Truman Diary – July 1945

At this point, it seems that the atom bomb was supposed to be used on a primarily military target not a city.

Pacific Paratrooper

Churchill – Truman – Stalin

From: The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Entry:

25 Jul 1945

We met at 11 A.M. today. [That is Stalin, Churchill and the U.S. President.  Clement Attlee was also there.] But I had a most important session with Lord Mountbatten & General Marshall before that. We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world.  It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.

Anyway we think we have found the way to cause a disintegration of the atom.  An experiment in the New Mexican desert was startling – to put it mildly. Thirteen pounds of the explosive caused the complete disintegration of a steel tower 60 feet high, created a crater 6 feet deep and 1200 feet in diameter, knocked over a steel tower 1/2 mile away and knocked…

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Mexico enters 3rd wave of coronavirus, infections up 29% – The Washington Post

Mexico is entering its third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as infections rose by 29% compared to the previous week. But the country’s health department said Friday the growth is largely coming from infections among younger, less vulnerable people. Case numbers are now as high as the beginning of the last surge in September; that wave peaked in January and steadily declined until June. But at present only about 22% of the country’s hospital beds are occupied; hospital beds in many parts of the country were essentially filled to capacity during the last wave. Authorities said the relative decline of serious cases among older people is a result of the country’s vaccination campaign, which as of Friday has given at least one dose to about 39% of all adults.

Source: Mexico enters 3rd wave of coronavirus, infections up 29% – The Washington Post

Toskana 2018 – Bericht eines Nicht-Bloggers

Vivaldi translation of introduction: Tuscany 2018 – report by a non-blogger
4. Oktober 2018
A non-blogger among professionals. Max, the chief blogger officer, called and organized everything well. We meet in Pisa on the Pisamover, a driverless train between the airport and the train station, and we start with a lot of culture: the Torre is still crooked next to the cathedral, a wonderful sight in the bright sun. Starting in 1173, he leaned during construction because the subsoil was not solid enough. We give ourselves the dizzying ascent: the old city wall opposite is not so high, the entrance is low, but the view is almost as beautiful. The cathedral next to the tower is impressive: four floors high in marble with a mighty dome. Inside, the pulpit is impressive, richly decorated with reliefs and statues. It is also worthwhile to look at the ceiling, which is completely gold-plated. The Baptistery opposite is the largest baptismal church in the world.

Senioren um die Welt

Ein Nicht-Blogger unter Profis. Max, der Chief Blogger Officer, hat gerufen und alles gut organisiert. Wir treffen uns in Pisa am Pisamover, einem führerlosen Zug zwischen Flughafen und Bahnhof, und gleich geht es los mit viel Kultur: Der Torre steht immer noch schief neben dem Dom, ein herrlicher Anblick bei strahlender Sonne. Begonnen ab 1173, neigte er sich noch während der Bauzeit, weil der Untergrund nicht fest genug war. Das schwindelerregende Besteigen schenken wir uns: Die alte Stadtmauer gegenüber ist nicht so hoch, der Eintritt gering, die Aussicht aber fast genauso schön. Der Dom neben dem Turm ist beeindruckend: Vier Geschosse hoch in Marmor mit einer mächtigen Kuppel. Im Innern beeindruckt die Kanzel, die reich mit Reliefs und Statuen geschmückt ist. Ebenso lohnend ist der Blick zur Decke, die vollständig vergoldet ist. Das Baptisterium gegenüber ist die größte Taufkirche der Welt.

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Marine Corps corporal gets 3D-printed teeth with jaw reconstruction – UPI.com

Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Murry undergoes an examination after jaw reconstruction surgery and placement of what the Defense Department called its first use of 3D-printed teeth. Photo courtesy of the Defense Department A Marine Corps member is the first recipient of the Defense Department’s first jaw reconstruction using 3D-printed teeth, the Pentagon said on Friday. A tumor prompted the removal of most of Cpl. Jaden Murry’s jaw in a November 2020 surgery.

Source: Marine Corps corporal gets 3D-printed teeth with jaw reconstruction – UPI.com

‘This isn’t a heat wave issue’: B.C. paramedics say there’s a systemic crisis in emergency care | Globalnews.ca

More paramedics are speaking out about what they say is a systemic crisis in the ambulance service that goes far beyond problems revealed by the recent deadly heat wave.

Source: ‘This isn’t a heat wave issue’: B.C. paramedics say there’s a systemic crisis in emergency care | Globalnews.ca

Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos – Study Finds (Me: Interesting but a pretty small and controlled sample)

A group of 42 participants took part in the study. Researchers taught each person the Arabic alphabet after separating them into three learning groups: pen and paper, typing, and video watching. After all participants had been “introduced” to an Arabic letter via a short video, subjects had to attempt to absorb the new information according to their assigned learning group. The typing group had to find the letter they just saw on a keyboard. The video group saw an on-screen flash of a letter and had to answer if it was the same letter they had just seen. The handwriting group had to copy the letter with pen and paper.

By the time participants across all three groups had finished six “learning sessions,” pretty much everyone was able to recognize the letters. However, the writing group reached this level much faster than the other two groups, after an average of just two learning sessions.

Source: Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos – Study Finds

Germany Shifts Focus of Vaccine Drive to the Undecided and Skeptics – DER SPIEGEL

As the availability of vaccines against COVID-19 increases, authorities in Germany are facing a new obstacle: hesitancy among the population. Now leaders are betting on everything from mobile vaccine buses to concert vouchers and a bicycle lottery to convince people to get their jabs. Source: Germany Shifts Focus of Vaccine Drive to the Undecided and Skeptics – DER SPIEGEL

Coronavirus: Germany declares Spain a COVID risk area | News | DW | 09.07.2021

Germany on Friday listed Spain as a basic risk area due to rising number of coronavirus infections in the country, including Majorca and the Canary Islands.

The decision comes as the spread of the more contagious coronavirus delta variant prompts fears of new outbreaks across Europe.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry had previously considered only a few regions in Spain as risk areas.

But starting Sunday, travelers who spend time anywhere in Spain within 10 days before entering Germany will have to present a negative coronavirus test or proof vaccination or recovery.

Source: Coronavirus: Germany declares Spain a COVID risk area | News | DW | 09.07.2021