Monday Open Thread: July 16 is the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

July 16 is the 197th day of the year, there are 168 days left

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Tis Boomtime, Confusion 51, 1367 YOLD


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Today's number is 16

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16 = 4 squared and 2 to the fourth or 4**2 and 2**4. Coincidence? I don't think so.
(I know of no other number that is both a**b and b**a where a is unequal to b)
16 is the base for the Hexadecimal numeral system, aka Hex
Counting in Hex runs from 0 to 9 then A,B,C,D,E, and F for 10 through 15
Hex is used a ton in computer science, computers and computing
16 is sulfur
There are 16 ounces in a pound

Title 16 of the US Code is CONSERVATION

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16 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Ahenobarbus and Scipio
Caesar Augustus reorganized the German provinces and made Trier their capital.
(Trier just installed at least one traffic control light with charactures of Karl Marx on thw wait and walk lenses to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth there)
Elsewhere in 16 BCE,
Roman legate Marcus Lollius was defeated by a Germanic horde. This was/is called "The Lollian Disaster" because the German raiders bagged the legionary standard (the Eagle).
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16 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Taurus and Libo
A Roman army of 50,000 men commanded by Germanicus won a victory at Idistaviso, defeating the German war chief Arminius and recovering the lost eagles of Varus' legions. (Those were the 3 eagles Varus lost in 9 BCE, not the paltry lone eagle Lollius lost in 16 BCE.)
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On this day in:

0622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
1769 - Imperialist colonial slaver Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcala.
1790 - The District of Columbia was established as the capital of the US
1927 - Augusto Cesar Sandino attacked occupying U.S. Marine invaders at Ocotal, but was driven off by dive bombers.
1931 - Emperor Haile Selassie signed the first constitution of Ethiopia.
1945 - The US detonated a test A-Bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
1965 - The Mont Blanc Tunnel opened
1969 - Apollo 11 was launched

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Born this day in:

1723 - Joshua Reynolds, English painter
1862 - Ida B. Wells, investigative journalist, activist, NAACP co-founder
1872 - Roald Amundsen, explorer
1896 - Trygve Lie, union leader and politician
1928 - Robert Sheckley, author and screenwriter
1932 - John Chilton, trumpet player and composer
1938 - Tony Jackson, singer and bass player
1939 - William Bell, singer and songwriter
1939 - Denise LaSalle, singer, songwriter and producer, but not Koko
1941 - Desmond Dekker, singer and songwriter
1946 - Barbara Lee, Actual progressive US politician
1948 - Pinchas Zukerman, violinist and conductor
1948 - Ruben Blades, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1952 - Stewart Copeland, drummer and songwriter
1953 - Douglas J. Feith war criminal, "the dumbest f***ing guy on the planet".(Tommy Franks)
1968 - Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia

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Died this day in:

1546 - Anne Askew, author, tortured and burnt at the stake for heresy
1953 - Hilaire Belloc, author and historian
1981 - Harry Chapin, guitarisst, singer and songwriter
1989 - Herbert von Karajan, condustor
2003 - Celia Cruz, singer and actress
2008 - Jo Stafford, singer
2012 - Kitty Wells, singer, songwriter and guitarist
2014 - Johnny Winter, singer, songwriter and guitarist

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Flight Attendant Safety Professionals' Day
National Daiquiri Day
National Hot Dog Day
Take Your Poet to Work Day

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Haile Selassie

Alamogordo

William Bell

Denise LaSalle

Desmond Dekker

Stewart Copeland

Harry Chapin

Cella Cruz

Jo Stafford

Kitty Wells

Johnny Winter


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OLinda's picture

Happy Monday, everybody!

(She's too young, boys!)

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Citizen Of Earth's picture

@OLinda
Now in their 60s/70s, singing their old hits. "She's 16, she's beautiful, and she's miiiiine. " Smile

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@Citizen Of Earth

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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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@OLinda OT that was just a collection of all of the "16" themed songs, or considered it and passed because they are so numerous. A lot of them focus on teen love and are of a similar vintage to 16 candles.

My recollection of the late fifties is that 16 was a sort of "coming of age", but not the age of consent, except in the south where it was a sort of "age of consent if the parents consented." "Sweet 16" parties were definitely a coming of age thing, but for falling in love, dating and going steady. OTOH, most of the US was, to me, terra incognita culturally back then.

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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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National Daiquiri Day
National Hot Dog Day

A hot dog and a daiquiri. Now that would start a Monday. Smile

Thank you, enhydra.

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@OLinda terrific conjunction last night with Venus and the new crescent moon, y'all.

http://earthsky.org/tonight

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Dance the resistance boogie

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@QMS

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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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@OLinda
together, though my tastes run more to zinfandel and cabernet.

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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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For example, here's a twitter image
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqvOe7yUkAAV7HI.jpg
If you go to that link, the image exists.
But if I put the link in an html IMG tag in a C99 comment, it will not load.
Is that twimg domain blocked for some reason?

Opps. I forgot to say Good Morning All!

Update: It turns out that I am using Firefox and have Tracking Protection enabled.
That is what is blocking twitter images (b/c they are cross-site image references)
The solution was to disable Tracking Protection for this site.
So never mind.

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@Citizen Of Earth
that is blocking the image loads.
I uploaded an html page to my own website and the Twitter image would not load. Dam U Twitter. Screw U, your users are a bunch of Socialists anyway.

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@Citizen Of Earth Since most of my followers aren't even aware that I write poetry, due to the links only showing up as a "Shares" link, instead of displaying where things are going. Been sent to TOP twice now by stealth links.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

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@detroitmechworks
they're part of the clown show that has decided to downrate and distract from everybody who doesn't echo the mainstream narrative on things.

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@Citizen Of Earth
wonder if twtr has joined the war on fake news dissent and non-conforming opinions.

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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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Turned on CNN during breakfast. Trump and Putin sitting in front of reporters for photo op. Trump droneing on about what a tremendous opportunity this is. Putin looking down at his shoes, looking bored out of his f___in mind. Putin was an hour late for the meeting. Hahaha.

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@Citizen Of Earth
Scottish stand-up comedian Janey Godley gives a high-five to a police officer. Why can't Merika have cops like this?

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@Citizen Of Earth even though he's doing the exact same shit Clinton would have done.

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

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@The Aspie Corner
Fuck the centrist pigs. Fuck Clinton. Fuck Trump. Fuck Putin. Did I get everyone that time? Smile
They are all part of the problem.

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@Citizen Of Earth

The sentiment is more what I was trying to convey.

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@detroitmechworks

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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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We had a young family come visit with their 2 year old yesterday. Too bad we can't tap into the energy and curiosity and the simple pleasures of the young ones. We grow to be tired and cynical as we age. Perhaps we should strive to find the kid still inside us?

Have a good day everybody.

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

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@Lookout
I think I and many of my friends became largely tired and cynical in our late pre-teens or early teens. Later, as we aged, we went through brief periods or stages when we would experience and become that "inner kid" for a while, but it has become not so much a desired full time state as a sporadically sought out experience, thrill or epiphany. A momentary break, as it were.

Right now, I personally am thinking about ollas, homebrew, terra cotta. I think some of our losses during our absence might've been prevented or ameliorated by better watering. Ollas should be an answer, of a partial answer - I shall see.

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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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One of my friends dropped a link, and whaddya know, they still can't get over us.

Now they're pissed because we use acronyms instead of bothering to fully type out names.
And we're apparently idiots because of that whole "Don't really give a crap about Russia" thing.

The MIC is desperate to frame this as a fight for survival, and I'm laughing my fucking ass of about it. Maybe the Empire's survival, but that assumes I give a crap about the Empire.
Frankly, all they've got left are insults and mud to throw, and I have no intentions of bothering with their insults or changing my attitudes to please them.

To quote my Favorite Philosopher, Antisthenes

It is better to fall in with crows than with flatterers; for in the one case you are devoured when dead, in the other case while alive.

And a new Poem Is up. It's Demeter, and there's a bit of my own past pain in this one, so if it's a bit bitter, I apologize.

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@detroitmechworks
about all the bitterness and vindictiveness of the Hillary worshippers and ideologues and its wellsprings and causes, but it is more work than I feel like undertaking.

Short form:

"The idol had feet of clay. Some of us were duped and some of us were neoliberals, but we were all part of the movement to make her our candidate at all cost, even though the warning signs were there from the beginning that she couldn't win. But it was HER TURN, and we cannot confront the fact that she got her turn, and lost. Somebody must take the blame for that, somebody must pay, it must've been treachery, because the Queen-Goddess HRC could not, herself, have failed"
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@enhydra lutris Is that for shit's and giggles, I've started reading Fundamentalist Christian criticisms of Hellenism as a religion.

Talk about Deja Vu. It's always the fault of SATAN Russians, and any criticism is in fact a sign of THE DEVIL Trump. Every denial of their accusations is just more proof that indeed we were involved in Human Sacrifice Chair Throwing and Killing Babies Not caring enough about Immigrant Babies!

Serious, I'm starting to get how the idiots won. How those that favored unthinking obedience and repetition of lies preferable to searching for the truth, forever mutable and changing. Heh, Fire and wind come from the Gods of the Sky...

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@detroitmechworks

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@enhydra lutris Thanks for reading and to the muses for letting her voice be heard. Smile

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Trump says DNC "should be ashamed" for getting hacked

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We were just in South Africa for our annual camping in our own tent safari in Kruger NP.
Obama will probably be welcomed but I would tell them they should not trust a thing he says any more than they do Trump.

Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela's legacy

By andrew meldrum, associated press

JOHANNESBURG — Jul 16, 2018, 5:43 AM ET

Two hundred young Africans are in Johannesburg for a five-day workshop to boost their leadership skills. Chosen from nearly 10,000 applications, the participants come from 44 countries, said Bernadette Meehan, the Obama Foundation's executive director of international relations.

The average age of the participants is 31 and they come from the private sector, government and civil society, she said. They are working in Africa in the fields of public health, food security, girls' education, female empowerment, the LGBT movement, human rights, peacemaking, conflict resolution, renewable energy and entrepreneurship.

The Obama Foundation plans to launch similar youth leadership programs in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

"President and Mrs. Obama strongly believe that ordinary people can achieve positive change," Meehan said. "This program is designed to inspire and empower the next generation of change makers."

My guess this is part of a plan to sow the seeds of neo-liberalism under the guise of Mandela's legacy, but that's just me.

Edited to add linky.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

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@divineorder
great neoliberal juggernaut will continue and will continue to misrepresent itself as progressivism.

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Almost remember 16, strange age. Maybe 71? Anyway, there is this response to the nation's insanity by Caitlin...

Only assholes and morons oppose these peace talks. If you want to help steer this ship into the iceberg of nuclear holocaust, then I want you thrown overboard. Get a fucking grip, you raving lunatics. Stop this. Stop this immediately.

full text...

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/peace-talk-between-nuclear-superpower...

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@QMS
much as I recall the acts, activities and actions. There was a pall hanging over everything, but it was also, in many ways, golden, and crazy, and zen.

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@QMS

Yesterday was already a great day for humans who stand against war. Now we have a great quote to attach to tag the day with its historical context.

We (the anti-war) must define and archetype the evolutionary throwbacks who work against us. This is how we can help future generations recognize and guard against the planet-killing forces of devolution.

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If it is a monopoly, then it IS your government.

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https://www.opednews.com/articles/How-Israel-helped-to-reviv-by-Jonathan...

Israel … has shown that ethnic politics is not discredited after all, that it can work. For Europe and America's new ethnic nationalists, Israel has proven that some peoples are destined for greatness, if they are allowed to triumph over those who stand in their way.

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stock market. A utility in which I had some stock has ended their common stock. They are buying me out. Only preferred stock is issued now, though one might wonder what it is preferred to. They are freeing themselves from stockholder uprisings. Kind of Wall Street’s version of a gated community.

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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"

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@Lily O Lady

Let's nationalize their asses.

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If it is a monopoly, then it IS your government.

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@Pluto's Republic

have no controlling interest. Billionaires are scary.

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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"