A Brief History On June 7, 2019, the latest and last in the X-Men series of movies from 20th Century Fox, Dark Phoenix, made its debut across the country.  Although we did not get a chance for a pre-screening, we saw it on our own dime in RealD 30-D.  Based on the Marvel X-Men comic series and the graphic novel, Dark Phoenix, the film has just about nothing to do with the graphic novel!  While many other movie fans have complained about this disconnect with the written story, even though I read the graphic novel in preparation to seeing the…

A Brief History On June 7, 1962, a right wing French Nationalist terror group, the Organisation Armée Secrète, usually referred to as the OAS, set fire to and burned the library at the University of Algiers in Algeria, destroying half a million books.  Calling themselves “counter-terrorists”, “self-defense groups” or simply “the resistance,” the aim of these French nationalists was to prevent the independence of Algeria, forcing the country to remain part of France.  Usually we think of terrorist groups as rebels or an independence movement, but in this case the group was trying to keep “France” as they saw it…

A Brief History In 1939, German scientist Adolf Friedrich Johann Butenandt won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his work on sex hormones, while Croatian-Swiss scientist Leopold Ruzicka co-won for his work on polymethylenes and higher terpenes. Both men had previously and independently partially synthesized testosterone from a cholesterol base. Digging Deeper Testosterone is the primary male sexual hormone in humans and is also what is called an anabolic steroid, an androgen that helps males build the heavier muscular and skeletal body mass that differentiates men from women. Testosterone keeps men healthy and strong, prevents osteoporosis and contributes to male…

A Brief History On June 5, 2019, we are supposed to celebrate National Positive Attitude Day, another one of those made up “holidays” so that every day of the year has some reason to exist.  So, we will attempt to honor the day by listing some of the things this author is “positive” about, though not necessarily in the sense envisioned by whomever dreamed up this festive day. Digging Deeper For starters, I am positive the other so called “National Days” listed for today are a waste of my time!  National Apple II Day, for example.  I have never owned…

A Brief History On June 4, 1784, Élisabeth Thible became the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon, soaring for a 4 kilometer trip that took 45 minutes and reached perhaps 5000 feet above the ground, making her the world’s first female aviatrix.  Today we discus 10 brave women who dared death or severe injury in the quest of a thrill or an accomplishment that other women could be proud of.   (Note: 10 is not enough to give dare devil flying women justice, so an additional list of 10 Military Women Aviators will be forthcoming!) Question for…

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