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FYI January 21, 2019

On This Day

1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
The Little Joe 1B was a launch escape system test of the Mercury spacecraft, conducted as part of the U.S. Mercury program. The mission also carried a female rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) named Miss Sam in the Mercury spacecraft. The mission was launched January 21, 1960, from Wallops Island, Virginia. The Little Joe 1B flew to an apogee of 9.3 statute miles (15.0 km) and a range of 11.7 miles (18.9 km) out to sea. Miss Sam survived the 8 minute 35 second flight in good condition. The spacecraft was recovered by a Marine helicopter and returned to Wallops Island within about 45 minutes. Miss Sam was one of many monkeys used in space travel research.

Born On This Day

1840 – Sophia Jex-Blake, English physician and feminist (d. 1912)
Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake (21 January 1840 – 7 January 1912) was an English physician, teacher and feminist.[1] She led the campaign to secure women access to a University education when she and six other women, collectively known as the Edinburgh Seven, began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869. She was the first practising female doctor in Scotland, and one of the first in the wider United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; a leading campaigner for medical education for women and was involved in founding two medical schools for women, in London and Edinburgh at a time when no other medical schools were training women.




By Robert Olsen: Philippines’ Richest Man, Henry Sy, Dies At 94

Henry Tan Chi Sieng Sy Sr. (Chinese: 施至成; pinyin: Shī Zhìchéng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Si Chì-sêng; October 15, 1924 – January 19, 2019) was a Chinese-Filipino business magnate and philanthropist, known as the “father of modern Philippine retail”.[4] Born in Fujian, China, he moved with his family to the Philippines at age 12. While his family returned to China, he stayed behind and founded ShoeMart, a small Manilla shoe store, in 1958. Over the decades he developed ShoeMart into SM Investments, one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, including 77 SM malls in the Philippines and China, 62 department stores, 56 supermarkets and over 200 grocery stores, as well as BDO Unibank and real estate.[4][5]

For eleven straight years until his death, Sy was named by Forbes as the richest person in the Philippines.[4] When he died on January 19, 2019, his estimated net worth amounted to US$19 billion, making him the 53rd richest person in the world.[5]

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Military January 21, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Master Chief Britt Slabinski
Britt Kelly Slabinski[1] (born December 1, 1969) is a former United States Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor on May 24, 2018 for his actions during the Battle of Takur Ghar.

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By Lou Michel: The Army Vet Who Nearly Gutted His Own Platoon Leader For Cowardice During WWII
Back home in Buffalo after the service, Miller said he suffered from flashbacks from the war and drank heavily to push aside the disturbing memories.

“I got a break. I went to work for Trico making windshield wipers and became a tool and die maker. You can’t have flashbacks when you are concentrating on a job working with tolerances of a thousandth of an inch. No psychiatrist could have done better and by the way, there was no therapy back then,” he said.

He says he caught an even bigger break when he married the former Gertrude Cohen and raised three children with her.

“I’m very fortunate. I picked the right woman. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Miller said. “We’re still married 63 years later.”

Quotes January 21, 2019

“Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on giving as good as they get.”
Elbert Hubbard
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.”
Ralph Sockman
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.”
Charles Darwin
“For strength to bear is found in duty alone, and he is blest indeed who learns to make the joy of others cure his own heartache.”
“Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.”
John Dryden
“If there is any responsibility in the cycle of life it must be that one generation owes to the next that strength by which it can come to face ultimate concerns in its own way.”
Erik Erikson
“Patience and time do more than strength or passion.”
Jean De La Fontaine
“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
William James
“The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven.”
Khalil Gibran
“Man is what he believes.”
Anton Chekhov
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
Malcolm X
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
Gail Devers
“It’s what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are.”
Karen Marie Moning
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.”
Henry Miller
“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
John Lilly
“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect.”
“Men willingly believe what they wish.”
Julius Caesar
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
Anthony Robbins
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.”
Elbert Hubbard
“He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.”
Ben Jonson
“The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.”
The Talmud
“In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fix’d: ‘t is fix’d as in a frost; contracted all, retiring to the breast; but strength of mind is exercise, not rest.”
Alexander Pope
“God does not take away trials or carry us over them, but strengthens us through them.”
Edward Bouverie Pusey
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“This is the law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; that surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive.”
Robert W. Service
“You can do a thing only if you have the belief that it can be done.”

Music January 21, 2019



FYI January 20, 2019

On This Day

1954 – In the United States, the National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
The National Negro Network was a black-oriented radio programming service in the United States founded on January 20, 1954 by Chicago advertiser W. Leonard Evans, Jr.[1][2] It was the first black-owned radio network in the country, and its programming was broadcast on up to 45 affiliates.[3] An article in the trade publication Broadcasting said that the network was expected “to reach approximately 12 million of the 15 million Negroes in America.”[4]

Evans was the network’s president. Reggie Schuebel was vice president-treasurer, and John M. Wyatt was executive vice president.[4]

The network featured a variety of different programming, including a popular soap opera The Story of Ruby Valentine, which was based on CBS’s We Love and Learn and As the Twig is Bent, and starred Juanita Hall, Ruby Dee and Terry Carter.[5] The serial was sponsored by, among others, Philip Morris and Pet Milk. Other short-lived series included The Life of Anna Lewis with Hilda Simms, and It’s A Mystery Man with Cab Calloway.[5][6][7]

Some shows were produced by Calloway and Ethel Waters. Other fare included broadcasts of symphony concerts from black colleges, and programs hosted by black DJs at affiliate stations.[3]

The network drew up plans for several more series, but—with the TV era exploding—fell apart within a year due to inadequate capital.[3][6][8]

Jason Chambers wrote in his book, Madison Avenue and the Color Line: African Americans in the Advertising Industry that Evans felt that advertising agencies were hesitant to recommend NNN to clients. “Agencies are aware of our existence and watch our growth closely,” Evans said, “but … are still reluctant to come right out and make a recommendation [for using] Negro radio, preferring to keep campaigns at a ‘test’ level while watching to see what others do.”[9]

Born On This Day

1526 – Rafael Bombelli, Italian mathematician (d. 1572)
Rafael Bombelli (baptised on 20 January 1526; died 1572)[a] was an Italian mathematician. Born in Bologna, he is the author of a treatise on algebra and is a central figure in the understanding of imaginary numbers.

He was the one who finally managed to address the problem with imaginary numbers. In his 1572 book, L’Algebra, Bombelli solved equations using the method of del Ferro/Tartaglia. He introduced the rhetoric that preceded the representative symbols +i and -i and described how they both worked.





By Greg Myre: Tony Mendez, The ‘Argo’ Spy Who Rescued Americans In Iran, Dies At 78

Antonio Joseph Mendez (November 15, 1940 – January 19, 2019) was an American technical operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), who specialized in support of clandestine and covert CIA operations. He wrote three memoirs about his CIA experiences.

Mendez was decorated, and is now widely known, for his on-the-scene management of the “Canadian Caper” during the Iran hostage crisis. He exfiltrated six American diplomats from Iran in January 1980 by arranging to have them pose as a Canadian film crew. As part of their cover, the diplomats carried passports issued by the Canadian government to document them as Canadian citizens.

After declassification of records, the full details of the operation were reported in a 2007 article by Joshuah Bearman in Wired magazine.[1] This was loosely adapted for the screenplay and development of the 2012 Academy Award-winning film Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, who also starred as Mendez. Mendez attended the 70th Golden Globe Awards to give a speech about the film, where it was nominated (and later won) for Best Motion Picture – Drama.[2]

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Written by Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW: Language Matters: Committed Suicide vs. Completed Suicide vs. Died by Suicide
People in the suicide prevention field discourage the use of the term “committed suicide.” The verb “commit” (when followed by an act) is generally reserved for actions that many people view as sinful or immoral. Someone commits burglary, or murder, or rape, or perjury, or adultery, or crime – or something else bad.

Suicide is bad, yes, but the person who dies by suicide is not committing a crime or sin. Rather, the act of suicide almost always is the product of mental illness, intolerable stress, or trauma.

To portray suicide as a crime or sin stigmatizes those who experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide. This stigma, in turn, can deter people from seeking help from friends, family, and professionals.

As Susan Beaton and colleagues note in their article, “Suicide and Language: Why We Shouldn’t Use the ‘C’ Word”:

“Suicide is not a sin and is no longer a crime, so we should stop saying that people ‘commit’ suicide. We now live in a time when we seek to understand people who experience suicidal ideation, behaviours and attempts, and to treat them with compassion rather than condemn them.”
By Maroosha Muzaffar: The Future of Maritime Trade? Unmanned Ships
Why you should care
From Norway to China, autonomous ships are emerging as the future of commercial maritime trade.

By Lars-Broder Keil: When Martin Luther King Jr. Spoke to East Berlin
Why you should care
The Rev. King, and his great oratorical skills, had impact far beyond American shores. He’s remembered in Berlin.

“Where people break down the dividing wall of hostility which separates them from their brothers, Christ achieves his ministry of reconciliation.” One speech, two locations and very different impacts.
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Today’s email was written by Jessanne Collins with reporting by Tim Fernholz, Lila McClellan, and Anne Quito, edited by Whet Moser, and produced by Luiz Romero. Quartz Obsession: Air traffic control
“Think of each plane as an ‘idea’ that pops into your head…. Let’s say Teddy Pendergrass might be one …. Or funnel cake; aluminum siding; potholes; the Dagobah system…. Somehow you have to keep them all located in your mind while you’re handing some off, exchanging their information with the other controllers. All your delicate ideas have to remain perfectly clear and distinct in your mind at all times.”

—Air traffic controller Gregory Pardlo to his son, who wrote for the New Yorker about how the 1981 air traffic control strike shaped his life.
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In this episode we take listeners to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is now threatened by oil-drilling. Plus also: A radio diary from Olympic snowboarder Justin Reiter, a conversation about equity in the outdoors with Teresa Baker, and sustainable living advice from Mr. Green.

In Episode 3 of The Overstory, we join a group of single mom veterans from New York City as they take a weekend camping trip with their families—and in the course of their adventure find a respite from the stresses of military-to-civilian transition. We also talk with Ray Smith, a member of the first all African-American team to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Plus: advice from Mr. Green and a radio diary from Yellowstone’s “wild woman.”
By ADRIAN SAINZ and KAREN PULFER FOCHT Associated Press: Unclaimed veterans buried with dignity, thanks to strangers
Army soldiers Arnold M. Klechka, 71, and Wesley Russell, 76, and Marine Charles B. Fox, 60, were laid to rest in a service attended by about 700 people at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis on Thursday. There was a gun salute, and a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.”
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907 Updates January 20, 2019

By KTVA Web Staff: Man facing multiple felony charges in parking garage assault

Court documents show Lamont’s history of assault, domestic violence, harassment and disorderly conduct convictions dating back to 2012. Those compounded with two open cases for trespassing and theft were factors in the state’s opinion that Lamont poses a danger to the community.

The judge agreed to bail conditions set by the state of $75,000 cash performance bond, with round-the-clock house arrest monitoring. Lamont was prohibited from drinking alcohol, having contact with the victim, and possessing weapons.
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Military January 20, 2019

Associated Press: Strangers Rally to Attend Funeral for Vietnam War Veteran Who Died Alone
By James Clark: A C-17 Did A Low Pass Over Nashville And Scared The Absolute Hell Out Of Everyone
By Paul Szoldra: Boat Captain Radios Coast Guard: ‘We Appreciate You Guys Being There Without Pay’
Some lawmakers have been working on a bill to pay the Coast Guard during the shutdown, which is still being negotiated. “We’re making progress,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).
By Dan Copp: Veteran Who Threatened to ‘Shoot Up’ a Walmart Suffers from PTSD
“I understand Walmart’s perspective in regards to notifying police because they have certain protocol to follow regarding the safety of their customers,” Santa said. “However, this situation is not as it appears. This is an opportunity to provide Mr. Albarado with the help he needs instead of sending him to jail.

“Mr. Albarado is approaching 70 years old and can barely stand. I feel we as a community can simultaneously ensure public safety while providing our veterans with the mental health care they deserve. This is an unfortunate situation in which Mr. Albarado’s wife is now without medical care and her medical condition is quickly deteriorating.”
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Quotes January 20, 2019

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

Think of it this way– would you take a kidney from one of “them”? A pint of blood? Chances are, when you’re in need — you’ll need one of “them.” Give up the lie. There is no “them”. There is only “us.”
We are still in the season of dark. Be gentle with yourself. Hold onto the light inside. #
You don’t have to listen them howl! Turn it off. Shut it down. Be kind to you!
Take a moment, just for you. Imagine you are on a warm, tropical beach. You are safe. You are warm. Breathe in the luxury of this moment. Let it go. Open your eyes. Now, be kind
Light travels a great distance. Share your light. Let it reach those who are in dark.
Your kindness warms the coldest day. Be kind.
Your kindness brings the light. Be kind. Bring light to yourself and everyone you know.
Sometimes, all you can do is hold out your kind light to the world. You never know who might desperately need the light. Be kind. Be the light.
It costs you nothing to be kind. Your kindness gives you everything in return.
Hey, let’s face it — it’s been a long week. In our exhausted, stretched state, there is one thing we can always do — be kind. That’s it. Be kind. When you can’t be kind — just shut up and smile. You’ve got this!
You never know where the river of life will take you. Be kind now while you can.
“There is light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness.”
Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
Lucy Larcon – from Random Acts of Kindness Foundation @RAKFoundation

Music January 20, 2019