Loc: West Hollywood, CA
Welcome to the Round Table for Wednesday, August 26, 2009.
Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.
The event is open from the last Monday in August until Labor Day (the first Monday in September). The event is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2008, 49,599 people participated in Burning Man.
Events on this date * 1071 – Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert. * 1278 – Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeat Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Dürnkrut in (then) Moravia. * 1303 – Ala ud din Khilji captures Chittorgarh. * 1346 – Hundred Years' War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy. * 1466 – A conspiracy against Piero di Cosimo de' Medici in Florence, led by Luca Pitti, is discovered. * 1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà. * 1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. * 1768 – The HM Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James Cook sets sail from England. * 1778 – The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. * 1789 – Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by National Assembly at Palace of Versailles. * 1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph. * 1862 – American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run begins. * 1883 – Krakatoa volcano eruption. * 1914 – World War I: Germany defeats Russia in the Battle of Tannenberg, a decisive engagement which results in the almost complete destruction of the Russian 2nd Army. * 1914 – World War I: the British Expeditionary Force briefly checks the German advance at Le Cateau. * 1914 – World War I: the German colony of Togoland is invaded by French and British forces, who take it after 5 days. * 1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote. * 1924 – (August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor. * 1939 – The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York. * 1940 – Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor. * 1942 – Holocaust in Chortkiv, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei starts driving Jews out of their houses, divides them into groups of 120, packs them in freight cars and deports 2000 to Belzec death camp. 500 of the sick and children murdered on the spot. * 1944 – World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris. * 1957 – The USSR announces the successful test of an ICBM – a "super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket ... a few days ago," according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS. * 1968 – The Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago, Illinois. * 1970 – The the new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, leads a nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality. * 1971 – The United States Congress declares August 26th as an annual Women's Equality Day. * 1977 – The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec * 1978 – Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy. * 1978 – Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut on board of the Soyuz 31 spacecraft. * 1980 – John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada. * 1987 – President Ronald Reagan proclaims September 11, 1987 as 9-1-1 Emergency Number Day. * 1988 – Mehran Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport. * 1996 – Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy * 1997 – Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed. * 1999 – Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record with a time of 43.18 seconds. * 1999 – Second Chechen War begins. * 2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. * 2008 – Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter
Be a good friend, find something to agree on with someone you think is wrong.
_________________________ Life is a banquet -- and most poor suckers are starving to death -- Auntie Mame You are born naked and everything else is drag - RuPaul
------------------------------ You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time,but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.[A. Lincoln]
Loc: The Great American Desert
Teddy Kennedy - and my feelings about him - are a riddle wrapped in a mystery. I was born at the height of Camelot, and so there has always been a bit of magic around the Kennedys (at least the elder ones) for me.
I realize that his private life has been a ruin, from the car wreck through the years of drunkenness. But I also know that he spent a lot of years working for the people of the US in general and Massachusetts in particular, and that he had a stellar reputation as a Senator.
I don't forgive the pain his drinking caused (and it's not mine to forgive anyway) but he spent his life carrying burdens no one should be forced to carry. I have an audio collection of great speeches, and his eulogy for Bobby is in that collection.
I'm grateful to him for his years of service and for his work on important liberal issues, health care primary among them.
Curiosity killed the cat - Satisfaction brought it back
Loc: New Jersey Pine Barrens
My mom grew up in Boston. She says you always knew the St Paddy's Day parade was good if Jack & Teddy Kennedy were unconscious on the Kennedy Family float when it reached Dorchester Avenue.
*********************** "The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty certain they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues." - Liz Taylor