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Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine partly to assert his country's regional dominance once and for all. Nearly a year on, Putin has achieved the opposite -- and not just in Kyiv. read more

No classified documents were found during the FBI's search of President Joe Biden's Delaware beach home on Wednesday, according to the president's attorney. read more

Tens of millions of people quit work during the pandemic and continue to do so even now. A recently released survey shows they're not unhappy with their choice to leave.

Decades before the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, Alse Young was killed at the gallows in Connecticut, becoming the first person on record to be executed in the American colonies for witchcraft.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Russia is violating the terms of the New START nuclear arms control treaty by refusing to allow on-site inspections, the State Department said Tuesday. read more


How a tiny radioactive capsule was found in Australia's vast outback

...By 27 January, search parties were in full force looking for the tiny capsule. But they were not scouting for it using their eyes - they were using portable radiation survey meters.

The survey meters are designed to detect radioactivity within a 20m radius.

"We are not trying to find the small capsule by eyesight. The radiation equipment will hopefully lead us to it," a police spokesperson said the following day.

Police focused their efforts on the GPS route the truck had taken, and on sites close to Perth's metropolitan and high-density areas.

One site along the Great Northern Highway was prioritised by police on 28 January after unusual activity on a Geiger counter - a device used for measuring radioactivity - was reported by a member of public.

But that search did not uncover the capsule.

The next day, additional resources requested from Australia's federal government had been approved and those overseeing the search began planning its next phase.

With the new equipment in Western Australia and ready for use by 30 January, the search ramped up.

An incident controller at the state's emergency services department, Darryl Ray, described the new tools provided by the government only as "specialised radiation detection equipment".

Local media reported that radiation portal monitors and a gamma-ray spectrometer were among the new items being used by search crews.

Radiation portal monitors detect gamma radiation and are typically used at airports to scan individuals to ensure they do not have radioactive substances on them. Gamma spectrometers measure the intensity of the radiation.

Mr Ray said the new detection equipment could be attached to vehicles so searches could be done from moving vehicles at about 50km/h.

"It will take approximately five days to travel the original route, an estimated 1400km, with crews travelling north and south along Great Northern Highway," he said.

But by the end of 31 January, the capsule continued to evade search crews.

"More than 660km has been searched so far - thank you to all agencies for their support," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said....

The capsule was found.

@#36 . ... Speaking of imagined monsters under the bed. That is how I see the whole "oppressed voters" argument against election security measures. ...

Election security measures are just one part of it.

To wit...


U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Voter ID Law (2016)

...The appeals court noted that the North Carolina Legislature "requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices" -- then, data in hand, "enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans."

The changes to the voting process "target African Americans with almost surgical precision," the circuit court wrote, and "impose cures for problems that did not exist."

The appeals court suggested that the motivation was fundamentally political -- a Republican legislature attempting to secure its power by blocking votes from a population likely to vote for Democrats....

[emphasis mine]

Georgia's GOP House Speaker says vote-by-mail system would be 'devastating to Republicans' (April 2020)

..."... a multitude of reasons why vote by mail in my view is not acceptable," [Georgia state House Speaker David] Ralston went on, before adding "the president said it best, this will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia." ...

"The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to, you would never have a Republican elected in this country again," [fmr Pres] Trump said...


There appears to be a concerted effort by Republicans to prevent or make it difficult for these who do not vote of Republicans to vote.


And your point is? That the 1600's in the Connecticut area was one of the early areas to be settled?

Your comment needs to provide more context.

fwiw, here's the article that contains your quote. Why didn't you cite the article and the URL?

Connecticut Abolitionists

...Setting Context: the National Abolition Movement
William Lloyd Garrison, with others formed the American Anti-Slavery Society (the Society) in 1833. It advocated for the abolition of slavery within the United States. Notable members frequent speakers included former slaves Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.

In 1840 the Society split. One faction, led by Garrison, advocated for the dissolution of the Federal government. It believed that the Constitution was a flawed document that supported slavery, and the only option was to create a new nation. It was suspicious of religion, and supported having women in leadership roles. Garrison's opponents thought he was too radical. Opponents formed two new organizations - the Liberty Party and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.

Founders of the Liberty Party advocated for political involvement. They believed that electing abolitionists to office could end slavery. The party put forth one Presidential candidate, James Birney, in both 1840 and 1844. He was unsuccessful in both races.

The American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (AFASS) promoted religion in abolitionism. They thought that religious teachings, not political activism, would create a moral epiphany. AFASS didn't give women the right to vote in proceedings or hold positions.

Black abolitionists were often kept on the margins of the movement they had sustained and promoted. Increasingly, free blacks had their own meetings and read African American newspapers. These included Samuel Cornish's Colored American and Frederick Douglass's abolitionist weekly North Star.

Connecticut: A History of Slavery and Abolitionism

Slavery in Connecticut dated back to the mid-1600s. By the American Revolution, Connecticut had more enslaved Africans than any other state in New England. In 1784 it passed an act of Gradual Abolition. It stated that those children born into slavery after March 1, 1784 would be freed by the time they turned 25. As a result, slavery in Connecticut was practiced until 1848.

In 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school for "young misses of color" in Canterbury, Connecticut. The townspeople protested and harassed Crandall and her students. She resisted and kept her school open. In 1834, Connecticut's General Assembly passed what came to be known as the Black Law. The Black Law restricted African Americans from coming into Connecticut to get an education and prohibited anyone from opening a school to educate African Americans from outside the state without getting a town's permission. This law, in effect, expelled those attending Crandall's school and closed it down. The Prudence Crandall trial and the establishment of the Connecticut Black Law of 1834 were huge setbacks for the abolitionist movement in the state.

The Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1838. By 1839, Connecticut abolitionism found itself at a crossroads. After several disheartening legal defeats like the Crandall case, Connecticut abolitionists were in search of a new cause to bring slavery to the public's eye. Abolitionists embraced the publicity given to the Amistad captives' plight as a means to publicize and reinvigorate their cause....

Yer up...

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