FYI May 16, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later.
The Sedition Act of 1918 (Pub.L. 65–150, 40 Stat. 553, enacted May 16, 1918) was an Act of the United States Congress that extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds.[1]

It forbade the use of “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for five to 20 years.[2] The act also allowed the Postmaster General to refuse to deliver mail that met those same standards for punishable speech or opinion. It applied only to times “when the United States is in war.” The U.S. was in a declared state of war at the time of passage, the First World War.[3] The law was repealed on December 13, 1920.[4]

Though the legislation enacted in 1918 is commonly called the Sedition Act, it was actually a set of amendments to the Espionage Act.[5] Therefore, many studies of the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act find it difficult to report on the two “acts” separately. For example, one historian reports that “some fifteen hundred prosecutions were carried out under the Espionage and Sedition Acts, resulting in more than a thousand convictions.”[6] Court decisions do not use the shorthand term Sedition Act, but the correct legal term for the law, the Espionage Act, whether as originally enacted or as amended in 1918.

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Born On This Day

 
 
1718 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1799)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa ɡaeˈtaːna aɲˈɲeːzi; -ɛːzi];[1] 16 May 1718 – 9 January 1799) was an Italian mathematician, philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. She was the first woman to write a mathematics handbook and the first woman appointed as a mathematics professor at a university.[2]

She is credited with writing the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus and was a member of the faculty at the University of Bologna, although she never served.

She devoted the last four decades of her life to studying theology (especially patristics) and to charitable work and serving the poor. She was a devout Catholic and wrote extensively on the marriage between intellectual pursuit and mystical contemplation, most notably in her essay Il cielo mistico (The Mystic Heaven). She saw the rational contemplation of God as a complement to prayer and contemplation of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.[3]

Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini, clavicembalist and composer, was her sister.

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FYI

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Remember a woman governor signed this law.
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“To the men in theirs brown suits/ to the men passing laws,” he sings, “I just have a simple question/ to the men without flaws/ have you seen a young girl dying/ have you seen ‘em bleed to death/ have you seen a young girl dying/ have you seen ‘em take their final breath?”
 
 
 
 
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Online Journalism: ’m holding a taster day for anyone interested in studying data or multiplatform journalism (part time or full time)
 
 
 
 
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By Katie Sweeney, Biologist Steller Watch: Since when does NOAA study polar bears? We use drones to survey Steller sea lions but what about northern fur seals?
 
 
 
 
Open Culture: The Writing System of the Cryptic Voynich Manuscript Explained: British Researcher May Have Finally Cracked the Code; When Dracula Author Bram Stoker Wrote a Gushing Fan Letter to Walt Whitman (1870) and more ->
 
 
 
 

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Ideas

Paula M. Slater Hometalker Brentwood, NY: How to Create an Indoor Growing Room For Plants
 
 
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By Troy Eckstein: Salad-bowl Banjo
 
 
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Recipes

By In The Kitchen With Matt: Pokémon Detective Pikachu Cake
 
 
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