Category Archives: Music

Laurie Anderson on Hobbies


Laurie Anderson on Hobbies and Taxes

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Sufjan Stevens on Music and Communication


Sufjan Stevens on Music and Communication

A Bit of Milo Yiannopoulos on Character


Milo Yiannapolous laughs off Berkeley Mayor's accusation that he is a white supremacist

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1776 on Philadelphia


It's Hot as Hell in Philadelphia 1776

 

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Ted Cruz on Donald Trump


Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump

Willie Nelson on Pot


Willie Nelson on marijuana

General Jerry Boykin on the Star Spangled Banner


Gen. Jerry Boykin on the National Anthem

Robert Oppenheimer on Trinity


Robert Oppenheimer on Trinity

Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist from the University of California at Berkeley, headed the Manhattan Project since 1942 thus he was dubbed “the Father of the Nuclear Bomb” or Doctor Atomic.

The Manhattan project moved from New York City to Los Alamos, New Mexico in order to maintain great secrecy for the American World War II effort. Eventually, the remote, desert like compound grew to more than 6,000 people.  No one was sure what would happen when testing “the bomb”.  Some worried that the detonation would light off the atmosphere.  But o July 16th, 1945, the Manhattan Project achieved a success with the detonation of the first nuclear bomb near Alamagordo, New Mexico (code named “Trinity”).

When reflecting upon the successful explosion of the Trinity bomb, Oppenheimer mused that he thought of a Hindu verse from the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I become death, the destroyer of worlds.” Oppenheimer may have internally mused that verse, but Oppenheimer’s brother was an eyewitness to Doctor Atomic’s reaction, and all he said was “It worked.” Brigadier General Thomas Farrell was also an eyewitness to Oppenheimer’s reaction in the Trinity control bunker, and Farrell observed:

Dr. Oppenheimer, on whom had rested a very heavy burden, grew tenser as the last seconds ticked off. He scarcely breathed. He held on to a post to steady himself. For the last few seconds, he stared directly ahead and then when the announcer shouted “Now!” and there came this tremendous burst of light followed shortly thereafter by the deep growling roar of the explosion, his face relaxed into an expression of tremendous relief.

This was the only bomb that the Manhattan Project possessed.  However, within three weeks, two atomic bombs were ready for use in the Pacific theater to try to obtain unconditional surrender from the Japanese.

In 2005, composer John Adams premiered an opera “Doctor Atomic”  with the San Francisco Opera in which  much of the libretto was based on declassified American government documents about the Manhattan Project.

 

 

 

 

Bibi Netanyahu on the Iran Nuke Deal


Bibi Netanyahu on the Iran Nuke Deal

Joyce Kilmer on Trees


Trees


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

                            ~Joyce Kilmer