FYI March 14, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1903 – Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is established by US President Theodore Roosevelt.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and part of the Everglades Headwaters NWR complex, located just off the western coast of Orchid Island in the Indian River Lagoon east of Sebastian, Florida. The refuge consists of a 3-acre (12,000 m2) island that includes an additional 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of surrounding water and is located off the east coast of Florida of the Indian River Lagoon. Established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903, Pelican Island was the first National wildlife refuge in the United States.[2] It was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting.

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Born On This Day

 
 
1868 – Emily Murphy, Canadian jurist, author, and activist (d. 1933)
Emily Murphy (born Emily Gowan Ferguson; 14 March 1868 – 27 October 1933)[1] was a Canadian women’s rights activist, jurist, and author. In 1916, she became the first female magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were “persons” under Canadian law.

Murphy is known as one of “The Famous Five” (also called “The Valiant Five”)[2]—a group of Canadian women’s rights activists that also included Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby. In 1927, the women launched the “Persons Case,” contending that women could be “qualified persons” eligible to sit in the Senate. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that they were not. However, upon appeal to the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council, the court of last resort for Canada at that time, the women won their case.[3]

However, there has been some criticism of her later work, mainly for her role in the Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta and her allegations that a ring of immigrants from other countries, particularly China, would corrupt the white race by getting Canadians hooked on drugs.[4] In her book The Black Candle, she wrote: “It is hardly credible that the average Chinese peddler has any definite idea in his mind of bringing about the downfall of the white race, his swaying motive being probably that of greed, but in the hands of his superiors, he may become a powerful instrument to that end.”[5]

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FYI

 
 
By Gray News Staff: Happy Pi Day, the day on which there’s literally infinite reasons to celebrate
 
 
 
 
Open Culture: Watch an Animated Score for Steve Reich’s Minimalist Piece “Clapping Music“–and Try Your Hardest to Follow Along; When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: 1,288 Words from Absalom, Absalom! The Band Everyone Thought Was The Beatles: Revisit the Klaatu Conspiracy of 1976 and more ->
 
 
 
 
News from Science: Antifungal drug could help cystic fibrosis patients for whom common treatments don’t work; A homespun Canadian telescope could explain mysterious radio signals from the distant universe and more ->
 
 
 
 
Donie O'Sullivan By Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Business: Facebook says it’s resolved outage issues and denies attack
 
 
 
 
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer & Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer: Historic blizzard blasts 100-mph winds across central US, turns deadly
 
 
 
 
By Associated Press: Goat elected as honorary mayor sworn in for first term, leaves mess for police chief
On the way out of the offices, the honorary mayor defecated on the floor — leaving clean-up to the police chief and other attendees.
 
 
 
 
By Andrew Liszewski: Smartphone Stops Arrow When Absurdly Lucky Man Tries to Photograph Attacker
 
 
 
 
By Dell Cameron: Ajit Pai Promised New Jobs and ‘Better, Cheaper’ Internet. His ISP Pals Have a Different Plan
 
 
 
 
Gizmodo Science: Teens and Young Adults Are More Depressed Now Than in the Mid-2000s; These Scientists Ground an iPhone to Dust to Figure Out What’s Inside and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Passive Voice: Viewpoint Discrimination; The Tip, the Yale Coach and the Wire: How the College Admissions Scam Unraveled and more ->
 
 
 
 
Atlas Obscura: Hidden Tunnel; Historic Tree; Beyond Baroque and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Rocky Parker: These 10 sites are overflowing with beer, wine, and spirits news
 
 
 
 
The Rural Blog: Why do we do journalism? For the sake of a ‘healthy, self-governed republic’ of a free people, longtime reporter writes; Pennsylvania creates college with satellite campuses and video conferencing to help rural area access education and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fast Company: Consult this handy chart to see if you are an ***hole designer; The 20 worst phones of the century, and how they got that way and more ->
 
 
By Mark Wilson: Scientists have discovered a shape that blocks all sound–even your co-workers
 
 
 
 
Today’s email was written by Alexandra Ossola, edited by Jessanne Collins and Whet Moser, and produced by Luiz Romero. Quartz Obsession Sentiment analysis: How corporations are reading your mind
 
 
Today’s email was written by Whet Moser, edited by Jessanne Collins, and produced by Luiz Romero. Quartz Obsession Toilet paper: Small luxury, big cost
 
 

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Recipes

 
 
By In the Kitchen With Matt: Hot Dog Buns
 
 
By AndreaK88: Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
 
 
Courtney at The Kitchen Garten: Basil, Planning, and Leprechaun Milk