Schedules

Sunday 14 September 2014

Painting, above:  Dido building Carthage, or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire, is an oil on canvas painting by JMW Turner. The painting is one of Turner's most important works, greatly influenced by the luminous classical landscapes of Claude Lorraine. Turner described it as his chef d'oeuvre....

Saturday 13 September 2014

Engraving, above: The Samuel Osgood House (now demolished), also known as the Walter Franklin House, was a mansion at the northeast corner of Pearl and Cherry Streets in Manhattan. It served as the first presidential mansion, housing George Washington, his family, and household staff from April 23...

Friday 12 September 2014

Photo, above: Close to the Karakoram Highway in Xinjiang (translation: New Territories), East Turkestan..  See Hour 1, Block C,  Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, in re: China standing by as US goes after ISIS. Xinjiang is the largest political subdivision of China—it accounts for more than one sixth of...

Thursday 11 September 2014

Photo, above: Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-15) visiting Israel, praying at the Western Wall (in Hebrew: Kotel)  for his daughter's engagement.  Later at the Kotel, along with Chief Rabbi Lau and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, he offered comfort and support to Gilad Shaer's father and Naftali...

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Map, above: The ISIS map of the world – by courtesy of and with thanks to The Daily Mail (an Arabic version at the end of this page): Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate - and change their name to the Islamic State •       Sunni...

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Panting above: The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Sultan of Turkey (1893 version). In 1880, Ilya Yefimovich Repin traveled to Zaporozhye in Ukraine to gather material for the 1891 Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks. The self-governing Cossack communities were concentrated in three...

Monday 8 September 2014

Photo, above: Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  Kind, generous, hospitable Jordan is immediately next in the sights of ISIS. In the 13th century BC, Amman was called Rabbath Ammon by the Ammonites. It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the...

Sunday 7 September 2014

Photo, above: Raila and Ida Odinga.  Raila Amolo Odinga (born 7 January 1945), also popularly known to his supporters as Agwambo (meaning the "Mysterious One"), Tinga and Baba, is a Luo Kenyan politician who was Prime Minister of Kenya, leading to a coalition government, from 2008 to 2013. He was...

Saturday 6 September 2014

Photo, above: Ðông-Khánh, Khải Định and the boy Bao Dai, by courtesy of and with thanks to indochinamedals.com .  The last Emperor of Viet-Nam was born Prince Nguyen Phuoc Vinh Thuy in the Imperial Capital of Hué, An-Nam on October 22, 1913, to the Emperor Khai Din. On March 10, 1922, Khai Din...

Friday 5 September 2014

Graphic, above: A new version of You Are Here. The blue dot in the center is where you're reading this.  Laniakea is the galaxy supercluster that's home to the Milky Way, the Solar System and Earth. It was defined in September 2014, when a group of astronomers led by R. Brent Tully of the...

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