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A linguistic League of Nations

Some time ago, a question followed my discussion of sound-symbolic and sound-imitative sl-words (March 13, 2019): “What about slave?” Obviously, as I replied, not all words of a certain phonetic structure belong to the same homogeneous group. Yet ever since, I have been planning to write something about this tricky subject. Slave would not have deserved special attention if it were not so close to Slav. By way of introduction, I decided to devote some space to the use of ethnic names in words an...
Tags: Books, Britain, Pennsylvania, Geneva, Essex, Fowler, Hollander, CC BY SA, Hollands, Cobham Brewer, Hrothgar, James A H Murray, Hrothgar Beowulf, Wealhtheo, J R Skelton Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons As, André Chivinski


10 Easy Pieces: Modern Bridge Faucets

As a counterpart to our recent story on traditional bridge faucets, here we present a set of bridge styles with modern lines, from spout to handle. Here’s a look at our 10 favorites. Above: The Hansgrohe Axor Montreux Widespread Faucet Bridge (16511001) is available in Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Polished Nickel; $834.20 at Kitchen & Bath Authority. It’s also available with cross handles. Above: Seen here is the Rohl Perrin & Rowe Holbron U-Spout Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray an...
Tags: Books, Geneva, Modern, Brass, Hudson New York, Stainless Steel, Faucets & Fixtures, Kitchen Faucets, 10 Easy Pieces, Lefroy Brooks, Kallista, Product Discoveries, Sidespray, Montreux Widespread Faucet Bridge, Nickel Silver Brushed Nickel Gunmetal, Unlacquered Brass


What makes the EU, the UN, and their peers legitimate?

The first “Brexit” is almost a century old, and it did not even involve Britain. It occurred on 14 June 1926, when Brazil notified the League of Nations it would leave the world organization. Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Venezuela, and Peru, together with Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan, followed in the 1930s. These mass withdrawals from the League were widely interpreted as a sign that the organization was in crisis.Brexit is not a singular phenomenon. In legal...
Tags: Books, Japan, Politics, UK, New York, Featured, France, China, Singapore, India, Africa, US, David Cameron, Eu, Britain, United States


The birth of exoplanetary science

The University of Geneva’s Michel Mayor and his graduate student Didier Queloz were the first to discover a planet orbiting a distant star much like our own Sun. Meticulously ruling out, one after the other, alternative interpretations of their measurements, in October 1995 they announced the discovery of the planet designated 51 Pegasi b, now known as Dimidium, orbiting the star 51 Pegasi, since named Helvetia. Michel Mayor presented the discovery to an international assembly of astrophysicists...
Tags: Books, Astronomy, Technology, Featured, France, Physics, Sun, Switzerland, Geneva, Jupiter, Exoplanets, Astrophysics, Hot Jupiters, La Silla, Observatory, Florence Italy


Alexa, Siri, and Google Don’t Understand a Word You Say

Amazon Voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri have come a long way in the last few years. But, for all their improvements, one thing holds them back: They don’t understand you. They rely too much on specific voice commands. Speech Recognition is Just a Magic Trick
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Ge, Nsa, Siri, Geneva, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Alexa Google, Google Home, Alexa Siri, Amazon Voice, Magic Trick Amazon Voice, Geneva Alexa


Twelve philosophy books everyone should read: from Plato to Foucault [slideshow]

Every year the third Thursday in November marks World Philosophy Day, UNESCO’s collaborative “initiative towards building inclusive societies, tolerance and peace.” To celebrate, we’ve curated a reading list of historical texts by great philosophers that shaped the modern world and who had important things to say about the issues that we wrestle with today such as freedom, authority, equality, sexuality, and the meaning of life.  The Republic by Plato (427-347...
Tags: Books, Featured, Unesco, Slideshow, Philosophy, Geneva, Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft, Adam Smith, Plato, Foucault, Sartre, Locke, Simone, Hume, Mill


Adopting Gun-grabber Arguments on ‘Common Use’ Ignores Intent of Second Amendment

What is the reason the Second Amendment exists? (American militia firing at the British infantry from behind a split rail fence during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781: Illustration by Don Troiani, National Park Service) U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- “New industry statistics underscore popularity of ‘America’s rifle,’” the National Rifle Association declared Friday. “During a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein ludicrous...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Supreme Court, America, Bloomberg, United States, Geneva, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Miller, Trump, Nra, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, National Rifle Association, Heller


Life in the future

Remember when Space Force sounded dumb? Well, Putin may have beaten us to the punch: U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon Maneuvering satellite part of Moscow space warfare buildup Russia has deployed a suspicious satellite the United States says is part of Moscow’s plans to attack orbiting satellites in a future conflict, a State Department official revealed in Geneva on Tuesday. Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, made the acc...
Tags: Guns, Putin, Russia, Uncategorized, United States, Moscow, Geneva, State Department, Space Force, Yleem Poblete


Review: The Banker's Wife

Summary: On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines...
Tags: Books, New York, United States, Geneva, Grant, Matthew, Marina, United Bank, Annabel, Julie P, Grant Ellis, Cristina Alger, Matthew Werner, Swiss United, Marina Tourneau, United Marina


Wars of national liberation: The story of one unusual rule I

If someone was to make a ranking of the most controversial rules of international law, Article 1(4) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions would very likely make the top 10. The Geneva Conventions themselves probably need little introduction; these four international treaties were adopted in the aftermath of World War II and now form the core of international humanitarian law (IHL). Each of the Conventions is designed to alleviate human suffering during wartime by protecting a distin...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, Israel, US, South Africa, Ronald Reagan, Portugal, Geneva, Geneva conventions, International Law, Aldrich, Wikimedia Commons, IHL, International Humanitarian Law, Humanitarian Law


Trust in face-to-face diplomacy

President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, are due to meet for a historic summit in an as yet undisclosed location to try and resolve the nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula. For academics that study the potential of face-to-face diplomacy to de-escalate and transform conflicts, the summit – assuming it actually takes place – is a fascinating case for testing the validity of their theories and prescriptions. The meeting of Trump and Kim raises the tantalizing pos...
Tags: Books, North Korea, US, Gorbachev, Reagan, United States, Ronald Reagan, Geneva, Kim, Donald Trump, ICBM, Trump, Holmes, Kim Jong, John Bolton, Kim Kim


In Pictures: the First American Divorcee to Marry a British Royal

Royal Crisis: The December 12 1936 issue of Weekly Illustrated Meghan Markle is not the first divorced American to marry into the Royal Family. In 1936, King Edward VIII revealed that he intended to marry an American socialite and divorcee, and this sensational news rocked Britain, taking the country to the brink of constitutional crisis. Cover girl Meghan Markle Wallis Simpson was the Baltimore-born woman at the eye of the storm. Her first marriage to a US naval officer ended in divorce in 1...
Tags: Books, UK, England, New York, Wales, France, Germany, US, Bbc, Fbi, Britain, United States, Paris, Royals, Diana, Geneva


The Great Unwritten About : Six Good Reads

This month's round up of reading, books I don't want to feature in extended blog posts but would hate you to miss out on. Notes written in my journal the minute I turn the final page but as always, less wordage is no indication of lesser books.   Lullaby ~ Leila Slimani   Deeply unsettling, totally compelling. The children are dead in the first paragraphs of the book. Mila and Adam's nanny Louise is responsible, her attempts at suicide have failed, the rest of the book is going to chart the j...
Tags: Books, India, 2018, Geneva, Plymouth, David Mitchell, Florence, Mary, PAUL, Andrew, Jason Taylor, Adam, Samoa, New Guinea, Louise, Mila


Philosopher of the month: Jean-Jacques Rousseau [timeline]

This January, the OUP Philosophy team honors Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) as their Philosopher of the Month. Rousseau was a Swiss writer and philosopher, considered important for his contribution to modern European intellectual history and political philosophy. He is best known for Social Contract (1762) with its famous opening line: “Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains.” Rousseau’s books attracted both admiration and hostility during his lifetime and exerted profound influence on...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, House, Paris, Switzerland, Philosophy, Geneva, Timeline, Wikimedia Commons, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, Rousseau, Philosopher of the Month, OUP Philosophy, Timelines


Devil Dog Arms Releases New 1911 Pistol Line To U.S. Market

Devil Dog Arms 1911 Pistol GENEVA, ILLINOIS –-(Ammoland.com)- Marrying classic features to an ultra-modern design, Devil Dog Arms has released a full line of modern 1911 pistols to the US Market. These masterpieces of engineering and manufacturing innovation are now available in 3.5”, 4.25” and 5” Standard or Tac Rail models, featuring a 3-slot Picatinny rail forward of the trigger guard.“It’s truly an honor to launch such a unique interpretation of the classic 1911 design,” states Tommy Thack...
Tags: Guns, US, America, Geneva, DDA, DFS, Thacker, Firearm News, New Guns, Tommy Thacker, Devil Dog Arms, Tom Thacker, Tac Rail, Two Tone Stainless Steel, DDA LLC, Anderson Blvd Geneva IL


9.5 myths about the Reformation

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to the doors of Wittenberg Castle Church. But how much of what we think about it is actually true? To coincide with this occasion, Peter Marshall addresses 9.5 common myths about the Reformation. 1. The Protestant Reformation started on 31 October 1517, when Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. The foundation-myth of the Reformation. Luther wrote ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, Scotland, Germany, Religion, History, Rome, Ireland, Switzerland, Strasbourg, Geneva, Catholic, Francis Bacon, Luther


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Arms Trade Treaty

by Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen Shotgun Shell Lock Ban Arms Trade Treaty AmmoLand Gun News USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- A funny thing happened on the way to the attempted disarmament of sovereign nations, in Geneva, this past September 2017. The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) began to show the spider cracks of failure. We knew it would happen, but not as rapidly as it appeared during the third annual meeting.The mutiny of member nations against the ATT proponents has begun.The idea of a global ...
Tags: UK, Guns, France, Saudi Arabia, US, Earth, Canada, Philippines, Att, Un, Geneva, John Kerry, Yemen, Long Island, South Carolina, New York State


Behold the “Book Wheel”: The Renaissance Invention Created to Make Books Portable & Help Scholars Study (1588)

Devotees of print may object, but we readers of the 21st century enjoy a great privilege in our ability to store a practically infinite number of digitized books on our computers. What's more, those computers have themselves shrunk down to such compactness that we can carry them around day and night without discomfort. This would hardly have worked just forty years ago, when books came only in print and a serious computer could still fill a room. The paper book may remain reasonably competitive...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Technology, College, History, Atlantic, Geneva, Venice, Seoul, Wilson, Facebook Twitter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Daniel Libeskind, Megan Garber, Colin Marshall


Rant from the road: resort horticulture by Elizabeth Licata

Mirbeau Vacations are always busmens’ holidays for gardeners. Whether it’s a tropical paradise, a stateside resort, or a European capital, gardeners can’t help but notice what’s planted, where it’s planted, and how well it’s designed. We don’t actually work on the gardens where we stay, but we’re doing it in our heads. Over the past week, I’ve been on holiday in New York state: Skaneateles, Clayton (1000 Islands), Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, and Geneva, on a more-or-less circular itinerary. ...
Tags: Mirror Lake, Gardening, New York, Geneva, Monet, Lake Placid, Skaneateles, Elizabeth Licata, Real Gardens, Garden Rant, Vernonia, Mirbeau Vacations, Mirbeau, Mirror Lake At Mirbeau, Boldt Castle, Mirror Lake New York


Keep the Arms Trade Treaty on Its Downward Spiral

First published at Heritage.org , see original article for complete footnotes. The U.S. Goal at the Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty: Keep the Treaty on Its Downward Spiral. Keep the Arms Trade Treaty on Its Downward Spiral Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The third annual Conference of States Parties (CSP3) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held from September 11–15, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.The United States has signed—but not ratified—the ATT. ...
Tags: Guns, Congress, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senate, Russia, Barack Obama, Iran, West, United States, Heritage, United Nations, Att, Geneva, State Department, San Marino


The Red Cross in Nazi Germany

Built on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and violence and to provide them with assistance. But despite being one of the world’s most revered aid organizations, the ICRC has a complicated and unsettling history. The following excerpt from Humanitarians at War examines the disconnect between the ICRC and German Red Cross during the Holocaust. Cries for help for concentrat...
Tags: Books, Sweden, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, Munich, United States, Geneva, Red Cross, Nazi, Hitler, Mussolini, Icrc, Great Britain, Hartmann, International Committee


The Socialite Family Book: Lifestyles of the Young and Chic, French Edition

“I am genuinely enthralled, inspired and continuously curious about contemporary families,” says Constance Gennari. The Paris-based former children’s fashion reporter and mother of two also happens to be a design obsessive, and for those of us who share her fixations, The Socialite Family, Gennari’s four-year-old website, has become required weekly browsing. Instead of bloodlines and bank accounts, personal style and true cool are Gennari’s criteria. Of course, prime real estate also comes into ...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Paris, Geneva, Antoine, Numero, Georges, Remodel & Renovation, Constance Guisset, Clarisse, Required Reading, Designer Visit, Farmhouse Style, French Style, Constance Gennari, Gennari


Rousseau, self-love, and an increasingly connected world

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers of the eighteenth century French enlightenment period. Born in Geneva in 1712, Rousseau made important contributions to philosophy, literature, and even music. The work that initially made him famous is the Discourse on the Sciences and Arts, his submission to an essay contest put forth by the Academy of Dijon in 1750. Rousseau’s answer to their prompt “Has the restoration of the sciences and arts tended to purify morals?” won the pr...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Featured, Enlightenment, History, Paris, Literature, Philosophy, Geneva, Locke, Hobbes, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Rousseau, Arts & Humanities, Online products


A reading list for Euroanaesthesia 2017 in Geneva

This weekend anaesthetists from across the globe are descending upon Geneva for Euroanaesthesia, Europe’s largest annual event focusing on anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, intensive care, emergency medicine, and pain treatment. We’ll be heading out there too, and the interactive bookcase below will give you a sneak peek at what we’ll have available at stand 81a! A full list of the resources in our interactive bookcase is also listed below: Regional anaesthesia of the upper limb – sample ch...
Tags: Books, Featured, Anesthesia, Reading List, Journals, Geneva, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Health & Medicine, Wikimedia Commons, Thinglink, Pain Medicine, Oxford Journals, Euroanaesthesia, Science & Medicine, Online products


Does foreign meddling in elections matter?

Ever since the exposure of the covert Russian intervention in the 2016 US election, questions have arisen about the effects that foreign meddling of this type may have. Before these events transpired, I had begun studying the wider question, investigating whether partisan electoral interventions by the US and USSR/Russia usually effect the election results. Although they usually get far less international attention and media coverage then various violent forms of meddling, partisan electoral int...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, US, Journals, Geneva, International Relations, 2016 Presidential Election, Social Sciences, Yugoslavia, Oxford University Press, Slobodan Milosevic, Milosevic, United Nations Office, International Studies Association, USSR Russia


Will there be justice for Syria?

The war in Syria has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Syrian people, and affected many others. Since the war began in March 2011, several hundred thousand people have been killed. Some 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, and over 10 million people have fled their homes – with 4 million fleeing Syria altogether. This has led to further tragedies, with displaced populations vulnerable to exploitation and death in their search for refuge, even as militants in Syria plot attacks on...
Tags: Books, Germany, Spain, Syria, United Nations, International criminal court, International court of justice, Cambodia, Un, UN Security Council, Geneva, Republic, Guatemala, Council, Darfur, Kosovo


Proust's complaint about neighbours' loud sex among treasures in French sale

Letter from ‘jealous’ author, as well as another by Gustave Flaubert defending Madame Bovary will be sold from collection worth an estimated €3mA treasure trove of letters and diaries revealing the secrets of some of France’s greatest literary figures is about to go on sale in Paris. Correspondence and journals by Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo and Marcel Proust are among 230 lots to be sold alongside a rare first edition of Galileo’s Discorsi on 26 April.Amassed by Geneva-based Jean Bonna, who h...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Culture, Heritage, Paris, Geneva, Gustave Flaubert, Proust, Marcel Proust, Galileo, Victor Hugo, Bonna, Manuscripts, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert Victor Hugo


Disable notifications for update in Calibre (MacOS) in classrooms

Hi, We are preparing the software which will be used by our students (12-16 years) in Geneva, on our Mac labs and Calibre will be present. This software won't be updated during the school's year, so is it possible to disable notifications for update on every launch oc calibre, when an update is available ? It will be great for our students. Thanks in advance Christian
Tags: Books, Recipes, Geneva


Letter: John Berger’s European haunts

Quincy in the commune of Mieussy in the Haute Savoie was not where John Berger made his first home in mainland Europe. In 1962 he moved to Geneva, where his then wife, Anya Bostock, was working. There, too, he met the photographer Jean Mohr, whose stark black and white images were central to several of his books. He also began to collaborate with the film director Alain Tanner, writing scripts for The Salamander (1971), The Middle of the World (1974) and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (19...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, UK News, World news, Hungary, Art and design, Geneva, Provence, Jonah, Savoie, Quincy, John Berger


Petina Gappah: ‘I want to write about what makes us into an unkind society’

The prizewinning Zimbabwean author on tackling everyone from Mugabe to aid workers – and her homeland’s sense of humourPetina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer. Her debut short story collection, Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book award, and she has published one novel, The Book of Memory. Her new collection of short stories, Rotten Row, is published by Faber.These short stories are linked by the theme of crime and justice. Why did you choose that as your focus?In 2010, I read two collec...
Tags: Books, Germany, Fiction, Africa, Culture, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Geneva, Short Stories, Mugabe, Faber, Petina Gappah, Ferdinand von Schirach



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