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#244492 - 11/25/12 05:37 PM Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012
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Welcome Ranters to the Round Table for the Week of November 25th 2012 to December 1st 2012 (...you too lurkers!)


November 25 1952 "The Mousetrap," a murder-mystery written by the novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with more than 10 million people to date attending its more than 20,000 performances in London's West End.

November 26 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

November 27 1095 Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of "Deus vult!" or "God wills it!"

November 28 1520
After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.

November 29 1947 Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.

November 30 1886
Once a hall for operettas, pantomime, political meetings, and vaudeville, the Folies Bergère in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular "Place aux Jeunes" established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. In the 1890s, the Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. The theater spared no expense, staging revues that featured as many as 40 sets, 1,000 costumes, and an off-stage crew of some 200 people.

December 1 1990 Shortly after 11 a.m., 132 feet below the English Channel, workers drill an opening the size of a car through a wall of rock. This was no ordinary hole--it connected the two ends of an underwater tunnel linking Great Britain with the European mainland for the first time in more than 8,000 years.


...

A young boy comes downstairs to breakfast. Since they live on a farm, his mother asks if he had done his chores.

"Not yet," said the boy.

His mother tells him no breakfast until he does his chores. Well, he's pretty ticked off, so he goes outside to feed the chickens, and he kicks a chicken. He goes to feed the cows, and he kicks a cow. He goes to feed the pigs, and he kicks a pig. He goes back in for breakfast and his mother gives him a bowl of dry cereal.

"How come I don't get any eggs and bacon? Why don't I have any milk in my cereal?" he asks.

"Well," his mother says, "I saw you kick a chicken, so you don't get any eggs for a week. I saw you kick the pig, so you don't get any bacon for a week either. I saw you kick the cow so for a week you aren't getting any milk."

Just then, his father comes down for breakfast and kicks the cat halfway across the kitchen.

The boy looks up at his mother with a smile, and says, "You gonna tell him or should I?"


...

Have a good week, Ranters!
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#244494 - 11/25/12 05:57 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: pdx rick]
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November 30th marks 89 years since the death of John Maclean.




John Maclean MA (24 August 1879 – 30 November 1923) was a Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist. He is primarily known as a Marxist educator and notable for his outspoken opposition to the First World War. Maclean is regarded as one of the leading figures of the Red Clydeside era. His imprisonment for agitation against the war earned him an international reputation and he was elected an honorary vice-president of the Congress of Soviets and appointed Bolshevik representative in Scotland.

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I wish no harm to any human being, but I, as one man, am going to exercise my freedom of speech. No human being on the face of the earth, no government is going to take from me my right to speak, my right to protest against wrong, my right to do everything that is for the benefit of mankind.

John MacLean, May 1918



John Maclean's casket being removed from his home in Pollokshaws.



Edited by Ezekiel (11/25/12 06:02 PM)
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#244500 - 11/25/12 06:52 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: Ezekiel]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel

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I wish no harm to any human being, but I, as one man, am going to exercise my freedom of speech. No human being on the face of the earth, no government is going to take from me my right to speak, my right to protest against wrong, my right to do everything that is for the benefit of mankind.

John MacLean, May 1918



It's not polite to not provide an entire quote in context, Ezekiel. Though one has to wonder where he thinks his "right" comes from, the quote you provided above concludes with:

"I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot."

Not bad for a fella advocating for a system that would ensure that no one would be allowed to exercise their unalienable rights, wot. Funny stuff. coffee
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#244501 - 11/25/12 06:56 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: issodhos]
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"I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot."


Thanks, Iss. You are correct in that I forgot to include the best part. wink
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#244503 - 11/25/12 07:14 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: issodhos]
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Originally Posted By: issodhos
Though one has to wonder where he thinks his "right" comes from


That's easy - from the instinct of survival. Clear as day
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#244506 - 11/25/12 07:25 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: pdx rick]
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Gawd nu, what in the heck were you doing in Toronto ruining Christmas for the little ones?
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The man, whose gelled hair “looked like a set of devil horns protruding from his head,” was reported to Kingston police, Const. Steve Koopman said.

Police arrested a 74-year-old man around 6 p.m.

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#244509 - 11/25/12 07:34 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: Ken Condon]
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Originally Posted By: Ken Condon
Gawd nu, what in the heck were you doing in Toronto ruining Christmas for the little ones?
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The man, whose gelled hair “looked like a set of devil horns protruding from his head,” was reported to Kingston police, Const. Steve Koopman said.

Police arrested a 74-year-old man around 6 p.m.

Link


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Santa Claus - Price = $1.00

Saying this:
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“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Koopman said.

PRICELESS! LOL
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#244514 - 11/25/12 08:53 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: Ezekiel]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel
Saying this:
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“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Koopman said.

PRICELESS! LOL

- and -

...this part:

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...an intoxicated man shouted blasphemous lies to shocked children: Santa doesn’t exist...

"...blasphemous lies..." ?
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#244525 - 11/25/12 11:08 PM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: pdx rick]
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#244533 - 11/26/12 01:20 AM Re: Round Table for Week of Nov 25 to Dec 1 2012 [Re: pdx rick]
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Odin and His Mighty Horse:

Among early Germanic tribes, one of the major deities was Odin, the ruler of Asgard. A number of similarities exist between some of Odin's escapades and those of the figure who would become Santa Claus. Odin was often depicted as leading a hunting party through the skies, during which he rode his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. In the 13th-century Poetic Edda, Sleipnir is described as being able to leap great distances, which some scholars have compared to the legends of Santa's reindeer. Odin was typically portrayed as an old man with a long, white beard -- much like St. Nicholas himself.

Treats for the Tots:

During the winter, children placed their boots near the chimney, filling them with carrots or straw as a gift for Sleipnir. When Odin flew by, he rewarded the little ones by leaving gifts in their boots. In several Germanic countries, this practice survived despite the adoption of Christianity. As a result, the gift-giving became associated with St. Nicholas -- only nowadays, we hang stockings rather than leaving boots by the chimney!
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