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Monthly Archives: November, 2018

ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE OF SAUDI OIL

TRUMP’S RECENT exclamation-point-endowed pandering to Saudi Arabia suggests the need for an update on countries supplying oil to the U.S. To avoid yet further trumpery (Merriam-Webster: “crapola, hogwash, rubbish”), I … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

EVERYBODY’S AVIATION GUIDE—90 YEARS AGO PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, Major Victor W. Pagé, Air Corps Reserve, U.S.A., started bringing us up to date on aeronautics in 1928. Today in Part 2, he continues with details … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

EVERYBODY’S AVIATION GUIDE—90 YEARS AGO PART 1

MAJOR VICTOR W. PAGÉ, Air Corps Reserve, U.S.A., was a timely author. He wrote in 1928, “The transoceanic flights made by Byrd, Lindbergh, Chamberlin, Acosta, Hegenberger and Maitland, and others … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

“POP” GOES THE EASEL

“FOR AS LONG AS there have been people putting art on a pedestal,” Jamie James writes, “there have been others, usually artists themselves, who have taken delight in pulling it … Continue reading

November 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

NO DEAL BREXIT AND THE AUTOMOBILE

GLOBALISM VERSUS NATIONALISM are concepts lurking in Brexit, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Brexit is based on a June 23, 2016, referendum in the United Kingdom, its outcome a … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE BORSCHT CIRCUIT, THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT, AND PHILOSOPHER SANTAYANA PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we discussed the disturbing trend these days of increased hate crimes. We also learned of the historic Borscht Circuit in the Catskill Mountains of New York. … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

THE BORSCHT CIRCUIT, THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT, AND PHILOSOPHER SANTAYANA PART 1

“THOSE WHO CANNOT remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This oft-cited and occasionally misattributed quote from philosopher George Santayana is particularly relevant today in discussing several cultural phenomena: … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment