Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Some books of interest

Power Line reviews Max Boot's War Made New: Technology, Warfare and the Course of History: 1500 to Today,  a study of the impact of technology upon warfare. Also discussed is Tom Wheeler's Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War. The lesson in both is that while technology is important so is leadership. Maybe one reason that some nations have so much of one is that they have so little of the other. (Nothing follows)


Blogger Charles said...

In a post a month ago or so we chatted about the similarities of the current age to +-1500.

Another similarity is that while both ages show great technological and scientific advances as in the gutenberg press& spanish galleons/internet & space ships and kepler's work on a sun centered earth/todays big bang dark energy theories.... ---....both ages have also seen important artifacts from the past rediscovered.

When the spanish conquored the moors the great libraries in Cadiz were captured and their works translated. By 1500 the works including the greeks were making the rounds of europe.

The works of the greeks were philosophical or man centered (ie man is the measure of all things)rather than theological or god centered (as in God is the measure of all things).

In recent decades there have been simply astounding archeological finds. In 1953 the dead sea scrolls were found which date from the time of christ and show that the Old Testament that we read today is the same book that Jesus read.

Then it seems hardly a year goes by that someone doesnt't dig up something that tends to show that the account of the New & Old Testament is historically accurate.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Here's a link to a archaelogical dig in southern Turkey that dates to 10,000 BC. Its a temple complex that predates agriculture. The archaelogists say it fits the description of Eden.

10/17/2006 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

One thing that hasn't made news lately is that the US is beating IED's in Iraq. Here's an interesting article from the Boston Glob on how
the US armed forces are doing it.

Mass. System Spots Bombs In Iraq
By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff
Boston Globe
October 7, 2006
Pg. 1

The Pentagon called it "Little Baghdad" -- a stretch of road on a US
Army proving ground in Yuma, AZ, designed to look like a highway in
Iraq. When it was created in early 2004, the simulation was perfect,
right down to 19 simulated explosive devices, one hidden in the carcass
of a donkey.

(for the rest of the article go here)

10/17/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

My grandfather's farm is 30 miles west northwest of harrisburg pennsylvania. In june of 1863 Lee's idea and Lincoln's worry was that Lee would swing north and then down on Harrisburg PA and cut off the Pennsylvania rail lines from the west that fed the Union army.

the story that comes down through my family is that stuarts scouts got as far north as Ickesburg which is just south of Tuscarora Mountain (and about 30 miles west northwest of carlyle). A man from Port Royal saw the southern cavalry and rode over tuscarora mountain to the telegraph office in port royal and telegraphed the governor in harrisburg of the presence of southern scouts. (The pennsylvania railroad ran by port royal on the south side of the Juniata river.)

10/17/2006 11:48:00 PM  

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