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Rodger Knight is a retired probation officer and amateur historian with a particular interest in the Depression and war years. He has a BA in English and History from Cal State University, San Bernardino and, for two years, was a graduate student specializing in physiological psychology at the Claremont Graduate School. He lives in Southern California with his two political advisers, Max, the Basset Hound and Burt, the Golden Retriever both hard-core, New Deal Democrats.
SHARE Thursday, November 3, 2011 Blue Meanies Attack Pepperland Again And Again And Again. . . .
By 1931 tens of thousands of New Yorkers had been evicted from their homes. Some moved in with friends or family but others had no place to go. When shanty towns sprung up along the East River, the Hudson, and in Central Park, they were quickly nicknamed Hoovervilles, after then president Herbert Hoover.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Global Warming, It's Not political and It's Not Complicated
How our planet creates and regulates climate, as opposed to weather, is a tremendously complex process but how excessive emissions of greenhouse gases, the largest concentration of the gasses being carbon dioxide (CO2), causes the planet to warm isn't.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 18, 2011 A Short History of Glass-Steagall and the Result of Its Murder
Glass-Steagall protected us from some, but not all, excesses by a financial system in which excess had become endemic and greed had become a virtue.
George Santayana warned that if we don't remember the past we're doomed to repeat it. Sadly, as humans we aren't very good at remembering the past. As it was once described to me, we seem to have only a generational memory and, thus, are doomed to make the same mistakes...