# Monday Morning Open Thread 12/07/2015

There are 24 days remaining until the end of the year.

7 is a prime (the 4th prime)

999,999/7 = 142,857. Any fraction consisting of an integer divided by 7 will have a repeating decimal consisting of those digits in that order starting at a different, determinable digit unless the numerator is an even multiple of 999,999 or 7. For example, 1/7 = 0.142857142857..., 2/7 = 0.285714285714..., 3/7 = 0.42857142857.... The short-cut is to multiply 0.142857 by the remainder of the long division, and then repeat that decimal component. Thus, the fractional part of 11/7 is 4/7 = 4 x 0.148257 repeated, generating 0.571428571428571428 etc.

This arithmetic oddity was something of a pain for accountants in days of yore because the shortest depreciable life to generate the maximum investment tax credit was 7 years. As a result, 7 was a very popular useful life and the computation of 150% and 200% declining balance depreciation would involve using a rate of either 1.5 x 1/7 or 2 x 1/7.

7 is the most likely result from rolling 2 regular 6 sided dice.
7 is neutral pH
7 is Nitrogen
Old No. 7 is

There are 7 days in a week, 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 seas, 7 continents, 7 Wonders of the ancient world, 7 Dwarves, Rome's 7 hills, the Plieades, and

There were Seven Samurai

And therefore

And the magnificent Lotus 7 & super 7.

Seven is and has been a magik and magikal number in a lot of cultures and religions. I'm just going to take a pass on all of it.
The sole exception is that the Seventh Son is present throughout the US blues and folk genres.

7 BCE was the Year of the Consulship of Nero and Piso (Tiberius Claudius Nero and Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso) and the death of Emperor Cheng of Han and his royal consort Zhao Hede.

7 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Metellus and Nerva. Caesar Augustus was emperor and appointed Publius Quinctilius Varus (yep, that Varus) governor of Germania. Varus almost immediately created a lot of dissension among the various and sundry German tribes, just as he had pissed off the residents of Syria and Judea when stationed in those outposts. This would bite him in the ass in 9 CE at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest where some of said German tribes annihilated him and his 3 legions. The Romans did, much later, recover their 3 "Eagles", but never again had a 17th, 18th or 19th legion.

And now, December 7 On this date in
43 BCE Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated.
1917 The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary. We were already "at war", having declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917.
1941 The Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This should be addequately covered elsewhere.
1965 Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously revoked the mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.
1972 Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, was launched. The crew took the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they left the Earth. Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free ...
1988 Yasser Arafat recognized the right of Israel to exist. We're still waiting for Israel to reciprocate as to Palestine.

And, assorted births were recorded such as those listed with the birth year in parentheses:
Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, a Persian astronomer and author. (903) Famous for his "Book of Fixed Stars".
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, an Italian sculptor and painter. (1598) Invented Baroque sculpture and a big player wrt baroque architecture.
Willa Cather, an American author and poet. (1873) A famous U of Nebraska grad who didn't play football.
Louis Prima, an American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor. (1910) The clown on stage with Keely Smith. A plot fixture in the movie "The Big Night" who never appeared, arguably a MacGuffin.
Eli Wallach, an American actor. (1915) Calvera, Tuco and much movie greatness.
Tom Waits, an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor.(1949)
Larry Bird, an American basketball player and coach. (1956)

And, of course, some deaths.
Cicero, Roman philosopher, lawyer, and politician. (43 bce) as above.
William Bligh, English admiral and politician, 4th Governor of New South Wales. (1817) Yep, Captain Bligh.
Thomas Nast, German-American cartoonist. (1902)
Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player and manager. (1969)
Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, sculptor, and author. (1970) Brilliant inventor, to boot.
Thornton Wilder, American author and playwright. (1975)
Robert Graves, English author and poet. (1985 - born in 1895)

Eli Wallach did not, to the best of my knowledge, play or sing music, however:
He was the outlaw Calvera in The Magnificent 7

He was Tuco, who tells it like it is

Tuco on turning the other cheek

Tom Waits holding on

Tom Waits and his Chocolate Jesus

Louis Prima Jump Jive An' Wail

Louis Prima - Angelina

Louis Prima - night train

On the seventh hours
On the seventh day
On the seventh month
The seven doctors say
You was born for good luck
And that you'll see
I got seven hundred dollars
And don't you mess with me

Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man

Johnny Rivers - Seventh Son

Dylan - 7 Days

Paul Evans - "Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat"

The Allman Brothers Band - Seven Turns

Richie Sambora - Seven Years Gone

The Avons - Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat (HQ)

Queen - Seven Seas Of Rhye (Lyrics) (Damn, I always thought it was 7 seas of Rye.)

Dave Matthews Band - Seven

Fleetwood Mac - Seven Wonders (Live Video)

Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 - Jerry Lee Lewis

Rush-"Seven Cities of Gold"-2012

Sibelius: Symphony #7 ( Full) - Karajan*

### Good Morning, el

I haven't read yet your OT, because I am too exited to be able to see the site up and being logged in.

Let's see how it goes.

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### still a bit whacky around here ?

logged in and out ... and a hint that instructions had been sent per email. Just saying, got no instruction.
But may be the mailman had to go to other places first.

Hallo to JtC. "Alles wird gut" ... We need a bit of love and a bit of hope and ... our daily bred. That's all there is to life, right?

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### Good Morning el and 99%'ers

I tried to comment and saw that I was mimi.

Apparently the ptb at our host site still do not have it right. Anyway, I am hoping that this comment posts. Hope everyone is doing well, no matter who you might be.

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

### Now I'm in

but when I try to post it tells me it's timed out and to save and refresh which doesn't do anything except send me back to the OT.

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### It worked

Good morning everyone.

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### (No subject)

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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 --

### Welcome. I've been sporadicallytrying to get in

since early morn. This was a surprise, I had expected it still be maintenance. I was at front page and had to log in to see this, but it is good. Thanks for reading, but I must run soon, to return in the early afternoon.

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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 --

### Is it working now?

Let's do a comment test and see.

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### Aha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am me on the first try this time. I wonder who I might be later though.

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

### It worked that time, but

next time I logged in I was someone else.

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### oop bip bip

speaking of Robert Graves, I was re-reading his Greek Myths book and was thinking about the 7 day week. How'd that come about? He talks about various civilizations adopting it. But why seven? I would think it's because the 13 month lunar year of 28 days each (which comes to 364 days) was considered accurate enough and thus 7 would be a moon phase.

Meanwhile,

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### Hey 99ers!

Well let's see how this goes!

Had to write from the DK diary room. what an awful experience! Forces double spacing every time you hit return. Not good for poetry. Who ever designed that awful DK writing room probably never wrote a diary in his life. And that creepy orange and black box looms over you the whole time you are in that room. And if you need to narrow the page so as to line up another page for your research...good luck. Looming Box moves over and covers up your text. And don't want Looming Box between my content and my research anyway.

The DK team could not have developed an uglier room for writing in even if that was there goal.

Well enuf ranting about DK5. Hopefully C99 will be back to normal soon and I can return to the nice comfortable and attractive room that we have here,

Edits are still not taking. Have to write the diary and publish without edits or else it ERACES my content!

Hey el, thanks for the tunes, nice way to start the day.

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### sorry for double post

c99 told me I wasn't allowed to comment but then pub'd both tries anyway!

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### everything looks good to me now

while I write this I'll try to edit my comment to see if it works, if it does, I guess I am back to business as usual. Heh, that is just phenomenal. Let's give a hand to JtC.

I post this now with this junk here, which I then will try to edit after it posted. Bare with me. and if it works, I will get rid of my god-awful sig line. Thanks.

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### oh, edit worked, but it takes a long time to show up

ok, somehow with the log in and out it doesn't bring you to the last page and time you posted something. But eventually it shows up. The caucus behaves like a diva. I wonder what we have to feed her to make her happy.

So, now I get rid of my sig-line. let's see how long that takes to show up.

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### edit still not working for me

there should be a photo at top of my essay today, tried a few times, dosn't show.

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Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.-Lucy Parsons

### also some comments post and some don't

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### so, it takes the edits - good -

what it doesn't do is that after I post this the comment, it doesnt show up on the left hand side under Recent comments, and I am brought back to a previous version of the left hand side. I have to log out and log in and wait a bit til comments and changes show up. Leo Tolstoy got it right...

on and now I need another sig-line that doesn't stink.

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### finally c99 let me edit my essay!

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Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.-Lucy Parsons

### Success!

...at least for now.

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### wow. there was a 12/7 morning OT

and people commenting throughout
the time I couldn't get in today *and*
is-it-down sites were telling me that
it wasn't just me - c99p was down
for everybody.

Yet other folks were accessing the site
and commenting ... I don't know what to
make of this.

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