Wednesday, December 30, 2015

(9) Pictures of Hope

Leaves a bad taste of commercial exploitation.

Pictures of Hope | Linda Solomon Photography

This sounds like a great program; why make it look so commercial?

'People First Tourism' Helps Wandering Travelers And Small Businesses | WUNC

Nice idea!

Pint-Size Diplomacy at Play in U.N. Ambassador’s Penthouse - The New York Times

We need so much more of this. Go Samantha POWER!

The New Face of Racism in Germany - The New York Times

There is far too much pent-up racism and hatred in the world, in too many places.

The New Face of Racism in Germany - The New York Times

There is far too much pent-up racism and hatred in the world, in too many places.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Texas gears up for new open-carry handgun law | Fox News

Obnoxious on all fronts.

Everyone should read this

Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman http://nyti.ms/1NQ4PSX

Friday, December 25, 2015

Too many guns!

Canadian woman mauled by bear 'killed by husband's bullet' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35177762

Thursday, December 24, 2015

So many dumb republicsns

The Republican Fear of Facts on Guns http://nyti.ms/1Oc4r4R

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

How to Say 'Merry Christmas' in 24 Languages - YouTube

Even better! And it works.

The Voices of Christmas | Holidays.net

Very nice but cannot get past buffering!

So disconcerting

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/12/23/uk-muslim-family-barred-flight-la-visit-disneyland/77797774/

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Medical records

Quality of these records is what worries me most.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wheaton

An embarrassment - the college, that is, not the professor.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Monday, December 07, 2015

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Scotsmart

In Scotland, Unlike America, Mass Shooting Led to Stricter Gun Laws http://nyti.ms/1NztR7D

Horrific!

In Wake of Shootings, a Familiar Call to Arms Drives Latest Jump in Weapon Sales http://nyti.ms/1QmMMYu
In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun http://nyti.ms/21BkOgU

End the Gun Epidemic in America - The New York Times

At its core, and getting worse, the problem is we have too many guns in the US. When will politicians start saying that and when will enough decent people cast their votes to insure that this policy becomes law - that we set a national goal of gun reduction by a specific year, by specific amounts in every gun category.

For example, you can only drive at very high speeds in the US on a race course. Why don't we start by saying that you can only have or use a gun on a licensed facility that is heavily guarded?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Case Against Woodrow Wilson at Princeton - The New York Times

History is seldom written on an entire rock. There is always room for more stone carving.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Above The Border, Canadians Don't Waver In Welcome For Refugees http://n.pr/1laSWzh

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For National Guard To Round Up Syrian Refugees http://n.pr/1SEc1EA
Governor Who Started Stampede on Refugees Says He Only Wants Answers http://n.pr/1S7CnPv

Trump Says He 'Would Certainly Implement' Muslim Database - NBC News

Where are French Jews on the restrictions on Muslims in France and civil liberties in general?

Trump Says He 'Would Certainly Implement' Muslim Database - NBC News

The only rabid dogs I worry about are the two featured here - TRUMP and CARSON. As for the Muslim "list", I'd first start by tracking all Republicans - their every movement. And it would be obligatory. Let's see how that works out, and then we can think about expanding it to other similarly defined groups like real estate moguls and Jews. Ok, fine, move to Episcopalians (I am one) next, and perhaps Irish citizens who are also US citizens (I am one of those, too), and then perhaps we get to Mormons, Muslims, etc. But only then.....

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

US governor urges Government not to use plain tobacco packaging

I wonder if McCRORY claims any Irish roots? I find none in a Google search. Odd.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Syrian refugees not welcome in 27 U.S. states - CNN.com

What a sad reflection of the United States of America today. There was a time when the US said the same to thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Do we never learn from history? Or do narcissism and xenophobia run in our blood?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Jimmy's Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Great film, set only about 30 miles from Bawnboy! Seet this, too and this.

SkyMiles

The promo for this on a Delta flight was something like - use your miles to bid on "brag-worthy" experiences. Narcissism anyone?

Cinq questions pour faire le point sur l'enquête après les attentats de Paris

Law enforcement is professional work and we ought all to let professionals get on with their jobs.

US Adds Foreign Students, but Few Americans Study Abroad - ABC News

We should be sending as many students as we possibly can to study overseas. The US needs a population which understands, firsthand, more of the world around our island.

Baltimore Homicide Total Surpasses 300 for the Year - The New York Times

That's roughly twice the number who have died in the Paris attacks and about half the number of total homicides in France in an average year! There are many things very wrong with this "picture".

Governor Seeks to Bar Syrian Refugees From Alabama After French Attack - NBC News

I started to write that I cannot find the words to describe my anger toward the Governor on this issue, but then I quickly realized that that I do have plenty of words to apply to him - but not for mixed company!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paris Attacks: What We Know and Don’t Know - The New York Times

A good place to begin.
Paris Attacks: What We Know and Don’t Know http://nyti.ms/1kw9S3p

Goal?

I see that French authorities plan to go after radical Imams and other leaders who may be having a bad impact on young people, leading them to commit crimes in the name of the "Islamic State" or something similar. It seems to me that this only adds fuel to the dangerous fire. It's as though we decided to fight crime in general by seeking out those people - parents, teachers, friends? - who are likely to help steer a young person toward crime. Sure, we want to do all of that, but let's not turn this criminal investigation and crime prevention priority into a witch hunt for unpopular ideas or people who are simply inclined to do bad things. We get far too close to the delicate balance of free expression and public order if we do that. Instead of enlarging the investigation and crime-fighting focus of the moment, let's double-down on that - find all those criminally responsible for the atrocities of Friday night and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. After completing that work, we should next double-down on strong law enforcement efforts to detect and thwart crimes in the planning stage. Finally, after all of that is so much better executed, let's reflect carefully on all of the things needed to reduce the likelihood of sacrificing young men and women to such atrocious acts. It's a lot more than trying to silence clerics or others and singling out bad apples for some sort of police harassment.
Think of these as the terrible criminal acts that they were and let's get on with investigation and prosecution while we redouble our efforts to make so many changes needed to reduce the likelihood of developing more people committing similar acts.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Exploitation of Paris - The New York Times

I agree completely! Sadly....

Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS - The New York Times

It seems to me that we still have a whole lot to learn.

Homicides in France

In 2012, according to Wikipedia, France suffered 665 homicides.The number of people killed last night looks to be about 25% of that year's total. (Those who died amount to only about 1% of the yearly number in the US, according to the same source.)

Paris attacks

Make CSI , not WW III;
Crimes, not acts of war


By Terry Maguire[1]

Nice, France – November 14, 2015 – We can be pretty sure this morning that the deaths last night at several locations in Paris, the capital of this country, were cold-blooded murders. The images that have been broadcast and otherwise published leave little doubt.


The front page of Nice-Matin, the city’s newspaper, this morning.
            Beyond that, we do not know – with certainty – much more.
This hand-drawn symbol emerged on onine overnight.
            That’s part of why I think we need to take a quick, but deep, breath, and ask ourselves, and our governments, whether the response should be to wage war or whether we need the very best investigations of these presumed crimes in order to bring the surviving perpetrators to the bar of justice. Some in France, notably former French President Nicolas SARKOZY, have already concluded that we are at war with the people he and others feel are responsible for these acts.
            The French government has spoken through its President, Prime Minister and the director of law enforcement, announcing a vague state of emergency and new border restrictions, while they also try to calm the understandably frazzled nerves of so many people in what the French call their five-sided country. Others are looking to one online posting, purportedly coming from the group known by so many names including the “Islamic State” claiming responsibility, then assuming at first blush its authenticity.
            Meanwhile, I sense that many people living in other parts of France, untouched directly by last night’s incidents, are afraid. And I wondered as I walked the streets of Nice this morning, what each person was thinking. I saw no one who looked afraid, but I have no idea what may have been in their heads. That was particularly true when I passed several veiled women and some men who may very well have been Muslim. Were they more worried about the glances from the rest of us than about the attacks?
            All of this comes at a particularly difficult time for France, as French voters prepare to go to the polls next month to select a group of leaders for regions in France. (Imagine that the US states were grouped into 5 regions of 10 states each; those are the “regions” electing leaders here.) The contest for the region in which Nice finds itself is particularly close and pertinent.
            The party of SARKOZY has picked the Mayor of Nice who is an attractive rags-to-riches, motor cycle-riding and marathon-running candidate. His toughest opponent is the attractive granddaughter of the founder of the legendary extreme right party, called the National Front. It’s as though we are watching a US Republican candidate run against a Tea Party leader.
            Immigration is a major issue in the campaign and I expect to see both candidates use last night’s tragedy to convince us voters that he/she is the better qualified to protect “us” from “them”. The “Liberté, Egalite, Fraternité” mentioned by President OBAMA last night will get a run for its money in coming weeks. Don’t count on the campaign to result in talk of the values of diversity, inclusion, or fairness.
            In such a tense environment, I think we need to look at last night as a series of heinous criminal acts that demand the most professional investigation that French, foreign and international law enforcement can muster. We have suffered awful acts by people dead and alive this morning, who need to be found and/or investigated. Those at large need to be captured. Those who died last night need to be understood, if we can. And for any and all who may have aided the assailants in preparing these attacks, we need to find them, too, and subject them to fair and intense questioning, at a minimum.
            This is the very best way for us all to encourage our governments to act, and the way in which we can do the most to avoid more atrocities.
            If we allow ourselves to view this as “war”, we risk scaring ourselves to death, and, more significantly, we risk trampling over the rights and lives of so many so unnecessarily. Instead, we should be cooperating with law enforcement in their work, volunteering anything and everything that might be of value to them that we might have seen or know. A “war” focus for the response will lead us to view the problem as vaguely “foreign” and large populations of people as the “enemies”.
            I hope that others will agree with me on this, and that we can do what we should have done 14 years ago when the US suffered such horrific attacks – respond to last night’s atrocities with the professionalism, fairness, and thoroughness that I know lies within the criminal justice systems of the French Republic and the United States of America.
            Please don’t retreat from these values; we will be safer and better if we work to make them even stronger and more effective in protecting all people from criminal acts.

The French and Nice flags at half-mast this morning in the Nice Port.
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[1] Terry Maguire is a Washington, DC lawyer, former newspaper association executive and international media consultant; he lives in Nice and in Chapel Hill, and is a US and European citizen.

Friday, November 13, 2015

La France enregistre une croissance de 0,3% du PIB au troisième trimestre http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/croissance/la-france-enregistre-une-croissance-de-0-3-du-pib-au-troisieme-trimestre_1172795.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Carol Doda, Pioneer of Topless Entertainment, Dies at 78 - The New York Times

It's a long story, but met her when I worked as public relations representative at JFK one college summer. Set up a press conference when she and her band arrived!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks - The New York Times

Did the German VW people borrow a page from the Chinese book or the other way around?

TheDiplomat

I look forward to seeing this.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Migrant crisis: Austria plans Slovenia border fence - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34657187
Migrant crisis: Austria plans Slovenia border fence - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34657187
Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process? http://nyti.ms/1Ha9iNg

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

China diner's huge prawn bill sparks outrage online - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-34451390
Millions more refugees could flee Syria, Turkey warns EU - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34451660
Facebook data transfers threatened by Safe Harbour ruling - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34442618
IMF cuts forecast for global growth - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34455408

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Don Edwards, Congressman Who Championed Civil Rights, Dies at 100 - The New York Times

We all tried very hard. Sad to see him go.

"For example, over his protests, the House passed a 1981 bill making it a crime to disclose a C.I.A. agent’s identity." We sold our home to Ralph NEAS!


How They Got Their Guns - The New York Times

This is why the only rational path is one labeled we have too many guns in the US.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Tuerie de l'Oregon : Obama veut «moins d'armes aux Etats-Unis»

Alas, I don't think he said this: "Nous avons besoin de moins d'armes aux Etats-Unis" I so wish that he had.
See the video from the White House.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NC Lawmakers Adjourn For The Year After Pulling All-Nighter | WUNC

I have heard people here in North Carolina utter a lot of stupid things in the 16 years we have lived here. This ranks among the dumbest. Perhaps he said this out of fear that far smarter people would come to the state and displace the ignoramuses who are far too common.

" “We don’t need the mentality from other parts of the world in our state.”"


HIPAA compliant ways to communicate with other doctors | aad.org

This is excessive to say the least.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Even Poor Countries End Up Wasting Tons Of Food http://n.pr/1Vm7xmu
Power Of Sour: How Tart Is Reclaiming Turf From Sweet http://n.pr/1h3wfdL
Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates Among 2015 MacArthur 'Genius' Award Winners http://n.pr/1iFwugr
Volunteers cross borders to fill gaps in refugee crisis response: http://alj.am/skhg , via Al Jazeera America for Android

Monday, September 28, 2015

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/27/national-coffee-day-where-get-freebies/72872018/
Spooky: How did Burger King get the buns black? http://wral.com/14931548
Raleigh food truck named 'Best Food Truck in America' http://wral.com/14925737
Migrants: des traversées de la Méditerranée toujours aussi mortelles http://rfi.my/1GbLGqY
http://www.wralsportsfan.com/duke-in-second-after-annika-intercollegiate-day-1/14930249/
http://www.con-telegraph.ie/news/roundup/articles/2015/09/27/4106513-neven-maguire-opens-kellys-butchers-new-1-million-facility-/
"Whole Foods Market to cut about 1,500 jobs" - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RS1DL20150928

Monday, September 21, 2015

UPDATE 2-Volkswagen shares plunge on emissions scandal, Germany plans own probe | Reuters

Have all NC state inspections of these vehicles been revoked and the cars ordered off the road until the problem has been corrected? They should be.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Powerful Photos That Rocked Getty Images' First Instagram Grant http://n.pr/1gfOLPI

Sunday, September 13, 2015

France: le dernier JT de Claire Chazal http://rfi.my/1F6Oyu7
I’m always conflicted about September. I’m more than ready for the 90-degree days of summer to be gone, yet I’m not mentally ready for all the stuff that has to be done this month. http://www.newsobserver.com/living/food-drink/article35062194.html
More than 15,000 expected over three days Annual event now in larger Jim Graham Building at fairgrounds Festival has food, music, dancing and shopping http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article35055639.html
The Jewish Fruitcake: Honey Cake Is A Sweet And Stodgy Tradition http://n.pr/1gg8L4L
Cairo Restores The Eclectic Glory Beneath Decades Of City Dust http://n.pr/1gg643d
With Home-Cooked Meals, France Warms To Mideast Migrants http://n.pr/1gfYcyL

Report: Company Has No Knowledge Clinton Server Was 'Wiped' - ABC News

Did no one ask them until now? Amazingly poor reporting.It just gets worse. The tone of her comments is demeaning and demoralizing.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Oh, Nuts! Why California's Pistachio Trees Are Shooting Blanks http://n.pr/1gfwja3
La Corse submergée de déchets http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/environnement/la-corse-submergee-de-dechets_1078377.html
Monsanto : victoire d'un agriculteur http://www.francetvinfo.fr/faits-divers/justice-proces/monsanto-victoire-d-un-agriculteur_1078969.html
Le conflit entre Turcs et Kurdes reprend http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/le-conflit-entre-turcs-et-kurdes-reprend_1078975.html
Les pompiers bientôt équipés de drones http://www.francetvinfo.fr/sciences/high-tech/les-pompiers-bientot-equipes-de-drones_1079319.html
Les vertus des fruits et légumes de saison http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/les-vertus-des-fruits-et-legumes-de-saison_1079641.html
Temps de travail : "Les syndicats sont affaiblis" http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/emploi/temps-de-travail-les-syndicats-sont-affaiblis_1079933.html
Alimentation: la mode du "sans" séduit les consommateurs http://www.francetvinfo.fr/france/alimentation-la-mode-du-sans-seduit-les-consommateurs_1079973.html
La Champagne allège le poids de ses bouteilles http://www.francetvinfo.fr/france/la-champagne-allege-le-poids-de-ses-bouteilles_1079983.html
Manifestation des indépendantistes en Catalogne http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/manifestation-des-independantistes-en-catalogne_1080555.html
A Food Museum Grows In Brooklyn http://n.pr/1Unpvo8

Friday, September 11, 2015

Alice Waters, Healthy Food Advocate, Receives Humanities Medal http://n.pr/1Qsp5wv
Why is the surgeon general silent on the American diet?: http://alj.am/r78k , via Al Jazeera America for Android
US plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees next year - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34215920
Migrant crisis: Ireland to take in 4,000 refugees - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34208805
Vote allows Palestinian flag to be raised over UN - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34216151
Turkey Kurds: Many dead in Cizre violence as MPs' march blocked - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34206924

Influential Pro-Israel Group Suffers Stinging Political Defeat - The New York Times

Glad to see them lose.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Latest Scramble In The Egg Industry: McDonald's Is Going Cage-Free http://n.pr/1Q1uda6
John Oliver Says U.S. Students Learn Virtually Nothing About Africa http://n.pr/1g82oAq
I Scream, You Scream For Slow-Melting Ice Cream http://n.pr/1g80nEu
http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40429658&refid=asa

Senior Sinn Fein Member Arrested in Northern Ireland Murder - The New York Times

I hope they can hold this together, but I am not surprised that the conflict continues. This will take lifetimes to work out, if then.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

http://stop-discrimination.gouv.fr/
Gooey Goodness: Ramallah's Stretchy Ice Cream Delights http://n.pr/1IVxNwR
1,000 Years Ago, Caffeinated Drinks Had Native Americans Buzzing http://n.pr/1JF7nBh

Hillary Clinton apologizes for e-mail system: ‘I take responsibility’ - The Washington Post

It's not enough. I want her to tell us how she thinks her choice disserved our national commitment to transparency.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

1854: No Irish Need Apply - The New York Times

Controversial subject.

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? | TED Talk | TED.com

This sure seems right to me.
"Hundreds of Americans sign petition offering to house Syrian refugees " - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0R801F20150908
http://www.chieftain.com/mobile/msearch/3885803-123/gurdwara-langar-bangla-community
Greek island overwhelmed by stranded migrants, despair: http://bigstory.ap.org/fba415168c29498393fb7214dc112f14&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=share Shared via AP Mobile. Download the app now: iOS - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ap-mobile/id284901416?mt=8 Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mnn.Android&referrer=utm_source=share_item&utm_medium=blogger
Rice Finds A Welcome Home In Wisconsin Paddies http://n.pr/1UCbl2H

Monday, September 07, 2015

Le maire de Roanne est prêt à accueillir des réfugiés à condition qu'ils soient chrétiens http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/migrants/le-maire-de-roanne-pret-a-accueillir-des-refugies-a-condition-qu-ils-soient-chretiens_1073203.html
http://www.francetvinfo.fr/live/message/55e/d31/c06/674/764/314/a80/800.html
http://www.francetvinfo.fr/live/message/55e/d22/c26/674/761/fa4/310/800.html
VIDEO. Regardez en avant-première le documentaire "Les hommes du Raid" http://www.francetvinfo.fr/faits-divers/police/video-regardez-en-avant-premiere-le-documentaire-les-hommes-du-raid_1066327.html
Just How Sweet Is The Taste Of Victory? http://n.pr/1hMOh4N
Not All Irish Are Enjoying The Nation's Economic Recovery http://n.pr/1hMOk0o
After 25-Year Hiatus, First Arabic-Language 'Sesame Street' Opens Again http://n.pr/1PSB1qj
Honeybee Heists A New Reality In A Time Of Colony Collapse http://n.pr/1JLEnKe

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Safety Concerns Emerge Along World-Famous Pilgrimage Route http://n.pr/1JFezgQ
The drink that nearly knocked me out with one sniff - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34085397
http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40380166&refid=asa

Saturday, September 05, 2015

http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes/bouches-du-rhone/marseille/marseille-manifestation-antifasciste-contre-les-universites-du-fn-800445.html

Mélange Malin Oriental - Produits Ducros

Might be worth checking out.
Hillary Clinton's Fight For Gefilte Fish http://n.pr/1O9dml8
Farmers Stage Massive Tractor Protest In Paris http://n.pr/1L7kRG8

Friday, September 04, 2015

Speaker Of Iran's Parliament Suggests Prisoner Swap For Rezaian, Other Americans http://n.pr/1OekxIE
How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed) http://n.pr/1L7qap5

New emails show Hillary assisting for-profit college that paid Bill $16M | Fox News

Public scrutiny is what transparency is what transparency means. I worry that she does not subscribe to this idea and I do not think w have heard her sincerely say so since this whole sorry incident began.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Fasting To The Death: Is It A Religious Rite Or Suicide? http://n.pr/1JxvHEY

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Chronique des Matières Premières Du charbon de bois africain dans les barbecues français http://rfi.my/1JKmgpx
Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance http://n.pr/1JHF0BC

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men? http://n.pr/1JU5C2K
Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner http://n.pr/1Unx4eO
After Government's Greenlight, Commercial Drones Set To Take Off http://n.pr/1UnLxay
Back To School? Back To The Piggy Bank http://n.pr/1INKnBO

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments: http://bigstory.ap.org/a8c5b36a110f491eb256ad7d4d76e43b&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=share Shared via AP Mobile. Download the app now: iOS - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ap-mobile/id284901416?mt=8 Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mnn.Android&referrer=utm_source=share_item&utm_medium=blogger
C'est pas du vent 2. Cambodge: sucre de palme et poivre enfin valorisés ! http://rfi.my/1LyasWE
Orient hebdo Les villes du Moyen-Orient: Beyrouth http://rfi.my/1M3hJif
RFI demande l’accès au dossier de l'un de ses correspondants arrêté au Cameroun http://rfi.my/1hokE9C
Demonstrators Storm Beirut, Demanding Solutions To Garbage-Collection Crisis http://n.pr/1LCtMCd
Egyptian Court Hands Down 3-Year Sentences For Journalists And Activists http://n.pr/1LCtL0W

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Al-Jazeera trial: Egypt gives journalists three-year sentence - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34095341
http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40296879&refid=asa
http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40300881&refid=asa  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p028z2z0
Department Of Justice Sued For Fake News Story http://n.pr/1hkeuHN

Friday, August 28, 2015

Migrant crisis: Libya boats capsize off Zuwara carrying hundreds - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34082304
Facebook has a billion users in a single day, says Mark Zuckerberg - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34082393
Ségolène Royal asks supermarkets to end food waste http://rfi.my/1LyiUoK
Wal-Mart To End Sales Of Some Semi-Automatic Rifles, Citing Low Demand http://n.pr/1PyRorZ
Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis http://n.pr/1NV6dom

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales http://n.pr/1JhD7ML

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Des terreaux sans tourbe - Pro Natura

I had not previously focused on this.

Killings of Journalists Bring Gun Violence to Dark New Level - The New York Times

There are too many guns in the US. Period.
Why French Winemakers Are Seeing The World Through Rosé-Colored Glasses http://n.pr/1JiDs1u
Why Thick Flour Tortillas Never Made It Big And Thin Tortillas Did http://n.pr/1KAN7R1
http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40263639&refid=asa
Parisians On Hunt For Baguettes As Bakers Get Nod To Take Vacation http://n.pr/1UV0t22
Lebanon's Cabinet Rejects Bid That Might Have Eased Garbage Crisis http://n.pr/1JhJxeE
In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges http://n.pr/1Jh5lqJ

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=40257323&refid=asa
Lebanon's Shrinking Public Beaches http://n.pr/1PtKnZw
Chef Wants Diners To Remember Her Cooking, Not Her Blindness http://n.pr/1PtKowy

Monday, August 24, 2015

No Fear Homemade Mayonnaise: Better Than What's In The Jar http://n.pr/1U5l2q1
Italy, Land Of Pizza And Pasta, Is Gluten-Free Friendly http://n.pr/1EHrDjw

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Before It Can Hope to Fight Militants, Turkey Has Its Own Troubles To Tame http://n.pr/1JnSgew
Italian Coast Guard Rescuing Thousands Of Migrants In Mediterranean http://n.pr/1NMDpyj

Friday, August 21, 2015

Israel’s Other Existential Threat Comes From Within - The New York Times

Why does there have to be a Jewish state? Why not just a fully democratic country of some name covering part or all of the area?

NOAA: July hottest month on record, 2015 could be hottest year - CNN.com

This sure gets your attention!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greece gets $14.5 billion to pay debts, part of new bailout: http://bigstory.ap.org/b7f63fc8f4d34f86b4f77f344357aaa4&utm_source=android_app&utm_medium=blogger&utm_campaign=share Shared via AP Mobile. Download the app now: iOS - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ap-mobile/id284901416?mt=8 Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mnn.Android&referrer=utm_source=share_item&utm_medium=blogger
Cherokee Purple: The Story Behind One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes http://n.pr/1PxZVMu
'GMO-Free' Is A Boon For Companies Chasing 'Health Halo' Profits http://n.pr/1Py2ka2
In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under http://n.pr/1NF9yb1
So Long, Big Mac: Cleveland Clinic Ousts McDonald's From Cafeteria http://n.pr/1NF9SGD

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers http://n.pr/1DP6ALx
'GMO-Free' Is A Boon For Companies Chasing 'Health Halo' Profits http://n.pr/1Py2ka2
Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling http://n.pr/1f8nBtE

Abe’s Avoidance of the Past - The New York Times

This leads to a profound lack of respect.

A Tobacco Tax to Save Lives - The New York Times

What a blemish on us all that we cannot deal with this better.
Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer' http://n.pr/1PdA9w8
In The Upper Midwest, Summertime Means Fish Boils http://n.pr/1UQmZZJ

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Navajo Nation Farmers Feel The Weight Of Colorado Mine Spill http://n.pr/1UORvDm

Monday, August 17, 2015

Wheaties Beer Is Unveiled: It's A Hefeweizen (Duh) http://n.pr/1HITv6V
You Don't Need To Go Low-Carb To Burn Body Fat, Study Says http://n.pr/1HIPIqb
Restaurants Feed New Orleans' Recovery: 'I Knew I Had To Come Back' http://n.pr/1P4I4fk
Russians Outraged At Destruction Of EU Food http://n.pr/1PsTWbV
Europe Spreads No Welcome Mats For Masses Of Migrants http://n.pr/1PsTYAq

Sunday, August 16, 2015

http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes/bouches-du-rhone/arles/rabanel-portrait-d-un-createur-de-saveurs-arles-787485.html
A Paris 'Beach Party' Turns Into A Middle East Protest http://n.pr/1IRg9vz
At Least 40 Migrants Found Dead On Boat In Mediterranean http://n.pr/1gJJwbL
AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale http://nyti.ms/1WteOo8

Saturday, August 15, 2015

F.B.I. Tracking Path of Classified Email From State Dept. to Hillary Clinton http://nyti.ms/1IOUKoQ
A Clash of Cake and Faith http://nyti.ms/1AfycIl
Bacon, a Sign of the Times in China http://nyti.ms/1TChpgo
Fleeing Migrants Stream Onto Tiny Greek Island Of Kos http://n.pr/1UK7eUn

Friday, August 14, 2015

Party Of 1: We Are Eating A Lot Of Meals Alone http://n.pr/1P7Byo1
Restaurants Feed New Orleans' Recovery: 'I Knew I Had To Come Back' http://n.pr/1P4I4fk

La gare de La Havane à Cuba - RFI

Fascinating.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Low Wheat Prices Leave A Gluten Glut At Midwest's Grain Elevators http://n.pr/1UE0EyD
To Cut Food Waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers http://n.pr/1f8o92E

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

UN forecasts end of global population explosion

We sure need to understand this better!
Court Strikes Down New Hampshire's Ban On Selfies In The Voting Booth http://n.pr/1P4OlaQ
Clinton Directs Team To Release Private Email Server She Used As Secretary Of State http://n.pr/1L45kcv

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Syrian Journalist Released After Years In Prison http://n.pr/1f3vccO
Les agriculteurs doivent faire face à l'embargo alimentaire russe http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/manifestations-en-ukraine/embargo-russe/les-agriculteurs-doivent-faire-face-a-l-embargo-alimentaire-russe_1037517.html
De la salade née dans l'espace au menu des locataires de la Station spatiale internationale http://www.francetvinfo.fr/sciences/espace/de-la-salade-nee-dans-l-espace-au-menu-des-locataires-de-la-station-spatiale-internationale_1036649.html
Les médias britanniques craignent une pénurie de baguette en France http://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/les-medias-britanniques-craignent-une-penurie-de-baguette-en-france_1036991.html
Controversy swells at Paris' "Tel Aviv beach" on Seine http://rfi.my/1Me5Whg

Monday, August 10, 2015

Scotland to ban GM crop growing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33833958
Farmers to hold 'urgent summit' over milk prices - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33842001
Spanish ships accused of 'violating' Gibraltar's territory - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33842868
Australians eating too much junk food, report finds - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-33843857
Australia will not limit Vegemite sales in remote areas, says PM - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-33843910

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Target to remove gender-based labeling

Such a sign of the times.
The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach http://n.pr/1UqSE3X

Friday, August 07, 2015

Egypt Trumpets Canal's Massive Expansion, But A Windfall's Far From Certain http://n.pr/1UqZ5E6

Thursday, August 06, 2015

In PBR's Big Milwaukee Homecoming, The Brewing Giant Goes Micro http://n.pr/1IloXMd
Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark http://n.pr/1Ho3C0O

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

A Syrian Refugee School: Nearly 2,000 Students, 5 Shifts, 3 Languages http://n.pr/1HnZ5Ly
An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy http://n.pr/1HnZqOp
Sidewalks to roll up at midnight Sunday-Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday New rules start Aug. 14 Some worry noise will get worse http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/raleigh-report-blog/article29985162.html
Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression? http://n.pr/1Iu9czs
How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production http://n.pr/1g0xnyO
Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant http://n.pr/1E4WwOx
When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach http://n.pr/1JU4R9V
Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States http://n.pr/1Ho3NJm

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming http://n.pr/1IuiMlU
Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression? http://n.pr/1Iu9czs

Monday, August 03, 2015

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor http://n.pr/1IunFLV
Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead In Country's Capital http://n.pr/1ST1qVC

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet http://n.pr/1JUwbol
Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms http://n.pr/1JUxSlQ

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business? http://n.pr/1JLDFdb
3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article http://n.pr/1JTWGKJ
Le gras devrait être considéré comme la sixième saveur, selon des chercheurs http://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/cuisine/le-gras-devrait-etre-considere-comme-la-sixieme-saveur-selon-des-chercheurs_1020509.html
Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish http://n.pr/1IpfuAj

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help http://n.pr/1JL1vpD
Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking http://n.pr/1JM7b2B

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops http://n.pr/1JM4AFI
For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive http://n.pr/1JLECCh

Monday, July 27, 2015

Moderate Muslims Counter ISIS Propaganda With Their Own Media Strategy http://n.pr/1HOfJpo

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors http://n.pr/1MKI96R
Covering Greece: When It's Not Just A Story, It's Personal http://n.pr/1GJIZM1

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Moves to Curtail Protesters at Shooting Victims' Funerals Video - ABC News

How embarrassing that this guy has a Brown education.

Fusillade en Louisiane : le tireur avait acheté son arme légalement

Another sad example of why we simply have too many guns in America.
No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule http://n.pr/1OqBiQI
Carnations, Coffee And Denim: A Look At Kenya's Top 10 Exports http://n.pr/1OqfIvu
The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way http://n.pr/1SEmLSz
Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry http://n.pr/1OquzpM

Friday, July 24, 2015

Poll Finds Most in U.S. Hold Dim View of Race Relations - The New York Times

I cannot imagine an honest poll on the subject. People are reluctant to say how they really feel and it would be so much worse if they did.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=39881065&refid=asa

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Huntington Public Schools, NY

Seems like yesterday.

Iran deal analysis: Playing tuba in a string quartet - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

I detest this guy for starters, and as a former tuba player, don't give him a tuba either.

Iran deal analysis: Playing tuba in a string quartet - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

I detest this guy for starters, and as a former tuba player, don't give him a tuba either.
Winner Of French Scrabble Title Does Not Speak French http://n.pr/1HOB3Li

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers? http://n.pr/1eblnt8

Monday, July 20, 2015

If World Leaders Can Skip Deadlines, Why Can’t I? - The New York Times

There are so many ways in which elected officials flout the laws and rules we are required to obey. Each time we see this, it deserves a special mention.

The Revolt Against Tourism - The New York Times

I try to avoid tourists at all costs!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Carrboro farm growing community connections for refugees http://wral.com/14773026
Google Maps alters disputed South China Sea shoal name - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33518673
Mixed Grill, the American Way http://nyti.ms/1dYFgn6
Amazon Dreams Up a Sale in a Calendar Bursting With Them http://nyti.ms/1IYZD0d
The I.M.F. Is Telling Europe the Euro Doesn’t Work http://nyti.ms/1dZRTyj
In Blow to Erdogan, Turkish Court Halts Closing of Schools Tied to His Rival http://nyti.ms/1Gk1aHU

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jon Stewart Threatens to Quit 'Daily Show' Early if Donald Trump Isn't Actually Running for President

Amazing to see a big sign on Pennsylvania Ave in DC today "TRUMP - Coming in 2016"! It's for the hotel he is to put in the Old Post Office Building, it appears......

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pope: Gun Makers Are Not Christians - The Daily Beast

Bravo!!!! It takes the Pope to be this brave. Which politicians will agree?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

N.R.A. Board Member Deletes Criticism of Victim in Church Massacre - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com

COTTON should find another country for himself. Maybe a remote island like St Helena. It worked for Napoleon.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Charleston Church Shooting - The Daily Show - Video Clip | Comedy Central

This was good but I wish he had zeroed in on their being too many guns in America.

Many Ask, Why Not Call Church Shooting Terrorism? - The New York Times

Crime is crime; this was a murder. Treat it as such and don't get hung up in rhetoric that really does not matter.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Jim's Irish Family Surnames - The Maguire Chiefs

"He was buried in the Franciscan Church of the Annuciation in Genoa."

Would love to find it!

The Maguires of Fermanagh

"Maguire did not long survive the loss of his principality. He died of a burning fever at Genoa on the 12th of August, 1608."

I'd love to find the grave, but I think it was destroyed in WW II.