and I'm back
Today is the 2nd day of the 34th week, the 20th day of the 8th month, the 232nd day of 2018, and:
- Cupcake Day
- Independence Day -- Estonia from the Soviet Union in 1991
- National Bacon Lover's Day
- National Chocolate Pecan Day
- National Lemonade Day
- National Radio Day
- Stay Home with Your Kids Day
- Virtual Worlds Day
- World Mosquito Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1083 – Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
1620 - Hudson Bay Company employee Henry Kelsey sees buffalo on the Prairies, southwest of The Pas Manitoba; the first white man to describe them.
1775 – The Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona.
1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory. You don't hear much about Wallace, do you? He was considered the 19th century's leading expert on the geographical distribution of animal species and is sometimes called the "father of biogeography". Wallace was one of the leading evolutionary thinkers of the 19th century and made many other contributions to the development of evolutionary theory besides being co-discoverer of natural selection
1882 – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.
1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.
1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Conference in Canton, Ohio
1926 – Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.
1953 - The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
1962 – The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered civilian ship, embarks on its maiden voyage.
1975 – Viking program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
1977 – NASA launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 47 mins 06 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!”
~ Aly Raisman, American gymnast and two-time Olympian.
Yes I am back – vacation is over. It was not relaxing, but I did indulge myself by pretty much ignoring the news. Only two stories made their way through my protective haze. The first was that there wasn’t going to be a military parade held in DC with an outrageous price tag. The second was the Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania about the priests molesting young boys. I haven’t read all the lurid details, but it is obvous that abuse was not only widespread, but condoned by the silence of those in authority. Just as I have an implicit faith and trust in the police, I have the same for the priests and the Church, but in both cases, obviously it is more than “just a few bad apples” and we have to ask ourselves how it went on for so long. I do find it interesting that the same people who are willing to claim a female of young age “knew what she was doing” or even “asked for it” are frothing at the mouth when the same argument was implied that these young boys were aware and somehow implicated in their abuse.
No wonder folks feel like they are adrift and lost. Preachers and priests that either get rich off offerings or act more like sexual predators than religious leaders. Police who have forgotten their mission to serve and protect all law-abiding citizens, Politicians who are only interested in the money they can make by ruling, forgetting the welfare of the ruled. And we think we are so evolved, so superior to the animals.
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