Daily Archives: August 23, 2012

Who Said What (and sometimes why- not a promisse): Miguel de Cervantes on friend or foe – salt know it)

It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Ernst Krenek (1900) – an Austrian-American Composer

Ernst Krenek (1900)

Krenek was an Austrian-American composer born in Vienna to Czech parents. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and began composing in the 1920s. His 1926 jazz opera, Johnny Strikes Up, was extremely successful and has been translated into many languages. He explored atonal and 12-tone compositions, which lack a definable key. In 1937, Krenek moved to the US, where he became a citizen in 1945. In 1924, he began a short-lived marriage to the daughter of what famous composer? More… Discuss

today in Yesteryear: Freckleton Air Disaster (1944)

Freckleton Air Disaster (1944)

On the morning of August 23, 1944, an American B-24 bomber aircraft crashed into the village of Freckleton in Lancashire, England, during a fierce storm. The plane hit the Holy Trinity School, three houses, and a snack bar for American servicemen. Fuel from the plane’s ruptured fuel tank created an inferno. Of the 61 people killed in the crash and fire, 38 were children. What reportedly widespread belief among the American airmen about British weather may have contributed to the disaster? More… Discuss

Mutant Butterflies Found in Fukushima or “Atoms For Life…Mutated life”

Mutant Butterflies Found in Fukushima

It has long been believed that insects are highly resistant to radiation; however, mutated butterflies collected from various locations in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident are challenging this idea. A team of researchers collected 144 adult pale grass blue butterflies that would have been larvae at the time of the accident and found an increase in mutations, particularly those of the leg, antenna, and wing. Butterflies collected six months later had an even higher mutation rate, a fact researchers attribute to contaminated food sources and to genetic mutations passed along from the previous generation. More… Discuss

Going back to  my previous thought: “For reasoning beings how can it be that humans are so dumbing unreasoning and unreasonable!”