Sunday Open Thread: June 24 was a date for prodigious battles and much more

and it is also Sweetmorn, Confusion 15, 3184 YOLD
(for you Discordians out there)


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World History this day

217 BC - Hannible pulled history's greatest ambush and first known turning movement at Lake Trasimene
0637 - The Battle of Moira (Ireland's largest)
1314 - The Battle of Bannockburn (if you don't know, ask a Scot)
1340 - The Battle of Sluys - annihilation of the French Fleet
1374 - An outbreak of St. John's Dance in Aachen (or this the arts?)
1497 - John Cabot landed in Newfoundland and began to talk funny
1597 - The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reached Java.
1622 - Battle of Macau: the Dutch failed to steal Macau from the Portuguese
1779 - The Great Siege of Gibraltar began
1793 - France's first Republican constitution was adopted
1812 - Napoleon's Grande Armee crossed the Neman, invading Russia.
1821 - The Battle of Carabobo paved the way for Venezuela's independence.
1932 - A bloodless revolution overthrew King Prajadhipok of Siam
1948 - The start of the Berlin Blockade
1950 - South Africa passed the Group Areas Act formally segregating races
1954 - The Viet Minh hammered the French at the Battle of Mang Yang Pass
2010 - Julia Gillard became the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

US History this day

1922 - The APFA renamed itself the NFL
1943 - The Battle of Bamber Bridge pitted racist white US MPs against black US soldiers
1947 - Kenneth Arnold saw 9 UFOs near Mount Rainier, the first widely reported UFO sighting*
1949 - Hopalong Cassidy was first aired on NBC, the first TV "Western"
1957 - Ther Supremes held that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. (Roth v US) **
1973 - Thirty two people were killed in an arson attack on a second floor gay bar, The UpStairs Lounge.
2004 - Capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in New York.

*doing an estimated 1200 mph, no less
** establishging a precedent for outlawing and punishing behavior one cannot define, a miserable farce of a decision.

Science & Technology this day

0109 - Trajan inaugurated the Aqua Traiana
1981 - The Humber Bridge, then the world's longest, opened for traffic

The Arts this day

1880 - First performance of O Canada, eh. But is it art?

Misc. this day

1717 - The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world,The Premier Grand Lodge of England, was founded
2012 - Lonesome George, the last known Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, died

Birthdays of Note this day

1771 - Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, founded DuPont and made a fortune making gunpowder
1813 - Henry Ward Beecher, minister, accused adulterer, abolitionist, suffragest
1842 - Ambrose Bierce, author, essayist and journalist
1883 - Victor Francis Hess, physicist, discovered cosmic rays
1901 - Harry Partch, composer and music theorist who used just ntonation
1904 - Phil Harris, singer, songwriter and actor
1917 - Ramblin' Tommy Scott, singer and guitarist
1917 - Joan Clarke, cryptanalyst
1929 - Carolyn S. Shoemaker, astronomer, comet hunter, co-discoverer of Shoemaker-Levy 9
1942 - Arthur Brown, singer and songwriter from a crazy world
1944 - Jeff Beck, guitarist and songwriter
1944 - Chris Wood, saxophonist, flautist
1945 - Colin Blunstone, singer and songwriter
1947 - Mick Fleetwood, drummer
1947 - Peter Weller, Buckaroo Banzai
1949 - John Illsley, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1959 - Andy McCluskey, singe, songwriter, bass player, and producer
1960 - Siedah Garrett, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1961 - Curt Smith, English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1967 - Jeff Cease, guitarist (black crows)
1986 - Solange Knowles, singer, songwriter, and actress

Deaths of Note this day

1519 - Lucrezia Borgia, politician
1969 - Frank King, cartoonist
1969 - Willy Ley, author, historian, space exploration advocate
2010 - Fred Anderson, saxophonist
2013 - Alan Myers, dummer
2014 - Eli Wallach, Tuco, et. al.

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So now some music


Arthur Brown

Jeff Beck

Chris Wood

Colin Blunstone

Mick Fleetwood

John Illsley

Andy McCluskey

Siedah Garrett

Jeff Cease

Solange Knowles

Fred Anderson

Alan Myers

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Photo: Statue of Robert the Bruce in Bannockburn, public domain

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Lookout's picture

Well I didn't make it to DC for the PPC, but that has the advantage of not currently riding a bus 14 hours back home. I did livestream the rally, which I posted in a separate essay.

We continue getting a little rain. The woods are thick...so thick they are blocking the signal to our digital antenna. Not much worth seeing on broadcast anyway, so it's no great loss, and it sure is helping all the trees.

I hope you are all having a pleasant start to your summer (or winter in Janis case in NZ).

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

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@Lookout
rain, to bad about the DC trip, but, that seems to have had a bright side too, so it is probably just as well. Have a great, rainy, day.

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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 --

The report, “(Un)welcome: the State of Refugee Resettlement in America,” includes a public opinion poll, a domestic impacts survey and international impact analysis. While 76 percent of polled Americans saw the refugee crisis as an important national and global issue and 60 percent believe the U.S. has a moral obligation to accept refugees, the IRC’s analysis shows there is a steep drop in U.S. refugee admissions.

Crap wages for all, because capitalist pig employers say so? Methinks employers are the problem, not lack of refugees. Polls polls polls, moar polls.

What about Ray and Magenta? They are economic refugees right here in Cloverdale right now. FUCK D-Values can't even take care of the basics in their face, and more refugees will help who now?

“Here in Northern California, employers have told us that contrary to the popular belief, we need refugees,” she continued. “They are passionate and dedicated to do their part to serve customers. With their work ethic and resilience, resettled refugees help employers fill critical roles. Employers report that hiring refugees brings down turnover rates, increases company efficiency, and improves management practices in the manufacturing, tech support services and diverse hospitality industries, among other sectors.”

FUCK YOU and your shitty wage slavery, indentured servitude. "That's the system."
The full report is available at:
https://www.rescue.org/sites/default/files/document/2854/unwelcome-irc-r...

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@eyo
underclass. Refugees are great because they are desperate. We all need to help each other in small ways to break down total dependency on those folks. Have a good one.

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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 --

Unexpected security update I guess. Now I have another "unique number that's different from a Social Security number." Woo tax dollars at work. lol

"This will help keep your personal information more secure and help protect your identity."

Um, no it won't. And I wish I could sue you for lying about it, or at least make you STFU. kabuki sucks bigly

Activated April 1st 2005, no foolin' heh. Both Parts A & B. I never used (Part A) HOSPITAL. and (Part B) MEDICAL did nothing to keep me out of bankruptcy, in fact it drove me there. Thanks a lot, thanks for nothin' professional class of do-gooders. Medicare 4 All? Who can afford such things? I haven't seen a doctor in five years because I am poor, simple as that. M4A doesn't sound so good to me, sounds like status quo. "I wanna tear it down, I wanna build me a new road."

Nationalized Health Care System now! Flush Insurance Industry lobbyism, flush Fat Cat pHARMa. What's good enough for Congress is good enough for We The People; Office of Attending Physician in every pot! OAP for All. And a pony for Arrow. Thank you.

peace

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enhydra lutris's picture

loading for a longer stay in the sierras can begin. Hot yesterday and today, by local standards. The garden took a hit from the heat, especially shade lovers, a problem we need to solve for the future.

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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 --

smiley7's picture

theatre friend pointed out that most readers may not be acquainted with the century old Marie's Crisis named for Thomas Paine's "American Crisis."

So i'm providing a note here and will on the OT as well.

Marie's Crisis is a Bohemian piano bar on Grove street, Paine's last residence and he also lived on the other streets mentioned in the poem as well.

Thanks for letting me note that this morning.

Been a long time since wandering the sierras, miss those old Westphalias, wishing i had one now along with a puppy, a little charlie, and hit the road again. Alas, we have the memories.

Another good, cool day on the mountain, going to get out later on.

Thanks for the OT, el, and have a good one!

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@smiley7
I definitely wasn't familiar with it. We try to hit the sierras and the desert each at least once per year, generally for a week or more each, and the coast much more often. How can one not, living where we do? And wine country ...... .

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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 --

Azazello's picture

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has begun. VW hopes to set a record, or two, with their electric car.

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@Azazello Have yourself a good day.

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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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@Azazello
VW has smashed the previous record by a full 15 seconds, the first time anyone has done the course in under 8 minutes. Volkswagen I.D. R EV demolishes overall Pikes Peak record

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@Azazello
first post - if they're shooting for a record, running a more or less purpose built car, then it becomes fairly probable. Especially with an EV, they're seriously high torque critters, which is muy perfecto for windy uphills.

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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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@enhydra lutris
will just be racing for class records from here on out. Electrics are going to own the overall.

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@Azazello watched that video without my earphones, so maybe the car already has air brakes, but it made me think of some of Jim Hall's Chaparals. Full throttle impossibly far into the corner, extreme G decelleration inbto a slow turn, and hammer out. With EV torque (sorry chevy) that would be even more formidable.

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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 --

detroitmechworks's picture

that's keeping me even slightly sane and grounded.

I know I'm just a fool with delusions of grandeur who will never make a major difference. But at the heart of it, there's that anger that I know that it's not just me feeling.

The Nazis are tapping it. The Dems are ignoring it and playing by the last war's rules. The Dems are gonna get creamed, and joining their team just means that there will be more people to spread the blame to after the election.

Edit: And the Nazi's just demanded that we stop resisting. Fifty bucks sez the Dems do it.

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

@detroitmechworks thanks, maybe bong hits can cure the shitstorm inside my head. "helping me not do" lol
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Peace & Love

--fox news

Another dead fox

EDITOR: In response to the ‘Why are foxes dying?' letter in the May 31 Reveille, on March 26, there was a dead fox on our Asti property. At first the fox appeared to be in distress and was turning in circles, and then it died. There was no visible injury to the fox.

We called Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) because Fish & Game told us that SCAS dealt with all dead animals in Sonoma County. SCAS told us to double bag it and throw in the garbage.

It seems odd that there were at least four dead foxes within a two-week period in approximately the same location. Why?

Why why why why does SCAS not even care to do one necropsy? Cheap bastards.

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@eyo @eyo they will find the seemingly obvious culprit, some commercial baited neurotoxin being used kill pests that then wander off and become prey to the foxes. That would be paperwork and if it is a violation of any regs, reporting to Fish and Game who would then also have paperwork and piss off some commercial interests.

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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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Here’s the German daily TAZ.de Tageszeitung — which was founded as a grassroots alternative media voice for the environmental activist and alternative Left movements, and is published by a co-op of which I am a member — promoting one-hundred-percent, in an interview today, the standard Cass Sunstein / CIA line re so-called “conspiracy theories,” and the supposed psychosocial deficiencies of anyone who gives them any thought.

https://www.taz.de/Forscher-ueber-Verschwoerungstheorien/!5510879/

I find it really discouraging that, more and more in Germany, the only voices questioning the official NATO-and-neocon line on Syria, Libya, Yemen, Russiagate, etc., are to be found on the extreme Right.

Is that sad or what?

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@lotlizard
self-styled left is amazingly centrist and/or afraid of being seen as extremists, whackos or ignorami. Meanwhile, hard-core leftists just keep their mouths shut because who is there to talk to?

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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 --

thanatokephaloides's picture

Lonesome George, the last known Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, died

There's still some hope for the subspecies: this article describes how....

Smile

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides
original, with a slow growing species like that is pretty long, but I wish them luck. By now, his native island is pretty much diffeent from when his species was there roaming around anyway.

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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 --