Monday Open Thread: October 15 is the 288th day of the year

October 15 is also Pungenday, Bureaucracy 69, 3184 YOLD (discordian)


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So, in the earlier history of this OT series I beat the numerical significance of 15 and 15 related items and phenomenon to death. I've never addressed 288 before, however. Perhaps that's because 288 is too two gross. Heh. It's also 32x9 = 25 x 32. Beyond that, I really got nuthin', but, the Mathologer gets some interesting mileage out of 288






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On this day in:



1783 – The Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon made its first piloted test flight. It was tethered to an 80 feet tether and piloted by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier. It is believed that Étienne Montgolfier actually took the first ride in the brothers' back yard, but the official honors go to Rozier.



1928 – The Graf Zeppelin made its first trans-Atlantic flight. It became the first commercial transatlantic passenger aircraft line in the world.



1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducted the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first three oral contraceptives. Now we know why the forced birther dipshit in chief wants to wall Mexico off.



1956 – Fortran was released into the wild, being shared with the coders for the first time.



1965 – The first bust for burning one's draft card took place at an anti-war ralley in Manhattan, relying upon a new amendment to the SS act making it illegal.



1966 – Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. All hell broke lose. To quote da wiki:

At its inception on October 15, 1966,[5] the Black Panther Party's core practice was its armed citizens' patrols to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members.[6] The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children Programs, and community health clinics to address issues like food injustice. The party enrolled the largest number of members and made the greatest impact in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover called the party "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country", and he supervised an extensive counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment, and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership, incriminate party members, discredit and criminalize the Party, and drain the organization of resources and manpower. The program was also accused of assassinating Black Panther members.

Lessee now, was murdering Fred Hampton while he slept in his own bed an assassination or not? You be the judge.



1969 – Over 2 million people participated in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a combinatin teach-in and demonstration at numerous sites across the US. Naturally the war continued unabated, because wars are good business, no matter how many die.



1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up the USSR. This soon resulted in a situation where the US could claim no exitential threat to justify its obscene war machine and warfare budget. After a period of trying to find a replacement it decided to just rekindle the cold war with the possible added side benefit of re-establishing gangster capitalism with more US oligarchs in the mix.



1991 – The "Oh-My-God particle" was spotted. This was a cosmic ray of extraordinarily high energy particle vastly in excess of anything our accelerators could generate.



2011 – The October 15, 2011 Global Protests "United for #GlobalChange" took place in more than 950 cities and 82 countries. Serious change was, oddly enough, not forthcoming.


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Born this day in:



1608 – Evangelista Torricelli, physicist and mathematician



1844 – Friedrich Nietzsche, composer, poet and philosopher



1858 – John L. Sullivan, boxer. I dunno, seems like they should've been buds.



1905 – C. P. Snow, a very divisive author



1906 – Victoria Spivey, singer, songwriter, and pianist



1912 – Nellie Lutcher, singer and pianist



1916 – Al Killian, trumpet player and bandleader



1917 – Paul Tanner, trombonist



1920 – Mario Puzo, writer of business management texts and manuals



1925 – Mickey Baker, guitarist



1934 – Alan Elsdon, trumpet and flugelhorn player



1935 – Barry McGuire, singer, songwriter, and guitarist



1938 – Marv Johnson, singer, songwriter, and pianist



1942 – Don Stevenson, singer, songwriter, and drummer



1946 – Richard Carpenter, singer, songwriter, pianist, carpenter




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Died this day in:



1976 – Carlo Gambino, businessman



2013 – Donald Bailey, drummer



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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:



Breast Health Day (Europe) Oh my god, you can't do that here! What's with you?

Global Handwashing Day
(In honor of Lady Macbeth)
World Students' Day

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (United States)


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Nellie Lutcher





Al Killian





Paul Tanner





Mickey Baker (Mickey & Sylvia)





Alan Elsdon (Ledbetter, heh)





Marv Johnson





Donald Bailey





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Lookout's picture

an "Oh My God Particle"? I may have seen one. Knocked me over.

Guess I'll wash my hands of it.

Thanks for the OT and music. Have a good one everybody.

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

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@Lookout Those omg particles look a bit like neutrinos without their shells. Zipping right thru us as if we were made of air. Wink Tickles the sub cortex.

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Question authority = civil disobedience

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since you are engaged in ablutions. Don't get too carried away, or folks may begin to suspect you of things, like Lady Macbeth.

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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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Yesterday I watched an interview with an historian named Morris Berman. I had never heard of him. His big thing seems to be that the grand historical project of the 21st century is the end of capitalism, and that the US is headed for good old collapse for end of empire/disruption to the social order type reasons.
He is a subscriber to the idea (I'm sure there's a name for this) that history doesn't pivot on individuals, but rather that individuals rise to power because they fit the needs of the time. If it wasn't that individual it would be someone similar to fill the same role.
And he says that Trump is the man of the hour. His historical role is to destroy America. To accelerate our collapse by wrecking our standing in the world, our economy, our justice system, our election system, the Supreme Court. If Clinton had been elected she would have kicked the can down the road a couple more years, but with El Trumpo it's pedal to the metal, full steam ahead to collapse.

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I like this world. It's not perfect, but everything I love is in it.

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@WoodsDweller
damage as Herr Drumpf, but in different ways and with a different emphasis here and there.

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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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Question authority = civil disobedience

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@QMS
the music.

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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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...and if so, do they wash their hands before they dine?

The God Particle is Dead.

For Nietzsche:

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Is very bad to steal Jobu's Rum, is very bad...

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@jobu
with a polenta+bacon crust and a leek filling.

The god particle never really was, it was a simple misreading of the nature and energy of the Pere Ubu particle.

Thanks for the tune and thanks for reading.
Have a great day.

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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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running out the door... thanks for the ot -- will read later. have a good one Smile

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@magiamma

You come to a point where you see that there is some nonsense here. But from something that is true, nonsense can't follow. So that means what you started with has to be nonsense in the first place. And it means that the opposite of what you started with has to be true...

Therefore: The oligarchy was nonsense in the first place ?

Thanks for the linky! Smile

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Your clever OT brought to mind many decades ago an old actress i worked with, a good friend, who did her best to educate me in reading tarot cards and number 15, the Devil Rider, came to mind. "The shadow when reversed releases the bindings."

An apropos metaphor?

Anyways, morning conversations with neighbors talked of our strange weather, it's the middle of Oct. and the leaves haven't changed, and it's muggy, very strange to me and the old-timers living here; impacts of the two hurricanes changing the Gulf Stream or something; doesn't feel natural; trying to explain this eludes me, but i feel it in the bones.

Otherwise, busy catching up here with being away from home for weeks; lots of chores.

Thanks for the fun OT and comments.

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@smiley7
looks highly reminiscent of Baphomet. For me, releasing the bindings is of no import, for I do not ski. Your mileage may differ. The Tarot, naturally, sends me off to check the I Ching:

Wilhelm's translation -
I Ching Hexagram 15 - Ch'ien / Modesty
hexagram 15
Above K'un the Receptive, Earth

Below Ken Keeping Still, Mountain

Introduction
This hexagram is made up of the trigrams Ken, Keeping Still, mountain, and K'un. The mountain is the youngest son of the Creative, the representative of heaven and earth. It dispenses the blessings of heaven, the clouds and rain that gather round its summit, and thereafter shines forth radiant with heavenly light. This shows what modesty is and how it functions in great and strong men. K'un, the earth, stands above. Lowliness is a quality of the earth: this is the very reason why it appears in this hexagram as exalted, by being placed above the mountain. This shows how modesty functions in lowly, simple people: they are lifted up by it.

Judgement
Modesty creates success. The superior man carries things through.

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Hexagram 15 - Ch'ien / Modesty - James Legge Translation
hexagram 15
Above K'un the Receptive, Earth

Below Ken Keeping Still, Mountain

Meaning
Great possessions associated with humility. Ch'ien indicates progress and success. The superior man, being humble as it implies, will have a good issue to his undertakings.

Good luck with your chores and have a great day.

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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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@enhydra lutris receptive above (read bottom to top). Right to left, bottom to top. It's a bit different on the other side of this merry go round.

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Question authority = civil disobedience

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@QMS

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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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@smiley7

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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@divineorder
evidence, but showing us zip shit. I'm tired of it. As far as I'm concerned these mouthpieces don't exist and said nothing, from clapper to comey, to London (skripal) to Turkey.

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@enhydra lutris

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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I was trying to find information about the author Jakob Farah, who as a Middle East correspondent reports from what appears to be an anti-Assad perspective for the German Taz.de and the French Le monde diplomatique.

https://dgap.org/de/think-tank/experten/19544

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik = German Council on Foreign Relations

Oh.

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@lotlizard @lotlizard
There aren't many actual "reporters" without an agenda and a script left.

Edit: changed "morning" to "afternoon"

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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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1920 — Mario Puzo, writer of business management texts and manuals

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/10/destroy-neoliberalism-kill-homo-...

To be clear, contemporary American business and economic culture does have a moral framework: neoliberalism. But I think it is safe to say that this framework is dependably orthogonal to the last 50,000 years of moral norms and traditions.

Is that too harsh? Maybe. But the canonical moral expression of modern capitalism—“It was a business decision”—has far more in common with The Godfather than with The Golden Rule. Let’s be honest: Whenever you hear somebody say, “It’s not personal, it’s strictly business,” you know that really terrible things are about to happen.

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@lotlizard

Whenever you hear somebody say, “It’s not personal, it’s strictly business,” you know that really terrible things are about to happen.

I propose that we replace the phrase "In God we trust" on US currency with the far more fitting: "It's not personal, it's strictly business."

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I'm wondering "where the proof?" IOW, why the incessant articles about Turkish "leaks," if someone has videos/tapes/audio.

[Sorry, got my days mixed up--thought this was today's OT!]

If any of the Turks have the hard evidence--and, I'm not saying that I don't believe he was tortured/murdered, and that the Turks are lying--why the heck aren't they turning the evidence over to the US government? Or, to another country, if they don't trust DT's Administration.

Particularly, if as BAR reports, he was a CIA asset. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, that we're soon into week 3, and we still only have reporters claiming 'Turkish officials' have the evidence, Enough, already. Produce the evidence!

BTW, tried to get some info I had posted at Corrente, a couple years ago, and got this message,

Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

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If that address is correct, here are three other things you can try:

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Wondering if anyone else is being denied access?

Thanks for today's OT. Everyone have a nice evening!

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