Monday OT: Sept 21 - The International Day of Peace

Sept 14 is day 265 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
Prickle-Prickle, Bureaucracy 45, 3186 YOLD (Discordian)
And let us not forget 13.0.7.15.11 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)

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After China suffered defeats in the first and second Opium Wars as well as the First Sino-Japanese War , the Guangxu Emperor began issuing edicts ordering a series of reforms which were intended to cause widespread changes in Chinese society, culture, ideology, education a and institutions. This did not sit well with the old guard and on September 21, 1898 Empress Dowager Cixi seized power in a coup d'etat, ending the Hundred Day's Reform (or Wuxu Reform) which had actually lasted 103 days.

Fifty-one years later, on September 21, 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed.

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On this day in history:

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1776 – Part of New York City burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.
1792 – The French National Convention abolished the monarchy.
1843 – John Williams Wilson took possession of the Strait of Magellan on behalf of the Chilean government.
1860 – An Anglo-French force defeated Chinese troops at the Battle of Palikao.
1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seized power and ended the Hundred Days' Reform in China.
1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published.
1949 – The People's Republic of China was proclaimed.
1964 – Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom
1972 – Ferdinand Marcos began authoritarian rule by declaring martial law.
1976 – Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C. He had been a member of the Allende government. It is not certain whether the CIA has been involved in his assassination, like they were in the overthrow and murder of Allende, or not.
1981 – Belize was granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by the United States Congress.

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Born this day in:

“Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.”

-H. G. Wells

051 – Bertha of Savoy
1452 – Girolamo Savonarola, puritanical Christo-fascist burned by the pope
1552 – Barbara Longhi, painter
1559 – Cigoli, painter and architect
1645 – Louis Jolliet, explorer
1853 – Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, physicist and academic,
1866 – H. G. Wells, novelist, historian, and critic
1873 – Papa Jack Laine, drummer and bandleader
1884 – Dénes Konig, mathematician and theorist
1898 – Frances Mary Albrier, civil rights activist
1902 – Allen Lane, publisher, founded Penguin Books
1903 – Preston Tucker, engineer and businessman, designed the Tucker Sedan
1904 – Hans Hartung, painter
1912 – György Sándor, pianist and composer
1917 – Phyllis Nicolson, mathematician and academic
1918 – John Gofman, physicist, chemist, and biologist
1919 – Herman Fowlkes, Jr., trumpet player and educator
1923 – Fred Hunt, jazz pianist
1926 – Donald A. Glaser, physicist and neurobiologist
1932 – Don Preston, keyboard player and composer
1934 – Leonard Cohen, singer, songwriter ,and poet
1936 – Dickey Lee, pop-country singer, songwriter ,and guitarist
1943 – David Hood, session bassist and trombone player
1944 – Bobby Tench, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1947 – Don Felder, musician and songwriter
1947 – Rupert Hine, musician, songwriter, and record producer
1949 – Henry Butler, pianist and photographer
1952 – Dave Gregory, guitarist and keyboard player
1954 – Thomas S. Ray, ecologist and academic
1954 – Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, rock drummer
1959 – Corinne Drewery, singer, songwriter, and fashion designer
1964 – Jorge Drexler, singer & songwriter
1964 – Lester Quitzau, guitarist
1967 – Faith Hill, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress
1967 – Tyler Stewart, drummer
1968 – Kevin Buzzard, mathematician

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Died this day in:

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

-- Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

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19 BC – Virgil, poet
1576 – Gerolamo Cardano, mathematician, physician, and astrologer
1860 – Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher and author
1905 – Nikolay Benardos, inventor
1926 – Léon Charles Thévenin, engineer
1962 – Bo Carter, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1987 – Jaco Pastorius, bass player, composer, and producer
2002 – Robert L. Forward, physicist and science fiction author
2011 – John Du Cann, guitarist
2012 – José Curbelo, pianist and manager
2015 – Ray Warleigh, saxophonist and flute player

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
International Day of Peace (International)
National Pecan Cookie Day (United States)
World Gratitude Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

Bertha of savoy

Fred Hunt

Don Preston

Leonard Cohen

Dickey Lee

Bo Carter

Jaco Pastorius

2012 – José Curbelo

Ray Warleigh

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enhydra lutris's picture

this.

Impossible weekend, but this was all written, loaded, queued up & screwed up last night.

After filling the publish on fields, I did a quick lst preview and then forgot to save, so it really wasn't queued up all the way. When I discovered that, I erased those fields and tried to "publish now" but it would not accept an empty date for the "publish on" field (or else the default 0:0:0 time so I had to make a fresh copy and publish it.

mea culpa and maxima sorry for that.

everybody be well and have a good one.

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bit buggy
thanks for fingering it out

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It didn't have to be this way.

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@Azazello
last night and, having done the bottom and the top of the music, just went with it and missed/skipped Don Felder and also David Hood (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section). Maybe a couple more too.

Glad you picked up on it and filled in with that.

be well and have a good one.

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The wildflowers have been great this fall. It is difficult to photograph the scope, but here's a taste...

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A cool 52 F this am...it feels like fall is arriving.

A good day to all.

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

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@Lookout
sure here, the Junco has told me so, so I'll go with that. Enjoy today's coolth. I'm going to get started picking apples today if all goes well.

be well and have a good one.

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Et al

Thought this was interesting

Exclusive: Shell launches major cost-cutting drive to prepare for energy transition | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-shell-costs-exclusive-idUSKCN26C0GI

Shell now wants to focus its oil and gas production on a few key hubs, including the Gulf of Mexico, Nigeria and the North Sea, the sources said.

The company’s integrated gas division, which runs Shell’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations as well as some gas production, is also looking at deep cuts, the sources said.

For downstream, the review is focusing on cutting costs from Shell’s network of 45,000 service stations - the world’s biggest - which is seen as one its “most high-value activities” and is expected to play a pivotal role in the transition, two more sources involved with the review told Reuters.

Take good care everyone.

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@magiamma
starting to transition. I saw a report where they figured that we were at peak demand right now, with demand due to drop very seriously by 2025 and with most of the world's petroleum reserves becoming unneeded and unwanted. Meanwhile other, more sanguine sources are predicting that the petro sector will now launch, push, promote and otherwise saddle us with a veritable plastics explosion with we need to be ready to resist.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris
Biofuels are problematic and whst are lubricants

The review of refining operations also includes finding ways to sharply increase the production of low-carbon fuels such biofuels, chemicals and lubricants. That could be done by using low-carbon raw materials such as cooking oil, one source said.

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Az alertly covered one of my lapses, Don Felder of the Eagles. The other biggie, imho, was David Hood, Bass for muscle shoals, This Bass, for example

be well and have a good one

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/revealed-saudi-arabia-may-...

With the West’s blessing, of course — so-called non-proliferation is only for the credulous saps and losers on the business end of the West’s regime-change wars, not for Israel or Pakistan or India, eh? And now, not for Arab sheikhs and emirs and kings, either…

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@lotlizard
non-absorbed; but everybody else is ok.

be well and have a good one

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@lotlizard
With neocons smuggling the nukes here. To speed the rapture.

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We are so screwed.

up top, whimsical. It's raining here today, which is very welcome. So far it's a gentle rain so it's good for my seedlings.

Speaking of wildflowers, Texas mallow, white brush, and Senna, are in full bloom and fragrance here. The hummers and birds like the mallow. Butterflies, and bees go for the white brush, and all of them go for the Senna.

Thanks for the OT e.l.

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great tune. Haven't heard it in quite a while.

Glad you've got flowers and birds to like them.

be well and have a good one

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When anyone brings up the subject of the presidential election. I will remind them we have secret ballots in this country and say that I prefer to keep my vote secret. At my age, I don't have enough friends still alive to have any more of the remaining ones stop speaking to me because I won't promise to vote for Biden.

I don't do Facebook, never watch MSDNC, but I'm pretty sure what sort of hysteria they are promoting these days based on what has been ranted at me. There is no logic with these people.

I would like to think there are a few thoughtful people out there who are not either rabid Trump or Biden supporters, but if so, they are not mentioning politics to me. Maybe that is the cue that they are sensible people, their not bringing up the election and voting.

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@Granma

(and been fired by) a number of friends in the last 4 years, I'm inclined to agree with you. I'm down to very, very few friends indeed at this point, and I'm hated equally by the fierce partisans on both sides among my ex-friends.

Politics is now the ultimate third-rail topic in my meatspace encounters. I now really only talk to other atheists... That is indeed the cue: if they don't bring it up, I'm sure as hell not going to either!

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables
another couple the other night and we limited our discussion of electioneering tactics, and specifically tactical blunders, why Biden will likely lose because of stupid tactic a or b or a+b, etc. and ignoring who is worst candidate and who we might decide to vote for, if anybody.

be well and have a good one.

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@Granma
there with the crowd I'm in contact with, but I will keep that in mind for use in time of need. I usually simply say I'm not into discussing politics, or candidates, situationally.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris The subject is brought up by others, including family members, and starts with "You're voting for Biden, aren't you?"
At the beginning of the primaries, I might have asked someone what they thought of the current crop of candidates, or if they were watching any of the debates, but that was a long time ago. Answers then taught me to avoid the subject in future.

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@Granma

smart folks leave that crap at the door.
Like... I believe in blue! And NOAA's arc,
And democracy by gawd, so let's all prey
on the poor and get on with it.
Can't win with that stuff.
Just sayin'.

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