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Daily Holidays - July 7

National Strawberry Sundae Day We all love cooling down with a cold, fruity treat on a hot day and Strawberry Sundae Day honours a dessert loved by millions around the world. Created with sweet toothed people in mind, Strawberry Sundae Day is the perfect excuse to sit in the garden and cool down with a delicious delicacy. Strawberries are loved by children and adults alike and are a refreshing, sweet fruit. Coupled with ice cream and whipped cream to form a sundae, they taste divine.

Making your own sundaes for Strawberry Sundae Day is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together. Older children can make them by themselves, choosing the quantities of strawberries, ice cream, cream and other ingredients as they see fit, and younger children can help make (and eat) the sundaes. If you have any strawberries left over, why not make some tasty smoothies or jam with them? https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/strawberry-sundae-day/

Chocolate Day There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of local, national or international Chocolate Day – our research leads us to believe that this is the true, definitive, purist ‘Chocolate Day‘, so celebrate with some of the high cocoa, rich, dark chocolate that makes you go tingly inside… Or failing that, stock up on chocolate biscuits, ice-cream and enjoy a day of secret treats and indulgence… https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/chocolate-day/

Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day is observed annually on July 7th.. This day was created to promote the benefits of family bonding time between fathers and daughters as well as the benefits of physical activity.

The memories that are made during your time together will stay with you forever. During the summer season there are many wonderful places to walk and enjoy nature as you spend time talking, laughing and bonding. Time spent together is more valuable than any other gift you can give a child, no matter how old your child is.

Setting the example of a healthy lifestyle to your children is also a valuable gift. Walking has many health benefits and can be incorporated into your child’s life at a young age. Walking is also a great daily activity for the whole family to do together. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Global Forgiveness Day A day to forgive and be forgiven, Forgiveness Day is a chance to set things right. Put aside old differences, move beyond grievances and hurts and start afresh.

There is already a Forgiveness Day in August, founded by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance, but the Forgiveness Day on 7th July was founded by CECA (Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors), though really both days have essentially the same message; to forgive! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/forgiveness-day/

Tell The Truth Day Imagine a world where nobody lies, says anything misleading, or does anything dishonest. Tell The Truth Day aims to achieve this for just one day – presumably to allow people the rest of the year to get over insult, hurt and the result of truths which perhaps should have remained un-said! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/tell-the-truth-day/


Daily Holidays - July 6

National Fried Chicken Day The bird gets the spotlight on Fried Chicken Day, and stomachs are rumbling already. Move over vegetarians, there’s a deep-fried chicken leg and breast coming this way!

To add more pizzazz to the day, coat the legendary southern food in spices and yell “Yeehaw!” Cover the chicken with a mixture of cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika to put the spring back in the step. A little hot sauce? Sure, let’s go all out! Serve the mouth-watering fried food with chicken gravy to up the yum-factor even more.

Pair the succulent bird with waffles for a classic combo. Or, why not make chicken the star of the show and add a tasty side dish? Lip-smacking sides include buttermilk biscuits, cold potato salad or coleslaw. With fried chicken on the plate, the taste is sure to taste clucking good! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/fried-chicken-day/

Umbrella Cover Day Umbrella covers are the little sleeves, slipcovers, cases, sheaths, that come on new umbrellas when you buy them. Made of the same material as the umbrella, they are a tight and attractive bit of packaging, but can sometimes impair the speed of releasing the umbrella in a sudden shower. People are on the fence about whether they are critical bits of umbrella apparel, or a waste of material. It is this very ambiguity that has inspired a museum of Umbrella Covers and a Guinness World Record.

So whether your umbrella was purchased during the onset of a sudden spring shower, or an advanced purchase for a drizzly day, chances are that your umbrella’s cover comes with a bit of history, and has a story to tell. Umbrella Cover Day celebrates the stories behind the cover, and encourages you to hold onto and dig out your umbrella covers from the bottom of drawers, the backs of cupboards and from, unsurprisingly, on your umbrellas, and to celebrate the mundane and everyday things in life. Of course, umbrella covers can have practical uses, too – why not keep your plastic utensils in them, store your plastic bags, pencils, makeup, loose change. Use them to decorate your room – or maybe as ear warmers for your pets. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/umbrella-cover-day/

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day The internet is a great invention, but it’s only as good as we make it. Do your part for making the digital world a better place by supporting the people who create and maintain it. Wine-and-dine your (or someone else’s) webmaster on Take Your Webmaster To Lunch Day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/take-your-webmaster-to-work-day/


Daily Holidays - July 5

National Apple Turnover Day On this day, enjoy this delicious American treat that was first discovered in the 19th century.

Apple turnovers are a pastry made by placing apple filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it, then baking them. Although most turnovers are baked, they can also be fried.

To celebrate National Apple Turnover Day, try our “tried and true” Apple Turnover recipe and share them with your family and friends! http://nationaldaycalendar.com/latest-posts/

Bikini Day Bikini Day is the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard. The goal of this holiday is to get to the closest beach, or find some cheap travel deals to the Philippines, Bali, Hawaii or anywhere with lots of beach, and spend the day in your bikini! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/bikini-day/


Daily Holidays - July 4

Fourth of July or Independence Day This day is a federal holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Political speeches and ceremonies along with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, baseball games, class reunions and family reunions take place all across the country celebrating our independence. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/independence-day-july-4/

Independence From Meat Day A day to try and go meat-free, be it just for the day or a more permanent lifestyle choice, Independence From Meat Day is your chance to try out a vegetarian lifestyle and see how it goes! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/independence-from-meat-day/

Build a Scarecrow Day is a unique and fun festival that is celebrated each year in the USA on the first Saturday in July. Scarecrows are special human shaped figures that are created by farmers to scare the birds away from their crows. They are traditionally made from straw and covered with old clothes. After they have been completed, these scarecrows are set in fields.

On this special day people gather to build scarecrows and celebrate the coming of autumn. While this festival has been celebrated in the USA for more than a century, it is now gaining international appeal. In fact, Build a Scarecrow Day has been celebrated in rural parts of the United Kingdom since 1990. This is a good opportunity for members of the community to get together and celebrate the changing of the seasons in a unique way. Competitions are even held to see who can make the best scarecrow. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/build-a-scarecrow-day/

Hop A Park Day encourages you to visit the local parks in your area, and to enjoy public space put aside tor rest and relaxation. Larger or managed parks often host events on this day, from barbeques to sporting events – why not find out what’s going on at your local park and join in? https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hop-a-park-day/


Daily Holidays - July 3

National Chocolate Wafer Day National Chocolate Wafer Day is observed each year on July 3rd. Once again, chocolate lovers across the country have a reason to enjoy their favorite flavor for breakfast, lunch and supper and as snacks in between.

These crispy snacks are an American favorite. With their waffle surface pattern and thin layers, they make an excellent addition to ice cream. They are a popular ingredient in cakes and cheesecakes. Chocolate wafers can be crushed to make a delicious pie crust.

No matter where or how you are eating your wafers, these delicious treats are truly worth celebrating! http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-chocolate-wafer-day-july-3/

National Eat Your Beans Day National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday celebrated every year on July 3. This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes and colors. Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BCE.

Now, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are an important source of protein. A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-eat-your-beans-day-july-3/

Compliment Your Mirror Day Take a step back, and examine your reflection. This is you, the only you, and the best you there is. Compliment Your Mirror Day encourages you to recognise your own inner beauty, and to give yourself a great face-to-face prep talk! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/compliment-your-mirror-day/

International Plastic Bag Free Day Most of us use them every day, the thin plastic bags used by almost every retailer we visit. Whether we’re shopping for groceries or the newest Prada, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be leaving the store with a plastic bag stuffed full of your new goodies. Then, when you arrive home, you’ll quickly remove them like a kid opening Christmas presents, tossing aside the wrapping with thoughtless abandon. Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to those plastic bags? Has it ever occurred to you just how many of them we go through, individually, in a year?

International Plastic Bag Free Day is dedicated to heightening awareness about these and very real and pressing issues brought about by this most popular of disposable carrying devices. We are reminded that those bags we pick up from the retailers are used for an incredibly short time, usually under 25 minutes, and are then disposed of. They may pass out of our thinking then, but they do not pass out of our world. Plastic bags remain in the world for anywhere from 100-500 years before finally decaying completely, and have a profound impact upon our environment as a result.

Out in the great reaches of the ocean are massive reefs made up of all sorts of plastic waste, and plastic bags play heavily among them. Such is the magnitude of the problem that these great floating islands reach hundreds of miles, like great monuments to mankind’s wastefulness, and disregard for the world upon which we live. International Plastic Bag Free Day gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others, that every action we take, and every bag we dispose of, effects the lives of everyone in the world for generations to come. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-plastic-bag-free-day/

Stay Out Of The Sun Day Everybody loves a sunny day, but in the height of summer it’s easy to get dehydrated, sunburnt and worse. Stay Out Of The Sun Day is about looking after yourself by taking a day away from the sun and finding some nice, relaxing shade – and if you are out and about, make sure you’ve got sun cream, plenty of water and some shade! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/stay-out-of-the-sun-day/


Daily Holidays - July 2

National Anisette Day On July 2nd we observe National Anisette Day. Anisette is an anise-flavored liqueur that is made by distilling aniseed and sometimes adding a sugar syrup. Anisette is popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.

True Anisette should not be drunk straight as its alcoholic content is high enough to cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it in with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor. To enjoy this sweetness without drinking, you can make Anisette cookies!

If you are one to grab all of the black jelly beans at Easter, you will surely enjoy this day and the drink that makes it special, Anisette. Although Anisette does not contain licorice, it does have that sort of distinct flavor. http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-anisette-day-july-2/

I  Forgot Day I Forgot Day gives you the chance to make up for forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, and even those days you think you might forget in the future.

Apologise (belatedly) for anything you’ve missed, let slip or otherwise forgotten! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/i-forgot-day/

World UFO Day Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s an unidentified flying object! Celebrate UFO Day by looking to the sky, visiting Roswell, and watching sci-fi films! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/ufo-day/


The economic plan that could save America (but scares conservative billionaires senseless)

Long-term unemployment is the scourge of modern economies. In a society where people take value from work, unemployment is destabilizing and degrading. A bout of long-term unemployment can permanently scar worker, leaving them with lower wages and fewer usable skills. Last year, Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker put forward a persuasive case for a return to full employment as the palliative to unemployment. But it’s increasingly clear the private sector cannot create full employment on its own. Even at the height of the Clinton boom, millions of African-Americans and low-skilled workers were jobless. To get full employment, progressives should embrace an idea that hasn’t surfaced recently in mainstream American political dialogue: a universal government job guarantee.

In a recent article, Derek Thompson explored a future “world without work.” While his article was well-researched and informative, it misses a key point: For inner-city Black Americans, “a world without work” is not a dystopian future, but a present reality. As Mark Levine writes, “By 2010, in five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of working-age black males held jobs. In 25 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than 55 percent of working-age black males were, in fact, employed.” In a recent Center for Economic Policy Research report Cherrie Bucknor notes the Black/white gap in employment rates “increased during the recent recession and is still larger than its pre-recession level.”


Nurses vote not to decertify their union at SLU Hospital

Members of the nurse’s union at Saint Louis University Hospital voted against de-authorizing their union June 15, a measure that would have effectively created a “right-to-work” policy within the hospital.

The National Nurses United affiliate has about 650 members at SLU Hospital; only 140 voted in favor of de-authorization during three scheduled voting periods throughout the day. The measure needed 326 votes to pass.

The group calling for the de-authorization vote was led by Brian Hendricks, a registered nurse who has been with SLUH since 1989.

The union, National Nurses Organizing Committee, entered its contract with the nurses in June 2013; the contract expires in June 2016.


The F-35 Can't Beat The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

That’s according to a scathing report obtained by our friends over at War Is Boring that details the results of visual range air-to-air engagement tests between an F-35A and an F-16C. The F-35, which the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines are expected to rely upon, in addition to the air arms of militaries across the world for at least the next few decades, was supposed to be better than its F-16 predecessor in all respects.

The F-35’s ability to compete against other fighter aircraft in a close-in dogfight, even against the decades old designs it looks to replace, has always been a contentious issue. Long ago, the F-35’s maneuverability was planned to far exceed that of fourth generation fighters. Over time, those claims eroded to the point where the troubled stealth jet is described as being “about as maneuverable as an F-16.”

The fact that the F-35 can carry its weapons and fuel internally was of course the major deciding factor in being able to make such a claim.


Ferguson police antagonized Michael Brown protesters, DoJ report finds

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response.

The report summary, which covers the two-week period of unrest that followed a white officer fatally shooting the unarmed black 18-year-old in August, also faulted officers for inappropriately using teargas, withholding information that should have been made public and relying on military-style equipment “that produced a negative reaction” in the community.

The summary is part of a longer after-action report to be released in the coming weeks focusing on the actions of police in Ferguson, St Louis city and county and the Missouri state highway patrol.

Details of the summary were first reported by the St Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. The Associated Press later obtained a copy.

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