Monday OT: Dec 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2 is day 336 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Sweetmorn, The Aftermath 44, 3185 YOLD (discordian),
And let us not forget 13.0.7.0.17 by the Mayan Long Count


The world's got #99problems. Fighting slavery isn't one of them.

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On this day in history:

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1823 – President James Monroe warned European powers not to interfere in the Americas.

1845 – U.S. President James K. Polk proposed that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

1859 – Abolitionist leader John Brown was hanged 

1942 – A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1943 – The town of Bari, Italy, was inadvertently subjected to a US mustard gas attack when a German bombing raid blew up secret US stockpiles of the gas on a wharf and a liberty ship.  This was the only use of poison gas in the European theater during WWII.

1949 – The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was adopted.

1954 – The US Senate voted 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy

1956 – The Granma reached the shores of Cuba's Oriente Province carrying Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement 

1961 –  Fidel Castro declared that Cuba would adopt Communism.

1962 – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield became the first American official to comment adversely on the Vietnam war's progress.

1970 – The US Environmental Protection Agency began operations.

1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba

1980 – Four American missionaries were raped and murdered by a Salvadoran Junta death squad.

2001 – Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Born this day in:

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1859 – Georges Seurat, painter 

1866 – Harry Burleigh, composer, a major influence in "American music"

1909 – Joseph P. Lash,  activist and author 

1917 – Sylvia Syms,  singer

1923 – Maria Callas,  soprano and actress 

1929 – Dan Jenkins, journalist and author

1929 – Leon Litwack,  historian and author

1930 – Gary Becker,  economist and academic,

1931 – Wynton Kelly, pianist and composer

 

1941 – Tom McGuinness, guitarist, songwriter, author, and producer

1946 – David Macaulay, author and illustrator

1948 – Toninho Horta, Brazilian guitarist and composer

1950 – John Wesley Ryles, country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist

1950 – Paul Watson,  activist, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

1960 – Peter Blakeley, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

1960 – Razzle, rock drummer (Hanoi Rocks)

1960 – Rick Savage, singer, songwriter, and bass player

1968 – Nate Mendel, singer, songwriter, and bass player

1986 – Tal Wilkenfeld, bass player and composer

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Died this day in:

1547 – Hernán Cortés, good riddance

1594 – Gerardus Mercator, mathematician, cartographer, and philosopher 

1665 – Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet,  author and salonnière

1814 – Marquis de Sade,  philosopher, author, and politician 

1859 – John Brown, abolitionist 

1881 – Jenny von Westphalen, German author (b. 1814)

1885 – Allen Wright, Principal chief of the Choctaw Nation; an irony master who  proposed the name "Oklahoma", from Choctaw words okra and umma, meaning "Territory of the Red People." 

1892 – Jay Gould, infamous robber baron

1918 – Edmond Rostand, poet and playwright, author of Cyrano 

1966 – L. E. J. Brouwer, mathematician and philosopher

1980 – Romain Gary,  author, director, and screenwriter

1990 – Aaron Copland,  composer and conductor

1997 – Michael Hedges,  singer, songwriter, and guitarist 

1999 – Charlie Byrd, guitarist 

2008 – Odetta, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actress 

2009 – Eric Woolfson, singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer 

2013 – Junior Murvin, singer and songwriter

2014 – Bobby Keys,  saxophonist, check this guy's history out.

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

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (United Nations)
Maybe somebody could figure out a way to get rid of the open slave markets that came into being once the US and NATO got rid of Gaddafi and left behind a failed state.

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink


Harry Burleigh

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Sylvia Syms

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Maria Callas

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Wynton Kelly

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Tom McGuinness

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Toninho Horta

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Peter Blakeley

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Rick Savage

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Tal Wilkenfeld

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Seriously

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Aaron Copland

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Michael Hedges

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Charlie Byrd

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Odetta

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Eric Woolfson

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Junior Murvin

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Bobby Keys

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magiamma's picture

et al

Looks like SCruz got lots of rain. Read this morning that it was ‘crazy’. Travel day today.

The next rounds of protests have begun. Big plans for the 6th in many places.

Here’s a snapshot of the beginning:

Hundreds of thousands of students join global climate strikes | School climate strikes | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/29/hundreds-of-thousand...

Edit to add another link. Something I obsess about. And just think about the environmental cost of the supply chain...

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton | Opinion | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/01/america-is-not-the...

Thanks el, for all your amazing ots and insights. Have a good one...

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@magiamma How I wish some MSM in the US might explore the subject, except our monopoly of 6 corporate owned MSM can't, can they?

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@on the cusp @on the cusp
A couple of articles at the top level of cbs and another about the protests. Did a double take. That is as far as they will go because they are muzzled. Sea change necessary. No pun intended. edit

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@magiamma
we've pretty much seen some rain every day. Some days the stuff in the garden was pounded flat. So it goes, as they say.

All the best of luck to the strikers, in every way possible. Thanks for the two articles.

Travel safe and thanks for reading.

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 --

Thousands of Algerians march to demand cancellation of presidential election.
41 consecutive weeks running.

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https://www.rt.com/newsline/474686-algerians-march-presidential-election/

Thanks for the OT EL!

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@QMS
that you mean that the US populace should pay attention, and not the US government. Heh.

leaderless opposition movement.

is giving the military fits? Quelle dommage.

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 --

Lookout's picture

really in several ways...

At the end of the civil war in 1865 the 13th amendment of the US constitution was introduced. Under its terms, slavery was not abolished, it was merely reformed. Anybody convicted of a crime after 1865 could be leased out by the state to private corporations who would extract their labor for little or no pay. In some ways that created worse conditions than under the days of slavery, as private corporations were under no obligation to care for their forced laborers – they provided no healthcare, nutritious food or clothing to the individuals they were exploiting.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/23/prisoner-speak-out...

It isn't just inmates but our young folks some of whom spend a lifetime being enslaved by debt.
slaves in debt.jpgslavery.jpg

Well here's hoping you all are being productive for your own profit, and have avoided the slavery machine! Y'all have a good day.

PS if you are ever in Montgomery try to visit the legacy museum adjacent to the old slave market...it is powerful. https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/

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

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@Lookout
commentary. Indeed, slavery isn't outlawed, but merely transmuted, just as serfdom is ever with us. Prison reform and judicial reform are greatly needed, but in the meantime, we need to find a way to boycott prison made goods, which, of course, starts with a way to identify them.

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 --

lotlizard's picture

of the Netherlands inside of it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baarle-Nassau

National sovereignty — sometimes the Powers That Be consider it so important that it must be symbolically upheld where circumstances would suggest it is practically meaningless. Europe is notably scrupulous about perpetuating the separateness of several militarily quite indefensible yet politically inviolable tiny fiefdoms — Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein, and Vatican City come to mind.

Yet strangely, in other situations — ones that often top the news and are setting the future course of history — the Powers That Be also tell us the idea of national sovereignty can and should be scoffed at as meaningless, where both common sense and rule of law would argue it is crucial.

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@lotlizard
are civilized, and their predations elsewhere simply prove that it is a privilege, bestowed on the few who have appropriate history and origin. Thanks.

Have a good one.

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https://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec19/truth-commission12-19.html

Even in the Netherlands, even someone as apolitical as my blind friend has only derision for what even she can “see” is an obvious official coverup regarding certain events. Her scorn is intensified by resignation to the fact that, for the public — barring an East German style revolution where ordinary citizens are actually able to enter buildings unexpectedly and seize classified documents with their own hands — the truth will never be known.

Her two examples: (1) the failure of the authorities to give a truthful account of harmful substances released by the crash of an El Al airliner into an apartment building in Bijlmermeer, and (2) the loss by the authorities of the roll of photos taken by a Dutch soldier in the UN peacekeeping unit that stood aside while Bosnian Serbs carried out the Srebrenica massacre.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al_Flight_1862

http://militarycaveats.com/21-srebrenica-aftermath-serb-guilt-dutch-liab...

In fact, one DutchBat soldier, Lieutenant (LT) J.H.A. (Ron) Rutten was so shocked and horrified at what he was witnessing in and around Potocari village on 13 July, that he took photos of a crowd of ‘terrified’ Bosniak men being interrogated by Bosnian Serb forces, and of 9 corpses of men executed by the Serbs, including one of a Dutch UN soldier positioned beside the slain Bosniak victims as proof of the UN’s presence during the genocide.[100] Rutten smuggled the film out of the enclave and back to the Netherlands on 21 July, where he hoped ‘the photos would help him to give forceful expression to his horror at and the gravity of what, in his firm conviction and according to his own observations, had happened’ within the Srebrenica safe area.[101] After handing the roll of film over to the Dutch Military Intelligence Service of the Royal Netherlands Army to be developed, however, the film was mysteriously ‘destroyed’ as a result of so-called ‘human error’ during its development on 26 July – a suspicious fact that led to multiple government ‘military cover-up’ inquiries, as well as to a range of ongoing conspiracy theories regarding the alleged deliberate destruction of the film in order to protect the image and reputation of the DutchBat battalion and the Dutch Army.[102]

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@lotlizard
commission. It scares both the ruling class and the peons. The participation rate if we include followers and those who went along for the ride is far, far too high.

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Azazello's picture

Have a nice day.

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@Azazello
will definitely help to get my morning rolling.

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I've read about the Civil War was "The Battle Cry of Freedom" by James McPherson. As a history major, I appreciated how McPherson broke down the information between financial, social, political, and the battlefront. Using primary documents, he paints a compelling picture of the south's financial reliance on slave labor at a time when the rest of the country was growing in other financial areas by leaps and bounds. His research also yielded a trail of legislators who pushed to extend slavery not only west into the American territories, but proposed, and sent armed mercenaries, outside of North America to Cuba and South America to expand the slave trade. By the time of the 1860 Election, the South's entire justification to exert their political power was predicated on preserving their most lucrative form of income. Slavery. The numbers don't lie. So anyone who attempts to argue that the Civil War was not about slavery, has not done their homework.

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@Anja Geitz
point about slavery and the civil war.

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 --

Raggedy Ann's picture

Slavery is alive and well in the good ol' US of A! Believe it!

I'm already looking forward to my next break - 2.5 weeks away and I'll be out for 2.5 weeks, YAY! Trying to stay true to myself and leave this institution by June 2021. Should have my house paid for by then. WHEW! I've been a slave to the mortgage company, which makes me a slave to my employer.

Have a great start to your week, folks! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

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@Raggedy Ann
wife and I got together later in life and also acquired a house and mortgage later in life. WE scrimped mightily in order to prepay some extra principal on every mortgage payment so as to ensure that our's would be paid off before the earliest possible retirement dtes for either one. Once that load was gone life changed significantly.

Have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
paying as much every month as I can. I've got about 18 months to go!
Cheers!

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

Shahryar's picture

meanwhile, nice that Mayo Pete is getting a lot of flak. Imagine if it were Bernie who said "oops, I didn't realize the schools in the city of which I'm mayor are segregated"

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@Shahryar

just really determined not to go with --

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@enhydra lutris

although that's a wonderful tune....but is is well-known and it's more fun on the internet to link to or to hear something more obscure.

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