Monday OT: 10/26/2020 Intersex Awareness Day

October 19 is day 300 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Prickle-Prickle, The Aftermath 7, 3186 YOLD
And let us not forget 3.0.7.16.19 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

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Some bearded dragons are intersex, or hermaphroditic. This condition occurs in other animals as well.

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Related factoid: Since days of yore there has been a type of sailing vessel known as a hermaphrodite brig. They're two masted, square rigged on the foremast, and schooner rigged on the main mast. That is a classic "schooner rig" with a triangular topsail above a gaff rigged main sail.  I was going to use a picture of one for this column and discovered that use of the term is now limited to Europe, while modern US usage is to call such a vessel a "Brigantine", a word that used to be used for a different type of two masted vessel having a square rigged topsail and sometimes even a top gallant above the gaff rigged mainsail.  (Of course, in large portions of the US, they use yawl as a pronoun instead of a noun applying to a two masted craft with the mizzen stepped aft of the rudder post.) 

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On this day in history:

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1689 – General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera; he died of the disease  soon after.
1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourned.
1825 – The Erie Canal opened, providing direct passage from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.
1860 – The Expedition of the Thousand ended when Giuseppe Garibaldi presented his conquests to King Victor Emmanuel of Sardinia.
1892 – Ida B. Wells published Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.
1905 – King Oscar II recognized the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden.
1921 – The Chicago Theatre opened.
1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.
1943 – First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil". an advanced "push-pull" design.
1955 – Austria declared that it will never join a military alliance.
1955 – Ngô Ðình Di?m declared himself Premier of South Vietnam.
1958 – Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 
1967 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowned himself Emperor of Iran.
1970 – Muhammad Ali boxed for the first time after hiss three-year hiatus
1977 – The last natural case of smallpox
1985 – The Australian government returned ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aboriginals.
1999 – Britain's House of Lords voted to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
2001 – The United States passed the fascist and authoritarian USA PATRIOT Act into law.

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Born this day in:

Audacity, more audacity, always audacity.

-- Georges Danton

1685 – Domenico Scarlatti, harpsichord player and composer
1694 – Johan Helmich Roman, composer and academic
1747 – Ivan Mane Jarnovic, violinist and composer (
1757 – Karl Leonhard Reinhold, philosopher and academic
1759 – Georges Danton, lawyer and politician
1849 – Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, mathematician and academic
1871 – Guillermo Kahlo, photographer
1902 – Henrietta Hill Swope, astronomer and academic
1911 – Mahalia Jackson, singer
1913 – Charlie Barnet, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (
1919 – Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, usurper, tyrant, US stooge, CIA tool
1927 – Warne Marsh, saxophonist (Supersax)
1929 – Neal Matthews Jr., country/gospel singer
1935 – Gloria Conyers Hewitt, mathematician and academic
1936 – Al Casey, guitarist
1940 – Eddie Henderson, trumpet player and educator
1941 – Charlie Landsborough, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1942 – Milton Nascimento, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1944 – Jim McCann, singer and guitarist
1946 – Keith Hopwood, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1951 – Bootsy Collins, singer, songwriter ,and bass player
1951 – Tommy Mars, keyboard player
1952 – Bobby Bandiera, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1952 – David Was, singer, songwriter, and producer
1953 – Keith Strickland, guitarist and songwriter
1962 – Jack Morelli, comic book professional and author
1963 – Natalie Merchant, singer, songwriter and pianist
1966 – Sverre Gjørvad, drummer and composer
1966 – Masaharu Iwata, keyboard player and composer
1967 – Keith Urban, singer, songwriter ,and guitarist
1981 – Guy Sebastian, singer and songwriter
1984 – Amanda Overmyer,  singer and songwriter

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Died this day in:

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. Every truth we see is ours to give the world, not to keep for ourselves alone, for in so doing we cheat humanity out of their rights and check our own development.”

-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton 

899 – Alfred the Great, king, a key to a chunk of European history
1631 – Michael Maestlin, astronomer and mathematician
1764 – William Hogarth, painter and engraver
1866 – John Kinder Labatt, brewer,
1902 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, activist
1966 – Alma Cogan, singer
1972 – Igor Sikorsky, engineer and academic 
1994 – Wilbert Harrison, singer and guitarist
1995 – Gorni Kramer, bassist, songwriter, and bandleader
1999 – Hoyt Axton, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
2002 – Sally Hoyt Spofford, ornithologist
2009 – George Na?ope, singer and dancer
2013 – Al Johnson, singer, songwriter, and producer

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night
National Mule Day
National Day, the anniversary of Austria's 1955 Declaration of Neutrality
Intersex Awareness Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

The E-rye-e Canal

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Domenico Scarlatti

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Mahalia Jackson

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Wayne Marsh

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Al Casey

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Keith Hopwood

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Bootsy Colling

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Tommy Mars

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Bobby Bandiera

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Keith Strickland

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Natalie Merchant

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Sverre Gjørvad

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Wilert Harrison 

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Hoyt Axton

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George Na'ope

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Lookout's picture

Had a nice display of different ship designs.
Here's an example...
Maritime museum (32).jpg

If you ever find yourself there it is a fun museum to visit.

Well thanks for the OT and music. Just light enough to go down to the garden. Need to spray soapy water with a little neem oil on the mustard greens...have an aphid infestation. Fortunately that's all that seems affected by them.

Everyone have a nice day!

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

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@Lookout

Brigantine - it isn't a true "schooner rig" on the rear mast, but rather square rigged up top with a gaff rig under. The classic hermaphrodite would be "fore-and-aft" above the gaff rig too..

You'll have to explain why the soapy water+neem oil mix. I used to get serious aphics on my kale, broccoli and some of the chard, but just used neem oil.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

as well as deterrent.
https://www.gardenguides.com/112420-use-household-dish-soap-control-aphi...
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/use-household-dish-soap-control-aphids-409...

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

There is a good article on herd immunity in Counterpunch . You may have already covered it, sorry if I missed it. https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/10/23/the-scourge-of-herd-immunity/

Here are a few quotes from that article:

William Haseltine of ACCESS Health International recently said, “herd immunity is another word for mass murder.” If covid spreads widely, which this type of herd immunity advocates, “we’re looking at two to six million American dead not just this year, but every year,” Haseltine added. This is the policy of the Trump regime: millions of dead Americans.

Sweden famously opted for herd immunity. Death statistics for Scandinavian countries are instructive here. As of October 6, Denmark had 663 covid deaths, Finland 346, Norway 275 and Sweden 5892, according to Statista. Sweden also had by far the most covid cases, 96,677. Sweden didn’t lock down as other Scandinavian countries did, nor did it impose a mask mandate. It relied on people to use their judgment. While this succeeded in crashing the economy, as cautious citizens stayed home, it still resulted in many more dead than neighboring countries, which systematically locked down and mandated masks.

In addition to causing mass death, such herd immunity to covid would leave millions disabled. And again, herd immunity might never be reached with an illness that can reinfect people or which becomes chronic. So herd immunity is a fool’s errand. But don’t tell that to Scott Atlas or others in the Trump regime. Indeed, last month the CDC drafted an order for all public and commercial transportation passengers and employees to wear masks. The white house blocked it.

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@randtntx

Thanks for posting the excerpt.

be well and have a good one

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et al

Here's another musuem worth seeing if you are in that neck of the woods.

Sheepvaart Museum in Amsterdam - National Maritime Museum

https://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.com/about-us/history-of-slavery-and-the...

How does the National Maritime Museum deal with the presentation of the Netherlands' colonial past and the history of slavery?

The subjects have been our focus for some time already. In our programming, the topics of colonialism and slave trade always play a key role in the stories, as an integrated part of the whole.

In 2001, The National Maritime Museum presented the exhibition Slaves and Ships and an eponymous publication. A Dark Chapter (2013) an exhibition based on research by Leo Balai, was about the slave ship Leusden, which sank on the Maroni river in Suriname at the humiliating cost of over 700 enslaved Africans. In 2019, the museum and the Evangelical Broadcasting Association created the interactive web documentary Chained, which introduces the viewer to the shared history of the Netherlands and Suriname during the time of slavery.

Cold today. No rain in sight. More gardening to do.

Be well, all. Take good care.

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@magiamma

and photo. Very timely post, just got power back and began alternating between finishing and then eating dinner, finishing the bread I was working on when the power went down (before 8 am), and getting my computer up and running and everything I had going restored.

be well and have a good one

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Dornier was pretty clever in aeronautics. He sure could build a big flying boat early on, and that 'arrow' was great thinking. Sikorsky too was a mega mind in flight.

Brigantine was a great Nat. Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, a town nearby with the same name, don't know etymology. Brig as Jersey birders called it, is now named Forsyth NWR. I birded it a bit when I lived in Jersey, once found my own Curlew Sandpiper there.

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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

built as a kid - Dornier DoX, 1929, twelve - 524 hp engines in six wing-top pylons with push-pull configuration:

Dornier Do-X

Here's a pic of the Arrow taken by Steven Little and posted to Flickr under a creative commons license, it shows the two props (front & rear) fairly clearly but the lower rudder, mirroring the top one is largely obscured.

Dornier Do 335 A-0 Pfeil (Arrow) [Note front AND rear props]

Congrats on the Curlew Sandpiper - never have seen one myself.

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or maybe more than one on the Brigantine Yankee. It was beautiful.

Wrecked on Rarotanga

http://ngscollectors.ning.com/photo/photo/show?id=1029239%3APhoto%3A50326

I really fell for the romance of it all.

Edit to add: if you type in "The Last Voyage of the Brigantine Yankee" you'll go to an unsecure site/blog with a lengthy journal of one of the passengers. It's dramatic, mysterious, tragic. Lots of amateurs and unscrupulous owners. There are some videos from the last trip made by the same author as the blog. There is even a disappearance.

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@Dawn's Meta

hermaphrodite brig, fully schooner rigged aft. Yhe wikipedia picture shows no cross yards on the rear mast, which is in agreement.

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I always heard when I fished, that a boat is a vessel that can be put on another's deck. Inquiring minds....

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