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

Julius Caesar wrote “the die is cast” and crossed the Rubicon today (49 BCE). Also, China’s Western Han Dynasty ended when Wang Mang claimed a Mandate from Heaven and founded his Xin Dynasty (9), Thomas Paine published Common Sense (1776), Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Joséphine (1810), Florida seceded from the U.S. (1861), the London Underground opened between the Paddington and Farringdon stations (1863), John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil (1870), Texas’ first gusher was struck at Spindletop in Beaumont (1901), Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis premiered (1927), as did Georges Remi’s cartoon The Adventures of Tintin (1929), the first General Assembly of the United Nations opened in London, on the same day the U.S. Army Signal Corps bounced the first radio signals off the Moon in Project Diana (1946), the U.S. and the Vatican City resumed diplomatic relations after a 117-year ban by Congress (1984), Daniel Ortega was inaugurated as President of Nicaragua, having won 67% of the vote in the previous November’s election (1985), Time Inc. and Warner Communications merged to form Time Warner (1990), 10 people died in a mudslide in La Conchita, California (2005), workers in Guinea began a general strike to force the resignation of President Lansana Conté (2007), and 9 people died as torrential rains triggered flash floods in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia (2011). And 130 people were killed as bombs exploded in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and the city of Quetta (2013).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology used his sparkly new AstroBuffer 3500B with the overhead twin-cam lenses while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Capricorn: Wait before adjusting plans this weekend. We need the laughs.

Aquarius: Don’t stir up trouble this weekend. Use a whisk instead.

Pisces: This isn’t your weekend for lazing around. But you can still try.

Aries: Try for greater efficiency this weekend. Wash dishes in the soup.

Taurus: Listen to your heart this weekend. Buy a stethoscope.

Gemini: Set healthy boundaries this weekend. Fence in the cookies.

Cancer: Be a team player this weekend. Or watch your favorite team.

Leo: Let your inner child out this weekend. But don’t eat the crayons.

Virgo: Reassess your core values this weekend. Count situps in binary.

Libra: You’ll have smooth sailing this weekend. Others call it skidding.

Scorpio: Prepare for passion and drama this weekend. Watch Downton Abbey.

Sagittarius: Stay anchored in reality this weekend. Or row faster.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::