on this day 10/11 1994 – The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional. 

1776 – During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.

1811 – The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY, and Hoboken, NJ.

1869 – Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.

1881 – David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.

1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.

1899 – The Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.

1929 – JCPenney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.

1932 – In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.

1936 – The radio show, “Professor Quiz”, aired for the first time.

1939 – U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S.atomic program rapidly.

1942 – The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.

1958 – Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.

1968 – Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.

1971 – Hugh Downs left the “Today” show and “Concentration”. He later became the host of ABC’s “20/20”.

1975 – “Saturday Night Live” was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.

1983 – The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service.

1984 – Construction began on the Kamric/Cinergy Futursonics Studio in Houston, TX.

1984 – American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1984 – Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.

1994 – U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.

1994 – Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.

1994 – The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.

Pennybags ~ BossFeed Briefing from Working Washington

We are Working Washington

BossFeed Briefing for October 9, 2017. Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he didn’t believe that transgender workers should be protected by civil rights laws. Last Friday, the Trump administration ruled that employers could opt to carve birth control out of employee medical plans if they expressed a “moral” objection. Last Saturday was the anniversary of the permanent establishment of the WIC program, which feeds millions of children in the US. And today is Indigenous People’s Day.


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Three things to know this week:

monocle face An activist for financial accountability dressed as the Monopoly Man (aka “Mr. Pennybags”) and crashed a public hearing on the giant Equifax data breach. As members of Congress asked the former CEO of the credit bureau to explain what went so terribly wrong, an unmistakable monocled, mustachioed figure lurked in the background of all the main camera angles.

couch and lamp The furniture company Ikea purchased TaskRabbit, the gig economy platform for odd jobs. It was an unexpected move that puzzled many analysts, but prompted many poorly-assembled jokes involving umlauts and Allen wrenches.

wave Uber shut down its program leasing cars to people so they can drive on the platform and thereby pay back their loans. This has sometimes been compared to sharecropping.


Two things to ask:

face palm Could they make it more complicated? Starbucks workers & customers called on the company to expand its parental leave program to cover adoptive parents, and they responded. But now new dads whose partners give birth mostly aren’t covered and some women too and it’s just gotten all kinds of complicated and inexplicable and it’s really just weird.

upside down face Apparently they’re just flipping flyers because they’re too lazy to get a real job? The conglomerate which owns the LA Timeshired a consultant to try and convince workers at the paper they shouldn’t form a union. One of the first flyers they circulated included a claim that “you could be stuck with the [union] for a long time” which was so obviously generic they forgot to merge in the name of the actual union they were talking about.


And one thing that’s worth a closer look:

gavel The U.S. Supreme Court could issue damaging rulings this term which greatly restrict workers’ rightsThe American Prospect details in a somewhat depressing survey of what could be in store. First there’s the Murphy Oil case, in which the Court could permit employers to require employees to agree to mandatory arbitration clauses which bar them from joining class actions, effectively allowing business the opportunity of “opting out of the legal system altogether and misbehaving without reproach.”  Then there’s the Janus case, in which the court could sharply reduce the resources available to unions. Though the assessment of the potential impact of these cases is sobering, it’s also helpful to remember that there remains another road available when the courts serve as a tool of the rich: organize.


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tophat Consider yourself briefed, boss.