Winter Solstice has finally arrived. Nothing but increasingly longer days. The Yule time is upon us.
This happens to be the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the longest day in the southern. This occurs annually between Dec. 20-23 when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees.
J. HOPKINS: Winter Solstice - Rebirth of Purpose (+playlist): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa6sMcOgrBM&feature=share&list=PLzvSAbWoO...
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development program called “Rebuild by Design,” which attracted engineers, architects, and designers is considering proposals to defend the New York and New Jersey coastlines.
A series of man made islands off the coast of New York and New Jersey may some day protect the Northeast coast from the impact of deadly storm surges during future Superstorms, like the ones caused by Sandy, according to a new proposal as the region continues its recovery.
The Russians are coming and their excuse is that they were frustrated by a week of delays after sending over "130 AID" trucks. These vehicles rolled into rebel-held eastern Ukraine today without the direct approval of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion" that aimed to provoke an international incident.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine began back in mid-April, a month after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Black Sea peninsula. It has killed over 2,000 people and forced 340,000 to flee, according to the United Nations.
This year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the International Day of Non-Violence has special importance.
At a time of escalating conflicts, violent extremism, displacement and humanitarian need, the courage and determination of Mahatma Gandhi, whose birthday we celebrate today, is an inspiration for us all.
Gandhi showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression and hatred. He showed how cooperation and tolerance can prevails over injustice. He demonstrated the great value of the rule of law in breaking vicious cycles of vengeance.
Regardless of which day you may celebrate your special day, Walmart will be celebrating it this weekend.
Stores will be giving out one free chocolate or vanilla cupcake to all customers this Sunday only from 1-4P in honor of everyone's birthday.
They expect to give out 3 million cupcakes. While it's a little unconventional to declare a random day, Walmart isn't the first company to offer up celebratory freebies.
If there was ever one thing that Republicans and Democrats have in common, it's that they can be split on issues within their respective parties. And that would be the case for both parties when it come to Intellectual Property and Privacy on the Internet. If you get onto the GOP website and read their Party Platforms, you will find two sections that are centered on the internet. The first section, labeled "Protecting Internet Freedom", is a paragraph at is quite vague. They talk about how the internet has helped fuel new innovation more than any other technological advancement.
A Queens fish merchant smuggled nearly forty thousand flesh-eating piranhas into the country saying they were docile silver tetras. However, US Customs did not bite on his fishy tale.
66 year old Joel Rakower, of Transship Discounts has now reportedly agreed to pay $73,000 in fines for mislabeling the shipped piranha.
The company been located at JFK Airport in NY since 1978 and are suppliers of Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Fish.
This Week in History, Jun 1 - Jun 7
Jun 01, 1980
CNN launches. On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN's launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks--ABC, CBS and NBC--and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 89 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.
Jun 02, 1935
Babe Ruth retires. n this day in 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport's hall of fame. George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, into a poor family in Baltimore. As a child, he was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Roman Catholic brothers, where he learned to play baseball and was a standout athlete. At 19, Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles, then a Boston Red Sox minor league team. Ruth's fellow teammates and the media began referring to him as team owner Jack Dunn's newest "babe," a nickname that stuck. Ruth would later acquire other nicknames, including "The Sultan of Swat" and "The Bambino."
Jun 03, 1989
Crackdown at Tiananmen begins. With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing's Tiananmen Square at all costs. By nightfall on June 4, Chinese troops had forcibly cleared the square, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of demonstrators and suspected dissidents. On April 15, the death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party head who supported democratic reforms, roused some 100,000 students to gather at Beijing's Tiananmen Square to commemorate the leader and voice their discontent with China's authoritative government. On April 22, an official memorial service for Hu Yaobang was held in Tiananmen's Great Hall of the People, and student representatives carried a petition to the steps of the Great Hall, demanding to meet with Premier Li Peng. The Chinese government refused the meeting, leading to a general boycott of Chinese universities across the country and widespread calls for democratic reforms.
Jun 04, 1942
Battle of Midway begins. On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway--one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II--begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy. In six months of offensives prior to Midway, the Japanese had triumphed in lands throughout the Pacific, including Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and numerous island groups. The United States, however, was a growing threat, and Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto sought to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet before it was large enough to outmatch his own.
Jun 05, 1933
FDR takes United States off gold standard. On June 5, 1933, the United States went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when Congress enacted a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold. The United States had been on a gold standard since 1879, except for an embargo on gold exports during World War I, but bank failures during the Great Depression of the 1930s frightened the public into hoarding gold, making the policy untenable. Soon after taking office in March 1933, Roosevelt declared a nationwide bank moratorium in order to prevent a run on the banks by consumers lacking confidence in the economy. He also forbade banks to pay out gold or to export it. According to Keynesian economic theory, one of the best ways to fight off an economic downturn is to inflate the money supply. And increasing the amount of gold held by the Federal Reserve would in turn increase its power to inflate the money supply. Facing similar pressures, Britain had dropped the gold standard in 1931, and Roosevelt had taken note.
While we heard President Obama announce his proposal transforming a new American immigration policy that spares 5 million from deportation, we should brace for the expected backlash from Congress. Let US underline the need for civility and civil interaction, which means calling attention to the perceived decline in civility, as others decry such messages as infringing upon important institutional values supporting free inquiry, freedom of expression and the robust exchange of ideas.
Why are American Millennials among the world's least skilled and is their dumbness not going to keep US great?
Millennials may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, but they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. Meanwhile, Educational Testing Service researchers expect to contuse tracking the job skills of young adults.