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Monthly Archives: July, 2017

A POND AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, PART 2

HENRY DAVID Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience discourse first appeared as an essay “Resistance to Civil Government; a Lecture delivered in 1847” in Aesthetic Papers, a New England periodical. Thoreau had recently … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

A POND AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, PART 1

HENRY DAVID Thoreau wrote, “I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.” His writings on this influenced the thoughts and actions of Mahatma Gandhi, … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE SAD TALE OF BRETT AND HOLMES

BRITISH ACTOR Jeremy Brett portrayed Sherlock Holmes for Granada TV’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes between 1984 and 1994. Basil Rathbone owned this role of the world’s first consulting detective … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 5 Comments

ICELAND AND ALUMINUM

ICELAND IS a greater producer of aluminum than the United States. This and other tidbits are gleaned from The New York Times article, “American Companies Still Make Aluminum. In Iceland,” … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING MATHEMATICIAN PARLIAMENTARIAN CÉDRIC VILLANI

EARLIER THIS year, the French had strikingly different candidates in their national elections and voters exhibited rare wisdom. The brand-new centrist Emmanuel Macron and his Le République en Marche! party … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

LET’S DIFFERENTIATE “BULLY PULPIT” FROM A WRETCHED BULLY

I AM a lover of the English language, with a deep appreciation of Theodore Roosevelt. It was he who characterized the presidency as a “bully pulpit.” But, I note emphatically, … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

SPOOKY ACTION AT (REALLY) AFAR

CHINESE RESEARCHERS have sent entangled photons from a satellite to two ground stations 745 miles apart. This distance is by far a new record for what Einstein called “spooky action … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment