Sunday Open Thread: February 18 is Pluto Day (unofficial)

World History this day

1797 -- A fleet of 18 British warships invaded Trinidad.
1861 -- Victor Emmanuel II assumed the title of King of Italy.
1942 -- The Japanese began exterminating perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore.
1943 -- The Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement.
1947 -- The French gained complete control of Hanoi during the First Indochina War
1957 -- Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi was executed by the British colonial government.

US History this day

1861 -- Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the CSA.
1970 -- The Chicago Seven were found not guilty
2010 -- WikiLeaks published the first documents disclosed by Chelsea Manning.

Science & Technology this day

1930 -- Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. ***
1977 -- The "Space Shuttle" Enterprise was "flown" on top of a 747

*** All horoscopes drawn before this dte re obviously wrong.

The Arts this day

1885 -- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published

Misc. this day

1954 -- The Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles.

Birthdays of Note this day

1201 -- Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian polymath and writer
1745 -- Alessandro Volta, physicist
1838 -- Ernst Mach, physicist and philosopher
1848 -- Louis Comfort Tiffany, stained glass artist
1898 -- Enzo Ferrari, race car driver and businessman
1906 -- Hans Asperger, pediatrician and medical theorist
1914 -- Pee Wee King, singer, songwriter, and fiddle player
1922 -- Helen Gurley Brown, journalist and author
1933 -- Yoko Ono, multimedia and performance artist, singer, songwriter, peace activist
1934 -- Skip Battin, singer, songwriter, and bass player
1939 -- Bobby Hart, singer and songwriter
1940 -- Fabrizio De Andre, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1941 -- Irma Thomas, singer
1947 -- Dennis DeYoung, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist
1948 -- Keith Knudsen, singer, songwriter, and drummer
1953 -- Robbie Bachman, drummer
1953 -- Derek Pellicci, drummer
1957 -- Vanna White, famous woman of letters

Deaths of Note this day

1294 -- Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor, Coleridge inspiration
1405 -- Timur, Mongol ruler
1455 -- Fra Angelico, priest and painter
1546 -- Martin Luther, religionist
1564 -- Michelangelo, sculptor and painter
1906 -- John Batterson Stetson, businessman
1957 -- Dedan Kimathi, Mau Mau leader
1973 -- Frank Costello, businessman
2006 -- Bill Cowsill, singer and guitarist
2013 -- Kevin Ayers, singer, songwriter, and guitarist (soft machine)
2017 -- Clyde Stubblefield, drummer (James Brown)

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So now some music


Pee Wee King

Yoko Ono

Skip Battin

Fabrizio De Andre

Irma Thomas

Dennis DeYoung

Keith Knudsen

Robbie Bachman

Derek Pellicci

John Batterson Stetson

Bill Cowsill

Kevin Ayers

Clyde Stubblefield


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Photo: Pluto (very hi-res) by weta2000nz

It's an open thread, so do your thing

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enhydra lutris's picture

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please be advised that the time has come around again for me to try to talk you into tossing some coin into the hat in order to keep the lights on. To wit:

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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

...starting with the Bull Fiddle Boogie.

Similar to one of my faves....Bob Wills.
This cut is from '51 a couple of years after the Bull Fiddle recording (2.5 min)

And I'll second the call for contributions from those who have the where with all.

It a beautiful day here in the valley and I hope yours is a good one too.

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

enhydra lutris's picture

@Lookout
played often enough in our house when I was a kid, and Spade Cooley too, before he killed his wife. There is something very special about western swing which percolates through the musical culture and shows up in Tthe Bakersfield Sound of Buck Owens, and, later on, Creedence Clearwater Revival,and this lovely ditty by some British dudes:

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Azazello's picture

@enhydra lutris

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"February 18 is Pluto Day." I am assuming that's the anniversary of the day when Pluto's Republic gained independence?

Apparently, we've settled on Pluto's being a dwarf planet. https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is...

Most days when I read your date-based OPs, I feel entertained, which I appreciate them very much. Today, though, reading the OP made me feel so ill-informed. I must be feeling especially down on myself today. Or, maybe I'm just hungry. Think I'll try to figure out which by having breakfast now.

MMMM. Breakfast.

Have a glorious Sunday, everyone.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@HenryAWallace
as a hall of mirrors for you to reflect upon. That said, breakfast sounds wonderful, but I think I need more coffee before trying to cook anything.

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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 --

"February 18 is Pluto Day." I am assuming that's the anniversary of the day when Pluto's Republic gained independence?

Apparently, we've settled on Pluto's being a dwarf planet. https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is...

Most days when I read your date-based OPs, I feel entertained, which I appreciate very much. Today, though, reading the OP made me feel so ill-informed. I must be feeling especially down on myself today. Or, maybe I'm just hungry. Think I'll try to figure out which by having breakfast now.

MMMM. Breakfast.

Have a glorious Sunday, everyone.

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Arrow's picture

Or..Or..You're a 'Russian Dupe'!
That Volta? Electrifying!

Some days you just wish you could do this:
Have a good one all!

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I want a Pony!

enhydra lutris's picture

@Arrow
in a song I can't currently recall popped into my brain as I typed his micro-bio. Sailing away would indeed be nice, which brings to mind the question of when you will make like a migratory bird and return south.

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hecate's picture

astrologers have never paid any attention to Pluto, or to Neptune: the ancients couldn't see them, so they don't Count. The ancients couldn't see Uranus either.

Pluto in 2006 was criminally demoted because otherwise the Science Men would have had to declare a bunch of other celestial bodies planets, and they didn't want to do that. They decided there were already enough planets, thank you very much.

However, anyone who has ever been to space knows that Pluto is totally a planet.

Also, the Science Men will soon have to grapple with Planet X. And a bunch of il_570xN-1.1198604842_ez51.jpgother orbs that are out there. As Robert Anton Wilson noted, there are two sizable planets there in the Pluto neighborhood: these, naturally, suggested he, should be named Mickey and Goofy.

Whenever the Science Men come up with a Definition, they eventually find it's kind of slippery, and it wriggles out of their grasp, like eels. That is why everyone in space laughs at them. Good-naturedly.

Too, it doesn't really matter how many planets there are or are not in the space, or are or are not in the astrology, because, like, say, tarot (and science, for that matter), astrology is just a tool to spark intuition.

The Frank Costello planet was the primary model for Vito Corleone in the true-life non-fiction tome The Godfather and the subsequent documentary film made from it. Pal of Roy Cohn, mentor to The Hairball. Costello's portrait will be prominently featured in the Hall Of The Mountain Kings that The Hairball has commanded shall replace the Smithsonian.

There is a problem with that death date for Michelangelo: since he is a time traveler, he is not actually dead. Still bouncing around out there.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@hecate
and inspiration.

As to using the movements of celestial bodies for sparking intuition, I think one could get by on Asteroid 3834 Zappafrank and Asteroid 4442 Garcia with an assist from Asteroid 11098 Ginsberg (which seems disturbingly far from Rockland). Refinements could be derived from analysis of the relative loci of Asteroid 5148 Giordano, Asteroid 13223 Cenaceneri and the lunar crater Giordano Bruno. Somebody could get creative with some planetarium software, but it won't be me.

Thank you muchly for the link to your 12th Night column. Was Leonard Vincent at all related to Gene Vincent?

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@enhydra lutris
is working overtime there, el. Your question about Leonard Vincent/Leonardo da Vinci and Gene Vincent led me to this tube, in which we discover the DaVinci Rockabilly line of clothing. As there are no coincidences, we can clearly infer from this that Gene Vincent was/is, in fact, Leonard Vincent cum Leonardo da Vinci; the alleged sudden death of Gene, from the stomach ulcer while at his father's place, that was simply a cover for him going into the time machine to back there become Leonardo. Some further Proof: if you enter into the image-tubes the search term "rockabilly influences in da vinci pantings," this is what returns.

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QMS's picture

@hecate So is chrome and windows. Shiny blinding things, like flitter and haste hook, get inserted into those areas of the brain better kept uninformed.

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Intelligence is being redefined as the ability to repeat ever more complex instructions.

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@QMS
to my mental health. For sure.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@hecate
than mona lisa

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