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Sunday, July 9

The LON had gotten together a couple of years earlier and created 2 classes of narcotic which would be subject to international regulation. The standards were adopted by most of the member nations, including the United States. No one was heard to complain about the expense. Finland held an election without anyone being declared dictator. The scimitar being trampled by the Finnish LION puzzled me. I assumed that Finland had been too far north and west to have been threatened by the spread of Islam. Turns out it represents a type of saber used by the Russians. The Blue Laws in Pennsylvania had been relaxed slightly, allowing sporting events to take place on Sundays. It's the thin edge of the wedge, folks. Meanwhile, the Italian armada continues to advance on Chicago. fly like an...

Saturday, July 8

We like scaring ourselves. A good sharp shock, if you survive it, makes the daily existential dread in troubled times more tolerable. So imagine an invasion from an alien planet, or an asteroid strike, or a giant ape on the loose, or rioting and insurgency. It'll make you feel better. Alternatively, set out on a quest of some sort- something with an element of danger to be overcome. Not many people can make the attempt, but we can picture ourselves in the shoes of our heroes and heroines. Look at scrappy little Amelia there- so happy to be in her element. She set a high bar. She had married her publicist at this point, told him bluntly that she would have her freedom when it came to married life, but of course what she meant was freedom to pursue her aviation, and as her publicist...

Friday, July 7

Nigeria was a British Protectorate in '33, which means they controlled it by proxy. The British had just crested the peak of Empire, although they may not have known it at the time. Well, the downhill side of it passed much more rapidly than the rise. Here we have a page from the Nigerian Daily, which includes an installment of a story which must have been intended for the ladies of the colonists, and others in such trade. A little bit of home, you might say. What stands out for me is the ad for a correspondence course from the London School of Commerce- become a bookkeeper, salesman or journalist! I imagine that this was intended for the native Nigerians who, having learned English in their schools, may have entertained thoughts of improving their lot- as had many Indians before th...

Thursday, July 6

Sex sells I guess, and that goes for China as well as for any western nation. One of the few opportunities to get legitimate photos of young women wearing revealing clothing turns out to be the Olympics, and Chinese publications sought out their images, either in pin-up poses like this or just out of the pool soaking wet. Some of the women didn't like it so much, feeling that it degraded their athletic achievements, but fortunately the sporting game is such that it provides its own rewards. Which is also true for American baseball. Here we have the winners of the first Major League All-Star game, including Ruth and Gehrig. Pretty good team, selected by the fans. And here's the ballpark they contested in. I'm a little surprised to see so many autos parked nearby. In my mind baseba...

Wednesday, July 5

The last remaining non-Nazi political party disbands in Germany. Not everyone is a member of the Nazi party of course, which was something that I didn't know about Germany when I was a kid. We were brought up believing that they were all Nazis, making things much simpler for us. I believe that's the sort of "Great Again" that many people would like to have- a "much simpler" world. And maybe mommy and daddy will come back to take care of them too! From what I understand now, this was a large part of Hitler's appeal- he was a stern father figure, and the fact that he was obviously flawed, even weak, only enhanced the effect he had on the public. He bullied the volk, just as they had been raised by their own stern, weak fathers. Ah, that's a simple explanation too, obviously flawed an...

Monday, July 3

The big one is coming. The American celebration of exceptionalism. I'm not sure how easy it will be to sell it this year, but the attempt will be made. I like the parade float cover, with the society dames thinking how dirty birds are, and they're wearing white, and how they hadn't considered this aspect of patriotism at all. The Kellogg-Briand pact had been signed years ago, but it seems that some of the Soviet Union's neighbors had concerns that perhaps the Soviets didn't think the word "aggression" meant what everyone else thought it meant, so they just signed off an a pact agreeing what aggression meant. From Wikipedia: ""Aggression" included attacks on territory, naval vessels or aircraft, a naval blockade, aid to armed bands "formed on the territory of a State", or failing "to ...

Sunday, July 2

Things that happened in the past carry weight. Consider the good old butterfly effect, which posits that the slightest action can be amplified over time and have great consequences. The thing about that one is that we'll never know which butterfly where did the flapping, or know which action to take now to have some intended effect in the future. The butterfly effect is interesting, possibly true, and useless. What we need is something that lets us bypass the delay between cause and effect. We use the phrase "see into the future" when we think about this idea, but the thing there is that we would use that knowledge, not to affect the future we've seen, but to profit by that knowledge- in other words, to know which stocks will rise next month and buy them now. But this requires us to...

Saturday, July 1

Hard to believe but it's just about halfway through 1933. Leading off July with the aircraft that represented the ideal solution to the problem of commercial flight. Three motors were too noisy and too messy, one was certainly not enough, but this two engine craft could climb on one engine and carry its load at speeds rivaling military planes. The DC-1 was quickly refined and enlarged, but of all the planes that were rapidly coming to the same design solution, this one was the big winner. So, refinement of design could apply to people too. There had been plenty of health nuts in the world but now they had their own magazine. Several in fact. Nothing nutty about it. Unlike the design for a post office shown on the Popular Mechanics cover. Compare it to the great stone block that w...

Friday, June 30

In Columbia, South America- a canoe stored close by the house. To keep it dry? Carved from a big log, looking a little like some sort of river creature itself. I'm thinking that what looks like a pillow on top of it might be a pillow, something you could put on your head when you hoist this thing up there to carry it over to the water. But I don't know. What I do know is that when you live somewhere, and you have to work at something in order to eat, you like to keep your tools close at hand. Walk out the door, hey, here's your rake, and that's good because you're gonna spend hours using it to move the rocks off your field today. Or grab a ladder, because you'll be getting up in the trees for fruit. In Columbia, there's lots of different kinds of wood to make tools from. In China...