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THE GOVERNMENT WATER SWAP THAT FLOPPED

Here was the dilemma: Which of these two stunningly beautiful, one of a kind, world class, historically priceless, irreplaceable, works of nature should the US government totally sacrifice, obliterate and destroy, so no future  generations would ever see it? Choose one: A or B? “A” is the stunningly beautiful Steamboat Rock in the Echo Park district  Continue Reading »

THE SECRET GERMAN TELEGRAM THAT PUSHED THE UNITED STATES INTO WAR

    One hundred years ago, in 1917, a secret coded radio transmission from a German transmitter was intercepted by British Intelligence. Great Britain was already at war with Germany. Despite the loss of American lives on the Lusitania, United States President Woodrow Wilson was struggling to keep America out of World War I.    Continue Reading »

THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TRAIL THROUGH THE MOST DANGEROUS JUNGLE

Building a border wall between Mexico and the United States is a hot subject these days. Some people regard the border as the beginning of the illegal immigrant trail into the U.S. But actually, the border is the end of a long trail for would-be illegal immigrants, I recently discovered. Most have traveled along the  Continue Reading »

THE MAN WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

      You and I might never have known very much about Theodore Roosevelt if Garret Augustus Hobart hadn’t died. Roosevelt wouldn’t have changed Republican politics in the early 1900’s nor would have political puppeteer Mark Hanna angrily called him  “that damned cowboy” if Garret Augustus Hobart had lived a little longer. So, who was Garret Augustus Hobart?      Continue Reading »

EL NINO IS NOT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE

In a hot, dusty, field in Guyana, workers  desperately dig to clear water ditches, so that what precious little water there is gets where it is needed. This year’s El Nino  is not only disappointing Southern Californians,  where I live, but it is causing real damage to South Americans. A few of our Listen2Read audiobooks  Continue Reading »

FLYING THROUGH THE DROUGHT

  To celebrate Earth Day, actor William Shatner has proposed a very good idea. Since there is a severe drought in California, and there is an abundance of water in other areas, why not build a pipeline to bring the water from where it is to where it is needed? Shatner says he will try to raise  Continue Reading »

THE NORTH POLE IS HEATING UP

Here’s a thought to keep an environmentalist awake at night: About 90 billion barrels of undiscovered oil and 1,670 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas are likely to be north of the Arctic Circle, close to the North Pole, where Santa lives. Eighty-Four percent of this is expected to require offshore drilling. And if  Continue Reading »

GLOBAL WARMING, GLACIERS AND JOHN MUIR

  Global warming was not on the mind of George Vancouver as he explored the coast of southwest Alaska in 1794. Having sailed from the balmy coast of Maui, Hawaii, to the frozen Northwest, any kind of warming would be welcome. While Vancouver couldn’t imagine global warming, he saw, measured and mapped the cold.  He  Continue Reading »