- ethereal August 20, 2019Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 20, 2019 is: ethereal \ih-THEER-ee-ul\ adjective 1 a : of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b : celestial, heavenly c : unworldly, spiritual 2 a : lacking material substance : immaterial, intangible b : marked by unusual delicacy or refinement c : suggesting […]Merriam-Webster
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On This Day
295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.
Venus (/ˈviːnəs/, Classical Latin: /ˈwɛnʊs/) is a Roman goddess, whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. In Roman mythology, she was the ancestor of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was revered in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.
The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of her Greek counterpart Aphrodite for Roman art and Latin literature. In the later classical tradition of the West, Venus became one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love and sexuality.
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Born On This Day
1858 – Ellen Willmott, English horticulturalist (d. 1934)
Ellen Ann Willmott (19 August 1858 – 27 September 1934) was an English horticulturist. She was an influential member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a recipient of the first Victoria Medal of Honour in 1897. She was said to have cultivated more than 100,000 species and cultivars of plants, and sponsored expeditions to discover new species. More than 60 plants have been named after her or her home, Warley Place.
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Just A Car guy: back in March, a 6 yr old was watching the news about the flooding in Nebraska… and he decided to raise money to buy a bridge to help the victims. He ended up collecting $285.28 – more than enough to buy a bridge, which he estimated would cost about $60
Just A Car Guy: a fun to read Craigslist ad for this lawnmower
KTUU: Mat-Su fires prompt school closures; Furie Operating Alaska files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; GRAPHIC: Alaska’s record heat a killer for some salmon, researchers say and more ->
KTOO Public Media: With art exhibit, former Nome resident addresses the ‘collective trauma’ of indigenous suicide; Army and contractor begin planning to dismantle deactivated Fort Greely nuclear power plant; Gardentalk – ‘You can be the bee’ and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: U.S. Coast Guard Orders LKSD To Remove Fuel From Napakiak Tanks By End Of Month and more ->
Alaska Native News: North Pole Driver Chasing, Confronting Speeder Jailed on Assault Charges; Coast Guard Picks up ATV Accident Victim from Saltery Cove Trail; Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Fishing Vessel near Uganik Bay and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: McKinley Fire is about 2,000 acres, Evacuation orders still in place, and one lane open on Parks Highway; The Alaska Railroad cancels passenger service between Anchorage and Denali Park due to McKinley Fire; Nonprofit organization aims to restore historic sternwheeler and more ->
Angela Gonzalez, Athabascan Woman Blog: Traditional Ways of Life
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Stranger danger: Teenage girl does all the right things after being followed and more ->
A SOURDOUGH’S RECOMMENDATION TO THE GOVERNOR
A piece of wisdom for the governor from a sourdough: If you’re doing things right, you’re probably only going to be governor for just one term. Alaskans rarely reelect our governors, so don’t make decisions based on reelection. Just do the best you can with the information and advice you have.
Wilburn Kirby Ross (May 12, 1922 – May 9, 2017) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
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Task & Purpose: Pentagon identifies Army reservist who died in non-combat incident in Saudi Arabia; The Army allegedly missed this soldier’s cancer diagnosis for 2 years. The VA found it within days; Emails show the VA took no action to spare veterans from a harsh Trump immigration policy; Watch the US fire off its first previously-banned missile since the collapse of the INF Treaty with Russia; Army Lieutenant accused of taking an APC on a joy ride found not guilty by reason of insanity and more ->
Military.com: Defense Secretary Esper Receives a Mongolian Horse; Man Gets First Haircut in 15 Years in Order to Enlist in Army and more ->
“So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.”
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”
“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”
Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity.”
“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.”
“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.”
“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
“If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”
“When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as ‘enemies,’ it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”
“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”
“You do not notice changes in what is always before you.”
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
“To be furious, is to be frighted out of fear.”
“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
So then there was the Greek, Socrates, he was great… He invented questioning. Before Socrates, no questioning. Everyone sort of went, ”Yeah, I suppose so.”
“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.”
“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.”
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
Abigail Van Buren
On This Day
1549 – Battle of Sampford Courtenay: The Prayer Book Rebellion is quashed in England.
The Prayer Book Rebellion, Prayer Book Revolt, Prayer Book Rising, Western Rising or Western Rebellion (Cornish: Rebellyans an Lyver Pejadow Kebmyn) was a popular revolt in Devon and Cornwall in 1549. In that year, the Book of Common Prayer, presenting the theology of the English Reformation, was introduced. The change was widely unpopular – particularly in areas of still firmly Catholic religious loyalty (even after the Act of Supremacy in 1534) such as Lancashire. Along with poor economic conditions, the enforcement of the English language liturgy led to an explosion of anger in Devon and Cornwall, initiating an uprising. In response, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset sent Lord John Russell to suppress the revolt.
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1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Thousand Islands International Bridge (French: Pont des Mille-îles) is an American-maintained international bridge system over the Saint Lawrence River connecting northern New York in the United States with southeastern Ontario in Canada. Constructed in 1937, with additions in 1959, the bridges span the Canada–US border in the middle of the Thousand Islands region. All bridges in the system carry two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, with pedestrian sidewalks.
Born On This Day
1840 – Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, English poet and activist (d. 1922)
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (17 August 1840 – 10 September 1922), sometimes spelled “Wilfred”, was an English poet and writer. He and his wife, Lady Anne Blunt travelled in the Middle East and were instrumental in preserving the Arabian horse bloodlines through their farm, the Crabbet Arabian Stud. He was best known for his poetry, which was published in a collected edition in 1914, but also wrote a number of political essays and polemics. Blunt is also known for his views against imperialism, viewed as relatively enlightened for his time.
1900 – Ruth Bonner, Soviet Communist activist, sentenced to a labor camp during Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge (d. 1987)
Ruf Grigorievna Bonner (Russian: Руфь Григорьевна Боннер; 1900 — 25 December 1987), also known as Ruth Bonner, was a Soviet Communist activist and who spent eight years in a labor camp during Joseph Stalin’s Great Purge. She was the mother of the human rights activist Yelena Bonner and the mother-in-law of physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.
Bonner was born in 1900 into a Russian Jewish family in Siberia. Her mother, Tatiana Matveyevna Bonner early widowed, was widowed and left with three small children.
Bonner’s first husband was Armenian Levon Sarkisovich Kocharian, who died when Yelena was a year old.
In the 1930s, Bonner was a health official in the Communist Party committee of Moscow while her second husband, Gevork Alikhanyan, aka Georgy Alikhanov, was a director at the Comintern. As part of Stalin’s mass purges in 1937, her husband was arrested on charges of espionage and sentenced to death.
Bonner was arrested a few days after her husband and spent the next eight years in the Gulag near Karaganda, Kazakhstan. After her release she spent another nine years in internal exile. In 1954 she was one of the first of Stalin’s victims to be rehabilitated under the new Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Her husband was rehabilitated posthumously.
When her daughter Yelena and her son-in-law Andrei Sakharov were exiled to Gorky in 1980, she was allowed to move to the United States to be with her grandchildren. She returned to Moscow in June 1987 to live with her daughter, whose exile had been lifted by Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1986. She died in Moscow on 25 December 1987, aged 87.
Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget Fonda. He was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Fonda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ulee’s Gold (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999).
By Noel Murray, The New York Times: Peter Fonda: 7 Great Movies to Stream The prolific actor, who died Friday, is credited with 116 roles across a nearly six-decade career. Here are a few of his best.
Vector’s World: Ran when parked; Curtiss Aerocar Just about anything you might ever need to know about Glenn H. Curtiss can probably be found in this article. More ->
The Passive Voice: ise of the Peer Review Bots; Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence; A Writer’s Bare Necessities and more ->
Google Open Source Blog: Bringing Live Transcribe’s Speech Engine to Everyone
By Leah Asmelash, WMUR: Police: Woman holds teens at gunpoint while they tried to raise money for their football team
Wynne County Schools Superintendent Carl Easley said in a statement that his district will review the fundraising policy and “will consider banning any door to door sales.”
“We are very concerned for our kids,” he said.
By Gabe Fernandez, Jalopnik: NASCAR Cowards Dropped Slayer As A Race Car Sponsor Because Of “Reactionary Concerns”
“Today, reportedly due to reactionary concerns from other long-time participating sponsors, Slayer has been pulled as the primary sponsor, and all Slayer signage has been removed from the car that was to be piloted by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, JJ Yeley,” they wrote in a statement. “The incontrovertible PODS Moving & Storage will now sponsor that car. After nearly 40 years, Slayer apparently remains as terrifying to some as ever.”
By Patrick Holland, CNET: PDFs are a monster to edit, but these four free apps make it easy Whether you’re on an iPhone, Android phone, Mac or PC, I found free and easy ways to add text, sign documents and fill out forms.
By Jon Schuppe, NBC News: U.S. news ‘I feel lucky, for real’: How legalizing hemp accidentally helped marijuana suspects Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people accused of marijuana possession have seen their cases dismissed or put on hold thanks to new hemp laws.
With the passage of new hemp-legalization laws over the past eight months, crime labs across the country have suddenly found themselves unable to prove that a leafy green plant taken from someone’s car is marijuana, rather than hemp. Marijuana looks and smells like hemp but has more THC, the chemical that makes people high.
Without the technology to determine a plant’s THC level, labs can’t provide scientific evidence for use in court. Without that help, prosecutors have to send evidence to expensive private labs that can do the tests or postpone cases until local labs develop their own tests, a process that could take months.
By Denise Guerra, NPR: My Grandfather, A Killer
American Thinker: Epstein and the Public Loss of Faith; Forty-nine Years After Coming to America, I Became a Citizen Because I Want to Vote for President Trump; Why Israel Made the Right Move with Omar and Tlaib; Hatred is Hatred, whether from the Left or Right and more ->
By Deborah Bonello, Ozy: Silicon Valley Is Going to Mexico … for Talent
Why you should care
American tech firms are setting up research centers south of the border, targeting an affordable talent pool they’re increasingly unable to find at home.
By Amanda Ogle, Ozy: Take a Trip Through the First U.S. State to Allow Women to Vote
Why you should care
Women have been voting in the Cowboy State for 150 years.
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Against the Slippery Slope of Evil: Amanda Palmer Reads Wendell Berry’s Stunningly Prescient Poem “Questionnaire” and Eating the Sun: A Lovely Illustrated Celebration of Wonder, the Science of How the Universe Works, and the Existential Mystery of Being Human
KTVA The Voice of Alaska: 2 self-defense techniques from a world champion jiu jitsu fighter; Homeless movement relocates to Cuddy Park in Midtown; Hundreds of jellyfish washing up along Kenai Peninsula beaches and more ->
KTUU: Off-duty APD officer arrested, charged with operating under the influence; No injuries after condo fire in Eagle River; AK Railroad north of Denali closed; Community groups breathing life back into the Williwaw neighborhood. More ->
KTOO Public Media: ‘Molly of Denali’ creators help Juneau kids find their own voices and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Set Plans For Moving Napakiak School Fuel Tanks Will Develop At Pace Of Erosion, According To LKSD and more ->
Alaska Native News: Remains of Shelly Ingram Located in Houston Friday; Coast Guard issues Administrative Order to Lower Kuskokwin School District; Scent Brings Songbirds to the Yard and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Man accused in Alaska cold case murder faces second bail hearing; Community help for veterans at ‘Fairbanks Veterans Stand Down’ on Saturday; Second Red Flag of the summer at Eielson comes to an end; Smokejumpers use sewing to help them fight fires; Crews reopen Denali park road, tourist buses begin to return; Gardening Report: Quack Grass and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Joint celebration honors 2018 whaling quota decision and more ->
By Katherine Rose, KCAW: Sitka Assembly takes no action on police investigation
Rasmuson Foundation: Welcome 2019 Grantmakers Tour of Alaska
By Leah Ward, The Globe: Sibling authors stop at Murray County Fair on book tour
Military.com: Dentist-Soldier Becomes US Citizen After Long Delay by Department of Defense; Illinois Street Pays Tribute to Marine Corporal Killed in Afghanistan; New Hampshire Veterans Group Seeks to Intervene in POW Bible Display Lawsuit and more ->
Task & Purpose: Scammers are fooling troops into buying cars at fake online military exchanges; ISIS claims responsibility for bombing of Afghan wedding that killed 63 and more ->
“Death is inevitable. But living a life we are proud of? That is something we can actually control.”
Feeling helpless? World a little too crazy? Try being kind. “A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
Ray T Bennett
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
There is no them. There is only us. Be kind to all.
Welcome the strawberries of summer and all of the human and mechanical hands that has brought them from the hot field and into your hands. May kindness shower you.
Stuck? Kindness will take you everywhere you want to go. Kindness to another will give you energy. Kindness to yourself will give you energy to move past your stuck place. Kindness is the fuel that will being you the life you want. Be kind.
Be kind because bees need flowers and flowers need bees. Kindness marks the interaction between them.
So it’s happened — some mess. It’s likely your fault, but maybe it’s the other guys. Who knows. It’s just a mess. Be kind — to yourself, the guy you hit, and whoever comes to referee.
You are the star of your own life. Shine bright. Be kind.
It takes time for a tomato to ripen. It also takes time for you to grow into yourself. As hard as it is to fathom, it takes those jerks to grow up too. Be patient. Be kind.
No matter how dark it feels, remember that there is always kind light shining down on you. Share your kindness.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Be kind.
Phew. It’s been a long week and another is just around the corner. Sometimes, you need to get yourself a little something and take a breath. Be kind to you.