Friday, February 8, 2019

Journalism in 2019

Like the other New York papers, the New York Post is a class act:


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Great Work, Guys!

I didn't post this in 2016, but I should have:

To the Republican and Democratic Parties:

Congratulations!  Together you managed to nominate two candidates that I would be motivated to vote against.  Just like in 2004.

I can only hope that some off-brand ragtag political party provides an alternative.

You guys suck!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Peace Will Come (In Our Time)

The news is so disheartening, and too true. The domestic mass shootings add to  a feeling of hopelessness.

In this time of global and civil conflict, there is always a wish for a more safe and cordial time. Here's a sad song by Melanie Safka from 1970 expressing this heartfelt desire for this. That song was written against the background of the Viet Nam war. How many have occurred since then?

Melanie was one of the bright musical lights from that time: worth pursuing for her songs.


Tomorrow is Veterans' Day, originally called Armistice Day. It marked the end of the 'War to End All Wars,' as it was referred to in my grandfather's time.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mississippi Was Nuked in 1964

Mississippi doesn't often make the news; and when it does, often the news is bad.

Still, saying "Mississippi" slowly is a nice way approximately to count seconds: "One Mississippi, two Mississippi....etc."

It was news to me to read that back in 1964 they had actually done some atomic testing in Lamar County, Mississippi! To be sure, these were little nuclear devices; but A-Bombs nonetheless!  The purpose of this testing was to see if underground atomic testing could be detected by seismic recording devices.

What were they thinking? It was not as if the area was unpopulated; and Hattiesburg, MS was only 21 miles away! And, depending on what way the wind happens to blow, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile might also have been affected by radiation.

This testing somehow escaped notice at the time.

[By the way, al.com is a reliable site for Southern news that's quite accurate. Something about their having a dog in the fight ....] 

See also Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi.