Monday Open Thread: April 22 is Earth Day

April 22 is the 112th day of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Boomtime, Discord 39, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 13.0.6.7.13 by the Mayan Long Count


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Earth Day! Wow! Bet there'll be a metric boatload of speechifying and posturing today, 39 years later. So what happened in between? Mostly hippies and a handful of scientists "celebrating", howling into the wind, mostly ignored and/or mocked. Now the bandwagon will be overloaded with talkers, most of whom will propose assorted "planning" and "research", like they should have 39 years ago, but, most of whom have, during that period, pretty much done zip shit. In the near and not so near future, most of them will continue to talk and do zip shit. The youth, however, are rising, and may be able to accomplish something yet, in the face of all the subtle and not at all subtle opposition, obstruction, and resistance, all the stalling and can kicking on the part of the global establishment. It's up to Greta and all of her "fellow travelers" now, and one cannot help but wonder how many will die at the hands of the authorities and corporate goons in the coming decade.

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Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...

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On this day in history:

1529 – The Treaty of Zaragoza divided the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues east of the Moluccas. This was a bookend to the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, which sort of codified and enacted assorted Papal Bulls. It would seem that the popes and kings involved in this process were blithely unaware of certain fundamental properties of spherical objects, such as the fact that "everything west of a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands" must also include "everything east of a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands". This oversight led both Spain and Portugal to "rightfully" claim the Moluccas, which they did and then went to war for 9 years over. (Of course, none of them had any right whatsoever to make any claim on the Moluccas, but the pernicious doctrines embodied in that usurpation of the rights of indigenous peoples to their own lands has been recognized as valid by the US Supreme Court, and far be it from me to decry it and thereby disclose my allegiance to Putin or some such idiocy.) At any rate this final treaty put the end to 9 years of war caused by the fact that popes and kings are neither required nor even expected to know geometry or anything else remotely practical or useful, but, like all political animals, only what to kiss and when.

1864 – The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864, creating the 2 cent coin and allowing the inscription of the pernicious and nefarious phrase "In God We Trust" on said 2 cent piece.. (I'd like to assert that this is the origin of "my two cents' worth", but have no support for such an assertion, though, or course, supporting ones assertions is admittedly quite passe', old school, unnecessary and generally otiose today.) Sure enough, on March 3, 1865, Congress approved the inscription of this dastardly attack on the first amendment on all US silver and gold coins. and in 1956 Ike saw to it that it replaced "E Pluribus Unum" as our national motto and got printed and minted on all of our currency and coins. (Nonetheless, Ike didn't trust god be in charge of Viet Nam's fate, odd, that.)

1970 – The first Earth Day was celebrated.

2016 – The Paris Agreement was signed. The timing was intended to be symbolic. As signed, it pretty much was symbolic. The US eventually withdrew, sparing itself the stigma of ignoring it.

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Born this day in:

1724 – Immanuel Kant, German anthropologist and philosopher.
1766 – Germaine de Staël, author and political philosopher
1830 – Emily Davies, suffragist and educator, co-founder of Girton College.
1870 – Vladimir Lenin, leftist lawyer
1891 – Nicola Sacco, anarchist martyr murdered by the state.
1892 – Vernon Johns, minister and activist
1899 – Vladimir Nabokov, novelist and critic
1904 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, physicist
1916 – Yehudi Menuhin, violinist and conductor
1916 – Ruth A. M. Schmidt, geologist and paleontologist
1922 – Richard Diebenkorn, painter
1922 – Charles Mingus, bassist, composer, and bandleader
1927 – Laurel Aitken, singer
1935 – Paul Chambers, bassist and composer
1936 – Glen Campbell, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1937 – Jack Nitzsche, singer, songwriter, pianist, and conductor
1939 – Mel Carter. singer and actor
1950 – Peter Frampton, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1950 – Jancis Robinson, journalist and critic
1951 – Paul Carrack, singer, songwriter and guitarist

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Died this day in:

1806 – Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, Nelson's foil
1983 – Earl Hines, pianist and bandleader
1984 – Ansel Adams, photographer and environmentalist
1995 – Jane Kenyon, poet and author
1996 – Erma Bombeck, journalist and author
2011 – Hazel Dickens, singer, songwriter, bassist and guitarist
2013 – Richie Havens, singer, songwriter and guitarist

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

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Music goes here, iirc, well,


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Laurel Aitken
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Caitlin Johnstone on how to counter people who smear Assange and hold them accountable for what their bad-faith non-arguments reveal about them.

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/debunking-all-the-assange-smears-a549...

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@lotlizard
some would be celebrating Easter Monday and considered noting that, but really ... .
Thanks for the link to Caitlin's latest. I get he in in my e-mail, which is perpetually overloaded, and then get the e-mails read to me while I work around the house and yard, usually in batches.

Have yourself a great 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 --

taken from the moon appeared on a button with the inscription "Love it or leave it."

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@brae-70
hilarious. I'm not sure where I was that day, I was aware that there was a thing going down (no doubt many, probably one at the polo fields) but I don't think that I was actually at any of them except in spirit.

Have a great 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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I have really been enjoying the XR newsletters this week. Today's edition tells of the world wide rebellion...it won't be televised...almost no US reporting
https://rebellion.earth/2019/04/22/update-6-a-new-phase-begins/

Here's Greta's speech from yesterday...(at about the 18 min mark, but it is all interesting if you have the time)
https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/videos/472145216857284/

I like the ideas expressed, but wish these were more compelling musically
Yoko's I love you earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcjtJtheV0w

John Denver Celebrate Earth Day Every day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGnWuwAJ6bM

Here's a nice visual...with the Turtles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAJdZ6x8I4

and a last one..

Happy Earth Day everyone!

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

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@Lookout
links and the video. I'll try to get to them, but we are desparately to get the house, yard and our more regular affairs in order before our next trip. I've been doing weeding and spring pruning until I can't see straight, then researching stuff with glazed over vision.

Have a great 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 worry about reading links, though the newsletter pictures are fun. Working the road again today, and setting up the electric fence charger for the newly installed temporary fence. I'm build a new one. Also have a new wellhouse in the works so my plate is also full. Better than not having enough to keep us busy. Anyway have a good one!

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

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@Lookout

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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 al.

XR is still at it. in their next phase they are planning on speaking with public officials. fingers crossed.

Climate activists stage 'die-in' at Natural History Museum
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/22/people-arrested-at-l...

Scores of environmental activists lay on the floor at the Natural History Museum in London as part of the eighth day of protests by Extinction Rebellion, which have brought chaos to the capital.

As many as 100 of the group’s protesters participated in the “die-in” on Monday afternoon to raise awareness of the mass extinction of species.

The demonstrators – some wearing white facepaint with red veils and robes – gathered underneath the museum’s blue whale skeleton and remained to listen to an impromptu classical music performance.

I spent the weekend pruning. much more to do. one thing at a time. good luck with all your chores.

have a good one, all...

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@magiamma
info on XR and the well wishes too.

Have a great 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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you ago,

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On a more serious note, there are '5' Dem Party candidates participating in a CNN Town Hall this evening, back to back. I 'think' they're each an hour long.

Klobuchar's on now; Bernie's next.

Here's the CNN piece about it,

CNN to host back-to-back town halls with five Democratic presidential candidates on April 22

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Updated 9:02 AM ET, Thu April 11, 2019

(CNN)Five Democratic presidential candidates will appear later this month in back-to-back CNN town halls focused on issues of importance to young voters, the network announced Thursday.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will participate in this live, internationally telecast 2020 event from New Hampshire on April 22.

The CNN town halls are co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. The presidential hopefuls will field questions directly from students and young New Hampshire Democrats, said a CNN spokeswoman, who added the audience will be drawn from the two schools and a pool of young Democrats living in the state.

On April 22, Chris Cuomo will moderate the Klobuchar (7 p.m. ET) and Sanders (9 p.m. ET) town halls, Anderson Cooper will moderate the Warren (8 p.m. ET) and Buttigieg (11 p.m. ET) town halls, and Don Lemon will moderate the Harris (10 p.m. ET) town hall.

Can't believe that Klobuchar will get anywhere. Not sure 'how' she's gotten elected, if Minnesota is supposedly a 'blue' state. Whew!

Have a good one, All!

PleasantryMollie

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