Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

The British occupied New York City today (1776). Also, Joseph Smith claimed to be visited by the angel Moroni (1823), the New York Sun published editor Francis Church’s “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” column (1897), Salvador Lutteroth founded Lucha Libre Mexican professional wrestling (1933), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published (1937), the Great Hurricane struck Long Island (1938), Malta gained independence (1964), as did Belize on the same day the Senate unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court Justice (1981), Armenia gained independence (1991), Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspended parliament triggering a constitutional crisis (1993), and Deep Space 1 passed within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly (2001). And the Galileo probe entered Jupiter’s atmosphere (2003).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was not distracted by a runaway buffer while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: This will be a very productive weekend. For someone else.

Libra: Expect to face the music this weekend. Recharge your iPod.

Scorpio: You may have lots of energy this weekend. Or a brownout.

Sagittarius: Take a bold step forward this weekend. Up to the fridge.

Capricorn: Things will come your way this weekend. Duck lower.

Aquarius: Stay on your toes this weekend. It’s on the top shelf.

Pisces: Opportunity may strike this weekend. Or maybe a meteorite.

Aries: Others may be stubborn this weekend. It couldn’t be you.

Taurus: Expand your mind this weekend. Or buy a smaller hat.

Gemini This is a weekend for action. Pack lights and cameras.

Cancer: Life may seem nonsensical this weekend. Or penguin fleas.

Leo: People may demand attention this weekend. Put them at ease.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::