Category: FYI


A Redleg’s Rides: RV Trip: Hartsel Valley, Buena Vista and Independence Pass

I am a URAL sidecar rider, in Colorado with occasional long trips to places such as Alaska.

A Redleg’s Rides: RV Trip: Hartsel Valley, Buena Vista and Independence Pass

Is a wolf killer on the loose in Oregon? OR-25 is latest to have been found dead – Pete Thomas Outdoors

The USFWS is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of OR-25. Rewards total nearly $50,000 for all three unsolved cases, which are being investigated with the help of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon State Police. Killing federally protected wolves can result in fines of up to $100,000 and a year in jail.

Is a wolf killer on the loose in Oregon? OR-25 is latest to have been found dead – Pete Thomas Outdoors

FYI November 10, 2017

1202 – Fourth Crusade: Despite letters from Pope Innocent III forbidding it and threatening excommunication, Catholic crusaders begin a siege of Zara (now Zadar, Croatia).
The Fourth Crusade (1202–04) was a Western European armed expedition called by Pope Innocent III, originally intended to reconquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, a sequence of events culminated in the Crusaders sacking the city of Constantinople, the capital of the Christian-controlled Byzantine Empire.

In January 1203, en route to Jerusalem, the majority of the crusader leadership entered into an agreement with the Byzantine prince Alexios Angelos to divert to Constantinople and restore his deposed father as emperor. The intention of the crusaders was then to continue to the Holy Land with promised Byzantine financial and military assistance. On 23 June 1203 the main crusader fleet reached Constantinople. Smaller contingents continued to Acre.

In August 1203, following clashes outside Constantinople, Alexios Angelos was crowned co-Emperor (as Alexios IV Angelos) with crusader support. However, in January 1204, he was deposed by a popular uprising in Constantinople. The Western crusaders were no longer able to receive their promised payments, and when Alexios was murdered on 8 February 1204, the crusaders and Venetians decided on the outright conquest of Constantinople. In April 1204, they captured and brutally sacked the city, and set up a new Latin Empire as well as partitioning other Byzantine territories among themselves.

Byzantine resistance based in unconquered sections of the empire such as Nicaea, Trebizond, and Epirus ultimately recovered Constantinople in 1261. The Fourth Crusade is considered to be one of the more prominent acts in the Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church, and a key turning point in the decline of the Byzantine Empire and Christianity in the Near East.

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1874 – Idabelle Smith Firestone, American composer and songwriter (d. 1954)
Idabelle Smith Firestone (November 10, 1874 – July 7, 1954) was an American composer and songwriter.[1]

She was born in Minnesota City, Minnesota on November 10, 1874.[2][3] She was educated at Alma College, Ontario. Her father, George, held the patent to a flour milling process.

On 20 November 1895, she married Harvey Samuel Firestone, who had begun the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company five years earlier.[4] She was the mother of Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., and Leonard Firestone, the grandmother of Brooks Firestone, and the great-grandmother of William Clay Ford, Jr., Andrew Firestone, and Nick Firestone.

She joined the ASCAP in 1948. Her compositions include “If I Could Tell You” (the theme of “Voice of Firestone” programs), “In My Garden”, “You Are the Song in My Heart”, “Do You Recall?”, “Melody of Love” and “Bluebirds”.[5]

She died on July 7, 1954.[1]


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DOD – Face of Defense: Army Staff Sgt. Michael Stone’s Dedication Pays Off for Recruiting Center Leader

In 2017, Stone has lived up to his personal creed by pursuing and achieving excellence at the highest levels in U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Stone, the center leader for the Rio Rancho Recruiting Center, Albuquerque Recruiting Company, New Mexico, finished as runner-up in the USAREC Center Leader of the Year competition. This year he also was the distinguished honor graduate in his senior leader course and was inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

Face of Defense: Dedication Pays Off for Recruiting Center Leader

Ventipop – Remain Calm and Love Hard :: Daily Grind #163

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“You are without a doubt my proudest accomplishments.”
Sara Chivers

Heartbreaking – Sara Chivers’ goodbye letter to her son has touched people around the world.

Remain Calm and Love Hard :: Daily Grind #163 Ventipop

Face of Defense: Marine Takes Leave to Help Hurricane Victims

Among those who headed to Texas was Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Gore, a dark-haired, easygoing and friendly chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve here.

Face of Defense: Marine Takes Leave to Help Hurricane Victims

Rachael Moore, USMC Veteran Trades USMC for NASA | U.S. Department of Labor Blog


After several years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan, Rachael Moore was ready to trade her combat boots for business shoes. The Transition Assistance Program helped get her there.

Veteran Trades USMC for NASA | U.S. Department of Labor Blog

FYI November 09, 2017

694 – At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery.
The Seventeenth Council of Toledo first met on 9 November 694 under King Egica. It was the king’s third council and primarily directed, as was the Sixteenth, against the Jews, of whom Egica seems to have had a profound distrust and dislike.

The king opened the synod by claiming that he had heard news of Jews overthrowing their Christian rulers overseas and that Iberian Jews were conspiring with these cousins to end the Christian religion once and for all. The council therefore decreed in its eight canon that all Jews, except those in Narbonensis, were to be deprived of their property, which was to be given to their Christian slaves, and enslaved themselves. Their slavekeepers were chosen by the king and were to be contractually obligated to never allow the practice of the Jewish religion again. It is, however, almost certain that, in at least some parts of Spain, these regulations were not strictly enforced; though in others, they certainly were.

The council tried to protect the life of Egica’s queen and children after his death, knowing the harm which could befall the royal family during a succession, and the bishops ordered prayers said for their souls.

The council’s minutes remain the best source of information for its period in Spanish history.

The eight canons of the synod

(1) At the beginning of a Synod all the sacerdotes (bishops) shall fast for three days in honour of the Holy Trinity, and in this time, without the presence of the laity, hold converse on the doctrines of the faith and on the improvement of the morals of the clergy. After that they shall proceed to other subjects.

(2) At the beginning of Lent, since from that time there are no more baptisms, except in case of extreme necessity, the font shall be sealed by the bishop with his ring, and so remain until the stripping of the altar at the feast of the Coena Domini.

(3) The washing of feet at the feast of the Coena Domini, which has fallen into disuse in some places, must be observed everywhere.

(4) The holy vessels and other ornaments of the Church may not be expended by the clergy for themselves, nor sold, etc.

(5) Some priests hold Masses for the dead, on behalf of the living, that these may soon die. The priest who does this, and the person who induced him to do it, shall both be deposed and forever anathematised and excommunicated. Only on their deathbed may the communion be again administered to them.

(6) All the year through, in all the twelve months, shall Exomologeseis (Litany) with intercessions be said for the Church, the King, and the people, that God may forgive them all.

(7) The older laws for ensuring the safety of the royal family are renewed.

(8) As the Jews have added to their other crimes this that they endeavoured to overthrow the country and the people, they must be severely punished. They have done this after they had (in appearance) received baptism, which, however, by faithlessness they have again stained. They shall be deprived of their property for the benefit of the exchequer, and shall be made slaves forever. Those to whom the King sends them as slaves must watch that they may no longer practise Jewish usages, and their children must be separated from them, when they are seven years of age, and subsequently married with Christians.


1801 – Gail Borden, American surveyor and publisher, invented condensed milk (d. 1874)
Gail Borden II (November 9, 1801 – January 11, 1874) was a native New Yorker who settled in Texas in 1829, where he worked as a land surveyor, newspaper publisher, and inventor; he is most known as the developer of condensed milk in 1853. Borden coplotted the cities of Houston and Galveston in 1836. Having returned to the New York area to market another product, he set up factories for condensed milk in Connecticut, and later in New York and Illinois. Demand was high for his product by the Union Army during the American Civil War. His New York Condensed Milk Company changed its name to Borden Dairy Co. after his death.

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By Amy Carle: Portraits of veteran scholars across America
As Veterans Day approaches, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the military and veterans community. From local artists to community leaders to technology innovators, veterans contribute not only to our workplace, but to our neighborhoods and culture. This dedication to serving the community is what inspired me to enlist in the California Army National Guard four years ago. I was already working at Google, but was inspired by some of the Googlers I met who had served in the military. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I’m one of the leaders of the Google Veterans Network, a volunteer employee resource group that strives to make Google one of the best workplaces for veterans and service members. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Veterans Network and since 2014, employees have volunteered over 7,300 hours of service with veteran organizations.

This SVA scholarship helps encourage veterans on their path to attaining a computer science or IT-related degree; applications for 2018 are still open.
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How to Pick the Best Pressure Cooker • New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog

This article will help you reach the pressure cooker which is best for you in every way. Commonly, there are two types of pressure cookers used around: stainless steel and aluminium.

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3 Keys to Emotional Stability

Adjust your perspective by focusing on the positive opportunities introduced by negative events. Also consider the foundational blessings in your life to get a broader view. We’re most vulnerable to emotional turmoil when we focus solely on negative things.

3 Keys to Emotional Stability