Happy dance!

My latest novel, ‘Stand Against The Storm‘, continues to climb the charts at Amazon.com.  It’s now at #2 in the ‘Hot New Releases in Space Opera Science Fiction‘ list. It’s also at #4 in the same list for military science fiction, and at #7 in science fiction overall.  Those are the highest rankings I’ve ever had in ‘Hot New Releases’. Thank you all very much for your support.  Color me happy! Peter

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A Japanese carrier pilot in World War II

The good people at Vintage Wings of Canada have published an excerpt from an e-book by Jūzõ Mori, a Japanese torpedo bomber pilot who fought in China and the Pacific before and during World War II.  Its English translation is titled ‘The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron‘. The Vintage Wings article is an excerpt describing how he bombed Midway Island during the eponymous battle.  Here’s part of it. On we went, our engines purring contentedly. After about fifty minutes the island of Midway began to take shape on the horizon ahead of us. The Zeros dropped their external fuel tanks to ready

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Ye Gods and little fishes . . . !!!

The French edition of The Local reports: Truck driver Noël Jamet, 48, is better known in farming circles as “Nono”. But he’s better known still for dressing up in pink, strapping on pig ears and a pig-nose, and then using a microphone to do pig noises to the best of his ability. And judging by his six consecutive titles, he’s an expert. This year, he walked onto the stage at the Agricultural Fair (Salon de l’Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles in Paris and told the crowd: “I’ll give you a good show – here comes the birth of a

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Of students, their grades, and their just deserts

Courtesy of a link provided by CenTexTim, we find an article titled ‘Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve‘.  It begins like this. … plenty of professors have told me that when many of their students get to college, they lug into the classroom a sense of academic entitlement—a belief that their papers and exams should be graded on how hard they’ve worked, not how well they’ve mastered the material. When they don’t receive the grades they think they deserve, many take the matter up with the graders. When that happens, one thing becomes clear: Their feelings

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Debt, explained in detail

We’ve often spoken in these pages about the problem of debt in our modern economy.  Now, in his latest weekly ‘Thoughts From The Frontline’ newsletter (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format), John Mauldin goes into a great deal of detail about debt;  what it is, what’s good about it, what’s bad about it, and what it means for us as individuals and as a nation.  Here are some of the highlights. Debt is at the center of every major macroeconomic issue facing the world today, not just in Europe and Japan but also in the US,

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Hot 5.56x45mm ammo deal

I know some readers, like myself, aren’t afraid to spend money on premium defensive ammunition for ‘social use’.  This isn’t practice ammo, it’s intended for saving your life when the proverbial brown substance hits the rotary air impeller and you need to rely on it in the worst way. Such ammo can be very expensive indeed. I’ve seen it offered for well over a dollar a round, sometimes approaching two dollars a round. Therefore, when I find a good deal I jump on it.  I’ve just come across such a deal from Beck Ammunition in Texas.  They’ve found themselves with

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Doofus Of The Day #817

Today’s award goes to an Australian school for an unthinking, uncaring and utterly inappropriate memorial.  An inquiry into a child-molesting teacher was told: Mr Ashton said he was deeply confused by the attitude at the school where all were expected to pay tribute to an art teacher Bruce Barrett who had died young. Mr Ashton said Barrett was a “notorious molester” but the school put up memorial gates at the back entrance to the Wahroonga school in his honour and bearing the inscription: “He touched us all”. There’s more at the link.  A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader

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When justice and the Police State collide

The Washington Post has a very interesting analysis of how police surveillance overreach led to the collapse of a criminal case and the perpetrators getting off with a far lighter sentence than they’d normally have received. The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time pot dealer of $130 worth of weed using BB guns. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison. But before trial, his defense team detected investigators’ use of a secret surveillance tool, one

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