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Position You'd like to have: Anthropology and Archeology Officer. It would be a cool way to see/study new life and new civilizations.

Hi everyone!

Oh! I can answer this question:
Position You'd like to have: Chief Medical Officer and Chief Surgeon :)

Leia

Position You'd like to have: Security Officer. I get to wear a red uniform, go on away teams and possibly go out in a blaze of glory like countless other 'red shirts' before me. Red is my favorite color btw. >:p

Trecdom2 wrote:Position You'd like to have: Anthropology and Archeology Officer. It would be a cool way to see/study new life and new civilizations.

Or old life and old civilizations:

The Mystery Of Tutankhamun's Dagger | What On Earth?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98n-DTIwW18

-=Blazingstar=-

Position You'd like to have: Transporter room operator.

1. Someone has to do it.
2. I'll meet VIPs as soon as they transported onto the ship and they'll thank me for not accidentally scattering their atoms through space :)
3. Being able to see most of the interesting happenings based on the people and things being beamed onto and off the ship.

Fort Verden: Quadruple BINGO! Please confirm Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/0iegsXx

Position You'd like to have: Starship Captain and I will personally lead every away team/landing/boarding party on away missions/landings/boardings. Furthermore, I will personally ensure that everyone returns from the away missions/landings/boardings ALIVE. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

Quetzalleia wrote:Position You'd like to have: Chief Medical Officer and Chief Surgeon :)

Leia my love, please reserve a Biobed for me in sickbay whenever I go on away missions/landing/boarding parties and be prepared to patch me up upon my return if/when I wind up being mauled by hostile aliens or feral alien animals during the away missions. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Grief Awareness Day
National Toasted Marshmallows Day
National College Colors Day
National Beach Day
National Holistic Pet Day

Quotes of the Day:
“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” - C.S. Lewis

“There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.” - Brian Tracy

Music of the Day:

Stan Ridgway - Camouflage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgRXdozljRs

On This Day In History:
1835 Melbourne, Australia is founded.

1836 The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen

1843 1st time African-Americans participate in a national political convention (Liberty Party)

1850 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city

1890 President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat product

1941 Winston Churchill approves a nuclear programme (Tube Alloys), first national leader to do so

1951 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact

1963 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.

1967 US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice

1979 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs

1993 150,000,000 millionth visitor to Eiffel Tower

1993 Hassan II mosque opens in Casablanca, second largest mosque in the world

1994 Gund Arena in Cleve opens

2015 English author Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) reveals that he worked for MI6 for more than 20 years

2017 Late author Terry Pratchett' unfinished works destroyed by steamroller as per his instructions

National Grief Awareness Day

On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently.

Throughout the day, take stock of those in your life who have been affected by a form of loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend or enduring an extreme change in their lifestyle can trigger grief. When we lose the stability of shelter, a job or a routine we have known for years, we suffer a type of loss that requires closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others take time to become familiar with new routines.

Offer to listen to a friend or ask them to join you for a coffee or tea. Send a message letting them know they are never far from your mind. Then, set a date for another visit. If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming.

How to Observe #GriefAwarenessDay
Look for signs of grief in yourself and loved ones. Self-care is vital after and during a loss. There’s no shame in seeking assistance with grief if the pain becomes overwhelming.

Visit www.change.org to find out more.

National Grief Awareness Day History
Angie Cartwright founded National Grief Awareness Day in 2014. Familiar with loss, Cartwright too became lost in grief. She has become dedicated to bringing support to those who have suffered like her and enlightening others to the realities of bereavement.

National Beach Day

Everyone loves a good day at the beach, right? Celebrate your affinity for the coast on August 30, National Beach Day. Started in 2014, this holiday raises our awareness of the beauty of beaches while also calling attention to keeping them clean and safe.

Here’s how you can help: after enjoying the beach, leave nothing behind. Keep animals from getting trapped or tangled in trash, on land and in the water. So, swim, dive, surf, and take in the world’s aquatic playgrounds. Just remember to do your part to protect one of our most cherished natural resources — our beaches.

National Beach Day – History

2000
The BEACH Act Passes

The BEACH Act requires the EPA to develop criteria for testing, monitoring, and notifying public users of possible coastal recreation water problems.

1972
The Coastal Zone Management Act

This act aims to “preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance the resources of the nation’s coastal zone.”

1948
The Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act sets water quality and pollution control standards to keep America's waters clean, including its beaches.

National Beach Day Activities

Keep the SPF handy
The light rays of the sun reflect off the ocean water, making it even more intense for your skin. As you spend the day outside, you're exposing yourself to lots of UV (ultraviolet) rays. Protect your skin by applying some sunscreen. Not only will you ward off sunburns and stings, but you’ll help shield your skin from premature aging.

Host a beach bbq and clean-up party
Invite your friends out to take part in an environmentally-friendly shindig on the beach. Have enough hot dogs and other favorite beach snacks on hand for your guests. Bring a volleyball or a football to throw around, or a guitar to sing some fun summertime favorites. When you’re done, make sure to clean up, and take some time to comb the beach for additional trash.

Throw a beach-themed party
Even if you don't live near the water, you can still have fun at the "beach." Go all out and turn your backyard into a seashore soiree. Serve up fruity cocktails with funky paper umbrellas. Grill up kebabs and cut up some watermelon. Keep seating simple by making the meal picnic-style on beach blankets and towels. Break out the limbo stick and cornhole boards for your guests to have the full beach experience!

Why We Love National Beach Day

It’s important to be environmentally-conscious
Little, simple acts can make a huge impact on the health of beaches and oceans. Walking more and switching to fluorescent light bulbs can help reduce your carbon footprint. Forego using so many plastic products, as many end up in the water. They can wreak havoc on the coastal habitat.

It’s a chance to be active outdoors
The beach offers countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. Take a swim in the ocean and get some fresh saltwater on your skin. Lay out on a towel and give your skin some vitamin D. Put up a net to play a game or two of beach volleyball. Pack a picnic so you don’t have to leave, and make sure you stay to catch the sun set over the water!

It promotes giving back to beach organizations
There are many organizations that help to keep beaches clean and fun all year long. Save Our Beach works to “educate individuals, companies, schools and organizations on how their environmental footprint impacts their community and the world.” Many beach communities have groups that advocate for environmentally-friendly behavior. If you live near a beach, check out your local organization to volunteer.

National Holistic Pet Day

Mind. Body. Spirit. Fetch. Fetch? When it comes to the well-being of our pets, any kind of movement is game — even fetch. On August 30, we can share valuable insights to help our pets have more fulfilling lives on National Holistic Pet Day.

A holistic approach to well-being is nothing new for humans, but applying the lifestyle to household pets is still a growing trend. It starts with the basics of good nutrition, lots of physical exercise, and even mental stimulation. Animals need to be mentally active and challenged or they risk listlessness and boredom. Take some time to learn about caring for your pet with the same generosity you give your own mind, body, and spirit.

National Holistic Pet Day Activities

Read up on holistic care
If you aren’t familiar with holistic health care or haven’t experimented with it for yourself, it will surely be difficult to employ it on your pet. Take the day to read up on how it could change your own life, and you’ll be a much stronger advocate for holistic pet care.

Make a batch of homemade dog food
Sometimes taking matters into your own hands is the best approach. By making your own dog food, you know exactly what’s going inside and nourishing your pet. However, be sure to research pet nutrition. Dogs, for example, make their own vitamin C, so no need to include ingredients high in this antioxidant.

Expose your pet to new experiences
Imagine if you rarely left the confines of your home and office. You’d go a little stir-crazy. If you're a dog owner, head to a new park or field to experience foreign subtle scents and sounds. Buy your cat some holistic toys for better stimulation.

Why We Love National Holistic Pet Day

Preventative care is better care
Holistic pet care places a large focus on preventative care. You can give your pets a long, healthy, happy life by improving their daily upkeep and routines today so you can keep them disease-free down the road. Find a veterinarian who emphasizes holistic, preventative, treatment methods.

It saves time and money
While there’s nothing in the world we wouldn’t do for our pets, needlessly running back and forth to the vet is costly. Integrate bonding time with your pet by feeling them for cancerous lumps or checking out their teeth and breath. Don't forget those healthy walks and lazy nights on the couch!

Give your pets higher quality treats
Let's face it — pet food is expensive, especially treats. On National Holistic Pet Day, consider what kind of treats you're giving your pets during training or just because. Make sure your pet treats aren't fatty or laced with unhealthy ingredients and additives.

Fox News anchor rips into Trump: 'We don’t work for you'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/29/fox-news-anchor-neil-cavuto-donald-trump-we-dont-work-you/2158343001/

'Extremely dangerous': What we know about Dorian, which may grow into a Category 4 hurricane
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/29/hurricane-dorian-updates-storm-models-noaa-forecast-florida-bracing/2153028001/

San Francisco runner makes intricate drawings with the help of running app:
A San Francisco runner is living out his childhood dream of being an artist with a little help from a running app.

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/tech/news/2019/08/02/san-francisco-runner-makes-intricate-artwork-running-app/1898703001/

Nyah ha ha ha! That's awesome. I wish I had thought of doing that when I was an Endurance Athlete.

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Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:
Fort Verden: Quadruple BINGO! Please confirm Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/0iegsXx

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Stars and Suns Imperium has won this round of BINGO with a Quadruple Bingo. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Quadruple Bingo, your prize will be FOUR cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has at least one BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize(s).

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“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.” – Brian Tracy

Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Position I would like to have: police K9 handler

Position You'd like to have: Historian aboard either Voyager or Enterprise NCC-1701-D but in retrospect id take any job so as long I get any color shirt but red heaven forbid I get a redshirt

Only needed 2 more names to have Bingo all the way around the edge.

Position you wouldn't want: Security

https://myalbum.com/album/ycvR6RP37Pnu

My classroom is set up for Tue. Might make a few tweaks as needed but I don't anticipate any major changes

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

Saturday breakfast time! Since we just picked up one freaking ginormous Birthday Cake for our birthday and know that no valiant effort to eat it all will meet with success because there is just too much caek, so, today we will be presenting Birthday Cake For Breakfast Saturday! We will be offering up all-you-can-eat birthday cake! This behemoth is our favorite - white cake with white buttercream icing with lots of baby blue roses. We are of the opinion that there is no such thing as a "wrong time" for birthday cake. To supplement this breakfast delicacy, we will provide coffee and lots of it. Today's choices will include an impressive array from around The World. We have coffee from such exotic locales as Columbia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, Vietnam, Sumatra, Uganda, and Ethiopia. We will even break out the Super Funky with Malaysian Kopi Luwak. Yep, that coffee... The Juice Bar is closed today because juice just does not go with birthday cake. But if you just have to have something fruity, we will stir you up a glass of Tang. Of course, the "Texas Regular" Never Ending Urn of Coffee is full and ready to help you wash away all that icing. Texas coffee doesn't get much better. Come on down and start your day right Texas. You know you want to!®

***** Texas Fantasy Football Reminder *****

The Texas Fantasy Football League is up and is looking for teams! The Season starts September 5th. We are going to Auto Draft on September 1st. Are you ready for some football?

All Texans and friends of Texans are eligible to play. Shoot, we will even take a friend of a friend if you have a buddy who wants to play. Football fans should not be denied.

We currently have 6 Head-to-Head teams. At this point, if you want to play, you have to bring a friend so we have an even number. We will also have a Pick 'Em league if you want to go that way or go for both! The more the merrier. The season starts in 5 days. We are locking teams at this time tomorrow!

Come On Texas! Details and link to sign up on the offsite, here:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/texas1/viewtopic.php?f=225&t=8979

***** Texas Shout Outs *****

@ Trecdom2 - Howdy Trec Buddy! Awesome Photo Album! Awesome Classroom! Awesome Sharing! Awesome on your new job! You are just awesome Trec!

@ Stars and Suns Imperium - Texcellent job on an outstandign Quadruple Bingo!

@ Fort Verden - Thank you for sharing the Rainbow Bridge Day with everyone. We have been sending cats there for decades. We have one yearning for it now. We even put up a web page for it in 2012: http://texasregion.net/misc/rainbowBridgeStory.html

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 754 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 15 years! Check it out! Good stuff!

^ <<The Eternal Emperor, Verner Von Richthofen Affixes his Seal of Approval on Trecdom's Classroom photos. Good job setting up your classroom, Trec Buddy. >>

Trecdom2 wrote:Position you wouldn't want: Security

Indeed Trec Buddy. Therefore,

Position you wouldn't want: Security

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:

National Trail Mix Day
National South Carolina Day
National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Matchmaker Day

Quote of the Day:

“I'm an optimist.
I've always believed the future is going to be better than the past.
And I also believe I have a role in that.
The great thing about human beings, myself in particular, is that I can change.
I can do better.
If you can get up every day, stay optimistic, and believe the future is better than the past, those few things get you through a lot of tough times.” - Jeffrey R. Immelt

Music of the Day:

Dirty Dancing - "Time Of My Life"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX2rpqRFwtI

On This Day In History:
1837 Ralph Waldo Emerson gives his famous "The American Scholar" speech to Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, declares American literary independence from Europe

1842 Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine

1842 US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress

1910 Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a 'square deal': property shall be 'the servant and not the master of the commonwealth'

1911 The "Sullivan Act" requiring New Yorkers to possess licences for firearms small enough to be concealed comes into effect

1911 Anthony Fokker demonstrates aircraft "Snip"

1920 Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air

1935 FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents

1955 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated (Chicago, Illinois)

1960 Agricultural Hall of Fame forms

1964 Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of Angels

1965 US Congress establishes Department of Housing & Urban Development

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris.
May she Rest In Peace. Amen.

2006 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

2012 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

2015 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

2017 Indicationss Neanderthals were the first to make glue out of tar strengthened by research published in "Scientific Reports"

National Trail Mix Day

We eat it without thinking about it but trail mix keeps us happy throughout the day. Every year on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors this healthy snack created for noshing on hikes in the great outdoors.

What makes trail mix so special? Not only is it a nutritious combination of granola, nuts, dried fruit, and sometimes chocolate, but it’s also lightweight, easy to store, and provides a quick energy boost and sustained energy. So what are you waiting for? Grab a handful and let’s celebrate!

National Trail Mix Day Activities

Make some
Go to your local grocery store to buy the ingredients, mix together, and handle business. Plan a trip with friends and mix up the fun!

Buy some
You love your snacks, especially trail mix. Buy a big bag to share at the office, with your favorite hiking crew, or with loved ones. Tell them National Trail Mix Day made you do it!

Take some on a hike
Plan your hike or mountain bike ride, work up an appetite, then enjoy every single crunch of your coveted trail mix. Bring enough to share with your friends or folks you meet in your travels.

Why We Love National Trail Mix Day

Familiarity
Sometimes, when we go out to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, we want everything to be easy. We crave the taste of the familiar and nothing's more familiar, at least to Americans, than a fistful of good ol’ trail mix while backpacking in America's picturesque national parks.

It’s a great meal on-the-go
While some people love to sit down, take their time and leisurely enjoy a snack; other folks like to eat their snacks on-the-run. For those people, trail mix is an ideal munch. Plus, trail mix has a long shelf life.

It’s an uncomplicated snack
Trail mix bag? Check. Hungry hiker? Check. Hike planned out? Check. Go for it, enjoy the simple things in life. Make sure you hike and explore nature regularly because you'll be healthier for it.

National South Carolina Day

On August 31, National South Carolina Day recognizes The Palmetto State and her unique landscapes, bold personalities, and long history.

Catawbas and Cherokee were some of the first to greet Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century. Their tribes dotted the land with villages. The Englished established the first successful settlement near present-day Charleston. Named Carolina initially after King Charles I, the colony later split into North and South Carolina in 1710. Following in the footsteps of the previous colonies, South Carolina would become the eight state to ratify the constitution.

Though South Carolina may have been more removed from some of the Revolutionary concerns than states like Massachusetts and Connecticut, it hosted some pivotal, if seemingly small battles. They all begin with the hard-fought and devastating loss at Charles Town. What is now known as the Siege of Charleston, is the largest battle to ever take place in the state. Not even Civil War battles compare. While the British claimed the city and some 5,000 prisoners, the course was set for victories to the west at Cowpens and King’s Mountain.

Slavery and the Civil War play a significant role in South Carolina’s complex social, political and economic profile. Much of the beauty of South Carolina is reflected in their soulful music and emotive art expressing the voices of generations.

Harleston Green in Charleston established the first golf club in the United States in 1786.

With 187 miles of Atlantic coastline, South Carolina is more than ideal for a beach getaway. With idyllic oceanfront towns, historical tours, delicious seafood, and golf there is a little bit of adventure for everyone.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNorthCarolinaDay
Explore all of South Carolina’s beauty, culture, and history on August 31. Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate South Carolina’s hospitality, stunning landscapes, and dynamic people.

South Carolina Flavor
South Carolinians and southerners in particular like their iced tea. Finding a good sweet tea anywhere else in the country can be a challenge.

Another South Carolina feast is a Beaufort Stew. Also known as a Lowcountry Boil, this simple but flavorful dish combines shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, and potatoes. Once boiled, the entire meal is served on a paper-covered table. Invite the whole family over and dive in for all the deliciousness!

Get one of the ultimate comfort foods in South Carolina. The Palmetto State specializes in baking macaroni and cheese that’s especially comforting and cheesy.

Black-eyed peas served with rice and bacon is transformed into a dish known as Hoppin’ John. In the South, Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day.

The Southern delicacy of Pimento Cheese finds its way into high-class events or lazy afternoon picnics. It’s referred to as “Carolina caviar” and can be a garnish or a dip.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

On August 31, we celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day to recognize the diatom and the remarkable mineral it creates.

Most people know of diatomaceous earth because they use it around their homes. Sometimes they use it as a filter for swimming pools or as a natural insecticide. Biologists understand diatoms, the single-celled plants. They form diatomaceous earth and are indeed the lungs of the earth. Amazingly, diatoms produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply. Another scientist, materials scientists, recognize diatom skeletons (called frustules). Imagine tiny, intricate porous opal structures. They are known to be the most durable naturally-occurring substances.

About Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth, also known as DE, is a sedimentary rock. DE mines unearth large deposits worldwide. From the United States, Mexico, Chile and Peru to France, Spain, Denmark, and China substantial deposits exist. While dying diatoms continue to form diatomaceous earth today, some of the deposits developed millions of years ago.

When diatoms die and fall to the bottom of bodies of water, DE deposits form. Over time, the organic portions of the diatoms weather away. The remaining opal frustules form diatomaceous earth. Some of the largest deposits in the U.S. formed in ancient lakes in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Other significant deposits formed in oceans and occur along the coasts of North and South America.

Peter Kasten discovered DE in Germany around 1836. DE is known for some amazing qualities. Its astonishing ability to absorb, filtrate, polish, and stabilize makes DE desirable in numerous industries. Long before Kasten’s discovery, though, the world was using diatomaceous earth. Ancient Greeks used it as an abrasive as well as a building material in light-weight bricks. Even in pre-historic times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France.

Modern Applications
Today, DE is one of the most useful and durable substances known. DE sees nearly universal use in the filtration of liquids. For example, DE filters the beer and wine we drink. It also filters the water in swimming pools. DE refines chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals. Another DE use is in paint; it removes the sheen making flat paint flat. In plastics, DE prevents blocking in plastic film. Additionally, when oil spills, recovery specialists often turn to DE to absorb the oil.

And there are hundreds of other applications for DE with many more yet to be discovered!

HOW TO OBSERVE #DiatomaceousEarthDay
Explore the uses of Diatomaceous Earth. Where do you think it might be used around your home or work? Discover more about diatomaceous earth

NATIONAL DIATOMACEOUS EARTH DAY HISTORY
EP Minerals founded National Diatomaceous Earth Day to celebrate this fascinating naturally bio-engineered material, and the Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.

Air Canada fined for not using French language
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49532427

Tyler Skaggs: Angels pitcher overdosed on drugs and alcohol
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49534524

TL;DR?: Here's the important part:

“Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of his death, which was accidental, a coroner's report says. Skaggs died after choking on his own vomit, Tarrant County medical examiner's office said. The 27-year-old had high levels of opioids, including fentanyl and oxycodone, in his body, toxicology results showed.”

Edited to unspoiler my very important message to all of you:

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

Choking on your own vomit after overdosing on drugs and alcohol is without a doubt one of the worst and most embarrassing ways to die. I am sorry that Tyler Skaggs, a young and promising athlete died an untimely death which could have been prevented had he not overdosed on drugs and alcohol. I feel sorry for Tyler Skaggs’ family because now his legacy will forever be marred by this autopsy finding.

Substance abuse is an extremely serious problem. Drugs are destroying the lives of our youth, putting their future in great jeopardy and in some cases for example in Tyler Skaggs’ case, resulting in his death. That said, I would like to request everyone of you to refrain completely from the consumption of drugs because it will destroy your health, darken your future and probably take your life just like it took Tyler Skaggs’ life. Alcohol is fine in moderation but never ever try or consume drugs out of curiosity or to have a good time or to improve athletic performance or to escape from stress, anxiety or depression. If you do that, you WILL become addicted. Furthermore, do NOT combine drugs with alcohol. It is a potentially fatal combination. Please stay away from drugs and completely avoid using them. Your bright future depends on you living a drug free lifestyle.

Live long and prosper everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

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Trecdom2 wrote:

Only needed 2 more names to have Bingo all the way around the edge.

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! The Randomness of Trecdom2 has won as well and it looks like a Double Bingo!

Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Double Bingo, your prize will be TWO cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy!

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“I'm an optimist.
I've always believed the future is going to be better than the past.
And I also believe I have a role in that.
The great thing about human beings, myself in particular, is that I can change.
I can do better.
If you can get up every day, stay optimistic, and believe the future is better than the past, those few things get you through a lot of tough times.” - Jeffrey R. Immelt

Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Favorite DS9 Episode: Trials and Tribbleations.

BaddaBing BaddaBoom and Little Green Men are close runners up.

Trecdom2 wrote:https://myalbum.com/album/ycvR6RP37Pnu

My classroom is set up for Tue. Might make a few tweaks as needed but I don't anticipate any major changes

Cool classroom Dude! :)

Fort Verden wrote:Position You'd like to have: Starship Captain and I will personally lead every away team/landing/boarding party on away missions/landings/boardings. Furthermore, I will personally ensure that everyone returns from the away missions/landings/boardings ALIVE. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

But Dad! That won’t work cause you know why? Starfleet regulations, specifically Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4, recommended against the captain joining away missions.

Positions You'd like to have: A) First Officer and Science Officer

First Officer so that when my Dad winds up getting himself incapacitated when leading one of those away teams I’ll get a field promotion to Captain. :p
Science Officer cause just being the First Officer doesn't seem interesting enough.

or B) Chief Engineer so I can be the next "Scotty" :)

Position you wouldn't want: Chief Medical Officer, Chief Surgeon or Security

Favorite DS9 Episode: Little Green Men

Vincent

Position You'd like to have: Strategic Operations Officer
Position you wouldn't want: Ambassador, Communications Officer
Favorite DS9 Episode: The Way of the Warrior

Emperor Varian Von Richthofen (Arian)

Fort Verden wrote: Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning a Quadruple Bingo, your prize will be FOUR cards from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil and Little Thranduil. Except the cards in the Cards Gifted To Me By My Sons collection. Choose your prizes and I will send them to you Buddy.

Verner, I’d like these cards as my prizes please and thanks in advance:
From Fort Verden: Adorable Kittens
From Elven King Thranduil: The knight who says NI and Studly Penguins
From Little Thranduil: Celtic Rodents

NewTexas wrote: @ Stars and Suns Imperium - Texcellent job on an outstandign Quadruple Bingo!

Thank you Big Tex :)

Favorite DS9 Episode: Take Me out to the Holosuite

United Vinceland wrote:But Dad! That won’t work cause you know why? Starfleet regulations, specifically Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4, recommended against the captain joining away missions.

I know that Starfleet regulation my precious heir, but as Captain I would have the discretion to lead the away team. As you pointed out, the regulation merely recommended against the captain joining away missions. It does not outright forbid the Captain from doing it.

United Vinceland wrote:Positions You'd like to have: A) First Officer and Science Officer

First Officer so that when my Dad winds up getting himself incapacitated when leading one of those away teams I’ll get a field promotion to Captain. :p

Nyah ha ha ha! Over my dead body, my precious son! I will still be able to do my duties as Captain from Sickbay if I was merely incapacitated. I would have to become deceased before you can receive a field promotion to Captain and replace me.

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Chicken Boy Day
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
National Disease Literacy Month

American Chess Day

Quote of the Day:
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” - Henry Ford

Music of the Day:

Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUwjNBjqR-c

On This Day In History:
1752 Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia

1799 Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)

1804 Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.

1945 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

1977 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold

1985 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland

1995 New York reinstates the death penalty

1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland Ohio

2005 Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation.

2008 Spring Temple Buddha statue of Vairocana Buddha, then the world's tallest statue at 128 meters (420 ft), completed in Zhaocun township, Henan, China

2015 Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have had an abortion, in a letter released by the Vatican

2015 Google changes its logo, biggest redesign since 1999

2018 Memorial service for Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral with his daughter Meghan McCain, Barack Obama and George W. Bush speaking

NATIONAL SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September shines a spotlight on a condition afflicting millions of people worldwide.

The annual observance provides an opportunity to increase public knowledge and an understanding of sickle cell disease and traits. Also, the month addresses the challenges experienced by patients, their families, and caregivers. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates sickle-cell disease affects nearly 100 million people worldwide, and over 300 000 children are born every year with the condition.

Sickle cell disease can occur in all races but is most common in African-Americans and Hispanics.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person’s parents. The most common type is known as sickle cell anemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein hemoglobin found in red blood cells

HOW TO OBSERVE #Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Learn more from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website:
https://www.sicklecelldisease.org/

NATIONAL SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY
In 1975, the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Inc. created a series of awareness campaigns. In 1976, they launched a national awareness month in September amid growing concerns about the amount of misinformation available about sickle cell. The foundation aimed to dispel myths and provide educations about sickle cell. Along with its co-founder, Dr. Charles F. Whitten, who pioneered advancements in understanding the condition and improving treatment, the organization made great strides in bringing information to the general public. Together, they also increased opportunities for research and more accessible screening methods.

Since then, the organization continues to pursue research, treatments, and a cure under the name Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

Then in 1983, the Congressional Black Caucus of the House of Representatives passed a resolution. It asked President Ronald Reagan to proclaim September National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. The President signed Proclamation 5102 in September of 1983.

NATIONAL DISEASE LITERACY MONTH

National Disease Literacy Month in September sets out to improve a person’s overall understanding of their diagnosis and the associated services needed to make care decisions. More specifically, the month focuses on children, their knowledge of the conditions they have and the care they need every day.

Even though getting well or taking medicine to keep us healthy should be a simple concept, it’s not. We know medicine is confusing. It hurts and interrupts our lives. Children know it as painful, messy and cumbersome, too. However, learning to understand the purpose of their treatments in meaningful ways may make a difference in their lives.

Over 90% of children do not understand their disease or chronic illness. We often resist what we don’t understand. Children skip medications and treatments. As a result, their condition worsens and treatments are less effective and outcomes worsen. Interactive programs in fun, friendly environments offer a way for children to learn about their conditions.

Through educational games, children learn about their illness and how it is managed. If children understand their disease and how to better manage it, the hope is to improve overall results.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DISEASE LITERACY MONTH
Help children learn more about their condition so they can lead a healthier life. Understand the child’s view of their condition.

HISTORY OF DISEASE LITERACY MONTH
Hemonauts founded National Disease Literacy Month to increase children’s understanding of their chronic illnesses and conditions. Children with chronic illness and diseases already face so much adversity. They aim to improve children’s overall health and outcomes while having fun, too. Hemonauts actively develop children-friendly ways for children to better understand their conditions setting them on a path to a lifetime of improved management goals.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Disease Literacy Month in 2019 to be observed annually during the month of September.

NATIONAL CHICKEN BOY DAY

On September 1st, National Chicken Boy Day honors the birthday of an interesting statue in California. Celebrate his ceremonial birthday and learn more about this unique creation on September 1st.

Standing 22 feet tall and holding a bucket of chicken, this fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head stands along Route 66. Named after the former 1960s Chicken Boy Restaurant, he is also known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.”

The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye. For a time, the stature remained tucked away in storage until a suitable location could be found. Some twenty years later, Chicken Boy came out of hiding. The entire community came together to make the restoration of Chicken Boy possible. Once the statue’s rehabilitation was complete, he became a permanent display at Inouye’s design firm.

In 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognized the famous Chicken Boy statue along historic U.S. Route 66 with the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award.

More Awards:

Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Sacramento, California, 2010.
Community Beautification Grant, City of Los Angeles, 2005-2006.
California Preservation Foundation, Three Minute Success Story, 2009.
Highland Park Heritage Trust Preservation Award, 2009-2010.
Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2009.
Commendation, California State Assembly, Sacramento, California, 2010.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChickenBoyDay
Wish Chicken Boy a “Happy Birthday”.

College football's Week 1 winners and losers, starting with Willie Taggart and Florida State
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/08/31/college-football-winners-and-losers-week-1/2180893001/

All the winners and losers in summer 2019 movies, from Brad Pitt to 'Dark Phoenix'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2019/09/01/summer-movies-all-winners-losers-beyonce-brad-pitt/2126174001/

Dorian strengthens to Category 5 hurricane with 180 mph winds, targets USA's East Coast
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/01/hurricane-dorian-storm-strengthens-category-5-status/2186155001/

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Stars and Suns Imperium wrote:Verner, I’d like these cards as my prizes please and thanks in advance:
From Fort Verden: Adorable Kittens
From Elven King Thranduil: The knight who says NI and Studly Penguins
From Little Thranduil: Celtic Rodents

Texas Regional BINGO Update:

Alrighty then!

Adorable Kittens Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Studly Penguins Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
The knight who says NI Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.50.
Celtic Rodents Card gifted to The Empire of Stars and Suns Imperium for 0.20.

Enjoy your prizes Buddy. :)

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Farewell:
The Oppressed Peoples of FENS Charlie Manson

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NewTexas wrote: Saturday breakfast time! Since we just picked up one freaking ginormous Birthday Cake for our birthday

Birthday Cake? When is your birthday Buddy?

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy Birthday Big Tex my Buddy!
Happy birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you and many more! Live long and prosper Buddy!

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“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” - Henry Ford

Have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Favorite Time Travel Episode: Again I'm going to have to go with DS9 and the Tribbles.

I don't think there were any bad time travel episodes in Trek.

New poll. Choose a superpower you'd like to have :D

Favorite Time Travel Episode: Yesteryear
Season 1 EP2 of Star Trek: The Animated Series

Here it is if you have never seen it before:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNzAEPn0kHA

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Labor Day
VJ Day
West Indian Day Parade

World Coconut Day

Quotes of the Day:
"Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?"
- Michelle Obama

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell

"When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that's a really good feeling." - Derek Jeter

"Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams." - Donovan Bailey

Music of the Day:

Flashdance - Final Dance / What A Feeling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzALZjoIx0g

On This Day In History:
1789 US Treasury Department established by Congress

1864 Union General William T. Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during Savannah Campaign (US Civil War)

1898 Machine gun 1st used in battle

1900 Telegraph use between Germany & US begins

1901 Theodore Roosevelt advises "Speak softly & carry a big stick"

1914 The US Treasury Department establishes the Bureau of War Risk Insurance to provide up to $5 million worth of insurance for merchant ships and their crews

1937 US Housing Authority created by National Housing Act

1940 Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated

1941 Academy copyrights Oscar statuette

1944 Future US President George H. W. Bush bails from a burning plane during a mission in the Pacific

1944 Holocaust diarist Anne Frank sent to Auschwitz concentration camp

1945 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

1958 National Defense Education Act was signed

1974 US President Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act

2015 US President Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit the Arctic Circle at Kotzebue, Alaska

2018 Major fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro destroys most of its 20 million artifacts

Labor Day

Labor Day, is a legal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, and the Virgin Islands.

Canada also celebrates Labour Day on the same day.

In European countries, China and other parts of the world, May Day, the first day in May, is a holiday to celebrate workers and labor unions. Before it became an international workers holiday, May Day was a celebration of spring and the promise of summer.

What Labor Day Means
For most people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and a chance to say goodbye to the summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

"Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."

Who started Labor Day?
Like most cultural events, there is still some doubt over its origination. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor working men and women. But many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday.

Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear however is that the Central Labor Union adopted the Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

In the USA, governmental recognition first came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

There is a tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day. This fashion faux pas dates back to the late Victorian era. The Emily Post Institute explains that white indicated you were still in vacation mode, so naturally when summer ended so did wearing white.

Sources: US Department of Labor, PBS, US Census

Did you know?

Three facts about Labor Day

1. By the time the holiday was officially signed in law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, 23 states already had their own celebrations
2. A fashion tradition is never to wear white after Labor day. White clothing is usually worn in the summer to keep cool and Labor Day marks the end of summer.
3. In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons

Labor Day 2019 Activities

Read up on the history of Labor Day
Labor Day has a rich history that directly impacts the working conditions we experience today. So in between rounds of BBQ at your Labor Day celebration, take the time to discuss the U.S. labor movement and its contribution to our country's current work culture.

Buy an American-made product
When you're doing your Labor Day shopping, take the time to read the labels. Consider buying products that say "Made in the USA" to show your support for American workers.

Watch a movie about labor unions
Many of us get Labor Day off. What better way to relax than to stretch out on the couch and watch a movie about the American labor movement? There are tons of union-themed movies to choose from. "Norma Rae" ring a bell? Side note: Unions play a major role in the entertainment industry.

Why We Love Labor Day 2019

We're hard workers — we deserve the day off
Statistics show that Americans work longer hours than citizens of most other countries — 137 more hours per year than Japan, 260 more per year than the UK, and 499 more than France. And our productivity is high — 400% higher than it was in 1950, to be exact. So we totally deserve that day off.

It's one last chance to grill
Labor Day is widely considered to be the unofficial last day of summer. Before the air turns cold and the leaves start to fall, it's our last chance to grill some steaks and wear shorts.

It's the reason we can say TGIF
Labor Day is a time to celebrate the benefits we enjoy at our jobs — including weekends off. The concept of American workers taking days off dates back to 1791, when a group of carpenters in Philadelphia went on strike to demand a shorter work week (10-hour days, to be exact). It wasn't until 1836 that workers started demanding eight-hour work days. So nine-to-five doesn't sound so bad after all.

Labor Day Traditions
Much like Memorial Day, which marks the traditional beginning of summer, Labor Day generally signifies that the season has ended — even though the calendar says otherwise. Holiday sales, barbecues and travel tend to rule the day, while children finally adjust to the harsh reality of “back-to-school” season. As far as U.S. sports are concerned, Labor Day weekend signals that baseball’s pennant races have entered their final stretch, and tennis fans get an extra day to watch the season’s last Grand Slam event — the U.S. Open in New York City. NFL regular-season games typically begin following Labor Day. In 2019 the NFL Kickoff Game takes place on September 5 with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. It’s one of the league’s all-time great rivalries.

Labor Day by the numbers
162 million — Number of Americans (over 16) in labor force

40% — U.S. workers who belonged to labor unions in the 1950s (that dropped to 11% by 2018)

1894 — Congress officially makes Labor Day a federal holiday

86% — Americans planning Labor Day weekend travel who will do so by car

41% — Americans who plan to barbecue over Labor Day Weekend

818 — U.S. hot dogs eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day

$685 — Average kid’s back-to-school expenses

$55,000 — Median U.S. household income

705 million (!) — Total number of U.S. unused vacation days (2017)

80% — Americans who would take time off if their boss were more supportive

VJ Day

VJ Day, or Victory over Japan Day, marks the allied victory over Japan in World War II.

When is VJ Day 2018?
VJ day is celebrated on different dates in different nations. For example, V-J Day is August 15 in the United Kingdom; that’s the date of the initial announcement of Japanese surrender. In the United States, however, V-J Day refers to September 2 — the day in 1945 on which the surrender of the Empire of Japan was actually formalized, marking the end of World War II.

This is one of the most important commemorations in U.S. and world history. Let’s look deeper.

VJ Day – History

September 2, 1945
Japan formalized its surrender

On what is now called V-J Day in the United States, Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan’s surrender, thus ending World War II.

August 1945
The U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan

When Japanese generals refused to surrender, U.S. President Harry Truman ordered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrendered soon after.

June 1942
U.S. and Japanese navies battled at Midway

The United States Navy defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy, leading to what historian John Keegan called "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare."

December 7, 1941
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor

On "a day that will live in infamy," the Japanese military attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, leading directly to U.S. entry into World War II.

1939
The Tripartite Pact was signed

Japan signed the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance, along with Germany and Italy.

How to Observe VJ Day

Visit the graves of the fallen
Many communities have cemeteries with sections for military veterans. Many of those vets fought in World War II, so you can pay your respects with a visit.

Learn what led up to the war
In "The Tempest," Shakespeare wrote that "what's past is prologue." History and politics are complicated, intertwined things with many moving parts. It's easy to forget what led nations to go to war against each other, so a little education can go a long way toward learning how we might avoid future conflicts.

Talk to a veteran
Many members of "The Greatest Generation" who fought in World War II are still alive. Ask around, and you'll be sure to locate some within your neighborhood. Set aside some time to listen to their stories.

4 Amazing Facts About V-J Day

The Allies' arsenal was massive
The Allies bombarded Japanese cities with 100,000 tons of explosives between March and July 1945.

Atomic bombs lead to Japanese causalities
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to about more than 200,000 casualties.

Rhode Island alone has a V-J holiday
Rhode Island marks V-J Day as a legal state holiday — the only state to do so. Rhode Islanders observe it on the second Monday in August.

World War II casualties are mind-boggling
The United States had more than 400,000 casualties in World War II. The Soviet Union, however, had upwards of 26 million casualties. Overall, 60 million people were killed in the war — about 3 percent of the world's population at the time.

Why VJ Day is Important

It marked the end of World War II
World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history. It involved 32 countries, and the casualty totals remain mind-boggling: upwards of 80 million people. The end of hostilities meant that war-weary people across the globe could exhale a collective sigh of relief.

It led to the rebuilding of Europe and Japan.
Although post-belligerent animosity, distrust and doubts about the victors' intentions were prevalent after V-J Day, the American Marshall Plan helped rebuild both Western Europe and Japan.

It inspires us to seek peace
World War I was called "the war to end all wars." However, a century of near-continuous fighting, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, has unfortunately turned that phrase on its head. And yet the lessons of WWII can still remind us to seek peaceful resolutions, even if we often fail to abide by those lessons.

West Indian Day Parade

West Indian culture is colorful and multifaceted. But what do we mean by “West Indian”? It’s good to know, not just for educational purposes, but also in order to understand the celebration known as the West Indian Day Parade, which takes place each Labor Day in Brooklyn. (In 2019, that means it’s on September 2.)

The West Indies includes an extraordinary range of people and places. But to simplify things a bit, it’s the name for a region of the Caribbean Sea that includes countries comprising the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago.

So let’s party!

West Indian Day Parade – History

2018
West Indian Day Parade is huge

Upwards of 3 million people now converge on New York for the annual West Indian Day Parade, making it one of the biggest festivals in the world.

1969
The parade moved to Brooklyn

The West Indian-American Day Carnival Association got a permit to parade on Eastern Parkway.

The 1930s
Carnival started in Harlem

Trinidadian Jessie Waddell started a Carnival in Harlem complete with costume parties at renowned spaces, such as the Savoy and the Audubon Ballrooms.

The 1920s
The earliest seeds were planted

The origins of West Indian Day Parade can be traced back to private pre-Lenten Carnival parties held by Caribbean immigrants in and around Harlem.

West Indian Day Parade Activities
Get your party self to Brooklyn

There's no way to really understand the West Indian Day Parade without experiencing it for yourself. So plan a trip now, and get to Brooklyn for the biggest party you're likely to see in your lifetime.

Learn a little history
The history of the West Indies is filled with dramatic stories that resonate to this day in the art and culture of the nations which comprise it. Grab a book or a good documentary, and learn a little about the countries represented in the West Indian Day Parade.

Listen to some music
The musical culture of the West Indies is world renowned — everything from gentle calypso to political reggae to uptempo soca. You're sure to find something that gets you moving.

3 Reasons You Just Can't Miss The West Indian Day Parade

They don't get any bigger than this
The West Indian Day Parade is the largest parade of its kind in North America.

The party lasts all weekend
Although the parade itself is on Labor Day, the partying starts days before.

J'ouvert gets the big day started
J'ouvert, meaning "day break," takes place in the early morning hours. It's a wild, colorful, sunrise parade that signals the start of Carnival.

Why We Love West Indian Day Parade

It's one heckuva party
The West Indian Day Parade has become one of New York's major cultural celebration, drawing crowds estimated between 1 and 3 million each year. It celebrates the cultures of many countries, including — but certainly not limited to — Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, Suriname, Belize, and the Bahamas.

The parade immerses us in many vibrant cultures
The sights and sounds of West Indian Day Parade are truly wondrous: floats, masqueraders, costumes, music, and steel bands — they all pass by in a colorful, musical and stunning display.

We're hungry for some Caribbean food
One of the best things about the parade is the almost endless variety of food and drink that comes along with it. Butterfly shrimp, curried chicken, meat patties, coconut bread, jerk chicken, oxtail, and more — all washed down with sugarcane juice, rum punch, coconut water or ginger beer. Seriously, we're getting hungry just thinking about it!

Jackson State mascot flagged for unsportsmanlike penalty after running on field
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ftw/2019/09/01/a-college-football-teams-mascot-got-flagged-for-an-unsportsmanlike-penalty/40061277/

Jackson State now leads the country in penalties thrown on their mascot. Unbelievable.

Trade war: How tariffs on clothing, TVs and school supplies could affect you next week
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/08/30/china-tariffs-new-duties-target-clothing-tvs-other-consumer-goodsr/2134546001/

Labor Day weekend: America, you're grilling your burgers wrong and it could kill you - Grilling safety tips for your cookout
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/08/31/grilling-safety-tips-handling-raw-meat-for-your-labor-day-weekend-cookout/2168223001/

Important: Do the goals you set for saving or reducing debt seem too high? Try this
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/consumers/2019/09/01/how-achieve-savings-debt-reductions-when-your-goals-seem-high/2131145001/

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Texas Regional Bingo Update:

Trecdom2: Trec Buddy, it is your turn to choose your prizes.

Texas BINGO - Round 6: Famous Texans

There are a lot of Famous People from Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Famous Texans!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Famous Texans
Word List (separated by commas):

George Walker Bush,
Lyndon Baines Johnson,
Charlie Nesbitt Wilson,
Ann Richards,
Barbara Jordan,
Lloyd Bentsen,
Bessie Coleman,
Lizzie Johnson,
Angelina Eberly,
Miriam Amanda Wallace "Ma" Ferguson,
Gregory Wayne Abbott,
James Richard "Rick" Perry,
William Perry Clements Jr,
Mark Wells White Jr,
Preston Earnest Smith,
Dolph Briscoe Jr,
John Bowden Connally Jr,
Clara Driscoll,
Susana Dickinson,
Sam Houston,
Tommy Nobis,
Earl Campbell,
Raymond Clayborn,
Priest Holmes,
Bobby Layne,

Free Space:
Include a free space?: No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create: 1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/zNl5nnv.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Famous Texan for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

To start the game, today's Famous Texan to strike off is: Miriam Amanda Wallace "Ma" Ferguson

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to imgur.com.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic day everyone!

Your buddy,
Verner Von Richthofen
The Eternal Emperor

Our first TAS reference, I like it.

Best First Officer: Kira

Trecdom2 wrote:Our first TAS reference, I like it.

Best First Officer: Kira

Ahem Commander Riker would like a few words with you

How I spent last Saturday morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLcDYNv1UtM

As it is Dragoncon and we seem to have a lot of SF fans, I thought you might find it kind of cool in a nerdy, behind the scenes kind of way.

The entire parade can be seen here: https://cwatlanta.cbslocal.com/2019-dragon-con-parade/

Good morning Dudes and Dudettes,

My Dad is having a bad day today. He woke up and was in pain. We’re taking our Dad to the hospital to be checked out and given proper medical treatment. Dad told me to inform y’all that he’s sorry for not being able to post today’s Daily Post this morning and thanks you for your kind understanding.

Vincent

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