The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month. Veterans Day!

The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month. Veterans Day!

So many lives and dozens of campaigns, all over the world, from the Revolution through today. We call the honor given these people Veteran’s Day, for their bravery and sacrifice.

They did their duty and that duty continues. This day is for the fallen, and for those who come home. For those who serve and have served this country in uniform.

A huge, forever, Salute!

Two Presentations Which Overlap with a Boom.

Two Presentations Which Overlap with a Boom.

Good evening. Below we have a documentary narrated by Charlton Heston, and yes, he narrated it while still living. It’s about the race to develop the atomic bomb, and how Stalin, after learning from Truman that the U.S. had such a weapon, was desperate to get some for his country, and how he managed to do it.

Stalin also needed a delivery system for the bomb. He got that the same way.

The other story is somewhat related. One of the characters in it was a scientist who helped the U.S. become the first nation to design and build the first atomic bomb, and late, something else, now ubiquitous. That’s the latest “The Way I Heard It” by Mike Rowe.

“Excess Baggage” The Way He (Mike Rowe) Heard It.

“Excess Baggage” The Way He (Mike Rowe) Heard It.

Now here’s an exciting tale which conjurs up images and events from Vietnam alongside at least one in Washington DC. A juxtaposition, brought to you by the misdirection mystery man, Mike, in this tale he tells here below. Oh he’s tricky for sure.

I hope you’re staying cool today both physically and otherwise. Weather and news of all sorts can make that cool goal more challenging. But hang in there. Will things get worse before better comes along? June, we hardly knew ye. Perhaps we’ll have both fire and works this Saturday.

Here’s hoping better bellies up to the bar, hops it, and orders up something we can all comfortably see, sip, and chew on.

Nuclear Submarines and More in the Arctic: “Smarter Every Day”.

Nuclear Submarines and More in the Arctic: “Smarter Every Day”.

This is quite interesting. Destin from “Smarter Every Day” gets invited by the U.S. Navy to go into the Arctic Circle where exercises are underway to protect U.S. interests. There will be other parts to this too as soon as Top Secret portions of the audio and video have been reviewed and released.

Great content. I’m looking forward to going aboard those nuclear submarines, however you will see two of them here below which have surfaced right through the ice.

Of course, having lived in North Michigan for 20 years, some of these arctic scenes and temperatures are familiar 🙂

Riding Along with the Thunderbirds and Talking Science.

Riding Along with the Thunderbirds and Talking Science.

We haven’t shown a Smarter Every Day episode in a while, but I found this one quite interesting, and Destin, the host, was humbled by the G’s and accompanying disorientation. 

The Thunderbords and Blue Angels have been doing flybys in formation over several population centers during this pandemic time. Perhaps you’ve seen some news clips of that.

When I was a kid, Dad was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, which at that time was the home base of the Thunderbirds. We got to see them a lot, as they would often practice directly over the base.

Here’s Destin, and “you’re getting smarter every day”.

An Early Memorial Day Tribute. Times and People to Remember.

An Early Memorial Day Tribute. Times and People to Remember.

Memorial Day is next Monday but Prager got an early start today with the following video. The theme is rememberance of course, and the military men and women who have always stepped up to do what needed doing.

This year might not be filled with the usual family gatherings and activities, but most of us are confident that they soon will, and with enthusiasm.

During this lockdown time I couldn’t help but think about all of those who had recently been given diagnoses such as “You have only 3-6 months left”, to then be faced with this Covid calamity within days of their own personal diagnosis. With only months left they were also faced with months of lockdown. How horrible would that be? We should all be grateful for the health we have, and the prospect of many years ahead.

Our nation’s fighters/defenders often went into battle with the prospect of mere minutes of life ahead. Awe inspiring, sad, cause to pause, and give thanks for so many things, and for so many of them.