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Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24: Divine Right, William Reich, 99 red balloons...

March 24: today in history (from Wikipedia)

1603 – James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England, upon the death of Elizabeth I." It was his Divine Right. He said so. He introduced the idea of "divine right of Kings" to England.

1765 – "American Revolution: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops." That's the context for the Third Amendment.

1896 – "A. S. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history." Good thing, too. Who can imagine life without Mark Levin? Oh, wait...

1999 – "Kosovo War: NATO commences aerial bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country." What's jaw-dropping is that Insane McCain advocated "boots on the ground" on this fundamentally illegal war, and the media gave him a respectful hearing at the time -- and still does.

Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

“When all humanity works for humanity, when the life-business of men and women
becomes one united partnership in all matters which concern each,
when neither sex, race, color, or previous condition
is held as a bar to the exercise of human faculties,
the world will hold in its hands the promise of a millennium
which will work out its own fulfillment.”
– Matilda Joslyn Gage (March 24, 1826 – March 18, 1898) SOURCE

"Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation."

"Man's right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word "freedom" should ever be more than an empty political slogan." - Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 – 3 November 1957) SOURCE

People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
- Malcom Muggeridge (24 March 1903 – 14 November 1990)

"Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism."

"We can't blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn't put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it's dirty and dangerous."- David Suzuki (born March 24, 1936)

Song of the Day

Happy birthday Nena!

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