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Authoritative Answers, Questionable Acts, and Small-minded Men

“Ask Us Anything” is a regular feature of Popular Science Magazine written by Daniel Engber that might be offering more than it can deliver. Like a good reference librarian, Engber cites the sources of his answers to questions like “Can body fat protect you like a built-in cushion?” and “How big would a meteorite have to be to wipe out all human life?” The answer to the first is “yes and no”; fat provides some cushioning but it also entails greater body mass being flung about, according to Richard Kent of the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. 615 more words

Libraries

Reader's Corner: Eisenhower and Book-burning

Nobody associates Dwight Eisenhower with much of anything literary or particularly high-minded. After all, his presidency was typified by pragmatism and political small-ball more than grand oratory and lofty goals. 216 more words

Books

Let's Get Real

A few years back, I contemplated moving to western or southern Ireland for retirement, maybe to the Beara Peninsula down in County Cork or up to County Mayo on the coast, perhaps purchasing a rustic cottage with a glimpse of distant mountains or of the sea. 618 more words

Non-fiction

How Many Lost Words?

How many tales have been lost?
To history’s brutal ways
Burned for blasphemy
Torn apart by fear
Never to return to the page
Knowledge buried… 115 more words

Writing

WEDNESDAY'S WISDOM, A quote by Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury

Diana Douglas

ISIS, Enemies of Mankind.

 

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke

One of my favorite personages of history of whom you have probably never heard is Nicholas Roerich.   433 more words