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Hellagana

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 23, 2023 at 10:51 PM

Much has been written in the last 75 years about how the U.S. gained an edge in the Pacific in World War II when the Japanese code was broken. In recent weeks it turns out I may have been trying to recreate that feat, and have begun to understand the challenges those skilled codebreakers faced.

Neither!

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 16, 2023 at 11:36 PM

This will be short because everything it says is so obvious. Do you follow the news? The allegedly shoo-in candidates for their respective parties’ presidential nomination have less principle and morals than a mosquito.

Strange Smoke

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 16, 2023 at 11:23 PM

I’ve always been a fan of smoking, as long as that refers to smoking delicious meats. Barbecuing and related culinary feats let us taste summer. This year, though, is a year of strange smoke.

None of Our Business

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 09, 2023 at 7:34 PM

We are now an entirely gossip-based society. My old friend Mark pointed me to the latest outrage.

A Case Against Monopolies

By Dennis E. Powell | Aug 02, 2023 at 10:06 PM

It is my fervent hope that Our Lord’s admonition to love our enemies does not apply to corporations. If it does, I’m sunk. There are things I hate as much as I hate the entity that calls itself Frontier Communications, but there is nothing that I despise more. I suspect that the company is corrupt; I know it is incompetent.

That Old Familiar Feeling

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 26, 2023 at 10:12 PM

Climbing up the hill in 80-degree heat and impressive humidity today, I couldn’t help but think how today felt like this time 49 years ago. Most of you won’t remember it, but that was a time when the air was electric with news about Richard Nixon, and doubt whether he would be president of the United States much longer.

Climbing the Tower of Babel

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 12, 2023 at 10:15 PM

Many years ago, in junior high school and high school, I studied Latin. My reasoning at the time was water-tight, to me. It was my hope to become the world’s leading herpetologist. The most daunting obstacle, I thought, was the memorization of scientific names. But if I knew Latin, I’d just translate the common names of snakes, turtles, and lizards into that language and I wouldn’t have to memorize anything. It is funny the things that make sense when you’re 13.

There's Something About Cats

By Dennis E. Powell | Jul 05, 2023 at 11:42 PM

A close friend of mine — we’ve never met nor heard each other’s voices, but hey, this is the twenty-first century — is devoted to cats. She has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours over the last seven years seeking the availability of a drug that would save millions of her feline friends from painful almost-certain death. We’ll talk more about that in a bit.

The Walls Come Tumbling Down

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 28, 2023 at 8:29 PM

It’s beginning to crumble. Everything that was peddled as official fact about the “miracle” messenger RNA vaccines administered with such wild abandon all across the world, in some cases made mandatory, is being proved false.

Just Assume It's Wrong

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 21, 2023 at 8:22 PM

As I write this, there is no news about the missing miniature submarine that was launched Sunday in hope of visiting the wreckage of HMS Titanic without itself adding to the rubble.

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