Archive for October2014

Streets: Nine and a Half D

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A Lunchtime Encounter I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch at the Gordon Biersch just around the corner from Ford’s Theater while riding my slightly wacky and very comfortable short wheelbase recumbent bicycle. Sitting at the traffic light at 12th and G streets, NW, I noticed two dudes in a car […]

Ebola: The Real Lesson

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUVzpoLysAk

Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

Film: When “D” Stands for Dog

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History as Pop-Up: Imax “D-Day Normandy 1944” Winston would be appalled. After all, it was he who said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” His poetic turn of phrase in praise of the RAF victory during the Battle of Britain, indeed anything even remotely approaching it, is sorely missing in […]

Perversion of Courage: Tom Neathway’s Story

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British Paratrooper Gravely Injured In 2008, Tom Neathway was a sniper assigned to combat duty in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was moving a sandbag, later determined to be booby trapped, when it detonated taking with it both of his legs and one arm. Neathway was in his mid-twenties at the time; he went on to […]

Heard

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Socialize That My work life used to be meetings, meetings and more meetings. Now, not so much, thankfully. Still, one does not escape entirely from the round table. I was sitting in one the other day being dutifully attentive. The subject had turned to scheduling the next meeting, (of course.) The person in charge, when […]

Disease: Like A House On Fire

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“We Feared To Fly” Welcome, Ebola, to America. The carrier, a recent Liberian traveler, with a fever, was seen and released from a hospital. Now, he’s back in, listed in critical condition. Confidence is not inspired by the CDC or other public health officials who say they have the situation under control. A Plague Upon […]

Selfie-Actualize

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Boots If you joined the US military in 2001 you could be 1/2 way through a service career and have been on combat related duty the entire time, an extraordinary fact. 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have exacted a heavy toll. Our volunteer army has been run ragged. How we acknowledge that […]