54 – Emperor Claudius is poisoned to death under mysterious circumstances. His 17-year-old stepson Nero succeeds him.
Life is like murdering rulers. You never know what you're going to get.
1307 – Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into a "confession" of heresy.
Helped build the reputation that "Friday the 13th" is not a good day.
1884 – The International Meridian Conference votes on a resolution to establish the meridian passing through the Observatory of Greenwich, in London, England, as the initial meridian for longitude.
World empires get to do stuff like that, make themselves the center of everything. I guess that's why they're so tempting.
"The practical reason for freedom is that freedom seems to be the only condition under which any kind of substantial moralfiber can be developed — we have tried law, compulsion and authoritarianism of various kinds, and the result is nothing to be proud of."
"According to my observations, mankind are among the most easily tamable and domesticable of all creatures in the animalworld. They are readily reducible to submission, so readily conditionable (to coin a word) as to exhibit an almost incredibly enduring patience under restraint and oppression of the most flagrant character. So far are they from displaying any overweening love of freedom that they show a singular contentment with a condition of servitorship, often showing a curious canine pride in it, and again often simply unaware that they are existing in that condition."
- Albert Jay Nock (13 October 1873 – 19 August 1945)
Birthday Quotes II
Take away the right to say 'fuck' and you take away the right to say 'fuck the government.'"
Happy Birthday Paul Simon!
When there are too many songs to choose from, choose the best video. [Embedding disabled]
And Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar!
On the Socials Media
Bad behavior remains bad, independent of how it compares to somebody else's behavior.
"Alex Jones will tell you all about it... on Trump TV!"
"Trump says the Central Park Five are guilty. That's bad, real bad. It speaks to his stubbornness, willful ignorance of facts, and disdain for justice."
"OH YEAH? HILLARY LIED ABOUT FACING SNIPER FIRE IN BOSNIA. TRUMP MAY BE MISTAKEN, BUT SHE'S A LIAR!!! SO VOTE TRUMP!"
"But I wasn't comparing him to her. .. Oh, forget it."
Sometimes I wish all my Facebook friends were all in one room so that the libertarians could look at each other and shake our heads in dismay.