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Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate. One thing at least is certain, light has weight. One thing is certain and the rest debate. Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.
 -Arthur Eddington, leader of the team that photographed the solar eclipse of 29 May 1919, which “saw”, for the first time, the bending of light in the sun’s gravitational field, thus proving Einstein’s theory of general relativity. 

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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Birthday - 22 April

"22 April.  

Yeah, the commie Lenin.  That’s why it has become freakin’ “Earth Day” — a step toward normalization of the celebration of the day, I guess. 

Lenin.  As in Marxism-Leninism. 

And everything he stood for.  Ally of Trotsky, fergodsake. 

“Father of Modern Genocide” — that would be a good historical tag line for this monster. 

Every time I hear something about freakin’ “Earth Day” I see Lenin’s pinched little face.  Filthy little wax dummy.  Ick. 

Lenin puts the “V. I. L.” in the “EVIL” of history.”

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The First Computer Bug

On this day, 9 September 1945, the first known computer bug was found and named by Lt. (later Rear Admiral !)  Grace M. Hopper.  On active duty at Harvard University, the cutting-edge calculation engine stopped working.  Lt. Hopper discovered the bug — a moth — in the banks of circuitry, removed same, and logged it (complete with cello-tape of the offending moth to the log page).  This and similar operations, mutatis mutandis,  has become known as “debugging”.

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Battle of Midway 1942

“We therefore commit his body to the deep, looking for the general Resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”

These words are from the traditional rite for burial at sea. 

The Battle of Midway was fought from 5 to 7 June 1942.

Not all the fallen veterans are remembered by grave markers on battlefields or cemeteries.  Today I am thinking of those whose mortal remains are committed to the deep.

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