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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
29th December 1890
The Massacre At Wounded Knee
The previous day, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk's band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles (8.0 km) westward to Wounded Knee Creek, where they made camp. The remainder of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, led by Colonel James W. Forsyth, arrived and surrounded the encampment. The regiment was supported by a battery of four Hotchkiss mountain guns.
On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over the rifle escalated, and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their fellow soldiers. The Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking soldiers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed.
By the time it was over, more than 200 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 were wounded (4 men and 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Twenty-five soldiers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 of the wounded later died). At least twenty soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. In 2001, the National Congress of American Indians passed two resolutions condemning the awards and called on the U.S. government to rescind them. The site of the battlefield has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I must sadly report that my very brief fun with the quadcopter has ended already after one of the four motors died - I'm sure that it was never right from the start. That and hearing about the death of Lemmy brings a somewhat sad start to the day. In the former case I feel very sorry for Son who made a financial sacrifice in an attempt to make my day, and it's gone "tits up". Of course most of us get that learning experience. I'm certainly not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, even one that was diseased from the start. On this particular issue I'm going to adopt the "least said soonest mended" approach.
What I have learned myself (the hard way!) when buying electronics or any product for that matter is to do your research - study the customer reviews, and be particularly wary of a make no one's ever heard of. I consequently rarely get ripped off these days.
Today will be the quietest and therefore the best day of the holiday, as bad news notwithstanding I have only the paper run to do, and even get some solo time in the afternoon, though I will probably spend much of that in meditation. With time now moving at warp speed, quiet days are welcome opportunities to pause and be grateful.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
For what are you profoundly grateful?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Weathertrack: Britain is in a run of clear southerly air between an anticyclone over Scandanavia and Winter Storm Frank in the Atlantic
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I swallow at least one note per meal that says "we're all really proud of you," in case the person who does my autopsy is having a bad day. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
The Graham Norton Show - Sigourney Weaver's Sexy Knickers
Vitamins are grouped according to their solubility in either fat or water. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, meaning they need fat to be absorbed into the body and can be stored in the body. Vitamin B complexes and Vitamin C are water soluble and, because they cannot be stored in the body, they must be replaced every day.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Only when we learn to channel the energy we direct toward winning over others into winning over ourselves can we begin to develop our humanity.