Friday Follies for September 2, 2011

I’m sitting here trying to create a post. I’ve not come up with a theme yet.  But this is the day for the Follies so let’s see what’s spiked in the mail today.
I get a daily e-mail listing events that happened on each day.  Here are a few for today, Friday, September 2nd.
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If I’ve read my notes correctly, today is the anniversary of a momentous event—the creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.  On this date in 1969, the first nodes on ARPANET at UCLA was brought online.

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In 31BC, Octavian finished off Anthony and became Caesar Augustus. 

Battle of Actium – Octavian defeats Antony, and becomes Emperor Augustus. The Senate had outlawed Antony and declared war on Cleopatra. The battle occurred at sea, off the promontory of Actium in Greece. Octavian’s general was Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Antony was hampered by defections among his officers and the presence of Cleopatra on her flagship, which his Roman soldiers deeply resented. Agrippa outmaneuvered Antony, and Cleopatra was the first to flee, taking her sixty Egyptian ships with her. Antony followed her in a single ship, leaving the rest of his fleet to be destroyed.

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1885: In Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers are killed and hundreds more chased out of town by striking coal miners.

This item strikes close to home. My father, both grandfathers and several uncles and cousins were coal miners and were member of the UMWA, the United Mine Workers of America.  That union is known as the union that single-handedly destroyed the coal mining industry in America.  In the late 1940s and through the 1950s, John L. Lewis lead the UMWA through strike after strike against mining companies.  Many of the issues in contention were important, such as mine safety and working conditions.  I The more important issue, Lewis said, was demonstrating to the mine owners who was really in control.

By the end of the 1950s, most of the smaller, independent mines were closed leaving only the larger, corporate mines owned by US Steel and Rockefeller and other like them, were left in operation.  Mine employment dropped and has never recovered. John L. Lewis won the battle and lost the war.

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Keeping Old NFO‘s request in mind, here’s some good news.  Obama is removing a proposal for increased smog control regulations that were opposed by Congressional Republicans and industry leaders

This announcement was released just moments after August’s employment report was revised again.  The revision showed…zero net job increase for the month and the official unemployment rate remained at 9.1%.

(Well, OK, maybe it wasn’t all good news.  I’m trying here NFO.)

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Headline at SBNation website.

Five NASCAR Drivers Decline President Obama’s White House Invitation

President Barack Obama will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday – but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders won’t be there.
NASCAR said Thursday that five drivers – Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart – will not be attending the White House visit due to “schedule conflicts.”

They’re “racist” don’t you know.  Yeah, sure. 

Maybe it’s because they just don’t like his politics, or maybe, they really did have scheduling conflicts.

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Hope you all have a nice weekend and holiday.  Mrs. Crucis and I are going to the Santacaligon Festival in Independence, MO.  We’ve lived here near KC for 40 years and this will be the first time we’ve gone.

It’s about time. (And the weather is supposed to be in the 70s, too.)                    

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