Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Important Dates in December 2007

This Ring-billed Gull looked pretty in the glow of the evening light at Lake Natoma on 12-1-07.

Important Dates in December 2007
December 10th: Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I read this every December 10th, and it never fails to warm the cockles of my heart. Here is a snippet from the Preamble:

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people ...

December 13th and 14th: Geminid Meteor Shower

December 15th: Birthday of the Bill of Rights. The new United States of America adopted the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, confirming the fundamental rights of its citizens on December 15, 1791. Here is an “old school” version. For a more contemporary layout, go to this site and look for the “printer-friendly version” button.

December 23rd: The day after the Winter Solstice. The days will be getting longer! Yay!!

Be excellent to each other.

Good night,


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