Monday OT: Dec 16 is the first day of Las Posadas

December 16 is day 350 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Setting Orange, The Aftermath 58, 3185 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.1.11 by the Mayan Long Count

The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor. 1773. Copy of lithograph by Sarony & Major, 1846., 1931 - 1932
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If you don't know and would like to -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas

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On this day in history:

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1689 – Royal assent is given to the Bill of Rights, enumerating certin rights in England.

1773 – The Boston Tea Party.

1843 – John T. Graves announced the discovery of octonions to William Hamilton ,.

1907 – The Great White Fleet began circumnavigating the world

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe vanished forever from Alcatraz in what is described as an attempted escape by the usual sources.

1947 – The first practical point-contact transistor was built.

1968 – The Second Vatican Council in an arrogant and fatuous act of political theater claimed to have revoked the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain. This was preposterously stupid and ineffectual both because the expulsion was long moot, having occurred in 1492 and because the Vatican had no power whatsoever to revoke it, since it was issued not by the Papacy but by Ferdinand and Isabella.

1979 – Libya and four other OPEC nations raised crude oil prices, driving the US batshit crazy

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Born this day in:

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1534 – Hans Bol, artist

1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

1775 – Jane Austen, author

1776 – Johann Wilhelm Ritter, chemist, physicist, and philosopher

1787 – Mary Russell Mitford, author and dramatist

1804 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, mathematician

1863 – George Santayana, poet, philosopher, and author

1895 – Marie Hall Ets, author and illustrator

1901 – Margaret Mead, anthropologist and author

 
1905 – Piet Hein, mathematician

1917 – Arthur C. Clarke, author

1921 – Eulalio González, actor, humorist, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and screenwriter

1930 – Sam Most, flautist and saxophonist

1936 – Morris Dees, lawyer, activist and co-founder of the SPLC

1945 – Tony Hicks, singer and guitarist

1946 – Benny Andersson, pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer

1949 – Billy Gibbons, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1951 – Robben Ford, guitarist and songwriter

1951 – Mark Heard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer

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Died this day in:

1474 – Ali Qushji, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist

1594 – Allison Balfour, witch

2007 – Dan Fogelberg, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

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

First day of Las Posadas

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Boston Tea Party

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Octonions

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Great White Fleet

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Vatican II

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Beethoven

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Eulalio González

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Sam Most

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Tony Hicks

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Benny Andersson

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Billy Gibbons

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Robben Ford

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Mark Heard

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Dan Fogelberg

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Dawn's Meta's picture

does anyone know what has happened to the National Health System (NHS) in GB in the last five or so years? It used to be touted as one of the best social safety nets on the planet. Now I'm hearing bits and pieces of it are being privatized and wait lines, misdiagnoses are multiplying.

Can anyone help with this low information, but interested reader?

Macron is sticking with his pre-election party planks, and dismantling as much of the public owned services and utilities as he can. He said he is moving fast every day so those who won't like it can't keep up, or something like that. Coming close to selling off monuments when he offers Paris airport for sale.

Thanks always for your interesting essays and points of departure. Always love the music. Thank you again.

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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@Dawn's Meta

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/nhs-dr-aseem-malhotra-mother-death-tory-...

and a more general article...
https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/nhs-budget

It is the same problem world wide driven IMO by poor dietary recommendations. Sugar, processed grains, and vegetable and seed oils are killing us and causing most chronic disease responsible for our global ill health. However those industrial interests (Coca-cola, kraft, etc.) still hold the reins of the health assns. and the recommended diets.

EDIT to add...
U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday unveiled over 450 pages of leaked documents that he said expose British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's effort to open up the National Health Service to corporate exploitation in trade negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/27/their-secret-agenda-today-e...

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

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@Lookout Donald were part of what sparked my interest. But unlike the US, British expats in France can use their NHS cards for reimbursement.

I appreciate the content to dig into. Every bit helps.

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@Dawn's Meta but it looks like you got some help.

Thanks for reading and have a good one.

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More rain expected. The spring is running strong and the pond is full this time of the year. Time to bush hog and prune trees back on that corner of the place. Still have not finished mowing the big field. The deer like to bed down there, and since we don't let folks hunt here they are almost tame.

I had never heard of Los Posadas...so that was interesting. Chris had a fellow on this week talking about the situation in central america...

Chris Hedges discusses with journalist Oscar Martinez the culture of violence in Central America. Martinez’s most recent book is A History of Violence – living and dying in Central America. His first book The Beast followed the harsh journey of Central American immigrants on the “Death Train” (El tren de la muerte) to the United States.

They need a holiday based on peace!

Well thanks for the OT and all the music! Drink, drink, and eat Mary!

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

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@Lookout
means I can do some outside chores, some of which I've already started on.

Lucky deer you've got.

Have a great one.

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@enhydra lutris

Fortunately the driveway was still warm enough that it melted off pretty quickly. But they're threatening us with more even now. Ugh.

It's supposed to warm up overnight/tomorrow. I sure hope it does.

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

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@TheOtherMaven
California and I chose to stay here and to stay coastal. Freezing rain could still occur, but never has, which is the lucky part.

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running errands in preparation for Christmas Dinner next week. Have decided to do cornish game hens this year instead of goose. Partly because I've had trouble finding a really good goose the last couple of years, and partly because it's a lot of work, and partly because it goes best with potato dumplings and sweet & sour braised red cabbage, all of which my Sister and I are staying away from this year.

Been playing around with recipe ideas for these sweet little hens, but instead of preparing them in the more traditional way, I've decided to spatchcock them, lay them over some butternut squash, and baste them using olive oil infused with Indian spices. Perhaps not the typical German Christmas feast, but hopefully a tasty one nonetheless.

Will be doing a dry-run with one of the hens today to get an idea of how long I need to roast it once spatchcocked. Afterwards, I'll take the bones, make a little broth, and use it for the gravy. Rounding out the main dish, I'll will be including mashed potatoes on the menu for my brother-in-law, garlic and herb roasted parsnips for my Sister, fresh carrots and peas with dill butter for everyone, and roasted broccoli with dijon mustard for moi.

Still working on my wine list. Any suggestions?

Thanks for hosting today's OT. Hope everyone is having a good day Smile

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz

best treatment of foul this side of
actually being one
the tricky bit is removing the breast bone
the spine practically liberates itself
good luck chef

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@QMS
either side of it on each end and press down hard, which flattens the bird enough IMHO.

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@Anja Geitz
Sounds like a pinot to me, though a light zin would work too. Thanks for dropping in and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

Thanks for the suggestion!

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@Anja Geitz

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