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    Today is Thursday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2021. There are 309 days left in the year.

    In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon.

    In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

    One year ago: President Donald Trump, speaking in India, said the virus was “very well under control” in the U.S.
    Today in labor history.

    2011 – A crowd estimated to be 100,000 strong rallies at the Wisconsin state capitol in protest of what was ultimately was to become a successful push by the state’s Republican majority to cripple public employee bargaining rights.
    Thought for today. "One of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement." - Geoffrey Hill

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-162/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Thought for today. "One of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement." - Geoffrey Hill
    Good quote... and this is a perfect example...

    Biden Official Overseeing China Policy Said She Was “Fine” With the CCP’s Influence in America

    Melanie Hart, who now serves in the Biden administration as China policy coordinator to the undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, has taken part in programs and written reports that were sponsored by one of China’s top propaganda organizations, whose mission it is to “influence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing.”

    Additionally, e-mails show that Hart said she was “fine” with Chinese think tanks engaging in “international influencing” in the United States. She has also discreetly provided premiers of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with questions prior to conferences.

    In her new role within the Biden White House, Hart will “oversee a review of Trump administration policies,” according to Bloomberg. The outlet notes that she’ll focus on the Trump team’s “Clean Network” Initiative, which encouraged countries to block Huawei, the communist Chinese-aligned telecom company.

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    Today is Friday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2021. There are 308 days left in the year.

    In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

    In 1984, the last U.S. Marines deployed to Beirut as part of an international peacekeeping force withdrew from the Lebanese capital.

    One year ago: President Donald Trump declared that the U.S. was “very, very ready” for whatever threat the coronavirus would bring; he put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of overseeing the country’s response.
    Today in labor history.

    1941 – Bethlehem Steel workers strike for union recognition, Bethlehem, Pa.

    1972 – A coal slag heap doubling as a dam in West Virginia’s Buffalo Creek Valley collapses, flooding the 17-mile long valley. A total of 118 died, and 5,000 were left homeless. The Pittston Coal Co. said it was “an act of God.”

    2004 – A 20-week strike by 70,000 Southern California supermarket workers ends, with both sides claiming victory.
    Thought for today. “Never confuse belief with knowledge.” ― Abhijit Naskar

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Thought for today. “Never confuse belief with knowledge.” ― Abhijit Naskar
    Something that you seem to do all the time or you would be able stand up and defend your posts instead of just posting them and run.

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    Today is Saturday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2021. There are 307 days left in the year.

    On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag (RYKS’-tahg), was gutted by fire; Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire to justify suspending civil liberties.

    In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.

    In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until the following May.)
    Today in labor history.

    1937 – Four hundred fifty Woolworth’s workers and customers occupy store for eight days in support of Waiters and Waitresses Union, Detroit.

    1939 – The Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes, a major organizing tool for industrial unions, are illegal.

    1943 – Mine disaster kills 75 at Red Lodge, Mont.
    Thought for today. “Most of the time, if you treat people right, you don't have to be afraid of them.” ― Kathy Kelly

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-158/

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    Today is Sunday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2021. There are 306 days left in the year.

    In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

    In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.

    One year ago: At a rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump asserted that Democratic complaints about his handling of the virus threat were “their new hoax.”
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    1898 – U.S. Supreme Court finds that a Utah state law limiting mine and smelter workers to an eight-hour workday is constitutional.

    1918 – The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is organized on this day as 36 delegates representing 24 local fire fighter unions convene in Washington, DC. They debate on a name for the new organization, deciding between the International Brotherhood of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

    1938 – A fifteen-week strike in San Francisco by 108 members of the ILGWU’s “Chinese Ladies Garment Workers Union” starts against a National Dollar Stores factory and three retail stores. Two weeks after white retail clerks struck in support, the strike was won. Workers received a pay increase, enforcement of health and safety regulations, and guarantees of work. Although the company closed a year later, the union later helped Chinese workers get positions in previously white-only shops, and some moved into leadership positions in the ILGWU.
    Thought for today. "We live in an age of technology and science that demands proof, and yet we desire mystery. But when God gives us mystery, we seek to destroy it by gross indifference or childish reasoning." - Mother Angelica

    https://wtop.com/national/2021/02/today-in-history-166/

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    Today is Monday, March 1, the 60th day of 2021. There are 305 days left in the year.

    In 1893, inventor Nikola Tesla first publicly demonstrated radio during a meeting of the National Electric Light Association in St. Louis by transmitting electromagnetic energy without wires.

    In 1974, seven people, including former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in.

    One year ago: President Donald Trump said there was “no reason to panic” about the virus.
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    1936 – Sailors aboard the S.S. California, docked in San Pedro, Calif., refuse to cast off the lines and allow the ship to sail until their wages are increased and overtime paid. The job action lasts three days before the Secretary of Labor intervenes and an agreement is reached. The leaders were fined two days’ pay, fired and blacklisted, although charges of mutiny were dropped. The action marked the beginnings of the National Maritime Union.

    1936 – After five years of labor by 21,000 workers, 112 of whom were killed on the job, the Hoover Dam (Boulder Dam) is completed and turned over to the government. Citizens were so mad at President Herbert Hoover, for whom the dam had been named, that it was later changed to Boulder Dam, being located near Boulder City, Nev.

    1937 – CIO president John L. Lewis and U.S. Steel President Myron Taylor sign a landmark contract in which the bitterly anti-union company officially recognized the CIO as sole negotiator for the company’s unionized workers. Included: the adoption of overtime pay, the 40-hour work week, and a big pay hike.
    Thought for today. “Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” ― Dale Carnegie

    https://wtop.com/national/2021/03/today-in-history-168/

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Thought for today. “Most of the time, if you treat people right, you don't have to be afraid of them.” ― Kathy Kelly
    Seeing how that train has left the station… you may now want to ponder on this for awhile…

    “F-E-A-R: has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.” — Zig Ziglar

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    Today is Tuesday, March 2, the 61st day of 2021. There are 304 days left in the year.

    In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act.

    In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), the synthetic compounds blamed for destroying the Earth’s ozone layer, by the end of the 20th century.

    One year ago: Vice President Mike Pence said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained low, but that “we’re ready for anything.”
    Today in labor history.

    1913 – Postal workers granted eight-hour day.

    1990 – More than 6,000 drivers strike Greyhound Lines, most lose their jobs to strikebreakers after company declares “impasse” in negotiations.
    Thought for today. “Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.” ― Shannon L. Alder

    https://wtop.com/national/2021/03/today-in-history-169/

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    Today is Wednesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2021. There are 303 days left in the year.

    On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.

    In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

    Five years ago: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz leveled withering criticism at Donald Trump’s “flexible” policy positions and personal ethics during a Republican presidential debate in Detroit.
    Today in labor history.

    1906 – The local lumber workers’ union in Humboldt County, Calif., founds the Union Labor Hospital Association to establish a hospital for union workers in the county. The hospital became an important community facility that was financed and run by the local Labor Movement.

    1915 – Congress approves the Seamen’s Act, providing the merchant marine with rights similar to those gained by factory workers. Action on the law was prompted by the sinking of the Titanic three years earlier. Among other gains: working hours were limited to 56 per week and guaranteed minimum standards of cleanliness and safety were put in place.

    1931 – The Davis-Bacon Act takes effect. It orders contractors on federally financed or assisted construction projects to pay wage rates equal to those prevailing in local construction trades.
    Thought for today. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

    https://wtop.com/back-in-the-day/202...n-history-170/

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