Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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I am late here posting this link from a couple of months ago which named the richest man in all of history. I never even heard of him.

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The WSWS remembers the unforgettable Robert Bork, a man whose far-right views should be forgotten, but unfortunately won't:

Kennedy focused not merely on Bork’s role in Watergate, but on his long record of opposition to every progressive social reform of the previous 25 years. “Robert Bork’s America,” Kennedy declared, “is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”

This denunciation has to be understood in its historical context. Bork was an unabashed opponent of the whole edifice of civil rights reforms enacted in the 1960s, a man who had denounced these measures as unconstitutional and provided legal ammunition for the defenders of segregation and racial tyranny.

Kennedy was describing a judiciary that was then identified in the popular mind with the reforms of the Warren Court, not the nightmare Supreme Court of Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and countless reactionary decisions upholding executions and shredding democratic rights. Moreover, Kennedy was himself operating on a political double standard: he had voted to seat the no less reactionary Scalia on the high court only a year before, a capitulation to the ultra-right whose consequences continue to be felt.
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A Japanese man by the name of Jiroeman Kimura is set to become the oldest living man ever tomorrow--or probably today, since Japan is many, many hours ahead of the United States in time zones:

Jiroemon Kimura, who was born on April 19, 1897 when Queen Victoria was still on the throne and worked as a postal employee, is "particularly fond of red bean cake and rice".

Mr Kimura has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He currently lives with his son's family in Kyotango, near Kyoto.
The previous holder of the title of the world's oldest man ever was held by Christian Mortensen, a Danish-American, who lived to 115 years 252 days and died in 1998.

He is currently the world's oldest living person.
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The Reno Gazette-Journal has named WCSD deputy sup Traci Davis as one of the people to watch in 2013.

She took the job after Sup. Pedro Martinez dumped Jane Woodburn after he was appointed. She's from Clark County School District and had been principal of the year there.

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