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Clear and Present Dangers……Nicolaus Copernicus

August 21st, 2017 No comments

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”

“~Nicolaus Copernicus


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Book Reviews: A Glenn Curtiss Hat Trick

August 18th, 2017 No comments

The Curtiss Aviation Book on

Like Orville Wright’s book on aviation, this is flying history directly from one of the guys who made it happen.  Very readable and understandable, even though it was written in 1912, less than 10 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, it also presents a prescient view of where the new technology was headed. A must read for any airplane nut like me. (4 of 5 Stars)

Hero of the Air on Amazon

While the Wright Brothers certainly deserve the laurels for being “first in flight,” Glenn Curtiss was one of the real movers and shakers behind taking aviation from an invention to an industry — and all the while fighting the Wright Brother’s war on him over their patents.  A comprehensive and even-handed biography of a sometimes over-looked American pioneer.  (4 of 5 Stars)

Glenn H. Curtiss, Aviation Pioneer on Amazon

After reading a biography of Curtiss, as well as his own thoughts on aviation, seeing his life and his works captured extensively in photographs was the Pièce de résistance.  One of the perks with studying modern history. (5 of 5 Stars)




When Rebels Become Oppressors

August 15th, 2017 No comments

“Terror is nothing else than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible.”
Maximilien de Robespierre

“Political power grows out of the barrel of the gun…”
Mao Zedong

When does the “information grid” become a utility like the power grid?

If Google, GoDaddy, Twitter and Facebook were in charge of electricity instead of speech, they would be turning off power to your home and/or business if they don’t like your views, beliefs, associations, history or maybe even your President.  No one would tolerate the resulting chaos.

Regrettably, it seems almost inevitable that Silicon Valley’s information racketeering is going to lead to some kind of government regulation. They would do well to remember that censors, like shoes, come in both left and right.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Clear and Present Dangers……John F. Kennedy

August 14th, 2017 No comments

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

~ John F. Kennedy


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August 12th, 2017 No comments

August 11, 1929 — Babe Ruth got his 500th home run at Cleveland’s League Park and a local boy got $20 and the Bambino’s autograph for returning the ball that was hit out of the park and onto Lexington Ave.



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