Open Thread for June 13, Happy Lucky 13.

June 13 is the 164th day of the year, there are 201 days left in 2016

13 is a prime number, it is the 6th prime

13 is also a prime if the digits are reversed (31).

13 is a fibonacci number (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13).

13 is the hypotenuse of a right traingle with sides of 5 & 12. 5, 12 & 13 can be used to test for right angles, like 3,4 & 5 can

There are 13 Archimedean Solids.

1/13 is the non-ending decimal 0.076923 with endless repetitions of 076923 thereafter

A deck of cards has 4 suits of 13 cards each.

The US was formed from 13 rebellious British Colonies

Title 13 of the US Code is CENSUS

13 BCE
Was the Year of the Consulship of Nero and Varus
Yep, that damn Varus again, Publius Quinctilius Varus. Ptui!

13 CE
Was the Year of the Consulship of Silius and Plancus
One assumes that Silius was really played by John Cleese or Michael Palin
Strabo published a book on the shape of the Earth & Ovid published books 1-3 of his Epistulae ex Ponto.

On this day in:
313 -- The Edict of Milan, which granted religious freedom throughout the Roman Empire, was posted in Nicomedia.
1381 -- The Peasants' Revolt led by Wat Tyler culminated in the burning of the Savoy Palace.
1774 -- Rhode Island became the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.
1886 -- A fire devastated much of Vancouver, British Columbia.
1898 -- The Yukon Territory was formed.
1966 -- The Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona.
1967 -- Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
1971 -- The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers.
1978 -- The Israeli military withdrew from Lebanon.
1994 -- A jury ruled that recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood caused the Exxon Valdez disaster.
1996 -- The Montana Freemen surrendered.
2002 -- The U. S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty because of course it did.
2010 -- A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returned to Earth.

Born this day in:
823 -- Charles the Bald, Roman emperor
839 -- Charles the Fat, Roman emperor
Hello? Charles the Ugly? Paging Charles the Ugly.
1752 -- Frances Burney, novelist and playwright
1831 -- James Clerk Maxwell, physicist and mathematician. Electrifying. No silver hammer.
1865 -- W. B. Yeats, poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate
1884 -- Gerald Gardner, religionist who founded Gardnerian Wicca
1893 -- Dorothy L. Sayers, author and poet
1897 -- Paavo Nurmi, runner and coach. The flying Finn, Unequalled distance runner with an astounding record, Look him up.
1905 -- Doc Cheatham, trumpet player, singer, and bandleader
1927 -- Slim Dusty, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1928 -- John Forbes Nash, Jr., mathematician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1934 -- Uriel Jones, drummer (The Funk Brothers)
1935 -- Christo, sculptor and painter. His famed Running Fence, however, was actually stationary, I saw it.
1940 -- Bobby Freeman, singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer
1942 -- James Carr, singer
1951 -- Howard Leese, guitarist and producer (Bad Company and Heart)
1963 -- Paul De Lisle, American bass player and songwriter (Smash Mouth)
1968 -- David Gray, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Died this day in:
1645 -- Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese samurai, Go Read his Book of Five Rings, at least twice & eschew happy foot
1930 -- Henry Segrave, race car driver, boat racer, first to break 200 mph on land
1965 -- Martin Buber, philosopher and theologian
1972 -- Clyde McPhatter, singer (Billy Ward and his Dominoes and The Drifters)
1986 -- Benny Goodman, clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader
2010 -- Jimmy Dean, singer and businessman, founded Jimmy Dean Foods
2013 -- Sam Most, flute player and saxophonist- The father of jazz flute.

Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Uh, it's like the 13th, ya know, ain't that enough

So, for music we gots --
Doc Cheatham
Slim Dusty
Uriel Jones
Bobby Freeman
James Carr
Howard Leese
Paul De Lisle
David Gray
Clyde McPhatter
Benny Goodman
Jimmy Dean
Sam Most

Doc Cheatham

Slim Dusty

Uriel Jones

Bobby Freeman

James Carr

Howard Leese

Paul De Lisle

David Gray

Clyde McPhatter

Benny Goodman

Jimmy Dean Now you know where sausage comes from

Sam Most

Okay, Open Thread, go to it.

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riverlover's picture

For those dates before the latest time resolution, have they been re-translated or kept to old month/day calendars? I have never known.

I have developed a weird intellectual interest in learning about what happened at major transitions and also how these rules were established.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

And have to constantly remind myself to not include two years between 1AD and 1 BC (no years 0 AD or 0 BC). I eventually began relating it like distance from LA to NYC: doesn't matter what part of town you start or stop in, the distance is the same, or so small not worth the quibble.

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There is no such thing as TMI. It can always be held in reserve for extortion.

enhydra lutris's picture

have eccliastical dates, often lunar. Lunar and such have to be reconciled as to month and day, but who knows about years. Sometimes a source will state and sometimes not. Arbitrary things like the first Monday of June will be what they are, but June 1, 84 CE could be damn near anything, I suspect. I have seen numerous astronomical date reconstructions of special dates that suggest that some of our attempted dating revisions are off somewhere along the line, even where there has allegedly been strict adherence to all of the calendrical revolutions.

I generally wind up using the commonly cited dated or traditional dates, whatever they may be, but once in a great while will reference any alternatives given in the source. I should do that more. Other dates are pure horseshit anyway. One group of scholars, for example gives a date range from something or other bce to something different ce for the birth of Jesus. The endpoints, however, are keyed by said experts to events with seemingly greater uncertainty themselves and the myths aren't consistent in the first damn place, so I just ignore most of that type of event, and don't give them at 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 --

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The Unix “cal” command prints out a calendar for the given month and year. In this case the output is (abbreviations for the days of the week are in Dutch):

   September 1752
zo ma di wo do vr za
       1  2 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

That was the month the British Empire switched to the Gregorian calendar for good, “losing” 11 days in the process.

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Thanks for the number fun. There not not quite 13 lunar cycles per year, but the Mayans used 13 columns on most of their structures.
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If anyone is interested in the Monsanto thread yesterday, Empire Files had an interesting expose' yesterday. I forgot C. Thomas and Dummy Rumsfeld were Monsanto hacks.

If you want more, here's part 2.

Hope you all have a nice day!

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

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Maya incorporated many of them, ignorance of which is why we get stuff like that silly flap about Maya end times a few years ago. Consider, for example, the saros cycle:

The periodicity and recurrence of eclipses is governed by the Saros cycle, a period of approximately 6,585.3 days (18 years 11 days 8 hours). It was known to the Chaldeans as a period when lunar eclipses seem to repeat themselves, but the cycle is applicable to solar eclipses as well.Jan 12, 2012
NASA - Eclipses and the Saros
eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEsaros/SEsaros.htmlNASA

There is another huge cycle where the lunar cycle repeats its exact pattern relative to Venus. etc.

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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 --

as part of other jobs and helping kith and kin, I've used 3/4/5 method a lot. I knew about the 5/12/13 formula but it quickly multiplies to an ungodly number.

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There is no such thing as TMI. It can always be held in reserve for extortion.

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http://worldbeyondwar.org/NoWar2016/

This came in my email and thought I would share it here. Thought Big Al and some of you might have an interest. If only we would have a world without war!

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

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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 --

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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 --

There is so much to ponder in all that you shared.

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Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. Stephen Hawking

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ran when the wind got hold of it.

Charles VIII of France is generally considered to be Charles the Ugly. He married a 3-year old. Later he married a 14-year-old. He invaded Italy, which was not then Italy. Savonarola was all for that; so the pope tortured and burned him. When Charles lost a battle, he said he had won. That is why today he works for the Defense Department. He died when he hit his head on a door.

Good speech by Thurgood Marshall here.

I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever "fixed" at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.

The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendent of an African slave. We the People no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the Framers. It belongs to those who refused to acquiesce in outdated notions of "liberty," "justice," and "equality," and who strived to better them.

The Peasants' Revolt initially had no leaders. It was when connivers of the king prevailed upon the peasants to choose some leaders, that it all fell apart. As always, it is so.

Classic couplet from John Ball, the renegade peasant priest:

When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then the gentleman

Jack Straw, of whom almost nothing is known, was said to have most spooked, all the king's men.

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Morocco, Botswana, Zambia and Uganda are “more peaceful” than America, according to a new study.

In fact, America didn't make the top 100 most peaceful nations. The Global Peace Index ranked America as No. 103. The report cites U.S. involvement in the conflict against ISIL and poor relations between the U.S. and Russia as reasons for the score.

The Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent non-profit think tank, conducts the study. The group looks at global peace through three filters: safety and security in society, extent of domestic or international conflict and degree of militarization.

The top 5: Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal. Canada comes in at eight, after Switzerland. The least peaceful nations on the chart are Syria, South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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let me tell you about how we in the West, with our civilized ways, are so much better than those barbarians in the Middle East.

Well it seems that the aristocracy was behaving rather beastly towards the peasants and those workers wanted some dignity and less taxation. They had this little rebellion. The King, Richard II, said "ok, sorry, we'll treat you better", had a face to face with Tyler, where Tyler was stabbed. Then they cut off his head, put it on a stick and marched it around. Then the King reneged on all his promises and hanged 1500 people.

Proving that real civilization springs form the arts, here's Bobby Freeman, teaching us how to do "The Swim".

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