Monday, October 5, 2009

Williamsburg Nuclear Power Plant

Everyone is talking about Green Energy these days. Will solar power satisfy our city's energy needs? Will wind? What about hydroelectric or geothermal? New York needs a bright new future and nothing shines brighter than nuclear energy!

Charles Montgomery Burns has decades of experience in safe, reliable and reusable fission technology. New York City needs the dedicated vision of a leader who can steer us to energy independence.

A Burns Administration will prioritize the construction of the state-of-the-art Williamsburg Nuclear Power Plant With a 400 MWe capacity, the medium-sized reactor will be able to provide New York City with 90% of our energy needs, saving New Yorkers up to 30% on their energy bills.

Burns. For a brighter New York future!

Today in History -
On October 5, 1877, Chief Joseph, exhausted and disheartened, surrendered in the Bears Paw Mountains of Montana, forty miles south of Canada ending the Nez Percé war. Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain was born in 1840 in the Wallowa Valley of what is now northeastern Oregon. He took the name of his father, (Old) Chief Joseph, or Joseph the Elder. When his father died in 1871, Joseph, or Joseph the Younger, was elected his father's successor. He continued his father's efforts to secure the Nez Percé claim to their land while remaining peaceful towards the whites.

" I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking-glass is dead. Too-hul-hul-suit is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men, now, who say ’yes’ or ’no’[that is, vote in council]. He who led on the young men [Joseph’s brother, Ollicut] is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people--some of them--have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are---perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find;maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever!"

Ray Kroc was born on October 5, 1902.

Mr Kroc invented McDonalds, which caused the collapse of the Soviet Union and made us all fat, allowing us to sue them, which will therefore someday make us all rich.

The huge, hulking, biblical spectacular, The Ten Commandments (the last film directed by the master showman, Cecil B Demille) opened on this date.

According to Hollywood lore, while filming the orgy sequence which precedes Moses' descent from Mount Horab with the Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille was perched on top of a ladder delivering his customarily long-winded directions. After droning on to the extras for several minutes, DeMille was distracted by one young woman who was persistently talking to the woman standing next to her. DeMille stopped his speech and addressed everyone's attention to the young woman. "Here," DeMille said, "We have a young woman whose conversation with her friend is apparently more important than listening to her instructions from her director while we are all engaged in making motion picture history. Perhaps the young woman would care to enlighten us all, and tell us what the devil is so important that it cannot wait until after we make this shot." After a moment of awkward silence, the young woman spoke up and boldly confessed, "I was just saying to my friend, 'I wonder when that bald-headed old fart is gonna call 'Lunch!'" DeMille stared at the woman for a moment, paused, then lifted his megaphone and shouted, "Lunch!"

Where's your Moses, now!

October 5, 1969 -
'Monty Python's Flying Circus' made its debut on BBC-TV.

Some of the names the BBC had rejected for the group before begrudging settling on Monty Python included "Whither Canada?" (the title of the first episode), "Ow! It's Colin Plint", "A Horse, a Spoon and a Bucket", "The Toad Elevating Moment" and "Owl Stretching Time".

October 5, 1969 -
PBS becomes a network.

Unlike the model of America's commercial television networks, in which affiliates give up portions of their local advertising airtime in exchange for network programming, PBS member stations pay substantial fees for the shows acquired and distributed by the national organization.

October 5, 1989 -
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China.

The Committee’s citation read, “The Committee wants to emphasize the fact that the Dalai Lama in his struggle for the liberation of Tibet consistently has opposed the use of violence. He has instead advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people.”

Oh great, here goes my chance of being read in China.

And so it goes.

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