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Week 16, 2020

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President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War on April 15, 1861

President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War on April 15, 1861

President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War: On April 15, 1861, just three days after the attack on Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling forth the state militias, to the sum of 75,000 troops, in order to suppress the rebellion.

He appealed “to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate, and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union.”

As days passed, senators noted the tremendous response to the president’s call for troops.

“The response of the loyal states to the call of Lincoln was perhaps the most remarkable uprising of a great people in the history of mankind”, wrote Senator John Sherman of Ohio.

“Within a few days the road to Washington was opened, but the men who answered the call were not soldiers, but citizens.”

President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War on April 15, 1861

Lincoln’s proclamation also summoned Congress to return for an extraordinary session beginning on July 4, “to consider, and determine, such measures as, in their wisdom, the public safety, and interest, may seem to demand.”

From April to July of 1861, in preparation for the rare summertime session, senators were engaged in a variety of war-related activities—rallying support, building the military, crafting essential legislation, and handling constituent requests. John Sherman met with administration officials and worked during these months to recruit military enlistments. He even served as an aide-de-camp in the Union Army, in addition to fulfilling Senate duties.

Stephen Douglas met privately with President Lincoln on April 14, then traveled extensively throughout April and May to deliver speeches demanding that partisan battles be put aside in order to rally support for the Union cause. “You all know that I am a very good partisan fighter”, he told the Illinois state legislature on April 25. “I trust you will find me equally a good patriot.” Charles Sumner of Massachusetts advised Lincoln on foreign policy, while Maine’s William Pitt Fessenden tackled issues of finance

The United States Senate.gov / Wikipedia / Battlefields.org / Battlefields.org / Abraham Lincoln History.org / History Channel / President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War on April 15, 1861 (YouTube) video

President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth - Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth - Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Shot in the head as he watched the play, Lincoln died the following day at 7:22 am, in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

Lincoln's funeral and burial marked an extended period of national mourning.

President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth - Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865

Occurring near the end of the American Civil War, the assassination was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States government.

Conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was tasked with killing Vice President Andrew Johnson. Beyond Lincoln's death, the plot failed: Seward was only wounded and Johnson's would-be attacker lost his nerve.

After a dramatic initial escape, Booth was killed at the climax of a 12-day manhunt. Powell, Herold, Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were later hanged for their roles in the conspiracy.

U.S. History.org / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Constitution Center.org / Smithsonian / Ford's Theater.orgg / President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth - Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln's death on April 15, 1865 (YouTube) video

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

The Old Salt’s Corner

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”


The Hermit of the Wood,

This Hermit good lives in that wood

Which slopes down to the sea.

How loudly his sweet voice he rears!

He loves to talk with marineres

That come from a far countree.

He kneels at morn, and noon, and eve -

He hath a cushion plump:

It is the moss that wholly hides

The rotted old oak-stump.

The skiff-boat neared: I heard them talk,

‘Why, this is strange, I trow!

Where are those lights so many and fair,

That signal made but now?’

Approacheth the ship with wonder.

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~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(originally published in Lyrical Ballads, 1798)

Full Poem

“I’m Just Sayin’”

“I’m Just Sayin”

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge

dig two graves.”

“Life is really simple,

but we insist on making it complicated.”

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,

don't adjust the goals,

adjust the action steps.”

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.

This is how the whole scheme of things works.

All good things are difficult to achieve;

and bad things are very easy to get.”

~ Confucius

“Thought for the Day”

“Thought for the Day”

“Don't cry because it's over.

Smile because it happened.”

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Being willing is not enough;

we must do.”

“You're never too old,

too wacky,

too wild,

to pick up a book and read to a child.”

~ Dr. Seuss

“What I Have Learned”

“What I Learned”

>“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

“The hottest place in Hell is reserved

for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast;

a wild beast may wound your body,

but an evil friend will wound your mind.”

~ Anonymous

Second Hand News

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History of the Income Tax in the United States

Mr. Answer Man Please Tell Us: History of the Income Tax in the United States

The plethora of taxes we pay today: Federal income tax, alternative minimum tax, corporate tax, estate tax, FICA, and so on - didn't always exist.

America's first citizens enjoyed few to no taxes, and taxes were added, increased and occasionally (and often temporarily) repealed to give us the current tax regime.

When Were Taxes Implemented

Most of the taxes we pay today have been around for less than half of our country's history. One of the oldest is the estate tax, which was enacted in 1797 but was then repealed and reinstituted over the years, often in response to the need to finance wars. The modern estate tax was implemented in 1916 and the gift tax came about in 1924. The federal income tax was enacted in 1913, and corporate income taxes were enacted slightly earlier, in 1909.

The 1920s and '30s saw the creation of multiple taxes. Sales taxes were enacted first in West Virginia in 1921, then in 11 more states in 1933 and 18 more states by 1940. As of 2010, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon are the only states without a sales tax. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935 and Social Security taxes were first collected in January 1937, although no benefits were paid until January 1940. (For more insight, read more about how to give your taxes some credit.)

The alternative minimum tax (AMT), a type of federal income tax, wasn't enacted until 1978. This parallel system uses a separate set of rules to calculate taxable income after allowed deductions. It was designed to prevent taxpayers from avoiding their “fair share” of taxes, but because it is not indexed to inflation, more and more taxpayers have become subjected to it over the years, resulting in escalating calls to reform or eliminate the AMT.

These are just a few of the many taxes Americans are subjected to. Others include cigarette and alcohol taxes, energy taxes, aviation taxes, property taxes, telecommunications taxes, and state income taxes. The Tax Foundation calculated that in 2009, Americans on average had to work through April 11 just to earn the amount of money they would pay in taxes over the course of the year, better known as tax freedom day. (The exact date when an individual American has paid his or her tax burden for the year varies by state because of the differences in state taxes.)

History of the Income Tax in the United States

Tax Rates, Then and Now

Tax rates tend to change (often for the worse) from their rates at the time of their enactment - a fact Americans should consider whenever they are faced with the threat of a new tax. For example, in 1913 when the federal income tax was implemented to help finance World War I, the marginal tax rate was 1% on income of $0 to $20,000, 2% on income of $20,000 to $50,000, 3% on income of $50,000 to $75,000, 4% on income of $75,000 to $100,000, 5% on income of $100,000 to $250,000, 6% on income of $250,000 to $500,000, and 7% on income of $500,000 and up.

Tax rates were the same for everyone - there was no filing status, and there was no distinction between single taxpayers, married taxpayers filing jointly, married taxpayers filing separately and heads of household. By 2009, tax rates had increased considerably, with a top marginal tax rate of 35%. Modern tax rates also depend on filing status.

History of the Income Tax in the United States

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Library Of Congress.gov / Wikipedia / Encyclopedia Britannica / Investopedia / Tax History.org / Tax Foundation.org / History Channel / History of the Income Tax in the United States (YouTube) video

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang - U.S. Navy

NAVSPEAK aka U.S. Navy Slang

Mags: Place to store ammunition and weapons in warships and fortifications.

Make a Hole: An informal way for an Enlisted person to get through a passage way that is blocked by other personnel.

Mamasan: Proprietor of a bar or other such establishment where sex may be procured or negotiated. Generally found in the Western Pacific. A “madame”.

Manatee: A dependent wife, usually in Pensacola or Jacksonville that is Manatee fat even though her husband has maintained the same basic size during their marriage. Related to the Whidbey Whale.

Mandatory Fun: Any command sponsored social event that everyone HAS to attend, or get into big trouble.

Mando Commando: Sailor assigned mandatory physical training (Mando PT or FEP) for being overweight or failing the Physical Readiness Test.


Just for MARINES - The Few. The Proud.

Just for you MARINE

Magic show: Communion rite.

Maggie's Drawers: Red flag attached to a pole, used to signal a miss on the rifle range, replaced by a red disk.

MAGTF: Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

MAGTFery: I.e., “Mag-taf-ery”. Anything associated with MAGTF-type operations, or the unique structure of the Marine Corps MAGTF.


Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

Naval Aviation Squadron Nicknames

HSC-26 Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron Twenty Six (Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Twenty Six or HSC-26) - nicknamed the “Chargers”

United States Navy - Naval Air Station - Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia; Formed in 1948, Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) - HU-2 was the second United States Naval helicopter squadron, flying the tandem rotor Piasecki H-25/HUP Retriever, perfoming search and rescue operations.

Where Did That Saying Come From

Where Did That Saying Come From?

Where Did That Saying Come From? “A woman's place is in the home”

A woman's place is in the home:

Meaning: Literal meaning.

History: This notion has been expressed in a variety of forms by numerous people over the ages, all of them men of course. The proper proverbial place for a woman is usually expressed as 'the home' but is and has been also said to be 'the family' and 'the kitchen'.

The ancient Greeks got in there first. The playwright Aeschylus, in Seven Against Thebes, 467 B.C., wrote:

“Let women stay at home and hold their peace.”

Of course, Aeschylus wrote in Greek and the above is a much later translation. The unambiguous nature of the thought being expressed doesn't leave much room for interpretation and we can be assured that the English version means pretty much what the Greek dramatist originally said.

Moving into sources written in English, we find Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs, 1732:

“A Woman is to be from her House three times: when she is Christened, Married and Buried.”

Again, rather an unequivocal view of where women should spend their time. It isn't until the 19th century that we begin to see examples of the form 'A woman's place...'. The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, Volume 97, 1825 had a 'family' version:

“A woman's place is in the bosom of her family; her thoughts ought seldom to emerge from it.”

In 1832, The New Sporting Magazine, Volume 3, included the earliest example of 'a woman's place is in the home' that I can find in print:

“A woman's place is her own home, and not her husband's countinghouse.”

A 'kitchen' variant is found in Hetty Morrison's early feminist tract My Summer in the Kitchen, 1878:

“Accepting ourselves at the valuation of such men as these, that woman's place is in the kitchen, or, to word it more ambitiously, that 'woman is the queen of the home', the right I ask for is that we be allowed to reign undisputed there.”

Times they a change and with them our proverbs. In November 1970, Time magazine printed a piece titled Newcomers in the House. Bella Abzug campaigned for office in the US Congress using the slogan

“his woman’s place is in the House... the House of Representatives.”


Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

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Screening embryos for IQ and other complex traits is premature, study concludesSome of NIH’s chimpanzees will not retire to a sanctuary as plannedIntensive DNA search yields 10 genes tied directly to schizophreniaTop stories: Life after dinosaurs, Neanderthal planning, and Russia’s CRISPR babies Science AAAS

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Rock Star's Company Seeks UFOs, Finds Military Contract

Rock Star's Company Seeks UFOs, Finds Military Contract

The arrangement with the U.S. Army will fund new technologies that could have military applications.

A private company that researches UFOs has a new contract with the U.S. government, for developing technologies that could enhance ground vehicles in the military.

To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA) was launched in 2017 by former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge; in December of that year, TTSA became the first company to share videos that showed U.S. Navy pilots interacting with UFOs. It was able to obtain the footage “by leveraging its team's access” to the material, according to the company website. (The videos may not have been officially cleared for public viewing, Live Science reported.)

Other divisions at TTSA focus on new technology. On Oct. 17, TTSA representatives announced that the group had entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, according to a statement.

Rock Star's Company Seeks UFOs, Finds Military Contract

The five-year contract outlines a research collaboration, and the U.S. Army will provide at least $750,000 in support and resources for developing and testing TTSA technologies, Motherboard reported.

Those technologies could include “inertial mass reduction, mechanical/structural meta materials, electromagnetic meta material wave guides, quantum physics, quantum communications, and beamed energy propulsion”, according to the contract.

Alongside TTSA's technology production and theoretical research is an entertainment division that is “at the forefront of socializing the UFO conversation”, the company says. TTSA maintains a film archive of UFO sightings, and key TTSA personnel — several of whom previously held U.S. government positions — were featured in the documentary series “Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation”, which aired on the History Channel in May.

Rock Star's Company Seeks UFOs, Finds Military Contract

A U.S. Army representative hailed the new partnership in a statement as “an exciting, non-traditional source for novel materials and transformational technologies”.

While the U.S. Army's interest in the project stems from its potential applications toward enhanced military performance, TTSA has other plans for the results of the collaboration, and expects to apply their findings toward “commercialization and public benefit”, Steve Justice, TTSA's chief operations officer and Aerospace Division Director, said in the statement.

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Second Hand News

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“You Really Got Me” - The Kinks 1964

“You Really Got Me” - The Kinks
Album: Kinks
Released 1964 video

Ray Davies wrote “You Really Got Mevideo with the help of his brother (and Kinks guitarist) Dave. Ray played it for Dave on piano, and Dave tried it on guitar. Their first version was six-minutes long, but the final single release came in at just 2:20.

Dave Davies got the dirty guitar sound by slashing the speaker cone on his amp with a razor blade. The vibration of the fabric produced an effect known as “fuzz”, which became common as various electronic devices were invented to distort the sound. At the time, none of these devices existed, so Davies would mistreat his amp to get the desired sound, often kicking it. The amp was a cheap unit called an Elpico.

In 2015, Ray Davies told Rolling Stone that the lyric was inspired by watching girls dancing in a club.

“I just remembered this one girl dancing”, he said. “Sometimes you're so overwhelmed by the presence of another person and you can't put two words together.”

Davies expanded on the song's inspiration during a 2016 interview with Q magazine:

“I was playing a gig at a club in Piccadilly and there was a young girl in the audience who I really liked. She had beautiful lips. Thin, but not skinny. A bit similar to Françoise Hardy. Not long hair, but down to about there (points to shoulders). Long enough to put your hands through… (drifts off, wistfully)… long enough to hold. I wrote You Really Got Me for her, even though I never met her.”

Before they released this, The Kinks put out two singles that flopped: a cover of “Long Tall Sallyvideo and a Ray Davis composition called “You Still Want Mevideo. If “You Really Got Mevideo didn't sell, there was a good chance their record label would have dropped them.

When The Kinks heard the first version they recorded of this song, they hated the results. It was produced by Shel Talmy, their manager at the time, and Ray Davies thought it came out clean and sterile, when he wanted it to capture the energy of their live shows.

Dave Davies' girlfriend backed them up, saying it didn't make her want to “drop her knickers”. The Kinks' record company had no interest in letting them re-record the song, but due to a technicality in their contract, The Kinks were able to withhold the song until they could do it again. At the second session, Dave Davies slashed his amp and Talmy produced it to get the desired live sound. This is the version that was released.

The song was recorded on September 26, 1964 with Ray Davies on lead vocals, Dave Davies on guitar and Pete Quaife on bass.

The Kinks didn't have a drummer when they first recorded the song, so producer Shel Talmy brought in a session musician named Bobby Graham to play. When they recorded this the second time, Mick Avory had joined the band as their drummer, but Talmy didn't trust him and made him play tambourine while Graham played drums. One other session musician was used - Arthur Greenslade played piano.

Just before Dave Davies started his guitar solo at the second recording session, his brother yelled to encourage him. Dave got a little confused, but they had only three hours of studio time so he kept playing. He pulled off the solo despite the distraction.

The first line was originally “You, you really got me going”. Ray Davies changed it to “Girl, you really got me going” at the suggestion of one of their advisers. The idea was to appeal to the teenage girls in their audience.

Dave Davies got the idea for the guitar riff from “Tequilavideo by The Champs.

This was the first hit for The Kinks. It gave them a lot of publicity and led to TV appearances, magazine covers, and two gigs opening for The Beatles. They didn't have an album out yet, so they rushed one out to capitalize on the demand. This first album contained only five originals, with the rest being R&B covers.

Ray Davies wrote this with the intention of making it big crowd-pleaser for their live shows. He was trying to write something similar to “Louie Louievideo, which was a big hit for The Kingsmen.

It was rumored that Jimmy Page, who was a session musician at the time, played guitar on this track, which the band stridently denied. According to a 2012 interview on Finding Zoso with producer Shel Talmy, Jimmy Page did not play the lead guitar on the song. However he did play rhythm as Ray Davies didn't want to sing and play guitar at the same time.

Ray Davies: “I made a conscious effort to make my voice sound pure and I sang the words as clearly as the music would allow.”

Ray Davies was 22 when they recorded this; Dave Davies was 17.

A 1978 cover of this song untidywas the first single video for Van Halen, who played lots of Kinks songs in their early years doing club shows. Eddie Van Halen spent the next several years developing new guitar riffs, and like Davies, was known to manipulate his equipment to get just the right sound.

Dave Davies is not a fan of the Van Halen cover. He told Rolling Stone: “Our song was working-class people trying to fight back. Their version sounds too easy.”

The powerful rhythm guitar riff was very influential on other British groups. The Rolling Stones recorded “Satisfactionvideo, which was driven by the rhythm guitar, a year later.

According to Ray Davies, there was a great deal of jealousy among their peers when The Kinks came up with this song. He said in a 1981 interview with Creem:

“There were a lot of groups going around at the time - The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones - and nobody had really cracked with a sort of R&B #1 record. The songs were always sort of like The Beatles. When we first wanted to do a record, we couldn't get a recording gig. We were turned down by Decca, Parlophone, EMI and even Brian Epstein came to see us play and turned us down. So I started writing songs like 'You Really Got Me,' and I think there was a sheer jealousy that we did it first. Because we weren't a great group - untidy - and we were considered maybe a bit of a joke. But for some reason, I'd just had dinner, shepherd's pie, at my sister's house, and I sat down at the piano and played da, da, da, da, da. The funny thing is it was influenced by Mose Allison more than anybody else. And I think there was a lot of bad feeling. I remember we went to clubs like the Marquee, and those bands wouldn't talk to us because we did it first.”

The Kinks' next single was “All Day And All Of The Nightvideo, which was basically a re-write of this song, but was also a hit.

The Kinks official site / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / Billboard / All Music / Song Facts / The Kinks

Image: “Kinks (album)” by The Kinks

Kinks Biography Part 1 - 6, Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame video (YouTube)


A Test for People Who Know Everything

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE OCEANS” ($200)

“Surface waters of this 2nd-largest ocean have the highest level of salinity, & changes can affect world rainfall.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer National Geographic

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE OCEANS” ($400)

“Crawling on the ocean floor are arthropods, like the sea this.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer National Geographic

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE OCEANS” ($600 DD $1,000):

“The Laptev & Barents Seas are parts of this remote ocean.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer National Geographic

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE OCEANS” ($800)

“In the 1520s this man captained the first European expedition to cross the Pacific Ocean.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Encyclopedia Britannica

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “THE OCEANS” ($1,000)

“The Kuroshio is an enormous ocean one of these & equal in volume to about 6,000 large rivers.”

Answer for People Who Do Not Know Everything, or Want to Verify Their Answer Weather.com

Answer to Last Week's Test

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “WEIGHTS & MEASURES” ($200)

“This basic unit for oil equals 42 gallons.”

● Answer: a Barrel. Government Publishing Office

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “WEIGHTS & MEASURES” ($400)

“Listen up! Firecrackers & jets taking off measure about 150 of these units.”

● Answer: a Decibel. Owners Corporation Network.org

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “WEIGHTS & MEASURES” ($600)

“The name of this monetary unit of Israel originally referred to a unit of weight equal to about half an ounce.”

● Answer: a Shekel. Jewish Encyclopedia

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “WEIGHTS & MEASURES” ($800)

“An angstrom is equivalent to 0.1 of these teeny tiny units, nm for short.”

● Answer: a Nanometer. Quora

From the Jeopardy Archives Category - “WEIGHTS & MEASURES” ($1,000)

“J is the symbol for this unit of work or energy.”

● Answer: a Joule. Institute Of Physics

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

Joke of the Day

“A Priest, A Minister, A Rabbi And A Bear”

A priest, a minister and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it. Later they get together. The priest begins:

“When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his First Communion.”

“I found a bear by the stream”, says the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.”

They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast.

“Looking back”, he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.”