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We Missed An Aviation Milestone This Past Week.

On November 14, 1910, November 14, 1910, Eugene Ely took off in a Curtiss Model D pusher aircraft from a wooden platform built on top of a US cruiser named the USS Birmingham. In doing so, Ely is credited with the proof of concept that planes could take off (and presumably land) on ships.

The odd thing is that when Ely took off, hos plane plummeted toward the water. Before he could regain total control, his landing gear and the propeller struck the water, damaging the propeller. Ely was forced to land near the beach in Hampton Roads, Virginia. As he climbed from the plane, he thought he had failed.

He hadn’t and his achievement was widely heralded and celebrated.

Two months later, on January 18, 1911, Ely landed his Curtiss pusher airplane on a platform on the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay. Ely flew from the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, California and landed on the Pennsylvania, which was the first successful shipboard landing of an aircraft. This flight was also the first ever using a tailhook system, designed and built by circus performer and aviator Hugh Robinson. Ely told a reporter: “It was easy enough. I think the trick could be successfully turned nine times out of ten.”

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Someone Tell Us How This Is Right?

The Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska, does what can only be considered yeoman’s work in helping people in need. In over 30 years, the Center has grown to:

Provide Women’s Shelter, Culinary & Bakery Job Skills Training, Daily Meals, Laundry, and Clothing Handout
Home of Feed Me Hope Bakery and Culinary School
Serving neighbors in need for over 30 years
Over 160 individuals volunteer weekly
450-600 cups of soup served daily
142,000 meals prepared annually
Majority of funding from individual donations

The center is a religious based endeavor. While the Center is funded mostly by individual donations, it receives no funds from any state or federal agency. The group provides services that help people get back on their feet. One of the things the Center provides is shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
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Why Avocados Shouldn’t Exist.

Who knew?

The avocado is highly regarded by many people as delicious and nutritious, but the most extraordinary thing about avocados may be their very existence.




Before The 11th Hour Of The 11th Day……

This year we will honor veterans by remembering their service on Veterans Day on November 11th, but because that is a Sunday, the “official” observance and federal holiday will be Monday, November 12th.

(image courtesy The Great War)

What we call “Veterans Day” was originally called “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day originally recognized the ending of World War 1 at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” It recognized what was called “the War to End All Wars.” Sadly, it wasn’t the “war to end all wars,” and so after World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day.” (More on the history of Veterans Day can be found here.)

This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Like many people, we didn’t have a grasp on many of the events, battles, political doings and repercussions of World War I.

Enter The Great War series on YouTube.

Hosted by Indy Neidell, the weekly series of videos started back in 2014 and covers the events that happened in World War I during that week one hundred years ago.


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Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power.

Interesting take on immigration from Prager University.

Historically, Democrats supported strong borders because they knew American workers could never compete with illegal immigrants. Now, they regularly support “open borders.” So why the drastic change? Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, explains.




Stossel: Sweden is Not A Socialist Success.

Many people think Sweden is socialist, but its success comes from free markets.




As Promised.

We promised that we would post the supporting documents / statements from authorities concerning the object found in Satellite Beach.

We received the incident report from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office as well as an official statement from Patrick Air Force Base.

The report from the BCSO contains identifying information as to the address and phone of the person making the call. It is not our habit to “dox” people and post identifying information. We just won’t go down that path as it is wrong. Therefore, on the report we have redacted in red the address and the phone number of the person.

The black redaction was in the original record and was made by the BCSO.

Here is the 2 page BCSO report:

Patrick Air Force Base replied thusly:
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The Randomness Problem: How Lava Lamps Protect the Internet.

It’s been a long week so we are going to turn on our lava lamp and do something random this weekend.

Randomness is important for all kinds of things, from science to security, but to generate true randomness, engineers have turned to some pretty odd tricks!




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