# Monday Open Thread: June 18 is Autistic Pride Day (International)

June 18 is the 169th day of the year, there are 196 days left

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Tis Prickle-Prickle, Confusion 23, 3184 YOLD

Today's number is 18

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18 is a multiple of 9, 3, and 6, leading to suspicions that it will generate unending fractions (more later)
18 is the sum of 3 of its divisors, 3, 6, and 9
18 is argon, a noble gas
I8 is the group containing noble (inert) gases in the periodic table

The Mahabarata has 18 books, (including the Bhagavad Gita which has 18 chapters) and concerns a war between 18 armies that lasted 18 days

OK, deep breath, but first recall that 1/3 is .333 repeated forever, 1/6 is .666 repeated forever and 1/9 is .111 repeated forever.
1/18 = 0.055 repeat 5 forever
2/18 = 0.111 repeat 1 forever (1/9)
3/18 = 0.166 repeat 6 forever (1/6)
4/18 = 0.222 repeat the 2 (2/9)
5/18 = 0.277 repeat the 7
6/18 = 0.333 repeat the 3 (1/3)
7/18 = 0.388 repeat the 8
8/18 = 0.444 repeat the 4 (4/9)
9/18 = .5 (1/2)

In most countries, 18 is the age of majority
In most countries, 18 is the voting age
18 is the age of sexual consent under the Mann Act
18 is 6 pm
There are 18 chapters in Ulysses by James Joyce

Title 18 of the US Code is CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

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18 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Lentulus
(That would be Publius Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus, and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus)
Caesar Augustus introduced two of the lex Julia, the Lex Iulia de Ambitu which punished bribery when acquiring political office and the Lex Iulia de Maritandis Ordinibus which restricted marriage between differing social classes
Juba II was King of Mauretania and Lugaid Riab nDerg was High King of Ireland
Nero Claudius Drusus was victorious at the Battle of the Lupia River and then built fortresses near Bonn, Dorsten, Haltern, and Oberaden
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18 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Caesar
The Roman poet Ovid died

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On this day in:

860 -- A Rus fleet seized the Bosphorus and pillaged the suburbs of Constantinople. (This was in response to Byzantine aggression on the lower Don on behalf of the Khazars)
1429 -- Joan of Arc's forces beat the main English army at Patay.
1684 -- The Massachusetts Bay Colony's charter was revoked
1778 -- British troops abandoned Philly.
1812 -- Madison signed the US declaration of war upon the UK, how quaint.
1815 -- The Battle of Waterloo
1830 -- The French invaded Algeria, because imperialism.
1858 -- Darwin received Wallace's paper, spurring him to publish his theory.
1873 -- Susan B. Anthony was fined \$100 for trying to vote in 1872
1935 -- cops and mounties attacked striking longshoremen, injuring 60 at Ballentyne Pier, Vancouver, BC
1940 -- Charles de Gaulle made the "Appeal of 18 June"
1940 -- Winnie gave his "Finest Hour" speech
1948 -- Columbia Records introduced the long-playing record album
1954 -- Armas invaded Guatemala in a US backed coup with CIA trained troops and US supplied air forces *
1965 -- The US used B-52s to bomb suspected NLF forces in South Vietnam
1979 -- SALT II was signed
1981 -- The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk made its first flight
1982 -- Roberto Calvi's body was found hanging beneath London's Blackfriars Bridge
1983 -- Sally Ride became the first US woman in space.

* The US simply cannot stand for Guatemala to have any hint of Democracy, most recently when SOS Hillary Clinton supported and blessed a coup condemned by all members of the OAS

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Born this day in:

1845 -- Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, physician and parasitologist
1886 -- Alexander Wetmore, ornithologist and paleontologist
1902 -- Louis Alter, composer and musician
1903 -- Jeanette MacDonald, actress and singer
1910 -- Ray McKinley, singer, drummer, and bandleader
1913 -- Sammy Cahn, pianist and composer (teach me tonight)
1913 -- Sylvia Porter, economist, journalist and author
1926 -- Allan Sandage, astronomer and cosmologist
1933 -- Tommy Hunt, singer and flamingo
1936 -- Barack Obama Sr., economist
1942 -- Paul McCartney, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1942 -- Richard Perry, record producer
1942 -- Carl Radle, bass player and producer
1946 -- Maria Bethania, singer
1973 -- Ray LaMontagne, singer, songwriter and guitarist

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Died this day in:

1928 -- Roald Amundsen, pilot and explorer
1936 -- Maxim Gorky, novelist, short story writer, and playwright
1942 -- Arthur Pryor, trombonist and bandleader
1971 -- Paul Karrer, chemist
1982 -- John Cheever, writer
1993 -- Craig Rodwell, activist, founder of the Oscar Wilde Bookshop
2007 -- Hank Medress, singer and producer
2011 -- Clarence Clemons, saxophonist

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Autistic Pride Day (International)

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Waterloo

Alexander Wetmore

Louis Alter

Ray McKinley

Sammy Cahn

Tommy Hunt

Paul McCartney

Richard Perry

Maria Bethania

Hank Medress

Clarence Clemons

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picture: public domain

### good morning el and c99

I liked your comment about religion yesterday in one of the essays.

I'm off to Montgomery again today...last of the PPC rallies here. The big gathering in DC is Saturday. There's a bus leaving from B'ham Friday AM and returning Sunday AM - \$150 each. Although I've got a lot going on, I may attend.

The last time I was in DC for a big rally was 1973 at Nixon's inauguration...it was the last big anti-Vietnam war rally I attended. Isn't it interesting how the all volunteer (plus mercenaries) army quelled the anti-war movement?

We got the wars to show for it too. I ain't gonna study war no more!

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

### Good morning, Lookout, enjoy the rally. It is good that they

@Lookout
are going on and especially during a GOP administration. That will attract more Dems than if it were a Dem administration and one can hope that they will stay loyal to the cause even if the leadership changes, though the precedent with the GWB anti-war movement's massive fade under Obama is not heartening for the long run. For the moment, of course, one has to hope that they aren't met with massive violence.

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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 --

### Autistic Pride Day...More tokenism...woo hoo.

Get your cameras ready folks, 'cause if ya blink, you'll miss the photo ops of the bourgeoisie letting ASD people (And other 'differently abled' folks, for that matter) participate in society for a few minutes before throwing them away because they aren't profitable or desirable.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

### @The Aspie Corner I was working for a Sound

@The Aspie Corner I was working for a Sound Company in the late 1970's and got sent to provide Public Address system for the New York State Special Olympics.
There was a woman who was running the event that referred to the participants as "Geekers and Droolers"! Fucking Asshole Bitch!

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### Disgusting, folks like that shouldn't be in charge of anything,

@jbob let alone those specific types of events.
Good morning and thanks for reading, btw.

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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 --

### Morning, Aspie. At least they get a dribble of media attention,

@The Aspie Corner possibly informing a few more about their existence and teaching a few more about them. I find that even moderately well educated, informed, and intentioned people have very little knowledge and information with autism, starting with the fact that it is a spectrum of behaviors.

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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 --

### Portland Pride was incredibly Democratic...

Pigs everywhere putting on their best "I like the queers" face.

Water pistols handed out everywhere. (Personal thing, It pissed me off, especially when kids offered to "Shoot" me multiple times after I declined. Yes it was hot, but there was a goddamn reason I don't want to activate my triggers, and waving that thing in my face is a fast way to do it.)

Corporate America, fucking EVERYWHERE. Most of the crowd had their face in their phones, and overall it just felt like a campaign rally. Complete with nearly every speaker shouting "Fuck Trump" and demanding that we get out and vote... for Democrats. (Had there been even ONE political party other than the Dems, I would have been far more enthusiastic. Of course, the Rethugs didn't even feel the need to pander, since they've given this area up as lost)

Pride certainly didn't feel like a celebration. Apart from a few people the entire atmosphere felt like poor folks dressing up and grabbing all the freebie giveaways from the cults that they could. It felt fake. It felt artificial. Antifa were there, spoiling for a fight with the Nazis who never showed.

It felt like a drain of the energy of joy and happiness into a boring one size fits all singlet, which was emblazoned with a swoosh. Yes, I had fun, but I couldn't get the fact that pride used to CHALLENGE authority. Now we're on our goddamn knees for the pigs and the Cookoos.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

### Morning, detroit. Sad that it has come to that, but that is

@detroitmechworks @detroitmechworks the way things seem to work here. Anything that can be co-opted will be.

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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 --

### I honestly was having deja vu.

@enhydra lutris I kept seeing ancient wall frescos of Pompeii in my head, with the stalls of the bakers who would give the bread to the people for free with smiles.

It was especially vivid near the Nike and Uber booths.

And the thought reached my mind, how does any of this help us in our search for Eudaimonia?

Even the Romans gave out Bread. While not the healthiest of foods, it absolutely maintained the people for another day. Instead the Americans give out sweet sugar that does nothing. The Romans handed out plates and household goods. The Americans hand out badges and plastic toys from China. The Romans delighted in gladiatorial games. All after pride, the only thing that was on my twitter feed was discussion of Professional Wrestling.

I'm seriously having a bit of an existential crisis. I'm finding that reading philosophy is challenging my view of the world in a way that encourages my mind to be exercised. It honestly feels a bit like the pain associated with resuming physical exercise. It hurts like hell in the moment, but afterwords, the blissful reflection and gain of mental strength becomes palpable.

Edit: Left out a vital word.

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### Religious Propaganda in Texas Textbooks

And where Texas goes, the rest of the Confederacy follows. Think I'm kidding? States like Mississippi, Loisiana and Flawer'Duh are just as bad.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.