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Saturday, April 23, 2016
No Agenda-The Saturday Memo
Note from John C. Dvorak
Before discussing Obama’s weird comments made in London, I personally want to say how disappointing the last show’s donations were. It’s easy enough to blame tax day, but even last year’s income tax week was not this miserable. The newsletter adopting a gimmick resulted in $290 in donations (maybe). This was the lowest number all year. If the show was an airplane, we’d be out of gas calling Mayday, which coincideswith upcoming co-opted celebration day May Day next week.
I personally assume Thursday’s epic fail was because the $80.08 gimmick donation was offensive. Good lesson for me. Only good taste works with the No Agenda audience. Who knew? And I apologize.
So let’s try the NA annual May Day donation as the springtime celebration May Day will be upon us in a week. 5-1-16. Click here to help the show. Or just contribute what you feel like by clicking here.
The Wikipedia writes about May Day here:
May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.
In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. International Workers' Day may also be referred to as "May Day", but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.
A Maypole at a pagan festival. Has anyone noticed that the "pagans" at these events are mostly middle aged Berkeley-style women.
The celebration of spring goes back to Roman times and probably before that. It’s hard to figure how it got co-opted and became epitomized by a Russian military parades. This needs research. It should be a time for fun celebrations not a time to exhibit hardware. When have we last seen a Maypole?