FYI November 25, 2018

On This Day


1874 – The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.
The Greenback Party (known successively as the Independent Party, the National Independent Party, and the Greenback Labor Party) was an American political party with an anti-monopoly ideology which was active between 1874 and 1889. The party ran candidates in three presidential elections—in the elections of 1876, 1880, and 1884, before fading away.

The party’s name referred to the non-gold backed paper money, commonly known as “greenbacks”, issued by the North during the American Civil War and shortly afterward. The party opposed the deflationary lowering of prices paid to producers entailed by a return to a bullion-based monetary system, the policy favored by the Republican and Democratic Parties. Continued use of unbacked currency, it was believed, would better foster business and assist farmers by raising prices and making debts easier to pay.

Initially an agrarian organization associated with the policies of the Grange, from 1878 the organization took the name Greenback Labor Party and attempted to forge a farmer–labor alliance, adding industrial reforms to its agenda, such as support of the 8-hour day and opposition to the use of state or private force to suppress union strikes. The organization faded into oblivion in the second half of the 1880s, with its basic program reborn shortly under the aegis of the People’s Party, commonly known as the “Populists”. Later, during the beginning of the twentieth century, the wants that both these parties had, in part, were accomplished by the Progressives.


Born On This Day

1880 – Elsie J. Oxenham, English author (d. 1960)
Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley (25 November 1880 – 9 January 1960), was an English girls’ story writer, who took the name Oxenham as her pseudonym when her first book, Goblin Island, was published in 1907. Her Abbey Series of 38 titles are her best-known and best-loved books.[1] In her lifetime she had 87 titles published and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls’ story writers of the first half of the twentieth century, being one of the ‘Big Three’ with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.[2] Angela Brazil is as well-known – perhaps more so – but did not write her books in series about the same group of characters or set in the same place or school, as did the Big Three.

Oxenham’s books are widely collected and there are several Appreciation Societies: in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; with a total membership of over six hundred, some of whom live in the US, Canada, India and The Netherlands although belonging to one or more of the societies mentioned.

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By William Hughes: R.I.P. Ricky Jay, magician’s magician and character actor favorite

Richard Jay Potash (June 26, 1946[1] – November 24, 2018), known professionally as Ricky Jay, was an American stage magician, actor, and writer. In a profile for the New Yorker, Mark Singer called Jay “perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive”.[2] In addition to sleight of hand, Jay was known for his card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter. He also wrote extensively on magic and its history. His acting credits included the films The Prestige, The Spanish Prisoner, Mystery Men, Heist, Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, House of Games, and Magnolia, and the HBO series Deadwood. In 2015 he was the subject of an episode of PBS’ American Masters, making him the first (and to this date only) magician to have ever been profiled in that series.[3]

By Nicole Wakelin: Porsche Tractor Race Brings Slow Entertainment to the Track
As silly as this all looked, the drivers truly do know how to handle a vehicle on the track. The assembled tractor drivers included current and former professional race car drivers, although some had never driven a tractor. Among the racers were Patrick Long, Patrick Pilet, and John Oates, who is also one half of Hall & Oates.
By Catie Keck: Runaway Peacock Ditches His Human Family for New Turkey Friends
By Nick Fouriezos: He’s Helping the Blind ‘See’ Their Work — and Become Engineers
At UVM, Coffee built prototypes of a digital tablet that could create “raised” lines, giving students the ability to draw an image, feel it and, for the first time, to erase the 3D designs if they choose — think Etch A Sketch on steroids. While a number of products have appeared on the market allowing blind people to make raised lines, none had previously figured out how to permit users to erase a three-dimensional object.
By P.J. Bednarski: Timed To The Season, Parody Video Takes Aim At Cybersecurity Hackers
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Thoreau on nature as prayer, James Baldwin’s prophetic insight into race and reality, Benjamin Franklin on how to make difficult decisions


Fiberartsy Hometalker Crestwood, KY: DIY Alcohol Ink Christmas Ornaments
By BailleK: How to Carve Miniature Wooden Wizards
By Bitter Blade Co.: Make a Resin Ring (No Lathe)





By ggphillips: Pemmican Is Simple And Inexpensive High-Energy Food

By Adina Mayo: Paleo Pear Cobbler

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