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Monthly Archives: August, 2016

METHUSELAH AND THE BOMB

ABOVE-GROUND NUCLEAR weaponry helped researchers identify longevity of the Greenland shark, the world’s oldest known living vertebrate. Recently, a 400-year-old shark made the news; details of the research are given … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

RIGGED ELECTION? NOT AGAIN.

A RIGGED ELECTION? I’ll show you a rigged election, 1888-style. It makes today’s conspiracy theories sound like Sunday School play. A bit of background: The concept of ballot as we … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

FIFTY YEARS HENCE

OLD MAGAZINES ARE fun, especially when they prophetically identify something like one’s career. With this in mind, I share a compulsion of long-heralded R&T readers who carted their old issues … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · 7 Comments

A CELEBRATION OF SAKI

H.H. MUNRO, pen name Saki, wrote 100 years ago about Edwardian England. His stories and plays are akin to those of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse and today’s Julian Fellowes–but with … Continue reading

August 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

AN ADVENTURE, BLESSED

PARADOXICALLY, ON LAGUNA DIABLO I had an adventure that was truly blessed. Laguna Diablo is a vast dry lake in Baja California and, in the early 1980s, the R&T crew … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

CATCHING A RUM RUNNER BY VIEWING A SUNFLOWER

THE FOG LIFTS MOMENTARILY. You and your Coast Guard crew spot a Rum Runner some distance off. The fog descends immediately and the Rum Runner heads off at its known … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

BACH IN A MINUTE

I’M HAVING A BALL learning more about the history of music. But not from the work of just any musicologist. Rather, it’s from a favorite author, actor and one-of-a-kind, Stephen … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · 1 Comment