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  • Joseph shared from The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville: 001 (Vintage Civil War Library) by Shelby Foote
    Lincoln himself did not campaign. No presidential candidate ever had, such action being considered incommensurate with the dignity of the office. Nor did two of his three opponents. But Douglas, the only one of the four who seemed to believe that the election might bring war, set forth to stump the country.
    Note: "Lincoln didn't campaign. No pres. candidate ever had, such action being considered [indignant]"[!]
  • Joseph shared from America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG (General Aviation) by Jr., Gaillard R. Peck
    CONSTANT PEG was not carefully documented for historical purposes due to security issues and the classification of the project. That was a mistake we made. The files, photos, and records that were accumulated during the project were filed away in a vault in the Pentagon when the CONSTANT PEG project was terminated. That vault, according to credible reports, was destroyed along with all of it contents on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
    Note: Most records of Cold War testing of Soviet aircraft were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Joseph shared from The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    We do not have the ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious.
  • Joseph shared from Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
    the “loss” rate for an airline like the American carrier United Airlines in the period 1988 to 1998 was .27 per million departures, which means that they lost a plane in an accident about once in every four million flights. The loss rate for Korean Air, in the same period, was 4.79 per million departures—more than seventeen times higher.
    Note: KAL's loss rate was 17 times that of UAL:
  • Joseph shared from Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart by Donald McRae
    “Cooley’s organization with three rooms at that time was remarkable—heart surgery on an assembly line! But the key point is that Cooley actually did these cases. Others opened and closed chests but he did the ‘money part’ [i.e., the actual surgery]. He later expanded to ten rooms and averaged about thirty-two cases a day. His total cardiac operations is over 100,000 and the most in a twenty-four hour period is, I believe, forty! I had the privilege of working in his department and was responsible for one of the three rooms. I saw Denton Cooley save lives that no one else could.”
    Note: Cardiac pioneer Denton Cooley of @Texas_Heart did over 100,000 heart ops. Amazing even with repeats.
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Joseph Hillenburg