Monday Open Thread; April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (United States) Bwahahahahahaha!

April 16 is the 106th day of the year, there are 259 days left

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Today is also Sweetmorn, Discord 33, 3184 YOLD
(for the discordians amongst us)

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Today's number is 16

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16 = 4 squared and 2 to the fourth or 4**2 and 2**4. Coincidence? I don't think so.
(I know of no other number that is both a**b and b**a where a is unequal to b)
16 is the base for the Hexadecimal numeral system, aka Hex
Counting in Hex runs from 0 to 9 then A,B,C,D,E, and F for 10 through 15
Hex is used a ton in computer science, computers and computing
16 is sulfur
There are 16 ounces in a poundallowfullscreen>

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Title 16 of the US Code is CONSERVATION

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16 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Ahenobarbus and Scipio
Caesar Augustus reorganized the German provinces and made Trier their capital.
(Trier just installed at least one traffic control light with charactures of Karl Marx on thw wait and walk lenses to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth there)
Elsewhere in 16 BCE,
Roman legate Marcus Lollius was defeated by a Germanic horde. This was/is called "The Lollian Disaster" because the German raiders bagged the legionary standard (the Eagle).

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16 CE
was the Year of the Consulship of Taurus and Libo
A Roman army of 50,000 men commanded by Germanicus won a victory at Idistaviso, defeating the German war chief Arminius and recovering the lost eagles of Varus' legions. (Those were the 3 eagles Varus lost in 9 BCE, not the paltry lone eagle Lollius lost in 16 BCE.)

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On this day in:

0073 -- Masada fell to the Romans
1520 -- The Revolt of the Comuneros started in Castile
1746 -- The Battle of Culloden
1818 -- The US Senate ratified the Rush--Bagot Treaty setting the Canadian border
1862 -- The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act became law
1908 -- Natural Bridges National Monument was created
1912 -- Harriet Quimby was the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel
1917 -- Lenin returned to Petrograd from Switzerland
1919 -- Gandhi organized a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre
1941 -- The Ustase was put in charge of Croatia
1943 -- Albert Hofmann discovered the hallucinogenic effects of LSD
1961 -- Castro declared he was a Marxist--Leninist and that Cuba would adopt Communism.
1963 -- MLK Jr. wrote the Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Born this day in:

1755 -- Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, painter
1800 -- George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, military idiot **
1844 -- Anatole France, writer
1867 -- Wilbur Wright, engineer, inventor, bicyclist, pilot
1900 -- Polly Adler, madam and author
1908 -- Ray Ventura, bandleader
1922 -- Kingsley Amis, novelist and poet
1924 -- Rudy Pompilli, saxophonist
1929 -- Roy Hamilton, singer
1929 -- Ed Townsend, singer and songwriter
1930 -- Herbie Mann, flautist and composer
1935 -- Bobby Vinton, singer
1939 -- Dusty Springfield, singer
1943 -- Lonesome Dave Peverett, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1947 -- Gerry Rafferty, singer and songwriter
1956 -- T Lavitz, composer and keyboard player
1958 -- Ulf Wakenius, guitarist
1963 -- Jimmy Osmond, singer and Osmand
1971 -- Selena, singer and songwriter

** One of 3 clowns responsible for ordering the Charge of the Light Brigade, causing a Fench observer (Bosquet) to comment "C'est magnfique, mais ce n'est pas le guerre: c'est de la folie."

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Died this day in:

1788 -- Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, mathematician, naturalist, cosmologist, encyclopediste
1846 -- Domenico Dragonetti, bassist and composer
1850 -- Marie Tussaud, sculptor, founder of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
1859 -- Alexis de Tocqueville, historian and philosopher
1958 -- Rosalind Franklin, chemist, biophysicist, and X-ray crystallographer
1968 -- Edna Ferber, novelist, short story writer, and playwright
1988 -- Khalil al-Wazir, founded Fatah
1992 -- Andy Russell, singer
1994 -- Ralph Ellison, novelist
1999 -- Skip Spence, songwriter, singer, and musician

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C., United States)
National Healthcare Decisions Day (United States)

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Healthcare decisions

Albert Hoffman

Rudy Ponpilli

Roy Hamilton

Ed Townsend

Herbie Mann

Bobby Vinton

Dusty Springfield

Gerry Rafferty

Ulf Wakenius

Selena

Andy Russell

Skip Spence


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It is seriously unlikely that I will be here to interact when this posts. Should I fail to respond to comments, please just assume that I am out somewhere under an open sky with no signal and no regrets as to that state of affairs. Either that, or I am in some tasting room studiously focusing upon my researches. In any event, everybody have a great day.

picture is My Happy Pills Bottle by Lottie

It's an open thread, so do your thing

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Enjoy all of the tasting experiments, Happy Monday!

PD Editorial: Regional Measure 3 will improve the local transportation network

Umm, no it won't. Fool me once, etc.. I've been approving money for more cars in the Bay Area like a dumb-ass since I started voting in the 80s, what did I get? More cars! Duh.

There’s still work to be done to relieve traffic congestion — Highway 101 hasn’t been widened through Petaluma or the Novato Narrows, SMART doesn’t yet extend north of Santa Rosa, and Highway 37 has become both a major bottleneck and a warning beacon for the potentially destructive effects of rising sea levels.

I don't know where all of the money I already voted for was spent, widening 101 is not going to slow global warming one bit so shut the fuck up please. Shove your asphalt where the sun don't shine if you are selling electric cars as a peaceful future. Where are you gonna get the lithium for your freedom batteries? Afghanistan? Fuck that shit. NV doesn't have enough lithium to power the next capitalist revolution, so NOPE. No more unsustainable bullshit, that's what I say. Park it.

Thanks! Have a nice day.

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@eyo @eyo

...but that's not even on the radar. There seems no answer to restructuring the capitalist system into a system of common good and sustainability.

Oddly I find myself hoping for the collapse of the evil American empire in order to save our species. Where do you get them happy pills?

Hey el have a fun vacation. Legend has it the 16th is sweeet!

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

@Lookout thanks I like the electric train idea too. I don't know why our planners continue to allow employers to congregate in overpopulated areas, and not contribute to housing or transportation in any meaningful way. It's not that complicated, except for the crony capitalists, they are always creating interference with their public/private nonsense excuses.

Reverse is not a fun gear to be in, at the end. In the beginning, for the young there is always hope, there is always another gear to try. At the end, for old people who tried to make a better world and failed miserably, it's a hard exit. I just want some peace.
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Everyone Wants a Peace

NP: Long John Baldry - It ain't easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekw62Hp-3Hw

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@Lookout remember reading about it awhile back. Has panels on board and large solar powered recharging stations on either end of the line. This is an old refurbished metal monster from wayback. Wish progressive thinking could cross pollinate in the west.

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Intelligence is being redefined as the ability to repeat ever more complex instructions.

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@QMS
refurbs second hand.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@Lookout
inherent contradictions. No luck so far.

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@eyo
downtown Pomona (at the Fairplex) so it is another relocation day. Up and over thru Fillmore and Santa Paula to Ventura and then up 1/101 to a state beach up north of Goleta.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris Sea Weed: Marijuana Washes Ashore In Santa Barbara County lol

And you know about the soft shoulders, it is raining and they are not getting any harder, or wider, or safer. So just stay on the asphalt until you get to Goleta. Thanks for the vicarious road trip, I am really enjoying it. The only thing missing is a lot of photos, so I am just using my imagination. Ocean Grown grin.

bzzt
OG Kush

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@eyo

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@eyo

for sea weed, we might see weed?

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Let's fix that - appropriately

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@Alligator Ed

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

what do you get if you load sixteen tons? Huh? Huh?

Ed Townsend has an interesting bio. Among other things, how many doo wop singer-songwriters were lawyers? And he co-wrote Let's Get It On, with Marvin Gaye. Purple heart, too, which I imagine may not have been handed out to African Americans lightly during the Korean War.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Townsend

Sorry to have come so late to the party, but, though numbers make my fingernails itch, I love your OTs and could not resist.

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@HenryAWallace
or getting a purple heart. Thanks.

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as in the fog of war, anything may be promulgated. Alas, some think Shakespeare a fool; conjured in hyperbole, misleading community, and the 'better butter.'

Betty Botter says it best, 'a bit of better butter makes the batter better.'

Long day's drive to 'pre-op.' Snowing as i went down the mtn. and snowing when i returned. Nice to see Spring down below.

Thanks for the OT as we travel a little with Charlie.

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@smiley7 the weather. Sunny but cool here; SAnta Rosa island visible offshore to the south.

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