Open Thread: Monday, April 11, 2016


Happy 4/11/16


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Today's number is 11
Like 7 and its multiples, 11 and its multiples generate fun fractions (more later)
11 is the smallest positive integer with a 3 syllable name
11 is the 5th prime and the smallest 2 digit prime
If a number is divisible by 11, so is its reverse, for example: 165 and 561
if no 2 consecutive digits of a number add up to more than nine, then multiplying it by eleven generates a number which is the reverse of the product of the original number's reverse multiplied by 11. Example: 15 x 11=165 and 51 x 11 = 651
OK, deep breath
11 goes into 99 exactly 9 times. As a result, the decimal expansion of any common fraction with 11 in the denominator will be a two digit infinite repeat. 1/11 = .09 repeated, 2/11 = .18 repeated, 3/11 = .27 repeated, 4/11 = .36 repeated, etc. The repeating 2 digits are multiples of the numerator and .09 for numerators less than 11.
An 11 sided polygon is a hendecagon or an undecagon
11 is significant in Thelema
11 is a master number in Numerology
11 is a come out win at craps
11 is sodium
There are 11 players per side on the field at one time in soccer, cricket, field hockey and US style football
Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", has 11 consecutive repetitions of the same chord.
Spinal Tap's amplifiers go up to eleven
There is a Grateful Dead song named "The Eleven"
11 BCE was the Year of the Consulship of Tubero and Maximus
Nero Claudius Drusus was victorious at the Battle of the Lupia River and then built fortresses at near Bonn, Dorsten, Haltern, and Oberaden
11 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Lepidus and Taurus
Artabanus III of the Arsacid Dynasty became ruler of Parthia
On this date in
1919 The I.L.O. was founded
1945 U.S. troops liberated Buchenwald
1957 The UK agreed to self-rule for Singapore
1961 Adolph Eichman’s trial began
1968 LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 - quite a law, look it up
1970 Apollo 13 was launched
1979 Idi Amin was deposed
Born this day in
1374 Roger Mortimer, the 4th Earl of March. Richard the Second’s heir, figures in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” --”But I will find him when he lies asleep, And in his ear I'll holla 'Mortimer!' Nay, I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak Nothing but 'Mortimer,' and give it him”
1889 Nick LaRocca, a trumpet player & bandleader
1912 John Levy, a bass player who became the first African American manager for pop and jazz musicians
1930 Anton LaVey, a controversial religionist
Died this day in
1926 Luther Burbank, a botanist who never lived in Burbank, CA
2001 Sandy Bull, a multi instrumentalist
2006 June Pointer, a singer, part of a sister act
2007 Kurt Vonnegut, an author
Holidays, Holy Days, Feasts, Observances and such
I declare this to be “Invent Your Own Holiday Day”
  
So it looks like we gots  ...
Nick LaRocca,
John Levy
Sandy Bull
June Pointer
Nick La Rocca
John Levy
Sandy Bull
June Pointer:

OK, it is an open thread, so go for it

When this posts I’ll still be be at El Capitan State Beach, don’t know if there’s any phone reception there or not, so I might or might not drop in. All the same, play nicely among yourselves.

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Proof that a leopard never changes its spots.

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

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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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I am just recovering from the weekend of the cyclists here at gulfgal's B & B. Everyone left yesterday and today is clean up and recovery day. Blum 3

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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How does she do it?

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

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with the beverage of your choice.

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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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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

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Jim Hightower on now (he's hilarious, keep in mind Im an east coaster living in Texas for 30 years!)

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I decided that doors open 7AM did not work for me. But nice to hear the event, so good. They had me at Berninton! And then fracking (the most informed region in the US). What a stage-set!

Somewhere in his speech I realized that the use of "we" in other speeches by others was almost an honorific. Or the royal usage. With Sanders, it is us.

I know to never want to be in the card section behind. I could not keep up with being appropriately correct-level expressive.

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A tweeter said they filled the venue with overflow crowd outside. Let's see what gets scheduled when he comes to CT. I'd like to go, but hopefully it's later in the day.

Yeah the "card section", I wonder how they pick those people. Definitely selected to send a subliminal message.

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

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are at the Bernie scene in Binghamton!

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"The future is inside us/ It's not somewhere else." -- Radiohead

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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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Bad News: It's the New Good News

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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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when you are in Star Trek, a creature will leap on you to suck all the sodium out of your body.

"The Eleven" references the song's time signature, 11/8, and is the product of multiple and recurrent violations of the nation's narcotics laws.

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A bit surprised none of the Dead have come out to endorse Bernie. But then, I think Obama was the only time they publicly endorsed a candidate and that worked out soooo well. Wink

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I have a tragic money-sucking trainwreck happening within a few hours' drive and from lack of better oversight by me (those few hours, lake effect snows, broken arm, dying dog) it has spun out. That was my retirement nest egg!!.

Over the "poor me". I attempt to find my way through enemies, clueless allies and now a Contractor who will not return emails. I want no phone conversations, best everything has an electronic tag with him. And I am a non-citizen to-boot.

Some time later, two power outages, and at least this draft is still here. Yay! Sorry for the personal spew. Never again.

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I have to run off to work soon!!!

Just wanted to share that yesterday me and my 23 yr old son went to a Barnstorm for Bernie. Was held at a grange hall here in Tigard, Oregon. We signed up to phone bank and register voters since OR is a closed primary state (you must be registered as a dem or a rep).

Oh and I just saw this... -- SPRINGSTEEN cancels NC show

“To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday.” — Bruce Springsteen, canceling a North Carolina show because of the state’s ...

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"Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

unless they attack someone else.

After a Russian commercial airliner was downed over Egypt’s Sinai last October, Western media reported that the Islamic State bombing was retaliation against Russian airstrikes in Syria. The killing of 224 people, mostly Russian tourists on holiday, was matter-of-factly treated as an act of war by a fanatical group without an air force resorting to terrorism as a way to strike back.

Yet, Western militaries have killed infinitely more innocent civilians in Muslim lands than Russia has. Then why won’t Western officials and media cite retaliation for that Western violence as a cause of terrorist attacks on New York, Paris and Brussels?

Instead, there’s a fierce determination not to make the same kinds of linkages that the press made so easily when it was Russia on the receiving end of terror.

For example, throughout four hours of Sky News’ coverage of the July 7, 2005 attacks in London, only the briefest mention was made about a possible motive for that horrific assault on three Underground trains and a bus, killing 52 people. But the attacks came just two years after Britain’s participation in the murderous invasion of Iraq.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Iraq War’s architects, condemned the loss of innocent life in London and linked the attacks to a G-8 summit he’d opened that morning. A TV host then read and belittled a 10-second claim of responsibility from a self-proclaimed Al Qaeda affiliate in Germany saying that the Iraq invasion was to blame. There was no more discussion about it.

To explain why these attacks happen is not to condone or justify terrorist outrages against innocent civilians. It is simply a responsibility of journalism, especially when the “why” is no mystery. It was fully explained by Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the four London suicide bombers. Though speaking for only a tiny fraction of Muslims, he said in a videotaped recording before the attack:

“Your democratically-elected governments continuously perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world. And your support of them makes you directly responsible, just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters. Until we feel security you will be our targets and until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight. We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation.”

The Islamic State published the following reason for carrying out last November’s Paris attacks:

“Let France and all nations following its path know that they will continue to be at the top of the target list for the Islamic State and that the scent of death will not leave their nostrils as long as they partake part in the crusader campaign … and boast about their war against Islam in France, and their strikes against Muslims in the lands of the Caliphate with their jets.”

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I will agree that US Imperialist misadventures in the ME has fanned the anti-US flames that are used for ISIS recruiting. US foreign policy sucks. I concede that.

But, I'm not ready to equate ISIS with righteous freedom fighters. They rape captured women as their "religious right". Behead anyone who will not convert to their tortured version of Islam. etc etc. Not the righteous characteristics I look for in my freedom fighters.

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The point is whether they have a valid grievance.
If so, then perhaps we can avoid giving them that reason to strike out.

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Like yesterday. Obama's greatest failure was not ending our involvement in the ME -- although he probably thinks it's his greatest achievement.

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This is why people don’t trust Hillary: How a convenient reversal on gun control highlights her opportunism

For a campaign trying to paint its opponent as a heartless dog-whistling lackey for the NRA, you would expect its own candidate to have a pretty consistent background on the issue. But of course, we’re talking about Hillary Clinton. During her 2008 campaign, Clinton’s tune on guns was quite different, especially after her then opponent Barack Obama opined that some Americans “cling to guns or religion.” Clinton called his comments “elitist” and “out of touch,” and even bragged about learning how to shoot a gun as a child. She also made an argument that was very similar to the allegedly racist argument that Sanders made in 2015:

“What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana,” said Clinton. “So, for the federal government to be having any kind of, you know, blanket rules that they’re going to try to impose, I think doesn’t make sense.”

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"We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."

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Stay on track. Stay in lane. Don't throw rocks.

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from the Real News Network

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Citizen Of Earth's picture

for protesting for a return to Democracy. The Irony is sublime.

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by the end of the week to make it more visible. These arrests are always anticipated and organized, so nobody who gets arrested, actually is surprised about it. They want it that way to make a statement.

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I'm taking a bit of a break.

Just need to relax a bit. Got messages from my kids teacher that my son didn't get the part in the play he wanted, so I have to deal with THAT fallout. Oy. Looks like I have to have the "REAL" actor talk with him about the fact that it ISN'T fair, and you will always lose out to the kid with the perfect teeth and flavor of the month looks. Remember Gary Oldman, and do the best performances you can. REAL performers will give you the respect you deserve...

Been talking with a few people around here. Apparently people have been turning up at the hospital for dehydration, because this epidemic of Norovirus around here is THAT bad. Suddenly very glad to be on my feet and better without having to see a doctor. (Yes, I'm an old Luddite, but I'd rather not see a doctor unless my life is in danger.)

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

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I'd be honored to share the back row with you, man.

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Just not going to push myself to write EVERY day.

This site is important to me. Smile

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sometimes we don't have to have the lead role. And if your kid wanted the plum support role and didn't get it, well there've been plenty of magnificent cameos in the history of plays and movies.

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Course I have explained to him many times about it, and it's his first major audition.

So, you know, hard to have the talk with him, but he NEEDS to hear it. (From what I understand he's have 3 lines, which is a lot bigger than MY first role. I had to share a narrator role with another kid who was on drugs half the time...)

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I bet whoever it is started with a very small part. Good luck!

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kids to distract you from the virtual life. Take care, I enjoyed your writing. Thanks.

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detroitmechworks's picture

And of course i'm still going to do the Sunday OT, because that's a joy for my Saturday night.

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[[[[[[dmw]]]]]] Smile

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The Wages of Sin

And, as Plato and his pupil Aristotle understood, the building of empire, any empire, extinguishes democracy.

The Greek polis, or city-state, soon to be swallowed up by the Macedonian empire, was the nucleus that—like early New England town halls in the United States—made it possible for an individual to be a political being, to have agency and a voice. Empire requires a centralized, authoritarian government that has no use for the demos. Greek democracy, always a patriarchy, was with the rise of empire extinguished. Corruption and a lust for power defined the new ruling elites. The citizen, as in our system of “inverted totalitarianism,” became irrelevant. As the Athenian general Thucydides noted, the tyranny that Athens imposed on the outer reaches of empire, it eventually imposed on itself. Athens, like the United States centuries later, was hollowed out from the inside by the corrosive force of empire. The brutal tools of control used initially in distant parts of the empire—in our case militarized police, drones, suspension of civil liberties, wholesale surveillance and mass incarceration—migrated back to the homeland. This is how most empires die. They commit suicide.

The loss of civic virtue, Plato wrote, left a population hypnotized by the illusions flickering on the wall of a cave. Such distorted images of reality—our electronic hallucinations are beyond Plato’s imagination—fuel irrational beliefs and desires. They foster a visionless existence. Our images are skillfully manipulated by the elites to keep the population entertained and passive. Those who seek to question the illusions are, Socrates warned, usually attacked and killed by the mob, which does not want its comforting myths punctured. When reality is too painful to bear, a population does not seek freedom or truth; it becomes an accomplice to its own enslavement. Epicureanism, the reduction of life to the pursuit of fleeting individual pleasure, seduces the public. Cynicism rules. Distrust is everywhere. The community breaks down, and, men turn to public affairs hoping to snatch from thence the happiness they hunger for. Thas Plato writes, “all goes wrong when, starved for lack of anything good in their own lives, ey set about fighting for power, and their internecine conflict ruins them and their country.” This collapse creates a dream world “where men live fighting one another about elaborate shadows and quarreling for power, is if that were a great prize. …”

At the end, death arrives as a relief.

We are no more immune to the forces of decay and death than were ancient Athens, ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, the Mayans, the Aztecs, Easter Island, Europe’s feudal society of lords and serfs, and the monarchial empires in early 20th-century Europe. Human nature has not changed. We will react as those before us reacted when they faced collapse. We will be increasingly consumed by illusion. We will seek to stop time, to prevent change, to embrace magical thinking in a desperate effort to return to an idealized past. Many will suffer.

This time, collapse will be planetwide. There will be no new lands to conquer, no new peoples to subjugate, no new natural resources to plunder and exploit. Climate change will teach us a brutal lessen about hubris.

The wages of sin, as Paul writes in his Letter to the Romans, is death—first moral and intellectual death and then physical death. The first, we already are experiencing. It would be reassuring to believe we could as a species avoid the second. But if human history is any guide, we are in for it. And the worse it gets, the more we seek to thwart change through magical thinking, the more our eventual extinction as a species is assured.

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that Senator Warren needs to cast her lot with Bernie....

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Just Joined Republicans to Declare War on Elizabeth Warren

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are the last two real progressives left in the Dem party. Time for a New Progressive Party.

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to Tim Canova, the man running against DWS for her seat. Debbie has to go!

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...from the title. The Facebook version is closing in on 5,000,000 views. The YouTube version needs to go viral, too. Watch it and share it.

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You'll find the members of Caucus 1 Percent in Panama, maybe?

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