George Francis Train said Chicago would burn -- The Chicago Burn in 1871, predicted by a questionable character in American History

George Francis Train said Chicago would burn --   The Chicago Burn in 1871, predicted by a questionable character in American History
  “This,” (Train) said, “is the last public address that will be delivered within these walls! A terrible calamity is impending over the city of Chicago! More I cannot say! More I dare not utter!” George Francis Train (March 24, 1829 – January 5, 1904) is a name that is mostly forgotten today, but during his... Read more »

Fake News from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Fake News from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
On the evening of October 08, 1871, the city of Chicago burned.  It was at the time the worst fire to strike a city.  Today, it still holds that ranking.  If this were January 12, 1871, Chicago would be on its way to a recovery nobody thought possible on that horrible night in October.  Over... Read more »

Chicago's Countdown to Zero Population

Chicago's Countdown to Zero Population
People leaving Chicago didn’t begin yesterday and it won’t be over tomorrow. In fact, Chicago loses 156 people a day for various reasons, according to Bloomberg. Populations can ebb and flow, but what I have noticed in looking up population stats over the years is that once the population drops it seldom comes back. Think... Read more »
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What's Up with Mars?

What's Up with Mars?
Mars is hot. Figuratively and literally. Mars seems to be the planet of choice (POC) for rich guys like Elon Musk, who insists he is going to go there, for Hollywood that has made a growing number of films about the red ball, and for ordinary people. Why? When I was in fifth grade I... Read more »

Black Friday & Public Storage

Black Friday & Public Storage
Black Friday is ending,  a day created by marketing people to separate you from your money, but it is a day to celebrate for one group of people. There were lots of deals out there, both online and in bricks and mortar stores. Buy it now before it’s too late.  Buy one and get two.... Read more »

Burned but not broken: Chicago rebuilds after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Burned but not broken: Chicago rebuilds after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
It is November 18, 1871, and Chicago and its population are in still in shock. Their city is gone. Rebuilding and aid have been on the way to Chicago’s distressed citizens, both from homegrown efforts, lead by the Chicago Relief and Aid Society and from generous donations from other US cities and even from overseas.... Read more »
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City of Chicago Destroys Town of Singapore --- Aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

It is November 15, 1871 and you are one of the lucky ones who survived the horror of the Chicago Fire that destroyed two-thirds of the city.  Your wooden shanty on the south-side was vaporized by the firestorm or your pleasant north-side home was reduced to ashes once the fire jumped the north branch of... Read more »

As President of the United States, I should be able to drink any beer I want

Trigger warning to lefties: I am NOT the president. This is a recap of the dream I had last night.  Keep calm.  You can leave your safe space. In my dream (nightmare?): I am newly elected as POTUS,  though I don’t recall even campaigning, and am sitting around a table at a pub with some... Read more »

People Watching the One Inch People

People used to “People Watch” way back in the 20th Century.  It’s different in the 21st Century. You’d read some article and somebody would say, “I was just sitting there, people watching. Last week  I was forced to “people watch.”  I was sitting in a food court at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and jammed into a space... Read more »
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I think I need to read a BOOK

I think I need to read a BOOK
What is a book anyway? Today, books are compilations of binary numbers housed in slim slabs of electronics or floating around in “clouds” owned by some of the biggest corporations on earth.  I have many of these “books” on my electronic slabs or tucked away in some corner of Jeff Bezo’s increasingly huge cloud. When... Read more »