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pfeifferpack August 20 2014, 14:20

August 20 in history and trivia

636 – Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.

1000 – The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen, celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.

1083 – Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.

1308 – Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.

1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.

1882 – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.

1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.

1926 – Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.

1940 – In Mexico City, Mexico exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader. He dies the next day.

1940 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few".

1944 – World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being "terror fliers", arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.

1975 – Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.

1977 – Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

1988 – Iran–Iraq War: a ceasefire is agreed after almost eight years of war.

1989 – The O-Bahn Busway in Adelaide, the world's longest guided busway, opens.

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lettered August 20 2014, 05:23


I've had this sitting on my computer for months. I realized I was never going to finish it and that it works as a stand alone, so I posted it: a href="http://archiveofourown.org/works/2168445">Five Times Steve Rogers Almost Got Beat Up</a>, about the first five times Steve and Bucky met.

I wish there was somewhere I could post all my unfinished fic where I wouldn't feel like I was being, idk, rude for posting unfinished fic. People get so het up about reading unfinished fic and I don't want people to feel like they got short-changed. I just want to get it off my chest. Idk maybe I could post it here, since fewer people read fic on journaling sites these days.

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nevr0s posted to milady_milord August 20 2014, 04:15

Fanfic: Six Seasons and a Callback: Chapter 2/?

Title: Six Seasons and a Callback
Author: Nevros
Spoilers: All of Community through season 5
Rating/Warnings: Teen
Word Count: 1966
Disclaimer: I do not own Community in any way.  Dan Harmon can use this.  Blah Blah
AO3 Link: here
Previous Chapters: 1

A/N This story is written as the A-Plot to the finale of Community's sixth Season. I came up with this idea that I'd love to see as an actual episode of Community, so I decided to write it as a fanfic.  I'm open to suggestions and criticisms for this crazy fic. And I'm also looking for a Beta for future chapters.  Thanks for all the feedback!

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agilebrit August 20 2014, 02:48

So, I guess there actually ARE stupid questions.

And they are asked, in all seriousness, by CNN anchors.

"They often shoot to kill," Blitzer said of police. "Why do they have to shoot to kill? Why can’t they shoot a warning shot in the air, scare someone off if they think they’re in danger. Why can’t they shoot to, injure, shall we say? Why do they have to shoot to kill?"

Well, gee, Wolf. If you'd spend five minutes on the range firing actual guns, then you would know why: Because hitting a three-inch target in a high-stress, high-adrenaline situation where you think your life is endangered is much damn harder than hitting a one-foot target. It's the same reason they don't go for head shots--your chances of missing are much higher because it's a smaller target. They are trained to aim at center mass.

And guess what? They still miss. Not only that, but if you're being rushed from 30 feet away, you do not have time to "fire a warning shot in the air." Also, where the the hell do you think that round is going to come down, possibly injuring someone who isn't even involved? Now, I'm not one of those who can never, ever see the utility of a warning shot, but if you've got someone coming at you With Intent, there's no reason to waste your ammo. They even tell you in the concealed carry class that warning shots are dumb--and illegal.

We're sorry, the John Reese you're looking for to kneecap your perps is unavailable to take your call, because he is a fictional fucking character.

Go back to looking for missing airliners, CNN.
agilebrit August 20 2014, 02:25

It's like the phishermen aren't even trying anymore.

Just got this in my inbox, supposedly from a firm called "Baker & McKenzie":

Notice to Appear,

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Warren in September 4, 2014 at 10:10am. Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date.

To view copy of the court notice click [here at this redacted link]. Please, read it thoroughly.

Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.

Truly yours,Clerk of Court

It is not even addressed to me personally, and comes from a Japanese domain. "The court of Warren" is nicely vague. Toss me a bone, here, guys, what state is it even in?

It's very similar to the one from "EZPass" that I've now gotten in two different inboxes.

Lame. Lame, lame, lame.
whitehouseblog August 19 2014, 21:39

A Day in the Life: Austraberta from Houston


Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog. See the original post here.

Leading up to Labor Day 2014, Secretary Tom Perez is traveling across the country to talk with Americans about how we can help more people succeed in the workplace and at home. Follow him along the way with live updates at www.dol.gov/LaborDay.

Meet Austraberta.


71-year-old Austraberta Rodriguez has been a janitor for more than 30 years. For most of those years, she could only dream about vacation days and paid time off. She was making $5.15 per hour and she had small children and grandchildren. All of her money was going to the bare essentials. Looking back, she doesn’t know how she survived. In 2006, all of that changed.

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velvetwhip posted to whedonverse_nb August 19 2014, 18:28

Fic: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (Willow/Spike) 1/1 FRT/PG

Title: Chicken Soup for the Soulless

Author: Gabrielle

Pairing: Willow/Spike (sort of pre-ship, actually)

Rating: FRT/PG

Summary: *Set in Season 4, post-Oz but pre-Tara* Willow's sick and staying at her parents' house when she winds up with an unlikely nursemaid.

Warning: Abandon hope for angst all ye who enter here. I wrote this for purplefeen, not lilbreck.

Word Count: 1313

Feedback: Please.

Distribution: My LJ and my site only.

Disclaimer: I own nothing. It all belongs to Joss and a bunch of other people who are not now and have never been me.

Author's Notes: This was written for my adored and beloved purplefeen. Here's your schmoop, honey, displayed for all the world to see.

Chicken Soup for the Soulless
pfeifferpack August 19 2014, 15:54

August 19 in history and trivia

295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.

43 BC – Gaius Julius Cadaesar Octavianus, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.

1504 – In Ireland, the Hiberno-Norman de Burghs (Burkes) and Anglo-Norman Fitzgeralds fight in the Battle of Knockdoe.

1561 – 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France.

1612 – The "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.

1692 – Salem witch trials: in Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.

1745 – Prince Charles Edward Stuart raises his standard in Glenfinnan – the start of the Second Jacobite Rebellion, known as "the 45".

1812 – War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning the nickname "Old Ironsides".

1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre's photographic process is a gift "free to the world".

1848 – California Gold Rush: the New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).

1854 – The First Sioux War begins when United States Army soldiers kill Lakota chief Conquering Bear and in return are massacred.
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pfeifferpack August 19 2014, 14:50

Twelve Days of Alaska - Day 3 - People and culture

Although still a fairly young state, Alaska’s own culture extends back thousands of years before its union with the United States. The Alaskan culture is rich in stories and life-lessons gleaned from many cultures and years of living in a challenging but inspiring climate.

The blending of two very distinct cultures has created a state that embraces its traditions while moving happily into the future. Surges in Alaskan exports including fur, fish, timber, gold and oil have all created booms in the population, and each brought a different group of people to the area.

Although many people assume Alaska is a remote state that hasn’t moved with the times, many areas, including Anchorage - the largest city - have mimicked the architecture of the warmer states and adopted many of those states’ habits and ways of life.

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rbfvid posted to su_herald August 19 2014, 14:11

Tuesday, August 19


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fadethecat August 19 2014, 13:59

Three Thoughts On Communication

1) I'm not sure if I should pick the paper that engages with recent secondary sources or the paper that's on a topic I care about and which is relevant to my proposed area of study, when it comes to grad school writing samples to revise. Given the amount of revision ahead, I should pick soon.

2) I'm struggling to work out the nuances of "got Xed" vs. "was Xed" in casual uses of the passive voice. It's not just about formality: at least in my dialect, it sounds more natural with some verbs than others. ("He got indicted" and "He got arrested" both sound fine, but "He got executed" or "He got requested" sound weird and weirder.) And it's not the same as the use with the reflexive, which indicates culpability. ("I was scratched by the cat" and "I got scratched by the cat" mean slightly different things, but I can't figure out what; "I got myself scratched by the cat" implies I was doing something that annoyed the cat. More middle voice instead of passive.) Anyway. If anyone has a good explanation of it, or can point me to one, I'd appreciate it.

3) ...wait, that fanfic exchange assignment is due tomorrow? Shit. Okay. Time to start writing.

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xanify August 19 2014, 10:26

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Actual conversation with a friend today, who was telling me he was reading Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult:

Friend: I'm about 95% through and I really like it so far! Not sure if you'll like it though, you were saying you didn't like My Sister's Keeper...
Me: Yeah? I didn't mind My Sister's Keeper until the last few pages as well, but the ending really sucked.
Friend: ...really?
Me: *tells him the ending*
Friend: Maybe I shouldn't finish the book, then I can imagine an awesome ending.

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