Sign of the Times

The only paragraph where he mentions the actual people of Africa:

Racial tension is another vital consideration. Kenya, for instance, has its terrible Mau Maus, now on the wane but still something to reckon with. In the Union of South Africa, there is immense, unorganized resentment growing among the non-whites against the white man’s absolute, rigid supremacy. And a good place to stay away from is the shooting-war area of Algeria where the tide of hate runs high. But the timid and overly delicate have never thrived in the world’s frontiers.


Cast a glance at the Bright Continent—”incomparably the best source of potential wealth waiting development in the world.”

By Lester David

THE YOUNG man knelt on the dry ground of the Bomi Hills in Liberia, a look of intense concentration on his tanned face. Then he rose and slowly made his way back to headquarters, deep in his own thoughts.

Art Or Filth? – The Prose And Cons Of Lady Chatterley (Nov, 1959)

Art Or Filth? – The Prose And Cons Of Lady Chatterley

The book that shocked the world was banned for 31 years. Should the ban continue?


“WHEN IS A “dirty word” not “dirty?”

We’re talking about those four-letter words which you may find written on the walls of the gents’ room in a waterfront saloon. When they’re written there—and taking into consideration the way they describe various sex acts—most people would agree that they’re “dirty.

But what happens when those same words are used to describe in detail the same sex acts in an obviously serious novel by an obviously serious and important writer?

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb (Sep, 1954)

In the entire article he uses the word radiation twice and never mentions radioactivity at all.

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb

Despite its great power, the biggest hell-weapon can’t destroy the world.

By Martin Caidin

For the last four years Martin Caidin has been Atomic Warfare Specialist for the New York State Civil Defense Commission. He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of atomic and hydrogen bomb warfare and has dealt intimately with the defense problems against radiological, biological and chemical warfare.

Mr. Caidin visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the post-war years and has conferred with many leading Japanese military figures on what happened within these two cities immediately after the bombing.

What newspaper are your children reading? (Feb, 1935)

Just another example of the lame stream liberal media trying to indoctrinate kids, just like college.

What newspaper are your children reading?

• Does it do its best to present the whole truth?
• Does it give both sides of disputed questions?
• Does it have convictions—and is it fair to those who disagree?
• Does it show the world as it is, without distortion?
• Does it winnow out the chaff from the wheat in the day’s news?
• Is it exciting without being sensational?




LITTLE four-year-old girl surprised everybody the other day by writing quite plainly on a piece of paper, “Six bars of window soap”. The little girl is left-handed. She could not read what she had written. On investigation it was found that she had received no instruction in writing but had watched her mother writing these particular words on an order blank a few days previously. She had reproduced the picture from memory.

The little girl will go to school next year and her teachers will probably wish to break her of what they deem the bad habit of left-handedness.


I’ll be on vacation until next weekend on a beach in Mexico where I expect I’ll have sporadic internet access. I’ve scheduled a bunch of posts for the week though, so you should hardly be able to tell the difference.

Building an Empire In Africa’s Jungles (May, 1930)

I guess it’s not surprising that the article says almost nothing about the native population other than: they are primitives, they like buying stuff at the company store, and that Firestone drove a hard bargain with them.

Building an Empire In Africa’s Jungles

A NEW world is in the making at the western edge of Africa, where American business has undertaken to reclaim the jungle for the purposes of modern industry. Today the republic of Liberia is the scene of a great overseas enterprise hardly matched in the annals of empire building. For the first time private business has embarked upon an effort of the kind that nations heretofore have struggled to perform. What England did in America, France in Canada, and Spain at the south from two to three hundred years ago, an American organization is striving to do upon its own account.

College study shows clothes don’t make the man (Mar, 1970)

College study shows clothes don’t make the man

Which would you pick up? Guess again

You’re driving along alone and the turnpike’s moving slowly. Be nice to have someone to talk to. There’s a kid at the roadside thumbing a ride—but he seems to come in four models. Let’s see. The first one’s well dressed. Surprised he’s not driving his own sports car. Fraternity man. Could even side with Spiro about campus radicals. The second fellow? A little sloppy, but looks safe.

The Next Frontier? (Jul, 1976)

The Next Frontier?

Shape of things to come? Even as Apollo and orbiting Skylab recede into history, American scientists consider a more awesome enterprise—a permanent colony in space.


I DID NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND what L-5 was like, on this July day in A.D. 2026, until I no longer saw it from my vantage point in space.

On the shuttle flight I had observed by telescope the torus that we all recognize, much like a bicycle wheel, gleaming in the direct light of the sun and in the light reflected from the large mirror floating free above. The six spokes and the central hub were visible too, of course.

CONEY ISLAND — Which Way’s the Ocean? (Sep, 1951)

CONEY ISLAND — Which Way’s the Ocean?


They call this beach The Poor Man’s Riviera, but on any hot Sunday substitute Bedlam-by-the-Sea. It’s also the only known habitat of certain species yet unclassified by science—like the knish bootlegger THE defendant in Coney Island Magistrates’ Court one muggy midsummer morning was a squat, balding man in a sport shirt. He listened impatiently as the charge against him was read: A startled policeman had found him on the jammed beach fetchingly attired in a woman’s ofF-the-shoulder dress, and had given him a summons for “causing a crowd to collect.”