1834 • 19-year-old Richard Henry Dana, author of Two Years Before the Mast, sets sail from Boston Harbor beginning his two-year stint as a seaman.
1935 – United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired. and it’s days are quietly being numbered. is it just me or are we no longer a ‘first’ world country?
audio • NPR’s Studio360 gives an indepth feature on the EVERYTHING L.Frank Baum and OZ related.
backlash • Lech Walesa, called for Guenter Grass to surrender his honorary citizenship of Gdansk.
distopia watch • the thought police are still ahead in the civil suits steming from the ‘03 confiscation of an Atlanta student’s personal journal containing a dream depicting her shooting a math teacher.