Browsing: October

A Brief History On October 30, 1942, the heroic efforts of 3 British sailors resulted in the capture of codebooks and key setting sheets for the top secret Enigma code machine used by the German military during World War II.  The sailors had boarded a sinking German submarine, U-559 in the Mediterranean Sea, costing 2 of the men their lives but reaping incredibly valuable coding material.  The 2000 French-American World War II movie, U-571, shows a fictionalized account of American Navy forces capturing an intact German U-boat, a coup reminiscent of the U-559 incident and certain other U-boat related incidents…

A Brief History On October 29, 2018, Americans celebrate National Cat Day, or at least some Americans do.  Those with bumper stickers that say “Cats, the Other White Meat” probably pass on the opportunity to regale themselves in cat trivia.  If you are one of these anti-cat people (“I Like Cats, They’re Delicious” bumper sticker), pass this article up and wait for National Dachshund Day or something!  (For the record, we are “Dog people,” not “Cat people,” though we do see the brighter side of having cats around.)  Feel free to take exception to any of our reasons to love…

A Brief History On October 28, 2018, we have such deserving jerks, idiots, creeps and scumbags that we just cannot wait until the end of the month!  These people are so bad, we have to “honor” them right now.  Hopefully there will not be any other total goofs in the next couple days, but if there are, we will amend our list by adding them as well later.  As always, if you think someone was wrongly listed here, please tell us and be sure to specify whey you think that way.  If we overlooked any truly deserving jerks, let us…

A Brief History On October 27, 1553, a Spanish scientist versed in many disciplines, Michael Servetus, was burned at the stake for heresy.  The first researcher to correctly identify pulmonary circulation as the aeration of the blood through the lungs, his mind was a valuable tool for the Renaissance world that was snuffed out because of religious bigotry, a problem history has seen again and again over the years.  Does religion continue to suppress the advance of science?  Are religion and science incompatible?  Today we look at some of the ways religion and science have crossed swords over the years,…

A Brief History On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed a new law into effect known familiarly as “The Patriot Act” or “The USA Patriot Act.”  Of course, the name intentionally evokes nationalistic feelings in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the subsequent Anthrax terrorist mailings, but did you know the name is actually an acronym?  It is, with the long version called, “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001,” (Note how the first letters in the words spell out USA PATRIOT ACT) a…

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