Veronica Franco (1546–1591) was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th century Venice.The daughter of another cortigiana onesta, Franco learned the art at a young age from her mother and was trained to use her natural assets and abilities to achieve a financially beneficial marriage. While still in her teens, Franco married a wealthy physician, but the union ended badly. In order to support herself, Franco turned to serving as a cortigiana to wealthy men. She quickly rose through the ranks to consort with some of the leading notables of her day and even had a brief liaison with Henry III, King of France.
A well-educated woman, Veronica Franco wrote two volumes of poetry: Terze rime in 1575 and Lettere familiari a diversi in 1580. She published books of letters and collected the works of other leading writers into anthologies. Successful in her two lines of work, Franco also founded a charity for courtesans and their children.
“When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards. Women have not yet realized this, for if they should decide to do so, they would be able to fight you until death; and to prove that I speak the truth, amongst so many women, I will be the first to act, setting an example for them to follow.”—Veronica Franco
Quotes“I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body”. Elaine Boosler“Women belong in the house… and the Senate”. Unknown“Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge”. Unknown“Man endures pain as an undeserved punishment; woman accepts it as a natural heritage”. Unknown“Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths”. Lois Wyse“Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their opressors”. Evelyn Cunningham
THE 11th DIMENSION
How about the eleventh dimension?
Science and religion are poised to come face to face as physicists begin to realize that this planet we call earth and the universe it resides in, are a part of an infinite number of universes all residing in the eleventh dimension.
In the early years of the 20th century, the atom long believed to be the smallest building block of matter was proven to consist of even smaller components called protons, neutrons and electrons, which are known as subatomic particles.
Beginning in the 1960s, other subatomic particles were discovered. In the 1980s, it was discovered that protons and neutrons ( hadrons) are themselves made up of smaller particles called quarks.
In the 1980s, a new mathematical model of theoretical physics called string theory emerged. It showed how all the particles, and all of the forms of energy in the universe, could be constructed by hypothetical one-dimensional “strings,” infinitely small building-blocks that have only the dimension of length, but not height or width. Further, string theory suggested that the universe is made up of multiple dimensions.
As we are familiar with height, width, and length as three dimensional space, and time gives a total of four observable dimensions. However, string theories initially supported the possibility of ten dimensions the remaining 6 of which we can’t detect directly. This was later increased to 11 dimensions based on various interpretations of the ten dimensional theory that led to five partial theories as described below. Super-gravity theory also played a significant part in establishing the existence of the 11th dimension.
Quantum theory is the set of rules that describes the interactions of these particles.
THE BIG BANG
We are Powerful Beautiful and Extraordinary.
Big Bang is the prevailing cosmological theory of the early development of the universe. Cosmologists use the term Big Bang to refer to the idea that the universe was originally extremely hot and dense at some finite time in the past and has since cooled by expanding to the present diluted state and continues to expand today. The theory is supported by the most comprehensive and accurate explanations from current scientific evidence and observation.
Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, although he called it his “hypothesis of the primeval atom“. The framework for the model relies on Albert Einstein‘s general relativity and on simplifying assumptions (such as homogeneity and isotropy of space).
Victoria was the daughter of Edward, the Duke of Kent and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg.
She was born in Kensington Palace in London on May 24th, 1819.
In 1837 Queen Victoria took the throne after the death of her uncle William IV. Due to her secluded childhood, she displayed a personality marked by strong prejudices and a willful stubbornness.She’d met her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, when they were both seventeen. When they were twenty, he returned to England, and Victoria, in love with him, proposed marriage. They were married on February 10, 1840.
Victoria had traditional views on the role of the wife and mother, and though she was Queen and Albert was Prince Consort, he shared government responsibilities at least equally. His death in 1861 devastated her; her prolonged mourning lost her much popularity.After Albert’s death in 1861 a desolate Victoria remained in self-imposed seclusion for ten years. Her genuine but obsessive mourning, which would occupy her for the rest of her life, played an important role in the evolution of what would become the Victorian mentality.
Prince Albert was the son of Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Germany… Victoria and Albert had nine children.
Albert was the beloved husband and trusted advisor of Britain’s Queen Victoria.A man of progressive and relatively liberal ideas, Albert not only led reforms in university education, welfare, the royal finances and slavery, he had a special interest in applying science and art to the manufacturing industry.The Prince joined the Society of Arts and became its President in 1843; in this capacity he encouraged the application of science and art to industrial purposes. Around this time two important figures, (Sir) Henry Cole and Professor Ludwig Grüner (1801–82), became closely involved with the Prince.
As an influence on architecture the Prince was significant:
Albert himself was involved in a number of design projects, including the Italianate Osborne House, (with the London builder Thomas Cubitt from 1845), the Royal Dairy at the Model Farms at , alterations at , and (an essay in the Scottish Baronial style executed by William Smith (1817–91) of ). However, Prince Albert’s importance in the history of design lies in the immense improvements that became apparent from the time of the 1862 London Exhibition, which he encouraged, but did not live to see realized.
The former became Chairman of the Society of Arts, and promoted model designs commissioned from artists which coined the term ‘art manufactures’: he was an energetic organizer, becoming Prince Albert’s chief lieutenant for the remarkable Great Exhibition of 1851 in Paxton’s Crystal Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albertopolis of which the Prince was an enthusiastic promoter.
Albert was also President of the Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes, and helped to encourage the building of exemplary dwellings: the Society erected four ‘Model Houses for Families’ as part of the 1851 Exhibition, designed by Henry Roberts and paid for by the Prince.
Victoria & Albert Movie 2001.BBC older version, is more detailed.
THE 10th DIMENSION
Imagining the Tenth Dimension
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The ultimate goal of string theory is not only to unify quantum mechanics with general relativity. The ultimate goal is to explain the spectrum of particles and forces observed in nature.
English Romantic poet John Keats was born on October 31, 1795, in London. The oldest of four children, he lost both his parents at a young age. His father, a livery-stable keeper, died when Keats was eight; his mother died of tuberculosis six years later. After his mother’s death, Keats’s maternal grandmother appointed two London merchants, John Rowland Sandell and Richard Abbey, as guardians. Abbey, a prosperous tea broker, assumed the bulk of this responsibility, while Sandell played only a minor role. When Keats was fifteen, Abbey withdrew him from the Clarke School, Enfield, to apprentice with an apothecary-surgeon and study medicine in a London hospital. In 1816 Keats became a licensed apothecary, but he never practiced his profession, deciding instead to write poetry.
Keats met and fell in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne.Keats contracted tuberculosis, and by the following February he felt that death was already upon him, referring to the present as his “posthumous existence.”He went to Rome and died there.Brawne was forever in love with him.
Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art -
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors -
No – yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever – or else swoon to death.
JOHN KEATS - 1819
A Selected Bibliography
Collections: The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats (1831)
Endymion: A Poetic Romance (1818)
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820)
The Poems of John Keats (1970)
The Poems of John Keats (1978)
BRIGHT STAR MOVIE
Is modern society more humane than medieval society?
Many people believe abortion is a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else.
I believe that in several hundred years, if civilization survives, it will look at the barbaric treatment of children in the wombs of their parents as one of the most inhumane acts in the history of civilization, perhaps even more so than the Inquisition. Living babies with heartbeats, such as this one above, are broken into pieces by a “Doctor” with a pair of four snips and the dismembered body parts of the dead baby are sucked out of the mother’s womb with a vacuum hose. Advocates of abortion say the baby is simply a part of the mother’s body, but if that is so, I can’t understand why the doctor has to count all of the little broken off arms and legs of the baby that are sucked out of the mother to make sure none are left inside.
First, a physician determines the location and size of the uterus by performing a pelvic exam. A speculum is then inserted into the vagina to visualize the cervix, then the area is cleansed. This is done to allow for the insertion of a hollow tube- called a vacurette-up through the hole in the cervix. The vacurette, which is attached to a flexible tube leading to the vacuum aspiration machine, is inserted into the uterus. The physician moves the vacurette back and forth gently in the uterus as the uterine contents are emptied. The physician will then carefully check the walls of the uterus with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette. The entire procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes. It may cause some cramping and vaginal bleeding, which is normal and varies with each woman.
Live and let live .Who is to decide???????
Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, theologian, university professor, priest, father of Protestantism, and church reformer whose ideas started the Protestant Reformation.
Martin Luther had a small head-start on Tyndale, as Luther declared his intolerance for the Roman Church’s corruption on Halloween in 1517, by nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the Wittenberg Church door. Luther, who would be exiled in the months following the Diet of Worms Council in 1521 that was designed to martyr him, would translate the New Testament into German for the first time from the 1516 Greek-Latin New Testament of Erasmus, and publish it in September of 1522. Luther also published a German Pentateuch in 1523, and another edition of the German New Testament in 1529. In the 1530’s he would go on to publish the entire Bible in German.
LUTHER’S 95 THESIS
On Halloween of 1517, Luther changed the course of human history when he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, accusing the Roman Catholic church of heresy upon heresy. Many people cite this act as the primary starting point of the Protestant Reformation… though to be sure, John Wycliffe, John Hus, Thomas Linacre, John Colet, and others had already put the life’s work and even their lives on the line for same cause of truth, constructing the foundation of Reform upon which Luther now built. Luther’s action was in great part a response to the selling of indulgences by Johann Tetzel, a Dominican priest. Luther’s charges also directly challenged the position of the clergy in regard to individual salvation. Before long, Luther’s 95 Theses of Contention had been copied and published all over Europe.
Perhaps the most ironic case in the heresy insanity was that of Lutheran Church founder, Martin Luther. When this Catholic priest successfully rebelled against the papacy, thousands were encouraged to begin thinking for themselves in matters of religion. This freedom was fostered by Luther until it included questioning his doctrines. During the Peasant’s War, Luther urged the nobility to have no mercy, and to track down and kill heretics—this time “heretics” being those who disagreed with Lutheranism. He urged trained killers to “track them like dogs and kill these children of the devil!” Taking him at his word, the nobles and their armies butchered over one hundred thousand God-fearing men, women and children. Luther later boasted that “I, Martin Luther, slew all the peasants in the rebellion, for I said that they should be slain; all their blood is upon my head. But I cast it on the Lord God …“
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso.
In 1783, the Count of Floridablanca, a favorite of King Carlos III, commissioned him to paint his portrait. He also became friends with Crown Prince Don Luis, and lived in his house. His circle of patrons grew to include the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, whom he painted, the King and other notable people of the kingdom.
“Fear is the basis of the whole – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the
parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand.”
- Bertrand Russell
In 1786, Goya was appointed painter to Charles III. After the death of Charles III in 1788 and revolution in France in 1789, during the reign of Charles IV, Goya reached his peak of popularity with royalty.
In later life Goya bought a house, called Quinta del Sordo (“Deaf Man’s House”), and painted many unusual paintings on canvas and on the walls, including references to witchcraft and war. One of these is the famous work Saturn Devouring His Son (known informally in some circles as Devoration or Saturn Eats His Child), which displays a Greco-Roman mythological scene of the god Saturn consuming a child, possibly a reference to Spain’s ongoing civil conflicts. Moreover, the painting has been seen as “the most essential to our understanding of the human condition in modern times, just as Michelangelo‘s Sistine ceiling is essential to understanding the tenor of the 16th century”.
Hollywood will have to wait for long time to see again films of such quality,films that are condemned not to have a big commercial success but films that will remain in the history of art of cinema.The “ghosts of Goya” is taking us back to a past time showing with incredible reality the conditions of this time,and helped by a great performance of the actors,Milos Forman gives us another sample of his rare directing talent.In the question which film I like most “Amadeus” or “the ghosts of Goya” I can’t decide which is greater,Mozart’s genius of music composing,Goya’s genius of painting, some aspects of their lives under the unique look of Milos Forman.
The instruments used by the Holy Inquisition
The spirit of the Holy Inquisition and the Salem witch trials lives on in the twenty-first century!