veil, which allows them to work black magic on her, which they can do with a life-sized wax figure covered with the veil; firing arrows into it will kill her. Sebastian learns of the plot, substitutes himself for the wax figure, and is shot with the arrows. The sacrifice breaks their spell over the courtesan, and she is reunited with her beloved. 
Menotti’s music is ardent and romantic, sort of an Italian Prokofiev in style and sound. It is very listenable, a fine score of its type. When the work was first heard in New York, critic, Mark Schubart, reporting for The New York Times stated that the music “is prettily orchestrated, and the more violent portions are filled with elaborate percussion effects, flutter-tonguing on the brasses and carefully balanced, effective sonorities.” He noted also the “attractive melodies, simple in intent and immediate in appeal”. There is a suite in seven movements drawn from the score.

Picture: “Martyrdom of St Sebastian” (detail) by Antonio Giorgetti (pre-1670)


Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Op. 20, Act IV No. 29, Scene finale

Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra



Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872)

A charming, witty, and elegant English caricaturist and writer, Beerbohm used his pen to parody whatever was pretentious, affected, or absurd in his famous and fashionable contemporaries. His works include A Christmas Garland, a collection of parodies on such authors as Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy; Zuleika Dobson, an amusing satire on Oxford and his only novel; and Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen, his first book of drawings. Who dubbed him “the incomparable Max“?More… Discuss


Archimedes’ Secret (BBC Documentary)

This is the story of a book that could have changed the history of the World. To the untrained eye, it is nothing more than a small and unassuming Byzantine prayer book, yet it sold at Christies for over $2m. For faintly visible beneath the prayers on its pages are other, unique, writings – words that have been lost for nearly two thousand years.

The text is the only record of work by one of the world’s greatest minds – the ancient Greek, Archimedes – a mathematical genius centuries ahead of his time. Hidden for a millennium in a middle eastern library, it has been written over, broken up, painted on, cut up and re-glued. But in the nick of time scientists have saved the precious, fragile document, and for the first time it is revealing just how revolutionary Archimedes’ ideas were. If it had been available to scholars during the Renaissance, we might have reached the Moon over a hundred years ago.

The trail begins in the tenth century, when a scribe made a unique copy of the most important mathematics that Archimedes ever developed. For 200 years the document survived, but the mathematics in it was so complex that no one paid it any attention. So when one day a monk was looking for some new parchment – an expensive commodity at the time – to write a new prayer book, the answer seemed obvious. He used the Archimedes manuscript. He washed the Greek text off the pages, cut them in half, rebound them, and turned the Archimedes manuscript into an everyday prayer book. As he piously wrote out his prayers, he had no idea of the genius he was obliterating.

Several hundred years later, the Renaissance was under way. Scientists were beginning to grapple with new concepts, working out how mathematics could be used to explain the World around them. Little did they know that many of the problems they were just encountering Archimedes had already solved more than a thousand years before. So, tragically, they had to do that research all over again, setting back the development of science and technology immeasurably.

Then in 1906, in Constantinople, the document mysteriously turned up in a monastic library. An opportunistic scholar called Johan Ludwig Heiberg identified the text as Archimedes’ writings. Although the Greek text was very faint, Heiberg was able to decipher some of it. What he found astonished him, and made the front page of the New York Times. He revealed that Archimedes’ manuscript contained something called ‘The Method’, which showed not only Archimedes’ final proofs, but for the first time revealed the process of how he went about making his discoveries.




First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More… Discuss


Heat-related deaths reach 13 in Maryland (from The Baltimore Sun)

Heat-related deaths reach 13 in Maryland

Region had 11 straight days of temperatures hovering near 100 degrees…   More…

Reckless Endangerment How Outsized Ambition Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon


Reckless Endangerment How Outsized Ambition Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

Reckless Endangerment How Outsized Ambition Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

“Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon”

A prominent Wall Street analyst predicted this week that not a single top executive at Goldman Sachs will face criminal prosecution for the company’s role in causing the financial meltdown of 2008. “I think that there is a genuine sense out there that there are two sets of rules, one for big and powerful… (Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/2/reckless_endangerment_how_outsized_ambition_greed)

Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic: via The New York Times.

Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic (click to read the article at The New York Times)

Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

By and
Published: June 8, 2011
WASHINGTON — Farmers have for decades fed chickens an arsenic-containing drug that promotes growth, but after a government study found trace amounts of this poisonous carcinogen in chickens, its maker will suspend its sales.

Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the amounts found were so low that chickens treated with the drug, called 3-Nitro, do not pose a serious health risk and will continue to be sold. Perdue and organic chicken producers do not use the drug.
(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/business/09arsenic.html?_r=2&ref=health)

PBS – Frontline – WikiSecrets, May 25, 2011

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Art Beat: Anthony Tommasini: The Vienna’s Four Classics Of Music

One Father Figure of Music: Hayden

A marvelous program of rediscovery of the beauty of classical music and its effects on our creative day by day life. Always keep music near your heart, and ear, so days are filled with sounds of music: There is life in the harmony created by the wordless language of the musical scores, as eloquent as best ever written poems of joy.