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Classical Guitar Showstoppers With Sharon Isbin Headed to Lincoln Center

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin. (J. Henry Fair)



July 4, 2019 Updated: July 4, 2019

Classical composer Luigi Boccherini was an Italian cellist, but he’s also known for a number of guitar quintets, including one that features the famous Spanish dance “Fandango” movement.

“Audiences go nuts, because there is a pacing to the movement that is so skillful and builds in such a way, with moments of relaxation and release … there’s an excitement about it, by the time it gets to the end people just leap to their feet because they’ve had this journey that is at once exotic, Spanish, and just really exciting,” said the eminent classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who can’t imagine getting tired of this well-worn piece.… READ MORE...

China Demonstrates Its Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile, But Which One?

Chinese pilots onboard the guided-missile frigate Wuhu (539) stand in formation shortly after docking at the international port in Manila, Philippines on Jan. 17, 2019. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)



Rick Fisher

July 5, 2019 Updated: July 5, 2019

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) demonstrated its anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) in exercises in the South China Sea on June 29 or 30, 2019, as recounted by unnamed U.S. government sources in a July 1 report by CNBC.

An alarming development, this exercise is likely the first open-ocean demonstration of the PLA’s ASBMs, which they have been developing since the early 1990s.… READ MORE...

Philippines to Monitor China Telecom For Spying, Cybersecurity Threats

A man walks past a China Telecom store in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province on Aug. 21, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)



June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

The Philippines will be monitoring China Telecom’s upcoming operations in the country for spying and other cybersecuritythreats, Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 20.

The country will be using a government-operated cybersecurity platform to oversee Mislatel, a new telecommunications carrier that is partly owned by China’s state-owned China Telecom, amid growing security concerns over Chinese tech companies worldwide.

“We will be the one monitoring them,” Philippines’ acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Elisio Rio told Nikkei.… READ MORE...

What Exactly Is the Holy Grail, and Why Has Its Meaning Eluded Us for Centuries?

“Sir Galahad, the Quest for the Holy Grail,” 1870, by Arthur Hughes. (Public Domain)


May 22, 2019 Updated: May 22, 2019

Type “Holy Grail” into Google and … well, you probably don’t need me to finish that sentence. The sheer multiplicity of what any search engine throws up demonstrates that there is no clear consensus as to what the Grail is or was. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of people out there claiming to know its history, true meaning, and even where to find it.

Modern authors, perhaps most (in)famously Dan Brown, offer new interpretations and, even when these are clearly and explicitly rooted in little more than imaginative fiction, they get picked up and bandied about as if a new scientific and irrefutable truth has been discovered.… READ MORE...

Huawei an Instrument of the Chinese Regime, Pompeo Says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. (Pavel Golovkin / AFP/Getty Images)



May 29, 2019 Updated: May 29, 2019

The United States, and the world, is only now awakening to the threats posed by the Chinese communist regime, including the security concerns involved with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Fox Business interview that aired on May 29.

“We’re late to the game,” said Pompeo, who used the analogy of a frog being slowly boiled alive to explain the lack of action by previous administrations in dealing with a range of security concerns posed by the Chinese regime.… READ MORE...

US Seeks to Tamp Down China’s Electric-Vehicle Supply Chain Dominance

A staff member hooks up a charging cable to an electric vehicle (EV) at a charging station in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China on July 31, 2017. (Reuters)

By Reuters

May 2, 2019 Updated: May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on May 2 to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space.

While Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers are expanding in the United States, they are reliant on mineral imports without a major push to develop more domestic mines and processing facilities.… READ MORE...

Look at how to let go of stress, whenever we notice it.

What You’re Struggling With

Why do we get stressed out, or feel anxious and overwhelmed?

Often it is because we want the world to be calm and comfortable—and it isn’t cooperating. Things are out of control, complicated, and rarely go as we imagined.

But this is the way of the world. Stress comes, not because the world is messy and chaotic, but because we desire it to be different than it is.

We have ideals for how other people should be, how we should be, how everything around us should be. These ideals aren’t a problem—the problem is that we are attached to them.… READ MORE...

Can Music Shape Your Soul?

A detail from “Song of the Angels,” 1881, by William Adolphe Bouguereau. (Public Domain)


April 9, 2019 Updated: April 9, 2019

Music expresses the quintessence of life and its events. It is precisely this universality that gives music the high worth that it has as a panacea for our woes.

Recently, while in New York, I hailed a cab. The entire vehicle was pulsating with a Jay-Z track. The thumping was so loud that my heart started to feel like a beatbox. When the fillings in my teeth felt as though they were becoming dislodged, I begged to be let out.… READ MORE...

EU Asks for Increased Efforts Against Fake News Amid Russia, China Election Interference Concerns

The flags of the European Union stand among others in the Europa building of the European Council in this file photo. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


April 16, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

BRUSSELS—The European Union has warned social media companies including Facebook they are not doing enough to stamp out fake news amid concerns foreign actors such as Russia or China will attempt to manipulate voting in upcoming EU elections.

Brussels said that the latest monthly reports it has ordered technology giants to submit on tackling disinformation showed there are “outstanding issues” over bot accounts and access for fact checkers.… READ MORE...

Say Goodbye to Your Joint Pain in 1 Hour with This ‘Cabbage Bandage’ Hack


March 19, 2019 Updated: March 19, 2019

Some vegetable-averse kids may screw up their noses in disgust, but cabbage is a miracle food. Packed full of anti-carcinogenic properties, rich in vitamins C and B6, low in calories, and an effective anti-inflammatory, cabbage has been a dinner plate staple around the world for centuries. Interestingly, Russia has the highest annual per capita consumption of cabbage in the world.

But did you know? Cabbages can also relieve joint pain!

Easy-to-make cabbage compresses can reduce swelling and ease chronic pain. They can also be used to treat the more severe pains caused by arthritis and sports injuries.… READ MORE...