Day: May 3, 2018

An Interview with F. A. Hayek (1984)


The ‘Population Bomb’ (that bombed) Turns 50

Watts Up With That?


This month marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most destructive books of the last century, The Population Bomb, by Paul Ehrlich.

The 1968 doomsday bestseller generated hysteria over the future of the world and the Earth’s waning ability to sustain human life, as Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich offered a series of alarming predictions that turned out to be spectacularly wrong, creating the enduring myth of unsustainable population growth.

Ehrlich prophesied that hundreds of millions would starve to death in the 1970s (and that 65 million of them would be Americans), that already-overpopulated India was doomed, and that most probably “England will not exist in the year 2000.”

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Understanding chemical warfare in the First World War

Simon Jones Historian

In August 1918, while waiting to advance east of Amiens, Sergeant Sawyer Spence lay in a shell hole contaminated with mustard gas. Feeling no ill effects he only reluctantly agreed to be evacuated; only after 24 hours did medics realise that his uniform had been saturated by the oily liquid. By the time he reached a hospital twelve days later, in the converted pavilion of Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, the whole of one side of his back and legs was septic and discharging pus, the result of massive blistering. He was the worst mustard gas case that the hospital had ever seen.

Sawyer Spence suffering extensive mustard gas blisters, Trent Bridge Hospital, Nottingham, 1918. © Jon Spence, used with permission. Sawyer Spence suffering extensive mustard gas blisters, Trent Bridge Hospital, Nottingham, 1918. © Jon Spence, used with permission.

Sawyer Spence was one of an estimated half a million chemical warfare victims of the First World War. The first were on 22nd April 1915 when the Germans released 150…

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Can you spot the most important information in this title?

The main Soviet strategic bomber is still in the air based on a B-29 design stolen in 1945 when several were forced to land in Russian territory because of lack of fuel after bombing Japan

Notes On Liberty

The Diplomathas a piece up with the following title: “Russia’s Sole Aircraft Carrier to Be Fitted With Advanced New Air Defense System.”

The author of the piece goes on to wax poetic about the advanced new air defense system, but that’s not the most important information being conveyed. It’s the fact that Russia – Russia – has a single aircraft carrier.

Here is Popular Mechanics on countries and their aircraft carriers.

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May 2, 1946: Battle of Alcatraz

Almost Chosen People

The so-called battle of Alcatraz began on May 2, 1946.  Located on an island in San Francisco bay, Alcatraz prior to 1933 was a military prison.  In 1933 the Federal Bureau of Prisons refurbished it, and it became a supposedly escape proof prison, due to the high currents of the bay, where Federal prisoners who had caused trouble in other prisons were transferred.  The prison was closed in 1963.  Ironically considering its infamous reputation, many convicts asked to be transferred to Alcatraz.  Several former inmates report that the food and treatment were better at Alcatraz than in other Federal prisons.

On May 2, 1946 inmates Bernard Coy and Marvin Hubbard teamed up to overpower a guard.  They then released inmates Joseph Cretzer and Clarence Carnes from their cells.  Taking over C block and D block, they attempted to open the yard door to seize the launch, using the nine guards they had…

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