“Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” – George Orwell
The B-52 Stratofortress is plannned to stay in service until at least 2050, nearly 100 years after it entered service in 1955. It will be theoretically possible for a B-52 pilot in the 2040’s to pilot the same plane their great grandfather flew.
Today in 624 AD – Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr. Military defeat and enslavement has been the major tool for propagation of the Muslim ‘faith’ since its inception.
Today in 1836 – The Republic of Texas abolishes slavery. It comes back when Texas becomes a state of the United States.
Today in 1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite, our second. It’s still up there, the oldest man-made object still in orbit.