July 19, Seneca Falls & the ERA
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And let us not forget 220.127.116.11.12 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
Prefatory Rant: Today is the anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. Who Knew? Is there a holiday or any other celebration of this day? Nope. We have a yo-yo day, a kite flying day, oatmeal day, scouts day, PB&J day,
Secretaries Day Administrative Professionals' Day, and even two days to celebrate specific irrational numbers. But Today?? Today is farkin' National Raspberry Cake Day, I shit you not. /rant
Hokay on this day in 1848, roughly 13 years before the US Civil War, a bunch of women and a few men (including Frederick Douglas) gathered to hold a two day convention to consider and discuss the sorry status of women's rights, propose remedies, write a Declaration of Sentiments and such. Women's suffrage was controversial and hotly debated (Douglas was for it) and eventually passed easily. Not all of the attendees survived to witness the passage of the 19th amendment 72 years later. Not by any means.
None of them whatsoever lived to see the Equal Rights Amendment pass, because it hasn't.
Rant the Second Know what is pathetic? It has fallen off of the map. Go thee now and Google "ERA" sans quotes. I did and at the top of the page it presented ERA under the heading "Spanish" and next to it, under the heading "English" it said "IT WAS". This was followed by other stuff like "what is an era?", "how long is an era?", etc. and some information about "Earned Run Average" (beisbol). All that before any mention of the Equal Rights Amendment, It isn't like it is that lengthy or complex for Ishtar's sake --
"Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
"Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
"Sec. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."
It's been 173 years since they decided to complain about their radically unequal status; 173 years! Worse yet, if it is even putatively ratified, it will still be litigated and very possibly struck down by the Supremes thanks to various bits of Congressional idiocy like a sunset provision and some attempted extensions as well as the fact that some states that ratified it revoked their prior ratifications. (Nebraska, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, and South Dakota) In addition, North Dakota has passed a resolution to the effect that it's original ratification is no longer valid because of the earlier sunset, which is long past and Minnesota has a similar piece of work in process. Minnesota? Really?
Let's get this straight, all people are equal. Furthermore rights aren't gifts, even the US, which in its infancy recognized slavery as a legitimate social institution, still has a foundational document calling human rights "unalienable", they are not transferable but inhere within each individual. It is ludicrous and irrational to hold that women have unequal rights and need a document prepared and signed by others to grant them full equality. However, the sad reality is that their ability to fully exercise those rights is dependent upon such a document because our socio-political and economic system rewards and exalts sociopathy, which, among other things relies heavily upon the exploitation of humans for the benefit of a few. That means that it is really necessary that we the people figure out a way to force the issue and get such a document enacted; passed, ratified, and implemented, even if we have to start over ab initio. Party, schmarty, legislators and executives at all levels who do not support this and make it a high priority should all be out on their ass, rinse and repeat, until done.
On this day in history:
64 – The Great Fire of Rome lasted for six days, destroying half of the city. (see also 1943, below)
711 – Umayyad forces defeated the Visigoths at the Battle of Guadalete beginning their conquest of Iberia
1588 – The British fought the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Gravelines.
1701 – Representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy signed the Nanfan Treaty,
1832 – The British Medical Association was founded as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association
1843 – Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain was launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller, as well as the largest vessel afloat in the world.
1848 – A two-day Women's Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.
1870 – France declared war on Prussia, heh
1900 – The first line of the Paris Métro opened for operation.
1903 – Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France.
1936 – The CNT and UGT called a general strike in Spain against the Nationalists
1940 – British Army order 112 formed the Intelligence Corps of the British Army.
1943 – More than 500 Allied aircraft bombed Rome inflicting thousands of casualties. (1943-64 = 1,879 years; tune in on 07/19/3822)
1961 – Tunisia blockaded Bizerte
1963 – Joe Walker flew a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 meters which qualified as a human spaceflight under international convention.
1964 – At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khánh called for expanding the war into North Vietnam. see France, supra
1977 – The world's first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from space (duh) and received in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1979 – The Sandinista rebels overthrew the government of the Somoza family
1979 – The oil tanker SS Atlantic Empress collided with another oil tanker, causing the largest ever ship-borne oil spill.
1981 – French President François Mitterrand told Reagan about the Farewell Dossier
1983 – The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT was published.
Born this day in:
“Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.”
~~ Herbert Marcuse
1670 – Richard Leveridge, singer and songwriter
1759 – Marianna Auenbrugger, pianist and composer
1814 – Samuel Colt, businessman, founded the Colt's Manufacturing Company
1834 – Edgar Degas, painter, sculptor, and illustrator
1846 – Edward Charles Pickering, astronomer and physicist
1864 – Fiammetta Wilson, astronomer
1865 – Charles Horace Mayo, surgeon, founded the Mayo Clinic
1875 – Alice Dunbar Nelson, poet and activist
1883 – Max Fleischer, animator and producer
1894 – Aleksandr Khinchin, mathematician and academic
1896 – A. J. Cronin, physician and novelist
1898 – Herbert Marcuse, sociologist and philosopher
1899 – Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay, physician, author, poet, and playwright
1902 – Samudrala Raghavacharya, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter
1909 – Balamani Amma, poet and author
1920 – Robert Mann, violinist, composer, and conductor
1920 – Richard Oriani, metallurgist and engineer
1921 – Harold Camping, radio preacher: went 0 for 5 on the date of the end of the world, then "passed"
1921 – Elizabeth Spencer, novelist, short story writer, and playwright
1921 – Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, physicist and academic
1922 – Rachel Robinson, professor and registered nurse
1925 – Sue Thompson, singer
1929 – Gaston Glock, engineer and businessman, co-founded Glock Ges.m.b.H.
1932 – Buster Benton, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1937 – George Hamilton IV, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1938 – Jayant Narlikar, astrophysicist and astronomer
1938 – Tom Raworth, poet and academic
1941 – Vikki Carr, singer and actress
1943 – Han Sai Por, sculptor and academic
1946 – Alan Gorrie, singer, songwriter, and musician
1947 – Bernie Leadon, guitarist and songwriter
1947 – Brian May, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and astrophysicist
1948 – Keith Godchaux, keyboard player and songwriter
1950 – Freddy Moore, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1952 – Allen Collins, guitarist and songwriter
1956 – Mark Crispin, computer scientist, designed the IMAP
1960 – Kevin Haskins, drummer and songwriter
1963 – Thomas Gabriel Fischer, musician
1964 – Masahiko Kondo, singer, songwriter, and race car driver
1968 – Robb Flynn, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1973 – Martin Powell, keyboard player and songwriter
Died this day in:
Five great enemies of peace inhabit with us — avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
1374 – Petrarch, poet and scholar
1631 – Cesare Cremonini, philosopher and academic
1742 – William Somervile, poet and author
1814 – Matthew Flinders, navigator and cartographer
1838 – Pierre Louis Dulong, physicist and chemist
1855 – Konstantin Batyushkov, poet and translator
1939 – Rose Hartwick Thorpe, poet and author
1975 – Lefty Frizzell, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1980 – Hans Morgenthau, political scientist, philosopher, and academic
1982 – Hugh Everett III, physicist and mathematician
2002 – Dave Carter, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
2002 – Alan Lomax, historian, scholar, and activist
2004 – Sylvia Daoust, sculptor
2004 – J. Gordon Edwards, entomologist, mountaineer, and DDT advocate
2010 – Jon Cleary, author and playwright
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Independence Day (São Tomé and Príncipe from Portugal & Kiribati from the UK)
Global Hug Your Kids Day
National Daquiri Day
National Flitch Day
Flight Attendant Safety Professionals' Day
Sandinista Day or Liberation Day (Nicaragua)
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
George Hamilton IV
Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?