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How Will the Modern Era Come to an End?

October 28, 2019

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How is the modern era going to end? What will the transition to the next era in history be like? And what will the next era in history be?

We are currently over 100 years into the modern era at this point and I believe that whatever is going to end it can only be delayed at this point. I wonder if we will just experience the consequences of all the decision making over the past 100 years no matter what we do. In other words, we are caught up in the gears of history and are mostly at their mercy.

In the world that I live in, I see nothing but good people all around me. So how could anything bad ever happen? Yet there are whole societies out there that I have no idea about. It would take a tremendous effort for me to learn about all of the cultures in the world, or even in my own country of America. So the truth is that maybe I just don’t know what kinds of decisions people are capable of...

Growing Up

September 25, 2019

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Its not just nostalgia, every day was like Christmas in the neighborhood I grew up in on the edge of a small town in America. Its not easy to describe the feeling of all of us playing street hockey, building things in the woods, and hanging out in someone's bedroom listening to all the new music together as soon as it came out. It was a strong sense of community and fun, a feeling that nothing truly bad was going to happen in the foreseeable future.

There were a million new things to try or do and we would all experience them together. When I went out in the woods to work on our forts, I never went alone. Every evening me and my friends would ride our bikes or roller blades around the neighborhood. In the summer we would visit our homes one by one and eat ice cream at each one. Most everyone else who lived there walked in the evenings as well, so almost everyone knew each other...

Climate Change

September 11, 2019

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I wanted to briefly write some of my ideas regarding what is today a heavily debated issue worldwide. When I was a kid it was called Global Warming, today it is referred to as Climate Change. The idea is that human activity is responsible for changes in the Earth's average temperature over time.

There is an enormous amount of research on this subject to learn from. I will summarize what I have learned thus far. Since the time we began to take accurate measurements of temperature, the 1800's, the Earth's temperature has been rising. But archeological evidence shows that 2000 years ago the Romans built coastal towns and sea ports at a higher elevation than the current ocean level...

Star Hopper

August 28, 2019

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This morning I watched video from southern Texas of a SpaceX prototype spacecraft, called Starhopper, making a successful testflight. The flight was about 1 minute long. It flew to an altitude of about 400' and traversed horizontally about 200' to a secondary landing pad.

The system being developed will likely be able to deliver cargo to orbit for about 1/10th of the cost of current vehicles. At the rate they are developing, the system could be operational by 2022...

Conversation with a WWII Veteran

August 23, 2019

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I was recently walking through a normal American neighborhood when a man walked out from his home to speak with me briefly. He asked what type of work I did and how many children I had. I asked about his life, he said his wife had passed years ago and he was now 94 years old. He grew up on a small farm near Murphy, North Carolina and was drafted into the US Army and sent to Europe to serve in World War II...

Purpose

August 22, 2019

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Thus begins a personal blog for Classic History. I thought it would be good to include short whimsical blog posts so that anyone reading my articles could better understand what kind of person is writing them.

Writing is also a healthy exercise in that it helps to open up your mind and release ideas. So I'm sure that in writing about more benign things I will come up with ideas for new articles...

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