FYI January 18, 2018

On This Day

1562 – Pope Pius IV reopens the Council of Trent for its third and final session.
The Council of Trent (Latin: Concilium Tridentinum), held between 1545 and 1563 in Trent, or Trento, in northern Italy. It was an ecumenical council of the Catholic Church.[1] Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.[2][3]

The Council issued condemnations of what it defined to be heresies committed by Protestantism and key statements and clarifications of the Church’s doctrine and teachings, including scripture, the Biblical canon, sacred tradition, original sin, justification, salvation, the sacraments, the Mass and the veneration of saints.[4] The Council met for twenty-five sessions between 13 December 1545 and 4 December 1563.[5] Pope Paul III, who convoked the Council, presided over the first eight sessions (1545–47), while the twelfth to sixteenth sessions (1551–52) were overseen by Pope Julius III and the seventeenth to twenty-fifth sessions (1562–63) by Pope Pius IV.

The consequences of the Council were also significant as regards the Church’s liturgy and practices. During its deliberations, the Council made the Vulgate the official example of the Biblical canon and commissioned the creation of a standard version, although this was not achieved until the 1590s.[2] In 1565, a year after the Council finished its work, Pius IV issued the Tridentine Creed (after Tridentum, Trent’s Latin name) and his successor Pius V then issued the Roman Catechism and revisions of the Breviary and Missal in, respectively, 1566, 1568 and 1570. These, in turn, led to the codification of the Tridentine Mass, which remained the Church’s primary form of the Mass for the next four hundred years.

More than three hundred years passed until the next ecumenical council, the First Vatican Council, was convened in 1869.

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Born On This Day

1853 – Marthinus Nikolaas Ras, South African farmer, soldier, and gun-maker (d. 1900)
Marthinus Nikolaas Ras (18 January 1853 – 21 February 1900)[1] was a South African farmer, soldier, and gun-maker who is considered the father of South African Artillery.[2]

Military service

He served in the First Boer War in the Potchefstroom commando under General Piet Cronjé. After witnessing the siege on the British fort at Potchefstroom by the Boers, he realized the need for artillery by the Boer forces to be able to successfully mount an assault the British blockhouses and forts. In the early stages of the conflict, the Boers seriously lacked cannons to enable them to assault the six British army forts in the Transvaal. In December 1880, he requested and obtained permission to return home to his farm Bokfontein, near Brits, to build a cannon for the Boer forces.[3]

Cannon building
He built two cannons (named the Ras cannons), the first being a 3 inch caliber, 4½ feet barrel cannon, named “Martienie” and the second a 2 inch caliber, 5½ barrel cannon, named “Ras”. The “Martienie” cannon was used to great effect on a British fort near Rustenburg, firing 93 shots and resulting in the subsequent surrender of the fort.[4]

On 21 February 1900 during the Second Boer War, whilst on the way back to his farm at Bokfontein, he was ambushed and killed at Kaya’s Put by an impi (African war party) of the Kgatla tribal chief Linchwe, an African tribe fighting on the side of the British.[5][6]



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Katie Sweeney, Biologist: Stellar progress on Steller Watch!

Steller Watch has been live for over 270 days since we launched on March 15, 2017 and I must say, it has been an absolute pleasure working with all of you! We are so thankful for each and every one of you who have joined us online to classify images. Your contributions are what make this project such a success and an vital step for figuring out why the endangered Steller sea lion continues to decline in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.

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907 Updates January 18, 2018

By Leroy Polk: 2 armed suspects identified in Eagle River home invasion
By Leroy Polk: ‘Person of interest’ in homicide calls KTUU before being taken into custody
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – “I’m calling because I want to set the record straight, to give my side of it,” said Carl Tarkington, a man police wished to speak with after a man was shot and killed on Jan 13.

Tarkington, one of the two men police sought as “persons of interest” in the weekend death, reached out to the media with his version of events on the night of the shooting. Hours later, he would be in police custody.
By Rebecca Palsha: Husband arraigned for wife’s New Year’s morning homicide
By Kalinda Kindle: Cannabis cultivator goes to social media to help catch thief
By KTOO / 360 North: WATCH: Governor’s 2018 State of the State Address
JUNEAU, Alaska (KTOO / 360 North) – KTOO and 360 North will provide a live Gavel Alaska broadcast of Governor Bill Walker’s 2018 State of the State Address, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

By Chris Klint: Ethics committee seeks to remove Eastman
By Beth Verge: Namesake Navy ship USS Anchorage departs for NASA mission
By Lisa Demer: Alaska commercial fisherman who robbed creeks of spawning salmon forfeits boat and gear
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“This is all going on in my apartment. My kids were small and running around, there were always interns here. And then that spring, we were nominated for a really big award.”

Linda Solomon Wood is the American who threatened to move to Canada — and then actually did it. Once there, she did something else perhaps even more improbable: She launched a national, investigative digital news site that, just three years in, is winning prestigious awards (including the first-ever National Newspaper Award to a digital-only site), and is on the path to becoming entirely funded by readers.

“I am that American,” Solomon Wood said, recalling how she moved her family to Vancouver, British Columbia, shortly after 9/11. In fact, little about her story is typical.

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When you’ve spent a lot of time dwelling on what’s happened, it can be difficult to choose to stop reliving it. Particularly if it’s something that’s had a major impact on your life, it’s challenging to even choose to let it go because it’s often become a part of who you think you are. But who you are is completely up to you right now. Yes, the past has impacted and influenced you, but it isn’t you. As Kesha wrote here, “Your past only has as much effect on your future as you want it to.” It’s tempting to brush these words off, to consider them an overly simplistic take on letting go, but there’s a deep truth in them.

So much of letting go of the past comes down to actually choosing to do it, which, by itself, is a very simple act. The hard part is getting to the point where you’re ready to make that choice. Letting the past go leads to liberation, to the release of a part how you’ve come to identify yourself. Even if you know it would be best for your mental and emotional health to move forward, actively making choices that help you do that is hard, especially true if the past plays a large role in your self-identity.

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Quotes January 18, 2018

Progress is man’s indifference to the lessons of history.
Len Deighton,
“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
Mitch Albom
“Happiness is not found in things you possess,
but in what you have the courage to release.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”
Michelle Obama
“Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
James Baldwin
“It is a sign of great inner insecurity
to be hostile to the unfamiliar.”
Anaïs Nin
“Not everything you think is real,
but what you think creates your reality.”
Dani DiPirro
“The greatest risk any of us will ever take
is being seen for who we really are.”
“Forgive yourself. Again and again.
As many times as it takes to find peace.”
“The future lies before you
like a field of fallen snow.
Be careful how you tread it,
for every step will show.”
Let’s rename bullying to “assholing,” so instead of teaching kids not to bully we would just teach them not to be assholes. Saves us all a step.

Quotes January 17, 2018

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw,

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling,

“As long as man is growing, and the sap rises in him, how spacious and pleasant seems to him the World! He stretches out his branches and fancies his head will reach the Heavens.”
Johann Gottfried von Herder
“A red flower placed in a window may expand its influence over all the area of your sight.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Videos January 17, 2018

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