FYI January 14, 2020

On This Day

1939 – Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica.
Queen Maud Land (Norwegian: Dronning Maud Land)[note 1] is a c. 2.7 million square kilometre (1.04 million sq mi)[4] region of Antarctica claimed as a dependent territory[5] by Norway. The territory lies between 20° west and 45° east, between the claimed British Antarctic Territory to the west and the similarly claimed Australian Antarctic Territory to the east. On most maps there had been an unclaimed area between Queen Maud Land’s borders of 1939 and the South Pole until 12 June 2015 when Norway formally annexed that area.[6] Positioned in East Antarctica, the territory comprises about one-fifth of the total area of Antarctica. The claim is named after the Norwegian queen Maud of Wales (1869–1938).

Norwegian Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen was the first person known to have set foot in the territory, in 1930. On 14 January 1939, the territory was claimed by Norway. On 23 June 1961, Queen Maud Land became part of the Antarctic Treaty System, making it a demilitarised zone. It is one of two Antarctic claims made by Norway, the other being Peter I Island. They are administrated by the Polar Affairs Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security in Oslo.

Most of the territory is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, and a tall ice wall stretches throughout its coast. In some areas further within the ice sheet, mountain ranges breach through the ice, allowing for birds to breed and the growth of a limited flora. The region is divided into the Princess Martha Coast, Princess Astrid Coast, Princess Ragnhild Coast, Prince Harald Coast and Prince Olav Coast. The waters off the coast are called the King Haakon VII Sea.

There is no permanent population, although there are 12 active research stations housing a maximum average[clarification needed] of 40 scientists, the numbers fluctuating depending on the season. Six are occupied year-round, while the remainder are seasonal summer stations. The main aerodromes for intercontinental flights, corresponding[clarification needed] with Cape Town, South Africa, are Troll Airfield, near the Norwegian Troll research station, and a runway at the Russian Novolazarevskaya Station.[7]



Born On This Day

1862 – Carrie Derick, Canadian botanist and geneticist (d. 1941)[13]
Carrie Matilda Derick (January 14, 1862 – November 10, 1941)[2] was a Canadian botanist and geneticist, the first female professor in a Canadian university, and the founder of McGill University’s Genetics Department.[3][4]




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49 Writers Blog: Dan Henry | Buckwheat Walking: A 2006 Trip Journal
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Dan Henry for offering this remembrance of Carlin “Buckwheat” Donahue. Dan writes, “Buckwheat was the founder of many fine events (such as the Skagway Belly Bounce), but is remembered by writers for being a co-founder of the North Words Writers Symposium, now in its 11th year, in Skagway on May 27-30, 2020. Buckwheat took his last walk on October 14, 2019. He is deeply missed.” Here is an excerpt from Dan’s journal describing the days he accompanied Buckwheat on part of his transcontinental walk.


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907 Updates January 14, 2020

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Music January 14, 2020

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Quotes January 14, 2020

If we can’t tolerate a possible consequence, remote though it may be, we steer clear of planting its seeds.”
Warren Buffett
I remember one morning getting up at dawn. There was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling. And I…I remember thinking to myself: So this is the beginning of happiness, this is where it starts…It was happiness. It was the moment, right then.”
The Hours (screenplay by David Hare)
“Information is knowledge which is merely acquired and stored up; wisdom is knowledge operating in the direction of powers to the better living of life.”
John Dewey
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake,
poet, painter
If you stare at an object, as you do when you paint, there is no point at which you stop learning things from it.
Wayne Thiebaud,
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
Peter Drucker,
management consultant, educator, writer
It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.
Seneca the Elder,
Why should I deem myself to be a chisel, when I could be the artist?
J.C.F. von Schiller,
poet, philosopher, physician, historian, playwright
Inhale. Exhale. Everything is going to be ok. Actually, it’s going to turn out better than okay, you’ll see.

Don’t Quit. Sometimes the things you are hoping for come at unexpected times.

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FYI January 13, 2020

On This Day

1435 – Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish, is promulgated by Pope Eugene IV.
Sicut dudum (English: Just as Long Ago) is a papal bull promulgated by Pope Eugene IV in Florence on January 13, 1435, which forbade the enslavement of local natives in the Canary Islands who had converted or were converting to Christianity. Sicut dudum was meant to reinforce Creator Omnium, issued the previous year, condemning Portuguese slave raids in the Canary Islands. Over forty years after Creator omnium and Sicut dudum, Pope Sixtus IV found it necessary to repeat the prohibition in his papal bull Regimini gregis, which threatened the excommunication of all captains or pirates who enslaved Christians.



Born On This Day

1810 – Ernestine Rose, American suffragist, abolitionist, and freethinker (d. 1892)[6]
Ernestine Louise Rose (January 13, 1810 – August 4, 1892)[1] was a Jewish suffragist, abolitionist, and freethinker. Her career spanned from the 1830s to the 1870s, making her a contemporary to the much more widely celebrated suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Largely forgotten in contemporary discussions of the American women’s rights movement, she was one of its major intellectual forces in nineteenth-century America.[2] Her relationship with Judaism is a debated motivation for her advocacy.[3] In 1996, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.[4]




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Military January 13, 2020

By Katie Lange, DOD News: Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

Alonzo Hereford Cushing (January 19, 1841 – July 3, 1863) was an artillery officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was killed in action during Battle of Gettysburg while defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett’s Charge. In 2013, 150 years after Cushing’s death, he was nominated for the Medal of Honor. The nomination was approved by the United States Congress, and was sent for review by the Defense Department and the President.[1][2][3]

On August 26, 2014, the White House announced he would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, with President Obama presiding over the official ceremony on November 6, 2014. Helen Bird Loring Ensign, a second cousin twice removed, accepted the medal on Cushing’s behalf, as Cushing left no direct descendants.[4][5]

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Music January 13, 2020