Quotes April 20, 2019

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
Carl Sagan
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”
Bill Hicks
“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”
Richard Nixon
“The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense – the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”
William F. Buckley
“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”
Richard Neville
In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.

[DEA Administrative Law Judge – 1988]”
Francis Young
“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”
Sebastian Marincolo
“The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.”
Alex E. Jones

Music April 20, 2019












FYI April 19, 2019

On This Day

1839 – The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and guarantees its neutrality.
The Treaty of London of 1839, also called the First Treaty of London, the Convention of 1839, the Treaty of Separation, the Quintuple Treaty of 1839, or the Treaty of the XXIV articles, was a treaty signed on 19 April 1839 between the Concert of Europe, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium. It was a direct follow-up to the 1831 Treaty of the XVIII Articles which the Netherlands had refused to sign, and the result of negotiations at the London Conference of 1838–1839.[1]

Under the treaty, the European powers recognized and guaranteed the independence and neutrality of Belgium and established the full independence of the German-speaking part of Luxembourg. Article VII required Belgium to remain perpetually neutral, and by implication committed the signatory powers to guard that neutrality in the event of invasion.[2]



Born On This Day

1894 – Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (d. 1966)
Elizabeth Eloise Kirkpatrick Dilling (April 19, 1894 – May 26, 1966) was an American writer and political activist.[2] In 1934, she published The Red Network—A Who’s Who and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots, which catalogs over 1,300 suspected communists and their sympathizers. Her books and lecture tours established her as the pre-eminent female right-wing activist of the 1930s, and one of the most outspoken critics of the New Deal.[3][4]

Dilling was the best-known leader of the World War II women’s isolationist movement, a grass-roots campaign that pressured Congress to refrain from helping the Allies.[5][6] She was among 28 anti-war campaigners charged with sedition in 1942; the charges were dropped in 1946. While academic studies have customarily ignored both the anti-war “Mothers’ movement” and right-wing activist women in general, Dilling’s writings secured her a lasting influence among right-wing groups.[7][8][9]




By Meghan Bartels: Jerrie Cobb, Record-Breaking Pilot and Advocate for Female Spaceflight, Has Died
Cobb, who was born in 1931, became a pilot when she was 16. She purchased her first plane with money earned as a semiprofessional softball player for the Oklahoma City Queens, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She set three separate world aviation records and was the first woman to fly at the prestigious Paris Air Show.

Geraldyn M. Cobb (March 5, 1931 – March 18, 2019) was an American aviator. She was also part of the “Mercury 13,” a group of women selected to undergo physiological screening tests at the same time as the original Mercury Seven astronauts, as part of a private, non-NASA program.

By Tom McParland: How Much Value Did My New Car Lose Now That I Had an Accident?
Great comments!
By Patrick George: The Compact Truck Wars Are Coming
By Brendan Hesse: Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission
By Adam Clark Estes: A ‘Concreteberg’ as Long as a Football Field Has Clogged London’s Sewers
By Billie Haisley: Amateur MMA Fighter Beats Up Man Jerking Off In Front Of Her During Beach Photoshoot
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By Christopher Brennan: Paris firefighters formed a ‘human chain’ to save Notre Dame’s treasures First responders were honored at two ceremonies Thursday, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying they’d receive a medal of honor for their heroic work.
By Kristin Appenbrink Editorial Lead, Google Earth: Visit the U.S. National Parks in Google Earth

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907 Updates April 19, 2019

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Myrna Maynard
Good morning … Somewhere in Alaska … Drive carefully in snow-globe Anchorage on this Good Friday. It’s an edition of Must Read Alaska’s News Flash you won’t want to miss, and it’s dedicated to Myrna Maynard, who passed from this world Thursday.

Myrna was the treasurer for many campaigns in Alaska — all of them Republican. She spent countless hours working on the campaigns of Congressman Don Young, Sen. Dan Sullivan, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

When her passing was finally imminent, her longtime friend Don Young rushed to her side at Providence Alaska Medical Center, but alas, he arrived moments after she passed. Yet he stayed with her for a long time to say his goodbyes. It’s the side of Don Young that few see.


By Chris Klint: Charges: Brother Francis security contractor fractured man’s skull
By Steve Quinn: Sexual harassment allegations factor in Johnstone board vote
By Associated Press: Human rights commission plans to move ahead with apology
KTOO Public Media: The special ingredient inside these new gluten-free noodles? Fish, from Alaska; Do you have an idea for what to do with the Lumberman? More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Mary Ciuniq Pete, Bev Hoffman To Be Inducted Into Alaska Women’s Hall Of Fame; Donlin Gold To Begin Drilling Program and more->
Alaska Native News: Murkowski questions National Guard and Reserve Leaders on Arctic Training; Carbon Dioxide Sample From Utqiaġvik Provides Wake-up Call on Climate and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Soldiers honor ‘Month of the Military Child’ at Arctic Light Elementary; Emergency Dispatcher featured as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week; Fairbanks Police Department Hires New Police Chief; EPICON team begins study into suicides on Fort Wainwright and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Berry named new director at Homer Public Library; FISH FACTOR: Southeast Alaska tackles fishing net recycling; Through barbershop, man connects with community; Writers prepare for conference and more ->
By Julia O’Malley: Best egg recipes, not yolking
By Joe Vigil: How to survive if you fall through thin ice
By Scott Gross: Inside the Gates: How punches to the face prepare soldiers for war
By KTUU: Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 2019: Corey Cogdell-Unrein Corey Cogdell Unrein is being inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019 for her prowess as a trap shooter.

Military April 19, 2019

By Corey Dickstein: West Virginia National Guardsman Killed in Parachute Accident Identified
“This is a guy who didn’t have to be doing what he was doing yesterday,” Hoyer said. “He had served his time, served his country well, served in multiple combat zones. It’s a testament to the kind of person he was.”
By Steve Ranson: Remains of 15 Unclaimed Veterans Get Military Funeral
By Jeff Schogol: First came the explosion. Then, the cover-up.
Media Availability by Acting Secretary Shanahan Prior to an Honor Cordon Welcoming Albania’s Minister of Defense Olta Xhaçka to the Pentagon
Department of Defense Off-Camera Press Briefing by Acting Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Charles E. Summers Jr.
The Angry Staff Officer: Thursday Thoughts: Warfare in 5G
By Drew Brooks, The Fayetteville Observer and Other: Generals Again Warn That America’s Youth Are Getting Too Fat Or Dumb To Join The Military
By Richard Sisk: Racism Kept Some WWI Troops from Receiving Medal of Honor, Lawmakers Say
By Hope Hodge Seck: Marine Aviation Training Unit Commander Fired


Quotes April 19, 2019

Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory.
Jocko Willink
As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war.
Tulsi Gabbard
I’ve had some ‘riotous excursions of the human spirit’ alongside the young Sailors and Marines, and it’s time to leave the stage to the young leaders who got their rank the old-fashioned way – they earned their stripes in combat.
Jim Mattis
As a combat medic, I heard a lot of last words; I saw a lot of last breaths taken.
James McCloughan
I was in Congress for six months, and they put me on blood pressure medication. I flew helicopters in combat and I was fine, and I survived 13 months in recovery in the hospital… I got to Congress, and six months later I’m on blood pressure medication. Fourteen months later, they doubled the dosage!
Tammy Duckworth
My own life changed when my father returned from his second combat tour in Vietnam. When he came home after almost a year in Army hospitals, he weighed less than half of what he did when he left. I watched the agonizing recovery, and that experience was on my mind when I was asked to come to VA.
Robert Wilkie
In 1967, I signed up for the Army, where I earned an equivalency diploma, then went on to join the Special Forces. That was really was the turning point in my life. I became more disciplined and focused. I went overseas and was in combat, got wounded a couple of times, lost a lot of good friends but matured a great deal.
Richard Carmona
As an infantry officer who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, I have led men in combat and trained them on tactics and strategy. The mission of the infantry is to ‘close with, and destroy, the enemy.’ Our job, in a direct way, is to fight and win wars.
Pete Hegseth
From Clara Barton’s tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women.
Brian Kilmeade
But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans of America continued to struggle to establish a combat badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics.
Tim Holden
There is an essential difference between someone who harms a child on purpose and someone who harms a child by accident during combat in civilian territory.
Tzipi Livni
I don’t think I would have written a combat novel if I had just had peacetime military training. I think, in fact, I probably would have remained a poet and just written a short story every now and then.
Joe Haldeman

Music April 19, 2019






FYI April 18, 2019

On This Day

1857 – “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
The Spirits Book (Le Livre des Esprits in original French) is part of the Spiritist Codification, and is regarded as one of the five fundamental works of Spiritism. It was published by the French educator Allan Kardec on April 18, 1857. It was the first and remains the most important spiritist book, because it addresses in first hand all questions developed subsequently by Allan Kardec.

The book is structured as a collection of questions regarding the origin of the spirits, the purpose of the life, the order of the universe, evil and good and the afterlife. Its answers, according to Kardec, were given to him by a group of spirits who identified themselves as “The Spirit of Truth”, with whom he communicated in several Spiritist sessions during the 1850s. Kardec, who considered himself an “organizer” rather than an author, grouped the questions and their answers by theme, occasionally including lengthier digressions the spirits had dictated to him on specific subjects, some signed by philosophers such as Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas and writers including Voltaire.



Born On This Day

1893 – Violette Morris, French shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1944)
Violette Morris (18 April 1893 – 26 April 1944) was a French athlete who won two gold and one silver medals at the Women’s World Games in 1921–1922. in 1936, she became a spy for Nazi Germany, which continued during World War II. She was killed in 1944 in a Resistance-led ambush as a traitor to France.




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907 Updates April 18, 2019

By KTUU: Mat-Su School District and residents react to shooting threat to area schools On Wednesday, the Mat-Su Borough School District dealt with a threat of gun violence directed at both Colony High School and Colony Middle School. It started when students and parents repeatedly shared the original warning of a threat on social media.
By Kristen Durand: Gov. Dunleavy fills Palmer Superior Court seat
By Rebecca Palsha: One of Anchorage’s largest illegal camps gets an abatement notice
By Cassie Schirm, Jes Stugelmayer and Gina Romero: Proposed trapping ordinance cites safety for pets, trappers say there’s a better way
The Anchorage Assembly has a work session for the proposed ordinance April 19 at noon. There will be an opportunity for public testimony at the next Assembly meeting on April 23.
By Lauren Maxwell: UAA seeks sexual assault victims for new study
By Daniella Rivera: Organization issues apology, defends its actions toward disgraced ex-UAA professor
By Scott Gross: Ravn needs more pilots and they want them from Alaska
KTOO Public Media: Through language, a Yup’ik teacher passes on a way of life; Capital City Fire/Rescue considers taking over hospital sleep-off program; Alaska Legislature confirms all of Dunleavy’s commissioners; Legislators reject six Dunleavy appointees to boards and commissions and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Man accused of first degree murder pleads not guilty; Borough residents comment on North Pole High incident; Local UAF’s Experimental Farm welcomes baby reindeer; Military Report: Eielson one year out from arrival of first F-35 and more ->
Alaska Highway News The Canadian Press: Sony Pictures Television forms closer ties with Wattpad storyteller platform
By Daniella Rivera: ‘It’s like heaven’: Kitten Social Hour benefits both cats and seniors
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Recruiting for More than 4,000 Seafood Processing Workers

Military April 18, 2019

By Chris Smith: Oz Grimes, Korean War Veteran Turned Peace Activist, Dies at 87
By Hope Hodge Seck: General Mandates ‘Daily Routine’ After Seeing Sloppy, Unshaven Marines
The Associated Press: Oklahoma Attorney General Asks Trump to Pardon US Soldier
Task & Purpose: New York governor to order free in-state college tuition for Gold Star families; VA office in charge of protecting whistleblowers from retaliation is under investigation… for retaliating on whistleblowers and more ->
By Chad Garland: How One Veteran’s Struggle to Adjust After Army Service Led to the Birth of ‘Shazam!’
By Zackry Colston: Brothers in Paws: A List of Military-Utilized Dog Breeds
By Katie Lange: This Job Bites: Actors Visit Military Working Dogs