August 2017 archive

Yukon madman – Craig Medred

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With the ruins of yet more cabins along the Yukon River still smoldering, some among the 178 residents of the tiny, riverside village of Grayling are reported to be standing guard as fears mount about a crazed loner nicknamed “Slop Pail Jerry.”

FYI August 31, 2017

1920 – The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit.
WWJ, 950 AM (a regional broadcast frequency),[3] is an all-news radio station located in Detroit, Michigan. Owned by the CBS Radio subsidiary of CBS Corporation, WWJ’s studios are in the Panasonic Building in Southfield, and its transmitter is located near Newport.

WWJ began daily broadcasts on August 20, 1920, operating under an amateur radio license with the call sign “8MK”. August 20, 2017 marks the beginning of its 98th year of broadcasting. The station has claimed to be “America’s Pioneer Broadcasting Station”,[4] and where “commercial radio broadcasting began”.[5]

WWJ is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast in the HD Radio format.[6] It is also simulcast on a subchannel of sister station WXYT-FM.

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On August 20, 1920 a series of trial broadcasts began, to check if the equipment was ready for regular service. This date marks what WWJ considers to be its official anniversary, although because the station was still unpublicized the audience consisted of only a small number of interested local amateur radio operators. The test programs proved satisfactory, so, on August 31, 1920, the front page of the Detroit News announced that nightly (except Sunday) broadcasts by the “Detroit News Radiophone” would start that evening. The debut program featured regularly updated returns for a primary election held earlier that day, plus singing by Lois Johnson. At the beginning of the program, Elton Plant introduced Malcolm Bingay, managing director of the Detroit News, as the broadcast’s master of ceremonies.[28]

The front page of the next day’s News contained enthusiastic reports attesting to the success of the election night broadcast, which had begun “promptly at 8:10 p. m.”, with the newspaper declaring: “The sending of the election returns by The Detroit News Radiophone Tuesday night was fraught with romance and must go down in the history of man’s conquest of the elements as a gigantic step in his progress”, while noting that the paper received “numberless telephone calls to The News office asking for details of the apparatus”.[29] The station continued with daily broadcasts in September, most commonly between 7 and 8 p.m.[30] Although the initial programs consisted mostly of phonograph records interspersed with news announcements, programming also included fight results from the heavyweight championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Billy Miske on September 6,[31] and, in October, play-by-play accounts as the Cleveland Indians bested the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1920 World Series baseball championship.[32] Weekly vocal concerts were begun on September 23, with Mable Norton Ayers as the first featured artist.[33] By late October, the paper was boasting that “hundreds of Detroiters are now the possessors of wireless receiving sets by which they get the news bulletins, music and other features sent out by The News Radiophone”,[34] as the station prepared to broadcast returns for that year’s presidential election on November 2.[35]

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1767 – Henry Joy McCracken, Irish businessman and activist, founded the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
Henry Joy McCracken (31 August 1767 – 17 July 1798) was an Ulster Scot Protestant and industrialist from Belfast, Ireland. He was a founding member of the Society of the United Irishmen.

Henry Joy McCracken was born in High street, Belfast into two of the city’s most prominent Protestant industrial families. He was the son of Ulster Scot Presbyterian shipowner, Captain John McCracken and Ann Joy, daughter of Francis Joy, of French Huguenot Protestant descent. The Joy family made their money in linen manufacture and founded the Belfast News Letter. Henry was the elder brother of political activist and social reformer Mary Ann McCracken, with whom he shared an interest in Irish traditional culture.

In 1792, he helped organise the Belfast Harp Festival which gathered aged harpists from around Ireland, and helped preserve the Irish airs by having them transcribed by Edward Bunting. Bunting, who lodged in the McCracken’s Rosemary Lane home, was a classically trained musician.

McCracken became interested in republican politics from an early age and along with other Protestants formed the Society of the United Irishmen in 1795 which quickly made him a target of the authorities. He regularly travelled throughout the country using his business as a cover for organising other United Irish societies, but was arrested in October 1796 and lodged in Kilmainham Jail in Dublin. While imprisoned with other leaders of the United Irishmen, McCracken fell seriously ill and was released on bail in December 1797.[1]

Following the outbreak of the United Irishmen-led Rebellion in Leinster in May 1798, the Antrim organisation met on 3 June to decide on their response. The meeting ended inconclusively with a vote to wait for French aid being passed by a narrow margin. A new meeting of delegates was held in Templepatrick on 5 June where McCracken was elected general for Antrim and he quickly began planning military operations.

McCracken formulated a plan for all small towns in Antrim to be seized after which rebels would converge upon Antrim town on 7 June where the county’s magistrates were to hold a crisis meeting. Although the plan met initial success and McCracken led the rebels in the attack on Antrim, the Catholic Defenders group whom McCracken expected assistance from were conspicuous by their absence. The mainly Ulster Scots rebels led by McCracken were defeated by the English forces and his army melted away. Although McCracken initially escaped with James Hope, James Orr, and James Dickey a chance encounter with men who recognized him from his cotton business led to his arrest. Although offered clemency if he testified against other United Irishmen leaders, McCracken refused to turn on his compatriots.

He was court-martialled and hanged at Corn Market, Belfast, on land his grandfather had donated to the city, on 17 July 1798, aged 30.[1]

McCracken’s remains are believed to have been reinterred by Francis Joseph Biggar in 1909 at Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast, alongside his sister Mary Ann. His illegitimate daughter Maria (whose mother is speculated to have been Mary Bodell), was raised by her aunt Mary Ann McCracken.

Society of United Irishmen
The Society of United Irishmen was founded as a liberal political organisation in 18th-century Ireland that initially sought Parliamentary reform.[1] However, it evolved into a revolutionary republican organisation, inspired by the American Revolution and allied with Revolutionary France. It launched the Irish Rebellion of 1798 with the objective of ending British monarchical rule over Ireland and founding a sovereign, independent Irish republic.

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This article was updated on Wednesday.
By Christina Caron: Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)
By Christen Smith: Outdoorsmen to the rescue in Hurricane Harvey
“They can handle their boats better than the average fireman, who handles a boat once a year during annual training,” retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, told the Washington Post Tuesday. “They use their boats all the time and know their waters, and know their capacity. It’s an old professional pride. It’s like good food: Some people didn’t go to the Cordon Bleu, but they can cook like hell. That’s these fishermen and their boats.”

The Cajun Navy formed 12 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Honore led the joint task force after the storm responsible for coordinating military-relief efforts for affected areas of Louisiana. He estimated the Cajun Navy rescued 10,000 New Orleans residents in the days after the storm flooded the historic city.
By Chris Perez: This shotgun-wielding Texan has no time for looters

By Josh Jones: Margaret Hamilton, Lead Software Engineer of the Apollo Project, Stands Next to Her Code That Took Us to the Moon (1969)

By Zara Stones: Meet the World’s No. 1 Drone Expert (Arthur Holland Michel)
By Dan Peleschuk: The Ex-Marine Messing With Tattoo Tradition
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Barrett Brown Talks with ex-CIA Operative Barry Eisler: Is Anybody Running the Deep State?
By jessica Wildfire: You don’t have to love your family
My real family are my friends, people I can talk to without fear of judgment, people who I can let my guard down around.
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By Alex Cranz: Apple’s Next iPhones Will Officially Be Announced September 12





5 Things to Do in Alaska in September – Idlewild AlaskaIdlewild Alaska

Fall in Alaska. It’s a glorious time of year. The leaves are turning amazing colors. Check out these 5 great Things to Do in Alaska in September.

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Brenda Mahan – Athabascan Beader – Athabascan Woman Blog

I have been admiring beadwork by Brenda Mahan for the past few years. She is Koyukon Athabascan with roots from Galena, Alaska and now lives in Nevada. Brenda was raised in Cordova, Alaska and is a…

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907 Updates August 31, 2017

By Travis Khachatoorian: With more cultivators coming online, Alaska’s marijuana industry hits new tax highs
4-25 brigade is set for Afghan deployment
By Kyle Hopkins: Anchorage Baptist Temple radio broadcast draws FCC warning
So is he in a secure facility?
By Leroy Polk: 91-year-old man accused of killing his wife deemed incompetent, case dismissed
By Heather Hintze: Anchorage man sentenced to 50 years for killing caregiver
Judge Saxby accepted the plea deal, which sentenced Miller to 50 years in jail. He would be eligible for parole in about 16 years but his attorney said because of Miller’s declining health it’s unlikely he would live to see that day.
By Chris Klint: Fairbanks militia leader to be resentenced after partial appeal victory
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Skrocki said Wednesday afternoon that Cox was set to serve his sentences on the other counts consecutively, making it unlikely that Tuesday’s decision would significantly alter his prison time.

“We’ll have to see what the court does, but we expect the sentence to remain unchanged,” Skrocki said. “Because of the conspiracy to commit murder (conviction) being upheld, we are not going to appeal the Ninth Circuit on the solicitation count.”

By Liz Raines: Sexual assault in Alaska: A state disaster?

“I’ve decided that it might actually be powerful for a man to stand up and say that sexual assault is wrong,” Hirsch said.

Hirsch says a disaster declaration is a good way to get more men in leadership roles, like the governor, speaking out and condemning the violence in a big, public way.

Since publishing his article, Hirsch says he’s received emails from dozens of victims in Alaska who were anxious to share their stories.
By Leroy Polk: Another Alaska cabin site burned, another threatening note left behind
By Steffi Lee: Fair officials retract statement on Confederate flag merchandise sales

By Laurel Downing Bill: Story time with Aunt Phil: Founder’s Day

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Phil Are Go!: Behold, the distant future! The world of 1999!

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Gems in the Attic: Computer Keyboard Nirvana by Cheryl Bolen


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Images August 31, 2017

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Quotes August 31, 2017

We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.
Martha Kilpatrick
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.
David Ridge
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Louis B. Smedes
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi
Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake
He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.
George Herbert
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
George MacDonald
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt


If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.
Robert Brault

Music August 31, 2017