09/20 is National Gibberish Day

Today is day 263 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Pungenday, Bureaucracy 44, 3187 YOLD
And let us not forget 13.0.8.15.15 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
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911: President George W. Bush at Camp David, 09/15/2001.

~~             Deadly_Buffoons

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On 09-20-1066 Harald Hardrata beat two Yorkish earls at the Battle of Fulford causing Harold Godwinson to rush north with his army to fight Harald at Stamford bridge.  This diversion and the loss of troops, followed by the forced march back to Hastings may have contributed to the English loss to William the Bastard and subsequent Norman conquest of England.

The Old Prussians were an indigenous Baltic tribe, culture, and language who were also pagans.  Accordingly, pursuant to papal doctrine of the era, they had to be forcefully converted to Christianity or exterminated.  The duchy or Polans, among others, gave it a shot and failed and eventually Christendom sent in the Teutonic Order or Teutonic Knights, a crusading order of Germanic Catholic storm-troopers (and brigands) nominally headquartered in Acre who were able to succeed in conquering the Old Prussians.  The Old Prussians, however revolted, several times, one of which is famously known as The Great Prussian  Uprising which started on this day in 1260.  All of their resistance was futile and the Old Prussians, their language, culture, and religion are gone, exterminated except for those of the humans as were Germanized, Christianized and assimilated.  This particular Catholic genocide goes by the name Prussian Crusades, a subunit of the Northern Crusades.  It wasn't at all specifically related to the Cathar genocide which took place in  Languedoc in the 1200s; the Cathars weren't pagans (nature worshippers) but merely insufficiently orthodox Christians, like the Rus.   The crusade against the Rus, of course, failed miserably, a lesson that nobody yet has managed to learn.

On September 20, 1854, British and French troops defeated Russian troops at The Battle of Alma, one of the major battles of the Crimean War.  The allies, Emperor Napoleon III's France, The Ottoman Empire, The British Empire and Sardinia, won the majority of the major battles and forced Russia to sign the Treaty of Paris in March of 1856, under which it ceded some territory, and made some other concessions, but they failed to steal Crimea itself.

On 09-20-1920, the "Black and Tans", a terrorist paramilitary force created by the British government to suppress the Irish Revolution,  burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men,  This was the first Black and Tan atrocity against an entire town and resulted in some international attention.  It was even discussed and mildly criticized by some in Britain's Parliament, though nothing was done and the Black and Tans weren't even ordered to cease their war upon Irish civilians or refrain from terrorist crimes against humanity.

On September 20,  2019, roughly 4 million world wide marched concerning climate change.  The world's politicians and corporate chiefs sprang into action spewing vast volumes of hot air, which only added to the problem because they did nothing to offset it, or anything else.

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On this day in history:

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1066 – Harald Hardrada defeated York's earls Morcar and Edwin at  Fulford,

1187 – Saladin beseiged Jerusalem.

1260 – The Great Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began

1498 – The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in. It has been outside since then.

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sailed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda in an attempt to  circumnavigate the globe.

1737 – The Walking Purchase forced the  Lenape-Delaware to cede 1.2 million acres of tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

1854 – British and French troops defeated Russian troops at the Battle of Alma.

1870 – The Bersaglieri corps entered Rome,  unifying Italy.
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1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-tested the first US gasoline-powered automobile.

1920 – The "Black and Tans" burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men

1941 – Lithuanian Nazis and local police began a mass execution of 403 Jews in Nemencine.

1942 – In the course of two days German and Ukranian Nazis and police murdered at least 3,000 Jews in Letychiv.

1962 – James Meredith was temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.

1973 – Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs at tennis

1977 – Vietnam was admitted to the UN
   

1990 – South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia

2001 – George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror".

2007 – Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of the Jena Six

2011 – The US military ended Clinton's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy,

2019 – Roughly 4 million people demonstrated world wide about climate change

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Born this day in:

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“One of the necessary accompaniments of capitalism in a democracy is political corruption.”

~~     Upton Sinclair

917 – Kyunyeo, poet
1593 – Gottfried Scheidt, organist and composer
1614 – Martino Martini, missionary, cartographer and historian
1685 – Giuseppe Matteo Alberti, violinist and composer
1778 – Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, admiral, cartographer, and explorer
1800 – Benjamin Franklin White, singer and composer
1819 – Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, inventor
1831 – Kate Harrington, poet and educator
1833 – Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Isoldier and journalist
1842 – James Dewar, chemist and physicist
1844 – William H. Illingworth, photographer
1847 – Susanna Rubinstein, psychologist
1851 – Henry Arthur Jones, playwright and critic
1876 – Carleton Ellis, inventor and chemist
1878 – Upton Sinclair, novelist, critic, and essayist
1895 – Walter Dubislav, logician and philosopher of science
1899 – Leo Strauss, political scientist, philosopher, and academic
1902 – Stevie Smith, author and poet
1906 – Vera Faddeeva, mathematician
1913 – Sidney Dillon Ripley, ornithologist and academic
1921 – Chico Hamilton, drummer, composer, and bandleader
1924 – Gogi Grant, singer
1924 – Jackie Paris, singer and guitarist
1925 – Bobby Nunn,  singer
1927 – Colette Bonheur, singer
1927 – John Dankworth, saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer
1927 – Red Mitchell,  bassist, composer, and poet
1928 – Donald Hall, poet, editor, and critic
1929 – Joe Temperley, saxophonist and clarinet player
1930 – Richard Montague, mathematician and philosopher
1935 – Keith Roberts, author and illustrator
1938 – Eric Gale, guitarist and producer
1947 – Billy Bang, violinist and composer
1947 – Mia Martini, singer
1948 – Victoria Mallory, singer and actress
1948 – George R. R. Martin, novelist and short story writer
1948 – Chuck Panozzo, bass player
1948 – John Panozzo, drummer
1956 – Jennifer Tour Chayes, mathematician and computer scientist
1956 – Steve Coleman, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader
1956 – John Harle, saxophonist, composer, conductor, and producer
1957 – Alannah Currie, singer and songwriter
1959 – Joseph Alessi, trombonist and educator
1960 – Dave Hemingway, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1962 – Jim Al-Khalili, physicist, author, and academic
1964 – Randy Bradbury, bass player
1966 – Nuno Bettencourt, singer, songwriter. and guitarist
1967 – Gunnar Nelson, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1967 – Matthew Nelson, singer, songwriter and bass player
1969 – Patrick Pentland, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1969 – Tim Rogers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1969 – Ben Shepherd, musician and songwriter
1975 – Jason Robinson, saxophonist and composer
1987 – Jack Lawless, drummer
1990 – Phillip Phillips, singer, songwriter and guitarist

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Died this day in:

No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. 

~~     Annie Besant

1533 – Veit Stoss, sculptor
1684 – Kim Seok-ju, scholar and politician
1793 – Fletcher Christian, lieutenant and mutineer
1803 – Robert Emmet, commander
1815 – Nicolas Desmarest, geologist and scholar
1839 – Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet, admiral
1863 – Jacob Grimm, philologist and mythologist
1884 – Leopold Fitzinger, zoologist and author
1898 – Theodor Fontane, author and poet
1908 – Pablo de Sarasate, violinist and composer
1933 – Annie Besant, theosophist and activist
1957 – Jean Sibelius, violinist and composer
1971 – Giorgos Seferis, poet and diplomat
1973 – Jim Croce, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1984 – Steve Goodman, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1985 – Helen MacInnes, librarian and author
1996 – Paul Erdos, mathematician and academic
1996 – Paul Weston, pianist, composer, and conductor
2005 – Simon Wiesenthal, human rights activist, Holocaust survivor

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Fried Rice Day
National Gibberish Day
National Pepperoni Pizza Day
National Punch Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

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Chico Hamilton

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Bobby Nunn,

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John Dankworth

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Red Mitchell

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Joe Temperley

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Eric Gale

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Billy Bang

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Pablo de Sarasate

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Jean Sibelius,

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Jim Croce

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Steve Goodman

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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?

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Open Thread, Gibberish Day, Harald Hardrata, Climate Change, Upton Sinclair, Annie Besant, Jean Sibelius, Steve Goodman

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mimi's picture

I love your music selections so much. Thanks.

What is on my mind today? Utter depressive bullshit. You don't want to know.

I appreciate all the moderators of this side. Just saying.

And I love the site itself, needs saying too.

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mimi

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@mimi

JS is quite familiar with Smokey Joe's Cafe.
I'm glad you liked the music, but sad that you're depressed anyway.

Thanks for reading

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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Thanks for the history lesson(s) and music.

I've always appreciated pagans/nature worship more than dogma ladened western religions anyway.

What is it with humans that "You must believe in MY orthodoxy or we will KILL you"? Perhaps it is our tribal evolution? It seems deeply ingrained in our psyche. Seems the same phenomenon with the COVID approach as well...my take is right, your take is wrong mentality.

Wishing peace for our troubled, endangered species, and a good day to all.

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

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@Lookout

has definitely been present in H. sap.'s evolutionary line since we still had tails. I've said it for years: "Your tribe BAD, my tribe GOOD, ook ook (flings feces)".

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@Lookout

I appreciate pagan/naturalist "religions" better than a lot of others, they at least strive to be attuned with nature. I also fail to understand the need to force homogeneity of belief upon all comers, and object somewhat strenuously to it. Among other things, it impedes progress, discovery and ratiocination.

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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delivered by the honorable Gabby Johnson in "Blazing Saddles", of course.

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables

Great clip, thanks.

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 --

just ask my wife.

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@JtC

you found it. Clear proof that gibberish can be an art or at least an art form.

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
Oswald Bates should be Biden's press secretary. Or maybe even Biden's speech writer.

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@JtC

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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It didn't have to be this way.

@Azazello

It was pretty powerful. Normally I would discourage disruption of speech, but Bush is so insulated by the powers that be AND by his own total cluelessness and arrogance, it was like watching the wind clear the smoke.

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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@Fishtroller 02

though I'm a bit less against interruption. I disagree, in principle with interruption for content and of content and for differences in opinions and/or beliefs, but have no problems with calling out criminals for their crimes before they get started. Such people are invariably introduced with some hagiography by some willing enabler and the venue deserves to hear the reality of the speakers life and doings if only for context.

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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@Azazello

though I had heard that there was a ruckus of that nature. Bush earned it and continues to earn it every day by denying through omission exactly what he and his co-conspirators brought about.

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

reviled GWB is being rehabilitated after the mess he created through his presidency. Besides two wars, he introduced Medicare private insurance which was meant to kill Medicare. So many deaths and cruelty! So much damage! He should go back to painting and keep his mouth shut.

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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"

@Lily O Lady

dear sweet man. So what did we miss? Maybe the fact that the former first lady is an idiot?

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

@Fishtroller 02

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@Lily O Lady

It is alleged that he's born again (it's pretty clear that his first one was a failure). If that's true he should spend his days praying for forgiveness and his nights giving thanks that he hasn't been the subject of a war crimes tribunal.

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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They say that there's a broken light for every heart on Broadway
They say that life's a game and then they take the board away
They give you masks and costumes and an outline of the story
And leave you all to improvise their vicious cabaret-- A. Moore

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@Johnny Q

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 --

Sept. 20th is National Gibberish Day. The two at the top were the best Gibberish-speaking politicians in my lifetime. So fluent.

Combine argument with gibberish and you have some scary stuff. Just keep the hoi-polloi busy arguing about nonsense and sedate them with authoritarian gibberish.

Thanks for the OT and music!

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@randtntx

money.

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 --