FYI December 14, 2021

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.[2]
The Sweet Dew incident (Ganlu incident, Chinese: 甘露事變) was an incident on December 14, 835,[1][2] in which Emperor Wenzong of the Chinese Tang dynasty, angry about the power of his eunuchs, 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 a deeply original form of rationalist philosophy, with hallmarks of gynocentric concerns and patterns that lead some to think of it as unique among seventeenth-century systems.[2]




Anne Rice[1] (born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien; October 4, 1941 – December 11, 2021) was an American author of gothic fiction, erotic literature, and Christian literature. She was best known for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations—Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Queen of the Damned (2002).

Born in New Orleans, Rice spent much of her early life in the city before moving to Texas, and later to San Francisco. She was raised in an observant Catholic family but became an agnostic as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of Interview with the Vampire (1976), while living in California, and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, following a publicized return to Catholicism, Rice published the novels Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, fictionalized accounts of certain incidents in the life of Jesus. Several years later she distanced herself from organized Christianity, citing disagreement with the Catholic Church’s stances on social issues but pledging that faith in God remained “central to [her] life.” However, she later considered herself a secular humanist.[2]

Rice’s books have sold over 100 million copies, making her one of the best-selling authors of modern times.[3][4] While reaction to her early works was initially mixed, she gained a better reception with critics in the 1980s. Her writing style and the literary content of her works have been analyzed by literary commentators. She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years, from 1961 until his death from brain cancer in 2002 at age 60.[5][6] She and Stan had two children, Michele, who died of leukemia at age five, and Christopher, who is also an author.

In addition to her vampire novels, Rice authored books such as The Feast of All Saints (adapted for television in 2001) and Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis of a 2011 comic book miniseries. Several books from The Vampire Chronicles have been adapted as comics and manga by various publishers. Rice also authored erotic fiction under the pen names Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, including Exit to Eden, which was later adapted into a 1994 film.


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Who knew in 2011?
Yakuza among first with relief supplies in Japan
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tons of relief goods have been delivered to victims of Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami from a dark corner of society: the “yakuza” organized crime networks.

Yakuza groups have been sending trucks from the Tokyo and Kobe regions to deliver food, water, blankets and toiletries to evacuation centers in northeast Japan, the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which have left at least 27,000 dead and missing.

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Uncivil or Unkind comments.

Can we all just start thinking twice about our reply before we actually post it? Ask yourself two things:

1. Is it unkind or uncivil? ie. Would it hurt the original poster’s feelings? Would I be willing to say it to their face?

2. Would my mom, my child, even God, be supportive of what I’m about to type?

So many people let their unkind, negative and judgmental side lead their fingers when they type. People that I know to be nice and pleasant people in person. However, these same people sit down behind a screen/keyboard and become spiteful and mean spirited. They turn into people I would be ashamed to call my friend. It becomes a Jekyll and Hyde scenario.

Come on guys! It’s the holidays, after another trying year too. Many people are barely holding on to their sanity and faith in mankind. Do better – Practice kindness. Show one another some compassion.

This site is supposed to be a friendly neighborhood site. Yet, I’ve seen more ugly behavior here than (I would imagine) in prison. Inmates are better to one another than we are here.

Lead with kindness. Express empathy and goodwill. Tell the person posting that you’re so sorry X happened, what can you/we/I do? Instead of criticizing and pointing out what they did wrong.

They know their fault in the matter, whether they acknowledge it in a public forum or not. You don’t need to kick them when they’re down.

Instead, put your hand out and say, “How can I help? Is there anything I can do to ease your suffering?”

Please take a minute and think about your reply before you hit post. Not all thoughts need to be expressed out loud.




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