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FYI May 28, 2017

Gregory LeNoir Allman December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017
May 28th is National Brisket Day!

NATIONAL DAY FLAVOR – Week of May 28 – June 3

On this day:

1830 – U.S. President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
The Indian Removal Act was passed by Congress on May 28, 1830, during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, who signed it into law two days later. The law authorized the president to negotiate with southern Native tribes for their removal to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their ancestral homelands.[1][2][3]

The act enjoyed strong support from the non-Native peoples of the South, who were eager to gain access to lands inhabited by the southeastern tribes. Christian[citation needed] missionaries protested against the law’s passage.[why?]

This term was used to discuss the forced relocation of Native Americans from U.S.-claimed states to lands west of the Mississippi River. There was a large amount of resistance from those indigenous people. Cherokee tribes came together as an independent nation to try to stop this relocation; however, they were unsuccessful.

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1676 – Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician and academic (d. 1754)
Jacopo Francesco Riccati (28 May 1676 – 15 April 1754) was an Venetian mathematician and jurist from Venice. He is best known for having studied the equation which bears his name.


Riccati was educated first at the Jesuit school for the nobility in Brescia, and in 1693 he entered the University of Padua to study law. He received a doctorate in law (LL.D.) in 1696. Encouraged by Stefano degli Angeli to pursue mathematics, he studied mathematical analysis.

Riccati received various academic offers, but declined them in order to devote his full attention to the study of mathematical analysis on his own. Peter the Great invited him to Russia as president of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He was also invited to Vienna as an imperial councilor and was offered a professorship at the University of Padua. He declined all these offers.

He was often consulted by the Senate of Venice on the construction of canals and dikes along rivers.

Some of his work on multinomials was included by Maria Gaetana Agnesi, at Riccati’s request, in the book on integral calculus of her Analytical Institutions.[1]

The Riccati equation is named after him.

Personal life
His father, Conte Montino Riccati, came from a noble family who owned land near Venice. His mother was from the powerful Colonna family. His father died in 1686, when Riccati was only ten, leaving the youth a handsome estate.

Jacopo’s son, Vincenzo Riccati, a Jesuit, followed his father’s footsteps and pioneered the development of hyperbolic functions.

A second son, Giordano Riccati was the first to measure the ratio of Young’s moduli of metals—predating the better known Thomas Young by 25 years.[citation needed]

Jacopo Riccati was named honorary Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna in 1723.



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907 Updates May 28, 2017

By Victoria Taylor: Two vehicle crash closes Seward highway in both directions near mile 76
By Victoria Taylor: UPDATE: NTSB investigating two plane crashes Saturday, both confirmed fatal
By Sidney Sullivan: MAP: Aircraft Crashes in Alaska
By Dave Leval Photojournalist: Ken Kulovany: Historic planes head to Dutch Harbor to mark 75th anniversary of Aleutians battle

By KTVA CBS 11 News: Remains of Arkansas soldier killed in Colony Glacier plane crash returned home

Shorpy May 28, 2017

Now playing at Knoxville’s Roxy Theater: “Damaged Lives,” an exploitation flick whose subject was venereal disease.
“Knoxville, Tenn., ca. 1941. Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright related to Tennessee Valley Authority projects and region.


March 1944. “Children playing on the roof of the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind, at 111 East 59th Street, New York.” Photo by Richard Boyer for the Office of War Information.

Images May 28, 2017

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Quotes May 28, 2017

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Diane Mariechild
“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”
Beyoncé Knowles Carter
“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
Anita Roddick
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Marie Curie,
physicist and chemist
“The only alternative left for mankind…is discipline…But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.”
Carlos Castaneda
“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own. Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
Steven Pressfield, War of Art

“Good creators don’t talk sh@@ about their fellow creators. They champion the work of those around them. They know how hard this stuff is. They accept that stumbles are part of what we do. And they treat one another with respect—because we all deserve that.”
Eric Karjaluoto

“Promises are like debt — they accrue interest. The longer you wait to fulfill them, the more they cost to pay off.”
Jason Fried

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FYI May 27, 2017

May 27th is National Grape Popsicle Day!

On this day:

1907 – Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco.
The San Francisco plague of 1900–1904 was an epidemic of bubonic plague centered on San Francisco’s Chinatown. It was the first plague epidemic in the continental United States.[1] The epidemic was recognized by medical authorities in March 1900, but its existence was denied for more than two years by Henry Gage, the Governor of California. His denial was based on business reasons: the wish to keep the reputations of San Francisco and California clean and to prevent the loss of revenue from trade stopped by quarantine. The failure to act quickly may have allowed the disease to establish itself among local animal populations.[2] Federal authorities worked to build a case to prove that there was a major medical health problem, and they isolated the affected area. Proof that an epidemic was occurring served to undermine the credibility of Gage, and he lost the governorship in the 1902 elections. The new governor, George Pardee, quietly implemented a medical solution and the epidemic was stopped in 1904. There were 121 cases identified, including 113 deaths.[3]

After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, much of urban San Francisco was destroyed by fire, including all of the Chinatown district. The process of rebuilding began immediately but took several years. While reconstruction was in full swing, a second plague epidemic hit San Francisco in May and August 1907 but it was not centered in Chinatown. Rather, cases occurred randomly throughout the city; a few more cases were identified across the bay in Oakland. San Francisco’s politicians and press reacted very differently this time: they wanted the problem solved speedily.[4] Health authorities worked quickly to assess and eradicate the disease.[5] To control one of the disease’s vectors, some $2 million was spent between 1907 and 1911 to kill as many rats as possible in the city.[6] By the end of the second plague outbreak in June 1908, 160 more cases had been identified, including 78 deaths, a much lower mortality rate than 1900–1904.[7] This time, all of the infected people were Caucasian.[6] Shortly thereafter, the California ground squirrel was identified as another vector of the disease.[5] The initial denial and obstructionist response to the 1900 infection may have allowed the pathogen to gain its first toehold in North America, from which it spread sporadically to other states in the form of sylvatic plague (rural plague), though it is possible the squirrel population infection predated 1900.[2][8][9][10][11]

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1818 – Amelia Bloomer, American journalist and activist (d. 1894)
Amelia Bloomer (May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894) was an American women’s rights and temperance advocate. Even though she did not create the women’s clothing reform style known as bloomers, her name became associated with it because of her early and strong advocacy.

Early life
Amelia Bloomer was born in 1818 in Homer, New York. Bloomer came from a family of modest means and received only a few years of formal education in the local district school. After a brief stint as a school teacher at the age of 17, she decided to relocate, and moved in with her newly married sister Elvira, then living in Waterloo. Within a year she had moved into the home of the Oren Chamberlain family to act as the live-in governess for their three youngest children.[1]

When she was 22, she married attorney Dexter Bloomer who encouraged her to write for his New York newspaper, the Seneca Falls County Courier.

She spent her early years in Cortland County, New York. Bloomer and her family moved to Iowa in 1852. She died at Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is commemorated together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Ross Tubman in the calendar of saints of the Episcopal Church on July 20. Her home at Seneca Falls, New York, known as the Amelia Bloomer House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[2]

Social activism
In 1848, Bloomer attended the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention. The following year, she began editing the first newspaper for women, The Lily. It was published biweekly from 1849 until 1853. The newspaper began as a temperance journal, but came to have a broad mix of contents ranging from recipes to moralist tracts, particularly when under the influence of activist and suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Bloomer felt that because women lecturers were considered unseemly, writing was the best way for women to work for reform. Originally, The Lily was to be for “home distribution” among members of the Seneca Falls Ladies Temperance Society, which had formed in 1848, and eventually had a circulation of over 4,000. The paper encountered several obstacles early on, and the Society’s enthusiasm died out. Bloomer felt a commitment to publish and assumed full responsibility for editing and publishing the paper. Originally, the title page had the legend “Published by a committee of ladies.” But after 1850 – only Bloomer’s name appeared on the masthead.[3] This newspaper was a model for later periodicals focused on women’s suffrage.

Bloomer described her experience as the first woman to own, operate and edit a news vehicle for women:

It was a needed instrument to spread abroad the truth of a new gospel to woman, and I could not withhold my hand to stay the work I had begun. I saw not the end from the beginning and dreamed where to my propositions to society would lead me.

In her publication, Bloomer promoted a change in dress standards for women that would be less restrictive in regular activities.

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance.

In 1851, New England temperance activist Elizabeth Smith Miller (aka Libby Miller) adopted what she considered a more rational costume: loose trousers gathered at the ankles, like women’s trousers worn in the Middle East and Central Asia, topped by a short dress or skirt and vest. The costume was worn publicly by actress Fanny Kemble. Miller displayed her new clothing to Stanton, her cousin, who found it sensible and becoming, and adopted it immediately. In this garb Stanton visited Bloomer, who began to wear the costume and promote it enthusiastically in her magazine. Articles on the clothing trend were picked up in The New York Tribune. More women wore the fashion which was promptly dubbed The Bloomer Costume or “Bloomers”. However, the Bloomers were subjected to ceaseless ridicule in the press and harassment on the street. Bloomer herself dropped the fashion in 1859, saying that a new invention, the crinoline, was a sufficient reform that she could return to conventional dress.

Bloomer remained a suffrage pioneer and writer throughout her life, writing for a wide array of periodicals. Although Bloomer was far less famous than some other suffragettes, she made many significant contributions to the women’s movement — particularly concerning dress reform and the temperance movement. Bloomer led suffrage campaigns in Nebraska and Iowa, and served as president of the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association from 1871 until 1873.

Amelia Bloomer List
Main article: Amelia Bloomer Project
Since 2002, the American Library Association has produced an annual Amelia Bloomer List of recently published books with significant feminist content[4] for younger readers.[5]



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907 Updates May 27, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Jury finds man guilty for sexual assault of ‘mentally handicapped’ woman

Bail set at $250K in sex trafficking case
Author: Chris Klint: Helicopter crash on glacier near Juneau injures 7

By Associated Press and KTUU: Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Alaska starting Saturday

Although some of the ATG members honored Friday are still alive, none were able to attend the ceremony.
By Blake Essig / KTUU: Long overdue: Alaska Territorial Guard members receive honorable discharge

Shorpy May 27, 2017

Savannah, Georgia, 1904. “Colonial Park Cemetery.” By the looks of it, in need of a trim from the Grim Reaper, or at least a spritz of Roundup.


Washington, D.C., 1942. “Children playing, aiming sticks as guns.” Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, Office of War Information.


“So as you can see, Mr. Smith, pencils and spark plugs are not interchangeable.”
Columbus, Georgia, circa 1952. “Pope Motor Co. service garage.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Quotes May 27, 2017

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”
Jackie French Koller
I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.
Diane Ackerman,
writer and naturalist

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”
Linda Breen Pierce

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”
Doris Janzen Longacre

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Richard Bach

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
Vernon Howard

“Less is more.”
Mies Van Der Rohe

“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Lope de Vega

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy


“I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.”
Bob Newhart