FYI May 18, 2019

On This Day

1096 – First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany.
The Worms massacre was the murder of at least 800 Jews from Worms, Germany, at the hands of crusaders under Count Emicho in May 1096.

The massacre at Worms was one of a number of attacks against Jewish communities perpetrated during the First Crusade (1096–1099). Followers of Count Emicho arrived at Worms on May 18, 1096. Soon after his arrival, a rumour spread that the Jews had boiled a Christian alive, and used his corpse to contaminate water to poison the town’s wells. The local populace later joined forces with Emicho and launched a savage attack on the town’s Jews, who had been given sanctuary in Bishop Adalbert’s palace, though others chose to remain outside its walls. They were the first to be massacred.[1]

After eight days, Emicho’s army, assisted by local burghers broke in and slaughtered those seeking asylum there.[2] The Jews were in the midst of reciting the Hallel prayer for Rosh Chodesh Sivan.[3]

In all, from 800 to 1,000 Jews were killed, with the exception of some who committed suicide and a few who were forcibly baptised.[4] One, Simchah ben Yitzchak ha-Cohen, stabbed the bishop’s nephew while being baptised and was consequently killed.[3] One of the most famous victims was Minna of Worms.[5]


Born On This Day

1852 – Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer (d. 1934)
Gertrude Käsebier (May 18, 1852 – October 12, 1934) was an American photographer. She was known for her images of motherhood, her portraits of Native Americans, and her promotion of photography as a career for women.



Alaska Highway News Hillel Italie / The Associated Press: ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War’ author Herman Wouk has died

If war had not intruded, he might have stuck to comedy sketches. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Navy and served as an officer in the Pacific. There, he received the writer’s most precious gift, free time, and wrote what became his first published novel, the radio satire “Aurora Dawn.”

Herman Wouk (/woʊk/ WOHK; May 27, 1915 – May 17, 2019) was an American author best known for historical fiction such as The Caine Mutiny (1951) which won the Pulitzer Prize. Other major works include The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, historical novels about World War II, and non-fiction such as This Is My God, an explanation of Judaism from a Modern Orthodox perspective, written for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. His books have been translated into 27 languages.[1] The Washington Post called Wouk, who cherished his privacy, “the reclusive dean of American historical novelists.”[1] Historians, novelists, publishers, and critics who gathered at the Library of Congress in 1995 to mark Wouk’s 80th birthday described him as an American Tolstoy.[2]

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907 Updates May 18, 2019

Paige Bohall is disgusting. Great comments.
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Who steals from the sick and the poor and the dying?’: Woman pleads guilty in fraud scheme
Four A’s board member Candace Bell addressed the court on behalf of the organization.

“Who does that, your honor?” she asked. “Who steals from the sick and the poor and the dying?”

Bell detailed the extensive fallout from the embezzlement. She said while the restitution is helpful, the measurable cost to date is closer to $160,000. Bell said more than 500 staff hours have been spent dealing with the fraud instead of supporting clients. They’ve had to trace every instance of theft to try to make things right and pay thousands of dollars in the process for things like forensic audits.

“I would be remiss if I did not admit to the fact that the lightness of the sentence stings,” said Bell, “but Four A’s as an organization is more inclined toward restoration than retribution and, therefore, we acquiesce to this plea agreement.”
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Military May 19, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: ‘I am so very sorry that your family will now have to hurt in a similar way as I have,’ Green Beret’s widow tells Navy SEAL who helped kill her husband
Before she met Matthews, Michelle Melgar read a statement in court saying she forgave him and she is sad for what his family is going through because of his “reckless choices that have cost you your career and my husband’s life.”

“You finally coming forward was the beginning of the end of this mess, and for that I am grateful,” she said. “This has been a nightmare that I would never wish on anyone. I have hurt enough for everyone, and I am so very sorry that your family will now have to hurt in a similar way as I have.”

She also said she did not care how long Matthews went to prison because no amount of jail time could bring her husband back.

“The important thing to me is that you are no longer in a position to ever do this to another service member and that you are no longer wearing the Trident that so many others wear honorably and with pride,” Michelle Melgar said., Walker, Mich. | By Tanda Gmiter: Coast Guard Commander Dies from Injuries in Motorcycle Crash
Because Waters had chosen to be an organ donor, a special “honor walk” ceremony was scheduled for early this morning prior to the procedure. “It is requested that as many shipmates as possible join forces to honor a fellow Coastie and show support to the family,” the military wrote. | By Gina Harkins: 1st Woman Completes Marines’ Urban Leaders Course
One of the Marine Corps’ female infantry riflemen hit another milestone when she became the first woman to graduate from the service’s Urban Leaders Course.

Lance Cpl. Autumn Taniguchi, with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, finished the three-week course that prepares leathernecks to lead troops in urban environments on May 3.

“This course is not easy,” Taniguchi said, according to a Marine Corps news release. “I didn’t expect it to be easy, but it also helps to show me that I can do more than I thought I could.”
By C. Todd Lopez: 5 Installations Lead the Way in Suicide Prevention Efforts
Suicide affects the lives of coworkers, teammates, families and friends, she said. When intervention can prevent a suicide, all those individuals benefit.

“You may not know the names or faces of every individual you have helped,” Van Winkle told installation representatives. “But you have been there for them. You may not know the names or see the faces of the children whose parents or siblings are still with them today because of the efforts you do. But you have profoundly affected their lives. They are out there, and when you pause and reflect on your work, please know that you have played a vital role in all of their lives.” | By Patricia Kime: This ‘Brain Game’ Is Helping Vets with TBI Improve Their Memory
BRAVE was funded by Posit Science through a grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and the researchers included Mahncke. It drew others from across the Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD, and included scientists from the VA Boston Healthcare System; the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston; the VA Connecticut Healthcare System; the Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

More research needs to be done to determine whether BrainHQ can ward off cognitive decline or improve the brain health of those with other conditions that cause memory loss. But the research, said Joseph DeGutis with VA Boston, “provides evidence that this computerized cognitive training program can be incorporated as part of a treatment plan to improve cognitive function.”

“Patients with persistent cognitive impairment following TBI can self-administer this computerized cognitive training program in their own homes with remote supervision by health coaches,” he wrote in the poster board presented at the Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington this week.
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Interesting comments.
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Quotes May 18, 2019

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
Alexander the Great
“A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of the individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Albert Einstein
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
Mark Van Doren
“If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.”
Guy Kawasaki
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
Victor Hugo
“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”
Jacques Barzun
“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.”
Solomon Ortiz
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.”
Philip Wylie
“A good teacher can inspire hope; ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
Brad Henry
“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”
Horace Mann
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”
Maria Montessori
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
Malala Yousafzai
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
Fred Rogers
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”
Dan Rather
“I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.”
James Levine
“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”
Sidney Hook
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
“Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.”
Helen Peters
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
John C. Dana
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”
Karl Menninger
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”
Charles Kuralt
“The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future.”
F. Sionil Jose
“What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.”
Unknown Author
“Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees.”
Author Unknown
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.”
Unknown Author
“Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.”
Author Unknown

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FYI May 17, 2019

On This Day

1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.
The Buttonwood Agreement, which took place on May 17, 1792, was an effort to organize securities trading in New York City that preceded the formation of the New York Stock & Exchange Board now called the New York Stock Exchange. This agreement was signed by 24 stockbrokers outside of 68 Wall Street. According to legend the signing took place under a buttonwood tree, but this tree may never have existed.[1]



Born On This Day

1836 – Virginie Loveling, Belgian author and poet (d. 1923)
Virginie (Marie) Loveling (17 May 1836 – 1 December 1923) was a Flemish author of poetry, novels, essays and children’s stories. She also wrote under the pseudonym W. E. C. Walter.

Virginie Loveling was born in Nevele in East Flanders, Belgium. She was the younger sister of Rosalie Loveling, also an author, with whom she co-wrote part of her oeuvre. After the death of their father, Herman Loveling, the family moved to Ghent, where the sisters moved in circles of French-speaking, mainly anti-clerical intelligentsia before eventually returning to Nevele.

Together with her sister, she wrote realistic and descriptive poetry with a romantic undertone. They also published two collections of essays on rural communities as well as on city bourgeoisie.

After her sister’s death in 1875, she authored children’s stories along with novels and essays that paint a poignant picture of the era. With a noted intellectual and psychological angle, they treat—for that time—controversial subjects like heredity, education, religion and women’s rights. She also co-authored Levensleer (1912), a humoristic take on Ghent’s French-speaking bourgeoisie with her nephew Cyriel Buysse.

Official recognition followed with the novel Een dure eed in 1891, which received the quinquennial prize for Dutch literature.

Virginie Loveling died on 1 December 1923 in Nevele.




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907 Updates May 17, 2019

By Leroy Polk & Austin Sjong: UPDATE: Standoff ends in arrest of Anchorage man who allegedly fired at police
One bullet.
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Chevak man sentenced for sexually abusing foster daughter
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – A Chevak man was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing his 7-year-old foster daughter, state prosecutors say. He had pleaded guilty to one aggravated charge of second-degree sex abuse of a minor.

The Department of Law says in 2017, Peter Gumlickpuk’s wife walked in on him fondling their foster daughter while he read to the child from the Bible. She confronted him and he confessed to the abuse, the department said.
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Military May 17, 2019

One bullet each.
You wish to help serve, protect and defend your country, who is going to protect you from your fellow service members?

By Jeff Schogol: ‘You are a disgrace to your Purple Heart’ — Green Beret’s mother rejects Navy SEAL’s apology for killing her son

Matthews was sentenced to one year in prison, reduction in rank to E-5, and given a bad conduct discharge, although the punitive discharge could be lessened if he testifies against the other service members involved in the case and Melgar’s family approves, according to Navy Capt. Michael Luken, the military judge overseeing the case.

Melgar died on June 4, 2017, when Matthews and three other U.S. service members hazed him with the permission of Melgar’s team leader.
A year in the brig, while Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is still dead.
The Associated Press | By Ben Finley: Navy SEAL Gets Year in Brig for Hazing Death of Green Beret
You wish to help serve, protect and defend your country, who is going to protect you from your fellow service members? | By Gina Harkins: Sailors Created ‘Rape List’ Aboard Navy’s 2nd Sub to Integrate Women

On June 16, 2018, Kercher’s senior enlisted adviser alerted him about two lists discovered aboard the sub. One ranked the female crewmembers using a star system. A second, which included sexually explicit comments next to each name, corresponded to those rankings, according to the investigation.

“Rumors of a ‘rape list’ were promulgated throughout the crew, significant numbers of females became concerned for their safety, and male members who learned of the list were equally repulsed,” Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, then-commander of Submarine Group 10, wrote to his superior days before Kercher’s relief. “Very few knew what limited action was being taken by the [command].”

Kercher directed a search of the sub’s network to locate the list and identify those accessing it, the investigation states, but stopped short of opening a formal investigation and failed to notify his command.

The Associated Press | By TOM FOREMAN Jr.: A Separate War: Pioneering Black Marines Endured, Prevailed

Stars and Stripes | By J.P. Lawrence: US Airstrike, Coordinated with Afghans, Accidentally Killed Up to 17 Policemen
Fighting in Helmand has claimed the lives of more American, British and Afghan soldiers than any other province in Afghanistan during the 18-year war. Insurgents controlled slightly more than half of Helmand’s territory, according to U.S. military data from October.

Thursday’s attack comes about two months after miscommunication led to a U.S. airstrike that killed at least five Afghan soldiers and wounded nine others at a checkpoint in neighboring Uruzgan province, another area of heavy Taliban activity. In that March incident, a firefight had erupted after soldiers at a checkpoint began shooting at a patrol of their own troops, who were accompanied by American advisers on a planned nighttime raid outside the provincial capital Tirin Kot. | By Richard Sisk: It’s Official: Former Senator, WWII Vet Bob Dole Is Now An Army Colonel
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made it official Thursday: 95-year-old Bob Dole, the former senator, presidential contender and World War II veteran, is now a colonel.

In a private ceremony at one of Dole’s favorite spots, the World War II Memorial, where he sometimes shows up unannounced to greet other veterans, Milley conferred the honorary rank of colonel on the former Army 10th Mountain Division captain.
Interesting comments.
The Associated Press: Report: Marine Corps Punished at Least 8 Instructors over Hazing Claims

Quotes May 17, 2019

“Never walk by a mistake.”
Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody
“Probably the most dangerous phrase that anyone could use in the world today is that dreadful one: ‘But we’ve always done it that way.'”
widely delivered lecture as the Head of the Training and Technology Directorate at the Naval Data Automation Command | ca. 1980
Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper
“I’m a combat medic and I’m with the infantry. Here’s a quote we stole from the Bible that we use when they ask who’s ready to go to war.” “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Quote from the Holy Bible – Isaiah 6:8)
D.J. Geiger
“One of my senior non-commissioned officers when I was in the Ranger Department at Fort Benning tried to teach a young 2LT some facts about honor, loyalty, and dedication. I’ve never forgotten his words: “Lieutenant, sometimes you have to stand your ground and pick your ditch to die in.” His words meant that you have to stand up for what you believe in even if faced with overwhelming condemnation.”
a favorite quote of retired Lieutenant Colonel US Army Frank Evans
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
General Douglas MacArthur
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
John Stuart Mill … favorite quote of a U.S. Army Ranger.
“Drink water. Drive on.”
Also used in an acronym called SUADO…
“Suck it up and drive on.”
“Now nothing can be more important than that the work of a soldier should be well done.”
Plato … favorite quote of a U.S. Army Ranger.
While walking patrol in the dead of winter in the mountain camp, freezing my buns off, I would say, “I understand training, it is practice, but I don’t believe you have to practice to suffer.”
U.S. Army Ranger Earl Singletary
“Do what is right, even when no one is looking.”
LTC Debbie Tompkins, U.S. Army
“American soldiers in battle don’t fight for what some president says on TV, they don’t fight for mom, apple pie, the American flag — they fight for one another”
Lt. Colonel Harold G. “Hal” Moore, Jr.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.”

Music May 17, 2019