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freedom is not free

I went to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC yesterday. I also visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial for the first time. Despite the fact that my grandfather Thomas Nelson was one of the signers, I was most moved by the Korean War Veterans Memorial. I was brought to tears by the following message inscribed in large brass letters in the walkway at the point of the triangle that the 19 soldier statues are walking towards:

Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.

farthest constellation stars

… in the Milky Way are depicted by purple rays. Note that the longest rays are easily contained in one arm of our galaxy:

Milky Way Constellations

View created with Celestia. The above 2D view doesn’t do justice to the time accuracy and spatial capabilities of this tool.

leadership is not


To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
– Margaret Thatcher

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