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WOW Tech Progress !

The Next Big Future posts for Jan 29th and 30th are just mind blowingly positive…can anybody use a little of that? Of sourse there are caveats, But what the hey…..

NASA prototypes lunar mining robot…..

Skylon Spaceplane meets milestone for earth to orbital flights in 2019… http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/01/reaction-engines-targets-skylon-space.html

More China provinces reach $10,000 per capita GDP, …..8% growth……. http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/01/6-regions-in-china-with-total-over-200.html

DWave sells first Quantum computers….. potential to be many times faster than today’s….. http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/01/dwave-systems-512-qubits-projected-to.html and for the Tech inspirted: DWave videos, long and short:


Energy – Germany’s Green Problems

Just scrolling down these article titles gives a feel for Germany’s problems “going green” …


SAS – YouTube

This bit of this larger show has one of my most inspiring WWII stories a a youth…the British SAS Special Air Service (Motto “Who Dares Wins! ) hiding out in the desert by day, converging on German airfields by night …..and one of my altime favorite pictures, that steely eyed stare….good to about 31:00 from here:


My own Honor Audie Murphy Day

Funny, I was thinking about this today, while I was at the Sepulveda Va hospital getting fitted for a hearing aide, I had no idea of the significance of the day……
I was thinking today of the slender older woman who, for years as a volunteer, with no compensation, gave her solicitous attention to us veterans in the waiting room. She talked to each of us, followed our paperwork through the processing and told us how soon we would come up, made sure no one fell through the cracks. I had no idea who she was. Then she wasn’t there anymore.
A few months later I saw an article on her In a VA magazine at the hospital, she had passed away. It described her dedicated volunteer service I had experienced, and let me know, for my first inkling, that she had been the wife of Audie Murphy, WWII’s most decorated soldier.

Today, I was assisted in my paperwork by another volunteer, a recently retired woman Master Sergeant, the highest enlisted rank. Sharp as a tack. I’m deeply touched by the fact that women of this caliber volunteer the last days of their lives to the service of men far less deserving than themselves.

There was a poem in the pharmacy window a while back, it read in part :

We were the ones,
Who manned the guns
When your enemy
came through the wire.

This is Audie Murphy’s official day, and this his story:

“On 26 January 1945, 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone.

“Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods.

“2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy.

“He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank.

“Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw.

“His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.

“The President of the United States of America has awarded in the name of The Congress the MEDAL OF HONOR to LIEUTENANT AUDIE L. MURPHY, UNITED STATES ARMY

Today is the anniversary of Lt Murphy’s heroic achievement – Americans everywhere should get on their knees and thank God Almighty for raising up this laughing race of free men.

Pic – “Our Heroes Live In Our Hearts” Posted by GrEaT sAtAn’S gIrLfRiEnD at 12:00 AM

Harvesting the abundance of the Universe

“The resources of the earth are a tiny crumb in the super market of the solar system” Diamandis… two companies begin to harvest the abundant resources in space and bring them into outstretched human hands….

Al Queda in Algeria spoils U.S. strategy for region – The Washington Post

It was particularly poignant to see War breaking out in the small desert towns I traveled through going trans Sahara in the early ’70’s.

Pictures of that world with this moving song, the overloaded truck especially:

News reports of the war :

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