One hundred years ago, a racist US General, Amos Fries, transformed tear gas from a wartime chemical into use against protestors. He loved war gases and saw them as the ultimate in US technology. He advocated the use of tear gas against any form of civil disorder. As head of US Chemical Warfare Services, he pedaled his favorite gas to private security firms, police departments, and the National Guard. According to him, tear gas in the hands of the “White man can quell any uprising.” He went on to talk about how White men are set apart from the Negro, Gurkha, and the Moroccan. In his effects were letters from the women of the Ku Klux Klan praising his efforts.
Today the tear gas he loved is used all over the world by tyrannical governments to control their people.
One of my students wrote a poem to which many of us can relate–how to keep track of and remember all the passwords we have created.
so many of them.
swirling around in my head.
and many others,
break my brain.
is it 1234,
or is it,
Today we went to MacDonald Observatory and signed up for a tour. It was more than we imagined.
The views 360 degrees since you are at the top are, well, spectacular.
In the distance a cloud bank hung over the mountains.
I stood back to take a photo of the different buildings that house the actual telescopes.
We entered the building on the right which houses the 107 inch telescope and walked up 77 stair steps to see it.
It is too large to get a photo of the entire telescope. Depending on what the astronomers want to study, different parts are added and subtracted. The room is temperature controlled between 40 and 50 degrees. The photo below shows another area with a different type of telescope currently under construction.
After leaving here, we took a scenic drive in a circle through the mountains.
We were especially impressed with the unusual rock formations and the giant cotton wood trees of which we saw dozens along a stream bed.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.
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I started this blog 11 months ago. I want to thank all my followers, commenters, and friends who follow me via WordPress, Facebook, etc. for making this a success. Thank you and Happy New Year. May this new year bring joy and prosperity to all of you.