Videos December 15, 2016







Imagine this ad in today’s  litigious society!  Can you say lawsuit?  Ca-ching, ca-ching, sure you can!






FYI December 15, 2016

On this day:

Bill of Rights Day

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.


1890 – Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.


1906 – The London Underground’s Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.


1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
Presented with data from researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker, the sixth printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. After a vote by the APA trustees in 1973, and confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, the diagnosis was replaced with the category of “sexual orientation disturbance”.[28]

In 1973 homosexuality per se was removed from the DSM-II classification of mental disorders and replaced by the category Sexual Orientation Disturbance. This represented a compromise between the view that preferential homosexuality is invariably a mental disorder and the view that it is merely a normal sexual variant. While the 1973 DSM-II controversy was highly public, more recently a related but less public controversy involved what became the DSM-III category of Ego-dystonic Homosexuality. The author presents the DSM-III controversy and a reformulation of the issues involved in the diagnostic status of homosexuality. He argues that what is at issue is a value judgment about heterosexuality, rather than a factual dispute about homosexuality.



1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)


1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)


1869 – Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)


1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)


1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)


1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)


1930 – Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer


1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter



1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)


1993 – William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)


2010 – Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)






Quotes December 16, 2016



Quotes December 15, 2016

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Eve? For thou art a douche.
Déjà Napoleon


Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
W.H. Auden,


“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac


Child, give me your hand that I may walk in the light of your faith in me.
Hannah Kahn


A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
Robert Oxton Bolt,
screenwriter and playwright


“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
George F. Burns


“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”
Jim Rohn


“Never sacrifice your class to get even with someone who has none; let them have you gutter, you take the high road!”


“Pay no attention to what critics say. A statue has never been erected to a critic.”
Jean Sibelius


“Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Do better. Much better. Rise above. Become so engulfed in your own success that you forget it ever happened.”


“If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.”
John Lubbock



907 Updates December 15, 2016

When the use of deadly force is questioned, how many folks actually at the scene, involved in communications have alternate suggestions with training to accomplish them?  Are these questions and  comments from Keyboard Commandos,  Monday Morning Quarterbacks, etc?~)
Jerzy Shedlock: Review finds Anchorage officers were justified in using deadly force in Hillside standoff


One bullet
Jerzy Shedlock:  Eagle River man pleads guilty to killing teen girlfriend


Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO: A Juneau man fell through lake ice. He saved himself, and then he saved a grandmother.


Martin Buser of Big Lake and Jeff King of Denali Park, both four-time Iditarod champions, and Nicole Johnston of Anchorage
Beth Bragg: Alaska Sports Hall of Fame welcomes mushers and a star of Native games


Storyknife News + Gift Ideas + Kate 21 Pub Date
Amazon Kindle: Nine Kates! 99¢!
One of my publishers has lost his mind, and now the FIRST NINE Kate Shugak novels are available for only 99¢ on Amazon. And actually, the first one is even free!
Grab them now, before he comes to his senses. Who knows when that will be?
A Cold Day for Murder
A Fatal Thaw
Dead in the Water
A Cold-Blooded Business
Play with Fire
Blood Will Tell
Killing Grounds
Hunter’s Moon


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Shorpy December 15, 2016

“We always carry a spare, just in case.”
San Francisco circa 1919. “Mercer touring car at Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park.” 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

Music December 14, 2016


907 Updates December 14, 2016

Chris Klint: Haines to go without state trooper as budget cuts tighten staffing


Jerzy Shedlock: 2 arrested in Unalaska for making counterfeit money


Annie Zak, Chris Klint: Kenai Peninsula Borough sued over religious invocation rules


A@@hole cloaking his ugliness under religion.   
Jerzy Shedlock: Alaska radio evangelist tells kids at Texas mall Santa isn’t real; video goes viral


Greg Bill:  The Iditarod family is deeply saddened to share with you the news that Greg Bill passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016


Erin Kirkland: During winter, Alaska Zoo comes alive with Zoo Lights, special programs for kids


Steve Kahn:  When Alaska backcountry meals go horribly wrong

Congratulations Michael Conti, Amy Johnson, Susanna J. Mishler, Jacinthe TwoBulls  
Alaska Artists Selected for Out-of-state Residencies
Contact: Courtney Brooke Smith, 907-334-0520
Four artists from Alaska selected to spend eight weeks in residence at Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program.


Suzanne Ashe: Acclaimed world travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux to keynote 2017 North Words Writers Symposium



FYI December 14, 2016



On this date:

1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.


1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.



1631 – Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)


1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)


1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)


1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)


1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)



1799 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)


1943 – John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)


1998 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)


2015 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)




MonkeePuzzle: Today I learned – how to avoid death by snowblower


Diana Budds: Pantone’s New Color of the Year is Weird and Perfect


Eric Grundhauser: Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro’s Forgotten ’90s Adventure Game  Also featuring Aerosmith, Cher, and Christopher Reeve.




FAA Anthem


Shorpy December 14, 2016

January 1937. “Highway marker in Polk County, Florida.” Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

June 1938. “City hall and courthouse in Vincennes, Indiana.” Behold the Palace of Tweets, formerly known as the White House. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.


Repeat just because~

A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida. This image, by fashion photographer Toni Frissell, was published in Harper’s Bazaar in December 1947. Mug | Weeki Wachee Mermaids