Monday Open Thread: February 25 is the Anniversary of E.D. Nixon's Death


February 18 is the 56h day of the Gregorian Calendar year
Sweetmorn, Chaos 56, 3185 YOLD (discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.6.4.17 by the Mayan Long Count


Black History Month



First, a thank you and a hat tip to Lookout, who brought up Mr. Nixon in a comment to my Rosa Parks Day Open Thread.
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I've done a ton of these date based OTs and browsed through tons of lists of events, births and deaths. They memorialize damn near everybody, minor royalty of every ilk, and those who marry into it, athletes and practitioners of sports like golf, bowling and croquet, soldiers of every rank of every nation, artists, authors and musicians of every conceivable level of prominence and talent, but, for today, no mention of Mr. Edgar Daniel (E.D.) Nixon. I know, because, thanks to Lookout, I was looking for him. Ever heard of him?
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A relatively unsung civil rights leader in Montgomery Alabama, Mr. Nixon played a major role in the Montgomery bus boycott. He put up his house for collateral to bail out Rosa Parks. He arranged for Clifford Durr, a white attorney, to represent her. He called a bunch of local ministers to drum up support for a boycott, including Martin Luther King Jr., who had recently moved to Montgomery from Atlanta. He was instrumental in forming the Montgomery Improvement Association to carry out the boycott and in working with Ralph Abernathy to draw up a list of demands to present to the bus company. So, did anybody of note die on this day in 1987? Well, according to Wikipedia, for example, somebody in fact did, James Coco, an American actor and comedian. You have absolutely got to be shitting me!
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Edgar Daniel (E.D.) Nixon. July 12, 1899 to February 25, 1987, Pullman porter, union organizer and civil rights leader.
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Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...

On this day in history:

1836 – Samuel Colt received a patent for the Colt revolver
1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, of the Miss. GOP became the nation's first black Senator
1919 – Oregon instituted a penny per gallon gas tax, the first gas tax in the US
1941 – There was a general strike in the occupied Amsterdam (The February strike).
1968 – South Korean Troops committed the Hà My massacre of one hundred thirty-five unarmed civilians in Vietnam as US allies.
1986 – Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines and Cory Acquino took over (People Power Revolution).
1991 – The Warsaw Pact was abolished leaving NATO with no legitimate purpose beyond economic imperialism, colonialism and brigandage.
1994 – The Mosque of Abraham massacre took place.

Born this day in:

1841 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painter and sculptor
1873 – Enrico Caruso, singer
1898 – William Astbury, physicist and molecular biologist
1906 – Mary Coyle Chase, journalist and playwright
1917 – Anthony Burgess, author, playwright and critic
1918 – Bobby Riggs, male chauvinist tennis hustler who was handed his ass on TV by Billie Jean King.
1920 – Sun Myung Moon, the second messiah, close buds with RM Nixon, GHW Bush, and GW Bush.
1927 – Ralph Stanley, singer and banjo player
1929 – Tommy Newsom, saxophonist and bandleader
1932 – Faron Young, country singer, songwriter, and guitarist, y'all
1943 – George Harrison, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1946 – Pete Wernick, banjo plarer
1947 – Doug Yule, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

Died this day in:

1723 – Christopher Wren, architect
1852 – Thomas Moore, poet and lyricist
1914 – John Tenniel, illustrator
1928 – William O'Brien, journalist and politician
1934 – Elizabeth Gertrude Britton, botanist and bryologist
1957 – Bugs Moran, businessman
1964 – Grace Metalious, author
1970 – Mark Rothko, Painter
1975 – Elijah Muhammad, religious leader
1983 – Tennessee Williams, playwright
1987 – E.D. Nixon, civil rights leader and union organizer, Pullman porter
1994 – Baruch Goldstein, mass murderer
1999 – Glenn T. Seaborg, chemist
2012 – Louisiana Red, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
2013 – C. Everett Koop, surgeon and admiral, surgeon general
2014 – Paco de Lucía, guitarist, songwriter, and producer

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

Kitano Baika-sai, Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
People Power Day (Philippines)

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Music goes here, iirc, well,

E.D. Nixon

George Harrison

Doug Yule

Louisiana Red

Paco de Lucia

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Image is the bus Rosa Parks was busted in

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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@The Aspie Corner
Democratic Party (BIDP), it makes the power brokers and such therein Bourgeoise Imperialist Democrats, or BIDs, and they are all surely up for bid indeed, unless already bought.

Have a good one.

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Here's a pretty good description of Mr. Nixon's work and life.
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1355

Cliff Durr and his wife Virginia were my political mentors. Cliff wanted to be a farmer but when he went to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, they didn't offer Agricultural science (at least that was his line to me). Rosa was their seamstress and friend. They felt a black lawyer would be better for Rosa's case, so he assisted Mr. Fred Gray, who was the lead attorney.

Cliff (who served on the FCC) is also the reason we have public broadcasting, however he would be sorely disappointed in the corporate vehicle it has become. After his death, I spent a year living with Virginia and taking care of their small farm. It was one of the richest years of my life, and was how I became a socialist in my youth.

Finally some sunshine, after a solid week of rain. Wishing you all a sunny and rewarding day!

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

@Lookout at your sunday 'column' this morning. It is so full of information I will be working on it for the rest of the week. I rarely get to read it on Sunday because I'm generally at my job of work. So, a belated thanks to you, I appreciate your efforts.

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@randtntx

thanks for reading!

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

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@Lookout
originally hipping me to his existence. That's also interesting information about Cliff Durr, thanks. Sounds like you had a very informative youth leading to a very positive result. Thanks for all you did for all of us, and, of course, for all you still do.

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@Lookout
cool that you got connected so young. Durr did a lot of good work and his wife too. thanks for the links.

watched the dahr/hedges video. good. think dahr missed a couple of points but maybe they are in his book and hard to think of everything when being interviewed. being picky. I just watched this one (link below) from beckwith. he unpacks a study on Greenland sea ice melt and rapid rise in temperature. The study is from ice cores and shows a 16 C rise in temperature in 10 years after sea ice is melted. right? so basically once the sea ice is gone hold on to your socks.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/mxt6zkwoB84

Part 2: https://youtu.be/WGmJgJ1d02Y

From the article…

These periods, called Dansgaard-Oeschger events2, are some of the fastest and largest abrupt climate changes ever recorded. During some of these events, Greenland temperatures are likely to have increased by 16 degrees Celsius in less than a decade.
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This work confirms a major significance of sea ice for past abrupt warming events. This is important because changes in sea ice have profound consequences on both global and local scales, including impacts on global climate and local ecosystems. Accurate forecasts of Arctic sea ice over the coming decades to centuries are crucial to understanding how the earth will respond to any changes.

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@magiamma @enhydra lutris
...once sea ice is lost....followed by (or concurrent with) a methane burst...then the burning of forests..then ...

What fools not to recognize our peril.

It was my good fortune to spend time with the Durrs. Many people visited...Jessica Mitford, Studs Terkel, journalists to numerous to name,,,as well as locals like Henrietta Boggs. RFK jr was in Alabama and came around at the time too. That experience was a real education.

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

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@magiamma
on the continuing climate emergency saga.

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 --

and the music. I hadn't heard that Velvet Underground tune. It's kind of nice. I was lucky to see Paco de Lucia way back when, unfortunately the concert hall wasn't the best but still, he was mesmerizing.
That's a great version of Turn me aroundI hadn't heard that either, I need a repeat of that at least once a week. It has a 'dig-in-your-heels spirit to it.

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@randtntx
you liked the tunes. I never saw Paco de Lucia live, I wasn't aware of him by name all that long ago. I don't think I heard that much of the Velvet Underground's work beyond their first album either, certainly not that song.

Have a good one

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@gjohnsit
Have a great day.

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Have lost count of how many times it has snowed this February. Too many.

I hope some of you are getting sunny, dry weather.

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@Granma
at elevations for a day or two. I can, however, say pretty much the same a you with respect to rain. We've had a brief sun break of a couple or three days, and it is supposed to end later today. actually, we had a few moments of ultra light rain yesterday already. We do need the rain, but so much so steadily is causing problems all around the state. And weird snow patterns. A few days ago my sister reported upper elevation snowfall in east county San Diego.

Ah well, have a good one, snow or no.

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et al.

thanks for bringing Mr Edgar Daniels Nixon to front and center. without his efforts what would have happened. linchpin. keystone. e d nixon

have a very good one...

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Out of curiosity, I looked up the Mayan long date. That is some calculation, I'd say! Glad you include it. It would be fun to put the long date on everything. Imagine the confusion. Time is man-made, anyway. What fun!

I never knew about Mr. Nixon. Glad you and Lookout have brought him and his great deeds to our attention!

Happy Monday and have a great week, everyone! Pleasantry

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"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

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@Raggedy Ann
recall them, but there are a lot of well known and not too well known astronomical cycles such as the Metonic cycle that the mayans either did or could've tracked with their system. The Metonic is 235 lunar months which is how long it takes for a specific lunar phase to be exactly in sync with a specific position in the solar year. solar year. The saros cycle, which predicts eclipses is another. What I do recall is that there was an article somewhere, some time ago, tht highlighted how some of these more complicated multi-body astronomical cycles were seemingly enmeshed in the long count and its expansion.

I too think it would be a kick to use the long count for everything.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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Thanks for the tunes EL. I could spend all day listening to and watching Paco vids, he was an astounding amazing player. Great Velvet Underground tune... I always thought later there were touches of it in both Sweet Jane, and Rock & Roll. It seems almost a precursor to them. I quite liked George's 'Brainwashed', it was as usual his spot-on perceptive George.

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both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian and always g;ad when people like the ones that I pick. Thanks and 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 --