My Copy: 9781324002642 (image from bn.com) I don't know what all I was expecting from this book, but I gotta say, I learned a helluva lot about certain government entities and departments... and how badly things can get screwed up during a bad transition period. The Fifth Risk is essentially about the election of Donald … Continue reading “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis
I don't think I'm too far off the mark when I put it like that. The Galveston 1900 Hurricane hit 120 years ago today, and somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people lost their lives. Granted, we have far more technology than they had back in those days, so it's easy to look at what we … Continue reading When White Supremacy (and/or Nationalism) Gets People Killed: Galveston, 1900.
My Copy: 9781603429986 (image from bn.com) Vertical Vegetables and Fruit is pretty self-explanatory. While some might see tomatoes, cucumbers, and ivy as mostly climbers, there are plenty of other vegetables and fruits that have the ability to climb, or at least be trained to grow up more than out, saving valuable space in a small … Continue reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart
I don't really understand the statement, "Covid-19 is a hoax" that people are putting on Facebook, Twitter, protest signs the past few weeks. Um, Covid-19 exists. Over 80,000 people have died from it and hundreds of thousands are carriers of it. It's been around and about all over the world. So, how is Covid-19 a … Continue reading Q #132: What do the protesters saying “Covid-19 is a hoax” mean? (& other q’s about all this…)
My Copy: 9781250139436 (image from bn.com) Most of my thoughts as the book went on were on par with "wow" or "holy shit!" as events unfolded. This book is quite timely considering how Covid-19 has swept the planet. It's startling and sobering in turns... especially with the last three chapters. Pandemic 1918 does a little … Continue reading Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history, by C. Arnold
I want to shout out to Broadside for their great post on rights and responsibilities, and also having a link to one of the most informative things I've seen all month. It's from ScienceMag.com, and it's simply titled "How Does Coronavirus Kill?" This is very informative and may help some people (who don't care, aren't … Continue reading From ScienceMag.com: How Does Coronavirus Kill?
Okay, I'll put you in the hands of someone who did a fantastic job talking about the history of the Apollo 13 mission... per the film. Honestly, this guy, Nick Hodges, has a YouTube channel called History Buffs, and it's a gem on the internet. I can watch all these episodes all day (and probably … Continue reading 50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 13 Launched. Let’s Celebrate With Some History!
This question's been in the back of my mind a while, because though we've always heard using soap and water is the best thing, I do have to wonder: how does soap work in the first place? Well, Connecting With Science published this today. Glad I read it, very informative: via How does soap work?
At least, it sure seems that way in the media, but the more I read, the more it's about 50/50 in negative and positive coverage and reactions. This is something I can't understand, because you have to feed the baby when it's hungry, and breastfeeding is one way to do it. In the evolutionary sense, … Continue reading Q#120–Why are a lot of Americans squeamish about moms breast-feeding babies in public?
My Copy: 9780867196009 (image from bn.com) This volume is a mix of juvenile hijinks done in the name of protest and Gen's knowledge that he's going to have to grow up and figure out what to do with his life. His family is scattered and Natsue is getting worse in her health, ready to die. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 9: Breaking Down Borders, by Keiji Nakazawa