Thought for the day

"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal." --  Ted Turner
"The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." --  Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race, Chapter 5, "The Wickedness of Creating Large Families." (1920)


When World War II ended in 1945, the industrial warfare machine did not stop overnight. Estimates of the value of potential surpluses range from a low of $25 billion to a high of $150 billion.


The surplus included almost every conceivable commodity and commodity—of little utility in a peaceful world; Others are in great demand by the civilian population of the United States and other countries.


Serial killers occupy a strange place in our collective consciousness. We despise the horrific crimes they have committed, but also investigate them with a strange, morbid curiosity. As TV shows like Netflix's Mindhunter and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tape become more and more popular, real-life cops recently revealed the most prolific serial killer in United States history.

When an earthquake struck Santa Monica on March 10, 1933, the city was already in bad shape. The quiet community on the Pacific Coast prided itself on being socially elite and culturally sophisticated, but that pride didn't stop the Great Depression from sinking its dirty claws and tearing the city down a new one. Schools suffered the most due to the earthquake. Without funds to rebuild, local children were taught outside the tents. The idea for the city to build a park on the beach was from Cate Giroux. She was a playground matron for an elementary school before it was turned into rubble.
These photographs of Belle Epoque Venice were processed and colored using the Photochrome process. The Library of Congress page on the photochrome process explains it: "Photochrome prints are ink-based images produced through the 'direct photographic transfer of an original negative onto litho and chromographic printing plates'." Hans Jakob Schmid, the inventor of the photochrome, came up with the technique in the 1880s and involves coating a tablet of lithographic limestone with a light-sensitive emulsion, then exposing it to sunlight under negative photos for several hours.
The 1989 Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage next to San Marco Square in Venice gathered more than 200,000 fans and inadvertently made the mayor and the entire city council resign after his performance. City officials arranged a free concert in Venice's historic Piazza San Marco that would be televised in more than 12 countries. The council justified this by saying that Venice "should be open to new trends, including rock music". The news was met with enthusiasm by many, but also met with anger by many Venetians. Many old Venetians wanted to ban concerts.
The Sami form an indigenous ethnic group that has settled in Norway, Sweden, northern Finland, and wide areas of the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Their number is difficult to establish, as ethnic definitions can vary, and the choice of identifying oneself as a Sami is an individual. Current estimates, however, place the total population at between thirty thousand and fifty thousand, most of whom live in Norway. The Sami have historically been known in English as Laps or Laplanders, but these words are considered offensive by the Sami, who preferred the name of the area in their own languages,
These photographs, taken in the early 20th and mid 20th centuries, depict unknown people with actors dressed as polar bears. The paintings, part of a Teddybar collection, were compiled by Jean-Marie Donat between the end of World War I and the late 1960s. When he stumbled upon a snapshot of someone dressed as a polar bear down a street in Berlin, he spent 20 years hunting down photos of other bear impersonations spanning four decades and originating from locations across Germany. Happened.
Here's a strange relic from the past: a 1979 calendar dedicated to cocaine. Yes, you read that right, for cocaine. While the substance was illegal, it was not considered so bad (and it was common in magazines to advertise cocaine gadgets). Each month's photo shows the coca plant at a different stage of its transition to cocaine powder, from its source in the Andes to its destination as a Christmas gift, and of course, users enjoying it. Months are accompanied by quotes about cocaine from various sources.
It's tempting to read vintage magazine ads because nothing gets old faster than tech news and commercials. In this article, we've collected some vintage computer ads to provide you with a look at what was in the tech headlines before the era of smartphones, tablets, and high-end laptops. It's amazing how far we've come. Did you know that your phone already has more processing power than all the Apollo 11 computers in the lunar lander that put mankind on the Moon?