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Nakba Remembrance Day! 05/15/23

At least 530 Palestinian villages destroyed in 1947-1949 : r/MapPorn

2023 marks 75 years since the Nakba (“catastrophe”), the violent ethnic cleansing of nearly 800,000 Indigenous Palestinians.

In 1948, violent militias destroyed hundreds of villages, massacring and forcefully removing two-thirds of the Palestinian population. For 75 years, stateless refugees have been denied the internationally-recognized right of return to their homes.

The Nakba never ended. To this day, the Israeli government is still trying to erase an entire people by systematically displacing and dehumanizing Palestinians.

In violation of international law, Israel’s government continues to massacre, imprison, and steal land from Palestinians—all while denying Palestinians basic freedoms and needed resources such as water and electricity.

The U.S. is the top provider of military aid to Israel, using billions of taxpayer dollars each year to support this apartheid system. As far-right Israeli officials in power call for “another Nakba” and escalate human rights abuses against Palestinians, we cannot look the other way. We cannot allow this unbearable status quo to continue.

Israeli propaganda denies that the Nakba ever happened. We must tell the truth about the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.

Educating U.S. lawmakers and residents is an important step toward Palestinian liberation.

Now is the time to speak out: May 15th is the 75th commemoration of the Nakba. Representative Rashida Tlaib just re-introduced a resolution in Congress to recognize the Nakba and support Palestinian rights.

The resolution calls on the United States to continue to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency—which provides social services to millions of Palestinian refugees—and to support the implementation of Palestinian refugees’ rights as enshrined in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”   —   Rashida Tlaib

The More You Know!   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Solved – 06/29/22

Abba Louise Woolson (Goold) (1838 - 1921) - Genealogy

And since all this loveliness can not be heaven, I know in my heart it is June.”   —   Abba Woolson

(I do believe that our Cryptoquote friend is a big fan of my birth month!  It was bustin out all over, but now it’s nearly over . . . for this year.  This puts me in mind of one of my favorite musicals, “Carousel”.  It was one of those great musicals of the ’50s and early ’60s, and it starred Shirley Jones.  I always thought she was gorgeous, in a very wholesome kind of way.  This is the first Abba Louise Goold Woolson quote to make it to the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these.  As it turns out, she was from Maine, where the musical “Carousel” was set!  We welcome Abba Woolson to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Human Population . . . again!

The evil genie tg: Prologue by thetgking on DeviantArt

On occasion, some of you haven’t exactly supported/subscribed to my assertion that the world is quickly being overpopulated by human beings, who are resulting in climate change, aka: global warming. Granted, I’m much more of a wiseacre . . . wise guy . . . wise ass – take yer pick – than an actual wise man, but I am certainly not alone in my contention.

A reader of Parade Magazine, a Mr. Don Vollmer, posed to “Ask Marilyn” if the growing human population was enough to cause climate change.  The noted genius, Marilyn vos Savant, pointed out what I’ve said numerous times.  It took around 100,000 years for us to get to a population of 2 billion by the year 1900 – or so – which was just as the Industrial Revolution was getting into full swing, but since then we’ve skyrocketed to nearly 8 BILLION souls!  In a mere 122 years we’ve quadrupled what took us 99,878 years (998 CENTURIES) to *achieve*!  A lot of the growth is because we’ve solved smallpox and many other major killer diseases, but also it’s because of how of our modern conveniences have increased our standard of living.  Until a few hundred years ago human life expectancy averaged around 28.5 – 32 years.  By the 1950s it had grown to an average of 45.7 – 48 years.  Now, the world average is up to 72.6 – 73.2 years.  And, it’s even higher in first-world countries, like the U.S. and Canada.

Marilyn pointed out that if we lived the simpler agrarian lives, of days gone by, the population increase would be sustainable, but because of how we now live – our increased standard of living – the continued growth cannot be sustained.  She didn’t go into detail, but one can infer she meant we’ve all become such huge consumers, and a lot of that consumption comes in the form of burning fossil fuels, both in the generation of electricity, and in powering our automobiles.  And, also the petroleum we use to create all the plastics, that so much is made of these days, and the rare earth metals that our electronics use.  And, all of our single use paper products – like toilet paper, napkins and paper towels – are contributing to the global deforestation, just as the reliance on palm oil – in the foods that we eat – is causing deforestation in the rain forests of the world.  We’re spoiling too much of our ground water, and we’re running out of places to put our trash.  The genie is out of the bottle, folks!

Marilyn vos Savant has the highest recorded I.Q. in the Guinness Book of Records.  She has served on numerous boards of directors, and was the Chief Financial Officer for Jarvik Heart, Inc., as well as authoring “Ask Marilyn”.  No one is saying that she’s the smartest human on the planet, or anything, but she is a very respected thinker.  Dismiss my diatribes if you will, but don’t mess with Marilyn!  Be well and do good, friends.     YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/20/21

Original Oil Painting of Alexandre Dumas, French author: "The Man in the  Iron Mask"..."The Count of Monte Chr… | Original fine art, Fine art  gallery, Historical art

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”   —   Alexandre Dumas

(I know that his name should put me in mind of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”, but my pea brain always goes to that commercial where the smarmy punk, who thinks he’s just nailed his interview, asks the interviewer:   So, what do you think, Mr. Dumb-ass?  And the older gent – with veto power – simply replies:  It’s pronounced Du-mah.  That commercial always cracked me up!   But I don’t recall what it was for.  Does anyone remember it?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jane Wiedlin, of The Go-Gos!

Jumble Spoiler – 04/02/21

1808 | National Postal Museum

Visual Description:  Founding . . . nephews?


Clue/Question:  People who voted for James Madison to be U.S. President thought he was – – –

File:New York State historic marker – First Tavern.JPG - Wikipedia


(Well?  He was THE fourth.  Right?  President that is.  Maybe next the guys could come up with a Jumble involving James Monroe and 750 milliliters – or 25.4 ounces – of hootch!  Because . . . he was the fifth U.S. President.  Then, maybe they could do a Sixth Sense kinda thing with John Quincey Adams!  Somebody STOP ME!

All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “nrreoy” before.  No stumpers today, for me.  The answer letter layout was an elevated eleven letter jumble.  I saw RIGHT first, and a little later FOURTH.  I thought this was another excellent Jumble!

And, you guys know how I love Jeff’s period piece cartoons!  So, I guess this must be sometime in 1808.  It looks like these guys are talking politics . . . in a tavern.  Imagine that.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/02/21

Postage Stamp Bash / For Ogden Nash - CBS News

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.”   —   Ogden Nash

(Based on his heritage . . . and his father’s business, I kinda doubt that old Ogden ever worked standing up.  But he was quite the humorous poet.  As in ‘A Word to Husbands’ To keep your marriage brimming With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.  Brilliant!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/01/21

Strategies for Therapists to Make Sure Clients Pay | TheraNest

Visual Description:  Online bill paying.


Clue/Question:  By not being late with payments, your credit score will go up – – –

They Got Estimates Before Surgery — And A Bill After That Was 50% More |  Kaiser Health News


(When you pay by the Due Date . . . you will not be considered Late.  And that is one of the many factors that the credit unions use to calculate your credit score.  And, a fairly minor one too.  Hey, this is the second fairly challenging Jumble in two days!  At least I thought there was a bit of an edge to it.

None of today’s clue words are new, but three of the jumbles appear to be so.  It looks like we’ve seen “dimmue” before though.  I thought that was the best of the jumbles.   The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  At first I thought one of the three letter words was going to be AND.  And, I initially wrote the last letter of the layout as H!  I did that once last week too!  I changed horses and went with ALL, then IN, and the rest hit me . . . like a Late Fee!

Standard husband and wife doing the books kind of cartoon.  I noticed they’re using a keyboard and a large screen monitor.  Gee, they must be OLD!  Right, Mike?  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/01/21

Franklin Pierce “F.P.A.” Adams (1881-1960) - Find A Grave Memorial

The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.”   —   Franklin P. Adams

(This is one of those quotes that just doesn’t resonate with me.  We’ve had an FPA quote in the past, but I don’t remember if it was anything like this one.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Today in Black History – February 28

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Phyllis Wheatly was invited to General George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA, on this date in 1776.  Wheatly had written a poem in his honor.

The play Porgy and Bess, starring Todd Duncan and Anne Browne, opened on Broadway on this date in 1943.

Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, comedian, died on this date in 1977.  Anderson performed over 30 years on both radio and television, with Jack Benny.

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Today in Black History – February 15

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Benjamin Roberts filed the first school integration suit on this day in 1848, on behalf of his daughter, Sarah Roberts, after she was barred from a white school in Boston, MA.

Dr. George Washington Carver, scientist and discoverer of over 300 products from the peanut, was successful in getting a Branch Agricultural Experiment Station and Agricultural School at Tuskegee Normal School on this date in 1897.

Nat King Cole, singer, pianist, and entertainer, died in Santa Monica, CA on this date in 1965.  “Unforgettable”, “Mona Lisa”, “Route 66”, “Nature Boy”, and “The Christmas Song” were some of his most popular songs.

Henry Lewis was named Director of the New Jersey Symphony on this date in 1968.  Lewis was the first black person to direct an American orchestra.

Kweisi Mfume became President and CEO of the NAACP on this date in 1996.

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