Archive for February, 2012

YAMINONS !!!

February 28, 2012

The “Yaminon Defense Fund” web site, www.yaminon.org ,  is once more up and running.  We expect to get PayPal available within a week.  You can also send us a cheque.

The Yaminon is the 6th most endangered mammalian species in the world.  There are, maybe, 138 of them left.  There are now two reserves for them.

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Interesting!

February 20, 2012

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. -John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (1917-1963)

Come to Middle-earth Update!

February 17, 2012
Hullo!
It will soon be time to get together at the Green Dragon for a nosh and a natter.

You going to join?  The “Happy Hobbit” is offering memberships and banquets tickets at below cost!  We plan to make it up in volume!

3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2

March 28 – 30, 2014, Westford Regency, Westford, MA (near Boston)

http://www.3rdcome.org

Come to Middle-earth!

February 16, 2012

It will soon be time to get together at the Green Dragon for a nosh and a natter.

3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2

March 28 – 30, 2014, Westford Regency, Westford, MA (near Boston)

http://www.3rdcome.org

Introductions!

February 10, 2012

On Monday I introduced Lin to “jaffles.”  On Wednesday she introduced me to “Eureka.”

Verizon phone service?

February 9, 2012

Dear Verizon, if 4G is available where I live, why doesn’t my cell phone work in my house & in the housing area?  You guys talk a good game, but don’t produce good results!

attending WESTERCON membership fo sale

February 6, 2012
I have an attending WESTERCON membership fo sale, $50.

Heroes All!

February 2, 2012

I recently read “The Millionaires’ Unit” by Marc Wortman.  It is an excellent read.

It tells the story of the sons of the rich, all Yale undergraduates, who believed their membership in the American elite required certain sacrifices.  They fought & some died in “The Great War” and basically invented American air power.

In 1916 Bulgaria had a bigger air force than the US.  Encouraged by FDR, then Secretary of the Navy, they learned to fly and fight.

There was a deep rooted sense of patriotic duty and camaraderie.

 

When WW2 loomed on the horizon, FDR, now President, called them back into their country’s service to build the World’s greatest air force.

One very telling note are the final two paragraph in the book:

“In 1927, outside Commons, Yale erected a classical stone cannonade over which are listed the locations of major US combat engagements of World War I: a memorial cenotaph completes the monument to the war dead.  Few students s top to read the inscription reminding them of “the men of Yale who true to her traditions gave their lives that freedom might not perish from the earth.” If you walk from there through the large doors leading into the curving rotunda foyer to Commons and Woolsey Hall, you can read the 1020 inscribed names of Yale dead who have fallen in every US war since the Revolution.

No more name have been added since the Vietnam War.  Not for lack of wars.”