Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter Perfume...'Tableau Vivant'...A Sensual Finish ...From Paris

Who, at the first sign of frost, doesn't want to be enveloped in an oversized cashmere throw while sitting by the fire drinking something spiked and spiced? Enter the perfume equivalent to this tableau vivant. Think of the sensory warming powers of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. They not only conjure heat—they seem to emit it, stirring the senses and banishing the cold. Some say ginger binds to serotonin receptors to reduce anxiety, and it's been used for centuries by homeopaths to stimulate circulation. In scent form, it triggers a warming sensation that is at once calming and energizing. Cinnamon's seductive powers date back to at least Biblical times, appearing as the scent of the beloved in the Song of Solomon. Nutmeg is rather more elusive—simultaneously sweet and woodsy. In folk medicine, it is said to induce a soft, hazy happiness. Considered the queen of spices in India, cardamom has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and more popularly as a stimulant. In chai teas, it gives a heady lift and in Arabic coffee, a sensual finish.

Keep your gas tanks full

The top U.S. military commander is scheduled for talks in Israel this week, Israel said Sunday, at a time when the U.S. is concerned that Israel might be preparing to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed the planned visit Thursday by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. It did not give his agenda for talks with Israelis - but Iran is expected to be at the top.

Gee, why doesn't my endorsement mean anything?

Obama re-election team has celebrity endorsement wish list - TheDC

Obama with Clinton and Holder

See which stars, athletes and Washington power players have caught the Obama re-election team’s eye

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Give him an inch, he'll take a mile

Obama admin taken to court for recess appointments - TheDC

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray
National Right to Work Foundation seeks ruling that Obama's 'recess' appointments were unconstitutional

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So hard to imagine


Panic as cruise ship wrecks in Italy...

5 dead, 17 still missing...

Prosecutor says captain left ship early...

Did 'showboating' cause disaster?

'We hit a rock that should not have been there'...


Navigational devices may have failed...

Check it out

Last check for $800 Abraham Lincoln wrote the day before he was assassinated is discovered after 150 years (and it's now worth $25,000)


The Lincoln check had been made out to 'self' for $800. It is one of 70 found in a vault at Huntington Bank's Columbus headquarters in Ohio. Others include checks signed by George Washington, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Thomas Edison. Some are being displayed at branches throughout the state.

Bye-bye ice

Stunning time-lapse video shows how a glacier disappears in just FOUR YEARS


The video was taken by glacier expert and photographer James Balog and his team between May 2007 and September 2011. The time lapse footage at Alaska's Columbia Glacier shows how alarmingly fast the world his losing its glaciers.

If turning the pages on the Sunday paper is too taxing, this man has a device to help

Homeless teenager is a semifinalist in Intel Science Competition

CBS New York reporting:
Samantha Garvey has good reason to be the recipient of high fives and congratulations from the faculty and students in the hallways at Brentwood High School.

The 17-year-old senior says she cannot believe that she is one of the semifinalists in the highly prestigious Intel Science Competition, in part because she lives in a Bay Shore homeless shelter with her parents, brother, and twin sisters.

“I am currently homeless. Like I’ve said, this motivates me to do better. I do well and I pursue my passion because it’s what I have and it’s a way out, you know, and it’ll lead to better things,” Garvey told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.
Samantha Garvey and her father at Brentwood High School - Brentwood, NY - Jan 12, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Iran's belligerence on display again

An Iranian pro-reform newspaper says the country's OPEC governor has warned the country's Arab neighbors that Tehran will view any increase in crude production to counterbalance a potential embargo on Iranian oil as an unfriendly act.

The story here.

Russian space probe falling to earth now, U.S. and Canada out of range

A failed Russian probe designed to travel to a moon of Mars but stuck in Earth orbit will come crashing down within hours, likely in a shower of fragments that survive the fiery re-entry.

The unmanned Phobos Ground is one of the heaviest and most toxic space derelicts ever to crash to Earth, but space officials and experts say the risks are minimal as its orbit is mostly over water and most of the probe's structure will burn up in the atmosphere anyway.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the Phobos-Ground will crash between 1641 and 2105 GMT (11:41 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. EST). It could come down anywhere along the route of its next few orbits, which would include Europe, southeast Asia, Australia and South America. The U.S., Canada and much of Russia are outside the risk zone.

Russian space probe

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