Category Archives: Literature

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

    • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
    • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
    • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
    • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
    • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
    • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
    • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
    • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
    • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
    • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
    • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
    • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
    • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

    • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
    • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
    • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
    • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
    • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
    • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
    • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
    • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
    • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

Columbus Day – USA

  • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
  • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
  • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
  • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
  • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
  • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
  • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
  • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
  • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
  • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
  • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
  • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
  • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 2011  UN issues report finding Israel acted legitimately when it enforced its blockade of Gaza against flotilla of activists

Time Magazine cover VJ Day

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

  • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
  • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
  • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
  • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
  • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
  • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
  • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
  • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
  • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
  • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
  • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
  • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
  • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

LABOR DAY 2013

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 2011  UN issues report finding Israel acted legitimately when it enforced its blockade of Gaza against flotilla of activists

Time Magazine cover VJ Day

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

  • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
  • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
  • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
  • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
  • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
  • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
  • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
  • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
  • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
  • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
  • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
  • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
  • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Orwell, vegetarians, and the reality based world

George Orwell was one of the most influential futurist authors I was exposed to early in my reading career.  Despite his socialist leanings, a lot of his observations of human nature and societies were and still are spot on.  Read a few of my favorites and see what they tell you about the Occupy wackos.

On vegetarians and progressives…

“One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist….The food-crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in hopes of adding five years on to the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity.”

Our troops aren’t villains…

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”

History matters…

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

Intellectual stupidity…

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person
could believe in them.”

Insanity…

“What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”

His personal politics aside, some time spent reading some of his books or visiting his archive site would be time well spent.

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

    • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
    • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
    • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
    • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
    • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
    • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
    • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
    • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
    • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
    • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
    • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
    • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
    • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize