05/03 is "The Third of May"

Today is day 123 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Pungenday, Discord 50, 3187 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 113.0.8.8.15 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)

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The Third of May ~~ Francsico de Goya 

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The Third of May 1808 is a painting by Francisco de Goya which memorializes the execution of hundreds of Madrileños by French occupying forces on that date.  This was the aftermath of a popular uprising by Madrid's citizenry against the French forces on May 2, 1808 ( El Dos De Mayo ), now a holiday in Madrid, which was one of the events that set off The Peninsular War. The Dos de Mayo Uprising wasn't an organized unified event, but numerous ad hoc rebellions that broke out across Madrid, including an attack on The Mamelukes of the French Imperial Guard , a french cavalry unit that had been sent to clear the streets, by the citizenry.  That particular piece of the uprising was also memorialized by Francisco de Goya, as, what else, The Second of May 1808 aka The Charge of the Mamelukes.

Carl von Clausewitz

The Second of May ~~ Francisco de Goya

The two paintings shown are hung in Madrid's Prado as part of a very good collection of Goya's works there.

Memo to Julian Assange

Today is "World Press Freedom Day". Much will be made of this by assorted politicians and governments and the petty, sycophantic stenographers who feed the world recycled government and corporate press releases under the guise of "News" while you languish in prison for the crime of real journalism, for having had the audacity to expose US war crimes and report other unwelcome truths. Know that you are appreciated. Know that many see through this sham of a holiday with its mind numbing irony and support you, but not the hordes of stenographers who are quite happy to see you imprisoned and tortured for doing what they, for whatever reasons, cannot bring themselves to do.

On this day in history:

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1616 – The Treaty of Loudun ended the French civil war.

1715 – A total solar eclipse predicted by Edmond Halley was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia

1802 – Washington, D.C. was incorporated as a city.

1808 – The Madrid rebels were executed near Príncipe Pío hill.

1855 – Brigand William Walker departed San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.

1867 – The Hudson's Bay Company gave up all claims to Vancouver Island.

1928 – The Jinan incident began, leading to huge losses for Chiang Kai-shek's NRA

1945 – German prison ships Cap Arcona, Thielbek and Deutschland were bombed and sunk by the RAF.

1947 – New post-war Japanese constitution went into effect.

1948 – The Supremes held that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable (Shelley v. Kraemer ).

1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the US landed a plane at the North Pole.

1963 – The cops in Birmingham, Alabama began using violence against  "Birmingham campaign" protesters.

1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (spam) was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the US

1979 – Margaret Thatcher won the UK general election

2001 – The US lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission

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Born this day in:

Politics have no relation to morals.

~~   Niccolò Machiavelli

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, historian and philosopher
1678 – Amaro Pargo, corsair
1695 – Henri Pitot, physicist and engineer who invented the Pitot tube 
1768 – Charles Tennant, chemist and businessman
1844 – Richard D'Oyly Carte, talent agent and composer
1860 – Vito Volterra, mathematician and physicist
1892 – George Paget Thomson, physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1898 – Septima Poinsette Clark, educator and activist
1902 – Alfred Kastler, physicist and poet, Nobel Prize laureate
1903 – Bing Crosby, singer and actor
1905 – Werner Fenchel, mathematician and academic
1912 – May Sarton, poet, novelist and memoirist
1913 – William Inge, playwright and novelist
1919 – Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, musician, and activist
1920 – John Lewis, pianist and composer
1928 – Dave Dudley, singer and songwriter
1928 – Jacques-Louis Lions, mathematician
1929 – Denise Lor, singer and actress
1933 – James Brown, singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actor
1933 – Steven Weinberg, physicist and academic
1934 – Frankie Valli, singer and actor
1938 – Napoleon XIV, singer, songwriter and record producer
1944 – Pete Staples, bass player
1950 – Mary Hopkin, singer and songwriter
1950 – Dag Arnesen, pianist and composer
1951 – Alan Clayson, Esinger, singer, songwriter, and journalist
1951 – Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, and producer
1953 – Bruce Hall, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1953 – Jake Hooker, guitarist and songwriter
1954 – Angela Bofill, singer and songwriter
1959 – David Ball, keyboard player and producer
1964 – Sterling Campbell, drummer and songwriter
1977 – Maryam Mirzakhani, mathematician
1978 – Paul Banks, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

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Died this day in:

No one is 100 percent male or female. We all have elements of both male and female in our bodies. I just am more of a woman than I am a man.

~~ Christine Jorgensen

1779 – John Winthrop, mathematician, physicist, and astronomer
1910 – Howard Taylor Ricketts, pathologist
1916 – Tom Clarke, rebel executed by occupation troops
1916 – Thomas MacDonagh, poet and rebel executed by occupation troops
1916 – Pádraic Pearse, teacher and rebel leader executed by occupation troops
1989 – Christine Jorgensen, trans rights advocate

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

Public Radio Day
Sun Day (International)
World Press Freedom Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

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Richard D'Oyly Carte

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Der Bingle

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Pete Seeger

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John Lewis

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Dave Dudley

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James Brown

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Frankie Valli

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Napoleon XIV

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Pete Staples

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Mary Hopkin

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Six More Days

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And Yet Another List

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It's an open thread, so do your thing, got it? Below this point this is a public forum, your forum, nothing is off topic, so go for it


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Lookout's picture

Thanks for the nod to Assange. We all need to keep his name and situation broadly discussed and described. I've been interested in our concern over Navalny as we torture Julian. Just like our concern for Afghan women, but not Saudi women...and our focus on Chinese Muslims but not the Palestinians. Nothing like the smell of US hypocrisy.

Hope you all have a good day. We've already gotten an inch of rain this morning.

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

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@Lookout

all those matters and more is because we don't really have any principles whatsoever but have weaponized feigned outrage or concern over things that could be deemed to be human rights violations or political/ideological persecutions. As machiavelli noted, politics has no relation to morals.

Congrats on the rain, we appear to be in for another drought, or, our typical weather, depending upon which baselines you adopt. It does make it hard to garden.

be well and 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's picture

pretty warm out in this corner or the world. Now I get to work on the garden and such as well as next weeks ot, as soon as I get on my yard-work shorts.

be well and 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 --

QMS's picture

Just got in from my gardening projects.
Guess you don't read your PM's.
If you have a spare OT on the queue
Wednesday would be a good time to post it.
I'm plum run out of fuel.

Thanks.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@QMS that allegedly go to one's e-mail, I never get. At any rate, I didn't see anything. I gave the one I had to Phillyblues who said he's holding it for future usee, so maybe talk to ham. I'll see if I have anything else laying around in one of my stashes.

be well and 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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@enhydra lutris

no biggie, I'll scramble something together
like eggs, put 'em in a pan with a little oil,
just need to fire up the stove.

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dystopian's picture

Hi EL,

How ya doin'? Hope all is well. Love that Christine Jorgensen quote. Ol' Pitot was something, I loved his tubes. Surprised Fee Waybill never used that somehow, a song, something.

Wasn't 'coming to take you away' released as a soft vinyl insert in MAD magazine? I know "It's a Gas" was, I seem to remember another, maybe this? I thought it was great at the time. Pete Seeger, James Brown, some heavy hitters today...

Noonish wife spotted a male American Redstart at the birdbath. I'm thinkin' there might be shots next Friday photo thread?

Hope it is all good for all!

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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

the apricot tree yesterday or day before, but had to shoot through blinds and screen so pics not that good. Christing has a handful of good quotes and mini-monologues, one started out something like "nature made a mistake and I had it corrected". Glad somebody commented on old man Pitot, made a helluva contribution to travel.

Dunno what any of those soft vinyls were, I remember them, but that's about it.

And you had to go and make the Fee Waybill connection too; damn!

be well and 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 --