Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Critical Lack of Funding Hampers Emergency Response in Pakistan
Chart credit: (c) Copyright controlled.
Photo credit: (c) Shakil Adil and Associated Press 2010.
Meanwhile, Back In Kyiv, Ukraine, Future European Union ... Ukraine Celebrates 19 Years of Independence !!
"Вітаю усіх українців із Днем незалежності і бажаю гарного свята. 24 серпня у цьому році ви відзначаєте 19-річчя незалежності України і віддаєте шану цінностям, які поділяють не тільки українці, але й американці.
Сполучені Штати завжди підтримували Україну і народ України із часу здобуття незалежності, і ми продовжимо підтримувати вас у вашій праці із досягнення усіх преваг демократії та тих благ, що вона несе."
"Congratulations, and happy Independence Day to all Ukrainians. This August 24th, you celebrate 19 years of independence for Ukraine and you honor the democratic values that not only Ukrainians but also Americans share....
The United States has stood by Ukraine and the people of Ukraine since Independence, and we will continue to support you as you work to achieve the full benefits of democracy and all of the blessings that go with it."
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, August 24, 2010
Photo credits: Wikipedia Commons.
Below is the Ukrainian National Opera of Kyiv. The white building in the center above, is the Ukrainian National Conservatory of Music.
Friday, August 20, 2010
3RD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FOLKLORE “ETNOVYR”
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Lviv, Ukraine, Future European Union
August 20-23, 2010
For more information click here
Photo credit: Folklore festival with Lviv Opera House in background.
(c) etnovyr.org.ua 2009. Copyright controlled.
"General Motors To Launch Stock Offering": What’s Good For GM Is Good For The Washington National Opera (Including Nationalization)
Set design model by American David Korins and costume designs by American Jessica Jahn for American composer Lewis Spratlan's American classical opera "Life Is a Dream" recently premiered at the Santa Fe Opera and coming, eventually, to a renewed Washington National Opera or, alternatively, a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/WNO Project.
Images: (c) Santa Fe Opera 2010. Copyright controlled.
The American people currently have a 61 percent ownership stake in General Motors, which has made more than $2 billion in profits so far in 2010. The Obama administration invested $50 billion in the iconic American company in order to save it, and its web of suppliers, from demise; and it is now in the process of privitizing $15 billion of that $50 billion public investment in the future of America.
The American people currently feel no ownership stake in Placido Domingo's Washington National Opera.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Did The U.S. War In Vietnam End In 1975? ... Did The U.S. War In Iraq End In 2010?
World Humanitarian Day 2010
Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.
Photo credits (c) Shakil Adil and Associated Press 2010; and Damon Winter and New York Times 2010. Copyright controlled.
And Happy Apple Feast Day to my Eastern European, Georgian, and Ethiopian readers.
Photo credit: (c) emoeby via Flickr
Monday, August 16, 2010
Regaining The Sacred And Sustainability: 'Gross Domestic Product' After Middle-Class Affluence
Many Japanese spent Sunday evening floating paper lanterns down rivers, honouring the souls of the departed. This was done in the belief that this guides the spirits of the departed back to the other world.
On Monday, Japanese learned that their economy had allegedly been eclipsed by the Chinese economy as the second largest in the world. Some experts project that the Chinese GDP will exceed the U.S. GDP in 20 years time (2030).
Obon -- "hanging upside down" (Sanskrit)
OECD-Led Project on "Measuring the Progress of Societies"
Photo credit: (c) 'Blue Lotus' via Flikr.com. Copyright controlled.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
American Business Leaders Gather To Push Washington National Opera To “Design, Build, And Sell The World’s Best Classic And New American Operas”
Monday, August 09, 2010
Pan Cogito Reads The Weather Forecast For August 10: Washington 98 Degrees, Berkeley 65 Degrees, Kyiv 92 Degrees, Lviv 75 Degrees, Moscow 94 Degrees
Classical WETA Abandons Its Training Wheels: Tonight's Broadcast Piano Recital From The National Gallery Of Art Spans Haydn To Ravel & Webern
Front Row Washington tonight features Pianist Jens Elvekjaer
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob VXI:49
Variations for Piano
Miroirs: Oiseaux tristes; Une barque sur l'océan
Carnaval, Op. 9
Recorded Live in Concert at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Header credit: Washington sculptor Martin Puryear's "Plenty's Boast" 1994-1995 (c) Art21 2001-07. All rights reserved.
Red cedar and pine, 68 x 83 x 118 inches
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Purchase: The Renee C. Crowell Trust
Courtesy Courtesy McKee Gallery, New York
"I work with a lot of things besides wood, but wood remains my primary material when I want to shape or construct things. That’s the natural way that I can easily get a result. It’s very flexible, very versatile, and doesn’t require tremendous technological backup. If you’ve got the right tools, you can do it all using your own physical body power. I do have machines in the studio, but they’re used appropriately. They’re not used for every single operation. And I don’t use them for the most precise work."
- Martin Puryear
The new Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- soon to be housed in its own new, quarter billion dollar connecting building -- also has a beautiful new red cedar sculpture from the 21st century (CE) by Washington, D.C. - born sculptor Martin Puryear.
Friday, August 06, 2010
When Private Trustees Serving In The Public Interest Strongly Believe In Both National And International Classical Culture
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"Despite a rocky economy, [San Francisco Museum of Modern Art] trustees have pledged $250 million to the museum expansion effort [with scheduled completion in Spring 2016]" ...
John King "SFMOMA Job to Norwegian Design Team" San Francisco Chronicle July 22, 2010
Credits: Top photo of Snohetta designed Bibliotheca Alexandrina of 2001; and bottom photo of the firm's National Opera and Ballet Theater of Oslo, Norway of 2007.
The twenty-first century (CE) opera house, designed by Tarald Lundeval, won the
World Architecture Festival cultural award in 2008 and Mies van der Rohe European Union Architecture Award.
The Opera House was finished in 2007 with the opening event held on April, 2008. King Harald V of Norway opened the Opera House at a gala performance attended by national leaders and royalty, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.