Sunday Open Thread: March 25 is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today's date is also Prickle-Prickle, Discord 11, 3184 YOLD (for you Discordians out there)

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World History this day

1306 – Robert the Bruce became King of Scots
1807 – The Slave Trade Act outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire.
1957 – The European Economic Community was established
1996 – The EU banned the export of British beef and byproducts due to BSE

US History this day

1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh was given a patent to colonize Virginia
1894 – Coxey's Army set out for Washington, D.C.
1911 – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 workers
1931 – The Scottsboro Boys were arrested in Sweet Home Alabama and charged with rape
1947 – The Centralia #5 coal mine explosion killed 111 miners
1957 – US Customs seized copies of Ginsberg's "Howl" for being obscene, fuckers
1965 – Civil rights marchers finished their march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Science & Technology this day
1655 – Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan.
1979 – The Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center

The Arts this day
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace

Misc. this day
1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing "The Necessity of Atheism"

Birthdays of Note this day

1699 – Johann Adolph Hasse, singer and songwriter
1741 – Jean-Antoine Houdon, sculptor
1867 – Arturo Toscanini, cellist and conductor
1881 – Bela Bartok, pianist and composer
1881 – Mary Webb, author and poet
1903 – Frankie Carle, pianist and bandleader
1904 – Pete Johnson, pianist
1912 – Melita Norwood, civil servant and spy
1915 – Dorothy Squires, singer
1918 – Howard Cosell, sportscaster
1923 – Bonnie Guitar, singer, songwriter. and guitarist
1925 – Flannery O'Connor, short story writer and novelist
1929 – Cecil Taylor, pianist and composer
1932 – Penelope Gilliatt, author, critic, screenwriter
1934 – Johnny Burnette, singer and songwriter
1934 – Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist
1938 – Hoyt Axton, singer and songwriter
1939 – Toni Cade Bambara, writer, activist, filmmaker
1942 – Aretha Franklin, singer, songwriter and pianist
1947 – Elton John, singer, songwriter, pianist, producer

Deaths of Note this day

1918 – Claude Debussy, composer
1931 – Ida B. Wells, journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist,
1958 – Tom Brown, trombonist
1965 – Viola Liuzzo, civil rights activist
1988 – Robert Joffrey, dancer, choreographer, co-founded Joffrey Ballet

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So now some music


Sir Walter Raleigh

Selma to Montgomery March

John and Yoko

Bela Bartok

Frankie Carle

Pete Johnson

Cecil Taylor

Johnny Burnette

Hoyt Axton

Aretha Franklin

Elton John

Calude Debussey


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Photo: Image from page 24 of "The gospel of slavery : a primer of freedom" (1864)

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smiley7's picture

OT this morning; history, births and deaths entwined, inseparable in the larger kaleidoscope proving that individuals do change the course especially when standing together and giving me a simple reminder that history does matter and man's societal evolution is painted in blood.

Damn a pendulum which swings to good and doesn't stay...the why escaping me as always.

Yesterday's March gives me hope mixed with memories of battles won yet left to fight again and and again as the perpetual war continues dulling me as well with regrets that i should have contributed more given opportunities i've enjoyed.

Ginsberg and the Bohemians and we hippies weren't 'Howling' at the moon, we were attempting to take flight to find meaning and peace and i think it could undo us all if we see yesterday in quaint colors as Maya reminds us, 'the tide will rise.'

Thanks for stirring these thoughts and have a good day, hopefully with a little California sunshine.

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@smiley7 @smiley7
comment reminds me of all the cudgels I took up and all the causes I fought for (and still do) in one way or another. It also reminds me, as I am so often reminded, of how many of the victories turned to to be temporary, whether they were cultural shifts, government regulations or judicial decrees. Yet, time marches on and so must we, and the youth are now marching (again). Sad that they must, good that they do, but for how long?

Each year brings more history to learn and to learn from, but how much is told and how much hidden, how much truth and how many lies and distortions? I wish them luck and good fortune, but we all know that it will be a bear. Perhaps enduring music and art is, in the last analysis, the best hope and instructor. Isn't Guernica worth far more than 1,000 words, but, still, it needs many words and recited facts to set the scene and paint the background so that it can speak.

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Another half inch of rain last night as spring continues to unfold. I had forgotten about John and Yoko's bed-in for peace...all we are saying...

I still hope for peace. Even the necks here in the south are sick of our senseless wars. Heard a couple of hillbillies saying we need to take care of our country and quit spending everything overseas. The time is ripe...if we only had a megaphone. Perhaps the teachers and students will provide us a voice?

Thanks for the tunes and OT, el. All the best!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout
had good weather for a couple of weeks, so that the spring garden could be set up and more or less on autopilot by now. Time is shortening.

Its funny, most of my life the cry to spend here instead of abroad was all about cutting foreign aid, while we dumped ever more into overt and covert wars, the MIC, and the CIA and its follies and crimes. I'm still not sure that folks really understand how much we continue to pour into that rathole.

Hey - it's a jobs program. Fine, take every warrior stationed in secure places like Japan, Germany, and the like and bring them home and pay them to spend their money here instead of over there. That alone would help the infrastructure and economy. That's without shutting down all of our actual warring, warmaking and warpimping.

Let's stop the crusades and crusaders, the results are in, they invariably accomplish disruption, death, and disturbance that benefits none. Piles of treasure and lives destroyed for nothing. In the end is is a continuing monumental transfer of wealth, energy and life from the non-elites to the elites. The former have to seriously learn that they aren't invited in and never will graduate to elite status, and that they need to become levellers in order that they can live out their days in some sort comfort and accomplish such worthwhile and satisfying things as they might.

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@enhydra lutris

not the oligarchs take will have the last word. That's what I heard.

"Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word" -Louis Pasteur

Have a good day and enjoy your growing garden!

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@Lookout
one.

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@enhydra lutris and could act the act amongst the wealthy. There was not much in common. And I learned. I did not have much in common.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

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@riverlover
be thrown in the AP classes, so I ran with some of the more rebellious bourgeoise kids as well as the scrufty set. It was muy interesante. I can't pass because I never really tried, I'm just an educated po boy a long way from home and an unrepentent 60s radical to boot. I couldn't hide it if I tried, and I don't.

Have a great day and Power to the People!

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I am hoping to be brave enough to venture outside. I have fallen in snow/ice combos three times of three days. I would like to get some garbage down the driveway, much held for the winter. Monthly bills and tags on 20 lb that must also be on each bag. Also slow on recycling, a different day, same company, multi-state.

We are living in perilous times now (Bolton????). Meanwhile I have not looked at my income at all, either from SS survivors or AXA. I have yet to trigger TIAA. And still have not gotten my largish inheritance from my mother's will.

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@riverlover

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Good old Cocaine!

Won't even cure one's bacon addiction.....

Wink

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@thanatokephaloides
C17H21NO4? Recall saddle bags full on a bike so fast in a straight away; Smile

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@smiley7

carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen...but i'm only a soil chemist. Never did do much pharm studies. Know how to grow pot though. Just wish they would let me do so in Alabama - Sessions home base.

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@Lookout the company store to an Alabama dentist from Birmingham, Dr. Thomas Brigham, the father of Southern skiing! Smile

Not the easiest seed to germinate on a window sill in memory, but possible.

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@smiley7

Brings a smile, here, what is C17H21NO4?

Cocaine. Expressed as formula without subscript fonts.

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@thanatokephaloides

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@thanatokephaloides @thanatokephaloides secret. In the menu above this typing window, the 4th box from the right is less than followed by greater than. Those symbols, as a pair, create html when they enclose a proper set of characters. "sub" is the set of characters for subscript. Thus, I should be able to go H2O and get aqua. I typed my less than and such, so that is H sub 2 /sub O where both the sub and /sub are enclosed in the less than greater than pair. I've never used the menu -- well, how about H2O - JtC's menu key puts the symbol and you replace the included prompts "code" with "sub". et voila!

supercripts are sup such as a2 + b2 = c2

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@enhydra lutris
or did i step into a private conversation making fun; if this is the case, my apologies.

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@smiley7
Any agua filtered through this rig would be, for certain, impure. Wink

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@smiley7

or did i step into a private conversation making fun; if this is the case, my apologies.

Not at all. enhydra's HTML lesson is useful to us all; comments and questions from any are therefore welcome.

Please get to know the "ropes" of this site, caucus99percent, like the back of your hand. Should my worst fears be realized, and all non-conservas and those of us who aren't reliable acolytes of the Church of Limousine Political Correctness get hurled out into utter darkness, they will be coming here to seek the community and the refuge that is theirs by right as thinking human beings. In many cases they'll need a little help making the transition, especially if they never used DK version 4. So let's be ready to pitch in and assist if necessary.

Because I fear it may well become necessary.

-- me, from my first Essay here

And it did become necessary. As I prophesied, the Ides of March Decree, complete with plenty of banhammers, came down at Daily Kos, and we here were the designated lifeboat for such freethinking progressives as refused to let Markos Moulitsas, Bubba Clinton, and Company do our thinking for us.

Even two years and change later, the need to pass "hints and tricks" around has not diminished. So we all still share. It's part of the c99 culture, and I for one am proud of it!

Smile

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@enhydra lutris

In the menu above this typing window, the 4th box from the right is less than followed by greater than. Those symbols, as a pair, create html when they enclose a proper set of characters. "sub" is the set of characters for subscript. Thus, I should be able to go H2O and get aqua. I typed my less than and such, so that is H sub 2 /sub O where both the sub and /sub are enclosed in the less than greater than pair. I've never used the menu -- well, how about H2O - JtC's menu key puts the symbol and you replace the included prompts "code" with "sub". et voila!

Multo grazie! ευχαριστώ!

Now I can be a little clearer with C17H21NO4 !!

Smile

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