On This Day
1655 – Warsaw falls without resistance to a small force under the command of Charles X Gustav of Sweden during The Deluge, making it the first time the city is captured by a foreign army.
The term Deluge (Polish: pоtор szwedzki, Lithuanian: švedų tvanas) denotes a series of mid-17th-century campaigns in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. In a wider sense it applies to the period between the Khmelnytsky Uprising of 1648 and the Truce of Andrusovo in 1667, thus comprising the Polish theatres of the Russo-Polish and Second Northern Wars. In a stricter sense, the term refers to the Swedish invasion and occupation of the Commonwealth as a theatre of the Second Northern War (1655–1660) only; In Poland and Lithuania this period is called the Swedish Deluge (Polish: potop szwedzki, Swedish: Svenska syndafloden), or less commonly the Russo–Swedish Deluge (Polish: Potop szwedzko-rosyjski) due to the Russian invasion in 1654. The term deluge (or potop in Polish) was popularized by Henryk Sienkiewicz in his novel The Deluge (1886).
During the wars the Commonwealth lost approximately one third of its population as well as its status as a great power due to invasions by Sweden and Russia. According to Professor Andrzej Rottermund, manager of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the destruction of Poland in the deluge was more extensive than the destruction of the country in World War II. Rottermund claims that Swedish invaders robbed the Commonwealth of its most important riches, and most of the stolen items never returned to Poland. Warsaw, the capital of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, was completely destroyed by the Swedes, and out of a pre-war population of 20,000, only 2,000 remained in the city after the war. According to the 2012 Polish estimates, financial losses of Poland are estimated at 4 billion złotys. Swedish and Russian invaders completely destroyed 188 cities and towns, 81 castles, and 136 churches in Poland.[failed verification]
Born On This Day
1749 – Yolande de Polastron, French educator (d. 1793)
Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, Duchess of Polignac (8 September 1749 – 9 December 1793) was the favourite of Marie Antoinette, whom she first met when she was presented at the Palace of Versailles in 1775, the year after Marie Antoinette became the Queen of France. She was considered one of the great beauties of pre-Revolutionary society, but her extravagance and exclusivity earned her many enemies.
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By Max Finkel, Jalopnik: John Margolies’s Roadside Photos Are Automotive Americana At Its Best
The Library of Congress digitized these photos in 2016 after Margolies passed at 76. I’ve collected a few of my favorites here, but the entire collection is available for view on the Library of Congress’s Flickr account here.
David Sherry: Taking Control and Letting Go
In a moment, you can take control.
In any situation, you can take the reigns, and impart on it an action that changes the situation at hand.
Without this action, events would play out on their own, but instead, you exerted influence. And that influence ripples across time and interconnected events.
Done as a reaction, taking control is about trying to pour concrete on shifting sands.
Done proactively and with poise, taking control is about reducing unknown variables, and preparing the ground for an outcome to take shape.
Taking control is like a trust fall with time and space.
Reactively taking control is like trying to superglue a shattered vase back together.
On the other hand, in that same moment, you can give up control.
You can “Let go” as they say.
Taking a healthy posture, letting go is about allowing energy to continue forward in motion without disruption.
If a domino has started a chain of other falling dominos then why interrupt the chain?
Reactively letting go is like setting sail in the ocean without a direction and hoping to arrive on the right island.
You will get somewhere, but is it where you would have liked to arrive?
Stranger still, you can take control while letting go, and let go while taking control.
The trust fall was your decision, and in your control to lean in or not.
But the outcome took letting go.
It’s this third space that seems to be the optimal path for seizing the moment.
To be a healthy leader of yourself and others is about managing this dynamic between control and letting go of it.
It’s about recognizing the areas in which control and power are reactive.
Balancing the two is how you manage the moment.
By being in control while letting go.
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Simmers sprung into action, and over the next year he helped Brooke into a half-dozen rehabs, but none seemed to work. Eventually, out of options and fearing a fatal overdose, Simmers used his police connections to jail his own daughter. But the disaster that followed made him reconsider not just his decision to lock up Brooke, but also his role as a willing combatant in the decades-long War on Drugs.
“I now think the whole drug war is total bullshit,” he said.
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