The world’s smallest bird

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1937 – Pope Pius XI officially issued the encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge to Nazi Germany. Among other things it speaks against replacing God-centered religion with a worship of the people and the state.

8. Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community—however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things—whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds…

Now it’s perfectly acceptable to worship the State as long as the Church gets a cut.

Today in 1992 – Soviet newspaper “Pravda” suspends publication since it is redundant to the function of the New York Times.

Many residents in Virginia, West Virginia and a handful of communities in North Carolina should prepare themselves for what may amount to hundreds of millions of cicadas this year.  Scientists say Brood IX of the 17-year periodical cicadas of eastern North America are set to emerge from the earth this spring.