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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

INCOME INEQUALITY—A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

“FOR YE HAVE the poor always with you…” “The vast gap between the rich and the poor has never been greater than it is today.” “The rich get richer; the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PRESIDENTIAL HERITAGES—AND CROWDS

INFLATED ESTIMATES of crowd sizes are continuing talking points these days. In countering such alternative facts, I offer here several non-crowd scenes that have presidential associations ranging from James Madison … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

BESSIE RAICHE, FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO FLY—AND RATHER MORE

DID BESSIE Raiche’s solo flight on September 16, 1910, make her the world’s first female pilot? Uh, no. Frenchwoman Raymonde de Laroche had already piloted a Voisin aeroplane on October … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

ROMANCE OF THE SABRE-TOOTH CAT

LA BREA Tar Pits of 12,000 years ago are linked to a 1942 Romance of the Ranchos radio program and also to The New York Times published only yesterday. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

MAKE LITHUANIA GREAT (YET AGAIN)

WALL STREET’S love affair with Tesla has baffled me, though a news item from Vilnius, Lithuania, may help my reasoning. Based on the number of Tesla shares and their stock … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

“THAT GOES THERE?” SAID THE GUARD EMPHATICALLY

FRANK BRUNI is a writer I enjoy. And, in this opening sentence, I’ve purposely left out any “who,” “that” or whatever after the word “writer.” I’m confident this omission confuses … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 6 Comments

THIS VIDEO GAME IS ON ME

I ENJOY the time-gobbling hobby of building virtual GMax craft for use in Microsoft Flight Simulator. So it is with interest that I read the article “Video Games: The Bad, … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

MEASLES REDUX—AN IGNORANCE OF SCIENCE

ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2016, the Pan American Health Organization declared that “The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

WHO WANTS DRIVERLESS CARS?

BOTH KEITH CRAIN, editor-in-chief of Automotive News, and I are gray-tops—and car enthusiasts. No doubt this colors our shared opinion of driverless cars. His editorial in the March 20, 2017, … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

LANGUAGE TRIPPIN’, GOOFINESS AN OPTION

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL has several advantages over reality these days: No TSA hassles, no visas, no returning worries because of mixups of ethnicity or origin. What’s more, if the guidebook is … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment