Monday Open Thread: January 21 is National Hugging Day in the US


January 21 is the 21st day of the year
It is also Sweetmorn, Chaos 21, 3185 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.6.3.2 by the Mayan Long Count


Hugs



hug (v.)
1560s, hugge "to embrace, clasp with the arms," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought," and the proper name Hugh. Others have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge."
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Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...

On this day in history:

1535 – French Protestants were burned at the stake for dissing the Catholic Church and its minions.
1789 – The first American novel was printed
1793 – Louis XVI of France was executed
1919 – The first meeting of the Dáil Éireann, adoption of Ireland's first constitution and the first battle of the Irish War of Independence,
1954 – The USS Nautilus was launched
1968 – The Battle of Khe Sanh began.
1968 – A B-52 crashed near Thule Air Base and spewed radioactive contamination. One nuke is still missing.
1976 – Commercial service of Concorde began
2017 – The women's march (on Washington)

Born this day in:

1655 – Antonio Molinari, painter
1659 – Adriaen van der Werff, painter
1714 – Anna Morandi Manzolini, anatomist and educator
1724 – Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, painter
1813 – John C. Frémont, "explorer" and soldier
1820 – Joseph Wolf, ornithologist and illustrator
1840 – Sophia Jex-Blake, physician and feminist
1845 – Harriet Backer, painter
1868 – Felix Hoffmann, chemist who synthesized diamorphine, marketed by Bayer(tm) as "heroin" and later synthesized acetylsalicylic acid, marketed by Bayer (tm) as "aspirin"
1869 – Grigori Rasputin, mystic
1923 – Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress
1938 – Wolfman Jack, DJ (a real DJ)
1941 – Richie Havens, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1941 – Elaine Showalter, author, critic, and feminist
1942 – Mac Davis, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1942 – Edwin Starr, singer and songwriter
1974 – Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur and political activist

Died this day in:

1926 – Camillo Golgi, physician, pathologist, neurologist, and biologist

1950 – George Orwell, novelist, essayist, and critic
1983 – Lamar Williams, bass player
1984 – Jackie Wilson, singer
1989 – Billy Tipton, pianist and saxophonist
2002 – Peggy Lee, singer

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

National Hugging Day in the US

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Music goes here, iirc, well,


Felix Hoffmann

Grigori Rsputin

Richie Havens

Mac Davis

Edwin Starr

George Orwell

Lamar Williams

Billy Tipton

Peggy Lee



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I will be in Puerto Vallarta, and hence unlikely to participate.

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Right on el, right on.

Matamoros strike threatens to shut down North American auto industry
Here's another way to park sand in the gears. Go autow orkers go. Turn the plants in to clean factories, don't close them. I like dreamin'.

The strike by 70,000 auto parts workers in Matamoros, Mexico is beginning to affect production at US automobile assembly plants, raising the possibility that auto production across North America could be brought to a standstill.

US workers are reporting to the World Socialist Web Site that management is slowing production at General Motors and Ford assembly plants as a result of the strike. Production at Ford’s assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan will stop this week due to a shortage of parts caused by the walkout.

By courageously withholding their labor, the workers at 50 auto parts plants that have been struck in Matamoros, just south of Brownsville, Texas, could bring a major sector of the world economy to its knees.

workers of the world
vested interests
peace and justice

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But I do love hugs.

January and/or February are probably the best months for norteamericanos to head south, so wise choice, el. Please enjoy your stay in P.V.

Kamala Harris has announced for POTUS. Talk about a flawed candidate. Will anyone have the courage to attack her?

Elizabeth Warren, who voted Republican until Bill Clinton, then, by her own words, voted both Republican and Democratic. Now, they are selling her to us as a leftist. https://www.weeklystandard.com/christopher-caldwell/elizabeth-warren-clo... (Written by a conservative journalist who was the son in law of another conservative journalist, Robert Novak. Caldwell knew Warren at Harvard.)

Kirsten Gillibrand did almost a complete 180 when she stopped running for the House and started running for the Senate. Originally, she wasn't even Pub Lite, just Pub. More recently, she was a leader of the Dump Franken initiative. I don't especially care about Franken, who voted for one SNAP cut after another. (When he first ran, I contributed to his recount fight, even though I am not in his state, another donation I regret. My friend is right: NEVER donate to a politician.) However, between Gillibrand and the other femals who declared, I think we can look forward to even more accusations of misogyny.

In the last Presidential cycle, Sanders once mentioned that he had waited so long to announce to see if Warren was running. Will that affect him this time? (He had supposedly been gearing up to run.) And, if Sanders does run, I bet we hear a lot more about that 50 year-old article Sanders wrote, questioning why women have rape fantasies. And probably a lot more ageism. This time, no one is as close to him in age as was Hillary, though Warren is not so far away.

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Not doing GREAT, but doing OK.

Had a few really tough things happen last week emotionally, including separating from my Significant Other. Not easy to deal with, but I'm moving on. (Forgive me for not providing details. This one's kinda personal, and I'm still going through my emotional rollercoaster. Posting here usually helps, so Trying to do that.)

I am trying to stay sane, trying to stay happy, and really, really glad I'm going to Judo tonight.

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

@detroitmechworks

hanging on by his or her fingernails, for one reason or another. And, somehow, each of us makes it through. No need to talk about it. I almost never do. Corny, but true: time heals all wounds. All.

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@HenryAWallace And I've gotten through this kind of thing before. I know I will again. Just hard to see it from where I am.

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@detroitmechworks

OF COURSE, it's hard to see it from where you are this morning. It just forking happened. But, next week, it will be better and next month, even better and a year from now even better than that. Meanwhile, you've got a wonderful craft that you enjoy a lot; and, before long, it will be spring and summer, times when you can do many enjoyable things.

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@detroitmechworks Sorry about the life troubles man... time heals almost all wounds... almost always. Life is a puzzle most never get to finish. You probably saw this, but just in case, I thought it was pretty cool, the puzzle aspects are genius awesome:
https://twistedsifter.com/2019/01/all-metal-puzzle-box-by-seth-gould/

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian I did not see that. Course, What really sucks is that it's a Holiday. Really want to get out and do something today, but everything is closed or on short hours...

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...was beautiful.

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Difficult to get a shot without some trees trying to get in on the act especially when at the start of the eclipse lower on the horizon

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It was a blood moon eclipse. https://earthsky.org/human-world/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-201...

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more photos at https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/photos-total-lunar-eclipse-jan...

Alabama Gals Won't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon
(couldn't find the skillet lickers version but here's one using their lyrics)

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

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@Lookout
Thanks for the photos Lookout! Could have been called the ice moon here. Poking out my head to see the spectacle was quite bracing. Minus 18 degrees F with the wind. So cold, the moon was frozen in place when I got up before the sun! HA.

Enjoyed watching the Patriots win a nail biter while throwing logs on the fire. The black bean chili came out good too. Making a beer bread to go with it today.

Puerto Viagra sounds pretty enticing about now.
Cheers

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@QMS

but just 20 or so, clear and little wind. However, I kept popping in and out as the eclipse progressed while watch a interesting talk by Paul Stamets about the fungus among us...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9joL8spvS8 (an hour 40 minutes)
...said there was a transcript but I couldn't find it.

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

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@Lookout
There's a fungus among us!

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Republicans push Trump immigration plan, seeking to corner Democrats on shutdown

“If he opens up the government, we’ll discuss whatever he offers, but hostage taking should not work,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, told reporters in New York on Sunday, adding, “It’s very hard to negotiate when a gun is held to your head.”

"the truth isn't easy, the easy part's shit"
Shinola

Does anyone else feel it in their community? Sonoma County Coast Guard families cope with government shutdown

At least Newsom is giving unemployment insurance loans to federal workers, paid back when the millionaires in congress stop fighting. Everyone already forgot about Tubbs, because Carr, then Paradise, not to mention Woolsey, Malibu etc.. Insurance and time is running out for a lot of burnt out homeowners, they still need government help, bigly. Disaster capitalism kills faster. keep kicking

double whammy

what would martin do

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@eyo
framing the hypocricy of the political class for what it is. Getting beyond the slogans. Speaking truth to corruption.

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No comments. Curious. What’s up ?

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Stop Climate Change Silence - Start the Conversation

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@magiamma What'd I do Now!

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

@magiamma thanks, JtC has comments turned off and 3 people voted thumbs up. Not me, and I hope it's not because of the Tulsi essay, that would be a bummer. I'll happily stfu if my comments just make people feel bad, venting feels good but not that good.

{{JtC}}

peace

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@eyo thumbs up as Approval, merely acknowledgement of the sentiment professed.
Like All, waiting on the follow up.

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

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@Tall Bald and Ugly @Tall Bald and Ugly
voted up. as there was no other option. Wondering why. Blame it on the moon.

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@QMS not to close site.

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@QMS comments not activated I saw no other way(at that time) to post Any sort of acknowledgment. Having seen magiamma's comment, it became blindingly obvious after the fact.
So I'm slow, fifty lashes with a wet noodle for me!

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@eyo
I commented in that other one too -- today.

Maybe it was a glitch? Maybe he was tweaking something and comments being shut down was a temporary side effect. He'll usually say something if we're stepping over the line. I should know. (Love ya, JtC!)

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@Deja
Coments only turned off in jtc post abt closing the site. Do u see coments ?

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@magiamma
You didn't make that clear. I thought you were talking about this essay at first, but could see other comments. So, I thought it was the post that got heated that was posted last night by a new member about Tulsi Gabbard, but there are lots of comments in that essay. Now I'll go look for JtC's post, though I dread it now.

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