Good News in History, October 18 – Good News Network


893 years ago today, Zhu Xi, a revolutionary Confucian scholar of the Song Dynasty, was born. His shifting of the emphasis from the I Ching to the Four Books reshaped the Chinese view of the world, which is not an easy thing to do. His commentaries and perspectives formed the basis for the Chinese civil service exam from his day to 1905. READ more about the great thinker… (1130)

Zhu Xi – pub domain

Zhu Xi maintained that all things are brought into being by the union of two universal aspects of reality: qi, sometimes translated as vital (or physical, material) force; and li, sometimes translated as rational principle (or law). The source and sum of li is the Taiji, meaning the Supreme Ultimate.

Qi and li operate together in mutual dependence. They are mutually aspective in all creatures in the universe. These two aspects are manifested in the creation of substantial entities. When their activity is waxing (rapid or expansive), that is the yang energy mode. When their activity is waning (slow or contractive), that is the yin energy mode.

His philosophy survived the Intellectual Revolution of 1917, and later Chinese scholar Feng Youlan would interpret his conception of li, qi, and taiji into a new metaphysical theory for the modern era which persists today.

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  • 171 years ago today, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published, as The Whale (1851)
  • Chuck Berry, the guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music pioneer who combined rhythm and blues with unique showmanship to make rock and roll distinctive with songs like Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music, and Johnny B. Goode was born (1926–2017)
  • The Nobel Prize was awarded to American Dr. James Watson and Britons Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins for recognizing the double-helix molecular structure of DNA (1962)
  • Azerbaijan declared independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

62 years ago today, West Side Story, the film starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, opened in movie theaters.

A film adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway musical, the romantic musical tragedy inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 10, becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical. The music for the film contained new arrangements of original songs by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including the classic, Something’s Coming, America, I Feel Pretty, and Somewhere. WATCH the energetic trailer… (1961)

And, on this day in 1977, Reggie Jackson, playing for the N.Y. Yankees, hit 3 consecutive home runs, each on the first pitch, off three different Dodgers pitchers in the deciding World Series game.

Reggie Jackson

He was nicknamed “Mr. October” for his record-breaking clutch hitting in the postseason. In 27 World Series games, Jackson amassed 10 home runs – a record-breaking five during the 1977 Series (4 homers on 4 consecutive swings of the bat in 2 games, against four different Dodger pitchers) – and 24 RBI, with a .357 batting average. In his career Reggie Jackson hit 563 home runs and was an American League All-Star for 14 seasons, helping the Yankees win two World Series titles.

69 years ago today, the first transistor radio was sold by Texas Instruments and Regency Division of I.D.E.A.

Photo of the Regency TR-1 by Gregory F. Maxwell, GDFL license

Rather than the large vacuum tubes of previous radios, the small portable receiver used transistor-based electronic circuitry and required far less power to operate. With mono earphone jacks included, the Regency TR-1 cost $49.95 (equivalent to $466 today) and sold about 150,000 units. The shock-resistant devices were extremely successful because of the large number of young people born in the baby boom, a public with disposable income amidst a period of prosperity, and the growing popularity of rock ‘n’ roll music. The smaller and cheaper Japanese models released a few years later, led to the transistor radio becoming the most popular electronic communication device of the 1960s and 70s. (1954)

Happy 63rd Birthday to the Belgian bodybuilder and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme. He became known for his action movies in the 80s and 90s, including Cyborg, Bloodsport, Double Impact, Sudden Death, and The Expendables 2. Famous for often doing the Chinese splits, he also starred in the franchises Kickboxer, and Universal Soldier.

By Georges Biard, 2010 – CC license

Called ‘The Muscles from Brussels,’ he began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shōtōkan karate school. He earned his black belt in karate at 18, but also took up ballet at 16, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet “is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport.” Later he won titles in professional kickboxing and took up both Taekwondo and Muay Thai. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title.

His real-life battle with bipolar disorder was overcome and in 2008 Van Damme reignited his reputation with his semi-autobiographical production of JCVD, which received much critical acclaim, with Time magazine saying he deserved an Oscar. (1960)

And, on this day in 1967, The Jungle Book animated movie was released to theaters.

Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling’, Jungle Book was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney himself, who died during its production.

The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the jungle by wolves, whose animal friends, including Baloo the bear, try to protect him against the evil tiger Shere Khan. Acclaimed for its soundtrack, the film grossed tens of millions. WATCH the “Bare Necessities” number…

Happy Alaska Day, which celebrates the moment when, 156 years ago, the U.S. purchased the entire Alaskan territory from Russia for around $7.2 million, or around twenty-one thousand pounds of gold reserves. The Tsar out in Moscow was worried about the exposure and defensibility of a remote Alaskan outpost to a potential attack from the British colony of Canada, should the two powers ever come to blows. This led Alexander II to sell it off to the Americans.

The Governor of Alaska marked the new holiday with the following words in 2021.

Whereas, Alaska Day, a significant piece of the Last Frontier’s history, serves as a valuable reminder of the rich history of our State. Alaska is a land of boundless opportunities, breathtaking landscapes, and bountiful resources.

Whereas, October 18, 2021, marks the 154th anniversary of the formal transfer of Alaska from the Russian Empire to the United States of America. Today is a day to celebrate the magnitude of which we have grown as a State and to be grateful for the abundance of resources, culture, and nature we have available to us.

Now therefore, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2021 as ALASKA DAY in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to celebrate and acknowledge this milestone in Alaska’s history.

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Artist Creates Iconic Landscapes From Food–Then Donates to Hungry People (LOOK)

Nathan Wyburn with his food art of iconic landscapes – SWNS / OnePoll

An artist used organic food to create these iconic landscapes—and they do look good enough to eat, because they were.

Made entirely from fruits and vegetables, the four tasty ‘paintings’ feature some of the UK’s best loved scenes—from Stonehenge, to Avon Gorge, with its famous suspension bridge, to Giant’s Causeway.

Marking the end of the 2023 harvest season, the edible exhibits were created by Welsh-based artist Nathan Wyburn to replicate the beloved landscapes in mouthwatering detail—along with the help of the Yeo Valley Organic’s chef, Ali Pumfrey.

The delectable scenes, which also includes the Ribblehead Viaduct, utilized fresh organic produce like strawberries, beetroot, and kale, and took the artist 48 hours to create.

“I like to bring people closer to the natural world through my work and relished the opportunity to take up this unique challenge,” said Nathan Wyburn.

“I used to visit the Avon Gorge as a child and was always in awe of the amazing natural landscape, so it was a really fun process thinking about how I could bring that to life through local products.”

He used almost 150 pounds of food (67 kilograms), which also including soup, yogurt, and butter to bring the scenes to life.

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The iconic bridge was crafted using a colorful kaleidoscope of berries, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, along with beetroot and broccoli, with added layers of texture from leeks and kale.

Food artist Nathan Wyburn recreates the iconic UK landscape Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire – SWNS / OnePoll
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, made from Yeo Valley Organic’s Carrot, Parsnip, and Thyme Soup, Salted Butter, Cheddar Cheese, and peeled carrots and potatoes – SWNS

An atmospheric scene of the Ribblehead Viaduct was brought to life using a cream of vegetable soup, layered with cabbage, spiraled courgette, and finely sliced mint, and thyme.

Carrot, parsnip, and thyme soup were used to carve the sunset below the horizon at Giants Causeway—sculpted alongside curled butter, grated cheddar cheese, and potatoes.

The silhouette of Stonehenge was constructed from towering blocks of cheddar, lashings of natural yogurt and kefir, and decorated with leeks and cabbage leaves.

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While most people revel in the picturesque beauty of rural landscapes, many people also find joy in admiring their food before taking a bite.

“Nature is beautiful and we think the food you eat should be too,” said Ali Pumfrey.

“We hope the landscapes we’ve created inspire people to support homegrown organic farming to help keep our landscapes natural.”

Nathan Wyburn recreates Stonehenge in cheddar cheese, yogurt, leeks and cabbage – SWNS

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Following the creations, chef Ali repurposed the landscape ingredients into recipes and any unused ingredients were donated to food charity, City Harvest—helping to deliver 143 meals to families in need across the country.

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Good News for California Bees: Governor Signs Law to Help Protect Pollinators From Toxic Pesticides

Adonyi Gábor

Thanks to the persistence of state legislators, and a change of heart from Governor Gavin Newsom, California has passed a new law that will ban over-the-counter sales of lawn and garden neonicotinoid pesticides by 2025, limiting their use to trained professionals in the heavily agricultural state.

AB 363 restricts the sale of the pesticide class, also known as neonics, and directs the Department of Pesticide Regulation to conduct an analysis of the worst uses of neonics and take necessary steps to prevent environmental damage.

The bill, authored by Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, also directs the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to complete a timely and thorough review of non-agricultural neonic uses.

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It’s been five years since the EU and UK banned even farmers from using neonicotinoids unless the plants were inside of a closed greenhouse. In 2016, Ontario became the first region in North America to ban the neonics pesticides. Several US states have limited their use and companies like Lowes, Costco, Walmart, and Ortho have promised to phase them out.

“I’m thrilled Governor Newsom has signed AB 363 to eliminate harmful pesticides and protect our environment without limiting farmers,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan.

In addition to being the world’s most widely used insecticides, neonics may be the most ecologically destructive pesticides since DDT. Toxic to bees and other insects, once in an environment, neonics can persist in soil for years and are easily carried long distances by rain or irrigation water. Today, neonics extensively contaminate California surface waters.

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“Public health and ecological wellbeing throughout California are better protected today because of this new law,” says Lucas Rhoads, with the Pollinator Initiative at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). “California joins nine other states that have curbed neonic pollution in the places where people live and play, taking steps to safeguard the communities and species.”

While DPR recently completed a reevaluation of agricultural uses of neonics, it neglected to address non-agricultural uses happening right in many Californians’ backyards, which contribute to contamination of the state’s urban and suburban waters.

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For this reason, AB 363 will now require DPR to perform a more rigorous review of remaining neonic uses and provide additional mitigation where needed—especially important for California’s 1,600 native bee species.

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Sealed Jars of Wine From 5,000 Years Ago Uncovered in Egyptian Queen's Tomb

5000-year-old wine jars in the tomb of Queen Meret-Neith in Abydos – SWNS

Sealed jars of wine from 5,000 years ago have been uncovered amongst the grave goods found in an Egyptian Queen’s tomb.

The stash once belonging to Queen Meret-Neith in Abydos, from 3,000 BC, and is one of the oldest ever.

Researchers from the University of Vienna say she was the most powerful woman in the period and possibly the first female pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

Queen Meret-Neith was the only woman to have her own monumental tomb in Egypt’s first royal cemetery at Abydos.

Although her true identity remains a mystery the excavation revealed hundreds of jars of wine, some still sealed, buried with her.

Meret-Neith’s monumental tomb complex in the Abydos desert, which includes the tombs of 41 courtiers and servants in addition to her own burial chamber, was built of unbaked mud bricks, clay and wood.

In addition, inscriptions testify that Queen Meret-Neith was responsible for central government offices such as the treasury, which supports the idea of her special historical significance.

The tomb complex of Queen Meret-Neith in Abydos during excavation – SWNS

Archaeologist Professor Christiana Köhler from the University of Vienna said that a lot of the finds are undergoing analysis to reveal their secrets.

“The wine was no longer liquid and we can’t tell if it was red or white,” she said. “We found a lot of organic residue, grape seeds and crystals, possibly tartar and all of this is currently being scientifically analyzed.

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“It is probably the second oldest direct evidence for wine, the oldest also comes from Abydos.

Thanks to careful excavation methods and various new archaeological technologies, the team was able to show that the tombs were built in several construction phases and over a relatively long period of time.

This observation, together with other evidence, radically challenges the idea of a ritual human sacrifice as part of the royal burial in the 1st Dynasty, which was often assumed in early research but never really proven.

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“The new excavations bring to light exciting new information about this unique woman and her time.”

The team is working in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, the University of Vienna, and the Vienna University of Technology in Austria and Lund University in Sweden.

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Middle East Path to Total War: You Can’t Make This Up

The Israeli- US war effort truly appears to be run by the Three Stooges or sub-zeros. On Tuesday the sub-zeros managed to hit a Baptist hospital in Gaza being used by displaced civilians. Reports indicated 500 slaughtered.

Despite Israel’s denials, just before this atrocity an Israeli mucky muck opined with this gem.

Israel’s National Security Minister Ben Gvir responds to calls for humanitarian aid to Gaza civilians:

“The only thing that needs to be brought into Gaza is hundreds of tons of air force explosives, not a single gram of humanitarian aid.”

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— AF Post (@AFpost) October 17, 2023

The PR management by Israel feels the ultimate in neurotic hubris. The goal continues to be centered around moving the Gazans to corrals in the south. Gaza is now out of food, water and fuel and hope for that is lost. Next it is clear an attempt to pay off Egypt to grant entrance to mass refuges. That may be increasingly difficult to execute.

International condemnation is universal minus the US.

African Union strongly condemns Israel’s bombing of Gaza hospital

Dementia Joe is being brought out of the bunker to be rolled into Israel Wednesday for a girding off of a script and a mistimed puppet appearance- and no doubt to further put his foot into his mouth.

Wednesday is a day of rage in the Muslim Middle East. If the sub-zero script is followed as seen so far we might see the delayed Gaza ground offensive unfold by week’s end. This really doesn’t feel like sleep walking into the largest war since WW II – it is entirely different.

The order of battle for the expanded war is unfolding. Turkey earlier warned the US to keep it’s fleet out of the region. Turkey was ignored- and has weighed in. President Erdogan ordered the Turkish navy  to conduct military exercises around American aircraft carriers and warships. This was BEFORE the hospital event. Turkey next may attempt a naval-military escorted humanitarian convoy to Gaza. If Israel or the US interdicts that is the final trigger to total war.  Israel calls on all Israelis to leave Turkey as soon as possible.


— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 17, 2023

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Turkish Armed Forces had an active strength of around 355,200 active personnel consisting of 260,200 armed forces, 45,000 naval forces, and 50,000 air forces. In addition, it was estimated that there were 378,700 reserve personnel and 156,800 paramilitary personnel, giving a combined active and reserve strength of around 890,500 personnel. The Turks have reputation for being tough and capable soldiers.

A total of 50 U.S. B61 nuclear bombs are hosted at the Incirlik Air Base,

It doesn’t really matter about the Israeli version of various atrocities – it’s what Turkey, Iran and Egypt believe.

BREAKING: 🇪🇬 Egypt says 🇮🇱 IDF ‘bombing of civilian facilities is a serious violation of international law’

— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) October 17, 2023

Iranian Armed Forces are the largest in the Middle East in terms of active troops. Iran’s military forces are made up of approximately 610,000 active-duty personnel plus 350,000 reserve and trained personnel that can be mobilized when needed, bringing the country’s military manpower to about 960,000 total personnel.


Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Issues Ultimatum to Israel

“There is an opportunity for Israel to make amends in the coming hours. If not, the resistance will enhance its strategies and change the map of the region.”

— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) October 15, 2023

Both Iran and Turkey have very advanced military drone programs. Turkey has a good sized modern air force.

Egypt is a wild card, and is caught in the middle. They would likely fall in line after the others. They bring a 438,500 active force and 479,000 reservists to bear.

Relative to Iran and Turkey,  Hezbollah is a small part of the equation. According to the Iranian Fars News Agency, Hezbollah has up to 65,000 fighters. There are 40,000 Hamas dug into Gaza to fight the siege.

BREAKING: Axios reports the White House has discussed the possibility of using US military force if Hezbollah joins the war

— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) October 17, 2023

US troops deployed in region total in the few thousands. Whether there is war mobilization is the question but we can expect the files to come out during show time.

The European media is captured but it is problematic whether the EU and NATO or for that matter the US will send troops to die on battlefields. Which side will blink?

(Babylon Bee) Interest In Drag Queen Story Hours Wanes After They’re Renamed More Accurate ‘Man Wearing Lingerie Wants To Spend Time With Your Kids Hour’

Babylon Bee | October 17, 2023

U.S. — Interest in Drag Queen Story Hour has declined drastically across the country after several libraries chose to more accurately name them “Man-Wearing-Lingerie-Wants-To-Spend-Time-With-Your-Kids Hour.”

“We are absolutely baffled as to why no one wants to come to ‘Man-Wearing-Lingerie-Wants-To-Spend-Time-With-Your-Kids Hour’ all of a sudden,” said Brandie Schmuts, a former Drag Queen Story Hour host. “Just yesterday we were told how brave, beautiful and important it is to spend quality time with small children at libraries, and now we aren’t invited anywhere. What gives?”

According to sources, local parents have expressed their concerns and hesitancy to support these story hours after suddenly realizing they involve grown men in lingerie spending time with little kids. “My eyes are opened,” said concerned parent Hank Richards. “My alarm bells started going off when the library changed the name of this event. It seems super creepy now.”