Archive for November 16th, 2008

On this day…

The “International Day for Tolerance” is a new idea and wasn’t around when the Spanish were doing their thing in South America or when the Canadians were doing theirs up north. I guess we’re not the only ones who screwed over the natives in the New World. We’re just the ones everyone loves to hate for it.

From Wikipedia

November 16: International Day for Tolerance

3D representation of an LSD molecule

  • 1384 – Jadwiga was crowned “King of Poland” despite being a ten-year-old girl.
  • 1532 – Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire: Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro orchestrated a surprise attack in Cajamarca, Peru, capturing Sapa Inca Atahualpa.
  • 1885 – After a five-day trial following the North-West Rebellion, Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, was executed by hanging for high treason.
  • 1938 – The psychedelic drug LSD (molecule pictured)was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, as part of a large research program searching for medically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives.
  • 1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon signed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline, an oil pipeline connecting the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska.
  • 2002 – The first case of the respiratory disease Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was recorded in Guangdong, China.

I just love the little LSD molecule turning around and around and around . . .


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The Gang of Twenty

 A bunch of pooh-bahs getting together to find ways of solving the world’s financial crisis (aren’t these the people who created it?) came up with a Declaration of the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy. 

I am not an expert, but I still have a couple of things to add to their list, operating under the theory that family finances are not all that different from international economics.

Don’t buy what you don’t need.

Don’t spend more that you make.

Saving up is better than paying interest.


It seems simple to me.

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For the Angler

This would be a nice stocking-stuffer for the angler who has everything. 

If fish like sparkly things, well then they’ll gobble up this lure. From Mac Daddy Fishing Lures comes this 12-inch-long hook crafted of more than 3 pounds of gold and platinum studded with 4,753 diamonds and rubies weighing roughly 100 carats. And in case you’re worried about “the one that got away” stealing this gem, check out the Ultimate SmartLink lure saver system.

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