Does the US National Debt concern you? Should it? Do you know how much 12 trillion is?
Our National Debt
“Most of us don’t comprehend the vastness between $1 million, $1 billion and $1 trillion. For better appreciation, look at our tax dollars as if they were units of time. One million seconds is approximately 11.5 days; one billion seconds runs nearly 32 years, and one trillion seconds represents more than 30,000 years.”
A new book by Peter Walther, “The First World War in Colour” is out with color images from WWI that were made with the “autochrome” process. These extremely rare photos have hardly ever been seen before now. Although heavily staged, the images give a shocking glimpse into what life must have been like at the front. Image above from Taschen.
Here is a link to the Taschen website that has the book for sale and more images to view.
This story, by Charles Siebert for Smithsonian magazine, is about a Beluga whale that apparently taught himself to mimic human speech after he was captured in the Arctic and was being trained in California to recover lost test torpedoes in the arctic for the U.S. Navy. Very interesting!
Here is Noc (pronounced no see).
Click here for a link to the story in Smithsonian:
This is a rather interesting short history of Ft. Meigs, Ohio and the Maumee Valley. Published in 1886, I believe the copyright is defunct. If anyone disagrees, I will happily take it down. This copy has been in my family for a long, long time and is in bad shape so I decided to scan it so it can be read without further damage.
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