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The Nazi Saboteurs in America

Several years ago I came across this amazing story on the This American Life program about a bungled Nazi plot of sabotage only six months after Pearl Harbor. When this program first aired, it drew comparisons to present day efforts to try Islamic terrorists in military tribunals. The legal precedent …

Vintage Computer Stories

Just discovered a great Youtube channel about vintage computers, tech and video games. Lazy Gamer Reviews helps us remember what it was like back in the early days of personal computing. He brings back those fond memories of my childhood, when we thought 8k was a lot of RAM! Here’s …

The Origin of the Luddites

Planet Money has an interesting history lesson on the Luddites. It appears we are doomed to repeat this history and if CGP Grey is correct, we have a lot to worry about. His Humans Need Not Apply video is below also. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/05/06/404701816/episode-621-when-luddites-attack image: morguefile.com

The Great Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894

Seems America had an “emissions” crisis near the turn of the 20th century. Although no one had an answer to the problem it seemed to take care of it self thanks to a new mode of transportation. I first read about this in Levitt and Dubners “Super Freakonomics,” and googling …