America: where all options are on the table to tackle Ebola and ISIS but not to tackle heart disease, guns and climate change.
Composer: Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Work: Schlaf nun und ruhe in Träumen voll Duft from Das Paradies und die Peri (1846)
Performer: Barbara Bonney, The Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
How Deep Is Your Love - Paolo Bernardi Jazz Trio / The Best of the Real Book, Vol. 1(2011)
Harlequin and Death - Konstantin Somov
Autumn Days - Mildred Anne Butler
Saturday morning Japan’s Mount Ontake erupted unexpectedly, sending a pyroclastic flow streaming down the mountain. Many, though sadly not all, of the volcano’s hikers and visitors survived the eruption. Pyroclastic flows are fast-moving turbulent and often super-heated clouds filled with ash and poisonous gases. They can reach speeds of 700 kph and temperatures of 1000 degrees C. The usual gases released in a pyroclastic flow are denser than air, causing the cloud to remain near the ground. This is problematic for those trying to escape because the poisonous gases can fill the same low-lying areas in which survivors shelter. Heavy ashfall from the flow can destroy buildings or cause mudslides, and the fine volcanic glass particles in the ash are dangerous to inhale. The sheer power and scale of these geophysical flows is stunning to behold. Those who have witnessed it firsthand and survived are incredibly fortunate. For more on the science and history of Mount Ontake, see this detailed write-up at io9. (Image credits: A. Shimbun, source video; K. Terutoshi, source video; via io9)
We are not enemies
The massive rally has so far stood its ground against police attempts to clear the area with tear gas, pepper spray and batons, partially with the help of umbrellas.
Happy Birthday Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton VI
4 October 1895 - 1 February 1966
"To answer a question which has been asked of me hundreds of times: Was Buster solemn and unsmiling as he always appeared in his films? NO! A thousand times no! I’ve never known anyone to laugh more than he did. In fact, when we were shooting, he spoiled many a scene by cracking up with laughter.” - Bartine Burkett, 1981