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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2013: Day 4 Late Evening

A surfeit of games.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
9 TBS (7) San Diego State 22-10 (10) Oklahoma 20-11 South
9:30 CBS (7) Notre Dame 25-9 (10) Iowa State 22-11 West
9:30 TNT (1) Kansas 29-5 (16) Western Kentucky 20-15 South
9:30 True (6) UCLA 25-9 (11) Minnesota 20-12 South

Contrasts in equality

On Wednesday the Canadian House of Commons approved a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.  The bill passed without the support of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but eighteen Conservatives, including four cabinet members, joined with the opposition New Democrats and others to pass the third reading of the bill 149-137.   photo garrison_zps9b11c611.jpgThe private member’s bill was sponsored by New Democrat MP Randall Garrison.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been pressing for LGBT rights in his travels abroad.  Baird, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt, and Heritage Minister James Moore split with Harper to support passage.

Today, New Democrats are proud to have contributed to ensuring equal protection under the law from discrimination and hatred based on gender identity.

Transgender and transsexual citizens are among the most marginalized and are too often victims of harassment and acts of violence.

–Garrison

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2013: Day 4 Early Evening

A plethora of games.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
6:30 TBS (2) Georgetown 25-6 (15) Florida Gulf Coast 24-10 South
7 CBS (2) Ohio State 26-7 (15) Iona 20 – 13 West
7 TNT (8) North Carolina 24-10 (9) Villanova 20-13 South
7 True (3) Florida 26-7 (14) Northwestern State 23-8 South

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2013: Day 4 Late Afternoon

Games 5 through 8.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
2:30 CBS (7) Creighton 27-7 (10) Cincinnati 22-11 Midwest
3 True (4) Kansas State 27-7 (13) La Salle 21-9 West
4 TBS (1) Indiana 27-6 (16) James Madison 21-14 East
4:30 TNT (7) Illinois 22-12 (10) Colorado 21-11 East

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2013: Day 3 Late Afternoon

Games 5 through 8.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
2:30 CBS (7) Creighton 27-7 (10) Cincinnati 22-11 Midwest
3 True (4) Kansas State 27-7 (13) La Salle 21-9 West
4 TBS (1) Indiana 27-6 (16) James Madison 21-14 East
4:30 TNT (7) Illinois 22-12 (10) Colorado 21-11 East

Cartnoon

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2013: Day 4 Early Afternoon

It never stops.  It just never stops.

Sixteen more games today.

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
noon CBS (2) Duke 25-4 (15) Albany 24-10 Midwest
12:30 True (5) Wisconsin 23-11 (12) Mississippi 26-8 West
1:30 TBS (8) NC State 24-10 (9) Temple 23-9 East
2 TNT (2) Miami 27-6 (15) Pacific 22-12 East

On This Day In History March 22

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

March 22 is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 284 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1784, the Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.

The Emerald Buddha is the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, a figurine of the sitting Buddha, made of green jadeite (rather than emerald), clothed in gold, and about 45 cm tall. It is kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

According to the legend, the Emerald Buddha was created in India in 43 BC by Nagasena in the city of Pataliputra (today’s Patna). The legends state that after remaining in Pataliputra for three hundred years, it was taken to Sri Lanka to save it from a civil war. In 457, King Anuruth of Burma sent a mission to Ceylon to ask for Buddhist scriptures and the Emerald Buddha, in order to support Buddhism in his country. These requests were granted, but the ship lost its way in a storm during the return voyage and landed in Cambodia. When the Thais captured Angkor Wat in 1432 (following the ravage of the bubonic plague), the Emerald Buddha was taken to Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, Laos and finally Chiang Rai, where the ruler of the city hid it. Cambodian historians recorded capture of the Buddha statue in their famous Preah Ko Preah Keo legend. However, some art historians describe the Emerald Buddha as belonging to the Chiang Saen Style of the 15th Century AD, which would mean it is actually of Lannathai origin.

Historical sources indicate that the statue surfaced in northern Thailand in the Lannathai kingdom in 1434. One account of its discovery tells that lightning struck a pagoda in a temple in Chiang Rai, after which, something became visible beneath the stucco. The Buddha was dug out, and the people believed the figurine to be made of emerald, hence its name. King Sam Fang Kaen of Lannathai wanted it in his capital, Chiang Mai, but the elephant carrying it insisted, on three separate occasions, on going instead to Lampang. This was taken as a divine sign and the Emerald Buddha stayed in Lampang until 1468, when it was finally moved to Chiang Mai, where it was kept at Wat Chedi Luang.

The Emerald Buddha remained in Chiang Mai until 1552, when it was taken to Luang Prabang, then the capital of the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang. Some years earlier, the crown prince of Lan Xang, Setthathirath, had been invited to occupy the vacant throne of Lannathai. However, Prince Setthathirath also became king of Lan Xang when his father, Photisarath, died. He returned home, taking the revered Buddha figure with him. In 1564, King Setthathirath moved it to his new capital at Vientiane.

In 1779, the Thai General Chao Phraya Chakri put down an insurrection, captured Vientiane and returned the Emerald Buddha to Siam, taking it with him to Thonburi. After he became King Rama I of Thailand, he moved the Emerald Buddha with great ceremony to its current home in Wat Phra Kaew on March 22, 1784. It is now kept in the main building of the temple, the Ubosoth.

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