I learned my grandma was an extension agent, which is someone who goes around to farmer's houses and teaches them how to can and preserve food and improve furniture. and the desk I have my printer on (which i will take a pic when i get back, which will be monday evening) was one of the things she taught, she would try to lessons at home before teaching them. I think that's kind of cool. I didn't know what an extension agent was or that they even existed.
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01-17-2016, 11:22 AM #341
01-18-2016, 03:23 PM #342Legionnaires' rebellion and Bucharest pogrom
The Legionnaires' rebellion and the Bucharest pogrom occurred in Bucharest, Romania, between 21 and 23 January 1941. As the privileges of the paramilitary organisation Iron Guard were being cut off gradually by the Conducător Ion Antonescu, members of the Iron Guard, also known as the Legionnaires, revolted. During the rebellion and pogrom, the Iron Guard killed 125 Jews and 30 soldiers died in the confrontation with the rebels. Following it, the Iron Guard movement was banned and 9,000 of its members were imprisoned.
Iron Guard defeated
Horia Sima and other Legionnaire leaders flee to Germany
Widespread damage to Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues
Between the establishment of the National Legionary State and 1942, 80 anti-Jewish regulations were passed. Starting at the end of October, 1940, the Iron Guard began a massive antisemitic campaign, torturing and beating Jews and looting their shops (see Dorohoi Pogrom), culminating in the failed coup and a pogrom in Bucharest, in which 120 Jews were killed. Antonescu eventually stopped the violence and chaos created by the Iron Guard by brutally suppressing the rebellion, but continued the policy of oppression and massacre of Jews, and, to a lesser extent, of Roma. After Romania entered the war at the start of Operation Barbarossa atrocities against the Jews became common, starting with the Iași pogrom. According to the Wiesel Commission report released by the Romanian government in 2004, Romania murdered in various forms, between 280,000 to 380,000 Jews in Romania and in the war zone of Bessarabia, Bukovina and in the Transnistria Governorate.
01-19-2016, 06:30 PM #343
660 years ago today: Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension.
440 years ago today: The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza.
175 years ago today: Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.
95 years ago today: The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted, making fundamental changes in the source and exercise of sovereignty by consecrating the principle of national sovereignty.
90 years ago today: Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.
35 years ago today: Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, Iran releases 52 American hostages.
30 years ago today: In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
25 years ago today: Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
15 years ago today: President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
10 years ago today: Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.
01-22-2016, 10:20 PM #344
In Spain, millenials are called "la generacion nini" (the nini generation) because so many of them are unemployed and not in school: ni trabaja, ni estudia.Don't hate me because I'm right and you're not.
01-23-2016, 09:33 PM #345
Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy
Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016
Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence
Latin America Initiative
In April 2016, the United Nations (UN) will dedicate, for the third time in its history, a Special Session of the
General Assembly (UNGASS) to review the performance of the UN drug control system and provide an oppor
tunity for improving the UN’s normative guidance and legal and institutional framework.
Initiatives taken at UNGASS 1990 to develop a UN system-wide coherent drug policy failed dramatically over
the following decade.
UNGASS 1998 supported the quixotic goal of a drug-free world by setting 2008 as the target to “eliminate or
significantly reduce” the global illicit drugs market.
Rather than admitting that progress toward the target had not been made, United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime has promoted a “containment” hypothesis, claiming the “undeniable success” of a century of interna
tional drug control.
Present divides in global drug policy preclude any significant progress on a new UNGASS political declaration
through consensus-driven negotiations.
Controversial issues like cannabis regulation and treaty reform are unlikely to appear prominently on the UN
GASS 2016 agenda.
Legal arguments denying conflict between cannabis regulation and the strictures of the UN conventions are
By stretching the treaty-flexibility approach beyond the legally defensible, the United States is reverting to selec
tive adherence to international law based on political expedience.
The drug control conventions lack built-in review mechanisms to enable the system’s evolution, but there
are several treaty reform options that do not require consensus, such as the rescheduling of substances.
may offer an attractive interim option for like-minded countries to legitimize legal
regulation of the cannabis market under international law by modifying the treaty only between them
An expert advisory group should be established to review the UN drug control architecture, system-wide
incoherence, treaty inconsistencies, and legal tensions regarding cannabis regulation.
The Civil Society Task Force should be supported in its efforts to ensure meaningful participation from
nongovernmental organizations in the UNGASS 2016 process.
Member states should heed Ban Ki-moon’s urgent plea that they use UNGASS 2016 “to conduct a
wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.”
01-23-2016, 09:38 PM #346
I learned about traditional Japanese tattooing, and how it's a pretty intense business -- didn't realize the anti-tattooing stigma in Japan was that significant. Apparently tattooed people are frequently banned from public bathhouses, etc.
Also, the process of training to be a traditional tattooist really needs to be a movie, or a documentary.
The prospective tattooee must first find a traditional tattoo artist. This in itself can be a daunting task (though it has been made easier by advent of the Internet) because such artists are often surprisingly secretive, and introductions are frequently made by word of mouth only.
Traditional tattoo artists train for many years under a master. They will sometimes live in the master's house, and may spend years cleaning the studio, observing, practicing on their own flesh, making the needles and other tools required, mixing inks, and painstakingly copying designs from the master's book before they are allowed to tattoo clients. They must master all the intricate skills—unique styles of shading, the techniques used for tattooing by hand—required to create the tattoos their clients will request. They will usually be given a tattoo name by their master, most often incorporating the word "hori" (to engrave) and a syllable derived from the master's own name or some other significant word. In some cases, the apprentice will take the master's name, and will become The Second or Third (and so on).
After an initial consultation during which the client will discuss with the tattooist the designs they are interested in, the work begins with the tattooing of the outline. This will usually be done in one sitting, often freehand (without the use of a stencil), which may require several hours to complete. When the outline is complete, the shading and colouring is done in weekly visits, whenever the client has money to spare. When the tattoo is finished, the artist will "sign" his name in a space reserved for that purpose, most often somewhere on the back.
Wearers of traditional tattoos can often afford little else. They frequently keep their art secret, as tattoos are still seen as a sign of criminality in Japan, particularly by older people and in the work place. Ironically, many yakuza and other criminals themselves now avoid tattoos for this very reason.
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01-24-2016, 06:11 AM #347
01-24-2016, 10:46 PM #348
"Half and half" is half milk and half cream; in the UK, it's called "half cream".Don't hate me because I'm right and you're not.
01-25-2016, 10:44 AM #349Originally Posted by Nørrsken impersonating EJCC
1w2/7w6/3w4 so/sx (enneagram)
lawful good (D&D) / ravenclaw + wampus (HP) / boros legion (M:TG)
conscientious > sensitive > serious (oldham)
want to ask me something? go for it!
01-25-2016, 12:10 PM #350
Today I learnt that convicts and ex-convicts in the US aren't allowed to vote. Interesting. The same is not the case here. Convicts vote by mail and ex-cons vote the same way as everyone.
P.S.: It seems the UK, Austria, Bulgaria and Russia also don't allow them to vote. I haven't found info for other continents yet.
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