FYI December 14, 2018

On This Day

835 – Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
The Sweet Dew incident (Ganlu incident, Chinese: 甘露事變 or 甘露之變) was an incident on December 14, 835,[1][2] in which Emperor Wenzong of the Chinese Tang dynasty, angry about the power that the eunuchs had, conspired with the chancellor Li Xun and the general Zheng Zhu to slaughter the eunuchs. The plot failed, however, when the eunuchs realized what was happening and counterattacked with soldiers under their command. Li Xun, Zheng, as well as many of their associates and other officials were slaughtered, and thereafter, the eunuchs had an even firmer control over Emperor Wenzong and his government than before.[2][3]


Born On This Day

1631 – Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)
Anne Conway (also known as Viscountess Conway; née Finch; 14 December 1631 – 23 February 1679[1]) was an English philosopher whose work, in the tradition of the Cambridge Platonists, was an influence on Gottfried Leibniz. Conway’s thought is original as it is rationalist philosophy, with hallmarks of gynocentric concerns and patterns, and in that sense it was unique among seventeenth-century systems.[2]




By Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie: Grammy-Winning ‘Song Stylist’ Nancy Wilson Dead At 81

Nancy Sue Wilson[2][1] (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018)[1] was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” and her version of the standard “Guess Who I Saw Today”.

Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. The title she preferred, however, was “song stylist”.[3] She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”.[4]


By Andrew Dalton: Sondra Locke, frequent co-star in Clint Eastwood films, dead at 74

Sandra Louise Anderson (née Smith; May 28, 1944[1][2] – November 3, 2018), professionally known as Sondra Locke, was an American actress and director. She made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to star in such films as Willard, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can and Sudden Impact. She had worked with Clint Eastwood, who was her companion for over 13 years. Her autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey, was published in 1997.

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By Pratchi Gupta: Feds Charge 19 in Connection to New York Sex Trafficking Ring
Federal prosecutors have charged 19 people in connection with a sex-trafficking ring that exploited teenage victims in New York.

The New York Times reports that the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, the F.B.I. and the police department announced charges on Thursday against defendants who preyed on at least 15 teens in the child welfare system. Nine of them were residents at the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a center for children with emotional and behavioral problems in Mount Pleasant, New York. “Many of the girls in the rehabilitation center had been placed there in the first place to rescue them from the sex trade,” the Times reported.

In recent months, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Service, which manages Hawthorne, announced the shuttering of the facility after receiving sanctions from New York’s child welfare office. In December 2017, the New York Times reported that a teen goes missing from Hawthorne “nearly every day.”
By Heather Chapman: Farm Bill includes help for rural hospitals, rural broadband
At 807 pages, the new Farm Bill takes a bit to read through. We’ve mentioned the SNAP debate and industrial hemp legalization, but here are a few more provisions of interest to rural Americans:
Blessing? The animal had no fear of him, he can strut around saying he killed a trophy animal, he has x amount of meat to feed his family? What is he saying is a blessing, and is it from God? I am not anti hunting, I am anti bragging, trophy, etc.
By Heather Chapman: Illinois hunter may have shot largest buck ever killed in U.S.
“I was just sitting there, and I heard the deer behind me,” Szablewski told WSIL Radio of Harrisburg. “When I walked up to him, I looked at it and thought, ‘What a blessing.'”
By Heather Chapman: Quick hits: more people want to live in the country than actually live there; two rural states top online sales
CBS News: Sandy Hook school evacuated over bomb threat on shooting anniversary
Open Culture: How the CIA Helped Shape the Creative Writing Scene in America, A Beautiful Short Documentary Takes You Inside New York City’s Last Great Chess Store, How the Astonishing Sushi Scene in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Was Animated: A Time-Lapse of the Month-Long Shoot and more ->


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