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My Quora Answer: Were US Soldier overrated in WW2?

Armies improve over time with equipment, leadership, training and experience. The American Army in 1939 was vastly different than the American Army in 1945. In addition, the Army Air Corps (which was part of the US Army and later became the US Air Force) is technically an element within the US Army. The question also…

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Economics: US Post Office to Default Bigtime

In the continuing parade of overpromising benefits and underdelivering on profitability to make payments, we have the USPS which is very overextended.   The key news here is that there is a default of almost $7 Billion in payments. Who is going to be on the hook?  The American taxpayer.   WASHINGTON (AP) — The…

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Yamato – Famed Japanese Battleship – The Details

Yamato (大和) was the lead ship of the Yamato class of Imperial Japanese Navy World War II battleships. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) 45 Caliber Type 94 main guns, which were the largest guns ever mounted on a warship. Neither ship survived the war. Named after the ancient…

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Disruptions in Cabs: No More Coffee With Comedians

Uber and Lyft have continued to disrupt patterns in the transportation grid,  primarily in the cab business.   I can speak from personal experience on a trip to Miami.  Cab driver = rude, dangerous, expensive.  Uber driver=courteous, inexpensive, clean, safe.   I was warned at a coffee shop in Miami:  “Many cab drivers in Miami will…

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Normandy Remembered – June 6th 1944

June 6th, 1944. The Invasion of Normandy when World War II hung in the balance. By the end of this day – “The Longest Day” – over four thousand lay dead on the cold beaches of France in Hitler’s “Festung Europa” – Fortress Europe. The gallantry of this day is etched forever on my mind…

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Economics Reign Supreme…Decline Continues

In the last week, headlines have captured a number of economic disruptions in the government and infrastructure fabric that will bring dire cicumstances in the near future: Puerto Rico – the bombshell of incompetence and mismanagement.   Puerto Rico owes a ton of to its bondholders and tried to negoatiate a deal.  But its own…

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Why Martial Arts Matter

I have studied martial arts for most of my life, recently Kenpo Karate under the Grandmaster Ed Parker system with 8th Degree Bryan Hawkins.  You can see him above teaching the first Yellow Belt technique – “Delayed Sword”. What is my Martial Arts History? When I was seven, I started Judo at the local parks…

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Interest – Economics: Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Into the Unknown

I am fascinated by economics because this field is based upon math, markets and human behavior. Humans seems to be the most unpredictable variable in economics.  The stock market – if reduced to charts like Japanese Candlesticks – explain how humans will buy a commodity like rice (which originated Japanese Candlesticks 200 or more years…

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Spam Tools for an Email World Gone Mad

Useful tools you may have overlooked if you run your own website and have access to CPanel. I have been receiving far too much spam email and am now fighting back more and more.  The amount of time spent on this nonsense is ridiculous.  I have always said that a smartphone is ‘electronic opium.’  If…

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