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  • Libya 'a priority' in Isis fight: Renzi

    11/26/2015 10:07:04 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 November 2015 | Staff
    UPDATED: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said that the conflict in Libya was Italy's main priority, following a meeting with French President François Hollande on Thursday morning. "Libya is the next focus," he said. "We must give top priority to Libya, which is likely to be the next emergency." Hollande had called the meeting with Renzi to discuss ways Italy can support France in its military campaign against Isis. On Monday Italian media reports suggested France would ask Italy to commit soldiers on the ground in Libya, according to La Repubblica. But Renzi was still unclear as to what...
  • Anonymous Says ISIS Plans Attacks Against 'Paris And The World' Sunday

    11/21/2015 1:34:14 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 43 replies
    International business times ^ | November 21 2015 8:32 AM EST | By David Gilbert @daithaigilbert
    UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. EST -- The FBI Saturday said in a statement it is aware of an alleged threat by the Islamic State group to stage an attack on a WWE event scheduled for Atlanta Sunday evening. However, FBI Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson of the Atlanta office said the bureau did not have "specific or credible information of an attack." The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia, venue and event. ... We have ... made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law-enforcement and private-sector...
  • A NOW Word to The "TRUE" OVERCOMERS [Charismatic Caucus]

    11/20/2015 7:56:18 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-20-15 | Jedediah
    Systematic changes are in effect now for all those accessing The Highway of Holiness for Truly as you meet each waypoint in Steps of Faith , your "Knowing" what has changed from where you were to where you are now shall be entrusted to you for your hands have been found clean and your hearts free from guile for this is the road for all those that "HAVE" Overcome ! 2 Peter 1:1-11 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves...
  • Satanists seek to ally with U.S. Muslims after Paris terror

    11/19/2015 6:05:58 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 19 Nov 15 | Douglas Ernst
    The Satanic Temple has a message for alienated U.S. Muslims: Let’s be friends. American satanists who recently tried to install a bronze Baphomet statue near a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma now want to ally with alienated Muslims. The organization’s offer comes less than one week after Islamic terror attacks in Paris, France, killed 129 and injured more than 350. “If there is anyone in the San Jose region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort...
  • BELIEVE and declare your Breakthrough into SUBSTANCE[charismatic caucus]

    11/18/2015 2:39:05 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible,the joshua chronicles ^ | 11-18-15 | Jedediah,
    Your substantiality will always be found in me for I will part the waters for you in all you come against! So never let something appear as impossible but "speak grace to your mountains" proudly for as My Blood was shed for you it is I that Rend the Heavens to aid you with My healing Balm of Grace. (( ( Declare ) )) My Children everything "into substance and Being" for I AM your Sword as you speak your needs into LIFE! Step up from faith into the "KNOWING" you CAN Trust , Lean on and Rest in the...
  • 15 Islamist Kurds suspected of planning attacks arrested across Europe

    11/15/2015 9:57:57 PM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    World 15 Islamist Kurds suspected of planning attacks arrested across Europe 12/11/2015 BARCELONA, Spain - Radical Kurdish cleric "Mullah Krekar" and 14 other Iraqi Kurds were arrested across Europe on Thursday in a coordinated police swoop on Islamist militants planning attacks, Italian media reported. The Corriere della Sera newspaper said the suspects were arrested in countries across Europe in collaboration with police from Italy, the UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. A non-Kurd, a man from Kosovo, was also arrested. Among the suspects picked up for links to the Islamic State group (ISIS), seven were arrested in Italy, four...
  • Italy ups security after Jewish man stabbed

    11/13/2015 6:52:38 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 11 replies
    The Local it ^ | Nov. 13, 2015 | staff
    Italian authorities said on Friday that security would be increased at "sensitive" sites across the country after a Jewish man was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Milan on Thursday night. *snip* There are suspicions that the assailant could have been an Arab woman.
  • 'ISIS Plot To Kidnap British Diplomats' Is Busted: Four Men Arrested In England Are Among 13 Held

    11/12/2015 6:33:13 AM PST · by Fennie · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2015 | By Katie Louise Davies
    Four men have been arrested in raids across England over fears an ISIS-supporting terror cell were plotting on the dark web to kidnap British diplomats in an attempt to get their leader freed from a Norwegian jail. The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) detained the men after Italian officers swooped on a European jihadist network. Investigators said the network was trying to free Norway-based fundamentalist preacher Najmuddin Ahmad Faraj - also known as Mullah Krekar - who is listed as a terrorist by the United States and United Nations. Italian anti-terrorism chief Giuseppe Governale told a news conference in...
  • Renaissance capitalist: New research answers mystery about illegitimate daughter of pope

    01/07/2009 11:43:19 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies · 795+ views
    University of Southern California ^ | Jan. 7, 2008 | Unknown
    How did the sister of Machiavelli's prince get so wealthy during an economic downturn?In popular legend, Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1480- 1519), stands falsely accused of poisoning her second husband. Victor Hugo portrayed her in thinly veiled fiction as a tragic femme fatale. Buffalo Bill named his gun after her. But new research by USC historian Diane Yvonne Ghirardo reveals that the only sister of Machiavelli's Prince was less interested in political intrigue than in running a business, undertaking massive land development projects that "stand alone in the panorama of early sixteenth-century projects, not only those initiated by women,"...
  • Italy's Medici Murder Plot Solved

    02/25/2004 10:53:57 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 574+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 2-24-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italy's Medici Murder Plot Solved By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Lorenzo dei Medici Feb. 24, 2004 One of the most notorious crimes of the Renaissance, the attempted assassination of Florence's grandest son, Lorenzo dei Medici, has been solved more than 500 years later. Known as the Pazzi conspiracy, the plot was led by Francesco dei Pazzi, whose banking family had resented for years the Medici climb to power. The Pazzi plotted to kill Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano during a High Mass in the city's cathedral in April 1478. Wounded, Lorenzo managed to escape and barricade himself behind the...
  • What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image.

    11/09/2015 12:24:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 116 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | June 17, 2015
    What exactly did Jesus look like? Both as a child and then as an adult? It's a question that's been asked for centuries. An Italian scientific team decided to look into it, using the latest technology. The team used the Holy Shroud as a starting point to try and depict Jesus' appearance. GIOVANNI TESSITORE Technical Director, Italian State Dept. "One of the tasks this police department carries out quite often is facial reconstruction. So everything from describing facial features to comparing them. This is our starting point, so we used the Holy Shroud as our base and went from there."...

    11/06/2015 2:41:39 PM PST · by NYer · 76 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 5, 2015 | DAN NOSOWITZ
    Mulberry Street, where New York's "Little Italy" is centered, c. 1909.  (Photo: Library of Congress)“Don’t eat gabagool, Grandma,” says Meadow Soprano on an early episode of The Sopranos, perhaps the most famous depiction of Jersey Italian culture in the past few decades. “It’s nothing but fat and nitrates.” The pronunciation of “gabagool,” a mutation of the word "capicola," might surprise a casual viewer, although it and words like it should be familiar to viewers of other New Jersey-based shows like the now-defunct Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, where food often drives conversation. The casts are heavily Italian-American, but...
  • Italy's first Neanderthal dates back 250,000 years

    11/06/2015 4:55:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | November 4, 2015 | unattributed
    Neanderthal man arrived on the Italian peninsular some 100,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a study set to be published this month. The discovery was made after researchers analyzed radioactive deposits that were found in sediments present inside two Neanderthal skulls unearthed in a gravel pit Saccopastore, Lazio, in the 1930s. The site of the dig is now occupied by an eastern section of Rome's ring road. "The results of our studies show that the Saccopastore remains are 100,000 years older than previously thought -- and push back the arrival of Neanderthal man in Italy to 250,000 years...
  • Saint Rita of Cascia, Out of the Rocks of Lebanon [Catholic Caucus]

    11/05/2015 4:41:07 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 5, 2015 | SUB-DEACON ANTOINE ANTOUN
    Beirut/Aleteia ( – How appropriate that this was done by someone from Lebanon, and from the rocks of Lebanon, specifically from Tartej. From these rocks, Nayef Alwan, who is from Aitou al-Zgharta in Lebanon, sculpted the statue of Saint Rita. This statue will be erected at the birthplace of Saint Rita—at the entrance of the town of Cascia, Italy—which is at the intersection of the roads between Cascia and Roccaporena.Alwan Nayef, of Lebanon, was the winner chosen out of many who had submitted miniature sculptures of the Saint to the town of Cascia. The statue was first flown to...
  • Let Refugees Settle Italy’s Empty Spaces

    11/04/2015 1:02:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2015 | Beppe Severgnini
    AS Europe frets over what to do about the hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring onto the Continent, it occurs to me that the ancient Romans, as they so often do, might offer a solution. The ancient Romans used to reward their legionnaires with plots of land, through a system known as “centuriation.” The Romans adopted the system in the fourth century B.C., when Rome was still a vibrant republic. But it lasted for hundreds of years, involving former servicemen from all over the empire.
  • JESUS "IS" LORD [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/28/2015 2:09:09 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Your obligation to Me is a standard of excellence drenched in worship and intimacy for it is only in the secret place that secrets are revealed and it is by My spirit these scrolls are opened and revelation knowledge speaks wisdom through understanding for I AM The Jot and Tittles you Truly seek and come through intimacy to know. So let it be this knowledge you use for I AM THE WORD and MY WORD is only revealed through Me for I AM THE SPIRIT and My freedom is the understanding of KNOWING ME for I alone am your Rabbi,...
  • The Joy of The Lord[charismatic Caucus]

    10/27/2015 12:35:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The "JOY" of The LORD is much more than just a depth or width for truly its Harmony has a frequency all its own . My Joy IN YOU is as a ( ((Gusher)) ) rising up into the eternity that you ARE in Me and Hallelujahs are the piercing arrows of righteousness that not only penetrate darkness with light but overtake it and explodes a Chorus of worship from Your heart that IS The WellSpring of life I have placed in you. So "rise up WellSpring for The Voice of Many Waters is calling to you for His Glory....
  • Show me the way to Mordor: Unique map of Middle-Earth with Tolkien's hand-written notes

    10/25/2015 4:16:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    The artifact provides an amazing insight into Tolkien's mind - including his observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as the city of Oxford. It also suggests that Ravenna in Italy is the inspiration behind Minas Tirith, a fictional city that became the heavily fortified capital of Gondor. And it references Cyprus, Belgrade and Jerusalem.
  • Italian mayor announces fund that will give anyone 250 euros towards the cost of a GUN

    10/24/2015 6:58:12 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    An Italian mayor has vowed to pay citizens 250 towards the cost of a gun after accusing the country's government of failing to protect 'honest Italians' with its 'jail-emptying laws'. Gianluca Buonanno, the Northern League mayor of Borgosesia in Piedmont, northern Italy, announced his plans for a new firearm fund on Facebook. He said he was doing so to allow people to 'defend themselves from delinquents, who the government is privileging'.

    10/22/2015 3:52:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 22, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    The Islamic Republic of Iran is already reaping diplomatic dividends from the disastrous nuclear deal it entered into last July with the P-5 + 1 nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be visiting Rome Italy next month, marking his first trip to a European Union capital. His trip will include a meeting with Pope Francis. Rouhani will then be moving on to Paris. It is a victory lap by the president of a regime that got virtually everything it wanted in the deal, and is choosing selectively which portions...
  • Gay Unions: Italy Set to Spurn Church

    10/20/2015 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Local-Italy's News in English ^ | 10/19/15 | Angela Giuffrida
    Italys civil union bill finally reached parliament on Thursday. Any previous attempts to get the law passed have been thwarted by the Catholic Church. But the Churchs influence over gay rights seems to be on the wane. Two days after Italys Senate voted to curtail its powers, premier Matteo Renzi swiftly got to work on the next cornerstone of his mandate: the civil union bill. With Italy being the last major state in western Europe not to offer gay couples any legal rights, Renzi is under mounting pressure to usher the law in, pledging several times to get it passed...
  • Anti-Immigration SVP Wins Swiss Election In Swing To Right

    10/18/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 15 replies
    Reuters via OANN ^ | October 18, 2015 | Joshua Franklin
    The anti-immigration Swiss Peoples Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sundays national parliamentary election, initial projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union. The result, based on initial projections by Swiss TV, gives the SVP 65 seats in the 200-member lower house of parliament, the largest number for any Swiss party in at least a century. The SVPs success, coupled with gains made by the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), led political commentators to talk of a Rechtsrutsch move to the right in Swiss politics. Immigration was...
  • Christ Jesus our Vault of Knowledge[ Charismatic Caucus]

    10/16/2015 1:15:17 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My word of knowledge is found within the River of Revelation flowing from My Throne and its source( the Manifold Wisdom of My very Virtue Pure and Holy) and as my Scribes that carry The Signet ring that sings Selah( Let It Be So) You carry in your mouth the access of My Jot and Tittles of Restoration That I AM, For I AM The Answer(Foundation Stone) to all questions, strategies, blueprints and formulas for I AM The YES and AMEN of Everlasting that Graces all mercies and completes Fulfillment of Holy Truths . . . Revelation 22:1 22 Then...
  • Natural gas pipelines under construction will move gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe

    10/14/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Construction or preliminary work has begun on three new pipelines designed to flow new supplies of natural gas from Azerbaijan to consumers in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy. For more than a decade, companies have been announcing proposals to build new natural gas pipelines to connect natural gas resources in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East with consumers in southern Europe. In contrast to the three new pipelines considered in this article, most of these projects have failed to advance. These three new or expanded pipelines would reach from Azerbaijan's eastern edge on the Caspian Sea to Italy's southeastern...
  • Playground Pig Offends Muslims (What doesn't?)

    10/08/2015 5:57:31 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 10/7/2015 | Pamela Geller
    The question isnt, does it offend Muslims?; the question is, what doesnt offend Muslims? The google translation is awkward, but you get the picture. Se un maialino a dondolo offende Allah, Il Non solo i crocefissi nella aule mancano di rispetto ai credenti musulmani ora ci si mettono anche i maialini Italy: If a pig rocking offends Allah (thanks to Religion of Peace): Not only crucifixes in classrooms disrespectful to Muslim believers now we bring you even piglets Mary Tagliazucchi Mon, 10/5/2015 In our home. Not only crucifixes in classrooms disrespectful to Muslim believers now we bring...
  • Report: President Erdogan's son has settled in Italy with his family

    10/07/2015 11:14:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | unattributed
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger son Bilal Erdogan, who was one of the prime suspects in Turkey's largest corruption case ever which was revealed on Dec. 17-25, 2013, has settled in the city of Bologna in Italy, along with his wife and children following the June 7 parliamentary election in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that President Erdogan founded lost its majority in Parliament, a Turkish daily has reported. According to the Cumhuriyet daily, Erdogan's son moved to Italy following the election to continue his Ph.D. education at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in...
  • Qaddafi Warns France: If I Go Down, You Will Be Flooded With "Millions Of Blacks" (2011)

    10/04/2015 12:24:12 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 7, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Qaddafi's latest gambit: Convince the European public that they really want him to stick around, with all the stability that entails. "There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean."
  • Oldest human footprints found on volcano

    03/12/2003 12:47:19 PM PST · by CobaltBlue · 41 replies · 752+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 12 2003 | Hazel Muir
    Oldest human footprints found on volcano 19:0012March03 news service The trails of footprints (A and B) have as many as 27 steps (Image: Paolo Mietto and Marco Avanzini) Three primitive humans who scrambled down a volcano's slopes more than 325,000 years ago left their footprints fossilised in volcanic ash. If the ages of the trails are confirmed, they could be the earliest known footprints of our Homo ancestors. Paolo Mietto of Padua University and his colleagues examined three tracks of footprints on the Roccamonfina volcano in southern Italy, known to locals as...
  • 'Devils' trails' are world's oldest human footprints

    11/06/2008 5:42:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 2,752+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 13, 2008 | Catherine Brahic
    It's official: the oldest human footprints ever found are 345,000 years old, give or take 6000. Known as the "devils' trails", they have been preserved in volcanic ash atop the Roccamonfina volcano in Italy. The prints were first described to the world by Paolo Mietto and colleagues of the University of Padova in Italy in 2003 after amateur archaeologists pointed them out. At the time, the team estimated that the prints were anywhere between 385,000 and 325,000 years old, based on when the volcano was thought to have last erupted. Now, Stphane Scaillet and colleagues at the Laboratory of Climatic...
  • Lethal Thermal Impact at Periphery of Pyroclastic Surges: Evidences at Pompeii

    06/18/2010 5:51:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 367+ views
    Public Library of Science ^ | June 2010 | Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo, Pierpaolo Petrone, Lucia Pappalardo, Fabio M. Guarino
    The evaluation of mortality of pyroclastic surges and flows (PDCs) produced by explosive eruptions is a major goal in risk assessment and mitigation, particularly in distal reaches of flows that are often heavily urbanized. Pompeii and the nearby archaeological sites preserve the most complete set of evidence of the 79 AD catastrophic eruption recording its effects on structures and people. Here we investigate the causes of mortality in PDCs at Pompeii and surroundings on the bases of a multidisciplinary volcanological and bio-anthropological study. Field and laboratory study of the eruption products and victims merged with numerical simulations and experiments indicate...
  • Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs: the Roman diet revealed

    06/14/2011 4:45:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Nick Squires
    Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs were among the delicacies enjoyed by ordinary Romans, British archaeologists have revealed after discovering a giant septic tank at one of the ancient cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius... Archaeologists found a treasure trove of everyday artefacts after digging up nearly 800 sacks of compacted human waste from the tank, which lies beneath the remains of a Roman apartment block in Herculaneum, destroyed after it was buried by ash from the volcano in AD79. The British team has found hundreds of objects, including bronze coins, precious stones, bone hair pins and an...
  • Mount Vesuvius [ erupted and buried Pompeii et al, August 24-25, A.D. 79 ]

    08/27/2011 7:54:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Wheeling Jesuit University ^ | January 18, 2011 | ETE Team
    Pliny the Elder's ship approached the shore near Pompeii. Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker as the ships drew near, followed by bits of pumice and blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames . . . Meanwhile on Mount Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasized by the darkness of night. (pp. 429, 431) But they could not land because the shore was blocked by volcanic debris, so they sailed south and landed at Stabiae. Hoping to quiet the frightened people, the uncle asked to be carried to the...
  • Fish Sauce Used to Date Pompeii Eruption [ garum / liquamen]

    09/30/2008 4:30:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 6,769+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Monday, September 29, 2008 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Remains of rotten fish entrails have helped establish the precise dating of Pompeii's destruction, according to Italian researchers who have analyzed the town's last batch of garum, a pungent, fish-based seasoning. Frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption that covered Pompeii and nearby towns nearly 2,000 years ago with nine to 20 feet of hot ash and pumice, the desiccated remains were found at the bottom of seven jars. The find revealed that the last Pompeian garum was made entirely with bogues (known as boops boops), a Mediterranean fish species that abounded in the area in the summer months of...
  • Reading the Writing on Pompeiis Walls

    08/01/2010 12:30:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Smithstonian ^ | 7/27/2010 | Kristin Ohlson
    Rebecca Benefiel stepped into the tiny dark room on the first floor of the House of Maius Castricius. Mosquitoes whined. Huge moths flapped around her head. And much higher on the ick meterher flashlight revealed a desiccated corpse that looked as if it was struggling to rise from the floor. Nonetheless, she moved closer to the walls and searched for aberrations in the stucco. She soon found what she was looking for: a string of names and a cluster of numbers, part of the vibrant graffiti chitchat carried on by the citizens of Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted in...
  • Ancient Greek Bronze Fished From Sea Dazzes Italy

    04/01/2003 11:15:04 AM PST · by u-89 · 35 replies · 4,070+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 01-04-03 | Estell Shirbon
    Ancient Greek Bronze Fished from Sea Dazzles Italy By Estelle Shirbon ROME (Reuters) - Italy unveiled an ancient Greek bronze statue of a dancing satyr on Tuesday, five years after Sicilian fishermen dragged it from the Mediterranean seabed in one of the most important marine archaeological finds ever. The 2,500-year-old satyr went on public display inside Italy's parliament in Rome, where it will spend two months before being moved to a permanent home in Mazara del Vallo, the fishing village in western Sicily nearest to where it was found. "The sea has given us back an extraordinary heirloom of our...
  • Clues to Roman Illnesses in 2,000-Year-Old Cheese

    10/10/2002 11:02:29 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 49 replies · 681+ views
    Clues to Roman Illnesses in 2,000-Year-Old Cheese Oct. 9 By E. J. Mundell NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A tiny piece of cheese, carbonized in the volcanic eruption that killed the citizens of Pompeii, is yielding up secrets as to how ancient Romans ate, lived and died. Using an electron microscope, anthropological researcher Dr. Luigi Capasso of the State University G. d'Annunzio in Chieti, Italy, has been able to pinpoint goats' milk cheese as a prime source of brucellosis--a debilitating joint disease that ravaged the ancient world. "Roman cheese was an important and continuous source of possible infectious...
  • Pope Francis criticises Romes mayor

    09/30/2015 11:03:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 30, 2015
    Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of MercyPope Francis criticised the mayor of Rome during an in-flight press conference on the way home from America, according to Italian media reports.The Pontiff reportedly referred Mayor Ignazio Marino as someone who “professes to be Catholic”.Speaking on the flight home to Rome, Francis was asked whether he had invited the mayor, a supporter of same-sex marriage and euthanasia, to join him in Philadelphia.He is reported to have replied: “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”The Holy Father reportedly...
  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tibn
    Balzacs Sarrasine tells the story of a young womans wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied. Then the face: That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...

    09/14/2009 4:07:12 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 124 replies · 3,259+ views
    A great explosion is about to come , Destroying things not of my kingdom , Prophecies told about to unfold , Things new wiping out the old , The storehouses of God's lightning released , Disturbing things now resting in peace , Ancient walls suddenly cut down , Nothing left but burnt glass on the ground , As paper mache burnt and blown away , A prophecy of the past happening in one day , A blink of the eye and nothing left to see , Yet all the nations witnessing God's majesty , A turning point in a war...
  • Italy's Berlusconi says Crimea split from Ukraine was democratic

    09/28/2015 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-27-2015
    Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Sunday the Crimean people had made a democratic choice to split from Ukraine and hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world's greatest political leader. Earlier this month, Berlusconi became the most prominent Western politician to visit the Black Sea peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year in a move that has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington. Pro-Russian separatists are fighting the Kiev government in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that will most likely be raised at a meeting on Monday in New York between U.S. President Barack Obama and...
  • Did Italy Just Assassinate Libya's Migrant Smuggling Kingpin?

    09/27/2015 1:08:44 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09.26.15 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    ROME For months, humanitarian aid workers and Europes leaders have been wringing their hands about how to stop the human traffickers who are responsible for the deluge of migrants and refugees making the dangerous crossing from Libyan ports to European shores. There has been talk of everything from destroying smugglers ships to infiltrating the traffickers networks, but apparently a more basic plan was also in the works. On Saturday morning Salah Al-Maskhout, a former henchman for Muammar Gaddafi thought to be the mastermind behind the main Mediterranean trafficking ring operating in the seas between North Africa and Europe, was...
  • UAW Names Fiat Chrysler as Lead Target in Big Three Contract Talks

    09/14/2015 2:09:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Fox Business ^ | September 14, 2015
    The United Auto Workers union will accelerate its bargaining efforts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile in the hopes of hammering out a template for a new labor contract the other two Detroit auto makers will match. The choice of Fiat Chrysler's FCA US unit as the target company for shaping the new contract, disclosed by the union on Sunday, kicks off an intense negotiating period expected in part to focus on a two-tier wage system that has financially benefited auto makers but rankled workers. The UAW's current contract with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor expires on Monday, but labor...
  • Serena Williams loses at US Open, misses Grand Slam

    09/11/2015 11:59:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 85 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 11, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. tennis star Serena Williams lost the semifinal round at the U.S. Open Friday afternoon. She was upset by Roberta Vinci of Italy. Williams was chasing a calendar Grand Slam, which hasn't been done since 1988, when Steffi Graf did it.

    09/11/2015 9:16:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Septemer 11, 2015 | Sarkis Zeronian
    More than 40,000 migrants who arrived in Italy this year have refused to be identified. Italian police say many choose to remain unknown hoping to move on to other EU member states. Of the 122,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy so far this year, figures released by the Servizio di Polizia Scientifica (SPS) show only about 81,000 have agreed to be identified. Italys ANSA news agency reports that those refusing to undergo identification processes are mainly Eritreans, Somalis and Syrians according to SPS director Daniela Stradiotto. She explained:
  • Third of migrants in Italy refuse ID

    09/10/2015 6:51:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    ANSA ^ | 9/10/15
    About a third of the migrants that have reached Italy so far this year have refused to be identified, according to Italian police. Syrians and Eritreans are among those most likely to refuse to be identified upon arrival, forensic police chief Daniela Stradiotto told a parliamentary commission. Out of the 122,000 people that have arrived on Italian shores this year, 41,000 people have refused identification. EU regulation requires immigrants' asylum applications to be handled by the country they first reach. But many of the migrants do not wish to stay in Italy, rather they are hoping to reach countries such...
  • Scientists report Stone Age flour production

    09/09/2015 1:29:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, September 7, 2015 | PNAS
    Researchers report early evidence of flour production by ancient humans. Recent interest in ancient diets has led to the collection of extensive data about the variety of plants eaten by early humans and ancient food processing capabilities. Marta Mariotti Lippi of the University of Florence and colleagues analyzed the residues from an ancient grinding tool to gain further insight into food processing practices of the Early Gravettian culture of ancient Europe. The tool was found in Grotta Paglicci in Southern Italy in 1989 and dates to more than 32,000 years ago. Residue samples from the tool contained a variety of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Distorted Green Flash Sunset over Italy

    09/08/2015 9:19:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | September 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This was one strange sunset. For one thing, the typically round Sun appeared distorted, geometrically, and multiply layered. For another, some of these layers appeared unusually green. The Sun, of course, was just fine -- its odd appearance was caused entirely by its light refracting in the Earth's atmosphere. When layers of the Earth's atmosphere are unusually warm, layers of the Sun may appear distorted or even seen multiple times. The effect is most strong nearest sunrise and sunset when terrestrial inversion layers occupy distinct altitudes above the horizon. Different colors of the Sun may also become deflected by...
  • Italian Court: No Proof Amanda Knox Was at Murder Scene

    09/07/2015 10:58:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/07/2015 | Breitbart News
    ROME (AP) - Italys top criminal court says it threw out murder convictions against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend because there was absolutely no proof they were at the scene of her British roommates slaying. The Court of Cassation on Monday issued its formal written explanation, as required by Italian law, for its March ruling vindicating the pair once and for all in the legal battle over the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
  • African Migrants Protest Monotonous Italian Food Riot and Slash Workers Tires

    09/07/2015 10:09:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 101 replies ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Hundreds of North African immigrants clashed with police in Bresso, near Milan, Italy last week. The immigrants were upset about their living conditions and the failure of authorities to issue residence permits.Immigrants in Veneto refused to eat the pasta provided by local officials. They wanted to be fed food from their home countries.They immigrants then slashed the staff workers tires.
  • EU Soon to Decide on Labeling 'Settlement' Produce

    09/05/2015 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/15
    The European Union will soon render its decision on whether to label goods produced by Jews in Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the conclusion of a summit of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg, EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said a special committee would soon submit its conclusions on the issue. "The work of the committee dealing with the issue is coming to a close - these are the last steps before we submit the conclusions," she said. Luxembroug's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that in his opinion labeling Jewish-made goods produced across the Green Line was an important policy....