Monday Open Thread: November 12 is World Pneumonia Day, so, uh ..
November 12 is the 316th day of the year
It is also Sweetmorn, The Aftermath 24, 3184 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 184.108.40.206.12 by the Mayan Long Count
Well, it's 11 - 12. Dunno where that leads except to 13. Armistice day is long gone and stuff yourself with stuffing day is yet to come. Fall may or may not be here. I can plant snow peas, pak choy, spinach, onions, carrots, chives and a lof of other stuff, but should I?
HEH, it's Veteran's Day. Pretty funny. Once, when we pretended to be something other than greedy imperialist warmongers, we celebrated Armistice Day. That was the end of WWI, the so-called War to End all Wars, and thus its end was a big thing. PEACE, Yeah! It had a fixed date, 11/11 because the Armistice was at 11:11 on 11/11, ".the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of the eleventh day".
But, deep in our soul we hate peace and love war. We are a warfare state and have a warfare based economy. How could we possibly celebrate a peace treaty? That runs counter to everything we stand for. So we replaced it with "Veterans Day", even though there are 364 other days available for that celebration. Ah well, I guess it's better than being all hypocritical about it. Once Veteran's Day was all about Vets, but these days, in keeping with our open owning of our belligerance and warmongering, we call them "warriors" and "war fighters". That alone speaks volumes. Conan the Barbarian would be proud. At any rate, that holiday isn't fixed, it floats and it has floated over to today, so here's to our Warriors.
Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...
On this day in history:
1927 – Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party
1936 – The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic. A couple of years later, electric trains were added, now long removed
1948 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East sentenced 7 Japanese to death for their roles in WWII.
1954 – Ellis Island ceased operations.
1956 – Israeli soldiers invaded the Gaza Strip and slaughtered over 100 Palestinian refugees in Rafah.
1969 – Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai Massacre.
1970 – The great exploding whale incident in Oregon
1981 – The Space Shuttle Columbia, became the first manned spacecraftto be launched into space twice
1990 – Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
Born this day in:
1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist, abolitionist, and activist
1833 – Alexander Borodin, composer and chemist
1840 – Auguste Rodin, sculpter and illustrotor. (His famous statue of "The Thinker" bewilders most modern US citizens because it depicts a male human of heroic physique who is neither armed nor armored and who is seated as if on a toilet, but without the sports pages.)
1911 – Buck Clayton, trumpet player and academic
1915 – Roland Barthes, philosopher, theorist, and critic
1917 – Jo Stafford, pop singer
1919 – Jackie Washington, singer and songwriter
1923 – Ian Graham, archaeologist
1927 – Yutaka Taniyama, mathematician famous for the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture
1930 – Bob Crewe, singer, songwriter, and producer
1934 – Charles Manson, religious leader
1943 – Errol Brown, singer and songwriter
1943 – Brian Hyland, archetypal bubblegum pop artist
1944 – Booker T. Jones, pianist, saxophonist, songwriter, and producer
1945 – Neil Young, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1953 – Baaba Maal, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1962 – Naomi Wolf, author and activist
1968 – Kathleen Hanna, singer, musician, artist, feminist activist,and writer
Died this day in:
1916 – Percival Lowell, astronomer, mathematician and author
1939 – Norman Bethune, physician, commie rat, and humanitarian
1955 – Sarah Wambaugh, political scientist, authority on plebescites (things we claim to believe in but refuse to allow or accept)
1998 – Sally Shlaer, mathematician and engineer, co developed the Shlaer–Mellor method for software development
2008 – Mitch Mitchell, drummer
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
World Pneumonia Day
World Orphans Day
Happy Hour Day
That juxtaposition just grates, ya know, but it's telling, aint it?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day
Music goes here, iirc
Booker T. Jones
picture: Image from page 247 of "Journal of radiology" (1922)
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