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Alex Garcia
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Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

Bragging rights
I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.

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July 25, 1967
Visit long overdue.
Pope Paul VI became the first Roman Catholic pontiff in more than 12 centuries to visit the site of Constantinople, as he arrived in modern-day Istanbul to pay a visit upon Patriarch Athenagoras I, the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The last Pope to visit Constantinople had been Pope Constantine, who had met with Patriarch Cyrus in the year 711.
Following this historical and successful visit of the Pope to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Patriarch Athenagoras notified the Pope with a letter (6 October 1967) of his desire to visit Rome. This visit took place on 26 October 1967.
Since 1967, every Pope had made a visit in the 2nd year of his pontificate: Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.
Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras issue a joint declaration, emphasizing mutual respect for each other's traditions.
Everyone knows about the Vatican and the Catholic Church. If you want to learn more about the Eastern Orthodox Church go to for a quick summary.
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July 24, 1967
De Gaulle visit to Canada ends in controversy.
On July 24, de Gaulle arrived in Montreal and was driven up the Chemin du Roy to Montreal City Hall, where Mayor Jean Drapeau and Premier Johnson waited. De Gaulle was not scheduled to speak that evening, but the crowd chanted for him; he told Drapeau: "I have to speak to those people who are calling for me". According to a number of personal interviews with high-ranking French officials, as well as documents he uncovered, scholar Dale C. Thomson wrote that de Gaulle's statement was planned, and that he used it when the opportunity presented itself.
French President Charles de Gaulle spoke to a crowd of over 10,000 French-speaking Canadians in Montreal. Reportedly, the crowd sang along when a band played the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, but booed when the same band began to play the Canadian national anthem, O Canada.
From the Montreal City Hall, De Gaulle shouted "Vive le Quebec! Vive le Canada Francaise!" and finished with the separatist slogan "Vive le Québec libre!". This statement, coming from the French head of state, was considered a serious breach of diplomatic protocol.
The following day, after a series of emergency meetings with his cabinet, Canada's Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson issued a public rebuke to visiting French President Charles De Gaulle for his speech in Montreal.
"Certain statements by the president tend to encourage the small minority of our population whose aim is to destroy Canada," Pearson said in summing up the outrage in most of Canada, "and as such they are unacceptable to the Canadian people and its government. The people of Canada are free. Every province of Canada is free. Canadians do not need to be liberated. Indeed, many thousands of Canadians gave their lives in two world wars in the liberation of France and other European countries. Canada will remain united and will reject any effort to destroy her unity." Pearson stopped short of asking De Gaulle to leave Canada.
A media and diplomatic uproar ensued thereafter, which resulted in de Gaulle cutting short his visit to Canada. The day after the speech, de Gaulle visited Expo 67 and hosted a banquet at the French pavilion.
On July 26, instead of continuing his visit on to Ottawa, where he was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Pearson, he decided to return to France on a French military jet.
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July 23, 1967
Riots in Detroit.
Some people called what happened a riot; others called it a rebellion; and some called it a revolution.
The city of Detroit erupted in one of the deadliest and costliest uprisings in the history of the United States. Reportedly sparked by a police raid on an unlicensed bar on July 23, the conflagration lasted four terrifying days and nights, left scores dead and hundreds injured, thousands arrested, untold numbers of businesses looted, hundreds of buildings utterly destroyed and Detroit's reputation in tatters. When it was declared over on July 27, 1967, 43 people had been killed — 33 blacks and 10 whites — including one police officer, two firefighters and one National Guardsmen. During the five days of rebellion, 1,189 were injured, more than 7,200 people were arrested. Hundreds of buildings (some reports say 1400) were burned.
While Detroit in the mid-Sixties had a larger black middle class than most American cities its size — thanks in large part to strong unions, high employment and the thriving, all-powerful auto industry — it was hardly a model of racial harmony.
But the 1967 eruption, also known as the 12th Street riot, was remarkable not only for how long it lasted, but for the force that the city, state and federal authorities brought to bear in an effort to impose order on a city in flames. Governor George Romney sent in thousands of National Guard troops, while President Lyndon Johnson eventually ordered paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne on to the streets.
On July 28, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, which would become known as the Kerner Commission, to find the causes of riots that had erupted across the country.
In a report in March 1968, the commission argued that discrimination and segregation threatened the country’s future, concluding: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”
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July 22, 1967
The fairness doctrine and tobacco regulation (US).
In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that the Fairness Doctrine (an attempt to ensure that all coverage of controversial issues by a broadcast station be balanced and fair) applies to cigarette advertising. Stations broadcasting cigarette commercials must donate air time to antismoking messages. This would end in 1971 when cigarette advertising was banned from TV/radio advertising.
John P. Banzhaf, III was responsible for the FCC's involvement in the cigarette advertising controversy. After viewing several cigarette commercials on television, Banzhaf concluded that "what he was seeing might be considered legally 'controversial"'. He then wrote to WCBS-TV in New York on December 1, 1966, requesting that he or some other responsible spokesman be given an opportunity to present contrasting views on the issue of the benefits and advisability of smoking.
Banzhaf's letter cited three commercials that presented the view that smoking is "socially acceptable and desirable, manly, and a necessary part of a rich full life. "He asked-free time roughly approximate to that spent on the promotion of the "virtues and values of smoking." CBS routinely turned down the request. He sent a second letter to CBS and submitted a formal complaint against WCBS-TV to the FCC in Washington.
The FCC, in a letter to the television station dated June 2, 1967, said programs it had broadcast dealing with the effect of smoking on health were insufficient to offset the effects of paid advertisements broadcast for a total of five to 10 minutes each broadcast day. "We hold that the fairness doctrine is applicable to such advertisements" the Commission said. They rejected Banzhaf's claim for equal time, however.
The FCC called on the station to provide free each week "a significant amount of time for the other viewpoint," thereby implementing the smoking education campaigns launched by the government under the cigarette labeling law.
The FCC was deluged with requests to reconsider its action. The agency stood firm in its unanimous decision. As a result of the ruling many of the voluntary health agencies and the Public Health Service made available to the television and radio industries spot announcements and other program materials on the serious consequences to health caused by cigarette smoking.
The FCCs decision was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals on November 21, 1968; the court said the agency could indeed use its fairness doctrine to require free time for anti-smoking commercials. "The danger cigarettes may pose to health is, among others, a danger to life itself," the Court said.
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July 21, 1967
Winneconne secedes from Wisconsin.
Or how to turn lemons into lemonade.
The town of Winneconne, Wisconsin, announced secession from the state of Wisconsin (though not from the United States) because it had not been included in the official maps in an omission from the map "blamed on an artist's oversight", and issued a mock declaration of war. Set up toll gates on local roads, began annexation of nearby communities (starting with the city of Oshkosh) to form a Sovereign State of Winneconne.
The events, which included the raising of a "state flag" took place while tourists were in town to watch the "midwest regional outboard motor boat races". Town Mayor James Coughlin was named "president" of the new American state, and town chamber of commerce leader Vera Kitchen was proclaimed "prime minister".
The secession, which "proved a financial success for the community" ended on July 23 at noon. An annual Sovereign State Days celebration commemorates the event.,+WI+54986,+USA/@44.1101312,-88.7296245,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8803ddc1ff5b8b55:0xadec5e0a9309c07b!8m2!3d44.1108154!4d-88.7126107


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July 20, 1967
Orange Juice becomes Florida's official drink.
The Legislature declared "the juice obtained from mature oranges of the species Citrus sinensis and hybrids is hereby adopted as the official beverage of the State of Florida." Florida is one of 28 states with official beverages.
Milk is the official beverage of 21 of them. Ohio chose tomato juice. Massachusetts chose cranberry juice, and Alabama has only a state spirit: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey.
Oranges are the most valuable agricultural product of the state, and over 95% of Florida's orange production is processed, the vast majority of which becomes orange juice
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July 19, 1967
New York subway gets first air-conditioned cars.
The R38 was the first subway car fleet to have air conditioning installed. The last ten cars delivered (4140–4149) came factory equipped with Stone Safety 10-ton split system air conditioning system featuring the compressor/condenser units mounted under the cars, and the evaporator units were installed on the top interior ends of same in 1967.
The first six air conditioned cars came into service on July 19, 1967. The six-week experiment was a success after past failures and air conditioning would soon, but not immediately, become standard equipment on new rolling stock built for the system.
The R38 was a New York City Subway car model built from 1966 to 1967 by the St. Louis Car Company in Missouri.
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July 18, 1967
British announced plans to withdraw from Singapore.
The "sudden" (4+ years) pull-out of British forces presented serious problems to Singapore’s defence and economic security. At the time, the Singapore Armed Forces was in its infancy, and the British military bases were contributing over 20 percent to Singapore’s gross national product. To soften the blow, the British threw in all the bases and their facilities to which they had title, as a gift.
A Bases Economic Conversion Department was set up to look into commercial uses for these assets. The three Royal Air Forces bases alone covered some 2,428 hectares of land. The naval bases had potential as shipyards.
To prevent a recession, urban renewal was accelerated, industrialisation speeded up and infrastructure projects carried out in order to spend $900 million, the amount the British military would have spent between 1968 and 1971. The Singapore Armed Forces was expanded which also settled the question of security as well as increased jobs and the military spending trippled. So frantic was the pace of economic development that by the time the British completed their pull-out in 1971, Singapore was moving towards full employment.
Most of the British troops had moved out of Singapore by October 1971, leaving a token number behind.
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July 17, 1967
The Kiss of Life.
Randall Champion: Touched a hot wire and was hanging unconscious from his safety harness at the top of a 20-foot pole.
J.D. Thompson: run about 400 feet and climb the pole to help his friend, giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitacion
Rocco Morabito: took the photo that was published around the world the next day and would ultimately earn him a Pulitzer Prize.
Thompson was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.Thompson humbly admitted that the only reason his otherwise-pedestrian act got so much notice was because Morabito had made it eternal through photography. However, Thompson’s heroism is the reason a photograph was even taken.
The event told by Thompson and Morabito in this video

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