Monday Open Thread; September 4 is National Newspaper Carrier Day

September4rd is the 247th day of the year. There are 118 days left.

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Today's number is 4

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4 is the second squared number
4 is the smallest squared prime
4 is the only even squared prime
4 is both 2 doubled and 2 squared. It is the only number that is both 2x & x squared.
A number is divisible by 4 if its last two digits are divisible by 4. For example 1632 is divisible by 4 because 32 is divisible by 4 (4 x 8 = 32)
A Tetrahedron has 4 sides and 4 vertices. It is the simplest Platonic solid.
4 is the first positive non-Fibonacci number
4 pops up quite frequently in religions, magik, divination & superstitions, 'nuff 'bout that.
4 is beryllium
The four states of matter are: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
There are four fundamental forces (electromagnetism, gravitation, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force).
There are 4 forms in the logical "square of Opposition": A ("All S is R"), I ("Some S is R"), E ("No S is R"), and O ("Some S is not R")
It takes 4 Supreme Court Justices to grant a writ of cert.
There were 4 classical Greek elements (earth, water, air & fire)
There are 4 seasons
There are 4 suits in a standard deck of playing cards
There are 4 horsemen of the Apocalypes, plus Basement Cat.

A "Four in hand" is a knot used in tying men's neckties

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Title 4 of the US Code is FLAG AND SEAL, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE STATES.
C'mon people, why not just "misc."
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28 BCE
was the Was the Year of the Consulship of Sabinus and Rufus
Herod the Great died
Publius Quintilius Varus, then Governor of Syria (YES, that damn Varus again), took three of his four legions from Antioch to Jerusalem to restore order and crucified 2,000 Jewish rebels.
Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist was born

So let's hear it for Consuls Sabinus and Rufus

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28 CE
was the Was the Year of the Consulship of Catus and Saturninus
Augustus adopted Tiberius to be his heir.

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On this day in:
0476 -- The Western Roman Empire ended
1260 -- The Ghibellines whupped the Guelphs. (Ghibellines backed the Pope; Guelphs backed the Emperor)
1479 -- The Treaty of Alcacovas gave Isabel the Castilian throne and divvied the world between Portugal & Spain
1774 -- New Caledonia was first sighted by Captain Cook and crew
1781 -- Spanish settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (like, L.A., dude)
1870 -- Emperor Napoleon III of France was deposed
1882 -- Thomas Edison turned on the first commercial electrical power plant in history
1886 -- Geronimo (Goyaale)surrendered
1888 -- George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and patented a camera that used roll film
1923 -- Maiden flight of the USS Shenandoah.
1941 -- A German U-boat made the first attack against a US ship, the USS Greer.
1944 -- The British liberated Antwerp
1949 -- The Peekskill riots broke out after a Paul Robeson concert
1951 -- The first live transcontinental TV broadcast took place in San Francisco
1957 -- Orval Faubus(D), called out the National Guard to prevent black students from enrolling in Central High School.
1970 -- Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile. Kissinger started grooming Pinochet to take over.
1985 -- Buckminsterfullerene was discovered
1989 -- The first Monday night demonstration against the GDR
1998 -- Google was founded
2002 -- The Oakland As won their 20th consecutive game

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Geronimo: It is a lie that Afghanistan is our longest war ever. We were at war with Geronimo (Goyaale) and his followers for over 30 years, and with the Apache for even longer. The so-called "Indian Wars" started shortly after the colonists and "settlers" stepped off the boat and lasted until well into the 1900s. So, the US "Indian Wars" ran from 1776 until the 1900s, well over a century. It is traditional to treat each campaign or group of campaigns with each band or group of bands or in each territory as a separate conflict so as to minimize the awareness and cognizance of what this really was, a century long genocidal war of extermination against the Native Americans. That is our longest and ugliest war by a long shot.

Born this day in:

1824 -- Anton Bruckner, organist and composer
1886 -- Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Starvation Army
1908 -- Richard Wright, author and poet
1913 -- Mickey Cohen, businessman
1918 -- Gerald Wilson, trumpet player and composer
1930 -- Robert Arneson, sculptor
1937 -- Gene Ludwig, organist and composer
1944 -- Gene Parsons, singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, banjo player, Byrd
1945 -- Danny Gatton, guitarist
1946 -- Gary Duncan, guitarist
1946 -- Dave Liebman, saxophonist, flautist, composer
1951 -- Martin Chambers, drummer, singer, pretender
1958 -- Jacqueline Hewitt, astrophysicist, discovered Einstein rings

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Died this day in:

1907 -- Edvard Grieg, pianist and composer
1965 -- Albert Schweitzer, missionary
1991 -- Charlie Barnet, saxophonist, composer, bandlesder
1995 -- Chuck Greenberg, saxophonist and composer
1995 -- William Kunstler, attorney and activist

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Newspaper Carrier Day (United States)
National Macadamia Nut Day (United States)
???? Labor day?? I guess.

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September 4 is not Labor Day. In the US, the first Monday of September, best known as the official end of summer when the kids go back to school, is "Labor Day", but only in the US. This year, it falls on today. International Workers' Day, which also known as Labour Day in some countries, happens annually on May Day. It is is a celebration of labor, labourers and the working classes and is promoted by the international labour movement, including some (gasp) socialist leaning organizations. In fact, the date was picked by a multinational organization of dirty pinkos to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chitown on May 4, 1886. Naturally, the US could never celebrate such a thing.
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Were this labor day, I would play a lot of laborite music celebrating labor and unions and all that, but this is the US, so you get Woody and the Ludlow Massacre.

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So, for music

El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula

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Paul Robeson

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Orval Faubus

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Salvadore Allende

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Anton Bruckner

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Albert Orsborn - Normally, these people get Judy Henske doing "The Salvation Army Song", but given that it is today

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Gerald Wilson

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Gene Ludwig

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Gene Parsons

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Danny Gatton

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Gary Duncan

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Dave Liebman

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Martin Chambers

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Edvard Grieg

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Charlie Barnet

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Chuck Greenberg

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Bonus:

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Facebook photo attribution: By Ben Wittick (The U.S. National Archives) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Sept. 27 labor day. That's when my twins were born. Scary times.

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@ghotiphaze

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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 --

@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris your essays, all open threads, and most all essays, time permitting. Comments of real substance and thought is a half hour endeavor on a kindle so I mainly limit myself to type-by snarking.

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@ghotiphaze
more than new-comers, drop-ins and sporadic visitors, n'est ce pas?

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They're battling a big fire there this Labor Day weekend.

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It didn't have to be this way.

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@Azazello
way this week?

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@enhydra lutris
Sponsored by the PALF, every Union in town will have a booth. I'll collect literature and other free stuff.

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@Azazello
Historic Columbia Gorge is burning badly. Cascade Locks under level ll evac. orders and smoke is blotting out the sun all across Portland metro.
Another fire on the other side of Eagle Creek trapped 130 OSU students overnight, but they've made it to safety this morning.
Bad fire season will plague the entire western states this year for sure.
Good luck to you and yours.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1
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@enhydra lutris
Got in-laws in Cascade Locks. Making room for them if need be. They are near Bridge of the Gods but would be cut off if it jumps the Columbia. Which would send them out and around Mt Adams, a good 300 miles.

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@earthling1
the color of embers when you move what's left of the wood.
and see color in the ashes.

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@boriscleto

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" In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

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Because I've been a part of the labor movement all my life. Been in four unions in my entire working career.
Retail Clerks 1965-67 White Front Stores Ca.
Glassblowers 1968-69 Owens-illinois Glass Co.
Machinists. 1969-72 Owens-illinois Glass Co.
Sprinklerfitters 1972-present multiple construction companies. Retired
Do not regret one day, no matter how hard and dirty the work was.
Thanks for the OT, EL. And the opportunity to voice one of my greatest prides, my unwavering belief in unionism.

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@earthling1

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@enhydra lutris
In West Covina Ca.

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http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7363711-181/labor-supporters-mark-holiday-with

A year ago, Patricio Estupiñan called the Teamsters, seeking help improving wages, equipment and job safety at the Sonoma County garbage company where he has worked for 25 years.

“We need to get respect. A better life, everything,” Estupiñan said Friday during a short break from driving a street sweeper in Cotati.

It led to a union organizing campaign at the Ratto Group, the county’s dominant trash hauler. In May, Estupiñan and his co-workers — about 400 drivers, mechanics, customer service reps and others — voted to join Teamsters Local 665.

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diversity. Peer Gynt ? Memories, listened to it a lot when in highschool doing math homework. (yeah in 1965 I still did my homeworks) I can't stand to well up.

I regret so much to not have learned more and other things. I listened to Edit Piaf a lot too.

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m'est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé !

Avec mes souvenirs
J'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux !

Balayées les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m'est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd'hui, ça commence avec toi

like ..in English

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Not the good things they did to me
Nor the bad -- may as well be the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing.
It's bought and paid for, wiped away, forgotten,
I don't give a damn about the past!

With my memories
I've lit up the fire
Of my troubles, my pleasures,
I don't need them any more!

Wiped away the romances
And all their instabilities
Swept away for eternity
I restart at zero

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Not the good things they did to me
Nor the bad -- may as well be the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Because my life, because my joys
Today, I begin with you

No, not true. I regret everything.

BTW. "Begeistert" is one of those German words, English speaking folks might wonder about. It means "touched by the spirit or stand by with the spirit (ghost, may be holy ghost - I have no idea - I hope translatorpro from ToP is not lurking - she told me once I shouldn't even try to translate anything ...)

Did you know I am a "Rabenmutter" (I learned this through this article 12 brilliant German words you won't find in English and from my son.... A couple of these brilliant ones are new to me)

So, do you think I am a "Pechvogel" or a "Glückspils"?. I can't figure it out. But I can't be a "Pechvogel", because I don't even have the "Kummerspeck" unlike all those frigging TV cooks who try to convince you that nothing but vegan food will make you a "Glückspils". I could tell you a "Treppenwitz" about that.

ok, I have to go, because I am "verabredet" and this has a meaning, and dare you not to understand it. (in the African understanding being "verabreded" means the opposite ... never be on time that's an insult - sigh)

Oh, man, now I think I have myself totally "quergelegt" with my C99p friends. All about me and nothing about you. So, to me, the only thing that remains to be done is "taking that nap".


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A happy "Napping Day" to all of you.
and
Thank YOU ALL!

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@mimi
but this one is somehow obligatory too

oh, and thank you for getting all begeistert Wink

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One has to wonder if the Germans could argue that this Poland isn't even remotely that Poland any more than Iraq is Summeria.

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proudly announced as boring and beloved by me who likes boring truthspeeking.

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"heh, as they say, if you don't dig the blues, you got a hole in your soul" - JS

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He was ninety.
From a piece in the Denver Post, here's a bit of his poem “In a Wonderful Place,” published in the 2009 collection “Planisphere":
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I spent years exhausting my good works
on the public, all for seconds
Time to shut down colored alphabets
flutter in the fresh breeze of autumn. It
draws like a rout. Or a treat.

Wishing him well as he shakes hands with Frank O'Hara upstairs

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/03/john-ashbery-dies-at-90/

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