Monday, March 20, 2023

Monday Musings - March 20, 2023


1. We are in the last half of the month of March and this is the third Monday. There remain 40 Mondays in the year. 

2. Happy First Day of Spring. At 5:24 PM EDT today, the equinox occurs and Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, for the southern half of the world it marks the first day of Autumn.

3. March Madness is in full swing. I watched more college basketball during the past four days than I had all year. The team remaining in the Sweet 16 that I am most excited about are the Owls of FAU. The Princeton Tigers are a close second!

4. And writing of sports, how about Team USA in the World Baseball Classic? Wow! In the championship game for the second straight time as the defending champions!

5. Even though temperatures were in the mid-60s yesterday here in South Florida, Chris and I completed a 12.5 mile ride through a state park near Port Salerno. We shook off the cold and rode undeterred. 

6. If you are looking for something new to enjoy this Springtime, an article titled, 9 Ways to Celebrate the Spring Equinox might provide some ideas. 

7. Today in HistoryOn March 20, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson notifies Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will use federal authority to call up the Alabama National Guard in order to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Intimidation and discrimination had earlier prevented Selma’s Black population—over half the city—from registering and voting. On Sunday, March 7, 1965, a group of 600 demonstrators marched on the capital city of Montgomery to protest this disenfranchisement and the earlier killing of a Black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a state trooper. 

In brutal scenes that were later broadcast on television, state and local police attacked the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas. TV viewers far and wide were outraged by the images, and a protest march was organized just two days after “Bloody Sunday” by Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King turned the marchers around, however, rather than carry out the march without federal judicial approval.

At the China-Russia Border, the Xi-Putin Partnership Shows Signs of Fraying - The Wall Street Journal

Xi Jinping arrives in Moscow - CNN

Credit Suisse shares plunge after UBS takeover - CNN

Why the US is beating Russia in the Black Sea without firing a shot - CNN

Russian court freezes all Volkswagen assets in Russia - Reuters

Former US Marine may have been 'lured' from China before arrest, lawyer says - Reuters

North Korea's Kim oversees simulated nuclear counterattack against US, South Korea - Reuters

North Korea's use of missile silo could mean less warning of launches - Reuters

Covid changed parents’ view of schools — and ignited the education culture wars - The Washington Post

Why white Christian nationalists are in such a panic - The Washington Post

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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