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Sunday Reading

Welcome to the second Sunday in April 2019. For my friends in Western churches, I hope you have a fruitful Holy Week. Those of us in Eastern churches have another week left before Holy Week.

Before I get to the reading there are two stories you might expect me to link which I am not. As a space nut the first imaging of a black hole and the first satellite launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket, with recovery of all three first stage components, were a big deal this week. However, because they were well covered I think it is reasonable to expect my readers to know about both. If not, Duck Duck Go is your friend for both the black hole and the Falcon Heavy.

With that out of the way, on to our links:

D4: The Last Raider

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole, one of four surviving members of Doolittle's Raid, answers question about the raid during a luncheon in honor of the event at the Army Navy Club in Washington. Doolittle's Raid was an April 1942 air attack on Japan, which launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet and was led by Army Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole in 2014

There are not many World War II veterans left alive. I am sure every week has the death of one, but most are only notable to family and friends. This past Monday Lieutenant Colonel Richard Cole passed at the age of 103 and the whole nation noticed. Lt. Colonel Cole was the last of Doolittle’s Raiders. He was present when the USAF announced the new B–21 bomber would be named the Raider.

Fair winds and following seas, Colonel.

D6: Bet that stung

This story is just creepy. Medical news should not sound like something from a
 Cronenberg movie.

D8: The oldest story

Well, maybe Gilgamesh isn’t the oldest known story, but it is one of the oldest stories in the Western tradition. We knew most of it. Certainly we know the outline, but like any ancient story there are dozens and dozens of versions. It is good to have more details from the earliest version we know of.

D12: And some of the newest

Yes, Dashiell Hammett died fifty-eight years ago, but compared to creator of Gilgamesh he is one of the newest story tellers. The Maltese Falcon is not iconic on the same level as Gilgamesh, but it is better known among modern English speakers. It is one of the great detective novels as well as an iconic film.

I had always heard Hammett had been a Pinkerton man, but I didn’t realize we only had his word on the fact. It is great to see some comments from people who worked with him when he was.

D20: And speaking of detectives

Read the entire story, not just the headline. The sheriff deputy’s radio report on the topic is a fantastic punch line to the entire thing.

Video of the Week:

We live in an age where being inspired is considered badthink, under the term “cultural appropriation” and where copyright trolls, who have nothing to do with the creators of cultural items, are abusing copyright for a buck.

Adam Neely took apart why the copyright suit against Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud” is an example of the later. In the process, he provides a good explanation of why the former is poisonous to art.


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