Saturday, April 23, 2016

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2016

H.G. Wells, Little Wars. 1913

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2016

I finished reading The Presidents and UFOs:  A Secret History from FDR to Obama by Larry Holcombe.  This is a book for someone who already believes in UFOs.  It will confirm your belief in aliens.  However, it also says nothing about secret government technology, aircraft or spacecraft.  It is strictly a book about aliens.  I did not find it much of a challenge to sceptics at all.

There are some pieces of it which are kind of interesting.  The material on UFO sightings in Japan and Belgium are better than the information on sitings in the United States.  There is also a focus on aliens and the military, specifically, the United States airforce more than any other focus.  Majestic 12, Roswell, and Project Bluebook take up a lot of the book.  I was hoping for more diverse coverage.

Also, the descriptions of how UFOs are attracted to nuclear power plants, ICBMs, and military aircraft are kind of interesting.  There seems to be a lot of focus on sending fighter jets after alien spacecraft.

There were a few tidbits of information that were interesting.  Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace is interested in UFOs.  Larry Holcombe makes an unconvincing argument that Richard Nixon was the most likely president to go public about Unidentified Flying Objects. I found it to be a middling book with a few high points.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I placed The Third Wave by Steve Case on hold.  It reminds me a little bit of The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler.

I watched the PBS special, Paris The Luminous Years Toward the Making of the Modern on dvd today.  It is about the birth of modern art focusing on people like Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, and others.

Web Bits

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