A View From the Edge

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The legacy of Duck & Cover

Tomahawks may get nuclear heads

First, what’s a Tomahawk? A Tomahawk is a subsonic cruise missile. Long-range capability plus all-weather deployment make it a Navy favorite. You’ve seen them being fired from destroyers, submarines and other vessels toward Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hard to detect, with ground following capability, they can sneak past defenses and pack a huge explosive punch.

World conflict, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Unless you are a news junkie, you probably don’t know (but need to) what’s happening around the world. The U.S. military knows and is making plans, as always:

Afghanistan: Civil war, terrorism. Reduction of NATO forces in 2014 resulted in resurgence of the Taliban (what we used to call the Mujahedeen). 14,000 more troops now arriving plus increased U.S. air strikes.

The Arctic: Rising sea temperatures are melting ice, so new sea routes being opened, causing conflict (negotiation) among Canada, Russia, the United States and northern European Nations.

Dark side of free viral media

I get asked, “How can the paper afford you…” Good question since they don’t (and shouldn’t) pay anything (including a free paper.) Ah, you wonder, thinking of the hours and research, then why’s he doing it? Let’s put this in today’s jargon: I get the benefit of cross-platforming, expanding reach and viral media response, expanding my platform. I should. I don’t.

Lights at night must not be so bright

If you swap out one street light from incandescent or sodium to LED, and turn it’s intensity down deep into the night, you can save the town $25 a year. I swapped all my household lightbulbs to LED this last year. My electricity bill has dropped $30 a month. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Translate to a town’s whole street light bill and the town could save a couple of thousand per month. So far, so good, right?

The real world: a brief update

In these times, it has become clear we need to look out for each other. Charity is up (thankfully), food programs are expanding, neighbors are helping neighbors. In our household, at least six working days a month are devoted to just helping neighbors. Me? Other than time, one thing I can do is share information — information the mainstream, advertising-managed media may not be giving you.

The (new) race to the moon

A non-funded mandate to go to the moon undertaken with a flourish of a worthless pen notwithstanding, the actual science and governmental programs already underway around the world are likely to see moon landings within the year. What? You didn’t know? Of course not, because the news you get is filtered down to marketing platforms meant not to fill your head, leaving room for medical remedies you must desperately want to pester your doctor about.