Sunday Open Thread: August 19 is World Humanitarian Day

and it is also Sweetmorn, Bureaucracy 12, 3184 YOLD
(for you Discordians out there)


World History this day

1612 - The "Samlesbury witches" were put on trial. This was part of a onging flurry of witchcraft trials that were really just a continuation of the Anglican v Catholic blood feud in disguise. It is somewhat unique in that they got off, and did so becuse the Judge discovered and disclosed that the key witness was "the perjuring tool of a Catholic priest" after she broke down and confessed that it was all bullshit.

1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from the UK

934 - The German referendum of 1934 approved Hitler's appointment as head of state with the title of Fuhrer.

1945 - The Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh took control of Hanoi.

1953 - The CIA and MI6 overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and installed the authoritarian dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. This was the CIA's first regime change and established its bona fides as the Sekret US department of clandestine warfare, subversion, sabotage, murder and other criminal behavior.

2010 - The illegal US war against Iraq finally ended with the withdrawal of last of the United States brigade combat teams. Neither the international community nor the US government took any steps to punish the war criminals responsible for starting and conducting it.

US History this day

1692 - Five convicted witches were "executed" in Salem. Like all the other victims of the New England witch trials, they were victims of religious fanaticism, though moden apologists like to drag out the term "mass hysteria". Ignoring the origins of the diagnosis and the name "hysteria", the term is simply one of avoidance, trucked out when people would rather not discuss the causes of seeming group derangements. The simple fact is that the vast majority are the result of religious fanatacism and the side effects of various religious dogma and practices.

1812 - The US frigate USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia,

1848 - The New York Herald published the news of the California gold rush to the eastern US.

1854 - Based on a false claim that a Minneconjou warrior who had joined Lakota chief Matho Wayuhi's encampment had stolen a cow from a passing Mormon wagon train, the army at Fort Laramie sent 30 soldiers, two cannons and one drunk interpreter out to arrest the perpetrator and obtain reparations. After a long and fruitless discussion, the parlay was discontinued and a soldier murdered chief Matho Wayuhi by shooting him in the back as he walked away while another soldier shot and wounded an unnamed warrior. The Lakota counter attacked and killed the entire attacking party. This was called the "Grattan Massacre" and was a principle cause of the First Souix War.

Science & Technology this day

1940 - First flight of the US B-25 "Mitchell" bomber

1964 - The world's first geostationary communication satellite,Syncom 3, was launched by NASA.

The Arts this day


Misc. this day

2017 - Tens of thousands of farmed non-native Atlantic salmon were released into the wild in Washington State waters in the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon pen break. Though technically an "accident" there was pretty much a certainty that such an event would eventually happen, regardless of assorted putative "studies" assurances and the like which existed only to provide political cover for those approving the ecological disaster in the making.


Birthdays of Note this day

1631 - John Dryden, poet, playwright and critic

1646 - John Flamsteed, astronomer

1689 - Samuel Richardson, author

1902 - Ogden Nash, poet

1906 - Philo Farnsworth, inventor, TV pioneer and inventor of the fusor

1918 - Jimmy Rowles, singer, songwriter, and pianist

1921 - Gene Roddenberry, screenwriter and producer

1934 - Renee Richards, tennis player and opthalmologist. She won a major victory for transgender rights in Richards v US Tennis Assn.

1939 - Ginger Baker, drummer and songwriter

1940 - Roger Cook, songwriter, singer, and producer

1940 - Johnny Nash, singer and songwriter

1943 - Billy J. Kramer, singer

1945 - Ian Gillan, singer and songwriter

1946 - Bill Clinton, DLC politician, first admitted "New" Democrat, who advocated and implemented de-regulation, downsizing and outsourcing government, austerity, "welfare reform", more cops, more prisons, more federal crimes, longer sentences and all like that.

1948 - Elliot Lurie, singer and guitarist

1951 - John Deacon, bass guitarist and songwriter

Deaths of Note this day

1662 - Blaise Pascal, mathematician, physicist, and philosopher

1936 - Federico Garcia Lorca, poet, playwright, and director

1968 - George Gamow, physicist, cosmologist and author

1994 - Linus Pauling, chemist and biologist

2013 - Donna Hightower, singer and songwriter



So now some music

The Samlesbury Witches

Salem Witchcraft Trials

Jimmy Rowles

Ginger Baker

Roger Cook wrote

Johnny Nash

Billy J. Kramer

Ian Gillian

Elliot Lurie

John Deacon

Donna Hightower


Photo: Image taken from page 73 of '[Bill Nye's History of the United States. Illustrated by F. Opper.]' from The British Library

It's an open thread, so do your thing

Ah yes, I probably won't be around when this posts, sorry.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

Happy Humanitarian Day! Cruelty as a way of life here in good old Sonoma County, California.
By the way, my friend Magenta who died recently, her name was Tracy, she was so kind and funny. She called me "her angel" when I'd stop by to talk. RIP Tracy.

Inside Santa Rosa’s campaign to eliminate large homeless camps
Please go and read the yuge article if you want a sense of future collapse down this road, I'm only quoting the magenta part at the end.

Robin Hall, her face lined and swollen under hair dyed multiple shades of magenta, readily speaks of the burdens of homelessness: assaults, arrest threats, the difficulties of getting across town for a shower.

She said she can’t go to a shelter because of sleep disorders that cause her to kick and snore, likely waking up those around her, meaning she probably wouldn’t sleep well herself. “I’m a self-conscious person, and I would feel terrible,” she said.

Lately, she’s spent each day wondering when she should leave her current site on the asphalt at the edge of Challenger Way, where neighbors who can have slowly been departing, a few a day.

“They make it so hard,” Hall said, her frequent tears returning. “They shut down everything. Every place we go, they make us leave.”

I'm chronically ill, so have a plan to commit suicide when I lose shelter, that's the system. Thanks goodness I don't take opioids, cannabis is enough for my pain relief, a great palliative.
Charge dismissed against Petaluma man suspected of aiding wife’s suicide

“She just wanted out of her pain. I couldn’t see abandoning her,” he said in the recording.

Low-income renters face difficult search for housing in Sonoma County after October wildfires

The notice to vacate was taped to Rotha Rice’s Rohnert Park apartment door the first week of May. She was expecting it, given she’d heard from neighbors that Americana Apartments was terminating the leases of every tenant enrolled in a federal housing subsidy program.

Rice, 74, was given 90 days to leave the place she has called home since 2006, when she moved into the complex on the city’s northeastern edge with a single cup, a plate and a lamp. In the dozen years since, she accumulated a bed, furniture, a variety of books and other belongings. For the first time in a long time, she felt stable.

The location of the apartment was ideal, situated only a mile and a half from her job of 26 years working graveyard shifts at a Shell gas station. It’s also not far from the city’s senior center where she grabs lunch daily, as well as a longtime network of friends who help get her to and from doctors’ appointments to manage her delicate health.

Who cares about what the landlords have done? NOBODY apparently. James Gore, the guy I never voted to "represent" me, is one corrupt mofo straight outta obomber's continuing failed system of financialization, and bullshit job creation. D-Values.
ooey gooey
Police call death of Santa Rosa woman struck and killed by SMART train a suicide
scotty beemer me up
Santa Rosa woman killed in Highway 101 crash near Cloverdale identified

catchy singalong

la la la la la la la

la peace

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Made in Japan - John Entwistle

stream of morbid consciousness

--- if you see a fork in the road, take it
John Fogerty - Deja Vu (All Over Again)

--- BOOM
Facebook hit with federal housing discrimination complaint

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a formal complaint against the social network this week, claiming Facebook allows landlords and home sellers to hide housing ads from people based on their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability and zip code. Such behavior allows landlords and home sellers to limit housing options for those groups under the guise of targeted advertising, according to the HUD complaint.

Red lining is a D-Value? Obomba's HUD Secs never filed a complaint the whole time people became homeless in California. And Detroit!. NOBODY stops the speculative f_cksticks.

No Ds - No Rs
Nobody 2018
good luck

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what is basically a free campaign broadcast for the Social Democrats (SPD), in the form of an extended softball interview with the SPD’s current leader Andrea Nahles.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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Have a great week, el, and everyone!

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Meanwhile, yet another murder by an asylum seeker in Germany, making government and media elites seem feckless when it comes to migrants and migration.

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enjoying your trip. Be safe.

Thought I'd post a cool dog Tweet, since I'm still in 'practice mode.' Wink Here you go,

BTW, like your 'bio' of WJC--very fitting!

Blue Onyx

"Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong."
~~W. R. Purche
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"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
--George Bernard Shaw, Irish Dramatist & Socialist
"We [corporations] are the government!" Actor John Colicos (1978)

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