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#191010 - 08/14/11 04:43 AM Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011
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...and, welcome to a fresh week of Round Table discussion for the week of
August 14th through 20th, 2011


Is summer over, already?





A few notable events this week in history include:


On this day, August 14th 2003, a major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.


The Woodstock Music Festival opened on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel on August 15th 1969.

Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near the town of Woodstock, New York. The longtime artists' colony was already a home base for Bob Dylan and other musicians. Despite their relative inexperience, the young promoters managed to sign a roster of top acts, including the Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more.


While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon Territory on this day, the 16th of August in 1896, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West.

On this day, August 17th 1998, President Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting president to testify before the Office of Independent Council as the subject of a grand-jury investigation.

On this day, August 18th in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces.

Since becoming secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 and president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1988, Gorbachev had pursued comprehensive reforms of the Soviet system. Combining perestroika ("restructuring") of the economy--including a greater emphasis on free-market policies--and glasnost ("openness") in diplomacy, he greatly improved Soviet relations with Western democracies, particularly the United States. Meanwhile, though, within the USSR, Gorbachev faced powerful critics, including conservative, hard-line politicians and military officials who thought he was driving the Soviet Union toward its downfall and making it a second-rate power. On the other side were even more radical reformers--particularly Boris Yeltsin, president of the most powerful socialist republic, Russia--who complained that Gorbachev was just not working fast enough.

August 19th 1953 was the day that the Iranian military, with the support and financial assistance of the United States government, overthrows the government of Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq and reinstates the Shah of Iran. Iran remained a solid Cold War ally of the United States until a revolution ended the Shah's rule in 1979.


Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their parents, Jose and Kitty, to death in the den of the family's Beverly Hills, California, home on August 20th 1989. They then drove up to Mulholland Drive, where they dumped their shotguns before continuing to a local movie theater to buy tickets as an alibi. When the pair returned home, Lyle called 911 and cried, "Somebody killed my parents!" The Menendez murders became a national sensation when the new television network, Court TV, broadcast the trial in 1993.


Some updated retro Woodstock music to get your boogie on...




Have a good week Ranters!!

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#191011 - 08/14/11 06:16 AM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: pdx rick]
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Rick~Nice info in the opener, but I'll pass on the "updated" music. It was just annoying, and nobody does that song better than Grace Slick! Hmm
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#191012 - 08/14/11 06:19 AM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: Scoutgal]
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And yes, school started early for kids in Riverside County. I remember always starting the Tuesday after Labor Day, and my sisters kids started this past Monday. And summer school didn't end until mid July. That only left about 3 weeks to squeeze in a family vacation. If a family could afford a vacation, that is.
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#191022 - 08/14/11 01:46 PM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: pdx rick]
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We start school in nine days, on TUES AUG 23rd. All this time, I've been working for free.

Yup, for free.

I'm just lucky to have a job. My official first day is the 16th of August. Guess the Board figured that a whole new department could be created and up and running perfectly in five business days.

Even God got seven days... coffee
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#191027 - 08/14/11 02:56 PM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: Scoutgal]
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Originally Posted By: Scoutgal
...I'll pass on the "updated" music. It was just annoying, and nobody does that song better than Grace Slick! Hmm

Um...that is Ms. Slick. Her voice is being "sampled" via electronic editing called "remixing." Ergo, this famous Jefferson Airplane song has been remixed.

Annoying - isn't that what your parents said to you when you put your newest 45rpm record on to play? smile
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#191030 - 08/14/11 04:41 PM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: Scoutgal]
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Originally Posted By: Scoutgal
Rick~Nice info in the opener, but I'll pass on the "updated" music. It was just annoying, and nobody does that song better than Grace Slick! Hmm

To each his own, I love the Boogie Pimps remake and used to play it every so often when DJing. Thanks for reminding me. And I loved the original and still do, having seen the Airplane and Grace perform it live several times.

I am doing a series of workshops each Saturday this month on financial and estate planning issues for LGBT individuals and couples.

One part of the workshop delves into ways that this community can deal with the impact of the economic discrimination caused by the Defense of Marriage Act. A fact most Americans are not aware of is that over a lifetime, a LGBT couple suffers an economic hit of over $500,000 compared to a similar heterosexual couple.

It makes real every time we do these how essential it is for DOMA to be rescinded and how much we need fair minded citizens to speak out on this travesty.
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#191131 - 08/15/11 08:05 PM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: pdx rick]
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Originally Posted By: california rick
Annoying - isn't that what your parents said to you when you put your newest 45rpm record on to play? smile


No, my parents loved the Beatles, the Eagles and Jeffeson Airplane. What they thought was annoying, was when my sisters and I would argue in the back seat of our 1964 Thunderbird, while on a road trip. Do these words sound familiar?"Do you want me to pull over and spank you in front of God and everybody?" It was the 60's. grin
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#191150 - 08/15/11 11:44 PM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: Scoutgal]
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#191190 - 08/16/11 03:50 AM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: pdx rick]
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#191191 - 08/16/11 11:01 AM Re: Round Table for August 14th through 20th 2011 [Re: pdx rick]
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Do these words sound familiar?"Do you want me to pull over and spank you in front of God and everybody?" It was the 60's.

Not much changed in the mid-70s either. The concept was the same - but mom wouldn't pull over - she'd steer AND try to hit us. LOL

'Cept bro and I were in the far back of the Chevy Townsend Station wagon and mom's arm wasn't that long to reach us! smile

...it was only when we stopped the car were we terrified.


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