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Mogens Jallberg

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes."
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G. K. Chesterton

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean."
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verdigris

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 26, 2015 is:

verdigris • \VER-duh-greess\  • noun
: a green or bluish deposit formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces

Examples:
"Metals gain a rich … verdigris over time, looking better with age and weathering." — Maureen Gilmer, Biloxi (Mississippi) Sun Herald, January 16, 2015

"They are covering up not only the verdigris that developed on the copper roof, but also years of wear and tear that caused the roof to leak." — Kyle Stokes, Indiana Public Media, September 16, 2013

Did you know?
"Green of Greece"—that is the literal translation of vert de Grece, the Anglo-French phrase from which the modern word verdigris descends. A coating of verdigris forms naturally on copper and copper alloys, such as brass and bronze, when those metals are exposed to air. (It can also be produced artificially.) The word verdigris has been associated with statuary and architecture, ancient and modern, since it was first used in the 14th century. Some American English speakers may find that they know it best from the greenish blue coating that covers the copper of the Statue of Liberty.

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March 26, 1979: Israel-Egyptian peace agreement signed

This Day in History - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:00pm

In a ceremony at the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign a historic peace agreement, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties.

Less than two years earlier, in an unprecedented move for an Arab leader, Sadat traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, to seek a permanent peace settlement with Egypt’s Jewish neighbor after decades of conflict. Sadat’s visit, in which he met with Begin and spoke before Israel’s parliament, was met with outrage in most of the Arab world. Despite criticism from Egypt’s regional allies, Sadat continued to pursue peace with Begin, and in September 1978 the two leaders met again in the United States, where they negotiated an agreement with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland. The Camp David Accords, the first peace agreement between the state of Israel and one of its Arab neighbors, laid the groundwork for diplomatic and commercial relations. Seven months later, a formal peace treaty was signed.

For their achievement, Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Peace. Sadat’s peace efforts were not so highly acclaimed in the Arab world–Egypt was suspended from the Arab League, and on October 6, 1981, Muslim extremists assassinated Sadat in Cairo. Nevertheless, the peace process continued without Sadat, and in 1982 Egypt formally established diplomatic relations with Israel.

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Daily Puzzle - March 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

How many anagrams of the word TREAD can you find?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - March 25 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - March 25

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:44pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Bob Lucky Fish
   A spot-the-difference game with some jigsaw puzzle game elements.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Maynard Keynes

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"I do not know which makes a man more conservative�to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past."
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Fran Lebowitz

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not."
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Henry Kissinger

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."
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H. L. Mencken

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00pm
"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated."
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ulterior

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 25, 2015 is:

ulterior • \ul-TEER-ee-er\  • adjective
1 a : lying farther away : more remote b : situated on the farther side 2 : going beyond what is openly said or shown

Examples:
"While their campaign does shed light on an important issue, their good intentions are undercut by their ulterior motive, which is to make a profit." — Robert Lees, The Highlander (University of California-Riverside), February 10, 2015

"Dreyer describes Seuss's personal collection of paintings and sculptures as 'secret art.' Geisel literally kept them in the closet … and his widow, Audrey Geisel, has never sold an original Seuss. She authorized high-quality lithograph prints so the public can see the ulterior side of her late husband." — Alexandria (Virginia) Times, December 6, 2011

Did you know?
Although now usually hitched to the front of the noun motive to refer to a hidden need or desire that inspires action, ulterior began its career as an adjective in the mid-17th century describing something occurring at a subsequent time. By the early 18th century it was being used to mean both "more distant" (literally and figuratively) and "situated on the farther side." The "hidden" sense with which we’re most familiar today followed quickly after those, with the word modifying nouns like purpose, design, and consequence. Ulterior comes directly from the Latin word for "farther" or "further," itself assumed to be the comparative form of ulter, meaning "situated beyond."

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March 25, 1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City

This Day in History - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:00pm

In one of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 145 workers, on this day in 1911. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers.

The Triangle factory, owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, was located in the top three floors of the 10-story Asch Building in downtown Manhattan. It was a sweatshop in every sense of the word: a cramped space lined with work stations and packed with poor immigrant workers, mostly teenaged women who did not speak English. At the time of the fire, there were four elevators with access to the factory floors, but only one was fully operational and it could hold only 12 people at a time. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the outside to prevent theft by the workers and the other opened inward only. The fire escape, as all would come to see, was shoddily constructed, and could not support the weight of more than a few women at a time.

Blanck and Harris already had a suspicious history of factory fires. The Triangle factory was twice scorched in 1902, while their Diamond Waist Company factory burned twice, in 1907 and in 1910. It seems that Blanck and Harris deliberately torched their workplaces before business hours in order to collect on the large fire-insurance policies they purchased, a not uncommon practice in the early 20th century. While this was not the cause of the 1911 fire, it contributed to the tragedy, as Blanck and Harris refused to install sprinkler systems and take other safety measures in case they needed to burn down their shops again.

Added to this delinquency were Blanck and Harris’ notorious anti-worker policies. Their employees were paid a mere $15 a week, despite working 12 hours a day, every day. When the International Ladies Garment Workers Union led a strike in 1909 demanding higher pay and shorter and more predictable hours, Blanck and Harris’ company was one of the few manufacturers who resisted, hiring police as thugs to imprison the striking women, and paying off politicians to look the other way.

On March 25, a Saturday afternoon, there were 600 workers at the factory when a fire broke out in a rag bin on the eighth floor. The manager turned the fire hose on it, but the hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. Panic ensued as the workers fled to every exit. The elevator broke down after only four trips, and women began jumping down the shaft to their deaths. Those who fled down the wrong set of stairs were trapped inside and burned alive. Other women trapped on the eighth floor began jumping out the windows, which created a problem for the firefighters whose hoses were crushed by falling bodies. Also, the firefighters’ ladders stretched only as high as the seventh floor, and their safety nets were not strong enough to catch the women, who were jumping three at a time.

Blanck and Harris were on the building’s top floor with some workers when the fire broke out. They were able to escape by climbing onto the roof and hopping to an adjoining building.

The fire was out within half an hour, but not before 49 workers had been killed by the fire, and another 100 or so were piled up dead in the elevator shaft or on the sidewalk. The workers’ union organized a march on April 5 to protest the conditions that led to the fire; it was attended by 80,000 people.

Though Blanck and Harris were put on trial for manslaughter, they managed to get off scot-free. Still, the massacre for which they were responsible did finally compel the city to enact reform. In addition to the Sullivan-Hoey Fire Prevention Law passed that October, the New York Democratic set took up the cause of the worker and became known as a reform party.

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Daily Puzzle - March 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is it that the person who makes it doesn't need it.

The person who buys it does not need it for themselves and the person who uses it doesn't know it?

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Daily Sudoku - March 24 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - March 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Kwik Shot
   Virtual clay pigeon shooting.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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George Best

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep."
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William Feather

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age."
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Robert Chapman

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion."
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Norman Mailer

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00pm
"Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment."
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