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The Best of The Week

On September 6, 1838 the steamer Forfarshire had a fairly unimpressive boiler failure; apparently poor upkeep allowed the wrought iron boilers to rust through. The captain decided to continue on his scheduled route, sailing from Hull to Dundee, despite having leaks in both boilers. At 10:00 that night the boilers gave out, and the captain continued under sail through a rising gale.

At about 3 am on September 7, the ship struck the small, rocky island of Big Harcar (locally known as Great Hawker), and broke up. Eight people escaped on a lifeboat to mainland; when rescuers braved the gale to look for survivors, they found only drowned bodies.

But there were other survivors. Early on the morning of the 7th, Grace Darling looked out of her bedroom window -- located midway up her father's lighthouse -- and saw a group of perhaps 13 people huddled on Big Harcar. She alerted her father, and after some debate, she convinced him to rescue the group. This was…

This is how fascism comes to America.
--Robert Kagan, The Washington Post, May 18, 2016

I thought you were wrong, nephew. I still hope you are. You still hope you are. From your view as a Canadian working in Los Angeles, you've been saying for four years that the United States is verging on a new civil war.…

Sonnet of the WeekMay 30, 2020

George Floyd Died for Our Sin

Events tumble this week, out of control.
Murder, the virus, inaction, despair.
Which way to turn, with no apparent goal?
It’s plain to see—we live an old nightmare.

George Floyd—we can’t pronounce his name enough.
He died being the wrong color, you know.

News for Noders

June 1: SciFiQuest 3020: Foresight is 3020 ends. Rewards will be announced shortly.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 13: Serjeant's Muse's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 20: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 23: AdamTheDewott's birthday!

June 28: Tau Day.

June 30: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2020!

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SciFiQuest 3020 is ongoing.

May 1: May day.

May 4: May the Fourth be with you!

May 10: Happy birthday BIII!

May 10: Mother's day in the USA.

May 25: Memorial Day in the USA.

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April 1: Due to the Global Pandemic, Everything2 will be delivering nodes only through mail-order for the foreseeable future.

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 16: Happy birthday, moeyz!

April 22: Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 23: Saint George's Day.

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 30: SciFiQuest 3020 starts today.

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March 1st: The Prosenoder's Cup 2020 starts today! (Late starts may still report to the line by visiting Keppni Hrossa: An E2 Proseproduction and reserving a title.)

March 6th: Happy birthday Wifey!

March 14th: Pi day.

March 15th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, the Prosenoder's Cup 2020.

March 19th: The first equinox of the year.

March 23rd: Today was grundoon's birthday.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!

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February 15: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18: Happy birthday mjijm!

February 29: Happy birthday Browncoat!

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