# Monday Open Thread: May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 21 is the 141st day of the year, there are 224 days left

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Tis Sweetmorn, Discord 68, 3184 YOLD for the discordians amongst us

Today's number is 21

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21 is the product of 2 primes, 7 and 3

21 is the sum of the first 6 natural numbers. 1+2+3+4+5+6 = 21
21 is a fibonnacci number 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21
21st Amendment ended prohibition
21 is Scandium
21 is the total of the spots on one 6 sided die (see: sum of the first 6 natural numbers, duh)
In several countries 21 is the legal age of majority.
In all US states 21 is the legal drinking age.
In some countries 21 is the voting age.
The highest-winning point total in Blackjack is 21
There are 21 shillings in a guinea.

OK, 21 is 3 x 7. Accordingly, x/21, whenever x =3n, is the same as n/7 which gets us back to the freaky repeating decimal (0.142857) discussed on the 7th and the 14th. The decimal part of n/7 where n is a natural number not a multiple of 999,999 or 7 is the remainder x 0.142857 repeated on out to infinity. n/14 has similar rules, and now we get to n/21, which is, for example ...

1/21 = 0.047619047619 repeat == (1/7)/3
2/21 = 0.095238095238 repeat == (2/7)/3
3/21 = 0.142857142857 repeat == (3/7)/3 == 1/7, Bingo!
4/21 = 0.190476 repeat == (4/7)/3
etc.

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Title 21 of the US Code is Food And Drugs

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21 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Lollius and Lepidus
Lepidus is "the Hare", but WTF is Lollius, "the Laugher"?
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21 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Caesar
King Daeso of Dongbuyeo died in battle
Arminius, who whupped that Damned Varus at the battle of Teutoburger Wald, died
The Empress Wang died
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On this day in:

1703 -- Daniel Defoe was imprisoned for seditious libel. Good on him.
1851 -- Slavery was abolished in Colombia
1856 -- Lawrence, Kansas was captured and burned by pro-slavery forces
1871 -- French troops invaded the Paris Commune
1881 -- Clara Barton established the American Red Cross
1911 -- Porfirio Diaz and Francisco Madero signed the Treaty of Ciudad Juarez
1927 -- Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Field *
1932 -- Amelia Earhart landed in a pasture in Derry **
1934 -- Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first US town to fingerprint all of its citizens
1937 -- The Soviet " North Pole-1" became the first research settlement on arctic drift ice
1946 -- Louis Slotin was fatally irradiated by the "demon core" at Los Alamos
1961 -- Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declared martial law because Freedom Riders
1979 -- The San Francisco White Night riots took place
1994 -- The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessfully attempted to secede from the Republic of Yemen
2001 -- French officially declared the Atlantic slave trade and slavery to be crimes against humanity.***

* First transatlantic nonstop solo
** First transatlantic solo by a woman
*** The US has remained strangely silent on this matter

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Born this day in:

1471 -- Albrecht Durer, German painter, engraver, and mathematician
1527 -- Philip II of Spain aka "Philip the Sap" launched the Armada of fools
1688 -- Alexander Pope, poet, essayist and hair fetishist
1792 -- Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, mathematician and engineer
1799 -- Mary Anning, paleontologist
1844 -- Henri Rousseau, painter
1904 -- Fats Waller, singer, songwriter and pianist
1916 -- Harold Robbins, author
1918 -- Dennis Day, singer and actor
1920 -- Bill Barber, jazz tuba player
1921 -- Andrei Sakharov, physicist
1923 -- Dorothy Hewett, feminist poet, novelist and playwright
1933 -- Maurice Andre, trumpt player
1935 -- Terry Lightfoot, clarinet player and bandleader
1940 -- Tony Sheridan, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1941 -- Martin Carthy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1941 -- Ronald Isley, singer, songwriter and producer, yep.
1943 -- Vincent Crane, pianist and composer
1943 -- John Dalton, bass player kinks
1943 -- Hilton Valentine, guitarist and songwriter animals
1947 -- Bill Champlin, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1948 -- Leo Sayer, singer, songwriter and musician
1954 -- Marc Ribot, guitarist and composer

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Died this day in:

1542 -- Hernando de Soto, so-called "explorer" and conquistador *
1619 -- Hieronymus Fabricius, anatomist
1664 -- Elizabeth Poole, colonist, religious proselytizer, founder of Taunton
1686 -- Otto von Guericke, physicist
1786 -- Carl Wilhelm Scheele, chemist
1810 -- Chevalier d'Eon, famously androgenous French diplomat and spy **
1894 -- Emile Henry, noted anarchist
1911 -- Williamina Fleming, astronomer, discovered horsehead nebula
1919 -- Evgraf Fedorov, mathematician and crystallographer
1935 -- Jane Addams, activist and author
1935 -- Hugo de Vries, botanist and geneticist
1964 -- James Franck, physicist
1965 -- Geoffrey de Havilland, engineer
1973 -- Vaughn Monroe, singer, trumpet player, and bandleader
2013 -- Frank Comstock, trombonist, composer, and conductor
2013 -- Bob Thompson, pianist and composer known for "space age(bachelor pad) pop"
2015 -- Louis Johnson, bass player

* I find it more and more improper to call imperialist comqueror and colonizer assholes like De Soto "explorers". They do not set out to explore and discover, but to conquer, colonize, expropriate and exploit.

** Eon's life as lived would've almost certainly be impossible in today's putatively more civilized era.

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia)
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (International)

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Fats Waller

Bill Barber

Maurice Andre

Terry Lightfoot

Tony Sheridan

Ronald Isley

John Dalton

Hilton Valentine

Bill Champlin

Marc Ribot

Bob Thompson

Louis Johnson

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picture: Emerald Schell's New Tissue Paper Collage

### US using sanctions to interfere in Venezuela's election

And yet the Democrat rejects want to whine about Russia. Give me a break.

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

### not to mention we refuse to recognize the results

...before the election occurs. But the corrupt Honduras obviously bogus election? That one is fine...the oligarch stole it.

Here's a good explanation of the election...
https://therealnews.com/venezuelas-highly-unusual-presidential-election

Thanks for the music and OT el. Have a good sweetmorn everybody!

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

### Good morning, Lookout. How's things on the road net and

@Lookout
auto recovery front going? Well, I hope. Thanks for the link and have a great sweetmorn yourself.

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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 --

### Good morning, Aspie. It's what we do, we've been interfering

@The Aspie Corner
in South American countries' elections and/or subverting or overthrowing the resultant governments since before WWII. Elsewhere also. Hell, we fought the Viet Nam war, in a sense, to prevent the internationally mandated elections from happening, because we were sure that the "wrong" candidate would win. Iraq too, way back when, resulting in Saddam, iirc.

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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 --

### RIP Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mayor George Moscone

Edited to add: no justice no peace context trigger
1979 -- The San Francisco White Night riots took place

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### Yes, 39 freaking years ago. Twinkies for all!

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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 --

### Blood for cream

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

### The clusterfuck that is our judicial system

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

### All about "the vig." - Rolling Stone mag.

Major-party politics in America, (Dim candidate Beals) insists, is little more than a giant protection racket. As he describes it, the party bureaucracies use local elections... to gobble up cash by the millions, with ideology or even winning being, at best, ancillary considerations.

The need to continually raise more and more money to support party bureaucracies becomes so intense that the notion of choosing candidates based on ideas or principles becomes a far-away dream.

"It's like The Godfather," says Beals. "You know how Michael says, 'In five years, the Corleone family will be completely legitimate'?
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In between houses, (while canvasing) Beals and (campaign aide) Shornstein are trading jokes about the campaign.

"Did you see the latest letter from the DCCC?" Beals asks.
"They raised my vig!"

Beals and Shornstein frequently joke about "the vig," a gambling reference to the interest charged by bookies and loan sharks.
In their eyes, the national party's fundraising targets are the Beltway's version of "the vigorish," a tab you've got to pay your bookie to keep your account open (and legs unbroken).
(essentially the cost - or buy in - to play party politics – Wink)

Shornstein, an alert young woman who seems always to be checking her cellphone for campaign updates and messages from other staffers and volunteers, says she didn't see the letter.

"Yeah. They upped it to \$800K," Beals cracks.
"You didn't tell me that!" she says.

I ask Beals how far he's in the hole, in the eyes of the party.
The vig, he jokes, has been running for months.
"Deep," he says. "I'm really in deep, man."

by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

This is a great little snippet by Matt on how the game is played - and how it's nearly impossible for the avg. Joe Blow candidate to run, let alone win. Not that the party cares about winning, but...

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the little things you can do are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. On Twitter @wink1radio. (-2.1) All about building progressive media.

### The solution is to kiss off the DCCC who give very little

@Wink
except bad advice and take much. Raise an army of canvassers, and work the hell out of the neighborhoods, including the unregistered and non voters

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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 --

### Exactly right.

The Taibbi piece
@enhydra lutris
and candidate Beals (although he's one of those CIA candidates) show that all the Dim party is interested in is bringing in more money to support their status quo. No different, really, than any other for profit Corporate enterprise, except maybe the Dim party is more of a criminal enterprise as well.
"It's pretty much impossible to even make a significant paycheck in the U.S. anymore without being involved in some form of criminal enterprise," – candidate Jeff Beals

ain't it the truth.

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