FOD Fireball’s Thoughts of the Day July 14 through 19 2017

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Where has the time gone?  I’ve been traveling and in some cases unable to publish when on the road.  A lot has transpired in the world.


Another Life-Threatening Fight Ahead For Senator John McCain

John McCain, R-Ariz., has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic said Wednesday in a statement released on behalf of the senator and his family.  Doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye on Friday.  “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the Mayo Clinic said in the statement.  The Mayo Clinic said in the statement that “scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria,” or cut out.  Support for the Arizona Republican, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war, spanned both sides of the political aisle. The Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress wished him well, and former presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush were among those expressing their support.  McCain during the Vietnam War was shot down and was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese from October 1967 until March 1973. McCain’s captors tortured him and held him in solitary confinement. Still, he declined an offer of early release until those who had been at the prison longer than he were let go.  Photo at right is John McCain returning home in March 1973.  The Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break John McCain’s spirit, so I’m sure he’s up for this fight as well.


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FOD Fireball’s Observations of the Day March 11 and 12, 2017

Sir Paul McCartney

On 11 March in 1997, Paul McCartney, a former member of the most successful rock band in history, the Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.”  With the other  members John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison and Ringo Starr, became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era.   Rooted in skifflebeat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania“, but as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.

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