Daily Archives: September 17, 2012

Occupy Wall Street’s First Anniversary


Happy Anniversary!

Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) on Art’s Mission as thought promoter


Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883)


 

William Carlos Williams (1883)

Trained as a pediatrician, Williams wrote poetry and practiced medicine in his New Jersey hometown. Regarded as one of the most original American poets of the 20th century, he closely observed American life and recorded his impressions in a lucid style. His poems, such as “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “This Is Just To Say,” are noted for making the ordinary appear extraordinary. He lost a post at the Library of Congress after one of his works drew scorn—as a result of what misunderstanding? More… Discuss

This Is Just To Say

 
by William Carlos Williams
 
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold(more  )

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM (1862)


 

The Battle of Antietam (1862)

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee crossed the Potomac River to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was met by Union General George McClellan. The resulting Battle of Antietam, fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a total of 23,000 casualties. It was a Union victory only in the sense that Lee’s invasion was stopped. McClellan was later removed from command and was faulted for failing to act on what crucial opportunity? More…Discuss

 

WILD SNAKES CAPABLE OF VIRGIN BIRTH


 

Wild Snakes Capable of Virgin Birth

Researchers in the US studying two snake species found two female snakes that each reproduced without a male. The phenomenon, which is not uncommon in invertebrates, is called facultative parthenogenesis, and occurs when an egg develops without fertilization by a sperm. Although it has been reported in snake, shark, lizard and bird species, it previously had been observed only in captive vertebrates. In the recent study, scientists captured pregnant cottonmouths and copperheads, two types of North American pit vipers, and one snake in each group produced offspring that had only the mother’s genetic material. More… Discuss

 

THE ELECTROMAGNETIC BOMB


 

The Electromagnetic Bomb

In 2003, it was reported that US forces used an electromagnetic bomb to disrupt Iraqi TV transmissions. The so-called E-bomb is a weapon designed to disable electronics with an electromagnetic pulse. Though relatively non-lethal, it can cripple critical technology, making it a valuable tool in modern warfare. It is believed that older devices containing vacuum tubes may be more resistant to damage from these bombs than newer, transistor-based technology. How can sensitive devices be protected? More… Discuss