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As heartbreaking as it is today, the thought came to me just now of a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia I took in the early 90s. We had traveled down the Volga River from Moscow to St Petersburg, and the highlight was, I believe, St Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, on the Neva River, the pride of the Tsars, was as beautiful as Moscow was drab. Even 75 years under the Communists could not completely extinguish its beauty. I have a book of prints I made, and one of these days I will have to scan them to post on the Net.
When I was in the Army all those years ago, I was interested in the slang – and how it is created. It seemed that the slang – and phrases – used in the military comes from wars current and past.
*Graphic Pursuit Video*
The CHP Buttonwillow Area was just involved in one of the wildest pursuits you will ever see. You will never believe what the vehicle was that we were chasing. You have to watch and see it with your own eyes.
Fellow Lexican ParrotheadJeff forwarded this to me – and thanks to the California Highway Patrol…
In all my years of driving, I try to take the roads less traveled, unless I have to get there reasonably fast. My one exception – where beautiful scenery and Interstates converged – was Interstate 70 when I was driving through the San Rafael Reef at sunset a couple of years ago. It was so breathtaking that I had to pull off to a rest stop and take this picture:
I-70 going though the San Rafael Reef at dusk
History has always fascinated me because how we are today is because how we were. Economic forces, which in large measure affected political measures, and add a pinch of personalities to the mix.
So how did the Comstock Lode affect us today?
Before we proceed, I found an excellent overview of Virginia City today – both an aerial view and surface view.
During it’s heyday, there were about 25,000 people living here. Today, as of 2010, there’s 855. Before our guide, Joe Curtis, had to leave to attend to the fire threatening Virginia City, he took us for a walk down the C Street, which is the main street. Imagine getting off the train, the Virginia and Truckee, and seeing a sky almost black from the smoke of the mills, running 24 hours a day. While the city was among the dirtiest, it was the richest and alive 24 hours a day.
I can’t readily find the number of saloons and other venues of entertainment in that era, suffice it to say there were many.
Renowned Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz makes a very good point:
If you are accused of a crime, you are entitled to the presumption of innocence. But in the age of #MeToo, people accused of sexual misconduct are subjected, at least in the court of public opinion, to a presumption of guilt. Worse, a claim of innocence—even a provable one—is itself treated as an offense, an assault on the accuser and on “survivors” in general.