05/17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
Boomtime, Discord 64, 3187 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 126.96.36.199.9 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
~~ Stop Hate
Really, there's a nice long winded holiday and it still forgets to cover non-binary, gender-queer and probably others, besides, of course, all "others". I quoted Christine Jorgensen last week, old news which should've been dispositive of gender issues and gender related hate and fear:
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.
Yet, there are and always will be "others". What about race, color, creed, and all that? Why not simply stop hate, in all it's manifestations, and why not trace that to its beginning; "othering ". Many whole categories of people devote great amounts of time and effort to "othering" those not sufficiently like them or not sufficiently to their liking. Who, exactly, are all those others? They are, when all is said and done, people. no more and no less.
It is not that I wish to replace days devoted to opposing the numerous various classes of those who are victims of hate and persecution with a single "End Hate" day so much as I desire to see each one used as a springboard and reminder that there is a broader, greater evil, hate, per se, in any and every form. And what exactly is hate and how can we know it, not merely in others but in ourselves.? There is almost a cottage industry anymore of claiming that one doesn't hate some person or category or group thereof, but one simply doesn't wish to sell to or buy from or rent to them or have them live next door etc. for ... reasons. That, quite simply, is hate. When you wish another ill or harm of any kind, especially if it involves ostracism or boycotting or other overt behavior, then, unless the victim has intentionally harmed one, or threatened to do so, unless there is a bona fide grievance, that animosity and ill wishing can only have one wellspring, hatred. So let's all just stop it. Peace and comity are not refraining from wrongful activities and intentions, but affirmative endeavors, so it is time to get to work on it. So long as TPTB and the opinion makers can keep us at odds with each other, using the two sided war drum of hate and fear, there will be no peace, happiness nor comity. The other is simply that person in the mirror, oddly familiar but somehow strangely different. Let them be, they are not a threat. They don't offend your god(s), though they might offend your priest(s), and if they do, it is quite clear just where the real problem lies.
On this day in history:
1673 – Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River.
1756 – Seven Years' War formally began
1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.
1863 – Rosalía de Castro published Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) was established in Paris.
1900 – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, was first published in the United States.
1902 –Archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism,
1954 – The US Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas)
1969 – Soviet Venera 6 began its descent into the atmosphere of Venus
1973 – Televised hearings on Watergate began in the US Senate .
1974 – Police in Los Angeles raided the Symbionese Liberation Army's headquarters
1980 – General Chun Doo-hwan of South Korea seizes control of the government and declared martial law in order to suppress student demonstrations.
1983 – The U.S. Department of Energy declassified documents showing world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in response to the Appalachian Observer's Freedom of Information Act request.
1987 – An Iraqi fighter jet fired two missiles into the USS Stark, killing 37 crewmen and injuring 21 more
1990 – The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases
1997 – Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko and renamed Zaire the DRC
2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. were performed in the state of Massachusetts.
Born this day in:
“While the vaccine discovery was progressive, the joy I felt at the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox], blended with the fond hope of enjoying independence and domestic peace and happiness, was often so excessive that, in pursuing my favourite subject among the meadows, I have sometimes found myself in a kind of reverie.”
~~ Edward Jenner
1155 – Jien, monk, poet, and historian
1610 – Stefano della Bella, engraver and etcher
1682 – Bartholomew Roberts, pirate
1749 – Edward Jenner, physician and microbiologist
1794 – Anna Brownell Jameson, author
1818 – Ezra Otis Kendall, professor, astronomer and mathematician
1836 – Virginie Loveling, author and poet
1860 – Charlotte Barnum, mathematician and social activist
1866 – Erik Satie, pianist and composer
1873 – Dorothy Richardson, author and journalist
1889 – Alfonso Reyes, author
1893 – Frederick McKinley Jones, nventor and entrepreneur
1895 – Saul Adler, captain and parasitologist
1897 – Odd Hassel, chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1898 – A. J. Casson, painter
1899 – Carmen de Icaza, writer
1912 – Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, inventor
1919 – Antonio Aguilar, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and screenwriter
1931 – Marshall Applewhite, religious leader, founded Heaven's Gate
1931 – Dewey Redman, saxophonist
1938 – Pervis Jackson, singer
1942 – Taj Mahal, singer, songwriter, and musician
1944 – Jesse Winchester, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer (
1948 – Dick Gaughan, singer, songwriterand guitarist
1949 – Bill Bruford, drummer, songwriter, and producer
1949 – Keith, pop singer
1955 – David Townsend, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1958 – Paul Di'Anno, singer and songwriter
1961 – Enya, singer, songwriter, and producer
1961 – Jamil Azzaoui, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1965 – Trent Reznor, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer
1968 – Dave Abbruzzese, drummer and songwriter
1970 – Jordan Knight, singer, songwriter, and actor
1973 – Josh Homme, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1974 – Andrea Corr, singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress
1976 – Kandi Burruss, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress
Died this day in:
“Look at us. We build giant highways and murderously fast cars for killing each other and committing suicide. Instead of bomb shelters we construct gigantic frail glass buildings all over Manhattan at Ground Zero, a thousand feet high, open to the sky, like a woman undressing before an intruder and provoking him to rape her. We ring Russia's borders with missile-launching pads, and then scream that she's threatening us. In all history there's never been a more lurid mass example of the sadist-masochist expression of the thanatos instinct than the present conduct of the United States. The Nazis by comparison were Eagle Scouts.”
~~ Herman Wouk
1510 – Sandro Botticelli, painter
1626 – Joan Pau Pujol, organist and composer
1643 – Giovanni Picchi, organist and composer
1765 – Alexis Clairaut, mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist
1996 – Kevin Gilbert, singer, songwriterand producer
1999 – Bruce Fairbairn, rumpet player and producer
2001 – Jacques-Louis Lions, mathematician
2012 – Donna Summer, singer and songwriter
2019 – Herman Wouk, author
2020 – Lucky Peterson, blues singer, keyboardist ,and guitarist
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Day Against Homophobia (Canada)
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
World Hypertension Day
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (International)
National Walnut Day
National Cherry Cobbler Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
The need for anti homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other similar days:
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