Lest we forget … The night thousands of Nazis packed Madison Square Garden for a rally — and violence erupted from the Washington Post Retropolis column, December 9, 2018. On Feb. 20, 1939, 22,000 members of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi group, took over the venue that stars still consider a peak achievement if … [Read more…]
In a very scary posting, Bernard E. Harcourt writes in the New York Review of Books Daily: President Trump makes constant use of the language and logic of the “new right,” a toxic blend of antebellum white supremacy, twentieth-century fascism, European far-right movements of the 1970s, and today’s self-identified “alt-right.” And his words and deeds … [Read more…]
It’s Almost 2019. Do You Know Where Your Photos Are? – It might be the season, this topic was recently discussed with friends then the NYT comes to the rescue with a good history.
In the same time frame of learning about old radios, I’m also pursuing radio in another way, the current trend of Software Defined Radio (SDR). I first noticed it while doing an update to a LINUX machine I was fussing with and wondered what all these libraries and builds were about, it is a large … [Read more…]
ex nihilo nihil fit – from nothing comes nothing.
At The LA Daily News an article about the Woolsey Fire in Ventura county focuses on the Rocketdyne Facility, or the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The Woolsey Fire, an out-of-control wildfire that started in Ventura County and moved into Malibu, where it is consuming homes along the coastal community, began as a brush fire near … [Read more…]
In the Guardian News 11/7/2018: Measure known as Initiative 1631 would have put a $15 fee on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted in the state However, voters rejected the initiative because “they understood it was a flawed initiative that would have raised consumer costs substantially while doing very little to meet carbon reduction … [Read more…]
In the San Mateo Daily there is an interesting story on the founding of AMPEX and that their sign has been taken down and is looking for a new home. Recording on discs was standard for the broadcast industry in the United States before Ampex changed the game. Discs were easily subject to shock, vibration … [Read more…]
From The Suffocation of Democracy – Christopher R. Browning If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in … [Read more…]
I am saddened by the news of Patti Harris’ death this week and sympathize with her family. John Sergneri