Sunday Open Thread:June 3 is World Bicycle Day also Mabo Day in Australia

and it is also Prickle-Prickle, Confusion 8, 3184 YOLD
(for you Discordians out there)

Last and far, far least, it is Confederate Memorial Day in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee,


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World History this day

1326 – The Treaty of Novgorod established the Russia - Norway border
1539 – Hernando de Soto claimed Florida for Espana
1885 – Cree leader Big Bear, escaped the North-West Mounted Police.
1940 – The Luftwaffe bombed Paris.
1963 – South Vietnamese troops attacked protesting Buddhists with chemical weapons
1979 – A blowout at the Ixtoc I well in the Gulf of Mexico spilled at least 3,000,000 barrels
1984 – Indian troops launched a 3 day attack on the Sikh Golden Temple, killing over 5,000
1992 – Aboriginal land rights were granted in Australia in Mabo v Queensland (No 2)
2006 – Montenegro declared independence from Serbia

US History this day

1621 – The Dutch West India Company landed a charter for New Netherland.
1781 – Jack Jouett began a midnight ride to warn Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of a British raid
1916 – The National Defense Act increased the National Guard by 450,000 men
1943 – The Zoot Suit Riots. Sailors, Marines and cops attacked Latino youths in L.A.
2013 – Chelsea Manning's trial for ratting out war criminals began

Science & Technology this day

1889 – The first US long-distance electric power line ran 14 miles between Willamette Falls and downtown Portland
1965 – The launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day NASA space mission
1973 – A Soviet supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 crashed, the first crash of a supersonic passenger aircraft.

The Arts this day

Misc. this day

1140 – Peter Abelard was found guilty of heresy. Good on him.

Birthdays of Note this day

1603 –- Pietro Paolini, painter
1853 -- Flinders Petrie, archaeologist and egyptologist
1873 -- Otto Loewi, psychobiologist and pharmacologist
1877 -- Raoul Dufy, painter
1897 -- Memphis Minnie, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1906 -- Josephine Baker, singer, dancer, actress, resistance operative, andactivist
1924 -- Jimmy Rogers, singer, guitarist, harmonica player, blues legend
1926 -- Allen Ginsberg, poet, who is with you in Rockland.
1927 -- Boots Randolph, saxophonist, composer and soundtrack
1930 -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, author and poet
1930 -- Dakota Staton, singer
1936 -- Larry McMurtry, author and screenwriter
1939 -- Ian Hunter, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1942 -- Curtis Mayfield, singer, songwriter and producer
1946 -- Michael Clarke, drummer, byrd, burrito
1952 -- Billy Powell, keyboards and songwriter, confederate
1961 -- Lawrence Lessig, author, attorney, founder of creative commons

Deaths of Note this day

1657 -- William Harvey, physician, anatomist, physiologist
1875 -- Georges Bizet, pianist and composer
1899 -- Johann Strauss II, composer
1975 -- Ozzie Nelson, actor and bandleader
2009 -- Koko Taylor, queen of the blues
2016 -- Muhammad Ali, The Greatest

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So now some music


Bicycle Day

Flinders Petrie

Memphis Minnie

Josephine Baker

Jimmy Rogers

Boots Randolph

Dakota Staton

Curtis Mayfield

Billy Powell

Georges Bizet

Johann Strauss II

Ozzie Nelson

KoKo Taylor

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Lookout's picture

We are beginning to dry out after a week of rain. NE GA got about 18 inches this past week. We got a more reasonable 6 inches or so. We are living up to our humid subtropical climate designation. The forest growth is thick and rank...jungle like.

Monday evening (May 28th, Memorial Day), the center of Alberto crossed the Florida panhandle near Panama City. Preliminary wind reports indicated 40 mph sustained winds at Panama City, with a gust to 59 mph. Near and along Alberto's path norrthward, rainfall amounts of 3-8 inches were generally received, with locally heavier amounts.

I'm not complaining mind you. Ask RA what the other extreme is like.
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The four corners is really dry isn't it?
We went through a major drought for several years, and it is nice to see the forest recover.

Many years ago I played a session with Stranger Malone https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/aug/04/guardianobituaries.artsobit...

He played this song which I'll put here in honor of bike day...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITnYY56MHFo (2 min)
All the best el and you 99ers!

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

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@Lookout
last night; must have been a mudslide nearby, our power went out around 3am, but it's back on. I may get out later and go see what the trouble is. More thunderstorms in forecast today; wouldn't want to be living under a steep slope.

To counter this slide problem a study was commissioned by NC general assembly around 16 years ago and as the scientific mapping proceeded on a county basis, the unfounded uproar from the right grew in Raleigh and unfortunately, once the repugs took control in 2010, the study was axed shortly after their taking power; so, developers can continue selling dangerous property to unsuspecting folks. Damn.

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@smiley7

We got 14 inches in 7 hours. Flooding and mud slides abounded.

Best of luck with your clean up and restoration!

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

enhydra lutris's picture

@smiley7
Good that the power is on. There is perhaps a harbinger of things to come in the outage unless we immensely weatherproof all of our power infrastructure or go to distributed micro-grids. Stopping the slide study was classic corruption, imo. Developers have enormous sway in this country, whose cries and plains should be ignored on the grounds that they are speculative rentiers and it is not only not our problem if they are at risk, but actually a public benefit.

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@Lookout
Glad you are starting to catch a break. Have a great day and thanks for the tune.

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wrote: "The weight of the world is love."

Thanks for today's OT and tunes, el; great start to new day.

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@smiley7
He was one for the ages, the opening passage of HOWL hit the mind and US culture like a runaway freight from another dimension.

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@enhydra lutris
was writing about Thomas Wolfe in another thread and it has been written that Ginsberg was influenced by Wolfe as were many. Great minds understanding the madness and beauty surely beat jesus riding dinosaurs. Smile

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Formerly known as the Fletcher Flyer, this bicycle ride now begins and finishes at the Oscar Blues brewery here in Brevard. Two friends of ours are entrants and the ride comes right by our house at about mile 3. I always go out to the street to cheer the riders on and they love it. This year, due to the rain flooding or washing out some of the roads along the normal route, the route was forced to be changed. Now, instead of being a loop, the route is an out and back. That means it will come back by our house before finishing at the brewery. I hope I can time it right to watch the riders come back by.

It is a gorgeous day here too! Smile

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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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@gulfgal98
Actually, good that you're having nice weather, period. Thanks for reading.

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out here "deep in the weeds" just trying to save resources
meta peace

King Of May

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@eyo

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Thanks for the great video.

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because of scheduled power pole maintenance and saturday is house cleaning day, but it takes power to do that. Bored out of my mind because no computer access so took the dawgs out to our walking place for 4 hours. They loved the extra time, I listened to a good book. Now my garage door open looks to be fried. Hmmm, who is on the hook for fixing that?

Good grief, how did the pioneers enjoy life without power, tv, computers, ect? Oh I do know that I am a spoiled dawg. One day without power and .............

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In a free country civil liberties not only for certain groups.
So this is how liberty dies . . . with thunderous applause.
The donor class doesn’t want it, and Americans elect the bribed. So suck it up.