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Monthly Archives: March, 2017

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 1

WHAT WITH the Trump administration’s gutting, some would say streamlining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, let’s examine some environmental and economic aspects of automobile regulations in the United States. This … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

CHINA AIR—THE MIDDLE YEARS OF THE MIDDLE KINGDOM

BY 1925, CHINA had a good number of aircraft, most imported, though a few of its own manufacture. Following the 1912 demise of the Qing imperial dynasty, Sun Yat-sen served … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHINA IN THE AIR—THE EARLY YEARS

PRINCE TSI TAO and Y.L. Lee are the only Chinese aviators listed in Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, 1913. In my next Jane’s, six years later, Jane’s All the World’s … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

DANTE’S INFERNO, A DESTINATION GUIDE

WASHINGTON, D.C. PRONOUNCEMENTS concerning the defunding of Meals on Wheels and of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities are having an … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 3

AMONG THE most prolific of U.S. Presidents who demonstratively knew how to read a book is Teddy Roosevelt. Indeed, he wrote a goodly number of books on a variety of … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PROTEST—CLASSICAL STYLE

THE FOLK GENRE is rich with songs of protest: Pete Seeger’s We Shall Overcome and Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ come to mind. But what about classical music? … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

SCIENCE AND “AIR QUOTES”

ACCORDING TO White House press secretary Sean Spicer, we’re supposed to identify “air quotes” in presidential tweets about surveillance. And, says presidential senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, we’re to acknowledge “microwaves … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 2 Comments