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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 8, 2011 NEWS lIB RIEFS NESPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) LEONARDO'S MONA LISA'S SECRETS. It has recently been disclosed that while experts were examining, using strong magnifying glasses, the celebrated "Mona Lisa" painting at the Louvre, they noticed something that was totally unknown: they observed the presence of symbols and numbers in the two pupils' eyes, namely two tiny let- ters and numbers, well hidden to the naked eye. There seems to be a monogram similar to the letters L & V, which can clearly indicate the artist's initials. Inside the left eye (the right one when you look at the painting) there seems to be symbols that resemble the letters CE or B; but it is truly hard to make a clear distinction. Further- more, under the bridge's archway there are some tiny signs that seem to be "72," or when read backward they look like "L2." Many experts maintain that the signs or symbols were not inserted casually, or due to an error, but were added deliberately by the author Leonardo. What appears strange is the fact that none of Leonardo's works had ever been fully and deeply examined by experts. The discovery of the signs inside the "Mona Lisa's" eyes has excited the art world. Experts now want to find out what mysteries may exist in other Leonardo masterpieces. For instance, some experts have closely analyzed one particu- lar painting, "The Lady with the Ermine," but so far noth- ing has emerged. Meanwhile something interesting has been observed. Leonardo began painting "La Gioconda" (Mona Lisa) in 1490, but finished the work many years later. One expert has opined why Leonardo carried with him this particular paint- ing even after its completion. Why he was so fond of it? Or perhaps, as another expert has suggested, he meant to leave it for posterity, as a testimony that it even transcended the painting itself. THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF THE POMEGRANATE. WHY? This is an ancient Middle Eastern fruit, Its cultiva- tion began in Persia (now Iran) around 2000 B.C, It's believed it is one of first fruit tree grown in the old world. Around 1500 B.C. it showed up in Egypt where it became the pha- raohs' preferred fruit. It has been found depicted in tombs, seemingly to symbolize life after death. Later, around 1480 B.C., the pomegranate emerged as a symbol of Christ's Resurrection, in particular in some of the paintings of Sandro Botticelli, and also in some of Raffaello's (Raphael) masterpieces. Before 1480 B.C., the fruit's cultivation in central Turkey is mentioned in the poet Homer's Odyssey {800 B.C.). In 1492 A.D., after conquering the last Muslim strong- hold in Andalusia, Queen Isabel of Spain renamed that area "Granada," which is the Spanish word for pomegranatel In 1521 A.D., Spanish missionaries first planted the fruit in the new world. From Mexico it went to California and Texas. In 1735, botanist Linnaeus gave the fruit its botanical name: "PUNICA GRANATUM," the Latin word (punica) refers to Phoenician and granatum means "many seeded." Coming to our present times (1900-1952) the pome- granate shows up in works by Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Dali. In 2002, 100% pomegranate juice hits the market. Needless to say, consumers like and enjoy the healthy benefits. In 2003-2006, companies introduce 961 products in the U.S. market, from the "Martini" to salad dressing. If you would like to try this fruit, you need to go to a supermarket and buy some. They also taste good. Just try, for once! Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero (Continued from Page 2) tice before the state and fed- eral courts of Massachu- setts. Since appointment by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2007, he has served on the City of Bos- ton Scholarship Committee. Mr. Rauseo-Ricupero also serves on the Board of the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship, the Boston Public Library's Strategic Planning Commit- tee, and the Office of New Bostonians' Event Commit- tee, and is a member of the Boston Study Group. He earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and graduated from Harvard College, B.A., cure laude. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST:GAZETTE, )lease call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZEI-FE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani HUB BREAKS GROUND FINALLY AT FAN PIER On Tuesday, June 21, rep- resentatives from The Fallon Company joined Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick for the groundbreaking at Seaport's Fan Pier. The project is the largest com- mercial lease in Boston his- tory and will be the global headquarters for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Mayor calls this wa- terfront area the "Innovation District" and said, "People said it would never get done. This is the catalyst for other businesses to come down here and work together." The project will include two office buildings at a combined 1. l million-square-feet on the property and should be com- pleted by 2013. The buildings will raise 18 stories high with 60,000-square-feet of retail and restaurant space on the street level and un- derground parking. BIG TIME FOR FLAHERTY IN C-TOWN The Charlestown Friends of Flaherty Committee held a great Charlestown kick-off for former City Council President Michael Flaherty on June 23 at the Ironside Grill by City Square. Flaherty has always done well getting Townie folks. The crowd was large and energetic about getting Flaherty back on the City Council. WJIB LOOKING FOR YOU Bob Bitner owner and op- erator of WJIB AM740, the Memories Station is doing his summertime appeal for listener contributions to keep the station on there for another year. This year Bob's goal is $75,000. I listen to this station daily because the mix of good music is G-R-R-E-A-T as Tony the Tiger might say. WJIB is an FCC-licensed radio station, but it only has 250 watts day- times and 5 watts late into the night. It can only be picked up well inside Route 128. I once was able to keep it on my car radio until Exit 7a on Route 95, but usually after passing by Exit 11 and into Norwood, the station sounds horrible. Here's hoping that 75 grand is received at the sta- tion because Boston needs this kind of music. RON DELLA CHIESA'S NEXT CRUISE Ron Della Chiesa (Music Not Noise) is putting on an- other Summer Wind concert down on the South Shore at Raffaels at the Hingham Country Club on Thursday, August 18 with singing sen- sation Steve Palumbo. Stay tuned for more on this up- coming event. Meanwhile, check out Ron on the week- ends on WPLM 99.1 from 7pm til midnight. KUDOS TO DONNA FRENI Donna Freni has just been elected president of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council replacing Stevie Passacantelli. She is out- spoken and gets right to the point when it comes to is- sues affecting the North End and Waterfront communi- ties. Kudos to Donna as she takes office and a big thank you to Passacantelli for all his hard work over the years for his neighborhood. BUYING A BRICK IS A TIMELESS KEEPSAKE The Marion Tavern at Grand View Farm is part of the historic and cultural heart of Burlington, Massa- chusetts. Town officials are committed to restoring the property for the benefit and enjoyment of its citizens. The barn will be available for residents, business commu- nity, civic organizations and the Town of Burlington. Become a part of Burl- ington history by purchasing a brick to be. placed on the Grad View grounds. The sec- ond group of bricks will be installed later this summer. For more information, go to www. burlington.orE Grandview / GVF-index. html. For Brick information, please call Bill McDonough at 781-272-8195. Cain's Economic Vision (Continued from Page 1) people, that ladder of oppor- tunity is not there right now. They can't find a job. By un- leashing the full economic potential of our economy, we would ensure there would be a job for every home, and a career opportunity from ev- ery job. This economic vision must start with some economic guiding principles (EGP). As the saying goes, if you do not know where you are going, you will get there. We know where we are going. We're headed to a thriving land of opportunity. EGP # 1: Production must precede consumption You can't spend your way to prosperity. The Obama Administration has shown that this does not work. Most families knew that it would not work because it does not work for a household. My dad had to produce enough cash for a down payment to buy his first home before he could get the keys to the new house. He had to work three jobs at times to produce enough cash, but he did it! Production is the engine of any economic train, and con- sumption is the caboose. Before someone consumes, they must produce. The nearly $1 trillion in stimu- lus spending went into the caboose. They did not help fuel the real engine of the economy. The engine of our economy is the business sector. It has received only disdain and lectures from the Obama Administration, instead of fuel in the form of lower taxes, less reduced barriers and more certainty about less government. (Specifics will follow in next week's commentary.) EGP #2: Economic growth is the result of risk-taking Entrepreneurial spirit drives economic growth. Risk-taking is the expendi- ture of time, effort, re- sources, capital, creativity, energy and passion, all with the expectation that it will pay off, but with no guaran- tee it will do so. At the risk of his health, my dad worked three jobs with not enough sleep and rest, and little rec- reational time. It was his choice with the only kind of equity he had, sweat equity. It paid off for him. He achieved his American dreams. One of them is run- ning for president of the United States of America. Risk-taking is also the willingness to invest your capital in the ideas of oth- ers. It is the lifeblood of our economy. A capital gains tax is a wall between people with money and people with ideas. Remove the wall and more ideas will get financed, and more jobs will b.e created. It is the spirit of America. When the economy is not growing, we must reduce the impediments to growth and increase the incentives to risk-taking. It feeds the en- gine. Regulatory burdens, trade restrictions and policy uncertainty all make it more difficult for an idea to get off the ground and the result is less economic growth. EGP #3: Measurements must be dependable Imagine what life would be like if we had to wake up in the morning and check the newspaper to find out whether the hour closed at 60 minutes, whether a foot closed at 12 inches, or whether a pound was still 16 ounces. The economy would be filled with too much uncer- tainty" and eventually be- come dysfunctional. But that's exactly what is hap- pening with the most impor- tant financial unit of measure in the world, the dollar. It took my dad 12 years to save enough cash to buy that first house. He did it with the expectation that the value of the dollar would be pretty close to what it was when he started saving. It .Was, because this nation did not have the deficits have today, which is forcing infla- tion and a weaker dollar. The most solemn pledge a government can make to its citizens is to maintain the value of the currency. The 3 rd EGP states that units of measure must be depend- able. Dramatically reducing our national debt is the key to stabilizing the value of our dollar. Concluding note Prosperity is the natural state of our free-market economy if we get govern- ment out of the way, off our backs and out of our pockets. Prosperity begins with pro- duction. It requires risk-tak- ing and a stable measure of exchange. Good economic policy is guided by good principles, not politics. It's common sense. Reprinted with permission from National Northstar.