- white elephant November 15, 2019Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 15, 2019 is: white elephant \WYTE-EL-uh-funt\ noun 1 : a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit 2 : an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others 3 : something of little or no value Examples: "The […]Merriam-Webster
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Anchorage Police Department: Tis the season for stolen Christmas presents from your porch – here’s how to report mail theft
It’s the holiday season which means a lot of things – including presents. A lot of those presents are delivered by our friendly neighborhood USPS, UPS, and Fed Ex folks, among others. Should packages be stolen from your front porch, please report those thefts (or any mail theft) online with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov
If you have suspect information regarding a mail theft, still report that theft online with the Postal Inspector but please call the Anchorage Police Department at 3-1-1 first with the suspect description.
If you choose to file a mail theft claim with your homeowner’s insurance, and that insurance company requires that a police report be filed, you may do so with APD online at www.muni.org/police. Do this in addition to filing a report with the Postal Inspector.
If you are expecting a delivery, and you have a neighbor who is home during the day, coordinate with them to watch for your packages. Some companies will also allow you to schedule deliveries for a time when you’ll be home. You may also select the “signature required” option so that if a delivery company attempts a package delivery when you are not home, they will leave a slip of paper for you so that you may pick up the items yourself from their facility.
As always – if you see something, say something. Let’s all look out for each other. Happy holidays!
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By David Dixon, The Angry Staff Officer: Fixing Veterans Day
“For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night. And I had forgotten that.”
“It was not about physical strength, Wit reminded himself. It was 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical. That’s what the SEAL instructors were looking for: men and women who could disregard the pleadings of the body. Pain was nothing, sleep was nothing. What was chaffed skin, wrecked muscles, bleeding sores? The body chooses to be sore. The body chooses to be exhausted. But the SEAL mind rejects it. The SEAL mind commands the body, not the other way around.”
Orson Scott Card
Today we say goodbye to a proud warrior. As we leave, each of us will take our members of [the USS]Midway with us… you guys were the ‘Magic.’ It was a privilege to sail with you.”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”
Winston S. Churchill
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
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On This Day
1886 – Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.
Friedrich Soennecken (September 20, 1848 – July 2, 1919), was an entrepreneur and inventor. He was the founder of Soennecken, a German office supplier.
Soennecken was born in Iserlohn-Dröschede, Sauerland in 1848, the son of a blacksmith. On May 27, 1875 he founded the F. Soennecken Verlag, a commercial enterprise in Remscheid, Westphalia. His main invention is the “round writing” style of calligraphy and the pen nib associated with it. Round writing was designed to be a visually appealing, standardized style of penmanship which was easy to learn and execute, and Soennecken published books on the topic in several languages.
In 1888, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote to a friend that he had finally discovered both a quality paper to write on and a quality pen from Germany: Soenneckens Rundschrift Federhalter.
Soennecken also introduced the two-hole punch and the ring binder. In 1876 he and his company relocated to Poppelsdorf, near Bonn, to be closer to the University which later awarded him the honorary title Dr. med. h. c..
Soennecken died in Bonn in 1919.
Ink container with stable stand (invented as an apprentice)
A style of writing with the round tip of the feather of a pen nib (1860)
Round writing, model of our current script
An early type of binder which later became the Soennecken file (1886)
The hole punch
The ring binder, later symbolically part of the logo of Soennecken
Born On This Day
1856 – Madeleine Lemoyne Ellicott, American activist (d. 1945)
Madeleine Lemoyne, Mrs. Charles E. Ellicott (November 14, 1856 – 1945) was an American suffragist. She was the founder of the League of Women Voters of Maryland, serving as its president for 20 years, longer than anyone else.
Born in Chicago, Ellicott studied chemistry at Rush Medical College, and then continued her studies at the Polytechnic in Zurich, Switzerland. In conjunction with the annual National League of Women Voters meeting planned for Baltimore in 1922, she was one of the organizers of the Pan-American Conference of Women.
She married Charles Ellis Ellicott in 1890. They had three sons, Charles Ellis Ellicott, Jr. (born 1892), Valcoulon Lemoyne Ellicott (born 1893), and John Roman Ellicott (born 1896).
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To nominate a pet, owners can visit the Dog Aging Project’s website.
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By Vivi Vitalone, NBC News: How tuk-tuk drivers became the unlikely heroes of Iraq’s popular revolt “We are not ashamed of being poor anymore because the protest is not going to succeed without us being beside the demonstrators.”
By Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News: Family ordered to take down Christmas decorations, including snowman, until closer to holiday
One family member, Claudia Simonis, said it worked better for them to put the decorations up early since she is eight months pregnant.
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With Jeff Bezos having $116.8 billion and the average person having 100 billion brain cells, Jeff Bezos literally has more money than sense.
One of the most satisfying feelings as a driver is witnessing an asshole driver getting pulled over by the cops for his stupidity.
Meal prepping is basically eating a week’s worth of leftovers from a meal that never happened.
Maybe there is no placebo effect and sugar pills just cure everything.
Internet maturity is when you see someone else’s status of them having an awesome time and you say to yourself, “good for them.”
Egg salad is chicken salad that is really underdone.
If everyone paid for the porn they watched the “highest grossing films of all time” list would look remarkably different.
An inflatable guitar is like a carry case for an air guitar.
Your bed never feels more comfortable or a more perfect temperature than when your alarm is going off.
Famous movie quotes are credited to the actor that said them and not the actual writer.
Today’s adults without tattoos will be the cool people in the future when the next generation of kids rebels against tattoos because it’s something their parents have.
Since your internal voice doesn’t have to breath, you can scream internally forever.
Future kids will be flabbergasted that we used to let most humans control cars with only a painted line keeping us from slamming into each other.
We can never tell if cartoon characters watching TV are watching cartoons or live action.
Life would be much more interesting if farts were contagious instead of yawns..
A couple of decades after we settle on another planet, there will be conspiracy theories of earth not existing…
It can take days, weeks, even years to decide you love someone but it takes two minutes to decide you love a dog.
At home it’s weird for two people to eat two different things for dinner but at a restaurant it’s weird to order the same thing.
Mushrooms have three settings: Poisonous, Tasty, and Magic.
The WiFi network on board the International Space Station shouldn’t require a password.
The definition of “getting stoned” has drastically changed over the past 2,000 years.
Gambling addiction hotlines would be a lot better if every 5th caller was a winner.
Buying paper plates is essentially just paying money to not do the dishes.
The Royal family is the longest unbroken chain of celebrities who are famous because their parents were famous.
The Viagra commercial always says “Make sure your heart is healthy enough for sex.” That’s a really deep question if you think about it in more of a metaphorical way.
Every relationship has a language, and when you break up, you cannot speak it with anyone anymore.
If you see someone wearing a $20,000 watch it’s hard to know if they’re really good with money or really bad with money.
On This Day
1841 – James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism.
James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and “gentleman scientist”. He was a significant innovator in the treatment of club-foot and an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. He is regarded by many as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.
Although Braid believed that hypnotic suggestion was a valuable remedy in functional nervous disorders, he did not regard it as a rival to other forms of treatment, nor wish in any way to separate its practice from that of medicine in general. He held that whoever talked of a “universal remedy” was either a fool or a knave: similar diseases often arose from opposite pathological conditions, and the treatment ought to be varied accordingly. — John Milne Bramwell (1910)
Born On This Day
1869 – Helene Stöcker, German author and activist (d. 1943)
Helene Stöcker (13 November 1869 in Wuppertal – 24 February 1943 in New York City) was a German feminist, pacifist and gender activist.
Stöcker was raised in a Calvinist household and attended a school for girls which emphasised rationality and morality. She moved to Berlin to continue her education and then she studied at the University of Bern, where she became one of the first German women to receive her doctorate. In 1905 she helped found the League for the Protection of Mothers (Bund für Mutterschutz, BfM), and she became the editor of the organisation’s magazine Mutterschutz (1905-1908) and then Die Neue Generation (1906–1932). In 1909, she joined Magnus Hirschfeld in successfully lobbying German parliament from including lesbian women in the law criminalising homosexuality. Stöcker’s influential new philosophy, called the New Ethic, advocated the equality of illegitimate children, legalisation of abortion, and sexual education, all in the service of creating deeper relationships between men and women which would eventually achieve women’s political and social equality.
Stöcker’s plaque in Berlin
During World War I and the Weimar period, Stöcker’s interest shifted to activities in the peace movement. In 1921 in Bilthoven, together with Kees Boeke and Wilfred Wellock, she founded an organisation with the name Paco (the Esperanto word for “peace”) and later known as War Resisters’ International (Internationale der Kriegsdienstgegner, WRI). She was also very active in the Weimar sexual reform movement. The Bund für Mutterschutz sponsored a number of sexual health clinics, which employed both lay and medical personnel, where women and men could go for contraception, marriage advice, and sometimes abortions and sterilisation. From 1929 to 1932, she took one last stand for abortion rights. After a papal encyclical, the Casti connubii, issued on December 31, 1930 denounced sex without the intent to procreate, the radical sexual reform movement collaborated with the Socialist and Communist parties to launch one final campaign against paragraph 218, which prohibited abortion. Stöcker added her iconic voice to a campaign that ultimately failed.
When the Nazis came to power in Germany, Stöcker fled first to Switzerland and then to England when the Nazis invaded Austria. Stöcker was attending a PEN writers conference in Sweden when war broke out and remained there until the Nazis invaded Norway, at which point she took the Trans-Siberian Railway to Japan and finally ended up in the United States in 1942. She moved into an apartment on Riverside Drive in NYC and died there of cancer in 1943.
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