Monday OT: January 27 was the official End of The Vietnam War

January 27 is day 27 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Chaos 27, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.3.13 by the Mayan Long Count

Kim Phuc Phan
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1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon.

We are getting ready to head out on yet another multi-week adventure in the near future. This means that I need to write, post and schedule a whole bunch of OTs for the period of my absence, as well as some to bridge the gap between now and the start date. This means, among other things, that you shouldn't expect too much from them and will need to provide content as well as commentary yourselves (as if you don't already, heh). So, here we go ...

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On this day in history:

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1343 – Pope Clement VI issued the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. 

1785 – The first public university in the US, the University of Georgia, was founded, y'all.

1820 – A Russian expedition discovered the Antarctic continent

1825 – The U.S. Congress approved the "Indian Territory", paving the way for the "Trail of Tears".

1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his incandescent lamp.

1944 – The 900-day Siege of Leningrad ended.

1945 – The Soviet 322nd Rifle Division liberated the remaining inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

1967 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft

1967 – The USSR, the US, and the UK signed the Outer Space Treaty 

1973 – The Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War. 

1983 – The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, broke through.

2010 –  Porfirio Lobo Sosa became the "official" President of Honduras after the 2009 coup d'etat .

2011 –  The Yemeni Revolution began with over 16,000 protestors demonstrating in Sana'a.

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Born this day in:

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1621 – Thomas Willis, physician and anatomist

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, pianist and composer

1775 – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, philosopher and academic

1795 – Eli Whitney Blake, engineer, invented the Mortise lock

1803 – Eunice Hale Waite Cobb, writer, public speaker, and activist

1832 – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, novelist, poet, logician, essayist, proto-existentialist, and mathematician.
 

1850 – John Collier, painter and author

1850 – Samuel Gompers, labor leader

1878 – Dorothy Scarborough, author

1885 – Jerome Kern, composer and songwriter

1885 – Seison Maeda, painter

1895 – Harry Ruby, composer and screenwriter; friend of Groucho

1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., yellow journalist, propagandist, and publisher

1912 – Arne Næss, philosopher and environmentalist

1912 – Francis Rogallo, engineer and inventor
 

1918 – Skitch Henderson, pianist, composer, and conductor

1918 – Elmore James, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

1924 – Harvey Shapiro, poet

1926 – Fritz Spiegl, flute player and journalist

1930 – Bobby "Blue" Bland, singer and songwriter

1944 – Nick Mason, drummer, songwriter, and producer

1946 – Nedra Talley, singer

1948 – Jean-Philippe Collard, pianist

1951 – Seth Justman, keyboard player and songwriter

1952 – G. E. Smith, guitarist and songwriter

1957 – Janick Gers, guitarist and songwriter

1959 – Keith Olbermann, journalist and author

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Died this day in:

1596 – Francis Drake, captain and explorer (b. 1540)

1731 – Bartolomeo Cristofori, instrument maker, invented the Piano

1851 – John James Audubon, ornithologist and painte

1860 – János Bolyai, mathematician and academic

1901 – Giuseppe Verdi, composer

1910 – Thomas Crapper, plumber

1922 – Nellie Bly, journalist and author

1967 - Roger B. Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Ed White, astronauts

1972 – Mahalia Jackson, singer

2006 – Gene McFadden, singer. songwriter, and producer

2009 – John Updike, novelist, short story writer, and critic

2010 – J. D. Salinger, author

2010 – Howard Zinn,  historian, author, academic, and activist
 

2014 – Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, musician, and activist

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

International Holocaust Remembrance Day/Auschwitz Liberation Day

The End of The Vietnam War does NOT appear to be an official holiday, no doubt because we were then a garrison state, and needed wars and the threat of wars to keep the economy running, and because it slowed our planned transition to the all out permanent warfare state that we finally became.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's birthday is also not a holiday, curiouser and curiouser

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Mozart

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

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Jerome Kern

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Harry Ruby

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Skitch Henderson

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Elmore James

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Bobby "Blue" Bland

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Nick Mason

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Nedra Talley

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Seth Justman

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G.E. Smith

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Mahlia Jackson

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Gene McFadden

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Pete Seeger

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Raggedy Ann's picture

Born on this day - Mr. RA! Happy Birthday!

End of January and we are unseasonably warm, but not surprising.

Have a lovely day, everyone! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

enhydra lutris's picture

@Raggedy Ann
how "normal" our weather is, especially since I think we're in a mild el nino. Hope yours is enjoyable and beneficial.

have a good one.

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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 --

mimi's picture

That Mozart Rondo Alla Turca I can't listen to. As teens all of us (my siblings and me and some friends at school had to learn it) It comes out of my ears and nose and I dislike it therefore. The rest of the musical offerings today are fine by me

Just saying. Get some rest. No more OTs. We will survive and wait til you have more time. No slave work around here at C99p.

Take a nap. Smile
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@mimi
that wound up below as an ordinary comment, and left out the key ingredient in it anyway, so here's Brubeck:

have a good one.

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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
original hip-hop
with jazz undertones

Cool!
Brubeck

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS

have a good one.

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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
Heading out myself for a bit of warmth.
Maybe could try to host in your stead when away.

Cheers.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

@QMS

Is that an official holiday?

gone about a week

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

Lookout's picture

More showers due today. We got 1 & 3/4" Friday right after I got the new fruit trees planted. Just right. Temps are 50's and 30's...they should already be growing roots.

We're off on a trip this week too. I'm trusting my robust health to ward any virus sickness. Had the trip planned for about a year. Airplanes are to be avoided for virus protection, but...

I'll provide some travel info in the weekly watch over the next few weeks. In the meantime happy travels. Y'all have a good one!

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

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@Lookout
anticipated. Enjoy your trip and stay healthy.

have a good one.

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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 understand why they did it, but I am worried by it, too. Her clothes were torn away because they were burning. Kim survived and gives lectures about that day. How do you all feel about this? Does it have the same power or no difference?

This is the original, along with a recent picture of Kim .

http://viola.bz/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/0_8d867_6d8d7cd9_L.jpg

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@Snode
impactful picture, but used it anyway. Finding photos that I'm almost certain to certain are free of potential copyright issues is one of the biggest hassles in writing these, and that came up as good-to-go, so I took it.

have a good one.

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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 for weekly provoking thought.

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@Snode

be very strong.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

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@Lily O Lady
for resilience, in some at least, is truly amazing. Thanks for reading.

have a good one.

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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 --

dystopian's picture

@Snode I agree Snode. The original is far more impactful. It is a shame folks feel that something like an incredible iconic historical photograph has to be altered, blurred, and that it is an improvement. Those folks should stick to paintings then. As a long time black and white guy, it makes me cringe.

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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

@dystopian To see another human being, a child at her most vulnerable harmed in a war we created brought home what harm we were doing. Like the pictures from Abu Ghraib they are images you can't unsee. I don't know if our government will allow us to see that much again. It's why we need more Julian Assanges.

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Jan 27 was the agreed upon end, 1973. A couple years later when the tanks rolled into Saigon was the end of the end, but things didn't end there, Cambodia and Laos also ended with the emptying of Phnom Penh and the mass slaughter of a quarter of the population. The re education camps in Vietnam that most know of and the tens of thousands sent away to die of starvation and disease in Laos. Also the tens perhaps as many as a hundred thousand Hmong murdered in Laos after the take over of the government. As recently as 2010 there were still masacres of Hmong tribespeople in Laos by government forces documented by various news sources AFP, Time magazine, etc. For many the war and it's ramifications are still felt.

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@ban nock
"official" as in "official end of ...". The war ended, for the US, when we were driven out. We have an interesting approach to treaties, following the parts that work to our benefit for so long and to such a degree as they do so, and ignoring the rest. They are simply another weapon in our arsenal, like napalm, a-bombs, early morning attacks on peaceful sleeping villages, etc.

have a good one

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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 --

Azazello's picture

you warmongering loon.

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@Azazello
longer that which we never were because Russia, Russia, Russia. What an ass.

have a good one

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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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@Azazello
I remember him from times he sounded reasonable.

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@mimi The last diagnosis I heard was that he first came down with Trump derangement syndrome, then acquired a side case of Russiagateosis, which then compounded into terminal neolibitis.

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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

Wally's picture

I really, really, really miss Phil Ochs.

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@Wally
greats and died too young.

have a good one.

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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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This was the first "variation" I ever heard, and really liked. It wasn't until years later that I ran across Mozart's little ditty, and probably years after that before I made the connections.

OTs all loaded and scheduled through mid-February, but you guys will have to self-host, which I'm sure you are eminently capable of doing.

have a good one.

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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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@gjohnsit
have known from early on that HER was the one Trump would almost certainly beat and that Bernie was the one most likely to beat him, but that wasn't as important as getting HER on the ticket in order to preserve DLC/New Dem hegemony within the party.

As ye sow ...

Have a good one.

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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 --

There was a psychiatrist that had studied under Freud, I wish I could remember her name, who was quoted in her obituary as saying "Mental illness is a disease handed down in families through the generations". In my own family I found this to be true.

The same could be said of history being a disease handed down in nations through the generations. We write lies and omit facts to tell a story. But in the end it's never over. There are always people who remember the truth. They tell their kids, their grand kids and long after the last Vietnam vet dies we'll still be fighting this war.

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@Snode
contribute to culturally inherited forms of derangement. One of my upcoming columns, a Wednesday, I think, nibbles at the edges of that with respect to a couple of specific areas as well as in general. The fog of deceit and delusion is so all encompassing and continual that we cease to notice it except when we stop to reflect upon it.

have a good one.

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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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@Azazello
are all those shooting lights in the back ground?
They appear to be swinging from left to right
Blowback from their incendiary ?

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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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 --

@Azazello and thanks for presenting it.

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smiley7's picture

Vietnam still burns, ghosts of millions haunting, and for what? Absolutely nothing.

Thanks for today's OT and music and safe and happy travels.

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@smiley7
against them may be felt for generations to come. Typical US stance, wage war on the civilian populace until the government caves. That time it failed.

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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 --

mimi's picture

I liked this clip:

"putting something on twitter is not a movement"
History teaches us to resist.
I hope you all resist.

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magiamma's picture

Et al.

Hard on the campaign. Remember protesting the war at the U. Then kent state. Then Nixon and down with dirty hippies and war protesters. How far have we come? Thanks for the ot. Have a great journey. Enjoy...

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@magiamma
at that. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself.

have a good one.

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dystopian's picture

Great stuff EL. I love that 1946 Misirlou, awesome. Dick Dale sure did a number on it! So was that GE Smith Can't find my way home. Best take I ever heard on it. The dude played guitar for Hall & Oates, SNL, Bowie, Dylan, and Roger Waters! This cut shows why.

John James Audubon is one of the all time great American heroes to me. I have 'the Holland Edition' set of 30 handcolored (in Holland) lithos that were considered the best modern repros from late 60's methinks. Maybe a half-dozen on walls presently. Also have an 1840 baby elephant folio print on the wall, the Townsend's Bunting, one of his mystery birds.

My Grandpa knew Grissom, Chaffe, and White, he worked on Gemini and Apollo, but was a solid rocket booster guy. That was a bad day.

Thanks for the great tunes!

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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
or large format repros of audubon prints somewhere. Great stuff, even if he did get it all wrong about turkey vultures sense of smell. He tried to be scientific about it, but simply didn't understand what he had proven.

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